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Friday, April 11, 2014 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 105 No. 44 13.44 feetLast Year: 13.69 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBig O Teen AnglersFirst place and big sh prizes in the ages 11-15 division of the Big O Teen Anglers tournament on Lake Okeechobee went to Luke Farmer. For more on the tournament, see page 22. Cutback in ICE arrests means facility may close; 100 jobs may be lostBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News MOORE HAVEN — As of now, the jail facility in Glades County will remain open and Sheriff Stuart Whiddon will not be forced to lay off any personnel. Sheriff Whiddon said Thursday, April 10, he and the Glades Correctional Development Corporation (GCDC) are in negotiations with bondholders to gure out their options. “They (bondholders) don’t want to close it. We’re trying to come up with something, nancially, that will work,” he said, in a telephone interview. Earlier this week at a meeting of the Glades County Board of County Commissioners the outlook for the jail and personnel at the Glades County Sheriff’s Of ce (GCSO) was, frankly, bleak. At that meeting Sheriff Whiddon told the board he may have to close the new jail and move it and the entire sheriff’s of ce back into their old facility. He went on to say he has lost $1 million the last two months due to declining numbers of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) detainees. Because of those declining numbers, Sheriff Whiddon told the board he would have to lay off 80 to 90 members of his corrections staff, as well as some road patrol staff. There are currently around 130 employees working in the jail, pointed out the sheriff. So, why the declining number in ICE detainees? In 2011 ICE agents and of cers were told to curtail the use of detainers, or immigration holds. Detainers give ICE of cers the chance to question and take into custody illegal aliens who have been identi ed after their arrest by local law enforcement agencies. The federal administration urged ICE agents and of cers to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” in their handling of illegal aliens. According to information contained in published study by Jessica M. Vaughan, the director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Study, By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Two teachers at Everglades Elementary School and an ESE paraprofessional at Seminole Elementary School face disciplinary actions from the school system after separate incidents, Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said this week. At Tuesday’s Okeechobee County School Board meeting the board approved a separation agreement and general release with Everglades Elementary teacher Shannon Hays effective April 11. Mrs. Hays resigned effective April 14. A Florida Department of Education Ofce of Professional Practices could be undertaken. Little detail was given during the meeting. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said they met with Mrs. Hays on the day of the meeting and signed the agreement and he presented it to the school board a few hours later. Board member Malissa Morgan was the only board member to ask questions about the agenda item. Mr. Kenworthy said afterward he is prohibited by law to comment because the investigation into the matter is still ongoing. He would therefore not divulge the nature of the incident that resulted in the resignation. He did promise full disclosure when the investigation is completed. The board retained the law rm of Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Kilbride, Waters and McCluskey to represent the board in the personnel matter with Elaine Murphy, the ESE at Seminole. Mr. Kenworthy told the board simply, “We have a personnel matter where we need additional professional help.” Again, the superintendent cited state law in not divulging details of this incident. He was in the Glades County jail to stay open — for now Teachers may face disciplinary actionPhotographers share favorite photo spots ... Inside See JAIL — Page 5 See SCHOOL — Page 5 Softball team seniors honored ... Page 23


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Okeechobee Community Choir Under the Direction of Sandy Perry, Will Present its 15th Annual Easter Cantata Concert, Who is This King? by Llyod Larson & Joseph Martin and Easter Favorites, Concluding with Handel’s Hallelujah! Chorus, During Which Audience Participation is Encouraged! Music is Provided!Friday, April 11th7pm Saturday, April 12th7pm Sunday, April 13th 3pm Okeechobee Presbyterian314 N Parrott Ave(Across from Bank of America)The 47 singers comprising this season’s choir represent singers from nineteen area churches who began rehearsing in March. Nicolle Wood, Narrator Love Offering Will Be Taken to Defer Advertising Expenses. Questions? Call Sandy 634-7714 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. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE 2 Okeechobee News April 11, 2014 Today: Partly cloudy skies early. A few showers developing later in the day. High around 80F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tonight: A few clouds. Low 62F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday : Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 82F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Saturday Night : Partly cloudy skies. Low 62F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday : Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 84F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Tabor graduates boot campLarry Tabor III graduated Navy boot camp in Waukegan, Ill. on March 28. He is a graduate of Okeechobee High School’s class of 2013. He is headed to South Carolina for Adv anced Individual Training in nuclear engineering. In the Military Special to the Okeechobee NewsEconomic Council meetsThe Economic Council of Okeechobee met recently with invited speaker Cindi Teare, director of Life and Disability with the Seitlin, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, who spoke with the council members on the Affordable Care Act. Pictured (left to right) are Kamahla Bolivar, Gil Culbreth, Sandy Perry, Cindi Teare and Jennifer Williamson. Upcoming events for April at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center include:  Friday, April 11: The Turnin’ N Burnin’ Summer Buckle Series Jackpot Barrel Race Exhibition runs start at 5 p.m. The barrel race starts at 7 p.m. Concession stand w ill be open with all proceeds going to 4-H. There is no charge for the public to attend.  Saturday, April 12: Turnin’ N Burnin’ J ackpot & Speed Show Exhibition runs start at 3 p.m.; the barrel race and speed show starts at 5 p.m. Concession stand will be open with all proceeds going to 4-H. There is no charge for the public to attend.  Friday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26: The American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Registration opens at 5 p.m. Join the American Cancer Society in the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Form a Relay for Life team and sign up online to start fundraising www.relayforlife.org/okeechobee  Saturday, April 19: Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee will host the Color Craze 5K Run/Walk for Life This family-friendly event will be lled with fun activities, music, dancing, and a kids zone. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The rst heat starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 863-467-8748. NOTE: The Mexican rodeo that had been scheduled for April 27 has been postponed. Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center Events Larry Tabor III


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Consolidate servicesWhy do we have to have two police departments and three or four re departments? Why can't they combine them and have one police department and one re department for the county. Then we could reduce the property tax.Rezoning I was glad to read the city is rezoning t hat old mobile home park next to the post of ce for commercial business development. That place has been an eyesore for y ears. That property is right on SR 70 and s hould be commercial.Sheriff’s budget I would like to make a comment about t he sheriff wanting to raise taxes on the homeowners to supply his staff. There is s o much waste at the sheriff department. I t hink they should be trying to nd ways to reduce taxes instead of raising them. Every t ime I drive down through Okeechobee, I s ee ve or six sheriff vehicles, new pickup t rucks and cars. I think the sheriff should let t he people know how many vehicles they have so people can know. Regarding Levy County having the s ame population as Okeechobee but spending a lot less on the sheriff's of ce. Compare s tarting salaries of their road patrol vs. ours. I can't imagine having to support a family on $28,840. Obviously, it's "do-able" or they w ouldn't have any employees, but it's a crying shame when one considers what LEO puts up with out there on those streets, let alone knowing you are in a high-risk posit ion. I think our deputies are started around $34,000? Doing some rough math, while c omparing the two counties, salaries can explain a large portion of the difference why Okeechobee operates at a higher budget t han Levy County or counties of similar size. I think a teacher's starting salary is less t han $30,000/year and they are required to have a four-year degree to get a job. I would much rather face these students while carrying a gun than nothing like a teacher does. How many employees does the sheriff have, how many of ce personnel are making over $50,000/year, and how many that are currently employed are getting a retirement pension at the same time? If I recall correctly, the "double dippers" who also get a pension, were among those let go due to the budget cuts. When you are off duty in your assigned car, you still use discretion. If the incident that requires attention is very minor, the deputy makes a decision and better be prepared to support the decision to pass it by. If it's something serious, the deputy while off duty in his car, he had better act. The problem, if the deputy gets involved in something more than just a simple traf c stop or assist and it turns into something that requires more time, then OCSO must compensate him with overtime or comp time. Or, take a balance off in the next shift. I am wondering if those who drive unmarked vehicles are required to keep a mileage log. I drive a company car and I have to keep a log for the IRS. I am taxed on the value of my personal use of that vehicle as that is considered part of my income. If the undercover cops are using the vehicles when they are not on duty, then they should be paying taxes on that value. I think most deputies do not abuse the use of the cars. If there are a few who do, that should be addressed. Family members or friends who are not sworn of cers should never be in the county vehicles, both marked and unmarked, period. If that of cer has to respond to an emergency, what is he going to do with the