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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 12-07-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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13.75 feetLast Year: 12.84 feet Lake Levels Wednesday, December 7, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 146 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Do you remember Pearl Harbor? ... Page 4 Men’s softball league champs ... Page 16 Community plans holiday events ... Page 2 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppHoliday Stroll in the ParkSusan Pilgrim, of Okeechobee, and her grandson Hayden McCoy took a Holiday Stroll in the Park on Monday, Dec. 5, to view the many greeting cards on display in Flagler Park. The card display is sponsored by the Okeechobee High School Band Boosters. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A corrections of cer at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI) was terminated following his arrest for allegedly battering his girlfriend. Antonio Hernandez Jr., 27, S.E. 37th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Sunday, Dec. 4, on a felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation. Hernandez was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $2,500. Jail records show he was released on bond a few hours after his booking. A spokeswoman with the Department of Corrections (DOC) in Tallahassee said Hernandez was hired at OCI on Sept. 17, 2004, and was employed as a housing of cer in a con nement dorm. When contacted Monday afternoon, Dec. 5, she said DOC was in the process of terminating Hernandezs employment. An arrest report by Deputy Mark Margerum, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), indicated that the victim was taken to the hospital with a number of injuries. The deputy's report stated that the woman was having problems with her vision and was "... bleeding from the bridge of her nose, bleeding from her mouth, had extreme swelling on her left temple to above her left eye and her left cheek was swollen up to approximately the size of a baseball." Deputy Margerum went on to state that the woman had bruising on the back of her left arm, left upper chest area and on the bac k right side of her neck. According to the report, when Hernandez's paramour returned to their home after spending the evening with her mother, HernanOCI of cer accused of beating girlfriend See OFFICER — Page 15 Antonio Hernandez By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News When they meet tomorrow, Okeechobee County Commissioners will face a short agenda of mostly routine matters. Commissioners will discuss proposed expansion plans of the IRSC Okeechobee campus and determine if the county wants to donate 40 acres to the college. At the last meeting county administrator Robbie Chartier presented a revised county organizational chart which reduced the number of department heads reporting directly to the county administrator. On Thursday, to help implement this new organization plan, Mrs. Chartier will present job descriptions for budget management director, facilities services director and assistant facilities services director. Commissioners will be asked to approve expenditure of $19,000 to host Bass tournaments at C. Scott Driver Park on Jan. 19-21 and Sept. 28. In other action the board is expected to: amend the 2011/2012 budget scal budget to appropriate prior year encumbrances and adjust projected balances; adopt a resolution authorizing the uniform method for levy, collection and enforcement o f non-ad valorem assessments; receive a presentation from the director o f Commissioners to review new job descriptions If you go ...WHAT: Meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission WHEN: 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 WHERE: Commissioner Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. See COUNTY — Page 15Source: SFWMD Depth is given in feet above sea level.

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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 w ill be announced at the festival on Dec. 10. A pplications for the parade, festival and window decorating contest are available at the Main Street Of ce, 111 Northeast Second St. and can be faxed or sent via e-mail. Please call Cindy for more information at 863 3576246.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 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 of toys, gifts and food will be accepted through Dec. 20. For more information, you may call 863-7635725. Pick up and receipts are available upon request.Santa to visitChildren can visit with Santa Claus in the Okeechobee City Park from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 7 8, 12 and 13. SES to host Winter CarnivalThe annual South Elementary School Winter Carnival will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please come join us for food, games and silent auction. Historic ornaments on saleThe Okeechobee Retired Teacher's Annual Historic Christmas Ornament is now in and available for your Christmas tree! This year's numbered and limited edition ornament honors the 1914 Florida East Coast Railroad Station. This station was the reason "Tantie" became "Okeechobee." The ornament will be available in Flagler Park during the Mainstreet Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 10 The cost of the ornament is $15 and previous year ornaments are also available. Drop by the OREA booth and pick one up. You may also purchase an ornament from any OREA member or its president, Gay Carlton at 863-763-5755.Sponsor a child for ChristmasIf you would like to help a foster or needy child for Christmas, please consider making a toy or gift donation to My Aunt's House (501c3). Approximately 300 children receive Christmas through My Aunt's House each year. For information, call 863-634-2306.Lighted Boat Parade set for Saturday, Dec. 17, at 5:30 p.m.The annual Okeechobee lighted boat parade, sponsored by the Yatchette Club, will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m., on Taylor Creek, beginning at S.R. 70 behind Burger King. The parade will travel up Taylor Creek ending at the VFW. Boats should be decorated with a holiday theme. For questions or further information please call Susie at 352-209-9582.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 truc k 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.OEF holds mystery theatreNeed one more Christmas gift or stocking stuffer? The Okeechobee Educational Foundation is hosting a mystery dessert theatre, "Bidding for Murder," presented by Indian River State College. The theatre presentation will be held Friday, Feb. 3 2012, 7-9 p.m., Freshman Campus Auditorium. Tickets are $20 each and include "Death by Chocolate" dessert intermission. 