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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: 06-10-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, June 10, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 70 11.69 feetLast Year: 9.81 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Class of 2012 OHS graduation set for Monday ... Pages 12-17 Task force nds hidden pills ... Page 7 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A continual ght with no apparent end in sight has led a local ranching family to ask for a formal inquiry into the actions of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Last week the Twin Sisters' Family Lands group led a formal document with Herschel T. Vinyard, executive secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The nine-page document outlines the history of the Austin and Rosa Lee Pearce family, their 13,000 acres of land they owned in Glades County and the family's battles with SFWMD over the water in the L-59 canal. The L-59 canal stretches from the Indian Prairie Canal to the Kissimmee River. That document also details how the family's property was ooded by torrential rains from Tropical Storm Fay in 2008, when SFWMD allowed water to ow freely from the canal across the district's land and onto land owned by Twin Sisters'. Twin Sisters' Family member John Austin Collier said Friday, June 8, it's his belief that a copy of this document is also in Governor Ric k Scott's of ce. Twin Sisters' is now owned by Mr. Collier and his wife Kim; the daughters of Juanell Family seeks probe into SFWMD actions Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaChamber ribbon cuttingOn Thursday, June 7, the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the building they recently leased from the city at the intersection of Parrott Avenue and Park Street. Taking part in the ceremony were, left to right, front row, John Creasman, Commissioner Ray Domer, Donna Gaiser, Taylor Fulford, Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton, J. D. Mixon, Frank DeCarlo and Cindi Birdeshaw; back row, Merilee Berglund, Councilman Mike O’Connor, Donna Huth, Mariah Parriott, Terry Burroughs, Maureen Burroughs and Mike Costopoulos. Last minute candidate quali es for sheriff's raceBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County voters will have a larger than usual selection in the coming elections. Quali cation ended at noon on Friday, June 8, with 23 names on the ballot for county, school board and constitutional of cer positions. Incumbent Clerk of Circuit Court Sharon Robertson is running unopposed as are incumbent Tax Collector Celeste Watford and incumbent School Board District 4 Representative India Riedle. Those of cials are automatically re-elected for another term and their names will not be on the ballot. There are four people vying for propert y appraiser, incumbent Republican Bill Sherman, Republican Sharon K. Wallace, Democrat Stan Curren and J. A. Tootle, who has no party af liation. The two Republican candidates will face Local elections draw large eld of candidatesSee WATER Page 5 See ELECTION Page 5 Girls softball team honored ... Page 26 W aste turned into compost ... Page 9 "We're looking for honest answers, but it's not happening with the South Florida Water Management District."— John Austin Collie r


