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Publication Date: 03-04-2012
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Sunday, March 4, 2012 75¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 28 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 12.98 feetLast Year: 12.12 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Teen faces sexual battery charge ... Page 15 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTennis anyone?The Okeechobee High School Tennis Team is having a strong season. On Thursday, the OHS team played John Carroll at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. For more on the story, see page 8. Above, Sam Rivero helped the Lady Brahmans with a win in doubles against John Carroll. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The lease of the chamber building will be the major topic of discussion at an otherwise short and routine meeting of the Okeechobee City Council on Tuesday evening. The lease was brought up at the last city council meeting. After some discussion at that time, both the city council and Terry Burroughs, who represented the prospective tenant, the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, agreed that the building should be inspected before continuing with talks. The building had been vacant Council to discuss chamber building Reward for Okeechobee’s Most Wanted ... Page 15 Man accused of stabbing wife .. Page 18 If you go ...WHAT: Okeechobee City Council meeting WHEN: Tuesday, March 6, at 6 p.m. WHERE: Okeechobee City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenReward offered for information on resThe Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information on res in the Pine Ridge Park area of southeastern Okeechobee County, Feb. 26-27. Three suspicious brush res and two structure res were reported in two days. The attempted arson of a third home was reported the night of Monday, Feb. 27. Anyone with information about the res is asked to call the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce at 863763-3117, or in an emergency, call 9-1-1. See CITY — Page 14Hospital treats sleep disorders ... Page 11

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Paul Sodahl TOOTHBRUSH??Whenthemicroscopicstereocilia(haircells)inyourcochleaaredamaged, theywillnotsendcompletesignalstoyourbrain,causingyoutobe unabletounderstandtheconsonantswithinwords.Forexample,theword TOOTHBRUSHŽmaysoundlikeOO--BRU.Ž High-frequencysoundsaresomeofthemostvaluablecomponentsofourspokenlanguage.Frequenciesabove3,000Hzcontribute approximately25percentoftheaudiblespeechcuesrequiredforrecognitionofspokenlanguage.Forsomepatientswith high-frequency,slopinghearingloss,restorationofthesehigh-frequencyspeechcuesmaynotbepossibleordesirablewith conventionalamplication.Restorationofhigh-frequencyspeechaudibilitycanbeaccomplishedbytheshiftingofhigh-frequency informationintolowerfrequencyregionsinwhichhearinglossislesssevere.AUDIBEL…THEWORLDLEADERINHEARINGAIDDEVELOPMENTHASTHESOLUTION.ActiveFrequencyControl isdesignedtoenhanceaudibilitybyintelligentlyidentifyinghigh-frequencyspeechcues,thenreplicatingthem inlowerfrequencies.Thesefeatureswerecreatedtoprocessinrealtime,resultinginlessdistortionandenhancedclarity. ParticipantswithsensorineuralhearinglossesbenetedfromActiveFrequencyControl,showingimprovementsinhigh-frequency speechdetectionbyasmanyas29percentilepoints.DAMAGEDHAIRCELLSarelimp,blown-outandwillnolongerstanderect. Theyarethereforeunabletodetectsoundwavesor sendsoundimpulsestothebrain.HEALTHYHAIRCELLSstanderect,andareabletoaccuratelydetectsound wavesandsendsoundimpulsestothebrain. TheExternalEar TheEarCanal TheEardrum TheCochlea MiddleEarBonesTOOTHBRUSH TOOTHBRUSH TOOTHBRUSH TheAuditoryNerveAudibelHearingCareCentersisofferingFREEHearingevaluationsincludingspeechacuityassessmenttesting. Audibelisalsoofferinganadditional$500.00OFFapairofAnthemXThearinginstrumentsforthosewhoqualify. TOLLFREE|877-498-HEAR(4327) AudibelHearingCareCenters 2 Operatorsatallofcesarestandingby24/7. Special Pricing $895.00Full Shell Expires 3/20/12 Special Pricing $1,295.00Receiver In CanalExpires 3/20/123545 Highway 441 S, Okeechobee (Publix Shopping Plaza)467-5333 I Can Hear you, But I Can’t Understand You!!Find Out Why!!! 2 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESStudents of the WeekCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary for the week of Feb. 27March 2. They are: Emma Rodriguez, Isabelle Wildey, Anna Robinson, Brett Shockley, Emma Hickox, Savanna Miley, McKenzie Simmons, Braelon Pelt, Kirsten Pritchett, Jerome Roundtree, Brian Burton, Andrea Chavez, Courtney Braddock, and Alley Arellano. A special thanks to Cat in the Hat who joined us to celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday on “crazy hat and crazy hair” day at school! Today: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northwest. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers before 1 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. North northwest wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastMonday: Sunny, with a high near 72. North northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. North northeast wind around 10 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. East northeast wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. East northeast wind around 10 mph. Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. East northeast wind around 10 mph. Wednesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. East northeast wind around 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast

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Father’s message on Facebook The computer was the Dad’s to des troy. If a person buys something and wants t o shoot it then he can shoot it. He bought it. Y es, some people say, “he should have donated it to a charity.” NO, HE SHOULD HAVE SHOT IT. Sometimes “children” don’t exactly get the message unless they see something t hat really gets their attention.  I wonder if dad has checked his daught er’s Facebook account to see what she’s had to say on there since the “shooting.” Sure, it’s fun to make a video and put it on Y ou Tube, have his 15 minutes of fame or w hatever. He’s as much a spoiled brat as the kid. Doesn’t he have a safe where he could s tow it until the brat straightens up her act and attitude? She is likely on her Facebook account from a friend’s computer. Someone s hould follow up on that.  My take was that it wasn’t “fun” to make the video and get his 15 minutes of fame. I recognized that he was very mad at her and should have been. If he bought t he laptop he could do whatever he wanted w ith it. I don’t care if he was or was not lthy rich. She, apparently, understood being on t he internet and he hit her where she lived... in front of everyone.  