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13.21 feetLast Year: 12.45 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Wednesday, February 8, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 17 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Rodeo team makes a special friend ... Page 5 County considers rezoning issues ... Page 17 H i s t o r y c o m e s a l i v e a t B a t t l e o f O k e e c h o b e e R e e n a c t m e n t History comes alive at Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment T h e a n n u a l B a t t l e o f O k e e c h o b e e R e e n a c t m e n t w a s h e l d F e b 4 a n d 5 i n t h e s t a t e p a r k o n t h e o r i g i n a l b a t t l e s i t e o f f U S The annual Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment was held Feb. 4 and 5 in the state park on the original battle site off U.S. H i g h w a y 4 4 1 S E T h i s y e a r ’ s r e e n a c t m e n t i n c l u d e d t h e r e d e d i c a t i o n o f t h e m o n u m e n t w h i c h w a s r e c e n tl y m o v e d t o t h e Highway 441 S.E. This year’s re-enactment included the re-dedication of the monument which was recently moved to the b a t t l e s i t e F o r m o r e o n t h e s t o r y s e e p a g e 1 2 battle site. For more on the story, see page 12. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) and the Okeechobee School District are at an impasse. Both sides have been in negotiation since June 2011, and school employees have been working without a contract since the start of the 2011-2012 school year. The three-year contract between the Okeechobee County School Board and the Okeechobee County Education Association expired July 1, 2011. Negotiations stalled Feb. 4, when negotiators for the Okeechobee County Education Association informed negotiators for the School Board of their intent to declare impasse on the 12 items left on the table. The new teacher evaluation process, which is required for the school district to receive Race To the Top (RTTP) funding, is a key part of the contract. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said the school district offered a generous salary package retroactive to July 1, and made other concessions with the desire to begin the teacher evaluation process. He said the district offered a Teacher contract negotiations stalledSee CONTRACT — Page 18 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The trial of a former middle school teacher/coach and youth minister accused of lewd conduct with a 12-yearold girl got under way Tuesday with the victim taking the stand. Joel Huddleston, 29, is charged with the felonies of lewd and lascivious conduct and tampering with a witness. The former Yearling Middle School teacher was arrested May 5, 2011, after his wife of eight years came home from a walk and found him asleep with the girl on her canopy bed and with his arm around the girl who was clad only in her panties. Mary Jennings Huddleston took photos of the two with her cell phone then turned those over to a detective with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). “I was pretty much in shock,” Mrs. Huddleston told the jury during the afternoon session on Feb. 7. During testimony the jury learned Former teacher, youth minister on trial Joel Huddleston See HUDDLESTON — Page 20


Weather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather ServiceLocal ForecastWednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. North northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Wednesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Extended ForecastThursday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. North northeast wind between 5 and 15 mph. Thursday night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a lo w around 61. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. North northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Friday night: A 20 percent chance o f showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. North northeast wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EXPO ACTIVITIESpresented byMeet Pro Anglers Samples & Giveaways Free Admission Walmart Kids Zone Interactive Games www.facebook.com/flwfishing www.twitter.com/flwfishing www.flwoutdoors.com On Lake Okeechobee n n n n n n L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L a a a a a a a a a a k k k k k k k k k k k e e e e e e e e e e O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O k k k k k k k k k k e e e e e e e e e e e e e c c c c c c c h h h h h h h h h h h o o o o o o o b b b b b b b b b b b e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O n n n n n On Lake Okeechobee On Lake Okeechobee WALMART SUPERCENTERFLW EXPOOpen at Noon | Weigh-in at 4 PM daily | 1005 W Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FLFEB. 11 12 | SAT. & SUN. PRO DAY s ways ne n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n s s s Walmart Supercenter Sat. Feb 4 | 1-3 PM 1005 Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL Meet the Pros Get Autographs & Photos Learn the Best Fishing Tips & Techniques *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. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the WeekOsceola Middle School Students of the Week for Jan. 27 taking time out of their day for a leisurely ride around campus. Congratulations to Chase Collier, Hunter Wagner, Matthew Lynchnot pictured, Yasmine Cabrera, Chris Armstrong, Kasey Durand, Cheyenne McNitt, Jeri Sharpe, Ashley Hart and Nathan Center.


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It seems the residents of Pine Creek subdivision will be going to court to settle their disagreements with Okeechobee County Property Appraiser Bill Sherman. Mr. Sherman is no stranger to litigation, having gone to court in the past to settle disagreements w ith Florida Power and Light and other large utilities on taxable values. The Tuesday, Feb. 7 session of the Okeechobee County Value Adjustment Board, which is convened to hear citizens w ho feel their property appraisal is unfair, lasted only about 20 minutes. Jeff Budz, general manager of Pine Creek, represented Pine Creek property owners who had 18 separate petitions before the board. Since they were all based on the same principle, both sides agreed they would all be lumped into one argument. Mr. Budz conceded this board hearing was a process he would have to go through, before his clients, who have secured legal counsel could pursue the matter in circuit court. Based on previous discussions with of cials of the property appraiser's of ce, he felt the board would deny the petitions. He said he had no further evidence to present than was presented in the Jan. 3 board session by Pine Creek property owner Gregory Gozzo. Mr. Gozzo owns a cabin at Pine Creek. While his assessment was based on the value of surrounding property, he felt it should be based on comparable property in other parts of the county. He said the only reason he paid more for the property was so that he would be able to hunt, sh, horseback ride and ride an ATV on the 2,500 acres that are owned by Pine Creek and accessible only to residents. Micki Bandi, of the property appraiser's of cer, argued, at the Jan. 3 meeting that the amenities were the basis for the higher assessment. He said the property was assessed according to the price of surrounding properties and not on comparable property in other parts of the county. The board unanimously agreed with Mr. Bandi, upholding his assessment of Mr. Gozzo's property Board chairman Joey Hoover said he could not understand why the Pine Cree k property owners were willing to pay higher prices for their property but were not willing to accept property value assessments based on those sales prices. Board member Bill Dover said the Pine Creek residents wanted the board to disregard comparable properties in Pine Cree k and just look at comparable properties elsewhere to determine taxable value. After a short deliberation, the board unanimously voted to deny all 18 petitions. Pine Creek property owners challenge property appraiser 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 3 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A downtown grocery store that had been a xture in Okeechobee for many years until recently sealed by the Okeechobee County Tax Collector, could now reopen if the owners so desire. The owners of U-Save, S & O U-Save Group had been delinquent on 2010 tangible personal property taxes that totaled, w ith interest, over $15,000. Businesses, such as U-Save, are required to pay a tangible personal property tax each year on the value of equipment and furnishings in excess of an exempted amount. Because the electricity for the building had been cut off and the tax collector had received reports of items being taken from the store, she placed a notice on the doors that the contents had been sealed for nonpayment of taxes. A spokesperson for the Okeechobee County Tax Collectors Of ce informed the Okeechobee News Friday afternoon, Feb. 3 that taxes for 2010 have been paid. However, 2011 taxes are currently due but are not delinquent until April 1. It is unknown at this time if the store will reopen. Okeechobee U-Save pays 2010 taxes owed Weatherization helps cut electric billsOkeechobee 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 program to add insulation and make other improvements to their homes that will held cut electric cuts. For more information, contact Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc. by calling 863-467-5525, or stop by at 115 S.W. Fifth Avenue.


T he future of education Teachers are bailing out of education and most are discouraging young people from going into the profession. A recent conv ersion I had with several other educators t alked about the future of education. We env ision students at computers in a large room w ith one attendant on duty learning from an online instructor. Too bad for the kid who needs individual assistance grasping the conc ept. Watch the rise of private/charter educat ion pulling tax dollars (vouchers) from the local school systems. This will drain needed funding for schools leaving kids who require t he most help—kids whose parents don’t c are about their education and refuse to take responsibility for their upbringing. Food stamps The thing that gets my goat is when I s aw a family get into a brand new car with a clicker thing that not only unlocks the car b ut starts it up before you ever get there and t hey had just spent over $400 in food stamps. I didn’t care what kind of food they bought w ith the food stamps but the brand new car urked me off. It makes me mad to know that s ome people can afford brand new cars and s till qualify for that kind of assistance.  The legislators want to restrict food s tamps so they cannot be used to buy candy, c hips, sodas and other junk foods that have no real nutritional value. This is being fought b y the manufacturers of candy, chips, sodas and the convenience store owners.SoftballI’m responding to the Jan. 28 article in t he Okeechobee News about OHS Softball. I nd it very interesting to see the con dence t he coach has in winning games this season. She predicted 18 wins this year with a very y oung team. Last year they were predicted t o win state but they didn’t even make it past t he rst game of districts. Last year they had probably 50 or more try outs, this year they didn’t have enough trying out to ll both vars ity and JV.Chobee Steelers I had the pleasure of listening to the Chobee Steelers while I waited outside a local store. I really enjoyed it.  They are really good, I love to hear them as well. Keep up the good work, Steelers!  If you enjoy the Steelers, you might want to know the Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal, 200 N.W. Third Street, will host an “Island Thyme” dinner on Feb. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, which includes dinner and a chance to win a door prize. Entertainment will be by the Chobee Steelers. Tickets can be purchased at the church. For more information, call 863-7634843.  I always enjoy hearing these talented young people play.Okee-Tantie My understanding of the Okee Tantie Park proposal is that there will still be public access to the park/picnic areas—the campground and marina will be operated by private, for pro t businesses. Further, this is just a “look see,” or feasibility study. Not a bad idea in my opinion. How many county residents would camp there anyway? The boat ramp and marina, yes, would get local use, and perhaps a tiered fee system like that in other jurisdictions to favor residents. Am I correct in thinking too, that the SFWMD gave this park to the county? To that end, taxpayers in other counties funded this for Okeechobee residents, not a bad deal.  We used to camp there before, when it was private. It was always full during season and it was used in the summer too. Their prices were good and they had friendly staff.  The county was complaining about it not making any revenue, so one of the commissioners gured the way to x that is to double the rates. Now look at the campground—hardly anyone is in there!  I believe the SFWMD didn’t want to be in the park business so they were going to close it, and the county agreed to take it over. The county had to invest quite a bit of money in the beginning on the facility. But it was good the county took responsibility or else the public would have lost access to the park. The county is supposed to keep the camping rates higher than the rates at the surrounding private parks, so that the county is not undercutting local taxpaying businesses. They already lease out the restaurant which seems to be a good t. And the marina spots are leased to those individuals who keep their boats there. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. 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Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! By Sylvia ZenithChronic Disease Coordinator Okeechobee County Health Department February is heart month! The best time to start protecting your heart is right now. This Valentine’s Day love your heart and open your heart to these simple and healthy steps: Make sure your diet is low in salt, saturated and transfats (partially hydrogenated oils). The healthiest foods at the grocery store, such as fresh produce, unprocessed meat and dairy products, tend to be placed around the perimeter (or outside aisles) and are where the majority of your shopping cart should be lled. Unhealthy, processed and sugary foods are usually in the middle aisles. Always read the nutrition and ingredients lists. Get familiar with good and healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates. You can also have more control of your diet by cooking at home. The more you eat at home, the more you can control the portion size and the foods you eat. When dining out request meals be baked, broiled, steamed or sauted with no oils or fats. Exercise at least 30 minutes 5 to 6 days a week. If you want to lose weight, bump it up to one hour 5 to 6 days a week. Children need to move too! Have active family time together and play ball, walk or ride a bike. Children who are overweight need the same amount of physical activity each da y as an adult. Get your child’s cholesterol and blood pressure checked if they are overweight and/or athletic and if they consume fast food more than once a week. Get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked. Eat at least 2-4 servings o f fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables each day. Prepare healthy meals as a family at least once a week. Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke. Reduce stress by taking 15 minutes of complete silence to exhale and inhale and listening to breathing. Add yog a or some form of relaxation to your week. Read books offering self help and motivation towards a healthier lifestyle. And increase your heart health starting today! Sources: nutrition.about.com and www.foodpyramid.com Have a Healthy Heart – Starting today! Pet of the WeekMax is a young neutered male hound. He is a recent graduate of the SPIN prison obedience training program. He is leash trained, house trained, obedient and a great companion. Max weighs 65 pounds. Adoption fee is $175 and includes up to date vaccinations. He is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pet Rescue


