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Publication Date: 04-15-2012
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Sunday, April 15, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 46 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.88 feetLast Year: 11.54 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Two OHS girls chosen for All State Team ... Page 18 Burglaries reported... Page 5 IRSC offers home health training ... Page 7 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pat Zieglar/Kevin WilliamsChristian Team Trails anglers Keith and Irene Jones may have taken fourth place overall in the nal tourney but their single largest catch earned them the award for Big Fish weighing 8.10 lbs. For more on the tournament, see page 19. B i g s h Big sh The navigation locks along the north shore of Lake Okeechobee will be closed beginning on Monday due to declining water levels. The following locks will close:  S-135 at J&S Fish Camp, Martin County;  S-127 at Buckhead Ridge, Glades County;  S-131 at Lakeport, Glades County; and,  G-36 at Henry Creek, Okeechobee County. While the navigation locks are out of operation, boaters will be able to continue to access Lake Okeechobee from its north shore at local boat ramps. The locks will reopen when the lake suf ciently rises for Locks to close Monday due to low lake levelSee LOCKS — Page 15 New rule still may not comply with Florida State StatuteBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News Even though the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board voted Thursda y to revise its leasing policy one question remains: Are they in compliance with state statute? It does not appear so. “I am extremely disappointed. They’ve (SFWMD) taken one of the simplest Florida statutes ever written and made it so convoluted—and it doesn’t change anything with all the problems,” said former Florid a state representative Ralph Poppell in a phone interview Friday, April 13. “Herein lies part of the reason people do not respect or trust the water management district—it’s like game playing. “This (resolution) is an apparent attempt to legitimize recent actions taken by the board in reference to leases,” he added. Mr. Poppell served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2002 until 2010. In his last two years in the House he chaired the Natural Resources Appropriations Committee. He is currently in agriculture and manufacturing. A Thursday, April 12, SFWMD press release states how the revised policy will now “enhance transparency” and “strengthen the agency’s leasing program b y increasing opportunities for agricultural operators... .” The release goes on to say how the new policy will clarify “... conditions for public noticing and competition for leases.” But does it? While it does mandate that the district advertise their intention to lease, as required by Florida state statute 373.093, it leaves the governing board some wiggle room when it comes to putting their leases out to bid. The resolution states: “The district shall SFWMD passes lease resolutionSee SFWMD — Page 15

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Today: Sunny, with a high near 83. East southeast wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 63. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Extended ForecastMonday: Sunny, with a high near 82. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a lo w around 61. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 82. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Friggatriskaidekaphobia The fear of Friday 13. Are you supers titious? I heard on the news this morning t hat 25 million people in the U.S. claim to be afraid of this day. Do you do anything different on Friday 13 than any other day? It is just another as far as I am concerned as I am not s uperstitious. Common sense tells me that y ou just don’t do things like walk under ladders and such.Land spreading of bio-solids I see the county has revised the rules regarding the land spreading of septage. The c ounty rules used to be more strict that state law. They have relaxed them so they are the s ame as state law. County staff said it was t oo expensive and labor intensive to enforce t he county rules. No one in the audience even commented one way or another. What a change from hearings in the past when people were yelling about health hazards. Did the people who thought this was a big deal leave?  There’s probably a new company paying to come to town. Z immerman Let’s try criminal cases in court, not online by gossip and hearsay.  The prosecutor said in her news conference that this case would be treated as any other case. Does that mean that all cases will b e preceded by a press conference?  I really wonder how Zimmerman could ever get a fair trial now, which so much publicity. Are there 12 unbiased people who have not heard about this case already? Do they live in a cave? Even with a change of venue, I don’t see how they can seat a fair jury. This t hing has been on the T.V. news nonstop. It has already been tried in the court of public opinion. I really hope they keep the identit ies of the jurors secret. There will be those w ho will try to intimidate jurors if they can.School dance prices Is it just me or does $25 a kid seem a little pricey for an 8th grade dance? What ever happened to making your own decorations and getting moms to donate cookies and punch to keep the prices down?  Oftentimes things like that are used as fund raisers for some other activity.  It just seems that they price so many kids out of the activities that should be open to all students at the school. Many years ago when I was in middle school, dances were free to all who had at least a C average and no suspensions. We had fund raisers like car washes to raise the money for a band or DJ, the art classes made decorations and the moms provided the refreshments.  