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: 08-24-2012
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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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Deputies search for lost elderly man ... Page 2 Friday, August 24, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 102 12.29 feetLast Year: 10.56 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. High winds down power poles ... Page 15 County sets EMS, re and garbage pickup fees ... Page 3 Owners propose to put 4-6 detox beds in The Heritage Assisted Living CenterBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A proposal to turn part of an assisted living center into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center does not sit well with some Okeechobee residents. They came out to the Tuesday, Aug. 21, Okeechobee City Council meeting to voice their opposition. The council was asked to approve an ordinance changing the zoning of The Heritage Assisted Living Center at 608 N.E. Second Ave. from Commercial Professional Of ce (CPO) to Light Commercial (CLT). Currently the property is zoned CPO with a special exception for an assisted living center. At their July 19 meeting the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustments and Appeals voted 4 to 3 to recommend that the city council approve the zoning change. By that same 4 to 3 margin the planning board approved a special exception allowing for a group home that would provide for an alcohol and/or drug rehabilitation center and an assisted living center within a CLT zoning district. Drug rehab plan draws opposition "I don't understand how you can mesh these two together ... Let's not put it (drug rehab) in the same building as 80 or 90 year old women."— Jim VenselSee HERITAGE — Page 2 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News As Tropical Storm Isaac approaches Florida, area residents are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. Mitch Smeykal, director of Okeechobee Emergency Management, advises county residents to make the normal storm preparations. "They need to be working on their plans, and make sure they have their supplies on hand," he advised. "If you have a generator, take it out today and make sure it runs. Don't wait until Sunday to check it." "We don't really know what the storm i s going to do," he said. "We don't want to clos e schools or open shelters if we don't have to. Are you prepared for a tropical storm?See ISAAC — Page 2 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A new policy to ensure a 5 percent fund balance for Okeechobee County Schools earned unanimous approval at the monthly meeting of the School Board on Tuesday night. The new policy states the budget should be School board to maintain 5% fund balance Aug. 28 meeting to discuss synthetic drugs, computer useSee SCHOOL — Page 12 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJames Jasper retired from the transportation department this month. He had worked for the school system since 1994. He was honored by Transportation Director Louise Piper and Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy. Gas pipeline gets OK ... Page 5


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If the council disapproves the zoning change the current CPO zoning with a special exception for an assisted living center would remain in effect and the applicant would not be able to operate a rehab facility. In his application, Mohammad Nooruddin, manager AMSA Holding LLC, one of the owners of the facility, proposed to use 4 to 6 beds on the rst oor of the two story building for detox purposes. Jim Vensel said his mother-in-law is a resident at the assisted living facility. "We were under the assumption it was an assisted living facility," Mr. Vensel said. "I don't understand how you can mesh these together." While he acknowledged the need for a rehab facility, Mr. Vensel expressed concern for his mother-in-law's safety. "Let's not put it in the same building as 80 or 90 y ear old women," he said, adding that if the proposal were approved he would take his mother-in-law out of the facility. The next speaker was Karnyne Brass who said she was "vehemently opposed" to the proposal. She is on the board of adjustments and appeals and cast one of the negative votes. Ms. Brass said that housing a rehab facility in the same building would be "holding a vulnerable population hostage." She went on to add, "It is inappropriate. This does not seem well thought out at any level." Dr. Saeed Khan, one of the owners of the assisted living facility, said that the reaction to his proposal "borders on hysteria." The doctor said he employed several people at the facility and had invested in the property. He said he was approached by some people who wanted a private and secure place for a rehab facility. He said he took personal offense at the idea he was putting people's loved ones at risk. Dr. Khan said he would run a very discrete program and refused to be what he called "blackmailed" adding, "Whatever we need to do we will do." "Why would anyone question our integrity," Dr. Khan asked. "It has never been our intent say one thing and do another." Councilman Mike O'Connor asked if it would be possible to house the rehab clients on the second oor. Dr. Khan said that would not work. Councilman Dowling Watford said he had been approached by some citizens who were opposed to the rehab facility. "You understand there is opposition from current clients and may be an issue for future clients," Councilman Watford said. He said that most businesspeople do not want to offend their clients. He said that as a car dealer, if his customers wanted red cars, he would stock red cars at his dealership. By a vote of 4 to 1 the council approved the rst reading of the proposed ordinance and set a date of Sept. 4 for the nal public hearing. The mayor concluded the matter by saying, "We will move on and this will come up at the next meeting." Councilman Devin Maxwell cast the lone dissenting vote. In a statement after the meeting Mr. Maxwell said:" I voted against the zoning change because the proposed use was based on a special exception that could potentially include a number of other types of group homes that wouldn't be compatible with the area. I believe the current owner's intentions are good, but when property changes ownership, the special exception continue and can lead to unintended uses later. I also felt that combing the new use with an existing assisted living facility in one two-story building was not in the public interest." HERITAGEContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Law enforcement personnel from three different sheriff's of ces spent their day Thursday combing acres of pasture land in search of an 85-year-old Sarasota man who had gone missing from that city. According to a Silver Alert notice from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Newton H. Whidden was last seen in the area of 4800 10th St. in Sarasota. He has been missing since Monday, Aug. 20. Mr. Whidden's 2000 white Dodge Carav an was found Wednesday, Aug. 22, around 3 p.m. on N.E. 128th Avenue in Okeechobee County. The vehicle appeared to be stuck in a small ditch. It's not known if he is on foot, if someone has given him a ride or if his car was stolen then abandoned in Okeechobee County. The FDLE alert describes Mr. Whidden as a white male standing 5-feet-9-inches in height and weighing 175 pounds. He has gray hair, hazel eyes and is thought to be wearing a plaid long-sleeved shirt and tan slacks. A Sarasota Herald Tribune newspaper story stated that Mr. Whidden has dementia and was thought to be traveling to a cemetery near Horse Creek in DeSoto County. The story said his cell phone was found in the Siesta Key Pharmacy in Sarasota. Thursday, deputies and detectives from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Of ce (SCSO), Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) and the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Of ce (SLCSO) spent their day combing vast acres of pasture land in the northeastern portion of Okeechobee County. Some of the deputies were searching on horseback, others searched from the air in the SLCSO's helicopter but the majority of the deputies and detectives were searching on foot. It's unknown why he is in Okeechobee County or if he has friends or family here. Deputies comb pastures for missing man Newton H. Whidden We probably won't make that decision until after the calls from the Florida Of ce o f Emergency Management and the National Weather Service on Friday. "It keeps tracking further west and looks like it might be more of a west coast event," he said. "But all it takes is a 15 degree turn to the east and it's right on top of us." Okeechobee County School of cials will make a decision regarding possible school closures Friday or Saturday. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said if the decision is not made before the end of the school day on Friday, students will be sent home with letters that explain the situation. If they decide to close school, parents will be noti ed through the automated phone message system. The information will also be distributed through the local media so parents should pay attention to school closing noti cations on local television and radio broadcasts and the Okeechobee News page on Facebook. The decision of whether or not to close school will depend on projected wind speeds, Mr. Kenworthy explained. "If the wind speed is over 35 mph for a sustained gust more than one minute, we have to cancel school because it is not safe to have school buses on the road." Emergency shelters will be opened i f needed, but not all shelters may open at the same time. Check the okeechobeeeoc.com web site or listen to local radio and television updates for news of shelter openings. With the exception of the medical needs shelter, no one is assigned to a particular shelter. Those who require the medical needs shelter are asked to register in advance with the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1728 N.W. Ninth Avenue. The health department's main phone number is 863-462-5819. During an emergency, information will be broadcast on local radio and television stations. The radio stations are WOKC-FM 100.9, WOKC-AM 1570, and WWFR-FM 91.7 in Okeechobee. The television stations are Channels 5 and 25 from West Palm Beach, and the local cable station. For storm updates online go to okeechobeeeoc.com, oridadisaster.com or the Okeechobee News page on facebook. You can also follow Okeechobee Emergency Management on twitter and see updates on their Facebook page. ISAACContinued From Page 1


By Candy Walker, OCEA PresidentThe Okeechobee County Education A ssociation (OCEA) will have its rst general membership meeting of the 2012-2013 school year on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Central Elementary School, 510 S.W. 5th Ave. All employees of the instructional and classi ed bargaining unit are encouraged to attend. Potential members may join at the meeting, if they desire. Attendees will be briefed on the status of the Aug. 29 Classi ed and Instructional negotiation session, which includes the latest information on the Teacher Evaluation System, and items that are being negotiated for the classi ed contract. Now that the VAM scores are in from the state, OCEA and the district need to make more changes to the 2011-12 Teacher Evaluation System as well as changes to the 2012-13 system. Teachers from the 2011-12 school year still do not have their nal evaluation. Teachers will nd out how to proceed if their nal 2011-12 Evaluation score is not what they expected to receive. Door prizes and refreshments will be served. An update will also be give on the OCEA "Meet and Greet" that will take place at Lunkers on Sept. 7, from 4-6 p.m. Any employee may attend that function, WITH a member. Now is the time to be informed of the mandates the state has put on your chosen profession. Contact OCEA at 863-467-1564 for more information and plan on attending on Aug. 30. Your job may depend on it! By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Residents of Okeechobee will soon have access to a new source of energy natural gas. By a vote of 3 to 2 the Okeechobee City Council at their Tuesday, Aug. 21, meeting approved a non-exclusive franchise with Florida Public Utilities Company to use city rights-of-way for a distribution system to provide natural gas to commercial and residential customers. Natural gas for the distribution network w ill come from a connection with the Florida Gas Transmission pipeline on U.S. 441 at Cemetery Road. The company plans to serve large commercial users rst such as feed mills, asphalt plants and restaurants. Residential service should be available by the end of next year. Unlike states further north, there is not much demand in Florida for natural gas for residential heating. Instead natural gas is used in residences for appliances such as clothes driers, hot water heaters and stoves. Councilmen Dowling Watford and Mike O'Connor voted against the franchise. During questioning by Mr. Watford, Barry Kennedy, operations director for Florida Public Utilities, said he could not answer certain questions because of con dentiality laws. When contacted after the meeting, Mr. Watford said that while he thought a natural gas distribution system would be a wonderful asset to the city he added, "It bothers me when there are questions you can't answer. There may be something they don't want you to know." Turning to other action, the council: awarded a contract to Nancy Phillips and Associates for grant administration services in connection with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development Program; awarded a contract to Culpepper & Terpening, Inc. for engineering services in connection with the CDBG Economic Development Program; awarded a $27,245 contract to Bowline Construction for the Curtis rehabilitation project as part of the CDBG Economic Development Program; awarded a $29,955 contract to American Construction for the Leon rehabilitation project as part of the CDBG Economic Development Program; awarded an $18,180 contract James Sweat for the Roberts rehabilitation project as part of the CDBG Economic Development Program; and approved the purchase of a John Deere backhoe less a trade of an older machine for a total net cost of $80,137. City gives natural gas distribution system go ahead 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Aug. 24TH Thurs., Aug. 30THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE CAMPAIGN”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “HOPE SPRINGS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R III: “PARANORMAN”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 24, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Some taxpayers in the City of Okeechobee could see a reduction in their taxes. It w as the consensus of the Okeechobee City Council at a lengthy budget workshop held Tuesday evening, Aug. 21, to keep the current millage rate of 7.7432. Since property v alues have been decreasing, this means some tax payers could pay less this year than last year. One mil equal one dollar for every one thousand dollars of assessed value. The total proposed budget is $6.6 million which is a 3.9 percent decrease from the current budget. The downward trend in property values in the city is continuing. Property values in the city have gone down 5.6 percent since last year. From scal year 2008 to scal year 2013 property values in the city have dropped over 30 percent. Because of the drop in property values the total funds brought into the city by the proposed millage rate will result in an approximate $560,000 de cit in the general fund. Reserve funds will be used to make up that de cit. However, nance director India Riedle expects the city will not have to use the entire amount of reserves that is budgeted. At the same time some property owners will see a reduction in their taxes due to the decrease in property values. The proposed budget contains no pay increase for full-time city employees other than the step increases already in the pay system. While general fund expenditures in the proposed budget are up 3.7 percent from the current budget, they are down 2.6 percent from scal year 2008. Signi cant increases include a 7.5 percent increase in insurance costs, $10,000 for website design, $6,000 for animal control services, $5,000 for election costs, a full year of operation and maintenance of the new radio system, replacement doors and framing at the re department at a cost of $3,000 and certi cation and education costs of $1,700. New in the proposed budget is a step increase plan for part time employees which adds $9,800 to the budget. Fuel costs for the coming year are budgeted at $4.25 a gallon. Shared Services will get $8,950 as opposed to $8,000 in the current budget if the new budget is approved as proposed. The request for funds from the Economic Development Board was decreased from the current budget's $20,000 to $10,000. The cit y council decided to delete $500 that had been earmarked for reworks. Since this was a workshop, no of cial action could be taken. The city council will hold two public hearings in September before adoption of the budget.