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Sunday, December 25, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 154 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.74 feetLast Year: 12.54 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Snow in Florida? ...Page 11 Bass tourney is a success ... Page 8 Happy holidays! HELPSupport OHS Sports ProgramShowYourSupportforOHSBaseball15%86335701061865HWY70WNEWSTOREStop by the car wash W e l c o m e t o B r a h m a n C o u n t r y of Car Wash proceeds go to benefit OHS Athletic Dept. M e r r y C h r i s t m a s t o A l l Merry Christmas to All! S a n t a C l a u s t o o k t i m e o u t o f h i s b u s y h o l i d a y s c h e d u l e t o s t o p b y Santa Claus took time out of his busy holiday schedule to stop by t h e O k e e c h o b e e C o u n t y P u b l i c L i b r a r y o n D e c 2 1 t o v i s i t w i t h l o c a l the Okeechobee County Public Library on Dec. 21 to visit with local c h i l d r e n a t s t o r y t i m e F o r m o r e p h o t o s s e e o u r F a c e b o o k p a g e children at story time. For more photos, see our Facebook page. TALLAHASSEEThe Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) has announced its opposition to the expansion of all forms of gambling in the state. The FSA release stated that Florida sheriffs in particular oppose an increase in casino-style gambling due to the proven likelihood of increased criminal activity, higher demands on law enforcement resources and detrimental impacts on society. Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul Ma y said he agrees with views of his fellow sheriffs. I fully support the sheriffs associations stand on that, he said. According to the FSA press release, national studies have demonstrated that casino-style gambling creates additional crime. The increase in crime is often attributed to the in ux of tourists and the common practice of promoting free alcohol or drink specials to gamblers. In addition, the high wages and winnings at stake attract criminals committing burglary, larceny and auto theftsall o f which generally are higher around casino areas, continued the release. In some cases these crimes are being committed by compulsive gamblers who need to feed their addiction. Criminals pre y on tourists and other individuals who have won large amounts of cash. The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) stands behind Attorney General Pam Bondi in her opposition to the expansion of gamSheriffs oppose additional gambling in FloridaSee CASINOS Page 12 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announced Friday that it will make a series of two water releases from Lake Okeechobee to send additional fresh water into the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The Corps will make these releases in a pulse-like manner to mimic rainfall events. The releases started on Friday Dec. 23, with another release to begin on Dec. 30. The target ow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary for each release is an average of 450 cubic feet per second (cfs) over each seven-day period, as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) east of Fort Myers. Minimum freshwater releases to the Caloosahatchee River are critical in maintaining health in the estuary, according to a Corps spokesperson. These low volume releases are expected to prolong the bene ts of lowered salinities, reducing impacts and degradation of the freshwater tapegrass and other submerged aquatic vegetation. Improvement of salinity conditions was shown from the last pulse release, said Anthony Rodino, Hydraulic Engineer with the Jacksonville Districts Water Management Section, but due to dry conditions, a continuation of fresh water releases is desirable for the overall bene t of the estuary. On Friday, the lake stage was 13.74 feet. The lake is currently within the Operational Band of the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (2008 LORS). At current levels, the Corps may make releases up to 450 cfs to the Caloosahatchee Estuary and 200 cfs to the St Lucie. We have seen no negative effects on lake stages from the previous pulse release, Mr. Rodino said. Corps releasing water from lakeSee LAKE Page 12
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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Sometimes earned recognition is a long time coming. That was certainly the case w ith Army veteran Adam Martin. On Thursday, Dec. 22, he was presented two awards earned for heroism in combat in Iraq several y ears ago. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 2001 to 2007, achieving the rank of sergeant. From May of 2003 to Aug. of 2004 Sgt. Martin was with the 810th Military Police Company deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. Because of service above and beyond the call of duty he earned the Combat Action Badge and the Iraqi Campaign Medal with Two Service Stars. However, for some reason, he never received those awards while on active duty. They were presented to him by Congressman Tom Rooney in a ceremony at V.F.W. Post 10539 in Okeechobee. He works hard for the military, VFW Post Commander Russ Pappy said in introducing Congressman Rooney, who is also an Army veteran. Adam Martins served his country with honor and distinction, stated Congressman Rooney, and Im honored to present him with these awards. The Congressman recounted the details of Sgt. Martins heroic action following the explosion of an IED (improvised explosive device) that impacted the vehicle in which he was riding. On July 4, 2004, as a Military Police Team Leader on a mission escorting a supply convey in Iraq, Sgt. Martins unit encountered a vehicle born improvised explosive device. After the vehicle exploded, sending shrapnel, re, smoke and debris everywhere, Sgt. Martin led the convoy to rally a mile east, where they could fully assess injuries and damage. Thank you for your service and God bless, Congressman Rooney said. Sgt. Martin thanked the congressman and said he had waited seven years for the awards. He said Congressman Rooney had worked for a year and half to clear up records so the awards could be presented. We live in the greatest nation on earth, Sgt. Martin said, adding that he was proud to have served in the military forces of that nation. The other military decorations Sgt. Martin earned include the Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Currently Sgt. Martin is a criminal justice training coordinator at South Florida Community College. Before being called to active duty he was a police of cer in Sebring. He discovered he enjoyed training and when he was released from active duty the instructor position at the college was available. The regular schedule and holidays appealed to him. However Sgt. Martin is still a part time police of cer in Sebring. Sgt. Martin comes from a military family. His father is an Army veteran and several other close relatives have served in different branches of the armed services. While it was de nitely Sgt. Martins day, Congressman Rooney also received recognition. Bobby Schultz, District 11 V. F. W. Commander, presented him with a Distinguished Service Award for his service to the V. F. W. and to veterans in general. The congressman said he couldnt wait to have the award hanging in his of ce in Washington. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at email@example.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Better Hearing Starts Today!Call (863) 467-5333Hearing Care Centers3545 Hwy 441 S Okeechobee BATTERIESBuy 1, Get 1 FreeExpires 12/31/11 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. A rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! 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Many businesses and schools that typically host blood drives are closed this week making the need for blood donors even greater as we approach the holiday. O negative is the universal blood type, meaning any patient can receive O negative blood regardless of the recipients blood type. O negative is especially critical for trauma patients, premature babies and emergency surgeries. Every blood donation is important and has a profound impact on someones life. In most cases the blood donated today will be transfused into a patient within 48 to 72 hours. Blood donors can donate at any Floridas Blood Centers branch location or on any Big Red Bus. Call toll free 1-888-9DONATE for more information or to make an appointment. If you dont know your blood type, the best way to nd out is to donate blood.Okeechobee upcoming blood drivesThe Big Red Bus will be in Okeechobee County for blood drives on the following dates: Tuesday, Dec. 27 Cowboys 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 Publix, 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 Blockbuster Video, 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 Wal Mart, 11 a.m.4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 Blockbuster Video 2-6 p.m. Blood donors needed Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaOn Thursday, Dec. 22, Sgt. Adam Martin, left, was presented the Combat Action Badge and Iraqi Campaign Medal with Two Service Stars by Congressman Tom Rooney, right, at a ceremony at V. F. W. Post 10539. The sergeant earned the awards while serving in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 but, for some reason, they were not presented to him at that time. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaSgt. Adam Martin, center, is surrounded by his family. They are, left to right, daughter, Kylee, wife, Amy, daughter Sydney, Sgt. Martin, father, Charles and mother Betty.
Coach I just heard that Myron Jackson, current football coach for OHS, was asked to resign. I was totally confused. My question: What is our goal for our high school kids? I would t hink the school administrators, parents and c ommunity, in general, would be thrilled that w e have a young man that is willing to teach our young people values and skills that will make them a worthy adult. It seems to me, b y the actions taken, that our goals for our s chool is to win football games. I also wonder if the fact that our team has had to be reb uilt from the bottom up could be the reason t hat not all games are won... I have always respected our school and have been proud to b e part of our Okeechobee community but t his decision is a hard one to understand. I hope the kids get a coach that can give t hem a successful season. They deserve it. Okeechobee has everything it needs to b e a powerhouse in its class. First we have a s ystem that brings these kids up from age 7 in OCRA and Pop Warner. Second we have the talent. Once these kids get to 9th grade they need to be brought along and taught right. The high school c oaches need to go down and work some w ith the OCRA and Pop Warner and see to it that the kids are brought along right! Third, t he kids and the parents need to be dedicated t o having a winning team! Okeechobee once had powerhouse t eams. They had some terri c players who w ent on to play professional football. According to one of those players who has watched t his communitys football program for years, it started to decline when the middle schools s witched to soccer from football. If Pop Warner and OCRA are to ll the gap, then they need to make some changes. Currently most kids who come out of Pop Warner or OCRA c ant handle the hard work and challenges of high school football. If the new football c oach were willing to work with OCRA and/ or Pop Warner to bring one or both of those programs up to where they need to be in order to be a feeder for the high school, maybe t hat would help. Why raise kids for a career in football? Further, soccer really is the game of the new world order. Be that as it may, our society, and culture, will be far better served with wellgroomed engineers, medical professionals, scientists, mathematicians; and of course military leaders. Wouldnt it be great if our society valued intelligence over athletic ability? If crowds came out to cheer for the Quiz Bowl and the National Honor Society? Football is dangerous. Kids get seriously hurt and sometimes those injuries are permanent. Maybe footballs time is over. Maybe we should move on to something else.Shop With a Cop I Love how everyone is helping families in need. Merry Christmas to the Okeechobee County Sheriffs department.Christmas I think people in this town need to read The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and remember that Christmas is not about the presents or the food or the decorations. Christmas is about the love in your heart. If you have that, you are indeed blessed. The boy who donated his toys to the toy drive has the Christmas spirit. Christmas is not about getting, its about giving to others. And congratulations to his parents, for raising such a ne young man. Christmas is about sacri cing for the good of others and about showing love to all mankind. Hard to do, easy to say. In fact, we as a country have not done that. Pilgrims, remember them? Everyone is taught that they had the best of intentions. The country we call America would not exist, though, if early Americans showed love to all mankind. Even the area around Plymouth Rock would be no more than a small colony, and Texas would