I have been thinking about that guy w ho eliminated his daughter’s computer, not only because he was tired of shelling out money for a kid who wouldn’t work, but he w ould not take any more attitude. I have also b een talking to other parents that have started doing the same thing only less graphic. Y ou would think that a cell phone that takes movies and tells you when to wake up is a right endowed by their creators. NOT. Pay for it yourself. Help around the house. Don’t j ust do the bare minimum of what is asked of you...Treat the place like you want it to last...not like something you can trash bec ause, after all, you’ll be gone. I think there is a de nite backlash caused by this video.Pay phonesI say we need to bring pay phones back.Food theft Every winter we Okeechobee residents welcome the visitors. Some have been caught sneaking food out from the restaurants that have buffets. They think they are clever by carrying large purses. Once they get caught and are prosecuted, we’ll see how much more they will steal.OCRA I know a good number of children will not be going back to OCRA this year for baseball or football. We have decided (my children included) that it is not worth the stress to play for them. We try to live a drama-free life and drama is the only thing that I see in the OCRA organization. However, I do wish all of those who decide to play, good luck and hope you have a GREAT season!Fires In regard to the res last weekend, people wonder what they can do. One thing they should all do is make sure their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance is up to date. If you lost your home tomorrow, could you afford to replace everything? Even if we are spared future res, it won’t be long before hurricane season. Also, as someone else mentioned, make sure your smoke detectors are working. Have a family plan for what to do in case of re. How would you get out of each room? Where will the family meet once they are outside? Get to know your neighbors and watch out for each other. If there is someone suspicious in the neighborhood, call the sheriff’s of ce. Like the re chief said, stay vigilant.  Hearing about the rst two res was bad enough. But the third re attempt, which was an occupied home, sent chills down my spine. Whoever is setting these res does not respect anyone’s property and they do not respect human life. If you know anything about it, please call the sheriff’s ofce. There is, I believe, a reward being offered of $15,000. As the young marryBy Wendy Schaffer, pastoral counselorThe Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee Recently, I was speaking with some young ladies and the subject of marriage came up. To my surprise, they had no idea of God’s view of marriage in the Bible. Several said they would put their parents ahead of their husband, while many said they would put their children ahead of their husband. They did not see marriage as a very intimate or permanent relationship and commitment, let alone that marriage is a covenant of God. When Adam and Eve were the only two people in the Garden of Eden, Adam declared, “This (Eve) is now bone of my bones and esh of my esh; She shall be called Woman … Therefore a man shall leave his mother and father and cleave (cling and fasten to) unto his wife, and they shall become one esh” (Genesis 2:23-24). By the time of Abraham, the word marriage was used in the Bible: When Lot “spoke to his sonin-laws, who had married his daughters” (v.19:14). The meaning of the word “marriage” in this verse meant to accept, take, and carry away. The meaning reminds me of how God has sent His Son to us. Several Bible verses refer to Jesus as the Bridegroom. The Hebrew and Greek meanings for “bridegroom” are the son of religious espousal (engagement) who marries a veiled betrothed. The meaning of “bride” is the veiled betrothed that becomes the son’s wife. John the Baptist proclaimed in these inspired verses, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. … He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom … rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. … He who comes from above is above all. And wha t He has seen and heard, that He testi es. … The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in th e Son has everlasting life” (John 3:25-36). This is a contract and covenant of God between Jesus and His followers. Those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior are accepted as part o f the betrothed bride. Jesus, our Bridegroom, is preparing a place for us (John 14:2) just as the bridegrooms in the Bible would go, and prepare a house, and then go back to marr y the bride. The bridegroom would carry th e bride away on an animal, or in a cart, to thei r home. After Jesus died and rose, again, H e ascended into heaven. The disciples wer e gazing up when two men in white apparel said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come (come back) in like manner” (Acts 1:10-11). Jesus is coming back for His veiled betrothed bride—us. We are part of being Jesus’ bride! My hope is that you see the seriousness of marriage, and the intimate relationship between the husband and the wife. We need to teach our young people God’s view on marriage, and lead them by example. Young people do not even realize that marriage includes God and needs to be blessed by God. The following verse in Isaiah proclaims, “Fo r as thve young marries … so shall your sons marry. And as the bridegroom rejoices ove r the bride so shall your God rejoice over you” (v.62:5). AMEN! Sunday, March 4, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Stolen chickensWe think that surely stolen chickens have been sold to a small store. The meat from there does not have the purple stamp from the inspector. We have had chickens stolen from us numerous times and we reported it and nothing has been done about it. Although we described them and know where they live. I hear the thieves talking on their phones and saying the money from the chickens will pay their bills. We bought two cans from a store that contain sardines and the can we opened was spoiled and I checked the date on the other can. It is more than a year old. Who can we report this to? Javier Alvarado Esquivel Gladys W. Mendiola Okeechobee Editor’s note: The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consume r Services regulates wholesale food operations, convenience stores, grocer y stores and food processing operations. Their website is located at http://www. doacs.state. .us/fs/inspectn.html, and they can be reached by telephone at 850-245-5520. Letter to the editor

