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Publication Date: 10-07-2011
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11.09 feetLast Year: 14.00 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Friday, October 7, 2011 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 102 No. 120 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. W ild horses up for adoption ... Page 3 OHS Brahmans face Forest Hill Falcons in home game ... Page 13 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee New If funding can be provided and opposition overcome, the City of Okeechobee might have a new park. Even though only one of several citizens who spoke at the Tuesday, Oct. 4, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council was opposed to the proposed park, the council was divided in its opinion. Preliminary plans for the proposed park, to be located on city owned property on Taylor Creek at S.E. Sixth Avenue and S.E. Seventh Street, include a beach volleyball court, chickees, picnic tables, a children’s wading pool and other playground features and docks. Councilman Mike O’Connor, who championed the park, estimated that the cost would be $215,000. However, he said he had many pledges for in-kind services. He said the chickees could be built immediately by volunteers. Another volunteer would do the dirt work. He also said there was a grant available to pay for oating docks and rest rooms. “The people I’ve talked to said this was a pretty good idea,” Councilman O’Connor asserted. “It seems like a good spot for this type development,” said J.D. Mixon, one of several citizens who spoke in favor of the park. Lowery Markham was the only citizen who spoke against the park. He was concerned about the expense and the trafc the park would produce in the residential area surrounding it. He said the water was not suitable for swimming and the City council divided on proposed park Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThis parcel of city-owned land, about 2 acres in size, is being considered for a city park. It is located S.E. Sixth Avenue and S.E. Seventh Street on Taylor Creek. See CITY — Page 8 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenEight-year-old Marysa Farmer has spent the last year recovering from second and third degree burns to the right side of her body. Thanks to the Shriners’ Hospital and her own determination, her future is bright. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News What a difference a year makes. On Oct. 8, 2010 7-year-old Marysa Farmer was playing at a neighbor’s house when she was injured in a terrible accident after gasoline spilled by someone else ignited. The little girl suffered second and third degree burns to the right side of her body, including 1 year later, burn victim thrivingSee SHRINERS — Page 2 Ryan Nielson, 14, accused o f molesting ve young boys was again found incompetent to stand trial in a hearing in Okeechobee County Court on Thursday, but the psychologist who examined Nielson said he is making progress toward competency. Nielson was arrested Dec. 16, 2009, and charged with seven counts of sexual battery and six counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. The alleged victims were between the ages of 8 and 11. Nielson was 12 at the time. Nielson was not present in the courtroom as Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright questioned the psychologist and the trainer who have been assigned to wor k with Nielson to bring him up to competency. Dr. James D. Barnard said he most recently evaluated Nielson Nielson still incompetent to stand trialSee NIELSON — Page 8

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her arm, leg and stomach area. “We didn’t have any medical insurance,” said her mother, Heather Farmer. As the child was rushed to the hospital, the family’s w orld seemed to be falling apart. But then, “a miracle happened,” said Mrs. Farmer. “Mac Simpson from the Shriners offered to take Marysa to their Cincinnati hospital where she would have the best doctors possible to treat her and perform the surgeries. They told me they would take care of her immediately and would continue caring for her for the rest of her childhood. “Their services have been such a blessing to me and my family,” she said. “We could never say ‘thank you’ enough.” The staff at the Shriners Hospital performed skin graft surgery and provided round the clock care for Marysa’s monthlong stay. They also trained Marysa how to help care for her own wounds and her mother how to change the dressings. While taking care of her burn, the Shrine hospital tried to keep the little girl’s life as normal as possible. “They have schooling at the hospital,” explained Mrs. Farmer. “The day they took out the staples (from her rst skin graph surgery) she did two hours of school work. “They trained me to be able to do the critical care of washing and redressing her w ounds three times a day, so that we could come home earlier than expected. They said they felt children healed faster in their own homes. They were right,” she continued. They went back to Cincinnati three times following Marysa’s release, to check on progress of her healing. In February, Marysa had healed enough to come out of the bandages. After the bandages came off, she w ore special pressure garments to help atten the skin where scar tissue formed, and also to keep the scar tissue soft. The Shriners paid for the trips to Cincinnati, said Mrs. Farmer. “All I had to do was get to the airport.” More recent follow up checkups have been done at Shriners Hospital in Tampa, using telemedical equipment. Doctors in Cincinnati can review Marysa’s progress via a computer hookup. Marysa’s progress has surpassed the doctor’s expectations. After her rst surgery, her parents were told she would not be able to play sports for at least a year. But Marysa’s physical therapy went so well that she was back on the ball eld in six months. As the rst baseman for her OCRA team she even made the All Star team and played in the state championships. The Shriners Hospital also helped Marysa participate in a special camp for burn v ictims during the summer. Attending a w eek-long camp with other children who had been burned made a big difference in Marysa’s con dence, said her mother. Before she went to the camp, she was very self conscious about her scars. Even after she w as no longer required to wear the pressure garments, she wanted to wear clothes that covered the areas that had been burned. Interacting with other children and seeing how comfortable they were allowing others to see their scars helped Marysa regain her con dence, her mother said. She now wears normal clothing and doesn’t worry about the scars. She will need more surgeries as she grows because skin grafts do not grow with a child the way other skin does. Marysa isn’t afraid of future hospital visits. She said the doctors and nurses were so nice to her, “even when it kinda hurt.” And she liked the hospital food, especially the cheese sticks. Mrs. Farmer remembered that when Marysa came out of her rst surgery, the doctor told her “Marysa is our baby too.” She said the doctors and nurses at the hospital took a personal interest in Marysa’s welfare as did the members of the Okeechobee Shrine Club. Marysa is now a regular visitor to the Shrine Club and highly recommends their Tuesday night spaghetti dinners. Marysa’s parents sad they want to thank the Shriners and also thank those who support Shriners fundraisers and make donations. “Thank you to everyone who continues to support Shriners Hospitals with their donations. My daughter is proof of how amazing their medical services are and I am eternally grateful. “I sleep better at night knowing Marysa is a Shriners baby too. When the time comes for her to have her next skin graph surgery, of course I will be nervous because I’m her mommy, but I have all the con dence in he world that she will do great again and have the best medical care possible,” she said. For now, 8-year-old Marysa is busy enjoying being a kid. Her favorite subjects at Central Elementary School are Math, P.E., music and computer lab. She loves softball, playing the guitar and going to the AWANAs program at church. She hopes to become a teacher when she grows up ... “or maybe a cop.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 2 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011 Today: Scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Windy, with a east northeast wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance o f precipitation is 30%. Tonight: Scattered showers. Mostl y cloudy, with a low around 71. East northeast wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.Extended ForecastSaturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Windy, with a east wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Saturday Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. East northeast wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Windy, with a east northeast wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Sunday Night: Low around 73. Okeechobee Forecast SHRINERSContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenMarysa Farmer and her parents, David and Heather, are thankful for the Shriners Hospitals.

