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Sunday, April 20, 2014 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 105 No. 48 13.24 feetLast Year: 13.60 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Mina ColemanMake every day Earth DayOkeechobee area residents don’t have to go far to nd natural beauty. Mina Coleman shared this photo of Lake Okeechobee. For Earth Day news, see page 10.New charge is led against man accused of attacking wife with machete ... Page 5 By Daniel CulbertOkeechobee County Extension Of ce What could be more appropriate for Earth Day than learning about Okeechobee's native plants? This past February, with the help of a couple Master Gardeners and Garden Club members, our extension of ce put together a living exhibit of Okeechobee native plants as part of the annual Battle o f Okeechobee reenactment. So, what is a native plant anyway? The best de nition I have heard is that a native plant species is one that could be found growing in a particular area at the time o f European contact, roughly 1513 for us here in "La Florida." There are a couple of problems with using that de nition: The only people who could have developed such a list were the Native Americans, which were probably too preoccupied with chasing and running away from Colonel Zachary Taylor and his troops to make a comprehensive botanical list of Okeechobee native plants. We have drastically altered our environment, digging drainage ditches and canals, clearing forests and establishing lots of productive uses of our land, so that the precise environmental conditions that existed here 500 years ago are no longer. There are several advantages cited for using native plants in the landscape. One is that native plants provide food and shelter for native wildlife. If you wish to encourage "watchable wildlife" in your landscape, one of the best ways is to plant native plants that are used by that kind of wildlife. By the same idea, if you want to discourage other kinds Use native plants to celebrate Earth DaySee EARTH — Page 9 Teen helps others ght bullying ...Page 2 Roadwork planned ...Page 14


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By Andrew R. McKillopJesus is the name we love to hear It lls our hearts with holy cheer He came to earth from Heaven above To tell us of His Father's love. He died upon that awful tree Shedding His blood for you and me Loving hands His body they took down And sorrowing bore Him to the Tomb. The soldiers they sat and watched the Tomb While Jesus' followers were lled with gloom The soldiers watched to make certain He stayed But Glory to God, an Angel rolled the stone away. He had risen Him death couldn't enslave And Mary at the Tomb did a message receive "Touch Me not for I have not to my God yet ascended Mary ran to tell the faithful His life was not ended. Yes He was risen and to many would appear In His risen body would suddenly appear He told them all gently not to fear The comforter He begged His Father for was very near. And then on that Glorious Ascension Day He was caught up to Heaven where He is today And disappeared from out o f their sight And now their hearts were lled with delight. Before He left, His supper He did institute And as His lovers, it we still celebrate Remembering and honoring Him is our concern As we await our Lord and Savior's soon return. Oh what a day that will be As thy Glorious face we'll see And with that heavenly host shall sing Eternal Praises throughout Heaven will ring. As God Thou didst speak and it came to pass Because of Jesus we're now home at last This always was thine own great plan That Thou again can tabernacle with man. W orkers A vocational training program in Okeechobee County is a de nite plus. They are saying that there are going to be a lot of baby boomers retiring in the next few y ears and there isn't anybody trained to take t heir jobs. Unfortunately, there aren't that many skilled trade positions in Okeechobee County so the graduates will probably have t o work outside the county. Several large c ompanies realize that there is a shortness of trained replacement workers so they are s tarting their own apprenticeship programs t o train their own workers. There is a skilled worker problem almost everywhere in the U.S. The Germans at VW are pulling their hair out trying to staff t heir plants here. We have lots of unskilled labor and lots of fantastic engineers, but no s killed workers. It's all about training. It is like, which came rst the chicken or the egg. If a business was to locate here t hat requires a skilled workforce they would have to bring them with them. If the workers aren't wanting to live in a small rural c ommunity then they would commute from outside the county, no bene t to the county. J ust because you have a vocational school in the county doesn't mean that a business w ill locate here. Okeechobee County needs to make it more appealing for business to come bec ause our tax rate is as high as the counties t o the east, higher than the counties to the w est, the roads in and out of the county are only two lanes and the workforce here is mainly unskilled. If you were representing a b usiness that was looking to relocate, what do we have that would attract you to come here? I'm not saying any of this is bad but look at it from an outsider's view. You are looking for a new location and you're not used to a small rural community. You and y our workers will be needing housing and w hen you look around you nd that several of the areas don't have deed restrictions so you have a nice house next to an old trailer, the cost of a house and the rent is more than outside the county, and it's cheaper to live outside the county and drive here. The workforce is mostly unskilled so you will have to import most of your employees. The area doesn't have much to offer in the way of eating and shopping places. The cost of living here is as high or higher than the surrounding areas, our taxes are the same way. The school system is in the bottom of the state. So why would you relocate here?Budget debate I appreciate the people on the County Commission who do their best to keep our taxes low, or at least in line with other counties our size.Sheriff’s of ce We have one deputy patrolling both Fort Drum and the Prairie and just one area is bigger than the entire city of Okeechobee but yet you can always nd more than one deputy inside the city limits. I got passed by someone yesterday in a no-passing zone, I was doing the speed limit of 60 mph. The deputy had to wait for the person to get in his lane and then for both of us to pass him while he was sitting at a road waiting to turn. I could not believe he didn't stop the guy for passing in a no-passing area. Nothing, he did nothing. The sheriff has offered to go back to his 2005 budget level. According to www.in ationdata.com, you have to spend $1.21 today in 2014 to get what you got for $1.00 in 2005. The health plan went up by $817 per fulltime employee just this year alone. These guys have not had a pay raise in at least ve years and some even longer. One of the greatest hurdles for a leader of an organization that carries weapons and deals with the public is keeping morale high. When your co-workers are being laid off, you have not had a raise since Dubya' was in of ce, the other shoe could drop any day, and people who have little understanding of your plight are clamoring for your car to be taken away, it puts a dent in morale. I have already heard rumors of various folks who plan to run for sheriff in 2016. Why don't they step up right now and start explaining how they would run this department on the $13.4 million the county budgeted? Bene t support appreciatedA bene t for Frank Prescott, was held on April 4. Lunch was served in the park and dinner was at the Shrine Club. A raf e for an "Ole Henry 22 Magnum Ri e" was won by Gordon Morgan. There was also a silent auction that was very successful with lots of great items. We would like to thank everyone that participated, all the wonderful businesses that so generously gave and all the volunteers that made this event such a success. The bene t raised a total of $15,330. Thank you Okeechobee! Michele Bell, PIO OCSO April 20, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letter 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! Easter 2014: Ys, He as Risen Frank Prescott