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Driver left the scene of motorcycle crash The fatal accident involving the motorc yclist on State Road 78 early Wednesday morning is depressing. For a young person t o die that way is so sad. But what really b others me is the pickup truck driver who ed the accident scene. He hit the downed motorcyclist, drove on, turned around and c ame back, stopped and then drove away again. I can understand early in the morning t he visibility may not have been good. I don’t know if it was raining at the accident scene, b ut it was raining at my house that morning. So I can understand the pickup truck driver may not have even known that he hit a pers on when it rst happened. But then to go b ack and look, and yet drive away? I have to t hink that driver was worried about somet hing else. Maybe he had been drinking? W as he wanted by the cops for something else? Did he have drugs in the car? Was he driving with no license? Whatever the case, I hope the cops nd that pickup truck and t he driver. Because whatever was going on, t o leave the scene after hitting a person is unforgivable. My prayers are with the family of the young man who died.‘Boil water’ notice No one should drink t hat water even when t here is no boil water not ice. They shouldn’t even c harge for that. It ain’t w orth it.Spice This synthetic marijuana stuff they sell under the pretense it is incense is very dangerous. The people who sell it know these kids are going to smoke it. They don’t care t hat it could cause permanent brain damage or even kill someone. They just want the money. The kids who buy it have no idea what is really in it. The manufacturers change the recipe all the time trying to stay ahead of the courts. There is stuff in there that is very harmful. Kids think it is safe because they can buy it over the counter at convenience stores. But parents need to make sure that their kids understand it is toxic stuff and they need to stay away from it. It is sick that they put cartoon characters like Scooby Doo on the packages to attract the kids. I am glad that our sheriff and our police chief are stepping up efforts to run this stuff out of our community. The convenience store owners who sell this stuff should be locked up.Thoughts to ponder “A word to the wise ain’t necessary. It’s the stupid ones that need the advice.” Bill Cosby Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program clari edI wish to bring to your attention inaccurate information that has been oating around regarding the operation of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and the work of the program’s 300 plus volunteers. Some of you may be aware of two recent opinion pieces run in the Treasure Coast (TC) Palm titled “Families Feel Powerless Against Elder Abuse” and “Our Seniors are at Even Greater Risk.” I would like to clarify some information written in these opinion pieces. The duties, responsibilities, and advocacy work of the program has not changed. Ombudsman volunteers continue to protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of residents living in long-term care facilities. Our of ce receives numerous letters of thanks for the work performed by our ombudsmen. One letter stated, “As mediators and problem-solvers, they have been invaluable. Thanks to their efforts, the lives of our loved ones are better.” It would be a shame if that ne work was stained by inaccurate information in an attempt to derail our program. There are over 168,000 beds in Florida’s long-term care facilities with residents served by countless donated hours of our sel ess volunteer ombudsmen. Since May 2011, our volunteer numbers have increased 25 percent statewide and have remained steady over the past year. In the Treasure Coast District, which serves Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties, where this opinion piece was published, ombudsmen voluntee r numbers are up by 200 percent. As always, when we receive complaints, we respond. Statewide, this of ce received over 7,873 complaints this year. Volunteers donated over 21,532 hours on complaint investigations. And the year is far from over. Since the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program was founded in 1975, our mission has always focused on the real issues that affect Florida’s elders: neglect, abuse, scams, ag e discrimination, residents’ rights, exploitation, safety, and welfare. Through the ongoing efforts of our ombudsmen, the State Long-Term Car e Ombudsman’s participation and representation in the Governor’s Assisted Living Facilit y (ALF) Workgroup and in the ALF negotiated rulemaking meetings, we will tirelessly persis t in our efforts to bring about positive change fo r Florida’s long-term care facility residents. If you need help or would like to submit a complaint on behalf of a loved one living in a long-term care facility, or if you have questions or want more information about the wor k and accomplishments of the Ombudsman Program, I encourage you to call us at 1-888831-0404 or visit ombudsman.my orida.com online. Sincerely, Jim Crochet State Long-Term Care Ombudsman ombudsman.my orida.com June 10, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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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! Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday : A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Monday Night : A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind around 5 mph. Tuesday : A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewLooking Back ...This photo from Okeechobee’s past shows Sheriff John Collier campaigning. It was probably taken at a Fourth of July or Labor Day parade. Also pictured are 6-year-old Paul Keith D’Agostina and Warren Dalrymple, retired Chief of Police of Surfside, Miami Beach. If you would like to share more information about this photo, or would like to share another photo from Okeechobee’s history, email okeenews@newszap.com.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Yes, this newspaper is part of a chain.Ž But this chainŽ is unlike any other. We are owned by a journalistic trust. All after-tax profits are invested in our mission of community service through good local journalism. Staffing is local, and we seek out people who care about the community and want to stay here. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News June 10, 2012 off in the Aug. 14 Republican Primary. The w inner of that election will be on the ballot against Mr. Curren and Mr. Tootle in the Nov. 6 General Election. There are three candidates for sheriff. Republican Incumbent Paul May will be facing challenger Jon Folbrecht in the Republican Primary. The winner of that race will face w rite-in candidate Timothy Allen Higgins in the General Election. All three candidates for Supervisor of Elections will square off Nov. 6 General Election. Republican Heather Hancock will be going against Diane Hagan and Libby Maxw ell, neither of whom have any party af liation. There are ve candidates for the County Commission District 1 seat. Incumbent Republican Ray Domer will face two other Republicans in the Primary Election, Billy Marcum and Carl Shumate. The winner of that election will face Democrat Phil Baughman and Keith White, who has no party af liation, in the General Election. Since all four candidates for County Dommission District 3 are Republicans, that race w ill be settled on Aug. 14. Incumbent Frank Irby will face challengers Tara Boshell, Dennis Ray Conner and Brad Goodbread. Under Florida law, all voters, regardless of political af liation, will be able to vote for the district 3 commissioner since all the candidates are from the same political party. The winner of the District 5 county commission seat will also be settled in the Aug. 14 Republican Primary by all registered voters since the only challenger to incumbent Margaret Garrard Hilton is fellow Republican and former commissioner Elvie Posey. Incumbent School Board District 2 Representative Kelly Owens will face Malissa Morgan in the General Election for this nonpartisan of ce. The qualifying deadline for county judge was April 16. Incumbent County Judge Jerry Bryant was the only candidate to qualify in that race, so he is automatically re-elected and his name will not be on the ballot. Registration to vote in the primary election closes on July 16. Early voting in the Primary Election will be from Aug. 4 to Aug. 11 at the Okeechobee County Courthouse. Registration to vote in the General Elections closes on Oct. 9. Early voting in the General Election will be from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3 at the courthouse.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com ELECTIONContinued From Page 1 Pearce Peeples; Janet Peeples Storey and her husband Byron; and, Jeanette Peeples. According to the document, the water continued to ow for several days after the storm and did not stop until district employees crimped three free- owing culverts. Even then, the property remained ooded for over a month. "None of this would have happened if the district had taken care of business," said Mr. Collier. "We're looking for honest answers, but it's not happening with the South Florida W ater Management District." Some of those answers his family is seeking revolve around an eminent domain agreement Austin Pearce stipulated to in a court of law back in 1961 with the Central and South Florida Water Management Districts. This agreement allowed his family, as w ell as other families along the canal, use of w ater from the L-59 for irrigation purposes and ood protection. However, since that time the SFWMD has purchased some 4,700 acres of property surrounding the Twin Sisters' property and have since leased that acreage to an Okeechobee cattle company. Since 1989, said Mr. Collier, the Twin Sisters' group has been denied use of water from the L-59 and have had to put in wells from which they provide water to their cattle and irrigate row crops and Bahia sod. "I've had to put in 12 wells when, on the other side of the fence, there was an unlimited amount of water," said Mr. Collier. "If the district had adhered to the eminent domain agreement, we wouldn't be having this conversation." A copy of the document, obtained by this newspaper from DEP through a public records request, shows that Mr. Vinyard's of ce received it Thursday, May 31. Mr. Vinyard was not available for comment. In his place, DEP Public Information Of cer Patrick Gillespie stated that no determination has been made on whether the agency will conduct the requested investigation of the SFWMD. "DEP is still reviewing the information," he said. Mr. Gillespie explained that DEP has supervisory authority over all of the water management districts in Florida. "DEP advises and partners with the water management districts on key issues. But, each district has a governing board that sets policy and directs district of cials," added Mr. Gillespie. The eminent domain issue is one of the focal points of Twin Sisters' claims. Federal, state and local governments may take private property through their power of eminent domain, following just compensation to the property owner. Among the property rights subject to eminent domain are air, water and land. The government takes private property through condemnation proceedings. When Mr. Gillespie was asked if eminent domain "just goes away" after time, he replied that DEP is "still reviewing the concerns brought up in the letter." "Based on documents we have, eminent domain does not go away. There's no statute of limitations on eminent domain," said Mr. Collier. Mr. Collier said Mr. Vinyard and his agency was asked to look into the concerns of Twin Sisters' with several goals in mind. He said the Twin Sisters' wants an explanation from the state government on why they've been treated like this and an acknowledgement from the state that they (the state) were wrong; they want the same quantity and quality of water from the L-59 as stipulated in the 1961 eminent domain agreement; they want answers as to why their property was ooded and when they made the district aware of that issue nothing was done; and, they want to be made whole. "Since 1989 we've gone down this path of trying to get water. Now, we want some damn answers," said Mr. Collier emphatically. W ATERContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee County Burn Ban liftedThe Okeechobee County Interim Public Safety Director, David McCain announced Friday the county-wide burn ban which has been in effect since April 13 has been lifted. The burn ban was imposed due to the dry conditions within Okeechobee County along with the City of Okeechobee. Recent rainfall totals have eased the dry conditions but Director McCain also urged residents to be cautious with any open res. "Drought conditions statewide have improved but the according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U. S. Department of Agriculture rainfall totals are still below normal. It is important all residents and visitors remain diligent when it comes to outdoor burning." OKMS announces upcoming mixer eventAloha! The June Main Street Mixer will be sponsored by Quality Air Conditioning and Heating, 5351 S.W. 16th Avenue on Thursday, June 14 from 5-7 p.m. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and lei as we celebrate in Hawaiian luau fashion. The public is welcome to all mixers, so please come and bring a friend for this great networking opportunity. For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast Second St. OHS rodeo team to host fundraisersThe OHS Rodeo Team will be having several fundraisers to help fellow team members, Justin Mills and Nat Stratton, with the costs of traveling to Rock Springs, Wyoming to compete at the High School Nationals competition. They invite everyone to come out and/or participate in these fundraisers to show your support. A drawing for a $500 gas card will be held on June 26. Tickets are available from rodeo team members. They will be have a Celebrity Server at Golden Corral on Monday, June 18 from 5-8 p.m. They also have a cake auction at the Okeechobee Livestock Market on June 26 at 1 p.m. The gas card drawing will be done following the cake auction. If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets, please feel free to contact Julie Rogers, at 863-634-4160.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Alberto ‘Berto’ Castro, 27OKEECHOBEE — Alberto “Berto” Castro, age 27 of Okeechobee passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Glades County, Florida. He was born October 15, 1984 in Mexico to Cecilia Ferguson. He enjoyed music, riding, sports cars, collecting watches and life. He lived life to the fullest. He was member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Okeechobee. He was preceded in death by his best friend, Tony Gehle and his grandmother, Genoveva Ordonez. He is survived by his mother, Cecilia Ferguson and father, Benjamin Villeda; sisters, Melania Lopez and Magnolia Lopez; Fianc, Dana Jimenez; brothers, Robert “NY” Collins, Michael Anthony Cejas and many loving family members and friends. A gathering will be held Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 2:00pm until services at 3:00pm in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel located at 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. President Whitesell will be of ciating. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Joe C. Biggs, 74OKEECHOBEE — Joe C. Biggs, age 74 of Okeechobee, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Riviera Beach. Joe was a resident of Okeechobee since 2003. A “Thanks For The Ride” memorial will be held Sunday, June 17, 2012, at The Good Spirits Lounge, 245 Hwy 441 SE, Okeechobee. The gathering of friends will begin at 3 p.m. Friends may leave condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com All arrangements are under the direction and care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 3833 SE 18th Terr. Okeechobee, FL.Kathy Wilkinson, 43OKEECHOBEE — Kathy Wilkinson, passed away June 7, 2012, at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. She was born Nov ember 29, 1968, in Boynton Beach, Fla. She was a lifetime resident of Okeechobee and was the Administrative Assistant for the Okeechobee County Fire Rescue. Miss Wilkinson is survived by her parents, Rahl and Kathryn Wilkinson; sister, Beth Lehman (Ed); nephew, Patrick; aunt and uncles, Lawrence and Betty Sweatt and Jim Phillips; her “sisters from another mother”, Maria Priest and Amy Davis; and mother to many. Visitation will be 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, 200 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until services at 2 p.m. with Pastor Bruce Simpson and Pastor J acob Hicks of ciating. Entombment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of owers, the family requests donations be made to the Kathy Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Okeechobee Educational Foundation, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee FL 34974. Friends may sign the guest book at w ww.BassOkeechobeeFH.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News June 10, 2012 Submit obituaries to the Okeechob ee News by emailing obits@newszap. c om. Customers may also request phot os and links to online guestbooks. Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, June 10 J uly 15, Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. You must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or w ith questions. Bible scholar to speak at churchDr. Charles Gauldin, Associate Professor of Religion at Southeastern University in Lakeland, will be the guest speaker at Fountain of Life Church, on Sunday, June 10 at the 11 a.m. service. Dr. Charles Gauldin is head of the Masters Degree Programs at Southeastern University. He is a renowned bible scholar and evangelist. Fountain of Life Church is located at 1302 S.W. 32nd St. in Okeechobee. Call for more information at 863-763-8945 or 863-801-1297. Amateur Radio Club plans June meetingThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will hold it’s June business meeting, on June 11 in a new venue. The club will meet at Beef O’Brady’s, 608 S. Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee with a meal beginning at 6 p.m. and the business meeting starting promptly at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to all amateur radio license holders in the Okeechobee area and we invite anyone with an interest in amateur or short wave radio to attend, enjoy a meal and meet the current members. For more information about the club, or the meeting, contact Tom Timmons, at 863-467-5435 and leave a message.’12 Non-Alcohol Grad-Night PartyAll 2012 graduates and their pre-approved guest are invited attend the Non-Alcohol Grad-Night Party held on Graduation Night, June 11 11 p.m.—6 a.m., at Lucky Lanes Bowling Alley for a safe entertaining last night together. No students admittance after 1 a.m. and no re-admittance. Parents, businesses and individuals are needed to volunteer and/or donate. Please contact Kristy Crawford at 863-763-5573. Okeechobee has been fortunate enough to avoid a fatal accident on graduation night in the more than 20 years since the Non-Alcohol GradNight party has been established. Eagles North announces Bingo datesEagles North will have Bingo Tuesday, June 12 at 1 p.m., and Wednesday. June 13 at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds will bene t F.O.E. 4137 community fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 N. Okeechobee.Healthy Start Coalition announces meetingThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, June 13 at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th Street, within the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.Eagles Aerie to host Spaghetti NightCypress Hut Eagles to host Spaghetti Dinner Night on Tuesday, June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. All proceeds go to Community Charit y fund. The public is welcome. Community Events


