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Friday, March 2, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 27 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 12.98 feetLast Year: 12.12 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.OHS Softball team shuts out Vero Beach ... Page 22 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi PooleThe Speckled Perch Queen and her court are (left to right) Taylor Renee Fulford (2nd Runner Up), Ashli Clemons (Miss Speckled Perch), and Megan Perona (1st Runner Up). Special to the Okeechobee NewsOn Saturday, Feb. 25, the Okeechobee High School Auditorium was transformed from a Lecture Hall into a Pageant Stage be tting the Speckled Perch Royalty, complete with hot pink and lime green balloon arches, balloons and baubles. Trophies, crowns, owers, banners and gifts were placed on stage in anticipation of the six individual category winners and their courts. Thirty- ve children and young women, dressed in frilly frocks complete with feathers, Ashli Clemons crowned 2012 Miss Speckled PerchSee PAGEANT — Page 10 Volunteers sought to speak for children in court ... Page 5 Kids learn tobacco danger ... Page 3 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At one time it looked like Okeechobe e Mudfests could discontinue after the mos t recent one held Feb. 17-19. Now it looks like there is a possibility of another one nex t year. In the fall of 2010 the planning board recommended that the board of county commissioners approve three temporary us e permits for mudfests in February, 2011, August, 2011 and February, 2012. At that time, the applicant, Debra Sales, stated that thes e would likely be the nal three events sinc e she would soon be losing land due to th e widening of State Road 70. Now she is uncertain. "Things hav e changed," Ms. Sales said. It now looks lik e the widening of S.R. 70 may not take so Mudfest’s future uncertain Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobby BlishMudfest attracted thousands of visitors to Okeechobee County over the Feb. 17-19 weekend. See MUDFEST — Page 17

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Members of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee and SWAT (Students W orking Against Tobacco) got a lesson on the effects of tobacco on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The teacher, who spoke from rst-hand experience, was former professional baseball player Ricker Bender, who has had a good portion of his tongue and jaw removed due to oral cancer. Mr. Bender, who speaks all over the country, was once a user of what he calls "spit tobacco," snuff. "It's anything but a pretty habit," said Mr. Bender. He started using tobacco at the age of 12 because of peer pressure and television advertising. He started out using a can of snuff a week and built up to using one can a day. By the time he was 26, he had oral cancer. Just short of his 27th birthday he had to have surgery that lasted 12 and one half hours. Since then he has had three more surgeries. As a result of gum recession he only has six teeth left. He said the use of smokeless tobacco leads to gum recession, tooth loss and gum disease. Mr. Bender said that 20 years later he is still dealing with the consequences of tobacco. It broke up his marriage and wiped him out nancially. He said tobacco use could lead to heart disease and high blood pressure, among other ailments Holding up a can of snuff, Mr. Bender said it contained the same amount of nicotine as three or four packs of cigarettes and 28 carcinogens or cancer causing agents. One disadvantage of the Clean Air Act, which forbids smoking indoors, according to Mr. Bender, is that it encourages the use of smokeless tobacco. While he said gum and patches help to quit using tobacco, "neither is a silver bullet." He said that above all, you have to want to quit bad enough. "In whatever form it is used," Mr. Bender said, "tobacco is tobacco. There is no safe form of tobacco. In spite of what tobacco manufacturers say, nicotine is addictive." He claimed that e-cigarettes are not safe because they also contain nicotine. He claims that what the manufactories of e-cigarettes say is water vapor is actually smoke which contains many harmful substances. He said the tobacco industry spends $13 billion a year in advertising and a good bit of that advertising is aimed at rst time users, most of whom who are around 12. In conclusion he said that anyone who has any type of sore in their mouth that does not heal in 10 days should see a medical professional.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Mar. 2ND Thurs., Mar. 8THFor Info, Call 763-7202 III: “DR. SEUSS THE LORAX”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG II: “TYLER PERRY’S GOOD DEEDS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 I: “SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETA”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 G In Loving Memory of Chrissie Arnold WilliamsJuly 30, 1963 to March 3, 2006Dont grieve for Me For now Im Free, Im following the path God laid for me. Loved & Missed by The Arnold & Williams Families 3 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 Students learn about the evils of tobacco Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming south between 10 and 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Windy, with a south wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to between 15 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. North wind around 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaFormer professional baseball player Rick Bender, who has had a large portion of his tongue and jaw removed due to cancer caused by the use of smokeless tobacco, spoke to members of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee and SWAT (Student Working Against Tobacco) on Tuesday, Feb. 28 on the effects of tobacco use. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThese members of SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) and their advisors got a rst hand account of the effects of tobacco use. Rick Bender, far left, addressed the group on Tuesday, Feb. 28, about his experiences.

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Father’s message on Facebook I would say her father handled his anger in a mature and appropriate manner. He paid for the laptop. It was his to destroy. And it should drive home the lesson. If he had t ime to cool down, it would have been bett er for the environment if he had wiped the laptop of all personal information and given it to a needy child who would appreciate it. But it seems that he really needed to vent. I w onder how many parents will make sure t heir children see this video ...  Too bad there aren’t videos of the c hores I had to do as a kid like taking care of the livestock, weeding the garden and picking up rocks. Even the chores I liked, like working cows on horseback, were hard w ork. But in those days, kids did their chores and didn’t complain because it was necess ary for everyone to work together in order for the family to survive. Parents today have made their kids’ lives so easy that they don’t appreciate just how good they have it.  You either support the family by doing chores that, really, have to be done by SOMEONE and helping or you go. No more s itting in front of the t.v. playing video games until 4 in the morning and then sleeping in all day. Go. Out. Good riddance. You weren’t going to help me in my old age anyway. Pay y our own rent, pay for your own video setup, get your own self up without complaining to me, iron your own clothes, pay for y our own phone, that, God only knows how y ou have ANYTHING brilliant to say all day on. No more “help” from me. You are just using us anyway.  Since it did not look like the Dad lived in a neighborhood, I think he should have invited her friends over, noti ed the police w hat he was going to do and showed her friends and her what happens when kids get out of control. Up front and personal would have had a great effect I am sure.  Too bad the parents don’t have a video of some diaper changing and care during sickness etc. of the spoiled brat. She could be forced to watch it and then see what she thinks about the work she has to do.Jobs “You should just be happy to have a job.” This is the mantra shouted by those in this country who don’t want you to succeed. I’m not talking about “win the lottery or be a professional race car driver,” succeed. I’m talking about go to work, pay your bills and feed your family, succeed. Your legislators are trying very hard to ensure that your success is diminished in order for their fat cat corporate benefactors can reap the rewards of a lower tax rate. There is legislation in the works that would lower the minimum wage for food service workers who earn tips from $4.65 to $2.13 per hour. Chili’s and Outback apparently aren’t making enough money that they can’t afford a fair rate of pay. Write to your state representative and demand that they support working families. They need to stop nancing their corporate tax breaks on the backs of the people who work every day to feed their families.Okee-Tantie Since this topic has been brought into the public discussion I am hearing from more and more people that they don’t want public access to the park restricted. Some people like the pond for launching air boats. Some people like the picnic areas. One grandmother I talked to would hate to lose the playground area because she takes the grandkids there at least once a week. There has to be a way to x this place up and generating more revenue from it without losing the parts the taxpayers are currently using.  Okee-Tantie is a diamond in the rough, a huge space with direct access to the lake. If it was sold on the market, what do you think it would be worth? Fix it up, promote it and make money off it. Get some vision. If the shing keeps up to its potential, it would be a windfall for Okeechobee.OCRA Here we are just the start of baseball season and already I’ve heard three coaches had quit and other coaches were allowed to stack teams with who they wanted. This stuff needs to stop. Be fair to these kids who love to play ball. Split the kids up so every team has some who have played before and some new players. Pageant a successThe Speckled Perch Pageant, festival and parade have been long-standing events in Okeechobee and each year everyone looks forward to celebrating our shing industry with this event. Nothing is more exciting than the opportunity to showcase our children as they appear on-stage, before judges, in the Speckled Perch Pageant. This year the Pageant took place on Feb. 25 in the Okeechobee High School Auditorium with 35 beautiful young girls and women and 1 strapping young cowboy. Okeechobee Main Street would like to say thanks to everyone who worked so hard to ensure the success of this event. Much appreciation to our Pageant Committee who worked diligently to ensure that the children enjoyed this experience—Shelly Sickles, who also served as Mistress of Ceremonies, Julie Turner, and Bobbi Poole, who also served as photographer. A huge, huge thanks goes out to Flower Petals, who provided beautiful decorations and masterminded the stage setup. Okeechobee High School provided our venue. Thanks to Dylan Tedders and Debbie Raulerson, Drama Department, who assisted with sound and lighting. We are truly grateful to our local businesses who provided prizes for our contestants: Seacoast National Bank, Cowboys BBQ and Steak Restaurant and Dairy Queen. Thanks to Lauri Pharr and the Girl Scouts of America and Loy