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Publication Date: 03-09-2012
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Friday, March 9, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 30 12.83 feetLast Year: 11.97 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Man accused of selling stolen items to recycler ... Page 14 ‘Mudding’ gains popularity ... see ‘G.O.’ inside! By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their meeting on Tuesday evening, March 6, the Okeechobee City Council came a step closer to leasing the vacant chamber building at the intersection of U.S. 441 and S.R. 70. Since the last meeting, city administrator Brian Whitehall said he had the city’s building inspector and the re chief inspect the building. The building has been vacant for so long, there was concern about its structural integrity. “We found that the building was in pretty good shape,” Mr. Whitehall told the councilmen. While there were some minor problems detected, there were only two major problems discovCity & chamber near agreement on building lease Special to the Okeechobee NewsTim Lepard and his specialty act, The Ghost Riders. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News “I’ve always liked monkeys,” said Tim Lepard, who tours the country performing with his trained dog and monkey act, Ghost Riders. “They have been my life.” As a small child he was attracted to a sock monkey and he was a big fan of Curious George. His mother said she never saw anyone who likes monkeys so much. When he was around 15 or 16 he worked for a man who had a small zoo. The zoo had a monkey whose cage was next to a cougar’s cage. One day the cougar bit the monkey’s arm off. The zoo owner did not want to display a one armed monkey, so Mr. Lepard got to take the monkey home with him. The monkey became fast friends with his dog. They were soon sleeping side by side. One day when Mr. Lepard put them both outside he found the monkey riding on the dog’s back. That is where he rst got the idea. He started out as a rodeo clown and then branched out into the monkey/dog act using especially made saddles for the dogs. The act consists of three dogs and three monkeys. While Mr. Ghost Riders to perform at rodeo Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pat ZiglarBig FishWarren Peede and Chris Little of boat #35 may have taken sixth place overall in the Christian Team Trail but their single largest catch earned them the top prize for “Big Fish” weighing in at 8.50 lbs. The duo collected an additional $324 for reeling in the big guy. For more, see page 12. See MONKEY — Page 5 See CITY — Page 5

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Mar. 9TH Thurs., Mar. 15THFor Info, Call 763-7202 III: “DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG II: “JOHN CARTER”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 I: “SAFE HOUSE”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R 2 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 BamBam is Pet of the WeekBamBam, a Corgi mix, is a quiet dog, always looking for someone to pet him. Adoption fee is $175, which includes neuter and current shots. BamBam 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 863357-1104. 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. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Another subdivision planned during boom times fell victim to the poor economy w hen Okeechobee County Commissioners, at their Thursday, March 8, meeting voted to vacate a portion of the plat of Thoroughbred Estates. The subdivision is located on the north side of N.W. 240th Street about one and one half miles east of N.W. 144th A venue. It is a 900 acre subdivision that was platted in 2007 with 85 lots. A road and 25 lots have been developed. The developer requested and commissioners granted vacating the plat of the remaining 60 lots consisting of about 643 acres. Turning to another matter, the board had previously discussed donating some airport land to Indian River State College for expansion. This would require approval from the FAA. Planning of cial Bill Royce stated that the county has not approached FAA yet on this issue because there are airport wetlands that he feels should be mitigated before the FAA is approached about donating property. Commissioners concurred on this approach. In other action the board: amended the county budget to re ect changes in balances brought forward and changes in revenue estimates; proclaimed the week of May 20 through 26 to be National Public Works Week in the county; as an equipment upgrade purchased ve LifePack 15s for Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue; in the amount of $117,387; allowed consumption of alcoholic beverages at the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at C. Scott Driver Park; awarded a bid for the installation of a fan system at the Okeechobee County AgriCivic Center to Arlington Electric, Inc. for $143,442 using a USDA Rural Development Grant; and declared the U.S. 441 N. radio tower to be surplus and approve demolition of the tower and removal of debris by L.E.B Demolition & Consulting Contractors for $11,545.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.v Commissioners delay action on donating land to IRSC Today: A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Extended ForecastSaturday: A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. East wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Amateur Radio Club plans meetingThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will hold it's next meeting on Monday, March 13 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the regular place, the Classroom of the Red Cross building on North Parrott Ave. All club members, any local ham operators with interest in the club and anyone in the Okeechobee area with an interest in ham radio are urged to attend. For more information about the club or meeting, please contact Tom Timmons, Club President at 863-467-5435 and leave a message. Special to the Okeechobee News 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

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Hours:Mon.Fri.9am 7pm € Sat.9am 5pm € Sun.CLOSED 4224 HIGHWAY441 S.€ OKEECHOBEEwww.okeechobeedodgechryslerjeep.comJeep Grand Cherokee863-357-05002010 Ford Ranger 1999 Lincoln Towncar Your Hometown Dealer with Big Town Savings Collins Duke Nat han Liscom b IS BACK!Penny Farmer Bauer D D a v i d F a r e w e l l D D a v i d J a m e s S S t e v e M o l n a r 2010 Ford Fusion SEN N O W $ 1 4 9 9 5 2012 Buick LacrosseN N O W $ 2 5 9 9 5 N N O W $ 2 3 9 9 5 N N O W $ 1 6 9 9 5 N N O W $ 1 6 9 9 52010 Dodge Charger SXT2007 Chrysler 300 Limited N N O W $ 1 4 9 9 5 N O W $ 1 6 9 9 52007 Mercury Marquis LS N N O W $ 4 6 9 9 Proudly offering Professional Window Tinting and Detailing By 2009 Dodge Crew Cab Laramie 4x4, 3500 Dually, Diesel, Leather, Loaded, Very Low Miles 2008 Lincoln MKX,In True Lincoln Style, Very Nice,Only 38k Miles N N O W $ 4 1 9 9 5 N O W $ 2 5 9 9 5N O W $ 3 1 9 9 5Ronald L.Kellenbenz, Owner/General Manager, Rick Proverb, General Sales Manager, Gary Bauer, Finance Manager; Gabrielle LaRose,Sales Manager 2011 Chevy Impala LTZŽ Leather, Loaded N N O W $ 1 9 9 9 5 2008 Chevy 1500 Crew Cab 4x4, 771 Pkg, Loaded N N O W $ 1 9 9 9 5 2011 Jeep Liberty Limited15k miles N N O W $ 2 2 9 9 5 N O W $ 1 9 9 9 52005 GMC Crew Cab 4x4 SLT 2 Pkg, Leather, Fullyloaded extra nice truck 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab4x4, Nav, Leather, All the Toys, Like New 2012 Dodge Journey 3 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012

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W here does your f ood come from?If you are like many Americans, the ans wer is the grocery store. And frankly, that disturbs me. The grocery store isn’t where food comes from—it’s just where it is dist ributed. In reality too many people are unaware of the role of the American agricult ure in their daily lives...and what it really t akes to have food on their dinner table. Just a few generations ago, most people were a part of, and had friends or relatives involved, w ith agriculture. Today, that’s no longer t he case. That’s why I am writing, because agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of life...food, ber, clothing and s helter. And it’s about time Americans recognize that. American farmers are working harder than ever, and it shows. Today, each A merican farmer feeds more than 144 people. And the need for food produced in the U.S. is dramatic. Agriculture is this nation’s #1 export and vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy. And it’s not just the farmer who makes our food possible. The entire agriculture industry, all the way to the grocery store, are vital links in a chain that b rings food to every citizen—and millions of people abroad. Frankly, it is easy to take agriculture for granted in America. Our food is readily accessible and safe. For this, we’re unbelievably fortunate, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have an obligation to recognize how it’s made possible. March 8 was National Ag Day, hosted by the Agriculture Council of America. Re ect—and be grateful for American Agriculture.Okee-Tantie We had all this land in the county sold about two years ago for subdivisions and now they have cows back on them with unpaid tax bills. Tell me why, with the price of fuel going up everyday, anyone thinks this place will sell out as planned.  The plan calls for the band shell (never understood why we needed this) and the Sheriff’s Of ce search and rescue buildings to both be moved. We might still have public access but it will be restricted to a lot less area. I can still see the store and restaurant being torn down and rebuilt because they will not t in with the high-dollar park that is planned. As far as the boat ramps, can you see a bass tournament going on and about 20 air boaters trying to unload or load at the same time? Better have a deputy standing at the ramp to referee and direct traf c. Don’t tell me as an air boater I am not entitled to use the ramps, because I pay the same taxes as everyone else.  Got my motor home ready for OkeeTantie to sell off them thar lots—can’t wait to move in, and string the clothes line and start the re to skin hogs.Contraception I have a problem with Obama’s actions with this birth control thing because it’s a violation of the separation of church and state regardless of the fact that the majority of Catholic women want it and the majority of workers at these Catholic institutions are not Catholic. So the whole thing seems pretty ridiculous to me, but that’s irrelevant. It’s still a violation of the rst amendment.  The comment from Obama was just to get the women to vote for him.  That time is rolling around when the front runners are going to promise you the moon but in order to give away something, they rst need to take something from someone else. I know you’ve heard this many times, a government big enough to give you everything can also take everything away.  When I was younger I received free birth control from the health department. Several years ago they stopped it and I went to Florida Community Health Center and paid the same co-pays that I would pay if I went in for a cold or u visit based on your income scale. Now I have private insurance so I have a regular doctor. The same birth control that I have used for 16 years is not covered by my costly insurance plan, but it was covered all those years ago when I received Medicaid. So I thought that this was about making insurance companies cover the cost. I assume we would still pay our normal co-pays for the of ce visit as well as our prescription co-pays. But then I hear all the religious side of this and it has me confused altogether. I would just like to have it covered by my insurance, that I pay for.  A large part of the population has been conditioned to look at those better off than themselves and think somehow they’ve been cheated. They don’t look at what those who are successful had to do to get to that point, but expect them to share their wealth or give them some kind of handout. If things do not change we are on a rocket sled ride to full blown socialism.  I don’t understand why contraceptives were singled out to be required to be provided with no co-pay. Contraceptives are a matter of personal choice, not medical necessity. It would make more sense if they required that drugs people need to stay alive—for example, heart medication—were covered with no co-pay. I am more concerned about our senior citizens choosing between food and their medications than I am about a single college student’s access to free contraceptives.OCRA It is sad to see the problems with OCRA and parents not wanting to sign their kids up for it due to the issues involving adults. People ask why kids go out and do bad things. Well, Okeechobee has very little for the kids to do. They have OCRA, but it’s been going downhill. It’s not about the kids anymore. It’s about the coaches having all the best players and not splitting up the teams.  Okeechobee has a LOT of activities for kids. You don’t have to depend on OCRA. Take a look at that booklet that the Children’s Services Council puts out every year with all the summer activities. Many of those same groups host children’s activities year round. If you don’t like OCRA there are other sports programs at the schools and at many of the churches. What if your kid doesn’t care about sports? Try 4-H. It’s not just animals. They have clubs for sewing, photography, shooting, leadership, performing arts, cooking ... 4H can be about anything. The schools have after-school clubs for all kinds of interests. I have heard the complaints about OCRA for the past 25 years, which is why my kids never played OCRA. And my kids were always busy with other activities.  Enrolling children in sports is so good for them! Then they have to hear their parent’s ranting and yelling. Yes, they learn a huge amount from sports. Then they become what they learn.  My son does more than play for OCRA but he loves to play ball and they don’t have a baseball team in his age group in school.Coyotes and panthers Just sitting here in Treasure Island 6 a.m., heard the train go by, and in the background I could hear coyotes yipping. It wasn’t dogs, I know what coyotes sound like, these wer e de nitely coyotes. We always hear of animal extinction, but when conditions are right nature springs back with a vengeance.  They are there, no one sees them but they slink around the back corners o f Okeechobee. I heard talk the other day o f someone seeing a panther out in Lazy 7. Who knows, let them be, they are nature’s beasts after all. We are the intruders no t them.  Back about 20 years or so ago on e crossed 441N at the corner of Dark Hammock. Two hits of the road and he was gon e into the woods. If I had not seen it myself, I probably would not believe it. But there h e was in all his glory and was not afraid of trafc as I was in a school bus not 75 yards from him and there was another vehicle going th e other way that was only about 50 yards from him. They are alive here in Okeechobee.  There is a large pack of coyotes out nea r R-Bar Estates. We hear them regularly, as a matter of fact a few weeks ago we were talking about how the pack sounds bigger this year verses last year. Outside of the elusiv e panther, I’m not sure they have any predators around here. Won’t be long before the y are out of control and threatening livestock... if they aren’t already! As for the panther sightings, I will never forget mine. It was on N W 9th Street over by where the college is no w on the little bridge. A young panther, still had some mottled colorings, cleared the width o f the road in front of my car and leaped down below the bridge and off into the woods. M y sister was buried in a book and missed it. I t was beautiful! I have never seen another in the wild, but I sure hope I do again some da y as it was breath taking!  I witnessed a panther cross at that ver y bridge. I watched it cross the road and tro t down the fence by the feed lot; none of the cattle in the lot seemed alarmed, as though they were use to seeing it. I called GFC to report my sighting, which they con rmed they knew about “her” and it had been discussed about trying to relocate “her.” I don’t know what ever happened to her. Friday, March 9, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out 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. 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Saturday will be a busy day in downtown Okeechobee. The Annual March for Babies w ill be in Flagler Park with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. and the actual walk starting at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m., the Speckled Perch Festival will open, also in Flagler Park. The Speckled Perch Festival Parade will start at 11 a.m., starting at the old U-Save building. The parade will follow the regular parade route, north on Parrott Avenue (U.S. 441) to State Road 70 and then west on State Road 70 to the end of Flagler Park. After the parade, festivities will continue in the park with a variety of arts, crafts and food booths. Local entertainers will perform. Festival visitors are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs to enjoy the parade and the entertainment. The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Spring Rodeo will be held at the Okeechobee AgriCivic Center at 2 p.m. Before the rodeo starts, there will be a kids mutton bustin’ competition in which youngsters try to ride sheep. The rodeo will feature traditional rodeo events such as bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. There will also be a “calf scramble” for the kids. In the calf scramble, children from the audience are invited into the rodeo arena to attempt to be the rst to pull a ribbon off a calf’s tail. Saturday is also the day to drop off entries in the non-perishable arts and crafts contests for the Okeechobee County Fair. Entries can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds by the Agri-Civic Center. The county fair will of cially open on Tuesday. On Sunday, the Speckled Perch Festival will open in Flagler Park at 9 a.m. The second day of the rodeo starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The public entrance to the Agri-Civic Center is of f State Road 710. For additional information about the festival, call 863-357-6246, or visit www.mainstreetokeechobee.com. Speckled Perch Festival Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m EPISCOPAL BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL Traditional Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Comtemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship 6pmSundayMid Week Worship at 7pmWednesday Children and Youth Classes are Available on Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70E Special Services coming up for the Easter Season You can advertise it here! 5 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 Lepard says there is another person who has an act with one dog and one monkey, he is the only one performing with three dogs and three monkeys. Mr. Lepard says that monkeys are like teenagers who never grew up. They can be taught a trick but they can’t be trained. Therefore each performance is different. In 35 years of entertaining, Mr. Lepard has performed at half-time shows during professional footballs games. At profession baseball games he has performed after the fourth and seventh innings and as part of the post-game show. Since baseball games are in the summer on weekend nights, that leaves weekends free for rodeos. He has also appeared in commercials, movies and on the David Letterman and Jay Leno television programs. While Mr. Lepard has performed at rodeos all over Florida, this is his rst stop in Okeechobee. Ghost Riders will be performing at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Spring Rodeo at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11. The rodeo starts at 2:00 p.m. both days. The monkeys can do things most rodeo contestants can only dream of as they ride the back of the border collies around the arena in a series of stunts. Sam, Belle Star and Bubba each weigh between four and seven pounds and ride on special saddles made by Wilder Saddlery in Kenansville, Fla. He said it takes two years of training before the dog wears a saddle. They use a lot of patience and don’t push the animals. He said none of the animals are hurt in any way, and really respond well to pop tart treats. “Every time I see them ride they remind me of a Florida Cracker. Sam is 19 years old and is probably one of the best riders we have. He leans in the saddle and throws his tail around to hang on.” The dogs and monkeys will team up to round up some big horn sheep at the rodeo this weekend. Many rodeo fans will see something that they’ve never seen before. Reporter Charles Murphy contributed to this story. MONKEYContinued From Page 1 ered. Some air conditioning work that appeared to not be too extensive needs to be done. Also, there are some roof tiles missing and it is uncertain whether or not the roof leaks. Terry Burroughs, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, the building’s prospective tenant, w as there to relay the council’s lease conditions to his board of directors for approval. “It’s not as bad as I thought it would be,” he said of the condition of the building. He suggested a roo ng expert look at the roof. “It may not be an issue at all.” Mr. Burroughs said once a lease was in place his chamber could be moved in about a month. It was the consensus of the council that for one y ear from the beginning date of the lease the cost of any required repairs to the building over $500 would be divided evenly between the chamber and the city. Mr. Burroughs suggested that the cost of insurance on the building be divided between the city and the chamber. Mr. Whitehall said the city’s mowing contractor would mow the chamber lawn for an additional $80 a month. He felt the chamber should pay the utilities. It was suggested that the chamber do any landscaping that needs to be done. Mr. Burroughs said the chamber would have the building open during normal business hours to provide information about the city and area attractions. He said his chamber would not sponsor parades and festivals as the inactive chamber had done in the past. For some time Okeechobee Main Street has sponsored parades and festivals in the city. However, Mr. Burroughs said his organization would continue to promote those events. The focus of Mr. Burroughs’ chamber is on economic development. The proposed terms of the lease are for ve years at $1 a month. Mr. Burroughs said his board would meet the next week and he would report back to the council at their next meeting. In their only other action item the council amended the interlocal agreement which allows the city to collect impact fees for the Okeechobee County School Board. Since the school board suspended the imposition of impact fees, the council amended the agreement accordingly. The council tabled until the next meeting a discussion of the city attorney’s and the city administrator’s annual evaluation.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. CITYContinued From Page 1 Newspaper welcomes community submissions!The Okeechobee News welcomes community news items, photos, letters to the editor and other items of local interest. Email us at okeenews@newszap.com.

