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Sunday, April 13, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 45 13.37 feetLast Year: 13.67 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Two accused of jewelry theft ... Page 11 Two arrested on drug charges ... Page 5 Occupational therapy helps with many health issues ... Page 9 Tammi’s Top of the Lake ... Page 11 Special to the Okeechobee NewsHome runs on senior nightKaylen Rayne Fulford, a senior at Okeechobee High School, is pictured with her two home run balls. She hit two back-toback round trippers during the last home game on April 7. The Lady Brahmans played against Moore Haven on senior night and won 15-7. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Commission started and ended their Thursday, April 10 meeting with comments about the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area, and while they didn’t make any de nite plans for the park’s future, it’s clear it’s on their radar. In the public comments portion of the meeting, Rheta Ganger said when she goes out to the restaurant at Okee-Tantie, it saddens her to see the bait shop and campground closed. “Everything is there,” she said. “It just needs some love and attention. It’s got a store, gas tanks, loading docks, storage, oating docks. It makes me sick to think it is sitting there and nobody is enjoying it.” She said she has traveled all over the country and stayed at a lot of different campgrounds. “We had a motor home before my husband took sick and we would go out to Okee-Tantie and park for the weekend,” she said. “When they had bass tournaments, we’d watch those boats y out at 6 in the morning.” She said many campers used to enjoy the natural beauty of the park. Mrs. Ganger said she went to the meeting March 28 on the grant proposals for park improvements, adding that she was disappointed the grants can only be used for trails and boating improvements. Even though the money for the projects come from grants, the county would have to put up a portion in matching funds. If the county is going to spend money on the park, it would be better to use it to x the electric Okee-Tantie plans stall in budget dispute By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An alleged prostitute is being held on bond in the county jail following her arrest for reportedly helping another man rob one of her customers. Toni Joy Brown, 35, Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg, was arrested April 11 on a felony charge of robbery/no rearm. She was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $53,500. According to an arrest report by Deputy Bart Potter, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO), Brown was hired Saturday, April 5, by an Okeechobee man and paid $30 for her services. As she was leaving the man’s home, accompanied by the customer, a black male approached them and reportedly asked Brown how much she had been paid. After she answered $30, the black male hit the victim in the face several times and knocked the victim to the ground. With the victim lying on the ground and bleeding from wounds to his face, Brown told the black male the victim had more cash in his pants pocket, stated the deputy’s arrest report. At that point the black male reached into the victim’s pocket and took $200 in cash, added Deputy Potter. The victim had just cashed his paycheck, Alleged prostitute accused of robberySee COUNTY — Page 14 See BROWN — Page 11 Toni Joy Brown


Today: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 84F. Winds from the East at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tonight: Overcast with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and rain after midnight. Low of 64F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.Extended ForecastMonday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 86F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday Night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Low of 68F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 84F. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Free Checking We Believe In You Completely Free Business Checking This free business checking option is convenient and opens up a world of features to your business no matter the size. No Minimum Balance No Monthly Maintenance Fee Free Online Banking with Bill Pay Free Business Debit MasterCard 500 Free Monthly Transaction Items*We Believe In You And Your Business! Tabitha Trent Branch Manager/VP Open A New Business Checking Account & Get up to $125 OFF Standard Checks to get started! *if you deposit more than $10,000 in currency or if more than 500 items process through this account monthly on a regular basis, we may notify you that the account may need to be transferred to CSB’s commercial analysis checking product.2100 S. Parrott Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863)763-5573 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 www.thetin shrestaurants.com Open 7 Days a Week 863.357.0722If Chef Melluso picks yours as his favorite, he will serve your cornbread with your name on it as Your Cornbread Recipe. with a good energy vibe to play at Tin Fish on an ongoing basis. Call Joseph at 619.708.1134 to arrange an auditionBring in your favorite, fresh made cornbread recipeLooking for Musicians and Solo Artists 301 N. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee 2 Okeechobee News April 13, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsRaulerson donates to graduation partyIn less than two months, seniors at Okeechobee High School will graduate. This will be a night of great celebration. The Grad Nite Committee is accepting donations to help support the free, annual Non-Alcohol Grad Nite Party at the KOA for the graduating seniors to have a fun and SAFE celebration! Raulerson Hospital is donating $500 toward the non-alcohol all night Grad Nite party for the seniors! Pictured (L-R) Raulerson Hospital’s Administrative Team: Chief Nursing Of cer Brian Melear, Chief Executive Of cer Robert Lee and Chief Financial Of cer Terry Brown deliver a $500 donation for the community Grad Nite celebration for graduating seniors. Support from parents, businesses and other organizations is needed to make this night a success. There is no shortage of ways to help, from donations of food, prizes or money to volunteering your time. To donate food, call Dowling Watford at 863-610-2333. To donate money or prizes, contact Kristy Crawford at CenterState Bank, 863-763-5573. To volunteer your time, contact Tabitha Trent at CenterState Bank 863-763-5573. Okeechobee Forecast