Mershimer, Pastor of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church for opening our program, to our 2011 Speckled Perch Royalty for assisting with the program, and, of course, to our three judges who came from out of town to join us for this event. Thanks to Beef-O-Bradys who provided food for the event, to the Stitchin’ Post for coming through for us in a pinch and to Bridgette Waldau and Donnie Arnold who provided guidance and support! We are truly appreciative of our volunteers who tirelessly assisted from beginning to end. Thanks to Melody Hodges, Roxanne Durham, Shelly Doyle, Linda Woloski, Keith Stripling, Shawntell Stripling, Frank DeCarlo, Lory Edwards, Debbie Gillette, Karen Rivero, Marilyn Hadley, Ernie Tumoszwicz, and Tracy Menendez. Okeechobee Main Street would also like to recognize our advertising partners who consistently promote our events throughout the year. Special thanks to Billy Dean and WOKC radio, the Okeechobee News, the Pennysaver and Okeechobeethe Magazine. Lastly we would thank our parents and the young people who participated in this event, as well as the community o f Okeechobee. Community Pageants help to recognize and develop our youth, who will eventually be the leaders in our great country. Okeechobee Main Street supports thes e opportunities and is truly proud of all of ou r participants. We hope to see everyone at th e Speckled Perch Festival on March 10 and 11 and Parade on March 10, at 11 a.m., to hono r our new Queens, Kings and their Courts! Okeechobee Main StreetPageant handled wellSpeckled Perch pageant, has been so beautifully handled and organized by Main Street, a committee of volunteers, who provided stage decorations, food, music, etc. Lovely trophies, sashes, crowns, gift bags, all given to each child, for their participation. As I looked at each one of the children, I couldn’t help but wonder. How do thes e little ones nd the courage to come on this stage, smile, walk, answer questions on a spur of the moment.? Then, I “tried” to look at each one as God sees them. I can see no aw in any one. I see perfect hair, teeth, smiles, walking abilities, courage, waves and kisses to Mom and Dad, relatives too. Each one perfect in thei r own way. God loves these children, as He loves us. As we, as adults lead and guide them, as w e are all called to do. Be proud, happy, and content just knowing each one of them is a precious littl e light in your life, who ignites happiness, joy, friendship. It is amazing what a little one can do in a person’s life, this was certainly evident a t the pageant. From my point of view, it was a magical night, the music was wonderful, th e love and support from families was over th e top. The kind words unmeasurable. They are little gems in the eyes of God, just waiting to shine. Blessings to all. Bobbi Poole Friday, March 2, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Imagine that you were a child with no home, no where to go, no food, and no future. You might think it is rare in Okeechobee County but according to the Guardian A d Litem Program close to 200 youngsters are in that kind of situation. Volunteer Recruiter Gail Grif th told the Community Collaborative Council Tuesday that nearly 200 Okeechobee children are the v ictims of abuse, abandonment and or neglect. They currently have 78 children with no advocate to represent them in court. A campaign known as "I am for the Child" national wide hopes to generate interest among the public to help have more guardians for children. They hope to generate interest from Okeechobee residents to help some of these kids. Ms. Grif th said you must volunteer eight to ten hours per month and speak for them in court cases. The volunteer becomes familiar with the child and his or her case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure a safe, caring and permanent environment. The interview family, foster parents, teachers and others involved in the child's life, work with community partners to get the child the services they need and speaks to the court about what they think is best for the child. Grif th said volunteers have the power to improve the life of a child and to give them a better future. "A lot of kids languish in foster care as some can go to ve or six foster homes in a year. Please break the cycle, lift up a child's life and help a child," she explained. Ms. Grif th can be reached at 772-8717225. You can also call the program at 1-866341-1425 or visit their website at www. GuardianadLitem.org Representatives of Martha's House, which included Outreach Coordinator Shirleen Graham, spoke on the history of the local domestic violence shelter and the services they provide the community. In 2011, 454 women were helped by the shelter. They not only help adults but teens, and even work on issues like sexual harassment, bullying, and provide counseling. They also have a 24 hour hotline at 863763-0202. In other CCC news: The Summer Activity Guide for Okeechobee agencies will be printed in the next 30 days. The March of Dimes Walk America will be held on Saturday, March 10. This year's Health and Safety Expo included 2,018 visitors, a record number. There were also 120 vendors. Next year's expo at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26. Community in Schools Representatives reported that over $2,800 was raised during a February yard sale. Adults who were Girl Scouts or Scout Leaders are invited to join local Girl Scouts as they march in the Speckled Perch Parade on Saturday, March 10. The adults are asked to wear white t-shirts and jeans. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m EPISCOPAL PENTECOSTAL BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL 3666 E. Hwy 70 € Okeechobee (0ld Elks Lodge) Sunday School 9 am Sunday Worship 10 am Tues. & Thurs. 7:30 pmPrayer Service: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30 7:30 pmNursery Available at All Services Of“ ce Hours CLOSED Mondays Tuesday Friday 9 am to 5 pm(863) 357-2264Bishop Robert J. Banks, Jr. Pastor Your Place of DestinyŽJeremiah 29:11 Traditional Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Comtemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship 6pmSundayMid Week Worship at 7pmWednesday Children and Youth Classes are Available on Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70E 5 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 Guardian Ad Litem program seeks volunteers Walk for Children records 260,270 stepsIn celebration of the 17th Annual Children's Week, the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties sponsored a "Walk for Children" in conjunction with the Okeechobee Health & Safety Fair at the Agri-Center on Jan. 28. Local events throughout the state are held every year to raise awareness of Children's Week and children's issues. Free pedometers were given to all participants vying for a $25 gift card donated by Back Yard BBQ. Amanda Fuchswand, winner of the gift card, recorded 27,773 steps. For more information, visit the ELC website at www.elcirmo.org or call toll free 1-877-220-1223. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A new business in Okeechobee is "Saving lives one tent rental at time." Faith Farm Ministries has recently added tent rental to train its residents and produce revenue. "In the traditional sense Faith Farm is a residential substance abuse recovery program," said Rev. Jim Benton director/pastor of Faith Farm. "What we are in a nontraditional sense is a Christian community." A typical day for a resident in the approximately 10-month rehabilitation program at Faith Farm is very busy. It starts with a few hours of classes early in the morning. The rest of the day residents work either in the tent rental business, raise cattle, work in the institution's citrus grove or thrift store, repair appliances or do landscaping. In the evening there are optional classes on such things as GED preparation and computer skills. There are classes on anger management and nancial skills. Faith Farm also uses The Alpha Series program which uses the Bible to expand on the 12-step program. "The greatest lesson they learn is self discipline," Rev. Benton said. The tent business rents three sizes of tents as well as tables and chairs at rates for 24 to 72 hours, weekly and monthly. Rev. Benton said that some of the residents have spent time pumping iron while they were in jail and now they can use their strength constructively. Faith Farm work programs do not quite meet all the expenses of operation, but Rev. Benton would like to see that change. "My goal is for us to pull our weight and contribute to the community." "It's a great deal for everyone involved," Rev. Benton said of tent rental and the other work programs of Faith Farm. Because their overhead is low, they are able to offer these services at a lower cost than a for-pro t business. The residents are also learning work skills. Rev. Benton said that one year after graduation from the program 84 percent of the graduates are leading productive lives. The Okeechobee Faith Farm is about 25 years old. The rst Faith Farm, located in Fort Lauderdale, is 60 years old. There is also a Faith Farm in Boyton Beach. Combined, these three institutions have graduated more than 3,000 people.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at: pgawda@newszap.com. Tent rental program helps all involved Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyGail Grif th, volunteer recruiter for the Guardian ad Litem program.

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Club Soccer offers spring trainingOkeechobee Club Soccer will have an informational meeting Saturday, March 3 at 3 p.m. at the Sports Complex Pavilion. All interested parents and players are encouraged to attend. Spring training will be open to youth ages 7-16. Boys-only and girls-only teams will be offered as long as a minimum of 12 players register for that division. Tryouts will be held at the soccer elds across North Elementary from 5-6:30 p.m. as follows: ages 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 Monday and Wednesday, March 12 and 14; 13/14, 15/16, Tuesday and Thursday, March 13 and 15. If you have questions, call Lupe Serrano at 561-719-5585. Se habla espanol. Looking ahead Alumni Soccer Games Saturday, March 24, at OHS Stadium open to ages 16 & up. Games start at 4:30 p.m. OHS alumni interested in playing should call (women) Dawn Fox at 863-697-1641 or (men) Manuel Sanchez at 863-532-1145.Hope Ministry hosts celebrationHope Ministry Center, INC., Is hosting its' baby rst year birthday celebration at the Samaritan Community Outreach Center. There will be a huge yard sale, car wash, food, fun and games, at Hope Ministry Center, Inc., 1109 SE 7th Street, Okeechobee, Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out, shop, get your car washed and have fun. The center is one-quarter mile behind the post of ce and turn left on SE 7th Street; the church will be on the left. All proceeds will bene t the Samaritan Community Outreach Center, Inc.Cypress Eagles host chicken dinnerSunday, March 4 from 1-5 p.m. the Cypress Hut Eagles will host a Chicken Dinner for $6 per plate. All proceeds will bene t Community Charity Fund. The public is welcome.Buckhead VFW 9528 announces chicken dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW 9528 will host a Sunday chicken dinner on March 4, from 2 until 5 p.m. for $6 per plate. Proceeds will bene t homeless veterans.Eagles North to host Sunday breakfastEagles North will have their Fantastic Breakfast on Sunday, March 4 starting at 9 until 11 a.