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Okeechobee City Council plans to lower budget OCEA to hold general membership meeting On Sept. 4, the September Chamber luncheon will be held at the IRSC Williamson Center at 11:30 a.m. This event is being sponsored entirely by the Atlantic Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services Inc., which is made up of Greg Thogersen, J.D. Mixon, Steve Karr, and Sean Daley. Since the luncheon is being sponsored entirely by the Atlantic Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services Inc. the luncheon is free to our members. However, a RSVP will be necessary. Our guest speaker is Mr. Kevin P. Molesky. Mr. Molesky is a Senior Regional Marketing Director at Putnam Retail Management in the broker/Dealer Division. He has been working in the investment industry since 1995 and will discuss the economic/tax climate as it relates to the upcoming elections. Please RSVP via the Chamber website by selecting the date of the event (September 4, 2012) on the Chamber event calendar. Then click on the register on-line tab to register for the luncheon. Chamber announces September investor luncheon


Polls I am fed up with the polls and hearing t he poll numbers. The TV people can make t hose numbers say anything they want to. T hose numbers don’t mean a thing in real life. If someone gives me a poll to answer I am going to make up the craziest answers I c an think of. They will just spin it whichever w ay they want it to turn out anyway. Don’t b elieve the polls.Get it from the source I am sick and tired of the Democrats telling me what the Republicans are going to do and the Republicans telling me what the Democrats are going to do. And none of it is t rue, according to the fact-checkers. I want my information from the source. If I want t o know what the Republicans are going to do, I want to hear it from the Republicans. I w ant to hear what the Democrats are going t o do from the Democrats. Quit telling such outrageous lies about each other and just t ell the truth about your own platforms! Nothing to do? I hear a lot about how there’s nothing t o do in Okeechobee. For those who complain, you missed out on a great opportunity to have a lot of fun and do something. T he Parks and Recreation hosted Summer Games in honor of the Olympics. There was a junior division (17 & under) or adults (18 & over). There were team or individual events, s o everyone had a chance to compete and actually win gold, silver or bronze medals. T hey put a lot of work into the event, and it w as sad that not more people took the opportunity to support the community and get out and do something.  There’s ALWAYS something to do anyw here you are.  The Florida.newszap.com site has a c alendar where people can post their upc oming events and I wish people would take t he time to post their events.Drive with care Today I saw a car just speed right by a stopped school bus. If a school bus stops in front of you, the law says you have to stop! In the news What is wrong with this country? On the news I saw several minutes devoted to the fact that Prince Harry was photographed nude in a Los Vegas hotel room, yet there was nothing about the American servicemen killed in Afghanistan. Every time a celebrity gets engaged or has a baby, it’s all over the news. But our young men dying in wars overseas doesn’t even make the news. They should report the death of each and every serviceman who gives his life. Until we the public demand the television news programs do a better job, this will continue. Youni ed FundraiserOn Saturday, Aug. 4, the community of Okeechobee came together at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club to support a great cause at the YOUNIFIED fundraiser golf tournament. Men, women and youth united together to enjoy fun, fellowship, food and prizes! YOUNIFIED is comprised of community members uniting together to challenge teens in Okeechobee County with God’s Truth about drugs, alcohol, bullying, depression, peer pressure, and abstinence. YOUNIFIED seeks to unveil God’s presence and reveal His perfect plan in the heart of every youth. YOUNIFIED is calling upon our local churches, businesses, and individuals to unite under the common banner of Jesus Christ and see the Father’s Kingdom advanced in our community. On the weekend of Jan. 11-12, YOUNIFIED will be sponsoring a large scale youth rally at Osceola Middle School for our hometown youth. Nationally noted author and speaker, Mark Cahill will be present to teach and challenge our youth, as well as many other local speakers. There will be live music with bands “SameState” and “The MC’s,” food, fun, door prizes (iPods, iPads, phones, etc.) and more! For more information about YOUNIFIED or sponsored events, please Bobby Steiert at 863-634-6523. The YOUNIFIED committee members wish to sincerely thank the following churches, businesses, organizations and individuals for their support: G.M. Worley, Inc., Tenniswood Dentistry, East Coast Signs, Everglades Baptist Church, CenterState Bank, Real Life Children’s Ranch, Pregnancy Center, Glades Gas Co., Eli’s Western Wear, Gator Feed, Rep. Denise Grimsley, Everglades Pediatric Dentistry, Livestock Market, Lake Okeechobee Insurance Co., Badcock Furniture, Billy Marcum for County Commissioner, W & W Supply, Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd, The Tucker Group, Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3-D Trees, Life Community Church, Domer’s, Inc., Garcia & Garcia, Platt Chiropractic, Rotary, Nunez Lawn Care, Frank Irby, J & E Insurance, Malissa Morgan for School Board, Fifth Street Pharmacy, Cary Pigman for FL House, Big Lake Eye Care, Elvie Posey for County Commissioner, State Farm, Quality Garage Doors, Walpole, Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital, Williamson Cattle, American Drilling Co., Bruce Homer Insurance, Fitness Factory, Pine Creek Sporting Club, Everglades Farm Equipment, Okeechobee Christian Academy, Fountain of Life Church, Kell y Owens for School Board, Brad Goodbread for County Commissioner, Law of ce of Gerald LeFebvre, Highlands Pest Control, Mor e 2 Life Church, New York Life, Quality Turf, Waste Management, Jones Team, Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters, Buckhead Ridg e Christian Church, Highlands Pest Control, Home Depot, Lawn Tamer, Captain Mik e Krause, Kevin Barbour, W & W Lumber Co., Mid Florida Hardware, Dunklin Memorial Camp, Aaron’s, Chaka Stars, B.R.A.T. Club, Los Coco’s, Okeechobee Golf and Countr y Club, Paul May for Sheriff, Total Roadsid e Services, Hide-a-Way Drive Thru, Backyard BBQ, Faith Farm, Superior Water, Morgan’s Furniture, Applebee’s, CVS. Thank you again, Darlene MayerDearest Okeechobee,We, Myke & I, moved here 11 years ago on a whim and have never regretted the decision. We have enjoyed everything there is about Okeechobee. I got the opportunity to sing and entertain at most of the business’ and homes throughout Okeechobee and Buckhead Ridge. We have met the mos t amazing amount of really good people and now, are a wonderful part of our lives. W e are also proud that we have participated in many fund raisers and never expected anything in return. Just being a part of our grea t community was more than enough, but I recently became ill and haven’t been able to work. Again, this great community, stepped up to help. Just saying “Thank you” seems so minute, but I am trying to nd the words to express my esteemed gratitude. We would like to thank VFW North, VF W South, VFW BHR, Good Spirits Lounge, Moose BHR, Moose North, WOKC Radio, Okeechobee News, KOA Kampground, Cowboy’s, Beef O’Brady’s, “The Hand List”, Friends, Neighbors and my Beloved Myk e Hoyt. Special thanks to our great Friends, Dennis (XXL Karaoke) & Joyce Pruitt fo r organizing the event! We hope to kno w soon about my surgery and hope to be bac k doing what I do best, Sing and Show Off. Again, Thank you “My Home Town” for all your love and support. Sincerely, Sandoone August 24, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Light east northeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.Extended ForecastSaturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 76. East northeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. North northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Okeechobee Forecast


