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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 12-04-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, December 4, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 145 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.77 feetLast Year: 12.95 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.City council may change land use plan ... Page 5 Banquet honors OHS swim team ... Page 10 FHP hands out more than 12,000 tickets over holiday weekend ... Page 15 HELPSupport OHS Sports ProgramShowYourSupportforOHSBaseball15%86335701061865HWY70WNEWSTOREStop by the car wash W e l c o m e t o B r a h m a n C o u n t r y of Car Wash proceeds go to benefit OHS Athletic Dept. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Will the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) be dissolved? Is the dike safe? The fate of SFWMD and the integrity of the Herbert Hoover Dike were major items of concern at the 16-County Ecosystem Restoration Summit held Friday, Dec. 2, at the Okeechobee County Courthouse. Representatives of the 16 counties served by the SFWMD were invited to the meeting to discuss matters of common ecological concern. In light of concern about the future of the SFWMD, the group passed a resolution in support of the District. They named adequate funding for rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike as their number one federal priority. The SFWMD resolution called for adequate funding and opposed any type of centralization of water control districts. Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard urged sending a strong message to Tallahassee that the 16-county SFWMD needs to remain intact. Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana suggested her fellow commissioners hold state and federal legislators accountable and check their voting records. “You don’t have to care if you don’t think anyone pays attention to the action,” she said. When contacted after the meeting, SFWMD of cials offered this written response: ”The districts were speci cally created by the Water Resources Act in 1972 to manage and protect the state’s water supply on behalf of our citizens.” The response went on to say that SFWMD had ful lled its responsibility for four decades under governing boards appointed by the government and oversight by the Department o f Environmental Protection and things have not changed. Melissa Meeker, SFWMD’s executive director, did not seem to be too concerned about Ecosystem summit meets in OkeechobeeSee ECOSYSTEM — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Although no problems are anticipated, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) of cials want the community to know that their dispatchers will be moving Monday, Dec. 5, at 6 a.m. The dispatchers will be moving from the sheriff’s of ce to their new surroundings in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the switch should be instantaneous, said OCSO Major Noel Stephen. Maj. Stephen said the phone system is hooked up and that testing has been going on all week. He added that 9-1-1 lines have already been transferred. “Hopefully, we won’t have any snags along the way,” said Maj. Stephen. “But, Sheriff’s dispatchers moving to new EOCSee DISPATCH — Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDChannel at Harney Pond to create access to lakeGlades County Commission Chairman Russell Echols surveys containers of spoil material removed from the channel that will connect the Harney Pond Canal with McTush Canal, creating a deep water access to Lake Okeechobee at this popular shing spot off of S.R. 78 in Lakeport. For more on the story, see page 5.


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Letters to Santa Will the Okeechobee News run letters to Santa this year? You used to have them but in t he past few years, I haven’t seen them in the paper. I really enjoyed reading the kids’ letters. Editor’s note: We regret that with the increase in the school population and the decrease in the number of newspapers we publish each week, w e don’t have space in the paper for Santa lett ers. It would not be fair to run just a few and w e don’t have room to run them all. However, kids and parents are welcome to post Santa lett ers online at www.newszap.com. Click on the Okeechobee local issues forum. We have also posted a link on the Okeechobee News page on Facebook.Bonner in Miami An interesting bit of news from the Miami Herald: Two North Miami Beach employees — one a police of cer, the other a department of ce manager — are in hot water after trying t o enlist some supernatural aid in the form of w hat they believed to be a Santeria practice using birdseed. Their alleged target: City Manager Lyndon Bonner, whose plan to slash the police b udget prompted protests and union outrage t his fall. Of cer Elizabeth Torres, a 24-year department veteran, and of ce manager Yvonne Rodriguez allegedly targeted City Manager Lyndon Bonner with birdseed, according to the Miami Herald. According to an internal affairs report released Wednesday and obtained by t he Herald, Torres and Rodriguez had planned t o scatter the seeds in and around Bonner’s city hall of ce in August. Rodriguez was red last w eek. Torres will meet with Bonner next week t o plead her case. The plan was concocted after Bonner had planned to cut the police budget, b ut was discovered after Torres and Rodriguez asked a janitor to help sprinkle the seeds, and t he janitor turned them in.  Are there laws on the books against casting spells on your boss? If so, from what I recall from comments about him many Okeechobee County employees would probably have been in “hot water” when he was the county administrator.  My wife sprinkles bird seed on the ground nearly everyday as well lling the feeders. Do you think I should read more into that?  It sounds like Bonner is just as popular in Miami as he was in Okeechobee. Too bad our county commissioners didn’t think of using birdseed instead of giving him $40,000 of the taxpayers’ money in severance pay. It still burns me up that instead of just terminating his contract and giving him notice or else terminating him without notice and giving him severance pay, they changed the contract so that he got both notice and severance pay, plus he got a lot more money than his original contract called for. Also, I have not forgotten that they voted on this after the election and before the newly elected county commissioners took of ce. Those who voted to give Bonner OUR tax money which was not owed to him under the original contract will not be forgotten in the next county election! That money could have saved a county employee’s job.USA budget When will our government stop spending millions and millions and millions on extraneous items, all the while the de cit continues to grow? If my family’s budget is low I don’t buy. I cut back on frills and thrills and sometimes even necessities until the budget can carry my wants/needs. But it seems the government continues to hunt ways to spend instead of saving until the budget is healthy. I don’t mind giving aid to other