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 The Okeechobee High School Rodeo Team traveled to Bunnell on Jan. 28 and 29, to compete in the Florida High School Rodeo Associations 13th and 14th rodeos out of a 22 rodeo season. The Florida Junior High Division also competed these days after each of the high schooler’s events. With all of the entries, the rodeo ran very well with all of the youth and adults pitching in to help each other out. On Saturday they had slack beginning in the morning and a performance in the evening. On Sunday they began with Cowboy Church in the stands and went into an allday rodeo. These two associations also had a very special guest in the crowd on Saturday and Sunday. His name is Joseph “JoJo” Erdman, a 6 year old ghting a rare form of leukemia. He had to receive permission from his doctor to attend the rodeo. He touched so many of those present with his bravery and heart. JoJo told Nat Stratton that he wanted to rescue him after Nat’s SaddleBronc ride Saturday night. (Nat’s head was grazed with the broncs rear hooves, this left Nat dazed for a few moments and a knot on his head.) J oJo does not like to see anyone hurt. JoJo w as brought into the rodeo arena on Sunday by the FHSRA Rodeo Queen Aimee Leigh Monek, Jessica Gray and Justin Mills. They presented JoJo with a buckle (Justin Mills’ very own he had previously won) and a rope. He was given a standing ovation by the crowd. His cowboy hat was also autographed by many of the rodeo team members. A few days after the rodeo, he had to go back to the hospital for treatment. He had the buckle, boots, hat, and rope for good luck. After JoJo checked into the hospital the doctor told him that this treatment is going to tough on him, JoJo replied, “No doctor, I have new rodeo friends that are praying for me and I am going to be just ne.” OHS rodeo team competes in Bunnell Special to the Okeechobee News/ Julie RogersEnjoying the high school rodeo at Bunnell were Jessica Gray, Justin Mills, Buddy Mills and JoJo Erdman. Due to extremely high usage by area hospitals the supply of O Negative blood has reached extremely low levels. An appeal is being issued for all O Negative donors to donate at Florida’s Blood Centers as soon as possible. O Negative blood is the universal blood type—meaning any patient can receive O Negative blood regardless of the recipient’s blood type. O Negative is critical for trauma patients, premature babies and emergency surgeries. O Negative donors can donate at any Florida’s Blood Centers location or on any Big Red Bus. Call toll free 1-888-9DONATE for more information or to make an appointment. If you don’t know your blood type, the best way to nd out is to donate blood! While the need for Type O is critical, blood donors of all types are needed. The “Big Red Bus” bloodmobile will be in the Okeechobee area on the following dates:  Thursday, Feb. 9 – IRSC campus, 1 – 7 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 11 – Sour Orange Festival, Lakeport, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Sunday, Feb. 12 – Golden Corral, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 18 – Trading Post Flea Mkt. by Home Depot, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 18 – Cowboy’s Restaurant, 1 – 6 p.m.  Sunday, Feb. 19 – More to Life Church, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Raulerson Hospital Parking Lot, 1–5 p.m. Type O blood donors needed


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com. A nastasia D. Noles, 15OKEECHOBEE — Anastasia D. Noles, age 15, died at home peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Anastasia was preceded in death by her grandmother, Dale Ellen Monroe; and great-grandfather, Robert Rumrill. She is survived by her father, Christopher (Sharice) Noles of Marianna, Fla.; mother, Tammy (Emilio) Granados of Fort Hood, Texas; and brothers and sisters, Christopher I. Noles, Shenandoah Lowrimore, both of Fairmont, N.C., Kaleb Granados, Dawson Granados, Helen Stewart, Autumn Sheltra, A nne Granados, and Abbegayle Granados, all of Fort Hood, Texas; great-grandmother and caregiver, Arlene Rumrill of Okeechobee; grandfather, Larry (Mardie) Noles Sr. of Cape Cod, Mass.; grandparents, Rocky and Helen Neal of W achula, Fla.; and a host of aunts and uncles. A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973, or to the Treasure Coast Division of the March of Dimes, 112 43rd A venue SW, Vero Beach, FL 32968. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Marjorie Lee ‘Thomas’ McClure, 77OKEEHCOBEE — Marjorie Lee “Thomas” McClure, age 77, of Okeechobee, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at her residence. She was born May 19, 1934, to Alfred K and Oleta P. (Carter) Arnold in Okeechobee, Florida. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Oleta Arnold; son, Edgar Thomas; husbands, Eddie Thomas and John McClure. She is survived by her children, Roy Thomas (Colleen), Leon Thomas (Sandy), Wanda Sellers (Wilburn), Esta Lee Huls (Jamie), Debra Ann Arnold (Bobby), William Thomas (Regina), William McClure (Cheryl), Rita Thomas (Edgar deceased); brother, Leslie Arnold, all of Okeechobee. In addition she is survived by 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. in the Buxton Funeral Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Pastor Mike Bevis will be of ciating and interment will following in the Basinger Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com 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 Wednesday, 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 with slides and musical selections. Community News in Brief 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 offeredA 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.Cypress Eagles to host dinner nightFriday, Feb. 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m, the Cypress Hut Eagles, will be serving Steak $12, Fish $8 or Shrimp $12 dinners. Music by Wes & Debbie. All proceed go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Special Valentines dinner night plannedON Friday, F eb. 10 a steak dinner will be followed by Valentine 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 ceremon y in Okeechobee County Flagler Park, Feb. 10-17 A dedication ceremony will be held Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m. This year 155 Florid a Children lost their lives due to child abuse. At CASTLE we work everyday to eliminate that number one family at a time. We loo k forward to seeing you at a dedication in support of CASTLE’s mission. Sponsor a Blue Ribbon for $10; Mini Flag for $25; a Memor y Flag for $100.Cypress Eagles to host dinner nightSaturday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. The Cypress Hut Eagles will be having Black & Blue Burger/FF $6. Public Welcome. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sour Orange FestivalFebruary 11,2012 8 AM 4 PMRed Barn Road Lakeport,FLAdmission is Free Music by Bill Durrance50 s 60 s 70 s Rock N RollSeating is limited please bring your lawn chairs! Carnival Rides All Day! For Vendor information please call (863)227-1074 All other information call (863)532-8314 Come and try our Great Sour Orange Pie Browse the Vendors Lots of FoodParking $1 Donation 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 8, 2012 Believers Fellowship Church cordially invites you to attend their annual Valentine’s Gospel sing on Friday night, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. At 6 p.m., the youth group will sponsor a Love Banquet. The cost is $10 per person. RSVP must be made by 8 p.m., on W ednesday, Feb. 8. Dinner will be appetizer, ribs, baked potato, beans slow bread and beverage with dessert. Seating is limited so call early to make your reservation at 863634-4327. All proceeds go toward sending children to Christian Youth Camp over the summer. On Saturday, Feb. 11, the dining hall of Church of Our Saviour at 200 N.W. 3rd St. w ill be transformed into a tropical paradise. The theme of this event is “Island Thyme.” The menu has been developed by Kaye Mueller and Pam Rogers of “Nibbles and Bits” catering of Nashville, Tenn. (who have been featured about in Southern Living and Southern Acent magazines). Entertainment will be provided by the Chobee Steelers. Tickets are available for $10 per person. There will be 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 863-357-1713. If your schedule is too busy to go by the church to purchase tickets, call the church to reserve y our tickets. The Knights of Columbus of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, Highway 78 West at Chobee Loop in Buckhead Ridge, will host a Mexican dinner (no hot spices) on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A donation of $8 is suggested for adults; $3 for children. The meal will include a dessert and choice of coffee, iced tea or lemonade. Steve Short Sr. of His Majesties Ministries will be at Fountain of Life Church this Sunday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. Steve Short travels all over the world portraying the life of Jesus in plays and dramas. He will be portraying Jesus as He calls His disciples and also give his testimony of God’s deliverance from drugs. You will be blessed and encouraged by his testimony. Call Pastor Dave Robertson at 863-801-1297 or the church of ce at 863763-8945 for more information. The Perrys will appear in concert on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene at 425 S.W. 28th Street. A love offering will be taken. For more information, call 863-763-7113. The North Okeechobee Church of God will host its annual homecoming service and fellowship dinner on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. The church will also host a revival on Monday, Feb. 13 through Wed. Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m., nightly with evangelist Ann Rogers. For information, please call 863-6340344, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ministers of area churches and ministries are invited to join the Okeechobee Ministerial Association on the second Wednesday of every month at noon at The Lodge Restaurant. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10TH Street. The Hurting Women’s Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. The Gathering Church, 1735 S.W. 24 Ave., is hosting weekly “growth groups” on Wednesday night. Each group will focus on a different area of need. Meet in the main sanctuary at 7 p.m. and be dismissed to the group of their choice. For information, call the church of ce at 863-357-4418. Everyone welcome. There is a Community Gospel Sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park St. (S.R. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, dobro, and harmonica—come and enjoy! New St. Stephen AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church is in the process of building a new sanctuary at 1050 N.E. 16th Avenue. The church is seeking donations. The mailing address is P.O. Box 836, Okeechobee, FL. 34973. For more information, contact Rev. Pauline Livatt at 305-3891280, Tony Delagall of the Building Committee at 863-801-1716 or treasurer Willie Welch at 863-697-697-8924.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@newszap.com. Churches plan local gospel concerts