Okeechobee man accused of attacking estranged wife w ith macheteBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News An assistant state attorney has led an additional felony charge against a man accused of attacking his estranged wife with a machete. Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson issued the arrest warrant W ednesday, April 16, for Jose Luis FonsecaHernandez. That warrant charges Fonseca w ith burglary with an assault or battery and does not provide him with a bond. Fonseca was already being held without bond in the Okeechobee County Jail on charges of attempted rst-degree premeditated murder and eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer. He was arrested March 23 after he allegedly attacked his wife of 20 years in her bedroom. The couple had been estranged for about three weeks, stated an arrest report by Detective Ted Van Deman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO). The victim was rst taken to Raulerson Hospital then later airlifted to Tampa General Hospital where she underwent several surgical procedures. The detective said her right hand was nearly amputated as she tried to defend herself against her attacker. Detective V an Deman said she also lost a portion of her right ear and suffered a cut to the right side of her head. Mr. Richardson said it's his belief that Fonseca committed burglary by entering the home uninvited and then committed an assault or battery when he attacked the w oman with the machete. "Both charges (attempted murder and the burglary with an assault or battery) are life felonies," said Mr. Richardson. This means if Fonseca is convicted of those charges he could face a sentence of life in prison on each charge. Detective Van Deman explained the attack apparently came about after Fonseca saw his wife at a local convenience store w ith another man. Fonseca, continued the veteran investigator, had been stalking his wife and would drive by her house. At one point he reportedly went into the home he once shared with her and their two teenage sons and stole her clothing and jewelry. Fonseca later returned those items, said the detective. The couple's 16-year-old son and a teenage friend who was visiting were in a bedroom when they "... heard a great ruckus in the master bedroom on the other side of the w all," stated the detective's report. Apparently the two teens tried to open the door to the master bedroom as the w oman was "... screaming at the top of her lungs," continued the report. The detective also pointed out that the teens could hear Fonseca yelling in Spanish. The boys were nally able to open the door and they reportedly saw Fonseca attacking his wife. The couple's son then grabbed his father and pulled him away from his mother, stated the detective. Detective Van Deman stated that Fonseca and his son began to ght and the man nally ed the home. Fonseca was charged with eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer because he reportedly refused to stop when OCSO deputies tried to pull him over. According to their reports, however, Fonseca never exceeded 30 mph. When he nally stopped, OCSO Deputy Corporal Michael Hazellief pointed out in his report that Fonseca jumped from his car, waived his right hand and clinched his hand to look like a rearm. He then reached behind his back as if he was pulling something out of his waistband, stated the corporal's report. "He (Fonseca) engaged in behavior that could be interpreted as attempting suicide by cop," stated Detective Van Deman. Fonseca nally gave in and was taken into custody by Cpl. Hazellief without further incident. State les new charge against Fonseca ACROSS 1 Theater attractions 6 Big fusses 11 Gallery display 14 Taxpayers worry 15 Real estate offering 16 Sinking ship signal 17 Takeout option 19 Wash. neighbor 20 Personal IDs 21 Ambulance destinations, for short 22 Comfy shoe 24 Biblical pronoun 26 Bic products 27 Subject for a meteorologist 33 Ross of the Supremes 34 __ wont be afraidŽ: Stand By MeŽ lyric 35 French lady friend 36 Jerusalems land: Abbr. 37 Look after 41 Chicken __ king 42 Swindle 44 Prefix with classical 45 Bernese Alps peak 47 Bill Gates or Paul Allen, vis--vis Microsoft 51 Those, to Toms 52 On an ocean liner, say 53 All for __: to no avail 56 Co. that merged into Verizon 57 Gas company with toy trucks 61 Egyptian snake 62 Summoned up 65 Curtain support 66 Shed __: cry 67 Muhammad Alis boxing daughter 68 Exec. moneyman, and a hint to 17-, 27-, 37-, 47and 62Across 69 Requirements 70 Aggravate DOWN 1 Animal pouches 2 Comments from the confused 3 Supreme Norse god 4 __-Salem, N.C. 5 Fr. holy woman 6 1994 Denis Leary film about a crook who acts as an arbiter 7 Gut-punch reactions 8 Batman and Robin, e.g. 9 Italian tenor standard 10 Spiritual Arizona resort 11 Keep dreamingŽ 12 Came by horse 13 Old Russian royal 18 Flower starter 23 Nick and Noras dog 25 Former Congressional gp. concerned with Communist infiltration 26 Univ. teacher 27 The __ KidŽ: 50s TV Western 28 Former Calif. NFLer 29 __ a kind: unique 30 Mental picture 31 Persian Gulf ship 32 Pretty close 33 Checker, e.g. 38 Provide critical comments for 39 Curious George creators Margret and H.A. 40 Actress Russo43 Video file format 46 Boise resident 48 Trash bin 49 Old cowboy movies 50 Previously owned 53 Drug cop 54 Dating from 55 High hairstyle 56 Happy 58 Emerald Isle 59 Normandy battleground 60 One-horse carriage 63 Dixie general 64 St. Petes state By Jack McInturff (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 04/07/14 04/07/14 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: E di te d b y R i c h Norr i s an d Joyce N i c h o l s Lew i s xwordeditor@aol.com We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont buryŽ the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to replyŽ and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News A pril 20, 2014 Jose FonsecaHernandez Crossword Puzzle


