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Friday, September 6, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 107 15.54 feetLast Year: 14.32 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. O H S B r a h m a n s OHS Brahmans f a c e S e b r i n g i n face Sebring in h o m e o p e n e r home opener ... Page 10 Civil Air Patrol holds ‘curry’ camp’ ... Page 11 4-H clubs start new year ... Page 8 Good Samaritan helps when car catches re ... Page 4 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMayor Jim Kirk (right) accepts the American Flag from State Representative Dr. Cary Pigman on Tuesday. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News MOORE HAVEN A Glades County man is facing up to life in prison after being found guilty of the 2010 murdering an Okeechobee bail bondsman. A jury made up of ve men and one woman Wednesday, Sept. 4, found Koty Cheyenne Lewis, 32, guilty o f second-degree murder, aggravated assaul t with a rearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. Detective Captain Daryl Lewis, of th e Glades County Sheriff's Of ce (GCSO), said the Lakeport man will be sentenced in abou t two weeks by Judge Jack Lundy. "He's facing 25 years to life in prison," said Capt. Lewis, who is of no relation to th e convicted man. Koty Lewis was arrested Dec. 26, 2010, after gunning down Gordon Suleiman, th e owner of All Over Bail Bonds in Okeechobee. Mr. Suleiman was helping a fello w Okeechobee bail bondsman Gregory James locate Koty Lewis. Mr. Suleiman was shot one time in th e left side of the chest with a .243 caliber ri e, and died at the scene. An arrest report by GCSO Detective Sergeant Ronnie Baker indicated that Mr. Suleiman, his wife Cynthia, and Mr. James wen t to a mobile home on Red Barn Road to tak e Koty Lewis into custody. When they arrived they found the front gate to the propert y closed and locked. The trio saw a Dodge pickup coming Koty Lewis convicted of 2010 murder By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee City council adopted the rst reading of the city budget ordinance and proposed millage rate levy for the 2013-2014 scal year at a public hearing Tuesday night at City Hall. The tentative millage of 7.7432 is a tax decrease of 5.84 percent for city taxpayers this year. The proposed general fund budget totals $5.62 million this year. The plan would keep nearly $3.9 million in reserve. The public facilities improvement fund totals $1.07 million in expenses and $442,902 in reserve. The budget also includes $64,000 in community development block grant housing rehabilitation funds, and $232,909 in a community development block grant economic development fund. State grants will total $275,000. A department of transportation beauti cation grant totals $100,000 with $17,500 in local funds, $17,450 for capital improvement impact fees with $29,614 in reserve. The capital improvement project fund totals $1.24 million in expenses and $6.7 million in reserve. The nal public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. at Okeechobee City Hall. The council voted to update their veyear capital improvement plan. The budget includes $100,000 for each of the next ve years for sidewalk, curb and gutter projects, $250,000 in grants for a storm water retro t for canals, $100,000 for landscape improvements on South Parrott Avenue, and $300,000 for a Taylor Creek Park on Southeast Seventh Street. The budget totals $1.2 million in 20132014. It also includes $250,000 for asphalt and paving, and $110,000 for drainage improvements. Council voted to increase the sidewalk budget from $70,000 to $100,000 annually in the work plan. Mayor Jim Kirk said the city has worked for years to streamline the budget process. He said he met with all of the department heads to go over the budgets and review expenditures. "A tax decrease was important to us. Most City plans to lower taxes Koty Lewis See CITY — Page 5 See MURDER — Page 5


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Sept. 6TH Thurs., Sept. 12THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “ RIDDICK”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “THE HEAT”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R PG R 2 Okeechobee News September 6, 2013 Today: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 88F with a heat index o f 95F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance o f a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Fog overnight. Low of 68F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the morning, then overcast with a chance o f a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 88F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance o f rain. Fog overnight. Low of 68F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Sunday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 88F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Sunday Night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the evening, then partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low o f 70F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Okeechobee Forecast Indian River State College will now offer its Practical Nursing program (LPN) at the Mueller Campus in Vero Beach. Anyone looking to get a start in the healthcare eld in Indian River County now has a convenient close-to-home choice for their education and will want to consider the LPN program offered at the IRSC Mueller Campus. The program at the Mueller Campus is part-time and is completed in 20 months. Students are in class and clinical 20 hours each week. The deadline to apply is Oct. 17, and the program starts January 2014. The Practical Nursing program is also available on the Main Campus in Fort Pierce on a fulltime schedule, where it can be completed in just one year starting January 2014 and ending in December. The deadline to apply for the program on Main Campus is Sept. 12. LPN's often work in doctor's of ces, nursing homes or hospitals. As an LPN, there are broad opportunities to work with many types of people including the handicapped, newborn infants, children, teenagers, adults or the elderly. The Practical Nursing program at Indian River State College is a certi cate program leading to the opportunity to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Students receive an excellent foundation in nursing, including intensive classroom instruction and supervised clinical experiences in local health agencies. For more information on the Practical Nursing program (LPN) at the Mueller Campus in Vero Beach, the program on Main Campus which can be completed in a year, or other health care programs at IRSC, contact the IRSC Health Science Department at 772-462-7570, email info@irsc.edu or visit www.irsc.edu. IRSC accepting applications for LPN program Over the past two years, The YMCA of the Treasure Coast has provided quality, affordable care for the children of Okeechobee during days out of school. The Y is proud to announce it will offer this service for the third year in Okeechobee, starting on Oct. 21 at the Sacred Heart Church on Southw est Sixth Street. In order to better serve the w orking parent, care will be available from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. During the Okeechobee summer camp program that the Y has facilitated for the last four years, the parents continued to request the "Day Out Of School" service. Due to the nancial support of the Children's Services Council of Okeechobee, kids in the county are once again able to enjoy "YMCA Okeechobee School's Out." During the program, the children will participate in arts and crafts, sports, nature exploration, innovative learning programs, swimming, outdoor games, eld trips, and the Y's "You Matter" program. "You Matter" invites community leaders to share their story with the participants, which inspire the children to build their dreams of the future. Parents only pay for the days of care that are needed. There are no additional registration fees. However, registration forms are required in order for children to participate but can be lled out the day-of. As with any Y program, there is an opportunity for nancial assistance to those who are unable to afford to pay for this program. YMCA School's Out dates are: Oct. 21, Nov. 25, 26, 27, Dec. 27, 30, 31, Jan. 6., Feb. 3, March 14 and March 17-21. The program will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (pavilion in the back of the Church), 901 S.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, FL 34974. For further information about this program, please call the YMCA Okeechobee Hotline at 863-484-0202. Please do not contact the church. Y MCA offers program for days out of school Monthly prayer walks plannedIn conjunction with the beginning of school, the annual September Prayer Walk, sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association, began Tuesday night at the Freshman Campus. For years, every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. during the month of September, community members have met to pray for our schools. Everyone is invited to attend and participants walk as much as they are able to. Some people choose to drive to the various schools and stand in one location while praying. Come join fellow Christians in this unique community event as we pray (while we still can!) for a successful school year for our children, teachers, parents, support and resource staff, volunteers and administrative personnel of the schools in Okeechobee. Next Tuesday's Prayer Walk will begin at 6 p.m. at Osceola Middle School, followed by South Elementary, the sheriff's of ce, the courthouse, the police station and concluding with city hall. Call 863634-7714, if you have any questions. While most taxpayers get a refund from the IRS when they le their taxes, some do not. The IRS offers several payment options for those who owe taxes. Here are tips for those who owe federal taxes. 1. If you get a bill from the IRS, you should pay it as soon as possible to save money. You can pay by check, money order, cashier's check or cash. If you cannot pay it all, consider getting a loan to pay the bill in full. The interest rate for a loan may be less than the interest and penalties the IRS must charge by law. 2. It's easy to pay your tax bill by electronic funds transfer. Just visit IRS.gov and use the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. You may also use EFTPS to pay your taxes by phone at 800-555-4477. 3. You can also pay your tax bill with a credit or debit card. To pay by credit or debit card, contact one of the processing companies listed at IRS.gov. 4. You may qualify for a shortterm agreement to pay your taxes. This may apply if you can fully pay your taxes in 120 days or less. You can request it through the Online Payment Agreement application at IRS.gov. 5. IIf you can't pay in full at one time and can't get a loan, you may want to apply for a monthly payment plan. You can arrange to make your payments by direct debit. IRS offers tips for those who owe taxes


