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Title: Okeechobee news
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 09-04-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, September 4, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 106 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.67 feetLast Year: 14.05 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Brahmans play Gulliver Prep ... Page 18 City may change rules for selling alcohol on Sundays...Page 14 20% off Any Regularly Priced Items on the Menu!WITH COUPON ONLYExpires 10/1/11 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenTim Bucio, from the Martial Arts Youth Program sponsored by the Children’s Services Council, was among those to perform demonstrations in Flagler Park on Saturday as part of the Labor Day festival. The Martial Arts program is open to all school age children and meets in the pavilion at Sacred Heart Church Wednesdays through Saturdays at 6 p.m. The Okeechobee community started the Labor Day weekend celebration on Saturday with the opening of the festival in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee. The festival includes arts and crafts vendors, a wide variety of food booths and local entertainment. The festival continues today and Monday. The festival starts at 9 a.m. each day. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to enjoy the entertainment in the park. The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association held Championship Bullriding at the Agri-Civic Center Saturday night. Today is the rst day of the Cattlemen’s Labor Day Rodeo. The rodeo starts at 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Labor Day festivities continue By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School band has been invited to march in the 2012 Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. The only question is will they have the $60,000 that is needed to make the trip. “The raising of the funds is the biggest problem right now. We need 60,000 for every kid to go. I’ve told everyone if we’re going, we are all going, I don’t want a kid not to go because they can’t afford it,” Band Director Clint LaFlam said. The band is holding a fund raiser in Flagler Par k during the Labor Day festival and will accept donations and hold other fund raisers in the next fe w OHS band invited to march in D.C. paradeSee LABOR DAY — Page 2 See BAND — Page 2 Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy(Left to right) Austin Walker, and Zadoc Simmons practice on their trombone and marching skills at a recent OHS band practice. Ron Dawsons balloons and magic were popular with children in the park.

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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. 2 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011 A gri-Civic Center. The rodeo is expected to draw top PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) contestants from all over the country, as they compete for cash prizes and points toward their national PRCA standings. There are two special events for the youngest cowboys and cowgirls at the rodeo. Mutton Bustin’ will be held at the start of the rodeo. Sign ups for the event will be at the arena one hour before the rodeo. The Calf Scramble will be open to all children under the age of 12 at the rodeo. On Monday, the Labor Day parade will be held at 10 a.m. in downtown Okeechobee. The theme of the parade is a salute to the American worker. Parade organizers reported that as of Friday, they had received more than 70 parade participant applications and they anticipate there may also be some additional last minute entries. For a detailed schedule of Labor Day weekend festivities, see page 3. LABOR DAYContinued From Page 1 months. They must raise $10,000 by October to secure their place in the parade next May. “The band parents work extremely hard. W e will look for whoever can help nancially. The economy is tight but we hope to have some people generate the money and help us get the kids there,” he added. Congressman Tom Rooney watched the Brahman band perform in the inaugural parade for Governor Rick Scott last January in Tallahassee. He contacted High School Principal Toni Wiersma and Mr. La am and urged them to apply for the parade. When they got the word over the summer, many of the band members were astonished. “It was very stunning,” Drum Major Andrea Stark said, “We didn’t expect it but it is going to be good for us.” Miss Stark, who has played in band since the sixth grade at Osceola, said the parade w ould be an opportunity for the young people of Okeechobee to show their abilities and express themselves. “Everybody thinks Okeechobee is just some small cow town, but we are talented and this parade is a good opportunity for us,” she added. Miss Stark said she looks forward to marching around the monuments and in front of thousands of people. She said the opportunity has already motivated some band members to work harder. Mr. LaFlam said he also has noticed a difference in some of the musicians in the band. He said last year’s experience in Tallahassee was an eye opener for the kids because they got to play in a parade out of town with 25 other bands. “It’ll be a big motivator for the kids. It will be an eye opening experience for the kids. To be in the limelight and play in front of congress and maybe even the president will be huge,” he added. The band will also do some site seeing in D.C. and also listen to a Marine Corps band performance on Capital Hill. Most of the trip will include some kind of musical theme. “The opportunity to take a band of this caliber to a national parade is quite an honor. We will be up there playing in support of our veterans and troops. That is a huge honor,” he said. Band Captain Ryan Reister said it will be awe inspiring to march in a parade in the nation’s capital in front of a national television audience. He described it as a great experience that can never be duplicated. “I think the kids are starting to step it up. I think they realize how good we are getting and the potential is there to get to the top,” he added. Mr. Reister called band one of his passions and noted he’d like to make it a lifelong career. He has played the alto sax and the trombone since the sixth grade at Yearling Middle School. He said the trip would mean a lot to these inspired musicians. “Just please support us. We have come so far and we know we can go so much farther. We just need the faith of the community and everyone to chip in,” he added. Anyone who wishes to donate to the OHS band trip can contact the High school at 863-462-5025 and ask for Mr. LaFlam or Mrs. Wiersma. BANDContinued From Page 1

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FCAT If students don’t produce on the test t eacher pay goes down. They should be res ponsible for what the kids learn and if not s hould be reduced in pay or red.  You can’t make a silk purse out of a s ow’s ear, or bricks without straw. That is, a t eacher needs good material, (read students), t o work with. They don’t always get that. I do agree to the sense that tenure may not be the b est career path. There should be an accurate assessment of a teacher’s quali cations t hroughout their career and even merit pay. Peer review to a standard may be one solut ion. But on the other hand, they are not paid nearly what they are worth, so you get what y ou pay for in a few cases.  Most teachers by and large, teach bec ause they want to. Consider too, the mix of propaganda and Pablum that they are mandated to teach in spite of their own training and education.  The teachers cannot do their job without the parents’ support. The teachers send homework home with the kid but they can’t make sure the child does the work. That is up t o the parent. The child should be reading and s tudying at home as well as in school. But the t eacher can only control what happens in the c lassroom. It is sad but some parents simply do not care if their children fail. That makes t he teacher’s job almost impossible.OHS traf c Something needs to be done at the high s chool in the afternoons about how they let y ou pick up the students. You have to wait along side of the road until the traf c cop lets y ou in. The school buses are at the other side of the school and do not affect where you pick up the students. Let’s come up with a b etter solution to the problem.  Here’s a few solutions to the long pickup lines at the high school. Have your student ride the bus. Have your student walk out the gate and you pick up the student a ways out. Have your student do an after school activity and pick up after traf c is all gone. Have your s tudent get a ride from another student. Homeschool your student.  