M oose Lodge plans breakfastOkeechobee Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 3 6 St., will serve Easter breakfast Sunday, A pril 20 from 8 until 11 a.m. for $5. Breakf ast and bingo are open to the public. Bingo w ill be held Thursday, April 24, at 1 p.m. and o n Friday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m. The kitchen i s open Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. Proceeds b ene t Moose Charities. L egion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday n ight bingo on April 20 at 6:30 p.m. Doors o pen at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proc eeds bene t the American Legion veterans' p rograms. The event is open to the public. P ancake breakfast is April 20The Kiwanis Easter Pancake Breakfast w ill celebrate its 42nd year on Easter Sund ay, April 20, from 7 until 10 a.m. at Cowb oy's Restaurant. The menu will include ally ou-can-eat pancakes, homemade sausage, f reshly squeezed orange juice and coffee. A ll that for a $7 donation. All donations are d edicated for our children of this county. VFW plans Easter brunchThe Ladies Auxiliary for Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will hold an Easter brunch on Sunday, April 20, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The suggested donation is $6. Proceeds will go to hospitalized and homeless veterans. The public is invited. For information, call 863-467-2882.Garden, Orchid clubs to meetThe Garden Club will meet Monday, April 21 at 6 p.m. That meeting will be followed by the Orchid Club meeting at 7 p.m. Both will be held in the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. Everyone is welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring a plant or orchid to show or a problem plant to discuss. For information, call the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce at 863-763-6469.Historical Society will meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will meet Monday, April 21 beginning at a noon. A covered dish luncheon will be held in the museum building on U.S. 98 N. Anyone interested in joining is invited. It is suggested everyone bring food to share.Meet “Country Life” artistsYou are invited to meet the artists of "Country Life" Art Exhibit at the Historical Okeechobee County Courthouse. The art reception is Tuesday, April 22, from 5 until 7 p.m. The artists will include: Fawn McNeill Barr, Diane Richman Hall, Kathie Pappasso, Sandra Pearce and Brad Phares. The exhibit is presented by Okeechobee Main Street.Eagles hosting bingoThe Fraternal Order Of Eagles/Aerie #4137, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host bingo at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 On Wednesday, April 23, bingo is at 6 p.m. Friday, April 25, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. a spaghetti dinner will be served with a salad and garlic bread for a $6 donation. Entertainment will be provided by Medicine Man from 7 until 11 p.m. All proceeds go to support Eagles charities. The public welcome! For information, call 863763-2552.Collaborative group to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting 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.Special Olympics bene t setThe Special Response Team (SRT) from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce will hold their annual Tip-A-Cop bene t to raise money for Special Olympics Florida on Wednesday, April 23 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. SRT members will be celebrity servers from 5 until 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $11 and tickets at the door will be $14.Foster care meeting slatedPlease join us at our breakfast on Wednesday, April 23 at First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee, 200 N.W. Second St., to learn more about Devereux Community Based Care of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast and our urgent need for foster families. This is not a fundraiser; but a call to action. If you have ever thought o f being a foster parent, come to our breakfast. If you know someone who wants to be a foster parent, bring them. If you have ever wondered how you can help, just show up. You can RSVP online, or call Christina Kaiser at 772-528-0362.Cattlewomen to host a BBQOkeechobee Cattlewomen will host a barbecue Friday, April 25, at Eli's. For an $8 donation you get brisket sandwich, side, dessert and soda. Delivery available for an order of ve or more dinners. To pre-order, call Melissa at 863-634-7712 or Janette at 863-801-4426.Relay for Life is April 25Join the American Cancer Society in the world's largest movement to end cancer. Form a Relay for Life Team and sign up to start fundraising. Relay for life will be held in Okeechobee on Friday, April 25 from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Agri-Civic Center, 4601 S.R. 710. For information, visit their website at www.relayforlife.org/okeechobee .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 863-610-0219 or email at okeechobeeffaalumni@gmail.com. 6 Okeechobee News April 20, 2014 C ommunity Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Photo courtesy Maureen RuddLooking back ...This election card (front and back shown) for Cossie Simmons is from 1938. He was the fourth member of the Simmons family to hold the position of sheriff. Z. H. Simmons was appointed in 1931 to ll the position left vacant by the resignation of Sheriff Pogy Bill Collins (who had been convicted of violating the federal liquor laws). His son, Claude Simmons was elected in 1932, and served as sheriff until his death in 1938. Florida Governor Fred Cone then appointed Claude's widow, Eugenia Hollingsworth Simmons to serve as sheriff until an election could be held. She was Florida's rst female sheriff although she later stated that she delegated most of the sheriff's duties to her deputy, her brother-in-law, Cossie Simmons. Cossie Simmons was sheriff from 1938 to 1941. Do you have an old photo to share? Bring it by the Okeechobee News of ce at 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D (in the plaza next door to the Brahman Movie Theater) or email it to okeenews@newszap.com.


WINTER HAVEN — The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., today announced that it has acquired a majority interest in Blue Lake Citrus Products of Winter Haven, Fla. The deal positions Blue Lake Citrus for signi cant growth, increased reach, and an expansion to their brand portfolio. The investment also increases the Tribe’s citrus industry investments and growing citrus holdings, which have grown steadily over the past few years. The acquisition further strengthens the Tribe’s business partnership with Noble Produce Holdings, Inc. of Winter Haven, Fla. The Tribe’s business development arm, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., now owns 60 percent of Blue Lake Citrus Products. Tony Sanchez, President of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., said the expanded partnership positions the Tribe for signi cant growth within the food service and retail channels with pure products that bring awareness to Florida’s agriculture. The Seminole Pride portfolio consists of Noble 100% pure juice, Noble organic juice, Healthy OnThe-Go fruit snacks, OWV natural spring water, and beef. “The Tribe is growing and diversifying its business interests by partnering with local Florida, family companies to strengthen the people and agriculture of Florida,” said Mr. Sanchez. In April of 2013, the Seminole Tribe acquired from Noble Produce Holdings, Inc. a majority interest in Noble Food Service, the sales and marketing division of Blue Lake Citrus Products. That partnership signi cantly expanded the growth of the Seminole Pride and Noble brand of citrus juices throughout the United States and Canad a to more conventional and natural grocer y stores, restaurants, schools, hotels, hospitals, and catering businesses. Blue Lake Citrus Products also markets bulk juice, citrus oils and other citrus products. “We see our partnership with the Seminole Tribe as the launch platform to signi cantly grow the entire line of Blue Lake products, from bulk to branded. The opportunities are tremendous for Blue Lake,” said Quentin Roe, President of Noble Produce Holdings. “The partnership and capital invested by the Tribe, coupled with their contacts and minority status, create the possibilities for growth and expansion.” When combined with the branded business, the combination of products provides great vertical integration for the Tribe’s citrus grove holdings. Day-to-day operations of the plant will continue to be managed by Morgan Roe, President of Blue Lake Citrus Products. As one measure of the current scope of the operation, the Blue Lake Citrus Products Plant produces about seven million gallons of juice products per year from 1.2 million boxes of citrus fruit, averaging 90 pounds per box. The Seminole Pride and Noble brands are known for their pure tangerine juice but also offer a full beverage portfolio that includes orange, organic orange, tangerine clementine, tangerine guava mango, organic orange tangerine, blood orange, super red grapefruit, organic grapefruit, lemonade, lemon, lime, organic lemonade, organic apple, spring water, and seasonal juices like Pummelo Paradise. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., the business development arm of the Seminole Tribe, offers premium, Florida products under the Seminole Pride brand, including citrus juices, beef and bottled water. Citrus fruit for the Seminole Pride brand of juices are grown on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, which is northwest of Lake Okeechobee, and at approved groves throughout Florida. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., also manufactures and distributes energ y drinks under the Hard Rock Energy brand. 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Don’t expect prices to move up any time before Memorial Day ... Buy-Up! Meat values have dropped off considerably due to supply levels. Calf prices continue to be strong, especially good quaility #1 calves. Most steer prices were steady and heifers over 400# were $3-$5 higher. Runs have slowed way down so please get your cattle in as early as possible, especially on Tuesday. If you are too late on Monday, we can at least put your cattle on hay and water, NO CHARGE, for the sale on Tuesday. Jameson Raulerson, Vero Beach and B & E Ranch & Grove, Okeechobee, both topped the calf market with a high of $3.55 bought by D & S Cattle and Carlos Abreu. Franklin Foshee topped the cow market with a high of 94.00 bought by Central Beef. We have one young Charolais bull and one Angus bull for sale! Call 863-763-3127. Todd Public or private applicators who wish to prepare for the FS 482 Lawn & Ornamental or the Limited Structural Certi cations may attend these three informative presentations. New applicators should attend day one and either day two or three depending on the certi cation desired. No examinations will be offered at the end of these classes—applicators must apply directly to the FDACS BEPC before taking these examinations. Those with valid certi cations may also attend and earn CEUs to renew these licenses (approval pending). Topics to be presented will include:  General Standards: Tuesday, April 29, 10 a.m. to noon (FDACS #17569); Pesticide Laws & Rules, Principles of Pest Control, Pesticide Labeling, Principles of IPM, Pesticides & the Environment, Personal Protective Equipment.  Lawn & Ornamental Pest Control: Wednesday, April 30, 10 a.m. to noon; (FDACS #17570) Ornamental Pest identi cation and Management (insects, weeds and diseases of Florida Yards), Ornamental Pesticide handling and equipment calibration.  Structural Pest Control: Thursday, May 1, 10 a.m, to noon (FDACS #17571); Common Structural Pest identi cation and Management (insects of Florida Homes and buildings), Structural Pesticide handling and equipment calibration. There is no fee to public or private employees, but they must preregister by emailing or calling the instructor at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce, 458 U.S. Highway 98 N.; 863-763-6469; email: : indianco@u .edu. All classes will be presented by Daniel F. Culbert, UF/IFAS Extension Agent III, Environmental Horticulture. These classes are not for those working in pest control business. Examples of people who need this license may include some employees of the city, county, the water management district and the schools. For more information, contact the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce. Extension of ce offers pesticide application training Seminole Tribe acquires majority interest in Blue Lake Citrus Products


