Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 07-15-2012
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Okeechobee -- Okeechobee
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).
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Sunday, July 15, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 85 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.97 feetLast Year: 9.99 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Man takes down web site; avoids contempt charge ... Page 6 Mosquitoes carry dangerous illness ... Page 8 Okeechobee’s most wanted ... Page 9 Corps releasing more water into river ... Page 15 Okeechobee NewsFalling lake levels will result in a change in the lock schedules. Starting Monday the locks at Henry Creek, J&S Fish Camp, Buckhead Ridge and Lakeport will be closed. The S-193 Lock (above), located on Taylor Creek on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee, is closed due to ongoing renovation work to refurbish the lock. For more on the story, see page 15. L o c k s o n l a k e c l o s i n g Locks on lake closing By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It’s budget time again. When the Okeechobee City Council meets Tuesday evening they will take several actions connected with preparation of the new budget. The council will adopt residential and commercial solid waste collection assessments rates for 2012/13. The proposed assessment for residential service is $224.64 per year. Commercial rates will be based on the size of the collection containers and the number of pickups per week. In other budget related actions, the council will City council to adopt rates for garbage pickupSee CITY — Page 14 If you go ...WHAT: Meeting of the Okeechobee City Council WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 WHERE: City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two area men have been arrested for their alleged involvement in up to 15 home burglaries in the Oasis Village Mobile Home Park on U.S. 441 S.E. Arrested late Thursday, July 12, were: William Joseph O’Brien III, 42, U.S. 441 S.E.; and Vincent Bernard Babbs, 54, N.E. 14th Ave. Both men have been charged with one count each of burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Bond had not been set for either man as of newspaper deadline. Detective William Suggs, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), said the burglaries were allegedly committed so the men could fuel their crack cocaine habit. The detective’s arrest report indicated that he and other OCSO detectives have been going to a number of homes in Okeechobee County and recovering some of the items taken from the currently unoccupied homes in the mobile home park. Detective Suggs went on to point out that many of the victims live in Canada and won’t be back in Okeechobee County until later this year. Because of that he will have to wait until they return before he’ll be able to tell exactly what was taken, and from whom the items were taken. So far, the detective said he has been able to document the theft and sale o f several at screen televisions. Because the two suspects in the case cooperated with him, Detective Suggs said many of those TVs have been recovered. However, until the homeowners return the detective does not know who owns the televisions. OCSO detectives have also recovered a 2500 watt generator, an air compressor, tools and shing equipment. Two charged in mobile home park burglariesSee BURGLARIES — Page 14 Vincent Babbs William J. O’Brien


Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. East wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Sunday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.Extended ForecastMonday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Monday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 2 Okeechobee News July 15, 2012 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsEconomic Council meetsMembers of the Economic Council of Okeechobee met on July 11 at the Indian River State College Williamson Conference and Education Center. Engineer Marcus Hix, and General Manager Phil Spiegel, spoke on the new Trademark Metals Recycling facility located near the Okeechobee Land ll. The 60,000 sq. ft. facility will process uff, which is material leftover after the shredding process. Opening soon, the facility is expected to employ about 30 people. Pictured (L-R) are Jon Geitner, Marcus Hix, Tara Minton Rowley and Phil Spiegel. Okeechobee is in critical need of O Negative BloodGolden Corral is holding a blood drive on Sunday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us in saving lives Sunday and get a $5 Gift Card. One unit of blood has the potential to save three lives. All donors receive a free movie tickets, a $5 Golden Corral gift card, and an ice cream cone. Photo ID required.


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Guest CommentaryBy Secretary David WilkinsFlorida Department of Children and Families Our society believes deeply in the value of family. Unfortunately, some children are unable to live with their birth families because of abuse, neglect, substance abuse and other situations. At the Department of Children and Families, we are committed to helping all of Florida’s children in foster care grow up healthy, happy and safe. Our foster parents are highly committed, well-trained, patient and persistent. They are working miracles in the lives of our children and are respected partners in raising these children to be successful. Foster parents have the ability to change a child’s life in a positive and lasting way. The love and respect they give to the children in their homes are critical to each child’s healthy growth and w ell-being. Recently, DCF and our partners launched a new initiative aimed at better retaining, recruiting and supporting foster parents and also providing more social and educational activities for our children in foster care. We unveiled a new website at www.fosteringorida.com that gives information for potential foster parents and highlights successful stories of foster families and children in foster care across Florida. While we have done some things well, we certainly have room to improve. This Fostering Florida’s Future initiative is a partnership with our 18 community-based care agencies around the state, the Guardian ad Litem program, and foster parent associations, among others. Our goal is to recruit at least 1,200 new foster families in the coming year. This collaboration will help increase the number and quality of foster homes in Florida, build stronger foster families for our children and ensure that our children have every chance at becoming successful adults. The goal is simple: supportive, loving foster parents will raise these children to become independent, successful, contributing adults. I announced this initiative recently at the Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association’s annual conference in Daytona Beach. The room was lled with hundreds of foster parents and children currently in foster care, along with some who have already aged out of foster care. They were so excited to hear about the changes we are making. When foster parents know they have support and clear guidelines, and when children in foster care realize they are not alone and that so many