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Sunday, September 15, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 111 15.45 feetLast Year: 14.87 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Fire ghter training pays off ... Page 9 Child apparently drowned ... Page 5 Okeechobee News/ Tamara KellyPink hydrants promote cancer awareness October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Okeechobee community plans to raise awareness with Operation Pink Fire Hydrant. Not only will it bring awareness but it shows that we as a community care, said project organizer Sharon Wallace. Every year more than 40,000 woman are diagnosed with breast cancer. “Early detection saves lives. I know because it saved mine,” said Mrs. Wallace during the unveiling ceremony in the butter y garden in Flagler Park on Friday, Sept. 13. Sheriff’s of ce staffers protest $2 million in cutsBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Impassioned pleas from employees of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) failed to sway the Okeechobee County Commission at Thursday's budget hearing, which ended in approval of a tentative budget that will cut the sheriff's department budget by about $2 million. Also failing to gain support was Commissioner Bryant Culpepper's suggestion that the county shore up this year's operating budget by moving funds from the capital outlay spending plan. Juanita White, executive assistant to Sheriff Paul May, said she was "shocked by the disrespect shown to the sheriff and all law enforcement of cers." Mrs. White also said she was confused by the sudden need to cut the budget, when throughout the year the monthly budget updates indicated the revenues had met expenses. The budget cuts will force the sheriff's of ce to cut 38 positions. Employees who have County moves ahead with budget plan By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Within a couple hours of breaking into a man's apartment, police not only arrested the two Okeechobee men they say committed the burglary but they also recovered the four guns reportedly taken from the home. Arrested Thursday, Sept. 12, in connection with the break-in were Esteban Arellano, 24, and Bradley Justin Sheltra, 28. Arellano, N.W. 21st Ave., was charged with the felonies of burglary of a structure while armed and grand theft- rearm. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $122,500. Sheltra, S.E. 21st Court, was charged with the felonies of burglary of a structure while armed, possession of a rearm by a convicted felon and grand theft- rearm. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. He is being held on a bond of $125,000. Arrest reports by Of cer Chad Troutman, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), Two accused of gun thefts "The decision to have someone go in that jail at night and workand them not be safe-that I will not do."— Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul Ma y See BUDGET — Page 5 See GUNS — Page 5


The Melbourne of ce of the National W eather Service (NWS) in partnership with the Okeechobee County Division of Emergency Management and the Okeechobee County Amateur Radio Emergency Service Club (ARES) have scheduled a SKYWARN w eather spotter class on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1000-1200 (10 a.m. to noon). The class will be conducted at the Okeechobee County Emergency Operations Center, 707 N.W. 6th St. Okeechobee, FL 34972. The SKYWARN program helps to save lives during severe weather emergencies by expanding networks of spotters who provide real-time conditions to radar meteorologists who are hard at work at the NWS of ce in Melbourne. SKYWARN spotters include Ham Radio operators, emergency responders and communication dispatchers, citizen groups and you. Scott Spratt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the weather service in Melbourne coordinates these training classes with emergency management agencies and other groups throughout east-central Florida. "The SKYWARN spotters are an invaluable resource to our warning meteorologists. They provide the meteorologists with the local conditions on the ground. This assists our forecasters in the process of issuing timely severe weather warnings to protect the public when severe weather threatens." If you would like to attend a SKYWARN weather spotter class contact the Melbourne NWS Of ce at 800-683-4468 or visit their website; http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ mlb/?n=skywarn for more information on the local SKYWARN program. For information, contact Mitch Smeykal, Okeechobee County Division of Emergenc y Management 863-763-3212. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING IMMEDIATE OPENING WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OPERATOR for the Okeechobee Utility Authority Maintenance or Construction work. Applicant must be able to perform heavy physical labor, must be able to work in with other employees and the general public. Applicant must possess a valid FL Operators Drivers License (only those with a clean driving record for the last three years need apply), have high school diploma or equivalent, and have neat, legible handwriting and average mathematical skills. Apply to the Okeechobee Utility Authority Oce, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 or obtain an application at www.oua.com. Applications will be accepted until September 26, 2013. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DRUG FREE WORKPLACE MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Sept. 13TH Thurs., Sept. 19THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “PACIFIC RIM”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 FAMILY”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-13 R 2 Okeechobee News September 15, 2013 Today: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 88F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance o f rain. Fog overnight. Low of 72F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and afternoon rain. Fog early. High of 86F and heat index of 95F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall near 0.2 in. possible. Monday Night : Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 73F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 88F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Okeechobee Forecast SKYWARN Spotter Class planned in Okeechobee Special to the Okeechobee News Bob McPartlan happens to be the mayor of Sebastian, but last week he spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee as the Community Development Administrator for Florida Department of Children and Families. Mr. McPartlan spoke on the process and criteria of becoming a foster family in Okeechobee. Mr. McPartlan expressed the need for more foster families in Okeechobee. On average, there are about 700 reports of child abuse in Okeechobee County each year. McPartlan estimated that there are approximately nine foster families in Okeechobee. To learn more, go to my families.com. In other Kiwanis news: Sign ups for the third annual Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta continue. Download an application minimalregatta.com Kiwanis raised over $1000 for the Real Life Children's Ranch School Supply Drive. A n anonymous member matched that donation with $1000 bring the total donation to over $2,000. Kiwanis Club learns of need for foster families Special to the okeechobee NewsPictured Bob McPartlan on the left and club president JD Mixon on the right. If you live or do business in Okeechobee County, your ood risk may have changed. Citizens will have an opportunity to look at and ask questions about the Preliminary Countywide Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) at the upcoming public open house. These maps cover all of Okeechobee County, including the City of Okeechobee and unincorporated areas of Okeechobee County. The open house is an informal event, open to everyone. Attendees may arrive at any time during the three-hour event and receive individualized attention. A public outreach open house will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. To learn more, contact the Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department, 1700 N.W. Ninth Ave., 863-763-5548. Public invited to view changes in ood zone maps