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 8 Okeechobee News April 20, 2014 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News Ralph Collions is the proud owner of the newest pizza restaurant in Okeechobee, w ith a vast menu of pizza and other wonderful Italian dishes. They even have a pizza called “Okeechobee,” which is amazing. Mr. Collions is from New York and has a chain of restaurants there. He has been a chef for 22 years with experience ranging from country clubs in Pompano Beach to a hotel in Boca Raton, and Dee-Stefano’s Italian Restaurant in Indiantown. Mr. Collions had his rst restaurant at the age of 20 and has been succeeding ever since. 2nd Street Pizza opened in January of 2014 and currently employs six people. Mr. Collions said he picked Okeechobee as a place to open a business because, “I felt that this area wasn’t getting home cooked Italian food. When I came to Okeechobee, my goal was to give great home cooked Italian food at a quality price.” He continued with what makes his pizza unique. “When you open my box of pizza, it looks picture pretty and I know it tastes great.” The product you get will surprise you here, as Mr. Collions says “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” When you drive by this place you’re going to think “oh another pizza place” but when you come in you’ll be so glad you did. Nothing is frozen here. Everything is made fresh. With a smile, he said they named the restaurant “2nd Street Pizza” so it would be easier to nd. “It was supposed to be called Broome Street, because my father would take us (his family) to an Italian restaurant every Sunday in New York that was on Broome Street to eat,” he explained. “We knew the family who owned it, and soon they came out with a recipe book with some of the restaurant’s dishes. As a gift, my father bought us all a copy. Now this book’s recipes dated back to 1908 in Italy. We make our cheesecake from this recipe.” The result of that 1908 cheesecake recipe is pretty astonishing. 2nd Street Pizza is located at 202 N.E. Second St. and can be reached at 863-763-5000. Make sure you like them on Facebook. Go in and check them out! It will be well worth it. 2nd Street Pizza uses classic Italian recipes Okeechobee News/ Tammi Kelly2nd Street Pizza has fresh homecooked Italian pizza made every day for lunch and dinner. Special to the Okeechobee News50th anniversary of Helping People SucceedOkeechobee County Commission Chair Frank Irby, right, presents Helping People Succeed Healthy Families Program Manager Carolyn Moses, left, with a proclamation marking the 50th anniversary of Helping People Succeed. The non-pro t organization serves more than 4,500 families in Okeechobee, Martin and St. Lucie counties. The Healthy Families-Okeechobee of ce is located at 605 S.W. Park St., Suite 212, in downtown Okeechobee. TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will celebrate Earth Day throughout the coming week with a slew of activities in our state parks and aquatic preserves. These activities will offer Floridians and visitors opportunities to volunteer, learn and enjoy the diverse ecosystems that make up our state. Established in 1970, April 22 will mark the 44th annual Earth Day and remind all of us about the importance of our role in protecting the environment. Many state parks and aquatic preserves will host activities from this weekend through April 27 in celebration of the event, expanding the in uence of the event’s original philosophy. For more information online go to www.dep.state. .us. Florida celebrates Earth Day with state park activities


