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Sunday, March 11, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 31 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 12.84 feetLast Year: 11.94 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Region could face water shortage ... Page 5 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsWere afraid to leave. Were afraid to stay, said a Pine Ridge Park resident. Early Friday morning, a home in their quiet neighborhood burned to the groundthe third such re in less than two weeks. The rst re on Feb. 26, was an unoccupied home. The owner lives in another county. The second re, the following night, destroyed the home of a resident who was away for the weekend. Just a day later, another re was set to a container next to the outside of a home in that same area, but the residents were home and managed to extinguish the blaze before their home caught re. Just a few blocks from the structure res, there were also several suspicious brush res, according to the Florida Forest Service. Friday mornings re on Northeast 30th Terrace destroyed the home next door to one of the earlier res. The resident, a grandmother who lives alone, said she had not been staying in her home at night since the previous weeks res. Thursday night, she had worked up the courage to sleep in her own home again, but she changed her mind because she was asked to babysit her grandchild at her daughters home. Around 1:30 a.m. she received a call from a neighbor that her home was on re. Friday morning, she surveyed the wreckage of her home with misty eyes. So many things lost, so many memories, she sighed. Thank goodness my insurance papers are at the bank. Another Pine Ridge Park home burns Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThis home on Northeast 30th Terrace was destroyed by re in the early morning hours of Friday, March 9. The re came less than two weeks after the home next door burned. See FIRE Page 12 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenIts festival weekend!The Speckled Perch Festival Parade was held in downtown Okeechobee on Saturday. The festival continues Sunday in Flagler Park. The rodeo is Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Spectator entrance is off SR 710. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenOkeechobee area Girl Scouts celebrated 100 Years of Girl Scouting with their entry in the Speckled Perch Festival Parade on Saturday. For more photos, see page 3 and also see the Okeechobee News page on Facebook. New Parks & Rec director ... Page 8 Hospital hosts Dine with the doctor ... Page 10 Civil Air Patrol learns new technology ... Page 15
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call (863) 467-5333Hearing Care Centers3545 Hwy 441 S Okeechobee Hearing EvaluationsWalk-Ins WelcomeFREE Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobRe-Roofing Specialists Metal & Shingle Roofs Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Life Insurance Annuities Health Insurance IRA Rollover Call or email for a free quote! Tom Walsh 250 S. Australian Ave West Palm Beach, FLtwalsh2@metlife.com561.207.2306 3 Okeechobee News March 11, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenFestival funA group of United States Submarine Veterans were among those in the Speckled Perch Festival Parade on Saturday in downtown Okeechobee. The parade, which started at 11 a.m., lasted about 30 minutes. Below, children enjoyed painting ower pots at the Home Depot booth at the festival. The festival continues today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Flagler Park. For more photos online, see the Okeechobee News page on Facebook.
Coyotes The coyotes are not native to Florida. It is believed they are here because fox hunters brought them in for hunts and some of t he coyotes were smarter than the hunters. T he coyotes have taken the spot in the food c hain that was previously occupied by other native predators. They have been a problem for the cattlemen for years. Many people now keep a donkey or a mule with their herds of c attle, goats or miniature horses, because donkeys will ght the coyotes. One thing to remember, if you do get a donkey or mule for this purpose, it should be a female or a gelded male. A jack donkey may be aggress ive toward new babies in the herd. I know one person who put a jack donkey with her goats to protect them from coyotes and dogs and the donkey killed the baby goats right after they were born.Cursive writing I was wondering why the schools in Okeechobee do not teach cursive writing. I learned this in second grade. One of my children attends an elementary school and one is at the middle school and neither one has learned to write. They only teach the FCAT test. Im 57 years old, educated up north, and learned cursive in second grade. But I dont use it. I later studied to be a draftsman and learned to print as part of that. I never w ent back to cursive, and cant say that it has impacted my ability to make a living or publish something I have written. KEYBOARDING has taken the place of cursive writing, and in my opinion is more important than c ursive. If you can run a keyboard, you dont NEED to learn cursive. Everything is digital. V ery little is even written anymore. Soon it w ill become where handwriting things is the locale of artists and memos only. Typing reduces paper waste, saves companies money and time, and also makes getting in touch w ith someone almost instant. Makes me wonder in the case of legal documents where it wants your printed name and signature both, does one print in both places? I can see merit in both points of view because often you cant understand a persons signature at all. If everything can be lled in digitally, what would stop any person from lling in what they wanted to in relation to someone elses business? So now when you sign legal documents etc. etc. you can just make your mark as in the old days?Attention parents! Your child does deserve a good education. If you are unhappy with things at your childs school get involved. Dont let the bureaucrats, who are in uenced by private education lobbyists, legislate what is good for your childs education. Know your childs teachers, show up for PTA meetings, join the school advisory committee for your childs school and go to a school board meeting. Ask yourself, how do you think your child will do in front of a computer (aka virtual schools) without a teacher to assist when they have questions. Yes, this kind of education can work for an advanced high school student and certainly college but for the rest this will be a disaster. Be an involved parent as it is the single most important factor in a childs successful education.School lunch My son is in fourth grade at Central Elementary. EVERY TIME he goes into the lunch room, they NEVER have what he wants. I see there is a new menu. How is it fair that my fourth grader never gets what is on the menu? They should have to have enough food for all the kids. This whole week I have had a problem with it. Its a shame they dont know how to make enough food for the whole school. One day, they only had two choices for him. But the bad thing was, one of them was not in eye sight. So when he went though, he had to get the one choice. Pack his lunch. I would not let my kids eat at school. The school lunches are full of fat and carbohydrates. Pack those sack lunches at home and you will know what your kid is eating. I remember back when I was in school that they would run out of certain things, so