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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 01-29-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, January 29, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 13 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.34 feetLast Year: 12.51 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.County battles bats at Agri-Civic Center ...Page 12 T r u c k Truck r e re ... Page 9 Corps releasing water from lake ... Page 14 HELPSupport OHS Sports ProgramShowYourSupportforOHSBaseball15%86335701061865HWY70WNEWSTOREStop by the car wash W e l c o m e t o B r a h m a n C o u n t r y of Car Wash proceeds go to benefit OHS Athletic Dept. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJunior Sarah Davis elds a grounder at third base during a recent OHS softball practice. Davis will be counted on as one of the team's main offensive threats this year. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Most coaches would worry about a team that has lost at least eight to ten players from last year due to graduation and other factors but not Okeechobee High School Softball Coach Christina Bragman. The program has been so strong for so long and depth so deep, that there is never a need to worry too much because OHS will again eld a strong, albeit inexperienced team this year. "I'm very excited. A lot of kids will get a chance and I anticipate at least 18 wins this year. We have a lot of young girls with a lot of potential who are out here working hard every day and having a good time," she noted. The team returns all state performer Samantha Harrell on the mound and in elder Sarah Davis, a two-year starter. After those two, the lineup will be comprised of young girls with little to no varsity experience. "It is a new beginning but I have the utmost con dence in these girls because they will come out and still win games. They are very young but the y are very coachable and ready to move forward," she explained. Players who were reserves last year like Ashley Watson, Storm y Stokes, Danielle Shef eld, and Carissa Licatta will play key roles in the lineup this year. Others in the mix are Kathy Simmons, Khryst a Herndon, Lauren Hazellief, Jenn a Kissam and Lexi Ward. Four of last year's players will be playing college ball this year, Ashtyn Brown, Taylor Douglas, Courtney Wilson and Naomi Stephens. Several other girls graduated, and two other starters didn't return this year. OHS softball team starts season strongSee SOFTBALL — Page 13 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Okeechobee County teachers have been working for more than half of the school year without a contract. The union and the school district have been in negotiations since June. Meanwhile, employees have been paid at the 2010-2011 contract rate. Representatives of the Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) and the Okeechobee County School Board met Wednesday and Thursday to continue contract negotiations. They are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday. OCEA President Candy Walker said contract negotiations were complicated this year by the implications of Florida Senate Bill 736, which ties teacher retention and pay increases to student achievement. This makes the teacher evaluation portion of the contract more critical, she explained. When a teacher is evaluated, there are four possible rankings: highly effective, effective, needs improvement or unsatisfactory. If a teacher is ranked "needs improvement" or "unsatisfactory" for two years, that teacher must be let go. Ms. Walker said there are the teacher evaluations include four domains: classroom strategies and behavior; planning and preparation; re ecting on teaching; and, collegiality and professionalism. The teachers' union and the school district agree that the teacher's performance in the classroom should be worth 60 percent of the evaluation. In negotiations last week, the two sides were close on the "re ecting on teaching" portion, with the district proposing this count for 9 percent of the score and OCEA proposing 10 percent. The disputed area was "collegiality and professionalism." Mrs. Walker said this portion of the evaluation rates how well the teacher gets along with other teachers and school personnel. The union proposed this count for 9 percent; the district proposed 18 percent. The union wanted more emphasis (21 percent) on "planning and preparation," while the district proposed it count for 13 percent. "Of the four factors, studies have shown that collegiality and professionalism have the least effect on student learning growth," said Ms. Walker. Teacher negotiations still under waySee SCHOOL — Page 15 Task force arrests one on meth charge ... Page 9

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Football coach I don’t care what coach you have in place. If the kids aren’t coming out for the s port and the community is not supporting t he sport, the sport will not be successful! I really think the issues which are plaguing the Brahman football team is the fact that the do not have a Middle School team (remember t he Okeechobee Bull). A good friend of mine w ho coached for the JV team told me that t he players were not motivated, coming to practice consistently, but when it was game t ime the parents were asking why their kids w ere not playing. Not only the community need to stand behind the coach and support him, but these parents who send their kids out there and make excuses for their kid’s lack of effort need to trust in the coach and s upport him 100 percent also.  Give him a chance. Everyone has to s upport the program in order for it to be succ essful. Backbiting, backstabbing and talking about it won’t help. Go out and extend y our hand and ask the man what you can do to help the program, or any program at t he high school. Time spent there helping, is less time you have to spend griping about t he end result, and you will see it from the inside, where you will better be able to offer a constructive opinion.Food stamps If you think that all those who are on food stamps are those who do not work nor pay taxes, you are sadly mistaken. There are many out there who do work but can’t s upport their families, pay their taxes and rec eive food stamps. Having said this I can ass ure you that seeing what some people buy w ith their foods stamps does many times upset you. I remember helping my husband w ork his way through college. Between us w e made 10 stinking dollars too much to rec eive food stamps, so while my family did w ithout, those on food stamps were buying s teak and fried shrimp, Their children were able to drink canned juices and have cookies for snacks.  Have you ever wondered just who quali es? I found a food stamp calculator online. I bet a lot of working folks in Okeechobee qualify and either don’t know about it or else would be too proud to take food stamps.Gangs As I was leaving my home this morning, I noticed some black spray paint on the road and also on the phone company box on the side of the road. OCSO was noti ed and conrmed that it was, in fact, gang tagging. The suggestion was to, as always, remain alert and notify the SO of any suspicious activity. My fear is that my quiet little neighborhood will be taken over by hoodlums.  Back a couple months ago we were having trouble with graf ti on the road and signs. The rst time we didn’t hear them, so my husband painted over it but they came back about a week later. I guess to check out their handiwork. Our dog started barking this time but because of the fence could not get to them. Husband looked out the back window and saw them painting the street. He got his 12 gauge and slipped out the door. He stepped behind a tree just in case they had guns and red the gun straight up in the air and told them to get out of there and not come back. We haven’t seen nor heard from them since.  It’s not going to get any better. The criminals have more rights than we do. The powers that be want to talk and bicker. We need to take our towns and country back. OHS athletics For too long at Okeechobee schools, too much has depended on who you know, who you are related to or how much money you can bring in for the fundraisers. And it is not just in the sports programs.  