Ridiculous isn’t it? Go to a dance, money. Join a club, money. Go to the prom, money. To park, money. You used to go on eld trips, now, no eld trips. What are we paying tax dollars to schools for? School should be totally free. With gambling (Lotto) along with tax dollars there is no reason it shouldn’t be. I remember back this past year they charged $25 a head to the homecoming dance. I’ll never pay it.  In the past the school system did not put on this dance. Parents put on the middle school prom and it was not a school event. If so the money is for renting the venue and for food and cleanup.  Prom used to be for high school juniors and seniors only. It was something to look forward to, a rite of passage. Having a middle school “prom” is rushing things. Kids are growing up too fast already. I am curious why parents would organize a “prom” for 13 year olds. A school dance is ne, with school dress codes enforced. I think we should encourage kids to stay “kids” as long as possible.  This is not a prom, it’s an 8th grade dance.  Look at the high rate of teenage pregnancy in this county if you don’t think kids are growing up too fast.  I have seen on the news recently that many schools across the country are cracking down on the dress codes for high school proms. The low cut dresses, high slits up the side and backless dresses are not allowed. I hope Okeechobee follows this trend. I could not believe how some parents allowed their teenage daughters to leave the house in something that would be considered racy even on a 25-year-old. But some parents give the kids no boundaries. Sunday, April 15, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Okeechobee Weather Forecast April is Child Abuse Month(photo at right) County Commission Chairwoman Margaret Garrard Helton presents a proclamation to Jamie Adcock (left) of the Children’s Home Society of Florida to proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Okeechobee. The presentation was during the April 12 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners.Water conservation important(photo at right) South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee Service Center Director Gary Ritter accepts a proclamation from Okeechobee County Commission Chairwoman Margaret Garrard Helton to name April as Water Conservation Month in Okeechobee County. The presentation was during the April 12 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An ash tray became a valuable weapon for an Okeechobee woman as she used it to beat off a man who was allegedly armed w ith a gun as he tried to assault her. Daniel Dean Lamb, 31, N.E. 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, April 13, on felony charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, burglary of an occupied dwelling w ith assault and battery and armed burglary of a dwelling. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a $110,000 bond. An arrest report by Detective William Suggs, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO), stated that the victim was in bed asleep around 1 a.m. on April 5 when “... she thought she was having a dream about a man on top of her.” When she awoke she realized it wasn’t a dream. According to the detective’s report Lamb was allegedly on top of the woman and was holding a gun to her neck. The investigator’s report stated that Lamb told the woman to “be quiet, I have a gun.” She told the detective she did not see the weapon but felt the barrel when she tried to push it away from her neck. At some point she began ghting with her attacker and grabbed a wooden ash tray from the nightstand next to her bed. She reportedly told the detective that she hit the suspect in the head with the ash tray and that it hurt him enough that he got off the bed. At that point she got up, but the man apparently grabbed her and started to choke her. The detective’s report stated that there were red marks on the woman’s neck. She then began to hit him about the head until he released her and left. Detective Suggs said the victim had blood on her ear and what appeared to be bloody ngerprints on her arm. These areas were swabbed and those swabs will be used for DNA analysis, added the detective. The arrest report also indicates that Lamb couldn’t explain several scratches and cuts on his body. 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He is being held without bond.  Gerardo Ramirez, 42, N.E. 207th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 12 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with failure to appear driving under the in uence and failure to appear no valid driver’s license. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes this week.ASSAULT 400 block of N.W. 36th Terrace  3900 block of N.W. Eighth St.  400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3000 block of S.E. 33rd TerraceBURGLARY 6300 block of N.W. 240th St.  1500 block of N.W. 43rd Ave  3100 block of S.E. 39th Ave.  12000 block of S.E. 52nd Lane  2300 block of S. Parrott Ave.  2300 block of S.E. 33rd St.THEFT 2000 block of S.E. 27th St. (gun)  4700 block of N.E. 10th Lane (riding lawn mower)  2600 block of N.W. Second St.  200 block of U.S. 98 N.  43000 block of U.S. 441 N. (compressor)  3500 block of S.W. 18th St.  C. Scott Driver Park (tire)  500 N.W. Fourth St. (identity)  2400 block of N.W. 395th Court (identity)  600 block of S.W. 85th Ave. (identity)  4400 block of S.E. 23rd Court  20000 block of N.W. 272nd St. Investigations Daniel Dean Lamb