The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Melissa Ann Hill, 34, S.W. 21st St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 2 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge of attempting to obtain a prescription by fraud. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Heather Marie Carroll, 23, N.W. Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 3 by Deputy Michael Hazellief on a charge of grand theft. Her bond was set at $5,000. She was later arrested by Deputy Hazellief on charges of forgery and uttering a forged instrument. Her bond on those charges was set at $5,000.  Edgar Vasquez Delgado, 28, S.E. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 3 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on charges of driving while license suspended habitual offender, and refusal to submit to driving under the in uence breath test. His bond was set at $3,000.  Charles Robert Hardison, 39, N.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 4 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $7,500.  Jessica Marie Lyons, 32, S.E. 74th Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 4 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $6,500.  Marcos Cesar Camacho, 35, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 5 by Deputy Bart Potter on charges of driving under the in uence and no valid driver’s license. His bond was set at $2,250. Karen Jean Pinter, 56, N.W. Riverside Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Deputy John Ashby on a charge of driving under the in uence. Her bond was set at $500.  Alfred King, 56, N.W. 46th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Deputy Robbie Lamb on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of grand theft auto, and the misdemeanor of battery. His bond was set at $12,500.  Sabrina Jean Snyder, 22, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Deputy Howard Pickering on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with giving false information to a pawnbroker and dealing in stolen property. Her bond was set at $15,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. 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! If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. 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Ninth Ave., was arrested Feb. 3 on a charge of robbery with a weapon w hile masked. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $100,000 bond. Arellano is scheduled to appear in front of Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger Thursday, Feb. 16, for docket call. He is charged w ith burglary of a dwelling and criminal mischief. Those charges were led June 23, 2011. Detective M.D. Faulkner, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), arrested A rellano Friday in connection with the holdup of a convenience store on S.R. 70 W. The detective’s report stated an intruder entered the store through its back door Thursday night, Feb. 2, around 9 p.m. and approached a female employee who was sweeping the oor. According to the report the man put a gun to the woman’s neck and walked her to the cash register and made her open it. He reportedly told the woman: “Don’t look at me! I can shoot you!” Detective Faulkner said the man who committed the robbery wore all black clothing and a hoodie, as well as an elastic bandage or mask over his face. After getting a small amount of cash, the man ran out the store’s back door, continued the report. The OCSO detective said he and several other detectives began gathering information and that several detectives had seen Arellano in the area earlier. “Upon further investigation, and with the cooperation of local citizens, we determined a possible location where Arellano could be,” stated Detective Faulkner in his report. He went on to describe the investigation as “a real team effort.” The OCSO investigators went to a residence and found Arellano standing in the home’s carport. Detective Faulkner then received a search warrant for Arellano’s home, where he reportedly found an air soft-type gun in the kitchen stove that had been modi ed to look like a real sawed-off shotgun. The fake gun was the same type weapon seen in surveillance footage from the store, continued the detective’s report. Some of the man’s clothes and his shoes were found on the roof of a building next to Arellano’s apartment, the detective stated. Although the robber was wearing dark clothes and something over his face to hide his identity, “... investigative clues provided enough information to lead us to him and subsequently his arrest,” Detective Faulkner stated. “This was very quick work by detectives—starting with very little and very shortly making an arrest,” said Sheriff Paul May. “As always, we’re very proud of them. Court records show that Arellano was arrested in 2008 on a misdemeanor battery charge, but that charge was bumped up to a felony because he was a member of a gang and the battery was gang related. He was found guilty and sentenced to 18 months in prison by then-Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Mirman. Arellano was also sentenced to prison as a result of his being found guilty of burglary and grand theft in Glades County. Department of Corrections records show that Arellano was released from prison on May 1, 2011. Detectives quickly solve store hold-up Okeechobee Arrest Report Francisco Arellano ARC Thrift Store needs donationsThe ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, dishes, kitchen appliances, furniture and clothing. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency to provide social, educational and vocational opportunities to the developmentally disabled. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. For further information, call 863-763-2419.


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 13-year-old skateboarder was own out to a West Palm Beach hospital Sunday, Feb. 5, after he reportedly ran a stop sign and was struck by a car. Deputy John Ashby, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), said Jaylen Boswell was on a skateboard and was being pulled by Breaira R. Smith, 12, who was riding a Moped scooter. In his report, Deputy Ashby stated that the skateboarder was being pulled in a northerly direction on N.E. 16th Ave. when he turned loose of the scooter. He was then propelled through the intersection of N.E. 16th Ave. and N.E. Third St. He allegedly ran through a stop sign at that intersection and directly in to the right front side of a 2007 four-door Chevrolet being driven by Daniel Exantus Jr., 26, of Okeechobee. Exantus was unable to avoid hitting the teen, indicated the deputy's report. Jaylen was carried approximately 51 feet before falling off the Chevrolet when the vehicle ran off the roadway into a drainage ditch. Deputy Ashby said Jaylen was at fault in the accident. However, Exantus was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of no valid driver's license. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $250. Jaylen was treated at the scene by medical personnel from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue, who then took him to a landing zone where he was picked up by Aero Med 2 and own to St. Mary's Trauma Center. The deputy's report said the teen is in critical but stable condition. According to the accident report, Breair a was also pulling another boy on a skateboard but neither of them were injured. Exantus also was uninjured. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 F l o w e r P e t a l s Florist & Gifts 202 NE 2nd Street 863-763-5051 Come see us before Sat. Feb. 11 & Save $5 On Your Order ORDER EARLYSAVE $5 9 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee Freshman Campus student was arrested late last week for allegedly trying to sell prescription pills to another student while on a school bus. Mason Chase Cassidy, 15, N.W. 106th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, Feb. 3, on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of a legal guardian. An arrest report by Deputy Donnie Holmes, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that a Freshman Campus of cial had received information that Cassidy was trying to sell some pills to another student on a bus going from that school to the Okeechobee High School agriculture barn. Freshman Campus principal Carol Revels along with assistant principal Matthew Koff went to the ag barn where they searched Cassidy's book bag. During that search they reportedly found two blue oval-shaped pills that were later identi ed as hydrocodone, added the report. Hydrocodone is a schedule III controlled substance. Student accused of pill possession Report: skateboarder runs stop sign, hit by car Yard sale for Children’s RanchReal Life Children's Ranch Yard sale is open on Tuesday Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come on out and get great bargains. The ranch welcomes all donations that are in good condition and can be sold. They are in need of clothing items.


The merger of three of Florida’s independent, not-for-pro t blood centers, Community Blood Centers of Florida, Inc. (CBCF), Florida’s Blood Centers, Inc. (FBC) and Florida Blood Services, Inc. (FBS) is complete and they are now one organization. The merged organization will operate as OneBlood, Inc. Don Doddridge, who has been CEO of FBS for the past 10 years, will lead OneBlood as its Chief Executive Of cer. Bud Scholl, CEO of CBCF has been named Chief Integration Of cer and Mike Pratt, Interim CEO of FBC has been tapped as Chief Technical Of cer. A 12-member board of directors will oversee the new blood center. Rick Walsh, chairman of the board for Florida’s Blood Centers, has been named chairman of the OneBlood board of directors. “As a community asset it is our responsibility to ensure the blood is available, safe and affordable for our hospital partners and their patients,” said Rick Walsh. “The merger will allow us to operate more ef ciently and effectively. As a result of the merger, the blood supply will be more stable, donor outreach will be more effective and we anticipate it will allow us to better control costs and help mitigate price increases to our hospital partners,” Walsh said. The new governance structure of OneBlood also requires continued oversight on a local level; therefore, the three local boards of directors will remain and will provide guidance to ensure each area is meeting the needs of their communities. The local boards have been instrumental throughout the merger process and their knowledge and talent will continue to be important in the overall success of OneBlood. The new organizational structure has been established and will consist of four operating regions: North, West, Central and South. A virtual headquarters has been created around Centers of Excellence and a shared corporate leadership structure is in place. The merged organization will unveil its new logo, integrate new signage and launch a new website later this year. While the new website is in development merger information can be found at www.oneblood.org. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (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 Many newspaper owners have a hidden agendaŽ „ whether it is political, economic or to promote the publishers cronies. Not us. Were owned by a unique non-profit journalistic trust. Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and understanding citizens need to make intelligent decisions about public issues. In doing so, we strive to report the news with honesty, accuracy, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 10 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 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. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man has been arrested after being accused of attacking a man and cutting him with a knife, then later threatening to “take care” of a witness. Marcelino Perez Perez, 31, N.E. 64th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Saturday, Feb. 4, on felony charges of aggravated battery and tampering with a state w itness. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. Perez is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $25,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Bart Potter, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO), stated that the victim went to a home on N.E. 64th Ave. to see a friend. When the victim went to the backyard he found that his friend wasn’t home, and that’s where he came into contact with Perez. For whatever reason, Perez allegedly began punching the victim. Then, with the victim on the ground, Perez began kicking him, added the deputy. Sometime during this attack the victim suffered a non life-threatening cut, continued the report. According to the deputy another man heard the commotion and ran to the backyard where he reportedly saw the victim on the ground and Perez kicking him. The man said he saw a knife in the hand of Perez so he ran away, with Perez chasing him, stated Deputy Potter. With Perez gone, another neighbor then went to the victim’s aid and got him away from the home. As the deputy was taking the now-handcuffed Perez to his patrol car Perez reportedly told the witness that when he gets out of jail “... he will take care of him, too.” The report does not indicate if the victim received medical attention. Man beaten and cut; one arrested Marcelino Perez South Florida blood centers merged


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 Best bull riders in the world scheduled to compete in Seminole Classic Feb. 19BRIGHTON—The Brighton Field Days Festival will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 19 with the Seminole Classic segment of the PRCA’s X treme Bulls Tour to be televised nationally on Great American Country (GAC) – and it offers an “all-star lineup” of PRCA bull riders. The headliners scheduled to compete at the Brighton Seminole Reservation in Okeechobee include 10 bull riding quali ers from the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las V egas, matched against the rankest PRCA bulls, many of which were selected for this past December’s Wrangler NFR. The reigning World Champion Shane Proctor, of Grand Coulee, Wash., is in the lineup along with 2007 World Champion W esley Silcox of Santaquin, Utah, and fellow W rangler NFR quali ers Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas; Seth Glause, Cheyenne, W yo.; L.J. Jenkins, Porum, Okla.; Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla.; Bobby Welsh, Gillette, W yo.; Cody Whitney, of Asher, Okla., Tyler W illis, Wheatland, Wyo., and Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah. All 40 riders will compete in a long-go on Feb. 19 beginning at 3 p.m., and the top 12 w ill be brought back for the nals, where the Seminole Classic Xtreme Bulls champion will be crowned based on the highest total score. The payout for the Feb. 19 Seminole Classic Xtreme Bulls event is $50,000. Monies won at PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour stops count towards the 2012 PRCA World Standings, which determine quali ers for the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas. Tickets for the Seminole Classic Xtreme Bulls event can be purchased at www.rezrodeo.com, or by calling 863-467-6039. The Brighton Seminole Reservation is located between S.R. 78 and S.R.70 on State Road 721, west of Okeechobee. Seminole Classic Xtreme Bulls Tour Roster includes: Asay, Kanin Powell, Wyo. Benton III, Trey – Rock Island, Texas Bingham, Tim – Honeyville, Utah Bownds, Chandler – Lubbock, Texas Coleman, Shawn – Spring eld, S.D. Cowan, Taylor – Fort Pierre, S.D. Craig, Clint – Mena, Arkansas Daries, Josh – Salinas, Calif. Domangue, D.J. – Houma, La. Duncan, Douglas – Alvin, Texas Elliott, Tag – Thatcher, Utah Farrell, Will – Thermopolis, Wyo. Geipel, Patrick – Elbert, Colo. Glause, Seth – Rock Springs, Wyo. Hamaker, Ty – Centennial, Wyo. Helmuth, Alan – Eugene, Ore. Hogg, Shawn – Odessa, Texas Jacobs, John – Timber Lake, S.D. Jenkins, L.J. – Porum, Okla. Knibbe, Logan – Rockdale, Texas Lanham, Zeb – Sweet, Idaho Lebaron, Nile – Hamilton, Texas Lindsey, Rankin – Hillsboro, N.M. Maier, Ardie – Timber Lake, S.D. Maier, Corey – Timber Lake, S.D. McTaggart, Colin – Las Vegas, Nev. Navarre, Corey – Weatherford, Okla. Oakes, Zack – Elk, Wash. Pozzobon, Ty – Merritt, B.C. Proctor, Shane – Grand Coulee, Wash. Roundy, Chris – Panguitch, Utah Schroeder, Beau – China, Texas Silcox, Wesley – Santaquin, Utah Smart, Chance – Philadelphia, Miss. Stratton, Tate – Kellyville, Okla. Vig, Garrett – Newell, S.D. Welsh, Bobby – Gillette, Wyo. Whitney, Cody – Asher, Okla. Willis, Tyler – Wheatland, Wyo. Woolsey, Steve – Payson, Utah The 2012 tour will feature events across the U.S., and will conclude with the Tour Finale in Ellensburg, Wash., over Labor Day weekend. In 2012, the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour will have a combined purse of $465,000. Money earned on the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour counts toward the PRCA World Standings, which determine Wrangler NFR quali ers. The PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour provides ProRodeo enthusiasts a national schedule that brings the excitement of PRCA bull riding to millions of fans. Great American Country (GAC) Network will broadcast 10 original airings of coverage from the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour events, including the Tour Finale in Ellensburg, Wash. They will be broadcast on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 p.m. (ET). Great American Country is the home o f the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the leader in country music entertainment. GAC delivers to viewers the widest variety of country music, its artists and the lifestyles the y in uence. GAC broadcasts original countr y music programming, music performance specials, live concerts and music videos. GAC is available in nearly 60 million households and online at www.GACTV.com. The Feb. 19 Seminole Classic Xtreme Bulls telecast will air Tuesday, March 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 p.m. (ET). In the regional market GAC is available on AT&T U-verse channel 529, Comcast channel 147, 4DT V channel W5289 and TCI channel 28. Great American Country is also available on DISH Network 167 and on DirecTV 326. The PRCA, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the largest and oldest professional rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in ProRodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards. The PRCA, a membership-based organization, sanctions approximately 600 rodeos annually, and there are nearly 30 million fans in the U.S. The PRC A showcases the world’s best cowboys in premier events through the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour presented by Justin Boots, and its subsequent Justin Boots Playoffs, the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour; and the worldrenowned Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Action from PRCA-sanctioned rodeos and its premier events appears on Great American Country and Pursuit. PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour heads to the land of the Seminole


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Ms. Henderson said DAR member Su George waged her own battle through the complicated documentation necessary to obtain permission to move the monument from its original site on U.S. Highway 441 S.E. to the Battle Site of the Battle of Okeechobee State Park. She said the monument is the rst permanent installation at the park. On Saturday, descendants of soldiers and of Seminole warriors who fought in the ercest battle of the second Seminole war on Dec. 25, 1837, gathered to honor the brave men who died that day. Willie Johns, community outreach specialist from Brighton Ah-tah-thi-ki, said he didn’t understand what “hallowed ground” meant until he visited the famous battlesite in Gettysburg, Pa. “We’re opening up a new hallowed ground with this monument being here,” he said. Former State Representative Richard Macheck who led the drive to obtain the property for a state park, said the establishment of the battle eld park was “the highlight of my eight years in the Legislature.” The park w as made possible by the State of Florida’s purchase of 145 acres from a private landowner. The owners of the property wanted the area preserved because it was part of the original battle eld, he said. “Being a history buff myself and a sixth generation Floridian,” he said he had a personal interest in developing the park. “Moses Osceola helped lead the battle with me.” The monument was originally dedicated in 1939 on U.S. Highway 441 S.E. Over the years, the highway was widened and the area developed, and it was no longer an appropriate place for the monument. Elizabeth Gentry Sayad, great-great granddaughter of General Richard Gentry, who was killed in the battle, unveiled the monument in 1939. She returned for the re-dedication and her brought her granddaughters, Adrienne Gentry Sayad and Lily Elizabeth Todd Sayad, to carry on the family tradition. “Okeechobee and I have grown up together,” she said. “When I rst saw Okeechobee in 1939 at a belated 100th anniversary commemoration of the historic battle against the Seminole Indians on Christmas Day 1838, it was considerably smaller than it is now. I was too. “On both sides here on the battle eld, brave men fought for just values,” she said, adding that it is remarkable that eight generations later, the descendants of the soldiers and the Seminoles who fought in that battle stand together in peace. “Perhaps those brave men did not die in vain,” she said. Battle of Okeechobee monument re-dedicated Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenElizabeth Gentry Sayad spoke at the re-dedication of the Battle of Okeechobee historical monument. For more, see page 16. See the Okeechobee News page on Facebook for more photos.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 By KEN MCINTOSH STAFF WRITER ICCA 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 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.What We Buy:COINS Any and all coins made before 1970, rare coins, entire collections, Silver Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters, Dimes, Half Dimes, Nickels, Three Cent Pieces, Two Cent Pieces, Cents, Large Cents, Half Cents and all others. PAPER MONEY All denominations madebefore 1934. GOLD COINS Including $20, $10, $5, $4, $3, $2.5, $1, Private Gold, Gold Bars, etc. INVESTMENT GOLD Kruggerands, Canadian Maple Leafs, Pandas, Gold Bars, U.S. Eagles and Buffalos, etc. SCRAP GOLD Broken and unused jewelry,dental gold. JEWELRY Diamond rings, bracelets, earrings,loose diamonds, all gem stones, etc. PLATINUM Anything made of platinum. SILVER Flatware, tea sets, goblets, jewelry, etc. and anything marked sterling. WAR ITEMS Civil war, WWI AND II, all others, swords, daggers, bayonets, etc. OTHER ANTIQUES Toys, trains, dolls, advertising, banks (basically anything old we want to see). Heres How It Works: box, garage, basement, etc. There is no limit to the amount of items you can bring database to see if a buyer exists. 90% of all items have offers in our database collectors making the offer we will pay you on the spot! no hidden fees We Buy Gold10k, 14k, 18k & 24k FREEADMISSIONCONTINUES IN OKEECHOBEE EVERY DAYTUESDAY SATURDAYFEBRUARY 7TH 11THTF 9AM6PM SAT 9AM4PMHOLIDAY INN ESPRESS3101 US HWY 441 S OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974DIRECTIONS: (863) 357 3529 SHOW INFO: (217) 787-7767 PAID ADVERTISEMENTLocal Residents in Amazement Yesterday As Collectors Provide A Stimulus Package to Okeechobee! MILLIONS SPENT!1000 NATIONAL EVENTS! 14 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 17 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News When they meet tomorrow, the Okeechobee County Commission faces a short agenda of routine items. Commissioners will consider a request for a change in zoning from residential mixed, residential mobile home, and commercial to light commercial by Doris Entry w ho owns property at 3585 U.S. 441 N. The property in question is about 4.5 acres in size. The section of the property that is zoned commercial has been the site of an automotive repair shop. Staff is recommending approval since the property is in the middle of a developed commercial area and is along an arterial highway. The owner is requesting the zoning change in order to accommodate the assembly and sale of storage sheds. At a previous meeting, commissioners approved purchase of a Spillman Technologies software package for the sheriff’s of ce that would greatly improve record keeping and dispatching. At tomorrow’s meeting commissioners will be asked to approve purchase of re/rescue software from Spillman Technologies for $74,795. This technology will allow the transmittal of patient information to EMT laptops while in route to the scene. It will also allow transmittal to vehicle laptops of critical re ghting information such as building plans, hydrant locations and hazardous material information. The software can also track the location of responding vehicles. The system will allow for communication and coordination between re/rescue, the sheriff’s of ce, the city police department and the city re department. Funding would come from the current re/rescue budget. In addition, commissioners will be asked to approve a State Homeland Security Grant in the amount of $4,000. This grant would be used to conduct a training exercise which would be used to update emergency management plans and operating guides. The y will also consider a proposal from Craig A. Smith & Associates for professional services for airport improvements, wetland mitigation permitting assistance and environmental services in the amount of $26,340. Commissioners have been asked to proclaim the week of Feb. 19 25 to be National Engineer’s Week in the county. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Commissioners to consider rezoning petition If you go ...What: Meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission When: 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 Where: Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Okeechobee Education Foundation awards Community Theatre mini grantThe Community Theatre Mini Grant was awarded Jan. 29. Left to right are: Tabitha Trent of the Education Foundation, Ron Hayes-Donor, Gwen Hall, Deanna Kielbasa, Pat McCoy for Alicia Walker, Debbie Raulerson and Pat Cooper-foundation. Battle eld Friends mini grantThe Okeechobee Battle eld Friends Mini grant was awarded Jan. 29. Left to right are: Ken Kenworthy of the Education Foundation, Lynn Thomas, Dowling Watford-donor, Megan Williamson and Sharon Vinson-Foundation Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy


