Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 01-13-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, January 13, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 6 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.52 feetLast Year: 12.45 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBass tournamentThe team of Troy Oliver and David Crews brought in 19.58 lbs. of sh to take the top prize in the Jan. 7 Christian Team Trail Fishing Tournament on Lake Okeechobee. The tournament attracted 56 boats. The team also took the prize for the big sh. For more on the story, see page 9.Code violations lead to nes ... Page 3 House cleaner accused of stealing ... Page 12 Festivals bring carnival rides, parades, food, fun and more! ... Inside Pete GawdaOkeechobee News As the late Clif Betts, long-time Okeechobee County Commissioner, used to sa y about commission meetings, “The shorter the agenda, the longer the meeting.” That certainly proved to be true for the Thursday, Jan. 12 commission meeting. A ver y short routine agenda was stretched out to almost half a day. That is because, as sometimes happens at commission meetings, an item not on the agenda cropped up. Commissioners spent a great deal o f time listening to complaints of Douglas Park residents concerning a metal recycling plant on N.E. 14th Avenue. A recycling plant had been operating at that location since before the county enacted zoning regulations. In November o f 2011 the plant was sold to Capital Trading and Investments, LLC, a company which operates a recycling yard in Orlando and possibly other locations. Douglas Park resident Charlotte Delagall said she recently saw heavy equipment being moved onto the site. She feared the plant would expand operations and be open seven days a week creating heavy traf c that would be a hazard for the two churches, the children and the elderl y in the area. She wondered why the plant could not be located in either the city or county industrial parks. Another Douglas Park resident, Jessie Grace, said that previously just automobile parts were recycled. He was afraid the new owner would expand the business, thus bringing noise and heavy traf c into the neighborhood. He noted that there Residents concerned about metal recyclingSee COUNTY — Page 5


Attention seniors and parents of seniors: The deadline to apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship is drawing near! Jan. 31, is the deadline for seniors to complete their Bright Futures applications online for seventh semester eligibility. Please do not miss your opportunity to qualify for a scholarship that you have earned! Students awarded Bright Futures Scholarships at seventh semester are recognized at Scholarship Night and appear in the OHS Scholarship Booklet To apply, please follow these instructions: 1. Go to www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org 2. Click on State Grants & Scholarships 3. Next page has a blue bar at top, click on Apply Here 4. Under Students, click on Initial State Student Application 5. Complete application with care. Any errors in social security numbers or your birthdate will result in problems matching your transcript data from district level to state level. 6. As you save and submit your application, print a con rmation page. You must do this before you log off. 7. Give your con rmation page to Mrs. Coker to keep for her records. 8. FAFSA applications can be accessed from this same website or FAFSA.ed.gov FAFSA applications MUST BE ERROR FREE." 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 HEAVY DUTY SCHOOL MODEL SEW & SERGE SEWING MACHINESThese are brand new 2011 Singer school model sewing machines. These sewing machines remain UNSOLD.THEYMUSTBE SOLD NOW!These special heavy-duty school model machines have a metal hook and are built for years of extended service. All machines are new in factory-sealed cartons.25-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTYINCLUDED.WHAT IS ASEW &SERGE SEWING MACHINE???FIRST, ITIS ASOPHISTICATED SEWING MACHINE...That does buttonholes (any size), invisible Blind Hems, Monograms, Double Seams, Zippers, Sews on Buttons, Darning, Appliqu, Zig Zag, Basting, Pin Tucking, Quilting and much more. Just turn the dial to Sew Magic!SECOND, ITHAS APROFESSIONALSERGING STITCH...This allows you to sew the seam and serge the edge of the material in one operation. With the purchase of an optional cutter, you can trim the fabric.THIRD, ITIS DESIGNED TO SEWALLFABRICS...Without pressure adjustments, such as Levis, Canvas, Upholstery, Nylon, Stretch Materials, Silk, Percale, Organdy and...THEYEVEN SEWLEATHER!! NOWYOU CAN HAVE ITALLIN ONE MACHINE! TRAINED DEMONSTRATORS ON DUTYFor your convenience, we accept cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Layaway available. For more information, call 1-866-342-0508. 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 2 Okeechobee News January 13, 2012 Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. North northwest wind between 10 and 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. North northwest wind between 5 and 15 mph. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 5 mph. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 68. North northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. M.L.King Day : Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. East northeast wind between 5 and 15 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Yard sale bene ts Children's RanchReal Life Children's Ranch Yard sale is open on Tuesday Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come on out and get great bargains. The ranch welcomes all donations that are in good condition and can be sold. They are in need of clothing items.Speckled Perch vendor applications availableOkeechobee Main Street is currently taking applications for the Annual Speckled Perch Festival, to be held in Flagler Park on March 10 and 11, and the Speckled Perch Parade on March 10 at 11 a.m. Applications for booth space or parade participants are available at the Main Street of ce, 111 N.E. Second St., directly behind C.V.S., and can also be found on the Main Street website at www.mainstreetokeechobee.com. Contact Cindy at 863-357-6246. The Indian River State College (IRSC) Tutoring lab offers free tutoring in math, science and reading to help local middle and high school students succeed in their current academic programs and boost achievement for college and careers. The tutoring is conducted by IRSC students enrolled in the College's Bachelor of Education Degree programs in Math, Science, and Exceptional Student Education. The after-school tutoring is available in Building E, Room 214 at the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue and 35th Street, Fort Pierce, and is now accepting students for the Spring semester beginning in January. Parents interested in signing up students should call Dr. Peter Zsiga at 772-462-7190 or pzsiga@irsc.edu. The future teachers focus on each student's learning style, helping the middle and high school students to overcome academic obstacles. At the same time, it provides IRSC education majors with the opportunity to help students while strengthening teaching skills. The Tutoring Lab opened in 2009 and provides a much-needed resource for the community. Enrollment has increased every semester and currently averages 150 middle and secondary students each term. It has been well-received by parents as evidenced by the many positive comments made through semester evaluations. One parent stated, "My daughter has come a long way with your assistance. She will continue to thrive in her education with this support." Another parent said, "My son went from a low D to a high B in science, thanks to your program." The inspiration for the program came from Dr. Henri Sue Bynum, retiring Vice President of Academic Affairs, who believes that the skills and con dence future teachers gain through working with individual students will serve as a foundation for successful instruction of groups of students in the classroomto teach many, a student must rst be able to teach one. For more information about IRSC Education programs, contact Dr. Marta Cronin at: 772-462-7674 or mcronin@irsc.edu. Future teachers tutor teens for free Bright Futures deadline approaches


The eld of nuclear science encompasses a variety of career options, including power plant technology, nuclear medicine and radiation detection conducted by public safety and homeland security professionals. Information on these careers, how to get the training you need to get started in this growing eld and exciting new developments in nuclear energy will be presented in a Nuclear Science Career Awareness Open House on Monday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Indian River State College (IRSC) with Florida Power & Light (FPL) and the FPL Energy Encounter and w ill be held in the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies at the IRSC Main Campus, off 35th Street in Fort Pierce. "Florida Power and Light is proud to sponsor the Nuclear Science Career Awareness Open House with IRSC to provide valuable information on career choices and the education needed for them," said Jim Auld, Industry and Community Training Coordinator for FPL. The Open House is held in conjunction with National Nuclear Science Week, a weeklong celebration focusing local, regional and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science. The event at IRSC will feature nationally recognized experts and employers in nuclear science, including representatives from the US Department of Energy; United States Navy; AREVA, a multi-national industrial and nuclear power company; Westinghouse, The Shaw Group, provider of piping systems and construction services for the power industry; the Center for Energy Workforce Development; Florida Banner Center for Energy; North American Young Generation Nuclear; the Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training based at IRSC, and others. FPL and IRSC representatives will provide information on the highly-successful Power Plant Technology Institute, providing a comprehensive education in power plant operations and technologies. Students completing the program earn an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and specialize in one of four areas: instrumentation and controls, electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance and radiological protection. In August, 20 graduates of the program were hired by FPL for full-time positions at the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant. The apprentice-level wage scale averages $55,000-$57,000 per year, in addition to an attractive bene ts package. IRSC offers open house on careers in nuclear science 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3387 S.Hwy 441 Okeechobee 863.763.2239 959 S. Main St. Belle Glade 561.996.7783 411 W. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston 941.983.8373 2 PC. DARKDEAL€2 pc. chicken* (drumstick &thigh)€1 individual mashed potatoes with gravy €1 biscuitOffer expires 1/31/12 € *Available in GrilledLimit one per coupon at participating KFC restaurants. Not valid with other special offers. 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MIXED MEAL€8 pc. chicken* (white/dark)€1 large mashed potatoes with gravy € 1 large coleslaw €4 biscuitOffer expires 1/31/12 € *Available in Original Recipe, Extra Crispy, Grilled or Mixed$1499 Presents56th Annual F 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 THEATRE I: WAR HORSEŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 &7:00 Fri., Jan. 13 Fri., Jan. 13TH THThurs., Jan. 19 Thurs., Jan. 19TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 THEATRE III: THE DEVILINSIDEŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 &7:00 M o v i e T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 6 5 0 € C h i l d r e n 1 2 & u n d e r $ 5 0 0 € S e n i o r C i t i z e n s $ 5 0 0 a l l m o v i e s € M M a t i n e e s $ 4 5 0 RTHEATRE II: WE BOUGHT AZOOŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 &9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 &7:00 PG-13 PG 3 Okeechobee News January 13, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News When they met Tuesday evening, Jan. 10, the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board dealt with one case of construction w ithout a permit and ve cases of overgrown property. In a case that has been ongoing since October, 2011, code enforcement of cer Fred Sterling stated that the tenant at 520 S.E. Sixth St. has built a shed on the property without a building permit. Mr. Sterling said the tenant was in jail. The owner, J L Martin Investments, is located out of state. The owner said the tenant would be getting out of jail on Jan. 20. At that time the owner w ould have the tenant obtain the required permit. If not, the owner would take care of the matter. The owner was given until Feb. 5 to apply for a permit or be ned $25 a day for every day of noncompliance. Mr. Sterling said that Kurt and Jacqueline Keplinger. owners of the property at 509 N.E. Ninth Ave. were repeat violators. On Nov. 24, 2010 a ne of $25 a day was imposed on the property because of overgrowth. On July 5, 2011 Mr. Sterling learned the Keplingers were abandoning the property. The ne ran until July 10, 2010 when the debris was removed by Waste Management. The ne totaled $5,725. Mr. Sterling stated that once again the property is overgrown. The board voted to impose a ne of $500 a day for every day of noncompliance. Because of the repeat offender status, the ne started on Oct. 28, 2011, the date the property was posted with a notice of violation. The next case on the agenda was also a repeat offender. According to Mr. Sterling's testimony and photographs, the 406 N.E. Fourth St. property owned by N&A Construction, Inc. was once again overgrown. On April 27, 2011 a ne of $25 was placed on the property. On May 17, 2011 the property came into compliance with the ne totalling $500. On the current violation the board voted to impose a ne of $50 a day for every of noncompliance. Because of the repeat offender status, the ne was to start on Nov. 9, 2011, the date the owner was noti ed of the violation. Robert and Melody Jennings are the owners of a vacant dwelling at 810 S.E. Eight St. Because of the condition of the property the board voted to impose a ne of $50 a day for every day of noncompliance beginning seven days after noti cation. The 813 S.E. Third St. property of Cod y Brown was also identi ed as a repeat offender. On Oct. 20, 2008, a ne of $50 a da y was started on the property. The ne ran until Aug. 17, 2009. At that time the city cleaned up the property and the ne totaled $7,400. The board referred the property to the cit y council, recommending foreclosure. According to Mr. Sterling the overgrown property at 810 S.E. Sixth St. belonging to Daniel Kiernan is in the process of being foreclosed. The board voted to impose a ne of $25 a day for very day of noncompliance beginning seven days after noti cation. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City code board deals with repeat offenders Most high school seniors will probably need help paying for their tuition, fees, books, and living expenses for college or career school. Okeechobee High School Career Center will hold a Financial Aid Night on Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. in the Lecture Hall to assist in nding ways to offset some of these costs. During this time, a Financial Aid Of cer from IRSC will present information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This includes the Pell Grant and aid from other government sources. The Local Scholarship Directory will be handed out at this time, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and other scholarship information will be presented. Parents should attend with their senior student. High school nancial aid night set Church of God to hold yard saleThe 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 Hwy E behind McDonalds). Have you wanted to have a yard sale, not enough room or hate doing one by yourself or bad location? 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 863-634-2930.


