Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 04-22-2012
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Okeechobee -- Okeechobee
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).
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Sunday, April 22, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 49 11.67 feetLast Year: 11.30 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Help celebrate Earth Day ... Page 8 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County has taken the rst step toward making Commissioner Bryant Culpepper's vision of revitalizing Okee Tantie Campground and Marina under a public-private partnership a reality. The county is receiving Letters of Interest from developers with proposals for the revitalization of the park. Commissioners Culpepper's original idea was for the developer to lease the park for 99 years and, in turn, sell individual RV lots. At the end of the 99-year period, the lots sold as well as the remainder of the park would revert back to the county. However, while the Letter of Interest documents say the county would consider a longterm lease, other alternatives would also be considered. The county is open to any suggestions for the ultimate use of the property such as a destination resort, marina, or campground. The advertised documents say the county would also be open to allow the developer tax credits and other economic incentives. Some people have expressed fear that the general public would be precluded from using the park. However, one of the requirements of the Letter of Interest is that the developer explain how he plans to have some areas o f the park, including portions of the waterfront, open to the general public. Letters of Interest will be accepted until May 30. Then the county has 45 days to take any further action deemed necessary to decide upon an ultimate course of action. They could schedule workshops or public hearings to consider some of the ideas submitted. Some developers could be asked to make presentations to the county commission. County seeks plans for revitalizing Okee-Tantie Burglars cut hole in roof ... Page 5 Property owners seek permission to hold Mudfests through 2015By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County could be the site of six more mudfests. On Tuesday night the Okeechobee County Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider a request from Fortunate Farming, LLC, property owner and Hales Amusements, Inc., applicant, to hold six, three-day Mudfests in August of this year, February and August of 2013, February and August of 2014 and February of 2015. Several previous mudfests have occurred on this property which is located on the north side of S.R. 70 E. about one half mile west of N.E. 128th Avenue. The February, 2008, event drew an estimated 12,000 people on SatPlanners to consider Mudfest permits Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobby BlishThe Okeechobee Mudfest in February 2012 attracted thousands of participants who tried their luck navigating vehicles of all sizes through the mudholes on the State Road 70 property. See MUDFEST — Page 5 IF YOU GO ...WHAT: Okeechobee County Planning Board WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 WHERE: County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. SFWMD of ce moves... Page 15See OKEE-TANTIE — Page 5


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 3 Okeechobee News A pril 22, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their meeting on Thursday, April 19 the Kiwanis Club got to hear from the county’s new director of parks and recreation, Albee Scoggins. “I’m the new Darrell,” Mr. Scoggins said, referring to retired parks and recreation director Darrell En nger whom he replaced. He said he had known Mr. En ner since 1987 and called him and an “icon” in the recreation eld. Mr. Scoggins has been impressed with the hospitality and welcome he has received since coming here and he looks forward to being here for a while. “I’m honored to be a part of Okeechobee County,” he said. When he was in high school and came here to play baseball, he w as always impressed with the barbecue and swamp cabbage. When Mr. Scoggins saw the county’s recreational facilities he said, “I knew this was the right t.” Mr. Scoggins, who grew up on the coast, played baseball for John Carroll High School, Indian River State College and for the Univ ersity of Florida where he was on the 1982 Southeastern Conference Championship team. He also played for the Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals. When injuries curtailed his baseball career, he became the next best thing, a recreation director. Mr. Scoggins has 25 years of experience in the eld. He has served as recreation director for the City of Stuart and with the St. Lucie County Department of Leisure Services as recreation manager, recreation supervisor, and manager of the Thomas J. White Stadium, the spring training home of the New Y ork Mets. “I’ve inherited a tremendous staff.” Mr. Scoggins said. In addition to the recreation staff, Mr. Scoggins supervises the director of Okee Tantie Campground and Marina and the director of the agri-civic center. He said his staff was working hard to reevaluate the recreation programs offered by the county and to make county facilities more available to the public. He said his staff was open to new ideas and was wiling to listen to resident’s requests. Mr. Scoggins spoke of his background and said he had been blessed with a lot of different experiences which he can put to use on his new job. He sees one of his tasks as promoting and marketing the county recreation facilities at a high standard. “My job is to understand the county commission’s desires and make them happen,” he said. “I welcome that challenge.” When asked about his experience in bringing baseball tournaments to town, Mr. Scoggins replied that in Stuart he was involved with tournaments that brought 20 to 30 teams to town. “One of the challenges we are going to have is upgrading our elds,” he said. He went on to say that upgrading means more than planting new grass and also involves irrigation and drainage That is where he sees public private partnerships coming into play with civic clubs and other private organizations helping to nance upgrades.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. New county rec director speaks to Kiwanis Club Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaKiwanis Club member Clayton Williams, right, introduced Albee Scoggins, left, Okeechobee County Director of Parks and Recreation, who was the guest speaker for the Thursday, April 19, Kiwanis Club meeting.


