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Title: Okeechobee news
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 04-13-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, April 13, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 45 11.93 feetLast Year: 11.56 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Rotary helps in Haiti ... Page 3 Guide to area entertainment inside! Debt collector chased by man with sword ... Page 8 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyHouse razed for trainingJarrod Akins of Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue puts out the ames at a training re in Bet Her Acres on Tuesday afternoon. OCF/R received the home as a donation. It had been damaged in the hurricanes of 2005. Three new remen were hired by the county and this was a good opportunity for them to receive training, Lieutenant Karl Holtkamp said. County code on land application of bio-solids now the same as state lawBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners relaxed their regulations on agriculture operations and the land application of sewage sludge and bio-solids without one comment at a public hearing Thursday. The county regulations will align exactly with state law. The issue was quite controversial in the past as residents expressed concern about the possible negative health and environmental impacts of the land application of these substances. County staff mentioned in the staff report that the local monitoring required by the 2003 ordinance was costly and time consuming and not cost effective for the County. State law does limit the application to agriculture land and requires setbacks and buffers. According to a report given at the meeting, all north shore locks to Lake Okeechobee will be closed as of Monday, April 16. Water levels are less than 12 feet in the lake. Navigation is also quite limited in sections of the Kissimmee County eases rules on septage spreading See COUNTY — Page 15 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The agenda for the school board hearing to solve the contract dispute with local teachers was nalized when the Okeechobee Count y School Board met Tuesday night. The hearing will include arguments from both sides and will address issues like retroactivity of pay, teacher evaluations, issuance o f report cards, layoff procedures, transfers and reassignment of teachers, and instructional salary schedules. The two sides have agreed to some of the elements to be used in teacher evaluations. The union recently voted 256-13 on this ne w language. The new state law allows for 60percent of the teacher evaluation to be based on student achievement. In the past student achievement was not considered in the evaluation. The board approved an agenda for the legislative heart to resolve the instructional contract impasse with teachers to be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 4 p.m. at the FreshSchool board sets hearing on teachers’ contractSee SCHOOL — Page 15

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Lock will be closed for two weeks beginning April 16The S-65D Navigation Lock on the Kissimmee River will be closed to undergo repairs for two weeks beginning April 16. The lock, about 14 miles north of Lake Okeechobee, requires maintenance to control the opening of the gates and ensure continued safe operation. The lock is expected to return to normal operation by April 28. The ood control gates will continue to operate normally during the lock repair. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 2 Okeechobee News April 13, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMSpelling Bee winnersSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their School Spelling Bee winners and alternates: Hannah Moore, Brandon Mitchell, Arianna Lorusso, Justin Ray, Theresa Ruiz and Thomas Garcia. Courtesy photo/ Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ceOCSO BBQ bene ts charitiesPersonnel from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) held a barbecue Friday, March 30, and made $2,118 after expenses that will be divided between Special Olympics and the OCSO Relay for Life team. Some of those on hand to dish out the food were (left to right) OCSO Detective Rosemary Farless (left), victim’s advocate Joan Johnson and Detective Javier Gonzalez (right). ARC Thrift Store requests donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, dishes, kitchen appliances, furniture and clothing. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency to provide social, educational and vocational opportunities to the developmentally disabled. The store is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. For further information, call 863-763-2419. Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday: Sunny, with a high near 81. East wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 84. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Kissimmee Navigation Lock to close for repairs

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 13TH Thurs., April 19THFor Info, Call 763-7202 III: “THE VOW” III: “THE VOW”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 II: “THREE STOOGES” II: “THREE STOOGES”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 I: “THE HUNGER GAMES” “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 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 3 Okeechobee News A pril 13, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Well drillers from Okeechobee will run into problems from time to time providing w ater in Florida but nothing like the problems they have faced in a charitable mission they’ve undertaken to help the impoverished nation of Haiti. Danny En nger of Superior Water, and Frank DeCarlo and Kyle Reno of American W ell Drilling visited with the Okeechobee Rotary Club Tuesday to explain the progress they have been making in a recent trip to Haiti. Hard rock drilling and salt intrusion have prevented the group from providing the fresh w ater the community desperately needs. “We have learned a lot and we know that it is very dif cult to get clean and fresh w ater there,” Mr. En nger said, “They need the water badly, but so far what we’ve found w as salt water.” The group has not been discouraged. They intend to visit Haiti more and not give up until fresh water is provided. They are working near St. Marc on a 40-acre site that will include 50 new homes, a slaughter house, a market place and a sh farm. The group surveyed existing wells, and took ground water samples. They researched w here the best location for the wells are. The rural area known as the ‘Fifth Section’ has some of the worst living conditions in Haiti. It was the site of a major cholera outbreak. The Okeechobee well drillers have also trained local residents to run the drilling rig and to maintain or repair wells. Mr. DeCarlo has made six trips to Haiti to drill wells. He said he has learned a lot about geology, and predicted they will get a working well soon. He’ll visit again in June. “The American people that are down there are dedicated, missionary minded people. They want to help and contribute. They young people in Haiti just look for hope and an opportunity. Bringing hope to Haiti is priceless because there isn’t much hope.” Mr. DeCarlo is used to providing wells in Florida to one family or business at a time. A freshwater well in Haiti would help an entire community. The Rotary Club was recently awarded three grants totaling $124,000 from Rotary International’s Donor Advised Fund in order to increase their aid to the Haitian people. Tuesday, another $58,375 was given to the Rotary Club by District representative Philip Lustig. Kyle Reno of American Well Drilling also visited Haiti several times. He said the group is not discouraged by the early setbacks and he intends to continue to make trips and drill wells. “It’s a Christ-centered thing and a lot of prayer has gone into it. We will prevail and God will prevail. We will get clean water down there one day,” he explained. The Rotary Club also has helped the community of Bayonnais with a new school. The mountainous region has a population of close to 50,000 people but little infrastructure with no roads and electricity. The school has helped the entire community and serves 1,000 students. There are few educational opportunities in the area and some 17-yearold children have started to attend school for the rst time. Many teenagers are in the rst and second grades in school. St Victor Sejour visited with Rotarians on Tuesday to thank them for their support, both monetarily, and in inspiration. “This has been very special to us. We have many kids who walk three hours to our school and it is a blessing.” The school also has an orphanage and feeds the kids that attend school. The Rotary has helped them to feed and clothe the children and have provided school supplies. Mr. Sejour said they also hope for clean water to stop the cholera epidemic that has killed thousands of Haitian children. “I came here to thank people who helped us to build our school. “We call it a palace, like a white house. When it was windy or rainy we couldn’t have school. Now we have a good and safe place to welcome the kids.” The Okeechobee Rotary Club invites community members to join them in their Haiti relief efforts. Those interested in helping may contact the club by emailing OkeechobeeRotary@live.com, visiting their website at www.OkeechobeeRotary.org. Rotary Club celebrates mission of hope to Haiti Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOkeechobee well drillers like (left to right) Frank DeCarlo, Danny En nger and Kyle Reno spoke about their trips to help Haiti.

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Sheriff’s of ce I would like to make a few points about the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce. Sheriff Paul May and Undersheriff Noel Stephen have put together a great program s ince the sheriff was rst elected. It has been my experience that all of the employees of the sheriff’s of ce carry themselves in a v ery professional manner, are always well dressed and friendly. That’s not to say that if you break the law they won’t put you in j ail. The of ce has a very good road patrol division, narcotics division, K-9, detective b ureau, search and rescue mounted posse, C.O.P., and the list goes on. On any given day y ou can check the Okeechobee News and s ee the proof of their professionalism and w orth. The sheriff even allows a jail crew to t ravel the roads in the community picking up t he trash that the citizens of our county carelessly deposit on the sides of our roads, trying to make Okeechobee a great and clean place to live. The citizen’s observation patrol has grown to 43 volunteers and they average 10,000 hours of volunteer service annually, doing ill and in rm checks and vacation house checks. Most do not know also that t he sheriff’s of ce also offers two summer c amp programs, bicycle safety training, a car s eat program and others. W arren Buffet Rule If you want higher taxes for millionaires t hen you, Mr. Buffet, should give, give, give. Citizens who wish to make a general donat ion to the U.S. government may send cont ributions to a speci c account called “Gifts t o the United States.” This account was est ablished in 1843 to accept gifts, such as bequests, from individuals wishing to express t heir patriotism to the United States. Money deposited into this account is for general use b y the federal government and can be available for budget needs. These contributions are considered an unconditional gift to the government. Financial gifts can be made by check or money order payable to the United States Treasury and mailed to: Gifts to the United States, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Credit Accounting Branch, 3700 EastWest Highway, Room 622D, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Any tax-related questions regarding these contributions should be directed to the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-1040.  God forbid people that MAKE over two million dollars a year actually pay the same percentage of tax that I do (if you make between one and two million your tax rate will still be less than that of the average American, but higher than it is currently). If your job is that you’re an investor (or entrepreneur or whatever you want to call it) than any income that you make from that job (i.e. investment income) should be taxed the same way my income is. Of course the government income generated by this law is nothing compared to what we’d get back by putting an end to the Bush era tax cuts, but no one is gonna touch that during an election year. Unfortunately is an election year tactic with no chance at passing. There’s no way this law will make it past the House of Representatives, so no use getting in a tizzy about it...Road work On Easter Sunday, what do I see but our local city remen out washing the intersection by Wal-Mart. Now this would be okay if there had even been an accident. So, I guess our taxes that we pay for the city to have a road crew is not being used cause the re ghters are doing what the road crew should have done before their three-day vacation. I don’t see the point in having a road crew if the remen have to do their job and the road crews job. I just love how our hard earned money is being wasted by the city. Editor’s note: According to the City Fire department, they periodically wash off the main intersection and Wal-Mart intersection to keep those intersections clear of debris. This was started due to complaints that road debris was causing at tires. There is no set schedule for this work. Thanks for the helpMartha’s House and The Chobee Steelers would like to thank everyone for their support, in making our BBQ Dinner Sale a success. These funds will assist these talented and dedicated kids with their summer trip. It is with the continued support of a caring community, that we are able to provide prevention services to young people. Thanking you once again for all that you do. Martha’s House and the Chobee Steelers April 13, 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. 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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 NewsPet of the WeekHolly is a miniature pinscher. She is about 1 year old. She does well with other dogs. Adoption fee is $175, which includes spay or neuter and current shots. She is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on U.S. 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to “foster” animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A pril 13, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsBBQ Grand ChampionThe Pagey Poo BBQ Team won the prize as Grand Champion overall winners in the 2012 O.L. Raulerson Jr./Waterfest BBQ Contest held March 25 at the C. Scott Driver Recreation Area. Reserve Grand Champion was HillJack BBQ. Brisket winnersFirst place for brisket in the 2012 O.L. Raulerson Jr./Waterfest BBQ Contest went to 3-C Bar-B-Que. The contest was held March 25 at the C. Scott Driver Recreation Area. In second place was Pagey Poo BBQ. Third place went to HillJack BBQ. Pork Butt champsThe prize for best BBQ Pork Butt in the 2012 O.L. Raulerson Jr./Waterfest BBQ Contest went to Mullis Meat Makin. Second place went to B.A.M.F. BBQ. Third place went to HillJack BBQ. The contest was held March 25 at the C. Scott Driver Recreation Area. BBQ Chicken winnerThe Pagey Poo BBQ Team won rst place in the BBQ Chicken contest in the 2012 O.L. Raulerson Jr./Waterfest BBQ Contest held March 25 at the C. Scott Driver Recreation Area. Mullis Meat Makin was in second place and 3-C Bar-B-Que in third place. Beer Can Chicken winnersMullis Meat Makin took rst place in the Beer Can Chicken category in the 2012 O.L. Raulerson Jr./Waterfest BBQ Contest held March 24 at the C. Scott Driver Recreation Area. Second place went to 3-C Bar-B-Que. In third place was Swamp Cracker BBQ. BBQ Sauces winnersHillJack BBQ took rst place in the sauces category in the 2012 O.L. Raulerson Jr./Waterfest BBQ Contest held March 24 at the C. Scott Driver Recreation Area. Second place went to 3-C BarB-Que. In third place was Smokin Pink BBQ. BBQ Ribs winnerThe rst place prize for best BBQ Ribs in the 2012 O.L. Raulerson Jr./Waterfest BBQ Contest held March 25 at the C. Scott Driver Recreation Area went to Pagey Poo BBQ. Second place went to B.A.M.F. BBQ. HillJack BBQ placed third. Anything ButtThe B.A.M.F. BBQ won rst place in the "Anything Butt" category in the 2012 O.L. Raulerson Jr./ Waterfest BBQ Contest held March 24 at the C. Scott Driver Recreation Area. Second place went to Mullis Meat Makin. Third place went to Smokin Pink BBQ.

