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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 02-05-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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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. Sunday, February 5, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 16 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.24 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.Patriot riders visit ...Page 9 Sheriff’s of ce names top employees ... Page 14 Okeechobee’s Most Wanted ... Page 8 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaFascinated by historyCade Pierce, a fourth grader at North Elementary School, listens attentively as Seminole re-enactor Pedro Zapeda, an employee of Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, tells about the early days of the Seminoles. The Battle of Okeechobee Re-Enactment will held held today in the state park\. Elementary school students were given a preview of the re-enactment on Friday, Feb. 3. For more, see page 16. After repeated code violations, S.E. Third St. property considered ‘a public nuisance’By Pete GawdaOkeechobee news The Okeechobee City Council, at their Tuesday meeting will be asked to begin foreclosure proceedings against a property because of repeated code violations. On Jan. 10 the City o f Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board declared the 813 S.E. Third Ave. property of Cody Brown City may foreclose on propert y Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler announced to the Okeechobee News on Friday that she will not seek re-election this year as Supervisor of Elections. Mrs. Chandler was elected for her rst term in 1996 and is completing her fourth term. "I am not seeking another term as I wish to spend more time with my family and I feel it is time to start the next chapter in my life," she said. "There are many things I will miss about my job," she said. "I have been so blessed to have wonderful people to help me administer elections, and I have loved interacting with the voters and the candidates." Chandler won’t seek re-election Gwen Chandler See ELECTIONS — Page 16 Some rental properties eligible for assistanceOkeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc. is collaborating with Indiantown Non Pro t Housing Inc. to implement a weatherization program provided by the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs. Low income families in Okeechobee County can obtain funds through the proWeatherization program helps low income residents cut electric billsSee ELECTRIC — Page 20 See CITY — Page 16

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 International Coin Collectors are in Town to Purchase All Types of Coins By KEN MCINTOSH STAFF WRITERICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1970. Those that do bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at by a specialist. With the help of these ICCA members, offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1970. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1970 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies. Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people, you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth, now might be your chance to nd out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors Association, also known as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If they are rare enough, one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms coin collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare dime, an 1894S Barber, sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example, many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a signicant amount due to the high price of silver and gold,Ž says Helms. Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes and worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on even common coins made of silver. Helms explains, All half dollars, quarter and dimes made before 1970 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now its a sellers market.Ž The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also, at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell you will be paid on the spot … it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So, whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherited, you can talk to these collectors for free and if your lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way, there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit the ICCA website at www. internationalcoincollectors.com. FREEADMISSIONCONTINUES IN OKEECHOBEEEVERY DAYTUESDAY SATURDAYFEBRUARY 7TH 11TH T…F 9AM…6PM SAT 9AM-4PMHOLIDAY INN EXPRESS3101 US HWY 441 SOUTH OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974DIRECTIONS: (863) 357 3529 SHOW INFO: (217) 787-7767 PAID ADVERTISEMENT 2 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012

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Sunday, February 5, 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. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Okee-Tantie I am concerned about the idea of leasing it out to a private company. We tried that before. It was a disaster. They took in the money and did not make the improvements they promised. They did not do the upkeep. A t the end of the contract, the place was a mess and the contractors had taken all of the money they could and left the county holding the bag. We need to look at what money the park is currently taking in and are we using that revenue to maintain and improve the park. Answer that rst. Is it currently a liability or an asset. If it is making money and has the potential to make more, we should be investing in improvements. What happened to the FEMA money to x the damage from the hurricane? Why was half the park never repaired?  Gov. Scott is trying to privatize all of the state government services, why not a private company here? Everyone is wanting to cut County employees and budgets. How can y ou run a campground without 24/7 fulltime help?  There is a down side to privatization. W e need all the facts before the county commission makes a decision on this. The last time the county leased it out, it was a disaster and the tax payers were left with the bill to clean up the mess! V ideo games and learning Can you imagine the public outcry if the school board proposed to use video games as a teaching tool?  It really is a shame that some are so closed minded on how to educate our children. I truly can’t think of a better way to learn than a child who is having fun and being challenged at the sometime. They learn and don’t even know that is what is happening.  The popular SimCity game started as a tool for government planners.  Not all modern games are about running and shooting people, though that is what the general media would want you to believe. For instance the games Portal and Portal2 are very very intense on puzzle solving and thinking outside of the box. It’s a great game for critical thinking skills and decision making. Another great game for history buffs would be the Age of Empires games. In these civilization sims you build a town and progress through the ages (bronze, medieval, etc...) and learn quite a few facts about the time periods and their economies.  I have read studies that show playing video games increases hand eye coordination and concentration—but only if you only play 45 minutes to an hour at time or less. Spending more than an hour playing a game, then you start losing the bene ts. Balance is needed too—get the kids off the couch and outside to get some exercise once in a while!  I de nitely think unless a kid has a medical excuse that P.E. or at least one outside/exercise course should be mandatory. I always looked forward to getting outside of the classrooms and stretching my legs for a nice run.  A lot of the health issues that are now associated with prolonged use of computers can be avoided by taking exercise breaks. Getting some fresh air and exercise also helps you think more clearly.  Computer programming, including games, is used every day by Okeechobee teachers. This concept and practice is not new in the school district. Ask around and you will see.  What computer programming classes were/are offered? If there had been any available when I went to school there, I would have taken them immediately.  The company I work for has been looking for a local Programmer/Developer for 2 years now. They do not teach programming/ developing (C#, C++ etc...) at the high school. Which is a huge shame.  I know some of the teachers send home information on web sites that students can go to. Usually there is an option to do something on the website as an assignment or another option they can do if they don’t have access to a computer at home. And the kids do have computer lab at school. Also, I know the computers at the library stay busy, especially right after school.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! Thanks for the supportThe volunteers of the Humane Society Pet Rescue would like to take this time to say “thanks so much” to our local Okeechobee Tractor Supply for their continued support. The Pet Rescue holds many fundraising and rescue events of every kind throughout the year and Tractor Supply offers an open invitation allowing us to bring our pets and supplies for day-long events so that we can raise funds and get donations for our homeless pets. Donations of food and supply items from Tractor Supply hold immeasurable value to us and we are very grateful for their generosity. The staff at Tractor Supply have always shown their caring, kind and polite humanitarian spirit in helping us to achieve our goals. Thank you again for your support! Belinda Forlifer Founder and Director of Operations Okeechobee Humane Society Pet RescueSupport appreciatedThe Garvey family would like to thank you for the outpouring of love and sympathy concerning our loss. We are in awe of the support from the community. Thanks for the prayers, owers, food, cards, hugs and tears shed along with us. Thanks again, Buddy, Betty Kay, Cole, JesseWeek in reviewYes! Rick Santorum visited Okeechobee, Stopped by and left! What? Florida’s Republican GOP rise and fall candidates and no w there are four. Newt, Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Also, the legendary football coach Joe Paterno was laid to rest. Cheer up sports fans, the Super Bowl is Sunday! Patriots/Giants throwin’ down for braggin’ rights. Champions, yes baby. What about the outlandish super cool Superbowl commercials. What? Politics—President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union setting the tone/vision for the nation. Will the Congress work with him or against him? Who will be the GOP nominee? Choices—it’s all about choices! Newt Gingrich getting rich stated that Spanish was ghetto language, Romney the gazilionaire CEO, Wall Street, Mass. Governor can bu y the presidency. Ron Paul, generational out of touch/reality check. Santorum 2016, not quite ready for prime time. My 2016 candidate: Jeb Bush. Wait and See. But for now, President Obama is still my choice. Respectful, loving father, husband, family values do matter, honest, hardworking for the young, old, rich, poor, elderly, veterans, loves and cares for real everyday working class average Americans. Can I get a witness? The choice is yours, Okeechobee. Roc k the vote in 2012! On Nov. 6, the 44th and 45th president will be the people’s