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Publication Date: 07-08-2012
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Sunday, July 8, 2012 75¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 82 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 12.03 feetLast Year: 9.82 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Jobless rate remains stable in May ... Page 5 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News For the fth year in a row property values in the county have dropped. Each year, on July 1, property appraisers in Florida are required to prepare a report giving a preliminary total of the combined value of all property in their counties. Okeechobee County Property Appraiser Bill Sherman's preliminary report shows an overall drop of 7.67 percent in taxable value of property in the county as compared to the nal tota l for last year. The total value of taxable schoo l board property declined 7.97 percent and th e value of taxable property in the city fell 5.5 7 Property values continue to drop Firestix softball team wins state title ... Page 15 Special to the Okeechobee NewsArea medal winners at the June 17-23 Florida Police and Fire Games were: (left to right) Sergeant Justin Bernst (Okeechobee City Police Dept.), Haley Bartoe (Lee Co. Sheriff’s Of ce), Detective William Hill (Fla. Dept. of Financial Services), Deputy Jason Hickman (Martin Co. Sheriff’s Of ce), Deputy Tammy Sera ni (Okeechobee Co. Sheriff’s Of ce), Deputy Matthew Crawford (Okeechobee Co. Sheriff’s Of ce) and Deputy Corporal Michael Hazellief (Okeechobee Co. Sheriff’s Of ce). By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Twelve area members of law enforcement and re departments competed in last month's Florida Police and Fire Games and earned a total of 30 medals. The annual competition is open to active and retired members of law enforcement, re ghters and the military. Over 5,000 competitors took part in the June 17-23 games that were held in various venues. The games consist of more than 45 Olympic-style competitions ranging from archery to weightlifting. They also include such team events as basketball, softball and soccer. This year, competitors from the Okeechobee area brought home 12 gold, 16 silver and two bronze medals. Those competitors represent six different law enforcement and re/ EMS agencies. Local medalists were: Detective William Hill (Florida Department of Financial Services): gold 3D archery (traditional); gold practical pistol (concealed); gold low-light pistol; silver three-gun match; silver riot skeet; silver shotgun; and, silver eld archery (traditional). Lieutenant Karl Holtkamp (Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue) in Men's Swimming: gold 200-yd. freestyle; gold 200-yd. medley; gold 50-yd. breast stroke; gold 100 yd. breast stroke; silver 25-yd. freestyle; and, silver 50yd. freestyle. Lt. Holtkamp also was the high points winner for his age group. Of cer Jack Boon (Okeechobee City Police Department) in Men's Swimming: gold 200-yd. freestyle; silver 25-yd. freestyle; silver 50-yd. freestyle; and, silver 50-yd. butter y. Sergeant Justin Bernst (Okeechobee Cit y Police Department): gold three gun; gold combat pistol double; master class; gold practical pistol; and, bronze combat pistol master class. Corporal Michael Hazellief (Okeechobee Area competitors win medals at law gamesSee LAW — Page 5 See PROPERTY — Page 5 Lake water released into river ... Page 8


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Libby Maxwellfor Supervisor of Elections Dear Voters of Okeechobee County: Our country was founded upon the desire for freedom, and our election process is the way that we maintain that freedom. The right to vote is one of our most precious American liberties, but with it comes great responsibility. Likewise, the Supervisor of Elections requires a diverse set of qualifications. I am announcing my candidacy for the open seat of Supervisor of Elections, and I would like to share with you the qualities and experience that I believe make me the most qualified: Community leadership is necessary for the effective and complete performance of this state constitutional officer’s duties. In addition to conducting the elections, our Supervisor must work well with the County for budgeting, and must be able to represent at the State level when necessary. She must have access to civic organizations and citizen groups, and must be able to conduct voter education programs in our public schools, and for citizens countywide. Experience and training in law will be important to the next Supervisor of Elections, who must be able to closely monitor the elections laws that are planned by the State. Since the election of 2000, when the US Supreme Court weighed in on the vote recount, Florida elections laws have been constantly evolving. Florida has become a key swing state in national elections, and we should expect to see our State elections laws continue to change. Business experience is important to the Supervisor because in addition to managing the permanent office, she must recruit, train, and assign a large temporary staff of poll workers, and contract for and improve polling locations for each election. She also must develop and utilize the technology and equipment that will make the elections process as efficient as possible. I am an Okeechobee native who answered a calling to public service by returning home as a schoolteacher. In order to reach more people, I went back to school and studied law at the University of Florida. While managing my own business, I have given much to public and civic service, and have served in community leadership roles. Please visit my website to review my community leadership experience, resum, and professional experience, at www.LibbyMaxwell.com. I would appreciate the honor of serving as Okeechobee’s new Supervisor of Elections, and I pledge to perform the duties of the Office with the same devotion to our community that I have demonstrated throughout my life. VERY TRULY YOURS, LIBBY MAXWELLPaid by Libby Maxwell, No Party Affiliation, for Supervisor of Elections Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 “The futue of OUR COMMUNITY relies upon strong leadership. With our support, I will continue to work for YOU!” Re-Elect Margaret Garrard Helton County Commissioner Democrats & Republicans will be able to vote for me in the Primary Election on Tuesday, August 14. Paid by Margaret Garrard Helton, Republican for County Commissioner 2 Okeechobee News July 8, 2012 Today: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 95F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 70F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 90F with a heat index of 95F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Monday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog overnight. Low of 70F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the afternoon. High of 88F with a heat index of 93F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Fog overnight. Low of 70F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Chance of thunderstorm. High 88F. Chance rain 50%. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ Home DepotThe Okeechobee Home Depot volunteers participated in a beauti cation project on Tuesday, June 26 at the Veterans Of Foreign Wars, Big Lake VFW Post No 10539. The Home Depot also donated plants and containers. The wind and rain did not hold back the 10 volunteers from the Okeechobee Store 6878. In the top row are: KeKe, Karen, Marlene, Maureen, Hope, Calvin. In the bottom row are: Michelle, Annie, Jessica. Donovan was missing in the photo as he was out to get more plants. Beauti cation project at VFW


