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Damages could reach $25,000By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Police are actively searching for the person or persons involved in vandalizing a local church where the damages could reach as high as $25,000. Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), said someone entered the United Pentecostal Church, 405 S.W. 10th Ave., sometime between 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, and 6:16 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. While inside the place of worship, the vandals poured toilet bowl cleaner containing bleach on the carpet and chairs, and sprayed a re extinguisher over much of the building. Detective Saum said 295 square yards of carpet will have to be replaced. They also blocked the drains on two sinks then turned on the water and let it Vandals damage Pentecostal church Friday, September 20, 2013 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 104 No. 113 15.61 feetLast Year: 15.17 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. IRSC expands bachelor’s degree programs ... Page 2 City plans to lower taxes ... Page 14 Brahmans to face Panthers from Fort Pierce ...Page 10 OHS swim team wins meet ... Page 10 Okeechobee News/ le photoLocal teams build their own boats for the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta. Last year's event (pictured here) had 70 boats and about 2,500 spectators. This year's regatta already has 77 boats entered. Race registration closes Friday, Sept. 27. Special to the Okeechobee News The homemade boats may be small but the Third Annual Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta is shaping up to be a big event. Contestants build their own boats from one 4'x8' sheet of 1/4" luan plywood, three 8' 2"x4"s, one roll of duct tape, and one pound of screws. No adhesive, caulking, or similar products may be used. Additional materials may be used in the decoration of the boat, but may not contribute to the structural integrity, sealant, buoyancy, or stability of the boat. The races will be Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Scott Driver Boat Ramp off State Road 78, starting at 9 a.m. The Okeechobee Kiwanis Club hosts the annual event, which honors the memory of Adam Bryant who passed away on June 27, 2004, at the age of 21. ‘Minimal’ regatta will be a big eventSee REGATTA — Page 15 Courtesy photo/ OCPDDetective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), said someone entered the United Pentecostal Church earlier this week and vandalized the building -both inside and out. Among those items damaged was this organ, which costs approximately $8,000, said the detective. Courtesy photo/ OCPDThis crime scene photo from a hallway in the United Pentecostal Church clearly shows a shoeprint left by one of the vandals. The ruler shows the shoe to be a size 11 to 12. See VANDALS — Page 15


IRSC has ew educational opportunities in Accounting, Elementary Education and Health Care ManagementSpecial to the Okeechobee News Indian River State College received unanimous approval from the State Board of Education on Tuesday, Sept. 17, to launch new Bachelor’s Degree programs in Accounting, Elementary Education and Health Care Management, expanding IRSC’s baccalaureate programs to 23. Classes will begin Jan. 8 and applications for the new programs will be accepted beginning Sept. 30. “With our economy beginning to strengthen and diversify, it’s very important that Treasure Coast residents have local access to higher education opportunities that open new doors. The new IRSC Bachelor’s Degree program in Accounting will support new and existing businesses. In fact, the state board commended the college for meeting an identi ed statewide and regional need for programs related to accounting and nancial services. In addition, our graduates in Health Care Management will nd leadership positions in a wide range of health care facilities,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “We have experienced a great deal of interest in elementary education and the new degree program will enable Treasure Coast residents to earn their teaching degree locally with many opportunities to develop into highly quali ed teachers. IRSC has continued to expand its Bachelor’s Degree programs over the past ve years and the new offerings reinforce the college’s role in development of a ourishing regional economy.” Over 70 area employers and community leaders wrote letters to the Florida Board of Education supporting IRSC’s program proposals. Major accounting rms throughout the region submitted letters of support stressing the need for local training in this eld. “We have had employees pursue their accounting degree by commuting at night and weekends to colleges outside our Treasure Coast, putting a signi cant burden on them and their families. It is always a great opportunity to hire home grown talent with ties to the local community. We would de nitely hire accounting graduates from Indian River State College,” said Gerald A. DiBartolometo, Jr. CPA and Principal with DiBartolomeo, McBee, Hartley & Barnes, P.A. with of ces in Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie. Administrators of area hospitals and health care facilities indicated they would be eager to hire IRSC graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management. “Martin Health System will open an 80bed hospital on the Tradition Center for Innovation campus in December 2013 and estimates hiring 300 to 600 additional employees for the next three years and several hundred more in the next six years. The Health Care Management Baccalaureate Degree Program will add value to our current recruitment efforts for a highly-skilled, well-trained workforce. We have a long and congenial relationship with IRSC and highly regard the graduates of its programs,” said Mark E. Robitaille, President and CEO of Martin Health Systems. The superintendents of area school districts expressed support of the Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. “The School District of Indian River County is in full support of the development of the Baccalaureate Degree Program in elementary education so that access to affordable, baccalaureate-level, and post-secondary education in our region may continue to grow. This new addition will be very favorably received by our employees, students and the members of the community,” said Dr. Frances J. Adams, Superintendent, School District of Indian River County. All IRSC bachelor’s degree programs are fully accredited, meet Florida statutory requirements for baccalaureate education and provide a strong foundation for graduate study. The three new bachelor’s degree programs were selected based on a needs assessment of student interest, economic development trends, projected job growth and analysis of college resources such as faculty, facilities, libraries and technology. Over 3500 students are now enrolled in 20 bachelor’s degree programs at IRSC, majoring in elds such as education, nursing, organizational management, biology, digital media and human services. IRSC began offering four-year degree programs in 2008 and 1,271 students have graduated with bachelor’s degrees since the program’s inception. For more information, contact the IRSC Call Center at 1-866-792-4772 or visit www.irsc.edu. 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. 20TH Thurs., Sept. 26THFor 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 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 Sale Hours: 9am 6pm, Friday 9am 5pm, SaturdayFri., Sept. 20thSat., Sept. 21st3427 Hwy. 441 S • Okeechobee(863) 763-6557 UP TO 75% OFF!(Excluding Christmas & Cards) Suzie’s Shop 2 Okeechobee News September 20, 2013 IRSC expands bachelor’s degree programs Today: Partly cloudy with a chance o f thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 88F. Winds from the ENE at 5-10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low of 70F. Winds less than 5 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 88F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Saturday Night : Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 72F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday : Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 90F. Okeechobee Forecast By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO) will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint Friday, Sept. 27, on S.R. 78. Such operations are a proven tool utilized by law enforcement to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes. Research shows crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Law enforcement members will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/ or drug impairment. They will also check drivers for proper licensing. Drivers caught driving while impaired can expect jail, the suspension of their driver’s license and increases in their insurance costs. These motorists can also expect nes, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Remember, if you’re going to drink: designate a driver; call a cab; call a friend or family member; or, stay home. Assisting OCSO deputies at the checkpoint will be of cers from the Okeechobee City Police Department and troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol. OCSO to stage DUI checkpoint Martha’s House hosts workshopMartha’s House will host the 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 S.R. 70 East. Contact Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck 863763-2893 to RSVP.