Sharps disposal My son was recently diagnosed with t ype 1 diabetes. I can’t seem to nd a place t o dispose of the sharps containers. Palm Beach and Martin (I heard) take them at t he health department. Okeechobee County Health Department said they don’t do that anymore. He can’t be the only one in the c ounty. I have had some tell me they don’t use a sharps container; they just cap them and throw them in the trash. I just can’t do t hat. Any suggestions?Street work For those of you who have noticed t he dips where OUA did their work on S.W. 15th/16th Street, I was told they know about it and there is more work coming.Smoking at school What is this thing of pot smoking on s chool grounds? It also goes on in the bathrooms. I have a good source that this is going on every day. It’s time someone is doing s omething about it.  It’s been going on since high school w as invented. You have a good source? You mean someone told you and you believed it? Instead of posting and telling people somet hing needs to be done, do something. Alt hough, there is nothing you can do. Oh, the irony!  I think they are afraid of the students.  Really? Because you know it obviously hasn’t been going on since the introduction of weed to students back in my grandparents’ day. If it concerns you so much, then w hy not tell the administration at school? Honestly, we smoked before we went to s chool. Stupid kids, I know. But you want t o know something, it’s not just a couple of kids. It’s quite a few of them. Even those “perfect” students who are the sons and daughters of cops and local of cials. But no one questions them because of their last names.Pub crawl On Feb. 18, 2012, the Okeechobee Relay for Life Dream Team and Caring Cousins team are joining together to host the Okeechobee First Purple Passion Pub Crawl. This event will start at Beef ‘O’Brady’s at 5:30 p.m. Then we will head to Lunkers, The Brahma Bull, Pier II and Good Spirits’ Tiki Hut to nish up the evening. You do not have to be “drinkers” to participate in this great event to raise money for a great cause. This is a social event only. Designated drivers will be signi ed with a purple lei so please make arrangements ahead of time to bring your own DD or if need be get with a team member, if needed later on in the evening. Any questions please contact me at 863-6348674. I hope to have a lot of participation so that we can make a success of this event.  If you are using cars, it isn’t really a pub “crawl” but I wish you luck. I also hope you have someone checking to make sure all participants have designated drivers.  Would love to be able to “crawl;” however, Okeechobee is too spread out so we have to “drive”. Yes sir, we are ensuring DDs are available as well as the AAA number and the a local cab company is aware of that night as well.  Its good to broadcast it, that way our local gestapo will be sure to be watching more than usual.  Oh, the many “crawls” I’ve partaken ... Key West, Baltimore, Boston, Alborg Denmark, Hamburg Germany, etc. But never for a cause (other than mine own enjoyment).High school grades Congratulations on the B to Principal Wiersma and her HS staff. Nice accomplishment in the ever changing school grading system.  Over the past seven years the school has gone from a D to a C to a B. Now they can keep working and try for that A status! I hope the new drop-out prevention program helps reduce the high drop-out rate. That is one of the factors in the school grades.Thoughts to ponder Variation Law If you change lines (or traf c lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).  Law of the Bath When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings. Insurance statement disputedOn January 8, 2012 an article in the Okeechobee News was published stating that Sheriff May disputes my claim about OCSO Health Insurance Cost. First let be clear that the family health plan was the plan in question when I was interviewed by Okeechobee News. I have always spoken about the family health plan when speaking with voters and will continue to do so. In Sheriff May’s statement, he never speaks of the cost for a full family health plan and stated that information could be obtained from his of ce to substantiate his statement and give correct information. While Sheriff May’s statement about Employee + Spouse and Employee + Child plans are correct, neither of those plans are a full family plan. I have obtained the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce price list for Health Insurance provided. The prices on this list are what the employee’s pay and is therefor deducted from their paycheck. This is where I am getting my information from, of cial OCSO documents and thereby giving you accurate and true facts. I also speak to many of the employees (while they were off duty) and have gotten credible information from them as well. The health insurance is a group plan and therefor when speaking of the highest family plan at $857.11 per month that is paid by the employee, a reduction in cost across the board is needed. I have been meeting with various insurance company representatives and have learned that it is possible to reduce the overall health insurance cost by as much as 50% for both the employee and the sheriff’s of ce cost and still provide the same coverage. I am a Conservative Republican that is determined to reduce cost and cut spending where spending can be cut. I promise that as Sheriff of Okeechobee County, I will be fully involved in the research and bidding process for health insurance to insure that we get the best plan possible for a price we all can afford. Sheriff May made the statement tha t some OCSO employee’s children are on Healthy Kids. That is a form of MediCaid and is based upon your income level and amount of people living in your household. For example: a family of 5 must make less than $4,362 a month and a family of 2 mus t make less than $2,452 a month, if you ar e over the allowable income level you mus t pay $133 per child per month, that information was obtained from a representative o f Florida Kid Care. State employees (a Florid a Retirement System participant) have to pa y at the full rate of $133 per child per month for children over 5 years old. As Sheriff Ma y stated in his response “I would like to kno w how many people in Okeechobee Count y would like to pay $134 a month for their insurance coverage— that’s not astronomical. And, that’s darned good insurance.” The fac t is that only 18% of the 212 employees actually pay for a portion of their “darned good insurance” and those that pay don’t get full family health insurance. While 87% uses th e sheriff’s of ce insurance, at least 23% have insurance somewhere else. The $1,457,973.84 cost of the group plan is almost the amoun t it cost to run the entire court security division. We have serious issues that need to b e addressed at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, health insurance is my numbe r one cost I plan to reduce when elected as the next Sheriff of Okeechobee County. Between now and the election on August 14, 2012, I would be willing to debate Sherif f May about the issues and concerns you, th e taxpayers, have and would like answered. Having a debate between candidates is a great way to make your decision about who you will vote for to be the next sheriff. View the of cial Okeechobee Count y Sheriff’s Of ce health care plans documen t at http://votefolbrecht.com/ocsohealthcost. pdf. Jon Folbrecht Friday, January 13, 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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w as a ball park and a migrant head start center near the plant. He claimed to have a stack of petitions from other area residents protesting expansion of the plant. He said that in the other recycling center owned by the same company everything from tin cans to heavy metals are collected. He said this w ould necessitate the use of a cutting torch, w hich he claimed would contribute to air pollution. He quoted a list of metal products collected at the owner’s other plant in Orlando. This list included such things as appliances, motor blocks, transformers, radiators and catalytic converters. He also expressed concern that an expanded recycling plant would provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes during rainy season. Planning of cial Bill Royce stated that w hile the business had to have a business tax receipt there was no speci c operating permit required for a recycling plant. Mr. Grace said his research revealed a permit had been issued for electrical work at the site as well as a permit for truck scales. As of Monday morning he said he could nd no business license. He said the Orlando plant operated seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. He expressed concern that the new owner would truck used metal items from his other recycling operations to Okeechobee. He also expressed a fear that chemicals w ould be used at the Okeechobee sites. Although Mr. Grace cited what Capital Trading and Investment did at their Orlando location, he did not know what would happen in Okeechobee. He said he had no evidence that they would expand their operations in Okeechobee and begin some of the practices conducted in Orlando that he found objectionable. He said he had not been able to nd out their intentions. Commissioner Ray Domer stated that it w as good that unused metal objects were recycled rather than being allowed to rust away into the ground. He also mentioned the number of people such a plant could employ. “I’m still doing my own research on it,” Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said. However, he stressed the commission would not allow any activities that would adversely affect the quality of life. He said commissioners were concerned with the health and safety of citizens. While the county’s position is that the salvage yard is grandfathered in because of the continued use of the property for that purpose, Mr. Grace’s position was that it was not grandfathered in because there was not continuous use as a salvage yard. For some time prior to the sale the property had been used to store FEMA trailers. Mr. Grace said he feared the recycling plant would cause declining property values and he requested that the county investigate the extent of the recycling operation. County administrator Robbie Chartier stated that the county had no mechanism to investigate a business that was continuing the same use of the property as it would a brand new business with a different purpose. “We can’t stop a business from going in,” said Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton. While the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) does not require a permit for metal recycling plants it may require them to register as a “recovered materials dealer” if they process more than 600 tons per year. As of Wednesday, Jan. 11, the DEP had not received such an application from Capital Trading and Investment. In other business, county attorney John Cassels was tasked with trying to negotiate a lower penalty than the one imposed on the county by the State Department of Health for late submission of required paperwork concerning re/rescue ambulance service. Mrs. Chartier presented an overview of the county’s current nancial status as of Nov. 30 with one month of revenue and two months of expenses. “We are doing well keeping within our budgeted amounts,” she said. She said ad valorum taxes were coming in as expected. Gasoline taxes, which are used for road improvement projects, have not been coming in as predicted. However, there are no big road projects going on right now. She said the building department was paying its own way with income from permit fees meeting expenditures. Commissioner Joey Hoover was appointed to serve on the canvassing board for the Jan. 31 Presidential Preference Primary since the commission’s canvassing board member, Commissioner Helton will be in Tallahassee that day. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PENTECOSTAL BAPTIST EPISCOPALYou 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 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 5 Okeechobee News January 13, 2012 Martin Luther King Day observances planned“Unity in the Community” is the theme for the 2012 Martin Luther King Day observances in Okeechobee County. Events will start with a dinner on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Douglas Brown Center from 6 to 9 p.m. with special speakers. Tickets for the dinner have already sold out. On Monday, Jan. 16, marchers will gather at the Douglas Brown Center at 8:30 a.m. The Martin Luther King Day March will start at 9 a.m., from Douglas Brown Center to Flagler Park. At 10 a.m., the Martin Luther King Day Parade will start. The parade route will start at the U-Save Supermarket on Parrott Avenue and travel north to State Road 70 and then west on SR 70 to the end of Flagler Park. After the parade, there will be speeches and prayer dancers in the park. Following the park program, participants will march back to the Douglas Brown Center for food, music, dancing and a festival including vendors.Eagles to host Steak NightEagles North, 9985 Hwy.441 North Okeechobee, will have their weekly steak dinner Friday, Jan. 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.VFW plans weekend funThe North VFW Post #4423, 300 N W 34th St. has a weekend full of fun planned. Friday, the Grill will be open 5-9 p.m. with karaoke hosted by Chuck Darling 7-10 p.m. On Saturday there will be burgers on the grill noon-2 p.m., Fish/Shrimp Dinner 5pm with karaoke hosted by D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy) 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Lori will be serving Pork Butt with all the xin’s 2-4 p.m. Be sure to stop by and have a good time! Proceeds to bene t Veterans Assistance Programs.Moose Lodge hosts eventsOkeechobee Moose Lodge #1753 located at 159 NW 36th St. invites all to join them for food and entertainment this weekend. Friday there will be Bingo at 6:30 p.m. with bonanza start at 5pm and the Moose Cafe will be open. On Saturday there will be a Cat sh Dinner 5:30-7:30 p.m. with music b y Lisa. Sunday, Mike & Nyomi will be playing karaoke 3-7 p.m. Don’t miss out on the fun. Proceeds go towards Moose Charities.Shared Services Network meetsThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee Count y will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 2012, in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. Community Events