Earth Day happens just once a year. What will this global moment on April 22 look like? Share your best photo of the day. How can you join in? Join the Flickr website on line and get ready to submit your best shot of our environment how you see it (good, bad, landscapes, city-scapes, humans, wildlife, wild-humans – it’s up to you!) on April 22, 2012. Take a photo any time during the twentyfour hour period of April 22 where you are, then upload it to your Flickr account to share it with the State of the Environment group. You have a week to submit your single photo, but it must be taken on Earth Day, April 22. This is open for global participation, but EPA will be highlighting one photo from each U.S. state or territory and featuring the state with the most participation! School dances I have a problem with the trend for using school dances and other school events as fundraisers for other things. Kids in Okeechobee are always saying there isn’t enough to do here. Then they hold somet hing like a school dance, and a good perc entage of the kids can’t go because the tickets are s o expensive. Make these events affordable by getting as much donated as you can, and only charge enough to c over actual expenses. They s hould keep the price low so more kids can go. A kid who is not old enough to have a job cannot come up with $25 for a ticket, and many parents j ust don’t have the extra money for that. It’s hard enough paying the rent and buying food. School events should be priced so that all students can attend, not just the fortunate few wealthy ones.Secret Service It is okay for a Congressman to chase 16-year-old boys in Washington, DC. It is okay for our government to cheat us everyday on taxes and laws, but let one Secret Service agent short change a Colombian prostitute and it is an international incident. T his just proves the American dollar does not go as far as it once did.  So much corruption in so many areas of the government. Party lines do not even matter--corruption is everywhere. Citizens need to keep demanding that these corrupt of cials be red. Also, go after the money t hey stole from American taxpayers. That ought to keep a few lawyers and account ants busy.  I heard most were married. They are in t rouble all the way around. I wouldn’t want my spouse to go down there and get who knows what and come home to me. Can y ou say, “child support”?School Board hearing Will we ever get school board members that can think for themselves? They need to stop rubber-stamping everything the superintendent wants and listen to the public and the teachers that put them in of ce. Their decisions are not in the best interest of our students. Our students are the ones going to suffer for the decisions they made at the impasse hearing! Ninety percent of the teachers are in the profession for the students. Don’t they realize it is the principal’s responsibility for weeding out the teachers that are not doing their job? They have created an environment where teachers are not going to want to come to this county or stay in this county. Good Luck getting good teachers once you have gotten rid of the long-term teachers!  A huge THANK YOU goes out to the school board members for making some sound decisions that will be in the best interest of my children. You’ve all got my vote next time around.  What will the percentage of annual teachers leaving be at the end of this year when we lose them to the other counties who appreciate them by having language that protects the ones who get the student learning gains from year to year. We all saw which counties those were. The intention of SB 736, even though it is awed, is to have teachers who produce student learning gains. Okeechobee has attracted potentially good teachers, but has a problem of keeping them. Why should they stay? Last night’s decisions were another reason not to.  Do you have any idea how many teachers spoke directly to the school board in support of Mr. Kenworthy? Lots! Why do you think no teachers show up to negotiations? It’s because they don’t support the union.  I’m a teacher and I’m sick of this us against them mentality. I’m a teacher and I support Mr. Kenworthy. You have to understand that we are free thinking people with common sense.  I think it is faulty logic to say that people won’t stay if they don’t have a guarantee of continued employment. No one else in the community has that guarantee and yet people stay. The business I work for has cut about one-third of the staff due to the poor economy and those of us still employed are hanging on to the jobs we have. We are not looking to move somewhere else. The teachers on continuing contract get to keep their old system if they don’t want to go for the merit pay, if I understand this stuff right. Slow to become angryBy Mark Mayers, LMFT, CAP of Real Life Children’s Ranch In life, as we interact with others, we will be offended. People will do things that hurt us. Certainly we will experience emotional pain when we are wronged. In extreme cases we can even experience physical pain. Although we often can’t control others doing something offensive to us, we do have the authority over our response and reactions to the offense. Ultimately, our response to an offense comes to this are we going to respond God’s way or react our way. As born again Christians we serve a God who has a forgiving heart. In Nehemiah 9:1618, God gives us insight into how he responds to wrongs when he re ects on the actions of the Israelites, “They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt! But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love. You did not abandon them.” God always points us to respond in a way that re ects his character. In James 1:19 God tell us this, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” Numerous times throughout His written word God commands us to be slow to anger and rich in love. As Christians we can do this because Jesus lives inside of us and has transformed us into brand new creatures. We no longer have to look at others through our own judgment because Christ has mad e us new from the inside out. In 2 Corinthians 5-16, 17, God says, “So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. A t one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently w e know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” Forgiveness does not mean that we should ignore injustices such as abuse, sexual aberration, rebellion, gossip, etc. It does mean, however, that we are to respond prayerfully and humbly when others offend us. If we let Jesus guide us through the times we are offended we will experience freedom and peace tha t can’t be explained in words. If we react out o f our emotion or hurt we will hinder the healing and restorative work of the Holy Spirit. Vengeance is God’s responsibly, not ours. W e don’t have to deliver ourselves, God will do i t for us. In fact God longs to deliver us. Psalms 28:8 “The LORD is their strength, And He is a saving defense to His anointed.” Sunday, April 22, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. 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Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! An error appeared in an article with the headline “Medicaid law could be costly to county” that was on the front page of the Wednesday, April 18, edition of the Okeechobee News. The article incorrectly stated that Okeechobee County Administrator Robbie Chartier received a letter from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the parent company of Raulerson Hospital. The letter was actually from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), a state agency that administers Medicaid. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error. Correction Share an Earth Day photo