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Stranger danger Recent reports of a man trying to lure children into his car highlight the importance of talking to your children about how to stay safe. Parents need to know where their kids are and what they are doing at all times. And they need to teach children to scream, kick, yell “You’re not my dad (or mom)!” Anything to get attention. It is encouraging that last year and this year when this has happened, no children were taken. The kids were smart enough to get away. We also need to make sure that kids tell someone immediately if this happens because that stranger is a danger to others.  I have always waited with my kids at the school bus stop to make sure they got on the bus before I left for work. Call me a helicopter parent if you want, but I think it is the parents’ job to make sure their children are safe.Brain-eating amoeba I saw on the news this morning, that in Louisiana the brain-eating amoebas got into a water system and a kid died from the infection after getting water up his nose. Where is this going to end? That is terrifying. Apparently the chlorine levels in the water system were too low to kill off the amoebas. Budget Thank you Commissioner Culpepper, the only one to support the sheriff. I will not vote for my commissioner in the upcoming election. I think when Sheriff May goes to our governor’s of ce, the commissioners will be required to fund the sheriff’s department. Let’s knock on doors and get people out to vote or give out absentee ballots. Let’s get these people out of of ce. ‘The best thing you can do’By Jim Benton, Pastor, Faith FarmOkeechobee Ministerial Association How do we measure success? Is the amount of money we have? Is it the amount of money we have when we retire, (if we can retires at all?) Is it fame? Is it power? Well, maybe it depends on who is providing the measurement for success. If we look from God’s perspective, He measures success in one word; faithfulness! But how do we dene faithfulness as a response to God? Today there are dozens of Bible translations that allow us to read the bible in language that is easier to understand. I like Eugene Peterson’s translation/paraphrase of the scriptures in the version known as the Message. In the Message, the book of Romans, chapter 12, verses 1 -3 we read, “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you t into it without even thinking. Instead, x your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.” Above, we read the words, “Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” Have you ever thought about what is the best thing that you can do for God? He wants us to embrace what He does for us! Well, you may ask the question, “What has God done for me lately?” The book of Romans that was written by the Apostle Paul, through the Holy Spirit is a wonderful story of God’s faithfulness to us and sets forth important theological concepts. Paul reminds us that we are dead to sin, but alive to God! (Romans 6:11) And through Christ, there is therefore now no condemnation, (Romans 8:1). But I love chapter 12 as written above. It’s awesome! So, what is the best thing you can do for God? Take your everyday life and live it full y embracing what God has done, (and is doing) for you! In a word, faithfulness! To nd out more about this awesome life, please visit one of the many churches in Okeechobee. The churches are lled with people like you who have faults, but who are learning to the live the life that God has in mind for all of us! 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News September 15, 2013 already been informed they will lose their jobs include ve certi ed of cers from road patrol; two certi ed investigators from the detective bureau; two certi ed of cers from the civil division; two school crossing guards; two dispatchers; one certi ed of cer and three civilians from courthouse security; one full-time and two part-time administrative positions; 10 certi ed detention deputies and one certi ed deputy from corrections; one control room operator in the jail; three booking desk clerks; one secretary; one maintenance person; and, one person from food services. "Law enforcement is stressful enough, but w ith the added stress of losing law enforcement of cers, it may be more stress than they can bear," Mrs. White told the commissioners Thursday. OCSO Detective Corporal Ted Van Deman said sheriff's of ce personnel have not gotten a cost-of-living raise in six years. "If we're talking about lowering the millage rate, it needs to be going up," he said. "Okeechobee has to ante up pay for the serv ices we provide for them." He said since the revenue the county receives from the land ll has decreased, the county must nd another funding source. "The FPL franchise fees were discussed. Everybody seemed to like it," he said. "I saw one rich rancher get up at a meeting and say he didn't like it, and that was the last we heard about it. "There are a lot of people abusing agriculture exemptions," Cpl. Van Deman continued. "We need to plug those holes up. There are a lot of people getting agriculture exemption who do not make their living from agriculture." Larry Lanier said he has been working at the jail for 25 years. "I was there the rst day the jail opened and it was not pretty," he said. "I have seen dangerous situations at the jail. We will return to dangerous situations. As a sergeant, my shift used to begin 15 minutes to an hour early to do my count. I was responsible for everyone in that jail to be alive and well. "Later on, we got where we had a little bit of staff, but we had another sheriff and things w ent bad again," he said. "I literally prayed at the front planter that I would come out alive. "These people are dangerous," he said. "Don't play with this. "When you get that call that we've got a bad one coming in, you are not expected to run. Y ou are expected to meet them at the gate," he said. "Our deputies bring them in and they expect us to be able to control them. "I have seen a 300-pound man on drugs buck up and beat up three grown men." Mr. Lanier continued. "You are coming to the point where you won't have control of the 260 people in that jail," he said. "Out on the streets you are going to have some people who are high on drugs who are going to beat up some of our of cers because they won't have back up," he added. "We have the most dangerous people walking our streets today due to the drugs; due to the alcohol; and, due to the lack of respect for law enforcement," he said. "Are we safer today by cutting a budget?" Detective Howard "Sport" Pickering said he just recently moved into the detective bureau, but will be going back on road patrol due to the cuts. He said the north end of the county is dangerous due to all of the drug activity in the area known as the "prairie." With current staf ng, a deputy working that area is 20 minutes away from backup. With the cuts, that deputy will be waiting 30 minutes for backup, he said. "We're in a domestic war my friends," said Commissioner Culpepper. "We've had two murders this yearit's a very violent time." He said the economy has suffered with the loss of about 25 businesses. "I don't know how long Okeechobee can continue before you end up being Belle Glade or Pahokee," he said. While statewide, the economy has improved, the recovery is slower in Okeechobee, Mr. Culpepper continued. "We seem to be the last ones to recover from this downhill slide," he offered. The economic conditions have increased the crime rate, he said. "When people get hungry, they will do whatever they need to do. Look at the newspaper and see how many people are arrested for drugs and theft," he pointed out. "When you're in a war, the last thing you want to do is cut your budget." He proposed postponing plans for a new county building that will house the driver's license of ce along with some other county services and moving $2 million from the capital outlay budget to the general fund. He said this would only be a one-year x, but it would give the sheriff's of ce more time to "ramp down" expenses. Sometimes people seem to forget where the money for the county's general fund comes from, said Commissioner Frank Irby. "It comes from us taxpayers. If you take money from taxpayers, it comes out of the economy," he said. "It's not from some mysterious place. It comes