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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 04-08-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, April 8, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 43 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 12.19 feetLast Year: 11.66 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Happy Easter! Florida building codes among the toughest ... Page 3 E l i D e c k a r d 6 e n j o y e d c o t t o n c a n d y a t t h e r e c e n t Eli Deckard, 6, enjoyed cotton candy at the recent P e t F e s t e v e n t a t t h e H u m a n e S o c i e t y / P e t R e s c u e i n Pet Fest event at the Humane Society/Pet Rescue in O k e e c h o b e e F o r m o r e o n t h e e v e n t s e e p a g e 5 Okeechobee. For more on the event, see page 5.Pet Fest Fun SFWMD remains silent By Eric KoppOkeechobee News “In Okeechobee we have a saying that character counts. I believe that and it’s fundamental to me.” Louis E. ‘Woody’ Larson spoke those words earlier this week in a meeting between representatives of this newspaper and of cials from the Old River Cattle Company. The purpose of that meeting was to let Mr. Larson and his partners, Ricou Hartman and Jeffrey Clemons, state their position in regard to their cattle grazing lease with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). During the nearly two-hour meeting several points were touched on, but two of the more dwelled-upon points were the cutting of hay on their property and why their lease on SFWMD-owned land has never gone out for bid. Old River is currently operating off a 2006 lease that is somewhat different and more restrictive than the newer leases being given by SFWMD. That lease has been extended several times since 2006, with the most recent extension coming in December of 2011. That extension gives Old River use of the district’s property until 2022. The old lease contains requirements that the district’s other current leases do not. That old lease prohibits altering of the land which includes, but is not limited to, mowing. It also states that lessees cannot grant interviews to the media. And, because of that, the Old River group had to get written permission from the district before their April 4 meeting with this newspaper—which, they did. Starting with the haying issue, Mr. Hartman explained that Old River has been baling hay on the property ever since they entered into their agreement with the district. He said some of the round bales are moved to propert y owned by Old River on the south side of S.R. 78 W., and some are given to the independent contractor as payment for doing the mowing and baling. The rest, he said, stays on the property. The property being leased by Old River are three noncontiguous parcels north of S.R. 78 W. and just west of the Kissimmee River. Mr. Hartman went on to explain that his company contacts the district to get permission each time they cut and bale hay. Cattle owners address SFWMD lease issuesSee SFWMD — Page 9 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Soon electric meters in the area will be able to signal Florida Power & Light (FP&L) of a power failure before the customer has had a chance to call the utility, and also help customers lower their electric bills. The new meters, called “smart meters” by FP&L are only a part of an FP&L program to modernize the electrical grid, thus making more ef cient use of electricity and providing better customer service. While the smart meters are only a part of the program they are the most visible to the customer, according to Dennis Reynolds, general manager of smart meter deployment for FP&L. “We’re excited about the bene ts to our customers,” Mr. Reynolds said. Mr. Reynolds said that other devices to enhance the electrical grid have to be installed before the smart meters are installed. Those preliminary installations have been completed for Okeechobee FPL to install ‘smart meters’See FPL — Page 8

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Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East northeast wind between 5 and 15 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Extended ForecastMonday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind. Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. East wind around 5 mph becoming south. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. West northwest wind around 5 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. North northwest wind at 5 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CENTERSTATE BANK LIFES A BREEZE SWEEPSTAKES ABBREVIATED RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void outside FL and where prohibited. Open to legal U.S. residents, 18 years of age and older, who hold a valid Florida drivers license. Begins 12 :00:00 AM ET on 1/2/12; ends 6:00:00 PM ET on 6/29/12. To enter, visit a CenterState Bank location and “ll out an of“cial entry form. Gra nd Prize: One (1) Grand Prize: a 2012 Ford Mustang Convertible, ARV: $36,900. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Limit one (1) entry per person. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, visit www.centerstatebank.com. Spons or/ Operator: CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A. THREE FREEŽ MAKE THE SWITCH INCENTIVE: Void outside FL and where prohibited. Open to legal U.S. residents, 18 years of age and older. Begins 12:00:00 AM ET on 1/2/12; ends 6:00:00 PM ET on 6/29/12. To receive Make the SwitchŽ incentives of free gift free checking, and free debit card, visit a CenterState Bank or Valrico State Bank location and open a quali“ed account. Quali“ed ac count is a non-interest bearing account (annual percentage yield … 0%). $50 minimum balance required to obtain free gift, free checki ng, and free debit card. The Three FreeŽ incentive is not part of the Lifes a Breeze Sweepstakes.Ž Government-issued photo ID may be required and additional account approval requirements may be imposed; see full details at www centerstatebank.com Copyright 2012 CenterState Bank. All rights reserved. Mustang is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Corporation, which is not a sponsor of or af“liated with this sweepstakes. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Corporation LLC. Used w ith permission, Ford Media Archives.CenterStateBank.com We Believe In You .Breeze on over to WIN a Mustang!Breeze on over for better banking.Drop by your local CenterState Bank of“ce and enter our Lifes A Breeze Sweepstakes.You could win a 2012 Mustang Convertible!Enter our Lifes A Contest Equal Housing Lender THE Get a free gift, free checking, free debit card and more. Call, click or visit and learn more about our Three FreeŽ Make The Switch offer!Get Three FREE „ Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 2 Okeechobee News April 8, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tara RowleyCARE Award presentedThe Economic Council of Okeechobee proudly presents (at left) Robert Gent, Vice President of Lynch Paving and Construction Company, Inc. and (at right) Okeechobee Asphalt and Ready Mixed Concrete, Inc. with the Community Award Recognizing Enhancement, or CARE Award, for the rst quarter of 2012. Located at 503 N.W. 9th Street in Okeechobee, the companies are recognized for the purchase and demolition of two dilapidated structures, as well as, landscaping, painting and general cleaning of their facility. Efforts are currently under way to replace their existing asphalt plant with a new, more ef cient plant. The Economic Council of Okeechobee developed this quarterly award to acknowledge and promote the beauti cation businesses such as these have implemented to improve our community, realizing that rst impressions and aesthetics are important factors to visitors and potential investors. In the photo are: (left to right) Tara Rowley, Sandy Perry, Donna Helton and Robert Gent. Okeechobee Forecast

