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Publication Date: 02-10-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, February 10, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 18 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.22 feetLast Year: 12.41 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi PooleMiss Okeechobee RodeoMiss Okeechobee Rodeo representatives were chosen Feb. 4. Left to right, winners are: 2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Kellie Munn, Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess McKenna Hickson and Miss Teen Rodeo Okeechobee Sierra Coward. For more on the story, see page 5. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Weeping, Elena Huddleston begged Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger to be lenient when he sentenced her son, Joel, Thursday morning. “Please show mercy, your honor. Please,” she sobbed. With little comment, Judge Belanger sentenced the former middle school teacher and youth minister to 15 years in prison. That sentence will be followed by 15 years sexual offender probation and he will be classi ed as a sexual offender. In his comments to the judge prior to sentencing, Assistant State Attorney described Joel Huddleston as a “twisted individual...” and asked that he be sentenced to 45 years. Huddleston, 29, was found guilty Wednesday evening of lewd and lascivious conduct and tampering with a witness. Judge Belanger By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three Central Florida women who claimed to be on their way to the Seminole Casino at Brighton only made it as far as the Okeechobee County Jail. The women reportedly made a scheduled stop at a local convenience store where they allegedly were caught selling methamphetamine to a con dential informant. The alleged buy was recorded by members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Street Crimes Unit. Arrested at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, were: Toni Wyatt-Pryor, 46, Pipes Road, Bartow; Nancy L. Freeworth, 50, Lake Buffum Road, Former teacher sentenced to prison Task force arrests 3 on meth charges C hristian Team T rail ... Page 12 County may not accept grant ... Page 8See HUDDLESTON — Page 13 Nancy L. Freeworth Monda Reed-Gandy Toni Wyatt-Pryor See METH — Page 8

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The present and all former City of Okeechobee Fire Chiefs were honored Tuesday, Feb. 5, when the Okeechobee County Historical Society unveiled a collection of photographs of re chiefs at the re station. A bout 50 people were in attendance at the program which was presided over by Betty W illiamson, president of the Okeechobee County Historical Society. She presented a history of the re department and honored the present re chief and former re chiefs and their families who were present. Since 1915, when the City of Okeechobee w as formed, the city has had 21 re chiefs. To date, the historical society has only managed to locate 11 photographs. It is their hope to eventually have a collection of photographs of all the chiefs. In the beginning, the chief of police also served as re chief. W hile the rst two chiefs of police, or town marshals, Benjamin Hall and J.W. Raulerson, were also listed as re chiefs, it was the third chief of police, Pogy Bill Collins, whose salary was broken down into $75 a month for being chief of police and $25 a month for being the head of a volunteer re department. According to city council minutes, on May 9, 1916 the city council bought a "2-barrel re extinguisher." This was evidently some type of re truck, because later minutes only refer to a re truck. On May 29, 1917 Pogy Bill was ordered to build a shed for the re truck which cost $11.68. The minutes also record a $4.45 repair bill for the re truck. Pogy Bill served from March 14, 1916 to Nov. 18, 1918 as the city's chief lawman and chief re re ghter. He had the unique distinction of serving again from Jan. 2, 1923 to Dec. 30, 1924. He later became sheriff. After he left Okeechobee he went to Frostproof as police chief. Pogy Bill was killed when a Frostproof re truck he was riding en route to a re overturned. Some time later the city began hiring fulltime re chiefs who lived upstairs in the city hall. At that time the re station was in the north wing of the city hall (where the city logo is painted on the building). The longest serving chiefs were Olen Godwin who served 23 years from Feb. 1, 1955 to Nov. 1, 1978 and Keith Toomey who served 25 years from May 15, 1979 to June 20, 2004. It was Chief Godwin's widow, Pearl, who suggested the photograph collection. The two shortest serving chiefs were Joe Prescott and Walter Watford, who each served two months in 1945. Walter Watford was the grandfather of city councilman Dowling Watford. The councilman said his father was in the military in 1945 and he did not know until the Historical Society researched the re chiefs, that his grandfather had served in that of ce. Current Fire Chief Herb Smith, who succeeded Chief Toomey in 2004, has been with the re department for 20 years. Councilman Clayton Williams recalled serving as volunteer reman while in high school because answering a re call meant an excused absence from class.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 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 Now In Stock Your Winter Supplement Feeds for Cattle A T T E N T I O N : F A R M E R S & R A N C H E R S Protein Blocks, Energy Blocks, All Natural Blocks, Round Bales, Liquid Feed... Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy. 98 N., Okeechobee Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Feb. 10TH Thurs., Feb. 16TH For Info, Call 763-7202 III: “JOURNEY MYSTERIOUS ISLAND”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG THEATRE II: “JOYFUL NOISE”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 THEATRE I: “HUGO”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00, Mon. 3:00“MAN ON A LEDGE”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 9:00, Mon. 7:00 PG PG-13 3 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 Weather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Friday night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Calm wind becoming west between 5 and 10 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. North northwest wind around 10 mph. Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. North northwest wind around 10 mph. Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66. North northeast wind around 15 mph, w ith gusts as high as 20 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Historical Society honors Okeechobee re chiefs Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaOkeechobee remen pose in front of re truck number one which displayed photographs of re chiefs that were presented to the re department by the Okeechobee County Historical Society on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Pictured are, left to right, Assistant Chief Bill Douglas, Chief Herb Smith, Fire ghter Mike Skipper, Fire ghter Josh Sanders, Lieutenant Jeff Baugh, Fire ghter Adam Crum and Fire re ghter Phil Conroy. Fire truck number one is a 1949 Ford that has been refurbished by the re ghters and is still in service. For more photos, see the Okeechobee News page on Facebook. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaBetty Williamson, president of the Okeechobee County Historical Society, recognizes City of Okeechobee Fire Chief Herb Smith for his service to the city. The recognition took place during a Tuesday, Feb. 7, ceremony at the re station to unveil a collection of photographs of re chiefs. Help available for seniors to help with electric billsOkeechobee Senior Services is currentl y 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.

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Okee-Tantie There is going to be a town hall meeting hopefully in late February or early in March. Anyone interested in lling out cards w ill be able to be heard and public input will help the County to design the park so we c an do it right the rst time and we all will be happy with the end result. If a developer is going to plunk down $30 to $40 million dollars to build the park, they must be assured t hat they can get a return on their money. T here are four different concepts to consider and that will be determined by public input. W ith the current economic climate, leasing t he property on a long-term lease is the only w ay the park can be rebuilt without using public funds, that the county can’t expend now and won’t be able to for at least 10 to 15 years.  Sell it! Government, local or state, has no business trying to gure out how to make a campground pro table.  The property is inside the dike so I don’t t hink they can sell it. There are a lot of environmental issues as well as the fact that it is c ompletely underwater during a hurricane s torm surge.  I have an RV and have roamed the c ountryside with it. Palm Beach County has t wo lovely campgrounds which during the w inter months are usually lled to capacity. Broward County has ve county parks which offer campgrounds, all but Quiet Waters offer sites with full RV hookups. My personal knowledge of Markham Park was that it, t oo, was usually at capacity during the wint er season. The city of Orlando has a lovely park called Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. Again, I found it dif cult to “get in” in t he winter season. The city of Pahokee went t he other way with their facility, using a company called Lake Okeechobee Outpost. That c ompany has gone belly up and the campground, pool and restaurant are closed. The prices at Pahokee were very steep, with an additional charge if you used your RV’s air c onditioning. The camping sites had locat ion, but were less than ideal.  What’s going to be done is a question as millions of dollars of federal, local, city and county funds have been spent there.  Don’t forget Longpoint in Sebastian run by Brevard County ... nice facility and same fee year round.  The Military Parks use a “Camp Host.” They deal with the camp populace, they take care of the day-to-day business and they get a reduced rate for their stay. Win Win situation.  We cannot sell it because there is a reversionary clause that says if we try to sell the campground it would revert back to South Florida Water Management District.  I really don’t see how they can “sell” lots in Okee-Tantie, when the county does not have the right to sell it. Also, you can’t put any permanent structures inside the dike unless they are owned by the government (such as the restaurant, bait shop and the OCSO Marine Unit building). If there is a hurricane on the way, any RVs have to be evacuated from Okee-Tantie. You can’t let people put park models inside the dike. Did you see the photos from 2005, when the FEMA trailers were at Okee-Tantie? What a mess! Pieces of those trailers were scattered all over the place. Fortunately, the deputies made everyone leave the park before the storm hit.Insurance I just watched a story on channel 5 about an insurance company forcing people to insure homes for much more than they are worth. My Mom has just had this problem with another company and while trying to nd a new company, all others did the same thing. I would love to hear from others with the same story. If you have had the same problem, contact the Insurance Commissioners Of ce in Tallahassee. Things won’t change unless we complain.  Just had to buy a new policy for my house, switching from a rental liability to homeowner’s. The place is insured for $143,000, the lowest they would go, with 80 percent coverage on contents valued at $114,000. I’m sure I don’t own more than $25,000 worth of appliances and furniture, all second hand when I bought them. They rattle on about replacement costs etc. Well who says I would replace with brand new?Check points On the news, I see other counties are setting up Driver’s License and Insurance card check points. I wish Okeechobee would set up some check points. Re-dedication of monumentSaturday was a day of celebration for Okeechobee. The re-dedication of the Battle of Okeechobee Marker/Monument in our new State Park was a well-attended “Event within an Event” during the Re-enactment weekend. The Okeechobee Chapter of the DAR was a proud hostess of our community as they shared responsibilities for the ceremony with Cora Stickney Harper Chapter (Ft, Pierce) and Seminole Chapter (West Palm Beach). Dignitaries from DAR attended. Congressman Rooney sent a letter of congratulations and encouragement. Greg Langowski represented Senator Marco Rubio. Former State Representative Richard Machek commented that the Monument has had many names over the years and especially during the move to relocate it in November. Willie Johns introduced Andy Bowers the Brighton Council Representative for the Seminole Tribe. County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, Sheriff Paul May, Judge Hendry, Betty and Sonny Williamson were among the many honored guests. There are many who helped the DAR achieve their goal of moving the Marker/Monument and holding the Re-dedication ceremony. We are most grateful to: FDOT who granted a permit without a fee, Okeechobee Sheriff’s Department who controlled traf c and provided work-release inmates to do the digging, Rick’s Cranes’ Wade Lightsey for his outstanding maneuvering of the crane, Matt Buxton for his work to move what was thought to be “just a large piece of coquina” and his cooperation during the move, Mark Nelson and his staff (Florida Park Service), and Dowling Watford. The thank you list continues for the Saturday ceremony to Gilbert Golf Carts for welcome transportation, Tree Locators for the red cypress trees and potted grasses to beautify the setting, the JROTC of Okeechobee High School presented the colors and Dillon Jones of the OHS Band played Taps. We have an amazing community. Sincerely, Su George Okeechobee Chapter DAR Chairperson Relocation and Rededication of Battle of Okeechobee Marker/Monument The following letter from Congressman Tom Rooney was read at the dedication o f the memorial: Dear Okeechobee Battle eld Friends and Supporters, Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Re-dedication of the Battle o f Okeechobee Monument. Through the hard work and dedication of the Okeechobee, Seminole of West Palm Beach, and Cor a Stickney Harper of Ft. Pierce DAR Chapters, the Battle of Okeechobee Historic State Par k will soon be opened and well preserved fo r future generations. History is a tool to see where we hav e been, a tool to show how much we’v e changed and a tool to predict where w e are going. This monument sits on the forefront of a battle eld rich in a history that is not just inspiring but educational. The sit e of the Battle of Okeechobee was a turning point in the Seminole Indian Wars. A battl e that had lasting implications and a dramati c story, it is described as the bloodiest ght o f the 37 listed engagements, making it a stapl e in Florida’s history not only for what it signies, but the lessons it continues to teach us today. As one of America’s eleven most Endangered Historic Places, the Battleground of Okeechobee should be admired and revered. It is vital that this piece of history b e preserved in order to understand the struggle between a young and expanding United States and the Seminole Indians. This monument bears a plaque with th e names of all those who were killed in this historical battle. It recalls their individual sacri ce and by taking part in today’s ceremony, you are commemorating those who risked and those who lost their lives for the prosperity of this area and the state of Florida. Congratulations on achieving the parks’ rst permanent installation. The monumen t opens a new chapter in the history of this park, one where future students, scholars, and the general public can come to learn of our state’s heritage. Through your efforts, this battleground will become one of glor y and enrichment in our lives. Thank you fo r your support to the future of the Battle o f Okeechobee Park and the signi cance tha t comes with it. Thomas Rooney Member of Congress Friday, February 10, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. 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MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Roberta “Bobbi” ChristensenHappy Valentine’s Day!I miss your smile, your touch, your laugh. I miss you, your everything. I love you. MORE! Love, Eric To all, please pray for justice. Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 5 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee news A possible economic grant that would create 30 jobs was discussed at the Tuesday, Feb. 7 meeting of the Okeechobee City Council. Nancy Phillips, the city’s grant coordinator, discussed the Community Development Block Grant Program. The council conducted a public hearing on the program and v oted to move forward with trying to secure a grant which would involve building a west bound left turn lane on S.R. 70 in front of Appleby’s. A second required public hearing will be held at the Feb. 21 city council meeting. Ms. Phillips is then planning to submit the application for the grant before the Feb. 28 deadline. The code board had recommended that the city begin foreclosure proceedings against a property because of repeated code violations. The vacant 813 S.E. Third Ave. property of Cody Brown was damaged by re in 2008 and was never repaired. It incurred a ne of $7,400 in October of 2008 which has not been paid. Since that time there have been several other code violations and the owner has been declared a repeat violator. After some discussion the council directed staff to see which would be most cost effective foreclosure or nuisance abatement. Turning to nancial matters, the council delegated authority to the mayor, the city administrator and the nance director to sign nancial records required by the state. The council also approved a resolution establishing de nitions and policies for reserves and fund balances. This resolution de nes standard accounting procedures that have not previously been in writing. In addition, the council approved temporary street closings throughout the year for Okeechobee Main Street and First Baptist Church activities and conducted an executive session to discuss pending administrative proceedings regarding litigations of Carter Pritchett Advertising, Inc., vs. the City o f Okeechobee, and Centennial Builders of Lee County, Inc, vs. City of Okeechobee.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City to pursue economic development grant funds By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The much debated “Handyman’s License” or Non Structural Restricted Limited License (NSRL), as it is of cially known, could soon be a thing of the past. The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board, meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, voted to recommend to the Okeechobee County Commission that such licenses no longer be issued. Those persons holding a NSRL could continue to work under the terms for which the license was granted for not more than one calendar year. Their licenses would not be renewed. The NSRL as it currently stands is limited to speci c kinds of repairs. The license holder may not employ other people or subcontract their services. The total cost of a job may not exceed $1,000. While the limited scope of work does not require a building permit, all work performed in excess of $500 must be registered with the building department. In the past the board has discussed continual abuse of NSRL holders by exceeding the limited scope of work allowed and going over the $1,000 limit. The board also recommended changing the de nition of a painting contractor and creating new licenses for Asphalt Seal-Coat Contractor and Paving Brick/Paver Bric k System Contractor. Another recommendation to the county commission is the addition of installation of acoustical ceiling tile to the scope of work allowed for a drywall installer. In addition, the board recommended renaming the aluminium license to be a specialty structure contractors license which would include installation of aluminum as well as doors and windows, thus making it conform with state license de nitions. The board approved the request of Steve Adams d.b.a. Adams Fence 2 LLC for reinstatement of his expired fencing specialty license. The lone dissenting vote on the issue was cast by contractor Mark Brandell who had concerns about discrepancies in Mr. Adams’ credit report. Mr. Adams said those discrepancies would be cleared up in about 60 days. Mr. Brandell preferred to wait until those discrepancies were removed from the record before reinstatement. Apparently, the rest of the board did not share Mr. Brandell’s concern. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Licensing board recommends elimination of ‘Handyman License’ Saturday, Feb. 4, marked the Third Miss Okeechobee Pageant. The Okeechobee County Cattlewomen Association hosted the event that brought spectators to the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center from Palm Beach, Ft. Pierce and Okeechobee to support the contestants, enjoy a barbecue lunch and observe the horses. The pageant commenced with personal interviews for each contestant, followed by the horsemanship division. The Miss and Miss Teen contestants competed in two rounds, with the rst round consisting of a set pattern and ending with a “horsemanship” interview. The interview consisted of questions ranging from equine science or basic feed and tack of their horse. The second round was a free style pattern choreographed by the contestant to show off their best skills in riding position, control of horse and their Queen Presentation run. After a delicious barbecue dinner, the contestants wowed the audience with their line dance routine. Contestants were then asked to model, while their biographies were read, and then give a one-minute speech on why they felt they deserved their title. Each contestant was required to answer an impromptu question regarding a rodeo event and answer it to the best of their ability on stage. Prior to the pageant, the Miss and Miss Teen contestants were given a 50 question test re ecting on rodeo, equine science and local cowboy facts. The judges had a dif cult task set before them. Coronation was shortly after with the following results: 2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Kellie Munn; Miss Teen Rodeo Sierra Coward; Miss Teen Rodeo 1st Runner up Alexandra Heatley; MRO Princess McKenna Hickson; Top Score for Rodeo Test, Ashalee Dreher, Miss Congeniality, Alexandra Heatley; Miss Photogenic, Morgan Tripp; Best Personality, Courtney McCreary; Best Appearance, Morgan Tripp. The Cattlewomen’s Association would like to thank the Okeechobee Cattlemen Association, Eli’s Western Wear, Jewelry place, Photography by Bobbi and all the pageant program sponsors. For pageant information, please visit www.missrodeookeechobee.org. For pageant photos, contact Photography by Bobbi at 863-467-2614, or www.photographybybobbiokee.com. 2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee is crowned

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Moose Lodge announces weekend plans Lots of fun will be happening at the Moose Lodge, 159 NW 36th St. this weekend. Friday, there will be Bingo at 6:30 p.m., with bonanza start at 5 p.m. On Saturday there will be a Fish Fry by Ray starting at 5:30 p.m., with Music By Lisa 7-10 p.m. Sunday’s cooked to order breakfast will be 7-11 a.m for a cost of $5. Proceeds bene t Moose Charities.Weekend plans announced at VFWThe North VFW, 300 NW 34th St. has a weekend of fun planned. Friday, the grill will be open 5-9 p.m. with karaoke by Steve On A Stick 7-10 p.m. On Saturday, there will be bar bingo at 1 p.m., a Fish/Shrimp Dinner at 5 p.m., and karaoke by D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy) 7-10 p.m. Sunday Lori will be serving Cabbage Rolls 2-4 p.m., with karaoke by XXL (Capt. Dennis) 6-9 p.m. Proceeds bene t veterans assistance programs. Be sure to stop by and support your local veterans.Special Valentines dinner night plannedON Friday, Feb. 10 a steak dinner will be followed by Valentines Dance at the North Eagles, 9985 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee. Music will be by Jay, and the “Sho Nuff Band. It’s gonna’ be a Real Good Time! Bring your Sweetheart and Get your picture taken and printed on the spot, An 8 x10 photo for a $6.50 donation. We will have other goodies also, just ask. For more information, please call 863-763-2552.Commemorative Memory Field to open The Memory Field Flags will be in Flagler Park, Feb. 10-17 A dedication ceremony will be held Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m. This year 155 Florida Children lost their lives due to child abuse. CASTLE staffers work everyday to eliminate that number -one family at a time. Community members may sponsor a Blue Ribbon for $10; Mini Flag for $25; a Memory Flag for $100.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.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 you are working on. For further information call Joan at 863467-0290.Knights of Columbus hold dinners in BHRThe Knights of Columbus of St. Theresa Catholic Church, at Hwy. 78 W. and Chobee Loop in Buckhead Ridge, are holding a Mexican dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11 All meals include a dessert and choice of beverage. Dinner served from 4:30–6:30 p.m. (takeout is available). Donation of $8, adults and $3 children. Proceeds will go to church projects.A Safari Party to be held at Arnold’s Wildlife CenterRace to our party! Arnold’s Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center is having a Safari Party with entertainment by T-Rex, on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 2 p.m. until. Adults $25 and Children $10, which includes barbecue, 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 Terr. 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 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.B.R.A.T. Club hosts danceThe Building Relationships Among Teens (B,R.A.T.) Club will host a Valentines Teen Dance Party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. The dance is open to children ages 12 to 16. Cost is $7 per child. Admission includes pizza, soda and chips. For more information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.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 Hwy. 78 South.Farm Bureau hosts 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 Hwy 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 plans ‘Island Thyme’ partyOn Feb. 11 the dining hall of Church o f Our Saviour at 200 N.W. 3rd St. wil be transformed into a tropical paradise. The theme of this event is “Island Thyme”. The menu has been developed by none other than Kaye Mueller and Pam Rogers of “Nibbles and Bits” catering of Nashville, Tenn. Entertainment will be provided by the Chobee Steelers. Tickets are available for $10 per person with door prizes. Tickets may be purchased at the church of ce For additional information please call the church of ce at 863-763-4843 or Francee Malone at 863-3571713. If your schedule is so busy you can’t make it by the of ce, please call to let them know you will be there.Golf tourney planned to help local studentCambell Platt 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 OMS. 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 Theres a Platt at 863-763-3941. Masonic Lodge to host breakfastThe Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will host Sunday breakfast on Feb. 12 from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 NW 5th (Across from Flagler Park). A full breakfast of eggs, bacon, grits, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee for just $6 for adults and kids 12 and under $3. The public is welcome and carryouts are available. For more information, please call Fred Alger at 813-468-5128. Breakfasts are held every second and fourth Sunday. Proceeds to bene t Okeechobee youth programs. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Gladys Mae Bowling, 84OKEECHOBEE — Gladys Mae Bowling, age 84, of Okeechobee, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. She was born March 5, 1927, in Borger, Texas. Private services will be held. All arrangements are entrusted to the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. W ayne Kendall Fortenberry, 87OKEECHOBEE — Wayne Kendall Fortenberry, age 87, of Palm Beach Shores and Okeechobee, passed away Feb. 6, 2012. Wayne was born Feb. 27, 1924, in Lynn, Ark., to Clyde and Minnie Fortenberry. After his father died at an early age, he moved to Pahokee, Fla., w ith his mother and step-father, Loren Snyder, w here he was raised. After serving in WW II as a gunner on a Navy merchant ship, he attended Harding College and graduate school at Florida State University and then at the University of Mississippi, where he received his Masters in Education. He was a life-long educator, rst as a highschool teacher at Belle Glade High and then as a guidance counselor at Forest Hill High School. A fter they retired, he and his wife, Marjorie (Margie), divided their time between Palm Beach County and Okeechobee, where they loved the shing life, owning six different homes around Lake Okeechobee. He was an active member of the Church of Christ and stayed involved in education during his retirement years by serving as a director, with several terms as chairman, of the Gold Coast Federal Credit Union. Second only to having a positive in uence on the lives of numerous students, Wayne may w ell be best remembered for his green thumb and horse-trading. He was a farmer at heart and earned his Master Gardener designation from the Mounts Center. His favorite times were w orking in his garden, looking at property and going to the cattle auction, where he loved a good bargain. A devoted family man, he is survived by his w ife of 65 years, Margie; a daughter, Joan Smith and her husband, Larry; a granddaughter, Sydney Smith; his and his wife’s extended family; many friends, including those from his church and the Okeechobee VFW and American Legion; and his dedicated caregivers. The family will receive friends today, Feb. 10, 2012, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Port Mayaca Gardens Cemetery located between Pahokee and Okeechobee on US HWY 98. In lieu of owers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East A venue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SOME VEHICLE PHOTOS ARE APPROXIMATE LIKENESS TO THE IN STOCK INVENTORY. ALL VEHICLES ADVERTISED ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. VEHI CLES PRICED AFTER ALL FACTORY REBATES PLUS TAX, TAG AND $289 DEALER FEE. SOME FACTORY REBATES MAY REQUIRE FORD MOTOR CREDIT FINANCING WAC. SOME PRICES INCLUDE FMCC REBATE, RCL RENEWAL OR TRADE ASSIST REBATE. *10,500 MILES/YR. 27 MONTHS PAYMENT AND TAX.PREOWNED CARS & TRUCKS ON THE TREASURE COAST!APR AS LOW AS 1.9% ON SELECT PRE-OWNED VEHICLES! SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS.THE BEST SELECTION OF 2012 FORD FOCUS 2012 FORD FUSION 2012 FORD ESCAPE 2012 FORD EDGE $2,500 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$192WELL EQUIPPED #12282 50 STARTING ATWELL EQUIPPED #12410$2,995 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$199 25 STARTING ATWELL EQUIPPED #12422$3,000 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$210 20 STARTING ATWELL EQUIPPED #12196$3,500 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$239 21 STARTING AT2011 FORD EXPEDITION XLT & LTD $37,399STARTING AT JUST ONLY 5 LEFT! WELL EQUIPPED!2011 FORD F-150s SAVE THOUSANDS!TO CHOOSE! 1811 2011 FORD TAURUS SE & SHO$7,000SAVE UP TO 2012 FORD EXPLORERS SAVE THOUSANDS! 2011 FORD RANGER XLT6K MI., BLACK, #11343A $20,986 2011 FORD FLEX LIMITED29K MI., INGOT SILVER, #P4278 $28,950ONLY 2010 SCION XD14K MI., RED METALLIC, #12397A$13,950ONLY ONLY 2010 FORD FOCUS SEL13K MI., SANGRIA RED, #12335A $15,950ONLY 2007 NISSAN FRONTIER77K MI., RADIANT SILV., #12070B $15,950ONLY2005 FORD MUSTANG GT71K MI., BLUE MET., #12511C $15,950ONLY 2008 DODGE CHARGER RT62K MI., TORCH RED #11732A $18,950ONLY2008 FORD ESCAPE LTD55K MI., REDFIRE #A4124A $18,950ONLY 2011 CHEVY SILVERADO42K MI., GRAY, #12495A $30,950ONLY 2008 CADILLAC STS V629K MI., GOLD MIST, #12511B1 $22,950ONLY 2011 FORD F-150 XLT24K MI., BLUE MET., #P4271$24,950ONLY 2009 FORD MUSTANG GT23K MI., ALLOY MET., #12626A$22,950ONLY 2010 FORD F-150 LARIAT9K MI., TUXEDO BLK, #12442A $35,950ONLY 2010 NISSAN ALTIMA13K MI., OCEAN GRAY #12236A $16,950ONLY2007 HONDA ELEMENT SC65K MI., BLACK PEARL, #12493A $16,950ONLY 2008 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 39K MI., DARK CHERRY, #11579A $16,950ONLY 7 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012