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County budget When they cut the budget, do you think y our children will be safe? More drugs, more addicts, more break ins, more robbery. Habits need money to support.  Have we looked at the possibility of using v olunteers from the sheriff’s auxiliary to help in the schools in order get all of the deputies out on the road? Are there other things that v olunteers could help with to free up more deputies to be on the roads? Public safety has t o come rst.  Transportation budgeting comes out of a department’s budget, but that money comes out of the tax payer’s pocket rst and I do not s ee a need for any county-owned vehicle to b e driven home, with the exception of sworn law enforcement of cers who are on call.  The federal government faced mandat ory spending cuts and when they went into place, there was a lot of crying about how b ad things would be. But frankly, I have not s een any big problems. There is probably even more waste to cut in the federal government. I think the county budget is the same. T here is waste that could be cut without taking deputies off the road. It takes the will to do it.  It’s the sheriff’s decision just like every other elected of cial’s decision on how they s pend their budget—the BOCC only approves t he amount.  These county-owned vehicles, excluding LEO with arrest powers, should be left at the “of ce/yard” and the workers, when needed, go outside and get one ... NONE of t hem need to be going home.  When a man’s character is askew, how do you change the essence of a man? Simple. W ith a ballot. Ask yourself which is more important. Buildings, bathrooms, fancy county s igns, or PEOPLE? Remember those 38 pay t axes too. How do we recoup that money?  Every budget has waste that can be cut. It is time to look at every budget in the county and get rid of anything that is not missionessential.  I know the sheriff has been agonizing over the issues with the budget. It is not his fault the economy went bad and there is less tax money. He had more to do rather than less, because people without jobs are more likely to get desperate enough to turn to crime. I don’t know the answer. There does not appear to be a good answer. Maybe we need an outside accountant to look at all of the county revenues and expenses and make some suggestions.  The sheriff’s department needs money—how about enforcing the traf c laws? Florida Highway Patrol charges $250 when they stop someone for speeding. And there are a lot of people speeding, especially on State Road 710 in the mornings. It would raise money and also help make the roads safer by slowing down the maniacs.  I don’t know if I can call it “corruption,” but I sure do see the good ‘ol boys doling out positions/jobs to friends, friends of friends, and family members. Just connect the dots, look around and see who is kin to whom within these departments and it don’t take long to gure out favoritism is still being practiced with regard to hiring as you pretty much have to know someone on the inside to get a position.  I think that when someone in a position of authority in uences someone to do something such as hire a family member, pave my section of the road, clean out my ditch rst, wants special treatment because of the position they are holding, etc., that is corruption. This kind of behavior is wrong because now that I have done a favor for you now you owe me.  Where will the money for more law enforcement come from? All of the county of ces have been cut. Things I use, like the library, were cut with reduced hours. Law enforcement gets all of the ad valorem taxes and the other departments have to get by on the scraps that are left from other funding sources like the tiny percentage of sales tax the county gets. At some point, we have to live within our means. Even if the tax rate was at the maximum of 10 mills, there would not be enough money to fund the budget the sheriff asked for.  Maybe privatizing the jail would be a good measure. I don’t know but it is worth nding out. Of course, a private company wants to make a pro t where the sheriff was just trying to break even. But, there would be a savings since a private company would not have the expense of the state retirement system. That is a big chunk of the budget. September 20, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out 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! Special to the Okeechobee News Inner tubes. Towables. In atable tubes. All are commonly used names for a popular boating item, and they come in many different shapes and sizes. “Towed water sports can be a great way to enjoy Florida’s beautiful waterways,” said Maj. Richard Moore, head of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Boating and Waterways Section. “We just want everyone to be as safe as possible when doing so.” Unfortunately, there have been several recent accidents around the state in which passengers on a towable device struck an object, such as a dock, channel marker, piling or other boat. Last year, ve people were injured and two were killed during these types of accidents. The FWC says these and other accidents can be prevented through a few key precautions, including one particularly important one. “When you are operating a boat that is towing passengers on a tube or something similar, their fate is in your hands,” Moore said. “They are not able to steer themselves in a safe direction and must rely on you to keep them safe. The main safety consideration is keeping them away from all other objects.” Although there is no required speci c distance to keep away from xed objects or other boats, operators should not pull the tuber close enough to anything where there is risk of collision. Doing so could not only result in a citation but, more importantly, it puts the life o f the person being towed in jeopardy. “A good rule of thumb is this: Twice the line should be ne,” Moore said. “If you consider the length of your towline and are diligent in keeping your boat at least two lengths of your towline away from all boats and other objects, you are much more likel y to provide your riders with an enjoyable, safe time on the water.” The FWC says that these additional safet y tips are very important as well: Any riders being towed behind a vessel are required to wear a life jacket; however, it cannot be the in atable style. The boat operator must have another person onboard who can observe the rider(s) being towed and alert the operator of an y issues. In place of the observer, the operator may use appropriate wide-angle rear-vie w mirrors. However, the safest bet is to use a “spotter” or observer. That way, the operator can concentrate on driving the boat and pa y attention to what is in front of and around him or her. The spotter has a much better ability to watch the person being towed. Boaters may pull riders on towable water sport items only during the day—from a half-hour before sunrise until a half-hour past sunset. The FWC wants to ensure that boaters can enjoy all that Florida’s waterways have to offer. For more boating information, go to MyFWC.com/Boating and click on “Boating Regulations” or “Safety & Education.” FWC wants boaters to stay safe while tubing Constitution weekThe Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution would like to thank the Okeechobee County Commissioners, Center State Bank, Okeechobee County Library, Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce and the Methodist Church for helping us to celebrate Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23. The beautiful bells of the church rang out for three minutes in honor of this document which is the foundation of all our laws, and the men who gave their all to create it, protect it and defend it for the last 226 years. The county commission issued a proclamation and Chairman Frank Irby presented it to Regent Su George declaring Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week here in Okeechobee as i t is across the nation. The library, chamber o f commerce and Center State Bank allowed us to have posters or displays in honor o f this week. God Bless America, Kenna Noonan Secretary, Okeechobee Chapter NSSDAR Letter to the editor


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Mary Inez Hood Lanier, 83OKEECHOBEE — Mary Inez Hood Lanier went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 17, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was born in Savannah, Ga. on July 19, 1930 to Kell and Lucy (Camp) Hood, and moved to Okeechobee in 1932. She attended Okeechobee High School, and married Wilbur Lanier the love of her life in April of 1947. She was a homemaker, mother and foster mother to thirty-one children who came to her needing a mother and a home. She was a member of the North Okeechobee Church of God and served in the Ministry of Dunklin Memorial Camp for over 25 years. She loved to sing Southern Gospel Music much of which she wrote. She traveled throughout Florida and several states singing in churches, at camp meetings, campgrounds, senior retreats, the South Florida Fair and many community festivals. She began singing Southern Gospel Music in 1946, and was inducted into the Gospel Post Hall of Fame in 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Wilbur Lanier; parents, Kell and Lucy Hood; brothers, Clarence Hood and Paul Hood; and sister, Anna Jane Guthrie. She is survived by sons, Larry Lanier of Okeechobee, Terry Lanier (Cindy) of Sebring, Tommy Lanier (Roxanne) of Ft. Myers; grandchildren, Amy Lanier Wilson (John), Jon Lanier (Kerry), Heather Lanier Collier (Charlie), Stacy Lanier King (Dan), Reece Lanier, Austin Lanier, Rylee Lanier; and 11 great grandchildren. As well as children she raised as her own, Martha Hearn, Daniel Hearn (Rene), Opal Hearn, Charleen Hearn McDonald (Doug), Caroleen Hearn Dowling, Lynda Taylor Gilman, James Taylor (Debi), Nicole Morton Perryman, Scottie Morton; who blessed her with 14 additional grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Kell Hood, Jr. (Joyce) of Pahokee; sister, Elizabeth Parson of Merritt Island. She had many nieces and nephews; a host of friends; many people’s lives she had touched with the love of God who called her “mama”, Hobo, Aunt Mary or Mrs. Mary. Her heart’s desire was to help and bless others till the end of this journey. Visitation will be 4 to 7:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 20, 2013 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. A Home Going Celebration will be 10 a.m. Sat., Sept. 21, 2013 at Dunklin Memorial Camp, 3342 SW Hosanah Lane, Okeechobee, FL. Dunklin Pastor Rowland Terrell is of ciating. Private family burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Dunklin Memorial Camp, 3342 SW Hosanah LN, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. 