still be part of Mexico.Bank statements This is a warning to all bank customers: Open your bank statements and carefully review them as soon as you receive them. I hadnt opened mine and because of that it was weeks before I discovered that I had someone elses statement and some stranger had my statement with all of my banking information on it. The bank discovered the mistake and called me, three weeks after it happened. Imagine what the wrong person could do with your nancial information for three weeks. The bank would not tell me how many people this happened to, but one bank employee said it happened to a lot of people. Now I have to go through the hassle of having my bank account numbers changed. Hospital careI want to share a recent opportunity I had which occurred at our local hospital. I had a pacemaker implanted by Dr. Riaz and Dr. M. Garcia. Dr. I. Ahmed was my primary physician and the procedure was done right here in Okeechobee at Raulerson Hospital. I had been encouraged by friends to go to the east coast but I chose to stay here and found that decision to be the right one. The surgery was successful and trouble free. My time in the hospital was made almost enjoyable by the friendly and professional care I received which surely assisted my quick recovery, and remaining here in Okeechobee made the whole process easier for our family too. I was surprised by how many of the nurses I knew. Some of them I taught years ago in First Baptist Church Sunday School wher e I served for thirty-nine years. It is reassuring for me to know that we have an excellen t facility here to answer this critical need and I have added it to my list of things to be thankful for. May this be a Merry Christmas for you all. It is my wish that all who celebrate this blessed season remember the reason w e celebrate: That there was an unmatchabl e gift given over two thousand years ago still bringing peace and joy each year during this season to the millions across the whol e world who believe. God is good. Betty Chandler Williamson By Bruce Simpson, pastorFirst Methodist Church When I was a child, Christmas morning began the same every year. We would line up in the hallway that led to the great room, the youngest to the oldest. Brad, Blake, Brent, Charlene, Suzanne, Bryan, me, and Sandra would wait for my dad to put a log on the hot coals in the re place. Suddenly, the hallway door would open and I would hear the shouts of joy as my brothers and sisters saw their gifts. Christmas was always a joyous time! Issac Watts wrote the words to the great hymn: Joy to the World. The rst verse is the following: Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing. The United Methodist Hymnal Pages 246-247. This great hymn expresses the mood of Christmas. Joy unspeakable! The prophet Isaiah would declare the following: For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:2-7 NRSV Matthew would echo this truth in his writings. In Matthew 1:23 the following words are recorded, Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, God is with us. KJV Christ came to bring joy into a world lled with darkness. This joy comes from allowing the Savior of the world to enter our everyday lives; as stated above, as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Charles Wesley explains the purpose o f Jesus birth in his hymn, Come, Thou LongExpected Jesus. Come thou long expected Jesus, born to set they people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us nd our rest in thee. Israels strength and consolation, hope of all th e earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King, born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring. By thin e own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone; by thine all suf cient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne. The United Methodis t Hymnal Page 196. This Christmas day receive the gift of love. Make room in your heart for the Savior of th e World, Jesus Christ! 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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 A ssociation is looking for past rodeo queens and their pageant photos for their website. Please call Audrey 863-801-5258 or email: A email@example.com with y our name, title, year and photo.Moose Lodge to host New Years Eve partyThe Okeechobee Moose Lodge will be serving a Prime Rib dinner along with a variety show and music by Lisa to help bring in the new year. Tickets are $25 for a couple and $15 for single. Tickets may be purchased at the lodge, 1589 NW 36th Street. Tickets are available to the public. Come join us, if not, Happy New Year to everyone! Proceeds will bene t Moose Charities.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 Year's Eve, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. The faciliity 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.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. 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. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.Marion Beverly Frank, 71OKEECHOBEE Marion Beverly Frank, 71, o f Buckhead Ridge, passed away Dec. 21, 2011, at the Hamrick Home. She was born Dec. 3, 1940, in West Palm Beach and came to Buckhead Ridge in 1999. She was a loving wife and mother, homemaker and great cook. Mrs. Frank was preceded in death by her sister, Pat Wichterman. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Dean Frank of Buckhead Ridge; two daughters, Alvada Creech (Steve) of West Palm Beach and Marjorie Mcadoo (Sam) of Crossville, Tenn.; son, Rud y Frank (Jean) of England; brother, Paul Copeland of Palm Coast; sister, Phyllis Pardue (Michael) of Jupiter; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 25, 2011 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Community Events The Natural Resources Conservation Serv ice (NRCS) held its annual Diversity Day at the Okeechobee County Civic Center on Nov. 3. Each year personnel from within NRCS attend a Diversity Day event where div ersity and differences are celebrated. Staff from the Okeechobee Field Of ce hosted the event this year. Guest speakers at the event included Sonny and Betty Williamson. Mr. and Mrs. Williamson gave an informative and interesting presentation about the history of Okeechobee. Mrs. Williamson spoke about the hardships that people faced when Okeechobee w as a edgling community. She also spoke about the pioneer spirit that it took to forge a town out of an uninhabited wilderness. Mr. Williamson focused on the agricultural community and the different challenges that it has faced. They also showed a video, available for purchase from the Okeechobee Historical