most of us always packed a lunch (just in case). The school has very tight budgets!! I for one would much rather have my child be limited in his choice of lunch then for them to say cater to whatever he feels like eating on any given day and run short on money needed for textbooks or updating school equipment. By Cesar MarinSpecial to the Okeechobee News In my devotional, one morning the Lord took me to Psalms 33 where I pondered on verse 5 for a while, He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the Lord lls the earth. I thought of how beautiful and simple that statement is and why for so many years I fought against it just like many other people do. Then I made it down to verse 8 Let the whole world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of him. Then it all made sense We really dont want to be standing in awe of God, I mean we say we do but we really dont. Does that mean that I must surrender ALL to Him and be responsible to only Him? YES! Jesus Himself said it. And so there is the problem, many dont even want to be responsible for themselves. Our society is full of people who do anything and everything that they wish without giving a second thought to consequences as it is. Believe me I came from that world view just 8 short years ago. The out of control numbers of teen pregnancys, child abuse, disrespectful kids in our school systems and at home, the number of DUI related accidents leading to the deaths of many young adults, divorces, over crowded jails, and the prescription drug epidemic in our community are just the beginning and the evidence that we as people love being in charge of our lives, and failing at it miserably. What I say next may shock some! Im speaking to the Church. We cant blame the people who dont understand the Grace of God anymore than we could blame a blind man for stepping on your shoe. We should know! God calls us to know. Ill begin with what I believe is th e most urgent of all the pressing issues in ou r blessed Okeechobee. The division of the churches in this town is an abomination to God, I pray that ever y Pastor gets the opportunity to read this and feels a deep yearning from God to right th e wrongs within themselves about what littl e they have done to unite the Body of Chris t in Okeechobee. Secondly, I didnt grow up in church as a child, I came to know Chris t later in my 30s, and Im surprised to hear so many believers say that they are losing hop e because of the direction that our Nation is heading in causing such a rapid moral decline. Let me encourage all of you to read the infallible Word of God, passages lik e Romans 1:21-32, Matt 24 5-28, Psalm 37, 1 Tim 4:1, 2 Tim 3 & 2 Thes. 2:3 Let no on e deceive you in any way. For that day will no t come, unless the rebellion comes rst, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. Do not be surprised! Finally a challenge to all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, instead of bickering among one another about the minor details which God Himself is in charge of; le t us focus on the central core truths of th e Gospel of Christ. I believe unity must com e rst and then and only then will we see th e power of God to salvation pour out like rain in Okeechobee as it is written in Romans 1:16 &17. Ill end with Psalms 33 verses 20 22 We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Le t your unfailing love surround us, LORD, fo r our hope is in you alone. Sunday, March 11, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: email@example.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: email@example.comBilling Department E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: email@example.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. 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Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We PledgeTo operate this newspaper as a public trust To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. To provide a right to reply to those we write about. To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Urgent need for O negative blood: Donations needed immediatelyThe need for blood donations, especially O negative, is extremely high. The supply of O Negative blood has reached critically low levels. In order to keep up with the high amount of blood transfusions needed at local hospitals, donations are needed immediately. All O Negative donors are urged to contact Floridas Blood Centers as soon as possible to donate. While all blood types are currently needed, O Negative blood is the universal blood type meaning any patient can receive O Negative blood regardless of the recipients blood type. O Negative is critical for trauma patients, premature babies and emergency surgeries. O Negative donors can donate at any Floridas Blood Centers location or on any Big Red Bus. Call toll free 1-888-9DONATE for more information or to make an appointment. To nd donation locations click HERE. If you dont know your blood type, the best way to nd out is to donate blood!
By Katie Sebris, Nutrition EducatorSpecial to the Okeechobee News March is national nutrition month and this y ears theme is Get Your Plate in Shape by eating from all of the food groups everyday, by taking your time to eat meals and snacks, by eating less solid fats, added sugars and sodium and by being physically active. The A cademy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the standard for nutrition, has some helpful tips to Get Your Plate in Shape. The Okeechobee County Health Department will be observing this important health awareness initiative by striving to increase knowledge about healthy eating. Here are some easy tips to help you in y our effort to eat all the food groups everyday; rst make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Second make at least half your grains, whole grains. Third, switch to fat-free or low-fat milk with the same amount of calcium and other nutrients but with less fat. Fourth, vary your protein choices; the protein group consists of a variety of foods like beans, seafood, nuts, lean meats, eggs and poultry. Some additional tips to have healthy eating habits are to cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars. An easy way to cut back on sodium and empty calories is to drink more water and eat fewer foods that are high in saturated fats, added sugars and sodium; cooking foods in oils is a healthier alternative than cooking foods in solid fats. Also, take the time to eat your meals and snacks by preparing more meals at home and by choosing low calorie menu options at restaurants. Another tip is to be physically active. The recommended amount of physical activity for children and teens is at least 60 minutes per day and the recommended amount for adults is 30 minutes ve days per week. March is the month to Get Your Plate in Shape by eating all the food groups everyday; by cutting back on solid fats, added sugars and sodium and by being physically active. Take time this month to evaluate your eating habits and make changes towards a healthier lifestyle. The time that it takes to make changes toward healthy eating is nothing compared to the way you will feel by having a healthy lifestyle. Information from article was taken from education materials on eatright.org 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 People have so much to do and so little time to do it. To help you deal with your time constraints, we pack this little newspaper with lots of relevant and useful information. We want you to learn what you need to know quickly, so you can experience and enjoy your community fully. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News March 11, 2012 W ater conservation will help sustain the public w ater supplyFollowing a record dry January, much of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) from Orlando southwest to Naples continued to experience belowaverage rainfall in February. Water supplies in the lower east coast, however, received a boost during the month from signi cant rainfall in Palm Beach, Broward and MiamiDade counties. While many areas of the District remain below average, water levels are higher than a year ago, when the majority of the region was in drought conditions. Along w ith recent rainfall, this has helped slow down the normal dry season recession of the regional aquifers, said Susan Sylvester, SFWMD Chief of the Water Control Operations Bureau. We are still concerned about the overall de cit of rainfall and continue to cautiously manage the water in the system because the driest months of the dry season are on the way. For February, a total of 1.75 inches of rain fell across the District, representing 74 percent of the average for this time of year, or a de cit of 0.60 inches. Areas along the southwest coast received only 58 percent of the average rainfall for the month. Eastern Miami-Dade County received 2.04 inches above its normal, or 193 percent of its average. In an interesting quirk of the calendar according to District meteorologists, a gauge at Palm Beach International Airport recorded 0.87 inches of rain on February 29, setting a record as the wettest Leap Day at that location since at least 1896. The previous record Leap Day at the airport was 0.68 inches of rain in 1976. Lake Okeechobee stood at 12.98 feet NGVD last week, which is 1.54 feet below its historical average for this time of year but nearly a foot higher than a year ago. The 730-square-mile lake, which serves as a backup water supply for South Florida, received a major boost from October rains and remains above its water shortage management zone. Looking forward, March contains a short period from about the 15th to the 25th that has historically proved to be the wettest time of the South Florida dry season, according to a District analysis of 30 years of rainfall records. This does not always happen, and below-average rainfall is forecast for the remainder of this years dry season. Longer days, more sunlight and higher evapotranspiration also mean that water levels can fall rapidly in April and May. As a result, a water shortage warning remains in place across the entire 16-county District. Residents are reminded to conserve water and follow the Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule.Year-Round Landscape Irrigation RuleAdopted by the SFWMD Governing Board in November 2009, the Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule established a permanent two-day-a-week landscape watering schedule throughout the region, with a three-day-a-week provision for some counties. Utilizing the rules exibility, some city and county governments have adopted alternative landscape irrigation ordinances or emergency actions based on local water demands or system limitations. For many areas, landscape watering schedules remain the same under year-round conservation measures as they were under water shortage restrictions. Details on landscape irrigation limits are available by contacting your local government or by visiting www.sfwmd.gov/2days. February rainfall provides a mix of dry and supply National Nutrition Month: get your plate in shape Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaJust say noThis anti-smoking message was seen on a fence at Okeechobee High School. Waterfest FUN Festival planned for March 24-25The Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council, the Bassmasters Elite Series and the O.L. Raulerson, Jr. BBQ 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. The dates of the festival are Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. Festival opens at 10 a.m., and the weigh-in is at 3 p.m. each day. The festival will have educational activities, entertainment, Florida storytellers, Historical displays, outdoor sports demonstrations and a Barbecue Competition.
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 15 p.m., for $6 per dinner. The public is welcome. Proceeds w ill 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 811 a.m., for a $6 donation (kids 12 and under $3). The public is w elcome, 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 811 a.m. for a $5 donation. Proceeds will bene t the Loom Charity fund. Call Lee, 863-824-0911, for information.Freedom Outreach to host shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, March 11 A pril 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. V FW North hosts dinner nightNorth VFW Post #4423, 300 NW 34th St w ill 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.Library to host Rural Routes to EmploymentCome to the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th Street, Okeechobee, for the Rural Routes to Employment Project, funded by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, operated by The Center for Social Capital. The Okeechobee Employment Initiative on Tuesday, March 13 and 14 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m., starts off with a twoday program including an overview on day one and another workshop on Labor Market vs. Customizing Job Development and more on day two. To register contact Jessie V asquez at jvasquez@hps .org or 863-8019204.Shrine Club to host Spaghetti dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 W., members will host their Tuesday evening March 13 Spaghetti dinner from 4 until 7 p.m. A no-smoking atmosphere with music starting at 5 until 8 p.m. Donation is just $6 per person. For information call the club at 863-763-3378 or Mac Simpson at 863-4840427 or Kip Gardner at 863-610-6659. Cypress Eagles to hold dinnerOn Tuesday, March 13 the Cypress Hut Eagles Womens Auxiliary at 4701 S.E. Hwy. 441, will hold a dinner starting at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the Community Charity Fund.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 863467-5435 and leave a message.Free Diabetes education programA seminar Living with Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community, 203 SE Second Street, located in the Activities Room at 1:30 p.m. on March 14 The seminar is offered by the Visiting Nurses Association.ODEC meeting announcedThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will be having its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 15 in the Beef OBradys meeting room beginning at 6 p.m. Any interested Democrats are invited to attend. Any Democrat who is interested in being a delegate to the 2012 State Convention and the 2012 National Convention needs to attend this meeting in order to submit their ling form to be considered for becoming a delegate.B.R.A.T. Club plans danceThe Okeechobee B.R.A.T. (Building Relationships Among Teens) Club will host a Teen Dance Pajama Party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus on Friday, March 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. for ages 12 to 16. Cost is $5 per person, which includes pizza, soda and chips. For more information, call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.CenterState plans grand opening eventCenterStates Okeechobee branch will host a grand opening event on Friday, March 16 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event will feature True Country 100.9 DJs, free barbecue and beverages and an opportunity to enter the Lifes a Breeze Contest for a chance to win a 2012 Mustang convertible. Attendees will be able to nd out more about the banks services. For more information, please call Tabitha Trent at 863763-5573.YF&R to host annual Scholarship BBQThe Okeechobee County Farm Bureau will hold their 30th Annual YF&R Scholarship BBQ on Saturday, March 17 at the Agri Civic Center. The BBQ will run from 4 to 7 p.m. All proceeds will go toward the YF&R Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Farm Bureau Of ce. Tickets can also be purchased at the 4-H concession stand March 1318 and on the day of the BBQ. For more information call 863-763-3101.Stroke and Osteoporosis screenings offeredResidents living in and around the Lake Okeechobee region can be screened to reduce the risk of stroke or bone fracture. Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, will host Life Line Screening on Monday, March 19 For more information or to schedule a screening, please call 1-877-237-1287.Special movie comes to Brahman TheatreOctober Baby is a movie distributed by the same lm company that brought you Fireproof and Courageous. October Baby opens at Brahman Theater the weekend on Friday, March 23 You can pre-purchase tickets at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, 500 N.W. 6th Street or Serenity Coffee Shop. Check out the trailer at: www.octoberbabymovie.net. For more questions call the Pregnancy Center at 863-467-8748.Free memor y screenin g s at 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Mary Hannah Fitzgerald KinseyOKEECHOBEE Mrs. Kinsey, 64, of Okeechobee, passed away March 4, 2012, in Orlando Regional Medical Center. She was retired from hospital accounting and the Fort Myers News Press. Born on Oct. 10, 1947, in Watertown, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Thomas P. Fitzgerald and the late Helen Knapp Fitzgerald, and step-daughter of the late Phyllis Fitzgerald. She married Robert E. Kinsey on Feb. 20, 2000, in Okeechobee where she enjoyed boating, friends, and retirement. Mary is survived by her husband, Bob; son, Todd Robert Fitzgerald of Cape Coral, Fla.; a brother, Timothy Fitzgerald of Albany, N.Y.; sisters, Sarah Fitzgerald Collins of Watertown, N.Y., and Maureen Gaylor of Ft. Myers, Fla.; a step-brother, Richard Schneider of Dexter, N.Y.; one beautiful granddaughter, Brooke Fitzgerald; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas P. Fitzgerald III; and a sister, Candace N. Spink. Her beloved dog JR also passed on March 4th to travel this journey with her. Mary loved NASCAR, football and all animals. She was an avid reader and had such a quic k wit. A summer burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Watertown, N.Y., is planned, so she may rest with her mother, brother, and sister.Rena Plants, 96OKEECHOBEE Rena Plants, age 96, o f Okeechobee, and formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, after a brief illness. She passed away peacefully at her residence under Hospice Care. She is survived by her children; Forrest and Judy Plants of Okeechobee, FL, Karl and Pearl Fohlbrook of Lowell, Mich., Vernon and Sue Plants of LaBelle, Fla., 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of owers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida 34973. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. A l l p r o c e e d s w i l l g o t o w a r d s t h e D e v o n V e n a b l e s M e m o r i a l S c h o l a r s h i p Donations can be made directly to the Okeechobee Education Foundation with a notation in the memoofyour check De v on V ena b les Memorial Sc holar ship Annual Coed Softball Tournament J J une 15, une 15, 1989 1989 A A ugust 1, ugust 1, 2009 2009 Registration $250 at the field Bring you own balls, 44 Core-ISARules Bracket will be determined by # of teams For more information please contact Kim Hilliard 863-634-3620 or Jill Rogers 863-634-0870In Memor In Memor y of y of De De v v on on V V ena ena b b les les When:March 31,2012 Where:Adult Softball Fields Okeechobee Time:Start 8am Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 11, 2012 S ubmit obituaries to the Okeechobee News b y emailing email@example.com. Customers ma y also request photos and links to online gues t books. A link to the obituaries is available at www. newszap.com Community Events
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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News This is a great profession said Albie Scoggins, the countys newly hired director of parks and recreation. We do good things for people. He is looking forward to moving to Okeechobee and becoming part of the community. Mr. Scogins refers to himself as a recovering baseball player. He played baseball in high school and at Indian River State College and the University of Florida. He had plans to play professional baseball, but illness and injury prevented that from happening. So he became the next best thing, a recreation manager, where he says he has tried to pass along to young people what he has learned. Mr. Scoggins spent 14 years with the St. Lucie County Department of Leisure Services. His duties included managing Thomas J. White Stadium, the spring training home of the New York Mets. After that he served as parks and recreation director for the City of Stuart for 10 years. The budget cuts of 2010 forced Stuart to downsize their parks and recreation program. So for the 21 months prior to coming to Okeechobee County Mr. Scoggins worked as a certi ed personal trainer. Mr. Scoggins has hit the ground running, getting here just in time to work on the budget. He says that when a new person takes over a position it is a good time to look at how things are being done and to look at the fees and the possible addition or deletion of programs. He spoke highly of his predecessor, Darrell En nger, the countys rst director of parks and recreation. I have a staff that is top notch, Mr. Scoggins said. He hopes to learn from them and keep making improvements. In addition to parks and recreation Mr. Scoggins is responsible for the agri-civic center, Okee Tantie Campground and Marina and the Tourist Development Council. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at email@example.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com 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 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. A rated companies. Call us for a free quote. *All invoices must be paid in full to be eligible, promotion applies to residential customers only. Valid December 1, 2011 ~ November 30, 2012 *Winners will be announced in the Okeechobee News. Call for additional details. 8 Okeechobee News March 11, 2012 New parks and rec director really enjoys his job Special to the Okeechobee NewsYear of the GirlAt their meeting on Tuesday, March 6, the Okeechobee City Council proclaimed 2012 to be the Year of the Girl in honor of the one hundredth anniversary of the Girl Scouts. Members of Girl Scout Troop 60599 and Daisy Troop 60011 present for the ceremony were, left to right, leader Laurie Pharr, Raylee Coleman, Lindsay Lipscomb, Maliah Wright, Lilly Maxwell, Candace McGlammory, Mamie McCoy, Amber Hull, Brittany McCoy, Alysa Osterman and former Girl Scout, Betty Williamson. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaAlbie Scoggins recently took over as head of the Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation Department.
