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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 01-11-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 5 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.52 feetLast Year: 12.44 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Teen cyclist dies ... Page 3 Okeechobee News/ Katrina Elsken P h i l Phil F i e s t a FiestaThe Philippine-American Cultural Foundation hosted PhilFiesta 2012 on Jan. 7, at the Philippine Heritage Enrichment Complex and Gardens, 5154 S.W. 16th Ave. in Okeechobee. The festival featured Philippine food, music and songs, cultural performances, arts and crafts, exhibits and the Philippine Martial Arts. For more on the story, see page 10. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Utility Authority had their rst meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 10. They spent most of the meeting listening to presentations, rst from a customer and then from two engineering rms vying for a contract. In light of the hard economic times Michael Lewandowski, CEO of Lamb of God, a resident rehabilitation center, appeared before the board to see if his water bill could be reduced. The center is housed in an old motel which has a master meter account. The billing for this type meter is based on the number o f units behind the meter. Mr. Lewandowski said some of the units were vacant. John Hayford, OUA's executive director, was directed to meet with Mr. Lewandowski at the center to see if, due to vacancies, the number of units billed could be reduced, thus reducing the base rate. After listening to lengthy technical presentations from the engineering rms of Metzger & Willard and Eckler Engineering on the rehabilitation of vacuum Engineering rms vie for OUA contractSee OUA — Page 5 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Some residents of Douglas Park and an environmental consultant are concerned about a metal recycling plant at 220 N.E. 14th Ave. The property was sold in November of last year to the current owner, Capital Trading and Investment of Orlando. Ossie Fleming is involved in a community action committee that is opposed to any expansion of the business. Her main concern is the park and children in the area. She said there are also several elderly people living in the area. She is afraid that with increased traf c the crime rate will increase and she is determined to halt any proposed expansion. "My intentions are to go forth and do what I have to do," Ms. Fleming said. The committee contacted Peter Baljet, an environmental consultant in Miami. Under former Governor Ruben Askew he was the executive director of what was then called the Florida Department of Pollution Control, now the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Mr. Baljet sent a letter to the chairman of the county commission requesting her attention to the matter. The Okeechobee News was also sent a copy of the letter. The letter stated the concerns of the residents that permitting might take place without addressing the concerns o f the residents of the neighborhood. The letter expressed the residents' concern that a metal Neighbors concerned about recycling plantSee METAL — Page 5 Three arrested on drug charges ... Page 5 Camper re is under investigation ...Page 7 EMTs save child biten by pygmy rattler ... Page 4


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Okeechobee. He is the grandson of Ruby Altman and the late Howard Altman of Okeechobee and the late JP and Molly Deloney, both of Okeechobee. Following the ceremony a reception was held at Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. The bride is employed by Quality A/C & Heating of Okeechobee and the groom is a Detective with the Seminole Police Department. After their honeymoon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming the couple now resides in Okeechobee. SHANE ALTMAN LAURA SIMS & Shane Altman and Laura Jean Sims of Okeechobee were united in marriage in a ceremony held at the base of the Grand Teton mountains on Schwabachers Landing on October 4, 2011, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents Allen and Robin Sims of Okeechobee. She is the granddaughter of Tommy and Betty Rucks, both of Okeechobee and Eloise Sims and the late Harold Sims, of Ocoee, Fla. The groom is the son of Red Altman and the late Sherry Altman of WEDDING Memorial Scholarship Poker TournamentWednesday, January 18 € 6pm S S p e c k l e d P e r c h S t e a k h o u s e$5 0 e n t r y f e e Pre-register & get a free t-shirt Table sponsors available $1 0 0 Contact Russ Brown772.285.9914rband3@yahoo.com Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 2 Okeechobee News January 11, 2012 Weather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather ServiceLocal ForecastWednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Wednesday night: A slight chance of showers before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.Extended ForecastThursday: Sunny, with a high near 77. West northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53. West wind around 5 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. North northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46. North northeast wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Pet of the WeekRufus is a large Lab Retriever mix male. He has completed the SPIN training program and would be great in nearly any home. He is big but is a lovable sweetie. Rufus is a well-balanced dog, playful, cheerful. good with other pets and children. He is a great family type companion. Adoption fee is $175, which includes neuter and current shots. Rufus is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder. com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Special to the Okeechobee News


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Presents56th Annual F R E E American Legion Fair T h u r s J a n 1 2t hS u n J a n 2 2n d Monday, Jan. 16th WedKIDS DAY WEEKEND SPECIALMartin Luther King Holiday Special A R M B A N D : $ 1 0 2pm to 6pm A L L A R M B A N D S F R I&S A T. $ 2 0 5pm til CLOSE P A Y O N E P R I C E :$ 1 5 5pm til CLOSE FREE Circus & Motorcycle ShowEvery Day Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 3 Okeechobee News January 11, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News When Okeechobee County Commissioners hold their rst meeting of the new year tomorrow, they will face the shortest agenda in recent memory. After dispensing with a few routine matters, the board will be asked to proclaim the w eek of Jan. 29 through Feb. 3 to be Children's Week in Okeechobee County. The proclamation states that the purpose of the week is to create a shared vision of the Sate of Florida's commitment to it's children and families and to engage in a long-term process to develop and implement strategies for moving the shared vision forward. In addition, county administrator Robbie Chartier will present an overview of the county's current nancial status as of Nov. 30. At two months into the scal year the county is in good shape nancially. Expenditures as compared to the budget are belo w target by 2.28 percent. This means that the county is spending less than the monthl y expenditure allowance. Most sources of revenue are ahead of what they were this time one year ago.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. County Commission may face short meeting If you go ...What: Meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission When: 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 Where: Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Enjoy the night sky at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State ParkThe Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park will host Astronomy on the Prairie during select evenings in January 2012, from 7-9 p.m. Participants will explore the night sky with the park's volunteer astronomer, Bill. The night sky is a natural resource that can be regularly observed. Learn how to navigate the stars and discover the wondrous objects in the dark sky. If the weather is clear, there will be a telescope set up for viewing purposes. If it is cloudy, there will be a slideshow presentation. For overnight visitors, the program will take place Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Astronomy Pad north of the of ce. Dayuse visitors can enjoy the program on Friday evenings at the park entrance. Park entrance is $4 per vehicle. Please note that the speed limit within the Preserve is 25 mph. The entrance gate will close at 9:30 p.m., on Friday after the event. For more information, call 863-462-5360 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org. This event will take place Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, in the month of January 2012, 7-9 p.m. at the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, 33104 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Prairie Preserve State park to host astronomy event By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 14-year-old Okeechobee teen who was hit by a dump truck last week while riding his bicycle on S.R. 70 E. has died. According to Trooper Lieutenant Tim Frith, public information of cer for the Florida Highway Patrol. David Geary died at St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach Friday, Jan. 6. An accident report by FHP Trooper T.D. Burk stated that the teen was riding his bike near N.E. 42nd Ave. Thursday, Jan. 5, when he apparently rode in front of a westbound dump truck. The trooper's report indicated that David was westbound on S.R. 70 E. on the south shoulder of the highway at 4:01 p.m. The teen reportedly made a right turn and cut across both lanes of the highway and into the path of the truck. The 1992 Mack truck was being driven by John J. Daley, 38, of Fort Pierce. He was not injured, stated the report. Trooper Burk went on to state that the accident is still under investigation. Teen bicyclist dies after accident Seacoast sponsors annual bass tourneyRegister for the tenth annual Seacoast National Big Lake Bass Fishing Tournament. Proceeds to bene t March of Dimes. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 Checks payable to March of Dimes until Jan. 23. Cash only after. First prize $1,000. Call Kathleen, 863-467-4663.