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Eagles North to host steak nightFriday, April 13 Eagles North will have Friday Night Steak starting at 5:30 p.m. Jay and the Sho Nuff band will rock your socks off. Come eat and dance to some great music. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee.Cypress Hut Eagles to host shrimp/steak nightFriday, April 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles, will be serving steak $12, sh $8 or shrimp $12 dinners. Music By: Wes and Debbie James. All proceed go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.North VFW plans special weekend eventsThe north VFW Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., has a weekend full of fun planned. Friday there will be bingo at 1 p.m., the grill w ill be open 5-9 p.m. and karaoke 7-10 p.m. hosted by Mrs. Bette. On Saturday, there will be burgers on the grill noon-2 p.m, bingo at 1 p.m., rib dinner 5 p.m. and karaoke hosted by XXL 7-10 p.m. Sunday Lori will be serving beef tips and noodles from 2 until 4 p.m. and karaoke hosted by Lisa from 6 until 9 p.m.Okeechobee Moose w eekend happeningsOkeechobee Moose Lodge, 159 NW 36th Street will hold Friday Bingo beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Bonanza Start at 5 p.m. Saturday dinner will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. with karaoke hosted by Cowboy 7-10 p.m. Sunday Breakfast will be served 8-11 a.m. with karaoke in the Tiki 2-5 p.m. hosted by Penny. Don't forget to stop by and show your support. Proceeds go towards Moose charities.Shriners present Bikefest OkeechobeeOn April 14, the Okeechobee Shriners present Bikefest Okeechobee, a classic custom and antique car show and motorcycle show with trophies and with live entertainment, featuring the Wayne Purvis band. Look for the demonstration by the Wild Hog Team from the Amara Shrine. Just $5 admission. Food and full bar available. Proceeds bene t the Okeechobee Shrine Club. Look at www.bikefestokeechobee.com for more details. W in an iPad! support the A merican Cancer SocietyWe need your support and you can win an iPad for yourself! Prize giveaway tickets are being sold for $10 each at Big Lake Cancer Center, 1115 N. Parrott Ave. All proceeds w ill 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 A rena.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 fun lled 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.Eagles North to host card bingoOn Saturday, April 14, Eagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have card bingo starting at 5 p.m. Come have fun with us. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund.Cypress Hut Eagles will host April 14 district picnicSaturday, April 14, from 1 until 6 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles, will be hosting the district picnic. Music By: Jimmy and Debra Harper. We will have hamburger, hotdogs and all the xin's. Plus gator/shrimp baskets for $7. Proceeds go to Annual Eagle Charity Fund. Public is welcome. VFW Post #4423 auxiliary will meetVFW Post #4423 & Ladies Auxiliary to VFW #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will hold their montly meeting on Sunday at 11 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend.Freedom Outreach bass shing tourney slatedThe 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 Okee-Tantie 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.BHR VFW Auxiliary will host Sunday breakfast on April 15Buckhead Ridge VFW Ladies Auxiliary 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.DAR to meet The Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their last meeting for the 2011-12 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. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Many newspaper aggressively push the opinions of their publishers or corporate owners. But we dont think its our place to tell people what to think, or to try to control public opinion. Our editors insist on purposeful neutrality. We try to report the news fairly and facilitate a fair but vigorous discussion of public issues. We are proud to be journalists, not power brokers. And were proud to understand the difference. Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism W W e r e p o r t W e r e p o r t b u t Y O U b u t Y O U d e c i d e d e c i d e 6 Okeechobee News April 13, 2012 ObituariesObituaries 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.Paula Branchaud, 62OKEECHOBEE „ Paula Branchaud, 62, of Okeechobee passed away April 11, 2012. She was born June 19, 1949, in Ohio. No services will be held. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972. Community EventsAlice Ann Lane, 70OKEECHOBEE „ Alice Ann Lane, of Okeechobee, passed away April 9, 2012, at her home. She was born Sept. 21, 1941, in La Porte County in Indiana to Leo and Pauline Dankert. She lived in Florida 36 years between West Palm Beach and Okeechobee. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Claude Lane; son, Kent; grandson, Daren; and sisters, Janice, Bonnie and Mary. Mrs. Lane is survived by her sons, Brett (Mary Lee) of West Palm Beach and Douglas (Chrissie) of Dundee; sisters, Corrine Rooney of Okeechobee and Sister Connie Mohney of Buchanan, Mich.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice, Development O ce, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908. No services will be held. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An area man, who was trying to collect on a debt, and his family had to ee for their lives last week when the debtor chased him w ith a samurai sword. Although no one was injured, the man's pickup truck was damaged when Jesus Torres plunged his sword into the driver's door then swung the weapon a second time and broke out a side window, stated an arrest report. Torres, 22, N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, April 6, on felony charges of aggravated assault and criminal mischief. Records show that he is being held without bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. According to an arrest report by Deputy Steven Pollock, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the victim went to Torres' home to collect on a debt. However, an argument ensued and Torres chased the victim from his home while threatening him with a 36-inch samurai sword, added the deputy. The victim ran to his truck where his wife and two children, ages 4 and 9, were waiting. The victim's wife reportedly told the deputy that as the sword-wielding Torres chased the victim, the children were "... screaming with fear for their father." Deputy Pollock stated that as the victim was getting into his 1994 Ford pickup Torres plunged the sword into the driver's door leaving a 2-inch hole in the door. The victim was able to enter his truc k and close the door behind him, but before he could put the vehicle in gear and leave Torres struck again with the sword, stated Deputy Pollock. Torres reportedly swung the sword and hit the left-side door pillar. The blow broke out the door window and left a crease in the pillar, the deputy added. Deputy Pollock estimated the damage to the truck to be around $1,000. The arrest report goes on to state that when the sword was recovered about 3 inches of the tip was missing. The tip of the sword has not been recovered. Debt collector chased by sword-wielding man 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 EPISCOPAL PENTECOSTAL YOUR CHURCH 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! 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Sharon Frischkorn, 31, Knots Landing, Okeechobee, was arrested April 10 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a Broward County w arrant charging her with violation of probation traf cking in oxycodone, violation of probation possession of oxycodone and violation of probation possession of temazapam. She is being held without bond. Robert Ashford Hair, 24, S.R. 710, Okeechobee, was arrested April 10 by Detective Augustin Saucedo on felony charges of burglary of a structure and dealing in stolen property. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. His bond w as set at $5,250. April Evans Malloy, 34, Oakbrook Lane, Panama City Beach, was arrested April 10 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a Bay County w arrant charging her with failure to appear tampering with physical evidence, failure to appear tampering with food, failure to appear domestic battery, failure to appear delivery of a controlled substance, failure to appear possession of methamphetamine, failure to appear doctor shopping ( ve counts) and failure to appear obtaining a prescription by fraud ( ve counts). She is being held without bond. Jose Roberto Arreguin, 32, N.W. 46th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 10 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with lewd or lascivious molestation (two counts). He is being held without bond. Danny Leroy Alexander, 53, N.E. 15th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 10 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with burglary of a conveyance and grand theft. His bond on those charges was set at $10,000. Alexander was also arrested on a second warrant charging him with the felony of petit theft. His bond on that charge was set at $5,000. Martin Johnson, 25, N.W. 82nd St., Sunrise, was arrested April 10 by Deputy John Hazy on a Broward County warrant charging him with violation of probation aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (two counts) and violation of probation -aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held without bond. Keith Wendell Cooper, 45, N.W. Ave. D, Belle Glade, was arrested April 11 by Deputy Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with sale or delivery of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. His bond was set at $30,000. 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. A rrest Report Jesus Torres

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They are: Jezalyn Chillemi, Hayden Padgett, Hunter Daniels, Hannah Dotson, Jose Sanchez, Kora Lemmerman, Payton Collins, Logan Philbee, Alexis Childs, Yisselle Arellano, Aaron Boone, Yesenia Leon, Brian Burton, Nicholas Hayford and Matthew Mangold. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary School is pleased to announce the names of students selected as this week’s students of the week for the rst week of April 2012 including: Haylea Smith, Latwon Tindall, Rosa Salas, Dosselena Flores, Jah’Niyus Smith, Jenna Ramaglia, Jenna Smith, Ruby Garcia, Erik Tate, Destiny Boyer, Maura Hermenegildo, Henry Denova De Dios, Jose Pineda, Grace Gainey, Jasmin Medina, Shelby Sumner, Angelo Hannon, Chole Sorriano, Karen Godinez, Julia Arellano, Lillian Arellano, Ryan Gabor and Mark Arnold. Kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 school yearOkeechobee County School Board will be holding 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 begin gathering 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.

