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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 02-19-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, February 19, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 22 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.13 feetLast Year: 12.32 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Corps releases more water from the lake ... Page 8 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News This Tuesday’s meeting of the Okeechobee City Council could prove to be more interesting than usual. The council will be discussing a lease for the long-vacant chamber of commerce building as well as considering applying for a street improvement grant and discussing a proposed park on Taylor Creek. The city-owned chamber of commerce building had been seized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for nonpayment of payroll taxes by the long inactive Okeechobee County Chamber o f Commerce. The IRS held an auction o f the contents of the building to satisfy the tax lien and recently released the building back to the city. The council will be considering a lease with the recently formed Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. Deed restrictions on the propert y prevent it from being used for any other purpose than a chamber of commerce. The terms of the proposed lease are for ve years at $1 a month. City may lease out chamber building If you go ...WHAT: Meeting of the Okeechobee City Council WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21 WHERE: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. third Ave. Shall we dance?Native American dancers are one of the highlights of the Brighton Seminole Field Day and Rodeo festival this weekend at the reservation on S.R. 721 in Glades County. At left, Ziryn Flores, Damian Garcia and Diontaye Casares, all of Okeechobee, joined in the dance. For more, see page 22. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenSee CITY — Page 9Reward offered for information on Okeechobee’s Most Wanted ... Page 9 Man jailed on $1 million bond faces additional charges.. Page 9

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 John ArrigoVice President & General Manager ARRIGO PALM BEACH6500 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm BeachCorner of Okeechobee Blvd. & Turnpike561-683-1511www.ArrigoPalmBeach.comARRIGO FT. PIERCE5851 S US # 1, Ft. PierceJust South of Midway Road772-882-3300www.ArrigoFtPierce.comARRIGO SAWGRASS5901 Madison Ave. TamaracCorner of Commercial Blvd & Sawgrass Exwy954-861-6200www.ArrigoSawgrass.com 3 GIGANTIC LOCATIONS! ALL VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. MUST PRESENT AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE TO RECEIVE ADVERTISED OFFERS. OFFERS EXPIRE DATE OF PUB LICATION. DEALER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS OR OMISSIONS. VEHICLE ART FOR ILLUSTRATION ONLY, OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT O R VARYING MODEL MAY BE SHOWN.OFFERS NOT IN CONJUNCTION, RESTRICTIONS APPLY, SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. PREVIOUS SALES EXCLUDED. CUSTOMER MUST HAVE 750 OR BETTER BEACON SCORE. CUSTOMER MUST QUALIFY FOR ALL REBATES & INCENTIVES. DEALER RETAINS ALL REBATES & INCENTIVES. ^PRICES PLUS TAX TAG TITLE DEALER INSTALLED OPTIONS & $599.95 DEALER FEE. ALL FACTORY, ALLY BANK & ARRIGO DISCOUNTS, REBATES & INCENTIVES APPLIED INCLUDING OWNER LOYALTY, CONQUEST/ LEASE LOYALTY, & MILITARY REBATES, EXCLUSIVE ONLINE CHRYSLER REBATES AND OFFERS, NOT ALL CUSTOMERS WILL QUA LIFY. ^^ ON SELECT MODELS, OFF DEALER LIST PRICE. NOT IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANY OTHER OFFER, SEE DEALER FOR FULL DETAILS. *+WE WILL BEAT ANY LOCAL, VALID, PRINTED ADVE RTISEMENT FROM ANOTHER AUTHORIZED DODGE CHRYSLER OR JEEP DEALER WITHIN THE SE BUSINESS CENTER ZONE ON ANY NEW, IDENTICALLY EQUI PPED IN STK VEHICLE BY $500. CUSTOMER MUST PRESENT COMPETITORS AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE & SUPPLY ACCURATE VIN NUMBER. COMPETITORS AD MUST BE DATED SAME DAY AS THE CUST OMERS PURCHASE. EXCLUDES TAX, TAG, TITLE, DEALER INSTALLED OPTIONS & $599.95 DEALER FEE. IF WE BEAT THE COMPETITORS PRICE, YOU MUST BUY THE VEHICLE FROM ARRIGO. IF WE FAIL TO BEAT THE COMPETITORS PRICE, WE WILL PAY YOU $1000. DEALER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PURCHASE THE VEHICLE FROM OTHER DEALER. OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY, SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. F ort Pie r c e Fort Pierce BIGGEST ITS GIGANTIC! John ArrigoVice President & General ManagerJim ArrigoOwner & President UP TO^^ OVER 600 TRUCKS IN STOCK! AS LOW AS$13,999^BRAND NEW 2012 DODGECALIBERAS LOW AS$19,999^BRAND NEW 2012 CHRYSLER300 SEDANAS LOW AS$15,999^BRAND NEW 2012 JEEPLIBERTYAS LOW AS$14,999^BRAND NEW 2012 RAM1500REG CAB 4X2 50TO CHOOSEAS LOW AS$21,999^BRAND NEW 2012 DODGEDURANGO 200TO CHOOSEAS LOW AS$21,999^BRAND NEW 2012 CHRYSLERTOWN & COUNTRY 150TO CHOOSEAS LOW AS$19,999^BRAND NEW 2012 JEEPWRANGLER 200TO CHOOSE 50TO CHOOSE 200TO CHOOSEAS LOW AS$19,999^BRAND NEW 2012 RAM2500REG CAB 4X2 2 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012

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Extended ForecastWeather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather ServiceLocal ForecastSunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Windy, with a southwest wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. West northwest wind between 5 and 15 mph. Extended ForecastWashington’s Birthday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. North northwest wind between 5 and 15 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind around 5 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. South wind around 5 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 to try new I I n t e l l i F l e xT M Technology in Hearing Aids. Are you, or someone you know, struggling with hearing loss? We need 21 people with difficulty hearing, especially in noisy situations, to evaluate the latest in digital technology from Audibel. Audibel Hearing Care Centers will perform Comprehensive Hearing Consultations FREE of charge to all callers. Please call immediately to schedule your evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for the program. Candidates selected will be asked to evaluate the latest nearly invisible hearing aid technology for 30 days. Imagine a hearing aid that automatically adapts to your surroundings and reflects your specific lifestyle. With this breakthrough technology from AUDIBEL, the worlds largest hearing aid manufacturer, now comes the first hearing aid ever developed to address your most important needs. If you hear, but are having trouble understanding conversations, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of the FREE demonstrations offered this week. Call Audibel Hearing Care Centers today for a no obligation appointment. Bring in the talk...Screen down the noise!Ž R ewarD!Candidates selected will receive tremendous savings, due to their participation. If your evaluation shows hearing improvement with the new instruments, you may choose to retain them and receive 40% OFF MSRP. 2 2 1 4 2 Paul Sodahl 3545 Highway 441 S, Okeechobee (Publix Shopping Plaza)467-5333Operators Standing By 24/7 3 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Denise Cheshire/Okeechobee SDACooking for funOkeechobee SDA Church is holding cooking classes, called Kids in the Kitchen, for students 8 years and older, on the rst Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Students will learn how to prepare healthy foods that they love to cook and eat! Some of the other things they will be learning are how to read labels, select good produce, set a table, have good manners, plan menus, use measurement equivalents, make healthy food choices and kitchen safety. This class is hands-on where students will enjoy real culinary experiences in food preparation, presentation, and taste-testing. Our program is strongly adult staffed, keeping safety as a top priority. The class is free, however, for safety reasons, class size is limited. For more information, call Denise Cheshire at 407-865-4233. Okeechobee Forecast

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An error appeared in an article on page 18 of the Feb. 17 issue of the Okeechobee News under the headline “Grant would pay for road improvements.” The Appleby’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill under construction was incorrectly located in front of the Ramada Inn. It is actually in front of the Hampton Inn on S.R. 70 E. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error. Band still needs help Just an update, since there is a bit of information out in the community that is not accurate. The Band is very close to its initial goal of $60,000. However, that was an estimate of the trip when we started fundraising. Our actual cost is about $67,000, and w e are working very hard to make enough money to feed the students the 6 meals they are responsible for that are not covered during the trip. Many of our students and their families will be making sacri ces to send t heir kids on this trip, so we are doing our b est to make this as affordable as possible. W e also know that meals in a big city are not as cheap as they are here at home. Feeding the band one meal will cost about $800 in Washington and we’re not talking about Prime Rib dinner either! We still have about $10,000 more to go to nish paying for the t rip and to try to have enough to cover as many meals as possible so the kids will only have to bring spending money. We still have all of our normal expenses to meet as well. T hank you again to our wonderful community as you have really come together to support us and make this dream a reality.Okee-Tantie The pond is where the airboaters launch and it seems clear there are enough c ounty residents using it that it should remain public access. And the marine unit b uilding is by the pond. We need to keep the marine unit there where they can quickly res pond to emergencies on the lake. Imagine having to haul the boat all the way from the s heriff’s of ce before responding to a report of a boater in distress. It would be quite an expense to move the marine unit to another area of the park. I do want to see improvements at Okee-Tantie. But I don’t want the public to lose access to the parts they are c urrently using.  