W ar drumsIn tribute to all who have and are serving our country, I offer these simple thoughts: “War Drums” When the drums of war no longer roll, and the cannons have ceased their fearsome roar, when we no longer send our bravest and best, to bleed and die on foreign shores, T here will be no war. If there must be a war and the body count is what it is all about; Send not our bravest and best, send the heads of state and old fools like me. Albert M. CusterDog hit I am shocked by the indecent human b eings in Four Seasons. I live on a dead end road and someone hit my dog. He was driving a late model Ford Ranger. He stopped right in front of my house and then as I started out the door, he drove off. He was too busy t alking on his cell phone and speeding down our road, which has a 25 mph speed limit. T his really upset my children, being they were w alking our dog, as they watched him hit our b est friend and drive off. I hope this person feels real good about themselves right now. Our dog is scraped all up and has a busted lip.  With drivers like that, I am concerned t hat your children might have been hit!  Enlist the help of your neighbors to be on the lookout for speeders and write down t he license plate numbers and give the information to the sheriff’s of ce.  If the kids did not have the dog on a leash, it might be a good idea to make sure they use a leash in the future and to keep the dog off t he pavement. It’s not great for a dog’s feet anyway. And remind them to always walk in t he direction of the traf c so they can see vehicles coming towards them and get over as far as possible on the shoulder of the road. T houghts to ponder Law of Mechanical Repair After your hands become coated with grease, your nose w ill begin to itch and you’ll have to pee.  Law of Gravity Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.  Law of Probability -The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act  Law of Random Numbers If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.  Law of the Alibi If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a at tire, the very next morning you will have a at tire. Street work There is a terrible bump on Southwest Third Avenue at 21st Street where the paving was renewed for the new bank roadwork. IT will knock a car’s alignment out. It needs to be xed!  It is also pretty rough to go over on a motorcycle. Also that strip of road directly across from the Wal-mart access road, what’s up with that?Boy on bicycle struck by truck My prayers for the family of the boy who died and for the truck driver who must live with the memory of the accident. Even though it was not his fault, that is a terrible thing to live with.  The need for a bus service seems to be a great need in this town.  Every day I see kids and even adults on bicycles who are not following the rules of the road. It has been years since there has been a bicycle safety class and I think it is time the police or the sheriff’s of ce sponsored one. With the high cost of gasoline and the fact that folks who have lost their jobs can’t afford other transportation, more people are riding bicycles. Bicyclists are supposed to ride in the same direction as the traf c and to stay as far to the right as possible. They are supposed to signal for turns, stop at stop signs and follow the same traf c rules as cars. If you need to cross the street and are on a bicycle, the safest way is to get off the bike and cross as a pedestrian, walking the bike across the road when there are no cars coming. Perhaps with more safety training for those on bicycles, we can avoid another tragedy.  Saying prayers for the family of the boy who was killed. There is nothing worse that can happen to a parent than to lose a child. If you are a parent, go and hug your kids and tell them how much you love them. You never know when it might be your last chance. Life is unpredictable. Never pass up a chance to hug your kids. Family thankful for emergency helpTo all of those who helped in the cure and recovery of our beloved granddaughter Kaylee Woods who was bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. If not for the incredible responsible time of everyone involved starting with Okeechobee’s 911 dispatcher who received my frantic call that morning, the unbelievably fast time it took the EMTs to arrive. Not only did they get there so quickly, they were already working, notifying the emergency department at Okeechobee’s Columbia Hospital who prepared and administered her rst dose of anti-venom, noti ed a ight crew to transport Kaylee to the phenomenal Pediatric ICU at St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach where she remained for almost a week. Everyone went above and beyond in getting Kaylee well. Ironically, it was the best Thanksgiving of all our lives. No amount of ‘thank you’ will ever express our gratitude to these amazing people who give so much but rarely do they receive the recognition that they deserve. Kaylee is healthy, happy and full of life. She suffered no residual effects from this ordeal that could have very easily had a bad outcome. This is all due to everyone involved no matter how big or small a role they had in the care of Kaylee that whole week. God bless them and keep them safe as well. From all of Kaylee’s family who love her so muchMartha’s House thanks ‘angels’Martha’s House wishes to thank our Christmas Angels 2011 including: Seminole Tribe (Robin) North Side Church (Beth) Andrew Bowers JR A & A Car Care (Adrian Jones) Denise Cheshire Peace Lutheran Church (Fran) First United Methodist (Cynthia Yoder) Seminole Brighton Casino (Erica) Carol Nee Linda Mills Linda Rochford Dottie Houser Eagles Frosty Mug Airboat Association (Cory) Okeechobee High School Osceola Middle School Home Builders Institute When you see their eyes shine, the smil e on their faces, and the laughter in their voices; when you hear the children yelling, “Ms. Crystal really does have Angels,” then you know the joy of giving and the peace within. Your overwhelming generosity made Christmas what it should be. Thanks to my wonderful Angels, a Christmas to remember. Martha’s House, Shelter Director Crystal RoyalBus alarmsJust recently saw on the television tha t all day care buses will be ordered to hav e alarms to alert them if a child is left on thes e vehicles. What about school buses? About si x years ago in St. Lucie County, my grandson who had Cystic Fibrosis was left on th e school bus. It’s plain to see the driver didn’t clean o r check her bus. He went to sleep and was lying in the seat. This was the rst day o f school, August and very hot. When he didn’ t come home, his dad called everyone h e could think of and the bus driver had parked her bus and was in her house cooking dinner! This child was lucky that time and lived to be 12 years old and Cystic Fibrosis took his life. Thank God it wasn’t due to being left on a hot school bus! Frankie Russell-Edwards His “mimi”Okeechobee rulesRules are made to be followed here in th e U.S. And we, as FREE citizens are supposed to follow them, both at home and by “ou r government.” Speed limits are imposed for a reason to protect individuals and property. We live in the greatest country in the world and we’re free to choose whatever state w e want to live in. Right now I choose to liv e in Florida. I came to Okeechobee in 1991 and have called this my home since then. I love Okeechobee and have seen my kids grow up here and attend school here sinc e they were ages six and four. My daughte r went to pre-K at South Elementary and then middle school. She then graduated from ou r high school. She played soft ball and was a cheerleader two or three years in a row. Th e try-outs were held at Okeechobee Middl e School which she attended before graduating from OHS. My son has health disorders so it was not possible for him to attend regular school. Okeechobee is a great town and I am very happy to live here. Karen A. Green Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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. 