Society, detailing the history of Okeechobee, especially its roots in agriculture. The local NRCS would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Williamson for helping to make the event a success and recommends that anyone who is interested in learning more about Okeechobee's history contact the Okeechobee Historical Society at 863-763-4344. Diversity Day celebrated by Conservation Service Special to the Okeechobee NewsGuest speakers at the event were Sonny and Betty Williamson, who gave an informative and interesting presentation about the history of Okeechobee. Churches plan Christmas Day servicesChristmas Day services will be held at Victory 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 863-763-0669. Okeechobee Christian Church, at 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, will have Christmas Day service at 10:30 a.m. Okeechobee Presbyterian Church offers Christmas Morning Worship at 10 a.m., with interactive prayers, songs and Scripturea 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.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Memory is a loving thing. It lasts the Memory is a loving thing. It lasts the longest day, it can never be spent, never be longest day, it can never be spent, never be lent, never be taken away. lent, never be taken away.Dearest Gordon: We are thinking of you and miss you. We remember the motto you lived by: Feed a man a sh and he eats for a day. Teach him to sh and he eats for a lifetime. With much love from all your family and Jaimie, Angie, Jeff, Michael, Josh & Neli 7 Okeechobee News December 25, 2011 Okeechobee News/ D. HamiltonDogs for DogsOn Friday, Dec. 23, Okeechobee purveyor of hot dogs, George Dupont gathered all of the donations from loyal customers and turned them over to Okeechobee Pet Rescue Director of Operations, Belinda Forlifer. Mr. Dupont, whose hot dog stand is outside of Mid-Florida Hardware held his, Dogs for Dogs bene t for the third year in a row, amassing four shopping carts overloaded with blankets, toys, towels, food and other pet items along with over $135 in cash donations. Looking for a homeHolly has learned to be the perfect companion dog. She is just fantastic! Quite the clown at times, this dog has completed the SPIN prison training program. To read more about the program go www.animalrescueokeechobee.org. Holly has been obedience trained. She was too energetic for her former working family. She is NOT a couch potato dog! She loves to play and does well with other dogs. Adoption fee is $175, this includes, spay, 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 863-357-1104. To see more available animals, go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to foster animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 William S. Bill HaysFeb. 1, 1941 Dec. 28, 2009Two years have come and gone for me. There isnt an hour, minute or day that you dont cross my mind. I feel your presence everywhere. I love you and miss you so very much. Charlie Girl is still looking for you. I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Always, Charlie Hays We never promised forever but always. Accident Victims...Call Us First! Tractor Trailer Crashes Auto Crashes Motorcycle Crashes Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 8 Okeechobee News December 25, 2011 The Taylor Creek Bass Club held their classic tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, shing on our own Lake Okeechobee. Despite the wind and rain, local shermen took to the lake for the club's nal event of the year. Ernie John took top honors bringing to the scales a two-day total of 30.47 lbs., in second place was Chris Hall with a two-day total of 26.42 lbs., taking third was Vicky Brackin with 23.17 lbs in forth was Darrell Brackin with 23.14 lbs, Geary Adams with 22.96 lbs and Danny Norton with 21.42 lbs. The event sported a big sh weigh-in for each day. One Saturday, a 5.46 lbs. black bass w as brought to the scales to take this honor by Fred Harrison and Caroll Head brought a 7.14 lb lunker to take day-two honors. The Taylor Creek Bass Club meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Tournaments are held the follow Saturday. New boaters and non-boaters are w elcome. For information, please call Dave Stout at 863-478-2255. The club also sponsors and presents the annual Lee McAllister Memorial Kids Fishing Festival in Okeechobee County. Taylor Creek Bass Club hosts nal tourney for 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ TCBCSecond place winner Chris Hall with 26.42 lbs Tying for a fourth place spot was Danny Norton with 21.42 lbs in two days. Fourth place winner, Darrell Brackin came in just shy of third place with 23.14 lbs. Angler Ernie Johnson took the top spot in the two-day event with 30.47 lbs. Geary Adams nished in the top six with 22.96 lbs. just behind fourth place winner, Darrell Bracklin. Taking the third place spot was Vicky Brackin bringing in 23.17 lbs at the end of the two-day event.
Congratulations to Okeechobees competitive All-Star cheerleading team! Okeechobee Xplosion All-Stars represented Okeechobee county to the highest level on Dec. 10, at Diamond Cheer and Dance, Diamond Show Down in Ft. Pierce. Three Xplosion A ll-Star teams competed in the Diamond Showdown. Both the Tiny Sparklers (ages 4-5) and Junior Dynamite level II (ages 14 and under) brought home a rst place trophy. The Mini Flames (ages 5-9) brought home a rst place in their division as well as a Level I grand championship. Xplosion All-star athletes train year round at Okeechobee X plosion Cheer and Tumbling located at 911 SW Park Street. Look for big things from these athletes as they have just started their season and will be representing Okeechobee all over the state of Florida from now until April. Follow their season on www.xplosionallstars.weebly.com 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1. Limit one loan per household. To qualify for the holiday loan, you must open a new checking account of any kind except Freedom. A 10-month holiday/seasonal loan of $1,000 with an Annual Percentage Rate of 12.25% would have payments of $105.69. Other rates and terms available. To qualify for the pre-approved $1,000 Holiday Loan and the advertised APR, you must provide a pay stub that shows 12 months of continuous employment and a minimum annual income of $24,000. You must also sign up for direct deposit and establish a payment allocation at the time of application. If you elect not to have direct deposit and the payment allocation, a higher rate will apply. Existing checking account holders or applicants wishing to borrow more than $1,000 will follow normal credit underwriting guidelines. 