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Beginning Feb. 17, Indian River State College will offer classes in Chinese, a language spoken by more people in the world than any other and a language becoming increasingly important in business and world affairs. The beginner’s course, Elementary Chinese I, CHI1120, will introduce participants to Mandarin Chinese and provide an understanding of the Chinese language, history and culture. Students will study the Chinese phonological system, practice basic conversation, learn vocabulary and grammar and how to read and write Chinese characters. Class time will incorporate listening, speaking, reading and writing, including enjoyable exercises learning Chinese proverbs and practicing Chinese tongue-twisters. Students will also complete assignments on line. The course will offered at the IRSC Public Safety Training Complex, Building 1, Room 106 on Fridays from Feb. 17 through May 1, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Public Safety Training Complex is located at 4600 Kirby Loop Road, near the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Elementary Chinese II, CHI1121, will continue to build conversational, reading and writing skills. The course will be available through interactive live television at the IRSC Main Campus, Mueller Campus in Vero Beach, Chastain Campus in Stuart, and St. Lucie West Campus in Port St. Lucie. It will meet on Fridays from 1:45 to 4:15 p.m. from Feb. 17 through May 1. Registration is now underway. For more information, call the IRSC Information Call Center at 1-866-792-4772. IRSC offers Chinese language classes By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In a day when it seems that local governments are trying to secure all the grant money possible, Okeechobee County Commissioners seem hesitant to accept a grant from the Florida Department of Emergency Management. At their meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, commissioners discussed at length accepting a $4,000 grant before tabling the motion in order to receive more information. Public safety director Dave McCain explained that the grant was to be used to update emergency response plans as the result of lessons learned from an upcoming regional training exercise. Commissioners noted that the grant w ould not be enough to hire a consultant to rewrite emergency response plans and that the county was not obligated to take the funds. County administrator Robbie Chartier stated that such grants would probably soon be discontinued and she was not convinced accepting the grant would be a good idea. Commissioner Frank Irby noted that $4,000 would not cover much. Commissioner Joey Hoover expressed concern that if the county took the grant, it might be spent for a project that would end up costing much more than $4,000. Commissioners requested that emergency management director Mitch Smeykal present the commissioners with possible projects the grant could be used for and the cost of such projects. Communications and information sharing within the re/rescue department and between that department and the sheriff’s of ce and city law enforcement and re ghting will now be greatly improved due to the purchase of a Spillman Technologies software package for re/rescue. The good news is that the $74,795 cost comes from currently budgeted re/rescue funds and will not require an increase in re or EMT assessments. At a previous meeting commissioners approved purchase of the Spillman Technologies software package for the sheriff’s of ce. The city has had the system for some time. 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, which Mr. McCain said could be a big help, especially when units are spread out at a brush re. Necessary information would automatically be transferred to the computers of the sheriff’s of ce and the city police and re departments. Turning to other business the board approved 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. They also approved a request for a change in zoning from residential mixed, residential mobile home, and commercial to light commercial by Doris Entry who owns property at 3585 U.S. 441 N. The property, about 4.5 acres, is in the middle of a developed commercial area and is along an arterial highway. The owner requested the zoning change in order to accommodate the assembly and sale o f storage sheds. Commissioners also proclaimed 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. County commissioners hesitant to accept grant 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 MLS #205495 • FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 MLS #205578 • 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 • Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 1001-H: Oak Tree Place In town condominium conveniently close to everything. Porch just off the kitchen area. Seller very motivated to sell. Unit #10-G Make offer! $52,000 NOW $39,000 MLS #203425 REDUCED 5000-H: Foreclosure Indian Hammock freshly painted Two story 2 Bedroom 2 Bath on 3.74+/acres. Home has been remodeled.. stairs, oors, and new appliances. large replace. $144,900 NOW $131,900 MLS # 205524 3005-M: Treasure Island 2BR/2BA MH completely furnished. Roof is approx 5 yrs old, new front porch with decorative stone, Living sq ft. 1,248, carport with shed. Well taken care of over the yrs. $63,900 MLS #205608. 4004-M: Buckhead Ridge waterfront 2BR/ 2.5BA with additions. Lg FL rm, screened rm, workshop, boat lift, double carport on a large corner lot with water on two sides. $85,000 MLS #205528 5002-H: Larodo Shores Lg 3BR/3BA plus extra room for of ce on the Rim Canal with Lake access (3,088 Living sq ft.). Too much to list call for further info. Short Sale. $175,000 MLS # 205575 7003-C: Opportunity to be your own boss! Lucky Gator Arcade (Business Only). Lucky Gator Arcade $200,000 with 59 games OR $75,000 with just the business and machine lease. MLS # 205522 REDUCED NEW LISTING LAKE ACCESS NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Located Behind The White House Plaza 1126 S. Parrott Ave € (863) 763-6000Lori Mixon 8 6 3 6 3 4 1 4 5 7 ((LMixon@MixonGroup.com www.MixonGroup.com 8 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 Fort Meade; and Monda Reed-Gandy, 57. Valencia Blvd., Bartow. All three were charged with the felony of traf cking in methamphetamine. Wyatt-Pryor was also charged with the misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia, and Freeworth was charged with the misdemeanor of driving while license suspended. As of newspaper deadline, none of the w omen had gone before a rst-appearance judge so no bond had been set. All three are being held in the Okeechobee County Jail. “These people came all the way from another county to sell their dope here. It is our pleasure to arrest them in Okeechobee County,” said Sheriff Paul May. According to an arrest report by a task force detective, the con dential informant set up a deal with Freeworth to purchase 2 ounces of meth for $1,800 an ounce. The detective said the informant was given money to make the buy and was monitored visually and audibly. When the women arrived at the prearranged site, Freeworth got out of her white Chevrolet truck and entered the informant’s vehicle where she was allegedly paid $3,600. Once the informant had possession of the drugs, continued the report, detectives and street crimes deputies closed in on the truck. The detective said another gram of suspected meth was found in the truck and Wyatt-Pryor had a glass smoking pipe in her bra that contained some sort of residue. The seized substance and the residue in the pipe were eld tested and all indicated a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine, stated the detective’s report. The total weight of the suspected meth was 57.5 grams, added the report. Freeworth is currently on probation for eeing to elude a law enforcement of cer and possession of a controlled substance (meth), stated the detective. None of the women have any apparent ties to Okeechobee County. METHContinued From Page 1

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1999 CHEVY TAHOE LT $3,995 $3,995 1999 TOYOTA COROLLA $1,995 $1,995 2007 FORD FOCUS SE $9,995 $9,995 2005 FORD FOCUS Z3 SES $9,995 $9,995 2003 NISSAN ALTIMA $4,995 $4,995 1999 MERCURY SABLE $1,995 $1,995 1999 SATURN SL $1,995 $1,995 1997 CHEVY EXT CAB 4X4 $2,995 $2,995 2006 CHEVY AVALANCHE $13,995 $13,995 2001 FORD EXPLORER $3,995 $3,995 2006 HONDA ODYSSEY $12,995 $12,995 TOURIN GEDITION TOU RING EDI TION $29,995 $29,995 1OWNER 1 OWNER2008 CHEVY CORVETTE GMCER TIFIE D GM CERTIFIED 2001 CHEVY CAMARO CONVERTIBLE $3,995 $3,995 #11339B #11 339B 2001 OLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE $4,995 $4,995 LOWMILES LOW MILES 2004 CHEVY BLAZER $6,995 $6,995 2003 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT GLX $6,995 $6,995 #120 89D #12089 D 2002 FORD ESCAPE XLT $5,995 $5,995 ONEO WNER ONE O WNER 1999 CHEVY SILVERADO $5,995 $5,995 ONEO WNER ONE O WNER 2003 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS $6,995 $6,995 2002 JAGUAR X TYPE 3.0 $7,995 $7,995 2000 CHEVY SILVERADO $7,995 $7,995 ONEOW NER ONE O WNER 2005 CHEVY MALIBU MAXX $7,995 $7,995 2007 MITSUBISHI GALANT $6,995 $6,995 2004 TOYOTA TACOMA SR5 PRERUNNER $11,995 $11,995 2007 HONDA CIVIC SI $11,995 $11,995 2004 GMC YUKON SLE $7,995 $7,995 2000 LEXUS RX 300 $11,995 $11,995 ONLY67KMILES ONLY 67K MILES 2008 SMART CAR FOR TWO CABRIOLET $8,995 $8,995 ONEO WNER ONE O WNER 2008 HARLEY DAVIDSON $15,995 $15,995 ONLY160MILES ONLY 160 MILES 2008 GULFSTREAM 29QBH $14,995 $14,995 *PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE & DEALER FEE. (SEE DEALER) powered on-line by recycler.com Car & Truck Buyers Guide 9 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 TAMMY KAY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! LORDY LORDY LOOK WHOS 40 Love ya! Mama, Daddy, Cindy, John, Jonathon, and Jenna Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 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 10 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaTwenty years’ serviceAt the Tuesday, Feb. 7 meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Mayor James Kirk, right, honored Fire Chief Herb Smith for 20 years’ service to the city. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaBuying goldGary Easmunt of THR & Associates displays some of the items his organization is buying. They will be at Holiday Inn Express, 3101 U. S. 441 S. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow buying coins, gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold. They also buy silver, war items, toys, trains, dolls and other old items. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 30 were: Mia Castillo, Anthony Mazzucco, Lizzette Escobar, Gaury Duran, Alondra Godinez, JoLee Hill, Selina Denova De Dios, Adam Marsden, Marco Flores, Karianna Sullivan, Hubert Jenkins, Kaliyan Blackmon, Jolina Moreno, Chase Ford, Samia Yamin, Princess Espinal, Aleah Pritchard, Jerett Butts, Anna San Martin, Lynndsy Johnson, Yuliana Licea, Noelia Martinez, Daisy Eunice, Jentry Grif n, Chance Crews, Enrique Garcia, Richard Ayala, Brook Whaley, Orlan Hagins and Rebekah Raulerson. Hospice of Okeechobee is currently seeking caring individuals to provide volunteer services to our patients and families. Some of the duties that our volunteers provide are sitting with a patient while their caregiver takes a break, running to the store, taking a walk, having lunch with a friend, or maybe a much-needed nap. A one-year commitment is suggested, but the rewards are immeasurable. If you want to truly make a difference, please call us at 863-467-2321. Hospice needs volunteers

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THE ADVANTAGE: A 100% COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITYSALES HOURS: Mon. Fri. 8a-7p Sat. 9a-5p, CLOSED Sun SERVICE HOURS: Mon -Fri. 7:30a-5:30p Sat. 8a-4p, CLOSED Sun 3201 US Hwy 27 South, Sebring(863) 386-6238 2003 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER TOURINGAutomatic, Air Conditioning, Great on Gas!!!NADA PRICE $6,787 PRICE $5,787 TOP QUALITY PRE-OWNED VEHICLES NEW 2012 F-150 4X4 CREW CABAutomatic, 5.0 V8, trailer tow package, Air ConditioningMSRP $36,705 DISCOUNT $2,225 FACTORY REBATE $2,500 FMCC REBATE $1,000$30,980 NEW 2011 TAURUS SEL3.5 Durattec V6, Automatic 6speed, Power moonroof, Sony Audio System, Rearview camera system. NEW 2012 FIESTA 5 DOOR HATCHBACK SAir Conditioning, AM/FM with MP3 NEW 2012 F-150 4X4Automatic, Air Conditioning and much more MSRP $29,610 DISCOUNT $1,866 FACTORY REBATE $1,500 CUSTOMER CASH $500 FMCC REBATE $1,000$24,744 MSRP $13,995 DISCOUNT $500 FACTORY REBATE $500$12,995 MSRP $32,090 DISCOUNT $2,200 FACTORY REBATE $2,500 FMCC REBATE $500$26,890 SAVINGS: $5,725 SAVINGS: $4,866 SAVINGS: $1,000 SAVINGS: $5,200 Joe Mullins,Sales ManagerLarry Ledford,General ManagerScott W. Pearce,General Sales Manager HUGE SELECTION OF NEW FORDS AT GREAT PRICESVIEW OUR INVENTORY ATLIKE US FOR DISCOUNTS, PROMOTIONS & MORE!!Prices exclude taxes, tag and $699 dealer fee. Prices include all available factory rebates and incentives. FMCC nancing with Ford Motor Credit Corporation. Subject to credit approval. Photos are for illistration purposes only; vehicles ma y be different in color. Dealer not responsible for typographical errors. Sale ends 2/16/12. WE BUY CARS!STK #FA45723 STK #FA21596 STK #F145449STK#F119843 STK #F801549D Bring in this ad and your Okeechobee driver’s license for a $25 gas card with a test drive 2005 SCION XBAutomatic, Air Conditioning, One Owner, Great on Gas!!! STK #F308902A 2008 LINCOLN MKXAutomatic, Leather Loaded, Light BlueNADA PRICE $23,995 PRICE $20,864STK #FJ34128A 2010 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLEAutomatic, Shaker 500 Stereo, Full PowerNADA PRICE $22,995 PRICE $17,275STK #A0496 2010 FORD F-350 CREW CAB 4X4 LARIATWhite with Tan Bottom, One Owner, Fully Loaded, Only 19,000 MilesNADA PRICE $48,976 PRICE $44,685STK #FA91333B 2011 FORD FUSION SEPower Seat, Full Power, One Owner, Only 4,000 MilesNADA PRICE $21,786 PRICE $19,742STK #F241569ASOLD 11 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 Photos by Pat ZieglarSpecial to the Okeechobee News A beautiful Saturday morning brought out 60 boats for the Feb. 4, Christian Team Trails Fishing Tournament at Okee-Tantie the largest turnout ever. Huge sh were being pulled from Lake Okeechobee with the winners of the tourney taking both overall winner status and Big Fish. The big guy weighed in at 7.81 lbs and was brought in by Dick Myers and Brock Stanaland in boat #44. The two hauled in close to 23 lbs., of sh bringing them a big cash haul as well at $1,560! Second place winners John Hodgson and Mark Lundgren took home a split of the $450 prize for their 21.63 lbs., at weigh-in. Boaters in #51, Mark Hester and Chuck Stamm were the recipients of the $300 prize for their third place catch weighing in at 20.72 lbs. Second place Big Fish went to boaters Larry Steele and Don Jarriel in #16. The were awarded $240 for their 6.86 lb., bass at weigh-in. Other cash awards were presented prizes for fourth, fth and sixth places. Each team received $150. Seventh and eighth place winners took split of $120 and teams nishing ninth through 12th place, they shared $90 each. Special mention goes to Matt Smith whose 6.81 lb., bass tied for third place Big Fish! During weigh-in boaters, family and friends enjoyed hot dogs and soft drinks. Some boaters at the tourney were winners in prize drawings of donated items by various businesses in Okeechobee. Best turnout brings in big sh at February tourney Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pat ZieglarPastor John Garrison presents a check for $1,560 to big winners Dick Myers and Brock Stanaland. The took rst place overall and Big Fish prizes. Second place Big Fish winners Larry Steele and Don Jarriel received a cash prize of $240 for their 6.86 lb., bass after weigh-in presented by Pastor John Garrison. Boaters, John Hodgson and Mark Lundgren brought in 21.63 lbs., earning them a second place spot and a cash prize. A very proud young sherman, Matt Smith, 11 displays his 6.81 lb. Big Fish reeled in earning him a third place tie honorable mention along with boaters Don Van Dyke and Rick Buntenbach. Dick Myers, on the rst place team with Brock Stanaland shows off the prizewinning catch including the tourney's Big Fish weighing 7.81 lbs. Second place Big Fish winners Larry Steele and Don Jarriel received a cash prize of $240 for their 6.86 lb., bass after weigh-in presented by Pastor John Garrison. Third place winners at the Feb. 4, Christian Team Trails Fishing Tourney with a total of 20.72 lbs. at weigh-in were boaters, Mark Hester and Chuck Stamm. The boat #51 team was awarded a cash prize after weigh-in of $300. Their largest single catch weighed 6.33 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pat Zieglar

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sentenced him to 15 years on each charge, w ith the sentences to run concurrently. He w ill get credit for the 242 days he has already served in jail. The former Yearling Middle School teacher and girls basketball coach was arrested May 5, 2011, after his wife took photos of him sleeping with a 12-year-old girl who was nude from the waist up. Huddleston and his wife Mary were in the process of adopting the girl, even though the biological father and mother are living in Okeechobee County. The jury, made up of three men and three w omen, heard testimony during the two-day trial how on that May evening Mary left the couple’s home to take a walk. After nishing the dinner dishes, Joel then went to the girl’s room and asked if she wanted to watch some sports on the new at screen TV he had purchased for her bedroom. As they sat on the girl’s canopy bed, he began to rub her back. Then, saying they w ere in the way, he took off the girl’s shirt and bra and continued to rub her back. Sometime thereafter, they fell asleep. When Mary returned from her walk she couldn’t nd her husband and the girl. W hen she tried to open the door to the girl’s bedroom, she found it was locked. Using a hair pin, Mary unlocked the door to see her husband and the girl fast asleep. She said the only clothing the child had on were her panties. “I was pretty much in shock,” she told the jury from the witness stand, adding that they “were sleeping pretty deep.” She then grabbed up her cell phone and took pictures of Joel and the girl. Those photos showed the nearly-nude girl in a fetal position with her back toward Joel, who had his arm under her body and across her breasts. The next day, after speaking with her minister, she took the photos to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). “I knew I needed something to take to the cops,” she told Mr. Albright during his direct examination, later adding that she knew she needed evidence. Joel and Mary were wed in 2004 and moved to Florida from their home state of Tennessee when they “got the call to minister in Florida.” They eventually settled in Okeechobee. During her time on the stand Mary said Joel was wanting children but she wasn’t ready to take care of a baby. Because of that, they started talking about adopting an older child. It just so happened that Joel already had one in mind. The girl, one of ve children born to a dairy worker and his wife, did not like living in the small dairy home and sharing a room with her siblings. When Joel began lavishing his attention on her and buying her things, she was ready to be adopted. “It was a pretty weird thing—her asking me to live with them,” testi ed the girl’s mother. “I guess Mr. Huddleston promised her a better education than we could. It was a hard thing to do.” She and her husband both testi ed that Huddleston brought them papers to sign. They later learned that by signing those papers they signed away their parental rights to their daughter. Through an interpreter, the girl’s father said he thought they were signing a medical release so the Huddlestons could take their daughter to the doctor if needed. “Her father didn’t know his (Joel) intent was to move her to Tennessee and away from all of this,” Mr. Albright told the jury in his closing argument. “He is not a normal parental gure because he’s obsessed with a 12-year-old girl.” He went on to say that Joel was obsessed with the child and would communicate with her on Facebook while he was at his parents’ home in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He returned to Tennessee after being released on bond from the Okeechobee County Jail. After learning of the postings between Joel and the girl, OCSO Detective William Suggs got a warrant for the man’s arrest on a charge of tampering with a witness. In one of those Facebook postings, he tells the girl: “We have the greatest love that ever existed. If only we could sew ourselves together like Siamese twins.” In another posting, he said: “You could say she (Mary) pulled your shirt off. If the y talk about your shirt coming off again, put it all on the evil witch (Mary).” When Mary addressed the judge Thursday prior to her husband’s sentencing, she said she will never be able to trust people again. “I feel like my life will be affected forever,” she said. “I don’t see any evidence he feels any remorse for the impact on me or anyone else.” When she spoke her husband showed no emotion as he sat at the defense table in his orange and white county jail jump suit, which will soon change to a state-issued jump suit. HUDDLESTONContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PENTECOSTAL BAPTIST EPISCOPALYou are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m Traditional Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Comtemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship 6pmSunda y Mid Week Worship at 7pmW ednesda y Children and Youth Classes are Available on Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70E Place YOUR Church Here! 13 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Melissa Octavia Smith, 29, 23rd Place S.W., Vero Beach, was arrested Feb. 6 by Detective Javier Gonzalez on felony charges of aggravated stalking and aggravated assault. She was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while license revoked. Her bond was set at $10,500.  Eric Daniel Vargas, 14, N.E. 11th Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 7 by Detective Javier Gonzalez on a felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of a parent.  Anibal Martinez, 13, N.E. 11th Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 7 by Detective Javier Gonzalez on a felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of a parent.  Willie Mack, 63, Center St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 7 by Deputy Justin A kins on a charge of aggravated assault. He w as released on his own recognizance.  Lisa Jane Williams, 48, S.E. 36th Terrace, was arrested Feb. 8 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $5,000.  James Stephenson, 63, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 8 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation obtaining a prescription by fraud. He is being held without bond.  Jesus Francisco Jimenez, 24, S.W. Chicory St., Port St. Lucie, was arrested Feb. 8 by Deputy Cari Arnold on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with burglary of a dwelling. His bond was set at $25,000.  Francisco Arellano Jr., 21, N.W. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 8 by Detective Augustin Saucedo on a charge of grand theft. His bond was set at $2,500.  Casey Byron Sammons, 22, U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 8 by Detective Mark Shireman on charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $12,500.  Billy Joe Fridley, 40, N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 9 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a Pennsylvania fugitive warrant. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Joel Huddleston

