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Publication Date: 04-06-2012
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12.23 feetLast Year: 11.61 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Water shortage warning remains in place, underscoring need for water conservationResidents from Orlando to the Keys remain under a water shortage warning as March saw below-average rainfall for all 16 counties in the South Florid a Water Management District (SFWMD). The warning means residents should remain vigilant and practice voluntary water conservation, especially with March rainfall below average with driest months to come Friday, April 6, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 42 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Lady Brahmans celebrate senior night with shut out...Page 16 City Council appoints new members to boards ... Page 3 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyPlay ball!Christian Crews settled down and tossed a four-hit gem for the Okeechobee High School Brahmans on Tuesday night to defeat Lincoln Park Academy. For more on the story, see page 15. See RAIN — Page 2

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News April 6, 2012 Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. West southwest w ind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. North wind around 10 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Northeast wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northeast wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast the historically driest months of the year to come in April and May. “Water levels in key areas such as the Kissimmee Basin are holding steady, but this is the time of year when we see the lowest rainfall totals coupled with the highest evapotranspiration rates,” said Susan Sylv ester, SFWMD Chief of the Water Control Operations Bureau. “Operationally, we continue to hold as much water as possible in the canals and water conservation areas to make it through to the wet season.” For March, a total of 1.77 inches of rain fell across the District, representing 56 percent of the average for this time of year, or a de cit of 1.37 inches. Lake Okeechobee stood at 12.29 feet NGVD Thursday, which is 1.95 feet below its historical average for this time of year but 0.67 feet higher than a y ear ago. As evidence of the dry conditions:  The 2011-2012 dry season de cit of 6.43 inches as of today is 3 inches greater than the same November-to-March time period during the 2010-2011 dry season. (The 2010-2011 dry season produced the driest October-to-mid-June period on record in South Florida.)  January was the driest January in the SFWMD region since record keeping began in 1932.  A short period in March from about the 15th to the 25th — historically the wettest time of the South Florida dry season — did not materialize.  The U.S. Drought Monitor currently lists South Florida as being in a moderate to severe drought.  The difference between this dry season and last year’s record dry conditions is record October 2011 rainfall that signi cantly boosted water supplies. But each year in April and May, longer days, more sunlight and higher evapotranspiration mean that water levels can fall rapidly. Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule Adopted by the SFWMD Governing Board in November 2009, the Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule established a permanent two-day-a-week landscape watering schedule throughout the region, with a three-day-a-week provision for some counties. Utilizing the rule’s exibility, some city and county governments have adopted alternative landscape irrigation ordinances or emergency actions based on local water demands or system limitations. For many areas, landscape watering schedules remain the same under year-round conservation measures as they were under water shortage restrictions. Details on landscape irrigation limits are available by contacting your local government or by visiting www.sfwmd.gov/2days. RAINContinued From Page 1 W ild re Awareness W eek is April 8-14TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service offered ve tips today to help Floridians protect themselves against the dangers of wild re. Wild re Awareness Week, which recognizes the wild res that raged through Florida in 1998, burning more than 500,000 acres and damaging or destroying 337 homes and other structures, w ill be held April 8 through14. “Florida is unique in that it experiences a y ear-round wild re season, with heightened wild re activity during the spring months,” said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. “Although we may receive sporadic rain, extended drought conditions are forecasted to persist throughout spring and into summer. Over the coming weeks and months, it is likely that Florida will experience very high to extreme wild re danger due to these dry conditions. It is critical for Floridians to take steps to ensure their own safety.” The department’s Florida Forest Service manages more than one million acres of public forest land and protects over 26 million acres of homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wild re. Since January 1, more than 1,100 wildres have burned nearly 20,000 acres in Florida. Most of these res were caused by human carelessness. To prevent wild res, follow these ve simple steps: 1. Check with local authorities for any temporary restrictions on burning yard waste 2. Contain res to an eight-foot diameter pile or non-combustible barrel at least 25 feet from forests, 25 feet from homes, 50 feet from paved public roads and 150 feet from other occupied buildings 3. Do not burn on windy days or when the humidity is below 30 percent 4. Never leave a re unattended and make sure it is completely out before leaving 5. Keep a shovel and water hose hand y in case a small re escapes containment In addition to the tips listed above, Floridians should also report any suspicious res or re activity to 911 or their local Florid a Forest Service of ce. In 2011, the Florida Forest Service responded to more than 4,700 wild res that burned over 220,000 acres, a 32 percent increase from the previous year. Fire ghters saved more than 1,100 homes and business in Florida. Tips help protect homes during wild re season Idol' fundraiser to bene t Substance Abuse CoalitionThe very rst “Chobee Idol” competition invites local and surrounding area amateur vocal talents to tryout for this fundraiser competition. The event will be held on April 21, at the Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1855 S.W. 153 Street. All proceeds from the event will bene t the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the rst place winner of the competition. For more information on tryouts, please call 863-801-2941.Art and Music Fest calls artists and performersOkeechobee Main Street, 11 N.E. Second Street, is sending a CALL FOR ARTISTS— Booth, Adult Gallery and Students—to participate in the 2012 Top of the Lake Art and Music Festival. They are also looking for Farmer’s Market vendors and representatives from various ethnic groups to perform. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 in Flagler Park off State Road 70 in downtown Okeechobee. In addition to amazing artwork on display and for sale by Florida and local artists, the Art and Music Fest will include a children’s art and activity section, farmer’s market and a salute to our local ethnic groups. On Saturday musical entertainment will ll the air and a special presentation of selections from Broadway will be performed by the students at Leslie’s Dance Studio. The highlight of the Art and Music Fest will be the special dedication of the Okeechobee Main Street’s Fifth mural project on the Old Bank Building Mural on State Road 70. For art contest forms online go to http://www.mainstreetokeechobee.com. For more information, call 863-357-6246.BHR VFW Auxiliary plans breakfastBuckhead Ridge VFW Ladies Auxiliary 9528 will have their monthly Sunday morning breakfast on April 15 starting at 9am to 11am. They will have sausage, biscuits and gravy, eggs any way you want them, juice and coffee for a donation of $5. The event is open to the public. Any questions please call the post at 863-467-2882.Chamber hosts Concealed Weapons Permit ClassThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee is hosting a Concealed Weapons Permit Class on Thursday, April 19, at the Hampton Inn from 7 to 9 pm. Range training will be conducted on the following Saturday morning. The cost of the class is $30, and a concealed weapon permit package will be provided to each participant. You do not need to own a gun to attend class. Preregistration and prepayment is required at the time of registration. Register online at www.OkeechobeeBusiness.com. Go to calendar of events and click on the April 19 Concealed Weapons Permit Class. Then follow instructions to register online. You may also complete a registration form at the Hampton Inn. If you should have additional questions, please contact the Chamber at terry@OkeechobeeBusiness.com or 863-467-6246.Fake' marijuana use a growing problemPaula Friedrich, Delinquency Prevention Specialist, Department of Juvenile Justice will share information about the growing problem of “fake marijuana” use among teens, at the Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council meeting on Friday, April 20 at noon a, Bee f O’Brady’s. The presentation was put together by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s of ce.Golf tourney to bene t scholarshipsBubba’s Redneck Yacht Club 4th Annual Golf Tournament April 21 at Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Registration 7 a.m. Tee Time 8 a.m. Procreeds bene ting local charities and OHS Scholarships. For more info call: 863-634-0577. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 We Need YOUR Support!WIN an IPAD!Tickets $10 Sold at Big Lake Cancer Center 115 N. Parrott Ave Okeechobee, FL All proceeds go to American Cancer Society for Relay for Life Event. Drawing on April 14 at the Relay for Life Cattleman’s Rodeo Arena, during closing ceremonies at 10am Eve Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., April 6TH Thurs., April 12THFor Info, Call 763-7202 III: “MIRROR MIRROR” III: “MIRROR MIRROR”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG II: “WRATH OF THE TITANS” II: “WRATH OF THE TITANS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 I: I: “THE HUNGER GAMES” “THE HUNGER GAMES”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:20, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:20, 7:00 & 9:20, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 3 Okeechobee News A pril 6, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaChild Abuse Month At the Tuesday, April 3, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Mayor James Kirk, right, proclaimed the month of April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in the city. Rossana Gonzalez, left, community relations person for CASTLE, received the proclamation. CASTLE is an organization dedicated to the quality of family life and preventing child abuse and neglect by providing community education, support and resources to parents in need of assistance. Indian River State College is home to the Nation’s premier resource for public service education, and the College is opening this unique complex to the public to learn about careers and education in public service at a special Open House on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the IRSC Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at 4600 Kirby Loop Road in Fort Pierce. Information will be provided on career training programs in criminal justice, re science, emergency management, paralegal and human services. Attendees will enjoy demonstrations of the virtual reality simulator, SWAT teams, the re training center and the indoor ring range. Learn how to start a career in the public sector by meeting faculty members and instructors, completing your IRSC admissions application, ling your FAFSA for federal nancial aid and enrolling in a Bachelor’s Degree program in Public Safety Administration or Human Services. For more information, call the IRSC Information Call Center at 1-866-792-4772 or visit www.tcpublicsafetytraining.com or www. irsc.edu. IRSC hosts public safety training open Students who attend vocational classes at Washington County School Program, located at Okeechobee Youth Development Center, feel it’s important to give back to the community. In observation of Literacy Month they began a project, in conjunction with a grant called Project 10, which was dedicated for the Okeechobee Library. Under the direction of Dale Durrance and Jerry Johnson, v ocational instructors at WCSP, students applied their knowledge and work skills to create the Learning Center which resembles an emergency/rescue vehicle. After many weeks of construction and nishing touches, the “learning center” was presented to the Okeechobee Library on March 23. OYDC students give back to the community Special to the Okeechobee News/ OYDCFrom left to right are: Jan Johnson, WCSP principal, Jerry Johnson, vocational instructor, young library patrons, Kresta King, Okeechobee Library Director, Dale Durrance Vocational Instructor, and Jose Navarrete (Teacher). By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their meeting on Tuesday, April 3, the Okeechobee City Council made appointments to various citizen boards. Jamie Gamiotea was reappointed for another term to the code enforcement board. Because of his appointment to the county commission, Frank Irby resigned from the code board leaving a vacancy. To ll that vacancy alternate member Ted Denisuk was promoted to regular member. Due to his work schedule Osiel Luviano did not ask for reappointment to the planning board. Alternate member Gary Ritter was moved to regular member to ll that vacancy. Phil Baughman was reappointed to another term as alternate member of the planning board. Dawn Hoover was also reappointed to another term as a regular member of that board. The term of of ce for all these appointment is May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2015. Les McCreary was appointed as alternate member of the planning board to ll out the remainder of Mr. Ritter’s term from May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2014. With little discussion the council approved Okeechobee Main Street’s fourth mural display which will be on the old bank building at the corner of N.E. Fifth Avenue and West N. Park St. “I think it will be a great addition,” was the opinion of Councilman Dowling Watford on the mural. ”I can’t wait to see it.” The council also approved routine, housekeeping ordinances dealing with the general employee/OUA pension plan, the police pension plan and the re ghters pension plan. In addition they approved an ordinance clarifying procedures for lling unexpired terms when elected city of cials leave of ce for any reason during their term of of ce. Mayor James Kirk proclaimed the month of April to be Fair Housing Month. City council makes appointments

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Police news SUSPICIOUS PERSONS OR VEHICLES Many times lately local law enforcement of cers have made cases on criminals due t o your help. DO NOT confront certain people in the news lately. That is OUR JOB. W e don’t want you hurt. When you call in, PLEASE leave a phone number in case we have questions. We need all the description y ou can possibly give.Banyan Tree I remember the awe I felt when I saw my rst Banyan tree on a visit to Florida. The landlord of the house I rent cut all the trees down in my yard, which leaves my yard as a barren waste. I gured the Banyan which fell on the neighbors property would be s afe. The neighbors had their trees cut down t oday. It is just not right! My landlord assured me that he had complaints from the city about the trees, which line an “alley” that is not paved, gravelled, or driven on. Regardless, I have to say it is an extreme lack of foresight on somebody’s part to encourage t his sort of thing.  Over the years, I have seen many trees c ut down by folks who came down here and loved the tropical look with all the trees and s hade They would buy the place and soon after they would buy a chain saw, at rst just t o trim it back. The next thing you know the y ard is wide open. They want grass to walk on, they say. Then when they get the grass t hey want shade where they can drink their b eer and tell you a story about if you had s een this place when they bought it, it was a jungle  Here is what happened with two Michiganders. My buddy bought a house in LaBelle. For a selling point the realtor claimed t hat there were many “Florida Holly” trees on the property. Well, I thought these Brazilian Pepper trees the most beautiful I’d ever seen, but it soon became obvious how invasive they were. My buddy started cutting them back, and after talking to many people found out that it was actually illegal to cultivate them. Not sure what the law is regarding the Banyan trees but we could easily nd out. I can tell you nobody loves trees more than I do. The beautiful oak trees provide much needed shade, but if you plant one in LaBelle, you’d better be darn sure that’s where you want it forever because if you change your mind you will have to get the city’s permission to cut it down. Since LaBelle is the “City of Oaks” the former mayor was trying to preserve them, and I don’t know what the outcome was.  I cringe when people are told Brazilian Peppers are Florida Holly ... they are two totally different species; we have two native Florida Holly trees in our pasture and I adore them! They do not produce an allergic reaction like the pepper trees. Those pepper trees are more allergenic than poison ivy ever thought about being and will melt your skin ... especially if you have reactions to poison ivy. The pepper tree has urushiol oil in it, the same as poison ivy, so NEVER allow the smoke to touch you if you cut and burn the pepper trees as the oil can be carried on the smoke and will adhere to the skin causing the same rash as direct contact.  According to IFAS, the non-native Banyan trees (aka Strangler Figs) are invasive and not recommended for Florida yards: “Unfortunately, most of these introduced species have proved to be a nuisance. In fact, some of the alien strangler gs are a nightmare due to their aggressive nature. The massive, spreading roots of these enormous trees buckle pavement and concrete swimming pools, plug drainage and sewer lines, and can pose a serious threat to underground utilities. Although the native Strangler Fig has its place in nature, most introduced g species are best kept as potted houseplants and out of our Florida Yards. After our recent storms many homeowners regret planting that innocent houseplant out of doors, as it becomes an large expensive item that will be expensive to remove if toppled over. As a large landscape plant, their use should be con ned to parks and botanical gardens.” Battle Of Okeechobee Re-Enactment at Okeechobee Battle eld Historic State ParkThe Okeechobee Battle eld Friends, Inc., would like to take this opportunity to say it was a privilege to have coordinated the recent Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment and School day held on Feb. 3, 4, and 5. The recent event attracted record crowds and was the largest re-enactment to date with approximately 3,000 in attendance! Over 500 fourth graders attended School Day. The students toured the Soldier and Seminole camps, saw an alligator demonstration, shopped in the period Sutlers’ (vendor) tents, viewed cannon demonstrations, and watched a minibattle. This history education experience was made possible by a grant from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. The Florida Daughters of the American Revolution Cora Stickney Harper (Fort Pierce); Seminole (West Palm Beach); and Okeechobee Chapters have cooperated to have the Battle of Okeechobee Monument moved to Okeechobee Battleeld Historic State Park. It is the rst permanent installation at the park leading to future development. The re-dedication ceremony was also held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. Coordinating the recent event was possible due to the partnerships, support and sponsorship of many and a great collaborative