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Sunday, August 24, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 102 14.54 feetLast Year: 15.64 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ plus tax Deer causes early morning crash ... Page 5 City budget at $5.82 million ... Page 9 Drivers must ‘move over’ for garbage & utility vehicles ...Page 13 Bowlers start new season ...Page 18 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Clrng Or Cti! Okeechobee voters will elect a county commissioner in district 1 and a school board member, as well as choose the Republican party representative for the county commission district 4 race, in the Tuesday, Aug. 26 primary election. In the county commission district 2 race, incumbent Bryant Culpepper is challenged by Norbert L. BobbyŽ Bennett. Both are Republicans. Since there is no Democrat candidate for this seat, the primary will be open to all voters. In the district 4 race, incumbent Joey A. Hoover (REP) is challenged by Terry Wayne Burroughs (REP). The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Thomas TommyŽ Clay in the Nov. 4 general election. In the school board district 1 race, incumbent Joe Arnold is challenged by Cheryl Kirton. The school board district 3 and 5 races only had one candidat e each, and so Dixie Ball will represent district 3 and Jill Clericuzio will represent district 5. Thei r names will not be on the ballot. Vote: Primary election is Tuesday Cheryl Kirton Joe Arnold Tommy Clay Terry Wayne Burroughs Joey A. Hoover Bobby Bennett Bryant Culpepper See VOTE „ Page 5 High school graduation rate 13% below state averageBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee School Board reviewed their goals for 2013-14, and discussed goals for the 2014-15 school year during a strategic planning workshop Thursday night. Everglades Elementary showed improvement of at least 23 percent in math, reading and writing last year. North Elementary also improved two letter grades this past year. South Elementary will focus on improvement in writing scores this year. At Seminole Elementary, 85 percent of low performing students showed learning gains. The schools had 46 percent of students pro“ cient in reading which was identical to 2012-2013. The report showed 51 percent of students were at grade level or above in math, identical to the prior year. Science scores improved 1 percent, to 47 percent and 43 percent were pro“ cient in writing. The schools also had more students receive various industry certi“ cations: 58 percent of graduates were college ready in reading and 54 percent in math. This marked a slight decline for reading but a three-point increase in math. The district also met goals to improve technology, increased the level of satisfaction among adults on school food quality and also lowered transportation costs from $782.99 to $766.26, below the state average. The district did report an increase in workers compensation claims from 40 to 57. Objectives for this year include a 30 percent reduction in the pro“ ciency rates between the state and district average in reading, math and science. Strategies to achieve this goal are additional professional training of teachers, more attention to Florida standards and more data analysis. Another goal is to increase graduation rates by 2 percent and reduce the dropout rate by 1 percent. Graduation rates were 63 percent in 2012-13 and 58.9 percent in 2011-12. Dropout rates rose from 4.5 percent for 2011-12 to 5.4 percent on 2012-13. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said a team of administrators found the district had strong community stakeholders, a hardworking staff and sound “ nances. Weaknesses noted included a lack of standards-based instruction, and less time for professional development and recruitment of teachers. Opportunities included more experiences available for students, more career and technical opportunities and improved technology. Threats to their mission include declining revenue and enrollment, negative reactions to FCAT and Common Core, high poverty rates, unfounded state mandates, low expectations and attendance o f staff and students. Chairman Joe Arnold said a main goal should be having all third graders reading at grade level. He said this should be a focus for the next several years. Malissa Morgan said she would like improved security and more cameras at all schools. The district has already contacted vendors but likely will want engineered drawings to ensure the cameras are best utilized. The core values for the schools include perseverance, respect, integrity, dependability and ethics. There are areas where we need to get better and we believe we can get there with standards-based instruction,Ž Mr. Kenworthy said. The 2013-14 grades showed Okeechobee third graders were 10 points below the state in reading but four points above the state in math. Fourth graders were 16 percent below the state average in reading and 6 percent belo w School board sets goals for new yearSee SCHOOL „ Page 5


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Streets€ The streets in the city need work. They have re” ectors on tiny posts at the end of s ome median islands, but the most import ant one at the SR 70 and U.S. 441 intersect ion has been gone for a long time. If turning left from SR 70 east onto U.S. 441 or Parrott A venue, you will see tire marks on the end of the island where people have hit it. I have hit it at least twice at night. The streets are really deplorable. V ote€ The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 26. Remember to vote. Okeechobee voters w ill choose a county commissioner, a school b oard member and the Democratic candidate who will face the Republican in the other county commission race. Everybody gets to vote in at least two of those races. Get out and vote. Dont complain about government if you dont even bother to participate in the elections! € I want to commend all of the candidates for local election for putting thems elves on the ballot. These elected of“ ces are a lot of stress. Campaigning is not easy. In two races, we dont even have an elect ion because only one person ran for each of t hose positions. That tells you something. If t hese were easy jobs, there would be more people competing for them.Taxes€ I am a homeowner and while I like the sheriff, I dont want my taxes to go up. They say property values have dropped, but my assessed value has increased every year even though I made no improvements to my property. So my taxes have gone up and up. Meanwhile my income has decreased because my job cut back on overtime. The power bill has gone up, even though we rarely turn on the air conditioner. It costs more for gas to get to work. The bills just pile up and now the county may raise taxes. When will it stop? People I know have lost their homes. I worry about my familys future.Historic building€ I noticed that the old building behind Elis on south Park Street was destroyed Thursday. Another prime example of the city letting the owner allow a building to deteriorate until its past repair. All you local leaders who say you want it to stay like it was when I was growin up,Ž you are the ones allowing history to be destroyed. I hope that if something new is being built as a replacement, that it is NOT another metal building. You can wrap it up and put a pretty bow on it, but it is still an ugly metal building. € It was known as Clays,Ž and if memory serves me, it was a Gulf Station. € It had reached a point of both functional and economic obsolescence. It seems like if the historic value had not been already attached, that the owner should be able to do as he pleases. Im not sure where the leaders should have much reach into matters of a citizens property. € Theres the conundrum, how can historic buildings be saved if they are private property? I suppose its becoming a moot point since there arent that many left in this town. By Mark Mayers, LMFTCAP of Real Life Childrens Ranch Trust can mean many things to many people. At a basic level it means putting our con“ dence in something we know to be true or good. The problem is that we often fail to evaluate what we are putting our trust in. In modern, everyday life we continually “ nd that we may put our trust in people; success; the media; education; our health; relationships or “ nances. While all of these things can have good in them, they may easily mislead us from putting our trust in God. When we fail to put our trust in God we quickly become mislead, like a ship without a rudder. Ultimately, we should trust God like a child trusts. Matthew 18: 1-5 saysƒ 1. At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?Ž 2. Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them. 3. I assure you,Ž He said, unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child „ this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5. And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me. The reality is that we cannot accomplish anything apart from God. God is the source of all life, jo y and truth. Every breath and blessing comes from Him. We should humbly rely on Chris t regardless of our emotions, plans, accomplishments or thoughts. Letting go of ourselves and trusting Him keeps us in a plac e of humility because we are able to recogniz e our unmistakable need for a loving savio r and shepherd. The Serenity Prayer puts it this way ... God, give me grace to accept with serenit y the things that cannot be changed; courage to change the things which should b e changed and the wisdom to distinguish th e one from the other. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; Taking, as Jesus did this sinful world as it is; Not as I would have it. Trusting that You will mak e all things right; If I surrender to Your will. So that I may be reasonably happy in this lif e and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen. Proverbs 3: 5-6 puts it this way ƒ Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; 6 think about Him in all your ways, and H e will guide you on the right paths. Remembe r that we know very little but that we have th e privilege to serve a loving God that knows everything. August 24, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re” ections from the pulpit Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding “ nes are doubled in work zones. Travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial 511Ž from their phone to learn about traf“ c conditions on major roadways across the state. Roadwork planned this week includes the following:Okeechobee County€ U.S. 441 (North Parrot Avenue) from 290th Trail to N.W. 344th Street: Maintenance project: Crews will repair concrete mitered end sections. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. € U.S. 98 from S.R. 70 to C.R. 68 (N.W. 160th Street): Maintenance project: Crews will be repairing roadway shoulders. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. € U.S. 98 from S.R. 70 to N.W. 9th Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews will install gas mains along the roadway. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. € S.R. 70 east of Okeechobee/N.E. 34th Avenue to Williams Road/N.E. 48th Avenue : Maintenance permit project: Crews are relocating utilities along the south side of the road. No lane closures are scheduled, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road.Glades County€ U.S. 27 from S.R. 78 west to Moore Haven: Maintenance contract project: Crews will be sodding along the west side of the road. Lane closures are not expected. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway. Road watch CLARIFICATIONIn an Aug. 17 article, under the headline Autistic teen beaten, there was a statement made about an arrest warrant that had been approved by the States Attorneys Of“ ce then put into the “ le of Judge Jerald Bryant to sign. The next line reads: However, Judge Bryant left on vacation.Ž That statement is misleading. It should have read that Judge Bryant had already left for vacation and he had no knowledge the warrant had been placed in his “ le. We apologize for any confusion the inaccurate statement may have caused.


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A suspect in the burglary of a N.E. Third Street home earlier this month w as arrested Friday on a w arrant charging him with the felony of grand theft. Jamie Glenn Wilson, 32, S.E. Second St., was already being held in the Okeechobee County Jail after being arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended. He is being held without bond on the failure to appear warrant. Wilson was slated to go before a “ rst appearance judge Saturday, Aug. 23, so his bond on the grand theft charge had not been set as of newspaper deadline. Detective James Pickering, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), said Wilson was arrested for his connection in the Aug. 14 burglary in which as much as $20,000 worth of items were taken. He said so much was taken the homeowner doesnt know whats missing.Ž The OCPD investigator said the homeowner was not home at the time of the alleged burglary and that her home was locked. Some of the items taken in that heist include: a pink commercial-grade mixer/ blender; a television; military medals, patches and chevrons; collector Barbie’ dolls; other kitchen equipment; ri” es; and, clothing that belonged to the womans dead husband. According to the detective the thieves ... took their time and made several trips. They went there two to three times.Ž Detective Pickering said he was contacted Monday, Aug. 18, by a concerned citizen who was able to provide him with enough information that he was able to get a search warrant for the home of Jerry Wayne Suarez, 63, N.W. Sixth Ave. Some of the items taken from the womans home were found during the search of Suarezs home and an apartment on the property. The detective said they not only found the pink blender/mixer and military items, the y also found a ri” e that had apparently been taken in another burglary currently being worked by the police department. After those items were found, Detective Pickering arrested Suarez on a felony charge of dealing in stolen property. He was booked into the county jail on a $5,000 bond. Jail records show he has been released on bond. Even though Suarez was arrested, the detective said the man is not a part of this (burglary) investigation.Ž Taking part in that search were deputies from the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce, detectives from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force and OCPD of“ cers and detectives. The OCPD investigator said even though an arrest has been made, his investigation into the burglary is continuing. If anyone has information regarding this burglary, they are asked to contact Detective Pickering at 863-763-5521. 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 24, 2014 in math. Fifth graders were 14 points below the state in reading and 17 percent below in math and 14 points in science. Sixth graders w ere 14 percent below the state in reading and 7 percent in math. Seventh grade was 12 percent below in reading and 9 percent in math. Eighth graders were 16 percent below in reading, 25 percent below state in math and 14 percent in science. Ninth graders were down 14 percent in reading and 13 percent in math. Freshmen exceeded the state average in science by 6 percent. Sophomores were four points below in reading and nine points below state average in math. The random drug testing results for 20132014 showed 141 students were tested, 13 w ere non negative, and nine tested positive in instant drug tests. This marked a total of four students because some of the students tested positive more than once. Six students w ere tested for synthetic drugs, and none tested positive. Six students were tested for steroids and none tested positive. Mr. Kenworthy said the focus should be to have more students graduate. Most people think that is a senior problem,Ž he said. It is a district wide problem. Graduation rates have mostly risen in recent y ears.Ž The state graduation rate is 13 percent above Okeechobees. We have to make lessons more exciting and we have to make students want to come to school,Ž he added. To improve internal communication, the district will create a district wide calendar to share school events, utilize more social media, and do a better job of getting out the positive things they are doing. Another goal is to raise starting salaries and do more recruiting of out-of-area and out-of-state job applicants. He noted more students use the i-Ready computer program and more computers have been placed in the classroom. He noted there are attendance problems with students and that must be improved. Mr. Arnold said he supports allowing high school kids that work to come to school at 9 a.m. to better serve them and encourage them to stay in school. He said he would also like a ” ex lab to provide technology, Florida Virtual School and other online courses to interested students. He admitted it would be a “ ve-year plan. A parade of seniors in cap and gown will visit elementary school kids twice per year to encourage the younger kids. Mr. Kenworthy said seven administrators including one principal is in the drop program and will retire within two years. More utilization of community experts in subjects like agriculture to give students an understanding of real life problems was also advocated. The districts student enrollment for the “ rst week of school is 489 students under projections. When compared to 2013, 230 fewer students attended the “ rst day of school this year. Union negotiations resume on Aug. 27, Sept. 3, Sept.15, and Sept. 17. An executive session on negotiations is set for Sept. 9, immediately after their regular business meeting which begins at 6 p.m. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 School board elections are nonpartisan so all voters may participate.City elections in NovemberCity of Okeechobee 2014 elections will be held during the November general election. Three city council seats are up for reelection and six candidates quali“ ed by the Friday, Aug. 22 deadline. City council candidates are Dowling Watford, Devin Maxwell, Jim Baughman, Noel Chandler, Gary Ritter and Ray Worley. Mr. Watford and Mr. Maxwell are incumbents. Clayton Williams, whose term on the city council is up this year, is not seeking reelection. In the November election, city voters will have the chance to vote for up to three candidates in this race. The three who get the most votes will be the winners. City councilmen are not selected by district in the election. City Clerk Lane Gamiotea is unopposed in her bid for re-election. VOTEContinued From Page 1 City detective makes arrest in burglary case By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two men escaped serious injury when their pickup truck overturned into a ditch “ lled with water on U.S. 441 N., about onehalf mile from its intersection with N.E. 131st Street. An accident report by Deputy Adrian Rogers, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), indicated the Friday, Aug. 15, single-vehicle crash was apparently caused by a deer that darted out onto the highway. The report stated Anthony Truman Morgan Holbrook, 32, Saint Paul, Va., was driving southbound on U.S. 441 N. when the deer ran into his path around 6:49 a.m. Mr. Holbrook then swerved to avoid hitting the animal and left the roadway. According to the deputys report the Ford F-450 pickup being driven by Mr. Holbrook crossed the highway to the northbound shoulder. Mr. Holbrook apparently overcorrected in his steering and the truck began to rotate in a counter-clockwise direction. The vehicle slid laterally across both lanes and its passenger-side tires then dug into the soft shoulder on the southbound side of the road, the deputy stated. At that point the truck overturned onto its passenger side and became submerged in the water-“ lled ditch, added the report. Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue arrived and transported a passenger in the truck „ James Aaron Hillman, 28, Tampa „ to Raulerson Hospital with a neck injury. Deputy Rogers estimated the amount of damage to the truck to be $40,000. His report went on to describe the pickup as disabled.Ž It was not stated in the report if Mr. Holbrook was able to avoid hitting the deer. The truck is owned by BMG Conveyor Services of Florida, Inc., in Tampa, added the report. Deer apparent cause of early morning crash Jamie Glenn Wilson The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week. ASSAULT € 3500 block of N.W. Sixth St. € 10300 block of S.W. Seventh Terrace € 7200 block of U.S. 441 N. BURGLARY € 700 block of N.E. 15th Ave. € 3100 block of S.E. 37th Ave. € 16200 block of N.W. 68th St. € 600 block of S.R. 78 W. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF € 16300 block of N.W. 38th Ave. € 1700 block of S.W. Second Way € 7200 block of N.W. 82nd Court € 3200 block of S.W. 19th St. € 7200 block of U.S. 441 N. FRAUD € 1800 block of U.S. 441 S.E. THEFT € 3000 block of S.E. 38th Ave. € 1300 block of N.E. 15th Ave. € 3000 block of S.E. 34th Court € 600 block of S.E. 25th Drive € 2400 block of S.E. 23rd Terrace € 3100 block of N.W. 33rd Ave. € 400 block of S.E. 12th Ave. OCSO Investigations Caregiver conference setOverwhelmed by caregiving challenges? IRSC will host a Fearless Caregiver Conference presented by the Area Agency on Aging at the Williamson Conference Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., on Monday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m.until 2:30 p.m. Bring your questions to the experts. Lunch will be included. For information, call 954-362-8126.


Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene“ t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dining room patrons. A ir potato “ eld demo setAn Invasive Exotic Species and Management program is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the UF/ IFAS Okeechobee Extension Of“ ce. There w ill be an air potato “ eld demonstration, presentations on herbicide safety, and identi“ cation of local invasive species, and what can be done about them. Partnerships, programs and assistance available will also be a focus of the days program. Persons interested in attending may preregister on-line at http:// fsp-workshop090414.eventbrite.com; or, by calling the UF/IFAS Okeechobee Extension Of“ ce at 863-763-6469. There is a $15 fee if registered by Aug. 25; or, a $20 fee after Aug. 25.OCT will hold open auditionsThe Okeechobee Community Theatre w ill hold open auditions for parts in its “ rst two shows of the season -the gospel-music comedy Service at Rocky Bluff,Ž and The W izard of OzŽ -on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Aug. 25 and 26, at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Auditorium. For information, call 863-763-1307; or ,visit www.okeechobeecommunitytheatre. com/postings.Blood drive set for Aug. 26Blood supplies are low right now as donor participation is slow. Please give on: Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Raulerson Hospital from 1 until 6 p.m.Class of 15 photos scheduledSenior pictures are coming. Visit prestigeportraits.com/” to view your session options and FAQs. You can book your appointment online or call 800-749-2796, ext. 1. Photo sessions will be held: Aug. 26, from 1 until 9 p.m.; and Aug. 27 from 1 until 9 p.m. It is your responsibility to set up your appointment. For information, contact Mr. Pung at pungc@okee.k12.” .us.Christian singles potluck setA Christian singles potluck will be held Friday, Aug. 29 at The Gathering Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., at 6 p.m. For information, contact Molly at 863-763-7195 or 863-763-9626.CCC to meet on TuesdayThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board Of“ ce. For August the special guest speakers are Gina Thompson, of Marys Shelter, and Gail Grif“ th, Guardian ad Litem. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.WWIN meeting site changedMarthas House WWIN (domestic violence support groups) will be held at the Okeechobee Police Department on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., starting Aug. 27 Groups will no longer be held at the Outreach of“ ce on U.S. 441 N. We feel this location will better assist our participants with safety and convenience. For information, contact us at 863763-2893.Parade entry deadline nearsOkeechobees 49th Labor Day Parade is set for Monday, Sept. 1. If you would like to be part of the parade, please pick up an applications and return it to these locations: Okeechobee News, Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce and WOKC. The deadline is Thursday, Aug. 28 For information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Catholic Church to host bingoSacred Heart Catholic Church will be hosting bingo sessions on Monday nights at 7 p.m. starting on Sept. 8 Everyone is welcome. For information, call 863-763-3727.OCSO bene“ t set for Aug. 29The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce March of Dimes March for Babies team is raising money with a giveaway. The drawing will be held Friday, Aug. 29 The winner will receive a set of cornhole boards and bags donated by Creech Construction and The Sign Guy. The winner can choose a custom design for the boards. For tickets, contact Lieutenant John Rhoden at 863-634-9188; or ,Anna Starnes at 863-801-4298.Healthy Start board will meetThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. at the of“ ce located in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact Executive Director Kay Begin at 863462-5877.FFA alumni to name of“ cersThe Okeechobee FFA alumni will have their “ rst meeting for the 2014-15 year on Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Yearling Middle School in the classroom of Buddy Mills. We will also take this time to take nominations for new of“ cers. For information, call 863-610-2946.Friends of NRA Banquet slatedThe annual Okeechobee Friends of NRA Banquet and Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Okeechobee KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Doors open at 6 p.m. The NRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Proceeds from the event will support a wide range of “ rearm and hunter safety programs, youth and adult shooting sports programs, and programs that educate the public about “ rearms. Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Joan Mastrion, 75OKEECHOBEE „ Joan Mastrion died August 19, 2014. She was born November 12, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York to Anthony and Mildred Reid Milli. She worked as a banking secretary. She enjoyed making jewelry, swimming and playing Hand & Foot with her girlfriends. A resident of Okeechobee for 20 years, she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mrs. Mastrion is survived by her husband of 56 years, Joseph Mastion of Okeechobee; son, Michael Mastrion (Jennifer) of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Miriam Irving (Steven) and Catherine Mastrion all of Long Island; and four grandchildren. 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Special to the Okeechobee News On Aug. 13 Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of $400,000 in funding to establish the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center. The center will be established at an 1890 Land-Grant college or univ ersity and will specialize in policy research impacting socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Qualifying universities across the country are now invited to apply to be the Research Centers home. Americas farmers and ranchers are more diverse than ever before and it is critical that our policies and programs re” ect that,Ž said Deputy Secretary Harden. This center will serve as another tool for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to get the resources they need. It will also assist us in our efforts to help beginning farmers from all walks of life get their start in agriculture.Ž According to the 2012 Agricultural Census, minority and historically under-represented communities are part of the continued growth among new and beginning farmers and ranchers. According to the Census, 22 percent of all farmers were beginning farmers in 2012. That means one out of every “ ve farmers operated a farm for less than 10 years. Universities seeking to apply to host the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center must apply in the next 30 days. Proposals must be received by Sept. 11, 2014 at 5 p.m. EST, at www.grants. gov. Last month, Deputy Secretary Harden announced the availability of over $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans that are new to farming and ranching through the 2501 Program. The deadline for applications for 2501 Program funding has been extended to Aug. 27, 2014, and applications must be submitted through www. grants.gov. More information about the 2501 Program is available at: http://www.outreach.usda.gov/grants/index.htm. Todays announcement was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past “ ve years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made signi“ cant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www. usda.gov/farmbill. Funding for research to bene“ t farmers and ranchers 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. The Okeechobee News will be closed Monday, September 1 for LABOR DAY WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3 DEADLINE Display Advertising.......3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 Have a Safe Holiday! Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Aug. 22ND Thurs., Aug. 28THFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “INTO THE STORM”Fri., Tues., & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES”Fri., Tues., & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00I: “WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL”Fri., Tues., & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG PG-13 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News A ugust 24, 2014 Okeechobee Livestock Market ReportPrices held steady this week despite the media! ABC Ranch, Labelle, topped the calf market with a high of $4.95 bought by Foy Reynolds Cattle. Zipperer Farms, Ft. Myers, topped the slaughter cow market with a high of $1.22 bought by Central Beef. October Special Sales: Oct 3: Bred Heifer & Cow Sale (Taking Consignments Now!) Oct 10: 44 FarmsŽ Angus Bull Sale Oct 17: Little Creek FarmsŽ Brangus Bull Sale plus 50 head (registered & commercial) Brangus Heifers Labor Day Rodeo is coming to town Sunday and Monday, Aug. 31 & Sept. 1. Please support your Cattlemens Association by coming to the rodeo! Jeff


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Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 24, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The city council presented a $5.82 million spending plan that rises spending by 3.55 percent and includes a 9 percent increase in sales tax revenues. At the same time the millage rate will remain the same which results in a small tax decrease this year for those whose property values decreased. Finance Director India Riedel reported the city tax base declined by 1 percent. Taxable v alues have dropped for seven consecutive y ears. There was a slight increase in fuel tax revenues. There will be much one-time-only expenditure that includes the City Centennial celebration, crosswalks for the downtown area, a canal cleanup, and an FDOT landscape grant. Mrs. Riedel said the city will pay more for insurance, higher fuel costs, and a higher monthly fee for software maintenance. The city set aside $10,000 for the Centennial. The City Administrators Of“ ce totals $184,798, an increase of 2.77 percent. The City Clerk totals $210,903, an increase of 5.26 percent. A part time secretary will be hired to assist the Centennial Committee. Legal serv ices were set at $85,766, an increase of over $13,513. The increase is for possible condemnation of buildings in the city and due to pending litigations. The Finance Department budget is $260,922. General Services will cost $340,206. The City Police Department totals $2.067 million, an increase of 3.03 percent. The Fire Department budget totals $1.4 million up 2.43 percent. The public works department budget includes $1.14 million, an increase of 5.59 percent. A public facility fund will total $398,000. The budget includes $200,000 for the asphalt program, $100,000 for sidewalks, and $769,000 for the creation of the Taylor Creek Park. Capital improvements will total $484,750. This would include 13 new police cars, for sets of bunker gear for the “ re department $40,000 for crosswalks, and of“ ce equipment. City Police Chief Denny Davis said his program for part-time of“ cers has assisted the city budget. Downtown road improvements done by the state will result in more maintenance costs for the city. Public Works Director David Allen reported a storm drain will have to be replaced near the Freshman Campus. A number of old oak trees in Flagler Park might also be removed. Mayor Kirk said money for salary hikes should come from reserves and not from additional property taxes. Councilman Mike OConnor said the city has full-time employees who are at or below the poverty level. That bothers the dickens out of me. They get bene“ ts but many have second jobs to make ends meet. That is a sad commentary.Ž A 1.5 percent step is included in the proposed budget. Councilman Dowling Watford said city employees had to pay a large increase for health care insurance. He said the health insurance is a great bene“ t to employees. Health care insurance rose $660 per year, on average, for city employees, roughly $55 per month. The millage rate would remain the same at 7.7432 mills, which would generate $1.75 million in property taxes, a slight decrease from last year. A salary hike of 1.6 percent is also proposed. I want to see some kind of raise. I go to the grocery store to.Ž Kirk added, Were not talking about huge raises, only about $50 per month.Ž Councilman Devin Maxwell said he supports the salary increase but would like more discretion at the department level to give out raises based on merit. Councilman Clayton Williams was absent due to illness. City budget at $5.82 million Health and Safety Expo meeting scheduled for TuesdayThe Eighth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The Expo will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. If your organization would like the opportunity to share information about your local services as they relate to health and/or safety, this is the event for you. The “ rst planning session will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. in the board room of the school board of“ ce. The meeting is open to the public. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.


