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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 12-30-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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13.70 feetLast Year: 12.44 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Friday, December 30, 2011 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 102 No. 156 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.SFWMD experts volunteer to help in Haiti ... Page 3 Family friends hang onto moving vehicle to prevent non-custodial parent from eeing with 4-year-oldBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News The wife of an off-duty Clewiston police of cer was injured as she, her husband and the child's father ignored their personal safety to prevent the abduction of a 4-year-old boy by his birth mother. William Harvey Gulkis, of Vero Beach, and Nancy Lynn Smith, Okeechobee, were arrested Tuesday, Dec. 27, and charged in the case. Gulkis, 24, was charged with the felonies of aggravated battery on a law enforcement of cer, three counts of child abuse, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence and leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. Smith, 26, is charged with three counts of felony child abuse and one misdemeanor count of driving while license suspended with knowledge. Okeechobee County Jai l records show that Gulkis i s being held in lieu of $233,00 0 bond, while Smith is bein g held on $30,500 bond. An arrest report by Deput y Joe Gracie, of the Okeecho bee County Sheriff's Of c e (OCSO), stated that Smit h went to an Okeechobe e home around 3:35 p.m. Tuesday to see he r 4-year-old son who lives with his father and hi s stepmother. While there, she grabbed her so n and jumped into a waiting van. The van, it was learned later, was reportedl y Trio thwarts abduction of childOf cer honored for undercover work ... Page 12 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News "I've had a good life," said Merle Hathaway who celebrated his one hundredth birthday Thursday, Dec. 29, at the Okeechobee County Senior Services Center. "The only thing I regret is that I can't drive any more," he said. That is because Mr. Hathaway is legally blind. However, one would never know that by watching him. He gets around unassisted and is able to recognize people even though he cannot see well enough to read. He said the secret of his long life is "hugging the women." On a more serious note Mr. Hathaway offered the following advice for long life: "Be happy and don't worry about stuff, let the Lord take care of it." He is a faithful member of Oakview Baptist Church. Living a long time seems to run in his family. His mother lived to be 90 and his father 87. He had an aunt who lived to be 107. Mr. Hathaway was born on a farm in Ohio in the horse and buggy days. As a small child, he remembers running between the table legs to keep his mother from whipping him. While some students walked to school or rode in a horse drawn wagon, Mr. Hathaway rode a bicycle two miles to school. He also rode a pony to school. For the rst and second grade he attended a one-room school, then a bigger school was built. He said he never received a whipping in school, but, just in case, he wore two pairs of pants so it wouldn't hurt so bad. Mr. Hathaway remembers his rst car, a Model T Ford. When he was about 20, Mr. Hathaway met his wife at a Sunday school party. "There is the girl I am going to marry," he said when he saw her. His buddy told him he could not marry her because she was high society. However, he did marry her in 1931. She passed away 14 years ago, just two months short of their 65th Local man still active at age 100 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaMerle Hathaway celebrated his one hundredth birthday at a surprise party held at the Okeechobee County Senior Services Center on Thursday, Dec. 29. See 100 Page 2 See ABDUCTION Page 2 Nancy Lynn Smith William H. Gulkis

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TALLAHASSEE—Florida Division of Emergency Management of cials urge residents and visitors across the state to practice re safety when using indoor heating sources when temperatures dip into cooler range. By taking basic safety precautions, residents can reduce the risk of re, property damage or any potential loss of life. All residents and visitors are encouraged to practice cold weather safety, especially around indoor heating sources that may pose a potential re hazard to family and property. Floridians should remember the “Five P’s during cold weather safety. The “5 P’s” are: Protecting People, Protecting Plants, Protecting Pets, Protecting Exposed Pipes, and Practicing Fire Safety. To stay cozy and safe during cold weather, remember these safety tips:  Stay indoors and use safe heating sources.  When outdoors, stay dry and wear multiple layers of loosetting, warm clothing.  Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets. Use of extension cords may lead to circuit overload and cause a re.  Keep space heaters away from drapery, furniture or other ammable material. A good rule of thumb is to keep space heaters at least 36 inches from anything ammable.  Do not leave space heaters unattended.  Do not use a stove or oven as a heat source. An open oven door or lit stove burners can be dangerous and are ineffective as a heat source.  Never use grills as an indoor heating source. Charcoal and propane emit carbon monoxide gas and are not suitable for indoor use.  Candles are unsafe and ineffective as a heat source. Never leave candles lit in an unattended room or when going to sleep.  When using a replace, make sure it is properly vented and that the chimney is cleaned periodically to avoid ash res.  Do not burn anything in the replace other than rewood and do not leave a re burning when going to sleep.  Install smoke detectors and make sure they work.  Install a carbon monoxide detector i f you have any gas appliances.  Review and practice your family’s re escape plan. For more information on cold weather safety and the Florida Division of Emergenc y Management and to GET A PLAN!, please visit: www.FloridaDisaster.org. Practice re safety as temperatures drop being driven by Gulkis. It was also learned that two other small children belonging to Smith were in the 2004 Nissan van. As Smith jumped into the van, Of cer A dam Baker, of the Clewiston Police Department (CPD), apparently ran to the driver’s side of the vehicle and identi ed himself and showed Gulkis his badge. The of cer then reached into the van and tried to turn off the v ehicle’s ignition. Of cer Baker and his wife, Roberta, were v isiting with the child’s father and stepmother. With the both the large sliding door on the passenger side and the driver’s side door open, Gulkis then pressed the accelerator and tried to escape, stated the deputy’s arrest report. As the Clewiston of cer hung onto the steering wheel and was being dragged, Smith repeatedly hit him in the face in an effort to get him to turn loose, continued the report. The report said Of cer Baker was dragged about 100 feet. After Gulkis allegedly ran into a mailbox, Of cer Baker turned loose and jumped away from the vehicle just as Gulkis reportedly slammed the transmission into reverse. By this time, stated the report, the child’s father had reached the van and grabbed on to the vehicle. Deputy Gracie said it was at this point that Of cer Baker saw his wife lying on the ground with serious injuries. The deputy’s report stated that as Mrs. Baker was holding onto the sliding side door her shirt became entangled and she was dragged an undisclosed distance and then thrown from the vehicle while it was still moving. As she lay injured, she saw the driver of the van begin to back up and she had to protect herself by rolling out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, Deputy Gracie stated. According to the arrest report, Gulkis continued to back up at a high rate of speed until he ran into another mailbox, a fence and then backed into Mrs. Baker’s 2005 Nissan pickup truck. Gulkis, stated Deputy Gracie, then jumped from the van and tried to ee the area on foot. He was apprehended by Of cer Baker who held him until Deputy Gracie and OCSO Deputy Mark Margerum arrived. The child’s father was thrown from the van when it struck the pickup truck, added the deputy. Both the child’s father and Mrs. Baker were taken to Raulerson Hospital. Deputy Gracie went on to state that the other two children in the van were turned over to one of their mother’s family members, and the boy was returned to his father and stepmother. The deputy’s report does not indicate the amount of damage done to the van, fence, mailboxes or the pickup truck. A BDUCTIONContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Now In Stock Your Winter Supplement Feeds for Cattle A T T E N T I O N : F A R M E R S & R A N C H E R S Protein Blocks, Energy Blocks, All Natural Blocks, Round Bales, Liquid Feed... Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy. 98 N., Okeechobee 2 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011 Weather forecast for Okeechobee Count y from the National Weather ServiceLocal ForecastFriday: Sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph. Friday night: Clear, with a low around 48. Calm wind. Extended ForecastSaturday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming north northeast between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. New Year’s Day: Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, low around 52. North northwest wind around 5 mph. anniversary. They had three children. “We got along pretty good,’ Mr. Hathaw ay said of his wife. “We never went to bed mad at each other.” While he conceded that they did argue, he said they soon forgot what they were arguing about. In 1927 Mr. Hathaway began work at a steel mill. He only worked a short time until the Great Depression hit. Then he worked for a wholesale grocer for 28 cents an hour. He said he was able to keep his job when many others lost theirs because people had to eat. Mr. Hathaway did not serve in the military during World War II because he worked in a critical industry making parts for tanks. He drove a truck for a number of years and, as a justice of the peace, performed many w edding ceremonies. In later years, Mr. Hathaway’s son was in the Air Force stationed at West Palm Beach. A fter visiting his son three or four times, he and his wife decided to move to West Palm Beach. In 1956, he sold his house and bought a truck for the move. In 1965, he and his wife bought a lot in Kissimmee River Estates and in 1970 they moved there. For a time he operated a store in the neighborhood. He sharpened saws and scissors until he got to where he could not see well enough. These days Mr. Hathaway stays busy helping out in the senior services center doing “anything there is to do.” Because of his volunteer work at the senior services center, in 2010 Mr. Hathaway received the Mangrove Bay Service Award to Seniors awarded by the Area Agency on Aging. He received this award over nominees from senior service organizations in Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties. Currently, Mr. Hathaway lives with a daughter and son-in-law. He has numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 100Continued From Page 1 Okeechobee Forecast Raulerson Hospital will host free Freedom From Smoking Classes for anyone ready to quit smoking on Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. in Raulerson Hospital’s In-Service Classroom. The new year, is a great time for a new start. Register at 1-800449-8642. Raulerson Hospital hosts a Better Breathers Support Group for COPD sufferers and others with respiratory conditions, on the rst Wednesday of each month (beginning Feb. 1) in the Raulerson Hospital’s In-Service Classroom. To register or for more information, call 1-800-449-8642. Raulerson Hospital offers health classes and programs

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Water managers at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) are using their expertise to help provide clean drinking w ater to struggling areas of Haiti. Hydrogeologist Steve Krupa and technical supervisor Rick Miessau have been on three v olunteer missions to Haiti together and are returning next month to improve the water supply at a school and an orphanage, and conduct additional tests on nearby wells. “It is humbling to see the condition adults and children in Haiti are living with and it serves as a reminder how important the clean water is that we enjoy every day,” said Miessau. “Water is a critical resource in South Florida and throughout the world. Parts of Haiti don’t have the infrastructure to provide basic drinking water and people are getting sick as a result.” A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. The District’s extensive network of groundwater monitors in South Florida picked up the underground tremors from more than 600 miles away. Health of cials in Haiti responded to an increase in illnesses following the earthquake – including a devastating and deadly cholera outbreak – attributed to contaminated water. The earthquake exacerbated poor water quality that includes high salinity levels and bacterial contamination, which sicken people on a daily basis in Haiti. “In some of the poorest places of Haiti, much of the day is spent collecting water for basic needs and often that water is contaminated,” said Miessau. “Clean water is essential to the region’s recovery, just as it is a basic necessity to maintain our lives.” Hydrogeologists at the District have decades of experience in water supply development. Impoverished regions of Haiti do not have access to clean water and simple technology such as a working hand pump has the potential to provide signi cant improvements to the quality of life. On their upcoming trip that begins Jan. 14, Krupa and Miessau are installing equipment at a school in Verrettes, Haiti, that will eventually provide the only running water for 5 miles around. They will also repair the back-up hand pump at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which is needed so that water can be retrieved during frequent power outages. Krupa and Miessau use their vacation time organizing these relief efforts for Haiti. The work is not funded or sponsored by the District, but their efforts show the kind of dedication many employees have to the cause of clean, sustainable water. During a recent bake sale to raise money for their efforts, $2,000 in donations were collected from District staff. 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 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. 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The free trees are part of the nonpro t Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and April 30, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge. Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to 5 CRAPEMYRTLES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31, 2012. Florida residents can also join online at arborday.org/january. Celebrate the New Year in Florida with free Crapemyrtle Okeechobee blood drive dates changedOver the winter holidays, blood donors are still needed to help provide a safe blood supply for area hospitals. The Big Red Bus bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee on the following dates:  Friday, Dec. 30 Blockbuster Video, 1–6 p.m.  Saturday, Dec. 31 Wal Mart, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.  Friday, Jan. 6 Blockbuster Video, 2 p.m.–6 p.m.  Saturday, Jan. 7 PhilFiesta Celebration, times TBA. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe crew of volunteers tests water quality at various rudimentary wells in Haiti.

