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Sunday, January 5, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 3 14.16 feetLast Year: 14.98 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Crappie anglers enjoy happy new year ... Page 5 Floridians are concerned about food safety ... Page 2 Burned body found in Glades County ... Page 19 Learn how to prevent cervical cancer ... Page 10 Special to the Okeechobee NewsCommunity choir presents holiday concertsThe Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of Sandy Perry, presented its 15th annual Christmas program at the First United Methodist Church in December. The choir will soon start rehearsals for the Easter cantata. Seated left to right, front r ow are: Arleen Fanter, Alexis Devin, Joy Kidwell, Becky Fleeger, Elsie Landers, Shirley Schmeckpeper and Jan Sterling. Seated second row: Marlene Burns, Jackie Dunham, Carol Dorr, Debby Huntley, Barbara Wilson & Betsy Cheney. First row standing, Sandy Perry (Director), Melanie Mello, Suzy Rector, Savannah Simpson, Merle Bass, Dawn Rich, Brooke Synder and Judy Simpson (Flute); second row standing: Frank Carter, Concert Pianist/Accompanist, Ginny Bryant, Leah Suarez, Rebekka Giles, Brooke Carter, Canda Patterson, Kevin Kinnaird and Lister Goble; third row standing: Dale Bryant, Joy Jarriel, Dave Fanter, Joyce Klev en, Connie Shelton, Norma Entry and Verona Martin; fourth row standing: Barbara Neufeld, Nicolle Wood (narrator), Jon Fanter, Shane Coker, Sharon Suits, James Cox and Keith Abbott. Fifth row standing: Elsie Ratliff, Chris Askeland, Ken Martin, Hal Shoffeitt, Tommy Markham, Al Young and Anthony Armstrong. Not pictured are : Allen Patterson-photographer, Reid EllingerSoprano Sax, Victoria Davito, Bobby Huntley, Jo Norris and Mike Zierden. Those who rehearsed but unfortunately became ill just before the concerts were: Karyne Brass, Janet Holder, Jeanne Stickler and Sydney Thacker. For more, see page 9. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News As many as 10 home burglaries were cleared with the arrest of an Okeechobee man, who now faces a multitude of felony charges. A local detective said Justin Blake Chavers, 24, is a suspect in as many as 25 local home burglaries and the items he stole total well into the thousands of dollars. He is currently charged with 19 felonies and two misdemeanors. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a total bond of $641,000. Chavers was arrested Thursday, Jan. 2, on warrants obtained by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) detectives Ted Van Deman and Howard Pickering. Chavers is charged with the felonies of: burglary of a dwelling (six counts); grand theft (seven counts); burglary of a structure while armed (four counts); burglary of a conveyance; and, possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. He is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of petit theft. Thief targets winter homesSee BURGLAR — Page 9 Justin Blake Chavers


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Adopt A Wild Horse or Burro January 10-11, 2014 Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center S Friday Adoption: 8AM – 7PM Saturday Adoption: 8AM – 7PM Adoption FEE: $125.00 CALL: 1-888-274-2133 2 Okeechobee News January 5, 2014 Today: Cloudy skies during the morning hours followed by thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 81F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Tonight: Partly cloud y skies early, then becoming foggy and damp later at night. Low 64F. Winds light and variable.Extended ForecastMonday : Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High around 70F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Rain chance 50%. Monday Night: Cloudy. Low 41F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 57F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph Tuesday Night: Cloudy. Low 43F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday: Overcast. High 72F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 61F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday: Isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 81F. Chance of rain 80%. Okeechobee Forecast By Brad BuckUF/IFASGAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have gained new insight into produce-associated salmonella that they hope w ill eventually reduce the number and severity of the illness-causing outbreaks. Tomato variety and weather can combine to make what the researchers call a “perfect storm” for salmonella to proliferate in harv ested tomatoes, a new study shows. It remains unclear how much each contributes to salmonella’s spread, but scientists say understanding the process is key to eventually curbing produce-associated outbreaks. The so-called perfect storm doesn’t happen often, said research assistant professor Massimiliano Marvasi, the study’s rst author, but can be damaging to public health and the food crop business when it does. During the past decade, fruits and vegetables have been among the foods most often linked to gastroenteritis outbreaks caused by E. coli and non-typhoidal salmonella, the study said. Those outbreaks resulted in public illness and multimillion-dollar losses for the food-crop industry. Since 2006, at least 16 salmonella outbreaks have been linked to tomatoes, cantaloupes, sprouts, cucumbers, mangoes, peanut butter and peppers, in addition to frozen foods containing plant products. But UF/IFAS scientists emphasize that less than 1 percent of supermarket produce contains salmonella or E. coli and the contamination becomes a problem only when it contaminates other food, or is consumed raw. Gastrointestinal illnesses caused by pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella pathogens have been sporadic with scientists struggling to pinpoint exact causes and their random nature argues for a perfect storm scenario, the study said. “It is now clear that salmonella and other human pathogens can contaminate produce at any stage of the production cycle, from farm to fork,” the UF/IFAS study said. Mr. Marvasi said the tomato industry follows strict protocols to prevent microbial food hazards in fresh fruits and vegetables. Faculty members Max Teplitski, George Hochmuth, Jerry Bartz and Marvasi, all of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, wanted to nd out which crop production factors are associated with tomato salmonella outbreaks. Speci cally, they wanted to know how irrigation levels, waterlogged tomatoes and crop and pathogen genotypes affect salmonella’s ability to multiply in the fruit. They grew three types of tomatoes — Bonny Best, Florida-47 and Solar Fire — during three production seasons over two years in Live Oak and Citra. Tomatoes had been harvested and injected with seven strains of salmonella, Mr. Marvasi said. Researchers chose those three varieties because, in preliminary greenhouse experiments, they showed varying degrees of salmonella resistance, said Max Teplitski, a UF associate professor of soil and water science. Bonny Best is an heirloom variety, often used as a control variety in plant pathogen experiments, he said. Florida 47 and Solar Fire are newer varieties, widely grown commercially in the Southeast. The study, published in December by the journal PLoS One, showed that particular cultivars combined with drier, sunnier conditions work together to increase the chances that salmonella will spread. Changing irrigation patterns caused little change in the potential for salmonella, researchers found. Tomato maturity and cultivar, particular strains of salmonella and seasonal differences were the strongest factors affecting proliferation. And ripe tomatoes were more vulnerable than green tomatoes. Salmonella infection ranks among the most common foodborne illnesses, often spread by raw or undercooked meat, poultry or eggs, but sometimes results from eating contaminated produce. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. In 2008, federal health of cials erroneously blamed a salmonella outbreak on domestically grown tomatoes, but later said imported contaminated peppers were responsible. Growers in Florida and other states lost an estimated $100 million in sales. ‘Perfect storm’ needed for salmonella to spread By Kimberly Moore WilmothUF/IFASGAINESVILLE — Food safety is near the top of most Floridians’ concerns, behind only the economy and health care, a survey released today by the University of Florida shows. The survey covered several food-related issues, including public perceptions about food safety, food insecurity and genetically modi ed foods. It also found knowledge gaps among Floridians, especially in the area of food safety, and detected con icted feelings among the public about genetically modi ed foods. “I think ndings like this are telling us that, while there are some areas where there is correspondence between what consumers know and the actual facts, there are some signi cant gaps,” said Tracy Irani, director of the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education, or PIE Center, which led the study. The October online survey reached 510 Florida residents, all 18 or older. The responses were weighted to balance geographic, age, gender, race and ethnicity data to ensure the information was representative of Florida’s population. Among a list of 15 issues, ranging from the economy to endangered species, food safety ranked third, with 85 percent of respondents calling it extremely or highly important. Food production practices came in ninth, with 74 percent ranking it as extremely or highly important. The issue of genetically modi ed foods was 14th on the list, with 57 percent calling it important, Irani said. An example of a knowledge gap between respondents’ perceptions and fact was the response to a question about the safety of different types of food products. For instance, frozen fruits and vegetables enjoyed high consumer con dence, with at least 72 percent of those polled saying they are safe. About 60 percent of respondents felt similarly about canned fruits and vegetables. Raw fruits and vegetables were close behind, with nearly 60 percent of respondents perceiving them as safe. And that, says Doug Archer, associate dean for research for UF/IFAS, underscores the public’s lack of knowledge. Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are actually far safer than unwashed raw produce, he said. “The number of outbreaks of foodborne illness attributable to fresh produce has grown substantially in the last two decades to the point where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have become very concerned,” Mr. Archer said. Joy Rumble, an assistant professor in agricultural education and communication with the PIE Center, said the study also showed that while nearly half the respondents said they were worried about genetically modi ed or engineered food safety, many were unsure about possible advantages, whether they would ever buy genetically modi ed food, or whether genetically modi ed organisms (GMOs) might harm the environment. But 52 percent approve of using genetic modi cation to help ght citrus greening, a disease that threatens the state’s $9 billion citrus industry. Scientists use the term “genetic modi cation” to describe the ways genes can be used to add favorable traits in new plant varieties and “genetic engineering” or “transgenic development” to describe adding one or two desirable traits to an organism. For example, plants may be genetically engineered to survive herbicide treatments, or to confer pest or virus resistance. Currently the only genetically engineered crops are eld corn, soybean, cotton, canola, sugar beet, papaya and a small acreage of squash. Kevin Folta, interim chair of UF’s horticultural sciences department, genetically engineers plants in his research, and welcomes public discussion on GMOs. Floridians concerned about food safety


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Keep dogs on a leash Wouldn’t it be interesting to discover w hat the thoughts are of folks who refuse to leash/control their animals. Obviously they don’t want to and they must have a reason. A neighbor of mine had the view that dogs s hould be/run free, actually have more freedom than human beings. You couldn’t poss ibly keep your own dog well trained when his came into the yard and did whatever he pleased — wherever.  It is a shame how many dogs you see on the roads. People just don’t seem to care if their dogs are hit by cars, or if they go into s omeone else’s yard and cause trouble. One morning I heard a commotion on the front porch and walked out to nd a strange dog had cornered my cat under a chair. My yard is fenced — the dog had dug under the fence.Contract talks My concern is how this all affects learning. My rst question is how will student growth be determined? By one standardized test? Which test? This type of testing puts too much pressure on students. The union should agree to the terms and let the t eachers vote on the contract. Then we can s ee what they think about the terms. The s tudents are affected by this con ict. Both s ides are responsible in resolving the issues. J ust remember that if there is impasse, the s chool board decides and the teachers get nothing.  The school board is presented with the issues and sits while both sides present their c ase. Then they make an informed decision b ased on the information presented. You may w ant to ask yourself why they make the decis ions they make. Could it be that the union’s proposal is not in the best interest of the students and their performance? There has to be a reason, and I won’t believe that the school b oard members are not being fair and impart ial like some would want us to believe. That is a bullying technique the union is using to t ry to get the school board members to give t hem what they want without question.  These teachers mold our future generations just as much, if not more, than their own parents. It’s time for the people that actually work to get paid.  The teachers went a whole year with no raise, and when it went to arbitration, the ruling was that pay did not have to be retroactive. Now they have gone another half of a school year and again there is no contract. We already know the school board does not have to make pay retroactive. I think the union should take the proposed pay scale to the teachers and let them vote on it. According to the stories in the paper, only a very few teachers were rated as “needs improvement.” Most teachers got good evaluations and I suspect those very few with the low rating might actually need improvement.Wild horses If you adopt a burro, don’t be surprised if it won’t be tamed. We rescued a Grand Canyon burro from its owner that didn’t want her any more. She was used for breeding purposes and was very old when we got her. She got “tame” enough to reach her long lips out for a g bar IF we were sitting in the pickup with our arm out the window as far as we could reach. Could never pet her but she was a joy to see. Wish I had the money and a place for another one!  I am grateful for this event, but wish that the truth was told for the real reason that the horses are being removed which is fracking and mining.  I do hope and pray all these animals get good, loving homes.  Please adopt these horses and burros. Don’t let the kill buyers get them.  For those considering adopting a wild horse or burro, make sure that you read the information on the web site so that you have a proper pen and shelter ready before you take the animal home. You can’t just turn these animals loose in the pasture. If you do that, you may never be able to catch them again. And these animals do not know anything about barbed wire, and they could seriously injure themselves if you release them in a pasture that is fenced with wire. If you take the time and effort to tame them and work with them, they can be wonderful animals and the horses can be trained to almost any discipline. But it takes time and effort. Don’t adopt a wild horse on a whim. It’s a commitment.Thoughts to ponder The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. Sealed OrdersCalvin H. Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist ChurchMark 10:37—“They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. 38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?... 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Ephesians 4:30—“And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” When James and John thoughtlessly asked the Lord to grant them a special place in the coming kingdom, Jesus’ answered: “Ye know not what ye ask.” They did not understand that Jesus was headed to the cross instead of the kingdom which they were dreaming of. They also did not understand that they were going to endure many things, both pleasant and unpleasant, for the Lord before they could enter the kingdom If you’ve ever been in the military, you know about traveling under sealed orders. Your orders say go to this point and y to that place, or take the boat to this place. When you present your orders to the of cer at the appointed destination and they are opened, they tell you where to go next. That’s the way Abraham lived in the promised land.