EMS rates decrease, garbage pickup rates increaseBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News During a busy morning’s meeting on Thursday, Aug. 23, Okeechobee County commissioners set assessment rates. They also handled a variety of other items including settling past due Medicaid bills with the state and considering allowing the consumption of alcohol at C. Scott Driver park. Commissioners nalized assessment rates for re, EMS and solid waste collection. The proposed EMS rate is a 10 percent decrease over the current year’s assessment, not a 10 percent increase as was incorrectly reported earlier. Solid waste collection rates w ere increased by $24.50 to $217.52 for the coming year. The re assessment rates remain the same. Commissioners approved an amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan to establish the Amistad Rural Activity Center. This rural activity center includes about 680 acres on the east side of S.E. 128th Avenue, north of Quail Woods and Bridlewood subdivisions and south of E. Center Street. The density of that area is now changed from one residential unit per ve acres to one unit per acre and the amendment calls for up to 15 acres of commercial development. Planning of cial Bill Royce said there was originally some concern about the impact of A mistad on schools. However, he said that build out would not occur right away so there would be time to work out the impact on schools. The amendment had already been approved by the appropriate state agencies. Commissioners discussed the fate of the A dvanced Stone Technology building in the county industrial park. As a result of recent litigation the county now has possession of the 19,438 square foot building valued at $200,499. Kathy Scott, the airport and industrial park director, gave a report on the condition of the building including photographs. The staff inspection disclosed a considerable amount of trash and debris inside and outside the building and structural, water and termite damages inside the building. The commission directed staff to secure bids on the cost of renovating the building. In a related matter, commissioners agreed on settlement with the Snyder family as a result of the litigation. As of Aug. 23, the total amount owed the county including rent, taxes, late charges and interest is $57,222.45. Richard Snyder offered the county $6,000 in settlement. He documented having spent a considerable amount of money for cleanup including hauling 45 loads of trash to the land ll. It was noted that this was an expense that would have to be born by the county if Mr. Snyder had not taken this action. County attorney John Cassels stated that the county’s out of pocket costs in this matter would be about $7,500. In light of the fact that Mr. Snyder had put considerable effort into cleanup, the commission decided on Mr. Cassels’ gure of $7,500. Mr. Snyder accepted this settlement. Commissioners authorized repairs to the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center when they approved a proposal to remove and replace ten damaged wall panels, a damaged end wall column, three damaged header channels and trim at the base of the end wall. This work is covered by $1,000 deductible insurance. While the contractor is working on the facility commissioners also authorized repairs to the rake trim and curb trim in the amount of $3,984. John Romano of New Horizons of the Treasure Coast presented the annual report for his organization. He said that for the rst time there is a full-time staff member serving Okeechobee and that 1,036 Okeechobee clients were served in the past year. The commission authorized staff to negotiate with the engineering rm of Steven Cooper, P.E. and Associates for consulting services on the Okeechobee Trailhead Lock 7 project. It may soon be possible for events taking place at C. Scott Driver Park to serve alcoholic beverages—at a cost. Parks and recreations director Albee Scoggins suggested a change in policy. He recommended that alcohol consumption be allowed provided the user carries suf cient liability insurance. He also recommended increasing the fee for the outside pavilion from $50 to $150 as well as increasing the fee for the inside pavilion from $400 to $600. The security deposit would also be increased. Mr. Scoggins said that events that served alcohol would tend to be larger events that would impact the facilities more thus justifying the increased rates. Staff was directed to develop a proposed policy on alcohol consumption at C. Scott Driver Park for commission consideration. The battle with the state over payment of past due Medicaid bills is now over. Commissioners authorized payment of $292,726.68 to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. This settled the past due amount in full. Now the state will not be withholding revenue sharing funds for Medicaid payments. The original amount the state claimed the county owed was much larger than that. However, that amount was reduced considerably after discussions with state of cials. County administrator Robbie Chartier said that if any additional credits are discovered they will be applied to future bills. She said that there is still pending litigation questioning if the statute of limitations applies to Medicaid bills. The result of that action could possibly result in credits to future bills. The board also received a nancial update through July 31.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. County commissioners set assessment rates 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us” Summer Sunday Schedule 9 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 PENTECOSTAL EPISCOPAL BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday: 7 till 8pm (You are invited) Prayer Service Special prayers for special needs drop off to us or email them to pastor@okeechobeecog.com 301 NE 4th Ave. • (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70EChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays Where the SON is always shining! OPEN 6-4 M-F ServingCall your order in, free delivery or pickup at window. 763-4127 or Dine in with free Wi-Fi. Go to Okeechobeecog.com and click SonRise Cafe for menuWOW! There is nothing like it in town! at Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee 2 blocks behind the McDonalds on SE 70E Sunday Services8:30 & 10:45 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 24, 2012 Relay for Life Kickoff celebration plannedPlease come and join us at Lunker’s Sports Grill on Thursday, Oct. 11 to help kick off our 2013 Relay for Life year. The theme for this years event is All-Star Relay Scoring Against Cancer so where your favorite sports memorabilia and join the fun. If you are interested in nding out more information related to joining this wonderful cause on any level please contact Missy Fipps 863-634-8674 or Lacey Summerall 863-634-7765.Fallen Peace Of cer Bass Tournament setFlorida Annual Fallen Peace Of cer Bass Tournament is planned for Oct. 27 A $110 entry fee goes into the big bass pot. Registration begins at 4 a.m. Cash only. Drawing tickets will be sold for door prize drawings. Tickets are 3 for $5 or 7 for $10 and 15 tickets are $20. The tournament will take place at C. Scott Driver Park Ramp and begins at safe light. Weigh-in is at 1 p.m. at the pavilion on the Point. There will be food and drinks at weigh-in. Donations will be accepted. Payout is based on a 50 boat eld. All donations bene t Florida Fallen Peace Of cer families. Teams wanting to pre-register please call Jack Fulce at 863-763-7753. Tournament is sponsored at Crappy Jack’s Bait & Tack, local, county, and State Law Enforcement Agencies, FHP, and FWC. We hope to see everyone out there for a great day of shing!