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers **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 Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com 3 Okeechobee News A pril 8, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee NewsFlorida recently got a high score on its building code. “It does not surprise me,” Okeechobee County Building Of cial Arnold V erwey said. “We were always in the forefront.” Even before Hurricane Andrew caused a revision of building codes, Mr. Verwey said Florida led the way. Florida and Virginia head the list of coastal states that have the strictest building codes. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), recently issued a report grading the building codes of 18 hurricane prone states that border the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The IBHS is an independent, scienti c, research and communications organization supported by the property insurance industry. Out of a possible 100 points, Florida and V irginia both scored 95 and New Jersey scored 93. The IBHS says these high scores are the result of strong building codes and enforcement procedures. “The report goes beyond just evaluating each state’s code system,” said Julie Richman IBHS president and CEO. “The report offers each state the detailed information and tools it needs to improve its building code process to better protect its citizens. It also give interested citizens useful information so that they can understand the need for, and demand, better building codes.” The IBHS devised a 100 point grading system that rates state building codes according to 47 data points in three areas: code adoption and enforcement, code of cial training and certi cation and licensing requirements for construction trades. Florida received 48 out a possible 50 points for code adoption and enforcement, 22 out a possible 25 for code of cial certi cation and training and a perfect 25 score for contractor licensing. On the negative side, the report stated that the state does not require re sprinklers for one and two family dwellings and townhouses as is required by the 2009 International Residential Code. Mr. Verwey said that in Florida, all building of cials, inspectors and plans examiners must have a state license as do all general, plumbing, electrical and mechanical, and roo ng contractors. Mr. Verwey said that if a building does not meet the Florida code, the inspector will reinspect until it is done right. However, after the third time with the same infraction, nes can be imposed. The building of cial said it was possible to build for any disaster including earthquakes. However, the question is, “Can you afford it?” Mr. Verwey that there is a variety of licensing requirements around the country with some states requiring no licensing. He said that in Texas a building permit is required in the cities, but not in rural areas. In Virginia, general contractors and roofing contractors are not required to complete continuing education as they are in Florida. The number three state New Jersey, registers contractors, but they are not required to take an examination or complete continuing education. At the bottom of the list is Mississippi with a grade of 4. The state has no statewide building code and very few licensing requirements. General contractors are the only trade that has to take an examination and there is no mechanism to discipline contractors. This report comes as no surprise to the insurance industry, according to local insurance agent Ronnie Lawrence. While there has not previously been a numerical ranking system, Mr. Lawrence said an insurance company seeking to do business in a state checks out the building codes as they have a bearing on insurance rates in that state. He said Florida’s stricter building code helps lower insurance rates in the state. “It’s good for the state,” Mr. Lawrence said of the state’s strict building code. He said new companies coming into a state are very particular about such things. Mr. Verwey recounted the story of a builder who moved from a state with a strict building code to a state with no statewide code. This builder found he could build a house without a building permit, but he could not get it insured. Florida building codes tough

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Happy Easter A very Happy Easter to everyone in Okeechobee. Take a little time on Easter to t ell your family members just how much t hey mean to you.Bluegrass festival I have been watching the paper for a c ouple of weeks now to see if you were going to post anything about the First Annual Okeesimmee Bluegrass Festival. My husb and and I attended this festival at the OkeeT antie Campgrounds and were amazed at how professionally this event was run. It is a shame that they obviously have had little t o no support from this community for this event. They brought in professional acts from around the nation to perform and I am sure that was not cheap. I only saw a handful of local people there, so I assume t he majority was from out county and out of s tate. The campground appeared to be full w hich I have not seen in a very long time. I hope the low attendance does not stop this c ouple from bringing another bluegrass fest ival back to Okeechobee. Hopefully, if they decide to do this again, the community will help support them like they do the mud fest and shing tournaments. After all, bluegrass is good family entertainment. Banyon tree cut down Ficus benjamina or just Ficus is an exotic and probably what is being referred to as Bayon trees. It can be a houseplant, hedge or grow into a large tree. The Florida strangler g, Ficus aurea, is native.  There are native Florida “strangler gs.” There are some beautiful ones that are protected in state parks. It’s the non-native gs that cause the problems. IFAS generally advises gardeners to stick to native Florida plants because they are best suited for the environment. The non-native plants often w ind up becoming invasive when the seeds are spread by birds.  When planting a tree, consider how tall it will be at maturity when deciding how close to put it to your home. Much of the damage in 2004 and 2005 during the hurricanes was from trees falling on houses, power lines, etc.  