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PROf f e s s i o n a l Take Time For YourselfŽLicensedReferences Residential CommercialCleaning & Errand Services By KatrinaPhone 863-824-0882 Cell 863-484-2551Lic # 1812 Lic # 1817 803 SW Park St. Okeechobee, FL Commercial ResidentialSecurity Systems € Fire Alarms € Access Controls € CCTV € Intercom System € Central Vacuum Systems24 Hour Monitoring Service Vince & RaeAnn Stanavich Owner/Operator 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee (863) 763-6696 (772) 335-3688LicensedDealer AN AFFORDABLE WAYTO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS!!! Diane Wood, RN Administratorwww.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944203 SE 2ndSt. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 S t i n n e t t , I n c .R R e e s s i i d d e e n n t t i i a a l l l & & & C C o o m m m m e e r r c c i i a a l l € P a i n t i n g€ W a l l l C o v e r i n g s€ P r e s s u r e e C l e a n i n g € € S a n d d B l a s t i n g Serving Okeechobee Since 1969Lic. #1406-01 € P a i n t i n g€ W a l l l C o v e r i n g s€ P r e s s u r e e C l e a n i n g € € S a n d d B l a s t i n gS t i n n e t t , I n c (863) 763-5251(863)634-0614 JONES EQUIPMENT Est. 1989 4 5 5 8 U S H w y 4 4 1 S E O k e e c h o b e e F l 3 4 9 7 4C a r g o € A u t o € U t i l i t y T r a i l e r s & P a r t s 1-888-683-7853863-763-5342 New Fashions, Accessories, Unique Gifts and JewelryOPEN Mon Thurs 10am to 6pm Friday :10am 7pm Sat: 9am-3pm 863.532.1077Lic #1862 Lic #10355Free Estimates Licensed and Insured A FULLSERVICEREPAIRFACILITYChoiceAutomotive Computer Diagnostics € Exhaust € A/C Service € Brakes € Window Motors € Tune Ups € Welding € Engine Mechanics Located Behind RitasDont Make the Wrong Choice!704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL863-467-6633& Custom Exhaust Tree Locators, Inc.Plants -Trees Natural Stone Decorative Gravel Manufactured Stone Design Installation Full Garden Center Dont Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate ItŽ863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.com 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL34972 24-Hour Customer Service Auto € Home € Life € RetirementLori C. Berger Exclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8437 100%GrassFedBeefORGANICALLYRAISED~ LOCALLYRAISEDBEEFWhole, Sides & Quarters: Steaks and Ground BeefOkeechobee, Florida All Natural 863-634-3971 Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone 198 Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee, Fl 34972(863) 357-2431 € 800-432-1064 € Fax (863) 357-6723 www.slbatterytire.com $2495PERCARTON!Come in for a sample We can match your smoke863.288.84018840 Hwy 78 W. € Okeechobee Runyon Taxi ServiceYou Call We GoOPEN 24 HOURSCheaper Than a DUIVeteran Owned & OperatedOwned by Billy Runyon(863) 634-8720 909 So.Parrott Ave Okeechobee863 357-4INK4465€ VIP DiscountsTattoos & Piercings Buy Here! Pay Here! Call Mitch (863) 763-0330 cell 954-214-8877mandmautobrokersinc.com$500Down As low as 3565 Hwy 441 N., Okeechobee M&M Auto Brokers, Inc.CASH FOR JUNK!!Well work with you!Easy Payment! Privacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modifications T h e C a n v a s S h o p L L C On-site service 909 S. Parrott Ave. Ste B Okeechobee, FL34974 863.763.7500 Fax: 863-763-6754 Carl & Donna Gaiser MAINTENANCE SPECIAL $75 HI G G I N SGA R A G EDO O R S (863) 634-2925Tim Higgins Licensed & Ins. € Garage Doors € Roll-Ups €Sales € Installation €Repairs € Lubricate € Check Springs € etc. w w w i n k w e l l 4 i n k c o m Place your business card here! Mechanic on Duty 24 Hour Roadside Service 10173 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee PH: 863-824-0831 € Fax: 863-824-0833 MonFri: 8am to 5pm Sat: 8am to Noon 5 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012

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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.Fire Chiefs to be recognizedThe Okeechobee Historical Society will be having a second recognition ceremony in honor of the City of Okeechobee Fire Chiefs. At this ceremony, a collage of the Fire Chiefs will be hung in the Okeechobee Historical Society Museum. The ceremony will held on Sunday, March 4 beginning at 2 p.m. in the Museum on Hwy 98 N. Everyone is invited to attend this ceremony. Light refreshments will be served upon conclusion of the program.OREA plan to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators' 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 they will be sewing pillowcases for the upcoming Easter holiday. For more information, please call Joan at 863-467-0290. OCEA to meetOkeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) will have its third general membership meeting of the 2011-12 school year on Thursday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Okeechobee Achievement Academy, 1000 NW 34th Street. All OCEA members of the instructional and classi ed bargaining Unit are encouraged to attend. Potential members may join the meeting. Come hear the latest on the teacher evaluation system, Instructional Contract Impasse timelines, and current legislative issues affecting public education employees. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. Now is the time to get involved in your chosen profession. Contact OCEA at 863-4671564 for more information.Eagles North to host steak night on Friday, March 9Friday, March 9 Eagles North will have their weekly steak dinner featuring the Fantastic Al Jones. Come eat and dance. Proceeds go to the F.O.E 4137 Community bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.Shared Services Network to meet on FridayThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee Count y will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts o f our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson (863) 462-5000, Ext. 257.OCEA to open booth at weekend festivalThe Okeechobee Retired Educator's Association will be having a booth at the Speckled Perch Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, at which they will be selling the 2011 Historical Ornament, the Okeechobee Train Depot as well as selling raf e tickets for a chance on a Kindle Fire, a $50 Walmart gift card or Beijo Purses.Raise money selling tickets to Cattlemen’s Spring RodeoOkeechobee County Cattlemen's Association is offering ticket sales fundraising opportunity for local clubs. For more information please contact Heather Hancock @ CenterState Bank 863-763-5573. Okeechobee County Cattlemen's Annual Spring Rodeo, March 10 and 11 at 2 p.m., Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center.Garden Club plans golf tourneyThe Lakeport Garden Club will host their Third Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 10, at 8 a.m. at the Blue Heron Gol f Club, 1925 S.E. Ninth avenue in Okeechobee. For more information, call Glenda at 863-946-1794.Former Girl Scouts neededCalling on all adult Girl Scouts! If you were a Girl Scout or worked with Girl Scouts as an adult, we would like to have you join us in marching in the Speckled Perch Parade in Okeechobee on March 10, to celebrate our 100th anniversary! Contact Laurie Pharr for more information 863-634-0465. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Gloria Irene Nesbitt LoweOKEECHOBEE Gloria Irene Nesbitt Lowe passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012. She w as born in Okeechobee on April 23, 1950. Gloria was w ell known in Okeechobee. She was a fun loving, caring individual. Gloria thought her children w ere her hero's. She is now in Heaven w ith her grandma and grandpa Lanier; her mother, Leolo W aldron; and also her two daughters; LaGracia Lowe and Sherry Whaley; and sister Ellen Crews. Gloria is survived by her daughter, Donna Jean Smith; son, Tyrea Grif n; and her grandchildren. Services will be held at North Church of God on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Ines N. Mullins, 96OKEECHOBEE Ines N. Mullins, age 96, died W ednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. Born March 22, 1915, in W.Va., Ines relocated to Okeechobee in 1990. She was a teacher and reading specialist for W yoming County, W .Va. Ines and her husband owned Mullins Antiques in Pineville, W.Va., and Dade City, Fla. Her grandchildren were the highlight of her life. She enjoyed antiquing, shopping, shing, and was an avid reader. Ines was preceded in death by her husband, Wood n Grady Mullins; son, David Mullins; and daughter-in-law, Kay Mullins. Survivors include her son, Danny Mullins and daughter-in-law, Yvonne Mullins, both of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Deanna (Ricky) Gude of Dade City, Fla., Patricia (Ben) Bolan of Okeechobee, Samantha (Craig) Vandegrift of Port St. Lucie, David Mullins, Jr. of Okeechobee, Danny (Tiffany) Mullins of Okeechobee; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home on Monday, March 5, 2012, from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. Burial will take place in West Virginia. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. • Life Insurance • Annuities • Health Insurance • IRA Rollover Call or email for a free quote! Tom Walsh 250 S. Australian Ave West Palm Beach, FLtwalsh2@metlife.com561.207.2306 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Community Events

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WASHINGTON—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Friday announced the opportunity for producers to enroll a total of 1 million acres of land in a new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) initiative to preserve grasslands and wetlands. Vilsack will highlight the announcement later today at the Interior Department during the White House Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy conference, which emphasizes the link between conservation and strong local economies through tourism, outdoor recreation, and healthy lands, waters and wildlife. The conference has attracted boaters, hunters, anglers, farmers, ranchers, land conservationists, historic preservationists, outdoor recreationists, small business owners, local governments, tribal leaders and others from across the 50 United States to discuss ways to spur and support successful conservation projects around the nation. USDA’s CRP has a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation’s natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing signi cant economic and environmental bene ts to rural communities across the United States. Under the Obama Administration, USDA has enrolled more than 8 million acres in CRP. The goal of the new CRP grasslands and wetlands initiative is to increase enrollment of environmentally sensitive land through targeted signups. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers CRP, will set aside acres within the 32-million acre program for speci c enrollments that bene t duck nesting habitat, upland birds, wetlands, pollinators and wildlife. “By focusing 1 million acres of CRP on grasslands and wetlands, this initiative will have enormous bene ts for farmers, sportsmen, and all Americans,” said Vilsack. “CRP is one of our nation’s most valuable and vital conservation efforts, ensuring cleaner air and water, preventing soil erosion, and enhancing economic opportunity in rural America by supporting recreation and tourism. With high crop prices, this approach to target our most sensitive lands is essential i f we want to maintain the substantial bene ts of CRP while ensuring that productive farm lands continue to produce the food and ber Americans and the world needs.” Currently, about 30 million acres are enrolled in CRP. Contracts on an estimated 6.5 million acres will expire on Sept. 30, 2012. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 OFFICIALNOTICE of the Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc. ANNUALMEETING March 24, 2011Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc.s 2012 Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Osceola Middle School in Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of the meeting being to elect trustees, vote on proposed By-law changes, and hear annual officersreports. Registration, Entertainment and Voting will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Business Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.Join us forgreat entertainment, fun, and prizes including a 2001 CHEVROLETK1500 4X4 forone lucky member!PLAN NOWTO ATTEND! Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 7 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012 Conservation initiative to restore grasslands, wetlands & wildlife

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee boys tennis team got contributions from their entire roster Thursday as they defeated John Carroll 4-3 at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. Brendon Jonassaint, Lucas Penido and Colt Root won singles matches and the doubles team of Cody Walker and Jonassaint won a doubles match to win the match for the Brahmans. It was a tough match throughout as the teams enjoyed nearly perfect conditions for tennis, sunshine, and little wind. In #1 singles Andrew Blair defeated Otto Ramirez in an entertaining match involving talented players 6-3 and 6-0. Santiago Abondano outlasted Walker in a marathon match 7-6, 2-6 and 12-10. Jonassaint dominated Sam Bennett by showcasing an all around game, which included good play at the net, 6-1 and 6-0. Penido defeated Christian Mayhen 6-2 and 6-3. Root defeated Trevor Fredorich 6-2, 2-6, and 10-8. In doubles play the team of Blair and Osgood defeated Ramirez and Root 8-2. Walker and Jonassaint outlasted Abondano and Kyle Williams 8-2. The Lady Brahmans had a tough time as they lost to the Rams 6-1. Sara Charles defeated Samantha Rivero 7-6 and 7-5 in a battle of hard hitting ground strokes from the baseline. Jenna Taylor took the rst set 7-5, lost the second 3-6, and won a tiebreaker in the third set to defeat Jenna Rath. Taylor showcased an ability to keep long rallies going during the match. The Lady Rams won the other singles matches by lopsided scores. Emily Jackson defeated Vanessa Watt 6-1 and 6-1. Amanda Breslaw defeated Okeechobee's Jessica Luna 6-0 and 6-0. Sophia Angelos defeated Alley Lopez 6-3 and 6-1. In doubles Rivero and Watt defeated Breslaw and Taylor 9-7. The team of Jackson and Carly Jones defeated Rath and Lun a 8-4. Girls tennis coach Stefanie Menoff said the match showed the girls how hard the y will have to work this year to achieve success, "The girls had a tough match today. They fought hard but in the end we came up a little short. I do think this match was great practice and motivation for the rest o f the season." 