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Publication Date: 12-09-2011
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Friday, December 9, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 147 13.74 feetLast Year: 12.72 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. OHS rodeo team scores high ... Page 9 IRSC may expand local campus ... Page 5 Okeechobee Boys School included in lawsuit over abuse at Florida School for BoysBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A U.S. Justice Department report on its investigation of the Florida School for Boys (FSB) not only proves a state probe fails to hold the state accountable, but also validates what those victims have been saying for years. The federal report was released Dec. 2 and stated, in part, that the “... State of Florida was engaged in a pattern or practice of failing to have proper measures of accountability that led to serious de ciencies...” at the school. Over 300 men have come forward and joined together in a class action lawsuit against the State of Florida. That suit accuses the state of turning a blind eye to the physical and sexual abuse doled out by guards and employees at the reform schools in Marianna and Okeechobee. “It (the federal report) proves to mysel f and everyone else out there that we spoke the truth,” said a Fort Walton Beach man who was viciously beaten during his stint at the Report: State failed to protect FSB youth Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppHoliday Stroll in the ParkSeminole Elementary School’s card featuring a snowman won Best in Show in the annual Holiday Stroll in the Park giant holiday card contest in Flagler Park. The contest is sponsored by the Okeechobee High School Band. For more on the story, see page 8. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppThe Happy Holidays sled card won the Committee Choice Award in the Holiday Stroll in the Park contest in Flagler Park.See BOYS — Page 8 Source: SFWMD, depth given in feet above sea level

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sometimes love needs a helping hand.{ Hes relying on you. And you ma y need some help. n e e d s o m e h e l p Especially if youre E s p e c i a l l y i f y o u  r e caring for c a r i n g f o r s omeone w h ose h ea l t h requires attention 2 4 / 7 At Hope HealthCare Services, we understand your role a s a caregiver. We support all y ou do with our comforting c are„coor d inating me d ica l nee d s, exp l aining options a n d provi d ing emotiona l gui d ance f or you an d y our loved ones. Together, we can h e l p y ou b ot h ma k e eac h d ay t h e b est possi bl e Let Hope be there for you Support a t h o me co mf o rtin g C ar e re s pite f or Caregiver s co mp ass i o n f or Familie s Every day is a gift. Toll free 800.8 35 .16 73 or HopeHCS.org 2 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. North northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. North northwest wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday : A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. North northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday Night : Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. North wind around 5 mph. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. North northeast wind around 5 mph. Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. North northeast wind around 5 mph. Monday : A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. North northeast wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsChildren plan holiday programSome of the children of the First United Methodist Church nish decorating their Christmas Card in the Park. They would also like to invite the community to attend their original production of "The Gifts of Christmas," Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The church is located at 200 N.W. 2nd Street, behind the Bank of America. Santa to visitChildren can visit with Santa Claus in the Okeechobee City Park from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 13. 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.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 it’s President, Gay Carlton at 863-763-5755.Help 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. Holiday Happenings 15 years of serviceTony Bishop, district manager, presents Pam Casperson, senior accountant a certi cate in recognition of 15 years of service with Waste Management/Okeechobee Land ll, Inc. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Waste Management

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Okeechobee Main Street would like to w elcome everyone to the annual Top of the Lake Christmas Festival in Flagler Park. On Saturday, Dec. 10 the parks will open at 9 a.m. with local crafters, artisans, homemade sauces and baked goods, and a feast of pulled pork, chicken, ribs, gyros, hot dogs, hamburgers, chili and, of course, all your fav orite desserts, including ice cream, funnel cakes and pumpkin fry bread. Music will ll the air with the Christmas spirit as you stroll from park to park nding gifts for everyone on your list. Vocalist Lisa Riley, guitarist Tim Mitchell and the Okeechobee Community Choir will perform throughout the day. As you roam, look for your favorites including Seminole pumpkin bread, BJH Southern Accessories, Plaster Playtime, Anna O'Steen's pickles, Raulerson's Jams and Jellies, Lory's jalape–o relish, Caribbean Sauces, Scentsy candles, Erin's handmade dolls, and a host of jewelry, children's wares, cakes, cookies and brownies on a stick! Children will enjoy face painting, sand art, shing and more. The festival will close following the parade. The annual lighted Christmas Parade will be especially exciting this year with over 100 entries, including oats, buggies, boats, marching units and horses and, of course, our local re departments, city police department and county sheriff's of ce to also add to the show. Local royalty will include Miss Okeechobee County fair queen, Christina Close and Little Miss Hope Wisener, Miss Rodeo Okeechobee and her court, Miss Firecracker 2011 Tayor Renee Fulford, the Okeechobee JROTC King and Queen and Miss American Legion Post #64 Tabitha Smith. Richard Donegan, winner of the high school State Golf Championship Title, Class 2A will also ride in the parade courtesy of the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. The parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and follow the regular parade route. Honorable Jerald Bryant will serve as Parade Marshal and arrive in fashion for this year's theme, "An Old Fashioned Christmas." Our panel of three judges will sit in the parking lot of Capital Pawn where each entry will be announced. Following the parade a trophy will be awarded for Best Float. Last, and most importantly, Santa will come to town. Style Studio is providing a oat for Santa's sleigh this year and he will be ready to greet all children in the park following the parade. Pictures of your child with Santa will be provided courtesy of the Kiwanis. While in town, take the opportunity to enjoy the participants of Okeechobee Main Street's 2011 Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Entries this year include Okeechobee Discount Drugs, Toni's Chic Boutique, 14K Gold Store, Addington Satellite, Bank o f America, Flower Petals, Seacoast National Bank (South), Rustic Star Antique, Colour Me Crazy Salon and Pat's Floral Design. The winners of this contest will also be announced just prior to the parade. Also, wal k on down Park Street and wander through the Christmas Cards in the Park, sponsored by the High School Band and remember to turn on your radios to WOKC and grab a deal at the annual Kiwanis radio auction. Enjoy Okeechobee this holiday season and as always "think local"! Applications are being accepted for the 2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Pageant. Queens will be chosen in four age categories: Miss, Miss Teen, Princess and Sweetheart. For an application, stop by Eli's Western Wear or Southern Style. For more information, email Audrey@missrodeookeechobee. org, call 863-801-5258, or visit www.missrodeookeechobee.org Deadline is Dec. 30. The Okeechobee County Cattlewomen's Association is also looking for past rodeo queens and their pageant photos for their website. Please call Audrey 863-801-5258 or email: Audrey@missrodeookeechobee.org with your name, title, year and photo. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THEATRE I: JACK &JILLŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun. &Wed. 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 &7:00 Dec. 9 Dec. 9TH THDec. 15 Dec. 15TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 THEATRE III: ARTHUR CHRISTMASŽSat., Sun. &Wed. 2:00, 4:15 Mon. 3:00 IMMORTALSŽFri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun. &Wed. 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 7:00 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 R PGTHEATRE II: NEW YEARS EVEŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun. &Wed. 2:00, 4;15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 &7:00 PG PG-13 3 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 Christmas parade and festival Saturday The Highwaymen are African American Florida Landscape artists who created and sold paintings along the roads of Florida during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Recently the Highwaymen received recognition for their contributions to the Florida culture and art community. The 26 Florida Highwaymen were inducted into the Artist Hall of Fame in 2004. They have appeared on the Today Show and recently presented First Lady Michelle Obama with a painting at the First Ladies luncheon. A Highwaymen art event will be held At Rustic Style Cabins, 505 N.E. Park St., on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a free event for everyone. Some of the Highwaymen will be present to showcase their work, interact with the public and provide autographs. There will also be a raf e for a chance to win a vintage James Gibson painting from the 1970s with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Alpha Ministries Charity. The Alpha Ministries Charity gives children and young adults guidance and hope in times of hardship. Tickets are available at Rustic Style and Cabins, Eli's Western Wear and Mid Florida Hardware. You do not need to be present to win. Buy one chance for $5 or ve chances for $10. The drawing will be at Rustic Style and Cabins at 4 p.m. on Dec. 10. For more information, please contact Nita Salmon at 863-532-9096. Highwaymen Art event will bene t local Alpha Ministries 2012 Miss Rodeo Pageant now taking applications for queens First Baptist participates with One Harv est Ministries in offering the opportunity to order a food each month valued at approximately twice what you pay for it. In addition to the basic order, there are several specials per month that can be added to your order. The program is open to everyoneno requirements, except to place your order by the monthly deadline and pick up your order on the designated distribution day, which is usually the last Saturday of the month. You can see the monthly menu and if you w ish, place your order using a debit or credit card at: their website www.oneharvest. com. For cash orders, our church of ce at 401 S.W. 4th Street is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the church of ce at 863-763-2171. One Harvest Food Ministries helps w ith food costs Salvation Army needing Bell Ringers in OkeechobeeThe "Red Kettles" are out at various locations in the Okeechobee area but the Okeechobee Service Unit of The Salvation Army is in desperate need of volunteers to continue "Ringing the Bells" through this Holiday Season. Your support and caring will "Help us Help Others" right here in our own community as the funds collected in Okeechobee stay in Okeechobee. It costs you nothing to give the gift of a few hours of your time to this very worthwhile charitable cause and your reward will be a feeling of joy as you help provide assistance to individuals and families of our community. Individuals, families, friends, church groups, civic groups and businesses are encouraged to contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427 or 863-610-6659 to volunteer. You can help make a difference and don't forget to drop your change or, if you can spare a few dollars, in the "Red Kettle." Happy Holidays and God Bless! Okeechobee News/ Katrina Elsken“Reindeer” Eldora Nurrenbern (left) and Kimberly Allen (right) were dressed in style for the Christmas parade, held last year in downtown Okeechobee. Pet Rescue needs volunteers in park and to walk in paradeWe need help with our Christmas in the Park' display and the Christmas Parade where volunteers can walk either your own or a rescue dog. Please contact us at 863-357-1104

