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Sunday, August 14, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 97 10.32 feetLast Year: 13.85 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The budget, alcohol sales and vegetable vendors will be the main concern at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Okeechobee City Council. Councilmen will hold their rst budget workshop Aug. 16 for the new budget at 5 p.m. The regular meeting will follow. The $5,263,506 proposed budget is funded, in large part, by a property tax millage rate of 7.9474. That millage rate, taking into consideration decreasing property values, is calculated to bring in the same amount of taxes to the city as last year. Therefore, some city residents will see no tax increase. One mil equals $1 per $1,000 of assessed value. The council will be considering two different issues dealing with alcohol. They will have the rst reading of an ordinance designed to allow restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays between the hours of 11 a.m. and midnight. Such restaurants must be able to seat at least 50 customers. With certain exceptions, the proposed ordinance forbids the sale of alcoholic beverages within 100 feet of a church, school or day care center. Council to discuss Sunday liquor sales City police chief history sought ... Page 5 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It is obvious that Eric Edmundson is passionate about hunting. His eyes light up and his facial expression shows his enthusiasm as the topic is discussed. His father, Ed Edmundson, was doing all the talking. Eric is wheelchair bound and cannot talk as a result of a brain injury received on Oct. 2, 2005, when a roadside bomb exploded as he was driving a Stryker Light Armored Vehicle while serving in Iraq. He received a Purple Heart for his injuries. Eric was recently hunting at the Brady Ranch, a private game preserve on the Seminole Reservation in Glades County, with his father who is his permanent caregiver. The night before the interview, Eric killed an 8 foot alligator. His next goal at the ranch was to kill a hog. The visit was part of an eight-state hunting trip sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project. This program exists to honor and empower wounded warriors who incurred service connected injuries on or after Sept. 1, 2001. According to that organization’s website, for every soldier killed in World Wars I and II, Wounded warrior comes to area to hunt Party Platters to Go A u g u s t S p e c i a l P l a t t e r s O N L Y$2 9 9 9 With coupon only 24 hour notice required! Let us cater your next party or event. Serves up to 10 people See WARRIOR — Page 17 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyFootball practice beginsD.J. Washington (right) hands off to Jose Santibanez during the rst days of Brahman football practice this week at OHS. Coaches take extra precautions in this heat to make sure the kids are properly hydrated. See page 11 for full story. O H S g r i d d e r s OHS gridders h a n d l e t h e h e a t . handle the heat ... What : Okeechobee City Council budget workshop/ regular meeting When : 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16 Where : City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. Boil water notice liftedThe OUA has lifted the boil water notice as of Friday, Aug. 12, afternoon. According to OUA, residents may go back to normal water use. See CITY — Page 17 2011 Sales Tax Holiday today!The Florida Sales Tax exemption for clothing, footwear, accessories and school supplies will be in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. This exemption applies to each eligible item of clothing selling for $75 or less and to each eligible school supply selling for $15 or less and applies no matter how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaEric Edmundson (front) was recently hunting on the Brady Ranch as part of the Wounded Warrior Project.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Appointments are limited! Call Today Imagine a hearing aid that automatically adapts to your surroundings and reflects your specific lifestyle. Imagine a hearing aid that is so pleasant to wear that it gives a new meaning to the phrase customer satisfaction.Ž Well, imagine no more With this breakthrough technology from AUDIBEL, the worlds largest hearing aid manufacturer, now comes the first hearing aid ever developed to address your most important needs. Not only does it fit your individual hearing loss, it fits the way you live. If you hear, but are having trouble understanding conversation you owe it to yourself to take advantage of the free demonstrations offered this week. Call Audibel Hearing Care Centers today for a no obligation appointment. 877-498-HEAR SAVE $500Only$895Exp. 7/03/09featuring nano technology INSTANT COUPON INSTANT COUPON100% Digital Audi-D-ITESave up to 40%OFF MSRP on all VirtueTM or LX ProductANTHEMExp. 7/03/09ProductsTM REG.1395 Trust the Professionals for your Hearing Healthcare. call to schedule your FREE appointment 877-498-HEAR (4327)Until recently, there was no practical way to identify dead regions of hearing cells in the ear. However, a new British developed procedure using standard test equipment now allows for identification of dead hearing cell regions. The study suggests that the presence or absence of dead regions may have serious implications in the fitting of hearing aids. This research reveals that amplifying dead cells is a mistake which will result in poorer speech understanding in noise. Anew type of digitally programmable microcircuit is now being released from Audibel the world leader in nano Science technology that can be programmed to bypass the dead cells. As a result, the patients unable hearing cells receive amplification, thereby improving speech understanding in noise. We are able to achieve maximum speech understanding by frequency shaping this new hearing aid. The results have been phenomenal. These new products come in all shell sizes, including the smallest digital models. Call the Audibel Hearing Care Centers nearest you for a no-obligation appointment. W H Y D O I H E A R . B U T N O T U N D E R S T A N D ? Allan Kleinfeld, Master Hearing Specialist 3545 Highway 441 S, Okeechobee (Publix Shopping Plaza) 467-5333Operators Standing By 24/7 Everyday Low Prices Everyday Low Prices 100% Digital Audi-D-ITEONLY $895 SAVE UP TO 40% OFF msrp onAnthem Hearing InstrumentsNew purchases only Study byCambridge University in England Reveals Key AnswerIve Got Good News!Ž Kim Harris, OwnerHearing Computer Unnoticed in EarsFREE Demonstrations This Week FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 14, 2011 Grand Oaks residents enjoy parties Labor Day Parade cancelled Festival is still slatedThe Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association has decided not to hold the Annual Labor Day Parade this year. Okeechobee Main Street will still host the Annual Labor Day Festival in the Park. Main Street is now taking applications for vendors and entertainment. The festivities will take place on Sept. 3, 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in the event, please contact Cindy Birdashaw at the Main Street Of ce, 111 Northeast 2nd Street, 863-357-6246. Wanda & Angelo Villies shared wine and memories with other residents at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility. John Cantrell gets assistance with his wardrobe malfunction from Activities Coordinator Jennifer Dodd during the Grand Oaks Luau at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Grand OaksFrancois Tardiff had a great time doing the limbo with the help of Administrator Diane Wood and Activities Coordinator Jennifer Dodd at the Grand Oaks Luau. Activities Coordinator Jennifer Dodd and Chef John Garcia enjoyed preparing the food and assisting with paring the wines and cheeses.