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recycling plant would produce heavy traf c, noise and air and groundwater contamination. "I am asking for an immediate halt to further development of this property by Capital. This situation warrants careful investigation and certainly the applicable compliance w ith all Florida State, County and local permit requirements," Mr. Baljet wrote. However, he told the Okeechobee News that he has not inspected the site and has no knowledge of any pollution on the site at this time. He said he is afraid the plant will expand to the torching and burning of metals. He feared it would become a major industrial area and he was concerned with the speed of development. The letter was accompanied by about 95 individual signed petitions from residents stating their opposition to a recycling plant. Building of cial Bill Royce seems to think such fears are unfounded. He said that for many years the property has been the site of a salvage yard. In the past he was unaware of any complaints and he expected the use of the property to remain the same under the new owners. The only permit the new owners have received is to build a truck scale. Any further expansion of the salvage operation would have to be approved by the county. There is no county permit required for a recycling plant. Mr. Royce checked with the DEP and learned that there is no DEP permit required for metal recycling. While the surrounding area is residential, the salvage yard was in operation before the current zoning was enacted and is grandfathered in. Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton, chair of the commission, was unavailable for comment. METALContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Many newspaper aggressively push the opinions of their publishers or corporate owners. But we dont think its our place to tell people what to think, or to try to control public opinion. Our editors insist on purposeful neutrality. We try to report the news fairly and facilitate a fair but vigorous discussion of public issues. We are proud to be journalists, not power brokers. And were proud to understand the difference. Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism W W e r e p o r t W e r e p o r t b u t Y O U b u t Y O U d e c i d e d e c i d e 5 Okeechobee News January 11, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three people were arrested by Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force detectives after an alleged drug deal took place in the parking lot of a downtown restaurant. Arrested Monday, Jan. 9, w ere: Christopher Wendell Merritt, 40, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee; Traci Nichole Lee, 33, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee; and Yuriheleng Gutierrez, 29, N.E. 64th Ave., Okeechobee. Merritt and Lee were both arrested on a felony charge of sale of a controlled substance. They are both being held in the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $5,000 each. Gutierrez was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methadone). She was booked into the county jail under a bond of $5,000, but has since been released on bond. Arrest reports by task force detectives state that they set up surveillance Monday morning on the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in downtown Okeechobee and watched the alleged sale. According to the reports a silver Dodge Durango sports utility vehicle pulled into the parking lot and a man, later identi ed as Merritt, got out and walked to a two-tone Ford pickup truck. He got into the truck and stayed there for a short period of time, then returned to the SUV. When the vehicles left the parking, some members of the unit followed the SUV while others followed the Ford pickup. The detectives stopped the SUV, which belonged to and was driven by Lee. During a search of the vehicle, detectives reportedly found a pill bottle that contained 10mg methadone HCL tablets. The bottle had Lee's name on it. Some distance away from that traf c stop, other detectives pulled over Gutierrez. The detectives then searched the woman and allegedly found six, 10 mg methadone HCL tablets. Gutierrez reportedly admitted to the detectives that she had just purchased the pills for $30. Arrest reports state that Merritt admitted to taking the pills from Lee and selling them for $5 each. The pills and cash were seized and placed into evidence, added the arrest reports. Three arrested on drug charges Christopher Merritt Traci Nichole Lee Yuriheleng Gutierrez station one, the board voted to rank Eckler Engineering number one and Metzger & Willard number two. Staff was directed to work with the number one rm to negotiate a fee schedule and scope of work for the project. Turning to other business, in a bankruptcy settlement OUA received $141,852.28 from Royal Professional Builders. As a result of the settlement the board voted to release Royal from their developer's agreement. Board attorney Tom Conley informed the board that negotiations for the utility to buy the wastewater treatment plant site from the state are still up in the air. Mr. Conley was directed to work with the county attorney to write a contract to allow the OUA Board to hold their meetings in the County Commission Chambers in order to be webcast. The contract would have to come back to the board for approval. In the meantime Mr. Hayford said OUA customers would be polled as to their preference on the meeting site. Mr. Hayford said staff was still looking at securing more economical vehicles for meter readers. In other business, the board received the nancial report for the period ending Dec. 31, 2011 and approved payment of a monthly invoice from Alcalde and Fay for legal services in the amount of $3,333. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. OUAContinued From Page 1 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) or the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD). Marcos Mora, 39, S.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 6 by Deputy Y amil Astacio on a felony charge of burglary, and misdemeanor charges of battery and resisting a law enforcement of cer without v iolence. His bond was set at $6,000. Lisa Jane Williams, 48, S.E. 36th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 6 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with possession of a controlled substance (diazepam). Her bond was set at $2,500. Anthony Tagle, 19, N.W. 35th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 7 by Deputy Cari Arnold on a warrant charging him with v iolation of probation robbery. He is being held without bond. Heather Nicole Zipperer, 21, S.E. 12th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 8 by Of cer Jack Boon on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (two counts) and a misdemeanor charge of retail theft. Her bond was set at $5,500. Hubert Lee Jenkins, 34, N.E. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 9 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $2,500. He was later arrested by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with driving while license revoked habitual offender. His bond on that charge was set at $10,000. Ella Mae Simmons, 32, S.E. 15th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 9 by Deputy Bryan Holden on a warrant charging her with violation of probation failure to return leased property. She is being held without bond. Ronald Bryant Clements, 51, N.W. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 9 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge of obtaining prescription by fraud (two counts). His bond was set at $10,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report