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Raising taxes Obama said “I have a pen...” What a difference “I” makes. We wanted him to run t he country not ruin it. We the people need t o help him out. Quit paying his salary. A ttracting business What if we elect a Board of County Commissioners that will not only allow but even encourage a few good businesses to s et up shop in our ne county? Wouldn’t that help the sheriff without hurting taxpayers?  The BOCC doesn’t have a say whether a new business comes to the county unless t hey are seeking a variance. I still believe the b iggest reason we can’t get good paying j obs here is because we don’t have a trained w orkforce, the current roads in and out of the c ounty are still two lane roads and they can move to other counties that have more to offer for the taxes that they have to pay. Count ies to the east have a lot to offer employers and employees at almost the same tax rate w hile counties to the west have cheaper t ax rates. If we can continue to reduce our t ax rate it might make it more appealing to b usinesses looking for a new location. Once w e get a good business base built up, then w e could afford to give the sheriff more money. The BOCC offered to give the sheriff $334,000 more, plus the $250,000 savings by s topping the take home vehicle currently being used, means he can reduce the budget. W here can they nd more savings?  When it comes to business, percept ion is reality. If the word out there is that Okeechobee is hostile to outside businesses (other than banks) coming in here and sharing in uence, then the smart money is not going to invest in Okeechobee.  I do know of some businesses that did not locate here, instead located to a county west of here because they were able to save money in taxes since the tax rate is less. In order for the county to reduce the tax rate they have to cut costs which is exactly what most of the commissioners are trying to do. Hopefully, if they can reduce the county operating cost they can attract new businesses which would increase our tax base and then we as a county could afford to give the sheriff and the rest of the county more money. This really needs to be done for the future of Okeechobee County.  Okeechobee County is centrally located but we don’t have a great way of getting in and out of here because our roads are still two lanes and our work force is unskilled. The housing here is not cheap. For the cost of a decent house here you get a much better house to the west of us and to the east of us you have more choices and the area has more to offer. Another problem with our area is that you can buy a nice house but have it next door to a trailer park, kind of a turn off to spending a lot of money. The cost of renting a house in this area costs a lot more than the counties around us and it might be a trailer not a house.  One positive development — IRSC is putting in a vocational training program in Okeechobee. If a new business or industry needs people trained for certain skills, they can help with the training. That could be a big help for those who want to work.Rooster Cock ghting is illegal in all 50 states of the United States. I had not heard of anyone being arrested for that in a long time. I was really surprised this cruel “sport” is still going on. In nature, roosters ght but rarely seriously injure each other. In cock ghts they use roosters who are bred to be aggressive and they attach razor sharp barbs to their legs in order to maximize the damage done. Of course the main draw to cock ghting is the associated gambling which is also illegal.  There are roosters in most neighborhoods in Okeechobee. You can hear them in the morning. But there is a big difference between having a few chickens in the yard and raising ghting gamecocks. I’m in a “love/hate” relationship… with the law!By Jim Benton, PastorFaith Farm Taking a leisurely ride on my motorcycle around Lake Okeechobee became a little boring, so I tried to speed things up a little. After passing Canal Point, I headed east. As I turned onto 441 again from 98, I picked up speed and all of a sudden there was a policeman standing in the middle of the road with his hand raised motioning me to pull over. Apparently, I was going a little too fast, (74 mph in a 55 mph area). Honestly, I had no idea how fast I was going because my speedometer was broken. (The motorcycle is over 20 years old). When the policeman asked me how fast I was going, I shrugged my shoulders and sheepishly said, “I think I was going a little above the speed limit.” He did not acknowledge my comment and as he looked my bike over, he noticed that my renewal sticker was expired, (although I had just renewed it two weeks prior). He asked for my license and I knew I was in trouble. A few minutes later he came back with a printed ticket, but to my surprise it was just a warning! He gave me grace! Grace is not getting what I deserved. I broke the law. I was endangering myself and others with excessive speed. But I received grace! The guys out at Faith Farm know a little about grace. You see Faith Farm is not just about a thrift store in town. Our campus is located about 12 miles northeast of town near the dump. And it is a place of grace. Men who have broken the law because of their addictions to drugs and alcohol nd a place where they can begin again. About 35 percent of our students come to us by invitation from a judge; it’s a part of their sentence. That means that about 65% of our students come of their own accord. Regardless of why they come, the law is involved. I’m not talking about civil or criminal law, I’m talking about God’s law. The Psalmist David writes in Psalm 1, verses 1-3, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat o f scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of th e Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” David insists that his delight is in the law of the Lord! That sounds kind o f strange! In the past, I only felt as if I loved th e law when it protected me from bad people, but I didn’t love it so much when it revealed my guilt. (Like when a policeman pulls us over.) And I would guess that a lot of us ar e like that. But recently I have come to love the law. Seriously, not only does civil and criminal law protect me, but God’s law convicts me. It shows me how I can’t measure up to it. It shows me my guilt. But that’s not why I love it. I love it because it shows me wha t Jesus did on my behalf; He satis ed the requirements of the law so that I can go free! He saved me! He turned my sorrow into joy! And that is what the Resurrection Season is all about. Palm Sunday denotes the welcoming o f a Savior. Resurrection Sunday is the day w e commemorate the new life that Christ brings in saving us from the law! As we enter Hol y Week, let us all be thankful for a God who saves us by grace, not by making sure w e keep the law! This week all of the area churches are celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Why not join one of the churches as they celebrate. Or better yet, join a bunch of us for a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., Sunday, April 20, by Lake Okeechobee in fron t of the new pier, (just south of town at th e top of the lake.) Hope to see you there! April 13, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit 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!


