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Title: Okeechobee news
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Publication Date: 12-23-2011
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Friday, December 23, 2011 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 102 No. 153 13.74 feetLast Year: 12.53 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Local residents face drug charges ... Page 5 Theatre holds auditions ... Page 3 OHS soccer team in tourney ... Page 12 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Nicholas Hayford has a penchant for playing a claw machine game at a local restaurant and, because he’s good at it, some local needy children will now have a better Christmas. On Monday, Dec. 12, Nicholas and his mother loaded up a large bag with 50 stuffed animals and gave them to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) so they could be given to area children. “I decided it would be good for other little boys and girls to have them,” said Nicholas, 9. “My parents (John and Minta) inspired me to donate them to the sheriff.” Sheriff May said half of the toys will be given to the Fraternal Order of Police Shop with a Cop event and the other half will go to My Aunt’s House. “We read so much in papers about what our young people are doing wrong. Here’s an example of a young man doing the right thing with the Christmas spirit,” said Sheriff May. “There are a lot of good young people in the community and they are the majority, not the minority.” Nicholas, a fourth grade student at South Elementary School, said he loves to play the Fantasy World claw machine at Lunker’s Sports Grill. And he’s apparently very good at it because about three-fourths of his donation came from that very machine. Boy’s game skill brings Christmas joy to others Submitted photo/ Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ceSheriff Paul May (left) and Major Noel Stephen (right) happily accept a donation of 50 stuffed animals from Nicholas Hayford (center). Nicholas, 9, won a majority of the stuffed animals by playing a claw game at a local restaurant. See TOYS — Page 2 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Frank CokerHoliday boat paradeButch’s Redneck Yacht Club organized the annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Taylor Creek on Saturday. Anyone with a boat decorated for the holidays was welcome to participate. For more photos online, see the Okeechobee News Facebook page. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News As South Florida enters the dry season, area residents are advised to take precautions against wild res. “Residents need to enjoy the holidays and be cautious with anything that can start a wild re,” explained Melissa Yunas of the Florida Forestry Service. “Wednesday, in Okeechobee County, we had a 15-acre wild re caused by a camp re escape.” “We are drying out slowly and we are seeing infrequent small wild res started by careless people,” Ms. Yunas continued. Thanks to near-record rainfall in October, the Dry season can bring re dangerSee FIRE — Page 2 County commission meeting brief ... Page 3

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“That’s my favorite thing—it’s on top of the list,” he said. He added that it’s taken him a few years, and a lot of quarters, to build up his collection. Minta said she got the idea to donate the toys from a newspaper article detailing how area law enforcement had given stuffed animals to children. “We tried this a year ago, but he couldn’t part with them,” she said. “We went through this again and he decided it was time.” She went on to say that her son is more inclined to collect the toys, and keep them in his toy chest, than play with them. So when Nicholas nally decided it was time to donate some of his toys, he enlisted the help of his father, John, the executive director of the Okeechobee Utility Authority, then donated his time and bagged each toy separately. Nicholas admitted that giving up some of the toys wasn’t easy and that he chose to hold on to some because “they mean a lot to me.” None the less, he decided that he wanted to share his collection with “anybody who needs them, and who would really enjoy them.” Nicholas also said he hasn’t talked with his classmates about his donation. But, if he did, he would tell them “if they have toys, it w ould be really nice to donate.” As for his Christmas wish, Nicholas said he wants a black Labrador puppy that he will name T-Bone. That name is a derivative, of sorts, of former University of Florida football star Tim Tebow. Tebow is now the starting signal caller for the NFL’s Denver Broncos. “I thought that (T-Bone) would be a perfect name because dogs like bones,” explained Nicholas. “I tell Santa that I want him to be playful.” After what he has done for others, surely Jolly Ol’ St. Nick will grant Nicholas’ wish so he won’t have to rely on getting one from the claw machine. TOYSContinued From Page 1 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 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. DE W O R MYO U RCA T T L ETH EEA S YWA YWI T HOU RNE WSA F E-G U A R D C C a t t l e C u b e s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s B l o c k s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s S t o p I n F o r D e t a i l s Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 2 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Today: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming southeast between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.Extended ForecastSaturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind around 5 mph. Christmas Day: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Sunday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast county is in better shape this year than in 2010. Ms. Yunas said the when the vegetation starts to turn brown, the danger of wild re increases. In December 2010, the Florida Forestry Service responded to numerous res including 30 wild res in Okeechobee County that burned a total of 1,296 acres. So far this month, the service has only responded to one wild re that burned 15 acres. The Florida Forest Service advises residents to maintain a “clean, lean, green,” zone around their homes. The most critical area is a zone of defensible space within 30 feet of the structure. Some tips for maintaining this include:  Eliminating any ammable vegetation in contact with the structure;  Thinning out trees and shrubs so there is 10 to 15 feet between the tree crowns;  Pruning tree limbs to a height of 6 to 10 feet;  Replacing highlyammable landscape material with plant materials having a higher w ater content;  Replacing ammable mulch adjacent the structure with gravel or rock; and,  Eliminating “ladder fuels” near the structure that might carry a surface re to the roof or eaves. Ms. Yunas said controlled burns are allowed with the proper permits. These res must be monitored so that they do not become wild res. In some cases, such as in state parks, burning off dead underbrush with a controlled burn can actually prevent future wild res. “We are currently in that window where conditions are favorable to burn,” Ms. Yunas said. “The Florida Forest Service extends authorizations to individuals, businesses and agencies to burn. Farmers, land developers, ranchers, land managers, citrus growers and many more use this time to burn for various reasons. This extended rainfall into our typical dry season is so bene cial to the businesses all across the Treasure Coast. Whether the burning is conducted for animal habitation, new home/business/road construction, food or wild re reduction this extended wet period is bene ting the Treasure Coast residents.” Ms. Yunas said she hopes everyone has a happy and safe holiday weekend. “Last year I missed Christmas Day because of all the wild res in Okeechobee,” she recalled. “I am happy that conditions are less likely for a large scale wild re but weather can change the situation quickly. So enjoy the holidays and please be cautious so all rst responders can enjoy the season as well.” FIREContinued From Page 1 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds hunters that antlerless deer season does not apply on FWC-managed lands that are part of its public hunting system. Most of these 163 public hunting areas were established as wildlife management areas, but others were established as wildlife and environmental areas, national wildlife refuges, military bases, public-use areas, public small-game hunting areas and places such as the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area was established and included in the state’s public hunting area system during the 2009-2010 hunting season. Those who hunt Kissimmee Chain enjoy many hunting opportunities that are usually allowed only on private property. Some of these opportunities include long hunting seasons, a crossbow season, a fall turkey season and year-round hog hunting. There also are no quota permits required for any of the area’s hunting seasons, and hunters don’t even need the $26 management area permit to hunt there, like they do on nearly every other public hunting area. But there is one important hunting regulation difference between Kissimmee Chain and private lands: the take of antlerless deer (does and bucks with antlers less than 5 inches in length) is prohibited during all hunting seasons on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area. So, while the antlerless deer season in Zone B might be running Dec. 26 – Jan. 1, this seven-day season does not occur on Kissimmee Chain, or on any other established public hunting area in the state. Before hunting on any public hunting area, or even setting foot on one, the FWC advises to rst read the rules and regulations brochures published for each area, which can be found at MyFWC.com/Hunting and selecting “WMA Brochures.” Established public hunting areas do not have 7-day antlerless deer season

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By Pete Gawda Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee County Commissioners may have set a record for brevity with a 35minute meeting on Thursday, Dec. 22. The only action they took beyond approving routine items was to recognize Okeechobee County Senior Services Division Administrative Assistant Patricia Williams upon her retirement. A good portion of the meeting was spent discussing, but taking no action, on a resolution in support of the position of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon which opposed the restructuring of the regional water management districts. Commissioner Frank Irby, the commissions’ representative to the coalition, said the resolution before the commission was in support of resolution passed by the coalition which he said expressed “broad overall support of water management.” He said it was proposed by the representative from Broward County. Commissioner Irby said there appeared to be some concern at the recent coalition meeting that something in Tallahassee might change concerning the water management districts. However, he went on to say that there was no clari cation of what those changes might be. While the resolution referred to the coalition’s opposition to “proposals for centralization, command and control of our regional and local water resources” by state government, Commissioner Irby said no such proposals were presented at the coalition meeting. “My sense was that the counties were trying to rally support of the things we are already doing,” Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Okeechobee Service Center, who attended the coalition meeting, told commissioners. “I took it as a vote of support for what’s going on.” However, commissioners found the resolution to be too vague. “I don’t understand what I am being asked to support or oppose,” stated Commissioner Joey Hoover. “It’s too vague for me,” was the opinion of Commissioner Ray Domer. Commissioner Bryan Culpepper wanted to see more background. In an informational presentation to the board on other topics, Mr. Ritter stated that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) projects can take up to six years for approval. He said that the COE was trying to streamline the process to 18 months for the Central Everglades Restoration Projects. He stated that at the beginning of Dec. the COE began making pulse releases to the Caloosahatchee. However, Mr. Ritter said the releases equaled the amount of water coming into the lake from the Kissimmee River. He said work on the Henry Creek boat ramp would begin the rst week in January. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. County commission discusses water management The Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) is seeking local adults and young people to ll the ten available acting roles in its upcoming production of “The Diary of A nne Frank.” The celebrated World War II-era drama is scheduled to be presented on March 2, 3, 9 and 10. Previous performing experience is not necessary, according to OCT Coordinator, Ron Hayes. What’s needed is a desire to be part of an exciting and rewarding activity, w hich is also a lot of fun. The play contains three of live theatre’s most coveted roles for teenagers, as well as choice parts for four adult males and three adult females. Anne Frank herself needs to appear to be in her early teens. Her sister, Margot, and the male role of Peter must appear to be in their mid to late teens. The available adult roles cover a range of ages. As with all parts, appearance is more important than the performer’s actual age. Hair styles and make-up will be used, as needed, to help create the appropriate look. Try-outs are not intimidating and are designed to be fun. Those who audition are given the opportunity to read a short dramatic passage on stage, to demonstrate their voice quality and stage presence. No prepared material is required. Auditions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 3 and 5 at 7 p.m. at the theatre on the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, S.W. Second Avenue at Seventh Street, one block west of Golden Corral restaurant. Participants need to attend only one of the two nights. In addition to actors, the OCT also has a need for help to build the set, work backstage, and to run lights and sound. The willingness to serve and to learn is the only requirement for these positions. Volunteers should attend one of the audition sessions to sign up. Following its premier on Broadway, “The Diary of Anne Frank” was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for drama, along with a Tony Award for Best Play. The movie version which followed was nominated for nine Academy Awards and was the winner of three. The play is based upon the book, “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.” It tells the tragic true story of two Jewish families in Amsterdam that go into hiding in a cramped attic for more than two years in the unsuccessful attempt to escape Hitler’s Nazi tyranny. The story is told through the eyes of young Anne, from the entries made in the diary she kept while in hiding. Despite its serious theme, the play depicts the families’ attempts to go about their daily activities as normally as possible, and it even includes the rst feelings of young love. As a result, the play is often light-hearted and funny. Advance reserved seat tickets to the sho w will go on sale in early February, on a date to be announced. The Okeechobee Community Theatre, now in its 33rd year, is an all-volunteer organization of local residents who produce Broadway-style musicals, comedies and dramas. It is a member of the American Association of Community Theatre and the Florida Theatre Conference. Anyone interested in more information on the theatre, including its other volunteer opportunities, or how to purchase tickets, may call Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-7631307, or visit the theatre website, http:/ / okeecommunitytheatre.com. 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Since July 1, 1991 Ms. Williams has been employed by the Okeechobee County Senior Services Division as the Information and Referral Specialist and Administrative Assistant. Commission Chairperson Margaret Garrard Helton, right, presented the proclamation to Ms. Williams, left. In her remarks Ms. Williams thanks the commission and the senior services division. “You will be greatly missed,” Comm. Helton said.

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Health care Who pays for the “Universal Healthc are”? How much does each individual pay, or do we once again task the “rich”? If Donald Trump is charged for it, shouldn’t he be allowed to tap that system? If Rush Limbaugh’s wife gets sick, are the taxpayers on the hook? Are medical services to b e “nationalized” and have rates set by the Govt. bean-counters? What type of Specialized Doctors do you think we’ll see in the future if there is no monetary gain to be had? What about the American Serviceman, s hould he (or she) be charged for their own health care? “Universal Healthcare” raises more questions than answers. And anytime t he Govt. gets involved, things invariably go from bad to worse.  I think losing your job does not cause y ou to lose access to healthcare, but your ability to PAY for health care is impacted. Employee sponsored healthcare is not really “free.” On another note, I am disappointed t hat O’Bamacare does not address any tort reform. After all, he has Eric Holder bending the second amendment all out of shape, w hy not the medical law suit industry.  What if someone wanted to be, say, an artist, and could make a living selling his w orks. A person like that should have access t o affordable health care without having to b e tied to a company. Same would apply to s omeone who works only part time, or runs a taco stand as a small business. A better example for Okeechobee would be someone w ho owns a small, three-employee trucking c ompany, or is an owner-operator. Shouldn’t t hey be able to get affordable health insurance? How about a person who owns a lawn maintenance business?One by one Independents are the ones who will rock the vote. Personally, I like and dislike ideas from both main parties.  Neither side is really appealing at all. C’est la vie.  To those who blame the “liberal media” for the problems Republican candidates face, how do you suppose the “liberal media” got Cain to send money and make phone calls to his ho, and harass the other women, just so they would have a story to write? How did they get Newt a $1.6 million job at Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, just in time to pay his $300,000 ne for lying to the federal ethics panel? The truth is, politicians provide enough fault on their own, without some invisible liberal media doing it for them.  They’ve sensationalized the dirt dug up on the Republican candidates, while turning a blind eye to serious issues like Fast and Furious, Solyndra, etc., etc. The main stream media spent weeks on Herman Cain, have conveniently ignored Ron Paul and are now going after Newt. One by one.Santa visits I didn’t see Santa on the re truck but I saw Santa riding a motorcycle on SW 15th Street Monday afternoon!  Seems that Santa is a really diversified man!! I’ve now heard of him on motorcycles, boats, firetrucks, Pick up trucks, not to mention his sleigh!! Also, I’m pretty sure him and Mrs. Santa drove by our house last night to see the lights! If not, it was a really good look alike or should I say “one of Santa’s helpers!”Christmas I hope that in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas rush, people take a few minutes to stop and remember the real meaning of Christmas. We are celebrating because God so loved the world that he sent his only son to save us. Christmas is about sacri cing for the good of others and about showing love to all mankind. It’s about treating others with kindness. If we could all just learn that lesson and keep Christmas in our hearts all year, what an amazing world this would be. Support appreciatedFreedom Outreach Ministry would like to thank everyone who participated in the bene t golf tournament on Dec. 11. We would also like to thank the local sponsors who helped make this day a success: Advance Auto Parts, All Upholstery, Andrew J. Bowers, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Area Agency on Aging, Attorney Roger Azcona, Auto Zone, Backyard Bar BBQ, Beef O’Brady’s, Blue Heron Golf Club, Buxton Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, Car Quest, Creech Construction, CVS Pharmacy, Ding A Ling Deli, Dr. Brennan, OD, Dr. M. Garcia, MD, Dr. Shariff, DPM, Dr. Pangillnan, MD, Domers, Inc., Dr. Villarreal, DO, East Coast Signs and Shirts, Fly N Hi, Frank Irby, Golden Corral, Lawn Tamer, Lightseys Restaurant, Los Cocos Restaurant, Mega-Nursing, Mama Flego’s Restaurant, Moms Kitchen, Oil Can, Okeechobee Big Lake VFW, Okeechobee Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Pat’s Floral Design, Professional Respiratory, Publix Supermarket, Sheriff Paul May, Smokin Pink BBQ and Catering, Tucker Real Estate, Quik Change Oil and Lube Center, Walmart and Winn Dixie. Freedom Outreach MinistriesChristmas festival and paradeThe Christmas Season has long been recognized as an opportunity for communities and families to come together, share holiday memories, tell stories, sample homemade baked goods and watch the joy of small children as they anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. The 2011 Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and Parade provided those opportunities for our friends and family in Okeechobee, as the lure of baked goods, sugary treats, hot chocolate and other delectable items lled the air while visitors shopped for home made jewelry, candles, wooden boxes and other treasures and awaited Santa as they enjoyed the lights, music, sounds and warmth of the holiday season during the annual Christmas Parade. Okeechobee Main Street would like to extend a holiday thank-you to everyon e involved in making this event a success. Thanks to our vendors and non-pro t agencies who participated in the festival and to all who took the time and effort to entertain th e community by participating in the Christmas Parade. Thanks to the City of Okeechobee, the Okeechobee Police Department and th e Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. Love to our volunteers, who unfailingly work each event from set-up to clean-up including Fran k DeCarlo, John Creasman, Keith Stripling, Paul Mitchell, Merrilee Berglund, Linda Woloski, Damien Kaye, Shelly Doyle, Bridgett e Waldau, Kathleen Shatto, Lisa Watts, Jerr y Trout, Dale Nolan and Jenny Vickers. A big thanks to our judges for our various events during this Christmas season—Bridgett e Waldau, Rafael Pacheco, Terry Burrows, Maureen Burrows, and Bill Dover. Okeechobee Main Street would also like to recogniz e our advertising partners who never let us down in promoting our events throughou t the yearspecial thanks to Billy Dean and WOKC radio, the Okeechobee News, th e Pennysaver and Okeechobee-the Magazine. Finally, a gigantic thanks to the Okeechobee community and businesses who continue to support the efforts of Okeechobe e Main Street, who participate in events, and share our goals and interest in improving our town while remembering our past. W e have received wonderful support this yea r from the City of Okeechobee, the City o f Okeechobee Police Department, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce as well as our fellow non-pro t organizations. We look forward to the future with hope for a brighte r economy, but also realizing that the job can get done with hard work and the suppor t of our local, caring friends and neighbors. Okeechobee Main Street would like to tak e this opportunity to wish everyone a ver y Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday season and a warm and prosperous New Year. Okeechobee Main Street Friday, December 23, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. 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MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Foster parents needed Free training program availableHibiscus Children’s Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. There is a tremendous need for loving and nurturing Foster Parents in all four counties on the Treasure Coast. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A traf c stop by narcotics of cers in Wauchula, Dec. 2, resulted in the arrest of a convicted felon from Okeechobee and his passenger after the discovery of a digital scale that contained methamphetamine residue, a glass smoking pipe, a pair of brass knuckles and two small bags that contained 8.6 grams of methamphetamines, Hardee County Sheriff Detective Matthew Whatley said Wednesday. Wallace Stewart, 33, of NW 102nd Street, also face charges in St. Lucie County that resulted from a May arrest in Fort Pierce on charges that include possession w ith the intent to sell, manufacture and or deliver methamphetamines, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Department of Corrections said Stewart served 13 months of an 18-month prison sentence for a 2007 Okeechobee case on charges that included sale, manufacture or delivery of methamphetamines, traf cking in stolen property, cocaine possession, and eeing and attempting to elude law enforcement. The Hardee County arrest was the result of an alert of cer who spotted Stewart at a Walmart Parking lot on U.S. 17 and conducted a drivers license check which revealed his license had been suspended on numerous occasions. A Sheriffs K-9 unit under the direction of the Clay Nicholson found illegal items in the center console of the vehicle. Jessica Norman, 30, of Okeechobee, was charged with possession of methamphetamine. The Detective said they found methamphetamine in a black pouch on her under garments. Stewart was arrested on May 1 in Fort Pierce after St. Lucie Deputies said they located $50 worth of methamphetamines, a small amount of marijuana, and over $1,000 in cash on the suspect who they had identi ed as a suspect in a burglary there. He was booked into the St. Lucie Jail earlier this week and held without bond. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL NON-DENOMINATIONAL 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 List Your Church!!! Call 863-763-3134 or Email okeeadsales@newszap.com Life Community Church L L iving I n F aith E verydayChristmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 p.m.701 South Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, Fl (863) 763-7800 Pastor Jim Waters PUBLIC IS INVITED! 301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70ESpecial ChristmasWorship Service Friday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. NO Service Christmas Day For more information, please contact the church office at 863-763-3736 Abundant Blessings4550 U.S. Hwy 441 NorthChristmas Eve Candlelight Servicewith Communion 5 p.m. 6 p.m. The Christmas Story told by Simeon. Christmas Carols will be sung ASSEMBLY OF GOD ASSEMBLY OF GOD For more information, please contact the church office at 863-763-3736 Abundant Blessings4550 U.S. Hwy 441 NorthChristmas Day10 a.m. S e r m o n :  T h e R e a l S p i r i t o f C h r i s t m a s Ž Special LiveŽ Characters:by Rudolph, Frosty and Santa With Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in the Manager 5 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Okeechobee residents arrested on drug charges By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A traf c stop for no operational tag lights on State Road 710 resulted in the discovery of a large bag of marijuana, oxycodone pills, a grinder and ve marijuana cigarettes made from Cognac Cigarillo cigars and the arrest of an Okeechobee man on Dec. 18, Martin County Sheriff's deputies reported. Cory Estes, 25, of SE 57th Drive, was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended with knowledge. His passenger Christina Merzlak, 32, of Fort Lauderdale, was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of oxycodone. Mr. Estes was held on $11,150 bond and Merzlak on $20,750 bond at the Martin County Jail according to the arrest report from Deputy Sheriff Jon Folbrecht. The report stated 34 grams of marijuana w as seized along with a small dachshund dog that was turned over to animal control. Okeechobee man faces drug charges Wallace Stewart Jessica Norman Health and Safety Expo plannedThe Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo is looking for vendorsindoors or out. Booth space is free, but you must register! The Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 9 a.m.2 p.m., Agri-Civic Center. For information or a registration form, please call 763-4625000 ext. 257.