president, Mr. Barack Obama. Hello! As Jeb Bush stated, don’t dismiss the latino, minority, women voters, in 2012 O.K. Vote! Brenda Scott Poet, playwright and author Weather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph. Extended ForecastMonday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph. Monday night: A 30 percent chance o f showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. East northeast wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Flower PetalsFlorist & Gifts Come see us before Sat. Feb. 11 & Save $5 On Your Order863-763-5051 202 NE 2nd Street ORDER EARLYSAVE $5 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 5 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012 Free ride home for drunk drivers and their vehicles through Feb. 5AAA and Budweiser will help protect roadways during the Super Bowl weekend w ith the Tow to Go program. Tow to Go has safely removed more than 18,000 drunk drivers off roadways since the program began in 1998. Anyone, AAA member or not, can call for a Tow to Go ride through Sunday, Feb. 5. Tow to Go provides a con dential ride and tow home from any bar or restaurant FREE of charge to anyone who may have had too much to drink by calling 1-800-AAAHELP (4357). Services are offered throughout Florida, Georgia, and West and Middle Tennessee. Tow to Go is a FREE public service offered by AAA and Budweiser that is funded through donations to the Auto Club Group Traf c Safety Foundation. The program is designed to be used as a last resortand is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume. "Football fans who celebrate with alcohol should make the right decision before kickoff and designate a sober driver," said Joanna Newton, Tow to Go spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group. "Whether you're hosting a party at home or attending the big game, we encourage everyone to plan ahead for a safe-ride home and consider our Tow to Go service as the life saving thing you can resort to, should all your other plans go awry." "The Tow to Go program is a simple and effective way to promote the use of designated drivers and help prevent drunk driving," said Kathy Casso, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, Anheuser-Busch. "We are proud to join forces with AAA and their team of emergency roadside service drivers. These are our roadways and we all have a responsibility to keep them safe so please plan for a safe celebration, before you go out, by being or choosing a designated driver." If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, the following tips will help you and your guests enjoy the festivities responsibly: Plan ahead to accommodate guests: Encourage your guests to designate a driver before the party, whether it's a taxi or a ride from a friend. If they don't have a ride and had too much to drink, call them a taxi or ask them to spend the night. Offer something for everyone: Whether it's soda, tea or water, offer your guests nonalcohol options. Provide food throughout the night, so no one is drinking on an empty stomach. Serve one drink at a time: Refreshing un nished glasses may feel like you're being an attentive host, but people can easil y lose track of how much alcohol they've consumed. The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its af liates provide membership, travel, insurance and nancial services offerings to approximately 8.5 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois, Minnesota and Tennessee; and a portion o f Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AA A federation with nearly 53 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traf c safety. A AA & Budweiser protect roadways for Super Bowl Weekend The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced it will extend water releases from Lake Okeechobee for at least another week in an effort to offset rising salt-water levels in the Caloosahatchee River. The releases that began on Jan. 27 are now extended through Feb. 9. The Corps is making the releases in a pulse-like manner to mimic small rainfall events, 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 14-day period, as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) east of Fort Myers. Minimum freshwater releases to the Caloosahatchee River are critical in maintaining health in the estuary. The low volume releases are expected to help push back saltwater intrusion, reducing impacts and degradation of the freshwater tapegrass and other submerged aquatic vegetation. "While the initial response of the estuary to the alternative day releases is promising, we need to extend this release for another four days to evaluate the outcome, "said John Kilpatrick, Chief of the Jacksonville District's Multi-Project Branch, which has oversight of water management at the lake, "if this new approach fails to reduce the salinity, experimental ows to test the response of the estuary to ows larger than 450 cfs may be undertaken." Today, the lake stage is 13.24 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 to extend water releases from Lake Okeechobee to river The Children's Services Council is proposals from public agencies and legally incorporated not-for-pro t and for pro t agencies. The purpose of these proposals is to improve and expand services to the children of Okeechobee County by providing new, expanded or continued services for priority need areas. This year there will be approximately $300,000 available to fund these proposals. The schedule for the proposals is as follows: Feb. 23, 4 p.m. Request for Proposal Meeting, at the Okeechobee County School Board, Room 303. Application forms available to be picked up at this meeting. There may be more than two Children's Services Council members attending this meeting. April 10, 3 p.m. Submit proposals to Okeechobee County School Board, Room 304. May 4, Interview with RFP Selection Sub-Committee. June 14, Public Hearing regarding RFP's. August 2012, Council nal decision on funded proposals. Funding priorities include: substance abuse prevention, delinquency prevention, abuse/neglect prevention, transportation, cultural diversity training and positive alternative activities. During the 2011-2012 grant year, the Council funded 21 different grants with funds that ranged from $1,500 to $35,000. These grants addressed several of the priorities that had been identi ed by the community including summer programs, after-school programs, respite care and truancy. All grants will be reviewed by a sub-committee of volunteers, graded and ranked. The sub-committee will then interview the grant writers to form nal recommendations to the full Council. Agencies are encouraged to collaborate with each other to make best use of the resources available to our area. Grant recipients that have received CSC funds for ve years or more must indicate that they receive at least 51% or greater from other sources. Any questions should be directed to Cathleen Blair, Executive Director of Children's Services Council at 863-462-5000, extension 255. Children’s Services Council has grants for local programs

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Cypress Eagles to host Super Bowl PartySunday, Feb. 5 from 1-5 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a Fried Chicken Dinner. $6. per dinner. Also a Super Bowl Party, Finger foods. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public welcome.OREA meeting scheduledThe Okeechobee Retired Educator’s A ssociation will be holding their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 6 beginning at 11 a.m., in the meeting room at Beef O’Bradys. Any retired educator is welcome to attend!Free tax preparation and e- ling help offeredTaxaide volunteers will begin on Feb. 6 at the American Legion, 501 SE 2nd Street, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Must bring photo ID, SS cards for dependents, last year’s return and all 2011 nancial statements. No appointment is necessary. First come, rst served. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Please DO NOT call the American Legion. For more information, please call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.Hospice to host yard saleHospice of Okeechobee’s yard sales in February will be Wednesday, Feb. 8 and Thursday, Feb. 9 and Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. Donations are accepted Monday thru Friday 8am to noon. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab. Library presents Broadway programIan R. B. Nairnsey is presenting a talk on “The Backstage Story of ‘My Fair Lady’” on W ednesday, Feb. 8 at noon at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. This is the nal program for the season. Admission is free. Those attending are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. The program will last about 75 minutes and will be illustrated w ith slides and musical selections.Healthy Start Coalition to meetThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th Street within the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.Diabetes seminar offered at Grand Oaks Assisted LivingA seminar on “Living with Diabetes” will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE on Feb. 8, at 1:30 p.m., Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community, 203 SE 2nd Street. Located in the Activities Room The seminar is offered by the Visiting Nurses Association.Gordie Peer program at the LibraryOn Thursday, Feb. 9 Gordie Peer will present “A comparison of ranch cowboys, rodeo cowboys and movie cowboys,” at the Okeechobee Public Library at 3 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and is free to the public. An exhibit of camp re cooking utensils is part of a display that includes boots, saddles, whips, ropes and other cowboy memorabilia belonging to Okeechobee resident Gordie Peer is also at the library.Special Valentines dinner night plannedON Friday, Feb. 10 a steak dinner will be followed by Valentines Dance at the North Eagles, 9985 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee. Music will be by Jay, and the “Sho Nuff Band. It’s gonna’ be a Real Good Time! Bring your Sweetheart and Get your picture taken and printed on the spot, An 8 x10 photo for a $6.50 donation. We will have other goodies also, just ask. For more information, please call 863-763-2552.Commemorative Memory Field to open Please join us at the dedication ceremony in Okeechobee County Flagler Park, Feb. 10-17 A dedication ceremony will be held Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m. This year 155 Florida Children lost their lives due to child abuse. At CASTLE we work everyday to eliminate that number one family at a time. We look forward to seeing you at a dedication in support of CASTLE’s mission. Sponsor a Blue Ribbon for $10; Mini Flag for $25; a Memory Flag for $100.Eagles North to host Card BINGO nightSaturday, Feb. 11 Eagles North will have card Bingo Starting at 4 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.Knights of Columbus hold dinners in BHRThe Knights of Columbus of St. Theresa Catholic Church, at Hwy. 78 W. and Chobee Loop in Buckhead Ridge, are holding a Mexican dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11 All meals include a dessert and choice of beverage. Dinner served from 4:30–6:30 p.m. (takeout is available). Donation of $8, adults and $3 children. Proceeds will go to church projects.A Safari Party to be held at Arnold's Wildlife CenterRace to our party! Arnold’s Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center