IRSC degreeshelp land jobs. Page 2750 plus taxSunday, July 6, 2O14Vol. lOSNo. 81Independence Day celebrationCounty vs.sheriff: Whowill give in?Are you ready forhurricaneseason?. Page 5Hospital offersonline portal formedical records. Page 9By Eric Kopp.Tammi's Top of theLake.Page 11Lake Levels13.02 feetLast Year: 14.33 feetSponsored By:Pogey's Family Restaurant1759 S. Parrott Ave.763-7222Okeechobee News/Tarn mi KellyOkeechobee community members enjoyed an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Okee-Tantie on Friday, complete with watermelon and ice cream eating contests. Above, Judge Jerry Bryant takes a turn as a contestant in the watermelon eating contest. Below, the ice cream eating contest proves some canhandle the cold frozen treat while others eat through the pain of brain freeze inorder to win at the Fourth of July celebration. For more, see page 14.Source: South Florida WaterManagement District. Depth givenin feet above sea levelFind us onFacebookSee page 4 for information abouthow to contact this newspaper.florida.newszap.comFreeSneech Free Adss ""1 65 1 0 " 0 0 0 2 5 1Okeechobee NewsThe attorney representing Sheriff Paul Maytook umbrage at statements made by commissioners at their last meeting and wasted notime in letting his displeasure be known.Port St. Lucie attorney Adam Fettermanquickly fired off a letter to county attorney JohnCassels after the June 26 commission meetingand, without hesitation, let it be known he wasnot happy with what was being said by commissioners.At the heart of Mr. Fetterman's apparent annoyance was the board's continued discussionabout the sheriff's budget while he was not atthe meeting. Sheriff May had made a presentation to the board during Thursday's morningsession, but the commissioners continuedtheir discussion later without the sheriff beingpresent.The current feud between the board andthe county's top cop center around two things:one, the sheriff has stated he will not run theOkeechobee County Jail after Sept. 30 unlessthe board approves his requested budget totalfor law enforcement, courthouse security andthe jail of 14.8 million; and, two, the fact thathe did not submit a 2014-15 proposed budgetfor operating the jail.After watching the events unfurl Thursdayafternoon, Mr. Fetterman stated in his letter thecommissioners have left his client no choice."The degree of misinformation prevalentupon the dais, and the resulting unfortunatedisservice to the citizens of Okeechobee County, leave the sheriff no alternative but to proceed with returning the corrections operationto the county at the conclusion of this fiscalyear," stated Mr. Fetterman.The current fiscal year ends Sept. 30.However, the subject of who was going torun the jail did not seem to be the main topicSee BUDGET — Page 7Start The Summer Off Right With Our Maintenance Special!Call LauraToday!www.Qualit 0%,InterestFinancing Available

2Okeechobee NewsJuly 6, 2014Bachelor’s degree programs give workers an edge in job marketSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsFind out how you can gain the competitiveedge in today’s job market with a Bachelor’sDegree from Indian River State College by attending a free Information Session on Tuesday, July 15, at 6 p.m. in the Student ServicesCenter, Room W227, on the corner of 35thStreet and Virginia Avenue at the IRSC MainCampus in Fort Pierce. The Information Session will focus on the 23 workforce-orientedBachelor’s Degree programs offered by IRSC,specifically designed to prepare students forwell-paying jobs and career advancement.Business: Business degrees that apply to awide range of industries, include Accounting,Business Administration and OrganizationalManagement. The Business Administrationand Organizational Management degrees canbe completed entirely online, a conveniencefor those with a busy schedule.Biology: Area residents interested in a career in the region’s growing biomedical fieldshould select the Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Students in the program participate inpaid internships at Torrey Pines Institute forMolecular Studies or at the Vaccine and GeneOkeechobee ForecastToday: Partly cloudy earlywith thunderstorms becominglikely during the afternoon. Highnear 90F. Winds SE at 10 to 15mph. Chance of rain 90%.Tonight: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partlycloudy overnight. Low 73F. Winds SE at 5to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.Extended ForecastMonday: Partly cloudy skies during themorning hours. Thunderstorms likely in theafternoon. High 89F. Winds SE at 10 to 15mph. Chance of rain 90%.Monday Night: A few clouds. Low 73F.Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning.Thunderstorms developing later in the day.High 91F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chanceof rain 80%.“Always on Top of the Job”Re-Roofing Specialists Metal & Shingle Roofs Flats & Leaks RepairFREE ESTIMATESState Lic.#CCC1327338863-357-3838Therapy Institute or USDA Horticulture Laboratory.Public Service: The Criminal Justice degree provides a firm foundation for a career inpublic service. Graduates of the degree program in Public Administration are preparedfor advancement in governmental careers,well prepared for Law School and graduatestudies. The degree offers concentrations inEmergency Planning and Management andPublic Policy and Leadership. The HumanServices degree is among the most popularwith specializations in General Human Services, Youth and Family Studies, and Addictions Studies.Digital Media: Graduates of the Bachelor’s Degree program in Digital Media expresstheir creativity and technical expertise in jobsworking for Prime Source Associates, JVSMarketing, General Micro Systems, SouthernEagle Distribution, Liberator Medical, Cottonand Company and many other firms. Studentscan focus on Graphic Design and Visual Communication or Animation, Gaming and Modeling.Education: Forty-five graduates of IRSCBachelor’s Degree in Education programshave been recognized as outstanding teachers in Treasure Coast schools since 2004. Theyearned their degrees in Elementary Education,Middle Grades or High School Mathematics,Middle Grades Science, High School Biology,or Exceptional Student Education/ESOL.Health Care and Nursing: Graduatesof the Health Care Management program areRoad WatchThe Florida Department of Transportation advises motorists to use caution in areaswhere road work is underway. Work plannedthis week in Okeechobee County includesthe following projects. S.R. 70 east of Okeechobee/N.E.34th Avenue to Williams Road/N.E. 48thAvenue: Maintenance permit project: Crewsare relocating utilities along the south side ofthe road. No lane closures are scheduled, butuse caution and watch for workers close tothe road. S.R. 70 E. from the Okeechobee citylimits to N.E. 30th Avenue: Maintenanceproject: Crews are repairing the sidewalk onboth sides of the roadway. No lane closuresare scheduled, however, use caution andwatch for workers close to the road.highly valued by assisted living facilities, hospitals and other organizations and often hiredor promoted immediately following their internships. The Bachelor’s Degree in Nursingis designed for those who hold an AssociateDegree in Nursing.Information Technology Management/Cyber Security: With the growingconcern about technology management andcyber security in both the public and privatesectors, individuals with IT skills are in demand.The Information Session will provide information on financial aid and scholarships,application procedures, campus locations,online courses and more. Registration for the2014 Fall Semester begins July 8. For moreinformation, visit or call 1-866792-4772.FWC, partners use internet to protect wildlifeSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently concludeda joint operation with partner agencies designed to protect the environment, lawfulbusinesses and public safety.During the four-day “Operation Wild Web”operation, officers and investigators used theInternet to find those intentionally selling fishand wildlife illegally, as well as committingother crimes.Cases involved the unlawful sale of pythons, bearded dragons and many other reptiles; freshwater and saltwater fish; native migratory birds and many exotic birds; as wellas businesses operating without licenses andthe illegal sales of vessels.“Licensed facilities and legal business canbe checked to ensure animals are handledsafely and humanely,” said FWC Capt. RettBoyd, who supervised the operation. “But unlicensed facilities go without inspections forsafety and cleanliness. And without a recordof where they got their animals, these facilitiescould potentially spread dangerous diseasesthrough their transactions, without any wayto track the source of the problem.”The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and theGeorgia Department of Natural Resourcesalso participated, addressing issues in theirown states or subject matter areas.“We designed this operation to more efficiently protect our resources,” Boyd said.