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2 11 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. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net 863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S. Scott Tapper, M.D., F.A.C.S.Board Certi ed General Vascular SurgeonSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose Veins Minimally Invasive In Of ce Procedure Performed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation procedures Insurance Accepted beforeafter2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart772-286-5501symmetrylaservein.com UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE 2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website Advertise in the Medical Directory! Call 863-763-3134 Advertise today! Call 863-763-3134 Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: M-T 8-5 € F 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com FAMILY MEDICINE HEALTH By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterThe reason that cancer is a dreaded disease is because it lives and grows among normal cells and tissues of the body and in many cases their ability to spread. Advances in curing cancers will come from our ability to detect cancers earlier and in our ability to treat them selectively without injuring normal cells. The reason that we are optimistic that this will “ nally become a reality is based on our ability to process information at a much more rapid rate because of ever powerful computers. The era of personalized cancer care is close at hand. The past has used population based data to design cancer treatments but the ” aw in this was the fact that every patients cancer is unique and the patients reaction to the treatments are unique. Therefore, the only way to “ nd out if a particular treatment for cancer worked was to actually put the patients through the actual treatments before declaring if it worked or not. The study of genes of the patients and the cancer cells themselves, are allowing us the ability to test what works for each individual patients cancer in the lab before making a decision. This will allow truly customized cancer treatment for each and every individual. This, we believe will result in our increasing ability to cure patients with cancer while at the same time doing it safely. The rapid rate at which these technologies are being deployed is the cause for great optimism in the “ eld of cancer care. So, the answer to the questionƒcan cancer ever be cured? We believe Is a big YES and SOON. Any questions regarding this article or any questions on cancer, please call Dr. Kumar at 863 467 9500 at Big Lake Cancer Center or email him at 121cancercenter@gmail.com Can Cancer Ever Be Cured? 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Utility Authority will likely be ordered by the Court to take over the Pine Ridge Park water and sewer plants and that should ensure no disruption in serv ice for residents. OUA attorney Tom Conely reported the owner, Pine Ridge Management, recently indicated they would abandon the system. The owner would still be responsible for debts they owe. The OUA would also be allowed to impose their existing rates on residents there. OUA executive director John Hayford said crews did bust a water line on their rst day of work on the system. He reported new meters and new valves are needed and that they will have to replace and relocate some water lines. He stated the water plant is in pretty good shape. Mr. Hayford said there are worries with the sewer plant. They intend to clean all sewer lines and send remote video cameras through the pipes to determine damage so they can x any problems. "The repairs rate from ugly to real ugly. A lot of work will need to be done. We may have to be in backyards to do the repairs," he said. He said in the end the water and sewer systems should work better. He noted re hydrants will also be installed to assist in re protection. "Be rest assured that this utility authority will ensure there is no disruption of service." OUA chairman Steve Nelson told a group of 10 residents at the meeting Tuesday. He said he wants to meet with residents and answer all of their questions and concerns. That meeting was tentatively set for Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Residents had various concerns about costs, quality of water and quality of service with the existing system. Ideally, the utility would like to serve as receiver for a length of time to determine the nancial viability of adding it to its own system. As a receiver they are charged with the pursuit of permanent owners. Should the utility opt to sell the system, any improvements they made would be reimbursed by the new owner. A $550,000 appropriation for waste water improvements at the Okeechobee utility is included in the proposed Florida State budget this year. The OUA will test the market to determine the value of some of their surplus property. Board member Thomas Hoover argued the real estate market is slow and the utility probably won't receive a substantial amount for many of these properties. There was consensus that the board had nothing to lose by at least looking into the sales. "I think we need to test the waters and see what is out there," board member Tommy Clay suggested. Board member Randy Huckabee said the utility is not required to sell the property and should receive just value and not lose money. Staff will discuss the land values with local realtors and get that report next month. The board approved the purchase of Flores Nursery on State Road 78 West, which is located next to their plant. The purchase price is $188,000. Flores would be allowed to run the business there for up to ve years. The board voted to continue for six months the new work week which is Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Ron Bennett, a certi ed public accountant from West Palm Beach, reported the utility received a clean audit for 2011. He stated the utility is in a good nancial position with over $42 million in equity and over $7 million available for expenses. Revenues were up 1.7 percent and expenses down 2.4 percent. Board members expressed frustration at a $7,160 invoice presented by Metzger and Willard for engineering work. The utility has received a new 20-year consumptive use permit for their water plant from the South Florida Water Management District. The maximum monthly amount was set at 120 million gallons. A recorded video of the meeting can be viewed at youtube.com OUA to take over Pine Ridge Park water and sewer plants 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News MELYSSA COLLINS BIRTHDAY Happy 27th Birthday! 12 Okeechobee News April 13, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOUA chairman Steve Nelson (right) presented a 20-year service award to Stephen Sieracki, an employee of the OUA Waste Water Treatment Plant. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Okeechobee DARDAR presents artworkThe Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution surprised the Historical Society at their March meeting with a signed Guy LaBree picture of the Battle of Okeechobee. The picture, commissioned by the Gentry Family, depicts Col. Richard Gentry as he is killed in the battle. From left to right are: Su George (DAR), Betty Williamson, (president of Historical Society), Julie Turner (Okeechobee DAR regent) and Betsy Cheney (Okeechobee DAR (treasurer).

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 863-763-6905 Hwy 98 N • Okeechobee• Fly Control Mineral • Fly Blocks • Fly Spray • Fly Bait • Pour-ons • Fly Bags Your Fly Control Center 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. 13 Okeechobee News A pril 13, 2012 Installation of the massive mural on the historical old bank building at the corner of State Rd. 70 and Osceola has begun. Okeechobee Main Street’s fourth mural project will bring life back to the historical old bank building. Gil and Marie Culbreath, owners of the building, are sponsoring the majestic art project that will depict life as it w as back in time when the bank and adjacent businesses were open. The public is invited to a sneak preview of the mural and to meet the artist at the Sixth A nnual Top of the Lake Art & Music Fest on Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. Actual panels of artist Joseph Steiert’s impressive artwork w ill be on display along with the original artist renderings and photos of the completed panels. This will be the only time before the unveiling of the mural that the community w ill be able to get a sneak preview and to talk to the artist. Bridgette Waldau, OKMS Arts and Culture Chair, is proud to announce that once the art installation is complete, she will be working w ith the Culbreths, to plan a dedication that w ill celebrate not only the mural but the history of the subject matter coming to life in the paintings. Ms. Waldau and Okeechobee Main Street w ould like to thank Gil and Marie Culbreath for their support and dedication of this mural. They are giving the community a beautiful and warm look into the past along with celebrating and supporting the arts. Okeechobee Main Street’s Art and Cultural Committee invites the community to celebrate the arts and attend the 2012 Top of the Lake Art and Music Fest on April 14 and 15. The fest is open 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Sunday. This year’s Art and Music Fest will feature national and local ne artists. Local student’s art will be showcased, along with a large children’s art and activities area. 2012 Top of the Lake Art & Music Fest posters, featuring the art of Shirley Palmer, will also available. Entertainment will be featured on both days. Saturday’s entertainment begins at 11 a.m. with Scott Benge. Lowdown 13 performs at 2 p.m. and a special Broadway show dance production by Leslie’s Dance Studio starts at 4 p.m. The entertainment continues of Sunday featuring Les Yocum and SoulFusion beginning at 10 a.m., Chobee Steelers at 12 noon and OHS Jazz Band at 1 p.m. Contact Cindy at 863-357-MAIN or visit: www.mainstreetokeechobee.com for more information. Mural installation and A rt Fest this Saturday On March 29, TD Bank, “America’s Most Convenient Bank,” 1506 S. Parrott Avenue, hosted the monthly Main Street Mixer. Regional TD Bank Director Diane Davies welcomed more than 80 business owners and community supporters while they enjoyed an array of hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Diane introduced staff from the bank, then took the opportunity to share the commitment that TD Bank has to Okeechobee County, including their most exciting project, AgVenture. AgVenture is a free, hands-on program that gives fourth graders an opportunity to learn about Florida agriculture, including dairy and beef, vegetables and citrus, alligators and other natural resources. It will be featured on May 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Trading Post Flea Market. Diane further introduced the Penny Arcade, TD Banks change-counting machine. Guests were given a chance to guess the amount of change that was put into the Penny Arcade. Main Street President Kathleen Shatto thanked everyone for attending and brie y discussed recent activities. She then assisted by drawing tickets for door prizes contributed by Main Street member businesses. Several lucky guests received great prizes! The April Mixer will be hosted by Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. 4th Street, on Tuesday, April 24, from 5-7 p.m. As always, members of the community are welcome to attend and spend a few minutes getting to know your neighbors! For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast 2nd Street (directly north of CVS). TD Bank hosts March Mixer event Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSTD Bank Representatives Lisa Jensen, Gina Thacker, Kyle Durham, Farrah Kay, Angel Stevens, Marnie Amiet, Cecilia Elliott and Diane Davies. Also pictured are MS volunteer director Frank DeCarlo, secretary Courtney Moyett, director-atlarge John Creasman and president Kathleen Shatto.