countries, but only if our own has been taken care of rst. I am sure there are many a child in the Appalachians or the mountains of Arkansas who would love a satellite and TV, or probably electricity and running water for that matter! Yet our government sends millions overseas so the Afghan children can watch Sesame Street.Christmas Americans have become too commercial. Instead of buying expensive presents for Christmas, they would do better to keep the Christmas spirit in their hearts and treat each other with compassion and kindness. Christmas is the celebration honoring the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus only received three presents. Why should anyone else expect more presents than the birthday boy? Children in this country are taught to expect a lot of Christmas presents because the toy makers have convinced parents they should feel guilty if they don’t spend a lot of money on toys. Christians need to take back their own holiday and reject the commercialism of Christmas. Healthy Start thanks Girl ScoutsOkeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition would like to take this opportunity to thank the Following Girl Scout Troops: Troop Number 60005, Troop Number 60013, Troop Number 60377, Troop Number 60599 and Troop Number 60938. These troops gathered and donated baby items that will go to help many families in need. We sincerely appreciate the Girl Scout Troops continued support of Healthy Start’s mission to reduce infant mortality and increase healthy births in our community. Sincerely, Jennifer McDonald Community LiaisonEye care for less fortunateThis is the time of year that makes all of us realize our blessings and we at Brennan Eye Care would like to give back to those less fortunate. On Dec. 22, our of ce will be providing eye care for those in need. This is the second year we have decided to provide free eye exams for 25 needy patients, and in conjunction with Treasure Coast Optometric Society we will be providing free eyewear. If you are aware of a person in need, please have them stop by Brennan Eye Care, 710 South Parrott Avenue in Okeechobee, to ll out an application and return it to our of ce by Dec. 15. An of cer of the Optometric Society will screen the applications so that those most in need will be selected. We hope to make this holiday season a littl e brighter for our community. If you are awar e of any patients that need an eye exam pleas e give them a copy of the application form and have them return in to our of ce. If you have any questions about our Second ‘Eye Care for the Needy,’ please feel fre e to contact our of ce 863-467-0595. We loo k forward to giving back to our community. Thank you from Brennan Eye Care, Dr. J. Patrick Brennan & Dr. Christine B. Bishop By Mark Mayers, LMFT,CAP of Real Life Children’s Ranch As we move toward celebrating Thanksgiving, we begin to re ect more on being thankful. Like the early pilgrims, most of us will set aside some time to re ect on the blessings that we have. Hopefully this is an overwhelming acknowledgment that God is the provider of all good things in our life, nation and world. Joseph demonstrates for us an example of God’s providing love when he says to his brothers in Genesis 20:21, “So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children. And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” God wants us to be reassured that he will provide for our needs. God shows us His providing love in His creation, Luke 12: 27-31...27 Consider how the wild owers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the eld, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the re, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will ea t or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For th e pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. As we approach the holiday season, ma y we prayerfully and permanently incorporat e an attitude of thanksgiving into our hearts and our lives as we grow to understand God’s incredible love toward us. Ephesians 3:17-19...17 so that Christ may dwell in you r hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 ma y have power, together with all the Lord’s hol y people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be lled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Sunday, December 4, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit 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. 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her organization’s future. “I think there are a lot of miscommunications,” Ms. Meeker responded. She did concede that the legislature took an active role in water management last year. “The world did not stop with our budget cuts,“ she said. “Our greatest challenge is funding,” Ms. Meeker said. “Are we doing the right thing w ith the money?” She said that 80 percent of the recent budget cuts were in the area of administration. “We are in good shape now,” she said. “We’re in a good spot for the next couple of years.” Ms. Meeker said that the Everglades is a key to a strong economy. She went on to discuss the three-part strategy for Everglades restoration. The rst is water quality. To date $1.8 billion has been spent on stormwater treatment areas. She claimed that water leaving Lake Okeechobee is 14 times cleaner by the time it enters the Everglades. Part two is state-federal partnership. As part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, SFWMD has acquired 243,149 acres at a cost of $1.68 billion and acquired 103,000 acres for Kissimmee River Restoration. The third part is state projects and programs such as dispersed storage in the northern Everglades and habitat restoration. “We are committed to moving more water south,” she said. Future actions include completing stormwater treatment areas already under construction, and implementing dispersed water management projects and habitat restoration projects. In scal year 2012 SFWMD has committed $240 million for restoration. Over the next ve years, $350 million has been set aside for improving water quality and storage. “If you hear something that concerns you, ask questions,” Ms. Meeker said. “If a speci c project concerns you, ask questions.” Lt. Col. Michael Kinard, Deputy District Commander for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, was also optimistic about funding.“I honestly believe we will stay competitive for funding,” he asserted. When asked about re-evaluating the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule as repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike are completed, he replied that there are still too many critical ares to re-evalaute the schedule. Instead of looking at long stretches of the dike called “reaches,” he said the Corps is now focusing on critical areas. The colonel said the most critical area is north of Port Mayaca. “The lake was never intended to be a deep water reservoir,” said Lt. Col. Kinard. He said the goal was to be able to release high water slowly and to the south. “We will do everything we can to make people safe,” the colonel asserted in response to concerns over dike safety. The colonel said the goal of the Corps was to restore habitat in the Everglades, reduce discharges to the east and west coasts and deliver new sources of clean water to the Everglades. He said the planning process for Everglades restoration projects was being expedited from over 6 years to 18 months. The colonel said that 15.6 miles out of 21.4 miles of cutoff wall have been completed between Port Mayaca and Bell Glade. The remaining section is under construction. He also said culvert removal and replacement is progressing. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. ECOSYSTEMContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Craft FairThird Annual event at BUCKHEAD RIDGE MOOSE, Saturday, December 10, 8-4. Fastest growing venue in the area features handmade and handcrafted items showcasing area crafters and artists. 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Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 5 Okeechobee News December 4, 2011 Navigational dredging to ensure Lake Okeechobee access from the Harney Pond Canal into the lake is about 75 percent complete. This project is the second of three components in a $5 million partnership between Glades County and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to provide improved navigation into Lake Okeechobee during summertime low-water events on the lake. Also during this phase of construction, approximately 800 feet of spoil berm adjacent to the Harney Pond Canal will be removed to improve habitat for wildlife and wading birds and to take away impediments to water movement in the area, creating better conditions for spawning sh. Work at the Harney Pond Canal is expected to be completed sometime in January. Providing navigation to Lake Okeechobee during even very low water events in order to support the area economy is a shared dream between Glades County Commission Chairman Russell Echols and City of Moore Haven Mayor Bret Whidden. The rst of the three project components, maintenance of the Pearce Canal in Buckhead Ridge, was completed in 2009. The nal project will be widening and deepening the Moore Haven Canal, leading from Moore Haven to the Monkey Box, and deepening the connection from the Moore Haven Canal to the McTush Canal. This will ensure that shermen throughout Glades County will have access to Lake Okeechobee, even when the lake reaches very low water levels. Harney Pond Canal dredging project progressing w e’re dealing with technology and it doesn’t always cooperate.” The move will also bring about some changes in the way complaints are taken at OCSO headquarters. Maj. Stephen said a receptionist will still be in the front lobby of the sheriff’s of ce and all phone calls and walk-in complaints will be taken by her during regular business hours. Those hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After business hours, all phone calls will go to OCSO dispatchers. A complaint phone is also being installed in the lobby of the Okeechobee County Jail, which can be used to register walk-in complaints when the OCSO lobby is closed. “The citizens complaint phone will be accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week,” Maj. Stephen said. “It will ring to dispatch, who will then contact a deputy.” Maj. Stephen said even though he doesn’t anticipate any down time in the phone system, he wanted citizens to be aware of the transfer just in case something should happen. DISPATCHContinued From Page 1 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News When they hold their only December meeting on Tuesday evening the Okeechobee City Council will face a longer than usual agenda and recognize several city employees for longevity. The city council is scheduled to take action on two items that would allow property owner Good Care Home, Inc. to sell a nonconforming two family dwelling located at 204 S.E. Seventh Street as a multifamily unit. The council will vote on the adoption of an ordinance to amend the comprehensive plan future land use map. They will also hold the rst reading and set the date for a nal public hearing on an ordinance rezoning the property in question from residential single family—one to multifamily. Turning to other items, the council is scheduled to hear attorney Steve Ramunni discuss a long standing billboard issue and listen to Ron Main of N.E. Eighth Avenue describe the problem he has with noise from Hammerhead’s. City council to discuss future land use If you go ...WHAT: Meeting of the Okeechobee City Council WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7 WHERE: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Yes, this newspaper is part of a chain.Ž But this chainŽ is unlike any other. We are owned by a journalistic trust. All after-tax profits are invested in our mission of community service through good local journalism. Staffing is local, and we seek out people who care about the community and want to stay here. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Evelyn M. Muro, 79 OKEECHOBEE — Evelyn M. Muro, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at the Hamrick Home. Born in New York, New York, Evelyn had resided in Okeechobee for the past ve years. There will be no services at this time. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida.Ordelle Ann Finney, 72 Ordelle Ann Finney, died Thursday, December 1, 2011, at Raulerson Hospital. Born in Northville, Michigan, Ordelle was a seasonal visitor to Okeechobee for the past eleven years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge. She enjoyed reading as a pastime. Ordelle was preceded in death by her husband, Berthel “Butch” Burdette Finney. She is survived by daughters, Carla Dingman of Greenville, Mich., Tina Marie (Richard) Hosler of Rapid City, Mich., Jerrie Jo Gaylord of Kalkaska, Mich.; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward (Betty) Elsenheimer of Muskegon, Mich.; and a sister, Charlene Elsenheimer Hanson of Belding, Mich. The family will hold a memorial service in Michigan at a future date. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 4, 2011 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Eagles Post to host Sunday breakfastEagles North at 9985 U.S. 441 N. will be having their famous breakfast on Sunday Dec. 4 from 9 until 11 a.m. Donation is $5. Funds go to the purchase of groceries for breakfast, and the Aux. Community bene t fund. V FW hosts chicken dinnerVFW post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge, on S.R. 78 West, is hosting Dale’s chicken dinner and all the xings on Sunday, Dec. 4 12:30–4 p.m. for a $5 donation. Donations go for the bene t of disabled vets. Five-card bingo starts at 5 p.m.Eagles plan chicken dinnerOn Sunday, Dec. 4, The Cypress Hut Eagles will serve a fried chicken dinner, for $6 from noon to 4 p.m., The public is welcome. A ll proceeds go to the Community Charity Fund.OCIA plans MLK w eekend celebrationThe monthly meeting of O.C.I.A. (Okeechobee Community Improvement A ssociation), which will be held Monday, Dec. 5 to plan the Martin Luther King, Jr., w eekend celebration—Jan. 14–Jan. 16. Looking for anyone who would like to participate such as parade, vendor, etc. The