Don’t show up until they open the gate and you won’t have to park and wait.  Has anyone else noticed an issue with the junction at 441 and NW 36th Street, next to the Circle K? I can imagine with school in session that junction has added traf c. The cars parked on the highway line obstruct the view of traf c traveling southbound and now there is a big sign obstructing the view. I know I have a hard time at that intersection and there is no way to enter into traf c safely from the designated white line. You have to pull up very far past the white line in order to have a clear view, which still isn’t very clear. A lot of school buses travel that intersection as well so I am wondering if anyone else has experienced these issues. Who should we contact about correcting the problem?  The county spends thousands of dollars to provide transportation for our students. Free and safe every day. Yet I see hundreds of parents waiting in line, some up to an hour before the bell rings to be the rst one to get their child out of school and on their way home. What gives? I’ve waited 10 minutes after the bell and drove right in, picked up and went out hardly even stopping. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.  It is like that at all the schools. The reason there is a long line is that so many parents are getting there so early. If you wait until 10 minutes after school lets out, the line is down and you can drive right through. At the elementary and middle schools, the kids are supervised while waiting for their rides, so it is safe to let them wait a few minutes. And I should hope that high school students are old enough to wait ten minutes on school grounds.Politics It does not seem to be a need for anyone who runs for local of ce to claim to be a member of either party. What for? It must probably be because of some type of voting regulation, not because of a party’s platform. I guess the political party beliefs are only for Presidential elections.  The candidates for president may call themselves Democrats or Republicans based on which nomination they think they can get, but as far as I have seen none of them stick by any particular code or platform. They all say whatever they think they need to in order to get elected. And then they do whatever they think they need to in order to please those who contributed to their campaign. Morals or values? I have not seen any candidate who appears to actually follow a political platform or moral code. By Rev. Melissa M. Mitchell-MurphyAssociate Minister, New St. Stephens A.M.E. Church Temptation is an inescapable reality that has haunted every generation since Adam. However, we need not yield to temptation or be captured by sin. We can have victory. But how? What methods should one use? As we look at I Corinthians 10, we nd some meaningful answers: (1) We can learn from other’s mistakes; (2) God’s power is always available to us; and (3) we must abstain from evil. Certainly these are three great lessons that enable us to be victorious. We learn from the mistakes made by others. Like warning signs, they show us the danger in going the wrong way. Here Paul illustrates how the Hebrews were tempted, how they yielded, and how they were punished for doing so. We have victory by learning not to repeat their mistakes. Because of God’s divine power, we are able to win over evil. But to fully bene t from this great power and holy presence, we must be loyal to Him. The Hebrews provoked God during their desert experience by doubting His power to provide adequately for them. They yielded to the temptation o f suspicion, discontent, and grumbling. Paul warned the Corinthians not to succumb to similar temptations. Like Corinth, our society is infested with immorality. The human suffering seemingly is out of control due to the evils tha t are practiced. Through abstinence, we can avoid much of the suffering that has plagued this generation. Just say no and refrain from those things that cause destruction to good health, family ties, community peac e and spiritual empowerment. Just say no and resist when surrounded by grumbling, despair and decadence. Trust God! and victory will come! Th e Christian’s life must continuously be a beacon light in a dark world of sin. Let us b e challenged to brighten the corner where w e live. Sunday, September 4, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out 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! Re ections from the pulpit Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. South southeast wind around 5 mph.Extended ForecastLabor Day: A 50 percent chance o f showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. South wind between 5 and 10 mph. Monday Night: A 30 percent chance o f showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind around 5 mph. Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. South wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tuesday Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Okeechobee Forecast Pet Rescue hosts auction fundraiserOkeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue will have a table in Park #3 Space 305 (Look for our pawprint canopy) for all three days of the festival. Come and bid on your favorite item in the Chinese auction: items are placed on our table, purchase a ticket or more and place in the container in front of the item or items you want. Drawings from each container will be at 3:30 p.m. each day. All proceeds from the auction will support the homeless pets in the shelter. There will be adoptable pets including those that have graduated from the SPIN obedience training program. Come out and support homeless pets.

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Defense attorney John Cook asked the judge if he would reconsider his consecutive ruling but, without hesitation, Judge Belanger shook his head and replied, “No sir.” The probation violations stem from an April 2010 case in which Wellman, then 17, was arrested on two counts of grand theft motor vehicle and charged as an adult. On April 19, 2010, Judge Belanger withheld adjudication and placed Wellman on probation for two years. But on May 6, Wellman was accused of bursting into the home of Chevonne Aunspaugh and J.B. Haulcomb and robbing them at gunpoint. While in their small travel trailer, Wellman allegedly pistol whipped Ms. Aunspaugh and bound both adults with duct tape. He was charged with home invasion robbery with a rearm, two counts of robbery with a weapon and two counts of kidnapping while armed and masked. Then, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, an Okeechobee jury acquitted Wellman of those charges. But on Friday, Judge Belanger said he felt the state had proved its case at trial and therefore ruled that Wellman had violated his probation. “I do nd the state met its burden of proof,” the judge said. And while he agreed that Ms. Aunspaugh’s story—in regard to the color and type of gloves worn by her attacker—had changed, he did not hold that against her. “Do I think she’s lying? Not at all,” he said, adding that her continuing battle with cancer and the medications she’s taking may have played a role in her confusion. He then pointed out that Mr. Haulcomb, who is a relative of Wellman’s, did not waiver in his testimony that he recognized his attacker’s eyes and voice. “Mr. Haulcomb was absolutely certain this was the man who came into their home,” the judge added. Mr. Cook argued that Judge Belanger “would be second-guessing the jury” if he found his client guilty of violating his probation. “If we truly have an innocent man here and that’s what you believe, then he should walk out of here a free man,” Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson told the judge. “If not, then he should go to prison for 10 years.” Mr. Richardson prosecuted both cases. With that, it was the judge’s turn to speak. “I took an oath to follow the law and that’s what I’m doing,” he said, adding that Wellman’s criminal history was showing that he was becoming more and more violent. He then turned to Mr. Cook and addressed his alibi witnesses, speci cally Dixie Raymond—Wellman’s grandmother and Mr. Haulcomb’s sister. She testi ed Wednesday that Wellman could not have committed the burglary because he was asleep in her trailer when the alleged crime occurred. “I choose not to believe your alibi witness,” the judge told Mr. Cook. “Like Mr. Richardson said in closing—it was like pulling teeth.” Judge Belanger was making reference to the prosecutor’s statement to the jury that Ms. Raymond was evasive on cross examination and it was like “pulling teeth” to extract answers from her. Wellman will receive credit for the 114 days he has already served. However, explained the judge, since the sentences are to run consecutively that credit can only apply to count one. Judge