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Bridenthal, 46, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, June 5, on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (dilaudid), possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (dilaudid), possession of a controlled substance (methadone) and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (methadone). He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bridenthal is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $101,000 bond. An arrest report by a task force detective stated that a search warrant for Bridenthal’s home was obtained after he sold dilaudid and methadone pills to a con dential informant during an undercover operation. The search warrant was served after the Special Response Team from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce had entered the home and secured Bridenthal and another man. According to the detective three, 10mg, methadone pills and one, 8mg, dilaudid pill were found in a pill bottle that was supposed to contain alprazolam pills. The pill bottle was hidden behind the microwave in the kitchen area of Bridenthal’s home. Also found during the search were four packs of Scooby Snacks, also known as Spice. This substance was seized and will be sent to the Indian River Crime Laboratory to determine if it contains any illegal ingredients. The detective went on to state that a metal push rod, a piece of a drinking straw and a steel wool pad were also found. These items are sometimes used in the consumption of illegal narcotics, stated the detective. Bridenthal reportedly told the detective he does not have a valid prescription for the pills found in his home. When he was queried about selling the medications, Bridenthal asked for an attorney and the interview was stopped at that point. Task force nds pills; man arrested Rodney L. Bridenthal 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).  Patricia Gail Patton, 31, Okeechobee, w as arrested June 5 by Deputy Kari Arnold on a warrant charging her with violation of probation willfully submitting a false title. She is being held without bond. Patton was later arrested on June 6 by Detective Ted Van Deman on a felony charge of child neglect. Her bond on that charge was set at $5,000.  Kenneth Andrew Crawford, 19, S.E. 29th St., Okeechobee, was arrested June 5 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of sale of a controlled substance (dilaudid) and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (dilaudid). His bond was set at $50,000. Crawford was later arrested on June 6 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with grand theft. His bond on that charge was set at $2,500.  Eric Andrew Pena, 23, N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested June 6 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an amended DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker and violation of probation petit theft. He is being held without bond.  Michael Strozier, 23, Okeechobee, was arrested June 6 by Detective M.D. Faulkner on felony charges of grand theft rearm accessory after the fact and possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $35,000.  Jonna Leigh Kimla, 23, Okeechobee, was arrested June 6 by Detective M.D. Faulkner on a felony charge of grand theft rearm accessory after the fact. Her bond was set at $5,000.  Christopher Adam Lyons, 25, S.E. 21st Court, Okeechobee, was arrested June 7 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a certain synthetic cannabinoid (Spice). His bond was set at $5,000.  Dan Buchanan, 49, N.W. 20th Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested June 7 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on felony charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault. His bond was set at $6,500.  Michael Brian Cunningham, 42, Fifth St., Buckhead Ridge, was arrested June 8 by Deputy Joe Gracie on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. 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 SKYWARN training class offered in OkeechobeeThe National Weather Service and Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center with support from the Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will conduct a Weather Watching/ SKYWARN Basic Training, on Saturday, July 14, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the EOC, 707 N.W. 6th Street. This is a FREE CLASS and is open to the public. The idea of Skywarn is to train citizens to observe and report severe weather to help the National Weather Service predict the weather and to help keep others safe. The SKYWARN Spotter Training class will provide you with all the information needed to become a registered spotter for the National Weather Service. For more information, see http://SKYWARN.mcaraweb.com. To register for the class, please contact Ron Tagg at kd4pqq@arrl.net or 772-6315846.


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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee businesses may soon be selling raw materials to and buying the nished product from a local compost facility. Last November Waste Management (WM) held the ribbon cutting for a nine-acre facility at its N.E. 128th Avenue site that processes preconsumer food waste such as over ripe and rotten fruits and vegetables and oral items that cannot be sold in stores along with yard waste to produce compost. Truckloads of ground up yard waste are mixed with truckloads of pre-consumer food waste with a front-end loader. Then following a "recipe," the operator of the front-end loader dumps this mixture into a machine which further mixes it up. According to Karen Sussman, WM's southern group operations manager for organics, the recipe is ever changing. The product is then turned and aged for several months before it is ready for market. Ms. Sussman said the pre-consumer food waste currently comes from the Publix stores in the Miami area as well as Baptist Memorial Hospital. However, she said her company was in negotiations with a local grocery store to also furnish pre-consumer food products. Ms. Sussman said that a ton of raw materials placed into the facility equals a yard o f compost being produced. She said the facility can process of up to 30,000 tons of ra w material a year and is currently operating at 80 percent capacity. Ms. Sussman said there is a ready market for the compost which is sold under contract in bulk. She hopes to soon have some local agriculture operations as customers for the compost. 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 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics • Exhaust • A/C Service • Brakes Window Motors • Tune-Ups • Welding • Engine Mechanics863-467-6633 Located Behind Rita’s Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Diane Wood, RN Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2431 • 800-432-1064 • FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com Tree Locators, Inc. “Don’t Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate It”-Plants -Trees -Natural Stone -Decorative Gravel -Manufactured Stone -Design -Installation -Full Garden Center 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.comCall a PRO fessional Located Behind NAPA Auto Parts 101 NW 5th St. Okeechobee, FL Hours...8-4:30 Tues-Fri 8-12 Saturday(863) 634-3304 Mary Bullington and Trish Smith are now at An Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134 9 Okeechobee News June 10, 2012 W aste Management operates compost facility Three childcare classes will be offered at the Indian River State College Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee starting in June. The classes prepare students for employment in childcare centers. Special Needs in Early Childhood Education, EEX 1013 (Ref# 175953) focuses on teaching young special-needs children. This three-credit class meets on Saturday, June 16, June 23, July 14, and July 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Principles of Early Childhood Curriculum, EEC1202 (Ref# 168443), presents the techniques used to develop effective teaching-learning situations with preschool children. This three-credit class begins on June 25 will meet on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Introduction to Child Development, CHD1220 (Ref# 169662) will provide students with approaches to understanding and guiding young children. This threecredit class begins on June 26 and will meet on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call the IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus at 863-824-6000 or visit www.irsc.edu. The Dixon Hendry Campus is located at 2229 N.W. 9th Avenue in Okeechobee. Register now for childcare classes at the IRSC Okeechobee Campus