Some “tree huggers” don’t seem to understand that not all trees are good for the environment of a particular place. The Brazilian pepper trees are a blight on Florida and very dif cult to control. The Melaleuca trees are a terrible problem in the Everglades. Neither of these trees belong in Florida, but they grow well here and spread because their natural enemies—insects which control their growth in their native habitats—are not here. These invasives crowd out native trees. The Melaleuca trees release a poison into the soil that will not let anything else grow. In some places they are so thick that they crowd out the native wildlife. If it’s not native, don’t plant it in Florida. Ask the Extension Of ce if you are not sure. There are lots of choices of beautiful native vegetation that will look great in your yard and be good for the local environment.  I am at war with the Brazilian Pepper trees and some days I think they are winning. I have to wear long sleeves and gloves to cut them back and try to keep them off my property. If I even brush against their leaves with my bare skin, I get a rash. But my neighbors just let them grow wild on their property because they think they are “pretty.” I wish the state would do more to educate people about what a bad thing the pepper trees are for the Florida environment.Zimmerman A rush to justice is not what is needed right now. Guilt or innocence will be determined through a thorough investigation, which should have been done from the onset and not given room for such speculation and deterioration. I am not saying Zimmerman is innocent nor am I saying guilty ... I am beginning to see however there may be more to this story than what the media originally told. This is one of those cases that I will wait and see what our Justice Department decides.  I want the jury to sort it out rather than the DA or police. Where to nd the real treasureBy Calvin Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist ChurchMark 13:28—Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” An old man lay dying. He was very poor and did not have many possessions. However, he had a Bible which he treasured very much. He called for it to be read from the passage which he had opened it to, and after the reading he closed it and handed it to his grandson. As he received it from the hand of his grandfather, the old man said, “Son, this is all that I have to leave you, but if you read it, you will nd a treasure inside.” Years went by and the young man fell on hard times. He lost almost every thing he owned; then one day he remembered the old Bible left him by his grandfather. While he was reading it and turning the pages a one hundred-dollar bill fell out; he turned several more pages and another—then another and another.... When the old man had told him that there was treasure in the Bible, he had taken it to mean only a spiritual treasure. The young man found enough money within the Bible to get back on his nancial feet and pay off all of his outstanding debts. He had not expected to nd such a treasure between the pages of his grandfather’s Bible, but he continued to read the Bible. And as a result, he discovered an even greater treasure—his soul’s salvation. It is one thing to read and try to memorize certain verses in the Bible. But it is another to internalize it. We must store it in our heart and in that way its power will always be with us. We do that by obeying the Word of God. There is a story of a missionary in Korea who had a visit from a native convert who lived a hundred miles away, and who walked four days to reach the mission station. The pilgrim recited proudly, without a single mistake, the whole of the Sermon on the Mount. The missionary was delighted, but he felt that he ought to warn the man that memorizing was not enough—that it was necessary to practice the words as well as to memorize them. The Korean’s face lit up with happy smiles. “That is the way I learned it, “ he said. “I tried to memorize it, but it wouldn’t stick. So I hit upon this plan—I would memorize a verse and then nd a heathen neighbor of mine and practice it on him. Then I found it would stick.” Psalm 119:11 says that we should hide it in our heart that we might not sin against God. We need the Word of God in our hearts for spiritual strength—it is food for our soul. J. Wilbur Chapman once came to F. B. Meyer with the question, “What is the matter with me? So many times I seem half empty, and so many times utterly powerless; what is the matter?” He put his hand on Chapman’s shoulde r and answered, “Have you ever tried to breath e out three times without breathing in once? “ Thinking it might be some new breathing exercise. Chapman answered, “I do not thin k I have.” “Well,” said Meyer, “try it.” So h e breathed out once, and then he had to breath e in again. “Don’t you know,” said Dr. Meyer, “that you must always breathe in before you breathe out, and that your breathing out is in proportion to your breathing in?” We must always ll the reservoir by prayer and a meditative study of the Word before we can dra w out for service.—Walter B. Knight. Knight’s Treasury Inhale God’s Word...exhale spiritual strength....Inhale God’s Word...exhale spiritual strength: that is the key to a growing relationship with the Lord. If your goal in life is to nd some great treasure, don’t ignore God’s Word. You will nd within its pages the greatest treasure of all—the real treasure is that Jesus is with us and protects us from he who would rob us of our soul— the real treasure is Jesus. A lieutenant in the United States Army and his buddy were on some far-off battle front. They were sent off on an important mission. When the enemy discovered them, the lieutenant faced them, saying to himself, “Lord, it’s your responsibility now.” As he reached for his carbine, a shot from one of them struck him in the breast and blasted him down. Thinking he was dead, his pal grabbed his carbin e and blasted away with both guns. He received three bullet wounds, but when he nished no t one of the enemy was left. The lieutenant wrote his sister in Pennsylvania: “He was amazed when I rolled ove r and tried to get up. The force of that bullet had only stunned me. Dazedly, wondering why, I pulled my Bible out of my pocket and in utte r muteness looked at the ugly hole in the cover. It had ripped through Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and kept going. Where do you think it stopped? In the middle of the Ninetyrst Psalm, pointing like a nger at this verse, ‘ A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand shall fall at thy right hand; but it shall not com e nigh thee.’ I did not know such a verse was in the Bible....ln utter humility I said, ‘Thank You, precious God.’”—From a lea et, “A Lieutenant’s Miraculous Escape.” If you are looking for a treasure or an inheritance that will last, you will nd it only in the Bible. Abraham Lincoln said—”I believe the Bibl e is the best gift God has ever given man. All th e good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book.”