is having a Safari Party with entertainment by T-Rex, on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 2 p.m. until. Adults $25 and Children $10, which includes barbecue beef, soft drinks, tours, bounce house and pony rides. The “Best Safari Costume” contest will be held with pictures with the exotic animals. There will be a grand prize of a helicopter ride for the winner and two guests. Bring your ashlight for the “Creatures of the Night” Silent Auction. Arnolds is located 14895 N.W. 30th Terr. in Okeechobee. See their web site at www.arnoldswildlife.org. All proceeds go to Arnolds.CASTLE Memory Field to open in FebruaryThe numbers are in and last year 155 children in the state of Florida died as a result of child abuse and neglect. CASTLE as the leading organization on the Treasure Coast dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through seven different programs, most free or at a nominal charge to help parents, children and families deal with issues that lead to this tragic result. For many years now, CASTLE has been responsible for setting up a traveling memorial eld. Large white ags with the names of every child lost are set up in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie locations. There is also a dedication ceremony that takes place in every eld. Parents and families of the children that died count on these ceremonies to honor these young victims. The support of the community is very healing and helps families realize that these precious lives will not be forgotten. The following is the schedule of the 2012 Memory Fields: Okeechobee: Flagler Park, Feb. 11-18, Dedication Feb. 14,–5:30 p.m.B.R.A.T. Club hosts danceThe Building Relationships Among Teens (B,R.A.T.) Club will host a Valentines Teen Dance Party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. The dance is open to children ages 12 to 16. Cost is $7 per child. Admission includes pizza, soad and chips. For more information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Farm Bureau hosts shootOkeechobee County Farm Bureau will host the Fourth Annual, 3-D Archery Shoot being held Saturday, Feb. 11 Registration is from 7:30–8:45 a.m. or you can pre register at our of ce at 401 NW 4th street. There will be 30 targets. Two 15 animal ranges. Cost on an individual basis is $25 per person that includes lunch. Children under 10 will be $15. Non shooters pay $5 for lunch. Target sponsorships are $100 per station. The shoot will be held on 4351 Hwy 441 N, across from ARS Motorsports. Call our of ce for more information. Proceeds go to support the Young Farmer and Rancher Scholarship Program.Church of Our Saviour plans Island Thyme' partyOn Feb. 11 the dining hall of Church o f Our Saviour at 200 N.W. 3rd St. wil be transformed into a tropical paradise. The theme of this event is “Island Thyme”. The menu has been developed by none other than Kaye Mueller and Pam Rogers of “Nibbles and Bits” catering of Nashville, Tenn. Entertainment will be provided by the Chobee Steelers. Tickets are available for $10 per person with door prizes. Tickets may be purchased at the church of ce For additional information please call the church of ce at 863-763-4843 or Francee Malone at 863-3571713. If your schedule is so busy you can’t make it by the of ce, please call to let them know you will be there.Golf tourney planned to help local studentCambell Platt, an OMS fth grader, has been chosen to represent Okeechobee County and the United States as a student ambassador in England and France during the summer of 2012. The Okeechobee Gol f and Country Club will be hosting a golf tournament Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 a.m., to help raise his tuition. The format is a four-person scramble open to teams and individuals. The cost is $50 per person/$200 per team. The price includes golf, lunch and prizes. Green or Tee Sign sponsors are available for $50. All proceeds will be used to pay for Cambell’s tuition. You may sign up at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club or contact Michael or Theresa Platt at 863-763-3941. Community News in Brief 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 €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 6 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012

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Guardians for New Futures (GFNF) is a 501(C)(3) that supports the Guardian ad Litem Program in the 19th Circuit. Guardians for New Future’s mission is to support the Guardian ad Litem volunteers and the children involved in the dependency court system and assigned to the GAL Program. In addition, they have expanded their mission to include bringing awareness to the community about signs of abuse and the proper way to report abuse to ensure the child’s case is acted upon quickly. During the expansion of they mission program coordinators discovered that the teachers in the four county area spend the largest portion of the day with our children and many times it is the teachers, school personnel and day care providers who see and report suspected abuse. In addition, they found through discussion with teachers and members of the community that many times reports are made and the case is not moved to immediate investigation track because “key words” are not used when speaking to the abuse hotline. For those children the abuse cycle continues. Therefore, GFNF will provide more detailed and speci c training to the teachers and school personnel to help assist and train them to report more effectively. This training is completely free to all teachers, school personnel, day care providers and anyone who works with children. Guardians for New Futures to provide free training Imagine you are outside with a rake and a water hose burning a small pile of yard debris on a cool, crisp day. You hear the phone ring inside and decide to take the call, thinking it will only take a moment and that y our re seems to be under control. In that moment though, a gust of wind comes and turns that non-threatening yard trash re into a menacing wild re that engulfs both y our yard and your neighbor’s yard too. The adjacent homes, including yours, are now threatened because of your wild re. Please help to protect your land, your home and your neighbor’s home from the threat of wild re. Keep your good re from turning into a bad re by practicing these safe outdoor burning tips:  Never leave a re unattended, and make sure it is out before you leave  Keep a shovel and water hose handy  Don’t burn on windy days or when the humidity is below 35 percent  Your re must be contained to an 8 foot diameter pile or non-combustible barrel and must be at least 25 feet from forests, 25 feet from your house, 50 feet from a paved public road and 150 feet from other occupied buildings  If your re escapes, you may be held liable for suppression costs and damage to the property of others  Burning yard waste does not require an authorization from the Florida Forest Service, but you should check with your local city, county or Florida Forest Service of cials to see if there are any restrictions in your area. For more re prevention tips and burning rules and regulations information, go to www.Firewise.org. or contact your local Florida Forest Service of ce (Vero Beach 772-778-5085; Port St. Lucie 772-468-3915; Stuart 772-221-4045; Okeechobee 863-4625160; Sebring 863-655-64-7; Palmdale 863674-4000). Please visit the website at www. -dof.com. Burning yard debris: Know the law J an. 30 and 31 Cows Breaking $73.00 $90.00 Cutter $64.00 $74.00 Canner Bulls 1000-1500 $86.00 $96.00 1500-2000 $91.00 $97.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 558 415 Cows 150 366 Str 0 10 Hfrs 9 17 Bulls 18 40 Y rlngs 38 27 Mix 0 44 Total 773 919 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 230-280 195-215 250-300 210-260 180-210 300-350 200-240 160-190 350-400 185-225 150-175 400-450 165-200 145-167 450-500 155-185 140-160 550-600 145-171 133-147 600-650 145-165 125-140 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 180-210 150-190 250-300 170-195 140-170 300-350 170-195 135-155 350-400 150-180 127-147 400-450 138-165 130-140 Up, up and away! Prices continue to climb! It’s a little scary! The cattle inventory w as just released and the cattle herd in the U.S. is the lowest since 1952. Beef consumption is up, worldwide hence, historical high prices. Triple C Cattle, Hialeah, topped the calf market with a high of $2,85 bought by Thomas Cattle, Lightsey Cattle. Lake Wales, topped the cow market with a high of $90. If you think this market report is important, please contact Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam. Market News Service will be cut, discontinued as of June 30. We have to have this program reinstated so that our Florida cattle can be reported at the markets and included in the USDA market reports. Otherwise, people won’t get the information that they need about market prices. Make your opinion known. Call, write or email Adam Putnam, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Email address: Adam.Putnam@Freshfrom orida.com Mailing address: Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800 Telphone: 850-488-3022 See ya next week Jeff 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITYCity Citizen Boards and CommitteesThe City of Okeechobee recognizes the importance of volunteerism in efficient and progressive municipal government. The City Council appoints City residents to serve as volunteers on various boards, committees and councils. Now is your opportunity to be involved in your community and local government. New applicants are welcome to apply. Current members can request reappointment.Code Enforcement Board2 regular member positions whose terms expire April 30, 2012, F.S. requires that only City residents be appointed. The meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Planning Board/Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board2 regular members and 1 alternate member whose terms expire April 30, 2012. City and County residents may apply. The meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Pension Fund Board of Trustee’s1 member on the Police Officers Fund; and one member on the Fire Fighters Fund; whose terms expire September 30, 2012. Positions must be filled only by City residents. The meetings are held the second Monday in the months of February, May, August and November at 5:30 p.m. Prospective Board members should have an interest or experience in the area of service desired and the necessary expertise to accomplish the goals and objectives of that Board. Applications for appointment as well as Board and Committee descriptions, eligibility requirements and other information, may be obtained from and submitted to the Office of the City Clerk at 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 863-763-3372 x 215 or downloaded from the Clerks Office page of the City web site www.cityofokeechobee.com.Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk Publish: 2/5/2012, Okeechobee News 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., Feb. 3RD Thurs., Feb. 9THFor Info, Call 763-7202 THEATRE 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: “JOYFUL NOISE”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 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 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. 7 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012 Livestock Market Report Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m.