“step” which would have meant salary increases ranging from an additional $867 for rst year teachers to $2,364 for those experienced teachers already on the highest step in the salary schedule. The average increase would have been about $1,000, Mr. Kenworthy said, adding that the district also offered to pay more for health insurance. With the impasse, those proposals are off the table, he said. The district is currently offering a $250 per employee bonus instead of a salary increase. “I can’t understand why the instructional staff would reject a raise over the evaluation w hen it is required by law,” said Mr. Kenworthy. “Rejecting a salary increase will affect their earning potential the rest of their career.” The evaluation component was the major sticking point in the talks, according to representatives of the OCEA. OCEA has been asking the school board to include language granting annual contract teachers guaranteed reappointment based on receiving “effective” or “highly effective” job evaluations. Speci cally, the OCEA has proposed language where all annual contract teachers who receive at least two consecutive years of a highly effective or effective score on their evaluation be granted contract renewal for the following school year. The parties have been negotiating the terms for the use of a new evaluation system in addition to changes to the terms of their regular contract. This school year 40 percent of a teacher’s overall evaluation score will be based on student learning growth scores; in 2012-2013 this percentage increases to 50 percent. “We need to keep good teaching talent here in Okeechobee,” said Candy Walker, OCEA president. “Reappointment of annual contract teachers has to be based on something. Shouldn’t that reappointment be based on how effective that teacher is in helping students learn? Isn’t that the whole point behind the legislative changes of Senate Bill 736 and the new evaluation system?” “Senate Bill 736 prohibits any teacher from earning a Professional Services Contract after J uly 1 of last year,” said Dianne Falvo, Treasure Coast Service Unit Director, of the Florida Education Association. “How can Okeechobee expect to attract and retain highly quali ed teachers for their students if good performance of the teacher doesn’t automatically lead to employment, at least on an annual basis? How could a new teacher ever plan to purchase a home or settle in a community where employment is not guaranteed based on that teacher’s effectiveness with students?” The law requires that new teachers hired after July 1, 2011, are placed on an employment contract for a period of no longer than one y ear which the District may choose to award or not award without cause, Mr.Kenwrothy explained. Previously, teachers were granted a professional services contract after three years w hich was automatically renewed leading to teacher tenure. Senate Bill 736 removed tenure and all new employees are placed on an annual contract. The Union wants any teacher who receives an effective evaluation to essentially get protected status as under the old law, said Mr. Kenworthy. The District wants to retain the right to non-renew annual contract teachers as permitted by law. “A teacher with an effective or higher evaluation should have no problem receiving a contract for the following year,” added Mr. Kenw orthy. “However, the district needs to have exibility to make renewal decisions based on the needs of the schools and their students. “The statute removed this protected status, and the Union is working very hard to preserve it. About 40 employees, including administrators, are already on annual contract status,” he said. According to OCEA, additional issues include limiting out-ofeld assignment of teachers, use of additional teacher planning time by administration, procedures for reduction in personnel, and entering of transfer grades for students. The OCEA wants language guaranteeing that no teacher will be required to teach a subject or in a grade level in which the teacher doesn’t hold certi cation, unless no certi ed teacher is available. “Now that a teacher’s evaluation, and possible job security, are based so heavily on student learning growth, it would be detrimental for teachers to be required to teach in a subject area in which the teacher doesn’t hold certi cation. Add to that the fact that our students deserve to have certi ed, highly qualied teachers in the classroom and you see why OCEA has proposed this language,” Ms. Walker stated. Under current law, the School Board has the right to assign teachers to teach out-ofeld for a period of one school year. “OCEA’s language doesn’t prohibit the Board from assigning teachers to teach out-ofeld. It does take into account what is in the best interest of students, however, and limits out-ofeld assignment based on the unavailability of a certi ed teacher,” Ms. Falvo said. “I am worried about our new teachers,” said Mr. Kenworthy. “They have been in the classroom for nearly half of the school year without feedback using an evaluation.” He said the district offered a very controlled, modi ed implementation plan in the form of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) so that evaluation observations may begin. The MOA would allow only those portions of the evaluation plan to be put in place that are required to get started. The Union rejected the plan to begin, citing if they gave in on that they may not be able to get the other items they want in negotiations, he explained. The union has also opined that the status quo is to be maintained as negotiations continue, and therefore, the old evaluation system can be used, he continued. Mr. Kenworthy stated, “Under normal circumstances the status quo can be continued. In this situation, the status quo cannot be maintained as it is inconsistent with the law.” Superintendent Kenworthy said he provided proof at the negotiating table of this fact through emails from General Counsel at the Florida Department of Education and Auditor General’s ndings for the past two years. Ms. Falvo explained that the school board wants access to additional teacher planning time to hold evaluation conferences and meetings. Currently, administrators have access to 20 percent of a teacher’s planning time each month. The OCEA believes that current planning access, coupled with time at work before and after the student day, gives administrators all the time they could possibly need to meet with teachers. “Teachers need time to plan. Research has shown that direct instruction of students has the greatest impact on student learning growth. The more effective the instruction, the greater the student learning gains. The second most important factor for student learning is teacher planning and preparation. This makes perfect sense. After all, teachers cannot provide effective instruction if they are not provided with adequate time to plan and prepare for that instruction,” says Ms. Falvo. OCEA has taken the stance that these issues need to be addressed before the evaluation program can be approved and started. The old contract language allows the use of only four of the teachers’ daily planning periods each month for meetings, stated Mr. Kenworhty. The Union’s stance is that discussion of a teacher’s evaluation during a planning period is considered a meeting rather than planning and should count as one of the four. The District has argued, “It is as much planning as anything else a teacher does,” he said. ”The evaluation identi es areas where the teacher excels and possibly areas where instruction can be improved,” he continued. “That to me is planning. “The way it is written right now, if a parent would like to meet with their child’s teacher, the teacher has the authority to say, ‘No, I’ve already had four meetings this month.’ Restricting access to the teacher for discussion of the evaluation during planning time may also impact the delivery of instructional services to our students. If time is unavailable during planning period, evaluation reviews may need to take place during instructional time, taking the teacher out of the classroom,” he continued. “The thought that something like that is permissible in a contract is an absolute disservice to the parents whose child may be struggling,” added Mr. Kenworthy. At stake is access to Race to the Top (RTTT) dollars. Without a fully-negotiated evaluation system, the District stands to lose $682,623. The District originally applied for the funding at the encouragement of OCEA. “We need these funds to provide professional development to teachers and administrators so we can move out of 54th place,” Mr. Kenworthy said. Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) negotiates the contracts for all instructional and classi ed employees. All instructional and classi ed employees (even those who are not OCEA members) vote on the contract. However, if there is a contract dispute after it is signed, OCEA only represents OCEA members. If an employee who is not a member of the union has a contract dispute with the school district, he or she must retain his or her own representation. CONTRACTContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 18 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 Contract dispute could go to special magistrateAfter more than seven months of negotiations on their contract with the Okeechobee County School District, the Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) declared an impasse. With negotiations stalled, there are now two options, explained Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy. The OCEA and the district could take the case to a special magistrate. The magistrate would hear each side’s case, and make recommendations. The union and the district would accept or reject these recommendations. The nal ruling would come from the Okeechobee County School Board, which, as elected of cials, serve as the legislative body. If either the district or OCEA wants the case to go to the magistrate, that must be done. The other option is to take the case directly to the school board. Mr. Kenworthy said he has been told that OCEA will have an executive meeting on Thursday and will advise him on Friday as to which option they wish to take. Mr. Kenworthy said this is not the rst time school employee contract negotiations have reached an impasse. He said about 10 or 12 years ago, they had an impasse on negotiations about the classi ed employees salary schedule. That case went to a special magistrate, he said. What happens now?


