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Title: Okeechobee news
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 04-04-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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12.29 feetLast Year: 11.62 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level Wednesday, April 4, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 41 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Corps suspends lake releases ... Page 3 Teachers’ contract hearing planned ... Page 7 New Medicaid law could be costly for county ... Page 8 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Is the county getting its money’s worth from Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina? Could improvements be made to increase revenue? Why haven’t the 133 storm damaged camping spots that are unusable been repaired? These are all questions that have been raised concerning the campground. A large portion of Okee-Tantie is still unusable due to the hurricanes of 2004. While there was insurance money to pay for some of the damages at the park, there was no insurance on the camping areas. According to county administrator Robbie Chartier, underground utilities for campgrounds are not insurable. Tha t is why the county unsuccessfully sought fund s from FEMA. Mrs. Chartier went on to say that FEM A would not accept claims for undergroun d utilities. She also said that FEMA claimed th e Funding for Okee-Tantie decreasingSee OKEE-TANTIE — Page 14 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi PooleHigh School RodeoThe Okeechobee High School rodeo team did well in the March rodeos in Williston and Okeechobee. The 2012 rodeo team, members are: Raylee Holmes, Mason Craig, Ashton Rogers, Justin Mills, Makenzie Tomlinson, Josh Lea, Acealyn Youngblood, Austen Holmes, Josie Stratton, Trevor Nelson, Allyson Trimble, Jerrod Sparks, Shiloh Anuez and Nat Stratton. Not pictured are: Josh Keese and Dalton Boney. For more, see page 7. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaBradley Narlock, 47, of Evart, Mich., was attempting to turn left in this 2005 Kia Tuesday morning on S.R. 70 about one quarter mile east of the Kissimmee River Bridge when it was struck by a tractor-trailer. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, a bicyclist was killed near the Kissimmee River bridge as the result of a truck car collision. The deceased man was identi ed as Joe Sibley, 77, of Okeechobee. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Bradley Narlock, 40, of Evart, Mich., was driving a 2005 Kia Optima westbound on S.R. 70 about one quarter mile west of the Kissimmee River Bridge. Jennifer Narlock, 47, also of Evart, Mich., was a passenger. The FHP report stated Mr. Narlock attempted to turn left. Roderick Nielson, 47, of Okeechobee, was driving a 1994 Mack semi tractor-trailer in the westbound lane behind the Kia. Ryan Nielson, 15, was his passenger. The FHP report stated that Mr. Nielson tried to pass the KIA. The truck struck the left front of the car and the truck driver apparently lost control, and traveled onto the Bicyclist killed in accident near Kissimmee River bridgeSee CRASH — Page 14 Florida has free shing day ... Page 13

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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 EF rid a y ,O c to b e r 2 8 ,2 0 1 1 S up pl e m en t t o t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s, A u g u s t 1 7 2 0 11D D r r . F F r r e e d d B r r o 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 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 Ba ck C o v e r f o r G i ft C e rt i f i c a te 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 rti s i n g S p o ns o r 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 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 3 Okeechobee News A pril 4, 2012 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has suspended additional releases of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River, due to falling lake levels and dry conditions. The Corps has conducted a series of pulse releases since the middle of December in an attempt to offset the rising salt-water content, or salinity, in the Caloosahatchee Estuary. Now, with the lake level dropping below 12.6 feet, and dry conditions in the forecast, the Corps suspended the water releases under provisions outlined in the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (2008 LORS). “The Corps strives to maintain the lake between 12.5 and 15.5 feet, while balancing all competing demands,” said John Kilpatrick, Chief of the Jacksonville District’s Multi-Project Branch, which has oversight of water management at the lake, “because the tributary hydrologic condition indicator is currently classi ed as dry, the South Florida Water Management District’s adaptive protocols suggest no releases this week. Monday, the lake stage was at 12.32 feet. While the lake is currently within the Bene cial Use Sub-Band of the 2008 LORS, it is only 0.64 feet above the water shortage management level. The Corps and partner agencies will continue to closely monitor and assess system conditions. 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 suspends water releases to Caloosahatchee Euchre Club of Okeechobee needs playersThe Euchre Club of Okeechobee needs players! Even if you haven’t played euchre in a while, but want to brush up or learn, consider coming to the club sessions. Call John for more information at 863-357-0803. The club plays on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW on Hwy. 441 SE. Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. South wind between 5 and 10 mph. Wednesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastThursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south southeast between 10 and 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind around 5 mph. Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. West southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Friday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. West wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast

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Power Pole Slam It was a great time. There was a lot of outside money spent in Okeechobee the ent ire week by all involved. It’s a shame that t hey most likely won’t be back, that is, unless we get some good wet hurricanes this y ear that devastate the area, but, replace all t he water being pumped out.  What the shermen come here for is of course, the shing. And the low water levels are actually good for the sheries. It gives them lots of good places to spawn. It’s harder to get the boats in the lake, but the shing in good. To keep the tournaments c oming here, even when the water is low, w e just need to make sure that the ramps are long enough so they can get the boats in the water. Considering how much money t he shermen bring to this area, I think any necessary improvements to the boat ramps are a worthwhile investment.Parenting I see moms/dads cursing at their children, telling them they are stupid, to just s hut up, and even slapping them. This is unacceptable. I know it is frustrating being a parent. I have an autistic toddler, and somet imes it is hard. Do you not realize the harm y ou are causing your children? As parents we are the ones to set an example of how you are supposed to behave. I know sometimes t hings are out of our control, but it is time t hat parents stop making excuses for poor parenting and give our children a chance at growing up to become a good person. You are not your child’s friend. You are the parent. Start acting like it. Love your children bec ause that is what they deserve. They did not ask to be brought into this world. So please I b eg you, love and cherish your children.  I know for a fact there were a few times in my life where I deserved a slap from my mom... and she gave ’em to me.  Last week I watched a young mother and three children at a store .. and I’m not saying the children didn’t deserve correcting because they were running around like yard apes, poking their ngers in the meat wrappers, dragging their hands along the shelves, etc. Hard cussing usually doesn’t offend me and I try to take it with a grain of salt as I understand this is a form of language/expression for many people .. and it’s not for me to correct their speech .. HOWEVER, the difference with this mother was she was not only making a worse spectacle out of herself than the children were by her LOUD mouth but she was cussing “at” the children, not just cussing out of frustration, and I see a huge difference here. Would I call the cops? Only if I saw her slap a child to the point she knocked him down .. then I’m probably gonna say something and from there she will set the tone with me as to what happens next.  It is a ne line. If I thought the parent actually hurt the child, I would call the cops. But a well-placed swat on the backside of a kid who is not behaving is sometimes the only way to get their attention.  The sad thing is when kids are badly behaved in public, it is because they are not getting the guidance and attention they need at home. Parents need to be parents all the time—not the kid’s “friend” or buddy. If one of our kids speaks to an adult in a disrespectful way even at home, they are called on the carpet immediately to apologize or else there will be consequences such as removal of a video game system, no TV, no use of the phone, etc.Media It looks to me like the news folks are trying to start a war in this country.  The news media tries to make the news, not report it.  Yeah, it is ALL the fault of that secular, liberal media ‘Cause it’s not like some teenager actually got chased down and killed for “walking while black” and being armed with a bag of skittles.Police news FRAUDS YOU’RE THE BIG WINNER! (Yah, right) I keep seeing these by mail, email and phone. We want to know about any and all that you would like to share. At least call us (the police) and let us know what’s happening. It may not open a case, but it tells me what to share with the media so people are informed. If you have a monetary loss, the police need to know about it so we can open a case and at least try to help you. Bassmaster Elite/WaterFest F.U.N. EventFrom the initial announcement that B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society) had scheduled the rst ever Bassmaster Elite Series premier bass shing tournament, not only for Okeechobee County, but on Lake Okeechobee, the excitement kept mounting. Providing a complimentary event for the public with the local activities of the WaterFest F.U.N. (Families Understanding Nature) in conjunction with the tournament, escalated into the biggest event that has ever taken place at C. Scott Driver Park. It now is the time to recap a few special moments and thank all that contributed to making this event a success. To the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners, Administration and Tourist Development Council Board for the long commitment to our shing and outdoor sports industry along with understanding what hosting this professional organization would bring to this community. Angler’s Meeting: Okeechobee KOA and staff for providing the meeting facility and accommodating the B.A.S.S. staff needs. Golden Corral for the elegant service of food and beverages for the Angler’s Social. WaterFest F.U.N. Partners and dedicated volunteers: Food O.L. Raulerson, Jr. Memorial BBQ Cook-Off, Kotula Funnel Cakes & Lemonade, Bubba’s Redneck Yacht Club Mexican Food. Activities: Big “O” Teen Anglers, Coast Guard, South Florida Water Management District, Butch’s Redneck Yacht Club, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Florida Forestry Service, Florida Wildlife Commission, Okeechobee Airboat Association, Adam Bryant Memorial Minimal Regatta, Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, Okeechobee Main Street, 4H Sharp Shooters, Hooked-Up with Steve and Deb Show, Billy Dean/WOKC & staff and all the O.L. Raulerson, Jr. Memorial BBQ Cook-Off Contestants and judges. Support Team and Service Providers: Okeechobee County staff from Facilities Maintenance, Road Department and Okee-Tantie Campground for making this facility shine. Century Link for assisting above and beyond to assure that B.A.S.S. had the service they needed for this Okeechobee event to be broadcast via live leader boards, live streaming and photo posting on the web. Teresa Chandler, Waste Management for arranging and providing the trash dumpster. John Gurney, Workforce Board for assisting staf ng needs for B.A.S.S. and their sponsors. John Glenn, Okeechobee Cracker Cowboy Experience for the terri c tram to bring our visitors from the parking areas. To Sheriff May and staff, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department, the list of thanks is endless. From the wonderful COPS (Citizen’s On Patrol), Sheriff’s Posse, Search and Rescue thank you for all your hours of service and being part of this event. WOKC and Okeechobe e News for working with B.A.S.S. for local promotion needs. When you plan an event, no matter how long you plan, it is inevitable that something may no t go exactly as planned. An example from this event was a storm with approximately 40-50 mph winds two hours before the biggest activity of the nal day. You know when you hav e the greatest Partners when everyone pitches in, gets through the unplanned mess and assists to make sure that the nal show did go on and at the scheduled time. I wanted to share with the community how much that meant to ou r guests. After the event was over and tear down of the event began, Erik, B.A.S.S. Director o f Event Operations, and I were discussing ho w fast and furious the storm was, how thankful no one was injured and how wonderful th e conclusion of the event was. Erik then commented on how impressed they have been throughout the entire event on how much help they have received and assistance getting things back together after the storm. Guess I didn’t ac t surprised as that is what we all do, because Eri k stated, “You don’t understand, that doesn’t happen everywhere. We go places and that would not have happened. They would have either lef t or stood there and watched us try to pull it bac k together.” Thank You to all that helped to sho w these visitors and now our friends the best par t of Okeechobee.....our people. To conclude, there are just a few more individuals that need to be acknowledged for thei r endless dedication to this event. From rst announcement that the Elite Series was coming to Okeechobee and the rst phone calls to plan the WaterFest, Steve & Deb Daniels, Billy Dean, Undersheriff Noel Stephens and Sgt. Keith Stripling have gone above, and beyond assisting m e in accommodating the entire staff from B.A.S.S. and ESPN to assure we had done everything w e could so that they will return to Okeechobe e County. That is the nal and ultimate goal on the event planning list.....that our guests return. Thank you to my “Behind The Scenes” support person, my husband, Hank. I know you don’t like public recognition, but you deserv e it. Thank you for helping me with whatever I needed, but most importantly for the neve r ending moral support and encouragement tha t you give me. Last but certainly not least, to all that attended the event throughout the fou r days. You con rmed to B.A.S.S., ESPN and th e WaterFest Participants that all their efforts wer e appreciated. Thank you everyone for helping make my wish come true The Bassmaster Elite Series/WaterFest F.U.N. event was a success for Okeechobee County! Kathy Scott Okeechobee County Tourism Coordinator Wednesday, April 4, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!