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Lake level I see a letter to the editor in the W ednesday paper from someone who is unhappy the Corps is letting water out of Lake Okeechobee in pulse releases to help t he coastal estuaries. I agree that the coastal area should stop relying on the lake to s olve their problems. The way that nature s et up the system, the lake was not even c onnected to the Caloosahatchee, except t hrough a series of marshes, and the river w ent nearly completely dry every year. Old t imers remember wading across it. The est uaries were ne then. If they now need wat er to keep the estuaries healthy due to all of the man made changes to the river, then t hey should put in some water storage areas north of the river so they can feed water to it w hen necessary, instead of pumping water from Lake Okeechobee in a direction that nature did not intend it to ow. Supermarket closed There is a sign on the door of U-Save. It has been seized by the Tax Collector.  They must have the same person doing their taxes that did the chamber of commerce’s taxes.  This seems odd as the new owners have not owned the stores for that long, unless they bought up the bad tax debt with t he buyout. Seems like the old owner would have settled it when they sold out.  From the story in the paper, it looks like t he new owners had already started shutting it down and the county tax collector wanted t o make sure they didn’t just leave town w ithout paying the taxes currently due. It appears to just be 2010 taxes that are overdue s o not really much for a business to owe. Other businesses also owe this and have not been seized. But when the store had the power already shut off and they appeared to b e moving stuff out ... so the tax collector t ook steps to try to get the money owed the c ounty before there is nothing left.  Might be a good location for the new reconstituted Chamber. Parade starts there anyway. Twinkies for all. Keep business development away from the vacuum cleaner isle.  Prayers to everyone without a job...Health care I don’t see why a person should have to be employed full-time by a company to have affordable health insurance. It makes it dif cult for the under-employed and the self-employed. And medical bills can break a person.Football coach I don’t think they’ll ever have a successful football team or athletic program under the current administration. I don’t think they understand that sometimes success in athletics also breeds academic success as well as school spirit.  Back in the 1980s there were at least 50 to 60 kids on the team. Now you are lucky to get 30. I don’t blame the coaches because these kids don’t want to be involved in sports because there are better things to do with their time -Xbox, Playstation. I know several young teens who are very talented but to get them to go outside and do something is like pulling your own teeth. Oh, and we didn’t have FCAT either so if you had a C average you could play. So it does not matter who coaches a tem, when the defense and offense are the same, how long can you last in a game?  It is such a terrible thing if the kids no longer care about football? I see we do better in other sports like soccer, baseball and swimming. And we have a terri c band. Maybe the community should get behind the teams that are doing well, show up and support the kids. What difference does it make what sport or activity they are involved with as long as the kids are learning, having fun and getting involved? So what if we never win another football game. It’s not really that important.  Unfortunately, football as a sport affects athletics as a whole at the high school. The football team’s performance affects the Gold Seat ticket sales, gate ticket sales and the band concessions. Attendance at the games and how well the team does during the game has a direct impact on other organizations who depend on the fans for their revenue. I am not here to debate the status of the coach, as I respect him, but I also respect what the administration feels they need to do, as they see the impact the team’s success or failure has on other sports and clubs in the school. Stick to your New Year’s Resolution with Help from Tobacco Free FloridaTALLAHASSEE, Fla.—If resolutions were as easy to keep as they are to make, there would be more than one million fewer cigarette smokers in Florida. Seven out of 10 adult smokers report that they want to quit completely. Last year, about half of them tried to quit. Yet, few (6.2 percent) were successful. As 2012 approaches, Tobacco Free Florida is encouraging smokers in the state to use the program’s free and convenient quit resources to start the year smoke-free and increase their chances of staying smoke-free for good. Evidence-based cessation counseling and FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies (NRTS) provided by the program can double to triple your chances of successfully quitting. Nicotine is one of the most addictive chemicals. The current design and contents of cigarettes make them more attractive and addictive than ever before. Today, cigarettes deliver nicotine more quickly from the lungs to the heart and brain. Poor preparation and a quit plan that’s not entirely right for you can make quitting even harder. While quitting is dif cult, it is not impossible. In fact, there are more former smokers in Florida than current smokers. “Every year, many Floridians try to go it alone as they resolve to quit smoking,” said Dr. Frank Farmer, Florida’s State Surgeon General. “While quitting cold turkey may work for some, every day there is mounting evidence that counseling and medication have been proven effective and can greatly increase your chances of not just quitting, but staying tobacco free for good.” If you weren’t able to quit in years past, do not be discouraged. Most former smokers made several attempts before nally quitting permanently. The average smoker attempts to quit between eight and 11 times before succeeding. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. Cigarette use results in an estimated 28,600 deaths in Florida each year. Despite the known dangers of smoking, more than 2.5 million Floridians, or 17.1 percent of the adult population, are current cigarette smokers. Tobacco Free Florida offers a number o f free and convenient resources to help Floridians quit using tobacco.  Phone: Call the Florida Quitline a t 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Qui t Coach who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized qui t plan.  Online: Enroll in the Web Coach, which will help you create your own webbased quit plan that’s right for you, visi t https://www.quitnow.net/ orida.  In-person: Visit the Florida Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Network’s website, http://ahectobacco.com, to locate you r local AHEC and sign up for Quit Smoking Now group classes. Tobacco Free Florida re-launched its website, www.tobaccofree orida.com, to help Floridians quit tobacco. The new comprehensive website aims to provide tobacco users with the most updated and useful information on why to quit and how to quit. In early 2012, Tobacco Free Florida will expand the website to include sections on helping others quit, tobacco-related issues in the state, information for teens, and much more. Tobacco Free Florida (TFF) is a statewid e cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Th e program is managed by the Florida Department of Health, speci cally the Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program. Smokers and smokeless tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to call the Florid a Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to spea k with a quit coach. To learn about TFF and the state’s free quit smoking resources, visi t www.tobaccofree orida.com or follow th e campaign on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or Twitter a t twitter.com/tobaccofree a. Friday, December 30 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out 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. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Resolve to quit smoking in 2012 Pregnancy Center offers free servicesFree Pregnancy tests are available at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, located at 500 N.W. 6th Street. Call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Free Parenting Classes available for mothers (and fathers) to be or those already with babies on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. Call the of ce at 863-4678748. Find out about the Baby Boutique!