effort. Sincere thanks and heartfelt appreciation are extended to: Okeechobee Count y Board of County Commissioners, Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council, Okeechobee City Council, Former State Representative Richard Machek, Florida National Guard, Seminole Battalion, 2-124 Infantr y Regiment, Seminole Tribe Of Florida Brighton Council Representative Andrew Bowers and Brighton Community, Brighton Veteran John Wayne Huff, Seminole Tribe of Florid a Fred Smith Rodeo Arena Amos Tiger, Williamson Cattle Company, Seminole Tribe o f Florida AH-TAH-THI-KI Museum, Sheriff’s Department and their Deputies, Sheriff’s Department and their trustees, Florida Par k Service, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney – Greg Thogerson, Osceola Gift Shop – Moses Osceola, South Florida Water Management, Holiday Inn Express/Best Western, Wast e Management, Okeechobee Motor Company, Raulerson Hospital, Seacoast National Bank, Florida Power and Light, Cobtown Graphics, Penny Saver, Okeechobee The Magazine, Park Manager Mark Nelson and staff, Sherif f and Mrs. Paul May, Su George, Bruce Home r Insurance, Willie Johns, John Missall, Jo e Crankshaw, Elizabeth Gentry Sayad, Richard Harrison Gentry, Paul Mitchell, Kylie Shirley, Okeechobee High School’s History teache r Eddie Matchett and students, Okeechobe e High School’s Jr. ROTC, Dillon Jones OHS Band, Gilbert Golf Carts, American Veterans Car Clubs of America, Classic Thunderbirds of Southeast Florida, The Okeechobee News, all the great re-enactors, demonstrators, sutlers and the many many volunteers! Again, it has been our privilege to coordinate the Battle o f Okeechobee Re-enactment and School Day. We look forward to many successful annual events and to ongoing partnerships as w e continue to reach fo r new goals and visions. It takes each and ever y person’s contributions and support to coordinate such a successful event. This could no t have happened without all of you! Okeechobee Battle eld Friends, Inc. Friday, April 6, 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! Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment was held Feb. 4 and 5 in the state park on the original battle site off U.S. Highway 441 S.E. This year’s re-enactment included the re-dedication of the monument which was recently moved to the battle site.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST EPISCOPAL PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTAL C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m EPISCOPAL Grand Opening Soon! SonRise Caf! Sunday Wednesday Mid Week Worship at 7pmChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4th Ave. • (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70ETraditional/Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Contemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship at 6pm 3666 E. Hwy 70 • Okeechobee (0ld Elks Lodge)“Celebrating 25 years of Pastoral Leadership”Sunday School 9 am Worship: Sun. 10 am • Tues. & Thurs. 7:30 pm Prayer Service: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30 7:30 pm Nursery Available at All Services Of ce Hours CLOSED Mondays Tuesday Friday 9 am to 5 pm (863) 357-2264 Bishop Robert J. Banks, Jr., Pastor “Your Place of Destiny” Jeremiah 29:11 ALeap Insurance & Financial Service, Inc.“Providing Solutions That Work”• Index Universal Life • Annuities • Whole Life • TermAgent/Advisor: Jessie Vasquez, Sr. Individuals and Business Owners 863-763-7114 • www.aleapinsurance.comAsk how an IUL policy bene ts retirement 5 Okeechobee News A pril 6, 2012 Writers and aspiring authors are invited to polish their craft at Writer’s Day at Indian River State College on Saturday, April 14. The event will be held in the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Room Y -102, on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. The session will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. and lunch will be provided. This program is designed to enhance anyone’s writing and thinking. Participants may register for $25 per person payable to the IRSC Foundation. Space is limited to the rst 50 registrants. This program will include multi-media presentations, and discussions dealing with a variety of writing related topics; i.e., brainstorming, dialogue, style, poetic language, creative nonction, cultivating wonder, mystery boxes, characterization, passion, play, creativity, beauty, politics, failure, technology, listening, and critical thinking. These discussions will improve writing and communication techniques and foster an aesthetic appreciation for written expression. There will be an hour-long workshop for interested authors. It is sponsored by The Gladys Williams Wolf Endowed Teaching Chair in Communications IRSC Foundation; Center for Media and Journalism Studies –English, Communication, and Modern Languages Department at IRSC. For further information, contact Dr. Matthew Brooks at 772-462-7842 or email at mbrooks@irsc.edu or Dr. Sarah Mallonee at 772-462-7481 or email at smallone@irsc. edu. Indian River State College announces Writer’s Day The Humane Society of the United States reminds people to refrain from acquiring live chicks and rabbits as Easter gifts this holiday season. Instead of live animals as gifts, consider giving children a plush toy or a chocolate rabbit. “Rabbits and chickens can make wonderful companions, but those adorable babies grow up quickly into adults that will need proper socialization, care and companionship for many years,” said Inga Fricke, The HSUS’ director of sheltering and pet care issues. After cats and dogs, rabbits are the animals most frequently surrendered to animal shelters, largely because people acquire them as youngsters but aren’t prepared for the long-term commitment involved. Others are simply released into backyards by people who mistakenly believe they will be able to fend for themselves. Unlike wild rabbits, domestic rabbits sold or adopted as pets cannot survive on their own outdoors. Chickens also need dedicated, consistent care and far too many of them end up in shelters, rescues and sanctuaries as well. The decision to add any new pet to your household, whether it be a baby rabbit or chick, a puppy or kitten, or any other pet, should not be made on impulse. The HSUS’s resources on rabbit care and adopting and caring for backyard chickens can help you decide whether a rabbit or a chicken is the right pet for you. Then visit www.ShelterPetProject.org to nd rabbits, chickens and other pets already in local shelters waiting for a wonderful new home like yours. Humane Society: Baby chicks and rabbits are not Easter gifts Fun and Fellowship The Peace Lutheran Seasoned Seniors meet every month on the fourth Thursday for fun and fellowship. On March 22, the program was an Antique Forum. Beth Nicholas from Coop Antiques and Dorothy McDermott from Rustic Star Antiques displayed antiques and answered questions about those brought by the seniors including Carol McClanahan. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Peace Lutheran The American Cancer Society needs your support and you can win an iPad for yourself! Drawing tickets are available for $10 each at Big Lake Cancer Center, 1115 N. Parrott Ave. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society for the Relay for Life Event here in Okeechobee. The drawing is on Saturday, April 14 during the closing ceremonies of Relay for Life at about 10 a.m. at the Cattleman’s Rodeo Arena. Win an iPad! support the American Cancer Society

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Harry Raymond Dubel Jr., 53OKEECHOBEE — Harry Raymond Dubel Jr., age 53, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Raulerson Hospital. He was born in Hagerstown, Md., on April 5, 1958, to Harry Raymond and Dorothy Bell Dubel Sr. His hobbies included watching television and drawing. Harry was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Bonnie Dubel; nephew, Scott Dubel; and niece, Lis a Dubel. Survivors include his beloved nephew, Darryl (Diann) Dubel of Okeechobee; sisters, Pats y Nickels of Pa., Dana Zahn of Okeechobee; brother, Gary (Timmie) Dubel; nieces, Alici a Dubel of Lakeland, Hope (Wayne) Place, Samantha (Jesse) Dubel; nephew, Wayne Dubel; and a close family friend, Odell Bryant, all o f Okeechobee. He is also survived by Eden McGee, Heather, Jaden, Kayla and Keith Dubel, and Stephanie McDowell, all of Okeechobee, Anthony Dubel o f Lakeland, and Ana, Scottie, and Corey Dubel, all of Okeechobee. There are no services planned at this time. I f friends desire, they may make a donation in Harry’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthe w and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News April 6, 2012 Lodge to hold sh fryOkeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237, at 107 N.W. 5th 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 Hwy. 441 North, 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 nightFriday, 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.Eagles North to host Card BingoSaturday, April 7 Eagles North is having Card Bingo beginning at 5 p.m. Lots of fun. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee.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 Avenue. 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.Easter services plannedThe Okeechobee Ministerial Association w ill 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 Community 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.Home Depot to host 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 US Hwy 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 Community Charity Fund. Public Welcome.BHR VFW plans 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 VFW 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.Radio Club to meetOkeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be holding it’s April business meeting on Monday, April 9 at the Red Cross Classroom found at 323 North Parrott Ave in Okeechobee. All members and anyone with an interest in Ham Radio is urged to attend. The business meeting begins promptly at 7 p.m. and usually lasts about an hour. For more information on the meeting, contact club President, Tom Timmons at 863-467-5435 and leave a message. Speech contest plannedOkeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Speech Contest, “SHOULD FOOD CROPS BE USED FOR FUEL?” will be held, April 10 The contest is open to any Okeechobee County students, grades 6 through 12. First place is $200. For a complete list of rules and entry form contact 763-3619 ext. 501, email: jared.prescott@ .nacdnet.net or visit www.okeechobeeswcd.com. Deadline is April 9.Shockwaves registration open April 16 and 17The 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 practice is held three days a week in the afternoons until summer and then goes to ve days a week with morning practice. Meets are held on Saturdays. The team does travel to meets in other counties and to the regional nals.