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 20, 2013Beuna Fay Yates, 66OKEECHOBEE — Beuna Fay Yates passed away Sept. 17, 2013 at her home. She was born July 21, 1947 in Georgia to the late John and Minnie Jones. Ms. Yates is survived by many loving family members and friends. A gathering for family and friends will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22, 2013 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee FL 34972. View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com CCC to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. September special guest speakers are Jacki Jackson, of the Early Learning Coalition and Noelle Balsgmo, from the FAU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities. The meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and families. The CCC will collect back-to-school supplies for needy and foster children. Bring supplies to the meeting or call for pick up. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Support group will meetThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Ave., will host a Parkinson’s support group meeting Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, physical therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. Free adult care will be provided during the meeting, and there will be discussions on how to make a difference with family and caregiver support while exchanging experiences of Parkinson’s. Light refreshments will be served and free day care services will be prov ided during the session. The event is free and open to the public, family and patients. For information, call 863-763-1700.Hospice to host yard salesHospice of Okeechobee’s September y ard sales will be Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. until noon. The sale is located at the corner of Southeast Fourth Street and Southeast Third Avenue. For information, call 863-467-2321; or, visit our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee. org and click on the Events tab.Candlelight vigil plannedThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce and the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will sponsor the seventh annual NOPE Candlelight Vigil on Oct. 24 at the Okeechobee County Civic Center on U.S. 98 N. Doors open at 6 p.m. for fellowship and refreshments. The program starts at 7 p.m. The deadline to submit your information for the memorial v ideo is Oct. 1 To create a memorial for the NOPE Task Force Candlelight Vigil memorial w all and video, log onto nopetaskforce.org; or, call Connie Curry at 863-763-3117.Fire Safety event at Home DepotThe Okeechobee Home Depot will host a free re safety event for the community on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at The Home Depot, 2700 U.S. 441 S. The event w ill include a Free Kids Workshop, Bounce House, 4-H Club, Florida Forestry, Smokey Bear, Okeechobee Sheriff Of ce, McGruff the Crime Dog, OCSO’s K-9 Unit, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue, Gary Champion #23 Race Car, Okeechobee Blood RoundUp Booth, Seminole Fire and Tobacco Free Florida. There will be free hot dogs and popcorn while supplies last. Community Events


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).  Enrique Raul Palacios, 26, S.E. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 17 by Deputy Elbert Kline on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a controlled substance (buprenorphine). His bond was set at $5,000.  Aaliayh Adreanna Palmer, 18, N.E. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 17 by Deputy Ben Lisle on DOC warrants charging her with the felonies of violation of probation armed burglary of a dwelling, violation of probation grand theftrearm and violation of probation robbery with a deadly weapon. She is being held without bond.  Ashton V. Senior, 27, Seaport Blvd., Cape Canaveral, was arrested Sept. 18 by Deputy Max Waldron on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation possession of alprazolam and violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond.  Jay Elliot Holata, 36, S. Silverado Circle, Hollywood, was arrested Sept. 18 by Deputy Matt Crawford on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation felony driving under the in uence. He was released on his own recognizance.  Yekeris Valdez Thomas, 33, Richland, Ga., was arrested Sept. 18 by Deputy Matt Crawford on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear traf cking in cocaine. His bond was set at $50,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BUDGET SUMMARYBuckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District Fiscal Year 2013-2014 THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF BUCKHEAD RIDGE MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT ARE 75.2% MORE THAN LAST YEAR’S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES. Millage 1,000 General Fund Revenues Revenue balance forward for last year $ 102,287 Ad Valorem Taxes 63, 884 State 14,728 Total Revenues $ 180,899 Expenditures Personal Services $ 50,000 Chemicals 40,000 Capital Outlay 24,399 Operating Expense 20,000 Contingency (Current Year) 15,000 Insurance 8,000 Repairs and Maintenance 4,000 Other Charges 3,000 Gasoline/Oil/Lube 3,000 Personal Service Bene“ts 2,000 Communication Services 2,000 Travel and Per Diem 2,000 Of“ce Supplies 2,000 Training 1,000 Protective Clothing 1,000 Miscellaneous Supplies 1,000 Tools and Implements 1,000 Utility Service 1,000 Publication and Dues 500 Reserves Total Expenditures $ 180,899The tentative, adopted, and/or “nal budgets are on “le in the of“ce of the above referenced taxing authority as a public record. NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASEThe Buckhead Ridge Mosquito Control District has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last year’s property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy $ 61,835 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes 50 C. Actual property tax levy $ 61,785 This year’s proposed tax levy: $ 63,884 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the tax increase to be held on: DATE: September 21, 2013 TIME: 6:00 PM PLACE: 30052 Hwy 78 West TOWN: Okeechobee, FL A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. 7 Okeechobee News September 20, 2013 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Running a stop sign became very serious for an Okeechobee man w hen he was found to be in possession of more than 20 grams of suspected methamphetamine and over $5,000 in cash. Laron Savonte McNeil, 22, N.E. 15th St., was arrested Sept. 11 on a felony charge of traf cking in methamphetamine 14 grams or more but less than 28 grams. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $75,000 bond. According to an arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, McNeil ran a stop sign and was then stopped by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). The deputy later found two bags of suspected crystal meth on the passenger-side oorboard of the truck. The task force detective was called to the scene in the 500 block of N.W. 17th Ave. The detective conducted a eld test on the substance, and that test indicated a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine. The detective stated the suspected meth weighed 22 grams with packaging. Meth has an estimated street value in Okeechobee of about $100 per gram. A search of McNeil’s person revealed he had $5,720 in cash on him, even though he has been unemployed “... for a long time,” added the detective’s report. Deputy Schoonmaker charged McNeil with driving while license suspended with knowledge. The arrest report does not indicate if McNeil received a traf c citation for running the stop sign. Detective: Unemployed man caught with cash, meth Okeechobee Arrest Report Laron SavonteMcNeil Class 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 863801-4589. The reunion will be held Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News September 20, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Katie MuldoonFeathers and FursThe 4-H Feathers and Furs club meets on the third Monday of the month at the Okeechobee Extension Service Of ce, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The club focuses on the educational aspect of poultry and rabbits, with emphasis on showmanship drills and clinics for ages 8 to 18. Feathers and Furs Poultry & Rabbit Club members were among those honored at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet in August. Left to right are Rebecka Mims, Dylan Hodges and Patrick Corby. 2012 Leaders were Cathy Arthur and Cathy Carter Corby. 2013 Leaders were Cathy Arthur, Diane Conway and Brittany Conway. Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSStudents of the weekYearling Middle School students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Sept. 13 are: LaQuavius Williams, Deborah Nichols, Kendall Harrison, Emily Willbarger, Colton Taylor, Dallan McGowen and Carlos Ramirez. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the weekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Sept. 16 include: kindergarten students, Adrian Espinoza, Yelena Torres, Nayeli Martinez; rst graders, Faith Alexander, Francisco IbarraBernal, Kaylee Varnell, Ananda Medrano, Janeesha Cooper; second grade students, Demetrio Flores, Aiden Moreno, John Mowery, Alejandra Salazar, Ricky Hight, Michael Marin-Flores; third graders, Zane Hawk, Zarina Judilla, Gianna Salerno, Jacob Tumoszwics, Raymundo Medrano, Taylor Elgin, Keara Bryant, Savon'Tae Holland-Kemp; fourth grade students, Princessa Ortega, Anna Serrano, Mariah Smith, Isaias Aguilar, Holt Jones; fth grade students, Jolene Sutton, Destini Becerra, Gabriela Flores-Perez and Natalia Ochoa. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Martha’s House holds Domestic Violence workshopMartha’s House will host the 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 S.R. 70 in Okeechobee. There will be no admission charge. Refreshments will be served. Contact Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck to RSVP at 863-763-2893.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGThe South Florida Water Management District has tentatively adopted a budget for FY2013-2014. This notice is applicable to Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osc eola, Palm Beach, Polk and St. Lucie Counties A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. at the South Florida Water Management District Headquarters Building, B-1 Auditorium 3301 Gun Club Road West Palm Beach, Florida 33406 TOTAL SPECIALTOTAL CAPITALINTERNALTRUST &TOTAL GENERALREVENUEPROJECTSSERVICEAGENCYTENTATIVE FUNDFUNDSFUNDSFUNDSFUNDBUDGET PROJECTED REVENUE Millages per $1,000 Ad ValoremDistri ct0.1685$111,232,713$111,232,713 Ad ValoremOkeechobee Basin0.1838110,714,216110,714,216 Ad ValoremBig Cypress Basin0.15939,251,5749,251,574 Ad Valorem Everglades Re storation0.058735,358,67535,358,675 Agricultural Privilege Taxes11,300,00011,300,000 Intergovernmental452,374 30,567,69867,132, 58198,152,653 Licenses, Permits & F ees2,252,6992,109, 1174,361,816 Investment Income1, 200,0001,670,0002,870,000 Miscellaneous356, 1813,186,9753,543,156 Health Insurance 27,069,01227,069,012 Self Insurance 1,730,9011,730,901 TOTAL REVENUES115,493,967204,158, 25567,132,58128,799,9130415,584,716 Fund Balance: Designated$26,738,947 $84,797,474$90,554,702$1, 769,809203,860,932 TOTAL REVENUES AND BALANCES142, 232,914288,955,729157,687,283 30,569,7220619,445,648 Operating Transfers (Net)-14, 893,226-55,619,39969, 692,276820,3490 TOTAL REVENUES, BALANCES AND TRANSFERS127,339,688233,336,330 227,379,55930,569,722 820,349619,445,648 Encumbrances Funded by Fund Balanc e9,367,86930,847,11176,591, 22712,420116,818,627 TOTAL REVENUES, BALANCES AND TRANSFERS$136,707,557 $264,183,441 $303,970,786 $30,582,142 $820,349 $736,264,275 BUDGETED EXPENDITURES Administrative Services & Executive Offices Land Stewardship$270,307$146,887$417,194 Mission Support30,554,545 560,4781,264,40032,379,423 Modeling & Scientific Support3,024,6233,024,623 Operations & Mainte nance10,567,0412,073, 535466,76013,107,336 Regulation4, 662,5334,662,533 Restoration7,018,04422, 974,4699,560,00039,552,513 Water Supply441,9832,272,9582,714,941 Internal Service Funds 30,359,45330,359,453 Administrative Svcs & Exec utive Ofcs Total56,539,07628, 028,32711,291,16030,359, 4530126,218,016 Operations, Maintenance & Construction Division Land Stewardship1,002,189 14,920,9511,689,416 17,612,556 Mission support496,0611,107,6371,603,698 Modeling & Scientific Support323,034 323,034 Operations & Mainte nance8,988,73780,568,882 33,943,294123,500,913 Regulation72,244 72,244 Restoration4,182,79237, 953,810143,875,063186,011,665 Water Supply530,845 530,845 Internal Service Funds 210,269210,269 Operations, Maintenance & Construction Total15,595, 902133,443,643180,615,410 210,2690329,865,224 Regulation Division Operations & Mainte nance24,3001,00025,300 Regulation14,636,51414,636,514 Restoration630,2581,673,9632,304,221 Regulation Total15, 291,0721,674,96300016,966,035 Water Resources Land Stewardship50,87050,870 Modeling & Scientific Suppo rt8,534,146200,000 96,5008,830,646 Operations & Maintena nce36,060381,307417,367 Restoration5,046,384 12,867,953138,34818,052,685 Water supply6,298,575150,0006,448,575 Internal Service Funds 52,30052,300 Water Resources Total19, 915,16513,650,130287,1480033,852,443 CERP Central Serv ice Indirect Costs Mission Support-3,332,968-3,332,968 Restoration3,332,9683,332,968 CERP Central Service Indirect Costs Total000000 Reserves/Debt/Fees/Charges Land Stewardship6,888,598820,3497,708,947 Mission support4,255, 7383,363,5577,619,295 Operations & Main tenance15,742,73541, 885,12857,627,863 Restoration4,401,984 35,185,84139,587,825 Reserves/Debt/Fees/Charges Total19, 998,47356,539,26735,185,841 0820,349112,543,930 Total Budgeted Expenditures127,339,688 233,336,330227,379,55930,569, 722820,349619,445,648 Encumbrances (Estimate)9,367, 86930,847,11176,591,227 12,420116,818,627 TOTAL BUDGETED EXPENDITUR ES AND ENCUMBRANCES$136,707,557 $264,183,441 $303,970,786 $30,582,142 $820,349 $736,264,275 The tentative, adopted, and /or final budgets are on file in the office of the above referenced taxing authority as a public re cord.BUDGET SUMMARY SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2013 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 9 Okeechobee News September 20, 2013 Okeechobee Yatchette Club donates canned foodOkeechobee Yatchette Club donated food Monday for those who receive home-delivered meals from Okeechobee Senior Services. Pictured is Ellen Whelpley (left) of the Yatchette Club and Pat Diles (right) of Okeechobee Senior Services. Okeechobee Senior Services would like to thank the Yatchette Club for their continued support. Special to the Okeechobee News Up coming Blood DrivesThe annul ‘blood roundup’ community drive this year will be called the NASCAR Okeechobee 600 in November. Giving at any of the following drives, still lets you donate at the Okeechobee 600.  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.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. For information, contact Belinda Forlifer at 863-357-1104.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsTwo winless teams compete in the District 14-6A opener Friday at Brahman Stadium with desperation on their minds. Fort Pierce Westwood (0-2) and Okeechobee (0-3) know their seasons may be on the line if they don’t get a victory. Westwood has lost to Fort Pierce Central, 42-0 and Sebastian River, 28-14. Okeechobee has lost to Bear Creek (Lakew ood) Colorado, 36-14, Sebring, 17-0 and Martin County, 16-14. Brahman coach Chris Branham has never beaten Westw ood and would like to reverse that trend tonight. The Panthers ruined his two best chances for a district championship and those old wounds heal very slowly. Those two games featured several Division I players for Westwood like Isaac Virgin (University of Miami), Khalil Mack (University of Buffalo), and Luther Robinson (Miami). Okeechobee featured Lonnie Pryor (Florida State) and Tony Kibler (Bethune-Cookman). Those games were high-intensity games w ith tremendous athletes. Branham said he felt like the eld contained a herd of elephants due to the playoff atmosphere and intensity. In recent years Westwood has fallen on hard times. “Westwood is a proud program trying to nd their way. They’ve gone through ve or six head coaches in the past ve years and inconsistency at the top always hurts you,” Branham noted. Frederick Johnson is the leading rusher for Westwood averaging 75 yards per game. Quarterback Ezekiel Smith completed just one pass last week against Sebastian River. Westwood will feature a number of good athletes but they are young and inexperienced. They are coached by John Lima. Okeechobee coaches liked the Panthers defensive line when they reviewed game tapes. “Westwood will show different looks. They give you space to run and throw at times and then stack the box and pressure you. They will also have a lot of speed so we can’t allow big plays,” he added. Okeechobee has lost practice time again this week due to rain and lightning. They also faced the possibility of suspension of players due to academic violations of team rules. Branham said he wants the team to cut down their mistakes from last week. His message to his team is: “This is the week you turn it around.” All that matters is the next six weeks and the district schedule. “I’d like the team to sell out on every play, believe in themselves and become they team I know they can be. We are a good team. The main question is will we put it all together this year,” he added. Running back Adrian Minondo will once again be featured. He rushed for 182 yards on 24 carries last week. Branham continued to praise his defense as they held Martin County to two touchdowns in last week’s game. He voiced disappointment in the execution of the offense overall as he noted they have more experience and still have missed a lot of assignments. There are no major injury issues with the team from last week’s game. Kickoff tonight is 7 p.m. There is a charge for parking and gate admission. The Brahmans Marching Band will perform at halftime. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News September 20, 2013 The Okeechobee High School swim team defeated Treasure Coast High School in a meet at the Okeechobee Sports Complex on Tuesday. The OHS girls outscored their Treasure Coast counterparts 117-43. The OHS girls swept all events. First place nishes included:  200-Medley Relay Jacqueline Orender, Payton Byrd, Billie Levitt, Trisha Lara;  200-yard Freestyle Aubrie Reister;  200-yard IM Hunter Bosworth;  50-yard Freestyle Aubrie Reister;  100-yard Butter y Christina Orender;  100-yard Freestyle Payton Byrd;  500-yard Freestyle Billie Levitt;  200 Freestyle Relay Neresa Mclaren, Christina Orender, Morgan Bolan, Hunter Bosworth;  100-yard Backstroke Cheyenne Lusk;  100-yard Breaststroke Morgan Bolan;  400-yard Freestyle Relay Hunter Bosworth, Christina Orender, Trisha Lara, Aubrie Reister. On the boys side, OHS raced past their visitors 98-35. The OHS boys won all but two races. First place nishers included:  200 Medley Relay Lucas Penido, Eri k Gaitan, William Castillo, Cameron Whirlock;  200-yard Freestyle Nathanael Bean;  200-yard IM Cameron Whitlock;  50-yard Freestyle Brandon Ball;  100-yard Freestyle Brandon Ball;  500-yard Freestyle Nathanael Bean;  200-Freestyle Relay Brandon Ball, Tre y Howard, Michael Muros, Nathanael Bean;  100-yard BackstrokeMichael Muros;  100-yard BreaststrokeErik Gaitan; and,  400-yard Freestyle Relay Michael Muros, William Castillo, Lucas Penido, Brandon Ball. Brahman swimmers sweep Treasure Coast Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee High School swim team won their Tuesday meet against Treasure Coast High School. Brahmans (0-3) will host FPW Panthers (0-2) Scouting Report