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News August 24, 2012 Eagles North announces special weekend eventsEagles North will have Friday Steak Night on Aug. 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Music w ill be by Michael. On Saturday Night, Aug. 25 it’s the Big Corn Hole Tournament. Sign up is at 10 a.m. The action starts at noon.Eagles host corn hole tournamentCome to Eagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N.,, on Saturday, Aug. 25 for a corn hole tournament. Sign up early! There will be a payout on rst and second place. For more information, call 863-763-2552. Cost is $10 per player, $20 per team. All proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. The Aerie will also offer hamburgers, hotdogs and side dishes.Golf bene t planned for Dennis RutherfordA bene t is planned for local resident, Dennis Rutherford. Dennis sustained a very serious injury to his arm which required special surgery. Medical and rehabilitative bills are mounting and there is no insurance coverage. Please come out to Okeechobee Golf and Country Club and join us in a Saturday, Aug. 25, golf tournament to help offset some of the expenses. Sign up is at 7:30 a.m. and tee time is at 8 a.m. Fees are only $240 a team and includes lunch. There will be a 50/50 drawing and heated chair massage w ill be available with a donation. For more information, please call Kay at 863-634-8822 or David at 863-634-0751.Martha's House to host fundraiserA pancake breakfast will be held to bene t Martha’s House on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 7-11 a.m. at the Frosty Mug, 6315 U.S. 441 S.E. The club will donate all food and supplies and 100 percent of the proceeds w ill bene t Martha’s House. The breakfast is only $5 and includes pancakes, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, coffee and orange juice. Donations will also be accepted. For more information, please call 863-4678232.FFA Alumni to meetThe Okeechobee FFA Alumni will be having their rst meeting of the new year on A ug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Extension Of ce. A nyone interested in joining is welcome to attend. For more information please call 863-467-8696.CCC meeting plannedThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Serv ices Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. in the board room of the school board of ce. Eagles to host bingoEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have bingo on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m.; and Wednesday, Aug 29, bingo at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Church to host kids Bible NightJoin the fun at AWANA Bible Club at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, Wednesday nights 6-8 p.m. through the school year. Clubs for 3 year olds through 12th grade. First night of Club/Registration will be Aug. 29 from 6-8 p.m. For details or questions, please call the church of ce at 863-763-2171. County Fair Board to meetThe Okeechobee Fair board of directors will meet Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce.Healthy Start annual meeting slatedThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will have their annual meeting on Friday, Aug. 31 from 2-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services to pregnant women and children under 3 years of age. The Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Kay Begin, executive director, at 863-462-5877.OKMS taking applications for Labor Day event vendorsOkeechobee Main Street is proud to announce the 2012 All-American Labor Day Celebration scheduled for Sept. 1, 2 and 3 in the Flagler Parks! Come spend some time with friends, enjoy the “tastes” of the festival and various specialty items for sale. While in town, visit our local shops and see what they now have to offer! OKMS is now taking applications for vendors and non-pro ts interested in setting up a booth. If you are interested, please contact Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or visit our website at: www. okeechobeemainstreet.com.First Baptist Church to host ag footballBoys and girls, k-12 come sign up for First and Goal Flag Football. Registration is just $35 with sign up deadline on Sept. 8 Games will be held from Sept. 22-Nov. 17. Games are sponsored by First Baptist Church, 401 SW Fourth Street, Recreation Outreach Center, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave., in Okeechobee. For more information, please call 863-467-7625. Tobacco Free Partnership to hold September meetingThe Tobacco-Free Partnership of Okeechobee will meet Sept. 5 at noon. Lunch will be provided, please RSVP by calling 863-447-9140. The meeting will be held in the Thompson Hall, next to the Pentecostals of Okeechobee Church, 405 S.W. 10th Ave. The mission of the Tobacco-Free Partnership Okeechobee is to mobilize community partners to establish long-lasting system and policy changes that promote tobaccofree social norms in order to prevent usage of tobacco products by youth/young adults, encourage and support tobacco cessation, eliminate health hazards of secondhand smoke and decrease the number of deaths due to tobacco products.Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach shing championship will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9. The entry fee is $120. You must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at OkeeTantie 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.Residents urged to have Coffee with a CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. – noon, and will be held in Commissioner Helton’s of ce, room 261, in the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Children Services Council plans public budget meetingThe Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee will have their First Public Budget Hearing for the year 2012-13 on Tuesday, Sept. 11 2012, at 5:01 p.m., in room 303 at the Okeechobee County School Board ofce, 700 S.W. Second Ave.Patriot's Day plannedLadies Auxiliary to VFW Post 4423 will be sponsoring a Patriot’s Day Ceremony to honor our First Responders. It will be in Veterans Park at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 There will be guest speakers, honored guests and special guests. These men and women put their lives on the line for us every day so please give one hour of your time to honor them. Contact the Dannye Strickland at 863-7630589 for any questions. Shared Services Network set meeting dateThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee Count y will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board ofce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257. Fun day' to help injured teenMOORE HAVEN -In July, Glades Count y teenager Kaleb “Fred” Langdale was swimming in the Caloosahatchee River when he was attacked by an alligator. He managed to get away but lost part of his arm in the ght. A bene t fun day fundraiser is set to help the Langdale family with medical expenses. The event is set for Oct. 6 at the Chalo Nitk a Grounds in Moore Haven and will include lots of fun activities including a rib cook-off, cornhole tournament, pie eating contest, live/silent auction with hunting and shing trips. There will be something for everyone with live bands, water slides, bounce house, face painting, buggy rides, cake walks and a dunk tank to test your aim. Entertainment will include the music of Chris MacArthur. The Gator Boys alligator show will be noon and the Gator Boys will also participate in a “meet and greet.” A web site at www.gofundme.com has been set up for donations. The goal is to raise $100,000. A link to the site and other news about Fred Langdale can be found on the Glades County Democrat page on facebook.com.Putt for a Cure event plannedThe Relay for Life Honey Do’er’s Team and Dream Team will host a best ball gol f tournament on Oct. 6, at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club. All proceeds bene t the American Cancer Society. Fee for four person team is $200, hole sponsorships: are $100. There will be a 50/50 drawing and raf e tickets. For information about participants, sponsorship or donation of a raf e item call Lawrence Fipps 863-801-0901 or Missy Fipps at 863-634-8674. Community Events




2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 8 Okeechobee News August 24, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OSSFree line dancingEveryone 60 years of age and over is invited to free line dance classes every Monday from noon until 1 p.m. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Stephanie MetcalfWherever two or more are gathered Members of the community pray on the rst day of the school year for the students, faculty, board and staff of our schools as a reminder that all are invited to the September Tuesday night Prayer Walks sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. Each week's location school will be submitted to the Okeechobee News the week prior to the walk. Please consider joining together for our schools. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Martha's HouseSpecial recognitionTammy Clifford, of The Frosty Mug, accepts a "Top Shelf Supporter" award for nancial and material support of Martha's House. Thanks to all the members of the Frosty Mug Club who help keep Martha's House open for victims of domestic violence. The Frosty Mug, 6315 U.S. 441 S.E., will have a Martha's House bene t breakfast 7 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug 26., for $5. Presenting Ms. Clifford with a plaque is Martha's House executive director Jonathan Bean. Special to the Okeechobee News/ State FarmBack to school suppliesThe local State Farm Insurance Agency, Gretchen Robertson Insurance Agency, Inc., provided backpacks and supplies for needy children in Okeechobee. Pictured above is Ms. Robertson's State Farm staff presenting the table full of back-to-school supplies to Wendy Watt, a volunteer with My Aunt's House (501c3). Critical need for O Negative bloodFlorida Blood Centers are in Critical Need of O Negative Blood Type. Wal-Mart in Okeechobee will hold a blood drive on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Give blood to save lives. Because donated blood is processed into components to give patients only the part of the blood they need, one unit of blood may help save up to three lives. All donors will receive a camo tee shirt, a movie ticket, and a Pueblo Viejo food coupon. Photo ID required. OKMS needs Labor Day Festival vendorsOkeechobee Main Street is proud to announce the 2012 All-American Labor Day Celebration scheduled for Sept. 1, 2 and 3, in the Flagler Parks! Come spend some time with friends, enjoy the “tastes” of the festival and various specialty items for sale. While in town, visit our local shops and see what they now have to offer! OKMS is now taking applications for vendors and non-pro ts interested in setting up a booth. If you are interested, please contact Cindy Birdashaw at 863357-6246 or visit our website at: www. okeechobeemainstreet.com.