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The Bureau of Land Management will host a Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Event at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center Oct. 7-9: Friday from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and, Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adoption fee is $125. The BLM estimates that more than 38,000 w ild horses and burros are roaming on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states. Wild horse herd sizes can double about every four years. As a result, the agency must remove thousands of animals from the range each year to control population. New research on and stepped-up application of fertility-control measures will help bring herd sizes down to appropriate management levels. The BLM uses its Adoption Program as the primary tool to place these iconic animals into private care. The horses and burros available for adoption come from overpopulated Herd Management Areas where v egetation and water could become scarce if too many animals, including wildlife and livestock, use the area. Many people have found it personally challenging and rewarding to adopt a wild horse or burro. Additionally, it is a chance to care for, and then own, a part of America’s heritage. The BLM has placed more than 225,000 wild horses and burros into private care since 1971. Many of those animals have become excellent pleasure, show, or work horses. After properly caring for an animal for one year, an adopter is eligible to receive title, or ownership, from the Federal government. To adopt a wild horse or burro, you must:  be at least 18 years of age (parents or guardians may adopt a wild horse or burro and allow younger family members to care for the animal);  have no prior conviction for inhumane treatment of animals or for violations of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act;  demonstrate that you have adequate feed, water, and facilities to provide humane care for the number of animals requested; and,  show that you can provide a home for the adopted animal in the United States. You must provide a minimum of 400 square feet (20 feet x 20 feet) for each animal adopted. Until gentled, adult horses need to be maintained in an enclosure at least 6 feet high; burros in an enclosure at least 4.5 feet high; and horses less than 18 months old in an enclosure at least 5 feet high. You should not release an ungentled animal into a large open area, such as a pasture, as you may not be able to recapture the animal for training or to provide veterinary care. However, once the animal is gentled, you may release it into a pasture or similar area. Acceptable corrals must be of heavy duty construction using poles, pipes, or planks of a minimum 1 1/2 inch thickness and without dangerous protrusions. Barbed wire and large mess woven, stranded, and electric material are unacceptable for fencing. Woven small net wire fencing is acceptable with a minimum of two sightboards, one on the top and one in the middle of the enclosure. You must provide shelter from inclement weather and temperature extremes for your adopted wild horse or burro. For more information online, go to www. blm.gov, or call 1-888-274-2133. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sup p lem e n t to th e Ok e e ch o bee N e w s € J a n u a ry 2 8 2 0 1 1 € A lso A v a ilable Onlin e a t ne w s za p .c o m S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s A u g u s t 1 7 2 0 1 1D D r r . 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Se e B a ck C o v e r f or Gi f t C e r t i f i c a t e f o r a n e y e e x a mF eaturing: Superintendent Letter Calendar School Bus Schedule Report CardSchedule School ListingsO O p p e n n H o u s s e e : : A A u u g g u s t t 1 8A d v e r t i s i n g S p o n s o r Available 24/7 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=65039&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 MEET& GREETHearing Care CentersPAULSODAHL, NewHearing Specialist Receive a FREE pack of hearing aid batteries3545 Hwy 441 S € Okeechobee € (863) 467-5333 THEATRE I: DOLPHIN TALESŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE III: REALSTEELŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon.3:00 & 7:00THEATRE II: NOSHOW October 7 October 7TH THOctober 13 October 13TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 PG PG-13 Movie Tickets:Adults $6.50 € Children 12 & under $5.00 € Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies € Matinees $4.50 CITYPARK COMMITTEEThe City of Okeechobee is seeking interested citizens to serve on the newly formed Park Committee.Ž Applicants may be City or County residents. The committee will serve in an advisory capacity only to make recommendations to the City Council on identifying trends and opportunities for providing a variety of active and passive recreation areas for persons of all ages and abilities; to provide concepts of quality and visually appealing of parks, buildings, athletic faci lities and maintenance of such facilities; and to identify open space opportunities. Anyone interested in being appointed to this com mittee must submit a completed Citizen Board Application to the Office of the City Clerk by Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Applications may be printed from the Citys web site, www.cityofokeechobee.com or contact the Clerks Office directly, 863-7633372 x 215, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974. 3 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011 W ild horse and burro adoption event this weekend Special to the Okeechobee News/ BLMWild horses graze on public lands in this photo from the Bureau of Land Management. The wild horse and burro adoption program helps prevent overpopulation of these wild herds.

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Sewer lines I recall some New England states assessed the cost of new infrastructure utilities like water, sewer, side walks, etc., as a user fee. Properties were assessed by their frontage, a bond issued for the project, and the payment went with the property. Ten or twenty years was not unusual for some of these bonds.  I can understand charging for sewer hookups to offset the cost of the lines. And if they run the lines in your area, you have no choice. I think it is a DEP rule that if you have sewer service available, you have to use it, as this is better for the environment than a septic tank. Besides, in South Florida there are a lot of issues with septic tanks because our water table is so high. But if they have to run the lines several miles to get to the people who want the service, it would not be right to charge the owners of cow pastures or empty lots for running those lines just because they pass their property.  If you look at it from a different perspective like when the property is re-zoned from agriculture to residential/commercial or structures placed on vacant lots, than all the developer needs to pay is the connection fee and/or impact fees. The original installation costs would have been distributed to all of the other customers, including the bond costs. In the case of water it bene ts the adjacent properties by having re hydrants.  Why assume that ag land will eventually be rezoned for something else? There are quite a few farmers who hope to keep their ranches and farms going and pass them down from generation to generation. Some even make agreements with the state for conservation easements, which is a guarantee the land will never be developed. And with the economy the way it is, there is little chance of much development in the near future anyway. There are plenty of vacant buildings to put a business into and plenty of homes for sale.County taxes I was reading that the county has voted in a millage rate of 8.5. If what I read was correct the millage rate in Palm Beach county is around 8.0. If this is correct we pay a higher millage rate than Palm Beach county. The reason that it is cheaper here is that the property values are lower. I’m tired of the government (county, state, federal, schools, SFWMD) just taking, taking, taking instead of cutting, cutting, cutting. Your own budget you bring home a certain amount of money everything is going up in cost but your wage is probably not increasing so you have to cut out what you deem unnecessary spending. The government on the other hand instead of cutting their cost to what taxes are bringing in they just keep raising the rate. The government needs to cut out waste and stop raising the tax rate. Work with what money you have and cut out the waste.  