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Long time property appraiser Bill Sherman, 75, is seeking another term. Mr. Sherman is a native Floridian who was born in Okeechobee. He has eight children, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr. Sherman belongs to the cattlemen’s association, the Farm Bureau and also pastors a church in Basinger. Mr. Sherman graduated from Montverd School, a private school in Lake County and attended the University of Florida for two years. He also attended professional real estate appraiser school. Mr. Sherman has been a certi ed Florida appraiser since 1992. This certi cation requires 120 course hours and successful completion of four exams. In the past 20 y ears that he has been in of ce, Mr. Sherman has taken 480 hours of continuing education courses. He worked as an independent fee appraiser for 5 years and worked as a review appraiser for a bank for ve years reviewing the work of other appraisers. Mr. Sherman has been a licensed real estate broker for over 20 years. Even though he is not active in that trade Mr. Sherman has kept his license current through continuing education. Mr. Sherman has served continuously as property appraiser for the past 20 years and has worked in the property appraiser’s of ce for 36 years. He has served as president and district director of the Property Appraisers’ Association of Florida. Currently he serves on several committees for the association. Mr. Sherman said he believes his many years of education and experience qualify him to continue in of ce. He said that every year for 20 years he has prepared a tax role that has been approved by the Florida Department of Revenue. “It is impossible for someone without appraiser experience to produce a tax role,” Mr. Sherman said. The biggest challenge he sees to the ofce of property appraiser in coming years is that big corporations do not want to pay taxes on the same basis as everyone else. “This will continue because they can afford to ght,” Mr. Sherman said. Mr. Sherman will face Sharon Wallace in the Aug. 14 Republican primary. The winner from that race will face Democrat W.S. “Stan” Curren in the general election.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. 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Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 3 Okeechobee News July 8, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee NewsSharon Wallace, 51, is running for Okeechobee County Property Appraiser. Mrs. Wallace has a bachelor’s degree in information technology and is a Certi ed Professional in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This is a mapping tool used by the property appraiser to help explain assessment changes to property owners. She has over 1,200 hours of continuing education. Mrs. Wallace has extensive experience in the intergovernmental policy and planning arena. She has administrative, contractual and budgetary experience. The Florida Department of Revenue requires 120 hours of classes for property appraisers. Mrs. Wallace has been working on these classes on her own time and expense. “My strengths and my experience led me to the desire to run for the of ce years ago,” Mrs. Wallace said. “And now I’m at the point in my life where I can offer my services to our community. “Along the campaign trail I have learned that our community needs educating about how the mass appraisal system works,” she said. “I see this as a primary challenge for this of ce.” Mrs. Wallace believes it is important to promote the work of the property appraiser’s of ce and educate the public as to how this of ce affects their lives. She and her husband, Mike, will be celebrating their 24th anniversary next year. They have two grown daughters who are graduates of Okeechobee High School. Mrs. Wallace has lived in Okeechobee County for more than 23 years and has lived in South Florida all her life. Her husband’s parents came here in the 1980s and raise cattle on a ranch in Basinger.Mrs. Wallace’s daughters have participated in OCRA, 4-H, FFA, Big Lake Trail Riders, OHS swim team, OHS band and Upward Basketball. Mrs. Wallace has served on her church’s vestry, taught Sunday School, volunteered time in her children’s classrooms, and served as president and lled other of ces in the Okeechobee Cattlewomen’s Association. She has participated in the Relay for Life, the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, performed in the Okeechobee Community Theatre and participated in the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta. Mrs. Wallace will face incumbent Bill Sherman in the Aug. 14 Republican primary. The winner from that race will face Democrat W.S. “Stan” Curren in the general election.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Sharon Wallace seeks property appraiser Long-time property appraiser seeks re-election Sharon Wallace Bill Sherman


No reworks I think Okeechobee is getting really cheap. Okeechobee has also lost the meaning of Independence. Every year there is always s ome kind of excuse—either it’s too dry, or ends up raining. This w as a perfect year for reworks. Whatever happened to the money for all the other time reworks did not go off?  For many years the reworks were organized by the Okeechob ee Jaycees and they did fundraising all year to pay for the shows. A nything they had left went into the next year’s fundraising. But that group is no longer active. The last year that Okeechobee County had reworks, the show was paid for by a generous individual. The donations taken at that show went to partially defray the cost of the use of the Agri-Civic Center because the county would not waive the fees. So there is no money from a previous show.  For those who are disappointed that the community did not have reworks, now is the time to do something about next year. Get your club or organization to sponsor the event and start raising t he money for it. Don’t complain because no one else made the effort to organize a reworks show. Get involved and help make it happen. The reworks in Okeechobee have never been sponsored b y or paid for by the government. It takes a group of volunteers to organize it and raise the money. OUA You have to feel sorry for the poor folks at OUA because they had to drop out of the “best-tasting water contest” this last March b ecause of illness. I think they forgot and drank their own water the day before the contest and that was probably the illness that prev ented them from attending. OUA in a “best tasting drinking water c ontest” ? ya gotta luv the irony ...  So now they say they have to raise the water rates again. It w ouldn’t be so bad if we could actually drink the water. We have t o buy bottled water because we cannot stand the taste of the OUA w ater. Water should not have a taste.Hospital In the August issue of Consumer Reports Raulerson Hospital w as rated 9th out of 45 in the state of Florida for hospital safety. W e’re very lucky our community has such a good facility. Hats off to Raulerson Hospital and staff.Fire lanes All the shopping plazas in Okeechobee have re lanes. Why is it the rules regarding re lanes are enforced at all of the plazas except one? Why do the police ignore this plaza even though it is in the city limits? There is a constant problem with cars parked in t he re lanes. Delivery companies even park in front of other businesses. I have called the police about it but the cops just drive by and don’t do anything. Why don’t they start writing tickets? By Mark Mayers, LMFT, CAP of Real Life Children’s Ranch There are many de nitions of love. Perhaps the most frequent examples of love in our culture are between a man and woman or a parent and their child. Our world often views love as an emotion. Although we can feel love in our hearts for someone, the Bible tells us that love is much more than this. From a Biblical view, love is the very character of God and a series of very speci c actions that can over ow from our hearts because of who we are in Christ (if we have accepted Christ). The greatest act of love is found in John 3:16, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” His love is demonstrated as being so much more than a feeling. In John 3:16 we are told that God “loved” us so much that he was willing to humble himself even to death to save the whole world and provide the gift of eternal life. In this incredible act of mercy God set a reachable standard of living that demonstrates reconciliation and grace rather than anger and sel shness. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. In this short paragraph is found an amazing de nition of what love should be. Love here is not only a feeling but speci c choices regarding how we should interact with other people. Christ’s power in us gives us the ability to demonstrate a supernatural love characterized by forgiveness and humility that is a bright, healing light in an evil and sel sh world. Philippians 2: 3-8 says, 3 Don’t be sel sh; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Graduation night party a successThe 24th Annual Graduation Night Party a Huge Success – “We are all blessed to announce that another GRAD Night party was successful without any alcohol related accidents or deaths of our graduates,” said cochairs Matt Buxton and Teresa Chandler. Some 338 students signed up to attend the overnight party on Monday, June 11. The party was held at Lucky Lanes bowling alley where attendees enjoyed games, bowling, music and lots of food! Students played table games and earned “Brahman Bucks” to spend at the auction that took place at 5:00 am. Okeechobee businesses and residents donated to the event. Donations were used to purchase $14, 269.00 in prize items. Students took home Ipads, Ipods, Ipod nanos, laptops, desktop computers, at screen TVs, Kindles, cookware, microwaves, refrigerators, bicycles, Wii machines and much, much more! The winner of the jeopardy game received a scholarship to IRSC for one year! And, raf es were held every 15 minutes giving away $20 to students totaling $1,000 in cash prizes. Overall the event was a huge success due to the generous donations from the following businesses and individuals; 5th Street Pharmacy, ABWA, American Drilling, American Legion, Arby’s, Barracuda’s, Beef “O” Brady’s, Berger Insurance, Big Lake Eyecare, Breakthrough Recovery, B.R.A.T. Club Inc., Bruce Homer, Burger King, Buxton-Seawinds, Buckhead Ridge Homeowner’s Assoc., Cassels & MCCall, CenterState bank, CJ’s Wholesale, Centurylink, City Police Auxiliary, Colin Cameron, Conley & Conley, George & Mary Beth Cooper, Cowboy’s, Domer’s, Dominos, Don Kelly, Dr. Lechter, E & E Automotive, Eli’s Western Wear, Golden Corral, Hungr y Howies, Mr. & Mrs. Jackamore, Eastcoast Signs, Fred George, FPL, Gay Carlton, Gilbert Chevrolet, Harbor Community, Joey & Dawn Hoover, J & E Insurance, J & J Auto, Jenny & Carey Pung, Joe Arnold, Karen Rabon, KOA, Ken & Johanna Kenworthy, Gary & Lonnie Kirsch, Kiwanis, Lake Okeechobee Title, Larson Dairy, Louise Piper, Los Cocos, Lunkers, Main Street Salon, McDonalds, Meat Shoppe, Masonic Lodge, Methodist Church, Morgan’s Furniture, Gordy & Missy Morgan, Norton’s Cleaners, OCEA, Okeechobee High School, Okeechobee Motor Company, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department, Okeechobee Shooting, Pat Keebler, Pizza Hut, Publix, Pueblo Viejo, Quail Creek Plantation, Raulerson Hospital, Earl & Pheobo Raulerson, Rotary, Sante Fe, Seacoast National Bank, Sharon Ming, Sharon Wallace, Sheriff Auxiliary, Taylor Creek Real Estate, Taco Bell, Teresa Chandler, Theta Omnicron, Thrivent Lutherans, Toni Wiersma, Walpole Inc., Wal-Mart, Waste Management, Wendy’s, Williamson Cattle Company and Winn Dixie. Best wishes to the senior class of 2012 from the GRAD Night Committee: Matt Buxton, Teresa Chandler, Allison Chandler, Mike Costopoulus, Dowling Watford, Jenn y Pung, Toni Wiersma, JD Mixon, Tabitha Trent, Gena Davis and Kristy Crawford. Teresa Chandler, Event Co-Chair July 8, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit 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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Bartoe (dispatcher, Lee County Sheriff’s Of ce): silver practical pistol (concealed).  Deputy Tammy Sera ni (Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce): gold co-ed softball (gold medal winner for third consecutive year).  Men’s Softball Team silver medal winners: Fire ghter Lalo Rodriguez, Okeechobee City Fire Department; Fire ghter Saul Tijerina, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue; Deputy Jason Hickman, Martin County Sheriff’s Of ce; Deputy Matt Crawford, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce; and Deputy Dale Hardy, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. According to their web site, the Florid a Law Enforcement Games were established in 1985. This year, Okeechobee Shooting Sports hosted the skeet and trap shooting competition. LAWContinued From Page 1 percent. The preliminary total for this year shows a ve-year decline as compared to the nal totals for previous years. In 2007 the total v alue of taxable property in the county was $2.5 billion. In 2008 it fell to $2.2 billion and has continued to fall every year since then. This year’s preliminary total is $1.5 billion, a $121 million drop from last year. Improved industrial property declined 12.55 per cent. Mobile homes declined 7.91 percent in value while single family residences declined an even 5 percent. Improved commercial property came out best of all the categories with only a 0.83 percent decline from last year. These gures will be used in preliminary calculations by the county, the school board and the city for the coming scal year budget. The gures mean the various government entities will have less taxable income to work with. In order to bring in the same amount of money to the governing body as last year, the tax rate will have to increase. To bring in more taxes than last year the rate would have to increase even more. At this point city director of nance India Riedle is guring on an increase from 7.432 mils to 8.2232 mils to bring in the same amount of taxes to the city. “The only good news I can see is that our decrease is getting less,” she said. County administrator Robbie Chartier is considering keeping the county millage rate the same at 8.547 mils. This will bring in slightly less revenue to the county. One mil equals $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value. These gures also mean that many homeowners will continue to be upside down on their mortgages, meaning that they owe more on their houses than the assessed value. This will have an affect on the sales value. However, things may be looking up. “I think the worst is over,” said realtor Brandon Tucker. He predicted a slow, steady increase in property values. He said the assessed value usually lagged about a year behind the sales value. Mr. Sherman emphasized that this is a preliminary report and the nal totals could vary slightly. Even though the total value has gone down, in some cases, for various reasons individual property values may have increased. PROPERTYContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsArea residents brought home a total of 30 medals from last month’s Florida Police and Fire Games. Some of those winners were: (left to right) Of cer Jack Boon (Okeechobee City Police Dept.), Lt. Karl Holtkamp (Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue), Deputy Dale Hardy (Okeechobee Co. Sheriff’s Of ce), Fire ghter Saul Tijerina (Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue) and Lalo Rodriguez (Okeechobee City Fire Dept.). By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News There was little change in the jobless rate in Okeechobee during May as the rate remained at 9 percent, as 1,733 residents collected bene ts according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Glades County had a jobless rate of 9 percent in May which was an increase from the A pril rate of 8.3 percent. The report said 458 residents collected bene ts in May. One year ago Okeechobee had 11 percent and Glades County had 9.5 percent unemployment in May. Around the region, Highlands County had 8.1 percent, Osceola County 9.1 percent, Palm Beach County 8.6 percent, Martin County 8.2 percent, Hendry County 11.7 percent, and St. Lucie County 10.9 percent in May. The state level was 8.5 percent an increase from 8.3 percent in April. The national level stood at 7.9 percent an increase from 7.7 percent in April. Jobless rate stable in May