people are working to help them succeed, the future is brighter for every child and for our entire state. These changes include working more closely with foster parents through the investigative process, streamlining paperwork during licensing and allowing them to reasonably parent the children we have placed in their care. In addition, our children should be able to safely experience what every other child experiences—school proms, date nights, slumber parties with friends, learning how to drive a car. We are doing a disservice to them if we don’t nd a way for them to live like our own children live. All children in foster care should have the same expectations at educational success as other children. As part of this effort, DCF began tracking the school attendance and graduation rates of these children on a monthl y basis to identify ways to increase school participation and ensure that children in foster care have the opportunity to graduate high school and move on to future studies. A new report card will begin looking at an array of measures for each child so that our community-based care partners can wor k with them on an individual basis and provide the tools that are needed to help them succeed. These children are the next generation of Florida’s parents, workers and leaders. In small and big ways, you can help give them the opportunities they deserve. Please help us Foster Florida’s Future. Alligator attack The letter to the editor from the woman w ho was chased by an alligator at the Stormw ater Treatment Area was a good warning to everyone. Alligators should be respected. If you get too close they might feel their territory is threatened. According to FWC, during the summer when it is warmer the gators are more active. Also, this is mating season so they are more aggressive. Watch out for the gators and treat them with respect, as in keep your distance. And never take a dog in any area w here there are alligators. Alligators love to eat dogs and they will go after any dog they can. They are not afraid of people and will attack you if you try to get between them and a dogBelle Glade Last week there was a comment in the newspaper from someone saying how great the free youth programs are in Belle Glade and how the reason Okeechobee kids get in trouble is that they don’t have free programs like that. Watching the news about the gang wars in Belle Glade makes it clear that free youth programs do not stop kids from getting into trouble. What kids need to stay out of trouble are parents who teach them right from wrong and stay involved in their lives.Health care I am very confused about the Affordable Care Act and how the states are going to pay for it. It looks like it is going to be a massive tax increase. The Supreme Court said it is not unconstitutional because it is a tax. So it is pretty clear now that this is a big tax increase, billions of dollars of increased taxes. Where is that going to come from. How can Americans afford more taxes? The Powerlessness of LoveBy Allen PattersonAdministrative Pastor, Okeechobee Presbyterian ChurchThe things that I cannot change really bug me…. they buzz around in my head at night like annoying little gnats, keeping me from sleep. But there are times when the things I cannot change or control are more than mere annoyances. Like when children are caught in the middle of their parents’ ruined lives and have to face the fact that the parents in their lives are not who they thought they were. Or when that perfect marriage of close friends suddenly explodes into a nasty divorce… and I am left feeling helpless, powerless and numb. I cannot change that dad. I cannot change that grandmother. I cannot change that situation. I cannot seem to do anything about it at all…. What do I do? What can I do? Really? About the only thing I know to do is to love them like crazy, and be willing to tell the truth. I know—it doesn’t seem like much. But it’s more powerful than you think. I’m talking about crazy love—love that does not boast and is not proud, love that perseveres. It’s a 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love. In the Holy Scriptures, in the book of Ephesians chapter 4, the writer, talking about love and it’s impact on true community, says it like this, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.... put off falsehood and speak truthfull y to your neighbor, for we are all members o f one body.” Actually, no relationship should ever supersede truth, no matter where it is found on the relationship scale… Friends? don’t expect me to lie for you just because we’re friends… Partners? don’t expect me to cover for you when you’re less than honest… Spouse? don’t lie to me or to yourself when you are too afraid to be authentic…. Parent? Don’t lie to your children, especially when you’re trying to save face and hoping they won’t see your weakness and addiction. Now you and I both know sometimes it’s hard to tell the truth to one you love, especiall y if they’re in the wrong. I’d rather x the problem, because that’s something I know how to do. I’m a good xer of broken things—but xing broken marriages, friendships and ruined lives? Not so much…. The truth is worth telling, however, and almost always needs to be told. Too few people have someone who can say, “Look here, Emperor, you’re not wearing any clothes!” If the y know you love them—deeply—they’ll usuall y hear you on some level. And by continuing to extend love, we create an environment whereby they can choose to make the right choice. Or to make the wrong one. Which is why it feels so powerless. July 15, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. 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Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! New initiative will build stronger foster families


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News July 15, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News With a possible contempt of court arrest looming, an Okeechobee man has taken down a web site that accused Sheriff Paul May of playing a part in the death of his mother and describes the sheriff as “a moral leper.” Because Barry Rhodes took down his web site Wednesday, July 11, scheduled court hearings addressing the sheriff’s motion that Mr. Rhodes be held in contempt of court and sanctions be brought against him have been canceled. Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Metzger issued a temporary injunction on May 21 requiring Mr. Rhodes to take down his web site—sheriffmay.com. On that site Mr. Rhodes accused the Okeechobee County Sheriff of corruption, taking payoffs, being a racist and ignoring violations of law by his deputies. Mr. Rhodes also alleged that his mother, Audrey, “died prematurely at the hands of Sheriff May.” Judge Metzger also ruled that Mr. Rhodes was to quit distributing business cards that read: “Stop the cancer pray for May sheriffmay.com.” At a May 16 hearing in front of Judge Metzger, Sheriff May testi ed that those cards led people to believe he had cancer. He said he didn’t know about the cards until someone contacted his wife at her place of employment. “They were inquiring about my health,” he testi ed. The sheriff said he does not have cancer and is not terminally ill. After receiving the order from Judge Metzger, Mr. Rhodes took down his web site. However, the web site was up and running again a few weeks later when there was a snafu in the posting of a court-required bond by the sheriff’s attorney Marc A. Sugerman. That was soon recti ed but the web site remained in place until this week. “If he puts up another site of that nature, we will seek legal action,” vowed Sherif f May on Friday, July 13. “This is one of the most distasteful and underhanded things I have ever seen.” In that May hearing, the sheriff told the judge that the business cards being put out by Mr. Rhodes could hamper his re-election bid. Mr. Rhodes, who represented himself at the hearing, argued that there was nothing personal intended with the cards or web site and that he had no intention of trying to interfere with the upcoming election. Sheriff May is seeking his third term. After weighing all the evidence given her, the judge did not agree with Mr. Rhodes’ explanation. “The court nds that publication of materials attempting to suggest that the sheriff, who is running for re-election, has a potentially fatal disease when he does not improperly interferes with the sheriff’s ability to perform his current job functions as well as his ability to fairly run for re-election,” opined Judge Metzger in her order. Sheriff May said there has to be some way to keep people from freely making false accusations against public of cials. “If this continues, you will soon have no one that will run for public of ce,” he said. Rhodes again ordered to take down web site Freedom Outreach to host shing tournamentThe 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.Cypress Hut Eagles to host Card BingoSunday, July 15 will be having Card Bingo starting at 3 p.m. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Political forum set for July 16A political forum will be held on July 16 in the Osceola Middle School Gymnasium, 825 S.W. 28th Street, from 5:30 to 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.Garden and Orchid Clubs to meetOn Monday, July 16 the Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. followed by the Orchid Club meeting at 7 p.m. Every one is invited. Bring y our favorite orchid or a problem orchid to discuss. There will be an assortment of clay pots and hangers to give away.The meetings are at the Extension Center, 451 Highway 98 N. For more information call 863-763-6469.Eagles North to host BINGOEagles North wil host Bingo on Tuesday, J uly 17 at 1 p.m. and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Come on out! Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 hwy 441 north, Okeechobee.Cypress Hut Eagles to host Chicken DinnerOn Tuesday, July 17 at 5 p.m. Cypress Hut Eagles will host a Fried Chicken Dinner with all the xins. Music with Carla and Bobby. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome. VFW Buckhead Ridge to host Dinner NightThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Ladies Auxiliary will hold their monthly Wednesday night dinner July 18 with a Spaghetti Dinner by Rene’. All proceeds will bene t our Veterans and their Families. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m., with a donation. On Thursday, July 19, the Ladies Auxiliary will serve burgers for Bingo from noon-1 p.m. Come out and play bingo and enjoy a great burger at our post. For more information please call 863-467-2882.Main Street plans mixerThe July Main Street Mixer will be sponsored by the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 SW Park Street, on Thursday, July 19 from 5-7 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 863-3576246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast 2nd Street (directly north of CVS). DAR plan Summer BrunchOkeechobee DAR will have a Summer Brunch on Friday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the the home of Su George, 1709 SW 28th Avenue, Okeechobee 863-763-0266. All members and those interested in DAR are invited. Community Events


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co m • Foreclosure Viking 2.50 acres $4,500 • Dixie Ranch 4+/-acres $30,000 • Basswood Lot 124x125 $6,000 Make Offer! • 319+/-acres on HWY 441 North $4,000,000 • Viking 6.25+/-acres, pole barn, 2 ponds, electricity close to property $23,000 • SOLD 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 1002-H: In town 4BR/1BA CBS with tile and carpet ooring throughout. 1,342 Total Sq Ft. Nice starter house or rental. Needs some TLC. Make offer! $59,900 1003-M: Seminole Cove 55+ community with Club House amenities. Great view of the lake, 2/2 DW MH w/addition, 2 Car carport, large driveway, Single/Metal roof, 1957 Total Sq Ft./ 1023 under air. $69,900 MLS #206023 3003-H: King’s Bay2 Bedroom 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA amenities in-ground pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 NOW $47,900. Make offer! MLS #205169 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 5004-M: Larkee Lakes (SE 58th DR) MH with additions. Screened porch, open porch in back, power generator, large carport and shed. 1380 Total Sq Ft. Nice location for east coast commuters. $29,000 MLS #20600 NEW LISTING FORECLOSURE REDUCED NEW LISTING 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 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 Over 100 ListingsCOUNTRY HILLS ~ 5 Acres. 3 Bd/ 2 Ba DWMH, 16x28 detached garage. Neat as a pin! Beautiful engineered hardwood floors, split plan, new front and back wood decks. Newer SS appliances. 12x24 and 14x24 Wooley Sheds. Good fenced pasture for horses, tack shed. High efficiency A/C. Canopy oaks in back yard. $99,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 5 ACRES 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 7 Okeechobee News July 15, 2012 Livestock Market Report Welcome back after a great July 4th holiday! Everybody must have had a good time because they all sold cattle this week to pay for it! Prices took a pretty good hit though. Some calf prices were $10 cheaper. Dry conditions have caused corn prices to really skyrocket, giving the feeders a good reason to take money off cattle. There still is a short supply and I expect the market to rebound and stay strong barring any real major disasters. Calves were quite a bit cheaper with top quality calves holding best value. Cows & Bulls were steady if not a tic higher, but expect cow prices to go down a little with drought conditions in the Midwest causing herd sell outs. Brian Beville, Ft. Pierce, topped the Calf Market with a high of $2.95, bought by D & S Cattle. Ed Walpole, Okeechobee, topped the Cow Market with a high of $92 bought by Central Beef. Make plans for our Heifer Sale & Bull Sales in October. Todd Strong Man Competition invites participantsThe Fitness Factory of Okeechobee located at 306 N.E. Third St. is hosting the second annual Strong Man Competition on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. until completion. The cost is $25. to participate. Register before July 20 and receive a FREE T-Shirt! Compete for bragging rights and awards. There will be drawings and door prizes including gift cards, FREE gym membership and FREE registration into next year’s competition. Refreshments will be sold to bene t the B.R.A.T. Club. Come cheer your favorite Strong Man on; this event is fun for the whole family! For more information call Jay 863-357-6900.


