Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 07-22-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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OCSO Employees of the Quarter... Page 18-19 Sunday, July 22, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 88 12.08 feetLast Year: 10.18 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Natural gas may be coming to city ... Page 16 Florida shows test score improvements ... Page 12 Re ections from the Pulpit ... Page 4 Okeechobee News/ D. HamiltonSay Cheese!Little ones with big “cheesy smiles” from Faith Academy Preschool visited Domino’s Pizza on Tuesday and walked away with a tasty surprise. Each child carried their own small pizza back to school. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The candidates for Okeechobee County Commission in the primary election, faced the public at a forum held Monday evening, July 16, at Osceola Middle School. Republican Candidates for District 1 include incumbent Ray Domer, and challengers Billy Marcum and Carl Shumate. The winner of this primary will face Keith White, who has no political af liation, in the November general election. "We all need to live within our means," Mr. Domer told the audience. "For the past eight years I've had to stand strong in the face of opposition, I will continue to do so. "An informed citizen is the greatest asset any community can have," he added. For Mr. Marcum, who has an insurance business, said he decided to throw his hat into the political arena because "When you see something that upsets you, if you are not going to do something about it keep your mouth shut." He said that because of budget cuts the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce and Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue have been decimated. "As citizens you deserve the best service in those two departments that can be had," he said. Mr. Shumate, who retired as the head of electronic security for the South Florida Water Management District, told the audience that his strength is experience. As the current owner of two local business, he told the audience "I would like to try my best to bring in some new jobs.". In response to a question Mr. Marcum said that, if elected, he would promote tourism, seek grants and eliminate impact fees. He also said he would see that the county does as much business as possible with local businesses. Mr. Shumate also favored suspending impact fees. "We need to gure out how to make the building and zoning department more friendly," he said, adding that he would promote new business through support of the business development board. Mr. Domer would like to make government more user friendly. He favored reducing costs and reducing the millage rate. The candidates were asked if they favored using reserves to balance the budget. "We shouldn't use reserve funds unless it's absolutely the last resort," said Mr. Shumate. "No," was Mr. Domer's reply to the same question, "I wouldn't and I haven't. We have to live within our means." Mr. Marcum held a different view. He compared the reserves to a line of credit. "If a reserve has to be used, it will be used," he said. The candidates were then asked if the current staf ng level is appropriate. "We are short in some areas," was Mr. Domer's reply. "We may need some additional staff but, for now, we are going to hold the line." Mr. Marcum was in favor of increasing the number of Fire/Rescue employees. "We don't have any re protection in Basinger," he said, pointing out that there are only 36 re ghters to protect 40,000 people. Commission hopefuls square of f By Eric KoppOkeechobee News No tag light led to an Okeechobee teen's arrest for driving without a license and on a felony gun charge when a handgun was allegedly found under the seat he was occupying. Joseph Ray Collins, 16, N.W. 46th Ave., was arrested Thursday, July 19, on a felony charge of carrying a concealed rearm. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. An arrest report by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), indicated that he stopped a white Chevrolet van Teen arrested on felony gun chargeSee FORUM — Page 14 Joseph Ray Collins See TEEN — Page 5


Outdoor programs foster appreciation for Florida’s natural areasIn a rst for a government agency, the Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association recently recognized the South Florida W ater Management District (SFWMD) with its yearly youth award for the agency's continued support of recreational activities on public conservation land. "Fostering an appreciation for the outdoors, especially for young people, is a v aluable component of our conservation efforts," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Joe Collins. "By providing access to public lands managed for restoration, we are creating a variety of educational and unique South Florida outdoor experiences." With its Jack Bylsma III Youth Award, the sportsmen's association recognized the District's partnership in several outings under the Youth Hunting Program of Florida. The award is given either to a youth under the age of 21 or an organization that has made a contribution toward improving sportsmanship or the cause of conservation. "The District has been a valued partner in the growth of the Youth Hunting Program of Florida," said Bishop Wright, Jr., an honorary lifetime board member and past president of the Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association. "We're excited for what the future holds for these young folks." Administered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Youth Hunting Program of Florida teaches young Florida residents between 12 and 17 years old how to hunt safely, legally and ethically. Among its many goals, the program seeks to foster an appreciation for Florida's natural areas while emphasizing the need for conservation. Participants learn these values through camping, outdoor and environmental education and other related activities, in addition to hunting. Earlier this year, the FWC also recognized the District with an award for its continued partnership in the program. "This is another great example of our valuable partnership with the South Florida Water Management District," said FWC ViceChairwoman Kathy Barco. "We greatly appreciate efforts by the District to provide access to these public lands in a way that supports connecting youth and families to conservation." Since 2011, the District has supported seven youth outings as part of the FWC program on public land the agency manages in areas such as the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs). The program has included turkey, deer and hog hunts on Grassy Island in Okeechobee County, near the Taylor Creek STA, and alligator hunts in STA-2 in southern Palm Beach County. Several future outings are planned under the program. The District provides recreational access to public lands while continuing to manage them to support environmental restoration, water supply, water quality and ood control missions. At present, the District owns 621,000 acres of land that are open to the public. Many of these properties are in their natural state or have enhancements such as picnic tables, informational kiosks, primitive campsites and hiking trails. For more information on recreational opportunities throughout the District's 16county region, visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation. SFWMD recognized for support of youth recreation on public lands 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Federally insured by NCUA.Oers valid as of April 10, 2012. A minimum $5 account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA and access to these oers. O ers are available for a limited time only and may be cancelled without notice. Existing MIDFLORIDA loans and credit cards do no t qualify for the incentive or the special advertised Annual Percentage Rates (APR). Checking incentive is deposited to new checking account. Loan and credit card incentives will be applied to a MIDFLORIDA Visa P latinum credit card. Other rates and terms are available and are based on credit. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BILL SHERMAN FOR PROPERTY APPRAISER OF OKEECHOBEEPROVEN ABILITY THROUGH PAST PERFORMANCE *Experience 43 years in Appraisal Work 38 years in Property Appraiser’s Ofce 5 years as a Fee Appraiser 5 years as a review appraiser 21 years continuous as Property Appraiser 43 years Administration Experience *Education Coursework by Society of Real Estate Appraisal Coursework by International Association of Assessing Ofcers C.F.A. Designation: Certied Florida Appraiser Over 480 Hours of Continuing Education University of Florida 1954-1955 OKEECHOBEE NEWS HEADLINE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2007 “UTILITIES FORCED TO PAY UP” “COUNTY WINS PROPERTY TAX SUITS OVER UTILITY GIANTS” “OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER BILL SHERMAN”*Committed When I ran for election in 1992 I promised a fair impartial assessment for all taxpayers from larger corporations to vacant land owners. As a result of that commitment I have been sued by some of the largest corporations in Okeechobee. Our success in those litigations have resulted in additional tax revenue for the County and School Board.I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON AUGUST 14th TO CONTINUE THAT COMMITMENT. RE-ELECTRE-ELECTPaid by W.C. Sherman, Republican, For Property Appraiser 3 Okeechobee News July 22, 2012 The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition has relocated. The Care Coordination team is now managed by Sharpe Nursing Serv ices, LLC and is located at 605 S.W. Park Street—right above J ersey Mike’s Subs. As always, our Care Coordinators are available to assist in meeting the needs of pregnant w omen and children under three years of age. The Administrative of ces of Healthy Start have also relocated and are now at 1132 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee. Our phone number is 863-462-5877. The goal of Healthy Start is to establish a system which guarantees that all women have access to prenatal care and that all infants have access to services that promote normal growth and development. We are always looking for board of director members as well as general membership. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Healthy Start program, please contact us at 863-462-5877. Being a board member doesn’t take a lot of time, and is very helpful in ensuring that the maternal and child health needs in your community are ful lled. Healthy Start Coalition Of ce moves to Park Street Special to the Okeechobee News/ Healthy StartHealthy Start Care Coordinators, left to right, Dora Shaw, Lacy Waldron, and Jennifer Davis. Annual school driveOkeechobee Fire ghters and Paramedics Local 2918 are having their annual school supply drive, to bene t My Aunt’s House, The Closet (501c3). All supplies will be given to local needy and foster children. Union members will be at the front of Wal-Mart in Okeechobee on Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5. Okeechobee Fire ghters and Paramedics would appreciate your support. If you have any questions please contact Matt Vinson, at 863-697-1205.County Fair Board to meetOkeechobee County Fair Board will have there monthly meeting on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. held at Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 Parrott Avenue.CCC meeting planned for JulyThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce.Day Spa to hold grand opening eventJoin Okeechobee Main Street as we celebrate the Grand Opening of the Bella Rose Day Spa and Salon, 311 N.E. 2nd Street, on Tuesday, July 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. The of cial Ribbon Cutting will be held at 5:15 p.m., with a tour of the building and reception to follow. The public is invited to take this opportunity to experience the salon and see rst-hand all of the wonderful services that they provide. Dr. Christopher R. Cromwell, M.D. and plastic surgeon will be on-site during the grand opening. Bella Rose is an upscale, full service Bumble and bumble exclusive salon specializing in makeovers, haircuts, color, makeup, massage and much more! For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast 2nd Street. Community Events


Sex Education To tell if your spiritual leader has the t rue interests of the community and its students at heart or is simply trying to preserve his control and revenue stream, observe w hether he avoids, accepts or objects to the s ubject of this essential and overdue health education measure during his Sunday sermonizing. Then ask does the wholly plagiarized bible deify or stone to death unwed mothers? I forget.  In the New Testament, Jesus stops t hose who plan to stone a woman for in delity saying “let he who is without sin cast t he rst stone.” The crowd drops their stones and walks away and Jesus tells the woman “go and sin no more.”  Abstinence only programs and high pregnancy rates are what we get when we c onfuse our ideals with our needs. We do not live in an ideal world. We live in a real one.  Any student, male or female, who opts out of the sex education, safety, contracept ion courses/seminars should be barred F OR LIFE from welfare bene ts such as A FDC, and their parents too since they likely forbade attendance. Let THEM pay for the c onsequences. EVERY kid should be offered free Norplant, Depo, whatever the long-term b ut reversible contraceptives are called. Voluntary but $200 a month for using it and any male equivalent. This would save billions and countless tragedies.  The ONLY thing you can do for your c hildren is educate them, talk to them and not be scared to talk to them. Parents who do not talk to their children early are the ones who will be early grandparents. I am all for the sex education program and am glad Okeechobee nally woke up.  Comprehensive sex education is what is needed in the U.S. Just compare our teen pregnancy rates to those in Europe. Ours are much, much higher.  