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Publication Date: 12-02-2011
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Friday, December 2, 2011 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 102 No. 144 13.81 feetLast Year: 12.99 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Local man losing weight to help Haitian orphans ... Page 3 Ranchers paid to store water ... Page 9 OHS student accused of selling drugs ... Page 8 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaHoliday visitorOkeechobee Mayor James Kirk welcomed Santa Claus to City Park on Tuesday evening, Nov. 29, to light the Christmas lights and of cially kick-off the holiday season in Okeechobee. For more photos, see page 10. Custom car show planned ... Page 13 Fate of building still uncertainBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News “It wasn’t as bad as black Friday,” that was the comment of Okeechobee Mayor James Kirk at the conclusion of an auction held Wednesday Nov. 30. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) conducted an auction of the contents of the long vacant chamber of commerce building in order to satisfy a tax lien against the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce. That organization has been inoperative and the building on the corner of Park Street and Parrott Avenue they leased from the city has been vacant for more than a year. As the result of the auction, it appears that some Okeechobee memorabilia such as photographs of past Speckled Perch Festival Queens will still be available to the public, despite fears they might be discarded. However, as of Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1, the fate of the building was uncertain. The IRS seized the building in July and changed the locks. On Nov. 21 the city obtained a court order giving them possession of the building because Judge Robert Belanger ruled that Chamber’s possessions sold at auction Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaSharon Sullivan, property appraisal liquidation specialist with the Internal Revenue Service, auctions Speckled Perch Queen crowns and scepters and other items belonging to the now defunct Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Nov. 30, to satisfy a tax lien. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man recently convicted a second time for molesting a child will now spend the rest of his natural life in prison. Calvin Lewis Overholt, 57, S.W. Third St., was found guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation on Nov. 9. He was sentenced Wednesday, Nov. 30, by Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger. Overholt, who was originally charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 years of age and the molestation charge, was found guilty of simple battery by the sixmember jury on the sexual battery charge. Battery is a lesser-included crime on that charge. However, there is no lesser-included crime for the molestation charge. Records sho w that Overholt has been arrested three times for molesting children, and twice convicted. His latest arrest was Feb. 28 of this year. The victim’s family came forward and led a complaint against Overholt after they learned he had molested their 7-year-old son in December of 2010. The boy’s mother testi ed that prior to learning what had happened, she and her husband were becoming increasingly concerned because their son was acting differently and “showing out” at Child molestor sent to prison for lifeSee OVERHOLT — Page 17 See CHAMBER — Page 17 Calvin Lewis Overholt


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PAID ADVERTISEMENTBy Jason Delong STAFF WRITER Yesterday at the Holiday Inn Express locals lined up to cash in on their gold and silver, antiques, collectibles, at the As seen on TV,Ž Treasure Hunters Roadshow. The free event is in Okeechobee all week, buying gold, silver, antiques and collectibles. One visitor I spoke with yesterday said, Its unbelievable, I brought in some old coins that had been in a little cigar box for years and some old herringbone necklaces„in less than fteen minutes I left with a check for $700. That stuff has been in my jewelry box and dresser for at least 20 years.Ž Another gentleman brought in an old Fender guitar his father had bought years ago. The man said, Dad had less than fty bucks in that guitar.Ž The Roadshow specialist that assisted him made a few phone calls and a veterinarian in Seattle, Washington bought the guitar for $5,700.00. The seller continued, I got another $300.00 for a broken necklace and an old class ring. Its not every day that someone comes to town bringing six thousand dollars with your name on it.Ž Jeff Parsons, President of the Treasure Hunters Roadshow, commented, Lots of people have items that they know are valuable but just dont know where to sell them. Old toys, trains, swords, guitars, pocket watches and jewelry are valuable to collectors. These collectors are willing to pay big money for those items that they are looking for.Ž This weeks Roadshow is the best place to get connected with those collectors. The process is free and anyone can bring items down to the event. If the Roadshow specialists nd items that their collectors are interested in, offers will be made to purchase them. About 80% of the guests that attend the show end up selling one or more items at the event. Antiques and collectibles are not the only items the Roadshow is buying. Gold and silver markets are soaring,Ž says Archie Davis, a Roadshow representative. Broken jewelry and gold and silver coins add up very quickly. I just nished working with a gentleman that had an old class ring, two bracelets and a handful of silver dollars. His check was for over $650.00. I would say that there were well over 100 people in here yesterday that sold their scrap gold.Ž One gentleman holding his check for over $1,250.00 in the lobby of the event yesterday had this comment: I am so happy I decided to come to the Roadshow. I saw the newspaper ad for the event and brought in an old German sword I had brought back from World War II and some old coins, and here is my check. What a great thing for our community. I am heading home now to see what else I have that they might be interested in.Ž The Roadshow continues today starting at 9am. The event is free and no appointment is needed. If you go to the Roadshow, you can cash-in your items for competitive prices. Roadshow representatives will be available to assess and purchase your items at the Holiday Inn Express, this week through Saturday, in Okeechobee.HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE CASH IN ON MODERN DAY GOLD RUSH!Gold and silver pour into yesterdays Roadshow due to highest prices in 40 years. WE BUY ALL GOLD & SILVER JEWELRY WHAT WE BUY COINSAny and all coins made before 1970: silver and gold coins, dollars, half dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. All conditions wanted!GOLD & SILVERPRICES AT 40 YEAR HIGH for platinum, gold and silver during this event. Broken jewelry, dental gold, old coins, pocket watches, Krugerrands, gold bars, Canadian Maple Leafs, etc.JEWELRYGold, silver, platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, all types of stones and metals, rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. (including broken jewelry). All costume jewelry wanted.WRIST & POCKET WATCHESRolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Illinois, Hamilton, all others.GUITARS & OTHER INSTRUMENTSFender, Gibson, Martin, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, new and vintage amps, saxophones, wood winds, mandolins and all others. CHECK IT OUT!WHOTREASURE HUNTERS ROADSHOWWHATOPEN TO THE PUBLIC TO SELL THEIR ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLESWHEREHOLIDAY INN EXPRESS 3101 HWY 441 SOUTH OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974WHENNOV 29TH DEC 3RD TUESDAY…FRIDAY 9AM…6PM SATURDAY 9AM…4PMDIRECTIONS 863.357.3529 INFORMATION 217.787.7767 2 Okeechobee News December 2, 2011


Main Street sponsors local holiday festivitiesOkeechobee Main Street is again sponsoring the annual Lighted Christmas Parade and Top of the Lake Christmas Festival in Flagler Park on Dec. 10 Food vendors, speciality vendors and non-pro ts are welcome to apply! Main Street will also again hold the annual Christmas Window Decorating Contest for businesses throughout the city. Decorations must be completed by Tuesday, Dec. 6 and judging will occur from Wednesday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 9. The winners will be announced at the festival on Dec. 10. Applications for the parade, festival and window decorating contest are available at the Main Street Of ce, 111 Northeast 2nd St. and can be faxed or sent via e-mail. Please call Cindy for more information at 863 3576246.Santa to visitChildren can visit with Santa Claus in the Okeechobee City Park from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13.Santa on the re truckThe Okeechobee City Fire Department will take Santa on a tour of the area within the Okeechobee City limits on a re truck Dec. 15-17 to wave to local children. The re truck will visit the northwest and northeast sections of Okeechobee on Dec. 15; the southwest section of Okeechobee on Dec. 16, and the southeast section of town on Dec. 17. For more information, please call Kim Barnes at 863-763-3372 ext. 222.Big Lake Missions sponsors toy driveBig Lake Mission Outreach is sponsoring their 16th annual toy drive for the needy children in our community. We screen our families for needs and the gifts are to be placed under the tree for Christmas Day. We are in need of new gift for ages infant to teen. Donations can be toys, gift cards, gifts suitable for teens or checks are also welcome made out to: Big Lake Missions Outreach, to purchase what is needed. Donations of toys, gifts and food will be accepted through Dec. 20. For more information, you may call 863763-5725. Pick up and receipts are available upon request.Eastern Star to host Holiday Fashion ShowOkeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order o f the Eastern Star will host the 15th Annual Holiday Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the KOA Campground. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with a Chicken Salad lunch being served at 11:45 a.m. We will again showcase our awesome "Teacup Auction" featuring numerous gifts, baskets, gift certi cates, etc. from many local merchants. Tickets for this spectacular event are again only $12 person and are limited. The deadline to reserve your ticket is Wednesday, Nov. 30. Please contact Mrs. Neich a Spiller at 863-357-7084. No tickets will be sold at the door. Holiday Happenings 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THEATRE I: TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWNŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun. &Wed. 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 &7:00 Friday, Dec. 2 Friday, Dec. 2ND NDThurs., Dec. 8 Thurs., Dec. 8TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 THEATRE III: HAPPYFEET 2ŽFri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun. &Wed. 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 &7:00 PG-13 M o v i e T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 6 5 0 € C h i l d r e n 1 2 & u n d e r $ 5 0 0 € S e n i o r C i t i z e n s $ 5 0 0 a l l m o v i e s € M M a t i n e e s $ 4 5 0 PGTHEATRE II: ARTHUR CHRISTMASŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun. &Wed. 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 &7:00 PG 3 Okeechobee News December 2, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tabitha Trent/Rotary ClubRotary Supports OHS BandRotary President Lyle Fried extended a warm welcome to guest speaker Toni Weirsma, principal of Okeechobee High School at last week’s Rotary meeting. Principal Weirsma updated club members with news regarding the OHS band’s trip to Washington, D.C. and where the band stood nancially in conjunction with their fundraising goal. Many Rotarians shared memories from their high school years when they too were members of the marching band and the hard work and dedication one must put forth. In honor of such a magni cent accolade, the club members presented Principal Weirsma with a donation of $670. In addition, Donna Gaiser, Rotarian and owner of The Canvas Shop presented an additional check for $125. The Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets every Tuesday at Noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant; please feel free to come join us for a wonderful time of fellowship and experience Service Above Self in action! Jim Benton, president elect of the Okeechobee Rotary Club will have his nal weigh-in at 10 a.m., Dec. 7, in the lobby of Center State Bank, 1611 S Parrott Ave., Okeechobee. Since June 7, Mr. Benton has been attempting to lose 50 lbs., in six months, but not just for dietary reasons. Mr. Benton has promoted sponsorship for his weight loss goal and has received $2,363.50 in pledges. Fifty- ve people have pledged dollar amounts ranging from $.10 to $3 per pound. If all pledges are received, and if Benton loses the 50 pounds, then the children that are currently being supported through the Rotary Club of Okeechobee will receive greatly needed funds. Since 2009 the Rotary Club of Okeechobee has been providing support to the children of Haiti through partnerships with More 2 Life church, American Drilling Services Inc., in Okeechobee and Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Haiti. Mr. Benton has lost 43 lbs., and fully expects to meet his 50 lbs., goal by Dec. 7. "It has been hard, but well worth it! I feel better physically and more importantly, I am grati ed that children in Haiti will have food in their stomachs, because I am willing to eat less." Mr. Benton Said. The Okeechobee Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 South Parrott Ave., Okeechobee. If you would like to help with the continued efforts in Haiti, or for more information about the Okeechobee Rotary Club, call Rotary President, Lyle Fried at 863-467-2677, visit www.okeechobeerotary.org or e-mail: info@okeechobeerotary.org. For more information about Rotary International, visit www.rotary.org. W eight loss goal helps raise funds to help orphans in Haiti Special to the Okeechobee News/ M. CableThird printingThe Okeechobee Historical Society announces the third printing of “Strolling Down Country Roads” by authors Betty Chandler Williamson and Twila Valentine. This pictorial history book of Okeechobee would make a unique and appreciated Christmas gift. Mrs. Williamson will be participating in a book signing, hosted by co-sponsor, Center State Bank, 1611 S. Parrott Avenue on Dec. 9 from 1 until 4 p.m. You may purchase books at that time for $40. Mrs. Williamson will also sign books in Flagler Park on Dec. 10 from 2-5 p.m. in the Okeechobee Historical Society’s booth during the Christmas Festival. The Historical Society will have “Strolling Down Country Roads” for sale as well as other historical booklets and coffee mugs, so please stop by the booth on December 10th and get some Christmas shopping done. For more details, call 863-763-6226 and leave a message and your phone number.


V ehicle Inspections I believe the state of Florida should bring b ack vehicle inspection stations. We need to get some of these vehicles that should not b e on our roads to begin with, off our roads. I would like to know where our law enforcement of cers are? We have vehicles driving around with no rear windows with a dark piece of plastic covering the back window. How could they possibly see anything behind them? I am willing to bet that they have no insurance and probably not a valid drivers license.Occupy Okeechobee? Compromise is what is ruining this c ountry, as in our defense is being compromised, our economy is being compromised, etc. I only hope that the possibility of the reelection of the compromiser in chief is also b eing compromised.  Lack of compromise, by both Democ rats and Republicans is what is holding up economic recovery, or any other issue that c omes before Congress. I guess maybe I should be joining the protesters. I can’t believe that a salon charges $15 for a 3 minute shampoo. It is true!E-mail scams The paper ran a story about a woman almost being scammed by a bank-look-alike site that asked for personal information. A way to avoid even getting that kind of mail is to have a totally separate e-mail address only for your bank info. It’s more trouble but w orth it. When I see bank info in my spam b ox, I have no trouble deleting it.  We are being occupied as we speak. Check out Wal-mart or the ea markets.Christmas I am glad that Main Street is having a holiday decorating contest. Maybe it will get people in the holiday mood and get them t hinking about the spirit of Christmas. How would Jesus want us to celebrate his birthday? I think he would want us to forgive anyone who has wronged us. I also think he would want us to feed the hungry and to help the poor. If you are a Christian and are celebrating Christmas in his honor, think about what he would want. We are all short of cash, but we can give a few extra cans of food to the local food pantries. And we can budget for at least one present for an Angel Tree or Toys for Tots.  There is a campaign to buy Americanmade products this Christmas. TAP America has kicked off a nationwide campaign to encourage everyone to buy American this Christmas, thereby helping to fuel local economies instead of sending money overseas. If every American spent $64 on America-made holiday gifts, it would create 200,000 jobs in the United States. Ideas for spending money here -instead of sending it overseas for foreign-made goods -included gym memberships, trips to theme parks, gift certi cates for local restaurants, fresh fruit from Florida and items made by cottage industries. A report on ABC stated the average American family spends $700 on holiday gifts. If they spend just under 10 percent of their holiday budget on American-made goods, it could put 200,000 Americans back to work.  There were some good ideas for locally made gifts in the paper. In addition, at Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters I found lures that are made in Lakeport and Moore Haven. Curtis and Sons Honey House in LaBelle has lots of varieties of honey (orange blossom, mangrove, sea grape, wild ower) and beeswax candles.  Go check out Trading Post Flea Market next to Home Depot. There is a booth there selling handmade jewelry, customized wine glasses and place settings. The owner makes her product right here in Okeechobee. Also there is a booth that sells unique products he makes out of horseshoes, including wine bottle holders, toilet paper holders, hat racks and just about anything else his head comes up with. Local Okeechobee made.  The 2 Saucy Gals, who sell their own line of hot sauces, live here in Okeechobee.  I love the idea about kids giving Mom a gift certi cate for yard work and such. As a mom and aunt, I would love that! I can think of a Nana, Aunt and Grandma that would love it too.  