—Encyclopedi a of 15,000 Illustrations There is no greater treasure! Sunday, April 8, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A pril 8, 2012 EasterTo the cross He was sent to die Mankind to free from sin thereby Mocked, scorned and spit upon Bearing the cross He still went on Oh Lord in my mind in the garden I see Thee Suffering anguish that Thou, the sinless one, must the sin bearer be The treacherous kiss, the scourging and beating that marred Thee The jeering crowd, crucify Him, on Him they ridiculed And Thou didst allow the Soldiers Thee to the cross be nailed. Finally Thou came to that awful place Skin torn, with a bruised and bloody face As the suffering lambs on the cross Thee lay Allowing Thyself to be nailed on that horrible day. Raised up on a cross Thou were left to die Upon the cross between Heaven and Earth suspended Received not by those Thou didn’t come to see Truly alone when a Holy God turned His back on Thee Black darkness covered the scene So mankind couldn’t see Thee by God abandoned The earth did shake, the temple veil was rent The Centurion said, “Truly this was God’s son who He’d sent Loving hands from the cross took Thee down And lovingly laid Thee in that darksome tomb. Their faces re ected their sorrow and gloom Then the stone was rolled to seal the tomb. The soldiers sat and at the tomb did w atch To make certain Thy lovers couldn’t spirit Thee away Thy father watched over Thee as in the tomb Thou lay He spoke to Thee to arise and death ed away. Mary from Thee a special message was given She ran to tell it and two, to the tomb did come One stooped; entered and discovered Thee gone The grave clothes only were still lying there Then they remembered their Lord’s w ords In three days this temple I will destroy And in three days raise it up if I will He lives, He lives was their joyful shout That brought scores of others round about And we Thy believe to this very day Rejoice that Thou arose from the tomb w here Thou lay Thou wast received back to glory from whence Thee came Honors rare by Thy Fathers were heaped upon Thee there At the Father’s right hand, crowned with glory sits Thee Interceding for us until that glorious day Thy face we see And we’ll praise Thy name for all eternity. Andrew R. McKillop OkeechobeePet Fest eventSaturday’s Easter event along with the dog behaviorist seminar was awesome! So many volunteers new and old came to the rescue and helped us, this event made me so happy that my eyes were tearing up. I owe so much to the wonderful people who stepped up to make it the great event it was. Families came to have fun and enjoy free goodies, and have pictures taken with the Easter Bunny, hand painting masterpieces by their children, yard sale goodies, and much more. Tibor, the dog behaviorist did the most educational but entertaining seminar ever. Tickets sold offered a one-hour long class, but ended up being three hours long. He addressed each and every dog owner’s concerns in the class. I’m trying to get another seminar scheduled very soon with Tibor. So many more owners and their dogs can bene t from his behavior modi cation class. Thank you to all who got the word out for us, all who contributed food, items to give away and sell, decorations, event volunteers. Last, but by far not least Lonnie, Lisa, Josie and their crew who did all of the hard work to prepare the kennel grounds for our guests. Belinda E. Forlifer, Director Humane Society Pet Rescue OkeechobeeOn being kindI am a mother and a grandmother. We always taught our children to be kind to all other children. God made us all with a heart and that means no mean or ugly things to other children. If someone says mean and ugly things to you, it will hurt your heart too. I am so sorry for Trayvon Martin’s family. I sincerely hope that justice for this family is rendered. Thanks and may God bless each of you, Frankie Russell Edwards OkeechobeeFundraiser eventThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Law Enforcement Special Olympics and Relay for Life teams would like to thank all of the businesses for their donations and the community for buying dinners at our recent BBQ fundraiser. You made our event a great success. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ceKopp –vsSFWMD & ORCCMr. Kopp, Who are you after: SFWMD or Old River Cattle Company? Front page once again? This story is no longer even news. Yet you continue to assume it is and that everyone else wants to hear more and more and …… It appears you want to be lawyer, judge, and jury on an issue that is your personal vendetta. If you feel so strongly, please hire a real lawyer and stop using the Okeechobee News as your own venting grounds. It seems to me your interests in this story goes far beyond what your readers want or are interested in. On April 1, I wondered if this was a joke from you. I kept waiting to read “Happy April Fool’s Day.” Sadly, I did not nd it. Sheila L SporsThank you from Okeechobee Christian Academy!Okeechobee Christian Academy (O.C.A.) would like to thank everyone who participated in making the third Annual Easter Basket Give-A-Way a huge success! This year we were able to make 118 Easter baskets for children in our community that may not otherwise receive a basket. Each basket was loaded with goodies such as books, crayons, pencils, Play-Doh, toys, candy and stuffed animals. We would like to say a special thank you to Seacoast National Bank for giving us 100 baskets to ll, and TD Bank for giving us additional baskets and goodies to ll them with. We also want to thank The B.R.A.T. Club, Waste Management, Teez 2 Pleez, American Drilling Services, Inc., the O.C.A. families and all of the individuals who gave so generously to ll up the baskets. O.C.A. students had a great time preparing each basket. They took their time and put lots of love into assembling each basket. Communities In Schools is kind enough to accept the baskets and to distribute them to the appropriate children in Okeechobee County. It is such a blessing to be part of this event and we are so thankful for everyone who has made this possible. Sarah Reno OCA staff Okeechobee what is going on!What’s happening in the news? The Trayvon Martin case has dominated the news on every level. Facts are coming out similar to a skirt hem unraveling...Sanford police department attorneys Benajamin Crump and Daryl Parks are from Tallahassee, FSU graduates, former BSU (Black Student Union, president and VP) so these guys have won cases in North Florida in the Martin Lee Anderson case, Panama City and the boot camp case. Life is all about choices. I do believe the neighborhood volunteer, George Zimmerman could have called Trayvon’s dad or asked questions before the fatal, tragic loss of life occurred. So marches, protests— again Florida is in the spot light. Lord have mercy! Meanwhile in other news, politics, GOP debate over Etch A Sketch, Supreme Court heard the Affordable Health Care Act—no verdict until late June. So wait, and see. St. Stephens A.M.E. Church had a wonderful dedication ceremony for their ne w church on March 24. A bright light in the Douglas Brown Community. The church with a heart for the people and Sheriff Ma y attended the dedication. The reason Obama will be re-elected is the economy is up. He is one of the greatest debaters, family man, morals, bailout auto industry, tried bipartisan, fought for veterans, bailed out Wall Street. America is recovering, end Congress grid lock, fair health care for all. Americans vote! Brenda Scott, 2012 Letters to the Editor Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pet RescueAnimal Behaviorist, Tibor came to the Pet Rescue/Humane Society on Saturday, March 31, and gave local pet owners some tips on how to help your dog be better behaved. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OCAOCA kids participated in making the school’s Easter Basket giveaway a successful one for the third year in a row.

