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Publication Date: 03-23-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, March 23, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 36 12.68 feetLast Year: 11.64 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Call for artists & performers ... Page 8 “October Baby” movie opens here ... Page 5 W aterFest fun this weekend ... Page 9 By Deb JohnsonBassmaster.com Special to the Okeechobee News They stayed so late Monday on Lake Okeechobee, David Walker and Dave Smith almost missed the last seating of the day at their restaurant of choice. The two Bassmaster Elite Series pros were much more excited about shing than about eating. What they saw Monday during the rst of cial practice day for the Power-Pole Slam was certainly food for thought. "It's going to be great. There are so many big ones out there, everyone will be bringing in huge bags," said Walker, an Elite Series pro from Sevierville, Tenn., who nished 10th last week in the Elite season opener on another Florida shery, the St. Johns River. "And Okeechobee is shing big, very big," said Smith of Del City, Okla. "There's plenty o f spots for everyone." Both agreed that the bass are in post-spawn mode. Unlike at the St. Johns event, "Okeechobee is not going to be a sight shing deal at all," Walker said. Anglers have great expectations for Big O County OKs computers for library ... Page 21 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It looks like the long vacant building on the corner of S.R. 70 and U.S. 441 will soon be occupied by the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. At their meeting on Tuesday, March 20, the Okeechobee City Council gave its approval to a lease of the building. After the meeting, Terry Burroughs, who attended the meeting as a representative of the chamber, expressed con dence that his board of directors would also approve the lease. One major change adopted by the council dealt with repairs. The city would take care of any roof repairs while the chamber would be responsible for any other necessary maintenance. The lease is for ve years at $1 a month. Wording in the lease seeks to avoid a repeat of what happened with the now inactive Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce which resulted in the building being vacant for many months and the city having to go to court to regain possession of it. A section of the lease states the city may declare the lease in default for a number of reasons including "failure to continually and daily operate as a chamber of commerce," and failure of the chamber to allow the city to inspect corporate books and records. "It's critically important to get them in there," Councilman Dowling Watford said o f leasing the building to the chamber. He noted that the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County is what he called "a new breed." In addition to promoting tourism, parades and festivals, he said this chamber is concerned with economic development. "It's not what we had before," he said of the now inactive Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, which carried out traditional chamber duties. Dale Milita, Ken Grimes and Connie Vanassche, of the city's lobbying rm, Craig A. Smith City approves chamber building lease Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThree Okeechobee men were honored Tuesday, March 20, when Mayor James Kirk presented each of them with an Award of Valor for their heroic efforts to save a drowning woman. Brandon Smith (left), Cody Beasley (center) and Travis Mauldin (right) joine d together to rescue a woman who was drowning in the Indian River Lagoon on Aug. 17, 2010. The trio was honored by members of the Okeechobee City Council at their meeting in City Hall. For more about the courageous young men, please see page 9.See CITY — Page 9

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4224Highway441S.Okeechobee 4224 Highway 441 S. Okeechobee www. www. okeechobeedodgechryslerjeep okeechobeedodgechryslerjeep .com .com 863-357-0500 863-357-0500 HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am -7pm Sat. 9am 5pm Closed Sun Jeep Jeep Grand Grand Cherokee Cherokee 2010 Dodge Avenger RTLeather, Loaded 2011 Chevy Impala LTZLeather, Loaded 2011 Ford Escape XLTNicely Equipped2008 Chevy Suburban LT3rd Row Seating, Extra Nice2010 Chevy Aveo 1LTAuto, A/C, Low Miles2011 Dodge Dakota Crew6 cyl, Low Miles, Fully Loaded2007 Chrysler 300 All Wheel Drive, Only 39K miles, Leather, Loaded(All prices,and payments, include every available rebate Chrysler is offering, must qualify for all rebates). All payments are plus tax,,tag and dealer fees are extra. $11,995 $18,975 $15,935 $18,965 $19,995 $27,945 $19,969 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee LaredoAll The Toys$27,995 nathan nathan liscomb liscomb collins collins duke duke penny penny farmer farmer bauer bauer david david farewell farewell david david james james steve steve molnar molnar 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Crew 4x4 $33,695BLOWOUT PRICE MSrp $41,6552011 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport Crew, 4x4 $28,495BLOWOUT PRICE MSrp $35,790 MSrp $39,395BLOWOUT PRICE $31,9952011 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew, 4x2 #D710015 #D710015 #D713423 #D713423 #D575882 #D575882 3 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012

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Stand up for the ag It makes me sad that children are not t aught to show respect for the ag of our c ountry. One thing I really enjoyed in the parade was the truck with the WWII veteran. A ll the guys on the truck with him were waving ags and singing “God Bless America.”USA grown produce What you buy is your choice. You vote w ith your money.  We live in Florida, where winter vegetables are grown. It is not that hard to nd fresh produce grown in the United States. Some people think it is worth the time, effort and extra money to buy the healthiest food they can. Others don’t and that is their c hoice. Just like some people choose to s moke cigarettes and some choose to drink alcohol. That’s their choice and they have to live with the health risks.  I’m seeing a lot of that thing we call “Personal Responsibility” here. County services That civic center has been one big, expensive mistake since the beginning and no one in the county wanted to even own up to its conception. It’s gotten so far out of hand now. Good thing we have it though, right?  I am surprised people complain about t he expense of Okee-Tantie, which we at least get to use for launching boats and having picnics, and few complain about the AgriCivic Center, which is a black hole where millions in tax money has disappeared.School lunches Many students are presently complaining to their parents that meal portions they receive in the Okeechobee High School cafeteria are shrinking more and more daily. A s a parent, I am really concerned because although my child will get a good balanced meal when home, some peers will not. T hat is why it is imperative that the servedsize meals these students receive at school should be suf cient and satisfying to keep hunger away. For no child can learn on a hungry stomach. If the meal portions don’t improve, sorry but many Okeechobee students will be left behind.  I’ve eaten at a couple schools this year with my nephews. And some of these schools don’t have what’s on the menu. That’s the problem or the person serving chose not to put it out. How can you give it to one child and not the next because you are too lazy to put it out? No offense to any of the other schools I’ve been to, but in my experience South Elementary is the only school that actually keeps up with their menu.  Most students in ‘Chobee are on free or reduced/price lunch. I believe it is around 60 percent. Don’t talk with your mouth full when what you get is free.  The majority of students are on free/reduced lunch and it’s not like any of us died from eating school food. It’s not great and it’s not from Mama but its better than nothing.  Just because something is cheap or even free does not mean it is the best choice. I would rather pay for the food required to make a healthy sack lunch to send with my child each day than rely on the school lunch system. Ironically, when I was a child my parents sent me with a sack lunch most days because it was less expensive than buying school lunch! Of course, they raised most of their own food.  We live in a society of low income families. There are lots of children who only get one meal a day, and that meal comes from the school. So without school lunches, there are children who may starve. I am sure that those children who are really hungry are not complaining about what is on the menu.  From the comments I have seen posted here and also in the newspaper Speak Out, it seems the best way to do would be to have one menu, all the same for everyone, post it in advance. That would be the most costeffective way to do it rather than try to cook two things and have people upset if you run out of one, or else wind up with leftovers that have to be thrown away. If they can save some money, maybe the could give slightly larger portions for the older kids who are complaining that they don’t get enough at lunch to satisfy their hunger. Also, kids on free lunch also get breakfast at school. So they get two meals at school every day. So if lunch is not lling them up it is not because they skipped breakfast. Watch For Bicycles!In these days, when gasoline prices are meeting and exceeding the $4 a gallon mark, I nd it a lot more affordable and more fun to ride my bike back and forth to work than take my pick-up. I’m one of the lucky ones—I live close enough to work that this is possible. For those of you who routinely commute through Okeechobee between seven and eight o’clock in the morning, I’m the fellow on the funny looking red bike, with the pedals way out in the front. According to Florida traf c law “A cyclist has all the rights to the roadway applicable to any driver, except as to the special regulations for bicycles.” [S316.2065(1)] and can be ticketed the same as a driver of a car or truck for infractions of the traf c laws. The law describes the ‘Position on Roadway’ for a bicycle [S316.2065(5)] .“A cyclist on the roadway who is not traveling as fast as the ‘normal speed of traf c’ must ride as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway, except in the following situations; when passing another vehicle; when making a left turn; when reasonably necessary to avoid conditions including, but not limited to, a xed or moving object, parked or moving vehicle, pedestrian, animal, or surface hazard; when a lane is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely side by side. A cyclist should maintain at least 2 feet for clearance from curb or pavement edge.” Additionally the law goes on to state that, “A cyclist riding past parallelparked cars should maintain a clearance of 4 feet to avoid risk of collision with an opening car door. What this all means is that, bicycles have a RIGHT to some portion of the road. If you are at a stop sign, and see me coming, I STILL HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY. That does not allow you to pull in front of me and expect me to stop. What many people don’ t realize is that a t rider, on a street bike can be traveling at a speed in excess of 20 mph, and is moving much faster than you expect. That also means if I’m approaching a corner, and you feel the need to pass me before th e corner, because of my speed, I’m going to arrive at the corner at the same time as you! So you (in the car) are left straddling th e center line at that intersection trying to turn from BOTH lanes and tying up other traf c. Because a bicycle has a right to the road, and that I am using the side of the road, does not give you the right to pull up next to m e and LAY ON THE HORN to tell me you ar e DISPLEASED with my being there, nor does it give the driver of one of these jacked-up pick-up trucks the right to pull up with his exhaust pipe even with my head, throw in the clutch and crank on the throttle to prov e how superior to me you are in every way. When I ride to work in the mornings, I run two headlights, as it is usually abou t the time the sun is coming up. One is on steady, the other is ashing at a very high rate. I know for a fact, the lights are visibl e from more than two blocks away, yet the y go unseen by way too many drivers in th e morning. Don’t misunderstand, 99% of th e people that I encounter on the roadwa y mornings and afternoons pay attention, ar e friendly, and make allowances for the fac t that I nd commuting by bicycle importan t and that I have a right to the roadway. Bu t there is always that other 1% who are talking on the phone, texting, yelling at the kids and not paying attention to their surroundings as they travel along and it is that 1% that I’m addressing this message to. Watch For Bicycles! Look twice befor e you pull out! The life you save could b e mine! Tom Timmons Okeechobee Friday, March 23, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letter to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! 9Holes-6Pockets Memorial Biathlon to be heldOn March 31, at 9 a.m., a biathlon will be held to bene t the Humane Society (no kill shelter). Start out by playing 9 holes of golf at Blue Heron and one game of pool at Good Spirits. Best-ball scramble, 4-person teams or singles welcome. $30 per person, lunch included. Sign up by March 29 Check out ‘9holes 6pockets’ on Facebook, or contact Keller at 863-467-1651 or Debbi at 863-634-8407, or send an email to 9holes6pockets@ gmail.com.