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Dec. 7, 1941 Dec. 7, 1941, is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. If you are old enough t o remember that day, what were you doing w hen you heard the news? What do you remember about that day?  I was 6 years old. It was a Sunday. My folks had friends for Sunday dinner. The evening news was on and I remember my dad saying to mother, “My God, mother, the J aps have bombed Pearl Harbor.” He then c alled the friends to see if they had heard the news.  My dad was on a carrier and they w eren’t there and he thanked God. As it t urned out the carriers saved the day eventually and brought the war years to the mobile and the skies. The poor boys on the ground t ook the brunt also and claimed ground. God bless their sacri ces.  There was an article in the paper not long ago about WW II veterans and I think it said they were dying at a rate of about 800 per day. The Korean vets are not far behind. I was not born yet, but my late mother told me about that day. When they heard the news she said, “Where is Pearl Harbor?” She then told me my grandmother turned white and said to her, “Your brother is there!” It turned out his ship was at sea. Then she said, “your Brother John is in the Philippines!” It turned out he fought on Bataan and was on the death march and survived almost four years as a Japanese POW. She told me it was a long Sunday in December! My uncle who was on his ship at sea told me it was one sad sight when they returned to Pearl a few days after the attack!  My dad was one of nine kids, ve boys and four girls. All the boys were Navy. He was on the Saratoga, just coming into San Diego when they heard Pearl Harbor was bombed. He lost two brothers in the Paci c, and one in the North Atlantic. That was before the Sullivan Act. Needless to say there wasn’t much love for Japs or Germans around our house. God Bless them all.  My dad was in his early 20s. After Pearl Harbor was bombed, he went to sign up for the Army. Other people told him he didn’t have to go because he could get an exemption as the only son left to take care of his widowed mother. He said “If I don’t go, who will?” He served in the Paci c and came home with a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.  There are few people left who can actually remember 1941. That was 70 years ago. But we all need to remember what happened, and the sacri ces made by that “greatest generation” in World War II. We need that American spirit and determination today, to get through our current nancial crisis.  AMEN to ALL. It should be shared and passed on to all. That is the U.S. legacy for world peace. What a sacri ce.  Americans need to remember the lessons of Pearl Harbor. We have to be aware that there are others in the world who do want to harm us. We have to stay alert and be ready to protect our country, our homes and our families. What happens in the rest of the world does affect us. We can’t just ignore the rest of the world.Stay safe Stay safe as you enjoy holiday shopping. PLEASE be careful. Keep a blanket, beach towels or coats in your vehicle to cover gifts (out of sight, out of mind). ROLL UP your windows. LOCK you car doors. Lifetime opportunity for band studentsOn Monday, Nov. 28, Tony Wiersma, principal of Okeechobee High School and Clint LaFlam, high school band director, were received at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, #237, and presented with a $2,000 check toward their fundraising goal of $60,000 to participate in the Memorial Day Parade in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., on May 28, honoring our military. The OHS Band was nominated by Congressman Tom Rooney for the parade. Once nominated, OHS Band submitted an application and video. The selection committee upon review awarded OHS Band to represent the State of Florida. The cost is $600 per student. The band has met half their goal of $37,000. Their goal is to have all funding by end of March, 2012. Community! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students not only to represent Florida, but most important, our community Okeechobee County. What a privilege our students have earned under the excellent leadership of band director, Clint LaFlam. We owe a great deal of thanks to Congressman Tom Rooney for having the con dence that OHS would be a “glowing light” in representing our state. Thank you again Congressman Rooney for the nomination. We, as Masons, are very proud of th e band’s accomplishments. Our rst fundraiser was a successful Sunday morning breakfast, grossing $1,700 plus. All members then voted to round out and donate $2,000. All expenses were covered by the Lodge. As Masons, one of our major priorities is ou r youth and we, as well as our community, will continue to do all we can, enabling th e OHS Band to reach their goal. Anyone that wishes to contribute can do so by making a check out to OHS Band and put in the mail addressed to: Okeechobee High School Attn: Clint LaFlam, Band Director 2800 N. Hwy. 441 Okeechobee, FL 34972 The OHS Band students expressed thei r gratitude for the support received by th e community. The Masonic Lodge members also wish to express their thanks for the support of th e breakfast. We hope to see all board members, administration, teachers and community at the next breakfast. You can’t beat it fo r $6—all you can eat eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, biscuits/gravy, grits, OJ and coffee. Time and date will be announced. Jim Vensel, Treasurer Masoni c Lodge #237 Wednesday, December 7, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letter 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. 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Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Library of CongressTestifying to the extent of the Japanese sneak attacks are these three stricken U.S. battleships. Left to right: USS West V irginia, severely damaged; USS Tennessee, damaged; and USS Arizona, sunk. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pet Rescue Humane SocietyPet of the WeekRufus would love a home for the holidays. Rufus is so much more settled now after training in the SPIN program, he would be great in nearly any home. He looks tough but is a lovable sweetie. Rufus is a well balanced dog—playful and cheerful. He is good with other pets and children. He was raised to be an inside dog. He is a great family companion. His adoption fee, which includes spaying and current shots is $175. He is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-3571104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com.