GLADES COUNTY—There has been one Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV)con rmed positive horse (onset June 25) reported from the Florida Department of A griculture & Consumer Services (FDACS) for Glades County. This is the 11th horse in the state to be reported with EEEV infection w ith onset during 2012 and is the rst case for Glades County. EEE is a rare disease that is caused by a v irus spread by infected mosquitoes. EEEV is one of a group of mosquito-transmitted v iruses that can cause in ammation of the brain (encephalitis). EEEV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Anyone in an area where the virus is circulating can get infected with EEEV. The risk is highest for people who live in or visit woodland habitats, and people who work outside or participate in outdoor recreational activities, because of greater exposure to potentially infected mosquitoes. It takes 4 to 10 days after the bite of an infected mosquito to develop symptoms of EEE. The Glades County Health Department will continue with surveillance and encourage everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure. To protect your horses from mosquitoes, you should consult with your veterinarian on getting your horses vaccinated for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). Avoiding mosquito bites is the best way to prevent disease. Please remember the ve Ds:  Dusk and Dawn – Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are seeking blood.  Dress – Wear clothing that covers most of your skin.  DEET – When the potential exists for exposure to mosquitoes, repellents containing up to 30 percent DEET are recommended. Oil of lemon eucalyptus can also be effective.  Drainage – Check around your home to rid the area of standing water, where mosquitoes lay eggs. FDACS offers the following tips on using mosquito repellent:  Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before applying a repellent.  In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is appropriate. DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months old. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children less than 3 years old.  Infants should be kept indoors or mosquito netting should be used over carriers and strollers when outside.  Never apply repellents to a child’s hands. Adults should apply repellent rst to their own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.  Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or onto clothing, but not under clothing. Do not apply repellent near the eyes or mouth, cuts, wounds, or irritated skin. FDACS offers the following tips eliminating mosquito breeding sites:  Clean out eaves, troughs and gutters.  Remove old tires or drill holes in those used in playgrounds to drain.  Turn over or remove any empty containers (cups, pots, buckets, etc.).  Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water.  Store boats upside down or with a cover  Replace water in birdbaths and pet or other animal feeding dishes at least once a week.  Change water in plant trays, including hanging plants, at least once a week.  Remove vegetation or obstructions in drainage ditches that prevent the ow of water. For more information on mosquitoborne illnesses, visit the Florida Department of Health’s Environmental Health web site at: http://www.doh.state. .us/Environment/ medicine/arboviral/index.html. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 $5 off All local orders We’ve moved! 207 NE Park St. Okeechobee863-357-5051 Visit us at: owerpetalsokeechobee.com Goodies Bouquets Gifts ~ Candle ~ Silks Largest Selection in Town! WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL TAKE OFF POUNDS FOR SUMMER WEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL LOSE up to 20 lbs in 6 weeks WE’LL HELP YOU GET STARTED 6 weeks $169CALL NOW! 863-357-9967414 S. Parrott Ave., B Okeechobee, FL Locations Nationwide to Serve You NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS 8 Okeechobee News July 15, 2012 Glades County issues mosquito-borne illness advisory Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaIn recognition Okeechobee County School Board Member Kelly Owens, left, receives a plaque from Karen Disney, right, Vice President of the Florida Association of Schools Boards, in recognition of her service as chairman of the organization’s legislative committee. The presentation took place Wednesday, July 11, during a meeting of the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments which was held at Okeechobee’s First United Methodist Church.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY PAUL MAY, REPUBLICAN, FOR SHERIFF “Experience You Can Talk To Common Sense You Can Trust” We will continue to strongly enforce our drug laws and monitor gang activity. I have compassion for people hooked on drugs, but I do NOT have compassion or sympathy for people who sell drugs or bring drugs into our county. In the past four years, misuse of prescription drugs has added a tremendous burden to our Narcotic Task Force. I now have nine of cers who solely work on drugs and monitoring gang activity. This ght is important to everyone and it will continue. We will continue to monitor under-aged selling, buying and consumption of alcoholic beverages. We have the attention of our store owners; now, most demand identi cation and for this, we thank them. Although budgets are tight, I will keep Resource Of cers in our schools. Now more than ever, our most precious resource — our children — must be protected. I will continue to support our Sheriff’s Auxiliary Units, the C.O.P.S. Program, Search and Rescue and the All Volunteer Sheriff’s Posse. These volunteers save the county thousands of dollars each year. I thank each of them for their service to our community. of Okeechobee County 9 Okeechobee News July 15, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two men have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a mobile home in the middle of the afternoon and taking a DVD player and a drill. Arrested Thursday, July 12, were David Lee Lyons, 56, N.W. 10th Ave., and Kip A llen Lyons, 31, of the same address. Both men were charged with the felonies of burglary and possession of burglary tools. Each man was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. Both men have been booked into the Okeechobee County Jail, where bond for David has been set at $35,000 and Kip is being held on a bond of $32,500. Deputy Max Waldron, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated in his arrest report that a witness saw David walking behind a mobile home shortly after 2 p.m. while wearing gloves and carrying a small black case. When David noticed that he was being watched he dropped the small case he was carrying and went to his mobile home, stated the deputy’s report. The report goes on to state that David was then seen walking around the back door of another mobile home. Next, continued the report, the witness saw Kip being handed something from inside the home. According to Deputy Waldron’s report the witness walked to the area where he rst saw David and found the small black case. Inside that case was a portable DVD player, added the report. The witness then called the sheriff’s ofce and the owner of the home from which Kip had been handed something. Deputy Waldron stated that when he entered that home with its owner they found that it had been ransacked. The owner told the deputy he was missing a portable DVD player and a drill. The DVD player was later returned to the victim but the drill was not found, added the deputy’s report. The deputy went on to state that he was able to see pry marks on the back door of the victim’s mobile home. Then, while searching the area, Deputy Waldron said he also found a screwdriver and camo-style gloves nearby. Those articles were collected as evidence. Two charged in alleged daylight burglary Kip Allen Lyons David Lee Lyons The following person is on Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list. There is an active warrant for this person. The criteria for making Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list is based on the severity of the crime in conjunction with the age of the warrant.  Llewellyn Randall Shane Dixon, 28, is 6’0” tall and weighs 183 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. His last known address is 24515 S.E. 95th Street in Indiantown. He is accused of dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a secondary metals recycler. If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of Okeechobee’s Most Wanted you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of remaining anonymous. You can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Okeechobee’s Most Wanted Llewelyn Dixon The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week:BURGLARY  6800 block of N.W. 30th St.  500 block of N.E. 31st Way  30000 block of N.E. 17th Terrace  4100 block of S.E. 28th St.  4800 block of N.E. 224th St.  1600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  15000 block of N.W. 268th St.  6200 block of S.E. 98th Trail THEFT  2500 block of S.E. 38th Trail (medication)  1100 block of N.E. 16th Ave.  3900 block of S.E. 25th St.  3600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3600 block of S.E. 33rd Ave. ( shing equipment)  3100 block of S.E. 37th Ave. (license tag, decal)  400 block of U.S. 98 N. VANDALISM  3900 block of S.E. 25th St. (mailbox)  4000 block of S.E. 25th St. (mailbox)  3900 block of S.E. 25th St. (mailbox)  S.E. 37th Terrace (mailboxes) Investigations