Comparing Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties is like comparing a grape and a watermelon. Palm Beach population is around one million and Okeechobee maybe forty thousand. You are right about property values being lower, thus a higher millage rate. If you are aware of speci c waste in some part of government, go to the meetings and speak up.Beware of false prophets Before someone stands up and say’s “We would like to help your non-pro t organization,” think twice and before you say ‘yes.’ Check their backgrounds out, even if they claim to be a preacher or pastor or even a minister. You can be ordained in one simple online class and call yourself a pastor, but to act like one is different. Romans 12 tells us how to act like a Christian and I would have thought that those “Men of God” should act this way if not better, but I was shown today that a wolf in sheep’s clothing is just that a WOLF! They will steal from the poor and make themselves richer and not lose a bit of sleep. A true Christian lives the life of a Christian at all times, in front and behind closed doors, not just when people are looking. The moral of my story is this—don’t always believe who they are just because they say so. Become a blood donorThe Sixth Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup will be held at the Freshman Campus on Nov. 19 and 20. To meet the goal of 600 donations your help is needed. If this goal is met, 1,800 lives can be saved. The phrase “Life is in the Blood” has a dual meaning for me. As a Christian, it means my spiritual life is a gift to me through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. As a multivisceral (5 organ) transplant recipient, it means my physical life is a gift from both a precious organ donor and many precious blood donors. Some of you know my story, but for those of you who don’t I am one of Okeechobee’s miracles. Almost ve years ago, a medical crisis interrupted my life causing serious physical issues that eventually led to my need to have a ve-organ transplant. Through the course of more than 18 surgeries, several of them life saving, I had multiple transfusions (we stopped counting at 102 units). At times, my family did not think I would survive. The many blood donors and the organ donor made it possible. My late husband, Gene O’Neill, received blood transfusions, during the course of his cancer treatments as well. The Okeechobee community has provided a tremendous support system that has reached out to our family on several occasions during the 34 years we have resided here. Previously, I was a regular blood donor, but can no longer donate due to being a transplant recipient. I have also been an organ donor myself by giving a kidney prior to my medical crisis (my medical crisis was in no way connected to blood or organ donation). Although my transplanted organs cannot be donated again, I have others that may be used and my drivers license states I am an organ donor. My family is aware of m y wishes. In closing, I have two requests. The rs t is to please be a blood donor during th e Okeechobee Blood Roundup on Nov. 19 and 20. The other is to please be an organ donor. You may go to www.DonateLife.org for information. You never know when you or a family member may need one or both of these life saving measures. Thank you for caring, Bobi O’Neill Lots and lots of Locks of LoveI want to thank the Okeechobee News for advertising our Locks of Love fundraise r event that was held on Oct. 1. Saturday Oct. 1, was not only the kic k off of Breast Cancer awareness month, bu t it was also the Locks of Love hair Donation Fundraiser held at Colour Me Crazy Salon. The event was held for local resident, Lonni e Yates, to celebrate and honor his daughter’s life who lost her battle to Cancer one yea r ago this month. The hair donations went to Locks of Love to make wigs for children tha t suffer from diseases causing hair loss. Th e event collected more than 50 feet of hair! Lunch was served to all that donated and gift bags were provided as a token of thanks for the generosity to all who donated. W e would like to thank all of the donors who came out and gave their hair for a wonderful cause! We also want to thank the following businesses and people who made the even t possible: Colour Me Crazy Salon & Staff, Dominos Pizza, Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs, Juli a Parker, Napa Auto Parts, The Okeechobe e News, The UPS Store. Julia Parker Event Coordinator Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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! Program helps Hardest Hit homeownersAre you unemployed or underemployed and having trouble making your mortgage payments? There’s good news for homeowners. If you’ve experienced a nancial hardship due to job loss or reduced hours, resulting in a reduction in your income, the federal government has allocated funding to the State of Florida to help people in your situation. It’s free to apply and those who qualify may be eligible for up to six months of mortgage payments. You can get the help you need when you need it and it’s absolutely free to apply. To nd out if you are eligible or for more information, visit www.FLHardestHitHelp.org or call 877-863-5244 or contact Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc,, 115 S.W. 5th Avenue, 863-467-5525.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 O O K E E C H O B E E C O U N T Y H O U S E H O L DH H A A Z Z A A R R D D O O U U S S W W A A S S T T E E SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15TH 9:00AM-2:00PMVEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY306 N.W. 9TH Ave. Okeechobee€ FREEDROPOFF €To Okeechobee County Residents Paints, Pesticides, Chemicals, Solvents, Brake Fluid, Pool Chemicals, Batteries, Cleaning Supplies, Used Oil, Oil Filters, Mercury Bulbs, Mercury Containing Devices and unknown Chemicals; Ni-Cad and Lead Acid Batteries; Tires (4 Tires ONLY Per Household). NO Propane Tanks.For More Information, ContactSolid Waste Dept. at: 763-1811A A M N E S T Y D A Y 5 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A report released last week by the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor V ehicles (DHSMV) shows that the traf c fatality rate continues to drop in Florida. According to the report released Wednesday, Sept. 28, the state mileage death rate— the number of deaths per 100 million miles traveled—decreased to 1.25 in 2010. That is the lowest death rate since the rate has been calculated. “The report shows that, as a state, we are moving toward our vision of a safer Florida as crashes continue to drop,” said DHSMV executive director Julie L. Jones. “The favorable trends that we are seeing demonstrate the emphasis that law enforcement agencies, lawmakers and safety advocates place on saving lives on our roadways. Through uni ed efforts, we continue every day to make our roadways a safer place for residents and visitors.” The report also indicates that:  During the past ve years fatalities have dropped every year—from 3,533 in 2005 to 2,444 in 2010, which is a 30.8 percent reduction.  Traf c crash fatalities on Florida roadways fell between 2009 and 2010 by 4.6 percent—from 2,563 to 2,444, respectively.  Motorcycle rider and passenger fatalities were down between 2009 and 2010 by 4.7 percent—from 402 to 383, respectively.  Bicyclists and passenger fatalities dropped between 2009 and 2010—from 99 to 76 percent, respectively.  