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Marine Unit I was surprised when I saw the sheriff’s of ce is closing down the marine unit to s ave money. But a boater told me they don’t really need it anymore. Why? Cell phones. Boaters who get stuck call a friend for a tow. Boaters who get lost use the GPS on the phone. The sheriff’s of ce was not allowed t o tow boats unless they were a navigation hazard anyway. FWC enforces the boating laws and the shing laws. Technology is a good thing. The one law enforcement of c er we lost in the line of duty in Okeechob ee was searching for a lost boater when his plane went down in the lake.  Back in the 1980s, 1990s, etc. the Search and Rescue (Marine Unit), served a v aluable safety function. The advent of cell phones started to reduce the need for the s heriff’s boats. By the mid 2000s, there were apparently other liability issues regarding t owing. Being a boater, I had checked with t wo other counties on the coast that have Marine Units, and they told me that when y ou tow a boat, for any reason other than w hen it’s a hazard, then you assume all liability for any damage, etc., and they don’t do it. There have been numerous lawsuits against police “towing” broke down or “out of gas” boats. At least the sheriff here was never sued for a paint job because some w ealthy idiot’s “precious” was scratched w hen they ran out of gas on the water. The result for the Sheriff’s Marine Unit was that, t hey could go nd someone, but unless the b oat was a navigational hazard, they could only “rescue” the occupants. T ax bill I got my estimated tax bill and it seems like a lot to pay for the services we get. I don’t mind paying my own share but it seems like t axes here are pretty high compared to the s ervices we receive. I know the big problem is the Homestead Exemption issue. There are too many people who pay nothing so the rest get stuck with the bill. Every time they add a new exemption, it means to give one group a break, someone else is going to have to pay more. The rural counties have struggled with that for a long time ... and it only got worse when they added the second $25,000 to the homestead exemptions and then added on more exemptions for special categories. The only way to improve the situation is to get more businesses to move here and spread out the tax burden. But why should a business move here?  Got my tax bill too. They are missing the special tax/funding for OCSO. BOCC pass the OCSO budget. How many sitting on the board are willing to breathe, and suffer the result of pepper spray, for $11 a hour? The jail employees do. They serve the community, so I think maybe all the commissioners that serve our community should drop by and enjoy the smell and the results. Maybe then you just might decide to pass the budget.  One sure way of not getting new businesses here is to continue to raise the taxes. Businesses are just like the everyone else they want the cheapest price for what they are getting. Businesses that can choose where they can locate are shopping around for the best deal, cheap taxes, cheap and skilled labor, cheap building cost, cheap land, etc.  We are stuck with this problem that was caused by all the elected of cials for years by giving in to us, the taxpayers, because when times were good everybody wants more, and more and they said sure. When times turned bad, nobody wants to give up all the extras we got but we can’t afford them anymore. I support these commissioners for nally standing up and saying no more, us, the taxpayers, are not stepping up and telling them what we are willing to give up so they are now forced to cut all the budgets the same.  I do not want the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce budget cut. Yes, I have a family member that works there. But that is not my concern. Safety for of cers, the community and lawsuits from inmates, slow response time, community protection. “Thank You, for calling OCSO 9-1-1, your call will be answered in the order it was received ...” Lawsuits will cost more than what they are trying to save. Good SamaritanI hope the following warrants some recognition in your newspaper. It is a ne example or people helping people. Early Sunday morning our restored 55 Chevy Bel Air caught re on Southwest Wolff Road. Our re extinguisher didn’t work and we had we had no cell phone. Our good fortune was a young man on his way to meet his breakfast buddies before More 2 Life Sunday morning services at the Osceola Elementary School. He promptly called the Okeechobee Fire Department and Police Department and hailed anyone driving by for a re extinguisher. When the engine started cranking, spewing even more gasoline on the re, one helper retrieved his wire cutters to cut the wires to the battery. A local businessman went to his nearby of ce and returned with a large extinguisher and doused the raging blaze. When the police and re department arrived, the re was pretty much under control, and they stayed to make sure it was out. Our rst Good Samaritan then took my husband to our house to get his truck and trailer for the car. With the help of the police and reman, we loaded it onto the trailer. We are so grateful for the overwhelming help and support we received from all who stopped. We can only imagine how much effort these men would have given if lives had been at stake rather than a restored old car that all shared the sadness in seeing it going up in ames. On Sunday morning, if any member from More 2 Life happened to observe a young man in a hurry to get some breakfast, possibly also smelling a bit like burnt toast, wearing a maroon shirt, a sliver chain and cross, he was our Good Samaritan, and we especially thank him for his willingness to stop and help. Sincerely Larry and Mary Kay NicholsonFloridians with DisabilitiesAs the chairperson for the Family Car e Council Florida (FCCF), I want to highligh t some of the good things that are happening in our state for individuals with disabilities and their families, as a result of actions by th e Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and the support of Governor Rick Scott. Ou r 15 Family Care Councils around the stat e constantly strive to provide APD with recommendations from the customer and famil y perspective and advise the agency on polic y and program decisions. This year Governor Scott recommended, and the Florida Legislature approved, an additional $36 million to enroll individuals from the APD waiting list onto the Waiver. The y will soon begin receiving home and community-based services. This additional funding for the waiting list is the rst money in eigh t years to help these individuals who have gon e without Waiver services for far too long. Also, believing that people with disabilities should have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream, Governor Scott helped APD secur e $500,000 to provide job internships and supported employment coaches for about 200 individuals on the waiting list. APD Director Barbara Palmer is currentl y traveling the state hosting Town Hall meetings where she listens to families talk abou t ways to improve community services. Exhibiting his own interest in folks with disabilities, Governor Rick Scott joined APD for a Town Hall meeting in Panama City, where he readily answered questions and interacted with the large number of individuals and families in attendance. Importantly, I want to mention my suppor t of the new iBudget Florida that APD has no w implemented throughout the state. Whil e the thought of change is unsettling to many, the vast majority of families have reacted positively to the iBudget. Given a chance to prove itself, this new system holds the potential for providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities in a manner that is more exible and equitable. Jean Sherman September 6, 2013 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! Flag Football tryouts to be heldFirst and Goal Flag Football will be held by a ministry of First Baptist Church Okeechobee for grades K-12. Registration fee is $35 and the deadline along with mandatory tryouts is Sept. 7, from 9 11 a.m. You can pick up and return registration form and fee at 310 S.W. Fifth Ave., or the FBC Of ce at 401 S.W. Fourth St. For information, call 863-763-2171 or 863-467-7625.