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee has the distinction of being one of the theatres across the country, many in much larger cites, where the movie “October Baby” will be opening this weekend. It will be opening in Okeechobee, thanks in part to the two-month effort of Debbie Large, director of development for the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. She had seen the move at a conference in Orlando and arranged for a private showing in Okeechobee for about 100 people. She worked with the lm company to have the opening in Okeechobee. The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, is promoting sales of tickets to the movie because of the message it portrays, even though, unlike many similar organizations, the Pregnancy Center will not receive any pro ts from ticket sales. Mrs. large said her organization’s goal was to sell 1,000 tickets. As of Wednesday afternoon they had sold about 500 tickets. “It’s a great movie about forgiveness,” said Mrs. Large. It is about a 19 year old girl who nds out she was adopted after a failed abortion attempt by her mother and she seeks to nd her birth mother. “Incredibly compelling, with a great ending!” is how Ted Baehr of Movieguide.org described the movie. “A movie for my whole family,” was the opinion of Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America. Probably the most recognizable name in the cast is John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the television series, “The Dukes o f Hazard.” October Baby will be playing at the Brahman Theatre from Friday, March 23 through Thursday, March 29. Show times are Friday, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. and on Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Descuentos en Servicio de Telfono Disponibles para Clientes de CenturyLink La Comisin de Servicios Pblicos de Florida ha designado a CenturyLink como un Proveedor de Telecomunicaciones Elegible dentro de su rea de servicio con fines de servicio universal. Las tarifas del servicio bsico local de CenturyLink para lneas de telfono residencial son $18.80 al mes y para servicios de negocios son $26.50 a $31.00 al mes. Las tarifas especficas se proporcionan a solicitud. CenturyLink ofrece el servicio Lifeline a clientes que cumplan con los requisitos de elegibilidad. El programa federal Lifeline est sufriendo algunos cambios en 2012, pero los clientes pueden ser elegibles si participan en ciertos programas de asistencia federal o estatal, o si tienen un ingreso bruto anual por hogar del o por debajo del 135% del nivel federal de pobreza. Lifeline est disponible slo para un telfono fijo o inalmbrico por hogar. Lifeline no es transferible y requiere de documentacin de elegibilidad para suscribirse. Residentes calificados de tierras tribales de Nativos Americanos y Nativos de Alaska pueden ser elegibles para descuentos adicionales. Los suscriptores de Lifeline elegibles tambin pueden calificar para el servicio confiable de Internet de Alta Velocidad residencial de hasta 1.5 Mbps por $9.95* al mes durante los primeros 12 meses de servicio. Ms detalles estn disponibles en centurylink.com/internetbasics. Si usted vive en un rea de servicio de CenturyLink, por favor llame al 1-800-2014099 o visite centurylink.com/lifeline si tiene alguna pregunta, o para solicitar una aplicacin para el programa Lifeline. Programa Internet Basics de CenturyLink – Slo para clientes residenciales que califiquen tras cumplir con los requisitos de nivel de ingresos o de elegibilidad para la participacin en el programa, y requiere permanecer elegible durante el periodo completo de la oferta. La primera factura incluir los cargos por el primer mes completo de servicio facturado por adelantado, cargos prorrateados por servicio a partir de la fecha de la in stalacin hasta la fecha de la factura, y cargos y tarifas de una sola vez como se ha descrito anteriormente. Los clientes que califiquen pueden mantener este programa durante un mximo de 60 meses despus de la activacin del servicio siempre que el cliente mantenga su elegibilidad durante ese tiempo. La tarifa de Internet de Alta Velocidad indicada de $9.95/mes aplica durante los primeros 12 meses de servicio (despus de lo cual la tarifa se revierte a $14.95/mes durante los s iguientes 48 meses de servicio), y requiere un contrato a trmino de 12 meses. El cliente debe rentar un mdem/router de CenturyLink por un cargo mensual adiciona l o comprar un mdem/router de CenturyLink por un cargo de una sola vez, y aplica un cargo de una sola vez por activacin de Internet de Alta Velocidad. Un cargo nico por instalacin profesional (si es seleccionada por el cliente) y un cargo de una sola vez por envo y manejo se aplican a los clientes de un m dem/router. General – Servicios no disponibles en todas partes. CenturyLink puede cambiar o cancelar los servicios o sustituirlos por servicios similares a su ent era discrecin y sin previo aviso. Oferta, planes y tarifas indicadas sujetos a cambio y pueden variar segn el rea de servicio. Un depsito puede ser requerido. Aplican restricciones adicionales. Trminos y Condiciones – Todos los productos y servicios indicados se rigen por las tarifas, trminos de servicio, o trminos y condiciones publicados en centurylink.com. Impuestos, Cargos y Sobrecargos – Impuestos, cargos y sobrecargos aplicables incluyen un cargo por el Servicio Universal del proveedor, sobrecargos de recuperacin de costos del proveedor, cargos locales y estatales que varan por rea, y ciertos sobrecargos dent ro del estado. Los cargos por recuperacin no son impuestos o cargos por uso exigidos por el gobierno. Impuestos, cargos y sobrecargos se aplican sobre tarif as con una base mensual estndar, no promocional. Phone Discounts Available to CenturyLink Customers The Florida Public Service Commission designated CenturyLink as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier within its service area for universal service purposes. CenturyLink’s basic local service rates for residential voice lines are $18.80 per month and business services are $26.50 to $31.00 per month. Specific rates will be provided upon request. CenturyLink offers Lifeline service to customers who meet eligibility requirements. The federal Lifeline program is undergoing some changes in 2012, but customers may be eligible if they participate in certain federal or state assistance programs or have a household annual gross income at or below 135% of the federal poverty level. Lifeline is available for only one wireline or wireless telephone per household. Lifeline is not transferrable and documentation of eligibility is required to enroll. Qualifying residents of American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal lands may be eligible for add itional discounts. Lifeline eligible subscribers may also qualify for reliable home high-speed Internet service up to 1.5Mbps for $9.95* per month for the first 12 months of service. Further details are available at centurylink.com/internetbasics. If you live in a CenturyLink service area, please call 1-800-201-4099 or visit centurylink.com/lifeline with questions or to request an application for the Lifeline program. CenturyLink Internet Basics Program – Residential customers only who qualify based on meeting income level or program participation eligibility requirements, and requires remaining eligible for the entire offer period. First bill will include charges for the first full m onth of service billed in advance, prorated charges for service from the date of installation to bill date, and one-time charges and fees described above. Qualify ing customers may keep this program for a maximum of 60 months after service activation provided customer still qualifies during that time. Listed High-Speed Inter net rate of $9.95/mo. applies for first 12 months of service (after which the rate reverts to $14.95/mo. for the next 48 months of service), and requires a 12-mo nth term agreement. Customer must either lease a modem/router from CenturyLink for an additional monthly charge or purchase a modem/router from CenturyLink for a one-time charge, and a onetime High-Speed Internet activation fee applies. A one-time professional installation charge (if selected by customer) and a on e-time shipping and handling fee applies to customer’s modem/router. General – Services not available everywhere. CenturyLink may change or cancel services or substitute similar services at its sole discretion without notice. Offer, plans, and stated rates are subject to change and may vary by service area. Deposit may be required. Additional restrictions apply. Terms and Conditions – All products and services listed are governed by tariffs, terms of service, or terms and conditions posted at centurylink.com. Taxes, Fees, and Surcharges – Applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges include a carrier Universal Service charge, carrier cost recovery surcharges, state and local fees that vary by area and certain in-state surcharges. Cost recovery fees are not taxes or government-required charges for use Taxes, fees, and surcharges apply based on standard monthly, not promotional, rates. 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. 23RD Thurs., Mar. 29TH For Info, Call 763-7202III: “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: “OCTOBER BABY”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: “THE HUNGER GAMES”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 5 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 Nationally released movie to open in Okeechobee The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announced it would begin another release of water from Lake Okeechobee in a continued effort to reduce salt-water levels in the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The new release was scheduled to begin Sunday, March 18. The Corps is making the release in a pulse-like manner to mimic a rainfall event, similar to releases that began in December, 2011. 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 allows relatively larger discharge rates during the rst half of the 10-day period. “The Corps, in consultation with our stakeholders, will continue the 10-day release pattern that we began four weeks ago, with the continuing hope the average salinity will remain stable or start falling,” said John Kilpatrick, Chief of the Jacksonville District’s Multi-Project Branch, which has oversight of water management at the lake. Today, the lake stage is 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 ows. For more information on water level and ows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps’ water management page at the following website: http://www.saj.usace. army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/ MultiProject/WaterMgt/index.htm. Corps to continue water releases from ‘Big O’