I can understand that some parents prefer to discuss sex education issues at home so they can make sure the children understand their beliefs and the moral issues as well as the biology. But too many parents are embarrassed to talk about it or else they think their children are too young and they wait until it is too late because the kid is already sexually active. The teen pregnancy rate very much affects the school system. They have to provide special programs for the teen mothers. Plus the babies will eventually wind up in the school system as well. So it is in the school system’s interest to provide information about birth control. If the parents aren’t comfortable with this, they can have their child opt out of the class.  Telling a kid the facts of life and the options of birth control is not giving him or her permission to have sex. It’s recognizing that these kids need all of the information available in order to make good decisions. If you have taken them to church and taught them right from wrong and educated your children about your beliefs, they are not going to throw all that away. But if they don’t have all of the information, they are more at risk for poor choices. If sex education is not taught in schools and the parents naively think their child is too young to learn about such things yet, the kid is likely to believe whatever crazy stories he or she hears from friends. That is why so many girls believe they can’t get pregnant the rst time they have sex and then are horri ed to nd out they can and did! The big problem I see with leaving it up to the parents, is that too many parents wait too long and then it is too late and another unplanned baby is already on the way.  My compliments to the school board for being brave enough to stand up the pressure from the fundamentalists who have kept sex education out of our schools for much too long.  With Okeechobee County always at or near the top for the teen pregnancy rates in Florida, it is high time the school board put a program in place that educates these kids about birth control. The teenagers already know how babies are made. They need to learn how to prevent unplanned pregnancies. On the Way to the CemeteryBy Calvin Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist ChurchLuke 9:51—“And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up [cruci ed], he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem….” In “Shadow of Death,” Holman Hunt depicts the carpenter’s shop at Nazareth—Mary, the mother of Jesus, has entered and opened a box full of treasures, feasting her eyes upon them. Her heart is full of ambition for her Son. As she takes out the magi’s gifts—the crown, the scepter, and the censer—she dreams of him reaching some high position of earthly glory. Constantly she opens the box, gazing upon these ashing gems. On this day the sun is setting. Jesus, wearied of his long labor, stretches out his arms to ease his fatigue. The slanting sun shining in at the door casts Jesus’ shadow upon the wall in the shape of the cross. Looking up from the golden crown upon which her eyes have been gazing, Mary suddenly perceives the shadow of the cross upon the wall. Suddenly, it becomes a symbol of loss to her—the crushing of her dearest ambition, the loss of all she counts most dear. Christ came, not to live but to die for mankind.—Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. Why was Jesus born?—to what end? Jesus entered the world as the Lamb of God; He was born to be the Supreme Sacri ce—the Passover Lamb. And as a result, His life was one continuous journey from the manger to the cemetery by way of the cross. As He traveled the road from the manger to the cross, Jesus had a way of busting up funerals. D. L. Moody discovered this when he was asked to preach a funeral: He said, “I was called to preach at a funeral once, and I thought I would try to preach as nearly as I could as Christ used to preach. So I searched the record, but I found that Jesus Christ never preached a funeral sermon; for when He went to a funeral the dead body always arose and lived. He has taken the sting from death for all His people.” —D.L. Moody. THE HUMAN RACE IS ON ITS WAY TO THE CEMETERY—a most feared journey. He was a professional thief. His name stirred fear in the hearts of even the most rugged frontiersman as sure as the desert wind stirred the tumbleweeds. From 1875 to 1883, he successfully held up twenty-seven Wells Fargo stagecoaches. And as amazing as this is, he did so without ring a single shot. His weapons?—fear and intimidation. When a stagecoach driver looked down and saw a man riding alongsid e whose face was entirely covered with a blac k hood, he knew he was about to be held up b y Black Bart and that he was foolish to ght him. In newspapers and journals from San Francisco to New York City, he was known as one of th e most notorious bandits of all time. Black Bart reminds me of another who haunts all of humanity, one who Jesus called a thief and a robber, a liar and a murderer (John 8:44). His weapons, like Black Bart’s, consis t of intimidation and fear—especially the fear o f death…Nothing could remove the fear of death or stop man’s progression toward the grave. Death like Black Bart wears a very black hood. Three elderly men were, as usual, seated together on a park bench that faced a bus y street. One said to the others, “I wish someon e would stop that truck.” When questioned, h e never would say why. Then one day, when h e was very adamant about it, his friends asked: “Why. If it bothers you so much, we also need to know what is inside that truck!” “Cof ns,” he responded. “Every day that truck comes to town loaded with cof ns.” JESUS ENTERED THE WORLD TO STO P THE PROCESSION and expose our most feared foe. When He came into the world, He preached, He healed and He raised the dead—but wh y did He really come? First, He came to provid e the remedy for sin—He came to give His life to blot out our sin. And for all those who are forgiven and covered by His blood, He has given new life. And then, as an emblem of hope fo r all who have entered the tomb, Jesus walked out of the tomb as the rst fruit of all thos e planted there. He had entered Death Valley and removed the black hood for all to see. BUT ON HIS WAY TO THE TOMB: He had raised a widow’s son (Lu. 7:11-16) and even stopping the funeral procession to do so. H e also raised Lazarus four days after he had been placed in the tomb (John 11:1-44). And befor e doing so, He said to Martha “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoeve r liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26).After eight years, Black Bart was nally apprehended. At his arrest, one of the U.S. Marshals pulled the black hood from his head to discove r not the desperado from Death Valley as legend held him, but rather a squeaky-voiced, mildmannered druggist from Decatur, Ill. The reason Black Bart never red a shot is because he neve r had a bullet. His only weapons were fear and intimidation. “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55). July 22, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. 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. 