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Publication Date: 03-07-2012
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12.87 feetLast Year: 12.01 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Wednesday, March 7, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 29 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Man killed when vehicle collides with train ... Page 2 March for Babies set for Saturday ... Page 5 OCT presents ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ ... Page 7 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair and Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair will be crowned Saturday night, March 10, at the Okeechobee High School auditorium. Both will begin a yearlong reign representing her community. The pageantry begins at 7 p.m. when 2011 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair, Christina Close and 2011 Little Miss Okeechobee County, Fair Hope Wisener, will crown their successors. The newly selected Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair will join the 2012 Miss Teen County Fair Pageant Saturday Courtesy photo/ Felicia MaxwellTaylor Fulford Courtesy photo/ Felicia MaxwellKimberly Hernandez Courtesy photo/ Felicia MaxwellBrandi Perona Courtesy photo/ Felicia MaxwellNIkki St. Pierre Courtesy photo/ Felicia MaxwellJessica WisenerSee PAGEANT — Page 9 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Thursday’s meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission consists of routine items and should be relatively short. Commissioners will consider a request to vacate a portion o f Thoroughbred Estates subdivision which is located on the north side of N.W. 240th Street about one and one-half miles east o f N.W. 144th Avenue. This is a 900acre subdivision that was platted in 2007 with 85 lots. A road and 25 lots have been developed. The developer is requesting that the county vacate the plat of the remaining 60 lots consisting o f about 643 acres. In addition, commissioners will discuss the proposed expansion of Indian River State College on Okeechobee County Airport property and how to proceed with petitioning the Federal Aviation Administration to release restrictions so the land can be given County to discuss expansion of IRSCSee COUNTY — Page 9 If you go ...WHAT: Meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission WHEN: 9 a.m., Thursday, March 8 WHERE: Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Spring Rodeo is this weekendThis weekend brings the 44th Annual Speckled Perch Festival and the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Spring Rodeo. The Speckled Perch Festival kicks off on Saturday, March 10. The annual festival celebrates the importance of the shing industry in Okeechobee’s history. The festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in Flagler Park, off State Road 70 in downtown Okeechobee. The Speckled Perch Parade will be on Saturday, March Festival celebrates shing industrySee FESTIVAL — Page 9 Housing grants help low income residents ...Page 17

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is still investigating an early-evening crash that killed a 72-year-old Okeechobee man when he collided with an Amtrak train on U.S. 98 N. on Friday. Vernon L. Nobles was killed when, for reasons still unknown, he reportedly drove through the railroad crossing arms and collided with a train carrying over 200 passengers. FHP Trooper Mark Steele stated in his report that the crossing arms were down and the red warning lights were also activated at the crossing on U.S. 98 N. According to the trooper’s report the accident occurred at 5:20 p.m. Friday, March 2, as Mr. Nobles was northbound on the twolane highway. Mr. Nobles drove through the crossing and struck the right side of the 2001 GE locomotive, Trooper Steele added. Trooper Steele’s report indicated that Mr. Nobles’ 1998 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck then veered off the #97 Silver Meteor passenger train in a southeasterly direction and struck the railroad crossing warning light assembly, where it came to rest. Mr. Nobles was pronounced dead at the scene, added the FHP report. None of the 242 passengers or crew on the train were injured. The highway was blocked for several hours, and the train was stopped in Okeechobee for several hours also. Records indicate the Silver Meteor had left Winter Haven and was bound for Miami. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 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. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Windy, with a east wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. East wind between 5 and 15 mph.Extended ForecastThursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind around 5 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. East wind around 5 mph. Saturday : Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Local man killed in crash with train Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppCrews work on the warning light assembly after a 72-year-old Okeechobee man was killed Friday, March 2, when the Toyota Tundra pickup truck he was driving collided with an Amtrak passenger train on U.S. 98 N. Reports state that none of the passengers or crew on the train were injured. The crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. Pet of the WeekOpal is a beautiful female baby kitty. She is litter trained and loves to be held. Adoption fee is $95 and includes vaccinations and spay. She is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pet Rescue

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Press 1 for English As I stood in the tax collector’s of ce I picked up information off the counter. I c ould not read it. There was no English on t he form. Guess Americans are not going to b e informed unless they speak Spanish.  You just picked up the wrong form.  Everyone (me included) always complains about having to “press 1 for English.” W ell the IRS has gured out how to pay us b ack, talk about poetic justice. I had to call t he other day and they have obliged everyone by removing the “press 1.” Now you get t o listen to both English and Spanish whether you want to or not ... no more choice. I b elieve I would have rather stayed with the “press 1!”Okee-Tantie Again our county is facing a budget s hortfall. WE NEED MONEY. I cannot wait t o see the budget wars this year. Same drama we see every year....the dramatics, t he threats, public of cials talking down to people. Everyone complains that Okeechob ee never gets anything and when the opportunities to have something present thems elves we don’t take advantage of them. T he opponents are jealous because their ideas fell through or they have a personal grudge against someone. Different county of ces have had different things done with t he budgets, however, the Sheriff’s of ce act ually gets paid LESS than it did 5,6,7 years ago. With no cost of living raises in all these past said years, AND having to now pay out 3 percent into their own retirement account, t hey bring home less money that they did from years ago. Bottom line is we need the money. The county needs the funds to cont inue to function. And personally I will not b e voting in anyone who votes against it.  As the lake goes, so does the money. Right now the lake is on the list of the best b ass lakes in the nation. Direct lake access from Okee-Tantie, via the campground equals money to the county if they have c ourage to promote it and invest in it. If the county had taken the money that they spent on that band shell (like we really HAD to have a band shell that you get ticketed for using) and put it into the park, there could have been a few camping spots to bring in revenue. Then take that money and x up a few more etc. etc. They had money that was use it or lose it so they built the shell. That was probably what the new developer wanted. I think maybe some palms got greased, and now they’re selling our park off.  As for the county employee who thinks this plan to sell part of Okee-Tantie to a developer is the answer to the county’s budget woes, pardon me for being skeptical about this plan. I have seen other plans over the years that were supposed to bring in big bucks and the taxpayers always wind up holding the bag. Remember when the county was going to sell the old shell pit for big bucks as an RV park and they invested county money and labor cleaning it up ... then sold it for a measly $150,000 to the county commissioner’s friend, who turned around and sold it for millions? Remember when the county leased out Okee-Tantie to a private operator? Remember what a disaster that turned out to be? Before any decisions are made about any county property, there are a lot more questions that need to be asked.  Do you remember when the county actually agreed to sell the Lock 7 area and after much deliberation later reneged on the deal once they saw the error of their ways? Also we don’t have a real county park. How about taking Okee-Tantie and make it work. I just don’t understand why we can’t have a nice place to show off Okeechobee.Contraception Money wise it is going to be a whole lot less to pay for birth control than pay for babies that get welfare, food stamps, prenatal care etc. Also abortions are a lot more expensive than birth control pills.  I guess the only reason this is a “hot button item” is that Rush brought it up and the little Rushpuppies started howling.  Your president started it when he decided to let the Catholics know where they stand, and is just a matter of time that he will be disrespecting other religions. If you have one its just a matter of time.  