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Christmas lights I have heard that Okeechobee News used to publish where all the good Christmas light displays were located. What happened t o that? Is it going to be done this year? Edit or’s note: We would be happy to publish a list of the holiday light displays. You can p ost addresses on the Okeechobee News f orum on www.newszap.com, or on the Okeechobee News Facebook page, email a ddresses to okeenews@newszap.com, or d rop them by the Okeechobee News of ce a t 107 S.W. 17th Street.Christmas spirit What is wrong with ‘giving’ during the Christmas Season? Maybe it is commercialized. It certainly is. But giving is good for both t he sender and the receiver, so that makes it a good thing, IMHO. I liked the comment t he forum poster made: “Jesus only received t hree presents. Why should anyone else expect more presents than the birthday boy?” Of course, one of those presents was gold ... t hat’s a keeper right there.  My feeling is that as long as we “remember the reason for the season,” all is w ell with the world.  Giving without expecting anything in return is, in my opinion, certainly part of the s pirit of Christmas.Black Friday If I went to a Black Friday sale, it would j ust be to see what the excitement was about, and purely for the heck of it. If there w as an “Occupy” movement here, with a b unch of people living in tents and making hand gestures, (and of course, TV cameras), I would go there too, just to check it out. I guess it would be a lot like going to a Farmer’s Market, or a Holiday Festival in V eteran’s Park. Speaking of Veteran’s Park, is Okeechobee planning on invading Stuart? I see the big guns are aimed that way.Bonner in Miami I would have chipped in for a $10 bag of bird seed at Walmart for Bonner if that’s all it would have taken, instead of the thousands it cost us in WASTED salary and what I call a gift, rather than severance pay. I would have even bought a bow to put on the bag of bird seed.Bring back vehicle inspections I agree that there are some unsafe vehicles on the road in The State, but I still do not want to have to mess with vehicle inspections again. And the cops should be citing the ones who have illegal dark window tinting on their cars, as mentioned in the posting. Still, I don’t think it’s right that I follow the law and don’t have black-out tint on my car, but others do.  There is no need or legitimate reason for government control of vehicle inspections. The car that the writer in the Okeechobee News referred to would not likely be taken to an inspection station anyway. The operator would use other means, like stolen tags, stickers, or whatever they thought necessary to continue on the road. It is simply wrong to inconvenience a large segment of society for the acts or inaction’s of a very small minority, when there already exist sufcient laws to address the most serious issues. Overall, I think the law enforcement of cers do a pretty good job.  If I remember correctly, the inspection only looked for cracked glass. Tint on windows was not an inspection item.  I was out and about yesterday in town running errands and was SHOCKED when a red truck with two little kids were bouncing around the front seat with Dad driving. A police of cer was watching at the red light as Dad let little guy sit in his lap and hold the steering wheel. Nothing was done.Please donate locally Some people still think by donating to the Humane Society of the United States they are helping local shelters. Not true, the money does not trickle done to other shelters. Please pass this information on so contributors can make an informed decision before donating. IN 2010 the Humane Society of the United States raises over $131 million from the public. They gave less than 1 percent of those donations to local pet shelters. Please help shelter pets by donating locally, not to HSUS. To the Okeechobee Community: Having lived in this community for a very long time, I have come to realize the generosity of its citizens and businesses. Any time you open an edition of the Okeechobee News it is lled with various fund raising events, benets and events supporting important charities. And, most of the time the organizers of these events are out pounding the streets of our town asking the local merchants if they will “please donate to our cause.” More often than not, they respond with a resounding “yes”! Such is the case of our organization, Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star. On Saturday, Dec. 3, we hosted our 15th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at the KOA Convention Center. What a wonderful day it was, full of excitement and anticipation as approximately 335 friends, neighbors and family members gazed in awe at over $6,000 worth of merchandise and gift certi cates for goods and services ALL donated by our merchants in Okeechobee! In addition to these items were the gifts and baskets donated by the members of our Chapter. The following is a list of those who generously gave this year: Annie’s Consignment Boutique, Badcock & More Furniture, Barracuda’s Restaurant, Mollie, JoAnn & Jamie from Barney’s Barber & Beauty Salon, Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, Beall’s Outlet, Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant, Best Western Motel; Brighton Indian Casino, Buxton Seawinds Funeral Home, CVS Pharmacy, Connie AbneyBradford and Florence Slate from Carolyn’s Coiffures; Cato’s Fashion, Center State Bank, Countryside Florist, Cowboys Steak & BBQ, Custom Sights and Sounds, Ding-A-Ling Deli, Don’s Appliances, Dr. Richard Soldinger, Optometrist, Family Portraits, Firestone Tire Zone and Service Center, Flamingo II Arcade, Flower Petals, 14 Karat Gold Store, Gladys’ on the Park Restaurant, Gloria’s Sweets & Blooms, Golden Corral, Hair 911 Unisex Salon & Boutique, Stacey, Robin & Denise at Hair Cuttery, Hair Gurl Salon, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Home Depot, Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs, Elaine Jacamore, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Los Cocoa Mexican Restaurant, LoveOn-A-Leash Pet Parlor, Mama Flego’s Italian Restaurant, Mid-Florida Hardware, Midway Arcade II, McDonald’s 441 South, NAPA Auto, New American Physical Therapy, The Oil Can, Okeechobee Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep; Optical Gallery, Pat’s Flowers; Rita, Bobbie, Dee & Mikey at Perfect Cuts Salon; Popeye’s Chicken, Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant, Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary Jerri Reno, LaHoma Riveria and Rita Bailey from Razor’s Edge Salon, Rio Bravo Mexican Restaurant, Rita’s Furniture, Rustic Style Furniture, Sherwin Williams, The Sign Guy, Sue’s Place Hair & Beauty, Sun Bank, Superior Water Systems, Suzie’s Hallmark, Syble’s Flowers & Gifts, Taco Bell, Tire’s Plus, Tobacco Place, Toni’s Chic Boutique; Total Fitness, Travel Lodge Motel, Triple 777 Arcade, Maggie at Tropical Breeze Salon, Uncl e Larry’s Restaurant; Vanity Beauty Salon, W & W Lumber, Walgreen’s Pharmacy, Wilson’s New & Used Thrift Shop, Winn Dixie Supermarket and Wolfgang Jewelry. Words canno t express our sincere appreciation for the donations each of these businesses and individuals gave with willing hearts. Our fashionable models proudly presented fashions presented by Annie’s Boutique and Consignment, Beall’s Outlet, Belk’s (Sebring), Cato’s, Dress Barn (Sebring), Southern Style, Toni’s Chic Boutique, Southern Style and Unique Boutique. Jewelry was provided b y Nancy Stout, Original Jewelry Creations. W e would like to express our most sincere appreciation to each of these businesses for thei r participation. I would be remiss if I did not also take this opportunity to thank each member of ou r Chapter for their hard work and dedication to this function. It takes many, many hands and hearts to pull off an event of this magnitude and w e have members who are awesome in wha t they do for the Order of the Eastern Star. If you donated a gift, if you worked in the kitchen, i f you sold a ticket, bought a ticket, modeled th e fashions, helped serve, set up, clean up, or you were there in thought and mind, please accep t our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. We would also like to express our thanks to the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, th e Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, the Big Wate r DeMolay Chapter and KOA. We could no t have accomplished this event without the assistance and support of these organizations. To the Okeechobee News, thank you for always working so diligently to get our communit y service announcements in the paper. Our last thank you goes to the members o f our community who purchased tickets to this event. Without you, we would have no reason to present this annual extravaganza. Our attendance has grown over the past 15 years from about 80 people to what it is today and we do appreciate you coming back year after year. Your purchase of the Tea Cup Auction tickets and our 50/50 tickets show that you tak e pleasure in what we are presenting for you r enjoyment. We look forward to bringing you the 16th Annual Holiday Luncheon and Fashion Sho w December 1, 2012 – watch for details! Mary Ann Holt, Secretary Fashion Show General Chairman Friday, December 9, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The local campus of Indian River State College could double in size. Okeechobee County staff was directed Thursday to further study a donation of 40 acres or more of county-owned property to Indian River State College so the campus can expand with new facilities and courses of study that could have immeasurable impact on the future of the Okeechobee community. IRSC would basically double the size of the Dixon Hendry Campus if the additional land is acquired. The land options considered were the movement of the Okeechobee softball elds, changing the Okeechobee sports complex, and other plans which would add 27 acres for the College. A 100-acre tract along a new 710 Extension Road for a new campus was also discussed. "These are just proposals, were just throwing them out there," Okeechobee County Planning Director Bill Royce said. "I v iew this as a very signi cant moment." Dr. Mary Locke, Vice President of Instructional Services, represented IRSC during this discussion. She said it is clear Okeechobee County is a strong supporter of the college and its future. While the college has no immediate plans to construct new buildings, it would take an additional 60 acres to make the Okeechobee property an of cial college campus. The college proposed to use the softball elds and other lands west and north that border the soccer elds for their next phase of development. The holdup for growth is the sluggish economy and the lack of available state dollars for construction. The college intends to bring new fouryear degree programs to the Okeechobee campus. They would consider walking away from the Dixon Hendry site for a total new campus site, if offered. They would pursue new facilities quickly if money were available. College of cials said the existence of a state of the art college would help attract new employers and business. Commissioner Joey Hoover said a transitional use like a college between the airport, industrial park, and local schools, would be an ideal situation. "Go and look at other development of industrial and commercial parks and see that transition. Sometimes they are not very pretty," he added. He predicted this type of economic development could not be duplicated for Okeechobee. He said universities and colleges set down roots and impact communities for generations. He said it would be an economic anchor for Okeechobee County that attracts people and business here. "Let's have a bigger thought for that airport. Forty years ago they were going to do this and that with that airport. This is a bird in the hand. The college is interested and have a long-term vision," he added. Mr. Hoover said he didn't see any alternative locations available. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said he would like to see the campus include a PolyTechnical school that features engineering and aviation. He also said he wanted to protect the surrounding residential areas from negative impacts. "The early bird gets the worm. If you have this land set aside for you, your project will be ready to go and we'll get the funding to make it possible," he noted. Commissioner Ray Domer said it was not critical to designate this property for college use at this time. He suggested aviation uses were more appropriate for this property and there were better options available for the college, "The need for this property now is not there. In the future, I'd be more inclined to be willing to do it. Why commit to this now not knowing what the future holds?" Mr. Domer said he would support another site where the college could grow into the future. He said the college should have placed in another location years ago. "The question isn't should the college expand because I think that is wonderful. I'm not against this college, I would love to see this college grow," he stated. "This location is not the best choice." Commissioner Frank Irby said he felt the county should not give the land away for free although he pointed out he appreciates the value of the college, "I have no problem with them using taxpayer owned property for a good use, but I don't want the county to incur the cost of moving things out of the way for that purpose." County staff assured the commission that they would have an alternative site for the softball elds once the college is ready to build. The available land is in the county airport and any change in use would require the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration, which is not guaranteed, of cials said. In other business, the commission approved a $19,000 fee to host the FLW Outdoors Everstart Bass Fishing Tournament and the National Guard FLW College Bass Fishing Tournament scheduled for Jan. 1921 at the C. Scott Driver Park. The tournament is expected to have 150 boats and 300 anglers and provide an economic impact o f $926,895. The money will come from the Tourist Development Tax. The commissioners also learned the TDC will help fund 11 shing tournaments and seven events in 2012 that could result in millions of economic impact. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper announced that Marcia Woodham was named the Employee of the Year for the Okeechobee County Health Department. The Commission approved a near $5.5 million budget amendment to pay prior year budget encumbrances. The board also approved a resolution that authorizes the use of new special assessments that could be used for canal cleanups, mosquito control, street lighting, and other needs. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3387 S.Hwy 441 Okeechobee 863.763.2239 959 S. Main St. Belle Glade 561.996.7783 411 W. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston 941.983.8373 2 PC. DARKDEAL€2 pc. chicken* (drumstick &thigh)€1 individual mashed potatoes with gravy €1 biscuitOffer expires 1/31/12 € *Available in GrilledLimit one per coupon at participating KFC restaurants. Not valid with other special offers. Tax extra. 2011 KFCC Limit one per coupon at participating KFC restaurants. Not valid with other special offers. Tax extra. 2011 KFCC Limit one per coupon at participating KFC restaurants. Not valid with other special offers. Tax extra. 2011 KFCC Limit one per coupon at participating KFC restaurants. Not valid with other special offers. Tax extra. 2011 KFCC$399BREAST DEAL€1 breast piece of chicken €1 individual side €1 biscuit €1 medium drinkOffer expires 1/31/12 € *Available in Original Recipe, Extra Crispy or Grilled$39910 BUCK VALUE MEAL€7 pcs. of chicken* (drumstick &thigh)€1 large mashed potatoes with gravy €3 biscuitsOffer expires 1/31/12 € *Available in Original Recipe, Extra Crispy or Grilled$108 PC. MIXED MEAL€8 pc. chicken* (white/dark)€1 large mashed potatoes with gravy € 1 large coleslaw €4 biscuitOffer expires 1/31/12 € *Available in Original Recipe, Extra Crispy, Grilled or Mixed$1499 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 5 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 County board considers IRSC’s request for land By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A new Veterans Administration clinic and continued discussion about billboards in the city highlighted the agenda when the Okeechobee City Council met on Tuesday night at City Hall. Carter Pritchett billboard representative Steve Ramunni spoke on a settlement proposal about three lawsuits they have led against the City. Under this proposal, the rm could erect a billboard on the north side of State Route 70 East near Taylor Creek, and allow a refurbished existing billboard on North Parrott Avenue. "Money was never an issue, we never asked for damages and that was not the focus. The focus was simply to grant the permits," he told the Council. He warned the council that his client would pursue the litigations if the council did not enact the agreement. "This issue has lingered long enough and its time to get a decision," he added. City Attorney John Cook said he would not recommend a decision be made immediately by the council. He said if the city approved this permit they could end up with a billboard in the downtown park area. Billboards could also be allowed on the west side of Taylor Creek on 70, and a second at 1301 North Parrott Avenue under this proposal. Mayor Jim Kirk said the city must give Carter Pritchett an answer in the near term. That decision could be made in January. Mr. Ramunni said his rm led a permit for one of the billboards one week before the City Council enacted a moratorium on billboards. In other business, the council adopted an ordinance that amends the city comprehensive plan future land use map to allow a change from single family to multi family for a near four-acre tract at 207 S.E. Seventh Street requested by Lisa Sherman on behalf of Good Care Home, Inc. Currently up to three homes would be allowed on the property. The proposed change would allow up to eight dwelling units. A public hearing was set for Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. to consider a rezoning application for this property. A public hearing was set for Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. to consider various changes proposed to the City Land Development Regulations. Council also postponed a discussion on a waiver for parking regulations for a VA Medical Clinic being proposed at 210 N.W. 5th Street. A private rm plans to invest $640,000 into the property for the clinic. 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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.Michael ‘Mike’ Lee Morgan, 51WINTER HAVEN — Michael “Mike” Lee Morgan, age 51, of Winter Haven, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at his residence. Formerly of Okeechobee for 15 years, he had been a resident o f Winter Haven for the past 15 years. He was a member of the Florida Fly Wheelers (antique tractors). Mr. Morgan was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Audley Morgan; and his sister, Kathy Riley. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Brenda Medders of Winter Haven; three sons, Joe Morgan, Bo Keezer, and Billy Basden all of Winter Haven; his daughter, Jennifer Morgan of St. Petersburg; as well as two grandchildren, Abby and Jacob Morgan. He is also survived by three brothers, Steve (Wanda) Morgan, Jim Morgan, and Gord y (Missy) Morgan, all of Okeechobee; and four sisters, Wanda (Curtis) Morgan of North Carolina, Cindy (Sam) Crouch of Virginia, Linda ( Donnie) Weir of Okeechobee, and Sharon (Claude) Poirier also of Okeechobee. Mike also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, from 3 p.m. until service time of 5 p.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home Chapel, 3833 SE 18th Terr. Okeechobee, FL. Further services will be held at his residence, in Winter Haven, on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, from 5 until 7p.m. In lieu of owers donations may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 Shrine Club to hold indoor y ard and craft sale FridayThe 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.Free memory loss screenings offered at VNA on FridayThe 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.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 Street 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 about the Coalition, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877. Eagles plan steak dinnerThe Eagles North Aerie, 9985 U.S.441 N., will host a steak dinner on Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is welcome. Proceeds go to the community bene t fund for F.O.E. 4137.Gilbert Chevrolet celebrates birthday with giveawaysGilbert Chevrolet, 3550 U.S. 441 S., is celebrating it’s 78th birthday Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome! Enjoy a free lunch, meet Miami Dolphins cheerleaders and a Miami Dolphin alumni player. Giveaways to include Miami Dolphins tickets and a Nintendo Wii.Moose Lodge hosts barbecueThe 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.Eagles to host turkey shootThe Cypress Hut Eagles, 4509, will host turkey shoots at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. on Dec. 10-11 Dec. 17-18. Shoots begin at 9 a.m. for $2 per shot. Proceeds go to Christmas for Kids. A gun will be raf ed at the Dec. 18 shoot: winner gets choice of Winchester Model 1400 12 gauge auto and Marlin Model 90 12 gauge.Eagles to have booth in ParkOn Saturday, Dec. 10, the Eagles North will have a membership drive booth in Flagler Park at the Christmas Festival, and a horse drawn wagon in the parade at 6 p.m.Masonic Lodge hosts breakfastThe Mason Lodge at 107 N.W. Fifth St. (across from Flagler Park) in Okeechobee, will serve a traditional breakfast of eggs, bacon, etc., on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 8–11 a.m. for just $6 for adults, kids $3. They do breakfast every second and fourth Sunday. Proceeds go to Okeechobee Youth Programs.VFW post to host Sunday dinnerBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, S.R. 78 W. will host Sunday dinner on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 12:30 until 4 p.m. The ham dinner is available for a $7 donation, with proceeds to bene t disabled veterans.Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club to meet, elect of cersThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual business meeting on Monday evening, Dec. 12. The meeting will take place at the Red Cross Classroom on North Parrott Ave and begins at 7 p.m. At this annual meeting, new of cers will be elected for the year 2012, revisions to the ny-laws will be discussed and voted on, and dues for the 2012 year are welcome. An ‘after action’ report on the 2011 Hamfest in the Woods, and lessons learned will be discussed. All members of the club are urged to attend as meeting as there is much to do and everyone’s voice is important when it comes to the making decisions about the clubs future. For more information about the Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club, contact Tom Timmons N3RHV at ttimmons@dtimmons.comShrine 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.Workshop to discuss questions on Social Security“More than Meets the Eye” will be hosted by Sharon Ming at Edward Jones Investments. Join the group 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. Topics will include: 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 exspouses. Seated is limited. Participants must RSVP to Ana at 863357-4724.Chamber to host concealed weapons permit class Dec. 15The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee is hosting a Concealed Weapons Permit Class on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Hampton Inn from 7 to 9 p.m. Range training will be conducted on the following Saturday morning. The cost of the class is $30, and a concealed weapon permit package will be provided to each participant. You do not need to own a gun to attend class. Preregistration is required. Register online at: www.OkeechobeeBusiness.com. Go to calendar of events and click on the Dec. 15 Concealed Weapons Permit Class. The follow instructions to register online. You may also pickup a registration form at the Hampton Inn. If you should have additional questions, please contact the Chamber at info@OkeechobeeBusiness.com or 863-467-6246.Democrats to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Council will be having its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6pm in the Beef O’Brady’s meeting room. Any Democrats are invited to attend.Library to host book signingDeborah Sharp, former USA Today reporter, will be the guest of honor Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. for an author’s tea at the Okeechobee Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and she’ll discuss her new book, “Mama Sees Stars.” (Midnight Ink, 2011, $14.95).Community yard sale to bene t Relay for LifeRelay for Life Okeechobee Dream Team is hosting a community yard sale on Dec. 17, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.. The table fee is $15 (bring own table and/or tent) with all proceeds going to ACS American Cancer Society. All monies made at your table is yours to keep or you may donate it to ACS. Please call Missy at 863-634-8674 or contact Stafford’s Salon at 863-763-3933 to sign-up for your table. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Express parking lot on U.S. 441 S. All donations of items accepted before 7 a.m., the morning of yard sale or contact the numbers above if need to schedule to pick up your donated items. Teen Dance party plannedCome and enjoy the holidays and join us at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave. on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 7-10 p.m. for the December Teen Dance Party. Admission of just $7 includes pizza, soda and chips. Entertainment by DJ Dr. “S.” Lots of fun, games and more. For more information, call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Eagles to host bingoThe North Eagles Aerie, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will hold bingo on Tuesday, Dec. 13, starting at 1 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2012 FORD FOCUS SEWELL EQUIPPED! #12185 $2,500 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$175 LEASE FOR JUST2012 FORD FUSION SEWELL EQUIPPED! #12377 $2,995 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$189 LEASE FOR JUST2012 FORD EDGE SEWELL EQUIPPED! #12661 $2,500 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$279 LEASE FOR JUST2011 FORD ESCAPE XLTSTEEL BLUE, 4 CYL, SYNC, VOICE ACTIVATED SYSTEM, MOONROOF, SPORTS APPEARANCE PKG, LTHR, PREM. SOUND, DEMO #11478 $22,833WAS $28,460! NOW JUST ONLY 3 LEFT!SOME VEHICLE PHOTOS ARE APPROXIMATE LIKENESS TO THE IN STOCK INVENTORY. ALL VEHICLES ADVERTISED ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. VEHI CLES PRICED AFTER ALL FACTORY REBATES PLUS TAX, TAG AND $289 DEALER FEE. SOME FACTORY REBATES MAY REQUIRE FORD MOTOR CREDIT FINANCING WAC. SOME PRICES INCLUDE FMCC REBATE, RCL RENEWAL OR TRADE ASSIST REBATE. *10,500 MILES/YR. 27 MONTHS PAYMENT AND TAX. 2008 TOYOTA MATRIX XRSILVER MICA, 48K MI., #11812A$13,995 2008 PONTIAC G6 GTSTEEL GRAY, 44K MI., #11716A$13,950 2008 PONTIAC G6IVORY WHT, 70K MI., #11820B $10,950ONLY 2010 FORD ESCAPE XLTBLACK, 31K MI., #P4125$19,950ONLY ONLY ONLY 2010 TOYOTA MATRIX37K MI, 4 CYL AUTO #P4116$16,950ONLY 2010 TOYOTA COROLLA14K MI, CD, SIRIUS #12143A $15,950ONLY 2010 TOWN & COUNTRYSTONE WHITE, 33K MI., #P4165 $18,950ONLY 2008 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 SPREC. GRAY, 22K MI., #P4117$17,950ONLY 2010 HONDA CIVIC LXSILVER, 14K MILES #11257A$16,950ONLY 2010 TOYOTA CAMRYBLK, PWR, CD, 17K Mi. #12258A$16,995ONLY 2011 FORD FIESTA SEL13K MI, LTHR, ALLOYS #P4186A1$18,995ONLY 2010 GRAND CHEROKEEPWD, 32K MILES #P4096 $19,950ONLY2010 FORD ESCAPE LTDINGOT SILVER, 28K MI., #P4065$21,950ONLY 2011 FORD FUSION SELLEATHER, PWR, 17K Mi. #P4200 $20,950ONLY 2011 NISSAN PATHFINDER30K MI., CD, ALLOYS #11608B2$21,950ONLY 2011 FORD ESCAPE LTD28K MILES #P4065 $22,550ONLY2010 FORD EXPLORER 11K MILES, XLT #P4124$22,950ONLY CERTIFIED! 2009 CHEVY SILVERADOPEWTER, 81K MI., #11940A $30,950ONLY2008 F-250 SUPER DUTYSHADOW GREY, 72K MI., #1802B1$27,950ONLY 2010 FORD EXPEDITION WHITE, 23K MI., #P3972$27,550ONLY2009 PONTIAC G8 GTMAV. SILVER, 19K MI., #11229A$24,950ONLY 2010 TOYOTA TACOMA22K MILES #11536B$24,950ONLY2010 FORD EXPLORERE. BAUER, 36K MI. #R4152$22,950ONLY 2008 VW NEW BEETLE SSALSA RED, 54K MI., #11922A2$13,950ONLY CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! 7 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011