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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).  James Gruber, 21, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by Deputy Y amil Astacio on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with violation of probation grand theft (two counts) violation of probation burglary of a structure. He is being held without bond.  Joseph Ray Howling, 34, S.E. 66th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by Ofcer Kelley Margerum on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft and felony criminal mischief. His bond was set at $7,000.  Eden McGee, 25, N.W. 27th Ave., Okeechobee, wad arrested Dec. 2 by Deputy Steven McKinley on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging her with dealing in stolen property. Her bond was set at $7,500.  Heath Thomas Acree, 31, N.E. Ninth Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on a fugitive warrant issued from Carroll County, Tenn., that charged him with ling a false report. He is being held on $10,000 bond and, according to the warrant, will be extradited.  Abraham Cantu Jr., 27, N.E. Ave. F., Belle Glade, was arrested Dec. 2 by Detective Ted Van Deman on a charge of grand theft auto. His bond was set at $5,000.  Odon De La Paz, 44, S.W. 21st St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 3 by Deputy Bryan Holden on a charge of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $2,500.  Chelsie Sands, 20, Schooner Terrace, Margate, was arrested Dec. 4 by Deputy Steven McKinley on charges of possession of a controlled substance (ecstasy) and introduction of contraband into a state facility. Her bond was set at $6,500.  Fidel P. Diaz, 47, N.E. 60th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 4 by Deputy Keith Murrish on felony charges of possession of cocaine and introduction of contraband into a county detention facility. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear for arraignment no valid driver’s license. His total bond was set at $12,000.  Ronaldo Cummings, 52, N.W. 12th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 5 by Sergeant Russell Cale on charges of burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and grand theft. His bond was set at $5,000.  Willard Anthony Melear, 25, S.E. 24th Blvd., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 5 by Deputy Joseph Hall on charges of burglary of an occupied structure and grand theft. His bond was set at $30,000.  Vincent Dortch, 54, N.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 5 by Deputy Max Waldron on a Palm Beach County warrant charging him with violation of probation aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is being held without bond.  Steven Andrew Copeland, 21, Many Road, N. Fort Myers, was arrested Dec. 5 by Of cer Lawrence Parzygnat on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $750.  Granthan Kyle Steve, 27, S.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 5 by Of cer Ryan Holroyd on Broward County warrants charging him with driving under the in uence with property damage/injury (two counts) and driving while license suspended. His bond was set at $1,250.  Javier Williams, 28, Colman Federal Prison, was arrested Dec. 5 by Deputy Greg Popovich on Okeechobee County warrant charging him with sale of cocaine (three counts), possession of cocaine with intent to sell/deliver (three counts) and violation of probation driving under the in uence. His bond on the drug charges was set at $210,000, while he is being held without bond on the violation of probation charge. 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. Editor’s Note: Craig Lee Blackman, 52, was arrested Oct. 11 on a charge of aggravated battery. It has since been learned that charge has been dropped against Mr. Blackman by the state attorney’s of ce. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 More Styles Available! 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The report did not indicate a total dollar value of the stolen wire. Deputy McKinley stated in his report that the theft was discovered when an employee arrived for work Tuesday morning. The employee reportedly told the deputy that he locked the gate at the end of the work day on Monday and that the lock was on the outside of the gate. However, when he went to unlock the gate the next morning he found the lock on the inside of the gate. The investigation has been turned over to OCSO Detective Augustin Saucedo. Copper wire stolen from contractor

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Freddie D. Porter, 66FT. PIERCE — Freddie D. Porter, age 66, died in Ft. Pierce at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations in memory of Freddie be made to Hope Ministry Center. Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. at Hope Ministry Center, 1109 S.E. 7th St., Okeechobee, Fla. Friends may send online condolences at w ww.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seaw inds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida.James ‘Jim’ Lee Nutter, 72OKEECHOBEE — James “Jim” Lee Nutter, 72, of Okeechobee passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. He was born July 29, 1939 in Winchester, Va. He enjoyed being surrounded by his family. Mr. Nutter is survived by his wife, Patsy of Fort Drum; sons, Roger (Sherry) of Kenansville, Kenny of Fort Drum, Gary (Traci) of Kissimmee, Fred of Fort Drum, John (Brandy) of Corinth, Miss.; daughters, Cathy (Mark) of Tenn., Carolyn Lynn of Tenn. and Vicki Shelby of Winchester, Va.; sisters, Jo Ann Wilcox of Canon City, Colo., Helen Baynes of Celebration, Barbara Jean of Hollywood, Md., Diane Harris of Mesa, Az., Faye Lennox of Chestertown, Md. and Joy Hoag of Betterton, Md.; brother, Warren of Ohio; 16 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; close friends, Ruby and Johnny McCullers; and other close friends. He was preceded in death by his son, James, Jr.; and daughter, Jeannie; mother, Irene Presgraves; father, Randall Nutter. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Pastor Fred Hodges will of ciate. Interment will be at Fort Drum Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972Jerry Glenn Sherer, 67OKEECHOBEE — Jerry Glenn Sherer, age 67, peacefully entered the glorious Kingdom of God on Nov. 28, 2011, at home. He was born in Galion, Ohio, to Eugene Edward and Beulah Virginia (Zellner) Sherer. Jerry was a graduate of the Hilliard High School Class of 1962 and attended The Ohio State University, Pan American College in San Antonio, Texas, and Columbus School of Art and Design. He was a member of the Army National Guard from 1965 through his discharge as a 1st Lieutenant in 1972. He is the former owner -realtor of Sandbill Realty Group of Cape Coral, Fla., and owneroperator of Sherer Landscape of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Woodstock, Ga. He is survived by the mothers of his children, Betty Jo (Allison) Sherer and Suzanne (Harrison) Powers; daughters, Heidi Joel Sherer of Okeechobee, Dr. Erica (Dr. Joel) Schwartz of Greenwood Village, Colo.; son, Brian (Babette) Sherer of Hilliard, Ohio.; grandchildren, Zachary and Hannah of Okeechobee, Gabrielle, Sabrina and Jacob of Greenwood Village, Colo., Hailee, Gabriel and Wyatt of Hilliard, Ohio; sister, Cathy (Daniel) Kaiser of Columbus, Ohio; brother, Richard (Marcie) Sherer of High Springs, Fla.; stepchildren, Jeremy and Brent Cate, Tawnya Starnes and their mother, Sandy Nelms of Lawrenceville, Ga.; close friend, Judy Leeson of Newcomerstown, Ohio; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, graveside at Fairview Cemetery, 1295 Fairview Road, Galion, Ohio, at 10 a.m. with military honors. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2 p.m. at Xenos Christian Fellowship, 1340 Community Park Drive, Columbus, Ohio. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973; or Feed Springs Church, 29995 Moravian Trail Rd, Uhrichsville, OH 44683. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida.Mae Wingate, 84OKEECHOBEE — Mae Wingate, age 84, of Okeechobee passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 in Okeechobee. She was born August 10, 1927. She is survived by her daughter, Vera Maguire; ve grandchildren, Darrell Maguire (Faye), Rhonda Sissy Moore (Chuck), Michael Maguire (Wendy), Lee Fuqua (Michelle) and Paul Fuqua; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, John Allen Faulk. No visitation or services will be held. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972 V irginia ‘Ginnie’ Ullrich RiordanOKEECHOBEE — Virginia “Ginnie” Ullrich Riordan passed to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at the age of 91. Ginnie, a resident of Okeechobee, Fla., was born on May 24, 1920, in St. Louis, Mo. Her parents, Walter and Alma Ullrich, were also from St. Louis. Ginnie married Norman Gerren in 1937, William Cesak in 1958 and William Riordan in 2006. Ginnie earned a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree from St. Louis University. She attended Holy Trinity Church in St. Louis where she was a Stephens’ Minister before moving to Florida. She was a proud member of the Merry Widows, a Christian fellowship group at Holy Trinity and cherished the close friendship. Ginnie loved to sing, dance, and make those around her happy. She w as known for her incredible smile that brought warmth and joy to many. Ginnie was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church. She performed in plays at the Okeechobee Community Theater, sang in the Peace Lutheran Choir, and entertained many with her wit and genuine, caring nature. Ginnie’s Lutheran faith was strong throughout her entire life. She took great pleasure in sharing the Word of our Lord in hopes of helping others nd the love of Jesus. Ginnie was an animal lover and cherished all of God’s creatures. She w as an avid reader and loved to learn and experience new things. She loved to travel and visited many far-away places including many European countries, Egypt, and Kenya; where she stayed w ith local tribes and enjoyed animal safaris; Israel and most of our United States. She loved spending time with her family and many friends. Most of all, Ginnie loved life and loved bringing happiness to others. Ginnie was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Alma Ullrich; husbands, Norman Gerren, W illiam Cesak, William Riordan; brother, Norman Ullrich; son-in-law, Richard Weber; grandsons, J erry Long, Dean Gerren; granddaughter, Laura Long; and many cherished pets. Ginnie is survived by daughters, Yvonne (Larry) LaMee of Okeechobee, Elaine (Rex) Kenyon of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; sons, Rick (Harriet) Gerren of Okeechobee, Bill (Sheri) Cesak of Atlanta, Ga; grandchildren, Mike and Rae Long, Greg Weber and Scott Reagan, Mark Jordon and Bret Cesak; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; brother, Ray Ullrich; cousins; nieces and nephews; and many cherished friends. A memorial service was held at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, Okeechobee, Fla. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at 11 a.m. In lieu of owers, please consider a donation to the church or a favorite charity. Ginnie, a follower of Our Lord Jesus Christ, lover of life, family and friends will be missed by many. We love you Mom, with all our hearts. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements were under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. People have so much to do and so little time to do it. To help you deal with your time constraints, we pack this little newspaper with lots of relevant and useful information. We want you to learn what you need to know quickly, so you can experience and enjoy your community fully. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 7, 2011 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee 7 Okeechobee News December 7, 2011 The Okeechobee Community Choir in its 13th y ear under the direction of Sandy Perry, will present the Christmas Cantata, Joy to All the World and other seasonal favorites on Friday, Dec. 16. and Sat. Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 NW 2nd St. Forty-six singers representing 15 local churches w ill sing. Frank Carter, a very talented concert pianist, arranger, and composer, is the Director of Arts & Music at Good Shepherd United Methodist in WPB, and has again composed the cantata for the Okeechobee Community Choir as he did for Easter. In addition to accompanying, Frank and his wife, Brooke, will sing and play some of his Christmas arrangements. Nicolle Wood will again share her unique talents as our inspiring narrator. A variety of musical styles will be included in the concert. Singers from the audience will be invited to join the choir in singing the nal selection, Handel's Hallelujah! Chorus. A love offering will be taken to cover advertising costs. For more information, call Sandy at 634-7714. Ministers of other churches and ministries are invited to join the Okeechobee Ministerial Association on the second Wednesday of every month at noon at The Lodge Restaurant. Believers Fellowship Church will host the last gospel sing of the year on Friday night, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at 300 S.W. 6th Ave. Plan on being part of this festive Christmas sing. Whether you sing or sit and listen you will truly enjoy yourself. Fellowship, desserts and beverage will be served following the singing. The Okeechobee Presbyterian Church 312 N. Parrot Ave, will hold its annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enter the Fellowship Hall by the NW 4th Street entrance. The Presbyterian Youth Group will hold a soup & salad lunch for $5 per person on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, call the church of ce 863-824-0013. Fr. Hugh Duffy will give a series of talks on the parables every Thursday night from 7 to 8 p.m. in the pavilion at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 901 S.W. 6th Street. The talks are ongoing until Thursday, Dec. 15. Everybody is welcome and there is no charge to attend. For more information, call 863-763-3727. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, 102 N.W. 10TH Street. The Hurting Women's Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. There is a Community Gospel Sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park St. (Hwy. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, dobro, and harmonicacome and enjoy!The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@newszap.com. Churches plan special holiday events Shdht Places ofWorship Special to the Okeechobee News/ Okeechobee Stitchin’Quilting for the communityThis is king-sized, stained glass window design, and hand-quilted. It will be entered for a drawing with proceeds to bene t Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry. Look for it at local craft fairs and events around the community or the group will be at Dollar General or Tractor Supply on Tuesday and Friday until Dec. 20. Drawing for the quilt will be on Dec. 22 and the winner will be contacted by phone. Tickets are 6 for $5 or just $1 each.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 GET $500 OFF Any Hot Spring SpaPLUS get our Comfort Package for FREE. Thats a $1,320 value off our everyday low, direct from the factory prices. 8 Okeechobee News December 7, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee NewsDevin and Elizabeth Maxwell, of Maxwell & Maxwell, P.A., welcomed Main Street of cers and guests to their November mixer. Devin and Elizabeth Maxwell hosted the November Okeechobee Main Street Mixer at Maxwell & Maxwell, P.A., 405 N.W. 3rd Street, on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Okeechobee Main Street members and guests enjoyed the beautiful Florida weather outside as they networked with fellow community members and enjoyed a wonderful array of snacks and hors d’oeuvres. Okeechobee Main Street Board President Kathleen Shatto welcomed over 60 business men and women to the event, as well as fellow community members. Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw greeted new members, shared the success of the recent Halloween Celebration and thanked volunteers for their tireless efforts. Tickets were then drawn for door prizes contributed by members. Raulerson Hospital, 1796 Highway 441 N., will sponsor the December Mixer on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend all Main Street Mixers and members are encouraged to bring a friend. For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246. Main Street hosts mixers Fresenius Medical Care North America, the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, invites the community to attend an open house celebration for the clinic’s 25th anniversary on Friday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. at its dialysis clinic in Okeechobee, 201 S.W. 16th St. The facility enables Fresenius Medical Care’s local team of expert medical professionals to better serve the greater Okeechobee County area’s growing dialysis community. The open house will include live music, refreshments and a barbecue. Nurses and staff will be available to discuss patient services and the latest dialysis treatment options, including:  Home dialysis program that can offer patients greater independence, convenience and health bene ts; and,  Treatment Options Program (TOPs) information available to inform at-risk patients and their families about chronic kidney disease and how to choose treatments for kidney failure that best suit their health and lifestyle needs. The staff will present demonstrations of the latest dialysis technology and single-use dialyzers, and treatment stations designed for patient comfort and convenience that feature individual DirectTouch media systems. Fresenius Medical Care hosts open house Dec. 9 Bowline Construction is pleased to announce that Elbert Batton has joined their rm. Mr. Batton is the former owner of Lake View Builders, Inc. He grew up in the business, his dad and brothers being builders as well. Licensed as a state certied contractor since 1974 as well as many other certi cations he holds in the industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him. “I have known Jeff and his family for many years and know without a doubt that they not only do quality work but will stand behind their product,” Mr. Batton said. Mr. Batton believes in giving back to the community. He has served his community over the years with many organizations including the Board of Realtors, Main Street, Treasure Coast Builders Association,. He has served Okeechobee County as a board member on the licensing board for 11 years and is currently serving on the affordable housing board. He has served on the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Construction Industry Licensing Board since 2008. Elbert Batton joins Bowline Construction

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Erick Garcia had two goals and Sera n Espinoza and Brent Simmons combined to toss a shutout in goal as Okeechobee remained unbeaten with a 3-0 victory over Clewiston Monday night at Brahman Stadium. Espinoza, Brian Guerrero and Hunter Pritchard had assists and Augustine Leon scored a goal for the Brahmans, (5-0-1). Okeechobee led 1-0 at the half and despite a few Tiger attacks on net, were able to preserve the shutout with some tight defense. "Clewiston was a very disciplined team but I feel our two guys up front, Garcia and Pritchard, are too much for most teams, they are really that good," Brahman Coach Lonnie Sears said. Okeechobee pushed the lead to three goals early in the second half and were able to substitute liberally. Sears said it was good to see some of the younger players get a chance to perform. Leon said he felt the Brahmans are only playing up to their potential this season and could be able to continue this string of success, "This is the way we're supposed to play. I feel that without a team you're nothing. All of the goals tonight were because of team work." Sears said he doesn't think the team is going to go undefeated but he said he feels the team has taken some pride in the fact that they are successful. He said the team actually had two bad matches last week that resulted in a tie and a one-goal victory and in other years they might have been losses. "We still have a lot of tough matches ahead. I don't see us being undefeated but if we are so be it and if not that's ne. We will just prepare and play our best soccer at districts," he added. Leon said last year Clewiston defeated Okeechobee 3-0 at Brahman stadium and the team was committed to not let history repeat itself. "I feel it was revenge and it wasn't going to happen this year. I want everybody to know we're not just a small town in the middle of nowhere, we are somebody," he added. Leon said he felt the team is playing well and hopes to continue to improve, "We all played at our level and it was a great game tonight. We have a few screws and bolts to tighten up on defense, but if we do that we'll be set." The Brahmans host Vero Beach on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and visit Fort Pierce Westwood on Friday afternoon. 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. Come see new, rst time displays, your favorite crafters returned, and a breakfast that can’t be beat! Pine needle artist, homemade candy and pickles, jewelry, quilts, furniture, yard decorations and much, much, more. No vendors. 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Call for additional details. 