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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.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 v eterans’ projects. The public is invited. For more information, call 863-467-2882. The V FW 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 Conserv ation 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.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 w eek! Next one will be Monday, April 9 .Coffee with a commissionerThe April “Coffee with a Commissioner,” set for Tuesday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn Express on U.S. Highway 441 (Parrott Avenue) will feature Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Cullpepper. The gathering is open to the public. No appointments are necessary. Commissioner Culpepper will discuss plans for Okee-Tantie and answer questions from the public.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. They also will be entertaining nominations for OCEA of cers. Door pries and refreshments will be available. Contact OCEA at 863-467-1564 for more information.Chamber 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, 2012 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.DAR to meet The 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.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.Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe 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.Art and Music Fest calls artists and performersOkeechobee Main Street is sending a CALL FOR ARTISTS—Booth, Adult Gallery and Students—to participate in the 2012 Top of the Lake Art and Music Festival. They are also looking for Farmer’s Market vendors and representatives from various ethnic groups to perform. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, in Flagler Park off State Road 70 in downtown Okeechobee. In addition to amazing artwork on display and for sale by Florida and local artists, the Art and Music Fest will include a children’s art and activity section, farmer’s market and a salute to our local ethnic groups. On Saturday musical entertainment will ll the air and a special presentation of selections from Broadway will be performed by the students at Leslie’s Dance Studio. The highlight of the Art and Music Fest will be the special dedication of the Okeechobee Main Street’s 5th mural project on the Old Bank Building Mural on State Road 70. This is a not-to-miss event for anyone who enjoys culture, history or just a pleasant walk through the parks!Win an iPad! support the American Cancer SocietyWe need your support and you can win an iPad for yourself! Raf e tickets are being sold 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.BHR VFW Auxiliary plans breakfastBuckhead Ridge VFW Ladies Auxiliar y 9528 will have their monthly Sunday morning breakfast on April 15 starting at 9 to 11 a.m. 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.Shockwaves registration openThe 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.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, Beef O’Brady’s. The presentation was put together by the St. Lucie Count y Sheriff’s of ce. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 6 Okeechobee News April 8, 2012 Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Our Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Some of the Surgical Procedures available include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal InterStim Therapy for bladder or bowel incontinence Pacemaker and AICD implementation And many more Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 33 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. it f t h 33 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 7 Okeechobee News A pril 8, 2012 Consult-A-Nurse is a free community service from the HCA Hospitals in your area designed to help you nd the doctor who ts your speci c needs. Finding the right physician can be challenging. Whether you are new to the area or just exploring your options, there are many things you will need to consider before establishing a relationship with a physician, including: The right medical skills and experience; Someone you and your family feel comfortable with; Of ce hours and a location to t your schedule; and, Participation in your insurance plan or healthcare network. Consult-A-Nurse can be contacted for information on free community healthcare programs and screenings, like Raulerson Hospital's Dine with the Doctor program. Consult-A-Nurse's staff provide up-todate details on community events at HCA hospitals near you. Registered nurses are just a phone call away to provide consultation and prompt answers to your health-related questions. Consult-A-Nurse nurses do not diagnose conditions, but provide health information in an effort to help callers nd an answer to their health questions. Consult-A-Nurse can also provide callers with free healthcare information on a variety of subjects including diabetes care, cardiac services and more. Consult-A-Nurse is fast, convenient and free. Call Consult-A-Nurse at 863-763-9228. Consult-A-Nurse offers free physician referrals & health information Special to the Okeechobee NewsPet of the WeekHaley, a Dalmatian mix, was owner surrendered because she had too much energy for the owner. She’s very playful. Adoption fee is $175, which includes spay and current shots. She is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to “foster” animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home.

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“I don’t see where it’s a big deal,” said Mr. Hartman. “You want to cut hay because it pulls phosphorous out of the soil. We did w hat we were supposed to do by contacting the district.” Mr. Hartman pointed out that the newer leases actually require the lessee to mow the property. Before the haying process begins, Mr. Hartman said they contact Justin Nolte, SFW MD’s land manager for the property, to get his verbal permission. A check of Mr. Nolte’s inspection reports indicate that Old River has taken good care of the property and managed it properly. “They hold our feet to the re,” he said of the inspectors. Why hasn’t Old River’s lease ever been put out for bids as required by state statute? Mr. Hartman’s wife, Janet, said the district did not have to solicit bids. “The statute is really silent on assignments,” said Mrs. Hartman, an environmental and land use attorney in Palm City who also attended the meeting. “There was no obligation for them (SFWMD) to put it out for bid because they w ere assuming the lease, which they had the right not to assume if they wanted to. There’s nothing in the law that addresses the assignment.” She was referring to the lease that was in place on the property when the district purchased the property from Pomcor, Inc., in May of 2006. The lease had only been in effect for one day prior to water management taking possession of the deed on May 11, 2006. In recent weeks SFWMD’s leasing policy has been under re—speci cally, their alleged violation of Florida state statute 373.093. That statue states that all of the district’s leases must be put out for competitive bid, unless there is diminutive value. Diminutive value generally results in a reduced purchase price the district has to pay as the value of a lease is deducted from the cost of the land. The district currently has several such leases in effect. However, two area leases that were extended in December of 2011 do not