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2012-2013 Medical Information GuideFriday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, & Ultrasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensation We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.newszap.com R H H H R C S M. 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 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! 11 Okeechobee News September 20, 2013 Door prizes for Okeechobee 600 blood driveHome Depot’s Karyn Klatt presents a pair of lounges and outdoor torches to Raye Deusinger to be used as prizes for blood donors at this year’s Okeechobee 600 blood drive, Nov. 16 and 17 at the Freshman Campus. This year’s goal is the drawing of 600 units of blood in just two days. Plan now to be there to help meet this goal. Back to School iPad winnerBig Lake Eye Care held their annual “Back To School” iPad drawing on Sept. 16. Every schoolage child who came in for an exam during the month of August and beginning of September was automatically entered. Kristen Nunez’s, age 10, lucky ticket was randomly drawn from 370 entries. Kristen was so shocked to hear that she won, that she called Big Lake Eye Care immediately after her mom told her, she wanted to make sure it really was true! Special to the Okeechobee NewsRepublican Women’s Club meetsThe Okeechobee Federated Republican Women’s Club had the pleasure of hosting a Town Hall Meeting with Representative Debbie May eld, from Vero Beach on Sept. 18. The club was very thankful she traveled so far to meet with them and discussed a very important piece of legislation she is introducing to the Florida House. They are also very thankful that Okeechobee County State Committee Representatives, Joe and Melissa Arnold also attended the meeting. Pictured left to right are Diesel Arnold; State Committeeman and school board member Joe Arnold; State Committeewoman Melissa Arnold; State Representative Debbie May eld; club president Josie Weeks-Elliott; vice president Sandy McGowen; Jonathan Bean; Crystal Drake; and Jeri Wilson. Not pictured but in attendance were Allison Goodbread, Joy Kidwell, Robert Elliott, Chelsea Weeks and Clay McGowen. Steaks and Chops Club is open to new membersThe 4-H Steaks and Chops Club is a livestock club. Most members raise pigs and small animals. Every year the club adopts a family from My Aunts House for Christmas. Club members are often seen at local activities doing fundraisers. The club usually meets on the rst Thursday of the month and is open to ages 5-18. Those under the age of 8 are only allowed to exhibit small animals. Club members honored at the Annual 4-H Awards Banquet in August included Braydon Kassella, Matthew Starr, Carter Kassella (not pictured) and Aidyn Starr. If you are interested in joining, please contact Jessaka Starr at 863-697-1274. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Katie Muldoon Special to the Okeechobee News Special to the Okeechobee News


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD. The District’s budget hearing will be conducted by means of communications media technology at District Headquarters. One or more Governing Board members may attend and participate in the meeting via telephone or web conferencing. Public should attend in person at the District Headquarters. For more information, or if you wish to submit written or other physical evidence, you may contact the District at 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, (386) 329-4500. Written and physical evidence must be submitted at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting.General Fund Special Revenue Fund Other Debt Service Funds Capital Projects FundTotal All FundsESTIMATED REVENUESAppropriated Fund Balance19,068,049 $ 3,610,172 $ $ 2,881,661 $ 25,559,882 $ Estimated Revenues Ad Valorem Taxes Millage per $1,000 .3283 Ad Valorem Taxes80,597,689 $ 80,597,689 $ District Sources Interest on Investments1,100,000 $ 1,100,000 $ Regulatory Permits977,500 977,500 Other District Sources Land Management Revenue1,100,000 $ 1,100,000 Total District Sources2,077,500 $ 1,100,000 $ 3,177,500 $ Local Sources Cities and Counties400,000 $ 400,000 $ Water Management Districts203,456203,456 Other Local 6,7196,719 Total Other Local Sources610,175 $ 610,175 $ State Sources Florida Department of Environmental Protection2,397,100 $ 2,397,100 $ Specific Appropriations6,700,0006,700,000 Ecosystems Management Trust4,610,3234,610,323 Water Protection & Sustainability Trust Fund1,908,3721,908,372 Water Management Lands Trust Fund6,518,663 $ 6,518,663 Other State Sources1,918,5521,918,552 Total State Sources17,534,347 $ 6,518,663 $ 24,053,010 $ Federal Sources Environmental Protection Agency EPA692,586 $ 692,586 $ Other Federal 861,033861,033 Total Federal Sources1,553,619 $ 1,553,619 $ Total Revenues82,675,189 $ 20,798,141 $ 6,518,663 $ $ 109,991,993 $ Other Financing Sources (Uses) Transfers In from General Fund 7,671,672 $ 7,671,672 $ Transfers Out(7,671,672) $ (7,671,672) Total Other Financing Sources (Uses)(7,671,672) $ $ $ 7,671,672 $ $ TOTAL REVENUES AND APPROPRIATED FUND BALANCE 94,071,566 $ 24,408,313 $ 6,518,663 $ 10,553,333 $ 135,551,875 $ ESTIMATED EXPENDITURESWater Resources Planning and Monitoring16,177,783 $ 557,811 $ 16,735,594 $ Acquisition, Restoration and Public Works29,768,06619,962,8036,518,663 $ 10,553,333 $ 66,802,865 Operation and Maintenance of Lands and Works15,844,1723,874,33019,718,502 Regulation14,097,6166,71914,104,335 Outreach1,074,091 1,074,091 District Management and Administration17,109,8386,65017,116,488 Total Expenditures94,071,566 $ 24,408,313 $ 6,518,663 $ 10,553,333 $ 135,551,875 $ NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGTuesday, September 24, 2013 5:05 p.m. at District Headquarters 4049 Reid Street Palatka, FL 32177The St. Johns River Water Management District has tentatively adopted a budget for 2013–2014.A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on:BUDGET SUMMARYST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT FISCAL YEAR 2013–2014THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT ARE 1.62% LESS THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES. 12 Okeechobee News September 20, 2013 Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Farm Bureau holds meetingOkeechobee County Farm Bureau’s Annual Membership Meeting is being held Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church R.O.C. located on 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. Members are being asked to bring a covered dish of salad, vegetable or dessert. Steaks, drinks and rolls are being provided by the Okeechobee County Farm Bureau. Please RSVP by Sept. 20 to the Farm Bureau Of ce by calling 863-763-3101.Eagles North offers dinnerOn Friday, Sept. 20 the Eagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have steak dinners from 5:30 until 9 p.m. with music by Wayne Purvis. On Saturday, Sept. 21, card bingo starts at 5:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, bingo is at 1 p.m., and on Wednesday, Sept. 25, bingo is at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.Eagles offering dinnersThe Cypress Hut Eagles, 4509, will serve choice rib eye steak dinner, shrimp or sh, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 Entertainment will be provided by Hard Country. On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Eagles will serve roast beef dinner by the ladies auxiliary. Entertainment will be provided by Debra and Jimmy Harper. Tuesday, Sept. 24, is the w eekly dart tournament with hamburgers being served. The public is welcome. Tuesday’s proceeds go to Cypress Hut Building Fund, and the rest will go to community and national charity funds. For information, call the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154.4-H plans annual barbecueThe Okeechobee County 4-H will hold their annual barbecue fundraiser dinner Friday, Sept. 20, at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge. Dinners will be sold from 11:30 a.m. until 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. To order on the day of the event, call 863-634-3327 or 863-801-1606.Moose to host dinnerOkeechobee Moose, #1753 and WOTM, 956, are holding a star recorder dinner Saturday, Sept. 21 from 5 until 7 p.m. Dinner includes chicken Parmesan, spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert. Music will be from 6 until 9 p.m. The Moose Lodge is located at 139 N.W. 36th St. All proceeds go to support Moose Charities Programs.Embroidery group to meetDo you have an embroidery machine, or want to learn about them? Then join Fancy ME, our monthly embroidery group where we all learn and share ideas while working on beautiful embroidery projects. The next meeting is Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the local Red Cross Of ce, 323 N. Parrott Ave. Call Linda at 863-697-2450 or Mary at 863-697-1920 for information.Painting exhibit is Sept. 21A Watercolor Painting Exhibit will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Fellowship Hall of Peace Lutheran Church from 1 until 4 p.m. Thirteen artists will display their watercolors that were done in Egretta Wells’ summer watercolor class. The exhibit is free to the public, and light refreshments will be served. The artists will gift those attending with a hand-painted bookmark. Sunday, Sept. 22, the exhibit will also be open immediately after church. For information, call Egretta Wells at 863-763-2864.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64 will host Sunday night bingo, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dinning room patrons.March of Desserts plannedJoin the March of Dimes at the Freshman Campus Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 for its March of Desserts. The event will feature 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 and its mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For tickets or information, contact the March of Dimes at 772-562-0115; or, e-mail chernandez2@ marchofdimes.com.Shrine hosting dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will begin serving their weekly spaghetti dinners Tuesday, Sept. 24 You are invited to join your friends and neighbors for delicious homemade food and great fellowship. Serving is from 4 until 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club -located at 1740 S.W. 53rd St. (S.R.. 78 W.) -is pleased to offer smoke free dining. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided from 5 until 8 p.m. Proceeds bene t Shrine Charities. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Randall Mims at 863-763-9200 or the Shrine Club at 863-7633378.