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George and Jean Corbin, of Okeechobee, will celebrate their 60th anniversary on April 20, 2014. They were married in the local church in Potterville, Pa. The bride was former Jean Dutton. They have four children (one deceased) and two grandsons. The children are, William Corbin of Okeechobee, Debra Galvin of Charleston,S.C. and Sheila Corbin of Ft Myers, Fla. George retired from Corbins Auto Repair in Pompano Beach, Fla. and drove a truck for George Goodbread. Jean retired with 27 years of service with IBM GEORGE CORBIN ANNIVERSARY JEAN CORBIN 9 Okeechobee News A pril 20, 2014 of wildlife from your yard, often the only way to reduce their visits is to remove or restrict those plants that provide unique bene ts to the more pesky kinds of wild critters. Native plants help to restore regional landscapes. They are the best species adapted to local conditions that thrive with the least care and can create a sense of place. In the words of Lady Bird Johnson, "Wherever I go in America, I like it when the land speaks its own language in its own regional accent." Another reason to go native is their ease of maintenance. Since they have evolved over time to the kinds of soils and climate found here, they will generally do well in our yards. Once established, they will require less water and fertilizer and will be more pest-free than other non-native landscape plants. Some detractors of native plants claim they are not available in nurseries, and you certainly don't want to trespass and dig them up. While larger nursery and garden centers may have some native plants, you will nd more variety and often quality by going to private, locally owned nurseries that specialize in native plants. Although there are only a few locally owned nurseries in our county that have some native species or can get them for you, there are several members of the Florida Association of Native Nurseries (AFNN) in nearby areas that can provide native plant species. Ask our of ce for help in locating speci c plants you are interested in. So how many plants are actually native to Okeechobee? According to the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants, there are 495 different species of native plants con rmed in the county representing 104 different plant families; including 73 species of daisies, 64 species of true grasses, nine species each of orchids and bromeliads, but only four species of palms. Some of these may not work in land that has been modi ed, and others are endangered due to habitat loss. But there are enough natives out there that will work in landscapes. Our of ce has prepared a list of Okeechobee Native Plants that names some of the best choices for local landscapes. It is online at http://okeechobee. ifas.ufl.edu/Native.Plants.for.Okeechobee. pdf or stop by our of ce to pick up a copy if desired. Here are a couple of my favorites that are under used in local landscapes: Trees: Loblolly-bay (Gordonia lasianthus); Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraci ua); Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) and American Elm (Ulmus Americana) Groundcovers: Eastern gamagrass or Fakahatchee grass (Tripsacum dactyloides); Coontie (Zamia pumila); Pointed blue-eyedgrass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) Shrubs: Marlberry (Ardisia escallonioides); Coralbean or Cherokee bean (Erythrina herbacea); Wild Lime (Zanthoxylum fagara) Wild owers : Florida tickseed (Coreopsis oridana); Blackeyed-susan (Rudbeckia hirta); Scarlet or tropical sage (Salvia coccinea). Have a Green Earth Day, a Blessed Easter, and I hope to see many of you at this week's Okeechobee County Commission meeting, where they will be issuing a proclamation commemorating our Extension Service's Centennial. I've placed more information on our Okeechobee web page, http://okeechobee. ifas.u .edu. If you need additional information on native plant landscaping, please email us at okeechobee@ifas.u .edu or call us at 863-763-6469. Local residents can stop by our of ce at 458 U.S. 98 North in Okeechobee. EARTHContinued From Page 1 The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the rst place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy: raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated and then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment, and save money. Bene ts include: Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials; Saves energy; Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change; Helps sustain the environment for future generations; Saves money; Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to land lls and incinerators; Allows products to be used to their fullest extent. Ideas on reducing and reusing include: Buy used. You can nd everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new. Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money. Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items. Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires, and appliances, so that they won't have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently. Borrow, rent, or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools, or furniture. One person's trash is another person's treasure. Instead of discarding unwanted appliances, tools, or clothes, try selling or donating them. Not only will you be reducing waste, you'll be helping others. Local churches, community centers, thrift stores, schools, and nonpro t organizations may accept a variety of donated items, including used books, working electronics, and unneeded furniture. Reuse, repurpose, recycle


OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HOUSEHOLD AMNESTY DAY! HAZARDOUS WASTE SATURDAY, May 3 rd 9:00 AM 12:00 NOON VEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY 306 N.W. 9TH Ave., Okeechobee • FREE DROP OFF •To Okeechobee County ResidentsPaints, Pesticides, Chemicals, Solvents, Brake Fluid, Pool Chemicals, Batteries, Cleaning Supplies, Used Oil, Oil Filters, Mercury Bulbs, Mercury Containing Devises and unknown Chemicals; Ni-Cad and Lead Acid Batteries; Tires (4 tires ONLY)Per Household). NO Propane Tanks. NO Electronics For More Information, Contact Solid Waste Dept. at 763-1811 863.634.7849 Andy Kassella863.634.4846crowndesignandbuild@gmail.comLicense # CBC1259743CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL REMODEL COMMERCIALFor All Your Construction NeedsLicensed & Insured863.532.0742 Jeff Shef“eld 10 Okeechobee News April 20, 2014 It is important to not only take care of mother Earth, but to protect her. Every year on April 22, you have the chance to participate in preserving the earth on a special day called Earth Day. Earth Day was proposed by peace activist John McConnell, to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. What better day could there be to teach your children the importance of taking care of the environment than on Earth Day? Holly MacLean, Founder of Wee Urban organic children’s clothes, shares 10 ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids. “We are big believers in taking care of our environment. It doesn’t take much to participate in preserving the Earth, but even little efforts made can make a difference. Earth Day is a great opportunity to teach our kids about taking care of the environment, because it offers so many learning opportunities. It is a great chance to really be one w ith your community and have some fun, all while doing something positive for the environment,” shares Holly. Although Earth Day has a serious underlying message, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t fun ways to celebrate it with your children:1. Walk them to schoolWalking not only saves you gas, but it decreases the amount of pollutants released into the air. Create a fun game to play on the w alk, such as who can spot the most/coolest animals.2. Plant somethingMost kids love getting dirty, so this is a great one! Whether it’s a seed, a ower or a tree, creating new life is always great for the environment. Once it grows you are left w ith either yummy food you grew yourself, or a beautiful ower to remind you that you did something great for the Earth.3. Make a posterMake a poster that says “Happy Earth Day” and then have your kids decorate it. This will encourage conversations about the Earth and help your child to learn about how to preserve it. After it’s done, hang it on y our front door. Not only will your child have had fun coloring, but your neighbors will be reminded that it is Earth Day.4. Decorate a recycling binTake your regular old recycling bin and let your children decorate it. While they are having fun painting trees and birds, inform them about the Earth and why it is important to take care of it.5. Visit the aquarium or zooMost aquariums or zoos have special Earth Day activities, so they can learn rsthand about the natural environment. Seeing the animals in person will remind them of why it’s important to protect them.6. Take picturesWhip out the digital camera and have the kids go on a walk to nd their favorite tree or garden, and then take a picture of it. Once you are back home, have a slideshow with the pictures. Ask the kids why they liked that spot so much, and explain to them how they could preserve it.7. Turn the lights offCreate a game where if someone forgets to turn the lights off when they leave a room, they owe $.25 to the Earth Day jar. This is a good way to teach them how preserving energy can help the environment.8. Make promisesFill a chalkboard, or large paper, up with promises that you and your kids are going to make to the environment.9. DonateWith the kids, go through your house and bag all of the things that your family no longer uses or wears. Once you’re done, take the bags to a local place that accepts donations. This teaches kids about reusing, recycling and giving.10. SingThere are many Earth songs on the internet that you and your children could sing along to. Even making up songs about why the Earth is so special would be fun and informational. Involve children in Earth Day observances