The OHS Athletic Booster Club meets the rst Monday of each month (with some exceptions for school holidays). The purpose of the Booster Club is to raise funds to supplement the needs of OHS athletic programs. We may help buy uniforms or equipment, pay travel expenses for athletes or teams that qualify for regional or state playoffs, etc. For instance, we recently donated funds for the new chairs in the gym to go with the new score table that will be used by the basketball, volleyball, and wrestling teams. Any OHS coach can present their request for help with funding. Booster members then decide to act on the request or not. We have absolute NO say in the hiring or ring of coaches or how they run their programs. The Upward LookBy Calvin Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church Luke 21:28—”And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Christ could return at any moment. Things are happening so fast today that the church, the body of Christ, could be taken from the earth before you nish reading this message. The advise Jesus gave us in our text is to look up to heaven because that is where our redemption comes from—not from this present age but heaven itself. The Greeks had a beautiful word for man—”anthropos,” meaning the being with the upturned face. Men are strange beings. Man is so made that he cannot be content with forever looking down. He may look down a long time. He may almost forget that there is anything beyond this age, or anything above; he may even forget that he was made for God—until something happens, some crisis comes. And then he remembers and looks up. —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations When God created man, He created him to look up toward heaven from whence his redemption comes. And the Greeks understood this in part, but they only looked up as far as Mount Olympus. Like modern man they looked to the earthbound things to build their life and hopes upon, but Jesus said look up. The Lord suggests that we look up as opposed to looking down. Therefore, let us examine these two suggestions: the downward look and the upward look. First, men look to the world or age for their wants and needs– this is THE DOWNWARD LOOK. In The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan writes that “The Interpreter takes them apart again, and has them rst into a room where [there] was a man that could look no way but downwards, with a muck-rake in his hand. There stood also one over his head with a celestial crown in his hand, and [offered] him that crown for his muck-rake; but the man did neither look up nor regard, but raked to himself the straws, the small sticks, and dust of the oor. Then said Christiana, I persuade myself that I know somewhat the meaning of this; for this is a gure of a man of this world: is it not, good sir? “Thou hast said right, said he; and his muck-rake doth show his carnal mind. And whereas thou seest him rather give heed to rake up straws and sticks, and the dust of th e oor, than to do what He says that calls to him from above with the celestial crown in his hand; it is to show, that heaven is but as a fable to some, and that things here are counted the only things substantial. Now, whereas it was also showed thee that the man could look no way but downwards, it is to let the e know that earthly things, when they are with power upon men’s minds, quite carry thei r hearts away from God. Then said Christiana, O deliver me from this muck-rake.” A good example of such a man is the Rich Fool in Luke. 12:16-21. This man gathered all of his treasures on earth into one place bu t stored nothing in heaven. God said to him, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? (v.20). According to Thru the Bible by J. Vernon McGee, this same idea is expressed in the following epitaph: “Here lies John Racket, In his wooden Jacket. He kept neither horses nor mules. H e lived like a hog. He died like a dog. And left all his money to fools.” But we must take THE UPWARD LOO K because our hope and redemption comes from heaven. Leslie E. Dunkin wrote, “I once learned a lesson from a dog we had. My father used to put a bit of meat or biscuit on the oor nea r the dog and say, ‘No!’ The dog knew he mus t not touch it. But he never looked at the meat. He seemed to feel that if he did so, the temptation to disobey would be too great. He would looked steadily at my father’s face. There is a lesson here for us all. We must always loo k up to the Master’s face.” —Encyclopedia o f 15,000 Illustrations. Our look must be the look of complet e trust and total surrender—where are you looking? Too many, like the muckraker of Th e Pilgrim’s Progress, are victims of the earthward, or downward gaze. Many times God, in His goodness, must send af iction, and pu t men upon their backs, that they might loo k up to God. Carl C. William tells us that in Brazil, South America, there stands a famous statue o f Christ, the face of which is so turned that th e only way to look into His eyes is to get down on your knees and look up. —Encyclopedi a of 15,000 Illustrations. Sunday, January 29, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit 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. 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Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!

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Shef eld, Lexie Stripling, Chelsea Wharin, Kelsey Orr, Rachel W illiams and Colton Revels. Computer/Earth and Space/Engineering/Environmental/And Mathematics: Braydon Kassella, Julie Sharpe, Shania Bays, Dav id Blount, Richard Laskey, Michael Muros, Charles Matthews, Martha Morse, and Baron Stuart. Physics: Caleb Crews, Sean Chauhan, Lucas Penido, Ryan Reister, Rusinko Colton, Savannah Goggans, Zachary Kielbasa, Manuel Ramirez, Ariel Burgos, and Alexis Muller. Best in Show awards were given to: Junior Division Biological Sciences, Johnathan Fox; Junior Division Physical Sciences, Richard Laskey; Senior Division, Biological Sciences David Blount; and Senior Division Physical Sciences Caleb Crews. There were many Special Awards given out at the fair, donated by many people from the community. A $10 cash award, sponsored by Diane King from Okeechobee Freshman Campus, was awarded to Kayla Orr for demonstrating outstanding use of mathematics on her data analysis. A $10 cash award, also sponsored by Diane King from Okeechobee Freshman Campus, was awarded to Jacob Mckee for a project that included an innovative, engineering design. A $35 cash award, sponsored by Rodney Fields from Okeechobee Achievement Academy, was awarded to Jenna Thomas for her outstanding junior division project in the category of Medicine and Health. A $25 cash award, sponsored by J o Norris from Okeechobee County District Of ce, was awarded to Jessie Olney for an outstanding senior division project in the category of Behavioral and Social Sciences. A $20 cash award, sponsored by Carol Linn From North Elementary, Was Awarded To Richard Spiess for an outstanding junior div ision project in the category of Consumer Science. A $25 cash award, sponsored by Barbara James from Okeechobee County District Of ce, was awarded to Leticia SorrianoRios for her outstanding Botany project. A $20 cash award, sponsored by Jim Leidy from Okeechobee High School, was awarded to Charles Matthews for his project and presentation which re ected a highstandard of visual and oral presentation quality. A $20 cash award, sponsored by Shelly Sickels of Seminole Elementary School, was awarded to Shania Bays for her outstanding senior project in the category of Environmental Sciences. Kristan, James, and Kara Black, former Osceola Middle School students, and graduates of Okeechobee High School and Florida State University, sponsored two $20 cash awards. The rst award was for an OMS student whose project included an innovative Engineering design, and this award went to Michael Muros. A second $20 cash award from Kristan, James and Kara Black was for an OMS student with an outstanding project in Medicine and Health. This award went to Mason Faulks. The Dolphin Teachers at Osceola Middle School sponsored a $20 cash award to a former Dolphin student whose project was in Earth Science. This award went to Lynn Romer. A $25 cash award, sponsored by an anonymous donor, was awarded to one junior and one senior division student who showed