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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.Mildred R. Kumfer, 90FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Mildred R. Kumfer, 90, of Fort Wayne, Ind., who resided in Okeechobee, Fla., with her husband for many years, died March 19, 2012, at Emeritus of Fort Wayne. Born May 28, 1921, in Hartford City, Ind., she formerly owned, along with her husband, Kumfer’s Korners RV on Lima Road in Fort Wayne. She had been an active member and organist at the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church in Okeechobee. She is survived by her daughters, Karla (Earl) Warner of Auburn, Ind., Nancy (Jeff) Dentzer o f Fort Wayne, Ind., and Brenda (John) Green o f White Hills, Ariz.; ten grandchildren, nine greatgrandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Evelyn (Charles) Blevins, Annabelle Barric k and Betsy (Richard) Wood. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth W. Kumfer in 1990. Private services will be held. Preferred memorials may be given to Robinson Chapel United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 North VFW announces special weekend plansThe North VFW, 300 N.W. 34th St., has a w eekend full of fun planned. The grill will be open on Friday 5-9 p.m. with karaoke 7-10 p.m. Saturday, there will be burgers on the grill 12-2 p.m., bar bingo 1 p.m. sh/shrimp dinner 5-7 p.m. with karaoke hosted by XXL (Capt. Dennis) 7-10 p.m. On Sunday, Lori will be serving a pork roast dinner 2-4 p.m. with karaoke hosted by Lisa 6-9 p.m. Proceeds go towards veterans assistance programs.Moose Lodge Happenings announced for the weekendLots of fun will be happening at the Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th St., this weekend. Friday, March 23, there will be bingo at 6:30pm with bonanza start at 5 p.m. On Saturday dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. with karaoke by Cowboy 7-10 p.m. Sunday’s cooked to order breakfast will be 7-11 a.m. for a cost of $5. Proceeds bene t Moose Charities.Free memory screenings to be held at the VNAThe Alzheimer’s Association and St. Mary’s Memory Disorder Center are offering Free memory screenings at VNA, 208 S.E. Park Street, in Okeechobee, on Friday, March 23 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Appointments are required. Call Donna True at 1-800-861-7826, Ext. 501.Pregnancy Center has tickets for ‘October Baby’March 23 is opening day for “October Baby,” a movie distributed by Samuel Goldw yn Films, the same Film Company that brought you “Fireproof” and “Courageous.” Please pre-purchase your tickets by buying them at The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, 500 NW 6th Street, 863-467-8748 or Serenity Coffee Shop, 601 SW Park St., 863824-2287. The movie will be playing at our own Brahman Theater. You may see a movie trailer at www.octoberbabymovie.net. Eagles North to host dinner night on March 23Eagles North will host dinner night on Friday March 23 Steak dinners start at 5:30 p.m. The Harpers will be there with some great music. 30th Anniversary Party, I Wonder Who? Y’all come dance and guess. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee. Cypress Eagles to host dinner nightCypress Eagles host steak or shrimp dinnerOn Friday, March 23, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles, will be serving steak $12, sh $8 or shrimp $12 dinners. Music by: Wes & Debbie 6-10 p.m. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Rotary plans L.O.S.T. RideAnyone interested in cycling or walking is invited to ninth annual L.O.S.T. Ride on March 31 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 bird-watching 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 email OkeechobeeRotary@live.com or call 928-4-ROTARY.Glades Electric will hold its annual meeting at OMSGlades Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s 2012 annual meeting will be held on Saturday, March 24 at Osceola Middle School in Okeechobee. The purpose of the meeting being to elect trustees, vote on proposed By-law changes, and hear annual of cers’ reports. Registration, Entertainment and Voting will begin at 8 a.m. The Business Meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Join us for great entertainment, fun, and prizes including a 2001 CHEVROLET K-1500 4X4 for one lucky member!Moose Lodge to host Vaudeville ShowThe Okeechobee Vaudeville Bunch will hold a Music & Comedy Show at the Okeechobee Moose Lodge NW 36th Street on Saturday, March 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Free parking and free admission.Eagles North to host card bingo on March 24Eagles North will host Card Bingo on Saturday, March 24 The fun starts at 5 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. Ya’ll come have a blast. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 north, Okeechobee.Masonic Lodge hosting March 25 breakfastOn Sunday, March 25 from 8-11 a.m. the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will host Sunday breakfast that will include eggs, bacon, grits, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee. The public is welcome and carryouts are available. The Masonic Lodge is located at 107 N.W. 5th (Across from Flagler Park). Breakfast every 2nd and 4th Sunday. Proceeds to bene t Okeechobee Youth Programs.Cypress Eagles to host chicken dinner on March 25Sunday, March. 25 from 1-5, the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a fried chicken dDinner. $6 per dinner. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome!Okeechobee Men’s Night With GodCalling all men! You are invited to a nondenominational night with God. Get ready for an unforgettable night of fellowship, praise, and unity. Enjoy a free barbecue diner, live worship and a challenge from guest speakers. The program starts with dinner at 5 p.m. at Faith Farm Pavilion, 7595 N.E. 128th Ave. Please RSVP by March 26 by calling 863-763-4224.Community Collaborative Council to meet March 27The next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, March 27 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the school board of ce, 700 S.W. Second St., in Okeechobee.Eagles to host Bingo NightEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host bingo on Tuesday, March 27 Bingo starts at 1 p.m. We’d love to have y’all come and play. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Cypress Hut Eagles to host dinner night on March 27On Tuesday, March 27 at 5 p.m. the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a Chicken Alfredo dinner $6. Public Welcome. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund.Shrine Club hosts Spaghetti DinnerJoin your friends and neighbors on Tuesday, March 27 at the Okeechobee Shrine Club for a spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings. Dinner is served at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with music and dancing from 5-8 p.m. Cost per person is just $6. The public is invited. Proceeds will bene t Shrine activities. For information, please contact Mac Simpson 863-484-0427 or the Shrine Club or Kip Gardner at 863-610-6659.Eagles North to host bingoEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N, will host Bingo on Wednesday, March 28 Bingo will start at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. Martha’s House holds yard saleMartha’s House will hold a huge end o f month yard sale on Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30, at 4134 U.S. 441 N. from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Call 863-763-2893 with an y questions.9Holes-6Pockets Memorial Biathlon slated for March 31On March 31, at 9 a.m., a biathlon will be held to bene t the Humane Society (no kill shelter). Start out by playing 9 holes of golf at Blue Heron and one game of pool at Good Spirits. Best-ball scramble, 4-person teams or singles welcome. $30 per person, lunch included. Sign up by March 29 Check out ‘9holes 6pockets’ on Facebook, or contact Keller at 863-467-1651 or Debbi at 863-6348407, or send an email to 9holes6pockets@ gmail.com. Community Events

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Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Extended ForecastSaturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. West wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. West northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Monday: Sunny, with a high near 84. North northwest wind around 5 mph. The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Orlando Rodriguez, 45, S.E. 36th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 20 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on felony charges of burglary and grand theft. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. His bond was set at $36,000. Rodriguez was also arrested March 21 on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him w ith failure to appear aggravated battery on an elderly person. He is being held without bond on that charge.  Richard Kevin Bass, 46, S.R. 70 E., Okeechobee, was arrested March 20 by Deputy Joe Gracie on a felony charge of eeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement of cer. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $2,750.  Gregory Moreno, 35, S.E. 66th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 20 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation robbery. He is being held without bond.  Matthew Yates, 23, N.W. 165th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested March 20 by Deputy Steven McKinley on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary (two counts) and violation of probation petit theft. His bond was set at $5,000.  Nathan Daniel Hat eld, 26, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested March 20 by Deputy Howard Pickering on felony charges of burglary and grand theft. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. He is being held without bond.  Nicole Douglas, 27, N.E. 106th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 21 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with dealing in stolen property (two counts) and giving false information to a secondhand dealer. Her bond was set at $30,000.  Harrison John Flanery, 41, S.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 21 by Deputy Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (seven counts). He is being held without bond.  Martin Soto, 38, N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 21 by Captain Vance Akins, of the Florida Department of Insurance, on a warrant charging him with fraud using false identi cation for worker’s compensation claim. His bond was set at $1,000.  Roger Dale Mailliard, 49, S.W. 53rd St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 22 by Deputy Paul Jackson on charges of driving under the in uence, possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. 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 EPISCOPAL 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 PENTECOSTAL Advertise in this space!Call 763-3134 or email okeeadsales@newszap.com CHURCH F F r i M a r c h 2 3r d& S a t M a r c h 2 4t hO N L Y Suzies Hallmark Shop Suzies Hallmark Shop3427 Hwy. 441 S. € 763-6557 3427 Hwy. 441 S. € 763-6557Hours: Hours: 9am 6pm Fri, 9am 5pm Sat. 9am 6pm Fri, 9am 5pm Sat.U U U p p T T o o 7 7 5 5 % % O O F F F F Suzies Hallmark Suzies Hallmark Is Having A Is Having A Spring Sale Spring Sale Spring Spring At Last At LastW W e also carry Graduation e also carry Graduation Announcements & Gifts. Announcements & Gifts. 8 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 Okeechobee Arrest Report Okeechobee Forecast Art and Music Fest calls artists and performersOkeechobee Main Street is sending a CALL FOR ARTISTS—Booth, Adult Gallery and Students—to participate in the 2012 Top of the Lake Art and Music Festival. They are also looking for Farmer’s Market vendors and representatives from various ethnic groups to perform. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, in Flagler Park off State Road 70 in downtown Okeechobee. In addition to amazing artwork on display and for sale by Florida and local artists, the Art and Music Fest will include a children’s art and activity section, farmer’s market and a salute to our local ethnic groups. On Saturday musical entertainment will ll the air and a special presentation of selections from Broadway will be performed by the students at Leslie’s Dance Studio. The highlight of the Art and Music Fest will be the special dedication of the Okeechobee Main Street’s 5th mural project on the Old Bank Building Mural on State Road 70. This is a not-to-miss event for anyone who enjoys culture, history or just a pleasant walk through the parks!