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Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 14 Okeechobee News April 13, 2012 National Volunteer Week honors volunteer networkNational Volunteer Week is April 15-21, and the Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit will be dedicating this time to demonstrating to the nation that this nationw ide network of local volunteers can make a difference in the health, safety, and resiliency of our communities. MRC units across the nation will hold volunteer recognition events, in addition to supporting activities that strengthen public health and emergency preparedness. The Okeechobee MRC will meet at the Indian River State College DixonHendry Campus on Saturday, April 14, from 9–10 a.m. For those interested in joining the MRC, an orientation meeting will be held at the IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus on Thursday, A pril 26, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Those who w ish to attend are asked to RSVP. For more information, call Brian Sell at 863-462-5865. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as non-medical v olunteers who are interested in strengthening the public health infrastructure and improving the preparedness and response capabilities of their local jurisdictions. The Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC) is headquartered in the Of ce of the U.S. Surgeon General, and it functions as a clearinghouse for information and best practices to help communities establish, implement, and maintain Medical Reserve Corps units nationwide. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Medical Reserve Corps, which was launched in 2002 after the events of 9/11 brought to light the need for an organized system for medical and public health professionals who could be ready to respond to emergencies, but also help to improve public health on a day-to-day basis. During both public health and preparedness-related events, MRC volunteers have the opportunity to work as a team. And, in collaboration with local partners, these events not only improve the health of the people in the community—often the young, elderly or underserved—but also strengthen the members of the MRC unit to respond as a team in the event of an emergency. The Medical Reserve Corps program began with 42 units and has grown to a robust network of almost 1,000 units including more than 200,000 volunteers in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and most of the U.S. territories. Over the past decade, MRC units have helped to meet the emergency needs of their communities by assisting with a variety of small and largescale responses, such as Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf oil spill, and mass vaccinations for the H1N1 in uenza virus. More recently, MRC volunteers have provided support following wild res in New Mexico, oods in Minnesota, and tornadoes in Alabama, Missouri, and Massachusetts. Since its inception, the MRC’s mission has re ected the priorities of the Surgeon General—increasing disease prevention, eliminating health disparities, improving health literacy, and focusing on becoming a healthy and t nation. Last year, MRC units across the country reported almost 10,000 local activities that are conducted by thousands of MRC volunteers and have an affect on millions of people. “The MRC has a tremendous impact at a very low cost to federal, state or local government,” says CAPT Rob Tosatto, MRC Director in the Of ce of the Surgeon General. “It has a high return on investment, is value added to the community, and has a direct impact on many individuals.” The network of MRC volunteers includes medical and public health professionals who provide health care and education for individuals and communities, as well as non-medical volunteers who provide leadership, logistics and other support. MRC units can initiate and participate in public health activities ranging from u vaccination clinics and smoking cessation initiatives to disease prevention programs like the “Million Hearts” (focused on reducing heart disease) and “Let’s Move!” (the First Lady’s initiative addressing the challenge of childhood obesity) campaigns. The public health activities can also help to reduce vulnerability and susceptibility in the community, which lessens disaster risks. In general, healthier people are less susceptible to injury and illness following disaster; additionally, minimizing health disparities increases personal and community-wide resiliency. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially in scope each year since, drawing the support and endorsement of all subsequent U.S. presidents, governors, mayors and other respected elected of cials. “National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize the difference that volunteers can make on a daily basis as they lead by example—not only encouraging the people they help, but motivating others to serve as well,” says Brian Sell, Okeechobee MRC Unit Leader. “Volunteering not only provides the great satisfaction of helping others, but also can provide you with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life.” Medical Reserve Corps volunteers can have a profound impact on the health and safety of their communities. Volunteers can serve as MRC leaders, provide medical care, administer vaccines and dispense medications, offer health education as part of a local public health initiative, provide counseling for victims, families and responders, promote preparedness, and contribute administrative, logistical and communications support. For more information about the MRC program, and to nd out how you can get involved, please contact Brian Sell, 863-4625865 or visit www.medicalreservecorps.gov, www.facebook.com/medicalreservecorps, or contact MRCcontact@hhs.gov. Medical Reserve Corps celebrates volunteers Rec. Department opens Shockwaves registration The Okeechobee County Recreation Department will hold registration for the Shockwaves competitive swimming team on April 16 and 17 at the Sports Complex Pool, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for the league fee and $60 for the team fee. This is a competitive swim league for ages 5-18 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.Historical Society to meetThe monthly meeting of the Okeechobee Historical Society will be Monday, April 16, beginning at noon. Anyone is invited to attend the meeting in the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. Just bring a covered dish to share!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co Century21okeechobee.com m • 20+/-ACRES • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 $40,000 MLS #205495 • • PENDING PENDING FORECLOSURE FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 $38,000 MLS #205578 • 50.4+/-acres • 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 • Blue Heron • Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485(863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 1001-H: Oak Tree Place 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 $52,000 NOW $39,000 NOW $39,000 MLS #203425 3006-H: Treasure Island 3006-H: Treasure Island lake access home with front & back screen porch. Whether you’re looking for a weekend retreat or a place to call home, this one is it! $53,900 $53,900 NOW NOW $41,900 $41,900 MLS #205626 5011-M: Four Seasons 5011-M: Four Seasons 2006, 2br/2ba MH on acre. Great location for east coast commuters! Fenced yard with 4 sheds, wooden front porch. 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Designer island kitchen, spacious master suite, custom walk in closet. Privacy fence, water system, security cameras, alarm. Half acre. EXQUISITE in every detail! 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 15 Okeechobee News A pril 13, 2012 River in Okeechobee County. The board also learned Okeechobee County was ranked 55th out of 67 Florida counties in health care outcomes. The ranking is identical to last year’s mark. A high rate of smokers was a major factor in the ranking. Health Department Director Erin Hess said historically coastal counties rank higher and rural interior counties rank in the lower part of the University of Wisconsin survey. The commissioners ranked State Road 70 east as their number one transportation priority in the Florida Department of Transportation ve-year work plan. The road would be expanded to four lanes from NE 34th A venue to NE 128th Avenue. Other priorities included a reconstruction of the intersection of US 441/SR 70, the extension of route 710 to north US 441, and a four-lane project on SR 70 west from US 98 to the Highlands County line. In other business the commissioners:  Approved an ordinance to adopt three new wind speed maps for Okeechobee County. Building Of cial Arnold Verwey explained the 2010 Florida Building Code calls for tougher wind standards across the county;  Proclaimed April, 2012 as Water Conservation Month in Okeechobee County;  Proclaimed April, 2012 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Okeechobee County;  Appointed Mitchell Hancock as a regular member and Deborah Sales as an alternative member of the Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals; and,  Delayed an application for a $600,000 grant for the Agri-Civic Center with United States Department of Agriculture. Projects considered are $200,000 for additional lighting to the outdoor arena, $75,000 for electric in the horse barn, $125,000 for additional roof at the arena and other minor expenses. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 man Campus Auditorium. In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, a number of students were honored for accomplishments outside the classroom. Melissa Dipace, Chad Forde and Harley Johns were winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars “Patriots Pen” essay contest. This year the theme of the contest was ‘Why are you proud of your country.’ FW Post 10539 Commander Russ Papy presented the awards this year. Harley Johns was the local winner this year. He received a cash prize of $100. The Yearling Middle School tractor restoration team of Tristan Anderson, Jarred Corby, Robbie Jolly, Jarred Morgan, Josey Pearce, Jacqueline Phares and Jared Phares were honored. Volunteers for the group included Gary Anderson, Patrick Corby, Robbie Jolly, Gordie Morgan, and coaches were Buddy Mills and Malissa Morgan. The group spent two years restoring a 1970 Ford Tractor. The Fly Wheelers donated $5,000 to the Yearling FFA program. Malissa Morgan said all of the work was done by the students with the support of their parents. This is the rst school tractor to make a 40-mile round trip without mechanical problems. Buddy Mills said he was extremely proud of all the students. He assigned all of the tasks and all of the students stuck to their task, took pride in their work, and worked well together. He said all of the students will have fond memories of this project. YMS principal Andy Brewer said the tractor became a source of pride for the school and the kids did a phenomenal job. The Yearling FFA Dairy Evaluation Team won the State Championship this year. The members were Sarah Jansen, Cady McGehee, Jacob McGehee and John McGehee. Coach and sponsor was Teresa McGehee. Josh Lee won the region and advanced to the state nals in the FFA Tractor Driving Competition. His coach and sponsor was Marshall Gerbitz. The FFA Ag Mechanics Evaluation Team advanced to the state nals this year with members Cody Casperson, Curtis Evans, Arturo Salas and Calixtro Villalpando. Coach and sponsor was Marshall Gerbitz. A number of Okeechobee High School drama students competed in the district and state thespian competition this year. They included Emilie Lege, Ryan Reister, Claresh a Blair and Tony Pierre. Coach and Sponsor was Deborah Raulerson. Principal Toni Wiersma said this is the rst time a group o f OHS students competed in the state competition. In other actions at the school board meeting:  The board voted to expel a ninth grade student at Okeechobee Achievement Academy for the rest of the calendar year for possession of counterfeit drugs and paraphernalia on campus. The board approved a spot plan survey that allowed for the construction of two classrooms with 22 student stations apiece at Yearling Middle School. It allows the school district to spend impact fees.  The school system received $52,601 from the Florida Department of Education for Yearling Middle School in school recognition funds. Teachers, guidance counselors, a dean, and reading coach will share $39,758. About $4,000 will be spent on supplies. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was shocked to nd that when he tried to retrieve his car from a friend’s home it had been stolen and sold for scrap metal. The 1997 Chrysler Sebring automobile was reportedly stolen then sold by Michael Ronald Holmes, stated an arrest report by Detective Javier Gonzalez of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). Holmes was arrested Monday, March 9, on felony charges of grand theft motor vehicle, dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a secondhand recycler. Records at the Okeechobee County Jail indicate that Holmes is being held there on $35,000 bond. According to the detective’s report the owner of the car left it with a friend due to some sort of mechanical problem. The owner then had a friend go get the two-door vehicle four days later. But, it was gone. Detective Gonzalez stated that Holmes reportedly called a local towing company and had the car taken to an area recycling center. When contacted by the detective, the tow truck driver reportedly said: “I knew there was something shy.” The driver, continued the report, said he towed the car to the center where Holmes sold it for scrap and was paid $290. The OCSO investigator went on to state that records at the recycling center indicated that Holmes provided the center with a copy of a derelict title application form that included the car’s vehicle identi cation number (VIN). Holmes also provided the center his thumbprint to prove his identi cation, added the detective. Report: Man’s car stolen, sold for scrap Michael Holmes

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A partial list of items is as follows: Household items such as antiques bedroom furniture,glassware, pottery, art, lamps, pots and pans, dishes, etc., small antique tables, antique 1800’s dolls, antique cuckoo clock and wall clock, 35 ft. enclosed trailer, automobile engine, various gasoline small engines, Semi-Trailer with stairs(storage), as is motor home, metal carports 2 frames, stainless steel restaurant hood, 42” TV, concrete tools, air hoses, electric panels, ladders, barber chair, oil lamps, musical items guitar, amps, lumber, posts, wood,etc., misc pieces of metal, stainless, aluminum etc., metal bldg., vents, 9000 lb. hydraulic car lift,compressors, generators,tools, paint, car and truck parts, hunting stand and much more.ALL ITEMS SOLD MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE PROPERTY WITHIN 24 HOURS ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Concessions will be available.Delivery Service is available for all items. 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Great References. 15 yrs. exp. Call@863-801-3296 License#10812 Golf Cart Repairs, parts, carries Powertron and US batteries. Will buy unwanted and not working golf carts. Locally owned & Operated Call Dan at 863-610-0479 Trustworthy Woman will clean your home, Babysit or take care of your loved one. Reasonable rates Call Barb 763-8188 or 447-7466 ServicesWe 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 TimeCapling Leveling, Inc. Help Wanted: Dozer Operator, Excavator Operator, Loader Operator, Tractor Laser Leveling Operator. Pay based on experience. 863-612-1000 Fax 863-675-2267 Immediate Opening Paralegal/ Legal Assistant Must have: Experience in law of ce, Excellent computer skills, Knowledge of legal procedure and People skills. Salary Negotiable Call 763-5733 Okeechobee Rehabilitation Facility is looking for a Special Needs Instructor and CNA. Must pass a level II background. Experience a big plus Fax resumes to: 863-467-9656 No phone calls please One Couple (fully or semi retired) To manage 21 unit Motel in Ft Lauderdale Fl. Good salary with free apartment to stay. Call Glen 954-325-6738 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Sunshine PayDay Loans Full Time Of ce Position Cash handling experience A plus Fax Resumes to: 863-467-0927 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. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 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 CNA 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 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. FREE TOWING. (863)484-2012 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 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. Coastal and Oat Hay Mix $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments1 Bedroom Cottage Adult RV Park $550.00 per month Utilities furnished 863-763-9966 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. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 NW OKEE: 2 Bedroom Apartments available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $700mo. and $750mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo on ground oor. Fully furnished. Includes electric & water. $750/mo. + security deposit! 863-634-0663. Taylor Creek Condo 2/1, On water, Pool, Dock. $750/mo + 1st & sec. Short term rates also available Call (863)634-8757 Houses Rent3br/1ba House, Clean, large fenced yard. $800/mo plus $600 sec. 7482 NW 96th Court. Dixie Ranch Acres Call 863-610-0001 FOR RENT: ONE & TWO BEDROOM FULLY FURNISHED DUPLEX OR MOBILE HOMES. EITHER IN KINGS BAY WITH HEATED SWIMMING POOL TENNIS COURT GARAGE AND WASHER AND DRYER OR WATER FRONT ON RIM CANAL OR KISSIMMEE RIVER, AVAILABLE BY THE DAY-WEEK-MONTH OR YEARLY LEASE. RATES VARY BY LENGTH OF STAY. MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS EXCEPTED. CALL TODAY (863)467-4371 HOUSE ON RANCH 2/1, large Oaks, Lofton Road, $700/month. Call (561) 261-0077 RoommateLooking to share 2/2 MH. on Water, Access to kitchen,washer and dryer and private bath. $125.00 weekly includes all utilities, cable internet. Looking for someone honest and reliable male/female. Call 863-261-5431 16 Okeechobee News April 13, 2012