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T hought for the day The doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient.  Be kinder than necessary ~ for everyone you meet is ghting some kind of b attle. W ater restrictions We had nearly 4 inches of rain in the neighborhood on Wednesday night, according to the rain gauge. We had nearly another inch on Thursday. And yet, my neighbors are running their sprinklers again. Just how much water does that lawn need? My yard is still soggy from the rain. I can’t imagine anyone in my area needing to run a sprinkler system when the ground is already wat erlogged.Quotes to ponder ”The truth is, everyone is going to hurt y ou. You just got to nd the ones worth suffering for.” — Bob MarleyKids arrested This country’s problems go back to t he breakdown of the family. It used to be t he norm that folks got married rst and t alked about having children. Children were planned for, hoped for and cherished. If you get married rst and have a chance to nd out if you get along well before you consider having a child, it’s just better for everyone. Children deserve to come into a home w here the parents are committed to each other and to that child. If people would wait a while before having kids, I think we could avoid a lot of these problems.  It made me sick to read about the 12 y ear old who watched porn in his own home and then tried to act it out on another c hild. Those parents should be charged with c ontributing to the delinquency of a minor. A llowing a child access to that type of material should be enough to charge the parents and hold them accountable.School The summer is going by so fast. Open house for the schools is coming up so soon. I hope those who can help will donate to the school supply drives. It is hard on the kids to start school without all the supplies they need. And some parents are out of work and really struggling. Anything you can do to help will be appreciated, I am sure.Government I am so sick of the president and the Congress playing political games. If I could vote every one of them out of of ce today, I would. None of them should be there. They are all acting like spoiled children ghting over a toy. They are messing with our lives. We cannot afford another recession. We cannot afford higher interest rates. They need to quit playing these political games and do what is right. If only the politicians would do what is right instead of always trying to do what they think will get them re-elected. Do any of them even have a conscience?The Lost Boys I hope the families of the Lost Boys know that their boys will always be loved and remembered by this community. They touched many lives and their memory will live on.Dogs out If you can’t commit the time and energy needed to take care of a pet, you should not bring one home. A dog needs attention and interaction with his human family. If you just open the door and let the dog run, you might as well just not get a dog to begin with. You are not doing the dog any favors by letting him roam the neighborhood as he might be hit by a car. And you are being a rude and inconsiderate neighbor by not keeping your animals off of other people’s property.HurricanesWe dodged the bullet on the rst few storms of the season, but everyone in South Florida should be ready for a hurricane. Do you have a hurricane plan? Do you have bottled water and nonperishable food on hand? If not, now is the time to prepare.. We won’t be this lucky forever. And if it turns out we get through the season without a bad storm, you can still drink the water and eat the food. So you have not wasted any money. Wendy SchafferPastoral Counselor, Pregnancy Center of OkeechobeeYou are More!Recently the Pregnancy Center held a parenting class called “You Are More.” Several young ladies were touched emotionally and spiritually by the message presented. Precious tears owed as ladies accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior. They realized God loves each of them and accepts them. In turn, they could begin to love themselves, accept themselves, and receive and know their God-given worth. In Jeremiah 31:3 the Lord af rms his love, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.” Knowing God loves you, you can accept yourself. If you have accepted Jesus Christ, you are acceptable to Christ. (Romans 15:7) In accepting yourself, you can forgive yourself by confessing your sins to God, turning your back on former sins, and asking God to forgive you. (I John 1:9) The Lord says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgression (sins), for my own sake, and remembers your sin no more.” (Isaiah 43:25) Hope for the Heart Ministry gives out various pamphlets. The following offers a tool to realize your worth: WWork in elimination of negative attitudes and beliefs (Philippians 4:8); O Obtain scriptural understanding of having love for yourself. (Galatians 5:14); RRefuse to compare yourself with others (II Corinthians 10:12); T Thank God for His unconditional love for you. (Psalm 48:9); HHope in God’s promise to mold you to like Christ. (Romans 8:29) Now, you can yield your talents and abilities to help others (Romans 12:6-8). Know that God, who began a good work in you will bring it to completion. (Philippians 1:6) God has a purpose for your life which you are called to do. He has deemed you worth y of that calling, “I know the plans I have fo r you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hop e and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” (Ephesians 4:1) The Pregnancy Center has now been invited to give self-worth classes at th e Okeechobee Girls Academy. Please join us in prayer that the message “You Are More” is received by the teenage girls. Pray each girl realizes they were formed by God in their mother’s womb. David was inspired to write, “Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13-14) The Lord said to Jeremiah, “Before thou camest forth out of the womb I knew thee,” (Jeremiah 1:5) God has a unique and special purpos e for each of the young ladies’ lives. We pra y each one seeks to have a closer relationship with our Lord God and to know God loves them. Jesus died on the cross for each one o f them and each one of us. Every person has a God given worth Realize Your Are More! Sunday, August 14, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. 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 paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax 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.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: 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! Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m.. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Tonight: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.Extended ForecastMonday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. West southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Monday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. West southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Okeechobee Forecast Angel Food Ministries Angel Food Ministries is available for anyone seeking to stretch their budget! Everyone is eligible! First Baptist Church of Okeechobee is a distribution site, call 863-763-2171, for complete information. Better yet, check out the website, sample menu, order and pay on-line and pick up your food on the appointed day. http://www.angelfoodministries.com/ about/

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 14, 2011 Police Dept. HistoryMy name is Larry Parzygnat. I became a police of cer for the City of Okeechobee on Feb. 19, 2007. I live in Loxahatchee near Lion Country Safari. When I came to Okeechobee I was taken aback by the small town feeling that reminded me of where I grew up in Davie in the 1970s. The family atmosphere within the police department and the politeness of the citizens leads me to often tell my friends in Palm Beach County that I work up in Mayberrywhich, I love. In November of 2009 I decided that I w ould go to City Hall and ask for the list of past police chiefs and their photographs. Then I would take what I gured to be about a dozen, put a photograph of each chief on each month of a calendar and hand them out as Christmas gifts. Well, if that sounds relatively easy it w asn't. According to City Clerk Lane Gamiotea, former City Clerk Bonnie Thomas had begun this same type of project and there were only two photographs. So, I tried the Internet. There was a lot of information about the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce, but it was as if the city police department did not exist. Well, I have always had interest in nostalgia and, along with my curiosity about my new-found family in Okeechobee, I set out to nd some history. I have spent countless hours in the library looking at micro lmthe ladies there, by the way, are awesome. I have met and spoken to dozens of Okeechobee's nest residents who have been very helpful and have opened their hearts, memories and photo albums to me. I have been truly touched by the openness with which they have greeted me, an outsider. What I discovered is there have been 23 police chiefs in Okeechobee since our city's conception in 1915. I have gathered dozens of photos, hundreds of newspaper clippings and items such as old uniforms, badges and arm patches from the families and friends of past of cers and chiefs. But, I have not been able to locate anything on several of our past chiefs. To complete our department's history, I need help from the community. If you are related to, or have any connection to, any of the chiefs of police listed below and could help supply me with any information, photos or memorabilia from their times as chief, please contact me at the Okeechobee City Police Department. My phone number is 863-763-5521 and my e-mail is parzygnat784@bellsouth.net. I need information for: Chief Benjamin F. Hall July 15, 1915 to Sept. 14, 1915 Chief T.O. Perkins Sept. 14, 1915 to Oct. 12, 1915 Chief J.W. Raulerson Oct. 12, 1915 to March 13, 1916 Chief J.A. Daughtery April 13, 1920 to Feb. 1, 1921 Chief LeRoy E. Davis Feb. 1, 1921 to Jan. 2, 1923 Chief Clinton Bass Jan. 5, 1925 to Dec. 21, 1926 Chief William H. Arndt Jan. 8, 1935 to March 5, 1935 Even group photos are acceptable. With today's technology, I can take