Put children first, they are our future. Experience Integrity Character(863) 610-1639Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved By Joe Arnold for School Board Proven Dedication to Education Common Sense Approach Education: ‘93 OHS, ‘95 IRSC AA, ‘97 BS UF 10 Okeechobee News August 24, 2014 By Julia GlumUF/IFAS GAINESVILLE „ When the ants come marching in, having miles of linked habitats may not be such a good idea after all. In a classic example of the law of unintended consequences, new University of Florida research suggests that wildlife corridors „ strips of natural land created to reconnect habitats separated by agriculture or human activities „ can sometimes encourage the spread of invasive species such as one type of “ re ant. The “ ndings are particularly important in Florida, where invasive species are a vexing problem. The Sunshine State plays host to animals such as Cuban tree frogs, green iguanas and feral hogs. In 2013, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission even sponsored a Burmese python hunting challenge. The discovery also comes as a team of explorers prepares to embark this fall on its second 1,000-mile expedition to raise support for the Florida Wildlife Corridor. The organizations goal is to create a corridor stretching from Everglades National Park to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. Could corridors be used by invasive species to spread across conservation lands? Sometimes, according to research by Julian Resasco, who led a study of red imported “ re ants while he was a doctoral student in biology at UF. Mr. Resasco and his colleagues found that one type of “ re ant used wildlife corridors to dominate recently created landscapes. Resascos paper is published in the A ugust issue of Ecology. Although habitat corridors are usually bene“ cial, they occasionally have negative effects,Ž he said. Sometimes they can help invasive species spread in exactly the same w ay they help native species.Ž The challenge for ecologists is to “ gure out when invasive species are likely to bene“ t from corridors. Resascos results initially surprised the researchers because invasive species are usually talented in their ability to invade new areas „ they shouldnt need corridors to get around. Fire ants turned out to be an exception that proves the rule. They have two social forms: monogyne and polygyne. Monogyne “ re ants ” y high in the air to mate and disperse, raining down to create new colonies. Polygyne “ re ants, on the other hand, mate low to the ground and sometimes crawl short distances to create new colonies. They dont spread widely and their colonies are dense. Mr. Resasco and his team went to South Carolina to study eight sections of land, each dominated by one of the two social forms. Each section consisted of “ ve patches of regenerating habitat. Each patch was about the size of a football “ eld. Some were connected by a corridor and others were not, allowing the researchers to study the in” uence of corridors. The researchers found that corridors signi“ cantly increased the abundance of polygyne „ but not monogyne „ “ re ants. In polygyne sections, native ant species diversity was lower in patches connected by corridors than in unconnected patches. That was most likely due to the higher “ re ant abundance, according to the study. Ultimately, Mr. Resasco said, whether corridors spread invasive species depends on dispersal ability: It is not a coincidence that the readily dispersing monogyne form of “ re ants doesnt bene“ t from corridors, whereas the poorly dispersing polygyne form does.Ž For better or worse, poorly dispersing invasive species are exceptional. More analysis is necessary to determine whether the effects of corridors on invasive species are transient or permanent. In the meantime, Resascos paper urges land managers to consider animals traits when making decisions about land corridors. In rare cases, their best intentions could back“ re by aiding invasive species. W ildlife corridors need management


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The Florida Humanities Council and Indian River State College presented the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition “ lm documentary and panel discussion at the Williamson Conference Center at Indian River State College Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. The documentary “ lm, Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee,Ž follows four biologists on a 1,000-mile, 100-day trek from the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp. Portions of the trip were across private ranchland and the “ lm featured some ranchers who are descendants of Florida pioneer families. In the panel discussion after the “ lm, Alex Johns, natural resources director for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, said that cattle ranching is important to the Seminole people. Its part of our heritage,Ž he said. Mr. Johns said they have to walk a “ ne line to raise cattle to feed people while at the same time preserving the landscape and water quality. He said working with the natural weather cycles is part of ranching. He said ranchers have problems when if the pastures are under water when the cows are calving. Youre going to lose some calves,Ž he said. It got a little wetter this year but its nothing compared to when I was a child,Ž he said. He remembered times when the water would be two feet deep around his familys home and it would take weeks for the ” ood waters to recede. Benita Whalen, with Dispersed Water, L.L.C., and formerly with the South Florida Water Management District, said while the natural water ” ows can never be completely restored, holding more water on the land will help recharge the aquifer. The landowners have over drained in almost all of the landscapes of Florida,Ž she said. One hundred years ago when the drainage system was put in, they didnt think about what that would do to the habitat,Ž she said. She said new programs that pay landowners to keep water on their land, allows more water to be absorbed and also allows the natural vegetation to clean the water by absorbing nutrients. Also on the panel was Captain DaveŽ Markett, a member of the Florida Guides Association who has been active in conservation work and served on The Land Remembered Advisory Group for the Everglades Headwaters NWR and Conservation Area. In my observation, the two cardinal sins in Florida are acceleration and elimination,Ž he said, referring to moving ” ood water quickly and sending it out to tide. The only way Florida will ever have enough water is to slow the water down and recharge the sponge,Ž he said. The natural landscape of Florida is a phenomenal water “ lter, he said. But all of the urban and theme park development at the headwaters of the Kissimmee sends the water south too fast. The attitude is get it off my land and let the next person deal with it,Ž he said. By the time the water reaches the structure at Highway 60 there is an enormous amount of water going incredibly fast, he said. The panel agreed that ranchers and sportsmen are generally better stewards of the land than the government is. Programs to slow the ” ow of ” oodwate r by storing it on private lands show promise, said Ms. Whelan. Captain Dave said when the governmen t is in charge of the land, too often they just pu t up a fence. If no one is managing the land, invasive exotic weeds take over and the lan d can no longer support the native wildlife. He said sportsmen care about the land. There is no more generous group of volun teers than sportsmen,Ž he said. The programs are great when it is privat e land,Ž said Mr. Johns. But when they mak e it public land, they take the ranchers and kic k them off. They take the sportsmen and kic k them off. You wind up with land that a rabbi t wouldnt live on.Ž For information the wildlife corridor g o online to http://www.” oridawildlifecorridor. org/. Documentary “ lm promotes wildlife corrido r Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenWildife corridor panel discussion members included (left to right) Captain DaveŽ Markett, Benita Whalen, Alex Johns and moderator Joe Guthrie.