Riddle me this... Why can’t the county run it and make a pro t? Brevard does at Longpoint (taking tax base into consideration).  What is to say that if this venture goes through that the next hurricane will not do the same amount or more damage to Okeetantie, it basically sits on the lake bottom inside the lake. What is to stop the water? Are they going to be allowed to build a giant seawall?  Why not x up what is there a little at a time, and make your prices competitive with the private parks that are around the area. Have a place for campers and a place for the air boaters. Have airboat shows, bluegrass gatherings, car shows, or anything that will bring people to Okee-Tantie. Let’s attract the common shermen and northerners who are like us, people who have to watch their dollars spent, but like our town and shing. This is an agriculture community not a Maralago. We don’t want Trump for a neighbor. We want the Larry the Cable Guy type. No martinis, just give us a beer.Traf c safety Last week on my morning walk (when it was foggy out) I was almost hit three times. I take all necessary precautions, no head phones, re ective jacket and I walk against traf c. The sad part is that two of the people are neighbors I know personally and I have asked them several time to please slow down. So now I must, for my safety, not walk on certain days because although I walk for health reasons as well as enjoyment, my life is not worth taking a risk because I have IDIOT neighbors. Of course their kids don’t have to wait at the bus stops.  Try riding a motorcycle around this town. The drivers are out to kill me, I swear it.SFWMD leases The land management department needs some changes in leadership in the area of leasing. The little guy does not stand much of a chance of getting a lease. How about all the land that was bought with our money then leased back to the seller for a little or nothing for as long as it is not needed to store water? These deals are sweeter than honey for some people.  Following Governor Scott’s “Perestroika” the SFWMD is to operate under “Glasnost.” So, nothing to worry about—is there? Maybe Robin Hood got it rightBy Rev. Jim E. BentonAs the 84th Annual Academy Awards nears, most of us are pulling for our favorite movie to win the title of “Best Picture.” One of the movies nominated for that spot is a movie that is set in the south in the 1960s, “The Help.” It deals with racial prejudice and inequality. I enjoyed it very much! And although I want it to win, it is not my favorite movie about injustice and inequality. Although I wasn’t old enough to see “The Adventures of Robin Hood” in a movie theater, I loved this movie. I remember watching it on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Errol Flynn was the perfect picture of swashbuckling adventure. Not only was he skilled, handsome and athletic, but he was greatly concerned for injustice, poverty issues and government corruption. Although stealing is not an acceptable way to deal with the issues of poverty, Robin Hood’s philosophy was based on justice and defending the Kingdom against tyranny under evil and cruel leadership. I don’t intend to get political here, but I think that both of these movies represent an ideal that we should all embrace—justice. In the Bible we read about the man y kings that the Israelites had. Most of them did evil, but there were a couple who wer e noted as good. One such King was Josiah. In Jeremiah, Chapter 22, Josiah is compared to his son who succeeds him. His son Shallum was departing from the ideals that were postulated by his father. In verse 15, we read, “Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. 16 He defended th e cause of the poor and needy, and so all wen t well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD. What would our world look like if w e were like Josiah? He did what was righ t and he defended the cause of the poor and needy; kind of like Robin Hood and Skeeter, (the main character in the movie The Help.) What about you? What are you doing to be a defender of the poor and needy? Ar e you doing right? Maybe Robin Hood go t it right? After all, he was a defender of th e poor, he was rewarded with knighthood, AND he got the girl (Maid Marion/Olivia d e Havilland) in the end! Sunday, February 19, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: 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! Correction... We can all use an extra day. What will you do with yours?Most people would like a little extra time in their day-to-day lives. And with this being a leap year, we all get just that this February. What will you do with a little extra time this month? One good use of your time would be to register for March for Babies 2012. If you’re already registered, then use the time to ask people to donate to your campaign. Or recruit your family and friends to join March for Babies and walk with you! Rally your coworkers! Call on your communities! The sooner you start fundraising, the sooner you’ll meet your goal. And the more people who participate in March for Babies, the more support the March of Dimes will have to fund important research and programs to help babies begin healthy lives. March for Babies 2012 is taking place on Saturday, March 10. Individuals, as well as teams, can still sign up and participate. Each participant is asked to raise a minimum o f $25. For more information about joining March for Babies 2012, or about sponsorship opportunities, call Cindy at 772-562-0115, or Laura McCall at 863-763-3131. Act now—don’t let this extra time in February pass you by without doing something to help all babies be born healthy, after a full-term pregnancy! March of Dimes rallies volunteers for wal k

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PROf f e s s i o n a l 1500 St. Rd. 70 East Okeechobee, FL Phone: 863.357.1820 Fax: 863.357.1824 www.LOInsurance.comJESSICACOLON AGENT Auto € Homeowners € Life & Health € Annuities € Motorcycles € General Liabilities € Commercial Auto Vince & RaeAnn Stanavich Owner/Operator 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee (863) 763-6696 (772) 335-3688LicensedDealer AN AFFORDABLE WAYTO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS!!! Diane Wood, RN Administratorwww.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944203 SE 2ndSt. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 S S t i n n e t t , I n c .R R e e s s i i d d e e n n t t i i a a l l l & & & C C o o m m m m e e r r c c i i a a l l € € P a i n t i n g€ W a l l l C o v e r i n g s€ P r e s s u r e e C l e a n i n g € € S a n d d B l a s t i n g Serving Okeechobee Since 1969Lic. #1406-01€ € P a i n t i n g€ W a l l l C o v e r i n g s€ P r e s s u r e e C l e a n i n g € € S a n d d B l a s t i n gS t i n n e t t , I n c (863) 763-5251(863)634-0614 JONES EQUIPMENT Est. 1989 4 5 5 8 U S H w y 4 4 1 S E O k e e c h o b e e F l 3 4 9 7 4C a r g o € A u t o € U t i l i t y T r a i l e r s & P a r t s 1-888-683-7853863-763-5342 New Fashions, Accessories, Unique Gifts and JewelryOPEN Mon Thurs 10am to 6pm Friday :10am 7pm Sat: 9am-3pm 863.532.1077Lic #1862 Lic #10355Free Estimates Licensed and Insured A FULLSERVICEREPAIRFACILITYChoiceAutomotive Computer Diagnostics € Exhaust € A/C Service € Brakes € Window Motors € Tune Ups € Welding € Engine Mechanics Located Behind RitasDont Make the Wrong Choice!704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL863-467-6633& Custom Exhaust Motorcycle & ATV Parts and RepairsDerek Tremain P: 863-357-0334 F: 863-357-00561460 Hwy 78W Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Farm and Ranch Insurance NO ACCOUNTS TOO SMALL Rates from $600. Annually863.357.1707 Tree Locators, Inc.Plants -Trees Natural Stone Decorative Gravel Manufactured Stone Design Installation Full Garden Center Dont Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate ItŽ863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.com 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL34972 24-Hour Customer Service Auto € Home € Life € RetirementLori C. Berger Exclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8437 100%GrassFedBeefORGANICALLYRAISED~ LOCALLYRAISEDBEEFWhole, Sides & Quarters: Steaks and Ground BeefOkeechobee, Florida All Natural 863-634-3971 Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone 198 Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee, Fl 34972(863) 357-2431 € 800-432-1064 € Fax (863) 357-6723 www.slbatterytire.com $2495PERCARTON!Come in for a sample We can match your smoke863.288.84018840 Hwy 78 W. € Okeechobee Runyon Taxi ServiceYou Call We GoOPEN 24 HOURSCheaper Than a DUIVeteran Owned & OperatedOwned by Billy Runyon(863) 634-8720 909 So.Parrott Ave Okeechobee863 357-4INK4465€ VIP DiscountsTattoos & Piercings Buy Here! Pay Here! Call Mitch (863) 763-0330 cell 954-214-8877mandmautobrokersinc.com$500Down As low as 3565 Hwy 441 N., Okeechobee M&M Auto Brokers, Inc.CASH FOR JUNK!!Well work with you!Easy Payment! Privacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modifications T h e C a n v a s S h o p L L C On-site service 909 S. Parrott Ave. Ste B Okeechobee, FL34974 863.763.7500 Fax: 863-763-6754 Carl & Donna Gaiser MAINTENANCE SPECIAL $75 HI G G I N SGA R A G EDO O R S (863) 634-2925Tim Higgins Licensed & Ins. € Garage Doors € Roll-Ups €Sales € Installation €Repairs € Lubricate € Check Springs € etc. w w w i n k w e l l 4 i n k c o m Place your business card here! Mechanic on Duty 24 Hour Roadside Service 10173 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee PH: 863-824-0831 € Fax: 863-824-0833 MonFri: 8am to 5pm Sat: 8am to Noon 5 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Harry H. Allen Jr., 82OKEECHOBEE — Harry H. Allen Jr., age 82, died at home on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. He was born Aug. 6, 1929, in Fayetteville, W .Va. Harry served during WWII as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army in the 11th Airborne Division. Following the end of the war he was a member of the 82nd Division, retiring from the 101st Division in 1968. He was highly decorated receiving the prestigious Soldier’s Medal. After his discharge in Delaware, he and his wife traveled throughout the United States settling in Okeechobee 20 years ago where he was a member of the VFW. He was a loving, devoted husband for 59 y ears, a loving father and a man of great integrity. Harry was preceded in death by his only son, Steven Lee Allen. He is survived by his wife, Maxine Allen; two daughters, Debbie Allen and Donna Lewis, both of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Felischa Lewis and Steven Lewis; and two great-grandchildren, Quinton and Sunny. A Celebration of Harry’s Life will be held Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at the KOA Shanty Lounge at 4 p.m. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Lois Irene Jardine, 86OKEECHOBEE — Lois Irene Jardine, 86, of Okeechobee, passed away Feb. 15, 2012, among her friends and “family” at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. She was born March 21, 1925, in Washburn, Maine, to Richard and Kate Porter. Mrs. Jardine moved to the St. Lucie area in the 1950’s. Later she spent 16 years traveling the U.S. with her husband in their RV. They nally relocated to Okeechobee in 2006. She loved to crochet, knit and do crafts. Mrs. Jardine was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald S. Jardine; daughter, Lucinda Hamilton-Smith; grandson, Scott HamiltonSmith; and other beloved family members. She is survived by her great-granddaughter, Amber Hamilton-Smith of Ft. Pierce; nieces, nephews, and friends. Inurnment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Fort Pierce. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972.Richard G. Geary, 70OKEECHOBEE — Richard G. Geary, age 70, died at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Although he was born in Baltimore, Md., when he was a young child his family moved to St. Petersburg where he grew up and graduated from Northeast High School. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he repaired aircraft electronic navigational equipment. After completing his military commitment, Richard moved to Pennsylvania where he spent the next 10 years. Proceeded by moving to St. Petersburg Florida where he started his own business. Richard owned and operated laundromats with his wife for 15 years until early retirement. Their retirement was spent RV Traveling throughout all the lower 48 states, Alaska and Canada. Richard held a private pilot’s license, enjoyed gas model airplanes and retained his interest in electronics and computers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lois Geary and his wife of 47 years, Sandy who died Jan. 28, 2011. Survivors include sons, Brian (Susan) Geary of Red Lion, Pa., Kevin (Michelle) Geary of Newnan, Ga.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Jim (Sandy) Geary of N.C., Ernie Geary of Melbourne, Fla.; and sisters, Lea (Steve) Horvath of Penn. and Christy Kline of Cocoa Beach, Fla. There will be no services at this time. Richard will be laid to rest alongside his wife, Sandy, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. In Rich’s memory, the family asks that you go out to dinner and celebrate all the good times you shared with him. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News €Life Insurance €Annuities €Health Insurance €IRARollover C a l l o r e m a i l f o r a f r e e q u o t e T o m W a l s h2 5 0 S A u s t r a l i a n A v e W e s t P a l m B e a c h F Lt w a l s h 2 @ m e t l i f e c o m 5 6 1 2 0 7 2 3 0 6 6 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 Obituaries View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19 March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. Competitors must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at OkeeTantie Marina boat ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Orchid and Garden Clubs change meeting dateThe Orchid and Garden Clubs will now meet on the third Monday of the month, the Garden Club at 6 p.m. and the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. at the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 20 Bring a favorite orchid or problem to discuss. For more information call 863-763-3189.Eagles North to host breakfastSunday, Feb. 19 starting at 8:30 a.m., until 11 a.m. Eagles North will have their Famous Breakfast. Bet you can’t eat it all. 9985 U.S. 441 N. Okeechobee. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Cypress Eagles to host Fried Chicken NightSunday, Feb. 19, from 1-5 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a fried chicken dinner. $6 per dinner. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Historical Society announces meeting dateThe Okeechobee Historical Society will be having their monthly covered dish meeting on Monday, Feb. 20 beginning at noon at the Historical Museum on U.S. 98 N. Anyone in interested in attending is welcome to come and join us, dues are only $10 per person for the year. Community News in Brief

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GAINESVILLE —County Farm Bureau members throughout Florida are set to hold a rich array of activities in celebration of the 2012 Food Check-Out Week. These activities will help to remind all Floridians that our farmers and ranchers produce an abundance of safe, nutritious foods and create the foundation of the quality of life we all enjoy. Volunteers mark the occasion by making donations of food, money and supplies to various nonpro t, helping organizations such as homeless shelters and food banks. Their donations re ect their communityminded spirit and a willingness to share our agricultural bounty with citizens in need. A special emphasis of Food Check-Out Week involves helping consumers purchase healthy diets on household budgets. U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines (available at www.chosemyplate.gov) create the basic information for all consumers. At a time when the cost of food and other items is increasing because of spikes in fuel prices, many consumers must rely upon careful choices to provide their families with wholesome meals. A health-boosting diet includes varieties of fruits, vegetables, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, lean meats, beans, eggs and nuts in quantities for daily calorie needs. According to the USDA, all forms of fruits and vegetables provide a good diet – fresh, frozen, dried and canned. The agency recommends that half of your plate should consist of fruits and vegetables; half of all grains should be whole grains. USDA researchers also suggest the use of fat-free or low-fat milk. The USDA has reported that the prices of unprepared fresh fruits and vegetables such as carrots, bananas, tomatoes, broccoli, Red Delicious apples and Iceberg lettuce have remained stable compared to dessert and snack foods. U.S. consumers enjoy a domestic food supply that is among the safest, most abundant and affordable in the world. USDA gures show that farmers and ranchers receive 19 cents out of every dollar spent on food. Off-farm costs – processing, packaging, wholesaling and retailing – account for 81 cents. In 1980 the farm producer received 31 cents of every dollar spent on food. Our agricultural producers take pride in providing consumers with the highest quality, most nutritious food possible. Food safety is a fundamental goal of Florida agricultural producers. Farmers and ranchers recognize that superior animal welfare practices result in high quality, safe and wholesome meat, poultry, milk and eggs. They are constantly seeking ways to reduce costs and improve the comfort and well-being of animals. Their crop and animal food production methods are guided by Best Management Practices – state-of-the-art techniques designed and tested by experts at research universities. This year Florida Farm Bureau has partnered with the Florida Dietetic Association to call upon knowledgeable professionals for comprehensive dietary advice. We ar e delighted to have the association join wit h us and look forward to building upon thi s partnership in future years. “We are proud of all our members wh o take part in Food Check-Out Week eac h year,” said Florida Farm Bureau Presiden t John Hoblick. “Their work devoted to thi s event is both a community service and a re ection of our vibrant national tradition o f citizen volunteerism.” “Initiatives such as Food Check-Out Wee k are part of Farm Bureau’s effort to educat e non-farmers about the value of contempo rary agriculture for all of us,” Mr. Hoblic k added. “I urge all Floridians to join us in ou r celebration.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com 7 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report February 13 & 14, 2012 Cows Breaking $75.00 $95.00 Cutter $68.00 $76.00 Bulls 1000-1500 $92.00 $99.00 1500-2000 $99.00 $100.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 242 644 Cows 54 332 Str 26 1 Hfrs 4 8 Bulls 30 10 Yrlngs 61 13 Mix 51 15 Total 468 1023 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 160-265 215-240 250-300 230-270 200-230 300-350 220-260 180-212 350-400 200-235 160-190 400-450 175-200 150-175 450-500 170-195 150-170 550-600 150-169 140-154 600-650 145-155 140-154 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 200-230 180-200 250-300 190-225 175-195 300-350 185-210 152-172 350-400 160-195 140-150 400-450 147-170 130-145 I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to seeing calves bring $1,000! What a sight! Not just one or two, but many of them! Runs are slowing down and demand is excellent. Prices are higher still. Cows and bulls, $1-$2 higher. Calves, $1-$3 higher. RuMar/AP, Ft. Pierce, topped the calf market with a high of $2.85 bought by Foy Reynolds. Walpole Land and Cattle, Okeechobee topped the cow market with a high of $95, bought by Central Beef. Important Issue: Contact Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Of ce. Let them know you want to save the market reporting program! That’s how prices are generated so they can be reported on USDA Market News Reports. No report, no promotion of our cattle! Email: Adam.Putnam@ Freshfrom orida.com or mail comment to Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, The Capital, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800. To call: 850-488-3022 Visit our web site at www. Okeechobeelivestockmarket.com and join our mailing list to receive our weekly market report and upcoming auctions and events. 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Holt has a lot on S.E. 60th Drive that has extreme overgrowth, an accumulation of yard trash and a derelict shed. The special magistrate is scheduled to rule on that case. In the other case, which was tabled from the January meeting, Angela Cunningham could be ned up to $250 a day for every day of noncompliance if she has not removed the extreme overgrowth from her S.E. 35th Lane property.