meeting will be held at the Douglas Brown Center. Tickets for the planned banquet will go on sale after Dec. 5. Call George at 863610-0973 or Bertha at 863-763-4823 for information.Eagles to host bingo nightEagles North at 9985 U.S. 441 N. is having Bingo on Tuesday Dec. 6 starting at 1 p.m. Come enjoy the fun. Any pro t goes to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.2011 Kiwanis radio auction announcedThe Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will once again host the annual radio auction on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 until 4 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will bene t Terri c Kids program, Teacher mini-grants, Santa in the Park, OHS Scholarships and more. For more information, please call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Dec. 6 The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Dinner begins at 4 p.m., music is prov ided 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.Memory loss screenings offeredThe Alzheimer’s Association with the St. Mary’s Memory Disorder Center are offering free memory loss screenings at VNA, 208 S.E. Park St., on Friday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. –2:30 p.m. Appointments are required. Call Donna True at 1-800-861-7826 Ext. 501.Pregnancy Center hosting Holiday Open HouseThe Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, 500 N.W. Sixth St., would like to invite everyone to their Christmas Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. There will be LIVE music, hot coffee and goodies, as well as Christmas gifts ready to purchase and door prizes to win! If you’ve never been to the Center, come tour our facility and meet the staff. For more questions, call the Center at 863-467-8748.Shrine plans yard, craft saleThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., will hold an Indoor Yard & Craft Sale on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Bring your yard and craft items as tables will be $10 each. Open to the public! A snack bar will be open. Call Rosie at 863-697-8784 or Susie at 863-7635806 for information.Healthy Start Board to meetThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Friday, Dec. 9 2011 at 11 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th St. within the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact executive director Kay Begin at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.Eagles to host Turkey ShootThe Cypress Hut Eagles, 4509, will host a Turkey Shoot at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. on Dec. 10-11 Dec. 17-18. All shoot begins at 9 a.m. for $2 per shot. Proceeds go to Christmas for Kids. Gun to be raf ed at Dec. 18 shoot: Winner gets choice of Winchester Mod 1400 12 ga Auto and Marlin Model 90 12 ga Over/ Under.Social Security workshop will be held on Dec. 13More than Meets the Eye hosted by Sharon Ming at Edward Jones Investments. Join us for this educational seminar where you’ll learn. Key facts about the Social Security program on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Beef O’ Bradys, 608 S Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, including: How bene ts are calculated Full retirement age and choosing the right time to le Receiving bene ts while working Provisional income and tax implications Options for spouses and ex-spouses Limited Seating (Please make sure this is bold) Must RSVP Ana at 863-357-4724. Community Events


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. FAIR HOUSING MEANS: No one may be denied housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial or handicap status.Through the actions and programs of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program CITYOF OKEECHOBEE Is firmly committed to the goal of promoting fair housing opportunity. The fair housing logo is proudly displayed to demonstrate a commitment to the protection of individuals from discrimination in the provision of brokerage services, and in the sale, rental, and financing of housing. If you feel you may have been discriminated against or have any questions concerning discrimination, please call Mr. Brian Whitehall, Okeechobee City Administrator, at 1-863-763-3372 or HUD at 1-800-669-9777 orTDD 1-800-927-9275 for fair housing information and referral. PUBLISH: 12/4/2011 Okeechobee News (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers $9.95 & up863-763-3824Serving You Since 1945 Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. 7 Okeechobee News December 4, 2011 O keechobee Livestock Market Report Nov. 28 & 29, 2011 Cows Breaking 60.00 68.00 Cutter 55.00 60.00 Bulls 1000-1500 74.00 80.00 1500-2000 80.00 90.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 1126 1733 Cows 231 343 Str 36 8 Hfrs 44 4 Bulls 53 31 Y rlngs 51 58 Mix 31 10 Total 1572 2187 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 185-215 140-170 250-300 175-200 135-165 300-350 155-185 132-150 350-400 140-170 125-145 400-450 137-160 118-132 450-500 127-144 115-130 550-600 121-136 114-126 600-650 119-132 112-125 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 150-175 128-135 250-300 145-170 115-131 300-350 135-150 110-123 350-400 120-137 107-115 400-450 119-135 105-113 Had two really good sales this week! Almost 4,000 head. Prices were higher, too! Calves were $3-6 higher, with the biggest increase in calves under 350#. There were 300# steer calves that brought $2! Cows and bulls were steady, but I expect prices to edge upward as supply dwindles down. Myrtle Island and B&E Ranch topped the calf market this week with a high of $2.15. Old River topped the cow market with a high of $74. Last regular sale Dec. 13. Slaughter sale Dec. 27. First sale of 2012 Jan. 2. See ya next week, Todd Do you remember Pearl Harbor?Next week is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and the U.S.S. Oklahoma capsized. A total of 12 ships sank or were beached in the attack and nine additional vessels were damaged. More than 160 aircraft were destroyed and more than 150 others damaged. President Franklin Roosevelt, addressing a joint session of Congress, called Dec. 7 “a date which will live in infamy.” Congress declared war on Japan, and the United States entered World War II. Within days, Japan’s allies, Germany and Italy, declared war on the United States. If you are old enough to remember that day, we invite you to share your memories with the readers of the Okeechobee News. Email your story to okeenews@ newszap.com, post online at www.newszap.com (click on the Okeechobee page and then on the local issues forum or follow the link from the Okeechobee News Facebook page), bring your story to the Okeechobee News of ce, 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D (in the plaza next door to Brahman Movie Theater). Pearl Harbor memories sought Courtesy photo/ Library of CongressStreaming from the shattered fuel tanks, oil turned parts of Pearl Harbor into a sea of ames, following the Japanese attacks. This picture was taken from near the naval air station boat landing. Barely visible through the smoke area are a damaged U.S. battleship and the capsized USS Oklahoma.