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Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, April 15 May 13, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. You must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at OkeeTantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.BHR VFW Auxiliary hosting Sunday breakfastBuckhead 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.Parks and Rec to hold 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. V FW Post #4423 and auxiliary meetingsVFW Post #4423 & Ladies Auxiliary to V FW #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will hold their monthly meeting on Sunday, April 15 at 11 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend.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!Orchid Club welcomes guest speaker on April 16Bill Ross, owner of Awesome Orchids of Lake Placid will be the speaker for the Okeechobee Orchid Club on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Extension Center. Mr. Ross will present a program on Phalaenopsis cultivation and answer questions on other types of orchids. Guests are welcome. The Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. For more information call 863-763-6469.Chobee Idol auditions openThe First Chobee Idol competition will be held Saturday, April 21, at the Shrine Club. Auditions for the contest will be held Monday, April 16, from 9 a.m. until noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. Those who wish to be in the contest should call 863-801-2941 for an audition time. The event is sponsored by the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.Eagles North to host BINGO nightEagles North will have BINGO Tuesday, April 17 beginning at 1 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N.Shrine Club to host spaghetti dinnerJoin your friends and neighbors this Tuesday night, April 17 at the Okeechobee Shrine Club for a spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings. Dinner is served at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with music for your listening and dancing pleasure from 5-8 p.m. Dinners are just $6 per person. Proceeds will bene t Shrine Club activities. For information, contact Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427, the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378 or Kip Gardener at 863-6106659.Hospice to host April yard sale Hospice of Okeechobee is having a yard sale on April 18 and 19 from 8 a.m.-noon.CAA meeting announcementThe quarterly meeting of the Treasure Coast Community Action Agency Advisory Board will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 2 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Community Services Of ce located at 437 North Seventh Street (on the corner of Seventh Street and Ave. D) in Fort Pierce. For information call 772-462-1777.Democratic Executive Committee will meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will be holding a very important meeting on Thursday, April 19 beginning at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's. At this meeting we will be accepting delegate applications for the Florida Democratic Convention being held in Tampa the rst weekend of June. If any Okeechobee Democrat is interested in running for the two slots, this application must be lled out and submitted prior to April 27. There will be a state wide caucus voting on Saturday, May 5, at the Okeechobee Public Library from 9 a.m. until noon for the purpose of electing these delegates. We will also be trained and certi ed to be able to register voters, so if anyone wants to be able to volunteer to register voters, you need to be at this meeting. Hope to see all interested Democrats at this meeting!Chamber Concealed Weapons Permit ClassThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee is hosting a Concealed Weapons Permit Class on Thursday, April 19 at the Hampton Inn from 7 to 9 p.m. Range training will be conducted on the following Saturday morning. The cost of the class is $30, and a concealed weapon permit package will be provided to each participant. You do not need to own a gun to attend class. Preregistration and prepayment is required at the time of registration. Register online at www. OkeechobeeBusiness.com. Go to calendar of events and click on the April 19, 2012 Concealed Weapons Permit Class. Then follow instructions to register online. You may also complete a registration form at the Hampton Inn. If you should have additional questions, please contact the Chamber at terry@ OkeechobeeBusiness.com or 863-467-6246.Fake' marijuana use a growing problemPaula Friedrich, delinquency prevention specialist with the Department of Juvenile Justice, will share information about the growing problem of "fake marijuana" use among teens. She will speak at the Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council meeting on Friday, April 20 at noon at Beef O'Brady's. The presentation was put together by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's of ce.Golf tourney to bene t scholarshipsBubba's Redneck Yacht Club's fourth annual golf tournament will be held April 21 at Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Registration 7 a.m. with a tee time of 8 a.m. Procreeds will bene t local charities and OHS scholarships. For more info call 863-634-0577. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Helen D. Oliver, 82OKEECHOBEE „ Helen D. Oliver, 82, o f Okeechobee, passed away April 12, 2012. She was born June 12, 1929, in Greenville, Ohio, and came to Okeechobee 16 years ago. She was a member of the Eagles in Greenville, Ohio and enjoyed camping. Mrs. Oliver is survived by her husband, Gene Oliver; two daughters, Faye Henninger, Sandra Henninger; son, Richard Oliver (Kimberly), all of Greenville, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian ST, Stuart, FL 34997. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News April 15, 2012 Community Events