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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.Samuel Hubbard, 78OKEECHOBEE — Samuel Hubbard, age 78, of Okeechobee, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at his residence. He was born Aug. 22, 1933, in Cla y County, Ky., to James Madison and Vinia Maria (Goins) Hubbard. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Vinia Hubbard; brothers, Jack, Wesley, James and Edward; sisters, Eva Catherine, Doris E. (Betty); and daughter, Robin Dale Hubbard. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Crooker) Hubbard; son, Guy Marvin Hubbard (Donna) of Kissimmee, Fla.; daughter, Linda Gail Bass Billiter; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition he is survived b y brothers, Charlie, Lawrence, Johnny, all of Independence, Ky.; sisters, Alice o f Garrod, Ky., and Irene of Independence, Ky. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, from 9 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. in Burlington, Ky., at the Linnemann Funeral Home, 1940 Burlington Pike, Kentucky. Interment will follow in Beech Grove Holiness Cemetery. All local arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Historical Society announces meetingThe Okeechobee Historical Society will be holding their annual Fish Fry/monthly meeting on Monday, March 19 beginning at noon in the Okeechobee Historical Society Museum building on Highway 98 N. Anyone interested in attending the meeting just needs to bring a covered dish. If you wish to join the Society, dues are $10 per year. V FW North announces w eekend plansThe North VFW, 300 NW 34th St has a w eekend full of fun planned. The grill will be open on Friday 5-9 p.m. with karaoke hosted by Lisa 7-10 p.m. Saturday, there will be burgers on the grill 12-2 p.m., Bar Bingo 1 p.m. Fish/Shrimp Dinner 5-7 p.m. with karaoke hosted by Steve On A Stick 7-10 p.m. On Sunday, Lori will be serving Liver & Onions or Cubed Steak 2-4 p.m. with karaoke hosted by D & K (Danny & Kathy) 6-9 p.m. Proceeds go towards veterans assistance programs.Moose announce w eekend plansJoin the Loyal Order of Moose #1753, 159 NW 36th St on Friday for Bingo at 6:30 p.m. (bonanza start 5 p.m). On Saturday, the lodge will be holding a Membership Drive in the Tiki with food and Karaoke by D & K (Danny & Kathy). Music will start at 1 p.m. Sunday breakfast will be served 8-11 a.m. for $5. Be sure to stop by. Proceeds go towards Moose Charities.Cypress Eagles to host steak and sh dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles, at 4701 S.E. Hwy. 441, will host a Friday night steak, sh and shrimp dinner on Friday, March 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Music by Don. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public Welcome! Eagles North to host Steak nightFriday, March 9 Eagles North will have their weekly steak dinner featuring the Fantastic Al Jones. Come eat and dance. Proceeds go to the F.O.E 4137 Community benet fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.Shared Services Network to meetThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County w ill conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board ofce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is inv ited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.Cypress Eagles to host sh and chips dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles, at 4701 S.E. Hwy. 441, will host a sh and chips dinner on Saturday, March 10 from 4 p.m. Games, too. Join us for the fun Music by Carla & Mike. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public Welcome!Moose 1753 hosts Hog RoastMoose 1753, at 159 N.W. 36th St, will host a weekend of fun! On Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m. when they will hold a Hog Roast with a giant membership drive. Free food and music by D & K. Covered dishes are welcome. Proceeds to bene t the Moose Heart Charities. On Sunday, March 11, a full-menu breakfast from 8–11 a.m. for a $5 donation. Proceeds will bene t the Loom Charity fund. Call Lee, 863-824-0911, for information.OCEA to open booth at weekend festivalThe Okeechobee Retired Educator’s Association will have a booth at the Speckled Perch Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11 at which they will sell the 2011 Historical Ornament, the Okeechobee Train Depot as well as selling raf e tickets for a chance on a Kindle Fire, a $50 Walmart gift card or Beijo Purses. Fundraising opportunity offered.Fundraising opportunity for local clubsOkeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association is offering a ticket sales fundraising opportunity for local clubs. For more information, please contact Heather Hancock @ CenterState Bank, 863-763-5573. Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Annual Spring Rodeo, March 10 and 11 at 2 p.m., Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center.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.Girl scouts neededCalling on all adult Girl Scouts! If you were a girl; girl scout or worked with girls as an adult, we would like to have you join us in marching in the Speckled Perch Parade in Okeechobee on March 10 to celebrate our 100th anniversary! Contact Laurie Pharr for more information 863-634-0465.Okeechobee Youth Football League announces signupsThe signups for the Okeechobee Youth Football League will be held at the annual Speckled Perch Festival in Flagler Park on Saturday, March 10 from 10 am until 3 p.m. The cost per child is $75. Ages 5-14 are eligible to play in the new league which includes a ag football team and four tackle teams. For more information call Coach Marvin Roberts at 863-801-4857. The league is a travel ball league and will play games at Okeechobee High School and in surrounding Heartland Area Counties starting in August and September.Eagles North to host BINGO!Saturday, March 10 Eagles North will have CARD Bingo beginning at 4 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 Community bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North Okeechobee.Cypress Hut Eagles to hold fried chicken dinnerOn Sunday, March 11 the Cypress Hut Eagles, at 4701 S.E. Hwy. 441., will hold a fried chicken dinner from 1–5 p.m., for $6 per dinner. The public is welcome. Proceeds will go to the Community Charity fund.Lodge to hold Sunday breakfastOn Sunday, March 11 the Masonic Lodge, at 107 N.W. 5th St., will hold a fullmenu breakfast from 8–11 a.m., for a $6 donation (kids 12 and under $3). The public is welcome, and carryouts are available. Proceeds go to Okeechobee Youth Programs.Moose 1753 to hold Sunday breakfastOn Sunday, March 11 the Moose 1753, at 159 N.W. 36th St., will hold a full-menu breakfast from 8–11 a.m. for a $5 donation. Proceeds will bene t the Loom Charity fund. Call Lee, 863-824-0911, for information.Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, March 11 April 15, May 13, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. Must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.VFW North hosts dinner nightNorth VFW Post #4423, 300 NW 34th St will host a Pot Roast Dinner prepared by Lori on Sunday 2-4 p.m. for a donation of $6.50. There will also be karaoke hosted by Lisa 6-9 p.m. Donations go towards Veteran Assistance Programs. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 772.461.6000 CALL TOLL FREE OUTSIDE ST. LUCIE COUNTY 877-251-FORD (3673) Mon.…Fri. 8am…8pm | Sat. 9am…5pm | Se Habla Espao l 5435 U.S. 1 SOUTH, FORT PIERCE (1/2 MILE SOUTH OF MIDWAY ROAD ON U.S. 1) YOUR INTERNET REPRESENTATIVE HANK BASILE SOME VEHICLE PHOTOS ARE APPROXIMATE LIKENESS TO THE IN STOCK INVENTORY. ALL VEHICLES ADVERTISED ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. VEHI CLES PRICED AFTER ALL FACTORY REBATES PLUS TAX, TAG AND $289 DEALER FEE. SOME FACTORY REBATES MAY REQUIRE FORD MOTOR CREDIT FINANCING WAC. SOME PRICES INCLUDE FMCC REBATE, RCL RENEWAL OR TRADE ASSIST REBATE. *10,500 MILES/YR. 27 MONTHS PAYMENT AND TAX. 2011 FORD FLEX SEL25K MI., WHT. METALLIC #P4285$24,950 2011 LINCOLN MKX33K MI., INGOT SILVER #P4292$30,950ONLY 2011 FORD FIESTA S10K MI., GRAY MET. #12229A $12,950ONLY ONLY 2008 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 39K MI., DARK CHERRY #11579A $16,950ONLY 2009 FORD FOCUS SEL38K MI., LT. BLUE MET. #12308A $14,950ONLY2006 CHEVY COLORADO48K MI., BLACK #111043B $13,950ONLY 2006 FORD F-250 LARIAT55K MI., BLACK #12399 $22,950ONLY2008 DODGE CHARGER RT62K MI., TORCH RED #11732A $18,950ONLY 2010 FORD TAURUS SHO23K MI., RED CANDY #12233A $30,950ONLY 2011 FORD EDGE LIMITED32K MI., BORDEAUX #P4290 $26,950ONLY 2010 CHEVY CAMARO SS22K MI., RED JEWEL #111064B$27,950ONLY 2008 MUSTANG SHELBY35K MI., VISTA BLUE #P4248 $26,950ONLY 2010 FORD F-150 LARIAT9K MI., TUXEDO BLK, #12442A $32,950ONLY 2008 FORD ESCAPE LTD 55K MI., REDFIRE MET. #A4124A $17,950ONLY2011 FORD FIESTA SEL13K MI., OXFORD WHT #P4186A1 $16,950ONLY 2008 FORD EDGE SEL 52K MI., CREME BRULEE #12437A$18,950ONLY $2,995 DUE/mo.*199AT SIGNING 45 STARTING AT$2012 FORD FUSION2012 FORD EXPLORER15 11 TO CHOOSE 2012 FORD ECONOLINE 2012 SUPER DUTY F-250TREASURE COAST TRUCK CENTER!YOUR COMMERCIAL CONNECTION HEADQUARTERS! $2,500 DUE/mo.*192AT SIGNING 25 STARTING AT$2012 FORD FOCUS $3,000 DUE/mo.*210AT SIGNING 20 STARTING AT$2012 FORD ESCAPE $3,000 DUE/mo.*239AT SIGNING 12 STARTING AT$2012 FORD EDGE SAVETHOUSANDS! 2011 FORD F-150 SAVE THOUSANDS!LAST CHANCE! APR AS LOW AS 1.9% ON SELECT PRE-OWNED VEHICLES! SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. EASY AND CONVENIENT APPRAISALS! WELL BUY YOUR CAR, EVEN IF YOU DONT BUY OURS!THE BEST SELECTION OF PREOWNED CARS & TRUCKS ON THE TREASURE COAST! 7 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012

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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 8 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 Seminole Elementary guests help celebrate Read Across America Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMDevin Maxwell, Okeechobee City Councilman, read to Seminole Elementary School students in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America week. Kelly Owens, Okeechobee County School Board Member, read to Seminole Elementary School students in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America week. Sharon Vinson, coordinator of Shared Services, read to Seminole Elementary School students in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America week. Leslie Lundy, director of grants and Special Programs, read to Seminole Elementary School students in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America week. Dale Barrett, director of Operations, read to Seminole Elementary School students in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America week. Ken Kenworthy, Superintendent of Schools, visited Seminole Elementary School and read to a group of 5th graders in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America week. Community members and school ofcials came to Seminole Elementary School to read their favorite Dr. Seuss book in celebration of Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. At left, Sean Downing, Osceola Middle School Principal, read his favorite Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax, to a group of Seminole Elementary School students.

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DERMATOLOGY Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com SPINE SURGERY PALM BEACH SPINE SPECIALISTSPasquale X. Montesano, M.D.Board Certi ed Orthopedic Spine Surgeon 1124 S. Parrott Avenue • Okeechobee 863-261-8059 • info@spinedocs.org OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton120 BEDSCaring for Those You Care About FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted HEALTH Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: M-T 8-5 € F 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation OncologistsCall:863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session GYNECOLOGIST James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S. Scott Tapper, M.D., F.A.C.S.Board Certi ed General Vascular SurgeonSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Of ce ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser AblationproceduresInsurance Accepted beforeafter2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart772-286-5501symmetrylaservein.com UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online 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 9, 2012 10 Okeechobee News

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Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Christian Team Trails March tourney got off to a windy start on Saturday, March 3. Despite the high winds, 55 boaters were undaunted entering the tournament taking to the water just after sunrise. Boat #18 with Blake and Danny Marsocci w as the rst one in bringing in the largest total weight of more than 24 lbs. in sh caught. They were awarded a cash prize of $1,080 after weigh-in. In second place, Bob Carney and Ken Goodwein of boat #42 brought in a respectable 17.44 lbs. earning them a cash prize of $405 to share. Bob Owens and Fred George of boat #9 took third place and a split of $270 prize winnings. "Big Fish" prize was awarded to sixth place overall winners, Warren Peede and Chris Little. Their single largest catch weighed a whopping 8.50 lbs. netting them an added bonus of $324 to their winnings of $135. Second "Big Fish" title was given to team of Bobby Duvall and Jeff Edgerly in boat #37. They hauled in a single catch weighing 7.53 lbs. bringing their total winnings to over $350. A crowd of family and friends gathered at weigh-in to congratulate the winners, enjoy a hotdog or two and a cold drink provided by Oakview Baptist Church. Pastor John Garrison made the presentation of awards. Prize ticket drawings were also made where ticket holders left with prizes donated by local stores and individuals. The nal tournament "The CTT Classic" will be held on Saturday, April 7, with cast off time set at 7 a.m. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 12 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 Big wind doesn’t deter CTT tourney anglers Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pat ZiglarOakview Baptist Church Pastor, John Garrison (left) made the awards presentations after weigh-in presenting top prize winners, Blake and Danny Marsocci with a check for $1,080 for their 24 lbs of sh caught in the March tourney. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pat ZiglarSecond place winner overall in the March CTT Tourney, Bob Carney, part of boat #42 team along with Ken Goodwein brought back a respectable 17.44 lbs. of sh at weigh-in. Each earned a split of $405. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pat ZiglarFirst place winners of the March Christian Team Trails Fishing Tourney were also the rst ones back to weigh in. Blake and Danny Marsocci hauled in over 24 lbs of sh earning them the top spot this month's tourney. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pat ZiglarWarren Peede and Chris Little took home an extra $324 for their BIG FISH catch that weighed 8.50 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pat ZiglarThird place winners Bob Owens and Fred George reeled in a total weight of over 16 lbs of sh earning them a share of $270 prize. 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

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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! 44th Annual Speckled Perch Festival Saturday, March 10th 9-4 and Sunday, March 11th 9-4The annual festival celebrates the shing industry in Okeechobee promises your favorite fried cat sh and a heap of delicious fried goodies including Barbecue, Swamp Cabbage, Fried Pumpkin Bread, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fritters, Ox Tail or Jerk ChickenTop it all off with:Ice Cream Strawberry Shortcake or Funnel Cakes. For the Kids: Gem mining, face painting, plaster art And special projects with staff of Home DepotOVER 100 BOOTHS River trader will be on-site as well as Guy Harvey and Cracker Life items, Seminole Arts and Crafts, hand crafted jewelry, a Book Fair by the Okeechobee County Media Specialists and many more!Don’t Miss The Dancing turtle, Chain saw Carving Demonstrations or live animal exhibits by Animal Adventures. Performances by: The Chobee Steelers and Xplosion! and other Local Talent Parade starts at 11:00 am Saturday 14 Okeechobee News March 9, 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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Jerry Goggans, 36, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Steven McKinley on a Glades County warrant charging him with violation of probation traf cking in stolen property (two counts). He is being held without bond.  Dustin Allmon, 24, Janis Road, Cape Coral, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of marijuana over 20 grams. He is being held without bond.  Adrian Salazar, 37, N.E. 11th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Justin Akins on a warrant charging him with fraudulent use of identi cation for work. His bond was set at $1,000.  Randy Edward Ammons, 49, N.W. 42nd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felony battery. His bond was set at $12,500.  Brittney N. Penn, 26, S.E. 18th Way, Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Matt Grumbling on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (xanax) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Her bond was set at $3,000.  Brandy N. McKinney, 25, N.E. 138th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 b y the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. She was released on her own recognizance.  James Eldridge, 50, S.E. 29th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $2,500.  Tom Douglas Hoover, 23, N.W. 304th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 b y Deputy Brian Cross on a felony charge of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge of battery. His bond was set at $12,500.  Debra Young, 43, Broadland Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 b y Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felon y of failure to appear driving while license suspended. Her bond was set at $5,000.  Francisco Arellano, 21, N.W. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 b y Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $10,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Local deputies arrested a man as he was reportedly entering a local recycling center with $2,300 worth of metal that was allegedly stolen. James Thomas Gainer, 21, N.W. 86th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested W ednesday, March 7, on felony charges of grand theft and criminal mischief. Gainer’s bond on those charges has been set at $10,000. An arrest report by Deputy Anthony Kibler, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Deputy John Hazy stopped Gainer as he was entering the recycling center. Deputy Hazy then arrested Gainer on outstanding warrants charging him with violation of probation giving false information to a secondary metal recycler, violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation burglary of an unoccupied structure. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail without bond on those charges. According to Deputy Kibler’s report Gainer broke into some containers and took a variety of metal items, including: two 10-foot aluminum cargo rollers; several electrical boxes with breakers; brass locks; a ceiling fan; aluminum window frames; and, an aluminum folding ladder. Deputy Kibler stated in his report that the landowner said he had welded the containers shut to keep people from stealing his belongings. The landowner estimated the damages to his property to be $1,200. Man caught at recycler w ith stolen metal items The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced it will continue releasing water from Lake Okeechobee, sending additional fresh water into the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The new release began March 8. The Corps is making the release in a pulse-like manner to mimic a rainfall event, similar to releases that began on Dec. 16. The target ow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary for this release is an average of 450 cubic feet per second (cfs) over a 10-day period, as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) east of Fort Myers. The 10-day pulse release w ill allow relatively larger discharge rates during the rst half of the 10-day period. This will be the third 10-day pulse release since Feb. 17. These releases are expected to help reduce impacts and degradation of aquatic resources due to high salinities. “The 10-day pulse releases are helping to reduce salinities in the Caloosahatchee estuary,” said John Kilpatrick, Chief of the Jacksonville District’s Multi-Project Branch, which has oversight of water management at the lake, “we are hoping to adequately observe and record the response of the ecosystem to this 10-day release pattern to learn what we can to provide a more consistent operation.” Thursday, the lake stage was 12.83 feet. The lake is currently within the Operational Band of the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (2008 LORS). The Corps and partner agencies will continue to closely monitor and assess system conditions, and may decrease releases if local basin runoff contributes to ow. For more information on water level and ows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps’ water management page online at: http://www.saj.usace. army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/ MultiProject/WaterMgt/. Corps to continue releases from Lake Okeechobee James T. Gainer

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y O w n e d & O p e r a t e d b y J o h n E d B u r d e s h a w LA K EOK E E C H O B E ETI T L E8 6 3 7 6 3 3 7 4 96 0 8 N W P A R K S T R E E T For All Your Real Estate Closing Needs COUNTRY LIVING ~ Right in town! CBS European Stucco/Arches. 3-4 bd/2 ba/ 1008 SF Triple Carport. 2680 SF-3193 SF TLA. Updated Kitchen, Family Room, Of“ ce, Screened Lanai. Lots of Storage! Big lot on Cul-de-sac. SOUTHWEST BEAUTY! $139,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. Check out our updated website: Century21okeechobee.com • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 MLS #205495 • FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 MLS #205578 • 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 • Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 1001-H: Oak Tree Place In town condominium conveniently close to everything. Porch just off the kitchen area. Seller very motivated to sell. Unit #10-G Make offer! $52,000 NOW $39,000 MLS #203425 3006-H: Treasure Island lake access. CBS and frame home with front & back screen porch. Whether you’re looking for a weekend retreat or a place to call home. $53,900 MLS #205626 5011-M: Four Seasons 2006, 2br/2ba MH on acre. Great location for east coast commuters! Fenced yard with 4 sheds, wooden front porch. Motivated seller, make an offer! $78,000 NOW $65,000 MLS #204129 3003-H: King’s Bay 2 Bd 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205169 3004-H: King’s Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, enclosed back porch and screened front porch, garage, appliance stay. HOA. Easy to show. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205168 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge Lake Access two story 3 bd/2 ba. Upstairs & downstairs kitchen, lg storage bldg, hurricane shutters, seawall, RV Prkg. 2,560 sq. ft. of living. Way too much to list! $399,000 NOW $349,000 MLS #204356 FORECLOSURE REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED 15 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Timmy Farrell pitched a complete game three hitter and Billy Childers had two hits as Okeechobee High School defeated John Carroll 5-2 in a high school boys baseball game Wednesday night at OHS. Brad Coleman had an RBI single in a four-run fourth inning rally for the Brahmans w ho improved to (5-3) on the season. Okeechobee took advantage of two elding errors by the Rams in the fourth inning as they sent seven batters to the plate. Will J ackson Christian Crews, Coleman and Layton Thomas scored runs during the rally. Brahman Coach Jeff Blackstone said his team has struggled in recent outings on defense and he felt they needed a game like this to get back on the right track. "Timmy Farrell did a great job tonight and gave us exactly what we needed as a team. He threw strikes, got ahead of the hitters, and gave us a chance to bat and get some runs," he said. Farrell threw a lot of strikes and kept pressure on the hitters to swing the bats rather than try to make perfect pitches. He said his pitch count was low and that helped him feel fresh in the late innings. "We really got together as a team and talked about chemistry in study hall today. W e came out here with an upbeat attitude and were ready to play. We wanted to stop losing and play the game right," he added. Farrell retired 13 straight batters at one point in the middle innings. He only walked three batters and struck out eight batters. Coach Blackstone said the team hasn't played their best baseball yet but he was proud they bounced back from a 10-run loss to St. Cloud one night earlier, "We played much cleaner defensively and showed patience at the plate. Tonight was a good con dence boost and a step in the right direction." Blackstone said if his team continues to gain in con dence on defense, he suspects they will win more ball games. He insists the team was better than what they showed against Martin County and St. Cloud in the past week. Farrell said he would like to use this game as a springboard to improvement for the rest of the year. "I realize I can only control what I can control. I kept throwing strikes and kept pounding the strike zone. When they hit the ball they didn't hit it hard." Okeechobee hosts Sebastian River on Friday night at 7 p.m. They will host Fort Pierce Central next Tuesday night at 7 p.m. OHS boys baseball team defeats John Carroll Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMorgan Crawford Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMaranda Serrano

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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 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time NOW HIRING FOR OUR NEW OKEECHOBEE LOCATIONApply in person Monday Saturday From 9am to 5pm at the store located at: 1210 Hwy 70 East, Okeechobee,FlHiring for all positionsCooks we will meet or beat your current pay bring in your pay stub. Breakfast and Lunch Cook needed for busy restaurant. Full or Part time. Only experienced need apply. 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Houses-SaleCustom 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. Lots -Sale 2 WATERFRONT vacant lots in Taylor Creek Isles. Both on canal with sea walls. Each $35,000 OBO. Call (239) 898-7084. FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 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 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. MobileHome Rent 3/2 Mobile/Add On $750 mo., 1st and Last Plus $500 Security Located Downtown Call 863-763-4537 5 Acres with a 4bd/2ba Mobile Home completely furnished, with pole barn. Call for more information 863-697-1648 $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 2BR, 2BA, C/Air. $495 mo. 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The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats2006 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 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 Marine Accessories6 Diving Tanks, 40lb. weight belt. No regulator make offer 863-824-0886 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Vans 97 Ply. Van, 56,000 mi., New tires & Battery. With handicap scooter lift asking $2,295.00 Call 863-801-3320NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2301 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASS SUBDIVISION LOTS 22 & 23 BLOCK 6 1-15-37-35-0080-00060-0220 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELYSEE AUGUSTIN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410755 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD006 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1145 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 31 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 31 29 34S 33E 1-29-34-33-0A00-00031-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PEARL C NEUGEBAUER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410742 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD011 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1863 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOTS 11 & 16 BLOCK 11 1-15-36-35-0040-00110-0110 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: EDWARD F HOWERTON Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410750 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2400 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: EL MIRA SOL LOTS 14 TO 18 INC BLOCK 30 1-18-37-35-0020-00300-0140 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ACREAGE PROPERTIES INC JEAN TRAYLOR WILSON ESTATE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410757 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2012-CP-020 IN RE: ESTATE OF OVEDA B. MANNION Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f Oveda B. Mannion, deceased, whose date of death was December 3, 2011, and the last four digits o f whose social security number are 5340, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTE R THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is March 2, 2012. Personal Representative: Nicholas Boromei 500 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34974 Attorney for Personal Representative: Robert J. Kulas Attorney for Nicholas Boromei Florida Bar Number: 398195 Robert J. Kulas, P.A. 2100 SE Hillmoor Drive, Suite 105 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952 Telephone: (772) 398-0720 Fax: (772) 398-9331 411499 ON 3/2,9/2012 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast/DBA, Workforce Solutions Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium announces a meeting of the Executive and Nominating Committees to which all persons are invited:Date & Time: Friday, March 16, 2012 8:00 a.m. Nominating Committee 8:45 a.m. Place: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers, and the Workforce Development Board DBA, Workforce Solutions. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 411946 ON 3/9/2012 17 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD012 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1870 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 20 BLOCK 12 1-15-36-35-0040-00120-0200 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MAUREEN M WEBER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed acco rding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410753 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD015 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL J TRIMBLE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1986 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASSWOOD UNIT 2 LOT 18 BLOCK 32 1-05-37-35-0020-00320-0180 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: SURINDRA PHAGU TULAMATLLE PHAGU Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed acco rding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410754 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds

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PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD015 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL J TRIMBLE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1986 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASSWOOD UNIT 2 LOT 18 BLOCK 32 1-05-37-35-0020-00320-0180 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: SURINDRA PHAGU TULAMATLLE PHAGU Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410754 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD004 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1007 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT L OF TRACT 16 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 16 27 34S 33E 1-27-34-33-0A00-00016-L000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MELTINI LOUKAS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410731 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD017 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1485 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: NEW OKEECHOBEE HEIGHTS SECTION A LOTS 24 TO 27 INC BLOCK 20 1-06-36-34-0010-00200-0240 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: FRANCES E ANSBRO JAMES L ANSBRO Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410749 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD010 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1313 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT D TRACT OF 11 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 11 35 34S 33E 1-35-34-33-0A00-00011-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GLADYS DIAZ ROBERTO DIAZ Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410748 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD007 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1190 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT L OF TRACT 27 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 27 32 34S 33E 1-32-34-33-0A00-00027-L000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOHN P LAWRENCE THOMAS E LAWRENCE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410743 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD008 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1211 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS J & O OF TRACT 10 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 10 33 34S 33E 1-33-34-33-0A00-00010-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LURALE MARCH PATRICK OKEEFE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410744 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD016 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 90 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS M & N OF TRACT 11 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 11 & E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 11 09 34S 33E 1-09-34-33-0A00-00011-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELDA JACQUET JOANUER JACQUET Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410722 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD009 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1270 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT D OF TRACT 14 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 14 34 34S 33E 1-34-34-33-0A00-00014-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BEREZINA SENIS JUNIA BERNARD MURLANDE BERNARD Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed acco rding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410746 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD002 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 147 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT C OF TRACT 25 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 25 SECTION 10 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-10-34-33-0A00-00025-C000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PATRICK J CONROY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410726 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD003 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 284 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT M OF TRACT 16 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 16 SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST 1-13-34-33-0A00-00016-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DEVON B SEATON EVONDOR PROPERTY INC LAING JOY MICHELLE E WILLIAMS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410729 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice 18 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19 JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2011-CA-000365 PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, VS. FENTON JOHN MOORE, DECEASED HIS/HER RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT; AND THE AFOREMENTIONED NAMED DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE AFOREMENTIONED UNKNOWN DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE UNKNOWN NAMED DEFENDANT AS MAY BE INFANTS, INCOMPETENTS OR OTHERWISE NOT SUI JURIS; UNKNOWN TENANT(S); WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO WACHOVIA BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION-FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS TO: FENTON JOHN MOORE, DECEASED HIS/HER RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT; AND THE AFOREMENTIONED NAMED DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE AFOREMENTIONED UNKNOWN DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE UNKNOWN NAMED DEFENDANT AS MAY BE INFANTS, INCOMPETENTS OR OTHERWISE NOT SUI JURIS including any unknown spouse of the Defendant, if remarried and if said Defendant is dead, his/her respective unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lien holders, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; and the aforementioned named Defendant and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendant and such of the unknown named Defendant as may be infants, incompetents, or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property, to-wit: A Parcel of land lying and being in the Southwest 1/4 of Section 3, Township 34 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of the Southwest 1/4 of said Section 3, run North 0 30’ 41” West along the Easterly boundary of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 3, a distance of 118.21 feet to a point on the Easterly Right of Way of a 66 feet Country Road, thence north 31 05’ 04” West a distance of 1,669.62 feet to the Point of Beginning. Thence continue Noth 31 05’ 04” West a distance of 320.00 feet, thence North 58 58’ 41” East, a distance of 680.9.8’feet, thence south 31 01’ 19” East, a distance of 319.26 feet, thence South 58 58’ 56” West, a distance of 680.63 feet to the Point of Beginning. More commonly known as 32484 Northeast 4th Drive, Okeechobee, FL 34972 This action has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on Plaintiffs attorney, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., L.P.A., whose address is 550 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309, on or before 30 days after date of rst publication, and le the original with the Clerk of the Circuit Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Witness my hand and seal of this Court on the 28th day of February, 2012. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Okeechobee County, Florida By: Arlene Nealis, Deputy Clerk Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., L.P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff 550 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Telephone No.: 954-740-5200 Facsimile: 954-740-5290 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 711.411390 ON 3/,9,16/2012 BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY Contact a member of our Sales Team, for an opportunity to place your ad in the best business directory in town email:okeeadsales@newszap.com or call 863-763-3134 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people!

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By Cathie Carpenter Y MS Guidance Counselor Yearling Middle School had another successful McTeacher Night on Tuesday, March 8. The proceeds received from the rst two nights were added to the PTO account and PTO approved the purchase of two microw aves. McDonald's donates 15 percent of the overall sales total for each hour an organization spends working. The total amount earned from the March 8, event is not known at this time but should be the largest y et. YMS students who participated were given a card to redeem for positive signatures. They are able to get one signature from each teacher they saw working the event. Positive signatures are a component of the Positive Behavior System used by Yearling to promote positive behavior. Students collect signatures and redeem them for prizes or the opportunity to attend Mega Events or to be an administrator for a day. Ms. Starr, the "Frappe Queen," retained her throne for the third time, arriving early to guarantee the position. This time, however, Ms. Starr was joined by Mrs. Pritchard. Mrs. Pearce performed multiple tasks working the front counter and drive up window. Money was collected in the drive thru by Mrs. Charlton. Mrs. Mendez had her rst experience in the drive thru, lling orders for customers. Another rst timer was Mrs. Hardy who experienced the fast-paced experience of lling orders. Ms. Varson added her special touch to the shakes and ice cream cones. Mrs. S. Bandi slipped in between tutoring and the PTO meeting to lend a helping hand. Mrs. Letcher, Mrs. McGee, Mrs. Mitchum and Mrs. Gibbs (Cauf eld) kept the lobby spotless as usual. Mrs. Jennings welcomed the excited customers along with Mr. King and Mrs. Markham. Mr. Claypool joined us during the second hour and helped out anywhere we needed him. Motorists were once again entertained and greeted by Yearling's Bull mascot. Yearling Middle School would like to extend a big "Thank You" to McDonald's employees and management for providing us an opportunity to work together for our children. McTeacher Night for Yearling Middle School a success 19 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The rain showers didn't stop the Brahman tennis teams from a big win at Sebastian River on Wednesday. The boys team shut out the Sharks 5-0. The girls team defeated Sebastian 7-0. Rain prevented the boys from playing doubles. In singles matches Otto Ramirez defeated Eugene Wolf 8-1. Brendon Jonassaint defeated Kyler Ziehmn 8-1. Lucas Penido defeated Edgar Penaloza 8-1. Colt Root defeated Christopher Touros 8-0. Cody Walker defeated Yong Ru 9-7. For the girls Samantha Rivero shut out Kelsey Wells 8-0. Jenna Rath defeated Brittany Moesch 8-0. Vanessa Watt defeated Melissa Marsiglia 8-1. Jessica Luna defeated Vanessa Dreher 8-0. Alley Lopez defeated Caleigh Kreige 8-3. In doubles play Watt and Rath defeated Moesch and Wells 8-1 and Kayla Orr and Luna defeated Ali Simpson and Angela Krupa 8-1. The tennis teams return home next Tuesday to host Clewiston at the Okeechobee Sports Complex at 3:30 p.m. Samantha Harrell continued her strong campaign with 11 strikeouts as the Lady Brahmans defeated Martin County 3-2 in a District 12-7A game on Tuesday night in Stuart. Harrell helped her own cause with two hits at the plate. Danyelle Shef eld added two hits for the Lady Brahmans who remained unbeaten in district play. St. Cloud exploded for four rallies of at least three runs as they beat the Okeechobee Brahmans 13-3 in high school baseball action Tuesday night in Osceola County. Jesse Stebbins blasted a two-run homerun in the rst inning for the Brahmans, (4-3). Christian Crews made the lead hold up as he pitched two shutout innings for Okeechobee before the Bulldogs rallied. St. Cloud scored three times in the third, four runs in the fourth, three times in the fth and four more runs in the sixth to win by the 10-run rule. A passed ball allowed the nal run to score. Brahman Coach Jeff Blackstone said his team struggled on defense and allowed a number of unearned runs in the game. Crews pitched four solid innings. Noah Wilcox, David Coleman and Brian Stokes pitched out of the bullpen. Billy Childers and Will Jackson added base hits for Okeechobee. Blackstone said although there weren't a lot of positives in this game, the team struggled to make plays as St. Cloud played small ball, with bunt plays and stolen bases. "We are trying to improve defensively and we have to get better there to be successful," he added. Martin County remained unbeaten as they pounded Okeechobee 9-3 in a District 12-7A game March 2 in Stuart. Starting pitcher Josh Thorne struck out ve batters in ve strong innings to get the win. Matt Reardon had three hits and Danny Hudzina hit a tworun homerun for the Tigers. Mark Savarese also went deep in the game and Jeremy Vasquez had two hits for the hard hitting Tigers. The Brahmans kept it close for awhile as they scored two runs in the top of the fourth to close the gap to 3-2. A throwing error at the plate helped the Brahman rally. Dalton Murray had two hits, while Justin Morgan, Billy Childers and Tyler Finney added base hits for Okeechobee. Brahman Coach Jeff Blackstone said his team had more opportunities to score but couldn't cash in with clutch hits, "We left some runners in scoring position tonight and we left a couple of guys on base. Martin County was a strong team and the best team we've played during the regular season so far." Okeechobee hosts Sebastian River on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Okeechobee High School boys tennis team defeated South Fork while the girls lost a close match when the Brahmans tangled with the Bulldogs March 2 in Martin County. The boys prevailed 5-2 behind singles wins by Otto Ramirez, Cody Walker, Brendon Jonassaint and Irfan Chaudhary. Ramirez defeated Morgan Miller 7-6 and 6-2. Walker defeated Dan Bicksler 3-6, 6-1 and 11-9. Jonassaint dominated Bret Munson 6-1 and 6-0. Chaudhary won a marathon match with Ethan Conrad 6-3, 2-6, and 11-9. Okeechobee split the doubles matches as the team of Ramirez and Root lost 9-7 to Miller and Munson. Walker and Jonassaint defeated Bicksler and Jonah Ghazal 8-1. Colt Root lost his singles match in a tough battle with Vlad Vorona 4-6, 6-1, and 10-5 in a third set tiebreak. The girls team won their two doubles matches but lost four of their ve singles matches. In the #1 seed match Okeechobee's Sam Rivero defeated Katie Tobin 6-0 and 6-2. Lauren Maunus defeated Jenna Rath 6-1 and 6-3. Natalie Gazzaneo defeated Vanessa Watt 6-1 and 6-1. Courtne y Spillman outlasted Jessica Luna 7-6 and 6-4. Vishal Lakshmanah defeated Alley Lopez 6-1, 6-4, and 12-10 in a third set tiebreak. The team of Rivero and Watt defeated Tobin and Gazzaneo 8-3 and the #2 doubles team o f Rath and Luna from Okeechobee defeated Maunus and Mirgand Zahn 8-4. In a sixth unof cial singles match Hailey Ingeman defeated Kayla Orr of Okeechobee 8-1. Sports News in Brief Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESBook FairThe Okeechobee County School Media Specialists are preparing for their rst ever Community Book Fair, to be held during the Speckled Perch Festival. Left to right: Lynn Greeson, Seminole Elementary; Jenny Ward, North Elementary; Jean Zorich, Freshman Campus; Chris Fuller, Everglades Elementary; Alicia Perviss, South Elementary; Larenda Tomlinson, Osceola Middle School and Ronda Watt, Central Elementary. There will be books for all ages, toddler through adult. The Book Fair will be held on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, in Flagler Park. There will be drawings for free books! The proceeds will bene t the Okeechobee County Public Schools Media Centers. Look for the Book Fair tent in the park! Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSA few of the McTeacher Crew included: Mrs. Hardy, Mrs. Pearce, Ms. Varson, and Ms. Farrell.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 LAKE OKEECHOBEE—The Big “O” Birding Extravaganza is a Glades/Hendry County cooperative event in South Central Florida on the Southwest shores of Lake Okeechobee. Glades and Hendry counties are becoming a mecca for bird w atching, home to more than 300 species of birds, including limpkins, migratory swallow-tailed kites and painted buntings which pass through during October and April. Five Great Florida Birding Trail sites are within the region: Dinner Island Ranch and Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest both are Wildlife Management Areas, and Stormwater Treatment A rea #5 (STA5) in Hendry County, and Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management A rea—East & West in Glades County. Expect to see ducks such as the Fulvous W histling-Duck and the Mottled Duck; shorebirds like Black-necked Stilt; waders such as Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork and Least Bittern; and specialty raptors including Crested Caracara, Snail Kite, and Barn Owl. Plus, area birders are always on a quest for that elusive Smooth-billed Ani. The 2012 Big O Birding Festival is planned for Wednesday, March 28, through Sunday, March 31, on the southwest shores of Lake Okeechobee. This year’s “roost” will be the Port LaBelle Inn. From there, participants will explore Hendry and Glades Counties with exclusive tours led by prestigious birding experts. Photo tours will be led by John J. Lopinot and keynote speaker John C. Ogden. For a schedule of events or to register for a variety of programs and tours call 863-675-0125 or go online to www.BigOBirdingFestival.com. Big O Birding Festival to ‘roost’ at Port LaBelle Inn Ken Corregan/ Hendry-Glades AudubonWater treatment wetlands in the Lake Okeechobee area have become popular sites for wading birds and for bird watchers. Courtesy photo/ SFWMDBlue winged teal frequent areas around the Kissimmee River.

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If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT-IT.NEW MEMBERS GET $ 50 FREE PLAY AND $ 10 FOOD CREDIT WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR A PLAYERS CLUB WILD CARD!Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA!See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate. Manag ement reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time based on operational and/or business concern. Persons who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or those who have opted into the self-exclusion program are not eligible. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, pleas e call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.*May not accurately represent vehicle won. Like us on Facebook DRAWING ON SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012 AT 10PM Earn Entries Daily and Win a New 2012 Mercedes Benz C250! 3 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 Big bingo specials add to the St. Patrick’s Day funBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION—Rub your lucky charm, nd a 4-leaf clover and search for the end of the rainbow. Saturday, March 17, brings “Pot of Gold” Hot Seats for Cash to the Seminole Casino Brighton, where lucky slots players can win their share of $2500 every hour from 1 to 11 p.m. For bingo players, the St. Patrick’s Day bingo buy in is $70, or $75 with computer. Regular games pay $750, with $23,000 in j ackpot games, including two guaranteed $5,000 jackpot games. Come try bingo on Fridays in March, w ith free bingo games at 3 p.m. as players compete to win a share of $1,000 in casino free play prizes. Fridays also bring Hot Seats slot promotions throughout the month of March. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., players compete to win a share of $2,000 in casino free play. Put your Irish luck to the test all month to increase your chances of winning a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 on Saturday, March 31. More casino play during March means more chances to win the new car. As always, there is free bus transportation from the Hampton Inn in Okeechobee at 1200 State Road 70. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the bus picks up at 10:30 a.m. It departs the casino at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the bus picks up at 2:15 p.m. and departs at 7:30 p.m.Seminole Casino BrightonSeminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 405 slot and gaming machines, a seven-table poker room, high-stakes bingo seats, a full service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern airconditioning system, clean atmosphere and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big-city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, o State Road 721 in Glades County. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Or visit www.seminole brightoncasino.com. Irish ‘Pot of Gold’ Hot Seats for Cash on St. Patrick’s Day at Seminole Casino Brighton Courtesy photo/ Team Ghostrider/Dan HubbellTeam Ghostrider to perform at Okeechobee RodeoTim Lepard’s Team Ghostrider will perform at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo March 10 and 11 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The rodeo starts at 2 p.m. each day.

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For those who like to play in the mud, and those who like a race with a real challenge, the growing sport of mud bogging may be just the ticket. Mud bogging, also known as mud racing or mudding, includes races for those who compete professionally and events that ar e j ust for fun.Mudding is an o -road motorsport popular in Canada and the United States. The goal is to drive a vehicle through a pit of mud of a set length. Winners are determined by the distance traveled through the pit before getting stuck. If several vehicles are able to travel the entire length, winner is determined by a timer. The motor sport is overseen by sanctioning bodies such as the American Mud Racing Association and the National Mud Racing Organization. Mudding races can include vehicles ranging from three-wheeled All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) to giant “monster” trucks. The National Mud Racing Organization (NMRO) is the sanctioning body for straight-line mud drag racing and 4x4 stock and modi ed Tough Truck racing. Competitors compete for a purse and a season-series points championship. This is a membership organization made up of over 400 racers and growing. For more information online, go to http://www. nmro.net. The American Mud Racing Association (AMRA) represents the modern extreme automotive sport of Mud Racing. Even though the organization is still in the expansion stages of its youth, its board members and racers h ave extensive experience in this sport. For more information online, go to http://www. iracemud.com. In South Florida, most “mudders” do not race professionally. They just enjoy getting together with other mud bogging fans and testing their vehicles and driving skills in a mud pit. Some local mudding venues, such as Devil’s Garden in Hendry County and L-Cross in Glades County, are open year round. Others, such as the Mudfest in Okeechobee are limited to a few days a year.L-Cross Extreme EventsL-Cross Motocross is a 1,200 acre motocross riding area in the middle of a 13,000 acre family owned beef cattle ranch in Glades County, on the northern shore of Lake Okeechobee. The site chosen for the motocross track, hair scrambles and peewee motocross track includes shady trees and swimming holes. L-Cross Extreme Events also o ers mudding, 10 miles of hare scramble motocross trails, pee wee motocross track, 25 mile nature trail ride, and motocross bike wash station. The motocross track and trails are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. most weekends. An Annual Motocross Membership Card is required to ride the mx track and trails. Florida Motocross Tracks L-Cross MX has multiple motocross riding areas including a motocross track and vast woods areas and scenic mx trails. LCross Motocross also o ers areas to ride all kinds of o -road vehicles including motocross bikes, ATVs, dirtbikes, quads, or even jeeps, and buggys. L-Cross hosts various events throughout the year, including Fall Fest, a New Years Party and many more. These events feature live music, lots of food vendors, camping and mudding. Some events are “adults only.” No hookups are available for camping but you can bring your own generator. Camp res are allowed as long as there is no re ban at the time. LCross is located at 27531 E State Road 78, in Glades County. For more information, call 863-763-0569 or see their web site at www.l-cross.com.Okeechobee MudfestOkeechobee Mudfest attracts thousands of mudding enthusiasts from all over the country for a weekend of fun in the mud. For the past few years, the 270-acre Sales Ranch in Okeechobee has hosted Mudfest weekends twice a year – in February and August. The most recen t Mudfest was Feb. 17-19, 2012. Participants can camp onsite or stay in the comfort o f a local motel. For more information online, go to http://www.facebook.com/ TheMudFest. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Okeechobee News March 2012 44th Annual Speckled Perch Festival Saturday, March 10th 9-4 and Sunday, March 11th 9-4The annual festival celebrates the shing industry in Okeechobee promises your favorite fried cat sh and a heap of delicious fried goodies including Barbecue, Swamp Cabbage, Fried Pumpkin Bread, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fritters, Ox Tail or Jerk ChickenTop it all off with:Ice Cream Strawberry Shortcake or Funnel Cakes. For the Kids: Gem mining, face painting, plaster art And special projects with staff of Home DepotOVER 100 BOOTHS River trader will be on-site as well as Guy Harvey and Cracker Life items, Seminole Arts and Crafts, hand crafted jewelry, a Book Fair by the Okeechobee County Media Specialists and many more!Don’t Miss The Dancing turtle, Chain saw Carving Demonstrations or live animal exhibits by Animal Adventures. Performances by: The Chobee Steelers and Xplosion! and other Local Talent Parade starts at 11:00 am Saturday The sport of ‘mudding’ growing in popularity Courtesy photo/ Bobby BlishOkeechobee Mudfest attracts thousands of mudding enthusiasts from all over the United States for weekend of fun.

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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 5 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 Some call it just good ole’ clean and dirty fun, but Devils Garden Mud Club w ants the focus of its business to be family fun. Devils Garden Mud Club rst opened Memorial Day 2011, but work to get the park open began two and half years earlier. Owners Doug and Cathy Zipperer and their employees worked extensively w ith Hendry County o cials and South Florida Water Management to get proper permitting. Now Devils Garden holds regular events tied to holidays and local festivals. “We wanted to be sure it was done right from the very beginning,” said Donna Metz-Oates, marketing director. “The focus is always family and safety here. Safety is important, so it took us longer to be di erent. And that’s why many like to come here.” Enthusiasm for the park is growing w ith word spreading about what many are calling the largest mud park in South Florida. Over 12,000 acres large, Devils Garden Mud Club is 20 miles south of Clewiston on County Road 835. The park is an o cial NARA Airboat racing location and also has truck races, and ATV side-by-side races and lawn tractor pulls. Aside from the racing, DGMC has camping areas, beach areas, mud holes, ATV trails and a new Jeep obstacle course. There are also various vehicle wash o locations. After dark, folks are invited to visit the lit mudhole and the bon re too. DGMC also has a special family camping area. “Our main goal is family and we know it’ll pay for itself in the long run,” said Ms. Oates. “We’ve got a little bit of everything and lots of space to spread out in which makes it fun for everyone.” The park also holds regular concerts as it has a concert stage on site and brings various food and other vendors in during events. Coming events for Devils Garden are March Mud Madness, March 16-18, and Spring Break Mudfest April 20-22. Special live entertainment and special race events are being planned for both. For full info on Devils Garden Mud Club and all of its interests and accommodations, please visit DevilsGardenMudClub.com or nd them on Facebook. Devils Garden Mud Club is made for family fun Staff photoIf a vehicle gets stuck, others are willing to help pull it out of the mud. Staff photoAirboats race at Devils Garden Mud Club. The park is more than 12,000 acres and includes an of cial NARA Airboat Racing track.