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST YOUR CHURCH 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 Traditional Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Comtemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship 6pmSunda y Mid Week Worship at 7pmW ednesda y Children and Youth Classes are Available on Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70E Life Community Church L L iving I n F aith E verydayFREE Family Movie Night Friday, Jan 6, 2012 at 7 p.m.701 South Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, Fl (863) 763-7800 Pastor Jim WatersThe Ultimate Gift Starring James Garner & Brian Dennehy P U B L I C I S I N V I T E D! List Your Church!!!Call 863-763-3134 or Email okeeadsales@newszap.com 5 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011 By Bob WattendorfFWCAs many of us prepare to hang a calendar for the new year and we ip the pages to glance in awe at photographs featuring nature's beauty from wild habitats to sh and w ildlife or outdoor recreation it is a good time to re ect on what it takes to make those glorious images. Ask any passionate angler, hunter or outdoors person what he or she loves about nature and getting outdoors, and key points come up, including a love of connecting with nature, being able to relax and spending quality time outdoors with friends and families. To help them enjoy their experiences, people say they want protection for habitats and public access, and education to help make sure the next generation cares about and understands the importance of sh and wildlife conservation and appreciates the joy and bene ts conservation provides. Each state has an agency dedicated to sh and wildlife conservation and providing shing and hunting opportunities to the 88 million A mericans over the age of 16 who sh, hunt or enjoy other wildlife-related recreation (2006 National Survey). In Florida, that is the responsibility of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission (FWC). Throughout 2011, the FWC made huge inroads to address those concerns through enhanced education, outreach and communications efforts. In previous Fish Busters' Bulletins, we've discussed Get Outdoors Florida! (www.GetOutdoorsFlorida. org) and the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (www.FYCCN.org), which have gotten off to amazing starts but still need your support to reach Floridians about the bene ts of enjoying active, nature-based recreation. This column is about the FWC's education and outreach. In October 2010, FWC staff joined educators from 37 state sh and wildlife agencies for a North American Conservation Education Strategy Training Academy, which stressed core concepts in education and outreach (including outdoor skills, hunter education and aquatic education programs) to provide more valuable and relevant messages to Americans of all ages. Training was fully funded by a grant from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and included understanding the association's core conservation concepts, formulating benchmarks, implementing a K-12 education process, and integrating outdoor skills-based education into state education standards, among other topics. The FWC's core concepts for conservation education have been re ned and will be part of a consistent messaging effort in Florida and nationally. These ideas communicate what every citizen should know and understand about sh, wildlife and their conservation and management: Concept 1: Fish and wildlife belong to us all, and the FWC manages and protects these resources on our behalf. Concept 2: Regulations are sometimes necessary to conserve natural resources for generations to come and to keep people safe, whether they are harvesting or observing wildlife. Concept 3: All living things bene t from a healthy and diverse environment. Concept 4: Fish and wildlife conservation and management are solidly rooted in science and balance the needs of people with consideration for maintaining healthy populations of sh and wildlife, as well as their habitats. Concept 5: Fish and wildlife habitat conservation provides human-health, recreation, aesthetic and economic bene ts. Concept 6: The future of Florida's sh and wildlife depends on citizens and partners working together with the FWC. Concept 7: Fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and boating are appropriate recreational uses of Florida's natural resources; participation in these activities contributes revenue, harvest information and increased public support to sh and wildlife management. Concept 8: Everyone has the opportunity to participate in sh and wildlife recreation. That opportunity implies a responsibility to take care of nature's resources, stay safe and respect the rights and property of others. Concept 9: The FWC uses a variety of funding sources to manage Florida's sh and wildlife resources for everyone. Floridians should know that when they buy licenses and permits, register their vehicles or buy and sell property they help support sh and wildlife conservation. Concept 10: Fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, boating and other nature-based activities provide people with millions of days of outdoor recreation and generate nearly $15 billion for Florida's economy each year(2011-12 Programs of the FWC). Concept 11: Habitat management, protection and restoration help sustain and conserve ecosystems and bene t Florida's sh, wildlife and human populations. Concept 12: Enforcement of conservation and safety laws requires an educated, coordinated and consistent effort. It is the FWC's hope that as people attain a greater understanding and respect for these core concepts of sh and wildlife conservation, we will all work together with a greater sense of purpose to provide outstanding recreational opportunities for generations to come. Instant licenses are available at MyFWC. com/License or by calling 888-FISH-FLORID A (347-4356). Report violators by calling 888404-3922, *FWC or #FWC on your cell phone, or texting to Tip@MyFWC.com. Visit MyFWC. com/Fishing or scr.bi/Fish-busters for more Fish Busters' columns. Take time to re ect on Florida's natural beauty

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Applications for Miss Rodeo Okeechobee queen acceptedApplications 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 www.missrodeookeechobee.org Deadline is Dec. 30Photos of past Okeechobee Rodeo queens being soughtThe 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.Eagles North plans New Year’s 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 hosts New Year’s prayer and worship serviceFaith 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.VFW Ladies Auxiliary to host two New Year’s Eve partiesMARDI GRAS NEW YEAR! The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 4423 will be sponsoring their annual (2) New Year’s partyies. Party 1 is from 2 until 5 p.m. Party 2 is from 8 p.m. until close. Music provided by XXL (Dennis), Mystery entertainers, door prizes, party favors, some Cajun cookin’ & other food. Please join us for either party or both......NO COVER CHARGE or reservation. Be colorful for welcoming 2012. The Post is located at 300 N.W. 34th St. 863-763-0818.Cypress Hut Eagles hosting New Year’s Eve partySaturday, Dec. 31 the Cypress Hut Eagles will be ringing in the New Year! Music will be by Bo Glover starting at 8:30 p.m. Therew will be nger food and fee champagne but no cover charge! The public is welcome!ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew”ConKerr Cancer’s mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth, love and a smile through the simple gift of a pillowcase. The next ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew” will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 3 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Join us at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine (or serger) and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. For more information, please call Joan at 863-467-0290. Sign up now for hoop leagueThe deadline to register for Parks & Recreation’s Youth Basketball League is Friday, Jan. 6. Sign-ups are being held Tuesday-Friday. this week from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (in the Sports Complex). The of ce will be closed Monday, Jan. 2 The fee is $40 per child and will require a birth certificate at registration. The league will consist of boys and girls in three age divisions: 10 & under, 12 & under and 14 & under. For more details, call 863-763-6950.PhilFiesta 2012 slatedThe Philippine-American Cultural Foundation invites you to PhilFiesta 2012! Everyone is welcome to enjoy family fun, Philippine food, music and songs, cultural performances, arts and crafts, exhibits and the Philippine Martial Arts. Join Miss PhilFiesta on Saturday, Jan. 7 2012, from 9 a.m. to sunset. Admission is free; parking is $3 per vehicle.This event will take place at the Philippine Heritage Enrichment Complex and Gardens, 5154 S.W. 16th Avenue, Okeechobee. For further information, vendors or advertisers contact Dr. Trini Garcia at (863) 763-6429, Anje at (772) 285-0274, Sid