“Some people may think operating online isa way to get away with taking advantage ofprotected species, but we are dedicated toworking with our partners to stop that.”Written arrests (notices to appear) andwarnings were issued in 24 counties fromPolk to Escambia. Most were second-degreemisdemeanors, punishable by up to 500 infines and up to 60 days in jail.Remember – If you see or suspect a fish,wildlife or boating law violation, report it tothe FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline. Call 888-4043922, text [email protected], or visit offers free bowhunter safety trainingThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a bowhunter education course on Saturday, July12, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Palm BeachCounty.Students will learn about safe and responsible tree stand usage, big game shotplacement and recovery. The course willprovide students with hands-on experience shooting a bow and arrow on therange. 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4 Okeechobee NewsPublic Forum/Speak OutSpeak Out has moved online, whereit is quicker and easier to share yourideas and converse with others. Go, click on the community name and your local or statePublic Forum. There, you can createnew topics or comment on existingtopics. What follows is a sampling ofsome of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!Sheriff’s budget In the paper in Speak Out someonemade comments about how cheap SheriffMiller did it compared to when Sheriff Raulerson took over. Let me give you a little insighton this. When Sheriff Miller was running thejail, he had around four officers per shift andthen had some part-time help that wouldshow up occasionally. This was not a safeReflections from the pulpitplace to be! If you would think back to thattime that is when a sergeant got beaten inone of the housing units. This sergeant. hasnot returned to work nor will he because ofthis incident. This is what the sheriff is avoiding. I supported Sheriff Raulerson when hestaffed the jail, and I support Sheriff May. I just wish the BOCC would take Mr.Culpepper’s advice and fund the sheriff ’sbudget at least for the next year, giving them(BOCC) 16 months to investigate this furtherand, hopefully, gain a better idea of what isactually going on — which county divisionsmay truly be causing a strain. Ask ourselves,“Are the services vital to this county,” and ifelective versus vital then do some trimmingto these non-vital divisions. I can’t tell youhow many times I’ve walked in the tax collector’s office and those employees are sitting there with no customers, waiting onsomething to do.Letter to the editorMedian project nears completionOkeechobee Main Street’s collaborationwith the FDOT, City of Okeechobee and TreeLocators has resulted in a project that bringsvitality to the southern part of our city. Thelack of visual appeal of our main thoroughfare is no longer a source of concern but oneof renewed beauty and hope.The improvements to the medians southof S.R. 70 have begun to encourage businesses and residents to question how theycan help to maintain this new improvement.Main Street will work with the same officesthat helped to make this improvement a reality to find a way to involve our community andencourage others to take initiative towards animproved Okeechobee.The letter of grant approval awarded toOkeechobee Main Street for 100,000 to bereinvested into our community for HighwayBeautification was received a little over a yearago. Today the grant is literally blooming inthe center of a colorful and attractive citythat has a wealth of pride and history whichshould be celebrated. This pride is being demonstrated by Scott Durand of Tree Locatorsand his crew as they diligently work towardscompletion. Challenges have been met withefficiency and thoroughness by all parties involved. Our Design Chair, Phil Baughman ofB & B Site Work, continues to be involved toassist in completing this project and to protectMain Street’s investment into our community.The medians have all been planted with na-July 6, 2014OPINIONtive Florida plants and trees which will thriveand remain green throughout the seasons.This beautification project and those in thefuture are all done with the idea of promotinga healthy and growing community.It is with great cooperation and commitment that this effort continues to be supported by the City of Okeechobee, FDOT and thehard work of a local contractor Scott Durandof Tree Locators, Inc., 16162 U.S. 441 N.Sharie