204 SE 10th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974863.763.3417info@DomersInc.comwww.DomersInc.com Providing reliability for 88 years“Let the sun pump your water!” We sell, install and repair solar pump systems 11 Okeechobee News A pril 20, 2014 Highlighting an ongoing commitment to protecting South Florida’s water resources, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is observing April as Water Conservation Month. “Water conservation remains one of our most effective strategies to achieve our mission to protect the regional water supply for residents, visitors and the environment,” said SFWMD Executive Director Blake Guillory. “Each year during the dry season, we remind residents and businesses that a yearround water conservation ethic will help achieve that goal.” For 16 consecutive years, Florida has recognized Water Conservation Month in April, the height of the South Florida dry season. W hile the district is not currently in a water shortage or drought, a portion of the region has been in a drought at some point in nine of the last 14 years. A long-term commitment to water conservation helps to minimize the impact of dry times.Dry Season Rainfall UpdateEvapotranspiration, the loss of water from the ground and growing plants, increases in A pril, speeding the decline of surface water levels. Overall, district-wide rainfall across 16 counties was near average from November 1, 2013, through April 10, with 11.07 inches, representing 90 percent of average. A reas from the Upper Kissimmee Basin to the Southwest coast were drier with belowaverage rainfall, ranging from 74 percent to 83 percent of average. Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties saw near-average rain while Broward and Miami-Dade counties experienced wet conditions with above-average rainfall. Basic water conservation practices include:  Replacing aerators in kitchen and bathroom sinks with models rated for 1.5 gallons per minute or less.  Watering the lawn based on its actual needs and following the district’s year-round landscape irrigation water conservation measures and/or local ordinances.  Installing lowow appliances, such as a dishwasher or energy-ef cient washing machine.  Installing lowow water xtures, such as showerheads.Water Conservation is a Year-Round EthicWater conservation is essential yearround for addressing the impacts of weather extremes and growing demands on a limited water supply needed by South Florida’s 7.9 million residents, economy and environment. Water conservation can be practiced indoors and outside. Examples include installing a lowow aerator on your sink, watering the lawn based on its actual needs or installing lowow appliances. When water shortage orders are not in place, the district follows Year-Round Water Conservation Measures that target outdoor irrigation, which accounts for up to half of the water used per person per day in South Florida. The Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule is just one of many initiatives implemented under the district’s Comprehensive Water Conservation Program. SFWMD promotes Water Conservation Month


SURGICAL EXPERTS AT NO MATTER WHICH DOOR YOU COME THROUGH EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTORS OFFICEYou can count on the surgeons at Raulerson Hospital to get you back to enjoying life again. Many procedures are even minimally invasive, oering patients smaller incisions & shorter hospital stays. 1796 Hwy. 441 N € Okeechobee, FL 34972 € RaulersonHospital.com 12 Okeechobee News April 20, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOAA Terri c Kids awardOkeechobee Achievement Academy is proud to announce that three students have worked hard this nine weeks to be Thoughtful, Respectful, Responsible, and Friendly to their peers and teachers. They received the Terri c Kid award from the Kiwanis Club at the awards ceremony on April 3. Pictured here with J. D. Mixon is Preston Rush, Leah Scott, Adon Landaverde and Christian Henderson. An echocardiogram (often referred to simply as an echo) is an imaging test performed to help physicians evaluate a patient’s heart. This test is safe and painless; it does not involve breaking the skin or entering body cavities. The test works by bouncing harmless sound waves (ultrasound) off the heart. Echocardiograms help show the size of the heart, pumping capacity, and details related to tissue damage. Showing the health of the heart’s chambers and valves is important for the diagnosis, management and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known heart disease. During an echo, small pads (electrodes) are placed on the chest to monitor a patient’s heartbeat. A transducer, a device that looks like a microphone, is coated with cool gel and moved rmly over the chest. This device creates the sound waves that make images of the heart. At times, patients may be asked to exhale and hold their breath for a few seconds. Air in the lungs can affect the images. The transducer may also be used to do a Doppler study. This test measures the direction and speed of blood owing through the heart. During the test, patients may hear a “whooshing” sound. This is the sound of blood owing through the heart. The images of the patient’s heart are stored electronically. This is so the doctor can review them and discuss them with the patient. The test results help the doctor plan a treatment and any other tests that are needed. Raulerson Hospital offers echocardiogram services. A doctor’s order is required. For a free physician referral or answers to healthcare questions call Consult-A-Nurse at 863-763-9228. Echocardiogram: Painless heart evaluation provides valuable information Chobee Courage Project seeks young menCalling young men in Okeechobee: The Chobee Courage Project, an opportunity for young men 12-17 to participate in youth leadership opportunities to address teen dating violence in your community, needs you. For information about participation, call or text Melvin Cordova, project coordinator, Martha’s House, at 772-333-7725.


By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Toni’s Chic Boutique 123 S.W. Park St., has brand new fashions and jewelry, all new inventory and they always have a sale going on! Most of all new clothing and gift items are all proudly made in the USA. Stop by just to look around. They are always happy to help you nd the perfect out t for that special event. Be sure to check them out on Facebook! You can give them a call at 863357-8664.  Bella Rose 311 N.E. Second St., is a full-service Christian based spa and salon. They do everything from manicures to Swedish massages. They also have a full line of organic hair products. Bella Rose has a new retail shop with many items for anyone to pick up, such as jewelry, hats or a at iron w ith an oil infuser — they are great by the w ay. Bella Rose always has gift certi cates for any one of their wonderful services. Also like them on Facebook or visit their website at www.mysalononline.com/bellarose. They can be reached at 863-357-3333.  Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant 107 N.W. Sixth Ave., has been Okeechobee’s own original Mexican restaurant for 32 years. They have wonderful wet burritos, along w ith their tacos, enchiladas and fajitas. They also have sirloin steaks and a kids menu. So, grab the family and head on down for some great food or to order take out. Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! They can be contacted at 863-467-0922. Here’s a cute idea! If you like to dye eggs w ith the kids, instead of buying those dying kits, use Kool-Aid. It’s a little bit safer for them to “accidently” drink Kool-Aid than egg dye. It’s cheaper than those boxes of egg dye and it smells great!Kool-Aid Egg DyeThings you need:  One pack of each color/ avor Kool-Aid y ou would like to use.  Water  Cups or bowls one for each color/ av or  A spoon  A dozen to two dozen hard-boiled eggs Directions : 1. Pour contents of one envelope of each Kool-Aid color into separate 10to-12 oz. containers. 2. Add 2/3 cup water to each; stir to dissolve drink mix. 3. Use spoon to place one hard-cooked egg in each cup, keeping egg submerged until desired color is reached. 4. Continue with remaining eggs. Transfer eggs to paper towel-covered baking sheet to dry. Side note: if you use the lemonade avor, mix it with a little bit of orange to get a better yellow color, otherwise it’s too light. Also, it’s safer to use plastic eggs for egg hunts, especially in warm climates like Florida. When an egg is boiled, the natural protective coating on the egg shell is damaged, which means bacteria may enter through tiny holes. Cooked eggs should be kept refrigerated. Happy Easter! 13 Okeechobee News A pril 20, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsHere is a nished product of your KoolAid colored eggs. Good Luck! Students of the MonthThese high soaring Eagles earned Student of the Month at South Elementary in March. They are: Jillian Stokes, Gabriel Sanchez, Yuri Alicea Rodriguez, Cheyenne Clauson, Aaron Gaucin, James Neville, Geria Terrell, Payton Collins, Nathan Wilson and Izeah Becerra. Congratulations and keep up the good work! Special to the Okeechobee News/ SES