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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.Samuel ‘Sam’ Edwin Patterson Jr., 55OKEECHOBEE — Samuel “Sam” Edwin Patterson Jr., age 55, of Okeechobee, passed awa y Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at his home. He was born March 27, 1956, in Martinsville, Va. He came to Okeechobee 35 years ago from Virginia. He was the owner/operator of the A&B Motor Sales and was of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Patterson Sr. His is survived by his mother, Thelma Parker of Okeechobee; brothers, Jeff Patterson of Florida and Keith Jordon of Georgia; daughters, Wendy Bemis-Albertson of Belmont, Calif., Samantha Cathe y and Vanessa Hall, both of Manila, Ark., Cind y Patterson of Searcy, Ark.; eight grandchildren, Raven, Jenna, Grace, Garrett, Ronnie, Jr., Joseph, Lydia and Riley. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Christmas Day services will be held at V ictory Baptist Church 500 SW 9th St. There will be special music and message for this very special day. Service times are: Sunday morning, 10:45 a.m. and evening at 7 p.m. For more information, call 863-7630669. Life Community Church, 701 S. Parrott A ve. will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Okeechobee Christian Church will have a special candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 An inspirational message will be given by pastor Jim McCutchen; as well as a special music service. Communion will be served at that time. Then Christmas day after you have opened your gifts at home, come join us to share the true gift of Christmas, the good news of our Savior. Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Okeechobee Presbyterian Church presents Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. 6 p.m., “Light in the Darkness!” The service will feature the timeless message of Christ’s descent into human time with carols and readings and interactive worship. Address: 312 N. Parrott Ave. (by Buxton’s across from Five Guys). Also, Okeechobee Presbyterian Church offers Christmas Morning Worship at 10 a.m., with interactive prayers, songs and Scripture -a great chance to worship Christ on Christmas Day, and instruct the family in the meaning of the season! All are welcome. Address: 312 N. Parrott Ave. Churches plan Christmas services Eagles host Friday steak dinner nightThe Eagles North Aerie will have a steak night on Dec. 23 from 5:30 until 9 p.m. Music will be by “Show Nuff.” Proceeds go to F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee, 863-7632552.Cypress Hut Eagles to host steak nightFriday, Dec. 23, the Cypress Hut Eagles w ill be having Steak, Fish or Shrimp Dinners. Music by The Harpers. Proceeds to go to Community Charity Fund. Public welcome. V FW hosts holiday eventsVFW #4423, 300 NW 34th St. will be celebrating the holiday season with lots of music. Friday, Dec. 23, the grill will be open 5 p.m. with Steve on a Stick hosting Karaoke 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, there will be burgers on the grill 12-2 p.m. and Sandoone w ill be hosting Karaoke 5-8 p.m. Sunday, the post will be hosting a Christmas Dinner (free to post members & $6.50 for non-members). They will be serving Turkey, Ham, Smoked Sausage & all the trimmings. Music/Karaoke w ill be hosted by D & K Karaoke from 4-? pm. Be sure to join in the holiday fun. All proceeds will go toward Veteran Assistance Programs.Eagles host Bingo nightOn Dec. 27, the Eagles North Aerie, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, will have Bingo starting at 1 p.m. Okeechobee. Proceeds go to F.O.E.4137 community bene t fund.2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Pageant plannedApplications 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 pageant. For more information, email Audrey@missrodeookeechobee.org, call 863-801-5258, or visit w ww.missrodeookeechobee.org Deadline is Dec. 30Call for Past Okeechobee Rodeo QueensThe Okeechobee County Cattlewomen’s Association is 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.VFW Post 9528 to host New Years Eve PartyVFW 9528 Buckhead Ridge will host New Years Eve festivities on Saturday, Dec. 31 with prime rib dinner served with baked potato beginning at 6 until 9 p.m. Music from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. by Cowboy; 50-50 drawing, door prizes, party favors, breakfast buffet after midnight. Advance tickets available at post no reservations. For more information, please call 863-467-2882. Come enjoy good food, music and fellowship. Best value in town $15 donation. Proceeds will bene t homeless veterans.Eagles North plans New Years Eve DanceDec. 31, Eagles North is having a New Years Eve Dance and Music by Our own Cabbage Patch Boys. Food throughout the evening, all you can eat, and a Midnight breakfast for a $5 donation per person, No take outs on the food. Proceeds from the food go to the Ladies Auxiliary Community Bene t Fund. Faith Farm to hold New Year’s Eve praise and worshipFaith Farm Ministries of Okeechobee, invites all who would come, to a time of praise/prayer/worship on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. The facility is located at 7595 N.E. 128th Ave. All area ministers are welcome to come pray for our county and country as 2012 begins. Refreshments will be served. Dress is casual. For info: 863-7636987 or 863-763-4224.Free memory screeningThe Alzheimer’s Association will hold free memory screenings on Monday, Jan. 9, by appointment. Time: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park Street. If you are any age, and concerned about memory loss, call 1-800861-7826, Ext. 501 and make an appointment.Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Helton on Tuesday, Jan. 10 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon, and will be held in Commissioner Helton’s of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 261, Okeechobee. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-7636441 to schedule an appointment. Health and Safety Expo planned for Jan. 28The Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo is looking for vendors. Vendors can choose booth space inside the Agri Civic Center or set-up outside to share their health and/or safety related service with the community. Booth space is free, but you must register! The Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. For more information or to pick up a registration form, please call 763-462-5000 ext. 257.Pet Rescue announces holiday scheduleOkeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue facility will be closed to the public Dec. 2226. Volunteers are desperately needed to help with the animals during the holidays.Orchid Club meeting changeThere will be no Orchid Club or Garden club meeting in December. The next meetings will be Monday, Jan. 23.ARC Thrift Store needs donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, etc. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. Call 863-763-2419.Shared Services Network to meet on Jan. 13The Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 2012, in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2005 CHEVY SILVERADOVICTORY RED, 67K MI., #P4132 $22,950ONLYSOME 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. 2010 TOYOTA TACOMA V6PYRITE MICA, 22K MI., #11536B$24,950 2009 F-150 PLATINUMSUPER CREW, 4X4$34,950ONLY 2002 TOYOTA TACOMA SUPER WHT., 48K MI., #111026A$8,950ONLY ONLY 2006 JEEP WRANGLER XBRT. SILVER, 32K MI., #11752A1$15,950ONLY 2007 FORD RANGER XLPUEBLO GOLD, 57K MI., #P4235$9,950ONLY2006 ECONOLINE CARGOOXF. WHT., 114K MI., #11840A$8,995ONLY 2011 FORD F-150 XLOXFORD WHITE, 3K MI. #11652A $19,136ONLY2008 FORD F-250 XLOXF. WHT., 43K MI., #11625A$23,950ONLY 2008 FORD F-150 LARIATFOREST GRN, 51K MI. #11520A$25,950ONLY2011 ECONOLINE CARGOOXF. WHT., 27K MI., #P4174$19,950ONLY 2010 JEEP WRANGLERSTONE WHT.,12K MI. #12467A$26,950ONLY2011 FORD RANGER XLTBLACK, 6K MI. #11343A$20,950ONLY 2011 GMC TERRAIN SLT-2ONYX BLACK, 5K MI. #111005A$29,950ONLY 2008 FORD F-250 XLTSHAD. GREY, 72K MI., #11802B1$29,950ONLY 2010 FORD F-150 LARIATTUXEDO BLK., 9K MI., #12442A $35,950ONLYJUST ARRIVED! 2011 FORD F-150 LARIAT5L V8, LARIAT PLUS AND CHROME PACKAGE, MOONROOF, NAV, LEATHER, TAILGATE STEP, TWO-TONE #11567 $34,995NOW JUST WAS $45,280!2011 FORD TAURUS SHOSILVER, HEATED/COOLED SEATS, MOONROOF, BLINDSPOT MONITOR, VOICE ACTIVATED NAV, 20Ž RIMS, LEATHER, LOADED, DEMO #11206 $36,995NOW JUST WAS $44,640!SAVE $7,000! LAST ONE!2011 FORD EXPEDITION XLT & LTD $37,399STARTING AT JUST ONLY 5 LEFT!2012 SHELBY MUSTANGSHELBY GT 500, RACE RED, 540 HP, SVT PERFORMANCE PKG, RECARO SEATS #12010 $49,972NOW JUST WAS $55,085!HURRY! LAST ONE!2011 FORD FOCUS SEWELL EQUIPPED! #12185 $2,500 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$175 LEASE FOR JUST2011 FORD FUSION SEWELL EQUIPPED! #12377 $2,995 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$189 LEASE FOR JUST2011 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!YEAR END PRE-OWNED TRUCK CLEARANCE SALE! 7 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011

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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Joseph Hubbard, 21, of N.E. 28th Lane, w as arrested Dec. 20 and charged with domestic battery by strangulation. OSCO Deputy Paul Jackson was the arresting of cer.  Carlena Denise Gain, 35, of S.E. 14th Ct., was arrested Dec. 20 and charged with V iolation of Probationobtaining prescription by fraud. No bond was set. OCSO John Hazy was the arresting of cer.  Bobby Gene Newton, 32, of N.E. Seventh Lane, was arrested Dec. 20 on an Osceola County warrant and charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. Bond was set at $7,000.  Justin David Conrad, 19, of N.W. 31st Avenue, was arrested on Dec. 21 on a charge of DUI. Bond was set at $750. OSCO Cpl. Aric Majere was the arresting of cer.  Keith Daniels Billie, 40, of S.W. Park Street, was arrested Dec. 22, charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. OCPD S. Morgan was the arresting of cer. Bond is to be set by the judge. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In this age of exploitive and trashy media, were proud to be different. We believe in operating and publishing our newspaper as a public trust. Fulfilling our public trust requires that we try to bring out the best in our community and its people. We seek the highest common denominators, not the lowest. We dont engage in gutter journalism. We know we can achieve success on the high road. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 8 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News A former Okeechobee High School student who w as arrested and charged w ith drug sales in the 2010 “Operation No More” drug sting at the school apparently came back for more. Brandon Valentine Cardenas, 20, still on drug offender probation from his Oct. 6, 2010 arrest at school, was arrested by of cers from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on Dec. 20. According to the arrest report, the of cers executed a search warrant on a S.E. 27th Street residence. They found a large plastic bag lled with marijuana in a laundry hamper in the bedroom Cardenas shares with his girlfriend. The substance, which tested positive for marijuana, weighed 158.75 grams. The of cers also found 3.6 grams of marijuana in a baby wipes bag. In another room, the of cers found another gram of marijuana. They also found a digital scale with marijuana residue on it, and a glass smoking bong. According to the report, Cardenas was placed under arrest and transported to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. During the post-Miranda interview, he reported told the of cers that he does not smoke marijuana because he is currently on drug offender probation. According to the report, he said he paid $900 for the marijuana and planned to sell it. Cardenas said his girlfriend did not have anything to do with the marijuana. She was not arrested. During the rst two months of the fall semester of 2010, the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, with the help of of cers from other agencies, placed undercover of cers in Okeechobee High School. Posing as students, these undercover of cers collected information on drug sales at the school and at school sponsored events. Following this investigation, 16 OHS students were arrested on Oct. 6, 2010 and charged with selling drugs on a school campus. Warrants were also issued for others, including Carndenas, who were not at school on the day of the arrests. Man arrested in ‘Operation No More’ again arrested on drug charges Brandon Cardenas Youth Basketball League signups under wayOkeechobee County Parks & Recreation will be conducting sign-ups for the 2012 Youth Basketball League Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Jan. 6. Registration is $40 per child and is being held at 640 NW 27th Lane (in the Sports Complex). The league will consist of boys and girls in three divisions: 10 & under, 12 & nnder, and 14 & nnder. Birth certi cates must be presented when registering. The age determination date is March 15, 2012. For more information, call 763-6950. Coaches, sponsors and volunteers are encouraged to inquire.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCEPLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FLconduct a Public Hearing for the first reading of the following Ordinance into law: 1079: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITYOF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITYOF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA PROVIDING FOR AMENDMENTTO THE CITYS CODE OF ORDINANCES INCLUDING SECTION 30-35 RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AND LOCATION OF COMMERCIALSANITARYGARBAGE CONTAINERS; SECTION 66-1 DEFINITIONS, BYADDING CERTAIN NEW DEFINITIONS AND UPDATING EXISTING DEFINITIONS FOR CLARITYAND CONSISTENCYWITH OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENTREGULATIONS; SECTION 78-36 RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN DEVELOPMENTPROJECTS TO PROVIDE SIDEWALKS ALONG STREETS; SECTIONS 90-103(1), 90-133(1), AND 90-193(2), BYADDING BED AND BREAKFASTESTABLISHMENTS TO THE LISTOF SPECIALEXCEPTION USES IN THE RSF 1, RSF 2, AND RMF DISTRICTS, RESPECTIVELY; SECTIONS 90-135(B)(1) AND 90-196, BYCLARIFYING THE MINIMUM YARD REQUIREMENTS FOR ZERO LOTLINE SINGLE-FAMILYDWELLINGS IN THE RSF 2 AND RMF DISTRICTS; SECTIONS 90-253(1) AND (2) AND 90-282(3) AND (5) BY ADDING LAUNDROMATAND TAKE-OUTRESTAURANTTO THE LISTOF SPECIAL EXCEPTION AND PERMITTED USES IN THE CLTAND CHV DISTRICTS, RESPECTIVELY; BYMODIFYING SECTION 90-316 TO RECTIFYAN INCORRECTREFERENCE; SECTIONS 90-342 AND 90-343 BYMOVING CAF FROM THE LISTOF SPECIALEXCEPTION USES TO THE LISTOF PERMITTED USES IN THE INDUSTRIALDISTRICTAND BYADDING CERTAIN PERSONALSERVICE USES TO THE LISTOF PERMITTED USES IN THE INDUSTRIALDISTRICT; ADDING ANEW SUBSECTION 90-511(e)(6) PROHIBITING PARKING SPACES ADJACENTTO ADRIVEWAYFROM BEING CLOSER THAN 20 FEETTO THE RIGHT-OF-WAYOF APUBLIC ROAD; SECTION 90-512 BYMODIFYING THE OFF-STREETPARKING REQUIREMENTFOR AUTOMOBILE SALES ESTABLISHMENTS; BYDELETING SECTION 90-535 IN ITS ENTIRETYAND INCORPORATING ITS PROVISIONS INTO SECTION 90-534; BYMODIFYING SECTION 90-573(B) TO RECTIFYAN INCORRECTREFERENCE; BYMODIFYING THE TITLE OF DIVISION 9 TO INCLUDE SUPPLEMENTALUSE REGULATIONS; SECTIONS 90-693(3), 90-695(3), AND 90696(3) BYMODIFYING THE MINIMUM SIDE AND REAR YARDS FOR COMMUNITY CENTERS, ADULTFAMILYCARE HOMES OR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES, AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP; BYADDING ANEW SECTION 90-702 SETTING FORTH REGULATIONS SPECIFICALLYPERTAINING TO OUTDOOR VEHICLE SALES LOTS; PROVIDING FOR FINDINGS OF FACT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Acopy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact Administration, (863) 763-3372 x 212. Acopy of the entire application(s) is available at the City Clerks Office during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerks Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by:James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 9 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee NewsShop With a CopThe Okeechobee Fraternal Order of Police once again sponsored the annual Shop With a Cop Christmas bene t for needy children. The Shop With a Cop event was created to provide a Christmas experience for less fortunate children. As an added bene t, the event also creates a positive interaction between the children and local law enforcement. Each child receives a shopping spree of about $100 at the Okeechobee Walmart, accompanied by a uniformed of cer. This year the group shopped on Saturday, Dec. 17. The program helped 19 families, including 45 children. The $4,600 for this year's program was raised through a golf tournament in 2010 and from donations from individuals in the community. For more photos, see the Okeechobee News Facebook page. Five years service to OUAAnthony Ortiz was honored for ve years of service to the Okeechobee Utility Authority, at the OUA Board meeting on Dec. 13. Okeechobee News/ Charles Mur p h y