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The 2014 World Breastfeeding Month theme, Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life acknowledges that w hen mothers and babies succeed in their breastfeeding plans, they can enjoy a lifetime of bene“ ts. Infant feeding is one of the most important decisions a family can make, and most w omen who choose to breastfeed have a speci“ c goal in mind. Research shows that babies who receive only breast milk for the “ rst six months of life are less likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, obesity, and respiratory illnesses. Mothers also bene“ t from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers. To reach the goal of exclusive breastfeeding, mothers need a team of helpers and healthcare professionals to support them. This breastfeeding team can include family, friends, physicians, nurses, midwives, employers, and childcare providers. Together, the breastfeeding team provides information to boost con“ dence, protects mothers against critics, gives reassurance, and lends a hand to help breastfeeding mothers succeed. Team members with special skills and knowledge about breastfeeding, such as a peer counselor or a Certi“ ed Lactation Counselor (CLC) are especially helpful. When mothers and babies are able to reach their breastfeeding goals, they also contribute to community prosperity, health, equity, and environmental sustainability. Breastfeeding provides appropriate nutrition for infant growth, sets the stage for school readiness, and contributes to a cleaner environment with less waste. Together, all of these small contributions add up for improved global health. The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County WIC & Nutrition Program has team members to help mom and babies achieve their breastfeeding goals. For more information on the WIC Program or breastfeeding, contact the WIC of“ ce at 863462-5814 or 863-462-5715. References: www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org or www.ILCA.org. Breastfeeding is a w inning goal for life The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announced Friday that boat-inŽ docks at the W.P Franklin Campground near Fort Myers have been closed due to structural concerns. The closure impacts four boat-inŽ docks at the campground north of the Franklin Lock & Dam. Of“ cials at the campground identi“ ed structural issues with the docks that require signi“ cant repair. Boat ramps at the campground and at the Franklin Recreation Area on the south side of the Lock & Dam will remain open as those facilities arent connected to the boat-inŽ docks. We recognize the inconvenience this closure may cause to people planning to use the docks as part of a trip to the Franklin Campground,Ž said Steve Dunham, Chief of the Corps South Florida Operation Of“ ce. However, the safety of the guests at our campgrounds is our top priority. We will work to reopen this facility as soon as it is safe to do so.Ž Initial estimates indicate the docks will likely be closed for at least six months. Boat-inŽ docks allow up to eight houseboats and other similar vessels access to a camping facility similar to an RV park, except on the water. The W.P. Franklin Campground along the north side of the Caloosahatchee River offers 30 RV/tent campsites and is open year round. The W.P. Franklin Recreation Area offers a swimming beach and boat ramp for daily use. Corps closes boat-in docks


Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Bryant Culpepper Campaign Fund REP. My wife Donna and I have been married for 45 years. We have two beautiful children, son Teddy and daughter Angela, along with our two grandchildren, Chancey and Makayla, who are students in the Okeechobee County school system. My family are members of More 2 Life Church. € State Certi“ed County Commissioner € Florida Association of Counties € Chairman of Transportation for Disadvantaged € Board Member of Treasure Coast Community Action Agency € Wellington Regional Hospital Advisory Board € Okeechobee County Executive Roundtable € Alliance of Children Services Council € Member of VFW 10539 Okeechobee Auxiliary € Member of Vietnam Veterans Auxiliary of Okeechobee € Past Chairman of the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District My mission as your County Commissioner has been and will continue to be improving the quality of life of every family in Okeechobee, as well as creating new jobs and bringing back economic prosperity. I have been honored to receive the endorsement of Sheriff and Mrs. Paul May and will strive to work with the Sheriff to create a safe County for our families.€ VFW Fire“ghter of the year for a life saving attempt € Gubernatorial appointment to Florida District 9 Human Rights Advocacy Committee € Gubernatorial appointment to Florida Building Codes & Standards Board € Worked to rename Dark Hammock Rd. to The Clif Betts Memorial Highway € Spearheaded approval and construction of new restrooms at the Adult Softball Park € Replacement of No-Passing stripes on US 98 at Dixie Ranch € Indenti“ed drainage blockages in the N.W. area of Okeechobee by ”ying in an airplane after Tropical Storm Isaac € Worked with FDOT to replace collapsed culvert at Lofton Road and US 98 € Voted to stop construction of a new building for Drivers License Bureau, saving tax payers $2.1 million dollars € Fought to settle lawsuit of a $25,000 well that cost the county approximately $500,000 in attorney fees and professional consultants fees € Spearheaded the replacement of the two collapsed culverts in the cane“eld area off Potter Road, restoring drainage € Led the effort to “x drainage at Everglades Elementary € Worked with FDOT to extend the bike lane/emergency access lane on State Road 70 East from St. Lucie County to the City of Okeechobee € Spearheaded the reinstallation of the culvert that was removed from SW 70th in Four Seasons, restoring proper drainage to the residents to the northeast € Assisted in acquiring the Huey Helicopter for Veterans Park Certi“cations and Community Boards Awards Accomplishments Okeechobees Future Depends on YOU!Early Vote August 16th 23rdVOTE!County Commission District 2 Bryant Re-Elect HE GETS THINGS DONE! 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 24, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsLaw became effective July 1Sanitation and utility workers are now protected alongside police of“ cers, “ re“ ghters, and paramedics by new legislation that expands the Move OverŽ law. Governor Rick Scott recently signed House Bill 7005 into law, which includes a section that adds sanitation and utility vehicles to the existing Move Over ActŽ which went into effect July 1. Our drivers „ and all of our employees „ rank among the safest in the industry because safety is one of our core values,Ž said Tim Hawkins, Florida area vice president for Waste Management. We applaud the Florida legislature and the governor for taking action that will help protect our employees while doing their jobs.Ž Waste Management has 1,200 vehicles on the road in Florida and, according to the National Waste and Recycling Association, being struck by motorists is a leading cause of death for waste and recycling collection employees nationwide. Under the Move Over Act, on a two-lane roadway, drivers are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit. If the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, drivers must slow down to “ ve miles per hour. If you are driving on an interstate or roadway with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction, and you approach an emergency, law enforcement, utility or sanitation vehicle parked along the roadway, you must vacate the lane closest to that vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are not able to safely move over, you must slow down to a speed of 20 MPH below the posted speed limit unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement of“ cer. Violating the move over law can result in a “ ne and points on the drivers license. Move Over Act includes sanitation and utility vehicles Special to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right are: Waste Management of Martin County Sr. district manager Ron Pruim; Captain Gary Bell of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO); WM driver J.C. Causey; OCSO Major Noel Stephen; WM public affairs Teresa Chandler; OCSO Sergeant Shannon Peteson; WM route manager Tim Egger; and Sergeant Belen Reyna, of the Okeechobee City Police Department.