family members? He can't just take them along and put them in danger. If he has to run them home, what was the point of letting him use the patrol car when off duty in the rst place? Since government entities are funded by tax money, I truly believe ALL governmental salaries should be easily accessed through public record. I understand this information being able to be viewed by co-workers can/ might cause problems amongst employees, but if the pay is truly based on one's worth then there should be no problem/question. It's when a "friendship" salary scale is used that causes problems. If equal/fair salaries are paid, the overwhelming majority of employees understand and accept the "fair" difference. Thanks for tournament helpOn the heels of another successful Devon Venables Memorial Softball Tournament, Omega Beta and the family of Devon Venables want to sincerely thank everyone involved: all the sponsors, all the teams, and all those who show up to watch! A special thanks to Jill Rogers and Jeneane Rhuda for facilitating the tournament and the bracket each year. This was the fth year of the annual tournament and each year, no matter the weather, everyone shows up and everyone has a good time! The money raised through this annual tournament goes toward the Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship. In this time we have been able to give six, $2,400 renewable scholarships to welldeserving, degree-seeking Okeechobee student athletes. We have also been able to give three, one-time scholarships to outstanding athlete scholars. With your continued support, we have been able to give $27,900 to Okeechobee students! From the Family of Devon VenablesOCA says thank youWe would like to say thank you to everyone who participated at any level in making the Okeechobee Christian Academy 2014 Fun Shoot at OK Corral Gun Club a huge success! The staff and facility at OK Corral Gun Club are top notch and we are so glad that they invited us back for the third year in a row! We would like to recognize all of our sponsors. Our platinum sponsors were: The W (Mr. Tim Williams), Ag Life (Mr. Howard Nelson), American Drilling Services, Inc., MDO Engineering, Bass Electric, Williamson Cattle Company, The Tucker Group, WCW Holdings and Dunklin Memorial Camp. Our gold sponsors were: Platinum Builders, Clayton Williams, and Newcomer Ranch. Our team sponsors were: Quality Electric, Alan's Auto Electric, Multi-Fab, Jose Banuelos, K.R. Transport and Services, Morgan's Furniture, Krauss and Crane, Church 4 The Beach, Everglades Farm Equipment, JM Larson, Mike and Sharon Wallace, and Lloyd Johnson Electric. Thank you to all o f the station sponsors including: Eli's Western Wear, Envirotech, K Builders, Okeechobe e Out tters, Lehman Auto Body, Farm Credi t Florida, D4 Powersports, The Hebel Family, and Seacoast National Bank. Thank you to the more than 100 shooters who came out to participate in a fun and friendly competition. The team with the highest overall score was Bass Electric; the team members were Joel Bass, Kyl e Reno, Vernon Hinote and Ray Royce. Th e High Overall Male Shooter was Joel Bass. The High Overall Female Shooter was Carol Smith, and the High Overall Youth Shoote r was Tucker Wise. Each shooter received a shooting towel compliments of Teez 2 Pleez and a good y bag containing items donated by local businesses including: Waste Management, Jersey Mike's Subs, Seacoast National Bank, Suntrust, TD Bank, U.B.S. Financial Services, Inc., Serenity Coffee and American Drilling Services, Inc. A delicious lunch was provided by Tin Fish. Tea and desert were provided by The Golden Corral. Over 25 different raf e items were donated by local individuals and businesses such as: Wherrell Custom Rif e Works, Gerrard's Bait and Tackle, Posh Salon, W & W Lumber, The Home Depot, Storey Hunts, Real Sea Camo, 4-H, the 14kt Gold Store, Tripl e W Airboats, Heather and Clint Rucks, Capstone Industries, Cowpoke's Watering Hole, Tire Kingdom, and Frank DeCarlo. We wan t to say a special thank you to Gilbert Snapper and Golf Cars, Custom Graphics and Signs, Teez 2 Pleez, The Okeechobee News, The Hometown Magazine, The Okeechobe e Magazine, Ben Wise at Ok Corral Gun Club, and to all of the volunteers for helping mak e this event a huge success! Sincerely, Sarah Reno for Okeechobee Christian Academy April 11, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Editor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Dee Gaudin Publisher: Tom ByrdSpeak 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! Bikefest to be held April 12-13 at Cypress Hut EaglesOkeechobee's fth Annual Bikefest will be held April 12-13 at the Cypress Hut Eagles, 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. There will be a car and motorcycle show, poker run and live entertainment. Admission is $5. For information, call Dewey at 863-634-6300.


enforcement activity has declined by 40 percent since the prosecutorial discretion policy w as put into place. That study was released last month. That study goes on to point out that in 2013, ICE reported 722,000 encounters with potentially deportable aliens. However, they only followed through with immigration charges on 195,000 of those, or about onefourth. Many of the aliens “ignored” by ICE w ere convicted felons. In 2013, ICE agents released 68,000 aliens with criminal convictions, added the study. What this means, is fewer potentially deportable aliens are being arrested and incarcerated in jails such as the one in Glades County. With fewer people being locked up, the revenue stream for those jails has dwindled. Sheriff Whiddon pointed out that nine facilities similar to his have already shut down in the U.S. Yet, said Alvin Ward, GCDC president and board chairman, his group and Glades County were assured by ICE that they would keep their facility in business. “They said if you build it, we’ll ll it,” he said, Wednesday, March 9. “ICE is not holding up their end of the bargain. Glades County and the stockholders have been hung out to dry by ICE. “If it continues to go south, the stockholders are going to lose a lot of money, and a lot of people will be out of a job,” he added. Simply put, he added, ICE is not picking up illegal aliens. “Basically, they’re not picking up anybody. And when we met with them, they said they don’t see anything changing in the near future,” added the GCDC head. Mr. Ward explained that the facility was built after the GCDC was able to secure a 24y ear, $33 million bond. The GCDC makes an interest payment quarterly and a principle payment yearly, he added. The GCDC board is a volunteer board and members receive no remuneration for their services. When asked how long the GCDC would keep the jail open, Mr. Ward said he didn’t want to go “into the amount of time.” But, he said, bondholders have given his group the go-ahead to use some of the money being held in reserves to keep the facility open. However, at Tuesday’s county commission meeting Sheriff Whiddon said the GCDC currently has $3 million in reserves. It’s not clear how much of that will be used to keep the facility running. Sheriff Whiddon also pointed out in Thursday’s telephone interview the daily cost per inmate is $88, and that applies to all inmates being held in the jail. As of Thursday, the sheriff said he had just under 200 inmates in the 600-bed facility. About 40 of those are county inmates, while another 20 are being held for the U.S. Marshal’s Service. The rest, he said, are being held for ICE. Locally, Okeechobee County Jail Administrator Ronnie White said Thursday he had 12 inmates that were being held for ICE. Those inmates were not arrested by ICE, but were arrested on local charges and are being held for possible deportation. Unlike the Glades County facility, the Okeechobee County Jail is not dependent on ICE detainees. “The only thing (money) we get is the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAT),” said Mr. White. “The county gets so much per day for holding illegal aliens then, when we need something, we can use it. Last year we bought a computer software program.” In scal year 2013 the county received $45,583 in SCAAT money. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) gures indicated the average per diem rate in 2012 for detainees was $40.80 per inmate. The problem with that is, Sheriff Paul May’s budget for inmates is $70 per day, per inmate. This means he loses $29.20 per day, per detainee. The OCSO submits the number of detainees held, then the government goes over that list and pays only for those who are known to be here illegally. For scal year 2011-12, the sheriff’s of ce submitted 119 names of detainees that were held in the county jail. Regardless of all that has transpired lately, Sheriff Whiddon said he feels the chances of keeping his jail open are “fairly good.” “We’re in negotiations with the bondholders to gure out our options,” he said. “They don’t want to close it. We’ve just got to put together a lot of operating expenses and give them to the investors and the bank. They’ll look at it to see if they can come up with some sort of options.” But if there are no other options, Mr. Ward said the facility would be closed. “It would go through the closure process according to bond documents and then sold. Bondholders would then get a percentage o f the sale,” he added. “We need a hair over 400 to break even and keep the jail open. We’re running about $500,000 a month in the hole and that’s not a good number.” When asked, Mr. Ward said his group could not sue ICE or the government because there is no contract between them so the GCDC and the bondholders are going to do all they can to keep the facility open. “We don’t want to lose the facility and we don’t want to lose the jobs in Glades County,” he said. “It worries me every day.” A phone call seeking more information was made to ICE, but it was not returned as of newspaper deadline. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A pril 11, 2014 process of setting up a meeting with the employee’s attorney. In other business, the board expelled a seventh grade student at Okeechobee A chievement Academy for possession of an illegal substance on campus. The board also approved a policy change that requires school bus drivers to adhere to Florida law and not text while driving the school bus. Another policy change limits public speakers at school board meetings to ve-minute presentations. Two Okeechobee schools are enrolled in a USDA healthier schools contest, North and Everglades Elementary. Food Service Director Michelle Perkins said a real effort has been made to provide more nutritious meals for schools. They plan to initiate a ‘smart snacks in school’ program that encourages healthier diets for students. The board also scheduled a workshop meeting for Tuesday, April 29, at 5 p.m. to discuss several items including alternatives to the standard valedictorian and salutatorian recognition for graduating seniors, a proposal to combine the freshman campus with the high school, and a change in high school start times. The board will also hear an update on their annual budget process, and receive an update on new state legislation that will or potentially will affect our schools. The board proclaimed May 5-9 as Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week. The district also scheduled summer school schedules from June 12-27. That includes a third grade reading camp at Yearling Middle School required by law. Students will attend from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. K-12 ESE students in various classes will attend those dates at the same times. Transportation will be provided. All third graders who score level 1 on the FCAT reading are required to attend. In student recognitions, the school board honored the Yearling Middle School FFA Dairy Judging Team that nished fourth in the state. Members include Artha Jonassaint, Makalyn Jones, Cayetana Ortega, and Zara Vozzella. Their coach was Teresa McGehee. Also honored was the Yearling Middle School Livestock Judging Team that nished fourth in the state. Team members were Sumer Baker, Kevin Dryden, Taylor Jordan and Jared Phares. The Okeechobee High School Dairy Judging Team also was honored as they nished second in the state competition. Team members included Jacob McGehee, John McGehee and Natalee Trimble. John McGehee was the top scoring individual in the state. In staff recognitions, Robert Ellis, seventh grade inclusion teacher at Osceola Middle School, won the Golden Mouse Award for use of technology in the classroom. School bookkeepers Jackie Skinner of Central Elementary, Dorina Coker of Seminole, Debbie Hill of Osceola Middle, Rell Clark of the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, Dawn Radebaugh of Okeechobee High School and Jennifer Harden of Okeechobee Achievement Academy were honored for perfect internal funds audits. It was noted that Ms. Skinner has had three consecutive years of perfect audits. Mrs. Radebaugh was praised for helping OHS have their rst ever perfect audit. Retirees honored but unable to attend in person were bus driver Earlene Carter, who served 21 years for the system, and Anna Robinson, a custodian at OHS. FCAT testing begins next Monday and lasts for two weeks. The school board visited Seminole Elementary and Yearling Middle School earlier Tuesday for tours of the schools. Chairman Joe Arnold commented on the high teenage pregnancy rates in Okeechobee and urged board members and staff to consider a leadership program for teens. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 JAILContinued From Page 1 In 2013, ICE charged only 195,000, or 25 percent, out of 722,000 potentially deportable aliens they encountered. Most of those aliens came to the attention of ICE after incarceration for a local arrest.  ICE released 68,000 criminal aliens in 2013, or 35 percent of the criminal aliens encountered by of cers. The vast majority of these releases occurred because of the Obama administration’s prosecutorial discretion policies, not because the aliens were not deportable.  ICE targeted 28 percent fewer aliens for deportation from the interior in 2013 than in 2012, despite sustained high numbers of encounters in the Criminal Alien and Secure Communities programs.  Every ICE eld of ce but one reported a decline in interior enforcement activity. In the Miami eld of ce: 74,724 aliens were encountered in 2013; 10,200 of those were charged; and, 64,524 were released. That is a release rate of 86 percent.  ICE reports there are more than 870,000 aliens on its docket who have been ordered removed, but who remain in de ance of the law.  Less than 2 percent of ICE’s caseload was in detention at the end of scal year 2013.  About three-fourths of the aliens ICE detained in 2013 had criminal and/ or immigration convictions so serious that detention was required by statute.  Under current policies, an alien’s family relationships, political considerations, attention from advocacy groups and other factors not related to public safety can trump even serious criminal convictions and result in the termination of a deportation case. Source: The Center for Immigration Studies publication released March of 2014 entitled ‘Catch and Release: Interior immigration enforcement in 2013.’ Key ndings of 2013 study: Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyFood Services Director Michelle Perkins received a proclamation for Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week for Okeechobee Schools. The campaign is held from May 5-9, 2014.


Moose offering bingoOkeechobee Moose Lodge, #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St., invites you to join them for fun in the lodge. Bingo will be held Friday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. with the kitchen open from 5 until 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 12, join them for the Moose Rally in the Tiki Hut with food from 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13 from 8 until 11 a.m. is the $5 breakfast. Breakfast is open to the public. Bingo is Thursday, April 17, at 1 p.m. and Friday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. The kitchen is open on Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. Proceeds bene t Moose Charities.Rib dinner served by VFWVFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host a barbecue rib dinner Friday, April 11 from 6 until 9 p.m. Karaoke is from 7-until 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, with Lisa Smith. Sunday, April 13, features a meatloaf dinner from 1 until 3 p.m. For information call 863763-0818. All proceeds go to local veteran organizations.Eagles offer steak dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles will host a top choice steak or seafood dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11. Entertainment will be provided by Cripple Creek. Saturday, April 12, starts Okeechobee Bike Fest with entertainment all day by various artists. The winning ticket will also be drawn in the Project Rewalk bene ting Casey Lawrence. it is sponsored by Buxton Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, All American Well Drilling & Style Studio. Sunday Bike Fest continues with entertainment from noon until 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, is the weekly dart tournament with hamburgers being served. Proceeds from Tuesday go to support the Okeechobee Wolverines Football League. Other proceeds go to community and national charities. For information, contact the Eagles at 863-4671154.D.A.R. meeting is April 12A D.A.R. chapter meeting will be held Saturday, April 12 at the library at 10 a.m. The library opens at 9:30 a.m. May 3 will be a genealogy workshop at the library at 10 a.m. It will be open to those interested in discovering their heritage. Register with Su George at 863763-0266.Easter concert is plannedThe Okeechobee Community Choir, in its 15th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, will present its Easter Cantata Concert PalmSunday weekend, Friday, April 11 Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. The choir is made up of 47 voices, representing 19 area churches. Songs will include "Who Is This King?" Other Easter favorites will be sung as well as Join-the-Choir on the nal song, Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." For information, call Sandy at 863-634-7714.Model plane club plans Fly-inThe Okeechobee Model Airplane Club is hosting its annual Meet and Greet Community Buddy Box Fly-In on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. In case of rain it will be held April 19 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Fly-in will be held at the club's at ying eld on N.W. 80th Avenue, this is the road off of S.R. 70 East that leads back to Thundercross Motocross Track. This event is open to the public and for the public to try their hand at ying a radio control model aircraft under the supervision of one of our instructor pilots. Admission and parking are free as are the ights. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be sold. There will also be a Model Aerobatic Air Show at 11 a.m. For information, call Joe Papasso at 561-252-0916.Club hosting seniors danceA single senior club will host a dance Saturday, April 12 at the Bull Pen in Cowboys, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave. The dance will start at 7 p.m. For information, call Marie at 863357-0676. Bridal Expo plannedA Bridal Expo will be held at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St., Saturday, April 12, from 2 until 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. There will be games, prizes, a fashion show and a special wedding gift basket for a lucky bride to be. All funds bene t My Aunt's House (The Closet.) To become a vendor or for information, contact Tammi Kelly at 772-708-6764; or, e-mail at tammiphotos@ gmail.com.Masons hosting breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host a breakfast on Sunday, April 13 for $6 per plate. The public is welcomed and carry out is available. Breakfast will be severed from 8 until 11 a.m. All proceeds go to local Mason giving.Sunday bingo set for April 13American Legion Post 64 will host Sunday night bingo on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dining room patrons.Retired teachers to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Teachers Association will have their monthly meeting Monday, April 14 beginning at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Any retired educator is welcome to attend.w 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.newsza p .com.Jerel Bumgardner, 64OKEECHOBEE Jerel Bumgardner died March 28, 2014. No services will be held. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the 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.Katherine Irene Erickson, 41OKEECHOBEE Katherine Irene Erickson passed away on April 7, 2014 in Sarasota, Fla. She was a resident of Okeechobee for 10 y ears, coming from Port Salerno, Fla. Katherine worked in the medical eld as a certi ed nursing assistant, she enjoyed being with her family and friends. Everyone will miss her angel soul. She loved helping people. Mrs. Erickson is survived by her husband of 14 years, Johnny Erickson of Okeechobee; mother, Judy (Ray) J ones; brother, Edward (Tammy) Weihl of Fort Bragg, N.C.; grandmother, Dorothy I. Blackburn of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; father and mother in-law, J ohnny A.(Vicki) Erickson of Okeechobee, Fla.; sister in-law, Jeannie Erickson; nephews, Parker and Justin; nephew, Randy (Sonja) Grien; nieces, Cloe and Jessica (Josh) Grien; many aunts, uncles and cousins. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home on Friday April 11, 2014 with a service of remembrance being conducted at 6 p.m. with Ricky Goodman of ciating. Arrangements are under the care of BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home. 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL. Online condolences may be expressed at w ww.buxtonseawinds.com 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. 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He is being held without bond.  Jamie Lee West, 25, S.E. 40th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 8 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felony battery. His bond was set at $5,000.  