tremendous effort in "doing science" while under less than ideal circumstances. The Senior Division award went to Karyna Villapando and the Junior Division award went to Lauren Bostick. A $25 Visa gift card, sponsored by an anonymous donor, was awarded to one junior and one senior division student for outstanding chemistry projects. The Senior Division award went to Crystal Castaneda and the Junior Division award went to Adriana Donis Florian. A $50 cash award, sponsored by an anonymous donor, was awarded to one junior division and one senior division student whose project demonstrated superior knowledge of computer skills. The Senior Division award went to Shannon Flood and the Junior Division award went to Baron Stuart. An Okeechobee High School graduate and former International Science Fair participant, Christopher Paulson, sponsored a $25 award for an outstanding Engineering project. This award went to Braydon Kasella. An Okeechobee High School Graduate and former International Science Fair Participant Dr. Nichole Paulson Shields sponsored a $25 award for an outstanding Medicine and Health Project. This award went to Selena Bowman. Two $50 awards were sponsored by Dale and Karen Barrett for outstanding Medicine and Health projects. The Senior Division award went to Brittany Milrot and the Junior Division award went to Jacie Harvey. The staff at North Elementary sponsored a $50 award for an outstanding junior division project in Physics. This award went to Alexis Muller. The Okeechobee Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored eight $25 awards to the projects that showed outstanding interest in Animal and Plant Science. In the Junior Division, the awards went to: Jacqueline Pharres, Ryan Daniel, and Peyton Furse. In the Senior Division, the awards went to: Kayla Orr, Rafe Fisher, David Blount, Bailey Kirton and Courtney Kessner. The Florida Water Pollution Control Operations Association selected the following projects for Top Scienti c Honors in the study of water as it affects Environmental Science. In the Junior Division a merit award of $100 went to Caitlyn Albers. The Top Junior award of $200 went to Martha Morse. In the Senior Division a merit award of $100 went to Rafe Fisher and the Top Senior award of $ 200 went to David Blount. The Science teachers would like to thank Sean Downing, principal of Osceola Middle School, for allowing them to have the fair at their school. They would also like to thank the following dedicated people who judged the projects: Pat Hogue, John Hayford, Pat Miller, Randy Burnham, Joe Arnold, Paul Miller, Kathy Edgeman, Vanessa Bessey, Kay Duke, Debbie Clements, Sharon Suits, Drema Brewer, Brian King, Magi Cable, Karen Cotton, Bob Walsh, Dan Thomas, Richonda Manson, Wendy Reister, Teresa Chandler, Randy Reister, Susan Barton, Peggy DuBose, Lonnie Kirsh, Jim Fowler, Anna Warren, Kelsi Brown, Brenon Brooks, Josh Englier, Marisa Angle, Amanda Baker, and Sherry Wise. In addition, we would like to thank Pizza Heaven, Dominos, and Golden Corral, as well as the teachers, who donated food to feed our judges. A special thank you goes out to all of the parents who have supported science fair, and to the community, who made many donations. For a complete list of Science Fair participants and winners, see the Okeechobee page on www.newszap.com. More than 400 students compete in Okeechobee County Science Fair Special to the Okeechobee News/ Kathy FoxThe 2012 Okeechobee County Science Fair winners for the Best in Show Award Winners from left to right are: Johnathan Fox, Richard Laskey, David Blount and Caleb Crews.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com. A dam Holt Homer, 30OKEECHOBEE — Adam Holt Homer, 30, of Okeechobee went to be with his Lord, Jesus, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. He was born May 11, 1981 in West Palm Beach to Bruce and Rebecca “Penny” Homer. He was an insurance salesman, graduate of Dunklin Memorial Camp, member of Kiwanis of Okeechobee and attended More 2 Life Ministries. Adam was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roy Hoover and his uncle, Robbie Hoover. He was a loving father to his son, Brenden and stepdaughter, Eliza; and is survived by his father, Bruce A. Homer; mother, Rebecca “Penny” Homer all of Okeechobee; sisters, Rachel Homer of Sebastian and Amy Davenport (Andy) and their children of Peachtree City, Georgia; grandmother, Mary Jo Hoover O’Dell of Okeechobee; nephews, Tanner Homer and Pierce Brown; anc, Megan Gwaltney of Okeechobee; and many family members and friends. Visitation will be Monday, January 30, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee from 1 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Dunklin Memorial Camp, 3342 SW Hosannah LN, Okeechobee FL 34974. 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 Linda Rand Spiess DaughtreyMONTICELLO Linda was the daughter of Burgess and Frances Rand. She was born in Leesburg and grew up in Ft. Lauderdale. She married Dick Spiess of St. Cloud and together they raised three children on Tiger Cattle Company in Okeechobee. During the 1970’s and early 1980’s Linda was an active member of the Cowbells and very involved in her children’s schools and the local 4-H club. She relocated to Monticello, Florida in 1984. She married John Daughtrey (formerly of Okeechobee) in 1989. Together, Linda and John enjoyed traveling the United States on extended road trip adventures. Linda retired as the head of Emergency Dispatch for the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Department in 2006. She was an active member of the Wacissa Methodist Church and initiated a prayer quilt ministry that brought great comfort to many and several to faith in Christ. A breast cancer survivor for eight years, the cancer returned in October 2011 and Linda Daughtrey passed away on January 24th, 2012. She is survived by her adoring husband, John; her children, Christy (Alex) Garrard of Seattle, R.D. (Caren) Spiess of Okeechobee, Mandy (Rob) Ralph of Monticello, Jody (Reesa) Daughtrey of Andulusia, Alabama and Kim (Victor) Crews of Okeechobee; and her loving brother, Buck (Melanie) Rand of Tampa. Linda and John enjoyed eight grandchildren and ve great grandchildren. A celebration of her life and ministry will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Wacissa United Methodist Church located at 14492 Waukeenah Highway, Monticello. In lieu of owers the family requests donations be made to: Wacissa United Methodist Church Building Fund (P.O. Box 411, Wacissa, FL 32361) or Big Bend Hospice (1723 Mahan Center Blvd Tallahassee, FL 32308, bigbendhospice.org). The family wishes to thank everyone, near and far, for their generous care, prayers, and thoughts over the last several weeks. Joseph Payne MiltonJACKSONVILLE — Joseph Payne Milton was born on Oct. 24, 1943, in Richmond, Va. He grew up in central Florida and attended Avon Park High School, where he was a three sport letterman. Joe was an avid and loyal fan of the University of Florida where he played baseball for the Gators and exhibited his wellknown leadership in law school. After graduating from University of Florida’s School of Law in 1969, Joe moved to Jacksonville and began his distinguished legal career as a trial lawyer. In 1990, he founded his law rm, Joseph P. Milton, P.A. The rm continues to grow and serve the community. Joe’s hard work and dedication to his profession are highlighted by his many accomplishments and awards. In 2010 Joe was awarded the Medal of Honor award; the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a lawyer by legal profession in Florida. Joe was a loving father, grandfather, and husband. He enjoyed family and friends at his home in the mountains of Cashiers, N.C. In spite of a congenital heart condition, Joe lived life to the fullest and on his terms. After a tremendous battle and courageous ght, Joe’s war with his heart condition ended peacefully during his sleep at his home in Jacksonville, on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Cela Cabler Milton; his three adult children, Michael Payne Milton, Amy Milton Baker, David King Milton, their spouses and seven grandchildren, all of Jacksonville; sisters, Susan Milton Moreland of Okeechobee and Anne Milton Leslie of Ft. Myers; nephew, Steve Moreland; greatnephew, Zane Moreland, both of Okeechobee; and niece, Stephanie Moreland of Orlando. Joe requested Memorial donations be made to the ABOTA Foundation or The University of Florida School of Law. ABOTA Foundation, 2001 Bryan Street, Suite 3000, Dallas, TX 75201 or UF College of Law, P.O. Box 14412, Gainesville, FL 32604. The family held a visitation on Friday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 4115 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the First Baptist Church, Ruth Lindsey Auditorium, 130 West Ashley St., Jacksonville. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 4115 Hendricks Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32207. (904) 346-3808. www.hardage-giddenshendricksave.com Mary Padget Collier, 96EDGEWATER — Mary Padget Collier, age 96 of Edgewater, Florida formerly of Okeechobee, Florida wife of deceased Sheriff John W. Collier passed away Monday, January 23, 2012. Mary is survived by her two sons, Dr. Michael Echols and wife Jane of Fort Myers, Florida and David Echols and wife Peggy of Edgewater, Florida; grandchildren, Stacy and Justin Echols both of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. To honor the wishes of Mary, no services are planned. €Life Insurance €Annuities €Health Insurance €IRARollover C a l l o r e m a i l f o r a f r e e q u o t e T o m W a l s h2 5 0 S A u s t r a l i a n A v e W e s t P a l m B e a c h F Lt w a l s h 2 @ m e t l i f e c o m 5 6 1 2 0 7 2 3 0 6 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 29, 2012 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Cypress Eagles to host dinner nightSunday, Jan. 29 from 1-6 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a Fried Chicken Dinner. $6 per dinner. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Shrine Club to host Spaghetti dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 W., members will host their Tuesday evening Jan. 31 Spaghetti dinner from 4 until 7 p.m. A no-smoking atmosphere with music starting at 5 until 8 p.m. Donation is just $6 per person. For information call the club at 863763-3378 or Mac Simpson at 863-763-8650. Eagles North to host BingoJoin friends at the Eagles North for Bingo at 1 p.m. until ? on Tuesday, Jan. 31 Proceeds will bene t the FOES 4137 communit y bene t fund, 9985 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee.Library presents Broadway programsIan R. B. Nairnsey is presenting a series of talks in February on “Broadway Musicals Decade by Decade.” The programs are held on Wednesdays at noon at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Admission is free. The Feb. 1 program covers the 1980s and 1990s. Those attending are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. The programs last about 75 minutes and are illustrated with slides and musical selections.Eagles North to host Friday Steak NightCome hungry to the Friday Steak Night on Friday, Feb. 3 starting at 5:30 p.m., 9985 Hwy 441 North. Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy music by the Awesome Al Jones. Proceeds go to the FOE 4137 communit y bene t fund.Church has movie nightLife Community Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave., will have their free family movie night, Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. The movie “Courageous” by the creators of “Fireproof” is a heartfelt, story of four men with the calling to serve and protect. As law enforcement of cers they will face the challenges of fatherhood with hope and courage in a Godhonoring way. The public is invited.Eagles North to host card BINGOJoin Eagles North and bring your friends for Card Bingo on Saturday, Feb. 4 beginning at 4 p.m., 9985 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee. Proceeds to bene t community bene t fund for FOE 4137. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 863-467-5243WE B WE B UY CARS! UY CARS!S S e e H H a a b b la la E E spaol spaol 2006 GMC 1500 Auto, A/C, 6 cyl, work truck, 1 ownerONLYU15232002 Toyota TundraV8, Auto, A/C, Trailer Tow Pkg. Loaded ONLYU2288Auto, V8, Loaded $9995*ONLYU16392005 Chrysler PT CruiserAuto, A/C, 4 cyl, loaded ONLYU0232ONLYU24622003 Chrysler Sebring ConvertibleAuto, A/C, Loaded ONLYU16222006 Hyundai Elantra AC, 5 speed, 77,169 miles, Gas Saver$5695*U07152002 Chevy Tahoe2000 Toyota Sienna $5495*ONLYU94267 passenger, Low miles, Auto, 6 cyl. Loaded * P l u s T a x T a g & D e a l e r F e e 1 4 7 H w y 4 4 1 S E O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 4 $7995* $5695*2004 Mercedes ML500 4x4Auto, V8, A/C, Leather.$7495* 6 cyl, Auto, A/C, LoadedONLYU0410 2003 Chevy S10 King Cab2001 Ford Expedition 7 Pass, Auto, A/C, Leather, LoadedONLYU6885 2002 Mitsubishi Spider ConvertibleAuto, A/C, CD, Loaded ONLY ONLYU0007$4495*2002 Ford F150 Lariat 4dr, V8, Auto, A/C, Trailer Tow Pkg. $7695*U5583ONLY2003 Ford Expedition XLT7 pass, Auto, A/C, Leather Interior, CD, 74,005 miles ONLYU6885$4495*$5695* 2005 Ford Taurus SE M M A N A G E R M A N A G E R S P E C I A L S P E C I A L U8169$5495*ONLYAuto, A/C, PW, PL, 94,016 miles, 6 cyl. $4995*$5495*2002 Ford Ranger King Cab 5 spd, A/C, 6 cyl, CDONLYU2913$5495* 8 Okeechobee News January 29, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary School Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 16 include: Adam Marsden, Jeshawn Swanson, Preston Guinn, Chase Russell, Harley Goulette Emmanuel Jarez, Andres Gomez, Ruby Garcia, Travis Fludd, Joseph Nieto, Carl White, Cameron Runyon, Mariah Simmons, Vanessa Johnson, Blake Hollister, Kierstein Kennedy, Faith Castelton-Meyer, Kyli Terry, Elia Martinez, Shamira Hernandez-Garcia, Haleigh McCabe, Matthew Aguilar, Armando Cruz-Gancerez, Artemio Virto, Andrian Smith, Lisset Carrillo and Destiney Jones. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESStudents of the WeekCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of Jan. 23-27. They are: Estrella Robles, Ally Popovich, Damon Tyner, Alison Denton, Michael Rex, Brice Anuez, JD Oden, Marisol Denova, Richard Hel nstine, Jacob Hernandez, Kyler Morgan, Ashley Phares, Faith Vest, Case Durrance, Jonathan Garcia, Lilly Henry, Victor Hernandez and Chancy Thomas. Foster parents needed Free training program availableHibiscus Children’s Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. There is a tremendous need for loving and nurturing Foster Parents in all four counties on the Treasure Coast. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant on an area home Thursday and subsequently arrested a man at the home on a felony drug charge. Terry Marvin Ellerbee, 52, N.E. 48th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 26 on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Okeechobee County Jail records indicate that he is being held there on $5,500 bond. An arrest report by a task force detective stated that during a search of Ellerbee’s home and property a small amount of meth was found, as well as a glass smoking pipe that contained a residue. The report stated that less than 0.1 grams of meth was found in Ellerbee’s pickup truck. The pipe was reportedly found in a pocket of Ellerbee’s clothing. Scales and plastic bags with residue inside them were also found, stated the report. A eld test was conducted on the suspected meth and on the residue in the pipe and bags and, according to the detective, all of those tests indicated a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine. Another man in the home was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $500. Jail records indicate that he has since been released on bond. According to the detective’s report, Ellerbee claimed he has been selling meth for about a year but only sells enough to support his habit. He also allegedly told the detective that he doesn’t keep any o f the drug at his house, but gets it from someone else when he gets a call from a buyer. 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For Vendor information please call (863)227-1074 All other information call (863)532-8314 Come and try our Great Sour Orange Pie Browse the Vendors Lots of FoodParking $1 Donation 9 Okeechobee News January 29, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Louise DowlingTruck reFire ghters from the Okeechobee City Fire Department (OCFD) were summoned to the 2100 block of S. Parrott Ave. Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24, to battle this vehicle re. According to a report by OCFD Lieutenant Glenn Hodges the engine area and the entire cab of this four-door Dodge pickup truck was on re. Fire ghters used 400 gallons of a water/foam mixture to extinguish the re in two to three minutes. The cause of the re is unknown and has been turned over to an investigator with the State Fire Marshal's Of ce. Lt. Hodges estimated damages to the truck at $12,000. He also estimated damages to the truck's contents at $1,000. No one was injured in the incident, stated the lieutenant's report. 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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The scrap metal yard in Douglas Park, w hich recently reopened under new ownership, appears to be the issue that won’t go away. Once again Douglas Park residents petitioned Okeechobee County Commissioners at their Thursday, Jan. 26, meeting to do something about it. Jessie Grace said he was disappointed w ith the response he received from commissioners at their last meeting. He said he came for help and felt that he was brushed off. He complained of the noise and increased traf c in the neighborhood and suggested limiting the hours of operation. County administrator Robbie Chartier said that a business tax receipt, formerly called an occupational license, is all that is required from the county. That tax receipt was transferred from the former owner when the property changed hands last November. She said that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection did not require any type of license. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said spoke with one of the other scrap metal yard owners. He said the other scrap metal yard owners are against the new business because it is in competition with them. Mr. Culpepper said that if there were some way to stop the new business, the other scrap metal yard owners would do it. “It is zoned industrial and the board’s hands are tied,” stated Mr. Culpepper. He said all the commissioners could do was to make sure all regulations were followed and there was no threat to public safety. Commissioner Ray Domer apologized if he was misunderstood at the last meeting. He said the only thing the board could do was add stricter regulations in the future. Ossie Fleming, who identi ed herself as an advocate for the community, also expressed her concerns, particularly about potential health hazards. “Whatever you can do, we are grateful,” she said, adding that the residents are frustrated and added that such a business would not be allowed in Oak Park. Commissioner Frank Irby asked if the community were concerned about the type of business or the hours of operation. Ms. Fleming replied that both issues were a concern. Since the scrap metal yard is in Mr. Irby’s district he agreed to meet with Ms. Fleming and with the business owner to reach some type of voluntary agreement. Commission chair Margaret Garrard Helton said she would contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce to enforce traf c regulations in the area. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News January 29, 2012 Neighbors complain about scrap metal yard 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).  Billy Gonzales, 47, Avondale Drive, Pompano Beach, was arrested Jan. 26 by Deputy Sergeant Robert Coleman on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him w ith violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond.  Miguel Rodrigues, 26, S.E. 36th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 26 by Deputy Robbie Lamb on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond.  Martin Martinez Jr., 20, N.W. Third Ave., South Bay, was arrested Jan. 26 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of marijuana with intent to sell (two counts) and violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report CIS to hold bene t yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 4Communities in Schools will hold a bene t yard sale on, Saturday, Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Brahman Theater Parking lot, 1610 South Parrot Avenue. Donation drop off locations at Okeechobee Achievement Academy, 1000 N.W. 34th Street or call for pick up please contact Jill Rogers, Amanda Blewett or Cortney Crews at 863-4625125 or 863-634-0870.

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Commissioners were considering entering a contract with American Bat Removal for $9,900 to remove the bats. Mr. Oden said that the expert would determine which columns did not contain bats. Those openings w ould be sealed rst. Then he would put netting over the other openings that would allow the bats to leave but not re-enter. Once he was sure the bats had left a particular column, he would seal up that opening. All the bats are not expected to come out each night so it was expected to take up to ve days for a column to be completely free of bats. With 24 columns that would come out to $390 for each column. The proposal also included the installation of bat houses in the w etlands on the ag center grounds with the hope the bats would relocate there. “I think it is a bat idea,” said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. No action was taken on the proposal. At the suggestion of Commissioner Ray Domer Mr. Oden was asked to look into the cost of staff sealing the columns. Mr. Domer questioned the wisdom of putting up bat houses to encourage bats to live in the area since they have proved to be a nuisance. Turning to other items, commissioners gave approval to a ve-year capital projects plan for all county departments. “It’s something I’ve wanted the board to have for many years,” stated County Administrator Robbie Chartier. Projects on the plan will be evaluated and prioritized annually by staff and submitted to the commission for nal approval. The plan incorporated $866,563 already approved for capital projects in the current year’s budget. It added an additional $1,787,800 in capital projects for the current y ear. The largest single item, $1,550,000 was for design and construction of a building for the property appraiser and tax collector due to the fact that the tax collector will soon be responsible to issue drivers’ licenses. The topic of impact fees came up once again. The fees are imposed on builders to allow new construction to pay for its impact on the infrastructure. They are designed to pay for only a portion of speci c projects necessitated by new construction and were rst imposed in much better economic times. Mrs. Chartier said some of the original projects to be funded by impact fees are too costly to be practical. The board voted to pay Duncan Associates $58,000 to re-evaluate the system and possibly come up with new rates and projects. Boaters using the Taylor Creek lock will be inconvenienced in the coming weeks. Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management District’s Okeechobee Service Center said that for the rst time in about 40 years the lock would be rehabilitated. The lock will stay open until April 1, however, Mr. Ritter said that from time to time before that date, in preparation for the rehabilitation, the lock will be partially blocked by a barge either on the lake side or the creek. Boaters will have to use caution and he said there would be someone available to help boaters get through the narrow opening. In other action, the board:  entered a contract with AVCON for professional engineering services for the design of the Taxiway A West extension at the Okeechobee County Airport in the amount of $94,000 with $75,200 of that amount coming from a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOt) grant;  approved a second contract with AVCON for design, building and construction services for security upgrades at the airport including gate controllers and closed circuit television at a cost of $26,400 to come from a FDOT grant;  approved a host agreement with B.A.S.S. for the 2012 B.A.S.S. Elite Series Tournament March 21-25 at a total cost of $30,500;  scheduled a workshop for economic development policy formulation for 6 p.m. on Feb. 21; and  scheduled a workshop to plan and discuss the development of the scal year 2012/13 budget for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Commissioners deal w ith bats, budgets and county impact fees