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).  Richard Marvin Chapman III, 28, S.E. 61st Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on felony charges of forgery (three counts), uttering a forged instrument (three counts), grand theft (three counts) and criminal use of personal identi cation (three counts). His bond was set at $13,500.  Ondol Paul, 38, N.W. Eighth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, was arrested Aug. 31 by Of cer Jack Boon on felony charges of burglary of a conveyance, possession of burglary tools and grand theft. His bond was set at $22,500.  Elizabeth Grace Blackman, 28, Hunter Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 3 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (alprazolam) and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (dilaudid), and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. Her bond was set at $11,000.  Gilbert Roland Sereday, 24, S.E. 74th Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 3 by Deputy Heath Hughes on a felony charge of dealing in stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. His bond was set at $1,500.  Flavia Leticia Escobar, 20, N.W. Seventh Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 3 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on amended DOC warrants charging her with violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam), violation of probation introduction of contraband into a county detention facility, violation of probation possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, violation of probation giving false ownership information for pawned items and violation of probation dealing in stolen property. She is being held without bond.  Leonardo Gomes, 29, N.W. 47th St., Pompano Beach, was arrested Sept. 4 b y Deputy Ronald Brown on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear failure to secure worker’s compensation coverage. He is being held without bond.  Ryan Douglas Lott, 21, S.E. 60th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 4 by Deputy Fred Bradley on a DOC warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation fraudulent use of a credit card. He is being held without bond.  Rene Martin Nunez, 37, N.E. Seventh St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 4 by Deput y Jose Garduno on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News September 6, 2013 in their direction, but as it neared the gate the driver of the truck stopped and began to back up, stated the report. Thinking Koty Lewis was in the vehicle, the trio crossed the gate and followed the truck to a small trailer. Sgt. Baker stated that Mr. James saw Koty Lewis come from behind the trailer and that he was armed with a ri e. The man then pointed the gun at the three bondsmen and told them to get off the property. Mr. James apparently told the detective that Koty Lewis knew him and knew that the three bondsmen were looking for him. At some point Koty Lewis began to run and Mr. Suleiman and his wife gave chase. A few minutes later, Mr. James heard a gunshot and Mrs. Suleiman scream. Mr. Suleiman, who was armed with a handgun, chased Koty Lewis into a cow pasture. Koty Lewis stopped running and turned to face the bondsman. He then raised his ri e and red one shot. “It was proven at trial that when the victim was shot his hands were raised. He was giving up, but (Koty) Lewis shot him anyway,” said Capt. Lewis in a phone interview Thursday. Koty Lewis was later apprehended by Glades County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon and GCSO Deputy David Springman. After shooting Mr. Suleiman, Koty Lewis ed on foot. He was found a short time later hiding under the porch of a building at Chappy’s Hunt Camp on S.R. 78, just east o f Old Lakeport Road. Sheriff Whiddon coaxed the man from under the porch. The bolt action ri e was found later near some cow pens—about 150 yards from where Mr. Suleiman was shot. It was still loaded with one round in the chamber and four rounds in the magazine, said Capt. Lewis in an earlier interview. He went on to add that Koty Lewis had two more rounds in his pocket when he was taken into custody. A glass smoking pipe was also found in his pocket. A residue in that pipe was eld tested and indicated a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine. The captain said Thursday he had a lot of praise for the way Sgt. Baker handled the investigation. “He was the lead investigator, and the (victim’s) advocate for the victim’s family. They really appreciate what he did,” said Capt. Lewis. “I can’t say enough about Ronnie Baker.” He also handed out kudos to Of cer Chris Douglas and his K-9 from the Florid a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for their help in the initial stages o f the investigation. “Everyone from the sheriff on down did a good job and justice was served for the family,” added Capt. Lewis. “It was a big effort on everybody’s part.” The case was prosecuted by Christopher Klink and Jonathan Martin, from the state attorney’s of ce of the 20th Judicial District. MURDERContinued From Page 1 people will pay fewer taxes in the city. Our w orkers have tried to hold the line on spending,” he explained. Mayor Kirk said the lower tax rate in Okeechobee should be an attraction to businesses and industry looking to relocate. “A lot of other cities are really struggling and their budget workshops don’t go like ours,” he added. Gary Ritter, director of the Okeechobee Service Center for the South Florida Water Management District, reported a leadership team from the district visited Okeechobee last Thursday to speak with county staff on the east-west conveyance project. He said the staff is still committed to this project. Land purchase negotiations continue. The goal is to provide additional storm water storage in this area. “We have money in the budget to start the design and plan for this, we are moving forward and haven’t forgotten about it,” Mr. Ritter added. Lake Okeechobee levels have declined to 15.5 feet above sea level. He explained the Corps of Engineers continue to release water to the coastal estuaries because there is more water in the lake than the Corps would like to see at this time of year. “People nally understand that the Corps handles these discharges. These releases control 85 percent of the water that can be removed from the lake. When water comes in from the Kissimmee River, it comes in so quickly that the estuaries are the only place they can release it to,” he said. Mr. Ritter emphasized that the lake does not provide all of the freshwater ow into the estuaries. It ranges from 10 percent to 60 percent. Right now basin runoff and Lake Okeechobee runoff are equal, or about 50 percent each. SFWMD of cials will present a report to the Lake Okeechobee Coalition this Friday to explain the projects that are ongoing to remove water south. Mr. Ritter said many projects are ready to go and have been designed and engineered but lack the funding. Councilman Devin Maxwell asked if more w ater could be stored north of Okeechobee closer to Orlando. Mr. Ritter said a lot of water has been placed in the restored area of the Kissimmee River. He predicted that once the river restoration is completed more water will be stored in Lake Kissimmee. “That will allow us to bring it down and hydrate the ood plain at appropriate times of the year. The ood plain up there will store a lot more water,” he added. The Department of Agriculture continues to work with ranchers on water storage projects. Mr. Ritter said 1.4 million acre feet of water needs to be captured in the water shed. State Representative Dr. Cary Pigman from Sebring presented American ags, which ew over the command stations in Kuwait for six hours apiece during early June, to the City Council and to the Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Pigman recently returned from a deployment to Kuwait. Dr. Pigman said his time in Kuwait made him appreciate the beauty of his district around Okeechobee. “We must count our blessing that we live here,” he said. “These ags on June 4 and June 5, for six hours each, ew over the command post for Army Central Command, Third Army, who is in charge of the Army Support Group Kuwait at Camp Arifjan.” Mayor Kirk said it was an honor to accept these ags. Dr. Pigman said he has kept up to speed with recent news on Lake Okeechobee discharges. He said his goal is to not sacri ce one water system to bene t another. He urged the public to realize this is a large system from Orlando south and there is not one person or one waterway at fault. “That is not good science. I look forward to a very balanced approach. We all want the cleanest water possible and no one is interested in polluting,” he said. Dr. Pigman said agriculture has been phenomenal in their work to reduce nutrients that enter the waterways. He said he will push for sensible funding to help improve the problem. The city also issued proclamations for National Sickle Cell Awareness Month which is celebrated in September and proclaimed Sept. 6 as Local Work Day. It is an effort of the Florida Local government to promote the services provided by local governments. The council also approved a reimbursement from the Florida Department of Transportation of $48,052 for costs related to the State Road 70 and U.S. 441 intersection widening project. The state will pay for disturbed sod, a picnic table, a concrete slab, asphalt pavement, relocated utilities, replant oak trees, the replacement of one business sign, and other items. The council reappointed Bill Bartlett and Russell Cale to the Police Of cers Pension Fund Board of Trustees and Gary Ritter, Adam Crum and Glen Hodges for the Fireghters Pension Fund Board of Trustees for terms through Sept. 30, 2017. CITYContinued From Page 1 Red Cross to share re prevention tipsIn recognition of Preparedness Month, Red Cross volunteers will go door-to-door to provide re prevention and preparedness tips to residents in Douglas Park, Dewberry Gardens, Basswood and Dean’s Court on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. until noon. Teams of volunteers will walk through communities to meet with residents and discuss the importance of preparing a disaster plan. The volunteers will also provide information on how to best prevent household res.