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Florida State Parks o er a wide variety of programs and activities. Some of the programs o ered this month include the following. A RT IN NATURE: WHIMSICAL LANDSCAPE PAINTING INSTRUCTION John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 8, 10 a.m. This course will teach you basic composition, while learning painting technique with a touch of whimsy. The cost for the program is $30 for members of the “Friends of MacArthur Beach” and $35 for non-members. Reservations required. Please call Janice Kerber, 561776-7221, ext. 104 for reservations and a materials list. Fees: $30 Members of Friends of MacArthur Beach/$35 Non-members Directions: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S.1 and PGA Blvd. on A1A in North Palm Beach. “THE PREHISTORY OF THE PARK: SUN, SURF AND QUESTIONS?” John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 10, 11 a.m. Noon Come listen to Dr. Christian Davenport talk about the prehistory of the park, its inhabitants and the surrounding area. The program cost $15 per person or $10 per person if you are a member of the “Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park.” Reservations required. Please call J anice Kerber at 561-776-7221, ext. 104 for reservations. Fees: $10 Members of the Friendsof MacArthur Beach/$15 Non-members BLUEGRASS MUSIC CONCH STOMP BAND John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 11, 2 4 p.m. Come listen to the Conch Stomp Band play a variety of bluegrass songs. Fun for all ages. This program is free with park admission. For more information, please call the Ranger Station at (561) 6246950. Fees: Free with park admission ($5 per v ehicle for 2-8 persons; $4 for single occupant vehicle; $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, and extra passengers.) FAMILY ART IN NATURE PROGRAM John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 11, 2 4 p.m. Join us for a workshop designed for the whole family. Design and create something beautiful out of the unexpected. Child and parent will create something special using a variety of materials. Reservations required. Please call Janice Kerber at (561) 776-7221, ext. 104 for reservations. Fees: $35 Members of Friends of MacArthur Beach/$40 Non-members F.U.N. PROGRAM: “TURTLE HURDLES” John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 17, 9 10 a.m.ww Children and families are invited to learn about the sea turtles that visit the park. There will be various activities and games for the children. This program is free with park admission. Reservations required. Please call Janice Kerber, (561) 776-7221, ext. 104. Fees: Free with park admission. NATURAL FLORIDA GUIDED WALK AND VOLUNTEER PROJECT Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Kimbell Education Center Date: March 17, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Join Florida State Parks AmeriCorps Members for a guided walk through some of the park’s pristine natural communities and learn about the importance of plant and wildlife interactions and the role of re in Florida. Bring a sack lunch and take a break, then help make difference! The remainder of the program will involve exotic plant education and eradication. The program is designed for adults and families with children ages 6 and up participants do not h ave to take part in both portions of the program. Registration is suggested for more information contact the Kimbell Center, 561-745-5551, or email alexandra.onisko@ dep.state. .us. Fees: Free park admission for event participants. Directions: To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the south: On I-95 take Exit 87A go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left. To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the north: On I-95 take Exit 96 go east on Bridge Road to US 1. Turn right (south) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 3 miles on your right. BLUEGRASS MUSIC UNTOLD RICHES John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 18, 1-4 p.m. Nathan Rich and the “Untold Riches” bring their foot-stompin’ and hand-clappin’ bluegrass music to the park’s amphitheater. Just sit back and enjoy the music in Palm Beach County’s most beautiful setting. For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 561-624-6950. Fees: Free with park admission MACARTHUR UNDER MOONLIGHT KILLBILLIES John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: April 7, 7 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) This month’s musical entertainmen t is Killbillies, playing Irish and folk music. Come on out and bring the whole family! No reservations required and children under age 10 are free. Admission $5 pe r person. For more information, please 561-624-6950. Florida State Parks plan special programs and events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 See PARKS — Page 7 Courtesy photoJohn D. MacArthur Beach State Park Courtesy photoJonathan Dickinson State Park

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 4TH ANNUAL KID’S FISHING CLINIC Fort Pierce Inlet State Park Date: March 24, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. On Saturday March 24, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park will be hosting the 4th A nnual Kid’s Fishing Clinic. Every participant will learn about the Indian River Lagoon and practice shing skills such as casting and knot tying. Children ages 6-14, who complete the ve stations, will receive a prize. Only 50 spaces are available and pre-registration is required, so sign up early to reserve your spot! Register by calling 772-468-3985. A waiting list will be started after 50 kids h ave been signed up. Fees: Registration is required. Directions: Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is located four miles east of Fort Pierce, v ia North Causeway. NATURESCAPING 2012 A GREEN CELEBRATION Park: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: April 14, 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Park entrance is FREE to the public for our annual NatureScaping Event. Join the group for a free educational day of family fun, with native plant vendors, demonstration gardens, live animal show, guest speakers, artwork for sale, walk thru butter y aviary, children’s crafts, local environmental organizations, a ra e, photography contest, live music and food! The park’s newly remodeled Nature Center will h ave it’s gr and opening, featuring artwork for sale by wildlife artist Guy Harvey. For more information, please call (561) 624-6970. Fees: Free park admission. BLUEGRASS MUSIC CONCH STOMP BAND John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: April 8, 24 p.m. Come listen to the Conch Stomp Band play a variety of bluegrass songs. Fun for all ages. This program is free with park admission. For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 561-624-6950. Fees: Free with park admission MUSIC IN THE PARK FALL/WINTER CONCERTS Highlands Hammock State Park Date: April 21, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening outdoor concert featuring Back Porch Revival’s Old Time String Band in the park’s picnic area. Picnic baskets/coolers are welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, ashlight and bug spray. All ticket proceeds bene t park improvements via the Friends of Highlands Hammock. Fees: Concert admission is $5 per person (accompanied children 12 & unde r admitted free of charge.) Park entrance fee of $6 per car is waived after 6 p.m. on concert nights. Call 863-386-6094 for more information. Directions: Highlands Hammoc k State Park is located o US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), fou r miles west of Sebring. PARKSContinued From Page 6 Courtesy photoJohn D. MacArthur Beach State Park Courtesy photoFort Pierce Inlet State Park Courtesy photoHighlands Hammock State Park

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Okeechobee Spring RodeoOKEECHOBEE—The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Spring Rodeo will be held March 10 and 11 at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center at 2 p.m. each day. This is a PRCA sanctioned rodeo and attracts top rodeo cowboys from all over the United States. The public entrance to the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center is o State Road 710.Sugarland ToursCLEWISTON—Take a ride on 24-passenger Sugarland Express (or bring a larger group on your own bus) for an exciting and informative 4-1/2 hour heritage and agricultural tour. Step back in time with an interesting historical orientation of Clewiston and Lake Okeechobee. You’ll get an upclose look at a sugarcane farm to chop and chew some sugar cane and view the latest in farming techniques. You will journey to the Clewiston sugar mill & re nery and citrus juice plant—both state-of-the-art facilities. Also enjoy the tour’s newest addition, a tour of the renovated Clewiston Museum. Please note that any portions of the tour that include a visit to ongoing operations may not always be available due to schedule con icts, maintenance downtime or poor w eather. For more information, call 877 6934372 or 863 983-7979.Miss Latina of the Glades PageantCLEWISTON—The Miss Latina of the Glades Pageant will be held March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the John Boy Auditorium in Clewiston. For more information, call 863-234-0232.Speckled Perch FestivalOKEECHOBEE—The Speckled Perch Festival, sponsored by Okeechobee Main Street, will be held in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee on the weekend of March 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Speckled Perch Festival Parade will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. The festival began many years ago as a sh-fry fundraiser for the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. When the original chamber folded, Okeechobee Main Street took over the event. Over the years, the festival has grown and changed, adding arts and crafts vendors, games for children and entertainment. Due to state health laws, speckled perch—which is a game sh and not commercially harvested—cannot be served at public events. So a cat sh dinner served at the Speckle Perch Festival. Local talent including the Chobee Steelers and Xplosion will perform. For more information, call 863-357-6246 or go online to www.mainstreetokeechobee. com.Clewiston Museum speakerCLEWISTON—The Clewiston Museum Speaker Series continues on Thursday, March 8, with Chris Davenport, Palm Beach County Archeologist, as he presents “The Belle Glade Culture–the Middle Man.” He has done extensive research on the early native Americans who once inhabited the Lake Okeechobee region. For more information, or to reserve your seat, call 863-983-2870.Okeechobee County FairOKEECHOBEE—The Okeechobee County Fair will be held March 13-18, at the Agri-Civic Center Fairgrounds, with the entrance o State Road 710. The fair includes a carnival midway, livestock shows, cooking competitions, fruit and vegetable competitions, sewing and arts and crafts competitions. There is even a Lego building competition. The Okeechobee 4-H and FFA Livestock Show will be the week of March 12-17, with the livestock sale on Saturday, March 17. Fairgrounds opens at 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment will include the Kandu Magic Show, pig races, a petting zoo, performances by Okeechobee Steelers, horse shows, a monster truck show, Okeechobee Idol Talent Show and performances by Crossbone Band.Waterfest F.U.N. FestivalOKEECHOBEE—The Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council, the Bassmasters Elite Series and the “O.L. Raulerson, Jr.” BBQ Contest h ave joined to create the “Waterfest F.U.N. Festival.” This event is to be held at the Scott Driver Pavilion, located at 10101 State Road 78 West Okeechobee, Saturday, March 24, through Sunday, March 25. Festival opens at 10 a.m. and the weigh-in is a t 3 p.m. each day. The festival will h ave educational activities, entertainment, Florida storytellers, historical displays, outdoor sports demonstrations and a barbecue competition.L.O.S.T. Ride for cyclists and hikersOKEECHOBEE—Anyone interested in cycling or walking is invited to ninth annual L.O.S.T. Ride on March 31, starting at 8 a.m. The L.O.S.T. (Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) is a great trek for people of all ages, skills and abilities. With rides of 12, 20, 40 and 54 miles as well as a 5K walk there is something for everyone. The L.O.S.T. trail itself is world-renowned for its stunning vistas and numerous forms of wildlife. It has become a world-wide destination for birdwatching and world class shing. This great fundraising event promises to be fun for all. All entrants are provided a goody-bag with a commemorative t-shirt and much more. Also, there is a BBQ meal provided afterwards for all entrants as well as a 50/50 and a raf e with a of ton of great prizes. All proceeds bene t the charities of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee. For more information visit www.okeechobeerotary.org or call 928-4ROTARY. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WEBSITE: WEBSITE: WWW.QUAILCREEKPLANTATION.COM WWW.QUAILCREEKPLANTATION.COMWe offer sporting clays, hunting, lodging and space for parties, weddings and company gatherings. Gift certificates Gift certificates available. available. Great family Great family getaway! getaway! For more information, contact us at: For more information, contact us at: (863) 763-2529 (863) 763-2529 8 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 Area festivals and special events this month... Courtesy photo/ Sandra PearceThe Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo is set for Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The rodeo starts at 2 p.m. each day. See EVENTS — Page 9

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2011-2012Buy tickets online!www.dollyhand.org Box Office: 561-993-11601977 College Drive | Belle Glade campusThe Allan Harris QuartetMarch 15 at 7:30pmPalm Beach State College Music DepartmentMarch 22 at 7:30pmCeltic Fire: Irish Music & Dance with Riverdances Michael LondraMarch 23 at 7:30pm30th Anniversary Celebration Buffalo Rome and Larry GatlinApril 17 at 7:00pmMissoula Childrens TheatreMay 5 at 11:00am & 7:00pmStreet Beat, Inc.May 11 at 7:00pm Find us on € 30THANNIVERSARYSEASON€ 9 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 Ride Around the LakeCLEWISTON—Sheriff Steve Widden and his Community Policing Unit will host a motorcycle ride around the lake to raise money for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches on Saturday, March 24. Registration will be available at Fort Myers Harley Davidson from 9 to 10 a.m. and at Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina and Tiki Bar, 920 E. Del Monte A venue in Clewiston from 9 to 11 a.m. The group will ride around Lake Okeechobee w ith designated stops, starting from Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina and returning to the marina where there will be a car show, a bike show, entertainment, door prizes, vendors, food and refreshments. For more information, contact the Hendry County Sheriff’s Of ce.Motorcycle rally and rod show in IndiantownINDIANTOWN—Join thousands of motorcycle and hot rod fans for one of the largest single-day motorcycle events in south Florida—the Indiantown Motorcycle Rally and Rod Show on Sunday, March 25, at Timer Powers Park in Indiantown in Martin County. Gates open at 10 a.m. and admission is $5 per person. Enjoy live music by Thunder Road, a bike rally, hot rod show, great food, beer, specialty vendors and more. Join contestants that come from over 100 miles away to compete in the motorcycle games of skill for great prizes and trophies. Hosted by the Indiantown/Western Martin County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Indian Riders Group of Stuart and Band of Brothers, a portion of the proceeds from the rally will bene t the Indiantown Education Coalition. Call 772-597-2184 or visit www.indiantownchamber.org for more information.12 Hours of SebringSEBRING—Sebring International Raceway will host the opening round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. America’s premier sports car endurance race runs on Saturday, March 17. Sebring will also open the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrn and mark the return of the FIA to the birthplace of its endurance racing heritage—Sebring hosted the rst FIA World Championship race for sports cars in 1953. “Sebring’s 60th anniversary year will certainly be something special with the addition of the FIA World Endurance Championship,” stated Sebring Raceway President and General Manager Tres Stephenson. “This brings to Sebring the leading cars and drivers that compete in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race in addition to our stellar lineup of ALMS teams.” In 1953, a Cunningham Car built in West Palm Beach by Briggs Cunningham and driven by John Fitch and Phil Walters won the Sebring 12 Hours. For the next 20 years, Sebring would be part of the FIA World Championship for sports cars. Audi, Peugeot, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda are expected to be among the top prototype contenders, while Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW and Aston Martin will lead a large contingent of GT entries. Over 60 cars are expected to start the race, including the radical new DeltaWing entry. Gates open at Sebring on Wednesday, March 14. Tickets to the 60th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida can be ordered online or by calling 800-626-7223. EVENTSContinued From Page 8 File photoSeminole fry bread and pumpkin bread are popular staples at south Florida festivals. Above, a Seminole lady demonstrates the traditional method of making the bread during the Brighton Seminole Festival.

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The Diary of Anne FrankOKEECHOBEE—The Okeechobee Community Theatre wraps up its 33rd season with a play which won both a Pulitzer Prize for literature and a Tony Award for Best Play. “The Diary of Anne Frank” is the true story of the attempt by two Jewish families to escape the Nazi tyranny in occupied Amsterdam during World War II, based on entries in a diary begun by Anne Frank when she was just 13. Besides the obvious tension, the account also includes light-hearted moments, and the beginnings of young love. It is a gripping evening of theatre which is suitable for all ages. Performances are scheduled for March 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. at the theatre on the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, S.W. Second Ave. at Seventh Street, one block west of Golden Corral Restaurant. Advance reserved seat tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, Feb. 13, at 111 N.E. Second Street in Okeechobee. For more information, call 863-763-1307.Hooray for HollywoodLaBELLE—The Firehouse Community Theatre, 241 North Bridge Street in LaBelle, will present “Hooray for Hollywood: a Musical Revue” on March 9, 10 and 11. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Patrons are asked to arrive approximately 30 minutes before curtain time. Produced and directed by Nick Fidanza, the show will feature Firehouse Singers performing the legendary tunes of Hollywood. For tickets or more information call 863-675-3066, email info@ rehousecommunitytheatre.com or go online to www. rehouseculturalcenterl.com.Celtic Fire: Irish Music and Dance with Riverdance’s Michael LondraBELLE GLADE—Celtic Fire: Irish Music and Dance with Riverdance’s Michael Londra will perform on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dolly Hall Cultural Arts Center. Presented by international star and recording artist Michael Londra, Celtic Fire is a high-energy evening bathed in the traditional culture of Ireland. Featuring 100% live music, dance and song, the show is anchored in the customs and the ancient musical history of Erin. It is the perfect Celtic evening that sweeps audiences away to Ireland ... its traditions, its land, its pubs, its music and most of all, its heart. The ticket o ce is the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. For more information, call 561-993-1160.A Blast from the PastFORT PIERCE—The Indian River State College Company singers, jazz ensembles and jazz combo will present a mixture of classical and pop music from the past 40 years, at the McAlpin Fine Arts Building, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, on March 8 at 8 p.m.; March 9, at 8 p.m,; and March 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-220-9915.PBSC music department concertBELLE GLADE—Palm Beach State College Music Department will present a concert on March 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center. This concert will feature performances of American Song Book tunes from the 1920s and 30s up through today’s contemporary jazz sounds by several jazz groups including the Troubadours (vocal jazz) and jazz combos. The ticket o ce is the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. For more information, call 561-993-1160.Buffalo Rome and Larry GatlinBELLE GLADE—Blending a rootsy feel reminiscent of the 1970s wes t coast country rock scene with today’s modern country, Bu alo Rome brings a vinyl vibe to the digital age. Their stunning harmonies and expert musicianship h ave wowed audiences across the country. Their appeal is broad; they h ave appeared with such diverse performers as Kenny Loggins and Montgomery Gentry. Though they h ave been together only a short time, they h ave already been seen on Great American Country and featured in the pages of Country Weekly Magazine. With songs like “Big Sky” and “Ocean In Montana,” they are truly putting the “West” back in Country-Western music. They will perform at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on April 17 at 7 p.m., followed by Larry Gatlin. There h ave been many great voices in country music and one golden one: Larry Gatlin. His bell-like tones and soul-stirring vibrato are works of art in themselves, quite apart from the lyrics they illuminate. Of course, Gatlin is equally distinguished as a songwriter. Of the 42 songs he charted between 1973 and 1990, including 17 Top 10s and the Grammy-winning “Broken Lady,” he single-handedly wrote every one, an achievement unmatched by any othe r artist in popular music. His smash “All The Gold In California” stands as a country crossover classic. A 30th Anniversary Celebration will be held Tuesday, April 17. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with the performance starting at 7 p.m. The ticket o ce is the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. For more information, call 561-993-1160. Plays, concerts, dancing and more ... 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 PERFORMING ARTS See PERFORMING ARTS — Page 11

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 A vailable O nline N ow!Go to: specialsections.newszap.comClick on “Florida” to reveal all Florida special sections Select “Okeechobee County Community Guide” 11 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 A Nice Family GatheringFORT PIERCE—The Indian River State College Drama Department will present “A Nice Family Gathering” on April 5 at 8 p.m.; and April 6 at 8 p.m.; and April 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the McAlpin Fine Arts Theatre Building, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. It is Thanksgiving Day and the Lundeen household’s rst family gathering since their Dad died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission—to tell his wife he loved her. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date to dinner. For ticket information, call 1-800-220-9915.Country Legends BandBELLE GLADE—On March 24, 2012 at 7 p.m., the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center will be lled with the sounds of the greatest Country Music of all time! Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Sr., Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and many more w ill receive a very special live tribute to their music and lives by The Country Legends Band. This fun lled two hour show is much more than just great music; it also includes narration and image projections of all the original Country Music Legends. Finally, a show where it is okay, actually encouraged, for you to clap your hands, stomp your feet and sing along … and you will know all the words! Bring your cameras and video recorders because we love to ham it up for you. The Country Legends Tribute has been performing throughout Eastern Florida to packed performing arts centers and colleges. It has been described as a Branson/ Nashville/Opry style show all rolled up into one … but, only better! Better, because it is coming to you! All tickets are $25 and all seating is general admissions. You may order tickets by visiting the website at www.countrylegendsband.com.Allan Harris QuartetBELLE GLADE—The Allan Harris Quartet will perform at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on March 15, at 7:30 p.m. Allan Harris is a world-class singer, guitarist and songwriter. Perhaps best known for his interpretations of jazz standards, Allan’s smooth vocals and guitar-styling easily crosses genres, from jazz to rock to blues. Three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist,” Tony Bennett calls Mr. Harris “my favorite singer.” He is regularly featured at the world’s great music festivals, e.g. Jazz Aspen, Wien Jazz Festival in Austria and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Allan’s Harris’s artistry transcends his diverse vocal performances. Harris has composed “Cross That River,” a full-scale musical celebrating the Old West as told through the words and music of a black cowboy, and has received a prestigious Chamber Music America Grant for that work. For ticket information call the theatre at 561-993-1160.Jackie Steil to performOKEECHOBEE—The Okeechobee County Fair will feature Jackie Steil on Saturday, March 17, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in concert. Jackie Steil is 14 years old and a freshman at Vero Beach High School. She began playing guitar and writing songs in December of 2010 when her dad bought her rst guitar. Her rst public performance was her middle school talent show and she was a nalist in the 2011 Treasure Coast Texaco Country Show Down for her original song “Dear Player.” Throughout the year Jackie has played several fundraising venues and believes at this stage in her life it is important to give back to the community so all her performances are donated. Jackie has had the opportunity to perform at Open Mics in Nashville at the famous Blue Bird Caf, Margaretville’s and Tootsies Orchid Lounge. She also performed her original song at the song writer’s rounds at the Indigo Room, the Commodore Club and Douglas’ Corner Caf also in Nashville. Jackie will perform both covers and her original songs at the fair. The fairgrounds are at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The public entrance is of f State Road 710. PERFORMING ARTSContinued From Page 10

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Friday, March 9, 2012 50 Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 30 12.83 feetLast Year: 11.97 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Man accused of selling stolen items to recycler ... Page 14 Mudding gains popularity ... see G.O. inside! By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their meeting on Tuesday evening, March 6, the Okeechobee City Council came a step closer to leasing the vacant chamber building at the intersection of U.S. 441 and S.R. 70. Since the last meeting, city administrator Brian Whitehall said he had the citys building inspector and the re chief inspect the building. The building has been vacant for so long, there was concern about its structural integrity. We found that the building was in pretty good shape, Mr. Whitehall told the councilmen. While there were some minor problems detected, there were only two major problems discovCity & chamber near agreement on building lease Special to the Okeechobee NewsTim Lepard and his specialty act, The Ghost Riders. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Ive always liked monkeys, said Tim Lepard, who tours the country performing with his trained dog and monkey act, Ghost Riders. They have been my life. As a small child he was attracted to a sock monkey and he was a big fan of Curious George. His mother said she never saw anyone who likes monkeys so much. When he was around 15 or 16 he worked for a man who had a small zoo. The zoo had a monkey whose cage was next to a cougars cage. One day the cougar bit the monkeys arm off. The zoo owner did not want to display a one armed monkey, so Mr. Lepard got to take the monkey home with him. The monkey became fast friends with his dog. They were soon sleeping side by side. One day when Mr. Lepard put them both outside he found the monkey riding on the dogs back. That is where he rst got the idea. He started out as a rodeo clown and then branched out into the monkey/dog act using especially made saddles for the dogs. The act consists of three dogs and three monkeys. While Mr. Ghost Riders to perform at rodeo Special to the Okeechobee News/Pat ZiglarBig FishWarren Peede and Chris Little of boat #35 may have taken sixth place overall in the Christian Team Trail but their single largest catch earned them the top prize for Big Fish weighing in at 8.50 lbs. The duo collected an additional $324 for reeling in the big guy. For more, see page 12. See MONKEY Page 5 See CITY Page 5