2. Credit approval is required. To qualify for the $77 incentive, you must open a new checking account of any type except Freedom. Opening balances vary by type of checking account opened. Anyone who has held a checking account with MIDFLORIDA in the past will not qualify for the $77 incentive. To get the $77 incentive you must sign up for direct deposit (minimum $500) which must post to an account within 30 days of account opening. $77 will be deposited to account following rst direct deposit transaction. A minimum of 5 debit card transactions must be performed within 30 days of account opening for RT4T accounts to qualify for the i ncentive. 3. Free photo debit card is available on all checking accounts except Freedom Banking. Limit one free photo debit ca rd per member. Additional photo debit cards will incur a fee. Debit card has no monthly or per-use fee. See fee schedule for de tails. 6 9. oved $1,00 0 0 ay stub that shows ay hows ual inco me of $24, 000. ment alloc ation at it and t he pa y ment nt h t h older s or appli cants dit und unde rwrit ing $ 77 in cen enti ve, y ou mu st op en a new c hecki ng nti ve, y Instantly approved $1,000 Holiday Loan1New Free Checking2 No minimum balance Free debit card rewards Free Online Banking and Bill Payment Free eStatement and more! Its the happiest time of year to join! Money for the holidays, a new checking account with all the perks, no fees, plus an extra cash gift!CASH!WITH 12.25%APRRates as low as No credit check required Free Photo Debit Card3PLUS!andwith a new free checking account CA $772 www.midorida.comFederally insured by NCUA. OKEECHOBEE 3261 U.S. Hwy. 441 S.(866) 913-3733Habla Espaol (877) 834-6376 cou nt Put the Happy back in your holidays instantly! *A $5 minimum savings account is required for membership. Oer valid as of December 3, 2011. Limited time oer that may be cancelled without notice. 9 Okeechobee News December 25, 2011 Okeechobee Xplosion All Stars sweep competition in Ft. Pierce Courtesy photo/ Okeechobee X-PlosionJunior Dynamite Level II brought home a rst place trophy at the recent Diamond Cheer and Dance, Show Down in Ft. Pierce. Courtesy photo/ Okeechobee X-PlosionThe Tiny Sparklers group made up of 4 and 5 year olds are rst place winners at this year's Show Down event. Courtesy photo/ Okeechobee X-PlosionThe Mini-Flames, 5-9 year olds were on re at this year's Diamond Showdown event winning a Level I Grand Championship as well as a rst place trophy.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1796 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-2151 RaulersonHospital.com For a Free Physician Referral & Healthcare Questions, Call 1-800-449-8642 Surgical Services Available Include:Everyday highly skilled surgeons and our professional surgical services nursing staff perform many elective, as well as, medically necessary procedures to treat the health needs of our patients, who are your friends and neighbors. These procedures provide a dramatically improved quality of life for our patients.Many of these procedures are laparoscopic, resulting in less scarring and a quicker return to normalcy, like the laparoscopic hysterectomy performed by Board Certied Gynecologist Dr. James Bradeld, who has more than thirty years experience in his eld.Visit our website RaulersonHospital.com for more information about the surgical services offered at Raulerson Hospital. Colon/Rectal Surgery Ear Nose & Throat Surgery Endoscopic Surgery General Surgery Gynecology Orthopedic Podiatry Stereotactic Breast Surgery TIF (for chronic heartburn) Vascular Surgery Urology (including InterStim for bladder/bowel incontinence) EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 10 Okeechobee News December 25, 2011 Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of Okeechobee for more than 30 years. In addition to the facilitys 24/7 patient care, Raulerson Hospital offers free informational classes and lectures about health-related issues for the communitys bene t. Some of the free upcoming classes include:Smoking Cessation SupportRaulerson Hospital Respiratory Therapists will conduct The American Lung Associations, 9-week program Freedom From Smoking group clinic. The American Lung A ssociations Freedom From Smoking (FFS) program is for adults who are ready to quit smoking. Because most people know that smoking is dangerous to their health, the program focuses almost exclusively on how to quit, not why to quit. The meetings held for a 9-week period on Wednesday from 5-6:30 p.m., at the Raulerson Hospital In-Service classroom, features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group. There is no cost to participate in the program and the program works up to the quit day in week four, rather than an instant approach. To register for the Freedom from Smoking support classes call Raulerson Hospital at 863-824-2702.Better Breathers Support Raulerson Hospitals Better Breathers Support Classes is new class offering an informal method for sufferers of COPD and other respiratory issues to learn skills to cope with their conditions, options for paying for medicine and treatments, and answers to other questions they may have regarding their respiratory health. The group, lead by Raulerson Hospital Respiratory Therapists, will meet from 6:457:45 p.m. on the rst Wednesday of the month, beginning Feb. 1, in the Inservice Classroom at Raulerson Hospital. There is no fee for participating in these support classes. To register for the Better Breathers Support classes call Raulerson Hospital at 824-2702.Dine with the DoctorThis medical lecture series is a free opportunity for the public to learn about health-related topics. Dinner is available at 4:30 p.m. for $5 per person. The speaker and topic vary each month. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. and the physician usually entertains questions, following his/her talk. Dine with the Doctor is held on the last Tuesday of the month. Primary Care Physician Dr. Jose Villarreal will speak at the next Doctor on Jan. 31, 2012. To RSVP: contact Raulerson Hospitals Consult-A-Nurse Service at 1-800-4498642. For more information about Raulerson Hospital visit their website at RaulersonHospital.com or call 863-763-2151. Raulerson Hospital to host educational lectures and classes Health and Safety Expo plannedThe 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. The Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m.2 p.m., Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. For information call 763-462-5000 ext. 257.Shared Services Network meetsThe 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.