Belanger also terminated Wellman’s probation. Wellman sentenced to prison for VOP By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A former volunteer with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) and former youth minister will now have the title of sex offender. David Luke Reed, 24, entered into a plea deal with the state at a change of plea hearing Friday, Sept. 2, and entered a plea of guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim 12 to 16 years of age. In exchange for the plea, Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright agreed to drop two charges of sexual battery on a child in familial/custodial authority. The plea agreement calls for Reed to serve nine years in prison, to be followed by two years on sex offender probation. Upon his release from prison, he will have to register as a convicted sex offender. Reed will be sentenced Friday, Sept. 16, at 1:30 p.m. by Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger. By entering the plea, Reed avoids going to trial and possibly receiving a maximum sentence of up to 90 years in prison. His trial was scheduled to start next week. “I think this is a very good resolve for everyone involved,” said Mr. Albright, adding that Reed was looking at a lengthy sentence, the victims didn’t have to testify and the victims are all in agreement with the outcome. Reed was arrested Jan. 15, 2010, accused of engaging in sex acts with a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old boy while acting as an adult volunteer for the local Sea Cadet program that was sponsored, in part, by the sheriff’s of ce. Both boys were members of the Sea Cadet program. Reed was also a member of the OCSO Search and Rescue Unit, and had been a youth minister with the Dunn’s Creek Baptist Church in Palatka. According to Sheriff Paul May, the acts occurred during the week of the annual OCSO Water Safety Camp. Reed and the two boys would reportedly meet in the OCSO Marine Unit building at Okee-Tantie after everyone else had left for the day and would then engage in various sex acts. Neither of the boys were forced or coerced into performing the acts. However, the acts are illegal due to the boys’ ages. A statement released by the sheriff’s ofce after Reed’s arrest stated that Reed had unfettered access to the facility at OkeeTantie because he was a volunteer in the two programs. As a volunteer with the Sea Cadets he transported cadets and took part in their training and supervision. Sheriff May said before Reed was given those responsibilities a thorough background check was done and nothing was found that indicated there would be any problem between Reed and the youngsters. In fact, added the sheriff, the check indicated that Reed was an exemplary individual. “Not even a traf c ticket,” said the sheriff in an earlier interview. OCSO arrest reports indicate that Reed went into hiding when he learned he was being sought. During their search, OCSO detectives found some of Reed’s clothing and two guns in the woods along the Kissimmee River, just north of the bridge at Okee-Tantie. OCSO Detective Rosemary Farless then traced Reed to Putnam County, and as she was talking to him on the telephone, deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Of ce entered the home where he was staying and placed him under arrest without incident. Both Sheriff May and the detectives involved in this case said that according to their investigations, these two boys were the only victims. By entering into the plea deal, Reed forfeits his right to a jury trial and he cannot le an appeal in relation to the judgement. Reed will get credit for the 595 days he has already served in the county jail. Former volunteer is going to prison Jimmy Paul Wellman David Luke Reed

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In a democracy, the highest office is that of citizens.Ž „ US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We agree. Yet too many citizens feel powerless to influence the flow of events. We give people a voice. Our Speak Out column is just one example. We consider it an extension of the secret ballot and a return of the values of the American Revolution. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 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.John Huff, 70OKEECHOBEE — John Huff, 70, of Okeechobee, passed away Aug. 26, 2011, at the Hamrick Home. He was born May 16, 1941, in Hammonton, N.J., to the late Warren C. and Annie Huff. He was a volunteer re ghter in Hammonton. He came to Okeechobee from Broward County in 2007. He owned a shoe repair shop and J.B. Freight Line. He attended Calvary Chapel. Mr. Huff is survived by his wife, Arlene Huff; ve children, John Huff, Paul Wilson, Stephanie Huff, Kelly Mowery and Kenny Huff; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Peggy Jones, Buddy Huff, Nelle Woulfe and Howard Huff. Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at Calvary Chapel with Pastor Fred Klesper of ciating. Memorial may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bassokeechobeefh.com. All local arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl 34972. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com VFW Post to host Labor Day barbecueBig Lake VFW Post, 10539, 3912 S.E. Hwy. 441 will host a Labor Day BBQ, with ribs and chicken for a donation of $7 cooked by Don Orf and crew on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m.Eagles to host Sunday breakfastFraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee will be serving Sunday breakfast again beginning Sept. 4 Donation for breakfast is $5. Come join us! The breakfast will be held again Sept. 18.Labor Day party at VFWVFW, #9528, at 29012 E. S.R. 78, will hold an “all you can eat,” all-day party for $8. The Labor Day party will start at noon and last until 5 p.m. There will be pork butts and polish sausage, a 50/50 drawing, ladies cake walk, and men’s auxiliary and Amvets jail and bail. Music by Buck Wallace and True Country Band. Call 863-467-2882 for information.ConKerr CancerSeptember is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To honor this event the local chapter of ConKerr Cancer will join together with chapters nationwide to produce more pillowcases than ever before. During the entire month of September, we will participate in the Second Annual Miles of Pillowcase Smiles or “MOPS” for short. Did you know that it takes 2,112 pillowcases laid end-to-end to make one mile of pillowcase (smiles)? Okeechobee ConKerr Cancer will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave, on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be sewing pillowcases for children with cancer or other life-changing illnesses. There will be door prizes and refreshments will be served. Donations of time, cash and fabric (suitable for infants through 18 years) are always welcome. If you can’t sew, we also need volunteers to wash, iron and package pillowcases. Please contact Joan at 863-4670290 for more information.Prayer WalkThe annual September, Tuesday, Sept. 6 evening prayer walks sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association, begin at 6 p.m. The walk will include Osceola Middle School, South Elementary School, the sheriff’s of ce, the courthouse, the police station and city hall.Children’s Services Council budget hearing setThe Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee will have their rst Public Budget Hearing for the year 2011-2012 on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 5:01 p.m., in the Okeechobee County School Board ofce, Room 303 at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee.Healthy Start Coalition to meetThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th Street within the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877. Diabetes seminar offeredGrand Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 203 SE 2nd Street will host Living With Diabetes presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE on Sept. 7 The informative session will be located in the Dinning Room at 1:30 p.m. The seminar is offered by the Visiting Nurses Association.Hospice to host yard salesHospice of Okeechobee’s Yard Sales will be on Wednesday, Sept. 7 Thursday, Sept. 8, Wednesday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Class of ‘72 plans reunion meetingAttention, members of the OHS Class of 1972! There will be a planning meeting for the upcoming 40th Reunion on Thursday, Sept. 8 beginning at 6 p.m. at Lunker’s Sports Grill, 4825 Hwy. 441 S. Anyone who can attend is encouraged to come For more information contact Magi Janiewski Cable at 863-763-8667.OKMS September MixerOkeechobee Main Street’s September Mixer will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5–7 p.m. This month’s mixer will be hosted by the Hampton Inn located at 1200 N.E. Park Street and will have a Western theme, featuring the tastes of Okeechobee! Our mixers are a great networking opportunity for the businesses and residents of our area and the public is always invited. Whether you have a new or old business, new to Okeechobee or would like to know more about Okeechobee Main Street please join us for networking, refreshments, door prizes and a chance at the Mega 50-50. Current members are encouraged to bring a friend this month! For more information call Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-MAIN (6246).4-H Club meetingRaisin’ ‘Em Right 4-H Club will hold their rst meeting of the year on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at the extension of ce. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information please contact club leaders Angela, 863-634-0154 or Keith at 863 634 9108. Community Events