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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! 14 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012

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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 15 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012

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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 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.11&12, 9am-6pm, community sale, HH, knickknacks, tools, shing, 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. Fishing Tackle 50 Year Collection of Fresh Water and Salt Water Lures, Reels & Rods. Antique Reels, Lures and etc. Reels and Rods for Shiner Fishing. Crappie Rods, Reels and Jigs. Bass Casting and Spinning Rods and Reels. Don’t Miss this Huge Fishing Tackle Yard Sale Friday Feb. 17 and Saturday Feb. 18. 8:00 AM Till 2:00 PM Buckhead Ridge Marina 2199 Hunter Road Local Farm Friday-Saturday Harvesting Now Oranges, Cabbage, Collards and Broccoli 674 NW 113th Dr. 863-634-7454 OKEECHOBEE 1423 S.W. 19th Ter. Sat., Feb. 11th. 7 am to ?. Bedrm furn, Baby furn., Hightop DR table, patio sets, size 10 Wedding Dress, clothes, toys, and much much more! Employment Full Time Services Ann’s Affordable Cleaing Service Give yourself more “me” Time,and let me take care of your housekeeping for you. Great References. 15 yrs. exp. Call@863-801-3296 License#10812 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 Employment Full Time Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MoneyLendersGET CASH TODAY FOR ANY CAR, running or not, no title needed. (863)268-5865 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 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 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 MiscellaneousCOW HAY ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 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 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? ApartmentsRIVER ACRES 1/1 Cottage, fully furnished. Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish TV. WI FI & local phone service. $650 mo. + sec. (863) 467-1950 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 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. BASSWOOD 4br/2ba, 1 car garage, all tile, split plan, dishwasher, W&D Hookup. $1200 mo. (561) 307-2502 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 On Rim CanalDBWD Mobile Home. 3 BR/2BA. Lrg. Lot. $800 plus Elec. $500 sec. Lawn care, Water & garbage included. Call 863-697-0214. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Two Story CBS house on Canal,3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room w/ re place. 2 frigs, washer/dryer, 40 ft Car port,Very Clean. $125,000 Call 863-610-0329 Lots -Sale Big “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 FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 NICE 1/2 ACRE LOTS FOR SALE IN NEW AREA GREAT FOR INVESTMENT WILL CONSIDER OFFERS. CALL 863-634-7781 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent BHR Waterfront 2bd/ 1 1/2 bath, accommodates a small family. $450 monthly plus $300 security Call 863-447-1758 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 Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 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 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 16 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 Now Hiring! Applebee’s is now hiring for our new location in Okeechobee, FL New Location -New Opportunity Hiring all positions! Please stop by Mon. Saturday From 9am to 5pm at the store located at: 1210 Hwy 70 East, Okeechobee,Fl In front of the Hampton Inn Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it?

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PUBLIC NOTICE Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on February 22, 2012. Owner Unit # Erica Harvey A 23 Beatrice Gordon D435 Patty Fiore D436 Rhonda Dean E660 Mike & Rebecca Nicoll E672 409722 ON 2/10,17/2012LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on FEBRUARY 27, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 2001 TOYOTA TACOMA VIN #5TEPM62N01Z797012 2002 DODGE DURANGO VIN #1B4HR38N42F168568 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 409744 ON 2/10/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 12-002-SE, submitted by Mr. William Berman, Registered Agent & President of United Feed Coop, Inc., property owner, to allow permitted uses in excess of 45 feet in height within an Industrial (IND) Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Section 90-343(8)). Property is located at 708 NW 2nd Avenue, Legal: All of Blocks 59 and 60, including the vacated alley in Blocks 59 and 60, and that part of NW 3rd Avenue bounded on the South by NW 7th Street and that part of NW 8th Street between NW 2nd Avenue and NW 4th Avenue, City of Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 5 Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the pr oceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 12-002-SE 408645 ON 2/1,10/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 12-001-SE, submitted by Robert P. Gent, Registered Agent, of the property owner, Okeechobee Asphalt & Ready Mixed Concrete, Inc., to allow permitted uses in excess of forty ve feet in height within an Industrial (IND) Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Section 90-343(8)). Property is located at 503 NW 9th Street, Legal: Lots 1 to 6 inclusive; less the South 20 feet of Lots 1 to 3; and Lots 7 to14 inclusive; the North 40 feet of Lot 15; the North 84.5 feet of Lots 17 to 21; and the alleyway lying between Lots 6 to 10 and Lots 17 to 21; all in Block 46; City of Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 12-001-SE 408955 ON 2/1,10/2012 MobileHomeSale 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 FOR SALE 3 Bedroom Mobile Home with 2 lots & access to river. 44 Boondock Rd. $40,000 Call 863-763-2346 or 863-610-4625 Kissimmee River Estates MH 14x60, w/3 Lots, Fully Furnished, Kitchen Remodeled w/new Appliances, Enclosed Fl. Room, 2br/1 1/2 ba. Asking $44,900 Call 317-491-7821 Mobile Home Single Wide with Fl room in Pine Ridge Park, beautifully decorated and clean, completely furnished. $14,900 or reasonable offer Call 863-467-9433 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. Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 From 499 mo Loaded 3/2 From 399 mo Loaded Homes on Your Lot 0 Down 800-622-2832 ext 210 SEMINOLE COVE 2BR, 2BA, 2 Car Carport & Florida Room. (863)467-0284 SEMINOLE COVE 2BR/ 2BA, Lg Carport & Shed. Immediate possession 815-716-0872 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats Boats For Sale 2 Pontoon Boats w/motor and trailer $2,000 each. 6 Fishing Boats w/motor and trailers $1,500 to $2,500.More Available Tropical Breeze Marina 863-467-8875 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PickupTrucks1988 S-10 Pick-up Runs Good, 5 speed, 4 cylinder $1,100. Call 812-989-3022 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board will meet immediately following the Citizen Advisory Task Force Board meeting, on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact Sue Christopher, 863-763-4423, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Fire Department at 863-763-4423 for assistance. by: Jamie Gamiotea, Code Board Chairperson 409820 ON 2/10/2012 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE NOTICE: The City Advisory Task Force Board, for the Community Development Block Grant for Fiscal Year 2011, will meet on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is encouraged and invited to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact Sue Christopher, 863-763-4423, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Fire Department at 863-763-4423 for assistance. by: Jamie Gamiotea, Code Board Chairperson 409821 ON 2/10/2012 NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDR’s). All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for nal consideration. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 409822 ON 2/10/2012 PublicNotice LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 24th day of Feb. 2012 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 1997 GOLD BUICK LESABRE 1G4HP52K9VH611465 2001 WHITE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 1G2WP52K01F121373 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 409671 ON 2/10/2012 PublicNotice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2012-02 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT BUILDING DUCTWORK REPLACEMENT INVITATION TO BID Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 2:00 p.m. on February 29, 2012. Bids will be received at the second oor BOCC clerk’s of ce, Room 222, and will be publicly opened in room 201 and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time speci ed will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on installation of new ductwork as per plans and speci cations for the Ductwork Replacement for the Okeechobee County Health Department Building. The project is funded by a federal grant, and federal and state requirements, such as Davis-Bacon Act and Buy American, will apply to the contract. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Speci cations and Contract Documents pertaining thereto, which may be examined at or obtained from Okeechobee County Capital Improvement Of ce 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Ste C Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-0805 sselvey@co.okeechobee. .us Any questions pertaining to the project speci cations or scope of work will be addressed to the Okeechobee County Capital Improvements in writing no later than February 23, 2012. Each Contractor will be furnished with one (1) set of Plans and Speci cations for a non-refundable deposit of Twenty Dollars ($20.00). The Bidders deposit shall be a check made payable to GLE Associates, Inc. No partial sets of Drawings and Speci cations will be issued. Bidders may pick up Plans and Speci cations from the Okeechobee Capital Improvements of ce or Documents can be obtained by express mail upon receipt of vendor’s check and express mail account number. A pre-bid conference will be held at the Okeechobee County Capital Improvements Of ce Conference Room located at 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Ste. C, Okeechobee, FL 34972 on February 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Bidder’s attendance is mandatory. BIDS RECEIVED FROM CONTRACTORS WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE RETURNED UNOPENED. Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid Bond, or Certi ed Check, made payable to “Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners”, in the amount of not less than ve percent (5%) of the total Bid Amount. The Bidder, if awarded the Contract and the bid amount is $100,000 or more, will execute and le acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for opening of bids. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modi cations to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide additional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed within the past ve (5) years, client references, or other nancial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award. Bidders will con ne their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed to perform the work and services or quali ed by examination to be so licensed. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the speci cations, it is the bidder’s responsibility to seek clari cation from Okeechobee County Capital Improvements. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: “BID OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT BUILDING DUCTWORK REPLACEMENT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2012-02”. Margaret G. Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, FL 409842 ON 2/10/2012 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. PublicNotice When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD001 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BIG LAKE HOLDINGS INC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2683 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: A PORTION OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST AND A PORTION OF THE LAND LYING SOUTH OF SAID SECTION 35 BETWEEN THE HANCOCK MEANDER LINE AND THE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE AND A PORTION OF PERMANENTLY RECLAIMED LAKE BOTTOM LAND IN SECTION 35 AND/OR SOUTH OF SAID SECTION 35, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE EAST LINE OF THE NW 1/4 OF SAID SECTION 35, WHERE IT INTERSECTS THE SOUTH RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF CONNER’S HIGHWAY (ALSO KNOWN AS U.S. HIGHWAY 441 AND FLORIDA STATE ROAD 15) THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG A CURVE TO THE LEFT IN SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY, SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 6306.26 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 2 DEGREES 00 MIN 47 SEC, AN ARC DISTANCE OF 221.57 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC WEST, ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY, A DISTANCE OF 28.43 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG THE AFOREDESCRIBED LINE, A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 0 DEGREES 55 MIN 52 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 875.11 FEET TO THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF LEVEE LD-4; THENCE NORTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC EAST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 0 DEGREES 31 MIN 58 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 892.32 FEET, MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. AND COMMENCING AT A POINT ON THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NW 1/4 OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, WHERE IT INTERSECTS THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.R. 15 (U.S. 441) THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 00 MIN 28 SEC EAST, ALONG AN EXTENSION OF THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID NW 1/4, FOR A DISTANCE OF 916.72 FEET TO A POINT ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHTOF-WAY LINE OF LD-4 OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT; THENCE RUN SOUTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID LD-4 FOR A DISTANCE OF 400.00 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC WEST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF LD-4 FOR A DISTANCE OF 298.40 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 56 MIN 35 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 864.66 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF THE AFORESAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441); THENCE RUN NORTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC EAST, ALONG THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441), FOR A DISTANCE OF 278.43 FEET; THENCE CONTINUING ALONG THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441) RUN SOUTH 22 DEGREES 23 MIN 10 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 27.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 21.57 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 55 MIN 52 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 874.98 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 8.659 ACRES 1-35-37-35-0A00-00011-B000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANNETTA JASKOT BRENTWOOD OKEECHOBEE LLC DHARMESH PATEL JACK JASKOT PIER II RESORT SUKETU PATEL Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 8th day of March, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 408004 ON 1/27;2/3,10,17/2012 TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Technical Review Committee of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, City Administrator 409823 ON 2/10/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 409670 ON 2/10/2012 17 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 PublicNotice ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds

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By Julie RogersSpecial to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Rodeo Team has been working hard. They have completed 14 of the 22 rodeos scheduled this season. Many of the Okeechobee competitors are in the running to be able to compete at the State Finals. The State Finals consist of the top 15 student athletes of each event. The State Finals will be held at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on May 3, 4, 5, and 6. After that, the top four of each event will travel to compete at the National High School Rodeo Association in Wyoming on July 15-21. After the Bunnell rodeo, the current State standings are as follows : Dalton Boney is in 5th place for Tie Down Roping and 13th place for Team Roping (Header). Austen Holmes is in 7th place for Bull Riding. Josh Keese is in 8th place for Steer Wrestling. Justin Mills is in rst place for Bareback Riding, second place for Saddlebronc Riding, second place for Bull Riding, and in third place for being the Boys All Around Cowboy. Jerrod Sparks is in 11th place for Team Roping (Header). Josie Stratton is in 16th place for Barrel Racing. Nat Stratton is in 1st place for Saddlebronc Riding, 10th place for Team Roping (Healer), 13th place for Tie Down Roping, and in 6th place for being the Boys All Around Cowboy. Acealyn Youngblood is in 14th place for Barrel Racing. The rest of the season schedule is: Feb. 17-18, Ocala; March 3-4, Williston; March 24-25, Okeechobee; April 14-15, Kissimmee; May 3, 4, 5, and 6, Okeechobee (state nals). The public is invited to attend any of these rodeos to help support and cheer on these hard working young men and women. Rodeo team works towards nals STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE PERMIT The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice that a Draft Permit (Permit Number 0040842-028-UO) has been prepared for Mr. Timothy B. Hawkins, Vice President of the Okeechobee Land ll, Inc., 10800 Northeast 128th Avenue, Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida 34973. The draft permit is for the operation of one Class I Injection Well, IW-1, with associated dual zone monitoring well, MW-1. The injection well and associated dual zone monitoring well is located at the Okeechobee Land ll, Inc., 10800 Northeast 128th Avenue, Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida 34973. The Operational Permit application (0040842-028-UO) was deemed complete on November 3, 2011. Under the proposed permit, the purpose of the injection well will be for the disposal and monitoring primarily of non-hazardous land ll generated leachate concentrate that will be collected from an on-site leachate collection system generated from the Okeechobee Land ll. Future waste streams may be approved for injection if they are compatible with the on-site leachate, the well construction, and the injection and con ning zones. During the routine operation, the injection well will be used to inject up to a ow rate of 7.79 feet per second or 3.16 million gallons per day (MGD) (peak hour ow). The injection well is constructed with a 10.72-inch inside diameter (ID), 0.54-inch thick berglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tubing installed within a 16-inch outside diameter (OD), 0.500-inch thick nal steel casing. The completed design includes a packer and a uid lled annulus between the nal casing and the tubing. The center point of the packer is set to a depth of 2709 feet below land surface (bls); the tubing extends to 2,737 feet bls. The injection well injects through an open-hole interval between 2,723 feet (the base of the 16-inch nal steel casing) and the total depth of the well at 3,150 feet BLS. The open-hole (injection) interval is in the “Boulder Zone”, within the lower Oldsmar Formation. The con nement of the injection zone from the overlying underground source of drinking water (USDW) aquifer and uid movement adjacent to the wellbore of the injection well are monitored by the dual zone monitoring well, MW-1. Monitoring intervals in the MW-1 are 1,790 to 1,830 feet bls (upper monitoring interval) and 1,960 to 2,000 feet bls (lower monitoring interval). The injection well MW-1 is part of the industrial injection system for the injection of nonhazardous industrial wastewater. The injection well uids consist of the following: OLI land ll leachate, monitor well sampling purge water and compost facility wastewater. For additional waste streams, a written request must be made for approval by the Department. The Department has permitting jurisdiction under Chapter 403 of the Florida Statutes and Chapters 62-4,62-520,62-528,62-550,62-600 and 62660 of the Florida Administrative Code. The project is not exempt from permitting procedures. The Department has determined that a construction and testing permit is required for the proposed work. The Department will issue the Permit with the attached conditions unless a timely petition for an administrative hearing is led under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for ling a petition. The procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department’s proposed permitting decision may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes. The petition must contain the information set forth below and must be led (received) in the Of ce of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-3000. Petitions led by any other persons other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3) of the Florida Statutes must be led within fourteen days of publication of the public notice or receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs rst. The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of ling. The failure of any person to le a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that person’s right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes, or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will only be at the discretion of the presiding of cer upon the ling of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205 of the Florida Administrative Code. A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department’s action is based must contain the following information: (a) The name, address, and telephone number of each petitioner; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s representative, if any; each the Department case or identi cation number and the county in which the subject matter or activity is located; (b) a statement of when and how each petitioner received notice of the Department action; (c) a statement of how each petitioner’s substantial interests are affected by the Department action; (d) a statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; (e) a statement of facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the Department action; (f) a concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, as well as the rules and statutes which entitle the petitioner to relief and (g) demand for relief (sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action that the petitioner wants the Department to take). A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the Department’s action is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise contain the same information as set forth above, as required by Rule 28-106.301. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate nal agency action, the ling of a petition means that the Department nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such nal decision of the Department on the petitions have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the r equirements set forth above. Mediation is not available for this proceeding. A party to this order has the right to seek judicial review of it under Section 120.68 of the Florida Statutes, by ling a notice of appeal under Rule 9.110 of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure with the clerk of the Department in the Of ce of General Counsel, Mail Station 35,3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000, and by ling a copy of the notice of appeal accompanied by the applicable ling fees with the appropriate district court of appeal. The notice must be led within thirty days after this order is led with the clerk of the Department. The Draft Permit is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast District of ce, 400 North Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. Additional information concerning this project may be obtained by contacting J. Gardner Strasser, P.G.. or Joseph R. May, P.G., of this of ce at (561) 681-6688 or (561) 681-6691, respectively. 409839 ON 2/10/2012 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. 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For the boys Otto Ramirez began his high school career in top form with a 6-1 and 6-1 victory over Alex Kee. Cody Walker defeated Jonathan Wright in straight sets 6-1 and 6-1. Lucas Penido defeated Colton Wright in a shutout 6-0 and 6-0. Both Colt Root and Irfan Chaudhary won their matches by default. In doubles play the team of Root and Chaudhary defeated Kee and Wright 8-3. On the girl's side, Samantha Rivero got her season off to a strong start with a shutout victory over Mary Kate Hoffman 6-0 and 6-0. Jenna Rath defeated Tramira Lewis 6-0 and 6-0. Vanessa Watt defeated Dominique Diago in the third seed singles match 6-0 and 6-0. Jessica Luna and Dayla Ferneau won their matches by forfeit. In doubles play the team of Luna and Ferneau defeated Hoffman and Lewis 8-1 and the second doubles team of Alley Lopez and Kayla Orr won by default. The tennis teams travel to Avon Park on Monday. The next home match is Feb. 28. OHS tennis team shuts out Westwood Special to the Okeechobee News/ Julie RogersAllyson Trimble and Makenzie Tomlinson compte in Team Roping.

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MurphyOkeechobee News  The Brahman baseball staff was encouraged by many of the player’s performance Friday in their rst competition of the year, the annual Purple White scrimmage. Coach J eff Blackstone said Tyler Barber pitched two shutout innings and Timothy Farrell added a strong performance on the mound. He also praised JV pitchers Michael Daniel and Ethan Revels for excellent performances. At the plate, Barber had three hits including a double. Trenton Hickman had three hits for the junior varsity which included a double. “We also saw that we have a lot of room for improvement still with execution both defensively and with base running,” he said. There was also a large turnout of fans and parents for the scrimmage. This week the Brahmans host their annual preseason classic. John Carroll played North Port last night. Friday night the Brahmans face Glades Day at 6 pm and there is a double header on Saturday with John Carroll against Glades Day at 1 p.m. and Okeechobee versus North Port at 4 p.m.  The Lady Brahmans basketball team broke a string of losses with one victory at the District Tournament last week. The win over South Fork was the rst at a district tournament in many years. Okeechobee fell in the seminals to the host team Martin County and ended their season on Friday. Coach Erin Morrow said she was glad to see the team get one win at districts and called it a big momentum boost for the program. “Our girls competed hard in the second round but were unable to beat #1 seed Martin County on their home court,” she explained. The girls team will return several starters and key reserves next year and appear poised to be a district contender in the next few years. “I thought we improved a lot this year and we are moving toward where we need to be. I’m proud that we had a better season this year but we need to get a lot better to compete in our district,” she added.  The Lady Brahmans softball team opened their season with a 10-1 loss at Jupiter in the Palm Beach Gardens Preseason tournament last weekend. The girl’s rst home game is Feb. 18. Sports News in Brief Junior Varsity rst basemen Michael Daniel gets a foul pop off the bat of Alex Estremera during the rst inning of the Purple White game Friday. The varsity won the game, 7-5. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLayton Thomas slides in during a pickoff throw during the Brahman Purple White Scrimmage on Friday at OHS. Michael Daniel handled the pickoff throw.