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 Auxiliary bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.OCEA plan to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educator's Association will be meeting on Monday, March 5 at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's. Any retired educator is invited to attend.Eagles North to host BINGO!Tuesday, March 5 Eagles North will have BINGO starting at 1 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.Shrine Club to host Spaghetti dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 W., members will host their Tuesday evening March 5 Spaghetti dinner from 4 until 7 p.m. A no-smoking atmosphere with music starting at 5 until 8 p.m. Donation is just $6 per person. For information call the club at 863-763-3378 or Mac Simpson at 863-4840427 or Kip Gardner at 863-610-6659.Eagles North to host BINGO!Wednesday, March 6 Eagles North will have Bingo beginning at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. Community Bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.Cypress Eagles to host BBQ dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles will host a Barbecue Boston Butt Roast Dinner on Tuesday, March 6 fro $6 per plate. All proceeds will bene t Community Charity Fund. The public is welcome.ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew”ConKerr Cancer's mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth, love and a smile through the simple gift of a pillowcase. The next ConKerr Cancer "sit & sew" will be held on Tuesday, March 6, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Join us at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine (or serger) and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. The group received a generous donation of material so this month the y will be sewing pillowcases for the upcoming Easter holiday. For more information, please call Joan at 863-467-0290. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 Eagles to host Steak NightEagles North will have Friday Night Steak Dinner on March 2, starting at 5:30 p.m. Music by Those Rockin and Rollin Harpers. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.VFW announces weekend plansThe North VFW Post #4423, 300 NW 34th St has a weekend of good music & good food planned. Friday, the Grill will be open 5-9 p.m. with karaoke hosted by D & K (Danny and Kathy) 7-10 p.m. Saturday includes Burgers on the Grill 12-2 p.m., Bar Bingo 1 p.m., Steak Dinner 5-7 p.m. and karaoke hosted by Just-Us 7-10 p.m. Your sure to have a great time so stop by. Proceeds go toward Veteran's Assistance Programs.Moose Lodge hosts Bingo nightLoyal Order of Moose 1753, 159 NW 36th St will be having Bingo 6:30 p.m. with Bonanza start at 5 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, Dinner will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. with Karaoke hosted by D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy) 7-10 p.m. Be sure to stop by and join in the fun!Cypress Eagles to host Friday steak/ sh nightOn Friday, March 2 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles at 4701 S.E. Hwy 441, will have a steak/ sh/shrimp dinner. Music by "Carl Cable." All proceeds go to community charity fund. Public welcome.Okeechobee County Fair seeking creative skill and craft contest participantsThe Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking adult and youth contest participants for the upcoming fair March 13-18. The contests consist of quilting, sewing, leatherwork, painting, drawing, photography, horticulture, and woodworking. There will also be food competitions such as home baking and canned goods, as well as a vegetable competition featuring garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest vegetable categories. This year the Lego Building contest will be open to both youth and adult exhibitors. This year we will again be having the educational posters and educational displays competitions. Individual youths may enter the Educational poster contest and 4-H Clubs or FFA Chapters may enter the Educational Display contest. The top three club/chapter displays will win awards of $250, $150 and $100 for their programs. New for this year's fair there will be four new catagories: scrap booking, jewelry making, cake decorating and heirloom quilts. You may download the entry forms and rules at the Okeechobee County Fair Web site, www.okeechobeecountyfair.com, or pick up copies of the 2012 Premium Book at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce at 458 Highway 98 North. The deadline for entries is March 2 If you have questions, please contact Dianne Spann at 634-3327.Eagles North to host BINGO!Saturday, March 3 Eagles North will have Card Bingo starting at 4 p.m. It's a Blast! Proceeds go to the F.O.E. Community bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.Cypress Eagles to host March birthday bashThe Cypress Hut Eagles, at 4701 S.E. Hwy. 441, will host their March Birthday Bash on Saturday, March 3 at 5 p.m. with food. Music will be by "Cowboy." All proceeds go to community charity fund. Public is welcome.4-H Club holds Rabbit & Poultry clinicThe Feathers & Furs 4-H Club will hold a Rabbit and Poultry Care Clinic on Saturday, March 3, at Jones Supply & Feed, 801 S.W. Park St., (south of Advance Auto). There will be a drawing for a rabbit and feed for only a $1 donation per ticket. Contacts: Cathy Arthur at 863-763-1512 or Cathy Corby at 772216-8669.OCA hosts BBQ and rummage saleYou do not want to miss this! Okeechobee Christian Academy will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon on March 3, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., smoked pork dinners can be purchased for $8 per plate. Dinners will include smoked pork, baked beans, potato salad and a roll. All proceeds will bene t Okeechobee Christian Academy. This event will take place on the school campus located at 701 South Parrott Ave. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the school of ce or by calling 863-763-3072.Style Studio presents LP Foundation FundraiserMarch 3, Good Spirits Banquet Room at 245 Hwy. 441 S.E. LP Foundation is a nonpro t organization Helping Extreme Youth Athletes and families in need across the U.S. Pool TournamentFood-50/50-Door PrizesAuction-Music. Donations of clothing, nonperishable food, toys and any type of athletic equipment is very much appreciated. Vendors wanted, join us and have a great time! If you have any questions, call Sheryl Tanner 863-634-9514.Car wash to bene t student travelersThe OHS International Club will host a car wash on March 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Tractor Supply parking lot. Please come out and help the students raise funds for their upcoming trip to Europe. DAR to meet March 3The Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold it's March meeting at the Golden Corral at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 All members and prospective members are invited to attend. Contact Kenna Noonan 863-634-5669 for further information. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SOME VEHICLE PHOTOS ARE APPROXIMATE LIKENESS TO THE IN STOCK INVENTORY. ALL VEHICLES ADVERTISED ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. VEHI CLES PRICED AFTER ALL FACTORY REBATES PLUS TAX, TAG AND $289 DEALER FEE. SOME FACTORY REBATES MAY REQUIRE FORD MOTOR CREDIT FINANCING WAC. SOME PRICES INCLUDE FMCC REBATE, RCL RENEWAL OR TRADE ASSIST REBATE. *10,500 MILES/YR. 27 MONTHS PAYMENT AND TAX.THE BEST SELECTION OF PREOWNED CARS & TRUCKS ON THE TREASURE COAST!APR AS LOW AS 1.9% ON SELECT PRE-OWNED VEHICLES! SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. EASY AND CONVENIENT APPRAISALS! WELL BUY YOUR CAR, EVEN IF YOU DONT BUY OURS! 2012 FORD FOCUS 2012 FORD FUSION 2012 FORD ESCAPE 2012 FORD EDGE $2,500 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$192WELL EQUIPPED! 25 STARTING ATWELL EQUIPPED!$2,995 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$199 45 STARTING ATWELL EQUIPPED!$3,000 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$210 20 STARTING ATWELL EQUIPPED!$3,000 DUE AT SIGNING /mo.*$239 12 STARTING AT2011 FORD EXPEDITION XLT & LTD $36,599STARTING AT JUST ONLY 5 LEFT! WELL EQUIPPED!2011 FORD F-150s SAVE THOUSANDS!TO CHOOSE! 1811 2011 FORD TAURUS SE & SHO$7,000SAVE UP TO 2012 FORD EXPLORERS SAVE THOUSANDS! 2011 FORD FUSION SE31K MI., RED METALLIC #P4286 $15,950 2006 FORD F-250 LARIAT55K MI., BLACK #12399 $22,950ONLY 2004 GRAND MARQUIS GS49K MI., LIGHT BLUE #12431A $7,950ONLY ONLY 2008 DODGE NITRO SXT31K MI., BLACK PEARL #11953A $13,950ONLY 2011 FORD FIESTA S10K MI., GRAY MET. #12229A $12,950ONLY2007 FORD F-150 XL75K MI., WHITE #111037B $11,950ONLY 2009 FORD FOCUS SEL38K MI., LT. BLUE MET. #12308A $14,950ONLY2007 HONDA ELEMENT SC65K MI., BLACK PEARL #12493A $14,950ONLY 2011 FORD F-150 XLT24K MI., BLUE MET. #P4271 $24,950ONLY 2011 FORD FIESTA SEL 13K MI., OXFORD WHT #P4186A1$16,950ONLY 2008 DODGE CHARGER62K MI., TORCH RED #11732A$18,950ONLY 2008 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 39K MI., DARK CHERRY #11579A$16,950ONLY 2008 MUSTANG SHELBY35K MI., VISTA BLUE #P4248 $26,950ONLY 2007 NISSAN FRONTIER77K MI., RADIANT SILV. #12070B $14,950ONLY2006 CHEVY COLORADO48K MI., BLACK #111043B$13,950ONLY 2010 FORD FOCUS SEL 13K MI., SANGRIA RED #12335A$14,950ONLY 7 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Supplement to the Okeechobee News € January 27, 2012 € Also Available Online at newszap.com IN F O R M A T I O NGU I D EF rid a y ,O c to b e r 2 8 ,2 0 1 1 S up pl e m en t t o t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s, A u g u s t 1 7, 2 0 1 1D D r r . F F r r e e d d B r r o w w n n C C h h i i l l d d r r e e n n   s s H e a l l t t h h C C e e n t t e e r r 2 0 0 1 5 5 H H w y y 4 4 4 1 1 N N o o r r t h , O O k e e e e c c h o o b e e e , F F L L € € 8 8 6 6 3 3 7 7 6 6 3 3 1 9 9 5 5 1 1 F F l l o o r r i i d d a a C C o o m m m m u u n n i i t t y y H H e e a a l l t t h h C C e e n n t t e e r r s s , I I n n c c . F F o o r r m m o o r r e e i i n n f f o o r r m m a a t t i i o o n n , p p l l e e a a s s e e v v i i s s i i t t o o u u r r w w e e b b s s i i t t e e a a t t w w w w w w . f f c c h h c c i i n n c c . o o r r g gCall to schedule your appointment today! S e e B a ck C o v e r f o r G i ft C e rt i f i c a te f o r a n e y e e x a mF eaturing: Superintendent Letter Calendar School Bus Schedule Report CardSchedule School ListingsO O p p e e n n H H o o u u s s e e : : A A u u g g u u s s t t 1 1 8 8Ad v e rt i s i n g S p o n s o r Available 24/7 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=65039&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 Amateur vocalists have a chance to win $500 OKEECHOBEE IDOL Competition and FundraiserOkeechobee Idol is a two-part amateur vocal competition awarding a $500 cash prize for the best vocalist in the surrounding counties. Vocalists from all backgrounds will compete for the top presentation. The competition is open to vocally talented performers from all areas of South Florida. Saturday, April 21st • 6PM 11PMLocation Shrine Club 1855 SW 53rd St. • OkeechobeeFrank Whiting, Director • Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coaltion • “There is HOPE for Okeechobee’s youth.” Adam Venters • A & R DJ’s Union “Looking for America’s Next STAR ” 8 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 The nancial-services rm Edward Jones once again has been named a top company for training, ranking No. 15 on Training Magazine's 2012 Training Top 125 list and winning special recognition for its nancial advisor training program, according to Sharon A Ming of Edward