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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee City Council adopted a budget that lowers local taxes, honored two employees for longevity service to the city, and delayed approval on various agreements with the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) for easements on land in Flagler Park when they met in regular session on Tuesday at city hall. The general fund budget approved included $5.6 million. The city will keep $3.9 million in reserve in this fund. The public facilities fund totals $1.52 million. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Rehabilitation Fund totals $64,032. The CDBG Economic Development Fund totals $232,909. The budget also included $275,000 in state appropriations for storm drainage improvement. The Capital Improvement Project Fund will spend $1.24 million and $6.75 million will be kept in reserve. The millage rate was set at 7.7432 mills. This represents an almost 6 percent property tax decrease for city residents. One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value. City employees received a 1 percent salary hike and one step on the salary schedule this year. City Councilman Devin Maxwell expressed a concern about the DOT budget for land acquisition needed for the main intersection widening and improvement project. He stated the budget includes over $800,000 over the next two years. City Administrator Brian Whitehall said $48,000 would be paid to the city for easements needed on property along S.R. 70 in Flagler Park. In return, the city would execute a quit claim deed. Councilman Maxwell said he’s been unable to get his questions answered by the DOT. He requested no action be taken by the city until he gets the information he seeks. The council agreed and voted to delay two agreements with FDOT until Oct. 1. The council also set priorities for the state legislative delegation to pursue in Tallahassee in the 2014 session. The list includes continued support of local road projects that include a four-lane project on S.R. 70 E., funds to continue development of the Okeechobee Battle eld Park and continued funding for Okeechobee Utility Authority projects. In other actions, the council honored Okeechobee City Police Department personnel Aurelio Almazan for ve years of service and Jeanna Lanier for 10 years of service. They also proclaimed October 2013 as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sharon Wallace, a breast cancer survivor, accepted the proclamation. She said 70 people attended a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 13, to celebrate the rst pink re hydrant in Florida. She was diagnosed with cancer last August but with surgery and treatment was able to overcome the disease. Mrs. Wallace said early detection of breast cancer is vital and she encouraged females in Okeechobee to get regular breast exams. She also seeks donations through local non-pro t efforts to help poor women afford mammograms. The council named Dennis Murphy as a regular member on the City Code Enforcement Board with his term to end on April 30, 2014. They voted to appoint Lynn Boak as an alternate member to the code board with her term to end on April 30, 2016. Robert Ellerbee was appointed to the City General/ OUA Pension Fund Board of Trustees with his term to expire Dec. 31, 2014. The council also approved several street closures around Flagler Park on Oct. 31 to accommodate the First Baptist Church ‘Trunk or Treat’ Celebration, an alternative to Halloween trick or treating. The council approved a parking reduction request for New American Physical Therapy at 1204 N. Parrott Ave. The city reduced the parking required by 1.7 spaces. They approved a change order for CDBG housing applicant Mary Massey at 504 N.W. 17th St. The change orders total $20,347. The council also agreed to enter into a non-exclusive contract with Culpepper and Terpening, Inc. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! 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SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 The 2012 – 2013 Medical Information Guide is available online atspecialsections.newszap.com 2012-2013 Medical Information GuideFriday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 P roviding our communit y qualit y h ealthcare services with a personal t ouch for more than 30 y ears Emergenc y Services 24 hrs /7 da y s a week O r thopedics Introducin g Dr. Ben j amin Epstein Ph y sical, Occupational & Speech Therap y R a diolog y Services Accredited b y the A merican College of Radiolog y in : C T Scan, Digita l Mammograp h y, MRI, Nuc l ear Me d icine, & U l trasoun d S urgical Services Minimall y Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Service s Occupational Health / Workers Compensatio n W e Treat Kids To o Available year-round at orida.newszap.com R H H H R C S M 14 Okeechobee News September 20, 2013 Okeechobee City Council lowers tax rate Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySharon Wallace (left) accepted a National Breast Cancer Awareness Month proclamation Dowling Watford (right), mayor pro tem. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is October. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAurelio Almazan (left), from the Okeechobee City Police Department, was presented a ve-year longevity service award Tuesday by Dowling Watford ma y or p ro tem.


pour over onto a oor covered with wooden ooring material. The intruders also damaged some of the musical instruments inside the church. A $500 computer was destroyed when the vandals poured olive oil on it, added the detective. While Detective Saum estimated the damages to be somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000, he readily admits it's still an unknown just how much it will take to repair, or possibly replace, the musical instruments. He said that wood ooring will also have to be replaced because it has already started to warp. The water also damaged interior door frames, and possibly the sheetrock on interior walls. "Every room has something wrong with it," he said. According to the detective, Anna Mae Warren who is the wife of Reverend Raymond Warren, left the church around 10 a.m. Monday with the couple's daughter, Anna Corrine Warren. No one, other than the vandals, was in the church from that time until the damage was discovered Tuesday evening. When interviewed about the incident Thursday, the veteran investigator said he "still has a long way to go" into learning the identity of the vandals. Detective Saum said several good shoe imprints were found throughout the building, where the vandals walked through the residue left when they sprayed a re extinguisher. One set of those shoe prints clearly indicates that the shoe is a Nike Air Jordan. The shoe, he added, is a size 11 to 12. The detective described the shoes as being "fairly new." Outside the church Detective Saum and OCPD Of cer Belen Reyna, who answered the call initially, found a latex glove and a plastic water bottle. Also outside the church, the vandals splattered paint on a concrete stoop and punctured a tire on the church's 1998 Ford van. The tire was valued at $100. Despite all the damage, nothing appears to have been stolen. Detective Saum said he has been bus y talking to parishioners and residents living in the neighborhood, and processing the crime scene. "I've collected property for latent print processing, and biological material for DN A processing," he said. According to the detective that biological material has been sent to an area crime lab for processing. When asked, he couldn't sa y how long that processing may take. If anyone has any information about this case, they are asked to contact the Okeechobee City Police Department at 863-763-5521. V ANDALSContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. 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The Kiwanis Club reports a tremendous response for the event this year. So many teams have already signed up that they have decided to stop taking sign ups for the event, or for additional classes, after Friday, Sept. 27. The kick-off for the event will be the boat check-in and "surf and turf" dinner on Friday night from 4 to 7 p.m. at Scott Driver Boat Ramp. The menu will feature grilled steak and shrimp. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The party will feature live entertainment and giveaways every 30 minutes. Boat creativity awards will be given out during the party. Tickets can be purchased at Mixon Real Estate Group and Brown Cow Sweetery. The kick-off party is open to the public. The interest in this year's race has been so good the Kiwanis Club hopes it will help them expand their service to the Okeechobee community. The original goal of awarding a scholarship for professional re ghter/ EMT training is in dedication to Adam's personal goal of being a re ghter. This year, after the annual scholarship is paid ($5,000), the remainder of all funds raised at the regatta will go towards the Kiwanis Club's goal of constructing a special needs playground in Okeechobee. All of the pro ts from this event go towards helping children. In 2012, the regatta attracted re ghters and law enforcement from Okeechobee, Highlands, Osceola, Martin, and MiamiDade. They are expecting a similar participation this year. In 2012, we had in excess of 2,500 spectators and 70 boats race. This year they are expecting more than of 3,000 spectators and already have 77 boats signed up. In addition to the boat races, there will be a "Kids Zone" with in atable slides and bounces, an educational tent for the kids, emergency services display, Home Depot Kids Build, and more. This event is, most importantly, familyfriendly and geared towards children. Although there are races classes for all ages and small prizes for speed, the focus is on creativity and sportsmanship. There are awards for competitor displays, boat design and decoration, costumes, and overall team energy. More than 30 awards be given out. For more information online go to www. minimalregatta.com. REGATTAContinued From Page 1 HIGHLANDS COUNTY -The Florida Highway Patrol reports that there was a double homicide accident on State Road 70 in Highlands County around 5:40 p.m. on Sept. 18. The accident victims have been identi ed as Ruby Powell, 74, of West Palm Beach Mary L. Bell Miller, 79, of Delray Beach. According to the FHP report, Christina Maria Kern, 37 of Michigan, was eastbound in a 2002 Jeep Liberty on State Road 70 just east of Kemper Terrace. Ruby Powell was driving a 2009 Toyota westbound on State Road 70 approaching Kemper Terrace. For an unknown reason the Jeep abruptly veered left into the westbound lane, entering the Toyota's direct path. Ms. Powell veered to the right in an attempt to avoid a collision. The front of the Jeep collided with the front of the Toyota. The Jeep then rotated in a counter clockwise direction and came to nal rest facing north on the westbound lane of State Road 70. The Toyota traveled northward into a water lled ditch, coming to rest on the right side. The Toyota's driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene by Seminole Fire and Rescue. Two killed in State Road 70 crash


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Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 BASSWOOD 2BR, 2BA, laundry rm w/hookups, freshly painted. $700 mo. 1st & sec. of $500. Home Realty Services LLC. Ask for Diane 863-801-4498. Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $850 mo. + sec. dep. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. OKEE 2br / 1ba, garage, No pets $650/mo 1st, last & sec. Avail. 9/18 (863)467-2302 or (772)260-6969. ApartmentsNW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo, $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 RentBeautiful, Clean 3bd/2.5ba In the Oaks. 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WEEKLY RENT INCLUDES BOAT SLIP ELEC -WTR & SATELLITE -LONG OR SHORT TERM 863-467-4371 OR 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 of Blue Heron. $22,500.00 Call 863-634-2820 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. 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. 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Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. PREPARING FOR SACS COMMITTEE -1:30 P.M. FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE 1:45 P.M. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE-2:30 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 452966 ON 9/20/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, September 26, 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 450936 ON 9/20/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on the Final Budget, Final Millage Rate on Thursday, September 26, 2012 at 5:30 p.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 450937 ON 9/20/2013 NOTICE OF ANNUAL LANDOWNERS AND REGULAR MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL OWNERS OF LANDS LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THAT, PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, A MEETING OF THE LANDOWNERS OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013 AT 9:00 A.M. AT THE ADMINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98 N., OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES: 1. ELECT ONE SUPERVISOR; 2. RECEIVING ANNUAL REPORTS AND TAKING SUCH ACTION WITH RESPECT THERETO AS THE LANDOWNERS MAY DETERMINE; AND 3. TRANSACTING SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE BOARD. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A BOARD OF SUPERVISOR MEETING AT 9:30 A.M. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863) 763-4601 OR (863) 634-3166 452806 ON 9/20,27/2013 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO 2013-CP-107 IN RE: ESTATE OF.. MARCELLA MAY RUCKS, a/k/a MARCELLA M. RUCKS Deceased, NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MARCELLA MAY RUCKS, a/k/a MARCELLA M. RUCKS, deceased, whose date of death was April 3, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH. IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication date of this notice is: Sept. 20, 2013 Attorney for Personal Representative: COLIN M. CAMERON 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 Fla. Bar No. 270441 colin@ccameronlaw.com Personal Representative: CLIFFORD A. RUCKS 606 SW 28th Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34974 452980 ON 9/20,27/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2013-CP-111 IN RE: ESTATE OF NANCY B. PHELPS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of Nancy B. Phelps, deceased, whose date of death was December 4, 2012, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is September 20, 2013. Attorney for Personal Representative: GLENN J. SNEIDER, ESQ. Florida Bar No. 280461 Sneider Law 200 SW 9th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-6570 Personal Representative: RICHARD PHELPS 4743 Braxton Gate Lane Hickory, NC 28602 452905 ON 9/20,27/2013 17 Okeechobee News September 20, 2013 ACROSS 1 Internet letters 4 President who appointed Kagan to the Supreme Court 9 Stuns with a blow 14 Code crackers cry 15 Noses around 16 Good smell 17 No holds barred!Ž 20 Diplomatic quality 21 Like many rappers jeans 22 Where theres gold, in prospector-speak 28 Deli spread 29 Kneecap 31 Les __Ž: show featuring Jean Valjean 34 Aussie reptile 36 In a few minutes 37 Manipulate 38 Swallow ones pride 42 Singer Sumac 43 Fleshy area below the knee 45 Scotch partner 46 Ellipsis element 47 Nibbled at, with ofŽ 51 Nadirs 53 Worker with icing and sprinkles 57 ... stirring, not __ mouseŽ 58 Belgian river 60 Ruler to whom the quote formed by the starts of 17-, 22, 38and 53Across is often attributed 66 Three-time U.S. Open winner Ivan 67 Sympathetic words 68 Directional suffix 69 Trumpets and trombones, e.g. 70 The Taming of the __Ž 71 Deli bread DOWN 1 Animator Disney 2 Deli bread 3 Keep an eye on 4 Decide 5 Garment with cups 6 Have a bug 7 __ toast 8 B-flat equivalent 9 Rats!Ž 10 Diamondpatterned socks 11 Animal housing 12 Aussie bird 13 Used a stool 18 Pair in the tabloids 19 Turkish general 23 Feudal armorbusting weapon 24 Banks of TV talk 25 Owls cry 26 Bridges of Sea HuntŽ 27 Way to verify an umps call, for short 30 Med sch. subject 31 __ obliged!Ž 32 I, RobotŽ author Asimov 33 Nintendo princess 35 Keeps in the e-mail loop, briefly 39 Hersheys candy in a tube 40 Smell 41 Trumpet effect 44 Documents with doctored birth dates, say 48 Cuts at an angle 49 Inkling 50 66-Acrosss sport 52 Eyelid affliction 54 ShoestringŽ feat 55 Big name in blenders 56 Second effort 59 Thinker Descartes 60 World Series org. 61 __ Lingus 62 Cell messengerŽ 63 Dinghy propeller 64 Anger 65 First word in four state names By Jeff Chen (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 09/19/11 09/19/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Football season brings opportunities for sustainable festivitiesOn Sept. 20, with football season upon us, tailgating parties abound; but with the fun of cheering for the home team comes a lot of unnecessary waste. Waste Management of Okeechobee offers tips to the community on how to go green when tailgating. “We love football season and all the festivities surrounding it, but we like to encourage more green practices that folks often don’t think about,” said Teresa Chandler, Community Relations of Waste Management of Okeechobee. Chandler said there are simple things an y fan can do to green a tailgate, like:  Knowing what is recyclable and what is not. For instance, glass and plastic bottles, aluminum cans and cardboard are often recyclable, but other items – like foam cups – may not be.  Using your reusable bags for shopping and when bringing items to and from the party.  Buying tailgating supplies in bulk and ensuring they’re made with recycled content. You’ll reduce packaging waste, save money and rest easy knowing that these items can probably be recycled again.  Purchasing reusable and unbreakable cups, dishes, utensils and cloth napkins. If you must buy one-use items, use paper-based plates and cups that are compostable.  Bringing reusable water bottles and large thermoses for beverages.  Barbecuing with natural products made from environmentally friendly sources or all natural, chemical-free charcoal.  Making your food and beverages from local ingredients. Buying from the community supports the local economy and reduces the emissions and packaging needed for transporting products from greater distances. “We wish everyone lots of fun this football season and remind them, no matter what colors their team sports, to thin k green,” Chandler said. Green your tailgate part y