Corey Lee Taylor, 23, N.W. 53rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested April 9 by Deputy Elbert Kline on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of unauthorized use of a credit card. His bond was set at $3,000. This column lists arrests and not conv ictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone l isted here who is later found innocent or h as had the charges against them dropped i s welcome to inform this newspaper. The i nformation will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee A rrest ReportBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The American Red Cross wants to make sure the Okeechobee community is ready for emergencies. “Our goal is to make sure the community is resilient,” said Tammy Jackson-Moore, community executive for the American Red Cross. “We need to be able to stand on our own until help can come. “It takes everybody working together until that happens,” she said. “We have our share of tornadoes and w ild res as well as hurricanes.” she continued. “It’s not a matter of IF we’ll get another hurricane. It’s WHEN. We haven’t had to deal with a big hurricane in some time.” She said the American Red Cross needs trained community volunteers to make sure that all of the services the Red Cross offers can be available to Okeechobee residents. With that in mind, the Red Cross will host a volunteer open house on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Red Cross Service Center, 323 Parrott Ave. Interested persons can meet Disaster Service teams, ask questions, and register to become a volunteer. The Red Cross provides training and needs volunteers of all backgrounds and ages. Before a storm hits, Disaster Team volunteers will do outreach in the community to help area residents prepare for a storm. Ms. Jackson-Moore said they want the community know what to do before, during and after a hurricane. “The bottom line is, the Red Cross is going to be there in times of need and stay in the community until the last client is served,” she said. “To do that, we need the help o f community partners and volunteers.” For more information, call 863-763-2488. Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District reduced the amount of water owing from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River on Wednesday. Beginning April 9, the target ow from the lake to the Caloosahatchee is a 10-day average of 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock (S-79) near Fort Myers. Local runoff outside the lake into the Caloosahatchee River could cause ows to exceed this target. No water from Lake Okeechobee is being released into the St. Lucie Canal although local basin runoff from the St. Lucie Canal will continue to be allowed to pass through the St. Lucie Lock as necessary. “The lake level dropped into the Base Flow Sub-Band of the 2008 LORS (Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule) over the weekend,” said Jorge Tous, chief of the Water Management Section for Jacksonville District. “The change in ows mirrors the 2008 LORS guidance for the lake level at this point in the dry season.” On Tuesday, the lake stage was 13.45 feet and has been on a slow downward trend over the past month. The corps will closel y monitor conditions and adjust ows as necessary to balance the competing needs and purposes of Lake Okeechobee. For more information on water level and ow data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the corps’ water management page at the Jacksonville District website: http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports.htm. Corps reduces ow from Lake Okeechobee to river March mimicked February’s typical dry-season pattern of mainly dry days with a few widespread showers and thunderstorms during the month. Overall, most of the region had below-average rainfall, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) meteorologists reported last week. “Most of March’s rain fell on just four days, but it was enough recharge to keep water supplies in a good range,” said Susan Sylvester, Chief of the Water Control Operations Bureau. “As South Florida enters the nal two months of the dry season, the agency continues to watch water levels across the region.” District-wide rainfall for March averaged 2.42 inches, representing 77 percent of average, or 0.72 inches below average. Martin and St. Lucie counties were the driest areas in the district, receiving 2.15 inches of rain, representing 53 percent of average, or 1.87 inches below average. 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1 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2014 South Florida makes photography easySouth Florida is a great place to be a photographer. Whether you enjoy photographing wildlife, people or sports, you don’t h ave to travel far to nd a great place to take photos. W e asked readers to share some of their photos and their favorite local spots for photo shoots. Photographer Waddy Thompson seems to nd beauty everywhere. He captured magic in a rainbow over cow pens in Felda. (His photo is used for the banner at the top this page.) Tina Shepherd said she loves working with children and animals. “LaBelle is perfect to photograph gorgeous horses,” she said. She often uses LaBelle’s Barron Park and the Caloosahatchee River for See PHOTOGRAPHY — Page 2photo shoots. “You can’t buy a backdrop like the ones we h ave here in L aBelle, the green grass looking over the water with a picture perfect bridge in background. I h ave people travel from all over to get those photos,” Tina said. Photographer Kurt Anderson enjoys taking photos in the Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment Area just north of the City of Okeechobee. He said he nds photo opportunities all around him. He has even stopped on the tree-lined Martin County Road 714 (also known as Martin Grade). “I travel this road often to go to Stuart and I risked my life to stop and take a shot from the middle of the road!” he recalled. P h o t o g r a p h e r S t e v e n B a l l w o n r s t Photographer Steven Ball won rst p l a c e i n t h e c o n t e s t T h e T a y l o r C r e e k place in the contest. The Taylor Creek S t o r m w a t e r T r e a t m e n t A r e a i s o n e o f Stormwater Treatment Area is one of h i s f a v o r i t e s p o t s t o t a k e p h o t o s his favorite spots to take photos. J o e A l l e n t o o k t h i s p h o t o o f a Joe Allen took this photo of a S a n d h i l l C r a n e i n h i s b a c k y a r d a t Sandhill Crane in his backyard at S e m i n o l e C o v e i n O k e e c h o b e e Seminole Cove in Okeechobee C o u n t y County. S t e v e H a y e s l o v e s t a k i n g p h o t o s Steve Hayes loves taking photos f r o m a n a i r b o a t T h i s p h o t o w a s from an airboat. This photo was t a k e n o n L a k e O k e e c h o b e e n e a r taken on Lake Okeechobee, near C l e w i s t o n Clewiston. Other photographers agreed the Taylor Creek STA is lled with “photo ops.” “I always nd something to photograph when I visit Taylor Creek STA,” said Steve Ball. Ginger Peacock also frequents the Taylor Creek STA. “I love taking pictures here, because of all the wildlife and jus t the sheer beauty of the place. Every time I go there is always something di eren t to see,” she commented. Kelly Erskin loves taking photos on and of the Caloosahatchee River. “It’s the most serene and calming place to be after a long day at school,” she said. T i n a S h e p h a r d w a s t a k i n g Tina Shephard was taking p h o t o s i n a p a s t u r e n e a r photos in a pasture near L a B e l l e a n d c o u l d n t r e s i s t LaBelle and couldn't resist t h i s c o w w h o s e e m e d t o this cow who seemed to l o v e t h e c a m e r a love the camera.


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3 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2014 Tickets f or come d ian Bill Engvall on sale in AprilBRIGHTON—Comedian and actor Bill Engvall will bring his stand-up routine to Seminole Casino Brighton (SCB) on Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $55 and w ill go on sale Friday, April 11, at the casino cash cage or by phone 800-360-9875. How do you like your Easter eggs? We like them lled with cash or free play! Players have a chance to win SCB’s Easter Egg Hunts on Thursdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This month, lucky SCB players will be in the Hot Seat. If your seat is drawn, you’ll be eligible to win up to $500 in cash or free play and a Real Slot Machine Bank! Drawings will be held April 11, 19, 23 and 27 between 8 a.m. and noon and again from 8 p.m. until midnight. The Easter spirit is strong at SCB this year. We’re giving away not one, but two brand new 2014 Volkswagen Jettas, one of the world’s most luxurious and userfriendly small sedans on the market. Play your favorite slots to earn daily entries into our grand prize drawings on Saturdays, April 12 and 26, at 10 p.m., and turn your daily commute into a joy ride with your new Jetta. On Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m., it will be time to turn down the lights and turn up the fun! Party Bingo is back at SCB, and participants can enjoy dancing, glow products, games and giveaways. There will be a $10 door pack and up to $1,500 in cash prizes available. One must be 18 to party and 21 or older to drink. As Tax Day comes to an end, SCB has a great refund waiting for you. On Tuesday, A pril 15, between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., ten lucky winners will walk away with $1,000 cash. Entries will be awarded for recorded machine play from April 1 through 15, plus one free swipe per day. Still feeling the Easter spirit? Holiday Bingo may be just what you need. Play Saturday, April 19, for your chance at $12,000 guaranteed in jackpot games, including two $5,000 Must Go Jackpots! There will be a $70 buy-in and $75 with computer games. Regular games pay $750. Treat your taste buds to a delicious Easter Sunday Special on April 20 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Indulge in brown sugar glazed baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole and carrot cake for only $10.95 at Josiah Restaurant & Lounge. Please contact the casino or visit www.seminolebrightoncasino.com for information on bus transportation and group packages. See the Player’s Club for promotion details. One must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Player’s Club member to participate. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.About Seminole Casino Brighton Seminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000-square-foot casino with 421 slot and gaming machines, live action blackjack e-tables, a six-table poker room, and high-stakes bingo action, and Josiah, a full-service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern air-conditioning system, clean atmosphere, and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Indian Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road (State Road 721), in Glades County, FL 34974. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998.