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According to an arrest report there was also a 1-year-old child in the home at the time. Jonathan Wilson was charged with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone) with intent to sell w ithin 1,000 feet of a church or business; possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church or business, possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church or business, possession of a weapon/ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of an electronic weapon by a convicted felon. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His brother, Walt, was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a weapon/ammunition by a convicted felon. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest report goes on to point out that Jonathan’s criminal history includes nine felony convictions, while Walt currently has a case pending in circuit court in which he’s charged with the felony of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. During a search of the home by task force detectives, they reportedly found a number of illegal items in Jonathan’s bedroom including: suspected cocaine; an unlabeled prescription bottle containing suspected hydromorphone, oxycodone and hydrocodone pills; a stun gun; an unspeci ed amount of U.S. currency; plastic baggies containing possible cocaine residue; a suspected marijuana smoking pipe; and, cut drinking straws and a razor blade. In Walt’s bedroom, the detectives allegedly found; suspected marijuana cigars (blunts); prescription medication; a plastic baggie containing suspected cocaine residue; and, ammunition. All of the suspected cocaine was eld tested and each test reportedly indicated a positive result for the presence of coke. The suspected marijuana was also eld tested and it, too, indicated a positive result for the presence of pot, stated the arrest report. A task force detective went on to point out in the report that Jonathan did not have a prescription for any of the pills in the unlabeled bottle. “Through my training and experience, cut drinking straws are commonly used to ingest or snort cocaine,” added the detective. Task force detectives were assisted by the Special Response Team from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce who entered the home rst and secured both Jonathan and Walt. The arrest report does not indicate what was done with the child. Report: Search warrant turns up pills, cocaine


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., 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 6 Okeechobee News April 13, 2014 M asons serving breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., w ill host a breakfast Sunday, April 13 for $ 6 per plate. The public is welcomed and c arry-out is available. Breakfast will be seve red from 8 until 11 a.m. All proceeds go to l ocal Mason giving. L egion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. S econd St., will host Sunday night bingo A pril 13 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. i n the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a l imited menu. Payoffs will be determined by p layer attendance. All proceeds will bene t t he American Legion veterans programs. T he event is open to the public. The Americ an Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge a nd dining room patrons. R etired teachers to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Teachers Assoc iation will meet Monday, April 14 beginn ing at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O 'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Any retired e ducator is welcome. O CRA will meet April 14OCRA will hold its April meeting Monday, A pril 14 at 7 p.m. at the Sports Complex. T he public is invited. We are hosting the D ixie Softball State Tournament in July, so c ome to the meeting and get ready to roll y our sleeves up and help.Sign-ups set for ShockwavesThe Okeechobee County Recreation Dep artment will hold sign ups for the Shockw aves swim team April 14, 15 and 16 f rom 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee S ports Complex Pool. Registration includes a $15 application fee and a $60 team fee. S wim suit and meet fees are not included in t he registration fees. For information, call the p ool of ce at 863-467-7667.Eagles hosting bingoFraternal Order of Eagles/Aerie, #4137, 9985 U.S. 441 N. will have bingo on Tuesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, April 16, bingo is at 5:30 p.m. On Friday, April 18, your choice of cat sh or steak will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Hard Country Band from 7 until 11 p.m. Proceeds will help support charities of the Fraternal Order Of Eagles #4137. The public welcomed. For information, call 863-763-2552.Walter Morgan bene t slatedOkeechobee Quarters for a cause will host a quarter auction Tuesday, April 15 at the American Legion., 501 S.E. Second St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds go to bene t Walter Morgan who was seriously burned and has had many surgeries. For information, call Christy at 863-697-1247.Shrine hosts dinner, dancingThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold its last spaghetti dinner of the season Tuesday, April 15 from 4 until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is pleased to offer smoke-free dining. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music will be provided from 5 until 8 p.m. by CC Live. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact: Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427; or, call Rosie at 863-697-8784 regarding rentals. The Shrine Club will be available all summer for any kind of party or reception.Hot Rides back in the ParkThe South Central Florida Car Club will once again host it's monthly Hot Rides and Hot Dogs in the Park on April 15 starting at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the cars, trucks and bikes. Join us for fresh grilled hot dogs and drinks. For information, call 863-634-1791.RSVP plans training sessionRSVP of Okeechobee will host a training event on April 15 from 1-4 p.m. at IRSC. A representative from Volunteer Florida will teach senior community members the responsibilities associated with setting up and running a centralized community Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) in the event of a disaster. The goal of the VRC is to process spontaneous, out-of-town volunteers who wish to help our community recover from any devastation. If you are 55 or older and would like to attend this training, contact Marco Cuevas at 863-484-2907 to register. Space is limited. RSVP is a federally-funded program of The Corporation for National and Community Service, with local community support.Bene t aids injured womanA bene t is planned for Eleden Ellie' Fonseca who was badly injured in a recent alleged domestic violence situation. Tickets are being sold for $5 each, or ve for $20. The winning ticket will be drawn Thursday, April 17 The lucky ticket holder will win a Yeti 50 cooler, spirits, Gurkha Cigars, cigar cutter, red Solo Cup shot glasses, redneck wine glasses and snacks. For tickets contact: Arlene Durbin at 863-634-4561; or, Mariah Anuez at 863-610-2946. Mrs. Fonseca is the daughter of Angie Rodriguez, who works at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce.Eggstravaganza is April 19An Easter Eggstravaganza will be held Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Recreation Park on N.W. Sixth Avenue between Los Cocos Restaurant and the Skate Park. There will be games and treats. The event is free. The egg hunt will be held at 11 a.m. Bring your own basket. For information, call 863-763-6950.5K Run/Walk plannedA Color Craze 5-K Run/Walk for Life will be held Saturday, April 19 at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4601 S.R. 710 N. The race starts at 10 a.m. The registration fee on the day of the event is $50. You can register online or in person at the Pregnancy Center, 808 N.E. Park St. Children 12 and under are free. For information, call 863-4678748.Project Prom helps studentsProject Prom is in search of formal dresses and tuxedoes/suits for high school students who want to go to prom. Donations are needed. Dresses of all sizes and lengths will be accepted. South Elementary School, 2468 S.W. Seventh Ave., will be open Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for teens in need to try on dresses. You must have an Okeechobee High School ID to get a dress. To donate, call Tammi Kelly at 772708-6764 or Kourtney at 863-634-6225. Easter breakfast is April 20The Kiwanis Easter Pancake Breakfast will celebrate its 42nd year on Easter Sunday, April 20, from 7 until 10 a.m. at Cowboy's Restaurant. The menu will include allyou-can-eat pancakes, homemade sausage, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee. All that for a $7 donation. All donations are dedicated for our children of this county. VFW plans Easter BrunchLadies Auxiliary Buckhead Ridge VF W Post 9528 will hold an Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 20, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a donation of $6. Proceeds go to hospitalized and homeless veterans. The public is invited. For information, call 863-467-2882.Collaborative group to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will meet Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. The meeting is open to the public. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Breakfast meeting scheduledPlease join us at our breakfast on Wednesday, April 23 at the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee, 200 N.W. Second St. to learn more about Devereux Communit y Based Care of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast and our urgent need for foster families. This is not a fundraiser. If you have ever thought of being a foster parent, come to our breakfast. If you know someone who wants to be a foster parent, bring them. I f you have ever wondered how you can help, just show up. You can RSVP online; or, call Christina Kaiser at 772-528-0362. C ommunity Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News A pril 13, 2014 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Cows and bulls still cheaper this week. Over the last two weeks they have lost $10-$15. Calves were also softer. Still plenty high, but there has been a correction to the market. Bearish corn estimate is the culprit for now. Still looks like prices will remain at this high level with a few dips here and there. Lazy S Cattle, Lorida, topped the calf market with a high of $3.50 bought by Paco Anuez. Sand Scrub, Ft. Pierce topped the cow market with a high of $1.03 bought by Central Beef. We have two, young Charolais bulls and one Angus bull for sale! Call 863-763-3127. Get our latest news, upcoming and sale dates by visiting our website at www.okeechobeelivestockmarket.com Join our mailing list to receive our market report and newsletter delivered right to your inbox. See ya next week Todd The following individuals were arr ested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechob ee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), t he Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife C onservation Commission (FWC) or the D epartment of Corrections (DOC).  Tony Kinsler, 36, Bayberry Loop, Clewist on, was arrested April 9 on an Okeechobee C ounty warrant charging him with the felon ies of violation of probation dealing in stol en property and violation of probation givi ng false information to a secondhand metals r ecycler. He is being held without bond.  Larry DeWayne Crews, 38, Gentry Lane, F ernandina Beach, was arrested April 10 by O f cer Cesar Romero on a felony charge of p ossession of a weapon by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $10,000.  Jorge Sanchez, 46, N.W. 274th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 10 by Deputy John Hazy on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of sale/ possession/use of an animal to ght or bait another animal (eight counts). His bond was set at $60,000.  Terry Terrill Moore, 42, N.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 11 by Deputy Matt Crawford on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). His bond was set at $5,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week.ASSAULT 4800 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  300 block of N.W. 34th St.  3100 block of S.E. 37th Ave.  3300 block of S.E. 33rd Terrace  7800 block of N.W. 89th Court  3400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.BURGLARY 3200 block of S.E. 24th St.  2900 block of S.E. 33rd Drive  200 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3000 block of S.R. 60  1200 block of N.E. 14th Ave.  4100 block of S.E. 21st CourtCRIMINAL MISCHIEF 4000 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  6000 block of S.E. 94th Trail  1700 block of S.W. Second Ave.FRAUD 2300 block of U.S. 441 S.  3300 block of S.E. 27th St.  3600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3300 block of N.W. 37th Ave.  500 block of S.E. 16th Ave.  1900 block of S.E. 35th LaneTHEFT 200 block of N.E. 102nd St.  3500 block of S.W. 22nd St.  5200 block of N.W. 20th St.  3400 block of N.W. 35th Ave.  3600 block of N.W. Fifth St.  4900 block of U.S. 441 S.  10600 block of N.W. Fourth Ave.  8000 block of N.E. 12th St.  3300 block of N.W. 35th Ave.  3300 block of N.W. 17th Ave.  2900 block of S.E. 26th St.  3100 block of U.S. 441 S.  600 block of S.W. Eighth St.  1800 block of N.W. Third Lane  2200 block of N.W. Sixth St.  7600 block of N.W. 84th Court  3600 block of N.W. 34th Ave. OCSO Investigations


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News April 13, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News To celebrate children and highlight the key issues they face, a grassroots event called Children’s Week is coordinated each y ear throughout Florida. The 19th annual Children’s Week was A pril 6-11, and included activities that bring parents, children, policy makers, business professionals, community leaders and concerned citizens together to share information about children’s issues. More than 200 events and activities were held in local communities and at the state capitol. To promote the week and raise awareness of children’s issues, The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties (ELC) received proclamations from the boards of county commissioners from Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties declaring April 6-11, as Children’s W eek in each respective county. The purpose of Children’s Week is to create a shared vision of the State of Florida’s commitment to its children and families and to develop and implement strategies for moving this shared vision forward. The Children’s Week focus complements ELC’s mission of partnering with parents, providers and communities to ensure quality learning experiences through programmatic and nancial support. “As advocates for the children of the Treasure Coast, it is our goal to bring to light the issues facing our most vulnerable residents,” said ELC CEO/Executive Director Jacki Jackson. “We hope the community will join us in developing solutions that will promote the education, health, safety and well-being of children and families in Florida.” For information about ELC and its programs that give children a competitive start in life, visit http://www.elcirmo.org. For more information about Children’s Week, visit www.childrensweek.org. About the Early Learning Coalition The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties (ELC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-pro t organization responsible for the planning and implementation of school readiness and voluntary pre-kindergarten services in the three county area and offers subsidized child care assistance and programs that give children a competitive start in life. In addition to providing nancial assistance for families, ELC offers support, training and resources to community providers who serve approximately 5,000 children daily through the School Readiness, Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK) and Resource & Referral programs. For more information, visit www.elcirmo.org. Early Learning Coalition promotes Children’s Wee k Special to the Okeechobee News2014 CW ELC Okeechobee County – Chair Brandon Tucker and CEO/Executive Director Jacki Jackson of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties accept the 2014 Children’s Week proclamation from Chairman Frank Irby of the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners.