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Mar. 9TH Thurs., Mar. 15THFor Info, Call 763-7202 III: DR. SEUSS THE LORAXFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG II: JOHN CARTERFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 I: SAFE HOUSEFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R 2 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 BamBam is Pet of the WeekBamBam, a Corgi mix, is a quiet dog, always looking for someone to pet him. Adoption fee is $175, which includes neuter and current shots. BamBam 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 863357-1104. 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. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Another subdivision planned during boom times fell victim to the poor economy w hen Okeechobee County Commissioners, at their Thursday, March 8, meeting voted to vacate a portion of the plat of Thoroughbred Estates. The subdivision is located on the north side of N.W. 240th Street about one and one half miles east of N.W. 144th A venue. It is a 900 acre subdivision that was platted in 2007 with 85 lots. A road and 25 lots have been developed. The developer requested and commissioners granted vacating the plat of the remaining 60 lots consisting of about 643 acres. Turning to another matter, the board had previously discussed donating some airport land to Indian River State College for expansion. This would require approval from the FAA. Planning of cial Bill Royce stated that the county has not approached FAA yet on this issue because there are airport wetlands that he feels should be mitigated before the FAA is approached about donating property. Commissioners concurred on this approach. In other action the board: amended the county budget to re ect changes in balances brought forward and changes in revenue estimates; proclaimed the week of May 20 through 26 to be National Public Works Week in the county; as an equipment upgrade purchased ve LifePack 15s for Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue; in the amount of $117,387; allowed consumption of alcoholic beverages at the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at C. Scott Driver Park; awarded a bid for the installation of a fan system at the Okeechobee County AgriCivic Center to Arlington Electric, Inc. for $143,442 using a USDA Rural Development Grant; and declared the U.S. 441 N. radio tower to be surplus and approve demolition of the tower and removal of debris by L.E.B Demolition & Consulting Contractors for $11,545.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.v Commissioners delay action on donating land to IRSC Today: A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Extended ForecastSaturday: A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. East wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Amateur Radio Club plans meetingThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will hold its next meeting on Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the regular place, the Classroom of the Red Cross building on North Parrott Ave. All club members, any local ham operators with interest in the club and anyone in the Okeechobee area with an interest in ham radio are urged to attend. For more information about the club or meeting, please contact Tom Timmons, Club President at 863-467-5435 and leave a message. 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W here does your f ood come from?If you are like many Americans, the ans wer is the grocery store. And frankly, that disturbs me. The grocery store isnt where food comes fromits just where it is dist ributed. In reality too many people are unaware of the role of the American agricult ure in their daily lives...and what it really t akes to have food on their dinner table. Just a few generations ago, most people were a part of, and had friends or relatives involved, w ith agriculture. Today, thats no longer t he case. Thats why I am writing, because agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of life...food, ber, clothing and s helter. And its about time Americans recognize that. American farmers are working harder than ever, and it shows. Today, each A merican farmer feeds more than 144 people. And the need for food produced in the U.S. is dramatic. Agriculture is this nations #1 export and vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy. And its not just the farmer who makes our food possible. The entire agriculture industry, all the way to the grocery store, are vital links in a chain that b rings food to every citizenand millions of people abroad. Frankly, it is easy to take agriculture for granted in America. Our food is readily accessible and safe. For this, were unbelievably fortunate, but that doesnt mean we dont have an obligation to recognize how its made possible. March 8 was National Ag Day, hosted by the Agriculture Council of America. Re ectand be grateful for American Agriculture.Okee-Tantie We had all this land in the county sold about two years ago for subdivisions and now they have cows back on them with unpaid tax bills. Tell me why, with the price of fuel going up everyday, anyone thinks this place will sell out as planned. The plan calls for the band shell (never understood why we needed this) and the Sheriffs Of ce search and rescue buildings to both be moved. We might still have public access but it will be restricted to a lot less area. I can still see the store and restaurant being torn down and rebuilt because they will not t in with the high-dollar park that is planned. As far as the boat ramps, can you see a bass tournament going on and about 20 air boaters trying to unload or load at the same time? Better have a deputy standing at the ramp to referee and direct traf c. Dont tell me as an air boater I am not entitled to use the ramps, because I pay the same taxes as everyone else. Got my motor home ready for OkeeTantie to sell off them thar lotscant wait to move in, and string the clothes line and start the re to skin hogs.Contraception I have a problem with Obamas actions with this birth control thing because its a violation of the separation of church and state regardless of the fact that the majority of Catholic women want it and the majority of workers at these Catholic institutions are not Catholic. So the whole thing seems pretty ridiculous to me, but thats irrelevant. Its still a violation of the rst amendment. The comment from Obama was just to get the women to vote for him. That time is rolling around when the front runners are going to promise you the moon but in order to give away something, they rst need to take something from someone else. I know youve heard this many times, a government big enough to give you everything can also take everything away. When I was younger I received free birth control from the health department. Several years ago they stopped it and I went to Florida Community Health Center and paid the same co-pays that I would pay if I went in for a cold or u visit based on your income scale. Now I have private insurance so I have a regular doctor. The same birth control that I have used for 16 years is not covered by my costly insurance plan, but it was covered all those years ago when I received Medicaid. So I thought that this was about making insurance companies cover the cost. I assume we would still pay our normal co-pays for the of ce visit as well as our prescription co-pays. But then I hear all the religious side of this and it has me confused altogether. I would just like to have it covered by my insurance, that I pay for. A large part of the population has been conditioned to look at those better off than themselves and think somehow theyve been cheated. They dont look at what those who are successful had to do to get to that point, but expect them to share their wealth or give them some kind of handout. If things do not change we are on a rocket sled ride to full blown socialism. I dont understand why contraceptives were singled out to be required to be provided with no co-pay. Contraceptives are a matter of personal choice, not medical necessity. It would make more sense if they required that drugs people need to stay alivefor example, heart medicationwere covered with no co-pay. I am more concerned about our senior citizens choosing between food and their medications than I am about a single college students access to free contraceptives.OCRA It is sad to see the problems with OCRA and parents not wanting to sign their kids up for it due to the issues involving adults. People ask why kids go out and do bad things. Well, Okeechobee has very little for the kids to do. They have OCRA, but its been going downhill. Its not about the kids anymore. Its about the coaches having all the best players and not splitting up the teams. Okeechobee has a LOT of activities for kids. You dont have to depend on OCRA. Take a look at that booklet that the Childrens Services Council puts out every year with all the summer activities. Many of those same groups host childrens activities year round. If you dont like OCRA there are other sports programs at the schools and at many of the churches. What if your kid doesnt care about sports? Try 4-H. Its not just animals. They have clubs for sewing, photography, shooting, leadership, performing arts, cooking ... 4H can be about anything. The schools have after-school clubs for all kinds of interests. I have heard the complaints about OCRA for the past 25 years, which is why my kids never played OCRA. And my kids were always busy with other activities. Enrolling children in sports is so good for them! Then they have to hear their parents ranting and yelling. Yes, they learn a huge amount from sports. Then they become what they learn. My son does more than play for OCRA but he loves to play ball and they dont have a baseball team in his age group in school.Coyotes and panthers Just sitting here in Treasure Island 6 a.m., heard the train go by, and in the background I could hear coyotes yipping. It wasnt dogs, I know what coyotes sound like, these wer e de nitely coyotes. We always hear of animal extinction, but when conditions are right nature springs back with a vengeance. They are there, no one sees them but they slink around the back corners o f Okeechobee. I heard talk the other day o f someone seeing a panther out in Lazy 7. Who knows, let them be, they are natures beasts after all. We are the intruders no t them. Back about 20 years or so ago on e crossed 441N at the corner of Dark Hammock. Two hits of the road and he was gon e into the woods. If I had not seen it myself, I probably would not believe it. But there h e was in all his glory and was not afraid of trafc as I was in a school bus not 75 yards from him and there was another vehicle going th e other way that was only about 50 yards from him. They are alive here in Okeechobee. There is a large pack of coyotes out nea r R-Bar Estates. We hear them regularly, as a matter of fact a few weeks ago we were talking about how the pack sounds bigger this year verses last year. Outside of the elusiv e panther, Im not sure they have any predators around here. Wont be long before the y are out of control and threatening livestock... if they arent already! As for the panther sightings, I will never forget mine. It was on N W 9th Street over by where the college is no w on the little bridge. A young panther, still had some mottled colorings, cleared the width o f the road in front of my car and leaped down below the bridge and off into the woods. M y sister was buried in a book and missed it. I t was beautiful! I have never seen another in the wild, but I sure hope I do again some da y as it was breath taking! I witnessed a panther cross at that ver y bridge. I watched it cross the road and tro t down the fence by the feed lot; none of the cattle in the lot seemed alarmed, as though they were use to seeing it. I called GFC to report my sighting, which they con rmed they knew about her and it had been discussed about trying to relocate her. I dont know what ever happened to her. Friday, March 9, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out 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. 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Saturday will be a busy day in downtown Okeechobee. The Annual March for Babies w ill be in Flagler Park with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. and the actual walk starting at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m., the Speckled Perch Festival will open, also in Flagler Park. The Speckled Perch Festival Parade will start at 11 a.m., starting at the old U-Save building. The parade will follow the regular parade route, north on Parrott Avenue (U.S. 441) to State Road 70 and then west on State Road 70 to the end of Flagler Park. After the parade, festivities will continue in the park with a variety of arts, crafts and food booths. Local entertainers will perform. Festival visitors are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs to enjoy the parade and the entertainment. The Okeechobee Cattlemens Spring Rodeo will be held at the Okeechobee AgriCivic Center at 2 p.m. Before the rodeo starts, there will be a kids mutton bustin competition in which youngsters try to ride sheep. The rodeo will feature traditional rodeo events such as bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. There will also be a calf scramble for the kids. In the calf scramble, children from the audience are invited into the rodeo arena to attempt to be the rst to pull a ribbon off a calfs tail. Saturday is also the day to drop off entries in the non-perishable arts and crafts contests for the Okeechobee County Fair. Entries can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds by the Agri-Civic Center. The county fair will of cially open on Tuesday. On Sunday, the Speckled Perch Festival will open in Flagler Park at 9 a.m. The second day of the rodeo starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The public entrance to the Agri-Civic Center is of f State Road 710. For additional information about the festival, call 863-357-6246, or visit www.mainstreetokeechobee.com. Speckled Perch Festival Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR Come worship with us. Sunday 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com EPISCOPAL BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL Traditional Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Comtemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship 6pmSundayMid Week Worship at 7pmWednesday Children and Youth Classes are Available on Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4thAve. (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70ESpecial Services coming up for the Easter Season You can advertise it here! 5 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 Lepard says there is another person who has an act with one dog and one monkey, he is the only one performing with three dogs and three monkeys. Mr. Lepard says that monkeys are like teenagers who never grew up. They can be taught a trick but they cant be trained. Therefore each performance is different. In 35 years of entertaining, Mr. Lepard has performed at half-time shows during professional footballs games. At profession baseball games he has performed after the fourth and seventh innings and as part of the post-game show. Since baseball games are in the summer on weekend nights, that leaves weekends free for rodeos. He has also appeared in commercials, movies and on the David Letterman and Jay Leno television programs. While Mr. Lepard has performed at rodeos all over Florida, this is his rst stop in Okeechobee. Ghost Riders will be performing at the Okeechobee Cattlemens Spring Rodeo at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11. The rodeo starts at 2:00 p.m. both days. The monkeys can do things most rodeo contestants can only dream of as they ride the back of the border collies around the arena in a series of stunts. Sam, Belle Star and Bubba each weigh between four and seven pounds and ride on special saddles made by Wilder Saddlery in Kenansville, Fla. He said it takes two years of training before the dog wears a saddle. They use a lot of patience and dont push the animals. He said none of the animals are hurt in any way, and really respond well to pop tart treats. Every time I see them ride they remind me of a Florida Cracker. Sam is 19 years old and is probably one of the best riders we have. He leans in the saddle and throws his tail around to hang on. The dogs and monkeys will team up to round up some big horn sheep at the rodeo this weekend. Many rodeo fans will see something that theyve never seen before. Reporter Charles Murphy contributed to this story. MONKEYContinued From Page 1 ered. Some air conditioning work that appeared to not be too extensive needs to be done. Also, there are some roof tiles missing and it is uncertain whether or not the roof leaks. Terry Burroughs, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, the buildings prospective tenant, w as there to relay the councils lease conditions to his board of directors for approval. Its not as bad as I thought it would be, he said of the condition of the building. He suggested a roo ng expert look at the roof. It may not be an issue at all. Mr. Burroughs said once a lease was in place his chamber could be moved in about a month. It was the consensus of the council that for one y ear from the beginning date of the lease the cost of any required repairs to the building over $500 would be divided evenly between the chamber and the city. Mr. Burroughs suggested that the cost of insurance on the building be divided between the city and the chamber. Mr. Whitehall said the citys mowing contractor would mow the chamber lawn for an additional $80 a month. He felt the chamber should pay the utilities. It was suggested that the chamber do any landscaping that needs to be done. Mr. Burroughs said the chamber would have the building open during normal business hours to provide information about the city and area attractions. He said his chamber would not sponsor parades and festivals as the inactive chamber had done in the past. For some time Okeechobee Main Street has sponsored parades and festivals in the city. However, Mr. Burroughs said his organization would continue to promote those events. The focus of Mr. Burroughs chamber is on economic development. The proposed terms of the lease are for ve years at $1 a month. Mr. Burroughs said his board would meet the next week and he would report back to the council at their next meeting. In their only other action item the council amended the interlocal agreement which allows the city to collect impact fees for the Okeechobee County School Board. Since the school board suspended the imposition of impact fees, the council amended the agreement accordingly. The council tabled until the next meeting a discussion of the city attorneys and the city administrators annual evaluation.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. CITYContinued From Page 1 Newspaper welcomes community submissions!The Okeechobee News welcomes community news items, photos, letters to the editor and other items of local interest. Email us at okeenews@newszap.com.

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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.Samuel Hubbard, 78OKEECHOBEE Samuel Hubbard, age 78, of Okeechobee, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at his residence. He was born Aug. 22, 1933, in Cla y County, Ky., to James Madison and Vinia Maria (Goins) Hubbard. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Vinia Hubbard; brothers, Jack, Wesley, James and Edward; sisters, Eva Catherine, Doris E. (Betty); and daughter, Robin Dale Hubbard. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Crooker) Hubbard; son, Guy Marvin Hubbard (Donna) of Kissimmee, Fla.; daughter, Linda Gail Bass Billiter; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition he is survived b y brothers, Charlie, Lawrence, Johnny, all of Independence, Ky.; sisters, Alice o f Garrod, Ky., and Irene of Independence, Ky. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, from 9 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. in Burlington, Ky., at the Linnemann Funeral Home, 1940 Burlington Pike, Kentucky. Interment will follow in Beech Grove Holiness Cemetery. All local arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Historical Society announces meetingThe Okeechobee Historical Society will be holding their annual Fish Fry/monthly meeting on Monday, March 19, beginning at noon in the Okeechobee Historical Society Museum building on Highway 98 N. Anyone interested in attending the meeting just needs to bring a covered dish. If you wish to join the Society, dues are $10 per year. V FW North announces w eekend plansThe North VFW, 300 NW 34th St has a w eekend full of fun planned. The grill will be open on Friday 5-9 p.m. with karaoke hosted by Lisa 7-10 p.m. Saturday, there will be burgers on the grill 12-2 p.m., Bar Bingo 1 p.m. Fish/Shrimp Dinner 5-7 p.m. with karaoke hosted by Steve On A Stick 7-10 p.m. On Sunday, Lori will be serving Liver & Onions or Cubed Steak 2-4 p.m. with karaoke hosted by D & K (Danny & Kathy) 6-9 p.m. Proceeds go towards veterans assistance programs.Moose announce w eekend plansJoin the Loyal Order of Moose #1753, 159 NW 36th St on Friday for Bingo at 6:30 p.m. (bonanza start 5 p.m). On Saturday, the lodge will be holding a Membership Drive in the Tiki with food and Karaoke by D & K (Danny & Kathy). Music will start at 1 p.m. Sunday breakfast will be served 8-11 a.m. for $5. Be sure to stop by. Proceeds go towards Moose Charities.Cypress Eagles to host steak and sh dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles, at 4701 S.E. Hwy. 441, will host a Friday night steak, sh and shrimp dinner on Friday, March 9, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Music by Don. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public Welcome! Eagles North to host Steak nightFriday, March 9, Eagles North will have their weekly steak dinner featuring the Fantastic Al Jones. Come eat and dance. Proceeds go to the F.O.E 4137 Community benet fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.Shared Services Network to meetThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County w ill conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board ofce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is inv ited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.Cypress Eagles to host sh and chips dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles, at 4701 S.E. Hwy. 441, will host a sh and chips dinner on Saturday, March 10, from 4 p.m. Games, too. Join us for the fun Music by Carla & Mike. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public Welcome!Moose 1753 hosts Hog RoastMoose 1753, at 159 N.W. 36th St, will host a weekend of fun! On Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m. when they will hold a Hog Roast with a giant membership drive. Free food and music by D & K. Covered dishes are welcome. Proceeds to bene t the Moose Heart Charities. On Sunday, March 11, a full-menu breakfast from 8 a.m. for a $5 donation. Proceeds will bene t the Loom Charity fund. Call Lee, 863-824-0911, for information.OCEA to open booth at weekend festivalThe Okeechobee Retired Educators Association will have a booth at the Speckled Perch Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, at which they will sell the 2011 Historical Ornament, the Okeechobee Train Depot as well as selling raf e tickets for a chance on a Kindle Fire, a $50 Walmart gift card or Beijo Purses. Fundraising opportunity offered.Fundraising opportunity for local clubsOkeechobee County Cattlemens Association is offering a ticket sales fundraising opportunity for local clubs. For more information, please contact Heather Hancock @ CenterState Bank, 863-763-5573. Okeechobee County Cattlemens Annual Spring Rodeo, March 10 and 11, at 2 p.m., Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center.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.Girl scouts neededCalling on all adult Girl Scouts! If you were a girl; girl scout or worked with girls as an adult, we would like to have you join us in marching in the Speckled Perch Parade in Okeechobee on March 10, to celebrate our 100th anniversary! Contact Laurie Pharr for more information 863-634-0465.Okeechobee Youth Football League announces signupsThe signups for the Okeechobee Youth Football League will be held at the annual Speckled Perch Festival in Flagler Park on Saturday, March 10, from 10 am until 3 p.m. The cost per child is $75. Ages 5-14 are eligible to play in the new league which includes a ag football team and four tackle teams. For more information call Coach Marvin Roberts at 863-801-4857. The league is a travel ball league and will play games at Okeechobee High School and in surrounding Heartland Area Counties starting in August and September.Eagles North to host BINGO!Saturday, March 10, Eagles North will have CARD Bingo beginning at 4 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 Community bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North Okeechobee.Cypress Hut Eagles to hold fried chicken dinnerOn Sunday, March 11, the Cypress Hut Eagles, at 4701 S.E. Hwy. 441., will hold a fried chicken dinner from 1 p.m., for $6 per dinner. The public is welcome. Proceeds will go to the Community Charity fund.Lodge to hold Sunday breakfastOn Sunday, March 11, the Masonic Lodge, at 107 N.W. 5th St., will hold a fullmenu breakfast from 8 a.m., for a $6 donation (kids 12 and under $3). The public is welcome, and carryouts are available. Proceeds go to Okeechobee Youth Programs.Moose 1753 to hold Sunday breakfastOn Sunday, March 11, the Moose 1753, at 159 N.W. 36th St., will hold a full-menu breakfast from 8 a.m. for a $5 donation. Proceeds will bene t the Loom Charity fund. Call Lee, 863-824-0911, for information.Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. Must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.VFW North hosts dinner nightNorth VFW Post #4423, 300 NW 34th St will host a Pot Roast Dinner prepared by Lori on Sunday 2-4 p.m. for a donation of $6.50. There will also be karaoke hosted by Lisa 6-9 p.m. Donations go towards Veteran Assistance Programs. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 772.461.6000 CALL TOLL FREE OUTSIDE ST. LUCIE COUNTY 877-251-FORD (3673) Mon.Fri. 8ampm | Sat. 9am5pm | Se Habla Espaol 5435 U.S. 1 SOUTH, FORT PIERCE (1/2 MILE SOUTH OF MIDWAY ROAD ON U.S. 1) YOUR INTERNET REPRESENTATIVE HANK BASILE SOME VEHICLE PHOTOS ARE APPROXIMATE LIKENESS TO THE IN STOCK INVENTORY. ALL VEHICLES ADVERTISED ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. VEHI CLES PRICED AFTER ALL FACTORY REBATES PLUS TAX, TAG AND $289 DEALER FEE. SOME FACTORY REBATES MAY REQUIRE FORD MOTOR CREDIT FINANCING WAC. SOME PRICES INCLUDE FMCC REBATE, RCL RENEWAL OR TRADE ASSIST REBATE. *10,500 MILES/YR. 27 MONTHS PAYMENT AND TAX. 2011 FORD FLEX SEL25K MI., WHT. METALLIC #P4285$24,950 2011 LINCOLN MKX33K MI., INGOT SILVER #P4292$30,950ONLY 2011 FORD FIESTA S10K MI., GRAY MET. #12229A $12,950ONLY ONLY 2008 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 39K MI., DARK CHERRY #11579A $16,950ONLY 2009 FORD FOCUS SEL38K MI., LT. BLUE MET. #12308A $14,950ONLY2006 CHEVY COLORADO48K MI., BLACK #111043B $13,950ONLY 2006 FORD F-250 LARIAT55K MI., BLACK #12399 $22,950ONLY2008 DODGE CHARGER RT62K MI., TORCH RED #11732A $18,950ONLY 2010 FORD TAURUS SHO23K MI., RED CANDY #12233A $30,950ONLY 2011 FORD EDGE LIMITED32K MI., BORDEAUX #P4290 $26,950ONLY 2010 CHEVY CAMARO SS22K MI., RED JEWEL #111064B$27,950ONLY 2008 MUSTANG SHELBY35K MI., VISTA BLUE #P4248 $26,950ONLY 2010 FORD F-150 LARIAT9K MI., TUXEDO BLK, #12442A $32,950ONLY 2008 FORD ESCAPE LTD 55K MI., REDFIRE MET. #A4124A $17,950ONLY2011 FORD FIESTA SEL13K MI., OXFORD WHT #P4186A1 $16,950ONLY 2008 FORD EDGE SEL 52K MI., CREME BRULEE #12437A$18,950ONLY $2,995 DUE/mo.*199AT SIGNING 45 STARTING AT$2012 FORD FUSION2012 FORD EXPLORER15 11 TO CHOOSE 2012 FORD ECONOLINE 2012 SUPER DUTY F-250TREASURE COAST TRUCK CENTER!YOUR COMMERCIAL CONNECTION HEADQUARTERS! $2,500 DUE/mo.*192AT SIGNING 25 STARTING AT$2012 FORD FOCUS $3,000 DUE/mo.*210AT SIGNING 20 STARTING AT$2012 FORD ESCAPE $3,000 DUE/mo.*239AT SIGNING 12 STARTING AT$2012 FORD EDGE SAVETHOUSANDS! 2011 FORD F-150 SAVE THOUSANDS!LAST CHANCE! APR AS LOW AS 1.9% ON SELECT PRE-OWNED VEHICLES! SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. EASY AND CONVENIENT APPRAISALS! WELL BUY YOUR CAR, EVEN IF YOU DONT BUY OURS!THE BEST SELECTION OF PREOWNED CARS & TRUCKS ON THE TREASURE COAST! 7 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012