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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was sentenced to prison by Circuit Court J udge Robert Belanger earlier this w eek after entering into a plea arrangement with the state. Wendell Octavius Bradley, 35, w as sentenced Monday, Aug. 20, to seven years in prison after pleading to felony charges of possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a park and possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a park. This sentencing was the result of Bradley’s Oct. 28, 2011, arrest. He was also sentenced to 154 days in the Okeechobee County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bradley received credit for the 154 days he has already served. The judge also revoked Bradley’s driver’s license for two years. Judge Belanger handed down the prison term even though Assistant State Attorney Jeff Davis asked for a 15year sentence. “That’s appropriate for someone who will not stop selling controlled substances,” he told the judge, adding that Bradley has nine prior felony arrests. A check of Department of Corrections (DOC) records shows that Bradley spent seven months in prison after being convicted in 2000 on a charge of sale of cocaine. He entered prison Nov. 1, 2000, and was released June 9, 2001. “This has got to be your last stop in the criminal justice system,” Judge Belanger told Bradley. “When you go out with a prior felony record and commit a felony it’s not a mistake. Don’t put yourself in this situation again—it’s just not worth it.” Bradley was also ordered to pay court costs and fees associated with his case. Bradley will be back in front of Judge Belanger sometime in the future due to his March 19, 2012, arrest by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force during an undercover drug operation dubbed Operation Crackdown. As a result of that operation, Bradley is charged with three felony counts of sale o f cocaine and three felony counts of possession of cocaine with intent to sell. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge o f possession of marijuana under 20 grams. Bradley was one of 13 people arrested in that operation. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 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 S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 24, 2012 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).  Glen Edward Sobiecki, 41, S.E. 25th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 21 by Ofcer Chad Troutman on a felony charge of robbery and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. His bond was set at $10,500.  Michael Vasquez, 34, N.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 21 by Ofcer Chad Troutman on a felony charge of robbery. His bond was set at $10,000.  Michelle Ann Smith, 44, N.W. Ninth A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 21 by Of cer Chad Troutman on a felony charge of robbery. Her bond was set at $10,000.  Cornelia Ash, 17, N.E. 13th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 21 by Deputy John Fisher on a juvenile take and hold warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation assault (three counts) and violation of probation burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery, and the misdemeanor of violation of probation criminal mischief. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man admitted to violating his probation in circuit court and, as a result, was sentenced to spend the next 10 months in the Okeechobee County Jail. Anthony Giovanni Hernandez, 20, was initially arrested in May of 2011 and was charged with burglary of a structure, grand theft and criminal mischief after he broke into the Church of the Nazarene. He took $4,500 worth of sound and video equipment from the church but left everything sitting outside the church, stated an arrest report. Circuit Judge Robert Belanger on Monday, Aug. 20, sentenced Hernandez to 10 months on each count with the sentences to run concurrently. Hernandez will also receive credit for the 141 days he has already served in jail. Hernandez was not initially linked to the church break-in, but his later arrest on a misdemeanor retail theft charge led Detective Ted Van Deman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), directly to him. As the detective was working the crime scene a church worker pointed out to him that whoever broke into the church also ri ed through an ofce storage area and some empty envelopes. OCSO Detective Mark Shireman was then called in and was able to lift two ngerprints from one of those envelopes. One of the prints belonged to a parishioner, while the other was unknown. On June 4, 2010, OCSO Crime Scene Technician and ngerprint expert Jackie Moore entered that unknown print into the OCSO ngerprint identi cation system. However, she was unable to nd a match. Then, on May 1, 2011, Hernandez was arrested for shoplifting. He was subsequently booked into the county jail where he was ngerprinted then released on bond. Twelve days later Mrs. Moore entered the booking prints of recent arrests into the OCSO print system and she got a hit. That hit indicated the print taken from the offering envelope at the church belonged to Hernandez. Representing Hernandez at his hearing Monday was local defense attorney Glenn J. Sneider. Assistant State Attorney Jeff Davis prosecuted the case. Man jailed for violating probation Man gets seven years as result of plea deal Wendell O. Bradley Anthony G. Hernandez


prepared to ensure that the operating fund recurring revenue budget combined with reserves for the scal year shall be equal to or greater than expenditures. In other words the superintendent should propose a balanced budget each year. The proposed scal y ear budget for 2012-2013 contains a fund balance of 5.03 percent. Another policy amended to meet new state law requires assessment of employees. Each member shall receive at a minimum an annual evaluation. The evaluation of instructional personnel and school administrators shall include indicators of student learning growth. The board also approved a new strategic plan for 2012-2013 with the core values of excellence in academic achievement, educational quality, equity, a safe and secure learning environment and the empowerment of all stakeholders and partners. The goals include a 2 percent increase in both enrollment and the scores of students in honors, dual enrollment and advanced placement courses. Another goal is to have the schools meet or exceed the state average on assessment tests. The district also w ill strive to have 2 percent improvements in third grade promotion rates, higher standards in writing, reading, math and science, and a 2 percent increase in graduation rates. Graduation rate fell from 71.7 percent in 2009-2010 to 68.9 percent in 2010-2011. Another goal is a 2 percent reduction in dropout rates which stood at 5.3 percent for 2010-2011. That was an increase from 4.6 percent in 2009-2010. The promotion rate increased from 95.2 percent in 2010-2011 to 97.1 percent in 2011-2012. Other goals are fewer students in out-of-school suspension, fewer discipline referrals at school and on school buses, and more students enrolling in career education and designated college ready. The board also approved the hire of Dana Boully as Food Service Quality Assurance Manager at large. A town hall meeting is planned in the OHS lecture hall on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. to discuss the dangers of synthetic drugs and safe computer usage at home. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said the rst week of school has gone smoothly. Student numbers are down 327 from last year. Central Elementary was down 91 students and Seminole by 67 students in the rst few days of school. High school enrollment exceeded estimates. After 10 days, the district will count students and decide if any teacher positions need to be addressed. "We know more students will show up and we're not going to panic," he added. ACT scores improved in English, reading, science and math at the high school. The district remains shy of the state average but still their improvement rate was higher than the state. The staff at OHS was praised for their hard work. "Their primary focus on upper-level classes challenges students and kudos to them," Mr. Kenworthy added. Principal Toni Wiersma said student enrollment in dual enrollment courses has doubled this year. Elsie Close of Yearling Middle School, an ESE Paraprofessional, was honored upon her retirement after 32 years of service in the school system. James Jasper, a bus driver for Okeechobee Schools since 2004, was honored upon his retirement from the system. OHS senior Sarah Davis was recognized as a 2012 Sunshine State Scholar and for athletic exploits for the OHS softball team. Miss Davis was named the District 12-7A Player of the Year and the All Academic Player. She was unable to attend the meeting. In other actions the board set an executive session meeting to discuss union negotiations for Monday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. 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Great location for east coast commuters. $115,000 MLS #205917 NEW LISTING LAKE ACCESS FORECLOSURE FORECLOSURE 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 Located Behind The White House Plaza 1126 S. Parrott Ave € (863) 763-6000Lori Mixon 8 6 3 6 3 4 1 4 5 7 ((LMixon@MixonGroup.com www.MixonGroup.com 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 12 Okeechobee News August 24, 2012 The following persons are on Okeechobee's Most Wanted list. There are active w arrants for these persons. The criteria for making Okeechobee's Most Wanted list is based on the severity of the crime in conjunction with the age of the warrant. Kimberly Lyons, 29, is 5'3" tall and weighs 120 lbs. She is charged with dealing in stolen property. Willie Joe Harris, aka "Buddy," 34, is 5'8" tall and weighs 180 lbs. He is charged with burglary to a structure, grand theft and two counts of dealing in stolen property. 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. Crime Doesn't Pay, But We Do! Okeechobee’s Most Wanted Kimberly Lyons Willie Joe Harris