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.Doris Arlene (Veasey) Dye, 67OKEECHOBEE — Doris Arlene (Veasey) Dye, age 67, of Okeechobee, passed away Jan. 11, 2012, at her home in Okeechobee surrounded by family. She was born Aug. 5, 1944, to W.B. and Mary Veasey. She worked for many years at the Okeechobee County Health Department. Doris was a wonderful wife and mother, devoted sister and aunt, who served countless mothers and babies through the WIC program at Okeechobee County Health Department. She was an artist and world traveler who visited more than 22 countries and most of the United States. She will be greatly missed by family, traveling companions and her colleagues at the Health Department. She will be especially missed by her friends in the O.H.S. class of 1962. Mrs. Dye was preceded in death by her father, W.B. Veasey II and her husband, James F. Dye. She is survived by her daughter, Amber Dye; mother, Mary J. Veasey; sisters, Mary Ann Noreet (Carl) and Roxie S. Veasey (Jill Johnson); brother, Walter B. Veasey (Marie); nieces, Krist y Lawrence (Wade), Heather Edwards (Dave) and Meridy Mendoza (Julius); great nieces and nephews, Matthew, Emele, Clay, Dalton, Jena, James, Johnny and Sarah. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, until services at 11 a.m. at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Janet Rinaldo, 91OKEECHOBEE — Janet Rinaldo, age 91, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2012. Janet was born in Torrington, Conn., on March 11, 1920. She moved to Miami, Florida, as a child and resided in Okeechobee since 1981. She was a member of Okeechobee Eastern Star # 128 and a past matron of Allapattah Eastern Star. She was a member of Okee-Tantie Quilters and enjoyed going to bingo. She belonged to Oakview Baptist Church and was always willing to help others in need. Janet will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Rubert Shell and Aldolph Rinaldo; three sisters; one brother; and one half-sister. She is survived by her two daughters, Janet Blair (Ed) of Okeechobee and Diane DeHart of Ocala, Fla.; three half-brothers, Ted Seaman of Oklahoma, Bruce Seaman of New Jersey, and Richard Seaman of Nevada; three grandchildren, Troy DeHart of Clarkesville, Ga., Kimberly Williams (Capp) and Scott Saip; three great-grandchildren, Adrian Rogers III, Andrew Rogers and Kaitlyn Williams, all of Okeechobee; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, from 4 until 6 p.m. with services on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seaw inds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Herman Goodson, 88BELLE GLADE — Herman Goodson, age 88, of Belle Glade, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Belle Glade. He was born Dec. 14, 1923, in Springhill, Ala., to David and Bessie Goodson. Mr. Goodson proudly served in the United States Army during the WWII Con ict in the invasion of France. He moved to Belle Glade in 1964 coming from Alabama and was an Insurance Manager. In addition he was a member of the Church of Christ in Belle Glade, DAV member and enjoyed shing, life, traveling and his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Goodson; daughter, Judy Dianne; brothers, Fred Goodson and Gene Goodson; and mother, Bessie Dowling. He is survived by his children, Freddilyn, Wayne, Wanda, Inge, Judy Faye, David and Jennifer; sisters, Tommie Thompson (‘Tom), Jackie Faulkner (Forrest); nephew, Marty Faulkner and family; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, from 1:30 p.m. until service time of 2:30 p.m., at the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Interment will following in Port Mayaca Cemetery. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Christ Belle Glade, 125 NW Ave. D, Belle Glade, FL 33430. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fla. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Marie H. Roberts, 73SILVER SPRINGS, Fla. — Marie H. Roberts fell asleep in death on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Villages Regional Hospital. Marie was born on Aug. 30, 1938, in Ft. Drum, Fla. She was a member of the Forest Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Marie was preceded in death by her father, General W. Hair Sr.; mother, Irene Hair; sister, Rita Watts; and brother, Gerald F. Hair Sr. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Gerald L. Roberts of Silver Springs; daughter, Melanie (Mike) Tackett of Gainesboro, Tenn.; son, Chris Ricke of Miami; daughter, Kathy (Chip) Brown of Ocala; daughter, Bambi (Steve) Decker of Mayo; daughter, Rea (Victor) Nicholson of Port St. Lucie; daughter, Phyllis “Peppi” Gaston of Silver Springs; her brother, G.W. (Betty) Hair Jr. of Okeechobee; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, multiple nieces and nephews, extended family and many cherished and beloved friends. Services will be at Forest Congregation of J ehovah’s Witnesses, 18081 SE 17th Street, Silv er Springs, at 4: p.m, on Jan. 14, 2012. Loren SunderlandOKEECHOBEE — Loren Dean Sunderland, 75, formerly of Forest City, N.C., passed away peacefully Monday, July 25, 2011, at his home in Okeechobee. He was born May 15, 1936, in Manito, Ill., to Walter and Hazel (Gumbel) Sunderland. Surviving are one brother, Wayne Sunderland of Pekin, Ill.; two sons, Rick Sunderland of Edwards, Ill., and Mark Sunderland of De Soto, Mo.; two daughters, Lynn Hazzard of Carbondale, Colo., and Tammy Sunderland of Santa Barbara, Calif.; six grandchildren and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Henry Lee Sunderland. Loren rst owned Loren Sunderland Insurance and later shared a successful partnership with Larry Dolan in Dolan and Sunderland Livestock Commission in Peoria, Ill. Being raised a farmer, he understood the meaning of hard, honest work and exempli ed that in all he did, creating an honest and well-liked reputation throughout, not only the farming community, but to all who knew him. As a member of the Shriners, Loren participated in parades and provided services to his community. He was an athlete and a passionate outdoorsman, spending most of his time hunting and shing. His retirement years were spent doing what he love best, reeling them in. He was an active member of Oak View Baptist Church, Okeechobee. Loren was a kind, gracious and generous man. He was an amazing dad, grandpa, and friend and enjoyed spending time with everyone. He made all of us feel special. We all have been blessed to have shared our lives with such an amazing person. He will be deeply missed, but we will cherish the memory of him always. A cookout and celebration of his life will be noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at his former residence in Seminole Village. All of his friends are welcome. \ | z ` x L o r e n D e a n S u n d e r l a n dM a y 1 5 1 9 3 6 J u l y 2 5 2 0 1 1Happy New Year in Heaven. W i t h m u c h l o v e a n d r e s p e c tZ a r y A n n P e r r y Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 13, 2012 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com




Y earling’s faculty and staff raise money for PTOBy Cathie Carpenter Y MS Guidance Counselor On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the faculty and staff from Yearling Middle School participated in McTeachers’ Night at the McDonald’s located at 401 E. North Park St. For some of them, this was the rst time they had experienced the hustle and bustle of the fast food industry. Customers who patronized McDonald’s that night might have been greeted at the register by Ms. Varson, Ms. Heineman or Mrs. Zellar. Those who came through the Drive Thru had their money taken by Mrs. Charlton and received their food from Mrs. McCoin. Mrs. Pearce and Mrs. S. Bandi were steadily lling those French fry orders. The “Frappe Queens” were Ms. Starr and Mrs. Campbell. Mr. Mayernik was introduced to the frappuccino maker and lled-in as the queens retired. Mr. Claypool made sure all the trays were clean and ready for the food orders. The dining area was kept clean by Mrs. Markham, Mrs. Mitchum, Ms. Farrell, Mrs. Letcher, Mr. Mayernik, Mrs. S. Bandi and Mr. King. The Yearling Bull mascot was a joy to see dancing along the sidewalk and greeting the younger patrons. YMS would like to thank the management and the employees of McDonald’s for their hospitality and patience. McDonald’s donates 15 percent of the overall sales total for each hour an organization spends working. As of today, Yearling has earned over $400 for their PTO. Yearling’s faculty and staff have already signed up for another opportunity on March 6. Mark your calendars and come to McDonald’s from 5-7 to support Yearling Middle School. 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 8 Okeechobee News January 13, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Yearling Middle School shrugged off a slow start to overwhelm the West Glades Lady Panthers, 40-6, in middle school girls basketball action on Tuesday afternoon in Okeechobee. Cheyenne Nunez scored 16 points, and Baylee Farless added 14 points for the Lady Bulls. Megan Hargraves chipped in with four points for the Lady Bulls, who won their second straight game. Yearling and West Glades were tied (4-4) after the rst quarter as the Bulls missed quite a few layups and breakaway opportunities. West Glades got a few outside jumpers to fall to keep the game close in the rst half. Yearling outscored the Lady Panthers 10-2 in the second quarter to take control. Yearling used a pressure defense in the third quarter to outscore the Panthers 16-0 in the third quarter for a 26-6 lead entering the fourth. Yearling outscored West Glades 14-0 in the nal quarter. Farless scored all of her points in the second half, many of them on fast break points and offensive rebounds. Yearling Coach Tammy Wright said the team has nally clicked late in the season and have done very well for the nal ve games. She said they will take a win regardless of when they occur. “Every girl got to play tonight and it was a great win. We ran up the score a bit but that has happened to us all season. I didn’t want the girls to relax and take anything for granted,” she said. Yearling played Osceola last night and wanted all of the girls to be at the top of their game for that community rivalry game. Farless said she has really started to like basketball after concentrating on volleyball for many years. She said she hopes to play both sports in high school. “It was really confusing at rst but the transition wasn’t that hard. After a couple of practices I knew what to do,” she explained. Farless said the win over Brighton will be a memory she will treasure for a long time. Yearling rallied from a 15-point de cit in the nal six minutes to win at the buzzer. Farless had a part in the winning play as she passed to a wide open Raylee Coleman who hit a threepoint basket to give Yearling a hard fought win. “I was so happy when she made it, it was nerve racking because I didn’t know if she would make it or not. It was a good win for us,” she added. Y MS Lady Bulls rout W est Glades by 40-6 tally McTeachers’ Night helps with YMS fundraiser Okeechobee News/ C.MurphyBaylee Farless (#15) led Yearling with 14 points in the second half as they walloped West Glades School on Tuesday. Janelle Markham smiles with Yearling’s Bull Mascot-Nolan Carpenter. Yearling Bull Mascot-Nolan Carpenter. Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSMrs. Campbell, Ms. Starr, and Manager-Walter Cervantes