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Love, Karen/Mom 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 10 Okeechobee News December 4, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Dustin Houston and Jessica Wackler w on most valuable swimmer awards, while Keller Orender and Jordan Bolan won the Brahman award at the annual Okeechobee High School swim team banquet held W ednesday at Okeechobee High School. Brandon Ball and Destiny Nunez won the most improved swimmer award for the teams this year. Houston won the MVP for the second consecutive year. He said this meant a lot because a number of other swimmers were deserving of this award. “It was quite an honor and it felt good to know that all of my hard work paid off,” he said. Houston was one of the Brahman boys to reach the regional this year as he competed in the 50 free and on a relay team. He intends to study sports management in college and is a member of the Indian River State College Club swim team. Keller Orender was praised for his positive attitude and energy. He moved to Okeechobee from California and quickly became a leader of the swim team. “I’m really honored to win this (Brahman) award. I tried to stay motivated and positive and tried to motivate the team,” he added. Ball said at the start of the year he used to moan and groan about getting up early to go to swim practice. He admitted that he struggled to get through the rst practice. At the end of the year he was among the team’s best swimmers. “I couldn’t have done this without Coach Turner because he really helped me this y ear. I already miss swimming and I plan to w ork hard and break a few records in the future,” he added. Wackler is among the few Brahman swimmers in school history who have qualied four consecutive years for the regional meet. She said the MVP award will de nitely be a highlight of her high school career and she plans to add it to her college applications. “I’m excited and very happy. I’m an endurance swimmer because I can swim for a long time without stopping,” she said. Wackler said she would consider swimming in college because it will help pay for the price of her education. She also praised all of her teammates for their hard work. “I’m proud of myself and the entire swim team. My relay team used to sing our own song before our event, it was inspiring,” she added. Bolan, a junior, was praised for her attitude and work habits. She said the swim team enjoyed good chemistry as they all became friends and were very close this year. She said she expects the swim team to continue to improve next year. “We want to come back next year and improve even more. It is all about improving, both personally and as a team,” she added. Nunez, another junior, said swimming was a much tougher sport that she expected. She said a highlight of her year was qualifying for the regional meet because she got to see rst hand the talent of other high school swimmers in Florida. “I feel the girls on this team are really good people. We get along well and don’t look down on other people. We all tried to get everyone on the team to excel,” she added. The swim team will host a fund raiser golf tournament on Jan. 28, at Blue Heron Golf Course. The goal is to raise $5,000 to help with the costs of transportation for the 2012 swim team. Hole sponsorships cost $25 and a round of golf costs $30 per player of $120 for teams of four players. OHS swim team hosts annual banquet Okeechobee News/ C. MurphyDustin Houston MVP Okeechobee News/ C. MurphyBrandon Ball Most Improved Swimmer Okeechobee News/ C. MurphyKeller Orender Brahman Award Winner 2011 Okeechobee News/ C. MurphyJordan Bolan Brahman Award 2011 Okeechobee News/ C.MurphyLady Brahman MVP Okeechobee News/ C. MurphyDestiny Nunez Most Improved Swimmer


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These procedures provide a dramatically improved quality of life for our patients.Many of these procedures are laparoscopic, resulting in less scarring and a quicker return to normalcy, like the laparoscopic hysterectomy performed by Board Certi“ed Gynecologist Dr. James Brad“eld, who has more than thirty years experience in his “eld.Visit our website RaulersonHospital.com for more information about the surgical services offered at Raulerson Hospital. € Colon/Rectal Surgery € Ear Nose & Throat Surgery € Endoscopic Surgery € General Surgery € Gynecology € Orthopedic € Podiatry € Stereotactic Breast Surgery € TIF (for chronic heartburn) € Vascular Surgery € Urology (including InterStim for bladder/bowel incontinence) 12 Okeechobee News December 4, 2011 Dec. 4–10 is National Hand washing A wareness Week. Hand washing is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, w hich cause more than 3.5 million deaths w orldwide in children under the age of 5 every, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Take action and practice hand hygiene often. The CDC recommends washing y our hands:  Before, during, and after preparing food  Before eating food  Before and after caring for someone w ho is sick  Before and after treating a cut or w ound  After using the toilet  After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet  After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing  After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste  After touching garbage To effectively wash your hands, you should scrub them for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. To facilitate the timing component of proper hand washing, you can remember that 20 seconds is similar to singing the A-B-C Song. It is important to scrub front and back, under your ngernails, and between your ngers. Dry your hands with a clean towel or paper towel. Children should be taught the hand washing basics too, including not coughing and sneezing into your hands and not putting your ngers into your eyes, nose or mouth. Practicing these basics will help prevent the spread of germs and sickness. If you are sick, ask those around you to practice hand hygiene, as well. Your doctors and nurses should practice hand hygiene every time they enter your room. At Raulerson Hospital hand sanitizers are posted next to each patient room to facilitate excellent hand hygiene for both staff and visitors. Patients also receive hand hygiene information in their Patient Guides, upon admission. For more information about hand hygiene visit: CDC.gov/handwashing/. For more information about Raulerson Hospital visit RaulersonHospital.com. National Hand Washing Awareness week recognized Courtesy photo/ Raulerson Hospital 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 need y children in our community. We screen our families for needs and the gifts are to be placed under the tree for Christmas Day. We need new gift for ages infant to teen. Donations can be toys, gift cards, gifts suitable for teens or checks should be made out to: Big Lake Missions Outreach. Donations o f toys, gifts and food will be accepted through Dec. 20. For more information, you may call 863-763-5725. Pick up and receipts are available upon request. Holiday Happenings...