Outta the WoodsBy Tony YoungIf you hunt public land, you should know that many of Florida’s wildlife management areas (WMAs) require a quota permit to hunt during archery, muzzleloading gun and all or part of the general gun season. Take note that this year, there have been some major changes to some of the application periods, because the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is switching over to a new license/ permit vendor. What this means to you is this: Some of the quota application periods that previously occurred in October are going to be moved up earlier, and others are going to be pushed back later. For this year only, the application periods for Green Swamp general gun camping permits and these waterfowl permits – Merritt Island, Goodwin/Broadmoor, Ocklawaha Prairie, September waterfowl and the Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) – will be in July and August. The application dates for St. Marks spring turkey and special-opportunity spring turkey permits w ill be in November. Updating to the new system also means there will be no issuing of guest permits, or the issuing of leftover quota permits and re-issues during the entire month of October for this year. So if you plan on taking a friend on an October hunt, be sure to obtain the guest permit in September. We ask you to please be patient with us, w hile we make this challenging transition from old to new vendor. In the end, we feel this change will be well worth it and greatly bene t our valued customers—Florida’s hunters—who deserve the best possible service and product w e can provide. There are several types of quota permits, and most are issued by random drawing. Just so you know, there will be no new changes to the rst-phase application periods for archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, youth, family, track vehicle (a swamp buggy with tank treads), airboat and mobility-impaired quota hunt permits, which will still run June 1-30. No costs are involved with quota permits, and during this period, you may turn in only one worksheet for each type of quota hunt. One thing to remember though: Unless exempt, you must have an up-to-date management area permit (or a license that includes one) when applying for a quota permit, or the system won’t accept your application. The FWC offers youth deer hunts on Camp Blanding WMA in Clay County and Andrews W MA in Levy County. If you have children ages 8-15, and you want them to have the chance of experiencing one of these great hunts, apply for a youth quota hunt permit. During these hunts, only the youngsters may hunt, and they and their adult supervisors are the only ones allowed on the area. To increase youth hunting opportunities, children under age 16, while under direct superv ision, may accompany an adult quota permit holder on any WMA—even if the area doesn’t allow for exemptions. However, in that case, adults and youngsters must share a single bag limit. This coming season, there will be family quota hunts on 24 WMAs. These areas are Matanzas, Andrews, Devil’s Hammock, Dinner Island Ranch, Lafayette Creek, Allapattah Flats, Perdido River, Cary, Okaloacoochee Slough, Blackwater, Belmore, Jennings Forest, Four Creeks, Ralph E. Simmons, Hatchet Creek, Thomas Creek Kings Road Unit, Hilochee Osprey Unit, Lafayette Forest, Babcock Ranch Preserve, Aucilla Pinhook Area, Chipola River Altha Tract, L. Kirk Edwards, Apalachicola Bradwell Unit and Beaverdam Creek. You must have a family quota hunt permit to hunt these areas during speci c time periods. Should your name be drawn, the permit requires one adult to take one or two youths hunting. Hunters certi ed by the FWC as mobilityimpaired may apply for mobility-impaired quota permits. These permits allow exclusive access to general-gun hunting opportunities on nine of the state’s better public hunting areas. If you want to get the jump on these hunts, make sure you have the correct quota hunt application worksheet so you can apply for one or more of these great opportunities. All application worksheets can be found at MyFWC.com/ License (click on “Limited Entry/Quota Hunts” for the list). Once completed, you may use it to apply at MyFWC.com/License (click on “Buy a License Online”) or submit it to any license agent or tax collector’s of ce. The random drawings to decide who gets these quota hunt permits take place during most of July. To nd out if you’ve been selected, go to MyFWC.com/License and select “Limited Entry/ Quota Hunts,” then click “Drawing Results.” They are typically posted about two weeks after the last day of the application period. To see an updated list of all the limited entry/ quota permit application dates, go to MyFWC. com/License, and please help us spread the word about these upcoming changes. You can reach Tony at Tony.Young@MyFWC.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 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. Plus well give you a complimentary e-Subscription so you can read YOUR newspaper anywhere via the Internet.Thats a value of $72 -Yours for FREE if you act NOW!(*Value based on annual subscriptions) For ONLY $6.00 a monthSUBSCRIBE TODAY!EZPay is simplicity personified. It is the most convenient way to pay for your subscription. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 DR. JO BETH WILKERSON John and Betty Wilkerson, of Okeechobee, are proud to announce the graduation of their daughter, Jo Beth, from The University of Florida, Gainesville. She graduated on May 7, 2012, earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Valedictorian of her 2006 OHS class, she went on to complete her A.A. degree at Indian River Community College before entering the four year pharmacy program at UF. Jo Beth is currently employed by CVS pharmacy. GRADUATION AND ALSO RECEIVE OFFERS**CATCH A FREE RIDE!THE BUS PICKS UP AT:Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation**Offers cannot be combined with new member offers. Must be 18 years old to play Bingo. See Bingo Hall for complete details Limited Space Available. We reserve the right to cancel at any time. Arrival and departure times are estimated and subject to change based on travel conditions. See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate. Management reserves all rights. Person who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or those who have opted into the self-exclusion program are not eligible. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. ADDITIONAL STOPS AVAILABLE IN OTHER AREAS, CALL 1.800.360.9875 EXT 5655 FOR MORE INFO.TUESDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 5:30pmWEDNESDAYS/THURSDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 7:30pmNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA! E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E R R R R R R R R R R F F F F R R R R R R E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F E E E E E E E E F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F F R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E O O O O N N N N N N N O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N O O N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R H H H H H H C C C C C C C C C C C C C N N U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L U U U U U U U N N N N N N N N L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N C C C C C C C C H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H 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 H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H *Must be 55+ and a Players Club member. Items subject to change, available while supplies last. Like us on Facebook 11 Okeechobee News June 10, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ PLCReturning gradsTwelve graduating seniors from Okeechobee High School were honored at Peace Lutheran Schools preschool graduation ceremony Wednesday, June 6. All 12 students graduated from Peace Lutheran preschool in 1999. The seniors received a graduation gift and a special blessing from the school director, Karen Smith. In the back row from left to right are: Taylor Rucks, Karlie Bowers, Dustin Rucks, Tim Hirst, Dustin Houston, Jason Rucks and Kelsi Brown; in the front row from left to right are: Taylor Fulford, Brittany Ball, Richard Donegan, Emily Raulerson and Josie Wallace.


C l a s s o f 2 0 1 2 H o m e c o m i n g K i n g Class of 2012 Homecoming King T y l e r F i n n e y a n d Q u e e n T a y l o r F u l f o r d Tyler Finney and Queen Taylor Fulford


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Congratulations “THOR” & Class of 2012!! You make us very proud!!!L ove, Your Family @ New American Physical Therapy, Fitness & Aquatic Center Brittney Alison Ball 2012 Love, Dad, Mom and BrandonYou have made us so proud. Enjoy this next phase of your life. Continue to study hard and apply yourself as you always have. 13 Okeechobee News Graduation 2012 Keepsake June 10, 2012 D u s t i n H o u s t o n Dustin Houston & L a u r e n & Lauren H a l l i d a y Halliday


Tyler SimmonsBrent Simmons We are very proud of you! Love, Mom, Angela, Savannah, Nana & Grandad Congratulations, Class of 2012! 14 15 Okeechobee News Graduation 2012 Keepsake June 10, 2012 June 10, 2012 265 Hwy 98 N € Okeechobee 265 Hwy 98 N € Okeechobee BODY SHOP BODY SHOP 863863467-1691 467-1691 SERVICE SERVICE 863863763-3555 763-3555 “We Meet By Accident” “We Meet B y Accident” “We Meet B y Accident” Congratulations, Graduates! Congratulations, Graduates! Congratulations Class of 2012!Raychel, We are so proud of you! Love Mom and Dad Raychel Rabon