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Dinner and BrigadoonBELLE GLADE—On Thursday, Feb. 16, the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center will present dinner and the theatre. From 5 to 7 p.m., sample all of your favorites at this traditional covered dish dinner which will feature food prepared by the nest cooks in the Glades. At 7:30 p.m. the musical “Brigadoon,” will be presented. In the play, a mysterious Scottish village appears for only one day every hundred years. Two American tourists, lost in the Scottish Highlands, stumble upon the village just as a wedding is about to be celebrated and their arrival has serious implications for the village’s inhabitants. Tickets for the dinner and for Brigadoon are sold separately. For more information, contact the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www.dollyhand.org.Anything GoesFORT PIERCE—The McAlpin Fine Arts Theatre at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce will present the musical “Anything Goes” on Feb. 9 and 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and on Feb. 11 and 18, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Music and lyrics are by Cole Porter. Enjoy an amusing “Boy-Meets-Girl” story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s memorable scores. Songs include: It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, All Through The Night. Romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the S.S. American—the magical ship where Anything Goes! For tickets, call 1-800220-9915.Improvised Shakespeare CompanyBELLE GLADE—The Improvised Shakespeare Company will perform at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of o -the-cu comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Any hour could be lled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, sword-play, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, persons in disguise and all that we’ve come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard. Since nothing is planned-out, rehearsed, or written, each play is entirely new. For more information, contact the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www.dollyhand.org.The Diary of Anne FrankOKEECHOBEE—The Okeechobee Community Theatre wraps up its 33rd season with this play which won both a Pulitzer Prize for literature and a Tony Award for Best Play. It is the true story of the attempt by two Jewish families to escape the Nazi tyranny in occupied Amsterdam during World War II, based on entries in a diary begun by Anne Frank when she was just thirteen. Besides the obvious tension, the account also includes light-hearted moments, and the beginnings of young love. It is a gripping evening of theatre which is suitable for all ages. Performances are scheduled for March 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. at the theatre on the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, S.W. Second Ave. at Seventh Street, one block west of Golden Corral Restaurant. Advance reserved seat tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, Feb. 13, at 111 N.E. Second Street in Okeechobee. For more information, call 863-763-1307.The Bronx Wanderers BELLE GLADE—Starting out in the Bronx as a family tribute band, The Bronx Wanderers exploded onto the scene in 2008, amassing a loyal following that included celebrities such as Chazz Palminteri, Danny Aiello and Dion DiMucci. On an avenue in the Bronx back in the ’50s and early ’60s, one could hea r the liberating sound of doo-wop and rock and roll. The music had heart, soul, purity, and a sound that made you want to dance, harmonies tha t made you feel good, and lyrics that once in a while even made you cry. The Bronx Wanderers will perform at the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Cente r on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www.dollyhand.org.Hooray for HollywoodLaBELLE—The Firehouse Community Theatre, 241 North Bridge Stree t in LaBelle, will present “Hooray for Hollywood: a Musical Revue” on March 2, 3, 4 and March 9, 10 and 11. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Patrons are asked to arrive approximatel y 30 minutes before curtain time. Produced and directed by Nick Fidanza, the show will feature Firehouse Singers performing the legendary tunes of Hollywood. For tickets or more information call 863-675-3066, email info@ rehousecommunitytheatre.com or go online to www. rehouseculturalcenterl.com.Boston brass, Fanfares!FORT PIERCE—Boston Brass will introduce its “Fanfares!” project with an original composition on Monday, Feb. 27, at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, as part of the IRSC Performing Arts Series. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m.; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800220-9915 or visiting the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box O ce. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 GO: Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions February 2012 PERFORMING ARTS Plays, concerts and more ...

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More casino play during February means more chances to win the new car. “President’s Day Hot Seat Drawings” w ill help to celebrate President’s Day at the Brighton casino on Monday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 11 p.m. with $2,500 in free play to be awarded. On Fridays during February, “Sit & Go” slot tournaments will o er players a share of $10,000. Fridays also mean free bingo at 3 p.m., with players vying for a share of $1000 in free play. The casino o ers Matinee Bingo sessions every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:45 a.m. with bingo packs available for $18 and $28. About Seminole Casino Brighton : Seminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 405-slot and gaming machines, a seven-table poker room, high-stakes bingo seats, a full service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern airconditioning system, clean atmosphere and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, in Glades County (o State Road 721). For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998; or visit www. seminole brightoncasino.com. Win ‘Fat Tuesday Cash’ to celebrate Mardi Gras every Tuesday in February BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO– Number three was one happy table of poker players at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, J an. 24 in Seminole Casino Brighton. That’s because the Bad Beat Jackpot was hit for the rst time, awarding the table $15,705.50. John R. of Sebring won $7,852.75 with his “losing” hand of aces full of kings, beaten by Brian G. of Clewiston, who took home $4,711.65 with four of a kind queens. The seven remaining players at the table won $448.72 each. A bad beat jackpot occurs when a seemingly unbeatable hand of aces full of kings loses to an even better hand. Once it’s won, the jackpot immediately resets at $1,000. The Seminole Casinos approach to larger, more frequent bad beat jackpots has now paid players a total of $7,291,875 in 32 jackpots since it began in December 2009. The Seminole Casinos’ approach to larger, more frequent bad beat jackpots is funded by a $2 contribution from each pot of $10 or greater at the poker rooms in six Seminole casinos: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Casino Immokalee, Seminole Casino Brighton, and Seminole Casino Hollywood. Fifty percent of the Seminole Bad Beat prize pool is awarded to the qualifying losing hand; 30 percent to the qualifying winning; and 20 percent divided among the remaining players. Bad Beat Jackpot hit for first time at Brighton Special to G.O./ Brighton Semiole CasinoThe poker players at table number three at the Brighton Seminole Casino on Jan. 24 split a $15,705.50 jackpot -the rst “Bad Beat” jackpot ever awarded at the casino.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 GO: Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions February 2012 For a great way to explore the Florida outdoors, consider trail riding in south Florida parks and public lands. Many area parks have equestrian trails and facilities. Some even offer opportunities for overnight camping with horses.If you don’t own a horse, one public area—Frederick Douglas Park in St. Lucie County—has guided horseback tours on the beach. For visitors who need guidance and instruction, trained horses and a tour guide are provided. Scenic beach tours are available on most weekends. Rides on weekdays are possible by special arrangement. Wooded trail rides are also available during the week. Reservations should be made in advance by calling 772-468-0101. For more information visit w ww.beachtoursonhorseback.com. (The cover photo of this section was taken at Frederick Douglas Park.) Horseback tours are also available at Forever Florida in Kenansville, about one hour north of Okeechobee. Forever Florida boasts historic trails rst used for horseback riding by Native Americans back in the 1500s. Enjoy a one and a half hour adventure through the 4700 acre wildlife conservation area which covers nine distinct Florida ecosystems. Horseback safaris are available daily and can be arranged for riders with varying levels of experience. Horses are matched to each individual’s personality and level of riding experience so rst-timers are w elcome. For more information online see www.ForeverFlorida.com. In Okeechobee County, Wagon Wheel Horse Farm o ers riding lessons, pony rides, trail rides and overnight camping. For information, call 863-634-6397 or go online to www.wagonwheelhorsefarm. com. In Glades County, American Horse Trails in Muse o ers riding lessons, guided trail rides and private parties. For more information, pcall 877-888-7714 or go online to www.americanhorsetrails. us. Horseback riding is encouraged on many public lands throughout South Florida. • Highlands Hammock State Park: One of Florida’s oldest parks, opening to the public in 1931, this park was established when local citizens came together to promote the hammock as a candidate for national park status. During the Great Depression, just prior to World War II, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed additional park facilities and the beginnings of a botanical garden. Highlands Hammock o ers a full-facility campground, as well as a youth/group tent campground. Visitors can ride horses along 11 miles of relane trails through remote natural areas. Surprise White-tailed deer, bobcats, and other wildlife as you quietly plod along in the silence. Rest rooms are located a short drive away, self-contained units and generators are welcome in this area. There is room for trailer parking at this area, tie outs and water trough are provided. The park is located at 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring. For more information, call 863-386-6094, or go online to http:// oridastateparks.org/highlandshammock/. • Jonathan Dickinson State Park: Located just south of Stuart, this park teems with wildlife in 13 natural communities, including sand pine scrub, pine atwoods, mangroves, and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River, Florida’s rst federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park. The park also o ers two full-facility campgrounds and a youth/group primitive campground. Eight miles of multi-use trails start at the Eagles View area, available for horseback riding, hiking and o road bicycling. Trail maps are available a t the ranger station. A ve-site, full-facilit y campground is available for those wishing to camp with their horses. Horses must be tethered overnight to the tieou t posts provided, or con ned in sturd y portable pens. Portable electric fencing or hobbling is not permitted. The par k is located at 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. For information, call 772546-2771 or go online to http://www. oridastateparks.org/jonathandickinson/ default.cfm. • Savannas Preserve State Park : Freshwater marshes, or ‘savannas,’ once extended all along Florida’s southeas t coast. Stretching more than 10 miles from Ft. Pierce to Jensen Beach, this preserve is the largest and most intac t remnant of Florida’s east coast savannas. There are over 8.5 miles of multi-use trails available to park visitors and group tours. There is a designated equestrian area for those who trailer their horses to the trails. For additional information and equestrian gate combinations please contact the Education Center (Thursda y through Monday) at 772-398-2779 or the Park O ce at 772-340-7530. The par k is located at 2541 Walton Road, Port St. Lucie. For more information, go online to http://www. oridastateparks.org/savannas/default.cfm. Discover South Florida ... on horseback File photo/ Going OutFlorida’s public lands provide a variety of terrains for horseback riding. Many Florida parks have equestrian trails and some even offer equestrian camping facilities. Courtesy photo/ Forever FloridaForever Florida offers guided tours on trails that were riden by Native Americans back in the 1500s. The 4,700 wildlife conservation area is about an hour north of Okeechobee. See HORSES — Page 5 Courtes photo/ Highlands Hammock State ParkHighlands Hammock State Park is one of the state’s oldest parks and it offers some remarkable scenery. Courtes photo/ Savannas Preserve State ParkGreat blue herons are among the many types of birds often seen at Savannas Preserve State Park

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 GO: Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions February 2012 • Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park: This 54,000 acre preserve protects one of the largest remaining stretches of Florida dry prairie, home to an array of endangered plants and animals. For overnight stays, the preserve has two full-facility campground loops: family and an equestrian campground with paddocks. Kilpatrick Hammock Campground o ers Equestrian Camping with 50 amp electrical service and water at each site. One paddock is provided for each campsite. Water is provided in the south western-most paddocks and a central community water source is located near the kiosk at the entry to this camp loop. A composting toilet is provided in this camp loop for campers’ convenience. Equestrian campers also h ave access to the bathhouse in the family camp loop. Pets are allowed overnight in the campground, must be on a 6 foot hand held lease and well behaved at all times. Riding the trails at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park on horseback is one of the best ways to see the real Florida. With more than 100 miles of two-trail roads, horseback riders are apt to see an abundance of wildlife. The trails take you through dry prairie, moist wetlands and cool, shady hammocks. The park is located at 33104 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Okeechobee. For more information, call 863-462-5360 or go online to http:// www. oridastateparks.org/kissimmeeprairie/default.cfm. • Hutchinson Island: Hutchinson Island is one of the few places in Florida that allows horses on the beach and St. Lucie County’s best-known asset is its spectacularly beautiful barrier islands, boasting 21 miles of bleached white beaches edging a cobalt-blue ocean and lined with sabal palms. If you are interested in riding your own horse or horses on St. Lucie County beaches, you must purchase a riding permit prior to participating in the activity. Permit holders must also schedule riding days at least 48 hours in advance as the number of horses allowed on the beach per day is limited. Individual permit holders are not permitted to accept money or charge participants to ride horses on their permit. All permit holders will be issued a gate key which will provide access to the designated vehicle and horse trailer parking for permit holders only. For more information online, go to http://www.stlucieco.gov/tdc/Horseback.htm. • DuPuis Wildlife and Environment Area: Managed by the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Wildlife Commission, the John G. and Susan H. DuPuis, Jr. WEA consists of nearly 22,000 acres in northwestern Palm Beach and southwestern Martin counties and adjoins the J.W. Corbet t Wildlife Management Area to the east. A visitor center is located at Gate 5 on S R 76. This property was formerly the White Belt Ranch, a working livestock ranch owned by the late John G. DuPuis. Once part of the Everglades ecosystem, the hydrology of the area was altered through drainage. The water management district has restored portions of the land by rehydrating interior wetlands. Today, two-thirds of the area is pinelands, and one-third is cypress swamp and freshwater marsh. An equestrian center at Gate 3 has horse barns, paddocks, campsites, restrooms with showers, a dump station, and a trailhead marking the beginning of 40 miles of equestrian trails. For more information online, go to fwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/cooperative/Dupuis. • Corbett Wildlife Area: The J.W. Corbett Wildlife area is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The north entrance is 25 miles northwest of West Palm Beach via the SR 710/ Beeline Highway. This entrance is on the south side of the road, just 1/4 miles wes t of the intersection with SR 706 or Indiantown5Road. The south entrance is 16 miles northwest of West Palm Beach on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, 3 miles north of Northlake Blvd. A Daily-Use Permit is required to enter this area, unless you have pur chased a Wildlife Management Area Permit. Entrance Kiosks with area maps and brochures are located a t the south entrance o Seminole Prat t Whitney Road and at the north entrance o State Road 710. Horses are allowed on the area throughout the year except from the Sunday 2 weeks prior to the opening of archery season until 8 a.m. the da y prior to the archery season. Corbett offers miles of roads and trails for horseback riding. Parking for trailers is available. For more information, go online to http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/ wmas/lead/jw-corbett/. HORSESContinued From Page 4 Courtesy Photo/ Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State ParkKissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is a great place to view Florida wildlife. • Florida law requires that horse owners carry a copy of the current negative Coggins test for each horse whenever they take their horses o their private property. State parks require the owners show proof of the current Coggins any time a horse is brought into a park. It takes about a week to get the test back from the lab after a veterinarian draws the blood, so check to make sure all Coggins are current before planning a trail ride. An annual Coggins test is required by the State of Florida to prevent the spread of Equine Infectious Anemia. • State law requires that riders under the age of 16 wear riding helmets while on public land. • While some parks h ave access to water, some do not. Check in advance. If the park does not provide water, bring water for your horses. Many horse owners routinely bring their own water because water from di erent areas may taste di erent due to di erences in mineral content, and some horses will not drink the water if it does not “smell right.” Some riders carry a avoring such as Gatorade to put in the water. • In some parks, hikers, bicyclists and equestrians share the same trails. Riders should show courtesy to others on the trail. • Even the most experienced rider on the calmest horse can h ave an unexpected problem when horseback riding. Don’t ride alone. Carry a cell phone for emergencies, but turn it o or put it on vibrate so that it does not spook your horse or another rider’s horse. Some trails may take you out of cell phone service areas. Before you go trail riding, tell someone where you are going, where you will park your trailer and when you should be back. • Leave gates as you nd them. If you open a gate, close it behind you. • Carry out and dispose of all litter properly. Leave the tr ail, parking lot and camping areas as you nd them. Tips for the trail ... Equestrians who want a real challenge can keep history alive by riding the Florida Cracker Trail. The annual 110 mile ride traces the trails ridden by the Florida Cracker Cow Hunters as they took their herds to market. The ride is held the last w eek in February each year. It begins at a site just east of Bradenton, Fla. and ends in Fort Pierce, traveling an average of 15 miles a day. Riders may ride as many days as they wish, or may elect to ride in the mornings only. Membership in the Florida Cracker Trail Association is required for all who w ish to participate in the ride. The mission statement of the association explains: “Dedicated to Keeping History A live,” by educating through demonstration, the Old Florida Cracker Pioneer w ays of agriculture, animal husbandry, respect for the land as well as the hardships and joys of life on the original frontier. The ride serves to preserve the importance of the role of the State of Florida in the introduction of horses and cattle by the Spanish Explorers into the New World and the birth and continuance of the cattle and horse industries by its future settlers and their descendants and to support related causes. On Nov. 20, 2000, the Florida Cracker Trail was selected as a Community Millennium Trail. Millennium Trails is a partnership between the White House Millennium Council, the Department of Transportation, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the National Endowment for the Arts and other public agencies and private organizations. The goal of Millennium Trails is the creation of a nationwide network of trails that protect natural environment, interpret history and culture, and enhance alternative transportation, recreation and tourism.” For more information online go to www.crackertrail.org. Florida Cracker Trail ride challenges horses and riders South Hutchinson Island is one of the few places in Florida that you can ride horses on the beach. If you want to bring your own horse, you will need to obtain a special permit in advance.

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A stronomy Night at DuPuisDuPUIS MANAGEMENT AREA— Removed from the bright lights of urban South Florida, the expansive DuPuis Management Area, 23500 S.W. Kanner Highway, in western Martin and Palm Beach counties is an ideal spot for exploring the night sky. As part of its ongoing e orts to provide recreational opportunities on public lands, the South Florida W ater Management District (SFWMD) is partnering with Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies (CES) to host galactic tours of the winter constellations. The Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will guide the tours. Telescopes will be set up for observations, but visitors may bring their own.. The next tour will be on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Visitor Center entrance is located at Gate 5 on State Road 76 in Martin County, two miles east of Port Mayaca or seven miles west of the intersection with State Road 710.Seminole Wind Bluegrass FestivalBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION—The Seminole Wind Bluegrass Festival, presented by KD Bass productions, is planned for the Fred Smith Arena at Brighton Seminole Reservation, o State Road 721 in Glades County, Feb. 1012. For information, call 863-467-6039. On Friday and Saturday the festival performers are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday performances start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Sour Orange FestivalLAKEPORT—The Lakeport Sour Orange Festival will be held Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakeport Community Center, 1239 Red Barn Road. A $1 donation is requested for parking. The festival features the traditional sour orange cooko An arts and crafts fair will feature local vendors. Music will be by Bill Durrance, who plays 50s, 60s and 70s and Rock ‘n Roll. A Gospel Music Sing-a-long will begin at 1 p.m. Plate lunches available will include a rib dinner and seafood gumbo. The festival will also feature a quilt show, Mr. and Mrs. Bubbles the Clown, a historical display, a photography display, children’s games, a display by the Lakeport Fire Department and sour orange pies. The sour orange cooko judging starts at 10 a.m. For information on the cooko call 1-608-345-1324. For vendor information call 1-863-227-1074. Festival v isitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs as seating is limited.Brighton Seminole Field DayBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION—Brighton Seminole Field Day & Rodeo, Feb. 16-18, will showcase Seminole and other Native American arts, crafts, dances and traditions. On Friday, the festival hosts “Kids Day” which is open to area school children. School buses from all over South Florida transport elementary school children to Brighton Reservation, where they learn how Seminoles once lived in chickees, cooked food over open res, made their own canoes and weapons and made crafts such as sweetgrass baskets and clothing made from tiny pieces of cloth sewn into intricate patterns. The festival also includes wild animal exhibitions, alligator wrestling and native dances. In more recent years, the event expanded to invite Native Americans from all over the country to participate. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival is open to the general public. The festival weekend also includes a PRCA Rodeo, with rodeo events Feb. 1618. On Thursday, gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.; on Friday, gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 3 p.m.; on Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and XTreme Bullriding starts at 3 p.m. The festival grounds are next to the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena, o State Road 721 in Glades County. For more information call 863-467-6039 or go online to www.REZRODEO.com. Hendry County FairCLEWISTON—The Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show celebrates local agriculture. The event features a parade, livestock show and midway entertainment. The activities also include a beauty pageant and exhibits. The fair will be held this year from Feb. 17-24 in Clewiston. For more information, please call 863-983-9282 or go online to www. hendrycountyfair.com.Okeechobee MudfestOKEECHOBEE—Okeechobee Mudfest will be held on Feb. 17-19, at 11705 State Road 70 East in Okeechobee. The event draws thousands of mudders and all kinds of vehicles from all over the country. Camping facilities are available at the Mudfest site. Hotels are available in nearby Okeechobee. For more information online see the Okeechobee Mudfest page on Facebook.MegaconORLANDO—Megacon 2012 is set for Feb. 17-19, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Ironman and Thor) will once again be the special guest at this annual convention for fans of science ction, fantasy, comic books and animae. Also scheduled to appear at the convention are Bruce Boxleitner (star of Tron and Babylon 5), Tia Carrere (of Warehouse 13 and Relic), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Pottery movies), Peter Mayhe w (who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies), David Prowse (Star Wars’ original Darth Vader), Bret Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Lt. Cdr. Data); and many other television and movie actors. The convention includes panel discussions, costume contests, video game contests, a Lego pit, dance parties and the popular—and massive—vendo r area. For more information online see www.megaconvention.com. Area festivals and special events this month... 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 GO: Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions February 2012 See EVENTS — Page 7

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2011-2012Buy tickets online!www.dollyhand.org Box Office: 561-993-11601977 College Drive | Belle Glade campusAmerican Spirit The New Patriotic MusicalNov. 14 at 7:30pmThe 23rd Annual Living Christmas TreeDec. 3 at 7:30pm Dec. 4 at 3:00pmMiracle on 34th StreetDec. 15 at 7:30pmJay Johnson in The Two & OnlyŽJan. 12 at 7:30pmGuy PenrodJan. 26 at 7:30pmThe Improvised Shakespeare CompanyFeb. 14 at 7:30pmBrigadoonFeb. 16 at 7:30pmThe Bronx WanderersFeb. 23 at 7:30pmJim Witter in The Piano MenŽMarch 2 at 7:30pmThe Allan Harris QuartetMarch 15 at 7:30pmPalm Beach State College Music DepartmentMarch 22 at 7:30pmCeltic Fire: Irish Music & Dance with Riverdances Michael LondraMarch 23 at 7:30pm30th Anniversary Celebration Buffalo Rome and Larry GatlinApril 17 at 7:00pmMissoula Childrens TheatreMay 5 at 11:00am & 7:00pmStreet Beat, Inc.May 11 at 7:00pm Find us on € 30THANNIVERSARYSEASON€ 7 GO: Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions February 2012 Free Astronomy Day (and Night!) Open HouseFORT PIERCE—The public is invited to attend a free Astronomy Day – and Night! open house, sponsored by the Indian River State College and the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society (TCAS), on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 9 p.m. in and around the Hallstrom Planetarium, 3209 V irginia Avenue on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce, There will be telescopes, guest speakers, handout, miniplanetarium shows, activities for kids, plus guided views of the moon, planets, and stars (weather permitting). For information, call center at 1-866-792-4772.Swamp Cabbage FestivalLABELLE—The 2012 Swamp Cabbage Festival is set for Feb. 25-26. The festival is LaBelle’s hometown blast. The festiv al starts with a parade beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by two days of great entertainment, booths of unique items for sale and great food. Look for the boiled swamp cabbage and swamp cabbage fritters. If you h ave an adv enturous palate, you can also nd gator meat and other special treats. Saturday begins w ith a 5K Swamp Stomp run along a lovely route with glimpses of the Caloosahatchee River. The festival will include a bike show, car show, kiddie rides. On Sunday morning there will be a nondenominational worship at Barron Park, w ith entertainment and festivities picking back up again after noon. The lawnmower races will be noon to 2 p.m.. For more information online, go to www. swampcabbagefestival.org.Chalo NitkaMOORE HAVEN—Moore Haven’s Chalo Nitka Festival will be held on the festival grounds at Chalo Nitka Park (across from the Glades County School Board O ce). The festival includes midw ay games, rides, and vendor booths selling food, crafts and jewelry. Events also include a rodeo and the Glades County livestock show. This year the festival is planned for March 2, 3 and 4. The Chalo Nitka parade will be Saturday morning, March 3.The annual Chalo Nitka Rodeo is put on by the Glades County Youth Livestock organization. The rodeo is on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and is the biggest fundraiser for the organization which supports youth events and activities throughout Glades County including sports, clubs, and also the annual livestock shows and sale. The rodeo is held at Bronson Arena, across from the Moore Haven Post O ce. For more information online go to www.chalonitka. com.Big Cypress ShootoutBILLIE SWAMP SAFARI—Seminole Tribe of Florida will present a re-enactment of the Second Seminole War at the Big Cypress Shootout at Billie Swamp Safari located between Fort Lauderdale and Naples, on the Big Cypress Reservation just north of I-75 (Alligator Alley) Exit 49. The event is planned for Friday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 26. The battle reenactments will take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Friday is an educational day (no reenactments). The battle reenactments honor the Seminole’s struggle and sacri ce to remain in their homeland and will feature authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War. In the 1800s, a total of three wars were fought by the U.S. military against the Seminoles. These campaigns were the longest, costliest, and bloodiest of all the Indian wars. Although many Seminoles were killed or removed to present-day Oklahoma, they were never defeated, and to this day, more than 3,000 Seminoles are known as “The Unconquered” Seminole Tribe of Florida. The three-day event will also include music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling. “Period settlers” from around the country will hew wood, iron and silver crafts and depict trading techniques from the Seminole war era. Musical guests include: Okefenokee Joe, Benjamin Dehart (The Cracker Tenor) and Cowbone. For more information, call 800-949-6101 ext. 12125.Big Cypress exhibit: Uniting Nature and CultureBIG CYPRESS—The Preserve is an exhibition which unites the minds of the 15 selected visionary artists who h ave participated in the Big Cypress National Preserve’s artist in residency program since its inception in 2003. The exhibit, free and open to the public, will run through Thursday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Oasis Visitor Center, 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, and Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee. Both facilities are located on US 41 between Naples and Miami. THE PRESERVE is comprised of paintings, photographs, woodcuts, pastels, poems sculpture and mixed media. The emerging theme is the concern over ecological implications of man vs. nature. 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Friday, February 10, 2012 50 Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 18 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.22 feetLast Year: 12.41 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Special to the Okeechobee News/Bobbi PooleMiss Okeechobee RodeoMiss Okeechobee Rodeo representatives were chosen Feb. 4. Left to right, winners are: 2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Kellie Munn, Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess McKenna Hickson and Miss Teen Rodeo Okeechobee Sierra Coward. For more on the story, see page 5. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Weeping, Elena Huddleston begged Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger to be lenient when he sentenced her son, Joel, Thursday morning. Please show mercy, your honor. Please, she sobbed. With little comment, Judge Belanger sentenced the former middle school teacher and youth minister to 15 years in prison. That sentence will be followed by 15 years sexual offender probation and he will be classi ed as a sexual offender. In his comments to the judge prior to sentencing, Assistant State Attorney described Joel Huddleston as a twisted individual... and asked that he be sentenced to 45 years. Huddleston, 29, was found guilty Wednesday evening of lewd and lascivious conduct and tampering with a witness. Judge Belanger By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three Central Florida women who claimed to be on their way to the Seminole Casino at Brighton only made it as far as the Okeechobee County Jail. The women reportedly made a scheduled stop at a local convenience store where they allegedly were caught selling methamphetamine to a con dential informant. The alleged buy was recorded by members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force and the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce Street Crimes Unit. Arrested at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, were: Toni Wyatt-Pryor, 46, Pipes Road, Bartow; Nancy L. Freeworth, 50, Lake Buffum Road, Former teacher sentenced to prison Task force arrests 3 on meth charges C hristian Team T rail ... Page 12 County may not accept grant ... Page 8See HUDDLESTON Page 13 Nancy L. Freeworth Monda Reed-Gandy Toni Wyatt-Pryor See METH Page 8