9 Okeechobee News December 7, 2011 OHS remains unbeaten with win Photo 1 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyFrank Bucio (left) and the Brahman defenders were able to shut out the Clewiston Tigers on Monday night. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDiego Rodriguez battles for possession of the ball at mid eld during the match Monday at OHS. OCRA accepting coaching applications for 2012 Spring baseball seasonOCRA is now accepting coaching applications for the 2012 Baseball season. Applications can be picked up at the Okeechobee County Parks and Rec Dept., 640 N.W. 27th Lane (Sports Complex) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The deadline for returning the applications is Jan. 15, 2012. For questions or concerns please call 863-634-0515 or 863-697-3212. The Okeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee winners for last week were: rst place, B. Birdshaw; second, R. Foss; tied for third, R. Jordan and G. Guydosh; and, tied for fourth, R. Carbia, V. Johnson and B. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (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 10 Okeechobee News December 7, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Yearling Middle School scored a season high in points but it wasn’t enough as the Bulls fell to Oslo 46-30 in boy’s basketball action at YMS Monday night. Lamar Williams had a double-double w ith 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Francisco Compton, Antawyn Fludd, and J iyawana Ford each had ve points to lead the Bulls, (0-3). It was a great improvement on the offensive end of the court for the Bulls who had averaged just nine points in their rst two contests, both losses. Oslo led 11-3 after the rst quarter and 20-8 at halftime. The Wildcats held a 34-16 lead at the end of the third quarter. Michael Ward led a balanced attack with 11 points for Oslo. He hit two long threepoint baskets in the rst quarter to set the tone for the Wildcats. Vincent Richardson added seven points for Oslo. Yearling played hard on the defensive end of the court but was unable to get much going on their half court offense. Williams earned most his points with second chance points and hard work under the glass. Fludd had two assists, and four steals for Yearling. The Bulls travel to Sebastian Middle School on Wednesday and tangle with arch rival Osceola at the Warriors gym on Thursday at approximately 5:45 pm. Oslo gets 46-30 hoop win over Yearling boys team By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahman basketball team fell to (1-4) Fort Pierce Central 69-21 in a District 12-7A game last Friday. Ami Edwards have six points and Carley McCoin had nine points for the Brahmans. Lasonja Edwards had 32 points to lead Fort Pierce, (4-0).  The OHS boy’s hoops team lost another heartbreaker 63-60 to Sebastian River on Friday night in Indian River County. Selv ick Henry led the Sharks with 19 points. Okeechobee fell to (1-2). Saturday night Jensen Beach improved (4-0) with an impressive 76-45 victory over the boys in Okeechobee. Sherrod Huntley had 25 points for JensenBeach. Trewiston Pearce led Okeechobee with 11 points.  The OHS boy’s soccer team remained unbeaten with a 4-3 win at Jensen Beach on Friday. Brian Guerrero scored the game winning goal with just a minute left in regulation. Eric Garcia had two goals for Okeechobee, (4-0-1). Jensen fell to (2-3-1).  Brahman girl’s weight lifting is on the rise. Coach Tyrone Smith said they will eld a full squad of 13 athletes this year which compares to only four athletes last year. The girls schedule began Tuesday at Fort Pierce Central. Brahman wrestlers will host their annual meet on Saturday at OHS. Twelve teams are scheduled to compete in the annual classic with matches due to begin at 9 a.m. in the Brahman gym. Sports News in Brief Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyFrancisco Compton eyes a long jumper during the rst half of Monday's game with Oslo while Michael Ward defends.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted GYNECOLOGIST Wishing you all of the best this holiday season-JonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com DERMATOLOGY HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Caring for Those You Care About120 BEDS MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore HEALTH Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website www.newszap.com James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee 12 Okeechobee News December 7, 2011

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. GiveawayFREE KITTEN sweet, tame, 4 mo. old kitten, using litterbox, male, gray & white. Call (863)763-0742 Garage/ YardSales Yard Sales Thur. 8,Fri.9 & Sat. 10 Kissimmee River Estates Boat, Furniture, Lift Chair, Christmas Items, Decorations,Nativity Sets, Clothes, Tools,Crafts, Feather Lite Sewing Machine. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time BOOKKEEPER Indiantown company has an opening for a bookkeeper. Please fax resume to 800-519-4153COOK & SERVERSMUST have experience. Apply @ www.beefobradys.com/ beefs-jobs.aspx Great Opportunity F/T Position Local Professional Of ce Send Resume to: P.O. Box 578, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or email to: okeejob@hotmail.com Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. 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 Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com FurnitureBed and Dresser Full size bed mattress and box springs plus a 7 drawer dresser with mirror. dark oak color. located in Lake Port, Good condition. $200.00/firm. (863)946-1481. DINING ROOM SET Seven piece dark oak Pub Style set integrated butter y extension. Beautifully crafted. Includes six fabric covered chairs, excellent condition. like new! $400.00/or best offer. (863)467-9233 or (780)907-1707 MiscellaneousRefrigerator Eways good cond $100.00, Table/Swivel Chairs$40.00, RH Set Golf Clubs $50.00 357-0063. Roland VS-2000 Digital Studio Workstation $500.00,Roland Key Board EXR-5 w/Keyboard Bench in box $300.00,Frigidaire Refrig.$100.00 467-2254 Pets/Supplies CKC Mini Dachshund 5 mos dapple male pup, all shots, wormed, smart, sweet & extremely tiny $350.00. (863)801-6144 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Miscellaneous ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 2 BD/1BA Duplex in town. No Pets! First, Last and Security. $550.00/mo. Call 863-634-2820 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $850 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 DON’T MISS OUT AFFORDABLE APART. IN TOWN 2BR/1.5 Bath 1 Block north of Walmart Carpet/Tile All Appliances,W/D on each oor, Clean/Newly Painted Call 863-763-8878 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 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. OKEECHOBEECottag on Rim Canal. Starting $125 week inclds utilities. (772)359-1640. 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 $600.00 Moves You In! 2 bd rm/1 bath, Furnished Townhome in Kings Bay. Call 863-634-8331 FOR RENT ONE BEDROOM/ONE BATH CONDO. FULLY FURNISHED, WATER FRONT VIEW NO PETS (863)610-0512 OR (863)357-7520 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 FORT DRUM AREA 2BR, 2BA w/Washer & Dryer. $600 mo. + sec. & ref’s. Call (561)634-0312 Houses-Rent 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 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. OKEE 3/1 Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $725 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 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. OfficeSpace Rent OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Waterfront RentalsFor Sale or Rent, BH R Adult community, 1 bedroom Park Model with attached Florida room and deck on the water, Call 863-824-6147 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 2 Br/ 1 1/2 bath $500.00 mo. includes all utilities. Located in Nice Park and Area. Call 812-989-3022 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 13 Okeechobee News December 7, 2011