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 9 Okeechobee News January 13, 2012 Fifty-six boats and double that in anglers took to the water early on Saturday, Jan. 7, in the rst Christian Team Trails Fishing Tourney of the 2012 year. The participants lined up to launch their boats at Okee-Tantie Park just after sunrise. The monthly tournament w as sponsored by Oakview Baptist Church. While a majority of the boaters brought back sh, some were reeling in the big ones w ith the largest sh weighing in at 7.60lbs. The big winner of the day was actually the last boat signed up#56. Boaters Troy Oliver and David Crews brought in the most sh in weight at 19.58 lbs. The team took home the cash prize of $1,120. They also w ere awarded $336 for bringing in the Big Fish. Finishing second was boat #51-Team A ngie Douthit and Mel Stone. They took home $420 for their total weight catch of 15.62 lbs. Third place was Bob Carney and Ken Goodwien in boat #52 with 14.48lbs. They split a cash prize of $280. The second Big Fish prize was awarded to Jim Wilson and Danny Norton who nished in 19th place overall. The 7.4 lb. sh brought them a split of $224. Others taking home cash prizes included: #40 Dewayne Evans and Sam Grif n with 12.32 lbs. and $140; #27 -Byron Chastain and Gary Halker with 11.05 lbs. and $140; #44 Steve Fairtrace and Curtis Lewis, with 10.39 lbs. and also $140. Taking prize cash of $112 each team were #30 Bob Duvall and Jeff Edgerly; #7 Dave Stout and Geary Adams, #29 John Ellis and Michael Woods; #34 Leroy Bauer and Loal Branstrom and #16 Keith and Irene Jones. During weigh-in and score analyzing, boaters, family and friends enjoyed a hot dog lunch thanks to Oakview Baptist Church. Also, some were lucky in winning prize drawing giveaways donated by local sponsors. Boaters will once again take to the water for the upcoming February tournament set for Saturday, Feb. 4 at Okee-Tantie Park. A nglers participate in CTT rst 2012 tourney Special to the Okeechobee News/ CTTFirst place winners overall, Troy Oliver and David Crews collect their winnings from Oakview Pastor Garrison. The team also took the prize for Big Fish totaling over $1,450! Special to the Okeechobee News/ CTTSecond place Big Fish went to Jim Wilson (above left) who reeled in a single catch weighing 7.4 lbs. The Wilson-Norton team took home a share of $224 at weigh-in. Second place winners overall Angie Douthit and Mel Stone (above right) brought in 15.62 lbs at weigh-in. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CTTThird place winner Bob Carney (above left) accepts the check for $280 on behalf of his teammate Ken Goodwien and second place Big Fish winner Jim WIlson (above right) holds his check awarded for his 7.4lb catch. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CTT Check presentationsSecond place overall winners Angie Douthit and Mel Stone are happy to accept their second place winning check for $420 at weigh-in time. Their total weight catch was 15.62 lbs. nearly four pounds behind the rst place winners.


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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 33-year-old Okeechobee man is being held on bond in the county jail following his arrest after being accused of punching two young boys. Michael Frost, of N.E. 15th Ave., was arrested W ednesday, Jan. 11, on two counts of felony child abuse. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Matthew Hurst, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Frost punched the 10and 12-year-old boys because he thought they “... had stolen his drugs and money from his house while he was in jail.” OCSO records show that Frost was arrested Jan. 7 on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly intoxication. He was sentenced to ve days in jail, with credit for the one day he had already served. Frost was released from jail Wednesday. Deputy Hurst’s report stated that around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday the 12-year-old boy went to Frost’s home. The 5-foot-9, 200pound, Frost apparently became angry at the boy and accused him of the theft. When the boy told the man he didn’t know what he was talking about, Frost allegedly hit the boy in the chest with his closed st. Deputy Hurst went on to state that he could see a bump on the boy’s chest muscle where he was apparently hit by Frost. The younger boy reportedly told the deputy that his mother sent him to Frost’s home to pick up a video game. Then, like with the older boy, Frost accused the 10-year-old boy of taking his drugs and money. When the youngster answered the accusation b y saying he didn’t know what the man was talking about, Frost reportedly punched the boy in the chest with his closed st, stated Deputy Hurst. According to the deputy, he could see swelling on the youngster’s chest muscle where he was hit. The 12-year-old, added Deputy Hurst, was with the younger boy and witnessed him being punched. Deputy Hurst also trespassed Frost from the boys’ home. Man accused of hitting neighborhood youngsters 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co.7 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 North Stop In For All Your Show Feed & Sullivan Show Supplies!! Give Us A Try! 12 Okeechobee News January 13, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local man who hired himself out to clean homes has been arrested in connection with the theft of jewelry from at least two of those homes. Enrique Paredes, 34, S.E. Sixth Ave., has been arrested on felony charges of burglary, grand theft (two counts) and dealing in stolen property (two counts). He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a total bond of $37,500. According to Detective M.D. Faulkner, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), it was his investigation into these thefts that led to the arrest of an Okeechobee business owner. The business owner— Moutaz Abdulah Yamin, 38—was arrested by the detective Jan. 4 on a felony charge of conducting business as a pawnbroker without a license. “These crimes helped me close in on that investigation,” said Detective Faulkner. “Because of Paredes’ wrongdoing, it helped me solve an ongoing case of buying stolen property.” On at least two occasions Paredes purloined jewelry then took those items to Yamin, who owns the Azteca 3 Store at 625 N.E. Park St. In one of the cases against Paredes, Detective Faulkner’s arrest report stated that while cleaning the home he took a 14k gold necklace with a tear-drop charm that consisted of a ruby stone and a single diamond. The necklace had an estimated value of $300. The detective’s report went on to state that Paredes allegedly took the necklace to Yamin, who supposedly paid him $30 for it. Detective Faulkner said he was able to recover the necklace, along with some other stolen jewelry, from the store owner. In the second case, a burglar broke into a home by removing the screen from a bedroom window, then moving two computer speakers in order to gain access to the bedroom. Once inside, the intruder reportedly took an $800 gold ring with eight diamonds, along with an inexpensive silver ring. The homeowner was apparently a friend of Paredes’, who had been in the home before. The victim became aware that someone had broken into the home when they noticed a cover for one of the speakers lying on the ground, outside the window. As with the necklace, Detective Faulkner said the two rings were recovered from the Azteca 3 store. “According to Yamin, Enrique Paredes was the one who sold/pawned the rings and necklace,” stated the OCSO investigator’s report. In Yamin’s arrest report, the detective pointed out that after buying jewelry, Yamin would take the gold items to Miami where they would be melted down. When asked how much gold Yamin had purchased, Detective Faulkner said it could likely be thousands of dollars worth. “But,” he continued, “that is still under investigation.” The detective went on to state in his report that Yamin failed to maintain records o f his purchases “... which adds reason that he knew he was buying gold and other items illegally and knew the property must have been stolen.” A check with the City of Okeechobee showed that the store is actually licensed as the El Rancho Market and that Yamin is the listed owner of the business. He has run the store since May 2009. The Azteca 3 Store is licensed as food service and retail, similar to a convenience store, but it is not licensed as a jewelry store or pawn shop. Detective Faulkner said his investigation into these cases is continuing. Home cleaner charged in local jewelry thefts Enrique Paredes By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A teenager had to be hobbled by police after she reportedly bit and kicked of cers who were trying to ascertain why she was running into trafc and causing a disturbance. Cassandra Lynn Moore, 18, N.W. 64th Ave., Okeechobee, w as arrested Tuesday, Jan. 10, on felony charges of battery on a law enforcement ofcer and resisting a law enforcement of cer w ith violence. She was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Moore is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $5,500 bond. An arrest report by Of cer Chad Troutman, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that he initially responded to N.W. Ninth Ave. and N.W. 12th St. in regard to a woman “... causing a scene and running into traf c.” OCPD Of cer Belen Reyna told Of cer Troutman that he saw Moore try to physically attack a man and when he got out of his patrol car she ran from the scene on foot. After catching up with the woman, she reportedly told them “... she was going to hit us if we did not let her go,” stated Of cer Troutman. The of cers did not let her go and she supposedly made good on her threat by repeatedly kicking Of cer Reyna in the left shin. According to the report, the woman began to swing her arms and kick her feet when the two of cers tried to place her in handcuffs. Of cer Troutman said she kicked him several times in the arms and chest, and even bit both of the of cers. OCPD Sergeant Russell Cale arrived on the scene and as he tried to shackle Moore’s ankles she reportedly kicked him in the shins. The three of cers nally got Moore into Of cer Troutman’s patrol car, where she reportedly began to bang her head against the car door. Emergency medical personnel were called, but Moore apparently refused treatment. The of cer’s report does not indicate if any of the of cers received medical treatment. The report also does not give a reason why Moore was running into traf c, or why she was allegedly combative. Teen accused of kicking of cers Michael Frost Cassandra Moore Moutaz A. Yamin


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A former secretary of a local business was arrested after she was accused of stealing several thousand dollars in cash and, as a result, the company was faltering nancially. Traci Nichole Lee, 33, S.E. 25th St., Okeechobee, w as arrested Tuesday, Jan. 10, on felony charges of grand theft and criminal use of personal identi cation information. She is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $7,000 bond. At the time of her arrest, Lee was already incarcerated in the county jail. Lee was initially arrested Jan. 9 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge of sale of a controlled substance. Her bond on that charge was $5,000. According to Detective Bettye Taylor, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), Lee's latest arrest stems from her alleged theft of over $6,000 in cash from her former employer. Lee also reportedly paid a $950.86 cable bill on line by using her employer's bank account without permission, stated the detective's arrest report. In another instance, stated the arrest report, Lee used checks drawn on her employer's company to buy groceries and other personal items at a local store. By checking receipts from that store it was determined that she apparently spent a total of $468.14 on these items. Detective Taylor said the identity theft charge came about when Lee used her employer's personal information and Social Security number to open an account with Florida Power & Light. To help her secure the account, the detective said Lee also used her employer's last name and told FP&L her employer was her uncle. Then, according to the arrest report, she ran up a total electrical bill of $992.09 which was then transferred to her employer's account. Detective Taylor said an accountant for the company did not immediately catch the discrepancies because Lee had the company's nancial records badly jumbled. Ex-secretary accused of stealing from employer 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net € 1200 S.Parrott Ave. 1007-H: SW Section. Street on two sides, Living Sq Ft 2343, Lg Island Kitchen, dining rm, large FLrm w/fireplace, appliances, large oak & fruit trees. $209,000 MLS #205526 3002-H: Treasure Island Lake access CBS w/screen porch, dock, boathouse, boat slip, fenced. 2 bd, 2 ba, could be 3/2 but 3rd bd doesnt have a closet. $70,000 NOW $55,000 MLS #205491(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: € 20+/-acres NW 72nd Ave not buildable $40,000 MLS# 205495 € Foreclosed Indian Hammock 2.65+-acres $34,900 € Foreclosed 20.5+/-acres in Cabbage Wood Ranch $41,000 € Foreclosed 10+/acres in equestrian gated Bridle Wood $34,900 NOW $24,900 € 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 N E W L I S T I N G N E W L I S T I N G 4003-M: Foreclosure Buckhead Ridge 2 bedroom 2 bath fixer upper mobile home. Total sq ft 1097, needs some repairs. $10,900. 7002-C: Tanning salon business, high traffic location. 