at (863) 610-0515, Edwin at (561) 371-0825 or Joel at (954) 449-3494. To join Miss PhilFiesta contact Maria at (786) 281-9800. Sporting clay fun shoot setThink you can out shoot a CattleWoman? Farm Credit challenges you with a bounty drawing if you can. Join us at the Sporting Clay Fun Shoot at Quail Creek Plantation, Okeechobee on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 8:30 a.m. Registration forms on-line at: www. oridacattlemen.org/fcw.html. There will be a drawing for a new Winchester Super X 12 gauge pump shotgun SXP Camp Combo (synthetic stock/28 inches barrel and 18 inches defender barrel/3 chokes) Don’t miss your chance to win this shotgun. Only 200 tickets will be sold at just $10 each. The drawing will be held during the Fun Shoot. Need not be present to win but it is more fun to be there. Drawing for the shotgun is sponsored by Larry and Debbie Swindle. The gun transfer will be donated by Quail Creek Plantation. You must be eligible to own a gun in the state of Florida to win the prize. Proceeds bene t Florida Cattle Women educational/ youth programs and scholarship fund. For information call: Wendy Petteway 863-7813986; Melissa Montes De Oca 863-634-7712 or Melissamdo@earthlink.net; or, Quail Creek Plantation 863-763-2529.Memory screening offeredThe 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 1-800-8617826, 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 at the Okeechobee Count y Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St., room 261. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Health and Safety Expo setThe fth annual Okeechobee Famil y 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 863-462-5000 ext. 257.Library will be hosting Broadway programsIan R. B. Nairnsey is presenting a series of talks in January and February on “Broadway Musicals Decade by Decade.” The programs are held on Wednesdays at noon at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Admission is free. The programs last about 75 minutes and are illustrated with slides and musical selections. Those attending are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. The Jan. 11 program covers the 1920s and 1930s. 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.Maria Concepcion Romero, 77 OKEECHOBEE — Maria Concepcion Romero, of Okeechobee, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2011, at her residence. She was born Nov ember 24, 1934, to Guadalupe Bustos and Leonarda Leyva In Mexico. She came to Okeechobee in 1980 from Mexico and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Berta Romero Becerill. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 y ears, Pedro Romero of Okeechobee; daughter, V ictoria Lagunas (Martin) of Ft. Pierce; son, Pablo Romero (Elpidia) of Okeechobee; sister, Petra Cruz and brother Abel Serrano both of Mexico; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Friday, December 30, 2011 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Service will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2011, at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Duffy of ciating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. On-line condolences may be made at w ww.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Roy D. Lundy, 84 MOORE HAVEN — Roy D. Lundy of Moore Haven, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at his home in Moore Haven. Roy was born March 23, 1927, in Moore Haven. He is the son of the late Paul Edger and the late Amy (Surgnier) Lundy. Roy was the Sheriff of Glades County from 1956 to 1981. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Moore Haven and a 50 plus year member of the Moore Haven Lodge 61 F. & A.M. He is survived by his two sons, Roy D. Lundy, J r. (Sandra) of Moore Haven, and Jack E. Lundy (Janice) of Moore Haven; grandchildren, Scott Lundy (Nicole), Brad Lundy (Leslie), Jaclyne Pollard (Dwayne); great-grandchildren, Garrett Lundy, Katelyn Lundy, Carolanne Lundy and Aubrey Pollard. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Scott Lundy in 1989; and two grandchildren, Samuel David Lundy and Amy Elizabeth Lundy. The funeral service is being held today, Friday, December 30, 2011, at First United Methodist Church Of Moore Haven, 300 Avenue L. S.W., Moore Haven, FL. Rev. Charlie Watts of ciating. Interment will be in Ortona Cemetery, Moore Haven. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011 Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SOME VEHICLE PHOTOS ARE APPROXIMATE LIKENESS TO THE IN STOCK INVENTORY. ALL VEHICLES ADVERTISED ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. VEHI CLES PRICED AFTER ALL FACTORY REBATES PLUS TAX, TAG AND $289 DEALER FEE. SOME FACTORY REBATES MAY REQUIRE FORD MOTOR CREDIT FINANCING WAC. SOME PRICES INCLUDE FMCC REBATE, RCL RENEWAL OR TRADE ASSIST REBATE. *10,500 MILES/YR. 27 MONTHS PAYMENT AND TAX. 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 CLEARANCE SALE! 2006 CHEVY SUBURBANSANDSTONE, 77K MI., #11306A$19,950ONLY 2010 FORD ESCAPE LTDINGOT SILVER, 28K MI., #P4065$21,950 2010 TOYOTA TACOMA V6PYRITE MICA, 22K MI., #11536B$24,950ONLY 2009 KIA OPTIMA LX BRIGHT SILVER, 40K MI., #P4115$13,950ONLY ONLY 2006 CAMRY SOLARA SLEV6, BLACK, 62K MI., #P4119A$15,950ONLY 2006 NISSAN PATHFINDERRED PEARL, 75K MI., #11711A$14,950ONLY2007 FORD ESCAPE XLTBLUE CC MET., 46K MI., #11867A$14,950ONLY 2010 HONDA CIVIC LXALABASTER, 14K MI. #11257A $16,950ONLY2011 ECONOLINE CARGOOXF. WHT., 27K MI., #P4174$19,950ONLY 2011 FORD MUSTANG V6BLUE METALLIC, 22K MI., #P4177$21,950ONLY2007 FORD EDGE SELREDFIRE, 64K MI., #11556A$17,950ONLY 2010 FORD EXPLORER XLTOXFORD WHT., 32K MI., #P4124$21,950ONLY2006 INFINITI G35 PLATINUM, 61K MI., #11673A$18,200ONLY 2010 FORD EXPLOREREDDIE BAUER, 37K MI., #R4152$22,950ONLY 2005 CHEVY SILVERADOVICTORY RED, 67K MI., #P4132 $22,950ONLY2009 F-150 PLATINUMSUPER CREW, 4X4$34,950ONLYJUST ARRIVED! 7 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011

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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 8 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It’s that time of year again when Broadway comes to Okeechobee. As he has been doing for over 10 years, Ian R. B. Nairnsey once again brings his wealth of knowledge of Broadway to the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Mr. Nairnsey will present a series of ve, free Wednesday noontime talks. Each talk will last about 75 minutes and will be illustrated by slides and musical presentations. Mr. Nairnsey suggests that participants bring brown bag lunches. “America’s musical theater is America’s gift to the world,” said Mr. Nairnsey. This year he wanted to do something different. Previous presentations have featured various artists. Thus y ear, except for the last talk in the series, each talk will cover a 20-year time period. The rst talk, on Jan. 11, will cover the 1920s and 1930s and will include such familiar tunes as “Tea for Two,” “With A Song In My Heart,” and “Old Man River.” The Jan. 18 talk on the period of the 1940s and 1950s will include the favorites, “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun,” as performed by Ethel Merman, “How Are Things In Glocca Morra” and “Hello Young Lovers.” On Jan. 25 the Broadway musicals of the 1960s and 1970s will be covered. Those attending will hear, among other things, “Bye, Bye Birdie,” by Dick Van Dyke, “Camelot” by Richard Burton, and “People,” by Barbara Striesand. The Feb. 1 talk will feature the musicals of the 1980s and 1990s. Song heard w ill include S’Wonderful” by Twiggy and Tommy Tune, and “Beauty and the Beast,” w ith Angela Lansbury. The last program, on Feb. 8, will be the backstage story of “My Fair Lady.” Mr. Nairnsey’s interest in musical theater began many years ago when he saw “South Paci c” on Broadway. His fascination continued as he practised law in England for over 30 years. He has amassed an extensive collection of recorded music. Those interested in learning more about Broadway may wish to attend Mr. Nairnsey’s series of lectures “Broadway’s Greatest Lyricist: Their Contribution to Musical Productions” at the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University as part of the university’s Lifelong Learning Society. The lectures are from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at the Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium. The series will include, among other subjects, lectures on Ira Gershwim, Oscar Hammerstein II, Johnny Mercer and Alan Jay Lerner. There is a charge to attend this lecture series. For more information on the Florida Atlantic lectures, call the Life Long Learning Society at 561297-3171.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Broadway comes again to Okeechobee library Courtesy photoIan R.B. Nairnsey will host a talk program series featuring Broadway history lectures.