them out of the photo for an individual shot. I will not keep your photosI just need them long enough to scan them onto my computer. And, the same goes for photos of old Okeechobee police carseven if they are parked on a street full of cars I can pull it out for an individual shot. I am not using anything given to me for this project for personal gain. It will all be the property of the Okeechobee City Police Department. Thank you again for welcoming me to your town. Sincerely, Larry Parzygnat Letter to the editor The Indian River State College Performing Arts Academy provides the highest quality arts instruction to school-aged community members (ages 3-17) by offering culturally enriching, entertaining and engaging classes to expand their artistic development. Instruction is offered in music (individual and group lessons), dance, children's theatre and youth musical theatre. Find out about all the opportunities this program offers at the Performing Arts Academy Open House/ Registration event on Tuesday, Aug. 30 4-6 p.m., at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. Classes will be available in theatre, music, art and dance for ages 3 to 17. Music Lessons Private music instruction is available in voice, piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Group Vocal Class This course establishes the basic fundamentals of vocal technique through demonstration and student performance. Percussion Ensemble The Treasure Coast Youth Percussion Ensemble is a group of intermediate to advanced level students interested in acquiring additional skills to prepare percussion literature for performance (by audition only), Visual Arts A drawing studio for young artists ages 10 to 15. Group Music Lessons This course establishes the basic fundamentals of vocal technique through demonstration and student performance. Theatre Workshops This technical workshop is a class designed to introduce young actors to various forms of acting situations. Youth Musical Theatre Students participating in this workshop will have an opportunity to share their talents and experience the joy of performing. Be sure to attend the event to ensure placement in the programs of interest, as classes ll quickly. There is a one-time $25 registration fee for the Performing Arts Academy. For more information on the program and the cost of Performing Arts Academy programs, call 1-866-792-4772 or visit www. irsc.edu. IRSC to hold Performing Arts Academy open house The 6th Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup will be held November 19 and 20 this year. Planning is now underway to make this the biggest drive yet, with a goal of 600 units of blood drawn in just two days. Area retailers, professionals, restaurants and volunteers have contributed to making this the largest independent blood drive in Florida. The event will be held at the Freshman Campus Auditorium from 9 to 6 both days. Eight buses will be present so there will be no waiting. As at previous Roundups, tee shirts and goody bags will be given to all donors who will also have their names entered in drawings for prizes. One of the grand prizes will be an all-day shing trip, fresh or salt water, with Mike Jones Guide Service. Other grand prizes will also be awarded. Annual Blood Roundup planning is under way Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raye DuesingerPart of our planning committee includes (front row, left to right), Maureen Bradley, Marie Kirchhoff, Raye Deusinger, Marilyn Rinear. In the back row, left to right are: Russ Colwell, Florida’s Blood Centers, Linda Woloski, Susan Williams, Trish Lowry, Florida’s Blood Centers and Joan Roden. The nation's rst Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RC-NET) will be established at Indian River State College, funded by a prestigious $3.1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant. IRSC will lead the regional initiative to develop and deliver nuclear energ y training throughout the Southeast. The fouryear program will help meet the national need for 41,000 skilled nuclear employees by 2030, with over half the nuclear energy job openings projected to emerge in the Southeast. RCNET will be based in the college's new Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BCIE) at the IRSC main campus in Fort Pierce in January. Primary partners with IRSC include Central Virginia Community College, Chattanoog a State Community College in Tennessee, Midlands Technical College in South Carolina, and North Carolina State University. Additionally, 15 colleges, three universities, 12 government agencies and 27 industry partners will participate in the project. Over time, the Regional Center will develop a model that can be utilized at the national level to bene t utilities and colleges providing nuclear energy training. Acting as a centralized resource the Regional Center will provide curriculum, training for faculty and staff and facilitate communication and collaboration across the nuclear industry, colleges and universities. Instruction will be enhanced by state-of-the-art technology in the College's Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BCIE), enabling students to gain experience with a technologically-advanced ow loop replicating the functions of a nuclear power plant. Beginning with the 2012 spring semester, the BCIE will provide a variety of training opportunities in alternative energies and ne w technologies. The multi-purpose facility will be home to the highly-successful Power Plant Technology Institute developed by IRSC and Florida Power & Light (FPL) in 2006 to support the growing need for maintenance technicians at the FPL St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant. Over 100 graduates of the program have found employment with FPL, Progress Energy, Southern Company, Wolf Creek and Duke Energy at salaries exceeding $55,000. For information about nuclear energy education at IRSC, contact Dr. Kevin Cooper at: Indian River State College at kcooper@irsc.edu. IRSC establishes nuclear energy education center

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Church to have special speakerFountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will have a special speaker at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 14, Dr. Charles Gauldin. Dr Gauldin is an Associate Professor of Religion at Southeastern University, Lakeland. For more information call Pastor Dave Robertson at 863-801-1297. Church offering clothes closet for entire familyThe Church of God of Prophesy, 102 N.W. 10th, St. has a clothing ministry called God’s Closet that is open each Tuesday evening from 5:15 to 7 for any families in need of clothing. They have a large variety of children’s and teen’s clothing. For more information call Lisa Mullins at 863-261-0841.Lady Brahman Golf team tryouts openAny OHS Girls interested in trying-out for the Lady Brahman Golf Team will meet at 4 p.m. on Aug. 15, at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club. You must have a completed physical to participate. For more information call Coach Stuart at 863-634-7841.New 4-H Club will meetA new 4-H Club, the Lamb and Goat Club, will have its rst meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the extension of ce in the county annex on U.S. 98 N. For more information, call Debbie Deloney at 863-6346181 or Jay Zeller at 863-634-7964.Retired educators association to meetThe Okeechobee County Retired Educators Association will be having their rst meeting of the new school year on Thursday, Aug. 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the meeting room of the Lodge Restaurant. All retired educators are invited to attend and become members. The organization does many service and mentoring projects for the schools as well as selling the annual historical ornaments to raise money for academic scholarships.Poker tourney to bene t ARCAug. 17 is the date set for a poker tournament bene tting The ARC (for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities). The tournament will take place at the VFW, 3912 Hwy. 441 SE. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the entry fee is a donation of $50. The tournament will go until 7 p.m. with “cards in the air.” Prizes will be awarded in Wal-Mart gift cards. Barbecue dinners will be available for $10 each at 5 p.m. Tickets for the dinners can be purchased at Mid-Florid a Credit Union, 3261 Hwy 441 South and also The ARC Thrift Store, 403 NW Second Ave. For tournament information and sign ups contact: Rhonda Altman at 863-634-6586 or sign up at Pogey Restaurant, 1759 S. Parrott Avenue. The event is sponsored by Bubba’s Redneck Yacht Club.Food stamp help offeredTreasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy 441 SE, on Wednesday, August 17th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. helping with food stamp applications and recerti cation. This service is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For more information please call 772971-3316. DEC plans to meetOkeechobee Democratic Executive Council meeting will be on Thursday, Aug. 18 beginning at 6 p.m., in the Beef O’Brady’s meeting room. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Carolann Mcleod, 68OKEECHOBEE — Carolann Mcleod, 68, of Okeechobee passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, in Raulerson Hospital. She was born Dec. 25, 1942, to Harold McLeod and Barbara Bristow Roberts in Klmeth Falls, Ore. She is survived by daughter, Tammy J. Brown (Kevin) of Swanton, Vt.; son, Christopher S. Miller (Shari) of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Justine Tkachenko-Thimister, Kwana Christine Miller and Reid Roberts Brown; sisters, Linda Rochford of Okeechobee, Marcia Loreto of Okeechobee ,and Laura Lee Brady of Tucson, Ariz. A memorial service was held on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th St., Okeechobee. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Dock Melvin, 68OKEECHOBEE — Dock Melvin, 68, of Okeechobee passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at his residence in Venus. He was a cowboy and heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed hog hunting, frog hunting and loved the outdoors. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, J ennie of Okeechobee; sons, Robert (Tina) Melv in of Venus, Billy (Suzanne) Melvin of Venus, Roy (Melissa) Melvin, Dock Melvin Jr. all of Okeechobee; daughter, DJ Simmons of Okeechobee; sisters, Lete Pilgrim, Vi Owens both of Okeechobee; brothers, Lloyd Melvin, Tom Melv in both of Okeechobee. In addition he is surv ived by a host of grandchildren and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, A ugust 18, 2011, from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th St., Okeechobee. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th St., Okeechobee. Online condolences may be made at w ww.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Mary J. Lepley, 70OKEECHOBEE — Mary J. Lepley, 70, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at her home. Born in Oil City, Pa., and formerly of West Palm Beach, Mary moved to Okeechobee 10 years ago. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and caring for cats and birds. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard Swartzlander; and three sisters, Dorothy Swartzlander, Leona Scrivinn, and Alberta Stallman. Mary is survived by Charles E. Lepley Sr., her husband of 53 years; sons, Charles E. Lepley Jr. of Okeechobee, Rusty (Linda) Boggess of Gainesville, Fla.; daughter, Donna Jane Prosser; grandson, Charles “Skeeter” T. Holland; granddaughters, Amanda Gates and Taylor Lepley; great-grandsons, Christopher Gates and Caden Lepley, all of Okeechobee; brothers, Clayton Swartzlander of Orlando, Gerald Swartzlander of Youngstown, Ohio, Ronnie Swartzlander of Lovedon, Mo.; sisters, Phyliss Carnahan of Clearwater, June Wilt of Greenville, Pa.; one niece and several nephews. Visitation will be held Monday, August 15, 2011, at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home at 10 a.m. until service time of 12 p.m. In lieu of owers donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida 34973. Friends may send condolences online to www.buxtonseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 14, 2011 12/5/1933 8/16/2007 I I n M e m o r y o f A n i t a J G o d w i n W i l l i a m s" N i c k i e Always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts. Love Buster Williams and family View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 David Morgan STAFF WRITEROnthisrareoccasion,thetownof Okeechobee hasthechancetohostPremiereEstateBuyersatthe HolidayInnExpress .Wearepayinglocal residentsthisweekonthespotfortheirtreasures,Ž saidJordanParsons,aspokespersonfortheevent. Themainitemsofinterest,saidParsons,areanything jewelryrelated, withgoldandsilverpricesatRecord Highs .Anothercategorythathasrecentlyincreased duetomarkethighsiscoins.Onecoincouldbe worthhundredsoreventhousandsofdollars.Coins starttoaccumulateapremiumwhentheyaredated 1970orearlier,ŽsaidParsons.Theastonishingpart abouttheeventisthattheywillpayyouonthespot. Nothinghastobemailedoffwhileyouarestuck waitingforacheck.Thisisnotanappraisalevent either„weareheretopurchaseresidentsitemsfora fairmarketvalue.ITSUNBELIEVABLE,IBROUGHTINSOMEOLD COINSTHATHADBEENINALITTLECIGARBOX FORYEARSANDSOMEOLDHERRINGBONE NECKLACES„INLESSTHANFIFTEENMINUTES ILEFTWITHACHECKFOR$700.ŽPremiereiscapableofpayingahigher percentagebecauseoftheirvastnetworkofclients.It alsosavesonrefinerychargesbecauseofthelarge volumestheydealin.Smallerdealers,inmostcases, cannotpayashighofapremium. Hugepremiumscanalsobepaidforvintage watches.Parsonsexplainedthat,Onetimeina showinIllinois,acustomerbroughtinawatchthat theyhadboughtforafewhundreddollarsbackin theseventies.Turnsout,itwasararesubmarinerthat broughtthelocalresidentinexcessofathousand dollars.ŽParsonscontinuedtosaythatRolex,Cartier, PatekPhillipe,HamiltonandOmegaareallgreat brandsthatcouldbringinalargeamountofmoney. ThecompanyrecentlypurchasedanoldGibson guitarinGrandRapids,Michiganfor$124,500. AndjustlastweektheypaidaHuntsville,Alabama resident$15,000foranoldMartinguitarthathad beenrefurbishedandaltered.Parsonssaidthatmost allpre-1970Gibson,Fender,Martin,Nationaland Rickenbackerguitarsarevaluable.Theyareworth atleastacouplehundreddollarsandinextreme cases,acouplehundredthousand.Anotherecstatic customerexclaimed,Itsunbelievable,Ibroughtin someoldcoinsthathadbeeninanoldcigarboxfor yearsandsomeoldherringbonenecklaces„inless thanfifteenminutesIleftwithacheckfor$700.Ž Residentsareencouragedtogatherupsimilar itemsfromtheirlockboxes,closets,jewelryboxes andevenunderthebed.BringthemintothePremiere EstateBuyerseventandcashin.Wearefortunateto hosttheeventherein Okeechobee ,ŽsaidParsons, „dontmissyouropportunitytocashin.Ž COINSAnyandallcoinsmadebefore1970, rarecoins,entirecollections,silver dollars,halfdollars,andallothers.GOLDBrokenandunusedjewelry,dentalgold, Krugerrands,CanadianMapleLeafs,Pandas,goldbars,U.S.Eagles,etc.SILVERFlatware,teasets,goblets,jewelry andanythingmarkedsterling. What We Buy: BROKENJEWELRYNeworOld:mismatchedearrings, bracelets,loosediamonds,allgem stones,etc. INFORMATIONWHOPREMIEREESTATEBUYERSWHATOPENTOTHEPUBLICTO SELLTHEIRVALUABLESWHEREHOLIDAYINNEXPRESS 3101USHWY441S OKEECHOBEE,FL34974WHENAUGUST15TH-20TH MON…FRI9AM…6PM SATURDAY9AM…4PMDIRECTIONS 863.357.3529 INFORMATION 217.787.7767 PAIDADVERTISEMENTINTERNATIONALPREMIERESTATEBUYERSHAVE CHOSENOKEECHOBEEFORTHEIRNEXTSTOP! 8 Okeechobee News August 14, 2011

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See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. Receive up to $1,300 in Rebates*with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort SystemAND up to $500 in Federal Tax Credits** 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 14, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Approximately 50 players braved the high heat and humidity this week as Brahman football practice began at Okeechobee High School. The players practiced early in the morning from Tuesday until Friday after a Monday morning classroom session to review the team’s play book and formations. Coach Myron Jackson enters his third season with his staff mostly in place. He will be assisted by offensive coordinator Jon Enrico, defensive coordinator Rex Erwin and assistant Coach Melissa Tomlinson. The junior varsity squad is coached by Daron Washington and Rafe Erwin, who also assist the varsity squad. Already the Brahmans have had some adversity as starting quarterback Jack Radebaugh was lost for several games due to a nger injury he suffered during a freak accident in July. D.J. Washington, Eddie Neal and Cade Stokes have all taken snaps at quarterback during the rst week of practice. Washington missed all but one quarter of one game last year due to a broken ankle. Okeechobee also lost potential Division I recruit Aukeemian Mills, and wide receiver defensive back Lavante Spivey who transferred to John Carroll in Fort Pierce. The Brahmans’ rst game is a kick-off classic exhibition game on Friday, Aug. 26, at home against John Carroll High. Among the key players who return this year are Thor Harden, who was sidelined with a minor chest injury until Monday, John Kemp, Al Morris, Jose Santibanez and Cody Walker. Players are given multiple rest periods and plenty of water to deal with the hot temperatures and humidity during summer practice. Competition was erce for starting positions during the rst week of practice. A number of starting jobs were up for grabs on both sides of the ball especially at wide receiver and defensive back. The coaching staff has also been encouraged with the off-season workout program and the number of starters they have returning on the offensive line and at linebacker. OHS Brahman football practice begins Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCoach Melissa Tomlinson works the players through some wide receiver drills during Brahman football practice this week. Yearling Middle School opened practice for the 2011 season with open gyms that starts Monday, Aug. 15, coach Bruce Conrad said. The open gyms will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on August 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24. “All of the girls who wish to participate must have a current FHSAA physical turned into the school,” he added. Yearling has not lost a match in over three years and wants to keep the winning tradition going this fall. Yearling volleyball practice begins Winners of the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee are: First place W. Hall; second place J. Masters; and, third place G. Guydosh. Gold Tee Winners

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 *All prices plus tax, tag fees, dealer fee.STORE HOURS 9ATO8P M-F 9ATO5P SAT CLOSED SUN 2006 Ford F-250 SUPERDUTYCREWCABDIESEL4X4, LARIAT, FX4, SUNROOF, LEATHER, DVDALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$24,588 New 2011 Chevrolet CruzeBLUETOOTH, 10 AIRBAGS, ONSTARR, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC, STEERINGWHEELCONTROLSMSRP: $18,575 Dealer Invoice: $18,026 Dealer Holdback: -$534 -$3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINERed Hot Sale Price:$14,492New 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe5.3 V8, LOCKINGREARDIFFERENTIAL, REARVIEWCAMERA, REMOTESTART, ONSTARR, ULTRASONICREARPARKASSIST, POWERADJUSTABLEPEDALSMSRP: $43,730 Dealer Invoice: $41,117 GM Rebate: -$3,000 Dealer Holdback: -$1,283 -$3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINERed Hot Sale Price:$33,834 2009 Chevrolet Equinox LSONLY21,210MILES, LOCALTRADE-INALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$14,775 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500EXTENDEDCAB, 4X2, "LT", ONLY14,651MILESALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$18,485 2010 Chrysler Sebring LimitedSTK# 3165168 ALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$13,984 2011 Chrysler Town & Country TouringMSRP $29,995 DISCOUNT& REBATE$3,500 $3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINESale Price: $22,108PLUS 1.9% FORUPTO60MONTHSORLEASEFOR$3192011 Dodge Ram 1500 Q/C SLT Big HornMSRP $32,660 DISCOUNT& REBATE$5,250 $3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINESale Price: $22,456PLUS 1.9% FORUPTO60MONTHSORLEASEFOR$339 2010 Chrysler Town and Country TouringSTK# 5121421 ALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$15,884 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie 4x4 Diesel STK# 543582 ALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$43,884 35 MPG 22inch chrome wheelsO O U R P R O M I S E T O Y O U !We price our cars, not our customers. You dont need negotiating skills to make your best buy. Our pricing philosophy make car buying fast and easy. Youll shop the way you do at a department store. Every car has the lowest price on the windshield, 7 days a week 24 hours a day. Our customers drivefrom all over Florida because we have guaranteed lowest price and commitmentto 100% customer satisfaction. W W E G U A R A N T E E T H E L O W E S T P R I C E O N E V E R Y N E W C A R & T R U C K P E R I O D .We guarantee to beat your best deal by $500! Customer must present a local competitors legitimate advertised price or wr itten buyers order of identical vehicle. Must be in stock in comparably equipped. Offer valid date of publication only.Not resp onsible for typographical errors or photo placement errors. Plattner Automotive Group is authorized to buy competitors vehicle at price presented by customer. If unable to do so, competitors offer will not be deemed legitimate offer.