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Marianna school. Bryant Middleton was sent to the Marianna school when he was 13. While there he, like many other boys who later became known as The White House Boys, were savagely beaten with a large leather strap until the cotton of their night clothes was embedded into brutal wounds on their buttocks and the backs of their legs. Sometimes, the men would take bets on w hich one of them could draw blood rst. The White House was a concrete block building on the school's grounds where boys were beaten for such things as trying to escape, bad grades or losing a sporting event. In the Okeechobee school, the boys were not only beaten but were brutally sodomized with what guards called "the prod." The prod was a wooden rod with a ball on the end. In an earlier interview Mr. Middleton, a V ietnam veteran, said he never felt fear such as when he was "taken down" to The White House. "I fought in Vietnam, belt buckle to belt buckle. I literally looked into the eyes of the men I killed and that didn't scare me anything like hearing the boys cry," he said of the beatings. "I did the same thing. I begged them. I pleaded for mercy. I begged them to stop and as soon as I said stop,' they would hit me again." The justice department probe also proves that a prior investigation by the state's Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) failed to accomplish anything. "It (the federal report) validates what we said about the investigation by the FDLEit was a farce," said Mr. Middleton in a Dec. 7 interview. "We did not embellish our stories. We were telling the truth about what happened. "The ndings by the FDLE have been disproved. The justice department proved beyond a reasonable doubt that those things happened," he added. The May 15, 2009, FDLE report indicated that it had identi ed 31 people buried in unmarked graves on the Marianna school's grounds. The report said the bulk of these deaths were due to a re at the school, disease and accidents. This probe, initiated by then-Govenor Charlie Crist, used school records, newspaper articles and interviews with family members to reach their determinations. "The investigation found no evidence that the school or the staff caused, or contributed to, any of these deaths," stated the FDLE report. It went on to say that no evidence was found that the school or its staff tried to conceal the deaths of any students. The school in Marianna was closed in June of this year, while the school in Okeechobee is now operated by a private rm. However, the Justice Department report paints a different picture and blames the state of continued oversight of its obligations. "The state's lack of adequate controls permitted these violations to persist," states the Justice Department report. It goes on to state that investigators found a "... pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct and/or violations of federal law... ." Those violations include: failure to adequately protect youth from harm; unconstitutional uses of disciplinary con nement; deliberate indifference to youth at risk of selfinjurious and suicidal behaviors; violations of youth's due process rights; and, failure to provide necessary rehabilitation services. "It is incumbent on the state to ensure that the unconstitutional conditions of con nement identi ed in the enclosed report do not exist at its other juvenile justice institutions. The de ciencies identi ed in the report not only breach the State of Florida's obligation to serve con ned youth, but impact public safety as well." On another front, Mr. Middleton said he and the other men involved in the lawsuit are still watching and waiting for movement on the claims bill introduced by Florida State Senator Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey). While the bill does not indicate a dollar amount to be awarded to the men, it does ask that money be taken from the general revenue fund and given to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for disbursement to FSB victims. Mr. Middleton said attorneys representing the victims have been told that not all legal avenues have been exhausted and that the bill will not proceed until they have. He said the special master, who is charged with recommending that the bill go to the legislature, seems to want each man involved in the class action suit to le his own separate lawsuit against the state. "Wanting us to le over 300 lawsuits is ridiculous. It's a waste of money," he said. He went on to say that many lawsuits would only bog down the judicial system. "Every one of us are in our midto late60s," he said. "And quite a few of the guys have died off. The claims bill only goes to the men that are alive." Still, Mr. Middleton said he's feeling better now than he has in yearspartially because the Marianna school has closed, and partially because of the justice department's ndings. "Nobody from the State of Florida can now deny that these things happened," he said. "It was a great day when that report came out." BOYSContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 The Okeechobee High School Band invites the community to enjoy the 14th Annual Holiday Card Stroll in the Park. Each year, the band sponsors the display of the giant 4' by 8' holiday cards in Flagler Park. The cards are entered in the event by local businesses and individuals. Awards are given for rst, second and third places in several categories. The cards can be seen by those who drive by the park, and many community members like to take a "holiday stroll" to see the cards up close. This year, the best in show award w ent to the Fences, Santa and Snowman card entered by Seminole Elementary School. The Committee Choice Award went to the "Happy Holidays" sled card. Other awards went to: Most Fun or Comical: rst place, Everglades Elementary School; second place, Okeechobee Retired Troopers; third place, Seminole Elementary School. Most Impressive Scene: rst place, Raulerson Hospital gold tree card; second place, Seminole Elementary School fences card; third place, Raulerson Hospital Noel card. Most Unique Card: rst place, Seminole Elementary School fences card; second place, Bass and Buxton Funeral Home; third place, Raulerson Hospital gold tree card. Most Creative: rst place, Raulerson Hospital Noel Card; second place, Everglades Elementary School; third place, Seminole Elementary "Hot in Chobee" card. Most Musical: rst place, Okeechobee Music "M&M" card; second place Okeechobee Music tree card; third place, Okeechobee Community Theatre. Best Theme: rst place A.E. Mac McHugh; second place, Seminole Elementary fences card; third place Happy Holidays sled card. Best Religious Theme: rst place, Bass and Buxton Funeral Home and Grief Share; second place, Jonica, Julia, Maria Lydea, Danielle; third place, Peace Lutheran Preschool. Best Non-Religious Theme: rst place, Seminole Elementary School "Hot in Chobee" card; second place, Everglades Elementary School; third place, F.W. Alma, Marie, Lyda Jane Wishman. Best Custom Graphic: rst place, Raulerson Hospital Happy Holidays' card; second place, Okeechobee Community Theatre; third place, Quality A.C. Best School of Civic Organization: rst place, Everglades Elementary School; second place, Seminole Elementary School fences card; third place, Seminole Elementary School "Hot in Chobee" card. Giant holiday cards greet visitors to Flagler Park Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppRaulerson Hospital’s gold tree card won the award for Most Impressive Scene in the Holiday Stroll in the Park card contest. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppEverglades Elementary’s card won the award for Most Fun or Comical; and Best School or Civic Organization. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppBass and Buxton Funeral Home and Grief Share’s card won the award for Best Religous Theme

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The Florida High School Rodeo Association held their fth rodeo of the year at Reality Ranch in Zolfo on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4. The Okeechobee Team did very well at this rodeo, the results are: Saturday, Dec. 3: Justin Mills placed rst in bareback riding, rst in saddle bronc riding, and rst in bull riding; Dalton Boney placed second in tie down roping; Josh Keese placed 10th in tie down roping; and, Josh Lea placed fourth in team ropinghealer. Sunday, Dec. 4: Justin Mills placed rst in bareback riding, second in saddle bronc riding, and second in bull riding; Allyson Trimble placed eighth in goat tying; Raylee Holmes placed tenth in goat tying; Josh Keese placed third in tie down roping; Nat Stratton placed rst in saddle bronc riding and eighth in tie down roping; Acealyn Y oungblood placed fth in barrel racing; Jarrod Sparks and Nat Stratton placed fourth in team roping; and, Dalton Boney placed seventh in team ropingheader. The next rodeo will be Jan. 7 and 8 in Leesburg. Mills wins riding events in FHSRA event in Zolfo 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 9 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Brahman boy's basketball team snapped a threegame losing streak with an impressive 6725 victory over Lake Placid in Okeechobee Monday night. It was a dominating effort on both ends of the court for the Brahmans, (2-3). They controlled every aspect of the game, and held Lake Placid to under 30-percent shooting. Senior Daniel Eng had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Phillip Jones had 12 points and seven assists for the Brahmans. Heath Norris led Lake Placid with seven points. Brahman coach Shawn Hays said his team wanted to get back out on the oor after a disappointing game Saturday when they lost to Jensen Beach by 31 points. "Saturday was a tough night but tonight we really wanted to x some things. I felt we played well on offense but on defense we have some work to do," he added. The Green Dragons were a young team and we undersized up front. Okeechobee was able to control the boards, and control the tempo of the game. Felton Johnson had six points and was praised by the coaches for great defense and excellent passes. Eddie Neal and Trewiston Pierce both had nine points for Okeechobee. Coach Hays said the Brahmans have played well in recent games despite three consecutive losses. He said the team battled back from a 15-point de cit at Sebastian and learned how valuable defense can be. "Our ultimate goal is to be in the top third of our district. To get there we must get after it every day defensively. That is where we can nd out how good we can be," he added. Eng agreed that the Brahmans still have a lot of work to do on the defensive end. He said Lake Placid was shorter but had some quick players up front, "We played well tonight but we still need to work on our defense because we don't have it where we want it. Coach has asked me to play harder and that's what I'm going to do." OHS routs Lake Placid; ends 3-game losing skid Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrendon Jonassaint gets ready to grab a rebound. Special to the Okeechobee NewsAllyson Trimble and Josh Lea compete in team roping. Special to the Okeechobee NewsNat Stratton competes in saddlebronc ridin g