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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 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.com 1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 9 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011 Test wells will help evaluate the aquifer 2,700 feet below groundPOLK COUNTY — To support and sustain the water supply in Central Florida, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is currently drilling test wells up to 2,700 feet deep in previously unexplored portions of the Lower Floridan Aquifer. “The Lower Floridan Aquifer in this area is largely uncharted territory, and its potential for boosting regional supplies is not yet known,” said Terrie Bates, Director of the SFW MD Water Resources Division. “This could be a signi cant and viable alternative source to meet water needs in future years.” The SFWMD Governing Board approved a contract for additional well drilling and testing, a continuation of an overall exploratory program initiated earlier this year. Drilling sites include locations in Osceola and Polk counties. Traditional water supplies, especially from shallow aquifers, are limited in many parts of the region. Alternative water sources, such as the deep Lower Floridan Aquifer, are being explored for potential use to meet future public water supply demands. Data from the wells will be provided to the Central Florida Water Initiative, a partnership of utilities, stakeholders, the South Florida Water Management, St. Johns Water Management and Southwest Florida Water Management districts. The goal of the initiative is to gather additional information on alternative water supply that will potentially increase regional water supplies and improve the ability to protect natural systems. The drilling operation is a meticulous, timeconsuming effort. When drilling half a mile below ground, it takes 50 minutes for the excavated rock to reach the surface. In Florida, much of the public water supply comes from groundwater. Florida’s aquifers, which supply more than 8 billion gallons of water each day, are among the most productive in the world. The Floridan Aquifer System is the main source of groundwater in the Kissimmee Basin. It is comprised of multiple layers of rocks overlain by unconsolidated sediments. Some of these rock layers are porous and hold water, while others impede its movement. The permeable zones of the Upper Floridan aquifers are the main portions used for water supply. Much less is known about the deeper portions of the aquifer. Research currently under way on the Lower Floridan will help determine the aquifer’s depth, water quality and other factors that will help identify its potential, long-term sustainability as a water resource. By compiling and evaluating data from the test wells, the SFWMD and partner agencies will have a clearer picture of how the Lower Floridan Aquifer operates and ho w to better manage and protect the region’s water. SFWMD installs deep exploratory wells in Central Florida Courtesy photo/ SFWMDTest wells being drilled by SFWMD in Polk County are as much as 2,700 feet deep with the hopes that a signi cant water source can be secured for future years. OHS grad completes basic trainingArmy Pvt. Dylan W. Ellis has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, militar y courtesy, military justice, physical tness, rst aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battle eld operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman. Ellis is the son of Donald Ellis of Okeechobee. He is a 2011 graduate of Okeechobee High School. In the military...

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Specializing in: A d u l t & P e d i a t r i c U r o l o g y B l a d d e r & K i d n e y I n f e c t i o n s I m p o t e n c e / I m p l a n t s N o S c a l p e l V a s e c t o m y215 N.E.19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217 Board Certified In Urology RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS REHAB THERAPY/NURSING HOME VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S.Scott Tapper,M.D.,F.A.C.S.Board Certified General Vascular Surgeon 2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. StuartSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Office ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation proceduresInsurance Accepted Before Aftersymmetrylaservein.com772-286-5501 Advertising in theOkeechobee Newsis a bright idea!Call 763-3134 today!We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call:863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session Pasquale X.Montesano,M.D.Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon1 1 2 4 S P a r r o t t A v e n u e € O k e e c h o b e e 8 6 3 2 6 1 8 0 5 9 € i n f o @ s p i n e d o c s o r g PALMBEACH SPINE SPECIALISTS SPINE SURGERY RAULERSONPRIMARYCARE Jose Villarreal, D.O. Dr. Villarreal is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. P r i m a r y C a r e P h y s i c i a nAccepting New Patients of all agesO f f i c e H o u r s : Mon.-Thurs 8-5 € Fri 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-12 0 2 N E 2 n d A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 28 6 3 4 6 7 2 1 5 9www.raulersonprimarycare.com 10 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted GYNECOLOGIST Wishing you all of the best this holiday season-JonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com DERMATOLOGY HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Caring for Those You Care About120 BEDS MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore HEALTH Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website www.newszap.com James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee 11 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News An undercover St. Lucie County Deputy who helped crack down on drugs at Okeechobee High School last year was recently recognized as Detective of the Quarter for the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Of ce. The now 27-year-old of cer helped expose drug activity at the school which led to more than 20 arrests on a variety of felony charges. The unnamed of cer said he did his best to intermingle with the school population and didn't have a lot of trouble recognizing w here the drugs were. "It was in plain view. I didn't have to look for it," he said in an interview earlier this month. The of cer took on a fake identity with fake parents and a fake residence in Okeechobee County as part of the operation. Only four people knew he was on campus conducting the operation. He said the biggest obstacle w as acting younger, wearing new styles and tting in with student mannerisms and their modern vocabulary. The of cer also admitted school was pretty tough as he took tests and did homework. He continues to work undercover in St. Lucie. More than 40 alleged drug purchases were made during the OHS operation and 22 students pled guilty or were convicted in court following the operation. The of cer said he felt the investigation did a good job in taking drugs off the campus and offered hope that it would make students think twice about drug activity. He said it was vital that someone from out of town pose as the student because it wouldn't have worked otherwise. St. Lucie Sheriff Ken Mascara said they conducted a similar operation nine years ago in St. Lucie Schools with another deputy. When he spoke to Okeechobee Sheriff Paul May to reminisce about the success of that operation, the two men worked out the Okeechobee operation. "I think this of cer was a great actor. He has taken on personas over a full spectrum. This guy can do almost anything," he added. Mascara said law enforcement realize that the battle against drugs will continue. Nine people die daily in Florida due to drug abuse. "One of the best results of the operation in St. Lucie schools was not just the arrests but every freshman class that starts school now comments about it. You never know who will be in class with you and that kids think twice about doing things on our school campuses," he added. Sheriff Mascara said his deputy was proud of the work he did, but pointed out the vast majority of kids at OHS, were well behaved and law abiding. He said he was also proud of his academic achievement while in school. "He was proud of the fact that he did pass an algebra test," he quipped. Okeechobee law enforcement said drug operations in schools will continue and the y expressed con dence that this operation did reduce drug activity. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011 Undercover of cer honored for OHS drug arrests By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Buckhead Ridge volunteer re ghters got hands-on training earlier this week when they had to leave a training session to battle a mobile home re on Linda Road. According to Glades County Public Safety Director Bob Jones, re ghters responded to the singlewide mobile home around 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27. The re, he continued, apparently started in an electrical outlet in a bathroom at the back of the home. "The people just came here from Kentucky," he said, adding that they had only been here one day. Mr. Jones said while there was little ame damage the older model mobile home suffered heavy smoke damage, especially to the back of the trailer. He estimated damage to the home and its contents at $35,000. "It would take a lot to go in and x it," he said. "It was 50 to 75 percent destroyed." Fire ghters from Lakeport and the Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue Department also responded. Because the re ghters were training, Mr. Jones said they were able to respond quickly and had the re under control in 15 to 20 minutes. "If not for that, the trailer would have been fully involved," he said. Mr. Jones went on to say that there has been a "marked improvement" in response time by volunteers with the Glades County East District due to their Fire ghter 1 training and their now being certi ed. Faulty electrical outlet blamed for mobile home re By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was arrested Christmas Eve in Pahokee after he was accused of allegedly inappropriately touching a 7-yearold girl. Juan Prado, 47, was charged with one count of lewd and lascivious molestation. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail under a $75,000 bond. An arrest report by Detective M. Sclafani, of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Of ce (PBSO), stated that the incident apparently occurred outside a laundromat on East Main Street. According to the report, the victim told her mother that "the ice cream man" had just touched her through her clothing. The incident was then reported to PBSO deputies, who spoke with Prado and took him to PBSO of ces where he was interviewed by Detective Sclafani. The detective's report goes on to state that Prado had touched the child twiceonce inside the laundromat and once at his vehicle that was parked outside the business. The report does not indicate why Prado and the child were at his vehicle. Prado reportedly denied having ever touched the child before. PBSO booking reports only listed Prado's address in Okeechobee as "at large" and did not give a speci c address. Local man accused of touching' child 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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Christina Jo McMahan, 28, Brinkerhoff Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 24 by Deputy John Hazy on a charge of driving under the in uence. Her bond was set at $500. Matthew Rod Taylor, 22, S.E. 86th Blvd., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 26 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with fraudulent use of a credit card. His bond was set at $2,500. Oscar Segura, 19, S.E. 21st Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 27 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a charge of aggravated (domestic) battery on a pregnant person. His bond was set at $1,000. William Norris Richbourg, 36, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 27 by Deputy Troy Garrison on a charge of domestic battery by strangulation. His bond was set at $1,000. Ronald Milner, 33, Bridlewood Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 27 by Deputy Corporal Paul Ferrell on a felony charge of battery on a law enforcement of cer. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence by Deputy Heath Hughes. His total bond was set at $5,750. Benjamin Leevy Hernandez, 23, Tucker Ridge Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 28 by Of cer Lawrence Parzygnat on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with worthless check. His bond was set at $1,000. Eric Jon Degroot, 37, 13th Place, Vero Beach, was arrested Dec. 28 by Deputy Anthony Kibler on a charge of armed trespassing. His bond was set at $2,500. John Saxon Jr., 36, Willow Road, Hendersonville, N.C., was arrested Dec. 28 by Deputy Anthony Kibler on a charge of armed trespassing. His bond was set at $2,500. Kandice Lyann Reeves, 24, N.W. 32nd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 28 by Of cer Chad Troutman on a Pasco County warrant charging her with dealing in stolen property. Her bond was set at $10,000. David Edward Farmer, 45, S.W. 28th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 28 by Deputy Brian Cross on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a prescription outside its proper container. His bond was set at $5,500. Herman Wayne Martin, 52, N.W. 39th Circle, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 28 by Deputy Robbie Lamb on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Juan Prado You ght to keep your eyes opened, your h ead up. You have stopped for coffee bec ause you just have to get to your destinat ion as soon as possible. Then before you h ave time to react, you are wide-awake enough to see oncoming traf c, since you'll h ave veered into it All too often the scenario is real on Florida's roadways. The National Highway Traf c Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that each y ear driver fatigue results in 100,000 policereported crashes, 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. According to NHTSA, drivers in the following three groups pose the highest risk of falling asleep while driving: Young people (ages 16 to 29), especially males; Shift workers whose sleep is disrupted by working at night or working long or irregular hours; and People with untreated sleep apnea syndrome and narcolepsy. Regardless of a driver's vocation, age, sex, health condition or other characteristics, any driver can become overcon dent and fail victim to drowsy driving. Measures that drivers can take to stay alert behind the wheel are: Catch some Zs. Most adults need 7to 9 hours. Bring a buddy to share the driving. Take a break. Stopping to get out and stretch your legs every few hours or even to catch a quick nap will help you recharge your battery; Drive sober. Alcohol and driving never mix. Also, heed prescription medication labels and any warnings that say they may make you drowsy. Eyelids feeling heavy? Pull over

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The recently opened Serenity Coffee Shop at 601 S.W. Park Street is the place to enjoy a cup of coffee in a quiet relaxing atmosphere. “It’s brand new to us,” said Curtis Tyson, who along with his wife, Jeannie, own the business, “We’ve never had a coffee shop. We’re growing and learning as we grow.” When asked why they opened a coffee shop Mr. Tyson, replied “God.” He went on to say, “God laid on our hearts a coffee shop.” While he said he and his wife are Christians, he emphasized that Serenity was not a Christian coffee shop. While it is a place where Christian counseling and Bible study groups meet, Mr. Tyson said no one would be preached at and everyone was welcome. Serenity Coffee Shop serves a wide variety of coffee and other drinks at reasonable prices. They have their own house blend and also serve espresso, latte, cappuccino, mocha, blended beverages, hot chocolate, iced coffee, iced tea, hot tea and smoothies. In addition, they serve Danish pastries, mufns and doughnuts. The coffee shop has internet access and there is a shelf of inspirational books that can be enjoyed over coffee or borrowed to take home to read. The hours are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. In the future they hope to stay open later on the third Saturday of the month and feature music. Local coffee shop provides serenity 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net € 1200 S.Parrott Ave. 3000-M: Treasure Island 3 bedroom 2 bath DWMH. All double pane windows and sliding glass door. Two carport, 2 sheds, screened rm, back porch. $58,900 MLS #205163 5005-H: Lakeport Waterfront on a large corner lot. Concrete Seawall, workshop, porch, ceramic tile floors. Needs some TLC. $132,000 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 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. 