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Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 5 Okeechobee News A pril 22, 2012 urday. Later mudfests have drawn smaller crowds of a few thousand people. The county planning department staff has researched the request and recommends approval. A site plan has been submitted which staff believes indicates adequate areas for day parking and camping. Staff also believes mudding actives are suf ciently separated from nearby residential areas and that traf c and safety issues have been addressed. The planning board will make a recommendation to county commissioners who will have nal approval on the permits. Another item to be considered Tuesday night was tabled at the last meeting after creating considerable discussion. Amistad Holdings, LLC., property owner and applicant, is requesting a reclassi cation from rural estate future land use to rural activity center. The property in question is approximately 620 acres on the east side of S.E. 128th Avenue, north of Quail Creek. The requested change would increase the density for residential development from one unit per ve acres to one unit per acre and allow for up to 15 acres of commercial development. A rural activity center provides for agricultural, recreational, residential, neighborhood commercial and certain light industrial uses. Since this requested action involves a change to the county's comprehensive plan, it will have to be approved by the county commission and state reviewing agencies. Also on the agenda is a request by US Land Acquisition, LLC, property owner and Stephen Myers, Jr. applicant, for preliminary plat approval for a proposed 20-unit condominium development at Pine Creek Ranch, a private hunting lodge development of about 2,392 acres on the west side of N.E. 48th Avenue, north of N.E. 224th Street. About two years ago a 23-unit condominium plat was approved for a 26-acre tract on the property. The units being considered Tuesday night would be built on an adjoining 55 acre tract. MUDFESTContinued From Page 1 One item needs to be clari ed. It was originally reported that the RV lot owners would have to vacate the lot after 30 days and return after a minimum amount of time. This would allow the developer to rent the lot while it was vacant. After consulting with developers, Commissioner Culpepper proposed that the maximum time of owner occupation be ve months and 29 days before vacating for a speci ed minimum amount of time. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. OKEE-TANTIEContinued From Page 1 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Two Okeechobee residents were arrested A pril 17 in connection with the burglary of a local business. Charles Allen Fox, 22, of S.E. 27th Street, and Christopher Kyle Baker, 28, of U.S. Highw ay 98, were both charged with burglary of an occupied shelter, grand theft and criminal mischief over $1,000. Bond on these charges w as set at $15,000 for each man. According to the arrest report, the burglars cut a hole in the roof of the U.S. 441 S. business and removed two large-screen telev isions: a 42" Samsung valued at $1,000 and a 42" Toshiba valued at $1,200. The damage to the roof was estimated to exceed $1,000. The televisions were reportedly taken to a local residence where they were to be sold for $400 each. Baker is also charged with burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a secondary metal recycler in connection to theft of batteries from three pontoon boats which were docked behind the business that was burglarized. The batteries were reportedly worth a total of $790. Later in the day, the victim located four of the batteries at a local scrap yard. The manager of the scrap yard identi ed Baker as the person who sold him the batteries. Baker had provided a Florida Driver's License as identi cation for the transaction, his right thumb print, and signed the transaction form. Bond for Baker for these additional charges was set at $20,000. OCSO Detective Bryan Lowe was the arresting of cer. Burglars cut hole in roof to steal TVs Charles Allen Fox Christopher Kyle Baker The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Kandice Rae Edwards, 66, of S.E. 21st Street, was arrested April 18 and charged w ith DUI with property damage. The arresting of cer was OCPD Of cer Ryan Holroyd. Bond was set at $500. Steven Allen Albritton, 21, was arrested A pril 17, on felony charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property, and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespass of an occupied structure. Bond was set at $1,750. OCSO Deputy Howard Pickering was the arresting of cer. Sheena Marie Egan, 26, was arrested A pril 17 on a warrant on charges of criminal use of personal ID information and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft, and three felony counts of failure to appear in court after being let out on bail. No bond was set. Jessica Treece, 17, was arrested April 17 on charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property, criminal mischief, trespass, and defrauding a secondary metal recycler. OCSO Deputy Howard Pickering was the arresting of cer. She was released on her own recognizance. Xavier Fulks, 17, was arrested April 17, and charged with possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as the midemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence. OCP Sgt. Russell Cale was the arresting of cer. Robert Arnold Logan, 60, of U.S. Highway 441 S.E., was arrested on April 18 and charged with possession of cocaine, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond was set at $15,000. OCSO Deputy Matt Grumbling was the arresting of cer. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report The following persons are on Okeechobee's Most Wanted list. There are active warrants for these persons. The criteria for making Okeechobee's Most Wanted list is based on the severity of the crime in conjunction with the age of the warrant. Curtis Ardley, 39, 5'9", 165 lbs with a droopy left eye is wanted for failure to Register as Career Offender. Terry Woodrum, 40, 5'11", 180 lbs. with a tattoo of a skull with a cowboy hat on his left arm is wanted on a charge of Third Degree Grand Theft. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this man, you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call, you have the option of remaining anonymous. You can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Okeechobee’s Most Wanted Curtis Ardley Terry Woodrum


IRSC hosts seniors college nightIRSC Celebrating Seniors Event, A pril 23 6 p.m., Williamson Conference Center, Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229 N.W. 9th Ave. Okeechobee. Event for high school seniors. Get student ID, apply for nancial aid, start student orientation, door prizes enter a drawing for a chance to receive a $500 scholarship. For more information, call 1-866-792-4772.CCC meeting planned for April 24The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 24 at 10 a.m. at the Dr. Fred D. Brown Children's Health Center (Florida Community Health Center), 2150 Highway 441 North. Spotlight Speaker: Carol Shea and Georgette Brown with the Epilepsy Foundation. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, Ext. 257. NOTE: special location just for the A pril meeting.OKMS hosts April meetingThe next quarterly general membership meeting for Okeechobee Main Street will be held on April 25 at noon at the Golden Corral. At this very important meeting we will be electing of cers for the 2012 Program Y ear. All members are encouraged to attend to be part of the election process and receive an update on recent events and activities. For further inforamtion on this meeting or membership, please call the Main Street Of ce at 863-357-6246.Eagles North to host BINGO!Eagles North, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee will host Bingo on Tuesday, April 26 at 1 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund.Cattlewomen plan BBQThe Cattlewomen's Scholarship Fund BBQ will be held Friday, April 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eli's Western Wear. Dinners are $8. Stop by Eli's Western Wear for tickets. Cattlewomen are asked to bring two dozen chocolate chip cookies or brownies individually wrapped.Respect Outdoors Big Bass BashOn Saturday, April 28 the rst Respect Outdoors Big Bass Bash will take place on Lake Okeechobee at Big Lake Lodge, 8680 S.E. Hwy. 441. For more information, call Gabe 561-262-1400.Farm Bureau to host annual speech contestThe Okeechobee Farm Bureau will host the annual Youth Speech contest on Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Farm Bureau, 401 NW 4th Street, Okeechobee. A copy of the speech is due at the Farm Bureau Of ce by April 27. 2012 Topic: What role, if any should agriculture play in addressing health and obesity issues. Contact our of ce at 863-763-3101 for more information and copy of the rules. OKMS hosts grand re-opening ribbon cutting ceremonyOkeechobee Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County invite you to the grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Syble's Flowers on Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Syble's Flowers is located at 119 South Parrott Avenue. Join Felicia Maxwell and her team as they celebrate and take a peek at what she has inside. Light snacks will be provided as you browse and wish Felicia the best!Walk for Life plannedThe Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee is having their WALK FOR LIFE on Saturday, May 5 Starts in Park #4 and the 3 mile walk will bring you back to the same park. For more information call 863-467-8748. Come out with your friends or group, have fun, exercise and support LIFE. Community News in Brief 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont buryŽ the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to replyŽ and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 6 Okeechobee News April 22, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee news As the weather heats up so does local politics with more and more campaign signs and bumper stickers appearing. Some local races may be interesting with several candidates vying for the of ce. However, one local election has already been decided. The deadline for qualifying for the of ce of county judge was noon on Friday, April 20. Incumbent County Judge J erald Bryant was the only one to qualify so he will automatically serve a second term. As for the other local races, while several candidates have led paperwork to run for of ce, none has actually quali ed yet. There are two ways to qualify to run for of ce. The candidate can submit a petition with the names of 185 registered voters. The deadline for submitting petitions is noon, May 7. The other method is to submit a fee equal to 6 percent of the annual salary of the of ce for partisan candidates and 4 percent of the annual salary for nonpartisan candidates. The deadline for submitting the fee is noon, on June 8. However, supervisor of elections Gwen Chandler urges any prospective candidates to qualify well in advance of the deadlines because of all the steps involved. To date, long-time clerk of the court Sharon Robertson is running unopposed. Property appraiser Bill Sherman, who has switched his party af liation from Democrat to Republican, faces three challengers so far, Democrat Stan Curren, Republican Sharon K. Wallace and J. A. Tootle, who lists no political af liation. To stay in of ce, incumbent Republican Sheriff Paul May will have to defeat fellow Republican J. H. "Jon" Folbrecht plus any other candidate who may qualify. Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler has decided not to run for reelection. To date three people are vying for that of ce: Republican Heather C. Hancock and Diane Hagan and Libby Maxwell, both of whom have no political af liation. So far Tax Collector Celeste Watford is unopposed. Incumbent District 1 Commissioner, Ray Domer, a Republican, is facing four opponents: Democrat Phillip J. Baughman, Republican Billy Marcum, and Carl E. Shumate and Keith L. White who both list no political party af liation. District 3 Commissioner Frank Irby only has one challenger to date, fellow Republican Dennis Ray Conner. Elvie Posey, a Republican, will be seeking his old District 5 seat from incumbent Republican Margaret Garrard Helton. So far, he is Mrs. Helton's only opposition. Kelly Owens of School Board District 2 and India Riedle of School Board District 4 are unopposed. If any incumbent is unchallenged for reelection, their name will not be on the ballot and they will automatically serve another term. Citizens are reminded to register to vote. Voter registration for the Primary Election ends on July 16. Early voting for the primary election is Aug. 4 through 11 and Aug. 14 is Primary Elections Day. Registration closes for the General Election on Oct. 9. Early voting for the General Election is Oct. 27 through Nov. 3 and Nov. 6 is General Election Day. Contact the Supervisor of Elections, 304 N.W. Second St., 863-763-4014, for registration information. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Local public election races heat up


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HOUSEHOLD AMNESTY DAY! HAZARDOUS HAZARDOUS WASTE WASTE SATURDAY, APRIL 28 SATURDAY, APRIL 28 th th 9:00 9:00 AM AM 2:00 2:00 PM PM VEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY 306 N.W. 9TH Ave., Okeechobee • FREE DROP OFF •To Okeechobee County ResidentsPaints, Pesticides, Chemicals, Solvents, Brake Fluid, Pool Chemicals, Batteries, Cleaning Supplies, Used Oil, Oil Filters, Mercury Bulbs, Mercury Containing Devises and unknown Chemicals; Ni-Cad and Lead Acid Batteries; Tires (4 tires ONLY)Per Household). NO Propane Tanks. NO Electronics C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C o C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C For More Information, Contact Solid Waste Dept. at 763-1811 8 Okeechobee News April 22, 2012 Courtesy photo/ EPAMany things can be seen from space including the changes made to protect “Mother Earth” especially since the beginnings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the inception of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and also the introduction of Earth Day by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. The EPA began its work as well the same year taking on issues having to do with protecting our environment. The rst Earth Day, observed across the country on April 22, 1970, crystallized a growing public concern about ecological crises. Earth Day was the product of local grassroots action to increase environmental awareness, but it also focused the nation's political agenda on urgent environmental issues. It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal. They could not be taken to court to stop it. How was that possible? Because there w as no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment. In Spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. Twenty million A mericans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked! In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 1970, President Richard Nixon and Congress established the U.S. EPA in response to the growing public demand for cleaner water, air and land. EPA was tasked w ith the challenging goal of repairing the damage already done to the environment and to establish guidelines to help Americans in making a cleaner and safer environment a reality. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. Gaylord Nelson was a leading gure in the ght against environmental degradation and social injustice in the twentieth century. Growing up steeped in Wisconsin's progressive heritage and New Deal liberalism, Mr. Nelson began his political career as one con dent in both the political power of ordinary citizens and the government's ability to promote the public good. Though the 1950s brought prosperity to some Americans, Nelson's attention was with those in the city and the countryside who were disadvantaged. He never overlooked the social and ecological costs of technological innovation and industrial expansion. As a senator, Mr. Nelson contributed to important liberal reforms but struggled for years to interest his colleagues in environmental protections. So he turned instead to the people, proposing April 22, 1970 as a day for Americans to speak out about the environmental crises they faced. Earth Day's massive public support forced politicians to see the severity of the problems and the extent of public concern. The rst Earth Day galvanized Congress into creating some of the most important U.S. environmental legislation. This article is courtesy the EPA. Celebrate Earth Day April 22