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See your local Lennox dealer for details. 2014 Lennox Industries Inc. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. One offer available per qualifying purchase.(863) 763-6742208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 9 Okeechobee News A pril 13, 2014 April is Occupational Therapy Month, and a great opportunity to learn what occupational therapists do and the bene ts to participating in occupational therapy. An occupational therapist is a trained professional who helps people, young and old, perform necessary tasks in home or work environments, through the aid of therapeutic activities. Occupational therapy follows a holistic approach, which focuses on the patient as a person, as opposed to simply treating a condition. A variety of people can bene t from occupational therapy for a variety of reasons. For instance, an occupational therapist may help: A child with autism function to his or her fullest ability in a school setting; An injured worker regain abilities and transition back to work safely; A victim of stroke work to regain the mobility necessary to perform everyday tasks; Someone who suffers from chronic pain learn how to perform daily activities in ways designed to limit pain and promote healing; An older adult adapt home life to new age-related limitations; and, A person with mental health concerns learn skills to aid in stress management and independent living. Typically, occupational therapy begins w ith an evaluation, followed by an assessment of the patient's skills and environment. A fter which, a personalized treatment plan is created and implemented, including prescribed modi cations designed to help a patient achieve his or her goals. Follow-up is done to monitor the progress of meeting set goals. Occupational therapy can be an extremely valuable resource for recovering from illness or injury and for everyday healthy living. Raulerson Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient therapy services by highly quali ed and licensed professionals. The team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and support staff at Raulerson Hospital are dedicated to providing one-on-one quality patient care. Raulerson Hospital's rehabilitation programs include therapies for: Stroke and neurological disease; Traumatic brain injury; Orthopaedic rehabilitation; Sports injuries; Pediatrics; Total joint program hips/knees; Wound care; Back injury or surgery; Balance retraining program; Hand injury or surgery/custom splinting; Speech and swallowing therapy; Wellness program; Work reconditioning; and, Lymphedema. To learn more about occupational therapy, or other therapy offered through Raulerson Hospital, call 863-467-6659. For a free physician referral or answers to a healthcare question, call Consult-A-Nurse at 863-7639228. Occupational Therapy Month celebrated in April Special to the Okeechobee NewsRaulerson Hospital honors Volunteer of the YearIt’s National Volunteer Week, so Raulerson Hospital hosted an appreciation luncheon to honor their volunteers. During the luncheon, the 2013 Volunteer of the Year was named. The 2013 Volunteer of the Year is Arlene Lester Baker. Arlene was recognized for her dedication to the Hospital Auxiliary. In less than two years, Arlene has contributed so much to the program. She currently serves as president of the organization. The hours she devotes to the hospital far exceed the program expectations. Arlene was treated to a gift card, a reserved parking space, a beautiful oral arrangement and certi cate. If you are interested in volunteering at Raulerson Hospital, visit the patients and visitors section of RaulersonHospital.com to download an application or call Jenny Pung at 863-824-2702. Clay Shoot scheduledThe annual Okeechobee FFA Alumni Sporting Clay Shoot will be held at Quail Creek Plantation on Saturday, April 26 Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the event starts at 10 a.m. Sponsorships are available. For information, call: Buddy Mills at 772-519-0603; Darryl Boney at 863-634-0642; or, Ray Annuez at 863-6100219. Or go to okeechobeeffaalumni@ gmail.com for information.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Three girls who quali“ ed for the state tournament in weight lifting took home Most Valuable Player trophies from the recent Okeechobee High School weightlifting awards banquet. Tamea Allen, Jessica Mond and Julia W eldon all represented Okeechobee High in Kissimmee last month in the weightlifting “ nals. All of the girls dedicated themselves in the off season as they spent a lot of time in the weight room and were even willing to show up during the summer to lift weights. Weldon said she felt all of the girls deserved an award and that it worked out pretty well for all three. I plan to work out a little more this summer because it has improved my strength,Ž she noted. Weldon said she would like to get more girls out to compete and be a trend setter. Her younger sister Cassie and other current eighth graders have expressed interest in joining the team next year. Weldon said the weight lifting helped her improve as a volleyball player this past season. All three girls admitted they were overw helmed by the large crowds at Kissimmee Osceola High School for the state “ nals. Weldon said the experience was nerve racking but fun. I just tried to block all the noise out and try to do my lifts. I was proud that I was part of it,Ž she added. Weldon said the competition was excellent and many of the girls were very strong and lifted a lot of weight. She predicted the future is bright for the weight lifting team. Mond said the state tournament was a jaw droppingŽ experience for her. She said she learned that technique is the key to being able to lift heavier weights. I thought I was strong, but there are plenty of girls out there that are strong. It was overwhelming and amazing to see some of the talent at state,Ž she noted. Mond said she would like to see more girls go to state next year and she has been trying to recruit girls to come out and compete because it really does help them as an athlete by improving their strength, and also as a person, because working out is a great stress reliever. I just love doing this. I want to get better in the sport. My coaches saw my potential and they really helped and encouraged me,Ž she added. Mond intends to work out all year long and compete for the team again next year. She is currently playing ” ag football and notices the changes in her play on the “ eld due to weight lifting. Last year I didnt even know how to throw a football. I think Ive gotten better at everything Ive done,Ž she added. OHS coach Tyrone Smith said all three of his award winners and state quali“ ers really deserved a trophy this year. He presented the Brahman Award to Allen because she was willing to do what was best for the team. She agreed to drop down a weight class and still was able to “ nish in the top 15 in the state. Im proud of all these young ladies and I hope they have better intentions for next year,Ž he added. Smith also honored Erin Hudson and Khrysta Herndon for four years of dedication to weightlifting. He also thanked the Weldon and Drawdy families for their volunteer work and support to assist the weight lifting program. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Did You Know? 2229 N.W. 9th Avenue € 863-824-6000 € www.irsc.edu I R S CDixon Hendry CampusINDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE IN OKEECHOBEE NURSING PROGRAM GRADUATES FIRST CLASSThe rst 18 graduates of the new IRSC Nursing Program in Okeechobee are ready for careers as Registered Nurses. The students were able to participate in nursing courses and laboratory training close-to-home at the IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee and are now completing internships at Raulerson Hospital and the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. They are excited aboutcelebrating their achievements at the May 2 Commencement Ceremony.Congratulations IZZYS BACK at NEW Location 11055 Hwy 441 North Rite Tire of Okeechobee, LLC863-467-1010 863-634-6258Hours 7-6 Mon-Fri NEW & USED TIRES 10 Okeechobee News April 13, 2014 W eightlifters honored at OHS awards banquet Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJulia Weldon was one of three Lady Brahmans to win the MVP Award for the OHS weightlifting team this year.