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 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 8 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012 OHS boys net team tops John Carroll 4-3 Colt Root won a singles match as OHS defeated John Carroll on Thursday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrendon Jonassaint played well as he won a singles and doubles match on Thursday. Jenna Rath awaits a serve during a three-set match with Jenna Taylor of John Carroll Thursday. Taylor prevailed 7-5, 3-6, and 10-5.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012 The public can now view South Florida W ater Management District (SFWMD) permitting information using Google Earth mapping software as part of a continuing commitment to enhance customer service, transparency and accessibility. “This new mapping feature adds functionality to the District’s already robust ePermitting database,” said SFWMD Executive Director Melissa Meeker. “Technology tools allow us to boost public access and improve ef ciency, making it easier for businesses, residents and other governments to accomplish work with this agency.” By integrating the Google Earth mapping program, the District is now able to present permitting information in a graphic format. Businesses and residents can search for permits by speci c location and save their searches. With a program feature that turns on and off map layers, database users can rene searches by permit type such as environmental resource, water use and works of the District. “This is one of the more sophisticated databases, with features that signi cantly streamline the permitting process and increase transparency,” said SFWMD Assistant Executive Director Bob Brown. “The District is committed to using the most ef cient technology to enhance customer service for our stakeholders doing business with this agency.” The new mapping capability enhances the SFWMD ePermitting system, in which customers have convenient, 24-hour online access to conduct a variety of business, including:  Submittal of applications for permit and/or permit compliance data;  Searching for application and permit information;  Submittal of payments for permit fees;  Applying to transfer an existing permit;  Subscribing to receive electronic noticing of permit-related information; and,  Obtaining help and instructional guides to use the system ef ciently. ePermitting reduces applicant paperw ork, eliminates printing and postage costs and reduces permit processing time. To assist customers with the ePermitting system, the SFWMD hosts free workshops focusing on Environmental Resource Permits and Consumptive Use Permits. A workshop will be held on March 8 at the Okeechobee Serv ice Center, 205 North Parrott Avenue, Suite 201, from 1 to 4 p.m. Launched in September 2005, SFWMD ePermitting now has more than 10,000 user accounts. To date, nearly 300 individuals subscribe to the system’s automatic enotice feature, allowing users to subscribe to receive electronic noti cations regarding permit-related information. This information includes details on newly received applications, permits issued, regulatory agendas and rulemaking changes. The e-notices can be customized by each user, including by county or permit type. All converted data, as well as existing applications and information on the training sessions, can be accessed online at http:// my.sfwmd.gov/ePermitting. SFWMD ePermitting adds ‘Google Earth’ enhancement

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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 Our Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Some of the Surgical Procedures available include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal InterStim Therapy for bladder or bowel incontinence Pacemaker and AICD implementation And many more Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 33 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. it f t h 33 11 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012 March 4–10 is National Sleep Awareness W eek. Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. Raulerson Hospital’s Sleep Lap is dedicated to diagnosing and treating sleep-related disorders, all of w hich directly affect an individual’s daily lifestyle. Raulerson Hospital’s Sleep Lab offers patients the latest technology in diagnostic equipment, techniques to monitor and evaluate sleep disorder; and a warm, comfortable environment similar to your personal amenities at home. In the security of a monitored bedroom, a formally trained Registered Respiratory Therapist observes patients throughout the night using the latest infrared video equipment and an advanced computerized monitoring system. These dev ices are used to track breathing patterns, brainwaves and the heartbeat of the sleeping patient. Additionally a sensitive intercom is used to trace sounds such as snoring. Some of the most common sleep disorders which can easily be diagnosed at the Raulerson Hospital Sleep Lab include the following:  Sleep apnea  Narcolepsy  Insomnia  Nocturnal Myoclonus Don’t let sleep disorders keep you or your family awake. Sleep disorders are usually easily treated. Raulerson Hospital’s Sleep Lab can develop an individual treatment designed speci cally for you. For more information, contact Raulerson Hospital at 863763-2151 or visit: RaulersonHospial.com. Raulerson Hospital recognizes National Sleep Awareness Week Upcoming Okeechobee Blood Drives plannedThe Big Red Bus will be in Okeechobee for blood drives on: Saturday, Sunday., March. 9, 10 -Speckled Perce Festival in the Park, 10-3 both days; Saturday, March 9 -Seminole Cove, 7-12; Wednesday., March 14 -KOA, 8:30-2:30; Thursday, March 15 -Heritage Village, 9-3; Friday, March 16 -Walgreen’s, 2-6; Sunday, March 18 -Golden Corral, 11-4; Thursday, March 22 -Ancient Oaks, 10-3. Okeechobee News/ Diana WhitehallKiwanis Club learns about youth facilitiesThe Thursday, March 1, Kiwanis meeting held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant invited (left) Bill Jordan, facility administrator for G4S Youth Services, LLC/Okeechobee Youth Development Center, and Jay Zeller, Kiwanis member. Bill is a graduate of Western New York with a Masters Degree in Psychology and he talked to the Kiwanis members about their four facilities who helps the youth who are suffering with Substance Abuse, Mental Health, etc. He believes a strong faith base and a good education is the key to success. They are in need of mentors who can give a few hours of their time to help the youth with reading, math and more.