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 .OCEA to hold nal meeting of school yearThe Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) will have its nal General Membership Meeting of the 2012-13 school year on Thursday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the media center of South Elementary, 2468 SW 7th Ave. All OCEA members of the Instructional and Classi ed Bargaining Unit are encouraged to attend. Potential members may join at the meeting. Come hear the latest on the Teacher Evaluation Impasse Hearing scheduled for April 18 and current legislative issues affecting public education employees. We also will be entertaining nominations for OCEA of cers. Door pries and refreshments will be available. Now is the time to get involved in your chosen profession. Contact OCEA at 863-467-1564 for more information.KOA hosts annual bene t dinnerThe Ninth Annual Ham Dinner for KOA Kids Care Camp (with all the trimmings) will be Saturday, April 14 at Good Spirits 245 Hwy 441 S.E. beginning at noon. Dinners are $6, eat in or take out. It will be a funlled day with games and music. Support our fundraiser to help the little ones at the KOA Cancer Camps. For more information, call 863-763-2734.DAR to meet April 14The Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their last meeting for the 2011=2012 season on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. in the Okeechobee county Library. All members and prospective members are invited to attend. Meetings will resume Oct. 6, 2012. For questions contact Kenna Noonan 863-634-5669.Freedom Outreach shing tournament plannedThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, April 15 May 13, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. You must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at OkeeTantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions. Community Events Hibiscus Children’s Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415. Foster parents needed Free training program

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9 DERMATOLOGY Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com SPINE SURGERY PALM BEACH SPINE SPECIALISTSPasquale X. Montesano, M.D.Board Certi ed Orthopedic Spine Surgeon 1124 S. Parrott Avenue • Okeechobee 863-261-8059 • info@spinedocs.org OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & 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. 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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 8 Okeechobee News April 6, 2012

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force has arrested an area woman for reportedly getting 195 pills from two different doctors in a 15-day period. Trina Annitte Marion, 49, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, April 4, on one count of obtaining a prescription by fraud. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $1,000. Jail records indicate she has since been released on bond. According to the detective’s report Marion received a prescription for 45 alprazolam tablets from an Oakland Park doctor on Dec. 15, 2011. Fifteen days later Marion reportedly went to a West Palm Beach physician and was given a script for 120 alprazolam tablets and 30 temazepam pills. The detective added that the doctors were not af liated and were unaware that Marion was seeing two different doctors to get scripts for the same therapeutic substances. Marion also lled those scripts at two different pharmacies, added the investigator. In total, stated the report, Marion was given scripts for a total of 1,557 similar or like substances from Feb. 1, 2011, until Dec. 30 of that same year. During that time period she went to three different pharmacies to have those prescriptions lled, stated the detective. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 **GET INFORMED**View the March 13, 2012 OUA Board meeting:www.youtube.com/user/OUAFlorida(The upcoming April 10th OUA meeting will also be posted) View live or past County Commission meetings:www.co.okeechobee.fl.usselect Meeting Portal Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 10 Okeechobee News April 6, 2012 Doctor shopping charge led against area woman Trina Annitte Marion By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local woman was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail following her arrest on charges of stealing another woman’s purse that contained cash and prescription medications. Reba Lynn Osceola, 22, Reservation Road, was arrested Wednesday, April 4, on felony charges of robbery by sudden snatching, burglary of a conveyance and grand theft. Her bond was set at $15,000. Jail records indicate that she has been released on bond. An arrest report by Detective William Suggs, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that while Osceola was talking with someone in a pickup truck she reached inside the truck and grabbed a purse that belonged to a passenger in the vehicle. According to the detective’s report the purse contained cash, as well as the victim’s prescription medications. Those medications, added the investigator, were oxycodone and xanax. In all, Detective Suggs said the purse and contents were valued at $790. The arrest report does not indicate if the woman’s purse, money or pills have been recovered. Woman charged in theft of purse, pills Reba Lynn Osceola 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).  Karen S. Werne, 55, Linda Road, Okeechobee, was arrested April 3 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with obtaining/ attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud (three counts). Her bond was set at $4,500.  Lonnie Vela, 45, was arrested April 3 by Deputy Cody Hurst on a Florida Parole Commission warrant charging him with violation of parole. He is being held without bond.  Jose Cervantes, 23, was arrested April 3 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation driving while license suspended. 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 Okeechobee April Blood DrivesThe Big Red Bus is the one that supplies our own hospital with the blood it needs. “Okeechobee folks saving Okeechobee folks.” Each donor will receive a free movie ticket.Friday, April 6 -Good Friday Drive at Pueblo Viejo Restaurant, 11 5 Friday, April 6 -Good Friday Drive at Blockbuster Video, 2 6 Saturday, April 7 -Wal Mart, 10 3

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Talkin’ turkey By Tony Young, FWCBetter start brushing up on your turkey calling, because spring gobbler season is here. Whether you prefer to use a mouth call, box call, slate or any combination, March means it’s time to start talkin’ turkey. Youth hunters bene ted from a rule passed last year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) that established a two-day youth spring turkey hunting season on private property the weekend prior to the opening of spring turkey season in each hunting zone. The new Youth Spring Turkey Hunt was such a success that the FWC expanded the opportunity to 78 of its w ildlife management areas (WMAs) beginning this season. In Zone A (south of State Road 70) this y ear, that weekend is Feb. 25-26. In the rest of the state, that weekend falls on March 10-11. Only those under 16 years old are allowed to harvest a turkey while supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. On private land, no license or permit is required of the youth or supervising adult, unless the adult plans to help “call-in” the bird or otherwise participate in the hunt. In that case, he or she will need a hunting license and turkey permit. Forty-nine of the 78 participating WMAs require a youth spring turkey quota permit, and if the adult supervisor is going to attempt to call in a bird on any of the 78 WMAs, he or she also will need a management area permit in addition to a hunting license and turkey permit. But, keep in mind that adults are not allowed to do the shooting – only the kids may harvest a bird. For safety reasons, the FWC passed another rule last season that limits the methods of take allowed during spring turkey hunts on WMAs. The rule restricts rearms to shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns only, using shot no larger than No. 2. All legal bows and crossbows can also be used, but all ri es, pistols, buckshot and slugs are prohibited during spring turkey hunts on WMAs. This rule does not apply, however, to private property, where any legal ri e, shotgun, muzzleloader, crossbow, bow or pistol can be used to take turkeys. One of the most coveted and sought-after game species in Florida is the Osceola turkey, also known as the Florida turkey. This unique bird is one of ve subspecies of wild turkey in North America. The Osceola lives only on the Florida peninsula and nowhere else in the world, making it extremely popular with out-of-state hunters. They’re similar to the eastern subspecies (found in the Panhandle) but tend to be a bit smaller and typically are darker with less white barring on the primary ight feathers of their wings. The National Wild Turkey Federation and the FWC recognize any wild turkey harvested within or south of the counties of Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua, Union, Bradford, Clay and Duval to be the Osceola subspecies. Eastern turkeys and hybrids are found north and west of these counties into the Panhandle. For us adults, the highly anticipated spring turkey season comes in rst in Zone A and runs March 3–April 8. In zones B, C and D (except for Holmes County), it runs March 17–April 22. In Holmes County, the season runs March 17–April 1. Hunters may take bearded turkeys and gobblers only, and the daily bag limit is one. The season and possession limit on turkeys is two, except in Holmes County, where the season limit is one. Shooting hours on private lands are onehalf hour before sunrise to sunset, but on WMAs, you must quit hunting at 1 p.m. To participate in spring turkey hunting, you’ll need a Florida hunting license and a turkey permit. If you plan to pursue a gobbler on one of Florida’s many WMAs, you also must purchase a management area permit. All of these licenses and permits are available at county tax collectors’ of ces, most retail outlets that sell hunting and shing supplies, by calling 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356) or online at MyFWC.com/License. And if you didn’t put in for a specialopportunity or quota permit, don’t worry; several WMAs don’t require them. Visit MyFWC.com/Hunting and under “Turkey,” clic k on “Where to spring turkey hunt without a quota permit” to see a list of WMAs where you need only a hunting license, management area permit and turkey permit to hunt spring turkeys. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945 f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. Over 100 Listings COUNTRY HILLS DREAM HOME ~ Custom 2004 CBS, 2414/3712 SF Under roof, 3Bd/2Ba, Gourmet Kitchen, Stone Fireplace, Grand Room, 21x23 Master suite. 800 SF Patio/Party room. Wired/Generator, Hurricane shutters, 40x60 Dean metal bldg. w/ roll up doors, 24x40 Carolina RV carport, 25x30 Double Garage bldg. $295,000 4+ACRES 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 em 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 1 1D D r r . 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S e e B a 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 r t i 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 11 Okeechobee News A pril 6, 2012 Northside Headstart accepting applicationsThe Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County is accepting applications for Northside Head Start and VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten). Children must have been born before Sept. 2, 2009. Birth Certi cate and Social Security number for the child applying and proof of family income is required. Please call the Northside Head Start of ce at 863-357-8677 for an appointment and additional information. Of ce hours are as follows, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 school yearOkeechobee County School Board will hold Kindergarten registration at the following schools: May 14, Central Elementary School 863-462-5077 May 15, Seminole Elementary School 863-462-5116 May 16, North Elementary School 863-462-5100 May 17, South Elementary School 863-462-5087 May 18, Everglades Elementary School 863-462-5108 If your child will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2012, you should gather the following information required by law to enter public school including: Legal proof of birth date, up to date immunization records, health exam record that has been completed by a physician since September 1, 2011; proof of residence (FPL statement; OUA statement, etc.) Please contact the school your child will attend to schedule an appointment for kindergarten registration. If you do not know which school your child should attend, contact the Student Services Of ce at 863-462-5000, ext. 260. Special to the Okeechobee NewsPalm Sunday ProcessionParishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Okeechobee celebrated Palm Sunday on April 1 with a large procession of hundreds of people holding palms, and singing “Hosanna” outside the walls of the church. Outta’ the Woods

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Gopher tortoises move slowly through ‘spring training’ of grazing, burrow-diggingLike a baseball player stretching muscles and practicing skills during spring training, the gopher tortoise is emerging from winter dormancy and moving slowly and steadily through the landscape in search of greenery to eat and a new place to dig its burrow. Look for gopher tortoises’ distinctive domed brown shells and stumpy legs, as these land-dwellers make their way through Florida’s open canopy forests and sandy areas. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission (FWC) asks people to remember that gopher tortoises are good neighbors, so leave them and their burrows alone. “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission works with, and is grateful to, the homeowners, landowners, businesses and public agencies willing to share their lands with gopher tortoises and their burrows,” said Deborah Burr, the FWC’s gopher tortoise plan coordinator. “This state has made progress in reversing the decline of gopher tortoises by providing direction to developers, including re-locating tortoises if necessary, and to help people interested in making room for tortoises.” Florida’s rst Gopher Tortoise Management Plan was adopted by the FWC in 2007 and is being updated this year as scheduled. More than 50 individuals and stakeholders already have made suggestions on improving the 2007 plan, and proposed draft revisions to the plan are available online at the GTTAG SharePoint site for review and public comment. To comment, go to MyFWC.com/ GopherTortoise and click on the “Management Plan” link. Since the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan took effect in 2007, an annual average of 36,000 acres of gopher tortoise habitat has been restored and managed; protected tortoise habitat expanded by more than 6,500 acres; and more than 4,000 gopher tortoises were humanely relocated from development sites. “In addition to changes in Florida’s economy, the needs of the gopher tortoise have changed since the plan was rst approved in 2007,” Burr said. “The proposed revisions to the plan include new actions that the FWC and our partners can implement together to improve the status of the species, and help secure viable populations well into the future.” She added, “We will accept written comments on the rst draft of the revisions until April 10. There will be additional public comment opportunities through July on each improved draft of the plan.” In Florida, it is illegal to harm gopher tortoises or their extensive burrows, which provide shelter to more than 350 other native species. Generally, the only time people should pick up and move a gopher tortoise is to help it get across a road. Remember, though, not to put the tortoise in your car. Do point the tortoise in the same direction it was going when you picked it up, but never put it in the water because it is a land animal. The best long-term protection for this state-threatened species is the people who are aware of gopher tortoises’ needs and happy to share their lawns and lands with the tortoise that can live to 40 to 60 years in the wild. For more information, please visit MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. Check out our updated website: Century21okeechobee.com • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 MLS #205495 • FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 MLS #205578 • 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 • Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 1001-H: Oak Tree Place In town condominium conveniently close to everything. Porch just off the kitchen area. Seller very motivated to sell. Unit #10-G Make offer! $52,000 NOW $39,000 MLS #203425 3006-H: Treasure Island lake access. CBS and frame home with front & back screen porch. Whether you’re looking for a weekend retreat or a place to call home. $53,900 MLS #205626 5011-M: Four Seasons 2006, 2br/2ba MH on acre. Great location for east coast commuters! Fenced yard with 4 sheds, wooden front porch. Motivated seller, make an offer! $78,000 NOW $65,000 MLS #204129 3003-H: King’s Bay 2 Bd 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205169 3004-H: King’s Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, enclosed back porch and screened front porch, garage, appliance stay. HOA. Easy to show. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205168 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge Lake Access two story 3 bd/2 ba. Upstairs & downstairs kitchen, lg storage bldg, hurricane shutters, seawall, RV Prkg. 2,560 sq. ft. of living. Way too much to list! $399,000 NOW $349,000 MLS #204356 FORECLOSURE REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 12 Okeechobee News April 6, 2012 FWC: Watch out for the slow moving gopher tortoise Courtesy photo/ FWCSlow goes the gopher tortoise as it makes its way across open forests and sandy terrain. FWC asks that these neighborly terapins be left alone to go on their way. OK Corral Gun Club presented Teresa Chandler with a free yearly Sporting Clay Membership during Sunday’s St. Patty’s Day Fun Shoot. Valued at $250, the lucky winner receives membership status at the club including reduced clay target pricing, VIP cart reservation, priority start time, discounts on ammunition & retail items and other special offers. Located ten miles northeast of the City of Okeechobee, the club features sporting clay, cowboy action, pistol, ri e and 3-D archery as w ell as a 4,000 square foot club house designed with authentic W estern air and hospitality in mind. In addition to offering several membership options, the club is open to the public and dedicated to family-oriented recreation with the ability to host unique business meetings and private functions. For new summer hours, shooting events and banquet information visit w ww.okcorralgunclub.com or call 863-357-2226. Outdoor Shooting Club awards prize package drawing Special to the Okeechobee News/ OK Corral Gun ClubThe Ok Corral Gun Club hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Fun Shoot and for one lucky winner, the day turned out to be lucky indeed. Teresa Chandler was awarded the big prize for the day receiving a prize package including a membership at the club for one year and other discounts for her efforts.