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Specializing in: A d u l t & P e d i a t r i c U r o l o g y B l a d d e r & K i d n e y I n f e c t i o n s I m p o t e n c e / I m p l a n t s N o S c a l p e l V a s e c t o m y215 N.E.19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217 Board Certified In Urology RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS REHAB THERAPY/NURSING HOME VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S.Scott Tapper,M.D.,F.A.C.S.Board Certified General Vascular Surgeon 2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. StuartSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Office ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation proceduresInsurance Accepted Before Aftersymmetrylaservein.com772-286-5501 Advertising in theOkeechobee Newsis a bright idea!Call 763-3134 today!We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call:863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RAULERSONPRIMARYCARE Jose Villarreal, D.O. Dr. Villarreal is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. P r i m a r y C a r e P h y s i c i a nAccepting New PatientsO f f i c e H o u r s : Mon.-Thurs 8-5 € Fri 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-12 0 2 N E 2 n d A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 28 6 3 4 6 7 2 1 5 9www.raulersonprimarycare.com Pasquale X.Montesano,M.D.Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon1 1 2 4 S P a r r o t t A v e n u e € O k e e c h o b e e 8 6 3 2 6 1 8 0 5 9 € i n f o @ s p i n e d o c s o r g PALMBEACH SPINE SPECIALISTS SPINE SURGERY 10 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted GYNECOLOGIST 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 11 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHYou are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 1167 Linda Rd. BHR863-357-6500 www.bhrchristianchurch.orgSunday Worship 10:30am~~~Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm~~~Sunday Evening Service 6:00pm C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m Oakview Baptist Church would like to invite you and your family this Christmas season to  L i g h t L o o k e d D o w n Ž an exciting audio/visual experience as we recall the account of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.Program times are Friday, Dec. 9th at 6 pm & Sunday Dec. 11 at 4 pm W e w a n t t o w i s h y o u a V E R Y M e r r y C h r i s t m a s 677 SW 32nd St. € 863-763-1699List Your Church Here!!! Call 863-763-3134 or Email adsales@newszap.com 301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70EChristmas ConcertNOELŽWith Josh Wilson Sat., Dec. 10th at 8 p.m. Tickets $10. Purchase at Church office. 12 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A traf c stop for speeding evolved into a felony arrest when the driver was reportedly found to be in possession of pain pills for which he had no prescription. Jeremy Lloyd Jordan, 33, S.W. Colorado Ave., Port St. Lucie, was arrested Sunday, Dec. 4, on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended with knowledge and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $6,000. He has since been released on bond. An arrest report by Deputy Joe Gracie, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that he stopped Jordan in the 4000 block of S.R. 70 for going 63 mph in a 45 mph zone. The deputy stated that because of the way Jordan was acting, he placed the man in handcuffs then searched his person. During that search the deputy allegedly found one roxicodone tablet, one-and-onehalf generic xanax pills and a total of $654 in cash. When he found out that Jordan did not have a prescription for the medication, the deputy placed the man under arrest. According to the deputy's report, he then had to inventory Jordan's vehicle in order for it to be towed. During that inventory Deput y Gracie said he found a prescription bottle containing 30mg roxicodone pills. The name on the bottle was not Jordan's but that of his girlfriend, stated the deputy. Deputy Gracie's report indicated that the prescription for 168 roxicodone tablets was lled Nov. 11. However, he added, there were only nine pills left in the bottle. The report does not indicate if Jordan was issued a traf c citation for speeding. Man stopped for speeding, arrested on drug charge Jeremy Lloyd Jordan By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A woman was arrested with the help of a witness who allegedly saw her cut the convertible top of a car in the parking lot of a local store. Yvette Gordils, 44, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Saturday, Dec. 3, on a charge of felony criminal mischief. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a $2,500 bond. She has since been released on bond. An arrest report by Of cer P.C. Eddings, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that a witness saw a woman approach the car then make three cuts to the convertible top. The witness went on to tell the of cer that the woman "reached up and pulled one of those cuts apart," added the report. The witness then confronted the woman, who allegedly made a statement that sounded like "payback is tough." During the course of his investigation, Of cer Eddings reportedly learned that Gordils and the owner of the convertible live in the same apartment complex and have had some verbal altercations in the days prior to this alleged incident. According to Of cer Eddings, there was also "severe paint" damage to the side of the car that looked like someone had keyed it. Of cer Eddings stated in his report that it will cost approximately $2,525 to replace the convertible top. He added that to replace the top's hardware or back window will add to that gure. Local woman accused of damaging carYvette Gordils 2011 Kiwanis hosts annual radio auctionThe 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 minigrants, Santa in the Park, OHS scholarships and more. 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. For more info call Bonnie 357-1556

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Although there were some minor issues w hen dispatch operations were moved from the sheriff’s of ce earlier this week the transition, all in all, went off very smoothly. “There were just a few little hiccups with the technology, but we got those smoothed out in a couple of minutes,” said Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Major Noel Stephen. The OCSO dispatch center was moved early Monday morning, Dec. 5, from their old and cramped surroundings at the sheriff’s of ce to the new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) where they now have plenty of room and state-of-the-art technology. That technology includes the new Statew ide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS), which allows local law enforcement, re and emergency personnel radio access to other departments across the state. Other than having to install new radios in some of the OCSO patrol units, the new radio system is now fully operational. OCSO Lieutenant Lester Yeates, who oversees dispatch operations, said Monday morning that members of his internet technology department, as well as industry representatives who were on hand to install the new systems, had been working at the EOC since midnight getting things ready for dispatchers when they arrived for work at 6 a.m. Lt. Yeates said he started his day at 4 a.m. But, he added, when the dispatchers started arriving for work those “hiccups” had been worked out and everything was operational. There are currently ve dispatch stations working at the EOC. However, Maj. Stephen said more equipment will be moved from the sheriff’s of ce that will allow for the addition of four more dispatch station. “We’ll then have nine stations so we can better handle emergency situations,” he explained. Once those computers and desks have been moved from the old dispatch area in the front lobby of the sheriff’s of ce, Maj. Stephen said that area will be renovated and turned into a records department. The major said the moving of records to the lobby will make it easier for the public to have access to OCSO records. He expects that renovation to start late next week. Even though dispatch operations have moved a receptionist, Kay Schoonmaker, will be stationed in the front lobby to take phone calls and walk-in complaints during normal business hours—8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After business hours, all phone calls will automatically go to OCSO dispatchers. Maj. Stephen said a complaint phone has also been installed in the lobby of the Okeechobee County Jail, which is to be used by the public 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,” said the major. “It will ring to dispatch, who will then contact a deputy.” That deputy will then respond to the jail to handle the complaint. OCSO dispatcher’s move to EOC goes smoothly 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELL A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y 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. 13 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) receptionist Kay Schoonmaker answers a phone call Monday, Dec. 5, in a now-deserted area that previously held ve dispatchers. The dispatch system was moved to the new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and began operations early Monday morning. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) dispatchers didn’t miss a beat when they went to work Monday morning, Dec. 5, at their new home in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

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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/SuppliesCKC Mini Dachshund 5 mos dapple male pup, all shots, wormed, smart, sweet & extremely tiny $350.00. (863)801-6144 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 Dixie Ranch Acres area, 2 br. duplex. Clean, quiet, $500/mo, $400 security. Includes water and lawn maintenance. NO DOGS Call 863-610-0001 Apartments Beane Point Apartments Apts. are furnished and all utilities paid. Adult complex, no pets or children. Required sec. dep. + one week rent. A background check will be done, also verify employment. (863)357-2044 Leave name and number if no answer. 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 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. Condos/Townhouses Rent$600.00 Moves You In! 2 bd rm/1 bath, Furnished Townhome in Kings Bay. Call 863-634-8331 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 Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br house, clean, quiet $700/mo, $500 security. Includes water & lawn maintenance. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 For Rent Remodeled 3br/1ba $725.00 mo., + $725.00 security Single Family Non Smoker Call 863-801-3700 FORT DRUM AREA 2BR, 2BA w/Washer & Dryer. $600 mo. + sec. & ref’s. Call (561)634-0312 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 Houses-Rent 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. 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 Houses-Sale Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Two Story CBS house on Canal,3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room w/ re place. 2 frigs, washer/dryer, 40 ft Car port,Very Clean. $125,000 Call 863-610-0329 Lots -Sale LARKEE LAKES 2 lots, sewer, water, electric on property. $7,000. 863-634-7126. 14 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent2 Br/ 1 1/2 bath $500.00 mo. includes all utilities. Located in Nice Park and Area. Call 812-989-3022 Double wide Fully Furnished(bring toothbrush & move in). Pay own utilities $800 mo. & $800 Deposit. Located in BHR Adult Park. Call 863-763-9966 TREASURE ISLAND 2/2 new carpet, lg. Fla. rm, w/detaced man cave. 2 Sheds, $750/mo + sec. (863)634-0663 T REASURE ISLAND 3/2, New carpet, large yard, large shed. Move in $800. 1/1, Condo with util. Move in $750. Call: 863-634-0663. Mobile HomeSale2bd/1 1/2 bath 1981 MH with Florida room addition, Fully furnished, locat in Pine Ridge Park 3133 NE 7th St $15,000 Cash Call 937-631-1427 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 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. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 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 16ft Metal Boat, tilt trailer, double bimini top mounted, trolling motor, 10hp engine 40 hours, livewell with pump and more extras $1,500 cash Call 863-357-6235 Campers/RVs2003 ALFA SEEYA 40 ft diesel pusher, 57k, exc cond. Asking $95,000 (317)443-3529. Can see at Glades Resort on Route 80. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Pickup Trucks2008 Silverado Pick-Up with extended cab, 69,000 miles. Excellent condition $14,000 Call 863-763-8534 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDR’s). All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for nal consideration. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 404535 ON 12/9/2011 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 11-003-SE, submitted by the property owner, Okeechobee Church of God, to allow a restaurant, caf within a Light Commercial (CLT) Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Section 90-253(1). Property is located at 309 Northeast 4th Avenue. Legal: Block 120, City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 5 Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 11-003-SE 404533 ON 12/9/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Rezoning Petition No. 11-002-R, submitted by the property owner, Okeechobee Church of God, for the purpose of changing the Zoning District, on approximately 2.07 acres, from Residential Single Family (RSF) to Light Commercial (CLT) for property located at 309 Northeast 4th Avenue. Legal: Block 120, City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 5 Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire application may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Planning Board’s role will be to make a recommendation for approval or denial, to the City Council, nal adoption is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2012. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Application No. 11-002-R 404532 OK 12/9/2011 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 23rd day of Dec. 2011 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 1997 WHITE FORD RANGER 1FTCR10A4VUB67690 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 404931 ON 12/9/2011 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2011CP166 IN RE: ESTATE OF MELANIE SUE JOLLY Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Melanie Sue Jolly, deceased, whose date of death was April 21, 2011, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972.. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is December 2nd, 2011. Attorney for Personal Representative: Kevan Boyles, Esquire Attorney for John Woods Florida Bar Number: 285854 319 8th St., West Palm Beach, FL Telephone: (561) 833-2472 Fax: (561) 837-6611 E-Mail: kb@boyleslaw rm.com Personal Representative: John Woods 30210 NE 17th Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34972 404312 ON 12/2,9/2011 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000297 SUNTRUST BANK, Plaintiff, FITZROY EDWARDS A/K/A FITZROY L. EDWARDS et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO: LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: DUNBAR WRIGHT 566 E LINCOLN AVENUE MOUNT VERNON, NY 10552 UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: PARCEL 7, SUNCREEK RANCH, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 15, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast/DBA, Workforce Solutions Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium announces a meeting of the Executive Committee to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Friday, December 16, 2011 8:00 a.m. Place: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, Federal Stimulus Funding), Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers, and the Workforce Development Board DBA, Workforce Solutions. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 404798 ON 12/9/2011 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-CP-136 JUDGE: JERALD D. BRYANT IN RE: Estate of LaMOINE GLASSBURN a/k/a DOC GLASSBURN, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Formal Administration The administration of the Estate of LaMOINE GLASSBURN a/k/a DOC GLASSBURN Deceased, whose date of death was April 13, 2011, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-5508, Case Number 2011-CP-136 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125 Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is: 12/2/2011 KIM ALAN GLASSBURN Personal Representative 8469 NW 189th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 Law Of ces of Cassels & McCall John D. Cassels Jr Attorney for Personal Representative 400 NW 2nd St. PO Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 863-763-3131 Fla Bar No.: 0261521 403893 ON 12/2,9/2011 NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will host an Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Committee 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. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce no later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard-Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida 404785 ON 12/9/2011 15 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 4919 Memorial Highway, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida 33634, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on this 5th day of Dec., 2011. Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 SUNTRUST-CONV-R-UNASSIGNEDTeam 4-F11004274 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities 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. 404683 ON 12/9,16/2011 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! After 35 years of tireless dedication to the kindergarteners of Okeechobee County, Letta Jordan will be honored with a Retirement Party at Seminole Elementary on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Over the years, the beloved Mrs. Jordan has taught thousands of 5-year-olds to care, share and be kind to others...all the life lessons they would ever need. If you are a former student, parent, student teacher, or just a friend who would like to say “thank you,” please feel free to attend this wonderful event. Kindergarten teacher retires after 35 years Letta Jordan Central Elementary celebrates America Recycles DayAmerica Recycles Day, Nov. 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encourage Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Mrs. Jones’ and Mrs. Fulleda’s 4th grade classes at Central Elementary School made a pledge on this day to recycle and help create a better environment. The students invite the community to join them and help them make a difference. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 401 Hwy U.S.27 S.Sebring FL 33870(863) 386-6238 SERVICE HOURS: Mon. Fri. 7:30a 5:30p Saturday 8a 4p All prices are plus tax, tag and dealer fee of $699. Stock photos actual vehicles may be a different color. Vehicles subject to prior sale. Pricing on NEW KIAS includes All Available Rebates Assigned to Dealer. Some customers may not qualifies for all rebates and incentives. Dealer not responsible for typographical errors, photos are for illustration purposes only. WE BUYCARS Expiration: 12/16/11SALES HOURS: Mon. Fri. 8a 7p Saturday 9a 5p 16 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011

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The Christmas season brings lots of holiday activities for residents of the Lake Okeechobee area, including parades, festivals and sightings of a famed visitor from the North Pole.Santa on the firetruckUp north, Santa Claus may travel by sleigh, but in the Sunshine State, he is more likely to travel by other means. In the City of Okeechobee, Santa makes annual visits around the town on a re truck. These visits, sponsored by the City of Okeechobee Fire Department, will take place the evenings of Dec. 15, in the Northwest and Northeast sections of the city; Dec. 16, in the Southwest section of the city; and, Dec. 17, in the Southeast section. It has become a tradition for local children to watch for the retruck and a chance to w ave at Santa Claus as he goes by.Boat parades popularSanta is often a passenger in holiday boat parades in Florida. Evening parades are especially beautiful as the lights from the boats re ect on the w ater. The 22nd Annual St. Lucie County Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for Dec. 10. The festivities begin at the South Causeway at 4 p.m. with music, food, drinks, and even a visit from Santa. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and begins at the Fort Pierce City Marina. V iewing stations will be at the South Causeway Park, Public Beach, Harbor Cove, Mangrove Matties, Chuck’s Seafood, On the Edge, the Tiki, Cobb’s Landing or any waterfront restaurant in that area. For more information, v isit www.miatc.com. St Lucie County’s Festival at South Causeway Park is also on Dec. 10. The festival will begin at 4 p.m. There will be music, vendors, Santa and the characters of the Feast of Santa Lucia. In Okeechobee, Butch’s Redneck Yacht Club hosts an annual boat parade. This year’s boat parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 on Taylor Creek. The boats will line up in Taylor Creek at the boat ramp behind the Burger King restaurant on State Road 70 at 5:30 p.m. The parade will start at 6 p.m. Any boaters who would like to participate are welcome. Since this is a night parade, boats should be decorated with lights. Creative decorations are encouraged. The parade will travel south down Taylor Creek to Butch’s Fish Camp where judging will take place for the best decorated oat. In Glades County, Lakeport will host the rst Childrens Lights of Love Boat Parade on Dec. 10, in the Harney Pond Canal. Entry fee is one unwrapped toy per person. Spectators are also encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate. The toys will go to the Christmas Toys for Lakeport Tots drive. Santa Claus will arrive on a retruck at 5 p.m. and be available for photos. Boats may be put in the water at dusk. All boats are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Rhonda Linn at 863-946-0957. For more information on holiday boat parades online, go to www. oridabywater.com.Lighted holiday paradesSanta can also be found in Okeechobee’s Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 10 in downtown Okeechobee. Santa has arrived by various means in the parade over the years but he’s always at the end of the parade. The Lighted Christmas Parade has been a tradition in Okeechobee for more than 20 years. It was originally sponsored by the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. When the Chamber of Commerce disbanded due to economic issues, Okeechobee Main Street stepped up to sponsor the parade. It’s always on the second Saturday in December. Okeechobee Main Street will host a Christmas festival in Flagler Park (at the intersection of State Road 70 and U.S. Highway 441) during the day, starting at 9 a.m. Around 6 p.m. when it gets dark, it’s time for the parade. Parade rules require that all entries be decorated with holiday lights. Cowboys even string colored lights on their horses’ saddles and bridles. The parade provides a chance for local residents to use their imaginations. In the 2010 parade, (see cover photo) a ower shop oat recreated Whoville from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The theme for this year’s parade is “An Old Fashioned Christmas.” Visitors to the park can also enjoy the giant 4’ by 8’ holiday cards set up for the “Holiday Stroll in the Park.” The display is part of an annual fundraising activity by the Okeechobee High School band boosters. Participants pay the band boosters to set up their cards, and awards for the most creative cards are given in several categories. The City of Pahokee will host a Christmas Parade on Dec. 12. The parade will start in front of Pahokee High School, 900 Larrimore Road. The parade will go from the school to East Main Street, then from East Main to South Lake Avenue, from South Lake to Fifth, then a right on West Fifth Street, then a right on Rardin Avenue then a right onto Bacom Point Road and nally back to South Lake Avenue. Approximately 40 entries include schools, businesses, local government o cials, churches and clubs. Parade entrants will line up at 5 p.m. and the parade will start at 6 p.m.Clewiston plans WonderFULL weekThis year the City of Clewiston has planned a week long holiday celebration. Saturday, Dec. 10 also kicks o the WonderFULL Week of Christmas in Clewiston with a breakfast at the Evangel Church, 350 S. Berner Road in Clewiston at 8 a.m. Suggested donation is $6 for adults, $3 for children. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Clewiston Library, 120 W. Osceola Ave., will host an art show. At noon, there will be a senior luncheon at the First United Methodist Church, 331 W. Osceola Ave. At 7 p.m. a Christmas Cantata will be presented in the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 W.C. Owen Ave. On Sunday, Dec. 11, the Christmas Cantata will be presented again in the John Boy Auditorium at 7 p.m. On Monday, Dec. 12, a drive-thru nativity scene will be presented in the Christmas Florida style ... no snow but plenty of fun 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 File photoFlorida holiday parades are known for the creativity of the participants. File photoEven the horses are decorated with lights in the Okeechobee Christmas parade. File photoThe Holiday Stroll in the Park giant card display in Okeechobee’s Flagler Park is sponsored by the Okeechobee High School Band Boosters. See CHRISTMAS — Page 3

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2011-2012Buy tickets online!www.dollyhand.org Box Office: 561-993-11601977 College Drive | Belle Glade campusAmerican Spirit The New Patriotic MusicalNov. 14 at 7:30pmThe 23rd Annual Living Christmas TreeDec. 3 at 7:30pm Dec. 4 at 3:00pmMiracle on 34th StreetDec. 15 at 7:30pmJay Johnson in The Two & OnlyŽJan. 12 at 7:30pmGuy PenrodJan. 26 at 7:30pmThe Improvised Shakespeare CompanyFeb. 14 at 7:30pmBrigadoonFeb. 16 at 7:30pmThe Bronx WanderersFeb. 23 at 7:30pmJim Witter in The Piano MenŽMarch 2 at 7:30pmThe Allan Harris QuartetMarch 15 at 7:30pmPalm Beach State College Music DepartmentMarch 22 at 7:30pmCeltic Fire: Irish Music & Dance with Riverdances Michael LondraMarch 23 at 7:30pm30th Anniversary Celebration Buffalo Rome and Larry GatlinApril 17 at 7:00pmMissoula Childrens TheatreMay 5 at 11:00am & 7:00pmStreet Beat, Inc.May 11 at 7:00pm Find us on € 30THANNIVERSARYSEASON€ 3 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 Community Presbyterian Church at the City Swimming Pool’s parking lot on West Osecola Avenue. The Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by HRMC Foundation, at the Foundation House in Clewiston, 544 W. Sugarland Highway, will be at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. The annual ceremony honors friends and loved ones who are no longer with us. Donations are given in the memory of those the lights symbolize. For more information, call 863-983-2735. W ednesday, Dec. 14, will bring special holiday church services in Clewiston. A t 6 p.m. the First United Methodist Church will host a covered dish dinner and fellowship. At 6:30 p.m. the First Baptist Church will host adult Bible study, prayer and youth services. At 7:15 p.m. New Harvest Church will hold prayer and worship services. Friday, Dec. 16, brings the WonderFULL Lights and Tours Contest at the Historic Clewiston Inn from 6 to 9 p.m. The tour, which includes sugar cookies and cocoa, is $2 per person. Active Citizens for Children and the City of Clewiston will host Winter Wonderland 2011 on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Clewiston City Park, east of the pool. Visitors can play in the snow, meet and take pictures with Santa, enjoy Christmas music, train rides, ice skating and sledding. There will be a slide, a bounce house, booths and hay rides. Booths are available for $25. For more information, call 863-228-0299. For more on Clewiston events, see the Clewiston News page on Facebook. The annual Christmas on the Caloosahatchee celebration, a Moore Haven tradition, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tom Perry City Park. There will be games for children, booths with arts and crafts, lots of foods and desserts. Santa will be there to meet with the children and pose for photos. CHRISTMASContinued From Page 2 File photoSanta Claus can be found visiting festivals and parades throughout South Florida between now and Christmas.