Library presents 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 bronw bag lunch. The Jan. 11 program covers the 1920s and 1930s. Living with Diabetes program being offeredAre you living with diabetes? Come to Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 203 S.E. Second St. on Jan. 11, in the dining room at 1:30 p.m. A better living seminar on Living with Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE and offered by the Visiting Nurses Association.Hospice to hold yard sale Hospice of Okeechobee’s yard sales in January will be Wednesday, Jan. 11, and Thursday, Jan. 12; and Wednesday, Jan. 25, and Thursday, Jan. 26, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and S.E. Third Ave. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. For information call 863-4672321 or see our web page: www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab. Eagles to host evening dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles will host a manicotti dinner night on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for a $6 donation. All proceeds go to community charity fund. The public is welcome. Legion hosts beauty pageantThe annual “Miss American Legion Post 64” beauty pageant will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. All contestants must be female, unmarried, have no children and be in the ninth through the 12th grade at either Okeechobee High School, the Freshman Campus, a Christian School or home school. There is no entry fee and all contestants will receive a Free Fair armband for the midwa y rides. The queen will preside over many activities throughout the fair. Applications ma y be picked up at the American Legion Hall. For more information contact Shelly Sickels 863-467-0790 or the American Legion 863763-2950.Shared Services group meetsThe executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee Count y will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 2012, in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend. For information, please call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.Eagles to host Steak NightEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N. will have their weekly steak dinner Friday, Jan. 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Public is welcome. For information, please call 863-763-2552. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 communit y bene t fund.Church hosting yard saleThe Okeechobee Church of God is having a community yard sale on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. (off S.R. 70 E. behind McDonald’s). Come join with us, a space with table—$10, donation. or a space you bring your own table—$5, donation. Call to reserve a space with Norma Sue at 863-6342930. The church will do all the advertising.Lip synching showThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 15601 S.R. 78 W., will have a free lip synching sho w on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. Eagles to host Card BingoEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N. will have card bingo Saturday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m. Always lots of fun. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Calling all scrapbookers!The Croppin’ Crew will meet on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Okeechobee County Library from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. All levels o f scrapbookers are welcome. Check out what other local scrapbookers and cardmakers are doing and share your ideas too. Bring your pictures, scrapbook pages and/or projects that you are working on. Call Joan at 863-467-0290 for more information.Parenting classes offeredFree parenting classes are offered by the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee for pregnant girls and/or expecting fathers. Expectant parents can even earn free baby bucks to “spend” in our Baby Boutique. Classes are on Tuesday night, Jan. 17, and every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the center located at 500 N.W. Sixth St. Call the Center at 863-467-8748 for information. 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.David ‘Smiley’ Geary Jr., 14OKEECHOBEE — David “Smiley” Geary Jr., age 14, of Okeechobee, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in St. Mary Medical Center. He was born Nov. 12, 1997, in Ft. Pierce. He loved xing things, shing and hanging out with his friends. He was preceded in death by his aunt, A lexandra Geary; grandfathers, Eugene Woolridge, Sr., and Augustine Volo; and cousin, Chasity Butterworth. He is survived by his mother, Betty Jo Sheppard; brother, Michael Johnson; grandmother, Elizabeth Volo, all of Okeechobee; aunts, Lillias Major of Okeechobee, Karen Butterworth of West Palm Beach, and Michelle Mitchum of Okeechobee; uncle, Robert Butterw orth of Stuart; cousins, Rachel Ervine, Lillian Geary, Alise Geary, Kayla Volo, all of Okeechobee, Brian Butterworth, and Cheri Tharpe, both of Stuart. In addition, he is survived by many loving family members in West Palm Beach and New Jersey. The family will receive friends on Saturday, J an. 14, 2012, from 2 p.m. until service time of 3 p.m., in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions may be made to offset the cost of the funeral expenses. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. On-line condolences may be made at w ww.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Ellen C. Brown, 89OKEECHOBEE — Ellen C. Brown, age 89, died at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Born in East Jordan, Mich., Ellen had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1975. She enjoyed quilting, reading, and producing prize winning owers from her garden. Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, J ohn Brown. She is survived by sons, “Bill” William Brown of Okeechobee, “Corky” Carlton (Kathy) Brown of Waterford, Mich.; daughters, Nancy (Tim) Dalton of Waterford, Mich., Irene Frick of Okeechobee; ten grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. There are no services planned at this time. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations in memory of Ellen be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences at w ww.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida.Gloria Ann ‘Gabby’ Kenny, 64OKEECHOBEE — Gloria Ann “Gabby” Kenny, age 64, of Okeechobee, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in the Hamrick Home Hospice Facility. She was born Oct. 19, 1947, to J.C. and Naomi Scarber Bennett in Waycross, Ga. She had been an LPN for nine years and loved to rescue and rehabilitate animals. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Voncille Baker; father, J.C. Bennett; brotherin-law, German Moralas; niece, Wendy Tucker; and an Aunt, Margie Hewitt. She is survived by her daughter, Geri Yates (Randolph) of Okeechobee; son, James Kenny (Lynn) of Edge eld, S.C.; mother, Naomi Scarber of Edge eld, S.C.; brothers, George Bennett (Margaret) of Okeechobee, Michael Bennett (Theresa) of Macon, Ga.; sister, Geri Moralas of Edge eld, S.C.; four grandsons and one granddaughter. In addition she is survived by many nieces and nephews. There will be no public services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Human Society Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 233, Okeechobee, Florida 34973. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida.Leon Crites, 82OKEECHOBEE — Leon Crites, 82, of Okeechobee, passed away Jan. 5, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Joann, several children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, at First Baptist Church Royal, Palm Beach. Military burial with honors will follow at National Cemetery in Lake Worth.Paul Louis Waszkiewicz, 65OKEECHOBEE — Paul Louis Waszkiewicz, age 65, awoke in Jesus’ arms on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Lawnwood Medical Center. He was born on Oct. 23, 1946, in Akron, Ohio, and a resident of Okeechobee for the past four years. Paul had a wonderful spirit and loved to deal with guns, hunt and sh. He was a member of the NRA, the American Hunting and American Fishing Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nellie Waszkiewicz; brother, Clarence Clifton, Jr.; and his favorite Uncle Ed. Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Barbara A. Waszkiewicz of Okeechobee; brother, John F. Waszkiewicz of Akron, Ohio; children, Matthew (Cathy) Waszkiewicz, James (Mary) Waszkiewicz, Chris Smith, all of Akron, Ohio, Rachael Waszkiewicz of Alexandria, Va., Michelle Freeman of Okeechobee, and Kyle Freeman of Akron, Ohio. There are also ve wonderful grandchildren; Matthew, Jr., James, Jr., Jonathan, Kristin and Hunter and the best aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St., Okeechobee, Fla. A reception will follow in the church hall. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10 Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 11, 2012 Community Events