Plays & concerts... N i g h t W a t c h Night WatchLABELLE—The Firehouse Community Theatre, 241 Bridge St. in LaBelle, will present “Night Watch” Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. This is an “o Bridge Street” production, not part of the regular season ticket package. “Night Watch” is a thriller, combining a mystery with a suspense-laden drama. A woman is certain she has seen something sinister outside her window, but no one believes her. For tickets, go online to http://www. rehousecommunitytheatre.com/. For more information, call 863-763-3066. S a l u t e t o C h o r a l M a s t e r s Salute to Choral MastersFORT PIERCE—The Indian River State College Chorale will present a “Salute to the Choral Masters” on April 10, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. at the McAlpin Center, 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. The IRSC Chorale will continue its springtime tradition of presenting excerpts from a major choral work which has stood the test of time. These compositions put all of us in touch with the great minds of the past and the inspiration which has spurred the art of choral singing to new heights throughout the centuries. For ticket information, call the box o ce at 1-800-220-9915 or go online to www.irsc.edu/visitors/shows. R a p u n z e l RapunzelBELLE GLADE—The Missoula Children’s Theatre will perform “Rapunzel” on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 977 S.W. College Drive, in Belle Glade. Come see our local stars perform as The Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center for its 20th annual production! Would it surprise you to know that the story of Rapunzel happened in France? Well it didn’t really, but our story takes you on a frivolous frolic through the French countryside. The Ogres garden in the mushroom patch while the corn and potato spies report back to Madame Gothel. Frenchy and his intense friends, the Wood Elves, do their best to help Rapunzel escape the grasp of Madame Gothel. Just when you think it’s safe to cross the bridge a troll and three billy goats gru get in the way. It doesn’t help that the three bears (or is it four) confuse Rapunzel with Goldilocks and chase her through the forest. Add to that the gremlins trying to play tricks on everyone and you h ave chaos! Well, it’s not that bad because the pixies foil the gremlins’ plans most of the time! Following the 11 a.m. performance, enjoy refreshments and lots of fun activities sponsored by the Bank of Belle Glade and Glades Area Branches of the Palm Beach County Library System. Parents, bring your cameras for this event which is included in the price of admission. Purchase tickets online at http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/theatre/dollyhand/or by phone at 561-993-1160. ARTS A LA CARTE! Serving Entertainment For All Tastes! 1977 COLLEGE DRIVE BELLE GLADE, FL 33430 BOX OFFICE 561.993.1160 The Doo-Wah Riders Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 pm Auditions for Rapunzel are on Monday, May 12 at 4:00 pm at the Dolly Hand. Auditions are open to students grades K5-12 No preparation is necessary!RapunzelSaturday, May 17, 2014 at 11 am & 7 pmAnnouncing the 2014-2015 SERIESThursday, November 13, 2014 – Edvin Marton: Prince of the Violin Thursday, December 18, 2014 – American Big Band’s Home for the Holidays Tuesday, January 6, 2015 – Stormy Weather: The Story of Lena Horne Thursday, January 15, 2015 – How to Succeed on Broadway Thursday, January 29, 2015 – David Phelps in Concert Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Rock Legends: People’s Choice Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – Jekyll & Hyde Monday, March 23, 2014 – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Tuesday, April 14 – Nashville Chicks With Hits Thursday, April 23 – The Aluminum Show 4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2014 PERFORMING A RTSArea special events... C l e w i s t o n Clewiston S u g a r Sugar F e s t i v a l FestivalCLEWISTON—The Clewiston Sugar Festival, an annual celebration of the end of the sugar cane harvest for Hendry County, will make a big return this year. The festival activities start on Thursday, April 10, with Seminole Heritage Day at the Clewiston Museum. On Friday, April 11, the Drug Free Hendry Talent Fest will be from 6 to 9 p.m., in Sugar Festival Park on Osceola Avenue. Also on April 11, Rock & Roll on Bond Street will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. with free food and fun for all. On Saturday, April 12, the festival continues with live entertainment by headliner, Dustin Lynch, Gwen Sebastain, Downtime and the Ty Redd Gang. The festival will also include the Big Lake Cruisers Car Show, arts and crafts booths, food vendors and a kids’ park. The Raising Cane Rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hendry County Fair Rodeo Arena. On Sunday, April 13, the Sugar Festival Bass Tournament registration opens at 5 a.m. (For more information on the tournament, call 863-885-1694. The Raising Cane Youth Rodeo will be at the Hendry County Fair Rodeo Arena at 2 p.m. For more information online, go to www.clewistonsugarfestival.com.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 HUGE INVENTORY ON ALL MODELS | Brand new cars starting at only $13,988 WE WILL PAY TOP DOLLAR FOR YOUR VEHICLE EVEN IF YOU DON’T TRADE ALL NEW 2015 TAHOES AND SUBURBANS IN STOCKCome See and Drive the 48 MPG “Diesel” Chevy Cruze SAVE THOUSANDS ON REMAINING 2013!ONLY A FEW LEFT!NEW 2014 CHEVY CRUZE ECO NEW 2014 CHEVY EQUINOX NEW 2014 CHEVY MALIBU LS NEW 2014 CHEVY SILVERADO Plus Tag and Tax | $3,000 due at signing Plus Tag and Tax | $3,000 due at signing*On select models. Prices include all factory rebates assigned to dealer. Prices exclude tax, tag, title & $699 dealer fee. Sto ck photos, vehicles may be a different color. Hurry in for best selection; vehicles subject to prior sale. Dealer not responsible for typographical errors. Offers expire 4/3 0/14. WE BUY CARS.Plus Tag and Tax | $3,000 due at signingSTK#E7237087 STK#E6224769 STK#EF164371 STK#EZ131994 Lease 39 Months 10,000 miles $ 227Lease 39 Months 10,000 miles $ 259Lease 39 Months 10,000 miles $ 245List $26,990 Disc. $3,903 Rebate $2,250 now only $ 23,637 15 Okeechobee News A pril 11, 2014


The Okeechobee Ford dealership has a new name, more space and lots of new inv entory. The Culbreth family purchased the former Okeechobee Motor Company from the W atfords in June 2013. After some renovations and expansion, Gilbert Ford held their of cial grand opening ceremony in March w ith over 400 people in attendance. "We more than doubled the lot space," explained Bert Culbreth. "The rst thing we did was increase the inventory. Renovations and expansion included the addition of new lifts in the repair shop, new carpeting and new outside lights as well as fencing and landscaping. About 90 percent of Gilbert Ford's inventory is trucks and SUVs, "Although we do have a good selection of cars," Mr. Culbreth said. "Most buyers in Okeechobee are looking for trucks and SUVs," he added. The inventory draws buyers from outside the area. "About 40 percent of our business comes from outside Okeechobee," he said. He credits this to a combination of keeping the prices competitive and treating people right. "I think we have a different way of doing business out here," he said. "It's all about repeat customers for us." He said when they sell someone a vehicle, they want to make sure that customer is happy with the purchase and with the serv ice so they will come back when it's time to purchase another vehicle. An unusual twist to the local dealership is the "friendly competition" across the street. The Culbreth family also owns Gilbert Chevrolet. "It's unusual for Ford and Chevrolet dealerships to be owned by the same family," Mr. Culbreth said. He said both Ford and Chevrolet have been very supportive of their business. The arrangement gives the customers even more choices, he continued. If a customer wants to look at the options on the Chevrolet lot, members of the Ford sales team can go across the street with the customer, he said. The Chevrolet sales team can also sell from the Ford lot, he said. He said some of their eet customers buy both Fords and Chevys. The dealerships work together and it has worked out very well, he said. "There are differences in the vehicles," he said, and the salespeople work to match the customers with the best vehicle for their needs. Mr. Culbreth said he has been very happy with Ford Corporate and with the Ford products. "The Ford products have gotten very good," he said. "I'm driving a Ford and my wife is too. I had not owned a Ford until recently, but I'm sold." He said he is excited about new products Ford is working on, such as the new F-150 which will have an aluminum frame. This will lighten the vehicle by 750 pounds and improve fuel mileage. He said the business venture has been in the works a long time. "My dad had spoken to Dowling (Watford) a long time ago and let him know if he was ever interested in selling, we were interested," he said. The Watford family was involved in the Ford dealership since 1946, and owned the business since 1962. "It's been a good transition. Dowling is still helping us with a lot of things," Mr. Culbreth said. "He knows Ford like the back of his hand." The expansion also meant the dealership added staff, with 15 new employees, including nationally certi ed technicians for both gasoline and diesel engines in the repair shop. "We want to service all Fords, not just the ones we sell," explained Mr. Culbreth. "It all goes hand in hand. If we do a good job servicing their cars, there's a good chance they'll buy from us in the future." The Culbreth family has its roots in Okeechobee and the surrounding areas. "My grandfather, Hugh Gilbert Culbreth Sr, founded Gilbert Oil in 1928," said Mr. Culbreth. He started Gilbert Chevrolet in 1933. He explained that everyone called his grandfather "Gilbert" and so that was the name he put on his businesses, which also included the Gilbert Theater. The Culbreth family also owns Gilbert Mowers & Golf Carts, Gilbert Line-X, Gil Culbreth Real Estate and Gilbert Collision Center. The family remains involved with community programs in Okeechobee such as youth livestock auctions, shing tournaments, rodeos and racing events. With a friendly family rivalry between the auto dealerships, look for them to compete against each other in the annual mini-regatta boat races. Mr. Culbreth said the family remains committed to Okeechobee. They live and work here, and enjoy providing great products and service to their friends and neighbors. Gilbert Ford takes pride in products and service 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 202 NE 2nd St. (Located behind CVS) € 863.763.5000Hours: Mon-urs 11am-9pm € Fri-Sat 11am-10pm € Sun 11am-9pmEARLY BIRD SPECIAL MENU 3:30 TO 5:30 DELIVERY, EAT-IN OR PICKUP Pizza SpecialsLarge Cheese Pizza $599with 1 topping $6491 LARGEwith 2 toppings$7491 X-LARGEwith 2 toppingsFamily Style Salad & Garlic Bread$12991 X-LARGEwith 2 toppings$899 1 LARGEWITH 2 TOPPINGS & 16 WINGS $1999 XL $2 more 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 16 Okeechobee News April 11, 2014 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenBert Culbreth is proud of the renovations and expansion of the Ford dealership on U.S. 441 S.