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Lincoln Park High school rallied from a seven-point rst half de cit to defeat Okeechobee High School 72-62 in high school boy's basketball action Friday in Okeechobee. Roderick Reeves had 25 points while Sylvester Butler had 17 points and Tim Hirst added 16 points for Okeechobee at the boys senior night contest. Okeechobee fell behind 15-7 in the rst quarter but went on a 21-6 run to take a 28-21 lead in the second quarter. Lincoln Park returned the favor in the second half as they rallied from a four-point halftime de cit to lead 53-48 after three quarters. Greyhound point guard Jose Lopez played a key role for his team with some long-range jumpers in the rst quarter and some great half-court passes to open teammates. Lopez said the team did a good job of passing and played better defense in the second half of the game. He said he tried to get the offense jump started in the rst quarter. "I was just trying to get the tempo going and get us ready to play and re up the whole team," he explained. He said a key adjustment was using full-court pressure to force Okeechobee into some mistakes. Okeechobee also missed several wide open layups at the basket throughout the game. Brahman Coach Shawn Hays said the team started to go into business for themselves and didn't play together. He said it is no coincidence that the team does better when they play together and pass the ball to the open man. "Give Lincoln Park credit because they kept playing basketball and played hard. They made shots when they had to," he added. Hays said his team was tired at the end of the game with just seven players dressed. Okeechobee will play Fort Pierce Central in the district tournament on Wednesday. Coach Hays said if his team doesn't play together they will get blown out. "We've played them four times and if we come and play together we have a shot at winning it," he said. Greyhounds race past Brahmans in 72-62 win Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyPhil Jones passes the ball inside during the rst half of Friday's game. Okeechobee fell in their nal home game of the year. Brendon Jonassaint had a strong drive to the hoop in the rst half as the Brahmans built a seven-point lead. Okeechobee Golf Country Club Gold Tee winners for Feb. 3 were: rst place R. Foss, second place M. Desaulniers, third place B. Meyers, and fourth place tie R. Jordan and R. Carbia. The Gold Tee event was rained out Jan. 27. Gold Tee Winners


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 20 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 that Huddleston badly wanted children but his wife was not ready. The two then began to talk about adoption. The victim, a student at YMS at the time, and Huddleston had already become close. So close, testi ed the now 13-year-old girl, that he would leave notes in her lunch box. Sometimes, she said, the YMS girls basketball coach would get a note to her via another student. One of the notes read in open court said: "To the most awesome little girl, daughter, in the world. Agape." Huddleston simply signed it "daddy." Another note read: "I love you more than anyone in the universe. I miss you so bad. A gape. Love, daddy." Agape is a Greek word meaning love. The girl told the jury that although she had parents, a home and siblings, she wanted to be adopted by the Huddlestons. It was pointed out that her father is a dairy worker and the family lived in a small home and had little in the way of extras. Defense attorney Marc Shiner wasted little time attacking the girl and statements made by her. During an aggressive and sometimes confrontational cross examination Mr. Shiner pointed to several lies she made in her deposition and got her to testify that she had, indeed, lied. With her Dec. 15, 2011, deposition in front of him Mr. Shiner pointed out that the child had stated that Huddleston had never done anything sexually inappropriate with her. However, she is now saying that what Huddleston allegedly did was sexual abuse because, she testi ed, her therapist explained sexual abuse to her. Pointing at his client, Mr. Shiner looked at the girl and in a raised voice asked: "Don't y ou understand he's charged with some v ery serious crimes?" "Yes," she answered. "How many times did you lie in that deposition?" asked the West Palm Beach attorney. All she could say was "I have no idea." The girl said she lied because she was afraid and intimidated. "Are you telling the truth today?" Mr. Shiner asked. "Yes," said the frail child in front of him. She also admitted that she had lied to Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright, and that it would be fair to say she didn't want to be with her natural mother and father. During his re-direct Mr. Albright asked the child if she loved Huddleston, to which she answered "somewhat." She went on to tell the prosecutor that the reason for some of her lies was that she didn't want Huddleston to get in trouble. The prosecutor also pointed out that he had told the girl that it was OK for her not to answer some of the questions at that time. But, he continued, there would come a time when she would have to answer those questions. When queried by Mr. Albright, the child said she wanted to go to another family because she would be supported more in her education and her dream to become an attorney. "And, I wanted someone to love me more," she testi ed. Mr. Shiner drove home the point about the girl's lying during his cross examination of OCSO Detective Rosemary Farless. Although she wasn't the arresting of cer in this case, Detective Farless specializes in physical and sexual abuse cases and had interviewed the girl. During her stint on the stand the detective told Mr. Shiner that the child had told her several different things. One time, she continued, the child said nothing happened. "She told me she didn't want to talk to me because she didn't want to lose the gifts," Detective Farless told the defense attorney. The detective then told Mr. Albright during his re-direct that the girl didn't want to tell her what actually happened. "She did not want to lose the good life. She didn't want to go back to the dairy," Detective Farless testi ed. As it turns out, the girl is now staying with a foster family because her natural family had signed the adoption papers and no longer have any parental rights. Mrs. Huddleston summed up her husband's relationship with the child by saying: "He was putting her before God in that he was worshipping her." She testi ed that she and her husband left their home state of Tennessee because they got the call to minister in Florida, then settled in Okeechobee. The trial will resume Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Okeechobee County Judicial Complex. HUDDLESTONContinued From Page 1 Assistance available for seniors to help with electric billsOkeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the EHEAP grant. You must be sixty or over or have someone in the household sixty and over. This grant will pay for electric bills and space heaters. You must have a Final Notice. Call Sheila at 863462-5180 to nd out the documentation you will have to apply.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. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon VinsonPrize winnerOkeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo hosted 120 vendor booths at the Agri-Civic Center on Jan. 28. Each booth offered a drawing prize. Rachel Doyle was the winner of a crystal mug courtesy of the Health Council of Southeast Florida, presented by Sharon Vinson, co-chair of the Health and Safety Expo.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 21 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 On Saturday Jan. 28, Seacoast National Bank sponsored the 10th Annual Big Lake Bass Tournament to Bene t the March of Dimes. The morning was beautiful and the Seacoast AM crew Jerry O'Bannon, John Macchia, Brenda Hans, Maria Pacheco, Briseida A yala, Amber Conlin & Kayla Patterson got the anglers registered and their live wells checked. The afternoon was perfect and the PM crew of Seacoast volunteers Melody Hodges, Brenda Hans, Teresa Lara and Andrea Gregory-Pooley all pulled together to check in the boats and weigh-in the bass. Once again, Jim Fowler arrived with all the equipment, set up the scales and ran the weigh-in. J im has been so supportive and a huge asset over the past six years of the event. We are equally appreciative of the Oakview Baptist Church Christian Team Trail who loan us their equipment each year for the weigh-in. This year's master of ceremonies at the event w as Billy Dean of WOKC who interviewed the anglers and kept the afternoon crowd of spectators entertained. Pro Angler and Radio Personalities Steve and Deb Daniels of W OKC "Nibbles & Bites" and "Hooked Up w ith Steve and Deb," were also on board to join in the festivities and lend a hand with the scales. Special thanks to The Stitchin' Post and A dvanced Engraving who donated the plaque for Biggest Fish, WOKC & Billy Dean, Steve & Deb Daniels, The Sign Guy, Okeechobee the Magazine and the Okeechobee News. We also want to express our appreciation for door prize donations from Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters, Fast Break, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Garrard Bait & Tackle, Okeechobee Computer, BooYah Corp., Optimum Baits, Fishing with Roland Martin and TTI Blake. A eld of 22 boats 44 anglers participated which represented one of the better turnouts in the tournament's 10Year history. "We've had to deal with several issues since 2003 when we started this fundraiser," stated Kathleen Shatto organizer of the event. The hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 followed by severe draught conditions really impacted conditions on the Lake. "Since 2005, we've only had 10-15 boats participate with the exception of 26 in 2010, but we were determined to carry on and maintain a tradition for such a worthy cause as the March of Dimes. It was also important to keep the tournament alive since it provides an opportunity for the local anglers to compete in a community event." This year it was evident that the Lake is back and so are the bass! Sixteen out of the 22 teams returned with the ve- sh limit but it was Buck Durrance of Okeechobee who snagged the Biggest Fish weighing in at 7.18 pounds and winning him $220. That Big Fish contributed to his team total of 24.89 pounds and won Buck and partner Larry Wright, also of Okeechobee, the Guaranteed First Place Prize of $1,000. Second Place Team of Jerry Reynolds and Larry Bucher weighed in their catch of 18.91 pounds for $500 and 16.24 pounds won the $300 third place prize for the team of Jac k Harrison and Les Tory. "Thank you to all who participated," stated Ms. Shatto. A nnual Big Lake Bass Tournament bene ts the March of Dimes Buck Durrance shows off the Biggest Fish plus another big one! Special to the Okeechobee News/ Seacoast BankFirst Place Team was (left) Buck Durrance and (center) Larry Wright. At right is Event Chair Kathleen Shatto.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 DERMATOLOGY Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Diagnosed with Cancer?Come talk to us....... Your path to recovery begins here.......One to One CareRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, Board Certi“ ed Radiation OncologistsBig Lake Cancer CenterA state of the art cancer care facility 1115 North Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee863.467.9500 FAMILY MEDICINE RAULERSONPRIMARYCARE Jose Villarreal, D.O. Dr. Villarreal is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. P r i m a r y C a r e P h y s i c i a nAccepting New Patients of all agesO f f i c e H o u r s : Mon.-Thurs 8-5 € Fri 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-12 0 2 N E 2 n d A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 28 6 3 4 6 7 2 1 5 9www.raulersonprimarycare.com OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Specializing in: A d u l t & P e d i a t r i c U r o l o g y B l a d d e r & K i d n e y I n f e c t i o n s I m p o t e n c e / I m p l a n t s N o S c a l p e l V a s e c t o m y215 N.E.19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217 Board Certified In Urology Advertising in the Okeechobee Newsis a bright idea! Call 763-3134 today! We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities UROLOGY MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore Advertise in the Medical Directory Call 763-3134 today! 22 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted HEALTH HEALTHCARE GYNECOLOGIST Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton120 BEDSCaring for Those You Care About James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S.Scott Tapper,M.D.,F.A.C.S.Board Certified General Vascular Surgeon 2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. StuartSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Office ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation proceduresInsurance Accepted Before Aftersymmetrylaservein.com772-286-5501 Advertising is the key to a successful business!Call 763-3134 Today! SPINE SURGERY Pasquale X.Montesano,M.D.Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon1 1 2 4 S P a r r o t t A v e n u e € O k e e c h o b e e 8 6 3 2 6 1 8 0 5 9 € i n f o @ s p i n e d o c s o r g PALMBEACH SPINE SPECIALISTS The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website 23 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012