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Code magistrate to hear two cases If you go ...What: Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing When: 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21 Where: Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced it will extend w ater releases from Lake Okeechobee, in an effort to offset rising levels of salt-water in the Caloosahatchee River as part of the multi-purpose project responsibilities. The new release began (Feb. 17). The Corps is making the release in a pulse-like manner to mimic a rainfall event, similar to releases that began on Dec. 16. The target ow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary for this release is an average of 450 cubic feet per second (cfs) over a 10-day period, as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) east of Fort Myers. The 10-day pulse release w ill allow relatively larger discharge rates during the rst half of the 10-day period. Water managers are making a slight adjustment in the release pattern, in the hopes the delivery will help push back saltwater intrusion, which has been on the rise in recent weeks in the Caloosahatchee. "The Corps, in consultation with our stakeholders, is changing the delivery pattern of the pulse release, "said John Kilpatrick, Chief of the Jacksonville District's MultiProject Branch, which has oversight of water management at the lake, "we hope that this new pulse release will lower the average current salinity levels in the Caloosahatchee Estuary." Today, the lake stage is 13.13 feet. The lake is currently within the Operational Band of the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (2008 LORS). The Corps and partner agencies will continue to closely monitor and assess system conditions, and may decrease releases if local basin runoff contributes to ows. Corps to extend water releases from Lake Okeechobee Okeechobee News/ Diana WhitehallKiwanis special guestThe Thursday, Feb. 16, Kiwanis meeting held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant welcomed guest Richard Donegan, state golf champion at Okeechobee High School, who was also named Scripts Treasure Coast High School Golfer of the Year. Lonnie Kirsch, Kiwanis member, introduced Richard. Richard talked to the Kiwanis members about how his hard work and positive mind set helped him to achieve his goal. Richard was also presented a plaque from Terry Lanman, from Okeechobee Golf and Country Club, where Richard practices many hours a day. Richard, a left-handed golfer, plans to go to college and more than likely will have a scholarship and he also plans to go to the Honda Golf Classic to qualify. In the photo left to right: (back) are OHS principal, Toni Wiersma, Richard Donegan Sr. and Jim Davis, Kiwanis member; (front) Richard Donegan and Lonnie Kirsch. AARP Taxaide volunteers will be available to provide free income tax preparation and e- ling from Feb. 6 through April 17, at the American Legion, 501 SE 2nd Street, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Those who need help with their tax forms must bring photo ID, Social Security cards for dependents, last year's tax return and all 2011 nancial statements. No appointment is necessary. First come, rst served. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Please DO NOT call the American Legion. For more information, please call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Free tax preparation and e- ling help offered

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Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 9 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 After receiving public comments on the subject the council will be deciding whether or not to apply for a an economic development grant. The $257,827 grant would be used for administration, engineering and construction in connection with lengthening S.R. 70 westbound left turn lanes at Tenth and Thirteenth Avenues and construction of a west bound left turn lane in front of Appleby’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill. As a requirement of the grant application the city’s grant coordinator, Nancy Phillips, will be conducting a fair housing workshop for elected of cials and the general public. The council will also be discussing recommendations made by the park committee concerning a proposed park at the intersection of S.E. Sixth Avenue and S.E. Seven Street on Taylor Creek. The committee recommended bathrooms and water fountains, step terracing along the creek bank, low impact lighting, fencing, shaded benches and a sign with park rules and regulations as well as a sign recognizing in-kind contributions to the park. Turning to other items, Ron Main has asked to address the council concerning the city noise ordinance. Colonel Royce Dykes and classi cation supervisor Javier Jones are scheduled to address the council concerning the Okeechobee Correctional Institute Work Program. In addition, the mayor is scheduled to recognize Richard Donegan’s achievement of High School Boys Golfer of the Year and present longevity service awards to city employees Scott Morgan and Mitch Brydebell. CITYContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $1,000,000 bond was arrested again for his alleged involvement in a home burglary. Richard Lee Yates, 24, N.W. Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 16, on felony charges of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and dealing in stolen property. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of giving false information to a secondary metal recycler. His bond on the new charges was set at $20,500. An arrest report by Detective Bryan O. Lowe, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Yates was arrested for entering a vacant home and taking three stoves. Detective Lowe went on to state that he went to a local metal recycler and found where Yates had used his Department of Corrections (DOC) ID card, which also includes his photo, to prove his identi cation. Records from the recycler showed that Yates sold 580 pounds of metal and was paid $71.05, added the detective. According to the detective’s report, Yates told him that he needed the money because he’s unemployed and “... can’t nd a job due to his criminal past... .” Jail records show that Yates was being held on the million dollar bond following his Feb. 10 arrest on felony charges of attempted sexual battery and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault or battery. DOC records indicate that on April 24, 2007, Yates was found guilty of aggravated battery and was sentenced to 51 months in prison. He was released from the Charlotte Correctional Institution Aug. 20, 2010. Man held on million-dollar bond faces new charges By Eric KoppOkeechobee News According to an arrest report an Okeechobee man apparently stole over $1,700 in cash then used all of the money to buy drugs. Jason Andrew Maupin, 34, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 15, on felony charges of burglary of a conveyance, burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. Maupin is currently being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $35,000 bond. Detective M.D. Faulkner, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated in his arrest report that Maupin broke out a window to gain entrance into a pickup truck where he stole a total of $1,778.50 in cash. The report also stated that Maupin broke into the truck owner’s home where he stole a briefcase. However, added the detective, the briefcase contained only miscellaneous papers. According to Detective Faulkner, Maupin stated that he and two women used the stolen money to buy crack cocaine. “We smoked crack cocaine with the stolen money until it was gone,” Maupin reportedly told the detective. “I guess we used all the money for the crack.” Detective Faulkner said his investigation is continuing. Stolen money reportedly used to buy drugs The following persons are on Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list. There are an active w arrants for these persons. The criteria for making Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list is based on the severity of the crime in conjunction with the age of the warrant.  Michael Gonzalez 41, is 5’6”, 200 lbs, with multiple tattoos on his chest, back and arms. He is wanted on two counts of felony battery, two counts of failure to appear (FTA) in court on charges of battery, and FTA DUI and Driving With a License Suspended.  Johnny Lynn Braswell 30, is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs 175 lbs. He is wanted for violation of probation – Possession controlled substance with intent to distribute. Michael Allen 27 is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 150 lbs. He is wanted for violation of probation on charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia. (He was previously listed on the Okeechobee Most Wanted as “Michael Allen White.” This was an error.)  Jennifer Lynn Herbst age 35, is a white female with brown hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 135 lbs. She is wanted for violation of probation – Possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this man, you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273TIPS (8477). If you call, you have the option of remaining anonymous. You can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Okeechobee’s Most Wanted Michael Gonzalez Johnny Braswell Jennifer Herbst Michael Allen Richard Lee Yates Jason Maupin ARC requests donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, dishes, kitchen appliances, furniture and clothing. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. For further information, call 863-763-2419.