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The arrest came some seven years after the alleged molestations began. Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright then led an additional charge of capital sexual battery against Murphy on Thursday, J an. 5. All of the charges are in connection with the same case. Murphy is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail without bond on the two sexual battery charges. His bond on the molestation charge has been set at $100,000. An arrest report by Detective William Suggs, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that Murphy started having sex with the child when she was 6 years old. Deputy Suggs went on to indicate that Murphy has been molesting the child as often as "... a couple of times a week," for the last couple of years. The investigator also stated that Murphy gave the child a cell phone in exchange for sex. Murphy, continued the report, gave the girl "stuff" in exchange for sex on different occasions. The girl didn't say anything about the alleged abuse because Murphy supposedly told her that if she ever told anyone he would kill himself. And, because he reportedly has a lot of guns, she was afraid to say anything, added the report. On at least one occasion Murphy allegedly told the child he would marry her if she were older. The detective went on to state that the girl didn't remember what she said, but she did remember that she was "really weirded out" by the man's statement. Detective Suggs also stated in his report that Murphy gave his cell phone to another 14to 15-year-old girl and told her take nude photos of herself. It's unknown if he ever sexually abused that girl, added the report. Murphy's phone has been seized and members of the OCSO internet technolog y department will search the phone for the alleged photographs. State les ancillary sex charge against local man Timothy Murphy By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man who supposedly lives in a wooded area can now call the Okeechobee County Jail his home after his arrest for allegedly breaking into a local business. David Scott Cook, 36, was arrested Saturday, Jan. 7, on felony charges of burglary of an unoccupied structure and grand theft. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. He is being held on $50,000 bond. An arrest report by Of cer Bryan Enderle, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that Cook reportedly broke into the of ce of a mobile home dealer and stole a computer hard drive and monitor. Together, the stolen items had a value of $700, added the of cer. According to the report, the intruder broke out a bathroom window then entered the dealer's of ce where he found the computer and monitor. The of cer stated that a citizen's phone call helped lead police to Cook. The caller, stated Of cer Enderle, told the of cer they had just seen Cook walking on N.E. Eighth Ave. and he appeared to be carrying a large heavy object. That object, added the report, was covered by a jacket. During the course of his investigation, Of cer Enderle reportedly spoke with another person who also saw Cook walking on N.E. Eighth Ave. Like the rst caller, this person apparently told the of cer that Coo k appeared to be carrying a large and heav y item. Of cer Enderle went on to state that the computer and monitor were later found in a shed. Cook, stated the of cer, is homeless and has apparently has been living in some woods near N.E. Eighth Ave. Homeless man accused of computer theft David Cook A trailer re of unknown origin has been turned over to the State Fire Marshal for investigation, stated an Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue (OCF/R) report. When OCF/R re ghters responded Monday afternoon, Jan. 9, to the 8600 block of S.R. 710 they found the fth wheel camper fully involved. The report indicated damages to the camper were estimated at $50,000, while damages to its contents were set at $25,000. According to the report Adam B. McCraw of McKinney, Texas, was towing the trailer when he saw a large amount of smoke coming from it. He disconnected the trailer from his pickup and contacted OCF/R. The report by OCF/R Lieutenant Ryan Hathaway stated that it took about 500 gallons of water to get the re under control. Lt. Hathaway's report said his department received the call at 2:57 p.m., and blaze was extinguished by 3:15 p.m.. Camper re under investigation


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man reportedly admitted to deputies that he committed several burglaries, stole a large number of items and traded some of those items for prescription pills. Brandon Grady, 22, N.E. 101st St., has been arrested on 15 felony charges and six misdemeanor charges. His felony arrests include burglary (eight counts), grand theft ( ve counts) and dealing in stolen property (two counts). He is also charged with ve misdemeanor counts of petit theft. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a total bond of $42,750. When he was arrested, Grady apparently told Deputy John Hazy with the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce Street Crimes Unit he had already traded some of the items for oxycodone pills. An arrest report by Deputy Hazy indicated the total value of the items allegedly stolen was around $7,634. The report went on to add that while some of those items have been recovered, many are still missing. According to the report Grady took a number of tools as well as a gas auger, television, shing tackle, chain saws, drills, various types of hardware, tow chains, pieces of scaffolding and copper wire. Some of the tools and the auger have been recovered, stated Deputy Hazy. Grady allegedly sold the two chain saws for $100 and, added the deputy, one of them has been recovered. The deputy's report indicated that Grady traded the auger for four, 30mg oxycodone pills. He then traded the TV for three more oxycodone tablets, added the deputy. Grady reportedly burglarized homes and several outbuildings at those homes. Deputy Hazy stated that he and other members of the street crimes unit searched Grady's residence and found stolen items hidden in kitchen cabinets, in a water heater closet, under the residence, on the front porch, in the carport and in the trunk of a car. The cases are still under investigation, stated Deputy Hazy. 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When McClease arrived at the predetermined site he was in a car with two women and his 1-year-old child, who was in the back seat with him. The detective said the child was not in an approved car seat but was simply lying on the back seat next to McClease. One of the girls in the car was 17 years old, added the detective. Neither of the females were arrested. McClease, who has a record of 29 felony arrests and 13 misdemeanor arrests, reportedly agreed to deliver 28 grams of crack cocaine for an undisclosed amount of money. While seated in the back seat of the car, McClease reportedly gave the undercover of cer the suspected crack cocaine in exchange for a predetermined amount of cash. After the deal was completed and the car had pulled out of the parking lot it was stopped by members of law enforcement, the report stated. The task force detective said the money was found on McClease and was seized. According to the detective the suspected crack cocaine was eld tested, and the test indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine. The suspected crack cocaine weighed 26 grams without packaging, added the detective. Of cers from the Okeechobee City Police Department, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Of ce, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration also took part in the operation. The local detective's report goes on to state that the toddler and the teenage girl were released to a family member, but not until after a call had been placed to the Child Abuse Hotline. McClease, continued the detective's report, has four felony convictions for drug possession and also has a resisting a la w enforcement of cer with violence conviction on his record. He has also been charged seven times with failure to appear in court, the detective added. Detectives nab Pahokee man in alleged drug deal George A. McClease, III LIVE BLUEGRASS MUSICThe Florida Bluegrass Express will be performing LIVE, January 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm at the Okeechobee KOA. Admission is $10 per person at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Concessions will be available. For additional information, contact Keith Bass at 863-781-2376 or Darlene Bass at 863-634-5815. Brandon Grady ARC Thrift Store requests donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, dishes, kitchen appliances, furniture and clothing. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency to provide social, educational and vocational opportunities to the developmentally disabled. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. For further information, call 863-763-2419.