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Kathryn L. Kenbeek, 89OKEECHOBEE — Kathryn L. Kenbeek, Okeechobee winter resident, passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2012, at Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility in Coldwater. Born May 24, 1923, in Fayette, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Earl D. and Mabel E. (Burkholder) Schmucker. She was a member o f Calvary Baptist Church in Quincy. On April 24, 1943, she married the late, John J. Kenbec k who passed away in 1978. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, John Koop. She is survived by two daughters, Karen (Chris) Christensen, of Quincy, and Jeanne (Curtis) Johnson, of Fayette, Ohio; son, Jim (Tamera) Kenbeck, of Okeechobee; sister, Marjory Koop, of Calgary Alberta, Canada; nine grandchildren; and, 14 great-grandchildren. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Fayette, Ohio, on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Funeral service will follow at noon, at Calvary Baptist Church, Quincy, with Pastor Frank Snyder of ciating. Visitation is scheduled Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel in Quincy. Memorials are suggested to Calvary Baptist Church, Quincy. Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 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! Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 8, 2012 Eagles host District meetingCypress Hut Eagles will host a District meeting on Sunday, July 8 The District 7 installation of of cers will be at 1:30 p.m., w ith the meeting to follow.Be a fan of Special Olympics!Join Special Olympics for a night of bowling and fun to help raise $1,200,000 to support local athletes. On Thursday, July 12, at 6 p.m., at Stardust (Lucky Lanes), located at 1465 U.S. 441, S.E. in Okeechobee. Families and teams of any size are welcome to play. Games are $3.25, shoe rental is $3. RSVP by J uly 9 to TD Bank, Cecilia Elliott at 863-8246700 or by e-mail, cecilia.elliott@td.com or call Stardust Lanes at 863-467-1800. We look forward to seeing you there. Church hosting VBSVacation Bible School will be at Victory Baptist Church on July 9 through 13 Come journey with us as we explore the jungles of life and discover the treasures of serving Jesus! It will be from 6:30-8:30 pm for ages 6-12. Please call 863-763-5067 to register. A mateur Radio Club meetsThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club hold their July Business meeting on Monday, J uly 9 at Beef O’Brady’s, 608 S. Parrott Ave., in the Club Room. The meal is scheduled for 6pm, and the business meeting will follow at 7 p.m. and usually runs for about an hour. All members of the club are invited to attend, and anyone in the Okeechobee area w ho has an interest in Amateur radio is also invited to attend and share a meal with the members of the club. Topics of discussion w ill include the Amateur Radio Field Day participation from two weeks ago, and planning for the annual “Hamfest in the Woods” to take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For more information, please contact club president, Tom Timmons at 863-4675435 and leave a message.Eagles plan dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles will serve a pulled pork dinner on Tuesday, July 10 at 5 p.m. Music will be by Carla and Bobby. All proceeds will go to the community charity fund.Join commissioner for coffeeCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Frank Irby on Tuesday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to noon and will be held in Commissioner Irby’s of ce -room 241 in the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Eagles to host bingoThe Eagles Aerie North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have bingo on Tuesday, July 10 starting at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, July 11 at 4:30 p.m. The proceeds go to the F.O.E.4137 community bene t fund.Diabetes program plannedLiving with Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN, CDE, at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 203 S.E. Second St., on Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m.Pool is site for Dive in MovieOkeechobee County Sports Complex Pool will host Family Night on Thursday, July 12 from 6-8 p.m. The entry fee of $2 includes pool entrance and Dive in Movie. Popcorn and drinks will be available for sale.Enter now for summer gamesOkeechobee County Parks & Recreation is seeking teams for the Okeechobee Summer Games. Teams compete in Olympicstyle events with a fun twist. Tentative events include: relay swim, inner tube sprint, basketball shoot-out, ping pong, hubcap hurling, tug-a-war, etc. It is a two-day competition to be held Saturday, Aug 4, at the Sports Complex and Saturday, Aug. 11, at the AgriCivic Center. The fee is $100 per team. The deadline has been extended to Friday, July 20. There are two divisions: Junior (ages 1417) and Adult (18 & up). We need a minimum of 16 combined teams. Call the Parks & Recreation Dept. at 863-763-6950 for more details.Eagles to host ‘hen shoot’Eagles Aerie North, 9984 U.S. 441 N., will host a ‘hen shoot’ on July 14 The event is open to the public. Ladies are invited to grab their shotguns and compete for prizes. The rst 15 rounds are $2 per round donation. Men are also welcome. The event will include a bake sale. The proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 ladies auxiliary bene t fund. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Bass tourney dates are setThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, July 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 with questions.Political forum set for July 16A political forum will be held on July 16 in the Osceola Middle School gymnasium, 825 S.W. 28th St., from 5:30 until 10 p.m. The forum will include candidtes from the following races: U.S. Senator; U.S. Representative District 17; State Representative District 55; Sheriff; Property Appraiser; School Board District 2; and, County Commission Districts 1, 3 and 5. The forum will also be broadcast live on WOKC 100.9 FM and 1570 AM.Main Street plans mixerThe July Main Street Mixer will be sponsored by the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 SW Park St., on Thursday, July 19, from 5 until 7 p.m. Okeechobee Main Street mixers are free to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. This is an opportunity to meet fellow citizens and local business owners while you relax and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. The theme for this event is a “Tacky Tourist” so bring your camera, hat and shades to t right in! 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 N.E. Second St. (directly north of CVS). Community Events