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(863) 357-0424 EOE/DFWP LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERSCall Donnie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com Class A company CDL EOE/DFWP• minimum of 2 years driving experience • clean driving record Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!CLASS A -CDL DRIVER must have DOT medical, drug free & clean driving history. 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 4:00. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeELECTRICIANS NEEDED Must have commercial experience. Must have all tools and reliable trans. Long term job avail. Great pay & Great bene ts. Please call 888-703-7267 ENTEGRA ROOF TILE, LLC a local manufacturing company is currently looking to ll positions on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift. Applicants must be able to stack concrete tile neatly onto pallets, perform periodic maintenance and other duties as assigned. Capable of handling up to 25 lb. continuously and up to 75 lbs. at different intervals. Basic math knowledge and safety oriented with GMP. Bilingual a plus. Competitive pay great bene ts. Apply in person at Entegra Roof Tile 1289 NE 9th Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34972 MECHANIC to work on farm/ranch equipment, diesel and gasoline engines, eet maintenance, fabrication and electrical. Computer skills preferred. Florida Driver License required. Pay based on experience. Drug-free workplace. Apply in person from 8am-11am & 1pm-4pm Monday thru Friday @ 109 Arron Drive, Lake Placid, FL 863-465-2821 or of ce@lpclp.com Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Employment Full TimeThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce is seeking applications for Certi ed Correctional of cers. Ideal applicants are those with good moral character, in good physical condition and who are interested in serving their community. Starting salary is $34,000 with less than 3 years experience. Interested applicants should submit an application to Human Resources at 504 NW 4th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Applications may be printed from our website okeesheriff.org. Employment MedicalVery busy cardiology of ce looking for a FRONT DESK RECEPTIONIST. Must be familiar with EHR, authorizations/ referrals, and must have good customer service skills. Back of ce experience is a plus. Fax resume to (863) 467-8708 or call Lori at (863)467-9400 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ApartmentsNW OKEE: 2 BR 1.5 BA. Apt. available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $675 month, 1st, last & $500 security. Also available 2BR, 1 BA for $600 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. Condos/Townhouses RentGround Flr. 1br/1ba., Lake Front view, fully furnished, includes Utilities. $800 mo + Sec. 863-634-0663. Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor Creek Condo 2br./1ba., screened in porch, pool, boat dock, Washer/Dryer, water included. $800 mo. No pets. Move in now! $700. 863-634-0663. Houses RentADORABLE: In Town, 2BR, 2BA, Washer/Dryer, Screen Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $800 sec. (941) 504-3954 FOR RENT 1BD/1BA, LIVING & DINING ROOM KITCHEN COMBINATION BUNGALOW ON 4 ACRE PASTURE FT DRUM AREA $600.00/MO. PLUS SECURITY CALL LIZ 734-637-2697 OKEECHOBEE Beautiful ranch setting, 2/1 -$510.00 and 3/2 $620.00. Newly updated 12 miles NE of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included. Move-in Special Call for details M-F NO PETS 863.467.9800. Secluded, very private CBS 2/2 on 5 acres in Ft Drum, shady oaks, fenced, horse ready, 1st, last & sec. required $975/mo. Serious inquiries only! (772)216-1669 Waterfront RentalsWATERFRONT IN BUCKHEAD RIDGE, NICE 3/2, LARGE ROOMS, CENTRAL AIR, 1 CAR GARAGE. $900.00 PLUS SECURITY 1147 4TH ST. 561-968-4018 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Lots SaleCANAL LOT: In Taylor Cove. Located at 309 SE 8th St. w/lake access. 50’x150’ $18,000 or best offer. Call 239-898-7084 Mobile Home RentM.H. & CABINS FO R RENT 2BD/1&2 BATH, STORAGE SHED & BOAT STORAGE,MUST HAVE GOOD REF. FURNISHED $550.00 -650.00, UNFURNISHED $400.00-550.00 CALL 502-803-1876 O R 502-682-2403 OKEECHOBEE&LAKEPORT NICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 1bd & 1ba home in nice quiet small adult park, small dog okay, Security required. 239-246-6301 Mobile HomeSale3 BR, 2 BA Doublewide w/ screen patio, carport, utility shed in 55+ park. $24,900 Lot rent $235 mo. 561-723-6355 Palm Harbor Homes end of year sale!! 3 retirement models MUST go... Save over $26k, homes from the low 60’s, this week only plantcity.palmharbor.com 800-622-2832 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News A pril 11, 2014


Boats10 Foot, Fresh Water Fishing Boat w/Trailer & electric motor. Never been used due to poor health. Must sell. $900 or best offer. (772)340-4369 1998 SEA ARK SUNSAVANA,ALUMINUM HULL, 23FT DECK BOAT, DT-140 SUZUKI, TANDEM AXLE TRAILER, ELECTRIC TROLLING MOTOR,ILLINOIS BOAT NO SALT,STORED INSIDE,SEE AT LAKESHORE MARINE HWY 441. Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Fifth WheelsFOR SALE05 JAYCO EAGLE 5TH WHEEL 33’ W/3 SLIDES $14,000 O.B.O. CALL 863-467-0982 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Pickup Trucks02 F-150 KING RANCH, EXC. CONDITION, GARAGE KEPT, LOADED. MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE $9,000 CALL 863-824-6108 Public Notice NOTICE OF DISPOSITION OF PERSONAL ITEMS: Notice is hereby given that Awesome Self Storage, in accordance with Florida Statutes Self Storage Facility A ct, Sections 83-801 through 83-809, will dispose of the contents of the following storage unit on 4/15/14 of Sybil Bryant/Gail LeBlanc, Unit #247 and Kristy Obregon Unit #332, Contents Household Goods. Disposal will take place on that date at the Okeechobee County Land ll. A wesome Self Storage 6489 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-357-2403 464757 ON 4/4,11/2014 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE: CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council for the City of Okeechobee, will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:00 p.m ., or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City Clerk’s Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the City’s records. By: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 464856 ON 4/11/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD060 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that DAVID G MURRAY the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2086 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: INDIAN HAMMOCK H & R CLUB LOT 298 1-04-34-35-0010-00000-2980 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BARBARA J JOLLY WALTER C JOLLY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 22nd day of May, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 463472 ON 4/11,18,25;5/2/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD059 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2224 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: WHISPERING PINES COMMENCE AT A POINT 60 FEET SOUTH OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF TRACT 63 WHISPERING PINES ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND BEAR SOUTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 50 SEC WEST ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY OF PINE AVENUE AS EXTENDED IN OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 101 PAGE 853 A DISTANCE OF 230 FEET TO A POINT THENCE BEAR SOUTH ALONG A LINE PARALLEL TO THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID TRACT 63 A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH PARALLEL TO THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID TRACT 63 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 50 SEC WEST PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH BOUNDARY OF PINE AVENUE A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET THENCE NORTH PARALLEL TO THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID TRACT 63 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 50 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALSO BEING DESCRIBED AS LOT 22 TRIANGLE PARK AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION OF TRACT 63 WHISPERING PINES 1-04-37-35-0010-00000-063V Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: RUSSELL KEITH NORRIS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 8th day of May, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 462511 ON 3/28;4/4,11,18/2014 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Public Notice Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD058 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1404 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: PLATTS BLUFF RANCHES LOT 26 PLATTS BLUFF RANCHES AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION IN SECTIONS 25 AND 36 TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE NORTH ONE QUARTER CORNER OF SAID SECTION 36 BEAR SOUTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 278.23 FEET TO THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF CARLA ROAD AND THE POB THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 295.00 FEET THENCE BEAR NORTH 88 DEG 16 MIN 23 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 625.00 FEET TO THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF LISA LANE THENCE BEAR NORTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC EAST ALONG THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SAID LISA LANE A DISTANCE OF 330.00 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 88 DEG 16 MIN 23 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 555.00 FEET TO THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SAID CARLA ROAD THENCE BEAR SOUTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC WEST ALONG THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SAID CARLA ROAD A DISTANCE OF 35.00 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 88 DEG 16 MIN 23 SEC EAST ALONG THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SAID CARLA ROAD A DISTANCE OF 70.00 FEET TO THE POB 1-25-36-33-0010-00026-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KATHREINE A BAUM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 8th day of May, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 462510 ON 3/28;4/4,11,18/2014 18 Okeechobee News April 11, 2014 ACROSS 1 Thats enough from you!