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BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.com 4 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 A sleigh full of cash and prizes to be given away in DecemberBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION—The Grinch is nowhere to be found during December at Seminole Casino Brighton, where a series of holiday promotions mean cash and prizes for hundreds of casino patrons, including one who will win a new car. Slots players can win more than $57,000 in cash and slot machine free play through Dec. 24, with 24 winners of $100 cash or free play every day. Players will also earn daily entries now through Dec. 25 into a drawing for a 2012 Lexus CT200 Hybrid, with the winner’s name drawn on Monday, Dec. 26. For bingo players, a special Christmas Eve Bingo session starts with early birds at 12:45 p.m. and regular session players at 1 p.m. Bingo packs are $18, $28 or $55, w ith no evening bingo session scheduled on Christmas Eve. Poker players can compete for seats in a $10,000 Cash & Free Play Texas Hold’em Tournament on Christmas Day. Players can win seats at the tournament table at satellite tournaments Dec. 11 and 18, or they can win seats based on play. Five slots players can win their way into the New Year by taking home $2,012 in cash on New Year’s Eve at Seminole Casino Brighton, which will also o er free party favors, a balloon drop and a midnight free champagne toast. The casino will feature a New Year’s Eve $9.95 prime rib dinner special from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and a New Year’s Eve Bingo session with $37,000 in prize money and presale tickets available through Dec. 29. A New Year’s Eve Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at 7 p.m. o ers a $2,400 prize pool with a $50 buy-in for 40 poker players. Slots players can also win their share of $10,000 in cash drawings on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 and 2, when 50 winners each day will win $100 in cash. About Seminole Casino Brighton Seminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000-square-foot casino with 371-slot and gaming machines, a seven-table poker room, high-stakes bingo seats, a full-service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern air-conditioning system, clean atmosphere, and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, (State Road 710) in Glades County. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Or visit www.seminolebrightoncasino.com. Brighton casino to give away cash, prizes and a new car Car club meets in LaBelleThe South Central Florida Car Club meets the third Tuesday of every month from September through June, from 5-8 p.m. The December event will be Dec. 20. Come to Barron Park, located in LaBelle at SR 29 (Bridge Street) and the Caloosahatchee River. Turn north o SR 80 on to SR 29N. The park is at the foot of the LaBelle Bridge. Whether you h ave a great ride yourself or just enjoy looking, the SCFCC’s monthly Hot Rides & Hot Dogs Cruise In welcomes everyone. All area car owners and auto enthusiasts are invited to come out to join in, for an evening of fun. Cars and trucks of all years, makes and models are welcome and encouraged to join. For more info contact Tom at 863-234-8343 or Bud 863-634-1791. Courtesy photoClassic vehicles such as this 1974 Kenworth truck can be found at the Hot Rides and Hot Dogs Cruise In.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 The Christmas Toy ShopLABELLE—The Firehouse Community Theatre, located three blocks north from the intersection of State Road 29 and State Road 80 in LaBelle, will present “The Christmas Toyshop” by Michele L. Vacca, on Dec. 9, 10 and 11. The play will be directed by Mike Shough and produced by special arrangement with CLASSICS ON STAGE! of Chicago. This original fantasy will appeal to the entire family with the enchantment and excitement of Christmas. Christmas musical selections will be performed by the Firehouse Singers under the direction of Nick Fidanza. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For information call 863-675-3066, or visit their web site at www. rehouseculturalcenter.com.Miracle on 34th StreetBELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 1977 College Drive in Belle Glade, will present Barter Theatre’s “Miracle on 34th Street” on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. A favorite holiday tale by Valentine Davies, made famous by the movie of the same name, it’s the story of the year as Kris Kringle—aka Santa Claus—goes on trial. Macy’s becomes the friendly store to shop, two lost souls nd each other and a little girl discovers her childhood through her belief in miracles. “Delectable Delights,” a Dessert Bu et will be available prior to “Miracle on 34th Street” (for an additional fee) from 6 to 7 p.m. Sample many wonderful desserts at this bu et of sugary, lowsugar and sugar-free treats. For more information, contact the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www.dollyhand.org.Josh Wilson in concertOKEECHOBEE—On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., Josh Wilson presents “Noel,” a unique Christmas experience, recording 20 instruments live on stage, at Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Avenue. The concert will feature Christmas songs and radio hits including “Before the Morning,” “I Refuse,” and “Fall Apart.” For more information online go to okeechobeecog.com, or call 863-697-0270 or 863-763-4127. Tickets are available at the Okeechobee Church of God or from iTickets.com.Okeechobee Community Choir Christmas CantataFrank & Brooke Carter recently composed a cantata especially for the Okeechobee Community Choir. The cantata will be presented at the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. and, Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. For more information, call Sandy Perry at 863-634-7714. Camel LotBELLE GLADE—“Camel Lot” a musical based on the birth of Jesus and a camel sales lot, will be presented at the First Baptist Church of Belle Glade, 17 N.W. Avenue B, on Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. Approximately 50 children will be in the show. Admission is free. Call 561-996-5596 for more information.Majesty of ChristmasCLEWISTON—A Christmas Cantata will be presented Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 South W.C. Owen Avenue in Clewiston. Come and enjoy a 60-voice choir performing “The Majesty of Christmas,” by Tom Fettke, accompanied by live orchestration, in association with the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce 2011 WonderFULL Week of Christmas and the Clewiston Ministerial Alliance. During the cantata, children can enjoy an arts and crafts program in the Beardsley Room. Everyone will join together afterwards for refreshments. Donations will be accepted to cover the expenses of the presentation.Bethlehem’s ChildGLADES COUNTY—A cantata, “Bethlehem’s Child,” will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at Maple Grove Baptist Church, 120 State Road 78. The cantata is a combined e ort of the Lakeport Christian Church and the Maple Grove Baptist Church.Come, Let Us Worship the KingBELLE GLADE—The Community United Methodist Church in Belle Glade will present the Christmas cantata “Come, Let Us Worship the King” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18, at the Community Methodist Church, 401 S.W. First Street. A chorus of approximately 25 persons will perform. Admission is free. For more information, call 561996-5568.The Gift of ChristmasPAHOKEE—Good Shepherd Church of Pahokee, 1800 Bacom Point Road, will present “The Gift of Christmas,” at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 18 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 19. Adult and children’s choirs will perform, concluding with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Admission is free. For more information, call 561924-7284.Children’s celebrationPAHOKEE—Harvest AME Church in Pahokee will present a children’s celebration on Dec. 25, at 11 a.m. with song and dance to Christmas music. For information, call 561-924-4263 o r 561-261-6220.IRSC Fine Arts Department Holiday ShowFORT PIERCE—Ring in the season with sounds of the holidays! From Inspirational carols to nostalgic T.V. memories and a visit from Santa, the “IRSC Holiday Show” brings holida y favorites for everyone to the McAlpin Theatre. Join the entire Indian River State College Fine Arts Department for a very special McAlpin OnStage production for the whole family that is sure to become a season tradition as they present the “IRSC Holiday Show.” Featuring song, dance, musical performance and an appearance from Santa, the “IRSC Holiday Show,” is a performance tha t all will enjoy as the IRSC Fine Arts Departmen t helps ring in the holiday season. Shows will be Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., in addition to a 2 p.m. performance Dec. 10. For more information, call t 772-462-4750 or toll-free at 1-800-220-9915. Jay Johnson in “The Two and Only”BELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, will present the “The Two and Only,” on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. This 2007 Tony Award Winner for Best Theatrical Event stars Jay Johnson, who is best known for his role as Chuck on the groundbreaking television series, SOAP. Jay brings his cast of puppets to the stage in this comedy about nding your voice in one of the funniest, most wonderful and original theatrical experiences in recent years. It’s about life, growing up, having a dream and everything in between. For more information, contact the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www. dollyhand.org. Plays, concerts, dance programs and more ... PERFORMING A RTS The Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center Josh Wilson IRSC will present a holiday show. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 Highlands Hammock State ParkOne of Florida’s oldest parks—opening to the public in 1931—this park was established when local citizens came together to promote the hammock as a candidate for national park status. An elevated boardwalk traverses an oldgrowth cypress swamp. Highlands Hammock o ers a full-facility campground, as w ell as a youth/group tent campground. A museum showcasing the history of the CCC is open 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Highlands Hammock State Park is located o US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), four miles west of Sebring. A Music in the Park Concert, is set for Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m.