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Pre-Owned Vehicles Under $ 10k (877) Go-Gilbert or (863) 763-3154www.GilbertChevrolet.com SALES : SERVICE & PARTS BODY SHOP Closed Sundays SAVE BIG IN2012To kick off the new year we’ve made saving as easy as 1, 2, 3! NOMONEY DOWN PAYMENTS AVAILABLE 1 NOPAYMENTS UNTIL EASTER 3 0%APR FINANCING 2 FOR 72 MONTHS 2012 Chevy Cruze $ 149 8 9 2012 Chevy Equinox $ 229 9 11 2012 Chevy Malibu $ 179 14 2012 Chevy Traverse $ 299 5 9 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 $ 199 39 (Cruze, Malibu, Traverse) Leases are for 24 months/12,000 miles per year with $1,995 due for Cruze, $1,539 due for Malibu, and $1,749 due for Traverse at signing; plus taxes, tag, and fees. Equinox lease is for 39 months/10,000 miles per year with 1,989 due at signing; plus taxes, tag, and fees. Silverado lease is for 39 months/10,000 mile s per year with $1,995 due at signing; plus taxes, tag, and fees. Offers assume quali“ed credit. Guaranteed credit approval may require additional down payments. All incentives and rebates to dealer. All offers are unique and cant be used in conjunction with each other. Offers expire 2/29/12. Stop by Gilbert Chevrolet to test drive a vehicle between Feb. 1st Feb. 21th and receive tickets to the Daytona 500! Quantity is limited, so hurry in today! Win Tickets to the 2001 Pontiac Montana ExtendedPower Windows/Locks, Power Seats, V6 $ 4,995 1382A 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTAuto, Power Windows/Locks, Cruise $ 4,495 1338C 2001 Chrysler PT CruiserAuto, Sunroof, Leather $ 4,995 4956A 2008 Chrysler PT CruiserAuto, Power Windows/Locks, CD $ 9,495 U5418 2006 Jeep Liberty Sport 2WDAuto, V6, Power Windows/Locks, CD $ 9,995 U8682 2002 Ford Ranger Reg. Cab2 Wheel Drive, Auto $ 2,495 1015C 2004 Ford Explorer XLS6 Cyl, 2 Wheel Drive, Full Power, CD $ 6,750 1321B 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer6 Cyl, Auto, Rear Air, Power Seats, Alloys $ 8,750 2151A 10 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Our Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Some of the Surgical Procedures available include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal InterStim Therapy for bladder or bowel incontinence Pacemaker and AICD implementation And many more Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 33 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. it f t h 33 863-467-5243WE B WE B UY CARS! UY CARS!S S e e H H a a b b la la E E spaol spaol 2006 GMC 1500 Auto, A/C, 6 cyl, work truck, 1 ownerONLYU15232002 Toyota TundraV8, Auto, A/C, Trailer Tow Pkg. Loaded ONLYU2288Auto, A/C, Leather int., Moon roof, Loaded$5695*ONLYU33192003 Chevy 1500 S CabAuto, A/C, V8, Trailer tow pkgONLYU7702ONLYU24622005 Mazda Tribute 4drAuto, A/C, Leather int. Moon roof, LoadedONLYU74572001 Mercedes ML320A/C, MoonRoof, Leather int., Navigation, Loaded. Low miles$8495*U96392002 Chevy Tahoe2000 Toyota Sienna $5495*ONLYU94267 passenger, Low miles, Auto, 6 cyl. Loaded * P l u s T a x T a g & D e a l e r F e e 1 4 7 H w y 4 4 1 S E O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 4 $7995* $5695*2003 Chevy Monte Carlo SSAuto, V8, A/C, Leather.$7495* 7 pass, LoadedONLYU0017 1999 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer2001 Ford Expedition 7 Pass, Auto, A/C, Leather, LoadedONLYU6885 2003 Ford Explorer6 cyl, Auto A/C, PW, PL, CD,Tow PkgONLY ONLYU4338$5995*2002 Ford F150 Lariat 4dr, V8, Auto, A/C, Trailer Tow Pkg. $7695*U5583ONLY2005 Chevy Colorado Z71 SCAuto, A/C, Bedliner, Loaded, Xtra NiceONLYU6795$5295*$6495* 2005 Ford Taurus SE M M A N A G E R M A N A G E R S P E C I A L S P E C I A L U8169$5495*ONLYAuto, A/C, PW, PL, 94,016 miles, 6 cyl. $7495*$5495*1998 Hondra CR-VAuto, A/C, PW, PL, Cruise, Loaded, New tiresONLYU4225$5995* $8995* 11 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 Patient Advisory DinnerRaulerson Hospital’s rst Patient Advisory Council dinner of 2012 is planned for Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m., in the hospital cafeteria. If you or a loved one were a patient at the hospital during the fourth quarter of 2011 (October, November or December), you and a guest are invited to attend and share about your experiences. Please RSVP to: 863-763-9228.Dine with the Doctor— Dr. ArainFebruary is heart month. Raulerson Hospital’s February Dine with the Doctor is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the cafeteria. Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. for $5 per person. The physician lecture is free and begins at 5 p.m. Cardiologist Dr. Arain will be the guest speaker. Please RSVP to: 863763-9228.COPD Support GroupThe professional Respiratory Therapists at Raulerson Hospital are hosting a free monthly Better Breathers support group for those in our community suffering from COPD. Raulerson Hospital’s Better Breathers Support Group offers the opportunity to learn ways to better cope with COPD while getting the support of others who share in the struggles. The meetings will feature educational presentations on a wide range of relevant topics and tools, including:  How COPD affects the lungs;  Breathing techniques;  Exercise;  Talking with your physician;  Medications and other treatment options;  Medical tests;  Supplemental oxygen; and,  Home health care. The Better Breathers Classes are held on the rst Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. in Raulerson Hospital’s In-Service Classroom. To register call: 863-824-2702. For a free physician referral call 863-7639228. Raulerson Hospital plans special events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BRANDON TUCKER (772)-201-8722LIC. R.E. Broker AU 2579WELL ESTABLISHED BUSINESS! Full service mechanic shop for sale with a total of 4,000 SF. Includes real estate, business and equipment. Building consist of metal construction, six bay’s w/ roll up doors, lifts, equipment and tools Located in the City of Okeechobee with 150 +/ft of frontage on Hwy 441 North and next door to NAPA Auto Parts. #205577 $449,000. Call Bobby Tucker (863) 634-8677 or Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792. 104 NW 7th Ave., Okeechobee THE BUS PICKS UP AT:NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.TUESDAYS/FRIDAYS 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 5:30pm 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 7:30pm Limit one coupon per person. Membership is free to all 21 or over. No purchase necessary. Approved ID will be required for rede mption. All offers are subject to availability. Non-negotiable, non-transferable, cannot be combined with any other offer and must be redeemed in person at Seminole Casino Brighton. No cash v alue. No un-used credit will be returned. Only valid for food service in the Josiah Restaurant. Alcohol not included. Dine-in only, may not be used towards To-Go items. Seminole Casino Brig hton is not responsible for lost or stolen coupons and reserves the right to change or cancel this offer without notice. Seminole Casino Brighton employees are not eligible. Alteration or un authorized use voids this offer. No reproductions allowed. Players Club members who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or who have opted into the self exclusion prog ram are not eligible. Management reserves the right to cancel or change the offer at any time based on operational and/or busi ness concern. Other restrictions may apply. If you or someone y ou 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 PLAYERS CLUB WILD CARD!THIS OFFER IS VALID FOR YOU AND UP TO 5 OF YOUR FRIENDS!Bring this offer to the Players Club to sign up and PLAY AND EAT FOR FREE today!Code: BNM1202ON Valid 7 days a week / Expires: 2/29/12*Must bring coupon. Cannot be combined with bus offers. Must be a NEW Players Club Member (Must not be a member in any Seminole or Hard Rock Casino in Florida Players Club) Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian ReservationNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA!17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.com EARN ENTRIES DAILY AND WIN A NEW 2012 CHEVY EQUINOX LTZ!Like us on Facebook DRAWING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 AT 8PM H H BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO 12 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the WeekWe LOVE our Osceola Middle School Students of the Week with all of our hearts! Happy Valentine’s Day! Congratulations to: Genesis Ramos, Ayan Desai, Yiselt Pineda, Hailey Spearow, Ramon Liberato, Daniel Ruiz, Savannah Martin, Brian Chapman, Brittany Cannon and Nichole Schoonmaker. American Red Cross offers health and safety classesThe Okeechobee County Branch of ce of the American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Avenue, will offer the following health and safety courses in February: Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED, Feb. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. Adult CPR/AED, Feb. 21, 6 to 9 p.m. Adult First Aid/CPR/AED, Feb. 21 and 23, 6 to 9 p.m Pediatric CPR/AED, Feb. 22 and 23, 6 to 9 p.m. First Aid, Feb. 23, 6 to 9 p.m. To register for a class or nd another class in your area, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/takeaclass. Advance Registration Required. Courses, times and locations subject to change.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 863-824-0655fax: 863-824-0657 € e-Fax: 561-828-0717 € email:arubadoug2fl@aol.comUSHighway 441 South, Suite 3543 € OkeechobeeDouglas O.Scholten,CPA Come Experience AMERICAS FASTEST REFUNDS and Our 40+ Years Preparing TaxReturnsGRANDOPENING!Send a friend, get $50! Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 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. 16 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 Eagles North to host BINGO nightTuesday, Feb. 21 Eagles North will be holding Bingo at 9985 Hwy. 441 North. Come play with us, we’d love to have you. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Shrine Club Spaghetti DinnerThe Shrine Club, S.R. 78 W. members will host their Tuesday, Feb. 21 spaghetti dinner from 4–7 p.m. Music is 5–8 p.m. Donation just $6 per person. Dinner is open to the public, bene tting Shriner activities. Call the club at 863-763-3378 or Mac Simpson at 863484-0427 or Kip Gardner at 863-610-6659.Chamber Investor Luncheon plannedThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County February Investor Luncheon will be held at IRSC on Feb. 22. Speaker will be Robbie Chartier, Okeechobee County Administrator. The featured business spotlight w ill be on Faith Farm. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m., concluding at 1 p.m. at the Williamson Center. The costs for the luncheon is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. The event is free to Corporate members. Please RSVP by accessing the Chamber w ebsite and selecting the February Investor Luncheon on Feb. 22 and registering on-line. Use the member login if you are already a Chamber member. If you are not a Chamber member use the non-member login. For more information, call 863-467-6246.Patient Advisory DinnerRaulerson Hospital’s rst Patient Advisory Council dinner of 2012 is planned for Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. If you or a loved one were recently treated, or a patient at the hospital, you are invited to attend and share about your experiences. RSVP: 863763-9228.Hospice of Okeechobee to hold two yard salesHospice of Okeechobee’s next yard sale w ill be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and S.E. Third Ave. Donations are accepted Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to noon. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our w eb page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Martha’s House to host yard saleMartha’s House is accepting donations of good condition household furniture and appliances for clients and for our yard sale on Feb. 23, 24, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Please, no TVs or computers more than two-years old.Big Lake Sportsman’s Dinner and Expo set The Big Lake Sportsman’s Dinner & Expo will be held Feb. 25 at the Recreation Outreach Complex, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. An archery tournament will begin at 2 p.m. The wild game banquet will start at 4 p.m. There will be a shing simulator, a hunting simulator and prize drawings. For more information call 863-763-2171.Music audition invites solos and duosB.R.A.T. Club is holding music auditions Feb. 25, from 3-5 p.m., at Serenity Coffee Shop. We are looking for solo or duo act to open for Contemporary Christian group SAMESTATE in concert on May 4, at the Freshman Auditorium at 7 p.m. No age limit. Auditions are open to the public. Must perform Christian songs. Auditions can be done with tracks, acoustics or Acapella. NO CHARGE! For more information please call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.OHS Band to host bene t barbecue on Saturday, Feb. 25Okeechobee High School Band will host a barbecue chicken dinner for only $8 per plate. You can order and pick up orders between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. There will also be a yard sale held with proceed to bene t the OHS Band from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bring your old goodies and tables. Use the high school parking lot for just $10. For more information, please contact Kim at 863-697-6422 (please leave a message).BassMaster Weekend Series Tourney set for OkeechobeeThe BassMaster Weekend Series Tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, in Okeechobee. Take-offs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Anglers will take off from C. Scott Driver Recreation Area located at 10100 W. S.R. 78 at 7 a.m. Weighin will be held at C. Scott Driver Recreation Area beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Lake Okeechobee BassMaster Weekend Series Tournament is being hosted by the Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council. For further information call 863763-3959.Yard sale to bene t OHS Band trip to Washington, D.C.The Okeechobee High School Band will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and barbecue on Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Okeechobee High School. Proceeds will help pay for the band’s trip to play in a parade in Washington, D.C. Meals will be $8 and available for eat in or take out. The menu will include a quarter of a chicken, creamer potatoes, green beans, roll, dessert and tea. If you would like to donate an item for the yard sale, contact a member of the band or the high school. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 17 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 Hundreds of miles of trails are open for Florida Hiking Trails Month this FebruaryWith more than 800 miles of dedicated hiking trails on public lands managed by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Hiking Trails Month this February is the perfect opportunity to see the beauty of the environment right here at home in South Florida. “District lands are a part of Florida’s extensive trail system, offering outstanding natural views and free access for residents and visitors alike,” said SFWMD Executive Director Melissa Meeker. “Integrating recreation with our restoration and water management missions provides signi cant value to 7.7 million residents from Orlando to the Florida Keys.” Several trailheads have been added in recent years to public lands managed by the District. Highlights include: A new trailhead at the Istokpoga Boat Ramp Park provides access to the Hickory Hammock Wildlife Management Area northwest of Lake Okeechobee. The Hickory Hammock campground provides access to the Florida National Scenic Trail. With access enhancements to the Bird Rookery Swamp, bird watchers and outdoor enthusiasts alike have a new gateway into the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) management area in Southw est Florida. A trailhead at the Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment Area provides access to a trail in the area with excellent bird watching and wildlife viewing. The recently expanded Nine Gems (Pal Mar) trailhead in Martin County will feature a hike on Saturday, February 18, hosted by the Tropical Trekkers chapter of the Florida Trail Association. For more information, visit: www.trekkers. oridatrail.org. February 2012 has been proclaimed by Governor Rick Scott as Florida Hiking Trails Month, with support from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to emphasize fun and tness along the state’s scenic and diverse trails. Florida has a vast network of trails that includes more than 2,500 miles of dedicated hiking trails and several thousand more miles of multi-use, recreational trails. Hiking opportunities range from urban trails in the midst of cityscapes to wilderness trails that run through Florida’s award-winning state parks. In South Florida, the District provides a variety of recreational opportunities on public lands while continuing to manage the lands for environmental restoration, water supply, water quality and ood control missions. At present, the District has opened 621,000 acres of land to the public. Many of these properties are in their natural state or have enhancements such as picnic tables, informational kiosks, campsites and hiking trails. For more information: SFWMD Recreation Guide Florida State Parks Florida Trail Association Take a hike on SFWMD public lands this month Special to the Okeechobee NewsMasonic Lodge helps Martha’s HouseOkeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237 F&AM presented a $600 check to Martha’s House from the Jan. 22, Breakfast Fundraiser. We would like to thank everyone that came out and supported Okeechobee Masonic Lodge and Martha’s House. Pictured (from left to right) are: George Williams (Worshipful Master), Jonathan Bean (Executive Director of Martha’s House), Jim Vensel (Treasurer of Okeechobee Masonic Lodge and Vice President of Martha’s House Board of Directors), Jon Folbrecht (Senior Deacon of Okeechobee Masonic Lodge and President of Martha’s House Board of Directors), and Hugh Alger (Senior Warden). Special to the Okeechobee News/ Farm BureauMembership DriveEthel Delagall received the one-year membership award from Okeechobee County Farm Bureau, County Women’s Chair Amy Daniel at the Health Expo at the Agri-Civic Center on Jan 28.

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ YardSalesBIG SALE!!!!!!! Saturday,Feb.25th 8A.M. till 3P.M. 442 SE 35th Terrace In the vicinity of Everglades Elementary NO sales before 8A.M. NO ea market vendors. LABELLE 8020 Grove 02/18/2012, 8:00am. Massive high end garage/yard sale, 3 families. Name brand and new clothing. Tons of great deals! Follow signs from Cedarwood off hwy 80 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Services Golf Cart Repairs and Authorized dealer for Trojan Batteries. Will buy unwanted and not working golf carts. Locally owned & Operated Call Dan at 863-610-0479 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time NOW HIRING FOR OUR NEW OKEECHOBEE LOCATIONApply in person Monday Saturday From 9am to 5pm at the store located at: 1210 Hwy 70 East, Okeechobee,FlHiring for all positionsCooks we will meet or beat your current pay bring in your pay stub. Sunshine PayDay Loans Full time Clerk needed to travel among locations in Okeechobee, Clewiston, Labelle and Arcadia. Cash handling experience A plus Fax Resumes to: 863-678-2170 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment MedicalDental Assistant Must have 1 yr exp. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred. Competitive salary & excellent bene ts. Fax resume to (863) 357-2991 or apply at Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center, 2015 Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, FL. e-mail hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. Employment Full Time When you want something sold, advertise 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! Employment Medical Immediate openings: To complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL €PCA: PRN/FT €Housekeeper: PRN €Security Guard: F/T €RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN €Pharmacist: PRN €Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN €Occupational Therapist: PRN €Occupational Therapy Assistant: PRNWe offer competitive wages & excellent benefits Employment Medical Employment PartTime Part Time Teller PositionsMIDFLORIDA Credit Union is seeking part time teller candidates. Responsibilities include serving members, performing transactions, and cross selling credit union products and services. Quali ed candidates will possess excellent customer service, communication and cash handling skills. Applicants must be available to work any assigned shift between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm Monday through Friday as well as every Saturday between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. High school diploma or equivalency required, bilingual helpful. Apply on-line at: www.mid orida.com Drug Free Workplace Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boating NEED PONTOON BOAT MOVED? We will move boats from ground or water for a small charge. (561) 262-1390 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. PlumbingPlumbing and property maintenance services, gas line installation and gas leak repairs our specialty. Gas and electric water heater and appliance replacement. Forty years experience, licensed and insured. (561)202-7213 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 CASH FOR CARS We buy cars in ANY condition, no title needed. Free pick up 7 days. Highest prices and cash on the spot. 863-484-2012. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Miscellaneous COW HAY ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 18 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU.