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 *. Auctions VERO BEACHHIGHWAYMEN PAINTINGSBUY OUTRIGHT OR CONSIGN FOR AUCTION MARCH 1815 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach(772) 562-5015 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 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. KISSIMMEE RIVER SHORE 24 Country Road, Lorida, Feb. 12&13, 9AM-6PM, community yard sale, HH, knickknacks,tools,fishing,toys,etc. Take 98 to 721, follow the signs. 763-3551 OKEECHOBEE 13801 Hwy 441 SE, Sunday Feb 12, 9-3. Multi-family Rummage Sale in the Clubhouse at Blue Cypress. Something for eyeryone. Breakfast available. Park Wide Sale Kissimmee River Estates One Mile West of Kiss. River on Hwy 70. Feb 9th,10th & 11th Pick-up, Boat, Cargo Trailer, Much Misc. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time 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. EOE/DFW How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full Time 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 Employment Full Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. MoneyLenders GET CASH TODAY FOR ANY CAR, running or not, no title needed. (863)268-5865 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 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 BoatingNEED PONTOON BOAT MOVED? We will move boats from ground or water for a small charge. (561) 262-1390 InsuranceLife, Health, Accident, Disability, Critical Illness Insurance coverage: Request a Quote, Contact: Jessie Vasquez, Sr. Independent Agent, Visit website and request quote: www.aleapinsurance.com, Group/Individual coverage Save money! Introduce a Section 125 Cafeteria plan and add Voluntary bene ts for your employees, call for a 15min get together. (863)763-7114 or (863)801-9204 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 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? 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/SuppliesYorkipoo Pups Toy Females, 8 wks. Shots, health cert. $650. ea. Cash. Call for info.. (863)610-2725 Wanted ToBuy 380 AMT Stainless Steel automatic,Will buy $800-$1,000 dollar in value. I. Johnson short barrel, break back, nickel plated 32 Caliber. 863-697-9616 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Miscellaneous COW HAY ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 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. RIVER ACRES 1/1 Cottage, fully furnished. Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish TV. WI FI & local phone service. $650 mo. + sec. (863) 467-1950 VIKING/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. TAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo unfurnished on ground oor. Includes electric & water. $725 mo. 2 weeks FREE w/security deposit! Call 863-634-0663. Houses-Rent 3/1 Very Nice CBS House for rent. Good Location,$800/mo. Call 561-662-4563 Hwy 70 4 miles east of town. 24 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your Home!


Houses-Rent A FFORDABLE New Houses. 3/1/1 for $900, 3/2 for $1000. Large yards. Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. 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 OKEE 3/1 Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $725 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 OfficeSpace RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Two Story CBS house on Canal,3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room w/ re place. 2 frigs, washer/dryer, 40 ft Car port,Very Clean. $125,000 Call 863-610-0329 Lots -SaleBig “O” RV Park 55+ 37’ Travel Supreme 5th Wheel,2 large slides,W/D, many custom features, Beautiful lake lot,cement pavers own both for $55,000 Call 716-665-8979 NICE 1/2 ACRE LOTS FOR SALE IN NEW AREA GREAT FOR INVESTMENT WILL CONSIDER OFFERS. CALL 863-634-7781 Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 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 2006 2bd/2ba Dble Wide. Fully furnished, sits in 6 corner lots, paved circular drive, 2 garages. Kissimmee River Estates. $98,900 Call 863-763-4081 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 CASABLANCA PARK 3BR, 1.5BA, Fully furnished, W/D, screen room, Florida room, newly remodeled and painted. $18,000 OBO (219)384-3407 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 MobileHomeSaleFOR 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 OKEECHOBEE 2003 24’ x 48’ Modular Home. 3 BR/2 BA. Heat/AC. 8’ x 16’ glassed in FL. rm. Likenew condition. $24,000. Ready to move to your location. (863) 763-6069. SEMINOLE COVE 2BR, 2BA, 2 Car Carport & Florida Room. (863)467-0284 SEMINOLE COVE 2BR/ 2BA, Lg Carport & Shed. Immediate possession 815-716-0872 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a “Budget Development Workshop” on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., in the William L. Hendry Courtroom at the Historic Courthouse 304 N.W. 2nd Street Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chairman Board of County Commissioners Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 409642 ON 2/8/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000326 JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff vs. CAROLYN HAYES RIPPY, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGSPROPERTY TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS OF DON R. RIPPY: ADDRESS UNKNOWN BUT WHOSE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS IS: N/A. Residence unknown and if living, including any unknown spouse of the Defendant, if remarried and if said Defendant is dead, his/her respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; and the afore-mentioned named Defendant and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendant and such of the unknown name Defendant as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property to-wit: Lot 3 of TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, UNIT 1, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Pages 54 and 55, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. more commonly known as 2758 SE 18TH TERRACE, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34974, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. This action has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on the Plaintiff’s attorney, FLORIDA FORECLOSURE ATTORNEYS, PLLC, whose address is 601 Cleveland Street, Suite 690, Clearwater, FL 33755, on or before 30 days after date of rst publication, and le the original with the Clerk of the Circuit Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS m y hand and the seal of PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO.: 2011-CA-304 JUDGE: LARRY SCHACK GULFSTREAM BUSINESS BANK, a Florida Banking Corporation, Plaintiff, v. OKEECHOBEE SURGICAL ASSOCIATES, INC., a Florida corporation, SURGERY CENTER OF OKEECHOBEE, INC., a Florida corporation, LESLIE BERGHASH, M.D., JOHN CHANG, M.D., MIGUEL ESPIRITU, M.D., MANUEL GARCIA, M.D., TRINIDAD GARCIA, M.D., RICHARD JAMES, M.D., ZAFAR KURESHI, M.D., JOHN LANZA, M.D, MARC LEVINE, M.D., DAVID SIGALOW, M.D., BRADFORD SLUTSKY, M.D., ROBERT STIEFEL, M.D., and BARBARA L. BROWN, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to the Consent Final Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on January 15, 2012, in the cause pending in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, Civil Action Number: 2011-CA-304, the Clerk, Sharon Robertson, will sell the property situated in said County, more particularly described on Exhibit “A” attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference: Lots 1 through 26, inclusive, Block 74, Conners Highlands, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 21, Including all alleys, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Less and Except: Those portions of Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, Block 74, Conner’s Highlands, according to the map or plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 21, including all alleys, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Being described as follows: Begin at the Southeast comer of said Lot 6; thence along the South line of said Lot 6, South 89 degrees 44’ 57” West, 3276 meters (10.75 feet); thence North 00 degrees, 08’ 04” West, 91.462 meters (300.07) feet to the North line of said Lot 1; thence along said North line North 89 degrees 44’ 35” East, 3.252 meters (10.67 feet) to the Northeast corner of said Lot 1; thence along the East line of said Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, South 00 degrees 08’ 58” East, 91.462 meters (300.07 feet) to the Point of Beginning. Also less and except: A portion of land lying in Lots 10 through 23 and an abandoned alley, Block 74, CONNORS HIGHLANDS, an addition to OKEECHOBEE, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 21, public records of Okeechobee County, Florida and being more particularly described as follows: Begin at the Northwest Corner of Lot 16, Block 74, CONNORS HIGHLANDS, an addition to OKEECHOBEE as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 21, public records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence North 88 23’ 17” East along the North Line of said Block 74 for a distance of 308.00 feet thence South 01 32’ 30” East for a distance of 256.73 feet; thence South 88 24’ 46” West for a distance of 131.00 feet; thence North 70 42’ 24” West for a distance of 189.38 feet to a point on the West Line of Said Block 74; thence North 01 32’ 30” West along said West Line for a distance of 189.10 feet to the Point of Beginning. TOGETHER WITH: b. Appurtenances. The bene t of all easements and other rights of any nature whatsoever, if any, appurtenant to the Land or the improvements, or both, the bene t of all rights-of-way, strips and gores of land, streets, alleys, passages, drainage rights, sewer rights, rights of ingress and egress to the Land and all adjoining property, and any improvements now or hereafter located thereon, water rights and powers, oil, gas, mineral and riparian rights, whether now existing or hereafter arising, together with the reversion or reversions, remainder or remainders, rents, issues, incomes and pro ts of any of the foregoing (the “Appurtenances”). c. Improvements. All buildings, structures, betterments and other improvements of any nature now or hereafter situated in whole or in part upon the Land or the Appurtenances, regardless of whether physically af xed thereto or severed or capable of severance therefrom (the “Improvements”). d. Tangible Property. All of Mortgagor’s right, title and interest, if any, in and to all xtures, equipment and tangible personal property of any nature whatsoever, that is now or hereafter (i) attached or af xed to the Land or the improvements, or. both, or (ii) situated upon or about the Land or the improvements, or both, regardless of whether physically af xed thereto or severed or capable of severance therefrom, or (iii) regardless of where situated, if used, usable or intended to be used in connection with any present or future use or operation of or upon the Land, the foregoing includes: all heating, air conditioning, lighting, incinerating and power equipment; all engines, compressors, pipes, pumps, tanks, motors, conduits, wiring, and switchboards; all plumbing, lifting, cleaning, re prevention, re extinguishing, refrigerating, ventilating, and communications apparatus; all boilers, furnaces, oil burners, vacuum cleaning systems, elevators and escalators; all stoves, ovens, ranges, disposal units, dishwashers, water heaters, exhaust systems, refrigerators, cabinets, and partitions; all rugs, draperies and carpets; all laundry equipment; all building materials; all furniture, furnishings, of ce equipment and of ce supplies; and all additions, accessions, renewals, replacements and substitutions of any or all of the foregoing. The items of property encumbered by this paragraph are jointly and severally called the “Tangible Property” in this Mortgage. Property address: 1655 Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash at 11:00 o’clock A.M., on the 29th day of February, 2012, in The Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, located at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated this 20th day of January, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, Florida By: Lynn Shain Deputy Clerk ROBERT P. SUMMERS, ESQUIREMcCARTHY, SUMMERS, BOBKO,WOOD, NORMAN, BASS & TAYLOR, P.A.2400 S.E. Federal Highway, 4th Floor, Stuart, Florida 34994 (772) 286-1700 E-Mail: rps@mccarthysummers.com Attorneys for Plaintiff 408306 ON 2/1,8/2012 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO REGISTER FICTITIOUS NAME The undersigned does hereby certify that Lakeside Recreational Inc. conducting a Recreational Vehicle Park business at 4074 Hwy 441 SE, Okeechobee, Florida, under the ctitious name of Lakeside RV Park and that said rm is composed of the following persons whose names and places of residence are as follows: Gary Ruppert (President) 4074 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 Judy Ruppert (Secretary) 4074 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 Ownership of Lakeside Recreational Inc. is as follows: Gary Ruppert Judy Ruppert 4074 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 It is my intentions to apply to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporation to register the said nam of Lakeside RV Park under the provisions of Chapter 90-267, laws of Florida, Acts of 1991. Gary Ruppert DATE: 2/7/2012 409668 ON 2/8/2012 PublicNoticeNOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Cow Town Cafe Under which we expect to engage in business at: 3235 Hwy 441 SR Suite B Okeechobee, FL 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Norman Operating LLC Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 7th day of February, 2012. By: Jay Norman 409649 ON 2/8/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-011 In Re: Estate of HELEN MARJORIE SANKEY JORDAN a/k/a HELEN S. JORDAN, a/k/a HELEN JORDAN Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (ancillary administration) The ancillary administration of the estate of HELEN MARJORIE SANKEY NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Okeechobee Paddle & Pedal Under which we expect to engage in business at: 692 SR 78 West In the City of Okeechobee/county o f Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Thomas Wojcinski Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 6th day o f February, 2012. By: Thomas Wojcinski 409633 ON 2/8/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000289 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, VS. GUSTAVO CASTREJON; MARIA N. CASTREJON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARIA N. CASTREJON; RAFAEL CASTREJON RODRIQUEZ; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RAFAEL CASTREJON RODRIQUEZ; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE PROPERTY Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RAUL LIBERATO Last Known Address 1111 SW 3RD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF NORMA BLITCH Last Known Address 1111 SW 3RD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: THE WEST 20.0 FEET OF LOT 9, ALL OF LOT 10, BLOCK 7, SOUTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 7, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 1111 SW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of you written defenses, if any, to it, on Marinosci Law Group, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 1045, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in THE OKECHOBEE NEWS and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demand in the complaint. This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2.065. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to provide reasonable accommodations when requested by quali ed persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in a court proceeding or access to a court facility, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Court Adminis25 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 this Court on this 3rd day of February, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Court Okeechobee County, Florida By: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk FLORIDA FORECLOSURE ATTORNEYS, PLLC 601 Cleveland Street, Suite 690 Clearwater, FL 33755 (727) 446-4826 Our File No: CT-A909720 409535 ON 2/8,15/2012JORDAN, a/k/a HELEN S. JORDAN, a/k/a HELEN JORDAN, deceased, whose date of death was June 22, 2011, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The personal representative’s and the personal representative’s attorney names are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication of this notice is February 8, 2012. Ancillary Personal Representative: Yvonne H. Ramsey-Lefevre 135 Dill Avenue Parkasie, PA 18944Attorney for Ancillary Personal Representative:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Of ce Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 (863) 763-3825 By: Tom W. Conely, III Florida Bar #096482 409645 ON 2/8,15/2012 tration, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986; (772) 807-4370; 1-800-9558771, if you are hearing or voice impaired. I HEREBY CERTIFY that a true and correct copy of the foregoing Notice of Filing was mailed to all the parties in the attached mailing list. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 1st day of February, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By Arlene Nealis As Deputy Clerk Marinosci Law Group, P.C. 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 1045 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33060 Telephone: (954) 644-8704 Telefacsimile: (954) 772-9601 409646 ON 2/8,15/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY GENERAL CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 2010-CA-000172 HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORPORATION III, Plaintiff vs SHAWN L. LEWIS; NICOLE L. LEWIS; and UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS, TENANTS, OWNERS, AND OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES, including, if a named defendant is deceased, the personal representatives, the surviving spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, through, under or against that defendant, and all claimants, persons or parties, natural or corporate, or whose exact legal status is unknown, claiming under any of the above named or described defendants Defendants NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Order or Final Judgment entered in this cause on January 24, 2012, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: LOT 9 OF THE PINELANDS ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 35 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Property Address 40301 NW 24th Drive Okeechobee, Florida 34972at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Second Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 at 11:00 a.m. on February 29, 2012. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHE R THAN THE PROPERTY OWNE R AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS, MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH THE CLERK OF COUR T WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED this 25th day of January, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court, Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Lynn Shain Deputy Cler k ENRICO G. GONZALEZ, P.A. Attorney at Law ENRICO G. GONZALEZ, ESQUIRE 6255 East Fowler Avenue Temple Terrace, FL 33617 Florida Bar #861472 813/980-6302 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; i f you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 408639 ON 2/1,8/2012 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!