have diminutive value—Old River’s lease and Alisa Sherman-Harris’ lease in Highlands County. In a 2010 interview, SFWMD’s Ruth Clements explained that Mrs. Sherman-Harris apparently had some 80 head of cattle on the district’s property without a lease being in place. She was given the choice of removing the cattle or entering into a lease. The cattle were removed. Ms. Clements is the district’s chief real estate specialist and oversees their land leasing program. Then, in early 2011, the district advertised their intention to award bids on the property. Records show that Mrs. Sherman-Harris was the high bidder and was awarded the lease on April 8, 2011. That lease was then extended on Dec. 13, 2011, until April 7, 2022. Since there is no diminutive value on this Highlands County property or the Glades County property why, then, wasn’t Old River required to enter into a competitive bidding process the same as Mrs. Sherman-Harris? “I don’t know,” replied Mr. Hartman. “If this is really illegal, somebody would have sued by now. You can bet after all this was stirred up last October that the district really put their attorneys to the test to see if they were really on solid footing. “We have been in compliance with the lease and we’ve done everything we can do to be in compliance. We work hard to stay in compliance,” he added. Mr. Larson then commented on the district’s leasing program by saying there are a lot of positive things going on—not only on their lease, but other leases as well. “The South Florida Water Management District has a pretty big job and they have to manage resources for the good of the land, of the water and the people too,” said Mr. Larson. “We need to keep these leases in place and we need to keep the cattle doing what they’re doing—removing phosphorus. It’s really a bene cial thing.” Still, there are numerous questions about the district’s leasing practices that remain unanswered—mainly, why did some have to enter into a bid process to get a lease, while others didn’t? We don’t know, and neither do the lessees. And despite attempts to get that information, the person at the South Florida Water Management District who can answer that question has chosen to remain quiet. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 863 484-0994Hwy 70 EBEHIND W & W Lumber 10 Okeechobee News April 8, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week March 30: Hannah Moore, Jerimya White, Jose Monrroy, Ubaldo Rivas, Adolfo Lopez-Chavez, Luis Rojas-Ruiz, Antonio Zamora, Michael Thorton, Adelita Pina, Fernando Ramos-Baltazar, Sinrri Medina, Luiza Holsombach, Destiny Gorney, Saturnino Jaimes, Yareli Rojo, Alejandra Nunez, Ellioth Olvera, Yariza Hernandez, Chrishaila McKinney, Breanna Murphy, Jose Zepeda, Vilma Mungaray, Moises Fernandez, Justin Ray, Daniel Mingo and Wesley McClanahan. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESStudents of the MonthThese high soaring Eagles earned Student of the Month at South Elementary School for the Month of March. Congratulations goes to: Kain Joles, Chase Hill, Madison Harrington, Andy Castellanos, Payton Collins, Matlyn Staton, Alexis Childs, Taylor Muf er, Brian Burton, Juan Navarro, Chase Mangold, Vance Denton, Bryce Johnson, Sharondra Jackson and Chancy Thomas.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 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 Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. Check out our updated website: Century21okeechobee.com • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 MLS #205495 • FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 MLS #205578 • 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 • Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 1001-H: Oak Tree Place In town condominium conveniently close to everything. Porch just off the kitchen area. Seller very motivated to sell. Unit #10-G Make offer! $52,000 NOW $39,000 MLS #203425 3006-H: Treasure Island lake access. CBS and frame home with front & back screen porch. Whether you’re looking for a weekend retreat or a place to call home. $53,900 MLS #205626 5011-M: Four Seasons 2006, 2br/2ba MH on acre. Great location for east coast commuters! Fenced yard with 4 sheds, wooden front porch. Motivated seller, make an offer! $78,000 NOW $65,000 MLS #204129 3003-H: King’s Bay 2 Bd 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205169 3004-H: King’s Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, enclosed back porch and screened front porch, garage, appliance stay. HOA. Easy to show. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205168 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge Lake Access two story 3 bd/2 ba. Upstairs & downstairs kitchen, lg storage bldg, hurricane shutters, seawall, RV Prkg. 2,560 sq. ft. of living. Way too much to list! $399,000 NOW $349,000 MLS #204356 FORECLOSURE REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 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 11 Okeechobee News A pril 8, 2012 Livestock Market Report Slaughter Cows & Bulls $1 lower. Calves were slightly lower, maybe $1-$2. Quality in general looked like most folks were cleaning up. We have some really good Angus Bulls on hand...Call Us! Keith Driggers, Indiantown, topped the calf market with a high of $3.20, bought by Terry Bomhak. Barry Lewis, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 90.00, bought by Central Beef. Pete Special to the Okeechobee NewsHarney Pond Clean-Up DayMore than 30 residents of Lakeport gathered March 30 for the “Harney Pond Clean-Up Day” sponsored by the Lakeport Garden Club, the Glades County Board of County Commissioners and local citizens. Future plans for Harney Pond include re-surfacing of the access road, rehabbing the old restrooms, construction of a handicapped-accessible shing pier and family oriented picnic areas. A special ”thank-you” goes out to all who gave so generously of their time!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 “Take Time For Yourself”LicensedReferences Residential CommercialCleaning & Errand Services By KatrinaPhone 863-824-0882 Cell 863-484-2551Lic # 1812 S p e c i a l i z i n g i n C o n v e r t i b l e T o p s S e a t s H e a d L i n e r s T o n n e a u C o v e r s & M o r e Specializing in Convertible Tops, Seats, Head Liners, Tonneau Covers & More! U n l i m i t e d A u t o & M a r i n e U p h o l s t e r y3 1 9 7 N W 2 0t h T r a i l B a y 1 2 € O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 2Y o u R i p  E m W e S t i t c h  E m O v e r 3 0 Y e a r s E x p e r i e n c e Over 30 Years Experience B r u c eC e l l : 8 6 3 6 3 4 4 6 5 2 $2495 PER CARTON!Come in for a sample We can match your smoke863.288.84018840 Hwy 78 W. • Okeechobee 803 SW Park St. Okeechobee, FL Commercial ResidentialSecurity Systems € Fire Alarms € Access Controls € CCTV € Intercom System € Central Vacuum Systems24 Hour Monitoring Service 24Hour Customer Service AUTO • HOME • LIFE • RETIREMENTLori C. BergerExclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8737 C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics • Exhaust • A/C Service • Brakes Window Motors • Tune-Ups • Welding • Engine Mechanics863-467-6633 Located Behind Rita’s Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Diane Wood, RN Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 The Canvas Shop, LLCOn-site servicePrivacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modi cations 909 S. Parrott Ave., Ste B Okeechobee, FL 34974 Carl and Donna