By Dan Culbert Extension Horticulture Agent Many long-time residents of our area have never seen snow. Its that white, cold stuff that blankets the ground, making for those old-time holiday postcards typical of northern winter festivities. Recently, I have received several calls about what some people think looks like a dusting of snow over our local Florida Y ards. But on closer inspection, they see it is a creeping, low growing weed that blooms w ith lots of small light colored owers. Todays column is about this spreading weed that some are now calling Florida Snow. There are several common names for this plant, which, as normal, cause confusion. Ive only recently heard this called Florida snow, but feel that it is an inappropriate name. There are some references that disagree, but the ones I trust the most call it Large ower Pusley, which is almost as difcult to remember as its botanical name, Richardia grandi ora. Since the experts believe it to be a native of South America, another nameRough Mexican Cloveris also deceiving: it is not from Mexico, nor is it a clover relative. This plant is closely related to a number of pan-tropical plants such as Gardenia, Ixora, Penta Firebush and Wild Coffee. This family includes three very common, lookalike weeds with differences in the size of the owers and the coarseness of the foliage. All of these plants are named Richardia for English botanist Richard Richardson (1663-1741). Large ower Pusley/ Large ower Mexican Clover (R. grandi ora) has the largest, showiest owers of these three plants. The leaves are narrow, tapering sharply to points at both ends, and have a distinct leaf stalk (petiole) The owers are almost an inch (2cm) long, clustered at tips of stems, and can be white, pink, blue or violet. On cloudy days, the owers remain unopened. Florida Pusley is the only native of the group. It is a common annual weed in lawns, gardens and pastures. R. scabra is Latin for rough, referring to the stems of the plant. The number of owers in the cluster is fewer and smaller that these other weeds. It has all white owers and hairy seed capsules Tropical Mexican Clover (R. brasiliensis) is similar but has much smaller all white owers and hairy seed capsulesthe fruits. The edge of the leaf is smooth, and the thickened roots break easily when pulled. This is a perennial plant with a large distribution range. It is not as commonly a problem weed. Now that you can distinguish Largeower Pusley from these other weeds, note that its creeping low growth habit allows it to escape the blades of the mower. Largeower pusley tolerates temperatures as low as 10F, and if it does not freeze, it will live on from year to year, slowly spreading and rooting at the nodes. The many owers also mean it reproduces by seeds as well. Flowering is heaviest from September into January. Small pieces of eshy taproots left in the ground will resprout, helping single plants form three-foot wide mats. Collier County Agent Doug Caldwell reports that in time of drought, Large ower Pusley will not be wilted when all other grass around it is dry and crisp. Is this newest rage in drought-tolerant groundcover? The owers can also attract butter ies and bees: one enthusiastic butter y gardener calls this plant Fairy Cups as a result of its attraction as a nectaring plant. And there are even some reports that it is an edible weed, but Ive not found reliable conformation of that idea. A lawn or pasture can have thousand of owers capable of dispersing tens of thousands of seeds. Controlling the spread when so many seeds are produced can be dif cult. Homeowners may be tempted to hand weed small patches, but since the seed are quite small, even with care many will fall to the ground and come back again in open patches in the turfgrass.Stopping the spreading snowbankIn a 2007 report, a University of Florida researcher found that none of the herbicides tested had a strong or lasting effect on Largeower Pusley. Lee County Extension Director Stephen Brown reports that repeated applications of Atrazine are said to provide good control. The effect of Atrazine will not be seen for at least a couple of weeks. In cooler months, homeowners are largely con ned to the use of Atrazine or Image plus Atrazine on their St. Augustine lawns. Atrazine can be found in liquid or granular forms. The liquid formulation gives much better control of large ower pusley and other weeds than the granular form. Liquids should have a 4.0% concentration. The granular forms are usually blended with fertilizer and sold as Weed & Feed. Granular Atrazine concentrations are usually less than 1%, that are not suf ciently concentrated to manage large ower pusley. Several applications, several weeks apart would be necessary for noticeable control. Do not use Atrazine when temperature rises above 88F. Another herbicide, Mansion [e.g. Metsulfuron methyl] is recommended for, among other things, largeower pusley control onl y in St. Augustine grass lawns. (It is currentl y available at John Deere Landscape stores.) The main problem with using Mansion is the small amount required per application. Mansion should be applied by commercial landscapers that have the equipment and expertise to do this. Read and follow label directions for all herbicides used. In pastures and in vegetable elds, there is research on which commonly used pasture herbicides worked well on Florid a pusley. Such information may be of use in forming weed management plans directed towards large ower pusley. Preventing seed production is the key management strategy. This weed emerges year round, and this steady emergence can be used to lower the populations in the fallow season between crops. Use labeled site-speci c preemergent products during the growing season, as an y escapes can be dif cult to control. If a postemergent application is necessary, make the application when the weed is actively growing to m a x i m i z e maximize control. Ive placed more information on our Okeechobee web page, http://okeechobee. ifas.u .edu. If you need additional information on these spreading weeds, please email me at okeechobee@u .edu or call 863-7636469. Local residents can stop by our of ce at 458 Hwy. 98 North in Okeechobee. Go Gators and Happy Holly Days! 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Staff Of The Okeechobee News Wishes Everyone A Safe & Happy New YearDisplay AdvertisingFriday, December 30 @ 3 pm for Wednesday January 4 The Okeechobee News will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 11 Okeechobee News December 25, 2011 Theres snow in Florida! Flowery groundcover resembles snow Courtesy photos/ UF/IFASFlorida Snow as it is called is actually related to the Gardenia family. The Department of Transportation advises drivers to drive with caution in areas where road work is underway. Work planned this w eek includes the following. US 441 N: From Cemetery Road to Osceola County Line: Maintenance permit project --Utility crews will be installing ber optic cable from NE 168th Street to 325 Trail. No lane closures are expected, but motorist should be aware of construction traf c in the area. US 98: At N.E. 20th Trail: Maintenance project--Crews will be cleaning ditches along the roadway. No lane closures are anticipated, however motorists should still drive with caution in this area. US 98/US 441: From NW 36th Street to NW 9th Street: Maintenance project--Crews will be edging and sweeping along the sidewalks and curbs in the area. No lane closures are expected however motorists should drive with caution. SR 70: Over the Kissimmee River: Bridge maintenance project--This project consists of routine bridge maintenance. Work is expected to be complete in July 2012 and motorists are advised to expect lane closures and possible delays while crews are working. Roadwatch