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 10 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Grand OaksCookin-4-LoveJoe Staedlin, a Grand Oaks resident, enjoys cookies freshly baked by Donnielle Harper from the Cookin-4-Love group. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raye DuesingerBusiness women donate toysChristmas toys were collected for the children in the Guardian ad Litem program by the Okeechobee Business Women’s Referral Network at their December meeting. This is an annual project of the group which meets the third Friday of each month at The Lodge Restaurant. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Dec. 16: Laurin Jackson, Louza Yamin, Cheyenne Tyson, Aaron Gould, Kaylina Galvan, Angel Nieto-Reyes, Brianne Turner, Braxton Lewis, Chase Mangold and Corey Raines.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comMust be 18 years old to play Bingo. See Bingo Hall for complete details. Must be 18 years old to play Poker. See Brush Stand fo r complete details. We reserve the right to cancel at any time. See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminol e Players Club member to participate. Management reserves all rights. Person who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Flori da or those who have opted into the self-exclusion program are not eligible. 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Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 11 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Andrew SmileyLooking for a homeGG Momma brought the Humane Society a wonderful litter of puppies to adopt. Now all of her puppies have been adopted, she has completed SPIN training program and wants a forever home. She is a quiet dog. Adoption fee is $175, which includes, spay and vaccinations. She is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/ Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Special to the Okeechobee News/ NESFeed a pet for the holidaysFor the second year in a row, Mrs. Wendy Moreno's & Mrs. Tracy Phillips' fourth grade classes at North Elementary enjoyed collecting pet food to bene t the Humane Society Pet Rescue shelter.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Public NoticeAdoption of Okeechobee County Resolution 2011-67 The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida has adopted a resolution establishing new boundaries for each of the five county commission districts following the 2010 decennial US Census of Population as required by Article VIII, Section 1(e) of the Constitution of the State of Florida and by Section 124.01(3), Florida Statutes. The boundaries for the county commission districts as adopted by Resolution 2011-67 on November 22, 2011 are as described below. Commission District No. 1 shall consist of the following area located within Okeechobee County, Florida: Beginning at a point where the Old Peavine Trail intersects the County line between Osceola County and Okeechobee County, also being a point a little to the west of the Northeast corner of Section 4, Township 33 South, Range 33 East, then run South along the Old Peavine Trail to the intersection of the Old Peavine Trail (NW 192nd Avenue) and NW 240th Street (Eagle Island Road), also being the Southwest corner of Section 34, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, then run East along NW 240th Street to NW 176th Avenue (CR 700A), then run Southerly along NW 176th Avenue to US Highway 98, then run Southeasterly along US Highway 98 to the canal north of Lot 55, Block 64 in Basswood Unit 6 subdivision, then run East along said canal to NW 26th Avenue, then run South along NW 26th Avenue past the south boundary of Basswood Unit 2 subdivision, to an east-west ditch just to the south of the North section line of Section 8, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run West along said ditch to a point where the ditch turns to the south, being just to the east of the West section line of Section 8, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run South along said ditch to NW 20th Trail, then run Southwesterly along NW 20th Trail to US Highway 98, then run Southeasterly along US Highway 98 to NW 6th Street, then run East along NW 6th Street to NW 12th Avenue, which is also the city limit boundary; then run South along NW 12th Avenue and the southerly extension of NW 12th Avenue, which is also following the city limit boundary, until it intersects with State Road 70, then run East along State Road 70 to Taylor Creek, then run Northerly along Taylor Creek to NE 39th Boulevard, then run Northeasterly along NE 39th Boulevard and continue Northeasterly along an extension of NE 39th Boulevard until said extension of NE 39th Boulevard intersects with the East section line of Section 24, Township 36 South, Range 35 East, then run North along said section line and continue North along the East section lines of Sections 13, 12 and 1 to the intersection of NE 144th Street, which is also the Northeast corner of Section 1, Township 36 South, Range 35 East; then run West along NE 144th Street to US Highway 441, then run North along US Highway 441 to NW 240th Street (Eagle Island Road/CR 724), then run West along NW 240th Street to NW 72nd Avenue, then run North along NW 72nd Avenue to NW 288th Street, then continue Northerly approximately bisecting Sections 14, 11 and 2 in Township 34 South, Range 34 East and continuing Northerly approximately bisecting Sections 35, 26, 23, 14, 11 and 2 in Township 33 South, Range 34 East, to the County line between Osceola County and Okeechobee County, this also running along the common boundary between Block 1022 and Blocks 1047 and 1084 in Census Tract 9101.02 and running along the common boundary between Block 1017 and Block 1016 in Census Tract 9101.02, then run West along said County line between Osceola County and Okeechobee County to the Point of Beginning. Commission District No. 2 shall consist of the following area located within Okeechobee County, Florida: Beginning at a point where the Old Peavine Trail intersects the County line between Osceola County and Okeechobee County, also being a point a little to the west of the Northeast corner of Section 4, Township 33 South, Range 33 East, run West along said County line to the Kissimmee River, being the common boundary between Highlands County and Okeechobee County, then run Southerly along the Kissimmee River to State Road 70, then run East along State Road 70 to SW 24th Avenue, then run South along SW 24th Avenue to SW 8th Street, then run East along SW 8th Street to SW 12th Avenue, which is also the city limit boundary line, then run South along the city limit boundary line, also being SW 12th Avenue and an extension of SW 12th Avenue, also being the West section line of Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, to SW 15th Street, also being the Southwest corner of Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run East along SW 15th Street to SW 5th Avenue, then jog to the South then continue East along SW 15th Street to SW 3rd Avenue, then run South along SW 3rd Avenue to SW 16th Street, then run East along SW 16th Street to US Highway 441, then run North along US Highway 441 to State Road 70, then run West along State Road 70 to the city limit boundary also being the point where the southerly extension of NW 12th Avenue would intersect with State Road 70, then run North along the city limit boundary, which is also NW 12th Avenue and the southerly extension of SW 12th Avenue, to NW 6th Street, then run West along NW 6th Street to US Highway 98, then run Northwesterly along US Highway 98 to NW 20th Trail, then run Northeasterly along NW 20th Trail to a north-south ditch just to the east of the West section line of Section 8, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run North along said ditch to a point where the ditch turns to the east, just to the south of the North section line of Section 8, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run East along said ditch to a point where a southerly extension of NW 26th Avenue would intersect with said ditch, then run North along NW 26th Avenue to an east-west canal just to the north of Basswood Unit 2 subdivision, then run West along said canal to US Highway 98, then run Northwesterly along US Highway 98 to NW 176th Avenue (CR 700A), then run Northerly along NW 176th Avenue to NW 240th Street (Eagle Island Road), then run West along NW 240th Street to NW 192nd Avenue (Old Peavine Trail), then run North along NW 192nd Avenue then continue North along the Old Peavine Trail to the Point of Beginning. Commission District No. 3 shall consist of the following area located within Okeechobee County, Florida: Beginning at a point on the North section line of Section 2, Township 33 South, Range 34 East, also being a point where a Northerly extension of NW 72nd Avenue intersects with the common boundary between Osceola County and Okeechobee County, also being that point at the north end of the common boundary between Block 1017 and Block 1016 in Census Tract 9101.02, run Southerly, approximately bisecting Sections 2, 11, 14, 23, 26 and 35 in Township 33 South, Range 34 East and Sections 2, 11 and 14 in Township 34 South, Range 34 East, this also running along the common boundary between Block 1017 and Block 1016 in Census Tract 9101.02 and running along the common boundary between Block 1022 and Blocks 1047 and 1084 in Census Tract 9101.02, to the intersection of NW 288th Street and NW 72nd Avenue, then run South along NW 72nd Avenue to NW 240th Street (Eagle Island Road/CR 724), then run East along NW 240th Street to US Highway 441, then run South along US Highway 441 to NE 144th Street, then East run along NE 144th Street to the Northeast corner of Section 1, Township 36 South, Range 35 East, then run South along the East section line of Section 1, Township 36 South, Range 35 East, and continue South along the East section line of Sections 12 and 13, Township 36 South, Range 35 East, then continue South along the East section line of Section 24, Township 36 South, Range 35 East to a point on the East section line of said Section 24 that intersects with the northeasterly extension of NE 39th Boulevard, then run Southwesterly along the extension of NW 39th Boulevard then continue Southwesterly along NW 39th Boulevard to Taylor Creek, then run Southerly along Taylor Creek to a canal north of Lot 1, Block 9 of A Revised and Addition to Plat of Taylor Creek Development, Revised Plat No. 2 subdivision, then run Easterly along said canal north of Lots 1 and 2 Block 9 of A Revised and Addition to Plat of Taylor Creek Development, Revised Plat No. 2 subdivision to SE 28th Street, then run East along SE 28th Street to SE 43rd Avenue, then run North along SE 43rd Avenue to SE 26th Street, then run West along SE 26th Street to SE 40th Avenue, then run North along SE 40th Avenue to SE 23rd Court, then run East along SE 23rd Court to the southeast corner of Lot 81, Treasure Island Unit 11A subdivision, then run North along the common boundary between Lot 81 and Lot 80 in Treasure Island Unit 11A subdivision and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 114 and Lot 115 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision, then run North across SE 22nd Court and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 117 and 116 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision, then run East along the common boundary between Lot 116 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision and Lot 151 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North along the common boundary between Lot 151 and Lot 152 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North across SE 21st Court and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 154 and Lot 153 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North-Northeasterly to the westerly boundary of the Nubbin Slough canal, then run Northerly along Nubbin Slough canal to State Road 710, then run Westerly along State Road 710 to State Road 70, then run Northeasterly along State Road 70 to the common boundary between St. Lucie County and Okeechobee County, then run North along said County boundary to the Northeast corner of Section 1, Township 34 South, Range 36 East, also being the point where the County boundary lines of St. Lucie County, Indian River County and Okeechobee County meet, then run West along the common boundary between Indian River County and Okeechobee County to the Northwest corner of Section 6, Township 34 South, Range 36 East, then run North along the common boundary between Indian River County and Okeechobee County to the Northeast corner of Section 1, Township 33 South, Range 35 East, then run West along the common boundary between Indian River County and Okeechobee County, then continue West along the common boundary between Osceola County and Okeechobee County to the Point of Beginning. Commission District No. 4 shall consist of the following area located within Okeechobee County, Florida: Beginning at a point where State Road 70 intersects the Kissimmee River, run Southerly along the Kissimmee River, being the common boundary between Okeechobee County and Highlands County, then continue Southerly along the Kissimmee River, now being the common boundary between Okeechobee County and Glades County, to the mouth of the Kissimmee River, then run South to a point in Lake Okeechobee which forms the common boundary of Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Palm Beach and Martin Counties, then run Northeasterly from said point to the Mouth of Taylor Creek at Lake Okeechobee, then meander Norther-ly along Taylor Creek to State Road 70, then run West along State Road 70 to US Highway 441, then run South along US Highway 441 to SW 16th Street, then run West along SW 16th Street to SW 3rd Avenue, then run North along SW 3rd Avenue to SW 15th Street, then run West along SW 15th Street to SW 5th Avenue, then jog to the North then continue West along SW 15th Street to the southerly extension of SW 12th Avenue, that also being the city limit boundary and also being the Southwest corner of Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run North along the city limit boundary line, also being the extension of SW 12th Avenue then being SW 12th Avenue, also being the West section line of Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, to SW 8th Street, then run West along SW 8th Street to SW 24th Avenue, then run North along SW 24th Avenue to State Road 70, then run West along State Road 70 to the Point of Beginning. Commission District No. 5 shall consist of the following area located within Okeechobee County, Florida: Beginning at a point where State Road 70 inter-sects the County line between St. Lucie County and Okeechobee County, run South along said County line then continue South then Southwesterly along the County line between Martin County and Okeechobee County to a point in Lake Okeechobee which forms the common boundary between Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Palm Beach and Martin Counties, then run Northeasterly to the Mouth of Taylor Creek at Lake Okeechobee, then run Northerly along Taylor Creek to a canal north of Lot 1, Block 9 of A Revised and Addition to Plat of Taylor Creek Development, Revised Plat No. 2 subdivision, then run Easterly along said canal north of Lots 1 and 2 Block 9 of A Revised and Addition to Plat of Taylor Creek Development, Revised Plat No. 2 subdivision to SE 28th Street, then run East along SE 28th Street to SE 43rd Avenue, then run North along SE 43rd Avenue to SE 26th Street, then run West along SE 26th Street to SE 40th Avenue, then run North along SE 40th Avenue to SE 23rd Court, then run East along SE 23rd Court to the southeast corner of Lot 81, Treasure Island Unit 11A subdivision, then run North along the common boundary between Lot 81 and Lot 80 in Treasure Island Unit 11A subdivision and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 114 and Lot 115 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision, then run North across SE 22nd Court and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 117 and 116 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision, then run East along the common boundary between Lot 116 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision and Lot 151 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North along the common boundary between Lot 151 and Lot 152 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North across SE 21st Court and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 154 and Lot 153 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North Northeasterly to the westerly boundary of the Nubbin Slough canal, then run Northerly along Nubbin Slough canal to State Road 710, then run Westerly along State Road 710 to State Road 70, then run Northeasterly along State Road 70 to the Point of Beginning. Publish: 12/16/2011 & 12/23/2011 Okeechobee News. 13 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011