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Available 24/7Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=65039&pagenum=1 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 E E A R L Y V O T E Continues Through Saturday, January 28th F O R T H E J A N U A R Y 3 1 S T R E P U B L I C A N P R E S I D E N T I A L P R I M A R Y ONE LOCATION: HISTORIC COURTHOUSE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS 304 NW 2nd Street Wednesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. … 4 p.m. QUESTIONS? Please contact the Elections Office at elections@voteokeechobee.com or call 763-4014. FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Become a member € NOobligationAldo Lombardo,M.D.Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Buddy up with a friend or we can help you pair up with another member on the list!You both receive a discount off our regular price by taking 50% off the lesser priced procedure. Divide that savings equitably between the two patients and YOUBOTHSAVE .Good through 2/28/12 € No other discounts applyEmail us at allureinstitute@bellsouth.net or call us and ask for Jane. Include your name, phone number and the procedure youre interested in. 14 Okeechobee News January 29, 2012 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report January 23 & 24, 2012 Cows Breaking 68.00 85.00 Cutter 63.00 71.00 Bulls 1000-1500 84.00 88.00 1500-2000 82.00 94.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 698 633 Cows 103 650 Str 8 5 Hfrs 4 11 Bulls 26 31 Yrlngs 39 23 Mix 25 34 Total 903 1387 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 215-245 185-210 250-300 205-260 175-205 300-350 195-230 155-185 350-400 180-220 145-167 400-450 165-195 147-161 450-500 154-180 140-160 550-600 145-160 125-141 600-650 136-156 122-139 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 250-300 180-200 140-165 300-350 160-185 130-150 350-400 145-170 125-140 400-450 140-160 120-135 Big cow run this week! Over half of the Tuesday sale was cows. Guess what? Prices never weakened, bumping 90 cents on the high side! Calves were also higher, $2-4, if you can believe that! Runs are going to slow down now for a while and I expect prices will continue to be good right on through the rest of winter into spring. Nancy Phares, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.85 bought by Thomas Cattle. Circle P, Palm Bay, topped the cow market with a high of $89, bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Jeff The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced it will extend w ater releases from Lake Okeechobee, in an effort to offset rising levels of salt-water in the Caloosahatchee River. The new release began Jan. 27. The Corps is making the releases in a pulse-like manner to mimic a rainfall event, similar to releases that began on Dec. 16. The target ow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary for this release is an average of 450 cubic feet per second (cfs) over a 10-day period, as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) east of Fort Myers. Water managers expect the water releases to help to push back saltwater intrusion, w hich has been on the rise in recent weeks in the Caloosahatchee. These low volume releases are expected to prolong the bene ts of lowered salinities, reducing impacts and degradation of the freshwater tapegrass and other submerged aquatic vegetation. "The Corps, in consultation with our stakeholders, is changing the delivery pattern of the pulse release, "said John Kilpatrick, Chief of the Jacksonville District's MultiProject Branch, which has oversight of water management at the lake, "we hope that this new pulse release will lower the average current salinity levels in the Caloosahatchee Estuary." Friday, the lake stage was 13.34 feet. The lake is currently within the Operational Band of the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (2008 LORS). At current levels, the Corps may make releases up to 450 cfs to the Caloosahatchee Estuary and 200 cfs to the St. Lucie. The Corps and partner agencies will continue to closely monitor and assess system conditions, and may decrease releases if local basin runoff contributes to ows. For more information on water level and ows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps' water management page at the following website: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/ Operations/Branches/MultiProject/WaterMgt/index.htm. Corps extends water releases from Lake O

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Parrott Ave € (863) 763-6000Lori Mixon 8 6 3 6 3 4 1 4 5 7 ((LMixon@MixonGroup.com www.MixonGroup.com Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Jan. 27th Thurs., Feb. 2nd For Info, Call 763-7202THEATRE III: “ONE FOR THE MONEY”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 THEATRE II: “THE MUPPETS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG THEATRE I: “MAN ON A LEDGE”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 15 Okeechobee News January 29, 2012 Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said collegiality and professionalism includes factors such: as the employee paying attention to punctuality and regular attendance; professional judgement; prepares all required reports accurately and in a timely manner; and, abides by code of ethic. “These are responsibilities we value and any employer w ould value,” Mr. Kenworthy said. “They are saying an increased emphasis should be put on planning. I agree planning is important,” he continued. “When you look at evaluating employees, that (collegiality and professionalism) seems to be an area that gets employees in trouble,” he said. “That’s why w e feel it is important. We feel it is important to have a high standard of ethics for our teachers.” Mr. Kenworthy added that collaboration w ith other teachers is part of that domain. “We believe you need to work together,” he said. “We are all a team.” Two other items of contention in the contract are the pay rates and timing. OCEA w ants the pay retroactive to the beginning of the school year. The district does not want to backdate any pay increases. “We used to have the contract negotiated during the summer and have pay raises put in place by the rst of September,” Mr. Kenw orthy said. “If you have that retroactivity in there, there is no hurry for anybody to settle because the union knows they will get that back pay. “I prefer to settle it during the summer so all of our time and energy is not focused on negotiations,” he said. “We believe if retroactivity comes out of there, we are apt to settle much earlier and move on with the business of the district,” he said, adding that the retroactivity issue is something that can be negotiated every year. He said as the contract negotiations over the evaluations drag out, it is unfair to the teachers who are not getting the feedback they may need to improve. The two sides also disagree on salaries. Instead of a percentage increase or a “step” on the pay schedule, Ms. Walker said the district has proposed one-time bonuses of $250 to $400 for instructional personnel and $200 to $300 for noninstructional personnel. Mr. Kenw orthy said OCEA’s initial proposal was for a step increase and an increase for each step by $1,000. “We came back with a counter proposal of a bonus. They have responded back w ith step increase plus $500. In these economic times, I know we cannot afford that,” he said. “We will go back and take an additional salary proposal to them on Tuesday.” “Our salary proposal would be less in total than last year’s salary total,” said Ms. Walker. She said this is because some of the higher paid more experienced teachers retired or left the system and because some positions were cut. Mrs. Walker said the presidents of school employees unions in other counties have told her it is in their contracts that if a teacher is rated “highly effective” or “effective” on their evaluations, they will not be let go. She explained that she tried to get this for the Okeechobee’s teachers contract but the school district of cials will not budge on this issue. Having such an assurance would help the district attract and retain good teachers, Mrs. Walker said. Mr. Kenworthy said any assurance of automatic contract renewal re ects the old “teacher tenure” mentality. The mission of the new state law is to give the district a way to remove teachers who are not getting student performance, he said. “It may not necessarily be the quality of work that means they are not retained as an employee,” Mr. Kenworthy said. “It may be how do you deal with parents or how do you deal with students.” He said the trends show the student population is decreasing which may mean they need fewer teachers. “It’s unfortunate when you have to get rid of somebody even if they are rated as effective or highly effective,” he added. Mr. Kenworthy said under the old system, any reduction in personnel was based on seniority. That is one of the items still under negotiation in the new contract. Contract negotiations will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 4 p.m. at the school board ofce. Ms. Walker said she is optimistic that they will reach an agreement soon. “In any well run negotiation, no one gets everything they want,” she said. Both sides have to decide which issues are most important, she said, and be willing to compromise in the other areas. To qualify for the Race to the Top funding, the district must have their new evaluation plan approved and implemented before June 1. The funding will pay for professional development such as additional training for teachers. Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) negotiates the contracts for all instructional and classi ed employees. All instructional and classi ed employees (even those who are not OCEA members) vote on the contract. However, if there is a contract dispute after it is signed, OCEA only represents OCEA members. If an employee who is not a member of the union has a contract dispute with the school district, he or she must retain his or her own representation. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1

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Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo unfurnished on ground oor. Includes electric & water. $725 mo. 2 weeks FREE w/security deposit! Call 863-634-0663. Houses Rent A FFORDABLE New Houses. 3/1/1 for $900, 3/2 for $1000. Large yards. Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. BASSWOOD 3br/2ba, 1 car garage, tile & carpet, split plan, dishwasher, W/D. $1000/ mo. (561) 307-2502 House for Rent 2874 NW 33rd Ave Basswood 3/2, Garage,big porch, fenced in,brand new house,good condition. $1,100 monthly, $800 security,renters application required 561-683-9754 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. OKEE 3/1 Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $725 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 OKEECHOBEE 3 BR, 1 BA Duplex, DW, W/D connector, C/A & heat, $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863) 763-4414 On Rim CanalDBWD Mobile Home. 3 br./2ba. Lrg. Lot. $800 plus Elec. $500 sec. 1 small pet allowed. Lawn care, Water, & garbage 863-697-0214. Waterfront Homes 3/1 w/carport, Fl. room, tile $600 mo. 1137 4th St. BHR 3/2 w/1 car garage,tile, $800 mo. 1147 4th St. BHR Call 561-968-4018 Rooms To RentOKEECHOBEE Looking for 2 roommates to share 4 br house. All appliances including Washer & Dryer. Located at Four Seasons. $300/mo Call (863)634-4771 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 OWNING FINANCING: 2 BR, 2 BA on 5 Fenced Acres. 5 miles from Okeechobee. $900/MO Call (863) 467-1950. Land SaleOKEECHOBEE 5 Acres $1,000 down. Park your own trailer or house, owner nancing $49,000. 863-763-6358 Lots SaleFOR 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 NICE 1/2 ACRE LOTS FOR SALE IN NEW AREA GREAT FOR INVESTMENT WILL CONSIDER OFFERS. CALL 863-634-7781 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent3/2 Furnished, Mint, Built in 05, Great Neighborhood, City Water. $695 a month. 1st and Last No Dogs Call 863-801-1739 BHR Waterfront 2bd/ 1 1/2 bath, accommodates a small family. $450 monthly plus $300 security Call 863-447-1758 For Rent 3/2 New Dble Wide, small pets ok, close to town located near the Ag Center. $700 monthly 1st and Security. Call 863-801-5449 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Mobile HomeSale2005 44’x12’ Park Model 55+ park, all residential appliances with W/D., new skirting, non-smoker, water lter system. $6,750 obo Call Steve @(863)-634-6705 24x38 DWMH on Rim Canal. 1BR, large living room w/sleeper sofa,large kitchen, 2bath, attached storage building, carport, boat dock. On double lot,furnished. $16,000.00 negotiable 727-422-1893 Back on the Market $25,000 2/2 Remodeled Double wide,City Water, Sewer and Great Neighborhood Call 863-801-1739 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME WITH VAULTED CEILING FLORIDA ROOM. 2 BEDROOMS-2 FULL BATHS. SLEEPS EIGHT, TOO MANY UPGRADES TO LIST WATERFRONT WITH DOCK, MINUTES TO LOCKS AND ACCESS TO LAKE. A FISHERMAN’S PARADISE. MOMMA WILL BE HAPPY IN THIS LUXURIOUS HOME CALL 863-467-5310 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. Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 From 499 mo Loaded 3/2 From 399 mo Loaded Homes on Your Lot 0 Down 800-622-2832 ext 210 SEMINOLE COVE 2BR, 2BA, 2 Car Carport & Florida Room. (863)467-0284 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs36.6’ Coachmen Santara, 49K miles, 1 slide, Dual Air, Tag Axle. Will Consider Trade for Buildable Lot. $18,500 Call 863-467-2550 Shop here first! The classified ads Fifth Wheels2001 33 ft Sandpiper 1 slide out, queen size bed, laydown dinette, 2 chairs, laydown couch, plenty of closets, excellent condition like new. Can be seen at BHR Marina $9,000 Call 863-623-4171 Travel TrailersFor Sale By Owner 2005 32FT. WildWood Travel Trailer. Fully Self Contained,Super Slide Out,Bunk Beds,Sleeps 8 People. Will Deliver New Condition,Fully Loaded.$10,500 OBO Call 302-218-1818 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice School District Advisory Council Meeting The Okeechobee County School District Advisory Council will meet on Monday, February 6, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in the School Board Meeting Room, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. This meeting is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 405837 ON 1/29/2012 Public NoticeNOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242 ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 408440 ON 1/29/2012 Public Notice Public NoticePUBLIC MEETING OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD TO BEGIN CANVASS OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR THE JANUARY 31, 2012 PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY ELECTION The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will meet at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2012 to canvass, open, and process absentee ballots received for the Presidential Preference Primary Election. This meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections of ce, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL and is open to the public. Sealed absentee ballots received prior to 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2012, for the Presidential Preference Primary Election will be available for public inspection from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. January 30, 2012 at the of ce of the Supervisor of Elections. Pursuant to Section 101.68(2) 2, Florida Statutes, if any elector or candidate present believes an absentee ballot is illegal due to a defect apparent on the voter’s certi cate, he or she may, at any time before the ballot is removed from the envelope, le with the canvassing board a protest against the canvass of the ballot, specifying the precinct, the ballot, and the reason he or she believes the ballot to be illegal. A challenge based upon a defect in the voter’s certi cate may not be accepted after the ballot has been removed from the mailing envelope. Any absentee ballots received between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, January 31, 2012, will be available for public inspection until opened. The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will reconvene at 6:00 p.m. on Election Day, January 31, 2012 to continue canvassing, opening, processing, and tabulating absentee ballots and will remain in session until the results of the election are obtained. The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will reconvene at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2012, at the of ce of the Supervisor of Elections to canvass precinct returns and provisional ballots. The Board will reconvene at 12:00 noon on Friday, February 10, 2012 to complete the canvass of the of cial results. At the conclusion of the February 10th meeting, the race for the postelection audit will be randomly selected by the canvassing board. In accordance with the Sunshine Law of Florida, all Canvassing Board meetings are open to the public. Gwen Chandler Supervisor of Elections Okeechobee County, Florida 408757 ON 1/29/2012 17 Okeechobee News January 29, 2012 Public Notice Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds ACROSS 1 Illustrative words 7 Burst 15 Casual top 16 Intimate meeting 17 Baroque composer Cavalieri 18 Apple delivery vehicle? 