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 414662 ON 4/13/2012 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 NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING AND WORKSHOP NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDR’s). All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for nal consideration. A workshop will be conducted during this time to discuss language pertaining to amending the Comprehensive Plan, identifying the Commercial Corridor, creating a new future land use category entitled “Transitional Commercial Overlay” and associated policy language to implement the new overlay as generally contained in last year’s adopted Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR), as well as review some of the con icts between the FLUM and the Zoning Map within the SE section of the City. A copy of the speci c areas and the proposed overlay maps can be reviewed on the City’s website. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Dawn Hoover, Chairperson 414396 ON 4/13/2012 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA REQUEST FOR LETTERS OF INTEREST FOR THE POTENTIAL REDEVELOPMENT OF OKEE-TANTIE CAMPGROUND AND MARINA COUNTY PROJECT # 2012-15 Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida, is issuing a Request for Letters of Interest for the potential redevelopment of Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina. The potential redevelopment of Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina, where the historic Kissimmee River meets Lake Okeechobee, offers a unique publicprivate partnership opportunity. This premier destination on the Lake provides one of the few unrestricted, direct accesses to Lake Okeechobee, the center of the Okeechobee Waterway. Okee-Tantie’s redevelopment is anticipated to be a catalyst for economic development and tourism growth in the greater Okeechobee and south Florida markets. Okee-Tantie is owned and currently operated by Okeechobee County. Complete copies of the Request for Letters of Interest and related documents may be obtained from the Okeechobee County website at www.co.okeechobee. .us/cdocuments in the County Documents section. Related inquiries may be directed to the Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A, Okeechobee, FL 34972, by telephone at 863-763-5548 or by email at broyce@co.okeechobee. .us Full requirements for a submittal are detailed in the Request for Letters of Interest available on the County website. Interested parties shall submit one signed original, fourteen (14) copies and one electronic copy in PDF format to Okeechobee County at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123, Historic Courthouse, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, marked ATTENTION COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE LETTER OF INTEREST ON OKEE-TANTIE. All Letters of Interest must be received by the County before 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 30, 2012, at which time all Letters of Interest will be opened and recorded. All Letters of Interest will become a public record of the County upon opening and are subject to public disclosure consistent with Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of Letters of I nterest, reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive technical errors and informalities not inconsistent with Florida Statutes, and to accept the proposal, which, in its sole judgment, best serves the public interest. Okeechobee County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Margaret G. Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Okeechobee County, Florida 414778 ON 4/13/2012 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 o f 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 AFTE R THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COP Y 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 FLORID A PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R 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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012-CP-24 JUDGE: ELIZABETH A. METZGER IN RE: Estate ofROBERT CARLISLE GODBOLD, SR. Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Formal Administration The administration of the Estate of ROBERT CARLISLE GODBOLD, SR., Deceased, whose date of death was January 10, 2012, and whose social security number is xxxxx-0664, Case Number 2012-CP-24 is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 125, 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 THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (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 the decedent’s estate, must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (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 PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is: April 13, 2012. RHONDA GODBOLD FREEMAN Personal Representative 1989 SW 37th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 Law Of ce Of CASSELS & McCALL BY: JOHN D. CASSELS, JR. Attorney for Personal Representative 400 NW 2nd Street/PO Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973 (863) 763-3131 Fla Bar No.: 0261521 414530 ON 4/13,20/2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses SaleRemodeled 3/1 CBS Home, Garage, Sprinklers, City Water and Well, Hurricane Shutters, All Tile, 2 Minutes From Hospital and Schools $75,000 MUST SELL !! (863)801-3820 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home LotsMobile Home Lot for Rent Off north west 30th street close to Elementary School and Hwy 98. Call for more info. 863-697-1168 Mobile Home Rent2bd/1 and 1/2 bath, very clean, $550 mo $250 security. Off of NW 30th St. close to Seminole Elementary. No Pets. Call 863-697-1168 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 TREASURE Island Nice 2006 Singlewide w/lot. 3BR/2BA $69,900 Will lease $750 mo. Move in for $2000. 863-634-9119 Mobile HomeSaleFor Sale: Mobile Home in a Adult Park (Pine Ride Park), 14x48, 2bd and 1 1/2 bath,includes stove,refrigerator and washer/dryer. $10,700 Call 239-246-5793 or 863-357-2888 Must Sell: 2Bed/1Bath Mobile home on lot in 55+ park. Completely furnished, almost new furniture, includes washer/dryer. $10,000 Call 231-942-1824 PALM HARBOR HOMES Red Tag Sale Over 10 Stock Units Must Go. Save up to $35K 800-622-2832 ext 210 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 MotorcyclesFor Sale 1987 Honda MC 80c.c. Excellent condition $600.00 Firm Call 863-763-2347 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Public Notice How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds.LAKEPORT 2011 Travel trailer, only pulled 1,000 miles. 31 ft, 2 slide outs, 2 Lazy-boy recliners and sleeper couch, large at screen TV, DVD, radio, etc., queen bed, lots and lots of storage, beautiful inside and out. Forest River, Flagstaff, light wt. Original price $39,000, we paid $27,000 brand new, will sell for $25,000. 901-871-7811. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2011-DR-559 IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF: VERONICA GONZALEZ WIFE AND LUIS GONZALEZ HUSBAND NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PUBLICATION TO: Luis Gonzalez YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Dissolution of Marriage, including claims for dissolution of marriage, payment of debts, division of real and personal property, and for payments of support, has been led against you. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to this action of Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, Petitioner’s attorney, whose address is 107 N.E. 4th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 within 28 days from rst publication, and le the original with the clerk of this court at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, either before service on Petitioner’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosures of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED this 10th day of April, 2012 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 414860 ON 4/13,20,27 & 5/4/2012LEGAL NOTICE Galaxy Warehouses, 3050 S.W. 3rd Terrace, Okeechobee, FL, will be conducting a public sale or otherwise dispose of contents of the following units to satisfy the delinquent storage lien. This ad place in accordance with Florida Statutes 1985, Section 83.806. NAME UNIT # JOE LEVY 11 ELEUTERIO REQUENA 45 LITTLE PEOPLE ACDY 58 RONALD COKER 61 WILLIAM RENNIE 69 ONEVA JONES OSCEOLA 95 HOLLI FRENCH 116, 131 JOANN OSCEOLA 117 BRIGHTON PRINCESS 120, 121 Disposition will take place at Galaxy Warehouse at the above address on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 @ 8:00 AM. Items for sale include miscellaneous household, of ce, toys & tools. Open door sale, cash or credit card only. For additional information you may call (863) 763-5044. 414875 ON 4/13,20/2012 LEGAL NOTICE OKEE WAREHOUSE, 2701 HWY. 70W, OKEECHOBEE, FL., WILL BE CONDUCTING A PUBLIC SALE OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF CONTENTS OF THE FOLLOWING UNITS TO SATISFY THE DELIENQUENT STORAGE LIEN. THIS AD IS PLACED IN ACCORDANCE WITH FLORIDA STATUTES 1985, SECTION 83.806 NAME UNIT # DAWN COLLINS 6-21 JAVIER REYNA 6-08 BLONDIE McGAHEE 8-48 JENNIFER DEJESUS 6-37 DISPOSITION WILL TAKE PLACE AT OKEE WAREHOUSE AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 21st, 2012 @ 9:00 A.M. ITEMS FOR SALE INCLUDE MISC.HOUSEHOLD, OFFICE, TOYS & TOOLS. OPEN DOOR SALE. CASH OR CREDIT CARD ONLY. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION YOU MAY CALL (863) 763-5044. 414876 ON 4/13,20/2012 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 17 Okeechobee News A pril 13, 2012NOTICE 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 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A Moore Haven man was treated for minor injuries after he was apprehended by a Glades County Sheriff’s Of ce (GCSO) K-9 for his alleged part in a ght during which a shot was red. Arrested Tuesday, April 10, were Robert James Mathias, 35, and Dwight Frank Bolf, 65. Mathias, of a Marina Lane address in Moore Haven, was charged with the felonies of assault with intent to commit a felony and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. Mathias is being held in the Glades County Jail under a $32,500 bond. Bolf, of a S.R. 78 E. address in Okeechobee, was charged with a single felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Jail records show that he is being held on $20,000 bond. An arrest report by GCSO Deputy James Naso stated that Mathias and another Moore Haven man became involved in an argument at a residence on Marina Lane in Moore Haven. The argument escalated to the point that Mathias pulled a Ruger .357 magnum handgun and threatened the victim, stated the deputy’s report. As Mathias started to pull the gun from the waistband of his pants, the victim grabbed the man’s arm and the gun discharged, stated Deputy Naso. No one was hit by the round. The victim and Mathias began to ght and as they were wrestling on the ground Bolf allegedly began hitting the victim with a baseball bat. Deputy Naso said a neighbor came out with a chair in his hand and got the two men away from the victim. The victim then took the gun from his alleged assailant and gave it to the neighbor. Mathias and Bolf then got on a motorcycle and left the area. After he had arrested Bolf at his residence, Deputy Naso stated that he received word that Mathias was at his residence on Marina Lane. When Deputy Naso and fello w GCSO Deputy Steve Casserly arrived at that residence Mathias reportedly ed out the back door. Deputy Casserly and his K-9 Aries, along with Deputy Naso, began to search the area. They reportedly found Mathias hiding between the axles of a atbed trailer. When Mathias ignored the deputies’ commands to surrender, K-9 Aries was allowed to apprehend the man. According to Deputy Naso, Mathias was arrested then taken to Hendry Regional Hospital in Clewiston where he was treated for some minor injuries he received from his contact with K-9 Aries. The baseball bat, added Deputy Naso, was not recovered. Suspected felon caught by GCSO K-9 Public NoticeNOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER AN AMENDMENT TO THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY gives Notice that it shall hold a public hearing before the Okeechobee County Planning Board sitting as the Local Planning Agency. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of the public hearing is to consider an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan of Okeechobee County, Florida and to consider transmittal of the amendment to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration. The proposed comprehensive plan amendment is described as follows: Jose Fanjul, property owner and applicant. Request to reclassify approximately 620 acres from the Rural Estate future land use classi cation to the Rural Activity Center classi cation. The change would increase the density for residential development from 1 unit per 5 acres to 1 unit per acre and allow for up to 15 acres of commercial development. The subject property is in Section 24, Township 37 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. The property is on the east side of SE 128th Avenue, north of Quail Woods subdivision. A copy of the proposed amendment shall be available for inspection by the public during normal business hours at the Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed amendment, and may submit written comments to the Planning and Development Department prior to the hearing. If a person decides to appeal any decisions made by the local planning agency with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, that person will need a record of the proceedings, and he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. 414852 ON 4/13/2012 RFP #2012-16 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FL INVITATION TO BID POOL CHEMICALS AND BULK TANK BID Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida, hereby requests sealed bids for the supply and delivery on an annual basis of pool chemicals consisting of sodium hypochlorite (liquid chlorine) and non-fuming Aqua Guard Pool Acid to the Sports Complex swimming pool located at 580 NW 27th Lane, Okeechobee, FL. Contractor shall also include the installation of a 1,000 gallon minimum capacity High Density Polyethylene tank if the Contractor cannot supply a visual inspection as speci ed in 5240.44 of the South Florida Building Code-Hazardous Storage Section for the existing tank. Bids should be submitted on the “Invitation to Bid” summary sheet. Detailed speci cations may be obtained from www.co.okeechobee. .us, or you may reach Albie Scoggins, Parks and Recreation Director, 640 NW 27th Lane, Okeechobee, FL 34972, (863) 763-6950. Bids are due no later than Friday, April 27, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. and shall be submitted in a sealed envelope and clearly marked “OKEECHOBEE COUNTY POOL CHEMICALS AND BULK TANK BID, RFP #2012-16”. Proposals are to be submitted to: Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Bids received after the deadline for submission will not be opened or considered. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER; FAIR HOUSING & HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE JURISDICTION. Okeechobee County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities, to reject or award any and all bids or part(s) thereof, or to negotiate further with any or all bidders and accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of bids to the County. Responses to the “Invitation to Bid” will be submitted to the Board of County Commissions on or after May 10, 2012, with recommendation(s) for bid award(s). Sharon Robertson, Clerk Margaret B. Helton., Chairman Okeechobee County, Florida Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners 414879 ON 4/13/2012 Public Notice 18 Okeechobee News April 13, 2012 ACROSS 1 Plain type? 5 Company whose name is quacked in ads 10 Finishing nail 14 Work 15 Sporty Mazda 16 Slick 17 Where to sleep off a bender? 19 Atl. republic since 1944 20 Auroras counterpart 21 Smart guy? 22 Pivoting points 24 Anxious campus society? 27 La __ Tar Pits 28 Yankee nickname 29 Worked with horses, in a way 31 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate 33 Like some rugs 37 Pool shade 38 Hair styling prodigy? 39 Off the mark 40 Abbr. followed by a year 41 Part of the dog days of Dijon 42 Fund 43 Friend of Dal 45 Atterbury Street gallery 46 Talented jazzman? 53 Dag Hammarskjlds successor 54 Cramming method 55 Disturb, as the balance 56 Frost, say 57 Airport music so early?Ž 60 Regarding 61 Dinos love 62 Lhasa __ 63 Headlights starer 64 Mearths mother, in a 70s-80s sitcom 65 Flunky DOWN 1 Pianist Hofmann 2 Im just __ wayfaring strangerŽ: song lyric 3 More than just into 4 Indirect route 5 Earhart of the air 6 Sole order 7 Door fastener 8 Scarfed up 9 Frequent Marthas Vineyard arrival 10 Is, when simplified 11 Sleepy HollowŽ actress 12 Olds that replaced the Achieva 13 Singer/songwriter born Robert Zimmerman 18 Spoke uncertainly 23 Card game with a pre-victory warning 25 Stays afloat, in a way 26 Fateful card 29 MS. enclosure 30 Operations ctrs. 31 Diner option 32 __ Dhabi 34 Incriminating record, maybe 35 Foofaraw 36 Kareem, at UCLA 38 Competitive missile hurlers 42 More than ready 44 German article 45 Big name in tea 46 Missile-shooting god 47 Make restitution 48 Ta-da!Ž 49 Town on the Firth of Clyde 50 Emulate Scrooge 51 Playground retort 52 Watch from the trees, say 58 Feature of a twoltr. monogram 59 The Gold-BugŽ monogram By Don Gagliardo (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 01/28/11 01/28/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: gy Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Robert Mathias Frank Bolf Of cials needed for softball leagueOkeechobee Parks & Recreation is seeking softball of cials for the adult slowpitch softball league. Games are Monday-Friday between 7-10 p.m. starting April 16. Pay is set at $15 per game. Those with a current ISA, ASA, NSA (or equivalent) certi cation shall receive an additional $5 per game. An ISA umpire certi cation clinic will be offered prior to season. Please call 863-763-6950 for more information.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 19 Okeechobee News A pril 13, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMA visit to the ‘Wild side’Students in Mrs. Sickels and Ms. Marquis classes at Seminole Elementary were very excited to visit Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility recently. They had the opportunity to see many exotic animals and endangered species, as well as learn about their habitats during the guided tour. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESStudents of the WeekCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of April 2-5. They are: Tamarion Kinsler, Antonio Garcia, Vanessa Castro, Tori Trent, Mya Billie, Jennifer Gomez, Kendra Henderson, Ruby Anselmo, McKenzie Powers, Catelyn Gehle, Tristin Powers, Hannah Ellsworth, Arena Haywood, Ethan Adamo, Jay Krall, Alley Arellano and Jonathan Rivera. Fisheating Creek Outpost will host a W acky Canoe Relay Race on Saturday, May 19, at 5:15 p.m. at the Outpost. Entry fee for a three-person team is $25 plus $10 for canoe rental if needed. Paddle around a 1.5 mile route on the creek picking up your team and ags. The rst three teams back win 50 percent of entry fees and bragging rights. Then join the group for prize presentation, and a pot luck picnic. The Outpost staff will grill hot dogs. Participants are asked to bring a dish of food to share. Entry fees are payable in cash only. Registration and waivers must be completed before 4 p.m. the day of the race. Only 28 rental canoes are available on a rst come/paid basis, or bring your own canoe. Please call 863-675-5999 to reserve your team's spot. Proceeds will bene t Campground BBQ grill renovation project. All race participants must wear personal otation devices. W acky canoe race set for Fisheating Creek BARTOWThe annual Youth Villa Open House on Saturday, April 28, will be a great day to learn more about the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Guests will also be able to tour the beautiful Youth Villa campus. Tours will be given by Youth Ranches staff and the girls who reside at the Villa. The girls will share about their lives at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa. If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP to Joyce at 863-533-0371 by April 20. The mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is to prevent delinquency and develop strong, lawful, resilient, and productive citizens who will make a positive contribution to our communities for years to come. This year the Youth Ranches will serve over 5,000 needy boys and girls. This charitable, non-pro t childcare agency was founded by the Florida Sheriffs Association and operates four residential campuses and two camping facilities. Additionally, it provides community-based services and family counseling to as man y of Florida's neglected, troubled children as funds will permit. The organization is funded primarily through charitable donations from its generous donors. For more information, please visit www.youthranches.org or contact your local Sheriff. Sheriffs Youth Ranches hosts Villa open house