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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 Marie Williams, 24, N.E. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 2 by Ofcer Kelley Margerum on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance outside properly labeled container (three counts) and a misdemeanor charge of retail theft. Her bond was set at $5,000.  Anthony Tagle, 19, N.W. 35th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 2 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with child abuse. His bond was set at $2,500.  Chase Wyatt Weeks, 17, Burkett Way, Clewiston, was arrested Feb. 2 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with escape. His bond was set at $2,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 863-824-0655fax: 863-824-0657 € e-Fax: 561-828-0717 € email:arubadoug2fl@aol.comUSHighway 441 South, Suite 3543 € OkeechobeeDouglas O.Scholten,CPA Come Experience AMERICAS FASTEST REFUNDS and Our 40+ Years Preparing TaxReturnsGRANDOPENING!Send a friend, get $50! (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com 8 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012 The following persons are on Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list. There are an active w arrants for these persons. The criteria for making Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list is based on the severity of the crime in conjunction with the age of the warrant. Johnny Braswell 30, is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs 175 lbs. He is wanted for violation of probation – Possession controlled substance with intent to distribute. Michael Allen 27 is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 150 lbs. He is w anted for violation of probation on charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia. (He was previously listed on the Okeechobee Most W anted as “Michael Allen White.” This was an error.)  Jennifer Lynn Herbst age 35, is a white female with brown hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 135 lbs. She is wanted for violation of probation – Possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute.  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 1-800-273TIPS (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 Johnny Braswell Jennifer Lynn Herbst Michael Allen Frank David Berry III American Red Cross offers health and safety classesThe Okeechobee County Branch of ce of the American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Avenue, will offer the following health and safety courses in February:  Adult First Aid/CRR/AED, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED, Feb. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Adult CPR/AED, Feb. 21, 6 to 9 p.m.  Adult First Aid/CPR/AED, Feb. 21 and 23, 6 to 9 p.m  Pediatric CPR/AED, Feb. 22 and 23, 6 to 9 p.m.  First Aid, Feb. 23, 6 to 9 p.m. To register for a class or nd another class in your area, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/takeaclass. Advance Registration Required. Courses, times and locations subject to change.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 $77 Limited Time Offer with your new FREE Checking account or On-The-Go Mobile Banking account1 Direct Deposit required. www.mid” orida.comFederally insured by NCUA. It pays to bank with OKEECHOBEE 3261 U.S. Hwy. 441 S.(866) 913-3733Habla Espaol (877) 834-6376 No tricks, no angles, no hidden fees … just a checking account that offers you everything you need … FOR FREE!€ No minimum balance requirement € Free Debit Card € Free Debit Card Rewards € Free eStatement and more!Free CheckingMobile Banking On-The-GoPLUS! Get a free photo debit card with your new checking account.3A $5 minimum savings account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA. Credit approval required. 1. O er valid as of December 1, 2011 and may be cancelled without notice. To qualify for the $77 cash incentive, you must open a checking account of any type except Freedom Banking. Opening deposit requirements vary by checking account type. Anyone who has held a checking account with MIDFLORIDA in the past will not qualify for the $77 incentive. To get $77 incentive you must sign up for direct deposit (minimu m $500) which must post to account within 30 days of account opening for all accounts except RT4T. RT4T accounts will require ve transactions (deposits/withdrawals, e tc.) within 30 days to qualify for incentive. $77 will be deposited to account once you have met the account requirement. 2. For the account to qualify as On-The-Go Mobile Banking, you must accept and open online banking, eStatement, eNotice and a debit card and requires mobile banking access using an iPhone or Android phone. To r eceive the $2 per month incentive, you must complete at least 10 debit card purchase transactions. ATM transactions will not apply. 3. Free photo debit card not avai lable with new Freedom Banking accounts.€ No minimum opening deposit € Free Photo Debit Card € Free Mobile Banking € Free eStatement € Minimum 10 debit card transactions to earn $2An account geared for those who live with nothing but a few cards in their pocket and a smartphone within reach at all times. iPhone or Android smartphone required.€ Free Online Banking with Online Bill Payment $2Well pay YOU each month.2 9 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the WeekOsceola Middle School Students of the Week aren’t afraid of their shadows! Happy Groundhog Day and congratulations to Aline Galdamez, Brenda Aguilar, Riveca Alvarez, Ruben Bustos, Jazzmin Mestre, Dilmer Larowe, Emily Crews, Alex Hernandez, Mari Jane Bolling, Cassidy Bond and Matthew Lynch. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppPatriot Riders visitThere were 35 to 40 Patriot Guard Riders on hand Wednesday, Feb. 1, to provide an escort, show respect and protect family members from protesters at the funeral of George Daniel Siehl, a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in World War II and the Korean War. The Patriot Guard Riders were formed in 2005 to protect family members from protesters such as those from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. The riders in Okeechobee on Wednesday came from West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie and across Central Florida. As of March 2011, the Patriot Guard Riders had a membership of 220,000, according to Wikipedia. Program helps Hardest Hit homeownersAre you unemployed or underemployed and having trouble making your mortgage payments? There’s good news for homeowners. If you’ve experienced a nancial hardship due to job loss or reduced hurs, resulting ina reduction in your income, the federal government has allocated funding to the State of Florida to help people in your situation. It’s free to apply and those who qualify may be eligible for up to six months of mortgage payments. You can get the help you need when you need it and it’s absolutely free to apply. To nd out if you are eligible or for more information, visit www.FLHardestHitHelp.org or call 877-863-5244 or contact Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc,, 115 S.W. 5th Avenue, 863-467-5525.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 to try new I I n t e l l i F l e xT M Technology in Hearing Aids. Are you, or someone you know, struggling with hearing loss? We need 42 people with difficulty hearing, especially in noisy situations, to evaluate the latest in digital technology from Audibel. Audibel Hearing Care Centers will perform Comprehensive Hearing Consultations FREE of charge to all callers. Please call immediately to schedule your evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for the program. Candidates selected will be asked to evaluate the latest nearly invisible hearing aid technology for 30 days. Imagine a hearing aid that automatically adapts to your surroundings and reflects your specific lifestyle. With this breakthrough technology from AUDIBEL, the worlds largest hearing aid manufacturer, now comes the first hearing aid ever developed to address your most important needs. If you hear, but are having trouble understanding conversations, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of the FREE demonstrations offered this week. Call Audibel Hearing Care Centers today for a no obligation appointment. Bring in the talk...Screen down the noise!Ž R ewarD!Candidates selected will receive tremendous savings, due to their participation. If your evaluation shows hearing improvement with the new instruments, you may choose to retain them and receive 40% OFF MSRP. 4 4 2 Paul Sodahl 3545 Highway 441 S, Okeechobee (Publix Shopping Plaza)467-5333Operators Standing By 24/7Call to schedule your free appointment & demonstration Feb.6ththru Feb.20th877-498-(HEAR) 4327 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 11 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Jim DavisGrand Champion Market SteerOkeechobee High School FFA member Sarah Helen Davis exhibited the Grand Champion Market Steer at the 2012 South Florida Fair. This was her second year in a row for a big win. The 1220 lb. steer named “Alvin” was chosen by Oklahoma judge Brandon Gunn. He also picked Sarah as the champion senior showman for the steer show. The Grand Champion Steer win culminated an exciting week for the OHS junior that also saw her capture top honors with the Grand Champion All Other Breeds (Simmental) Heifer, the Grand Champion Commercial Heifer and the Champion Boer Market Goat.