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Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 5 Okeechobee News A pril 4, 2012 National public health weekNationwide, health care costs are rising, w ith more than $2.3 billion spent in 2008, up 300 percent from 1990 according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In many cases, these costs are increasing because preventive measures are not being taken to eliminate future costs. Each year, chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are responsible for millions of premature deaths and cause A mericans to miss 2.5 billion days of work, resulting in lost productivity totaling more than $1 trillion. (Kessler, Greenberg, Mickelson, Meneades & Wang, 2007) We are met with a real and growing public health problem. If we fail to embrace prev entive measures to limit disease and early death, the toll, measured in lives lost and health care dollars spent, is only going to get w orse in the years to come. Small actions are needed in communities, homes and families to realize the large bene ts of preventive care and grow the movement. Everyone has a role to play, and each action, no matter how small, can make a big difference in a community. Okeechobee County residents can make a real difference in our community by committing to healthier behaviors for themselves, their children and families. We need to recognize we can improve public health by focusing on small changes to our daily routine. If Americans did the simple things exercised more frequently, had healthier diets, avoided alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, practiced proper hand-washing and food preparation, practiced safe sex and provided proper treatment to those suffering from mental illnesses we could dramatically reduce the burden of disease and death. For example, reducing foodborne illness by just 10 percent would keep about 5 million Americans from getting sick each year. (Morris, 2001) Cigarette smoking, which is the most common form of tobacco use, causes approximately 443,000 deaths and costs about $96 billion in medical expenditures and $97 billion in productivity losses in the United States each year. (Adhikari, Kahende, Malarcher, Pechacek & Tong, 2008) From eating less fatty and unhealthy foods to enacting smoke-free policies that improve air quality and protect individuals from secondhand smoke, we can all make a difference in helping people live healthier and longer lives. We can't make signi cant improvements unless all Americans play a part in creating a healthier nation. That means everyone needs to take small steps to improve the well-being and health of their own communities. It is time we shift our paradigm from being a nation that cares for the sick to one that encourages preventive measures to improve our nation's health. The American Public Health Association (APHA) is encouraging all Americans to work together to make small changes to their lives to help prevent chronic diseases and communicable diseases to create a healthier A merica., APHA recognizes National Public Health Week (April 2 -8), as an opportunity to empower our families, friends, neighbors, and perhaps most importantly, ourselves to live healthier lives. Join me in working to make Okeechobee County a healthier place to live, work and raise a family. Take a moment and make just one positive change a day that will help you live a healthier life. These seemingly small actions can have a big impact when they're spread throughout an entire family, community and nation. Increasing awareness on how to live longer lives is the rst step in helping us create a healthier nation but there is more you can do beyond taking these actions. Raise awareness of the importance of taking preventive measures within your community during National Public Health Week. Your community will be healthier and happier as a result. For more information about National Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org. Erin Hess Administrator County Health Of cer Okeechobee County Health Department Adapted from National Public Health Week, American Public Health Association (2012)Coalition in need of supportI am writing you on behalf of the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition. We are a not for pro t (501 C3) organization that has been in existence since 2004. Our Mission is to coordinate Okeechobee County's efforts in keeping KIDS DRUG and ALCOHOL FREE. The Substance Abuse Coalition is made up of concerned parents and grandparents as well as staff from education, substance abuse and mental health, religious, business, media, law enforcement and people who work with our youth and children. The Coalition is currently engaged in a fundraiser we call "The Chobee Idol Contest" on April 21, at the Shrine Club from 6-11 p.m. We are looking for sponsorships from the community to help defray the costs for this event. The proceeds from this event will help us continue our work with the N.O.P.E. program this year as well as purchase materials needed to make Okeechobee an "asset building community" for our youth. We ask you and/or your organization to consider the following levels of sponsorship. Bronze Sponsor $50 Announcement(s) with fellow sponsors throughout the event. Hanging appropriate signage from your organization at the event. Listing as a sponsor in the Coalition newsletter and other promotions. Silver Sponsorship $100 Announcement(s) with fellow sponsors throughout the event. Listing on Event Sponsor Board all summer long. Hanging appropriate signage from your organization at the event. Listing as a sponsor in Coalition newsletter and other promotions. Recognition in coalition summer marketing and promotions events. Gold Sponsorship $250 Announcement(s) with fellow sponsors throughout the event. Listing on Event Sponsor Board all summer long. Hanging appropriate signage from your organization at the event. Listing as a sponsor in Coalition newsletter and other promotions. Recognition in coalition summer marketing and promotions events. Personalized sponsorship banner in prominent display at the event. I ask that you and/or your organization join us in this fundraising effort at whatever level you can. Any amount that you can give would be deeply appreciated and your donation is tax deductible. Please feel free to contact us at: Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition 11655 Hwy 441 S.E., Okeechobee FL 34974 863-7639800 Email: okeehope@hotmail.com. Please make your check payable to Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition and mail to the address written above. We look forward to working with you to educate youth in our community about the dangers of drugs. Thank you for your support, it is greatly appreciated! Frank Whiting, Director Okeechobee Substance Abuse CoalitionGiving credit where credit is dueWe at the Church of God of Prophecy would like to take the opportunity to thank a local couple for their generosity and love for this community. Each week our church feeds approximately 50-60 families here in Okeechobee. These families know that they can only come once a month. That averages 200-300 families a month. We have been having a problem nding canned food for these families. One of our regulars met Bruce and Maryann Swinford. Each Wednesday she picks up bread and pastries from Bruce and Maryann to help feed our families. She spoke to Maryann about the problem we had in getting canned goods. Maryann in return found a way to help us. When Maryann called and said that she had some canned goods for us we praised God. But to our surprise she had an abundance to donate. If you have not met Bruce and Maryann, stop and take time to get to know them. The work that they do for our community through Big Lake Missions Outreach is unbelievable. Not only do they help their own clients, they are always there to help other organizations. So, to Bruce and Maryann, we thank you fro the bottom of our hearts. May the Lord bless you both. You are a blessing to many here in Okeechobee. Again, we give you two thanks and praise for your hard work and dedication to our community. God Bless Pastor Mike Blevis Church of God of Prophecy Okeechobee Letters to the Editor

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Hospice hosts monthly yard saleHospice of Okeechobee will be having their next yard sale on April 4 and 5 Hospice of Okeechobee is currently having w eekly Grief and Loss Groups, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.Living with Diabetes presentation plannedLiving With Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community, 203 S.E. Second St., on Wednesday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. The presentation will be given in the Center’s Activities Room. This seminar is offered by the V isiting Nurses Association.Healthy Start Coalition to meetThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, April 4 at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th St. within the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries 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.Erma Lee Hazellief McGee, 87OKEECHOBEE — Erma Lee Hazellief McGee, of Okeechobee entered into heaven Friday, Mar. 30, 2012 surrounded by her family and her pastor. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Lester McGee; her father, Wilbur Hazellief; her mother, Carrie Thomas Hazellief; her son, Donald McGee; her great grandson, Robert Ford; and son-inlaw David Davis, Sr. She is survived by her daughters, Myrna Davis and Gretha Ford of Okeechobee; eight grandchildren, David Davis, Jr. (Amy) of Clermont, Fla., Joey Davis (Angela) of Okeechobee, Fla., J eannie Duff (Dereck) of McDonald, Tenn., Chuck Ford (Sara), Scott Ford all of Okeechobee, Fla., Steve McGee of Jacksonville, Fla., Tony a Ammon (Kevin) of Ohio, Les McGee of Okeechobee, Fla.; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Emma Lou Simmons of Oviedo, Fla., and Gertrude Padgett Thomas of Okeechobee, Fla.; and a host of nieces and nephews, including Melody Stroud who helped in the care of her Aunt Erma Lee in her nal months. Visitation was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012 with services at 11 a.m. at the Church of God of Okeechobee, 301 NE 4th AVE, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Pastor Mark Smith of ciated. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972 Rosita Reyna Martinez, 63OKEECHOBEE — Rosita Reyna Martinez of Okeechobee died Friday, Mar. 30, 2012 in Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Martinez was born Dec. 23, 1948 to Belen and Rita C. Reyna in Little Rock, Ark. She moved to Okeechobee in 1993 from West Palm Beach and was a homemaker. She was a member of the St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church and the Juan 23. She is preceded in death by her father, Belen Reyna. She is survived by her loving husband, Gumercindo Jesus Martinez; daughter, Jovita (Mauricio) Hernandez; sons, Gumercindo Martinez, Jr., Valentine Martinez; grandchildren, Vivianna Martinez, Alexis Villalpando, Justina Lirain Martinez, Valek Martinez, Valentine Martinez, Jr., Jessie Arthur Martinez, Mark Russelburg, Angel Alvarez all of Okeechobee. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 5-7:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. with Father Lorenzo Gonzales of ciating in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News April 4, 2012 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Buckhead Ridge VFW Auxiliary plans dinnerBuckhead Ridge VFW Ladies Auxiliary 9528 will have a Wednesday night dinner on Wednesday, April 4, starting at 5 p.m. They will serve open face roast beef, potatoes, carrots and dessert. The event is open to the public. Any questions please call the post at 863-467-2882.Eagles North to host bingo On Wednesday, April 4, Eagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have bingo starting At 4:30 p.m. It’s always a blast, Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund.Lodge to hold sh fryOkeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237, at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will hold a traditional sh fry, on Friday, April 6 from 4–7 p.m. Eat in or take out. Donation: $8 adult, $4 children under 10 (child’s plate not available for take out). For ticket information, contact any lodge of cer or George Williams at 863-4670038.Eagles North host steak nightThe North Eagles Aerie, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host steak night on Friday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. Music will be by those fantastic Harpers. Wear your dancing shoes, and bring your appetite. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund.Cypress Eagles to host dinner Friday, April 6 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles, will be serving Steak $12, Fish $8 or Shrimp $12 Dinners. Music by: LISA. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public welcome.Brat Club plans Teen DanceThe Building Relationships Among Teens (BRAT) Club will host a Teen Dance Party on Saturday, April 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave. The party is open to ages 12 to 16. Cost is $7, and includes music, games, pizza, soda and chips. For more information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Eggstravaganza plannedCome and enjoy the 4th annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 7 at the Rec Park at 350 NW 6th Ave (between Los Cocos and the Skate Park). Egg hunt for three separate age groups starts at 11 a.m. There will be ree games and treats following hunt. Bring your own basket.Home Depot hosts Easter Egg huntThe Okeechobee Home Depot will have a FREE Easter Egg Hunt in the Garden department on Saturday, April 7 a 9 a.m. with a free Kids Workshop to follow. 2700 U.S .441 S, Okeechobee.Cypress Eagles to host Birthday BashSaturday, April 7 from 5-9 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles is having their April Birthday Bash. Music By Maureen. Polluch Fish Dinner $5. All proceed go to Communit y Charity Fund. Public Welcome.Easter services plannedThe Okeechobee Ministerial Association will host an Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Lock 7 Pier (where U.S. 441 meets State Road 78). The services will include congregational singing and special music by the Okeechobee Communit y Choir Men’s Quartet. Donations will be accepted for Faith Farm ministries. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, coffee and hot chocolate.BHR VFW hosting dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post on State Road 78 West will host an Easter dinner on Sunday, April 8 from noon to 4 p.m. The menu will include ham, sweet potatoes, peas with new carrots and dessert. The VF W asks for a $7 per person donation to bene t veterans’ projects. The public is invited. For more information, call 863-467-2882. The VFW will also hold ve-card bingo at 5 p.m.Christian Business Breakfast plannedChristian Business Breakfast, every other Monday at the Hampton Inn, 8 a.m., breakfast only $5. Come meet some new friends and enjoy the Bible study with Brandon Tucker leading. It’s a great way to start the week! Next one will be Monday, April 9 Community Events

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The Okeechobee High School rodeo team traveled to compete in Williston on Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4. The Florida High School Rodeo Association had a great turn out of support from the community despite the torrential downpour of rain. The Okeechobee rodeo team placed as follows: On Saturday, March 3, (slack and performance combined), Justin Mills placed rst in Bareback Riding and second in SaddleBronc Riding. Josh Keese placed rst in Steer Wrestling. Allyson Trimble placed seventh in Breakaway Roping and 10th in Team Roping-Healer. Jarrod Sparks placed eighth in Team Roping-Header. Nat Stratton placed rst in SaddleBronc Riding and eighth in Team Roping-Healer. Makenzie Tomlinson placed 10th in Team Roping-Header. On Sunday, March 4, Justin Mills placed rst in Bareback Riding. Josh Lea placed seventh in Team RopingHealer. Josh Keese placed fourth in Steer Wrestling. Dalton Boney placed third in Tie Down Roping and seventh in Team RopingHeader. Jarrod Sparks placed fourth in Team Roping-Header. Nat Stratton placed rst in Saddle Bronc Riding and fourth in Team Roping-Healer. The team competed in Okeechobee on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25. The competition is getting more intense as there is only one rodeo left of the season (Kissimmee) to be able to place in the top 15. After the Kissimmee rodeo, the top 15 in each event will come back here to Okeechobee to compete in the State Finals. The Okeechobee High School rodeo team would like to thank all of those in attendance for supporting our team by visiting our concession stand, participating in the silent auction, and entering to win an Ice Kool cooler. The silent auction winners were: The Trimble's, Kevin Rogers, The Bateman's, and Peggie Grace. The winner of the Ice Kool cooler was Bob Jarriel. Thank you again for supporting our youth! The Okeechobee Rodeo Team placed as follows: On Saturday, March 24 Justin Mills tied for rst place in BareBack Riding. Allyson Trimble placed sixth in Team RopingHealer. Jarrod Sparks placed rst in Team Roping-Header and ninth in Tie Down Roping. Nat Stratton placed rst in Team RopingHealer. Makenzie Tomlinson placed sixth in Team Roping-Header. On Sunday, March 25, Josh Keese placed rst in Team Roping-Healer, second in Steer Wrestling, and seventh in Tie Down Roping. Nat Stratton placed ninth in Tie Down Roping. The rest of the season schedule is: April 14 and 15 Kissimmee; May 3, 4, 5, & 6 State Finals in Okeechobee. The public is invited to attend any of these rodeos to help support and cheer on these hard working young men and women. OHS rodeo team competes in Williston and Okeechobee 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 7 Okeechobee News A pril 4, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board set a hearing date for April 18, at 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus to decide the contract impasse between the school system and their teachers when they met for a special meeting Monday night. Negotiations between the school of cials and members of the Okeechobee County Educators Association continued on Monday night and negotiators were hopeful some of the issues could be resolved before the scheduled impasse hearing. School of cials retained Attorney John McClure to represent them at the hearing. He said several school systems have declared impasses with the union this year due to the new job performance evaluations mandated by the state. Union members said they expect a huge turnout of teachers at the hearing and suggested the school board meeting room would be too small to handle the crowd. Mr. McClure presented an agenda that was used by the Highlands County School Board during a 2009 impasse hearing. The format included time for introductory remarks, and blocks of equal time for the school system and union representatives to argue the issues. In Okeechobee there could be up to eight issues considered by the school board including salary and the job performance review. The board opted not to allow public comment at the hearing. Board member Gay Carlton was the only one to question that policy. The public will be allowed to view the hearing as it is a public meeting. Chairperson Kelly Owens said the board is fully aware of how the employees feel on the issue and expressed con dence the union members could explain their positions adequately. The board was unanimous in their decision to consider each item separately. Each side was told to present written briefs on the issues that will be considered at the hearing. Teachers’ contract impasse hearing planned Flower card sale bene ts Northside Headstart preschoolNorthside Headstart a pre-school for 3-4 year olds, located at 1798 N.W. 9th Ave., is currently selling Flower Cards to raise funds for supplies and equipment. Flower Cards may be purchased for $20 each. A Flower Card allows the purchaser to go in to Pat's Floral, located at 300 N. Parrott Ave., once a month for an entire year and get a free bouquet of owers! Not only is that 12 bouquets of owers for $20 but you are also supporting local children in early education. A great gift idea for Mother's day, it's a gift that will keep giving all year! For more information or to purchase a Flower Card call Christina Santibanez at 863-357-8677. Summer employers needed for local youth jobs programWorkforce Solutions is seeking employers for summer work experiences that will begin April 23. Private, non-pro t and public companies are urged to pledge short-term, meaningful work experiences for youth participants. Youth are compensated at no cost to the company and workers' compensation will be covered. Work experiences are 32 hours per week for a period of four to twelve weeks. Career Planners will be assigned to each participating youth to monitor progress and manage payroll. An informational meeting providing an overview of the program will be held at Workforce Solutions, 209 S.W. Park Street on Wednesday, April 11, at 2 p.m. For more information prior to the meeting, call 772-408-1260, ext. 524 or email to drew@ tcjobs.org. Spring softball registration and signup is now openParks & 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.