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MobileHomeSale BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 CASA-BLANCA PARK 3BR, 1.5BA, W&D, New oors, tile, carpet, toilets, faucets. Florida room w/sofa bed. $18,000 or best off. (219)384-3407 FOR SALE OR RENT Park Model w/Florida Room, 1 Bed/1 1/2 Bath, porch overlooking canal,carport,full furnished w/2 TV’s, 2 couches make beds, freezer, 2 refrigerators, washer/dryer. BOAT DOCK AT BACK DOOR No Locks Call 618-558-0274 LARKEE LAKES 2 bdrm./1 ba. on 2 lots. as is $22,000. 863-634-7126. 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. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats16 FT Dory type boat and trailer center console, berglass over wood upper structure and berglass bottom, Bimini top, VHF radio, Compass, Fish nder, 40hp Yamaha, other extras all in very good condition $2,500 Call 772-335-4965 Cell 772-240-9524 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles2004 CHEVROLET TRAIL BLAZER Alarm system, automatic transmission, CD, air bags, cruise control, V-6, leather, air conditioning, power locks, rear defrost $8,995 / rm (901)871-7811 or (219)561-1771 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice Contract Negotiations The School Board and Education Association will continue contract and Race To The Top/Senate Bill 736 negotiations at 4:00 p.m. on December 9, 12, 15, 2011. Collective bargaining sessions are open to the public and will be held in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building at 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 404784 ON 12/7/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE Case No.: 2010-CA-000349 BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET WITH THE CHANCELLOR OF THE DIVISION OF FLORIDA COLLEGES ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011 AT 12:30 PM IN ROOM A-302 AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS SEEKING CLARIFICATION REGARDING ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 404613 ON 12/7/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 47-2009-CA-000005 GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC, Plaintiff, VS. MARTIN TINAJERO; R.A. ALMASY, AS TRUSTEE OF THE BRINDABAN TRUST; UNKNOWN TENANT (S); THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARTIN TINAJERO; IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 21st day of October, 2011 and entered in Case No. 47-2009-CA-000005, of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC is the Plaintiff and MARTIN TINAJERO, R.A. ALMASY, AS TRUSTEE OF THE BRINDABAN TRUST, UNKNOWN TENANT (S) and THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARTIN TINAJERO IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, 11:00 AM on the 4th day of January, 2012 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 5, BRINDABAN FOREST, UNIT 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 2 AND 3, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 1987 ZIMM DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME IDENTIFIED BY YIN NUMBERS: ZZF1525BAC AND ZZF1525AAC. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated this 5th day of December, 2011 SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Law Of ces of Marshall C. Watson, P.A. 1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 Telephone: (954) 453-0365 Facsimile: (954) 771-6052 Toll Free:1-800-441-2438 404816 ON 12/7,14/2011 NOTICE There will be a meeting of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) of Okeechobee County on Tuesday, Decemb13, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Tourist Development Council Of ce located at 2800 N.W. 20th Trail (Airport Terminal Bldg.), Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the TDC with respect to any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she 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 to be based. Kathy Scott, Tourism Coordinator Tourist Development Council Okeechobee County On 12-5-11 404787 ON 12/7/2011 School Board Workshop Members of the School Board of Okeechobee County will meet in a 4-hour workshop session to receive Master Board training on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 3:30-7:30 p.m., in Room 307 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee, and is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 404142 ON 12/7/2011 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 472010CA0000432XXXX OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, Plaintiff, VS. AMBER L. GRIESEMER, “JOHN DOE”. her husband, if married, real name unknown, and “UNKNOWN TENANT #1” and “UNKNOWN TENANT #2” as occupants, real names unknown, NATIONAL CITY BANK, n/k/a PNC BANK, N.A., Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in Case No. 472010CA000432XXXX on October 27, 2011, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in favor of Plaintiff, OAK TREE PLACE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, and against Defendant, AMBER L. GRIESMER (OWNER). The clerk will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: Unit E, of Dwelling Structure 30, OAK TREE PLACE, together with the land immediately underlying the unit, as described and depicted in Declaration of Party Facilities and Protective PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 2011-CP-081 IN RE: The Estate of: EDWARD C. APPLETON, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of EDWARD C. APPLETON, deceased, whose date of death was February 26, 2011, le number 2011-CP-081 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 304 14 Okeechobee News December 7, 2011 Covenants for OAK TREE PLACE, as recorded in Of cial Record Book 260, Page 999, and amendment thereto as recorded in Of cial Records Book 261, Page 1405, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. at a public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 after having rst given notice as required by Section 45.031, Florida Statutes., at 11 o’clock a.m., on the 4th day of January, 2012. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED in Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this 1st day of December, 2011. Sharon Robertson Clerk of Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff Brennan Grogan, Esquire, Jay Steven Levine Law Group, 3300 PGA Boulevard, Suite 570, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. 