Why stop at subsidizing sex? As long as we are in a give-away pre-election burn to make us a few trillion more in debt, the 99 percent might as well ask to tax the rich for a few more goodies in exchange for the votes to insure four more years. OCT has another great presentationThe Okeechobee Community Theatre has pulled off another great presentation— this time, The Diary of Anne Frank. It opened in 1955 in New York on Broadway with an all-star cast of that era. I attended Okeechobee Community Theatre’s production last Friday night. The play recreates possibly the darkest time in human history. Many people might come away thinking the play drags. But, actually, the lack of dialogue in places and action in between scenes where we see the characters (grown men, women and children) change clothes together in the near darkness are meant to illustrate the horror and degradation of having to hide to survive until the day the characters are freed. The lack of food and freedom to move about for fear of being arrested was too much to bear. In fact, being found was a relief as you will nd out. The lead character in this production is played by twelve-year-old Blaire Law. I was truly impressed by the depth of character that she embodied as Anne Frank. Her reading and stage presence as Anne gave this audience member hopes to see her continue with this and other theaters as she grows. Each member of this ne cast, I believe, understood what the story, through words and actions, was trying to impart to the audience. A really great ensemble directed by Ron and Jacque Hayes. Bravo!! I would suggest that those without tickets for this coming weekend purchase tickets and see as ne a production as has been presented by OTC. It is thought provoking and, although taking place in another generation, is appropriate for this time and generation. Mike Smith OkeechobeeMen and childcareI know rst hand how it is to be a man in childcare. I have been involved in childcare for ten years. When I rst started, it felt very weird to be the only guy, but being raised by just my mom made it easier. I didn’t have a male gure in my life and my mom was mother and father. That’s why I feel passionate that more men should be in childcare. Some children come from homes where there isn’t a father gure. When the y go to school and see a guy working in a classroom they feel connected to the mal e gure. I know for me, that in my classroom th e children see me come in the room, they sa y hi, and come up to me and give me a big hug. It’s very rewarding to see these children learn and grow because you are helping them by giving them the knowledge. I also think that men in childcare give a differen t perspective to the children then if there was just all women teachers. I am also working hard to learn as much as I can. I have my CDA and A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education and am working on my Bachelors Degree in Education. I feel working with children every da y helps me become the man I want to be, as well as giving those children that don’t hav e one, a male gure they can look up to. Mark JohnsA public apologyWe attended the City Commissioners meeting on Feb. 21. We intended to ask for a change in the city noise ordinance. We wan t to apologize to the mayor, city councilmen, re chief/code enforcement of cer, polic e chief, and any people attending the meeting. We did not mean by our actions or words to insinuate that the above named persons and Hammerheads Bar & Grill had not worked with us in resolving our previous problems. The council and Okeechobee police patiently listened to us when we were complaining or complementing when incidents were resolved. The residents of Okeechobee should be proud of our public of cials and the job they do. We would not want any of thei r thankless jobs. We are grateful, though, tha t there are people who are willing to step up and do the job. Again we do extend our sincere apology to anyone we offended. Ron & Linda Main Wednesday, March 7, 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! 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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CIS-PAL of Okeechobee is joining forces w ith Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the Okeechobee area for the Second March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The campaign w ill culminate in the nationwide event, Jersey Mike’s “Make A Difference Day” on Wednesday, March 28. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to CIS-PAL at any area J ersey Mike’s restaurant. Then on March 28, a special nationwide celebration, “Make A Difference Day,” will take place at all Jersey Mike’s locations to bene t 74 different charities with a mission to help children. On that day, Okeechobee residents are inv ited to come in to a Jersey Mike’s store, 611 W est South Park St., and enjoy a delicious sub meal. Jersey Mike’s will donate 50 percent of the day’s sales to CIS-PAL of Okeechobee. “We would like to extend our sincere thanks to our local Jersey Mike’s store for selecting CIS-PAL of Okeechobee as your non-pro t to support for the second year in a row. We hope that all of mentors, volunteers, teachers, students and staff will come out and support us throughout the month of March at our local Jersey Mike’s on Park Street to support our cause. It takes community support to make it currently and we have in Okeechobee the best community ever!” said Jill Rogers, Executive Director of CIS-PAL of Okeechobee. The inaugural Month of Giving campaign last year raised more than $600,000 for 66 charities nationwide and the hope is this y ear’s campaign will raise even more. In total last year, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country raised more than $2 million for w orthy local charities and distributed more than 200,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes. “Our commitment to the core Jersey Mike’s value of giving back to the communities we serve has never been stronger,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, w ho started the company when he was only 17 years old. “We know our customers share this passion and, with their help, we hope to make a big difference in the lives of children throughout this country.” For more information about Jersey Mike’s Subs Month of Giving please visit: http:// www.jerseymikes.com. Or CIS-PAL @ 863-462-5125 ext. 128 or cispaljr@live.comAbout CIS-PALCommunities In Schools of Okeechobee and the Police Athletic League of Okeechobee (CIS-PAL) serves annually over 1200 students throughout six school sites in Okeechobee. CIS-PAL programs include Project Success, Character Counts, On-Track and PAL Mentoring. CIS-PAL also runs the local Skate-park and the Sight for Students program. CIS believes that every child deserves the ve basics: a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and a healthy future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and community. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. Plus well give you a complimentary e-Subscription so you can read YOUR newspaper anywhere via the Internet.Thats a value of $72 -Yours for FREE if you act NOW!(*Value based on annual subscriptions) For ONLY $6.00 a monthSUBSCRIBE TODAY!EZPay is simplicity personified. It is the most convenient way to pay for your subscription. Once its set up, its automatic every month. And with no bills, no checks and no mail, EZPay is kind to the environment. Act now!Limited time offer! Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 5 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 This coming Saturday, March 10 Okeechobee residents will put on their marching shoes in support of the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy. With community support, the March of Dimes can continue to fund research and programs to help all babies. March for Babies 2012 will begin and end in Flagler Park #5. The Schedule is as follows:  7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast w ill be available;  7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Late registration and late money turn in;  7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Team pictures by Sandra Pearce Photography;  8:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Warm-up exercises;  8:30 a.m. March for Babies 2012 begins;  10 a.m. Awards ceremony. Waste Management will provide breakfast for all walkers. Awards to be given out include the following: Top Fundraising Individual, Favorite Team T-shirts, Favorite Spirit Station, Outstanding New Team, Team with the Most Walkers at March for Babies, and Top Ten (10) Fundraising Teams. There will be ve “Spirit Stations” along the 3.2 mile route, at which walkers can get refreshments, such as water, juice, fruit, and candy. Spirit Station Sponsors are CenterState Bank, Healthy Start Coalition, Okeechobee Health Care Facility, Publix SuperMarket, and Wemmer Family Orthodontics. Other event sponsors include: the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seacoast National Bank, FPL, Children’s Services Council, State Farm Insurance (Gretchen Robertson), Everglades Farm Equipment, Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall, Linda and Chuck Syfrett, Farm Bureau, Golden Corral, Syble’s Flowers, United Way, Publix Supermarket, and Stepping Stones Academy. For established teams, all forms and money should be turned in on “Bank Day,” between 4 and 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 8, at the main branch of Seacoast National Bank. Come out on Saturday to walk, to cheer on a favorite team, to congratulate award winners, to make a donation, or to just join in the fun. What better gift is there to give than that of a healthy, full-term birth? YOU can make it happen by participating in March for Babies 2012. Individuals, as well as teams, can still sign up and participate. Just show up on March 10 and go to the registration table. Each participant is asked to raise a minimum of $25. For more information about joining March for Babies 2012, call Laura McCall at 863-763-3131. March For Babies 2012 is almost here An AARP Driver Safety program will be held Monday, March 19, at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce, 458 Hwy. 98 N., from 9 a.m. to. 3:30 p.m. The class will be one day only—six hours. There will be breaks and 45 minutes for lunch. Please bring a lunch, snacks and drinks as there will not be time or a place available to purchase anything. Please don’t leave until the class is over. The cost is $12 for AARP Members— please bring your membership card. The cost for non-members is $14. Please plan to pay the fees by check or money order for the correct amount payable to AARP Driver Safety Program. They cannot accept cash. Cars have changed. So have traf c rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers age 50+ have never looked back since they got their rst driver’s license, but even the most experienced drivers can bene t from brushing up on their driving skills. By taking a driver safety course you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. In addition, you’ll learn:  How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots;  How to maintain the proper following distance behind another car;  The safest ways to change lanes and make turns at busy intersections;  Proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, and new technologies used in cars;  Ways to monitor your own and others’ driving skills and capabilities;  The effects of medications on driving; and,  The importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking, and cell-phone use. For more information, contact Abbey at 863-763-7779.Instructors neededOkeechobee, along with surrounding communities, is in need of instructors for the AARP Driver Safety Program. It is a great cause, very enlightening and fun. The time has been reduced to one day only, for six hours. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call Janet Sutherlin at 772-569-1747. Or, if attending the upcoming class, please speak with the instructor, Paul Bouchard, Interim. AARP offers Driver Safety program CIS-PAL & Jersey Mike’s team up for month of giving