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Auctions Auctions 19th Annual Citrus, Ranch & Produce SpecialŽ Auction Saturday ~ April 26, 2014 ~ 9:00 am1885 Hwy 441 N | Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee County Cattlemans Association Arena 800.985.5699 Tractors … Construction & Farm Equipment … Vehicles & Much MoreCONSIGNMENTS WELCOME!A 10% Buyers Premium will be charged for all items selling for $35,000 & under A 5% Buyers Premium will be charged for all items selling above $35,0011894 Sylvester Hwy | Moultrie, GA 31768 229.985.4565 | Fax 229.985.0754www.demottauction.com |sales@demottauction.comAuctioneer: Terry DeMott, Sr. FL #AU1833 … AB1285 Auctions Auctions Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Quality Care That’s Raising the Standard Wexford Health, the nation’s leading provider of innovative correctional health care services, offers ful lling opportunities for medical and non-clinical professionals who want to make a difference. As a team member here, you will work in a setting that is unique, challenging and always secure. You will also have the resources you need to advance in the workplace. Wexford Health is currently seeking the following: RNsFull Time and Per Diem Okeechobee Correctional Institution Okeechobee, FL Quali cations:• Current CPR certi cation and a • Valid State of Florida RN license• Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. • One year of clinical experience is preferred Wexford Health appreciates our team’s commitment to the patients we serve. That’s why we support them with training and development programs, comprehensive bene ts, competitive compensation, a generous Paid Time Off policy and numerous opportunities to positively impact a population that is greatly underserved. If you’re ready to grow with an industry leader, join the team that is revolutionizing correctional health care. To learn more about opportunities at Wexford Health, or to apply, please contact Ashley Fetcho: Phone: 1-800-903-3616 ext. 284 or afetcho@wexfordhealth.com www.wexfordhealth.com/careers Wexford Health Sources is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full TimeCLASS 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. ALUMINUM INSTALLERS WANTED. PHONE AND HAVE RESUME TO TAMANTHA WOODS AT (863)484-2670 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Washington County School Program At Okeechobee Youth Development Center ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY Dean of Student Services (This school is located in a Department of Juvenile Justice Facility)Position requirements are detailed at website: Go to http://www.wcsdschools.com Go to Administrative Services and click on Job Announcements Create an account with a username and password, unless you have already completed this process. Complete your application for a CERTIFIED POSITION and attach a resume, etc. Then, you MUST APPLY for this position.APPLICATION DEADLINE: Apr. 24th, 2014 (midnight)“Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants as well as employee” “Pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, random ( tness for duty) and follow-up drug testing will be implemented as per the School Board’s “Drug Free Workplace Policy” An Equal Opportunity Employer Call Center Operator Saturday-Sunday, 8am-5pm $8 per hour beginning Send resume to: SNAP@myfwc.com Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 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 professi onal un iforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! DRIVER WANTED Class B, Hazmat & Tanker Bene ts, Vacation, Insurance, Retirment, and good pay. Palmdale Oil Co. 863-763-3617 120 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, Fla. DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Entegra Roof Tile, LLC A local manufacturing company is currently looking to ll positions for Stackers and outside materials handler, on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift. Applicants must be able to stack concrete tile neatly onto pallets perform periodic maintenance, operate forklift 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, Fla. 34972 Employment Full TimeIntegrated Solutions Specialist Come Join the #1 John Deere Dealership in the world. We are looking for an energized and organized specialist that is familiar with Auto track, agricultural precision farming products and services, Trimble, AG leader and/or Topcon. Pro cient knowledge of electrical and wireless communication systems. Self motivated and sense of humor is a must. We offer comp. salary and bene ts package! Apply@2017 NW 16th Street, Belle Glade or email: dpadron@evergladesfarmequipment.com 15 Okeechobee News A pril 20, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


EMPLOYMENT OPPORUNITIESOkeechobee Healthcare Facility is seeking dependable, motivated and experienced individuals who have previously worked in the food service business. These are full-time positions with bene“ts for the right people. All perspective employees must be able to pass a drug test, physical and Level II background screening as a prerequisite to hiring. EOE/DFWP Cooks, prep-cooks, aides and dishwashers with good references may apply at 406 NW 4th Street, Okeechobee Employment Full Time Employment Part Time Experienced BILLER Okeechobee. Part Time that may lead to full timePlease fax resume to: (863) 357-0424 or email to: EOE/DFWP Retired Professional Looking for a part time appointment generator, preferably mechanical exp., customer friendly, to work at sales booth in a big box store. Please call 863-385-2665 or send resume to info@advancedairsebring .com Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Employment Part Time Employment Full Time 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. MiscellaneousADJUSTABLE HOSPITAL BED $275.00 MOBILITY SCOOTER $350.00 MANUAL TREADMILL $75.00 EXERCISE BIKE $30.00 CALL 863-824-0944 *CRAFTSMAN RIDING LAWN MOWER, LIKE NEW, $600.00 *WASHER & DRYER, LIKE NEW, $400.00 CALL 863-532-0234 Employment Full Time Pets/SuppliesTWO MALE RAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES, REGISTERED, 14 WEEKS OLD $300.00 CALL 863-634-4407 Condos/Townhouses RentGround Flr. 1br/1ba., Lake Front view, fully furnished, includes Utilities. $775 mo + Sec. 863-634-0663. Taylor 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 RentOKEECHOBEE Beautiful ranch setting, 2/1 -$515.00 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 RentalsFURNISHED WATERFRONT 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATHWITH OR WITHOUT UTILITIESLONG OR SHORT TERM (863) 467-4371 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 Waterfront PropertyIF YOUR LOOKING FOR A NICE FISHING GETA-WAY WE HAVE THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOU. FLEETWOOD, 8X22 FLORIDA ROOM, SMALL PORCHES $6,500.00 O.B.O. NO OWNER FINANCING BROTHER RV PARK 8190 HWY 441 SE LOT 16 CALL 330-556-1576 Mobile Home Rent2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH UNFURNISHEDSCREEN ROOM, DINING ROOM, TILE FLOORS (863) 467-4371 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd./2ba Dble Wide. $500 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 NICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 1bd & 1ba home in nice quiet small adult park, small dog okay, Security required. 239-246-6301 OKEE (off Hwy 70) 1br./1ba., 34ft. $480 mo., 1 br./1ba 44ft. $480 mo., 1 br./1ba 32ft. $360 mo. Single occupancy only. Incld’s elec., city water. 1st, Sec. & ref’s needed. 561-346-4692. Mobile HomeSale3 BR, 2 BA Doublewide w/ screen patio, carport, utility shed in 55+ park. $24,900 Lot rent $235 mo. 561-723-6355 FOR SALE OR LONG TERM LEASE, 2BD/2BA ON BEAUTIFUL RENTAL LOT. DOCK WITH DIRECT ACCESS TO THE LAKE. 217-521-9718 FOR SALE PARK MODEL W/LARGE FLORIDA ROOM, STORAGE SHED, WASHER/DRYER, 3YR OLD A/C, DISHWASHER, CEMENT DRIVEWAY. EXCELLENT SHAPE, VERY CLEAN. FOR MORE INFO CALL 863-697-3760 OR 863-801-1267 Mobile HomeSale 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 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 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 AutomobilesFOR SALE 2004 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS-1 OWNER-LOW MILESFULLY LOADEDASKING $4,800.00 OBO. (863) 447-0742 Toyota Celica GTS, 2000 Runs great, cold air, awesome sound system, 117k miles, silver w/ blk leather Asking $5,000 obo call or txt 561-222-7852 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice School District Advisory Council Meeting The Okeechobee County School District Advisory Council will meet on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. This meeting is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 464967 ON 4/20/2014 School Board Workshop The Okeechobee County School Board will meet in workshop session at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Items on the workshop agenda will be: Student Progression Plan (including alternatives for academic recognition for graduating students), combining OHS and the Freshman Campus, a budget update, a legislative update, and a possible change to school starting time for OHS. The workshop is for the presentation of information only no action will be taken by the School Board on any agenda items. The workshop is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 464968 ON 4/20/2014 16 Okeechobee News April 20, 2014The 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. RN Nurse Manager RN/LPN Nurse Manager with Pediatrics Exp. needed full time at Dr. Fred Brown Health Ctr in Okeechobee. Must have current FL RN or LPN license. Administrative/ Management experience required with strong leadership skills. Bilingual Spanish/English prefd. Competitive salary & excel. bene ts. Fax resume to (863) 357-2991 or e-mail hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds.