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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 qualied 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?ITS YOUR LUCKY DAY MONTH 18 30 Day Price Guarantee on TiresGet the best price in town or well 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 8 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 Seminole Elementary guests help celebrate Read Across America Special to the Okeechobee News/SEMDevin Maxwell, Okeechobee City Councilman, read to Seminole Elementary School students in celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday and Read Across America week. Kelly Owens, Okeechobee County School Board Member, read to Seminole Elementary School students in celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday and Read Across America week. Sharon Vinson, coordinator of Shared Services, read to Seminole Elementary School students in celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday and Read Across America week. Leslie Lundy, director of grants and Special Programs, read to Seminole Elementary School students in celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday and Read Across America week. Dale Barrett, director of Operations, read to Seminole Elementary School students in celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday and Read Across America week. Ken Kenworthy, Superintendent of Schools, visited Seminole Elementary School and read to a group of 5th graders in celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday and Read Across America week. Community members and school ofcials came to Seminole Elementary School to read their favorite Dr. Seuss book in celebration of Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss birthday. At left, Sean Downing, Osceola Middle School Principal, read his favorite Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax, to a group of Seminole Elementary School students.

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DERMATOLOGY Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com SPINE SURGERY PALM BEACH SPINE SPECIALISTSPasquale X. Montesano, M.D.Board Certi ed Orthopedic Spine Surgeon 1124 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee 863-261-8059 info@spinedocs.org OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star RatedFamily-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care FacilitySpecialized Wound Care Full Time Medical Director Dialysis Support Alzheimers Support Groups Intravenous Therapy Resident & Family Council Groups Specialized HIV Care Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy 24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing Therapeutic Activities Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O 230 South Barfield Hwy Pahokee561-924-5561 www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton120 BEDSCaring for Those You Care About FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 02 NE 19THDrive Okeechobee For appointments, call (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MDComprehensive Medical & Preventive Care Routine Annual Physicals Well Woman Exam Geriatric Care Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D iplomateAmerican Board of Family MedicineAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted HEALTH 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 Loss of Libido Endometriosis Urine Control Infertility Menstrual Abnormalities Sterilization Laser Surgery Minimally Invasive Surgery All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S. Scott Tapper, M.D., F.A.C.S.Board 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 OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore 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 9, 2012 10 Okeechobee News

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Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Christian Team Trails March tourney got off to a windy start on Saturday, March 3. Despite the high winds, 55 boaters were undaunted entering the tournament taking to the water just after sunrise. Boat #18 with Blake and Danny Marsocci w as the rst one in bringing in the largest total weight of more than 24 lbs. in sh caught. They were awarded a cash prize of $1,080 after weigh-in. In second place, Bob Carney and Ken Goodwein of boat #42 brought in a respectable 17.44 lbs. earning them a cash prize of $405 to share. Bob Owens and Fred George of boat #9 took third place and a split of $270 prize winnings. Big Fish prize was awarded to sixth place overall winners, Warren Peede and Chris Little. Their single largest catch weighed a whopping 8.50 lbs. netting them an added bonus of $324 to their winnings of $135. Second Big Fish title was given to team of Bobby Duvall and Jeff Edgerly in boat #37. They hauled in a single catch weighing 7.53 lbs. bringing their total winnings to over $350. A crowd of family and friends gathered at weigh-in to congratulate the winners, enjoy a hotdog or two and a cold drink provided by Oakview Baptist Church. Pastor John Garrison made the presentation of awards. Prize ticket drawings were also made where ticket holders left with prizes donated by local stores and individuals. The nal tournament The CTT Classic will be held on Saturday, April 7, with cast off time set at 7 a.m. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First! Tractor Trailer Crashes Auto Crashes Motorcycle Crashes Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 467-7100 12 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 Big wind doesnt deter CTT tourney anglers Special to the Okeechobee News/Pat ZiglarOakview Baptist Church Pastor, John Garrison (left) made the awards presentations after weigh-in presenting top prize winners, Blake and Danny Marsocci with a check for $1,080 for their 24 lbs of sh caught in the March tourney. Special to the Okeechobee News/Pat ZiglarSecond place winner overall in the March CTT Tourney, Bob Carney, part of boat #42 team along with Ken Goodwein brought back a respectable 17.44 lbs. of sh at weigh-in. Each earned a split of $405. Special to the Okeechobee News/Pat ZiglarFirst place winners of the March Christian Team Trails Fishing Tourney were also the rst ones back to weigh in. Blake and Danny Marsocci hauled in over 24 lbs of sh earning them the top spot this months tourney. Special to the Okeechobee News/Pat ZiglarWarren Peede and Chris Little took home an extra $324 for their BIG FISH catch that weighed 8.50 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/Pat ZiglarThird place winners Bob Owens and Fred George reeled in a total weight of over 16 lbs of sh earning them a share of $270 prize. EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2003 CHEVY VENTURE $4,995 $4,995 2002 CHEVY TAHOE LT $7,995 $7,995 2008 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SE $13,995 $13,995 2003 DODGE CREW CAB SLT $8,995 $8,995 2001 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS $4,995 $4,995 1993 FORD RANGER XLT $1,995 $1,995 1995 GEO TRACKER $3,995 $3,995 1997 CHEVY SUBURBAN $2,995 $2,995 2003 GMC SAFARI $6,995 $6,995 2000 CADILLAC STS $3,995 $3,995 2006 NISSAN ARMADA $17,995 $17,995 2009 NISSAN ALTIMA 3.5 SL $18,995 $18,995 2002 FORD ESCAPE XLT $4,995 $4,995 1OWNER 1 OWNER 1999 CHEVY SILVERADO $4,995 $4,995 1OWNER 1 OWNER $13,995 $13,995 2011 CHEVY HHR LT 1O WNER 1 OWNER GMCERTIFIED GM CER TIFIED 2008 NISSAN XTERRA $18,995 $18,995 1OWNER 1 OWNER 2008 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER LT $16,995 $16,995 1OWNER 1 OWNER 2000 LEXUS RX 300 $9,995 $9,995 ONLY67K MILES O N LY 67K M ILE S $4,995 $4,995 2000CHEVY S-10 EXT CAB $4,995 $4,995 1998 CHEVY S-10 EXT CAB 1OWNER 1 OWNER $1,995 $1,995 1996 BUICK PARK AVENUE $18,995 $18,995 2009 CHEVY EQUINOX LT 1OWNER 1 OWNER $9,995 $9,995 2006 CHEVY EQUINOX LT 1OWNER 1 OWNER $5,995 $5,995 2003 BUICK RENDEZVOUS $9,995 $9,995 2004 CHEVY COLORADO EXTCAB EXT CAB *PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE & DEALER FEE. (SEE DEALER) powered on-line by recycler.com Car & Truck Buyers Guide 13 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co.7 7 63-6905 Hwy 98 North Stop In For All Your Show Feed & Sullivan Show Supplies!! Give Us A Try! 44th Annual Speckled Perch Festival Saturday, March 10th 9-4 and Sunday, March 11th 9-4The annual festival celebrates the shing industry in Okeechobee promises your favorite fried cat sh and a heap of delicious fried goodies including Barbecue, Swamp Cabbage, Fried Pumpkin Bread, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fritters, Ox Tail or Jerk ChickenTop it all off with:Ice Cream Strawberry Shortcake or Funnel Cakes. For the Kids: Gem mining, face painting, plaster art And special projects with staff of Home DepotOVER 100 BOOTHS River trader will be on-site as well as Guy Harvey and Cracker Life items, Seminole Arts and Crafts, hand crafted jewelry, a Book Fair by the Okeechobee County Media Specialists and many more!Dont Miss The Dancing turtle, Chain saw Carving Demonstrations or live animal exhibits by Animal Adventures. Performances by: The Chobee Steelers and Xplosion! and other Local Talent Parade starts at 11:00 am Saturday 14 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Jerry Goggans, 36, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Steven McKinley on a Glades County warrant charging him with violation of probation traf cking in stolen property (two counts). He is being held without bond. Dustin Allmon, 24, Janis Road, Cape Coral, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of marijuana over 20 grams. He is being held without bond. Adrian Salazar, 37, N.E. 11th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Justin Akins on a warrant charging him with fraudulent use of identi cation for work. His bond was set at $1,000. Randy Edward Ammons, 49, N.W. 42nd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felony battery. His bond was set at $12,500. Brittney N. Penn, 26, S.E. 18th Way, Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Matt Grumbling on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (xanax) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Her bond was set at $3,000. Brandy N. McKinney, 25, N.E. 138th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 b y the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. She was released on her own recognizance. James Eldridge, 50, S.E. 29th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $2,500. Tom Douglas Hoover, 23, N.W. 304th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 b y Deputy Brian Cross on a felony charge of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge of battery. His bond was set at $12,500. Debra Young, 43, Broadland Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 b y Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felon y of failure to appear driving while license suspended. Her bond was set at $5,000. Francisco Arellano, 21, N.W. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 b y Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $10,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Local deputies arrested a man as he was reportedly entering a local recycling center with $2,300 worth of metal that was allegedly stolen. James Thomas Gainer, 21, N.W. 86th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested W ednesday, March 7, on felony charges of grand theft and criminal mischief. Gainers bond on those charges has been set at $10,000. An arrest report by Deputy Anthony Kibler, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), stated that Deputy John Hazy stopped Gainer as he was entering the recycling center. Deputy Hazy then arrested Gainer on outstanding warrants charging him with violation of probation giving false information to a secondary metal recycler, violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation burglary of an unoccupied structure. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail without bond on those charges. According to Deputy Kiblers report Gainer broke into some containers and took a variety of metal items, including: two 10-foot aluminum cargo rollers; several electrical boxes with breakers; brass locks; a ceiling fan; aluminum window frames; and, an aluminum folding ladder. Deputy Kibler stated in his report that the landowner said he had welded the containers shut to keep people from stealing his belongings. The landowner estimated the damages to his property to be $1,200. Man caught at recycler w ith stolen metal items The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced it will continue releasing water from Lake Okeechobee, sending additional fresh water into the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The new release began March 8. The Corps is making the release in a pulse-like manner to mimic a rainfall event, similar to releases that began on Dec. 16. The target ow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary for this release is an average of 450 cubic feet per second (cfs) over a 10-day period, as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) east of Fort Myers. The 10-day pulse release w ill allow relatively larger discharge rates during the rst half of the 10-day period. This will be the third 10-day pulse release since Feb. 17. These releases are expected to help reduce impacts and degradation of aquatic resources due to high salinities. The 10-day pulse releases are helping to reduce salinities in the Caloosahatchee estuary, said John Kilpatrick, Chief of the Jacksonville Districts Multi-Project Branch, which has oversight of water management at the lake, we are hoping to adequately observe and record the response of the ecosystem to this 10-day release pattern to learn what we can to provide a more consistent operation. Thursday, the lake stage was 12.83 feet. The lake is currently within the Operational Band of the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (2008 LORS). The Corps and partner agencies will continue to closely monitor and assess system conditions, and may decrease releases if local basin runoff contributes to ow. For more information on water level and ows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps water management page online at: http://www.saj.usace. army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/ MultiProject/WaterMgt/. Corps to continue releases from Lake Okeechobee James T. Gainer

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A LWAYS SAVING PROPERTY BUYERS $ MONEY! Owned & Operated by John Ed Burdeshaw LAKEOKEECHOBEETITLE863-763-3749608 NWPARKSTREET For All Your Real Estate Closing Needs COUNTRY LIVING ~ Right in town! CBS European Stucco/Arches. 3-4 bd/2 ba/ 1008 SF Triple Carport. 2680 SF-3193 SF TLA. Updated Kitchen, Family Room, Of ce, Screened Lanai. Lots of Storage! Big lot on Cul-de-sac. SOUTHWEST BEAUTY! $139,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 Vicki S. Anderson, Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f xvw ax Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net 1200 S. Parrott Ave. Check out our updated website: Century21okeechobee.com 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 MLS #205495 FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 MLS #205578 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 MLS #205527 Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 1001-H: Oak Tree Place In town condominium conveniently close to everything. Porch just off the kitchen area. Seller very motivated to sell. Unit #10-G Make offer! $52,000 NOW $39,000 MLS #203425 3006-H: Treasure Island lake access. CBS and frame home with front & back screen porch. Whether youre looking for a weekend retreat or a place to call home. $53,900 MLS #205626 5011-M: Four Seasons 2006, 2br/2ba MH on acre. Great location for east coast commuters! Fenced yard with 4 sheds, wooden front porch. Motivated seller, make an offer! $78,000 NOW $65,000 MLS #204129 3003-H: Kings Bay 2 Bd 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205169 3004-H: Kings Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, enclosed back porch and screened front porch, garage, appliance stay. HOA. Easy to show. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205168 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge Lake Access two story 3 bd/2 ba. Upstairs & downstairs kitchen, lg storage bldg, hurricane shutters, seawall, RV Prkg. 2,560 sq. ft. of living. Way too much to list! $399,000 NOW $349,000 MLS #204356 FORECLOSURE REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED 15 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Timmy Farrell pitched a complete game three hitter and Billy Childers had two hits as Okeechobee High School defeated John Carroll 5-2 in a high school boys baseball game Wednesday night at OHS. Brad Coleman had an RBI single in a four-run fourth inning rally for the Brahmans w ho improved to (5-3) on the season. Okeechobee took advantage of two elding errors by the Rams in the fourth inning as they sent seven batters to the plate. Will J ackson Christian Crews, Coleman and Layton Thomas scored runs during the rally. Brahman Coach Jeff Blackstone said his team has struggled in recent outings on defense and he felt they needed a game like this to get back on the right track. Timmy Farrell did a great job tonight and gave us exactly what we needed as a team. He threw strikes, got ahead of the hitters, and gave us a chance to bat and get some runs, he said. Farrell threw a lot of strikes and kept pressure on the hitters to swing the bats rather than try to make perfect pitches. He said his pitch count was low and that helped him feel fresh in the late innings. We really got together as a team and talked about chemistry in study hall today. W e came out here with an upbeat attitude and were ready to play. We wanted to stop losing and play the game right, he added. Farrell retired 13 straight batters at one point in the middle innings. He only walked three batters and struck out eight batters. Coach Blackstone said the team hasnt played their best baseball yet but he was proud they bounced back from a 10-run loss to St. Cloud one night earlier, We played much cleaner defensively and showed patience at the plate. Tonight was a good condence boost and a step in the right direction. Blackstone said if his team continues to gain in con dence on defense, he suspects they will win more ball games. He insists the team was better than what they showed against Martin County and St. Cloud in the past week. Farrell said he would like to use this game as a springboard to improvement for the rest of the year. I realize I can only control what I can control. I kept throwing strikes and kept pounding the strike zone. When they hit the ball they didnt hit it hard. Okeechobee hosts Sebastian River on Friday night at 7 p.m. They will host Fort Pierce Central next Tuesday night at 7 p.m. OHS boys baseball team defeats John Carroll Okeechobee News/Charles MurphyMorgan Crawford Okeechobee News/Charles MurphyMaranda Serrano

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Houses-SaleCustom 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. Lots -Sale 2 WATERFRONT vacant lots in Taylor Creek Isles. Both on canal with sea walls. Each $35,000 OBO. Call (239) 898-7084. FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 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 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. MobileHome Rent 3/2 Mobile/Add On $750 mo., 1st and Last Plus $500 Security Located Downtown Call 863-763-4537 5 Acres with a 4bd/2ba Mobile Home completely furnished, with pole barn. Call for more information 863-697-1648 $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 2BR, 2BA, C/Air. $495 mo. 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The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats2006 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 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 Marine Accessories6 Diving Tanks, 40lb. weight belt. No regulator make offer 863-824-0886 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Vans 97 Ply. Van, 56,000 mi., New tires & Battery. With handicap scooter lift asking $2,295.00 Call 863-801-3320NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2301 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASS SUBDIVISION LOTS 22 & 23 BLOCK 6 1-15-37-35-0080-00060-0220 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELYSEE AUGUSTIN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410755 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD006 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1145 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 31 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 31 29 34S 33E 1-29-34-33-0A00-00031-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PEARL C NEUGEBAUER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410742 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD011 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1863 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOTS 11 & 16 BLOCK 11 1-15-36-35-0040-00110-0110 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: EDWARD F HOWERTON Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410750 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2400 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: EL MIRA SOL LOTS 14 TO 18 INC BLOCK 30 1-18-37-35-0020-00300-0140 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ACREAGE PROPERTIES INC JEAN TRAYLOR WILSON ESTATE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410757 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2012-CP-020 IN RE: ESTATE OF OVEDA B. MANNION Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f Oveda B. Mannion, deceased, whose date of death was December 3, 2011, and the last four digits o f whose social security number are 5340, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTE R THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is March 2, 2012. Personal Representative: Nicholas Boromei 500 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34974 Attorney for Personal Representative: Robert J. Kulas Attorney for Nicholas Boromei Florida Bar Number: 398195 Robert J. Kulas, P.A. 2100 SE Hillmoor Drive, Suite 105 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952 Telephone: (772) 398-0720 Fax: (772) 398-9331 411499 ON 3/2,9/2012 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast/DBA, Workforce Solutions Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium announces a meeting of the Executive and Nominating Committees to which all persons are invited:Date & Time: Friday, March 16, 2012 8:00 a.m. Nominating Committee 8:45 a.m. Place: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers, and the Workforce Development Board DBA, Workforce Solutions. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 411946 ON 3/9/2012 17 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD012 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1870 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 20 BLOCK 12 1-15-36-35-0040-00120-0200 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MAUREEN M WEBER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed acco rding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410753 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD015 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL J TRIMBLE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1986 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASSWOOD UNIT 2 LOT 18 BLOCK 32 1-05-37-35-0020-00320-0180 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: SURINDRA PHAGU TULAMATLLE PHAGU Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed acco rding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410754 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds

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PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD015 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL J TRIMBLE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1986 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASSWOOD UNIT 2 LOT 18 BLOCK 32 1-05-37-35-0020-00320-0180 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: SURINDRA PHAGU TULAMATLLE PHAGU Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410754 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD004 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1007 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT L OF TRACT 16 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 16 27 34S 33E 1-27-34-33-0A00-00016-L000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MELTINI LOUKAS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410731 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD017 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1485 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: NEW OKEECHOBEE HEIGHTS SECTION A LOTS 24 TO 27 INC BLOCK 20 1-06-36-34-0010-00200-0240 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: FRANCES E ANSBRO JAMES L ANSBRO Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410749 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD010 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1313 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT D TRACT OF 11 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 11 35 34S 33E 1-35-34-33-0A00-00011-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GLADYS DIAZ ROBERTO DIAZ Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410748 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD007 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1190 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT L OF TRACT 27 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 27 32 34S 33E 1-32-34-33-0A00-00027-L000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOHN P LAWRENCE THOMAS E LAWRENCE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410743 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD008 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1211 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS J & O OF TRACT 10 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 10 33 34S 33E 1-33-34-33-0A00-00010-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LURALE MARCH PATRICK OKEEFE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410744 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD016 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 90 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS M & N OF TRACT 11 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 11 & E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 11 09 34S 33E 1-09-34-33-0A00-00011-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELDA JACQUET JOANUER JACQUET Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410722 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD009 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1270 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT D OF TRACT 14 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 14 34 34S 33E 1-34-34-33-0A00-00014-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BEREZINA SENIS JUNIA BERNARD MURLANDE BERNARD Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed acco rding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410746 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD002 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 147 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT C OF TRACT 25 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 25 SECTION 10 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-10-34-33-0A00-00025-C000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PATRICK J CONROY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410726 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD003 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 284 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT M OF TRACT 16 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 16 SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST 1-13-34-33-0A00-00016-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DEVON B SEATON EVONDOR PROPERTY INC LAING JOY MICHELLE E WILLIAMS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410729 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice 18 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19 JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2011-CA-000365 PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, VS. FENTON JOHN MOORE, DECEASED HIS/HER RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT; AND THE AFOREMENTIONED NAMED DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE AFOREMENTIONED UNKNOWN DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE UNKNOWN NAMED DEFENDANT AS MAY BE INFANTS, INCOMPETENTS OR OTHERWISE NOT SUI JURIS; UNKNOWN TENANT(S); WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO WACHOVIA BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION-FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS TO: FENTON JOHN MOORE, DECEASED HIS/HER RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT; AND THE AFOREMENTIONED NAMED DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE AFOREMENTIONED UNKNOWN DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE UNKNOWN NAMED DEFENDANT AS MAY BE INFANTS, INCOMPETENTS OR OTHERWISE NOT SUI JURIS including any unknown spouse of the Defendant, if remarried and if said Defendant is dead, his/her respective unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lien holders, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; and the aforementioned named Defendant and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendant and such of the unknown named Defendant as may be infants, incompetents, or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property, to-wit: A Parcel of land lying and being in the Southwest 1/4 of Section 3, Township 34 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of the Southwest 1/4 of said Section 3, run North 0 30 41 West along the Easterly boundary of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 3, a distance of 118.21 feet to a point on the Easterly Right of Way of a 66 feet Country Road, thence north 31 05 04 West a distance of 1,669.62 feet to the Point of Beginning. Thence continue Noth 31 05 04 West a distance of 320.00 feet, thence North 58 58 41 East, a distance of 680.9.8feet, thence south 31 01 19 East, a distance of 319.26 feet, thence South 58 58 56 West, a distance of 680.63 feet to the Point of Beginning. More commonly known as 32484 Northeast 4th Drive, Okeechobee, FL 34972 This action has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on Plaintiffs attorney, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., L.P.A., whose address is 550 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309, on or before 30 days after date of rst publication, and le the original with the Clerk of the Circuit Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Witness my hand and seal of this Court on the 28th day of February, 2012. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Okeechobee County, Florida By: Arlene Nealis, Deputy Clerk Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., L.P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff 550 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Telephone No.: 954-740-5200 Facsimile: 954-740-5290 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 711.411390 ON 3/,9,16/2012 BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY Contact a member of our Sales Team, for an opportunity to place your ad in the best business directory in town email:okeeadsales@newszap.com or call 863-763-3134 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people!