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Our Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Some of the Surgical Procedures available include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal InterStim Therapy for bladder or bowel incontinence Pacemaker and AICD implementation And many more Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 33 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. it f t h 33 OFFICIALNOTICE of the Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc. ANNUALMEETING March 24, 2011Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc.s 2012 Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Osceola Middle School in Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of the meeting being to elect trustees, vote on proposed By-law changes, and hear annual officersreports. Registration, Entertainment and Voting will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Business Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.Join us forgreat entertainment, fun, and prizes including a 2001 CHEVROLETK1500 4X4 forone lucky member!PLAN NOWTO ATTEND! 10 Okeechobee News March 11, 2012 At some point in their lives many Americans will utilize Radiology equipment to assist with their medical needs. While X-rays, MRIs, Ultrasounds and other imaging devices are now common words in our societys v ocabulary, it is fascinating to re ect on just w hat insight about our bodies this amazing equipment provides. Diagnostic imaging is performed on patients everyday to help physicians treat patients. The results of these imaging studies can be life-changing for patients. This month Raulerson Hospital is hosting a very special Dine with the Doctor event on Tuesday, March 27. The guest speaker will be Raulerson Hospitals Radiologist Dr. Alex V ennos. Dr. Vennos will discuss the 5 imaging modalities offered at Raulerson Hospital; MRI, CT Scan, Ultrasound, Digital Mammography and Nuclear Medicine. Raulerson Hospital is accredited in all ve of these modalities by the American College of Radiology. Accompanying Dr. Vennos will be Raulerson Hospitals Director of Radiology and the Chief Technologist. The Raulerson Radiology team will answer questions from the audience and even offer a brief tour of the imaging equipment. Make plans to join Raulerson Hospital for Marchs Dine with the Doctor Community lecture and nd out everything youve wanted to know about how Radiology works. The dinner costs $5 per person and begins at 4:30 p.m. The lecture is free and begins at 5 p.m. Attendees must RSVP. To RSVP, contact 863-763-9228 and select register for a hospital sponsored class or event. Raulerson Radiologist to explain diagnostic imaging Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe March 27 Dine with the Doctor topic will be diagnostic imaging. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaOf cer of the YearAt the Tuesday, March 6, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Police Chief Denny Davis, left, named Ryan Holroyd, right, the Of cer of the Year.
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License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 12 Okeechobee News March 11, 2012 While insurance may help replace her home and furnishings, so many things consumed by the re simply cannot be replaced, she said. A lifetime of mementoes went up in ames. The woman, who has been a full-time resident of Pine Ridge Park for 14 years, said until the recent res, she always felt safe in her neighborhood. She said she has many friends in the area and they never had any trouble before. As she surveyed the smoldering remains, Fire Marshals carefully examined the home, removing re safes and a gun that had belonged to her late husband. "I never touched the gun," she said. "I was afraid to touch it. It w asn't even loaded." All of her clothes are gone, even a special dress she planned to wear to a wedding. She said the Red Cross helped her with emergency funds so she could buy clothes and she is staying at her daughter's house. She does not understand why anyone w ould destroy her home. "What is someone doing this?" she asked. "Everybody is scared." The neighbors, many of whom are winter residents, are on edge. "I woke up and looked out the window and saw a great ball of re," said a man who lives nearby. He suspects the arsonist might live in the area. "Somebody had to know she w asn't home," he observed. Most of the residents only winter in Okeechobee, he continued. Soon it will be time for them to head back north. If they leave, they wonder what they will return to. "We don't know what we are going to do," he said. State Fire Marshal Travis Denson said arson is suspected in the Pine Ridge Park res. He said the investigation could take weeks or months. He advised residents to leave their porch lights and outside lights on at night, and to stay vigilant. "You know who belongs here and who doesn't," he said. "Watch out for anything suspicious." Signs posted near the burned homes state: "Of cials suspect this re was a result of ARSON. Cash rewards. Rewards of up to $5,000 and more are being offered from a fund by the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention for information leading to the identi cation of persons responsible for this re. Call: Arson Control 1-877-662-7766 toll free, or 863-763-3117 or 561-640-6204 or e-mail: facap.org." Another re in Okeechobee County is also under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Of ce. On March 7 at 11 a.m., Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue responded to a travel trailer re on Northeast Sixth Street. The re was rst reported as a brush re. En route, re/rescue was advised that a travel trailer had already burned and was completely destroyed. Upon arrival, they found several trees on re and the re was impinging on a semi trailer. They also found a travel trailer completely burned, tires on re, an airboat, three wheeler and trailer, another boat, several LP tanks and other items they could not identify on re. Approximately 3,500 gallons of water was used to extinguish the re. Estimated value of the burned items is $20,000. The American Red Cross Okeechobee Chapter has assisted the victims of the recent res. Red Cross volunteers who respond to the scene of area res are members of the Chapter's Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night. To make a nancial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house res and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can click, call or text visit www.pbtcredcross. org, call 800-833-0599, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. FIREContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsA reader shared this photo of the structure re in Pine Ridge Park that lit up the night sky early Friday morning.