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Anyone interested in learning more about adoption is encouraged to join the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Div ision at our monthly Adoption Orientation session. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26, 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 overv iew of foster care adoption and answer all questions related to adoption and CHS’ adoption process. To RSVP or for more information, contact Children’s Home Society’s Adoption Information Line at 772-429-2001. Interested in adoption? 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 8 Okeechobee News April 4, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A new law could end up costing the county thousands of dollars. On Thursday, March 29, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 5301 into law. This legislation withholds counties’ half cent sales tax distribution in future years to pay past disputed Medicaid bills. “I am not denying the county owes money,” said county administrator Robbie Chartier, “and we will pay what we owe.” However, she went on say, “They send us bills that don’t meet their criteria for payment.” She said that for 2007 Medicaid payments the county’s position is that they owe $37,000 while the state says the county owes $100,000. For Okeechobee County Medicaid payments to the state would jump from $319,815 in scal year 2010/11 to an estimated $688,369 in scal year 2012/13. In Okeechobee the problem is compounded by the fact that many people in Buckhead Ridge and other areas just outside the county have Okeechobee County addresses because their mail comes through the Okeechobee Post Of ce. Disputed Medicaid bills from those areas would be billed to Okeechobee County. Another problem is Medicaid claims with only a post of ce box number for an address. According to Mrs. Chartier state of cials are not supposed to accept claims with only a post of ce box. Those claims are often sent back to the county for payment. “It’s like the waiter taking your check card before showing you the bill,” Leon County Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi said in a press release. “To say we’re disappointed would be an understatement,” Chris Holley, Florida Association of Counties Executive Director, said in press release. “This bill represents the worst kind of body blow to taxpayers. Rather than correcting Tallahassee’s error-ridden Medicaid billing system, HB 5301 codi es it and leaves the local taxpayers with the bill.” Mrs. Chartier also expressed the opinion that the billing system needs to be changed. However, things may not be as bad as they seem. In a letter to the secretary of state concerning his signing of the bill the governor acknowledged the concern this bill has caused among the counties. He went on to write: ”The counties do not want to be obligated to pay claims for which they are not responsible. To that end, I have pledged to the counties that the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and my staff will work diligently with them to verify that any billings for which counties are charged are accurate and valid. Starting this week, AHCA will be travelling to all 67 counties to discuss all open issues with the billing process.” New Medicaid law could be costly to county By Vickie Elkins, RNNursing Director Okeechobee County Health Dept. Many Okeechobee County residents have medical conditions, particularly diabetes that requires self-injections at home. Because of the issues regarding safety and disease transmission, the Okeechobee County Health Department is implementing a Sharps Disposal Program. “Sharps” are de ned as medical wastes, which have the potential to puncture or cut. This includes hypodermic and intravenous needles and syringes, as well as disposable lancets. Once you use a syringe, needle, lancet or other “sharp” it becomes a hazardous medical waste product. It is very important the “sharp” is disposed of correctly. If you would like to take advantage of the Sharps Collection Program at the Okeechobee County Health Department, you may come by to pick up your initial “sharps” container (red box). When the box is lled and lid is locked in place, you may return to the Health Department and pay $5 for disposal fee and a new “sharps” container and repeat the process. For more information please call the Okeechobee County Health Department at 863-462-5819. Used sharps collection available Special to the Okeechobee News/ FFAFundraiser winnerRobbie Jolly was the proud winner of the Okeechobee FFA Alumni fundraiser on the 1100 Remington Shotgun. The ticket was drawn during the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show and Sale, March 17. The Alumni would like to take this time to thank everyone who participated in the fundraiser. Sales pro ted $2,457. The monies raised from the fundraiser will be used towards local FFA Chapters. Pictured above (L-R) Vice-President, Doctor Randall Mims, Winner, Robbie Jolly, Summer Jolly and President Darryl Boney.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 863 484-0994Hwy 70 EBEHIND W & W Lumber 9 Okeechobee News A pril 4, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of April 2-6 include: kindergarten students, Clayton Rdeiker, Adriana Santibanez, Miguel Tapia, Ricky Hight, Iris Ramirez, Jasmine Castaneda; rst graders, Aaron Johnson, Alexis Watson, Isis Guerrero, Nova Nichols, Lizett Flores, Amanda Nash; second grade students, Breannah Garcia, Tyler St Pierre, Tiadora Sontay-Perez, Miranda Whaley, Hailey Derry; third grade students, Balin Webb, Ronnie Webb, Ronnie King, Liliana Rodriguez, Jennifer Martinez, Kasey Maguire; fourth grade students, Araya Baldwin, Alkeecia Clayton, Josmar Estrada; and, fth grade students, Destiney Deese, Gabino Lopez, Daulton Chouinard-Rix, Danny Hays and Kane Price. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSSpelling Bee top 20Eighth grade Osceola Middle School Students, Emily Crews (left) and Rachel Williams recently competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee's Regional competition held in Fort Lauderdale. Both girls made it to the Top 20 out of 142 participants with Rachel placing twelfth and Emily placing third overall. Osceola Middle School and Okeechobee County Schools have much to be proud of in the work and spirit of these two ne young ladies. Congratulations, and job well done!

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Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton 120 BEDSCaring for Those You Care About FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n e Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted 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 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.net 863-763-80001713 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 Veins Minimally Invasive In Of ce Procedure Performed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation procedures Insurance Accepted beforeafter2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart772-286-5501symmetrylaservein.com UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE 2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website Advertise in the Medical Directory! Call 863-763-3134 Advertise today! Call 863-763-3134 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 FAMILY MEDICINE HEALTH Jose Villarreal, D.O., member of the Raulerson Primary Care team and graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, is certi“ ed in Family Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He treats all ages from newborn to the elderly. Dr. Villarreal tries to give the best care possible to his patients and can refer them to a specialist if necessary. He does sports physicals and preventive care. Dr. Villarreal treats such medical conditions as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. About one in every four Americans suffers from high blood pressure, according to WebMD. High blood pressure can threaten healthy arteries and contribute to heart disease and stroke. One thing that makes high blood pressure so dangerous is that you may not know you have it because there are generally no symptoms. Therefore, you should have your blood pressure checked regularly. Diabetes can be prevented through a healthy lifestlye of exercise and eating well balanced meals in the proper amounts. A variety of factors including diet, exercise, age, and heredity can affect cholesterol levels. His of“ ce is located at 202 N.E. Second Ave. and the hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is closed for lunch every day from noon to 1 p.m. For an appointment, please call 863-467-2159. Jose Villarreal, D.O., board certi ed in Family Medicine 10 11 Okeechobee News Okeechobee News April 4, 2012

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News While the number of births remained mostly stable in Okeechobee County, the teen birth rate remained high in 2010, nearly twice the state average. Michael Davis gave a report to the Community Collaborative Council in late March that showed one birth to a mother 14 years and younger, 27 births to mothers between the ages of 15 and 17, and 19 births to 18 year olds. The county had a rate of 20 births per thousand to mothers under 18. The state average was 10.9 percent. The rate has steadily declined in recent years from 24.9 per thousand in 2006, 31.6 per thousand in 2007, 24.7 per thousand in 2008, and 25.3 per thousand in 2009. Mr. Davis said Healthy Start Programs are making an impact but they would still like to see the numbers go down. “We want to work together as a community and keep those numbers down,” he said. The report showed 549 births to Okeechobee mothers in 2010, a decline from 642 births in 2007. Cesarean section deliveries last year accounted for 33 percent of births. The report showed 90 of the births were preterm, less than 37 weeks. There were six deaths, a mortality rate of 10.9 per thousand, which compares to the state average of 6.5 per thousand. Okeechobee was below the state average in fetal deaths. In the county, 74.3 percent of mothers received rst trimester prenatal care in 2010. Twenty-three women who gave birth reported no prenatal care throughout their pregnancy. There were 149 women with less than a high school education gave birth in 2010, a rate of 29.7 percent, over twice the state average. Fifty-nine mothers reported they smoked during their pregnancy, a rate of 10.7 percent. The state average was 7-percent. Across the state birth rates are down due to the economy especially those parents that plan ahead as most of them can’t afford it right now. Mr. Davis said Okeechobee didn’t have a problem with low birth weights this year but they continue to work on that. He said man y studies link low birth weight to many problems later in life. The Dads Achieving Dedication and Success Program continued to make inroads with teenage dads. Mr. Davis said he’d like to see the program expanded to fathers up to 21 years of age. “Parenting does not come with a manual no matter who you are,” he said. “For the past two years dads have really bene ted from the program. They are more involved in their child’s life.” The report also showed 44 women gave births last year without insurance, a rate o f 8-percent. About 66 percent of births were covered by Medicaid insurance. Okeechobee County Health Department Director Erin Hess said they have met with the Superintendent of Schools to have health and sex education courses in schools and she expressed optimism that some classes will be taught in school next year. Davis said parental involvement is important to keeping birth rates down in the community. “Sexual activity is happening with our teens and we need to face the facts and not bury our heads in the sand. Its something the entire community should address including parents and churches.” Pastor Dave and Linda Robertson and Fountain of Life Church will present on Easter Sunday, “His Story” an original musical. The presentation will be on Sunday, A pril 8 at 11 a.m., 1302 S.W. 32nd Street, Okeechobee. For more information, please call 863-763-8945 or 863-801-1297. Nursery provided for children 3 and under. The Lighthouse Refuge Yard Sale w ill be Saturday, April 14, at First Baptist Church 401 S.W. Fourth St, East parking lot. Cost is $10 per grassy parking space bring y our table or blanket to sell your goods. The sale will be from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and set-up starts at 6:30 a.m. To reserve a space please call either Donna at 863-801-9201 or Laura at 772-260-4792. Peace Lutheran Church will host Maundy Thursday, services on Thursday, A pril 5, at 7 p.m. The church will have Good Friday Worship at 7 p.m. April 6. Easter Sunrise Service at Peace Lutheran Church is at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, April 8, outdoors by the fellowship hall. Bring a folding chair to sit on and a ower from your yard to place on the ower cross. Following the service is an Easter Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Easter Worship Service at Peace Lutheran is at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 8. Everyone is w elcome to all these services. The Peace Lutheran Church Frontline W arriors, a group of men dedicated to loving Jesus and serving others, meet weekly on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. For additional information, call 863-763-5042. Seasoned Seniors, anyone 50+, meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for dinner and interesting programs. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10TH Street. The Hurting Women’s Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. There is a Community Gospel Sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park St. (S.R. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, dobro, and harmonica—come and enjoy! New St. Stephen AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church is in the process of building a new sanctuary at 1050 N.E. 16th Avenue. The church is seeking both monetary donations and donations of equipment and supplies. Items sought include a sound system, landscaping, folding tables, of ce chairs, a fax machine, a refrigerator, computers, le cabinets, industrial cleaning supplies, tents and a copying machine. The mailing address is P.O. Box 836, Okeechobee, FL. 34973. For more information, contact Rev. Pauline Livatt at 305-389-1280, Tony Delagall of the Building Committee at 863801-1716 or treasurer Willie Welch at 863697-697-8924. A “Faith Community Nurse” basic preparation course and retreat will be offered by the Interfaith Health and Wellness Association this summer. Developed within an interfaith model, this educational course and personal growth retreat prepares Registered Nurses to deliver wholistic care in faith communities. The program provides 33.5 contact hours and includes materials, lodging, meals, snacks, International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) pin and certi cate of attendance. Participants develop the knowledge necessary for practice & have an experience of a lifetime. For more information, call 561-379-1972 or go online to www.ihwassoc.org. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church will host a Revival on April 9-13, at 7 p.m. nightly. Evangelist Doug Wisersma will be the guest speaker. For more information please call 863-763-7743.The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com. Churches plan special events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 12 Okeechobee News April 4, 2012 Okeechobee County teen birth rate remains high