from all of us. "We spent hours talking about how to manage the money the county will collect," Mr. Irby said. "We talked a great deal about our interest in not raising the taxes. "I think most people understand that we pay taxes for service," Mr. Irby said. "We also have to understand that there is a level of service that we might be able to afford." Mr. Irby said the county simply cannot go on the way they have, using money from the dwindling reserves to balance the budget. "When we went about the process of developing the budget, we didn't just look at this year. We looked at ve years out," he explained. "We could make it through this year, but things would be signi cantly worst next year and by the third year we would have no reserves." "There is pure anger out there about building this building at this timebuilding this building at a time when we are laying off 38 employees," said Mr. Culpepper. "It doesn't matter if you build the building or not; do you think it is wise to move money from a capital reserve fund to an operating fund? That is not sustainable," said Commissioner Joey Hoover. "Robbing the future to bribe the present, that is a short-term solution," he said. "We've had a lot of those short-term solutions since the downturn in the economy. It's time to put our feet down and stop this. "I am more bullish on Okeechobee," said Mr. Hoover. "I feel we are making the right decisions. They may not always be popular, because we're making these responsible decisions. Hard decisions are not always popular. I don't see us as a Belle Glade. We're not a Detroit. I feel good about the long-term future of Okeechobee. I understand it's going to be tough." Mr. Hoover said the money for the new building will come from the small county infrastructure surtax. "I am going to stick with the budget we have designed," he said. "It's going to be a little bit tough. I agree. But in the end, we are going to be glad we made those tough decisions." County administrator Robbie Chartier said the money from the capital outlay fund is saved for infrastructure and has been used for expenses such as repairs to the county jail. Sheriff May said if the county will not budget enough funds to operate the jail at a safe level, he will give the responsibility back to the county commission. "The decision to have someone go in that jail at night and work, and them not be safe that I will not do," he said. "It's more dangerous to work in that jail than it is to work on the road. There are 245 inmates and 150 of them are felons." Commissioner Ray Domer said the count y has to stop using the reserves to make the operating budget. "This year the board is trying to make the budget that can be sustained," Mr. Domer said. "It's been said that it can't be done. "If you take the power bill and increase that franchise fee, you are going to create hardship on a lot of businesses in Okeechobee that are employing a lot of people," he said. "I think there is a way to make this work, but it's not going to be the way that it has been approached so far," he said. "There's a lot of ways to cut expenses in a business that does not involve personnel," Mr. Domer said. "My place is to make sure Okeechobee doesn't go broke," Mr. Domer continued. "We've been heading that way." "If Tallahassee makes us fund it, it will put the burden on the citizens of Okeechobee," Mr. Domer continued. "The problem is, Okeechobee County can't support that budget. At some point the department needs to be built around the amount of money that Okeechobee can sustain." The commissioners voted 3-1 in favor the proposed millage of 8.54 mills. One mill equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of property value. This is a slight reduction from the current millage of 8.7 mills. Commissioner Culpepper voted against the motion. Commission Margaret Helton was not present. Mr. Irby said Mrs. Helton is recovering from knee surgery. The nal budget hearing will be Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Okeechobee Count y Courthouse. BUDGETContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A spokesperson for the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) has released a bit of additional information on the death of a 4-year-old girl last weekend. OCSO Public Information Of cer Michele Bell said Friday, Sept. 13, that investigators believe the child drowned. She went on to say that the child was found in a bathtub at the home in northeast Okeechobee County where she was staying. According to OCSO Detective Howard Pickering, Sumberlie Daylen Villars was rushed to Raulerson Hospital around 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 by emergency personnel from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Detective Pickering indicated the child "... was found unconscious and unresponsive at the home." Both Mrs. Bell and Detective Pickering declined to release any additional information at this time. They did say, however, that the investigation is continuing. Probe continues into child’s death stated the rearms were taken from an apartment on N.E. 11th St. around 2:52 p.m. Thursday. By 4 p.m., Arellano and Sheltra were both in custody. The victim reportedly told the of cer he was missing a .22 magnum ri e, an AR-15 ri e and two loaded magazines, a 44-40 ri e and a model 870 pump shotgun. The value of the weapons was estimated to be in excess of $4,000. The of cer's investigation led him to a downtown motel where he spoke to a woman who said she had picked up the two men at the victim's apartment but knew nothing about the stolen guns. She told them her pickup truck was parked behind the motel, but when the of cer went to the rear of the building he saw the truck was gone. However, according to his arrest report he did see some loose 44-40 ammunition and a knife laying in the grass under the bathroom window of the motel room where he had talked to the woman. A few minutes later Of cer Troutman was contacted by Of cer Jeremy Larue who had found the missing pickup parked in the 500 block of N.W. Seventh St. According to Of cer Troutman he went to Of cer Larue's location and found the truck parked in the front yard of a residence. When he knocked on the door a man identi ed as Rudolfo Juarez answered. Juarez allowed him to search the home for Arellano and Sheltra, but they were not in the home. However, continued the of cer's report, the stolen AR-15 ri e and two loaded magazines were found in the hallway. Because of this, Juarez was later arrested by OCPD Sergeant Justin Bernst on a felony charge of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. He was booked into the county jail on a $2,000 bond. Of cer Troutman then called the woman and received permission to search her truck. When the of cer went to the truck he reportedly found Sheltra laying on the front seat and Arellano laying on the back seat. The weapons, he added, were found under a sheet on the rear oorboard of the truck. Of cer Troutman pointed out in his report that when he knocked on the motel room door Arellano and Sheltra apparently ed out the bathroom window while the woman was taking a shower. The of cer's report indicated they also threw the stolen guns out the window. The investigation is continuing. GUNSContinued From Page 1 Bradly Justin Sheltra Esteban Arellano Rudolfo Juarez