—an evening outdoor concert featuring Highlands County Students for a Christmas Show in the park’s picnic area. Picnic baskets/coolers are welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, ashlight and bug spray. All ticket proceeds bene t park improvements v ia the Friends of Highlands Hammock. Concert admission is $5. per person (accompanied children 12 & under admitted free of charge.) Park entrance fee of $6 per car is waived after 6 p.m. on concert nights. Call 863-386-6094 for more information.Fort Pierce Inlet State ParkThe shores and coastal waters at this park provide an abundance of recreational opportunities. The breathtakingly beautiful half-mile beach welcomes visitors for swimming, snorkeling, sur ng, and scuba diving. Beachcombing, picnicking, or just relaxing on the sand are also popular activities. Dynamite Point was once the training site for WWII Navy Frogmen, but is now a haven for birdwatchers. Along the south end of the park, Fort Pierce Inlet is a popular place for anglers to catch their dinners. Jack Island Preserve, located one mile north of the park, has trails for hiking, bicycling, and nature study. At the west end of the Marsh Rabbit Run Trail, visitors can climb an observation tower to get a bird’s-eye view of Indian River and the island. A primitive youth/group campground is available on a reservation basis. Call the park at 772-468-3985. Located four miles east of Fort Pierce, via North Causeway.John D. MacArthur State Beach ParkA unique mixture of coastal and tropical hammock and mangrove forest, this barrier island provides a haven for several rare or endangered native tropical and coastal plant species. The park’s Nature Center shows visitors why the park is a biological treasure. Visitors can swim, picnic, and surf at the beach; scuba diving and snorkeling are also popular activities. Visitors can sh from nonswimming areas of the beach. Located in northern Palm Beach County, 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S. 1 and PGA Boulevard on A1A. For more information call 561-624-6950. On Jan. 7, 7 to 9 p.m. enjoy MacArthur Under Moonlight. This concert series is held once a month. January’s musician is Alex Kash, a songwriter, 12string acoustic guitarist and solo artist. His music combines Americana, Soul, R&B and Jazz sounds. No reservations required and children under age 10 are free. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call the Ranger Station at 561-624-6950. On Jan. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., Bluegrass Music, Conch Stomp Band will play a variety of bluegrass songs. This program is free with park admission. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State ParkThis remote and sweeping preserve is reminiscent of western prairies. Bu t here, cabbage palms dot the landscape. Dry prairie is an imperiled habitat and hosts rare and endangered species, including the Florida grasshopper sparrow, burrowing owl and the crested caracara. With 116 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, you can be on the trail all day and never see another visitor. Buggy tours are o ered on weekends and national holidays from fall to early spring. The park is approximately 25 miles northwest of the City of Okeechobee. To get there from Okeechobee, take Hwy. 98 north to C.R. 700A or U.S. 441 to C.R. 724. Follow the signs. State parks offer outdoor fun and concerts under the stars Courtesy photoA barefoot couple walks on the beach. Courtesy photoKayaking is a popular activity near John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 New Florida Trails Chapter t o Meet on Dec. 11GLADES COUNTY—Join the Fisheating Creek Florida Trails Association Sub-Chapter for their monthly program followed by a hike on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Meet at the Screen Room at the Fisheating Creek Outpost Campground in Palmdale. The program topics will be “Building a Stile” and “Blazes” (the standard trail marking system used by hikers). Bring water and wear closed-toed w alking shoes for the leisurely hike on the Lost Lake Trail. Families, youth and adults are welcome. The day-use fee will be waived for participants who help pick up liter during the hike. For information contact Betty Loomis at 863-946-3560 or Margaret England at 863-674-0695. Become one of the founding members of this new Florida Trails Association Chapter being organized by Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee County residents and v isitors. Visit and “Like” Fisheating Creek Florida Trails Association Facebook page.Christmas Craft ShowLABELLE—The annual Christmas Craft Show at Whisper Creek RV Resort w ill be on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The resort is on Hwy. 29 one mile north of the bridge. Co ee and donuts as well as a special lunch will be available for purchase. Door prizes w ill be drawn every 15 minutes. Free admittance. Contact Marji Fuller at marj ifuller@gmail.com or 269-838-3012 for more information.Craft Fair in BHRBUCKHEAD RIDGE—The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will hold their Third A nnual Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The craft fair will feature handmade and handcrafted items showcasing area crafters and artists. Come see new, rst time displays, y our favorite crafters return, and a breakfast that can’t be beat. Pine needle art, homemade candy and pickles, jewelry, quilts, furniture, yard decorations and much more will be on sale. For more information call Bonnie at 863-357-1556.Civil War battle re-enactmentFORT PIERCE—The 11th Annual “Raid on Fort Pierce” Civil War Reenactment will take place in Savanna County Park, 1400 East Midway Road in Fort Pierce on Dec. 10 and 11. The Living History will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the battle is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Entry fee for adults is $6; children over 5 years, $1, under 5 are free. Parking is FREE! The reenactment is of a ctional Civil War battle in period uniforms and replica period weapons. This battle is hosted by the 8th Florida Company C and the 75th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Proceeds help fund the 11th annual Raid on Fort Pierce Event and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, George W. Thomas Camp 1595.A Night in BethlehemLABELLE—First Christian Church invites everyone to “A Night in Bethlehem.” This event will give guests an opportunity to explore a busy marketplace in Bethlehem with opportunities to interact with shopkeepers leading up to a living Nativity. There will be hands-on experiences in many of the shops, making it an evening to remember. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10, and 11, from 4-8 p.m. at the corner of Lee and Ford Streets in LaBelle.Heart Gallery on displayOKEECHOBEE—The Heart Gallery of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast will be on display through Dec. 12, at Indian River State College, Dixon Hendry Campus, Building B, 2229 N.W. 9th Avenue. The Heart Gallery is a unique and stirring traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in foster care hoping to be adopted. These children h ave been removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. They are “di cult to place” children who are older (7-17 years of age), sibling groups, minority or bi-racial, who may h ave phy sical or emotional or behavioral. For more information, contact Frank Avilla at 772-429-2009.Audubon offers bird watching opportunitiesHENDRY COUNTY—Through a partnership with Hendry-Glades Audubon, the South Florida Water Management District will o er to the public, escorted birding trips to Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA-5) located south of Clewiston in eastern Hendry County. Trips are limited to 60 participants. Registration required. Participants meet at STA5 gate at 8:30 a.m. To sign up for a trip, send an e-mail to Margaret England, at sta5birding@embarqmail.com with your name and contact information including an emergency cell number for the tour day, the date you want to go, and the number in your party. You may also le ave a message at 863-674-0695 or 863-517-0202. Birding trips are planned for Dec. 17, Dec. 31 (the Christmas bird count), and Jan. 14.Cookie exchange benefits local teenCLEWISTON—On Dec. 17, the Community Christmas Cookie Exchange at Civic Park in Clewiston will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants are asked to bake a minimum of four dozen cookies, then buy other cooks’ cookies for $3 a dozen. There will be a best-cookie contest. Proceeds will bene t the family of Darius Redd, a Clewiston football player who is awaiting a heart transplant. For more information, call 863-983-7979.Register for Art in the ParkMOORE HAVEN—Area artists and craftsmen are cordially invited to exhibit and sell their work at “Art in the Park” in downtown Moore Haven on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and to reserve a place, call Mary Booher, Director of Libraries, at 863-946-0744.Star of Wonder Show at Hallstrom PlanetariumFORT PIERCE—Indian River State College’s Hallstrom Planetarium will present “Star of Wonder,” on Dec. 9 and 10. In the planetarium show, “Star of Wonder,” audiences will join in the search for the star that may h ave guided the Magi over two thousand years ago. A family holiday tradition since 1993. Shows on Friday are at 7 and 8 p.m. Shows on Saturday are at 1 and 2 p.m. For ticket information, call the IRSC Box Of ce at 1-800-220-9915.Live nativity sceneLABELLE—Take time from your bus y schedule and bring your loved ones to enjoy the live nativity drive-thru at Life Ministries Church at 725 West Hwy-80 in LaBelle. The presentation this yea r will tell “Why Jesus was Born.” The presentation will be three nights: Dec. 14, 15 and 16 from 6-9 p.m.Holiday non-profit market FORT PIERCE—On Saturday, Dec. 10, Heathcote Botanical Gardens will hos t the 5th annual Heathcote Holiday NonPro t Market. Treasure Coast Non-Profit Organizations will be selling holida y gift items: jewelry, artwork, handcrafts, baked goods, concert tickets, memberships, gifts for shermen, nature lovers, animal lovers, history bu s and more. Every gift that is sold bene ts the selling organization. Admission to the Gardens is FREE for the day. “It’s our Christmas gift to the community,” said Heathcote Activities Director, Cindy Hall. “There are so many wonderful non-pro t organizations on the Treasure Coast, working hard to make this a better world. The Holiday Non-Pro t Market is one way we can help each others’ e orts.” For more information about the Heathcote Holiday Non-Pro t Market, call the Gardens at (772) 464-4672 or visit www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.org. 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34982 .Once Upon a Midnight ClearFORT PIERCE—Indian River State College’s Hallstrom Planetarium will present “Once Upon a Midnight Clear,” on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. “Once Upon a Midnight Clear” is a concert under the stars featuring live electronic winter music of world-renowned composer and artis t Jonn Serrie. For ticket information, call the IRSC Box O ce at 1-800-220-9915. Festivals, fairs, holiday displays and special events... Courtesy photo/ Margaret EnglandHikers enjoy the Fisheating Creek area. Courtesy photoThe Raid on Fort Pierce is a ctional Civil War battle. Courtesy photo/White tailed kite Courtesy photo/ IRSCOnce Upon a Midnight Clear features live electronic music.

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