Ž 4 City whose towers construction began in 1173 8 Pops out of the cockpit 14 Seoul-based automaker 15 Bulky boats 16 Hit ones limit, in slang 17 How poets write? 19 Like a classic French soup 20 Tree of Knowledge locale 21 How moonshine is made? 23 Quick summary 26 Learned 27 Actress Thurman 28 Bath bathroom 29 Go to the bottom 33 How parts of a whole can be written? 38 Middling grade 39 Doctor WhoŽ actress Gillan 40 Taylor of fashion 41 Strong glue 43 Lyrical preposition 44 How a priest preaches? 47 Electrically flexible 49 Lyrical preposition 50 Feel crummy 51 World power until 1991: Abbr. 53 Spirits brand with a Peppar variety 57 How kangaroos travel? 60 Former Cubs slugger 61 Meadow lows 62 How some paper is packaged? 65 Land on two continents 66 Squeaker in Stuttgart 67 Big fan 68 1987 Beatty flop 69 Freelancers detail 70 Big primate DOWN 1 One going downhill fast 2 __ Kush mountains 3 Port in a storm, so to speak 4 Score to shoot for 5 Taxing initials 6 Knitters coil 7 Part of LPGA: Abbr. 8 What the coldblooded dont feel 9 She performed between Creedence and Sly at Woodstock 10 Sends away 11 Aloof 12 Napa vessels 13 Piggery 18 Last 22 Needs a fainting couch 24 Saudi neighbor 25 WWII female 28 Hard-hit ball 30 Clickable image 31 Coming up 32 Florida __ 33 Blue-and-yellow megastore 34 Stash finder 35 Willard of Best in ShowŽ 36 Brewpub 37 Pre-final rounds 42 Speaker between Hastert and Boehner 45 Coffee order 46 Pickup at a 36-Down 48 Picasso, for one 52 Justice Sotomayor 53 Easy-peasy!Ž 54 Fictional Doone 55 Go throughentirely 56 Small bite 57 Short notes? 58 Small bite 59 Lowers, as lights 61 X-ray kin 63 Ont. neighbor 64 L.A. campus By Doug Peterson and Patti Varol (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 04/02/14 04/02/14 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle A toll-free resource of the Florida Department of Transportation (standard mobile phone minutes, text message or data charges may apply)FLORIDA TRAFFIC INFO CALL 511 € VISIT FL511.COM MOBILE APPS € TWITTER


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST BAPTIST 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. CHURCH 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 EPISCOPAL Advertise your church events or services here!Call 863.763.3134 today to inquire about pricing MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., April 11TH Thurs., April 17THFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “ RIO 2”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00I: “NOAH”Fri., Tues. & Thurs 7:00 & 9:30, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 & 9:30, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “ CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:20, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:20, 7:00 & 9:20, Mon 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG-13 20 Okeechobee News April 11, 2014Flag grid team blanks Lady BulldogsBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Baylee Farless threw four touchdown passes and the defense shut down the opposing team as Okeechobee defeated South Fork 24-0 in varsity ag football action Monday night at Brahman Stadium. A stiff wind and a brief rain shower at the beginning of the game didn't deter the Lady Brahmans who got back on the winning track after a tough loss to Treasure Coast last Thursday. "We did a good job of controlling the pace of the game, and our quarterback did a good job of hitting the receivers," Brahman coach Jimmy Mills said. "The defense did a real good job and I'm real proud of our rushers. We didn't allow South Fork to get v ery many yards on any of their plays." Mills said some injuries have caused the team to shift people around and that can be a tough adjustment for a young team. He said they have begun to be more accustomed to these new positions. LaPorche Morris got free for two touchdown receptions on long passes. The rst w ent for 49 yards and the second covered 30 yards. Sarah Hurst and Kayla Smith also added touchdown receptions for the Lady Brahmans. Quarterback Baylee Farless said it was nice to come out and have a strong game as the team cooperated and executed the plays well. "The short passes and long passes were open most of the time," she said. "We had a pretty bad effort last week, it was kind of depressing, but we showed tonight that we weren't that bad of a team." Heaven Feltenberger had a strong game rushing the passer with several sacks behind the line of scrimmage. Jessica Mond added a pass de ection for the defense. Farless praised Morris for getting open on the two touchdown plays which provided a needed lift for her team. "She is very reliable and she has good hands. She's quick and can get to the open spots," said the OHS signal caller. Farless also thanked her defense who did a good job preventing South Fork from completing passes and making long runs. Okeechobee made a goal line stand in the rst quarter and took a 6-0 lead midway through the second quarter when Farless hit Morris for a 49-yard touchdown. Morris got behind the defense a second time late in the half to catch a 30-yard score to give Okeechobee a 12-0 halftime lead. Payton Byrd had two touchdown receptions and Ashlee Hagan added a 65-yard touchdown run as the junior varsity Lady Brahmans defeated South Fork, 26-7. Aaliyah Johnson added a seven-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Destiny Fonseca in the rst quarter. Marissa Fennell, Clinesha Williams and Kaylea Nunez continued to play well on the defensive side of the ball. Byrd said the team has really improved this season after two lackluster games to start the year. "These past couple of home games has been real redemption for us. It felt good to score those two touchdowns in the game," she pointed out. Byrd praised her quarterback for throwing good passes and also said she seems to get open because she can run pass the defenders. "I feel like the left side of the defense isn't as strong and I just take off. My long legs give me an advantage," she said. The Lady Brahmans drove 50 yards in three plays in the rst quarter for a touchdown as Byrd caught a 35-yard touchdown pass. Byrd scored again on the next drive after a 25-yard pass and run. Okeechobee took advantage of a Bulldog mistake on their third drive inside the South Fork 20-yard line and three plays later went up 19-0 on Fonseca's pass to Johnson in the end zone. Fonseca threw for over 100 yards in the game. Kayla Moore had a pass de ection for Okeechobee and Brittany Baker caught a conversion pass for the Lady Brahmans. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAaliyah Johnson catches a touchdown pass during the rst half of the JV ag football game at OHS Monday. Okeechobee defeated South Fork, 26-7. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahman softball team fared well at the Doc4Life high school softball tournament held in Ocala last Friday and Saturday. Okeechobee got a home run from Cheyenne Nunez in the opening round as they crushed Key West, 14-2. Okeechobee then pounded Ocala Vanguard in the second round, 14-6. The Lady Brahmans lost to eventual champion Belleview 2-1 on Saturday. In the last round OHS lost to Palatka in another competitive game. Lady Brahman coach Mary Hugg said the team could have performed better at the tournament but she was pleased with how they swung the bats and scored runs. "Our hitting was there all tournament long, we had a rough loss in the last game to Palatka in a game we should have won," she noted. The girls play in the Greyhound Classic in Vero Beach this weekend. OHS will play South Fork in the district semi nals next Wednesday at Jensen Beach. Lady Brahmans do well in softball tourney


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! 2014 Okeechobee County Community Guide S Big Lake Eye Care A Quick Reference Guide for New and Longtime Residents 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: • Superintendent Letter • School Calendar • SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE • School Listing • Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 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! 21 Okeechobee News A pril 11, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsSpeech contest winnersOkeechobee Farm Bureau Women’s committee chair Amy Daniel (right) presents speech contest winners certi cates and prize money. Left to right, in the senior division, winners were rst place Andrew Smiley, second place Jake Menendez, and third place William Smiley. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESEverglades Students of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of March 28 include: kindergarten students, Victor SandovalQuintero, Shelby Fertitta, Yareli Serrano; rst graders, Justin Elgin, Justin Santamaria, Jabier Yanez, Jevon Peters, Madison Newton, Emiliano VillejasLeon, Jose Sonanez; second grade students, Joey Beaman, Ashley Bell, Haley Lyons, Alyna Kane, Colton Collins; third graders, Lizett Flores, Cesar Garcia, Joshua Boon, Cynthia Serrano, Kali Reichert; fourth grade students, Raymond Elliott, Bllana Schlosser, Kimberlee Cooper, Tyler St. Pierre, Colton McPeak; fth grade students, Sierra Pounds, Maycee Elliott and Destiny Kirkland. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESSouth Elementary Students of the WeekCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of March 14. They are: Ariyanna Lopez, Kason Lemmerman, Jadyn Jeune, Yuri Alicea Rodriguez, Cally Jo Willis, Cheyenne Clauson, Aaron Gaucin, Elijah Galletto, Tori Trent, James Neville, Destyn Katz, Payton Collins, Nathan Wilson, Jasmine Desai, Conner Mehrer, Julitza Urbina-Urieta, Izeah Becerra and Kayla Vasquez. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Students of the WeekCentral Elementary School would like to congratulate their students of the week for the week of March 24: Kyla Brown, Timothy Collins, Alicia Flores, Anacelie Gomez, Marlon Medrano, Glenn Anderson, Nikolai Gomez, Patrick Lawson, Cameron Gibson, Ryan Thomas, Clayton Thompson, Alondra Aguirre, Jonah Allen, Skylar Anderson, Alanah Tinajero, Vincent Cantalini, Carla Colavini, Aiden Havens, Ethan Depree, Ervaldo Smith, Chase Sikorski, Marco Flores, Alex Liberato, Levi Ferrell, Anthony Mazzucco, Anja Koivunen, Jasmine Shanks, K’Lynn Tijerina, Triston Gorney, Ganessa Garcia and Jonathan Mederos.