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1796 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 € (863) 763-2151 € RaulersonHospital.com For a Free Physician Referral & Healthcare Questions, Call 1-800-449-8642 Surgical Services Available Include:Everyday highly skilled surgeons and our professional surgical services nursing staff perform many elective, as well as, medically necessary procedures to treat the health needs of our patients, who are your friends and neighbors. These procedures provide a dramatically improved quality of life for our patients.Many of these procedures are laparoscopic, resulting in less scarring and a quicker return to normalcy, like the laparoscopic hysterectomy performed by Board Certi“ed Gynecologist Dr. James Brad“eld, who has more than thirty years experience in his “eld.Visit our website RaulersonHospital.com for more information about the surgical services offered at Raulerson Hospital. € Colon/Rectal Surgery € Ear Nose & Throat Surgery € Endoscopic Surgery € General Surgery € Gynecology € Orthopedic € Podiatry € Stereotactic Breast Surgery € TIF (for chronic heartburn) € Vascular Surgery € Urology (including InterStim for bladder/bowel incontinence) 12 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012 Feb. 9 marks the 33rd anniversary of Raulerson Hospital’s care and service to the healthcare needs of the community of Okeechobee. Many people are fortunate enough to be in good health and do not have to think about hospitals very often. While we may hear occasionally during church that someone is in the hospital, or we may see an ambulance pulling into the hospital with lights ashing, that is often the extent in which we think about hospitals. Just because the public does not spend time thinking about the hospital, does not mean the hospital does not spend time thinking, planning and improving for the public’s eventual healthcare needs. Raulerson Hospital stands ready to care for the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The facility also implements longterm initiatives to remain on the cutting edge of healthcare and patient satisfaction. Investments in state-of-the-art medical equipment and multi-year renovations to patient rooms and common areas are examples these continuous updates. When life happens and the public does need a hospital’s services, the Emergency Department is usually the rst-stop. Raulerson Hospital’s Emergency Department is staffed around the clock with highly trained and experienced nurses and doctors, including a 24/7 on-call pediatrician. The Emergency Department has specialty pediatric equipment and is trained in Pediatric Advanced Life Support. During an Emergency Room or an inpatient visit, physician(s) may order tests to help determine a patient’s diagnosis or monitor a patient’s progress regarding a certain condition. These tests may involve the services of the hospital’s Laboratory or Radiology Departments. Raulerson Hospital’s Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists. The Radiology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiolog y in all ve imaging modalities (MRI, CT scan, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and Mammography). Raulerson Hospital’s Radiolog y Department provides digital medical images within seconds, using the Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS). Imaging studies can be downloaded onto a CD / DVD for easy transport to your physician. If a patient requires surgery, Raulerson Hospital’s Surgical Services Department offers as variety of procedures. Some of which include: general surgery, vascular surgery, colon resection, bladder stimulation, total knee and hip replacements and upper and lower GI procedures. Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures such as hysterectomy, gall bladder and appendix removals are also available. Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy for adults and children help further patients’ progress toward good health and foster their return to normalcy. Raulerson Hospital offers these rehabilitation services for both inpatients and outpatients. The facility’s licensed therapists work one-on–one with patients to help them achieve their goals. As Raulerson Hospital celebrates another year of care and dedication to the community, it also continually prepares to serve tomorrow’s emergent and planned healthcare needs. Raulerson celebrates more than 30 years in Okeechobee Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon VinsonHealth and Safety ExpoCentral Florida Treatment Center was one of the 120 booths at the Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo. In addition to offering information on the services available at CFTC, Tom Comerford, Program Director, offered a raf e prize, a gift certi cate to Beef O'Brady's, John Scott was the lucky winner. From left to right are: Sharon Vinson, Co-Chair, Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo, presenting certi cate to John Scott and Missy Finch. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon VinsonTicket winnerTraci Sills and family attended the Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo. Mrs. Sills is the lucky winner of two passes to World Famous Lion Country Safari. Sharon Vinson, Co-Chair of the Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo, presented the tickets to Mrs. Sills.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Pre-Owned Vehicles Under $ 10k (877) Go-Gilbert or (863) 763-3154www.GilbertChevrolet.com SALES : SERVICE & PARTS BODY SHOP Closed Sundays APPROVAL Guaranteed Credit BAD CREDIT? NO CREDIT? NO PROBLEM! SAVE BIG IN2012To kick off the new year we’ve made saving as easy as 1, 2, 3! NOMONEY DOWN PAYMENTS AVAILABLE 1 NOPAYMENTS UNTIL EASTER 3 0%APR FINANCING 2 FOR 72 MONTHS 2002 Ford Econo Cargo Van E-250Work Van $ 3,495 9281A 2001 Pontiac Montana ExtendedPower Windows/Locks, Power Seats, V6 $ 4,995 1382A 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTAuto, Power Windows/Locks, Cruise $ 4,495 1338C 2001 Chrysler PT CruiserAuto, Sunroof, Leather $ 4,995 4956A 2000 Honda Accord EX SedanAuto, Leather, V6, Sunroof $ 6,495 2030A 2008 Chrysler PT CruiserAuto, Power Windows/Locks, CD $ 9,495 U5418 2007 Kia Rio LX 4-doorAuto, 4-Cylinder, Power Windows, Cruise $ 8,495 U2181 2006 Jeep Liberty Sport 2WDAuto, V6, Power Windows/Locks, CD $ 9,995 U8682(Cruze, Malibu, Traverse) Leases are for 24 months/12,000 miles per year with $1,569 due for Cruze, $1,539 due for Malibu, and $1,749 due for Traverse at signing; plus taxes, tag, and fees. (Equinox and Silverado) Leases are for 39 months/10,000 miles pe r year with $1,995 due at signing; plus taxes, tag, and fees. Offers assume quali“ed credit. Guaranteed credit approval may require additional down payments. All incentives and rebates to d ealer. All offers are unique and cant be used in conjunction with each other. Offers expire 2/29/12. 2012 Chevy Cruze $ 159 9 2012 Chevy Equinox $ 259 11 2012 Chevy Malibu $ 179 10 2012 Chevy Traverse $ 299 9 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 $ 199 39 13 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Five employees of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) were recently honored for their dedication and exceptional service when they were picked as that department’s employees of the year. The top employees for 2011 came from those who had been tabbed as the employee of the quarter from throughout the year. The employees are chosen from four categories: administrative; citizen volunteers; detention deputies; and law enforcement. “All of our employees perform their duties every day in an outstanding manner,” said Sheriff Paul May. “Sometimes, things happen that are above and beyond. It’s a pleasure to award these employees of the quarter, and of the year.” Lisa Baisley was chosen as the employee of the year in the administrative division, and w as the employee of the rst quarter. She w as nominated by Juanita White. “Lisa has been with the sheriff’s of ce since Aug. 7, 2006. She has shown great dedication to the department,” said Mrs. W hite. “She worries and tries to take care of every of cer in the department. Just being Road Patrol Captain Bud Slay’s secretary is a full-time job, but she does so much more. “Lisa has a work ethic that is missing in most young people,” added Mrs. White. Citizen volunteer Amy Wilson was also the employee of the rst quarter in the citizen volunteer category and, because of her continuing efforts to do her job well and save the of ce money, she was picked as the employee of the year. She was nominated by Capt. Slay and nurse Sonia Oldham. “Amy is an excellent employee who not only completes her job, but constantly lls in wherever needed with a great attitude that shines to everyone,” said Mrs. Oldham. “She is someone that I feel is a great example to both employees and civilians outside the sheriff’s of ce.” Detention Deputy Karen Woodham was not only selected as the employee of the third quarter, but was also named the employee of the year in that division. Captain Tony Madrigal nominated Deputy Woodham for her tireless efforts and ability to continuously demonstrate good work habits and fairness when dealing with inmates in the Okeechobee County Jail. “She always has a positive demeanor towards her fellow employees. Karen never complains and puts her best step forward in dealing with tasks that are given her,” said Capt. Madrigal. In the law enforcement category, Deputy Arlene Durbin and Deputy Steven Pollack were the co-employees of the second quarter and were also named as the co-employees of the year. Both were nominated by Deputy Sergeant Clif Gill for their efforts in saving the life of a possible overdose victim. “The deputies arrived on scene rst and found the victim non-responsive, her lips were blue and she had no pulse. Deputy Durbin and Deputy Pollock performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the victim began to respond,” said Sgt. Gill. “Due to the teamwork of these two deputies, the victim was revived and transported to Raulerson Hospital. Their actions deserve recognition and are a statement to the training and professionalism of this department.” Besides a plaque each employee of the year, other than the citizen volunteer, receives a check for $500. In the volunteer’s case, the check is given to their program. A photo of each winner will also be on displa y at the sheriff’s of ce. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Lordy, Lordy, Look who’s Forty! Where did all the time go? Youve come a long way since the day you were born Feb. 5, 1972, Anchorage, Alaska. We are so proud of you and your accomplishments. Love your guts, Dad, Mom, Beau & Baby Girl ROBYN LEIGH BAKER HERRIN BIRTHDAY 14 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012 Top sheriff’s of ce employees honored Submitted photo/ OCSOAmy Wilson (front, center) was selected as the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce 2011 employee of the year in the citizen volunteer category. Presenting Ms. Wilson her plaque are: (left to right) Sheriff Paul May, Major Noel Stephen and OCSO Auxiliary Major Bobby Tucker. Submitted photo/ OCSOOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce road patrol deputies Arlene Durbin (front, center) and Steven Pollack (front, right) were selected as the 2011 co-employees of the year in the law enforcement division. Presenting them their plaques are: (left to right) Captain Bud Slay, Sheriff Paul May and Major Noel Stephen. Submitted photo/ OCSOThe 2011 employee of the year at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce in the administrative division is Lisa Baisley (front). Presenting Ms. Baisley with her plaque are: (left to right) Captain Bud Slay, Sheriff Paul May and Major Noel Stephen. Submitted photo/ OCSODetention Deputy Karen Woodham (second from right) was selected as the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce 2011 employee of the year in the detention deputy category. Presenting Deputy Woodham her plaque are: (left to right) Jail Administrator Ronnie White, Sheriff Paul May and Major Noel Stephen.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 *All invoices must be paid in full to be eligible, promotion applies to residential customers only. Valid December 1, 2011 ~ November 30, 2012 *Winners will be announced in the Okeechobee News. Call for additional details. 16 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012 to be a public nuisance and repeat violator. On Feb. 7 the board voted to recommend to the city council that foreclosure proceedings be started against the property. In early 2008 the structure located on the property received extensive damage due to a re and was not repaired. In October of 2008 the property had a lien placed against it for $50 a day for every day of noncompliance. The property came into compliance in March of 2009 after accruing a ne of $7,400. In September 2010 and August 2011 the property was cited for unattended vegetation. Each time the property come into compliance in about three weeks. On Nov. 16 of 2011 the property was again cited for the same violation, prompting the current code board action. Turning to other items, Nancy Phillips, the city's grant coordinator, will discuss the Community Development Block Grant Program. The council has been asked to approve temporary street closings throughout the year for Okeechobee Main Street and First Baptist Church activities. The council will conduct an executive session to discuss pending administrative proceedings regarding litigations of Carter Pritchett Advertising, Inc., vs. the City of Okeechobee, and Centennial Builders of Lee County, Inc, vs. City of Okeechobee. There are two housekeeping matters on the agenda. The council will be asked to delegate authority to the mayor, the city administrator and the nance director to sign nancial records required by the state. The council will also be asked to approve a policy establishing de nitions and policy for reserves and fund balances. The council is scheduled to present a 20 year longevity award to Fire Chief Herb Smith. The mayor is scheduled to proclaim Feb. 6 as WOKC Day in recognition of the station's ftieth anniversary and proclaim the week of Feb. 13 18 to be National Engineer's Week in the City. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com CITYContinued From Page 1 If you go ...WHAT: Meeting of the Okeechobee City Council WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 WHERE: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. "I have immensely enjoyed serving the citizens of Okeechobee County, and I sincerely thank the voters for the privilege o f being Supervisor of Elections. "Voting is such a great privilege that we as Americans are given, and what an honor it has been for me to work as Okeechobee's election chief," she said. ELECTIONSContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaBattle of Okeechobee Re-EnactmentBanjo player Jed Marum from Dallas, Texas and guitar player Rickey Pittman of Monroe, La., lead elementary school students in a sing along of old time songs at the Battle of Okeechobee re-enactment. The students got a preview of the weekend’s re-enactment activities on Friday, Feb. 3. At right, Seminole re-enactor Harvey Burney, of Phantom Springs, demonstrates how Seminoles once communicated by blowing on a conch shell. The Battle of Okeechobee ReEnactment Festival continues today with activites at the park on S.E. 34th Avenue, of U.S. Highway 441 S.E. The battle re-enactment will be at 2 p.m.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Tree Locators, Inc.Plants -Trees Natural Stone Decorative Gravel Manufactured Stone Design Installation Full Garden Center Dont Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate ItŽ863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.com 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL34972 S S t i n n e t t , I n c .R R e e s s i i d d e e n n t t i i a a l l l & & & C C o o m m m m e e r r c c i i a a l l € € P a i n t i n g€ W a l l l C o v e r i n g s€ P r e s s u r e e C l e a n i n g € € S a n d d B l a s t i n g Serving Okeechobee Since 1969Lic. #1406-01€ € P a i n t i n g€ W a l l l C o v e r i n g s€ P r e s s u r e e C l e a n i n g € € S a n d d B l a s t i n gS t i n n e t t , I n c (863) 763-5251(863)634-0614 Call a PRO 24-Hour Customer Service Auto € Home € Life € Retirement Diane Wood, RN Administratorwww.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 909 So.Parrott Ave Okeechobee863 357-4INK4465€ VIP Discounts w w w w i n k w e l l 4 i n k c o m AN AFFORDABLE WAYTO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS!!!203 SE 2ndSt. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 863.532.1077Lic #1862 Lic #10355Free Estimates Licensed and Insured A FULLSERVICEREPAIRFACILITYChoiceAutomotive Computer Diagnostics € Exhaust € A/C Service € Brakes € Window Motors € Tune Ups € Welding € Engine Mechanics Located Behind RitasDont Make the Wrong Choice!704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL863-467-6633& Custom ExhaustTattoos & PiercingsLori C. Berger Exclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8437 AO58810@Allstate.com Privacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modifications T h e C a n v a s S h o p L L C On-site service 909 S. Parrott Ave. Ste B Okeechobee, FL34974 863.763.7500 Fax: 863-763-6754 Carl & Donna Gaiser Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone 198 Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee, Fl 34972(863) 357-2431 € 800-432-1064 € Fax (863) 357-6723 www.slbatterytire.com New Fashions, Accessories, Unique Gifts and JewelryOPEN Mon Thurs 10am to 6pm Friday :10am 7pm Sat: 9am-3pmf f e s s i o n a l ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds JONES EQUIPMENT Est. 1989 4 5 5 8 U S H w y 4 4 1 S E O k e e c h o b e e F l 3 4 9 7 4C a r g o € A u t o € U t i l i t y T r a i l e r s & P a r t s 1-888-683-7853863-763-5342 Vince & RaeAnn Stanavich Owner/Operator 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee (863) 763-6696 (772) 335-3688State Lic # MV-10426 LicensedDealer 1500 St. Rd. 70 East Okeechobee, FL Phone: 863.357.1820 Fax: 863.357.1824 www.LOInsurance.comJESSICACOLON AGENT Auto € Homeowners € Life & Health € Annuities € Motorcycles € General Liabilities € Commercial Auto Motorcycle & ATV Parts and RepairsDerek Tremain P: 863-357-0334 F: 863-357-00561460 Hwy 78W Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Farm and Ranch Insurance NO ACCOUNTS TOO SMALL Rates from $600. Annually863.357.1707 MAINTENANCE SPECIAL $75 HI G G I N SGA R A G EDO O R S (863) 634-2925Tim Higgins Licensed & Ins. € Garage Doors € Roll-Ups €Sales € Installation €Repairs € Lubricate € Check Springs € etc. $2495PERCARTON!Come in for a sample We can match your smoke863.288.84018840 Hwy 78 W. € Okeechobee Runyon Taxi ServiceYou Call We GoOPEN 24 HOURSCheaper Than a DUIVeteran Owned & OperatedOwned by Billy Runyon(863) 634-8720 17 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012