Okeechobee residents will be on their w ay to becoming registered nurses thanks to the introduction of the Indian River State College Associate Degree in Nursing programs at the Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee. Classes for the program begin Aug. 23. The students will complete their general education, laboratory courses and clinical internships in Okeechobee. “We are so excited about this new program which expands educational opportunities in Okeechobee,” said Russ Brown, Provost of the Dixon Hendry Campus. The eleven RN students are: Casander Almazan, Sherry Douglas, Jude Fischer, Jetta Frake, Rachel Laskey, Hayley Orr, Tiffany Peters, Stephanie Summers, Raquel Torres, Robert Rodriguez and Ann Walters. IRSC offers four-year Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing, Health Care Management, Biology, Business Administration, Organizational Management, Information Technology, Education, Human Services, Digital Media, Criminal Justice, Public Administration and Public Safety Administration, as well as twoyear Associate’s Degrees and Technical Certi cate programs. For more information, contact the IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus at 863-824-6000 or visit www.irsc.edu. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 7 Okeechobee News July 8, 2012 Colon cancer has one of the best survival rates if it’s caught early. Health experts urge proper screening to detect colon cancer before symptoms appear. In its earliest stages, the cancer is limited to the inner layer of the intestine or colon and may not cause symptoms. A colonoscopy is one of the best tests used to check for cancer. Early detection led to the decline in colon cancer deaths over the past 15 years. While there is no single reason that some people develop colon cancer, many times the cancer begins as benign polyps, which can turn into cancer. Researchers have found several risk factors that increase the odds of developing colorectal cancer. Some factors that increase the chances of getting colorectal polyps are beyond our control:  Age: More than 9 out of 10 people with colorectal cancer are older than 50.  History of polyps: If your doctor has found adenomatous polyps, you may be more likely to get cancer.  In ammatory bowel disease: Diseases that in ame the colon, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease raise your risk of colon cancer.  Family history of colorectal cancer or inherited gene: You’re at higher risk for colon cancer if immediate family members have also been diagnosed with the disease.  Being of African American descent: Experts aren’t sure exactly why people of certain ethnic backgrounds are more susceptible to colon cancer. Luckily, there are many risk factors you can control through lifestyle changes and diet. Follow this advice to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer:  Avoid red meat and processed meat.  Exercise—being sedentary is unhealthy.  Lose weight—obesity increases your risk.  A low-fat and highber diet may be bene cial.  Stop smoking.  Drink alcohol in moderation only.  Manage your diabetes and keep blood sugar under control. There may also be a link between having testicular cancer and developing colorectal cancer. Health experts aren’t certain whether this is because of exposure to cancer treatments such as radiation therapy. Colonoscopies should be a part of your yearly exam after age 50, and depending on your risk factors your doctor may recommend that you start earlier. Talk to your doctors about health screenings that might bene t you. For more information, visit RaulersonHospital.com or call our Consult-A-Nurse line at 863-7639228 to speak with a registered nurse for answers to your health questions or a free doctor referral. Colorectal cancer tips Special to the Okeechobee NewsAn Okeechobee resident can now become a registered nurse by enrolling in the Associate Degree in Nursing program at the IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus. The Okeechobee RN students, as well as others enrolled in health care elds, are: (front row left to right) Tori Cason, Jetta Frake, Tiffany Peters, Rachel Laskey, Erika Williams and Hayley Davis; (back row left to right) Raquel Torres, Stephanie Summers, Manuel Castrejon, Robert Rodriguez, Victor Gandarilla, Hayley Orr, Jude Fischer and Casander Almazan. IRSC offers nursing degree at its Okeechobee Campus Special to the Okeechobee NewsEmployee of the QuarterErin Hess, administrator, Okeechobee County Health Department presents the Employee of the Quarter award to Kathryn Stake.


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Items subject to change, available while supplies last. Like us on Facebook 8 Okeechobee News July 8, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Stan Curren, 52, is vying for the of ce of property appraiser. Even though there are considerably more registered Democrats than Republicans in the county he is one of only two Democrats out of 20 names that w ill appear on the ballot for local of ces. Mr. Curren is a native Floridian who has lived in Okeechobee since he was 3. He is the divorced father of two children, a boy and a girl, Mr. Curren is a 1979 graduate of Okeechobee High School. He has an Associates in Science Degree in electrical engineering and he is a state certi ed electrical contractor. Mr. Curren said he grew up in dairy and beef cattle operations and is the owner of an electrical contracting business. He is a member of the Moose Lodge and the Masons and has supported various community charities. He has also served on the Okeechobee County Planning Board. "I've given to this community my whole life," Mr. Curren said. Mr. Curren was on the planning board during the recent building boom and he said he warned against too rapid an expansion of the infrastructure. When asked why he felt he was quali ed for the of ce, Mr. Curren replied, "I made my money buying and selling real estate." He said he understood the dif culties business owners face. He says he has nothing to gain or lose if he is elected. If elected, he intends to treat everyone equally. "I believe in fairness to everybody," Mr. Curren said. There should be no good ole boys.' I have no special interestI care about the community as a whole. There are ways of solving problems without controversy." "I understand the past and the present and I want to move forward," he asserted. We're going forward. The way you move forward is to re-establish the infrastructure." However, he also intends to learn from the past. "We are just stagnant here," Mr. Curren said. "The taxes are way too high." "We need growth, vision, creativity," he said. "We have to come up with a business plan." Mr. Curren said he realizes the country is in recession. However, he said he feels that now is the time improve things. Incumbent Bill Sherman will face Sharon Wallace in the Aug. 14 Republican primary. The winner from that race will face Mr. Curren in the general election.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Stan Curren is candidate for property appraiser The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has begun another release of water from Lake Okeechobee as part of ongoing efforts to reduce salinity (saltwater content) in the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The new water release began July 5. The Corps is making the release in a pulselike manner to mimic a rainfall event. The target ow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary for this release is an average of 300 cubic feet per second (cfs) over a 10-day period, as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) east of Fort Myers. The Caloosahatchee is dependent on occasional fresh-water releases from Lake Okeechobee during dry conditions to offset high salinity in the estuary. The releases also provide circulation of water to prevent stagnation which can lead to algal blooms. On July 5, the lake stage was 12.01 feet, and has risen over the past month. The lake is currently within the Bene cial Use Sub-band of the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (2008 LORS). The Corps and partner agencies will continue to closely monitor and assess system conditions, and may decrease releases if local basin runoff contributes to ows. For more information on water level and ows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps' water management page at the following website: http://www.saj.usace. army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/ MultiProject/WaterMgt/index.htm. Corps to continue water release for Caloosahatchee Estuary Stan Curren