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Tewksbury, CLUFinancial Services Professional New York Life Insurance Company Licensed Agent ebobbitt@ft.newyorklife.com The Company You Keep 863.763.1141300 NW Park St Okeechobee HOURS: MON-FRI 7AM 6PM SAT 7AM 5PM SUN 9AM 3PM Now Carrying Dupont Automotive Paint 14 Okeechobee News August 24, 2014 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in” uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Alexander Linsky, 54, Magellan Way W ., Delray Beach, was arrested Aug. 19 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an amended DOC warrant charging him with the misdemeanors of violation of probation driving under the in” uence and violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond. € Jordan Ollie Jones, 25, Edgewater Drive, St. Marys, was arrested Aug. 19 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an amended DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation driving under the in” uence. He is being held without bond. € Reba Lynn Bailey, 24, N.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 20 by Deputy Elbert Kline on DOC warrants charging her with the felonies of violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia (two counts) and violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). She is being held without bond. € Walter David Saunders, 32, N.W. 23rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 20 by Detective James Pickering on a felony charge of grand theft. His bond was set at $10,000. € Cameron John Robert Dorgan, 20, S.W. 21st St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 20 by Deputy Yero Todman on a felony charge of possession of marijuana over 20 grams and a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended. His bond was set at $2,500. € Livan Ramos, 41, N.W. 39th Circle, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 21 by Deputy Jonathan Kemp on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to sell/deliver. His bond was set at $10,000. € Juan Jesus Rebollo, 22, N.W. 12th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 21 by Deputy Yero Todman on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and misdemeanor charges of battery and criminal mischief. He was released on his own recognizance. € Kevin Oscar Larson, 28, S.E. 86th Blvd., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 21 by Deputy Jose Garduno on DOC warrants charging him with the felonies of violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and violation of probation felony battery. He is being held without bond. € Jaquaan Antwan Thompson, 15, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 21 by Deputy Fred Bradley on a felony charge of battery on a school district employee. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. € Deveon Scott Jones, 17, N.W. 24th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 21 by Deputy Sergeant Paul Ferrell on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of assault or battery on a law enforcement of“ cer/“ re“ ghter or EMT. His bond was set at $2,500. € Hivan Rolando Medrano, 29, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 21 by Of“ cer J.P. Zeigler on a felony charge of driving while license suspended/revoked habitual offender. His bond was set at $2,500. 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 FDLE website provides updates on sex offendersThe Florida Department of Law Enforcement website, which is online at http://www.fdle.state.” .us lets parents and other Floridians zero in on registered sex offenders and predators who live nearby. The sexual offender website offers the ability for citizens to more easily identify sexual predators and offenders living in or around their speci“ c neighborhood or local schools. The FDLE database gives Floridians the ability to search for sex offenders by name, zip code, county, city or a targeted search area ranging up to “ ve miles. The site lists sex offenders and sexual predators. A sexual predator is a person who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense as de“ ned in Florida Statute 775.21 (which may include offenses from another jurisdiction) AND has a written court order designating the individual a sexual predator; or a person who is civilly committed under the Florida Jimmy Ryce Sexually Violent Predator Act AND has a written court order designating the individual as a sexual predator. Sexual offenders and sexual predators are required to report any change of address to their local sheriffs of“ ce.


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Auctions PUBLIC AUCTION FRIDAY, AUGUST 29TH SATURDAY, AUGUST 30TH 11AM BOTH DAYS 1491 WESTERN WAY, LABELLE, FL. 2 tracts of land totaling 58.65 acres custom built home and barn, personal property offered separately ALL PERSONAL PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ABSOLUTE. trucks, tractors, tools, guns, antiques, RV, boat farming equipment, shop equipment, cattle, for complete list go to www. gulfcoastrealtyauctions. com 239-242-7661 ab1389/au415 Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesMOHAWK CONSTRUCTION INC. FILL SHELL, ASPHALT MILLINGS, SAND, STONE, MULCH, TOP SOIL. LARGE OR SMALL QUANTITIES DELIVERED OR PICK-UP, NEAR TOWN. JOSH 634-9486 Employment Full Time MAGNOLIA PACKING INC, a fresh vegetable packing house, is looking for a PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR with three (plus) years produce experience. Must be bi-lingual and be willing to work long hours during the season. Email your resume to royboy01@bellsouth.net Needed CLASS A CDL DRIVER must have DOT medical, drug free & clean driving history. 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 5:00. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Employment Full TimeMECHANIC J.W. Cheatham, LLC has an immediate opening for a eld mechanic. Must have experience troubing shooting, repairing and performing preventative maintenance on heavy construction equipment i.e. roller, loader, dozer, excavator, etc. Requires vaild drivers license, acceptable MVR and own tools. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Position is located in West Palm Beach, to apply please call 561-471-4100 ext 239 or fax resume to 561-471-8348. Drug Free, EEO, E-Verify Public Relations Director Direct sales, maintain records, monitor affairs 2 yrs Exp. ONLY RESUME. 3300 Pioneer 11 ST. Clewiston,FL 33440 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds 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: Behavioral Health Specialist to work at Okeechobee Correctional Institution Okeechobee, FL Requires a Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or Counseling with at least 1 year clinical experience. Must be fully licensed OR a registered intern with at least 1,000 supervised hours and able to sit for licensure within a year. 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 at: Phone: 1-800-903-3616 ext. 284 or email: afetcho@wexfordhealth.com. www.wexfordhealth.com/careers Wexford Health Sources is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V RANCH FOREMAN needed, must have experience with Rotational Grazing, Electric fencing, Equip. maintenance & Pasture mowing. Housing is available. Apply at: Helpwanted4755@ gmail.com or by mail to: Ranch Foreman c/o Okeechobee News 107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974 Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full TimeConnect with a company that shares your standard of excellence, safety, respect and integrity. Our Gilbert Oil location is seeking a FUEL TRUCK DRIVER with a Class B CDL license and Hazmat. This position is full time. Please contact human resources at 863-763-3154 for more information or apply in person at 303 NW 9th St. Okeechobee, FL LOWBED DRIVER J.W. Cheatham, LLC has a local job starting soon and is accepting applications for Lowbed Driver. Requires a Class A CDL, Valid Medical Card and acceptable MVR. Must have experience loading and chaining heavy construction equipment i.e. loader, dozer, grader, paver. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. To apply, please call 561-471-4100 ext 239 or fax resume to 561-471-8348. Drug Free, EEO, E-Verify Sales Manager Consultant Advise, attend events, Contact potential clients 5yrs Exp+Bach. AutomotiveTechnician ONLY RESUME DL Cars 3300 Pioneer 11 ST. Clewiston FL, 33440 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. SeasonalBus Driver Seasonal Position (6 to 9 months) ECMHSP is now accepting applications for Bus Driver for a Migrant Head Start Program. Responsible for providing transportation for children Preferred : High School Diploma or GED, Commercial Driving License (class A or B), with P & S endorsement. School Bus Driver Certi cate of Training and documented years of experience driving a bus. Accepted: High School Diploma or GED, Commercial Driving License (class A or 8), with P & S endorsement. School Bus Driver Certi cate of Training Starting salary $12.32 15.01. Personal Leave and employer-matched retirement plan. Call 252-234-7108/ fax resume 252-234-1635 Bus Monitor Seasonal Position (6 to 9 months) ECMHSP is now accepting applications for Bus Monitor(s) for a Migrant Head Start Program. Responsible for ensuring children’s safety on the bus and providing an environment, which is conducive to the optimum development of each child while they are being transported. Serve as liaison between center and families, maintaining on-going communication between the center and families. Preferred: High School Diploma/GED and CDL. Accepted: High School Diploma/GED. Starting salary $8.66 10.34. Personal Leave and employer-matched retirement plan. Call 252-234-7108/ fax resume 252-234-1635 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! SeasonalMonitor de autobus o De 6 a 9 meses cada temporada ECMHSP esta aceptando solicitudes de empleo para el puesto de monitor de autobus para un programa de Migrant Head Start. Tendra la responsabilidad de asegurarse de la seguridad de los ni os en el autobus y proveer un ambiente adecuado para el 6ptimo desarrollo de cada ni o mientras son transportados. Ademas servira coma enlace entre el centro y las familias manteniendo una comunicaci6n continua entre el centro y las familias. Se pre ere: Diploma de escuela secundaria/GED y COL. Se acepta: Diploma de escuela secundaria/GED. Salario inicial $8.66 -10.34. Se ofrece permiso personal, pemliso por enfermedad y benecios de retiro con contribuci6n del empleador Call 252-234-7108/ fax resume 252-234-1635 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 24, 2014


Wanted: Davis/Boney, Prescott Familyfor a reunion on Saturday, Sept. 6th at the Basinger Civic Center from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Plan to eat at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish and your lawn chair. Meat will be provided. RSVP to Earlene Davis Platt at 417-686-0004 or Elaine Davis Harvey at 407-873-4816. 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. MiscellaneousLENOVO COMPUTER WIRELESS COMBO, 12.5 MONITOR COST $890 10MO. OLD ASKING $495.00. 2008 CUB CADET RIDING LAWNMOWER,LT1045 20HP KOHLE ENGINE COST $1,775.00, ASKING $550.00 863-467-1046 ApartmentsEFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Includes Utilities & Direct TV w/all movie channels $500 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Available immediately Call 863-634-8885. FOR RENT FURNISHED EFFICIENCY CABIN FOR 1 OR 2 PEOPLE INCLUDES WATER ELECTRIC CABLE AND GARBAGE PICK-UP MUST HAVE REFERENCES, RENT $600/MO. AND $300 SECURITY CALL 863-697-6412 Ground FL 1br./1ba fully furnished with utilities. Move in now $950, $775 per month. 863-634-0663. Houses Rent3BD/1BA HOUSE ON 1 ACRE, CERAMIC TILE FLOORS, NEW CABINETS & COUNTER TOPS. NO PETS. FIRST, LAST & SECURITY $850.00 A MONTH 863-634-2820 GREAT LOCATION NEWER 3/2 TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, APPLIANCES INCLUDED, FENCED YARD, SCREENED PORCH, SPLIT FLOOR PLAN, 2 CAR GARAGE, LARGE CONCRETE DRIVEWAY, EXCELLENT CONDITION $1,300.00 PER MONTH CALL 863-467-9250 LINDA OR 519-746-3776 JIM Large, clean, 4bd, 2 story home, 2800sq.ft. under air (built in 2006) 2bath + on suite, double car garage, screened porch, large fenced yard, new appliances, large kitchen. $1250/mo + sec. depCall: (863)467-9250 or (519)746-4844 or dhmcara@hotmail.com OAK PARK: 2BR, 1BA for rent. $800 mo. Call 863-467-1466 OKEE ADORABLE In Town, 2 1/2 br., 1ba., W/D Hook up, Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Sm pet ok. $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. (941)504-3954 OKEECHOBEE Country Hills Estates. Unique post and beam house on private 5 acre lot. 2bd one in loft, 2 ba., lrg. screen room, screened balcony with hot tub, all appliances, include W/D, $1400. mth. 708-218-8227. OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 2BA, CBS house, all tile, fenced yard a (1 small pet ok) $800 mo. + 1st, last & sec. dep. Refs. needed. Call 561-596-1344 OKEE/ In town, 2br./2ba. Laundry rm with W/D, Screened porch. Lawn service. Sm. pet OK. Non Smkg. $750 mo. 1st, last & $500 security. 941-504-3954 Rental NeededChristian couple looking for VERY CLEAN house, condo, single or doublewide, to rent Dec.-March. Non smokers, No pets. 765-621-2434 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Homes Plant City!!! $5K Home replacement. Over 22 models to viewFree factory tours! New Velocity home $67,903 includes delivery, set and A/C. plantcity.palmharbor.com or 800-622-2832 *Se habla espanol BoatsFIBER GLASS 13X7 AIRBOAT HULL, GRASS RAKE, POLYMER BOTTOM. PHONE TRIPLE W AIRBOAT 863-467-6265 ASKING $1,400.00 AutomobilesFORD1996 F10 xlt, Reg cab, LWB, 2nd owner, runs great, ice cold air, New tires, 151k miles, Asking $4,000 rm. 850-557-7968 ask for Larry Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Public Notice Public NoticeNotice of Meeting Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 3:30 P.M. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at the 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department, 1700 N.W. 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-5548. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial record of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to Construction Industry Licensing Board Okeechobee County Independent Inspections, Ltd. 466930 ON 8/24/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO. 2014 CA 000202 M&T Bank, Plaintiff, Vs. Carmen E. Williamws a/k/a Carmen Williams, Lawrence Crusick, Patrick Williams, State of Florida, Defendants, NOTICE OF ACTION TO: Patrick Williams Carmen E. Williams Residence Unknown Residence Unknown If living: if dead, all unknown parties claiming interest by, through, under or against the above named defendant(s), whether said unknown parties claim as heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, or other claimants; and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property herein described. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property in Orange County, Florida: The South 1/2 of Lot 17, all of Lot 18, and the North 1/2 of Lot 19, Block 2, OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, according to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 2, at Page 100, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Also: That Portion of an alley lying adjacent to and West of the above described Real Property, being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest Corner of said Lot 18, run thence North 0134’29” East along the West boundary line of the South 1/2 of said Lot 17, for a distance of 52.50 feet for POINT OF BEGINNING, thence run South 8941’42” West for a distance of 30.00 feet, thence run South 01034’29” West for a distance of 210.00 feet, thence run North 8941’42” East for a distance of 30.00 feet, thence run North 0134’29” East for a distance of 210.00 feet to POINT OF BEGINNING. And Also: The East 13.00 feet of the North 13.00 feet of the East 209.98 feet of the South 1/2 of Lot 8, Block 2, OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, according to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 2, at Page 100, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. And: Lot 20, and the South 1/2 of Lot 19, Block 2, OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 2, at Page 100, of the Public Records Of Okeechobee County, Florida. And: The alley lying between Lots 8 and 20 and the South 1/2 of Lot 19, Block 2, OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, as recorded in Plat Book 2, at Page 100, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Clar eld, Okon, Salomone & Pincus, P.L., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 500 S. Australian Avenue, Suite 730, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, within 30 days after the date of the rst publication of this notice, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court, otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. Dated on August 15, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of said Court BY: Arlene Nealis As Deputy Clerk Clar eld, Okon, Salomon & Pincus, P.L. Attorney for Plaintiff 500 S. 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