There is a new chocolate shop opening up in a few weeks, just in time for the holidays. They will be offering gift baskets that they can ship for you. So be looking out for that. Lose weight and reduce your health risk I was 37 years old and tipping the scales at 300 pounds! My lifestyle consisted of watching TV and sleeping all the time because I was always so tired. I had already had a mild heart attack at age 26 and was now diagnosed a type 2 diabetic, requiring 100 units of insulin, twice a day, along with oral medication to try and control my diabetes. I was on blood pressure & thyroid medications. I had to wear ankle braces for support and walking even a few steps, would cause me to be short of breath and diaphoretic. I had stomach and digestion problems. One of my hardest daily tasks was bending over to tie my shoes. My “aha moment” came one morning after a visit with one of my doctors. I was told that if I didn’t lose some weight, my days were numbered! I was taking more and more medications and with all my health issues, I didn’t think gastric bypass surgery was the best choice for me. So, I got my mind set right and with support from my husband, family and my Physicians Weight Loss Centers (PWLC) counselors, I started my weight loss program in June 2010. My PWLC counselors taught me how to eat right and that losing weight is a “lifestyle change…not just a diet.” Over the next 11 months, my weight consistently dropped and my doctor took me off more and more medications. I was now able to walk without my ankle braces! I lost 155 pounds and 142 inches in 11 months! My BMI dropped from 49.1 (morbid obese) to a healthy 23.6. My clothing went from a size 28 to a size 10-12. Today, my lifestyle has drastically changed! You can nd me mowing my grass, with a push mower, in the Florida heat! I can easily walk three miles through my neighborhood, without shortness of breath and I have so much energy, it’s hard for me to sit still! Now, I’m the one running errands for my neighbors, who have trouble getting out! My blood sugar levels and blood pressures are normal now. I am totally off all insulin injections and almost all other medications. My doctor is absolutely thrilled with my results! I feel great and de nitely have much more self-esteem! I recently traveled up North to visit my family. My oldest son, who hadn’t seen me in four years, didn’t recognize me at rst. He gave me a big hug and had a tear in his eye. Losing weight is the best thing I ever did for my health…and myself! Jeana BryantTake prideOn Friday, Nov. 18 at around 1:45 p.m., I stopped at the local UPS store. As I pulled up, I observed a young man in his late teens or early 20s washing windows. What impressed me was the “Pride” that he was taking in cleaning the windows. He was dressed neat, equipment immaculate all in order in his waist carry-on. Prior to washing the windows, he cleaned all the heavy dus t off the windows and ledges and proceeded to wash. Once completing the washing and using his squeegy he used a cloth to wip e off the excess water on the ledges and in th e corners. Why am I pointing this out or should w e even care? For the past three months w e have heard and seen nothing but bellyaching losers disrupting our county. They blam e everyone because they can’t nd a job, o r if one is offered, it might be beneath them like washing windows, cars, street cleaner, garbage collector, etc. Here is a young man taking pride in his work and I hope that one day, he will b e laughing all the way to the bank as a “On e percent entrepreneur” with his own cleaning company. What is disturbing? If this young man present day wanted to expand, hire personnel and be successful, our grea t administration would like to tax him even more for being successful and rich. The y would like to take his hard earned mone y and give it to lazy losers. I took a minute and complimented him. If I had a company this is the type of young man or if it were a woman I would want on my team. God bless that young man and I wish him success. Jim VenselA call to AngelsHello Angels, it’s the time of year when Martha’s House Shelter Director Crystal Royal calls on you to work a miracle. As you know, Christmas is the highlight of the yea r here in the shelter, in other words, it’s a big deal. This very well may be the only time a child in our shelter will experience the tru e meaning of Christmas. So Angels, com e forth that eyes may shine and hearts dance, as children enjoy playing again. Remembe r Angels in all that you do just be you. Thanks in advance for your generosity. Crystal Royal, Shelter Director, 863-763-0596 Friday, December 2, 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. 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Guest CommentaryBy Joe Collins, chairmanSouth Florida Water Management District Governing Board Myths and misinformation continue to swirl around Florida’s water management districts and their ability to do their job with lower revenues and smaller organizations. In South Florida, unfounded concerns have been expressed about the future of Everglades restoration, the capacity of our District scientists and the erosion of our regulatory authority. The facts can alleviate these unwarranted fears. Fact 1. The establishment of Florida’s ve water management districts is rmly rooted in statute. In Florida, water is a public resource. The districts were speci cally created by the Water Resources Act in 1972 to manage and protect the state’s waters on behalf of our citizens. For four decades we have ful lled our responsibilities of managing water supply, water quality, ood protection and natural systems in the public interest through a solid regulatory framework, governing boards appointed by the Governor and state oversight through the Department of Environmental Protection. This framework has not changed. Fact 2. The South Florida Water Management District is indeed building a leaner, more ef cient agency by eliminating unnecessary expenses and getting back to its core mission. In doing so, we are saving South Floridians $128 million through a 30-percent tax reduction, the majority of which was realized by cutting overhead and administrative costs. This is welcomed news for taxpayers who expect cost-effective services, government transparency and accountability in spending. Fact 3. The District continues to be a dynamic agency, providing more than 1,600 jobs across the region. Close to half of these jobs are dedicated to operating South Florida’s massive ood control system. To support water resource protection and environmental restoration, more than 25 percent of our workforce holds Ph.D. or Master degrees, and we have more than 150 certi ed professional engineers and geologists on staff. This highly quali ed, capable and competent workforce is focused on efciently achieving the agency’s water management responsibilities. Fact 4. The District’s $576.1 million budget is being used to deliver tangible, meaningful results. For scal year 2012, more than 70 percent of the budget will go toward ood control and restoring the South Florida ecosystem. With a combined investment of more than $850 million in 2011 and 2012, we will be completing construction on a half dozen restoration projects. And over the next ve years, the District will use nancial reserves to invest another $350 million toward developing and protecting the water resources of this state and to improving the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee watersheds. Fact 5. Our appointed Governing Board is highly engaged and actively guiding the agency’s work. Representing diverse South Florida interests, these volunteers have oversight of District activities and provide policy direction on all issues, including regulator y functions. The District continues to scrutinize permit applications to ensure water resource protection, and we share with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection the objective of improved statewide consistency while recognizing our regional diversity. There is no effort to weaken our standards. These facts do not represent the actions of a disabled water management district. Just the opposite. They are the actions o f a government agency true to its founding principles, clearly focused on its mission, streamlined in its internal operations and delivering ef cient and cost-effective water resource management. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHYou are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 1167 Linda Rd. BHR863-357-6500 www.bhrchristianchurch.orgSunday Worship 10:30am~~~Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm~~~Sunday Evening Service 6:00pm C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m Oakview Baptist Church would like to invite you and your family this Christmas season to  L i g h t L o o k e d D o w n Ž an exciting audio/visual experience as we recall the account of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.Program times are Friday, Dec. 9th at 6 pm & Sunday Dec. 11 at 4 pm W e w a n t t o w i s h y o u a V E R Y M e r r y C h r i s t m a s 677 SW 32nd St. € 863-763-1699List Your Church Here!!! 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Eagles Post to host steak nightEagles North at 9985 U.S. 441 North is hosting Friday night steak night on Dec. 2 from 6:30 until 9 p.m. Music by Lisa. Come enjoy the food and fun. Proceeds to bene t the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. For more information, please call 863-763-2552. V FW Post announces full slate of weekend eventsNorth VFW #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. plans a full weekend. Friday, the grill will be open 5-9 p.m., with Karaoke by Steve on a Stick 7-10 p.m. Saturday there will be Karaoke by Mrs. Betty 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Lori w ill be cooking chicken cordon bleu 2-4 p.m. and Karaoke by Sandoone 6-9 p.m. Be sure to stop by and join in the fun, food and friendship! V FW Post to host Friday night dinnersBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, S.R. 78 W est will host Friday night dinners on Friday, Dec. 2 and every Friday. Dinner menus vary as do donation amounts. Proceeds will bene t Christmas gifts for children fund.Martha’s House to hold huge yard saleDue to Thanksgiving, Martha's House Monthly huge yard sale will be held on Friday, Dec. 