—Frank Pollard, “Do You Like Where You Live?” Preaching Today, Tape No. 104. Every Christian is traveling with sealed orders but once we have arrived at our destination the seal will be broken and our orders opened. Death represents our travel destination and it is there that our orders will be opened—some travel for the world and others travel for the Lord Jesus. The decision is up to the traveler— for whom are you traveling. As long as you are able, you can choose the side which your orders come from—I call it the right side or the left side (saved or lost). Remember the two thieves cruci ed with the Lord—one was on His right and the other on His left as He hung on the cross? Their orders were sealed by nails but one chose from the right stack of orders. ONE WAS SAVED. He turned to Jesus and asked the Lord to remember him and his orders were changed. He would not see the reality of that change until they were opened in heaven. But sadly, the other thief refused—and sadly too many make the same mistake. This change is made possible because Jesus gave “his life a ransom for many.” Mrs. Samuel Untermyer once cabled her husband from Europe about a Gobelin tapestry she’d found: the price was $25,000, and she wanted to know if she should buy it. “No,” was her husband’s reply. “Price too high.” But she returned from Europe with the tapestry and, when her husband asked why she had disregarded his reply, showed him the cable. It read: “NO PRICE TOO HIGH.”—Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. Jesus paid with His life—what price could be higher (See Jn.3:16). Jesus came to give “His life a ransom fo r many.” John the Baptist gives testimony to Jesus’ stated objective—why He was born among men when he said, “Behold the Lamb of God” (Jn. 1:29, 36). The Bible with one voice has bu t one message, and that message is redemption and God’s Lamb is that message! That is wh y Paul cried out in 1 Corinthians 2:2: “I determined not to know anything among you, sav e Jesus Christ, and him cruci ed.” At a great parliament of religions, held in Chicago many years ago, practically every known religion was represented. During one session, Dr. Joseph Cook, of Boston, suddenly rose and said: “Gentlemen, I beg to introduce to you a woman with a great sorrow. Bloodstains are on her hands, and nothing she has tried will remove them. Th e blood is that of murder. She has been driven to desperation in her distress. Is there anything in your religion that will remove her sin and give he r peace?” A hush fell upon the gathering. Not on e of the company replied. Raising his eyes heavenwards, Dr. Cook then cried out, “John, can you tell this woman how to get rid of her awful sin?” The great preacher waited, as if listening for a reply. Suddenly he cried, “Listen. John speaks: ‘Th e blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sins’ (1 Jn. 1:7). Not a soul broke the silence: the representatives of Eastern religions and Western cults sat dumb. In the face of human need, the Gospel of Jesus Christ alone could meet th e need. The sin of the race demanded the blood o f Calvary.—Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations WE ARE SEALED—Ephesians 4:30 tells us that we “are sealed unto the day of redemption.” With a clear voice Jesus uttered one last word from the cross: “tetelestai.” (“It is nished.” (Jn. 19:30)) The papyri throw great light on this word. If a promissory note were paid, the one holding the note wrote “tetelestai” across it. A deed to property was not in effect until it was dated and signed. When this was done, the clerk wrot e “tetelestai” across it. Another example of its use was when a father sent his son on a mission. The son was no t to return until he had performed the last act o f the mission. When he did return from a successful mission, he used tetelestai to report it. In eternity, the Son gave the Father a promissor y note that He would pay the price for humanity’s redemption (See Heb. 10:5-7). On Calvar y the note was paid-in-full. Tetelestai! The Son reported His completed mission to the Father. Tetelestai! Our orders which will be opened in eternity were sealed by His nails. January 5, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where it is q uicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap. com, click on the community name and y our local or state Public Forum. There, y ou can create new topics or comment on e xisting topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking p lace. Thanks for participating!


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News January 5, 2014 Fish Busters BulletinBy Bob W attendorfFWC Welcome to 2014. Black crappie are fav orite cool-weather targets for freshwater anglers, so join the fun, check your shing license (License.MyFWC.com) and the list of top sites and tips below and go shing. W hat better way to start off a new year than w ith some healthy outdoor activity and a mess of fresh sh? Crappie are among the most popular freshwater shes in Florida. Their deep body with nearly symmetrical dorsal and anal ns and a speckled pattern on the body make them easy to distinguish. Crappie spend much of their time offshore, feeding on small sh. This time of year they will be preparing to spawn and, as the temperatures reach 6265 degrees Fahrenheit, they move inshore to build nests in colonies. Nests over gravel or muddy bottoms in depths of 3-8 feet are fanned by males. Crappie eat crustaceans, insects and small shes. A bright, 1/16-oz. to 1/8-oz. jig or Hal- ies will produce once they are inshore. If they are schooling offshore, drift Missouri minnows or grass shrimp below a oat, with a #4 hook and small split shot. Depth is key, as crappie school at the same level, so experiment until you nd the right depth. Crappie (aka speckled perch or papermouth) longer than14 inches or heavier than 2 pounds qualify for a Big Catch angler-recognition certi cate (www.BigCatchFlorida. com). Youth under 16 can participate with an entry longer than 10 inches or heavier than 1.5 pounds. Easy registration makes people eligible for both Big Catch and TrophyCatch (which rewards anglers for catching-documenting-releasing largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds), as well as a drawing to take place in October 2014 for a Phoenix bass boat powered by Mercury. Looking for the best places to go? Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sheries biologists compile annual lists of top shing sites for bass, crappie, bream, cat sh or striped bass. It is available at MyFWC.com/Fishing (select "Freshwater" and "Fishing Sites and Forecasts"). You can also nd quarterly updated regional forecasts for other key water bodies, with links for more current information. Crappie are considered to be some of the tastiest freshwater shes. With general bag limits for crappie set at a generous 25 sh and no size limit, unless otherwise speci ed, you can easily take a "mess" home to eat. So, bring your family and friends and get out on the water. Crappie anglers enjoy a happy new year LOST without accessIt took more than a decade of lobbying, planning, design, and construction to open up the levee to Lake Okeechobee for recreation and create the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST). It took a small amount of time for the owners and managers of the Taylor Creek Resort and RV Park to shut down the recreational access to the LOST on the southeast side of Taylor Creek. This single action has created the only closed access point along the 120-mile trail, evoking angst among hikers, cyclists, and recreational users including our local Okeechobee residents and northern neighbors. In 1993 the LOST was designated a part of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Shortly thereafter, a group of recreational enthusiasts led by author and state trails advocate Herb Hiller helped open up the levee to the Lake for recreational users and eventually led the charge to get portions of the trail paved, like the section between Taylor and Nubbin Slough. Hiller and others were quick to realize the economic bene ts to the rural communities around the Lake by allowing levee access for various recreational activities. In 2010 the Trail received an of cial Greenways and Trails designation. Today recreational enthusiasts from all around the world use the Trail. One of the most popular use areas on the north side of the Lake is the 2.5 mile section between Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough. Unfortunately, due to the actions taken by the management of the Taylor Creek Resort and RV Park there is no longer recreational access to the Trail on the east side of Taylor Creek. If you're coming from the northwest, the only way to get back on the trail is to travel down highw ay 441 to Nubbin Slough. Conversely if y ou're coming from the southeast you have to use the highway to get back to the trail on the northwest side of Taylor Creek where there