7 tanning beds, 5 lay down & 2 standup. Lots of inventory. Only includes business, not real estate. $55,000 NOW $47,500 MLS #205434 5013-H: Okeechobee Golf Estates 3 bd 2 ba concrete home on acre. Paved drive, double garage, split bedroom plan, and large utility room. $170,000 MLS #204742 5006-H: Yeehaw. 3 Bd 2 Bath on 3.53+/acres. Close to Turnpike and SR 60. Appliances, fenced yard, animals welcome. Short Sale. 1,444 sq. ft. of living. $150,000 NOW $79,000 MLS #205327 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 Located Behind The White House Plaza 1126 S. Parrott Ave € (863) 763-6000Lori Mixon 8 6 3 6 3 4 1 4 5 7 ((LMixon@MixonGroup.com www.MixonGroup.com 13 Okeechobee News January 13, 2012 Traci Nichole Lee The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Christy Neecole Bryant, 35, Amaryllis Ave., Pahokee, was arrested Jan. 9 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge of tampering with a witness. She is being held without bond. Mitchell Ray Hat eld, 22, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 11 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County amended warrant charging him with violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond. Ted James Deetz, 56, N.E. 128th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 11 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond. Merri Joella Spearow, 41, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 11 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation other drug sale/manufacture/ deliver. She is being held without bond. 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 The following person is on Okeechobee's Most Wanted list. There is an active warrant for this person. Frank David Berry III, 29, is a black male. He is 5'6", and weighs 150 lbs. He has a tattoo of two palm trees on his left forearm and the word "FRANK" on his right arm. He is charged with possession of Cannabis W/Intent to Sell; possession of cannabis over 20 grams; cultivation of cannabis; possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $18,000. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this man, you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call, you have the option of remaining anonymous. You can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Okeechobee’s Most Wanted Frank D. Berry III


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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Lost **LOST GERMAN** **SHEPHERD** IN THE KISSIMMEE PRAIRIE AREA 302 STREET SUBSTANTIAL REWARD OFFERED FOR SAFE RETURN OF THE DOG. FEMALE W/TAGS WITH CONTACT INFORMATION. PLEASE CALL 763-7314 Garage/ YardSalesBLUE HERON 1430 SE 21st St. Sat. 1/14 8am to ?? 2 FAMILY YARD SALE, SEASONAL MISC., HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT. Garage/ YardSalesFamily Garage Sale 1291 SW 86th Ave in Lazy 7 Estates. Friday, January 13th &Saturday 14th 8am-1pm. Furniture, Clothes, Vera Bradley, CD’s & DVD’s. SpecialNoticeWanted to rent: Nice 2/3 bedrm, 2 bath, house for Feb/Mar-Apr? To accomodate 2 adults and small dog. (765)863-5333 or (765)863-5334 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. 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Antiques CO-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 Shop here first! The classified ads 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 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Pets/SuppliesLabrador 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 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 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? ApartmentsVIKING/PRAIRIE Ef ciency. Very clean! $550/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call 561-329-8205 Condos/Townhouses Rent 2bd/2ba Villa $700 per month, $700 dep. and 1st months rent to move in. Call for Appointment 863-634-1567 TAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo unfurnished on ground oor. Includes electric & water. $725 mo. 1st month FREE w/security deposit! Call 863-634-0663. Taylor Creek Condo 2/1, On water, Pool, Dock. $800/mo + 1st & sec. Short term rates also available Call (863)634-8757 Houses-Rent 3/1 CBS Home Located behind the Post Of ce, Carport, 2 Storage Sheds. 1st, last & Sec. neg., $900 a month. Call 863-697-1339 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. 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. 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 Houses-Rent Big Lake Real Estate 3/2 DW in TI, screen patio, carport, shed, new carpet & wood rs., W/D. $750 3/2 newer CBS Basswood, furnished or unfurn., tile thru-out, W/D. $850 3/1 CBS Conners Gables, new tile rs, liv. & family room, shed, W/D. $850 2/2 w/loft at Cottages at the Lake, dock, cov. parking, unfurnished, w/ss appliances & W/D. $1200 incl. lawn, water, hoa. Sena Treadway Property Manager 863-697-3207 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 NEWER HOME 3/2 with garage. SE Section. Great neighborhood. $795 mo. + $795 sec. dep. 863-467-2865. OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 3BA, on 1.5 acres, NW 144th Dr., $850 mo., 1st, last & sec. (863)634-3650. TREASURE ISLAND 3/2 CBS, on the water, dock, patio, tile throughout & boat house. $1100 (561)262-1390. RoommateLooking for a roommate to share a 4 bedroom house, all appliances including washer and dryer. $375 per month. Call for more information 863-634-9560 VacationRentalsCABIN: Fully Furnished Ef ciency. $620 mo. or $170 weekly. $300 security deposit required. Rent includes electric, cable & water. On Rim Canal. (863)697-6412. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Two Story CBS house on Canal,3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room w/ re place. 2 frigs, washer/dryer, 40 ft Car port,Very Clean. $125,000 Call 863-610-0329 Lots -Sale FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 RV Lot #130 Located at Big O RV Park 39x42 Large Enough For 40ft MotorHome,Truck and Boat. Great Park,Heated Pools, Activities and More. $16,550.00 423-914-2931 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds 14 Okeechobee News January 13, 2012 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time


For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent2/2 Furnished M/H Includes Water, Garbage, Lawn care. No Pets. On Rim Canal $595 mo. Plus $300 Security. Call 863-697-6412 3/2 Furnished, Mint, Built in 05, Great Neighborhood, City Water. $750 a month. 1st and Last No Dogs Call 863-801-1739 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 4/2 w/fenced yard and re place. Move in now $700 includes lawn service Call 863-634-0663 Labelle New 3br/2ba w/d, d/w, ac, 2.5 acres fenced, deck, $900 mo. (239)910-5115 MODERN D/W 3/2, on ranch, Loften Rd., Large Oaks. $750/mo. 1st/last/sec. 561-261-0077 OKEECHOBEE Large 3BR, 2BA Double wide, with screened pool, on the water, lake access. Many upgrades. $1200/mo, $2900 to move in. Yearly lease. (863)634-9119 TREASURE ISLAND 2BR, 2BA w/guest house. New carpet. Large Florida Room. Lawn included. $700 mo. 1st month FREE w/security deposit. No pets. Call (863)634-0663 Mobile HomeSale2005 FRANKLIN UNIT BIG O RV PARK 8x33 w/slide out. Lot size 38ft 10 inches Wide and 45ft Long. 7950 Hwy 78 West Lot#131. GREAT LOCATION, HEATED POOLS, VERY NICE ATMOSPHERE AND MORE. *Living Rm.Has Couch That Makes Full Bed *Bedroom Has Queen Bed w/Underneath Storage,Wall to Wall Closet. *Bathroom w/Tub And Shower Also Washer And Dryer. *Sunroom 12x25 *Outside Storage Shed $41,500 Call423-914-2931 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Mobile HomeSale2/1 MH w/screen room Fully Furnished, 55+ residents, Several Upgrades. $14,000 neg. Call 502-545-0163 $25,000 Deal Buckhead Ridge 2/2 Remodeled Double wide, Needs Nothing, City Water, Great Neighborhood Call 863-801-1739 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, $70K O.B.O. 772-321-1835 or 772-664-6799. Treasure Island 75x110 Canal Lot w/ 2br., 1 ba. Single-wide. New drain eld, new AC & Fridg. C-wall, dock, Shed & lift. Asking $42,300. 352-854-9257 or 772-285-5734. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com RV Space Rent* Limited Time Only* Water Front RV Lots $400.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Covered Dockage Incl. W/Lot Rent* Cabin $500.00/mo. Incl. Utilities* Call863-763-4417 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 $475 mo. includes electric. Annual $250 mo. plus electric. Call Dale 330-472-5691 or 330-635-9548 Fifth Wheels200133 Foot Sandpiper 1 push out, Queen Size Bed, excellent condition, Never had pets or smoked in. Call for more information 863-763-4620 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Motorcycles2006 Boulevard Suzuki C-50T, Loaded, Leather Bags, Backrest, Vance & Hines Exhaust, windshield, Highway Bars, New Condition, 5,800 Miles, asking $5,800. Call 863-467-8559 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Technical Review Committee of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., 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 Betty Clement at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, City Administrator 407062 ON 1/13/2012 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 17, 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 407063 ON 1/13/2012 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 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Public NoticeLEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on JANUARY 30, 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. 2008 FORD FOCUS VIN #1FAHP34N58W190446 2011 ASPT TRAILER VIN #NOVIN0200929567 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. 407505 ON 1/13/2012 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Public Notice 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 Plaintiffwhose address is Post Of ce Box 968, 400 Northwest 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34973, within 30 days of rst publication, and le 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 15 Okeechobee News January 13, 2012 Public Notice ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Requan Dobson scored 19 points and Cornelius Peterson added 16 points as the Fort Pierce Cobras defeated Okeechobee High School 80-71 in boys basketball action Tuesday night at Okeechobee High School. Trewiston Pearce scored 20 points and Phil Jones added 14 points for Okeechobee. Tim Hirst had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Brahmans. Jean Walker had 14 points for Fort Pierce, (10-5). The game featured high energy fast breaks, tons of turnovers, and wide open offenses especially in the rst half and in the fourth quarter. Okeechobee led 21-19 after the rst quarter thanks to nice baskets inside by Hirst and Pearce, and a three-point basket by Sylvester Butler. Okeechobee built a 3630 lead in the second quarter thanks to a three-point basket b y Eddie Neal but Fort Pierce rallied to tie the score at 36 at the halftime break. Okeechobee built a 51-44 lead in the third quarter behind two three-point baskets by Jones. Fort Pierce went on a key 11-0 run to end the quarter to seize the momentum. A three point basket at the third quarter buzzer by Fort Pierce seemed to stun the Brahmans. A three point basket by Brendon Jonassaint early in the fourth cut the Fort Pierce lead to 55-54, but Okeechobee would not lead again. Fort Pierce went on a 13-3 run from there to take control. Eddie Neal nished with 10 points for Okeechobee and Jonassaint added eight points. Fort Pierce Central defeats OHS in boys basketball By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Carly McCoin had a career high 31 points and Ami Edwards had 16 points and 22 rebounds in a losing effort as the Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans fell to the Martin County Lady Tigers, 71-64, on Monday night at the Brahman gym. Cavel Campbell added 14 points, six rebounds, and four blocked shots for the Brahmans. Taryn Richard had 23 points while Yasmine Queen added 17 points for the Tigers (13-2). Okeechobee fell to (6-10). It was a high-scoring affair throughout with Martin County able to use their transition game and fast break to get easy baskets. Okeechobee got a great performance from the freshman McCoin who hit shots all over the oor. Edwards provided a life inside with several offensive rebounds and put back baskets. Campbell hit a few short jumpers and layups inside. A three-point basket gave Martin County a 15-14 lead after the rst quarter. Okeechobee built a four-point lead in the second quarter and held a 3129 halftime lead. Martin Count y scored the rst ve points of the second half and would never trail again. The Tigers led 58-50 after the third quarter. Okeechobee could only get to within ve points 67-62 in the nal stanza. Brahman Coach Erin Morro w said she was very proud of the effort of her girls. She said the post players stepped up inside, McCoin attacked the hoop, and she was excited to see the offensive output. OHS girls basketball team falls to Martin County Senior Shamarah Shanks dribbles down court during the rst quarter of Monday's game at OHS. The Lady Brahmans fell 71-64. Okeechobee News/ C. MurphyTim Hirst had a double double in the Brahman loss to Fort Pierce on Tuesday.