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By Pete Gawda and Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News “This is what it means to be a hero,” Okeechobee Mayor James Kirk said as he presented the Award of Valor to three local y oung men. Travis Mauldin, Cody Beasley and Brandon Smith were honored at the Tuesday, March 20, Okeechobee City Council meeting. “This is an example of our youth, the Mayor said. ”We are in good hands.” The award was presented to recognize the actions of these three young men who w ere credited with helping save the life of a despondent 41-year old Fort Pierce woman w ho dove into the Indian River Lagoon from the Seaway Bridge on Aug. 17, 2010. According to Fort Pierce Police, the three young men w ere shing on a nearby pier when they heard a splash in the water, saw the body oating down in the strong tide, and jumped in to save her. The trio counted to three and then jumped in to save the woman. They swam for about 150 yards before they reached her and managed to pull her to shore to awaiting emergency service personnel. “We heard the splash, turned our heads and saw the woman’s head,” Mr. Beasley told the Okeechobee News in an interview soon after the incident. “We hollered and screamed at her to see if there was some kind of a response. We knew she must have been hurt pretty badly. I think God puts you in the right place at the right time. I think that was the reason she is still alive.” He said his biggest worry wasn’t drowning, but sharks. “It was crazy, I never thought something like this would happen to me,” Mr. Mauldin said in the same interview. “I guess everything changes when you see that someone’s life is in danger.” He said it was a spur of the moment decision he would never regret. “I really didn’t do much thinking about it because she was oating away pretty fast and I couldn’t just sit there and watch someone oat away and die.” The woman was transported to Lawnw ood Regional Medical Center where she w as treated for broken ribs and other injuries. However, she recovered from the ordeal. In September of 2010 Fort Pierce Police Chief Sean Baldwin presented the young men with the Chief’s Award for Bravery. “We expect our of cers to respond to life threatening emergencies,” the chief said in a press release. “It is absolutely incredible and inspiring for young men to save someone’s life. On Dec. 4, 2011, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission named the three young men as recipients of the Carnegie Medal. This medial is given throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Horse Feed SpecialWalpole Feed & Supply Co. 763-6905 • Hwy 98 N Farm and Ranch 10% Sweet 50lb bag ...................$820Farm and Ranch 12% Sweet 50lb bag ...................$855Golden Grain 12% Sweet 50lb bag ...............$1050 Sale runs March 14 Sale runs March 14 th th 24 24 th th Some newspapers seem to take pleasure in the bad news. Not us. We do print badŽ news. (It IS newsworthy when things go wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.) Still, we give most of our attention to good news the kind you clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isnt difficult. The vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.) How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 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. 9 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 The 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 C. Scott Driver Pavilion, (across from Okee-Tantie), 10101 State Road 78 West Okeechobee on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. B.A.S.S. is hosting the Power-Pole Slam on Lake Okeechobee this weekend. The contest pits 99 of the top bass anglers in the world, including shing legend Kevin VanDam and 2012 Bassmaster Classic champion Chris Lane, against each other as they compete for the $100,000 prize and a coveted spot in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic set for Feb. 22–24 in Tulsa, OK. The tournament started Thursday. On Saturday, March 24, the Top 50 anglers launch for seminals of Power-Pole Slam at 7:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, WaterFest F.U.N. activities begin. Minimal Regatta Boat races will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For the Minimal Regatta, participants built their own boats using only a one 4’ x 8’ sheet of 1/4 inch plywood, 24 feet of 2” x 4”s, one pound of screws and one 60-yard roll of duct tape. Paint can be used for decoration, but not as a sealant. Each team could create their own designs. At noon, the O.L. Raulerson Jr. BBQ contest judging starts. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, of cial shing tournament seminals weighin begins. On Sunday, March 25, the top 12 anglers will launch at 7:30 a.m. for the nal day of Power-Pole Slam competition. WaterFest F.U.N. activities start at 10 a.m. Minimal Regatta races will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The second day of the BBQ contest starts at 10 a.m., with the nal awards presented at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., on Sunday, March 25, the of cial nal weigh-in for 2012 Power-Pole Slam winner starts in C. Scott Driver Park. Other activities planned throughout the Power-Pole Slam weekend include the opportunity to pose questions to Elite Series pros, angler autograph and photo sessions and the opportunity to learn tips and techniques from some of the best bass anglers in the world. Fans can register to win items such as a Kevin VanDam jersey in the Bass Pro Shops booth, a dream shing trip with Mike Iaconelli at the Power-Pole booth, and prizes in the Carhartt area. Yamaha will offer demonstration tours and “Hooked Up” will broadcast from the Toyota Hooked Up Stage. Ala. For more information, visit www. bassmaster.com. W aterfest and bass tournament this weekend Mayor honors local heroes Governmental Services, gave the councilmen a report on the recent session of the state legislature. Turning to other business, the council held the rst reading and set April 3 as a nal public hearing date for ordinances dealing with the general employee/OUA, police and re ghters pension plans. The council also held the rst reading and set April 3 as a nal public hearing date for an ordinance which would adopt a policy and procedures for lling vacancies in of ce. In addition, the council approved a medical director agreement with Dr. J. Michael Adelberg. CITYContinued From Page 1

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 LORDY, LORDY MICHAEL W. SHOCKLEY IS TURNING 40!! LOVE, FROM YOUR FAMILY. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! BIRTHDAY 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 The parents of the bride, Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Hawk and Robyn James Hallmon; and the parents of the groom, Joseph Randolph Phelps I and Kimberly Canterbury, wish to announce the wedding of Heather and Joey on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in Eight Mile Alabama. Family and friends are invited to attend. JOSEPH RANDOLPH PHELPS WEDDING HEATHER DIANE JAMES HAWK 10 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Teresa ChandlerB.R.A.T. Club Teen DanceThe Chobee Steelers entertained at the B.R.A.T. dance on March 16. The band enjoyed the activities after playing and danced the night away with Mrs. Graham and the audience. DP Productions (Mr. “S”) served as dj taking requests from the attendees. Thank you to the dedicated volunteers and the following business for their continued support; Ding-A-Ling Deli, Dominos, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, East Coast Signs, Okeechobee County Schools, City Police Department, Gordon & Doner, WOKC and Okeechobee News. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Brandi GomezMiss SunburstAnaya Gomez, age 5, of Okeechobee won the title 2012 Miss Sunburst Beauty pageant on Saturday, March 10, in Sebring. Free tax preparationAARP Taxaide volunteers will be available to provide free income tax preparation and e- ling through April 17, at the American Legion, 501 SE 2nd Street, on Mon. & Tues., 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call 863357-1694, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Okeechobee lost 1-0 to Port St. Lucie last Friday. Coach Jeff Blackstone said his pitchers had a rough time against Jensen Beach because they didn’t throw enough strikes, “When you fall behind hitters it makes it tough. You get into counts where you have to throw fastballs that hitters are expecting.” Blackstone said the team also made a few defensive miscues that hurt their chances against Jensen. “We rolled a lot of pitchers out there tonight and we struggled a bit on the mound. It wasn’t just the pitchers. We need to do more at the plate and help the pitchers out defensively a little bit better,” he added. Okeechobee jumped on Jensen Beach starter Alec Lamrouex in the rst as Tyler Finney beat out a bunt single, and went to third on a double by Dalton Murray. Finney scored when the relay throw got away in the in eld. Jesse Stebbins followed with a long homerun to left eld on a hanging curve ball to give the Brahmans a 3-0 lead. Jensen responded with a big ve run rally in the second against Farrell. Ten batters came to the plate and ve of them got base hits. The Falcons also ran a perfect suicide squeeze play and took advantage of one base on balls and one hit batter. The Falcons made it 6-3 in the third as Lamrouex was hit by a pitch and a pinch runner stole second and scored on a elder’s choice. The Falcons made it 8-3 in the fth as Featherstone had an RBI single. The Brahmans scored twice in the bottom of the fth to make it 8-3. Cutter Crawford and Alex Estremera singled, Billy Childers dropped down a sacri ce, and Finney added an RBI single. Crawford scored on a wild pitch. The Falcons put the game away with a four-run rally in the seventh against reliever Bryan Stokes. Eight batters came to the plate against Stokes and David Coleman. Bauman had a two-run single, and another run scored on a passed ball. Blackstone said Jensen pitcher Lamrouex did a great job after the rst inning as he kept the Brahman offense mostly in check. “He de nitely got stronger as the night went on. I think he threw as hard in the late innings as he had all night. We made some things happen with small ball but it wasn’t enough.” Blackstone said the Okeechobee offense showed some improvement but admitted the team had hit a bit of a tough stretch as they play quality opponents like Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, and Park Vista. He said in the end the tough schedule could prove to be a huge bene t for his young team. “We have to keep plugging along and try to get better. The goal is to be ready when it comes district tournament time. We are facing tough pitchers and teams and I hope it gets us ready for post season when it counts.” The Brahmans host St. Albans of Washington, D.C. Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at OHS. Jensen Beach coasts to 12-5 diamond win over Brahmans Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJesse Stebbins (middle) is congratulated by Tyler Finney (left) and other teammates after his rst inning home run. Timmy Farrell throws a pitch during the third inning of Wednesday's game at OHS. Jensen Beach defeated the Brahmans 12-5.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 Gallery763-4334763-3403 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 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 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 The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guid e specialsections.new s Use this interactive site to browse thr o advertisements on our updated Ne w By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterThe reason that cancer is a dreaded disease is because it lives and grows among normal cells and tissues of the body and in many cases their ability to spread. Advances in curing cancers will come from our ability to detect cancers earlier and in our ability to treat them selectively without injuring normal cells. The reason that we are optimistic that this will “ nally become a reality is based on our ability to process information at a much more rapid rate because of ever powerful computers. The era of personalized cancer care is close at hand. The past has used population based data to design cancer treatments but the ” aw in this was the fact that every patients cancer is unique and the patients reaction to the treatments are unique. Therefore, the only way to “ nd out if a particular treatment for cancer worked was to actually put the patients through the actual treatments before declaring if it worked or not. The study of genes of the patients and the cancer cells themselves, are allowing us the ability to test what works for each individual patients Can Cancer E v Cyb e for Tre a 12 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012