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Certi ed Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who are looking for new opportunities and quick job training in the health care eld should consider registering for the Home Health Aide course (HCP V330C) offered by Indian River State College. IRSC is now accepting applications for the Home Health Aide course. Classes are May 21 to July 16, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 to 10 p.m. Most home health aides help older adults, people who are disabled or chronically ill patients who may need assistance with everyday tasks. They provide this help in the home of the patient, instead of in a health facility or institution. The course teaches topics including the home health industry, responsibilities of the home health aide, understanding client behavior in terms of basic human needs, food selection and preparation, household management, care of the client's environment, personal health, observation and recordkeeping. The 75-hour course is $220. Students must have completed the Nursing Assistant (HCP V40C) course to register. The class will be held at the IRSC Blackburn Educational Building located at 3002 Avenue D. The Blackburn Educational Building is a community resource to provide the training needed for rewarding careers, good pay and a bright future. For more information about programs available at the Blackburn Educational Building, call 772-4624772. For information on the Home Health Aide course or other health care related programs, contact the IRSC Nursing Department at 772-462-7570, email info@irsc.edu or visit www.irsc.edu. Become a home health aide with quick job training at IRSC 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Former Avon Park Army Airfield The US Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) at Avon Park Army Airfield, a Formerly Used Defense Site in Okeechobee County. The Army used the site during World War II to train pilots and air crew s. The purpose of the study is to determine what type of contamination may be present as a result of past military activities and wh ere it might be. This notice is to let you know we are: Conducting a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study. Soliciting interest in a Rest oration Advisory Board (RAB). Holding a community meeting. It is important for the public to part icipate in the remedial process, so the Corps is considering establishi ng a RAB. RABs include people from the community, government, environmental regulators and the Corps. Members review and comment on materials related to restoration activities and serve as volunt ary liaisons between the community and the Corps. They receive no compensation. Call 866.279.4880 or email FUDS.Florida@usace.army.mil if you are interested in serving. We are holding a community meeting on April 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm at the Alton Chandler Civic Center. We will describe how the military used the site and explain previous and current investigations. Project documents are available for review at the Okeechobee County library located at 206 SW 16th Street in Okeechobee. Attend : Community Meeting, April 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm Alton Chandler Civic Center Visit : http://fuds.saj.usace.army.mil Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 SW 16th Street Call : 866.279.4880 Email : FUDS.Florida@usace.army.mil (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 7 Okeechobee News A pril 15, 2012 Livestock Market Report Cattle numbers have really backed off, typical for this time of year but a little scary! Prices are still high and you would think if there was anything out there for sale, people would be selling! I saw some good little black steer calves weighing around 400# bringing around $2 a pound! Most calves were steady to $2 lower. Cows & Bulls were mostly steady too. Ruth Heckelman, Avon Park, topped the calf market with a high of $3.05, bought by Terry Bomhak. Corrigan Ranch, Vero Beach, topped the cow market with a high of $93, bought by Central Beef. We have some really good Angus Bulls on hand...Call Us! Okeechobee Livestock Market Day Workers Ranch Rodeo this Saturday, April 14, at Old A rena, all day! Todd

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Kay Mullins Inaugural Memorial Kay Mullins Inaugural Memorial Golf Tournament Please contact Samantha Mullins Vandegrift at 863.634.4077 or Bubba Mullins at 863.447.1741 for more information Register for tournament at Pro Register for tournament at Pro Shop by calling 863.763.6228 Shop by calling 863.763.6228 On day of tournament, submit fees: On day of tournament, submit fees: Okeechobee Golf and Country Club Okeechobee Golf and Country Club Sponsorship Opportunities: Tee Box $75 • Green $75 Tee Box and Green $125Make sponsorship check payable to: Kay Mullins Memorial Scholarship Mail to: 2319 SW 21st Street Okeechobee, FL 34974Sponsorship Fees Due April 27Okeechobee Golf and Country Club 8am Shotgun Start$200 per 4 person team or $50 per person • Scramble formatMay 5 Lunch provided • 50/50 raf e • Door Prizes Prizes: 1st Place $500 2nd Place $300 3rd Place $200 www.mid” orida.comFederally insured by NCUA. It pays to bank withOKEECHOBEE 3261 U.S. Hwy. 441 S.(866) 913-3733Habla Espaol (877) 834-6376 If your bank is charging you for your debit card, come to MIDFLORIDA where you can earn FREE Debit Card Rewards. No fee for carrying the card. No per-debit usage fee. Just use the card, skip the PIN and rack up! Rewarding you for using your MIDFLORIDA debit card to pay for everything … just remember to select credit when you pay. Earn up to 10¢ with every qualifying transaction. INTRODUCING POWER USERRewardsO er valid as of 9/18/11 $5 minimum savings account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA. A checking account is required for a debit card. This program is not available on the following account types: Freedom or On-The-Go. Rewards money will be deposited to the checking account attached to the debit card and can be deposited daily or monthly. O er subject to change without notice. ATM transactions and purchases made using a PIN will not qualify for rewards. 