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LOCAL DRIVERS (863) 763-5593or apply online www.walpoleinc.comWalpole, Inc. is looking for EOE/DFWP• Class A-CDL drivers • 2 years T/T experience • Clean MVR & PSP • Paid weekly • Excellent bene ts package DIESEL TECHNICIAN 269 NW 9th St. • Okeechobee Walpole, Inc. is currently seeking an experienced Diesal Technician for our Okeechobee terminal. APPLY IN PERSON (863) 763-5593 EOE/DFWP 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 *. Garage/ YardSales Annual Parkwide Yard, Bake, Estate & Craft sale. Feb. 10 & 11,8am-? Kissimmee River Fishing Resort. 10 miles West on 70, 1st right over bridge. BIG Yard Sale Sat. 4th and Sun. 5th 8:00 am till 2:00 pm 5955 SE 80th Trail Pioneer Estates Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds R&D Maintenance is accepting applications for a Heavy Equipment Operator. Work includes running loaders, excavators, skidsters. Must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, CDL preferred and pass pre-employment drug screen. Also must have certi cations in training for heavy equipment. Competitive salary and bene t package. Apply in person 475 Ridgelawn Road. Clewiston, FL 33440 EEO Employer Experienced Cross-Trained Banker needed for local, growing community oriented bank. Email resume to: marybethparker@ harborcb.com or go to: harborcb.com for more information. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time BUSY CHILD CARE Center looking for self motivated Preschool Teacher offering full and/or part time positions. Must have experience and a level two background screen. Please call Debbie at 863-467-5588 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Medical Immediate openings: To complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL €Housekeeper: PRN €Security Guard: F/T €RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN €Pharmacist: PRN €Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN €Occupational Therapist: PRN €Occupational Therapy Assistant: PRNWe offer competitive wages & excellent benefits When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Employment Medical READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! 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. MoneyLendersGET CASH TODAY FOR ANY CAR, running or not, no title needed. (863)268-5865 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AutomotiveWe pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 Health CareEGG DONOR-Loving couple seeks a caring female to give the gift of life, by becoming an EGG DONOR. Must be between the ages o f 19-29 drug free and in good health.FINANCIAL COMPENSATION $6,000. Please contact Amy. (561)361-8980 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AppliancesKenmore range stove white $249 OBO and a over the range microwave oven white $90 OBO in excellent conditions. -. (305)323-3682 or (772)285-7557 MiscellaneousNight Vision Goggles, 3rd Generation, used, Military Grade, Complete. Will sell for $1,200 OBO New $3,200 Call Roy 561-373-7430 Pets/Supplies Yorkipoo Pups Toy Females, 8 wks. Shots, health cert. $650. ea. Cash. Call for info.. (863)610-2725 18 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012

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REQUEST FOR BIDS The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will receive sealed bids for the purpose of securing the following goods and services: • Oil Change Services Detailed Bid Documents are available upon request from the of ce of the Executive Director, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 (Tel.) 863-763-9460. The OUA intends to review the bids and reserves the right to reject any or all bids. The OUA will review and submit the bids to the OUA Board for consideration. The sealed bids will be received on or before 3:00 PM, March 1, 2012 The bids must be submitted in a sealed enveloped which is clearly marked as a bid for the above referenced project. The bid package shall be placed into a delivery envelope with the contents of the delivery clearly marked on the outside. John F. Hayford Executive Director 409177 ON 2/5/2012 Notice of Meeting Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 3:30 P.M. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at the 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department, 1700 N.W. 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-5548. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pr oceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial record of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to Board Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board 408997 ON 2/5/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the City of Okeechobee in coordination with the Okeechobee Historical Society, will be hosting a dedication for the City Fire Chief’s Wall of Honor, Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 5:00 p.m., at the Fire Station located at 55 SE 3rd Avenue. The Mayor and Council Members will be in attendance. The public is invited to attend. For more information please contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at (863) 763-3372 x 215. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 409319 ON 2/5/2012 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 FEMALE STUDIO APT Furnished, Heat, & AC, cable and HS Internet incld. Private entrance. Wild country setting. $395/mo or $100/wk 863-763-0675 IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area. Utilities included. $625/mo 1st & sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 OKEE Huge, Clean, 2BR, 2BA, Nice area. Inside laundry. $650. month. First & Sec. End Unit. Call 772-215-0098 OKEECHOBEECottage on Rim Canal. Starting $125 week inclds utilities. (772)359-1640. V IKING/PRAIRIE Ef ciency. Very clean! $550/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call 561-329-8205 Condos/Townhouses Rent Newly Furnished 2 bdrm/1bath Townhome w/all amenities located in Kings Bay. Short or Long term rental, also 2 bdrm/1ba Duplex located to Courthouse, Lawn and Garbage included $450.00 moves you in. 1st mo. w/1 yr. Lease Call 863-634-8331 OKEE 1 br, furnished, Lease available. 1st, last & sec. (407)448-2495. Houses-Rent 3Bd/ 1Ba CBS Home Clean & Well Maintained New Tile Floors Quite dead-end street Asking $850 863-610-1980 David May Big Lake Real Estate A FFORDABLE New Houses. 3/1/1 for $900, 3/2 for $1000. Large yards. Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. Houses-Rent BASSWOOD 4br/2ba, 1 car garage, all tile, split plan, dishwasher, W&D Hookup. $1200 mo. (561) 307-2502 Buckhead Waterfront 3bd/1ba CBS, carport, large Florida room, tile. $650 mo plus security. 1137 4th St BHR Call 561-968-4018 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 On Rim CanalDBWD Mobile Home. 3 BR/2BA. Lrg. Lot. $800 plus Elec. $500 sec. Lawn care, Water & garbage included. Call 863-697-0214. 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 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 NICE 1/2 ACRE LOTS FOR SALE IN NEW AREA GREAT FOR INVESTMENT WILL CONSIDER OFFERS. CALL 863-634-7781 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 2Bedroom/ 1Bath Clean, includes lawn care & sewer. 25th St. in T.I. $550 monthly, $500 Dep. Call 863-467-1308 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $495 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 OKEECHOBEE: 1 BR, 1 BA, All utilities paid. $400 Monthly Call 812-989-3022 MobileHomeSale 1568 SQ. FT. Dble/wide on 4 lots. Kissimmee River Estates, 2BR/2BA, Fully Furnished. $69,500 Call 765-978-0220 2005 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 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 FOR SALE 3 Bedroom Mobile Home with 2 lots & access to river. 44 Boondock Rd. $40,000 Call 863-763-2346 or 863-610-4625 Kissimmee River Estates MH 14x60, w/3 Lots, Fully Furnished, Kitchen Remodeled w/new Appliances, Enclosed Fl. Room, 2br/1 1/2 ba. Asking $44,900 Call 317-491-7821 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 SEMINOLE COVE 2BR/ 2BA, Lg Carport & Shed. Immediate possession 815-716-0872 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 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHomeSale PARK MODEL FOR SALE BIG O RV RESORT Over 55 Community Unit has attached screened lanai, total length 52 feet, 20 feet wide. Excellent Condition with a lot of extras. Site 119 on the canal Call 610-442-0223 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 19 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice ACROSS 1 Finalize, as a deal 6 Let __!Ž: Start the ball rolling!Ž 11 Sleep attire, briefly 14 Honolulu hello 15 NFLs winningest coach Don 16 Below-the-belt 17 Does some Web browsing 19 The Kids __ All RightŽ: 2010 film 20 Building wing 21 Photographed 22 Brownish-green eye color 24 Coming-out gala 28 Forever and ever 30 Rolled grain 31 Clarks love 32 Me, too!