BBQ bene ts local 4-HOkeechobee County 4-H is holding their annual barbecue fundraiser dinner Friday, Sept. 20, at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge. Dinners will be sold from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dinners are $8 and include sliced pork and all the xings. Lunch delivery will be available for inside the city limits, and for orders of ve dinners or more outside the city limits. For advance orders, call the Extension Of ce at 863-763-6469. On the dau pf the event call 863-634-3327 or 863-8011606.Painting exhibit is Sept. 21A Watercolor Painting Exhibit will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Fellowship Hall of Peace Lutheran Church from 1 to 4 p.m. Thirteen artists will display their works. The exhibit is free, and light refreshments will be served. The artists will gift those attending a hand painted bookmark. On Sunday, Sept. 22, the exhibit will be open immediately after church. For information, call Egretta Wells at 863-763-2864.March of Desserts event setJoin the March of Dimes at the Freshman Campus Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 for its March of Desserts, featuring a sampling of desserts from local businesses and individuals. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 after Sept. 15. A live dessert auction will be held at 3 p.m. All proceeds will bene t the March of Dimes. For tickets or information, call 772-562-0115 or e-mail chernandez2@marchofdimes.com.Support group will meetThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility will be holding a Parkinson's support group meeting Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Ave., is located behind Big Lake Eye Care. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, physical therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. In the meeting we will provide free adult care and have discussions on how to make a difference with famil y and caregiver support, while exchanging experiences of Parkinson's. Light refreshments will be served and day care services will be provided during session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, family and patients. For information, call 863-763-1700. V FW Ladies host breakfastBuckhead Ridge VFW Ladies Auxiliary w ill hold their monthly breakfast Sunday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. Please join us. This event is open to the public. We will serve biscuits and gravy, sausage patty, bacon, eggs any way you want them, home fries, juice and coffee for a donation of $5. For information, call our post at 863-467-2882.Free seminar slatedYOUNIFIED is sponsoring a free parent seminar on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Osceola Middle School. Jeffrey Dean, nationally known speaker, will speak about things teens are facing today. He will shock y ou; inform you; motivate you; and, help y ou. For information, call 863-634-6523.Garden, Orchid clubs to meetThe Garden Club will meet Monday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. The Orchid Club will then meet at 7 p.m. Bring an orchid to show, or a problem orchid with which you need help. For information, call 863-763-6469.4-H photography to meetThe September meeting of Picture Perfect 4-H Photography and Video Club will be Monday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce on U.S. 98 N. The club is open to those ages 12-18 who are interested in photography or videos.Moose hosting bingoOn Monday, Sept. 16 ve-card bingo starts at 6 p.m. In the social quarters, on W ednesday, Sept. 18, comedy night starts at 5 p.m. Come tell your favorite jokes and enjoy 50-cent hotdogs. On Thursday, Sept. 19, bingo starts at 1 p.m. With lunch available from 12:30 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 20, bingo starts with bonanza at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Okeechobee WOTM are holding a chicken parmesean dinner from 5-7 p.m. Music will start at 6 p.m. Proceeds support Moose charities programs.Historical Society meetsThe Okeechobee Historical Society will resume their monthly meetings beginning Monday, Sept. 16, at the museum on U.S. 98 N. The covered-dish luncheon/meeting will begin at noon. Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to attend. Annual dues of $10 will be collected at this time. The Tantie Quilters will also resume their regular Thursday meetings. If you are interested in quilting, this group meets from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the museum.Bene t auction plannedQuarters for a Cause will be held in Okeechobee to bene t Casey Lawrence at the American Legion on Tuesday, Sept. 17 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The auction will start at 7 p.m. You must be 18 or older to get in the door. Bring your quarters and friends and have a fun night out.Education group plans buffetThe Board of Education Foundation will host a luncheon buffet to honor donors on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at noon in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 200 N.W. Second St. RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 18 For information, call 863-4625000, ext. 257.Chamber hosting socialThe Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours social Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. To register for this event or for information, contact the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce at 863-467-6246. The event is open to everyone. Chamber members get a discount on the tickets.Seniors plan open houseOkeechobee Senior Services moved into new facilities in July. To celebrate, the public is invited to an open house to tour the new facility with staff presentations and display of programs and activities. The open house will be Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Senior Services, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. The open house will feature music by the Chobee Steelers. Light refreshments will be served.Weapon permit class slatedA concealed weapon permit class will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. The class will last about two hours. Range quali cation will be Saturday, Sept. 21. You will be instructed where to meet on Saturday during the Thursday evening class. You may use your own weapon to qualify, or the weapon we provide. The costs is $40 and must be paid in advance. You may pay for the class online by credit card. You can also pay by going to the Chamber website event calendar at www.okeechobeebusiness.com., then selecting Sept. 19 concealed weapon class and click on Register Online. Or, just stop by the chamber and pay for the class with check or cash prior to Sept. 18 Those who sign up but don't pay in advance will not be guaranteed a seat in the class. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 6 Okeechobee News September 15, 2013 Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Community Health Worker wantedH.E.R.O. Healthy Florida is a diabetes education company offering classes in the Okeechobee area. We are looking for a part-time community health worker to help market the program and assist during classes. Please forward resume and introduction/summary letter to: ttolle@herohealthy.com Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News September 15, 2013 TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health (DOH) recognizes the efforts made by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to help meet the nutritional needs of families and support women breastfeeding their infants. WIC serves approximately 490,000 Floridians every month through providing crucial nutritional services. Since 1974, WIC has provided essential services to women, infants, and children. The results of this program have saved public and private health care dollars. For every dollar spent on the prenatal WIC program, the associated savings in Medicaid costs during the 60 days after birth ranged from $1.77 to $3.13. “Many working families bene t from the W IC program,” said Debbie Eibeck, Bureau Chief of WIC Program Services in Florida. “We work hard to make sure that eligible individuals know about and use the valuable services that WIC provides.” Early participation in WIC continues to show positive in uences on early development and birth outcomes and reduces the probability of low-birth weight. WIC participation is associated with increased breastfeeding initiation. The percentage of Florida WIC infants ever breast fed has steadily increased from 75.9 percent in June 2012 to 77.0 percent in June 2013. To be eligible for WIC, you must be a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, a woman up to six months postpartum, an infant, or a child under age ve. In addition, the applicant must have a low or moderate income, live in Florida, and have a nutritional need that can be helped by WIC foods, along with nutritional education and counseling. WIC also provides breastfeeding support and referrals for health care. Nutritionists work directly with mothers to educate them about what is best for their baby and their family’s nutrition needs while encouraging them to build healthy habits. Florida WIC is administered through the Florida Department of Health and is available in all 67 counties. To learn more about the WIC Program or to nd out if you are eligible, call toll-free at 1-800-342-3556 or visit your local WIC of ce by nding the location here: www.FloridaWIC.org. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To le a complaint of discrimination, write U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Of ce of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 866-632-9992. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. W IC Program provides nutrition services Special to the Okeechobee NewsRetired educators meetAt the Okeechobee Retired Educators September meeting, the guest speakers were Dr. Kelly Amatucci, department chair for the College of Education for Indian River State College and Russ Brown, provost of the Hendry-Dixon Campus of IRSC in Okeechobee. They spoke to the retired teachers about the four-year degree program IRSC now offers for completing an education degree in the hopes some OREA members would sign up to be supervising teachers for upcoming education interns. Pictured are Russ Brown, Gay Carlton, OREA president, and Dr. Kelly Amatucci. Okeechobee Livestock Market Report We had a good run of cattle this week and prices were fairly steady compared to last week. Quality was up and down, and as always, good quality calves sold the best. We had several little 180#-200# steer calves bring $3 or better. Mark your calendars for our special sales: Oct. 4 Bred Heifers Oct. 11 Angus Bulls Oct. 18 Brangus Bulls Beau Anastasio, St. Cloud, topped the calf market with a high of $3.05 bought by Stephen Addison. Brad Lundy, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 96.00 bought by FPL Food LLC. See ya next week, Todd The Florida Department of Transportation advises drivers to use caution in areas where road work is under way. Work planned this week includes the following:Okeechobee County U.S. 441 North from Northwes t 179th Street, to County Road 68 East: Maintenance project: Expect intermittent lane closures with aggers directing traf c while crews repair shoulders on either side of the roadway. Use caution when traveling in the work area.  U.S. 441 North from Northwest 9th Street, to Northwest 36th Street: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing the sidewalk. No lane closures are expected however, motorists should drive with caution.  U.S. 441 Southeast from SR 78 to the Martin County Line: Maintenance project: Crews will be trimming low hanging tree branches as needed. No lane closures are expected however, motorists should drive with caution.Glades County SR 78 from U.S. 27 to Buckhead Ridge: Maintenance project: Crews will be performing landscape maintenance from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 through Thursday, Sept. 19. Lane closures are not expected with this work. Motorists are asked to use caution as crews work near the roadway. Higlands County SR 70 from U.S. 27 to Highlands/ Okeechobee County Line: Maintenance project: Crews are repairing shoulders around guardrails. Motorists should expect lane closures in various locations from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. Road Watch Humane Society needs volunteersThe Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/Rescue needs volunteers to help with of ce work and to help as kennel supervisors. The organization is non-pro t, with no paid staff and depends on donations and community volunteers. For information, contact Belinda Forlifer at 863-357-1104.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certi“ed by the American Board of Family PhysiciansPediatrics € Womens Health € Family Physician Monday Thursday: 8:00am 5:00pmFriday : 8:00am 4:00pm(863) 467-2159RaulersonPrimaryCare.com € 202 NE 2nd Avenue, Suites 3 & 4 Okeechobee, FL 34972 Hablamos Espaol € Same Day Appointments Af“liated with Raulerson Hospital 8 Okeechobee News September 15, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the weekCongratulations to the students of the week for Central Elementary School for the week of Sept. 3: Hayden Hanawalt, Nathan Pfenning, Ganny Duran, Christopher Pineda-Escobar, Mauricio Chavez, Jesus Valdez, Eduardo CruzDiaz, Zoyee Ramirez, Kendranique Wiggins, Luis Martinez, Madelynn Cayton, Riley Rider, Nickolas McMillan, Harmoni Randolph, Alondra Godinez, Alexa Curley, Chase Sikorski, Rileigh Vukovich, Emiley Gonzalez, Isabela Calvillo, Vanessa Johnson, Chrissetia Campbell, Jamari Corde and Jacob Moats. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMESStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 6: Evan Turner, Jade Mendoza-Alvarado, Kaylee Cook, Gabi Garcia, Neveen Gomez, Carol Marker, Clayton Wolf, Jo’Niya Sewell, Diego Matias, Shanice Snell, Jannet Sanchez, Braxton Lewis, Rayfe Cannon, Noelani Lopez, Jannet Roman, Ashley Garcia, Jayke Bigford, Landon Croft, Lucius Billie, Emilio Borja, Jose Monrroy, Jaqueline Mandujano-Pena, Alaina Hines, Yovani Martinez, Jak’hious Cooper, Michael Cruz, Eddie Castaneda, Lisbet Hernandez, Rafe Sexton, Kearstyn Donaldson, Olivia Grif n, Matthew Graham and Alexis Hernandez. Advocacy group for the disabled to meet locallyThe Coalition of Independent Living Options is looking for people who are interested in being part of a Disability Advocacy Group in Okeechobee. If you are interested in being part of this group and would like to represent Okeechobee, this is the group for you. For information, call Mary Thomas at 772-485-9225 or 863-467-1026.


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ORRECEIVE UP TO $2,500 in rebates*and tax credits**with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System.Special Financing Available* 9 Okeechobee News September 15, 2013 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News The moment you walk into Chico’s Burrito Shack the overwhelming smell of great Mexican food just makes your mouth water. Abel Banda is the proud owner of Chico’s Burrito Shack which celebrated their grand opening on Sept. 2, Labor Day. Chico’s puts a healthy twist on Mexican favorites. They do not cook with any grease explained Mr. Banda. The line service allows customers to order customized burritos, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, burrito bowls and salads, choosing from chicken, barbacoa beef or steak and a v ariety of other fresh ingredients and sauces. For those who want an occasional treat, they also serve homemade churros. Mr. Banda said he saw a market for his business in Okeechobee. “I wanted to provide great authentic Mexican Food with great service at a great price,” he explained. The business is family owned and operated. Three of the eight employees are Mr. Banda’s brothers. Recipes came from their grandmother’s kitchen. Mr. Banda graduated at Okeechobee High School, class of 2007. He said as he worked at other jobs in Okeechobee, he came to realize that there wasn’t really any place to get healthy Mexican-style food in a one-hour lunch period. He said Chico’s Burrito Shack provides meals that are quick, healthy and affordable. In the future, he hopes to add a delivery service. Someday, he would like to branch out with more restaurants. Chico’s Burrito Shack, 309 S.W. Park St., is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are closed on Sundays. The phone number is 863-623-4345. Chico’s Burrito Shack offers fresh, quick, affordable meals Special to the Okeechobee NewsChico’s celebrated their grand opening on Sept. 2, Labor Day. Chico’s Burrito Shack is located on Park Street and is open every day of the week but Sunday. Indian River State College (IRSC) Fire Science program has been ranked as offering “Fire Science Degree Programs That Really Pay Off.” A ccording to Fire Science Online College Rankings, IRSC is one of ninety colleges and universities nationally that offer great returns-on-inv estment. Research shows that students want to enroll in Fire Science programs at schools that make them a high-caliber re ghter, w hich leads to a career that pays well. An IRSC Fire Science Degree graduate, who becomes a full-time re ghter, will earn $56,330 annually, ve times the cost of one year of school. Indian River State College offers two tracks for students to obtain an Associate in Science Degree in Fire Science Technology. IRSC’s twoy ear Fire Science degree program prepares students for a professional career and enhances training and skills for those already in the eld. IRSC’s Fire Science Academy Track provides students an opportunity to obtain a two-year A.S. Degree in Fire Science Technology and complete the Basic Fire Recruit Academy and the Emergency Medical Technology programs. Graduates in this program are highly trained, disciplined and educated recruits and are well prepared for employment opportunities. In addition, IRSC offers the Fire Basic Recruit Academy that meets the minimum educational requirements to prepare students as a certi ed combat re ghter in the State of Florida. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the State written and practical examination administered by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. To learn more about IRSC’s Fire Science programs, call 772-462-7150 or visit www.tcpublicsafetytraining.com. Fire Science degree pays off Upcoming 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.  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.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 September is SEPSIS AWARENESS MONTH DO YOU KNOW WHAT SEPSIS IS? Join Raulerson Hospital for an informative community presentation about Sepsis:Friday, September 20th Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria 2:00 p.m. Learn from our Emergency Departments Medical Director Dr. Spence about the dangers and warning signs of sepsis. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to attend: 763-9228 1796 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 € (863) 763-2151 € RaulersonHospital.comFor a Free Physician Referral & Healthcare Questions, Call 763-9228 11 Okeechobee News September 15, 2013 A recent national survey found that less than half of Americans have heard of sepsis. Raulerson Hospital is hosting a program on Friday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria to educate the community about the dangers of sepsis. Sepsis is a toxic response to infection that kills more than 258,000 Americans each year – more than breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer combined. Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires early detection and treatment for survival. Often in the media sepsis is referred to as “septicemia” or “blood poisoning.” Sepsis can occur to anyone at any time. Any type of infection can lead to your body developing sepsis, including bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. The most common infections that cause sepsis are pneumonia, urinary tract infections and infections in the belly. Sepsis not only kills thousands of people, it leaves many more with amputations of limbs, body organs that don’t work properly, psychological distress and more. Some people are at a higher risk of developing sepsis. The very young and elderly patients with certain chronic diseases, like cancer and liver disease have increased risks. People taking medications that affect the immune system are also at an increased risk of developing sepsis. Steps can be taken to prevent and treat sepsis. Limiting your exposure to infections can limit your risk for developing sepsis. Hand washing, caring for wounds and asking your doctor if you need vaccinations against illnesses like in uenza and pneumonia can help prevent sepsis. To treat sepsis, rst it must be suspected. There isn’t a single sign or symptom of sepsis. The most common report from sepsis survivors is that the symptoms the y were feeling—fever, chills, pain and shortness of breath—were the worst they had ever felt. Other warning signs include dizziness, confusion or being less responsive or unable to be awakened. Treatment includes antibiotics and intravenous uids. The antibiotics ght the infection while the uids help to make sure enough blood and oxygen gets to your cells and tissues. Okeechobee resident Suzzie Poulignot is a recent sepsis survivor. In late June Suzzie did what many people today do. She self-diagnosed and treated herself for a urinary tract infection. She employed the home remedy of drinking cranberry juice. Days later she became ver y nauseated and was suffering with diarrhea. On July 5th she decided to go to the Emergenc y Room at Raulerson. Suzzie had sepsis. She spent the next ten days in Intensive Care while her doctors and nurses worked hard to save her life. Suzzie cannot even remember those days. After a total of 17 days in the hospital, a blood transfusion, antibiotics, uids and man y prayers, Suzzie was discharged. Every two weeks Suzzie must have blood work completed and tests performed on her heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver to ensure that her organs are still functioning properly and that she continues to be infection free. She is improving and is determined to beat the odds that are associated with a serious condition like sepsis. Suzzie’s advice is “Go to the doctor when something doesn’t feel right. Don’t wait or try to self-diagnose.” This is Sepsis Awareness Month Special to the Okeechobee NewsSenior Center hosts musical performanceMary Williams, Patricia Grant, Annie Gough and Don Smith danced to the music of W.J. Durrance and J.T. Phillips at the Senior Center as April Hass and Pat Diles assisted in singing old favorites such as “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.” Visitors are treated to this musical performance the second Thursday of every month. Stop by, check out the new Senior Center and pick up a copy of all the September activities. W hat is Sepsis? Education program plannedJoin Dr. Spence, Raulerson Hospital’s ER medical director, for an educational presentation about Sepsis on Friday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 863-763-9228.Dine with the Doctor resumes for fallDine with the Doctor is a medical lecture series hosted by Raulerson Hospital on the last Tuesday of each month. The series will resume for the fall on Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Board Certi ed Family Physician Dr. Zynab Hassan will be the guest speaker at 5 p.m. The cost for dinner is $5 per person, the lecture is free. Attendees must RSVP: 863-763-9228. W omen’s Health Luncheon Oct. 9The 2013 Women’s Health Luncheon will be held at the Okeechobee Campus of IRSC on W ednesday, Oct. 9. The buffet lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and various physicians from Raulerson Hospital’s Medical Staff will provide educational presentations about Women’s Health. Attendees must RSVP: 863-763-9228. Health News in Brief OHS Class Of “84” reunion plannedThe Okeechobee High School Class of 1984 is planning a reunion. For the Class of 1984 Reunion information please see Facebook CLASS OF “84” REUNION or if you do not have a Facebook call 863-801-4589. The reunion will be held Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.


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MEET YOURMerantsA Salute to Area Business Availae Oin specialsections. newszap.com Okeechobee NewsSunday, May 26, 2013Special Supplement to Okeechobee County 2013-2014 School Information Guide Featuring: Call to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 12 Okeechobee News September 15, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Adrian Minondo rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown in a losing cause as Okeechobee fell to Martin County 16-14 on Thursday night in Stuart in high school football action. A pair of two-point conversions for Martin County proved to be the difference in the game. Colton Haggerty scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter and Scott Husnander scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter for the Tigers, 2-1 touchdowns. Haggerty scored on a two-point conversion w hen the Tigers botched a center snap. The ball bounced back to the 17-yard line and Haggerty appeared to be stopped by several Brahman defenders. He escaped and ran into the end zone. The next two-point conversion came on a broken coverage in the secondary. Haggerty found Nate Simmons 10 yards behind the defense for an 18-yard pass to give the Tigers a 16-7 lead. Haggerty said he had the utmost respect for the coaches on both sides and praised Okeechobee for playing hard. Martin County coach Chuck Kenyon said this is one of the oldest rivalries on the Treasure Coast and each team knows that they will get the others best game. He said this was an emotional game for both sides. “We know it’s going to be a close game every year. Every time it’s a dog ght