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 Y o u r C o m f o r t i s O u r B u s i n e s s Ž Your Comfort is Our BusinessŽ  Y o u r C o m f o r t i s O u r B u s i n e s s Ž Your Comfort is Our BusinessŽ € G i f t s € Gifts € A c c e s s o r i e s € Accessories € & M u c h M o r e € & Much More 8 6 3 4 6 7 2 0 7 2 863-467-2072 7 0 7 S W P a r k S t 707 SW Park St. O k e e c h o b e e Okeechobee m o r g a n s f u r n c o morgansfurn.co m m l a z z z b o y @ g m a i l c o m lazzzbo y @ g mail.co m F a m i l y O w n e d Family Owned & O p e r a t e d & Operated F a m i l y O w n e d Family Owned & O p e r a t e d & Operated I n H o m e In Home D e l i v e r y A v a i l a b l e Deliver y Available Auto Supply ofOkeechobee409 NParrott Ave (863) 763-3121Fax(863) 763-6272 We have furniture you want and credit you can actually get!512 W.North Park St. Okeechobee(863) 763-3823Mon. Fri. 9am to 6pm Sat. 9am to 5pm 3 3 0 0 N W P a r k S t O k e e c h o b e e 8 6 3 7 6 3 1 1 4 1 KitchenAid Westinghouse Whirlpool Frigidaire S a l e s € S e r v i c e € P a r t sDonsAppliance,Inc.Showroom Full of Major BrandsŽ We repair ALLBrandsDon & Linda Weir317 WS Park St. 863-763-2220 Okeechobee (863) 763-2666 Steve Detweiler3585 Hwy. 441 N.€Okeechobee, FL O f f e r i n g a V a r i e t y o f H a i r c a r e P r o d u c t s D e s i g n e r J e w e l r y & H a n d b a g s a t A f f o r d a b l e P r i c e s 3 0 6 S W 3 r d A ve n u e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 4 D i a n e P r e s c o t t S a l o n 8 6 3 7 6 3 2 5 1 9C e l l 8 6 3 6 3 4 1 2 5 7 151 NW 36thSt € Okeechobee863-467-6655Now Open! Daily Specials Krissi OCainAgent/Owner607 SWPark Street Okeechobee,FL 34972 www.SafeguardFL.comPhone: (863) 763-0040 Fax:(863) 763-0064 Email:krissi@safeguardfl.com 863-824-DIRT (3478) Fax: 863-824-0273 1450 SW 86th Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974 darrell@compassconstructionllc.comDarrell Hampton President License # CGC1511081Site Development Underground Utilities Heavy Hauling Tree Locators, Inc. treelocators@aol.com Visit our Gift Shop! M-F 8-5 Sat. 8-4 Appt. Available € Natural Stone € Rock € Gravel € Pottery Installations € Delivery € Plants € Trees € 863-763-773616162 Hwy 441 No., Okeechobee Support er  S e c o n d t o N o n e ŽCommercial & Agriculture SpecialistBrandon D. TuckerLic. Real Estate Broker104 NW 7thAve., Okeechobee 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 0 1 0 Doug RaySharon Ray AllŽ UPHOLSTERYAuto Boat Airplanes3169 Hwy 441 South EastRight Over The Taylor Creek BridgeOkeechobee, FL34974 (863) 763-4211MonThurs. 7 am 2 pm Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W S Park St € (863) 763-5553 Bookkeeping € Payroll € Notary 2971 SW 3rdTerrace Okeechobee, FL 34974 Dina Hampton Se Habla Espanol dina@eliteofficeservicesllc.comPhone: 863-467-5900 Fax: 863-467-5903 Shirleys Personal CareYour Home Town Home Care Agency Companionship, Homemaking, Doctor Appts.; Medication Management, Personal Care/Baths, Transportation, Assistance w/Bookkeeping and much more. COMP COMP AS AS SIONA SIONA TE CAREGIVERS TE CAREGIVERS(863) 467-6399License# NR30211249 P P h i l i p D e B e r a r dI n j u r y A t t o r n e yLet 37 Years Experience Work For Youw w w P h i l w i l l H e l p c o m1 1 2 0 S P a r r o t t A v e .4 6 7 7 1 0 0 8 8 8 7 6 3 4 8 7 8 € Rustic &Custom Furniture € Log Home PackagesSeeOur List of UnclaimedPackages! An Emporium of Unique Home Decor and Speciality Gifts Holiday Inn Express Okeechobee Reservations: 863-357-3529 Featuring:Comfortable, Spacious Rooms € Ideal Central Locations € Complimentary Beverage at Check-In Come check out our tra nsformation to the new Were Still in Business 200 SW 9thSt. € OkeechobeeG l e n n J G l e n n J S n e i d e r L C S n e i d e r L CAttorney At Law(863) 467-6570 113ASouth Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL 704 NE 2ndAve € Okeechobee Located Behind RitasDont Make the Wrong Choice!ChoiceAutomotive& Custom ExhaustA FULLSERVICEREPAIRFACILITY 863-467-6633Computer Diagnostics € Exhaust € A/C Service € Brakes € Window Motors € Tune Ups € Welding € Engine Mechanics Thank You Okeechobee! OkeechobeeCityMarathon Inc 118SouthParrottAve. (863)467 7989 ProfessionalRespiratory24Hr.EmergencyHomeOxygen Wheelchairs  Hospital Beds  CPAPS  Lift Chairs  Shower Chairs, etc. 1020 North Parrott Ave. (863) 763-2688 Mobile Home Specialist Saturday Service at no extra charge Call us today fora free estimate Sales€ Service €Installation100% Financing Available 467-1545www.qualityacokee.comLic# CAC029420 LANCES TREEHOUSEC o n s i g n m e n t B o u t i q u eMary Ann Schneider O w n e r116 East South Park Street Okeechobee, Florida 34974863.467.1705 Tel/Fax Ferrellgas is your one stop for propane863-763-7557204 SW 7th Avenue f r o m \ O U R R F a m i lyt o o Y o u r s8 6 3 4 6 7 4 7 3 3C C o o o o l l i i n n g g g R R e e f f r r i i g g e e r r a a t t i i o o n n n S S e e r r v v i i c c e e s s , I I n n c c . From the staff of the 10 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011 11 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011

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ATM transactions will not apply. € No minimum opening deposit € Free Photo Debit Card € Free Mobile Banking € Free eStatement € Minimum 10 debit card transactions to earn $2An account geared for those who live with nothing but a few cards in their pocket and a smartphone within reach at all times. iPhone or Android smartphone required. Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 12 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011 Awards banquet is Sept. 10The Okeechobee County Extension Of ce is accepting enrollment applications for Okeechobee County 4-H Club memberships. Members must sign up each year in order to participate in the program. This year, the county has two new 4-H Clubs that are not agriculture-relateda digital photography and video club and a Science club. Other 4-H clubs focus on projects with rabbits, small animals, swine, steers, dairy cattle, beef breeding cattle, horses and sheep. There is also marksmanship club and a leadership club. Okeechobee Christian Academy will have a school-based 4-H club this year. It will be a general purpose club. Those who wish to show a steer in the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show must turn in their 4-H enrollment forms to the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce by Sept. 9. The steer weigh-in is Sept. 10. Those who have not enrolled in 4-H before the steer weigh-in will not be allowed to participate. No late enrollments will be accepted by the Livestock Committee. The deadline for all other 4-H Club enrollments is Oct. 31. However, any 4-H who wishes to show an animal in the Okeechobee County Livestock Show in March, must be a member in good standing. Part of the criteria for that "good standing" is participation in 4-H Club meetings. Members should attend the September and October club meetings even if they have not yet turned in their enrollment forms. For more information on club meeting dates and times, contact the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce, 863-763-6469 or see the web site at http://okeechobee.ifas. u .edu/Okeechobee.4-H.htm. Enrollment forms are available on the web site. The annual Okeechobee 4-H Foundation Awards Banquet will be Saturday, Sept. 10 in the Okeechobee High School Cafeteria. The Chinese Auction will start at 4 p.m. Awards will start at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. RSVP with the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce at 863-763-3134 or go by the of ce to purchase advance tickets. Tickets are $2 per person in advance or $5 at the door. 4-H clubs ready for 2011-2012 year The Okeechobee Rotary Club and Okeechobee Kiwanis Club are teaming up for a fundraiser at Stardust Lanes on Saturday, Oct. 1. The