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The present and all former City of Okeechobee Fire Chiefs were honored Tuesday, Feb. 5, when the Okeechobee County Historical Society unveiled a collection of photographs of re chiefs at the re station. A bout 50 people were in attendance at the program which was presided over by Betty W illiamson, president of the Okeechobee County Historical Society. She presented a history of the re department and honored the present re chief and former re chiefs and their families who were present. Since 1915, when the City of Okeechobee w as formed, the city has had 21 re chiefs. To date, the historical society has only managed to locate 11 photographs. It is their hope to eventually have a collection of photographs of all the chiefs. In the beginning, the chief of police also served as re chief. W hile the rst two chiefs of police, or town marshals, Benjamin Hall and J.W. Raulerson, were also listed as re chiefs, it was the third chief of police, Pogy Bill Collins, whose salary was broken down into $75 a month for being chief of police and $25 a month for being the head of a volunteer re department. According to city council minutes, on May 9, 1916 the city council bought a -barrel re extinguisher. This was evidently some type of re truck, because later minutes only refer to a re truck. On May 29, 1917 Pogy Bill was ordered to build a shed for the re truck which cost $11.68. The minutes also record a $4.45 repair bill for the re truck. Pogy Bill served from March 14, 1916 to Nov. 18, 1918 as the citys chief lawman and chief re re ghter. He had the unique distinction of serving again from Jan. 2, 1923 to Dec. 30, 1924. He later became sheriff. After he left Okeechobee he went to Frostproof as police chief. Pogy Bill was killed when a Frostproof re truck he was riding en route to a re overturned. Some time later the city began hiring fulltime re chiefs who lived upstairs in the city hall. At that time the re station was in the north wing of the city hall (where the city logo is painted on the building). The longest serving chiefs were Olen Godwin who served 23 years from Feb. 1, 1955 to Nov. 1, 1978 and Keith Toomey who served 25 years from May 15, 1979 to June 20, 2004. It was Chief Godwins widow, Pearl, who suggested the photograph collection. The two shortest serving chiefs were Joe Prescott and Walter Watford, who each served two months in 1945. Walter Watford was the grandfather of city councilman Dowling Watford. The councilman said his father was in the military in 1945 and he did not know until the Historical Society researched the re chiefs, that his grandfather had served in that of ce. Current Fire Chief Herb Smith, who succeeded Chief Toomey in 2004, has been with the re department for 20 years. Councilman Clayton Williams recalled serving as volunteer reman while in high school because answering a re call meant an excused absence from class.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Flower Petals Florist & Gifts 202 NE 2nd Street 863-763-5051 Come see us before Sat. Feb. 11 & Save $5 On Your Order ORDER EARLYSAVE $5 Now In Stock Your Winter Supplement Feeds for Cattle ATTENTION:FARMERS & RANCHERS Protein Blocks, Energy Blocks, All Natural Blocks, Round Bales, Liquid Feed... Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 763-6905 Hwy. 98 N., Okeechobee Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Feb. 10TH Thurs., Feb. 16TH For Info, Call 763-7202 III: JOURNEY MYSTERIOUS ISLANDFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG THEATRE II: JOYFUL NOISEFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 THEATRE I: HUGOFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00, Mon. 3:00MAN ON A LEDGEFri., Tues. & Thurs. 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 9:00, Mon. 7:00 PG PG-13 3 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 Weather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Friday night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Calm wind becoming west between 5 and 10 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. North northwest wind around 10 mph. Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. North northwest wind around 10 mph. Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66. North northeast wind around 15 mph, w ith gusts as high as 20 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Historical Society honors Okeechobee re chiefs Okeechobee News/Pete GawdaOkeechobee remen pose in front of re truck number one which displayed photographs of re chiefs that were presented to the re department by the Okeechobee County Historical Society on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Pictured are, left to right, Assistant Chief Bill Douglas, Chief Herb Smith, Fire ghter Mike Skipper, Fire ghter Josh Sanders, Lieutenant Jeff Baugh, Fire ghter Adam Crum and Fire re ghter Phil Conroy. Fire truck number one is a 1949 Ford that has been refurbished by the re ghters and is still in service. For more photos, see the Okeechobee News page on Facebook. Okeechobee News/Pete GawdaBetty Williamson, president of the Okeechobee County Historical Society, recognizes City of Okeechobee Fire Chief Herb Smith for his service to the city. The recognition took place during a Tuesday, Feb. 7, ceremony at the re station to unveil a collection of photographs of re chiefs. Help available for seniors to help with electric billsOkeechobee Senior Services is currentl y 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. 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Okee-Tantie There is going to be a town hall meeting hopefully in late February or early in March. Anyone interested in lling out cards w ill be able to be heard and public input will help the County to design the park so we c an do it right the rst time and we all will be happy with the end result. If a developer is going to plunk down $30 to $40 million dollars to build the park, they must be assured t hat they can get a return on their money. T here are four different concepts to consider and that will be determined by public input. W ith the current economic climate, leasing t he property on a long-term lease is the only w ay the park can be rebuilt without using public funds, that the county cant expend now and wont be able to for at least 10 to 15 years. Sell it! Government, local or state, has no business trying to gure out how to make a campground pro table. The property is inside the dike so I dont t hink they can sell it. There are a lot of environmental issues as well as the fact that it is c ompletely underwater during a hurricane s torm surge. I have an RV and have roamed the c ountryside with it. Palm Beach County has t wo lovely campgrounds which during the w inter months are usually lled to capacity. Broward County has ve county parks which offer campgrounds, all but Quiet Waters offer sites with full RV hookups. My personal knowledge of Markham Park was that it, t oo, was usually at capacity during the wint er season. The city of Orlando has a lovely park called Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. Again, I found it dif cult to get in in t he winter season. The city of Pahokee went t he other way with their facility, using a company called Lake Okeechobee Outpost. That c ompany has gone belly up and the campground, pool and restaurant are closed. The prices at Pahokee were very steep, with an additional charge if you used your RVs air c onditioning. The camping sites had locat ion, but were less than ideal. Whats going to be done is a question as millions of dollars of federal, local, city and county funds have been spent there. Dont forget Longpoint in Sebastian run by Brevard County ... nice facility and same fee year round. The Military Parks use a Camp Host. They deal with the camp populace, they take care of the day-to-day business and they get a reduced rate for their stay. Win Win situation. We cannot sell it because there is a reversionary clause that says if we try to sell the campground it would revert back to South Florida Water Management District. I really dont see how they can sell lots in Okee-Tantie, when the county does not have the right to sell it. Also, you cant put any permanent structures inside the dike unless they are owned by the government (such as the restaurant, bait shop and the OCSO Marine Unit building). If there is a hurricane on the way, any RVs have to be evacuated from Okee-Tantie. You cant let people put park models inside the dike. Did you see the photos from 2005, when the FEMA trailers were at Okee-Tantie? What a mess! Pieces of those trailers were scattered all over the place. Fortunately, the deputies made everyone leave the park before the storm hit.Insurance I just watched a story on channel 5 about an insurance company forcing people to insure homes for much more than they are worth. My Mom has just had this problem with another company and while trying to nd a new company, all others did the same thing. I would love to hear from others with the same story. If you have had the same problem, contact the Insurance Commissioners Of ce in Tallahassee. Things wont change unless we complain. Just had to buy a new policy for my house, switching from a rental liability to homeowners. The place is insured for $143,000, the lowest they would go, with 80 percent coverage on contents valued at $114,000. Im sure I dont own more than $25,000 worth of appliances and furniture, all second hand when I bought them. They rattle on about replacement costs etc. Well who says I would replace with brand new?Check points On the news, I see other counties are setting up Drivers License and Insurance card check points. I wish Okeechobee would set up some check points. Re-dedication of monumentSaturday was a day of celebration for Okeechobee. The re-dedication of the Battle of Okeechobee Marker/Monument in our new State Park was a well-attended Event within an Event during the Re-enactment weekend. The Okeechobee Chapter of the DAR was a proud hostess of our community as they shared responsibilities for the ceremony with Cora Stickney Harper Chapter (Ft, Pierce) and Seminole Chapter (West Palm Beach). Dignitaries from DAR attended. Congressman Rooney sent a letter of congratulations and encouragement. Greg Langowski represented Senator Marco Rubio. Former State Representative Richard Machek commented that the Monument has had many names over the years and especially during the move to relocate it in November. Willie Johns introduced Andy Bowers the Brighton Council Representative for the Seminole Tribe. County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, Sheriff Paul May, Judge Hendry, Betty and Sonny Williamson were among the many honored guests. There are many who helped the DAR achieve their goal of moving the Marker/Monument and holding the Re-dedication ceremony. We are most grateful to: FDOT who granted a permit without a fee, Okeechobee Sheriffs Department who controlled traf c and provided work-release inmates to do the digging, Ricks Cranes Wade Lightsey for his outstanding maneuvering of the crane, Matt Buxton for his work to move what was thought to be just a large piece of coquina and his cooperation during the move, Mark Nelson and his staff (Florida Park Service), and Dowling Watford. The thank you list continues for the Saturday ceremony to Gilbert Golf Carts for welcome transportation, Tree Locators for the red cypress trees and potted grasses to beautify the setting, the JROTC of Okeechobee High School presented the colors and Dillon Jones of the OHS Band played Taps. We have an amazing community. Sincerely, Su George Okeechobee Chapter DAR Chairperson Relocation and Rededication of Battle of Okeechobee Marker/Monument The following letter from Congressman Tom Rooney was read at the dedication o f the memorial: Dear Okeechobee Battle eld Friends and Supporters, Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Re-dedication of the Battle o f Okeechobee Monument. Through the hard work and dedication of the Okeechobee, Seminole of West Palm Beach, and Cor a Stickney Harper of Ft. Pierce DAR Chapters, the Battle of Okeechobee Historic State Par k will soon be opened and well preserved fo r future generations. History is a tool to see where we hav e been, a tool to show how much wev e changed and a tool to predict where w e are going. This monument sits on the forefront of a battle eld rich in a history that is not just inspiring but educational. The sit e of the Battle of Okeechobee was a turning point in the Seminole Indian Wars. A battl e that had lasting implications and a dramati c story, it is described as the bloodiest ght o f the 37 listed engagements, making it a stapl e in Floridas history not only for what it signies, but the lessons it continues to teach us today. As one of Americas eleven most Endangered Historic Places, the Battleground of Okeechobee should be admired and revered. It is vital that this piece of history b e preserved in order to understand the struggle between a young and expanding United States and the Seminole Indians. This monument bears a plaque with th e names of all those who were killed in this historical battle. It recalls their individual sacri ce and by taking part in todays ceremony, you are commemorating those who risked and those who lost their lives for the prosperity of this area and the state of Florida. Congratulations on achieving the parks rst permanent installation. The monumen t opens a new chapter in the history of this park, one where future students, scholars, and the general public can come to learn of our states heritage. Through your efforts, this battleground will become one of glor y and enrichment in our lives. Thank you fo r your support to the future of the Battle o f Okeechobee Park and the signi cance tha t comes with it. Thomas Rooney Member of Congress Friday, February 10, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Roberta Bobbi ChristensenHappy Valentines Day!I miss your smile, your touch, your laugh. I miss you, your everything. I love you. MORE! Love, Eric To all, please pray for justice. Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 5 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee news A possible economic grant that would create 30 jobs was discussed at the Tuesday, Feb. 7 meeting of the Okeechobee City Council. Nancy Phillips, the citys grant coordinator, discussed the Community Development Block Grant Program. The council conducted a public hearing on the program and v oted to move forward with trying to secure a grant which would involve building a west bound left turn lane on S.R. 70 in front of Applebys. A second required public hearing will be held at the Feb. 21 city council meeting. Ms. Phillips is then planning to submit the application for the grant before the Feb. 28 deadline. The code board had recommended that the city begin foreclosure proceedings against a property because of repeated code violations. The vacant 813 S.E. Third Ave. property of Cody Brown was damaged by re in 2008 and was never repaired. It incurred a ne of $7,400 in October of 2008 which has not been paid. Since that time there have been several other code violations and the owner has been declared a repeat violator. After some discussion the council directed staff to see which would be most cost effective foreclosure or nuisance abatement. Turning to nancial matters, the council delegated authority to the mayor, the city administrator and the nance director to sign nancial records required by the state. The council also approved a resolution establishing de nitions and policies for reserves and fund balances. This resolution de nes standard accounting procedures that have not previously been in writing. In addition, the council approved temporary street closings throughout the year for Okeechobee Main Street and First Baptist Church activities and conducted an executive session to discuss pending administrative proceedings regarding litigations of Carter Pritchett Advertising, Inc., vs. the City o f Okeechobee, and Centennial Builders of Lee County, Inc, vs. City of Okeechobee.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City to pursue economic development grant funds By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The much debated Handymans License or Non Structural Restricted Limited License (NSRL), as it is of cially known, could soon be a thing of the past. The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board, meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, voted to recommend to the Okeechobee County Commission that such licenses no longer be issued. Those persons holding a NSRL could continue to work under the terms for which the license was granted for not more than one calendar year. Their licenses would not be renewed. The NSRL as it currently stands is limited to speci c kinds of repairs. The license holder may not employ other people or subcontract their services. The total cost of a job may not exceed $1,000. While the limited scope of work does not require a building permit, all work performed in excess of $500 must be registered with the building department. In the past the board has discussed continual abuse of NSRL holders by exceeding the limited scope of work allowed and going over the $1,000 limit. The board also recommended changing the de nition of a painting contractor and creating new licenses for Asphalt Seal-Coat Contractor and Paving Brick/Paver Bric k System Contractor. Another recommendation to the county commission is the addition of installation of acoustical ceiling tile to the scope of work allowed for a drywall installer. In addition, the board recommended renaming the aluminium license to be a specialty structure contractors license which would include installation of aluminum as well as doors and windows, thus making it conform with state license de nitions. The board approved the request of Steve Adams d.b.a. Adams Fence 2 LLC for reinstatement of his expired fencing specialty license. The lone dissenting vote on the issue was cast by contractor Mark Brandell who had concerns about discrepancies in Mr. Adams credit report. Mr. Adams said those discrepancies would be cleared up in about 60 days. Mr. Brandell preferred to wait until those discrepancies were removed from the record before reinstatement. Apparently, the rest of the board did not share Mr. Brandells concern. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Licensing board recommends elimination of Handyman License Saturday, Feb. 4, marked the Third Miss Okeechobee Pageant. The Okeechobee County Cattlewomen Association hosted the event that brought spectators to the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center from Palm Beach, Ft. Pierce and Okeechobee to support the contestants, enjoy a barbecue lunch and observe the horses. The pageant commenced with personal interviews for each contestant, followed by the horsemanship division. The Miss and Miss Teen contestants competed in two rounds, with the rst round consisting of a set pattern and ending with a horsemanship interview. The interview consisted of questions ranging from equine science or basic feed and tack of their horse. The second round was a free style pattern choreographed by the contestant to show off their best skills in riding position, control of horse and their Queen Presentation run. After a delicious barbecue dinner, the contestants wowed the audience with their line dance routine. Contestants were then asked to model, while their biographies were read, and then give a one-minute speech on why they felt they deserved their title. Each contestant was required to answer an impromptu question regarding a rodeo event and answer it to the best of their ability on stage. Prior to the pageant, the Miss and Miss Teen contestants were given a 50 question test re ecting on rodeo, equine science and local cowboy facts. The judges had a dif cult task set before them. Coronation was shortly after with the following results: 2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Kellie Munn; Miss Teen Rodeo Sierra Coward; Miss Teen Rodeo 1st Runner up Alexandra Heatley; MRO Princess McKenna Hickson; Top Score for Rodeo Test, Ashalee Dreher, Miss Congeniality, Alexandra Heatley; Miss Photogenic, Morgan Tripp; Best Personality, Courtney McCreary; Best Appearance, Morgan Tripp. The Cattlewomens Association would like to thank the Okeechobee Cattlemen Association, Elis Western Wear, Jewelry place, Photography by Bobbi and all the pageant program sponsors. For pageant information, please visit www.missrodeookeechobee.org. For pageant photos, contact Photography by Bobbi at 863-467-2614, or www.photographybybobbiokee.com. 2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee is crowned

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Moose Lodge announces weekend plans Lots of fun will be happening at the Moose Lodge, 159 NW 36th St. this weekend. Friday, there will be Bingo at 6:30 p.m., with bonanza start at 5 p.m. On Saturday there will be a Fish Fry by Ray starting at 5:30 p.m., with Music By Lisa 7-10 p.m. Sundays cooked to order breakfast will be 7-11 a.m for a cost of $5. Proceeds bene t Moose Charities.Weekend plans announced at VFWThe North VFW, 300 NW 34th St. has a weekend of fun planned. Friday, the grill will be open 5-9 p.m. with karaoke by Steve On A Stick 7-10 p.m. On Saturday, there will be bar bingo at 1 p.m., a Fish/Shrimp Dinner at 5 p.m., and karaoke by D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy) 7-10 p.m. Sunday Lori will be serving Cabbage Rolls 2-4 p.m., with karaoke by XXL (Capt. Dennis) 6-9 p.m. Proceeds bene t veterans assistance programs. Be sure to stop by and support your local veterans.Special Valentines dinner night plannedON Friday, Feb. 10, a steak dinner will be followed by Valentines Dance at the North Eagles, 9985 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee. Music will be by Jay, and the Sho Nuff Band. Its 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 The Memory Field Flags will be in Flagler Park, Feb. 10-17. A dedication ceremony will be held Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m. This year 155 Florida Children lost their lives due to child abuse. CASTLE staffers work everyday to eliminate that number -one family at a time. Community members may sponsor a Blue Ribbon for $10; Mini Flag for $25; a Memory Flag for $100.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.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 you are working on. For further information call Joan at 863467-0290.Knights of Columbus hold dinners in BHRThe Knights of Columbus of St. Theresa Catholic Church, at Hwy. 78 W. and Chobee Loop in Buckhead Ridge, are holding a Mexican dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11. All meals include a dessert and choice of beverage. Dinner served from 4:30:30 p.m. (takeout is available). Donation of $8, adults and $3 children. Proceeds will go to church projects.A Safari Party to be held at Arnolds Wildlife CenterRace to our party! Arnolds 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. Arnolds is located 14895 N.W. 30th Terr. 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 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.B.R.A.T. Club hosts danceThe Building Relationships Among Teens (B,R.A.T.) Club will host a Valentines Teen Dance Party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. The dance is open to children ages 12 to 16. Cost is $7 per child. Admission includes pizza, soda and chips. For more information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.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 Hwy. 78 South.Farm Bureau hosts shootOkeechobee County Farm Bureau will host the Fourth Annual, 3-D Archery Shoot will be held Saturday, Feb. 11. Registration is from 7:30:45 a.m. or you can pre register at our of ce at 401 NW 4th street. There will be 30 targets. Two 15 animal ranges. Cost on an individual basis is $25 per person that includes lunch. Children under 10 will be $15. Non shooters pay $5 for lunch. Target sponsorships are $100 per station. The shoot will be held on 4351 Hwy 441 N, across from ARS Motorsports. Proceeds go to support the Young Farmer and Rancher Scholarship Program. For more information, contact Okeechobee County Farm Bureau at 863-763-3101.Church plans Island Thyme partyOn Feb. 11, the dining hall of Church o f Our Saviour at 200 N.W. 3rd St. wil be transformed into a tropical paradise. The theme of this event is Island Thyme. The menu has been developed by none other than Kaye Mueller and Pam Rogers of Nibbles and Bits catering of Nashville, Tenn. Entertainment will be provided by the Chobee Steelers. Tickets are available for $10 per person with door prizes. Tickets may be purchased at the church of ce For additional information please call the church of ce at 863-763-4843 or Francee Malone at 863-3571713. If your schedule is so busy you cant make it by 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 OMS. 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 Cambells tuition. You may sign up at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club or contact Michael or Theres a Platt at 863-763-3941. Masonic Lodge to host breakfastThe Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will host Sunday breakfast on Feb. 12, from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 NW 5th (Across from Flagler Park). A full breakfast of eggs, bacon, grits, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee for just $6 for adults and kids 12 and under $3. The public is welcome and carryouts are available. For more information, please call Fred Alger at 813-468-5128. Breakfasts are held every second and fourth Sunday. Proceeds to bene t Okeechobee youth programs. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Gladys Mae Bowling, 84OKEECHOBEE Gladys Mae Bowling, age 84, of Okeechobee, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. She was born March 5, 1927, in Borger, Texas. Private services will be held. All arrangements are entrusted to the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. W ayne Kendall Fortenberry, 87OKEECHOBEE Wayne Kendall Fortenberry, age 87, of Palm Beach Shores and Okeechobee, passed away Feb. 6, 2012. Wayne was born Feb. 27, 1924, in Lynn, Ark., to Clyde and Minnie Fortenberry. After his father died at an early age, he moved to Pahokee, Fla., w ith his mother and step-father, Loren Snyder, w here he was raised. After serving in WW II as a gunner on a Navy merchant ship, he attended Harding College and graduate school at Florida State University and then at the University of Mississippi, where he received his Masters in Education. He was a life-long educator, rst as a highschool teacher at Belle Glade High and then as a guidance counselor at Forest Hill High School. A fter they retired, he and his wife, Marjorie (Margie), divided their time between Palm Beach County and Okeechobee, where they loved the shing life, owning six different homes around Lake Okeechobee. He was an active member of the Church of Christ and stayed involved in education during his retirement years by serving as a director, with several terms as chairman, of the Gold Coast Federal Credit Union. Second only to having a positive in uence on the lives of numerous students, Wayne may w ell be best remembered for his green thumb and horse-trading. He was a farmer at heart and earned his Master Gardener designation from the Mounts Center. His favorite times were w orking in his garden, looking at property and going to the cattle auction, where he loved a good bargain. A devoted family man, he is survived by his w ife of 65 years, Margie; a daughter, Joan Smith and her husband, Larry; a granddaughter, Sydney Smith; his and his wifes extended family; many friends, including those from his church and the Okeechobee VFW and American Legion; and his dedicated caregivers. The family will receive friends today, Feb. 10, 2012, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Port Mayaca Gardens Cemetery located between Pahokee and Okeechobee on US HWY 98. In lieu of owers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East A venue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012