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 BAPTIST EPISCOPALCHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 BAPTIST CHURCH Advertise Your Church Happenings! Vacation Bible School Prayer Meetings, etc. Call 863-763-3134 or email okeeadsales@newszap.com Join us for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern Gospel favorites, and piano and bass duets on th St. (approx. 6 miles north on 441)Rev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. 6 Okeechobee News September 6, 2013 Eagles plan Birthday BashCypress Hut Eagles, 4509, will serve choice rib eye steak dinners, shrimp or sh, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 Entertainment will be provided by Private Practice, and on Saturday, Sept. 7, we will be serving chicken wings by Lorraine in celebration of the Monthly Birthday Bash. Entertainment by The Harpers. Also, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, is the weekly dart tournament w ith hamburgers being served. The public is welcome. Tuesday's proceeds go to KOA Kid Care Cancer Research, and the rest go to community and national charity funds. For information, call the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154.Eagles North offering bingoEagles North, at 9985 U.S. 441 N., will be serving steak or sh dinners on Friday, Sept. 6 from 5:30-9 p.m. Music will be provided by Rick. On Saturday, Sept. 7, card bingo is at 5:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, bingo is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, bingo is at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.Moose hosting Comedy NightThe Okeechobee Moose will serve reuben sandwiches Saturday, Sept. 7 for a $4 donation. Music will be provided by D & K. On Monday, Sept. 9, ve-card bingo starts at 6 p.m. in the social quarters. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Comedy Night starts at 5 p.m. in the social quarters Come tell your favorite jokes and enjoy .50-cent hotdogs. On Thursday, Sept. 12, bingo starts 1 p.m. with lunch available from 12:30 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 13, bingo starts with bonanza at 6:30 p.m. A ll proceeds go to support Moose charities programs.Retired educators to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators will be meeting Monday, Sept. 9 in the meeting room at Beef O'Brady's beginning at 11 a.m. A ny retired educators are invited to attend. The historical ornaments will be available for purchase at this meeting. Hope to see everyone there!Business breakfast to be heldA Christian business breakfast will be held Monday, Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Hearing the word as Brandon Tucker shares is free. If you want to enjoy breakfast at the same time, it's only $5. You won't be able to nd a better way to start your Monday morning. See you there.Sacred Heart offers bingoThe Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will host Monday Night Bingo starting Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. It is open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen is available for refreshments. For information, call 863-763-3727.Hospice to host yard salesHospice of Okeechobee's September yard sales will be Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of Southeast Fourth Street and Southeast Third Ave. For information, call 863-467-2321 or see our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on the Events tab.VFW plans free luncheonBig Lake VFW Post, 10539, will host a free lunch of sandwiches and soft drinks Wednesday, Sept. 11 All rst responders, members of law enforcement, re ghters and EMTs are welcome from noon until 3 p.m. at the pavilion. For information, call 863-763-2308.Support group to meetA stroke support group meeting will be held at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Ave., Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. A meeting is held the second Wednesday of each month. For information, call 863-763-1700.CSC sets budget hearingThe Children's Services Council of Okeechobee will have their rst public budget hearing of the year Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 5:01 p.m. in the Okeechobee County School Board of ce, 700 S.W. Second Ave., in room 303.Democrats meet at libraryThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Okeechobee County Public Library. Any interested Democrats are invited.Elks meet twice monthlyELKS Lodge 2871 will again have two meetings a month starting Thursday, Sept. 12, and again Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the VFW on U.S. 441 S.E. in Treasure Island. Our 26week club event starts in September. Remember to purchase your tickets. All proceeds go to Elk building fund. Hope to see you all there.Friends of NRA banquet setThe Okeechobee Friends of NRA will host their 2013 banquet at the Okeechobee KOA on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. The Friends of the NRA is a non-pro t charitable organization. All of the funds raised will bene t rearm safety and education programs for both youth and adult participants. Tickets and sponsorship information are available at The Gun Shop by calling 863-634-8678; or, online at www.friendsofnra.org. C ommunity Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Board meeting scheduledThe executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County will hold its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. The public is invited. For information, call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, ext. 257.OHS linksters host tourneyThe Okeechobee High School golf team will host a golf tournament at Indian Wood Country Club in Indiantown on Saturday, Sept. 14 The tournament will start at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $50 per person and includes golf, lunch and range balls. If you have any questions, call Danny Mullins at 863-447-1741 or Bruce Conrad at 863-697-0952.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good Food Good Friends Good TimesSpecializing in Wings, Burgers, Salads & Po-Boys301 SW Park St. 863.763.1399Hours: 11am 10pmBusiness established in 1983 Good with this coupon Dine In Orders OnlyExcludes any other specials • Expires 9-13-13 $500 off $2500 or more 8 Okeechobee News September 6, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe aim of the Sharpshooters 4-H Club is to learn about firearm safety, sportsmanship, ethics, and conservation and share that knowledge with others. In addition to monthly club shoots and meetings, we also target several community service projects. If you are a youth, aged 8 to 18, and have your sights set on learning more about shooting sports, please join the club on the third Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office, 458 Highway 98 North. You may also call 863-763-6469 for more information. 4-H Sharpshooters welcome new members Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee 4-H Sharp Shooters were among those honored at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet in August at Okeechobee High School. Left to right are: (front row) Nathanael Bean, Shane Merian, Patrick Corby, Shelby Sumner, Emilee Yeates, Mason Boney and Rebecca Corby; (back row) Brendan Patterson, Seth Patterson, Jake Memendez, Katie Muldoon, Kaylie Corpy and Jarred Corby. Bits and Spurs 4-H Club will hold their organizational meeting on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Mi-Cin Ranch. Anyone interested in nding out about our club is invited to attend. This year, the club plans to expand their focus beyond Mounted Drill Team, to include trail riding, arena trail courses, roping and western riding as well as participating in a local horse show. You must provide your own horse (with a negative Coggins test) if you plan on riding with the club. However, if you just want to learn more about horses and share the club's love for these animals, please come by and nd out the many ways that you can participate. For information, contact Laura at 863-8013599, or come by this Sunday at Mi-Cin Ranch, 1000 N.W. 50th Drive. Bits and Spurs 4-H Club to meet Special to the Okeechobee News/ Katie MuldoonThose honored at the annual 4-H Awards Dinner included Bits and Spurs 4-H Club Drill Team members Kattie Runyon, Joallyn Kelley, Grace Luna, Haley Burkhalter Laura Dicken, Jessica Burkhalter, Dillan McCullers, Jessica Turgeon and JayCee Fitzwater. Jessica Turgeon was the recipient of a monetary award from the Bits and Spurs Equine Relief Fund, to assist her with veterinary expenses related to her horse Rusty. The award was presented at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet on Aug. 24 at Okeechobee High School. Okeechobee NewsCitizenship AwardThe Okeechobee County 4-H Citizenship Awards were presented at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet in August at Okeechobee High School. Winners included (some not pictured) Chase Arnold, Desel Arnold, Logan Arnold, Preston Arnold, J.W. Bass, Taylor Beal, Hunter Bryant, Haley Burkhalter, Jessica Burkhalter, Colton Butts, Byron Byrd, Will Conner, Jarred Corby, Kayle Corby, Kevin Dryden, Joseph Fanizzi, Kendall Harrison, Carleigh Hensen, Mark Holmes, Collin Jones, Makalyn Jones, Bryanna Kelly, Matthew Lanning, Todd Lanning, Jenna Larson, Jaylen Lightsey, Cady McGehee, Jacob McGehee, Katie Muldoon, Seth Patterson, John Pearce, Shayla Pendry, Ozmani Robles, Karen Rowley, Nicole Schoonmaker, Andrew Smiley, Christina Smiley, Caleb Stewart, Nathan Stewart, Shelby Sumner, Justice Talley, Kimberly Tinajero, Jessica Turgeon, Juliana Zeller and Tyffani Zeller.