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 COUNTRY LIVING ~ Right in town! CBS European Stucco/Arches. 3-4 bd/2 ba/ 1008 SF Triple Carport. 2680 SF-3193 SF TLA. Updated Kitchen, Family Room, Of ce, Screened Lanai. Lots of Storage! Big lot on Cul-de-sac. SOUTHWEST BEAUTY! $139,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 O w n e d & O p e r a t e d b y J o h n E d B u r d e s h a w LA K EOK E E C H O B E ETI T L E8 6 3 7 6 3 3 7 4 96 0 8 N W P A R K S T R E E T For All Your Real Estate Closing Needs 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. 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 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 14 Okeechobee News March 11, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local man wisely avoided becoming the victim of a telephone scam by simply not returning the call. Two other people, however, didnt and are now out several hundred dollars each. The man, who asked that his identity not be revealed, said he received several of the calls during the early morning hours on Monday and Tuesday, March 6 and 7. There was an in-box message on my phone that said your card is blocked. Call this number to open your card. I never called, he said. He said two things tipped him off that this was a scam: he received the calls between 2 and 4 a.m.; and, he doesnt do business with the bank he was instructed to call. But two other area citizens returned the call and when they entered their banking information their accounts were automatically debited $489.27 each. The gentleman said he also received another noti cation that his account was frozen, but this time it purportedly came from an Okeechobee bank where he does business. His next call was to his bank, which is exactly what he should have done. We contacted our bank and they told us this was a scam, he said. His bank also told him if something is wrong, they will send him a letter and he can then come to the bank to take care of the matter. Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), said the scammers are targeting cell phones and the calls are actually text messages. The messages tell the potential victim that their bank account has been frozen, then gives them a number to call to activate their account. Detective Saum said when the messages were traced they led to a company in Girona, Spain. The investigator said the name of the company is Cajamar Caja. He then went on to offer a simple suggestion on how to handle these calls: Ask who youre talking to, then hang up and look up your banks phone number in the phone book. Then, call the bank and ask to speak to that person. Better yet, get in your car and go to the bank and ask to speak to that person. Another way to handle suspicious phone calls, he continued, is if you dont recognize the phone number then dont answer it and let the call go to your voice mail. Remember, he urged, never give out your Social Security number, your bank account numbers, your debit or credit card numbers or any information that can identify you. But, if you do run into a problem, dont hesitate to call the police department at 863763-5521. Which is just what the gentleman did who refused to fall for the scam. I learned a long time ago not to call them, he said. Man avoids scam by ignoring text message Friends of the Library seek new membersThe Friends of the Library for the Okeechobee County Library are looking for new and returning members. The friends assist the public library by sponsoring the Florida Humanities Programs in the winter, funding childrens programs, donating to the teen room and purchasing books and DVDs for the library. They raise funds by holding twice annual used book sales, selling book bags and membership fees. The membership donations are as little as $5 a year and application cards may be picked up at the library front desk. Members receive a 10 percent discount on books purchased at our book sales. The next book sale is scheduled for March 28 to March 31.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com 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 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 Supplement to the Okeechobee News January 27, 2012 Also Available Online at newszap.com IN F O R M A T I O NGU I D EF rid a y ,O c to b e r 2 8 ,2 0 1 1 S up pl e m en t t o t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s, A u g u s t 1 7 2 0 11D D r r . 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While technology, radio communication and computers have alw ays been a part of the Cadet Program at the Okeechobee Squadron, this past month, the Cadets have been introduced to radio electronics as part of the Squadrons STEM Program. Last month each Cadet was supplied with the parts to build their very own Crystal Radio, a very simple A M receiver which gets its power directly from the Radio Waves. Imagine that, no batteries required! Under the expert instruction of Lt. Greg Gernat the Squadron Communication Of ce and Lt. Allen Gray one of the Squadrons Mission Radio Operators, the Cadets w ere guided through the hands-on construction of their very own Crystal Radios. Upon successful completion of the Crystal Radio Project (all of which worked) this past week, the Cadets were introduced to State of Art, Integrated Circuit Technology with a group building project of a Short Wave Radio kit. This project was a lot more complicated and required following written instructions, identifying electrical components. They took turns selecting and soldering the correct component in the correct location on the printed circuit board, so the radio worked awlessly. Captain Papasso, Squadron Commander explains the success of these projects and in general the Cadets in the Okeechobee Composite Squadron is a direct result of the Squadrons effort and respect for both the Cadet Program and the individual Cadets. W hile the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is based upon Air Force Lessons and Protocols in Leadership, Self-Discipline, Safety and A erospace Education, the program also allows each unit the exibility to tailor itself to the needs of the Cadets. In recent years, the Okeechobee Squadron Leaders realized many of the Cadets were eager to reach outside normal learning circles and willing to embrace science and technology if it were presented in a fun, hands-on manner. The result was the Squadron discovering that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills could easily be incorporated and taught within the CAP Aerospace Education and Communications elds by taking it from text book teaching to hands on applications. The results have been amazing and the electronics program is the nal step in fully integrating STEM into the Okeechobee Cadet Program. Last year thanks to the support and a successful partnership with the Okeechobee Model Airplane Club, the Okeechobee Squadron developed a CAP Model Airplane Program which received national recognition and was recently adopted by Florida Wing as part of their Aerospace Program. It was also the rst introduction of a STEM-based program in the Squadron as well as the rst of many fantastic learning adventures for the Okeechobee Cadets through the building and ying of Model Aircraft. Lt. Joe Ragon, the Squadron Deputy Commander explains that thanks to the high standards set by the Air Force for Cadets and the emphasis of STEM skills at the Okeechobee Squadron Level, our Cadets here in Okeechobee are light years ahead of others in self con dence and now also regularly self-engage in STEM areas which will allow them to achieving their lifes goals. If you are interested in the Civil Air Patrol Program or the Model Airplane Club, please visit our joint booth in the main tent at the Okeechobee County Fair. Both organizations will be there to answer questions; some of these projects will be on display as well as lots of aircraft to see. If you are an educator or part of a youth organization, please ask about our outreach programs. Also please ask about our joint efforts to secure a public Radio Control Park in Okeechobee County where families, educators and youth groups can gather, learn and enjoy the Radio Controlled Hobbies together. Civil Air Patrol learns new technology Special to the Okeechobee News/ CAPC/MS William Holiday soldering with C/A Trevor Berry and C. Dillon Berry looking on (recent Picture). Special to the Okeechobee News/ CAPCAP Model Aviation Graduating class ( le picture).