Teen crash fatalities fell between 2009 and 2010 by 5.9 percent—from 153 to 144, respectively. To view the complete Traf c Crash Statistics Report for 2010, go to www. hsmv.gov/ html/safety.html under Traf c Crash Facts. The website also has reports from previous years available. New report shows drop in traf c fatality rates By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News An Okeechobee woman was jailed on a $5,000 bond Oct. 4 on charges of obtaining a prescription by fraudhydrocodone and obtaining a prescription by fraud-alprasolam. Joyce Ann Ruck-Sinick, 43, of S.E. 19th Street, was arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant by members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force. According to a Narcotics Task Force spokesman, this arrest resulted from the investigation which began when a physician led a complaint with the Okeechobee City Police Department. The OCP along with the task force, investigated the complaint and found an employee in the doctor’s of ce had apparently ordered a script without the doctor’s knowledge. The prescription was lled by a local pharmacy. The doctor’s of ce employee, Kelly Lyn Corwin, was arrested on Aug. 24 on felony charges of obtaining a prescription by fraud and criminal use of personal identi cation. Her bond was set at $5,000. According to the task force spokesperson, Corwin reportedly ordered the prescriptions for her friend, Ruck-Sinick. Woman accused of obtaining prescriptions drugs by fraud Joyce Ann Ruck-Sinick The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Robert Kleinschmidt, 34, of S.E. 38th A ve. was arrested Oct. 4 on a St. Lucie County warrant on a charge of VOP contracting w ithout a license. No bond was set.  Michael Prescott Brantley, 46, of S.W. 28th St., was arrested on Oct. 4 on an Okeechobee County warrant on a charge of VOPpossession of methamphetamine. No bond was set.  Jerry Lee Goggans Jr., 36, of S.E. 10th Street, was arrested Oct. 4 on a charge of VOP-dealing in stolen property by OCSO Deputy John Hazy. No bond was set.  Ronald V. Scalzo, 46, of Cape Coral was arrested on a Charlotte County writ of bodily attachment. No bond was set. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report

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Kiwanis to host Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta The Inaugural Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at 701 SE 6th Ave, Okeechobee. Boat check-in will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Races are expected to start around 9:30 a.m. This is a homemade boat race for which boats are constructed of a 4’x8’ sheet of ” luan plywood, 24’ of 2”x4”s, one roll of duct tape, one pound of screws, and all the paint you want! No caulking or adhesive of any kind may be used. Feel free to get there early to look at all the boats! Parking will be at Grace Brethren Church. Bring the kids, as there will be bounce houses, face painting, and more! We still have room for more boats, so call J.D. Mixon at 863-634-1778 or visit www.MinimalRegatta. com for more information. W ater Conservation DayOkeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave, will host a Water Conservation Day in conjunction with South Florida Water Management District as part of the morning worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9. In addition to local issues, particular emphasis will be given to areas of the world such as Haiti, that have recently faced water challenges.Masonic Lodge holds Sunday breakfastThe Masonic Lodge at 107 N.W. 5th Ave., w ill hold a breakfast for $6 per person on Sunday, Oct. 9 Public is welcome and carryouts are available. Masonic Lodge holds this breakfast every other Sunday. Proceeds go to OCRA baseball scholarships and Grad Night.Retired educators to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators Association will be having their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 10 beginning at 11 a.m., in the Lodge Restaurant meeting room. Any retired educational personnel are welcome to attend. Amateur Radio Club plans to meetNext meeting of the Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be held on Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Red Cross Classroom on Parrott Ave. As always, all members of the club are urged to attend and are invited to meet us at 6 p.m. at Five Guys Burgers and Fries for an informal meal before the meeting. Topics for this meeting will include the Hamfest scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the concept of linking the Okeechobee 2 Meter repeater with the 2 Meter repeater in Lake Placid. For more information contact Tom Timmons at ttimmons@dtimmons.comRetired educators to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators Association will be having their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 10 beginning at 11 a.m., in the Lodge Restaurant meeting room. Any retired educational personnel are welcome to attend.Early Learning Coalition to meetThe Okeechobee County Provider/Advisory Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at noon. The meeting location is Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. 3rd Street, in Okeechobee. Contact Loretta Toth at 772-223-3832 with any questions.Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Oct. 11 The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Proceeds bene t Shrine bene ts. For more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-7633378.Healthy Start board meetsThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 12 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. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877. Farm Bureau to hold Annual Membership meetingOkeechobee County Farm Bureau Annual Membership meeting is being held Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6-8 p.m., at the Civic Center on Hwy. 98N. Members are being asked to bring a covered dish of salad, vegetable or dessert. Steaks, drinks and rolls are being provided by the Okeechobee County Farm Bureau. Please RSVP by Oct. 5, to the Farm Bureau Of ce by calling 863-763-3101.VNA to offer Diabetes seminarAre you, “Living with Diabetes?” Come and nd out more about how you can better live with it. The Visiting Nurses Association will offer a seminar presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE on Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 203 SE Second Street (In the dining room).Main Street Mixer Oct. 13Okeechobee Main Street’s October Mixer will be sponsored by the Florida Blood Center on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, located at 3101 Highway 441 South. The public is invited and current members are asked to bring a friend! Please join us for networking, refreshments, door prizes, and a chance to win our 2011 Mega 50-50. For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast 2nd St.KOA to host Boots & Pearls GalaOkeechobee KOA will host the 6th Annual Boots and Pearls charity gala on Friday, Oct. 14 beginning at 6 p.m., with a social hour. Dinner will be at 7 p.m. with music and dancing by Chris MacArthur and The Florida Cracker boys. Tickets are available at Eli’s Western Wear. For more information, please call 863-763-2984. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaMunicipal clerk certi cationAt the Tuesday, Oct. 4 meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Tracy Ackroyd, left, Central East Director for the Florida Association of City Clerks, presented Deputy City Clerk Melisa Jahner, center, with her Certi ed Municipal Clerk accreditation. Also taking part in the presentation was City Clerk Lane Gamiotea, right. Mrs. Jahner is Okeechobee's rst deputy city clerk to receive such accreditation. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaInternational Walk to School DayAt the Tuesday, Oct. 4 meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Mayor James Kirk proclaimed Oct. 5 to be International Walk to School Day in the city. He presented the proclamation to Pat McCoy, center, principal at North Elementary School, Mrs. McCoy's daughter, Mamie and Sylvia Zenith with the Okeechobee County Health Department.