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Look Who’s Graduating... “Be True to Yourself” Love, Mommy, Dad & Kasey 16 Okeechobee News Graduation 2012 Keepsake June 10, 2012OHS graduation set for Monday nightCharles M. Murphy Okeechobee News A Approximately 300 students will graduate from Okeechobee on Monday night when graduation exercises are held at the Okeechobee Ag-Civic Center at 8 pm. Emily Raulerson is class valedictorian and Kayla Harrison is the class salutatorian. The class includes 78 students who received four year math and science cords, 37 students who received silver technical cords for academic excellence and 24 students who had a perfect 4.0 grade point average in their career and technical program. The top 15 honor students will be honored at graduation. The class also had 173 students who participated and completed vocational programs in 13 different areas. 15 of the graduates received above a 1200 on the SAT and 28 on the ACT. There were 27 students who completed six or more dual enrollment classes and 12 who completed four or more AP classes. The class accumulated 17,352 hours of community service. The class continued the Okeechobee Gives Back program as they donated items to soldiers overseas, and made cash donations to the No Kill Animal Shelter, Martha’s House Domestic Violence Shelter, and Toys for Tots. “This has been a great class and we are going to miss them,” Mrs. Wiersma said, “We had a very successful academic year with FCAT scores and had a record number of seniors who are college ready, which means they won’t have to take remedial courses.” On scholarship night 146 graduates received scholarships worth nearly $2.3 million with $704,355 donated by local residents, businesses and agencies. Indian River State College provided $318,455 in scholarships to this class. 39 students received Bright Futures scholarships. 32 migrant students graduated, and 14 students were four year members of the band. Four students were four year drama students. Six students have joined the US Army, one has joined the US Marines and two have joined the US Navy. Jud Harris is the Class President, Taylor Fulford is Vice President, and Jennifer “Dory” Ranftle was Class Secretary. The class also had many sports accomplishments, which included a district championship for boy’s soccer and girl’s softball. Golfer Richard Donegan was state champion. The marching band also received superior ratings and marched in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC. Samantha Harrell was Treasure Coast Player of the Year in Softball and Richard Donegan for boy’s golf. “We are very proud of all of the students and how they conducted themselves this year. I know they will go very far and have promising careers ahead of them,” Mrs. Wiersma added. The gates open Monday night at 7 pm but school of cials urge parents and families to show up at 6:30 due to the long traf c jams every year. The 710 entrance will be the only access point. Each student receives 10 tickets for graduation. Courtesy Photo/ OHS Journalism Class of 2012 Of cers (left to right): Secretary Jenifer Ranftle, Vice President Taylor Fulford, President Judson Harris and Treasurer Morgan Crawford


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Los CocosMexican Restaurant107 NW 6th Ave • Okeechobee 863.467.0922 Brandon Elkins Samuel Medrano Karlie Rowell Taylor Davis Reynaldo Nieto Matthew Ward Taylor Fulford Angel Garcia Elizabeth Hanks Congratulations, Danielle Crane! For achieving your goal in this milestone of your life. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting! May your future be blessed in all areas of your life for continued success. We love you and are so very proud of you. Mom & Dad, Tony, Courtney, Diamond, AJ, Crystal & Charlie, Jaylinn, CJ, Olivia, Bailey Professional. Principled. Passionate.Glenn J. Sneider Attorney at LawFamily Law | Criminal Law | Civil Litigation863.467.6570 • 863.467.1968 (FAX)200 SW 9th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974 gjs@sneiderlaw.com | sneiderlaw.com Congratulations, from Wendoly Castaneda 17 Okeechobee News Graduation 2012 Keepsake June 10, 2012 V a l e d i c t o r i a n : Valedictorian: E m i l y R a u l e r s o n Emily Raulerson S i x t h : Sixth: T y l e r F i n n e y Tyler Finney E l e v e n t h : Eleventh: N i c h o l a s M e t h n e r Nicholas Methner S a l u t a t o r i a n : Salutatorian: K a y l a H a r r i s o n Kayla Harrison S e v e n t h : Seventh: J a s o n R u c k s Jason Rucks T w e l f t h : Twelfth: A n n a W a r r e n Anna Warren T h i r d : Third: C a r r i s a T y s o n Carrisa Tyson E i g h t h : Eighth: L a u r e n F u s c o Lauren Fusco T h i r t e e n t h : Thirteenth: M a r i e R e n f r a n z Marie Renfranz F o u r t h : Fourth: B r i a n n e F u r p h y Brianne Furphy N i n t h : Ninth: J e s s i c a W i l l i a m s Jessica Williams F o u r t e e n t h : Fourteenth: B r i t t n e y B a l l Brittney Ball F i f t h : Fifth: J u d s o n H a r r i s Judson Harris T e n t h : Tenth: H a l e i g h T o m l i n s o n Haleigh Tomlinson F i f t e e n t h : Fifteenth: B e n j a m i n K i e l b a s a Benjamin Kielbasa


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 18 Okeechobee News June 10, 2012 Dr. John Lau, Internal Medicine and Dr. Imran Malik, Family Medicine began working for Raulerson Hospital on June 1, but you won’t nd these physicians in a medical of ce seeing patients; their primary role is focused on the care of patients in the hospital, earning their title of Hospitalist. What is a Hospitalist? Hospitalists are specially trained in inpatient care and are considered patient specialists. They engage in clinical care, teaching, research and leadership in the eld of general medicine. Hospitalists are skilled in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. They manage patients through the continuum of an acute-care hospitalization. There are two scenarios when you may be encounter the Hospitalist Program. The rst scenario applies to people who do not have a primary care physician. For example, if you present to the Emergency Room and ultimately require admission to the hospital, but lack a primary care physician to admit you, a Hospitalist will assess and treat your medical condition and coordinate your hospital care. Another instance when you may encounter a Hospitalist is if your regular primary care physician chooses to coordinate your hospital admission with our Hospitalist program. In this instance the Hospitalist physicians will:  assess and treat your medical condition  coordinate your hospital care  establish a relationship with you and your family  review your progress with your physician  transition your medical care back to your primary care physician upon your discharge If you need a specialist while you are in the care of the Hospitalists physicians, the y will coordinate your care with other specialists as needed. For a free physician referral or health care question, contact Consult-A-Nurse at 863763-9228. Raulerson Hospital establishes new Hospitalist Program Dr. John Lau Internal Medicine Dr. Imran Malik Family medicine Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the WeekOsceola Middle School Students of the Week are gearing up for summer showers and exceeding expectations! Congratulations to: Lataveous Barrettnot pictured, Shelia Floodnot pictured, Caleb Throop, Merydian Causier, Morgan Bolannot pictured, Mia Dumadag, Imari Roberts, Mariah Baxleynot pictured, Ramiro Hernandez, Shannon O’Neal, Keirsten Bostwick, Donna Garcia, assistant principal. Okeechobee STORM cheer squad hosting SPIRIT clinicThe Okeechobee ‘STORM’ Competitive Cheer Squad will host their rst ‘SPIRIT”’Cheer Clinic Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day. The cost for this week-long cheer clinic is only $60 and for that your child will receive lunch each day along with drinks, snacks and a camp T-shirt. Ages for this camp are 4-14 years. Sign your child up at the Sports Complex on Tuesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. the clinic will consist of cheer, dance and tumbling taught by experienced competitive cheerleaders. For more information, you can call 863-634-0515. Space is limited, so don’t delay.


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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 Foreclosure Sale TRANZON.COM 877.374.4437Former Tire and Auto Service Shop Property Address: 10173 Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Auction Address: Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Tranzon Driggers | Walter J. Driggers, III, Lic. Real Estate Broker, FL Lic# AU707 & AB3145 See Final Judgment of Foreclosure for complete terms of sale 20 Okeechobee News June 10, 2012 They’re rarely seen in the wild but they do exist in Florida. They’re mink. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission (FWC) biologists are asking for the public’s help in locating these small, fast, semiaquatic creatures. Because their size and behavior keeps them out of sight, understanding where mink are in Florida, and how many mink live in the state, is extremely challenging to biologists. “If members of the public report their sightings of these elusive animals, it would be invaluable to our research,” said Jesse Boulerice, FWC biologist in Lake City. “The more people we have looking for mink, the more information we can gather.” Fisherman, boaters and other water recreationists are asked to be particularly w atchful for mink and report any sightings. These sightings will be used to identify areas w here mink are more common in Florida and help biologists pinpoint locations to focus mink research. The Everglades mink is listed in Florida as a threatened species. The FWC has created an online database for anyone to report sightings of mink in Florida at https://public. myfwc.com/hsc/mink. The database link includes pictures. Mink are typically found near, in and around sources of water, although they can also be found on dry land. “They have a long sleek body, thick tail, small ears and small eyes,” Boulerice said. “Mink are between 1 and 2.5 feet long and weigh up to 4 pounds. These animals are dark-chocolate brown to black in color and sometimes have a patch of white along the chin and throat.” Mink can be confused with otters. Otters look and behave similar to mink but are much larger in size (10-30 pounds). Weasels are also similar to mink, but are smaller and have brown fur along their backs and yellow along the entire belly. Being strictly carnivorous, mink forage in and along the edges of water, eating sh, frogs, cray sh, crabs and even muskrat and other small mammals. Historically, mink were hunted and used to make mink-fur apparel. Seen a mink? Tell FWC All-star camp week #1, June 18-22, is for children ages 6-12 years old. Camp is at Okeechobee Achievement Academy located at 1000 N.W. 34th St from 7:30 a.m.-noon. Campers will learn about the six pillars of character, bullying prevention, anti-tobacco messages as well as a variety of sports and team building skills. This camp is funded through Children’s Service Council of Okeechobee. If you have any questions about enrollment please call Amanda at 863-462-5125 ext. 128. Sign up for Okeechobee summer camp Okeechobee Pet Rescue/Humane Society needs volunteersLooking for a summer volunteer project? The Okeechobee Pet Rescue Humane Society is in dire need of volunteers. Students can commit volunteers hours as Community Service hours for school credit. Probationers can serve hours helping out the pups and any local animal lovers can help us to make a better place for the pets. Are you a cat lover? The Pet Rescue now has a special place just for cats. The cats and kittens need your help too! They need to be fed, watered and cared for. Can you donate an hour and a half to help them? This is a non-pro t organization with no paid staff. Pet/Rescue cannot stay in business without support from the community. Any takers? Call 863-357-1104. Photo courtesy of Phil Myers