1-19 signature-based transactions earn 5 each, per month 20+ signature-based transactions earn 10 each, per monthRegister your card at mid” orida.com/rewards 8 Okeechobee News April 15, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMSpecial visit“Lily” the Therapy Bunny and Miss Mimi Arnold from Okeechobee Special Equestrian visited the students in Mrs. Sickels’ class at Seminole Elementary. Everyone learned all about the care and feeding of rabbits and then took turns petting the bunny. Each child had their picture taken with Lily and put it in a special frame they made their parents for Easter.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Timmy Farrell allowed one earned run over ve innings and the Brahman offense exploded for ve runs in the second inning as they defeated Vero Beach 8-4 in a nondistrict baseball game Wednesday night at Okeechobee High School. Tyler Finney went 2 for 4 and Tyler Barber went 2 for 3 to lead the Brahman offense. Dalton Murray added a two-run single in the second. Jesse Stebbins had a two-run double in the second and added an RBI groundout in the rst against Vero Beach starter Alex Germody who was charged with six runs in two innings of work. Brahman coach Jeff Blackstone said a win over a quality Class 8A School like Vero Beach means a lot for his program, "It's a big win for us and gives us a little momentum. We have played good baseball lately and it couldn't be at a better time for us with districts approaching." The Brahman hitters, while disciplined, have been more aggressive at the plate in recent games. They were able to plate ve runs after two outs were recorded in the second inning which was the difference in the game. "We have some pretty quality pitchers ahead of us. The guys have rethought their approach at the plate. It has paid off. When we get a lead we must try to put a team away," he explained. Farrell kept the Brahmans in the game and left two men on base in the rst inning. He kept his composure despite a few errors which helped the Indians score three unearned runs. "Timmy did a good job. He pitched better than his line would indicate. We talked to him about getting back on the horse, taking it to the hitters, and being aggressive," Blackstone added. Stebbins was all smiles with his night as he drove home three big runs. His second inning blast hit the top of the fence in left center eld. He said he was relaxed and expected to get a 0-2 off speed pitch. "I was kind of happy there. The dugout had told me that an off-speed pitch was coming and I cranked it out there." Alex Estremera earned a save as he entered with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. He got the Indians to hit three y balls to end the game. "It was nerve racking but I just threw strikes and let the defense do the work. I try to keep my composure and let my teammates do the work for me." Okeechobee improved to (11-11) on the season. OHS gets non-district diamond win over Vero Beach 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News A pril 15, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLayton Thomas looks at a strike during the second inning of Wednesday’s game at OHS. Okeechobee defeated Vero Beach 8-4 in the non-district game. By Tabitha TrentRotary Club Congratulations to OHS Senior Kayla Harrison for being selected as Rotary's Student of the Month. During her presentation to Rotary members Kayla spoke of her passion for serving others, especially w hen it comes to children with physical challenges. In addition to being recognized for her 360+ hours of community service one of Kayla's teachers summarized her commitment to "Service A bove Self" by writing "I have had the distinct pleasure of having Kayla as a student in my A P Pre-Algebra II class her sophomore year. Having kept in touch with Kayla in the interv ening years, I am con dent in my knowledge of her. Kayla has been more than the ideal student. In order to achieve the highest grades and my deepest respect, she has demonstrated outstanding leadership and maintained a clear sense of purpose. Kayla has always pursued the challenge of honors and advanced courses. She gives her best to whatever she commits to, in and out of the classroom. She has been part of the top 4% of her class for the duration of her high school career. Kayla is a person of integrity and represents the best of Okeechobee High School." Lastly, Kayla shared with the club her love for the medical eld and her aspirations to be an occupational therapist for children. Her lifetime dream is to start a nonpro t organization that focuses on providing housing and medical services to both children and the elderly with disabilities. The Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets every Tuesday at Noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant; please feel free to come join us for a wonderful time of fellowship and experience "Service Above Self" in action! Rotary selects student of the month Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tabitha TrentRotary Club presented the Rotary Student of the Month award to OHS Senior Kayla Harrison. With her are Lisa and Howard Harrison; and, OHS Career Specialist Heather Gillis.