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MurphyOkeechobee News Yearling Middle School jumped out to a (28-0) lead at halftime and went on to an easy 37-4 win over West Glades School in boys basketball action on Tuesday in Okeechobee. Yearling had balanced scoring with Lamar Williams scoring seven, Juanyae Ford, A ndrivieus Stallworth and Baron Stuart added four points apiece. At one point it was possible for Yearling to toss a shutout as the Panthers struggled to get shots off due to the pressure defense the Bulls applied. Bulls Coach Efrain Ochoa said the team still tries to perfect their various press defenses. He said they wanted to be sharp because they have their rivalry game with Osceola last night, (Thursday), and wanted to play well. “We always try to get things down to a science so we moved the ball pretty good and did pretty well,” he suggested. West Glades is a young team and have one of the smaller middle schools in the state. They are located in western Glades County and pull most of their players from the north LaBelle area. “We understand they don’t have a lot of players to pick from. It is similar to the position we are in when we play Storm Grove. It w as hard for us to get playing time for our stars but tonight’s game helped the bench get some valuable experience for next year.” Players like Melvin Brown, Gabe Greseth, Baron Stuart, and Abdiel Zamora played well in the second half for Yearling. West Glades scored two baskets in the third quarter but was shut out in the fourth quarter. Yearling failed to score in the third quarter but responded with nine points in the nal stanza. Y earling Bulls cruise to 37-4 win over West Glades By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School boys junior varsity basketball team fell to (4-5) after a tough home loss 50-35 to Fort Pierce Central on Tuesday. Coach Shawn Egli said the team has had a number of close losses this year and could be (7-2). 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BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.com 2 January 2012 Brighton Casino opens new non-smoking area for slotsisiting the Seminole Casino Brighton in early 2012? Consider making the trip on Tuesday, W ednesday, Thursday or Friday during January, when special promotions mean more cash and prizes. The casino has also recently opened a new area for non-smokers who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. A “Tuesday Hot Seats” promotion promises an extra $6,000 in cash and free play on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and again on Tuesday, Jan. 24. 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On Tuesdays and Fridays, the bus leaves the Hampton Inn at 10:30 a.m. and departs the casino at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the bus leaves the Hampton Inn at 2:15 p.m. and departs the casino at 7:30 p.m.About Seminole Casino BrightonSeminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000-square-foot casino with 371 slot and gaming machines, a seven-table poker room, high-stakes bingo seats, a full-service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern air-conditioning system, clean atmosphere, and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, o State Road 721 in Glades County. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Or visit www.seminolebrightoncasino. com online. Tuesdays thru Fridays mean more cash and prizes at Seminole Casino Brighton Sport Aviation Expo to include airshows plus fine foods and winesSEBRING—At the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, set for Jan. 19-22, attendees will h ave the opportunity to sample ne wines, gourmet food and exotic cheeses during ve food, cheese and wine pairing events over the four-day weekend. All of the food and wine pairing events bene t Heartland EAA Chapter 1240 and Humane Society of Highlands County. The Sebring Airport will host the U.S. Sport Aviation 2012 Expo, Jan. 1922. Gates open at 8 a.m. Exhibits open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (3 p.m. Sunday). A wide variety of aircraft will be on display. Activities will include powered parachute demonstration ights, trike, gyro and xed wing demonstration ights. Ticket information and event details are available at www.sport-aviation-expo.com or by calling Beverly at 863-655-6444.Bird watching opportunitiesHENDRY COUNTY—Through a partnership with Hendry-Glades Audubon, the South Florida Water Management District will o er to the public, escorted birding trips to Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA-5) located south of Clewiston in eastern Hendry County. Registration is required. To sign up for a trip, send an e-mail to sta5birding@ embarqmail.com or a message at 863674-0695 or 863-517-0202. Trips are planned for Jan. 14, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.Bull riding event plannedST. LUCIE COUNTY -The Eighth Annual PBR Pro Touring Division Bull Riding event including the second Cowboy’s Pro BBQ State Championship Competition and “Music Fest Under The Stars” is scheduled for Jan. 14, at the St. Lucie County Fair Grounds. Gates open at noon with professional BBQ competitors, great novelty vendors, live entertainment, a kids’ area and much more. 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he new year brings the start of South Florida’s festival season. Most towns in Florida h ave their own festivals, celebrating a historic event or something the area is famous for. Chalo Nitka in Moore Haven, honors the “big sh,” but the festival itself started out with the dedication of the town’s rst paved street. Okeechobee is home of the annual Speckled Perch Festival, promoting Lake Okeechobee as the Speck Fishing Capital of the World. Clewiston— nicknamed the world’s sweetest town— hosts the Sugar Festival. Some events began as harvest festiv als. But while up north the harvest is in the late summer, in Florida the seasons are di erent with crops harvested in the late winter and early spring. Whether your idea of fun is listening to a bluegrass band, racing a lawnmower, riding in a hot air balloon, cheering for rodeo bull riders or jumping out of an airplane, you’ll nd it at a South Florida festival.JANUARYThe South Florida Fair will be held J an. 13-29 in West Palm Beach. This year the fair is celebrating its 100th year. The fair includes the traditional livestock exhibits, carnival midway, concerts and special attractions. For more information, call 561-793-0333 or go online to w ww.south oridafair.com. Skydive Air Adventures will host the annual Skydive Festival commonly referred to in the sport as a “the Everglades Boogie ” from Thursday Jan. 26 to Monday, Jan. 30, at the Airglades A irport in Clewiston. Skydivers from across Europe and the continental U.S. travel to Clewiston to participate in the festival. The draw for this event is the many exciting venues and activities that this event o ers. Skydivers will h ave the opportunity to jump out of all kinds of aircraft like a De Havilland Otter, a Sky V an, a King Air, and a helicopter. In addition to jumping out of di erent types of aircraft, skydivers will h ave a unique opportunity to do high Altitude jumps from 22,000 ft. on Saturday and Sunday. The community is encouraged and w elcome to come on out to watch, participate, or jump and enjoy the festivities for a registration fee of $35. The U.S. Army Professional Demonstration Teams, the USASOC Daggers and the 82nd Airborne Division team will present morning shows from Friday to Sunday. There will be nightly entertainment with live bands and DJs, bon res, ra es, vendors, food, and even a bounce house for the kids. For more information, call 800-5336151 or 863-983-6151 or go online to skydive .com. The 56th Annual Okeechobee American Legion Free Fair, will be held Friday, Jan. 12 -Jan. 22 at the American Legion Hall grounds o State Road 70 in downtown Okeechobee. J & J Amusements will provide the carnival rides. The midway will open at 5 p.m. weekdays except for Monday, Jan. 16, when it will open at 2 p.m. On Saturdays the midway will open at noon and Sundays it will open at 1 p.m. The Buckhead Ridge Cat sh Festival is held each year on the last Saturday in January. This year’s event will be Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department on State Road 78. The festival features fried cat sh dinners, using Fire Chief John Wilkinson’s own recipe. The VFD Ladies Auxiliary will also sell hot dogs and other treats. Visitors will be entertained by the Sons of Beaches Bluegrass Band and by the Phil Eddings Band. Arts and crafts will be for sale at the vendor booths. There will be drawings for door prizes every half hour, and a grand prize of $500 will be given away at the end of the day. The annual event raises money for equipment and training for the BHR Volunteer Fire Department. For information on reserving a booth space, or for more information on the festival, call 863-467-8220. The FTI Winter Equestrian Festival runs Jan. 12April 3, every Sunday and Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to late afternoon, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Be awed and amazed at the magical partnership of horse and rider in the thrills of jumping, the grace of show hunters, the elegance of dressage. Savor the horse sport spectacle while basking in South Florida sunshine or enjoying the glamor under lights this winter and spring. For more information online go to http://equestriansport.com. The Third Annual Indian River Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival will be held at the Indian River Fairgrounds in Vero Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21-22, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The theme of this year’s festival will be “Bargains Galore.” Bargain hunters looking for deals can visit over three hundred booths as vendors exhibit and sell their nautical and marine related merchandise and services during the two-day festival. A wide selection of new and used boats will also be displayed by marinas and private individuals. Along with the public boat auction, the nautical ea market will have antique collectibles and maps, marine artifacts, rods, reels, lures and lines, boating apparel, taxidermy, diving equipment, and much more. For more information online, go to http://www. FieldsAuction.net or call 561-844-0440.FEBRUARYThe Ortona Cane Grinding Festival will be held Feb. 4 in the Ortona Indian Mound Park, o State Road 78 in Glades County. The festival celebrates the part that sugar cane played in the lives of the early settlers and includes a demonstration of grinding cane with a millstone. Visitors can purchase sugar cane syrup and enjoy barbecue chicken and rib dinners. Entertainment will include bluegrass music and clogging. There will also be a variety of arts and crafts booths. Area artists of all types will present their work Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Discover the Inlands Festival in Barron Park in LaBelle. The event begins at 9 a.m. and continues till 5 p.m. Music will continue until 8 p.m. You can meet many local artists and h ave an opportunity to buy their work music, paintings, books, etc. Food available. Free admission and free parking. Barron Park is located in LaBelle at Bridge Street and the Caloosahatchee River. For more information go to www.artsoftheinland. com. The Battle of Okeechobee ReEnactment and Festival set for Feb. 4 and 5, commemorates the largest and ercest battle of the Second Seminole War. The original battle was fought Christmas Day 1837. Part of the original battleground has been preserved as a state park on 3500 S.E. 38th Avenue (o U.S. Highway 441 S.E.) in Okeechobee. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Re-enactments are at 2 p.m. each day. In addition to daily re-enactments of the battle, the two-day festival will include alligator wrestling, a living history camp, artisans, Seminole arts, horse rides for the kids and folk music. On Saturday, there will also be a car show. For more information online go www. OkeechobeeBattle eld.com. or call 863634-9587. Area festivals bring excitement, fun and lots of food 2 May 27, 2010 For vendor info,go to www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com(954) 205-7813 3 January 2012 See FESTIVALS — Page 4 T File photoThe Battle of Okeechobee ReEnactment is planned for Feb. 4 and 5 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions


The 11th Annual Hobe Sound Festiv al of the Arts will be held Feb. 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 11954 S.E. Dixie Highway, in Hobe Sound. The festival starts at Bridge Road and alternate A1A, continuing South on A1A. Admission and parking are free. The festival will include a juried outdoor art showcase featuring 150 artists from 30 di erent states. Artwork prices range from $25 to $30,000. Artists are selected to participate in the festival by an independent panel of expert judges. Artistic media include paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade j ewelry, collage and mixed media. For more information online, go to www. artfestival.com. The Florida State Fair will be held Feb. 9-20 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. The fair features a carnival midway, business and agriculture exhibitions, livestock shows, equestrian events, competitions for food, art, photography, sewing, woodcarving and horticulture. Entertainment will include the Country Gold Tour with Leroy Van Dyke, Lynn Anderson, Gene Watson, J anie Frickie, and T.G. Sheppard. For more information, call 800-345-3247 or go online to www. oridastatefair.com The Seminole Wind Bluegrass Festival presented by KD Bass productions, is planned for the Fred Smith A rena at Brighton Seminole Reserv ation, o State Road 721 in Glades County, Feb. 10-12. For information, call 863-467-6039. On Friday and Saturday the festival performers are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday performances start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Performers will include Cody Shuler and Pine Mountain Railroad, Grasstowne, Kickin Grass, Brule, Alecia Nugent, Still House and Keith Bass and the Florida Bluegrass Express. The Lakeport Sour Orange Festival will be held Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakeport Community Center, 1239 Red Barn Road. A $1 donation is requested for parking. The festival features the traditional sour orange cooko An arts and crafts fair will feature local vendors. Music will be by Bill Durrance, who plays 50s, 60s and 70s and Rock ‘n Roll. A Gospel Music Sing-a-long will begin at 1 p.m. Plate lunches available will include a rib dinner and seafood gumbo. The festival will also feature a quilt show, Mr. and Mrs. Bubbles the Clown, a historical display, a photography display, children’s games, a display by the Lakeport Fire Department and sour orange pies. The sour orange cooko judging starts at 10 a.m. Cooks may enter their own original recipes to win money and ribbons. For information on the cooko call 608-345-1324. For vendor information call 1-863-227-1074. Festival visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs as seating is limited. Brighton Seminole Field Day & Rodeo originated in 1938 as a day of sporting events and arts and crafts competitions for members of the Seminole Tribe. William P. Boehmer and his wife Edith—teachers at the original Brighton Day School—originated the festival as a way to bring Seminoles from other reservations together for some friendly competition. Over the years, the event evolved into a festival that is open to the public and showcases Seminole and other Native American arts, crafts, dances and traditions. On Friday, the festival hosts “Kids Day” which is open to area school children. School buses from all over South Florida transport elementary school children to Brighton Reservation, where they learn how Seminoles once lived in chickees, cooked food over open res, made their own canoes and weapons and made crafts such as sweetgrass baskets and clothing made from tiny pieces of cloth sewn into intricate patterns. The festival also includes wild animal exhibitions, alligator wrestling and native dances. In more recent years, the event expanded to invite Native Americans from all over the country to participate. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival is open to the general public. The festival weekend also includes a PRCA Rodeo, with rodeo events Feb. 16-18. On Thursday, gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.; on Friday, gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 3 p.m.; on Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and XTreme Bullriding starts at 3 p.m. The festival grounds are next to the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena, o State Road 721 in Glades County. For more information call 863-467-6039 or go online to www.REZRODEO.com. (The photo on the cover of this edition of Going Out was taken at the 2011 Brighton Seminole Field Day Festival.) The Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show celebrates local agriculture. The event features a parade, livestock show and midway entertainment. The activities also include a beauty pageant and exhibits. The fair will be held this year from Feb. 17-24 in Clewiston. For more information, please call 863-9839282 or gonline to www.hendrycountyfair.com. For o road enthusiasts who like to play in the mud, Okeechobee Mudfest is the place to go. The “original party in the mud” is held in February and August each year on private property in Okeechobee County, 11705 State Road 70 East. The event draws thousands of mudders and all kinds of vehicles from all over the country. Camping facilities are available at the Mudfest site. Hotels are available in nearby Okeechobee. The next fest is planned for the weekend of Feb. 17-19. For more information online see the Okeechobee Mudfest page on Facebook. The 2012 Swamp Cabbage Festival is set for Feb. 25-26. The festival is LaBelle’s hometown blast and it’s open to everyone! The town goes a little wild with a huge parade beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by two days of great entertainment, booths of unique items for sale and of course great food. Look for the boiled swamp cabbage and swamp cabbage fritters. If you h ave an adventurous palate, you can also nd gator meat and other special treats. Saturday begins with a 5K Swamp Stomp run along a lovely route with glimpses of the Caloosahatchee River. The Swamp Cabbage Festival has something for everyone Saturday: a bike show, car show, kiddie rides. On Sunday morning you can take part in nondenominational worship at Barron Park, with entertainment and festivities picking back up again after noon. The annual bass tournament starts early with weighin around 2 p.m. at the riverbank and GrassCar lawnmower races (noon till 2 p.m.). Plans for the annual SCF Rodeo are still being rmed up at this time. You can check out information on these activities at swampcabbagefestival.org FESTIVALSContinued From Page 3 2 May 27, 2010 4 January 2012 See FESTIVALS — Page 5 File photoMany local festivals include demonstrations of Seminole alligator wrestling. File photoThe Swamp Cabbage Festival in LaBelle includes lots of music and fun. 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Seminole Tribe of Florida will present a re-enactment of the Second Seminole W ar at the Big Cypress Shootout at Billie Swamp Safari located between Fort Lauderdale and Naples, on the Big Cypress Reservation just north of I-75 (Alligator Alley) Exit 49. The event is planned for Friday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. The battle reenactments will take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Friday is an educational day (no reenactments). The battle reenactments honor the Seminole’s struggle and sacri ce to remain in their homeland and w ill feature authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War. In the 1800s, a total of three wars were fought by the U.S. military against the Seminoles. These campaigns were the longest, costliest, and bloodiest of all the Indian w ars. Although many Seminoles were killed or removed to present-day Oklahoma, they were never defeated, and to this day, more than 3,000 Seminoles are known as “The Unconquered” Seminole Tribe of Florida. The three-day event will also include music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling. “Period settlers” from around the country will hew wood, iron and silver crafts and depict trading techniques from the Seminole war era. Musical guests include: Okefenokee Joe, Benjamin Dehart (The Cracker Tenor) and Cowbone. For more information, call 800-9496101 ext. 12125MARCH Moore Haven’s Chalo Nitka Festiv al which was rst celebrated in 1948, is one of the state’s oldest continuing festivals. The festival grounds are in located at Chalo Nitka Park (across from the Glades County School Board O ce). The festival includes midway games, rides, and vendor booths selling food, crafts and jewelry. Events also include a rodeo and the Glades County livestock show. This year the festival is planned for March 2, 3 and 4. The Chalo Nitka parade will be Saturday morning, March 3.The annual Chalo Nitka Rodeo is put on by the Glades County Youth Livestock organization. The rodeo is on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and is the biggest fundraiser for the organization which supports youth events and activities throughout Glades County including sports, clubs, and also the annual livestock shows and sale. The rodeo is held at Bronson Arena, across from the Moore Haven Post O ce. For more information online go to www. chalonitka.com. The Okeechobee County Fair will be held March 9-18, 2012 at the Agri-Civic Center Fairgrounds, with entrance of State Road 710. The fair includes a carnival midway, livestock shows, cooking competitions, fruit and vegetable competitions, sewing and arts and crafts competitions. There is even a Lego building competition. The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Spring Rodeo will be held in conjuction with the rst weekend of the fair, March 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. each day. The Okeechobee 4-H and FFA Livestock Show will be the week of March 12-17, with the livestock sale on Saturday, March 17. Fairgrounds opens at 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment will include the Kandu Magic Show, pig races, a petting zoo, performances by Okeechobee Steelers, horse shows, a monster truck show, Okeechobee Idol Talent Show and performances by Crossbone Band. The Speckled Perch Festival sponsored by Okeechobee Main Street, will be held in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee on the weekend of March 10 and 11. The festival starts around 9 a.m. The Speckled Perch Festival Parade will be on Saturday at 10 a.m. The festival began as a sh fry fundraiser for the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. When the original chamber folded, Okeechobee Main Street took over the traditional event. Over the years, the festival has grown and changed, adding arts and crafts vendors, games for children and entertainment. Due to state health laws, speckled perch—which is a game sh and not commercially harvested—cannot be served at public events. So the sh dinner served at the Speckle Perch Festival is cat sh. The Big O Birding Festival the largest bird-themed event in South Central Florida will be held March 28-31. The four day event will h ave a registration “roost” at the Port LaBelle Inn o State Road 80 in LaBelle. From there, visitors will explore Hendry and Glades Counties, which are home to more than 400 species of birds, including Wood Storks, Everglades Snail Kites, Limpkins, Painted Buntings, and others who resident in the area from October through April as well as species that live in Florida year round. Visitors can choose a single bird tour or opt for all inclusive four-day passes. The festival o ers exclusive bird tours led by prestigious experts, workshops with a prestigious bird photographer, birding activities, meals and transportation to and from birding sites. For more information online go to www.BigOBirdingFestival.com or call 863-517-2136.APRILKnown for its “sweet touch” on up and coming country entertainment acts, the Clewiston Sugar Festival has a rich history of music, arts and crafts, car shows, baking contests and good wholesome “sweet” fun. The festival, set for April 12-14 has not yet announced this year’s mainstage entertainment but is promising three days of fun. On Thursday, April 12, the Clewiston Museum will hold a heritage event. On Friday, around 4 p.m., festivities start around 4 p.m. at Sugar Fest Field, one block o U.S. Highway 27, behind the Clewiston Inn. Food and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand. A sock hop is planned for Friday fest. On Saturday, April 14, activities begin around 8 a.m. and include the Big Lake Cruisers Car Show, gospel sings, the Sweet Taste Baking Contest, kids park rides, 5K walks and runs, a shing tournament, information booths, food booths, community booths, arts and crafts, the Raisin Cane Rodeo and Youth Rodeo, dance troupe performances and more. Mainstage entertainment begins around noon. Reserve seating in front of the stage is available for $10 or bring your own lawn chair. For more information, see the web site at clewistonsugarfestival.com. Questions may also be emailed to clewistonsugarfestival@ yahoo.com. 