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL March 15-17, 20121st Annual Okeesimmee Bluegrass Festival sponsored in party by the Okeechobee County T ourism Development Council. Local, Regional and National bands will be performing over a 3 day period at the Okee-Tantie Campground & Marina 10430 State Road 78 West, Okeechobee, 34974. Festival kicks off Thursday 3/15/12 @ 3:00 pm 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 1:00 pm 9:00 pm. Bands performing Nothin Fancy, Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad, The Travelers, Hagars Mountain Boys, The Links, Hwy 441 South, Palmetto Ramblers and Keith Bass & the Florida Bluegrass Express. For additional information go to www.okeesimmeebluegrass.com or call Keith Bass at 863-781-2376 or Darlene Bass at 863-634-5815. (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best! Tummy Tuck Breast Augmentation Breast Lift/Reduction Endoscopic Brow Lift Face Lift Nasal Surgery Eyelid Surgery Liposculpture Botox and Fillers Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 16 Okeechobee News March 11, 2012 Calf prices still strong this week. Most all feeders were steady. Slaughter cows & bulls w ere off $3-$5 on top-end cattle, but strong & steady on mid & low-end cattle. This may remain the norm on slaughter cattle for a short while...They got too high! Actually, all prices are crazy high, but we need it! Corrigan Ranch, Vero Beach, topped the calf market with a high of $2.85, bought by Foy Reynolds. Gro Cattle, Miami, topped the cow market with a high of $97, bought by Dairymens. Jeff Mitsubishi Electric has de ned cutting-edge technology for three decades. No one surpasses the brand's exceptional performance for quiet, easy-to-use and energy-ef cient cooling and heating systems. Unlike traditional ducted systems, Mitsubishi Electric "ductless" systems give you the exibility to transform any room into an oasis of comfort with precise temperature, in sunrooms, workspaces, bedrooms, garages or even whole-home solutions. Because Ductless systems allow you to control the temperature in individual rooms, you avoid the energy waste of having to cool or heat rooms you are not using. Quality A/C & Htg. Of Okeechobee is currently the only Mitsubishi Diamond Dealer Contractor in Okeechobee County. Quality A/C & Htg. has reached the highest level of accreditation from Mitsubishi Cooling & Heating. Owner, Bud Neese and lead service technician, Francisco Guerrero traveled to Suwanee, Ga. on Feb. 1, to train at Mitsubishi Electric's state of the art training center. This program specialized in development of personalized, hands-on expertise in the sales, installation and service of Mitsubishi Heating & Cooling mini-split/ductless air conditioning system products. Okeechobee Quality A/C & Heating introduces cutting edge technology Special to the Okeechobee NewsAndy Taylor, Sales Manager, S. FL division of Mitsubishi Cooling & Heating presenting Owner, Bud Neese (left) and lead service technician, Francisco Guerrero (right) of Quality A/C & Htg., their HVAC Diamond Dealer certi cates of completion awards. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Humane Society Pet RescueCool bathOkeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue newcomer, Chase, gets a cool bath given by new friends, (left to right) Josie, Stephanie and Lisa, all volunteers at the shelter. If you would like to meet Chase or become a volunteer, call the shelter at 863-357-1104.