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 22 Okeechobee News April 11, 2014 The February Big ‘O’ Teen Anglers Bass Tournament was held out of Okee-Tantie. Twenty anglers brought 79 sh to the scales with a total weight of 137.83 lbs. Winners in the 11 to 15 age group were:  First place Luke Farmer, 14.04 lbs. and Big Fish, 6.8 lbs.;  Second place Nathan Center, 11.88 lbs.;  Third place Jonah Segovia, 6.95 lbs. Winners in the 16 to 18 age group were:  First place Kail Stevens, 10.85 lbs.;  Second place Jose Hernandez, 10.65 lbs. and Big Fish, 6.1 lbs.;  Third place Kenny Brewer, 10.45 lbs. The Big ‘O’ Teen Anglers would like to thank the boat captains for all their support: Carl Lewis, Leroy Baurer, Mike Ingram, Richard Stiglitz, Robert Haff, Mike Jones, Jimbo Newell, Roy, Mike Zubricky and Nate Pippin. Thank you Jamie Mellette for lunch following the tournament. Farmer, Stevens top winners in teen tourne y Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce, in partnership with the local Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission of ce, recently received a donation of 160 Shakespeare spinning rod and reels for the 2014 Okeechobee Sheriff’s Youth and Teen Camp this summer. All campers will receive a day of instruction in aquatic habitats, sh identi cation, and resource stewardship with the assistance of OCSO School Resource deputies and FWC law enforcement of cers and biologists. With the help of this donation each camper will receive their own rod and reel which they will be allowed to keep for personal use in order to provide them with the opportunity to enjoy the sport and engage their interest for a lifetime. Okeechobee Sheriff’s Youth and Teen Camps are free day camps offered to area youth. Youth camp will be held the week of June 16, and is open on a rst-come, rst-serve basis to children ages 8 to 11. Teen camp will be held the week of June 23, open to ages 12 to 15. Each camp is a week long with a variety of activities from environmental education to hunter safety. Okeechobee School Resource Of cers utilize this as an opportunity to foster good relationships with local youth in a fun and educational environment. Registration will be held at the Communities in School Ofce located at 610 S.W. Second Ave., on Friday, May 30, beginning at 8 a.m. The shing equipment was donated by the Fish Florida Program. Fish Florida is a non-pro t organization that provides support to groups teaching people, especially children the sport of shing. Fish Florida’s programs (grants, shing equipment donations and scholarships) are possible because of the Fish Florida specialty license plate and community donations. The license plate is for sale at Florida tag agencies. Ask your community to support Fish Florida by purchasing the Fish Florida license plate and by making tax-deductible donations. Fish Florida donates equipment to youth camp Special to the Okeechobee NewsFWC’s Lindsey Mann (left) with OCSO Deputy Sergeant Mark Roberts (right). Special to the Okeechobee NewsTaking rst place in the 16-18 age group was Kail Stevens with a 10.85-lb. stringer of largemouth bass caught in the Big ‘O’ Teen Anglers tourney. Special to the Okeechobee NewsSecond place in the 11-15 age group, was claimed by Nathan Center, with a stringer of bass weighing 11.88 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsJose Hernandez placed second in the 16-18 age group with a stringer of bass weighing 10.65 lbs. His 6.1-lb. lunker was the big sh in his age division. Special to the Okeechobee NewsTaking third place in the 11-15 age group, was Jonah Segovia with a 6.95-lb. stringer of bass. Special to the Okeechobee NewsKenny Brewer took third place in the 1618 age group with a 10.45 lb. stringer. Income tax help available Free tax preparation and help with Eling is available from AARP TaxAide volunteers at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. (east side entrance), on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring a photo ID, Social Security cards for all dependents, last year’s tax return and all 2013 nancial papers. No appointments are necessary. Participants will be helped on a rst-come basis. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Do not call the American Legion. For information, call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 23 Okeechobee News A pril 11, 2014Homers pace OHS in softball win over MHHSBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Kaylen Fulford hit two home runs and Cheyenne Nunez added a three-run homer to lead Okeechobee to a 15-7 softball win over Moore Haven at their senior night game Monday night at OHS. Nunez drove in six runs in the game and Okeechobee took advantage of nine bases on balls issued by Lady Terrier pitchers. Senior night was celebrated by seven Lady Brahmans this year. Carissa LiCata, Danyelle Shef eld, Brianna Nunez, Kaylen Fulford, Bethany Stuart, Stormy Stokes, and Khrysta Herndon potentially could have played their nal home game Monday. The seniors certainly contributed in this game. LiCata reached base four times, had two hits, and scored twice. Shef eld reached base four times, had two hits and two runs scored. Shef eld also earned the victory on the mound as she pitched into the fourth inning, and scattered eight hits. Stokes had three hits and two runs scored. Nunez reached base four times, had two hits, and two runs scored. OHS coach Mary Huff said she was really excited because the team went to the plate with a purpose, swung the bat with bad intentions, and earned themselves a big win. "The girls were so upset last week when their senior night game was cancelled, so they were really pumped up to play Moore Haven. I hope they keep this momentum through districts," she added. Huff could tell this game would mean something because of the emotional pregame ceremony and the fact that Moore Haven is close by and has several players who reside at the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. "There were a lot of fans and this is a satisfying win for us," she added. Fulford hit a two-run home run in the fth and added a solo round tripper in the sixth inning. She said she got a pitch she could handle and took advantage. "Sometimes a pitcher will let one slip and it's gone. I think my bat was hot tonight and I think all of our bats were hot tonight," she explained. Brianna Nunez, who reached base four times, injured her back when the third basemen landed on her awkwardly, but still stayed in the game. She said the girls really wanted to nish strong. "I think we played a great game. We came out swinging and didn't get down for the entire game. We got emotional at the beginning, but didn't let senior night get to us we just did our thing," she added. Bethany Stuart had a run scored in the game and noted it was a really intense game and a lot of the players were out for blood, "I think we all played really well. We came out to win our last game." Danyelle Shef eld, who got the victory on the mound, allowing eight hits over three plus innings, said it was a bitter sweet moment for her because it was emotional knowing this might be the team's nal home game. "I didn't know it would be that tough but it kind of hits you when the game comes. It meant a lot to me to be able to pitch and it took some work to settle down. I think Moore Haven's offense is really strong, they never quit hitting and never let up," she said. Carissa LiCata said it was fun to celebrate her four-year high school career with some close friends and teammates. She was able to reach base four times and score two runs, "It was de nitely emotional out there, with a lot of crying. We are really excited to move on with our lives." Khrysta Herndon handled the pitching staff through a long game which started 30 minutes late due to a rain delay and nished nearly three hours later. She has decided to join the U.S. Navy after graduation. She noted the pitchers did a good job adjusting to a smaller strike zone, "I frame the pitches the best I can and the pitchers have to adjust when they aren't getting pitches. Our pitchers do a good job of adjusting." Stormy Stokes said all of her teammates have made an impact on her life and in her heart and she knew the team had to win their nal home game, "We de nitely want to win districts next week. It will be tough but who knows what will happen. We plan to leave it all on the eld. Okeechobee scored in each of the rst ve innings and built leads of 4-1 after two innings and 9-4 after three. Moore Haven continued to hang tough and got as close as 9-7 in the fourth after a bases-loaded walk, a hit batter and an RBI single. Moore Haven (12-5) was paced by Lexie Store y who had two hits and two runs batted in. Alaina Lee reached base four times. Calgary Johns had three hits, three run scored and an RBI. Destiny Everett reached base three times and scored twice. The Terriers expect to have a strong chance to reach the regional playoffs again this year as the top seed in District 3A-12 this year. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDanyelle Shef eld celebrates senior night with her brother Dylan, mom Hailey and dad Danny. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrianna Nunez brought along two siblings, Dakota and Hayley and her mom, Deanna Nunez. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCarissa LiCata shares senior night with her mom Eileen Perez (left), father Frank LiCata and stepmom Trina. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKhrysta Herndon was joined by her parents Jerry and Linda Herndon and her brother Tyler at senior night. She will ship out with the U.S. Navy on July 23. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyStormy Stokes shares senior night with her brother Peyton (left) and parents D.J. and Steve Brantley. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKaylen Fulford shared senior night with her parents Randy and Christina. She intends to enroll at IRSC and major in ag-business and later radiology. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBethany Stuart is anked by her parents Vikki and Brent Stuart. She intends to become an orthopedic surgeon and study sports medicine at the University of Florida.