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2 May 27, 2010 6 January 2012 2011-2012Buy tickets online!www.dollyhand.org Box Office: 561-993-11601977 College Drive | Belle Glade campusAmerican Spirit The New Patriotic MusicalNov. 14 at 7:30pmThe 23rd Annual Living Christmas TreeDec. 3 at 7:30pm Dec. 4 at 3:00pmMiracle on 34th StreetDec. 15 at 7:30pmJay Johnson in The Two & OnlyŽJan. 12 at 7:30pmGuy PenrodJan. 26 at 7:30pmThe Improvised Shakespeare CompanyFeb. 14 at 7:30pmBrigadoonFeb. 16 at 7:30pmThe Bronx WanderersFeb. 23 at 7:30pmJim Witter in The Piano MenŽMarch 2 at 7:30pmThe Allan Harris QuartetMarch 15 at 7:30pmPalm Beach State College Music DepartmentMarch 22 at 7:30pmCeltic Fire: Irish Music & Dance with Riverdances Michael LondraMarch 23 at 7:30pm30th Anniversary Celebration Buffalo Rome and Larry GatlinApril 17 at 7:00pmMissoula Childrens TheatreMay 5 at 11:00am & 7:00pmStreet Beat, Inc.May 11 at 7:00pm Find us on € 30THANNIVERSARYSEASON€ “Her soil is her fortune,” is the motto of Belle Glade, Florida, and the community’s annual festival celebrates the rich muck soil known as their own version of “black gold.” The 34th Annual Black Gold Jubilee will be held April 21 at the Tory Island Marina, 5000 W Canal Street North in Belle Glade. The jubilee starts with the 5K walk at 7 a.m., with a parade at 10 a.m. followed by festivities at the marina until dark. The festival w ill include arts and crafts, Glades-style foods, children’s games, art and photography exhibits, and a variety of booths and entertainers. The featured entertainer this year will be Bo Bice. For more information, call 561-996-2745 Top-Of-The-Lake Art & Music Fest an Okeechobee Main Street event, will be held April 14 and 15, starting at 9 a.m. each day in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee. Artists from throughout the state are welcome to participate. This is a juried art show with a competition for student artists. For more information call 863-357-6246; or go online to www.mainstreetokeechobee.comMAYMay brings the Brown Sugar Festival in Clewiston, the Blueberry Festival in A von Park and the Watermelon Festival in Arcadia. The Brown Sugar Festival began w ith the organization of the Harlem A cademy Alumni Association in Clewiston in 1976. Harlem Academy Alumni members decided to plan celebrations for students whenever they returned home to Clewiston to visit. The festival and pageant also serve as fund raisers for scholarships to send Clewiston’s Harlem community children to college. Over the years the festival has grown to include a gospel program, a talent show, a cruise trip, a dance, a parade, a basketball tournament, fashion show, a golden age banquet and all day festivities. For more information online, go to http:// brownsugarfestival.info/ The Avon Pa rk Bluegrass Blueberry Festival, sponsored by Avon Park Rotary Club, will be held May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rotary Building, 20 S. Verona Avenue in Avon Park. Fresh blueberries will be on sale as well as blueberry lemonade, blueberry pie, blueberry shortcake, blueberry jam, blueberry blossom honey and blueberry art. A blueberry pie baking contest is open to the public. For information, see the web site at www.aprotaryblueberryfestival.com. The Watermelon Festival an A rcadia Main Street Program event will be held May 12 in Historic Downtown A rcadia.JULYThe National Day of the American Cowboy Cattle Drive and Festival is held in July in Okeechobee. This year’s festival will be on July 28. The festival includes a rodeo, a cattle drive from Downtown Flagler Park to Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, an arts and crafts festival and a barbecue cooko For more information online go to www. mainstreetokeechobee.com.AUGUSTThe Caladium Festival and Car Show is held the last full weekend in August, in Lake Placid. The festival offers bus rides to the caladium elds and caladium displays in nearby subdivisions; many exciting craft products to choose from; the opportunity to purchase magni cent pots of caladiums, entertainment and great food. Prizes in every class, For more information online, go to visitlakeplacid orida.com.SEPTEMBERLabor Day Weekend brings Okeechobee’s Annual Labor Day Festival with an arts and crafts festival in downtown Okeechobee, games for the whole family, a parade on Saturday morning, and a rodeo at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. For more information, on the rodeo online, go to ag.co.okeechobee. .us. For more information on the parade and festival, go to www.mainstreetokeechobee.com. September also brings the Firemen’s Challenge Festival a Glades County event in Moore Haven.OCTOBERIn October, Brighton Seminole Reservation hosts the Annual Smokin’ in the Swamp BBQ Contest Cook-o and Festival at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena. For more information online go to www.rezrodeo.com. October also brings the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Lake Placid, to bene t the Highlands County Boys and Girls Club. For updated information on area festivals and special events, see future editions of G.O.: Going Out -A Guide to Area Entertainment and Attractions. FESTIVALSContinued From Page 5 File photoThe Day of the American Cowboy Festival includes a cattle drive. Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions


Bidding for MurderOKEECHOBEE—The Okeechobee Educational Foundation will host a mystery dessert theatre, “Bidding for Murder,” presented by Indian River State College. The theatre presentation will be held Friday, Feb. 3, 7-9 p.m., Freshman Campus Auditorium. Tickets are $20 each and include “Death by Chocolate” dessert intermission. For more information, please call 863-462-5000 ext. 257.Arsenic and Old LaceLABELLE—The Firehouse Community Theatre, 241 North Bridge Street in LaBelle, will present the play, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” on Jan. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22. In the play, a drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets or information, call 863-675-3066 or go online to http:// www. rehouseculturalcenter.com.Luke Bryan in concertSTUART—M.E.’s Team Foundation kicks o 2012 with an all-star country music concert that helps Treasure Coast children and local non-pro t organizations. Singer Luke Bryan headlines a roster of national and local performers on Saturday, Jan. 28 at South County Regional Stadium in Port St. Lucie. For the fth consecutive year, M.E.’s Team will also hold its Celebrity Sporting Clays Tournament, featuring teams that include Major League players. They will compete for best shot at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee the morning of Jan. 28. For more information, visit http:// mesteamfoundation.org.Jay Johnson in “The Two and Only”BELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, will present the “The Two and Only,” on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. This 2007 Tony Award Winner for Best Theatrical Event stars Jay Johnson, who is best known for his role as Chuck on the groundbreaking television series, SOAP. Jay brings his cast of puppets to the stage in this comedy about nding your voice. For more information, contact the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www. dollyhand.org.Guy Penrod at the Dolly Hand BELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center will present Guy Penrod in concert on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. During the early ’90s, he was an in-demand session singer in Nashville working in the studio with the biggest names in both country and gospel music. TNN’s “Music City Tonight” subsequently introduced Guy to wider national audiences as part of the vocal quartet that appeared nightly on the live telecast. His rst solo country album project, Breathe Deep, is the creative thumbprint of a man with strong values and a positive world view. For more information, contact the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 561-9931160, or see their web site at www.dollyhand.org.Neil Simon’s FoolsFORT PIERCE—The McAlpin Fine Arts Theatre at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce will present the Neil Simon comedy, “Fools,” Jan. 19, and 20 at 8 p.m. and on Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. In the play, Leon Tolchinsky has landed a teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. But he soon nds out that the town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years. For tickets, call 1-800-220-9915.Dinner and BrigadoonBELLE GLADE—On Thursday, Feb. 16, the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center will present dinner and the theatre. From 5 to 7 p.m., sample all of your favorites at this traditional covered dish dinner which will feature food prepared by the nest cooks in the Glades. At 7:30 p.m. the musical “Brigadoon,” will be presented. In the play, a mysterious Scottish village appears for only one day every hundred years. Two American tourists, lost in the Scottish Highlands, stumble upon the village just as a wedding is abou t to be celebrated and their arrival has serious implications for the village’s inhabitants. Tickets for the dinner and for Brigadoon are sold separately. Fo r more information, contact the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www.dollyhand.org.Anything GoesFORT PIERCE—The McAlpin Fine Arts Theatre at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce will present the musical “Anything Goes” on Feb. 9 and 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and on Feb. 11 and 18, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Music and lyrics are by Cole Porter. Enjoy an amusing “Boy-Meets-Girl” story wrapped around one o f Cole Porter’s memorable scores. Songs include: It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, All Through The Night. Romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the S.S. American—the magical ship where Anything Goes! For tickets, call 1-800-220-9915. 2 May 27, 2010 7 January 2012 PERFORMING A RTS Courtesy photoJay Johnson Courtesy photoGuy Penrod Courtesy photoBrigadoon Plays, concerts and more ... Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions


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