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Our Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Some of the Surgical Procedures available include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal InterStim Therapy for bladder or bowel incontinence Pacemaker and AICD implementation And many more Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 33 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. it f t h 33 10 Okeechobee News April 22, 2012 Businesses and organizations in and around Okeechobee have a unique option for their occupational health needs. They can rely on the convenience and expertise of Raulerson Company Care to maintain their strong and healthy workforce. Since 2008 Raulerson Company Care has been the local solution for comprehensive preemployment and workers’ compensation services. Running a business can be a challenge. Lost time due to an injured employee is lost productivity for a business. Company Care uses ef cient, cost-effective methods to serve the occupational health needs of our community. Whether you are hiring new employees w ho need health and/or drug screenings or looking for an expedited process for an employee injury/workers’ compensation, Company Care handles it all. Company Care utilizes Raulerson Hospital’s Emergency Department after hours for acute injuries/ illnesses and the free-standing clinic during normal community business hours to offer employers 24-hour Emergency access to healthcare services. More than 50 companies and municipalities trust Raulerson Company Care to handle their occupational health needs. Case Management services are an important component of the occupational health programs offered by Company Care. Coordination, monitoring and evaluation of an injured employee’s medical care permits Company Care to provide communication to the employer and/or insurance carrier to ensure the Medical Plan of Treatment is being adhered to for an aggressive return to work status. Some of the features businesses utilizing Raulerson Company Care have quick access to, include: FDOT Drug Testing and Physicals Pre-Employment Screenings Workers’ Compensation 24-hour Emergency Care Company Care is located in the blue-roof building just north of Raulerson Hospital. To learn more about Company Care and how your business or organization can bene t from these occupational health services, call Melanie Giles at 863-763-2670. Raulerson announces Company Care options Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenOrchid and Gardening Clubs meetThe Orchid Club, sponsored by the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce, meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce in the County Annex on U.S. Highway 98. Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite orchid to show or a problem to discuss. The Okeechobee Garden Club meets on the third Monday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m., also at the Extension Of ce. For more information about either club, contact Dan Culbert at 863-763-6469.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 11 Okeechobee News A pril 22, 2012 Reduce waste, protect air quality, conserve water and protect water quality… it sounds overwhelming. Think about this for some motivation…one drop per second from a leaky faucet wastes 2,700 gallons of w ater per year and an extra 100 pounds in y our vehicle could reduce your car’s MPG by up to two percent. Repairing a leaky faucet or removing extra pounds from your car not only protect the environment, but also saves y ou money. Check out a few Easy Actions for your home that bene t your budget, your health and your planet.Reduce waste  Compost kitchen scraps. Almost 60 percent of the municipal solid waste produced in the United States (including paper) is compostable.  Buy rechargeable batteries to reduce the amount of harmful materials thrown away. Be sure to properly dispose of old batteries. Learn how.  Carry reusable bags when you go shopping and use reusable containers to pack a lunch for your kids or yourself.Protect air quality  Buy locally grown fruits and vegetables that are in season to reduce fuel waste and emissions from long-distance shipping.  Avoid keeping unnecessary items in y our vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your miles per gallon by up to two percent.  Use green cleaners like vinegar and water instead of harsh chemicals. (See page 13 for instructions.)Conserve water  Harvest rain to water plants. Rain is free and good for your plants because it doesn’t contain hard minerals.  Choose native plants that are adapted to the area. Native plants need less water. Learn about Florida Friendly Landscaping from the South Florida Water Management District.  Repair dripping faucets. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year.Protect water quality  Fertilize appropriately. Overuse of fertilizers contaminates surface water and groundwater.  Recycle motor oil. A single quart of motor oil can contaminate thousands of gallons of fresh water.  Reduce pesticide use. Pesticides can leach into groundwater. Using too much pesticide kills bees, butter ies and other bene cial pollinators. Information courtesy Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Earth Day promotes conservation in protecting our environment VPK program to open registrationThe Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties will kickoff the 2012 VPK Registration on April 28 from 9 a.m. – noon, 308 NW 5th Street, Okeechobee. VPK is FREE for all children who are four years old on or before September 1 and who reside in Florida. Please bring proof of your child’s age and proof of residency. Proof of age: Child’s Birth certi cate, physician signed shot record, passport or military ID. Proof of residency: Driver’s license, utility bill, property tax showing homestead exemption, or a rental agreement. For more information about the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties, please call 772-220-1220, toll free 877-220-1223, visit our website at www.elcirmo.org or “Like us on Facebook” www.facebook.com/elcirmo.Northside Headstart accepting applicationsThe Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County is accepting applications for Northside Head Start and VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten). Children must have been born before Sept. 2, 2009. Birth Certi cate and Social Security number for the child applying and proof of family income is required. Please call the Northside Head Start of ce at 863-357-8677 for an appointment and additional information. Of ce hours are as follows, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.