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 13 Okeechobee News December 4, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSStudents of the WeekYearling Middle School Students of the Week for the week of Nov. 17 included: (left to right standing) Taylor Vick, Kelsey Schoonmaker, (left to right seated) Garrett Causey, Faviana Santibanez, Harry O’Hagan, Andrew Young and Javier Luviano. The Okeechobee Achievement Academy (OAA) is proud to announce the forming of their rst ever student council. Students are excited to make up this group of elementary and secondary students eager to serve and represent their student body by helping to share students' ideas, interests and concerns with teachers, staff and the school principal. Projects already include school-wide activities, such as sponsoring a recent Veterans Day Luncheon where staff and family members were honored, organizing military care packages, and a food drive for "Food for Families." Recently, the group introduced a school survey to select their favorite inspirational sayings and quotes. Winning quotes and artwork will be used to design school banners that will be displayed in areas such as the cafeteria, media center and hallways of the campus. The selections re ect the goals and vision of the student body at OAA and are generously being donated by a grant obtained through Michelle Perkins, director of the Okeechobee County School Board Food Service Department. Future plans include school fund raising projects, Christmas activities, and an increased focus on student driven decisions on school projects, activities and policies. Mr. Weigum, principal at OAA, is excited, as well as fully supportive of the new student government body. OAA’s rst student council is making a big difference Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee Achievement Academy Student Council members include: ( rst row) Joseph Johnson, Sarah Newton, Devon Scruggs and Celina Norman; (second row) Azara Simmons, Jarilis Infante, Jakeb Blevins and Cheyenne Rudd. Okeechobee Achievement Academy Student Council of cers are Jakeb Blevinspresident; Devon Scruggsvice president; and, Celina Normansecretary/treasurer.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 www.UltraCare-Dialysis.comIf youre open to looking at new options for your dialysis care, join us at our Open House and welcome our new Medical Director Dr. Zeidy Roche. Were Fresenius Medical Care, the leading dialysis care network in the nation. Come meet our experienced, cari ng staff and learn about all the choices available to you, including in-center hemodialysis and both hemodialysis and peritoneal d ialysis at home. Learn how our UltraCarecommitment makes a difference and see all the ways we make your in-center treatment comfortable, including individual information and entertainment systems with Direct Touch and satellite radio. Open your eyes to excellence in dialysis care at our Open House at 201 SW 16th Street. For more information call Janet Mann at (863) 467-7654.An open invitation to experience leading dialysis care. OPEN HOUSE25th Anniversary Celebration!Friday, December 9, 3:00 …6:00 pm Fresenius Medical Care Okeechobee 14 Okeechobee News December 4, 2011


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 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. BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. 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SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 15 Okeechobee News December 4, 2011 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).  Marvin Maloy, 63, 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.  Derek J. Ortel, 25, N.W. 38th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 1 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on a Charlotte County warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of a controlled substance. He is being held without bond.  Bret Allen Joiner, 26, S.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 1 by Deputy Bart Potter on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence, refusal to submit to blood alcohol level test and driving while license suspended with knowledge. He is being held without bond. 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. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man was arrested by city police after he allegedly struck a bouncer at a local nightspot in the face w ith a beer bottle. Adam Duran Gomez, 18, was arrested Sunday, Nov. 27, on a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond. An arrest report by Sergeant Dawn Wendt, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), indicated that the bouncer was taken to the Raulerson Hospital emergency room where he received a total of 17 stitches to close a cut over his right eye and a second cut on his forehead. According to the report, Gomez and an unidenti ed man were involved in a ght at the El Amigo, 706 S.W. Second St., around 1:33 a.m. Sunday. When the bouncer separated the two men he turned to Gomez who then hit him on the right side of his face with a beer bottle, stated Sgt. Wendt. At that point, Gomez reportedly ed. Gomez was later found and returned to the bar where he was identi ed by the bouncer as the man who had hit him, continued the report. The OCPD sergeant said Gomez was also treated by emergency medical personnel for a small cut on his right hand. The bouncer also had several smaller cuts on his forehead that did not need stitches, Sgt. Wendt added. Bouncer hit with beer bottle By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) beefed up its enforcement efforts over the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 23-27) and handed out over 12,000 traf c citations. In an effort to cut down on accidents and traf c fatalities, FHP put everybody on the road during the holiday period—including administrative personnel, reservists and auxiliary troopers. Preliminary gures indicate that FHP’s heightened efforts were successful. Those gures, which include reports from other law enforcement agencies, also show that 26 people lost their lives in traf c crashes According to those gures, troopers during the holiday period: issued 12,300 traf c citations; provided assistance to 2,805 motorists; arrested 136 motorists for driving under the in uence; issued 4,882 speeding citations; and, issued 1,332 seat belt citations. “The Florida Highway Patrol works hard to ensure residents and visitors make it safely to their destinations,” said FHP Director Colonel David Brierton. “We are very proud of the dedicated service and commitment to highway safety exhibited by our troopers.” FHP issues 12,000 tickets over holiday Adam Duran Gomez