is still a public easement through the RV Park. Not only is this option completely unsafe, this is the only section of the 120mile trail that has been shut down to public access. I certainly understand why the owners of this park would want to shut down public v ehicular traf c at this access point due to maintenance, security, and liability issues. Surely there must be some way to appeal to their sense of community pride and neighborliness and convince them to, once again, allow access to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. I would think, with state and county waiver of liability laws, there is some type of partnership with either group which could hold them harmless if recreational access was reinstated. The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail is good for the economy, it's good for the community, and it certainly provides a unique offering for the betterment of our quality of life. I urge Taylor Creek Resort and RV Park to be a good neighbor and get with our community and give us our access back! Sincerely, Allison Murphy "We will know the value of water when the well runs dry."Kudos to commissioners!I work at Waste Management and had a concern about the large canal off Berman Road which was hidden by tall, un-mowed grasses. I placed a call to our county commissioners, Brian Culpepper and Frank Irby to express the danger of the hidden water in the canal behind the grasses. I explained that the area off to the side of the road would be deceiving to a driver having to pull over in a case of emergency. There is not a lot of roadside area for a car to get off the road. And, if a driver went a bit too far, they would end up in the water- lled canals making it very dangerous. The two commissioners worked on my concern right away and the highways are now mowed with a clear view of the canals. Thank you Commissioner Culpepper and Commissioner Irby for your assistance in getting the grasses mowed and making Berman Road safer for the drivers of Okeechobee! Sincerely, Teresa Chandler Community Relations Waste Management/Okeechobee Land ll, Inc.Ride for the FightAs I was met at the ticket booth by Cynthia Holmes, a cancer survivor, with her most bright and glowing face, I knew this was going to be a great event, even though at times, downpours were owing from the skies. Nothing dampens the "spirit of a cowboy" with a purpose, or a cancer- ghting patient. THE SHOW MUST GO ON! As the crowd is beginning to ll up the stands, umbrellas are emerging from the cars, yellow rain jackets are appearing, while Katie Perry is resounding, "I am a champion, you will hear me roar." I actually never thought of this as a song having to do with a cancer ghting patient, but it is a good one as we rally here today for them. Many, many little ones are making their way up the steps to the bleachers with their multi-colored cowboy boots. A new generation of rodeo fans are grown right here, today. Faith Farm men are busy directing traf c, funny how grown men act in the rain. In the air is the aroma of the usual concession foods, smelling delicious. It is so ever-lovin' good to be home in this Cattlemen's Arena today. Its authenticity, its heritage, its muddy dirt oorhow can that be put into wordsas it is indescribable. At this point, as the arena pick-up men are riding around, getting warmed up, with water dripping from them, this rodeo is not for the weak, and a cancer- ghting patient, must be strong to ght this dreaded disease with all their might. As each rider comes out of his chute today, as he fearlessly ridesmay each cancer patient equally ght, with 110 percent o f courage. "Fear not for I am with thee, says the Lord." A great big shout out of thanks to Billy's Saddle shop, for all the generous gifts for the silent auction. You went above and beyond with generosity. Thank you to the Corrona family for all you have done, to gather riders, secure the event, line up the rough stock, having great food for the concession stands, preparing the arena and the chutes. Everything was done with insurmountable amounts of love today, as gifts and cash, donations were abounding. Happy Trails, Bobbi Poole Letters to the Editor Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThe Ride for the Fight event included bull riding and bronc riding at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 N.


Church hosts gospel groupNorthside Baptist, 51 N.W. 98th St., will host the Southern gospel group The Kingsmen on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. The Kingsmen have encouraged and uplifted listeners w ith their unique style since the conception of the group in 1956. The Kingsmen have sold countless records and compilations, have Grammy nominations, four Dove Awards and an induction into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame class of 2000, and The Christian Music Hall Of Fame in 2008. This certainly solidi es The Kingsmen as one of Christian music’s most predominate quartet. A love offering will be taken. Come and enjoy the fellowship at an old-fashioned church where the music is Southern Gospel, the hymns are the ones you grew up on and Pastor Rick Giles preaches the word.Amvet posts new hoursAmvet 200 would like to thank everyone who made a donation to our bike run and Toys for Tots on Nov. 15. The new hours for the post are 3 10 p.m. On Saturday, we have card bingo at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday we will host jam sessions starting at 3 p.m. on Jan. 5 The Ladies Auxiliary meeting is the rst Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Auxiliary Men meet the second Thursday of the month. Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo Jan. 5 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 will bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public. Youth hoop sign-ups to startThe Okeechobee Recreation Department 2014 Youth Basketball League registration is under way at the Parks and Recreation Of ce, 640 N.W. 27th Lane. The co-ed program is for ages 9 to 14, as of March 15, 2013. Please bring the child’s birth certi cate to register. The registration deadline has been changed to Monday, Jan. 6 2014. The Recreation Department of ce is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. It will be closed on holidays. Registration fees are $50, which includes New Jersey-style uniforms. Games will be held at Yearling Middle School. Tryouts will be Jan. 7. Games will start Jan. 25. For information online go to https://www. facebook.com/OkeeParksandRec.Shrine holding dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening, Jan. 7 from 4 until 7 p.m. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music will be provided from 5 until 8 p.m. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For information on Okeechobee Shrine Club activities contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Sit & sew slated for Jan. 7ConKerr Cancer’s next sit and sew will be held Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and child-friendly fabric and sew with other ladies in our communit y who want to help make a difference in the life of a sick child. Also, you can still bring in your small scraps of material which will be given to a local 4-H group so they can make dog beds for the Humane Society.Coalition board will meetThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. at their of ce located in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. For information, contact executive director Ka y Begin at 863-462-5877.Elks #2871 will meet Jan. 9The rst meeting of the year for the Lake Okeechobee Elks, #2871, will be held Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the VFW South in Treasure Island. We will have an important progress report from the building committee about getting a building.Elks celebrate anniversaryIt’s the rst anniversary for the Lake Okeechobee Elks, #2871, and they will be celebrating with a Country Hoe Down on Sunday, Jan. 12 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the VFW South. Music will be provided by Carl Cable and Sloopy Joe. A barbecue with all the xins will be served for an $8 donation. Bring a pot luck dessert or just come and enjoy. The public is welcome. All donations will go to our building fund.Science Fair seeks volunteersThe Okeechobee County Science Fair is looking for volunteers to help judge science projects the morning of Thursday, Jan. 16 We would welcome your encouragement in promoting science in our community! No experience is necessary, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you are interested in helping to judge projects or would like more information, call Cindy Letcher at 863462-5056, ext. *1191. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries 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.Frederick ‘Fred’ J. Alger, 48OKEECHOBEE — Frederick “Fred” Alger of Okeechobee died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. He was born May 29, 1965 in Muskegon, Michigan. Fred graduated from Richwoods High School in Peoria, Illinois before joining the Marine Corps where he served seven years on active duty, two of which were as embassy guard in Moscow, Russia. He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland before receiving his MBA from Loyola University. He was a licensed CPA, working internationally several years. He was a member of Oakview Baptist Church and Okeechobee Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed working Masonic fund raising functions and marathon running, having completed marathons in over 15 states. Mr. Alger was preceded in death by his brother, Tracy Jon Alger. He is survived by his parents, Hugh and Kathy Alger of Okeechobee; and sister, Traca Savadogo of Seattle, Washington. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. In lieu of owers, contributions are requested to Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, PO Box 814, Okeechobee, FL 34973 for the Fred Alger Perpetual Membership Fund. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. Howard A. Gilmore, 89OKEECHOBEE — Howard A. Gilmore of Okeechobee died January 2, 2014. He was born July 20, 1924 in Portsmith, Virginia to Andrew and Clara Gilmore. Mr. Gilmore proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. His grandfather homesteaded and established what used to be known as Gilmore, Florida along the St. Johns River near Jacksonville. He was a resident of Okeechobee for 30 years. He was known for going to the ea market and passing out Bibles. He enjoyed golf and yard sales. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Mr. Gilmore is survived by his wife of 70 years, Eva Gilmore; son, Doug Gilmore (Shirley) of Camden, South Carolina; two daughters, Patricia Welty (Russ) of Jacksonville and Brenda Gilmore of Vero Beach; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. Jack H. ElledgeOKEECHOBEE — Jack H. Elledge passed away peacefully Sunday, December 29, 2013. Jack was born in South Florida on February 7, 1927 of pioneer stock. His father went to Okeechobee the year after Henry Flager ran his railroad into South Florida and established Okeechobee Marine Ways and shipped sh from Lake Okeechobee to St. Louis on the new railroad. Jacks mother was from Tennessee coming to Florida in 1916 and taught school in Okeechobee for the next 50 years off and on; therefore, she was known all over the country. Jack graduated from the University of Florida in 1950. He did mining projects all over the world. Jack gave two papers on mining in the world before the American Mining Congress in New York. He and his wife Ruth traveled extensively. Jack leaves behind his beloved wife of 67 years, Ruth Elledge; two wonderful sons, Jeff Elledge and Steve Elledge who love him so and are left brokenhearted. The family will receive friends 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 3, 2014 at Grace Episcopal Church, 245 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, Fla. The memorial service will begin at 10:30 AM with Father Reed Freeman of ciating. In lieu of owers contributions can be made to Grace Episcopal Church or a charity of choice. Interment will be private. Arrangements by Helm-Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1811 Idlewild Ave., SR 16, Green Cove Springs. 904-284-9696. www.helmgallagherfh.com Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 5, 2014 Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236


SEBRING — In less than two weeks, attendees will have the opportunity to bask in the Florida sunshine and see rst-hand more than 160 aviation exhibitors displaying everything from home built and light sport aircraft to Gyrocopters and ying cars to aviation accessories — basically everything for the sport aviation enthusiast. The 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, set for Jan. 16-19 at the Sebring Airport, will also feature a number of aviation forums, to learn more about Rotax and other aviation engines, avionics, and more. Workshops and seminars will be offered by Stewart Aircraft Covering Systems, Barry Hull, retired U.S. Navy Commander and F/A-18 Hornet Fighter Pilot, and many more. On-site food vendors will make it easy to “make a day of it” … or a long weekend enjoying their aviation passion. The Flying Musicians Association will be back this year to entertain all with daily performances. Daily manufacturer showcases will allow visitors to see a variety of homebuilt and light sport aircraft in ight and on the ground. Demonstration ights will be available to those wishing for a more personal experience. Expo organizers are extending a special invitation to owners of amateur-built aircraft or kit planes to y their aircraft to Sebring during the four-day event. Those interested in displaying their aircraft are invited to call 863-655-6455 to reserve a parking space as w ell as under-the-wing camping, if desired. Daily speakers will offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about aviation past and present at 1:30 p.m. each day in the Show Center Tent. On Thursday, Jan. 16, EAA Homebuilding Community Manager Charlie Becker will discuss how homebuilding saved general aviation. Friday, Craig Fuller, chairman of the board for Redbird Flight Simulations and former president of the Aircraft Owner’s and Pilot’s Association, will discuss the future of light sport aircraft. Saturday, Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. (retired) Leo Gray will share stories of his experiences before, during, and after World War II. Gray ew 15 combat missions during World War II ying a P-51 with the famed Red Tail Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. Tampa General Hospital will exhibit, for the rst time at Expo, their brand new Bell 407GX Air Vac Helicopter on display. Hospital staff will be available to answer questions and show off the aircraft. Rapid Systems is providing a true broadband experience this year with the installation of the latest generation equipment and technology available in wireless networking to help support this event for both exhibitors and attendees. “More than 16,000 visitors enjoyed the 2013 Expo and, we’re excited to open the Expo to homebuilt aircraft and welcome even more visitors to our event this year. We’re hoping for great weather and a wonderful time for people to share their love of aviation,” said Jana Filip, Expo Director. 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Parrot Ave., Okeechobee. Co-sponsored by the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program of the 19th Judicial Circuit of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast, the nonpro t supporting the GAL program. The Jan. 24 meeting is part of the annual commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s national MLK Day of Service on Jan. 20 kicks off a week-long series of events all over the country recognizing a call to service that asks Americans from all walks of life to work together in response to our most pressing national problems. Participants at this Okeechobee gathering will have the opportunity to learn more about the GAL program, whose volunteers serve as the voices of our community’s children in court through cases involving neglect, abuse, and abandonment. Local GAL volunteers will answer questions and share stories about their involvement and the training and support they receive through the program. Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together to serve their neighbors and communities. In Okeechobee, the Guardian ad Litem program offers one such opportunity — to make a difference in the life of a child in need. For more information, contact Gail Grifth, Volunteer Recruiter, 772-871-7225 or Gail.Grif th@gal. .gov; or, Bette Hughes, Guardian ad Litem volunteer, Okeechobee 863-532-9446 or BLHughes519@hotmail. com. GAL volunteer recruitment event planned Jan. 11, 2014 is the date for the second annual YOUNIFIED teen event at Osceola Middle School. Last year there were over 520 young people in the building enjoying the music, speakers and the free prizes that were given away. This year will be no different! Jason Castro, who has three singles playing on the radio, will be the musical special guest and Jeffrey Dean will be the speaker. Mr. Dean travels all over the United States speaking at schools, rally’s and many youth events everywhere. The students will enjoy both and there will be free prizes given away! Prizes including i-Pads and 32-inch televisions have already been purchased and are ready to go home with lucky students. The only thing you have to do to win is be there to get an admission bracelet and stay till the end to pick up and take your prize home. Every student who brings a canned good to share with the needy will be given one extra ticket towards the possibility of winning one of the prizes. Parents are welcome to come to the event even though only students 6th-12th grades are able to win the prizes. Students that leave early will also forfeit their opportunity to win. Ruthie J from Reach FM 90.5 will be one of the Masters of Ceremonies for the evening and DJ Kidd, a local rapper, will also be there to sing and enjoy the night. 