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Implementation of improved farming techniques, known as Best Management Practices (BMPs), produced a 71-percent phosphorus reduction in the 470,000-acre EAA farming region south of Lake Okeechobee for the 2012 monitoring period. An approved model is used to compute the reductions and makes adjustments to account for the in uences of rainfall. Just west of the EAA, the C-139 Basin also met its goal of reducing phosphorus discharges to historic levels. The 170,000acre C-139 farming region consists primarily of pasture land, row crops, citrus and sugarcane. Results show 15 metric tons owed from the basin during the 2012 monitoring period, less than half the target load of 32 metric tons. "Year after year, science-based Best Management Practices deliver reductions in nutrients that are greater than required by state law, helping to signi cantly improve Everglades water quality," said Joe Collins, Chairman of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board. "Together with treatment wetlands, BMPs provide a solid foundation for our collective efforts to achieve the ultra-low water quality standards in the River of Grass." In the EAA, the most commonly used BMPs are more precise fertilizer application methods, re ned stormwater pumping practices and erosion controls to reduce the amount of phosphorus transported in stormwater runoff to the Everglades and connected water bodies. In the C-139 Basin, the District recently worked with landowners to develop more comprehensive and stringent BMP plans for each farm that better address the unique nutrient challenges in this basin. These plans are anticipated to result in greater phosphorus reduction results. Monitoring Data Documents the Nutrient Reductions Phosphorus can impact the Everglades ecosystem when stormwater runoff carries excess amounts into protected wetlands. To meet the requirements of Florida's Everglades Forever Act, the amount of phosphorus leaving the EAA must be 25 percent less than the amount before phosphorus reduction efforts started. Data show that a 71-percent phosphorus reduction was achieved for the 2012 monitoring period. The overall average reduction from the implementation of BMPs over the program's 17-year history is 55 percent, more than twice the amount required by law. When measured in actual mass, 154 metric tons of phosphorus were prevented from entering the regional canal system, which sends water into the Everglades, during the 2012 monitoring period. Over the past 17 years, the BMP program has prevented 2,565 metric tons of phosphorus from leaving the EAA. In the C-139 Basin, a BMP program has been in place for the past nine years with the goal of reducing phosphorus discharges to historic levels. In November 2010, the program requirements were enhanced to better control nutrient runoff. The District uses a model to determine the phosphorus load that the agricultural region must achieve each year based on rainfall. For the 2012 monitoring period, the target load was 32 metric tons. Data show the actual mass of phosphorus discharged from the basin during that time was 15 metric tons. Water leaving the EAA and C-139 Basin receives additional treatment in one of several Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) before entering the Everglades. These SFWMDconstructed wetlands are lled with native vegetation and use "green" technology to further reduce phosphorus levels. Since 1994, the network of ve STAs south of Lake Okeechobee with 45,000 acres of effective treatment area have treated 12.3 million acre-feet (4 trillion gallons) of water and retained more than 1,560 metric tons of phosphorus that would have otherwise entered the Everglades. Last year, the STAs treated approximately 700,000 acre-feet of water and recorded their best performance year to date, retaining 83 percent of phosphorus from water owing through the treatment cells and treating water to an average of 34 parts per billion of phosphorus. Through the end of April 2012, more than 4,060 metric tons of phosphorus have been prevented from entering the Everglades through treatment wetlands and the BMP program. Overall, Florida has invested more than $1.8 billion to improve Everglades water quality since 1994. This year, the District is completing several water-quality improvement projects to further enhance its water-cleaning efforts: Construction is complete and pump station commissioning is in progress for an STA expansion that will nearly double the size of STA-2 in western Palm Beach Count y to 15,500 acres. Known as Compartment B, the 6,817-acre expansion will help the ST A achieve optimal performance. A 4,656-acre expansion of treatment wetlands in southeast Hendry County, known as Compartment C, is complete and pump station commissioning is set to begin. Compartment C will further improve water quality owing into the Everglades. This $47.5 million investment will connect two existing Stormwater Treatment Areas (STA-5 and STA-6) in the EAA and more than double water treatment capability at the site. Last month, the state announced an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expand water quality treatment that will lead to achievement o f the ambient water quality standard for the Everglades. Phosphorus reductions improve water qualit y


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Friends and Neighbors I want to thank all of my many friends and neighbors for all your support in my campaign for re-election as your property appraiser. 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 12 Okeechobee News July 15, 2012 Sneider Law, Okeechobee County’s long-established and respected law rm is proud to announce the launch of its newly re-designed website, www.sneiderlaw.com. The rm’s website redesign strategy was to highlight the rm’s new brand and make it is easier for people to obtain the legal information they need to garner the most effective legal support. This includes legal information about criminal law, marital and family law and civil litigation. Visitors to the site also may download a publication about “Do’s and Don’ts When Getting a Divorce.” In addition to the new website, the rm has streamlined its logo and rm identity. Sneider Law’s new brand and tagline – Professional, Principled & Passionate simply characterizes what the rm has been offering clients for decades: values and principles respected by their clients and high-caliber legal services. “Our website is designed to provide information, help, and quick delivery of services to our clients and to reach prospective clients seeking legal assistance swiftly and efciently,” says Attorney Glenn Sneider. “The website is easily navigable and provides extensive information on Criminal, Family and Civil Litigation,” he adds. “As a lawyer, it is my pledge that each person gets the most effective representation possible in a most professional and ethical manner.” Sneider Law is a rm dedicated to providing, Professional, Principled & Passionate, legal services in Family Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Litigation to the residents of Okeechobee and the surrounding areas. With over 30 years o f legal experience, Sneider Law is committed to providing clients with a thorough communications plan to keep them updated on their case. Sneider Law launches newly re-designed website Special to the Okeechobee News/ TD BankTD Bank Employee Workplace Giving Campaign Diane Davies, TD Bank Okeechobee store manager, presents United Way Board Member, Wayne Cunningham with a check to the local United Way. The check represents what the Parrott Avenue employees donated directly to Okeechobee County’s United Way foundation during the annual Employee Workplace Giving Campaign. From Maine to Florida, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank once again partnered with the United Way–“United, Standing Together, Standing For Better” and surpassed their corporate goal of over $2 million dollars! Courtesy photoGlenn Sneider