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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 12 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 13 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012 *All invoices must be paid in full to be eligible, promotion applies to residential customers only. Valid December 1, 2011 ~ November 30, 2012 *Winners will be announced in the Okeechobee News. Call for additional details. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of March 2: Osvaldo Salgado, Francisco Montoya, Natalie Villegas, Jorge Garcia, Esmeralda Meneses, Hector Tagle, Maritzsa Flores, Karla Alderman, Briana Pelayo, Adrianna Prado, Laura Montoya, Martasha Daniels, Antonio Yanez, Yovani Garcia-Elias, Alex Vasquez, Uriel Lopez, Regan Downing, Liz Rivas, Ashley Garcia-Reyes, Heather Floyd, Mya Gomes, Stephanie Mondragon, Ariana Cason, Marisol Martinez, Berenise Garcia, Leo Pascarella, Evan Galvan, and Kiamber Mingo. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Students of the WeekStudents of the Week at Central Elementary School are: Delaila Sandoval, Alyna Kane, Makai Comfort, Emmett Sumner, Lily Duncan, Heather Walker, Arissa Osceola, Charles Van Eman, Cloe Rhoden, Felipe Rodriguez, Ira Garin, Jennifer Santillan, Keith Simpson, Aiden Christensen, Takiya Jones, Jarred Dubbs, Logan Sauseda, Morgan Tucker, Triston Gorney, Jayla Hayes, Allison Meara, Austin Garcia, Julissa Sanchez, Haleigh McCabe, Matthew Aguilar, Cera Elliott, Laura Rodriguez, Elizabeth Casas, Antonio Bartell and Austin Allen. Free tax preparation and e- ling help offeredAARP Taxaide volunteers will be available to provide free income tax preparation and e- ling now through April 17, at the American Legion, 501 SE 2nd Street, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Those who need help with their tax forms must bring photo ID, Social Security cards for dependents, last year's tax return and all 2011 nancial statements. Please DO NOT call the American Legion. For more information, please call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News So far it looks like the process to come up w ith a balanced county budget for the coming scal year will not be the battle it has been in recent years. County Administrator Robbie Chartier is trying to be as open with the situation as possible. At this time she is predicting a $1 million de cit. Part of that de cit is due to the cost of Medicaid and unanticipated costs. The challenge will be to come up with cost savings measures while at the same time keeping taxes low to attract new businesses. In the coming days Mrs. Chartier will present cost saving ideas for the commissioners to consider. In the last few years the number of county employees has been reduced by attrition. "We're as low as we can go without affecting the level of service," Mrs. Chartier said of the number of county employees. In years past, income from the land ll had been used to balance the budget and keep taxes down. Mrs. Chartier said that practice cannot continue because land ll revenues are down. However, not long ago, revenues from the land ll reserve fund were used to pay off the debt for construction of the judicial center and the agri-civic center resulting in a substantial savings in interest. Now the county has three years to repay that fund. At least two factors have contributed to loss of income from the land ll, according to the county administrator. Florida Power and Light does not have the ash from coal burning power plants to send to the land ll it once did. Also, with the down turn in the construction industry, the income from construction debris is down. There is one ray o f hope, though. The county land ll will soon be once again receiving waste from Fort Pierce. Mrs. Chartier is going to recommend that land ll revenues not be used for ongoing operations.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 Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com 14 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012 and closed up for some time and no one knew its structural condition. Turning to other business, since the Okeechobee County School Board has suspended the imposition of impact fees, and the council is expected to amend accordingly the interlocal agreement which allows the city to collect impact fees for the school board. The council will also discuss the cit y attorney's and the city administrator's annual evaluation. The mayor is scheduled to proclaim 2012 as the Year of the Girl in honor of Girl Scouts and present employee of the year awards to police department employees. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. CITYContinued From Page 1 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). Tonnette Learn, 49, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested March 1 by Deputy Steven McKinley on Okeechobee County warrants charging her with violation of probation uttering a forged instrument, v iolation of probation petit theft and violation of probation forgery. She was also charged with the misdemeanors of failure to appear on bail and petit theft. She is being held without bond. Dennis Cruz-Ferrer, 27, was arrested March 1 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County amended warrant charging him with violation of probation child abuse. He is being held without bond. Shelly Goist, 40, S.E. 34th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 1 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County amended warrant charging her with violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation uttering a forged instrument. She is being held without bond. James Travis Goff, 32, N.E. First Way, Okeechobee, was arrested March 1 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation lewd and lascivious battery on a child under the age of 16. He is being held without bond. Michael James Bonea, 33, S.E. 43rd St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 1 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with leaving the scene of an accident with injury. His bond was set at $10,000. Tanya Leigh Law, 26, S.E. 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested March 3 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on amended DOC warrants charging her with violation of probation possession of carisoprodol and violation of probation grand theft (three counts). She is being held without bond. Rhonda Louise Vaughn, 46, High St., Lake City, was arrested March 1 by Deputy Matt Grumbling on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (xanax) without a prescription and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. Her bond was set at $5,750. Jessie James Wright, 21, N.E. 12th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 1 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with burglary of a dwelling. His bond was set at $75,000. 