rst "shift" for the tournament will start at 10 a.m. (check in at 9 a.m.) The second shift of the tournament will start at 1 p.m. (check in at noon). Wacky Bowl contestants will be in veperson teams. Entry is $150 per team. In addition to the money raised through team entry fees, the sponsors are asking all bowlers to collect pledges from donors. Each bowler who collects $50 or more in pledges (in addition to the team entry fee) will be eligible for the grand prize drawings. In addition to the overall tournament, teams are encouraged to participate in challenge matches against other teams. For example, a Rotary team might challenge a Kiwanis team. Darlyn Fried, one of the tournament organizers, explained that Wacky Bowl is regular bowling but with some wacky entertainment and silly door prizes. For example, one year a door prize was a case of Twinkies. The entry fee includes a barbecued chicken lunch with all the trimmings. "It's just a fun day," Mrs. Fried said. The event will raise money for the Rotary and Kiwanis charitable projects. The Rotary Club plans to use the funds for local scholarships and to help build a school in Haiti, Mrs. Fried explained. Entry forms can be obtained from Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club members. Deadline to enter is Sept. 28. Rotary and Kiwanis host ‘Wacky Bowl’ tournament

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For more than 30 years Raulerson Hospital has been your community hospital, providing quality patient care 24 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 HIPPA Privacy 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.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! 1796 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 € (863) 763-2151 € RaulersonHospital.com For a Free Physician Referral & Healthcare Questions, Call CONSULT-A-NURSE at 1-800-449-8642 To schedule an appointment contact 877-331-7027 If h t b t R l H i tl tl tl f Emergency CareTwenty-four hours, seven days a week, Emergency Room care Some Of Our Services Available Include:RadiologyX-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, CAT Scan, and Nuclear MedicineRehabilitationIncluding Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, & Occupational TherapySurgical ServicesIncluding Colon/Rectal Surgery, Ear Nose & Throat Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynecology, Orthopedic, Podiatry, Stereotactic Breast Surgery, TIF (for chronic heartburn), Vascular Surgery and Urology 179 6H 6H wy 441 No rth Ok Ok eec hob b e ee FL 34 972 € (86 3) 763 -21 -21 51 €R aul ers onH osp ita a lc lc om Raulerson Hospital will become a tobacco-free campus effective November 1, 2011. To sign up for a free, 8-week smoking cessation class, contact Shawn Poland at 824-2757. 13 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011 Throughout the month of September, Raulerson Hospital, and other HCA facilities, will commemorate the fth annual Patient-Centered Care Month. Although patients and the patient experience are always the priority of the staff at Raulerson Hospital, each September we promote the aspects and bene ts of patient-centered care. Raulerson Hospital strives to educate patients and their loved ones about what to anticipate from a patient-centered hospital. One component of the patient-centered care model includes empowering patients. Patients should be partners in their own care; they are the experts about themselves. Patients should expect to receive not only the highest quality of care, but also ample information about their treatment in a language they can understand. During Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, Raulerson Hospital will be conducting v arious activities to build awareness about patientcentered care among patients and staff. In honor of Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, Raulerson Hospital will display an of cial declaration of its commitment to the values of patient-centered care, including: A patient is an individual to be cared for, not a medical condition to be treated. Each patient is a unique person, with div erse needs. Each staff member is a caregiver, whose role is to meet the needs of each patient. Staff will receive weekly newsletters solely focused on patient-centered care topics, and they will participate in other educational and awareness activities throughout the month. Patients will receive special patient-education information throughout the month. In honor of Patient-Centered Care Day on Friday, Sept. 15, patients at Raulerson Hospital will receive a carnation with their lunch trays, compliments of Syble's Flowers and Gifts. Raulerson Hospital is structured to optimize patient-centered care. For example, white boards in each patient's room help capture patient preferences to facilitate communication among day and night-shift caregivers, as well as the patient's loved ones. Using the email patient function on Raulerson Hospital's website, loved ones can actually send encouraging emails to their loved one who is hospitalized. Emails to patients are printed and delivered to the patient the same day they are received. These are just some of the tools Raulerson Hospital utilizes to ensure the patient-centered care model is followed for all of the facility's patients. Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month is an international awareness-building campaign that occurs every October to commemorate the progress that has been made toward making patient-centered care a reality and to build momentum for further progress through education and collaboration. Raulerson Hospital is celebrating it in September, since we will be celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. This column was provided by Raulerson Hospital. Raulerson Hospital recognizes Patient-Centered Care Month

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Alcohol and money will take center stage at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Councilmen are scheduled to vote on w hether or not to allow restaurants in the city to serve mixed drinks and hard liquor on Sunday afternoons. The issue of beer and wine in Flagler Park for special occasions is probably a dead issue since attorney Michael Hamrick, co-trustee of the Hamrick Trust that owns the park, expressed disapproval of the idea. Both issues brought out citizens and business owners to the last city council meeting to express their views. Most of the views expressed were against expanding the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday or allowing beer and wine in the park. The council will also hold the rst public hearing on the proposed budget and millage rate. The council will consider a millage rate of 7.7432, which might cause some city property owners to see a lower tax bill than last year. That millage rate, taking into consideration decreasing property values and new construction, is designed to bring in to the city 2.03 percent less than last years millage rate. One mil equals $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 of assesses value. The city has a much smaller budget than the county and in recent years there has been less controversy over the city budget than the county. Under the proposed budget city employees would see a 1.5 percent increase in their paychecks. The total proposed budget is $5,238,924, a 0.7 percent decrease from the present budget. The proposed millage rate will generate $1,747,752. The difference between that amount and the budget total will be made up from other revenue sources such as permit fees, nes and forfeitures, and the city’s share of various state taxes plus $363,585 to be transferred from reserves. A second public hearing before adoption of the budget will probably be held on Sept. 20. Turning to other business, the mayor is scheduled to recognize police chief Denny Davis for 25 years’ service to the city and Councilman Dowling Watford will be giving an update regarding the Treasure Cost Regional League of Cities. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 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 888-874-2945 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 CELL 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 14 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011 City council to hold budget hearing In today’s job tough job market, computer skills are needed for every career. The Of ce Skills Administration program at Indian River State College enables students to proceed at their own pace, with a exible schedule, at seven Treasure Coast locations. Scholarships are available and students can attend at times most convenient for them. Students can specialize in general, medical or legal administration. The Administrative Assistant program develops a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in of ce procedures, production of quality work and advanced business software applications. Students in the Medical Administrative program gain skills speci c to the medical environment, including transcription of medical documents and the use of computerized patient billing. The Legal Administrative program focuses on decision-making skills, legal terminology, and performance of duties required in a law of ce. The programs are offered in day and evening hours at locations in St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties. Locations include the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce, Chastain Campus in Stuart, Mueller Campus in Vero Beach, St. Lucie West Campus in Port St. Lucie, Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee, Blackburn Educational Building in Fort Pierce and Whispering Pines Community Center in Fellsmere. For more information, call IRSC toll-free at 1-866-792-IRSC. IRSC has of ce administration program If you go ...What: Okeechobee City Council When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6 Where: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. (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 Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. 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 15 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report August 29-30, 2011 Cows Breaking 62.00 66.00 Cutter 55.00 62.00 Bulls 1000-1500 79.00 83.00 1500-2000 79.00 84.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 652 1222 Cows 265 223 Str 20 5 Hfrs 5 16 Bulls 36 12 Yrlngs 84 8 Mix 21 8 Total 1083 1494 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 180-195 140-155 250-300 170-190 130-140 300-350 155-175 125-135 350-400 135-145 166-123 400-450 121-130 109-116 450-500 115-124 108-115 550-600 113-121 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 150-175 125-137 250-300 140-160 115-128 300-350 130-150 108-123 350-400 115-131 108-118 400-450 110-120 105-115 I guess we may be hitting the “summer slump.” Cows and bulls were off $2-4. Lighter weight calves were fairly steady but heavier calves were off $3-5! Still dry in Texas. Economy’s wishy washy. Lots of uncertainties so considering all that—prices ain’t too bad!! W5 Ranch topped the calf market with a high of $2, bought by Bomhak, McDaniel Ranch topped the cow market with a high of $70, bought by Central. See ya next week, Todd Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has announced plans for the 2011 Florida Energy Summit, which will be held Oct. 26-28, in Orlando. Commissioner Putnam made the announcement during a visit to the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, w here he explored the research and development of energy technologies to advance the production of biomass, hydrogen, fuel cell and solar energy. “The Florida Energy Summit will advance the expansion of the production of renewable energy in Florida by bringing together leaders in energy development, agriculture production, government, academic research, technology and nance,” said Commissioner Putnam. “By taking a more comprehensive look at prospective energy resources, we will gain a better understanding of Florida’s energy potential to not only capture, but also capitalize on the rich resources available.” The Florida Energy Summit, a three-day conference hosted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, w ill bring bright minds from across the state and around the nation to discuss the latest advancements in energy conservation and the future of renewable energy in Florida. Visit www. oridaenergysummit.com to learn more information about registration, sponsorship opportunities and hotel reservations. The summit replaces the Farm to Fuel Summit, an annual event hosted by DACS since 2006 for the exchange of ideas among agriculture and biofuel industries. During the 2011 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature transferred the responsibilities of the Florida Energy and Climate Commission to DACS, creating the Department’s Of ce of Energy. With this addition, DACS is expanding its role in the energy sector to encompass not only agricultural based fuels, but also all renewable energy and conservation activities. The primary duties of the Of ce of Energy are to administer any state and federal energy incentive programs, to promote the development and use of renewable energy resources, to promote energy conservation in all energy sectors and to provide assistance to other state agencies, counties, municipalities and regional planning agencies to further and promote their energy planning activities. Putnam announces Florida Energy Summit

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Absolute AuctionOkeechobee real estate at ... Saturday, September 10th10 a.m.: Commerical Site on Hwy. 98Auction held on 38th Avenue: 3010 SE 38th Ave. 16803 NW 256th St. 2266 Hwy. 98 All sold to the highest bidder, regardless of price! (772) 219-8448www.elliotpaul.com Highway 98 Airport 11 a.m.: Two residential parcelsin Okeechobee For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Auctions Auctions Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Estate Sale *AUCTION*Saturday September 10th 9:00 am 5855 SE 80th Trail(Pioneer Estates) Okeechobee, FL 34974 Follow the SignsEstate Sale Lillian BillingsAntiques, Many Collectibles such as Dolls, Music Boxes, Bells, Stemware, Dishes, Baseball Caps, Pocket Knives, Holiday Christmas Villages, Holiday Decorations, 5 Ft. Talking Santa, Furniture, Appliances, Sewing Machine, Tools, 30’ Aluminum Handicap Ramp, Scooter and Lift for Vehicle (used only once), and Much More!! Auction Supporter Abundant Blessings Assembly of God Men’s Group. For Information-call Dawn Billings at 863-634-3200 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Front Desk Computer exp. needed. Healthcare exp and bilingual pref’d. Competitive salary & excl bene ts. Fax resume to (863) 357-2991 or apply at Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center, 2015 Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, FL. e-mail hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. Maintenance/ Housekeeping needed full time. Experience required with minor electrical repairs, plumbing and housekeeping as well as leadership skills. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Competitive salary & excel. Bene ts. Fax resume to (863) 763-5920 or apply at Florida Community Health Centers, 1100 N. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. Estate Sale Employment Full TimeMANAGER Wanted for pecan orchard in Albany, Georgia. Farming experience required preferably orange grove. SEND RESUME TO: The Graham Farms, P. O. Box 1108, Moore Haven, FL 33471 Employment Medical LPN Must have current FL LPN License. Looking for strong customer relations skills and cultural sensitivity. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Excellent bene ts. Fax resume to (863) 357-2991 or apply at Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center, 2015 US Highway 441 North., Okeechobee, FL. EOE/DFWP. e-mail hr@fchcinc.org One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Medical We haveimmediate openings for the following positions: To complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL We offer competitive wages & excellent benefits€RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN €Pharmacist: F/T € Pharmacy Tech: F/T, P/T €Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN €Case Manager: PRN €Occupational Therapist: PRN €Occupational Therapy Assistant: PRN €Physical Therapist: PRN €Radiology Tech: PRN €HIM-FT, ED Coder/EM: Assignment How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Employment Medical Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Employment PartTime BECOME AN EGG DONOR A loving couple seeks a caring woman to give the gift of life by becoming an egg donor. Qualifactions: Must be between the age of 20 to 30 years old. Alcohol/Drug Free Non-Smoker Healthy weight You will receive up to $6000.00 compensation for travel and time away from work. Please call Sharon at (561)368-5220 for more information. Part-time position available working with Medicaid eligible pregnant women. Responsibilities: explain bene ts, accessing care and community services. Quali cations: strong communication skills, ability to work independently,computer skills,reliable transportation, some weekend and/or evening hours, bi-lingual preferred. AA degree or HS diploma required. Please send your resume to Healthy Start Coalition, Inc., P.O. Box 2560, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or Fax to 863-462-5878. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds 16 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU.