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsIn Okeechobee City limits. Large 2B/1B apt, quiet neighborhood, W/D Hookups, Central A/H, well maintained. $600 per month, 1st and security, application required. No Pets. Call 772-219-8583 Leave message. IN TOWN Ef ciency Apt. Nice area. Utilities included. $650/mo. 1st & $300 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861. OKEECHOBEE Cottage on Rim Canal. Lrg. Studio/kitchen/new bath, beautiful modern furniture. Includes utilities. $125 wk. (772)359-1640. Condos/Townhouses Rent2bd/2ba 1 Story Villa $700 per month, $700 dep. and 1st months rent to move in. Call for Appointment 304-277-0427 TAYLOR CREEK Move in now $500 & $725/mo 1/1 Condo unfurnished on ground oor. Includes electric & water. Pool & Boat dock. Call 863-634-0663. Houses-Rent 3/2/2 split plan for rent. 1 house in Lazy 7, 2 in SW section. Kids & pets welcome. 863-634-9330 or 863-467-2541 3Bd/1Ba CBS House In SW Section 2200 SW 3rd Ave. Okee. Close to Wal-Mart, Tile Floors. $800 Monthly. $2,000 to move in (863)634-0512 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 RIVER ACRES 1/1, fully furnished, Laundry. Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish T V. WI FI & local phone service. $650 mo. + sec. (863) 467-1950 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? OfficeSpace Rent Professional Of ce Space for rent in downtown Okeechobee 3 of ces available, Utilities included. Please contact 863-634-4631 leave message and someone will call you back the same day. RoommateLooking for a roommate to share a 4 bedroom house, all appliances including washer and dryer. $400 per month. Call for more information 863-634-9560 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale 3/2 Waterfront Okeechobee Estates, 1 1/2 lots waterfront, lake access, large RV,enclosed garage 55’x23’,boat shed and lift,10’x22’ shed, excellent condition many other extras Call 863-467-5207 Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Hunting PropertyRetired professional and Ft. Myers resident interested in securing a few acres to hunt wild turkey in March, 2012. Willing to rent/lease land by day, week, season, or year. Also would be interested in hunting boar and deer. Call (239) 849-3369; or bllcumming@yahoo.com Lots -SaleBig “O” RV Park 55+ 37’ Travel Supreme 5th Wheel,2 large slides,W/D, many custom features, Beautiful lake lot,cement pavers own both for $55,000 Call 716-665-8979 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 Lots -Sale NICE 1/2 ACRE LOTS FOR SALE IN NEW AREA GREAT FOR INVESTMENT WILL CONSIDER OFFERS. CALL 863-634-7781 Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income, Vacant Land, located at 20 NE 363rd Ct., Okeechobee, $49,900. Visit www. roselandco.com/82H Drive by then call 866-700-3622. RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot. $29,995 Call 239-218-6079 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent2Bedroom/ 1Bath Clean, includes lawn care & sewer. 3731 25th St. in T.I. $550 monthly, $500 Dep. Call 863-467-1308 3/2 Very Clean Double Wide $595.00 per month Call for more information 304-277-0427 BHR Waterfront 2bd/ 1 1/2 bath, accommodates a small family. $450 monthly plus $300 security Call 863-447-1758 RIVER ACRES: 2 BR, 1.5 BA. Utilities included. $500 mo. $250 Sec. Dep. Call 863-467-5946 or 863-697-2883 MobileHomeSale 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 $42,000, 05 Park Model in 55+ Park, on deeded lot, Sportmans Village in Moore Haven. Shed, w/d, cargo storage, landscaped and fully furnished. Call 704-762-0286 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 MobileHomeSale CASABLANCA PARK 3BR, 1.5BA, Fully furnished, W/D, screen room, Florida room, newly remodeled and painted. $18,000 OBO (219)384-3407 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 Older Single Wide in 55+ Park, w/screened room, porch and dock on Taylor Creek. 1/2 mile from Walmart $9,500. Call 828-208-0980 Palm Harbor Homes New 2012 Models $15K Off All Homes 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats 14 Foot Simi V Boat New paint, carpet and seats with galv. tilt trailer Call 1-717-404-4689 2000 Ranger Bass Boat R83VS,Ranger Boat Cover/Spare Tire w/cover,Mercruiser 150 EFI Engine,Ranger Trailer,Garmin Fish Finder 100. $14,000 or Interesting Trade. Call 863-675-4163 or 304-667-7855 Campers/RVs2010 PREMIER TRAVEL TRAILER 35ft, self contained. 2 slide outs, awning, C/A, Mint cond. $20,900 (561)684-5836 RVSpace Rent RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot $450 Plus Electricity Call 239-218-6079 Fifth Wheels 98 Prowler Fifth Wheel Camper 25ft. long. New tires with newer model refrigerator. No title, clean, good shape. Call(828)-682-7381 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Commercial TrucksFORD F700 1996 Dump Truck with 1998/763 Bobcat & Trailer. Garage kept. Total price $16,500. Call (561)833-9346. PickupTrucks2009 3 Wheel Truck street legal, 4 cyl., water cooled eng., 5 speed trans., heat and air conditioning, dump bed, 179 miles asking $5,600 Call(828)682-7381 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice Notice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3001. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate 410385 ON 2/19/2012 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 3-3-2012 @ 10:00 AM Unit #120 Tracy N. Victory Unit #207 Sidney Sands Unit #235 Arnulfo V. Garza Unit #240 Mashara Y. Summers Unit #259 Ladonna Brown Unit #405 Kimberly Bush 410026 ON 2/17,19,24/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2011-CA-00408 PNC BANK, AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL, Plaintiff, vs. JURLINE RHOOMS, et al., Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION-FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS TO: JURLINE RHOOMS AND ALTON RHOOMS including any unknown spouse of the Defendant, if remarried and if said Defendant is dead, his/her respective unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lien holders, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; and the aforementioned named Defendant and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendant and such of the unknown named Defendant as may be infants, incompetents, or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property, to-wit: LOT 28, Eagle Point, Unit 1, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 6, Pages 97 and 98, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. More commonly known as 2456 South West 33rd Circle, Okeechobee, FL 34974 This action has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on Plaintiffs attorney, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., L.P.A., whose address is 550 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33309, on or before 30 days after date of rst publication, and le the original with the Clerk of the Circuit Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Witness my hand and seal of this Court on the 14th day of Feb., 2012. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Okeechobee County, Florida By: Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., L.P.A. Attorney for Plaintiff 550 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550 Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33309 Telephone No.: 954-740-5200 Facsimile: 954-740-5290If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.WWR File #10079622 410455 ON 2/19,26/2012 PublicNotice Amendment to Bid Date Subcontractors Notice of Bid Request Notice of Intent to Accept Proposals/Bids For Construction of Veteran’s Park Phase IV Lodge Construction, Inc. the Construction Manager for the named project, will be accepting bids for the work related to bid packages and scope as de ned by the Bid Documents for the project known as Veterans Park Phase IV. General Scope: This project consists of the construction of a 6 acre park situated within the boundaries of Veterans Park, Homestead Blvd., Lehigh acres. The park is being constructed to include amenities such as a, Cricket Field, Dog park, Rest Room Facility, Picnic Shelters, Boundary Fencing, New Parking and Roadway Construction, Sidewalks, a Pervious Concrete Maintenance Roadway, Handball Court and Supporting infrastructure. There will be new boundary Landscape and Irrigation as well as the development of a new 6” well. Site lighting will be extended into the new roadway and parking along with service to several shelters. New park directories and signage will be included within the scope of the project. The play eld shall be sprigged and maintained throughout the grow-in period. Time Frame for Starting: Work is scheduled to commence in April 2012. Owner: Lee County Board of County Commissioners Design Representative: David M. Jones Jr. & Associates Greg Diserio, RLA Fort Myers, Fl. Sealed Bids will be received at the of ce of Lodge Construction, Inc. on the following date and time: Friday, March 9th, 2012 @ 3:00 P.M in accordance with Addendum No.1,. Bid Documents: In order to insure proper communications during bid period, please register your contact and company information with Lodge Construction of ce at mike@lodgeconstruction.com and information on plans and speci cations. Bid Documents will be available on Friday, January 27th, 2012. These documents will be available through Lodge Construction’s FTP Bid site as well as Blue Book. Instructions for Downloading Documents from the FTP site can be obtained by Contacting: Mike@Lodgeconstruction.com Local Business and Economic Support: Lodge Construction is actively seeking Local Businesses to participate in the bid process. It is the intent of Lodge Construction, Inc. to monitor the 2nd round of capital spending. In addition to identifying the bidder as local or non-local, the bidder will also be required to identify their participation in their 3rd round of capital expenditure and portion thereof, going to local businesses. For more information on this subject visit, www.neweconomics.org. (LM3) Local Multiplier 3 rounds Disadvantaged Business and WBE minority Business Development: It is the intent of Lodge Construction, Inc. to track the expressed goals of Lee County Board of County Commissioners in the expenditure of capital funds as it relates to the businesses who are developing and are part of a minority group. The stated goal of this project is to provide a minimum of 10% revenue based contracts to this section of our economic community here in Lee County. Each bidder shall make it their policy to work in good faith to seek out and give deference to proposals from these classi ed Minority Businesses including DBE and WBE groups. 409972 ON 2/12,17,19,24,26;3/2/2012 19 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds PublicNotice Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful!