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By Cathie Carpenter Y MS Guidance Counselor Yearling Middle School had another successful McTeacher Night on Tuesday, March 8. The proceeds received from the rst two nights were added to the PTO account and PTO approved the purchase of two microw aves. McDonalds donates 15 percent of the overall sales total for each hour an organization spends working. The total amount earned from the March 8, event is not known at this time but should be the largest y et. YMS students who participated were given a card to redeem for positive signatures. They are able to get one signature from each teacher they saw working the event. Positive signatures are a component of the Positive Behavior System used by Yearling to promote positive behavior. Students collect signatures and redeem them for prizes or the opportunity to attend Mega Events or to be an administrator for a day. Ms. Starr, the Frappe Queen, retained her throne for the third time, arriving early to guarantee the position. This time, however, Ms. Starr was joined by Mrs. Pritchard. Mrs. Pearce performed multiple tasks working the front counter and drive up window. Money was collected in the drive thru by Mrs. Charlton. Mrs. Mendez had her rst experience in the drive thru, lling orders for customers. Another rst timer was Mrs. Hardy who experienced the fast-paced experience of lling orders. Ms. Varson added her special touch to the shakes and ice cream cones. Mrs. S. Bandi slipped in between tutoring and the PTO meeting to lend a helping hand. Mrs. Letcher, Mrs. McGee, Mrs. Mitchum and Mrs. Gibbs (Cauf eld) kept the lobby spotless as usual. Mrs. Jennings welcomed the excited customers along with Mr. King and Mrs. Markham. Mr. Claypool joined us during the second hour and helped out anywhere we needed him. Motorists were once again entertained and greeted by Yearlings Bull mascot. Yearling Middle School would like to extend a big Thank You to McDonalds employees and management for providing us an opportunity to work together for our children. McTeacher Night for Yearling Middle School a success 19 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The rain showers didnt stop the Brahman tennis teams from a big win at Sebastian River on Wednesday. The boys team shut out the Sharks 5-0. The girls team defeated Sebastian 7-0. Rain prevented the boys from playing doubles. In singles matches Otto Ramirez defeated Eugene Wolf 8-1. Brendon Jonassaint defeated Kyler Ziehmn 8-1. Lucas Penido defeated Edgar Penaloza 8-1. Colt Root defeated Christopher Touros 8-0. Cody Walker defeated Yong Ru 9-7. For the girls Samantha Rivero shut out Kelsey Wells 8-0. Jenna Rath defeated Brittany Moesch 8-0. Vanessa Watt defeated Melissa Marsiglia 8-1. Jessica Luna defeated Vanessa Dreher 8-0. Alley Lopez defeated Caleigh Kreige 8-3. In doubles play Watt and Rath defeated Moesch and Wells 8-1 and Kayla Orr and Luna defeated Ali Simpson and Angela Krupa 8-1. The tennis teams return home next Tuesday to host Clewiston at the Okeechobee Sports Complex at 3:30 p.m. Samantha Harrell continued her strong campaign with 11 strikeouts as the Lady Brahmans defeated Martin County 3-2 in a District 12-7A game on Tuesday night in Stuart. Harrell helped her own cause with two hits at the plate. Danyelle Shef eld added two hits for the Lady Brahmans who remained unbeaten in district play. St. Cloud exploded for four rallies of at least three runs as they beat the Okeechobee Brahmans 13-3 in high school baseball action Tuesday night in Osceola County. Jesse Stebbins blasted a two-run homerun in the rst inning for the Brahmans, (4-3). Christian Crews made the lead hold up as he pitched two shutout innings for Okeechobee before the Bulldogs rallied. St. Cloud scored three times in the third, four runs in the fourth, three times in the fth and four more runs in the sixth to win by the 10-run rule. A passed ball allowed the nal run to score. Brahman Coach Jeff Blackstone said his team struggled on defense and allowed a number of unearned runs in the game. Crews pitched four solid innings. Noah Wilcox, David Coleman and Brian Stokes pitched out of the bullpen. Billy Childers and Will Jackson added base hits for Okeechobee. Blackstone said although there werent a lot of positives in this game, the team struggled to make plays as St. Cloud played small ball, with bunt plays and stolen bases. We are trying to improve defensively and we have to get better there to be successful, he added. Martin County remained unbeaten as they pounded Okeechobee 9-3 in a District 12-7A game March 2 in Stuart. Starting pitcher Josh Thorne struck out ve batters in ve strong innings to get the win. Matt Reardon had three hits and Danny Hudzina hit a tworun homerun for the Tigers. Mark Savarese also went deep in the game and Jeremy Vasquez had two hits for the hard hitting Tigers. The Brahmans kept it close for awhile as they scored two runs in the top of the fourth to close the gap to 3-2. A throwing error at the plate helped the Brahman rally. Dalton Murray had two hits, while Justin Morgan, Billy Childers and Tyler Finney added base hits for Okeechobee. Brahman Coach Jeff Blackstone said his team had more opportunities to score but couldnt cash in with clutch hits, We left some runners in scoring position tonight and we left a couple of guys on base. Martin County was a strong team and the best team weve played during the regular season so far. Okeechobee hosts Sebastian River on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Okeechobee High School boys tennis team defeated South Fork while the girls lost a close match when the Brahmans tangled with the Bulldogs March 2 in Martin County. The boys prevailed 5-2 behind singles wins by Otto Ramirez, Cody Walker, Brendon Jonassaint and Irfan Chaudhary. Ramirez defeated Morgan Miller 7-6 and 6-2. Walker defeated Dan Bicksler 3-6, 6-1 and 11-9. Jonassaint dominated Bret Munson 6-1 and 6-0. Chaudhary won a marathon match with Ethan Conrad 6-3, 2-6, and 11-9. Okeechobee split the doubles matches as the team of Ramirez and Root lost 9-7 to Miller and Munson. Walker and Jonassaint defeated Bicksler and Jonah Ghazal 8-1. Colt Root lost his singles match in a tough battle with Vlad Vorona 4-6, 6-1, and 10-5 in a third set tiebreak. The girls team won their two doubles matches but lost four of their ve singles matches. In the #1 seed match Okeechobees Sam Rivero defeated Katie Tobin 6-0 and 6-2. Lauren Maunus defeated Jenna Rath 6-1 and 6-3. Natalie Gazzaneo defeated Vanessa Watt 6-1 and 6-1. Courtne y Spillman outlasted Jessica Luna 7-6 and 6-4. Vishal Lakshmanah defeated Alley Lopez 6-1, 6-4, and 12-10 in a third set tiebreak. The team of Rivero and Watt defeated Tobin and Gazzaneo 8-3 and the #2 doubles team o f Rath and Luna from Okeechobee defeated Maunus and Mirgand Zahn 8-4. In a sixth unof cial singles match Hailey Ingeman defeated Kayla Orr of Okeechobee 8-1. Sports News in Brief Special to the Okeechobee News/CESBook FairThe Okeechobee County School Media Specialists are preparing for their rst ever Community Book Fair, to be held during the Speckled Perch Festival. Left to right: Lynn Greeson, Seminole Elementary; Jenny Ward, North Elementary; Jean Zorich, Freshman Campus; Chris Fuller, Everglades Elementary; Alicia Perviss, South Elementary; Larenda Tomlinson, Osceola Middle School and Ronda Watt, Central Elementary. There will be books for all ages, toddler through adult. The Book Fair will be held on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, in Flagler Park. There will be drawings for free books! The proceeds will bene t the Okeechobee County Public Schools Media Centers. Look for the Book Fair tent in the park! Special to the Okeechobee News/YMSA few of the McTeacher Crew included: Mrs. Hardy, Mrs. Pearce, Ms. Varson, and Ms. Farrell.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SERVICE HOURS: Mon -Fri. 7:30a-5:30p Sat. 8a-4p, Closed SUN SALES HOURS: Mon. Fri. 8a-7p Sat. 9a-5p, CLOSEDSun 3201 US Hwy 27 South,Sebring(863) 386-6221 Selection of New & Pre-Owned Fords $31,988MSRP$27,849MSRP$19,988Signature Limited, Leather, Chrome Package, low Miles. Red Jewel with white carriage top, Leather, dual power seat. SUPER NICE!! Signature Limited, Leather, Warranty up to 100,000. Miles.MSRP$36,9952011 LINCOLN TOWN CARA A LAN JAYQUALITY PRE-OWNED VEHICLES2009 LINCOLN TOWN CAR2008 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS LS Price$24,592 Price$15,383 Price THE ALAN JAYADVANTAGE:A 100% COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITYPrices exclude taxes, tag and $699 dealer fee. Prices include all factory rebates and incentives, assigned to dealer. FMCC financing with Ford Motor Credit Corporation, Subject to credit approval. Photos are for illustration purposes only; vehicles may be different in color. Dealer not responible for typographical errors. Sale ends 3/14/12. WE BUYCARS! 2012 Ford Fiesta Great Fuel Economy, A/cMSRP $13,995NOW $12,995 MSRP $20,485My Ford & SYNC system, Sirius Sat Radio 6 spd Automatic.NOW $17,4492012 Ford Focus SE NOW $19,588MSRP$23,9902012 Ford Fusion SE Reverse sensing system, 6spd AutomaticStk# F254797 Stk# F247803 MSRP$24,5952012 Ford Mustango o r $23,395and 0%for 60 monthsStk# F169781NOW $21,896305 hp V6 Sport apperance package, 6 spd AutomaticStk# F152764 20 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 LAKE OKEECHOBEEThe Big O Birding Extravaganza is a Glades/Hendry County cooperative event in South Central Florida on the Southwest shores of Lake Okeechobee. Glades and Hendry counties are becoming a mecca for bird w atching, home to more than 300 species of birds, including limpkins, migratory swallow-tailed kites and painted buntings which pass through during October and April. Five Great Florida Birding Trail sites are within the region: Dinner Island Ranch and Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest both are Wildlife Management Areas, and Stormwater Treatment A rea #5 (STA5) in Hendry County, and Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management A reaEast & West in Glades County. Expect to see ducks such as the Fulvous W histling-Duck and the Mottled Duck; shorebirds like Black-necked Stilt; waders such as Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork and Least Bittern; and specialty raptors including Crested Caracara, Snail Kite, and Barn Owl. Plus, area birders are always on a quest for that elusive Smooth-billed Ani. The 2012 Big O Birding Festival is planned for Wednesday, March 28, through Sunday, March 31, on the southwest shores of Lake Okeechobee. This years roost will be the Port LaBelle Inn. From there, participants will explore Hendry and Glades Counties with exclusive tours led by prestigious birding experts. Photo tours will be led by John J. Lopinot and keynote speaker John C. Ogden. For a schedule of events or to register for a variety of programs and tours call 863-675-0125 or go online to www.BigOBirdingFestival.com. Big O Birding Festival to roost at Port LaBelle Inn Ken Corregan/Hendry-Glades AudubonWater treatment wetlands in the Lake Okeechobee area have become popular sites for wading birds and for bird watchers. Courtesy photo/SFWMDBlue winged teal frequent areas around the Kissimmee River.

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Dine-in only, may not be used towards To-Go items. Seminole Casino Brighton is not responsible for lost or stolen coupons and reserves the right to change or cancel this offer without notice. Seminole Casino Brighton employees are not eligible. Alteration or unauthorized use voids this offer. No reproductions allowed. Players Club members who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or who have opted into the self exclusion program are not eligible. Management reserves the right to cancel or change the offer at any time based on operational and/or business concern. Other restrictions may apply. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT-IT.NEW MEMBERS GET $ 50 FREE PLAY AND $ 10 FOOD CREDIT WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR A PLAYERS CLUB WILD CARD!Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA!See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate. Manag ement reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time based on operational and/or business concern. Persons who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or those who have opted into the self-exclusion program are not eligible. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.*May not accurately represent vehicle won. Like us on Facebook DRAWING ON SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012 AT 10PM Earn Entries Daily and Win a New 2012 Mercedes Benz C250! 3 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 Big bingo specials add to the St. Patricks Day funBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATIONRub your lucky charm, nd a 4-leaf clover and search for the end of the rainbow. Saturday, March 17, brings Pot of Gold Hot Seats for Cash to the Seminole Casino Brighton, where lucky slots players can win their share of $2500 every hour from 1 to 11 p.m. For bingo players, the St. Patricks Day bingo buy in is $70, or $75 with computer. Regular games pay $750, with $23,000 in j ackpot games, including two guaranteed $5,000 jackpot games. Come try bingo on Fridays in March, w ith free bingo games at 3 p.m. as players compete to win a share of $1,000 in casino free play prizes. Fridays also bring Hot Seats slot promotions throughout the month of March. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., players compete to win a share of $2,000 in casino free play. Put your Irish luck to the test all month to increase your chances of winning a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 on Saturday, March 31. More casino play during March means more chances to win the new car. As always, there is free bus transportation from the Hampton Inn in Okeechobee at 1200 State Road 70. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the bus picks up at 10:30 a.m. It departs the casino at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the bus picks up at 2:15 p.m. and departs at 7:30 p.m.Seminole Casino BrightonSeminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 405 slot and gaming machines, a seven-table poker room, high-stakes bingo seats, a full service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern airconditioning system, clean atmosphere and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big-city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, o State Road 721 in Glades County. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Or visit www.seminole brightoncasino.com. Irish Pot of Gold Hot Seats for Cash on St. Patricks Day at Seminole Casino Brighton Courtesy photo/Team Ghostrider/Dan HubbellTeam Ghostrider to perform at Okeechobee RodeoTim Lepards Team Ghostrider will perform at the Okeechobee Cattlemens Rodeo March 10 and 11 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The rodeo starts at 2 p.m. each day.

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For those who like to play in the mud, and those who like a race with a real challenge, the growing sport of mud bogging may be just the ticket. Mud bogging, also known as mud racing or mudding, includes races for those who compete professionally and events that ar e j ust for fun.Mudding is an o -road motorsport popular in Canada and the United States. The goal is to drive a vehicle through a pit of mud of a set length. Winners are determined by the distance traveled through the pit before getting stuck. If several vehicles are able to travel the entire length, winner is determined by a timer. The motor sport is overseen by sanctioning bodies such as the American Mud Racing Association and the National Mud Racing Organization. Mudding races can include vehicles ranging from three-wheeled All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) to giant monster trucks. The National Mud Racing Organization (NMRO) is the sanctioning body for straight-line mud drag racing and 4x4 stock and modi ed Tough Truck racing. Competitors compete for a purse and a season-series points championship. This is a membership organization made up of over 400 racers and growing. For more information online, go to http://www. nmro.net. The American Mud Racing Association (AMRA) represents the modern extreme automotive sport of Mud Racing. Even though the organization is still in the expansion stages of its youth, its board members and racers h ave extensive experience in this sport. For more information online, go to http://www. iracemud.com. In South Florida, most mudders do not race professionally. They just enjoy getting together with other mud bogging fans and testing their vehicles and driving skills in a mud pit. Some local mudding venues, such as Devils Garden in Hendry County and L-Cross in Glades County, are open year round. Others, such as the Mudfest in Okeechobee are limited to a few days a year.L-Cross Extreme EventsL-Cross Motocross is a 1,200 acre motocross riding area in the middle of a 13,000 acre family owned beef cattle ranch in Glades County, on the northern shore of Lake Okeechobee. The site chosen for the motocross track, hair scrambles and peewee motocross track includes shady trees and swimming holes. L-Cross Extreme Events also o ers mudding, 10 miles of hare scramble motocross trails, pee wee motocross track, 25 mile nature trail ride, and motocross bike wash station. The motocross track and trails are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. most weekends. An Annual Motocross Membership Card is required to ride the mx track and trails. Florida Motocross Tracks L-Cross MX has multiple motocross riding areas including a motocross track and vast woods areas and scenic mx trails. LCross Motocross also o ers areas to ride all kinds of o -road vehicles including motocross bikes, ATVs, dirtbikes, quads, or even jeeps, and buggys. L-Cross hosts various events throughout the year, including Fall Fest, a New Years Party and many more. These events feature live music, lots of food vendors, camping and mudding. Some events are adults only. No hookups are available for camping but you can bring your own generator. Camp res are allowed as long as there is no re ban at the time. LCross is located at 27531 E State Road 78, in Glades County. For more information, call 863-763-0569 or see their web site at www.l-cross.com.Okeechobee MudfestOkeechobee Mudfest attracts thousands of mudding enthusiasts from all over the country for a weekend of fun in the mud. For the past few years, the 270-acre Sales Ranch in Okeechobee has hosted Mudfest weekends twice a year in February and August. The most recen t Mudfest was Feb. 17-19, 2012. Participants can camp onsite or stay in the comfort o f a local motel. For more information online, go to http://www.facebook.com/ TheMudFest. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Okeechobee News March 2012 44th Annual Speckled Perch Festival Saturday, March 10th 9-4 and Sunday, March 11th 9-4The annual festival celebrates the shing industry in Okeechobee promises your favorite fried cat sh and a heap of delicious fried goodies including Barbecue, Swamp Cabbage, Fried Pumpkin Bread, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fritters, Ox Tail or Jerk ChickenTop it all off with:Ice Cream Strawberry Shortcake or Funnel Cakes. For the Kids: Gem mining, face painting, plaster art And special projects with staff of Home DepotOVER 100 BOOTHS River trader will be on-site as well as Guy Harvey and Cracker Life items, Seminole Arts and Crafts, hand crafted jewelry, a Book Fair by the Okeechobee County Media Specialists and many more!Dont Miss The Dancing turtle, Chain saw Carving Demonstrations or live animal exhibits by Animal Adventures. Performances by: The Chobee Steelers and Xplosion! and other Local Talent Parade starts at 11:00 am Saturday The sport of mudding growing in popularity Courtesy photo/Bobby BlishOkeechobee Mudfest attracts thousands of mudding enthusiasts from all over the United States for weekend of fun.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Its 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 MidwayDisplays 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 5 Okeechobee News March 9, 2012 Some call it just good ole clean and dirty fun, but Devils Garden Mud Club w ants the focus of its business to be family fun. Devils Garden Mud Club rst opened Memorial Day 2011, but work to get the park open began two and half years earlier. Owners Doug and Cathy Zipperer and their employees worked extensively w ith Hendry County o cials and South Florida Water Management to get proper permitting. Now Devils Garden holds regular events tied to holidays and local festivals. We wanted to be sure it was done right from the very beginning, said Donna Metz-Oates, marketing director. The focus is always family and safety here. Safety is important, so it took us longer to be di erent. And thats why many like to come here. Enthusiasm for the park is growing w ith word spreading about what many are calling the largest mud park in South Florida. Over 12,000 acres large, Devils Garden Mud Club is 20 miles south of Clewiston on County Road 835. The park is an o cial NARA Airboat racing location and also has truck races, and ATV side-by-side races and lawn tractor pulls. Aside from the racing, DGMC has camping areas, beach areas, mud holes, ATV trails and a new Jeep obstacle course. There are also various vehicle wash o locations. After dark, folks are invited to visit the lit mudhole and the bon re too. DGMC also has a special family camping area. Our main goal is family and we know itll pay for itself in the long run, said Ms. Oates. Weve got a little bit of everything and lots of space to spread out in which makes it fun for everyone. The park also holds regular concerts as it has a concert stage on site and brings various food and other vendors in during events. Coming events for Devils Garden are March Mud Madness, March 16-18, and Spring Break Mudfest April 20-22. Special live entertainment and special race events are being planned for both. For full info on Devils Garden Mud Club and all of its interests and accommodations, please visit DevilsGardenMudClub.com or nd them on Facebook. Devils Garden Mud Club is made for family fun Staff photoIf a vehicle gets stuck, others are willing to help pull it out of the mud. Staff photoAirboats race at Devils Garden Mud Club. The park is more than 12,000 acres and includes an of cial NARA Airboat Racing track.

