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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 03-25-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, March 25, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 37 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 12.65 feetLast Year: 11.62 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News When Patricia Pearce stood before the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board in October of last year, she posed a few simple questions about their leasing policy— speci cally, Glades County property leased to the Old River Cattle Company of Okeechobee. Governing board chairman Joe Collins then turned to SFWMD Chief Real Estate Specialist Ruth Clements with a very simple question: “So, that was an existing lease when we acquired the land?” “Absolutely,” answered Ms. Clements, adding that there were actually two leases in effect—one from the Pomcor Corporation and the other from The Nature Conservancy. “Both had leases in place with Old River Cattle when we acquired the property, so we acquired it subject to the lease.” And this is where the inconsistencies with the district’s lease with the Old River Cattle Compan y begin. HISTORY In January of 2006, the district agreed to purchase the Glades County property from Pomcor, Inc. At that time Pomcor, based in Lake Worth, was structured to purchase C-corporations. Pomcor had an option to bu y the property from Glades Count y rancher J.F. Pearce, and exercised that option in March of 2006 when they bought a total of 4,734 acres. That same month, The Nature Conservancy purchased 1,646 acres in eastern Glades Count y from Pomcor on behalf of the district for approximately $16.3 million because SFWMD did not have the funds immediately available to make the purchase. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Things are picking up at the land ll. The state’s largest recycling business is coming to Okeechobee. Trademark Metal Recycling is building a plant on N.W. 128th Avenue, adjacent to Waste Management’s (WM) Okeechobee land ll. Trademark has 22 locations throughout Florida including four in the Orlando area and three in the West Palm area. They buy, sel l and process automobiles, alumi num, copper, steel/cast iron, stain less steel, high temperature alloys, appliances, sheet iron, industria l discards and all grades of ferrou s and nonferrous metals. Trademark has mobile crushin g crews throughout Florida. They of fer mobile baling of light metals, industrial demolition services an d plant clean up, containers and roll off boxes, land ll services, radi o Was SFWMD board misled on lease? State’s largest recycler builds plant in Okeechobee T w o m o r e Two more n a b b e d i n nabbed in O p e r a t i o n Operation C r a c k d o w n Crackdown . P a g e 1 5 ... Page 15 W hat to recycle? W e have the answers ... Page 14 F r e e s h i n g Free shing d a y s s t a r t days start A p r i l 7 April 7 . P a g e 1 2 ... Page 12 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaPower-Pole Slam draws crowdsCrowds of people lined the banks at C. Scott Driver Recreation Area on Friday afternoon watching the anglers return from another day of shing in the Power-Pole Slam sponsored by B.A.S.S. The tournament and WaterFest continues through Sunday. B i g c r o w d s t u r n o u t f o r Big crowds turn out for B a s s m a s t e r w e i g h i n s . Bassmaster weigh-ins ... W a t e r F e s t f u n c o n t i n u e s WaterFest fun continues See SFWMD — Page 5 See RECYCLER — Page 5


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SFWMD I am not sure what good shaving a leg is going to do. What we need to do is cut the head off the “hairy beast of corruption.” The s tory points out the problems. The newspaper can’t solve the problems or force anyone t o give them information. What Mr. Kopp did was legally ask for the information and print what he obtained, as well as clueing t he readers in on what questions the SFWMD has refused to answer. It’s up to us, the public to contact our elected of cials and to keep making noise about it until they clean t his mess up.  For years SFWMD has done whatever t hey want to without any oversight and without any consequences. They meet in West Palm Beach, making it dif cult for anyone from Okeechobee to attend. But now their meetings are broadcast online, we, the public can keep up better with just what they are doing with our tax money.  SFWMD is a blight on us. “Oh, we care about the environment, therefore we can s pend millions to condemn property to buy it and we can’t TAKE CARE OF IT.” A few men, t heir trucks are parked there every week, are getting a playground out of it. They took it from people who cared for it and now no one cares...Elevator: tall tale I don’t get to the big cities very often so I took my son the other day for some sight s eeing. We were in this building and an elderly lady pushed a button on the wall and t he doors opened and she went in. My son and I stood there in awe. There were numb ers on top of the doors and they went higher then came back down. The doors opened up and out stepped this gorgeous young doll b aby. We looked at each other again in awe. T hen I said to my son, “let’s go home and b ring mom back.”Parents I don’t understand why parents are giving coaches a hard time. You should want to get involved. I have heard parents argue and give excuses why they can’t help score keeping and concession stand work. My coach isn’t the best but at least he’s trying! God bless all coaches and have a good season.  I have always thought I should not complain about the job any volunteer was doing, unless I was willing to step up and take responsibility for the work myself. I have served as an adult volunteer for many youth programs in Okeechobee and I know some of the parents can be frustrating to deal with. I have lost track of how many times I have waited an hour or more for a parent to pick up a child. Some act like they don’t expect the adult volunteers to have their own lives and other responsibilities.  People have been complaining about OCRA for at least 30 years, probably longer. There are other choices for your children’s activities. If you don’t like it, step up and volunteer and be part of the group working to make changes, or else walk away and nd other programs you do like. Complaining and whining are not productive. Here’s a thought: Ask your children what activities they would like to try. Many of these kids do not really care about sports and are only there because the parents make them do it or else it is the only activity the parents offer them. Given a choice, the kids might prefer dance classes or gymnastics or swimming or music lessons.  