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 AND ALSO RECEIVE OFFERS**CATCH A FREE RIDE!THE BUS PICKS UP AT:Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation**Offers cannot be combined with new member offers. Must be 18 years old to play Bingo. See Bingo Hall for complete details Limited Space Available. We reserve the right to cancel at any time. Arrival and departure times are estimated and subject to change based on travel conditions. See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate. Management reserves all rights. Person 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, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. ADDITIONAL STOPS AVAILABLE IN OTHER AREAS, CALL 1.800.360.9875 EXT 5655 FOR MORE INFO.TUESDAYS/FRIDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 5:30pmWEDNESDAYS/THURSDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 7:30pmFREE* SENIOR LUNCH *55+ and must be a Players Club member. Items subject to change, available while supplies last. $18 AND $ $1,000 FREE PLAY!HOT SEATS FOR FREE PLAY TUESDAYS Our Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Some of the Surgical Procedures available include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal InterStim Therapy for bladder or bowel incontinence Pacemaker and AICD implementation And many more Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 33 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. it f t h 33 10 Okeechobee News April 15, 2012 April is Occupational Therapy Month, and a great opportunity to learn the answers to some common questions about occupational therapy.Question: What does an occupational therapist do ?Answer: An occupational therapist is a trained professional who helps people, young and old, perform necessary tasks in home or work environments, through the aid of therapeutic activities. Occupational therapy follows a holistic approach, which focuses on the patient as a person, as opposed to simply treating a condition.Question: Who can bene t from occupational therapy?Answer : A variety of people can bene t from occupational therapy for a variety of reasons. For instance, an occupational therapist may help: a child with autism function to his or her fullest ability in a school setting an injured worker regain abilities and transition back to work safely a victim of stroke work to regain the mobility necessary to perform everyday tasks someone who suffers from chronic pain learn how to perform daily activities in ways designed to limit pain and promote healing an older adult adapt home life to new age-related limitations a person with mental health concerns learn skills to aid in stress management and independent livingQuestion: How does occupational therapy work?Answer: Typically, occupational therapy begins with an evaluation, followed by an assessment of the patient's skills and environment. After which, a personalized treatment plan is created and implemented, including prescribed modi cations designed to help a patient achieve his or her goals. Follow-up is done to monitor the progress of meeting set goals. Occupational therapy can be an extremely valuable resource for recovering from illness or injury and for everyday healthy living. Raulerson Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient therapy services by highly quali ed and licensed professionals. Our team of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, and support staff are dedicated to providing one-on-one quality patient care. Our programs include therapies for: Stroke and neurological disease Traumatic brain injury Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Sports Injuries Pediatrics Total Joint Program Hips/Knees Wound Care Back Injury or surgery Balance Retraining Program Hand injury or surgery / Custom Splinting Speech and swallowing therapy Wellness Program Work Reconditioning Lymphedema To learn more about occupational therapy, or other therapy offered through Raulerson Hospital, contact us at 863-467-6659. Raulerson Hospital recognizes Occupational Therapy Month Special to the Okeechobee News/ Advance AmericaEaster baskets donatedEaster baskets made up by Advance America, Cash Advance Centers were delivered to the children of the Real Life Ranch in Okeechobee in time for Easter. The items for the baskets were donated by Advance America, The North Lake Wash Bowl, Tires Zone, Buddy's, Tires Plus, Rent A Center, The 14K Gold Store, Aarons and The Home Depot. Advance America thanks all of their business partners for their help! Above, Advance America employees Norma Garduno and Yaet Carillo help with the baskets.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 WE BUY CARS! 863-467-5243Se Habla Espaol 2006 GMC 1500 1999 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 2000 VW Jetta 2002 Toyota Sienna2002 Ford F 150 Lariat1999 Toyota Camry 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2000 Toyota Camry Auto, A/C, Loaded, Gas Saver 7 pass., Low Miles, Auto, 6 cyl, Loaded Auto, A/C, 6 cyl, work truck, 1 owner 7 pass, Loaded 4 dr, A/C, 5 spd, PW, PL 4 Dr, V-8, A/C, Trailer Tow Pkg. V6, Auto, A/C, Leather, Moon Roof, Gas Saver Auto, V-8, A/C, Leather4x4, Auto, V-8, A/C, Leather, Moon Roof, LoadedAuto, A/C, 6 Cyl, Loaded V6, Auto, A/c, Pw, Pl, CD, LoadedONLY ONLY ONLY ONLY ONLY ONLY ONLY ONLY ONLYU1523 U0017 U0631 U2462 U2312 U9426 U8317 U1313 U2788 2002 VW GolfU0007ONLY$4995* 2002 Chevy TahoeONLYU5583$7995* $5695* $5295* $4795* 2006 Hyundai ElantraA/C, 5spd, PW, PL, X-clean, 77,000 milesONLYU0715$5995* 1999 Nissan Path nderAuto, 6 cyl, A/C, Loaded, X-clea n ONLYU7433$6795* $7695* $4995* $5495* 2000 Mazda Protege5 spd, A/C, Gas SaverONLYU2174$3795* $12900* $5695* $5495* 1999 Toyota 4-RunnerLimited Auto, A/C, Moon roof Leather interior, Loaded, X-cleanONLYU0667$7495* Plus Tax, Tag & Dealer Fees147 Hwy 441 SE, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 11 Okeechobee News A pril 15, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHS Academy of FinanceLearning about businessOkeechobee High School Academy of Finance students have been learning about business from local companies. Mike Ford discusses the car buying process with students at Gilbert Chevrolet. (Photo at left) Roxanne Durham(far right), Branch Specialist, provided a tour of Seacoast National Bank. (Photo below) Lowell Pritchard (far left) and Michael Waninger (far right) discussed insurance and business issues with students at Pritchards and Associates Inc.