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Florida State Parks o er a wide variety of programs and activities. Some of the programs o ered this month include the following. A RT IN NATURE: WHIMSICAL LANDSCAPE PAINTING INSTRUCTION John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 8, 10 a.m. This course will teach you basic composition, while learning painting technique with a touch of whimsy. The cost for the program is $30 for members of the Friends of MacArthur Beach and $35 for non-members. Reservations required. Please call Janice Kerber, 561776-7221, ext. 104 for reservations and a materials list. Fees: $30 Members of Friends of MacArthur Beach/$35 Non-members Directions: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S.1 and PGA Blvd. on A1A in North Palm Beach. THE PREHISTORY OF THE PARK: SUN, SURF AND QUESTIONS? John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 10, 11 a.m. Noon Come listen to Dr. Christian Davenport talk about the prehistory of the park, its inhabitants and the surrounding area. The program cost $15 per person or $10 per person if you are a member of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park. Reservations required. Please call J anice Kerber at 561-776-7221, ext. 104 for reservations. Fees: $10 Members of the Friendsof MacArthur Beach/$15 Non-members BLUEGRASS MUSIC CONCH STOMP BAND John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 11, 2 4 p.m. Come listen to the Conch Stomp Band play a variety of bluegrass songs. Fun for all ages. This program is free with park admission. For more information, please call the Ranger Station at (561) 6246950. Fees: Free with park admission ($5 per v ehicle for 2-8 persons; $4 for single occupant vehicle; $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, and extra passengers.) FAMILY ART IN NATURE PROGRAM John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 11, 2 4 p.m. Join us for a workshop designed for the whole family. Design and create something beautiful out of the unexpected. Child and parent will create something special using a variety of materials. Reservations required. Please call Janice Kerber at (561) 776-7221, ext. 104 for reservations. Fees: $35 Members of Friends of MacArthur Beach/$40 Non-members F.U.N. PROGRAM: TURTLE HURDLES John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 17, 9 10 a.m.ww Children and families are invited to learn about the sea turtles that visit the park. There will be various activities and games for the children. This program is free with park admission. Reservations required. Please call Janice Kerber, (561) 776-7221, ext. 104. Fees: Free with park admission. NATURAL FLORIDA GUIDED WALK AND VOLUNTEER PROJECT Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Kimbell Education Center Date: March 17, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Join Florida State Parks AmeriCorps Members for a guided walk through some of the parks pristine natural communities and learn about the importance of plant and wildlife interactions and the role of re in Florida. Bring a sack lunch and take a break, then help make difference! The remainder of the program will involve exotic plant education and eradication. The program is designed for adults and families with children ages 6 and up participants do not h ave to take part in both portions of the program. Registration is suggested for more information contact the Kimbell Center, 561-745-5551, or email alexandra.onisko@ dep.state. .us. Fees: Free park admission for event participants. Directions: To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the south: On I-95 take Exit 87A go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left. To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the north: On I-95 take Exit 96 go east on Bridge Road to US 1. Turn right (south) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 3 miles on your right. BLUEGRASS MUSIC UNTOLD RICHES John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: March 18, 1-4 p.m. Nathan Rich and the Untold Riches bring their foot-stompin and hand-clappin bluegrass music to the parks amphitheater. Just sit back and enjoy the music in Palm Beach Countys most beautiful setting. For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 561-624-6950. Fees: Free with park admission MACARTHUR UNDER MOONLIGHT KILLBILLIES John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: April 7, 7 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) This months musical entertainmen t is Killbillies, playing Irish and folk music. Come on out and bring the whole family! No reservations required and children under age 10 are free. Admission $5 pe r person. For more information, please 561-624-6950. Florida State Parks plan special programs and events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 See PARKS Page 7 Courtesy photoJohn D. MacArthur Beach State Park Courtesy photoJonathan Dickinson State Park

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 4TH ANNUAL KIDS FISHING CLINIC Fort Pierce Inlet State Park Date: March 24, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. On Saturday March 24, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park will be hosting the 4th A nnual Kids Fishing Clinic. Every participant will learn about the Indian River Lagoon and practice shing skills such as casting and knot tying. Children ages 6-14, who complete the ve stations, will receive a prize. Only 50 spaces are available and pre-registration is required, so sign up early to reserve your spot! Register by calling 772-468-3985. A waiting list will be started after 50 kids h ave been signed up. Fees: Registration is required. Directions: Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is located four miles east of Fort Pierce, v ia North Causeway. NATURESCAPING 2012 A GREEN CELEBRATION Park: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: April 14, 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Park entrance is FREE to the public for our annual NatureScaping Event. Join the group for a free educational day of family fun, with native plant vendors, demonstration gardens, live animal show, guest speakers, artwork for sale, walk thru butter y aviary, childrens crafts, local environmental organizations, a ra e, photography contest, live music and food! The parks newly remodeled Nature Center will have its gr and opening, featuring artwork for sale by wildlife artist Guy Harvey. For more information, please call (561) 624-6970. Fees: Free park admission. BLUEGRASS MUSIC CONCH STOMP BAND John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: April 8, 24 p.m. Come listen to the Conch Stomp Band play a variety of bluegrass songs. Fun for all ages. This program is free with park admission. For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 561-624-6950. Fees: Free with park admission MUSIC IN THE PARK FALL/WINTER CONCERTS Highlands Hammock State Park Date: April 21, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening outdoor concert featuring Back Porch Revivals Old Time String Band in the parks picnic area. Picnic baskets/coolers are welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, ashlight and bug spray. All ticket proceeds bene t park improvements via the Friends of Highlands Hammock. Fees: Concert admission is $5 per person (accompanied children 12 & unde r admitted free of charge.) Park entrance fee of $6 per car is waived after 6 p.m. on concert nights. Call 863-386-6094 for more information. Directions: Highlands Hammoc k State Park is located o US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), fou r miles west of Sebring. PARKSContinued From Page 6 Courtesy photoJohn D. MacArthur Beach State Park Courtesy photoFort Pierce Inlet State Park Courtesy photoHighlands Hammock State Park

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Okeechobee Spring RodeoOKEECHOBEEThe Okeechobee Cattlemens Spring Rodeo will be held March 10 and 11 at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center at 2 p.m. each day. This is a PRCA sanctioned rodeo and attracts top rodeo cowboys from all over the United States. The public entrance to the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center is o State Road 710.Sugarland ToursCLEWISTONTake a ride on 24-passenger Sugarland Express (or bring a larger group on your own bus) for an exciting and informative 4-1/2 hour heritage and agricultural tour. Step back in time with an interesting historical orientation of Clewiston and Lake Okeechobee. Youll get an upclose look at a sugarcane farm to chop and chew some sugar cane and view the latest in farming techniques. You will journey to the Clewiston sugar mill & re nery and citrus juice plantboth state-of-the-art facilities. Also enjoy the tours newest addition, a tour of the renovated Clewiston Museum. Please note that any portions of the tour that include a visit to ongoing operations may not always be available due to schedule con icts, maintenance downtime or poor w eather. For more information, call 877 6934372 or 863 983-7979.Miss Latina of the Glades PageantCLEWISTONThe Miss Latina of the Glades Pageant will be held March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the John Boy Auditorium in Clewiston. For more information, call 863-234-0232.Speckled Perch FestivalOKEECHOBEEThe Speckled Perch Festival, sponsored by Okeechobee Main Street, will be held in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee on the weekend of March 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Speckled Perch Festival Parade will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. The festival began many years ago as a sh-fry fundraiser for the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. When the original chamber folded, Okeechobee Main Street took over the event. Over the years, the festival has grown and changed, adding arts and crafts vendors, games for children and entertainment. Due to state health laws, speckled perchwhich is a game sh and not commercially harvestedcannot be served at public events. So a cat sh dinner served at the Speckle Perch Festival. Local talent including the Chobee Steelers and Xplosion will perform. For more information, call 863-357-6246 or go online to www.mainstreetokeechobee. com.Clewiston Museum speakerCLEWISTONThe Clewiston Museum Speaker Series continues on Thursday, March 8, with Chris Davenport, Palm Beach County Archeologist, as he presents The Belle Glade Culturethe Middle Man. He has done extensive research on the early native Americans who once inhabited the Lake Okeechobee region. For more information, or to reserve your seat, call 863-983-2870.Okeechobee County FairOKEECHOBEEThe Okeechobee County Fair will be held March 13-18, at the Agri-Civic Center Fairgrounds, with the entrance o State Road 710. The fair includes a carnival midway, livestock shows, cooking competitions, fruit and vegetable competitions, sewing and arts and crafts competitions. There is even a Lego building competition. The Okeechobee 4-H and FFA Livestock Show will be the week of March 12-17, with the livestock sale on Saturday, March 17. Fairgrounds opens at 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment will include the Kandu Magic Show, pig races, a petting zoo, performances by Okeechobee Steelers, horse shows, a monster truck show, Okeechobee Idol Talent Show and performances by Crossbone Band.Waterfest F.U.N. FestivalOKEECHOBEEThe Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council, the Bassmasters Elite Series and the O.L. Raulerson, Jr. BBQ Contest have joined to create the Waterfest F.U.N. Festival. This event is to be held at the Scott Driver Pavilion, located at 10101 State Road 78 West Okeechobee, Saturday, March 24, through Sunday, March 25. Festival opens at 10 a.m. and the weigh-in is a t 3 p.m. each day. The festival will h ave educational activities, entertainment, Florida storytellers, historical displays, outdoor sports demonstrations and a barbecue competition.L.O.S.T. Ride for cyclists and hikersOKEECHOBEEAnyone interested in cycling or walking is invited to ninth annual L.O.S.T. Ride on March 31, starting at 8 a.m. The L.O.S.T. (Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) is a great trek for people of all ages, skills and abilities. With rides of 12, 20, 40 and 54 miles as well as a 5K walk there is something for everyone. The L.O.S.T. trail itself is world-renowned for its stunning vistas and numerous forms of wildlife. It has become a world-wide destination for birdwatching and world class shing. This great fundraising event promises to be fun for all. All entrants are provided a goody-bag with a commemorative t-shirt and much more. Also, there is a BBQ meal provided afterwards for all entrants as well as a 50/50 and a raf e with a of ton of great prizes. All proceeds bene t the charities of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee. For more information visit www.okeechobeerotary.org or call 928-4ROTARY. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WEBSITE: WEBSITE: WWW.QUAILCREEKPLANTATION.COM WWW.QUAILCREEKPLANTATION.COMWe offer sporting clays, hunting, lodging and space for parties, weddings and company gatherings. Gift certificates Gift certificates available. available. Great family Great family getaway! getaway! For more information, contact us at: For more information, contact us at: (863) 763-2529 (863) 763-2529 8 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 Area festivals and special events this month... Courtesy photo/Sandra PearceThe Okeechobee Cattlemens Rodeo is set for Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The rodeo starts at 2 p.m. each day. See EVENTS Page 9

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2011-2012Buy tickets online!www.dollyhand.org Box Office: 561-993-11601977 College Drive | Belle Glade campusThe Allan Harris QuartetMarch 15 at 7:30pmPalm Beach State College Music DepartmentMarch 22 at 7:30pmCeltic Fire: Irish Music & Dance with Riverdances Michael LondraMarch 23 at 7:30pm30th Anniversary Celebration Buffalo Rome and Larry GatlinApril 17 at 7:00pmMissoula Childrens TheatreMay 5 at 11:00am & 7:00pmStreet Beat, Inc.May 11 at 7:00pm Find us on 30THANNIVERSARYSEASON 9 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 Ride Around the LakeCLEWISTONSheriff Steve Widden and his Community Policing Unit will host a motorcycle ride around the lake to raise money for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches on Saturday, March 24. Registration will be available at Fort Myers Harley Davidson from 9 to 10 a.m. and at Roland & Mary Ann Martins Marina and Tiki Bar, 920 E. Del Monte A venue in Clewiston from 9 to 11 a.m. The group will ride around Lake Okeechobee w ith designated stops, starting from Roland & Mary Ann Martins Marina and returning to the marina where there will be a car show, a bike show, entertainment, door prizes, vendors, food and refreshments. For more information, contact the Hendry County Sheriffs Of ce.Motorcycle rally and rod show in IndiantownINDIANTOWNJoin thousands of motorcycle and hot rod fans for one of the largest single-day motorcycle events in south Floridathe Indiantown Motorcycle Rally and Rod Show on Sunday, March 25, at Timer Powers Park in Indiantown in Martin County. Gates open at 10 a.m. and admission is $5 per person. Enjoy live music by Thunder Road, a bike rally, hot rod show, great food, beer, specialty vendors and more. Join contestants that come from over 100 miles away to compete in the motorcycle games of skill for great prizes and trophies. Hosted by the Indiantown/Western Martin County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Indian Riders Group of Stuart and Band of Brothers, a portion of the proceeds from the rally will bene t the Indiantown Education Coalition. Call 772-597-2184 or visit www.indiantownchamber.org for more information.12 Hours of SebringSEBRINGSebring International Raceway will host the opening round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Americas premier sports car endurance race runs on Saturday, March 17. Sebring will also open the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrn and mark the return of the FIA to the birthplace of its endurance racing heritageSebring hosted the rst FIA World Championship race for sports cars in 1953. Sebrings 60th anniversary year will certainly be something special with the addition of the FIA World Endurance Championship, stated Sebring Raceway President and General Manager Tres Stephenson. This brings to Sebring the leading cars and drivers that compete in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race in addition to our stellar lineup of ALMS teams. In 1953, a Cunningham Car built in West Palm Beach by Briggs Cunningham and driven by John Fitch and Phil Walters won the Sebring 12 Hours. For the next 20 years, Sebring would be part of the FIA World Championship for sports cars. Audi, Peugeot, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda are expected to be among the top prototype contenders, while Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW and Aston Martin will lead a large contingent of GT entries. Over 60 cars are expected to start the race, including the radical new DeltaWing entry. Gates open at Sebring on Wednesday, March 14. Tickets to the 60th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida can be ordered online or by calling 800-626-7223. EVENTSContinued From Page 8 File photoSeminole fry bread and pumpkin bread are popular staples at south Florida festivals. Above, a Seminole lady demonstrates the traditional method of making the bread during the Brighton Seminole Festival.

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The Diary of Anne FrankOKEECHOBEEThe Okeechobee Community Theatre wraps up its 33rd season with a play which won both a Pulitzer Prize for literature and a Tony Award for Best Play. The Diary of Anne Frank is the true story of the attempt by two Jewish families to escape the Nazi tyranny in occupied Amsterdam during World War II, based on entries in a diary begun by Anne Frank when she was just 13. Besides the obvious tension, the account also includes light-hearted moments, and the beginnings of young love. It is a gripping evening of theatre which is suitable for all ages. Performances are scheduled for March 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. at the theatre on the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, S.W. Second Ave. at Seventh Street, one block west of Golden Corral Restaurant. Advance reserved seat tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, Feb. 13, at 111 N.E. Second Street in Okeechobee. For more information, call 863-763-1307.Hooray for HollywoodLaBELLEThe Firehouse Community Theatre, 241 North Bridge Street in LaBelle, will present Hooray for Hollywood: a Musical Revue on March 9, 10 and 11. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Patrons are asked to arrive approximately 30 minutes before curtain time. Produced and directed by Nick Fidanza, the show will feature Firehouse Singers performing the legendary tunes of Hollywood. For tickets or more information call 863-675-3066, email info@ rehousecommunitytheatre.com or go online to www. rehouseculturalcenterl.com.Celtic Fire: Irish Music and Dance with Riverdances Michael LondraBELLE GLADECeltic Fire: Irish Music and Dance with Riverdances Michael Londra will perform on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dolly Hall Cultural Arts Center. Presented by international star and recording artist Michael Londra, Celtic Fire is a high-energy evening bathed in the traditional culture of Ireland. Featuring 100% live music, dance and song, the show is anchored in the customs and the ancient musical history of Erin. It is the perfect Celtic evening that sweeps audiences away to Ireland ... its traditions, its land, its pubs, its music and most of all, its heart. The ticket o ce is the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. For more information, call 561-993-1160.A Blast from the PastFORT PIERCEThe Indian River State College Company singers, jazz ensembles and jazz combo will present a mixture of classical and pop music from the past 40 years, at the McAlpin Fine Arts Building, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, on March 8 at 8 p.m.; March 9, at 8 p.m,; and March 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-220-9915.PBSC music department concertBELLE GLADEPalm Beach State College Music Department will present a concert on March 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center. This concert will feature performances of American Song Book tunes from the 1920s and 30s up through todays contemporary jazz sounds by several jazz groups including the Troubadours (vocal jazz) and jazz combos. The ticket o ce is the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. For more information, call 561-993-1160.Buffalo Rome and Larry GatlinBELLE GLADEBlending a rootsy feel reminiscent of the 1970s wes t coast country rock scene with todays modern country, Bu alo Rome brings a vinyl vibe to the digital age. Their stunning harmonies and expert musicianship h ave wowed audiences across the country. Their appeal is broad; they have appeared with such diverse performers as Kenny Loggins and Montgomery Gentry. Though they h ave been together only a short time, they have already been seen on Great American Country and featured in the pages of Country Weekly Magazine. With songs like Big Sky and Ocean In Montana, they are truly putting the West back in Country-Western music. They will perform at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on April 17 at 7 p.m., followed by Larry Gatlin. There have been many great voices in country music and one golden one: Larry Gatlin. His bell-like tones and soul-stirring vibrato are works of art in themselves, quite apart from the lyrics they illuminate. Of course, Gatlin is equally distinguished as a songwriter. Of the 42 songs he charted between 1973 and 1990, including 17 Top 10s and the Grammy-winning Broken Lady, he single-handedly wrote every one, an achievement unmatched by any othe r artist in popular music. His smash All The Gold In California stands as a country crossover classic. A 30th Anniversary Celebration will be held Tuesday, April 17. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with the performance starting at 7 p.m. The ticket o ce is the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. For more information, call 561-993-1160. Plays, concerts, dancing and more ... 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 PERFORMING ARTS See PERFORMING ARTS Page 11

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 A vailable Online Now!Go to: specialsections.newszap.comClick on Florida to reveal all Florida special sections Select Okeechobee County Community Guide 11 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions March 2012 A Nice Family GatheringFORT PIERCEThe Indian River State College Drama Department will present A Nice Family Gathering on April 5 at 8 p.m.; and April 6 at 8 p.m.; and April 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the McAlpin Fine Arts Theatre Building, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. It is Thanksgiving Day and the Lundeen households rst family gathering since their Dad died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a missionto tell his wife he loved her. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date to dinner. For ticket information, call 1-800-220-9915.Country Legends BandBELLE GLADEOn March 24, 2012 at 7 p.m., the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center will be lled with the sounds of the greatest Country Music of all time! Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Sr., Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and many more w ill receive a very special live tribute to their music and lives by The Country Legends Band. This funlled two hour show is much more than just great music; it also includes narration and image projections of all the original Country Music Legends. Finally, a show where it is okay, actually encouraged, for you to clap your hands, stomp your feet and sing along and you will know all the words! Bring your cameras and video recorders because we love to ham it up for you. The Country Legends Tribute has been performing throughout Eastern Florida to packed performing arts centers and colleges. It has been described as a Branson/ Nashville/Opry style show all rolled up into one but, only better! Better, because it is coming to you! All tickets are $25 and all seating is general admissions. You may order tickets by visiting the website at www.countrylegendsband.com.Allan Harris QuartetBELLE GLADEThe Allan Harris Quartet will perform at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on March 15, at 7:30 p.m. Allan Harris is a world-class singer, guitarist and songwriter. Perhaps best known for his interpretations of jazz standards, Allans smooth vocals and guitar-styling easily crosses genres, from jazz to rock to blues. Three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist, Tony Bennett calls Mr. Harris my favorite singer. He is regularly featured at the worlds great music festivals, e.g. Jazz Aspen, Wien Jazz Festival in Austria and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Allans Harriss artistry transcends his diverse vocal performances. Harris has composed Cross That River, a full-scale musical celebrating the Old West as told through the words and music of a black cowboy, and has received a prestigious Chamber Music America Grant for that work. For ticket information call the theatre at 561-993-1160.Jackie Steil to performOKEECHOBEEThe Okeechobee County Fair will feature Jackie Steil on Saturday, March 17, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in concert. Jackie Steil is 14 years old and a freshman at Vero Beach High School. She began playing guitar and writing songs in December of 2010 when her dad bought her rst guitar. Her rst public performance was her middle school talent show and she was a nalist in the 2011 Treasure Coast Texaco Country Show Down for her original song Dear Player. Throughout the year Jackie has played several fundraising venues and believes at this stage in her life it is important to give back to the community so all her performances are donated. Jackie has had the opportunity to perform at Open Mics in Nashville at the famous Blue Bird Caf, Margaretvilles and Tootsies Orchid Lounge. She also performed her original song at the song writers rounds at the Indigo Room, the Commodore Club and Douglas Corner Caf also in Nashville. Jackie will perform both covers and her original songs at the fair. The fairgrounds are at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The public entrance is of f State Road 710. PERFORMING ARTSContinued From Page 10

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