Ž WARRANTY€ 12-Month, 12,000 Miles Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty € 100,000 Miles 5-Year Powertrain Limited Warranty € Courtesy Transportation € Roadside Assistance € $0 Deductible € 117-Point Inspection € Free Vehicle History Report € OnStar/XM Radio € 3-Day/150 Mile Customer Satisfaction Guarantee AVAILABLE€ 8 Year/80,000 Limited Warranty € 3 Month/3,000 Mile Maximum Care € Lifetime Certified Upgrade Plans € 125 Point Inspection € Carfax Vehicle History Report € 24 Hour Roadside Assistance € Car Rental Allowance STK# 3192439 STK# 3324240 STK# 9172994 1 1T O N, 3 / 4T O N,D U A L Y,D I E S E L, 4X2 4X4 ,S H O R T B E D,L O N G B E D,C O M E R C I A L S T R U C K S,A L L A T S I M I L A R S A V I N G SSTK# 3C08380 STK# 5227968 STK# 3171102 STK# 274367 STK# 2501653 STK# 1294826 STK# 2159960 LEATHER WITH20,000MILES 34,000MILES ONLY5,000MILES*Tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment extra. Based on 800 Beacon score, 39 Month Lease, $2999 Due at signing Mileage charge if over per year mileage See Dealer for Details. Pictures do not depict actual vehicle. Program incentives subject to change. 12 Okeechobee News August 14, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 • Family Owned & Operated Since 1978 • Family Owned & Operated Since 1978 • We Service All Brands • We Service All Brands • 1 Year Guarantee on Replacement Parts • 1 Year Guarantee on Replacement Parts • 24/7 Emergency Service • 24/7 Emergency Service • FREE Estimates & Second Opinions • FREE Estimates & Second Opinions on Equipment Replacements on Equipment Replacements • Senior Citizen Discounts • Senior Citizen DiscountsFPL PARTICIPATING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR 1796 Highway 441N € Okeechobee, FL34972 (863) 763 2151 € RaulersonHospital.comFor more than 30 years Raulerson Hospital has been your community hospital, providing quality patient care twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Many impactful changes have occurred in healthcare over that time, including: technological advancements in equipment and procedures, introduction of the HIPPAPrivacy Rule and even the very pharmaceuticals used to treat patientsneeds, have evolved from tedious research studies and trials. One thing that will never change is our commitment and responsibility to provide you and your family with safe, quality health care services in a professional manner.Some of the services available include:Emergency Care Twenty-four hours, seven days a week, Emergency Room care Radiology X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, CATScan, and Nuclear Medicine Rehabilitation Including physical therapy, speech therapy, & occupational therapy Surgical Services Including colon/rectal surgery, ear nose and throat surgery, endoscopic surgery, general surgery, gynecology, orthopedic, podiatry, stereotactic breast surgery, TIF (for chronic heartburn), vascular surgery and urology If you have not been to Raulerson Hospital recently for your medical needs, come and experience the quality patient care we provide everyday; because We are Raulerson!For a physician referral or health information contact Consult-A-Nurse at 1-800-449-8642 To schedule an appointment contact 877-331-7027. 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 14, 2011 Most people will not realize they have osteoporosis until a bone break occurs. That is why it is sometimes referred to as a silent disease, but a bone screening can show signs of the condition well before you nd yourself in a cast. People who suffer from osteoporosis or porous bone' disease can experience such breaks in their bones from even the simplest of activities. The aging process can cause some natural bone weakening. Risk factors for osteoporosis include those who are female, white/ Caucasian, post menopausal women, older adults, small in body size, eating a diet low in calcium and physically inactive. While some of these risk factors are unavoidable, there are preventive steps to lessen your risk of developing osteoporosis. Like many diseases, the prevention begins early. In youth and adolescence it is very important to build bone density through proper calcium absorption and physical activity. This helps ensure you reach your genetic potential for bone density, or your peak bone mass. By the age of 20, the average woman has acquired most of her skeletal mass. Early detection is important since there is no cure for osteoporosis at this time. Older patients of either gender should look into bone screening if they have a family history of osteoporosis, have already experienced several fractures, suffer from thyroid disease, drink more than two glasses of alcohol a day, or lead a sedentary lifestyle. If you suspect y ou might have osteoporosis, it is better to nd out your status from a screening before bones begin to break. Osteoporosis can easily be diagnosed with an X-ray called a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). This is a non-invasive examination that requires little preparation from the patient, aside from wearing loose clothing without metal zippers and buttons. Your doctor will probably also recommend that you do not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before the scan. Once diagnosed, the goals of osteoporosis treatment include slowing or stopping further bone deterioration, controlling pain, and reducing the risk of fractures, falls or other complications. Your health care provider may recommend a plan that includes lifestyle changes, including changes in diet and physical activity, and possibly medications. For a physician referral contact Consult-aNurse¨ at 1-800-449-8642. This column was provided by Raulerson Hospital. Raulerson now offering osteoporosis screenings Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raulerson HospitalOsteoporosis can easily be diagnosed using a digital bone scanner. These scans are available at Raulerson Hospital’s Radiology Department. Contact them at 863-763-2663.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol CALL FOR A LIST OF FORECLOSURESDavid Hazellief € 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief € 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt € 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder € 863-610-2485 www.century21okeechobee.com€ Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net € 1200 S.Parrott Ave. N N E E W W L L I I S S T T I I N N G G R R E E D D U U C C E E D D N N E E W W L L I I S S T T T I I N N G G N N E E W W L L I I S S T T I I N N G G 5015-H: Dixie Ranch Est 3 bdrm 2 bath concrete blk home at the of the cul-de-sac on 2 lots..one lot has fence yard, concrete drive, back screen porch. $84,000 MLS #204757€FORECLOSURE Buildable Lots in Oaks at Okeechobee total of 5 sites each $8,900 Make Offer €50.4+/-ACRES SR 710 MLS #204068 €Viking 6 acres $20,000 (Owner Finance a possibility) €FORECLOSURE Viking 1.25 acre $3,400 or better offer. MLS #205025 € LOT (50X142.5) S.W. addition $7,000 MLS #2050813004-H: Kings Bay home, enclosed back porch and screened front porch, garage, appliance stay. Easy to show $54,000 MLS #205168 3003-H: Kings Bay home wood floors, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. $54,000 MLS #205169 5018-M: Pine Ridge Park 3/2 det 2 car garage with loft for storage, 2 driveways. Very well maintained. Close to the convenience store. MLS #204938 5024-M: Fixer upper-Mobile home on 4.93+/acres. Needs work. Bassinger just off 700 A $62,000 MLS #205138 3000-M: Treasure Island 3 bedroom 2 bath DW MH. All double pane windows and sliding glass door. Two carport, 2 sheds, screened rm, back porch. $58,900 MLS #205163 N N E E W W L L I I S S T T I I N N G G GREATBUSINESS OPPORTUNITYFull Service Coin Laundromat. Established business for 13 years in same location. Huebsch Machines in excellent condition. Everything goes including cash registers, folding tables, scales, top loaders, dryers, 25-50lbs machines. 1300 SF of space that is leased for $1500 per month on a new 5 year lease. Located in the Treasure Island section of Okeechobee close to Lake Okeechobee and surrounding RV Parks and Mobile Home Parks. Approx. 5 Miles east of US 441 and SR 78 on 441 SE/Hwy. 98 S. 18% Rate of Return on Investment. $250,000. Call Brandon for more information. (772) 201-8722. 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. BUYER BROKERAGE CO. OF OKEECHOBEE P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497 CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 THEATRE III: SMURFSŽ Fri., 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE I: HORRIBLE BOSSESŽ Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE II: MR. POPPERS PENGUINSŽFri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 Aug 12 Aug 12TH THAug. 18 Aug. 18TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 PG PG Movie Tickets:Adults $6.50 € Children 12 & under $5.00 € Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies € Matinees $4.50 R V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 14 Okeechobee News August 14, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local teenager was arrested by deputies on a felony drug charge after they reportedly saw him drop suspected marijuana on the ground during a traf c stop. Andrew J. Jackson, 13, N.E. 16th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana w ith intent to sell. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. An arrest report by deputies with the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce Street Crimes Unit stated that the vehicle in which J ackson was a passenger was stopped in the 300 block of N.E. 14th Ave. because its headlights were turned off. When the 2010 Ford stopped, the deputies saw a passenger in the front seat of the v ehicle open the door and put his hands down toward the bottom of the vehicle. According to the report, after the occupants of the vehicle were removed a deputy found a clear plastic bag on the ground underneath the front door of the vehicle on the passenger side that contained a suspicious substance. When that substance was eld tested it indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana, added the report. The suspected pot reportedly weighed 5 grams with packaging. The deputy's report went on to indicate that a large number of smaller plastic baggies were found in a larger plastic bag. The smaller bags are commonly referred to as nickel bags, stated the deputy's report. All of these bags were allegedly found on the ground below the front passenger-side door. It was also noted in the arrest report that the driver of the vehicle was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license and was given a verbal warning for driving the vehicle with its headlights off. Teen faces felony drug charge By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man has been arrested for his alleged connection in a home break-in and the theft of three handguns. Justin Lee Jarriel, 20, S.W. Ninth Lane, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 11, on felony charges of grand theft and burglary of a dwelling. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $12,500 bond. An arrest report by Detective M.D. Faulkner, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that Jarriel entered the home through a window then opened a locked bedroom door with a crowbar. Once inside the bedroom, Jarriel reportedly found a locked safe. After taking the safe, Jarriel allegedly used a grinder to open it. The OCSO investigator said there were three guns inside the small safea .45 caliber automatic with one magazine, a .25 caliber automatic with one magazine and a .38 caliber revolver. The guns reportedly have a total value of $550. Detective Faulkner went on to state that Jarriel didn't want the guns because he was looking for cash, so he threw them in a pond. After the man learned that the detective wanted to talk to him, Jarriel retrieved the guns and put them in a dresser drawer in his bedroom, added the detective. According to the detective, Jarriel indicated that he committed the burglary because "he was bored with nothing to do." The investigation was initiated by OCSO Deputy Matthew Hurst who took the original complaint on Aug. 5. Detective: ‘bored’ burglar charged in theft of rearms Andrew J. Jackson Justin Lee Jarriel

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EOE/DFWP. All inquiries will be held in strict con dence. Visit us online: www.americanrenal.com ST R TREATMENT American Renal Associates a national provider of quality dialysis services with the lowest staff turnover in the industry, is accepting applications for the following positions at our new state-of-the-art facility in Okeechobee, FL:Clinic ManagerWe are seeking an experienced dialysis manager to oversee the clinical, regulatory, and operational functions of our outpatient facility. Must be organized and able to work independently. Must possess solid management and computer skills. Top salary and bene ts package for the quali ed individual. Minimum of 6 months dialysis experience required. Current FL RN license required. Registered NurseSeeking quali ed applicants to provide in-center hemodialysis patient care (full-time and part time positions available). Minimum of 3 months dialysis experience and current FL state license required.Patient Care TechniciansWe are seeking quali ed applicants for full-time and Per-Diem employment. Dialysis experience and current certi cation required. Licensed Clinical Social WorkerWe are seeking quali ed applicants to provide comprehensive clinical social work services in an outpatient setting. Masters degree, current state license and minimum of 2 years of clinical social work experience required. Registered DietitianThe quali ed licensed candidate must be registered with the Commission of Dietetic Registration, and have at least one year of clinical nutrition experience, CKD/ESRD experience preferred.Facility SecretarySeeking an experienced secretary who possesses strong organizational, telephone and computer skills. Must be highly detail-oriented, able to work independently, interact well with others and prioritize workload. Medical billing background a plus! We o er competitive salaries, plus excellent health, life, and disability bene ts, as well as a generous paid time o policy that recognizes your direct dialysis experience. Please fax or e-mail resume and cover letter to: Ashwin Patel, Regional Director of Operations, Fax: 978-232-4045, Email: apatel@americanrenal.com Employment Medical Employment Medical For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time S S t a f f A s s i s t a n t Edison State College is a dynamic and rapidly growing institution with four campuses serving Southwest Florida. Our Hendry Glades center is accepting applications for a staff assistant. The successful candidate will be an energetic, talented, personable, positive thinking person with an Associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Three (3) years related customer service or administrative support experience. Experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. For more information and to apply online, please visit our website at: https://jobs.edison.edu. Edison is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Veterans Preference employer. Drivers Needed for long distance produce hauling. CDL a must call for more information. 863-261-1116 “Growing Okeechobee” NOW hiring MANAGERS and STYLISTS! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity with the Hair Cuttery!! Apply TODAY @ www.careers byhaircuttery.com We are looking for an Experienced Automotive Diagnostics Technician. ASE certi ed is a plus but not required Call 863-763-0564 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 Time Licensed Practical NurseNeeded to work in a high paced, full service clinic. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Excellent bene ts. Spanish speaking preferred. Please apply MyFlorida/ People First website at: https://people rst .my orida.com The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer /Af rmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Employment Full Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business OpportunitiesBusy concession stand/restaurant for lease at a local business. Must have restaurant experience. Contact Heather for more info (863)763-4114. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Employment Full Time One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Medical Employment Medical 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 14, 2011 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds

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We haveimmediate openings for the following positions: € HIM-FT, ED Coder/EM Assignment €PHYSICALTHERAPY ASSISTANT PRN €PHARMACIST / FT €PHARMACYTECH FT& PT €Case Manager PRN €RNs F/T, PT, PRN €MAINTENANCE MECHANIC PRN€ULTRASOUND TECH F/T, PRN To complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.comor you may come to Human Resources at Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL We offer competitive wages & excellent benefits Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Guns/SuppliesBrowning Shotgun Browning Belgium made Semi-Auto 16 Gauge. Carry case. Very good condition. Not a sweet 16 model. $350.00. (863)824-0835 or (863)634-5023 Pets/SuppliesFree Kittens Cute as can be! Litter trained and eating well. Only two left! 863-610-1556 or 863-447-9664. Stereo Equipment 50/60’s Juke Box Old time Rockola from Players Pub, 50/60’s music with extra records, great collection excellent condition $600 Call 863-634-3451 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 1,2 or 3 Bedroom Apartments For Rent discounted $60 per month and Yearly RV Spots for $175 mo. located by 15b and 441. Call 561-386-5636 or 561-968-2083 Beane Point Apartments Apts. are furnished and all utilities paid. Adult complex, no pets or children. Required sec. dep. + one week rent. A background check will be done, also verify employment. (863)357-2044 Leave name and number if no answer. EFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Utilities & Direct TV included $525 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Call 863-634-8885 LOCATION, LOCATION Apartments in City 2BR/1.5 Bath 1 Block north of Walmart Carpet/Tile All Appliances,W/D on each oor, Clean/Newly Painted Call 863-763-8878 $600 mo.,$300 Sec. Nice 2/1 Apt. over commercial of ce space in the city. $600/mo. Plus utilities. Dishwasher and microwave. No pets. First and Last and $800 sec. dep. req. Please contact Sandra at (863)697-6082. Oak Lake Apartments, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story, fenced patio, washer, dryer, very clean. $650 rst, last, and $500 sec. (863)634-3312 or 634-3313. OKEE Huge, Clean, 2BR, 2BA inside laundry, $700/month. First, last, Sec. Call 772-215-0098 OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 Commercial Property FOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Condos/Townhouses RentCONDOS 2/1 fully furnished downstairs, w/ utilities $950. mo., seasonal rates available. 1/1 unfurnished, upstairs w/utilities $725. mo. w/year lease 863 634 0663 Houses-Rent 3 Bedroom/2Bath CBS Home Clean & Well Maintained Fenced Back Yard 938 NW 3rd Street $850.00 a month. David May Big Lake Real Estate 863-610-1970 3/2 CBS House, screened porch, den, carport, workshop, storage shed, on corner lot, large yard, close to schools and shopping, non smoking/no pets. 2301 SW 3rd Ave. $900 per month or $850 by direct deposit plus security deposit. Call 863-801-3178 AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1100, Large yards. Bring pets. Washer/Dryer included. Call 561-723-2226 HOUSE FOR RENT 2847 NW 33 road Basswood 3/2, garage, fenced in, New House $1,200 per month + $800 deposit. No pets allowed Call Rafael at (561)683-9754 IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/ 2Ba, $1,000 mo. + 1st, last, sec. & refs. Call Barry for more info. 772-216-1461 IN TOWN 2BR, 2BA, W&D, porch, lawn serv. small pet ok, Non-smk. env., $800 mo., 1st last & $500 sec. Call 941-504-3954 INDIAN HAMMOCK House on 2.5 acres 3/2 equine friendly. Horse Barn. $1400/mo (863)467-0831. OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. or 3/2, $620 mo. Beautiful ranch homes located 12 miles N.E. of town. Lawn, pest, trash, and water incl. Pasture avail. Recently Updated. Move in special. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. OKEE 2bd/1ba CBS House, large lot, freshly painted, new carpet, w/d, well water, Located by 15-B $675 mo. plus security. Call 786-201-0306 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Houses-RentOKEECHOBEE MODERN BRICK: 3BR, 2.5BA, 1 car garage. New carpet. On Rim Canal w/Boat dock. Opt. 1/BR cottage w/dining room. $795/month. Call 772-359-1640 VacationRentalsChoose from 2/2 or 1/1 Beautifully furnished rentals located at River Bluff Fishing Resort on the Kissimmee River. With or without utilities. Call today, You’ll think your on vacation!(863)467-4317 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale 2BA 2BA handicap friendly house built in 2003. Sits on 1/2 acre. Comes furnished. $250,000 (863)357-3972. Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $350 monthly or $100 per week. $550 to move in Call 863-634-8954. 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home, Fenced Yard, Security Required, No Pets Call 863-634-7231 2bd/1ba furnished, a/c $175.00 per week $300 security deposit no charge for water, garbage removal or electric Call 863-763-3613 3BR 2BA in Pine Ridge Park with carport. First, last + sec. dep. (will work with tenant) $750/mo. (863)634-9139 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $500 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 MobileHome Rent KISSIMMEE RIVER Estates, 2 Bedroom, 17216 Brynwood Lane, $400 mo. + sec. Lawn & Water maintenance included. 317-402-5441 NEWLY REMODELED Available Immediately 2BR/2BA Double Wide Stove Frig. $700 mo. (863)634-8885 OKEECHOBEE3 br/2 ba. Has covered carport, fenced in yard on 70 east. $500 mo. plus Utilities, Avail. 8/15/11. 863-634-1783 or 863-655-2454. TREASURE ISLAND 3/2 large yard, new carpet. Lawn service $700. mo. No pets. BHR 4/2 w/fenced yard &lawn service, $700.mo. Sec. dep.req. 863 634 0663 MobileHomeSale BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 OKEECHOBEELg. 3br/ 2ba DW, w/14x40 addition, metal roof, FP, 11x20 shop, on Canal. Covered dock & slip. Sprinklers, 20’ $75K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. Palm Harbor Homes Red Tag Sale Over 10 Stock Units Must Go Save Up To 35K! 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs2002 Franklin 36 Ft. Camping Trailer Good Shape. 1997 GMC Box Truck 24 Ft.,New Clutch and Tran. Good Shape,Cat Motor Runs Good. Call 772-215-2089 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles 97 Honda Civic LX 145 k miles, cold a/c, 31 mpg $2,500 rm Call 863-357-0256 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice Notice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Jennifer Cannon at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3074. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Special Magistrate Code Enforcement 394906 ON 8/14/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will resume their Budget Meetings on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 395105 ON 8/14/2011 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2011 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242 ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. THE 2011-2012 BUDGET WILL BE ADDRESSED. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 395004 ON 8/14/2011 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. PublicNotice The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 16 Okeechobee News August 14, 2011 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it?

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Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000184 BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP Plaintiff, VS. DEBRA J. SCONYERS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DEBRA J. SCONYERS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 3421 SW 23RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: LOT 19, BLOCK 15, OAKPARK SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 3, 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 within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 4919 Memoral Highway, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida 33634, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once each week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News (Independent Newspapers). WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on this 8 day of August 2011. Sharon Robertson, Clerk of the Court By: Arlene Nealis, As Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at not cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 394826 ON 8/14,21/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2011-CP-125 IN RE: ESTATE OF LEONA HALFHILL, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) T O ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of LEONA HALFHILL, deceased, File Number 2011-CP-125, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was July 20, 2011; that the total value of the estate is $7,000.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Scott L. Halfhill 1307 S. Parrott Avenue, Lot 22 Okeechobee, FL 34974 A LL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOT IFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF T HE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER A PPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is August 14, 2011. Person Giving Notice: SCOTT L. HALFHILL 1307 S Parrott Avenue, Lot 22 Okeechobee, FL 34974 A ttorney for Person Giving Notice: Colin M. Cameron, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 270441 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8600 395022 ON 8/14,21/2011 17 Okeechobee News A ugust 14, 2011 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 1.7 were wounded. However, in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom for every military person killed, seven are wounded. Combined, there have been almost 42,000 injuries in the two con icts. From here, Eric will hunt elk in Colorado, buffalo in Missouri, bear in Idaho, pronghorn antelope in Montana and white tail deer in Wyoming. The trip will be over just in time for Eric to return to his wife and two children in New Bern, N.C., for deer hunting season. "Eric has been hunting with me ever since he could walk," said Ed. His son has always been an avid outdoorsman. He enlisted in the Army because the recruiter told him he could go to Alaska where he was stationed at Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks. "He loved it in Alaska," Ed said. Eric was later sent to Iraq. It was his ambition to become a professional hunter when he got out of the Army. "He's been so excited he has not been able to sleep for a month." Ed said of his son. He said the Wounded Warrior Project has a number of activities other than hunting and shing for veterans. The father's goal is to help the son accomplish any task to which he sets his mind. "Eric's dreams for his life have not gone away," Ed said in a press release. "We have just had to modify them so he could reach them. We think this is an important message for anyone who may be struggling with a severe injury or illness. We hope our story will inspire those folks to change their philosophy from I can't' to I can and I will.'" When he is not hunting Eric does outreach presentations for the Wounded Warrior Project at different functions using a programmable communications board. He has appeared at the White House and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Steve Nardizzi, executive director project, stated in a press release: "We know the public will be as inspired by Eric as we are and come away with the knowledge that despite the physical and neurological challenges many wounded warriors face, their passion for what they love remains strong. More than anything, Eric's story is one of perseverance. He is a symbol of the strength and resilienc y of the human spirit." Eric's visit to the Okeechobee area was hosted by Danny Sant Angelo who, in addition to his connection with Brady Ranch, is on the board of directors of the Sportsman's Foundation for Military Families.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. WARRIORContinued From Page 1 In the second alcohol-related issue, the city administrator will be discussing the consumption of beer and wine in the city parks for special events. At the request of Ellis Hayden, the council will be discussing the sale of produce in the city. Ordinance 742 prohibits temporary produce sales in the city. Turning to other business, the council is expected to: consider the temporary closing of S.W. Third Avenue and S.W. Fourth Avenue for the Speckled Perch Festival; consider the temporary closing of S.W. Third Avenue on Oct. 22 for a Family Fall Festival; award a contract for sidewalk construction; amend the franchise agreement with Waste Management to include, among other things, a waiver for claims for consumer price index increases and fuel adjustments for the coming scal year; and, discuss the 2011 Okeechobee Delegation Legislative Session. The mayor is scheduled to recognize Chad Troutman, of the Okeechobee City Police Department, for ve years of service to the city.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. CITYContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaEric Edmundson (center) was recently hunting in the Okeechobee area as part of the Wounded Warrior Project. He is anked by his parents Ed and Beth Edmundson. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaEric Edmundson (front) was recently hunting on the Brady Ranch as part of the Wounded Warrior Project. Karen Winant (center), events coordinator for the Wounded Warrior Project, presented Danny Sant Angelo (right) and Alex Johns (left) with a plaque for hosting Mr. Edmundson at the ranch.