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Under $10k (877) Go-Gilbert or (863) 763-3154www.GilbertChevrolet.comSALES : SERVICE & PARTS BODY SHOP Closed Sundays 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Regular Cab, Great Work Truck $ 4,750 2064A 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Auto, Sunroof, Leather $ 4,995 4956A 2006 Dodge Dakota 2WD Club Cab 6.5 Ft Box, Great Work Truck $ 4,750 1558A30 Day Price Guarantee on TiresGet the best price in town or well refund the dierence. GM Certied Service 2000 BMW 323i Sport Wagon Keyless Entry, Power Windows, Manual $ 7,750 1275B LOOKING FOR A SPRING FLING?LOOK NO FURTHER.FALL IN LOVE AT GILBERT CHEVROLET. $179 PER MO. FOR 24 MO. LEASE FOR 2012 CHEVY MALIBU $299PER MO. FOR 39 MO. $149PER MO. FOR 24 MO. 2012 CRUZE $199PER MO. FOR 39 MO. REG. CAB Cruze lease is for 24 months/12,000 miles with $1,995 due at signing. Malibu lease is for 24 mo/12,000 miles with $1,539 due at signing. Silverado Reg Cab lease is for 39 mo/10,000 miles with $1,995 due at signing. Silverado Ext Cab is 39 mo/12,000 mile s with $3,000 due at signing. All prices are plus taxes, tag, and fees. Offers assume quali“ed credit. All incentives and rebates to dealer. Dealer not respo nsible for typographical errors. Pictures are f or illustration purposes only. Offers expire 4/30/12.Looking for more discounts? We offer additional rebates for participating members of Farm Bureau, AARP, USAA & More. 2012 SILVERADO 1500 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 M M M M M M M O O O O O D D D D E E E E E L L L L L S S S S W W W W W W W I I T T H H 3 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 M M M P P G G O O O R R R R M M M O O O R R R R E E E 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG MP MPG MPG MPG MPG 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG MP MPG MPG MPG 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 MP MP MP MP MP MP MP MP M M G G G G G G G G G EXT. CAB LEASE FOR LEASE FOR LEASE FOR 1996 Ford F-150 XLT, Automatic Transmission $ 6,750 5103B 2005 Chrysler 300-Series 4dr Sedan, 300C, Ltd Availability $ 9,750 2179A 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan, Sport Red Metallic $ 5,750 2321A 2004 Lincoln Aviator 4dr AWD Luxury, Power Locks/Windows $ 8,750 2117A 20 Okeechobee News April 13, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2012 CLEWISTON–Known for its “sweet touch” on up and coming country entertainment acts, the Clewiston Sugar Festival has a rich history of music, arts and crafts, car shows, baking contests and good wholesome “sweet” fun. The festiv al, set for April 12-14 is promising three days of fun. On Thursday, April 12, the Clewiston Museum, 109 Central Avenue, will host a Seminole Heritage Day lunch and program. Guest speaker will be award winning author, Dr. Jessica Cattelino, who w ill present a program on the Seminoles w hile attendees enjoy a light lunch for a $10 donation. For reservations, call 863983-2870. On Friday, around 4 p.m., festivities start about 4 p.m. at Sugar Fest Field, one block o U.S. Highway 27, behind the Clewiston Inn. Food and arts and crafts v endors will be on hand. A sock hop is planned for Friday fest. On Saturday, April 14, activities begin around 8 a.m. and include the Big Lake Cruisers Car Show, gospel sings, the Sweet Taste Baking Contest, kids park rides, 5K walks and runs, a shing tournament, information booths, food booths, community booths, arts and crafts, the Raisin Cane Rodeo and Youth Rodeo, dance troupe performances and more. Main stage entertainment begins around noon. The Rodeo starts at 7 p.m. at the Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show Arena, 720 E. El Paso Avenue, Clewiston. Reserve seating in front of the stage is available for $10 or bring your own lawn chair. The Sugar Festival entertainment this y ear features James Wesley, The Osceola Brothers Band, The Nowhere Band and The Chase.James Wesley“I’ve always been a big believer in tradition,” declares James Wesley. “A lot of the old ways are the best ways: family, God, treating people right, doing what y ou’re supposed to do. I think it’s time to come back to what’s real. That’s what country music is about.” James Wesley puts those core values into his music w ith a whiskeysmooth voice and a timelessly winning w ay with a great country song. Wesley sings directly to real people about real things that profoundly a ect real lives—and from his small-town upbringing to his blue-collar w ork ethic, he has a deep understanding of what those folks are longing to hear. James Wesley hopes to do what he loves to do for a long time to come. “I want to be in it for the long haul,” he says. “I want to do those songs that everybody wants to hear, and that everybody can feel. I want to be the guy who tells the stories, and tells it like it is.”The Osceola Brothers BandThe Osceola Brothers Band was formed by 15-year-old Cameron Osceola. They became a band in May 2011 and have been playing ever since. The band consists of Sheldon Osceola, 10, Cameron Osceola, 15, and Tyson Osceola, 13. Sheldon plays the drums and the band would be nothing without the little guy. Being taught by his older brother Cameron, he caught on quickly and kept playing ever since then, and has only been playing for about 7 months now. Tyson is the bassist, he received his rst bass for his birthday and right away Cameron taught him how to play it. The third day after receiving his bass, his brother gured out songs on the bass and taught them to him, he also caught on fast. Cameron Osceola received his rst guitar when he was about seven, it was a cheap acoustic guitar form Walmart. He went through two of those kinds of guitars because his brothers kept “accidentally” breaking them. When he was nine he got a Starcaster guitar, and that was his rst electric guitar. Having nobody around to teach him how to play guitar, he just sat in his room with a c.d. player and his guitar. The rst song he learned how to play was “Patience” by Gun’s N’ Roses. Seven years later he now leads his little brothers in a blues-rock band—The Osceola Brothers Band. They all share the same in uences, since Cameron had revealed the sounds of blues, rock, and metal to them. When people hear them play, everyone tells them that they h ave a bright future ahead of them. Their debut performance was for Paul “Cowbone” Buster’s memorial in October 2011, and ever since then people always ask when they are going to play next. Cameron usually played solo with other people including R.C. North, and James Payne, who teaches music at the Seminole Boys and Girls Club on the Hollywood Reservation. R.C. set up concerts every once in a while to show the community how well their kids learned music. The band’s biggest concert was performing at the Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla. After playing their rst set, Native American Musician, Derek Miller saw the talent they had and wanted to meet them after the show.The Nowhere BandWhether it was in the Cavern or on the Rooftop, The Beatles dominated the 60s with their ravishing talent and not to mention, their good looks. Now, it’s time to meet The Nowhere Band. With their entirely live production of ’60s Beatles performances, their show is unlike any other! Spectators will experience four wardrobe changes, 18 plus vintage guitars, three di erent drum sets with Vox & Fender Amps and two media screens.The ChaseThe Chase is not your average run-ofthe-mill country band. They are made up of a an eclectic mix of individuals that come from several di erent musical genres. They can perform everythingfrom Hank Sr., AC/DC, to Prince! The Chase has also recorded a local fan favorite “Cane Country” which is the lead o single on Quickstar Productions: Countri ed Vol. I compilation album, available on iTunes and Amazon.com. The y have rocked the stage with many, including Jason Aldean, Alabama, and Hinder! If you’re a music lover, you do not wan t to miss this performance! They will cove r something for everyone! For more information, see the web site at clewistonsugarfestival.com. Questions may also be emailed to clewistonsugarfestival@yahoo.com. Sugar Festival features concerts, car show & more James Wesley The Osceola Brothers Band The Nowhere Band Special to Going Out The Sugar Festival Rod Run is the annual fundraiser for the Big Lake Cruisers. Most of the proceeds fund a scholarship program at Clewiston High School with the club retaining a small percentage for operating costs during the year. Since the Sugar Festival Rod Run is not a car show but rather a rod run, the event is open to any classic, collectible, antique or unique automobile or truck. If you are proud of it and want to show it off, it can be registered in our Rod Run. Individuals or clubs are welcome to participate. For more information and entry forms, go online to www.biglakecruiserscarclub.com.