The other day practice was over; our coach was waiting for one parent. I’m waiting just to see how long it would be – half hour later here comes mom! Get real parents. This coach’s family I’m sure has other things to do. Some parents need to grow up and be more responsible. Pick your child up on time.Positive signs I see some good things happening in Okeechobee. The new bank opened on Friday. Porter’s Cleaners is reopening with new management. The new Applebee’s Restaurant is opening. Any new business means jobs. A few jobs here and a few jobs there adds up. Every job helps someone. I think if we stick together and support the local businesses when we can, this town can thrive again. MisinterpretationBy Rev. Allen Patterson Administrative PastorOkeechobee Presbyterian ChurchI’m not much for sneaky gimmicks. Especially in church. So the rst year I heard they were handing out stars on Vision Sunday with a range of words for the coming year, I was more than glad we were going to be out of town. No, really, we had already planned to be away that weekend! Not that it mattered much, because when we returned the next week, someone stuck a star in my hand with a word on it and I promptly took it home and lost it. I know I lost it, because I looked for it just last week a year later, but hey, I had lots of other bits and scraps of paper and receipts tucked away in my drawer from the previous year but no Vision Sunday star. I remember thinking the whole thing was a bit hokey. It was just a word. Now Vision Sunday is traditionally the rst Sunday in January, and this year, quite frankly, I forgot to schedule some time off. By the time I realized what was happening and what day it was and what they were planning to do in the morning Worship Service, they were singing the opening song and it was too late to escape. I tried to pass it off again. I was thinking, “It’s only a word. Doesn’t mean a thing. Don’t worry about it this will all be over in just a bit....” But I knew I was in trouble when they gave the bucket full of stars to the children to pass through the congregation. I had to take one for real now. I couldn’t NOT take one when a curly-headed, dew-eyed little girl was watching me. So I reached in and picked a word at random. By the way, I think more often than not, the word “random” is another word for “God’s got something He wants to tell you.” So I pulled out my star and turned it over. And there it was my word for 2012. Well, at least that’s what they were saying up front while I was thinking, “Really? ‘Attempt?’ What kind of word is that?” I really thought I had someone else’s word. I tried to trade it in. No one paid any attention. They were all staring straight ahead with a glazed look in their eyes. Looking back on it, I think they must have all been trying to gure out whose word they had picked and how they could get rid of it. I took the star with the word “Attempt” on it and I put it on my dresser and I thought about it for a whole week. And when I went back to church the next Sunday, I started hearing stories that made me think we hadn’t pulled “random” words out of that bucket. Like the 15 year old who has been studying for his driver’s license. The word he pulled out was “Driving!” And th e lady who decided to explore her word and discovered a brand new area in her life where God wanted to work. So I went back home and thought about m y word, “Attempt” for another week, and by th e end of that second week, I was certain I had gured it out. This was going to be a pretty good year after all. Maybe this was my word. Afte r all, I was no stranger to the word “Attempt.” M y life thus far has been de ned by this word. Attempt new things, start new businesses, use m y entrepreneurial strengths, strive to make mor e money, do bigger and better things. Or maybe I needed to attempt to complete some things I’d started, or things I’d always wanted to do and things I’ve talked about for years. Like playing the banjo, or maybe the piano. Or nding a ne w job. My brain was spinning with possibilities. But my heart was sinking. I took my wife out to eat that Sunday nigh t of the second week. We ordered our favorite sh and chips. I was not doing well. There wer e shadows slipping in around the edges of my optimism. The star was wearing thin. We talked for a bit, and I laid out my understanding of my new word. I told her I nally go t it. I used every word I knew to explain my understanding and defend my position. But I was so wrong. As only she can do, she gave me an alternative understanding. I was speechless. In a moment, my poser was exposed, my defaul t was challenged. My false self was stripped naked in a public restaurant. “What if there’s something else to consider?” she said, her voice going up with a slight bit of anxiety, ”Maybe God is saying you should “attempt” to learn to be happ y right where He has put us? He’s really put us in a spacious place.... What if you could attempt to relax and enjoy what He has given instead of attempting something new, or attempting to nd something besides what you have?” And right there it was—my direction for 2012. On the surface it may not seem like much, bu t when she asked that question, it was so contradictory to my default manner of thinking, it hi t me like a hammer. It was just so right on. My word for 2012 is “Attempt” and I’m learning to accept the gifts God has given and the places He is taking me. But I’m also learning that I often misinterpret God’s word as I lter i t through my desires, my false self or my poser. God so often offers me healing and new life and I twist it into a pretzelized de nition that brings more brokenness, shame and loss of heart. H e puts me in a spacious place and I end up staying inside looking out the window. God is taking me to new places this year.... Where is He taking you? Sunday, March 25, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. 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Australian Ave West Palm Beach, FLtwalsh2@metlife.com561.207.2306 5 Okeechobee News March 25, 2012 SFWMD agreed to reimburse The Nature Conservancy—plus 5 percent interest and carrying costs—within three years. In August of 2007 the SFWMD ful lled that obligation and took title to the property. In essence, this means The Nature Conservancy was the funding mechanism for this property deal. SFWMD then closed on the remaining property, 3,088 acres, in May of 2006 for roughly $38 million. Although not contiguous with The Nature Conservancy property, all of the parcels were put together in a lease deal. The district agreed to manage The Nature Conservancy’s property until the district took title of the property, which they did in A ugust of 2007. In the mean time, however, The Nature Conservancy leased their property to Stuart-based Real Estate salesman Ricou Hartman. When the district took title to the property they also took assignment of Mr. Hartman’s lease. On May 10, 2006, Pomcor entered into a lease with Mr. Hartman on the remaining 3,088 acres that Pomcor was selling to SFWMD. Also on that same day, Pomcor assigned their interest in that lease to the district and Ms. Clements signed it on behalf of the district. Mr. Hartman also represented Pomcor in the sale of the 3,088 acres to the district. On May 11, 2006, the district purchased the 3,088 acres from Pomcor subject to the lease. At no time were these leases put out for bid, which is required by Florida state statute 373.093. Which brings us to Mrs. Pearce’s questions to the governing board at their Oct. 13, 2011, meeting. After telling the board that her husband, Mark Hunter Pearce, and family members have had the property in question in their family since the 1800s she questioned why they were never given a chance to bid on the lease. “Who