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Sales Excavation CLEARING & HAULING Dump Trucks, Loader Back Hoe, & Bobcat Services by Jason Summerford (863)634-7771 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AntiquesCO-OP ANTIQUES NEW LOCATION NEW ITEMS 1214 SW 2nd AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN) Tue-Sat 10am-4pm FURNITURE,CRYSTAL, FEATHER WEIGHTS, PRIMITIVES,CROCKS, TRUNKS AND LAMPS. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Shop here first! The classified ads Drapes, Linens &FabricsVINTAGE FULL SIZE TOP SHEET WITH MATCHING PILLOW CASES. THIS WEDDING SET HAS BEAUTIFUL EXQUISITE MADEIRA EMBROIDERY NEEDLE WORK DESIGN WITH GREY THREAD. RUSTIC ANTIQUE STORE 772-419-1010 OR 863-763-6672 OfficeSupplies/ Equipment Desk, File Cabinet and Cadenza Call for Appointment. Call 863-763-6600 Wanted ToBuy We pay cash for cars! Gilbert Chevrolet needs dozens of quality vehicles. Gilbert Chevrolet 3550 Highway 441 S. Okeechobee or Call (863)763-3154 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Miscellaneous ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 Horses Coming 2 year old Ranch Horses Ready to start riding-have been handled-registered Buck Daniel Ranch Jason@ 863 801-9953 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $850 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 Duplex2/1. 205 NW 5th Street. Remodeled. $650 plus Security. 863-634-3312. Condos/Townhouses RentOAK LAKE VILLA #17, 2/2, clean unit with updated kitchen & appliances. $800/mo. 1st, last, and $500 sec. required. (863)467-5965 leave a message. Houses-Rent 2 Bedroom/1 Bath Workshop room plus lg. bonus room $150.00 weekly Call 697-6509 Treasure Island area 3/2/2 HOUSE for rent in SW section. Children and pets welcome. 863-634-9330 or 863-467-2541 AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1200, Large yards. Bring pets. Jacuzzi tub included. Call 561-723-2226 BASSWOOD 4br/2ba, 1 car garage, tile & carpet, split plan, dishwasher, W/D. $1200 mo. (561) 307-2502 OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. Houses-Rent Home Realty Services, LLC. Diane Dangremond, Broker. 863-801-4498 30 Years Experience marketing rental properties. customized property management services to meet your needs. Tenant credit check and background screening. 1 br./1ba. Screened room. Fully furnished. Ancient Oaks. Seasonal rental. $1100 mo. Includes all utilities. OKEECHOBEE 6835 SE 88th Trail. 2br, 2ba, furn. or unfurn., 1st, last and Sec. Utils not incld. (561)735-6050 or (561)254-0478. TREASURE ISLAND 3/2 CBS, on the water, dock, patio, boat house. $1100 (561)262-1390 RoomsTo RentOKEECHOBEE Looking for 2 roommates to share 4 br house. All appliances including Washer & Dryer. Located at Four Seasons. $300/mo Call (863)634-4771 Waterfront Rentals For Sale or Rent, BH R Adult community, 1 bedroom Park Model with attached Florida room and deck on the water, Call 863-824-6147 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale Home Realty Services, LLC. Diane Dangremond, Broker. 863-801-4498 KINGS BAY 2br./1ba. 2 car garage. CBS home built 2006, corner lot. Low down payment, Seller nancing. $87,900. PALM CREEK ESTATES 3br./2ba. 2 car garage. Florida room on captive lake. $130,000. 3 br./2 ba. 2 car garage. Florida room, boat house, on Canal. Will trade with Okee SE or SW. $154,000. Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Lots -Sale FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent LARKEE LAKES2BR/1BA, $500 month & $300 sec. dep. Call (863) 467-2156 M/H Rentals 2/1 & 3/1 Country Living $450.00 monthly & $450.00 Security Call 863-697-2486 TREASURE ISLAND -3/1 mobile home, fenced yard, new carpet, on water, dock, $700/mo (561)262-1390 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. MobileHomeSale 2005 44’x12’ Park Model 55+ park, all residential appliances with W/D., new skirting, non-smoker, water lter system. $7,000 obo Call Steve @(863)-634-6705 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 OKEECHOBEELg. 3br/ 2ba DW, w/14x40 addition, metal roof, FP, 11x20 shop, on Canal. Covered dock & slip. Sprinklers, $75K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. Palm Harbor Homes Factory Direct Sale 15K-25K off models 800-622-2832 ext 210 Sturdy Single wide in 55+ park Concrete patio, shed, small carport, newer metal roof. Older needs cleaning and some TLC. $1,300obo. Call Steve@(863)-634-6705 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats 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 863-357-6253 2000 Ranger Bass Boat R83VS,Ranger Boat Cover/Spare Tire w/cover,Mercruiser 150 EFI Engine,Ranger Trailer,Garmin Fish Finder 100. $14,000 or Interesting Trade. Call 863-675-4163 or 863-667-7855 Campers/RVsFor Sale 32FT Kountry Air w/10x24 Fl Room Located at Water Edge Adult Park, Very Well Furnished, Must See For More Information Please Call 618-218-4590 RVSpace Rent Limited Time Only* Water Front RV Lots $400.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Covered Dockage Incl. W/Lot Rent* Cabin $500.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Call863-763-4417 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Commercial Trucks1996 Ford F-350 Box Truck, Former U-Haul auto, 460 V-8, 175K miles,New Alt, runs good, box dry, ready to go. $2,500 obo Call Steve @(863)634-6705 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD093 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3129 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY THAT PART OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION LYING & BEING IN SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST THE NORTH 1050 FEET OF THE SOUTH 1457 FEET OF LOT 15 AND 16, BLOCK 5, CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY, LYING WEST OF STATE ROAD 15-A ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 5 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA. LESS & EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING: COMMENCE AT A POINT WHERE THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15 INTERSECTS THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15-A AND RUN NORTHERLY ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15-A, A DISTANCE OF 751 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE RUN NORTH 51 DEGREES 06 MINUTES 15 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 313.98 FEET TO THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF LOT 15, BLOCK 5, CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY SUBDIVISION; THENCE RUN NORTH 34 DEGREES 55 MINUTES 01 SECONDS EAST ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF LOT 15, A DISTANCE OF 294.49 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 51 DEGREES 06 MINUTES 15 SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF 279.21 FEET TO THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15-A AND SOUTHERLY ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15-A DISTANCE OF 298.82 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING LYING AND BEING IN SECTION 9 TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA. 1-09-38-36-0A00-00018-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JAMES J ROLOW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 2nd day of February, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 405674 ON 12/23,30/2011 1/6,13/2012 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 1-7-2012 @ 10:00 AM Unit #219 Roshella D. Jones Unit #232 David E. Earnest Unit #240 Mashara Y. Summers Unit #252 Jo Barton Unit #262 Paul V. Middlebrooks Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 406066 ON 12/23,30/2011 2012 meeting schedule announced for the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board Meetings of the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District are open to the public for input in the governance process. As required by Florida law (189.417 Florida Statutes), this notice is given so that the public has an opportunity to attend meetings that may be of interest. Governing Board meetings are held at District Headquarters, 4049 Reid Street (Hwy. 100 west), Palatka, Fla. Date, time and location are subject to change at the discretion of the Governing Board. For additional information about the District, its Board and meeting dates, visit www. oridaswater.com. Meetings for 2012 are currently held upon conclusion of the 10:00 a.m. Regulatory Committee Meeting and scheduled as follows: YEAR 2012 MONTH DATE JANUARY 10 FEBRUARY 14 MARCH 13 APRIL 10 MAY 08 JUNE 12 JULY 10 AUGUST 14 SEPTEMBER 11 SEPTEMBER 28 ( nal budget hearing) 5:05pm OCTOBER 09 NOVEMBER 13 DECEMBER 11 406152 ON 12/23/2011 17 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 ACROSS 1 Techie talk, e.g. 7 They have guards on both sides of them: Abbr. 11 Roman sun god 14 Nine follower? 15 Menageries 16 Worldwide workers gp. 17 Marinara, for one 19 Marked, in a way 20 Winter coat 21 Pusher pursuer 22 The gamut 23 __ II, king who founded Borg (now Sarpsborg) 25 Moor 28 Pentagon bigwigs 32 Swindle 33 Philip __: 16thcentury Italian saint 34 Only just 36 Cheri who played Gail Hailstorm in Scary MovieŽ 38 First person in Berlin? 40 Yearned 41 Reliant Stadium NFL team 43 Latin quarters? 45 French possessive 46 Not serious 49 Artful dodges 50 Mention with an ulterior motive 51 Finish shooting 53 Eldest Younger gang member 55 Louisvilles river 59 Air base? 60 Part of an axon (and what 17-, 28and 46Across each has?) 63 Feverish, say 64 Natural balm 65 Browbeat 66 One of a jazz duo? 67 Its often seen under a cap 68 Swindle DOWN 1 Scribbles 2 Soon, poetically 3 San __ 4 Commit a service infraction 5 Torontos prov. 6 Nursery arrival 7 Winter Palace figure 8 Sensitive 9 One Thousand and One NightsŽ bird 10 GPS heading 11 Intuition 12 Spread on the table 13 One of Polands three most populous cities 18 Exotic honeymoon, perhaps 22 Asteroids maker 24 Winter coat features 26 Withdraw 27 Wyoming tribe 28 Choral piece 29 Unyielding 30 MonsterŽ (2003) co-star 31 Streamlined 32 No-frills bed 35 NFL gains 37 What the mouse did clockwise? 39 Radio moniker 42 Take to court 44 Collision preceder 47 Money set aside 48 Lyric poems 51 Crackerjack 52 Run the show 54 Bakery appliance 56 Cotton CandyŽ trumpeter 57 Not left out: Abbr. 58 Curved molding 60 Henpeck 61 Strange MagicŽ band 62 __-turn By Gary J. Whitehead (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 01/06/11 01/06/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com CROSSWORD PUZZLE PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice Merry Christmas

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net € 1200 S.Parrott Ave. 3000-M: Treasure Island 3 bedroom 2 bath DWMH. All double pane windows and sliding glass door. Two carport, 2 sheds, screened rm, back porch. $58,900 MLS #205163 5005-H: Lakeport Waterfront on a large corner lot. Concrete Seawall, workshop, porch, ceramic tile floors. Needs some TLC. $132,000 NOW $99,900 MLS #205347 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 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 1126 S. Parrott Ave in White House PlazaLori, Holly, J.D., Sherry &Mandy(863) 763-6000www.MixonGroup.com Warm Holiday HugsMerry Christmas & 18 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Okeechobee Main Street has announced the winners in their window decorating contest. Overall Winner Absolutely Art Gallery Large Window First PlaceOkeechobee Discount Drugs Second PlaceToni’s Chic Boutique Honorable MentionBank of America Small Window First PlaceAddington’s Satellite Second PlaceFlower Petals Honorable Mention14K Gold Store Honorable MentionColour Me Crazy Hair Salon Outdoor/Window First PlacePat’s Floral Design Second PlaceSeacoast National BankSouth Honorable MentionRustic Star Antiques Main Street announces contest winners Special to the Okeechobee News/ Freedom OutreachGolf tournament winnersFreedom Outreach Ministry Golf Tournament held at Blue Heron Golf Course on Dec. 11, 2011. First Place Winners were Max Sherry, Kenny Curren, Danny Fuletta and George Fuletta. Danny Fuletta was also the winner of the Longest Drive, and the Chipping Contest. George Fuletta was the winner of the Closest to the Pin Contest. Second Place Winners in the Freedom Outreach Ministry Golf Tournament on Dec. 11 were Noel Stephen, Tommy Ziglar (not pictured), Chris Dodd and Robert Cook. Third Place Winners in the Freedom Outreach Ministry Golf Tournament were John Trent, Mark Hester, Josh Padgett (not pictured) and Jeb Chandler (not pictured). Winner of the Putting Contest at the Freedom Outreach Ministry Golf Tournament on Dec. 11 was Jeff Fadley.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Staff Of The Okeechobee News Wishes Everyone A Merry ChristmasDisplay AdvertisingFriday, December 23 @ 3 pm For Wednesday December 28 The Okeechobee News will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 19 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News25 years in businessFresenius Medical Care Okeechobee recently hosted an Open House at their dialysis clinic to celebrate the clinic’s 25th anniversary. The facility, located at 201 S.W. 16th Street, across from the library, enables Fresenius Medical Care’s local team of expert medical professionals to better serve the growing dialysis community in the Okeechobee area. For more information on the local clinic, please call 1-863-467-7654 or visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com. Pictured from left to right are: Janet Mann, R.N., C.N.N., clinical manager; Dr. Muthuswami Ramachandran, former medical director; Scott Yerger, director of operations; Gary Strange, regional vice president; and Dr. Zeidy Roche, newly appointed medical director. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News E & E Automotive, a xture in Okeechobee since 1968, announces their new location at 3431 U.S. 441 N. The business is operated by Steve Detweiler, who has been in the automotive repair business for 12 years, and his wife, Julia, who manages the of ce. The new building has the latest in equipment to provide full repair service for cars and light trucks, This includes everything except tires. E & E Automotive works on air conditioning, transmissions, engines, brakes, radiators and does tune ups. Towing is available. Mr. Detweiler and his employees have total combined experience of about 90 years. E & E Automotive is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 863-763-2666. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Automotive repair shop moves into new building Okeechobee Ne2ws/ Pete GawdaSteve Detweiler and his employees at E & E Automotive have 90 years combined experience. Posing in their new location at 3431 U.S. 441 N. are, left to right, Bill Ginane, Mr. Detweiler, John Fuller, Darin Arnold and Brad Chism.

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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 20 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 On Dec. 2, belt adv ancement testing was held at Russ Adams Taekwondo America. The results of the testing included:  White to Yellow Belt: Hailey Armstrong, Emily Beaty, Erick Garcia, Gerardo Garcia, Rocio Garcia, Saleena Hilderbrand and Jessie Krall;  Yellow to Orange Belt: Piper Hans, Shawn Hood, Blayne O’Cain and Kelsi O’Cain.  Orange to Senior Orange Belt: Kevin Townsend and Shawn Townsend. Sr.  Orange to Green Belt: Kado Caron, A imee Rumbaugh, Ashley Skinner, Abigail Smith, Christian Smith, Mark Smith and Robert Smith.  Green to Senior Green Belt: Ariana Cortez, Brook Krall and Tyler Striebel.  Senior Green to Purple Belt: Emily Hilderbrand.  Purple to Senior Purple Belt: Gatlin Hilderbrand.  Blue to Senior Blue Belt: Jesse Entwistle.  Second Degree Black Belt to second Degree Decided Black Belt: Christian O’Connor. Taekwondo students advance in belt testing Special to the Okeechobee News/ Russ Adams TaekwondoThese are the students at the Russ Adams Taekwondo America studio.



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Friday, December 23, 2011 50 Plus ta x Vol. 102 No. 153 13.74 feetLast Year: 12.53 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Local residents face drug charges ... Page 5 Theatre holds auditions ... Page 3 OHS soccer team in tourney ... Page 12 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Nicholas Hayford has a penchant for playing a claw machine game at a local restaurant and, because hes good at it, some local needy children will now have a better Christmas. On Monday, Dec. 12, Nicholas and his mother loaded up a large bag with 50 stuffed animals and gave them to the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO) so they could be given to area children. I decided it would be good for other little boys and girls to have them, said Nicholas, 9. My parents (John and Minta) inspired me to donate them to the sheriff. Sheriff May said half of the toys will be given to the Fraternal Order of Police Shop with a Cop event and the other half will go to My Aunts House. We read so much in papers about what our young people are doing wrong. Heres an example of a young man doing the right thing with the Christmas spirit, said Sheriff May. There are a lot of good young people in the community and they are the majority, not the minority. Nicholas, a fourth grade student at South Elementary School, said he loves to play the Fantasy World claw machine at Lunkers Sports Grill. And hes apparently very good at it because about three-fourths of his donation came from that very machine. Boys game skill brings Christmas joy to others Submitted photo/Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ceSheriff Paul May (left) and Major Noel Stephen (right) happily accept a donation of 50 stuffed animals from Nicholas Hayford (center). Nicholas, 9, won a majority of the stuffed animals by playing a claw game at a local restaurant. See TOYS Page 2 Special to the Okeechobee News/Frank CokerHoliday boat paradeButchs Redneck Yacht Club organized the annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Taylor Creek on Saturday. Anyone with a boat decorated for the holidays was welcome to participate. For more photos online, see the Okeechobee News Facebook page. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News As South Florida enters the dry season, area residents are advised to take precautions against wild res. Residents need to enjoy the holidays and be cautious with anything that can start a wild re, explained Melissa Yunas of the Florida Forestry Service. Wednesday, in Okeechobee County, we had a 15-acre wild re caused by a camp re escape. We are drying out slowly and we are seeing infrequent small wild res started by careless people, Ms. Yunas continued. Thanks to near-record rainfall in October, the Dry season can bring re dangerSee FIRE Page 2 County commission meeting brief ... Page 3