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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 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 e Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted 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 Oncologists Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE 2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore e is available online s zap.com o ugh articles and w szap website Advertise in the Medical Directory today! Call 863-763-3134 FAMILY MEDICINE HEALTH cancer in the lab before making a decision. This will allow truly customized cancer treatment for each and every individual. This, we believe will result in our increasing ability to cure patients with cancer while at the same time doing it safely. The rapid rate at which these technologies are being deployed is the cause for great optimism in the “ eld of cancer care. So, the answer to the questionƒcan cancer ever be cured? We believe Is a big YES and SOON. Any questions regarding this article or any questions on cancer, please call Dr. Kumar at 863 467 9500 at Big Lake Cancer Center or email him at 121cancercenter@gmail.com v er Be Cured? Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center e rknife: Cutting edge technology at work our patients in Okeechobee and the a sure Coast. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 14 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of March 16: Cheyenne Shef eld, Anai Bustos, Joshua Cruz, Jasmin Garcia, Briseida Medina, Abraham Benitez, Julie Castaneda, Nathan Rediker, Melanie Gonzalez, Jo'Dejah Sewell, Isabella Cruz, Michael Edwards, Zia McKinnon, Coriana Vines, Martin Mederos, Josiah Pacheco, Mackenzie Cooper, Monique Cooper, Priscilla Rodriguez, Jacqueline Jaimes, Bianca Pelayo, Hailey Salazar, Breanna Murphy, Victor Bucio, Piper Watts, Robert Padgett, Yulaynie Cruz, Angelea McCullers and Gage Whitman. Special to the Okeechobee NewsPet of the WeekBuddy is a terrier mix. Adoption fee is $175, which includes spay or neuter and current shots. She is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Supplement to the Okeechobee News € January 27, 2012 € Also Available Online at newszap.com IN F O R M A T I O NGU I D EFrid ay ,O cto be r 2 8,2 0 11 S u p p l e m e n t to t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s, A u g u s t 1 7 2 0 1 1D D r r . F F r r e e d d B r r o w w n n C C h h i i l l d d r e e n n   s s H e a l l t t h h C C e e n t t e e r r 2 0 0 1 5 5 H H w y y 4 4 4 1 1 N o o r r t h , O O k e e e e c c h o o b e e e , F F L L € € 8 8 6 6 3 3 7 7 6 6 3 3 1 9 9 5 5 1 1 F F l l o o r r i i d d a a C C o o m m m m u u n n i i t t y y H H e e a a l l t t h h C C e e n n t t e e r r s s , I I n n c c . F F o o r r m m o o r r e e i i n n f f o o r r m m a a t t i i o o n n , p p l l e e a a s s e e v v i i s s i i t t o o u u r r w w e e b b s s i i t t e e a a t t w w w w w w . f f c c h h c c i i n n c c . o o r r g gCall to schedule your appointment today! S e e B a c k C o v e r f o r G i f t C e r t if i c a t e f o r a n e y e e x a mF eaturing: Superintendent Letter Calendar School Bus Schedule Report CardSchedule School ListingsO O p p e e n n H H o o u u s s e e : : A A u u g g u u s s t t 1 1 8 8Ad v e r ti s i n g S p o n s or Available 24/7 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=65039&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 15 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon CannonApplebee’s is open!The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County and Okeechobee Main Street promoted the ribbon cutting event for the new Applebee’s on Saturday, March 17. Present at the ribbon cutting were Bob O’Connor, VP, Applebee’s, Joe Graisberry, General Manager, Danny Manson, Franchise Area Director, Jeff Davidowitz, Director, Applebee’s, Terry Burroughs, Vice President, Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, Maureen Burroughs, Past President, Okeechobee Main Street, Frank DeCarlo, Okeechobee Main Street, Mayor Jim Kirk, City Councilmen, Mike O’Connor, Clayton Williams, Brian Whitehall, City Manager, County Commissioners, Bryant Culpepper and Frank Irby, Jim Vensel, Chamber Ambassador, Carl Shumate, Chamber Member and Taylor Fulford, 2012 Okeechobee County Fair Queen. Special to the Okeechobee News30 years and countingLos Cocos Mexican Restaurant in Okeechobee celebrated their 30th year anniversary with a esta including face painting, food, music, dancing and fun. Los Cocos owners would like to say, “Thank you to all the employees and to the community for continued support.”

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Think beyond pediatric poisoningsThe three poison control centers in Florida tip their hats to the American public, which has responded with tremendous enthusiasm to poison prevention campaigns since the rst National Poison Prevention W eek was declared in 1962. Efforts by parents, poison control centers, community agencies, legislators and household product manufacturers have helped reduce poisoning deaths of young children under the age of 6 by 87 percent. Florida's poison control centers want to use this happy moment to increase awareness of an epidemic affecting adults: poisoning from prescription pain medications. In Florida, prescription medication misuse kills eight people every day, or enough in one year to ll 50 Greyhound buses. The message of poison prevention is more critical than ever. Tragic stories about prescription drug overdoses are often in the news, but they aren't rare. In 2011, Florida poison control centers took over 49,000 calls from people who reported poison emergencies related to medication such as an overdose, pills mixed with alcohol, a child taking an adult's pill, or an adverse reaction to a new medication. Florida's poison control centers encourage the following steps to prevent poisoning due to medication mistakes or misuse: Conducting poison prevention programs for children; 1. Check for interactions between medications, herbal supplements, non-prescription products and alcohol. 2. Follow the directions on the label. 3. Don't share medications: others may get sick if given your pills. 4. Store medications where children and visitors can't see them. 5. Tell your physician if a medication is giving you unpleasant side effects. 6. Dispose of medications that are no longer needed. 7. If someone has a chronic pain condition, seek a physician who is board-certi ed in a specialty such as pain medicine or physical medicine/rehabilitation. Be ready to ask questions or treat emergencies: 1. Program the Poison Help line: 1-800222-1222 into your cell phone or home phone's speed dial. 2. Don't take a chance, call poison control if you have a concern about a medication problem. 3. If someone has taken too much medicine and seems ill, don't leave them alone to "sleep it off." 4. Call your poison center for professional advice. If a person has noisy breathing or cannot be awakened, call 911. 5. If someone you know has a medication addiction, nd treatment experts at http:// ndtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx or by calling 1-800-662HELP (4357) Poison Center Take action to prevent deaths in your community: 1. Call local law enforcement to nd medication disposal dates and locations. 2. Encourage understanding of addiction, which can affect anyone. Information can be found at http://www.nida.nih.gov/scienceofaddiction. 3. Join a community drug prevention coalition. Visit http://www.cadca.org/start_coalition for more information. Florida has a network of three interlinked poison control centers that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is coordinated through the Children's Medical Services Division of the Florida Department of Health. Each center is staffed by doctors, nurses and pharmacists with specialized training for handling any type of poisoning. Over 80 percent of poisoning calls to poison control centers are safely and effectively handled b y phone, without the need of an emergenc y department visit. For more information, visit www.fpicn.org. When the problem is poison, the answer is poison control. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 OCTOBERBABYMOVIE.NETPOWERFUL! 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One year ago Okeechobee had an 11.6 percent rate when 2,265 residents collected bene ts. Glades County also saw a decline from 9.7 percent in December 2011 to 9.1 percent in January. The number of residents who collected bene ts fell from 498 in December to 476 in January. Around the region, Highlands County had 9.0 percent, Hendry County 11.8, Martin County 9.6, Osceola County 10.7, St. Lucie 11.8, and Palm Beach County 9.6 percent. The highest rate was found in Hendry County. The lowest jobless rate was found in Monroe County at 5.7 percent. The state jobless rate stood at 9.5 percent and the national average was 8.8 percent in January. Jobless rate falls in January Children’s poisoning fatalities down by 87% Thrift Store requests donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, dishes, kitchen appliances, furniture and clothing. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency to provide social, educational and vocational opportunities to the developmentally disabled. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. For further information, call 863-763-2419.

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Garage/ YardSales *Moving Sale* Fri. 23, Sat. 24 & Sun. 25 7:00 am till 4:00 pm 2154 SW 16th St Wide Variety! MULTI FAMILY 8AM to 2PM, 1910 NE 54th Trail, Okeechobee, RBar Estates, furniture, much misc., lots of duck stuff, too much to list! Personals Looking for Shirley & Rose. I met you at the Moose Lodge New Year’s Eve party, I lost you number, please call: Curtis at 260-348-9947. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Services Golf Cart Repairs, parts, carries Powertron and US batteries. Will buy unwanted and not working golf carts. Locally owned & Operated Call Dan at 863-610-0479 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment MedicalMA/CNA/LPN Exp, F/T, Excellent Bene ts, DFW Send resume to bdanley@wederm.com or fax 863 467-1123 Employment WantedHANDYMAN NEEDED For misc. repairs at local rental properties. E-mail quali cations to: fromson1@yahoo.com Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com FurnitureFor SaleGood old drop leaf table $100.00 Roll away Bed $60.00 Elect. sewing machine “Rodney” in custom built cabinet $65.00 Call 763-2358 or 812-320-8813 Furniture Lime Green Tile Top Dining Room Table 54x36. Also has leaf, double pedestal, white washed wood base $75.00 o.b.o. Call 217-454-6907 or 863-532-0039 Pets/Supplies Free retired Hunting labs to a GOOD HOME. Must have fenced in area. Please Call 772-778-2975 Wanted ToBuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. FREE TOWING. (863)484-2012 Need Cash??? We Buy Cars We Pay Top Dollar $$ Okeechobee Dodge 4224 Highway 441 S. Contact: Rick Proverb 863-357-0500 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com FarmFeed/ Products Alfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Call 863-634-7051 Farm Supplies/SrvcsWantedWANTED: Land to lease for bowhunting hogs. call: Jim (305)766-2926 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsGREAT LOFT Style 2/1 Apartment recently upgraded on rst class Ranch 13 minutes from town center: $495.00 per month, ltered water, trash disposal, lawn care and pest control. Call Debbie M-F, 8:30 to 4:00. 863-467-9800. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK Condo 2BR, 1BA, furnished, No pets. Pool. $750 mo. plus Elect. and deposit. Yearly Lease. Call 502-468-5976. Houses-RentAFFORDABLE New Houses. 3/1/1 for $900, 3/2 for $1000. Large yards. Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Houses-Rent FOR RENT: ONE & TWO BEDROOM FULLY FURNISHED DUPLEX OR MOBILE HOMES. EITHER IN KINGS BAY WITH HEATED SWIMMING POOL TENNIS COURT GARAGE AND WASHER AND DRYER OR WATER FRONT ON RIM CANAL OR KISSIMMEE RIVER, AVAILABLE BY THE DAY-WEEK-MONTH OR YEARLY LEASE. RATES VARY BY LENGTH OF STAY. MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS EXCEPTED. CALL TODAY (863)467-4371 RoommateLooking for a roommate to share a 4 bedroom house, all appliances including washer and dryer. $400 per month. Call for more information 863-634-9560 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farms-SaleOKEE 2BR, 2BA on 5 fenced acres w/barn. Just ve miles from town. Owner nancing. (863)467-1950. Houses-Sale Cabana For Sale on Taylor Creek, with covered dock includes pontoon boat. $22,000. Call 863-697-6022 Houses-Sale FORT DRUM AREA $5,000 down & $1,000/month for 2 years. PAID IN FULL! ($29,000 TOTAL!) Three bedroom home on 1/2 acre. RENNICK REALTORS 772-562-5015 Lots -Sale FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 RV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot. $29,995 Call 239-218-6079 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHomeSale BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 CASABLANCA PARK 3BR, 1.5BA, Fully furnished, W/D, screen room, Florida room, newly remodeled and painted. $16,000 OBO (219)384-3407 PALM HARBOR HOMES 4/2 From 499 mo Loaded 3/2 From 399 mo Loaded Homes on Your Lot ~ 0 Down ~ 800-622-2832 ext 210 MobileHomeSale For Sale: Mobile Home in a Adult Park (Pine Ride Park), 14x48, 2bd and 1 1/2 bath, includes stove, refrigerator and washer/dryer. $10,700 Call 239-246-5793 or 863-357-2888 TREASURE Island Nice 2005 Doublewide w/lot. Large 3BR/2BA w/ replace & fenced back yard. $89,900 Will lease $850 month. Nice 2006 Singlewide w/lot. 3BR/2BA $69,900 Will lease $750 mo. 863-634-9119 Very Nice Mobile Home. 52ft long x 14ft wide. Completely furnished large carport, 10’x12’ shed, in a quiet 55 or over park,2bd/1bath. $11,000. Call 231-942-1824 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BoatsFOR SALE: Aluminum Boat Trailer,Continental Accommodates 17-23 ft. Boat, excellent condition. Asking $750.00 o.b.o. Call 863-801-3060 Campers/RVs 36.6’ Coachmen Santara, 49K miles, 1 slide, Dual Air, Tag Axle. Will Consider Trade for Buildable Lot. $17,000 Call 863-467-2550 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 17 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds.