were the bidders? Why haven’t landowners been given options on the land?” she asked. Turning to Ms. Clements, Mr. Collins asked that all important question: “So, the lease was existing when we acquired the land?” “Absolutely,” she answered. “Both had leases in place with Old River Cattle when w e acquired the property, so we acquired the property subject to those leases.” But, the leases weren’t with Old River. They were with Mr. Hartman. Old River didn’t become involved in the lease with Mr. Hartman until Jan. 3, 2008. According to state records Louis E. ‘Woody’ Larson Jr. is the principal agent of the Old River Cattle Company, while Mr. Hartman and Jeffrey O. Clemons are listed as managers. She then went on to explain to the board about the two leases that were in place when the district acquired the land—the Pomcor and The Nature Conservancy leases. Although Mr. Collins did ask that question, neither he nor any of the remaining eight governing board members asked that one vitally important question: How long had the lease been in place? The answer is very simple: one day. LEASING PROBLEMS After acquiring that lease, SFWMD amended it in 2007 and again in 2008. On May 28, 2008, the Old River Cattle Company received an extension until March 14, 2012. However, they received a 10-year lease extension in December of 2011. Again, this lease has never been put out for bids. Today, the Old River Cattle Company is operating off that same 2006 lease. And while much of the lease is similar to today’s water management leases, there are some very interesting differences. Under the terms of that 2006 lease, lessees:  cannot alter the land which includes, but is not limited to, mowing;  lessees cannot engage in any discussions with the media pertaining to the lease which includes interviews, feature articles, fact sheets or similar promotional materials; and,  lessees are responsible for obtaining all permits. Let’s take a look at these requirements. First, it has been documented that the Old River Cattle Company has been baling hay on the property and have done so as late as February of 2012. Not only does the lease state on the rst page that the property can only be utilized “... solely for purposes of cattle grazing ...” it also prohibits mowing, as mentioned above. Next, Mr. Hartman did grant a 2011 interview with the Okeechobee News for an article about the district’s leasing policy despite the lease prohibiting this. Next, SFWMD documents show that Mr. Hartman did not get a consumptive use permit to use water from the L-59 canal. Finally, because the three water control structures on the L-59 canal—which stretches from the Indian Prairie Canal to the Kissimmee River—were left free owing with no water control devices in place nearly all the property south of the canal, including Buckhead Ridge, was ooded due to Tropical Storm Fay. Because Mr. Hartman and Old River did not have the proper permits, and because there were no water control devices, are they to blame for the ooding? Several inconsistencies have already been pointed out, but they don’t end there. When this newspaper posed a question to Ms. Clements that asked if The Nature Conservancy was the “... funding mechanism to purchase the Pomcor tract ...” her answer was evasive. “In 2006, the district purchased 4,734 acres in Glades County consisting of the following: 1. 3,088 acres were purchased from Pomcor; 2. 1,646 acres were purchased from The Nature Conservancy.” Then on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, three more questions were e-mailed to the SFWMD that asked for a response from Ms. Clements. Those questions were:  In regard to the district’s lease with Ricou Hartman, is the district still operating off the original lease that was signed May 10, 2006?  If so, did Mr. Hartman violate the terms of the lease when he granted the Okeechobee News an interview to discuss that lease as alluded to on page 8 of that lease?  You stated in the Oct. 11, 2011, governing board meeting regarding the extension of the Old River Cattle Company lease that the Old River Cattle Company had been leasing the property prior to SFWMD acquiring the property. How long had Old River been leasing the property prior to SFWMD closing on that property in 2006? Simple, right? Here is the answer we received: “The Old River Cattle leases were provided to you when your public record requests were ful lled. The terms and conditions are contained in those documents. We are unable to provide additional information.” Looking back, it seems clear that the lease with Old River has been violated on several occasions. Still, Ms. Clements told her governing board that they were good tenants and, because of that, their lease should be extended for an additional 10 years. And on Dec. 13, 2011, it was. SFWMDContinued From Page 1 dispatched trucking, certi ed/computerized scale transactions, and secondary aluminum melting. However, no metal will be bought in Okeechobee. According to Trademark of cial John Bianculli, the Okeechobee facility w ill receive what is called “ uff” -the st sized nished product from shredding automobiles at some of Trademark’s other facilities around the state. The 60,000 square foot state of the art Okeechobee facility will extract the last bit of usable metal from the uff before it goes to the Okeechobee land ll. The new facility will help the economy in two ways. At full capacity, Mr. Bianculli envisions the plant working around the clock and employing 30 people. Trademark will also be paying a tipping fee to dispose of the processed uff at the land ll. This tipping fee will, in turn, increase the host fees the county receives from WM. “Life is good for everybody,” Mr. Bianculli said, adding that with the Trademark facility there would be less waste and they can sell the extracted metals. When asked why Trademark chose Okeechobee, since they have recycling facilities all over the state, Mr. Bianculli said WM of cials were very cooperative and Trademark has a good working relationship with them. The plant is expected to be operational by the third quarter of this year. Appropriately enough, the building will be constructed, in part, from recycled metal. RECYCLERContinued From Page 1


Masonic Lodge to host Sunday 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. Fifth (Across from Flagler Park). Breakfast every 2nd and 4th Sunday. Proceeds to bene t Okeechobee Youth Programs.Cypress Eagles to host Sunday dinnerSunday, March 25 from 1-5, the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a Fried Chicken Dinner. $6 per dinner. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome!Okeechobee Men’s Night With God offeredCalling all men! You are invited to a nondenominational night with God, on Saturday, March 31. 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 Pav ilion, 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 Serv ices 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 Street in Okeechobee.Eagles to host bingo nightEagles North, at 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 offers chicken alfredo dinnerOn Tuesday, March 27 at 5 p.m. the Cypress Hut Eagles will have 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. w ith 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 863484-0427 or the Shrine Club or Kip Gardner at 863-610-6659.Eagles North hosting bingoEagles North 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. 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee.Yard sales will aid Martha’s HouseMartha's House will hold a huge end of 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 any questions.9Holes-6Pockets Memorial Biathlon set 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.Considering adoption?Anyone interested in learning more about adoption is encouraged to join the Children's Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division at our monthly Adoption Orientation session. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County of ce, located at 804 S. 6th Street in Fort Pierce. This informative, casual and free open house-style orientation will provide an overview of foster care adoption and answer all questions related to adoption and CHS' adoption process. Please help us raise adoption awareness in our community as we try to nd additional permanent "Forever Families" for local children in foster care. To RSVP or for more information, contact Children's Home Society's Adoption Information Line at 772-429-2001.Friends of the Okeechobee Library host book saleFriends of the Okeechobee Library invite you to their spring book sale from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 ; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. Books and videos are a dollar a pound. Saturday, a bag of books is $2 and a box is $5. A 10 percent discount is offered with a Friends of the Okeechobee Library membership card. The sale has been extended an extra day because of the large number of books available for sale. This is the Friends of the Okeechobee Library's major fund-raiser.Church features gospel singersThere is a gospel sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park Street and Hwy. 70 West, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30 Featuring: The Cannon Land Gospel Singers.Barbecue bene ts Special OlympicsThe Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) will host a barbecue Friday, March 30 to bene t Special Olympics and the OCSO Relay for Life team. Gilbert Snapper, 315 S. Parrott Ave., will host the event from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per plate and the menu will consist of one-fourth of a chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and dessert. For advanced tickets, or to schedule a delivery, contact Michele or Ronda at 863763-3117. Barbecue dinner will bene t Chobee SteelersOn Friday, March 30 Martha's House Outreach will sponsor a barbecue chicken dinner to bene t the Chobee Steelers Steel Drum Band, at 4134 U.S. 441 N. for a $7 donation. Call 863-763-2893 for your tickets. Will deliver with 10 or more orders. 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.Betty Jean Finnell, 75OKEECHOBEE Betty Jean Finnell of Okeechobee passed away Mar. 21, 2012 in Baltimore. She was born Aug. 25, 1936 in Coshocton, Ohio to the late C. Henry and Leona (Lee) Jeanette Slise McCoy. She was a past President of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW of Buckhead Ridge, and recently became an Instructor with Weight Watchers which she was a member for many years. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, socializing with her friends, and spending time with her dog, Misty. She won awards in archery, loved to cook and could create fashion designs on her Singer. In her youth she sang on the radio in Coshocton and in her later years she sang with the church choir which brought her great joy. She embraced God and we said the Lords Prayer nightly together. Mrs. Finnell was preceded in death by her husband, Paul D. Finnell; her daughter, Cindy; her son, Stephen; her sisters, Peggy and Carol. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Finnell of Baltimore and Kathy O'Steen and son-inlaw Carl of Texas; grandchildren, Emilia and Ellisa; daughter-in-law Donna; her sister, Sandy, and her companion Robert Hare. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. Visitation will be Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012 at Ortona Cemeter y with Pastor John Garrison of ciating. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. A l l p r o c e e d s w i l l g o t o w a r d s t h e D e v o n V e n a b l e s M e m o r i a l S c h o l a r s h i p Donations can be made directly to the Okeechobee Education Foundation with a notation in the memoŽofyour check De v on V ena b les Memorial Sc holar shipŽ Annual Coed Softball Tournament J J une 15, une 15, 1989 1989 A A ugust 1, ugust 1, 2009 2009€ Registration $250 at the field € Bring you own balls, 44 Core-ISARules € Bracket will be determined by # of teams For more information please contact Kim Hilliard 863-634-3620 or Jill Rogers 863-634-0870In Memor In Memor y of y of De De v v on on V V ena ena b b les les When:March 31,2012 Where:Adult Softball Fields Okeechobee Time:Start 8am Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 25, 2012 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Community Events


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Pre-Owned Vehicles Under $ 10k (877) Go-Gilbert or (863) 763-3154www.GilbertChevrolet.comSALES : SERVICE & PARTS BODY SHOP Closed Sundays Cruze lease is for 24 months/12,000 miles with $1,995 due at signing. Malibu lease is for 24 mo/12,000 miles with $1,539 due at signing. Volt lease is 36 mo/12,000 miles with $5,000 due at signing. Silverado Reg Cab lease is for 39 mo/10,000 miles with $ 1,995 due at signing. Silverado Ext Cab is 39 mo/12,000 miles with $3,000 due at signing. Equinox lease is 39 mo/12,000 miles with $1,989 due at signing. All prices are plus taxes, tag, and fees Offers assume quali“ed credit. All incentives and rebates to dealer. Dealer not responsible for typographical errors. Picture s are for illustration purposes only. Offers expire 3/31/12. 2012 Chevy Cruze $ 149 38 2012 Chevy Equinox $ 229 at at sig sig nin i nin g. g Sil Sil S Sil l Sil Sil ver ve ver ver ver ver d d ado ado ado ado ado ad R R Re Re Re Re g gC gC ab lea 32 2012 Chevy Malibu $ 179 33 2012 Chevy Volt 350 miles! $ 349 2 2 2 95 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 Reg. Cab $ 199 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 Ext. Cab $ 299 i 18 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT Auto, Power Windows/Locks, Cruise $ 4,495 1338C 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Auto, Sunroof, Leather $ 4,995 4956A 1999 Chevy S-10 Reg Cab Auto, Bedliner, Alloy Wheels $ 4,750 2088B 2004 Volkswagen GTI Manual, Power Windows/Locks $ 4,750 1481C 1997 Toyota Paseo Convertible Manual, 2-Door, AM/FM Radio $ 4,750 1169BTHINKING ABOUT GETTING THAT NEW VEHICLE?ITS YOUR LUCKY DAY MONTH bu l m u l eas s ei ei i e i sf sf f f f f f f sf sf sf s f or or r r or or or or or or o 24 24 2 24 24 24 2 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 mo/ mo/ mo/ mo/ mo/ mo mo/ mo/ mo/ mo/ mo/ mo/ 1 1 12 12 12 12 12, 12, 0 000 000 m 18 30 Day Price Guarantee on TiresGet the best price in town or well refund the dierence. GM Certied Service 2004 Jeep Liberty Power Locks/Windows/Tilt, Cruise Control $ 6,495 2154A 2003 Chrysler Sebring Limited Convertible, Leather, Cruise Control $ 5,750 2156B 2000 BMW 323i Sport Wagon Keyless Entry, Power Windows, Manual $ 7,750 1275B 8 Okeechobee News March 25, 2012