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Thats my favorite thingits on top of the list, he said. He added that its taken him a few years, and a lot of quarters, to build up his collection. Minta said she got the idea to donate the toys from a newspaper article detailing how area law enforcement had given stuffed animals to children. We tried this a year ago, but he couldnt part with them, she said. We went through this again and he decided it was time. She went on to say that her son is more inclined to collect the toys, and keep them in his toy chest, than play with them. So when Nicholas nally decided it was time to donate some of his toys, he enlisted the help of his father, John, the executive director of the Okeechobee Utility Authority, then donated his time and bagged each toy separately. Nicholas admitted that giving up some of the toys wasnt easy and that he chose to hold on to some because they mean a lot to me. None the less, he decided that he wanted to share his collection with anybody who needs them, and who would really enjoy them. Nicholas also said he hasnt talked with his classmates about his donation. But, if he did, he would tell them if they have toys, it w ould be really nice to donate. As for his Christmas wish, Nicholas said he wants a black Labrador puppy that he will name T-Bone. That name is a derivative, of sorts, of former University of Florida football star Tim Tebow. Tebow is now the starting signal caller for the NFLs Denver Broncos. I thought that (T-Bone) would be a perfect name because dogs like bones, explained Nicholas. I tell Santa that I want him to be playful. After what he has done for others, surely Jolly Ol St. Nick will grant Nicholas wish so he wont have to rely on getting one from the claw machine. TOYSContinued From Page 1 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. DARKDEAL2 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 DEAL1 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 MEAL7 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 MEAL8 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 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. DEWORMYOURCATTLETHEEASYWAYWITHOURNEWSAFE-GUARD C C attle Cubes Safe-guardMolasses Blocks Safe-guardMolasses Stop In For Details Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee 763-6905 2 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Today: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming southeast between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.Extended ForecastSaturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind around 5 mph. Christmas Day: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Sunday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast county is in better shape this year than in 2010. Ms. Yunas said the when the vegetation starts to turn brown, the danger of wild re increases. In December 2010, the Florida Forestry Service responded to numerous res including 30 wild res in Okeechobee County that burned a total of 1,296 acres. So far this month, the service has only responded to one wild re that burned 15 acres. The Florida Forest Service advises residents to maintain a clean, lean, green, zone around their homes. The most critical area is a zone of defensible space within 30 feet of the structure. Some tips for maintaining this include: Eliminating any ammable vegetation in contact with the structure; Thinning out trees and shrubs so there is 10 to 15 feet between the tree crowns; Pruning tree limbs to a height of 6 to 10 feet; Replacing highlyammable landscape material with plant materials having a higher w ater content; Replacing ammable mulch adjacent the structure with gravel or rock; and, Eliminating ladder fuels near the structure that might carry a surface re to the roof or eaves. Ms. Yunas said controlled burns are allowed with the proper permits. These res must be monitored so that they do not become wild res. In some cases, such as in state parks, burning off dead underbrush with a controlled burn can actually prevent future wild res. We are currently in that window where conditions are favorable to burn, Ms. Yunas said. The Florida Forest Service extends authorizations to individuals, businesses and agencies to burn. Farmers, land developers, ranchers, land managers, citrus growers and many more use this time to burn for various reasons. This extended rainfall into our typical dry season is so bene cial to the businesses all across the Treasure Coast. Whether the burning is conducted for animal habitation, new home/business/road construction, food or wild re reduction this extended wet period is bene ting the Treasure Coast residents. Ms. Yunas said she hopes everyone has a happy and safe holiday weekend. Last year I missed Christmas Day because of all the wild res in Okeechobee, she recalled. I am happy that conditions are less likely for a large scale wild re but weather can change the situation quickly. So enjoy the holidays and please be cautious so all rst responders can enjoy the season as well. FIREContinued From Page 1 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds hunters that antlerless deer season does not apply on FWC-managed lands that are part of its public hunting system. Most of these 163 public hunting areas were established as wildlife management areas, but others were established as wildlife and environmental areas, national wildlife refuges, military bases, public-use areas, public small-game hunting areas and places such as the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area was established and included in the states public hunting area system during the 2009-2010 hunting season. Those who hunt Kissimmee Chain enjoy many hunting opportunities that are usually allowed only on private property. Some of these opportunities include long hunting seasons, a crossbow season, a fall turkey season and year-round hog hunting. There also are no quota permits required for any of the areas hunting seasons, and hunters dont even need the $26 management area permit to hunt there, like they do on nearly every other public hunting area. But there is one important hunting regulation difference between Kissimmee Chain and private lands: the take of antlerless deer (does and bucks with antlers less than 5 inches in length) is prohibited during all hunting seasons on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area. So, while the antlerless deer season in Zone B might be running Dec. 26 Jan. 1, this seven-day season does not occur on Kissimmee Chain, or on any other established public hunting area in the state. Before hunting on any public hunting area, or even setting foot on one, the FWC advises to rst read the rules and regulations brochures published for each area, which can be found at MyFWC.com/Hunting and selecting WMA Brochures. Established public hunting areas do not have 7-day antlerless deer season

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By Pete Gawda Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee County Commissioners may have set a record for brevity with a 35minute meeting on Thursday, Dec. 22. The only action they took beyond approving routine items was to recognize Okeechobee County Senior Services Division Administrative Assistant Patricia Williams upon her retirement. A good portion of the meeting was spent discussing, but taking no action, on a resolution in support of the position of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon which opposed the restructuring of the regional water management districts. Commissioner Frank Irby, the commissions representative to the coalition, said the resolution before the commission was in support of resolution passed by the coalition which he said expressed broad overall support of water management. He said it was proposed by the representative from Broward County. Commissioner Irby said there appeared to be some concern at the recent coalition meeting that something in Tallahassee might change concerning the water management districts. However, he went on to say that there was no clari cation of what those changes might be. While the resolution referred to the coalitions opposition to proposals for centralization, command and control of our regional and local water resources by state government, Commissioner Irby said no such proposals were presented at the coalition meeting. My sense was that the counties were trying to rally support of the things we are already doing, Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management Districts (SFWMD) Okeechobee Service Center, who attended the coalition meeting, told commissioners. I took it as a vote of support for whats going on. However, commissioners found the resolution to be too vague. I dont understand what I am being asked to support or oppose, stated Commissioner Joey Hoover. Its too vague for me, was the opinion of Commissioner Ray Domer. Commissioner Bryan Culpepper wanted to see more background. In an informational presentation to the board on other topics, Mr. Ritter stated that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) projects can take up to six years for approval. He said that the COE was trying to streamline the process to 18 months for the Central Everglades Restoration Projects. He stated that at the beginning of Dec. the COE began making pulse releases to the Caloosahatchee. However, Mr. Ritter said the releases equaled the amount of water coming into the lake from the Kissimmee River. He said work on the Henry Creek boat ramp would begin the rst week in January. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. County commission discusses water management The Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) is seeking local adults and young people to ll the ten available acting roles in its upcoming production of The Diary of A nne Frank. The celebrated World War II-era drama is scheduled to be presented on March 2, 3, 9 and 10. Previous performing experience is not necessary, according to OCT Coordinator, Ron Hayes. Whats needed is a desire to be part of an exciting and rewarding activity, w hich is also a lot of fun. The play contains three of live theatres most coveted roles for teenagers, as well as choice parts for four adult males and three adult females. Anne Frank herself needs to appear to be in her early teens. Her sister, Margot, and the male role of Peter must appear to be in their mid to late teens. The available adult roles cover a range of ages. As with all parts, appearance is more important than the performers actual age. Hair styles and make-up will be used, as needed, to help create the appropriate look. Try-outs are not intimidating and are designed to be fun. Those who audition are given the opportunity to read a short dramatic passage on stage, to demonstrate their voice quality and stage presence. No prepared material is required. Auditions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 3 and 5 at 7 p.m. at the theatre on the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, S.W. Second Avenue at Seventh Street, one block west of Golden Corral restaurant. Participants need to attend only one of the two nights. In addition to actors, the OCT also has a need for help to build the set, work backstage, and to run lights and sound. The willingness to serve and to learn is the only requirement for these positions. Volunteers should attend one of the audition sessions to sign up. Following its premier on Broadway, The Diary of Anne Frank was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for drama, along with a Tony Award for Best Play. The movie version which followed was nominated for nine Academy Awards and was the winner of three. The play is based upon the book, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. It tells the tragic true story of two Jewish families in Amsterdam that go into hiding in a cramped attic for more than two years in the unsuccessful attempt to escape Hitlers Nazi tyranny. The story is told through the eyes of young Anne, from the entries made in the diary she kept while in hiding. Despite its serious theme, the play depicts the families attempts to go about their daily activities as normally as possible, and it even includes the rst feelings of young love. As a result, the play is often light-hearted and funny. Advance reserved seat tickets to the sho w will go on sale in early February, on a date to be announced. The Okeechobee Community Theatre, now in its 33rd year, is an all-volunteer organization of local residents who produce Broadway-style musicals, comedies and dramas. It is a member of the American Association of Community Theatre and the Florida Theatre Conference. Anyone interested in more information on the theatre, including its other volunteer opportunities, or how to purchase tickets, may call Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-7631307, or visit the theatre website, http:/ / okeecommunitytheatre.com. 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Since July 1, 1991 Ms. Williams has been employed by the Okeechobee County Senior Services Division as the Information and Referral Specialist and Administrative Assistant. Commission Chairperson Margaret Garrard Helton, right, presented the proclamation to Ms. Williams, left. In her remarks Ms. Williams thanks the commission and the senior services division. You will be greatly missed, Comm. Helton said.

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Health care Who pays for the Universal Healthc are? How much does each individual pay, or do we once again task the rich? If Donald Trump is charged for it, shouldnt he be allowed to tap that system? If Rush Limbaughs wife gets sick, are the taxpayers on the hook? Are medical services to b e nationalized and have rates set by the Govt. bean-counters? What type of Specialized Doctors do you think well see in the future if there is no monetary gain to be had? What about the American Serviceman, s hould he (or she) be charged for their own health care? Universal Healthcare raises more questions than answers. And anytime t he Govt. gets involved, things invariably go from bad to worse. I think losing your job does not cause y ou to lose access to healthcare, but your ability to PAY for health care is impacted. Employee sponsored healthcare is not really free. On another note, I am disappointed t hat OBamacare does not address any tort reform. After all, he has Eric Holder bending the second amendment all out of shape, w hy not the medical law suit industry. What if someone wanted to be, say, an artist, and could make a living selling his w orks. A person like that should have access t o affordable health care without having to b e tied to a company. Same would apply to s omeone who works only part time, or runs a taco stand as a small business. A better example for Okeechobee would be someone w ho owns a small, three-employee trucking c ompany, or is an owner-operator. Shouldnt t hey be able to get affordable health insurance? How about a person who owns a lawn maintenance business?One by one Independents are the ones who will rock the vote. Personally, I like and dislike ideas from both main parties. Neither side is really appealing at all. Cest la vie. To those who blame the liberal media for the problems Republican candidates face, how do you suppose the liberal media got Cain to send money and make phone calls to his ho, and harass the other women, just so they would have a story to write? How did they get Newt a $1.6 million job at Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, just in time to pay his $300,000 ne for lying to the federal ethics panel? The truth is, politicians provide enough fault on their own, without some invisible liberal media doing it for them. Theyve sensationalized the dirt dug up on the Republican candidates, while turning a blind eye to serious issues like Fast and Furious, Solyndra, etc., etc. The main stream media spent weeks on Herman Cain, have conveniently ignored Ron Paul and are now going after Newt. One by one.Santa visits I didnt see Santa on the re truck but I saw Santa riding a motorcycle on SW 15th Street Monday afternoon! Seems that Santa is a really diversified man!! Ive now heard of him on motorcycles, boats, firetrucks, Pick up trucks, not to mention his sleigh!! Also, Im pretty sure him and Mrs. Santa drove by our house last night to see the lights! If not, it was a really good look alike or should I say one of Santas helpers!Christmas I hope that in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas rush, people take a few minutes to stop and remember the real meaning of Christmas. We are celebrating because God so loved the world that he sent his only son to save us. Christmas is about sacri cing for the good of others and about showing love to all mankind. Its about treating others with kindness. If we could all just learn that lesson and keep Christmas in our hearts all year, what an amazing world this would be. Support appreciatedFreedom Outreach Ministry would like to thank everyone who participated in the bene t golf tournament on Dec. 11. We would also like to thank the local sponsors who helped make this day a success: Advance Auto Parts, All Upholstery, Andrew J. Bowers, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Area Agency on Aging, Attorney Roger Azcona, Auto Zone, Backyard Bar BBQ, Beef OBradys, Blue Heron Golf Club, Buxton Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, Car Quest, Creech Construction, CVS Pharmacy, Ding A Ling Deli, Dr. Brennan, OD, Dr. M. Garcia, MD, Dr. Shariff, DPM, Dr. Pangillnan, MD, Domers, Inc., Dr. Villarreal, DO, East Coast Signs and Shirts, Fly N Hi, Frank Irby, Golden Corral, Lawn Tamer, Lightseys Restaurant, Los Cocos Restaurant, Mega-Nursing, Mama Flegos Restaurant, Moms Kitchen, Oil Can, Okeechobee Big Lake VFW, Okeechobee Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Pats Floral Design, Professional Respiratory, Publix Supermarket, Sheriff Paul May, Smokin Pink BBQ and Catering, Tucker Real Estate, Quik Change Oil and Lube Center, Walmart and Winn Dixie. Freedom Outreach MinistriesChristmas festival and paradeThe Christmas Season has long been recognized as an opportunity for communities and families to come together, share holiday memories, tell stories, sample homemade baked goods and watch the joy of small children as they anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. The 2011 Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and Parade provided those opportunities for our friends and family in Okeechobee, as the lure of baked goods, sugary treats, hot chocolate and other delectable items lled the air while visitors shopped for home made jewelry, candles, wooden boxes and other treasures and awaited Santa as they enjoyed the lights, music, sounds and warmth of the holiday season during the annual Christmas Parade. Okeechobee Main Street would like to extend a holiday thank-you to everyon e involved in making this event a success. Thanks to our vendors and non-pro t agencies who participated in the festival and to all who took the time and effort to entertain th e community by participating in the Christmas Parade. Thanks to the City of Okeechobee, the Okeechobee Police Department and th e Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce. Love to our volunteers, who unfailingly work each event from set-up to clean-up including Fran k DeCarlo, John Creasman, Keith Stripling, Paul Mitchell, Merrilee Berglund, Linda Woloski, Damien Kaye, Shelly Doyle, Bridgett e Waldau, Kathleen Shatto, Lisa Watts, Jerr y Trout, Dale Nolan and Jenny Vickers. A big thanks to our judges for our various events during this Christmas seasonBridgett e Waldau, Rafael Pacheco, Terry Burrows, Maureen Burrows, and Bill Dover. Okeechobee Main Street would also like to recogniz e our advertising partners who never let us down in promoting our events throughou t the yearspecial thanks to Billy Dean and WOKC radio, the Okeechobee News, th e Pennysaver and Okeechobee-the Magazine. Finally, a gigantic thanks to the Okeechobee community and businesses who continue to support the efforts of Okeechobe e Main Street, who participate in events, and share our goals and interest in improving our town while remembering our past. W e have received wonderful support this yea r from the City of Okeechobee, the City o f Okeechobee Police Department, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce as well as our fellow non-pro t organizations. We look forward to the future with hope for a brighte r economy, but also realizing that the job can get done with hard work and the suppor t of our local, caring friends and neighbors. Okeechobee Main Street would like to tak e this opportunity to wish everyone a ver y Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday season and a warm and prosperous New Year. Okeechobee Main Street Friday, December 23, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We PledgeTo operate this newspaper as a public trust To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. To provide a right to reply to those we write about. To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Foster parents needed Free training program availableHibiscus Childrens Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. There is a tremendous need for loving and nurturing Foster Parents in all four counties on the Treasure Coast. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A traf c stop by narcotics of cers in Wauchula, Dec. 2, resulted in the arrest of a convicted felon from Okeechobee and his passenger after the discovery of a digital scale that contained methamphetamine residue, a glass smoking pipe, a pair of brass knuckles and two small bags that contained 8.6 grams of methamphetamines, Hardee County Sheriff Detective Matthew Whatley said Wednesday. Wallace Stewart, 33, of NW 102nd Street, also face charges in St. Lucie County that resulted from a May arrest in Fort Pierce on charges that include possession w ith the intent to sell, manufacture and or deliver methamphetamines, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Department of Corrections said Stewart served 13 months of an 18-month prison sentence for a 2007 Okeechobee case on charges that included sale, manufacture or delivery of methamphetamines, traf cking in stolen property, cocaine possession, and eeing and attempting to elude law enforcement. The Hardee County arrest was the result of an alert of cer who spotted Stewart at a Walmart Parking lot on U.S. 17 and conducted a drivers license check which revealed his license had been suspended on numerous occasions. A Sheriffs K-9 unit under the direction of the Clay Nicholson found illegal items in the center console of the vehicle. Jessica Norman, 30, of Okeechobee, was charged with possession of methamphetamine. The Detective said they found methamphetamine in a black pouch on her under garments. Stewart was arrested on May 1 in Fort Pierce after St. Lucie Deputies said they located $50 worth of methamphetamines, a small amount of marijuana, and over $1,000 in cash on the suspect who they had identied as a suspect in a burglary there. He was booked into the St. Lucie Jail earlier this week and held without bond. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL NON-DENOMINATIONAL 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 CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR Come worship with us. Sunday 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com List Your Church!!! Call 863-763-3134 or Email okeeadsales@newszap.com Life Community Church L L iving I n F aith E verydayChristmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 p.m.701 South Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, Fl (863) 763-7800 Pastor Jim Waters PUBLIC IS INVITED! 301 NE 4thAve. (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70ESpecial ChristmasWorship Service Friday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. NO Service Christmas Day For more information, please contact the church office at 863-763-3736 Abundant Blessings4550 U.S. Hwy 441 NorthChristmas Eve Candlelight Servicewith Communion 5 p.m. 6 p.m. The Christmas Story told by Simeon. Christmas Carols will be sung ASSEMBLY OF GOD ASSEMBLY OF GOD For more information, please contact the church office at 863-763-3736 Abundant Blessings4550 U.S. Hwy 441 NorthChristmas Day10 a.m. Sermon: The Real Spirit of Christmas Special Live Characters:by Rudolph, Frosty and Santa With Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in the Manager 5 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Okeechobee residents arrested on drug charges By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A traf c stop for no operational tag lights on State Road 710 resulted in the discovery of a large bag of marijuana, oxycodone pills, a grinder and ve marijuana cigarettes made from Cognac Cigarillo cigars and the arrest of an Okeechobee man on Dec. 18, Martin County Sheriffs deputies reported. Cory Estes, 25, of SE 57th Drive, was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended with knowledge. His passenger Christina Merzlak, 32, of Fort Lauderdale, was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of oxycodone. Mr. Estes was held on $11,150 bond and Merzlak on $20,750 bond at the Martin County Jail according to the arrest report from Deputy Sheriff Jon Folbrecht. The report stated 34 grams of marijuana w as seized along with a small dachshund dog that was turned over to animal control. Okeechobee man faces drug charges Wallace Stewart Jessica Norman Health and Safety Expo plannedThe Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo is looking for vendorsindoors or out. Booth space is free, but you must register! The Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m. p.m., Agri-Civic Center. For information or a registration form, please call 763-4625000 ext. 257.