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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 863 484-0994Hwy 70 EBEHIND W & W Lumber 12 Okeechobee News April 15, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary School Students of the Week are: Lauren Abbate, Heaven Bast, Patrice Lamb, Aiden Scalf, Thomas Wigfall, Jessie Merry, Logan Gilstrap, Chloe McCullers, Logan Bottari, Autumn Melear, Hunter Collins, John Martz, Kyler Hyslope, Jathen Rodriguez, Beautiful Smith, Faith Simmons, Janine Grant, Alicia Pacheco, Ariana Merchant, Maria Perez, Emanuel Ramirez, Seena Fawzy, Brighton Bauman, Eric Vallejo, Daniel Pineda, Jorden York and Elana Rodriguez. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of April 5: Jordan Bobrowski, Simone Washington, Arianna Pickett, Yesenia Lara, Cameron Elliott, Dihanalis Santiago, Kaleb Morgan, Margaret Virto, Melanie Gonzalez, Raquel Tijerina, Maritzel Roman, Foy Cunningham, Malek Alvarado, Jasmine Vickers, Brianna Villarreal, Niyah Martinez, Jordan Sperry, Alexis Hernandez, Brandon Perez, Miguel Nunez, Elizabeth White, Jayda Carrera, Maddox Quinlin, Marcus Tagle and Joel Treadway. ‘Idol’ fundraiser to bene t Substance Abuse CoalitionThe very rst "Chobee Idol" competition invites local and surrounding area amateur vocal talents to tryout for this fundraiser competition. The event will be held on April 21, at the Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1855 S.W. 153 Street. All proceeds from the event will bene t the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the rst place winner of the competition. For more information on tryouts, please call 863-801-2941.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 “Take Time For Yourself”LicensedReferences Residential CommercialCleaning & Errand Services By KatrinaPhone 863-824-0882 Cell 863-484-2551Lic # 1812 S p e c i a l i z i n g i n C o n v e r t i b l e T o p s S e a t s H e a d L i n e r s T o n n e a u C o v e r s & M o r e Specializing in Convertible Tops, Seats, Head Liners, Tonneau Covers & More! U n l i m i t e d A u t o & M a r i n e U p h o l s t e r y3 1 9 7 N W 2 0t h T r a i l B a y 1 2 € O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 2Y o u R i p  E m W e S t i t c h  E m O v e r 3 0 Y e a r s E x p e r i e n c e Over 30 Years Experience B r u c eC e l l : 8 6 3 6 3 4 4 6 5 2 $2495 PER CARTON!Come in for a sample We can match your smoke863.288.84018840 Hwy 78 W. • Okeechobee 24Hour Customer Service AUTO • HOME • LIFE • RETIREMENTLori C. BergerExclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8737 C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics • Exhaust • A/C Service • Brakes Window Motors • Tune-Ups • Welding • Engine Mechanics863-467-6633 Located Behind Rita’s Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Diane Wood, RN Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 The Canvas Shop, LLCOn-site servicePrivacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modi cations 909 S. Parrott Ave., Ste B Okeechobee, FL 34974 Carl and Donna Gaiser 863.763.7500 fax 863.763.6754 JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342Cargo • Auto • Utility Trailers & Parts 763-3197 NEW LOCATION 603 SW Park Street, Okeechobee Call for directions www.inkwell4ink.com 909 So. Parrott Ave Okeechobee 863-357-4INK •VIP Discounts (4465)Tatoos & Piercings 8 6 3 5 3 2 1 0 7 7 863.532.1077Free Estimates L i c # 1 8 6 2 Lic# 1862 L i c # 1 0 3 5 5 Lic#10355 L i c e n s e d & Licensed & I n s u r e d Insured Payroll Service Taxes Consulting Bookkeeping/Accounting 1 0 4 0 Charles T. Thornton Accounting 8716 St. Rd. 78 W Okeechobee, FL 34974 Tel: 863-455-2029 Fax: 800-240-9558Chuck1040@aol.comBusiness & Personal Accounting Solutions Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2431 • 800-432-1064 • FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com Vinny’s Tailor Shop Ladies and Men’s Alterations Home Decor • Bedding Now accepting all makes SEWING MACHINE REPAIR Specializing in Home and Industrial Sewing MachinesStore Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or by appointment!(863) 467-78002303 S. Parrott Ave, Suite H Okeechobee, FL 34974 Tree Locators, Inc. “Don’t Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate It”-Plants -Trees -Natural Stone -Decorative Gravel -Manufactured Stone -Design -Installation -Full Garden Center 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.com Call a PRO fessional AN AFFORDABLE WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS!!! 14 Okeechobee News April 15, 2012