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shing was not very good. Mr. Markham also said the people he talked to were not in favor of the park. Mac Worley of the economic council said his organization could not reach a consensus on the park. However, personally, he said he was in favor of it. "I've always felt like Taylor Creek was under utilized as an attraction," was the opinion of Judge Gerry Bryant. As a child he said he enjoyed coming to the creek. He felt the park would improve the quality of life for Okeechobee. Steve Nelson said he felt the park would give both children and adults a place to have a good time. He promised to head up fund raising efforts for the park. Councilman Devin Maxwell was in favor of developing a plan without committing all funds at once. City administrator Brian Whitehall suggested a phased in approach for nancing. "We don't have to build it tomorrow," he asserted. Councilman Dowling Watford felt the procedure was "greatly awed" and that the council was put in a dif cult position. He said the council should have a better understanding of where they are going. "I think we are in a no win position," he said, "I would not support any funds from reserves being used on this." Councilman Clayton Williams also expressed disapproval even though he compared disapproval to being against motherhood and apple pie. He stated that some cities and counties with parks are closing them due to lack of funding. "I think we have a lot of unanswered questions," was the opinion of Mayor James Kirk. "We need to get more de nite direction. I'm not comfortable with it right now." The council decided to advertise for volunteers to serve on a citizen committee to further investigate the idea of a park. Turning to other business, the council approved the rst reading and set Oct. 18 as a nal public hearing date for an ordinance regarding the city's Ten Year Water Suppl y Facilities Work Plan. City planner Bill Brisson stated that this was a technicality and that there were no substantial changes from the previous ordinance on the topic. To correct a 56-year-old oversight the council passed an ordinance abandoning the right of way of N.W. Third Avenue from the railroad northward to N.W. Ninth Street. According to the minutes from the city council meeting of Jan. 18, 1955, the council approved abandoning this section of street. However, the proper ordinance was never recorded with the clerk of the court. CITYContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. DE W O R MYO U RCA T T L ETH EEA S YWA YWI T HOU RNE WSA F E-G U A R D C a t t l e C u b e s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s B l o c k s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s S t o p I n F o r D e t a i l s Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 SCHEDULE: Friday Adoption 12 – 7PM Saturday 8AM – 7PM Sunday 8AM – 4PM A Wild Horse or Burro Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center Adoption Fee $125.00 Call 1-888-274-2133 8 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011 on Aug. 18. At this time, he said, it is his opinion that Nielson is incompetent to proceed with a trial. He said he did see evidence of progress since the last time he had examined him in J anuary 2011. Dr. Barnard said in his opinion, Nielson has a lack of understanding of the nature and severity of the crimes of which he has been accused. Steven Browning, a trainer for Twin Oaks Forensic Outpatient Services, said he sees Nielson twice week, and works with him about 15 hours a month. Nielson seems to now have a good understanding of court personnel and what their duties are, Mr. Browning said. However, "his w eakness seems to be in understanding the charges against him," he added. Mr. Browning said he believes Nielson is making progress toward competency. "I would say he's about 75 percent there," he stated. He estimated that with two to three more months of work, he should be competent to stand trial. Judge Jerry Bryant asked Mr. Browning if he thinks Nielson is being genuine in his responses. "I'm not sure about that," said Mr. Browning. He said he suspects Nielson may not respond to some questions because he is embarrassed about the nature of his offenses. "What do you suggest you do to counteract that?" asked the judge. "I don't know," responded Mr. Browning. Mr. Albright said that based on the original incompetency hearing, the state has until July 23, 2012 to proceed with the case. He said he will ask for a new competency hearing a few months prior to that deadline. At that time he will ask that the boy be interviewed by three independent psychologists. NIELSONContinued From Page 1

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sometimes love needs a helping hand.{ Hes relying on you. And you ma y need some help. n e e d s o m e h e l p Especially if youre E s p e c i a l l y i f y o u  r e caring for c a r i n g f o r s omeone w h ose h ea l t h requires attention 2 4 / 7 At Hope HealthCare Services, we understand your role a s a caregiver. We support all y ou do with our comforting c are„coor d inating me d ica l nee d s, exp l aining options a n d provi d ing emotiona l gui d ance f or you an d y our loved ones. Together, we can h e l p y ou b ot h ma k e eac h d ay t h e b est possi bl e Let Hope be there for you Support a t h o me co mf o rtin g C ar e re s pite f or Caregiver s co mp ass i o n f or Familie s Every day is a gift. Toll free 800.8 35 .16 73 or HopeHCS.org 11 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011 Trent Leroy Norris, was born at 12:40 p.m., on September 5, 2011, at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina, KS. He weighed 6 lbs, 15 oz, and was 20 inches long. He is the son of, Chuck and Tobina Norris of Brookville, KS. He has a sister, Josey, 23 months old. His paternal grandparents are, Charlie Norris and Phyllis Norris of Okeechobee, Fla.; great-grandparents are, D.L. Pearce of Okeechobee and the late Mary Alice Norris of Okeechobee; maternal grandparents are, Joe and Vicki Schmidt of Atwood, KS; great-grandparents are, Irene Vap and Daisy Schmidt, both of Atwood, KS. TRENT NORRIS BIRTHS Jared Matthew Wilson of Okeechobee Troop 955, Big Lake District, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout A ward. This particular scout unit, Troop 955 has been very successful in their teaching, training and advancement of Boy Scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout, primarily to the efforts of its two main leaders Kurt Jansen and Tom McDeavitt. A member of the Okeechobee Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s Troop 955, Jared is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to the National BSA of ce. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle. Jared has earned 32 merit badges, well in excess of the minimum required, which is typical of the Eagle Scouts from Troop 955. His favorite Scout subject being the Chemistry Merit Badge earned w hile he and other scouts attended the Florida Institute of Technology. As his servicerelated project, Jared chose to design and construct a permanent 24-foot long bicycle rack that will serve the Real Life Children’s Ranch in Okeechobee. While with the Boy Scouts, Wilson has held several Troop leadership positions, including Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, and Sr. Patrol Leader. Jared now joins other out-standing American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., 32 astronauts, including James Lovell and Neil A. Armstrong, head of the F.B.I. William Sessions, and Robert M. Gates, former Director, CIA. Other notable Eagle Scouts include Walter Cronkite, Steven Spielberg and Hank Aaron. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, giving rise to the phrase “Once An Eagle, Always An Eagle.” Jared Wilson is a member of the First Baptist Church, active in their Youth Group and is a senior at the Okeechobee High School. Eagle Scout rank presented Special to the Okeechobee News/ John WilsonLocal resident, Jared Matthew Wilson (center) received the rank of Eagle Scout after a review from Eagle Review Committee members. On hand for the presentation were: David Fox (Eagle Review Committee Member), Ray Worley (Eagle Review Committee Chairman), Judge William L. Hendry (Eagle Review Committee-Retired) and Steve Dobbs (Eagle Review Committee member).

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Yearling Middle School avenged an early season loss to Pemayetv Emahakv with a 2512 and 26-24 sweep of the Lady Seminoles in an exciting middle school volleyball match held Wednesday in Okeechobee. Rachel Bryan had eight kills and one serv ice ace and Cheyenne Nunez had six kills and two service aces while Jacie Harvey added 16 assists, three service aces and two kills for the Lady Bulls. Baylee Farless added four kills at the net for Yearling. The Seminoles had snapped Yearling’s 44-match winning streak in September and Yearling players said that served as a motivator for the return match on Wednesday. “My girls have really worked hard in practice,” Coach Bruce Conrad said, “We worked the last few practices on covering tips and we did serve much better.” Yearling played nearly awless volleyball in the rst game as they jumped to leads of 12-6 and 16-8 and were never really threatened. Bryan’s kill made it 17-8 and Nunez kill made it 20-11. The second game was a different story as the Lady Seminoles dug down deep and fought tooth and nail for every point. “We had some service problems in the second game,” Conrad noted, “We have to be on serve. Brighton is a good team. You can’t say anything else.” The Seminoles held leads of 6-2, 9-6, 1514, and their nal lead at 18-17. Yearling built a 24-21 lead as Bryan had a block at the net and a blind point but had ve match points before they were able to end the match. Bryan, only a sixth grader, said she expected a wild atmosphere lled with school spirit on both sides. “I kind of expected it. I’ve always played with older girls. You should have seen the match at their gym. They are a very spirited school.” Nunez ended the match with a kill off an excellent set by Harvey. She said she knew she had to hit the shot or her team would be disappointed. “That was like the best set in the world. I have worked hard on my kills and I got the shot that one time. I’ve very proud of myself and my whole team,” she added. Nunez said Yearling came out ready to play from the beginning and were determined to win the match. “We were ready. After that rst loss we were really heart broken but we kept our heads up and came out on our court today and were determined to beat this team. We showed we had heart and we never stopped playing volleyball,” she said. Girls on both squads play for Big Lake Juniors and the match was played at a very high level. Tyra Baker, Kalgary Johns, Odessa King and Ralin Brown were among the Brighton players who had very strong matches Wednesday. Conrad said he looks forward to a great rivalry between the two schools, “This is like Yearling and Osceola used to be.” Bryan said she expects two years o f great matches with Brighton, “They are a very good team and very hard to beat. We proved we could beat them and I hope we beat them again and again.” Y MS volleyball team sweeps Pemayetv Emahak v 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Yearling continued a long unbeaten string w ith a 5-0 shutout win over Storm Grove in middle school soccer action Monday afternoon in Okeechobee. Wilson Barahona and Alberto Diaz both scored twice and Giovanni Garcia added a goal for Yearling. Tyler Selph tossed the shutout in goal and made three excellent saves. It was Yearling’s second win of the season over the Sting Rays. “The soccer team had control of the action from the very beginning of the match,” Coach Erick Rios said, “Storm Grove only showed some initiative for sporadic periods.” Coach Rios praised the work of Johvanni Hernandez, Alfredo Renteria, Keith Morgan and Logan Laskey for their tenacity, effort and courage. “I am really proud of the players. As a coach it is very gratifying to have a group of players who are as dedicated as this and represent our school with excellence,” he added. Rios said he’s beginning to believe that Y earling can have another unbeaten season this year. Y MS soccer team remains undefeated after Storm Grove Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJhovanni Hernandez was among the Bull defenders who were praised for their effort during the match between Yearling and Storm Grove on Monday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRalin Brown of Pemayetv Emahakv prepares to serve to Yearling defenders during an exciting and well-played volleyball match Wednesday at Yearling.

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Direct Connect to a store near you!1-800-NEW-TIRE A A N A N D M O N D N D M M O WITH PURCHASE OF PREMIUM TIRE INSTALLATION PACKAGE & ONE YEAR PRECISION VEHICLE ALIGNMENT PROGRAM! CARS, TRUCKS, VANS, SUVS! WE HAVE THE TIRE FOR YOU!NEED NEW TIRES?... NEED TO SAVE ON TIRES TODAY?...OH YEAH! WE GOT TIRES! A WHOLE LOTTA TIRES! ALL MONTH LONG! COMPARE & $AVE! THE MOST BRANDS! THE BEST DEALS! SELECT OIL CHANGE! $ 19 99 KEEP ON $AVING! 13 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School plays their second district game of the year tonight when they host the Forest Hill Falcons (1-3) at Brahman Stadium. The Falcons have struggled in football for many years. This year they have lost to Doral Academy, Boynton Beach and South Fork but do have a victory over Berean Christian. Michael Bullard has had a strong year with 343 yards rushing and four touchdowns so far this year. He has also caught 10 passes for 112 yards and two more touchdowns. QB Jhon Espinal could also be a key player for the Falcons tonight. Chris Kokell is in his rst year as football coach. Forest Hill snapped a 37-game losing streak last year. Kokell helped turn around Pope John Paul as they improved from 1-9 in 2009 to 5-5 in 2010. Okeechobee should be well rested as there game last week was shortened due to an electrical problem at Martin County High School. Okeechobee will use QB Jack Radebaugh sparingly and tailback Ty'Ronte Files is also questionable with an ankle injury. Files has 301 yards rushing in three games this year. Brahman Coach Myron Jackson said his young backs like Daniel Nunez and Khalil Smith will be asked to carry more of the load in this game. He said Forest Hill is very similar to Okeechobee in talent so it's a good opportunity for his team to win a game. He explained that Forest Hill will commit to stopping the run game and will try to force Okeechobee to complete passes. Jackson has urged his players to pay better attention during practice because focus has been a problem in recent weeks. He praised a number of the younger players for their improvement like Ricardo Garza, G.W. Jarriel, and Keyuanna Tindall. Another key for the Brahmans will be a good rst quarter. Jackson said his team needs to erase critical errors, keep things simple, and play well on special teams. He also praised the work of his offensive line and said his defense must pay attention to their assignments and trust one another. The Brahmans could also be without Thor Harden who suffered a concussion two weeks ago. The game will also feature a Breast Cancer Awareness theme. Game attendees are urged to wear pink to show their support for Breast Cancer research and early testing. OHS Brahmans take on Forest Hill Falcons By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School's junior varsity football team won their second game of the year behind a punishing defense and ball control offense as they defeated the Port St. Lucie Jaguars 14-2 in St. Lucie County Tuesday night. George Tillman and Brandon Shockley had short touchdown runs for the offense, and Tyrone Joseph forced a fumble and had an interception for the defensive unit. Assistant Coach Rafe Erwin said he was thrilled to see the team work so hard on the eld as they dominated the line of scrimmage, and really shut down the Jaguars running game. "We did a very good job of stopping the run. In the rst half we really held them down and forced them to pass," he said. Okeechobee was able to pick off three passes as Tillman and Kane Sarros had interceptions in the game for Okeechobee (2-3) Erwin said the Brahmans didn't make many mistakes and also blocked well up front as they had about six runs of over 10 yards in the contest. He said Connor Clements, Tillman and Shockley were among six Brahmans to run the ball and each had some long runs. "We ran the ball well and blocked pretty well up front. We were happy with the effort," he said. The JV team travels to play St. Lucie West Centennial next Tuesday night. OHS JV football team beats Port St. Lucie OGCC Gold Tee winnersOkeechobee Golf Country Club Gold Tee scores for the week of Sept. 30: First place tie D. Burdashaw and R. Carbia; second place C Hendren; third place G. Guydosh. Gold Tee Winners