R E D LEASING – 2860 SF EXCELLENT LOCATION PROFESSIONAL BUILDING WITH 10 OFFICES, CONFERENCE ROOMS, AND KITCHEN. This building could be leased as one business or it could be leased for two businesses. Front: 2100 SF Back: 760 SF Garage: 776 SF. Leasing includes electric, water/sewer, lawn maintenance, garbage pickup. Over 100 Listings BLUE HERON~2003 SALT WATER POOL Home. Elegant 3Bd/ 2.5 Bath/2 Garage. Grand Foyer, open concept, vaulted ceilings. Island Kitchen, bkfast nook, J&J bath on guest rooms. 2126 SF Under Air-2787 TLA. Screened Lanai w/pavers. 38x15 Salt Water pool, very low maintenance, fenced. Exquisite Dream Home! $229,000 MLS# 207221 Ca ll Lori (863) 634-1457 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 5003-H: Sunrise Estates freshly painted 3 bd, 2 ba CBS home on 1.22+/-acre. 2133 total sq ft/1501 under air. Recently remodeled. On a canal! New and more. $145,000 MLS #207229 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 5008-M: Pioneer Estates 2/2 DW on acre with two sheds. Additional acre in the back available for $15,000. $45,900 NOW $40,000 MAKE OFFER! MLS #206211 5058-M: Lake Montaza Investors Special! Two SWMH on 4.88 acres. Both are 2 br, 1 ba, property is fenced. Call today to make arrangements to see. $65,000 MLS #207176 1008-H: In town Beautiful landscaped 2 bd, 2 ba CBS home on large fenced lot, extra room could be third bdrm, large living rm, family room, screen porch and large shed. $190,000 MLS # 207126 5007-H: Basswood 3 bd, 2 ba CBS home in move in condition with appliances. 1152 total sq ft/1112 under air on lg lot. Lg closinside laundry rm and more. $69,000 MLS #207260 2000-C: Taylor Creek Condominium upstairs 1 bd, 1 ba apartment, 680 total sq ft, screen pool area, boat ramp, boat dock, rim canal. $47,500 MLS #207066 • Basswood lots starting at $4,900 • Potter Rd (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000. Make Offer! • Foreclosure Taylor Creek Captive Lake Residential Lot $9,900 NOW 8,900 • Foreclosure Viking 1.25 acre (308nd St) $2,587 • Okeechobee Pk (NW 4th St) Residential Lot $6,000 • In town lot (SW 5th St) $3,900 MLS #206637 • Fenced 57.80+/acres on a paved road, used to graze large animals. $750,000 Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com 18 Okeechobee News September 20, 2013


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Did you submit a page of news, but only one line got in the paper? You can have it your way! 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. Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 19 Okeechobee News September 20, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News South Fork swept Okeechobee 25-14, 2521 and 25-20 in high school volleyball action Tuesday night at Okeechobee High School. Sammy Isham had six digs and six kills, Jessica Bright nine digs and six assists and Morgan Carter had 12 digs and eight assists for the Lady Bulldogs (11-3). South Fork is 1-0 and Okeechobee 1-1 in District 6A-13 this season. Okeechobee, 4-5 overall, was led by Lexi Ward who had 25 assists. Sarah Hurst added nine assists. Okeechobee responded from a slow start in the rst game to battle South Fork throughout the second and third games. South Fork held leads of 8-3 and 18-12 in the second game but Okeechobee got as close as 21-19. Okeechobee took a brief 4-0 lead in the nal game but the Lady Bulldogs rallied to take leads of 9-5 and 13-10. Okeechobee tied the match 20-20 before South Fork was able to pull away. The Lady Brahmans had only 13 kills on 70 attempts on the night and made 25 errors at the net. OHS coach Taylor Pritchard said she was surprised by the result because the team had been making tremendous progress in recent matches on their defense, movement on the court and team chemistry. "I don't know what happened to it tonight. We'll gure it out and come back to practice and work on them," she said. Pritchard said the girls did a good job of rebounding from a poor rst game. She said the young team continues to improve and has worked hard in practice. She said the team must cut down on the number o f unforced errors they make. "I told the girls we must keep our mistakes to the minimum and make South For k make mistakes. Unfortunately, we came up short there but we'll keep working and hope to get better," she added. Pritchard said she watches each match and where her girls are lined up, how the y perform and adjustments are then made after each match to improve the team. South Fork also won the junior varsit y match in two close games. Lady Bulldogs sweep Lady Brahmans Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDelaney Osceola returns a serve as Cheyenne Nunez (right) looks on. OHS fell to 0-2 on the season with their loss to South Fork. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAirianna Nunez and several of the younger players have continued to improve their games on the volleyball court for OHS this season. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Chobee Lil Brahmans 160-pound football team is undefeated in the Tri County Football League sponsored by Federal Express. The team defeated the Indiantown Thunderbirds 45-0 on Sept. 7, and the Fort Pierce Ravens, 40-0 on Sept. 14. Defense has been the key for the Brahmans success early this year. At the moment the team is tied for rst place. Head Coach Tarrance Pryor is also the President of the League. He explained that the league includes teams from Pahokee, Belle Glade, Fort Pierce and Indiantown. They plan to host some games in Okeechobee later this fall. For more information about the program, call Mr. Pryor at 863-801-5603. Tabatha Henry won the 5000-meter run at the University of Florida Mt. Dew Invitational on Saturday with a time of 20:16.23. The Lady Brahmans nished seventh overall. V ernice Leon nished 37th and Alexis Muler 93rd. Diana Ordonez, 119, Ruth Palacios 137, Charleigh Heater, 146, and Crystal Castenada 155, nished out the top seven runners for Okeechobee. Holy Trinity was the team winner. The Okeechobee Youth Football league won four out of ve games played at Frostproof on Saturday, Sept. 14. The ag team fell in overtime in a thriller, 19-13. The senior team won 16-0 as Ja Juan Cherry ran for a touchdown. The Junior Division team prevailed 20-7. The Pee Wee team, 27-0 and the Mighty Mite team, 26-0, both pitched shutouts on defense. The OYFL will host Avon Park on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brahman Stadium. The Lady Brahman volleyball team rolled past Port St. Lucie in a recent match, 25-7, 25-10 and 25-19 as they begin to get into midseason form. Okeechobee was led by Ari Nunez who had 14 kills, and only four unforced errors. Erin Hudson had a strong match with 11 kills and two errors. Sarah Hurst led the Lady Brahmans with eight service aces. Coach Taylor Pritchard said she was pleased with how the girls stayed consistent. "We won in three sets and we let up a little bit in the third game. We pulled it on and came out on top," she said. Rain washed out the Lady Brahman golf match with Lake Placid on Tuesday in Highlands County. No makeup date was immediately scheduled. The Lady Brahman bowling team defeated South Fork 6-1 on Tuesday in a match at Stuart Bowl. Jessica Olney rolled a two game series of 415. Meghen Davis knocked down 314 pins in two games, Ashley Byrd scored 315 in her two games and Kirsten Doney rolled a high game of 156. "It was a good match for the Okeechobee girls as they started to pick up more spares and gain con dence," coach Carole Olney said. "Our goal is to make the roll off in the district and if we come together like we are, we should be able to." Raylon Eagle, Raina Roberson and Melanie Watson also earned the praise of the coaches as they continue to improve their games. "I'm very proud of these girls. They are a great bunch of girls and they are starting to shine," she added. The Brahman boys team lost 5-2. Brian Chapman rolled a 430 in two games. Austin Walker had 197, Adam Simmons 168, Samuel Rogers 169, and Michael Tiger 167. Olney said the boys have a tough district this year. They have three new members and although improved, have come up short in matches. "The rst game was close until the 8th frame. The Bulldogs then went on a big run with strikes and our team couldn't keep up. I think the boys have gotten better ever y match but need to focus on spares," she added. The Okeechobee junior varsity football team lost to Jensen Beach, 14-0, on Tuesday in Martin County. Yearling Middle School continued to roll in volleyball with an impressive 25-12 and 25-8 victory over Storm Grove Middle School on Wednesday. The Yearling soccer team improved to (2-1) with a 8-0 shutout win over Storm Grove. It was the second consecutive mercy rule victory for the Bulls. Osceola was rained out in their match Wednesday at Gifford in Vero Beach. The volleyball match was rescheduled for Oct. 15. The soccer match between Osceola and Yearling postponed on Monday is due to be played on Oct. 3 at Yearling. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief