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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 11-23-2011
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13.85 feetLast Year: 13.11 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Wednesday, November 23, 2011 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 102 No. 140 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. CES kids celebrate the holiday ... Page 12 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News After serving with only four members for over seven months, the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners now have ve members. At the Tuesday, Nov. 22, commission meeting retired Circuit Judge William Hendry administered the oath of of ce to retired Raulerson Hospital administrator Frank Irby. "Frank (Irby) brings a lot to the table," the judge said. Commissioner Joey Hoover pointed out that with Mr. Irby's appointment, it is the rst time in the county's history that the board is made up entirely of Republicans. Judge Hendry noted that Mr. Irby has served on the board of directors of the Okeechobee Utility Authority as well as on the hospital board. He also mentioned Mr. Irby's service to Hospice and the Kiwanis Club. Before swearing in Mr. Irby the judge, who is a noted historian, gave his usual history lesson. "We are now approaching 100 years in the history of this county," the judge said. On Oct. 4 of 1911, he said, the name Okeechobee was made public for the rst time. From 1902 until 1911 the area was know as Tantie. The city was chartered in 1915 and the county was formed in 1917. "I think it is important to know a little bit about the key factors that made this county grow," Irby sworn in to ll District 3 seatBlood roundup update .. Page 14 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News When Mary opened her e-mail to nd an of cial-looking message from Bank of America stating that her account was frozen because someone was trying to get into her account she was, for good reason, concerned. "It scared me. I was, like, what's going on?" she said in a Nov. 12 phone interview. "Then, the more I thought about it the madder I got. I don't like someone trying to rip me off." Mary, whose last name is being withheld to protect her identity, said she then checked her accounts. "I wanted to make sure they were all right, and they were," she added. As it turned out, the e-mail was a scam. Luckily, Mary didn't fall for it even though the e-mail looked of cial and had the Bank of America logo on it. "The e-mail had the bank's logo on it trying to make it look legitimate," explained Detective Susan Morrison, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), adding that this is what's known as a phising scam. The term phising'as in shing for con dential informationrefers to a scam that encompasses fraudulently obtaining and using an individual's nancial information. Detective Morrison went on to say that with today's technology, anyone can obtain a company's logo and attach it to an e-mail After checking her accounts, Mary then went to the local Bank of America where she spoke with Nancy Raddatz, the assistant branch manager. Ms. Raddatz con rmed that the e-mail was a scam. "We don't send noti cations like that," said Ms. Raddatz. "We never notify by e-mail asking for personal information." She said Bank of America contacts its customers by regular mail. Mary, who does all her banking online, said the e-mail told her that her account had been frozen because someone was trying to access her account by using false information. The email then instructed her to click on a link to "let them know it was me." But she didn't follow the instructions and, said Detective Morrison, it was a good thing she didn't. "If you get these types of e-mails, do not open them," cautioned the OCSO investigator, who is now working on Mary's case. "The y Woman's concern' saved her from scam Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaFrank Irby, left, was sworn in as an Okeechobee County commissioner by retired Circuit Judge Bill Hendry, right. The event took place during the Tuesday, Nov. 22, commission meeting. See IRBY — Page 9 See SCAM — Page 9Happy Thanksgiving

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W elcome back At church on Sunday, I was surprised t o see how much the congregation had grown in one week. This means our winter residents are returning. Welcome back! It’s good to see you, especially when you get inv olved in the community.College Not all of our kids out here are geared t o go to college no matter what we do. Why does the school board and state keep pushing for college education for the students of our county when many are 1) not going to c ollege or 2) not interested in college, and 3) c an and will learn a technical skill that will put food on the table and pay bills. Why is t here no VoTech? We are in the same boat w ith Highlands and Glades counties. The t ri-county consortium could put a VoTech c enter in a central area and every student enrolled could learn a trade that would pay bills and give them a way of life away from minimum wage. Have you paid for a plumber or electrician, or a mechanic lately? A sk the owners of these businesses and they w ill tell you they are looking for QUALIFIED people daily. Are we providing it?Rain It was so good to hear the rain on the roof last night. The lake is nally coming up at least close to where it should be as we enter the dry season. But folks, we still have t o conserve water. It’s a long time until the next rainy season. The lake loses water every day to evaporation and if there is no rain, t hat water level is going to come down. So don’t waste water. Plant native grass and let it grow. Turn off the sprinklers. Watering the lawn too often actually causes the grass to have a shallow root system. It’s better for the grass if you don’t water it so much.Sexual harassment The liberals have succeeded in taking the focus off the issues and now the media is so worried about whether or not a woman was sexually harassed 15 years ago—and didn’t tell anyone until now—that they aren’t keeping the pressure on all of the candidates -Democrat and Republican -to answer the hard questions about the economy. I have lost any respect I ever had for the television news programs.OHS football I was talking to a former OHS graduate who went on to play college football and then professional football. He was of the opinion that the OHS football program started going downhill when Yearling Middle School switched from football to soccer. For years, the OHS football coaches and YMS football coaches worked together and the middle school was a feeder program for the high school. The kids had to train hard but they knew what to expect. He said with Pop Warner and OCRA leagues where “everyone gets a trophy,” it just isn’t the same. Do you think he is right? Is there a way to x this?  I remember that Yearling turned over many championship teams to the high school only to fall apart against the same teams that we had beat soundly the year or so before. But I do know that high school team was more competitive in those years as they had discipline and pride in what they had accomplished. Call it coaching or feed in to the high school. We are missing what it takes to be a winner here. ie, dedication from the town and the players. Change coaches all you want and you will get the same results with what’s going on with the town, players and parents of Okeechobee. It takes a total commitment from the whole community to get this going again. For all those who complain, “ If you’re not part of the solution you ARE part of the problem.”  We have great athletes here and we as a whole need to encourage them to participate and back them and the coach up to the max.Education I know so many recent college graduates who cannot nd work, I can understand why teenagers are confused what to do. There are no jobs waiting for most college degrees. There are so many experienced workers who are competing for the same jobs as the recent graduates. Love, tragedy, intrigue, horror….When I read the article about the murder of Angelica Cruz, only 36 years old and mother of 3, by the father of those children, in Wednesday Nov. 16 Okeechobee News, I was moved. It was like reading a page of a horror novel, but only worse. It was a true story of horror in my own town. But the article was only the nal page, the conclusion: Review of the crime and the punishment. That was impassioning enough…. “The 12 inch blade plunged 7 inches into her left breast severing her heart”; “he took her into his arms and watched her life slip quickly away.” I wonder what the rest of the story, the preceding chapters, read like. What were the 20 years like that Angelica suffered through with Enrique. How did it begin? When did things become abusive? How did each page read, each chapter? A mixture of Danielle Steele, Shakespeare, Ken Follet, and John Saul: Love, Tragedy, Intrigue, and Horror. In this story the end was death for Angelica, life for Enrique, deep loss and burdensome hurt for children, parents, cousins, friends, and deep scars, vivid images for life, and emotional wounds for those immediate witnesses. As this particular story concludes with a certain kind of closure, a type of justice, (at least he is in prison for life,) there is no restitution, no erasure, and no real nality. You just can’t turn the back cover of the book and put it on the shelf. That’s the reality of Domestic Violence. I know of 454 stories, books full of chapters, in Okeechobee. They came to Martha’s House for help last year. (How many more didn’t come?) Those books are still being written: The nal chapters yet to be penned. Heck, some of them were only on chapter one, stories still developing. Regrettably, like a pulp novel, so many of them are so similar. Love, tragedy, intrigue, horror. Living it daily. How many will end with their own newspaper article….a 12-inch blade plunged…. None of them have to. The stories aren’t nished. There could be a new character intertwined, a radical intervention, a slow but meaningful rebirth, blossoming empowerment. New pages, chapters; a book with a happy ending? There could be a community which won’t tolerate relationship violence: a neighbor, friend, relative, spouse, who is willing to stand up and say no, not in my town, not in my neighborhood, not on my street, not in my family, never in my home. Can we write a community story together about our town? One where individuals made self-sacri cing choices of personal responsibility, thinking rst of what is best for someone else before they decide what is best for themselves. Where families refuse to tolerate the destructive behaviors of some of their members, where community groups stand up for the cause of peace at home, and a town rejoices in the fruit of healthy relationships. Can we write this book, this stor y of our town, and it not be a work of ction? To all who have been wounded by the tragic nonction saga of Angelica Delacruz, my deepest sympathies and condolences. May your stories be of recovery and hope, and happier endings. If you need some help writing them you can call us: Martha’s House hot line 863-763-0202. Jonathan Bean, E.D. Martha’s HouseBlood Round upTwo items were found at the Blood Roundup, a pair of Polar Blue sunglasses and a small key labeled Yamaha. Either item can be picked up, upon identi cation, at the Main Street of ce, 111 NE 2nd St. Thanks to all who attended the Roundup. We’ll see you again next year. Raye Deusinger Wednesday, November 23, 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! VFW needs vendors for Christmas BazaarVFW Post 10539, at 3912 Hwy. 441 S.E., will hold a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 863-610-0867 to reserve your table.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Some newspapers seem to take pleasure in the bad news. Not us. We do print badŽ news. (It IS newsworthy when things go wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.) Still, we give most of our attention to good news the kind you clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isnt difficult. The vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.) How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee woman was arrested in Martin County on a felony child abuse charge after she allegedly left an 8-month-old child unattended in her vehicle. Christine Marie Herring, 19, was arrested Saturday, Nov. 19, and was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle over 15 minutes. She was booked into the Martin County Jail where her total bond w as set at $25,000. Rhonda Irons, public information of cer for the Martin County Sheriff's Of ce (MCSO), said Herring was released on bond the next day. An arrest report by MCSO Deputy James H. Holloran stated that Herring left the child while she went into the Treasure Coast Mall on N.W. Federal Highway in Jensen Beach to use the bathroom and see her roommate. She reportedly left her red 1996 Chevrolet running and the rear passengerside window rolled down while she was gone. According to the deputy's report, she left the child unsupervised for 21 to 25 minutes. However, the deputy went on to state that he believed she was gone longer than that because the child was sweating profusely and the child's diaper was "over owing." "Even with the vehicle running, I found it to be very warm inside and lled with mosquitoes," stated Deputy Holloran in his arrest report. Deputy Holloran went on to state that: "At no time did Herring show any affection toward the child or inquire about the child's well being. Herring just wanted me to turn the car keys (over) to her roommate." The child was treated by medical personnel from the Martin County Fire Department and taken to the emergency room at Martin County North Hospital where he was treated. The baby was then turned over to a case worker from the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The arrest report did not list Herring's address. Report: woman left child alone in car Christine M. Herring By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two men were arrested on felony drug charges after a search warrant was served on a N.W. 12th St. apartment and almost 100 grams of suspected marijuana was found. Arrested were David Lee Thomas Jr., 20, and Jonathan Randall Jenkins, 18. Both men were arrested on a felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Both men are being held in the Okeechobee County Jail. Their bonds have been set at $6,000 each. An arrest report by an Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force detective stated that the search warrant was executed on the apartment Sunday evening, Nov. 20. The report also indicated that Thomas lives in the apartment, while Jenkins lives at a N.W. Ninth Ave. address. During a search of the apartment, task force detectives found: 13 grams of suspected marijuana in small plastic baggies, that were all contained in one large plastic sandwich bag; a gallon-size plastic bag that contained 76 grams of suspected marijuana along with two, $20 bills; an open box of plastic sandwich bags; a digital scale with suspected marijuana residue; and, numerous plastic bags with suspected marijuana residue inside them. While searching Jenkins, detectives reportedly found plastic baggies that contained a total of 10 grams of suspected marijuana and two, $10 bills. The task force detective stated that the small plastic baggies are commonly used to package marijuana for the purpose of selling it. These small baggies are commonly referred to as nickel' bags and sell for $5 each, added the investigator. The suspected marijuana was eld tested and indicated a positive response for the presence of marijuana. Detectives allegedly nd pot in search; arrest two Jonathan R. Jenkins David Lee Thomas, Jr. 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast reported a 52 percent increase in suicide calls for its service area of Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Counties comparing the rst six months of 2010 with 2011. Nationally, as w ell as internationally, suicide is recognized as a major public health concern. Sept. 6-12, marks National Suicide Prevention Week, w ith Sept. 10, acknowledged as a day of global awareness. In the State of Florida, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death. Each y ear it is estimated that over two thousand Floridians take their own lives. This is more than twice the number of homicides and signi cantly higher than the number of HIV related deaths. One reason for the increase in suicide calls, said Susan Buza, 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Executive Director, is the continuing economic struggle. "We've gotten many calls this year from people who are thinking about suicide because of nancial problems," Buza said. She noted that during this same six-month comparison period, callers requesting assistance with problems involving Abuse, Neglect, or Crime rose 42 percent. "When we get a call from someone contemplating suicide," said Buza, "our main task is to de-escalate the situation and help the caller nd a reason to go on living. We will stay on the line for as long as that takes. "We connect callers with available resources," she continued, "or, if they want to hang up, we try to get a commitment from them to call us back if they start feeling despondent again." Buza adds: "If you are concerned about yourself, a loved one, or someone you know, dial 2-1-1 any time of day or night." 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast is a nationally accredited agency with highly trained Resource Specialists providing crisis intervention, information, assessment and referral to community services All calls are free, con dential and 24/7. Programs and services are available for people of all ages. Interpreters are also available for non-English speaking callers. For more information dial 2-1-1, (866) 882-2991 or visit www.211palmbeach. org or www.211treasurecoast.org. Teens can also visit www.teen211pbtc1.org. Suicide prevention message remains crucial Volunteer support needed for Humane Society Pet RescueCommunity support and volunteers are the backbone of our local Okeechobee Pet Rescue. The are always in short supply but always appreciated. Volunteers are needed to help the Pet Rescue with the upcoming Christmas in the Park event. A oat for the parade is planned and creative helpers are invited to make this year's oat a big success. Greeters are needed for the Pet Rescue's information and pet supplies table. Other upcoming events and daily operations also require volunteers. Dogs need daily care and it takes a team to keep them healthy and happy. Speaking of “dogs” Are you hungry for a hot dog? Come to George's Hot Dogs, 3603 Hwy. 441 S. (next to Mid-Florida Hardware) through Dec. 22 and support, "Dogs for Dogs." Make a donation of food or funds to bene t the dogs at the shelter and George will have a hotdog and a drink ready for you! This is the second year for the fundraiser. It was a great success last year with many donations for the pets. Come give a dog a hug. 863-3357-1104.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Bettie A. Bass, 89OKEECHOBEE — Bettie A. Bass, age 89, of Okeechobee, passed away Nov. 20, 2011, at her home. She was born Nov. 15, 1922, in Tulsa, Okla. She came to Okeechobee from Kenansville twenty years ago. She was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Yeehaw. She married Claud Bass Dec. 11, 1940. Mrs. Bass was preceded in death by her husband, Claud Bass; and two great-great-grandchildren. She is survived by two sons, Larry Wayne Bass and Timothy Joe Bass (Phyllis); two daughters, Claudia Arnold (Monroe) and Cheryl Parrott (Boyd), all of Okeechobee; ve grandchildren, A lysia, Arinda, Anthony, Stephanie and Roger; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Lucille Coats of Owassa, Okla.; many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be Friday, November 25, 2011 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church of Yeehaw with Brother Rex Turman of ciating. Interment will follow at Kenansville Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111.Joseph Leo Lechner, 75OKEECHOBEE — Joseph Leo Lechner, age 75, of Okeechobee, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, in the Hamrick Home Hospice. He was born April 23, 1936, in Long Island, N.Y. He came to Okeechobee from Lake Worth in 1998 and was a retired contractor. He enjoyed selling his merchandise at the Trading Post Flea Market. He is survived by his lifelong companion, Judy Straight. There will be no public services. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Bridgette Breaux Shef eld, 47OKEECHOBEE — On Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, Bridgette Breaux Shef eld, age 47, lost a courageous battle to cancer at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in West Palm Beach, Bridgette resided in Okeechobee for the past 27 years. She will be remembered by many not only as a friend but as the owner-operator of Executive Hair Design. She was a member of Everglades Baptist Church. Bridgette is survived by her husband of 16 years, Jeff Shef eld; son, Klancey (Samantha) Breaux of Jupiter; daughter, Kelci Breaux of Okeechobee; stepdaughter, Amanda Shef eld of Okeechobee; parents, Buddy and DeDe Platt of Okeechobee; sister, Paige (Jack) Co eld of Okeechobee; aunts, Bunny Woods (Jack Co eld, Sr.) of Okeechobee, Peggy Stevens of West Palm Beach, Mary (Arlie) Lee of Texas, and Jackie McCloskey of Ft. Pierce; uncle, Mark (Sandy) Stevens of Alabama; niece and nephew, Jessie and Trey Co eld of Okeechobee; and an endless list of loving friends and extended family. She also leaves behind her beloved, loving dog, Doxee. The family will receive friends at the BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, from 2 until 4 p.m. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations in memory of Bridgette be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or to Everglades Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1953, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. J a m e s ( J i m b o ) S m i t h6 / 1 2 / 6 5 1 1 / 2 2 / 1 0 In life, we loved you dearly; in death, we do the same. You left us peaceful memories, and even though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. W e l o v e a n d m i s s y o u Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Moose to serve Thanksgiving mealHappy Thanksgiving! The Okeechobee Moose, #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th Street, will serve a free meal at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24. Bring a covered dish. Come spend the day. Cypress Hut Eagles will host Thanksgiving dinnerThursday, Nov. 24, the Cypress Hut Eagles will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Side dishes or desserts would be appreciated.Cypress Hut Eagles to host dinner nightFriday, Nov. 25, is steak or sh night at Cypress Hut Eagles on U.S.l 441 S.E. Music by Phil Eddings. Starts at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome.Car wash/yard sale to bene t Pet RescueCome and get your car washed and help the animals of the Humane Society Pet Rescue. Cars will sparkle when washed by members of the 4-H Club for a donation and you can shop the bargains at the Yard Sale while you are here. The event will be held at the Tractor Supply on Saturday, Nov. 26.Conkerr Cancer to host bene t yard saleConKerr Cancer has extended its yard sale to Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26. It will be held at 2704 S.E. 34th Lane in Taylor Creek Isles from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on both days. There is still lots of Christmas decorations and gifts, scrapbooking and miscellaneous household items. We received a huge donation of stuffed animals, many still have the original price tags attached. If you came to the sale last weekend please come bac k as we have added many items. Contact Joan at 863-467-0290 for more information.Eagles Post announces plans for special nightsEagles North will host steak night on Friday, Nov. 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Music by Steven until 9 p.m. Come, eat and enjo y the music. On Saturday, Nov. 26 Eagles North at 9985 U.S. 441 North will have card bingo starting at 4 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Cypress Hut Eagles hosting dinner nightSunday Nov. 27, is fried chicken dinner day at the Cypress Hut Eagles from noon-4 p.m. for only $6. The public is welcome. Community Events

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A court sponsored program gives people a chance to play Santa Claus to needy children as well as allowing them to help these children year round. When a child becomes a victim of abuse or neglect and is involved with the court system, that is where the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program comes into play. The child is assigned a guardian to look out for their best interest. While the child might change foster homes or schools while they are in the legal system, they will keep the same guardian throughout the process. For that reason guardians serve as a stabilizing in uence in the child's life. According to Gina Rossi-Sheiman, the GAL program provides "an extra set of eyes" to look after the child and keep the child from getting lost in the system and ensure the child gets any special school or counseling programs necessary. This Christmas the GAL program is seeking to provide Christmas presents for the 107 Okeechobee children under the protection of the program. If someone wishes to sponsor a child they can call 772-807-3868 or go to www.gfnf4kids.org and receive a particular child's "wish list." Also individual unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the UPS Store, 1414 S. Parrott Ave. through Dec. 16. Gifts for girls or boys ages zero through 10 will be accepted. "A lot of these kids have never seen wrapped gifts," said Ms. RossiScheiman. "There is no gift too big, there is no gift too small," she added. Those who wish to become more involved in the program are also welcome. "We are always recruiting in Okeechobee," said Ms. Rossi-Scheiman. The only requirements for a guardian are to be at least 21 years old and undergo a background check. A training program of about 30 hours is provided. There are currently 20 active guardians in Okeechobee and some have as many as 10 children. "What we look for is someone really dedicated to children," said Ms. Rossi-Scheiman. "They really see themselves as making a difference in the life of the child." The program requires about 10 hours a month and guardians have to visit the child at least once a month.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011 Children’s program needs Christmas gifts and volunteers Special to the Okeechobee News/ FUMCDonated treeThe children of First United Methodist Church assisted by Audrey and Anthony Metcalf (pictured), created an “Okeechobee Kind Of Christmas Tree,” donated to the Hospice Festival of Trees. The tree features ornaments made from shing bobbers, lures, toys, household items and other “Okeechobee” kind of supplies. Be careful if you touch! The sh hooks are real!” The City of Okeechobee will present upcoming holiday events for all to enjoy including: Annual tree lighting Nov. 29 Pictures with Santa from 6-8 p.m. in City Park Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13. Santa on the Fire Truck NW and NE Section Dec. 15; SW Section Dec. 16 and SE Section Dec. 17. For more information, please call Kim Barnes at 863-763-3372 ext. 222.Craft & Christmas Bazaar in BHRThe Annual Craft and Christmas Bazaar w ill be held at Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, at 1167 Linda Rd. in BHR, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Ladies invite you to a day lled with crafts, baked goods and a craft center available for children to make their own gifts. Plan on staying for lunch. Proceeds go to the Ladies Fellowship Ministry.VFW hosts Christmas BazaarVFW Post 10539, at 3912 Hwy. 441 S.E., will hold a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday Happenings

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Know before you go: Call 511, Visit FL511. com, Download the 511 App Avoid holiday traf c this Thanksgiving by using the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) 511 Traveler Information System. By calling 511, visiting FL511.com or downloading the 511 app on iTunes, travelers can get free traf c information on all of Florida's interstates, toll roads and major metropolitan roadways. Florida 511 is updated with crashes, congestion, travel times and more, including free phone transfers to Florida's airports, seaports and neighboring 511 systems. "One fatality is one too many," said FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad. "Many times, if there is a crash on an interstate, there can be secondary crashes as a result. The 511 system alerts travelers that there's congestion or a crash ahead so they can pay more attention and avoid secondary crashes." The Florida 511 app is the newest addition to FDOT's suite of resources for traf c information. The app features the same traf c and travel time information as the phone system and FL511.com website. The free 511 app uses the iPhone's GPS tracking to provide users with traf c information within miles of their location. Users can even view traf c cameras associated with crashes on their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with the 511 app. The time-saving 511 system is a resource from FDOT that helps manage congestion, reduce emissions and increase safety. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), knowing of congestion or delays helps prevent accidents. "Traf c congestion can lead to crashes, which can lead to even more congestion," said FHP Lt. Col. Ernesto Duarte. "If drivers can use 511 to plan a better route, everyone wins." Safety Tips: Call 511 before driving, at a rest area or have a passenger call to avoid talking while driving. Customize your trip at FL511.com before leaving to minimize time spent on the phone. Always wear a safety belt. Don't drink and drive. 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J udge Hendry added. The Florida East Cost Railroad came in 1912. “From that point on big things began to happen,” Judge Hendry said. The Okeechobee Company was formed and laid out the town site. The surrounding area was subdivided into 10-acre parcels for agricultural purposes. “Agriculture was one of the basic forms of income and industry in this area,” said Judge Hendry, adding that commercial shing, cattle raising, timber and citrus also played in big part in the county’s economic picture. Since the county came into existence in the middle of a scal year, commissioners received only a prorated portion of taxes that year. The rst budget in 1918 was slightly over $50,000. The judge said in 1918, as a result of World W ar I, 80 citizens petitioned the commissioners to form a home guard which was an actual military unit and not a militia group. During the course of the war Okeechobee’s home guard was not called to active duty. The organization drilled in Flagler Park across from the present location of the Okeechobee Utility Authority building. Commissioners supplied their uniforms, equipment and ri es. At the end of the war, the home guard was deactivated. The members were allowed to keep their uniforms and equipment, but had to turn in their ri es and ammunition which the commissioners sold. In the early days of the county Judge Hendry said that there was a great need for roads. One of the rst roads the county approved was from the end of Parrott Avenue eastward to the Palm Beach County line. Martin County had not been formed at that time. Taylor Creek proved to be a large obstacle, so the county built a ferry to cross the creek. At that time there were two-privately owned steel bridges across the Kissimmee River in the Basinger area. The county eventually bought both of those bridges and moved one of them to Taylor Creek. This road, along Lake Okeechobee, became Conner’s Highway—Florida’s rst toll road. In 1924 Conner’s Highway was completed with a big celebration on July 4 that drew a crowd of 15,000 people. “There have been so many changes since 1917,” Judge Hendry offered. He then told Mr. Irby: “Your duties and your job have not changed. You are to make informed decisions. It is important that you be a good listener. You listen to what is said, as well as what is not said.” Then, the judge added, it would be time to make an informed decision using common sense. “You can disagree without being disagreeable,” he admonished. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 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. (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. 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The message will then describe an urgent reason why you must ‘verify’ or ‘resubmit’ personal or con dential information by clicking on a link embedded in the message, which appears to be the web site of the nancial institution or other reputable agency. But that of cial-looking web site actually belongs to a scammer. Once inside the bogus site the consumer may be asked to provide Social Security numbers, account numbers, passwords or other information that can be used to identify the consumer—such as the maiden name of the consumer’s mother or the consumer’s place of birth. When the consumer gives out that information, the scammer can then assume the consumer’s identity and access their accounts. “This is the time of year when people are doing a lot online, such as buying gifts,” said the OCSO detective. “People are looking for a quick way to make money. Don’t give your personal information out over the computer. And if you get a call wanting your personal information, don’t give it out.” She went on to say that because of the struggling economy and high unemployment rate, she’s expecting to see a lot of scam complaints. “I think we’re really going to get hit with a lot of these right now,” the detective added. Detective Morrison also urged people to be careful with their personal mail—both that which is sent and that which is received. “Don’t let mail sit in your mailbox overnight,” she cautioned. “People are stealing the mail and getting personal information from it—such as Social Security numbers, account numbers and more.” Fortunately, Mary was cautious which protected from identity theft. She said this e-mail was the rst time she’s ever knowingly been contacted by a scammer. And so far, she’s hasn’t received any more. According to Ms. Raddatz, if you receive this type of e-mail call your bank immediately. “Call to verify, that would be the best thing to do—always,” she offered. And if you think you have fallen prey to a scammer, contact your bank at once. You may also want to close your accounts and open new ones. Then, contact law enforcement. If you live in the city, call the Okeechobee City Police Department at 863-763-5521. If you live in the county, call the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce at 863-763-3117. SCAMContinued From Page 1

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Erick McQueen nished a solid freshman y ear with 285 yards rushing for the Weber International Warriors as he got to play football at the college level. McQueen also got to travel to Montgomery, Ala., as the Warriors won four of their nal ve games this year to nish (4-6). McQueen took over for an injured player in the fth game of the season and was one of the reasons the Warriors improved their play down the stretch. McQueen also ran for ve touchdowns, including two against Edward Waters to lead Weber to a 24-14 victory. McQueen also found the end zone against Ave Maria of Florida, Southern Virginia and the Apprentice School of Newport News, Va. McQueen suffered an injury before the start of the season but was ready to go when his opportunity came in the fourth week of the season. "The starter got hurt and I got my opportunity. I was able to score two touchdowns and rush for 98 yards and win the game for us," he said. "After that, I started to get more reps and got to show the coach what I can do." McQueen played his sophomore and senior years for the Brahman football team. He was a leader on the defensive side of the ball last year and won defensive MVP. As a sophomore he was a nice compliment to Lonnie Pryor, now a running back for the Florida State University Seminoles in Tallahassee. McQueen was also a big play maker when he played for the Okeechobee Bulls football program. He also played basketball at Yearling Middle School and while raw offensively, he could dominate many games with his speed, energy and athleticism on defense. McQueen said his former coach Chris Branham, along with coach and friend Mike Radebaugh, were instrumental in getting him a scholarship to play at Weber. "I felt I did well this year. I came in and worked hard and played more games than the other freshmen," he added. Most importantly, McQueen is doing well academically and has stayed focused off the eld. His immediate plan is to continue his football career and perhaps transfer to a larger school should the opportunity present itself. "I thank everybody that stuck behind me and believed in me -including my parents, my coaches and Okeechobee High School," he added. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 dren, sons, Larry (Karen), Ronnie (Karen) and daughter, Lynn, four grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. BETTY SWEATT LAWRENCE & Lawrence and Betty Nix Sweatt celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Nov. 22, 2011. Both are graduates of Okeechobee High School. They spent 34 years in Hallandale, Fla., and then moved back home to Okeechobee. Lawrence retired after 30 years with Florida D.O.T and 15 years with Consulting Firms. They have three chilANNIVERSARY 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 11 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011 McQueen fares well against Weber Erick McQueen By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Ami Edwards had a game high 14 points and 11 rebounds as Okeechobee used a hustling and aggressive defense and balanced scoring to defeat Lake Placid, 56-36, in girls basketball action. The Lady Brahmans got 11 points and seven steals from Thadd Sanders and 11 points from Jakderria Edwards as they won their rst game of the year Friday, Nov. 18, on their home boards. Okeechobee led after each quarter of play and held a double-digit lead at the half. While the pace of the game was somewhat fast and the play sloppy at times, Okeechobee was able to get points off turnovers and fast breaks. Jakderria Edwards had ve points in a 7-second stretch late in the rst half to allow Okeechobee to put the game under control. Okeechobee also got steady play again from freshman Carly McCoin and veteran Shamarah Shanks. Bethany Stuart had several blocked shots near the basket. Coach Morrow said one of the main strengths of this year's Brahman squad is depth. She said she felt con dent that whenever she puts a player in they will work hard on the court. "We still have a lot of work to do and a lot of practice. I have stressed the little things because, without them, it is a struggle to do the bigger and better things," she added. Ami Edwards said she felt the team had better attitudes this year and were more willing to listen and use what they learn on the court. "Last year was bad because we had really horrible attitudes. I feel if we calm down and listen to our coach we can get it together for the rest of the season," she said. One of the big things the team will have to work on is ball handling. While McCoin and Sanders have exceptional ball handling skills, the other players have some work to do. Edwards said she was impressed to see her teammates work hard considering they played two games in back-toback nights. She said the defensive intensity was impressive and she hopes the team keeps it up all season. The Lady Brahmans next home game will be Friday night, Dec. 2, against Fort Pierce Central. Okeechobee also won the junior varsity contest 35-14 behind strong play from freshman Delaney Osceola and her teammates. OHS ladies get 56-36 hoops win Registration for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Registration for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading has begun at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Nov. 30 K5 6th grade, boys and girls. For more information or to register, please call 863-467-7625 or go b y the church or ROC of ce. Registration forms are also available at your child's school.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Publix Deli 50-Piece Wings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1699Hand Breaded, Fried in Trans Fat Free Oil, each box SAVE UP TO 4.00 Prices effective Friday, November 25 through Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Only in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Monroe Counties. Any item carried by P ublix GreenWise Market will be at the Publix advertised sale price. Quantity rights reserved. Startyourparty here!Everything you need for game day, all in one place. The Ultimate Tailgate Party. Guaranteed to score.MIAMI DOLPHINS at DALLAS COWBOYSTHURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 4:15 p.m. Visit theultimatetailgateparty.com for your next play.OFFICIAL SUPERMARKET OF THE MIAMI DOLPHINS Celery Sticks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M2300Perfect for Game Day Snacking, 8-oz pkg. SAVE UP TO 1.00 ON 2 12-Pack Bud Light Lime Beer . . . . . . . . . .109912-oz can or bot. or Bud Light Golden Wheat, 12-oz bot. SAVE UP TO 2.00 8-Pack Pepsi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M2600Or Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, or Diet Dr Pepper, 7.5-oz can SAVE UP TO 1.98 ON 2 Publix Deli Salsa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299Assorted Varieties, Fresh, Delicious, Located in the Publix Deli Pre-Packaged Section, 16-oz pkg. SAVE UP TO .40 Keebler 100 Calorie Right Bites . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M1 mOr Cheez-It, Assorted Varieties, 4.24 to 4.65-oz box SAVE UP TO 3.19Publix stores will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24 13 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 14 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011 Okeechobeeans saving Okeechobee was certainly the theme as more than 500 people entered the Freshman Campus Auditorium to donate blood which saves local lives. Not quite reaching their goal of 600, the Okeechobee Blood Roundup drew a commendable 532 units of blood. Though the drive was not of cially open until 9 a.m., the rst donor, Pat, arrived at 8:15 and by 10:30, more than 100 people had signed in. Florida's Blood Centers (FBC) sent about 45 employees, skilled in registration, health check and drawing blood and the volunteers numbered more than 100. Roundup Chairman, Raye Deusinger, thanked all for helping the drive to run so smoothly. In the competition between rst responders, the Okeechobee Sheriff's Of ce will be awarded the traveling trophy for this year, but will have to work to keep it from moving after the 2012 Roundup. In the competition between groups for earning the 1st and 2nd place trophies, Okeechobee High School took 1st Place and the 1st United Methodist Church took 2nd place. The CEO of FBC, Mike Pratt came down from Orlando to witness the participation of Okeechobee in the Roundup. The 2011 tee shirt featured the cowboy blood drop, complete with boots and lasso, alongside the "Big Red Coach," which, for Okeechobee's sake, replaced the "Big Red Bus" which comes throughout the year. Russ Colwell, the Donor Director Coordinator for Florida's Blood Centers said, "Okeechobee is awesome. They are like no other region in their desire to help others. They not only support the Roundup, they continue to give throughout the year. That is why they have made the Roundup the largest volunteer independent community drive in Florida." Local Blood Round up collects over 500 units Kay McCool was the 500th person to sign in at the Roundup. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raye DuesingerBlood donor Donnie Hayes with the grill he won at the Roundup.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Specializing in: A d u l t & P e d i a t r i c U r o l o g y B l a d d e r & K i d n e y I n f e c t i o n s I m p o t e n c e / I m p l a n t s N o S c a l p e l V a s e c t o m y215 N.E.19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217 Board Certified In Urology RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Visit us online atwww.newszap.com REHAB THERAPY/NURSING HOME VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S.Scott Tapper,M.D.,F.A.C.S.Board Certified General Vascular Surgeon 2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. StuartSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Office ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation proceduresInsurance Accepted Before Aftersymmetrylaservein.com772-286-5501 Advertising in the Okeechobee News is a bright idea!Call 763-3134 today! RAULERSONPRIMARYCARE J o s e V i l l a r r e a l D O Dr. Villarreal is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. N e w P r i m a r y C a r e P h y s i c i a nAccepting New Patients & Walk-ins Evening Hours Available Per Request 2 0 2 N E 2 n d A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 28 6 3 4 6 7 2 1 5 9 www.raulersonprimarycare.comWe Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities 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 CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call:863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session 16 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011

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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 17 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 18 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011 Ministers of other churches and ministries are invited to join the Okeechobee Ministerial Association on the second Wednesday of every month at noon at The Lodge Restaurant. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, 102 N.W. 10TH Street. The Hurting Women’s Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is ministry for women for all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. First Indian Baptist Church at Brighton Reservation, 20060 Reservation Road (on south SR 721, 7 miles south of State Road 70, 16 miles west of Okeechobee), will hold their annual Fall Revival, Nov. 23-27. The nightly services will coincide with the Annual Indian Baptist Weekend Assembly with meetings during the day. Brother Love, a Creek Indian from Oklahoma, will preach. The public is invited to attend the nightly revival services at 7 p.m. Congregational songs will include both English and Creek singing. Music will be led by Jonas Cypress. Registration for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading has begun at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Deadline is Nov. 30. The program is for girls and boys in K-5 through 6th grades. For more information or to register, please call 863-467-7625 or go by the church or ROC of ce. Registration forms are also available at your child’s school. LIFE Community Church (formerly Grace Brethren Church) 701 S. Parrott Ave. will have their FREE family movie night, Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. The movie “Christmas With a Capital C” stars Ted McGinley, Nancy Stafford and Daniel Baldwin. It is the triumph of a small town battling political correctness when their Nativity scene is challenged and Merry Christmas is to be replaced with Happy Holidays.The public is invited. The Mark Trammell Quartet will be in concert on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, at 425 S.W. 28th St. A love offering will be taken. For information, call 863-763-7113. The Proclaimers Quartet is coming to Okeechobee on Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. and Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. They are a unique Southern Gospel Quartet out of Georgia, who have travelled with the Gaithers! They will be at Victory Baptist Church, 500 S.W. 9th St. No admission will be charged, but a love offering will be taken. Contact info: 863-7630669. There is a Community Gospel Sing a t the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park St. (Hwy. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, dobro, and harmonica—come and enjoy! Fr. Hugh Duffy will give a series of talks on the parables every Thursday night from 7 to 8 p.m. in the pavilion at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 901 S.W. 6th Street. The talks are ongoing until Thursday, Dec. 15. Everybody is welcome and there is no charge to attend. For more information, call 863-763-3727.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com. Churches plan yard sale, speakers, gospel sings, revival By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A new activity is coming to Okeechobee, Mastermind Group Study. According to Paul A Rieck, the sponsor of the group, “It is a group of like-minded individuals who discuss a subject.” The subject in this particular case is a discussion of the book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John C. Maxwell. Mr. Rieck said these discussions are for anyone in leadership but not necessarily management. They are for anyone in a leadership position in government, church or school, or as Mr. Rieck puts it, “Anyone w ho calls people to action.” The discussion group is for current leaders or those who w ant to lead. “Leadership has been a passion of mine,” said Mr. Rieck, who has been in the insurance business for 20 years. He said that college does not teach leadership. In order to be a successful leader a person must learn people skills and leadership skills. “It is a skill not taught that needs to be taught,” according to Mr. Rieck. He said that Dr. Maxwell, who has been a mentor to him, was the pastor of the third largest church in the county. Dr. Maxwell found that his seminary studies taught him theology but did not teach him the leadership skills necessary to build a church. So he began to speak and write about developing leadership skills and certify others to teach. Mr. Rieck became certi ed through extensive online study and a four-day seminar with Dr. Maxwell. The group study meets an hour a week for a period of eight weeks beginning on Nov. 29. For more information please call Mr. Rieck at 863-697-9663.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Mastermind Group Study: Leadership classes to become available locally Share your news and photos for this column by email to pgawda@newszap.comPlaces ofWorship Special to the Okeechobee News/ FBLAFBLA cooked for Martha’s HouseOn Tuesday, Nov. 15, nearly 20 members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) volunteered to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal for the residents of Martha’s House. Pictured (l to r) are Executive Director of Martha’s House, Jonathan Bean, FBLA President Cynthia Leon, FBLA Secretary Alma Garcia, FBLA Treasurer Alexis Torres, FBLA Vice President Maribel Santamaria, and FBLA Advisor Daryl Roehm. Ms. Leon spearheaded the event and was very pleased that all of the members contributed so generously.

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Garage/ YardSales Basswood 3783 NW 19th Ave. 11/25, 11/26 & 11/27. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. HH furn, women’s clothing, yard & shop tools and much more! OKEECHOBEE 1752 SE 24th Blvd, 11/24 & 25, 8:00. Holiday decorations, household items, tools, electric lawn mower, men & women clothing and much more. TREASURE ISLAND 3035 SE 36th Ave,, 11/26 & 11/27, 8am til 4pm. Yard Sale...Tools, Xmas items, Household, Bike & LOTS of Misc. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. PersonalsLocal Okeechobee Single white male looking for single female to share my home with 80% alcohol free, 100% drug free. Smoking OK. Cell#772-919-5611 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTHighlands Ethanol, LLC is searching for a full time Administrative Assistant for its growing agricultural operation. This position will be responsible for providing administrative support, coordinate meetings, schedules, events, order supplies, copying, ling, and will coordinate and assist in preparing power point presentations, spreadsheets, and reports. Associates degree required, must have a high level of pro ciency in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook. Experience in agricultural operations highly recommended. Fluent in Spanish and/or Creole preferred. Excellent salary and bene t package. Please apply in person at the Heartland Workforce in Sebring, FL or email resume to HRJobs@vercipia.com BUSY CHILD CARE Center looking for self motivated Preschool Teacher offering full and/or part time positions. Must have experience and a level two background screen. Please call Debbie at 863-467-5588 Employment Full Time FARM SUPERVISOR Highlands Ethanol is searching for several Farm Supervisors for its growing agricultural operation. This position will be responsible for cultivation and growing services for our 20k+ acre commercial farm. Responsibilities include managing tractor operators and irrigation techs; managing cultivation and growing activities, and land maintenance activities. 10+ years in experience in large scale agriculture preferred. Experience in crop irrigation systems; sugar cane or other perennial crop experience preferred. Fluent in Spanish &/or Creole preferred. Please apply in person at the Heartland Workforce in Sebring, FL or email resume to HRJobs@vercipia.com Insurance agency looking for a FULL TIME CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE. No experience required, apply in person at 1500 State Road 70 East Okeechobee, FL 34972, behind the Race Trac gas station. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AutomotiveWE PAY CASH FOR CARS. Any condition. No title needed. (863)268-5865 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AntiquesCO-OP ANTIQUES YARD SALE NEW LOCATION NEW ITEMS 1214 SW 2nd AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN) Tue-Sat 10am-4pm START CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. FURNITURE,CRYSTAL, FEATHER WEIGHTS, PRIMITIVES,CROCKS, TRUNKS AND LAMPS. Guns/Supplies For Sale Savage .22 Hornet Bolt Action $400.00 Call 863-634-8451 Romanian WASR-10 (ak-47) w/threaded barrel, cleaning kit, bayonet, mag pouch, 2-30rd mags, 2-5rd mags, 60rds of ammo. $400 Call Heather 863-697-9103 ID REQUIRED MedicalItemsFor Sale Golden Scooter Battery Charger, Like New Used Very Little. $1,100 or Best Offer Call 863-357-5733 Wanted ToBuy WE BUY CARS Any condition. Running or not. NO TITLE NEEDED. 863-268-JUNK. 268JUNK.com (863)268-5865 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com FarmEquipment10,000 lb. 2 axle equipment trailer with ramps. 18 ft. long can be used for heavy equipment, cars, or buggie. Excellent condition, new paint, good tires. $1800.00 Can be seen at Eli’s or call Tony (561)202-7213 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 2/1 duplex, w/d, NW 5th St. $700 + $500 Security & 2/1 2 story apt. Oak Lake $650 + $500 security & 2/2 Villa $800 + $600 security 863-634-3312. 800 sq. ft. Ef ciency Apartment w/attached garage, stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer. Beautiful neighborhood. No pets. References needed. $600 deposit. $750/mo. Includes all utilities, basic cable. 863-697-2065 Beane Point Apartments Apts. are furnished and all utilities paid. Adult complex, no pets or children. Required sec. dep. + one week rent. A background check will be done, also verify employment. (863)357-2044 Leave name and number if no answer. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Apartments 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 Dixie Ranch Acres area, 2 br. duplex. Clean, quiet, $500/mo, $400 security. Includes water and lawn maintenance. NO DOGS Call 863-610-0001 DON’T MISS OUT 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 GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED APARTMENTS for rent in Okeechobee. Must meet eligibility requirements. Please call 863-467-2079. TTY 1-800-233-6694. IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area. Utilities included. $625/mo 1st & sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 OKEE Huge, Clean, 2BR, 2BA, Nice area. Inside laundry. $675. month. First & Sec. End Unit. Call 772-215-0098 Houses-RentOKEE 2/1, $459 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. Houses-Rent 3/2 Located in Kings Bays $850.00 per month includes Lawn maintenance and access to Pool and Tennis Courts. Call for Info 863-697-9680 3/2/2 HOUSE for rent in SW section. Children and pets welcome. 863-634-9330 or 863-467-2541 3Bd/1Ba CBS House In SW Section 2200 SW 3rd Ave. Okee. Close to Wal-Mart, Tile Floors. $850 Monthly. $2,000 to move in (863)634-0512 BIG LAKE REAL ESTATE Need help renting your furnished or unfurnished property? I have a waiting list of customers. Let me help you rent yours! 3/2/1 Furnished or unfurnished,Basswood,tile thur-out. Rent based on needs. Sena Treadway Realtor & Property Management Rentals 863-697-3207 Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br house, clean, quiet $700/mo, $500 security. Includes water & lawn maintenance. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 FT. Drum 33692 NE 9th Ave. 4 acre pasture, 1bdrm CBS home, old barn, Pet Fee. $500 deposit $500 monthly Call 912-224-4658 OKEECHOBEE GORGEOUS! 4/3/3, New Executive home. Private community. Beautiful new appliances. MUST SEE 910 SE 11th St. (786)800-6545 or (863)763-6735 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Houses-Rent OKEECHOBEE3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $600 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK2br, 2ba, $800/mo, furnished or unfurn., 1st, last and Sec. Utils not included (561)735-6050 or (561)254-0478. Waterfront Bargain in Buckhead, 3bd/1ba CBS, all Tile, Carport, Utility Room and Large Florida Room $725.00 mo. plus Security,Located at 1137 4th Street. Call 561-968-4018 OfficeSpace RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 Rental NeededCLEWISTON Single retiree, nancially secure, looking to rent a room north of Hwy 27 in Clewiston. (863) 228-3909 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 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 RIVER ACRES 2BR/1.5BA, Single, on Kissimmee River, $600/mo. + sec. & electric. Yearly lease. (863)634-8885 19 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011

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MobileHomeSale BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 OKEECHOBEE 2br & 2ba, 1400 sq. ft. Furnished, ceramic tile throughout, new counter tops, new at top stove, large shed and parking for 3 vehicles. Park Rent $305. $14,900.00. Call (772) 597-1130. 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 Factory Direct Sale 15K-25K Off Models 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles2006 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 Rare Black on Black two-tone leather interior. 7.0L V8 RWD 6-spd. 505hp, with a 6 speed manual. Only 23,500 Miles. $38,900 /neg (813)468-5128 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice CITY PARK COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Park Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 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 the City Clerk’s Of ce 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 4030190 ON 11/23/2011 PublicNotice REQUEST FOR RFQ/RFP The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will receive proposals for the purpose of securing Engineering Services for professional wastewater engineering services for the following: Vacuum Station No.1 Rehabilitation Detailed RFQ/RFP documents are available upon request from the of ce of the Executive Director, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 (Tel.) 863-763-9460. The OUA intends to review the submittals and reserves the right to reject any or all submittals. The OUA selection committee will rank the submittals and submit them to the OUA Board for consideration. The OUA Board may elect for presentations or select a quali ed rm from the submittals presented. The RFQ/RFP’s must be delivered to the Executive Director’s of ce, on or before 4:00 PM, December 15, 2011. The submittal must be in a sealed envelope with the project description clearly marked on the outside. John F. Hayford Executive Director 402749 ON 11/18,20,23/2011 NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS Okeechobee County, Florida (the “County”) hereby provides notice, pursuant to Section 197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem special assessments to be levied within the unincorporated area of the County, for the cost of providing any or all of the following services: drainage, road improvements, including, but not limited to roadside ditches., swales, and sidewalks, street lighting, street resurfacing, canal cleaning and canal maintenance, enhanced or substitute solid waste collection and disposal, stormwater treatment and mosquito control, commencing for the scal year beginning on October 01, 2012. The County will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting such assessments authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearing to be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room (the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom), at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Such resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies of the proposed form of resolution, which contains the legal description of the real property subject to the levy, are on le at the Of ce of the County Clerk of Okeechobee County, Florida. All interested persons are invited to attend. In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board with respect to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the above-referenced public hearing, a r ecord of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to proceeding or call 1-772-807-4370:IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770. Dated this 27th day of October, 2011. MARGARET GARRARD HELTON, CHAIR BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA 401697 ON 11/2,9,16,23/2011 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ T owing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott A venue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 9th day of Dec. 2011 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 2002 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 1G2JB524927339365 T erms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 403673 ON 11/23/2011 PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, December 6, 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: 1077: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY TO MULTIFAMILY; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FUTURE LAND USE MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The Ordinance is regarding Small Sc ale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 11-001-SSA, submitted by Lisa Sherman, on behalf of property owner, Good Care Home, Inc., to change the Future Land Use designation from SF to MF, for approximately 0.843 acres, located at 204 SE 7th Street. The proposed use is for a two-family dwelling. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: PARCEL ONE: LOTS 1 TO 5, INCLUSIVE, AND THAT PART OF LOT 6 LYING EAST OF SOUTHEAST 2ND AVENUE AND THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF THE ALLEY ADJACENT TO SAID LOTS 1 TO 5 AND THAT PART OF LOT 6 AND THE WEST ONE-HALF OF THAT PART OF CHEROKEE STREET LYING ADJACENT TO LOT 1 (CLOSED BY ACTION OF CITY COUNCIL, CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, IN ORDINANCE NO. 332 AND BY OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COMMISSION BY RESOLUTION RECORDED IN O.R. BOOK 128, PAGE 358, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA) ALL IN BLOCK M, IN THE SUBDIVISION OF CENTRAL PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 39, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PARCEL TWO: LOT 7 LYING EAST OF SOUTHEAST 2ND AVENUE AND ALL OF LOT 8, AND THE SOUTH ONE-HALF OF THE ALLEY ADJACENT TO SAID PORTION OF LOT 7 AND ALL OF LOT 8 AND THE WEST ONE-HALF OF THAT PART OF CHEROKEE STREET LYING ADJACENT TO LOT 8 (CLOSED BY ACTION OF CITY COUNCIL, CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, IN ORDINANCE NO. 332 AND BY OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COMMISSION BY RESOLUTION RECORDED IN O.R. BOOK 128, PAGE 358, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA) ALL IN BLOCK M, IN THE SUBDIVISION OF CENTRAL PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 39, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact Administration, (863) 763-3372 x 212. A copy of the entire application(s) is available at the City Clerk’s Of ce during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. 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 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 403666 ON 11/23/2011 PublicNotice PublicNoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 472011CA000021XXXX COTTAGES AT THE LAKE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, Plaintiff, V S. DARREN LINCOLN, JENNIFER LINCOLN, “UNKNOWN TENANT #1” and “UNKNOWN TENANT #2” as occupants, real names unknown, and PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. ANTON REALTY LLC; IZZY TIRE SERVICE AND SALES INC; ANTONIO GONZALEZ; LINDA GONZALEZ; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, OR UNDER SAID DEFENDANTS, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, OR UNDER SAID DEFENDANTS (Addresses Unknown) YOU ARE NOTIFIED that Plaintiff, WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, has led an action seeking foreclosure of the following Real and Personal Property located in Okeechobee County: A parcel of land being a portion of Lot 7, Block 8, OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, according to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 100, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, said parcel being more particularly described as follows:Commencing at the Northwest corner of said Lot 7, thence bear North 89 degrees 41’37” East along the North line of said Lot 7, a distance of 160.00 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue North 89 degrees 41’37” East along said North line of Lot 7, a distance of 164.53 feet to the Northeast corner of said Lot 7; thence bear South 05 degrees 22’42” West along the East line of said Lot 7, a distance of 105.42 feet to the Southeast corner of said Lot 7; thence bear South 89 degrees 41’37” West along the South line of said Lot 7, a distance of 157.54 feet; thence bear North 01 degrees 34’36” East, a distance of 104.96 feet to the Point of Beginning. (the “Real Property”) All the machinery, equipment, furniture, general intangibles, and xtures, wherever located, now owned, or to be acquired, together with all increases to and replacements thereof. This security interest extends to any and all proceeds of the property described herein, including but not limited to, chattel paper, documents, insurance proceeds, contract rights and general intangibles now in force or hereafter acquired, relating to the above described collateral. PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2009-CA-000844 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR RASC 2005KS12, Plaintiff, vs. CHARLES E. HARVEY, et al, Defendant(s) NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated November 1, 2011 and entered in Case NO. 47-2009CA-000844 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR RASC 2005KS12, is the Plaintiff and CHARLES E. HARVEY; JENNIFER C. HARVEY; RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA; TENANT #1 N/K/A MELISSA BURNS; TENANT #2 N/K/A DAVID BURNS; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 14th day of December, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 18, BLOCK 6, BASSWOOD UNIT 1, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 3572 NORTHWEST 18TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on November 3, 2011. Sharon Robertson PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO. 2011-CA-200 RAYMOND M. REYER, JR., and JUDITH R. REYER, his wife, Plaintiffs, VS. DAWN COLLINS, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, and FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE, and the unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors and all other parties claiming by through under or against EUGENE JR COLLINS, deceased. Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment dated November 10, 2011, and entered in Case No. 2011-CA-200 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein RAYMOND M. REYER, JR., and JUDITH R. REYER, his wife, are the Plaintiffs, and DAWN COLLINS, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE, and the unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors and all other parties claiming by through under or against EUGENE JR COLLINS, deceased, are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at 20 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in Case No. 472011CA00021XXXX on November 10, 2011, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in favor of Plaintiff, COTTAGES AT THE LAKE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, and against Defendants, DARREN LINCOLN and JENNIFER LINCOLN (OWNERS). The clerk will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: That certain Condominium parcel composed of Unit 10, COTTAGES AT THE LAKE, a Condominium, and an undivided interest or share in the common elements appurtenant thereto in accordance with and subject to the covenants, restrictions, limitations, conditions and uses, terms and other provisions of the Declaration of Condominium for COTTAGES AT THE LAKE, a Condominium, recorded in Of cial Records Book 605, Page 228, Okeechobee County, Florida public Records, together with all the appurtenances to that unit, subject, however, to the provisions of the Declaration of Condominium. at a public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 after having rst given notice as required by Section 45.031, Florida Statutes., at 11 o’clock a.m., on the 14th day of December, 2011 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED in Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this 15th day of November, 2011. Sharon Robertson Clerk of Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff Brennan Grogan, Esquire, Jay Steven Levine Law Group, 3300 PGA Boulevard, Suite 570, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. 561-627-3585 403076 ON 11/23,30/2011 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds The personal property also includes a 2022 Dodge Truck, Vehicle Identi cation Number 3B6MF36C02M296354, a 2001 Dodge Truck, Vehicle Identi cation Number 1B7KF23691J612910, and a 2006 Chevrolet Truck, Vehicle Identi cation Number 1GBE4C3206F420683. (the “Personal Property”) has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of a written defense, if any, to Joey E. Schlosberg, Esquire, Adams and Reese LLP, 150 Second Avenue North, 17th Floor, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, within 30 days from the date of this Notice, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court, either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in Plaintiff’s Complaint. Dated this day of October 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF COURT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA By: DEPUTY CLERK Joey E. Schlosberg, Esquire Florida Bar No. 79685 Adams and Reese LLP 150 Second Avenue North, 17th Floor St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 Telephone: (727) 502-8255 Facsimile: (727) 502-8955 Attorneys for Plaintiff If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 403477 ON 11/23,30/2011 Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09040998-GMAC-CONV---Team 3 **See Americans with Disabilities Act** If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 402225 ON 11/16,23/2011 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF LOWNDES COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN THE INTEREST OF BABY BOY THOMAS, a male MINOR CHILD DOB: October 10, 2011 the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3rd STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, (Second FloorJury Assembly Room) (863-763-2131) at 11:00 A.M. on the 14th day of December 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to-wit: Lot 38, PLATTS BLUFF RANCHES, as per survey thereof recorded in Of cial Records Book 171, Page 877 and also recorded in Book 172, page 343, public records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and a 2005 double wide GENA mobile home, ID # GMHGA10460239A and GMHGA10460239B, Florida Title Nos. 95047558 and 95047607 Parcel ID No. 1-25-36-33-0010-000038-0000 Property Address: 6490 NW 151st Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated November 15, 2011. CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT SHARON ROBERTSON BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 403084 ON 11/23,30/2011 POB: Valdosta, GA LEGAL MOTHER: VERONICA ANNIS THOMAS CIVIL ACTION FILE NO.: 2011A29 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION FLORIDA, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY TO: DUSTIN LEE ORVIS, NAMED BIRTH FATHER OF BABY BO Y THOMAS, whose whereabouts are unknown. You are hereby advised that a petition for adoption has been led and commenced in this Court. Said petition seeks to terminate your rights and obligations in respect to the child, and of the child arising to him from the potential parental relationship, including the right to inheritance, and that the child be placed for purposes of adoption with petitioners. You will lose all rights to the child and will neither receive notice or be entitled to object to the adoption o f the child, unless, within thirty (30) days of receipt of this notice, you le: (1) a petition to legitimate the child pursuant to Code Section 19-7-22 in the Superior Court o f Lowndes County; (2) notice of the ling of the petition to legitimate with the Superior Court of Lowndes County, Georgia, at 327 North Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601; and (3) provide notice of the ling to Patricia McCorvey Karras, Attorney at Law, 701 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601. You are further advised that, if the child is legitimated and in the subsequent adoption proceeding, the petition for adoption is either withdrawn with prejudice or denied by the court, then a surrender of parental rights nal release for adoption executed by the mother pursuant to the provision of subsection (a) of Code Section 19-8-4, 19-8-5, or 19-8-7 shall be dissolved by operation o f law, and her parental rights shall be restored to her. The fact that the legal mother executed a surrender o f parental rights nal release for adoption, now dissolved, shall not be admissible evidence in any proceeding against the legal mother. PATRICIA McCORVEY KARRAS DOVER MILLER STONE KARRAS & LANGDALE, P.C. P. O. Box 729 Valdosta, GA 31603-0729 402477 ON 11/9,.16,23/2011 Sudoku

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A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S A T T O R N E Y S H A I R C U T S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD € Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 Advertise here! Great place to get noticed! M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss Cheri Stevens 1 0 5 S W 3r d A v e. 863-467-0418 Tues. -Fri 9-5:30 €Sat. 9-3 € Closed Sun & Mon 21 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011 A nnual Hamfest in the Woods plannedThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will hold their annual “Hamfest in the Woods” on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 S.E., beginning at 8 a.m. Entry to the hamfest is $5 per person and includes free parking. Tailgating (selling from your car or truck) is an additional $5. per space. If you have radios, electronics, computers or antennas to sell in the Okeechobee area, this is the place to be and the day to be there. There will be a 50/50 drawing and several prizes given away during the event, food is available for sale, along with lots of things to see. If you have an interest in amateur radio, a hamfest is a great way to learn more about it. For more information, contact Tom Timmons (N3RHV) at ttimmons@dtimmons. comSmall Business Saturday announcedThe Second Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. On Nov. 26 we’re asking millions of Americans to shop small at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge. The following website (http://smallbusinesssaturday.com/) provides access to all types of marketing material for your usage.Orchid Club plans to meetThe Orchid Club will meet on Monday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Extension Of ce, 451 U.S. 98 N. The Garden Club will begin at 6 p.m. Please bring your favorite orchid or a problem orchid to discuss. for more information call 863-763-6469Dine with the Doctor lecture set for Nov. 29On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Raulerson Hospital w ill host its monthly physician lecture series, Dine with the Doctor. During Dine with the Doctor, local physicians speak to the community regarding various health topics. These informative sessions are open to the public. The physicians usually have a question and answer session following their topics. Dine with the Doctor is held in Raulerson Hospital’s Cafeteria. Each Dine with the Doctor begins with Raulerson Hospital serving a dinner for $5 per person at 4:30 p.m. At 5 p.m., the physician begins his/her medical lecture. The physician lecture is free. This month’s Dine with the Doctor speaker is Dr. Manual Garcia, MD. Dr. Garcia is a general surgeon, he will speak about many of the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital and more. To RSVP for Dine with the Doctor, contact 800-449-8642. Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Nov. 29 beginning at 4 p.m. The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m., for your listening and dancing pleasure. All proceeds go to Shrine bene ts. For more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.‘Think Tank’ group will host meetingFree Mastermind Group Study on “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John C. Maxwel, facilitated by: Paul A. Rieck. This is for individuals who are focused on taking results in every area of their lives to a new level. The group study is for an hour a week for a period of eight weeks beginning on Nov. 29. Please call Paul at 863-697-9663 for more information.VNA hosts diabetes program Living With Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 203 S.E. Second St. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 located in the dining room at 1:30 p.m. Offered by the Visiting Nurses Association.Martha’s House huge yard sale Dec. 1 and 2Due to Thanksgiving, Martha’s House Monthly huge yard sale will be held on Thursday/Friday, Dec. 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at 4134 U.S. 441 N. For more information, contact 863-763-2893.OCA to host annual ‘spaghetti’ fundraiserOkeechobee Christian Academy will be having our 16th annual spaghetti lunch and dinner Dec. 2 and 3 On Friday you may pick up your lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Deliveries are available for 5 or more lunch orders. On Saturday, please join us for dinner and a bake sale from 3 to 7 p.m. During dinner our silent auction will be taking place from 3-6 p.m. Tickets are available for a $7 donation. Please come and support our school, we look forward to seeing you.Seminole Elementary to host Family Fun Night on Dec. 2Family Fun Night at Seminole Elementary is planned for Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. Come to have your picture taken with Santa. There will be games, prizes, food, and more.Library plans reading and book signing night Dec. 3Come share a slice of your ORIGINAL ction (short story or section of a novel), poetry, play or memoir. Material must be suitable for all ages. 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 in the library meeting room. Each person is allotted ve minutes to read. This is about 500 words or two pages typed and double spaced. Readers will be in order of registration which begins at 1:40 p.m., in the library meeting room. At the end of the event a book signing for published authors will be held. Authors are responsible for their own book sales. Everyone is invited to come read or just listen to Okeechobee authors. If you have questions please call Jan Day Fehrman at 863-357-9980. 4-H to host annual yard saleThe Annual 4-H yard sale will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. until noon. The sale will be held in the parking lot of the Mims Veterinary Hospital at 275 S.W. 32nd St, Okeechobee. Household items, books, toys, and clothes will be among the many items for sale. All proceeds will bene t the Okeechobee County 4-H program.Thrift Store needs donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, furniture and clothing. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. Second Ave. in Okeechobee. For information, call 863-763-2419.. Community Events

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By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News As more Okeechobee area residents learn how to navigate the online social network, new groups are forming to share common interests. One local Facebook Page, Okeechobee Blue Stars, is for those w ho have family members serving in the United States military. The members post photos of their loved ones, share stories and offer support to those w hose family members are in harm’s way. Melanie Heaton is the page administrator. “From a thought to an idea... to a facebook group... This is a place for Okeechobee folks and others who wish to participate. We are not excluding people, just the opposite! If you have a family member, close friend or loved one serving or having served this country, you are welcome to this group. Here we can say what we think about, brag a little, lean on each other when times are tough,” explained Ms. Heaton. Many of the posts are personal. “My son is a 1990 graduate of Okeechobee High School and has been serving in the USAF ever since. His beautiful wife Richele is in the USAF. They are the best of the best. I couldn’t be prouder of my son,” wrote Carol W ood-Koob. “It has been 11 years since my son entered the army! He has been deployed four times and he met his lovely wife in the serv ice and now they have two beautiful kids. He has fought very hard for his country and w e are very proud of him,” wrote Lynn Wilson. Some posts are a call for action. “Here’s a number that is NOT a game ... 5825. This is the number of service personnel KILLED in Iraq and Afghanistan protecting YOU! Now this is a status I’d like to see on everyone’s page!” wrote Belinda Pedretti. Inspirational videos are popular on the site. A video of the Air National Guard of the Central States Rock Band had plenty of “likes.” Also getting attention is a video of Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance. “Homecoming” videos are popular. Blue Star page fans agreed they love to watch the homecomings, even though the videos make them cry. Photos shared include pictures of local service members, and links to online photos w ith military themes such as a dog lying by the casket at his Navy SEALs owner’s funeral and the guard standing watch at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier despite the high winds and rain of Hurricane Irene. The page also recently included posts asking everyone to vote for J.R. Martinez on “Dancing with the Stars.” Their favorite dancing star is a military veteran who was burned on 40 percent of his body when the humvee he was riding in hit a landmine and exploded. Mr. Martinez, who had 33 surgeries to rebuild his face, is now a motivational speaker and an actor. 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Building Fund during their Veteran’s Day Celebration on Nov. 7, 2011 on the Brighton Reservation. The VFW Post 6023 located in Indiantown had been recently hit and destroyed by a tornado. Pictured left to right is John W. Huff, Sr., Sammie Gopher, Billy F. Blake (VFW Post 6023), Jack Smith, Jr., David Nunez, Jr., David S. Shelton (VFW Post 6023), Stanlo Johns, Eddie Shore, Moses B. Osceola and Ted Nelson, Sr. Shockley completes trainingPfc. Justin Shockley graduated from basic training with the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov. 18 at Paris Island, S.C. He will go on to Marine Combat Training at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Pfc. Shockley is a 2011 graduate of Okeechobee High School. He is the son of Lisa Abner and Michael Shockley. In the Military ... Pfc. Justin Shockley

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Buy for price on Sonic based on 77 month nance with $2,499 total out of pocket. Amount of Equinox in stock is at time of print. Pi ctures for illustration purposes only. Expires 11/30/11. 3550 Highway 441 South Okeechobee (877) Go-Gilbert or (863) 763-3154 www.GilbertChevrolet.com 23 Okeechobee News November 23, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESBringing it homeOkeechobee County School District Schools have gotten the job done in the Community Food Drive. Local students brought in and donated food to help feed those less fortunate. Central Elementary students topped the list with the most food in weight brought in with 2,545 lbs. South Elementary had a total weight of 1,678 lbs. Seminole Elementary had 1,384 lbs., Everglades Elementary brought in 1,357 lbs., Okeechobee High School tallied 1,223 lbs. in food donations and Okeechobee Achievement Academy came in with 735 lbs. The total was—8,922 lbs! Congratulations and thank you to all who participated. Free Ride Home for Drunk Drivers and their Cars is Nov. 24 through Jan. 2AAA and Budweiser will help protect roadways during the Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday season with the Tow to Go program. Tow to Go has safely removed more than 16,000 drunk drivers off roadways since the program began in 1998. A nyone, AAA member or not, can call for a Tow to Go ride, Thursday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Jan. 2. Tow to Go provides a con dential ride and tow home from any bar or restaurant FREE of charge to anyone who may have had too much to drink by calling 1-800-AAAHELP (4357). Services are offered throughout Florida, Georgia, and West and Middle Tennessee. "The busiest time for the Tow to Go program is during the upcoming holiday season when more than 70 percent of the call volume is received," said Joanna Newton, Tow to Go program manager, The Auto Club Group. "We have decided once again to offer the Tow to Go services from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year's Day to anyone who may need it. This holiday season, we encourage everyone to give the gift of a safe ride home by being a designated driver or telling a friend about Tow to Go, if they may have had too much to drink." "The Tow to Go program is a simple and effective way to promote the use of designated drivers and help prevent drunk driving," said Kathy Casso, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. AAA and Budweiser encourage individuals to plan for a safe celebration, before they go out, by being or choosing a designated driver, or calling Tow to Go for a safe ride home. If you are hosting a holiday party, the following tips will help you and your guests enjoy the festivities responsibly: Plan ahead to accommodate guests: Encourage your guests to designate a driver before the party, whether it's a taxi or a ride from a friend. If they don't have a ride and had too much to drink, call them a taxi or ask them to spend the night. Offer something for everyone: Whether it's soda, tea or water, offer your guests nonalcohol options. Provide food throughout the night, so no one is drinking on an empty stomach. Serve one drink at a time: Refreshing un nished glasses may feel like you're being an attentive host, but people can easily lose track of how much alcohol they've consumed. The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its af liates provide membership, travel, insurance and nancial services offerings to approximately 8.5 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois, Minnesota and Tennessee; and a portion of Indiana. 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