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 NightFamily 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.Eagles to host dinnerOn Friday, Dec. 2, the Cypress Hut Eagles will serve a steak or sh dinner from 5:30 8:30 p.m. Music will be by Wes & Debbie James. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. The public is welcome. Eagles Post to host bingo nightEagles North at 9985 U.S. 441 North is having card bingo starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, come have some fun. Any pro t goes into F.O.E. 4137 community fund.DAR meeting announcedThe Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will meet this Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Okeechobee Public Library (the rst meeting room on the right). All members and prospective members are urged and invited to attend.Moose serving steak dinnerOkeechobee Moose, at 159 N.W. 36th St., on Saturday, Dec. 3, will serve dinner of country fried steak, from 5:307:30 p.m., for a $7 donation. Members and guests are welcome. Come and welcome back our entertainment "Alice" from 59 p.m.Bene t planned for Kenny HarrisonThere will be a cancer bene t for Kenn y Harrison on Saturday, Dec. 3 starting at 8 a.m. at the adult ball park. There will be games, raf es and barbecue dinners. For more information, contact Rhonda Gillis at 863-634-9530 or email rhonda_bohannon@ yahoo.com. Eagles plan birthday bashOn Saturday, Dec. 3 the Cypress Hut Eagles will host a December birthday bash at 3 p.m. Music will be by Michael's Memories The public is welcome. All proceeds go to the Community Charity Fund.Craft & Christmas Bazaar in BHRThe annual Craft and Christmas Bazaar will 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 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Hazel M. Higgins, 83OKEECHOBEE Hazel M. Higgins, age 83, of Okeechobee, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in the Delray Medical Center. She was born May 12, 1928, to Warner and Marie (Koelliker) Parker in Lakew ood, Ohio. She w as an Elder of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Gibson Higgins. She is survived by her son, Allen Higgins (Patricia) of Brunsw ick, Ohio; daughter, Lynn M. ParkerPoole (Jeff) of Delray, Fla.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-granddaughter. A memorial service will be 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions may be made to the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl 34972. On-line condolences may be made at w ww.buxtonfuneralhome.com. 6 Okeechobee News December 2, 2011Julie Buchannon, 47OKEECHOBEE Julie Buchannon, age 47, of Okeechobee, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at her residence. She was born May 21, 1964, in Pahokee to George and Peggy Lance. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, William Buchannon; sons, B.J., Jason (Cherish), Michael; and daughter, Ashley, all of Okeechobee. In addition she is survived by two grandchildren, Tristen and Kayden of Okeechobee; and niece, Peggy W. Wynn of Pennsylvania. There will be a gathering from 2 to 3 p.m., today, Dec. 2 2011, with the service at 3 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl 34972. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Obituaries




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An arrest report by Deputy Joseph Hall, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that when he arrived at the victim’s home at 1:23 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, her hair and clothes were wet and smelled of beer. The victim reportedly told him that Brcka had hit her in the head with a can of beer then poured the beer over her head. According to the deputy’s report, she met Brcka earlier in the evening and gave him some turkey for Thanksgiving. She then took him to a local convenience store, dropped him off there and then returned to her home. About 20 minutes later the woman heard someone enter her front porch. She reportedly told the deputy that person was Brck a and that her porch door wasn’t locked. Deputy Hall’s report indicated that Brck a was carrying a beer can when he entered her home and he seemed to be intoxicated. When he asked her if “... he could hang out and drink his beer ...” the woman told him no, the deputy stated. At this point Brcka apparently became angry and kicked over her stereo and coffee table. The victim reportedly told Deputy Hall that Brcka then grabbed a curtain rod and pressed it against her throat—cutting off her airway. He then hit her with the beer can and poured it over her, continued the report. The deputy’s report goes on to state that the victim freed herself and tried to call 9-1-1, but Brcka grabbed the phone. Eventually, she was able to call law enforcement after Brcka decided to leave and dropped the phone, the report stated. Deputy Hall stated that the victim had no visible injuries to her face or throat, and declined to pursue criminal charges against Brcka. But, since the attack was domestic in nature law enforcement has the power to arrest the alleged perpetrator even though the victim chooses not to le charges. The deputy went on to say that a domestic violence protection order against Brck a has been in effect since June 27. Man charged with choking ex-girlfriend William Cy Brcka By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee High School student was arrested after school of cials learned that he had reportedly sold some prescription pain killers to another student. Christopher Jacob Willet, 18, S.E. 33rd St., Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 29, on a charge of possession of a certain drug with intent to sell/distribute or deliver. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Robbie Lamb, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Willet agreed to sell the other student six tramadol tablets for $5 each. The other student reportedly told Deputy Lamb that Willet gave her the pills Tuesday morning and agreed to let her pay him when she had the money. Deputy Lamb said a Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) referral was done on the other student, who was a juvenile, and she was released into the custody of her legal guardian. All lings will then be handled by the state attorney’s of ce. According to the deputy’s report, she told him she had already taken one of the pills and that Willet had also taken one. She also told the deputy she had purchased pills from Willet in the past, added Deputy Lamb. The deputy went on to state that Willet refused to talk to him about the alleged incident. Tramadol is a prescription medication used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. OHS student accused of selling pills on campus The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Rebecca Caraballo Goodman, 29, Palmetto Drive, Winter Haven, was arrested Nov. 29 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her w ith failure to appear burglary of a conveyance. She is being held without bond.  Aubrey Waldron, 29, N.W. 82nd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 29 by Deputy Greg Popovich on a Hendry County warrant charging her with violation of probation burglary. She is being held without bond.  Benjamin Acosta, 36, N. 23rd St., Tampa, was arrested Nov. 29 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with failure to appear for drug court possession of cocaine and failure to appear for drug court driving while license suspended. He is being held without bond.  Tony Maloy, 53, Roosevelt St., Frostproof, was arrested Nov. 29 by Deputy Rusty Harts eld on a Highlands County charge of grand theft and a Polk County charge of grand theft. He is being held without bond.  Jesse Lee Adams, 25, N.W. 34th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 30 by Deputy Bart Potter on a warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation grand theft auto (two counts). He is being held without bond on those charges. Adams was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of giving a false name to a law enforcement of cer and resisting a law enforcement ofcer without violence. His bond on those charges was set at $1,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report Christopher Willet