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They offer any size battery you need even for golf carts and scooters. If they don’t have it, they can get it for you. Check out their website at www.slbt.com or just like them on Facebook! They can be reached at 863-357-2431.  Professional Skincare Treatments by Tamara “Tammy” Platt, at 208 N.E. Third St., offers facials, microdermabrasion, lash and brow tinting and waxing, spot treatments, body wrappings and more. Give her a call and go in and see her. She is very helpful and will explain everything. You can only see Tammy by appointment, but she has exible scheduling to work with any and all of your needs, including BioActive peels, a more skin-friendly peel. You can reach her at 1-863-227-4096. Have you claimed your free business listing on our new online business directory, Biz Search? The listing is free and “claiming” it allows you to make changes and use it to market your business. There are upgraded listings available for a modest fee that allow you to upload photos, blogs, coupons and even video! To nd out more, email oridabizsearch@newszap.com, or to claim your listing click on the Biz Search tab on the Okeechobee homepage at orida.newszap. com. Want to be in my column? Ask one of our advertising representatives how you can be featured. How about a new dish to try for the up coming Easter Holiday? Instead of a ham or steak, try something new.Grilled Asian Ginger Pork ChopsIngredients : 1/2 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root, 2 tablespoons grated orange zest, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon garlic chile paste, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 6 pork loin chops, 1/2 inch thick. Directions : 1. In a shallow container, mix together orange juice, soy sauce, ginger, orange zest, garlic, chile paste, and salt. Add pork chops, and turn to coat evenly. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. Turn the pork chops in the marinade occasionally. 2.Preheat grill for high heat, and lightly oil grate. 3.Grill pork chops for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man and his girlfriend have been arrested for allegedly stealing over $3,000 worth of jewelry from a Tequesta woman and then selling the items in Okeechobee. Robert Ashford Hair, S.R. 710, Okeechobee, and Jennifer Nicole Widdi eld, S.E. 32nd Ave., were both arrested on felony charges and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail. Hair, 26, was arrested April 9 and charged with dealing in stolen property (four counts) and defrauding a pawnbroker (four counts). He is being held on $60,000 bond. Widdi eld, 23, was arrested April 3 and charged with one count of dealing in stolen property and one count of defrauding a pawnbroker. Her bond was set at $7,500 and she has been released from the county jail on bond. The alleged thefts occurred between March 3 and March 25, stated an arrest report. An arrest report by Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), indicated the jewelry was stolen from Martin County and that a detective from the Martin County Sheriff’s Of ce (MCSO) was initially assigned the case. Hair and Widdi eld were arrested in Okeechobee County because they reportedly sold some of the stolen jewelry locally. Detective Shireman’s report indicated the couple was paid $330 for the items by the local pawnbroker. He also stated in his report that three of the stolen items alone had a value of $3,900. Most of the items have been found at the local jewelry store, said Detective Shireman. Couple accused of theft pointed out the report. Deputy Potter went on to state that after being robbed the victim “... does not even have enough money for food to get by the week.” Apparently the victim’s lip was cut in two places, there was swelling to the right side of his face and there were blood stains on his shirt. Deputy Potter added that the victim was “... honest with me about the prostitution and is willing to face the charges.” The deputy stated the victim’s face was evidence as to the veracity of his story. BROWNContinued From Page 1


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The boys tennis team lost the Class 3A regional semi nal Wednesday to Melbourne, 6-1, to end their season. The match was played one day late after rain washed out the action on Tuesday in Brevard County. Okeechobee played shorthanded as #2 singles player Lucas Penido did not compete due to another commitment. Kirby Dobbs replaced him in the lineup as the #5 player and the other players moved up one position in the lineup. Jake Mostyn-Kolb defeated Otto Ramirez in the #1 singles, 6-2 and 6-1. Gregory Durham rolled past Brahman Cody Walker, 6-0 and 6-0, in #2 singles. Colt Root pushed Andrew Burley to a third set before he fell, 6-3, 3-6, and 3-6. Dylan Ferneau also extended opponent Nicholas Baney to a third set in #4 singles before he fell 7-6, (7-0), 4-6 and 3-6. The team of Mostyn-Kolb and Durham defeated Okeechobee's tandem of Ferneau and Ramirez in #1 doubles, 6-0 and 6-0. The team of Walker and Root defeated Burley and Baney, 6-3 and 6-2, for Okeechobee's lone win of the match. OHS coach Morgan Ungerott said she felt the team match could have gone either way. She noted the top two players for Melbourne were really good but after that every match was competitive. "I was really proud of my guys today and I couldn't stress that enough to them after the match was over. We came into the match as the underdog and were down a couple of players but we fought for every point," she added. Mostyn-Kolb and Durham have a combined record of 29-2 this year and Melbourne as a team improved to 15-1. The pair haven't lost a doubles match all season. Ungerott has high hopes for the team which loses only Walker from their regular lineup next year. Ramirez is expected to continue his improvement, especially on his service game. Colt Root made real improvement this year and played a great rst set Wednesday and put a lot of pressure on his opponent. "He played some of the best tennis I've seen him play over the last three seasons," Ungerott noted. "He, unfortunately, beat himself today. I look for him to improve on his footwork and consistency and be ready to go for his senior season." Ferneau also gained the praise of his coach as the most improved player on the team. She noted Ferneau made every practice and is always trying and wanting to improve his tennis game. "I was proud of him for competing like he did today. He won the