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Have you looked for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD153 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that FOUR K RANCH INC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1802 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: BASSENGER PARK LOTS 25 & 26 BLOCK 4 1-17-35-33-0010-00040-0250 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ARLETHA SIMS ERNEST E SIMS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 20th day of September, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 423269 ON 8/10,17,24,31/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider nal reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1089: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF OKEECHOBEE BY REZONING A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN, FROM COMMERCIAL PROFESSIONAL OFFICE (CPO) ZONING DISTRICT TO LIGHT COMMERCIAL (CLT) ZONING DISTRICT; AMENDING THE ZONING MAP ACCORDINGLY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The ordinance is regarding Rezoning Petition No. 12-001-R, submitted by Muhammad Nooruddin, on behalf of property owners, A.M.S.A. Holdings, LLC and E.A.A.A.S. Holdings, LLC, to change the Zoning District, on approximately 0.642 acres, from CPO to CLT for property located at 608 NE 2nd Avenue. Legal: Lots 3-6, Block 78, City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 5 Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. The proposed use is for a Group Home to operate an Assisted Living Facility with an Alcohol and/or Drug Rehabilitation Center. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Public Notice Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Public NoticeNotice of Hearing on Petition to Involuntarily Terminate Parental Rights In Re: Adoption of Kaylie Lavina Windsor, a minor, No. 63-11-1317 in the Orphan’s Court Division of The Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania. To: Seth Howard, Putative Father of Kaylie Lavina Windsor, who was born on July 28, 2012, in Dubois, Clear eld County, Pennsylvania. A Petition has been led asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to the child, Kaylie Lavina Windsor. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights and the birth mother’s rights to the child, Kaylie Lavina Windsor. Those hearings will be held in Orphans’ Court Division, Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, 1 South Main Street, Courtroom No. 2, Washington, Pennsylvania 15301 on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to the child may ben ended by the Court without your being present. You have the right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford a lawyer, go to or telephone the of ce set forth below to nd out where you can get legal help. If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, please advise the of ce of that when you telephone or visit. LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE The Washington County Bar Association 119 South College Street Washington, PA 15301 (724) 225-6710 This is to inform you of an important option that may be available to you under Pennsylvania law. Act 101 of 2010 allows for an enforceable voluntary agreement for continuing contact or communication following an adoption between an adoptive parent, a child, a birth parent and/or a birth relative of the child, if all partie agree and the voluntary agreement is approved by the court. If you are interested in learning more about this option for a voluntary agreement, contact your caseworker at Catholic Charities, 212 9th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, (412) 325-6754, or your attorney, if you have one. MARK K. McDONALD, Esquire, attorney for Petitioner, 1111 Oliver Building, 535 Smith eld Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222 (412) 471-9900. 423686 ON 8/10,17,24/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012 DR86 Donna J. Dortch Kellman, Petitioner and Lloyd E. Kellman, Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: Lloyd E. Kellman YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Donna Kellman, whose address is PO Box 2794, Okeechobee on or before 3-27-2012, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Court Operations 1st Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit’s Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED: 7-30-2012 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT 423138 ON 8/3,10,17,24/2012 Shop here first! The classified ads Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 47-2012-CA-000199 CITIBANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR BEAR STEARNS ASSET BACKED SECURITIES I TRUST 2005-CL 1, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-CL 1, Plaintiff, v. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF BETTY JANE DAVENPORT A/K/A ELIZABETH JANE DAVENPORT, DECEASED; HARVEST CREDIT MANAGEMENT IV, LLC, A COLORADO LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO DIRECT MERCHANT BANKMETRIS; ELIZABETH LAWRENCE A/K/A CHRIS LAWRENCE; GARY DAVENPORT; BRUCE DAVENPORT; KAREN WASNIEWSKI; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAME UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, Defendant(s), NOTICE OF ACTION THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF BETTY JANE DAVENPORT A/K/A ELIZABETH JANE DAVENPORT, DECEASED whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 2012CA000258 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, acting through the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, f/k/a Farmers Home Administration, a/k/a Rural Housing Service, Plaintiff, vs. AMANDA SCRUGGS; CARLOS LUNA, JR.; and OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE TO: AMANDA SCRUGGS and CARLOS LUNA, JR., whose last known address is 3535 N.W. 31st Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage regarding the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: Lot 2, Block 34, UNIT NUMBER 2 BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, according to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 28, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on: FREDERICK J. MURPHY, JR., Esquire, Attorney for Plaintiff, Boswell & Dunlap LLP, 245 South Central Avenue, Post Of ce Drawer 30, Bartow, FL 33831, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice Of Action, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or Petition. DATED on this 13th day of August, 2012. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING SHOULD CONTACT FREDERICK J. MURPHY, JR., ESQUIRE, 245 SOUTH CENTRAL AVENUE, BARTOW, FLORIDA 33830, TELEPHONE (863) 533-7117, WITHIN TWO (2) WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RECEIPT OF THIS NOTICE. IF HEARING IMPAIRED, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, OR VOICE (V) 1-800-955-8770, VIA FLORIDA RELAY SERVICE. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk 424148 ON 8/17,24/2012 14 Okeechobee News August 24, 2012 parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Pasco County, Florida: LOT 1, BLOCK 3, OAK PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 3, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA This property is located at the Street address of: 1702 Southwest 34th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 350 Jim Moran Blvd., Suite 100, Deer eld Beach, Florida 33442, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This Notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in The Okeechobee News. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on August 13, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE COURT By: Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk ** IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICAN’S WITH DISABILITIES ACT, It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to provide reasonable accommodations when requested by quali ed persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in a court proceeding or access to a court facility, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Court Administration, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986; (772) 807-4370; 1-800-955-8771, if you are hearing or voice impaired. 424147 ON 8/17,24/2012 READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful! No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY.