R E D Over 100 Listings DESIGNED FOR ENTERTAINING! Completely REMODELED inside and out! 1905 SF under air – 2965 SF TLA. 2/2/2, Custom Kitchen, granite. Fireplace. 25x27 Great-Family room (3rd Bdroom?). 900 SF Garage. NEW windows, Hardy water system. In-ground Pool. On 3+ Acres, fenced, ready for animals. MLS 207991 FABULOUS!! $229,000 Call Lori (863)634-1457R Bar Estates century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 4003-C: Turtle Cove Lake Access, beautiful Rim Canal view! Spacious, double carport & more on quiet cul-desac. Includes 2 extra lots, 1 with large shed & electricity. $95,000 MLS # 208003 4006-C: Turtle Cove Lake access! Cozy condo, enclosed porch, open patio with great water view, seawall, completely furnished! In move in condition. Extra lot has shed & electricity. $68,000 MLS # 208005 1023-M: Seminole Cove spacious DW on lake. 2,241 Total Sq Ft./1,557 under air. Enclosed porch w/storage rm, large living rm w/sitting area, dining area, and much more! Easy to show$110,000 MLS #208000 5071-H: Dixie Ranch Acres Large 4/2 Modular home, 2,204 Total Sq Ft on approx. 1 acre. Spacious kitchen with hutch and dining area and living rm. and much more! $175,000 MLS # 207917 4001-M: 3/2 DW with 2,288 Total Sq Ft/1,288 under air. Split bdrm plan, attached carport, updated with new carpet and some appliances, screened back patio. Get ready $59,000 MLS # 207823 • Commercial Corner Lot (SE 88th Blvd) $33,000 MLS #207398 • Commercial 1.84+/-acre Okee Hammock Hwy 441 $75,000 MLS# 207402 • Pine Ridge lot $7,500 MLS #207132 • Potter Rd (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • Oak Park 2-lots sideby-side with large shady trees. $10,000 each • In town lot (SW 5th St) $3,900 MLS #206637 • 14+/acres of commercial property on the Rim Canal with lake access. $1,500,000 MLS #207408 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 5030-H: Okeechobee Golf Estate 3/2 on acre. 2,567 Total sq ft/1,485 under air. Spacious kitchen, split bdrm plan, walk-in closet. Family rm overlooks golf course and much more. $180,000 MLS #207710 Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com Paul Burdeshaw Construction863.634.3533License #CGC025857 No JobToo BIG or Too SMALL RIVER OAK ACRES Beautiful home on 2.3 acres, 21’ high cathedral ceilings, fireplace, balcony off master bedroom, hurricane shutters, wired in for generator. 30x50 metal garage with two 14’ foot rolling doors. Has an extra room in the garage along with a workshop. New A/C in 2007 with twice a year maintenance contract. New roof in 2005 40 year warranty. MLS 207896, $279,000. Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. 17 Okeechobee News A pril 20, 2014


Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 18 Okeechobee News April 20, 2014 Submitted photo/ OCSOVictim’s advocate honoredJoan Johnson (center), the victim’s advocate for the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, was recently named the Victim’s Advocate of the Year for the 19th Judicial Circuit. Also pictured are her husband, Deputy Gary Johnson of the Glades County Sheriff’s Of ce (far left) and Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May (far right). Of Mrs. Johnson’s recognition, Sheriff May said “We’re very proud of Joan. She takes her job very seriously and is an asset to the department. She loves to help people and does an outstanding job.” The 19th Judicial Circuit consists of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. Submitted photo/ OCSONew device more accurate than radarOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce Road Patrol Captain Gary Bell (left) was presented with a new Pro Laser III speed detection device by Charles Kane (right), the law enforcement liaison for S.E. Florida with the Florida Public Safety Institute. The sheriff’s of ce won the $3,000 unit for their participation in the recent Click It or Ticket campaign. Capt. Bell said Deputy Adrian Rogers, of the OCSO motorcycle unit, will be using the new handheld device. “It’s a lot more accurate than radar,” explained Deputy Rogers. OCSO InvestigationsThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week.ASSAULT 1700 block of U.S. 441.  600 block of S.W. Fifth Ave.BURGLARY 8600 block of S.E. 57th DriveCRIMINAL MISCHIEF 2200 block of S.W. 28th St.  1100 block of N.E. 16th Ave.  2200 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  4400 block of U.S. 441 S.  600 block of S.W. Second Ave.FRAUD 2000 block of U.S. 441 N.  3000 block of N.W. 37th Ave.  3600 block of U.S. 441 S.THEFT 3800 block of N.W. Fourth St.  1000 block of U.S. 98 N.  4100 block of S.E. 27th St.  3200 block of S.E. 24th St.  1600 block of N.W. 47th Terrace  3500 block of S.E. 26th St.  3400 block of S.E. 28th St.  4200 block of U.S. 441 S.  3500 block of N.W. Eighth St.  2700 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane  200 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  7800 block of S.W. 21st Parkway OCSO Investigations


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