TurgeonexecutivedirectorOkeechobee Main StreetSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right are Scott Durand of TreeLocators; David Allen, director of Public Works; Phil Baughman, design director Main Street; and Mike Huston,landscape architect.A freedom meditationon flowersby Loy Mershimer“Consider the lilies, how they grow: theyneither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you,even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”How is a simple flower superior to theglory of Solomon?Solomon’s coffers were filled with literallythousands of tons of gold. He had so muchsilver that its value plunged during his reign,replacing tin and cheap metals in commonusage. His storage overflowed with the mostexpensive spices and cedar wood. He ownedso many horses that he created a vast underground stable complex to house them. Andwives? He took 700 wives and 300 concubines: 1,000 women at beck and call.How then is it said that a fragile lily, opening and bending with the sun, is greater inglory than Solomon? Isn’t this crazy talk?It would seem so, except for the fact thatit is Jesus who says these words!When Jesus says “consider the lilies,” Heuses a word which means to see with themind, to see with the soul. In other words, ifwe can see with our heart, there is a lessonin the lily, in the birds of the air and flowers of the field: these things sit in judgmentof Solomon – and all who take Solomon’spath.Solomon turned toward the strivings ofthe world. Solomon turned his wisdom toward what is worn, what is eaten, tasted andpleasurable, and it became foolishness: lightbecame darkness.The birds of the field, however, turn toward the Creator. The lilies turn toward theprovision of God’s rain and sun. In that theyare true to their creation. “The eyes of alllook to you, and you give them their food atthe proper time.” Psalm 145:15And here they trump Solomon.For something in the opulence of Solomon went against his creation intent: inexercise of natural self he violated his trulyintended self. Therefore the simplicity ofthe flower ranks far ahead of the glory ofSolomon; and the dependent, soaring birdteaches more obedience than the life ofSolomon.Solomon made empirical identity into afalse self, where his own self became theobstacle to realizing his true self (Merton).His glory became not the glory of true selfin obedience to the Creator, but the pseudoglory of flesh – inflamed in lusts, consumedwith selfish passion. And so his glory became less than lilies.Created in the Image of God, with highestdestiny, Solomon exercised his natural selffor possessions and killed his true, creationself. So many humans follow this path! Andthe flowers and birds sit in judgment everyday.The lilies exercise daily, utter dependenceon God, and so teach us the path to true self:surrender to Creator, abandonment to kingdom.So Jesus applies the sermon: “But seekfirst the kingdom of God, and all these thingsshall be added to you.”Seek the kingdom, wholeheartedly. Trustand open to the Son, like flowers of the field,drinking rain and life from Father’s hand.Live and fly, trusting the air of the Spirit beneath your wings, as a hopeful bird, following out creation call. Turn with all your being to the Sun of Righteousness, as the firstorder of the day.You will have what you need for the body,and spirit life as well. You will find true freedom: The power to do what is right, not thefalse ability to do what you want. And whomthe Son sets free is free indeed!Herein is the wisdom of the lily! Here isthe full beauty of the flowers of the field.God grant it to our hearts. Amen.Prayer:Lord Jesus, teach me to be like a lily, dailygrowing in You, opening to your morningsun, and resting in your sustaining rain, yourhealing dew.Lord Jesus, set my nature at one withYou, cause me to be my true self in You, andwith nature I will rise to obedience, unconditional obedience.Lord Jesus, save me from the trap of Solomon that would make an idol out of falseself and call it true self. Let me consider thelily and so seek first your kingdom! In yourname, strong Son of God, healing Sun ofRighteousness, I pray, Amen.The Okeechobee News is publishedby Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA.Independent is owned by a unique trustthat enables this newspaper to pursue amission of journalistic service to the citizensof the community. Since no dividends areSDLG WKH FRPSDQ\ LV DEOH WR WKULYH RQ SUR¿W margins below industry standards. 