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News March 25, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Parks and RecChampions ECO Mowing Service nished undefeated (12-0) in the women's league. Team members are: Mona Baker, Kim McMahon, Janet Estremera, Damarys Garcia, Amanda Blewett, Amber Thornton, Erica Lipfert and Dawn Fox. Not shown: Amanda Wilton, Josie Gazzara and Vonsha Jarvis. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Parks and RecRunnerup The runner up Beef O'Brady's team members are: Jeanne Billie, Josephine O'Mallan, Gena Davis, Jaime Purdue, Kristen Utzman, and Ali Nunez. Front: Daiana Fonseca and Elia Suarez. Not shown: Amy Harrison and Regina Jolly. Parks & Recreation Dept. is accepting registration for the Spring Adult Softball League. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 5. League fees are: Men-$375, Women-$325 and Co-ed-$325. There is an organizational meeting for all interested players, managers and of cials on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center on Hwy. 98 N. Registration is conducted at the Recreation Dept. at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (Sports Complex). For more information, call 863-763-6950. Spring softball registration opens on March 28 The Friends of the Library for the Okeechobee County Library are looking for new and returning members. The friends assist the public library by sponsoring the Florida Humanities Programs in the winter, funding children's programs, donating to the teen room and purchasing books and DVDs for the library. They raise funds by holding twice annual used book sales, selling book bags and membership fees. The membership donations are as little as $5 a year and application cards may be picked up at the library front desk. Members receive a 10 percent discount on books purchased at our book sales. The next book sale is scheduled for March 28 to March 31. Friends of the Library seek new members


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Okeechobee Community Choir Under the Direction of Sandy Perry, Will Present its 13th Annual Easter Cantata Concert, Christ Arose! Easter Favorites & Handel’s Hallelujah! Chorus During which audience participation is encouraged!Friday, March 30th7pm Saturday, March 31st7pm Sunday, April 1st 3pm First United Methodist Church 200 NW 2nd St Okeechobee(Northwest of Walgreens at the intersection of US 441 & SR 70)The 40 voices comprising this season’s choir represent singers from Thirteen local churches who began rehearsing in February. Composer, Concert Pianist, Director of Music & Arts at Good Shepherd United Methodist, West Palm Beach and Special Guest Accompanist, Frank Carter, Composed his second Easter Cantata, Christ Arose! Especially for the Okeechobee Community Choir!Soloists: Chris Askeland, Betsy Cheney, George Clement, Bobby & Debby Huntley, Lonnie Kirsch, Sue Kohltfarber, Tommy Markham, Allen Patterson, Cameron Patterson, Elsie Ratliff, Leah Suarez, Victoria Williams and Mike Zierden. Special Guest Soloist: Joseph McColly, trumpet, Good Shepherd UM Frank Carter, Accompanist Nicolle Wood, Narrator Sheila Brown, Sound Love Offering Will Be Taken to Defer Advertising Expenses. Questions? Call 634-7714 10 Okeechobee News March 25, 2012 By Mickie AndersonUnviversity of Florida GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Iron is a key mineral for human health. Too much of it in y our body—or too little—can lead to major health problems. University of Florida researchers have discovered that an iron-absorption process thought to happen only within cell membranes can also happen within the interior of iron-de cient rodents’ intestinal cells. The nding suggests there is at least one unidenti ed protein involved in iron absorption, and that it may help maintain proper iron levels in the blood by mediating iron extraction from the diet. The scientists, led by Institute of Food and A gricultural Sciences faculty member James F. Collins, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition who specializes in molecular and biochemical aspects of nutrition, recently published their ndings online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Iron absorption in humans is still a somew hat mysterious process, but Collins said the team hopes its ndings can someday be used to alleviate suffering from iron-related health problems. “Understanding exactly how the process w orks could reveal therapeutic targets where one could modulate the process of iron absorption,” he said. “You could potentially give somebody iron and they would absorb it better or you could block the process in conditions of iron-overload.” From the time you sit down for a nice steak or a big spinach salad, your body’s process for handling and dispersing that iron is a complicated one, to say the least. Once iron reaches the intestines, it must go through a reduction process so that it can be absorbed by intestinal cells. Then it must be modi ed again, through a process called oxidation, so that it can bind to a protein in the blood plasma called transferrin, which delivers the iron to cells throughout the body. A protein called hephaestin that is contained in intestinal cell membranes is part of the oxidation process that allows iron to be transported into the circulatory system. But the mutant mice the scientists studied didn’t have hephaestin, yet they were able to survive and had only mild iron deciency indicating that hephaestin was important but not absolutely necessary for iron absorption. “So we hypothesized that there’s something else going on there. And that’s what we’ve done in this paper, we’ve described an activity—we can’t ascribe it to a single protein yet—so we’ve described another potentially important player in this process,” Collins said. Greg Anderson of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and a widely known expert in iron metabolism, was not part of the study, although one of his graduate students is one of the paper’s co-authors. “The implications of this work are considerable,” he wrote in an e-mail. “The Collins work helps us to understand the main regulatory step in iron absorption, the movement of iron from the cells lining the small intestine and into the circulatory system. If we can understand this process in detail, we may be able to design therapeutic interventions that can alter how much iron you absorb, by either decreasing it or increasing it.” Collins said his lab will continue the National Institutes of Health-funded study, by working to separate and identify proteins in intestinal cells, track their activity, and pinpoint the one that is doing the iron-absorption work in mice lacking hephaestin. The research team included Perungavur Ranganathan, a biochemist and IFAS research assistant scientist (whom Collins credited as making the observation that led to their initial hypothesis); Yan Lu, a UF doctoral student in nutritional sciences, and Brie Fuqua, a doctoral student at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia. UF researchers’ ndings shed light on iron-absorption Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corps, (MRC) The Okeechobee MRC is hosting two open house dates—choose your date! Come learn how you can assist after an emergency. MRC Orientation Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 26. Open House 1 Dixon–Hendry Campus Monday, April 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to Brian Sell, 863-462-5865 Open House 2 Dixon–Hendry Campus April 14, Saturday, 9 –10 a.m. Please R.S.V.P. to Brian Sell, 863-462-5865 Orientation Meeting Dixon–Hendry Campus, Thursday, April 26, Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to Brian Sell, 863-462-5865. Learn to assist in emergency situations Open House planned