Employment PartTime GRAND OAKS Assisted Living Community Part-time weekend Maintenance Person needed and Part-time Cook. Experienced Required. Apply in person Mon-Fri 203 SE 2nd Street Employment Wanted HANDYMAN NEEDED For misc. repairs at local rental properties. E-mail quali cations to: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 7.5 million residents. We currently have an opening at our Clewiston Field Station location:OMC PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISORThis position will assist with managing the physical, scal, and human resources of the Trades Support Mechanical/Hydraulic unit of the Clewiston Field Station. Supervise water resource operations and maintenance program efforts including coordination, implementation, tracking and communication of comprehensive program and project objectives, milestones and schedules. Supervises Diesel Engine Specialist, Millwright, Electronics I/C and Industrial Electrician personnel. Incumbent works with both the superintendent and assistant superintendent to ensure staffs readiness to respond and support the eld stations emergency management operations. This includes addressing all regional issues/concerns speci c to a eld station location. Provides direct input to the emergency management operations procedures used by all eld stations. Conduct interviews, train, motivate, assign and evaluate work. Provide technical and programmatic coordination and interaction with other District units, government agencies, and the public. Bachelors Degree in Engineering or related eld is preferred and six (6) plus years experience in the operation and maintenance of water management works or related eld including at least two (2) years supervisory experience. Certi cations in Mechanical and/or Hydraulic eld(s) preferred. Valid State of Florida Drivers License is required. Due to the Districts response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role. To Apply/Learn More About The South Florida Water Management District Please visit our website at www.sfwmd.gov. Click on careers. Scroll to Find Search and Apply and click on Search Openings. In the keyword search window insert job # 753BR .The South Florida Water Management District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.CENTER MANAGER for Community Health Ctr. in Pahokee. Must have 5 yrs exp in business or Health Care Mgmt, organizational & supervisory skills, cultural sensitivity & team approach. BA/BS pref. Competitive salary and excellent bene ts. Fax resume to (561) 844-1013 e-mail email@example.com EOE/DFWP. Employment Medical For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publishers approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word advertisement. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. 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! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY NOTICEMECHANIC The City of Okeechobee is now accepting applications for a Mechanic. A complete job description and application packet is available on the Citys web site www.cityofokeechobee.com or pick up at City Hall, Of ce of the City Clerk, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 215. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 23, 2012, 4:30 p.m. Successful candidates are required to pass a preemployment substance screening/physical. Drug Free Workplace. EEO/AAP.Lane Gamiotea, City Clerk/Personnel Administrator INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE Maintenance I Dixon Hendry Campus Okeechobee www.irsc.edu/hr See website for application & job descriptionsIndian River State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national & ethnic origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran, marital status, or genetic information. The detailed statement regarding our institutional commitment to non-discrimination, along with equity & compliance of cers may be found on the IRSC website.EEO/ADEA/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP Sunshine PayDay Loans Full time Clerk needed to travel among locations in Okeechobee, Clewiston and Labelle. Cash handling experience A plus Fax Resumes to: 863-678-2170 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Breakfast and Lunch Cook needed for busy restaurant. Full or Part time. Only experienced need apply. Call 239-214-5038 Sales Consultant Full time position available at Wireless Planet (Sprint Preferred Retailer) Must be energetic and motivated! Please bring resume into our location. NO Phone calls please! 204 N. Parrott Ave. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 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. Drivers CDL Class A Yard Holster Exp. $14 an HR. Clean 5 yr Motor Vehicle Record. Call 888-312-4206 Waste Management Now hiring Equipment Operator for Glades Land ll Transfer Station. Please apply online at www.wm.com Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full Time Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Employment Full Time Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Employment Full Time When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News March 11, 2012 Celebrations .newszap.com/celebrations For a modest charge, each package includes: Celebrating an anniversary? 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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 Commercial TrucksFORD F700 1996 Dump Truck with 1998/763 Bobcat & Trailer. Garage kept. Total price $16,500. Call (561)833-9346. Vans97 Ply. Van, 56,000 mi., New tires & Battery. With handicap scooter lift asking $2,295.00 Call 863-801-3320 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE UNION NEGOTIATIONS ARE BEING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012, BETWEEN THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS, LOCAL 2918. NEGOTIATIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE, LOCATED AT 304 NW 2ND STREET, SECOND FLOOR, ROOM 201, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA BEGINNING AT 1:00 P.M. TO 3:00 P.M. 412165 ON 3/11/2012 Employment Medical Immediate Openings: PCA: PRN Housekeeper: PRN RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN Pharmacist: PRN Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN Occupational Therapist: PRN Occupational Therapy Assistant: PRN PBX Operator-PRNWe offer competitive wages & excellent bene tsTo complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. 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OKEE 3/1 Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $725 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-SaleTwo Story CBS house on Canal,3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room w/ re place. 2 frigs, washer/dryer, 40 ft Car port,Very Clean. $125,000 Call 863-610-0329 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 -Sale2 WATERFRONT vacant lots in Taylor Creek Isles. Both on canal with sea walls. Each $35,000 OBO. Call (239) 898-7084. FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income, Vacant Land, located at 20 NE 363rd Ct., Okeechobee, $49,900. Visit www. roselandco.com/82H Drive by then call 866-249-0680. RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot. $29,995 Call 239-218-6079 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 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2BR, 2BA, C/Air. $495 mo. Large 3BR, 2BA, C/Air. $550 mo. No pets. Yearly lease, plus sec. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News March 11, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyStudent athletes of the monthJames Jackson of Okeechobee Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, honors Taylor Fulford (girls soccer) and John Kemp (wrestling) as Athletes of the Month for OHS in January. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Parks and RecParks & Rec league champsThe Lakeshore Marine Pistons came out on top of a fairly evenly matched basketball league. The Pistons nished 6-2 in the 12 & under division. In the back from left to right: Robert Futch, Luzana Venzor, Kobe Crews, Coach Tarrance Pryor, Jayla Newton and Marcel Richardson. In the front from left to right: Silas Madrigal, Kysell Richardson, Jacob Hickman, Mark Youmans and Simiya Washington. Upcoming Okeechobee Blood Drives will be held on the following dates: Sunday, March. 10 -Speckled Perch Festival in the Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 -Seminole Cove, 7 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 14 -KOA, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 -Heritage Village, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 16 -Walgreens, 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 18 -Golden Corral, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, March 22 -Ancient Oaks, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 23 -Seacoast (South), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Upcoming Okeechobee Blood Drives
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