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Beginning Feb. 17, Indian River State College will offer classes in Chinese, a language spoken by more people in the world than any other and a language becoming increasingly important in business and world affairs. The beginners course, Elementary Chinese I, CHI1120, will introduce participants to Mandarin Chinese and provide an understanding of the Chinese language, history and culture. Students will study the Chinese phonological system, practice basic conversation, learn vocabulary and grammar and how to read and write Chinese characters. Class time will incorporate listening, speaking, reading and writing, including enjoyable exercises learning Chinese proverbs and practicing Chinese tongue-twisters. Students will also complete assignments on line. The course will offered at the IRSC Public Safety Training Complex, Building 1, Room 106 on Fridays from Feb. 17 through May 1, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Public Safety Training Complex is located at 4600 Kirby Loop Road, near the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Elementary Chinese II, CHI1121, will continue to build conversational, reading and writing skills. The course will be available through interactive live television at the IRSC Main Campus, Mueller Campus in Vero Beach, Chastain Campus in Stuart, and St. Lucie West Campus in Port St. Lucie. It will meet on Fridays from 1:45 to 4:15 p.m. from Feb. 17 through May 1. Registration is now underway. For more information, call the IRSC Information Call Center at 1-866-792-4772. IRSC offers Chinese language classes By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In a day when it seems that local governments are trying to secure all the grant money possible, Okeechobee County Commissioners seem hesitant to accept a grant from the Florida Department of Emergency Management. At their meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, commissioners discussed at length accepting a $4,000 grant before tabling the motion in order to receive more information. Public safety director Dave McCain explained that the grant was to be used to update emergency response plans as the result of lessons learned from an upcoming regional training exercise. Commissioners noted that the grant w ould not be enough to hire a consultant to rewrite emergency response plans and that the county was not obligated to take the funds. County administrator Robbie Chartier stated that such grants would probably soon be discontinued and she was not convinced accepting the grant would be a good idea. Commissioner Frank Irby noted that $4,000 would not cover much. Commissioner Joey Hoover expressed concern that if the county took the grant, it might be spent for a project that would end up costing much more than $4,000. Commissioners requested that emergency management director Mitch Smeykal present the commissioners with possible projects the grant could be used for and the cost of such projects. Communications and information sharing within the re/rescue department and between that department and the sheriffs of ce and city law enforcement and re ghting will now be greatly improved due to the purchase of a Spillman Technologies software package for re/rescue. The good news is that the $74,795 cost comes from currently budgeted re/rescue funds and will not require an increase in re or EMT assessments. At a previous meeting commissioners approved purchase of the Spillman Technologies software package for the sheriffs of ce. The city has had the system for some time. 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, which Mr. McCain said could be a big help, especially when units are spread out at a brush re. Necessary information would automatically be transferred to the computers of the sheriffs of ce and the city police and re departments. Turning to other business the board approved 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. They also approved a request for a change in zoning from residential mixed, residential mobile home, and commercial to light commercial by Doris Entry who owns property at 3585 U.S. 441 N. The property, about 4.5 acres, is in the middle of a developed commercial area and is along an arterial highway. The owner requested the zoning change in order to accommodate the assembly and sale o f storage sheds. Commissioners also proclaimed the week of Feb. 19 25 to be National Engineers 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. County commissioners hesitant to accept grant 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net 1200 S. Parrott Ave. 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 MLS #205495 FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 MLS #205578 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 MLS #205527 Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 1001-H: Oak Tree Place In town condominium conveniently close to everything. Porch just off the kitchen area. Seller very motivated to sell. Unit #10-G Make offer! $52,000 NOW $39,000 MLS #203425 REDUCED 5000-H: Foreclosure Indian Hammock freshly painted Two story 2 Bedroom 2 Bath on 3.74+/acres. Home has been remodeled.. stairs, oors, and new appliances. large replace. $144,900 NOW $131,900 MLS # 205524 3005-M: Treasure Island 2BR/2BA MH completely furnished. Roof is approx 5 yrs old, new front porch with decorative stone, Living sq ft. 1,248, carport with shed. Well taken care of over the yrs. $63,900 MLS #205608. 4004-M: Buckhead Ridge waterfront 2BR/ 2.5BA with additions. Lg FL rm, screened rm, workshop, boat lift, double carport on a large corner lot with water on two sides. $85,000 MLS #205528 5002-H: Larodo Shores Lg 3BR/3BA plus extra room for of ce on the Rim Canal with Lake access (3,088 Living sq ft.). Too much to list call for further info. Short Sale. $175,000 MLS # 205575 7003-C: Opportunity to be your own boss! Lucky Gator Arcade (Business Only). Lucky Gator Arcade $200,000 with 59 games OR $75,000 with just the business and machine lease. MLS # 205522 REDUCED NEW LISTING LAKE ACCESS NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Located Behind The White House Plaza 1126 S. Parrott Ave (863) 763-6000Lori Mixon 863634-1457 ((LMixon@MixonGroup.com www.MixonGroup.com 8 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 Fort Meade; and Monda Reed-Gandy, 57. Valencia Blvd., Bartow. All three were charged with the felony of traf cking in methamphetamine. Wyatt-Pryor was also charged with the misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia, and Freeworth was charged with the misdemeanor of driving while license suspended. As of newspaper deadline, none of the w omen had gone before a rst-appearance judge so no bond had been set. All three are being held in the Okeechobee County Jail. These people came all the way from another county to sell their dope here. It is our pleasure to arrest them in Okeechobee County, said Sheriff Paul May. According to an arrest report by a task force detective, the con dential informant set up a deal with Freeworth to purchase 2 ounces of meth for $1,800 an ounce. The detective said the informant was given money to make the buy and was monitored visually and audibly. When the women arrived at the prearranged site, Freeworth got out of her white Chevrolet truck and entered the informants vehicle where she was allegedly paid $3,600. Once the informant had possession of the drugs, continued the report, detectives and street crimes deputies closed in on the truck. The detective said another gram of suspected meth was found in the truck and Wyatt-Pryor had a glass smoking pipe in her bra that contained some sort of residue. The seized substance and the residue in the pipe were eld tested and all indicated a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine, stated the detectives report. The total weight of the suspected meth was 57.5 grams, added the report. Freeworth is currently on probation for eeing to elude a law enforcement of cer and possession of a controlled substance (meth), stated the detective. None of the women have any apparent ties to Okeechobee County. METHContinued From Page 1

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 TAMMY KAY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! LORDY LORDY LOOK WHOS 40 Love ya! Mama, Daddy, Cindy, John, Jonathon, and Jenna Accident Victims...Call Us First! Tractor Trailer Crashes Auto Crashes Motorcycle Crashes Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 467-7100 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 10 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 Okeechobee News/Pete GawdaTwenty years serviceAt the Tuesday, Feb. 7 meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Mayor James Kirk, right, honored Fire Chief Herb Smith for 20 years service to the city. Okeechobee News/Pete GawdaBuying goldGary Easmunt of THR & Associates displays some of the items his organization is buying. They will be at Holiday Inn Express, 3101 U. S. 441 S. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow buying coins, gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold. They also buy silver, war items, toys, trains, dolls and other old items. Special to the Okeechobee News/CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 30 were: Mia Castillo, Anthony Mazzucco, Lizzette Escobar, Gaury Duran, Alondra Godinez, JoLee Hill, Selina Denova De Dios, Adam Marsden, Marco Flores, Karianna Sullivan, Hubert Jenkins, Kaliyan Blackmon, Jolina Moreno, Chase Ford, Samia Yamin, Princess Espinal, Aleah Pritchard, Jerett Butts, Anna San Martin, Lynndsy Johnson, Yuliana Licea, Noelia Martinez, Daisy Eunice, Jentry Grif n, Chance Crews, Enrique Garcia, Richard Ayala, Brook Whaley, Orlan Hagins and Rebekah Raulerson. Hospice of Okeechobee is currently seeking caring individuals to provide volunteer services to our patients and families. Some of the duties that our volunteers provide are sitting with a patient while their caregiver takes a break, running to the store, taking a walk, having lunch with a friend, or maybe a much-needed nap. A one-year commitment is suggested, but the rewards are immeasurable. If you want to truly make a difference, please call us at 863-467-2321. Hospice needs volunteers

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THE ADVANTAGE: A 100% COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITYSALES HOURS: Mon. Fri. 8a-7p Sat. 9a-5p, CLOSED Sun SERVICE HOURS: Mon -Fri. 7:30a-5:30p Sat. 8a-4p, CLOSED Sun 3201 US Hwy 27 South, Sebring(863) 386-6238 2003 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER TOURINGAutomatic, Air Conditioning, Great on Gas!!!NADA PRICE $6,787 PRICE $5,787 TOP QUALITY PRE-OWNED VEHICLES NEW 2012 F-150 4X4 CREW CABAutomatic, 5.0 V8, trailer tow package, Air ConditioningMSRP $36,705 DISCOUNT $2,225 FACTORY REBATE $2,500 FMCC REBATE $1,000$30,980 NEW 2011 TAURUS SEL3.5 Durattec V6, Automatic 6speed, Power moonroof, Sony Audio System, Rearview camera system. NEW 2012 FIESTA 5 DOOR HATCHBACK SAir Conditioning, AM/FM with MP3 NEW 2012 F-150 4X4Automatic, Air Conditioning and much more MSRP $29,610 DISCOUNT $1,866 FACTORY REBATE $1,500 CUSTOMER CASH $500 FMCC REBATE $1,000$24,744 MSRP $13,995 DISCOUNT $500 FACTORY REBATE $500$12,995 MSRP $32,090 DISCOUNT $2,200 FACTORY REBATE $2,500 FMCC REBATE $500$26,890 SAVINGS: $5,725 SAVINGS: $4,866 SAVINGS: $1,000 SAVINGS: $5,200 Joe Mullins,Sales ManagerLarry Ledford,General ManagerScott W. Pearce,General Sales Manager HUGE SELECTION OF NEW FORDS AT GREAT PRICESVIEW OUR INVENTORY ATLIKE US FOR DISCOUNTS, PROMOTIONS & MORE!!Prices exclude taxes, tag and $699 dealer fee. Prices include all available factory rebates and incentives. FMCC nancing with Ford Motor Credit Corporation. Subject to credit approval. Photos are for illistration purposes only; vehicles may be different in color. Dealer not responsible for typographical errors. Sale ends 2/16/12. WE BUY CARS!STK #FA45723 STK #FA21596 STK #F145449STK#F119843 STK #F801549D Bring in this ad and your Okeechobee drivers license for a $25 gas card with a test drive 2005 SCION XBAutomatic, Air Conditioning, One Owner, Great on Gas!!! STK #F308902A 2008 LINCOLN MKXAutomatic, Leather Loaded, Light BlueNADA PRICE $23,995 PRICE $20,864STK #FJ34128A 2010 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLEAutomatic, Shaker 500 Stereo, Full PowerNADA PRICE $22,995 PRICE $17,275STK #A0496 2010 FORD F-350 CREW CAB 4X4 LARIATWhite with Tan Bottom, One Owner, Fully Loaded, Only 19,000 MilesNADA PRICE $48,976 PRICE $44,685STK #FA91333B 2011 FORD FUSION SEPower Seat, Full Power, One Owner, Only 4,000 MilesNADA PRICE $21,786 PRICE $19,742STK #F241569ASOLD 11 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 Photos by Pat ZieglarSpecial to the Okeechobee News A beautiful Saturday morning brought out 60 boats for the Feb. 4, Christian Team Trails Fishing Tournament at Okee-Tantie the largest turnout ever. Huge sh were being pulled from Lake Okeechobee with the winners of the tourney taking both overall winner status and Big Fish. The big guy weighed in at 7.81 lbs and was brought in by Dick Myers and Brock Stanaland in boat #44. The two hauled in close to 23 lbs., of sh bringing them a big cash haul as well at $1,560! Second place winners John Hodgson and Mark Lundgren took home a split of the $450 prize for their 21.63 lbs., at weigh-in. Boaters in #51, Mark Hester and Chuck Stamm were the recipients of the $300 prize for their third place catch weighing in at 20.72 lbs. Second place Big Fish went to boaters Larry Steele and Don Jarriel in #16. The were awarded $240 for their 6.86 lb., bass at weigh-in. Other cash awards were presented prizes for fourth, fth and sixth places. Each team received $150. Seventh and eighth place winners took split of $120 and teams nishing ninth through 12th place, they shared $90 each. Special mention goes to Matt Smith whose 6.81 lb., bass tied for third place Big Fish! During weigh-in boaters, family and friends enjoyed hot dogs and soft drinks. Some boaters at the tourney were winners in prize drawings of donated items by various businesses in Okeechobee. Best turnout brings in big sh at February tourney Special to the Okeechobee News/Pat ZieglarPastor John Garrison presents a check for $1,560 to big winners Dick Myers and Brock Stanaland. The took rst place overall and Big Fish prizes. Second place Big Fish winners Larry Steele and Don Jarriel received a cash prize of $240 for their 6.86 lb., bass after weigh-in presented by Pastor John Garrison. Boaters, John Hodgson and Mark Lundgren brought in 21.63 lbs., earning them a second place spot and a cash prize. A very proud young sherman, Matt Smith, 11 displays his 6.81 lb. Big Fish reeled in earning him a third place tie honorable mention along with boaters Don Van Dyke and Rick Buntenbach. Dick Myers, on the rst place team with Brock Stanaland shows off the prizewinning catch including the tourneys Big Fish weighing 7.81 lbs. Second place Big Fish winners Larry Steele and Don Jarriel received a cash prize of $240 for their 6.86 lb., bass after weigh-in presented by Pastor John Garrison. Third place winners at the Feb. 4, Christian Team Trails Fishing Tourney with a total of 20.72 lbs. at weigh-in were boaters, Mark Hester and Chuck Stamm. The boat #51 team was awarded a cash prize after weigh-in of $300. Their largest single catch weighed 6.33 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/Pat Zieglar

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sentenced him to 15 years on each charge, w ith the sentences to run concurrently. He w ill get credit for the 242 days he has already served in jail. The former Yearling Middle School teacher and girls basketball coach was arrested May 5, 2011, after his wife took photos of him sleeping with a 12-year-old girl who was nude from the waist up. Huddleston and his wife Mary were in the process of adopting the girl, even though the biological father and mother are living in Okeechobee County. The jury, made up of three men and three w omen, heard testimony during the two-day trial how on that May evening Mary left the couples home to take a walk. After nishing the dinner dishes, Joel then went to the girls room and asked if she wanted to watch some sports on the new at screen TV he had purchased for her bedroom. As they sat on the girls canopy bed, he began to rub her back. Then, saying they w ere in the way, he took off the girls shirt and bra and continued to rub her back. Sometime thereafter, they fell asleep. When Mary returned from her walk she couldnt nd her husband and the girl. W hen she tried to open the door to the girls bedroom, she found it was locked. Using a hair pin, Mary unlocked the door to see her husband and the girl fast asleep. She said the only clothing the child had on were her panties. I was pretty much in shock, she told the jury from the witness stand, adding that they were sleeping pretty deep. She then grabbed up her cell phone and took pictures of Joel and the girl. Those photos showed the nearly-nude girl in a fetal position with her back toward Joel, who had his arm under her body and across her breasts. The next day, after speaking with her minister, she took the photos to the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO). I knew I needed something to take to the cops, she told Mr. Albright during his direct examination, later adding that she knew she needed evidence. Joel and Mary were wed in 2004 and moved to Florida from their home state of Tennessee when they got the call to minister in Florida. They eventually settled in Okeechobee. During her time on the stand Mary said Joel was wanting children but she wasnt ready to take care of a baby. Because of that, they started talking about adopting an older child. It just so happened that Joel already had one in mind. The girl, one of ve children born to a dairy worker and his wife, did not like living in the small dairy home and sharing a room with her siblings. When Joel began lavishing his attention on her and buying her things, she was ready to be adopted. It was a pretty weird thingher asking me to live with them, testi ed the girls mother. I guess Mr. Huddleston promised her a better education than we could. It was a hard thing to do. She and her husband both testi ed that Huddleston brought them papers to sign. They later learned that by signing those papers they signed away their parental rights to their daughter. Through an interpreter, the girls father said he thought they were signing a medical release so the Huddlestons could take their daughter to the doctor if needed. Her father didnt know his (Joel) intent was to move her to Tennessee and away from all of this, Mr. Albright told the jury in his closing argument. He is not a normal parental gure because hes obsessed with a 12-year-old girl. He went on to say that Joel was obsessed with the child and would communicate with her on Facebook while he was at his parents home in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He returned to Tennessee after being released on bond from the Okeechobee County Jail. After learning of the postings between Joel and the girl, OCSO Detective William Suggs got a warrant for the mans arrest on a charge of tampering with a witness. In one of those Facebook postings, he tells the girl: We have the greatest love that ever existed. If only we could sew ourselves together like Siamese twins. In another posting, he said: You could say she (Mary) pulled your shirt off. If the y talk about your shirt coming off again, put it all on the evil witch (Mary). When Mary addressed the judge Thursday prior to her husbands sentencing, she said she will never be able to trust people again. I feel like my life will be affected forever, she said. I dont see any evidence he feels any remorse for the impact on me or anyone else. When she spoke her husband showed no emotion as he sat at the defense table in his orange and white county jail jump suit, which will soon change to a state-issued jump suit. HUDDLESTONContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PENTECOSTAL BAPTIST EPISCOPALYou are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR Come worship with us. Sunday 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com Traditional Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Comtemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship 6pmSunda y Mid Week Worship at 7pmW ednesda y Children and Youth Classes are Available on Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4thAve. (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70E Place YOUR Church Here! 13 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Melissa Octavia Smith, 29, 23rd Place S.W., Vero Beach, was arrested Feb. 6 by Detective Javier Gonzalez on felony charges of aggravated stalking and aggravated assault. She was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while license revoked. Her bond was set at $10,500. Eric Daniel Vargas, 14, N.E. 11th Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 7 by Detective Javier Gonzalez on a felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of a parent. Anibal Martinez, 13, N.E. 11th Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 7 by Detective Javier Gonzalez on a felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of a parent. Willie Mack, 63, Center St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 7 by Deputy Justin A kins on a charge of aggravated assault. He w as released on his own recognizance. Lisa Jane Williams, 48, S.E. 36th Terrace, was arrested Feb. 8 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $5,000. James Stephenson, 63, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 8 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation obtaining a prescription by fraud. He is being held without bond. Jesus Francisco Jimenez, 24, S.W. Chicory St., Port St. Lucie, was arrested Feb. 8 by Deputy Cari Arnold on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with burglary of a dwelling. His bond was set at $25,000. Francisco Arellano Jr., 21, N.W. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 8 by Detective Augustin Saucedo on a charge of grand theft. His bond was set at $2,500. Casey Byron Sammons, 22, U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 8 by Detective Mark Shireman on charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $12,500. Billy Joe Fridley, 40, N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 9 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a Pennsylvania fugitive warrant. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Joel Huddleston

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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. PrimaryCare PhysicianAccepting New Patients of all agesOfficeHours: Mon.-Thurs 8-5 Fri 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-1202NE2ndAve Okeechobee,FL34972863-467-2159www.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: Adult&Pediatric Urology Bladder&KidneyInfections Impotence/Implants NoScalpelVasectomy215 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 RatedFamily-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities UROLOGY MRI OKEECHOBEES 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! 14 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 02 NE 19THDrive Okeechobee For appointments, call (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MDComprehensive Medical & Preventive Care Routine Annual Physicals Well Woman Exam Geriatric Care Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D iplomateAmerican Board of Family MedicineAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted HEALTH HEALTHCARE GYNECOLOGIST Skilled Long & Short Term Care FacilitySpecialized Wound Care Full Time Medical Director Dialysis Support Alzheimers 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 Loss of Libido Endometriosis Urine Control Infertility Menstrual Abnormalities Sterilization Laser Surgery Minimally Invasive Surgery 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 Surgeon1124 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee 863-261-8059 info@spinedocs.org 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 15 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012

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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 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.11&12, 9am-6pm, community sale, HH, knickknacks, tools, shing, 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. Fishing Tackle 50 Year Collection of Fresh Water and Salt Water Lures, Reels & Rods. Antique Reels, Lures and etc. Reels and Rods for Shiner Fishing. Crappie Rods, Reels and Jigs. Bass Casting and Spinning Rods and Reels. Dont Miss this Huge Fishing Tackle Yard Sale Friday Feb. 17 and Saturday Feb. 18. 8:00 AM Till 2:00 PM Buckhead Ridge Marina 2199 Hunter Road Local Farm Friday-Saturday Harvesting Now Oranges, Cabbage, Collards and Broccoli 674 NW 113th Dr. 863-634-7454 OKEECHOBEE 1423 S.W. 19th Ter. Sat., Feb. 11th. 7 am to ?. Bedrm furn, Baby furn., Hightop DR table, patio sets, size 10 Wedding Dress, clothes, toys, and much much more! Employment Full Time Services Anns Affordable Cleaing Service Give yourself more me Time,and let me take care of your housekeeping for you. Great References. 15 yrs. exp. Call@863-801-3296 License#10812 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 Employment Full Time Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MoneyLendersGET CASH TODAY FOR ANY CAR, running or not, no title needed. (863)268-5865 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 benets for your employees, call for a 15min get together. (863)763-7114 or (863)801-9204 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 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 MiscellaneousCOW HAY ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 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 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? ApartmentsRIVER ACRES 1/1 Cottage, fully furnished. Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish TV. WI FI & local phone service. $650 mo. + sec. (863) 467-1950 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 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. BASSWOOD 4br/2ba, 1 car garage, all tile, split plan, dishwasher, W&D Hookup. $1200 mo. (561) 307-2502 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 On Rim CanalDBWD Mobile Home. 3 BR/2BA. Lrg. Lot. $800 plus Elec. $500 sec. Lawn care, Water & garbage included. Call 863-697-0214. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Two Story CBS house on Canal,3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room w/ re place. 2 frigs, washer/dryer, 40 ft Car port,Very Clean. $125,000 Call 863-610-0329 Lots -Sale Big 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 FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 NICE 1/2 ACRE LOTS FOR SALE IN NEW AREA GREAT FOR INVESTMENT WILL CONSIDER OFFERS. CALL 863-634-7781 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent BHR Waterfront 2bd/ 1 1/2 bath, accommodates a small family. $450 monthly plus $300 security Call 863-447-1758 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 Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 MobileHomeSale 1568 SQ. FT. Dble/wide on 4 lots. Kissimmee River Estates, 2BR/2BA, Fully Furnished. $69,500 Call 765-978-0220 2005 44x12 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 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 16 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 Now Hiring! Applebees is now hiring for our new location in Okeechobee, FL New Location -New Opportunity Hiring all positions! Please stop by Mon. Saturday From 9am to 5pm at the store located at: 1210 Hwy 70 East, Okeechobee,Fl In front of the Hampton Inn Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it?