March for Babies 2012 will be held on March 10, 2012. The March of Dimes held its kick-off for March for Babies 2012 in October. The kickoff lunch was sponsored by Cowboys BBQ and Steak Company. Russ Brown, the Chair for March for Babies 2012, was introduced. Mr. Brown is the son of the late Dr. Fred Brown. Mr. Brown has been involved in education in Okeechobee County for many years and now serves as the Provost for the Dixon-Hendry Campus of Indian River State College. Mr. Brown spoke about his personal reasons for becoming associated with the March of Dimes, saying: My upbringing has a lot to do with my desire to be in this position. As you know my father spent his life focused on the children of Okeechobee. He touched many lives with his care, compassion, knowledge, and gave his all to cure illness and prevent the onset of medical problems. With these traits instilled in me ... I feel it is extremely important ... to spread the mission and educate as many people as I possibly can regarding the bene ts [the March of Dimes] brings about. Brown concluded by inviting those in attendance: Join me in giving your best effort to make a difference. Also at the kick-off, the committee for March for Babies 2012 was announced: Briseida Ayala of Seacoast National Bank, Jennifer Busbin of Okeechobee County, Magi Cable, Karen Cassels of Everglades Elementary, Teresa Chandler of Waste Management, Dr. Patricia Cooper, Kristy Crawford of Center State Bank, Steve Lafferty of Publix Supermarkets, Teresa Lara of Seacoast National Bank, Laura McCall of the Law Of ce of Cassels& McCall, Pat OConnor, Sharon Vinson of the Shared Services Network, Betty Williams, and Cheryl Zrioka of Seacoast National Bank. The kick-off was attended by representatives of many veteran teams, such as Gilbert Chevrolet, Bank of America, Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall, North Elementary School, Publix Super Markets, Seacoast National Bank, and South Elementary, but there were also new teams represented, such as Farm Bureau of Okeechobee, Florida Community Health Centers, Childrens Services Council, and Okeechobee Feed. Money raised through the event will help fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. This mission is achieved through programs of community service, education, research, and advocacy that save babies. Anyone interested in getting information about sponsorship or team opportunities should call 863-763-3131. March of Dimes holds kick-off for March For Babies 2012 bling in our state, said FSA president and V olusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson. Study after study has con rmed the link between casino gambling and increased crime. While casinos may spur short-term economic gain, the spin-off societal costs from increased criminal victimization and gambling addiction are just too high a price to pay. Expanding casino gambling is a bad deal for Florida, and we applaud our Attorney General for taking a strong stand against any further proliferation of gambling in Florida. Not only do national studies con rm that gambling brings in additional crime, but the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) reports that 35 percent of callers to their toll-free anonymous HelpLine 1-888A DMIT-IT said they committed an illegal act to support their habit, continued the release. Moreover, in casinos where large sums of cash are exchanged frequently organized crime often takes root to use casinos to engage in money laundering, loan sharking, robberies and prostitution. These situations, stated the release, demand the increased presence of law enforcement. While there are state-level law enforcement agencies and departments, the majority of responses to criminal activity will fall to local law enforcement agencies. The FSA release goes on to state that sheriffs, who are local constitutional ofcers funded through county budgets, are not guaranteed to receive any additional resources to cover the necessary increase in service. The ratio of law enforcement ofcers to constituents will decrease as more tourists visit the area to participate in casino gambling. Sheriffs deputies will be pulled from routine community patrol to respond to criminal activity brought in by any new casino-style gaming establishment, the release pointed out. For some, gambling is merely a form of entertainment, but for others it is a true addiction. Gambling addicts struggle to provide for themselves and their families and often will turn to crime to support their habit. Society will then be left to pick up the pieces of their broken lives, the release stated. CASINOSContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best! 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To aid aging drivers and their families, AAA promotes Older Driver Safety Awareness Week to help get the safety conversation started. In less than 10 years, one in four licensed drivers will be age 65 and older, said Michele Harris, director, AAA Traf c Safety Culture, The Auto Club Group. This means that now is the time for seniors to equip themselves with the tools necessary to stay driving as long as safely possible if they choose to do so and for families to have open, honest communication with their aging parent about signs/symptoms that indicate when driving may no longer be an option. Most families dont know where to turn for help so by partnering with the American Occupational Therapists Association (AOTA) during Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, AAA hopes to raise visibility of resources and tools that will help families address real and perceived challenges associated with driving and aging. Conversations about safe driving can evoke strong emotional reactions as concerns about personal independence and managing other day-to-day activities ma y come into question. AAA encourages seniors to approach these sensitive conversations as opportunities for constructive communication and problem solving. To help manage the effects of aging on driving ability, AAA, through it Traf c Safet y Foundation, recommends the following resources for older drivers: AAA Roadwise Review is a computerbased self-screening tool designed to assess a drivers functional abilities important to safe driving. CarFit and AAAs Smart Features for Mature Drivers helps to enhance seniors comfort and safety while driving. Senior Defensive Driving courses in the classroom and online provide driver training to help address the changes caused by aging and teach what actions can be taken to be a safer driver. AAA urges seniors to drive safely
LAKELANDThe U.S. Department of A griculture (USDA) raised its orange crop forecast for the 2011-2012 season 2 percent Dec. 7, estimating Florida will now produce 150 million boxes. The USDAs initial October estimate pegged the orange crop at 147 million boxes. So far, this season has progressed as we expected, said Michael W. Sparks, executive VP/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. This increase wasnt altogether unexpected and w e are still comfortable with the USDAs production estimates and the size of the crop. Grower returns are rming up and at the current levels they are helping offset the high production costs we are experiencing due to pest and disease. Visit www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_ state/Florida/Publications/Citrus/cpfp/htm for the complete USDA estimate. The USDA makes its initial forecast in October and then revises it monthly until the end of the season in July. The increase came due to a 2 million box increase in the Valencia crop from 73 million to 75 million. Early and mid-season varieties jumped one million to 75 million. For Florida specialty fruit, the USDA predicts 1.1 million boxes of tangelos and 4.5 million boxes of tangerines, down from 4.7 million in October.The yield from concentrate orange juice (FCOJ) held steady at 1.60 gallons per 90pound box. The USDA predicts Florida will harvest 19.4 million boxes of grapefruit in 11-12, down from the 20.1 million boxes estimated in October. The Florida citrus industry creates a $9 billion annual economic impact, employing nearly 76,000 people, and covering about 550,000 acres. Founded in 1948 and currently representing nearly 8,000 grower members, Florida Citrus Mutual is the states largest citrus grower organization. For more information, visit www/ citrusmutal.com. State orange crop estimate increases 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Email: email@example.com 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: 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 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 1126 S. Parrott Ave in White House PlazaLori, Holly, J.D., Sherry &Mandy(863) 763-6000www.MixonGroup.com Warm Holiday HugsMerry Christmas & 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 13 Okeechobee News December 25, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Alan JayFFA delegation bound for ChinaMichael Witham and Wayne Phillips of the Alan Jay Automotive Network review upcoming travel plans with Charlie Brown, State President of the Florida FFA Association. Charlie, along with many other state FFA of cers from all over the U.S., will be embarking soon on a two-week International Leadership Seminar in China. The Alan Jay Automotive Network is proud to be a sponsor of Highlands County's rst-ever FFA State President for the upcoming trip.