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Excavation CLEARING & HAULING Dump Truck, Back Hoe & Bobcat Services by Jason Summerford (863)634-7771 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com GolfClubs/ Equipment EZ GO Golf Cart New Batteries, Runs Good Call 863-634-7454 for more information Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 2 BD/1BA Duplex in town & 2 BD/1BA in Kings Bay. No Pets! First, Last and Security. $550.00/mo. Call 863-634-2820 AFFORDABLE APART. IN TOWN 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. BEAUTIFUL 2 Bedroom CBS, Large kitchen, new carpet, screen room, utility room. $700 mo. includes water, lawn and garbage. (863)467-2784 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 LG. CLEAN APT in town 2/2, w/d, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572 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. Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses Rent CONDOS 2/1 fully furnished downstairs, w/ utilities $875. mo., seasonal rates available. Washer, Dryer, pool & dock. 863-634-0663 KINGS BAY 2br, 1ba, W/D, very clean, tile oors $575 + sec. (863)763-2414 OKEECHOBEE 2 Bdrm Duplex Unfurnished in the City w/New Carpet $575 mo plus sec. 863-634-8331 Houses-Rent2 Bed/1Bath Between Okeechobee and Indiantown on Tommy Clements Street. 5 Acres w/pond and fenced $790 a month. Call 772-260-3068 Houses-Rent 3/2 CBS in town with fenced in yard. $950 p/mo. First, last & security. 863-634-7725. 3/2/1 Kings Bay, CBS, pool, pet ok $850 mo. 1/2 Cottage at the Lake dock, pet ok $900 mo. 2/1.5/1 TCI, CBS, fenced, dock, boathouse, screen patio, pet ok $700 mo. 2/1 remodeled, Gator Park $550 mo. 3/2/1 Newer home, quiet area off 15A, pet ok $900 mo. 3/2 in town, fenced, screen patio, shed, pet ok $800 mo. Big Lake Real Estate Sena Treadway 863-697-3207Adorable Cottage Large 2BR/1BA. Tiled shower/ oors. Ceiling fans & Crown molding. City water, laundry fac. & play ground. $650 mo. plus sec. Utilities NOT included. Non smoking & No Pets. Call 561-797-0246.AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1200, Large yards. Bring pets. Jacuzzi tub included. Call 561-723-2226 FT.DRUM RANCH, 1BR, on 4 acre lot, $600 mo. + $600 dep. Call 734-637-2697 INDIAN HAMMOCK House on 2.5 acres 3/2 equine friendly. Horse Barn. $1400/mo (863)467-0831. Large 2BR Home on water in Treasure Island. $650/mo. + deposit (863)467-1308. OKEE 3/2, $598 mo. or 2/1, $459 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Move in special. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. OKEECHOBEE Large 4/2 home, $1000/mo small deposit required. (863)447-0566 OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $800 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? RoommateFEMALE ROOMMATE Brand New Apts. Your own furnished Studio apt. Private entrance with Cable, A/C, HS Internet provided. $100/wk $200 to move in. Call (863)801-8278 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 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 TREASURE ISLAND LARGE 4BR, 2BA, CBS house on the water. $159,000 TREASURE ISLAND LARGE 3BR, 2BA Dblwide w/screened pool, many upgrades, on the water. $149,000 or will lease for $1200 mo. NW 5th STREET LARGE 3BR, 1BA, CBS house, new ceramic tile through out. $99,000 or will lease for $800 mo. Call 863-634-9119 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. 2Bed/1Ba Mobile Home located in a nice park $400 monthly Call 812-989-3022 3/2 Large Double Wide, Metal Roof, Free Well Water, Safe Neighborhood. $525 mo., 1st and Last Call 863-801-1739 Ft Drum 1.5BR 1BA trailer for rent on 4 acres. $450/mo. + $450 dep. Call (734)637-2697. MobileHome RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $500 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 MINT CONDITION 3-2 Double Wide built in 05 $625.00 a month 1st and last. Four Seasons Call Steve 863-801-1739 NEWLY REMODELED Available Immediately 2BR/2BA Double Wide Stove Frig. $675 mo. (863)634-8885 RIVER ACRES 2BR/1.5BA, Single, on Kissimmee River, $600/mo. + sec. & electric. Yearly lease. (863)634-8885 TREASURE ISLAND 3/2 large yard, new carpet. Lawn service $675. mo. No pets. BHR 4/2 w/fenced yard & lawn service, $675 mo. Sec. dep.req. 863-634-0663 MobileHomeSale BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. MobileHomeSale Palm Harbor Homes Cash for Clunkers $5K for Your Used Mobile Home Any Condition 800-622-2832 ext. 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice Notice of Meeting Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 3:30 P.M. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at the 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 N.W. 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 824-3001. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial record of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to Board Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board 396681 ON 9/4/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND 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 OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-4601 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 AND VOTED ON. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 396417 ON 9/4/2011 17 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people!

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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 18 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Adrian Minondo and Al Morris scored touchdowns but it wasn’t enough as a stubborn Okeechobee football team lost their regular season opener 23-12 to GulliverPrepHigh School on Friday night at Brahman stadium. After a rough rst quarter, Okeechobee High School’s football team got itself back on the right foot and played toe to toe to the tough private school from Miami. Okeechobee had 16 rst downs on offense, failed to turn the ball over, and rushed for 145 yards as a team. Gulliver Prep scored 13 points in the rst nine minutes of the game and appeared to be headed toward an easy win. After an ill fated fourth down attempt by Okeechobee at the Brahman 28 yard line, Gulliver Prep scored quickly on a 22 yard touchdown run by Bo Ellis, who ran for 110 yards in the game. Max Grigio, who grabbed seven passes for 105 yards, caught a 17 yard touchdown pass to cap a short 39 yard drive, six minutes later to apparently put Gulliver in control. Grigio, who also played quarterback and place kicker in the game, said his true love is to play receiver. “I love to play receiver because it’s fun. I have played quarterback my whole life and my sophomore year played receiver and fell in love with it,” he said. Grigio said the team was intense and played hard and came up against a quality opponent in Okeechobee. “There are a few plays we want back but we’ll correct that next week. Overall I think we did pretty well.” Okeechobee responded with an aggressive defense that got them back into the game. Okeechobee had one chance to score in the rst half as they drove 64 yards in nine plays to reach the Raiders three yard line. From there the Raider defense held, stuf ng three Brahman run plays. A eld goal attempt went awry due to a bad snap and Okeechobee trailed 13-0 at halftime. Okeechobee drove 57 yards in 10 plays in the third quarter to get into the game. Inspired runs by Elijawon Williams, and Ty’Ronte Files led to a short touchdown run by Minondo to make it 13-6. Gulliver responded with an 87 yard drive to score a touchdown thanks to a 38 yard pass from QB