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Singer is a registered trademark of the SingerCompany, LTD. Wed, Jan. 11 11am 3pm941 W. Sugarland Hwy ClewistonSaturday, Jan 14 11am 3pm3601 Hwy 441 S. Okeechobee TEACHERS MODELALSO AVAILABLE FOR $199 AND $2991 DAY ONLY AT EACHLOCATION YOUR PRICE WITH THIS AD$129 13 Okeechobee News January 11, 2012 Ministers of area churches and ministries are invited to join the Okeechobee Ministerial Association on the second Wednesday of every month at noon at The Lodge Restaurant. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, 102 N.W. 10th St. The Hurting Women’s Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. The Believers Fellowship Church 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will host their rst Gospel Sing of the New Year starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 If you like to sing or just sit and listen, then you need to be there. A w onderful fellowship time always follows the sing with beverages and desserts. Make plans now to attend. The Okeechobee Church of God is having a community yard sale on Saturday, J an. 14 at the Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. 4th Avenue (off S.R. 70 E behind McDonald’s). Have you wanted to have a y ard sale, not enough room or hate doing one by yourself or bad location? Come join w ith us, a space with table—$10, donation. or a space you bring your own table—$5, donation. Call to reserve a space with Norma Sue at 863-634-2930. The church will do all the advertising. Thomas Shelton will be in concert at the Okeechobee Christian Church, Sunday, J an. 22 at 6 p.m. Thomas has been sharing the Gospel through his music for over 30 years. He has traveled throughout the states and is coming to Okeechobee once again. The Knights of Columbus of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church in Buckhead Ridge will host an Italian dinner on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the church hall, State Road 78 West at Chobee Loop. The menu will include lasagna, baked ziti, spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and desserts, along with coffee, iced tea and lemonade. Take out dinners are available. Requested donation is $7 per adult meal, $3 per child. There is a Community Gospel Sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park St. (S.R. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, dobro, and harmonica—come and enjoy! New St. Stephen AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church is in the process of building a new sanctuary at 1050 N.E. 16th Ave. The church is seeking both monetary donations and donations of equipment and supplies. Items sought include a sound system, landscaping, folding tables, of ce chairs, a fax machine, a refrigerator, computers, le cabinets, industrial cleaning supplies, tents and a copying machine. The mailing address is P.O. Box 836, Okeechobee, FL. 34973. For more information, contact Rev. Pauline Livatt at 305-389-1280, Tony Delagall of the Building Committee at 863801-1716 or treasurer Willie Welch at 863697-697-8924.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@newszap.com. Churches plan yard sales, music programs and dinner events Places ofWorship


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(765)863-5333 or (765)863-5334 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Walpole, Inc is looking forLOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERS 863-763-5593Or apply online www.walpoleinc.comEOE/DFWP€Class A-CDL drivers €2 years T/T experience €Clean MVR &PSP €Paid weekly €Excellent benefits package Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time Seminole Tribe of Florida Brighton ReservationFITNESS SPECIALIST Must have 2 yrs. exp. and Training Certi cation. Exp. in Dance/Cheer is preferred. FL DL. Contact: joshualohn@semtribe.com Employment Full Time Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time Employment MedicalLPN Must have current FL LPN License. Looking for strong customer relations skills and cultural sensitivity. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Excellent bene ts. Fax resume to (863) 357-2991 or apply at Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center, 2015 US Highway 441 North., Okeechobee, FL. EOE/DFWP. e-mail hr@fchcinc.org How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. MoneyLenders GET CASH TODAY FOR ANY CAR, running or not, no title needed. (863)268-5865 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2 bd/ 11/2 ba cottage. New appliances, central A/C, large fenced yard, Jacuzzi bath. $650+security. Available Feb. 1. (863)484-0755 AutomotiveWe pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AntiquesCO-OP ANTIQUES Antiques make great Valentines gifts, one of a kind, that last a life time. Many Primitives Just Arrived! 1214 SW 2nd AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN) Tue-Sat 10am-4pm AppliancesKenmore Electric Range $250 Magic Chef over range microwave oven $90 Excellent conditions white./neg. (863)467-1254 or (772)285-7557 FurnitureBaby Changing table in excellent condition, White $100. Also Brown Sofa and Love Seat, micro ber $100. Call for more info 863-801-5497 MiscellaneousBed Adjustable, Electric, Queen size bed. $500.00/or best offer. (863)801-1715 Pets/Supplies Chihuahua pups beautiful tiny appleheads, dapples, Fs $400.00. (863)801-6144 Labrador AKC black male/female Lab puppies, health cert. shots, adorable $650.00. (561)267-2604 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm MiscellaneousCOW HAY ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments Dixie Ranch Acres area, 2 br. duplex. Clean, quiet, $500/mo, $400 security. Includes water and lawn maintenance. Pets allowed w/approval. Call 863-610-0001 VIKING/PRAIRIE Ef ciency. Very clean! $550/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call 561-329-8205 Apartments EFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Utilities & Direct TV included $550 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Call 863-634-8885 FEMALE STUDIO APT Furnished, Heat, & AC, cable and HS Internet incld. Private entrance. Wild country setting. $395/mo or $100/wk 863-763-0675 Condos/Townhouses Rent 2bd/2ba Villa $700 per month, $700 dep. and 1st months rent to move in. Call for Appointment 863-634-1567 Furnished 2bdrm/1bath Townhouse in Kings Bay, Long term or Short term Rental. Pool, Tennis, Club House, Starting at $600.00 Move in deposit. Call 863-634-8331 OAK LAKE VILLA #17, 2/2, w/all appliances. $800/mo. 1st, last, and $500 security required. (863)467-5965 leave a message. Taylor Creek Condo 2/1, On water, Pool, Dock. $800/mo + 1st & sec. Short term rates also available Call (863)634-8757 Houses-Rent 3Bd/1Ba CBS House In SW Section 2200 SW 3rd Ave. Okee. Close to Wal-Mart, Tile Floors. $850 Monthly. $2,000 to move in (863)634-0512 AFFORDABLE New Houses. 3/1/1 for $900, 3/2 for $1000. Large yards. Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News January 11, 2012 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds.