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If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT-IT.NEW MEMBERS GET $ 50 FREE PLAY AND $ 10 FOOD CREDIT WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR A PLAYERS CLUB WILD CARD!Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA!See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate. Manag ement reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time based on operational and/or business concern. Persons who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or those who have opted into the self-exclusion program are not eligible. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, pleas e call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.Like us on Facebook 3 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions A pril 2012 April 28 Giveaway of a 2012 Ford EdgeBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION—Seminole Casino Brighton is celebrating spring fun by giving away great prizes in April. One lucky player will enj oy the beauty of the season with their brand new 2012 Ford Edge. More casino play during April means more chances to win the new car. The casino will set a driver out in style on Saturday, April 28. On Monday, April 16, the casino is capping o tax season by giving away $100 to 100 visitors. Drawings take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The casino keeps on giving with Hot Seats every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Play your favorite slots to win your share of $1,600 free play. Also on Tuesdays, v isitors 55 and older will get a free bag lunch, while supplies last. The free bag lunch o er is open to new or returning Player’s Club members. On Thursdays, players can redeem earned points for up to $200 in free play from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays are also W hirlwind Cash Hot Seats, where you can win the chance to enter the money machine and grab up to $5,000 cash. There will be one winner each hour from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Finish o the work week with Seminole HiLo. On Fridays, there will be a w inner every hour from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. W in your share of $12,000 in free play. At 3 p.m. on Fridays, players can enjoy free bingo and play for their share of $1,000 in free play prizes. Come try your luck with bingo on Saturday, April 21, at 6:45 p.m. The buy-in is $70. Regular games pay $750 and you can win your share of jackpot games totaling $13,000. As always, there is free bus transportation from the Hampton Inn in Okeechobee at 1200 State Road 70. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the bus picks up at 10:30 a.m. It departs the casino at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the bus picks up at 2:15 p.m. and departs at 7:30 p.m.About Seminole Casino BrightonSeminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 405-slot and gaming machines, a seven-table poker room, high-stakes bingo seats, a full service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern airconditioning system, clean atmosphere and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, o State Road 721 in Glades County. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Or visit www.seminolebrightoncasino.com. Hop into Spring at Seminole Casino Brighton BRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION—There’s always plenty of rodeo action at the Fred Smith Arena on Brighton Seminole Reservation. April events at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena on include: • Mondays, barrel racing practice from 6 to 9 p.m. • Tuesdays, team roping practice from 7 to 9 p.m. (Charge for practice is $15 per person and release must be on le.) • Friday night Jackpot Barrel racing on April 13. • Dash for Cash Barrel Race on Saturday, April 14 • Florida Barrel Racing Association Show on Sunday, April 15. • Thursday night Roping Jackpot Saddle Series on Thursday, April 26. Signups are at 6 p.m. Roping starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $50 per man. The rst to enter is the last to rope. Saddles will be given to the top header and heeler at the conclusion of the series. DIRECTIONS: From Okeechobee take SR 70 west -or from Highway 27 take State Road 70 east -to the caution light (SR 721) go south to the reservation, pass the casino; when you see a water tower make a right on the road before the water tower which is Harney Pond Road, the arena is approximately one mile on the right hand side. From Moore Haven, go east on State Road 78, and turn north on SR 721, and make a left at the road after the water tower. For more information online go to www.rezrodeo.com. Rodeo action continues at Brighton’s Fred Smith Arena

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Spring Skies: The Dippers and the DiamondFORT PIERCE–The Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, will present “Spring Skies: The Dippers and the Diamond” this month. As spring begins, some winter constellations like Orion the Hunter and his faithful hunting dogs, as well as the Gemini twins, linger on in the western evening sky. But new star patterns appear in the east: the Big Dipper, Leo the Lion, Bootes the Shepherd and Virgo the Maiden. The program use the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper as guideposts to nd our way around the springtime sky, and we’ll also look for the four stars of an obscure star group known as Virgo’s Diamond. Shows will be Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and, Saturday, May 12, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Planetarium’s air temperature is maintained at 72 degrees. Y ou may wish to bring a sweater or light j acket for comfort. The planetarium shows are not recommended for children under the age of 4. For ticket information, contact the IRSC Box O ce at IRSC Box O ce 772462-4750 or 800-220-9915.IRSC Art Gallery openFORT PIERCE–Indian River State College’s Art Gallery, L Building, Room 117, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery promotes understanding the V isual Arts through a diverse schedule and workshops by professional artists. This allows students to gain practical experience from those contemporary artists who are successful in their profession. The Gallery seeks to showcase a breadth of artworks from student work to the most innovative artists working in today’s environment. Currently each y ear IRSC’s gallery has four professional shows, one national level competitive show, two student shows and a very popular all IRSC faculty show. For more information, call the gallery manager at 772-462-7824.Black Gold JubileeBELLE GLADE–“Her soil is her fortune,” is the motto of Belle Glade, Florida, and the community’s annual festival celebrates the rich muck soil known as their own version of “black gold.” The 34th Annual Black Gold Jubilee will be held April 21 at the Tory Island Marina, 5000 W Canal Street North in Belle Glade. The jubilee starts with the 5K walk at 7 a.m., and a parade at 10 a.m. followed by festivities at the marina until dark. The festival will include arts and crafts, Glades-style foods, children’s games, art and photography exhibits, and a variety of booths and entertainers. At 7 p.m., featured entertainer Bo Bice of American Idol fame will perform on the Amphitheater Stage. Bo’s rst album, “The Real Thing,” sold 1 million copies. He will be the host of new reality TV Show “Demented Cycles,” currently in development. The concert is free. For more information, call 561-996-2745.Brown Sugar FestivalCLEWISTON–The Brown Sugar Festival began with the organization of the Harlem Academy Alumni Association in Clewiston in 1976. Harlem Academy Alumni members decided to plan celebrations for students whenever they returned home to Clewiston to visit. The festival and pageant also serve as fund raisers for scholarships to send Clewiston’s Harlem community children to college. Over the years the festival has grown to include a gospel program, a talent show, a cruise trip, a dance, a parade, a basketball tournament, fashion show, a golden age banquet and all day festivities. This year’s festival will be on May 5. For more information, call 863-677-5727, or online, go to http://brownsugarfestival.info/.Florida High School Rodeo FinalsOKEECHOBEE–The Florida High School Rodeo Association State Finals will be in Okeechobee on May 3-6, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. There is no admission fee for spectators. Spectator admission is o State Road 710. For more information online, go to http:// sra.homestead,com.Avon Park Bluegrass Blueberry FestivalAVON PARK–The Avon Park Bluegrass Blueberry Festival, sponsored by Avon Park Rotary Club, will be held May 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rotary Building, 20 S. Verona Avenue in Avon Park. Fresh blueberries will be on sale as well as blueberry lemonade, blueberry pie, blueberry shortcake, blueberry jam, blueberry blossom honey and blueberry art. For information, see the web site at www.aprotaryblueberryfestival.com.Stuart Sailfish RegattaSTUART–The Stuart Sail sh Regatta will be April 14-15. The super-charged weekend of festivities kicks o Friday, April 13, with a party for racing crews, sponsors and other VIPs featuring spirits, bites, live music and a gorgeous view of the Indian River Lagoon. This exhilarating family-friendly a air features toptier racers from throughout the United States and Canada driving tricked-out, high-end boats that reach speeds of more than 100 mph. Tickets are on sale at http://www.StuartSail shRegattta. org. Proceeds bene t the Maritime & Classic Boat Museum, The Children’s Museum and the USS Sailing Center.Balloons Over Paradise FestivalIMMOKALEE–The Inaugural ‘Balloons over Paradise’ Festival will be held at the Immokalee Regional Airport, 165 Airpark Blvd. in Immokalee, on April 1415, starting at 6 a.m. daily. The celebration will feature 30 hot hair balloons, live music by country singer John Anderson, food trucks, children’s activities, carnival games, demonstrations by agility dogs and more. The event will star t each morning with an illuminated ligh t show. Festival goers will be able to wal k among the balloons as they in ate for a mass ascension into the skies. Parking is $5. Umbrellas and coolers are not permitted. For the “Balloons Over Paradise” schedule, visit http://www.seminolecasinoevents.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2012 Area festivals and special events planned this month... Hallstrom Planetarium Bo Bice

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions A pril 2012 Looking for a fun outdoor activity for the whole family? Consider geocaching on Florida public lands.Geocaching is an outdoor game for users of hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It’s really a high-tech scavenger hunt. It’s inexpensive, interactive and a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to nd the caches. Some caches are easy nd; others are more dif cult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place w here you have never been. Geocaching should h ave minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed. Geocaching is the high-tech version of the European game called “letter boxing.” Participants hide a small w ater proof box—often a Tupperware container—containing a few trinkets, a log book for those who nd it to sign, and clues on where to nd another box. Gamers follow clues to nd the box, sign the log book, remove one of the trinkets, leave another trinket for someone else to nd, and hide it again. Then they’re o on the next treasure hunt. In the modern version, instead of clues, participants use GPS coordinates. While old-fashioned letter boxers traded clues among themselves, Geocachers post GPS coordinates online on Geocaching web sites. Since 2000 when geocaching in the Florida state parks began, many people have participated—hiding caches, nding caches, logging nds and scheming new ways and new places to continue the game. To get in the game, log on to a geocaching web site, where you can search for the GPS coordinates for active geocaches in your area. According to Geocaching.com, there are 1,703,720 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide. Before hiding a cache in a state park, contact the park manager for permission. Describe the location, how you intend to hide it (digging is not allowed) and provide a description of the cache container. The park manager will consider the site attributes and give verbal permission for you to hide the cache in the location. Consider frequent ooding, re frequency and animal habitat before requesting permission. Archaeological, ecological and historic areas are typically o limits. Geocaching: A high-tech treasure hunt for all ages Cache A waterproof container that has been hidden by a fellow geocacher, who has posted the GPS coordinates on a website, such as geocaching.com. Some caches are easy to nd. They are simply camou aged. Others may be highly disguised and hard to notice. Virtual caches are simply an unmistakable landmark or park feature. Coordinates A set of numbers that describe your exact location on the earth’s surface. Latitude/longitude (lat/ long) coordinates are the most typical lines of reference. Earthcache These virtual caches provide Earth science lessons for middle school students. A cache is not hidden, the coordinates of an earthcache mark the location of a signi cant formation or landscape. EcoCache A ‘green’ variation of a cache. Placed by geocachers at environmentally signi cant locations, an EcoCache site helps raise awareness of the role humans play in restoring, preserving and sharing the environment. Geocaching An outdoor game of hide-and-seek using a hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) unit. Geocachers use location coordinates and a variety of clues to nd caches. The visitor may be expected to le ave or replace items in the cache or deliver items to another cache. The cache may be a small waterproof box or simply an unmistakable landmark. Geocaching is related to orienteering, where participants nd their way with a compass. Global Positioning System (GPS) unit device that reads satellite signals and then, through the use of mathematics, calculates your position on Earth as a latitude (how far north or south of the equator), longitude (how far east or west of Greenwich, UK) and altitude (how far above sea level). Travel Bug item found in a cache that is meant to travel from one cache to another. These are sometimes called ‘hitch-hikers.’ Waypoint A (usually two-dimensional) coordinate that is input into a navigation device, such as a GPS receiver, representing a position that a geocache, vessel, aircraft, vehicle or person has to navigate to, with the aid of GPS (and/or any other position xing device). SOURCE: Florida State Parks web site A Geocaching vocabulary Photo courtesy Florida State Parks web siteModern geocachers use a GPS device or a phone with GPS. Useful links for Geocaching• Geocaching www.geocaching.com • Earthcache http://www.earthcache.org • Navicache www.navicache.com • Waymarking www.waymarking.com