and it comes down to the wire. There were kids with tears in their eyes after this game,” he added. Minondo played inspired football for Okeechobee. The Brahmans drove 75 yards in ve plays to start the game. He busted loose for a 24-yard run and capped the drive with a 26-yard touchdown run. Zeke Matthew’s interception stopped a 63-yard Martin County drive late in the rst quarter. The Tigers took the lead with a short eld drive in the second quarter. A 15-yard punt return set the Tigers up rst down at the Okeechobee 37. Five plays later Haggerty ran in a 2-yard touchdown. The key play on the drive was a pass interference call on Okeechobee on a third down and nine. Caleb Allgood returned the opening kickoff of the second half for 48 yards to give Martin County a scoring chance. Okeechobee’s defense again caused a turnover as Haggerty was intercepted by Cory Vickers at the Brahman 26-yard line. The Tigers took the lead for good on their next drive as they took eight plays to cover 63 yards. Key plays on the drive included a 36-yard pass from Haggerty to Simmons. Husnander bulled his way into the end zone on third and goal to stretch the lead to 16-7. Okeechobee responded quickly with an 81-yard scoring drive. Minondo ran twice for 17 yards, quarterback Cory Surls hit E.J. Neal on a 21-yard pass play, and freshman Bubba Fludd ran a reverse 44 yards for the touchdown. Okeechobee’s only other chance to score came after a fumble by Christian Lopez. The Brahmans took over at the Tiger 40-yard line and drove to the Tigers 14-yard line thanks to tough runs by Minondo and Khalil Smith. On fourth down the Okeechobee’s 32-yard eld goal attempt was wide right. Okeechobee’s last drive ended when Kareem Davis tackled Minondo in the back eld on a fourth and inches in the nal two minutes. Davis said his coaches called a good play for him and he made the play/ “I saw the guy and it was fourth and inches so I had to make the tackle. They were a pretty tough team though; I hope they have a good season.” Brahman coach Chris Branham said the team had better execution on offense but still made some costly mistakes with penalties that hurt the team’s cause. “It breaks your heart. The coaches have said we’re better than this. We showed a lot of guts in the second half so I’m confused on exactly who we are,” he said. Branham said penalties put his team in second and long situations. He said it is dif cult for a young team to convert those types of situations into rst downs. He praised the team for sticking together in this game. Game notes E.J. Neal caught three passes for 34 yards. Surls completed four out of 11 pass attempts for 45 yards. Haggerty rushed for 95 yards on 19 carries. Simmons had 68 yards in offense and Lopez added 52 yards in offense. OHS had 276 rushing yards and 11 rst downs. They converted just 1-12 third down opportunities. OHS also had 11 penalties for 90 yards. Cornelius Horton had a tackle for loss for OHS. Husnander had a tackle for loss for the Tigers. Mitchell Madrigal had several ke y stops for OHS. Sylvester Butler made a leaping 28 yard catch for OHS that was called back by a penalty. Juan Yae Ford and G. W Jarriel had pass de ections for OHS. Bubb a Fludd knocked away two passes. Brahmans-Tigers matchup was ‘dog ght’ The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its Pensacola commission meeting Sept. 6, passed a rule prohibiting the importation of live captive deer into Florida from out-of-state sources. The rule was passed in an effort to reduce the chances of chronic wasting disease (CWD) being introduced into the state. Eighteen other states, including Georgia and A labama, also prohibit the importation of live cervids (deer, elk and moose). CWD is not known to affect people but is a contagious neurological disease affecting cervids. It is always fatal, and there is no known cure or vaccine. So far, the disease has been discovered in 22 states, two Canadian provinces and in South Korea. To implement the decision immediately, the FWC also issued an executive order prohibiting importation of cervids effective Sept. 6, 2013. The order includes limited exemptions for reindeer and zoos. The commission also directed the executive director to create a working group to include the industry to develop other measures to safeguard the state from CWD. If these other measures are determined to be suf cient to adequately reduce risk, the commission gives the executive director authority to then allow importation. Since the beginning of May, the FWC has received much public comment on this and answered questions and concerns. During this process, those who have deer farms and hunting preserves, hunters and conservationists provided suggestions for additional prevention measures to consider. The commission used this important feedback to guide its decision making. For more information on chronic wasting disease, this rule and the CWD Alliance, go to MyFWC.com/CWD. To see the executive order, go to MyFWC.com/About and select “Inside FWC” then “Executive Director.” FWC passes rule prohibiting importation of captive deer By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  The Osceola Middle School soccer team improved to 2-0, with a 4-2 victory over Storm Grove on Wednesday. Enrique Velasquez and Alejandro Bucio both had two goals. Velasquez scored off a pass from Rosalio Elias in the rst half and Bucio scored off an assist from Velasquez to give the Warriors some early momentum. Mark Holmes played another strong game in goal for the Warriors. He was able to make a save on a penalty kick in the rst half. “This was a great display of teamwork by the entire team,” coach Jorje Botello said.  The Osceola Middle School volleyball team also won their match with Storm Grove in two games to improve to 2-0 on the season.  The Brahman bowling team got quite the shock when they visited Fort Pierce Westwood on Wednesday. The Panthers had only one player on both of their teams. The girls team won easily 7-0, Jessica Olne y bowled a 171, and Kirsten Doney added a 168 to lead the Lady Brahmans. Coach Carole Olney said she was encouraged in ho w the Lady Brahmans encouraged the Westwood player who had only started to bowl two weeks ago. The boy’s team won 5-2. Brian Chapman led the way with a 450 series, 225 and 225. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief


SURPLUS STATE PROPERTY DEP #DSL13-007 Okeechobee County: S06, T36S, R34E Approximately 77 +/acres Sold by quitclaim deed “AS IS, WHERE IS” Contact Ann Henson 850-245-2785 or Ann.henson@dep.state. .us Bid Deadline is September 27, 2013, 10:30 a.m. EDT 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 SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 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. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full Time LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERS Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! 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Neeld Paper is a leading distributor of paper and chemicals in South Florida. We are looking for Sales Representatives Must have dependable transportation. Please stop in and pick up application at 1114 NW. Park St., Monday or Tuesday or call Teonie at 863-467-0333. www.neeldpaper.com EOE/DFWP REGISTERED NURSE Clinic Setting, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Excellent Bene ts. Spanish speaking preferred. Please apply MyFlorida/People First website at: https://people rst. my orida.com The state of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Af rmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 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. One mans trash is another mans treasure. 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Land Sale Houses RentUNFURNISHED TWO BEDROOM ONE BATH HOUSE IN PRIVATE SETTING SCREEN PORCH, ONE CAR GARAGE, COMMUNITY POOL & TENNIS COURT 1ST & SECURITY YEARLY LEASE $800.00 MONTH 863-447-0742 Houses SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath 8 year old house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 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 o f Blue Heron. $22,500.00 Call 863-634-2820 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 13 Okeechobee News September 15, 2013 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it?