Jones in Okeechobee. Edward Jones has been honored as a top training company for 12 years in a row, dating back to the debut of the Training Top 50 in 2001. For 2012, it was the top-ranked national brokerage on the list and won special recognition for its nancial advisor training, which enrolls nearly 200 trainees monthly. Edward Jones' Practice Makes Perfect initiative which signi cantly increased role play in training programs for recruits from all walks of life, improving their success rates won one of ve Best Practice awards. The 2012 rankings and special recognitions were announced at a Feb. 13 awards dinner during the magazine's Training 2012 Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Ga. "Edward Jones provides the nancial industry's best training and I am proof of that," said Ming. "I access a constant stream of training and tools that help me provide appropriate solutions tailored to my clients' needs, whether that be retirement, buying a home or sending their children to college." The rm has consistently earned high marks as an employer of choice in other national rankings. For the 13th year, Edward Jones was named one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2012." The rm took the No. 5 overall spot on the prestigious list, also was named to the No. 3 spot for large companies and was the highest ranking nancial-services rm. For more information about Edward Jones, please contact Sharon A Ming, 107 Southwest 17th Street, 863-357-4724. Edward Jones earns recognition on training Bank to host grand opening eventCenterState Bank, 2100 S. Parrott Ave., will host a grand opening event on Friday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The celebration will feature True Country 100.9 DJs, free food, and a an opportunity to enter CenterState's Life's a Breeze Contest for a chance to win a 2012 Mustang convertible. The Mustang will be onsite during the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with "Switch Agents" about moving their banking to CenterState and receiving "Three Free" a free gift, free checking and free debit card when a new, qualifying account is opened. CenterState Bank also offers many business banking products, featuring Completely Free Business Checking. For more information, please call Tabitha Trent at 863-763-5573. Business Brief Special to the Okeechobee News/ Waste ManagementEmployee donates timeWaste Management employee James Beville donates eight hours to the Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida completing a tile ooring job for the cat rescue building. Waste Management encourages employees to give back to the community and offers paid time to do so. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Waste ManagementEmployee volunteersWaste Management employee Michael Burgess volunteered a day at Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Michael built a habitat for a ve-foot injured iguana. The iguana will now retire at the facility and be cared for through community donations. Yard sale for Children’s RanchReal Life Children's Ranch Yard sale is open on Tuesday Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come on out and get great bargains. The ranch welcomes all donations that are in good condition and can be sold. They are in need of clothing items.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co.7 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 North Stop In For All Your Show Feed & Sullivan Show Supplies!! Give Us A Try! 9 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News An expedition trekking through the undeveloped areas of Florida recently passed through Okeechobee County. The Florida W ildlife Corridor Expedition began hiking northward from the Everglades on Jan. 17 by travelling through adjoining undeveloped public and private lands and plans to reach the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia by April 22. This works out to walking, biking or kayaking about 1,000 miles in 100 days. Along the way they will be studying and lming Florida plant and animal life. On Wednesday, Feb. 29, the four-person expedition consisting of conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, photojournalist Carlton W ard, Jr., lmmaker Elam Stoltzfus and bear biologist Joe Guthrie swam across the Kissimmee River from the Avon Park Air Force Range to Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, using waterproof containers to transport their gear. The expedition has two support personnelRick Smith, in charge of logistics, and Joe Davenport, a lmmaker. They were scheduled to walk across the park on Thursday, March 1, and continue on through the Latt Maxie property and on to the Adams Ranch near Yeehaw Junction. On Wednesday they were met on the river bank by park of cials and Paul Gray, science coordinator for the Okeechobee program of the Audubon Society of Florida. They took a break from walking and were given a swamp buggy tour of the park. Mr. Guthrie was pleased with the Kissimmee River Restoration. He said the river has some good ow and sand bars are forming. He said it is not a coincidence that the expedition is able to travel the length of Florida through undeveloped areas. He said this wildlife corridor is the result of three decades of conservation efforts. In addition to the public lands they are crossing, most of the private lands have been well preserved and form excellent wildlife habitat. History is being made since this is the rst group to travel the entire wildlife corridor on foot. One of their biggest focuses is to raise awareness of the various agencies and organizations that are helping to preserve Florida ecology. The expedition has several sponsors including The National Geographic Society, the outdoor clothing brand Patagonia, and private sponsors including the Everglades Foundation. You can follow their trek through Florid a and to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia on their web site. Watch their progress or sign up for a weekly newsletter at the web site www. oridawildlifecorridor. org. Historic expedition crosses Okeechobee Count y Special to the Okeechobee News/ Paul Gray, Audubon Society of FloridaExpedition members Elam Stoltzfus, left, and Carlton Ward, center and Paul Miller of the Florida Park Service, right, view dry prairie habitat at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Paul Gray, Audubon Society of FloridaExpedition member Elam Stoltzfus, left, takes a picture of fellow expedition member Carlton Ward swimming across the Kissimmee River as Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park of cials Jim Benton, center, and Paul Miller, right, look on. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Paul Gray, Audubon Society of FloridaExpedition members Elam Stoltzfus, left, and Carlton Ward, right, interview park biologist Paul Miller, center. The Expedition began hiking northward from the Everglades on Jan. 17 by travelling through adjoining undeveloped public and private lands and plans to reach the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia by April 22.

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beads and rhinestones, and one young man dressed in a cowboy hat and tux, waited anxiously behind the stage as their respective age groups were called front and forw ard by Emcee Shelly Sickles to show off in front of our three honored judges. At the end of the evening the following queens, kings and their courts were announced:  Miss Congeniality–Josey Pearce, 14, daughter of Jason and Cindy Pearce. Josey w as sponsored by Cindy Pearce and Amanda Nettles.  Miss Speckled Perch–Ashli Clemons, 15, daughter of Larry and Kelly Pankey. Ashli w as sponsored by the Okeechobee Livestock Market. First Runner Up–Megan Perona, 15, daughter of Stephanie and Rob Perona. Megan was sponsored by the JS Cattle Company. Second Runner UpTaylor Renee Fulford, 17, daughter of Randy and Christina Fulford. Taylor was sponsored by her Mom and Dad, Granny and Papa.  Junior Miss Speckled Perch–Hope Wisener, 11, daughter of Terryl and Missy Wisener. Hope was sponsored by her Mom and Dad. First Runner Up–India Dianne Coons, 11, daughter of Dawn Blower and Paul Coons. India was sponsored by Accurate Ledgers Accounting and the Okeechobee Xplosion All-Stars. Second Runner Up–Kaylee Whidden, 13, daughter of John and Lisa Whidden. Kaylee was sponsored by her Mom and Dad.  Speckled Perch Princess–Kailynn Grace Reichert, 8, daughter of Shanda and John Rainwater and Chad and Roxanne Reichert. Kailynn was sponsored by Ultimate Shine Mobile Detailing and Shanda and John Rainwater. First Runner UpMackenzie Ayala, 6, daughter of Carlos and Briseida Ayala. Mackenzie was sponsored by her Mom and Dad. Second Runner UpTess D’Ariano, 6, daughter of Brigitte and Angelo D’Ariano. Tess was sponsored by Bad Apple Salon and her Mom and Dad.  Little Miss Speckled PerchOlivia Elaine Campbell, 5, daughter of Dina and Keith Campbell. Olivia was sponsored by her Mom and Dad. First Runner UpMakayla Culpepper, 5, daughter of Edward Culpepper. Makayla was sponsored by her Grandparents, Donna and Bryant Culpepper. Second Runner Up–Kaylee Jayde Hickman, 5, daughter of Sam and Corey Kirton and Chris and Shanda Hickman. Kaylee was sponsored by family and friends.  Little Mister Speckled Perch–A.J. D’Ariano, 4, son of Brigitte and Angelo D’Ariano. A.J. was sponsored by All About You Caregivers and his Mom and Dad.  Tiny Miss Speckled Perch–Landi Nicole Kirton, 3, daughter of Corey and Sam Kirton. Landi was sponsored by her Mom and Dad. First Runner UpGracie Ann Stein, 3, daughter of Michael and Kimberly Stein. Gracie was sponsored by her Mom and Dad. Second Runner UpVictoria Cruz Gonzalez, 3, daughter of Diana and Vinson Gonzalez. Victoria was sponsored by Buddy’s Home Furnishings. Okeechobee residents will be able to see these beautiful and talented young men and women at the 2012 Speckled Perch Festival, sponsored by Okeechobee Main Street, on March 10 and 11. The annual Speckled Perch Parade, on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m., will feature these young people and also honor the traditions of Okeechobee. PAGEANTContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 10 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 pecial to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi Poole.Tiny Miss Speckled Perch and her court are (left to right) Gracie Anne Stein (1st Runner Up); Landi Nicole Kirton, Tiny Miss Speckled Perch; Victoria Cruz Gonzalez (2nd Runner Up). Josey Pearce (photo at left) was named Miss Congeniality in the 2012 Speckled Perch Pageant, held Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Okeechobee High School Auditorium. (Photo at right) A.J. D’Ariano is Little Mister Speckled Perch. The Speckled Perch pageant royalty will be featured in the 2012 Speckled Perch Festival parade on March 10 in downtown Okeechobee and at festival events in Flagler Park on March 10 and 11. (Photos courtesy Bobbi Poole) Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi Poole.Little Miss Speckled Perch and her court are (left to right) Kaylee Jayde Hickman (2nd Runner Up); Olivia Elaine Campbell, Little Miss Speckled Perch; Makayla Culpepper (1st Runner Up). Junior Miss Speckled Perch and her court are (left to right) Kaylee Whidden (2nd Runner Up); Hope Wisener, Junior Miss Speckled Perch; India Dianne Coons (1st Runner Up). Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi Poole.Speckled Perch Princess and her court are (left to right) Tess D’Ariano (2nd Runner Up); Kailynn Grace Reichert, Speckled Perch Princess; Mackenzie Ayala (1st Runner Up).