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Glenda F. Brittelli, 50OKEECHOBEE — Glenda F. Brittelli, age 50, died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Glenda was born in Wachula, Fla., on Feb. 2, 1962, and moved to Okeechobee with her family in 1969. Family was everything to her. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Ayden Parr. She is survived by her husband, William Brittelli of Clermont, Fla.; son, Michael Murphy of Clermont, Fla.; daughters, Tosha Richbourg of Clermont, Fla., Brittney Penn of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Shiannah, Kristal, J ulianna, Kyli, and Katie; one great-grandchild, Kaylee; parents, Jack and Florence Murphy, Sr. of Okeechobee; brothers, Jack (Shelia) Murphy, J r. of Citra, Fla., Ronnie (Vickie) Murphy of LaBelle, James Murphy and Joe (Cindy) Murphy, both of Okeechobee; sisters, Linda (John) Davis of LaBelle, Judy (Jimmy) Lashley of Lake Wales, and Vickie Elliott of Okeechobee. A memorial service was held at Buxton-Seaw inds Funeral Home on Monday, March 5, 2012. Friends may make a donation in Glenda’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973 if they desire. 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.Hazel B. Szabo, 64OKEECHOBEE — Hazel B. Szabo, age 64, of Okeechobee, died Monday, March 5, 2012, in the Hamrick Home Hospice. She was born May 22, 1947 in Deal, N.J., to George and Hazel W ainwright Butler. The will be no public services. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Roddy T. Lightsey Jr., 45OKEECHOBEE — Roddy T. Lightsey Jr., 45, of Okeechobee, passed away March 2, 2012, at his home. He was born May 12, 1966, in Okeechobee. Mr. Lightsey is surv ived by his parents, Roddy Sr. and Betty Lightsey; sister, Sabrina Nelson; his love, Teresa Lightsey; children, James (Cat), Mary, Tiffany (Evans), Alesha; and nine grandchildren. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2012, until services at 11 a.m. at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. John Delmos Hartzog, 92OKEECHOBEE — John Delmos Hartzog, 92, of Okeechobee, passed away March 3, 2012, at Raulerson Hospital. He was born Jan. 13, 1920, in Dothan, Ala., to Linnie Espy and Minnie Lee (Kirkland) Hartzog. He came to Okeechobee from West Palm Beach in 2005. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Mr. Hartzog was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Irene Hartzog; daughter, Shelly Walker (Racey) of Okeechobee; honorary daughter, Susie Jacobs of Oviedo; grandchildren, Benjamin of Lake Worth, Daniel of West Palm Beach and Amy Wilkes of Lake Worth; many nieces and nephews; and honorary grandson, Ben Jones of Tequesta. Visitation will be 10 a.m. with services following at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Interment with military honors will be 2:30 p.m. at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Youth Ministry, 401 SW 4th ST, Okeechobee, FL 34974 or Okeechobee Pregnancy Center. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Margaret ‘Maggie’ M. Shriver, 74OKEECHOBEE — Margaret “Maggie” M. Shriver, age 74, passed away March 1, 2012, at St. Lucie Medical Center. She moved to Okeechobee in 1996 from Port St. Lucie. She was born March 30, 1937, to Rudolph and Adeline Moll (deceased), in Miami where she attended Miami Beach Elementary, Nautical High School and graduated from Miami Edison Sr. High. She is survived by sons, Keith (Kim) Shriver and granddaughter Kara of Sunrise, and Phillip (Kelly) Shriver; and brother, Rudolf (Carole) Moll of Tampa. She was the wife of Wilmer Shriver (deceased) and beloved friend Shirlean Graham-Stevens. Maggie was a dedicated volunteer at Martha’s House in Okeechobee, loved arts and crafts, she was with the Helping People Clowning Ministry and the Guardian Ad Litem Program in Fort Lauderdale. Maggie is of the Baptist Faith, she loved listening to the Chobee Steelers Steel Drum Band. Services were held Tuesday, March 6, at 6 p.m. at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 N.E. Second Street. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972, (863) 763-2111. Please send donations to Martha’s House at P.O. Box 727, Okeechobee, FL 34973.Molly ‘Inez’ Hornung, 93OKEECHOBEE — Molly “Inez” Hornung, 93, of Okeechobee, passed away March 5, 2012, in Okeechobee. She was born Oct. 25, 1918, in Canon City, Colo., to Russell and Emma Fought. She was a homemaker having come to Okeechobee in 1949. Mrs. Hornung was preceded by her husband, Otto Hornung. She is survived by her daughters, Rose Mary Clark of Tampa and Kathleen Fowler of Fort Pierce; sons, Charles Hornung of Ridge eld, CT and George Hornung of Siren, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one greatgreat-grandchild. Graveside funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972Tony Rudin Jr., 85OKEECHOBEE — Tony Rudin Jr., age 85, died at the Hamrick Home on Friday, March 2, 2012. Tony was a native Floridian, born in Punta Gorda on July 30, 1926. He moved to the Okeechobee area and settled in Buckhead Ridge in 1988. Tony proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enjoyed all sports, especially shing. He was an active member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Tony served his community also as a member of the Glades County Citizens on Patrol Organization. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Rudin of Buckhead Ridge; son, Terry (Terry) Rudin; sister, Katherine Watson; and sister-in-law, Joan Buschman, all of St. Louis, Mo. A memorial service was held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 7, 2012. If friends desire, they may make donations in Tony’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Vernon L. Nobles Sr., 72OKEECHOBEE — Vernon L. Nobles Sr., 72, o f Okeechobee, passed away March 2, 2012, in Okeechobee. He was born March 22, 1939, in Fort Myers, to Richard “Daden” and Rebecca Nobles. He came to Okeechobee from Fort Myers in the 1960s. He was a longtime Dragline and Heavy Equipment Operator, formerly with U.S. Sugar and currently working with Lykes Brothers Ranch. He was a past member of Local 25 Operating Engineers. He was a member of Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Nobles is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sybil Nobles; son, Vernon Nobles, Jr. (Sammy) of Racine, Ohio; daughter, Brenda McMullen (William) of Okeechobee; three grandchildren, Michael (Teresa), Rebecca and Michelle; one great-grandson, Jordan. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Okeechobee Missionar y Baptist Church with Pastor Lindell Selvey of ciating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012Celebrations .newszap.com/celebrations For a modest charge, each package includes: Celebrating an anniversary? Share your news in print and online

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Its A Family A-Fair Tuesday March 13thFair Opens 5 PMWednesday March 14thFair Opens 5 PM2012Thursday March 15thFair Opens 5 PM Friday March 16thFair Opens 5 PMSaturday March 17thFair Opens 12 NoonSunday March 18thFair Opens 12 Noon LuckyBob Extreme Jugling & Magic -TimePostedDJKenKeller ofWOKC … DJ at Large ExoticAnimalShow -Times posted PigTalentShow as featured on JayLeno -Times posted Motorsat the MidwayŽDisplays Each Day MonsterTruckRides (additional fee applies) $1 Night with Fireworks($1Rides, $1 Admission, & $1 SelectFood Items ALL Night)Dairy Show 5 PMFireworks Show 7:30 PMStudent Night $2GateAdmissionforStudentsSwine Showmanship 5 PMOkeechobeeIdolPrelimsContest 7 PM Sign up at the entertainment tent the day of the event.FoodDrive Night(Bring 3 cans of food $2 Gate Admission)Swine Show 5 PM Talent Show7 PM-Sign up at the entertainment tent the day of the event.TGIF Night$5 Gate Admission Steer Show 3 PM BeefBreeding Show 1HourAfter SteerShowEndsEquine Exhibitions 5 PM JackpotBarrelRaces 6:30 PM OkeechobeeIdolFinals 7 PMHeroes / LivestockSaleDay$5 Gate AdmissionArmbands $25 Good All DayBeefFitting & Grooming Show 9 AM Horse Exhibitions 10:30 AM 1-D, 2-D, 3-D, & 4-D BarrelRacing 1 PM Youth LivestockSale … 2 PM(SaleOrder:Dairy,Steers,BeefBreeding,Swine,Lambs,Goats)JackieSteilConcert 3 PM & 6 PM Heroes(Cops vs Firemen)Competition 7 PMFamilyDayat the Races $5 Gate Admission(1Free Child AdmissionPerPayingAdult)Dates, times, & prices subjectto change without notice.Daily Entertainment www.okeechobeecountyfair.com MIDWAY PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULETuesday March 13thFair Opens 5 PMWednesday March 14thFair Opens 5 PM Thurs March 15thFair Opens 5 PM Friday -March 16thFair Opens 5 PMSaturday March 17thFair Opens 12 NoonSunday March 18thFair Opens 12 Noon Armbands $20 GoodAll Night Armbands $25GoodAll Night Armbands $25 GoodAll Day Armbands $25GoodAll Day Armbands $25GoodAll Night Armbands $25GoodAll Night www.okeechobeecountyfair.com CHEVROLETYour Home Town Dealer Since 1933 PLANTATION Our Sponsors DiscountTicketsAvailableEach dayJ.W.Sod, Inc Dr.Tim IoannidesTue March 13th Sun March 18th EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TALK TO COMMON SENSE YOU CAN TRUST Hello Folks, I’m Sheriff Paul May. The Primary Election for the of ce of Sheriff is six months away. I am running for another term as your sheriff and I humbly ask for your VOTE and SUPPORT I think the employees at the Sheriffs Of ce have done an outstanding job for the citizens of Okeechobee for the past seven years. We will continue to nd ways to make your Sheriffs Of ce more ef cient and cost effective. If you would like yard signs or bumper stickers, please call me at 763-5963, but more than anything, I need your VOTE!! I look forward to seeing you in the the park at the Speckled Perch Festival. Thank You, Political Advertisement Paid For and Approved by Paul May, Republican, For Sheriff. 7 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Anne Frank expressed a desire to live on after her death. That desire was realized through her diary. She lives on as the Okeechobee Community Theatre presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 at 8 each evening at the Freshman Auditorium. It is a story that bears repeating to ensure that such a thing never happens again. “The Diary of Anne Frank” records a two-year period in the life of a young Jewish teenage girl, played by Blair Law, who lives in an attic along with seven other people hiding from the Nazis in World War II. Although the ending is tragic with all the attic’s occupants, except for Anne’s father, being killed in concentration camps, the play tells the story of a teenage girl’s hopes and dreams and how she copes with an impossible situation. With some humor and some anger the eight occupants of the attic learn to live with each other and make the best of a bad situation. One particularly meaningful scene has the occupants celebrating Hanukkah with Anne distributing appropriate handmade gifts to the other seven occupants of the attic. Anne’s parents, played by Michael White and Sharon Wallace, do a good job of keeping the household intact and serving as host and hostess for their four guests in the attic. Anne’s sister, Margot, is ably played by Madeline Bean. Mr. Van Daan, played by J ohn Garner, and his feisty wife, played by Laurie Garner, are two other occupants of the attic. The negative side of human nature under pressure is seen as Mr. Van Daan is caught stealing from the group’s meager food supply late at night. The Van Daan’s teenage son, Peter, played by Andrew Hall, serves as a romantic interest to Anne. Mike Zierden’s considerable acting talents are put to use as the attic’s other occupant, the irritable Mr. Dussel. Mr. Kraler, played by Matt Garner, and Miep Gies, played by Kisha Law, serve as outside contacts for the attic’s occupants, bringing them food and news from the outside world. Many people work behind the scenes to make the production a success. Ron and Jacque Hayes serve as directors. Stage mangers are Cathy Womble and Laura Murray. Kim Hoglo is assistant stage manager. Lighting control is handled by Gena Lute. Ron Hayes is in charge of sound. Nathaniel Bean is assistant stage manger. Marie Koepke is house manager. The hair stylist is Linda Bohanon. Tom and Lou Johnson, Ron and Jacque Hayes, John Garza, Joanie Moffatt and Cathy Womble were involved in set construction. Shane Cobb is the lighting gaffer. Rachel Belleville and Michaela Garner are responsible for make-up. The house crew consists of David and Virginia St. Pierre, Betty Sachleban, Paula Fessl, Joey Marcinek, Ed and Janet Blair, Lou and Tom Johnson, Margaret McCall, Jeff and Lydia Hall, Lois Davino, Sara Fuller, Ann Alexander, Patty Garafola, Raye Deusinger, Jeremy Hoglo, James Garner, Deion Hayes, Jessica Olney, Patty George, Dolores Anchors, Joanie and Carlys Moffatt, Diane Hagan, John Koepke, Stacie and Annalise Bean, Patty White and Elaine Webb. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Community Theatre presents ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ The Diary of Anne Frank is presented by Okeechobee Community Theatre on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. in the Freshman Auditorium.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 The First United Methodist Church located at 200 NE 2nd St. will host a Smoked Chicken Dinner on March 9. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (eat in or take out) and dinner will be served from 4:306:30 p.m. (eat in or take out). Dinners are $7. For more information, please call 863763-4021. St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church will host a Fish Fry on Friday, March 9, from 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. at the church hall, State Road 78 West at Chobee Loop. Suggested donation is $8 for adults; $3 for children. Take out is available. The church w ill sponsor a regular Friday night Fish Fry throughout the Lenten season. Oakview Baptist Church is having a rev ival Sunday, March 11 at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and also from Monday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. Dr. Bob Pittman, a full time Evangelist from A labama, will be our guest speaker. James Garrison, from Nashville, Tenn. will be our Music Evangelist. Please make plans to join us – and bring a friend! We are located at 677 S.W. 32 Street. For further information, please call 863-763-1699. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10TH Street. The Hurting Women’s Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. The Gathering Church, 1735 S.W. 24 Ave., is hosting weekly “growth groups” on Wednesday night. Each group will focus on a different area of need as well as interactive Bible studies; such as, Financial Freedom, Fit for a King (weight loss group), Men’s Bible Study, Single Women’s Group. Meet in the main sanctuary at 7 p.m. and be dismissed to the group of their choice. For information, call the church of ce at 863-3574418. Everyone welcome. There is a Community Gospel Sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park St. (S.R. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, do-bro, and harmonica—come and enjoy! New St. Stephen AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church is in the process of building a new sanctuary at 1050 N.E. 16th Avenue. The church is seeking both monetary donations and donations of equipment and supplies. Items sought include a sound system, landscaping, folding tables, of ce chairs, a fax machine, a refrigerator, computers, le cabinets, industrial cleaning supplies, tents and a copying machine. The mailing address is P.O. Box 836, Okeechobee, FL. 34973. For more information, contact Rev. Pauline Livatt at 305-389-1280, Tony Delagall of the Building Committee at 863-801-1716 or treasurer Willie Welch at 863-697-697-8924. A “Faith Community Nurse” basic preparation course and retreat will be offered by the Interfaith Health and Wellness Association this summer. Developed within an interfaith model, this educational course and personal growth retreat prepares Registered Nurses to deliver wholistic care in faith communities. The program provides 33.5 contact hours and includes materials, lodging, meals, snacks, International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) pin and certi cate of attendance. Participants develop the knowledge necessary for practice & have an experience of a life-time. For more information, call 561-379-1972 or go online to www. ihwassoc.org. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church at 4212 Hwy. 441 N., will host homecoming on Sunday, March 18. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., morning worship at 10:45 a.m. Dinner after morning worship with speaker Joe Barber, Missionary to Paraguay! For information call, 863-763-7743. Pastor appreciation day planned at First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton 20060 Reservation Road, Okeechobee will host Wonder Johns Appreciation Day on Sunday, March 25, at 11 a.m. Immediatel y follow the morning service there will be a fourth Sunday Dinner and a reception for Pastor Emeritus Wonder Johns and Mary in the church fellowship hall as a way to say, “thank you” for his 14 years of faithfull and loving service at Brighton. Don Tiger from Bristow, Okla. will preach the morning service. He is here for our Spring Revival Frida y and Saturday, March 23-24, nightly at 7 p.m. Rev. Matthew Tiger, Pastor. For more information, please call 863-357-0013 or Pastor Tiger at 863-261-6429. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church will host a Revival on April 9-13, at 7 p.m. nightly. Evangelist Doug Wisersma will be the guest speaker. For more information please call 863-763-7743. First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton, 20060 Reservation Road, Okeechobee will host a Gospel Concert on Sunday, March 11 at 11 a.m. featuring Last Generation Mike and Karen Matieszyn of Somerset, PA. For information, please call 863-261-6429 or 863-763-3764.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@newszap.com. A rea churches plan special events & dinners

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Okeechobee County Fair Queen and help in serving as hostesses to the Okeechobee County Fair following their crowning. 2012 Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair Contestants are Camryn Cashwell, Cady McGehee, Morgan Roberts and Anjolie Meives. These contestants will be judged during the runway competition for overall natural appearance, confidence, and personality. Competing for Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair are Taylor Fulford, Kimberly Hernandez, Brandi Perona, Nikki St. Pierre and Jessica Wisener. The competition begins for the girls earlier in the day with individual interviews by a team of wellqualified judges from out of the area. The on-stage judging will include evening gown and swimwear competitions. The young ladies will be questioned on stage as a part of the final determination of who will have the honor of becoming our 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair. The winner and finalists of both pageants will receive a number of prizes and awards, including the Business Achievement award, “Miss Photogenic” and “Miss Congeniality.” Emcees for the pageant will be Bridgette Waldau and 2009 Queen Alexandrea Ming. There will be special appearances by pas t Okeechobee County Fair queens and othe r pageant queens from around the area. Donny Arnold is pageant director. Bridgette Waldau is assistant pageant director. Leslie Stokes is the pageant coordinator, training all the girls to put on this exciting show. Felicia Maxwell and Sharon Cannon are the pageant’s official photographers. Rounding out the committee is training assistant Alexandrea Ming. “This is more than just a beauty pageant,” Donny Arnol d said. “We will be crowning two young ladies who are proud of their accomplishments and their community.” PAGEANTContinued From Page 1 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 11D D r r . 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Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 MARGARET MIDDLETON BIRTHDAY The big day has arrived Give her a high-ve Margaret is Ninety-Five and that's no jive!! Happy Birthday Mom, We Love You!! Nancy and Peggy 9 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 Courtesy photo/ Felicia MaxwellCamryn Cashwell Courtesy photo/ Felicia MaxwellCady McGehee Courtesy photo/ Felicia MaxwellMorgan Roberts Courtesy photo/ Felicia MaxwellAnjolie Mieves 10, at 11 a.m. in downtown Okeechobee. The parade is at 11 a.m. because the annual March for Babies is also Saturday morning in downtown Okeechobee. The March for Babies event starts at 7:30 a.m. and should be over by 10 a.m. The festival parade will start at the old U-Save supermarket on Parrott Avenue (U.S. 441) and go north to State Road 70, then west on State Road 70 to the end of Flagler Park. Festival booths will include a wide variety of foods and arts and crafts. Other things to see at the festival include the dancing turtle, chainsaw carving demonstrations and exotic animal exhibits. There will even be a book fair by Okeechobee County Media Specialists. Local entertainers will perform, including the Chobee Steelers and Xplosion. The Cattlemen's Rodeo will be held March 10 and 11, at the Okeechobee AgriCivic Center at 2:30 p.m. each day. The rodeo will feature PRCA Comedy Act of the Year Keith Isley. Saturday and Sunday performances will include all of the traditional rodeo events including bareback riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping and barrel racing. There will also be mutton bustin' and calf scramble events for the kids. The spectator entrance to the Agri-Civic Center is off State Road 710. Rodeo tickets are on sale at Eli's Western Wear. For more information, call 863-763-2984. For information on the festival call 863357-6246, or visit www.mainstreetokeechobee.com. FESTIVALContinued From Page 1 to the college. In other action the board is expected to: amend the county budget to re ect changes in balances brought forward and changes in revenue estimates; proclaim 2012 to be the "The Year of the Girl" in the county in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts; and, proclaim the week of May 20 through 26 to be National Public Works Week in the county. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 ROBERT ALLEN POWELL BIRTHDAY Lordy, Lordy, Look Whos Forty! Happy Birthday! Love, Sarah, Chace, Aaron, Gauge, Leann, Alyssa, Melyssa, Heather, Justin, and Kaitlynn. We love you!!!