Houses-Rent Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br house, clean, quiet $700/mo, $500 security. Includes water & lawn maintenance. Pets allowed w/approval. Call 863-610-0001 House For Rent Basswood 33rd 3 and 2 Bed, Garage, Fenced. $1,200, First and Last month. No Pets Call Rafael 561-683-9754 House for rent on corner lot, Eagle Bay Drive. 3 bed / 2 bath, split plan, with 2 car garage. 863-634-9330 or 863-467-2541 NEWER HOME 3/2 with garage. SE Section. Great neighborhood. $795 mo. + $795 sec. dep. 863-467-2865. OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 3BA, on 1.5 acres, NW 144th Dr., $850 mo., 1st, last & sec. (863)634-3650. OKEECHOBEE 6835 SE 88th Trail. 2br, 2ba, furn. or unfurn., 1st, last and Sec. Utils not incld. (561)735-6050 or (561)254-0478. 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Call 863-467-8559 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles2000 Tahoe Z71 4x4 V-8, Front and rear air, automatic and loaded. $3,800 OBO 417-848-6360 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners RFP 2012-01 Okeechobee County hereby requests PROPOSALS from quali ed bidders for the rehabilitation of one (1) single-family home located in unincorporated Okeechobee County as a part of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.P.) program. Proposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, February 6, 2012 and delivered or mailed to: Okeechobee County SHIP Program, 304 NW 2nd Street Room 105, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (the County will not assume any responsibility for mail being received on time). Any and all proposals received after this time and date will not be opened or considered. Proposals should be submitted in separate sealed envelopes marked State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.P.) Program Kidd For speci c project information contact: Stephany DuPree at (863) 763-9312 or by fax at (863) 763-0118 or email sdupree@co.okeechobee. .us. Speci cations may be obtained from the Deputy County Administrator’s of ce located at 304 NW 2nd Street Room 103, Okeechobee. Bids will be opened at 3:05 p.m. on February 6, 2012, in the BOCC Clerk’s of ce Room 222 at the above address. A MANDATORY meeting for review of this project will be held on THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the property located at 2782 NW 8th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Any rm who is not in attendance at this address by 10:05 a.m. will be unable to bid. The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals to the County. Okeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively seeking Minority Contractor participation and promotes Fair Housing. Margaret Garrard Helton Okeechobee County Commission 407067 ON 1/11/2012 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on JANUARY 27, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1996 NISSAN PATHFINDER VIN #JN8AR05Y4TW016118 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 407349 ON 1/11/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011CA-429 Division: Circuit Civil CHESTER WOODALL, Plaintiff, VS. DELLA F. FINCHUM a deceased person, and as to each of the foregoing persons, if alive or deceased, their unknown heirs, devises, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, under or against these Defendants, Defendant. NOTICE OF SUIT-REAL PROPERTY TO DEFENDANTS: DELLA F. FINCHUM, a deceased person, and as to each of the foregoing persons, if alive or deceased, their unknown heirs, devises, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, under or against these Defendants, YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action for quiet title of the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: Commencing at the Northeast corner of Section 11, Township 37 South, Range 34 East, run thence North 89 degrees 40’00” West and along the North boundary line of said Section 11 for a distance of 3630.00 feet; thence run South 0 degrees 32’00” West and parallel with the East boundary line of said Section 11 for a distance of 411.09 feet for the point of beginning. Thence continue South 0 degrees 32’ 00” West for a distance of 248.91 feet to a point on the North right-of-way line of Mitchell Road; thence run North 89 degrees 40’ 00” West and along said right-of-way line for a distance of 175 feet; thence run North 0 degrees 32’ 00 “ East for a distance of 248.91 feet; thence run South 89 degrees 40’ 00 “ East for a distance of 175.00 to the point of beginning. Lying in and comprising a part of Lot 56 of the unrecorded plat of Tropical Acres, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Plaintiffs attorney whose name is JEFFREY A. FADLEY, ESQUIRE, 807 SW Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34974, and le the original with the Clerk of the above styled Court on or before the 27th day of January, 2012, otherwise a judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded the Complaint. WITNESS the hand and seal of said Court on the 22nd day of December, 2011. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Court BY: Arlene Nealis, D.C. 406165 ON 12/28/11, 1/4,11,18/2012 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 27th day of Jan. 2012 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 1991 White Olds Toronado 1G3EV13L6MU301292 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 406947 ON 1/11/2012 STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice of its preparation of a draft permit for McArthur Farms Dairy Barns 1 & 2, to be issued to McArthur Farms, Inc. The proposed permit authorizes the operation of the waste management system in accordance with the approved Nutrient Management Plan, which also limits the herd size and management practicesThe permit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), as delegated to the state by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The dairies arc located at 18116 North US Hwy 441 & 20202 North US Hwy 441, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The Department has assigned permit application le number FLA139149-003-IW4A to the project. Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the Department or may submit a written request for a public meeting to Bradley Akers, FDEP Southeast District, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, in accordance with rule 62-620.555 of the Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the information set forth below and must be received in the Of ce within 30 days of publication of this notice. Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to submit comments or request a public meeting under Rule 62-620.555, Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following information: (a) The commenter’s name, address, and telephone number, the applicant’s name and address, the Department Permit rile Number and the county in which the project is proposed; (b) A statement of how and when notice of the Department action or proposed action was received; (c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the nal decision; (d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modi cation of the Department action or proposed action; and (e) If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting. However, the Department may not always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore, written comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even if a public meeting is requested. If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period is extended until the close of the public meeting. If a public meeting is held any person may submit oral or written statements and data at the meeting on the Department proposed action. As a result of signi cant public comment the Department nal action may he different from the position taken by it in this draft permit. The permit application le and supporting data are available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the DEP Southeast District of ce, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, Tel. (561) 681-6600. 407384 ON 1/11/2012 17 Okeechobee News January 11, 2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds


A day of sporting clays and spectacular auctions will take place Saturday, March 17, at Quail Creek Plantation, 12399 N.E. 224th Street in Okeechobee, to bene t Treasure Coast Food Bank. Enjoy breakfast, a round of sporting clay shooting, lunch, prizes and over-the-top auction from Presenting sponsor Millionaires Concierge, including an Indy Race Car driving experience, a Florida Keys Dolphin Swim and a ride in the Goodyear Blimp. Not a shooter? Join in just for lunch and the thrilling auction on the 3,000-acre unspoiled paradise of Quail Creek Plantation. Lunch is only $20. "Will Shoot For Food" sporting clays event will open with 8 a.m. registration; 10 a.m. shotgun start. The events chairs are Craig & Kathy "Max" Adair. Highlights of the day include a day of adventure on the pristine sporting clay course, including breakfast and lunch, over-the-top auction, raf es and awards to top shooters. Items up for auction include a ghter jet experience; Dolphin swim in the Keys, arriving via helicopter and Indy racecar driving experience. This event is planned to bene t the Treasure Coast Food Bank, through its network of partners, feeds more than 100,000 hungry people each week in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. In addition to food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides numerous programs that help individuals and families gain longterm food security. The entry fee is $200 for individual shooters; $1,000 for a Team Sponsor. The entry fee includes breakfast, lunch, 14-station sporting clay shoot with cart, door prizes, team and individual awards, St. Patrick's Day refreshments. Participants can register online at: www. stophunger.org/events or call Tricia Jenkins at Treasure Coast Food Bank, 772-489-5676. Shooter spaces are limited. A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S A T T O R N E Y S H A I R C U T S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD € Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 Advertise here! Great place to get noticed! M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss Cheri Stevens 1 0 5 S W 3r d A v e. 863-467-0418 Tues. -Fri 9-5:30 €Sat. 9-3 € Closed Sun & Mon 18 Okeechobee News January 11, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Glades County continued to hammer out an agreement for the management of the various community centers and other facilities the county owns in the county when they met for the rst time in 2012 on Tuesday in Moore Haven. The issues of who can use the building, who pays the liability insurance and who pays for maintenance have been discussed in recent months. Glades County would pay a management fee to the community association or managers and that fee can be used to pay for liability insurance with at least $1 million in coverage. The county would approve the management fee annually at their discretion. The community associations or managers would make a good faith effort to accommodate community groups and their requests for the use of the premises. The buildings, where applicable, would also be available for emergency relief purposes. Commissioner Paul Beck suggested the county approve a standardized fee schedule for the use of these facilities. Commissioner Bob Giesler said he supports the same rules and fees for each event.The fee schedule will be discussed again on Feb. 14, at 9 a.m. The board reaf rmed their support for the Roadrunner housing project on State Route 80. The project is also known as River Grove and consists of 1,618 acres. They will submit a Text Amendment and a Future Land Use Map Amendment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Planning Director Larry Hilton said the Florida Department of Community Affairs voiced some concerns about this project when it was approved by the County in 2008. The new proposal would allow 6,275 housing units or an average of 3.89 dwellings per acre. Representative of the Developer Jason Wagner said the project is identical to the previous application. He said the new state review process should allow the project to move forward. The Commission voted to approve the transmittal of the requested Future Land Use Map amendment and the transmittal of the new Mixed Use District, a new Future Land Use Classi cation to the State Department for their review. The project is located north of the Caloosahatchee River and South of Lake Hicpochee. The board voted to rezone 18.19 acres at 14793 Ortona Locks Road in Ortona from open use agriculture to residential general. The project would allow up to 1,273 housing units or seven units per acre. Commissioner Donna Storter Long abstained in the vote because the applicant was a relative. The commission also approved a resolution to amend the boundaries of the Glades County Enterprise Zone. The Okeechobee Waterway RV Resort and Marina in Moore Haven will be added to the Moore Haven enterprise zone while 33 acres will be removed from the Muse Enterprise Zone. By law the county is allowed 20 square miles in their enterprise zones. Glades County continues to work on bringing a grocery store back to Moore Haven. Chairman Butch Jones said he would support tax abatements and other support for a new business. He explained the county ordinance only applies for new businesses and buildings. He said an extension of the former store might apply for this program. County Attorney Richard Pringle said he would investigate options the county might have on this issue. Commissioner Russell Echols said the county needs to be a player in this process because the grocery store is a primary need for the citizens. He suggested a committee of county, City of Moore Haven and the Glades County School Board should be involved. Mr. Echols said the economy and market place would normally be left alone to solve this need but that would be time consuming. He said a grocery store is an important asset for the community. Commissioner Beck said he gets depressed when he thinks of the lost businesses in Moore Haven, "This place seems to be slowly going away. I remember the businesses downtown like the B and B grocery and Dewey Thomas' barber shop. A grocery store is a necessity for life." Commissioner Jones said he also sees the decline in business. He said there are better things to come thanks to the proposed inland port. "The goose hasn't laid the golden egg but it is ying low. If I had the money, I'd buy all the land around here because I think you will see a Moore Haven like you have never seen before." Glades County sets rules for community building use ‘Will Shoot For Food’ to bene t Treasure Coast Food Ban k


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