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July 6, 2014Okeechobee News5Preparedness important in storm seasonWith the Atlantic hurricane season uponus once again, the Florida Department ofEnvironmental Protection encourages Floridians to prepare now before a storm hits.It is essential for residents, businesses andorganizations to take the time to make surehousehold hazardous materials are properly stored or disposed of to reduce thelikelihood of pollutants escaping into theenvironment.DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr.said, “Sunday officially marked the startof the 2014 hurricane season. While the2013 Atlantic hurricane season was one ofthe slowest we’ve seen, there were threesignificant weather events that impactedFlorida, including Tropical Storm Andrea.From experience, we understand that taking precautions and being prepared is vitalto protecting Florida and its residents.”It is important to store hazardous materi-als properly. Be sure they are not stored inlow-lying areas that are subjected to floodzones, and are not left near windows. Placing these materials on secured shelving canlimit the possibility of emission into our environment.“Preparing chemicals and waste, planning for the effects of a storm, and communicating with the state before andafter a storm are crucial steps for protecting Florida’s environment when a stormmakes landfall,” said Gwen Keenan, director of DEP’s Office of Emergency Response.“While we may not be able to prevent damage, like beach erosion from heavy rain andwind, the spill of hazardous chemicals canlargely be stopped before it happens.”The following materials should be storedin accordance with manufacturer’s directions, as well as state or federal regulations. Paints, stains and adhesives;Safeguard tax records as part ofhurricane season preparation plansWith the start of hurricane season thismonth, the Internal Revenue Service encourages individuals and businesses to safeguard their records against natural disastersby taking a few simple steps.Create backup set of recordsTaxpayers should keep a set of backuprecords in a safe place. The backup shouldbe stored away from the original set.Keeping a backup set of records — including, for example, bank statements, taxreturns, insurance policies, etc. — is easiernow that many financial institutions providestatements and documents electronically,and much financial information is availableon the Internet. Even if the original recordsare provided only on paper, they can bescanned into an electronic format. Withdocuments in electronic form, taxpayerscan save them to the cloud, download themto a backup storage device, like an externalhard drive or USB flash drive, or burn themto a CD or DVD.Document valuablesAnother step a taxpayer can take to prepare for disaster is to photograph or videotape the contents of his or her home, especially items of higher value.The IRS has a disaster loss workbook,Publication 584, which can help taxpayerscompile a room-by-room list of belongings.A photographic record can help an individual prove the market value of items forinsurance and casualty loss claims.Photos should be stored with a friend orfamily member who lives outside the area.Update emergency plans Solvents, fuel, oil and antifreeze; Batteries; Pesticides; Fertilizers; Expired medication; Mercury—fluorescent bulbs, thermostats and thermometers; Propane tanks and aerosol cans; Household cleaners.Keenan added: “Predictions for the 2014Atlantic hurricane season indicate the likelihood of a slow season, with NOAA projecting a normal-to-below-normal activity thisyear. Eight to 13 tropical storms are predicted, with three to six of them expectedto become hurricanes. As many as two ofthem could be major hurricanes.“Despite that prediction, no one shouldbe complacent. 1992 was projected to bea slow year, but Hurricane Andrew roaredashore proving it only takes one storm toseverely impact our state.”The department recommends residentscheck all property, including storage unitsand recreational vehicles, to dispose ofunwanted hazardous material. Attentionto hazardous materials before a storm arrives can help protect your family, propertyand Florida’s environment after the stormpasses.OCSOInvestigationsEmergency plans should be reviewedannually. Personal and business situationschange over time as do preparedness needs.When employers hire new employees orwhen a company or organization changes The Okeechobee County Sheriff ’s Officefunctions, plans should be updated accord- investigated reports of the following crimesingly and employees should be informed of last week.the changes.ASSAULT 600 block of N.E. 13th Ave.Check on Fiduciary Bonds 6600 block of N.W. 30th St.Employers who use payroll service proBURGLARYviders should ask the provider if it has a fidu 8800 block of S.E. 67th Wayciary bond in place. The bond could protect 2900 block of S.E. 38th Ave.the employer in the event of default by the 6200 block of S.E. 96th Circlepayroll service provider. 