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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 specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website Advertise in the Medical Directory today! Call 863-763-3134 Jose Villarreal, D.O., member of the Raulerson Primary Care team and graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, is certi“ ed in Family Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He treats all ages from newborn to the elderly. Dr. Villarreal tries to give the best care possible to his patients and can refer them to a specialist if necessary. He does sports physicals and preventive care. Dr. Villarreal treats such medical conditions as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. About one in every four Americans suffers from high blood pressure, according to WebMD. High blood pressure can threaten healthy arteries and contribute to heart disease and stroke. One thing that makes high blood pressure so dangerous is that you may not know you have it because there are generally no symptoms. Therefore, you should have your blood pressure checked regularly. Diabetes can be prevented through a healthy lifestlye of exercise and eating well balanced meals in the proper amounts. A variety of factors including diet, exercise, age, and heredity can affect cholesterol levels. His of“ ce is located at 202 N.E. Second Ave. and the hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is closed for lunch every day from noon to 1 p.m. For an appointment, please call 863-467-2159. Jose Villarreal, D.O., board certi ed in Family Medicine FAMILY MEDICINE 10 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 Okeechobee News 11

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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! 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 12 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the WeekOsceola Middle School’s Students of the Week are making great leaps for LEAP YEAR! Congratulations to these Students of the Week for March 1: Christopher Denton, Triston Root, Zeleste Orozco, Gage Chism-Tanner, Jessica Cason, Ryan Daniel, Tommi White, Karlyn Daniels, Megan Kinchen and Matteo Hernandeznot pictured. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of March 5-9, include: kindergarten, Cammryn Hawes, John Mowry, Arianna Cook, Jaedon Gilbert; rst grade, Zane Hawk, Christian Wheatly, Riley Russell, Brianna Moore; second grade, Blye Lutz, David McFarling, Ahdonna Harper, Alejandra Callejas, Colten Courson, Jesus Santibanes; third grade, Kimberly Waldridge, Anthony Salerno, Destiney Kirkland, Race Bickel, Maycee Elliott, Keyana Johnson; fourth grade, Donielle Harper, Madeline Mungaray, Skyla Stanley-Chism, Jessica Garcia; fth grade, Eduardo Martinez, Justin Henderson, Jennifer Aguilar, Julie Hines and Kari Dutcher. Congratulations! to our many outstanding students. Friends of the Library seek new membersThe Friends of the Library for the Okeechobee County Library are looking for new and returning members. The friends assist the public library by sponsoring the Florida Humanities Programs in the winter, funding children’s programs, donating to the teen room and purchasing books and DVDs for the library. They raise funds by holding twice annual used book sales, selling book bags and membership fees. The membership donations are as little as $5 a year and application cards may be picked up at the library front desk. Members receive a 10 percent discount on books purchased at our book sales. The next book sale is scheduled for March 28 to March 31.

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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! 13 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 Class celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMMrs. Sickels’ class at Seminole Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with a rousing production of “Green Eggs and Ham” from Seussical the Musical, complete with costumes. Parents and students enjoyed a delicious dessert buffet of Star-bellied Sneetch cupcakes, Green Jello Stars upon thars, One Fish Two Fish Brownies, ABC Cookies, Horton’s pink clover pom pom cake balls, SamI-Am cupcakes, Pondwater Punch, and last but not least “Green Eggs and Ham” deviled eggs.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 14 Okeechobee News March 7, 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).  Christopher Jenkins, 35, was arrested March 2 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him w ith failure to appear possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell/deliver, failure to appear possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), failure to appear possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone), failure to appear possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam), failure to appear driving while license suspended/ revoked habitual offender and failure to appear possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond.  Roberto Laguna Arrieta, 24, S.W. 21st A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested March 2 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with giving false information to a pawnbroker. His bond w as set at $2,500.  Mendy Marie Fields, 42, S.E. 37th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 2 by Trooper M.T. Steele on a Delaware County, Ind., warrant charging her with possession of cocaine. She is being held without bond.  Larry Junior Wilson, 51, S.W. 19th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 3 by Deputy Sergeant Robert Coleman on a felony charge of possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. His bond was set at $3,500.  Sergio Gonzalez, 22, N.W. 11th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested March 5 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation traf cking in stolen property and violation of probation burglary of an occupied structure. He is being held without bond.  Leve Arnold, 52, S.E. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 5 by Of cer Scott Morgan on a warrant charging him with violation of parole. He is being held without bond.  Gary Clair, 43, N.E. 96th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 5 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a Burlington County, N.J., fugitive warrant charging him with failure to appear violation of probation burglary, burglary, theft and criminal mischief. He is being held without bond.  Jesus Francisco Jimenez, 24, S.W. Trouvillie St., Port St. Lucie, was arrested March 5 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a Martin County warrant charging him with resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence. He is being held without bond.  Franklin Eugene Adams, 44, N.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 5 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a felony charge of criminal mischief. His bond was set at $2,500. 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 The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated the following reports of crimes last week:ASSAULT 8000 block of S.E. 57th Drive  3700 block of N.E. Fourth TrailBURGLARY 3200 block of N.W. 40th Drive  3600 block of S.W. 19th St.  6300 block of N.E. Seventh St.  500 block of N.W. Fourth St.  3200 block of N.W. Eighth St.  2200 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3600 block of U.S. 441 N.  4300 block of S.E. 24th TrailCOUNTERFEIT BILLS 3700 block of U.S. 441 N.FRAUD 3000 block of N.W. Second St.  7900 block of S.E. 97th WayROBBERY 3100 block of U.S. 441 S.THEFT 3900 block of N.W. Seventh St.  U.S. 441 S.E. (construction equipment)  6800 block of S.E. 86th Blvd. (air conditioner)  9100 block of S.R. 78 W. (bicycles)  3600 block of N.W. Sixth Ave. (safe)  700 block of N.E. 29th Ave. (purse)  200 block of U.S. 98 N. (I-pod)  6300 block of S.E. 96th Circle (purse, medications)  3500 block of N.W. 35th Ave. (medications)  200 block of S.E. 15th Ave. (bicycle)  7800 block of S.E. 57th Drive ( shing equipment & boat parts)  2500 block of S.W. 19th St. (dog)  5900 block of N.E. Eighth St. (tools)  6100 block of S.R. 710  4200 block of S.E. 23rd Court (medications)  13000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (identit y theft)  1300 block of N.E. 103rd Ave. (cell phone)  300 block of S.E. 15th Ave. (pressure washer)  20000 block of N.W. 294th St.. (ATV)  5300 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (gas tank)  2200 block of U.S. 98 N.  6200 block of N.E. Ninth Way (mail box)  3900 block of N.W. 37th Ave. (tools)VANDALISM 100 block of U.S. 98 N.  25000 block of U.S. 441 N. Investigations

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Auctions VERO BEACHHIGHWAYMEN PAINTINGSBUY OUTRIGHT OR CONSIGN FOR AUCTION MARCH 1815 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach(772) 562-5015 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 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 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY NOTICEMECHANIC The City of Okeechobee is now accepting applications for a Mechanic. A complete job description and application packet is available on the City’s web site www.cityofokeechobee.com or pick up at City Hall, Of ce of the City Clerk, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 215. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 23, 2012, 4:30 p.m. Successful candidates are required to pass a preemployment substance screening/physical. Drug Free Workplace. EEO/AAP.Lane Gamiotea, City Clerk/Personnel AdministratorMoore 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. Employment Full Time 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. DRIVER Need CDL Class A Driver Clean record, Forklift Experience Please call 863.467.6565 Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full Time NOW HIRING FOR OUR NEW OKEECHOBEE LOCATIONApply in person Monday Saturday From 9am to 5pm at the store located at: 1210 Hwy 70 East, Okeechobee,FlHiring for all positionsCooks we will meet or beat your current pay bring in your pay stub. Sunshine PayDay Loans Full time Clerk needed to travel among locations in Okeechobee, Clewiston and Labelle. Cash handling experience A plus Fax Resumes to: 863-678-2170 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. Employment Full Time 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 Employment PartTime GRAND OAKS Assisted Living Community Part-time weekend Maintenance Person needed and Part-time Cook. Experienced Required. Apply in person Mon-Fri 203 SE 2nd Street Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 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 Property ManagementHeaded home for the season? Don’t leave your property unattended. We are a full service company that will ensure the services you’re paying for get completed. We can collect rent and make deposits, make sure your lawn is being maintained, make repairs for your renters, and make physical weekly inspections. We offer peace of mind. Licensed and insured. (561)202-7213 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Antiques ANTIQUES FOR SALE DRESSERS, ARMOIRE, SPINETTE-DESK, CHINA CABINET, CURIO CABINET, HALL STAND. SERIOUS BUYERS CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILS 863-763-6640. 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 FurnitureVINTAGE WOOD ROLL TOP DESK CIRCA 1950’s Great Deal Here Old Roll Top Desk. Condition is good. Some beating up over the years but not very much. 52” wide X 44 1/2” tall. $275.00. (863)610-1276 Miscellaneous SAFE “GREEN” HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS Looking for customers who want a healthier home and family. Cleaning supplies with NO harsh chemicals, plus personal care, heart health, vitamins, rst aid, digestive care, and much more! All 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. Call for more info. (863)532-9453 15 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds.