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Employment Medical We haveimmediate openings for the following positions: €RNs F/T, PT, PRN €PATIENT CARE ASSISTANTS F/T, PT, PRN €SECURITYGUARD PT €MAINTENANCE MECHANIC PRN€ULTRASOUND TECH F/T, PRN €FLOOR TECH F/TTo complete an online application please visitwww.raulersonhospital.comor you may come toHuman Resources at Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL We offer competitive wages & excellent benefits Employment Medical For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Excavation CLEARING & HAULING Dump Trucks, Loader Back Hoe, & Bobcat Services by Jason Summerford (863)634-7771 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MiscellaneousFor Sale Curio Cabinet $40.00, Dehumidi er $30.00, 6 Drawer Dresser with mirror $25.00, Key Board make offer Call 863-467-2254 Pets/SuppliesCKC Mini Dachshund 5 mos dapple male pup, all shots, wormed, smart, sweet & extremely tiny $350.00. (863)801-6144 Wanted ToBuyWE BUY CARS Any condition. Running or not. 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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 Duplex2/1. 205 NW 5th Street. Remodeled. $650 plus security. 863-634-3312. 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 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds 16 Okeechobee News December 4, 2011 Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!


Apartments 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 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. Houses-Rent 2 br-2 ba w/den & Florida room. Between Okeechobee & Indiantown. 5 acres w/pond. $990 mo. 772-260-3068. 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 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 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 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Houses-Rent For Rent Remodeled 3br/1ba $725.00 mo., + $725.00 security Single Family Non Smoker Call 863-801-3700 Large 2,000 sq. ft., 3/2 CBS in town with fenced in yard. $950 p/mo. First, last & security. 863-634-6640. 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. OKEECHOBEE3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $600 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $1000 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 OKEECHOBEE 6835 SE 88th Trail. 2br, 2ba, furn. or unfurn., 1st, last and Sec. Utils not incld. (561)735-6050 or (561)254-0478. Rental NeededCLEWISTON Single retiree, nancially secure, looking to rent a room north of Hwy 27 in Clewiston. (863) 228-3909 RoomsTo RentROOM FOR RENT $400Master bedroom with private bath. Includes high speed internet, horses okstall available. 3350 NW 172nd Ct. Call Sara @ 863-801-5182 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 Lots -SaleLARKEE LAKES 2 lots, sewer, water, electric on property. $7,000. 863-634-7126. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 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. MobileHomeSale 2bd/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 LARKEE LAKES 2 bdrm./1 ba. on 2 lots. as is $22,000. 863-634-7126. 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. Park Model Fla room Waters Edge RV Park Treasure Isl next to V.F.W. on water. Have to see $26,000 606-922-0190 or 863-610-0202 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNoticeNOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: PURSUANT TO F.S. 713.78 ON SAT., DEC. 17, 2011 @ 9:00AM SILVERMOON’S TOWING & RECOVERY 3197 NW 20TH TRAIL OKEECHOBEE, FL. WILL SELL THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES AND/OR VESSELS. SELLER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO BID. SOLD AS IS, NO WARRANTY. SELLER GUARANTEES NO TITLE, TERMS CASH. SELLER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY OR ALL BIDS 2004 Hyundai Trailer Vin: V532C45T073336 404262 ON 12/4/2011 PublicNotice NOTICE OF OUA MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of ces, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director’s Of ce at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 404494 ON 12/4/2011 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242 ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 404316 ON 12/4/2011 COUNTYOF OKEECHOBEE FISCALYEAR 2011-2012 NOTICE OF BUDGET AMENDMENT HEARINGThe Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on December 8, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of adopting budget amendments to the Fiscal Year 2011-12 Budget for Okeechobee County to reflect prior fiscal year encumbrances and adjust cash ba lances for same. General Fund 30,364,91063,796030,428,7064,881,12425,547,58230,428,706 30,428,706 Transportation Trust Fund 8,107,987174,61208,282,5993,622,1854,660,4148,282,5998,282,599 Public Safety Fund 4,068,1945,85004,074,044110,3883,963,6564,074,0444,074,044 Boating Improvement Fund 140,37515,2860155,661116,17539,486155,661155.661 Enchanced E911 Fund 805,57729,7890835,366613,461221,905835,366835,366 Unincorporated Service Area1,744,0688,95001,753,018387,6841,365,3341,753,0181,753,018 Fire Rescue Fund 7,904,647178,58608,083,2331,834,0156,249,2188,083,2338,083,233 Community Development Block Grant Fund 47,8131.698049,511049,51149,51149,511 Driver Ed SafetyTrust Fund 67,11598,0560165,17167,11598.056165,171165,171 CDBG Disaster Grant Fund 444,94369,1100514,0530514,053514,053514,053 Legal Aid Fund 11,0201,256012,276012,27612,27612,276 Special Grants Fund3,520,768220,32503,741,09314,4383,726,6553,741,0933,741,093 Capital Improvement Projects Fund 