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 13 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaAt Serenity Coffee Shop the husband and wife team of Curtis and Jennie Tyson strive to provide an atmosphere that lives up to the name of the shop. Once again, it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions. In addition to hitting the gym, learning that second language and getting better organized, Sharon A Ming, an Edward J ones nancial advisor in Okeechobee, says, “Why not also consider making a few nancial resolutions?” Money doesn’t grow on trees. Therefore, making smart nancial decisions is a huge contributing factor to a successful life for individuals, as well as their immediate families, according to Ms. Ming. “This is the perfect time of year for local residents to make decisions that will help them take better control of their nancial and investing life. W e recommend going into the year 2012 w ith a brand new perspective about your inv estments and get a positive head start with y our nances,” said Ms. Ming. What types of nancial resolutions might one consider? Ms. Ming suggests:  Contribute more to your retirement accounts. A new year means that you are one y ear closer to retirement. To help yourself build resources for the lifestyle you’ve envisioned as a retiree, try to boost your contributions to your 401(k) or other employersponsored retirement plan. You can do this if you get a salary increase and devote at least part of it to your 401(k). At the same time, try to “max out” on your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). For 2012, you can contribute up to $5,000 to an IRA, or $6,000 if you’re 50 or older.  Reduce your debts. Look for ways to cut down or consolidate your debts.  Build an emergency fund. If you don’t already have an emergency fund containing between six and 12 months’ worth of living expenses, start building one soon. Keep the money in a liquid vehicle one that’s separate from your everyday checking and savings accounts. Without such an emergency fund, you may be forced to dip into your long-term investments to pay for unexpected costs, such as a major car repair, a new furnace or a large medical bill.  Don’t overreact to volatility. In 2011, the nancial markets have been volatile, with big gains followed by big drops. Try not to let large, short-term price movements in uence you. Many factors that cause jumps or declines are not that relevant to long-term results.  Be aware of different types of risk. For many investors, “investment risk” strictly means the possibility of losing principal when the value of an investment drops. Consequently, to cut back on their risk in the face of a volatile market, they may sell off stocks and load up on certi cates of deposit (CDs), bonds and other so-called “safer” investments. But each investment actually carries its own type of risk. Time for nancial resolutions

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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 Female Siberian Husky answers to Jade. in the vicinity of River Oaks on 70 west. Reward Offered when returned Call 863-801-1164 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 Time Experienced Restaurant help Apply in person Alice’s Restaurant 1/4 mile south of Casino Brighton Reservation Employment Medical HEALTHCARE SPECIALISTLincare, leading national respiratory company seeks Healthcare Specialist. Responsibilities: Disease management programs, clinical evaluations, equipment set up & education. Be the doctor’s 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 MEDICAL 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 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 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 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. MoneyLenders GET CASH TODAY FOR ANY CAR, running or not, no title needed. (863)268-5865 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 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. Pets/SuppliesPuppies 1/2 Yorkiepoo 1/2 West Highland Terrier 1 male 1 female left!!!! $200.00. (863)610-2110 or (863)261-5331 Sales 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 SHIHTZU Puppies Have shots and health certif. $350 $450. 2 male / 1 female. Call 863-634-2110. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com HorsesComing 2 year old Ranch Horses Ready to start riding-have been handled-registered Buck Daniel Ranch Jason@ 863 801-9953 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Sales For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments $99 Move In Special 1st Month. $99 Plus $300 Security 2BR/1.5 Bath 1 Block north of Walmart Carpet/Tile All Appliances,W/D on each oor, Clean/Newly Painted Call 863-763-8878 Apartments For Rent 1 Bedroom for $510 mo., 3 Bedroom for $600 mo. and RV spots for $175 mo. 561-386-5636 or 561-968-2083 Beane Point Apartments Apts. are furnished and all utilities paid. Adult complex, no pets or children. Required sec. dep. + one week rent. A background check will be done, also verify employment. (863)357-2044 Leave name and number if no answer. 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. FEMALE BOARDER Studio Apts. in quiet country setting, 5 minutes from town, furnished, hi-speed internet, 200 channel cable, a/c, electric, all included with private entrance. $125 per week or $450 a month. Reference required 863-763-0675 OKEE Huge, Clean, 2BR, 2BA, Nice area. Inside laundry. $650. month. First & Sec. End Unit. Call 772-215-0098 VIKING/PRAIRIE Ef ciency. Very clean! $550/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call 561-329-8205 Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor 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-Rent AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1200, Large yards. Bring pets. Jacuzzi tub included. Call 561-723-2226 OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 3BA, on 1.5 acres, NW 144th Dr., $850 mo., 1st, last & sec. (863)634-3650. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Land-SaleOKEECHOBEE 5 Acres $2,000 down. Park your own trailer or house, owner nancing $49,000. 863-763-6358 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome 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. For Rent Mobile Homes 1bd/1ba & 2bd/1ba Call for more information 863-610-1386 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 14 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact 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 Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 406441 ON 12/30/2011 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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO: 2011-CA-337 FERNANDO SANTANGELI, individually and as trustee of the Fernando Santangeli Living Trust dated December 12, 2001, Plaintiff, VS. JEAN F. DULIEPRE if living, and any unknown spouse, or if said Defendant is deceased, the Estate of Jean F. Duliepre, deceased, her children, together with all unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; Defendant. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: JEAN F. DULIEPRE if living, and any unknown spouse, or if said Defendant is deceased, the Estate of Jean F. Duliepre, deceased, her children, together with all unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant and all other parties having or claiming to have any right, title and interest in and to the real property in the complaint YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Complaint to quiet title on the following described real property, to-wit: LOT 11, GRAND PRIX RANCHES, PLAT 1, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5 AT PAGE 72 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER with all the tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances thereto belonging or in anywise appertaining. has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to JOHN D. CASSELS, JR., Attorney for Plaintawhose address is Post Of ce Box 968, 400 Northwest 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34973, within 30 days of rst publication, and le PublicNotice PublicNotice For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 MobileHome RentTREASURE ISLAND 2/2 new carpet, lg. Fla. rm, w/detached man cave. 2 Sheds. Move in now for $600. Call (863)634-0663 MobileHomeSale 1992 Destiny 12x42 park model w/12x36 Florida room and carport plus furniture, well kept. Must be moved. (863) 467-2641 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 Red Tag Sale Over 10 Stock Units Must Go Save up to 35K 800-622-2832 x210 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 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 Seasonal/Annual Lot Lease Big O RV Resort Double Concrete Pad c/w Pavered Full Patio. Great Location Beside Clubhouse. Fully Landscaped Lot Heated Pool Activities, Fun Park & Great People. Seasonal $600 mo. includes electric. Annual $250 mo. plus electric. Call Dale 330-472-5691 or 330-635-9548 15 Okeechobee News December 30, 2011 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs Attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise a Default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. This Notice shall be published once each week for four (4) consecutive weeks in the “Okeechobee News”. DATED this 27th day of December, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk406373 ON 12/30/2011 1/6,13,20/2012 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: g Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!

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