rst set on a tiebreak and fell just short at the end. He is going to make an impact next season for our team near the top of the lineup," she added. Ungerott said the #2 doubles team of Walker and Root were the highlight of this match as they played well together all season and nished off with a strong effort. "They put pressure on their opponents from the rst point and came away with a convincing victory. This was the best doubles play of the season for us," she added. Ungerott said she fully expects next year's squad to advance even further into regional play. OHS boys net team falls in regional semis 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 $ Dont loan it to your neighbor or you wont get it back! e full line of Scag Mowers are available at LAWN TAMER EQUIPMENT, INC. 508 West North Park Street Okeechobee, Fl 34972 863-763-5606Scag, always been simply the Best Mower! COMMERCIAL SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY New Furniture For Less! INSTANT FREE DELIVERYHighpoint Furniture2346 U.S. 27 North, Sebring, Fl 863-382-0600C G Automotive DetailingCall for pricing & scheduling863.763.2121ask for the Service DepartmentDouglas JordanAutomotive Detail Manager www.Gilbert-Ford.com Douglas@Gilbert-Ford.com 3175 Highway 441 S. Okeechobee Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 12 Okeechobee News April 13, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee's offense couldn't get on track as they were shut out by Jensen Beach 6-0 in ag football action on Thursday evening at Brahman Stadium. Wind and dropped passes were part of the problem for the Brahman varsity which lost for the second time this year to the Falcons. Logan Cone's touchdown pass to Jessica Ross was the only score of the game. Ross made an impressive catch in the back of the Okeechobee end zone to break a scoreless tie. Okeechobee quarterback Baylee Farless had a strong game with over 100 yards. She hit Kayla Smith with a 20-yard pass, and Ronesia Wing eld with an 11-yard strike. Kelsie Chartier and McKenzie Fountain had strong games on defense for the Lady Brahmans. Heaven Feltenberger had a quarterback sack for OHS. Dracia Peacock knocked away two Falcon passes. Ryann Sheridan scored two touchdowns, one on a 45-yard run and the second on a 42-yard swing pass to lead the junior varsity Falcons to a 14-0 victory over Okeechobee in a defensive battle. Sheridan scored late in the second quarter and caught a pass from Elaine Ibrahil in the third quarter. Ibrahil added an interception for the Falcons. Destiny Fonseca threw for 120 yards in the game. Rebecca Corby caught three passes for 39 yards and Aaliyah Johnson added two receptions for 55 yards. Clinesha W illiams led the defense with nine stops. Kaylea Nunez battled back from a leg injury to grab four ags including one for a loss. Kayla Moore had an interception, two ags and a pass defended. Okeechobee struggled with dropped passes in the gusty winds as they dropped their second game of the year. They did get into the Falcon red zone but were turned away. The Lady Brahman defense had two goal line stands in the game. The ag team will celebrate senior night next Wednesday, April 16, when they host Centennial with games at 4 and 5 p.m. at Brahman Stadium. Jensen blanks OHS ag grid team Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKayla Moore (#7) goes for an interception as Aaliyah Johnson (#2) looks on.


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Must have all tools and reliable trans. Long term job avail. Great pay & Great bene ts. Please call 888-703-7267 The 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 Full TimeENTEGRA 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. 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The session will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014, in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building at 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Bargaining sessions are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 464886 ON 4/13/2014 Employment Full Time One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. AppliancesFRIGIDAIRE 3YRS OLD, LIKE NEW, VERY CLEAN, ALMOND COLOR, 18 CUBIC FT., $250.00 O.B.O CALL 863-357-0344 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. Shop here first! The classified ads Houses RentADORABLE: In Town, Okeechobee, 2BR, 2BA, Washer/Dryer, Screen Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. 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lines so the RV campground could reopen, she opined. The park needs more than one rest room, she said. “It needs a laundromat. If you’ve just got your RV, you’ve got to unhook everything to go uptown to do your laundry,” she said. “We don’t need golf courses and all that fancy stuff,” she said. “We just need a friendly atmosphere.” In other business, county administrator Robbie Chartier updated the commissioners on the dispute over the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce budget. The sheriff requested a budget of $14.7 million for the current scal year. The county has allocated $13.1 million for the sheriff’s department. She said she, Commission Chairman Frank Irby and county attorney John Cassels will leave Monday for Tallahassee for a hearing with the Governor’s Cabinet aides. She said Sheriff Paul May will present his case and then they will present the county’s side. The Cabinet aides will ask questions. The aides will then prepare a report that will go to the Cabinet members. The Cabinet will review the report and hold a hearing on May 13. Later in the meeting, the park discussion continued. During the commissioner comments at the end of the meeting, County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said he would like to see a feasibility study done to determine what would be necessary to get the park running. He also asked if the hurricane damage to the water and electric lines in the campground portion of park had been covered by insurance. “The Okee-Tantie damage was not covered under insurance,” Mrs. Chartier said. She added that the county was unsuccessful in attempts to obtain FEMA funding to help with the damages. She said about three years ago, a study was done with the idea of repairing the park in phases. At the time, they determined it would cost about $500,000 to repair one section of the campground. “Everything underground has to be redone,” said deputy county administrator Jim Threewitts. County Commissioner Joey Hoover