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By Tom Vilsack A griculture SecretaryAmerica has one of the safest and most abundant food supplies in the world. But even in this country, too many people get sick from the food they eat. This year, one in six Americans will get food poisoning – that’s 48 million people. 128,000 will end up in the hospital. And 3,000 will die. These aren’t just statistics. These are real people, real families, impacted by the food they put on the table. We can do better. Under the leadership of President Obama, USDA and our federal partners are more committed and united more than ever before to reduce the rates of food-related illnesses. We are doing that, rst of all, by making sure the food industry provides the safest products possible. We are strengthening A merica’s food safety system with policies based in prevention, and building on best practices that decrease potential risks. And w e are continually looking for ways to improve. But our food safety system isn’t perfect, and given the nature of the products we regulate, the risk isn’t zero. So in addition to doing everything we can to ensure the safety of food before it reaches grocery store shelves, I believe it’s also our responsibility to give consumers the information they need to prevent food-related illnesses at home. That’s why this week USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services launched a national public service campaign called Food Safe Families. The Food Safe Families campaign is based on four simple steps that consumers can take to help protect themselves and their families from food poisoning: Clean: Clean kitchen surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and water while preparing food. Separate: Separate raw meats from other foods by using different cutting boards. Cook: Cook foods to the right temperature by using a food thermometer. Chill: Chill raw and prepared foods promptly. These are small steps that can make a big difference in preventing food-related illnesses. We know that it’s our job to make sure food is as safe as possible before it reaches consumers, and we take that job seriously. But we want all Americans cooking in the kitchen, or outdoors on the grill to take the messages of clean, separate, cook and chill to heart. And year-round, we want consumers to have the information they need to be food safe at home. To learn more about the new campaign and for answers to questions about keeping your food safe, visit www.foodsafety.gov. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Rock Solid Christian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.A Ministry of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH • 401 SW 4th St • License #ACSI 25062 Rock Solid Christian Academy is excited to o er science enrichment to all students. Students participate in weekly science experiments in addition to meaningful ongoing experiments and investigations. Students enthusiastically discover the wonder of the laws of nature in Gods Creation. Instruct the wise, and they will be Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and even wiser. 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Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. 18 Okeechobee News August 14, 2011 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report August 8 & 9, 2011 Cows Breaking 68.00 73.00 Cutter 62.00 68.00 Bulls 1000-1500 81.00 90.00 1500-2000 73.00 90.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 707 906 Cows 174 347 Str 8 32 Hfrs 4 26 Bulls 4 19 Yrlngs 23 93 Mix 0 19 Total 920 1442 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 180-200 145-160 250-300 170-185 137-152 300-350 155-165 130-137 350-400 137-155 120-126 400-450 127-143 115-126 450-500 123-132 113-120 550-600 119-126 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 150-200 200-250 157-170 125-135 250-300 142-165 120-125 300-350 135-150 115-127 350-400 120-135 110-119 400-450 118-126 105-112 What a “Roller Coaster Ride” on Wall Street this week! Fortunately cattle prices held their value. Everything was steady. Texas still needs rain but at least we’re catching up on ours. Driggers, Sr., topped the calf market this week with a high of $2, bought by Reynolds. Robert Capote, Clarence Bear and San Marino topped the cow market this week with a high of 78. Closed Monday Sept. 5 —Labor Day Rodeo! See ya next week Todd Families should be “food safe”

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As a South Carolina Democrat I didnt have a lot of love for Lee, he had gotten the best of me in my first campaign, I sure as hell wasnt too keen on letting any buddy of Lee work on me. After that first encounter, I felt very confortable with Dr. Harrouff. The entire experience was purely first rate. From the people who greeted me in the lobby and to the dental staff, the Appearance Implant & Laser Dentistry team makes you feel right at home. When Dr. Harrouff got down to performing the procedure it was fast, relatively painless and the result was just perfect. The finished implant works better than Id expected. He provided me with the most affordable treatment and I have been more than impressed and satisfied by the results. I have recommended Dr. Harrouff and his professional and friendly staff to many of my friends. Call our office to schedule your complimentary consultation and let our team create a beautiful smile for you!561-741-7142 € 1888-FL-IMPLANTS6390 W. Indiantown Road, Chasewood Plaza € JupiterQuality Dentistry at Affordable Prices A l l P h a s e s o f D e n t i s t r y I m p l a n t s F u l l M o u t h R e c o n s t r u c t i o n V e n e e r s / L u m i n e e r s D e n t u r e s P o r c e e l a i n C r o w n s a n d B r i d g e s R o o t C a n a l T h e r a p y a n d S e d a t i o n D e n t i s t r y IMPLANTOLOGYISNOTARECOGNIZEDSPECIALTYBYTHEAMERICANDENTALASSOCIATIONANDFLORIDABOARDOFDENTISTRY. NEWTREATMENTPROGRAMONLY. THEPATIENT ANDANYOTHERPERSONRESPONSIBLEFORPAYMENTHASTHERIGHTTOREFUSEORPAY, CANCELPAYMENTORBEREIMBURSEDFORANYSERVICE, EXAMINATIONOR TREATEMENTWHICHISPERFORMEDASARESULTOFANDWITHIN72 HOURSOFRESPONDINGTOTHEADVERTISEMENTFORTHEFREE, DISCOUNTEDORREDUCEDFEE, SERV-ICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATMENT. 19 Okeechobee News A ugust 14, 2011 By Dan Culbert, Extension Horticulture AgentUF/IFAS Extension Service Okeechobee People who love plants often enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of horticulture w ith others. This need to share plays a big part in why I love working as an Extension horticulture agent. The University of Florida Extension Serv ice responds to requests for good plant knowledge using trained volunteers. These v olunteers are known as Master Gardeners. Okeechobee County is now looking for a few friendly folks who would like to receive Master Gardener training and then help this community. While there are lots of gardening answers out there, many are driven by commercial interests or they may rely on limited experience. The Extension of ce provides horticulture answers, but with a difference: our answers are backed by research. And when the number of requests exceeds the amount of agent time, volunteers are asked to pitch in to help keep the community green. Would you or someone you know like to join the ranks of thousands of Master Gardeners from all over the world? Being a Master Gardener will involve completing a comprehensive training program and then providing 75 hours of service back to the local community by next year. Trained volunteers will receive plenty of handouts and a shirt. The program fee this y ear is $150, and will cover the cost of training materials. One-third of the fee ($50) will be returned when the volunteer provides 75 hours of service. Class begins Sept. 8The training class will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and continue for twelve weeks every Tuesday until Nov. 15. Classes will start at 9 a.m. and nish around 4 p.m. We are currently planning our classes in cooperation w ith the Indian River County Extension of ce in Vero Beach, with the majority of the classes being taught here in Okeechobee. Trained volunteers may be asked to answer routine horticultural questions here in our of ce, or they may be placed with other volunteer groups that need a gardening expert. Near the top of my list is my desire to get kids and plants together. Our 4-H clubs are very active with animal livestock projects. The need is critical this year for persons wishing to lead community gardening groups and to assist in the maintenance of the downtown butter y garden. We need 4-H leaders in Okeechobee that can help grow great kids and great gardens. There is no prerequisite of gardening knowledge for prospective Master Gardeners. However, persons who wish to be volunteers do need good people skills and an enthusiastic attitude. Get a Sprouting KitIf you are interested, call me! We can send you the "sprouting kit," or you can view it on-line at this web page: http:// okeechobee.ifas.u .edu/Master%20Gardeners/MG.Sprouting.Kit.htm. It has more information about the Master Gardener Program, and includes an application. Return the application along with the program fee, and schedule an interview. Applications must be received by Monday, Aug. 22, in order to be a part of the class that begins on Tuesday, Sept. 8. If you need additional information on the Master Gardener program, or to request a Sprouting Kit and application, call or stop by our of ce at 458 Hwy. 98 North. Our phone number is 863-763-6469, and you can email me at indianco@u .edu! W anted: Friendly Green Thumbs for Master Gardening UNIVERSITY OFFLORIDAIFAS EXTENSION Okeechobee Community Blood Drives planned in August at the following locations: Tuesday, Aug. 16, Raulerson Hospital, from noon to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 17, Publix Supermarket from 1 to 3 p.m. and Beef O'Brady's Restaurant from 4 to 8 p.m. Local blood drives planned

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