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MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee will be looking at an almost carbon copy of their own team in many respects tonight when they tangle with old rival Sebring at Brahman Stadium. Both teams will have big and athletic offensive lines and mostly inexperience at skill positions. Sebring, 1-0, is off to a strong start this year. They w alloped Mulberry in the Kick-Off Classic 55-7 and then handled 5A school Lake Highland Prep 27-7 in their season opener last Friday. Sebring and Okeechobee both want to run the football. Sebring uses a single wing and have been successful moving the ball. Last week they had over 300 yards rushing. A.J. Gayle, 151 yards, Giovanni Jenkins, 87 yards, and quarterback Jair Watson are among the Blue Streaks top threats. They pull their offensive guards and tackles and try to make big plays in the run game. On defense they run a four-down linemen and four line-backer set and bring pressure. They have skilled athletes but are not a huge passing team. Okeechobee and Sebring also want to limit turnovers and penalties. OHS got behind last week, 21-0, and couldn’t recover. They don’t want a repeat this week. COHS coach Chris Branham said he also wants to see better execution by the defensive unit. He noted the team lined up incorrectly a lot last week, and many of the players either don’t understand the terminology or the instructions they are given on a daily basis. He said that is a sign of inexperience and that will improve as the season goes on. “The defense looked lost at times and we didn’t adjust very well. We went over many of the things during practice but they still had the deer in the headlight look at times,” he added. Branham did praise his young quarterback Cory Surls as he called him the most consistent player on the offensive unit so far. He said Surls is learning to throw the ball better and to the right spots and is improving on a daily basis. “We do have a good football team, not a great team. We will improve. The question is will we improve quick enough this season,” he added. This week the team has been hit by a u bug which has slowed some of the players in practice. Branham said his team will need to be creative to get things going on offense tonight. They will also emphasize assignments and execution. The team has no major injury problems. Desmond Jordan will see more time in the back eld tonight. “We are not a team that will change much, I don’t plan any wholesale changes. I f we do our assignments and play sound fundamental football I think we’ll be ne. Our defense will have a tough run team to face tonight. They will stack the box and hope to stop our run.” Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Brahmans face Blue Streaks in home opener By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  The Lady Brahmans evened their record at 1-1, and earned the rst high school coaching victory for new coach Taylor Pritchard last Friday when they swept the Hardee Lady Wildcats in high school volleyball action in Wauchula. OHS prevailed 25-16, 25-19 and 27-25 in three well-played games. Pritchard said she was very proud of the girls. She said they learned from the Lake Placid loss that they must nish matches and not give other teams momentum. “They were up 2-0 and didn’t want to relive the Lake Placid match again. They set their minds to nish in three games and this win felt great,” she stated. Pritchard said it’s a good sign when a team learns from its mistakes so this win was very important, “It was a struggle at times but they pulled it out and dominated.” Cheyenne Nunez, Makayla Root, and Airi Nunez lead the team with the most kills in the match ... Lexi Ward lead with the most assists.  The Junior Varsity volleyball team was also impressive as they shut out Hardee 25-17 and 25-9.  The Okeechobee High School rodeo team will open their season on Sept. 7 and 8 at a rodeo in Bunnell. Brian Trimble is the coach this year.  The OHS cross country teams will take part in the Under the Lights Invitational this Friday night at Martin County High School.  The Okeechobee Youth Football League had a bye week last Saturday. The y will host games this Saturday, Sept. 7, at Brahman Stadium against the Sebring Blue Streaks. The ag game begins at approximately 9 a.m. There is an admission charge. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News September 6, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Students of the weekCongratulations to the students of the week for Central Elementary School for the week of Aug. 30: Yuridia Bernal, Mallori Norris, Shyla Aguirre, Natalie Willis, Joana Antonio, Gabriel Hernandez, Aiden Bigford, Alyssa Bottari, Jimmy Hazen, Kimberly Yates, Alexa Tellez, Thomas Wigfall, Damina Garcia, Yeraldin Osorio-Bello, Emmanuel Juarez-Villegas, Mackenzie Ayala, Brandy Sumner, Paisley Norman, Emma Vanderhoff, Dakota Lamb, Logan Bottarri, Denice Garcia, Jaymarion Lawton, Mackenzie Burks, K’Lynn Tijerina, Jerett Butts, Sara Beth Haygood and Janessa Whidden. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMESSES Students of the weekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Aug. 30: Freya Garcia, Marlon Kordell, Ke’arah Small, Angelina Manzano, Victor Cardoso, Isabella Mungaray, Omar Marquez-Perez, Lia Nieto, Mariano Rosas, Rosalinda Cavillo, Amelia Burns, Willow Mellette, Savon Henry, Ariana Hernandez, Ervaldo Smith, Kavion Thomas, Marlene Huerta, Oscar Delapaz, Ramiro Arellano, Selena Rivera, Carmen Betancourt, Sarahi Montoya, Bethany Sallette, Jasmin Alanis, Victoria Cardoso and Isis Lopez. Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee composite squadron of the Civil Air Patrol held a “curry” camp July 19-21. This encampment was a weekend induction of new recruits into the Civil Air Patrol. The weekend was lled with the history of the Civil Air Patrol beginning on Dec. 1, 1941—one week before the attack on Pearl Harbor—to the present. It also included parade drills, physical training, and camping out on the grounds next to our operations build which is a hangar at the Okeechobee County Airport. At the end of this weekend, the cadets took a test on what they learned. All cadets passed with ying colors and have been promoted from cadet to airman basic. The Civil Air Patrol participates in about 95 percent of the land-based search and rescue missions in the United States. CAP works with FEMA, DEA, Homeland Security, state and local governments and helps with missions when called. CAP is the of cial auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and operates as a not-forpro t 501(c)3 corporation. For information, contact Lieutenant Greg Gernat at 863-357-2888. Okeechobee Civil Air Patrol holds ‘curry camp’ Special to the Okeechobee NewsCivil Air Patrol held a “curry” camp which included parade drills, physical training, and camping out on the grounds next to our operations build which is a hangar at the Okeechobee County Airport. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the week at EvergladesEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Sept. 2 Sept. 6 include: kindergarten students, Alannah Tovar, Levi Courson, Julie Brinson, Scott Miracle, Marek Stanley, Gracey Broadrick, Fed Hill, Jr.; rst graders, Brooklin Quinlin, Alton Azcona, Kaden Watson, Leah Easterday, Mason King, Zoe Russell, Nathan Courson; second grade students, Manuel Mora, Ashley Bell, Alicia Johnson, Chris Eckenwiler, Jennifer Sandoval, Tucker Myers, Clea Judilla; third graders, Connor Peacock, Diana Ruiz, Ty Easterday, Betsabeth Luviano, Toby Leslie, Dylan Boully, Luis Santibanez, Tyrell Holland; fourth grade students, Mason Diefenbach; fth grade students, Gisselle Delgado, Lila Pendarvis, Haley Hawes, Iliana Boyer. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Up coming Blood DrivesThe annul ‘blood roundup’ community drive this year be called the NASCAR Okeechobee 600 in November. Giving at any of the following drives, still lets you donate at the Okeechobee 600.  Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Raulerson Hospital from 1 6 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 13 at Walgreen’s from 1 7 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 13 at Seacoast Bank, S. from 11 a.m. 4 p.m.  Sunday, Sept. 15 at Golden Corral, from 11 a.m. 4 p.m. -This drive will be the last time you will be able to give blood and still be eligible to give at the Roundup’s Okeechobee 600 drive in November.  Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Okeechobee High School, 7:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 19 at SFWMD Field Station on S.R. 70 E., from 1 5 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 20 at Okeechobee County Health Dept., 1 4 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 20 at Publix, 5 7 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 21 at Publix, 1 6 p.m.  Sunday, Sept. 22 at Publix, 12 5 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 28 at Walmart, from 11 a.m. 4 p.m.


Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesHUGE 3 GENERATION YARD SALE Friday Sept. 6 thru Sunday Sept. 8 Starts at 8AM Bargain day Sunday, everything must go! 2220 SW 21st St. (Eagle Bay Dr.) Furniture, household items, tires, clothes, toys, books, a little bit of everything! We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Employment Full Time TRUCK/TRAILER MECHANIC Call Ryan at (800) 741-6500 or apply in person or online www.walpoleinc.comseeking an experienced Truck/Trailer Mechanic• Must have own tools & a strong desire to excel • Knowledge of Pacar Engine a plus • Compensation based on experience • Company offers paid uniforms, paid vacation, paid insurance, boot allowance EOE/DFWPSeminole Tribe of Florida Surveillance Specialist (Seminole Brighton Casino) Maintain constant surveillance throughout the casino. Ensure integrity of gaming, banking, count room & cash handling procedures. HS diploma/GED. Fax Resumes to: 954-967-3459 Shopping Center Daily Janitorial/ Maintenance Person needed. Duties to include exterior debris pick up, cleaning, mowing, weed control, and light repairs as needed. Must able to perform physical outdoor duties, be dependable and have your own tools. 561-996-8080 x77 Employment Full Time Experienced Only Pipe Layers Please fax resume to 863-763-6337 or apply in person @ Close Construction, 301 NW 4th Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Employment Full Time INTERVIEWING IMMEDIATELY!Okeechobee Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is looking to increase its necessary for us to add an additional four more people to handle the Okeechobee Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is a family oriented business. Experience is not necessary but is preferred. We offer training for those 4224 Hwy 441 S. • Okeechobee, FL • 863.357.0500 • EOE/DFWPCLASS A -CDL DRIVER needed, must have DOT medical, clean driving history and 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 4:00. Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full Time How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full TimeMECHANICLykes Citrus Division has an opening for a full time mechanic at its Basinger Grove Shop. Duties include diagnosing, repairing and maintaining company vehicles, tractors and equipment. Need some experience in diesel & gasoline engines, hydraulics, air conditioning, and automotive electrical. Welding and fabrication experience is a plus, but not required. Lykes offers competitive wages, bene t package and paid holidays. Interested applicants should apply in person at: Lykes Citrus Division 7 Lykes Road Lake Placid, FL 33852Af rmative Action Employer/Drug-Smoke Free Workplace/M/F/D/V Equal Employment Opportunity Employer Employment Part Time Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community *Part Time Maintenance Person *Part Time Cook Level II Background check required. Apply in Person M-F 203 SE 2nd Street One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 12 Okeechobee News September 6, 2013 Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!


Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. Health Care EGG DONOR Loving couple seeks a caring FEMALE to give the gift of life by becoming an EGG DONOR. Excellent compensation of $6,000.00. Must be between the ages of 18-29 In Good health and Drug free. Please contact Boca Fertility @ 561-368-5500 Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 ApartmentsNW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $600mo., and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. OKEE2/1 First class property 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included $ 498.00 mo. Call for details. Mon -Fri. No Pets 863-467-9800. Houses RentAFFORDABLE new house 3BR, 2BA, full size 2 car gar. 2200 sq. ft., full appliances w/dishwasher, lg. M/BR with walk-in closet, 4 person Jacuzzi tub, 300 sq. ft. Italian tile walkin shower, lg. kit. w/cent. island bar, $1395/mo. 1st, last & sec. Call (561)723-2226 Beautiful, Clean 3bd/2.5ba In the Oaks. Near Blue Heron Golf Course,Double car garage,screened patio, 2,500 sq. ft. under roof, a/c,sprinkler system, appliances,large yard, Oak and Palm trees, Quiet Street,$1,260.00 mo. plus security. Call 863-467-9250/ 519-746-4844 or e-mail d.mcara@hotmail.com FOR RENT 2BR, 1BA duplex, great location in Okeechobee Estates, A/C, laundry room. Water and Lawn Care included. $595/month. Call 863-835-2391 OKEE 1002 SE 8th Dr. Newly Remodeled. 2 br. 1 ba. $650. All appls., tile oors, hurricane windows. Immediate occupancy. Last, sec. & ref. Chris 863-447-3282 OKEE 3/2 House with fenced in back yard. Immaculate Condition. 211 SE 5th Ave. $1300/month 1st, last $1300 Security. Pets allowed upon approval. Call 863-634-3312. OKEECHOBEE Country Hills Estates. Unique post and beam house on private 5 acre lot. 2bd one in loft, 2 ba., lrg. screen room, screened balcony with hot tub, all appliances, include W/D, $1400. mth. 708-218-8227. OKEECHOBEE CITY 3BD/2BA CLOSE TO EVERYTHING, 905 SW 2ND AVE. BACK SCREENED PORCH, TILE FLOORS. $850 A MONTH $2,000 TO MOVE IN,REFERENCES REQ. 863-634-0512 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Houses Sale2BD/2BA BLOCK HOME BUILT 2002, 1,472 SQ FT, SW SECTION OF TOWN,FENCED YARD, LARGE SHED, CLOSE TO SCHOOLS, QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD. $127,000.00 CALL FOR DETAILS 863-634-1833 Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath 8 year old house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Land SaleFOR SALE LAND IN TAYLOR COUNTY GA. BETWEEN MACON AND COLUMBUS. 8.5 ACRES $17,000 POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCE 863-763-8589 LET’S TALK. Lots SaleJust Reduced large fenced lot in Treasure Island with beautiful oak trees. Put a mobile home on lot or build your home $14,500.00 Call 863-634-2820 Priced to sell Residential Building lot, adjoining the golf course at the Beautiful Oaks of Blue Heron. $22,500.00 Call 863-634-2820 Real EstateWantedWANTED TO BUY IN PALM CREEK, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. NOTHING UNDER CONSTRUCTION, NOTHING ON WATER. CALL URSULA 561-847-0535 LEAVE DETAILS. Mobile Home Rent2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, central air, Fully furnished $400 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 FORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond/creek, 3BR, 2BA Trailer, Deposit required Rent $850/mo. (772) 464-9226 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Mobile Home RentOKEECHOBEE Completely furnished, 3/2, beautiful quiet area, lg car port and screen room, W/D. Short Term or year lease avail. (863)467-2784 Treasure Island Nice, Clean, updated 1bd/1ba, partially furnished. $130 weekly plus electric and security. No Pets 239-246-6301 or 863-517-5111 Mobile HomeSaleRV with Large Florida room, new A/C unit, Free Wi-Fi. $2,500 Call 863-532-9105 Low Lot Rent. Campers/RVs1989 PROWLER, 29 fT. Travel Trailer. $2500. 863-610-1276 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Motorcycles2009 Harley Davidson DYNALOWRIDER black $8,000.00/ rm (863)467-2562 or (863)623-6416 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS 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 PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 451686 ON 9/6/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Frank Irby, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 450935 ON 9/6/2013 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 17, 2013 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. 1104: AN ORDINANCE LEVYING A MILLAGE RATE WHICH RATE IS SET ON ALL REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY; PROVIDING THAT 7.7432 PER THOUSAND DOLLAR VALUATION SHALL NOT BE LEVIED ON HOMESTEAD PROPERTY; THAT 7.7432 PER THOUSAND DOLLAR VALUATION SHALL BE USED FOR GENERAL CITY PURPOSES; THAT SAID MILLAGE RATE IS 0.0003 PERCENT (.03%) LESS THAN THE ROLL-BACK RATE COMPUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH F.S. 200.065 (1); PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 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. 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 451967 ON 9/6/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2013-DR452 IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF: MICHAEL V. EVERETT, Petitioner/Husband, and ROBIN LYNN EVERETT, Respondent/Wife NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PUBLICATION TO: Robin Lynn Everett Unknown address YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Dissolution of Marriage, including claims for dissolution of marriage, payment of debts, division of real and personal property, and for payments of support, has been led against you. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to this action on Rebecca H. Boldt, Petitioner’s attorney, whose address is 107 N.E. 4th Street, Okeechobee, Fl 34972, on or before 9/15/2013, and le the original with the clerk of this court at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, either before service on Petitioner’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. 