Dalton Easton, (15-21, 211 yards) to Eddie Toledo. Gulliver added a 36 yard eld goal by Grigio in the fourth quarter to make it 23-6. Okeechobee wouldn’t quit as they moved the ball 76 yards in nine plays to score with two minutes left on a pass from Washington to Al Morris. Gulliver Prep inexplicably didn’t run the clock out and fumbled at mid eld with 1:30 left in the game and Okeechobee moved the ball to the Gulliver 10 yard line with: 50 seconds left thanks to a penalty and a 23 yard pass from Washington to Eddie Neal. Okeechobee’s last chance ended on an interception by T.J. Reeves. Gulliver Prep Head Coach Earl Sims said his team is always happy with a win but was affected by a couple of injuries and a lack of practice time due to inclement weather in Miami. “It was kind of sloppy on both sides of the ball but I feel we executed our plays early on. We have a lot of work to do but the rst game ended in a win,” he added. Both teams had some big plays called back by penalty. A 56 yard pass from Washington to Morris was called back by a holding call in the rst quarter. Cornelius Floyd had a passed defense for Gulliver and Jackson Huggett had a QB sack. Defensive End Stacy Thomas constantly pressured the Brahman QB. Jose Garcia had a tackle behind the line of scrimmage for Okeechobee. Washington knocked away a pass in the third quarter for Okeechobee with a lunging effort. Seth Hedrick and Will Jackson combined to stop Easton for a four yard sack in the fourth quarter. Thor Harden added a QB sack for Okeechobee. The Brahman Junior Varsity squad lost to Clewiston 30-6 on Thursday night. They will host St. Lucie West Centennial this Tuesday night at 6 pm at Brahman stadium. The varsity will host Arcadia Desoto on Friday night at 7 pm.Gulliver Prep 13 0 7 3-----23 Okeechobee 0 0 6 6-----12 How they scored; First Quarter Gulliver Prep: Ellis 22 yard run. (Grigio kick) 7-0. 9:31. Grigio 17 yard pass from Easton (kick failed) 13-0. 3:08. Second Quarter -No scoring Third Quarter Okeechobee: Minondo two yard run. (Run failed) 13-6. 4:03. Gulliver Prep: Toledo 38 yard pass from Easton (Kurzner kick) 20-6. 0:20. Fourth Quarter Gulliver Prep: Grigio 36 yard eld goal. 23-6. 6:25. Okeechobee: Morris nine yard pass from Washington. (Pass failed) 23-12. 1:35. Team Statistics Okeechobee Gulliver Prep First Downs 16 11 Third Downs 3-13 2-8 Penalties 6-60 14-95 Rushing yards 145 117 Passing yards 137 211 Punts 3-103 3-73 Punt returns 0-0 1-16 Kick returns 3-85 2-11 Interceptions 0-0 1-0 Fumbles/lost 0-0 4-1 Individual Statistics Okeechobee Att Comp YDS TD INT D.J Washington 26 7 137 1 1 Passing Rushing No. Yds Avg Lg TDS D.J. Washington 15 42 2.5 17 0 Ty'Ronte Files 10 48 4.8 14 0 Elijawon Williams 6 48 8.0 20 0 Adrian Minondo 7 23 3.3 13 1 Cade Stokes 1 -6 -6.0 -6 0 Raul Piedra 1 -10 -10.0 -10 0 Totals 40 145 3.6 20 1 Receiving No. Yds Avg Lg TD Ty'Ronte Files 2 45 22.5 30 0 Will Jackson 1 18 18.0 18 0 Al Morris 2 35 17.5 26 1 Eddie Neal 2 39 19.5 23 0 OHS Brahmans fall to Gulliver Prep, 23-12

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News More Okeechobee High School students took the ACT test in 2011 and the district’s composite score improved, according to recently released data by the Florida Department of Education. While scores improved across the state on the ACT college entrance exam, nearly 3 in 10 recent graduates failed to meet a single benchmark that predicts they are ready for college courses. The state report said 44 percent of OHS students who took the ACT were ready for college English, 31 percent college algebra, 34 percent social science, 17 percent biology and 15 percent were ready for all four subjects. Okeechobee scores remained the same in English, 17.3, improved to 19.1 in math, dropped to 18.7 in reading, and rose to 18.4 in science. Okeechobee’s composite score of 18.5 was well below the state average of 19.6. In 2008 the OHS scores were slightly above the state average of 19.9. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said he felt the scores were headed in the right direction because the district improved in several areas and the composite scores. “Unfortunately we are not at the state average this year. We have a lot more students taking the ACT than ever before because they can use that as a waiver to get out from having to pass the FCAT to graduate.” Two hundred and eleven OHS students took ACT in 2011, which is almost double the number of students who took the test in 2007. Mr. Kenworthy said some lower performing students who would have never taken the ACT in the past have begun to take the test to graduate. He said it does expose the students to a greater challenge and something new and that is good for their education. “We have seen a positive growth but we have a little ways to go to meet the state average,” he added. Mr. Kenworthy said the district has done a good job getting students into college and that the higher level students have continued to do well on the ACT in the past few years. The ACT consists of curriculum based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading and science and is designed to measure the skills needed for success in rst year college coursework. A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit bearing college course. The state report said 28 percent of Florid a students didn’t score high enough to meet any of the ACT standards for college success and would need remedial college work to catch up. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Mr. Loris Asmussen of Okeechobee is proud to announce the engagement of his daughter Savannah Kylie Asmussen to Tyler Wade Rhodes the son of Wade Rhodes of Branford, Florida & Pam Rhodes of Okeechobee. The bride to be is also the daughter of the (late) Angela Asmussen. Savannah is a graduate of Okeechobee High School. She is a full time student at IRSC. Her “ance Tyler also graduated from Okeechobee High School. He is enlisted in the U.S.Army. The ceremony will take place in October of this year. TYLER RHODES ENGAGEMENT SAVANNAH ASMUSSEN & Rhonda and Jason Gillis married on June 4, 2011 in Okeechobee, FL, among their closet friends and family JASON GILLIS WEDDING RHONDA & 19 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011 Congratulations and Many More, HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY TO HENRY AND SONDRA SILLS THEY WERE WED SEPTEMBER 2, 1961 AT SONDRAS HOME IN PHILADELPHIA, MS. WE LOVE YOU, GLEN, TRACY, HUNTER AND LAUREN SHARON AND ALEX HENRY SILLS ANNIVERSARY SONDRA SILLS More Okeechobee students take the ACT test Special to the Okeechobee News/ Danielle HultbergBackpacks donatedOn Tuesday, Aug. 16, students from the IRSC Dixon-Hendry campus Practical Nurse program donated 21 backpacks lled with school supplies as well as four bags of children's clothing to My Aunt's House, a local organization that provides assistance to families in need. In photo left to right: Danielle Hultberg, Tory Bauman, Ashley Baron-Mullin and Mary Otumfuo.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Hours: MonFri 7:30 am 7:00 pm Sat 8 am to 5 pm 4224 Hwy 441 S. Okeechobee,FL 863-357-0500www.okeechobeedodgechryslerjeep.com T e r r y M i l l e r Asst. Service Manager WE HAVE 4 TRANSMISSION TECHS!J o h n D e e lService Manager Y O U R C O M P L E T E A U T O M O T I V E R E P A I R S H O P  W e S e r v i c e R e p a i r R e b u i l d o r R e p l a c e a l l M a k e s a n d M o d e l s ŽTransmissions Diesel Engines 20 Okeechobee News September 4, 2011


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