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 13 Okeechobee News A pril 4, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  The Brahman boys tennis team nished in fourth place and the girls squad tied for fourth at the District 15-3A District Tournament Monday at Halpatiokee Park in Stuart. Olympic Heights and Martin County were to represent the district in the state tournament in the boys division and Martin County and Jensen Beach were the top two nishers in girls tennis this year. There were some highlights for the Brahmans. Otto Ramirez reached the semi nals in singles. The freshmen defeated a player from Forest Hill before losing to Martin County. Brendon Jonassaint also reached the semi nals as he won a match over Forest Hill but fell to Olympic Heights. Colt Root defeated South Fork in a tight match in #5 singles before bowing out to Martin County in the quarter nals. The doubles teams of Cody Walker and Jonassaint and Ramirez and Lucas Penido competed in the Quarter nals on Tuesday. In the girls’ action Samantha Rivero reached the semi nals with an easy win over Palm Beach Lakes before losing to Jensen Beach. J enna Rath also reached the semi nals with a win over Forest Hill. Vanessa Watt won a rst round match over Port St. Lucie but fell in the quarter nals to Chloe Hardin of Jensen Beach. Alley Lopez reached the semi nals with a win over Port St. Lucie but fell to Martin County. The doubles teams of Rivero and Watt and Rath and Luna were in action on Tuesday.  The Brahman track team nished ninth in the boys competition and seventh in the girls competition Saturday at the Falcon Classic in Jensen Beach. Vero Beach won the boys title and Ferguson High School won the girls competition. Among the top girl performers from Okeechobee were Jenna Kissam who nished fth in the 200 meter dash nals. Hunter Boshell took ninth in the 800 meters. Ana Huerta took ninth in the 3200 meter run. Okeechobee took fth in the 4x100 relay. For the boys Mike Thomas took fourth place in the 100 meter dash and third in the 200 meters. Hernan Baltazar nished in fth place in the 3200 meter run. Jose Ponce De Leon nished tenth in the 110 meter hurdles. The boys also nished fourth in the 4x100 meter relay. Quandrell Ridley took ninth in the boy’s long jump and eighth in the boys triple jump.  Okeechobee Parks & Recreation is seeking softball of cials for the adult slowpitch softball league. Games are Monday-Friday between 7-10 p.m. starting April 16. Pay is set at $15 per game. Those with a current ISA, ASA, NSA (or equivalent) certi cation shall receive an additional $5 per game. An ISA umpire certi cation clinic will be offered prior to season. Please call 863-763-6950 for more information.  The Okeechobee County Recreation Department will hold registration for the Shockwaves competitive swimming team on April 16 and 17 at the Sports Complex Pool, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for the league fee and $60 for the team fee. This is a competitive swim league for ages 5-18. Sports News in Brief OCRA is currently signing up football players and cheerleaders for our upcoming football traveling teams. Yes, OCRA is bringing back the “Chobee Bulls” travel league. They will have one team from each league traveling and participating in the Mid-Florida Football Conference. If your child would like to participate with this great organization, call 863-634-0515. This is for travel only, they will continue to have our regular recreation football teams which will start up in the fall as always. This is for boys 5–14 and girls 4–14. There is a onetime signup fee for boys of $75 and for the cheerleaders, $100. The cheerleaders will cheer for the football games and then will compete in the Mid-Florida “Rec” Division Cheer Competitions. Signups are:  Wednesday, April 4, through Thursday, April 5, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.  Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. All signups will be at the Sports Complex at the concession stand. Birth certi cates are required. Sign up for OCRA travel football teams and cheerleading The possibilities for taking advantage of the upcoming license-free shing day Saturday, April 7, in Florida are almost endless. That’s because people of all ages can cast their lines into 3 million acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs and 12,000 miles of shable rivers, streams and canals. The hardest part might be picking your destination. These abundant resources, coupled with responsible freshwater sh management, are why Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World.” The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) scheduled the rst of four license-free recreational shing days on this holiday weekend so more people will have the chance to get out and try their luck. Plus, this weekend coincides with a productive freshwater shing period, when the weather is usually pleasant. Many of Florida’s recreational sport shes, such as black bass, bluegill and redear sun sh, move into the shallows to spawn during spring, making them more available for anglers to catch. Besides enjoying the fun of reeling in a sh, people nd that recreational shing is a good motivator to enjoy the great outdoors. In fact, shing is a prime reason lots of folks get outside in the rst place. Fishing is a low-cost, wholesome form o f entertainment, which is why the FWC offers four days when a recreational shing license is not needed. The FWC also made June 2 and Sept. One license-free saltwater shing days and set June 9 as the second licensefree freshwater shing day. These days coincide with a holiday weekend, National Fishing and Boating Week or open-harvest seasons for popular bay scallops, lobster and king mackerel. All other bag limit, season and size restrictions apply on these dates for recreational, not commercial, shing. Free shing on Saturda y

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 People have so much to do and so little time to do it. To help you deal with your time constraints, we pack this little newspaper with lots of relevant and useful information. We want you to learn what you need to know quickly, so you can experience and enjoy your community fully. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 14 Okeechobee News April 4, 2012 south shoulder of S.R. 70. He then over corrected and travelled onto the north shoulder of the highway where he struck Mr. Sibley, stated the report. Mr. Sibley was pronounced deceased at the scene by Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue medical personnel. The truck came to rest with the empty atbed trailer across the road and the tractor in the ditch facing east. The investigation is continuing. None of the occupants of the vehicles were hospitalized. Damage to the Mack truck was estimated at $6,000. Damage to the Kia was also estimated at $6,000. Traf c was delayed for several hours as traf c was rerouted. CRASHContinued From Page 1 damage was not storm related even though the county has videos of the area before and after the storm and has occupancy records from before and after the storm. The county's insurer paid the following amounts directly to Hammer Construction to repair other hurricane damage at the campground, $300,993.27 for Lightsey's Restaurant, $1,050.90 for the sh cleaning station, $12,478.39 for the Coast Guard Auxiliary Building, $8,3331.11 for the maintenance building and $5,355.74 for the guard shack. Hammer Construction also received $223,208.06 in insurance money for outdoor lighting, fuel pumps, weigh in trailer, wood fencing, picnic shelter and picnic tables. Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper has advocated an ambitious program to lease the park to a private dev eloper for 99 years. This developer, would, in turn sell RV lots. The lot owners would own the lots for the remainder of the 99 year lease and pay ad valorum taxes on them. However, the lot owners would only be able to use their lots for a limited length of time. W hen the owners were not using their lots, the lots would be rented out by the park. One of the disadvantages of this program is that it would prevent winter residents from staying there for several months at a time. While no ad valorum taxes go into the operation of Okee Tantie, since scal year 2007 the budget for the campground has been balanced each year by adding money from the small counties surtax fund. This is money the county gets from the state from sales tax revenues and is money that could be spent on other county expenses if it were not spent on Okee-Tantie. That amount has been decreasing in recent years. The rst year the park received $521,088. The next year, 2008, Okee Tantie received $155,318 from the small county surtax fund. In 2009, that amount decreased to $131,491. The 2010 contribution from small county surtax was $94,711. For scal year 2011 the park received only $2,231 from sales tax. When the budget for that year was planned, then county administrator Lyndon Bonner anticipated that a recent increase in rates, the rst in 13 years, would make the park self-suf cient. By the end of the year it became apparent that that would not happen. The park experienced a reduction in space rentals. The budgeted amount for space rentals that year was $288,000, an increase over the $160,000 of a year before. However, the actual revenue generated by RV space rental that year was $120,783, a $167,217 shortfall. Therefore the current budget reduced the anticipated revenue from RV space rental to $120,000 and increased the revenue received from the small county surtax to $100,000. While Okee-Tantie has never paid its own way, Mrs. Chartier said that county residents are still getting a good deal. Dividing the $100,000 that the county is contributing from the small county surtax to balance the Okee Tantie budget by 40,000 residents comes out to $2.50 per person. The total amount budgeted for salaries and personnel services has steadily declined since 2008 when $367,500 dollars were spent for salary and associated expenses for three full time and 12 part-time personnel. The current budget has $220,879 for personnel services for two full-time and ve parttime employees. The total amount of operating expenses spent on Okee Tantie has also been steadily declining from $287,419 in 2008 to $197,989 in the current year's budget. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. OKEE-TANTIEContinued From Page 1 Statewide emphasis encourages an ethic of w ater conservation throughout FloridaHighlighting an ongoing commitment to w ater conservation, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is again observing April as Water Conservation Month. "While we depend on water resources every day of every month, Water Conservation Month is a valuable reminder that South Florida's water is a limited and precious resource," said SFWMD Executive Director Melissa Meeker. "It's a perfect opportunity to assess your water use and identify additional w ays to conserve, whether it's on your yard or at your home or business." Water conservation practices include installing an aerator on your sink, watering the lawn by hand or installing low- ow appliances, such as a showerhead or energyef cient washing machine. For 14 consecutive years, Florida has recognized Water Conservation Month in April, the height of the South Florida dry season. Springtime is traditionally the season when limited rainfall, an increase in temperature and higher evapotranspiration rates put stress on regional water supplies. The District remains under a water shortage warning, which indicates the region may enter water shortage conditions in upcoming weeks. Throughout April, the District is participating in a broad range of events to raise awareness and promote wise water use: The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) irrigation tools workshop on April 11 in Belle Glade is a cooperative effort between the District and the University of Florida to demonstrate advanced irrigation tools to agricultural users and other large irrigators. The District and the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association will hold the 4th annual Water Conservation Expo and Vendor Fair on April 27 in West Palm Beach. The event focuses on helping commercial and institutional facility managers identify ways to reduce their water use and lower their operating costs. Water conservation is essential yearround for addressing the impacts of weather extremes and growing demands on a limited water supply needed by South Florida's 7.7 million residents, economy and environment. When water shortage orders are not in place, the District follows Year-Round Water Conservation Measures that target outdoor irrigation, which accounts for up to half of the estimated 179 gallons of water used per person per day in South Florida. The YearRound Landscape Irrigation Rule is just one of many initiatives implemented under the District's Comprehensive Water Conservation Program. The Comprehensive Water Conservation Program was approved by the SFWMD Governing Board in September 2008 to encourage more responsible use of water resources throughout South Florida. Numerous stakeholders worked with the District to de ne speci c regulatory, voluntary and incentivebased programs and in-depth education and marketing efforts that help to foster a yearround conservation ethic. For more information on ways to save water, visit www.savewater .com. A pril is Water Conservation Month Free tax preparation and e- ling helpAARP 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 Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Those who need help with their tax forms must bring photo ID, Social Security cards for dependents, last year's tax return and all 2011 nancial statements. No appointment is necessary. First come, rst served. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Please DO NOT call the American Legion. For more information, call 863-357-1694.