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 County budget planning going smoother than last year Program helps Hardest Hit homeownersAre you unemployed or underemployed and having trouble making your mortgage payments? There's good news for homeowners. If you've experienced a nancial hardship due to job loss or reduced hurs, resulting ina reduction in your income, the federal government has allocated funding to the State of Florida to help people in your situation. It's free to apply and those who qualify may be eligible for up to six months of mortgage payments. You can get the help you need when you need it and it's absolutely free to apply. To nd out if you are eligible or for more information, visit www.FLHardestHitHelp.org or call 877-863-5244 or contact Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc,, 115 S.W. 5th Avenue, 863-467-5525.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 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. 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 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 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 15 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012 The following persons are on Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list. There are active w arrants for these persons. The criteria for making Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list is based on the sev erity of the crime in conjunction with the age of the warrant.  Randy Edward Ammons, 49, is 5’11”, 170 lbs., with brown hair, blue eyes. He is w anted on charges of felony battery.  Debra Morris Young, 43, is 5’4”, 180 lbs., with blond hair and green eyes. She is w anted for failing to appear in court for sentencing.  Lester Donald Smith, 45, is 5’11”, 200 lbs., and has brown hair and blue eyes. He has tattoos on his arms and back. He is wanted on charged of possession of oxycodone with intent to sell and sale of oxycodone, If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of Okeechobee’s Most Wanted you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of remaining anonymous. You can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Okeechobee’s Most Wanted By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee teen has been arrested on charges that he allegedly forced a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him, then apparently tried to molest a 10-year-old girl. Justin Lee Martinez, 17, S.W. Fourth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 29, on felony charges of sexual battery with force, attempted lewd and lascivious molestation and two counts of lewd and lascivious battery. Martinez was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. Deputy Rosemary Farless, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated in her arrest report that Martinez allegedly held the 15-year-old girl down and forced her to have intercourse with him. At some point, the girl was able to kick her attacker off and away from her. According to the detective the two molestation charges stem from incidents where Martinez either had sex with, or attempted to have sex, with a 13-year-old girl. The third charge is based on the allegation of a 10-year-old girl that Martinez touched her inappropriately, stated the OCSO investigator. Detective Farless went on to state in her report that her investigation is continuing. Teen accused of sexual battery Justin Lee Martinez Lester Donald Smith Debra Morris Young Randy Edward Ammons Weatherization helps cut electric billsOkeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc., is collaborating with Indiantown Non Pro t Housing Inc., to implement a weatherization program provided by the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs. Low income families in Okeechobee County can obtain funds through the program to add insulation and make other improvements to their homes that will held cut electric bills. The program is open to both homeowners and renters. In the case of a renter, the owner of the rental property must agree to pay 10 percent of the cost of the improvements. The program mission is to reduce heating and cooling costs by improving the energy ef ciency of the home. Strategies include sealing windows and doors to prevent waste of heating and cooling, attic insulation, installation of smart thermostats for central health and cooling, replacing inef cient refrigerators, and many other improvements at no cost to the applicant. Contact Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc. by calling 863-467-5525.

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. 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/ YardSalesGarage Sale March 1st,2nd,3rd 2921 SE 44th Drive Fishing equipment (homemade jigs), knives, Military caps, Kentucky caps, ext ladders and Therapeutic bed. Moving Out Sale Fri. 2, Sat. 3 & Sun. 4 7am till ??? 1203 SE 8th Ave EVERYTHING GOES!!! 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 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 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. 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 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time 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 Management Analyst A local company is hiring a Management Analyst. The company provides management advice to third party business and also owns and manages various small businesses (5 at present) across central Fl. area. The Mgmnt Analyst will be expected to conduct comprehensive analysis of businesses to make & implement recommendations for improvising them and monitor the changes implemented. The ideal candidate will have at least an MBA degree. Courses in International business are preferred. Please mail your resume to: 11150 4th St. N.,#4502 Saint Petersburg, Fl 33716. Attn: Jobs MECHANIC NEEDED; Need to have extensive experience in heavy eq. repairs; have own tools. The shop is located in Okeechobee but the person chosen will be required to travel to various job sites. We do MVR; drug testing and background checks. Please fax resumes to 863-763-1309. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 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 Employment Medical Clinical Case Manager (RN or Social Worker) Must have 2 years hospital case management, clinical and/or social work experience, verbal, written and computer data skills. Will coordinate care and services for selected patient populations. Able to demonstrate leadership, decision making and problem solving skills. Bilingual Spanish/English pref. Fax resume & cover ltr to FL Community Health Ctrs. (561) 844-1013 e-mail hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Medical Immediate openings: To complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL €PCA: PRN/FT €Housekeeper: PRN €Security Guard: F/T €RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN €Pharmacist: PRN €Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN €Occupational Therapist: PRN €Occupational Therapy Assistant: PRN € PBX OperatorPRNWe offer competitive wages & excellent benefits 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 Employment Medical Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Insurance DON’T PUT OFF ANY LONGER. SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL TO LARGE FACE AMOUNTS IN LIFE INSURANCE COVERAGE. MEDICAL & NON-MEDICAL OPTIONS. Call or Visit website: www.aleapinsurance .com. ALeap Insurance & Fin Srv, Inc. Final Expense & More (863)763-7114 or (863)801-9204 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Antiques A NTIQUES FOR SALE DRESSERS, ARMOIRE, SPINETTE-DESK, CHINA CABINET, CURIO CABINET, HALL STAND. SERIOUS BUYERS CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILS 863-763-6640. 