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 this 12th day of August, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 450264 ON 8/16,23,30;9/6/2013 Public NoticeOkeechobee County Board of County Commissioners FP 2013-13 Okeechobee County hereby requests PROPOSALS from quali ed bidders for the rehabilitation of one (1) single-family home located in unincorporated Okeechobee County as a part of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.P.) program. Proposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 11, 2013 and delivered or mailed to: Okeechobee County Housing Coordinator, 304 NW 2nd Street room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (the County will not assume any responsibility for mail being received on time). Any and all proposals received after this time and date will not be opened or considered. Proposals should be submitted in separate sealed envelopes marked State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.P.) Program Bonneau For speci c project information contact: Ty or Rollo at (863) 763-5548 or by fax at (863) 763-5276. Speci cations may be obtained from the Housing Coordinator located at 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee. Bids will be opened at 3:05 p.m. on October 11, 2013 in the of ce at the above address. A MANDATORY meeting for review of this project will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the property located at 2716 NW 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Any rm who is not in attendance in this location by 10:05 a.m. will be unable to bid. The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals to the County. Okeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively seeking Minority Contractor participation and promotes Fair Housing. Frank Irbry Chairman Okeechobee County Commission 451982 ON 9/6/2013 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 9-14-13 @ 10:00 AM Unit #233 Bryan K. Martin Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 451302 ON 8/30;9/6/2013 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2009-CA-000137 NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSO R BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, Plaintiff, VS. CHRISTOPHER K. HILL AND AMBE R HILL A/K/A AMBER L. HILL, et al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated August 27, 2013 and entered in 2009-CA-000137 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGE R TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, is the Plaintiff and CHRISTOPHER K. HILL; AMBER HILL A/K/A AMBER L. HILL; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE are the defendant(s). Sharon Robertson as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Fl., Okeechobee County Judicial Center 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM on January 8, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOTS 1 AND 12, BLOCK 3, TROPICAL GARDENS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 6, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 28th day of August, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Cler k IMPORTANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; i f you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 451855 ON 12/11,18/2013 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that there will be a Public Hearing before the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners to receive public input regarding consideration of changes to the boundaries of the Okeechobee County enterprise zones. As required by Florida Statutes, a minimum 90-day notice of this hearing is hereby provided. A change in the boundary of an enterprise zone may result in loss of enterprise zone eligibility for any area affected by the boundary change. The public hearing will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2”d Street, Okeechobee, Florida. A copy of this Notice of Public Hearing and a map showing enterprise zone boundaries will be available for public inspection at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9’ Avenue, Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida each weekday, Monday through Friday, except holidays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR AND BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. County Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup from of cial records of the Clerk. Frank Irby, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida 451665 ON 9/6/2013 13 Okeechobee News September 6, 2013 orida.newszap.com View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com


Public Notice Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 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. 1105: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AN ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2013, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2014; WHICH BUDGET SETS FORTH GENERAL FUND REVENUES OF $8,423,588.00, TRANSFER-IN OF $1,080,070.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $5,621,007.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $3,882,651.00; PUBLIC FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT FUND REVENUES OF $1,516,402.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $675,500.00, TRANSFER-OUT OF $398,000.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $442,902.00; COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT-HOUSING REHABILITATION FUND REVENUES OF $64,032.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $64,000.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $32.00; COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND REVENUES OF $232,909.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $232,909.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $0.00; STATE APPROPRIATIONS GRANT FUND REVENUES OF $250,000.00, TRANSFER-IN OF $25,000.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $275,000.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $0.00; FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION GRANT FUND REVENUES OF $100,000.00, TRANSFER-IN OF $17,500.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $117,500.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $0.00; CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS-IMPACT FEES FUND REVENUES OF $47,064.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $16,950.00, TRANSFER-OUT OF $500.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $29,614.00; CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FUND REVENUES OF $6,747,114.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $517,350.00, TRANSFER-OUT OF $723,820.00, WITH ASSIGNED FUNDS OF $300,000.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $5,805,944.00; LAW ENFORCEMENT SPECIAL FUND REVENUES OF $4,563.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $3,108.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $1,455.00; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City Clerk’s Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the City Clerk for the City’s records. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 451968 ON 9/6/2013 NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a Special Exception to allow a repair and service garage along with sales of new and used motor vehicles in a Neighborhood Commercial (NC-2) zoning district. The property owner and applicant is MJS Partners, LLC. The property address is 7248 Highway 70 East and is more particularly described as follows: A three acre parcel of land in north one-half (N 1/2) of Section, 17, Township 37 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida being a part of that 22.46 acre parcel as described in of cial record book 504, page 768 of the public records of Okeechobee County, Florida and being more particularly described as follows; Beginning at the point of intersection of the south right of way of State Road 70, a 72 foot right of way as shown on Florida Department of Transportation map, project no. 1503 046 p, section 91070-000, dated 9/03/10 with a line 534.39 feet east of and parallel with the easterly right of way line of NE 70th Avenue (formerly Four Seasons Drive). Said point lying 2.68 feet southerly of the northwest corner of said 22.46 acre tract and on a 6076.49 foot radius curve concave to the north, through which a radial line bears N 06 17’25”E (bearings as cited herein are based upon the aforementioned right of way map); thence easterly, through a central angle of 02 30’47”, an arc distance of 266.52 feet to a point; thence S 00 08’ 44”e, along a line parallel with and 800 feet east of the easterly right of way of NE 70th Avenue, a distance of 435.42 feet; thence S 88 39’55”E, a distance of 300.00 feet; thence N 00 08’44”W, a distance of 438.78 feet more or less to the intersection with the said south right of way line of State Road 70, a 1495.66 foot radius curve concave to the north through which a radial line bears N 04 30’13”W; thence westerly, through a central angle of 07 47’33”, an arc distance of 203.42 feet to the end of said curve; thence N 89 15’13”W, a distance of 45.09 feet; thence nos 11 ‘20”E, a distance to the end of said curve; thence N 89 15’13”W, a distance of 45.09 feet; thence nos 11 ‘20”E, a distance of 2.00 feet to the point of intersection with a 6076.49 foot radius’ curve concave to the north; thence westerly through a central angle of 00 29’13”, an arc distance of 51.64 feet more or less to the point of beginning. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department.William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition S-2013-0727 451664 ON 9/6/2013 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000212-CAA-XMX FV-I, INC. IN TRUST FOR MORGAN STANLEY MORTGAGE CAPITAL HOLDINGS, LLC, Plaintiff, v. MECHELE DAVIS, et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to the Final Judgment entered in the cause pending in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, Case No. 47-2011CA-000212-CAAXMX in which FV-I, Inc. in trust for Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings, LLC, is the Plaintiff, and Mechele Davis; East Coast Recovery, Inc.; Tenant #1; and all unknown parties claiming interests by, through, under or against a named defendant to this action, or having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the Property, are Defendants, the undersigned Clerk will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida described as: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 17, THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 57 MINUTES 33 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SECTION 17 A DISTANCE OF 180.00 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY OF NORTHEAST 64TH AVENUE; THENCE NORTH 00 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 07 SECONDS EAST ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY A DISTANCE OF 3768.32 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF NORTHEAST 11TH WAY, SAID POINT ALSO BEING THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 00 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 07 SECONDS EAST ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY OF NORTHEAST 64TH AVENUE A DISTANCE OF 209.43 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24 MINUTES 08 SECONDS EAST PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY OF NORTHEAST 11TH WAY A DISTANCE OF 104.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 07 SECONDS WEST PARALLEL WITH THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY OF NORTHEAST 64TH AVENUE A DISTANCE OF 209.43 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY OF NORTHEAST 11TH WAY; THENCE NORTH 89 DEGREES 24 MINUTES 08 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT OF WAY A DISTANCE OF 104.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. BEING SUBJECT TO ANY AND ALL EASEMENTS OR RIGHTS OF WAY OF RECORD. TOGETHER WITH A 2000 SKYLINE MOBILE HOME LOCATED THEREON, ID #8D6I1026M, TITLE #8093897 A/K/A: 1120 NE 64TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974-8047 Together with an undivided percentage interest in the common elements pertaining thereto, at public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash at 11:00 a.m. on the 18th day of September, 2013, at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 North West 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, Okeechobee, FL 34972. DATED this 1st day of August, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk 451965 ON 9/6,13/2013 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FACILITIES MAINTENANCE & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES CUSTODIAL SERVICES BID NO. 2013-16 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners, hereby requests sealed bids to provide the following: SCOPE: • Provide custodial services for one or more of three (3) Okeechobee County of ce buildings located throughout the county. The contractor will provide all personnel, cleaning materials, cleaning equipment and supplies, including but not limited to trash bags, soaps, polish, cleaners, toilet tissue and paper towels. One (1) hour emergency response time required. • The bid will be awarded for a three (3) year period and can be renewed for up to two (2) additional one (1) year terms subject to the agreement of both parties. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE BID AND WILL BE USED TO EVALUATE BIDS: • Cost (building bid forms must be completed) • Cost per square foot (to allow for additions or deletions of areas to be cleaned) • Number of personnel to be used for cleaning • References • Emergency cleaning services contact phone number • List of anticipated subcontracted work and vendor name Please provide bid on County provided bid form in a sealed envelope bearing the name and address of the proposer and the words “OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CUSTODIAL SERVICES BID 2013-16” marked clearly on the outside. Upon award of contract, successful bidder will be required to furnish: Certi cates of insurance coverage’s with minimum $100,000 coverage for Workers Compensation, $300,000 minimum commercial general liability coverage and $300,000 minimum automobile liability coverage, with “Okeechobee County” listed as an additional insured, copies of licenses of all contractors involved in project and a satisfactory background check for all personnel. It is anticipated that these services will go into effect on October 1, 2013. For more information on the buildings and cleaning frequencies and to pick up a bid packet, contact Tony Ard, Assistant Facilities Services Director at (863) 357-7007. The sealed bids shall be delivered to: Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse 304 North West 2nd Street, Room 222 Okeechobee, FL 34972 Deadline: September 23, 2013 at 3 p.m. Bids received after that time will be unopened. You are encouraged to review Okeechobee County’s Procurement Policy prior to submission of your bid. The Procurement Policy is available in the County Administrator’s of ce or on the County’s website at: http://co.okeechobee. .us/cdocuments. Please note that the Procurement Policy has a local vendor preference. If you have questions regarding the Procurement Policy, please contact the person designated in the bid documents. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibilities for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive errors or informalities and to accept the proposal which, in its judgment, best serves the County’s needs. Okeechobee County is an EOE/Drug Free Workplace. Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Frank Irby, Chairman Okeechobee County, FL Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL 451970 ON 9/6/2013 CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board will be meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. Please contact Sue Christopher, 863-763-4423, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the Fire Department no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-4423. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. by: Jamie Gamiotea, Code Board Chairperson 452002 ON 9/6/2013 14 Okeechobee News September 6, 2013 ACROSS 1 Hawaiian greeting 6 Recital highlight 10 Fr. religious figure 13 Fragrant purple flower 14 Stadium level 15 Bookstore sect. 16 Newcomer to Capitol Hill 19 Long story 20 Vessels like Noahs 21 Frre du pre 22 Massage facility 24 Begin a trip 25 Promising rookies doses of reality 31 Nitwit 32 They may be locked in battle 33 Flexed 34 Heavenly head covers 35 Whatever shall I do?Ž 39 Writer Diamond or actor Leto 40 Overfill 41 Young company supervisor 46 Amerigo Vespucci, vis-vis America 47 Score-raising stat 48 Whoop 49 Home of the Buckeyes 52 VCR insert 56 Breaks for AARP members 59 Quod __ demonstrandum 60 The Razors __Ž: Maugham novel 61 Make sense, to a detective 62 Chinas Sun Yat-__ 63 Arthur of tennis 64 Varnish component DOWN 1 TV E.T. and namesakes 2 Former coin of Italy 3 Designer Cassini 4 Just might pull it off 5 Bah,Ž in Bavaria 6 Hollywood Walk of Fame feature 7 Sound from a snout 8 A smaller amount 9 Salem is its cap. 10 Scrubs,Ž for one 11 Get ready for production 12 White wading birds 15 African language group 17 Hat-tipping address 18 Yuletide carols 23 Stovetop item 24 Federal IDs 25 One of the fam 26 Shelley tribute 27 Wrestlers objective 28 Windy City airport 29 Pricey timepiece 30 Wash away slowly 34 Injure 35 Cockpit reading 36 __ polloi 37 Dallas NBAer 38 Aots season 39 __ the WorldŽ 40 Fella 41 James and Owens 42 Psst!Ž from above 43 Political columnist Peggy 44 Alaskan native 45 Gators cousin 49 __ and ends 50 A bit tipsy 51 Makes sense to meŽ 53 Common conjunctions 54 Seed-spitters sound 55 BaseballTonightŽ channel 57 Stephen of V for VendettaŽ 58 Rowing need By James Sajdak (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 09/12/11 09/12/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! 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