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SALES PERSON WANTEDwith the following quali cations:• Sales experience preferred, but will train sharp individuals • Good people skills • Sound work ethic Bene ts of our company: • Reasonable work schedule • Health bene ts • 401K • Liberal pay plan (Salary plus commission) If you have an interest in joining our team, contactRick ProverbNO Phone Calls • Apply within DRESS TO IMPRESS! Hours: Mon Fri 9am 7pm • Sat 9am 5pm4224 Hwy 441 S. OkeechobeeEOE/DFWP Sales Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Lost Lost Cat Female Tabby Black & Brown, 8 lbs, Race Track Gas Station March 29, 2012 at 10 pm. Reward $500. (863)368-1835 or (954)682-0900 Lost Diamond In Setting at Okeechobee Wal-mart on April 3rd. Great sentimental value, Generous Reward. If found please call 812-677-2055 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Garage/ Yard SalesEstate/Yard Sale Saturday April 7th 8 am till 3 pm 2271 SW 21st Street All household items for sale. 3 families participating. Everything from towels to furniture and jewelry. Multi-Family Sale 3124 SE 35th Ave Treasure Island Sat. 7th & Sun. 8th 7am-?? T.V.’s, clothes, toys and misc items. ServicesGolf Cart Repairs, parts, carries Powertron and US batteries. Will buy unwanted and not working golf carts. Locally owned & Operated Call Dan at 863-610-0479 SWAMP CABBAGE Just in time for EASTER. Call today and order your fresh cut Swamp Cabbage $8.00 ea. or 2/$15.00 863-233-0648 or 863-447-7899 We pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 www.268junk.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time LAWN MAINTENANCE Minimum of 2 years Commercial exp. Must have transportation/ Valid Drivers License. Call between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (863)467-8001. Sales Employment Full TimeRECEPTIONIST OKEECHOBEE AIR COND. Must be Bi-lingual, DFWP, Microsoft Word/Excel. Apply in person 312 SW 2nd St. Teez 2 Pleez is looking for EXPERIENCED screen printers,must be knowledgeable in all phases of the business. Apply in person at 620 S. Parrott Ave. TRUCK DRIVER NEEDED CLASS ACDL WITH HAZMAT AND TANKER ENDORSEMENT REQUIRED. APPLY WITHIN AT: DIAMOND R. FERTILIZER, 710 NE 5TH AVE. WELDER MECHANIC NEEDED 3 YRS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED AND MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVER LICENSE. APPLY WITHIN AT DIAMOND R FERTILIZER, 710 NE 5TH AVE. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com CaregiversASSISTED LIVING By Registered Nurse with 40 yrs experience. Well known in area. TLC in very nice family home. References furnished. 1 opening now. 772-807-1558 or 772-233-7136 CaregiversCNA care for your loved one. Call for available hours/days, reasonable. Call 863-623-7047 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Call 863-634-7051 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. NW OKEE: 2 Bedroom Apartments available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $700mo. and $750mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 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 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 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 13 Okeechobee News A pril 6, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!

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Unable 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. NOTICE On April 21, 2012, there will be sold to the highest bidder At the premises of SABAL PALM SELF STORAGE, 14040 Hwy 441 N, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (Landlord) the contents of storage spaces rented by Tenants, for failure to pay rent due on the spaces. Sealed bids will be accepted until the day of the sale. The contents of the spaces consist of personal property including household goods, furnishings, clothing, boxes, bags, and totes, and other miscellaneous property. The names of the tenants whose property will be sold are: 1. Michael Leighton, Unit #C-11 Minimum Bid $350.00 Sabal Palm Self Storage 863-357-1110 413747 ON 3/30;4/6/2012 NOTICE On April 14, 2012, there will be sold to the highest bidder At the premises of SABAL PALM SELF STORAGE, 14040 Hwy 441 N, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (Landlord) the contents of storage spaces rented by Tenants, for failure to pay rent due on the spaces. Sealed bids will be accepted until the day of the sale. The contents of the spaces consist of personal property including household goods, furnishings, clothing, boxes, bags, and totes, and other miscellaneous property. The names of the tenants whose property will be sold are: 1. Lisa McMurtry, Unit #C-CC16 Minimum Bid $280 Sabal Palm Self Storage 863-357-1110 413636 ON 3/30;4/6/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2157 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONNERS HIGHLANDS LOT 6 BLOCK 27 1-09-37-35-0020-00270-0060 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LARS H ROLFSEN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 10th day of May, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 412420 ON 3/30;4/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD005 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that NEAL KEYS TRUSTEE the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1142 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 27 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 27 29 34S 33E 1-29-34-33-0A00-00027-G000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JAMES R REYNOLDS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of April, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 410732 ON 3/16,23,30;4/6/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 510 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 26 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 26 17 34S 33E 1-17-34-33-0A00-00026-G000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: IRMA EARLEY SUSAN OCONNOR Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 26th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 412010 ON 3/16,23,30;4/6/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 101 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS K & L OF TRACT 17 E/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 17 & W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 17 09 34S 33E 1-09-34-33-0A00-00017-K000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DELSA LOPEZ COLLAZOS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 26th day of April, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 412007 ON 3/16,23,30; 4/6/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. 2012-CA-016 IN RE: ESTATE OF EARL L. MYERS Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the estate of Earl L. Myers, deceased, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, le number 2012-CP-016. The estate is intestate. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. The duciary lawyer-client privilege in Section 90.5021 applies with respect to the personal representative and any attorney employed by the personal representative. Any interested person on whom a copy of the notice of administration is served who challenges the validity of the Will or Codicils, quali cation of the personal representative, venue, or the jurisdiction of the court must le any objection with the court in the manner provided in the Florida Probate Rules WITHIN THE TIME REQUIRED BY LAW, which is on or before the date that is 3 months after the date of service of a copy of the Notice of Administration on that person, or those objections are forever barred. A petition for determination of exempt property must be led by or on behalf of any person entitled to exempt property under Section 732.402, WITHIN THE TIME REQUIRED BY LAW, which is on or before the later of the date that is 4 months after the date of service of a copy of the Notice of Administration on such person or the date that is 40 days after the date of termination of any proceeding involving the construction, admission to probate, or validity of the will or involving any other matter affecting any part of the exempt property, or the right of such person to exempt property is deemed waived. An election to take an elective share must be led by or on behalf of the surviving spouse entitled to an elective share under Section 732.201 732.2155 WITHIN THE TIME REQUIRED BY LAW, which is on or before the earlier of the date that is 6 months after the date of service of a copy of the Notice of Administration on the surviving spouse, or an attorney in fact or a guardian of the property of the surviving spouse, or the date that is 2 years after the date of the decedent’s death. The time for ling an election to take an elective share may be extended as provided in the Florida Probate Rules. Personal Representative: Richard A. Myers II 13053 30th Ave. Remus, Michigan 49340 Attorney for Personal Representative: Kevin G. Staas, Esquire Attorney for Richard A. Myers II Florida Bar Number: 0196045 245 N. Tamiami Trail, Ste. F Venice, FL 34285 Telephone: (941) 485 7676 Fax: (941) 485 7633 E-Mail: kevin@venetianlawyer.com 414235 ON 4/6,13/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. 