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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.Samuel Sam Edwin Patterson Jr., 55OKEECHOBEE Samuel Sam Edwin Patterson Jr., age 55, of Okeechobee, passed awa y Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at his home. He was born March 27, 1956, in Martinsville, Va. He came to Okeechobee 35 years ago from Virginia. He was the owner/operator of the A&B Motor Sales and was of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Patterson Sr. His is survived by his mother, Thelma Parker of Okeechobee; brothers, Jeff Patterson of Florida and Keith Jordon of Georgia; daughters, Wendy Bemis-Albertson of Belmont, Calif., Samantha Cathe y and Vanessa Hall, both of Manila, Ark., Cind y Patterson of Searcy, Ark.; eight grandchildren, Raven, Jenna, Grace, Garrett, Ronnie, Jr., Joseph, Lydia and Riley. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Christmas Day services will be held at V ictory Baptist Church, 500 SW 9th St. There will be special music and message for this very special day. Service times are: Sunday morning, 10:45 a.m. and evening at 7 p.m. For more information, call 863-7630669. Life Community Church, 701 S. Parrott A ve. will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Okeechobee Christian Church will have a special candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 24. An inspirational message will be given by pastor Jim McCutchen; as well as a special music service. Communion will be served at that time. Then Christmas day after you have opened your gifts at home, come join us to share the true gift of Christmas, the good news of our Savior. Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Okeechobee Presbyterian Church presents Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. 6 p.m., Light in the Darkness! The service will feature the timeless message of Christs descent into human time with carols and readings and interactive worship. Address: 312 N. Parrott Ave. (by Buxtons across from Five Guys). Also, Okeechobee Presbyterian Church offers Christmas Morning Worship at 10 a.m., with interactive prayers, songs and Scripture -a great chance to worship Christ on Christmas Day, and instruct the family in the meaning of the season! All are welcome. Address: 312 N. Parrott Ave. Churches plan Christmas services Eagles host Friday steak dinner nightThe Eagles North Aerie will have a steak night on Dec. 23 from 5:30 until 9 p.m. Music will be by Show Nuff. Proceeds go to F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee, 863-7632552.Cypress Hut Eagles to host steak nightFriday, Dec. 23, the Cypress Hut Eagles w ill be having Steak, Fish or Shrimp Dinners. Music by The Harpers. Proceeds to go to Community Charity Fund. Public welcome. V FW hosts holiday eventsVFW #4423, 300 NW 34th St. will be celebrating the holiday season with lots of music. Friday, Dec. 23, the grill will be open 5 p.m. with Steve on a Stick hosting Karaoke 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, there will be burgers on the grill 12-2 p.m. and Sandoone w ill be hosting Karaoke 5-8 p.m. Sunday, the post will be hosting a Christmas Dinner (free to post members & $6.50 for non-members). They will be serving Turkey, Ham, Smoked Sausage & all the trimmings. Music/Karaoke w ill be hosted by D & K Karaoke from 4-? pm. Be sure to join in the holiday fun. All proceeds will go toward Veteran Assistance Programs.Eagles host Bingo nightOn Dec. 27, the Eagles North Aerie, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, will have Bingo starting at 1 p.m. Okeechobee. Proceeds go to F.O.E.4137 community bene t fund.2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Pageant plannedApplications 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 Elis Western Wear or Southern Style for pageant. For more information, email Audrey@missrodeookeechobee.org, call 863-801-5258, or visit w ww.missrodeookeechobee.org Deadline is Dec. 30Call for Past Okeechobee Rodeo QueensThe Okeechobee County Cattlewomens Association is 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.VFW Post 9528 to host New Years Eve PartyVFW 9528 Buckhead Ridge will host New Years Eve festivities on Saturday, Dec. 31 with prime rib dinner served with baked potato beginning at 6 until 9 p.m. Music from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. by Cowboy; 50-50 drawing, door prizes, party favors, breakfast buffet after midnight. Advance tickets available at post no reservations. For more information, please call 863-467-2882. Come enjoy good food, music and fellowship. Best value in town $15 donation. Proceeds will bene t homeless veterans.Eagles North plans New Years Eve DanceDec. 31, Eagles North is having a New Years Eve Dance and Music by Our own Cabbage Patch Boys. Food throughout the evening, all you can eat, and a Midnight breakfast for a $5 donation per person, No take outs on the food. Proceeds from the food go to the Ladies Auxiliary Community Bene t Fund. Faith Farm to hold New Years Eve praise and worshipFaith Farm Ministries of Okeechobee, invites all who would come, to a time of praise/prayer/worship on New Years Eve, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m. The facility is located at 7595 N.E. 128th Ave. All area ministers are welcome to come pray for our county and country as 2012 begins. Refreshments will be served. Dress is casual. For info: 863-7636987 or 863-763-4224.Free memory screeningThe Alzheimers Association will hold free memory screenings on Monday, Jan. 9, by appointment. Time: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park Street. If you are any age, and concerned about memory loss, call 1-800861-7826, Ext. 501 and make an appointment.Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Helton on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon, and will be held in Commissioner Heltons of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 261, Okeechobee. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-7636441 to schedule an appointment. Health and Safety Expo planned for Jan. 28The Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo is looking for vendors. Vendors can choose booth space inside the Agri Civic Center or set-up outside to share their health and/or safety related service with the community. Booth space is free, but you must register! The Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m. p.m., Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. For more information or to pick up a registration form, please call 763-462-5000 ext. 257.Pet Rescue announces holiday scheduleOkeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue facility will be closed to the public Dec. 2226. Volunteers are desperately needed to help with the animals during the holidays.Orchid Club meeting changeThere will be no Orchid Club or Garden club meeting in December. The next meetings will be Monday, Jan. 23.ARC Thrift Store needs donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, etc. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. Call 863-763-2419.Shared Services Network to meet on Jan. 13The Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2005 CHEVY SILVERADOVICTORY RED, 67K MI., #P4132 $22,950ONLYSOME VEHICLE PHOTOS ARE APPROXIMATE LIKENESS TO THE IN STOCK INVENTORY. ALL VEHICLES ADVERTISED ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. VEHICLES 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. 2010 TOYOTA TACOMA V6PYRITE MICA, 22K MI., #11536B$24,950 2009 F-150 PLATINUMSUPER CREW, 4X4$34,950ONLY 2002 TOYOTA TACOMA SUPER WHT., 48K MI., #111026A$8,950ONLY ONLY 2006 JEEP WRANGLER XBRT. SILVER, 32K MI., #11752A1$15,950ONLY 2007 FORD RANGER XLPUEBLO GOLD, 57K MI., #P4235$9,950ONLY2006 ECONOLINE CARGOOXF. WHT., 114K MI., #11840A$8,995ONLY 2011 FORD F-150 XLOXFORD WHITE, 3K MI. #11652A $19,136ONLY2008 FORD F-250 XLOXF. WHT., 43K MI., #11625A$23,950ONLY 2008 FORD F-150 LARIATFOREST GRN, 51K MI. #11520A$25,950ONLY2011 ECONOLINE CARGOOXF. WHT., 27K MI., #P4174$19,950ONLY 2010 JEEP WRANGLERSTONE WHT.,12K MI. #12467A$26,950ONLY2011 FORD RANGER XLTBLACK, 6K MI. #11343A$20,950ONLY 2011 GMC TERRAIN SLT-2ONYX BLACK, 5K MI. #111005A$29,950ONLY 2008 FORD F-250 XLTSHAD. GREY, 72K MI., #11802B1$29,950ONLY 2010 FORD F-150 LARIATTUXEDO BLK., 9K MI., #12442A $35,950ONLYJUST ARRIVED! 2011 FORD F-150 LARIAT5L V8, LARIAT PLUS AND CHROME PACKAGE, MOONROOF, NAV, LEATHER, TAILGATE STEP, TWO-TONE #11567 $34,995NOW JUST WAS $45,280!2011 FORD TAURUS SHOSILVER, HEATED/COOLED SEATS, MOONROOF, BLINDSPOT MONITOR, VOICE ACTIVATED NAV, 20 RIMS, LEATHER, LOADED, DEMO #11206 $36,995NOW JUST WAS $44,640!SAVE $7,000! LAST ONE!2011 FORD EXPEDITION XLT & LTD $37,399STARTING AT JUST ONLY 5 LEFT!2012 SHELBY MUSTANGSHELBY GT 500, RACE RED, 540 HP, SVT PERFORMANCE PKG, RECARO SEATS #12010 $49,972NOW JUST WAS $55,085!HURRY! LAST ONE!2011 FORD FOCUS SEWELL EQUIPPED! #12185 $2,500 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$175 LEASE FOR JUST2011 FORD FUSION SEWELL EQUIPPED! #12377 $2,995 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$189 LEASE FOR JUST2011 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!YEAR END PRE-OWNED TRUCK CLEARANCE SALE! 7 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011

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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Joseph Hubbard, 21, of N.E. 28th Lane, w as arrested Dec. 20 and charged with domestic battery by strangulation. OSCO Deputy Paul Jackson was the arresting of cer. Carlena Denise Gain, 35, of S.E. 14th Ct., was arrested Dec. 20 and charged with V iolation of Probationobtaining prescription by fraud. No bond was set. OCSO John Hazy was the arresting of cer. Bobby Gene Newton, 32, of N.E. Seventh Lane, was arrested Dec. 20 on an Osceola County warrant and charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. Bond was set at $7,000. Justin David Conrad, 19, of N.W. 31st Avenue, was arrested on Dec. 21 on a charge of DUI. Bond was set at $750. OSCO Cpl. Aric Majere was the arresting of cer. Keith Daniels Billie, 40, of S.W. Park Street, was arrested Dec. 22, charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. OCPD S. Morgan was the arresting of cer. Bond is to be set by the judge. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In this age of exploitive and trashy media, were proud to be different. We believe in operating and publishing our newspaper as a public trust. Fulfilling our public trust requires that we try to bring out the best in our community and its people. We seek the highest common denominators, not the lowest. We dont engage in gutter journalism. We know we can achieve success on the high road. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 8 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News A former Okeechobee High School student who w as arrested and charged w ith drug sales in the 2010 Operation No More drug sting at the school apparently came back for more. Brandon Valentine Cardenas, 20, still on drug offender probation from his Oct. 6, 2010 arrest at school, was arrested by of cers from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on Dec. 20. According to the arrest report, the of cers executed a search warrant on a S.E. 27th Street residence. They found a large plastic bag lled with marijuana in a laundry hamper in the bedroom Cardenas shares with his girlfriend. The substance, which tested positive for marijuana, weighed 158.75 grams. The of cers also found 3.6 grams of marijuana in a baby wipes bag. In another room, the of cers found another gram of marijuana. They also found a digital scale with marijuana residue on it, and a glass smoking bong. According to the report, Cardenas was placed under arrest and transported to the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce. During the post-Miranda interview, he reported told the of cers that he does not smoke marijuana because he is currently on drug offender probation. According to the report, he said he paid $900 for the marijuana and planned to sell it. Cardenas said his girlfriend did not have anything to do with the marijuana. She was not arrested. During the rst two months of the fall semester of 2010, the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, with the help of of cers from other agencies, placed undercover of cers in Okeechobee High School. Posing as students, these undercover of cers collected information on drug sales at the school and at school sponsored events. Following this investigation, 16 OHS students were arrested on Oct. 6, 2010 and charged with selling drugs on a school campus. Warrants were also issued for others, including Carndenas, who were not at school on the day of the arrests. Man arrested in Operation No More again arrested on drug charges Brandon Cardenas Youth Basketball League signups under wayOkeechobee County Parks & Recreation will be conducting sign-ups for the 2012 Youth Basketball League Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Jan. 6. Registration is $40 per child and is being held at 640 NW 27th Lane (in the Sports Complex). The league will consist of boys and girls in three divisions: 10 & under, 12 & nnder, and 14 & nnder. Birth certi cates must be presented when registering. The age determination date is March 15, 2012. For more information, call 763-6950. Coaches, sponsors and volunteers are encouraged to inquire.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCEPLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FLconduct a Public Hearing for the first reading of the following Ordinance into law: 1079: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITYOF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITYOF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA PROVIDING FOR AMENDMENTTO THE CITYS CODE OF ORDINANCES INCLUDING SECTION 30-35 RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AND LOCATION OF COMMERCIALSANITARYGARBAGE CONTAINERS; SECTION 66-1 DEFINITIONS, BYADDING CERTAIN NEW DEFINITIONS AND UPDATING EXISTING DEFINITIONS FOR CLARITYAND CONSISTENCYWITH OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENTREGULATIONS; SECTION 78-36 RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN DEVELOPMENTPROJECTS TO PROVIDE SIDEWALKS ALONG STREETS; SECTIONS 90-103(1), 90-133(1), AND 90-193(2), BYADDING BED AND BREAKFASTESTABLISHMENTS TO THE LISTOF SPECIALEXCEPTION USES IN THE RSF 1, RSF 2, AND RMF DISTRICTS, RESPECTIVELY; SECTIONS 90-135(B)(1) AND 90-196, BYCLARIFYING THE MINIMUM YARD REQUIREMENTS FOR ZERO LOTLINE SINGLE-FAMILYDWELLINGS IN THE RSF 2 AND RMF DISTRICTS; SECTIONS 90-253(1) AND (2) AND 90-282(3) AND (5) BY ADDING LAUNDROMATAND TAKE-OUTRESTAURANTTO THE LISTOF SPECIAL EXCEPTION AND PERMITTED USES IN THE CLTAND CHV DISTRICTS, RESPECTIVELY; BYMODIFYING SECTION 90-316 TO RECTIFYAN INCORRECTREFERENCE; SECTIONS 90-342 AND 90-343 BYMOVING CAF FROM THE LISTOF SPECIALEXCEPTION USES TO THE LISTOF PERMITTED USES IN THE INDUSTRIALDISTRICTAND BYADDING CERTAIN PERSONALSERVICE USES TO THE LISTOF PERMITTED USES IN THE INDUSTRIALDISTRICT; ADDING ANEW SUBSECTION 90-511(e)(6) PROHIBITING PARKING SPACES ADJACENTTO ADRIVEWAYFROM BEING CLOSER THAN 20 FEETTO THE RIGHT-OF-WAYOF APUBLIC ROAD; SECTION 90-512 BYMODIFYING THE OFF-STREETPARKING REQUIREMENTFOR AUTOMOBILE SALES ESTABLISHMENTS; BYDELETING SECTION 90-535 IN ITS ENTIRETYAND INCORPORATING ITS PROVISIONS INTO SECTION 90-534; BYMODIFYING SECTION 90-573(B) TO RECTIFYAN INCORRECTREFERENCE; BYMODIFYING THE TITLE OF DIVISION 9 TO INCLUDE SUPPLEMENTALUSE REGULATIONS; SECTIONS 90-693(3), 90-695(3), AND 90696(3) BYMODIFYING THE MINIMUM SIDE AND REAR YARDS FOR COMMUNITY CENTERS, ADULTFAMILYCARE HOMES OR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES, AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP; BYADDING ANEW SECTION 90-702 SETTING FORTH REGULATIONS SPECIFICALLYPERTAINING TO OUTDOOR VEHICLE SALES LOTS; PROVIDING FOR FINDINGS OF FACT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Acopy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact Administration, (863) 763-3372 x 212. Acopy of the entire application(s) is available at the City Clerks Office during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerks Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by:James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 9 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee NewsShop With a CopThe Okeechobee Fraternal Order of Police once again sponsored the annual Shop With a Cop Christmas bene t for needy children. The Shop With a Cop event was created to provide a Christmas experience for less fortunate children. As an added bene t, the event also creates a positive interaction between the children and local law enforcement. Each child receives a shopping spree of about $100 at the Okeechobee Walmart, accompanied by a uniformed of cer. This year the group shopped on Saturday, Dec. 17. The program helped 19 families, including 45 children. The $4,600 for this years program was raised through a golf tournament in 2010 and from donations from individuals in the community. For more photos, see the Okeechobee News Facebook page. Five years service to OUAAnthony Ortiz was honored for ve years of service to the Okeechobee Utility Authority, at the OUA Board meeting on Dec. 13. Okeechobee News/Charles Mur p h y