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., July 13TH Thurs., July 19THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “MAGIC MIKE”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 II: “THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN”Fri. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R III: “ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG Pd. Pol. Adv. Paid for and approved by Okeechobee Republican Executive Committee.Republican party of Okeechobee invites you to participate in the upcoming 2012 election events: July 16 – Political Forum at OMS 6pm. July 16 is the last day to register to vote or switch parties for the primary election. With 14 local Republicans as well as State and Federal Candidates in primary races, you can’t afford to not vote for your favorite candidate. To vote for your candidates of choice, you must be registered in the correct party. Register with the Republican Party today. July 20 – 6pm Lincoln Day Dinner at IRSC Williamson Center. Your local Candidates as well as State and Federal Candidates will be in attendance, and our Candidates will be speaking. Tickets are limited and available by calling 863-532-9623. Okeechobee County Republican Party 13 Okeechobee News July 15, 2012 If you’re a Floridian, you probably already know just how hot that Florida sun can get. But do you know how damaging it can be on your skin? The third most common skin cancer, melanoma, can be caused by sun exposure. An estimated 65-90 percent of melanomas, in fact, are caused by exposure to the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) light. Here are some quick tips for preventing skin cancer:Cover UpThe right clothing can help in protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Keep in mind that a regular T-shirt only offers about an SPF of 15 so you should still use sunscreen in addition. You should also wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a hat with a wide brim.Lather OnEven if you may have shade, you should always wear sunscreen when you’ll be spending time outdoors. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention recommends a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that offers broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB. This should be applied 15 minutes prior to going outside. Reapply Sunscreen can wear off over time, even if it is marketed as waterproof or sweat proof. Be sure to reapply your sunscreen every two hours or after you swim or sweat.Seek ShadeWhen possible, head for the shade! Seeking shade under an awning, umbrella, tent, or otherwise can help you reduce your ris k of skin damage that can lead to skin cancer. Remember, even if shade is available, you should still use sunscreen. Avoid Tanning & Tanning Beds Intentionally tanning or spending time in the direct sun without sun protection puts you at risk for skin cancer. Indoor tanning puts you in direct exposure to UV light and has been linked with skin cancer and cancers of the eye.Other MeasuresKeep newborn babies out of the sun. Sunscreen should only be used on children over 6 months of age. Examine your skin every month to look for changes to existing or new lesions. See a dermatologist for a screening at least once every year. If you’re going to be spending time in the Florida sun this summer, just remember to plan accordingly so you can stay protected from the sun’s harmful UV light. For more information on skin cancer and prevention, visit RaulersonHospital.com. You can also call Consult-A-Nurse service at 863-7639228 for health information and physician referrals. Raulerson Hospital offers sun safe tips Taking a dipThe Okeechobee County Sports Complex swimming pool is a popular place for kids to cool off during the summer. Make sure little ones are properly protected with sun screen and limit sun exposure to prevent sunburn. Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken


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 863-763-3134 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 Process Service PS-06-17 Bail Bonds Gregory Gernat 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864UNIQUE SERVICES 14 Okeechobee News July 15, 2012 set a tentative millage rate and set dates for budget workshops and public hearings. The council is also scheduled to vote on adoption of an ordinance that will continue the suspension of impact fees to June 30, 2013. In addition they are expected to take action on an ordinance that would update the wording in the city’s land development regulations to conform to current state law. The council will hold the rst reading and set a nal public hearing date for an ordinance adopting a non-exclusive natural gas pipeline franchise to Florida Public Utilities Company. The code enforcement board referred a code violation case to the council where the ne has been accruing for over 90 days. The council will act on that board’s recommendation that foreclosure proceedings be started. The mayor is expected issue a proclamation announcing that two council seats will be on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election. Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management District’s Okeechobee Service Center, will give the council an update on water conditions. CITYContinued From Page 1 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).  Brandon W. Henderson, 28, Merrill Road, Jacksonville, was arrested July 12 by Deputy Robbie Lamb on a Flagler County w arrant charging him with the felony of violation of community control sale of a controlled substance. He is being held without bond.  Barrett Alexander, 19, Taylor St., Oveido, was arrested July 12 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation battery on detention or commitment facility staff. He is being held without bond.  Nina Lynne Cyr, 30, N.W. 151st Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 12 by Of cer Jack Boon on a warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation dealing in stolen property. She is being held without bond. 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. Arrest Report According to the detective’s report, a 27-inch Sony television was recovered that had been sold for $30. The generator and air compressor, added the report, were sold for $75 and $55, respectively. Some of the people who purchased the stolen items were able to identify either O’Brien or Babbs as the men from whom they bought the items. The detective stated that he knows of some jewelry, coins and a handgun that were stolen, but they have yet to be recovered. In his arrest report, Detective Suggs indicated that shoe prints were found in several of the burglarized homes by OCSO Crime Scene Technicians Kathleen Watson and Jackie Moore. The soles on two pair of tennis shoes found in the home where O’Brien was living were photographed by OCSO Detective Rosemary Farless. Those photos were then shown to CSI Moore, who said the soles on one pair of those shoes were similar to prints she had found, stated the arrest report. O’Brien, said Detective Suggs, lives in Oasis Village. Detective Suggs went on to state in his report that he and fellow detectives went to an area across from Babbs’ residence on N.E. 14th Ave. where they found three sets of house keys that had been thrown into some tall grass. Two of those sets, added the detective, had house numbers on them that matched two of the lot numbers of homes burglarized. In his report, Detective Suggs asked that the rst-appearance judge set the men’s bonds high “... because if released both subjects will continue to burglarize homes to pay for their drug habit.” BURGLARIESContinued From Page 1 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Lois Nichols is scheduled to hear three new cases and one old one Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. Code enforcement of cer Rollo Ridley cited John and Essie Steen because of trash and extreme overgrowth on their 6278 N.E. 4th St. lot. According to code enforcement of cer Beth Albert, Terry L. Mateo has an accumulation of household junk, trash, and debris on his 16605 N.W. Second Ave. property. Earl L. and Rita Gayle Pitt were cited because of a re damaged condemned structure on their 3994 N.W. 36th St. property. In a case that has been ongoing for over three years Earl G. and Kristal Hoover will have to appear before the special magistrate because of zoning issues concerning their 14869 N.W. 304th St. property. Code magistrate to hear four cases