SURPLUS STATE PROPERTY DEP #DSL13-007 Okeechobee County: S06, T36S, R34E Approximately 77 +/acres Sold by quitclaim deed “AS IS, WHERE IS” Contact Ann Henson 850-245-2785 or Ann.henson@dep.state. .us Bid Deadline is September 27, 2013, 10:30 a.m. EDT 450806 ON 9/8,15,22/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2013CA223 JUDGE: METZGER IN RE: Forfeiture of: One (1) 2005 Dodge Magnum VIN: 2D4FV48T85H513696 NOTICE OF FORFEITURE PROCEEDINGS ALL PERSONS who claim an interest in the following property, 2005 Dodge Magnum, VIN: 2D4FV48T85H513696, which was seized because said property is alleged to be contraband as de ned by Sections 932.701 (2)(a)(1-6), Florida Statutes (2013), by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Division of Florida Highway Patrol, on or about April 8, 2013, in Okeechobee County, Florida: Any owner, entity, bona de lienholder, or person in possession of the property when seized has the right within fteen (15) days of initial receipt of notice, to contact Jason Helfant, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, P.O. Box 540609, Lake Worth, FL 33454-0609, by certi ed mail return receipt requested to obtain a copy of the Complaint and Order Finding Probable Cause led in the above styled court. 452585 ON 9/15,22/2013 Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD 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 FURNISHED ONE BEDROOM ONE BATH PARK MODEL TRAILER LOCATED AT RIVER BLUFF FISHING RESORT ON KISSIMMEE RIVER THREE TO CHOOSE FROM STARTING AT $750 A MONTH -OR $200. WEEKLY RENT INCLUDES BOAT SLIP ELEC -WTR & SATELLITE -LONG OR SHORT TERM 863-467-4371 OR 863 447 -0742 Nice Clean Newly renovated 2bd homes in nice quiet adult park, small dog okay, $550.00 a month plus security 863-517-5111 or 239-246-6301 ON RIM CANAL: 2 BR, 2BA, Mobile Home on Large lot. $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)467-6309 or (561)231-4505 Treasure Island Nice, Clean, Updated 1bd/1ba, partially furnished. $130 weekly plus electric and security. 239-246-6301 or 863-517-5111 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads Public NoticeNotice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, September 17, 20130, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Beth Albert at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3050. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting 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. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Beth Albert Code Enforcement Of cer III 452662 ON 9/15/2013 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO. 2013-CA-320 BRITTON DWAYNE HARRIS and MARLENE CURLEY Plaintiffs, v. WILLIAM MAGGIACOMO, a/k/a WILLIAM P. MAGGIACOMO, a/k/a WILLIAM ORLANDO MAGGIACOMO, DECEASED, CHERYL E. MAGGIACOMO, HIS SPOUSE, TONYA HARRIS, HIS DAUGHTER AND HEIR, AND ALL OTHER UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DECEASED DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE UNKNOWN DEFENDANTS AS MAY BE INFANTS, INCOMPETENTS OR OTHERWISE NOT SUI JURIS, ET AL. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: CHERYL E. MAGGIACOMO P.O. Box 409, Cruz Bay, St. John USVI 00831 ALL OTHER UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST DEFENDANT WILLIAM 14 Okeechobee News September 15, 2013MAGGIACOMO, a/k/a WILLIAM P. MAGGIACOMO, a/k/a WILLIAM ORLANDO MAGGIACOMO, DECEASED, AND SUCH OF THE UNKNOWN DEFENDANTS AS MAY BE INFANTS, INCOMPETENTS OR OTHERWISE NOT SUI JURIS, ET AL. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: LOT 37, PIONEER ESTATES, UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 15 THROUGH 17, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A 1984, SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME; ID NO. SSMFLAB70664; MAKE BEAC; 66’ IN LENGTH; TITLE NO. 18053532 LOCATED ON THE ABOVE CAPTIONED PROPERTY.has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on TOM W. CONELY, III, of CONELY & CONELY. P.A., whose address is Post Of ce Drawer 1367, Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367, and le the original with the Clerk of the above styled Court within 30 days of the date of rst publication; otherwise a judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and the seal of said Court on September 6, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Said Court BY: Jennifer Rediker Deputy Clerk 452386 ON 9/15,22/2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Megan Hargraves had seven service aces and four kills and Rachel Bryan added four aces and eight kills as Yearling Middle School (2-0) defeated the Oslo Wildcats, 25-10, and 2513, in middle school volleyball action Wednesday in Okeechobee. Tory Garcia added seven aces and 28 assists for the Lady Bulls. Yearling was in control throughout at their home opener. They led 19-10 in the rst game and built leads of 16-8 and 18-11 in the second game before nishing off the Lady Wildcats. Coach Kellyann Campbell said she continues to try and improve the girls and make sure they play to the best of their ability. She said a close win at Gifford Monday got the girls ready for this match. "I feel our girls knew the game better because they knew where to go and how to get there and knew what spots on the court to hit. I feel they were more advanced in the game than Oslo," she stated. The team is made up of all eighth graders this year. She said her goal is to have the older girls mentor the young girls and get them ready to play in future seasons. Campbell said the team should be ready when Osceola comes to their school on Monday. "They can serve the ball and that's the main point of the game. The girls know that Osceola and Brighton are the two matches they have to win." Hargraves said she felt the team played well against Oslo but could have played better. She thanked the big crowd for showing up to support the team. She said the girls weren't mentally ready to play on Monday in Vero Beach because they weren't given much time to warm up and were rushed. In their home match Wednesday, they were much more prepared. "Gifford had more height and Oslo didn't have blockers at the net. There were a lot more open areas to hit and we took more opportunities in this match," she added. Hargraves said she has relished the opportunity to be a leader on the oor and is not afraid to give advice or tell her teammates where to line up. "I'm having fun with it. I love all the girls, they are awesome and some of my closest friends." The Yearling soccer team fell to Gifford on Monday, 1-0, but rebounded with a huge 8-0 win over Oslo on Wednesday. The match was ended by mercy rule earl y in the second half. Sebastian Chavez had two goals and two assists. Javier Hernandez had two goals. Isidro Gomez had a shutout in goal. Adolpho Ponce, Brian Pinon, Lazaro Nunez and Hernan Rayo added goals for Yearling. Coach Eric k Rios said he feels the team will show improvement as the season goes on. He expects a hard game on Monday when Yearling hosts Osceola. "Oslo was probably the weakest team on our schedules. I think we will have a good season and we ma y lose a few matches here and there but overall it will be successful," he added. YMS volleyball team beats Oslo Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMegan Hargraves had a strong game for YMS in their home opener Wednesday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRachel Bryan (right) and her teammates take a breather during a time out on Wednesday when the Yearling Middle School Volleyball team played the team from Oslo Middle School. Martha’s House holds domestic violence workshopMartha's House will host a free Cut Out Domestic Violence workshop for salon owners, cosmetologists, nail technicians, barbers, massage therapists and beauty consultants on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. at The Hampton Inn on State Road 70 in Okeechobee. Refreshments will be served. Contact Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck to RSVP at 863-763-2893.


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