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WEST PALM BEACH — Nearly a month’s w orth of rain fell during three days in some areas of Miami while much of Central and South Florida experienced below-average precipitation in December, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) meteorologists reported Jan. 2. “When it comes to the regional water supply, we are still being sustained by accumulated above-average, wet-season rainfall and a few recent rainfall events,” said Susan Sylvester, Chief of the Water Control Operations Bureau. “It is too early to predict how rainfall in the remainder of the dry season will impact the system.” District-wide, only 0.74 inches of rain fell in November, representing 39 percent of average, or 1.15 inches below average for the month. Miami-Dade County received 3.62 inches of rain, representing 190 percent of average, or 1.71 inches above average. Warm temperatures, close proximity to the Gulf Stream and stalled fronts combined to cause above-average rainfall in portions of Miami both in November and December. The Kissimmee region, the East Caloosahatchee and the Southwest Coast represented the driest portions of the 16-county district, with all areas from Orlando to Naples recording more than 1.21 inches or more belowaverage rainfall. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News January 5, 2014 Dry season under way, but water supply suf cient


Get off your dock and join the fun at Florida’s rst boat show of the year. The 40th A nnual Stuart Boat Show is back and better than ever featuring hundreds of exhibitors and boats in-water and on land. Stuart Boat Show Facts and Numbers Location: In-water at Apex Marine, HMY’s Waterway Marina and Stuart Harbor and on-land from 56 to 260 North Dixie Hwy., Stuart on the northwest side of the Old Roosevelt Bridge  Dates and times: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, children under 10 will be admitted free.  Transportation and parking: Free bus shuttles from the ve dedicated parking lots throughout downtown Stuart.  Boats: Something for everyone from the smallest and lightest kayaks to a 77’ Lazzara. Luxury yachts upwards to four million dollars! Cruisers, trawlers, skiffs, speedboats, sport shing boats, pontoons and more. Over 170 exhibitors in-water and on land.  Register to win: New this year, many different give-a-ways and raf es will be offered at the show, including but limited to a Carey Chen painting and Bahama Resort Weekend Getaways from Schooner’s Bay Resort, Green Turtle Sea Bluff, Abaco Beach Resort and Bimini Sands Resort. The Marine Industry Association of the Treasure Coast, owners of the boat show, together with show producers AllSports Productions are committed to keeping recreational boating a family tradition. Stuart Boat Show to feature hundreds of boats 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News January 5, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of Sandy Perry, presented its 15th annual Christmas program consisting of seasonal favorites and the cantata, Sing With the Angels, at the First United Methodist Church in December. The choir, comprised of 55 singers representing 17 area churches, has presented a Christmas and Easter cantata annually since December of 1999. Local residents and northern visitors who read music a little and can match pitch are encouraged to join. Weekly rehearsals will begin soon for the Easter cantata to be presented the weekend before Easter, April 11-13. Churches represented were: Buckhead Ridge Christian, Church in the Woods, Church of Our Saviour, Faith Tabernacle, First Baptist, First Baptist of Lake Josephine, First United Methodist, Good Shepherd United Methodist of West Palm Beach, KOA Community, Nazarene, Northside Baptist, Okeechobee Presbyterian, Peace Lutheran, Sacred Heart Catholic, The Gathering, Victory Baptist and Westside Christian. Detective Van Deman said Chavers was targeting homes in the Treasure Island Subdivision that were owned by winter visitors to the area. The burglaries were committed from April through November of 2013. The OCSO detective said Chavers would w atch homes in the subdivision to determine what places were unoccupied in the summer. He would then enter the home and take what he wanted, then “... dispose of it any way he could,” added the detective. Chavers allegedly pawned items and sometimes sold the stolen goods on the street. He would allegedly take electronics, tools, televisions, guns, jewelry and knives. On at least one occasion, said the detective, Chavers reportedly took an aluminum boat. “He would take anything he could turn a buck for,” added Detective Van Deman. Detective Van Deman went on to explain w hen he and other detectives searched the home where Chavers was staying they not only found a large number of items taken in reported burglaries, but also a number of items that were apparently stolen in home break-ins that had not yet been reported. “And that’s part of the problem — a lot of people haven’t come down here yet. We’re still waiting on some people to call us,” Detective Van Deman said. Some of the victims have been contacted and told about their homes being burglarized, he continued. So he and Detective Pickering are waiting for those victims to return to ascertain what was taken from their homes. Detective Van Deman explained that investigators began noticing an uptick in burglaries in September in an area of the subdivision he referred to as the old Bird Section. The big break in the case came on the night before Halloween when an alarm went off in a home on S.E. 19th Court. OCSO road patrol deputies responded quickly and began combing the area. The deputies then stopped Chavers, who was riding a bicycle in the area. Chavers was arrested Nov. 4 on a Port St. Lucie warrant charging him with dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a pawnbroker. With Chavers now in jail, the two OCSO detectives had time to search his home and put their cases together and apply for their warrants. Detective Van Deman said if it hadn’t been for the quick response of the road patrol, Chavers might not be behind bars. “What he (Chavers) didn’t count on was the road patrol doing such a good job saturating the area that night,” he pointed out. Both OCSO detectives will now try to contact more victims and connect Chavers with the pending burglaries which could total as many as 25, Detective Van Deman said. “But, since we arrested him, the home burglaries in that neck of the woods have gone down signi cantly,” he added. The detective also said Chavers has a previous criminal history, which includes a felony conviction for introduction of contraband into a county detention facility. According to arrest af davits, Chavers will appear in circuit court Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 9 a.m. in regard to his Jan. 2 arrest. Okeechobee Community Choir presented Christmas cantata CHAVERSContinued From Page 1 OCRA needs sponsors for baseball and softball teamsOCRA is currently looking for sponsors for its 2014 baseball/softball season. If you have a business and would like to sponsor a team, call 863-634-0515 so they can send you a form. They are also taking coaching applications. If you would like to coach this season, call to get signed up. Player sign ups will be held the rst three Saturdays in February, until Feb. 15. Games will begin in March.Tax assistance program seeks volunteersThe United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee seeks volunteers to help lowerto middle-income taxpayers to le their federal income taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). For information, call United Way at 239-4332000; or, visit www.unitedwaylee.org.Agri-Civic Center open to public for exercising Unless an event is taking place, the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center grounds are open to area residents for exercise activities such as walking, running and bike riding on a daily basis. The gate on State Road 70 is open from 7 a.m. until dusk for residents to access the roads and parking lots within the facility. While the county encourages area residents to take advantage of the opportunity to use the facility grounds for exercise, the staff asked everyone to help keep the facility clean by not littering. 