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PublicNotice LEGAL NOTICE A public auction of stored personal property, from Okeechobee Store-N-Lock : to be conducted at 4129 Hwy 441 South, Okeechobee, FL will be held to pay unpaid storage fees (pursuant to Section 83.806, Florida Statues). Public Auction to be held on March 31, 2012 beginning at 10:00 am. The personal property in the following units will be auctioned. All payments must be made in full, CASH ONLY, by the date/time of auction. JOHN & SHANDA RAINWATER, Unit #44 DEBRA S. BURNEY, Unit #49 JONATHAN A. DRYDEN, Unit #52 VICKY HAMNER Unit #87 JOSEPH PAPASSO IV, Unit #91 DAWN PRESSLEY Unit #136 AMANDA ADAMS, Unit #124 413076 ON 3/23,30/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2012-CP-031 IN RE: ESTATE OF ROSE M. McNAIR, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Ancillary Summary Administration) T O ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of ROSE M. McNAIR, deceased, File Number 2012-CP-031, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was June 9, 2009; that the total value of the estate is $6,993.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: New Saint Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church of Okeechobee, Florida, Inc. PO Box 836 Okeechobee, FL 34973 A LL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOT IFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF T HE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER A PPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is March 16, 2012. Person Giving Notice: REGINALD R. MCNAIR 509 62nd Avenue Seat Pleasant, Maryland 20743 A ttorney for Person Giving Notice: COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQUIRE Florida Bar No.: 270441 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 412465 ON 3/16,23/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2011-CA-000370 WELLS FARGO BANK N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR CARRINGTON MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST SERIES 2006-NC2 ASSET-BACKED PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, Plaintiff, vs. TINDA H. MARS, ET AL. Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): TINDA H. MARS (CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN) Last known address: 10025 NE 7TH ST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Additional address: 12450 NE 26TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Additional address: 1200 STATE ROAD 70, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TINDA H. MARS (CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN) Last known address: 10025 NE 7TH ST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Additional address: 12450 NE 26TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Additional address: 1200 STATE ROAD 70, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: PART OF SECTION 15, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST MORE PARTICURLARL Y DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 15 RUN SOUTH 00 DEGREES 32 ’ 15” EAST ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 15 A DISTANCE OF 2970 FEET; THENCE RUN EAST PARALLEL WITH THE BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 15 A DISTANCE OF 1308.45 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE EAST A DISTANCE OF 165 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 00 DEGREES 32’ 15” WEST PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 15 A DISTANCE OF 264 FEET; THENCE RUN WEST A DISTANCE OF 165 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 DEGREES 32 ’ 15” EAST A DISTANCE OF 264 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. A/K/A 10025 NE 7TH ST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to C. Tyler Loucks, Esq. at VAN NESS LAW FIRM, P.A., Attorney for the Plaintiff, whose address is 1239 E. NEWPORT CENTER DRIVE, SUITE #110, DEERFIELD BEACH, FL 33442 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication o f this Notice in the OKEECHOBEE NEWS and le the original with the Clerk of this 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. This notice is provided to Administrative Order No. 2065 It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to provide reasonable accommodations when requested by quali ed persons with disabilities. If you are a persons with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in a court proceeding or access to a court facility, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Court Adminstration, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986; 711, if you are hearing or voice impaired. WITNESS my hand and the seal o f this Court this 16th day of Feb., 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF COURT By: /S/ Linda F. Young As Deputy Cler k 413187 ON 3/23,30/2012 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 3-31-2012 @ 10:00 AM Unit #207 Sidney Sands Unit #246 Dixie M. Tommie Unit #429 Danielle C. Arnold Unit #457 Annie L. Coffey Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 412457 ON 3/16 & 3/23/2012 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FAMILY HEALTH/ HEALTHY START COALITION, INC. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 2012-2013 HEALTHY START CARE COORDINATION PROGRAM THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FAMILY HEALTH/HEALTHY START COALITION, INC. INVITES ALL QUALIFIED AND INTERESTED PARTIES WISHING TO PROVIDE HEALTHY START CARE COORDINATION SERVICES IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR CONSIDERATION. WRITTEN SEALED PROPOSALS SHALL BE ACCEPTED AT THE COALITION’S OFFICE UNTIL 4:00 PM, EASTERN TIME TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012, 575 SW 28TH STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 A COPY OF THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS WHICH OUTLINES RESPONSIBILITIES AND SELECTION CRITERIA, CAN BE OBTAINED UNTIL 4:00 PM APRIL 20, 2012 FROM THE COALITION’S OFFICE 575 SW 28TH STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974, (863)462-5877. 412556 ON 3/18,21,23,25,28/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider nal reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1085. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE II CITY COUNCIL, CREATING SECTION 2-39 FILLING OF VACANCIES IN ELECTIVE OFFICES; PROCEDURES; PROVIDING FOR REPEALING OF PROVISIONS IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. City Clerk recordings are for the sole purpose of back up for of cial records of the Clerk. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 413139 ON 3/23/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider nal reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1083. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE MUNICIPAL POLICE OFFICERS’ PENSION TRUST FUND, ADOPTED PURSUANT TO ORDINANCE 1054; AMENDING SECTION 1, DEFINITIONS; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. City Clerk recordings are for the sole purpose of back up for of cial records of the Clerk. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 413136 ON 3/23/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider nal reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1082. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE AND OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM, ADOPTED PURSUANT TO ORDINANCE NO. 1053; AMENDING SECTION 1, DEFINITIONS; AMENDING SECTION 4, FINANCES AND FUND MANAGEMENT; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. City Clerk recordings are for the sole purpose of back up for of cial records of the Clerk. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 413135 ON 3/23/2012 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.Ž PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2301 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BASS SUBDIVISION LOTS 22 & 23 BLOCK 6 1-15-37-35-0080-00060-0220 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELYSEE AUGUSTIN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410755 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD012 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1870 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 20 BLOCK 12 1-15-36-35-0040-00120-0200 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MAUREEN M WEBER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410753 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD011 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1863 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOTS 11 & 16 BLOCK 11 1-15-36-35-0040-00110-0110 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: EDWARD F HOWERTON Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410750 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2400 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: EL MIRA SOL LOTS 14 TO 18 INC BLOCK 30 1-18-37-35-0020-00300-0140 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ACREAGE PROPERTIES INC JEAN TRAYLOR WILSON ESTATE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410757 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 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 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 18 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD003 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 284 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT M OF TRACT 16 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 16 SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST 1-13-34-33-0A00-00016-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DEVON B SEATON EVONDOR PROPERTY INC LAING JOY MICHELLE E WILLIAMS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410729 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD005 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1142 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 27 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 27 29 34S 33E 1-29-34-33-0A00-00027-G000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JAMES R REYNOLDS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410732 ON 3/16,23,30;4/6/2012 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 2012TD018 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: 101 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS K & L OF TRACT 17 E/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 17 & W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 17 09 34S 33E 1-09-34-33-0A00-00017-K000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DELSA LOPEZ COLLAZOS 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 26th 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. 412007 ON 3/16,23,30; 4/6/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD019 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: 510 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 26 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 26 17 34S 33E 1-17-34-33-0A00-00026-G000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: IRMA EARLEY SUSAN OCONNOR 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 26th 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. 412010 ON 3/16,23,30;4/6/2012 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 PublicNotice PublicNotice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD008 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1211 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS J & O OF TRACT 10 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 10 33 34S 33E 1-33-34-33-0A00-00010-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LURALE MARCH PATRICK OKEEFE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410744 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD016 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 90 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS M & N OF TRACT 11 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 11 & E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 11 09 34S 33E 1-09-34-33-0A00-00011-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELDA JACQUET JOANUER JACQUET Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410722 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD009 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1270 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT D OF TRACT 14 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 14 34 34S 33E 1-34-34-33-0A00-00014-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BEREZINA SENIS JUNIA BERNARD MURLANDE BERNARD Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410746 ON 3/2,9,16,23/2012 PublicNotice 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 19 March 23, 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