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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.comSALES : SERVICE & PARTS BODY SHOP Closed Sundays Cruze lease is for 24 months/12,000 miles with $1,995 due at signing. Malibu lease is for 24 mo/12,000 miles with $1,539 due at signing. Volt lease is 36 mo/12,000 miles with $5,000 due at signing. Silverado Reg Cab lease is for 39 mo/10,000 miles with $ 1,995 due at signing. Silverado Ext Cab is 39 mo/12,000 miles with $3,000 due at signing. Equinox lease is 39 mo/12,000 miles with $1,989 due at signing. All prices are plus taxes, tag, and fees Offers assume quali“ed credit. All incentives and rebates to dealer. Dealer not responsible for typographical errors. Picture s are for illustration purposes only. Offers expire 3/31/12. 2012 Chevy Cruze $ 149 38 2012 Chevy Equinox $ 229 32 2012 Chevy Malibu $ 179 33 2012 Chevy Volt 350 miles! $ 349 95 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 Reg. Cab $ 199 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 Ext. Cab $ 299 18 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 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer6 Cyl, Auto, Rear Air, Power Seats, Alloys $ 8,750 2151A 97 Toyota Paseo ConvertibleManual, 2-Door, AM/FM Radio $ 4,750 1169B 2003 MITSUBISHI LANCER ESPower Windows/Locks, CD Player $ 6,750 2209BTHINKING ABOUT GETTING THAT NEW VEHICLE?ITS YOUR LUCKY DAY MONTH 18 30 Day Price Guarantee on TiresGet the best price in town or well refund the dierence. GM Certied Service 2005 Toyota Corolla LE4-Door, Power Windows/Locks/Mirrors $ 6,750 2127A 2003 Chrysler Sebring LimitedConvertible, Leather, Cruise Control $ 5,750 2156B 11 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012

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13 12 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 Okeechobee News DERMATOLOGY Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com SPINE SURGERY PALM BEACH SPINE SPECIALISTSPasquale X. Montesano, M.D.Board Certi ed Orthopedic Spine Surgeon 1124 S. Parrott Avenue • Okeechobee 863-261-8059 • info@spinedocs.org OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton120 BEDSCaring for Those You Care About FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted HEALTH Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: M-T 8-5 € F 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation OncologistsCall:863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session GYNECOLOGIST James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S. Scott Tapper, M.D., F.A.C.S.Board Certi ed General Vascular SurgeonSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Of ce ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser AblationproceduresInsurance Accepted beforeafter2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart772-286-5501symmetrylaservein.com UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online at specialsections.newszap.com Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website Advertise in the Medical Directory today! Call 863-763-3134 The weather and temperature outdoors can have a large impact on energy levels and motivation to exercise. Warm, sunny weather can beckon one outdoors, while cold or rainy weather could keep one hibernating inside -which is not good for the spirit or the body, including cardiovascular health. Staying active when the weather seems to be pitted against you can be challenging. However, there are many things you can do to make the best of things and still get the exercise needed for a healthy heart. Here are a few ideas to get you started. € Head outdoors: Instead of the regular workouts you do, consider something that makes the most of the weather outdoors. If its hot outside, consider walking by the seaside where the ocean mist can keep you cool, or having your feet in the laps of water reaching the sand. Unless you are the Wicked Witch of the West, a little rainfall will not make you melt. Don a raincoat and take a brisk walk around the neighborhood. If its cold outdoors or if theres an residual snow sledding or skiing remain fun ways to burn calories. All of these activities count as moderate to vigorous exercise, which is recommended daily for most people. € Workout indoors: This doesnt necessarily mean heading to the nearest gym. Its possible to get recommended exercise at home or at another location. Walking briskly around a mall is good exercise and you can window shop in the process. Lift heavy items around the house in place of dumbbells. Doing regular household chores with more vigor is another way to get blood ” owing and your heart pumping. € Eat right: Its far too easy to indulge in comfort foods, but they tend to be fattening. Eating the right foods to maintain a healthy weight goes a long way toward protecting the heart. Be sure to eat breakfast every day, and choose fruits and vegetables as snacks over sweet and salty items. Canned varieties are just as healthy as fresh produce and can offer a variety of ” avors when certain foods are not in season. Be sure to include plenty of foods high in “ ber. Not only will they help keep cholesterol levels in check, but it also helps you feel full faster and longer. € Dress appropriately: Weather is often unpredictable. Therefore, dress in layers so you can remove or add clothing as needed to remain comfortable. Children and older adults are more susceptible to the effects of cold weather. According to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, when temperatures are low your heart works harder to keep the body warm. Dressing warmly can help avoid taxing the heart. The same caution applies when the temperature is extremely warm. Its easy for the elderly to overheat and become dehydrated. Dress in light clothing and remember to drink plenty of water. Before starting any exercise regimen, it is important to discuss your plans with a physician. He or she can determine if you are physically capable of moderate exercise or if any illnesses may impede your ability. Heart health tips no matter the weather FAMILY MEDICINE

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2012 FORD FOCUS SE N N O W $ 1 2 9 9 5SERVICE HOURS: Mon -Fri. 7:30a-5:30p Sat. 8a-4p, Closed SUN SALES HOURS: Mon. Fri. 8a-7p Sat. 9a-5p, CLOSEDSun 3201 US Hwy 27 South,Sebring(863) 386-6221 MSRP $13,995 MSRP $20,485Selection of New & Pre-Owned FordsGreat Fuel Economy, A/c N O W $ 1 9 5 8 8MSRP $23,9902012 FORD FIESTA My Ford & SYNC system, Sirius Sat Radio 6 spd Automatic.N O W $ 1 7 4 4 9MSRP $24,595N O W $ 2 1 8 9 62012 FORD FUSION SE Reverse sensing system, 6spd Automatic2012 FORD MUSTANG305 hp v6 Sport apperance package, 6 spd Automatic $ 31,988MSRP$27,849$24,592MSRP$19,988$15,383Signature Limited, Leather, Chrome Package, low Miles. Red Jewel with white carriage top, Leather, dual power seat. SUPERNICE!! Signature Limited, Leather, Warranty up to 100,000. Miles.MSRP$36,9952011 LINCOLN TOWN CARA A L A N J A YQ U A L I T Y P R E O W N E D V E H I C L E S2009 LINCOLN TOWN CAR 2008 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS LS PricePrice Price THE ALAN JAYADVANTAGE:A 100% COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITYPrices exclude taxes, tag and $699 dealer fee. Prices include all factory rebates and incentives, assigned to dealer. FMCC fina ncing with Ford Motor Credit Corporation, Subject to credit approval. Photos are for illistration purposes only; vehicles may b e different in color. Dealer not responible for typographical errors. Sale ends 3/7/12. WE BUYCARS!at Stk# F152764 Stk# F247803 Stk# F254797Stk# F169781o r $ 2 3 3 9 5a n d0 %f o r 6 0 m o n t h s 14 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012

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Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division, held it’s Annual Meeting for the Board of Directors on Feb. 16, at PGA Village. One guest speaker was a determined young woman, Melanie, who after many years in foster care, became a resident of Baines Hall and ultimately homeless w hen she turned 18. At that point the state no longer provided a home and care for her. Melanie spoke of becoming a client in the agency’s Transitional Living Program, which she credits with providing a safe place for her to live and the support services she needed to attend college. Melanie was awarded her A ssociate of Arts degree in December and is continuing her education toward a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. “I want to be able to help other young people who nd themselves homeless and in need,” Melanie told the group. Melanie’s amazing story offers hope and insight to the youth being served in the program. The annual meeting also presented the opportunity for Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) to recognize Amy Brunjes, Treasure Coast Board Member, Florida Power and Light, with the prestigious R. David and I. Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate of the Year Award. Created in 1982 by the late Dave Thomas, this is the single highest honor CHS bestows upon an individual or organization. The award honors passionate child advocates who have given their time, talent and nancial resources in hopes of creating happier tomorrows for children and families suffering today. The group also heard from Anthony Sudler, Chief Philanthropy Of cer and Charon Bogner, Major and Planned Giving Director, from CHS corporate of ces in Winter Park. They spoke to the group about championing children and the importance of endowment funding. The Children’s Home Society of Florida Treasure Coast Division, serves more than 11,000 children and their families each year in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. Children’s Home Societ y of Florida is not a government agency and must rely on the support of individuals, civic groups, foundations and businesses for the funds to give children and young adults the opportunity to be safe, healthy and prepared for life. For more information, visit www. chs .org or call 772-344-4020. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 15 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 Children’s Home Society hosts annual meeting Special to the Okecchobee News/ CHSChildren’s Home Society of Florida’s Treasure Coast Advisory Board Chair, Judy Weber with Melanie and Indian River Advisory Board Chair, Marta Schneider at the 2012 Annual Meeting. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOMS Students of the WeekIt’s the week of Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras, and our Osceola Middle School Students of the Week are gearing up for our Mardi Graw Mixer to be held on March 9th in our gym! Congratulations to: Erin Rodriguez, Paislea Plant, Sally Tijerina, Donnie Watson, Kaili Brown, Natalee Trimble, Amber Hood, Mariah Baxley, Chelsea Parramore and Desiree Torres. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESEverglades Students of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Feb. 26-30 include: kindergarten, Hayden Perez, Ernesto Flores, Kairi Thompson; rst grade, Jasmin Catalan, Isis Guerrero, Jakob Perez, Corrie Wilfeard, Alaq Dowd; second grade, Diana Ruiz, Enrique Gomez, Skyler Ivers, Abraham Torres, Kanani Sims, Trystin Lamb; Daisy Lujano, Cameron Johnson, Jarret Farley, Shane Hubbard, Dylan Daniel, Chance Mohr; fourth graders, Jason Sutherland, Tyler Boatwright, Cody Nichols, Calvin Davis, Janel Aponte; fth graders, Tifton Allen, Maria Moran, Cutler Meigs, Mariah Wooten and Licett Castaneda. Congratulations!

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March is prime freshwater shing season for many species of sh, because bass and bream are getting geared up to hit the shallows. During spring, sun sh such as bass and bluegill move close to shore to nd suitable spawning habitat. Shallow areas (ideally 2 to 6 feet deep) with sandy or rm soils and nearby vegetation tend to attract sun sh. Often the same areas are used year after year, because sun sh do best when they construct beds in sheltered areas without too much current and away from prevailing winds (often coves or the north shores of lakes). Beds for both bass and bream are constructed by males, who protect the eggs after the females come for a conjugal visit. Bass typically spawn before bluegill, preferring water temperatures of about 60 to 65 degrees, whereas optimal temperatures for bluegill spawning are around 65 to 80 degrees. Redbreast sun sh, redear sun sh and crappie may also be in the shallows during this time, and normally, precede bluegill. Full and new moons generate additional activity. Since bass and bream are especially susceptible during the spawn, an emphasis on quick and effective catch-and-release is appropriate for sh that cannot be legally harv ested (due to size or bag limits). Don't keep sh that you intend to release out of the w ater longer than you can hold your breath, and release them as close to the capture point as possible. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) freshwater sheries biologists annually compile information on some of the top shing sites around the state for bass and bream (see MyFWC.com/ Fishing and select "Freshwater," "Sites & Forecasts"). Additional lakes in your area with public boat ramp access can now be found on MyFWC.com/Boating, and many of these provide outstanding recreational angling as well. The new boat ramp nder is a great way to learn about new opportunities. For instance, you can type in a speci c address, city and ZIP code, and a map will appear showing available ramps within a given radius. The site lists nearly 1,000 public freshwater boat ramps. About a quarter of these ramps are owned and maintained by the FWC, primarily using your Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration funds (SFR). All of those ramps provide free access. With so many ramps to document and the effects of weather and other variables to contend with, the website is an ongoing project. Consequently, the FWC cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the information and suggests that you check with local resources to verify conditions prior to planning long trips. The FWC is constantly seeking user feedback to provide updates (including site photos) via email to: BoatRamps@MyFWC.com. The FWC operates several boating-related grant programs, most using SFR funds. Those funds are collected for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, mostly from excise taxes on shing tackle, import duties on yachts, and motorboat fuel taxes. In return, the USFWS provides grant funds to the states for shery projects, boating access and aquatic education. The program is also known as the Dingell-Johnson or Wallop-Breaux Act, based on the congressional sponsors who augmented the 1937 program in 1950 and substantially enhanced it in 1984. Subsequent amendments further expanded the use of these funds: 1991, Coastal Wetlands; 1992, Clean Vessel Program; and 1998, Outreach/Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Boating Safety, and Boating Infrastructure Grants. The SFR was created as a user-pays, userbene ts program to restore and better manage America's declining shery resources and later to enhance safe recreational boating opportunities. The USFWS apportions funds based on a formula based primarily on land area and the number of paid license holders. Florida in 2010-11 received nearly $12 million of these funds to reinvest in recreational shing and boating, which provide, respectively, $7.5 billion and 79,000 jobs, and $16.8 billion and 203,000 jobs in economic bene ts to the state. Instant licenses are available at MyFWC. com/License or by calling 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Report violators by calling 888-404-3922, *FWC or #FWC on your cell phone, or texting to Tip@MyFWC.com. Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing or scr.bi/Fish-busters for more Fish Busters' columns. Springtime brings Florida freshwater shing 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 16 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Joseph Collins, 16, N.W. 46th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 28 by Deputy Marcus Collier on a charge of grand theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. Corrine Carter, 43, S.E. 74th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 28 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge of possession of cocaine. Her bond w as set at $2,500. Nancy Louise Freeworth, 50, Lake Buffum Road, Fort Meade, was arrested Feb. 28 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a Polk County warrant charging her with violation of probation eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer, violation of probation possession of methamphetamine, violation of probation possession of alprazolam and violation of probation possession of marijuana. She is being held without bond. Joseph C. Salvadore, 56, Preakness Drive, Lincoln, R.I., was arrested Feb. 29 by Of cer Chad Troutman on a felony charge of assault on a law enforcement of cer. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of trespass after warning and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. His bond was set at $6,000. Travis James Goff, 32, N.E. First Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 29 by Detective Javier Gonzalez on a charge of failure of a sexual offender to report within 48 hours. His bond was set at $5,000. Samuel James Hendrix, 22, Elm St., Buckhead Ridge, was arrested Feb. 29 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with possession of a rearm or ammunition by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $15,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local detective has arrested a second person in connection with the theft of over $1,700 in cash, that was then used to buy drugs. Shelly Ann Goist, 40, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 22 on felony charges of principle in the rst degree burglary of an occupied dwelling, principle in the rst degree burglary of a conveyance and principle in the rst degree grand theft. She was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of principle in the rst degree criminal mischief. Goist's bond on those charges has been set at $42,500. Okeechobee County Jail records show that Goist has also been arrested on warrants charging her with two counts of violation of probation. She is being held without bond on those charges. Detective M.D. Faulkner, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), initiall y arrested Jason Andrew Maupin, 34, on Feb. 15 for breaking into a pickup truck and stealing $1,778.50 in cash. He is being held in the county jail on felony charges of burglary o f an occupied dwelling, burglary of a conveyance, grand theft as well as a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. According to the detective's arrest report Maupin broke out a window of the truc k then took the cash. He then broke into the truck owner's home where he stole a briefcase, added Detective Faulkner. After his arrest, Maupin allegedly told the detective he and two women used the stolen money to buy crack cocaine. One of those women was Goist, added the investigator. "We smoked crack cocaine with the stolen money until it was all gone," Maupin reportedly told Detective Faulkner. "I guess we used all the money for the crack." The detective concluded his arrest report by saying that his investigation is continuing. Shelly Ann Goist By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A check of local businesses helped lead an Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) detective to a woman who had allegedly pawned several stolen items. Nicole Renee Douglas, 27, Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 28, on felony charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a secondhand dealer. Douglas is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $20,000. OCSO Detective M.D. Faulkner stated in his arrest report that Douglas took a small safe that contained various types of jewelry, as well as collectible coins and a camera. In all, he continued, the stolen items were valued at $3,800. The detective said an OCSO employee contacted him about several pieces of jewelry they found at a local jewelry store that were likely connected to his case. The detective called the victim, who then described the gold chains to him. Several other items kept in the victim's safe were then found at another business. Among those items was a 1922 silver coin. According to Detective Faulkner, Douglas received a total of $288.50 for the items she either sold or pawned. The OCSO investigator said his investigation is continuing as he tries to nd other items that were reportedly taken from the victim's home. Woman accused of taking safe, pawning jewelry Nicole Douglas Second person arrested in local burglary case

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced it will continue releasing water from Lake Okeechobee, sending additional fresh water into the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The new release began on Feb. 27. The Corps is making the release in a pulse-like manner to mimic a rainfall event, similar to releases that began on December 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 will allow relatively larger discharge rates during the rst half of the 10-day period. "The previous pulse release helped push back saltwater intrusion," said John Kilpatrick, Chief of the Jacksonville District's Multi-Project Branch, which has oversight of water management at the lake, "the salinity decreased at both I-75 and Fort Myers monitoring locations. We are hopeful this trend can continue with additional releases." On Monday, the lake stage was at 13.00 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. For more information on water level and ows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps' water management page at the following website: http://www.saj.usace.army. mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/MultiProject/WaterMgt/index.htm. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 17 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 much of her property. "I am thinking about applying for a permit to do it for another y ear," she said. "Economically Okeechobee needs it." While another mudfest would require a temporary use permit from the county, Ms. Sales is all set with South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). She has a v alid permit from SFWMD which allows her to conduct mudfests for at least ve more y ears. In spite of a recent ne, Ms. Sales is currently in good standing and in compliance w ith SFMWD regulations. "It wasn't that mudfest was a violation," A nita Bain, chief of environmental resources permitting for SFWMD said. "It was a noncompliance issue." She said the ne was based primarily on a paperwork discrepancy involving the timely submission of monitoring reports. The problem SFWMD had was not with the August, 2011, mudfest but with the payment of the penalty and submission of reports. "It was a paperwork problem," Ms. Sales said of her ne. "It had nothing to do with mudfest." She claimed it had to do with wetland monitoring requirements in 2010 when mudfests were not held. Ms. Sales' permit has now been modi ed to make reporting requirements more realistic and to speci cally state that certain requirements must be met before a future mudfest can be held, according to SFWMD of cials. While the $9,000 ne was not paid until Feb. 23, three days after the conclusion of the most recent mudfest, SFMWD of cials felt that Ms. Sales was acting in good faith since she complied with the modi ed reporting requirements before the mudfest was held and agreed to pay the ne. At that point SFMWD would have had to go court to stop them, an action Ms. Bain did not feel necessary. As for the environmental impacts of mudfest, Ms. Bain said that as a result of Ms. Sales' water use permit the wetlands on her property are in better shape than before. Ms. Bain said that mudfest has only a temporary effect on vegetation and that it soon returns to its normal state after a mudfest. "It's going to be more hydrologically sound," Ms. Bain said of the Sales property. "The vegetation does come back." While admitting that vegetation does come back, Paul Gray, science coordinator for the Okeechobee program of the Audubon Society of Florida, said, "My biggest concern is for the frog population." He said that frogs and other wetland creatures were casualties of these events and no one monitors them. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. MUDFESTContinued From Page 1 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee boys baseball scored ve times in the seventh inning to erase a tworun de cit as they rallied to defeat St. Lucie West Centennial 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie. Timmy Farrell pitched ve strong innings for Okeechobee as he allowed four hits, two runs, and struck out three. Christian Crews came on in relief to allow just one hit in two innings to get the win, his third of the year without a loss. At the plate Okeechobee got two hits from Tyler Barber and Tyler Finney as they improved to (4-1) on the season. Okeechobee put together some threats in the fth and sixth inning but were unable to solve Eagles starter Mike Poveromo. Their luck changed in the seventh as Okeechobee came alive at the plate. Dalton Murray hit a two-run double with the bases loaded to tie the game, and Barber followed with a two-run double to make if 4-2. Barber scored on an error to nish the scoring. Hunter Melton had two hits for Centennial (3-4). OHS baseball team rallies to defeat SLW Centennial Corps to continue releases from Lake Okeechobee By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee Lady Brahman softball scored two runs in each of the rst, second and seventh inning as they rallied to defeat the Sebring Lady Blue Streaks 6-5 on Tuesday night in Highlands County. Samantha Harrell pitched a complete game 7-hitter with 10 strikeouts for Okeechobee. Harrell also had a key double at the plate for Okeechobee. Okeechobee got two hits from Kathy Simmons which included a double and a run scored. Lauren Hazellief had two runs batted in. The winning rally was capped by an RBI double by Stormy Stokes. The Lady Brahmans (5-1) hosted Vero Beach on Wednesday and host Jensen Beach on Friday. They will also have a ball drop fund raiser before the varsity game on Friday, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. OHS softball team beats Sebring High School 6-5 Okeechobee Youth Football League announces signupsThe signups for the Okeechobee Youth Football League will be held at the annual Speckled Perch Festival in Flagler Park on Saturday, March 10 from 10 am until 3 p.m. The cost per child is $75. Ages 5-14 are eligible to play in the new league which includes a ag football team and four tackle teams. For more information call Coach Marvin Roberts at 863-801-4857. The league is a travel ball league and will play games at Okeechobee High School and in surrounding Heartland Area Counties starting in August and September.