11300 block of N.E. 51st Court 2600 block of N.W. 53rd TerraceIRS is ready to help 16200 block of N.W. 68th St.If disaster strikes, an affected taxpayer 3200 block of S.E. 35th Ave.can call 1-866-562-5227 to speak with an IRS 2400 block of S.E. 30th St.specialist trained to handle disaster-relatedissues.CRIMINAL MISCHIEFBack copies of previously-filed tax re 15300 block of N.W. 270th St.turns and all attachments, including Forms 3300 block of S.W. 21st St.W-2, can be requested by filing Form 4506, 4900 block of U.S. 441 S.Request for Copy of Tax Return. Alternatively, transcripts showing most line itemsFRAUDon these returns can be ordered on-line, 1000 block of N.W. 50th Driveby calling 1-800-908-9946 or by using Form 2000 block of S.W. 34th Terrace4506T-EZ, Short Form Request for IndividualTax Return Transcript or Form 4506-T, ReIDENTITY THEFTquest for Transcript of Tax Return. 600 block of N.W. 22nd Lane 4200 block of S.E. 25th TrailVolunteer firefighters host Miss Firecracker pageantThe Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue volunteers will host their annual FirecrackerBeauty Pageant on Saturday, July 12, at 6 p.m. in the Okeechobee High School LectureHall. Age divisions for girls are: Baby Miss (0-11 months); Toddler Miss (12-23 months);Tiny Miss (2-3 years); Little Miss (4-6 years); Petite Miss (7-8 years); Junior Miss (12-15years); and, Miss (14-18 years). Age divisions for boys are: Baby Master (0-11 months);Tiny Master (12-23 months); Little Master (2-3 years); and, Junior Master (4-6 years). Thebeauty competition is mandatory to be in the pageant. For information, call Donny Arnold at 863-634-6464 or Lynn at Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue at 863-763-5544 duringregular business hours; or, e-mail fi[email protected] 13700 block of N.E. 22nd Ave. 12100 block of N.E. 22nd Ave. 3700 block of S.E. 27th St. 6700 block of N.E. Fourth St. 3800 block of N.W. 38th Ave. 3400 block of S.W. 21st St. 2900 block of S.E. 23rd St. 500 block of S.E. 16th Ave. 3900 block of U.S. 441 S. 8400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 13900 block of N.E. 26th Ave.People have so much to doand so little time to do it.To help you deal with yourtime constraints, we packthis littlenewspaper with lots of relevant and useful information.We want you to learn whatyou need to know quickly,so you canexperience and enjoy yourcommunity fully.How are we doing?Let us know by [email protected] orcalling your editor.Community ServiceThrough Journalism

6July 6, 2014Okeechobee NewsBear activity is on rise in Glades County ObituariesBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsBear sightings are up across the state andFlorida Fish and Wildlife officers said thattrend is also seen in rural areas like GladesCounty.Biologist Chad Allison said in a typicalyear they see a rise in bear reports in latespring, April and May, when they come outof their winter dormancy, and also in latefall when bears are looking to stock up oncalories.“For the Glades population the trend indicates an increase in nuisance reports,” henoted.Residents can be careless in areas inhabited by bears when they leave food in trashcans. There have also been reports of residents feeding bears, “It’s a constant educational effort on our part to remind residentsthey do live in close proximity to bears andit’s important to secure anything that attractthe bears either by scent or literal feeding.”Garbage, livestock, pet food, bird seedand other items are known to attract bearsinto residential neighborhoods. The bearsare trying to make a living like any wild animal and if no food is around, they typicallymove on.The Florida black bear has been in thenorthern Glades County and southernHighlands County region for decades. Theynormally inhabit pockets of flatwoods, bayheads, hammocks and swamps. The population is estimated at 175 bears in the twocounties. There were 430 reported contactswith bears in this region between 1990 and2010.Allison said many of these bears were lef

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