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Another step was taken recently to help restore the Everglades. Local ranchers, state of cials and members of the news media gathered at Dixie Ranch, north of the City of Okeechobee on U.S. 98, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, for what Herschel Vineyard, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, called "an important next step in Everglades restoration." The occasion was to introduce the public to the Dispersed Water Management Program. Eight ranchers in Okeechobee and surrounding counties are participating in this public-private agreement whereby South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) pays them to store water on their lands. The ranchers still have use of the land and pay taxes on it. In turn taxpayers get the bene t of improved water quality and ood control. Nutrients are removed from the water and excessive discharges to the estuaries are prevented. The cost is also less than if the state bought a large parcel of land and build a reservoir. "We remain 100 percent committed to restoring the Everglades." said Mr. Vineyard. "Farming and ranching are part of Florida's rich history," he said. "They should be a part of Florida's bright future." Melissa Meeker, SFWMD executive director, said that storing water on private land meets SFWMD goals and keeps ranches w orking. She said the ranchers bring the projects on line quicker. The host was Woody Larson, owner of Dixie Ranch, one of the oldest ranches in the area. He said that in the days of the open range, cattle from the southern part of the county were gathered on the high ground of Dixie Ranch before being moved to the railroad at Okeechobee. "We know now that land and water are inseparable," Mr. Larson said. "The way we manage land determines how we manage water." "The cattle industry is excited about this probate public partnership," said Dan Quincey, Jr., president of the Florida Cattlemen's A ssociation and Chairman of the board of directors of the Suwanee River Water Management District. "It's a win-win for the whole state of Florida," He said the money spent on this program goes into the local economy. After the speeches the eight landowners and state of cials signed a document agreeing to the program and Mr. Larson gave the media a swamp buggy tour of the water storage areas on his ranch. He pointed out berms and water control structures that will be used to hold water on his property. He has 856 acre feet of water storage on his Dixie Ranch. The other participants in the program are the Alderman-Delaney Ranch, Okeechobee County, 147 acre-feet, Buck Island Ranch, Highlands County, 1,573 acre-feet of water storage, Dixie West, Okeechobee County, 315 acre-feet, Lightsey Cattle Company, Highlands County, 887 acre-feet, Lost Oak Ranch, Polk County, 374 acre-feet, Triple A Ranch, Okeechobee County, 397 acre-feet, and Willaway Cattle and Sod, Okeechobee County, 229 acre-feet. An acre foot is an acre of water 1 foot deep. The water storage areas are shallow, varying from a few inches to about 2 feet. One of the pilot projects used to develop the Dispersed Water Management Program was shown in a single year to have removed 8.4 metric tons of phosphorous to improve water quality in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed. Over $7 million has been invested by SFWMD over the 10-year period of these eight contracts. In total there are more than 100 participating partners in the Dispersed Water Management Program providing water retention or storage ranging from one acre-foot-to 30,000 acre-feet. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide 450,000 acre-feet of retention/ storage throughout the Northern Everglades watershed. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. Plus well give you a complimentary e-Subscription so you can read YOUR newspaper anywhere via the Internet.Thats a value of $72 -Yours for FREE if you act NOW!(*Value based on annual subscriptions) For ONLY $6.00 a monthSUBSCRIBE TODAY!EZPay is simplicity personified. It is the most convenient way to pay for your subscription. Once its set up, its automatic every month. 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Woody Larson, center photo, owner of Dixie Ranch, welcomes state of cials and members of the news media to his ranch. The occasion was to recognize Mr. Larson and seven other ranchers. Local rancher Chuck Syfrett ,right, signs a document agreeing to participate in the Dispersed Water Management Program. In the background are other ranchers who are participating in the program waiting to sign the document.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News December 2, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Pete Gawda A trio of friendsThese three children enjoyed the Okeechobee Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday evening, Nov. 29 in the Okeechobee City Park. They are, left to right, Rudy Juarez, Rumor Juarez and Patricia Entry. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaChristmas is for childrenA combined choir of students from Okeechobee’s schools sang holiday favorites at the Christmas tree lighting on Tuesday evening, Nov. 29, at the park next to City Hall. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaReady for the holidays(Photo above) Twins Aubrey and Amber Cook, 5, found a vantage point to view the Okeechobee Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the Okeechobee City Park in the arms of their grandfather, city attorney John Cook. (At right) Shane Hubbard brought his best friend, Peanut, to the Okeechobee Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday evening, Nov. 29. Peanut was decked out in a Santa Claus out t. The city kicked off the holiday season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. For more holiday events, see page 3.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 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 December 2, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Brahman boys soccer team remained unbeaten when they battled to a 2-2 tie with St. Lucie West Centennial on Monday. Brian Guerrero had two goals in the rst half for Okeechobee, (3-0-1). Centennial (1-1-1) had two goals from Jeremy Herrera. Okeechobee got an assist from Sergio Vargas and eight saves in net from Sera n Espinoza.  Moore Haven’s cross country earned some post season awards this week as sophomore Viviana Leon was named to the District 17 All-Star team. Coach Norman Spero was named coach of the year for District 17. Sophomore Jordan Drayton of Moore Haven was nominated for the All State Academic team for cross country. The District 19 all star teams did not include any members from Okeechobee High School for fall sports like cross country and volleyball this year.  Osceola Lady Warrior basketball opened the season with a 31-22 loss to Oslo on Tuesday. Michaela Myers had nine points and Imari Roberts added seven points. Laporshe Morris added ve points. Osceola trailed 19-5 at the half but rallied in the second half.  Brahman swim Coach Brian Turner said his squad continues to get more swimmers to the regional each year. He admitted it gets more and more dif cult each year. Seems the state changed their rules for the state nals and take only 16 relay teams. In the past they took up to 40 teams. HS w ould have quali ed for three state nals in the past six years had the state not changed the rules. “It is getting more dif cult for us to qualify for our regional but in the end the tough competition has made us a much stronger program,” he said.  The OHS Brahman boy’s basketball suffered three losses this week at South Fork. The junior varsity fell 60-32 and the freshman team fell 57-22.  The OHS Lady Brahman basketball team lost to Vero Beach 58-45 due to a tough rst half on Wednesday night. Vero Beach jumped out to a 15-7 lead after the rst quarter and led 35-19 at the half. Okeechobee rallied in the second half to show the Lady Indians they will never quit. Carley McCoin continued a strong freshman year with 19 points. Ami Edward had eight points. Coach Erin Morrow said she was proud that the girls played hard in the fourth quarter when they outscored the Indians 21-11. She said they continue to work on their half court offense. “We need to be more comfortable with the ball and do a better job of execution of plays and moving the ball around,” she added.  Ami Edwards had 20 points and 24 rebounds to lead the OHS Brahman girl’s basketball team to an impressive 59-35 victory at Port St. Lucie on Tuesday night. E.J. Edwards added 11 points and Carly McCoin 10 points for Okeechobee as they earned their second win of the year. Okeechobee led 19-11 after one, 33-16 at the half and 4527 after the third quarter in the dominating w in. It was the team’s rst District victory of the year.  Phillip Jones scored 17 points in a losing cause as the boy’s varsity squad fell to South Fork 60-57 in Tropical Farms on Tuesday night. Byron Pressley had a game high 20 points for the Bulldogs. Sports news in brief By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee wrestling team continued their strong start with a convincing 6017 victory over South Fork on Wednesday night at the Brahman gym. Okeechobee got several early pins in the lower weight classes as the won their second home match of the year for new Coach Robert Olive. Among the winners were Del no Garcia, Brandon Vickers, Cody Grif th, Ryan Hagan, Larry Tabor, Bryan Levins, Peyton Stokes, Alan Leitner, John Kemp and Jose Hernandez. Coach Oliver said a lot of the Brahman victories came after they were almost pinned and were able to reverse the holds with strong moves. “We still have things to work on. We still have to be quicker because our reactions are a little slow, we’ll de nitely be drilling on that,” he noted. Oliver said he also liked the fact that his team was aggressive. A number of the younger wrestlers also earned their praise for the progress they are making. Hagan won his match after he slammed his opponent to the match in the opening seconds. He was able to reverse a near pin combination and defeat the Bulldog captain. “It de nitely was the match of the night and everybody wanted to see who would win that match. I feel anytime you come out and slam your opponent it de nitely kills their con dence,” he said. Ryan, a junior, said he must work harder in practice because he wants to qualify for the state tournament this year. “I slack off a bit in practice and I need to push myself harder,” he added. Some junior varsity wrestlers were also impressive Wednesday. They included Justin Morgan, Edwin Robles, Zadoc Simmons, and Oscar Ayala. The Brahman grapplers travel to Sebastian for a tournament on Saturday, Dec. 3. They return home to host a 12-team tournament on Saturday, Dec. 10. OHS mat team pins South Fork, 60-17 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTodd Lanning ghts for position during the Brahman wrestling match with South Fork Wednesday. OHS fans were treated to more than 15 competitive matches as OHS won 60-17. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrandon Vickers (left) defeated Matt Henney of South Fork in the 113 pound weight division on Wednesday.