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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.Cecile Hundley Fitt, 80OKEECHOBEE — Cecile Hundley Fitt passed away July 17, 2012, at her home. She was born September 25, 1931, in Davenport, Iowa to Drs. Clark and Ginette Hundley. She came to Okeechobee from Fort Lauderdale in 1972. She was an educator and held a Masters Degree in Special Education and Foreign Language. She was of the Catholic faith. She was a veteran of the Women’s Army Corps having served as Captain from August 1952 to 1966. She was also a Stephens College Alumni and Chapel Hill North Carolina Alumni. Ms. Fitt was preceded in death by her son, Danny Fitt; mother, Ginette Hundley; and father, Clark Hundley. She is survived by her daughter, Nini Entry; granddaughters, Tiffany and Bridget; special daughter, Mayra Talaver; son-in-law, Victor; godson, Rene Talavera; and special grandsons, Jairo and Carlos Talavera. Funeral Mass will be 6 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012, at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Buckhead Ridge. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or Memorial Bricks at the Okeechobee County Library. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Earl F. SmallOKEECHOBEE — Earl F. Small, age 85, with his loving wife, Mary, by his side, died June 22, 2012, at the Hamrick Home. Earl was born in Harwich, Mass., and relocated to Okeechobee seven years ago from Sunrise, Fla. During WWII he served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Springeld. He was a member of the Eagles, Moose and AmVets organizations. His hobbies included the computer and watching television. A memorial service will be held at the Okeechobee VFW Post #4423 on Sept. 16, 2012. If friends desire, donations may be made in Earl’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements were under the care of BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home, Okeechobee, Fla.Herbert E. Nix, 90OKEECHOBEE — Herbert E. Nix died Thursday, July 19, 2012, at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. Born in Waycross, Ga., Herb was a life-time resident of Okeechobee. Herb was a member of the Church of God and the American Legion. His interests included gol ng and hunting. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie Nix. Survivors include his daughter, Lynda Sue Nix Bass; grandson Michael (Lory) Edwards; great-grandchildren, Shawna Borgstrom, Jerrod Tindall, all of Okeechobee; and a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at the Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. In lieu, of owers, the family suggests donations be made in Herb’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Ruth C. Bayton, 84OKEECHOBEE — Ruth C. Bayton passed away July 19, 2012. She was born September 23, 1927, in Ohio and came to Okeechobee in 1965. She was the former owner of Lou & Ted’s Fish Camp. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed gol ng. Mrs. Bayton was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Bayton; and daughter-in-law, Rusty. She is survived by two sons, Ed Bayton (Tink) of Orlando and Bruce Bayton (Susan) of Ft. Myers; two daughters, Barbie Campbell (Chip) and Bunny Lightsey (Ricky) of Okeechobee; ve grandchildren, Lee, Wade, Chad, Bruce and Jason; and numerous great grandchildren. No services will be held. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111.Katherine Michele ‘Katie’ ClayCAIRO, Ga. — Katherine Michele “Katie” Clay, 23, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Mitchell County, Ga. from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Katie was born on J une 10, 1989, in Fort Pierce, Fla., to Tommy Clay and Dinah Kinsaul Clay. She grew up in Okeechobee, Fla., and moved to Cairo, Ga. about 3 months ago to be near her extended family. She was full of life and enjoyed spending time with her niece, Aubrey. Katie enjoyed riding in her uncle’s 1939 Chevrolet. She loved music and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. She was preceded in death by: her grandparents, Johnny Mack and Dorothy Kinsaul; her uncle, Curly Campbell; and her aunt, Kathy Roland. Survivors include: parents, Tommy and Dinah Clay of Okeechobee, Fla.; brother and sister-inlaw, Josh and Lindsey Rucks Clay of Okeechobee; grandmother, Linda Roland of Okeechobee; grandfather, Hobert Clay of Wildwood, Fla.; niece, Aubrey Madison of Okeechobee; aunts and uncles, Wayne Clay of Okeechobee, Claire and Buster Hair of Okeechobee, Jane Marie and Dwayne Holt of Okeechobee, Debra and Charlie Norris of Okeechobee; and a host of cousins. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2012, at Pine Park Baptist Church, Cairo, Ga. Rev. Jesse Roland will of ciate. Interment will follow in Pine Park Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, July 22, 2012, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Active pallbearers will be Tommy Clay, Keith W alpole, Josh Clay, Ivan Roland, Donnie Roland and Mike Clay. Honorary pallbearers will be William Campbell and Charlie Norris. Guests may sign the online register at w ww.clarkfuneral.com. NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 22, 2012 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Poker run bene ts children of Heather TownA poker run and bake sale to bene t Heather Town’s children are planned for Sunday, July 22 with the rst bike out at 1 p.m. and last bike in at 3 p.m. The rst stop is J&S Fish Camp; second stop, Happy Hour Tavern; third stop, Frosty Mug; fourth stop, North Eagles Aerie on U.S. 441 N.; fth stop, Good Spirits Lounge; sixth stop Uncle Larry’s Rim Ditch Cafe. The last stop is at the Cypress Hut Eagles, 4701 441 Southeast (the old Cypress Hut Flea Market). This is where the bene t will be. There will be a bake sale, a 50/50 drawing, and pulled pork sandwich dinners for $6. Music will be by Debbie and Jimmy Harper. A car wash sponsored by Kitana and friends will start at noon. For more information, contact Chrissy at 863-697-6812 or Courtney at 863-261-1920.Football camp plannedMOORE HAVEN—‘Muck Area’ Christian Football Camp will be held Saturday, July 28 at Moore Haven Jr-Sr High School Field for Grades 7-12. Cost is $10. The camp will feature former and current pro and college players, along with high school coaches. To reserve a spot or for more information, call Rod at 561-809-8300 or email rfelt10@aol. com.Eagles North announces eventsEagles North is having Bingo Tuesday, July 24, at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, July 25 another BINGO Night begins at 4:30 p.m. Get ready on Friday, July 27, for Steak Night, and on Saturday, July 28, we’ll host Card Bingo beginning at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 Community Bene t Fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee Community Events