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Glades and Highlands Counties home to about 175 bearsThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is moving ahead on its plan to manage and conserve Florida black bears so they are never again at risk of extinction. With the bear population rebounding from about 300 to 3,000 over the past 40 years, the FWC recognizes Florida’s conservation success with bears and recommends the state’s largest land mammal be removed from the threatened species list. On Feb. 9, the Commissioners discussed the draft Florida Black Bear Management Plan, a proposed black bear conservation rule, and heard public comments and suggestions. Final action on the draft bear management plan and rule was not taken. The Commissioners are scheduled to take up a revision of the draft plan and the rule during their June meeting. Pointing out a paragraph in the draft bear plan tracking the fall and rise of Florida’s bear population, Commissioner Brian Y ablonski said, “We had 750,000 people in Florida in 1914 and we had roughly 3,000 bears, and here we are at the last data point in 2002 and we’ve got 17 million people in 2002 and about 3,000 bears. That’s an amazing success story. I think this is a very positive day.” Commissioner Richard Corbett said, “The major focus is how we manage and protect with a major population increase of bears and a major population increase of humans.” The draft bear management plan, released on Nov. 10, 2011, was followed by a two-month period of public input, which included public workshops in Bristol, Naples, DeLand and Gainesville. Floridians offered feedback at the workshops, online where the draft plan was posted at MyFWC.com/ Bear, and by mailing written comments. A bout 2,500 comments were received from private citizens and stakeholder groups on the draft plan. Additionally, people had the opportunity to speak at the meeting. The public commented on issues such as updating bear population estimates, reducing human-bear con icts and continuing the review of land-use changes impacting bear habitat. Members of the public also expressed opinions on whether to allow bear hunting in Florida and whether taking bears off the state’s threatened species list would impact bear conservation. FWC staff is recommending following many of the public’s suggestions to change, clarify and improve the overall plan. Commissioners also gave tentative approval to a proposed FWC rule that would make it unlawful to injure or kill bears, continuing protections similar to the ones granted to bears as a state threatened species. The rule additionally commits the FWC to working with landowners and regulating agencies to guide future land use to be compatible with objectives of the bear plan. The draft plan proposes:  Seven, bear management units (BMUs) to re ect areas where Florida’s black bear populations are concentrated. The units would offer the opportunity for local input on managing bear populations and habitat. For example, the Central BMU, based in Ocala National Forest, has the largest estimated population of about 1,000 bears; the East Panhandle BMU encompasses Apalachicola National Forest, with roughly 600 bears; and the South Central BMU in Glades and Highlands counties has about 175 bears.  Creation of “Bear Smart Communities” in areas of high bear activity. A “Bear Smart Community” would involve its residents, businesses, public agencies and schools in educating people about how to live in bear country and respond appropriately to human-bear con icts. For example, the U.S. Air Force’s Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County switched to bear-proof garbage cans and dumpsters, instituted an active education program and trained personnel in appropriate responses to human-bear con icts. After two years of these efforts, Hurlburt experienced a 70-percent reduction in humanbear con icts. The Florida black bear is among the 62 wildlife species that soon will join the list of species, like the bald eagle, already under an FWC management plan. Florida’s new threatened species conservation model requires that management plans be created for all species that have been state-listed and that plans be updated at speci ed intervals. Those management plans give citizens an active role in Florida’s efforts to conserve its diverse wildlife for future generations. For more information about bears, go to MyFWC.com/Bear. FWC drafts plan to manage, conserve Florida black bears 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 20 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 Courtesy photo/ FWCFlorida Black Bears are about to become a part of a managed group of wildlife much like the bald eagle whose existence is tracked and maintained by the Florida Wildlife Commission. Bear management units are part of the proposed management plan giving the commission knowledge of where concentrated areas of bears in existence are located. South Central Florida has the least amount of bears in the state with only about 175 known to be living in Glades and Highlands Counties collectively. Courtesy photo/ FWCFWC commissioners gave tentative approval on to proposed FWC rule making it unlawful to injure or kill bears. Courtesy photo/ FWCCute but wild Florida Black bear siblings play in the untamed parts of Florida’s regions.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. 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 5008-H: Conners Gables. Cute frame home, would make a great starters home or weekend retreat. 1380 total sq ft, carport. Close to Everglades Elementary School. $48,000 MLS #205611 NEW LISTING 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 LAKE ACCESS NEW LISTING O w n e d & O p e r a t e d b y J o h n E d B u r d e s h a w LA K EOK E E C H O B E ETI T L E8 6 3 7 6 3 3 7 4 96 0 8 N W P A R K S T R E E T For All Your Real Estate Closing Needs BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 21 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 The following incidents w ere reported last week by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ceBURGLARIES 800 block of N.E. 43rd Court  400 block of U.S. 98 N.  4400 block of U.S. 441 S.  4100 block of U.S. 441 S.  700 block of S.E. 36th Terrace  3700 block of N.W. 16th Ave.THEFTS 1900 block of N.W. Third Lane (stolen v ehicle)  200 block of U.S. 98 N. (stolen vehicle)  5200 block of S.E. 42nd St. (phone)  7800 block of N.E. 16th St. (jewelry)  3800 block of S.E. 12th Drive (stolen vehicle)  2900 block of S.E. 19th Court (prescription medication)  1700 block of N.W. 45th Terrace (stolen tag)  7800 block of N.E. 16th St. (scooter)  3100 block of S.E. 24th St. (prescription medication & cash)  3700 block of S.E. 13th Terrace  1400 block of S.E. Fifth St. (air conditioning unit)  5000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (computer, electronic game system)  3800 block of S.E. 25th St. (water meter)  4033 S.E. 26th St. Investigations The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County S heriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida H ighway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  James David Gruber, 21, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 15 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with violation of probation criminal use of personal identi cation information ( ve counts) and violation of probation grand theft. His bond was set at $1,044.72.  Penny Lyn Bickel, 34, S.E. 17th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 15 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC amended felony warrant charging her with violation of probation petit theft. She is being held w ithout bond. Shaun Billie, 21, S.E. 49th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 16 by Deputy Steven McKinley on a charge of introduction of contraband into a detention facility. His bond was set at $10,000.  Clete Ferguson, 39, S.E. 31st St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 16 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with attempted second degree arson. He was released on his own recognizance.  Harley Lee Futch, 27, N.E. Ninth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 16 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with sale/possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a convenience business and possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a convenience business. His bond was set at $100,000.  Eden Nacole McGee, 25, S.E. 27th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 16 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with giving false information to a secondary metal recycler. Her bond was set at $500.  Jeffrey A. Jones, 25, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 16 by Deputy Justin Akins on a felony charge of possession of cocaine, and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and driving while license suspended/revoked. His bond was set at $2,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 863 484-0994Hwy 70 EBEHIND W & W Lumber 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 22 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 Today is the last day of the 74th Annual Brighton Seminole Field Day & Rodeo at the festival grounds on Brighton Seminole Reservation. The festival originated in 1938 as a day o f sporting events and arts and crafts competitions for members of the Seminole Tribe. Over the years, the event evolved into a festival that is open to the public and showcases Seminole and other Native American arts, crafts, dances and traditions. Visitors can 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. Today (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, off State Road 721 in Glades County. From Okeechobee, take State Road 70 west to S.R 721 and turn left (south) or take SR 78 West to S.R. 721 and turn right (north). For more information call 863-467-6039 or go online to www.REZRODEO.com. Annual Brighton Seminole Festival continues today Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenLeroy Osceola, (above) pictured with his grandchildren Eleanor, Sally and Noah, demonstrated traditional wood carving at the festival on Friday. At right, Vincenzo Osceola is Little Mr. Seminole.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EXQUISITE ELEGANCE describes this country home on 23+/Acres. Well-appointed 3 Bedroom 3 Bath Home includes gorgeous in-ground heated pool with jacuzzi, waterfalls and attached screened enclosure. Gourmet kitchen t for a King or Queen with granite countertops, commercial appliances and perfect for entertaining a family gathering or a company party! Home is built to stand the test of time with energy-ef cient features, built-in storm room, and hurricane resistant glass windows. Don’t miss this Elegant, One of a Kind Home. This home is being offered as a short sale, call Bobby today (863) 634-8677 Bobby Tucker (863) 634-8677Lic. RE Broke r104 NW 7th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida Open Evenings Emergencies Welcome All InsuranceWelcomeFREEDigital X-Ray & Consultation or Second OpinionNEW DENTURES$359from(D7140) (D5110) (D5120)Exp. 2/29/12 Exp. 2/29/12(D6010)FROM ea.(D9310) (D0330)DENTALIMPLANTS$499 IMPLANTOLOGYISNOTARECOGNIZEDSPECIALTYBYTHEAMERICANDENTALASSOCIATIONANDFLORIDABOARDOFDENTISTRY. NEWTREATMENTPROGRAMONLY. THEPATIENTANDANYOTHERPERSONRESPONSIBLEFORPAYMENTHASTHERIGHTTOREFUSEORPAY, CANCELPAYMENT ORBEREIMBURSEDFORANYSERVICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATEMENTWHICHISPERFORMEDASARESULTOFANDWITHIN72 HOURSOFRESPONDINGTOTHEADVERTISEMENTFORTHEFREE, DISCOUNTEDORREDUCEDFEE, SERVICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATMENT. Simple Extractions Start at $25.00 23 Okeechobee News February 19, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenPuzzling it outEverglades Elementary School students were among the school children attending Kids Day at the Brighton Seminole Field Day and Rodeo on Friday. At an exhibit sponsored by Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum, they worked on puzzles to earn a sno-cone. The festival continues today (Sunday) at Brighton Seminole Reservation, off S.R. 721 in Glades County.

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