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The classified ads Employment MedicalMEDICAL ASSISTANT Treasure Coast Cardiology is seeking a full time medical assistant in of ce. 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 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 MoneyLendersGET CASH TODAY FOR ANY CAR, running or not, no title needed. 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Sell your used items in the classifieds Sales 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. OfficeSupplies/ Equipment Desk, File Cabinet and Cadenza Call for Appointment. Call 863-763-6600 Pets/Supplies For Sale Pure Bred Beagle Puppies Tri-Color, 2 Males & 1 Female, Current on Shots & Dewormed. Please Call 662-418-4417 or 662-722-0801 14 Okeechobee News December 25, 2011
Wanted To BuyWe 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 HorsesComing 2 year old Ranch Horses Ready to start riding-have been handled-registered Buck Daniel Ranch Jason@ 863 801-9953 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. Taylor Creek 1/1 Condo unfurnished on ground oor. Includes utilities and boat ramp and dock. Move in special only $600 call 863-634-0663. Houses Rent3/2/2 HOUSE for rent in SW section. Children and pets welcome. 863-634-9330 or 863-467-2541 A FFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1200, Large yards. Bring pets. Jacuzzi tub included. Call 561-723-2226 Houses RentHome 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. 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. TREASURE ISLAND 3/2 CBS, on the water, dock, patio, boat house. $1100 (561)262-1390 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentLARKEE LAKES2BR/1BA, $500 month & $300 sec. dep. Call (863) 467-2156 Mobile Home RentBuckhead Ridge 4/2 with fenced yard and re place. Treasure Island 3/2, New carpet no pets. Move in now $600 includes lawn service call 863-634-0663. M/H Rentals 2/1 & 3/1 Country Living $450.00 monthly & $450.00 Security Call 863-697-2486 TREASURE ISLAND 2/2 new carpet, lg. Fla. rm, w/detached man cave. 2 Sheds. Move in now for $600. Call (863)634-0663 TREASURE ISLAND -3/1 mobile home, fenced yard, new carpet, on water, dock, $700/mo (561)262-1390 Mobile HomeSale2005 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 Red Tag Sale Over 10 Stock Units Must Go Save up to 35K 800-622-2832 x210 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 Boats16ft 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 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Boats2000 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 RV Space 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 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 15 Okeechobee News December 25, 2011 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Thanks to Gilbert Chevrolet, Okeechobee High School Brahman Band is one step closer to their fundraising goal. Dec. 10, Gilbert Chevrolet donated $1,500 to the Brahman Band. They are the only group of High School musicians in Florida selected to play in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. on May 28, 2012. Congressman Tom Rooney nominated the students after seeing their stellar performance at the Inaugural Parade in January of this year. We are all very proud of the Brahman Bands achievement, said Christa Luna, owner of Gilbert Chevrolet. Gilbert Chevrolet supports OHS Brahman Band By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Duelle Gore has enjoyed a solid basketball career ever since he became a factor on the Brahman hoops team as an Okeechobee High School junior three years ago. Since then Gore has improved his game and became one of the better big men on the Treasure Coast during his senior year in 2009-2010. Today Gore plays for Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. As a freshman, Gore became a starter and nished the year averaging 6.9 points, seven rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 assists per game. He had a career high 20 points against Southwestern Christian of Oklahoma. Haskell nished the year at (8-22). This year the Indians are (6-5). They play in the NAIA Midlands Collegiate Athletic Complex. Haskell has a rich history having been one of the better college football teams in the nation back in the depression years. Members of federally recognized Native American Tribes can attend the college. Close to 140 tribes and Alaska natives attend the college, which has an enrollment of close to 1,000 students per semester. The College is funded by the Bureau of Indian Education. Gore said the biggest change between college and high school basketball is the talent level. He said he has enjoyed the experience of playing with talented players. We are doing pretty well this season. Ive worked to extend my outside shooting range and have played a lot of minutes, he told the Okeechobee News. Gore majors in business education. His younger brother Trewiston Pearce is an up and coming player for the Brahman varsity. Gore said Trewiston has worked very hard to improve his game. It was good to see him at Thanksgiving and I see a lot of young talent coming out for the Brahmans. He has improved his shot so it is good to see him shoot better, he added. His advice to younger players is to keep shooting and keep working. Okeechobee basketball star playing in Kansas Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOHS basketball, Duelle Gore is enjoying his college basketball career playing in Kansas. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Gilbert ChevroletPhoto from left to right: Christa Luna, Okeechobee High School Band members, Mr. La am-Band Director, Gil Culbreth.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 16 Okeechobee News December 25, 2011