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PUBLIC NOTICE Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on February 22, 2012. Owner Unit # Erica Harvey A 23 Beatrice Gordon D435 Patty Fiore D436 Rhonda Dean E660 Mike & Rebecca Nicoll E672 409722 ON 2/10,17/2012LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on FEBRUARY 27, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 2001 TOYOTA TACOMA VIN #5TEPM62N01Z797012 2002 DODGE DURANGO VIN #1B4HR38N42F168568 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in As Is condition with no guarantees. 409744 ON 2/10/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 12-002-SE, submitted by Mr. William Berman, Registered Agent & President of United Feed Coop, Inc., property owner, to allow permitted uses in excess of 45 feet in height within an Industrial (IND) Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Section 90-343(8)). Property is located at 708 NW 2nd Avenue, Legal: All of Blocks 59 and 60, including the vacated alley in Blocks 59 and 60, and that part of NW 3rd Avenue bounded on the South by NW 7th Street and that part of NW 8th Street between NW 2nd Avenue and NW 4th Avenue, City of Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 5 Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the pr oceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 12-002-SE 408645 ON 2/1,10/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 12-001-SE, submitted by Robert P. Gent, Registered Agent, of the property owner, Okeechobee Asphalt & Ready Mixed Concrete, Inc., to allow permitted uses in excess of forty ve feet in height within an Industrial (IND) Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Section 90-343(8)). Property is located at 503 NW 9th Street, Legal: Lots 1 to 6 inclusive; less the South 20 feet of Lots 1 to 3; and Lots 7 to14 inclusive; the North 40 feet of Lot 15; the North 84.5 feet of Lots 17 to 21; and the alleyway lying between Lots 6 to 10 and Lots 17 to 21; all in Block 46; City of Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 12-001-SE 408955 ON 2/1,10/2012 MobileHomeSale BANK REPOS 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 FOR SALE 3 Bedroom Mobile Home with 2 lots & access to river. 44 Boondock Rd. $40,000 Call 863-763-2346 or 863-610-4625 Kissimmee River Estates MH 14x60, w/3 Lots, Fully Furnished, Kitchen Remodeled w/new Appliances, Enclosed Fl. Room, 2br/1 1/2 ba. Asking $44,900 Call 317-491-7821 Mobile Home Single Wide with Fl room in Pine Ridge Park, beautifully decorated and clean, completely furnished. $14,900 or reasonable offer Call 863-467-9433 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. Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 From 499 mo Loaded 3/2 From 399 mo Loaded Homes on Your Lot 0 Down 800-622-2832 ext 210 SEMINOLE COVE 2BR, 2BA, 2 Car Carport & Florida Room. (863)467-0284 SEMINOLE COVE 2BR/ 2BA, Lg Carport & Shed. Immediate possession 815-716-0872 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats Boats For Sale 2 Pontoon Boats w/motor and trailer $2,000 each. 6 Fishing Boats w/motor and trailers $1,500 to $2,500.More Available Tropical Breeze Marina 863-467-8875 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PickupTrucks1988 S-10 Pick-up Runs Good, 5 speed, 4 cylinder $1,100. Call 812-989-3022 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board will meet immediately following the Citizen Advisory Task Force Board meeting, on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact Sue Christopher, 863-763-4423, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Fire Department at 863-763-4423 for assistance. by: Jamie Gamiotea, Code Board Chairperson 409820 ON 2/10/2012 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE NOTICE: The City Advisory Task Force Board, for the Community Development Block Grant for Fiscal Year 2011, will meet on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is encouraged and invited to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact Sue Christopher, 863-763-4423, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Fire Department at 863-763-4423 for assistance. by: Jamie Gamiotea, Code Board Chairperson 409821 ON 2/10/2012 NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDRs). All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for nal consideration. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 409822 ON 2/10/2012 PublicNotice LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 24th day of Feb. 2012 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vins as follows: 1997 GOLD BUICK LESABRE 1G4HP52K9VH611465 2001 WHITE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 1G2WP52K01F121373 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in AS IS with no guarantees. 409671 ON 2/10/2012 PublicNotice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2012-02 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT BUILDING DUCTWORK REPLACEMENT INVITATION TO BID Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 2:00 p.m. on February 29, 2012. Bids will be received at the second oor BOCC clerks ofce, Room 222, and will be publicly opened in room 201 and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time speci ed will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on installation of new ductwork as per plans and speci cations for the Ductwork Replacement for the Okeechobee County Health Department Building. The project is funded by a federal grant, and federal and state requirements, such as Davis-Bacon Act and Buy American, will apply to the contract. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Speci cations and Contract Documents pertaining thereto, which may be examined at or obtained from Okeechobee County Capital Improvement Of ce 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Ste C Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-0805 sselvey@co.okeechobee. .us Any questions pertaining to the project speci cations or scope of work will be addressed to the Okeechobee County Capital Improvements in writing no later than February 23, 2012. Each Contractor will be furnished with one (1) set of Plans and Speci cations for a non-refundable deposit of Twenty Dollars ($20.00). The Bidders deposit shall be a check made payable to GLE Associates, Inc. No partial sets of Drawings and Speci cations will be issued. Bidders may pick up Plans and Speci cations from the Okeechobee Capital Improvements of ce or Documents can be obtained by express mail upon receipt of vendors check and express mail account number. A pre-bid conference will be held at the Okeechobee County Capital Improvements Of ce Conference Room located at 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Ste. C, Okeechobee, FL 34972 on February 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Bidders attendance is mandatory. BIDS RECEIVED FROM CONTRACTORS WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE RETURNED UNOPENED. Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid Bond, or Certi ed Check, made payable to Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners, in the amount of not less than ve percent (5%) of the total Bid Amount. The Bidder, if awarded the Contract and the bid amount is $100,000 or more, will execute and le acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for opening of bids. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modi cations to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide additional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed within the past ve (5) years, client references, or other nancial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award. Bidders will con ne their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed to perform the work and services or quali ed by examination to be so licensed. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the speci cations, it is the bidders responsibility to seek clari cation from Okeechobee County Capital Improvements. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of Count y Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: BID OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT BUILDING DUCTWORK REPLACEMENT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2012-02. Margaret G. Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, FL 409842 ON 2/10/2012 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. PublicNotice When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD001 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BIG LAKE HOLDINGS INC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2683 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: A PORTION OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST AND A PORTION OF THE LAND LYING SOUTH OF SAID SECTION 35 BETWEEN THE HANCOCK MEANDER LINE AND THE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE AND A PORTION OF PERMANENTLY RECLAIMED LAKE BOTTOM LAND IN SECTION 35 AND/OR SOUTH OF SAID SECTION 35, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE EAST LINE OF THE NW 1/4 OF SAID SECTION 35, WHERE IT INTERSECTS THE SOUTH RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF CONNERS HIGHWAY (ALSO KNOWN AS U.S. HIGHWAY 441 AND FLORIDA STATE ROAD 15) THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG A CURVE TO THE LEFT IN SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY, SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 6306.26 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 2 DEGREES 00 MIN 47 SEC, AN ARC DISTANCE OF 221.57 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC WEST, ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY, A DISTANCE OF 28.43 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG THE AFOREDESCRIBED LINE, A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 0 DEGREES 55 MIN 52 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 875.11 FEET TO THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF LEVEE LD-4; THENCE NORTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC EAST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 0 DEGREES 31 MIN 58 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 892.32 FEET, MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. AND COMMENCING AT A POINT ON THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NW 1/4 OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, WHERE IT INTERSECTS THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.R. 15 (U.S. 441) THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 00 MIN 28 SEC EAST, ALONG AN EXTENSION OF THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID NW 1/4, FOR A DISTANCE OF 916.72 FEET TO A POINT ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHTOF-WAY LINE OF LD-4 OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT; THENCE RUN SOUTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID LD-4 FOR A DISTANCE OF 400.00 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC WEST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF LD-4 FOR A DISTANCE OF 298.40 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 56 MIN 35 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 864.66 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF THE AFORESAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441); THENCE RUN NORTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC EAST, ALONG THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441), FOR A DISTANCE OF 278.43 FEET; THENCE CONTINUING ALONG THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441) RUN SOUTH 22 DEGREES 23 MIN 10 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 27.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 21.57 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 55 MIN 52 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 874.98 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 8.659 ACRES 1-35-37-35-0A00-00011-B000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANNETTA JASKOT BRENTWOOD OKEECHOBEE LLC DHARMESH PATEL JACK JASKOT PIER II RESORT SUKETU PATEL Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 8th day of March, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 408004 ON 1/27;2/3,10,17/2012 TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Technical Review Committee of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, City Administrator 409823 ON 2/10/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 409670 ON 2/10/2012 17 Okeechobee News February 10, 2012 PublicNotice ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds

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By Julie RogersSpecial to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Rodeo Team has been working hard. They have completed 14 of the 22 rodeos scheduled this season. Many of the Okeechobee competitors are in the running to be able to compete at the State Finals. The State Finals consist of the top 15 student athletes of each event. The State Finals will be held at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on May 3, 4, 5, and 6. After that, the top four of each event will travel to compete at the National High School Rodeo Association in Wyoming on July 15-21. After the Bunnell rodeo, the current State standings are as follows : Dalton Boney is in 5th place for Tie Down Roping and 13th place for Team Roping (Header). Austen Holmes is in 7th place for Bull Riding. Josh Keese is in 8th place for Steer Wrestling. Justin Mills is in rst place for Bareback Riding, second place for Saddlebronc Riding, second place for Bull Riding, and in third place for being the Boys All Around Cowboy. Jerrod Sparks is in 11th place for Team Roping (Header). Josie Stratton is in 16th place for Barrel Racing. Nat Stratton is in 1st place for Saddlebronc Riding, 10th place for Team Roping (Healer), 13th place for Tie Down Roping, and in 6th place for being the Boys All Around Cowboy. Acealyn Youngblood is in 14th place for Barrel Racing. The rest of the season schedule is: Feb. 17-18, Ocala; March 3-4, Williston; March 24-25, Okeechobee; April 14-15, Kissimmee; May 3, 4, 5, and 6, Okeechobee (state nals). The public is invited to attend any of these rodeos to help support and cheer on these hard working young men and women. Rodeo team works towards nals STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE PERMIT The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice that a Draft Permit (Permit Number 0040842-028-UO) has been prepared for Mr. Timothy B. Hawkins, Vice President of the Okeechobee Land ll, Inc., 10800 Northeast 128th Avenue, Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida 34973. The draft permit is for the operation of one Class I Injection Well, IW-1, with associated dual zone monitoring well, MW-1. The injection well and associated dual zone monitoring well is located at the Okeechobee Land ll, Inc., 10800 Northeast 128th Avenue, Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida 34973. The Operational Permit application (0040842-028-UO) was deemed complete on November 3, 2011. Under the proposed permit, the purpose of the injection well will be for the disposal and monitoring primarily of non-hazardous land ll generated leachate concentrate that will be collected from an on-site leachate collection system generated from the Okeechobee Land ll. Future waste streams may be approved for injection if they are compatible with the on-site leachate, the well construction, and the injection and con ning zones. During the routine operation, the injection well will be used to inject up to a ow rate of 7.79 feet per second or 3.16 million gallons per day (MGD) (peak hour ow). The injection well is constructed with a 10.72-inch inside diameter (ID), 0.54-inch thick berglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tubing installed within a 16-inch outside diameter (OD), 0.500-inch thick nal steel casing. The completed design includes a packer and a uid lled annulus between the nal casing and the tubing. The center point of the packer is set to a depth of 2709 feet below land surface (bls); the tubing extends to 2,737 feet bls. The injection well injects through an open-hole interval between 2,723 feet (the base of the 16-inch nal steel casing) and the total depth of the well at 3,150 feet BLS. The open-hole (injection) interval is in the Boulder Zone, within the lower Oldsmar Formation. The con nement of the injection zone from the overlying underground source of drinking water (USDW) aquifer and uid movement adjacent to the wellbore of the injection well are monitored by the dual zone monitoring well, MW-1. Monitoring intervals in the MW-1 are 1,790 to 1,830 feet bls (upper monitoring interval) and 1,960 to 2,000 feet bls (lower monitoring interval). The injection well MW-1 is part of the industrial injection system for the injection of nonhazardous industrial wastewater. The injection well uids consist of the following: OLI land ll leachate, monitor well sampling purge water and compost facility wastewater. For additional waste streams, a written request must be made for approval by the Department. The Department has permitting jurisdiction under Chapter 403 of the Florida Statutes and Chapters 62-4,62-520,62-528,62-550,62-600 and 62660 of the Florida Administrative Code. The project is not exempt from permitting procedures. The Department has determined that a construction and testing permit is required for the proposed work. The Department will issue the Permit with the attached conditions unless a timely petition for an administrative hearing is led under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for ling a petition. The procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments proposed permitting decision may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes. The petition must contain the information set forth below and must be led (received) in the Of ce of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-3000. Petitions led by any other persons other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3) of the Florida Statutes must be led within fourteen days of publication of the public notice or receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs rst. The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of ling. The failure of any person to le a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that persons right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes, or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will only be at the discretion of the presiding of cer upon the ling of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205 of the Florida Administrative Code. A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Departments action is based must contain the following information: (a) The name, address, and telephone number of each petitioner; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitioners representative, if any; each the Department case or identi cation number and the county in which the subject matter or activity is located; (b) a statement of when and how each petitioner received notice of the Department action; (c) a statement of how each petitioners substantial interests are affected by the Department action; (d) a statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; (e) a statement of facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the Department action; (f) a concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, as well as the rules and statutes which entitle the petitioner to relief and (g) demand for relief (sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action that the petitioner wants the Department to take). A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the Departments action is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise contain the same information as set forth above, as required by Rule 28-106.301. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate nal agency action, the ling of a petition means that the Department nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such nal decision of the Department on the petitions have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the r equirements set forth above. Mediation is not available for this proceeding. A party to this order has the right to seek judicial review of it under Section 120.68 of the Florida Statutes, by ling a notice of appeal under Rule 9.110 of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure with the clerk of the Department in the Of ce of General Counsel, Mail Station 35,3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000, and by ling a copy of the notice of appeal accompanied by the applicable ling fees with the appropriate district court of appeal. The notice must be led within thirty days after this order is led with the clerk of the Department. The Draft Permit is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast District of ce, 400 North Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. Additional information concerning this project may be obtained by contacting J. Gardner Strasser, P.G.. or Joseph R. May, P.G., of this of ce at (561) 681-6688 or (561) 681-6691, respectively. 409839 ON 2/10/2012 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A LWAYS SAVING PROPERTY BUYERS $ MONEY! Vicki S. Anderson, Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. 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Cody Walker defeated Jonathan Wright in straight sets 6-1 and 6-1. Lucas Penido defeated Colton Wright in a shutout 6-0 and 6-0. Both Colt Root and Irfan Chaudhary won their matches by default. In doubles play the team of Root and Chaudhary defeated Kee and Wright 8-3. On the girls side, Samantha Rivero got her season off to a strong start with a shutout victory over Mary Kate Hoffman 6-0 and 6-0. Jenna Rath defeated Tramira Lewis 6-0 and 6-0. Vanessa Watt defeated Dominique Diago in the third seed singles match 6-0 and 6-0. Jessica Luna and Dayla Ferneau won their matches by forfeit. In doubles play the team of Luna and Ferneau defeated Hoffman and Lewis 8-1 and the second doubles team of Alley Lopez and Kayla Orr won by default. The tennis teams travel to Avon Park on Monday. The next home match is Feb. 28. OHS tennis team shuts out Westwood Special to the Okeechobee News/Julie RogersAllyson Trimble and Makenzie Tomlinson compte in Team Roping.

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MurphyOkeechobee News The Brahman baseball staff was encouraged by many of the players performance Friday in their rst competition of the year, the annual Purple White scrimmage. Coach J eff Blackstone said Tyler Barber pitched two shutout innings and Timothy Farrell added a strong performance on the mound. He also praised JV pitchers Michael Daniel and Ethan Revels for excellent performances. At the plate, Barber had three hits including a double. Trenton Hickman had three hits for the junior varsity which included a double. We also saw that we have a lot of room for improvement still with execution both defensively and with base running, he said. There was also a large turnout of fans and parents for the scrimmage. This week the Brahmans host their annual preseason classic. John Carroll played North Port last night. Friday night the Brahmans face Glades Day at 6 pm and there is a double header on Saturday with John Carroll against Glades Day at 1 p.m. and Okeechobee versus North Port at 4 p.m. The Lady Brahmans basketball team broke a string of losses with one victory at the District Tournament last week. The win over South Fork was the rst at a district tournament in many years. Okeechobee fell in the seminals to the host team Martin County and ended their season on Friday. Coach Erin Morrow said she was glad to see the team get one win at districts and called it a big momentum boost for the program. Our girls competed hard in the second round but were unable to beat #1 seed Martin County on their home court, she explained. The girls team will return several starters and key reserves next year and appear poised to be a district contender in the next few years. I thought we improved a lot this year and we are moving toward where we need to be. Im proud that we had a better season this year but we need to get a lot better to compete in our district, she added. The Lady Brahmans softball team opened their season with a 10-1 loss at Jupiter in the Palm Beach Gardens Preseason tournament last weekend. The girls rst home game is Feb. 18. Sports News in Brief Junior Varsity rst basemen Michael Daniel gets a foul pop off the bat of Alex Estremera during the rst inning of the Purple White game Friday. The varsity won the game, 7-5. Okeechobee News/Charles MurphyLayton Thomas slides in during a pickoff throw during the Brahman Purple White Scrimmage on Friday at OHS. Michael Daniel handled the pickoff throw.

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Dinner and BrigadoonBELLE GLADEOn Thursday, Feb. 16, the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center will present dinner and the theatre. From 5 to 7 p.m., sample all of your favorites at this traditional covered dish dinner which will feature food prepared by the nest cooks in the Glades. At 7:30 p.m. the musical Brigadoon, will be presented. In the play, a mysterious Scottish village appears for only one day every hundred years. Two American tourists, lost in the Scottish Highlands, stumble upon the village just as a wedding is about to be celebrated and their arrival has serious implications for the villages inhabitants. Tickets for the dinner and for Brigadoon are sold separately. For more information, contact the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www.dollyhand.org.Anything GoesFORT PIERCEThe McAlpin Fine Arts Theatre at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce will present the musical Anything Goes on Feb. 9 and 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and on Feb. 11 and 18, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Music and lyrics are by Cole Porter. Enjoy an amusing Boy-Meets-Girl story wrapped around one of Cole Porters memorable scores. Songs include: Its De-Lovely, Friendship, All Through The Night. Romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the S.S. Americanthe magical ship where Anything Goes! For tickets, call 1-800220-9915.Improvised Shakespeare CompanyBELLE GLADEThe Improvised Shakespeare Company will perform at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Each of the players has brushed up on his thees and thous to bring you an evening of o -the-cu comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Any hour could be lled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, sword-play, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, persons in disguise and all that weve come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard. Since nothing is planned-out, rehearsed, or written, each play is entirely new. For more information, contact the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www.dollyhand.org.The Diary of Anne FrankOKEECHOBEEThe Okeechobee Community Theatre wraps up its 33rd season with this play which won both a Pulitzer Prize for literature and a Tony Award for Best Play. It is the true story of the attempt by two Jewish families to escape the Nazi tyranny in occupied Amsterdam during World War II, based on entries in a diary begun by Anne Frank when she was just thirteen. Besides the obvious tension, the account also includes light-hearted moments, and the beginnings of young love. It is a gripping evening of theatre which is suitable for all ages. Performances are scheduled for March 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. at the theatre on the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, S.W. Second Ave. at Seventh Street, one block west of Golden Corral Restaurant. Advance reserved seat tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, Feb. 13, at 111 N.E. Second Street in Okeechobee. For more information, call 863-763-1307.The Bronx Wanderers BELLE GLADEStarting out in the Bronx as a family tribute band, The Bronx Wanderers exploded onto the scene in 2008, amassing a loyal following that included celebrities such as Chazz Palminteri, Danny Aiello and Dion DiMucci. On an avenue in the Bronx back in the s and early s, one could hea r the liberating sound of doo-wop and rock and roll. The music had heart, soul, purity, and a sound that made you want to dance, harmonies tha t made you feel good, and lyrics that once in a while even made you cry. The Bronx Wanderers will perform at the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Cente r on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www.dollyhand.org.Hooray for HollywoodLaBELLEThe Firehouse Community Theatre, 241 North Bridge Stree t in LaBelle, will present Hooray for Hollywood: a Musical Revue on March 2, 3, 4 and March 9, 10 and 11. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Patrons are asked to arrive approximatel y 30 minutes before curtain time. Produced and directed by Nick Fidanza, the show will feature Firehouse Singers performing the legendary tunes of Hollywood. For tickets or more information call 863-675-3066, email info@ rehousecommunitytheatre.com or go online to www. rehouseculturalcenterl.com.Boston brass, Fanfares!FORT PIERCEBoston Brass will introduce its Fanfares! project with an original composition on Monday, Feb. 27, at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, as part of the IRSC Performing Arts Series. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m.; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800220-9915 or visiting the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box O ce. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 GO: Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions February 2012 PERFORMING ARTS Plays, concerts and more ...