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012CP000030 IN RE: ESTATE OF ORDELLE ANN FINNEY Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The name of the decedent, the designation of the court in which the administration of this estate is pending, and the le number are indicated above. The address of the Court is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are indicated below. If you have been served with a copy of this notice and you have any claim or demand against the decedent’s estate, even if that claim is unmatured, contingent or liquidated, you must le your claim with the court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF THIS NOTICE. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons who have claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with the court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. EVEN IF A CLAIM IS NOT BARRED BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE, ALL CLAIMS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN FILED WILL BE BARRED TWO YEARS AFTER DECEDENT’S DEATH. The date of death of the decedent is December 1, 2011. The date of rst publication of this Notice is March 16, 2012. Personal Representative: JERRIE GAYLORD 4400 E Shore Drive Kalkaska, MI 49646 Attorney for Personal Representative: COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQ. 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 Fla. Bar No. 270441 412463 ON 3/16,23/2012 Contract Negotiations The School Board and Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 will continue negotiations for the Instructional Unit Contract on Monday, March 26, 2012, following the Special School Board meeting at 6:00, in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building at 700 SW 2nd Avenue. Collective bargaining sessions are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 413030 ON 3/23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider nal reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1084. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE MUNICIPAL FIREFIGHTERS’ PENSION FUND, ADOPTED PURSUANT TO ORDINANCE 1055, AMENDING SECTION 1, DEFINITIONS; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. City Clerk recordings are for the sole purpose of back up for of cial records of the Clerk. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 413138 ON 3/23/2012 PublicNotice SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT NOTICE OF INTENDED AGENCY ACTION The South Florida Water Management District gives notice of its intent to renew and modify Water Use Permit 47-00004-W (Application 061227-23) with conditions and grant the Petition for Variance (Application 110902-1) to the Okeechobee Utility Authority, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974-4221 for a public water supply serving Glades County, Sections 25,35,36, Township 38 South, Range 34 East and Sections 18,19, Township 38 South, Range 35 East; and, Okeechobee County, Sections 4-10,13-30,32-36, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Section 31, Township 37 South, Range 36 East, and Sections 4,5,8,17-19, Township 38 South, Range 35 East. The 20-year permit authorizes the continued use of groundwater from the sur cial aquifer system and the continued and increased use of surface water from Lake Okeechobee for a public water supply with an annual allocation of 1,268.50 million gallons. The Staff Report setting forth the staff recommendation regarding the permit, including proposed limiting conditions to provide reasonable assurances that the project meets SFWMD statutes and rules, can be obtained by contacting the Regulatory Records Management Section, during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406, Regulation Division, by telephone at 682-6911, by e-mail at permits@sfwmd.gov, or by accessing the Staff Report directly from the District’s website (www.sfwmd.gov/ePermitting) using the Application/Permit search function. The District’s proposed agency action as set forth in the Staff Report shall become nal unless a timely petition for an administrative hearing is led under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for ling a petition. As required by Sections 120.569(1), and 120.60(3), Fla. Stat., following is notice of the opportunities which may be available for administrative hearing or judicial review when the substantial interests of a party are determined by an agency. Please note that this Notice of Rights is not intended to provide legal advice. Not all the legal proceedings detailed below may be an applicable or appropriate remedy. You may wish to consult your attorney regarding your legal rights. A person whose substantial interests are or may be affected by the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD or District) action has the right to request an administrative hearing on that action pursuant to Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Fla. Stat. Persons seeking a hearing on a District decision which does or may determine their substantial interests shall le a petition for hearing with the District Clerk within 21 days of receipt of written notice of the decision, unless one of the following shorter time periods apply: 1) within 14 days of the notice of consolidated intent to grant or deny concurrently reviewed applications for en vironmental resource permits and use of sovereign submerged lands pursuant to Section 373.427, Fla. Stat.; or 2) within 14 days of service of an Administrative Order pursuant to Subsection 373.119(1), Fla. Stat. “Receipt of written notice of agency decision” means receipt of either written notice through mail, or electronic mail, or posting that the District has or intends to take nal agency action, or publication of notice that the District has or intends to take nal agency action. Any person who receives written notice of a SFWMD decision and fails to le a written request for hearing within the timeframe described above waives the right to request a hearing on that decision. Filing Instructions The Petition must be led with the Of ce of the District Clerk of the SFWMD. Filings with the District Clerk may be made by mail, hand-delivery or facsimile. Filings by e-mail will not be accepted Any person wishing to receive a clerked copy with the date and time stamped must provide an additional copy. A petition for administrative hearing is deemed led upon receipt during normal business hours by the District Clerk at SFWMD headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida. Any document received by the of ce of the SFWMD Clerk after 5:00 p.m. shall be led as of 8:00 a.m. on the next regular business day. Additional ling instructions are as follows: • Filings by mail must be addressed to the Of ce of the SFWMD Clerk, P.O. Box 24680, West Palm Beach, Florida 33416. • Filings by hand-delivery must be delivered to the Of ce of the SFWMD Clerk. Delivery of a petition to the SFWMD’s security desk does not constitute ling. To ensure proper ling, it will be necessary to request the SFWMD’s security of cer to contact the Clerk’s of ce An employee of the SFWMD’s Clerk’s of ce will receive and le the petition. • Filings by facsimile must be transmitted to the SFWMD Clerk’s Of ce at (561) 682-6010. Pursuant to Subsections 28-106.104(7), (8) and (9), Fla. Admin. Code, a party who les a document by facsimile represents that the original physically signed document will be retained by that party for the duration of that proceeding and of any subsequent appeal or subsequent proceeding in that cause. Any party who elects to le any document by facsimile shall be responsible for any delay, disruption, or interruption of the electronic signals and accepts the full risk that the document may not be properly led with the clerk as a result. The ling date for a document led by facsimile shall be the date the SFWMD Clerk receives the complete document. Initiation of an Administrative Hearing Pursuant to Rules 28-106.201 and 28-106.301, Fla. Admin. Code, initiation of an administrative hearing shall be made by written petition to the SFWMD in legible form and on 8 and 1/2 by 11 inch white paper. All petitions shall contain: 1. Identi cation of the action being contested, including the permit number, application number, District le number or any other SFWMD identi cation number, if known. 2. The name, address and telephone number of the petitioner and petitioner’s representative, if any. 3. An explanation of how the petitioner’s substantial interests will be affected by the agency determination. 4. A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the SFWMD’s decision. 5. A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate. 6. A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the speci c facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the SFWMD’s proposed action. 7. A statement of the speci c rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modi cation of the SFWMD’s proposed action. 8. If disputed issues of material fact exist, the statement must also include an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the speci c rules or statutes. 9. A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action the petitioner wishes the SFWMD to take with respect to the SFWMD’s proposed action. A person may le a request for an extension of time for ling a petition. The SFWMD may, for good cause, grant the request. Requests for extension of time must be led with the SFWMD prior to the deadline for ling a petition for hearing. Such requests for extension shall contain a certi cate that the moving party has consulted with all other parties concerning the extension and that the SFWMD and any other parties agree to or oppose the extension. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for ling a petition until the request is acted upon. If the District takes action with substantially different impacts on water resources from the notice of intended agency decision, the persons who may be substantially affected shall have an additional point of entry pursuant to Rule 28-106.111, Fla. Admin. Code, unless otherwise provided by law. Mediation The procedures for pursuing mediation are set forth in Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., and Rules 28-106.111 and 28-106.401-.405, Fla. Admin. Code. The SFWMD is not proposing mediation for this agency action under Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., at this time. RIGHT TO SEEK JUDICIAL REVIEW Pursuant to Sections 120.60(3) and 120.68, Fla. Stat., a party who is adversely affected by nal SFWMD action may seek judicial review of the SFWMD’s nal decision by ling a notice of appeal pursuant to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.110 in the Fourth District Court of Appeal or in the appellate district where a party resides and ling a second copy of the notice with the SFWMD Clerk within 30 days of rendering of the nal SFWMD action. 413039 ON 3/23 GCD 3/29/2012NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Fifth Street Beauty and Barber Shop Under which we expect to engage in business at: 101 NW 5th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Mary Bullington Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 22nd day of March 2012. BY: Mary Bullington 413200 ON 3/23/2012 PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2011-CA-000443 SPRINGLEAF HOME EQUITY, INC. F/K/A AMERICAN GENERAL HOME EQUITY, INC. Plaintiff, V. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, GRANTEES, DEVISEES, LIENORS, TRUSTEES, AND CREDITORS OF WILLIAM DANIELS A/K/A WILLIAM EUGENE DANIELS, DECEASED, ET AL. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, GRANTEES, DEVISEES, LIENORS, TRUSTEES, AND CREDITORS OF WILLIAM DANIELS A/K/A WILLIAM EUGENE DANIELS, DECEASED, AND ALL CLAIMANTS, PERSONS OR PARTIES, NATURAL OR CORPORATE, AND WHOSE EXACT LEGAL STATUS IS UNKNOWN, CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST WILLIAM DANIELS A/K/A WILLIAM EUGENE DANIELS, DECEASED, OR ANY OF THE HEREIN NAMED OR DESCRIBED DEFENDANTS OR PARTIES CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN AND TO THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED Current residence unknown, but whose last known address was: 2826 S.E. 36TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 TO: HEATHER D. DORSEY and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under or against the above named Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties claim as heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, spouses, or other claimants Current Residence Unknown, but whose last known address was: 2826 S.E. 36th Avenue UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN, FL 00000 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: LOT 48, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT NO. 