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Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 13 Okeechobee News December 2, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A Belle Glade man is being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail after his arrest on charges of stealing a trailer that contained a stolen ATV. Abraham Cantu Jr., 27, Avenue F., was arrested Monday, Nov. 28, on a felony charge of grand theft. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended with knowledge and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. Cantu is being held in lieu of $28,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Cody Hurst, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that he stopped a blue Dodge pickup truck in the 100 block of S.R. 70 West at 3:08 a.m. Monday because the trailer it was pulling did not have a tag. When he spoke to the driver, later identi ed as Cantu, Deputy Hurst noticed the new red 2012 Polaris Ranger in the trailer. In his report, Deputy Hurst stated that Cantu told him he had just bought the ATV for $1,500. However, continued the deputy, he knows such a vehicle is worth approximately $15,000. When he had an OCSO dispatcher run the vehicle identi cation number, Deputy Hurst learned the ATV was reported stolen in Hendry County. The deputy then had his dispatcher check on the trailer and he found out it had reportedly been stolen from the City of South Bay. According to a spokeswoman with the City of South Bay, the trailer has an estimated value of $2,000. The trailer has since been returned to South Bay. Deputy Hurst indicated in his report that during a search of Cantu’s truck he found four suspected marijuana cigarette butts, more commonly known as roaches. He also found another suspected marijuana roach in the glove box of the ATV, he added. A eld test on those substances indicated positive results for the presence of marijuana, the deputy stated. The case is still under investigation. Man caught with stolen ATV and stolen trailer Abraham Cantu By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man, already housed in the county jail, is now being held on $200,000 bond following his arrest for allegedly burglarizing a home and taking items totalling over $1,600. David Bernard Robinson, 29, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 29, on felony charges of burglary of a dwelling and felony theft from a dwelling over $150. He is being held in lieu of bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. An arrest report by Detective Ted Van Deman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that a burglar broke into the home on Nov. 18 and stole items totalling $1,625. Those items included jewelry, a camera, an I-phone, an electronic gaming system and several games that go with that system. According to Detective Van Deman the camera and the gaming system have been recovered. The detective’s report stated that a school-aged child returned home from school around 1 p.m. and found her home in disarray and the French doors in the back of the home open. Those doors, continued the report, were locked when the child left for school that morning. The child called her mother, who then came home and contacted law enforcement. The detective pointed out that the doors were the apparent point of entry. A door knob was now loose and there were pry marks found around the doors, stated his report. Once Detective Van Deman had enough evidence to arrest Robinson all he had to do was walk to the county jail where Robinson is being held. Jail records show that Robinson was arrested Nov. 23 on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. His bond was set at $250. Burglary suspect found in jail David Bernard Robinson Custom car, truck and bike show planned for SaturdayCustom Sights and Sounds and Angels Among Us will host the Okeechobee Cruisin’ Custom Car, Truck and Bike Show on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 10 p.m. at 1811 South Parrott Avenue in Okeechobee. Proceeds will bene t Making Strides Against Cancer. There is no charge for spectators. Vehicle registration for the show is $5. For more information, call Jessie at 863-261-4498 or Chris at 863-697-8721.