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It has come to my attention that people are not aware that they must be a registered Republican in order to vote in some of the local races on August 14th, The Republican Primary. “In other words if you are registered as a Democrat, Independent or No Party Af liation you will not be able to vote in the Republican Primary Races.THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER OR CHANGE PARTY AFFILIATION IS JULY 16TH. I need your support in the August 14th election. If you wish to vote in the Republican primary on August 14th please go to the Supervisor of Elections of ce and change your party af liation now before it is too late. REMEMBER THE DEADLINE TO DO THIS IS JULY 16TH. I thank you again for your support!Paid by W.C. Sherman, Republican, for Property Appraiser Professional. Principled. Passionate. 863.467.6570 • 863.467.1968 (FAX) 200 SW 9th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974 gjs@sneiderlaw.com | sneiderlaw.comFamily Law Criminal Law Civil Litigation 9 Okeechobee News July 8, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News There was at least one structure re in the county on the Fourth of July that could possibly have been started by reworks. At 6:18 p.m. ve vehicles and eight personnel of Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue responded to a vacant dwelling re of undetermined origin at 14294 N.W. 26th Ave. The re was extinguished, however, the building w as consumed by the re. The estimated property loss was $10,000. The owner has a Pennsylvania address. A nearby property owner reported a loud noise that could possibly be reworks or a gunshot just prior to the re starting. He also stated that he saw two white males around 13 to 15 years of age leaving the scene on a green four-wheeler. That information was given to deputies on the scene. The cause of the re is still under investigation. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Fireworks may have caused structure re 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). Preston David Guinn, 28, S.E. 28th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 5 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone). His bond was set at $5,000. Luis Delangel, 33, 51st St., Vero Beach, was arrested July 5 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). His bond was set at $5,000. James Michael Bonea, 33, S.E. 27th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 5 by Deputy Raul Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $10,000.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. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week: ASSAULT 1700 block of U.S. 441 N. 3200 block of N.E. 168th St. BURGLARY 6900 block of U.S. 98 N. 11000 block of U.S. 441 N. 1000 block of N.E. 70th Ave. 6700 block of N.W. 151st Terrace 2200 block of Center St. THEFT 400 block of S.E. Fourth St. (money) 200 block of N.E. 14th Ave. (bicycle p arts ) 1800 block of N.E. Third St. 3100 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board is scheduled to hear four cases tomorrow night. Of the four cases on the agenda, three are charged with the same offense. Vicki Staton, owner of the property at 1003 N.W. Seventh St., Freddie and Lisa Phipps, owners of property at 814 S.E. Eighth St. and Foster LLC, owner of property in the 1000 block of N.W. Sixth Ave., have all been charged with public nuisance and need for general cleaning and beauti cation. The ne for the N & A Construction property at 406 N.E. Fourth St. has accrued for over nine days. Therefore the board will have to decide what action to take.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 24Hour Customer Service AUTO • HOME • LIFE • RETIREMENTLori C. BergerExclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8737 The Canvas Shop, LLCOn-site servicePrivacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modi cations 909 S. Parrott Ave., Ste B Okeechobee, FL 34974 Carl and Donna Gaiser 863.763.7500 fax 863.763.6754 JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342Cargo • Auto • Utility Trailers & Parts www.inkwell4ink.com 909 So. Parrott Ave Okeechobee 863-357-4INK •VIP Discounts (4465)Tattoos & Piercings 863.532.1077Free Estimates Lic# 1862 Lic#10355 Licensed & Insured 863.763.1141300 NW Park St OkeechobeeCall a PRO fessional An Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134An Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134 M&M Auto Brokers, Inc. Buy Here! Pay Here!As low as $500 Down Easy Payment CASH FOR JUNK! We’ll Work with you! C all Mitch (863) 763-0330 Cell 954-214-8877 mandmautobrokersinc.com3565 Hwy 441 N., Okeechobee 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 10 Okeechobee News July 8, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News‘Charge On. Charge On.’An historic picture of the “Battle of Okeechobee” was presented to the Okeechobee Historical Society by three members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) The original painting was done by Guy LaBree and titled “Charge On, Charge On.” Pictured are DAR members Su George, Julie Alexander Turner and Betsy Cheney with Okeechobee Historical Society President, Betty Chandler Williamson. Su George also shared with the Historical Society at its May meeting, a video of the re-dedication of the Okeechobee Battle eld Monument. City code board to consider overgrown properties If you go ...What: City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 Where: Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall


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Florida has one opening for a State Certi ed Appraiser Residential or Commercial. We are a full service appraisal company based in a rural area. Fee split arrangement based on experience. Fax resume to 863-675-1005 or mail to PO Box 219, LaBelle FL 33975 DRIVERS : Dedicated Account! Top Pay, Bene ts, Miles, Weekly Home-Time & More! Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full TimeMechanic Site & paving contractor looking for experienced person to maintain equipment, from motor graders to weed wackers. Please apply in person at: 503 NW 9th Street E.O.E. R & D Maintenances is currently accepting applications for Electrician Helper position. Requirements include: Knowledge of single and three phase systems, knowledge of JLG lift operation needed. Must be at least 18, have a valid drivers license and pass a drug screen. EEO Apply in person at 475 Ridgelawn Road, Clewiston FL 33440 This is a temporary position. R & D Maintenances is currently accepting applications for licensed Journeyman Electrician. Requirements include: Knowledge of single and three phase systems, knowledge of JLG lift operation needed. Must be at least 18, have a valid drivers license and pass a drug screen. EEO Apply in person at 475 Ridgelawn Road, Clewiston FL 33440 This is a temporary position. WILDLIFE TECHNICIANFlorida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has a job opening for a technician at Fisheating Creek WMA in Glades County. For more information and to apply go to: https://people rst. my orida.com/logon.htm or call Pat at 863-946-1194 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time Sales Assistant and Coordinator needed. Immediate opening working in a busy of ce with account managers to help maintain high levels of customer service. Duties to include processing sales and purchase order entry, answer phones, manage inventory, maintain les and a wide range of customer service and other tasks. Prior experience in sales environment preferred. Pro ciency in Excel, Word, Power Point and other common computer programs required. Fax resumes to: 863-692-0100 or email to: positions@mackfarms.com WANTED Lic. Beautician needed for new upscale salon and boutique. Best pay scale in Town. Great location across street from theater. Call Jim 1-305-923-9270 or 763-6140 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? 