The navigation locks along the north shore of Lake Okeechobee will be closed beginning Monday due to lake levels declining below 12 feet NGVD. The following locks will close:  S-135 at J&S Fish Camp, Martin County;  S-127 at Buckhead Ridge, Glades County;  S-131 at Lakeport, Glades County; and,  G-36 at Henry Creek, Okeechobee County. While the navigation locks are out of operation, boaters will continue to have access to Lake Okeechobee from its north shore at local boat ramps. The locks will be available for boat traf c on July 14 and 15, but will close starting Monday, July 16, until the lake suf ciently rises for safe navigation. Continued high evapotranspiration rates have resulted in Lake Okeechobee dropping to 11.97 feet NGVD. Despite recent rainfall, the lake is 1.6 feet below the historical average for this time of year. The short-term forecast does not call for signi cant rain to adequately boost lake levels over the next week. Boaters should also note the status of other navigation locks in the area:  The S-193 Lock, located on Taylor Creek on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee, is closed due to ongoing renovation work to refurbish the lock and ensure decades of reliable service.  The S-310 navigation lock on the south shore at Clewiston is currently secured in the open position.  Navigation locks operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which includes locks in the Caloosahatchee River and St. Lucie Canal, are also impacted by declining water levels. Information on those navigation locks is available by calling the Corps’ South Florida Operations Of ce at 863-9838101. For a guide to recreation sites on Lake Okeechobee, including boat ramps and public parks, please visit the District’s website at www.sfwmd.gov/recreation. For more information, please call the SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center at 863-462-5260, or the Orlando Service Center at 407-858-6100. 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Call Investigator Gary at (561) 845-1313 or Call Attorney Matthew at (305) 379-0305 or Visit our website: www.Sarelson.com 15 Okeechobee News July 15, 2012 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced it will conduct another release of water from Lake Okeechobee as part of efforts to improve environmental conditions in the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The new water release is scheduled to begin today Sunday, July 15. The Corps is making the release in a pulse-like 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 (salt-water content) in the estuary. The releases also provide circulation of water to prevent stagnation which can lead to algal blooms. On Friday, July 13, the lake stage was 11.97 feet. 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 followi ng website: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/MultiProject/ WaterMgt/index.htm. Corps to continue water release for Caloosahatchee Estuary


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Auctions School District of Okeechobee County SurplusAUCTIONWed-July 18th-10 AMLoc:938 NW 34th St. Okeechobee, Fl.7 SCHOOL BUSES 2 POLICE CARSBid live onsite or online! For details, visit: www.karlindaniel.com 10% BP-Cash to BidKarlin Daniel & Assoc.Lic. Auctioneers & RE Brokers FLAB878AU1207800-329-0036 FoundFound small dog in north end of Okeechobee County. No collar or chip. Call to identify. 863-532-0039 or 863-763-6742 Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE 312 SW 2nd Street, 7/14/12, 8 to ?. Lots of items, furniture, computers, sewing machine, household goods. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 or 772-519-2463 ServicesAnn’s Affordable Cleaning Service and Pressure Washing. Inside and outside cleaning. Great References. 15 yrs. exp. Call@863-801-3296 License#10812 CAREGIVERCOMPANION RETIRED PROFESSIONAL MAN SEEKS TO PROVIDE QUALITY CARE AND ASSISTANCE INCLUDING TRANSPORTATION, HOME/YARD DUTIES AND SHARE ACTIVITIES. 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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 HVAC Technician HVAC Technician Experienced with installation and repair work on residential and commercial HVAC systems including chilled water, refrigeration, and maintenance. High school diploma or GED-Vocational school preferred. Possession of a certi ed HVAC license is desired but not a prerequisite. Salary $16.00 $25.00 Hour Send resume to: C.C.,LLC P.O. Box 2558 Okeechobee, Fl 34972 or FAX: 863-763-6337 DRIVERS : Dedicated Account! Top Pay, Bene ts, Miles, Great Home-Time & More! Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 Employment Full TimeApplicator Needed Control oating, terrestrial and/or submerged vegetation. Techniques consist of mixing and calculating a variety of authorized herbicides and their application via airboat, atv, chemical spray truck, outboard motor boats and backpack sprayers. Operates and performs repairs on spray and safety equipment as required. Prepares and maintains reports.This job normally requires daily travel from the employee’s assigned station to work sites located within the station’s jurisdiction. Education/Experience Guide: High School Diploma or GED, 1 2 years experience in mixing and the application of herbicides and pesticides a plus. Licenses: Valid Drivers License. Must be able to get and maintain a valid restricted pesticide license, with aquatic and natural areas categories. Ability to obtain certi cation in CPR and First Aid Work Activities typically involve the following: AgilityBasic Water Skills, Exposure to various water pollution contaminants, debris, Exposure to stinging/ biting insects, snakes, alligators, Exposure to gasses and/or fumes, Eye-hand-foot coordination, Full body and segmental vibration Hearing, Kneeling, Noise exposure, Prolonged standing, Public interaction, Pulling, Pushing, Recognize color differences, Specialized protective clothing, Vision, Working in on and around water. Applications being taken Tuesday July 17 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at 3080 Cty Rd 721 Lakeport, Fl (863)533-8882 Employment Full TimeBadcock Home Furniture & More Full time salesperson needed. Bilingual preferred. Duties include sales, processing sales order entry, answer phones, ling, customer service and other tasks. Must be able to work Saturdays. Apply in person at 512 NW Park Street Monday-Saturday 9AM-5PM No phone calls please Faith Academy Pre-School Faith Academy is accepting applications for teachers with strong classroom management skills, passionate, Solid communications skills, and Creative. Ability to transfer spiritually and educationally into the lives of young children. Please Call 763-8800 Substance Abuse Counselor Needed Full or Part time Minimum Bachelor Degree required. CAP or LCSW/LMHC preferred. Previous substance abuse counseling or mental health counseling experience Required. Please fax resume to: 863-467-2477. 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 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Part TimeWANTED Part-time Maintenance Person for Okeechobee Commons Apartments. Seeking an experienced maintenance person with plumbing, electrical, appliance repair and painting background. Parttime 20 hours per week. Fax resume or letter of interest to 407-347-1036. EOE. 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. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Lawn Service*** DON’S LAWNS *** COMPLETE YEAR ROUND SERVICE. 20+ YEARS EXPERIENCE. FREE ESTIMATES. CALL DON (561)723-6633 Business Opportunities Storage 70 West Storage 2190 SR 70 West 20X30 storage unit $250 per month. Climate and non climate units available. Summer specials. Huge outside storage. Boats/RV’s/trucks/e quipment. Secure automatic gates. (863)467-7550 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News July 15, 2012