2012-CP-016 IN RE: ESTATE OF EARL L. MYERS Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Earl L. Myers, deceased, whose date of death was December 8, 2010, and the last four digits of whose social security number are 5745, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER 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 date of rst publication of this notice is April 6, 2012. Personal Representative: Richard A. Myers II Attorney for Personal Representative: Kevin G. Staas, Esquire Attorney for Richard A. Myers II Florida Bar Number: 0196045 245 N. Tamiami Trail, Ste. F Venice, FL 34285 Telephone: (941) 485 7676 Fax: (941) 485 7633 E-Mail: kevin@venetianlawyer.com 414237 ON 4/6,13/2012 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider amendment/adoption of the School Board policies listed below at their meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee. A copy of the proposed amendments/policies are available in the Superintendent’s of ce, Room 307, located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue. ADOPTION OF BOARD POLICY 2.35 Strategic Planning I. The proposed policy is recommended to address the District’s strategic planning process. II. This policy includes guidelines for development and implementation as well as goals and objectives of the strategic planning process. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41 and 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 1001.42, 1001.43, 1001.452, 1008.385. IV. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 6.216 Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) I. This policy provides guidelines for administering the Deferred Retirement Option Program. II. The proposed amendment adds language for computing terminal pay for sick leave for instructional staff, educational support personnel, and administrators. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42, 1012.22, 1012.23. Laws implemented are F.S. 121.091, 1001.43. IV. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 8.20 Purpose and Functions of the Transportation Program I. This policy provides general direction for administration of the Transportation Program. II. The proposed amendment adds language to comply with current statute and practice regarding recipr ocal agreements with other school districts.. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 1001.43, 1006.21, 1006.21(3), 1006.22, 1006.23, 1011.68. IV. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 414338 ON 4/15/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD020 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WILLIAM B BREWER the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 714 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT P OF TRACT 14 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 14 22 34S 33E 1-22-34-33-0A00-00014-P000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PAULINE P HAMM RAYMOND H HAMM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 10th day of May, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 412419 OK 3/30;4/6,13,20/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice 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 Home Rent$700 A Month Steal 3 Bed/2 Bath Dble wide Furnished. Built in 05. MINT CONDITION City water,1st and last. No dogs and references. 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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast/DBA, Workforce Solutions Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium announces a meeting of the Executive and Nominating Committees to which all persons are invited:Date & Time: Friday, April 13, 2012 8:00 a.m. Place: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers, and the Workforce Development Board DBA, Workforce Solutions. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 414374 ON 4/6/2012 14 Okeechobee News April 6, 2012PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY APRIL 17, 2012, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 413660 ON 4/6/2012 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!

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**OFFICIAL** N O T I C E O F G E N E R A L E L E C T I O N I, Ken Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in OKEECHOBEE County, State of Florida, on the SIXTH day of NOVEMBER, 2012, A.D., to ll or retain the following of ces: President and Vice-President United States Senator Representative in Congress State Attorney: Judicial Circuit 19 Public Defender: Judicial Circuit 19 State Senator State Representative Supreme Court: Retention of Three Justices Fourth District Court of Appeal: Retention of Three Judges Circuit Judge, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit: Groups 3, 5, 8, 9, 12 and 19 Clerk of the Circuit Court Sheriff Property Appraiser Tax Collector Supervisor of Elections County Court Judge: Group 1 School Board: Districts 2 and 4 County Commissioner: Districts 1, 3 and 5 Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District: Groups 2 and 4 412427 ON 3/21;4/6/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A TEMPORARY USE PERMIT NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Planning Board on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a TEMPORARY USE PERMIT for multiple three-day MUDFEST MUDDING EVENTS. The property owner is Fortunate Farming, LLC. The applicant is Hales Amusements, Inc. The property address is 11705 State Road 70 East and is more particularly described as follows: ALL THAT PART OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY LYING IN SECTION 2, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTIONS 2 AND 3, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 2, THENCE SOUTH 9000’00” EAST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SECTION 2, A DISTANCE OF 2415.52 FEET TO THE SOUTHWESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF “CROOKED CREEK PLANTATION, UNIT 1”, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGES 77 THRU 78 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 4950’12” EAST ALONG SAID SOUTHWESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 873.73 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTHERLY LINE OF THE STATE ROAD #70 RIGHTOF-WAY (66 FEET IN WIDTH); THENCE SOUTH 4825’00” WEST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY R/W LINE, A DISTANCE OF 3582.37 FEET TO THE BEGINNING OF A CURVE TO THE RIGHT IN SAID R/W LINE, SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 5323.26 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 11 46’00”; THEN SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE, THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 0525’43”, A DISTANCE OF 504.35 FEET; THENCE NORTH 0839’30” WEST, PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 2, A DISTANCE OF 3295.12 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF AFORESAID SECTION 3; THENCE SOUTH 9000’00” EAST ALONG SAID NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 3, A DISTANCE OF 484.94 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 115.63 ACRES MORE OR LESS. AND ALL THAT PART OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY LYING IN SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTIONS 2 AND 3, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 2, THENCE SOUTH 9000’00” EAST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SECTION 2, A DISTANCE OF 2415.52 FEET TO THE SOUTHWESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF “CROOKED CREEK PLANTATION, UNIT 1”, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGES 77 THRU 78 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 4950’12” EAST ALONG SAID SOUTHWESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 873.73 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTHERLY LINE OF THE STATE ROAD #70 RIGHT-OF-WAY (66 FEET IN WIDTH); THENCE SOUTH 4825’00” WEST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY R/W LINE, A DISTANCE OF 3582.37 FEET TO THE BEGINNING OF A CURVE TO THE RIGHT IN SAID R/W LINE, SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 5323.26 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 1146’00”; THEN SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE, THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 0525’43”, A DISTANCE OF 504.35 FEET; THENCE NORTH 0839’30” WEST, PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 2, A DISTANCE OF 3295.12 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF AFORESAID SECTION 3; THENCE SOUTH 9000’00” EAST ALONG SAID NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 3, A DISTANCE OF 484.94 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 34.37 ACRES MORE OR LESS. AND A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 3, THENCE NORTH 9000’ 00” WEST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SECTION 3, A DISTANCE OF 484.94 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE SOUTH 0839’ 30” EAST, PARALLEL WITH THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 3, A DISTANCE OF 3295.12 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE ARC OF NONTANGENT CURVE IN THE NORTHERLY LINE OF THE STATE ROAD #70 RIGHT-OF-WAY (66 FEET WIDE); SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 5323.26 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 1146’00”; THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE, THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 0620’17” A DISTANCE OF 588.87 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE; THENCE SOUTH 6011’00” WEST, CONTINUING ALONG SAID NORTHERLY R/W LINE, A DISTANCE OF 1284.82 FEET; THENCE NORTH 0000’00” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 4216.86 FEET TO INTERSECTION WITH THE AFORESAID NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 3; THENCE SOUTH 9000’00” EAST ALONG SAID NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 3, A DISTANCE OF 1112.38 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 120 ACRES MORE OR LESS. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING to consider the Temporary Use Permit will be held before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of County Commissioners or the Planning Board or Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at these meetings or hearings will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. County Clerk and Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Clerk and of the Planning Department. William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition T-2012-0244 414327 ON 4/6/2012 15 Okeechobee News A pril 6, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee bats erupted for three runs in the fourth and seven more in the fth as they defeated the Lincoln Park Greyhounds, 10-3, in a non-district game among old rivals Tuesday night at OHS. Starting pitcher Christian Crews scattered four hits over 6 2/3rds and struck out seven in his second consecutive strong start for Okeechobee who improved to (8-10) on the season. Lincoln Park fell to (6-9). Coach Jeff Blackstone said the team has played hard in recent games and really improved their effort in the home stretch of the season. Crews has been able to get into a groove as he tossed nine strong innings against John Carroll last week and then nearly pitched a complete game against Lincoln Park. "He's done a fantastic job in the last two starts. He's got a little velocity and a good curve ball and does a nice job mixing up those pitches and keeping hitters off balance," he said. Alex Estremera reached base in the rst and fourth innings. His fourth inning bunt went for a single and set up the Brahmans big inning. Coach Blackstone said the team has swung the bats better and aren't hitting as many lazy y balls. Most of the time, the batter has hit the ball on the button and made things happen. "We have a big home stand this week and we have started to put some things together. We feel we are headed in the right direction," he added. Crews is a sophomore this year. He has grown up around Brahman baseball as several of his relatives, including his father Shawn, have played for the high school. Crews said he felt great about his performance because the team played as a family, cheered each other on, and stuck together. "I feel like I could have thrown a lot harder but I gave it all I had. I feel my curve and changeup worked well tonight," he added. Crews said he was really pumped up when his team put 10 runs on the board. He said he only returned the favor to the hitters by pitching well. "Those rallies motivated me. They came out and did something for me, so I went out and did something for them," he explained. OHS boys baseball team beats Lincoln Par k By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Shantae Doby ran in a 25-yard touchdown reception in the nal two minutes on a fourth and ve play to give the Lady Broncos of Palm Beach Central a 14-7 victory over Okeechobee in a key district ag football game Tuesday night in Okeechobee. Ken'Shadra Smith secured the win with a late interception to stop the Lady Brahmans nal drive and give the Broncos their sixth win in seven tries. Okeechobee fell to (2-4). Okeechobee fell 7-6 last Thursday at Royal Palm Beach. Okeechobee Coach Bruce Jahner said despite the setbacks the girls will continue to play hard and try and turn their season around on Thursday against Wellington. "We've had some opportunities to score tonight. We had one series that came within inches of the goal line and had three downs to make it. That cost us in the long run," he explained. Carley McCoin hauled in a 57-yard reception for a touchdown from Kyla Hargraves in the rst half and Darby Jones caught the conversion pass to tie the score 7-7. Palm Beach Central scored on a 12-yard pass from Denisha Elliott to Mykayla Sims in the rst quarter. Jahner said Palm Beach Central was a tough team but that his team must pick their heads up and move on because Thursday's game could determine whether they compete in the district tournament this year. Destiny Nunez had an interceptions nulli ed for a defensive penalty and Morgan Crawford also had an interception for the Lady Brahmans. Sha'Dajia Williams had two sacks in the rst half for Okeechobee. Tiffany Bowers also had an interception for Okeechobee. Paige McCrary had a nice 20yard reception on Okeechobee's nal drive. Broncos Coach Ray Atkins said a couple of his key players were on the girls basketball squad that was one of the better teams in South Florida this winter. He praised Okeechobee for their hard work and their athleticism, "Okeechobee is one hell of a team. We've played them three times in tight battles. Their QB might be the best we've seen all year. They are well coached and they took advantage of some of our mistakes." In the end it was Doby, who made the big play as she caught the ball in traf c, avoided a tackle, and raced to the end zone. "She is a great athlete who makes plays boys don't make. I think she literally has rubber arms," Atkins said. Coach Jahner said his team had the chance to make the stop on that fourth down play but didn't execute. "What it comes down to is you have to get those ags. Some days you get the ag and some days you don't. We'll keep playing and hang in there." Lady Brahman ag football team falls to Broncos Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTyler Finney reacts to a strike call during Tuesday’s game. Finney had three hits in the game as Okeechobee walloped the Greyhounds 10-3. Destiny Nunez grabbed this interception in the fourth quarter but the key turnover was negated by a defensive penalty. Palm Beach Central went on to win 14-7. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKyla Hargraves attempts a pass down eld during Tuesday’s game at Brahman Stadium.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Samantha Harrell celebrated senior night w ith another shutout as the Lady Brahmans defeated Sebring 6-0 to end their home schedule Tuesday night. Okeechobee (13-6) has secured the #1 seed in their district tournament and Harrell has been a huge part of that success this y ear. Harrell over powered Sebring for much of the night and she had 13 strikeouts. When Sebring struck the ball well, her defenders like SS Danyelle Shef eld and Sarah Davis w ere equal to the task. Both made nice defensive plays for the Brahmans. Carissa LiCata had two hits, reached base three times, and scored two runs for Okeechobee. The Brahmans scored three times in the bottom of the rst inning with three walks, a hit batter, and an in eld single by Stormy Stokes. The Lady Blue Streaks also made two errors on one play to help the aggressive Lady Brahmans. Kathy Simmons base hit helped the Brahmans score two more runs in the third. Sebring's best chance to score came on a long run by Dena Lawyer whose long drive went foul down the left eld line in the fourth inning. Brahman Coach Christina Bragman said the girls have worked hard and implemented little things they've learned in practice into their games this year. She also praised the defense who executed all of the chances they had in the game. Bragman also praised the two seniors on the team, Harrell, and catcher Ashley Watson for their hard work and leadership this y ear. "They are big leaders who will be greatly missed next year. They were great kids to w ork with," she added. Harrell said she thought all week about her nal home game of her record-setting career which includes single season strikeout records, career strikeouts, and two all state team nominations. "It really hit me in the last few innings that this could be it for me and this eld. Tonight we hit the Sebring pitcher well, came together and did our jobs," she added. Harrell said she feels ne physically as she continues to pitch the vast majority of innings for the team. She said she feels she has the arm to keep pitching deep into the post season this year. "We have done really well this season and I'm proud of my girls. I feel we will be ne at districts and it won't end like it did last year," she added. Watson said she felt a little sad about the nal home game of her career. She said she loves winning and playing with her teammates. "I liked helping the younger girls by giving them pointers and helping them out this year," she added. Watson intends to study to become an elementary school teacher. The Lady Brahmans are off until next week when they play Fort Pierce Westwood on the road and then play in the Lakewood Park end of the year Classic which should include quality opponents like Jensen Beach and Eau Gallie. Okeechobee plays in the District Tournament at Martin County on Wednesday, April 18 against either Fort Pierce Central or South Fork. 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 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 16 Okeechobee News April 6, 2012 OHS softball team defeats Sebring, 13-6 OGCC Gold Tee WinnersOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee Winners include: tied for rst, Vern Johnson and Jack Kidwell; second, Wally Hall; tied for third, Dave Thomas, Norman Koff and Ron Smet. Gold Tee Winners Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySamantha Harrell is anked by her parents Wayne and Juanita as she is honored Tuesday at OHS Softball Senior night.