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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 FEMALE BOARDER Studio Apts. in quiet country setting, 5 minutes from town, furnished, hi-speed internet, 200 channel cable, a/c, electric, all included with private entrance. $125 per week or $450 a month. Reference required 863-763-0675 FURNISHED EFFICIENCY APT. Utilities and cable included. $600 mo. $300 sec. dep. No pets. (863)697-3351 Large Tiled APT in town. 2/2, w/d, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572. OKEECHOBEE TRIPLEX clean, 2 BR, 2 BA, W/D hook-up, patio, privacy fence, no pets. $690 mo. + $500 security deposit. Free trash and lawn maint. (417)848-3424 or (417)848-6360 Condos/Townhouses Rent FOR RENT ONE BEDROOM/ONE BATH CONDO. FULLY FURNISHED, WATER FRONT VIEW NO PETS (863)610-0512 OR (863)357-7520 Shop here first! The classified ads Condos/Townhouses Rent Oak Lake Villa #17, 2/2, clean unit with updated kitchen & appliances. $800 mo. $800/mo. 1st, last, and $500 sec. required. (863)467-5965 leave a message. TAYLOR CREEK CONDO 1/1 w/ util. ground oor. $750/mo. w/1 year lease. Move in now, $600 (863)634-0663 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 3bd/1ba, CBS, concrete drive, metal roof, shutters, privacy fence, a/c, tile oors, W/D, no inside pets $825 mo. security deposit $600. Call 863-697-6224 Best Price.....On the Water. 3bd/1ba CBS Home with all tile,utility room and carport. Located 1137 4th Street BHR $650 per month plus Security Call 561-968-4018 Dixie Ranch 3 Bdrm/1 bath $700.00 a month. Also 2 Bdrm/1 bath $675.00 a month FLS. No Pets 863-634-2820 Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br house, clean, quiet $700/mo, $500 security. Includes water & lawn maintenance. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 OKEE 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-RentOKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $1000 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 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 Houses-SaleOwner Financing2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent RIVER ACRES 2BR/1.5BA, Single, on Kissimmee River, $600/mo. + sec. & electric. Yearly lease. (863)634-8885 TREASURE ISLAND 2/2 new carpet, lg. Fla. rm, w/detaced man cave. 2 Sheds, $750/mo + sec. (863)634-0663 TREASURE ISLAND 3/2, New carpet, large yard, large shed. Move in $800. 1/1, Condo with util. Move in $750. Call: 863-634-0663. 16 Okeechobee News December 2, 2011


Mobile HomeSale2bd/1 1/2 bath 1981 MH with Florida room addition, Fully furnished, locat in Pine Ridge Park 3133 NE 7th St $15,000 Cash Call 937-631-1427 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 4/2 From 499 Mo Loaded 3/2 From 399 Mo Loaded Homes on Your Lot 0 Down 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at 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 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 404029 ON 12/2/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 404325 ON 12/2/2011 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD094 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that PLYMOUTH PARK TAX SERVICES LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2205 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: FIRST ADDITION TO PINEWOOD HEIGHTS LOTS 1 & 2 15 & 16 & THE VACATED ALLEY BETWEEN SAME BLOCK 33 LOTS 8 & 9 & VACATED ALLEY BETWEEN SAME BLOCK 34 THAT PORTION OF VACATED BISHOP STREET BETWEEN BLOCKS 34 & 33 NORTH OF MYRTLE AVENUE & SOUTH OF DOGWOOD AVENUE THAT PART OF DOGWOOD AVENUE VACATED IN ORB 438 PAGE 110 1-14-37-35-0030-00330-0010 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JENNIFER L DUNSON SHELBY D DUNSON Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 22nd day of December, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 402198 ON 11/11,18,25;12/2/2011 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on December 19, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1993 NISSAN 300ZX VIN #JN1RZ24H7PX538353 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 403997 ON 12/2/2011 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2011CP166 IN RE: ESTATE OF MELANIE SUE JOLLY Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Melanie Sue Jolly, deceased, whose date of death was April 21, 2011, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972.. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is December 2nd, 2011. Attorney for Personal Representative: Kevan Boyles, Esquire Attorney for John Woods Florida Bar Number: 285854 319 8th St., West Palm Beach, FL Telephone: (561) 833-2472 Fax: (561) 837-6611 E-Mail: kb@boyleslaw rm.com Personal Representative: John Woods 30210 NE 17th Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34972 404312 ON 12/2,9/2011 NOTICE OF FICTITIOUS NAME To Whom It May Concern: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Act”, Florida Statutes §865.09, will register with the Division of Corporations of the Department of State, State of Florida, upon receipt of Proof of Publication of this Notice, the Fictitious Names, to wit: CIRCLE C RANCH, CIRCLE C DAIRY and CIRCLE C RANCH & DAIRY under which I am engaged in business. I expect to engage in business at 3859 N. Highway 441, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 in the City of Okeechobee, in the County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said business enterprise, are as follows: William S Curren DATED at Okeechobee, Florida this 21st day of November, 2011. William S. Curren 404228 ON 12/2/2011 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-CP-136 JUDGE: JERALD D. BRYANT IN RE: Estate of LaMOINE GLASSBURN a/k/a DOC GLASSBURN, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Formal Administration The administration of the Estate of LaMOINE GLASSBURN a/k/a DOC GLASSBURN Deceased, whose date of death was April 13, 2011, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-5508, Case Number 2011-CP-136 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125 Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is: 12/2/2011 KIM ALAN GLASSBURN Personal Representative 8469 NW 189th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 Law Of ces of Cassels & McCall John D. Cassels Jr Attorney for Personal Representative 400 NW 2nd St. PO Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 863-763-3131 Fla Bar No.: 0261521 403893 ON 12/2,9/2011 17 Okeechobee News December 2, 2011 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds the chamber had abandoned the building. However, as of Thursday afternoon the IRS still had the only keys to the building and their legal department was reviewing the matter. For Wednesday’s auction there were six registered bidders plus a few curious spectators. At the beginning of the auction Sharon W. Sullivan, property liquidation specialist with the IRS, who conducted the auction, explained the rules. She said that $2,000 was the least the IRS could accept for the total contents of the building. Aggregate bids for entire contents would be accepted rst. They would have to start at $2,000. Then bidding could begin on individual lots. A running total of individual bids would be kept. If the total individual bids exceeded the largest aggregate bid, the individual bids would be honored. However if the total of all individual bids was less than the highest aggregate bid, the highest aggregate bid would be honored. J.D. Mixon, president of the recently formed Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, cast the only aggregate bid at the minimum of $2,000. The individual bidding then began. However, it soon became apparent that the individual bids would not total $2,000. Many lots received no bids at all, including lots of electronic items, ling cabinets and even Speckled Perch Festival Queen crowns and scepters. Bidding was very low on the few lots that did receive bids. All 33 framed pictures of former Speckled Perch Queens went for $1. A trophy case full of trophies brought $4. The most lively bidding was for a group o f framed historical scenes which went up to $36. City Councilman Dowling Watford, a history buff, was bidding on this lot because of a print of the Battle of Okeechobee. The auction also included, among other things, a Sno-Kones machine, Okeechobee T-shirts and hats, of ce furniture and equipment, Christmas decorations, toys, two corkboards, three clocks, two mounted sh, framed pictures of the courthouse and numerous other pictures, prints and posters. In the end all the individual bids went for naught. After 20 of the 40 lots had been auctioned off, Ms. Sullivan halted the auction and awarded the entire contents of the building to Mr. Mixon for $2,000. Ms. Sullivan explained that after Mr. Mixon paid for all the items he would be free to sell individual items to interested persons. Mr. Mixon stated that he was using Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County money and that he had been authorized by that chamber’s board of directors to do so. “Nothing will be thrown away,” he vowed. “That’s Okeechobee history. We don’t want that to be thrown away.” He said that because the Speckled Perch Festival is a continuing event, the new chamber would probably keep the pictures of past queens but would allow anyone to make copies o f them. This auction satis es the IRS lien against the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, with one possible exception. Ms. Sullivan said that within the next 10 years if any other assets of the defunct chamber were discovered those assets could also be seized by the IRS. CHAMBERContinued From Page 1 home and school. “His grades went down and the changes in him were dramatic,” she told the jury. She went on to tell the jury that she and her husband nally sat the boy down in late February of 2011 and asked him what was wrong. “He broke down and told us what had happened. He was crying and shaking,” she testi ed. The jury at his latest trial did not know about Overholt’s prior arrests or