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Grab your shing rods and tackle box. It's almost time April 7 to take advantage of the rst of four license-free shing days scheduled for this summer in Florida, according to Gov. Rick Scott, who highlighted the good news at today's Cabinet meeting in Tallahassee. The days are perfect chances for parents, w ho don't yet have a license, to take youth shing, or for avid anglers to introduce a friend to the recreational pursuit without having to purchase a license. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) spread out the opportunities this year so more people will be able to head for their favorite lakes and rivers or saltwater destinations on designated days. Instead of providing one weekend for freshwater shing and one weekend for saltwater shing, the Commissioners decided at their meeting in February to break up the days. You won't need a recreational shing license on the special days listed below. Florida residents and non-residents, mark these Saturdays on your calendar for 2012: April 7 Freshwater; June 2 Saltwater; June 9 Freshwater; Sept. 1 Saltwater The April 7 date occurs during a productive freshwater shing period when the weather is usually comfortable. To make your free shing day successful, check out MyFWC.com/Fishing for shing tips, locations and rules. Those who venture out may discover why Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World and feel as if they are part of the sport's business engine that propels a $7.5 billion economic impact and sustains 80,000 jobs. Fishing, however, is much more than a money-generating sport. Nature-based recreation can make people happier and healthier. And it's fun and relaxing. Plus it is Easter weekend, and many people like to ll the weekend with a variety of activities with family or friends. The June 2, free saltwater shing day coincides with the rst weekend of Gulf red snapper season and National Fishing and Boating Week, which means there will be lots of other related activities going on too. The June 9, date for freshwater shing also coincides with the last day of National Fishing and Boating Week. Last year, 38 states had at least one license-free shing day during this annual event. Sept. 1 is the Saturday of Labor Da y Weekend, when lots of people have time to recreate and celebrate the traditional end-ofsummer holiday. In addition, bay scallops, lobster and snook will be open for harvest on this date. All other bag limit, season and size restrictions apply on these dates. The licensefree shing designation applies only to recreational shing, not commercial. Four license-free shing days will start on April 7 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 OCTOBERBABYMOVIE.NETPOWERFUL! OUTSTANDING!The must-watch movie of 2012.ŽDr. Dennis Rainey Host, FAMILYLIFETODAY EVERY LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL BRAHMAN THEATERS 3 1610 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee (863) 763-7202EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT STARTS FRIDAY, MARCH 23 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 12 Okeechobee News March 25, 2012 Slaughter cows & bulls were about $1 Higher after being off some last week. Calves w ere down last week but were steady with good demand this week. With short runs try to get here before it's too late! Driggers Jr. Lake Placid, topped the calf market with a high of $3.05, bought by Thomas Cattle. Arrow C Cattle, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of $95, bought by Brown Packing. Pete Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


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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. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 MLS #205578 • 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 • Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 1001-H: Oak Tree Place In town condominium conveniently close to everything. Porch just off the kitchen area. Seller very motivated to sell. Unit #10-G Make offer! $52,000 NOW $39,000 MLS #203425 3006-H: Treasure Island lake access. CBS and frame home with front & back screen porch. Whether you’re looking for a weekend retreat or a place to call home. $53,900 MLS #205626 5011-M: Four Seasons 2006, 2br/2ba MH on acre. Great location for east coast commuters! Fenced yard with 4 sheds, wooden front porch. Motivated seller, make an offer! $78,000 NOW $65,000 MLS #204129 3003-H: King’s Bay 2 Bd 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205169 3004-H: King’s Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, enclosed back porch and screened front porch, garage, appliance stay. HOA. Easy to show. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205168 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge Lake Access two story 3 bd/2 ba. Upstairs & downstairs kitchen, lg storage bldg, hurricane shutters, seawall, RV Prkg. 2,560 sq. ft. of living. Way too much to list! $399,000 NOW $349,000 MLS #204356 FORECLOSURE REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED 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. 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 POLISHED TO PERFECTION! 3 Bd/2Ba/ 2.5 Garage, CBS, 2501 SF Under Air ~ 3987 SF TLA. Bkfast bar & nook, FM Room w/ replace, Fabulous 500 SFMaster Suite ~Stained Glass Window over garden tub. Golf Course view-16x35 Screened Party Lanai. Kenetico Water System, Sparkling white kitchen, pantry.