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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 All Makes, Models I Come To You! Now Serving Okeechobee & Surrounding Areas (561)309-9320 Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com CollectiblesWANTED Highwaymen Oil Paintings. H. Newton, A. Hair, R.A. McClendon, G. Buckner, 1715 Fleet Treasure Coins. Big $$ Call 772-562-5567 Pets/SuppliesAustralian Shepard AKC with papers, 10 weeks old, female, color primarily black, white strip on face and white feet $600.00 (Local) Call 772-634-0396 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 ApartmentsIN TOWN Ef ciency Apt. Nice area. Utilities & lawn included. $625/mo. 1st & $350 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861. ApartmentsKINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 NEW DUPLEX 3/2, in the city limits. Wood cabinets w/granite countertops. All appl’s. W/D Hookup. Available now. 1st & deposit to move in. (863)465-0053 OAK LAKE VILLAS 2BR, 2BA, Laundry room with Washer/Dryer, large fenced patio. Very clean. $750 mo., 1st, last, $600 sec. dep. (863)634-3312 or (863)634-3313 VIKING/PRAIRIE 1 br. Apartment. Very clean! $650/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call Ron 561-329-8205. Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo on ground oor. Unfurnished. Pool access. Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher. Includes water. $700/mo. 1st month free. 863-634-0663. TAYLORCREEK Condo, 2/2, ground oor, screened porch, tile. $800/mo. + sec., inclds water, & pool. (863)634-0663 Houses Rent3 bedroom 2 bath home for rent, 2 car garage, split plan, ceramic tile. 863-634-9330 or 863-467-2541 AFFORDABLE New Houses. 3/1/1 for $900, 3/2 for $1000. Large yards. Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. Kings Bay CBS Home, 2/2, 1 car garage, W/D, $900 mo. Call 863-801-9163 Houses RentOKEECHOBEE 4BR, 2BA, tile throughout, $1100 month & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. Call (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 OLDER MOBILE HOME with nice 12x50 addition. 3BR, 1BA. $650/mo. incl. all utils, lawn care. Avail immediately Laundry available. 815-412-0639. TREASURE ISLAND 1/1, semi furnished all utilities included, on water with boat dock. $150/weekly. Call (561)262-1390 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 LotsMobile Home Lot for Rent Off North West 30th Street, close to Elementary School and Hwy 98. Call for more info. 863-697-1168 12 Okeechobee News July 8, 2012


Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD 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 Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. Just 15 minutes from Okeechobee and 1 1/2 mile from Kissimmee River boat ramp. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles07 Chevy Cobalt 4d, LS Low mileage, great on gas, 25 city, 34 hwy, NADA/Kelly Blue Book $9,000. Asking $7,500 obo 772-291-8799 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: Tina I. Donis-Florian Last known address: 16637 NW 38th Ave Okeechobee, FL James D. Hat eld Jr. Last known address: 3011 NW 2nd St Okeechobee, FL Jennifer A. Leon Last known address: 604 NW 15th St Okeechobee, FL Alice F. Montezuma-Vazquez Last known address: 1265 NE 55th Trl Okeechobee, FL Latisha S. Smith Last known address: 3523 SE 26th St Okeechobee, FL Lisa J. Williams Last known address: 3760 SE 12th Dr Okeechobee, FL You are hereby noti ed that your eligibility to vote is in question. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Okeechobee, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. Gwen Chandler Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 144 Okeechobee, Florida, 34972 (863) 763-4014 421414 ON 7/8/2012 13 Okeechobee News July 8, 2012 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Crossword Puzzle Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSContractors Association ScholarshipThe Okeechobee Contractors Association Scholarship was presented to Timothy Farrell (left) at the May 24 Scholarship Awards Night at OHS. Presenting the award was Mark Brandel (right). Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSCenterState Bank ScholarshipThe CenterState Bank Scholarship was presented to Kristen Barnes (left) and Benjamin Kielbasa (right) by bank representative Tabitha Trent (center) at the OHS Scholarship Awards Night held May 24. Local Blood Drives plannedCome and give the gift of life to someone in your own hometown. The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations during the month of July. July Sunday, July 8 – More to Life Ministries, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, July 13 – Walgreen’s, 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 15 – Golden Corral, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday, July 19 – SFWMD, Hwy 70 Sta., Noon–5 p.m. Saturday, July 21 – Publix, Noon–5 p.m. Sunday, July 22 – Lodge at the Lake, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday, July 27 -Seacoast National Bank, S., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday, July 27 -Okee Health Dept., Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, July 28 – Day of the Cowboy, Ag Center, 3 – 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28 – Wal Mart, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. ACROSS 1 Org. distributing a Close GuantnamoŽ handbook 5 Cloud 10 Stupefied 14 Geographical border 16 Native Nebraskan 17 Five-time All-Star second baseman 18 Item used in Wright Brothers experiments 19 Advertises 20 Salt 22 How writers often work 24 Honeysuckle shrubs 25 Algerian quarter 28 Dragging 30 Historical Russian region 31 1987 Costner role 33 Climbers observation 37 Classic diner feature 39 Private BenjaminŽ Oscar nominee Eileen 41 First AfricanAmerican majorleague coach Buck 42 Clinton Transportation secretary 44 Encircle 45 Suppressed 47 Way to make it? 49 In 52 Rhino relative 54 Very much 56 Land rover 60 Sphere lead-in 61 Gibberish 63 Toon modeled after Clara Bow 64 One-sided 65 Nice weapon 66 Edit menu command 67 Prank DOWN 1 Credit Union holding: Abbr. 2 Fish also called a blue jack 3 Tiki torch setting 4 Its radioactive 5 Sch. associated with the LDS Business College 6 John of England 7 Some bass pieces 8 Linear, for short 9 Jet creator 10 SeriouslyŽ 11 Functional 12 Drive 13 Cold drafts 15 Magnetic induction unit 21 Pain relief brand 23 This cant be!Ž 25 Rabid dog of Castle Rock 26 Make __ for it 27 Interest 29 Amazon.com ID 32 Fair 34 Prune 35 You might see one on a woodpile 36 Singer Williams 38 Rap 40 Abrasive sound 43 Lays away 46 Ally 48 Common video game fighter 49 Jordans only port 50 Personally train 51 Bleachers sign 53 Up 55 Moon goddess 57 XC years from now 58 Not up 59 Extinct pigeon relative 62 __ Buttermilk SkyŽ: 1946 song By Barry C. Silk (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 03/05/11 03/05/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Pet Rescue hosts dog behaviorist, Tibor FeigelDog Training Seminar with dog behaviorist, Tibor Feigel of ZEN K-9 is returning to the Okeechobee Pet/Rescue shelter by popular demand on July 15 from 1 until 3 p.m. Tibor Feigel lead trainer of Zen-K9 will address owner behavior concerns and behavioral modi cation during a twohour seminar. Tickets are on sale in advance at the Pet/Rescue shelter. Seating is limited. Cost is $25 per person or $45 per family. Those who adopted dogs from the shelter will get a $5 discount.