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TLC in very nice family home. References furnished. 1 opening now. 772-807-1558 or 772-233-7136 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com CollectiblesWANTED Highwaymen Oil Paintings. H. Newton, A. Hair, R.A. McClendon, G. Buckner, 1715 Fleet Treasure Coins. Big $$ Call 772-562-5567 FurnitureTeak Dining Set Made in Denmark,2 pc. China Cabinet, Top Glass Doors,Bottom Drawers, Oval Table w/2 Leaves,6-Chairs, Pristeen Condition,Cost over 2K Sell $650.00 Call 772-359-9550 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. FREE TOWING. (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Call 863-634-7051 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds HorsesUnable to ride, had a horse but no longer. We have 30 Morgan’s and training facility for barrel riding, obstacles, mounted shooting, pole bending. Need riders with experience, desperate to ride and train with no horse of their own you can pick a horse to train or play with, need you on weekends. 561-386-5283 text in evening with info and experience. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2 BR, 1BA apartment, $550/mo + utils. Located in city, NW section. Call John (863)697-0413 or (863)357-8769 GREAT 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 NW OKEE: 2 Bedroom Apartments available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $700mo. and $750mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo on ground oor. Fully furnished. Includes electric & water. $750/mo. + security deposit! 863-634-0663. Houses Rent3br/1ba House, Clean, large fenced yard. $800/mo plus $600 sec. 375 SE 16th Ave and 7482 NW 96th Court. Call 863-610-0001 Office Space RentOFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 OFFICE SPACE AND STORE FRONT FOR RENT: DOWNTOWN OKEECHOBEE PARK STREET OFFICE SUITES LLC. STARTING @ $350.00/ MONTH UPSTAIRS & $1500.00/MONTH DOWNSTAIRS, 1200 SQ FT STORE FRONT CALL 863-634-7622 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 15 Okeechobee News A pril 4, 2012 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!

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Structure Maintenance Tech(Field) Auto req ID 802BR Organization OM5305354 Clew FS-Electronics & Structure Maintenance Location Clewiston Field Station Job Description Performs mechanical work associated with repair and maintenance of water control structures, navigation locks and eld station buildings and facilities. Mechanical ability to perform overhauls on water control gates and gearboxes. Perform welding including brazing torch work, cutting and tting, and arc welding layout and design. Utilizes hand tools, power tools, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment. Must be able to read and follow job speci cations, blue prints and diagrams. Must have a High School Diploma or GED and 2 4 years experience in structure and facility maintenance or mechanical repair. Valid State of Florida Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Ability to obtain certi cation in rigging, forklift operations, rst response-oil and chemical spills, CPR and First Aid. Primarily eld work in general outdoor environment with regular exposure to unpredictable weather conditions; sun, heat and rain. Overtime will be required based on weather and/or environmental conditions. Due to the District’s response role before, during, and after major storm events and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may be, at times, required to provide work support before, during, and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies. In addition to these assignments, this position will require participation in the “Pumping Operations Program”. Program participants will be required to successfully master and demonstrate competency in pump station operations and maintenance (diesel engine operations). THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO RANDOM MANDATORY DRUG/ALCOHOL TESTING. Salary Minimum $33,404.80 Salary Midpoint: $39,707.20 Salary Maximum $57,241.60 To Apply/Learn More About South Florida Water Management District please visit our website at www.sfwmd.gov Click on Careers. Scroll to Find Search and Apply and click on Search Openings. In the keyword search window insert job #802BR. The South Florida Water Management District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home LotsLOT FOR RENT: Big “O” RV PARK: Yearly only. Avail. May 1st $225 mo. (863)357-3830 Mobile HomeSale1986 SWMH in Park, 14x48 2bd/1 1/2ba, very good condition,fully furnished. Must see, asking $12,500 O.B.O, 3311 SE 33rd Ter. Lucky 7 Lot#3 Call 724-413-7057 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 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 FREE to good home 12x45 Mobile Home must remove, In Lorida, in pretty good shape, great for Farm or camp. 561-310-1443 Furnished Mobile Home with dishwasher, Fl. room, roof-over, 2 yard sheds, quiet 55+ park in town, great neighbors. Call 467-7996 PALM HARBOR HOMES New Home Stimulus $5K for your used mobile home. Any condition! 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BoatsIn atable Boat 9’ 3 Person, 705lb capacity, 9.9hp, solid wood deck, as new never in water. Google SEABO MS-81275 Cost $1,150 Sell $550.00 772-359-9550 Shop here first! The classified ads Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 Fifth Wheels2005 Holiday Rambler SAVOY Sleeps 8-NonsmokerCLEAN $15,900.00 (941)624-6988 Sports Vehicles/ ATVs2007 BOBCAT CLUB CAR 4 SEATER (2 BENCH SEATS) 4 WHEEL DRIVE, DIAMOND PLATE ROOF. DUMP BED. IT HAS BEEN GARAGE KEPT AND WELL MAINTAINED. $5,000.00/or best offer (863)484-0163 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice PHYSICIAN’S NOTICE OF RELOCATION THE MEDICAL PRACTICE OF PHILIP W. MOYER, MD, FACS, ALSO KNOWN AS SUN SURGICAL, LLC, WAS RELOCATED ON MARCH 1, 2012. THE ADDRESS AT WHICH MEDICAL RECORDS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM DR. MOYER IS: Martin Memorial Surgical Group 509 Riverside Drive, Suite 305 Stuart, F1. 34994 412302 ON 3/14,21,28;4/4/2012 CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board will be meeting on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 6:30 p.m or as soon thereafter, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE 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. Please contact Sue Christopher, 863-763-4423, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Fire Department at 863-763-4423 for assistance. by: Jamie Gamiotea, Code Board Chairperson 414147 ON 4/4/2012 Public Notice NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Pursuant to the nal decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court, docket number: 2002-CA-333, the style of which is: HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America, Plaintiff VS. RONETTA A. JOHNSON, f/k/a RONETTA J. WHITE et. al., Defendant. vs. OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, a political subdivision of the State of Florida, Cross-Claimant, vs. RONETTA A. JOHNSON, f/k/a RONETTA J. WHITE et., al., Cross-Defendant Notice is hereby given pursuant to the Order Upon Motion to Reschedule Foreclosure Sale dated March 1, 2012 that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will on the 9th day of May, 2012, at 11:00 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: Lot 18 and the East one-half (E1/2) of Lot 17, Block 49, EL MIRASOL, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 1, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. WITNESS my hand and the of cial seal of said Court, this 7th day of March, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida BY: SANDRA L. CREECH, DEPUTY CLERK Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall John D. Cassels, Jr., Esquire Post Of ce Box 968, Okeechobee, Florida 34973 412534 ON 4/4,11/2012 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011 CA 273 JUDGE: ELIZABETH A. METZGER TD BANK, N.A. as successor in interest to RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA by and through FDIC as Receiver Plaintiff v. BIG 0’ FIBERGLASS MANUFACTURING, INC, ROSALIND M. SIMPSON, HOWELL M. SIMPSON and UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, n/k/a Howell Simpson Defendants NOTICE OF SALE The Clerk of the Circuit Court hereby gives notice of the following foreclosure sale in the above referenced matter: A. The Property to be sold is: Tax ID #31637350160000900030 and 31637350160000902010 1000 NW 9th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 PARCEL I, LOTS 1, 2, 19 AND 20 OF BLOCK 9, NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA ALSOTHAT CERTAIN ALLEYWAY RUNNING FROM EAST TO WEST LYING BETWEEN LOTS 1 AND 2 AND LOTS 19 AND 20 BLOCK 9 NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDAPARCEL II, LOTS 3 AND 18 OF BLOCK 9 NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA Also THAT CERTAIN ALLEYWAY LYING BETWEEN LOTS 3 AND 18 IN BLOCK 9 NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA B. The Clerk’s Sale will take place on April 25, 2012, at 11:00AM, in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. C. The sale will be made pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated February 24, 2012; D. TD BANK, N.A., as Successor in Interest to Riverside National Bank of Florida by and through FDIC as Receiver v. BIG 0’ FIBERGLASS MANUFACTURING, INC, ROSALIND M. SIMPSON, HOWELL M. SIMPSON and UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, n/k/a Howell Simpson; CASE NO.: 2011 CA 273 E. This sale is being made by Sharon Robertson, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Okeechobee County, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, by and through a deputy Clerk of Court. F. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated: February 24, 2012 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF COURT By: Sandra L. Creech, Deputy Clerk 411145 ON 3/28;4/4/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-CA-400 VANDERBILT MORTGAGE AND FINANCE, INC., Plaintiff, v.JAMES T. GAINER AND REBECCA A. GAINER, IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S); CAPITAL ONE BANK WHETHER DISSOLVED OR PRESENTLY EXISTING, TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFENDANT(S) AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST DEFENDANT(S); AND UNKNOWN TENANT(S); Defendant(s).NOTICE OF ACTION TO: JAMES T. GAINER, IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: The North 1/2 of Tract 20, Section 10, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D, of the public records of Okeechobee County, Florida. 16 Okeechobee News April 4, 2012 To include: 1999 Homes of Merit Unknown Model Manufactured Home, Identi cation Numbers FLHML2P79020757A and FLHML2P79020757B. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your answer or written defenses, if any, to it on Murphy & Anderson, P.A., the plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 50 North Laura Street, Suite 1675, Jacksonville, Florida 32202, telephone (904) 598-9282, facsimile (904) 598-9283, within thirty (30) days of the rst publication of this Notice, and le the original with the clerk of this court either before service on the plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED on this 28th day of March, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK BY: Linda F. Young As Deputy Clerk 413776 ON 4/4,11/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT CIVIL COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No. 10000312CA SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, VS. ELIZABETH G. NORTH ESTATES AT OKEECHOBEE PINES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., AND UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure for Plaintiff entered in this cause on March 8, 2012, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida described as: LOT 30, ESTATES AT OKEECHOBEE PINES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 54, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. and commonly known as: HIGHWAY 70 EAST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972; including the building, appurtenances, and xtures located therein, at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, Sale will be held in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee Florida on May 9, 2012 at 11am. Any persons claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other Than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 13th day of March, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Edward B. Pritchard (813) 229-0900 x1309 Kass Shuler, P.A. P.O. Box 800 Tampa, FL 33601-0800 412515 ON 4/4,11/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 2011-CA-160 IBERIABANK, as successor in interest to STERLING BANK, FSB, Plaintiff, VS.KEVIN C. HEMBREE and LOIS B. HEMBREE, husband and wife, H.L. BENNETT, OAKS AT OKEECHOBEE OWNERS ASSOCIATION CORP., a Florida non-pro t corporation and UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure led on the 8th day of March, 2012, in Civil Action No. 2011-CA-160, of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, in KEVIN C. HEMBREE, LOIS B. HEMBREE, H.L. BENNETT, OAKS AT OKEECHOBEE OWNERS ASSOCIATION CORP., and UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION are the Defendants, IBERIABANK, is the Plaintiff, Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court, Okeechobee County will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on the 13th day of June, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL, the following described real property set forth in the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure in Okeechobee County, Florida: Lot 4 of Block A, OAKS AT OKEECHOBEE, Unit 2, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 7, Page 92, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Dated this 13th day of March, 2012. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF COURT BY: Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK M. Brian Cheffer, Attorney for Plaintiff, DeBoest, Stockman, Decker, Hagan, Cheffer & Webb-Martin, PA., P.O. Box 1470, Fort Myers, Fl. 33902 239-334-1381 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 412516 ON 4/4,11/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-044 In Re: Estate of ROSALIND GAIL KERBY SMITH, a/k/a ROSALIND GAIL SMITH, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of ROSALIND GAIL KERBY SMITH, a/k/a ROSALIND GAIL SMITH, deceased, whose date of death was January 29, 2012, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The personal representative’s and the personal representative’s attorney names are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication of this notice is April 4, 2012. Personal Representative: AVENA-LYN SMITH P.O. Box 785 Okeechobee, Florida 34972Attorney for Personal Representative:CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Of ce Drawer 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 By: Tom Conely III Florida Bar #096482 Telephone: (863) 763-3825 414111 ON 4/4,11/2012NOTICE 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: Arnoldville, Inc. Under which we expect to engage in business at: Cudaville 10017 N Hwy 441 Okeechobee, FL 34972 In the City of Okeechobee/County o f Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Marvin Arnold Cindi Arnold Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 30th day o f March, 2012. By: Cindi Arnold 413964 ON 4/4/2012 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds

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Public NoticeSTATEMENT OF PURPOSE Okeechobee Senior Services (OSS) under the auspices of Okeechobee County is the contracted lead agency for the Community Care for the Elderly grant in Okeechobee County. OSS is partially funded through the following grants: Community Care for the Elderly (CCE),Alzheimer’s Disease Initative (ADI) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). The CCE,ADI, and CSBG grants are State funded. The CCE and ADI grants are under the state Department of Elder Affairs and through PSA 9 Area Agency On Aging Treasure Coast/Palm Beach, Inc.(AAA). OSS is seeking proposals from licensed Home Health Care Agencies/Nurse Registries. These agencies must be able to provide some, if not all, of the following services: Homemaker, Respite, Personal Care Services, Chore, Pest Control, Family Training(LPN Visit), LiveIn-Daily (24Hours),LPN Hourly, LPN Visit, Medication Management, Occupational Therapy Visit, Physical Therapy Visit, RN Hourly, RN Visit, Respite Hourly, Respiratory Therapy Visit, Speech Therapy Visit, Companion Hourly, Escort Hourly, Shopping Hourly (including mileage), Adult Companion, Escort, and as assigned. CAP ON BASIC SERVICES:$15.50 (Homemaking, Personal Care, Respite and Chore) The Purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to select and subcontract with a primary and one or more secondary providers for the nonexclusive provision of services as outlined in this proposal to assist in meeting the needs of eligible seniors ( sixty years and older) residing in Okeechobee County, Florida. Any subsequent contract award by OSS as a result of this RFP is contingent upon OSS’s continued contractual designation with the AAA as the Lead Agency under the CCE grant and for the CSBG contractual designation under St. Lucie County for OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. Okeechobee County/ OSS reserves the right to revise and/or terminate any subcontract as a result of any increase or decrease of available grant funding, termination of grant funding, and/or termination without cause. Okeechobee County/OSS makes no guarantee to any proposer as to the number of units or clients given during any time of the Contract term. Freedom of Choice is given each client in terms of choosing vendors to give designated services. Copies of the full RFP may be obtained at the address below or by calling (863) 462-5180 .Please include all requested information in the proposal submitted to the County. Proposals are due no later than April 25, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time. All proposals received after this time will not be opened or considered. Three bound copies of the proposal should be submitted in a sealed envelop and clearly marked AHOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES RFP 2012-14@. Any questions or inquiries should be directed to Sheila Savage at (863) 462 -5180. Proposals should be addressed to: Okeechobee County Health Care Services-RFP 304 NW 2nd St. Room 222 Okeechobee, Fl. 34972 The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and accepts no responsibility for the expense, preparation, or delivery of proposals to the County. Okeechobee County is an EOE/Drug Free Workplace. Sharon Robertson -County Clerk Margaret Garrard-Helton Chairwoman Board of County Commissioners 414116 ON 4/4/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2009 CA 000825 BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing L.P. Plaintiff, -VS.John Coveny and Barbara Coveny, His Wife; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Nominee for Secured Funding Corp.; Unknown Parties in Possession #1; Unknown Parties in Possession #2; If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 21, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000825 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing L.P., Plaintiff and John Coveny and Barbara Coveny, His Wife are defendant(s), I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M. on May 9, 2012 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 166, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT NO. 6, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 57, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaci6n para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caci6n si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou apary pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rile 711. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 413199 on 4/4,11/2012 Public Notice Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2012-09 Okeechobee County Library and Okeechobee Civic Center HVAC Improvements INVITATION TO BID Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 2:00 p.m. on April 25, 2012. Bids will be received at the second oor BOCC clerk’s of ce, Room 222, and will be publicly opened in room 201 and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time speci ed will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on installation of new HVAC as per plans and speci cations for the Okeechobee County Library and Okeechobee Civic Center HVAC Improvements Project. The project is funded by a federal grant, and federal and state requirements, such as Davis-Bacon Act and Buy American, will apply to the contract. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Speci cations and Contract Documents pertaining thereto, which may be examined at or obtained from Okeechobee County Capital Improvement Of ce 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Ste C Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-0805 sselvey@co.okeechobee. .us Any questions pertaining to the project speci cations or scope of work will be addressed to the Okeechobee County Capital Improvements, 863-763-5529 (fax) in writing no later than April 16, 2012, 5:00 pm. Each Contractor will be furnished with one (1) set of Plans and Speci cations upon request. No partial sets of Drawings and Speci cations will be issued. Bidders may pick up Plans and Speci cations from the Okeechobee Capital Improvements of ce or Documents can be obtained by express mail upon receipt of vendor’s express mail account number. A pre-bid conference will be held at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, Room 201 located at 304 NW 2nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 on April 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m Bidder’s attendance is mandatory BIDS RECEIVED FROM CONTRACTORS WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE RETURNED UNOPENED. Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid Bond, or Certi ed Check, made payable to “Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners”, in the amount of not less than ve percent (5%) of the total Bid Amount. The Bidder, if awarded the Contract and the bid amount is $100,000 or more, will execute and le acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for opening of bids. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modi cations to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide additional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed within the past ve (5) years, client references, or other nancial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award. 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. 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 Okeechobee County Capital Improvements. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners 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 Library and Okeechobee Civic Center HVAC Improvements, Okeechobee County Project No. 2012-09”. BIDDER MUST SUBMIT (3) THREE COPIES OF THE BID. Margaret G. Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, FL 414128 ON 4/4/2012 Public Notice Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2012-08 Fire Stations No. 1, No. 2, Group Home and Sport Complex Pool Building HVAC Improvements INVITATION TO BID Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 2:00 p.m. on April 25, 2012 Bids will be received at the second oor BOCC clerk’s of ce, Room 222, and will be publicly opened in room 201 and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time speci ed will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on installation of new HVAC as per plans and speci cations for the Okeechobee County Fire Stations No. 1, No. 2, Group Home and Sport Complex Pool Building HVAC Improvements Project. The project is funded by a federal grant, and federal and state requirements, such as Davis-Bacon Act and Buy American, will apply to the contract. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Speci cations and Contract Documents pertaining thereto, which may be examined at or obtained from Okeechobee County Capital Improvement Of ce 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Ste C Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-0805 sselvey@co.okeechobee. .us Any questions pertaining to the project speci cations or scope of work will be addressed to the Okeechobee County Capital Improvements, 863-763-5529 (fax) in writing no later than April 16, 2012, 5:00 pm Each Contractor will be furnished with one (1) set of Plans and Speci cations upon request. No partial sets of Drawings and Speci cations will be issued. Bidders may pick up Plans and Speci cations from the Okeechobee Capital Improvements of ce or Documents can be obtained by express mail upon receipt of vendor’s express mail account number. A pre-bid conference will be held at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, Room 201 located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 on April 11, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Bidder’s attendance is mandatory BIDS RECEIVED FROM CONTRACTORS WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE RETURNED UNOPENED. Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid Bond, or Certi ed Check, made payable to “Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners”, in the amount of not less than ve percent (5%) of the total Bid Amount. The Bidder, if awarded the Contract and the bid amount is $100,000 or more, will execute and le acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for opening of bids. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modi cations to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide additional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed within the past ve (5) years, client references, or other nancial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award. 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. 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 Okeechobee County Capital Improvements. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners 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 Fire Stations No. 1, No. 2, Group Home and Sport Complex Pool Building HVAC Improvements, Okeechobee County Project No. 2012-08” BIDDER MUST SUBMIT (3) THREE COPIES OF THE BID. Margaret G. Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, FL 414122 ON 4/4/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 17 Okeechobee News A pril 4, 2012PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 414189 ON 4/4/2012 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Case #: 2009 CA 000168 HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as Indenture Trustee of the Fieldstone Mortgage Investment Trust, Series 2005-3 Plaintiff, -VS.Winnie Christine Santos; et al. Defendant(s). AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order rescheduling foreclosure sale dated March 6, 2012 entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000168 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as Indenture Trustee of the Fieldstone Mortgage Investment Trust, Series 2005-3, Plaintiff and Winnie Christine Santos are defendant(s), I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, in the Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M., May 9, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 7, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING A PORTION OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 58, PLAYLAND PARK ACRES, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SAID SECTION 7; THENCE EASTERLY ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 7, A DISTANCE OF 690.