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Prices are effective at all participating locations listed upon presentation of this ad. Tire prices do not include local state new tire fee and/or tire disposal fees (see store for details).Tire related products and services are optional if desired. Some tires may be temporarily out of stock. Rain checks available. Please call for availability. No Dealers. No Carry Outs. Plus a 10% shop fee based on pre-invoiced retail price will be added to all service work to cover environmental disposal fees and miscellaneous shop supplies not to exceed $35. Tread design may vary. Sale prices not valid with special orders.tirekingdom.com THE BEST VALUE! and MORE! select: BUY 2 GET 2 FREE!* Buy 2 get 2 FREE and Buy 1 get 1 FREE tire specials valid on purchase of select in-stock Nitto, Yokohama, Cooper (excluding Trendsetter SE) brand tires, Pirelli Scorpion ATR and other brand names with purchase of premium tire installation packages for each tire and a one year wheel alignment on same vehicle at time of purchase through December 31, 2011. No carryouts. Not valid with any other tire discount or offer. While supplies last. See store for details. 4 FOR pricing: SELECT TIRES ON SALE! 14 TIRES AS LOW AS 4 FOR $ 15 TIRES AS LOW AS 4 FOR $ 249! 16 TIRES AS LOW AS 4 FOR $ 299! CALL FOR YOUR SIZE! GET 4 TIRES FOR AS LOW AS $99! SELECT 13 SIZES Valid on select passenger tires. Plus up to 10% shop fee where permitted based on pre-invoiced retail price not to exceed $35. Mounting, balancing and local or state tire fee and/or tire disposal fees extra. Not valid with other offers. No carry-outs. Through December 31, 2011. See store for details. Fluid Exchanges$20OFF Brake Service$50OFF EVERY BRAND. EVERY DAY. FOR LE$$!GUARANTEED! and many MORE! PASSENGER CROSS-OVER PERFORMANCE SUVThe most Michelintires in stock! Oil Change$2499 TIRE ROTATION!* 1595 Hwy. 70 East863467-0083 12 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee rebounded from their rst loss of the season with a 3-1 win over Benjamin to take third place in the Brahman Christmas Tournament on Tuesday at Brahman Stadium. Brian Guerrero scored two goals, one off a pretty corner throw in by Hunter Pritchard, as Okeechobee improved to (11-1-1) on the y ear. Anthony Cicio scored a late goal off an assist from Kyle Ruedisil for the (9-3) Buccaneers. The rst half was rather listless for the Brahmans who had a hangover from their loss to Sebastian River. Both sides had scoring opportunities on corner kicks in the rst few minutes. The match remained scoreless into the 39th minute when the Brahmans scored off a rebound when a Brahman shot hit the side of the goal post. Guerrero added a second goal ve minutes into the second half off a pass from Hunter Pritchard. Brian nished the scoring with a goal off a nice throw by Pritchard w ith 20 minutes left in the match. Brahman Coach Lonnie Sears said he was disappointed that his guys didnt come out harder in the rst half, Theres no excuse for that. These kids are in the best shape of their lives. I realize there kids and they have played eight matches in 16 days, but they came out a little at today. Sears said it wasnt the prettiest win but his team will take it. He noted the team w anted to play good competition and got that from Sebastian River. He said they will take the time off for the holidays to tighten up some things and get some much needed practice time. He said he would like to see the Brahmans take advantage of more scoring opportunities. We arent quite ready yet to play the best. We have the possibility to be ready. In the post season every team, even in our district, will raise the level of their play, he added. Senior Erick Garcia said it felt good for the team to come back out after a tough loss and get a quality win. He said the team must forget the past because they have a bright future this year. It was a tough loss last night but we had to come out and beat the next team on our schedule, he added. Garcia played a great game at mid eld w ith few turnovers and several excellent passes. He said the team has worked well together this year. Its not about scoring goals. I give 100 percent and my team puts all they can on the eld. Im ball hungry and I really want the ball, but as long as we win it doesnt really matter, he added. Sebastian River won the Tournament Championship Match with a 1-0 overtime w in over Martin County to remain unbeaten this year, (12-0). OHS boys soccer team takes third in tournament Okeechobee News/Charles MurphyJose Leon #16 controls the ball near the sideline during the match between Okeechobee and Benjamin Tuesday. Okeechobee won 3-1. Okeechobee News/Charles MurphyErick Garcia (right) controls the ball near mid eld against Benjamin. OHS Soccer won the consolation game of their tournament Tuesday.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Public NoticeAdoption of Okeechobee County Resolution 2011-67 The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida has adopted a resolution establishing new boundaries for each of the five county commission districts following the 2010 decennial US Census of Population as required by Article VIII, Section 1(e) of the Constitution of the State of Florida and by Section 124.01(3), Florida Statutes. The boundaries for the county commission districts as adopted by Resolution 2011-67 on November 22, 2011 are as described below. Commission District No. 1 shall consist of the following area located within Okeechobee County, Florida: Beginning at a point where the Old Peavine Trail intersects the County line between Osceola County and Okeechobee County, also being a point a little to the west of the Northeast corner of Section 4, Township 33 South, Range 33 East, then run South along the Old Peavine Trail to the intersection of the Old Peavine Trail (NW 192nd Avenue) and NW 240th Street (Eagle Island Road), also being the Southwest corner of Section 34, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, then run East along NW 240th Street to NW 176th Avenue (CR 700A), then run Southerly along NW 176th Avenue to US Highway 98, then run Southeasterly along US Highway 98 to the canal north of Lot 55, Block 64 in Basswood Unit 6 subdivision, then run East along said canal to NW 26th Avenue, then run South along NW 26th Avenue past the south boundary of Basswood Unit 2 subdivision, to an east-west ditch just to the south of the North section line of Section 8, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run West along said ditch to a point where the ditch turns to the south, being just to the east of the West section line of Section 8, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run South along said ditch to NW 20th Trail, then run Southwesterly along NW 20th Trail to US Highway 98, then run Southeasterly along US Highway 98 to NW 6th Street, then run East along NW 6th Street to NW 12th Avenue, which is also the city limit boundary; then run South along NW 12th Avenue and the southerly extension of NW 12th Avenue, which is also following the city limit boundary, until it intersects with State Road 70, then run East along State Road 70 to Taylor Creek, then run Northerly along Taylor Creek to NE 39th Boulevard, then run Northeasterly along NE 39th Boulevard and continue Northeasterly along an extension of NE 39th Boulevard until said extension of NE 39th Boulevard intersects with the East section line of Section 24, Township 36 South, Range 35 East, then run North along said section line and continue North along the East section lines of Sections 13, 12 and 1 to the intersection of NE 144th Street, which is also the Northeast corner of Section 1, Township 36 South, Range 35 East; then run West along NE 144th Street to US Highway 441, then run North along US Highway 441 to NW 240th Street (Eagle Island Road/CR 724), then run West along NW 240th Street to NW 72nd Avenue, then run North along NW 72nd Avenue to NW 288th Street, then continue Northerly approximately bisecting Sections 14, 11 and 2 in Township 34 South, Range 34 East and continuing Northerly approximately bisecting Sections 35, 26, 23, 14, 11 and 2 in Township 33 South, Range 34 East, to the County line between Osceola County and Okeechobee County, this also running along the common boundary between Block 1022 and Blocks 1047 and 1084 in Census Tract 9101.02 and running along the common boundary between Block 1017 and Block 1016 in Census Tract 9101.02, then run West along said County line between Osceola County and Okeechobee County to the Point of Beginning. Commission District No. 2 shall consist of the following area located within Okeechobee County, Florida: Beginning at a point where the Old Peavine Trail intersects the County line between Osceola County and Okeechobee County, also being a point a little to the west of the Northeast corner of Section 4, Township 33 South, Range 33 East, run West along said County line to the Kissimmee River, being the common boundary between Highlands County and Okeechobee County, then run Southerly along the Kissimmee River to State Road 70, then run East along State Road 70 to SW 24th Avenue, then run South along SW 24th Avenue to SW 8th Street, then run East along SW 8th Street to SW 12th Avenue, which is also the city limit boundary line, then run South along the city limit boundary line, also being SW 12th Avenue and an extension of SW 12th Avenue, also being the West section line of Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, to SW 15th Street, also being the Southwest corner of Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run East along SW 15th Street to SW 5th Avenue, then jog to the South then continue East along SW 15th Street to SW 3rd Avenue, then run South along SW 3rd Avenue to SW 16th Street, then run East along SW 16th Street to US Highway 441, then run North along US Highway 441 to State Road 70, then run West along State Road 70 to the city limit boundary also being the point where the southerly extension of NW 12th Avenue would intersect with State Road 70, then run North along the city limit boundary, which is also NW 12th Avenue and the southerly extension of SW 12th Avenue, to NW 6th Street, then run West along NW 6th Street to US Highway 98, then run Northwesterly along US Highway 98 to NW 20th Trail, then run Northeasterly along NW 20th Trail to a north-south ditch just to the east of the West section line of Section 8, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run North along said ditch to a point where the ditch turns to the east, just to the south of the North section line of Section 8, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run East along said ditch to a point where a southerly extension of NW 26th Avenue would intersect with said ditch, then run North along NW 26th Avenue to an east-west canal just to the north of Basswood Unit 2 subdivision, then run West along said canal to US Highway 98, then run Northwesterly along US Highway 98 to NW 176th Avenue (CR 700A), then run Northerly along NW 176th Avenue to NW 240th Street (Eagle Island Road), then run West along NW 240th Street to NW 192nd Avenue (Old Peavine Trail), then run North along NW 192nd Avenue then continue North along the Old Peavine Trail to the Point of Beginning. Commission District No. 3 shall consist of the following area located within Okeechobee County, Florida: Beginning at a point on the North section line of Section 2, Township 33 South, Range 34 East, also being a point where a Northerly extension of NW 72nd Avenue intersects with the common boundary between Osceola County and Okeechobee County, also being that point at the north end of the common boundary between Block 1017 and Block 1016 in Census Tract 9101.02, run Southerly, approximately bisecting Sections 2, 11, 14, 23, 26 and 35 in Township 33 South, Range 34 East and Sections 2, 11 and 14 in Township 34 South, Range 34 East, this also running along the common boundary between Block 1017 and Block 1016 in Census Tract 9101.02 and running along the common boundary between Block 1022 and Blocks 1047 and 1084 in Census Tract 9101.02, to the intersection of NW 288th Street and NW 72nd Avenue, then run South along NW 72nd Avenue to NW 240th Street (Eagle Island Road/CR 724), then run East along NW 240th Street to US Highway 441, then run South along US Highway 441 to NE 144th Street, then East run along NE 144th Street to the Northeast corner of Section 1, Township 36 South, Range 35 East, then run South along the East section line of Section 1, Township 36 South, Range 35 East, and continue South along the East section line of Sections 12 and 13, Township 36 South, Range 35 East, then continue South along the East section line of Section 24, Township 36 South, Range 35 East to a point on the East section line of said Section 24 that intersects with the northeasterly extension of NE 39th Boulevard, then run Southwesterly along the extension of NW 39th Boulevard then continue Southwesterly along NW 39th Boulevard to Taylor Creek, then run Southerly along Taylor Creek to a canal north of Lot 1, Block 9 of A Revised and Addition to Plat of Taylor Creek Development, Revised Plat No. 2 subdivision, then run Easterly along said canal north of Lots 1 and 2 Block 9 of A Revised and Addition to Plat of Taylor Creek Development, Revised Plat No. 2 subdivision to SE 28th Street, then run East along SE 28th Street to SE 43rd Avenue, then run North along SE 43rd Avenue to SE 26th Street, then run West along SE 26th Street to SE 40th Avenue, then run North along SE 40th Avenue to SE 23rd Court, then run East along SE 23rd Court to the southeast corner of Lot 81, Treasure Island Unit 11A subdivision, then run North along the common boundary between Lot 81 and Lot 80 in Treasure Island Unit 11A subdivision and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 114 and Lot 115 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision, then run North across SE 22nd Court and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 117 and 116 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision, then run East along the common boundary between Lot 116 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision and Lot 151 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North along the common boundary between Lot 151 and Lot 152 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North across SE 21st Court and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 154 and Lot 153 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North-Northeasterly to the westerly boundary of the Nubbin Slough canal, then run Northerly along Nubbin Slough canal to State Road 710, then run Westerly along State Road 710 to State Road 70, then run Northeasterly along State Road 70 to the common boundary between St. Lucie County and Okeechobee County, then run North along said County boundary to the Northeast corner of Section 1, Township 34 South, Range 36 East, also being the point where the County boundary lines of St. Lucie County, Indian River County and Okeechobee County meet, then run West along the common boundary between Indian River County and Okeechobee County to the Northwest corner of Section 6, Township 34 South, Range 36 East, then run North along the common boundary between Indian River County and Okeechobee County to the Northeast corner of Section 1, Township 33 South, Range 35 East, then run West along the common boundary between Indian River County and Okeechobee County, then continue West along the common boundary between Osceola County and Okeechobee County to the Point of Beginning. Commission District No. 4 shall consist of the following area located within Okeechobee County, Florida: Beginning at a point where State Road 70 intersects the Kissimmee River, run Southerly along the Kissimmee River, being the common boundary between Okeechobee County and Highlands County, then continue Southerly along the Kissimmee River, now being the common boundary between Okeechobee County and Glades County, to the mouth of the Kissimmee River, then run South to a point in Lake Okeechobee which forms the common boundary of Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Palm Beach and Martin Counties, then run Northeasterly from said point to the Mouth of Taylor Creek at Lake Okeechobee, then meander Norther-ly along Taylor Creek to State Road 70, then run West along State Road 70 to US Highway 441, then run South along US Highway 441 to SW 16th Street, then run West along SW 16th Street to SW 3rd Avenue, then run North along SW 3rd Avenue to SW 15th Street, then run West along SW 15th Street to SW 5th Avenue, then jog to the North then continue West along SW 15th Street to the southerly extension of SW 12th Avenue, that also being the city limit boundary and also being the Southwest corner of Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, then run North along the city limit boundary line, also being the extension of SW 12th Avenue then being SW 12th Avenue, also being the West section line of Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, to SW 8th Street, then run West along SW 8th Street to SW 24th Avenue, then run North along SW 24th Avenue to State Road 70, then run West along State Road 70 to the Point of Beginning. Commission District No. 5 shall consist of the following area located within Okeechobee County, Florida: Beginning at a point where State Road 70 intersects the County line between St. Lucie County and Okeechobee County run South along said County line then continue South then Southwesterly along the County line between Martin County and Okeechobee County to a point in Lake Okeechobee which forms the common boundary between Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Palm Beach and Martin Counties, then run Northeasterly to the Mouth of Taylor Creek at Lake Okeechobee, then run Northerly along Taylor Creek to a canal north of Lot 1, Block 9 of A Revised and Addition to Plat of Taylor Creek Development, Revised Plat No. 2 subdivision, then run Easterly along said canal north of Lots 1 and 2 Block 9 of A Revised and Addition to Plat of Taylor Creek Development, Revised Plat No. 2 subdivision to SE 28th Street, then run East along SE 28th Street to SE 43rd Avenue, then run North along SE 43rd Avenue to SE 26th Street, then run West along SE 26th Street to SE 40th Avenue, then run North along SE 40th Avenue to SE 23rd Court, then run East along SE 23rd Court to the southeast corner of Lot 81, Treasure Island Unit 11A subdivision, then run North along the common boundary between Lot 81 and Lot 80 in Treasure Island Unit 11A subdivision and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 114 and Lot 115 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision, then run North across SE 22nd Court and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 117 and 116 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision, then run East along the common boundary between Lot 116 in Treasure Island Unit 12 subdivision and Lot 151 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North along the common boundary between Lot 151 and Lot 152 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North across SE 21st Court and continue North along the common boundary between Lot 154 and Lot 153 in Treasure Island Unit 13 subdivision, then run North Northeasterly to the westerly boundary of the Nubbin Slough canal, then run Northerly along Nubbin Slough canal to State Road 710, then run Westerly along State Road 710 to State Road 70, then run Northeasterly along State Road 70 to the Point of Beginning. Publish: 12/16/2011 & 12/23/2011 Okeechobee News. 13 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011

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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: Adult&Pediatric Urology Bladder&KidneyInfections Impotence/Implants NoScalpelVasectomy215 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 RatedFamily-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day Secure Dementia and Alzheimers 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. PrimaryCare PhysicianAccepting New PatientsOfficeHours: Mon.-Thurs 8-5 Fri 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-1202NE2ndAve Okeechobee,FL34972863-467-2159www.raulersonprimarycare.com Pasquale X.Montesano,M.D.Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon1124 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee 863-261-8059 info@spinedocs.org PALMBEACH SPINE SPECIALISTS SPINE SURGERY 14 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 02 NE 19THDrive Okeechobee For appointments, call (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MDComprehensive Medical & Preventive Care Routine Annual Physicals Well Woman Exam Geriatric Care Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D iplomateAmerican Board of Family MedicineAccepting 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 FacilitySpecialized Wound Care Full Time Medical Director Dialysis Support Alzheimers 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 OKEECHOBEES 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 Loss of Libido Endometriosis Urine Control Infertility Menstrual Abnormalities Sterilization Laser Surgery Minimally Invasive Surgery All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee 15 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011