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If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT-IT.NEW MEMBERS GET $ 50 FREE PLAY AND $ 10 FOOD CREDIT WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR A PLAYERS CLUB WILD CARD!Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA! 3 GO: Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions February 2012 Giveaway of a 2012 Chevy Equinox LTZ Crossover set for Feb. 29BRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATIONIn honor of Mardi Gras, the Seminole Casino Brighton will be giving away $5,000 every Tuesday in February from 4 to 8 p.m. as part of its Fat Tuesday Cash Drawings. Also on Tuesdays, visitors 55 and older will get a free bag lunch, while supplies last. The free bag lunch o er is open to new or returning Players Club members. The casino will also give away a 2012 Chevy Equinox LTZ Crossover on Feb. 29. More casino play during February means more chances to win the new car. Presidents Day Hot Seat Drawings w ill help to celebrate Presidents Day at the Brighton casino on Monday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 11 p.m. with $2,500 in free play to be awarded. On Fridays during February, Sit & Go slot tournaments will o er players a share of $10,000. Fridays also mean free bingo at 3 p.m., with players vying for a share of $1000 in free play. The casino o ers Matinee Bingo sessions every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:45 a.m. with bingo packs available for $18 and $28. About Seminole Casino Brighton : Seminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 405-slot and gaming machines, a seven-table poker room, high-stakes bingo seats, a full service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern airconditioning system, clean atmosphere and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, in Glades County (o State Road 721). For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998; or visit www. seminole brightoncasino.com. Win Fat Tuesday Cash to celebrate Mardi Gras every Tuesday in February BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO Number three was one happy table of poker players at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, J an. 24 in Seminole Casino Brighton. Thats because the Bad Beat Jackpot was hit for the rst time, awarding the table $15,705.50. John R. of Sebring won $7,852.75 with his losing hand of aces full of kings, beaten by Brian G. of Clewiston, who took home $4,711.65 with four of a kind queens. The seven remaining players at the table won $448.72 each. A bad beat jackpot occurs when a seemingly unbeatable hand of aces full of kings loses to an even better hand. Once its won, the jackpot immediately resets at $1,000. The Seminole Casinos approach to larger, more frequent bad beat jackpots has now paid players a total of $7,291,875 in 32 jackpots since it began in December 2009. The Seminole Casinos approach to larger, more frequent bad beat jackpots is funded by a $2 contribution from each pot of $10 or greater at the poker rooms in six Seminole casinos: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Casino Immokalee, Seminole Casino Brighton, and Seminole Casino Hollywood. Fifty percent of the Seminole Bad Beat prize pool is awarded to the qualifying losing hand; 30 percent to the qualifying winning; and 20 percent divided among the remaining players. Bad Beat Jackpot hit for first time at Brighton Special to G.O./Brighton Semiole CasinoThe poker players at table number three at the Brighton Seminole Casino on Jan. 24 split a $15,705.50 jackpot -the rst Bad Beat jackpot ever awarded at the casino.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 GO: Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions February 2012 For a great way to explore the Florida outdoors, consider trail riding in south Florida parks and public lands. Many area parks have equestrian trails and facilities. Some even offer opportunities for overnight camping with horses.If you dont own a horse, one public areaFrederick Douglas Park in St. Lucie Countyhas guided horseback tours on the beach. For visitors who need guidance and instruction, trained horses and a tour guide are provided. Scenic beach tours are available on most weekends. Rides on weekdays are possible by special arrangement. Wooded trail rides are also available during the week. Reservations should be made in advance by calling 772-468-0101. For more information visit w ww.beachtoursonhorseback.com. (The cover photo of this section was taken at Frederick Douglas Park.) Horseback tours are also available at Forever Florida in Kenansville, about one hour north of Okeechobee. Forever Florida boasts historic trails rst used for horseback riding by Native Americans back in the 1500s. Enjoy a one and a half hour adventure through the 4700 acre wildlife conservation area which covers nine distinct Florida ecosystems. Horseback safaris are available daily and can be arranged for riders with varying levels of experience. Horses are matched to each individuals personality and level of riding experience so rst-timers are w elcome. For more information online see www.ForeverFlorida.com. In Okeechobee County, Wagon Wheel Horse Farm o ers riding lessons, pony rides, trail rides and overnight camping. For information, call 863-634-6397 or go online to www.wagonwheelhorsefarm. com. In Glades County, American Horse Trails in Muse o ers riding lessons, guided trail rides and private parties. For more information, pcall 877-888-7714 or go online to www.americanhorsetrails. us. Horseback riding is encouraged on many public lands throughout South Florida. Highlands Hammock State Park: One of Floridas oldest parks, opening to the public in 1931, this park was established when local citizens came together to promote the hammock as a candidate for national park status. During the Great Depression, just prior to World War II, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed additional park facilities and the beginnings of a botanical garden. Highlands Hammock o ers a full-facility campground, as well as a youth/group tent campground. Visitors can ride horses along 11 miles of relane trails through remote natural areas. Surprise White-tailed deer, bobcats, and other wildlife as you quietly plod along in the silence. Rest rooms are located a short drive away, self-contained units and generators are welcome in this area. There is room for trailer parking at this area, tie outs and water trough are provided. The park is located at 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring. For more information, call 863-386-6094, or go online to http:// oridastateparks.org/highlandshammock/. Jonathan Dickinson State Park: Located just south of Stuart, this park teems with wildlife in 13 natural communities, including sand pine scrub, pine atwoods, mangroves, and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River, Floridas rst federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park. The park also o ers two full-facility campgrounds and a youth/group primitive campground. Eight miles of multi-use trails start at the Eagles View area, available for horseback riding, hiking and o road bicycling. Trail maps are available a t the ranger station. A ve-site, full-facilit y campground is available for those wishing to camp with their horses. Horses must be tethered overnight to the tieou t posts provided, or con ned in sturd y portable pens. Portable electric fencing or hobbling is not permitted. The par k is located at 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. For information, call 772546-2771 or go online to http://www. oridastateparks.org/jonathandickinson/ default.cfm. Savannas Preserve State Park : Freshwater marshes, or savannas, once extended all along Floridas southeas t coast. Stretching more than 10 miles from Ft. Pierce to Jensen Beach, this preserve is the largest and most intac t remnant of Floridas east coast savannas. There are over 8.5 miles of multi-use trails available to park visitors and group tours. There is a designated equestrian area for those who trailer their horses to the trails. For additional information and equestrian gate combinations please contact the Education Center (Thursda y through Monday) at 772-398-2779 or the Park O ce at 772-340-7530. The par k is located at 2541 Walton Road, Port St. Lucie. For more information, go online to http://www. oridastateparks.org/savannas/default.cfm. Discover South Florida ... on horseback File photo/Going OutFloridas public lands provide a variety of terrains for horseback riding. Many Florida parks have equestrian trails and some even offer equestrian camping facilities. Courtesy photo/Forever FloridaForever Florida offers guided tours on trails that were riden by Native Americans back in the 1500s. The 4,700 wildlife conservation area is about an hour north of Okeechobee. See HORSES Page 5 Courtes photo/ Highlands Hammock State ParkHighlands Hammock State Park is one of the states oldest parks and it offers some remarkable scenery. Courtes photo/ Savannas Preserve State ParkGreat blue herons are among the many types of birds often seen at Savannas Preserve State Park

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 GO: Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions February 2012 Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park: This 54,000 acre preserve protects one of the largest remaining stretches of Florida dry prairie, home to an array of endangered plants and animals. For overnight stays, the preserve has two full-facility campground loops: family and an equestrian campground with paddocks. Kilpatrick Hammock Campground o ers Equestrian Camping with 50 amp electrical service and water at each site. One paddock is provided for each campsite. Water is provided in the south western-most paddocks and a central community water source is located near the kiosk at the entry to this camp loop. A composting toilet is provided in this camp loop for campers convenience. Equestrian campers also have access to the bathhouse in the family camp loop. Pets are allowed overnight in the campground, must be on a 6 foot hand held lease and well behaved at all times. Riding the trails at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park on horseback is one of the best ways to see the real Florida. With more than 100 miles of two-trail roads, horseback riders are apt to see an abundance of wildlife. The trails take you through dry prairie, moist wetlands and cool, shady hammocks. The park is located at 33104 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Okeechobee. For more information, call 863-462-5360 or go online to http:// www. oridastateparks.org/kissimmeeprairie/default.cfm. Hutchinson Island: Hutchinson Island is one of the few places in Florida that allows horses on the beach and St. Lucie Countys best-known asset is its spectacularly beautiful barrier islands, boasting 21 miles of bleached white beaches edging a cobalt-blue ocean and lined with sabal palms. If you are interested in riding your own horse or horses on St. Lucie County beaches, you must purchase a riding permit prior to participating in the activity. Permit holders must also schedule riding days at least 48 hours in advance as the number of horses allowed on the beach per day is limited. Individual permit holders are not permitted to accept money or charge participants to ride horses on their permit. All permit holders will be issued a gate key which will provide access to the designated vehicle and horse trailer parking for permit holders only. For more information online, go to http://www.stlucieco.gov/tdc/Horseback.htm. DuPuis Wildlife and Environment Area: Managed by the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Wildlife Commission, the John G. and Susan H. DuPuis, Jr. WEA consists of nearly 22,000 acres in northwestern Palm Beach and southwestern Martin counties and adjoins the J.W. Corbet t Wildlife Management Area to the east. A visitor center is located at Gate 5 on S R 76. This property was formerly the White Belt Ranch, a working livestock ranch owned by the late John G. DuPuis. Once part of the Everglades ecosystem, the hydrology of the area was altered through drainage. The water management district has restored portions of the land by rehydrating interior wetlands. Today, two-thirds of the area is pinelands, and one-third is cypress swamp and freshwater marsh. An equestrian center at Gate 3 has horse barns, paddocks, campsites, restrooms with showers, a dump station, and a trailhead marking the beginning of 40 miles of equestrian trails. For more information online, go to fwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/cooperative/Dupuis. Corbett Wildlife Area: The J.W. Corbett Wildlife area is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The north entrance is 25 miles northwest of West Palm Beach via the SR 710/ Beeline Highway. This entrance is on the south side of the road, just 1/4 miles wes t of the intersection with SR 706 or Indiantown5Road. The south entrance is 16 miles northwest of West Palm Beach on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, 3 miles north of Northlake Blvd. A Daily-Use Permit is required to enter this area, unless you have pur chased a Wildlife Management Area Permit. Entrance Kiosks with area maps and brochures are located a t the south entrance o Seminole Prat t Whitney Road and at the north entrance o State Road 710. Horses are allowed on the area throughout the year except from the Sunday 2 weeks prior to the opening of archery season until 8 a.m. the da y prior to the archery season. Corbett offers miles of roads and trails for horseback riding. Parking for trailers is available. For more information, go online to http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/ wmas/lead/jw-corbett/. HORSESContinued From Page 4 Courtesy Photo/Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State ParkKissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is a great place to view Florida wildlife. Florida law requires that horse owners carry a copy of the current negative Coggins test for each horse whenever they take their horses o their private property. State parks require the owners show proof of the current Coggins any time a horse is brought into a park. It takes about a week to get the test back from the lab after a veterinarian draws the blood, so check to make sure all Coggins are current before planning a trail ride. An annual Coggins test is required by the State of Florida to prevent the spread of Equine Infectious Anemia. State law requires that riders under the age of 16 wear riding helmets while on public land. While some parks h ave access to water, some do not. Check in advance. If the park does not provide water, bring water for your horses. Many horse owners routinely bring their own water because water from di erent areas may taste di erent due to di erences in mineral content, and some horses will not drink the water if it does not smell right. Some riders carry a avoring such as Gatorade to put in the water. In some parks, hikers, bicyclists and equestrians share the same trails. Riders should show courtesy to others on the trail. Even the most experienced rider on the calmest horse can h ave an unexpected problem when horseback riding. Dont ride alone. Carry a cell phone for emergencies, but turn it o or put it on vibrate so that it does not spook your horse or another riders horse. Some trails may take you out of cell phone service areas. Before you go trail riding, tell someone where you are going, where you will park your trailer and when you should be back. Leave gates as you nd them. If you open a gate, close it behind you. Carry out and dispose of all litter properly. Leave the tr ail, parking lot and camping areas as you nd them. Tips for the trail ... Equestrians who want a real challenge can keep history alive by riding the Florida Cracker Trail. The annual 110 mile ride traces the trails ridden by the Florida Cracker Cow Hunters as they took their herds to market. The ride is held the last w eek in February each year. It begins at a site just east of Bradenton, Fla. and ends in Fort Pierce, traveling an average of 15 miles a day. Riders may ride as many days as they wish, or may elect to ride in the mornings only. Membership in the Florida Cracker Trail Association is required for all who w ish to participate in the ride. The mission statement of the association explains: Dedicated to Keeping History A live, by educating through demonstration, the Old Florida Cracker Pioneer w ays of agriculture, animal husbandry, respect for the land as well as the hardships and joys of life on the original frontier. The ride serves to preserve the importance of the role of the State of Florida in the introduction of horses and cattle by the Spanish Explorers into the New World and the birth and continuance of the cattle and horse industries by its future settlers and their descendants and to support related causes. On Nov. 20, 2000, the Florida Cracker Trail was selected as a Community Millennium Trail. Millennium Trails is a partnership between the White House Millennium Council, the Department of Transportation, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the National Endowment for the Arts and other public agencies and private organizations. The goal of Millennium Trails is the creation of a nationwide network of trails that protect natural environment, interpret history and culture, and enhance alternative transportation, recreation and tourism. For more information online go to www.crackertrail.org. Florida Cracker Trail ride challenges horses and riders South Hutchinson Island is one of the few places in Florida that you can ride horses on the beach. If you want to bring your own horse, you will need to obtain a special permit in advance.

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A stronomy Night at DuPuisDuPUIS MANAGEMENT AREA Removed from the bright lights of urban South Florida, the expansive DuPuis Management Area, 23500 S.W. Kanner Highway, in western Martin and Palm Beach counties is an ideal spot for exploring the night sky. As part of its ongoing e orts to provide recreational opportunities on public lands, the South Florida W ater Management District (SFWMD) is partnering with Florida Atlantic Universitys Center for Environmental Studies (CES) to host galactic tours of the winter constellations. The Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will guide the tours. Telescopes will be set up for observations, but visitors may bring their own.. The next tour will be on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Visitor Center entrance is located at Gate 5 on State Road 76 in Martin County, two miles east of Port Mayaca or seven miles west of the intersection with State Road 710.Seminole Wind Bluegrass FestivalBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATIONThe Seminole Wind Bluegrass Festival, presented by KD Bass productions, is planned for the Fred Smith Arena at Brighton Seminole Reservation, o State Road 721 in Glades County, Feb. 1012. For information, call 863-467-6039. On Friday and Saturday the festival performers are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday performances start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Sour Orange FestivalLAKEPORTThe Lakeport Sour Orange Festival will be held Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakeport Community Center, 1239 Red Barn Road. A $1 donation is requested for parking. The festival features the traditional sour orange cooko An arts and crafts fair will feature local vendors. Music will be by Bill Durrance, who plays 50s, 60s and 70s and Rock n Roll. A Gospel Music Sing-a-long will begin at 1 p.m. Plate lunches available will include a rib dinner and seafood gumbo. The festival will also feature a quilt show, Mr. and Mrs. Bubbles the Clown, a historical display, a photography display, childrens games, a display by the Lakeport Fire Department and sour orange pies. The sour orange cooko judging starts at 10 a.m. For information on the cooko call 1-608-345-1324. For vendor information call 1-863-227-1074. Festival v isitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs as seating is limited.Brighton Seminole Field DayBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATIONBrighton Seminole Field Day & Rodeo, Feb. 16-18, will showcase Seminole and other Native American arts, crafts, dances and traditions. On Friday, the festival hosts Kids Day which is open to area school children. School buses from all over South Florida transport elementary school children to Brighton Reservation, where they learn how Seminoles once lived in chickees, cooked food over open res, made their own canoes and weapons and made crafts such as sweetgrass baskets and clothing made from tiny pieces of cloth sewn into intricate patterns. The festival also includes wild animal exhibitions, alligator wrestling and native dances. In more recent years, the event expanded to invite Native Americans from all over the country to participate. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival is open to the general public. The festival weekend also includes a PRCA Rodeo, with rodeo events Feb. 1618. On Thursday, gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.; on Friday, gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 3 p.m.; on Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and XTreme Bullriding starts at 3 p.m. The festival grounds are next to the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena, o State Road 721 in Glades County. For more information call 863-467-6039 or go online to www.REZRODEO.com. Hendry County FairCLEWISTONThe Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show celebrates local agriculture. The event features a parade, livestock show and midway entertainment. The activities also include a beauty pageant and exhibits. The fair will be held this year from Feb. 17-24 in Clewiston. For more information, please call 863-983-9282 or go online to www. hendrycountyfair.com.Okeechobee MudfestOKEECHOBEEOkeechobee Mudfest will be held on Feb. 17-19, at 11705 State Road 70 East in Okeechobee. The event draws thousands of mudders and all kinds of vehicles from all over the country. Camping facilities are available at the Mudfest site. Hotels are available in nearby Okeechobee. For more information online see the Okeechobee Mudfest page on Facebook.MegaconORLANDOMegacon 2012 is set for Feb. 17-19, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Ironman and Thor) will once again be the special guest at this annual convention for fans of science ction, fantasy, comic books and animae. Also scheduled to appear at the convention are Bruce Boxleitner (star of Tron and Babylon 5), Tia Carrere (of Warehouse 13 and Relic), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Pottery movies), Peter Mayhe w (who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies), David Prowse (Star Wars original Darth Vader), Bret Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generations Lt. Cdr. Data); and many other television and movie actors. The convention includes panel discussions, costume contests, video game contests, a Lego pit, dance parties and the popularand massivevendo r area. For more information online see www.megaconvention.com. Area festivals and special events this month... 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 GO: Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions February 2012 See EVENTS Page 7

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2011-2012Buy tickets online!www.dollyhand.org Box Office: 561-993-11601977 College Drive | Belle Glade campusAmerican Spirit The New Patriotic MusicalNov. 14 at 7:30pmThe 23rd Annual Living Christmas TreeDec. 3 at 7:30pm Dec. 4 at 3:00pmMiracle on 34th StreetDec. 15 at 7:30pmJay Johnson in The Two & OnlyJan. 12 at 7:30pmGuy PenrodJan. 26 at 7:30pmThe Improvised Shakespeare CompanyFeb. 14 at 7:30pmBrigadoonFeb. 16 at 7:30pmThe Bronx WanderersFeb. 23 at 7:30pmJim Witter in The Piano MenMarch 2 at 7:30pmThe Allan Harris QuartetMarch 15 at 7:30pmPalm Beach State College Music DepartmentMarch 22 at 7:30pmCeltic Fire: Irish Music & Dance with Riverdances Michael LondraMarch 23 at 7:30pm30th Anniversary Celebration Buffalo Rome and Larry GatlinApril 17 at 7:00pmMissoula Childrens TheatreMay 5 at 11:00am & 7:00pmStreet Beat, Inc.May 11 at 7:00pm Find us on 30THANNIVERSARYSEASON 7 GO: Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions February 2012 Free Astronomy Day (and Night!) Open HouseFORT PIERCEThe public is invited to attend a free Astronomy Day and Night! open house, sponsored by the Indian River State College and the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society (TCAS), on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 9 p.m. in and around the Hallstrom Planetarium, 3209 V irginia Avenue on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce, There will be telescopes, guest speakers, handout, miniplanetarium shows, activities for kids, plus guided views of the moon, planets, and stars (weather permitting). For information, call center at 1-866-792-4772.Swamp Cabbage FestivalLABELLEThe 2012 Swamp Cabbage Festival is set for Feb. 25-26. The festival is LaBelles hometown blast. The festiv al starts with a parade beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by two days of great entertainment, booths of unique items for sale and great food. Look for the boiled swamp cabbage and swamp cabbage fritters. If you have an adventurous palate, you can also nd gator meat and other special treats. Saturday begins w ith a 5K Swamp Stomp run along a lovely route with glimpses of the Caloosahatchee River. The festival will include a bike show, car show, kiddie rides. On Sunday morning there will be a nondenominational worship at Barron Park, w ith entertainment and festivities picking back up again after noon. The lawnmower races will be noon to 2 p.m.. For more information online, go to www. swampcabbagefestival.org.Chalo NitkaMOORE HAVENMoore Havens Chalo Nitka Festival will be held on the festival grounds at Chalo Nitka Park (across from the Glades County School Board O ce). The festival includes midw ay games, rides, and vendor booths selling food, crafts and jewelry. Events also include a rodeo and the Glades County livestock show. This year the festival is planned for March 2, 3 and 4. The Chalo Nitka parade will be Saturday morning, March 3.The annual Chalo Nitka Rodeo is put on by the Glades County Youth Livestock organization. The rodeo is on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and is the biggest fundraiser for the organization which supports youth events and activities throughout Glades County including sports, clubs, and also the annual livestock shows and sale. The rodeo is held at Bronson Arena, across from the Moore Haven Post O ce. For more information online go to www.chalonitka. com.Big Cypress ShootoutBILLIE SWAMP SAFARISeminole Tribe of Florida will present a re-enactment of the Second Seminole War at the Big Cypress Shootout at Billie Swamp Safari located between Fort Lauderdale and Naples, on the Big Cypress Reservation just north of I-75 (Alligator Alley) Exit 49. The event is planned for Friday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 26. The battle reenactments will take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Friday is an educational day (no reenactments). The battle reenactments honor the Seminoles struggle and sacri ce to remain in their homeland and will feature authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War. In the 1800s, a total of three wars were fought by the U.S. military against the Seminoles. These campaigns were the longest, costliest, and bloodiest of all the Indian wars. Although many Seminoles were killed or removed to present-day Oklahoma, they were never defeated, and to this day, more than 3,000 Seminoles are known as The Unconquered Seminole Tribe of Florida. The three-day event will also include music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling. Period settlers from around the country will hew wood, iron and silver crafts and depict trading techniques from the Seminole war era. Musical guests include: Okefenokee Joe, Benjamin Dehart (The Cracker Tenor) and Cowbone. For more information, call 800-949-6101 ext. 12125.Big Cypress exhibit: Uniting Nature and CultureBIG CYPRESSThe Preserve is an exhibition which unites the minds of the 15 selected visionary artists who h ave participated in the Big Cypress National Preserves artist in residency program since its inception in 2003. The exhibit, free and open to the public, will run through Thursday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Oasis Visitor Center, 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, and Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee. Both facilities are located on US 41 between Naples and Miami. THE PRESERVE is comprised of paintings, photographs, woodcuts, pastels, poems sculpture and mixed media. The emerging theme is the concern over ecological implications of man vs. nature. For more information on the artists and the artist in residence program go to: http://www.nps.gov/bicy/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence-program.htm. EventsContinued From Page 6

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