~ Home is wired for generator, Security System, intercom. BEST View of 1st Fairway. BEAUTY ABOUNDS. $177,000Over 100 Listings 15 Okeechobee News March 25, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two more people have been arrested for allegedly selling crack cocaine to undercover of cers during a street-level drug operation dubbed Operation Crackdown. Fifteen people have now been arrested as part of the operation spearheaded by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force. Arrested Thursday, March 22, were: Ricky L. Ford, 47, S.W. 128th Ave., Homestead; and A lexis Melinda Crowell, 21, N.W. Seventh St., Okeechobee. Ford was charged with one count sale of cocaine and one count possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Crowell was arrested on similar charges. Okeechobee County Jail records show that Ford is being held on $20,000 bond, w hile Crowell is being held on $15,000 bond. The operation actually started in 2011 w ith the bulk of the arrests, 13, being made Monday, March 19. The crack cocaine operation was being staged at the same time as another operation entitled Operation Pill Crusher, which was aimed at the street level sales of prescription medications. "We now have the manpower to run more than one operation at a time, and w e will continue to do so," said Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May in an interview shortly after the rst 13 were arrested. "There is absolutely no reason to sell cocaine. If you do, you will go to jail." One Okeechobee man has the unique distinction of being arrested in both undercover operations. Hubert Lee Jenkins, 34, N.W. Fifth St., was charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and two counts possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) when he was arrested last month in Operation Pill Crusher. He was arrested again in connection with Operation Crackdown and charged with the sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Of those arrested in the most recent roundup, Sheriff May said some may well end up in prison. "A lot of them have been in the drug business. We've arrested them and hoped they would get out of the business, but they didn't," he said. "Some of them will be going to prison for quite a while." The sheriff said several different agencies took part in these operations including the Okeechobee City Police Department, Glades County Sheriff's Of ce, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Sheriff May went on to add that these two investigations are continuing. Two more arrested in Operation Crackdown Alexis MelindaCrowell Ricky L. Ford County coalition to discuss lakeThe next meeting of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon will be held on Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom of the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St.


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Employment Medical Immediate Openings:• Dietary Supervisor: FT • Dietary Tech: PRN • Housekeeper: PRN • RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN • Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN • Occupational Therapist: PRN • Occupational Therapy Assistant: PRN • PBX Operator: PRN We offer competitive wages We offer competitive wages & excellent bene ts & excellent bene tsTo complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FLMA/CNA/LPN Exp, F/T, Excellent Bene ts, DFW Send resume to bdanley@wederm.com or fax 863 467-1123 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Employment Medical READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful! 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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 FurnitureLime 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/SuppliesFree retired Hunting labs to a GOOD HOME. Must have fenced in area. Please Call 772-778-2975 Wanted To BuyCASH 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 Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Call 863-634-7051 Farm Supplies/Srvcs WantedWANTED: 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. 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Yearly Lease. Call 502-468-5976. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Houses RentAFFORDABLE New Houses. 3/1/1 for $900, 3/2 for $1000. Large yards. Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. 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. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? 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Houses SaleCabana For Sale on Taylor Creek, with covered dock includes pontoon boat. $22,000. Call 863-697-6022 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 SaleFOR 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 Okeechobee, Florida, Northwest Addition Block 26. Lot #8, Lot #9, & Lot #10. Located on NW 3rd Street, corner lot on the city limit line and two adjoining lots. Three lots $39,500. Call 850.420.5997. 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 Mobile Home Rent$695 Steal 3/2 Furnished Double wide Built in 05, Mint Condition, City Water and Sewer. 1st, Last and Credit Check Call 863-801-1739 Mobile HomeSaleBANK 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 Mobile HomeSaleFor 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 PALM HARBOR HOMES Red Tag Sale Over 10 Stock Units Must Go. Save up to $35K 800-622-2832 ext 210 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/RVs36.6’ 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 RV Space RentRV Lot in Sportsman Village, Moore Haven. 55+, Clubhouse, Pool, Lots of Activities. Beautiful Large Lot $250 mo. Plus Electricity Call 239-218-6079 Fifth Wheels2006 King of the Road 5th Wheel, 3 axles, washer & dryer, ice maker, vacuum system, auto satellite locator. Price ? 618-727-2240 or 618-727-0279 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Vans1997 CHEVROLET ASTRO VAN White cargo-style van in good condition. Approx 145k miles. $2,000 /or best offer (863)801-6344 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticeOKEECHOBEE 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 NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION STATE OF FLORIDA, OFFICE OF FINANCIAL REGULATION DIVISION OF SECURITIES IN RE: DAVID KLEIN, CRD#2034286 NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION TO: David Klein 9244 NW 142nd Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Administrative Complaint has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Petitioner’s Attorney, Tobi Pam, Senior Attorney, whose address is Of ce of Financial Regulation, 200 East Gaines Street, Suite 604, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0372 on or before May 8, 2012 and le the original with the clerk of this agency either before service on Petitioner’s Attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint: Jan Council, Agency Clerk Of ce of Financial Regulation The Fletcher Building, Suite 526 101 East Gaines Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-0350 412620 ON 3/18,25;4/1,8/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SW 21st STREET DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT BID # 2012-10 CAS PROJECT NO: 00-0903-108D INVITATION TO BID Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners until 11:00 AM on April 20, 2012 at 304 NW 2nd Street Room 222 They will be publicly opened by the County Clerk or designee and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time speci ed will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on furnishing all materials, equipment, and labor for the SW 21ST STREET DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT; OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BID # 2012-10. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Speci cations and Contract Documents as prepared by Craig A. Smith & Associates and/or pertaining thereto, which may be examined at or obtained from: Engineer Craig A. Smith & Associates 7777 Glades Road, Suite 410 Boca Raton, FL 33434 Phone: (561) 314 4445; Fax: (561) 314 4457 Or Owner Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-6441 A non-refundable deposit of $125.00 will be required for each set of Construction Plans, Speci cations and Contract Documents. Checks are to be made payable to Craig A. Smith & Associates. Contract Documents can be obtained by express mail upon receipt of vendor’s check and express mail account number. Contract documents can also be downloaded at no cost at the following FTP site: ftp://mail.craigasmith.com Enter the following case sensitive username and password. Username: okecounty Password: choBEE321 At the FTP site, look for the Okeechobee County/SW 21st Street/ directory to locate the bid documents and plans. Bidders will con ne their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed to perform the work and services or quali ed by examination to be so licensed. Bidders who fail to include proper evidence of licensure will be considered non-responsive and their Bid will be discarded. Each bid must be submitted in TRIPLICATE (ONE ORIGINAL & TWO COPIES) and accompanied by an acceptable Bid Bond or Certi ed Check, in an amount equal to at least ve percent (5%) of the amount of the bid payable to the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners, as a guarantee that if the bid is accepted the bidder will execute the contract and le acceptable performance and payment surety bonds equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the award of contract. Contractors currently in default on a construction contract or currently in Litigation with Okeechobee County or another municipality may not submit a Bid Proposal for this Contract. Contractors submitting a bid under any of the circumstances mentioned will be rejected as being non-responsive. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after date set for opening of the bids. There will be a MANDATORY pre-bid conference on April 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 201, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Written questions shall be submitted to the Engineer no later than April 13, 2012 -3:00 PM. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities in any bid, and delete any portion of the project, whenever such action is in the interest of the Owner. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the speci cations, it is the bidder’s responsibility to seek clari cation from the Engineer. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the Owner. The Owner has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: “BID OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SW 21ST STREET DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT, County Bid # 2012-10, CAS PROJECT # 00-0903-108D” 413224 ON 3/25/2012 17 Okeechobee News March 25, 2012 Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. 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LAKE WORTH—A unique opportunity is available for ve college students or recent grads to explore the Everglades in-depth this summer, as a possible springboard for a future career in the protection of the River of Grass or a related eld. The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation 2012 Summer Intern Program is accepting applications through March 30. Interns will be selected by mid-April. The ve participants w ill join a prestigious eld of 43 other young adults who have graduated from the program since it was created in 2002. “This internship provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for motivated students,” said Nancy Marshall, President of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation. “Interns will explore the Everglades through eld trips, interactive participation in Everglades restoration w orkshops, attending an international conference on wetlands, and mentoring by distinguished leaders in the eld.” Participants will learn about the fundamentals of Everglades restoration including the history, watershed, ecology and politics. They will study speci c issues including env ironmental education, citizen involvement, the role of agriculture, and the key partner organizations implementing the restoration. The interns also conduct a group project. Keynote speakers include former Florida Senator Bob Graham; Lynn Scarlett, former deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior; Dr. Stuart Pimm, professor of conservation and ecology at Duke University; Dr. Hillary Swain, executive director of Archbold Expeditions; and Charlie Pelliza, manager of four national wildlife refuges in Florida. The intensive 11-week program is from May 18 to Aug. 4. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA; should be studying environmental science, law or a related eld; and should aspire to have a future career in environmental science or a related eld. A stipend is provided, although students are responsible for their housing. Based in Palm Beach County, the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation and Florida Environmental Institute is a champion for the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem through sciencebased education and outreach programs. Annually, more than 25,000 elementary and high school students in Palm Beach County actively participate in the Marshall Foundation’s various education programs. Founded in 1998, the nonpro t organization has in recent years awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships and internships, planted nearly 100,000 native Florida trees in wetland areas, and involved more than 5,000 volunteers in hands-on restoration projects. The Foundation is located in Lake Worth. For additional information, please call 561-233-9004, e-mail rebecca@artmarshall. com or visit www.artmarshall.org. The website includes an online application and more details of the program. Internship a summer class studies the River of Grass 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com 18 Okeechobee News March 25, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the week for the week of March 10: Sha’Myra Williams, Chaundrea Wing eld, Jorge Garcia, Darvin Juarez-Jeronimo, Zachary Marker, Michael Lippman, Talasia Rowe, Kalinah Luna, Maylin Campos, Daniel Hernandez, Sarahi Montoya, Jo’Niya Sewell, Jo’Navia Sewell, Patricia Dunn, Esmeralda Toribio, Juan Baltazar, Luiz Reynoso, Gerardo Baltazar, Kyle Detzer, Victor Salazar-Prado, Alexis Garcia, Jose Windham, Jonathan Thomas, Liberty Kuschel, Andrea Olvera and Joel Treadway.


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Theresa and Rossana were the speakers who talked to the Kiwanis members about CASTLE whose Mission Statement is “Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect through Education and Awareness” and they serve St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties. CASTLE offers parenting expertise through in-home counseling; monitored visitations; classes for rst time parents; parents who are divorcing; and for children who are experiencing the stress and confusion of divorce. CASTLE also honors the memory of children who have lost their lives in the State of Florida as a result of abuse and neglect with their Memory Flag Field – each ag holding a card bearing the name and age of a child who died as a result of abuse. They currently have an of ce at New Endeavor High School, but they are looking for a new of ce location as well as monetary donations. For more information, please visit www.castletc.org. Drs. 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