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SALES PERSON WANTEDwith the following qualifications: Sales experience preferred, but will train sharp individuals Good people skills Sound work ethicBenefit s of our comp any: Reasonable work schedule Health Benefits 401K Liberal pay plan If you have an interest in joining our team, contactRick ProverbNOPhones Calls. Apply within. DRESS TO IMPRESS! 4224 Hwy 441 S. OkeechobeeEOE/DFWPHours: Mon-Fri 9am 7pm Sat. 9am 5 pm For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publishers approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word advertisement. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. LostLOST 50th wedding anniversary, gold with 5 diamond ring. Lost in Okeechobee shopping area. Treasured gift, reward if returned. Call (863) 357-4750. **LOST GERMAN** **SHEPHERD** IN THE KISSIMMEE PRAIRIE AREA 302 STREET SUBSTANTIAL REWARD OFFERED FOR SAFE RETURN OF THE DOG. FEMALE W/TAGS WITH CONTACT INFORMATION. PLEASE CALL 763-7314 MISSING 2 Male German Shepards from the Lazy 7 area. REWARD OFFERED. Call the Sheriffs dept with any info or 634-1430. ServicesSWAMP CABBAGE CUT FRESH EVERY SUNDAY $8.00 ea. or 2/$15.00 863-824-2201 or 863-697-6109 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeBOOKKEEPER Indiantown company has an opening for a bookkeeper. Please fax resume to 800-519-4153 Market Research company seeks individuals to evaluate customer service at local establishments. Reimbursement and/or cash payments provided. Apply FREE at: www.shop.bestmark.com Employment Medical HEALTHCARE SPECIALISTLincare, leading national respiratory company seeks Healthcare Specialist. Responsibilities: Disease management programs, clinical evaluations, equipment set up & education. Be the doctors eyes in the home setting. RN, RRT, CRT licensed as applicable. Great personalities with strong work ethic needed. Competitive salary, bene ts & career paths. Drug Free Workplace, EOE. Please fax resume to Angel, 863-763-5191 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment MedicalMEDICAL ASSISTANT Treasure Coast Cardiology is seeking a full time medical assistant in ofce. Well paid compensation and full bene ts are offered. Fax resumes to 863-467-8708 or drop by our of ce at 1713 Hwy 441 N, Suite B, Okeechobee, FL 34972 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. MoneyLendersGET CASH TODAY FOR ANY CAR, running or not, no title needed. (863)368-5865 Sales For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automotive We pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 WE WANT TO BUY YOUR CAR!!!!!! ANY MAKE, ANY MODEL ANY CONDITION NO TITLE NO PROBLEM BANK LIEN NO PROBLEM PAYING UP TO $30,000 FOR VEHICLES CALL AJ NOW AT 813-335-3794 FOR A FREE QUOTE OR (813) 531-4298 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Sales Excavation CLEARING & HAULING Dump Trucks, Loader Back Hoe, & Bobcat Services by Jason Summerford (863)634-7771 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AntiquesCO-OP ANTIQUES NEW LOCATION NEW ITEMS 1214 SW 2nd AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN) Tue-Sat 10am-4pm FURNITURE,CRYSTAL, FEATHER WEIGHTS, PRIMITIVES,CROCKS, TRUNKS AND LAMPS. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Shop here first! The classified ads Drapes, Linens &FabricsVINTAGE FULL SIZE TOP SHEET WITH MATCHING PILLOW CASES. THIS WEDDING SET HAS BEAUTIFUL EXQUISITE MADEIRA EMBROIDERY NEEDLE WORK DESIGN WITH GREY THREAD. RUSTIC ANTIQUE STORE 772-419-1010 OR 863-763-6672 OfficeSupplies/ Equipment Desk, File Cabinet and Cadenza Call for Appointment. Call 863-763-6600 Wanted ToBuy We pay cash for cars! Gilbert Chevrolet needs dozens of quality vehicles. Gilbert Chevrolet 3550 Highway 441 S. Okeechobee or Call (863)763-3154 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Miscellaneous ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 Horses Coming 2 year old Ranch Horses Ready to start riding-have been handled-registered Buck Daniel Ranch Jason@ 863 801-9953 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments Beautiful Samanthas Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $850 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 Duplex2/1. 205 NW 5th Street. Remodeled. $650 plus Security. 863-634-3312. Condos/Townhouses RentOAK LAKE VILLA #17, 2/2, clean unit with updated kitchen & appliances. $800/mo. 1st, last, and $500 sec. required. (863)467-5965 leave a message. Houses-Rent 2 Bedroom/1 Bath Workshop room plus lg. bonus room $150.00 weekly Call 697-6509 Treasure Island area 3/2/2 HOUSE for rent in SW section. Children and pets welcome. 863-634-9330 or 863-467-2541 AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1200, Large yards. Bring pets. Jacuzzi tub included. Call 561-723-2226 BASSWOOD 4br/2ba, 1 car garage, tile & carpet, split plan, dishwasher, W/D. $1200 mo. (561) 307-2502 OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. Houses-Rent Home Realty Services, LLC. Diane Dangremond, Broker. 863-801-4498 30 Years Experience marketing rental properties. customized property management services to meet your needs. Tenant credit check and background screening. 1 br./1ba. Screened room. Fully furnished. Ancient Oaks. Seasonal rental. $1100 mo. Includes all utilities. OKEECHOBEE 6835 SE 88th Trail. 2br, 2ba, furn. or unfurn., 1st, last and Sec. Utils not incld. (561)735-6050 or (561)254-0478. TREASURE ISLAND 3/2 CBS, on the water, dock, patio, boat house. $1100 (561)262-1390 RoomsTo RentOKEECHOBEE Looking for 2 roommates to share 4 br house. All appliances including Washer & Dryer. Located at Four Seasons. $300/mo Call (863)634-4771 Waterfront Rentals For Sale or Rent, BH R Adult community, 1 bedroom Park Model with attached Florida room and deck on the water, Call 863-824-6147 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale Home Realty Services, LLC. Diane Dangremond, Broker. 863-801-4498 KINGS BAY 2br./1ba. 2 car garage. CBS home built 2006, corner lot. Low down payment, Seller nancing. $87,900. PALM CREEK ESTATES 3br./2ba. 2 car garage. Florida room on captive lake. $130,000. 3 br./2 ba. 2 car garage. Florida room, boat house, on Canal. Will trade with Okee SE or SW. $154,000. Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Lots -Sale FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent LARKEE LAKES2BR/1BA, $500 month & $300 sec. dep. Call (863) 467-2156 M/H Rentals 2/1 & 3/1 Country Living $450.00 monthly & $450.00 Security Call 863-697-2486 TREASURE ISLAND -3/1 mobile home, fenced yard, new carpet, on water, dock, $700/mo (561)262-1390 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. MobileHomeSale 2005 44x12 Park Model 55+ park, all residential appliances with W/D., new skirting, non-smoker, water lter system. $7,000 obo Call Steve @(863)-634-6705 BANK REPOS Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 OKEECHOBEELg. 3br/ 2ba DW, w/14x40 addition, metal roof, FP, 11x20 shop, on Canal. Covered dock & slip. Sprinklers, $75K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. Palm Harbor Homes Factory Direct Sale 15K-25K off models 800-622-2832 ext 210 Sturdy Single wide in 55+ park Concrete patio, shed, small carport, newer metal roof. Older needs cleaning and some TLC. $1,300obo. Call Steve@(863)-634-6705 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats 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 863-357-6253 2000 Ranger Bass Boat R83VS,Ranger Boat Cover/Spare Tire w/cover,Mercruiser 150 EFI Engine,Ranger Trailer,Garmin Fish Finder 100. $14,000 or Interesting Trade. Call 863-675-4163 or 863-667-7855 Campers/RVsFor Sale 32FT Kountry Air w/10x24 Fl Room Located at Water Edge Adult Park, Very Well Furnished, Must See For More Information Please Call 618-218-4590 RVSpace Rent Limited Time Only* Water Front RV Lots $400.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Covered Dockage Incl. W/Lot Rent* Cabin $500.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Call863-763-4417 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Commercial Trucks1996 Ford F-350 Box Truck, Former U-Haul auto, 460 V-8, 175K miles,New Alt, runs good, box dry, ready to go. $2,500 obo Call Steve @(863)634-6705 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD093 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3129 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY THAT PART OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION LYING & BEING IN SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST THE NORTH 1050 FEET OF THE SOUTH 1457 FEET OF LOT 15 AND 16, BLOCK 5, CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY, LYING WEST OF STATE ROAD 15-A ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 5 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA. LESS & EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING: COMMENCE AT A POINT WHERE THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15 INTERSECTS THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15-A AND RUN NORTHERLY ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15-A, A DISTANCE OF 751 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE RUN NORTH 51 DEGREES 06 MINUTES 15 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 313.98 FEET TO THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF LOT 15, BLOCK 5, CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY SUBDIVISION; THENCE RUN NORTH 34 DEGREES 55 MINUTES 01 SECONDS EAST ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF LOT 15, A DISTANCE OF 294.49 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 51 DEGREES 06 MINUTES 15 SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF 279.21 FEET TO THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15-A AND SOUTHERLY ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15-A DISTANCE OF 298.82 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING LYING AND BEING IN SECTION 9 TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA. 1-09-38-36-0A00-00018-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JAMES J ROLOW Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 2nd day of February, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 405674 ON 12/23,30/2011 1/6,13/2012 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 1-7-2012 @ 10:00 AM Unit #219 Roshella D. Jones Unit #232 David E. Earnest Unit #240 Mashara Y. Summers Unit #252 Jo Barton Unit #262 Paul V. Middlebrooks Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 406066 ON 12/23,30/2011 2012 meeting schedule announced for the St. Johns River Water Management Districts Governing Board Meetings of the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District are open to the public for input in the governance process. As required by Florida law (189.417 Florida Statutes), this notice is given so that the public has an opportunity to attend meetings that may be of interest. Governing Board meetings are held at District Headquarters, 4049 Reid Street (Hwy. 100 west), Palatka, Fla. Date, time and location are subject to change at the discretion of the Governing Board. For additional information about the District, its Board and meeting dates, visit www. oridaswater.com. Meetings for 2012 are currently held upon conclusion of the 10:00 a.m. Regulatory Committee Meeting and scheduled as follows: YEAR 2012 MONTH DATE JANUARY 10 FEBRUARY 14 MARCH 13 APRIL 10 MAY 08 JUNE 12 JULY 10 AUGUST 14 SEPTEMBER 11 SEPTEMBER 28 ( nal budget hearing) 5:05pm OCTOBER 09 NOVEMBER 13 DECEMBER 11 406152 ON 12/23/2011 17 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 ACROSS 1 Techie talk, e.g. 7 They have guards on both sides of them: Abbr. 11 Roman sun god 14 Nine follower? 15 Menageries 16 Worldwide workers gp. 17 Marinara, for one 19 Marked, in a way 20 Winter coat 21 Pusher pursuer 22 The gamut 23 __ II, king who founded Borg (now Sarpsborg) 25 Moor 28 Pentagon bigwigs 32 Swindle 33 Philip __: 16thcentury Italian saint 34 Only just 36 Cheri who played Gail Hailstorm in Scary Movie 38 First person in Berlin? 40 Yearned 41 Reliant Stadium NFL team 43 Latin quarters? 45 French possessive 46 Not serious 49 Artful dodges 50 Mention with an ulterior motive 51 Finish shooting 53 Eldest Younger gang member 55 Louisvilles river 59 Air base? 60 Part of an axon (and what 17-, 28and 46Across each has?) 63 Feverish, say 64 Natural balm 65 Browbeat 66 One of a jazz duo? 67 Its often seen under a cap 68 Swindle DOWN 1 Scribbles 2 Soon, poetically 3 San __ 4 Commit a service infraction 5 Torontos prov. 6 Nursery arrival 7 Winter Palace figure 8 Sensitive 9 One Thousand and One Nights bird 10 GPS heading 11 Intuition 12 Spread on the table 13 One of Polands three most populous cities 18 Exotic honeymoon, perhaps 22 Asteroids maker 24 Winter coat features 26 Withdraw 27 Wyoming tribe 28 Choral piece 29 Unyielding 30 Monster (2003) co-star 31 Streamlined 32 No-frills bed 35 NFL gains 37 What the mouse did clockwise? 39 Radio moniker 42 Take to court 44 Collision preceder 47 Money set aside 48 Lyric poems 51 Crackerjack 52 Run the show 54 Bakery appliance 56 Cotton Candy trumpeter 57 Not left out: Abbr. 58 Curved molding 60 Henpeck 61 Strange Magic band 62 __-turn By Gary J. Whitehead (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 01/06/11 01/06/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com CROSSWORD PUZZLE PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice Merry Christmas

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A LWAYS SAVING PROPERTY BUYERS $ MONEY! Vicki S. Anderson, Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f xvw ax Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net 1200 S.Parrott Ave. 3000-M: Treasure Island 3 bedroom 2 bath DWMH. All double pane windows and sliding glass door. Two carport, 2 sheds, screened rm, back porch. $58,900 MLS #205163 5005-H: Lakeport Waterfront on a large corner lot. Concrete Seawall, workshop, porch, ceramic tile floors. Needs some TLC. $132,000 NOW $99,900 MLS #205347 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 REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED 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: Kings Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 MLS #205169 1126 S. Parrott Ave in White House PlazaLori, Holly, J.D., Sherry &Mandy(863) 763-6000www.MixonGroup.com Warm Holiday HugsMerry Christmas & 18 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Okeechobee Main Street has announced the winners in their window decorating contest. Overall Winner Absolutely Art Gallery Large Window First PlaceOkeechobee Discount Drugs Second PlaceTonis Chic Boutique Honorable MentionBank of America Small Window First PlaceAddingtons Satellite Second PlaceFlower Petals Honorable Mention14K Gold Store Honorable MentionColour Me Crazy Hair Salon Outdoor/Window First PlacePats Floral Design Second PlaceSeacoast National BankSouth Honorable MentionRustic Star Antiques Main Street announces contest winners Special to the Okeechobee News/Freedom OutreachGolf tournament winnersFreedom Outreach Ministry Golf Tournament held at Blue Heron Golf Course on Dec. 11, 2011. First Place Winners were Max Sherry, Kenny Curren, Danny Fuletta and George Fuletta. Danny Fuletta was also the winner of the Longest Drive, and the Chipping Contest. George Fuletta was the winner of the Closest to the Pin Contest. Second Place Winners in the Freedom Outreach Ministry Golf Tournament on Dec. 11 were Noel Stephen, Tommy Ziglar (not pictured), Chris Dodd and Robert Cook. Third Place Winners in the Freedom Outreach Ministry Golf Tournament were John Trent, Mark Hester, Josh Padgett (not pictured) and Jeb Chandler (not pictured). Winner of the Putting Contest at the Freedom Outreach Ministry Golf Tournament on Dec. 11 was Jeff Fadley.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Staff Of The Okeechobee News Wishes Everyone A Merry ChristmasDisplay AdvertisingFriday, December 23 @ 3 pm For Wednesday December 28 The Okeechobee News will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 19 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News25 years in businessFresenius Medical Care Okeechobee recently hosted an Open House at their dialysis clinic to celebrate the clinics 25th anniversary. The facility, located at 201 S.W. 16th Street, across from the library, enables Fresenius Medical Cares local team of expert medical professionals to better serve the growing dialysis community in the Okeechobee area. For more information on the local clinic, please call 1-863-467-7654 or visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com. Pictured from left to right are: Janet Mann, R.N., C.N.N., clinical manager; Dr. Muthuswami Ramachandran, former medical director; Scott Yerger, director of operations; Gary Strange, regional vice president; and Dr. Zeidy Roche, newly appointed medical director. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News E & E Automotive, a xture in Okeechobee since 1968, announces their new location at 3431 U.S. 441 N. The business is operated by Steve Detweiler, who has been in the automotive repair business for 12 years, and his wife, Julia, who manages the of ce. The new building has the latest in equipment to provide full repair service for cars and light trucks, This includes everything except tires. E & E Automotive works on air conditioning, transmissions, engines, brakes, radiators and does tune ups. Towing is available. Mr. Detweiler and his employees have total combined experience of about 90 years. E & E Automotive is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 863-763-2666. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Automotive repair shop moves into new building Okeechobee Ne2ws/Pete GawdaSteve Detweiler and his employees at E & E Automotive have 90 years combined experience. Posing in their new location at 3431 U.S. 441 N. are, left to right, Bill Ginane, Mr. Detweiler, John Fuller, Darin Arnold and Brad Chism.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sometimes love needs a helping hand.{ Hes 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 arecoor 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 20 Okeechobee News December 23, 2011 On Dec. 2, belt adv ancement testing was held at Russ Adams Taekwondo America. The results of the testing included: White to Yellow Belt: Hailey Armstrong, Emily Beaty, Erick Garcia, Gerardo Garcia, Rocio Garcia, Saleena Hilderbrand and Jessie Krall; Yellow to Orange Belt: Piper Hans, Shawn Hood, Blayne OCain and Kelsi OCain. Orange to Senior Orange Belt: Kevin Townsend and Shawn Townsend. Sr. Orange to Green Belt: Kado Caron, A imee Rumbaugh, Ashley Skinner, Abigail Smith, Christian Smith, Mark Smith and Robert Smith. Green to Senior Green Belt: Ariana Cortez, Brook Krall and Tyler Striebel. Senior Green to Purple Belt: Emily Hilderbrand. Purple to Senior Purple Belt: Gatlin Hilderbrand. Blue to Senior Blue Belt: Jesse Entwistle. Second Degree Black Belt to second Degree Decided Black Belt: Christian OConnor. Taekwondo students advance in belt testing Special to the Okeechobee News/Russ Adams TaekwondoThese are the students at the Russ Adams Taekwondo America studio.