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 ApartmentsVIKING/PRAIRIE Ef ciency. Very clean! $550/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call 561-329-8205 Houses-RentAFFORDABLE New Houses. 3/1/1 for $900, 3/2 for $1000. Large yards. Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. Houses-Rent3 Bedroom/1 1/2 Bath in SW section Okeechobee across from public library 1600 SW 3rd. $875.00 a month $2,000 to move in (863)634-0512 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. PublicNotice Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Houses-SaleTREASURE ISLAND Owner nancing. LARGE 4BR, 2BA, CBS house on the water. $159,000. Will consider lease $1200 mo. Call 863-634-9119 Lots -Sale 2 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 RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot. $29,995 Call 239-218-6079 PublicNotice Lots -Sale 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. 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 RentLovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 PublicNotice MobileHome Rent 2BR, 1.5BA, BHR, Quiet on lake access canal. Fenced yard. W/D. Large screen porch. 10x10 shed. $650 mo. (863)357-3830 $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 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 PublicNotice The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 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 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 PublicNotice 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 PublicNotice 17 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Commercial TrucksFORD F700 1996 Dump Truck with 1998/763 Bobcat & Trailer. Garage kept. Total price $16,500. Call (561)833-9346. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 411366 ON 3/4/2012 18 Okeechobee News March 4, 2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ACROSS 1 Cape Cod feature 6 Valentine trim 10 Embezzle 14 Medicinal plants 15 Comet competitor 16 Plantation near Twelve Oaks 17 Like ESP? 18 __ avis 19 Prince Williams alma mater 20 Heavy metal mimic? 23 Exotic guided tour 26 Subway co. in a 1959 song 27 Flop 28 Nickname for a pharmaceuticals czar? 31 Aim high 33 Commotion 34 Chapeaus perch 36 One bearing down 37 Surfing-induced torpor? 40 Williams of Happy Days 43 Peevish, as a puss 44 One shooting the bull? 47 Sharp Italian cheese 49 Sailors pocket bread? 52 11th-century date 53 Mantel piece 55 Crankcase reservoir 56 Heavenly food on the nightstand? 60 Bit of plankton 61 C-3PO worshiper 62 Where to see government programs 66 Nat or Card 67 Sparkling wine city 68 Elicit a :-) from 69 Dismally damp 70 LolitaŽ star Sue 71 Pram occupants wear DOWN 1 State of matter 2 Fighter who was a dove 3 Emulate 2-Down 4 Ruinous 5 F equivalent 6 Blubber 7 Slightly gapped 8 Ricochet 9 Long-odds track wager 10 Stalk 11 Insect that can mimic a leaf 12 Cargo on the Edmund Fitzgerald when it sank in Lake Superior 13 Recipient of an annual baseball award since 1983 21 Rodeo prop 22 Caseys Top 40Ž host 23 Bad Ems attraction 24 Give a leg up 25 Showman Ziegfeld 29 Chest muscles, briefly 30 Oldest musketeer 32 Zadora of HairsprayŽ 35 OAS member 37 Zookeepers main squeeze? 38 Lassitude 39 DuPonts Fiber A, now 40 Worn symbol of support 41 Billy Budd,Ž e.g. 42 Wee bit 44 Certain lounge frequenter 45 SFO listing 46 Soak up some rays 48 Tough test 50 Object of a kicking game 51 State of matter 54 Like a thorough update 57 Cutty __: historic clipper ship 58 Agent inspired by Chan 59 Like, with toŽ 63 Minor crying wolf? 64 Egyptian viper 65 Napoleonic Wars marshal By Kelsey Blakley (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 01/21/11 01/21/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Special to the Okeechobee News/ Okeechobee Shrine ClubShrine of cers installedThe 2012 Okeechobee Shrine Club of cers were installed at a ceremony held Thursday, Jan. 19. Those of cers are: (left to right) Mac Simpson, president; Dr. Randall Mims, rst vice president; Tom McCoin, second vice president; Dick Bilbrey, secretary/treasurer; Mike Miles, board member; and Donnie Bryant, board members. Club members also thanked the Okeechobee community for their support of Shrine hospitals.Submitted photo/ Okeechobee Shrine ClubAt a recent ceremony the Ladies of the Okeechobee Shrine Club presented a check to Amara Potentate Jim Gretsky in the amount of $3,174.50. That money will be used in the Amara transportation fund to transport patients to hospitals for treatment. Many children in the Okeechobee area have bene tted from free orthopedic and burn care provided by Shrine hospitals. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man has been arrested for reportedly stabbing his wife in the back when “she disrespected him” by being too slow to get some drinks for guests at the couple’s home. Johnny Henry, 59, N.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, March 1, on a felony charge of aggravated battery. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a $75,000 bond. Jail records indicate that he has since been released on bond. An arrest report by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that the couple began to argue after Henry apparently asked his wife to get some juice drinks for a couple of house guests. Henry apparently became angry when his wife, who was talking on the telephone, didn’t react quickly enough to his request and the couple began to argue. The woman reportedly armed herself with a pair of scissors to defend herself against her 6-foot-2, 280-pound, husband. As the two became engaged in a physical confrontation, the woman punched her husband in the upper lip, stated the deputy’s report. According to Deputy Schoonmaker’s report a guest at the house tried to intervene but Henry pushed him aside and said “... get way, I got this. She’s not going to disrespect me!” At that point Henry allegedl y stabbed his wife in the back of her right shoulder with a kitchen knife. During a search of the home, Deputy Schoonmaker stated that he found a knife with blood on the blade and a pair of scissors that appeared to have blood on one of the blades. The deputy went on to state that the woman was taken to Raulerson Hospital where she was treated for her injury. The report does not state if she was admitted or released after treatment. Man reportedly stabbed wife for ‘disrespecting’ him Johnny Henry

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