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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 Farm MiscellaneousCOW HAY ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments For Rent $450 moves you in 2 bdrm 1bath Duplex located by County Tag of ce. Includes lawn & garbage. 863-634-8331 KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 V IKING/PRAIRIE Ef ciency. Very clean! $550/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call 561-329-8205 Condos/Townhouses Rent TAYLOR CREEK 2br, 1ba, fully furnished, inclds water & power. Ground oor, pool and dock, tile, W/D, Avail 4/1. $850/mo, (863)634-0663 Villa For Rent 2bd/2ba 1 Story $600 per month, $600 dep. and 1st months rent to move in. Call for Appointment 304-277-0427 Houses-Rent A FFORDABLE New Houses. 3/1/1 for $900, 3/2 for $1000. Large yards. Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. Houses-Rent OKEE On Water, fully furnished, laundry, Fenced yard, utilities & Dish TV. WI FI & local phone service. $600 month + security (863) 467-1950. OKEE 3/1 Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $725 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 OfficeSpace RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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. Houses-Sale Custom Built 3br/2ba CBS in Lakeport, end lot on rim canal with side canal, direct lake access. Split oor plan with two 8 ft. glass doors opening onto a 28 ft. screen porch. Country oak dcor, large closets, ceramic tile/carpet ooring, custom window coverings. Attached garage holds airboat and bass boat. Covered boat house with electric lift, sh cleaning room with water/elec, sea wall, boat ramp. On private concrete road with other custom homes. All appliances and some furniture included. $275K, make offer. No lease option/rent. 863-946-2774. TREASURE ISLAND Owner nancing. LARGE 4BR, 2BA, CBS house on the water. $159,000. Will consider lease $1200 mo. Call 863-634-9119 Two Story CBS house on Canal,3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room w/ re place. 2 frigs, washer/dryer, 40 ft Car port,Very Clean. $125,000 Call 863-610-0329 Lots -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 Rent 2BR, 1.5BA, BHR, Quiet on lake access canal. Fenced yard. W/D. Large screen porch. 10x10 shed. $650 mo. (863)357-3830 3/2 Mobile/Add On $750 mo., 1st and Last Plus $500 Security Located Downtown Call 863-763-4537 $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 Near Seminole Elementary School: 3BR, 2BA. W&D Hookup. $700 mo. Call (863)634-9645 MobileHome Rent 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 PINE RIDGE PARK 2 bdrm/2ba, $600 mo, $300 sec, No Pets or No Smoking 863467-2156/634-7126 TREASURE ISLAND 3BR, 2BA New carpet. Large yard. Lawn service included. $700 mo. 1st month FREE w/security deposit. No pets. Call (863)634-0663 MobileHomeSale 1986 RV w/2 Fl. Rooms and more, 41gal. hot w. heater,completely remodeled. In Summer Breeze #47. $5,000 OBO Must see to appreciate. 863-623-4090 or 863-610-0857 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. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 2006 Bennington Pontoon Boat. Fully loaded for shing. Call for more info. Located at Port St. Lucie 931-206-3675 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 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 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 NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Florida Department of Transportation Project Bids will be received by the Tallahassee Of ce until 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, for Proposal ID T1487. A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for this SIGNING/PAVEMENT MARKINGS project on CR 835 FROM CR 833 TO SR 25 (US 27) in Hendry County. Budget Estimate $110,686.00. Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on our website at http://www.dot.state. .us/cc-admin/Letting_Project_Info.shtm or by calling (850) 414-4000. 411359 ON 3/7,14/2012 NOTICE OF EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO DISCUSS UNION NEGOTIATIONS The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners shall hold an Executive Session between the Board and its Attorney, which will discuss collective bargaining with “International Association of Fire Fighters” Union 2918 as to negotiations and strategy related thereto. The proposed Executive Session shall be held on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Historic Courthouse in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 270, Okeechobee, Florida. The attending parties shall be all members of the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners, Margaret Garrard-Helton, Ray Domer, Joey Hoover, Bryant Culpepper, and Frank Irby, County Administrator Robbie Chartier, Deputy County Administrator Jim Threewits, County Attorney John Cassels and the county’s contracted counsel Reynolds Allen of the legal rm of Allen, Norton and Blue. The bargaining agent/ client session is closed to the public. Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 411311 ON 3/7/2012 RFP No. ADM-01-00-03-12 CITY OF OKEECHOBEE HOUSING PROGRAM REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The City of Okeechobee hereby requests PROPOSALS from quali ed bidders for the rehabilitation of two (2) single family housing units located in the City as a part of the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 11DBH08 project. Proposals are due no later than 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, April 5, 2012 and delivered or mailed to: City of Okeechobee General Services Department, 55 S.E. Third Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 (the City will not assume any responsibility for proposals received past the bid opening time). Any and all proposals received after this time and date will not be opened or considered. Proposals should be submitted in a separate sealed envelope marked “RFP No. ADM-01-00-03-12 CITY OF OKEECHOBEE HOUSING PROGRAM” in accordance with the instructions distributed at the mandatory walk-thru meeting. All bids must be accompanied by copy of license and proof of insurance if not already provided to City. Each contractor must satisfactorily complete one job through the Housing Rehabilitation Program before receiving any additional contracts. No contractor will be awarded more than ve (5) homes unless they are able to demonstrate that they have the nancial capacity, staf ng, and ability to nish projects within the speci ed completion time. For speci c project information, contact Mr. Clint Hines at 863-558-9454. Bids will be opened as soon after the 11:00 a.m. submission time on Thursday, April 5, 2012 in the City Council Chambers, Second Floor, at City Hall located at 55 S.E. Third Avenue in Okeechobee. A mandatory meeting and contractor walk-thru for review of these projects will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, Second Floor at City Hall located at 55 S.E. Third Avenue in Okeechobee. Any rm not represented at this meeting will be unable to bid. All potential bidders must be in the Council Chambers no later than 11:05 a.m. in order to participate in this RFP. City of Okeechobee reserves the right to accept or reject bids. City of Okeechobee is an Equal Opportunity Employer, actively seeking Minority Contractor Participation and promotes Fair Housing. JAMES E. KIRK, Mayor 411881 ON 3/7/2012 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. PublicNoticeNOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Tammy A. Clifford DBA Blonies Eatery Under which we expect to engage in business at: 6275 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Tammy A. Clifford Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 5th day of March, 2012. BY: Tammy A. Clifford 411858 ON 3/7/2012 PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2009-CA-232 BEVERLEE G. STEVENS, Plaintiff, vs. NATHAN BELL and THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF NATHAN BELL Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the FINAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE PublicNotice 16 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000267 CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, Plaintiff, VS. DINA F. RAY et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated February 3, 2012 and entered in Case NO. 47-2008-CA-000267 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, is the Plaintiff and DINA F. RAY; DANNY RAY; PALISADES COLLECTION, LLC, ASSIGNEE OF HSBC; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00AM, on the 4th day of April, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: Serial: 19569438 PARCEL I: LOT 1 WEST EDWARDS SUBDIVISION, UNIT 1, AN UNRECORDED PLAT LYING IN SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 30, BEAR NORTH 00 DEGREES 50 MINUTES 49 SECONDS WEST, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 30, A DISTANCE OF 192.27 FEET TO THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY OF STATE ROAD NO.68; ‘THENCE BEAR NORTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS WEST, ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT-OFWAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 1939.79 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF INDIAN TRAIL ROAD; THENCE BEAR NORTH 04 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 01 SECONDS WEST, ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF INDIAN TRAIL ROAD A DISTANCE OF 2041.18 FEET TO THE CENTERLINE OF CHEYENNE ROAD; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS EAST, ALONG CENTERLINE OF SAID CHEYENNE ROAD, A DISTANCE OF 505.11 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, SAID POINT OF BEGINNING BEING ON CUL-DE-SAC IN RIGHT-OFWAY AT THE END OF CHEYENNE ROAD; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF 179.39 FEET TO A POINT ON THE WATER OF OTTER CREEK; THENCE TRAVERSE NORTHERLY ALONG THE WATERS OF OTTER CREEK, TO A POINT THAT BEARS NORTH 10 DEGREES 35 MINUTES 20 