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Report suggests Florida is a national model for global progress A new study released today by Education Next ranks Florida second in the nation for education test-score gains. The report examines international and U.S. state trends in student achievement growth using National A ssessment of Educational Progress mathematics, reading, and science data from 1992 to 2011. Eric Hanushek, Paul Peterson, and Ludger Woessmann conducted the study, w hich shows that Florida gained 3.2 percent of a standard deviation annually, well over a full year’s worth of additional learning during the time period. Florida is second only to Maryland in test-score improvement between 1992 and 2011. The top ten mostimproving states in rank order are Maryland, Florida, Delaware, Massachusetts, Louisiana, South Carolina, New Jersey, Kentucky, Arkansas and Virginia. “Florida is a national leader in education and the results of this study clearly show the incredible accomplishments of our learners,” said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “I applaud the diligent work of our students and teachers, and I am condent that our state is on the right path to providing world-class education to our students.” The United States as a whole ranks 25th out of 49 countries in student test-score gains over a 14-year period. “If, however, the entire country performed at the level of Florida,” Hanushek says, “the U.S. would have ranked considerably higher among the participating countries.” Additionally, Southern states that began to adopt education reform measures in the 1990s outpaced midwestern states, where school reform made little headway until very recently. Five of the top 10 states were in the South and no Southern states were in the bottom 18. “Achievement Growth: International and U.S. State Trends in Student Performance,” was produced by Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance. To view the report, visit the school’s website. Florida ranks second in the nation for test-score improvement scores 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 of Okeechobee CountyPOLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY PAUL MAY REPUBLICAN FOR SHERIFF “Experience You Can Talk To Common Sense You Can Trust” We have assigned four deputies, one on each shift, who are specially equipped to patrol the north part of our county — Bassigner, Fort Drum and the Prairie. These deputies also investigate agricultural type crimes and have proven to be invaluable. This program will continue. We will continue to supply the best possible training and equipment for all Sheriff’s Of ce employees. When I took of ce in 2005, I stated that my number one priority was the safety and well being of all Sheriff’s Of ce employees and that will not change. I realize that if I don’t properly take care of and equip these employees, they can’t properly take care of you, the people we work for. Since the economic downturn, I have reduced the Sheriff’s Of ce budget over two million dollars to assist the county in getting through these hard times. We will continue to look for ways to lower our budget without jeopardizing the safety of our deputies or our citizens. As your Sheriff, I have been visible and accessible to the people of Okeechobee County. Anyone can see me at any time about their concerns. My home phone number is (863) 763-5963 Emory Walker Co. Inc.(863) 763-6742 208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. GENUINE COMFORT. CAC014022 Offers expire 8/24/2012. *See dealer for details. Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. 2012 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. RECEIVE UP TO $3,300 between Lennox Rebates, F P & L Rebates and EWC Discount!*on qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System LENNOX KNOWS YOU DONT COMPROMISE. AND NEITHER DO WE. Thats why we dedicate ourselves to product innovation and customer service. So go ahead, get comfortable. Working for You!Paid by Sharon Wallace, Republican, for Property Appraiser Elect Sharon Wallace for Property Appraiser 12 Okeechobee News July 22, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsPlacing rstOkeechobee Shockwaves team member Michael Muros won the breast stroke event for boys ages 13-14 at the swim meet in Boca Raton on July 14. He will be among those competiting at the regional championship meet in August.


School Immunization Requirements for 2012 -13 By the Okeechobee County Health Department School Health Staff With the new school year fast approaching, many parents nd themselves in a urry of backpacks, pencils, and notebooks. In the rush to get your child's supplies and w ardrobe ready for school, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, especially when trying to decipher what shots your child needs to attend a Florida school. The Okeechobee County Health Department is an excellent local community resource and is able to assist you with any v accine concerns, questions, or needs. In fact, vaccine administration is offered FREE of charge for children under the age of 18 at the County Health Department ve days a week by appointment. If your schedule does not permit making an appointment, the Okeechobee County Health Department will hold a Walk-In Immunization Clinic on Friday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This will be held the day after the schools hold their Open Houses on Aug. 16. So, if you get to open house and can't get your child's schedule, plan on attending our clinic, getting your form 680 and returning it to the school in exchange for your child's schedule! To provide an overview, below is a list of what vaccinations are required for a school age child. DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis): Your child will need to have received four OR ve doses (depending on child's age at administration of immunization). Final dose must be given after the child's 4th birthday. Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis): This is needed for children entering the 7th grade. The Pertussis component is very important with the recent rise of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) in the United States. Polio (IPV): Your child will need to have received four OR ve doses (depending on child's age at administration of immunization). Final dose must be given after the child's fourth birthday. Hepatitis B: Your child should have received three doses of this vaccination by the time they are school age. MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella): Your child will need to have received two doses of the MMR series. Varicella (Chicken Pox): Children in grades K 4 will need to have two doses of Varicella. Children in grades 511 must have at least one dose of Varicella or documentation of varicella disease. Other important immunizations which parents of children over age 11 may want to consider are: Meningococcal Vaccine: protects against meningococcemia which has up to a 40 percent mortality rate even with proper treatment. Children living in college dorms are especially vulnerable to this deadly disease. Varicella: if your child has only had one dose of the series. HPV (Human Papillomavirus): protects against several types of cervical cancer. Once you have your appointment scheduled or if you are planning on attending the Walk-In Immunization Clinic, there some things you need to know. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This person must bring an up-to-date shot record to the appointment. At the end of the appointment you will receive a completed shot record (form 680) which you will need to provide to the school. A current form 680 is required when entering school for the rst time and in order for seventh grade students to obtain their school schedules. While this may seem like a lot of information to take in, the Okeechobee Count y Health Department is happy to assist you with any vaccine concerns, questions, or needs. Remember that vaccinations are offered for FREE at the County Health Department ve days a week by appointment. So beat the rush and make your appointment today! Also, our Walk-In Immunization Clinic will be on Friday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for those who have waited until the last minute. Parents urged to get students immunized early 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EMERGENCIES DONT WAIT FOR APPOINTMENTS.Our Emergency Rooms wait times are consistently shorter than the national average.We treat kids too.The Right Care, Right Here, Right Now!Take comfort in knowing that if a patient does require alternative, specialized treatment, we have an immediate and seamless transfer process with our sister HCA facilities in the Treasure Coast: Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute and St. Lucie Medical Center. 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 13 Okeechobee News July 22, 2012 Raulerson Hospital invites past patients to attend its quarterly Patient Advisory Council Dinner on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Past patients of Raulerson Hospital from the months of April, May and June are invited to attend the dinner and share their thoughts and comments regarding their experiences at the facility. Hospital administrators and nursing directors will be present to listen to the past patients' feedback. Raulerson Hospital always strives to exceed patients' expectations and one of the ways that goal can be achieved is by listening to patients and their families. The Patient Advisory Council dinner will be held in the Raulerson Hospital Dining Room at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28. For more information or to RSVP, contact: 863-824-2702. Email a Patient Service Available Raulerson Hospital offers many conveniences for the comfort of patients and their families. For example, did you know that you can send an email to a patient at Raulerson Hospital? Visit RaulersonHospital.com, and under the Patients and Visitors section of the w ebsite click on Email a Patient.' Hospital staff will deliver your message to the patient, w hich is usually a very pleasant surprise to the patient, lifting their spirits. Another feature to help patients stay connected and communicate during their stay at Raulerson Hospital is the facility-wide WIFI access for patients. For more information visit RaulersonHospital.com. To receive health tips visit Raulerson Hospital on facebook or follow them on twitter . For a free physician referral or healthcare question contact Consult-A-Nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 863-763-9228. Past patients can share feedback Courtesy photo/ Raulerson Hospital


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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 22, 2012 “We’re top heavy,” was Mr. Shumate’s opinion. “We are overstaffed at the management level.” He said workers were laid off but the corresponding number of managers w eren’t, and he doesn’t favor part-time code enforcement of cers. In response to a question about growth deterrents, Mr. Marcum alluded to the permitting department which needs to run more smoothly. Mr. Domer thinks one of the answers to removing growth deterrents is better infrastructure and more highways. “We have to gure out a way to get new industry here,” said Mr. Shumate. In closing Mr. Shumate said: “We have to try to do something different. We need to gure out how to help ourselves.” “I promise to you that I’ll always be the v oice of reason on the board,” pledged Mr. Domer. “I’ll not be afraid to jump on the truck and unplug a culvert,” said Mr. Marcum. The three Republican candidates for the District 3 face no Democrat opposition, so that election will be settled in the Republican primary. The candidates are Dennis Conner, Brad Goodbread and incumbent Frank Irby. “We need to have positive change in this community,” said Mr. Conner. “We’ve got to bring in businesses to bring in tax dollars.” Mr. Goodbread told the audience: “We need to try to grow Okeechobee so people can come back here,” Mr. Goodbread said. He went on to say that he favor building a bigger, healthier middle class and providing jobs for the community’s young people. “If there is such a thing as good leadership,” said Mr. Irby, “it is to give a good example. I have a long record of giving my time to the community.” When asked about reducing the budget, Mr. Goodbread replied that it has to be cut as much as possible. “What we need to do is generate more revenue,” he said. Mr. Irby was in favor of relying on the mangers to determine where to reduce expenses. Mr. Conner was in favor of doing away with lawsuits, worthless buildings and reducing impact fees. Mr. Irby felt that the poor economy is the biggest obstacle to business. He suggested helping local businessmen understand the process of bidding for government contracts. “If a business wants to expand, make it easy on them,” opined Mr. Conner. Mr. Goodbread said there is a pool of dollars circulating around Okeechobee with none coming in and that the county “... needs to develop reasons for people to come see us.” In response to a question about privatizing government functions Mr. Conner replied, “No, I would not support it if it means a county employee losing a job.” Mr. Goodbread was in favor of privatization in some areas such as the agri-civic center. He suggested some type of government/ private partnership to increase tourism. “Yes, if it makes sense from a money and service standpoint,“ was Mr. Irby’s opinion of privatizing some government functions. When asked if running government was like running a private business, Mr. Goodbread replied, “Yes and no.” “There are many similarities,” said Mr. Irby. Mr. Conner admitted there were some similarities and said, “We work for you -you don’t work for us.” In closing Mr. Irby said balancing the budget requires dif cult decisions. “We can’t hope to do today like we did yesterday and be here tomorrow,” said Mr. Shumate. “Change is never comfortable. Every job can be done more ef ciently.” “I want to be able to serve you with an open-door policy,” said Mr. Conner. “I will serve you daily in my of ce. We need to listen to what is said; more importantly, to what is not said.” “This is not 1974,” Mr. Goodbread said, making reference to when he was in school in 1974 and his mother would make the hourlong trip to West Palm Beach once a year for school clothes. In those days, he continued, it was a big trip; now it isn’t. He said the county needs to make businesses from West Palm Beach come here. He went on to say there is currently no one on the board with an agriculture background. “I’d like to see agriculture have a voice,” Mr. Goodbread said. There are two