5,955,2954,614,401010,569,6963,581,2496,988,44710,569,69610,569,696 Okee-Tantie Enterprises Fund 460,42312,0390472,46210,349462,113472,462472,462 Agri-Civic Center Enterprise Fund517,3485,6900523,03852,041470,997523,038523,038 64,160,4835,499,443069,136,88815,238,18353,898,70469,136,88869,136,888Publish: Dec. 4, 2011 FUND DESCRIPTION COUNTYWIDE FUNDCURRENT BUDGET FY2011-12 $ Balances Brought Forward $ Operating Revenues $ Total $ Designated Reserves $ Operating Expenditures $ Total $ AMENDED BUDGET FY2011-12 $REVENUES (SOURCE)EXPENDITURES (USE) BOARD OF COUNTYCOMMISSIONERS OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA PUBLIC NOTICE Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on December 14, 2011. Owner Unit # Robert Fuller OP 15 Traci Lee/ Christopher Merritt E643 Chris Millillo/ Misty Harden C330 Andrea Ostdick D484 Luis & Christina Torres E680 404359 ON 12/4,11/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: The Big Water RV and Mobile Home Park Under which we expect to engage in business at: 11555 SE 441 Hwy Okeechobee, FL 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/County o f Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: John Stewart Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 1st day o f December, 2011. By: John Stewart 404512 ON 12/4/2011 School Board Meeting Schedule The School Board of Okeechobee County will conduct its regular meetings at 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noticed, at the School Board Administration Building, Room #303, at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The Chairman of the School Board of Okeechobee County is Kelly Owens. The Vice Chairman of the School Board of Okeechobee County is David Williams. Questions or requests for information may be directed to the Superintendent’s Of ce at 863-462-5000, Ext. 226. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 404139 ON 12/4/2011 17 Okeechobee News December 4, 2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice Celebrations .newszap.com/celebrationsFor a modest charge, each package includes: Achieve something great? Share your news in print and online ALEX EXAMPLE ACHIEVEMENT ALEX EXAMPLE ACHIEVEMENT Congratulations to Alex Example for earning the Arrow of Light award! 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Chris Tullio has a habit of winning football games. The former Brahman offensive lineman was part of two winning teams at Okeechobee High School, and has been on a winning team at Concord University in West Virginia for the past three years. Tullio is a starter at left tackle for the Mountain Lions, who have gone 8-2, 7-3, and 7-4, in his rst three years at the school. This year the Mountain Lions reached the NCAA Division II playoffs and won their conference title for the rst time since 1990. "Before our class came in the team was 0-11. We have improved the program. We'll get a ring for the conference title this year," he said. Tullio was back at Okeechobee High School to watch a recent basketball game. He also tries to come back to watch the spring jamboree game. He has moved around the offensive line in college. He played center his freshman year, then became the starter at left tackle as a sophomore. He might be back as the starter at center next year. "It's a lot easier to transfer to a position inside. The tackle position relies on quickness, so the move back inside should be easier for me," he added. Tullio plays college ball with his Brahman teammate Nate Pollard who is a starter at corner back for the Mountain Lions. Tullio also has bulked up as he has gained close to 50 pounds since high school. He now stands 6'2" and weighs 280 pounds. "It all came from work in the weight room," he added. Tullio said crowds for the football game are very supportive and he enjoys the atmosphere. They played before 8,000 fans in their playoff game at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania in the Division II playoffs. "I think the support is getting better and it's a good atmosphere to play in," he noted. Tullio's major is physical education and health and he could decide to become a teacher. At 21, he still has time to gure out his career path. "It is good to come home and see all the coaches and the teachers at OHS. It brings back a lot of memories," he noted. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1. Limit one loan per household. To qualify for the holiday loan, you must open a new checking account of any kind except Freedom. A 10-month holiday/seasonal loan of $1,000 with an Annual Percentage Rate of 12.25% would have payments of $105.69. Other rates and terms available. To qualify for the pre-approved $1,000 Holiday Loan and the advertised APR, you must provide a pay stub that shows 12 months of continuous employment and a minimum annual income of $24,000. You must also sign up for direct deposit and establish a payment allocation at the time of application. If you elect not to have direct deposit and the payment allocation, a higher rate will apply. Existing checking account holders or applicants wishing to borrow more than $1,000 will follow normal credit underwriting guidelines. 2. 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Limited time oer that may be cancelled without notice. 19 Okeechobee News December 4, 2011 Gold Tee WinnersOkeechobee Golf Country Club Gold Tee golf winners for the week of Nov. 25 were: rst place, D. Birdshaw; second place, W. Hall; third place, B. Birdshaw; and fourth place, D. Thomas. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results Tullio makes mark at Concord University Special to the Okeechobee News/ Shelley YatesMighty championsThe 2011 OCRA Mighty Mite Champions were the “Cowboys.” The Cowboys were 8-1 for the season! Seven of the boys made it to Allstars! Pictured are: coaches Brad Gibson and Marvin Plummer; (back row) Casen Yates, Joe Fanizzi, Justin Gopher, Jessie Webber, Ramiro Rodriguez, Hyatt Pearce and Rance Pendrey; (front row) Creek Gopher, Nathan Wilson, Reed Whitlock, Jacob Hardy, Cameron Avant and Blaine Gibson. Chris Tullio


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