561-627-3585 404818 ON 12/7,14/2011 NW 2nd 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 has been served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE TIME 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 court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED 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 rst date of publication of this notice is November 20, 2011. Personal Representative: BRENDA T. APPLETON 1020 SW 7th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 ROBERT J. GORMAN, ESQUIRE Fla. Bar No. 224286 Attorney for Personal Representative Robert J. Gorman & Associates, P.A. 1209 Delaware Avenue Fort Pierce, Florida 34950 (772) 465-5311 403470 ON 11/30,12/7/2011 PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S A T T O R N E Y S H A I R C U T S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD€ Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 Advertise here! Great place to get noticed! M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.orgL O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss Cheri Stevens 1 0 5 S W 3r dA v e.863-467-0418 Tues. -Fri 9-5:30 €Sat. 9-3 € Closed Sun & Mon F/K/A COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P., Plaintiff, vs. HAYDEE ROSA RIVERA, et al. Defendants NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 22, 2011, and entered in Case No. 2010CA-000349, of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida. BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP (hereafter “Plaintiff’), is Plaintiff and HAYDEE ROSA RIVERA; EZEQUIEL RIVERA; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC, AS NOMINEE FOR FIRST MAGNUS FINANCIAL CORPORATION are defendants. The Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL at 11:00 a.m., on the 4th day of January, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 45, BLOCK 46, BASSWOOD UNIT 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 49, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 28th day of November, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COUR T BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Cler k Van Ness Law Firm, P.A. 1239 E. Newport Center Drive Suite #110 Deer eld Beach, Florida 33442 Phone (954) 571-2031 Fax (954) 571-2033 403948 ON 12/7,14/2011 ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds

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Pregnancy Center to host 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 w ell as Christmas gifts ready to purchase and door prizes. If you’ve never been to the Center, come and meet the staff. For more questions, call the Center at 863-467-8748. Shrine Club to hold yard and craft sale this weekendThe 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 863-763-5806 for information.Moose Lodge has BBQ dinnerThe Okeechobee Moose, 1753, at 159 N.W. 36th St., will serve a barbecue dinner on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Music by Cowboy Karaoke will be from 5–9 p.m. Members and guests welcome. V FW to host Sunday dinnerBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 S.R. 78 W est will host Sunday dinner on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 12:30 until 4 p.m. Dinner will be a delicious ham dinner for $7 donation w ith proceeds to bene t disabled veterans.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. in 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 gauge auto and Marlin Model 90 12 gauge over/under.Kiwanis radio auction plannedThe 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. 13 The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Dinner will be served from 4 p.m. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m. for your listening and dancing pleasure. All proceeds go to Shrine bene ts. For more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Social Security workshop planned for Tuesday, 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 and options for spouses and ex-spouses Seating is limited. RSVP Ana at 863-357-4724.Free memory loss screeningsThe 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. Community Events 15 Okeechobee News December 7, 2011 dez reportedly attacked her as soon as she got out of her car. He reportedly grabbed the w oman, threw her to the ground and began hitting her, over and over, in the face. The victim apparently told the OCSO deputy that her live-in boyfriend accused her of being with another man, even though she had been at her mother’s. Deputy Margerum went on to state that he spoke with the victim’s mother and she corroborated her daughter’s statement. While he had the woman on the ground, the 5-foot-10-inch and 194-pound Hernandez choked the woman until she nearly lost consciousness, stated Deputy Margerum. The woman reportedly told the deputy that she thought she was going to die. Sometime after the attack, the woman began suffering from double vision and asked Hernandez to take her to the hospital. She even offered to lie to hospital staff about what had happened. Deputy Margerum said when he spoke with Hernandez at the Raulerson Hospital emergency room, the OCI of cer told him his girlfriend got into a ght with another woman at a local bar and that he broke it up and brought her to the hospital. However, the victim’s statement was quite different. The woman reportedly stated that she has been with Hernandez for the past two years and she’s been afraid to call law enforcement due to her boyfriend’s “violent temper.” She went on to say that the former U.S. Marine is very aggressive, stated the deputy’s report. The victim’s mother allegedly told Deputy Margerum that Hernandez broke her son’s nose in a minor argument and that she feared for her daughter’s life. As he was being handcuffed and placed under arrest, Hernandez reportedly told the deputy, “I should not have done it, and I understand why you have to arrest me.” OFFICERContinued From Page 1 the health department on the health department employee of the year;  terminate a lease on an industrial park lot and execute another lease on the same lot; and receive a nancial update through Oct. 31.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 Sexual predator noti cationThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce is disclosing this information to the public in order to enhance the public safety, awareness and protection. This should be used for information purposes only. The individual listed here has served the sentenced imposed by the courts. He is NOT wanted by the police at this time. Rodney Leitner, a convicted sexual predator, now lives at 2946 N.E. 103rd Ave. in Okeechobee. He is a white mail, 45 years old, 6’3”, and weighs 230 lbs. He has blond hair and blue eyes, Leitner was convicted of a lewd and lascivious act on a victim under the age of 12 in Palm Beach County in 2001. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, contact Michelle or Connie at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce, 863-763-3134, ext. 2240 or visit the web site at http://www,fdle.state. .us. Rodney Leitner

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