19 Lobbying gp. bigwig? 21 Great Seal symbol 22 Lab complaints 23 CD-__ 25 Hardys Pure WomanŽ 26 SŽ on an invitation 27 Label for many Elton John hits 29 Ready-to-mail item: Abbr. 31 Ristorante suffix 32 Pittypat, in Gone With the WindŽ 34 Aiming aid in some gun sights 38 Fourth-qtr. month 39 Trap for large reptiles? 41 Reveal, poetically 42 Glacial ridges 44 It parallels the radius 45 Radars rank: Abbr. 46 Fish-eating bird 48 Pollsters query 49 Heartache 50 Homer Simpsons mom 53 Chestnut horse 55 Cartoonist Walker 56 Nailing, as a test 58 Coalition celebration? 61 Court dispute over footwear? 63 Prepare for a break 64 Texas city on I-40 65 C olorless g as 66 With composure 67 __ Waldo?Ž DOWN 1 Make way 2 Dept. of the Navy component 3 Movie with style? 4 Black __ 5 Luyendyk of auto racing 6 Greek colonnade 7 Rival of Paris 8 Takes pieces from? 9 Workout target 10 Carry 11 Like some films 12 Compact item 13 Things with ltrs. 14 Hockey ploys 20 Pipe cleaner 24 Wrapped garment 27 Prefix with economics 28 Insertion point indicator 30 Biological bristles 33 Mountain West Conf. team 35 Employee using a word processor? 36 Auspicious 37 Sends, obsolescently 40 Dallas suburb 43 Hyundai model 47 Cricket violation 50 Family nicknames 51 Carol opening 52 Battery acronym 54 Magnalium, e.g. 55 Papier-__ 57 Pluck 59 Captains underlings 60 Step on it 62 __ du Diable: former French penal colony By Dan Naddor 01/14/11 01/14/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsKelci Breaux returned to Okeechobee High School Lady Brahman softball this month as the new pitching coach for Head Coach Christina Bragman. Breaux starred for the OHS program under Kim Hargraves and earned athletic scholarships to play at Brevard Community College for two years and later Florida Gulf Coast University. She helped lead the OHS program to new heights and the Final Four in the state. Breaux said she is excited to be back at OHS to work for a good coach and with some girls who have a lot of potential. “It’s nice to be back and I feel it’s a nice situation to be in,” she noted. Breaux said her experience in college was wonderful and she pushed herself to be one of the best pitchers in her conference in Florida. She said it was tough to balance a full course load and athletics, but it was all worth it. She has applied to attend law school and is also considering graduate school. She already has earned a degree in psychology. In the interim she hopes to use some of her skills and experiences to help the Lady Brahman pitching staff which remains anchored by two time all state performer Sam Harrell and two young girls with loads of talent in Danielle Shef eld and Kathy Simmons. “I’m still learning about the girls and their pitching styles. It’s my job to bring the best out in them and teach them what I can,” she explained. Breaux admitted her job is made easier by the veteran Harrell who has pitched for four years for the Brahmans. She said her younger girls also have a lot of potential to be top performers. “I think they’ll be very good and they have a lot potential. They are young and growing, and they’ll be very good once they mature and develop,” she added. Breaux has emphasized running and conditioning and has talked to the girls about different situations they will be in. She noted sometimes the mental aspect of the sport is just as important as physical talent, “I’ve tried to simulate situations and game experiences where they will have to overcome adversity. I’ve emphasized that they must continue to work hard even when they are annoyed at the situations in the game and exhausted. “They don’t like some of the conditioning I make them do but I know you have to be in really great condition in this sport to excel,” she explained. Breaux said the Lady Brahmans have the ability to be a top team again this year. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com EXPO ACTIVITIESpresented byMeet Pro Anglers Samples & Giveaways Free Admission Walmart Kids Zone Interactive Games www.facebook.com/flwfishing www.twitter.com/flwfishing www.flwoutdoors.com On Lake Okeechobee n n n n n n L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L a a a a a a a a a a k k k k k k k k k k k e e e e e e e e e e O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O k k k k k k k k k k e e e e e e e e e e e e e c c c c c c c h h h h h h h h h h h o o o o o o o b b b b b b b b b b b e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O n n n n n On Lake Okeechobee On Lake Okeechobee WALMART SUPERCENTERFLW EXPOOpen at Noon | Weigh-in at 4 PM daily | 1005 W Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FLFEB. 11 12 | SAT. & SUN. PRO DAY s ways ne n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n s s s Walmart Supercenter Sat. Feb 4 | 1-3 PM 1005 Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL Meet the Pros Get Autographs & Photos Learn the Best Fishing Tips & Techniques 19 Okeechobee News January 29, 2012 New softball pitching coach has Okeechobee roots By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Brahman boys soccer team dominated the District 15-3A Semi nal match against Suncoast with airtight defense and opportunistic offense as they shut out the Chargers 4-0, to secure a place in the district title match Friday for the fourth consecutive year. Okeechobee wants to defend their district title won last year in exciting fashion at Brahman Stadium, 2-1 over Fort Pierce, when they battle Boynton Beach tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Jensen Beach High School. Erick Garcia had a pair of goals, and Brian Guerrero and Jacalob A kins added goals for the Brahmans (16-1-1) this year. Sera n Espinoza pitched a shutout in the Brahman net.  Lady Brahman basketball fell on the road Tuesday night in Lake Placid 54-40. The boys junior varsity basketball team lost a tight contest 44-42 to South Fork at home on Tuesday.  The OHS wrestling team improved to (14-5) in duals this year with a 63-16 victory at W estwood on Wednesday night. Justin Morgan earned a pin in 51 seconds, while both Larry Tabor and Ben Levins earned pins in the rst round. Ryan Hagan and Johnathon Kemp won close decisions to continue their strong run of success this year. Okeechobee also earned several forfeits. This year Allen Leitner and Hagan lead the squad with 18 victories. Greg Hernandez, Kemp, Tabor and Del no Garcia have 16 victories. Michael Thomas has a strong (9-2) record in the 132 pound weight division. The OHS grapplers wrapped up their regular season with a tough 38-37 loss at Sebastian River on Thursday night in Indian River County. Del no Garcia pinned Tyler Welsh in the rst round at 106 pounds for Okeechobee. Ryan Hagan (145 pounds), Johnathon Kemp, (182 pounds), and Allen Leitner, (170 pounds), all won in impressive fashion for the Brahmans. Justin Morgan earned a pin over Nick Cooper at 4:30 in the 160 pound weight class. Okeechobee will host the Class 2A-14 District Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 4, starting at 9 a.m.  Eddie Neal had 16 points and Phil Jones added 14 points but it wasn’t enough as OHS fell at Port St. Lucie 81-69 in boys varsity basketball action on Thursday night in St. Lucie County. It was the nal District 12-7A regular season game of the year for the Brahmans. Okeechobee will be the low seed for the District Tournament in two weeks. Sports News in Brief Okeechobee News/ C. MurphyKelci Breaux was hired to be the new pitching coach.

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