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Condition #111244A 2005 TOYOTA PRIUS 2005 TOYOTA PRIUS ............. ............. $15,884 $15,884 Auto, AC, CD, Loaded, Low Miles, 60mpg, #110979A Auto, AC, CD, Loaded, Low Miles, 60mpg, #110979A 2010 HONDA CIVIC LX 2010 HONDA CIVIC LX ........... ........... $15,990 $15,990 Auto, C/D, Very Clean, Full Pwr Auto, C/D, Very Clean, Full Pwr #120418A #120418A 2010 2010 2010 TOYOTA CAMRY LE........$17,984 2010 TOYOTA CAMRY LE........$17,984 Auto, CD, Cruise, AC, Loaded, Great on Gas, Full Pwr, Auto, CD, Cruise, AC, Loaded, Great on Gas, Full Pwr, Like New, #120000a Like New, #120000a 2009 TOYOTA MATRIX 2009 TOYOTA MATRIX ............ ............ $17,990 $17,990 Low Miles, Certi“ ed Full Power, Sporty Low Miles, Certi“ ed Full Power, Sporty #120459A, #120459A, 2007 CHRYSLER ASPEN LMTD 2007 CHRYSLER ASPEN LMTD $18,990 $18,990 Auto, Loaded, Low Miles, Leather, Auto, Loaded, Low Miles, Leather, #111337 #111337 2007 TOYOTA AVALON 2007 TOYOTA AVALON ............ ............ $19,990 $19,990 Auto, Loaded, Low Miles, Spotless!, 2 to choose Auto, Loaded, Low Miles, Spotless!, 2 to choose Starting @ $19,990 Starting @ $19,990 2009 CADILLAC SRX 2009 CADILLAC SRX ............... ............... $20,990 $20,990 Auto, Loaded, Leather, Sunroof, #120600A Auto, Loaded, Leather, Sunroof, #120600A 12 Okeechobee News April 22, 2012


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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In about six weeks, the chamber of commerce building, which has been a xture in the center of town for many years, should be open for business under new management. The recently formed Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County leased the v acant building from the city effective April 1. Terry Burroughs, an of cial of the chamber, said the goal for reopening the building is June 1. There is a dumpster outside the building and Mr. Burroughs said his organization is in the process of cleaning out the building in order to renovate it. The building, which has been vacant for many months since the Okeechobee County of Chamber of Commerce ceased to use it was left in a state of disarray. Mr. Burroughs said there were even dirty dishes left in the sink. Many of the records of the old chamber were still in the building and Mr. Burroughs' organization has been going through them. Mr. Burroughs' chamber has been without an executive director since the resignation of Brian Cartland last September. Originally the chamber had planned to hire a new executive director the rst of this year. Mr. Burroughs said his organization received over 90 applications, However, he said most of them were extremely overquali ed and many had no experience with a chamber of commerce or with economic development, which is the main emphasis of this chamber. Mr. Burroughs said his chamber will delay seeking a new executive director until after they get settled into the new building. Then they will start all over again in the selection process and tighten the requirements as far as education and experience.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News If one Okeechobee County Commissioner has his way, there will soon be a traf c light at a busy intersection. At the last county commission meeting Commissioner Bryant Culpepper proposed that the Florida Department of Transportation (DOPT) put in a traf c light at the intersection of S.R. 70 and N.E./S.E. 16th Avenue. He said that in a recent two hour period he saw three near misses there and he called the intersection one of Okeechobee's most dangerous. He said that so far this year there w ere 30 accidents at that intersection. The commissioner said that people coming out of the service station on that block going east have a dif cult time making a left turn. He also said that trucks going in and out of the metal recycling plant in Douglas Park cause more traf c concern at the intersection. The situation is also complicated by traf c coming over the nearby railroad overpass and by the recently opened restaurant a few blocks away. Deputy county administrator Jim Threewitts said the last DOT traf c survey at that intersection was about two years ago. He remarked that DOT is not a big fan of traf c signals, preferring instead U turns. Mr. Threewitts said statistics show a U turn is safer than a traf c signal. However, Commissioner Culpepper wanted the county to request another traf c survey next fall. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@ newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., April 20TH Thurs., April 26THFor Info, Call 763-7202 III: “21 JUMP STREET” III: “21 JUMP STREET”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 II: “ACT OF VALOR” II: “ACT OF VALOR”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R R I: “THREE STOOGES” “THREE STOOGES”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 14 Okeechobee News April 22, 2012 O keechobee Livestock Market Report April 16 and 17 Monday sale at noon, Tuesday sale at 11 a.m. No market reporter this w eek Monday Tuesday Calfs 470 845 Cows 117 397 Strs 3 14 Hfrs 0 15 Bulls 20 51 Yrlngs 21 59 MIX 0 0 Total 631 1381 Prices looked to be a little stronger this week. Cows & Bulls $1-$2 Higher. Lightweight Calves $2-$3 Higher. Heavier Calves steady to $2 Higher. Fra-Mar Enterprises, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $3.05, bought by Foy Reynolds. Old River Cattle, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 93.00, bought by Central Beef & Dairymens Marketing. We have some really good Angus Bulls on hand... Call Us! Todd Chamber of Commerce building to reopen in June Commissioner wants traf c signal


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co Century21okeechobee.com m • 20+/-ACRES • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 $40,000 MLS #205495 • • PENDING PENDING FORECLOSURE FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 $38,000 MLS #205578 • 50.4+/-acres • 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 • Blue Heron • Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485(863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 1001-H: Oak Tree Place 1001-H: Oak Tree Place In town condominium conveniently close to everything. Porch just off the kitchen area. Seller very motivated to sell. Unit #10-G Make offer! $52,000 $52,000 NOW $39,000 NOW $39,000 MLS #203425 3006-H: Treasure Island 3006-H: Treasure Island lake access home with front & back screen porch. Whether you’re looking for a weekend retreat or a place to call home, this one is it! $53,900 $53,900 NOW NOW $41,900 $41,900 MLS #205626 5011-M: Four Seasons 5011-M: Four Seasons 2006, 2br/2ba MH on acre. Great location for east coast commuters! Fenced yard with 4 sheds, wooden front porch. Motivated seller, make an offer! $78,000 $78,000 NOW NOW $65,000 $65,000 MLS #204129 3003-H: King’s Bay 3003-H: King’s Bay 2 Bd 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 $54,000 NOW $47,900 NOW $47,900 MLS #205169 3004-H: King’s Bay 3004-H: King’s Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, enclosed back porch and screened front porch, garage, appliance stay. HOA. Easy to show. $54,000 $54,000 NOW $47,900 NOW $47,900 MLS #205168 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge Lake Access two story 3 bd/2 ba. Upstairs & downstairs kitchen, lg storage bldg, hurricane shutters, seawall, RV Prkg. 2,560 sq. ft. of living. Way too much to list! $399,000 $399,000 NOW $349,000 NOW $349,000 MLS #204356 FORECLOSURE REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED Over 100 Listings QUAIL ACRES~ 2006 CBS Custom home, 4bd/2ba/2gar, 2243 SF under air-3377 TLA. 10’ ceilings, arched doorways, great room, crown molding, split oor plan. 