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 356.40 FEET FROM AFORESAID POINT ON OTTER CREEK; THENCE BEAR NORTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 215.10 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 04 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 01 SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF 306.71 FEET TO THE POINT ON CUL-DE-SAC IN RIGHT-OF-WAY OF CHEYENNE ROAD; THENCE ALONG ARC OF CURVE IN CUL-DE-SAC CONCAVING TO THE SOUTHWEST, SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 50.00 FEET, AND A DELTA ANGLE OF 129 DEGREES 38 MINUTES 10 SECONDS A DISTANCE OF 113.13 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. PARCEL II: LOT 2W, EDWARDS SUBDIVISION, UNIT 1, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, RUN THENCE NORTH 0 DEGREES 50 MINUTES 49 SECONDS WEST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 30 FOR A DISTANCE OF 192.27 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO A POINT ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF S.R. S68; THENCE RUN NORTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. S-68 FOR A DISTANCE OF 1939.79 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 04 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 01 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 2077.08 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS EAST PARALLEL WITH THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. S-68 FOR A DISTANCE OF 288.00 FEET FOR THE POINT-OF-BEGINNING. THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 139.34 FEET TO A POINT OF A CIRCULAR ARC TO THE LEFT, SAID CURVE HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 25 DEGREES 56 MINUTES 20 SECONDS AND A RADIUS OF 50.00 FEET; THENCE RUN ALONG SAID CIRCULAR ARC FOR A DISTANCE OF 5.18 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 04 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 01 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 306.71 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 81 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 144.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 04 DEGREES 43 MINUTES 01 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 310.28 FEET TO ‘THE POINT-OF-BEGINNING TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN MOBILE HOME LOCATED THEREON, 1999, SOUTHERN, SERIAL NUMBER HMST13971AGA & HMST13971BGA A/K/A 3737 NW 167TH COURT, OKEECHOBEE, FL 349720000 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on February 7, 2012 Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F08036550 CHASED1RECT-FHA--Team 3 F08036550 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial AdministrationRule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 410127 ON 3/7,14/2012 entered by Judge Schack on December 13, 2010 in Case No. 2009CA-232 in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in which Beverlee G. Stevens is the Plaintiff and Nathan Bell and the Unknown Spouse of Nathan Bell are the Defendants, I will sell the property to the highest bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at public sale at 11:00 a.m., on March 28, 2012, in accordance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes, the following described property set forth in the above referenced order: The West 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the North 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Tract 30, Section 26, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, subject to an easement of the North 30 feet thereof for road and drainage. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS ANY ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACT CORRIE JOHNSON, ADA COORDINATOR, 250 NW COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, SUITE 217, PORT ST. LUCIE, FL 34986 (772) 807-4370 A T LEAST 7 DAYS BEFORE YOU R SCHEDULED COURT APPEARANCE, OR IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIVING THIS NOTIFICATION IF THE THE BEFORE THE SCHEDULED APPEARANCE IS LESS THAN 7 DAYS; IF YOU ARE HEARING OR VOICE IMPAIRED, CALL 711. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk, Circuit Court Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k 410844 ON 3/7/2012 Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž

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A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD € Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss A A T T O R N E Y S Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000116 BANK OF NEW YORK TRUST COMPANY AS SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE CHASE MANHATTAN BANK SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE BANK OF TEXAS, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, FORMERLY KNOWN AS TEXAS COMMERCE BANK, N.A. A S CUSTODIAN Plaintiff, vs. MARY LOU AGUIRRE, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated February 3, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2008CA-000116 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in which Bank of New York Trust Company, as successor to JPMorgan Chase Bank formerly known as The Chase Manhattan Bank successor by merger to Chase Bank of Texas, National Association, formerly known as Texas Commerce Bank, N.A. as Custodian, Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000539 17 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2011-CA-127 ANCIENT OAKS R.V. RESORT CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, VS. PAUL J. CORMIER a/k/a PAUL CORMIER, UNKNOWN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE, SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF PAUL J. CORMIER a/k/a PAUL CORMIER, DECEASED, AND ALL UNKNOWN PERSONS OR PARTIES HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE, OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 6615 S.E. 56th STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34974; UNKNOWN TENANT #1 and UNKNOWN TENANT #2, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: JASON DAVID CORMIER 236 S.E. 1st Avenue, #2, Roselle, New Jersey 07203 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to enforce a lien on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: Lot 1, Block 9 ANCIENT OAKS RV RESORT NO II, A CONDOMINIUM, according to the Declaration of Condominium as recorded in O.R. Book 267, Pages 1857-1885 and amendment thereto as recorded in O.R. book 269, Page 1177-1291, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida and all subsequent amendments as recorded in the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Thomas E. Rossin, Esquire, St. John Rossin Burr & Lemme, PLLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is Centurion Tower, Suite 700, 1601 Forum Place, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401, on or before April 2, 2012, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service 6n Plaintiff’s attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED: February 24, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OKEECHOBEE CLERK OF THE COURT BY: Linda F. Young As Deputy Clerk Thomas E. Rossin, Esquire St. John Rossin Burr & Lemme, PLLC 1601 Forum Place, Suite 700 West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 411149 ON 2/29;3/7/2012 Public Notice Public Notice is the Plaintiff and Mary Lou Aguirre, Miguel A. Aguirre a/k/a Michael Aguirre, Milagros Claveria, Capital One Auto Finance, Inc. d/b/a Capital One, F.S.B., Capital One Bank, HSBC Bank Nevada, National Association, f/k/a HouseHold Bank (SB), N.A., Louis M. Claveria, are defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 4th day of April, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 51, OF OKEECHOBEE ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 AT PAGE 20, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 805 SOUTHEAST 10TH STREET: OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34974-0000 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this 7th day of February, 2012 Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court Okeechobee County, Florida Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 Tampa. FL 33623 813-221-4743 08-04529 If you are a person With a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 410117 ON 3/7,14/2012 Public Notice Public Notice CITIBANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR THE HOLDERS OF STRUCTURED ASSET MORTGAGE INVESTMENTS II INC., BEAR STEARNS ALT-A TRUST, MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2006-4, Plaintiff, vs. DANIEL REARDON A/K/A DANIEL E. REARDON et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated February 14, 2012, and entered in Case NO. 47-2008-CA-000539 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida wherein CITIBANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR THE HOLDERS OF STRUCTURED ASSET MORTGAGE INVESTMENTS II INC., BEAR STEARNS ALT A TRUST, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2006-4, is the Plaintiff and DANIEL REARDON A/K/A DANIEL E. REARDON; CATHERINE REARDON A/K/A CATHERINE L. REARDON; GUENTER GOERTZ; TENANT #1; TENANT #2; TENANT #3; TENANT #4 are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at 11am on the 4th day of April, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 2, GREEN HILLS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 94, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 5851 SE 128TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on February 17, 2012. Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F08071454 COUNTRY-CONV B/C-Team 2 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial AdministrationRule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving. this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 410554 ON 2/29;3/7/2012 Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money! By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The quarterly meeting of the Okeechobee County Affordable Housing Committee was held Tuesday morning, March 6. There was not a quorum present so no of cial business could be conducted. However, those committee members present heard updates on the SHIP (State Housing Initiation Partnership) program and a weatherization program. Stephanie DuPree, the county's SHIP coordinator, currently has 13 active les. Of those 13, three are for home rehabilitation at $20,000 each. The other 10 are for purchase assistance and total $105,000. She said those sales should start closing this month. Ms. DuPree said she has three new applications she is trying to get quali ed. One is for housing rehabilitation and two are for purchase assistance. Ms. DuPree said that each year, 30 percent of the SHIP money has to be spent on ver y low income families. She said the dif culty is getting very low income people quali ed for a new home loan. Therefore, she is going to concentrate more on rehabilitating homes for very low income people. Sister Elinor Sevigny of Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing spoke about the weatherization program that provides grants for energ y ef cient retro tting. She said the unique thing about the program is that renters can bene t from it if their landlord is willing to pay 10 percent. The renter has to quality, not the landlord. The goal is to upgrade houses so they will use less energy. Sister Elinor said the current maximum grant is $5,000. She said that there are three months remaining in the program and toward the end of that time the maximum amount might be lowered. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Grant programs help low income residents OCEA to host general meetingOkeechobee 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 N.W. 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.Shared Services Network to meetThe 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. Community Events

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March 10-11 is Youth Spring Turkey Hunt W eekend in Florida. This Saturday-Sunday hunt, which occurs the weekend prior to the opening of spring turkey season in each hunting zone, was established in 2011 on private property. It was such a huge success that this year the two-day hunt also is included on 78 of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) wildlife management areas (WMAs). Only youths under 16 years old are allowed to harvest a turkey while supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. On private land, no license or permit is required of the youth or supervising adult, unless the adult plans to help “call-in” the bird or otherwise participate in the hunt. In that case, the supervisor will need a hunting license and turkey permit. To prevent overcrowding, most of the 78 participating WMAs require a youth spring turkey quota permit, and if the adult supervisor is going to attempt to call in a bird on any of these WMAs, he or she also will need a management area permit in addition to the hunting license and turkey permit. There are still youth spring turkey quota permits available for some areas, and they can be obtained by those hunters under 16 years of age on a rst-come, rst-served basis at MyFWC.com/License or at a license agent, beginning at 10 a.m. EST on March 8. There are also 23 WMAs that do not require a quota permit. Those are: Apalachicola, Aucilla, Big Bend – Spring Creek Unit, Big Bend – Tide Swamp Unit, Blackwater, Choctawhatchee River (only the south portion of the area), Escambia River, Herky Huffman/Bull Creek, J.W. Corbett, Joe Budd, Jumper Creek, Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Kissimmee River, Lake Monroe, Lochloosa, Log Landing, Lower Econ na River, Middle Aucilla, Osceola, Richloam, Steinhatchee Springs, Three Lakes and Upper St. Johns River Marsh. For all of these hunts, it is important to note that adults are not allowed to do the shooting; only the kids may harvest a bird. And on WMAs, the only rearms that are allowed to be used during spring turkey seasons are shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns, using shot no larger than No. 2. 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 *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. 18 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 Take a kid Spring turkey hunting this weekend By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School boys tennis team defeated Sebring 5-2 while the girls team fell to the Blue Streak 5-2 in high school tennis action Monday at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. The Brahman boys got four singles victories and split doubles in the match played under beautiful conditions. Otto Ramirez dominated Sam Galati 6-2 and 6-2. Brendon Jonassaint defeated J oe Degenaro 6-1 and 6-0 as he continued to dominate opponents in the #3 singles match. Lucas Penido went to a rst set tie break before he defeated Milend Khurana 7-6 (11-9) and 6-0. Colt root defeated Clark Farmer 4-6, 6-1 and 10-4 in a third set tiebreak. The doubles team of Cody Walker and J onassaint defeated Degenaro and Khurana 8-2. The team of Galati and Connor Angell defeated Ramirez and Penido 8-6 in the other doubles match. Angell defeated Cody Walker 6-2, 3-6, and 12-10 in an entertaining match in #2 singles. The girls team got another strong performance from Sam Rivero in #1 singles as she outlasted Kaley Walter 6-4 and 6-2. Rivero teamed up with Jenna Rath to defeat the team of Walter and Joy Donglasan 8-4. Sebring swept the other four singles matches as Nisha Patel defeated Jenna Rath 6-1 and 6-4, Joy Donglasan defeated Vanessa Watt 6-2 and 6-2. Kelly Broen defeated Jessica Luna 6-1 and 6-2. Morgan Heston defeated Alley Lopez of Okeechobee 6-0 and 6-1. The tennis teams travel to Sebastian River on Wednesday and return home on March 13 to face Clewiston. OHS tennis team takes Sebring in dual defeats Lakeport 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 Golf Club, 1925 S.E. Ninth Avenue in Okeechobee. The tournament will feature a best ball, shotgun start. Entry is $40 per golfer. There will be prizes for rst, second, third and last place, longest drive and closest to pin. There will also be door prizes. Lunch will be barbecued pork sandwiches with chips. For more information, call Glenda at 863-946-1794.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Group is available in Non-Power, $100 less on each piece! E-Z In-Store Financing Available S tart a New In-Store Financing Account and Receive an Additional Discount Power Chaise Reclining Group Power Chaise Loveseat $779.95 Power Chaise Recliner $499.95 19 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big Lake Jrs.Top threeBig Lake Juniors 10 and under team coached by LiAnn Whipple were small and mighty in a recent volleyball tournament placing third overall. Way to go, girls! Janel Aponte, Lillian Arellano, Kaitlyn Brewer, Cera Elliott, Olivia Milicevic, Samantha Ruiz, Melina Steve, Joy Whipple and Shelby Wooten. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  Sam Harrell and Holly Jones combined to strike out 28 batters in an entertaining and tense pitchers duel Friday night as Okeechobee High School defeated old rival Jensen Beach 1-0, in high school girls softball action. The game was so close it had to go overtime as Okeechobee prevailed in nine innings. Carissa Licata laid down a sacri ce to try and reach base in the ninth and took advantage of two errors as she sped around the bases to score the only run of the game. Harrell continued to dominate hitters as she allowed just one hit in nine innings. She also did a good job at the plate with a triple. The Falcons, no longer in our district, did leave one runner at third base in the early innings but had few real scoring threats in the game. The Lady Brahmans host Port St. Lucie at home on Friday night. Junior Varsity action begins at 5 p.m.  The Brahman track squad had a number of strong performances last Friday when they competed in the Holy Trinity Invitational in Melbourne. Mike Thomas won the 100-meter dash and nished 11th in the 200 meters. Quandrell Ridley took third in the men’s long jump. Ridley added a sixth place nish in the men’s triple jump. Thor Harden took eighth place in the shot put competition. Tabatha Henry nished in 16th place in the 1600 meters and in 22nd place in the 800 meters. Jenna Kissam nished eighth in the 100 meter dash and eighth in the 200 meter dash. Sandra Luviano nished 18th in the 1600 meters for the girls team. Sports News in Brief Gold Tee WinnersGold Tee winners for March 2 are: rst place, George Guydosh; second and third place tie: Roger Foss, Chet Hendren, Howard Shelkie and Harry White. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results Concealed Weapon Permit Class plannedThe March Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted at the Hampton Inn on March 8 You may register on-line at www.okeechobeebusiness.com, click on the calendar, then click on the date of the event March 8, then click online registration, once this window opens click on the non-member login, then ll out the application and then click nish when you have completed the form. You must come by the Chamber of ce and pay in advance. You may also pickup a registration form at the Hampton Inn. You must register for this class and you must pay in advance. The class size is limited to 30 participants. The costs is $30. You may use your own weapon at the Saturday morning training session or you may use the weapon provided at the session (.38 special), but you will need to furnish your own ammo for the training session weapon.

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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 2005 Silverado Crew CabPower Windows/Locks/Tilt, Cruise Control $ 9,750 2193A 2004 Volkswagen GTIManual, Power Windows/Locks $ 4,750 1481C 1997 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 2004 Jeep LibertyPower Locks/Windows/Tilt, Cruise Control $ 6,495 2154A 2003 Chrysler Sebring LimitedConvertible, Leather, Cruise Control $ 5,750 2156B 20 Okeechobee News March 7, 2012