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 2739 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$7,250,000 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** Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. $40,000 $40,000 or better offer or better offer MLS #205495 • • Blue Blue Heron 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 or better offer. MLS #205239 • • 319+/acres 319+/acres on Hwy 441 North $4,000,000 • Okeechobee Hammock $4,000,000 • Okeechobee Hammock Clean corner lot 100x104 (9002 SE 65th Way) $5,900 • Viking $5,900 • Viking acreage David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 (863) 763-2104 • • Se Habla Espaol Se Habla Espaol 1016-H: Blue Heron Lake access, waterfront 3/2 on half an acres. Living 1,858 Sq ft., Lg garage, large driveway. $179,900 MLS #205879 2000-H: Taylor Creek, 2000-H: Taylor Creek, Lake Access and beautiful view of the canal. 2 car garage, dock, seawall, awnings, fenced back yard, Extra RM for an of ce or guest, sewer, septic, and much more. $115,000 $115,000 MLS #205873 3000-M: 3000-M: Treasure Treasure Island Island 2 bedroom 1.5 bath mobile home with additions waterfront/lake access. Get ready to go shing! $39,900 $39,900 NOW $36,500 NOW $36,500 MLS #205768 5001-H: Okeechobee 5001-H: Okeechobee Hammock Hammock 3BR/2BA CBS house on a large lot. 1,320 Living Sq Ft. Great location for east coast commuters. $115,000 $115,000 MLS #205917. 3007-M: Treasure Island 3007-M: Treasure Island Deep Canal Access. Lg family rm addition, deck, seawall, dock, boat shed, two sheds, CBS att. garage, Tile oors kitchen & living rm. New roof in 2001. A/C 2 years old. $69,000 $69,000 MLS #205854 2001-M: Taylor Creek 2001-M: Taylor Creek 2 bedroom 2 bath Mobile Home. New skirting, wooden dock, two sheds, furnished, new appliances, and screen porch. $49,900 $49,900 NOW NOW $35,000 $35,000 Make Offer! MLS #203697 FORECLOSURE NEW LISTING LAKE ACCESS CAPTIVE LAKE LAKE ACCESS V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y Over 100 ListingsHAPPY HORSES WELCOME~ Five Acres. 3 Bd/ 2 Ba/ 2 Garage. 1690 SF under air – 2998 SF TLA. Open concept, country style kitchen, granite counters and black appliances, pantry. Full length back deck overlooks pasture. Anderson double pane windows, 2009 Roof, engineered wood oors. 5 stall Barn with tack room. SHORT SALE $179,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 5 ACRES 21 Okeechobee News June 10, 2012 The Culinary Institute at Indian River State College will hold a free Information Session for anyone interested in preparing for a career in the culinary arts on Wednesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. in the Richardson Center at the IRSC Mueller Campus at 6155 College Lane in Vero Beach. Attendees will learn about program information and nancial aid, tour the professional culinary teaching facility, and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. Students in the two-year program gain practical experience in food preparation, kitchen management, budgeting and purchasing. They learn classic culinary techniques, develop expertise in modern and international cuisine, study nutrition and sanitation, and bene t from knowledgeable instruction in kitchen management and entrepreneurship. Because of the small class sizes, students receive individualized handson instruction from certi ed chefs who have years of professional and instructional experience and rst-hand knowledge of what leading food service employers are looking for. Graduates earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Restaurant Management with a Culinary Arts concentration. The Culinary Institute at IRSC meets the needs of people who are new to the culinary arts industry, as well as those who have industry experience and want to develop a broader range of skills and earn a degree with formalized training. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall Semester. For more information contact culinary@ irsc.edu or call 772-226-2511 or visit irscculinaryinstitute.com. IRSC Culinary Institute holds information session Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Prices have recovered well from the little slide we had a few weeks ago. Demand is good and supply is picking up. Still seeing a lot of lightweight calves come to town, which could mean less supply later on, which could mean prices will continue to be good with not much pressure from high volume. Cows and bulls were steady compared to last week. Calves were steady to $2 higher on front-end good quality cattle. Triangle Cattle, Ft. Pierce, topped the calf market with a high of $3.40 bought by Foy Reynolds. Ernie Carrier, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of $95 bought by Central Beef. We have four good purebred 2 1/2 year old Angus Bulls for Sale! Also, 30 head of older Brahma-Cross Bred Cows. Our PCA Internet Sales have been High! Next sale is at the FCA Convention in Marco Island on June 21. Deadline is June 12. Todd


For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. FoundSmall Dog Found small black & white dog on State Rd 710 near Martin County Line. (863)447-1504 Garage/ Yard SalesHuge Moving Sale Thur, Fri, Sat and Sun 9430 Hwy 78W 8 to ? Van, pontoon boat, 1999 Ford, airboat and more ServicesWe pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 www.268junk.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeSales customer service representative needed for inside retail sales. Hours Mon thru Fri 8am-6pm and Sat 9am-1pm. Please email your resume to paulrieck13@gmail.com Employment MedicalMedical Assistant Must have 1 yr exp. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Fax resume to (863) 763-5920 or apply at FL Community Health Centers, 1100 N. Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL. e-mail hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Medical Immediate Openings:• Infection Control Coordinator: FT • Case Manager: RN, PRN • Paramedic: PRN • Pharmacy Tech: PRN • Respiratory Therapist (RRT): FT, PRN • Dietary Tech: PRN • RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN • Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN We offer competitive wages & excellent bene tsTo complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL Employment Part Time Brown Cow Sweetery Interested in hiring responsible outgoing person to ll part time position. Apply at: 103 SW Park St. NO PHONE CALLS. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Employment Medical For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Bicycle Sales & RepairProMobile Bicycle Repair Service We Repair All Makes & Models We Come to You! “Lets Roll!” Now Serving Okeechobee County & Surrounding Area (561)309-9320 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AppliancesWasher and Dryer Maytag Neptune Series Top of the line Solid State controls located in Okeechobee $500 pair only 772-359-9550 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. FREE TOWING. (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Coastal and Oat Hay Mix $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 2br/1ba, garage, No pets $650/mo 1st, Last & Sec. Avail 6/20 (863)467-2302 or (772)260-6969 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. ApartmentsAPARTMENT 2/1 Duplex Center of Town Painted, Tile, W/D, Very Clean, Corner lot. $700 monthly $350 Security Deposit. No Pets Call 24/7 Dave 863-634-9899 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 FEMALES STUDIO APT $360/MO. Everything included, AC, elec, cable and internet. Private entrance, quiet country setting, (863)801-8278 OAK LAKE VILLAS 2BR, 2BA, Laundry room with Washer/Dryer, large fenced patio. Very clean. $800 mo., 1st, last, $600 sec. dep. (863)634-3312 or (863)634-3313 THE OAKS AT SHANNON’S CROSSING US 441 South of city near Taylor Creek New affordable 1, 2 and 3 BR Apartments $461 $636 a month or less! Income and Occupational Restrictions Apply Call Now! 863467-0275 Bonus! Computer Lab, Dishwasher, Disposal & Storage. Now leasing to all Ag/Non-Ag Employees Handicap-Accessible Units Available Equal Housing Opportunity When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo on ground oor. Unfurnished. Pool access. Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher. Includes electric & water. $750/mo. + security deposit! 863-634-0663. Houses Rent2 MAN LOG CABIN Furnished, 2br, 1ba, Includes Utilities Waterfront, $147/wk per person (561)234-0277 AFFORDABLE New Houses. 3/1/1 for $900, 3/2 for $1000. Large yards. Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. Dixie Ranch Acres Area, 3 BR, Clean, Quiet. $700/mo., water and lawn care included. $600 Security. Pets allowed upon approval. Call 863-610-0001 OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. o f town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. OKEE 3/1 Small Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $700 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 OKEECHOBEE 3BR, NW 5th St., $800 mo. $2100 moves you in. Call (863)634-9119 OKEECHOBEE3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 22 Okeechobee News June 10, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