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Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate 422043 ON 7/15/2012 Okeechobee County School Board Meetings July 24 and July 31, 2012 The Okeechobee County School Board will meet on July 24, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., to consider advertisement of proposed millage rates and the proposed budget for 2012-13. The School Board will meet on July 31, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., for a public hearing to consider adoption of tentative millage rates and the tentative budget for 2012-13. Both meetings will be in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, and both meetings are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 420624 ON 7/15,18/2012 Public Notice NOTICE OF OUA WORKSHOP NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet for a FY2013 Budget Workshop on Wednesday, July 25, 2011 at 8:00 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of ces, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford, P.E. Executive Director. 422031 ON 7/15/2012 Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2012-22 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY OK SOFTBALL FIELD RESTROOM INVITATION TO BID Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 3:00 p.m. on August 14, 2012 They will be publicly opened by the County Clerk or designee and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time speci ed will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on construction of a new building for Restrooms as per plans and speci cations for the OK Softball Field Restroom. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Speci cations and Contract Documents pertaining thereto, which may be examined at or obtained from: Okeechobee County Capital Projects 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Ste. C Okeechobee, FL 39972 (863) 763-0805 Phone (863) 763-5529 Fax Any questions pertaining to the project speci cations or scope of work will be addressed to the Okeechobee County Capital Projects in writing no later than eleven (11) days prior to bid of project, which is August 3, 2012. Each Contractor will be furnished with one (1) set of Plans and Speci cations for a non-refundable deposit of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) for a hard copy. Electronic version of the Plans and Speci cations can be obtained at no cost by sending a request via email to: sselvey@co.okeechobee. .us. The Bidders deposit shall be a check made payable to Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners. No partial sets of Drawings and Speci cations will be issued. Bidders may pick up Plans and Speci cations from the Okeechobee County Capital Projects Of ce or they can be obtained by express mail upon receipt of vendor’s check and express mail account number. Bid Documents must be obtained from Okeechobee County. A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium located at 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972 on July 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Bidder’s attendance is mandatory. BIDS RECEIVED FROM CONTRACTORS WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE RETURNED UNOPENED. Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid Bond, or Certi ed Check, made payable to “Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners”, in the amount of not less than ve percent (5%) of the total Bid Amount as a guarantee that the Bidder, if awarded the Contract, will execute and le acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price within fteen (15) days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for opening of bids. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modi cations to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide additional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed within the past ve (5) years, client references and an audited or certi ed nancial statement, or other nancial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award. Bidders will con ne their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed to perform the work and services or quali ed by examination to be so licensed. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the speci cations, it is the bidder’s responsibility to seek clari cation from Okeechobee County Capital Projects. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: “BID OKEECHOBEE COUNTY OK SOFTBALL FIELD RESTROOM, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2012-22”. Margaret Garrard Helton,Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, FL 421139 ON 7/15/2012 17 Okeechobee News July 15, 2012 Many newspaper aggressively push the opinions of their publishers or corporate owners. But we dont think its our place to tell people what to think, or to try to control public opinion. Our editors insist on purposeful neutrality. 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The Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Wednesday changed the status of the Miami blue butter y from statedesignated threatened to federally designated endangered on Florida's Endangered and Threatened Species List. The Commissioners' decision recognizes the current federal status of the Miami blue, designated as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, rst on an emergency basis in 2011 and then of cially this year. Why do this? In September 2010, after extensive public and stakeholder input, the FWC adopted new rules to eliminate confusion or duplication about the listing of Florida's endangered and threatened species. Prior to that time, it was possible for a Florida species to be listed differently by state and federal wildlife agencies, or for a species' status to be evaluated simultaneously by both agencies. That confusion and duplication of effort no longer exists, as the FWC adopts federal listing changes to keep the Florida Endangered and Threatened Species List consistent with federal listings. The Miami blue butter y is a homebody, w ith its longest ight recorded to be just 25 feet. When nectar from its favorite owering plants such as gray nickerbean and wild sage is nearby, that helps. Threats to the butter y include habitat fragmentation and loss, hurricanes, insecticides and nonnative green iguanas consuming the nickerbean, also a host plant for its larvae. This native Florida butter y was thought, mistakenly, to have disappeared from the wild by the early 1990s. Current conservation efforts for the Miami blue have included successful captive breeding, but reintroduction of those butter ies into the wild generally has failed for unknown reasons. Another mystery is the exact role of various ant species in tending Miami blue larvae. Three other butter y speciesCassius blue, Ceraunus blue and Nickerbean blue are listed as federally threatened because of their similar appearance to the Miami blue, and the FWC Commissioners have granted them the same state-listing status. This action will prohibit collection of these butter y species in coastal and south Florida, where the Miami blue also may occur. The Commissioners also changed Florida's listing of several other species to conform to their new federal status. The Atlantic sturgeon will be listed as federally designated endangered, after previously being a state species of special concern. The Okaloosa darter will change from an endangered to a threatened species to re ect its improved status. FWC recognizes Miami blue butter y's endangered status Courtesy photo/ FWCThe underside of the Miami blue helps distinguish it from other, similar butter ies with its broad white bands and two prominent black spots with orange caps.


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