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 39, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A 2005 FLEETWOOD SINGLEWIDE MOBILE HOME HAVING VIN #GAFL507A541005C31 AND TITLE #95182422. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on DOUGLAS C. ZAHM, P.A., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 12425 28th Street North, Suite 200, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice of Action, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court at 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint petition. WITNESS my hand and seal of the Court on this 20th day of March, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Arlene Nealis Deputy ClerkIN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING SHOULD CONTACT COURT ADMINISTRATION NOT LATER THAN SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEEDINGS AT 250 NW COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, PORT ST.LUCIE, FL 34972 OR CALL 1-772-807-4370 WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE. 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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News One bright spot has appeared in county nances that might help alleviate the anticipated de cit. In this era of dwindling revenues for the county there is one area where revenues will soon increase. The City of Fort Pierce recently approved an agreement with Waste Management to haul that city's waste to the Okeechobee land ll. The Okeechobee land ll began receiving waste from Fort Pierce on March 1. Using calculations based on the amount of waste received from that city the rst 19 days of March, Waste Management spokesman Jeff Sabin estimated that the county will receive $86,988 in fees the rst year. Mr. Sabin expected that amount to increase in coming years. Deputy county administrator Jim Threewitts said these unanticipated funds could be used to offset and possible alleviate the expected de cit this year. In future years this money could possibly be used to build up reserves. In the past the county has relied heavily on the income from the land ll to balance the budget. However, in recent years for various reasons, income from the land ll has diminished and the county has not been able to rely on it so much.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The purchase of computers for the library w as the highlight of a relatively short meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission on Thursday, March 22. Commissioners also dealt with routine matters concerning drainage grants and extending a contract. Commissioners authorized the purchase of 34 desktop computers for library patron use and one laptop computer for library staff use from ICS Computers for $20,508. The laptop would be used by the director to take to conferences. Library director Kresta King said the funds to pay for these computers comes from grant funds held in reserve that have been carried forward for several years and would not come from operating funds. These computers will replace antiquated computers, many of which date to the construction of the library building. Ms. King said she had implemented a technology plan to replace computers at regular intervals to avoid having to purchase so many computers at one time in the future. Commissioners approved execution and modi cation of the Energy Ef ciency and Conservation Block Grant, adjusting the time to Aug. 31. On a negative note, commissioners voted to reject the sole bid for ductwork removal and replacement at the health department building since the bid was much higher than the engineer's estimate. They also approved an extension of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for six months and expanded the scope of work to include a fth culvert. This project deals with drainage in the vicinity o f the Royal Concrete plant on S.R. 98 across from the county industrial park. A Small Cities CDBG grant was modi ed to include construction. The original grant, which deals with correcting a drainage problem in the OaK Park area, was just for design and engineering. The board also approved a oneyear extension of a contract with Palmdale Oil Company to supply petroleum products to the county. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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. 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SOUTHWEST BEAUTY! $139,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 21 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 Commissioners purchase computers for library County looks forward to new source of revenue OSWCD Speech Contest announcedOkeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District's Annual Speech Contest, "Should Food Crops Be Used For Fuel?" will be held April 10. Open to any Okeechobee County students, grades 6 through 12. First Place is $200. For a complete list of rules and entry form contact 863-763-3619, ext. 501, email: jared.prescott@ .nacdnet.net or visit www. okeechobeeswcd.com Okeechobee News/ Pete Gawda15 years faithful serviceAt the Tuesday, March 20, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Mayor James Kirk, right, presented Okeechobee City Police Department Sergeant Tom Tarner, left, with a 15-year Longevity Service Award.

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Let the pro’s have their majors. For the rest of us there is nothing so momentous as the annual Member/Guest golf tournament held at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club on Feb. 25 and 26. Thirty-two, two person teams completed the tournament eld. Golfers as far away as Canada and Wisconsin competed for the tournament prizes. The event was successful because of the tireless effort of club pro Terry Lanman and his staff, along with members associated with the tournament. Festivities of the tournament began as early as Thursday before the tournament w hen the Wisconsin guests arrived early w ith their golf bags and fair skin. The celebration continued Friday at an open house down the street, which prepared everyone for the next two days of tournament play. Oysters, fried critters, ocra and plenty of barbecue fed all those attending. The night was lled with laughter, old stories and some good old fun. Saturday began the tournament with golf teams playing six holes as a two-person scramble, six holes as alternate shot and six holes best ball. The format, along with windy conditions, led to some interesting play. Saturday’s scores determined the pairing of the teams into three different ights. The team of Jim Waldau and Lenny Steiert posting a score of 71, led the championship ight. Sunday brought windy and sunny conditions again, which turned out to be perfect weather for a day of golf. The format for Sunday’s competition was 9 holes best ball and 9 holes alternate shot. The team of Jim Waldau and Lenny Steiert posted a score of 72 for a two-day total of 143 to win the championship ight. They won by three shots over the second place team of Danny Lanman and Runt White. The third place team was Rick and Richard Donegan posting a score of 149. Flight A was won by the team of Bubba and Kyle Mullins, posting a two-day score of 146, with the second place team of Rick White and Jeff Pederson posting a score of 150. Third place team was Jon Enrico and Marshall Schlabach posting a score of 152. Flight B was won by the team of Roger Foss and Hixon Guest with a two-day score of 158. Second place was John and Ed Burdeshaw with a score of 163 followed by the team of Maurice Desaulniers and Chet Hendren with a score of 167. Over the two-day tournament, golfers showed their skills and abilities by making a total of 5 skins each day. Throughout the days leading up to the tournament and after play, camaraderie and recollection of past performances was the highlight of the weekend. Okeechobee Golf and Country Club wishes to extend their most sincere thanks and appreciation to all the golfers, guests and their families for participating in and supporting this year’s tournament. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Lincoln Park tennis defeated the Brahman boys 5-2, and swept the girls team 7-0, in a match held before Spring Break in Fort Pierce. Irfan Chaudhary of Okeechobee defeated Bobby Kemp in a pro set match duel 9-8 winning the tie breaker 7-2. The other Brahman w in came in doubles as the team of Brendon Jonassaint and Colton Root defeated J uan Morales and Reese Wild. It was a rough day for the other Brahman tennis players. Rohan Reddy defeated Otto Ramirez in the #1 singles match 8-2 and Kethan Rao defeated Jonassaint 8-0 in #2 singles. Tyler Rios defeated Lucas Penido of Okeechobee 8-3 and Morales defeated Root 8-3. The team of Reddy and Rao defeated Ramirez and Penido 8-1 in a doubles match. Samantha Rivero played the best for the girls team as she fell to Michelle Sabado 8-4 in #1 singles. Jenna Rath was shutout by J ennifer Gasney. Vanessa Watt, Jessica Luna and Alley Lopez managed to win one game apiece against their opponents. The Lady Greyhounds also swept the doubles match with Sabado and Gasney teaming up to defeat Rivero and Watt 8-2. Robin Wallman and Kailey McGarity defeated Rath and Luna 8-3 in the 2nd doubles match. The tennis team is off until next week. A number of OHS athletes fared well last Thursday at the Dwyer Relays in Palm Beach County. The boys team nished 22nd overall while the Lady Brahmans nished in 14th place. Quandrell Ridley fared well in the long jump with his top effort of 20’ 7.” He also had a distance of 39’ 3 “ in the triple jump. Stanley ‘Thor’ Harden tossed the shot put 38 feet in his top effort of the day. Seth Hedrick managed a toss of 34’ 1.” The girls 4x1600 relay squad nished in sixth place. The 4x800 relay squad nished in eighth place. The girls distance medley relay team nished in third place. The boys 800 sprint relay squad won their race by three seconds over Forest Hill. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. 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 O w n e d & O p e r a t e d b y J o h n E d B u r d e s h a w LA K EOK E E C H O B E ETI T L E8 6 3 7 6 3 3 7 4 96 0 8 N W P A R K S T R E E T For All Your Real Estate Closing Needs BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y 22 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 OHS sports in brief 32 teams compete in OG&CC club tournament Special to the Okeechobee News/ OGCCChampionship Flight winners (l-r) Lenny Steiert and Jim Waldau with award presenter Ron White. Flight A rst place winners (l-r) Bubba Mullin and son Kyle with award presenter Ron White. Flight B rst place winners (l-r) Hixon Guest and Roger Foss with award presenter Ron White.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 23 Okeechobee News March 23, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Joyce Thomas4-H fundraiserBacon Bunch 4-H club held the drawing for their scholarship fundraiser on Saturday night, March 17. Richard Hoanshelt of Okeechobee, left, is congratulated by Scott Durand of the Bacon Bunch 4-H club as the winner of the club’s drawing for an awesome, tow-behind BBQ grill. Bacon Bunch would like to thank everyone who donated toward the scholarship fundraiser and send a special acknowledgement of appreciation to St. Lucie Battery & Tire, Lehman’s Auto Body, Ferrell Gas, Tree Locators, Inc., and Tractor Supply Company for their support. Congrats to Okeechobee Christian Academy 4Hers who took top honors at the March 12 morning’s small animal exhibition at the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show. Grace Luna received the Blue Ribbon for Dutch Bunny and Best in Junior Showmanship. Rylee Lopez’s English Lop Bunny won the Best in Show. Dakota Entry and Zeke Bryan both received trophies for their participation as well. All exhibited excellent sportsmanship and did a super job representing OCA and 4H. Cody Wojciesak placed 8th out of 220 contestants at the 4H State Archery Competition in Gainesville. Earlier this month Aubrey brought home a beautiful trophy for her barrell racing at Gethsemane Ranch Rodeo. The 4Hers are also blessed with very supportive parents and a special thank you goes out to them all for all the time and support they have put into these projects! Best wishes to Noah Mayers, David Daniels and Lane Spires in their livestock competitions and Kylie Harvey in the Scrapbooking contest. Christian Academy 4-H members do well at County Fair Special to the Okeechobee News/ Stephanie BeardGrace Luna: Blue Ribbon Dutch Bunny and Best in Jr. Showmanship! Rylee Lopez and her English Lop Bunny won the Best Bunny in the whole show! Aubrey Wojcieszak brought home this beautiful trophy for her barrell racing at Gethsemane Ranch Rodeo. Zeke Bryan received a trophy for participation as well.

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