Gaiser 863.763.7500 fax 863.763.6754 JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342Cargo • Auto • Utility Trailers & Parts 763-3197 NEW LOCATION 603 SW Park Street, Okeechobee Call for directions www.inkwell4ink.com 909 So. Parrott Ave Okeechobee 863-357-4INK •VIP Discounts (4465)Tatoos & Piercings 8 6 3 5 3 2 1 0 7 7 863.532.1077Free Estimates L i c # 1 8 6 2 Lic# 1862 L i c # 1 0 3 5 5 Lic#10355 L i c e n s e d & Licensed & I n s u r e d Insured Payroll Service Taxes Consulting Bookkeeping/Accounting 1 0 4 0 Charles T. Thornton Accounting 8716 St. Rd. 78 W Okeechobee, FL 34974 Tel: 863-455-2029 Fax: 800-240-9558Chuck1040@aol.comBusiness & Personal Accounting Solutions St. Lic. CACO29420Serving the entire lake area for 25 yearsOur Focus Is To Make You ComfortableŽFREE Estimates Sales € Service € Installation467-1545 Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2431 • 800-432-1064 • FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com Vinny’s Tailor Shop Ladies and Men’s Alterations Home Decor • Bedding Now accepting all makes SEWING MACHINE REPAIR Specializing in Home and Industrial Sewing MachinesStore Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or by appointment!(863) 467-78002303 S. Parrott Ave, Suite H Okeechobee, FL 34974 Tree Locators, Inc. “Don’t Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate It”-Plants -Trees -Natural Stone -Decorative Gravel -Manufactured Stone -Design -Installation -Full Garden Center 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.com Call a PRO fessional AN AFFORDABLE WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS!!!ADVERTISE HERE Call 863-763-3134 12 Okeechobee News April 8, 2012

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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. 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 TimeCITY OF OKEECHOBEE ~ Now Hiring ~TEMPORARY PART TIME MAINTENANCE OPERATOR(S)www.cityofokeechobee.com See website for application & job descriptionApplications also available at City Hall, Of ce of the City Clerk, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 215. Accepted until April 20, 2012, 4:30 p.m. Successful candidates are required to pass a pre-employment substance screening/physical. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP Employment Full TimeTeez 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. RECEPTIONIST OKEECHOBEE AIR COND. Must be Bi-lingual, DFWP, Microsoft Word/Excel. Apply in person 312 SW 2nd St. 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. Employment Full Time Seminole Tribe of Florida Big Cypress ReservationGENERATOR TECHNICIAN Install, repair and maintain power generators. Ensure uninterrupted power to commercial facilities, residential homes, equipment and systems. Perform preventive maintenance on uninterrupted power supply systems and generators. Requires three (3) to ve (5) yrs of journey-level exp. in the repair and maint. of generator equipment and/or uninterrupted power supply systems. Send resumes to: KaBienaime@semtribe.com or fax: 954-967-3477 Employment Full Time Employment Medical Immediate Openings:• Pharmacy Tech: PRN • Respiratory Therapist (RRT): FT, PRN • Admit & Discharge Coordinator: PRN • PCA: PRN • Dietary Supervisor: FT • Dietary Tech: PRN • RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN • Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN We offer competitive wages We offer competitive wages & excellent bene ts & excellent bene tsTo complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL Employment Medical 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. 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STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) gives notice of its intent to issue a major modi cation to the Lake Okeechobee Protection Program permit, in accordance with Section 373.4595, Florida Statutes (F.S.), to the South Florida Water Management District (District) for the addition of Phase II of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) Project (Department File No. 0287326-003). The application is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department’s Of ce of Ecosystem Projects, Program Coordination and Regulation Section, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 24, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000, telephone number (850) 245-3166. Phase II construction activities will include ve treatment cells south of the Preserve Area, Pump Station S-191A and the Outlet Canal for the entire STA, including culverts under U.S. Highway 98. Discharges and ows authorized by this permit are ultimately into Lake Okeechobee, a Class I water body, pursuant to Rule 62-302.400, F.A.C. The Lakeside Ranch STA Project and its associated structures are located on a 2,700-acre parcel of land in southeastern Okeechobee and western Martin Counties between U.S. Highway 441 and U.S. Highway 98 east of Lake Okeechobee. The Lakeside Ranch STA is located within Sections 19, 20, 29, 30, 31, and 32, Township 38S, Range 37E, and Sections 4, 5, and 6, Township 39S, Range 37E. The L-63S/L-64 Canal Improvements and the access road to the In ow Pump Station are located within Sections 13 and 24, Township 38S, Range 36E. The S-191A Pump Station is located within Section 6, Township 38S, Range 36E. The Department’s proposed agency action shall become nal unless a timely petition for an administrative hearing is led pursuant to sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for ling a petition. The procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department’s proposed permitting decision may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) in accordance with sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. The petition must contain the information set forth below and must be led (received) in the Of ce of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000. Petitions led by any persons other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.63(3) of the Florida Statutes must be led within 21 days of publication of the notice or receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs rst. The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above, at the time of ling. The failure of any person to le a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that person’s right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the discretion of the presiding of cer upon the ling of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205 of the Florida Administrative Code. A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department’s action is based must contain the following information: a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agency’s le or identi cation number, if known; b) The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s representative, if any, which shall be the address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitioner’s substantial interests will be affected by the agency determination; c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency decision; d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the speci c facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the agency’s proposed action; f) A statement of the speci c rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modi cation of the agency’s proposed action, including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the speci c rules or statutes; g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agency’s proposed action; and h) A statement of how each petitioner’s substantial interest are affected by the Department’s action or proposed action. A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the Department’s action is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise shall contain the same information as set forth above, unless modi ed by rule 28-106.301.Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate nal agency action, the ling of a petition means that the Department’s nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such nal decision of the Department on the application have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the r equirements set forth above. In the event the issuance of this permit is subjected to a request for hearing pursuant to section 120.569 of the F.S., the permittee may, pursuant to section 403.088(2)(g), F.S., move for an order authorizing the interim construction phase of the facility. Mediation is not available in this proceeding. Any party to this order has the right to seek judicial review of it under section 120.68, F.S., by ling a notice of appeal under rule 9.110 of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure with the clerk of the Department in the Of ce of General Counsel, Mail Station 35, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000, and by ling a copy of the notice of appeal accompanied by the applicable ling fees with the appropriate district court of appeal. The notice of appeal must be led within thirty days after this order is led with the clerk of the Department. 414519 ON 4/8/2012 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm EquipmentDiesel injector pumpsJohn Deere, Komatsu, Case, Kubota, and others, $300. Turbos: Cummins, John Deere, and more, $300. Call (863)381-0538. Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Call 863-634-7051 HorsesUnable to ride, had a horse but no longer. We have 30 Morgan’s and training facility for barrel riding, obstacles, mounted shooting, pole bending. Need riders with experience, desperate to ride and train with no horse of their own you can pick a horse to train or play with, need you on weekends. 561-386-5283 text in evening with info and experience. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2 BR, 1BA apartment, $550/mo + utils. Located in city, NW section. Call John (863)697-0413 or (863)357-8769 BEAUTIFUL 2 Bedroom CBS, Large kitchen, new carpet, screen room, utility room. $700 mo. includes water, lawn and garbage. Available May 1st. (863)467-2784 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 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 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 Okeechobee, Florida, Northwest Addition Block 26. Lot #8, Lot #9, & Lot #10. Located on NW 3rd Street, corner lot on the city limit line and two adjoining lots. Three lots $39,500. Call 850.420.5997. 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. Call 863-801-1739 Mobile HomeSale1986 SWMH in Park, 14x48 2bd/1 1/2ba, very good condition,fully furnished. Must see, asking $12,500 O.B.O, 3311 SE 33rd Ter. Lucky 7 Lot#3 Call 724-413-7057 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 For Sale: Mobile Home in a Adult Park (Pine Ride Park), 14x48, 2bd and 1 1/2 bath,includes stove,refrigerator and washer/dryer. $10,700 Call 239-246-5793 or 863-357-2888 PALM HARBOR HOMES Red Tag Sale Over 10 Stock Units Must Go. Save up to $35K 800-622-2832 ext 210 Mobile HomeSaleFREE to good home 12x45 Mobile Home must remove, In Lorida, in pretty good shape, great for Farm or camp. 561-310-1443 Furnished Mobile Home with dishwasher, Fl. room, roof-over, 2 yard sheds, quiet 55+ park in town, great neighbors. Call 467-7996 TREASURE Island Nice 2006 Singlewide w/lot. 3BR/2BA $69,900 Will lease $750 mo. Move in for $2000. 863-634-9119 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats19 Foot Fiberglass C/W Trailer, Seats 8, Many Extras, 150 Mercury Call 863-357-7936 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Fifth Wheels2005 Holiday Rambler SAVOY Sleeps 8-NonsmokerCLEAN $15,900.00 (941)624-6988 Sports Vehicles/ ATVs2007 BOBCAT CLUB CAR 4 SEATER (2 BENCH SEATS) 4 WHEEL DRIVE, DIAMOND PLATE ROOF. DUMP BED. IT HAS BEEN GARAGE KEPT AND WELL MAINTAINED. $5,000.00/or best offer (863)484-0163 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION STATE OF FLORIDA, OFFICE OF FINANCIAL REGULATION DIVISION OF SECURITIES IN RE: DAVID KLEIN, CRD#2034286 NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION TO: David Klein 9244 NW 142nd Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Administrative Complaint has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Petitioner’s Attorney, Tobi Pam, Senior Attorney, whose address is Of ce of Financial Regulation, 200 East Gaines Street, Suite 604, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0372 on or before May 8, 2012 and le the original with the clerk of this agency either before service on Petitioner’s Attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint: Jan Council, Agency Clerk Of ce of Financial Regulation The Fletcher Building, Suite 526 101 East Gaines Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-0350 412620 ON 3/18,25;4/1,8/2012 PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to Florida Statute 447.403, the Okeechobee County School Board will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 4:00 pm., in the Freshman Campus Auditorium at 700 SW 2nd Avenue. The purpose of the hearing is to resolve impasse(s) in negotiations between the Superintendent of the School District and the Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 for the Instructional Bargaining unit. The hearing is open to the public to observe, but it is a labor proceeding with speci c statutory requirements and only the two parties, the Superintendent and OCEA, will make a presentation to the School Board. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 414296 ON 4/8,15/2012 14 Okeechobee News April 8, 2012 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month CASTLE will hold its Eighth Annual Stomp Out Child Abuse 5K Run/Walk. This year’s event will be on Saturday, April 21, at Digital Domain Park. The 1,000 to 1,200 person run/walk starts in front of the stadium then follows a scenic path around St. Lucie West and concludes with runners and walkers crossing the nish line right at home plate inside the stadium. “It’s always great to see the communit y support CASTLE,” said Executive Director Theresa Garbarino May, “participants have fun while creating awareness for the prevention of child abuse cause. This is an event for all ages.” Teams consist of 10 people walking or running together. In the past businesses, church groups, schools, civic groups, boo k clubs have all signed up, with some groups challenging others for largest team, most money raised and best T-shirt. CASTLE is looking for you! “All proceeds go to support CASTLE programs in the community to prevent child abuse. Last year we had over 900 participants. Every year our numbers are increasing. Round up your family, friends and business associates for this worthy cause, you will be glad you do. The rst 750 registered receive a free event Tshirt. To register you can go to www.castletc. org or call 772-465-6011 Ext. 238. Cost is $20 per person. Join us and change a life today. CASTLE’S Stomp Out Child Abuse 5K Run/Walk needs teams

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