Republican candidates for the District 5 seat -incumbent Margaret Garrard Helton and Elvie Posey, who held that post four years ago. Since there are no Democratic challengers, the winner of the District 5 seat will be determined in the Republican primary. “When I ran I hit the oor running and I have not stopped,” said Mrs. Garrard Helton. “I love this job.” She said she desires to stimulate the economy. ‘I worked for you in the past and I’d like to serve you again,” said Mr. Posey. He said Okeechobee is within two hours of 14 million people and “make no mistake, Okeechobee is going to change.” He would like to grow the economy while maintaining our agricultural heritage. “Okeechobee has got to become a business-friendly community,” Mr. Posey said. “If a business comes, we will not turn them down,” Mrs. Garrard Helton vowed. The candidates were asked: “How do you propose to bring in jobs?” Mrs. Garrard Helton suggested using the business development board and that she “ ... will be there when a business comes to town.” “We should have done something about it eight years ago,” Mr. Posey offered. When asked about reducing the budget, Mr. Posey replied that he was not sure an y more cuts could be made. “We need to control costs and increase revenue,” he said. “I don’t want to pay more tax, I want more taxpayers.” “First of all we have to cut expenses,” was Mrs. Garrard Helton’s reply, adding that the only way to increase revenue was to bring in new business. When asked about using reserves to balance the budget Mrs. Garrard Helton replied, “No. I would never use reserves to give employees a raise.” “The answer is no, period,” Mr. Pose y said. “You don’t use reserves unless it’s an emergency.” “Are we ready yet to create jobs and increase the tax base?” Mr. Posey asked in closing. “We need a strategic plan.” “Hopefully, we can bring in industry,” Mrs. Garrard Helton said. “We can increase our tax base. Let us know your concerns -voice your opinions.” FORUMContinued From Page 1


Differences in names on old documents create headache for local woman trying to renew her driver’s licenseBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A tool in the war on terrorism has caused a hardship on some people. On May 11, 2005, President George Bush signed into law the Real ID Act. This law set requirements for issuing state drivers’ licenses and ID cards to be used as of cial identi cation cards for such things as boarding airline ights and entering federal buildings. On Jan. 1, 2010, the State of Florida began issuing Real ID Act compliant drivers licenses and ID cards. A person renewing their license or applying for a new license must present a certi ed birth certi cate issued by a state agency, not a hospital, proof of Social Security number and proof of residence. Providing supporting documents has become a problem for some people, especially for women who have been married or divorced more than once. There must be documentation provided to show the connection between the person’s current name and the name on their birth certi cate. If a person is otherwise eligible to renew their license online they may do so one time. The second time their license expires they must go in person to a drivers license of ce and present the required credentials. The good news is that once a Real ID card with a gold star in the upper right corner is issued, the bearer will not have to go through this process again. Also if a person has already been issued a passport, getting a Real ID compliant license is much easier. To put a face to the problem, at least one local resident had trouble with the Real ID complaint drivers license. Betty Markel’s original birth certi cate, which was lost in a re, had the name “Elizabeth Betty Gene Gutherie.” Gutherie was her maiden name. In 2006 Mrs. Markel applied for another birth certi cate. The birth certi cate she received has the name Elizabeth Gene Gutherie. The name Betty was dropped. Her original social security card was issued to “Betty Gene Gutherie.” When she married Dan Markel she was issued a new Social Security card with the name “Betty G. Markel.” In her particular case there is no problem with the maiden and married names. The problem is that rst and middle names are not consistent on all the documents. Mrs. Markel was told she might have to go to court to settle this matter at an estimated cost of $400. In the meantime she has a temporary, 60-day license and hopes to be able to settle this matter before it expires. Mrs. Markel contacted her commissioner, Frank Irby, who called the situation “typical government overreaction.” In other states it appears enough people have had problems with the Real ID Act to cause their state legislators to get involved. As of June, 2012, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 27 state legislatures had taken some type of formal action in opposition to the REAL ID Act in their states. Florida is not on that list. A study conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors’ Association and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators determined that the act could cost states more then $11 billion over ve years. “We realize there are growing pains,” said Courtney Heidleberg, communications director for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. However, she said that as time goes on the process gets smoother. She said her department was willing to work with anyone having problems with documentation. To be as helpful as possible, Florida has created a website at gathergoget.com. From this website a person can print out a checklist of documents required and start the process of acquiring these documents. About 36 percent of drivers license/ID card holders in Florida have been issued Real ID compliant credentials.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Drivers license renewals and IDs more dif cult to obtain 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics • Exhaust • A/C Service • Brakes Window Motors • Tune-Ups • Welding • Engine Mechanics863-467-6633 Located Behind Rita’s Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Diane Wood, RN Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. 