A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S H A I R C U T S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € OkeechobeeEMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. 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Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 M A R I N A N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss Cheri Stevens 1 0 5 S W 3r d A v e. 863-467-0418 Tues. -Fri 9-5:30 €Sat. 9-3 € Closed Sun & Mon A T T O R N E Y S NO ACCOUNT TOO SMALLRATES from $600 ANNUALLY For Farm and Ranch Insurance Call 863.357.1707 F A R M R A N C H I N S U R A N C E Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 2011-CA-188 T HE HOWARD E. HILL FOUNDATION, INC., a Florida corporation, Plaintiff, V S. JOHN AGUILAR and MICHELLE DELGADO, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment dated January 25, 2012, and entered in Civil Action Case No.: 2011-CA-188 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which the Clerk of this Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL, Second Floor Jury A ssembly Room, at 11am on the 7th day of March, 2012, the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: Lots 22, 23, and 24, Block 36, EL MIRASOL, according to plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 1, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Together with a 2006 Fleetwood double-wide mobile home having Identi cation Nos.: GAFL535A90792-5C31 and GAFL535B90792-5C31, which is permanently af xed thereto. Parcel ID: 1-18-37-35-0020-00360-0220 A ny person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED this, the 27th day of January, 2012. THE HONORABLE SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk A ttorney for Plaintiff: Chase H. Zobec, Esq. McGahee & Perez, PL Florida Bar No.: 084818 417 West Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL 33440 Phone: (863) 983-1677 Fax: (863) 983-1973 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS DISABILITIES ACT, if you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 8074370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 408971 ON 2/8,15/2012 26 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful! Calling all scrapbookers!The Croppin’ Crew will meet this Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Okeechobee County Library. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Check out what other local scrapbookers and cardmakers are doing and share your ideas too. Bring your pictures, scrapbook pages and/or any card-making projects that y ou are working on. For further information call Joan at 863-467-0290.Knights of Columbus hold dinners in BHRThe Knights of Columbus of St. Theresa Catholic Church, at S.R. 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. Arnold’s Wildlife hosting Safari PartyRace 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, beer, soft drinks, tours, bounce house and pony rides. The “Best Safari Costume” contest will be held. 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. Arnold’s is located 14895 N.W. 30th Terrace in Okeechobee. See their web site at www.arnoldswildlife.org. All proceeds go to Arnolds a 501(c)3 organization.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 U.S. 441 North, Okeechobee.B.R.A.T. Club hosting Valentines 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, soda and chips. For more information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Farm Bureau will hosts archery shootOkeechobee County Farm Bureau will host the Fourth Annual, 3-D Archery Shoot will be 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 U.S. 441 N, across from ARS Motorsports. Proceeds go to support the Young Farmer and Rancher Scholarship Program. For more information, contact Okeechobee County Farm Bureau at 863-763-3101.Church preparing for ‘Island Thyme’ partyOn Feb. 11, the dining hall of Church of Our Saviour at 200 N.W. Third 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 863-357-1713. If your schedule is so busy you can’t make it b y the of ce, please call to let them know you will be there.Golf tourney planned to help local studentCambell Platt has been chosen to represent Okeechobee County and the United States as a student ambassador in England and France during the summer of 2012. He is a fth grade honor roll student at Osceola Middle School, active in sports and his community. Cambell is the greatgrandson of World War I, World War II and Korean War Veterans, and the grandson of both World War II and Vietnam Veterans. His parents are both educators and long-time residents of Okeechobee County. The Okeechobee Golf 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. Moose Club presents Lip Synch showThe Okeechobee Lip Synch show will be presented on Feb. 11, from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Club on S.R. 78 South. Community Events


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 27 Okeechobee News February 8, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School sent 11 wrestlers to the regional tournament as they nished in third place at the District 14-2A tournament held Saturday in Okeechobee. Olympic Heights won the team championship in a great ght with Jensen Beach. Olympic Heights had six individual champs and Jensen Beach had seven. Okeechobee had one district champion, Johnathon Kemp at 182 pounds. The Brahman wrestlers who will compete Saturday in the regional at Martin County High School, include Del no Garcia, who nished in third place in the 106 pound weight class, Zachary Reed who nished second at 113 pounds, Cody Grif th, w ho nished third at 120 pounds, Michael Thomas who nished third at 132 pounds, Ryan Hagan who nished second at 145 pounds, Bryan Levins who nished third at 152 pounds, Justin Morgan who nished in fourth place at 160 pounds, and Allen Leitner who nished fourth at 170 pounds. Other quali ers included Zadoc Simmons w ho nished in third place at 195 pounds and Greg Hernandez who nished fourth at 220 pounds. Kemp said he really worked hard at practice and at home on his moves and conditioning this year and he was very con dent he could win the overall title. "It feels good. I went out there and did what I had to do, my opponent tried to tie me out and out-muscle me, but I waited for my opportunity," he said. Kemp will be the number one seed at the regional this weekend and really wants to make it to the state tournament. "Our team did well. We're a bunch of young kids and our con dence level is kind of low but we did great and the young kids did what they were told." Reed, only a freshman, did well throughout the day until he came up against Rocco Cammarano of Olympic Heights in the nal. Still he said he was pleased to get the experience and a shot at the regional. "I think I have done well for my rst year. There was a lot of good competition. He was a lot stronger than me and I'm not going to lie, he was better than me." Reed said every wrestler on the Brahmans gave their heart to the sport and tried hard this year. Thomas, a junior, only took up wrestling this year after a few years in track. He improved to (19-4) on the year with a solid performance Saturday. He admitted he was kind of upset with third place and wanted to nish stronger. "I'm new to wrestling but I'll come back next year even stronger than this year. I know it will be tough, but I'll keep pushing through the pain." OHS mat team takes third in district tourney Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyIn the above left photo, Johnathon Kemp (right) pinned Stevens Thomas of Olympic Heights in the 182 pound nal to win the district title Saturday. In the photo on the above right, Bryan Stokes (right) tries to break a hold of Nate Ziggas of South Fork during the nal in 152 pounds. Levins won the match with a pin at 4:04. OCRA signups will be held Saturdays Feb. 11 and 18, from 9 a.m.3 p.m. at the score tower at the sports complex. Boys ages 4 thru 14 and girls ages 4 thru 15 are eligible to sign up. You will need to bring a COPY of the child's birth certi cate and a $60 registration fee. The enrollment will be closed after the last sign up day. Any child signing up after that last Saturday, will be placed on a waiting list. For questions, call 863-634-0515. OCRA baseball/softball signups start


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