Ž 34 NFL six-pointers 37 Demand accompanied by a banging gavel 41 Casual shirt 42 La Virginie et la Caroline du Sud 43 La __ Tar Pits 44 Karate blow 45 Restrain 47 Illegal lottery 52 Tibetan capital 53 Bedouin, ethnically 54 Eyjafjallajkull residue 57 Get stuck for, as a cost 58 Lateral epicondylitis (and a possible injury hinted at by the ends of 17-, 24-, 37and 47Across) 62 Regret 63 Furry Star WarsŽ creatures 64 Track event 65 Family Stone frontman 66 Thick 67 Nerdy types DOWN 1 Submission encl. 2 12th Hebrew month 3 Global 4 300 to 3,000 MHz 5 Elapse 6 Enjoys faddish popularity 7 It precedes iota 8 Pantyhose woe 9 Sight in the Seine 10 Pitiful 11 Eloises hotel, with theŽ 12 Supermans birth father 13 Peachy 18 Ergo 23 Crunch targets 25 Relax, as restrictions 26 __ Ark 27 Like most pets 28 Scads 29 Wisdom of the elders 32 Clothes fasteners 33 Baseball great Mel 34 Phonograph component 35 Eins und zwei 36 Ollies partner 38 Readied the leftovers, say 39 ... believe __ not!Ž 40 Big Apple theater award 44 SurvivorŽ network 45 Some TVs 46 Anita of La Dolce VitaŽ 47 Cards and Phils 48 Amateur movers rental 49 Sailors sobriquet 50 Military levels 51 Get up 55 Hose down for a while 56 Major rtes. 59 Woolly farm female 60 Rouen refusal61 Important name in Virginia history By Donna S. 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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 FLroom with fireplace, appliances, large oak and fruit trees. $209,000 MLS #205526(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: € Foreclosure Cabbage Woods (Rucks Dairy RD on HWY70 West) 20.83+/$39,900 PENDING € Foreclosure Cabbage Woods (Rucks Dairy RD on HWY70 West) 20.50+/$41,000 € 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 € Viking 6 acres $20,000 (Owner Finance a possibility) € Foreclosure Viking 1.25 acre $3,400 or better offer. MLS #205025 € Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 MLS #205239 € Foreclosure Indian Hammock 2.67 +/acres MLS #205358 N E W L I S T I N G 1000-H: SW Section Close to town! 2,749 sq. ft of living 2 story 3BR/2.5BAon a large yard w/balcony. Open area, appliances, fireplace, shed, back screen porch, metal roof, and wood/carpet floor throughout. $265,000 MLS #204835 1008-M: River Run Resort 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home. Seller is ready to sell. Make an offer! $39,999 NOW $25,000 MLS #204194 4004-M: Buckhead Ridge waterfront 2BR/2.5BAwith additions. Large FLroom, screened rm, workshop, boat lift, double carport on a large corner lot with water on two sides. $85,000 MLS #205528 5000-H: Foreclosure Indian Hammock freshly painted Two story 2 Bedroom 2 Bath on 3.74+/-acres. Home has been remodeled.. stairs, floors, and new appliances. large fireplace. $144,900 MLS # 205524 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 R E D U C E D R E D U C E D L A K E A C C E S S 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. 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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 20 Okeechobee News February 5, 2012 The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce is investigating the following cases. BURGLARIES:  200 block of N.E. 60th Ave.  3300 block of S.E. 36th Ave.  5600 block of S.E. 70 E.  2700 block of S.E. 27th St.  2900 block of S.E. 24th St.  3500 block of N.W. 10th Ave.  2700 block of U.S. 441 S.  12000 block of U.S. 98 N.  7000 block of N.E. 11th Lane  2300 block of S. Parrott Ave. THEFTS:  7300 block of N.W. 30th St.  2400 block of S.E. 21st Court  3500 block of S.E. 30th Terrace ( rearm)  6000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (tools)  200 block of U.S. 98 N.  3800 block of N.W. 36th St. (air conditioner)  600 block of S.R. 78 W. ( rearm)  2600 block of N.W. Third St. (medications)  3600 block of N.W. Fourth St. (jewelry)  2600 block of N.W. 42nd Ave. (Ipod) VANDALISM:  100 block of S.E. 68th St.  2100 block of S.W. 22nd Circle N. Under investigation gram to add insulation and make other improvements to their homes that will held cut electric cuts. The program is open to both homeowners and renters. In the case of a renter, the owner of the rental property must agree to pay 10 percent of the cost of the improvements. The program mission is to reduce heating and cooling costs by improving the energy ef cency of the home. Strategies include sealing windows and doors to prevent waste of heating and cooling, attic insulation, installion of smart thermostats for cetnral health and cooiling, replacing inef cient refrigerators, and many other improvements at no cost to the applicant. For more information, contact Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc. by calling 863467-5535, or stop by the of ce at 115 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Okeechobee. ELECTRICContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee Main Street is now taking applications for the Annual Speckled Perch Pageant, to be held at Okeechobee High School on Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. Competition will be held as follows: Tiny Miss and Mister Speckled Perch (age 3); Little Miss and Mister Speckled Perch (ages 4, 5); Speckled Perch Princess (ages 6-9); Junior Miss Speckled Perch (ages 1013) and Miss Speckled Perch (Ages 14-18). Contestants must be currently in school (age-appropriate). All contestants should wear evening/ dress attire and will be presented on stage where they will be interviewed. Applications and rules for the pageant are available at the Main Street Of ce, 111 N.E. 2nd Street, directly behind C.V.S., and can also be found on the Main Street website at www.mainstreetokeechobee.com. Completed applications and fee of $75 must be received by Feb. 17. For further information or questions, please contact Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246. 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Sour oranges were once the original rootstock for the creation of the sweet oranges that created the huge citrus industry in Florida. The tropical fruit once grew all over the state, but due to development the sour fruit w as purposely destroyed to make way for landscaped subdivisions and modern tastes. Now, only in pastoral Florida will you nd so many of these treasured trees. Brought to Florida by the Spanish in their colonial period, sour orange trees have deep historical roots. The sailors aboard Spanish ships were mandated to carry and plant the seeds for the medicinal value of the fruit high in vitamin A, and the trees quickly spread. In 1992, the Lakeport Community Association decided to celebrate the origins and unique culinary uses of the sour orange with this one-of-a-kind annual festival. The original Sour Orange Cookbook, published by the association in 1993, speaks of the traditional uses of sour oranges. Pioneers, often referred to as the “Gladesmen” were the cow hunters, cat shermen and trappers living off the land. “There are two traditions that must be observed when roasting wild hog in Lakeport,” the cookbook states. “First it is considered to be a man’s job (and the men de nitely hold bragging rights to how well they can cook pork); second, basting of the hog with the juice of the Sour Orange is essential.” Lakeport locals nd basting fresh-caught sh or barbecued chicken with the juice is very satisfying, too. And sour orange juice can be substituted for any recipe requiring lemon juice. Sour oranges are still grown commercially in Spain to make marmalade in Britain. Sour orange peels make candies in Puerto Rico and the Mojito of Cuba is a zesty mixture of sour orange juice, garlic and other herbs, according to the cookbook. Liqueurs such as Cointreau, Grand Marnier and Curacao are made with sour oranges. So, prepare yourself for a pleasant festival in a tree-shaded park where the commercialism and noise of most festivals is absent. It is more akin to an old-fashioned community picnic where half the people in attendance seem to know each other and newcomers are welcomed. Long time residents meet up here after not having seen each other for a time; local politicians are out slapping backs; snowbirds living in local RV parks bring their folding chairs to sit in the community park and listen to local country bands perform from the outdoor stage. You can wander casually through a few rows of vendors and encounter hard working artisans selling their own special handmade products, or talk to members of civic groups who get a space for free. Lakeport is on the northwest side of Lake Okeechobee on Hwy 78 between Moore Haven and Okeechobee City. To nd the festival grounds, follow the signs. There is a small entrance fee of $1 donation for parking. Proceeds bene t the community. Festival honors history of the rare sour orange Special to the Okeechobee News/ North Lake Estates QuiltersQuilt show in LakeportNorth Lake Estates Quilters, North Lake Estates RV Resort, 12044 E. SR 78, Lakeport will host their Biannual Quilt Show on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2. Quilts and quilted items will be displayed. Homemade fabric goods will be on sale. There will be quilting demonstrations and a drawing for a quilt (pictured above) as well as door prizes. Lunch will be available. Courtesy photoSour oranges

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