561.747.1232 Monday Evening Hours Now Available!€ Face Li € Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Li/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Li € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News January 5, 2014 January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Make sure you’re aware of all of the ways you can prevent cervical cancer and understand what the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and regular Pap testing can do for you. What causes cervical cancer?HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that rarely causes infection. It often produces no symptoms, but when HPV does lead to an infection, gynecological cancers can form. These can develop up to 15 years after the virus was contracted. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as 12,000 women develop cervical cancer and 4,000 die from it in the U.S. every year.Preventing cervical cancerCervical cancer can be reduced or prevented when you:  get the HPV vaccine;  practice abstinence;  have as few sexual partners as possible;  use a condom;  quit smoking;  get your annual Pap test every year, starting at the age of 21. This valuable tool detects abnormalities on the cervix.How does the vaccine work?The HPV vaccination is the most powerful preventative measure available today. It is recommended for all girls 11 to 12 years old, before they have become sexually active. However, it can be administered to sexually active women up to 26 years of age. There are two types of vaccines, commonl y known as Cervarix and Guardasil. With either vaccine, the patient receives three doses via shot over a six-month period. Young men can also bene t from the vaccine, which can protect them from certain cancers and other conditions.Screening for cervical cancersThe Pap Test (Pap smear) is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available (it only screens for cervical cancer). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pap smear is recommended for all women. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. Early on cervical cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms, so see your doctor annually for a Pap smear and follow up on any results that are not normal. Gynecological procedures, including minimally invasive procedures, are performed at Raulerson Hospital by the Surgical Services team. For more information about Raulerson Hospital, call them at 863-7632151 or visit their website: RaulersonHospital.com. To schedule an appointment or as k a health question, call Raulerson Hospital’s free, 24-hour Consult-A-Nurse service at 863763-9228. Vaccine helps prevent cervical cancer Special to the Okeechobee NewsBlood Roundup competition winnerGilbert Chevrolet’s of ce manager, Becky Racine, accepted the trophy won during the Okeechobee 600 Blood Roundup three-way competition to see which auto dealership could bring out the most blood donors. The competition was part of the eighth annual Blood Roundup held each November. Those donating in the dealership competition were entered in a drawing for tickets to the NASCAR race in Homestead, Fla.


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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 12 Okeechobee News January 5, 2014 Outta The WoodsBy Tony YoungFWC Many people think you need a large tract of land for hunting to harvest a mature buck. But for a lot of us, leasing a large chunk of property is just not nancially feasible. So I'm here to tell you that you don't need a large tract of land if your small hunting lease is in the right spot and you manage your herd correctly and let the young bucks walk. My wife and I lease a little patch of woods less than 30 minutes from where we live and w ork. It's barely 20 acres but has provided us some nice hunting over the past couple seasons. So we've made our little lease as good as we can make it. We've got corn and soybean feeders and mineral rocks out. We hire a good friend to bring over his tractor, and w e plant cool-weather and warm-weather food plots twice a year. There's a ock of turkeys on the property and a small deer herd. We're familiar with the deer that use the property because of the game cameras we have out and from what w e see with our own eyes. This season, we decided not to shoot any does during the archery and antlerless deer seasons because we want to increase our herd. There are a few young bucks, including a 6-pointer, which we've seen and passed on because we want to give them the chance to grow another year or two, giving us something nice to go after in the future. But there were two nice, mature 8-points that we have seen on camera for the past two years, and those were the only two deer that we were going to target this season, unless some other mature bucks showed up. The dominant buck in the herd, however, was a 4.5-year-old 8 point with a heavy and very symmetrical rack and a white patch of hair between his shoulders. That's the deer I set my sights on. We named him "Blaze" a ne Florida buck. During one short, afternoon sit, there was a steady, northeast wind, perfect for our favorite tree stand. I had only about 45 minutes to hunt before dark. Soon as I settled in, two does stepped out of the woods and into the food plot followed, by a spike. It was the pre-rut period, and we were seeing more deer activity, especially bucks, during daylight hours. Things looked promising. I enjoyed watching the three deer graze on oats, wheat and rye, and I heard the turkeys y up to roost at sunset. The does were still upwind but started acting strange, and one of them put its tail up and started blowing. They all ended up running off. I decided to give it a last-ditch effort by doing a multiple-note "tending" grunt call. There were about ve minutes left of legal shooting hours, and I started gathering my things together when the ash of my oldschool game camera went off. Something had just walked in front of the camera: a deer, and a pretty good-sized one at that. I slowly picked up my ri e and looked through the scope. It was a racked buck, but it was hard to tell if it was one of the younger bucks that we didn't want to shoot. The buck was looking right at me, and I knew I didn't have much time to make a decision. That's when he bent down to feed and I saw the white patch on his back! That's when I knew it was Blaze! "Buck fever" immediately set in; my heart just went to poundin' and my hands a-shakin'. This was the deer I'd been hunting for two seasons. This was the dominant buck of our little patch of woods, and I needed to pull myself together and make a good shot. Time was running out, my hands and breathing were all over the place, and Blaze was facing me, not presenting me with the shot I wanted. All of a sudden he turned to his left and gave me his right shoulder. I managed to calm down and steadied the crosshairs on his right shoulder. I slowly squeezed the trigger. After the recoil, I could see the buck's white belly, laying on the ground right where he had stood. I immediately climbed down and walked over to my trophy buck. His 172-pound body and perfect rack were just as grand as they looked on all the game cam pictures. And the shot placement was right on the money and humane. My .270-caliber bullet found its mark, killing the deer instantly. So, it just goes to show you that you don't need a large piece of land to nd hunting success. All you have to do is put in a little time providing year-round, quality food sources, and if you want the chance to shoot a mature buck year after year, let the young bucks walk, and manage your deer according to the herd size. And another thing some hunters sa y they don't like the game cams that use ash photography because that scares off big bucks. Well, not only did my old-school cam not scare away Blaze, but if it hadn't ashed, I may not have known he was even there. I hope you enjoyed a great Christmas holiday, and I wish you a very happy ne w year. Remember, you can get big things from small packages, and deer season is not over yet in central and north Florida. And I still have that other big 8-point deer running around somewhere on our little piece o f hunting paradise too. Tony Young is the media relations coordinator for the FWC's Division of Hunting and Game Management. You can reach him with questions about hunting at Tony.Young@ MyFWC.com. 