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will hold a Public Hearing as soon after 8:30 A.M. as possible to adopt the nal FY2013 Budget. All interested parties for or against the proposed Budget and other changes can be heard at said time and place. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director’s Of ce at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance. 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 Executive Director 424562 ON 8/24/2012 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Southern Garden Makers Under which we expect to engage in business at: 220 SW 67th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprises are: John J. Allen Jr. Jill A. Allen Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 21st day of August, 2012. BY: Jill A. Allen 424656 ON 8/24/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012 IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE 2:15 P.M. PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE 2:45 P.M. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE 3:00 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 424700 ON 8/24/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce and Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue responded to a report of power poles down on U.S. 441 in the vicinity of Okeechobee Youth Development Center, 7200 U.S. 441 N., around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 21. Upon arrival they found ve power poles down. Florida Power and Light (FP&L) was contacted. A spokesperson for the National Weather Service Of ce in Melbourne said that there were no reported tornadoes in the area but there were some heavy thunderstorms. The damage was likely caused by straight line winds in connection with the storms. A spokesperson for Okeechobee Youth Development Center said there was a lot of debris and a power outage but no damage was reported. Bill Orlove, spokesperson for FP&L, said his company received the report of a power outage at 4:36 p.m. He said that 1,493 customers were without power. Power was completely restored by 8:35 p.m. Mr. Orlove con rmed that 5 poles were down and one was damaged. He said the damaged pole was replaced on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Winds down power poles Firestix softball tryouts rescheduledTry-out dates for the Okeechobee Firestix softball program have been rescheduled to Aug. 29 and 30 from 6-8 pm at the Okeechobee High School softball eld. The softball program is a travel-based league and involves several age groups. For more information call Kim Hargraves at 863-634-6322 or 467-4900. There are four teams this fall, an 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under and 14 and under squad. Try-outs for high school age girls will be held in September.Youth football games planned for SaturdayThe Mid Florida Football Conference Brahman youth football teams will host ve games on Saturday at Okeechobee High School against the Lake Placid Dragons. Games start at 9 a.m. and include one ag game and four tackle football games. Three of the Brahman teams won last weekend in the season opener at Avon Park.OCRA football, cheerleader signups will end Aug. 25Saturday, Aug. 25 will be the last day to sign your child up for OCRA football, cheerleading and the newly-formed Girls Flag Football, ages 7-15. Signups will be held at the score tower at the Sports Complex from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 863-634-0515 Youth soccer sign-ups open through Aug. 31Sign-ups for the Youth Soccer League will be through Aug. 31 for youth ages 5-14. Registration is $35 per child and is conducted at the Parks & Recreation Department, in the Sports Complex, Monday-Friday between 8:30-5 p.m. A birth certi cate is required at registration. The age determination date is Dec. 31, 2012. League play will begin Saturday, Sept. 29, and end before Christmas. For more information, call 863-763-6950.Soccer coaches & sponsors are needed for youth leagueThe Okeechobee Parks & Recreation Department is seeking coaches, sponsors and of cials for the Youth Soccer League beginning play in September. Sign-ups for youth ages 5-14 are under way. Anyone interested in getting involved with the program is asked to call the of ce at 863-763-6950. The of ce is also accepting extra cleats or shin guards that are in good condition to give to those without equipment. Please recycle any unused items by taking it to the Recreation Department in the Sports Complex, MondayFriday between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sports News in Brief The Seventh Annual Boots and Pearls Gala will be held on Oct. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee KOA. The following are the various sponsorship opportunities and how to order tickets. Please join the party for fun, fellowship, good food and dancing to the music of “Chris Macarthur and the Florida Cracker Boys.” This is the main fundraising event of the year for Hospice of Okeechobee and there are many ways for you to participate in this event:  Presenting Sponsor $10,000 Includes two tables for eight, two bottles of wine on each table, valet parking and the front cover of the program.  Trail Boss $3,000 Includes two tables for eight, two bottles of wine on each table, reserved parking and full-page ad in the program.  Table Sponsor $500 Includes one table for eight and recognition in the program. Single Ticket $50 Purchase at Eli’s Western Wear or by calling the Hospice Of ce at 863-467-2321. There will be a live auction for pieces of art work by a local artist. A silent auction will feature an array of items donated by local businesses and individuals. Annual Boots and Pearls Gala planned to bene t Hospice


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MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School record-setting w restler Donny Bush has continued to strive for excellence as an adult as he’s become quite adept at the growing support of mixed-martial arts and has hopes of becoming a professional ghter. He will be a part of a huge ght card, Rise of the Warrior VIII on Sept. 8, at the Havert L. Fenn Center on Virginia A venue in Fort Pierce and hopes to have an Okeechobee rooting section. Bush has fought for the past seven months and has won four of ve ghts. He has travelled to Fort Lauderdale, Immokalee, Fort Myers and Fort Pierce to compete. He also trains weekly at the Treasure Coast Mall in J ensen Beach at American Top Teams under the guidance of former MMA ghter Din Thomas. He normally works out four to ve times at the facility. Bush has worked to improve his skills w hich include wrestling, kicks, strikes and submission holds. He said it is great to work w ith a pro ghter. “I like the sport a lot. It’s a passion. 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