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Florida State Parks o er a wide variety of programs and activities. Some of the programs o ered this month include the following. NATURESCAPING 2012 A GREEN CELEBRATION John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: April 14, 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Park entrance is FREE to the public for the annual NatureScaping Event. Join the fun for a free educational day of family fun, with native plant vendors, demonstration gardens, live animal show, guest speakers, artwork for sale, walkthru butter y aviary, children’s crafts, local environmental organizations, a ra e, photography contest, live music and food! The park’s newly remodeled Nature Center will h ave it’s gr and opening, featuring artwork for sale by wildlife artist Guy Harvey. For more information, please call (561) 624-6970. Fees: Free park admission. For more information, call 561-6246970 Directions: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S.1 and PGA Blvd. on A1A in North Palm Beach. BLUEGRASS MUSIC UNTOLD RICHES John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: April 15, 1 4 p.m. Nathan Rich and the “Untold Riches” bring their foot-stompin’ and hand-clappin’ bluegrass music to the park’s amphitheater. Just sit back and enjoy the music in Palm Beach County’s most beautiful setting. The concert is free with park admission of $5.00 per carload. For more information, please call the Ranger Station at (561) 624-6950. Fees: Free with park admission MACARTHUR UNDER MOONLIGHT CHRIS KASTLE John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: May 5, 7 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) Come out under the moonlight for a magical night of music. This concert series is held once a month featuring a di erent musician or band every month. This month’s musical entertainment is folk musician, Chris Kastle. Come on out and bring the whole family! No reservations required and children under age 10 are free. Admission $5.00 per person. For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 561624-6950. Fees: Admission $5 per person BLUEGRASS MUSIC CONCH STOMP BAND John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Date: May 13, 2 4 p.m. Come listen to the Conch Stomp Band play a variety of bluegrass songs. Fun for all ages. This program is free with park admission. For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 561-624-6950. Fees: Free with park admission MUSIC IN THE PARK CONCERT Highlands Hammock State Park Date: April 21 7-9 p.m. Come for an evening outdoor concert featuring Back Porch Revival’s Old Time String Band in the park’s picnic area. Picnic baskets/coolers are welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, ashlight and bug spray. All ticket proceeds bene t park improvements via the Friends of Highlands Hammock. Fees: Concert admission is just $5 per person (accompanied children 12 & under admitted free of charge.) Park entrance fee of $6.00 per car is waived after 6 p.m. on concert nights. Call 863386-6094 for more information Directions: Highlands Hammock State Park is located o US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), four miles west of Sebring. EARTH DAY TREE PLANTING Jonathan Dickinson State Park Date: April 21, 10 a.m. noon Celebrate Earth Day and help beautify the campground in this Florida State Parks AmeriCorps project. Contact the Kimbell Center, 561-745-5551, for more information. •Who: Adults and families with children ages 6 and up. •Where: Pine Grove Campground •Registration is suggested for more information contact the Kimbell Center, 561-745-5551, or email alexandra.onisko@ dep.state. .us. •Fees: Free park admission for event participants. Directions : To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the south: On I-95 take Exit 87A go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left. On Florida Turnpike take Exit 116 (Jupiter). Go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left. To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the north: On I-95 take Exit 96 go east on Bridge Road to US 1. Turn righ t (south) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 3 miles on your right. On Florida Turnpike take Exit 116 (Jupiter). Go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left. For more information online go to http://www. oridastateparks.org. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2012 Florida State Parks plan special programs this month Jonathan Dickinson State Park John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Highlands Hammock State Park

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2011-2012Buy tickets online!www.dollyhand.org Box Office: 561-993-11601977 College Drive | Belle Glade campus30th Anniversary Celebration Buffalo Rome and Larry GatlinApril 17 at 7:00pmMissoula Childrens TheatreThe Tortoise vs. The HareMay 5 at 11:00am & 7:00pmStreet Beat, Inc.May 11 at 7:00pm Find us on € 30THANNIVERSARYSEASON€ 7 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions A pril 2012 OKEECHOBEE–The 2012 Top of the Lake Art & Music Fest will be April 14 and 15 in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee. The festiv al will include displays of the work of national, local and student arts. There will be a large children’s art and game area, cultural and heritage presentations and green market. The festival w ill be open Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Saturday, musical entertainment w ill 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. Admission is free. This is a Juried Fine Art Show and Music Fest which takes place in beautiful Flagler Park in the heart of the City of Okeechobee. The purpose of this art & music fest is to bring talented ne artists to the community of Okeechobee and surrounding areas, as well as showcase local artists and student artists, all in the e ort to bring the arts to area students. All activities are located in the spacious Flagler park, on State Road 70 in downtown Okeechobee, and bring to the community a variety of beautiful ne arts for sale. For more information online go to www.mainstreetokeechobee. com. Top of the Lake Art & Music Fest April 14-15 Special to Going OutBrad Phares’ painting took the Best of Show award at the 2011 Top of the Lake Art & Music Fest. Special to Going OutSun ower by Shirley Palmer Photography was chosen for the 2012 festival poster. Special to Going OutSpectators enjoy entertainment at the 2011 event.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2012 Buffalo Rome and Larry GatlinBELLE GLADE—Blending a rootsy feel reminiscent of the 1970s west coast country rock scene with today’s modern country, Bu alo Rome brings a vinyl vibe to the digital age. Their stunning harmonies and expert musicianship h ave wowed audiences across the country. Their appeal is broad; they h ave appeared with such diverse performers as Kenny Loggins and Montgomery Gentry. Though they h ave been together only a short time, they h ave already been seen on Great American Country and featured in the pages of Country Weekly Magazine. With songs like “Big Sky” and “Ocean In Montana,” they are truly putting the “West” back in CountryWestern music. They will perform at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on April 17 at 7 p.m., followed by Larry Gatlin. There h ave been many great voices in country music and one golden one: Larry Gatlin. His bell-like tones and soul-stirring vibrato are works of art in themselves, quite apart from the lyrics they illuminate. Of course, Gatlin is equally distinguished as a songwriter. Of the 42 songs he charted between 1973 and 1990, including 17 Top 10s and the Grammywinning “Broken Lady,” he singlehandedly wrote every one, an achievement unmatched by any other artist in popular music. His smash “All The Gold In California” stands as a country crossover classic. A 30th Anniversary Celebration will be held Tuesday, April 17. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with the performance starting at 7 p.m. The ticket o ce is in the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. For more information, call 561-993-1160.The Tortoise versus The HareBELLE GLADE– Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “The Tortoise Versus the Hare: The Greatest Race” will be presented Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center. All seats are $6. Come see local stars perform as the Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center for its 18th annual production! As we see the annual race between the Reptiles and the Mammals through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that “color is just a color it’s just decorated skin.” In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home. See www.mctinc.org for more information on MCT. Following the 11 a.m. performance, enjoy refreshments and lots of fun activities sponsored by the Bank of Belle Glade and Glades Area Branches of the Palm Beach County Library System. Parents, bring your cameras for this event which is included in the price of admission.The ticket o ce is located in the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. For more information, call 561-993-1160.Black Gold Talent ContestBELLE GLADE–The Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce will host the rst Black Gold Jubilee Talent Contest on April 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Black Gold Jubilee festival at Tory Island Marina. Applications may be picked up at the chamber and must be returned by 3 p.m. on April 16. First prize is $100; second prize is $75; third prize is $50. For more information call 561-996-2745.Chobee Idol contestOKEECHOBEE–The rst ‘Chobee Idol contest, sponsored by the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Council and A&R DJ Union will be held April 21 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St. (off State Road 78). Spectator admission is $10 per person. Amateur vocalists from the Lake Okeechobee area are invited to participate. First prize is $500. For information on tryouts, call 863-801-2941.Dance Composition RecitalFORT PIERCE–IRSC Student choreographers present their nal projects for the Dance Composition class, at the McAlpin Fine Arts Theatre Building, 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. This entertaining and diverse evening highlights the skills and imaginations of beginning choreographers in a program that is suitable for all ages. Performances will be Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. and Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. For ticket information, call the IRSC Box Of ce at 772-462-4750 or 800-220-9915. The Box Of ce is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.The Bottom LineLABELLE–The Firehouse Community Theatre, 241 N. Bridge Street in LaBelle, will present “The Bottom Line” by Bob Cramer, April 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22. Don’t miss this hometown comedy about the mayhem that takes place when the local soap factory is being purchased by a big conglomerate! Some of the factory workers stage a strike! This sure-to-please show will be the nal performance for the Firehouse Theatre’s 2011-2012 Season. For ticket information, please call the voice mail ticket line 863-675-3066 or you may email your request to info@ rehousecommunitytheatre.com.High School MusicalFORT PIERCE–The IRSC Performing Arts Academy students will present “High School Musical” at the McAlpin Fine Arts Theatre Building, 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. Music was adapted, arranged and produced by Bryan Louiselle. The play is based on a Disney Channel Original Movie written by Peter Barsocchini. The IRSC Performing Arts Academy students will present the junior version of the very popular Disney show. Songs include: What I’ve Been Looking For, Get’cha Head in the Game, and Wildcat Cheer. Performances will be on Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m.; and, Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For ticket information, call the IRSC Box Of ce at 772-462-4750 or 800-2209915. The Box Of ce is open MondayFriday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Spring FlingFORT PIERCE–The Indian River State College Choir and Wind Ensemble will present their “Spring Fling” Concert at the McAlpin Fine Arts Theatre Building, 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. In Act I, the IRSC Chorale will present an eclectic mix of classical music plus you’ll enjoy a special guest artist and selections from the soprano repertoire. In Act II, the IRSC Wind Ensemble will present music from Star Wars, Jurassic Park and many more epic lms. Performances will be on Thursday, April 19, at 8p.m.; Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m.; and, Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. For ticket information, call the IRSC Box Of ce at 772-462-4750 or 800-2209915. The Box Of ce is open MondayFriday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Street BeatBELLE GLADE–Street Beat will perform at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. All seats are $10. Founded in 1996 by Kenneth & Nerissa Jackson, Street Beat Inc. (SBI) is critically-acclaimed for its e orts to train youth to become self-reliant, by focusing on personal development through discipline and the arts. SBI’s Choreographer/Artistic Director, Shanique Scott creates choreograph y that infuses Hip-Hop, Ballet, Jazz, and Lyrical movements to the latest contemporary gospel tunes. Visi t www.streetbeatincorporated.org. The ticket o ce is in the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. For more information, call 561-993-1160. Plays, concerts, dancing and more ... PERFORMING ARTS Buffalo Rome Larry Gatlin A scene from “The Bottom Line” Street Beat