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Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial record of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to Construction Industry Licensing Board Okeechobee County Independent Inspections, Ltd. 459511 ON 1/5/2014 Contract Negotiations January 13, 2014 The Okeechobee County School Board and the Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 will continue negotiations for the 2013-14 Personnel Contracts at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2014 in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building at 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Collective bargaining sessions are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 458973 ON 1/5/2014 School Board Meeting January 21, 2014The School Board of Okeechobee County will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. in Room 303, School Board Administrative Of ce, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, and is open to the public. There will be no meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, as previously scheduled. 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By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  The Bad Apple Salon 310 S.W. Second St., is a Paul Mitchell focus salon. They specialize in color and cuts. They have been open since 2010 with three lovely stylists to help with all your needs. Bad Apple is a very modern salon, open Tuesday Saturday, and it is best to make an appointment. Inside the salon is 7th Heaven Massages and Body W ork. For information, like them on Facebook or give them a call at 863-467-0197.  7th Heaven Massages & Body W ork at 310 S.W. Second St., is where you w ill meet Julia, who has been a massage therapist for 16 years. Her massages incorporate the traditional massages with myofascial release, which is more than just helping y ou relax; it is to help you heal. Julia is very connected to her clients and is able to feel w here you need help the most. 7th Heaven is a place of wellness where a massage is more like a treatment. Massages can range anywhere from 30-40 minutes to 75 minutes. Gift certi cates are always available, so stop in and see her. Don’t forget to tell her Tammi sent you! Julia can be reached at 863-634-6482.  Bella Rose 311 N.E. Second St., is a full-service, Christian-based spa and salon. They do everything from manicures to Swedish massages. They also have a full line of organic hair products. Bella Rose has many last-minute gift items for anyone to pick up for any occasion, such as jewelry, hats or a at iron with an oil infuser — they are great by the way. And for those who are just unsure what to get someone, pick up a gift certi cate for any one of their wonderful services. Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! Also like them on Facebook or visit their website at www.mysalononline.com/ bellarose. They can be reached at 863-3573333.  Did you know the Okeechobee News has one of the strongest business Facebook audiences in the area? These days, the paper is so much more than the trusty print edition. Our community website is orida.newszap. com (where you can read my blog on the Okeechobee page), and it is updated with breaking information and news in between publications of our regular print editions. We now have a new, free local online business directory BizSearch. You can claim your free listing by going to our site and clicking on the BizSearch logo at the top of the page. The new year is here and everyone is talking about the resolutions. Now, some of us keep ours, while others will fall off the new year’s wagon pretty quickly. Here are the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions from around the United States per an online study. Top 10 New Year Resolutions: 1. Spend more time with family and friends; 2. Fit in tness; 3. Tame the bulge, to lose weight; 4. Quit smoking; 5. Enjoy life more or live in the moment; 6. Quit drinking; 7. Get out of debt; 8. Learn something new; 9. Help others; 10. Get organized. You can always nd more at my blog at http:// orida.newszap.com/topofthelake/. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 18 Okeechobee News January 5, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsCollege anglers take on the Big OCollegiate anglers were in Okeechobee this weekend for the Carhartt College Series Southern Regional on Lake Okeechobee. The tournament was shed out of the Scott Driver Marina.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News January 5, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local woman is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $60,000 bond following her arrest during an undercover drug operation. Sherry Lightsey Harvey, 57, N.W. 27th Ave., was arrested Thursday, Jan. 2, on felony charges of sale of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) with intent to sell. Harvey was arrested by detectives with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force after she allegedly sold an unspeci ed number of the painkillers to a con dential source. An arrest report stated the source met with Harvey and gave her an agreed-upon amount of cash for the pills. The pills were later identi ed by the Poison Control Hotline as 30mg oxycodone tablets. W oman accused of selling drugs Sherry Harvey From Detective Sgt. Don SaloGlades County Sheriff's Of ce On New Year's Day, Glades County Sheriff's Of ce responded to the north of Scott Driver Park, across the Kissimmee River Bridge, in reference to a body found that had been burned. Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue initially responded to reports of a small re in that area. Upon their arrival they noticed a re in a thick patch of brush which was extinguished. They contacted Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce immediately upon the discovery. During their investigation, it w as determined that the incident location w as inside the Glades County line. Both Glades and Okeechobee County Sheriff's Investigators determined that the body was that of a male subject who was later found to have been suffering from psychological issues according to a family member. The death is believed to be a result of an apparent suicide, however, the exact cause will be determined by the Medical Examiner. The name of subject is being withheld pending positive identi cation from the Medical Examiner's Of ce. A timeline of witness accounts and some personal documents found on and off the scene did provide information regarding who the person was but due to the condition of the body, medical records will have to be used to con rm. Burned body found in Glades County 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). Mark Earnest Dickinson, 23, S.E. 29th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 30, 2013, by Deputy Jose Garduno on a DOC w arrant charging him with the felonies of v iolation of probation grand theft and violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker. He is being held without bond. Rodrigo Eriza-Gonzalez, 47, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 31 by Deputy Matt Hurst on felony charges of grand theft and giving false information to a pawnbroker. His bond was set at $10,000. Erica J. Sorrell, 23, Old Dock Road, Orlando, was arrested Jan. 2 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on a DOC warrant charging her with violation of probation grand theft. She is being held without bond. Winston Clyde Collins, 61, N.W. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 2 by Deputy Elbert Kline on a Polk County warrant charging him with grand theft-motor vehicle. His bond was set at $1,000. Ricky Raven Hight, 33, N.W. 15th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 2 by Of cer Belen Reyna on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer and the misdemeanor of driving while license suspended. His bond was set at $7,500. Patricia Gail Patton, 33, N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 2 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on a DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probationchild neglect. She is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce inv estigated reports of the following crimes: ASSAULT 15000 block of N.W. 300th St. 2400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 2700 block of N.W. Second St. 1700 block of U.S. 441 N. BURGLARY 2200 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 300 block of S.E. 14th Ave. 2100 block of S.W. Eighth St. 600 block of N.E. 14th Ave. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 600 block of N.E. 14th Ave. 4400 block of U.S. 441 S. THEFT 3900 block of S.R. 710 3100 block of U.S. 441 S. 2700 block of N.W. Second St. 2200 block of S.E. 34th Lane OCSO Investigations