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SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 15 Okeechobee News A pril 22, 2012 April 21-28 is recognized as National Infant Immunization Week. It is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. Since 1994, National Immunization Week has served as a call to action for parents, health departments, and healthcare providers to ensure that infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-prev entable diseases. National Infant Immunization Week prov ides a valuable opportunity for our community to tell people the importance of vaccinating all children. Vaccination is one of the most important ways a parent can protect a child’s health. Today, children can be protected from more vaccine-preventable diseases than ever before. Infant immunization is a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect children from potentially deadly infectious diseases. Babies need many immunizations before two years of age to protect against serious childhood diseases like polio, measles, whooping cough and diphtheria. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers the following tips for parents and caregivers:  Take babies to the health department, a family doctor or a clinic for their recommended shots. Immunizations start at birth and continue throughout the rst two years of a child’s life.  At each visit, discuss immunizations with a health care provider. Ask if the baby is up-to-date on shots.  Keep the immunization record in a safe place and bring it to every doctor’s visit.  Ask the doctor when to return for the baby’s next shots. Make an appointment, and write it down. For more information about the importance of infant immunization, visit http:// www.cdc.gov/vaccines. You may also visit the Department of Health website at www.immunize orida. org. A pril 21-28 is National Infant Immunization Week By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Taxpayers will soon realize a savings with the relocation of the local of ce of a government agency. South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Okeechobee Service Center is moving from its downtown location on the second oor of the Bank of America building to a site across U.S. 98 from the county’s industrial park. Gary Ritter, director of the Okeechobee Service Center, con rmed that the center would be moving into an of ce building that was built and used by the bankrupt Royal Concrete Concepts. Mr. Ritter said the new lease arrangement would result in substantial savings to the taxpayers. He said SFWMD had been looking for a cheaper location and the Royal Concrete site met all the quali cations. All of the SFWMD services now performed by the Okeechobee Service Center will be moved to the new location. While no moving date has been established, Mr. Ritter said the current lease calls for SFWMD to vacate the Bank of America building by the end of this month. He said that once the move is completed and they are settled into their new quarters there would probably be an open house. Mr. Ritter said the new location would be more accessible with plenty of parking and all of ce spaces would be on one level. Also, the building was built to withstand 150 MPH winds. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Local water management of ce to move to new location


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The proposed permit authorizes the operation management system n accordance with the approved Nutrient Management Plan, which also limits management practices. The permit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge (NPDES), as delegated to the State by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The dairy is located Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The Department has assigned permit application le number FLA139203-003-IW4A to the project. Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the Department or may submit a written request for a public meeting to Bradley Akers, FDEP Southeast District, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, in accordance with rule 62-620.555 of the Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the information set forth below and must be received in the Of ce within 30 days of publication of this notice. Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to submit comments or request a public meeting under Rule 62-620.555, Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following information: (a) The commenter’s name, address, and telephone number, the applicant’s name and address, the Department Permit File Number and the county in which the project is proposed; (b) A statement of how and when notice of the Department action or proposed action was received; (c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the nal decision; (d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modi cation of the Department action or proposed action; and (e) If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting. However, the Department may not always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore, written comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even if a public meeting is requested. If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period is extended until the close of the public meeting. If a public meeting is held any person may submit oral or written statements and data at the meeting on the Department proposed action. As a result of signi cant public comment the Department nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this draft permit. The permit application le and supporting data are available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the DEP Southeast District of ce, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, Tel. (561) 681.6600. 415346 ON 4/22/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2012-18 Judicial Center IT Room HVAC Improvements INVITATION TO BID Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 2:00 p.m. on May 7, 2012. Bids will be received at the second oor BOCC clerk’s of ce, Room 222, and will be publicly opened in room 201 and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time speci ed will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on installation of new HVAC as per plans and speci cations for the Okeechobee County Judicial Center IT Room HVAC Improvements Project. The project is funded by a federal grant, and federal and state requirements, such as Davis-Bacon Act and Buy American, will apply to the contract. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Speci cations and Contract Documents pertaining thereto, which may be examined at or obtained from Okeechobee County Capital Improvement Of ce 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Ste C Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-0805 sselvey@co.okeechobee. .us Any questions pertaining to the project speci cations or scope of work will be addressed to the Okeechobee County Capital Improvements, 863-763-5529 (fax) in writing no later than May 2, 2012, 5:00 pm. Each Contractor will be furnished with one (1) set of Plans and Speci cations for a non-refundable deposit of Twenty Dollars ($20.00). The Bidders deposit shall be a check made payable to GLE Associates, Inc. No partial sets of Drawings and Speci cations will be issued. Bidders may pick up Plans and Speci cations from the Okeechobee Capital Improvements of ce or Documents can be obtained by express mail upon receipt of vendor’s check and express mail account number. A pre-bid conference will be held at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, Room 201 located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 on April 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Bidder’s attendance is mandatory. BIDS RECEIVED FROM CONTRACTORS WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE RETURNED UNOPENED. BID DOCUMENTS MUST BE OBTAINED DIRECTLY FROM GLE ASSOCIATES, INC. OR OKEECHBEE COUNTY TO BE ELIGIBLE TO BID. THERE WILL BE A ONE-TIME ONLY WALK-THRU OF THE SITE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PRE-BID CONFERENCE. Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid Bond, or Certi ed Check, made payable to “Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners”, in the amount of not less than ve percent (5%) of the total Bid Amount. The Bidder, if awarded the Contract and the bid amount is $100,000 or more, will execute and le acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for opening of bids. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modi cations to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide additional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed within the past ve (5) years, client references, or other nancial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award. Bidders will con ne their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed to perform the work and services or quali ed by examination to be so licensed. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the speci cations, it is the bidder’s responsibility to seek clari cation from Okeechobee County Capital Improvements. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: “BID Judicial Center IT Room HVAC Improvements, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2012-18”. BIDDER MUST SUBMIT (1) ORIGINAL AND (2) COPIES OF THE BID. Margaret G. Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, FL 415450 ON 4/22/2012 17 Okeechobee News A pril 22, 2012 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did y ou look for it? READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 18 Okeechobee News April 22, 2012 Freedom Outreach Ministry hosted the third tournament of their season on Sunday, April 15. It was our highest number of participants so far and four places were paid out along with big sh. Anglers and spectators were greeted with free drinks and hotdogs while waiting for the winners to be announced. Soaring out on top with 18.02 lbs. was Bob Owens and Fred George. Rafe Durrance and Wade Lightsey nished in second place with 16.06 lbs. Mike Jones and Justin Jones came in third with a bag weighing 15.06 lbs. Fourth place was tied at 13 lbs. with Steve Poland/Mark Hoover and Danny Marsocci/Blake Marsocci. Team Marsocci also took the honors for big sh at 5.12 lbs. Freedom Outreach hosts April tournament Special to the Okeechobee News/ Freedom Outreach Ministry)Bob Owens and Fred George took rst place in the tournament with sh weighing 18.02 lbs. Rafe Durrance and Wade Lightsey took second place in the tournament with sh weighing 16.06 lbs. Danny Marsocci and Blake Marsocci tied for fourth place with sh that weighed 13 lbs. plus the big sh at 5.12 lbs. Mike Jones and Justin Jones took third place in the tournament with sh weighing 15.06 lbs. Team Steve Poland-Mark Hoover had a fourth place tie in the tourney with sh weighing 13 lbs. Of cials needed for softball leagueOkeechobee Parks & Recreation is seeking softball of cials for the adult slowpitch softball league. Games are Monday-Friday between 7-10 p.m. and have started. Pay is set at $15 per game. Those with a current ISA, ASA, NSA (or equivalent) certi cation shall receive an additional $5 per game. An ISA umpire certi cation clinic will be offered prior to season. Please call 863-763-6950 for more information.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 19 Okeechobee News A pril 22, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Good things come to those who wait. It looks like we will have to wait a little longer for unveiling of the murals on the old bank building at the corner of Park Street and N.W. Fifth Avenue. That event, which was once advertised to take place during the Top of the Lake Art and Music Festival April 14 and 15 in Flagler Park has been delayed. However, from what Marie Culbreth says, the unveiling will be worth waiting for. Mrs. Culbreth and her husband, Gil, own the old building and are sponsors of the project. Artist Joseph Steiert of West Palm Beach is painting murals for the windows and doors of the building depicting scenes from w hen the building was in use. Mr. Steiert, who grew up in Okeechobee, is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and specializes in murals. The artist had two of the murals on display in the park at the Top of the Lake Festival. Some of the murals are competed and have already been installed and are covered awaiting completion of the project. Mrs. Culbreth said that many of the uninstalled murals were for the upper windows. She said it would take a scaffolding and possibly blocking one lane of traf c to install them. Murals will depict scenes in the bank and also in the adjoining stores as if one were looking into the windows and doors of the building in bygone days. Mrs. Culbreth said that all of the stores depicted were located in the building, however they were not all open at the same time. Murals will depict a pharmacy belonging to life-long Okeechobee resident Jimmy Minehan's father and a dress shop owned by Judge Bill Hendry's grandmother as well as the D and D grocery store owned by the Davis family. Mrs. Culbreth said that in a few weeks, when the murals are completed, she would like to have a dedication ceremony that included descendents of the people who owned the businesses depicted in the murals.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Old bank building mural project almost complete Republican Party Of ce announces hoursNeed campaign signs? Need to register to vote? Need to change your Party af liation? Need information on your favorite Republican Candidates? The Republican Party of ce at 401 NW 4th Street is open on Fridays from 10 a,m, to 5 p.m. and at most other times by appointment. Call 863-532-9623 for any information. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenTwo panels of the bank murals were on display during the Top of the Lake Art & Music Fest, held April 14 and 15 in Flagler Park.