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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A utility that is not currently available in Okeechobee could soon be available. Barry Kennedy, operations director for Florida Public Utilities (FPU) is negotiating with the City of Okeechobee for a non-exclusive franchise to put a natural gas distribution pipeline system under the city rights of way. Mr. Kennedy said his company does not sell gas, it sells the transportation of gas, FPU just passes on the cost of the gas to the customer. Natural gas for the proposed distribution network will come from a connection w ith the Florida Gas Transmission pipeline on U.S. 441 N. at Cemetery Road. Since 1924 FPU, which is headquartered in Winter Haven, has been serving Floridians. Statewide the company serves about 115,000 customers with natural gas, electricity, propane and water heater and specialty gas appliance sales with about 305 employees. In August of 2010 FPU purchased the operating assets of Indiantown Gas Company and now serves about 700 residential and several commercial customers in the Indiantown area. Mr. Kennedy anticipates that his rst customers in Okeechobee will be large commercial users such as feed mills, asphalt plants, restaurants, dry cleaners and schools. He hopes to have commercial service to Okeechobee by the end of this year. Then, he plans to start extending the distribution system into residential areas. He anticipates that residential service will be available by the end of next year. While the minor details of the franchise still have to be worked out, Mr. Kennedy is con dent there will be no problems, He has already applied to the Florida Public Service Commission for a permit for a connection to the Florida Gas Transmission pipeline and for a Florida Department of Transportation permit to run his pipeline under state highway rights of way. Mr. Kennedy was insistent that any asphalt, concrete or sod destroyed in putting down his pipeline would be restored to as good or better condition than before. He said his company wanted to be a good neighbor to the community. Unlike states further north, there is not much demand in Florida for natural gas for residential heating. Instead natural gas is used for appliances such as clothes driers, hot water heaters and stoves. Mr. Kennedy hopes to eventually expand his natural gas distribution pipeline northward to include Okeechobee Correctional Institute. He said the county does not require a franchise. 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 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. 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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 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 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 Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 from $499mo Loaded 3/2 from $399mo Loaded Homes on Your Lot 0 Down 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Vans94 GMC Safari Van Seats 7, runs great, no air, no heat, $750 or best offer (863)467-8543 18 Okeechobee News July 22, 2012 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Four individual employees at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) have been named the employees of the quarter for the second quarter, and two squads from the Road Patrol division have been honored. Employees from four divisions—administration, citizen volunteer, detention deputy and law enforcement—are picked each quarter for the recognition. At the end of the year an OCSO committee picks an employee of the year from those who were selected as the employees of the quarter. One will be named from each division. For the second quarter, the top employees were: Mariah Anuez administration; Ricky Jones citizen volunteer; Ben Lisle detention deputy; and, Detective M.D. Faulkner— law enforcement. “It is a pleasure to recognize these employees for the job they do. There is no doubt they make this a better place to live, and I am very proud of each and every one of them,” said Sheriff Paul May. Mrs. Anuez was nominated by Juanita White for her ability to handle different tasks and assume the responsibilities of working in several of ces. (photo on facing page) “Mariah has shown great patience and has been able, through all the hard times, to keep a good working relationship with employees,” said Mrs. White. Deputy Sergeant Clif Gill nominated Auxiliary Deputy Ricky Jones for not only putting together a Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) lesson plan, but for actually training OCSO employees. Along with being on the OCSO auxiliary, Mr. Jones is also a member of the SWAT unit and is a full-time employee with Okeechobee County Fire/ Rescue. “He is dedicated and an asset to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce auxiliary program, and to the SWAT unit as well,” said Sgt. Gill. Detention Deputy Ben Lisle was nominated by Lieutenant John Rhoden, Sergeant Donnie Coleman and Corporal Mark Garland. (photo on facing page) “Deputy Lisle has demonstrated the initiative, the motivation and the discipline needed to perform the outstanding job he does,” said the nominators. “He is thorough and reliable, which makes him an asset to the department.” Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark nominated Detective Faulkner for being able to solve a grand theft auto and home burglary case by piecing together bits of information that led him to arrest a homeless man who apparently committed the theft to fuel his drug habit. “Due to the investigative skills of Detective Faulkner, he was able to recover stolen property and remove a subject from our community who would have admittedl y burglarized others because of his ongoing drug habit,” said Lt. Stark. In addition, two different squads from the OCSO Road Patrol Division were recognized for their quick action and professionalism. Squad B was nominated for recognition due to the way they handled a very dangerous situation in which an armed perpetrator had a child. “These of cers acted in a professional manner and exacted their duties for the public they serve without any hesitation in the most dire of circumstances,” said OCSO Deputy Corporal Chris Hans. “I am truly honored to serve with these of cers and would like to recommend these of cers for a unit citation.” Squad B consists of deputies Fred Bradley, Max Waldron, Robbie Lamb, Matthe w Grumbling, John Ashby and K-9 Deput y Brian Cross. OCSO Squad A was nominated by Detective Captain John Rhoden for their teamwor k and quick action in solving an armed robbery case, in which a woman was confronted by a masked man who was armed with a knife. The woman and suspect fought over the knife and the woman was cut. However, her daughter got a pocketknife and stabbed the man in the neck and shoulder area. “Deputies set up a perimeter and, after a diligent search, the suspect was apprehended,” said Capt. Rhoden. “A home invasion was solved quickly because everyone worked together as a team.” Squad A is made up of Sgt. Clif Gill, K-9 Deputy Brian Cross, deputies Steven McKinley, Arlene Durbin, Heath Hughes and Matt Crawford. That unit was assisted in this case by Detective Augustin Saucedo and Detective Kristin Gray. “Sometimes people are upset with what we do, or don’t do. But for every negative call, I get 10 from people who are pleased with what our employees do,” said Sherif f May. OCSO employees, squads are honored Submitted photoThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the quarter for the second quarter is Detective M.D. Faulkner (center). The detective was recently presented with a certi cate by Sheriff Paul May (left) and Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark (right). Submitted photoSheriff Paul May (left) and Deputy Lieutenant Joe Ortega (right) recently presented Ricky Jones (center) with a certi cate for being named the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the quarter for the second quarter in the citizen volunteer category.


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