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted GYNECOLOGIST DERMATOLOGY HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Caring for Those You Care About120 BEDS MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore HEALTH Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website www.newszap.com James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee 15 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011

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FoundFound Benji Type Dog, Blonde Female, Found off 16th Ave. Had Collar, No Identi cation, Blind in Left Eye. 217-454-6907 Estate Sale OKEECHOBEE 822 NE 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL, October 8 & 9, 2011, 6:00 am. OPEN HOUSE. COME EARLY. ALL FURNITURE MUST GO. 822 NE 30th Terrace, Pine Ridge Park. October 8 & 9, 2011. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Garage/ YardSales BUCKHEAD RIDGE, Saturday and Sunday, October 8th & 9th, Noon ‘til 6pm, 1172 Linda Rd. No Early Birds! New owner cleaning house! Nothing over $25 Furniture, Clothes, Electronics... Too many items to list! Yard Sale Taylor Creek Isles Something for Everyone Saturday Only! 9am till 2am 2530 SE 18th Terr. Absolutely No Early Birds! Services Ann’s Affordable House Keeping @ Reasonable Rates. Please call anytime @ 863-824-0113 Residential/Commercial SpecialNotice Tutor Needed For Middle School Child From 4:00 to 5:00 Afternoons, 2 to 4 Days a Week. School Teacher Only Call 863-467-0636 Leave Message. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time CLASS AIMMEDIATE CDL DRIVER needed w/tanker experience a must. Call 863-467-9800. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full Time Heavy Equipment Operators Needed for short-term land ll construction project in Holopaw. Off-Road Truck Driver, Finish Dozer w/GPS, Grader,Excavator, 5 year minimum experience w/ references. Send resumes by fax to (407)656-2128 or email to: ercaccounting@ embarqmail.com Employment Medical M.A/R.N/P.A SKILLED IN IV LINE ACCESS, INFUSAPORTS, OR WILLING TO LEARN. PART TIME/FULL TIME. FAX RESUME 772-337-0320 Medical Of ce Full time Medical Coder/ Insurance Biller Medical Of ce Experience Preferred. Computer skills a must. Non-smoker Call 763-0217 or Fax resume to 467-5148 Employment PartTime Part Time Maintenance/Janitorial Position Available. Must be able to work weekends. Apply in person, M-F 8-5, at 269 NW 9th Street. EEOC/DFWP Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities Busy Concession Stand/Restaurant for LEASE at a local business. MUST have restaurant experience. Contact Heather for more info (863)763-4114. 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. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads 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 FurnitureSALON FURNITURE 3 Styling chairs, 1 styling station, 1 sink, 2 shop chairs, 4 dryers, 1 product cabinet & 1 mirror. Like new. $1200 or best offer. 863-990-2770 or 863-990-6132. Pets/SuppliesYORKIE PUPPIES (2) Toy Males, 10 wks. shots. Happy, Healthy, Friendly. $400 ea.cash. 863-610-2725/e-mail looskin@aol.com. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2 BD/1BA Duplex in town. No Pets! First, Last and Security. $550.00/mo. Call 863-634-2820 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Apartments 2bd/2ba Very clean, quiet neighborhood located in the city. $700 monthly plus security. Non Smoking, No pets Call 863-634-4751 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 FEMALE BOARDER Studio Apts. in quiet country setting,5 minutes from town,furnished, hi-speed internet,200 channel cable,a/c, electric, all included with private entrance. $125 per week or $450 a month. Reference required 863-801-8278 Oak Lake Apts, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story & 2BR, 1BA, 1 story apt., $650/mo + $650 sec. Very Clean, (863)634-3312 or (863)634-3313. OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses Rent KINGS BAY 2br, 1ba, W/D, tile oors $575 + sec. (863)763-2414 TAYLOR CREEK CONDO 1/1 fully furnished w/ utilities and tile. New appliances, boat dock. Available Nov. 1, $725 move in. Seasonal rates available. Call 863-634-0663. Houses-Rent 3 Bedroom 2 Bath $800.00 a month Small Security Deposit Okee. Estates Area Call 863-697-6044 or 467-4996 3/2 CBS Corner House in City Limits, A/C, Heat, Carport. Outside Pets Only. $680 a month, First, Last and Security. Call 863-634-8942 AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1200, Large yards. Bring pets. Jacuzzi tub included. Call 561-723-2226 Furnished 1/1 or 2/1 in Kings Bay w/garage, washer and dryer starting at $650 per month, plus utilities call 863-467-4371 HOUSE 3/2, barn, fence, 1.25 acres. $800 mo. (561)718-1212 or 863-763-3631 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it 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. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 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 POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING 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 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home, Fenced Yard, Security Required, No Pets Call 863-634-7231 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $495 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 NEWLY REMODELED Available Immediately 2BR/2BA Double Wide Stove Frig. $650 mo. (863)634-8885 16 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011

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MobileHome Rent Ft Drum 33698 NE 9th Ave 4 acre pasture, with 1 1/2 bd mobile home partially furnished $400 deposit $400 monthly. 912-224-4658 LAKEPORT: 3 BR, 2 BA, Bonus Room, Washer & Dryer. Screen Porch. $600 mo. + Security deposit. (573)686-6145 or (573)718-8074 TREASURE ISLAND 2br/2ba on the water. Nice area. $700 mo. (561)262-1390. V ery Nice 2bd/1.5bath MH in TI,C/A/H,W/D hook up,large front screened porch,large attached shed on nice large lot. $600 monthly plus $600 security. 863-357-7409 or 863-447-0616 MobileHomeSale BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 MODULAR HOME 2003 24’x48’ 3BR, 2BA. Heat/ AC. 8’x16’ glassed-in Florida Room. Like-new condition. $24,000 Call 863-763-6069 Ready to move to your location. OKEECHOBEELg. 3br/ 2ba DW, w/14x40 addition, metal roof, FP, 11x20 shop, on Canal. Covered dock & slip. Sprinklers, $75K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 from $499mo Loaded 3/2 from $399mo Loaded Homes on Your Lot 0 Down 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com RVSpace Rent Limited Time Only* Water Front RV Lots $400.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Covered Dockage Incl. W/Lot Rent* Cabin $500.