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The teams, parents and coaches have been visible in the community in the past few weeks in an effort to raise funds to help pay for the costs of the travel to Florida’s Panhandle. Coach Neal Jewell of the Dixie Darlings, an 8 and under team, said parents have done a great job helping raise funds for the teams. The district tournament was held here in Okeechobee in late June and was well attended. Teams from Avon Park, Sebring and Lake Placid all competed. The other teams in the state tournament include the Angels 10 and under, Ponytails 12 and under, and Bells 14 and under. Anyone interested in donating to the teams can call Mr. Jewell, vice president o f OCRA, at 863-697-3212, or the president o f OCRA Mickey Slayton at 863-634-0515. Members of the OCRA Darlings AllStars include Anayah Baker, Mattie Garcia, Jena Slayton, Morgan Hancock, Faith Vest, Bridgette Curl, Joy Whipple, Elle Thomas, Adrianna Baker, Laurence Sills and Kirstin Nunez. Local softball teams set for Dixie Youth state tourney By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Despite several district championships and strong seasons across the board in most sports, Okeechobee nished 62nd out of 79 schools in Class 7A in the Florida High School Athletic Association Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All Sports Award standings for 2011-12. Okeechobee earned 69 points in the annual ratings that earns points from teams that nish in the top 16 in each sport. Richard Donegan won a state championship in golf but the 100 points OHS would have earned for a team sport were not awarded to the high school because it was an individual title. Other athletes like Elisia Garcia and John Kemp made the state tournament in weightlifting and wrestling. The formula also awards schools for post-season championships and gives penalty points for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejections from games of players and coaches. The Brahman girls softball team nished in the top eight in the state and earned most of the points for the school. The boys soccer team won their district title but was eliminated in the rst round of the playoffs. FHSAA tracks 695 schools in this annual evaluation. OHS nishes low in FHSAA All-Sports Awards listings Special to the Okeechobee NewsOCRA Darlings 8and under district champs: (front row, left to right) Anayah Baker, Mattie Garcia, Jena Slayton, Morgan Hancock and Faith Vest; (middle row, left to right) Bridgette Curl, Kirstin Nunez, Laurence Sills, Adrianna Baker, Elle Thomas and Joy Whipple; (back row, left to right) coaches Mike Slayton, Ty Hancock, Steve Curl and head coach Neal Jewell.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Firestix softball program won their rst state title in their 8 and under division w hen they attended a prestigious tournament last month in Indian River County. Program director Kim Hargraves said the team played seven games at the Vero Beach Tourney and was able to win the title with a 14-8 win over Plantation in the championship game. "They played their little hearts out in the seven games and the Plantation team was very tough," she added. The coaches of the team included Kelley Smiley, Jordyn Nealis and Scott Boyer. The roster included Madi Hargraves, Jenna Stoddard, Haylee Huff, Kaylee Huff, Jillian Johnston, Elle Thomas, Mallory Collier, Cherylynn Bohannon, Chyler Villarreal, Aubee Billie and Iliana Boyer. Anyone interested in playing Firestix softball this fall is asked to contact coach Hargraves at 863-634-6322. 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.co m • 20+/-acres NW 72nd Ave. Not Buildable Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. $40,000 or better offer MLS #205495 • Fenced 5+/acres ready for a home and animals. NW 30th Ter. $42,000 MLS #205944 • Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239 • 319 +/acres on Hwy 441 North $4,000,000 MLS #205562 • Okeechobee Hammock Clean corner lot 100x104 (9002 SE 65th Way) $5,000 • Foreclosure 5+/-acres in Viking $11,900 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 5015-H: Beautiful Country home on 10+/-acres zoned Ag. Concrete & brick construction. 2122 SF under air/3196 TSF. Island kitchen, lg 30x60 barn w/3 stalls and workshop, fenced, pond, in-wall pest control. Too many extras to list! $325,000 MLS #205942 1007-H: SW Section home with street on two sides. Living Sq ft 2343, large island kitchen, dining room with large Florida room with replace, appliances, lrg Oak trees and fruit trees. $170,000 NOW $149,000 MLS #205526 4004-M: Buckhead Ridge waterfront 2BR/2.5BA with additions. Large FL rm, screened rm, workshop, boat lift, double carport on a lg corner lot with water on two sides. $85,000 MLS #20552 1006-H: In town concrete block home with carport, large back yard, 1,352 SF under air. Lots of shade from large Oak Tree. Nice starter home or investment property with potentials. $45,000 MLS #205965 5009-M: Edwards Subdivision On 1.39+/-acres room for livestock, water to pens, fenced, x fenced, large shed, 904 total SF, has addition for extra bedroom. $30,000 MLS #205945 2003-H: Taylor Creek, Lake Access xer upper. two car garage, long concrete driveway, screened back porch, shed. Some concrete seawall and large garage. $41,000 MLS #205937 LAKE ACCESS FORECLOSURE REDUCED FORECLOSURE 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 ListingsSECLUDED PARADISE~22 Acres. 2008 Energy efficient, CBS/ Cedar wrapped, 2Bd/ 2Ba/ 4 carport. 2532 SF Under air4817 TLA. Country elegance custom home. Open concept, stone fireplace, vaulted pine ceilings, panoramic views, wrap around porch. 200 MPH impact windows. Spectacular master suite, stone double shower, office-sitting room. Beadboard cabinets, tumbled marble counters, bkfast bar, outdoor kitchen, party patio, fire pit, sound system. 40x48 barn-3 bays, 2 stalls, tack rm, dog pens. Private target range. A HOME for Entertaining! $439,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 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 15 Okeechobee News July 8, 2012 Firestix crowned tourney champs Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe coaches and players of the Okeechobee Firestyx were pleased with their performance this season. Coaches are Kelley Smiley, Jordyn Nealis and Scott Boyer. The team roster includes Madi Hargraves, Jenna Stoddard, Haylee Huff, Kaylee Huff, Jillian Johnston, Elle Thomas, Mallory Collier, Cherylynn Bohannon, Chyler Villarreal, Aubee Billie and Iliana Boyer. Xplosion/Brahman Wee Cheer Clinic is scheduledThe fourth annual Xplosion/Brahman Wee Cheer Clinic will be July 9-13. Come enjoy a week of cheerleading and tumbling fun. Okeechobee Xplosions certi ed and trained staff as well as the Okeechobee High School Brahman Cheerleaders will be hosting this week of cheerleading, stunting, games and tumbling. Camp participants not only receive a camp shirt, and snack but also the opportunity to cheer in the rst home game with the OHS Brahman Cheerleaders. Spots are lling up quickly. For more information, contact 863-441-3826 by phone, or email xplosionallstarcheer@yahoo.com.


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CabSirius XM Radio, Pwr Windows & Locks $ 23,500 U94322009 Chevy Colorado $14,750 Auto Transmission2006 Toyota Tundra $12,750 Low Miles, Manual Transmission2009 Chevy Impala $11,900Auto Transmission2009 Chevy Cobalt 2024A $10,750Auto Transmission2007 Chevy TrailBlazer $12,200 Auto Transmission2006 Toyota RAV4 $13,900 Auto Transmission2005 Toyota Highlander $12,200Auto Transmission2010 Toyota Corolla $14,750 Auto Transmission2011 Nissan Versa $12,865 Auto Transmission Looking for more discounts? We offer additional rebates for participating members of Farm Bureau, AARP, USAA & More.Economy Pre-Owned VehiclesUnder $10kQuality Pre-Owned Vehicles 3 3 0 d d a a y y s s o o r r 1 0 0 0 0 0 m m i i l l e e w w a a r r r a a a n n t y y o o n a a l l l l v e h h i c c l l e e s 16 Okeechobee News July 8, 2012