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LostLost 3 month old Pit Bull Last seen in the vicinity of Oak Park on Friday, 2/24.Tan and white,Childrens pet We really miss him 863-532-0700 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. LostLost IPOD touch on Saturday either in Okeechobee Estates,the Library,or near SW 15th Street.I will pay $100 reward for its safe return Please Call 863-697-0328 Estate SaleMassive Estate Sale March 1st,2nd,3rd &4th 3681 SE 38th Ave Next to Fire Rescue#2 Lots of Harley Davidson Collectibles, Clothes, household items,books, 33 vinyl records &cassettes,2 Glass Dinning Tables. Garage/ YardSales Garage Sale Blue Heron Saturday March 3rd 8am till 1pm 2225 SE 9th Ave Furniture, clothing, baby items and electronics. Garage Sale March 1st,2nd,3rd 2921 SE 44th Drive Fishing equipment (homemade jigs), knives, Military caps, Kentucky caps, ext ladders and Therapeutic bed. Local Farm Friday-Saturday Harvesting Now Oranges, Cabbage, Collards and Broccoli 674 NW 113th Dr. 863-634-7454 Moving Out Sale Fri. 2, Sat. 3 & Sun. 4 7am till ??? 1203 SE 8th Ave EVERYTHING GOES!!! Yard Sale 2005 SW 3rd Ave 3/3/12 8am till 3pm 2 blocks up from Wal-mart Fishing equipment, collectible Barbie’s, Bric-a-brac, household goods and clothing Garage/ YardSalesYARD SALE SATURDAY MARCH 3RD 8AM TILL ??? 1204 SE 5TH AVE. LOTS OF STUFF!! Services Golf Cart Repairs, parts, carries Powertron and US 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 Moore Haven Correctional Facility Competitive Wages and Bene tsCORRECTIONAL OFFICERFL CERTIFIEDQuali cations: • High school diploma, GED certi cation or equivalent and be a non-commissioned security of cer licensed by the State. • A valid driver’s license is required. • Demonstrate ability to complete any required training. • Must be available to work any hours, any shift. Minimum age requirement: Must be at least 19 years of age. CCA is a Drug Free Workplace & an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. Apply online at www.ccajob.com Moore Haven Correctional Facility. 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 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. DRIVER Need CDL Class A Driver Clean record, Forklift Experience Please call 863.467.6565 Accounts Receivable Clerk MUST be experienced in quickbooks and bank reconciliations. Experienced only need apply. Email resume’ to: nora@cocosodfarms .com or call: 863-801-8814 Employment Full Time Manager Trainee *Assigns employees to speci c duties in absence of higher management *Supervises employees engaged in sales work *Reconciles cash with sales receipts, keeps operating records, and prepares daily paperwork for of ce. *Operates cash register *Answer’s customer’s complaints or inquires *Locks and secures store *Insures compliance with the Beverage Laws *Attends regularly scheduled meetings as required *Maintains a clean and safe work environment. *Please Apply at: www.abcfws.com or at 601 E.N. Park ST. Okeechobee, FL 34972 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Medical Home Health CNA Accredited and Growing Home Health Agency seeking Certi ed Nursing Aides, CNA, for private duty hourly and live-in cases covering Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River Counties. For immediate consideration, please fax resume to: 561-694-8911 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. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Antiques Vast selection of PRIMITIVES FURNITURE, SEWING MACHINES, KITCHEN/MISC. Located behind Dairy Queen at 1214 SW 2nd Avenue, Open 10-4 Tuesday through Friday. CO-OP ANTIQUES 1214 SW 2nd Avenue Beth and Judy (Okeechobee Pickers) 863-634-1552 or 863-532-9138 MiscellaneousOld good sewing machine, custom cabinet base, Rodney Brand $125.00 Round Oak table or Old Drop Leaf, choice $150.00 Call 863-763-2358 or 863-320-8813 Pets/Supplies AKC Boxer Pups 9 weeks, Fawn $550.00 Call 863-634-6386 Wanted ToBuy Need Cash??? We Buy Cars We Pay Top Dollar $$ Okeechobee Dodge 4224 Highway 441 S. Contact: Rick Proverb 863-357-0500 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm MiscellaneousCOW HAY ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 Lawn&GardenCraftsman riding mower 12.5 HP Briggs and Straton motor, 28 ” deck, new blade on mower and spare blade backup. 1 year old used 8 times. $900.00/neg. (863)467-1708 or (863)801-5038 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments OKEECHOBEE Cottage on Rim Canal. Lrg. Studio/kitchen/new bath, beautiful modern furniture. Includes utilities. $125 wk. (772)359-1640. VIKING/PRAIRIE Ef ciency. Very clean! $550/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call 561-329-8205 Houses-Rent AFFORDABLE New Houses. 3/1/1 for $900, 3/2 for $1000. Large yards. Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 18 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BusinessPlaces SaleLakeport Patty’s Bait & Tackle Shop Hwy. 78 & Martin Blvd. bldg/commercial propany business-turn-key bait/tackle shop w/loyal customers, everything incl. Will consider lease &/or OF $90,000.00, Owner retiring. Call after 5 p.m. 863-673-1155 or visit. Lots -Sale2 WATERFRONT vacant lots in Taylor Creek Isles. Both on canal with sea walls. Each $35,000 OBO. Call (239) 898-7084. 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 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 866-249-0680. 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 LotsLOT FOR RENT: Big “O” RV PARK: Yearly only. Avail. April 1st $225 mo. (863)357-3830 MobileHome Rent2BR, 1.5BA, BHR, Quiet on lake access canal. Fenced yard. W/D. Large screen porch. 10x10 shed. $650 mo. (863)357-3830 MobileHome Rent $600 monthly 3/2 Double wide, built in 05, excellent condition. 2/2 Double wide, remodeled excellent condition, city water $525 monthly Call 863-801-1739 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $495 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 Mobile Home 2 Bedroom/1 bath Central Air, Washer & Dryer, Ref., Stove. Mostly Furnished, Nice Park $500 Monthly Call 812-989-3022 Near Seminole Elementary School: 3BR, 2BA. W&D Hookup. $700 mo. Call (863)634-9645 MobileHomeSale BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Lakeport — 2BR/2BA older MH w/upgrades, 1/2 acre, roof over huge frt. Porch, 3 sheds, 2 cov. parking, now rented @ $600 mo. O.F. @ $68,000.00, with $5,000.00 down, $1,000.00 per mo, + prop taxes/ins. Entire amount to mortg. Paid in full w/in 5 yrs. Cash @ $65,000.00-call after 5 p.m. 863-673-1155. Older Single Wide in 55+ Park, w/screened room, porch and dock on Taylor Creek. 1/2 mile from Walmart $7,500. Call 828-208-0980 Palm Harbor Homes New Home Stimulus 5K For Your Used Mobile Home Any Condition 800-622-2832 ext 210 Single Wide 46’ MH w/10x40 Fla. room, utility room,fully furnished,washer&dryer. Fronts on Taylor Creek. 516 SE 4th St Lot#36 $21,500 Available 4/15/12 863-763-2358 or 812-320-8813 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays 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 Boats14 ft. Aluminumcraft Boat 4 stroke electric start motor,lights plus extras and heavy trailer.Also (2)16x10 culverts for sale call 357-3329 9369 SE 57th Drive RVSpace Rent RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot $250 mo. Plus Electricity Call 239-218-6079 Fifth Wheels35’ 5th Wheel 2000 Spinnaker by Forest River, 3 slides, ready to travel or live in located in Okeechobee area call 772-532-0041 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 411292 ON 3/2/2012 NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will host an Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Committee with respect to any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce no later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard-Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida 411549 ON 3/2/2012 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD011 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1863 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOTS 11 & 16 BLOCK 11 1-15-36-35-0040-00110-0110 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: EDWARD F HOWERTON Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410750 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday March 13, 2012 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of ces, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford, P.E. Executive Director. 411361 ON 3/2/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2012-CP-020 IN RE: ESTATE OF OVEDA B. MANNION Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Oveda B. Mannion, deceased, whose date of death was December 3, 2011, and the last four digits of whose social security number are 5340, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is March 2, 2012. Personal Representative: Nicholas Boromei 500 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34974 Attorney for Personal Representative: Robert J. Kulas Attorney for Nicholas Boromei Florida Bar Number: 398195 Robert J. Kulas, P.A. 2100 SE Hillmoor Drive, Suite 105 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952 Telephone: (772) 398-0720 Fax: (772) 398-9331 411499 ON 3/2,9/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 411360 ON 3/2/2012 PublicNotice REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000509 C-41 A CANAL BANK STABILIZATION SEGMENT 3, HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FL The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on Thursday, April 5, 2012 for the C-41 A CANAL BANK STABILIZATION SEGMENT 3, HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FL. Project Description: This project includes but shall not be limited to; furnishing all materials, labor, tools, and equipment required to repair approximately 12.61 miles (66,600 LF) of the C-41A Canal banks. The repair of the canal banks will include removing existing vegetation, back lling and compacting the banks to 2.5H: 1V slopes (2H: 1V slopes with riprap along the south canal bank between STA 787+00 to STA 855+00), installing high performance turf reinforcement mats on the canal banks for the entire length of the project, sodding, installing 12-inch diameter HDPE pipes for berm drains, and performing all other appurtenant and collateral work necessary to complete all work required by the Contract Documents. An OPTIONAL PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Field Station, 1000 NE 40th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972. For directions call (863) 462-5280. All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling (561) 682-2715. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov. 410998 ON 3/2/12 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2301 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASS SUBDIVISION LOTS 22 & 23 BLOCK 6 1-15-37-35-0080-00060-0220 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELYSEE AUGUSTIN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410755 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. PublicNotice Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. PublicNotice Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD012 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1870 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 20 BLOCK 12 1-15-36-35-0040-00120-0200 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MAUREEN M WEBER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410753 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD004 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1007 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT L OF TRACT 16 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 16 27 34S 33E 1-27-34-33-0A00-00016-L000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MELTINI LOUKAS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410731 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 19 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD003 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 284 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT M OF TRACT 16 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 16 SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST 1-13-34-33-0A00-00016-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DEVON B SEATON EVONDOR PROPERTY INC LAING JOY MICHELLE E WILLIAMS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410729 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2400 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: EL MIRA SOL LOTS 14 TO 18 INC BLOCK 30 1-18-37-35-0020-00300-0140 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ACREAGE PROPERTIES INC JEAN TRAYLOR WILSON ESTATE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410757 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD006 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1145 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 31 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 31 29 34S 33E 1-29-34-33-0A00-00031-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PEARL C NEUGEBAUER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410742 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD005 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1142 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 27 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 27 29 34S 33E 1-29-34-33-0A00-00027-G000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JAMES R REYNOLDS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410732 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD017 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1485 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: NEW OKEECHOBEE HEIGHTS SECTION A LOTS 24 TO 27 INC BLOCK 20 1-06-36-34-0010-00200-0240 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: FRANCES E ANSBRO JAMES L ANSBRO Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410749 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD008 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1211 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS J & O OF TRACT 10 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 10 33 34S 33E 1-33-34-33-0A00-00010-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LURALE MARCH PATRICK OKEEFE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410744 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD007 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1190 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT L OF TRACT 27 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 27 32 34S 33E 1-32-34-33-0A00-00027-L000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOHN P LAWRENCE THOMAS E LAWRENCE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410743 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD010 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1313 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT D TRACT OF 11 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 11 35 34S 33E 1-35-34-33-0A00-00011-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GLADYS DIAZ ROBERTO DIAZ Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410748 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD016 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 90 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS M & N OF TRACT 11 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 11 & E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 11 09 34S 33E 1-09-34-33-0A00-00011-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELDA JACQUET JOANUER JACQUET Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410722 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD009 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1270 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT D OF TRACT 14 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 14 34 34S 33E 1-34-34-33-0A00-00014-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BEREZINA SENIS JUNIA BERNARD MURLANDE BERNARD Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410746 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD002 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 147 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT C OF TRACT 25 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 25 SECTION 10 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-10-34-33-0A00-00025-C000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PATRICK J CONROY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410726 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice 20 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY Contact a member of our Sales Team, for an opportunity to place your ad in the best business directory in town email:okeeadsales@newszap.com or call 863-763-3134 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012CP000008 IN RE: ESTATE OF CHARLES W. RIDDLE, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Ancillary Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of CHARLES W. RIDDLE, deceased, File Number 2012CP000008, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was August 18, 2011; that the total value of the estate is $15,137.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Joan Catherine Schmidt PublicNotice 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 21 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD015 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL J TRIMBLE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1986 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASSWOOD UNIT 2 LOT 18 BLOCK 32 1-05-37-35-0020-00320-0180 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: SURINDRA PHAGU TULAMATLLE PHAGU Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410754 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice ACROSS 1 Volkswagen model since 1979 6 Stare 10 Charm 14 Unit of capacitance 15 Would __?Ž 16 Baseballs Moises 17 Tough handicap to overcome in a joust? 20 Words after post or suffer 21 Beginning 22 Hoopster featured in a news magazine? 26 Leo, for one 27 Manhattan neighborhood acronym 28 Ready to serve 32 Uncertain concurrence 35 Gave a buzz 37 Snaps 38 Mineo of Rebel Without a CauseŽ 39 What purls of wisdomŽ is an example of? 41 HBO competitor 42 __ king 43 Hokkaido native 44 Shoot for, with toŽ 46 Old Italian bread 48 Puts on 50 Biol. branch 51 Was familiar with Britain? 55 Unlikely lintgatherer 58 Without delay 59 Bow tied by mortal hands? 65 Pinup Hayworth 66 Pianist Gilels 67 Church parts 68 They have heads and handles 69 Mug imperfections 70 Symbol of strength DOWN 1 LaGuardia alternative, familiarly 2 Suffix with Caesar 3 Like jibs 4 Movie poster words 5 For a specific purpose 6 Big name in guitars 7 Pledge of Allegiance ender 8 November 2006 Nintendo release 9 Barbies beau 10 Took ones place at, as a post 11 Cries following charges 12 __ Cuervo tequila 13 Remove from office 18 Sound of reproach 19 End for free 22 Capital of Rwanda 23 Cookie information, perhaps 24 Relax, as tense relations 25 Ancient Aegean region 26 Cordage fiber 29 Retina-brain link 30 Jerk 31 Stand out 33 Calypso offshoot 34 Like ugly remarks 36 Fast sports cars 40 __ pronounce you ...Ž 45 Naval attire 47 Loyal Japanese dogs 49 Sluggards52 The MatrixŽ hero 53 Modern dashmounted device: Abbr. 54 Croquet venues 55 Creole vegetable 56 Windows alternative 57 Handy bag 60 Kasbah headgear 61 I didnt need to know that!Ž 62 Best seller 63 General at Antietam 64 Step up from dial-up By Mark Bickham (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 01/20/11 01/20/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle 6402 SE 55th Street Okeechobee, FL ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is February 24, 2012. Person Giving Notice: JOAN CATHERINE SCHMIDT Attorney for Person Giving Notice: COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQUIRE Florida Bar No.: 270441 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8600 410792 ON 2/24;3/2/2012 PublicNotice

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Okeechobee Xplosion Champs include: Tiny Team: Hayden Hickman, Emma Raulerson,Kaiya Jewell,Jezalyn Chillemi, Kierstin Sales, Emerson Sizemore,Abigail Madrano, Anaya Gomez, Nayeli Thomas. Mini Team: Gannessa Garcia, Yamila Lopez, Peyton Douglas, Madison Jewell, Miranda Whaley, Sophia Galletto, Katilyn Yerkes,Elle Thomas, Kasey Maguire, Alysa Nelson, Aracely Cisneros, Nancy Peters, Keyana Johnson, Julianna Sheldon, Cloe Rhoden, Abigail Kerestes, Cherylynn Bohannan. Junior Team: Hanna Fralix, Araina Cason, Kassidee Cloud, Tristan Belangia, Makayla Belangia, Sarayna Boone, Hanna Ferrel, Daylin Walker, India Coons, Addy Sizemore, Krysta Burton, LeiLani Burton, Brianna Jewell, Itzel Guerecca, Jordan Gray, Jillian Kennedy, Taylor Hammock, Alexi Morgan, Isabelle Sheldon, Kaylin Hickman, Jordan Hickman and Kyle Palminsano. All Three teams are Coached by Owner/Coach-Victoria Osteen, Tumbling Director/Coach Paul Belangia and Coach Tome Files. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 MLS #205495 • FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 MLS #205578 • 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 • Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 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 COUNTRY LIVING ~ Right in town! CBS European Stucco/Arches. 3-4 bd/2 ba/ 1008 SF Triple Carport. 2680 SF-3193 SF TLA. Updated Kitchen, Family Room, Of“ ce, Screened Lanai. Lots of Storage! Big lot on Cul-de-sac. SOUTHWEST BEAUTY! $139,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 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 22 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Samantha Harrell tossed a 1-hitter with 14 strikeouts as Okeechobee shut out Vero Beach 2-0 in varsity softball action Wednesday night at OHS. Harrell allowed a second inning single but no other base runners as she retired 21 of 22 batters in the contest. Okeechobee (6-1) also got two hits from freshman Lexi W ard, who scored the winning run during a two-run rally in the sixth inning. “I work hard everyday at practice and I’ve built my con dence up,” she said. “I went out there and did my best and got a hit.” Ward said the team knew it had to perform after being shut out for ve innings. She said the team really got cheered up w hen they got some hits. The winning rally started when Ward singled to left. She was sacri ced to second by Sarah Davis and scored on a double by Harrell. Stormy Stokes added a two out RBI single to make it 2-0. Harrell’s only problem was in the rst inning when the lead off hitter stung the ball to right eld. Ward made a nice catch on the ball. After an error and a stolen base, Harrell settled down. At one point she struck out eight batters in a row. Lady Brahman Coach Christina Bragman said Ward played well in the clutch when her team needed her to. She said Okeechobee has defeated some solid teams this year. “We understood the other teams had talent. It might be a rebuilding year for us but if the girls believe in themselves they have the potential to go all the way,” she said. Bragman said she knew Harrell would still have good stuff even though she pitched a complete game at Sebring just 24 hours earlier. “She’s a bulldog. She likes to go out there and get it. I think she would be disappointed if we didn’t give her the chance,” she added. Ward said she was looking for an inside pitch and perhaps something off speed w hen she headed to the plate in the sixth inning and was able to handle a pitch over the heart of the plate. She said while varsity ball is a bit different, most of the girls on other teams play with her in travel ball so she knows what to expect. “It’s really not that big of a change because I know the girls are the same,” she said. Okeechobee will host arch rival Jensen Beach on Friday night at 7 p.m. The team will hold a ball drop fund raiser before the game. OHS softball team hands shut out to Vero Beach Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOHS Lady Brahman, Morgan Crawford played a great game along with the rest of her team in shutting out the rival team from Vero Beach, 2-0, this past Wednesday night in a home game. Congratulations to the Okeechobee Xplosion All Stars on their Second sweep of the season. On Jan. 21. Okeechobee Xplosion took three teams to the Bash Spirit Competition in Boca Raton, Fla. held on the FAU campus. Okeechobee Xplosion All Stars Tiny Sparklers (ages 3-5), Mini Flames (ages 5-9) and Junior Dynamite (ages 14 and under) each brought home a rst place in their division! OXA athletes train year round at Okeechobee Xplosion All Star Cheerleading and Tumbling located at 911 SW Park St.! Follow these athletes on what is sure to be an amazing season on www.xplosionallstars. weebly.com or Via Facebook: Okeechobee Xplosion. Okeechobee Xplosion sweeps competition Special to the Okeechobee News/ Victoria Osteen

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School’s tennis team had an easy time as they shut out the Hardee Wildcats 7-0 in a match played Tuesday afternoon at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. The boys team dropped a total of only eight games in the seven matches played. The girls match was a little more competitive but Hardee did not win a set. In boys singles. Otto Ramirez improved to (4-1) on the season with a 6-0 and 6-0 w in over Matt Godwin. He won the match in about 20 minutes and did not face a break point on his serve. The freshman broke serve six times in the match. Ramirez said he has played tennis for nine years and has played over 100 matches in the United States Tennis Association Youth program. He said the biggest adjustment to high school tennis is the variety of talent levels he faces. “I think I played well today but I have some things to work on. My best aspects of my game today were my serve and forehand,” he added. Ramirez said he’s learned to be more aggressive against more talented opponents because you can’t wait for them to make a mistake. He also has worked hard to improve the pace on his back hand so he can be more competitive against the best players. Cody Walker had an easy time with Campbell Aubry as he won in straight sets 6-1 and 6-1. He held serve for all but one game in the match, but had a couple of deuce games. Walker, who outweighs many of his opponents by 100 pounds, originally took up tennis to improve his conditioning and foot work for football. He said he thinks it has helped his physical condition and allows him to play both ways on football without getting winded or tired. “I’m working on my consistency, my foot work, and my power on my backhand. I run a lot at practice so I can keep up with smaller players,” he noted. Walker also predicted the tennis team will continue to improve as they really get along well, pull for each other, and have a family atmosphere. “We have grown together as a unit and we are playing the best Brahman tennis I’ve seen,” he added. Brendon Jonassaint won the #3 singles match by shutout over Bobby Swindle. Lucas Penido defeated Zach Neuhoffer by shutout in #4 singles. Colt Root defeated Chris Fowly 6-2 and 6-2 in #5 singles. In doubles Ramirez and Root defeated Godwin and Aubry 8-2. The team of Dobbs and Chaudhary defeated Swindle and Neuhoffer in number two singles 8-0. For the girls team, Samantha Rivero continued her strong career with a win over Summer Palmer 6-0 and 6-1 in a match that was more competitive than the score indicated. Jenna Rath defeated a stubborn Ashley Baker in a battle of ground strokes 6-1 and 6-2. Vanessa Watt dispatched Taylor Pohl 6-3 and 6-1 in #3 singles and Jessica Luna defeated Carolina Durrance 7-6 and 7-5 in #5 singles. Dayla Ferneau defeated Susana Oceguera 6-4 and 6-4 in #4 singles. In an exhibition match Alley Lopez defeated Lacey McClenithan 6-1 and 6-4. In doubles play the team of Rivero and Watt defeated Palmer and Pohl 8-0. The team of Rath and Ferneau defeated Oceguera and McClenithan 8-2. Coach Stefanie Menoff said the girls team continues to progress and should have a strong campaign. “I was extremely proud of the team today. We had some tough matches and the girls really stepped up their games and came out on top. Hopefully we can keep up the momentum for the next match on Thursday.” OHS tennis team beats Hardee in shutout game 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. 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 23 Okeechobee News March 2, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCody Walker won in straight sets Tuesday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyFreshman Otto Ramirez has already made an impact for the High School tennis team. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyVanessa Watt defeated Taylor Pohl in straight sets Tuesday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySamantha Rivero lost just one game in her match with Summer Palmer of Hardee County.

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