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Call863-763-4417 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles 97 Honda Civic LX 147K miles, 31 mpg., $2,500 OBO Call 863-357-0256 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board will be meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m or as soon thereafter, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact Sue Christopher, 863-763-4423, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Fire Department at 863-763-4423 for assistance. by: Jamie Gamiotea, Code Board Chairperson 399588 ON 10/7/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to consider nal reading of the following Ordinance into law: Ord No. 1076: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1056, WHICH AMENDS THE TEXT OF THE POTABLE WATER SUB-ELEMENT OF THE SANITARY SEWER, SOLID WASTE, DRAINAGE, POTABLE WATER AND NATURAL GROUNDWATER AQUIFER RECHARGE (INFRASTRUCTURE) ELEMENT; THE CONSERVATION ELEMENT; THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COORDINATION ELEMENT AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ELEMENT OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN ORDER TO COORDINATE THE CITY’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN WITH THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT’S KISSIMMEE BASIN WATER SUPPLY PLAN UPDATE, AND TO INCLUDE A 10-YEAR WATER SUPPLY FACILITIES WORK PLAN INTO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AS MANDATED BY FLORIDA STATUTES 163.3177(6)(C); AUTHORIZING TRANSMITTAL OF THESE AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, AND OTHER APPLICABLE AGENCIES FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT AS REQUIRED BY FLORIDA STATUTES; PROVIDING FOR A CONFLICTS CLAUSE, A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 399695 ON 10/7/2011 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction of stored personal property, from Okeechobee Store-N-Lock: to be conducted at 4129 Hwy 441 South, Okeechobee, FL will be held to pay unpaid storage fees (pursuant to Section 83.806, Florida Statues). Public Auction to be held on October 15, 2011 beginning at 10:00 am The personal property in the following units will be auctioned. All payments must be made in full. CASH ONLY, by the date/time of auction. AMBY A. WILLIAMS, Unit #60 WILLIAM WATSON, Unit #76 DAVID SAMPLE, Unit #81 SARAH R. LINDLEY Unit #26 CHARLES R. HAWES Unit #103 BLU BISHOP Unit #172 AMANDA ADAMS Unit #124 399671 ON 10/7,14/2011 PublicNotice NOTICE On October 1, 2011, Glades Media Company, LLC led an application with the Federal Communication Commission for renewal of license W265BV 100.9 MHZ which is licensed to serve Okeechobee, FL. The station transmits from a site located in Okeechobee, Florida, with an effective radiated power of 250 watts. The station rebroadcasts WOKC 1570 KHZ in Okeechobee, FL. Individuals who wish to advise the FCC of facts relating to the renewal application and whether the station has operated in the public interest should le comments and petitions with the FCC by January 3, 2012, by writing to the FCC, Washington, DC 20554. 399529 ON 10/7/2011 PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2011 AT 3:30 P.M. IN ROOM 142/143, THE KNOWLEDGE ROOM AT THE CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER ON THE INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE CHASTAIN CAMPUS AT 2400 SE SALERNO ROAD, STUART, FLORIDA 34997. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 398865 ON 10/7/2011 17 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011 Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your HomeWHEN Y OUWANTTO!www.newszap.com & click on classifieds@ Your Convenience @ Your Computer @ Your Will @ newszap.com ACROSS 1 Precious stones 5 Burn a bit 9 Roe source 13 Most eligible for the draft 14 Like a snowy landscape 15 RoyalŽ nuisance 16 Put in pigeonholes 17 Duncan __: cake mix brand 18 Reformer for whom a Bible book is named 19 What little girls are made of, so its said 22 That makes senseŽ 23 The Blue Jays, on scoreboards 24 Place for a napkin 27 Profs degree 28 Spat 31 C.S. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School boys swim team defeated St. Edwards but lost to Sebastian River while the girls team was swept by the two schools at a swim meet held Tuesday in Indian River County. The Sharks defeated the Brahmans in boys swimming 84-12 and 82-13 in girls swimming. Okeechobee defeated St. Edw ards 47-46 in the boy’s meet while the girls fell 57-39. Coach Brian Turner said Sebastian River has an excellent team this year which has a great chance to be a state champion, “They will send most of their swimmers to state. They are very well coached.” Turner said he has challenged the Brahman swimmers a lot this year as they take on better competition. He said the kids will only get better if they swim against the best. “I think the gap between us and the best teams is closing and we are starting to see some personal records set,” he added. Turner also praised the boys’ squad for their victory over St. Edwards. He said he really didn’t think his team could compete against a coastal school with that kind of talent. “Our swimmers really handled their business down the stretch. We have four meets in the next two weeks to get us prepared for districts,” he noted. For the boys the 200 yard freestyle relay team nished second against Sebastian River. Dustin Houston nished third in the 100 backstroke. The 400 freestyle relay squad nished third. Katie Van Beek nished third in the 50 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay team nished third in the meet with Sebastian. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BUYER BROKERAGE REALTY 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 GREATBUSINESS OPPORTUNITYFull Service Coin Laundromat. 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SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 18 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011 Swimmers compete against Sebastian River & St. Edwards Kids Day Fishing FestivalThe 26th Annual Lee McAllister Memorial Kids Day Fishing Tournament will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center pond. The tournament is open to children ages 4 to 14. The Casting Kids Contest will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shing contest will be from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free, but preregistration is necessary so the club will know how many children to plan for. The Bass Club provides everything for the kids including poles, bait and a snack. There will be prizes for those with the biggest catch and drawings for prizes. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School boys golf team defeated Port St. Lucie by 24 strokes in a nine-hole match held at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. Richard Donegan shot 2-under 34, Kodi Stephen a 1-over 37, Kutter Crawford a 7-over 43, and Tyler Finney a 10-over 46 for the Brahmans. Alex Schneider shot 43, Nick Cerulli 44, John Peiler 48 and Bobby Dodd 49 for the Jaguars. The Brahmans next match is next Wednesday at Martin County. OHS boys golf team defeats Port St. Lucie

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL EPISCOPAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH PENTECOSTAL You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 1167 Linda Rd. BHR863-357-6500 www.bhrchristianchurch.orgSunday Worship 10:30am~~~Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm~~~Sunday Evening Service 6:00pm Add your church to our listings today! Contact usat 863-763-3134 or email: okeeadsales@newszap.com C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m Having a Mind for the Things ofGodŽ(II Corinthians 10:5) October 7 9, 2011Friday &Saturday Evenings 7:30pm Saturday Breakfast 9-11:30am Sunday Afternoon 4:00pm Bishop Robert, Jr. and 1st Lady Karen BanksThe fellowship breakfast will be held at Golden Corral in Okeechobee and will include a nutritional seminar hosted by Robin Austin. Please call 863-357-2264 for additional information BIBLE CHURCH OF GOD OKEECHOBEE PRESENTS j omens V onference 19thAnnual Traditional Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Loving Hands Ministries to minister 10:45am Testimonies from young men who have experienced dramatic changes in their life. Sunda y Mid Week Worship at 7pmW ednesda y Children and Youth Classes are Available on Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70E 19 Okeechobee News October 7, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudent Council electedCentral Elementary School Student Council of cers are President Jillian Kennedy, Vice President Michael Betts, Treasurer Aracely Cisneros and Secretary Kiersten Kennedy. Main Street plans Halloween celebrationOkeechobee Main Street is gathering candy for the 2011 Halloween Celebration! Anyone who would be willing to put a Candy Collection Box at your business, please contact Cindy at the Main Street Of ce, (863) 357-6246 and she will drop one off; anyone interested in putting up a booth with a childrens' game or volunteering, also please contact Cindy. The Halloween Celebration is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31, at the Agri-Civic Center.

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