conviction. “It’s propensity evidence and not admissible,” said Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright, who prosecuted the latest case against Overholt. Michele Bell, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) sex offender unit, said Overholt was charged with second degree sodomy by the Wyoming County, N.Y., Sheriff’s Of ce on March 25, 1972. The victim in the case was under the age of 12, she said. Mrs. Bell added that the disposition of that case is unknown. Overholt was arrested on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under the age of 12 in Okeechobee County on Nov. 16, 1985. He was convicted on that charge and served 42 months in a Florida prison, which was followed by three years probation. Mrs. Bell said Overholt was not a registered sex offender because his conviction, prison term and probationary period ended before the sexual offender registration la w went into effect. She went on to explain that there are several ways a person can be quali ed and designated as a sexual offender in Florida, and then required to comply with the state’s offender registration law. Mrs. Bell said the person must be convicted of a speci c crime and be in the custody, control of or under the supervision o f the Florida Department of Corrections; or, in the custody of a private correctional facility on or after Oct. 1, 1997, as a result of that conviction. According to her records, Mrs. Bell said there are currently 93 registered sex offenders or predators living in Okeechobee County—81 offenders, ve predators, two juvenile offenders and ve that are currentl y in the Okeechobee County Jail. Of those being held in the county jail, she said: three are charged with violating their probation; one moved here from another state but was arrested for not reporting to the sheriff’s of ce that he was now living here; and, one is being held without bond on burglary and grand theft charges. He is also charged with felony petit theft, and his bond on that charge is set at $2,500. OVERHOLTContinued From Page 1


By Dan Culbert, senior horticultural agentUF/IFAS Extension Serice, Okeechobee Early in the Holiday season is the right time to talk about Christmas Trees for your Florida home. I have several articles on our w eb site about them, but here’s an update about this key holiday decoration. Should I consider a REAL or a fake Christmas Tree? Arguments given in favor of arti cial trees may include safer for the environment, less cost, less mess, easier to put up, safer, and it can be used for many years. But my bias for REAL trees will show below. REAL Christmas trees are not from forests, but are agricultural products grown on farms speci cally for holiday harvest. The argument that we should not be cutting down trees may look a bit like, “let’s not grow citrus because someday we will have to cut down the grove.” In 2007, more than 13,000 US growers produced 17 million Christmas Trees that employed 100,000 people. That’s a $30 million domestic jobs program with no government subsidy involved. REAL Christmas Trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and give off oxygen. The farms that grow Christmas Trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas Trees are grown on soil that doesn’t support other crops. The sticker price of arti cial trees can be as wide as that of REAL trees. But as you are pricing them out, be sure to include the hidden costs. In 2010 the US spent $1.5 billion on 35 million trees – and 75 percent of them w ere REAL trees. This poll of consumers determined that they spent an average of $36 for a REAL tree, while those that spent money for fake trees spent an average of $65. These costs fail to consider that most fake trees are produced in foreign lands, which are getting enough of our dollars. Many are produced in sweat shops, while others may contain hazardous materials. Do you know that the rst arti cial trees were a sideline business for a company that made toilet bowl brushes? How about long-term costs when fake trees get worn or go out of style they will ll OUR local land lls. REAL trees can be recycled into non-hazardous compost. Can I put real candles on a Christmas tree? As to their re safety: a test by a Detroit re department showed that a well-maintained REAL tree was more resistant to re than an arti cial variety. And as far as the candles are concerned, open candle ames will burn both kinds of Christmas tree— don’t try it! Can I dig up a wild tree or buy a nursery tree and plant it in my yard? Yes, Virginia, a LIVE Christmas tree (one with its roots) can be a wonderful addition to your family tradition. I don’t recommend that you dig a tree from the wild or from your Florida Yard, as they will suffer transplant shock and probably die. And wild trees will usually lack the “perfect shape” we look for in Christmas trees. Nursery grown Christmas trees can be kept in their containers, brought inside and decorated. Consider the height of the container when tting a LIVE Christmas tree into your home. Soil moisture needs careful monitoring to keep them safe and alive. Many smaller plants can be used as small tabletop trees if space is a problem. For post-holiday planting, be advised that January is the best time to plant trees in Florida. Remember there are certain trees that just won’t do well in Florida Yards. Best choices for local LIVE trees would be Southern Red Cedar or Sand Pine. How do I keep a REAL tree from dropping needles all over the house? The best way to prevent needle drop is to choose a fresh tree and keep it moist. Thumping the stem of a cut tree on the ground will cause some needles to drop but if there is too much drop, don’t pick that tree. Cutting the stem opens up some fresh wood that will quickly absorb water when trees are placed in the stand. I like to put the tree in with water and let it sit outside in a shady area for a day before I haul it inside. I also tap it again on the ground just before I bring it inside to get any more loose needles to fall. If you need to drag it over carpet, consider laying down drop-cloths on the path to catch any needle drop. What’s the best kind of REAL Tree for Florida? There are many, many choices of REAL trees that can be found at local charity tree lots (e.g. Lions Club or Shriners), garden centers (e.g. Tree Locators) or supermarkets. Choices are based on how much you can afford to spend, the quality you are looking for, needle retention, softness, and fragrance. Florida has Christmas Tree farms where you can cut your own tree. Most of these are in north Florida, but the closest are in Pasco and Hernando Counties. Other sites are near Ocala and Gainesville; check the Florida Christmas Tree Association website for details. Do check for more information on our Okeechobee web page, http://okeechobee. ifas.u .edu. If you need additional information on Christmas Trees, please email me at indianco@u .edu or call us at 863-763-6469. Local residents can stop by our of ce at 458 Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee. Happy Hollydays! This year, get a ‘real’ Christmas tree! 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELL A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945 f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net € 1200 S.Parrott Ave. 3000-M: Treasure Island 3 bedroom 2 bath DWMH. All double pane windows and sliding glass door. Two carport, 2 sheds, screened rm, back porch. $58,900 MLS #205163 5005-H: Lakeport Waterfront on a large corner lot. Concrete Seawall, workshop, porch, ceramic tile floors. Needs some TLC. $132,000 1008-M: River Run Resort 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home. Seller is ready to sell. Make an offer! $39,999 NOW $29,900 MLS #204194(863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 € Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 € Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485Acreage/Lots: € Foreclosed Indian Hammock 2.65+-acres $34,900 € Foreclosed 20.82+/acres in Cabbage Wood Ranch $43,700 € Foreclosed 10+/acres in equestrian gated Bridle Wood $34,900 € Foreclosed 5+/-acres in Lorida, great for livestock. (not buildable) $15,900 € Basswood Lot 3778 NW 33rd Ave. $6,000 MLS #205239. € Viking 6+/-acres (Owner financing a possibility) € 55.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 R E D U C E D R E D U C E D 1011-H In Town 3 bedroom 2 bath CBS home has been remodeled, new windows, new floors, fenced yard. Must take a look inside. $107,000 MLS #203354 7002-C: Tanning salon business, high traffic location. 7 tanning beds, 5 lay down tanners & 2 standup tanners. Lots of inventory. Only includes business, not real estate. $55,000 MLS #205434 3003-H: Kings Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 MLS #205169 18 Okeechobee News December 2, 2011


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sometimes love needs a helping hand.{ Hes relying on you. And you ma y need some help. n e e d s o m e h e l p Especially if youre E s p e c i a l l y i f y o u  r e caring for c a r i n g f o r s omeone w h ose h ea l t h requires attention 2 4 / 7 At Hope HealthCare Services, we understand your role a s a caregiver. We support all y ou do with our comforting c are„coor d inating me d ica l nee d s, exp l aining options a n d provi d ing emotiona l gui d ance f or you an d y our loved ones. Together, we can h e l p y ou b ot h ma k e eac h d ay t h e b est possi bl e Let Hope be there for you Support a t h o me co mf o rtin g C ar e re s pite f or Caregiver s co mp ass i o n f or Familie s Every day is a gift. Toll free 800.8 35 .16 73 or HopeHCS.org 19 Okeechobee News December 2, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSStudents of the WeekYearling Middle School Students of the Week for the week of Nov. 10 included: (standing, left to right) Anthony Metcalf, Victoria Garcia and Michael Rowe; (seated, left to right) Noel Aguirre, Arnoldo Martinez and Yasmine Vega. Not pictured is Jacey Mullis.


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