Working Title Structure Maintenance Technician (Field) Auto req ID 865BR Organization OM5305314 Okeechobee FS-Elct & Struct Maintenance Location: Okeechobee Field Station Job Description: This position is responsible for mechanical work associated with the repair and maintenance of water control structures, navigation locks and eld station buildings and facilities. Requires mechanical ability to perform overhauls on water control gates and gearboxes. Perform welding, including brazing torch work, cutting and tting, and arc welding layout and design. Must be able to read and follow job speci cations, blue prints and diagrams. In addition to these assignments, this position will require participation in the “Pumping Operations Program.” Program participants will be required to successfully master and demonstrate competency in pump station operations and maintenance (diesel engine operations). Employment guidelines: High School Diploma or GED and 2+ years’ experience in structure and facility maintenance or mechanical repair. Licenses: Valid State of Florida Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Ability to obtain certi cation in Rigging, Forklift Operations, First Response-Oil and Chemical Spills, CPR and First Aid. THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO RANDOM MANDATORY DRUG/ALCOHOL TESTING. Salary Minimum $33,404.80 Salary Midpoint: $39,707.20 Salary Maximum $57,241.60 To Apply/Learn more about South Florida Water Management District please visit our website at www.sfwmd.gov Click on Careers. Scroll to Find Search and Apply and click on Search Openings. In the keyword search window insert job #865BR. The South Florida Water Management District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Working Title Excavation/Earthmoving Operator Auto req ID 866BR Organization OM5305315 Okeechobee FS-Canal, Levee & Field Construction Location Okeechobee Field Station Job Description: This position is located at the Okeechobee Field Station and will be required to utilize various equipment, machinery, and interchangeable attachments, to control noxious plants and vegetation, mow heavy brush on canals banks, and remove sedimentation from canals. Operates multi excavation equipment including, dragline, track hoe and backhoe. Also operates earthmoving equipment such as, grader, dozer, front-end loader, dump truck with knuckle boom, and multi-purpose aquatic maintenance vessels. Loads, hauls, and dumps materials operating a 15-25 yard dump truck, and transports equipment and machinery on semi-trailer to and from job site including the loading and off-loading of equipment. Reads and understands: signs, signals, load charts, grade stakes, excavation plans, maps/charts for dredging areas, instruction manuals and service procedures. Employment Guidelines: High School Diploma or GED and 2+ years’ experience operating and transporting multiple pieces of equipment including: excavation and earthmoving equipment, aquatic harvesters, large farm tractors, and lower unit dragline. Must have a valid State of Florida Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with airbrake and tanker endorsements. THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO RANDOM MANDATORY DRUG/ALCOHOL TESTING. Must have the ability to obtain certi cation in Forklift Operations, CPR and First Aid. Due to the District’s response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role. In addition to these assignments, this position will require participation in the “Pumping Operations Program”. Program participants will be required to successfully master and demonstrate competency in pump station operations and maintenance (diesel engine operations). Salary Minimum: $33,404.80 Salary Midpoint: $39,707.20 Salary Maximum: $57,241.60 To Apply/Learn More About South Florida Water Management District please visit our website at www.sfwmd.gov Click on Careers. Scroll to Find Search and Apply and click on Search Openings. In the keyword search window insert job #866BR. The South Florida Water Management District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Office Space RentFOR RENT OFFICE BUILDING 2,000 SQUARE FEET CLOSE TO COURT HOUSE TELEPHONE AND ALARM SYSTEM INSTALLED CALL 863-763-4831 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Lots SaleGreat Building Lot Located in Brentwood Estates. 0.65 acres, water deposit paid, house pad in place to accommodate up to 3500 SQ. ft. home. REDUCED TO $39,500 CARL @ 863-634-8617 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent2 bedroom mobile home nice, park mostly furnished $400 month, deposit neg. 812-989-3022 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2BR, 2BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3BR, 2BA, C/Air. $550 mo. No pets. Yearly lease, plus sec. (863)763-4031 Mobile HomeSale3 bed, 2 bath 17420 Bridlewood Dr, 12x24 storage building, carport 863-357-4175 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BoatsSTRIKER19’, center console, tandem axle alum trlr, ship to shore, depth nders, trolling motor, live wells, bimini top, 135 hp Yamaha. Perfect condtion, beautiful boat, ready to go! $6400 or best offer (863)763-9998 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticeNOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a Special Exception to allow an outdoor gun club; outdoor shooting, ri e or target range with banquet facilities, primitive and RV camp sites, along with other on-site lodging in an Agricultural (A) zoning district. The property owner and applicant is JL Partners LLC. The property address is 6341 NE 96th Avenue and is more particularly described as follows: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN A PORTION OF SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 33, THENCE BEAR N 0140’41” E, ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 33, FOR A DISTANCE OF 104.88 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF N.E. 48TH STREET AND THE POINT-OFBEGINNING; THENCE BEARS 8915’33” W, ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, FOR A DISTANCE OF 623.71 FEET TO A POINT;oTHENCE BEARN 01 47’00” E FOR A DISTANCE OF 1210.43 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEARS 8913’13” W FOR A DISTANCE OF 1441.51 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR S 0147’00” W FOR A DISTANCE OF 1209.45 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SAID NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF N.E. 48TH STREET; THENCE BEAR S 8915’33” W, ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, FOR A DISTANCE OF 625.93 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE CENTER OF SECTION LINE OF SAID SECTION 33, THENCE BEAR N 0147’50” E, ALONG SAID CENTER OF SECTION LINE, FOR A DISTANCE OF 3875.78 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS (O.R.) BOOK 695, PAGE 202, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE BEAR N 8913’49” E, ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID O.R. BOOK 695, PAGE 202, FOR A DISTANCE OF 2687.68 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SAID EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 33, BEING ALSO THE S.E. CORNER OF SAID O.R. BOOK 695, PAGE 202; THENCE BEAR S 0144’37” W, ALONG SAID EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 33, FOR A DISTANCE OF 3876.97 FEET TO THE POINT-OF-BEGINNING. CONTAINING 199.09 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, AND BEING SUBJECT OT ANY AND ALL EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, RESERVATIONS AND/OR RIGHTS-OF-WAY OF RECORD INCLUDING, BUTNOT LIMITED TO, A 20.00 FEET AND A 70.00 FEET INGRESS AND EGRESS EASEMENT RUNNING ALONG, AND CONTIGUOUS WITH THE SAID EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 33. AND BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PORTION OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND AS RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS (O.R.) BOOK 646, PAGE 476 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGIN AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 33, BEING ALSO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473; THENCE BEARS 01 44’37” W, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 33, AND ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473, FOR A DISTANCE OF 649.14 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR S 8913’49” W, ALONG A LINE PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 33 AND THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473, FOR A DISTANCE OF 2687.07 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473; THENCE BEAR N 0147’50” E, ALONG SAID WEST BOUNDARY LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 649.16 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473, BEING ALSO THE NORTH ONE-QUARTER (1/4) CORNER OF SAID SECTION 33; THENCE BEAR N 8913’49”E, ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473, AND ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 33, FOR A DISTANCE OF 2686.46 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER WITH AN EASEMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF INGRESS AND EGRESS BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS THE EAST 70.00 FEET OF THE EAST ONE-HALF (1/2) OF SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, LYING SOUTH OF THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL, LESS THE SOUTHERLY 105.00 FEET THEREOF FOR ROAD PURPOSES. AND BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA ANDY LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PORTION OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND AS RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS (0.R.) BOOK 646, PAGE 473 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 33, BEING ALSO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473; THENCE BEAR S 0144’37” W, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 33, AND ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473, FOR A DISTANCE OF 649.14 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S 0144’37” W, ALONG SAID EAST LINE OF SECTION 33, AND ALONG SAID EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473, FOR A DISTANCE OF 648.99 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR S 8913’49” W, ALONG A LINE PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 33, AND PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473, FOR A DISTANCE OF 2687.68 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473; THENCE BEAR N 0147’50” E, ALONG SAID WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473, FOR A DISTANCE OF 649.02 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR N 8913’49” E, ALONG A LINE PARALLEL WITH THE SAID NORTH LINE OF SECTION 33, AND PARALLEL WITH THE SAID NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF O.R. BOOK 646, PAGE 473, FOR A DISTANCE OF 2687.07 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 40.00 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, AND BEING SUBJECT TO ANY AND ALL EASEMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, RESERVATIONS AND/OR RIGHTS OF WAY OF RECORD INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, AN EASEMENT FOR THE PURPOSE FO INGRESS AND EGRESS OVER AND ACROSS THE EAST 70.00 FEET OF THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL. TOGETHER WITH AN EASEMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF INGRESS AND EGRESS BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS THE EAST 70.00 FEET OF THE EAST ON-HALF (1/2) OF SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, LYING SOUTH OF THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL, LESS THE SOUTHERLY 105.00 FEET THEREOF FOR ROAD PURPOSES. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9111 Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim r ecord of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department. William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition S-2012-0717 419500 ON 6/10/2012 Notice of Public Sale The personal property, household goods and contents of Apt 90F, Oak Tree Place, are being stored and will be sold for cash or otherwise disposed of on June 23, 2012 to satisfy unpaid rent owed Blair Investments, Inc. 419282 ON 6/6,8,10/2012 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Public Notice Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 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Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-078 IN RE: ESTATE OF SHERWOOD P. SAUNDERS, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) T O ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of SHERWOOD P. SAUNDERS deceased, File Number 2012-CP-078, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was January 2, 2012; that the total value of the estate is $46,145.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Linda E. Saunders 9262 SE 58th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34974 A LL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOT IFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF T HE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER A PPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is June 3, 2012. Person Giving Notice: LINDA E. SAUNDERS 9262 SE 58th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34974 A ttorney for Person Giving Notice: Colin M. Cameron, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 270441 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8600 418853 ON 6/3,10/2012 Available 24/7Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=119590&pagenum=1 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 24 Okeechobee News June 10, 2012 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Court jester 5 Zoo barriers 10 Sourdoughs ground breaker 14 Quints boat in JawsŽ 15 Polite 16 Yemen seaport 17 Country singer with the 1961 hit CrazyŽ 19 Trickery 20 __-mo replay 21 Vicinity 22 Submerge while sitting poolside, as ones feet 24 Australian folk hero Kelly 25 Mine entrance 26 49th state 30 Like the son in a parable of Jesus 34 Bills of fare 35 Sudden ache 36 Heal 37 Old Norse mariner 38 1and 64Across, and the first words of the four longest puzzle answers 39 Retain 40 Cranny relative 41 Russias __ Mountains 42 Beau __Ž 43 Kitchen areas, perhaps 45 Fastening pin 46 Cereal grain 47 Also 48 Sponge for grunge 51 Play a round 52 Timing lead-in 55 The Time MachineŽ race 56 Shameful emblem in Genesis 59 Puppy bites 60 Mindy, to Mork? 61 Teen bane 62 Reggae musician Peter 63 Doofus 64 Hammer or sickle DOWN 1 Dandies 2 Shouted, say 3 Septiplus one 4 Vegas opener 5 Joel who was the first actor to portray Dr. Kildare 6 No longer squeaky 7 Adidas rival 8 Badge material 9 Snow pack? 10 Hockshop receipt 11 Beatniks Got itŽ 12 Calaboose compartment 13 Pants part 18 2009 Series winners 23 Lend a hand 25 Synthetic fiber 26 Congressionally change 27 The king of France? 28 Atom with a negative charge 29 Remora 30 Mamas mates 31 Hotel client 32 Sharp ridge 33 With 45-Down, Middle Ages quarantine area 35 Put through a sieve 38 The Flying __Ž: Wagner opera 42 Explode 44 Padres hermana 45 See 33-Down 47 Memento 48 Pre-Easter period 49 Hodgepodge 50 Uh-oh, I dropped it!Ž 51 Big smile 52 Crisp, filled tortilla 53 Sot 54 First-year law student 57 Ring icon 58 Sylvester, e.g. By Jerome Gunderson (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 02/23/11 02/23/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: gy Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com June blood drives plannedSummer time is a bad time for blood collections as so many donors are on vacation. Please support June drives and help Okeechobee help Okeechobeeans. The June bus schedule:  Tuesday, June 12 Raulerson Hospital, noon 5 p.m.  Tuesday, June 12 Okeechobee Sheriff’s Of ce, 9 a.m. 4 p.m.  Friday, June 15 County Health Department, 12:30 4:30 p.m.  Sunday, June 17 Golden Corral, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.  Friday, June 22 Publix, 1 6 p.m.  Tuesday, June 26 Wal Mart, 12 4 p.m.  Friday, June 29 Publix, 1 6 p.m.  Saturday, June 20 Wal Mart, 12 4 p.m.Okeechobee Stitchin’ group meets at Presbyterian ChurchOkeechobee Stitchin’ meets every Thursday at the Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch and come join us for socialization and crafting fun. All crafts are welcome: knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, beading or embroidery. Have a question about something or want to learn a new craft or technique, this is the place to be. Work on your project, our current project, try something new, or teach us something new, we love to work and learn together. The last Thursday of each month is our pot luck luncheon. For more information call Sandy Brown, 863-697-3099, or Correy Geissinger, 863-467-2231.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 25 Okeechobee News June 10, 2012 Okeechobee High School had their Harv est of Hope Celebration on May 21, where special recognition was given to all the Seniors that are in the Migrant Program and the Hispanic Seniors that have a GPA of 3.0 and above. The special celebration is sponsored by the Director of the Migrant Program, Leslie Lundy together with the Migrant Program A dvocate, Flerida Algarin and with the help of the Advocates from the other schools, OHS ESOL Advocate, Deliris Algarin & Elizabeth Ruiz. Guest Speaker, Alejandra Tinajero, OHS 2007 graduate and a Barry University student working towards her Masters Degree in Social Work encouraged the students to stay in school and never let any obstacles prevent them from getting a college education. In this year’s celebration, Osiel Luviano, owner of Luviano Roo ng and Construction recognized the following four students with iPADs for their Post-Secondary education, Maria Zapata (not pictured) the other three students were pictured: Araceli Sanchez, Encarnacion Vega and Marco Raya together with Osiel Luviano and Cecilia Elliott. In addition, Cristal Nunez, Manager of Nunez Lawncare & Landscaping, and Luanne Haygood both presented Encarnacion Vega and Maria Zapata with a Scholarship Certi cate of Recognition Award and a check for $250 each. Furthermore, generous contributions were received by different local businesses that were presented to top students. And our special thanks goes to Autozone, Carquest, Beef O’Bradys, Jersey Mike’s, Brown Cow Sweetery, TireZone, Tires Plus, Hi-Te k Automotive, Santa Fe Restaurant, La Fiesta, Publix, Bravo Supermarket, Flower Petal and all the parents for their food contributions served at the event which followed in the cafeteria. Harvest of Hope Celebration recognizes seniors Special to the Okeechobee News/ Osiel LuvianoFrom left to right: Cecilia Elliott (Vice-President of TD Bank, Araceli Sanchez (Senior Student), Encarnacion Vega (Senior Student), Marco Raya (Senior Student) and Osiel Luviano, owner of Luviano Roo ng and Construction, Inc. Maria Zapata (not pictured). Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESSpeech contest winnersCentral Elementary School winners of the Tropicana Speech are Delaney Jones, Jillian Kennedy and Alize Merchant. Great job!


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