said until the sheriff’s budget appeal is resolved, “our hands are tied” regarding spending money on anything else. While the majority of the commissioners oppose using capital outlay funding for operating expense, if the Cabinet rules in the sheriff’s favor, they may have to borrow money from that fund for this year’s budget. They can’t raise the tax rate or add new taxes until the next scal year. If the county has to give the sheriff’s of ce more money, the options would be to borrow the money from an outside lender and pay interest or borrow the money from the capital outlay funds, which are generated by a 1 cent sales tax and earmarked for construction projects. “Until we get through the appeal, our hands are tied,” said Commissioner Hoover. “I am ne with the Okee-Tantie project, always have been,” he said, adding that he likes the idea of doing something on a phase basis. “But we can’t spend any money until we nd out our liability,” he said. Commissioner Culpepper said investing in OkeeTantie makes sense because it could produce revenue. “History has proven you wrong,” said Commissioner Hoover. “Okee-Tantie has not been a revenue producer.” Commissioner Ray Domer said the Okee-Tantie campground’s pro tability is dependent on the condition o f the lake. “When I rst got elected, the speck shing was ver y good,” he said, and the campgrounds did very well in the winter season. The decline in the sheries had a big impact on the park, he said. However, he cautioned, “I wouldn’t get so hung up on the past.” He noted that while in the old days, the campground depended on word of mouth and a few trade magazines, today the internet offers more ways to advertise the park to potential customers. “Okee-Tantie is important and something that we should make some plans to do something with it,” said Chairman Irby. “If we don’t have it high on our ‘to do’ list, we will just continue to let it slip.” “One of the issues I had when we closed it was that it was costing us a signi cant amount of money to keep it open,” he continued. “It didn’t make much sense to me to spend a couple hundred thousand dollars a year to keep something open when it really ought to be generating enough revenue to support itself.” “It’s more than just construction. If you build it, how will you get them to come?” asked Mrs. Chartier. “You don’t want it to sit and not be managed properly. “My position is not to keep the management in house,” she said. “We don’t want to be in the business of running an R V park. We have shown we don’t do that well. We need to go to those people who do know how to do that well.” “My position is the county should fund it, so we have control of how much is spent on it,” said Chairman Irby. He said if an outside company invests money in the park, the county might wind up liable for an expense they cannot control. Commissioner Hoover said even when the park was doing well, it was not generating revenue in the same wa y that a commercial business does, because it was not paying taxes. He said a government facility should be self-sustaining. Mrs. Chartier said the grants under consideration could provide boardwalks and seawalls. She said it would make the park environment look more professional and complete. “The things we’re talking about aren’t walking trails in the dirt,” she said. She added the property is currently open as a park. “Certainly it still draws people to use it for walking, bird observing, being out close to the water and picnicking,” she said. “Just because you can’t use your RV there doesn’t mean it’s closed.” Mr. Threewitts said the March 28 grant hearing “was a clearing house for the public’s ideas on things the grants could be used for and we got them. We got them from resurfacing the parking lot to putting in a swimming pool. “We tried to tell them what kinds o f things were eligible under the grant,” he said. “They don’t give grants to do maintenance. They give grants to enhance and expand something.” He said the grants are not a “done deal.” The county has submitted the applications, and if the grants are approved, there will be more discussion. On a related topic, Commissioner Margaret Helton said she and the county administrator recently met with the Okeechobee Battle eld Committee and were surprised to learn that while the state is willing to spend money to put in a bathroom and open the park to the public, the state wants Okeechobee County to run the park. “We’ve told them we aren’t taking on a state park,” said Mrs. Chartier. “Maybe we could do some horse trading,” offered Commissioner Hoover. “Maybe we could take a state property and make it a county park if they took a county propert y and made it a state park.” 14 Okeechobee News April 13, 2014 ACROSS 1 Lab has lots of them 7 Many a chalet 13 Nielsen of Airplane!Ž 14 Purple Label designer 15 Open, as a fern frond 16 Relieving 17 Olfactory detection 18 Rumor starter 22 Spanish pronoun 23 Vintage auto 24 Ballerinas asset 26 Dress nattily, with upŽ 27 Wrinkle-resistant synthetic 29 Alternative to gravel, perhaps 30 Humiliate 32 With 37-Across, what the circled words (shown in the appropriate direction) are capable of doing 35 Poker variety 36 Golfer Isao 37 See 32-Across 39 Part of a process 42 Bartender, make __ double!Ž 43 Tie the knot on the sly 47 LBJs antipoverty agcy. 48 Sierra __ 51 Papa-__-MowMowŽ: 1962 novelty hit 52 Suffix with school 54 Former The ViewŽ co-host 55 Conglomeration 56 30s-50s British Labour Party leader 58 25-Down div. 60 One on a ladder, to a kitten up a tree 61 Property recipient, in law 62 Join up 63 Garden sides DOWN 1 Prefix with scope 2 Shark, maybe 3 Comparable to a cucumber 4 Hurtful remark 5 Cocktail with cassis 6 Baseball commissioner under whom interleague play became a reality 7 Wake-up call, say 8 Pilot-licensing org. 9 Red herring 10 __ Nashville: country record label 11 Stay FreshŽ candy 12 Mesh, as gears 19 Tee off 20 Joie de vivre 21 Carrier with a Maple Leaf Lounge 24 Heres what happened next ...Ž 25 Ones getting lots of Bronx cheers 28 Hops driers 31 Speakeasy employee 33 Saturn SUV 34 Physics class topic 38 Bryce Canyon state 39 Cider press leftovers 40 Patricia of Everybody Loves RaymondŽ 41 Of a blood line 44 Va-va-voom!Ž 45 Self-assured 46 Gushes on a set 49 His last blog post ended, Ill see you at the moviesŽ 50 Most Iraqis 53 Mid-11th century year55 Eye, at the Louvre 57 Some RPI alums 59 Mike Trouts team, on scoreboards By Don Gagliardo and C.C. 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