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 02 DEGREES 36 MINUTES 33 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 947.50 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF TRACT 65 OF SAID PLAYLAND PARK ACRES; THENCE SOUTH 85 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 35 SECONDS EAST, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID TRACT 65, A DISTANCE OF 468.00 FEET, TO A 5/8 REBAR WITH CAP #LB6329; THENCE SOUTH 85 DEGREES 31 MINUTES 00 SECONDS CONTINUING ALONG SAID NORTH LINE OF TRACT 65 AND THE NORTH LINE OF SAID TRACT 58, A DISTANCE OF 295.96 FEET, TO A 5/8” REBAR WITH CAP #PSM5081 AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 85 DEGREES 31 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST, ALONG SAID NORTH LINE OF TRACT 58, A DISTANCE OF 231.71 FEET, TO A 5/8” REBAR WITH CAP #RLS4449; THENCE SOUTH 02 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 44 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 134.79 FEET, TO A 5/8” REBAR WITH CAP #RLS4449; THENCE NORTH 85 DEGREES 31 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 231.88 FEET TO A 5/8” REBAR WITH A CAP #PSM5081; THENCE NORTH 02 DEGREES 46 MINUTES 06 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 134.84 FEET, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED at OKEECHOBEE, Florida, this 8th day of March, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF COURTS Sandra L. Creech DEPUTY CLERK 412093 ON 4/4,11/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 472011CC0000255XXXX TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, Plaintiff, VS. JERRY M. KEMP, BRENDA S. KEMP, “UNKNOWN TENANT #1,”, “UNKNOWN TENANT #2,” Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in Case No. 472011CC000255XXXX on March 16, 2011, of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida in favor of Plaintiff, TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida corporation not-for-pro t, and against Defendants, BRENDA KEMP (OWNER). The clerk will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: Unit 7, Building D, TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM, a Condominium according to the Declaration thereof recorded in Of cial Records Book 221, Page 379 and re-recorded in Of cial Records Book 225, Page 1640, both being of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; together with all the appurtenances thereto, all according to said Declaration of Condominium and Exhibits thereto as attached. at a public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 after having rst given notice as required by Section 45.031, Florida Statutes., at 11 o’clock a.m., on the 2nd day of May, 2012. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED in Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this 19th day of March, 2012. Sharon Robertson Clerk of Court BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff Brennan Grogan, Esquire, Jay Steven Levine Law Group, 3300 PGA Boulevard, Suite 570, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. 561-627-3585 413072 ON 3/28;4/4/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 2010-CA-323 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, acting through the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, f/k/a Farmers Home Administration, Plaintiff, VS. EARL KEITH BASS, heir and lineal descendent of CECIL MARIE GREENE, Deceased; KARI McLUCAS, heir and lineal descendent of CECIL MARIE GREENE, Deceased; and EARLAINE GRIFFITH, heir and lineal descendant of CECIL MARIE GREENE, Deceased, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on February 29, 2012, by the above entitled Court in the above styled cause, the undersigned Clerk of Court or any of his duly authorized deputies, will sell the property situated in Okeechobee County, Florida, described as: Lot 5, Block 16, OAKPARK LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on APRIL 20, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1997 FORD ECONOLINE VAN VIN #1FDEE1468VHB41978 1996 FORD RANGER VIN #1FTCR14AXTTA59720 1993 FORD F-150 VIN #1FTDF15Y6PNA28015 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantees. 414216 ON 4/4/2012 SUBDIVISION, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 3, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash on April 25, 2012, at 11:00 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, on the second oor, Jury Assembly Room, subject to all ad valorem taxes and assessments for the real property described above. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED on March 2, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of Circuit Court Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k 411905 ON 3/21,28;4/4/2012 Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your HomeWHEN Y OU W ANT TO www.newszap.com& click on classifieds

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A near three-month operation by code enforcement resulted in 238 inspections, 160 verbal warnings and 230 code violations in Kissimmee River Estates in Highlands County. Most of the violations involved problems w ith setbacks, with a few due to high grass, trash and unlicensed vehicles. Zoning Supervisor Linda Conrad said the operation began due to complaints and that code enforcement visited each property in the subdivision located north of State Road 70 just west of the Kissimmee River. The subdivision is one of the older communities w ith roots back to the 1920s. County Commissioner Don Elwell, County Administrator Rick Helms and code enforcement of cials met with residents out there and came up with the idea of a blanket v ariance so all of the residents could avoid major costs as they come into compliance. "We've already received compliance from over 18 homeowners," Elwell said in a recent interview, "It's a good start. If the w arning is related to a structure or the setback, all of the residents are eligible for the blanket variance." He explained that normally the home owner would have to pay a variance application fee of $650 plus pay the cost of a survey and other minor expenses. The County decided that the blanket variance would allow for just one application fee that could be shared by all the homeowners. "It is an older community and we knew we would be dealing with quite a few problems so we broke the mold and allowed the blanket variance so we could divide the costs for all involved. The idea was to bring everyone into compliance in the least burdensome way nancially for the homeowners," he added. At this point there are no nes accruing and no violations have been issued in the subdivision. Elwell said code enforcement is complaint-driven and that there are no plans to do sweeps in other communities along the Kissimmee River and Route 721. "We have looked at the entire subdivision not just the places complained about. The situation did snowball a bit. I'm not sure of any complaints at the sh camps right now but any complaint in the county would be investigated by code enforcement," he explained. Another problem is some of the structures were built before the new codes came into affect. Some buildings were built too close to the property line and some structures built would not be permitted under new codes. About 70-percent of the properties inspected had violations. The county also wants one surveyor to be hired and his costs spread among the residents which should also reduce costs. Conrad said they've gotten a number of phone calls from residents. The recent meeting involved close to 80 residents. They intend to meet with community representatives soon to explain the blanket variance application and move forward without code violations, hearings, and legal battles. "We want to assist them to achieve compliance. The purpose of code enforcement is to protect the health, safety and welfare of all the community in unincorporated Highlands County. So far we've informed the residents they have a violation. We explained to them how to meet compliance and not issued any citations or nes," she added. The county also extended their normal 30-day deadlines so the residents can wor k on the blanket variance. Elwell said he understands it is a nerve racking experience for residents because many didn't realized there property had a problem. He said the code enforcement department has handled the issues as well as could be expected. "We are very grateful to the residents who have come forward and taken the lead to be the main contacts out there. Without these coordinators it would be very dif cult for our staff," he added. A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD& LLOYD € Social Security Disability € Veterans Disabilitywww.HoskinsTurco.com212 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL34974€ Auto Accidents € Bankruptcy(863) 357-5800 M A R I N A N N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Local donations helping Local peopleOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org L O C A L D O N A T I O N S FREE PICKUP P I C K A H E A D I N G Advertise your businesss A A T T O R N E Y S 18 Okeechobee News April 4, 2012 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Edgar Vazquez Delgado, 28, S.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 30 by Of cer Ryan Holroyd on a Hardee County w arrant charging him with violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond. John Alman Todd, 38, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested March 31 by Deputy Bart Potter on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery, resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence, driving under the in uence and refusal to submit to a blood alcohol examination. His bond was set at $27,000. Dawn Ann Rubino, 27, N.E. First St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 1 by Deputy Cari Arnold on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (suboxone) without a prescription, and misdemeanor charges of petit theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $3,250. Humberto Lopez, 41, N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 2 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. Michael Stanley, 35, Maine St., Lake Worth, was arrested April 2 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation aggravated battery. He is being held without bond. 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. Okeechobee Arrest Report Code violations galore in Kissimmee River Estates Art and Music Fest calls artists and performersOkeechobee Main Street is sending a CALL FOR ARTISTSBooth, Adult Gallery and Studentsto 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, farmers' 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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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 19 Okeechobee News A pril 4, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Fitness and Aquatic CenterBiggest winnersFitness and Aquatic Center’s Biggest Weight Loss Competition results were very impressive. Pat Bloom won rst place, a year membership and $480 cash pot with a percentage weight loss of 14.45 percent! Total lost for all participants 392 lbs. in 12 weeks! By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Now is the time to dig out your old coins and jewelry including class rings and antiques. These items are worth cash to Ohio V alley Gold and Silver Re nery. Matthew Enright, vice president of media for Ohio Valley said they are in the business of recycling gold and silver. They work with a re ner to reclaim gold and silver from jewelry. These recovered precious metals are formed into bars which are sold to jewelers w ho use the precious metals to make more jewelry. As an example of how the value of gold has increased he said he paid $400 for his class ring. It's current value is $600. They also buy antiques. He said the most unusual antique they have bought is a nineteenth century electric chair which originally came from a prison in New York state, Mr. Enright said his company works with antique collectors. They also work with coin collectors. Sometimes a rare coin is worth more than the gold in it. He related the story of a particularly rare gold coin from the 1800s worth $134,000. Ohio Valley has been in business since 1996 and they are one of the oldest and largest such companies. He said they often return to the same location and have been to Okeechobee about a dozen times. They will be in Okeechobee through Saturday, April 7, at the Holiday Inn Express, 3101 U.S. 441 S. The hours are 9 am. to 6 p.m. through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Company buys precious metals and antiques Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaJeffrey Maynard, an employee of Ohio Valley Gold and Silver Re nery, poses beside a display of the type objects his company buys. They will be buying gold and silver objects and antiques this week at the Holiday Inn Express.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 20 Okeechobee News April 4, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Parks and RecOkeechobee County Recreation Department Men’s Flag Football Champions are James Shockley Electrical Services: (back, left to right) Vontavius Askins, Terrance Allen, Jr., Cedric Koger and Timmy Williams, (front) Kerwin Givens, LeShawn Henderson and Mike Minondo. Not shown: Terrance Spivey, Rashad Kelly, James Shockley, Brian McDonald and Lorenzo Rivera.Special to the Okeechobee News/ Parks and RecRunner-up in the Okeechobee County Recreation Department Men’s Flag Football League is Big “O” Drive Thru: (back, left to right) Tony DeCarlo, JD Mixon, Kent Smith, Jason Lamb, and Josh Davis. Front: Frankie DeCarlo, Mike Wireman, Tim Higgins and Christian B. Not shown: Mike Davis, Cody Harden, Jason Eager, Freddy Love, Lee Rodriguez and Nick Garner. Okeechobee County Recreation Department Men’s Flag Football League winners