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conduct a competitive bid process when it determines that it will lease district land and upon termination of an existing lease term unless the governing board approves a waiver of competition.” The statute, however, does require that leases be put out for bid unless there is diminutive value. Diminutive value generally results in a reduced purchase price the district has to pay as the value of a lease is deducted from the cost of the land. The district has several such leases in effect. Questions surround the term “waiver of competition” because the resolution does not de ne or offer guidelines on when the board could grant the waiver. The district’s leasing policy came under re last year when articles published in the Okeechobee News pointed out how an Okeechobee cattle company was able to have their lease of district land in eastern Glades County extended without ever going out for bid. Ricou Hartman has leased that property since 2006. The Old River Cattle Company joined with him in that lease in 2008. Then, in December of last year, their lease was extended for an additional 10 years. When the resolution was rst discussed by the governing board on March 15, West Palm Beach attorney Chester Brewer expressed his concern over the board being able to waive the competitive bid process. “The statute demands competitive bidding with notice. The statute does not prov ide any exemption for the mandate that requires competitive bidding,” he told the board. “That language must be taken out if y ou’re trying to comply with the statute.” As pointed out in earlier stories about this issue in the Okeechobee News, the Florida Attorney General’s Of ce as well as the 1st and 4th District Courts of Appeal all say that state law must be followed. “State law has to be abided by and it does prevail over any rule or policy. In general, laws need to be followed,” said Jennifer Meale, communications director for the AG’s of ce in an earlier interview. “As far as our applications we can’t speak to the speci cs but, generally, state law trumps policy or rule.” The 4th DCA issued a 2004 ruling that stated: “A rule cannot change the statute simply because it would be in the public interest to do so.” The new SFWMD resolution also states that:  minimum bids will be established at an appraised market rent;  annual rent adjustments will be based on standard economic indices. For agricultural leases:  maximum 10-year lease term that the lessee may end after ve years;  SFWMD will retain a six-month termination option;  no automatic lease renewals;  to transition existing tenants to the new policy, current lessees in good standing (as of April 2012) may renew for up to ve years, provided the overall term does not exceed the 10-year limit; and,  when multiple competitive bids are received, existing tenants in good standing may exercise a rst right of refusal, provided they submit a responsive and responsible bid during the competitive process and pay 10 percent above the highest responsive bid. At that March 15 meeting, governing board member Glenn J. Waldman questioned that nal part of the policy. “They (existing lease holders) will have to overbid—it may be too much money,” he said. “Maybe we ought to think again about the right of rst refusal. This may cause someone to overpay.” The policy passed Thursday nonetheless. According to that SFWMD press release the district currently has more than 100 leases, totalling 129,011 acres, or 9 percent of fee total lands held by the district. These leases generate about $4 million annually for land management purposes. Mr. Poppell can’t understand why the district continues to stick to their lease policy instead of following state statute. “They’ve had years to go back to the legislature, as recently as this past session, and have the legislature clarify it for them. But, no attempt has been made to do that,” he said. SFWMDContinued From Page 1 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. Motivated seller, make an offer! $78,000 $78,000 NOW NOW $65,000 $65,000 MLS #204129 3003-H: King’s Bay 3003-H: King’s Bay 2 Bd 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 $54,000 NOW $47,900 NOW $47,900 MLS #205169 3004-H: King’s Bay 3004-H: King’s Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, enclosed back porch and screened front porch, garage, appliance stay. HOA. Easy to show. $54,000 $54,000 NOW $47,900 NOW $47,900 MLS #205168 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge Lake Access two story 3 bd/2 ba. Upstairs & downstairs kitchen, lg storage bldg, hurricane shutters, seawall, RV Prkg. 2,560 sq. ft. of living. Way too much to list! $399,000 $399,000 NOW $349,000 NOW $349,000 MLS #204356 FORECLOSURE REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y Over 100 Listings QUAIL ACRES~ 2006 CBS Custom home, 4 bd/2 ba/2 gar, 2243 SF under air-3377 TLA. 10’ ceilings, arched doorways, great room, crown molding, split oor plan. 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 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. 15 Okeechobee News A pril 15, 2012 safe navigation. Continued below-average rainfall during the dry season in South Florida, coupled w ith warm temperatures and high evaporation rates, have resulted in Lake Okeechobee dropping to 11.93 feet NGVD. The lake is more than two feet below the historical average for this time of year and is continuing to decline. When the lake level reaches 12 feet NGVD and lower, the SFWMD closes these locks to ensure that boats do not attempt to navigate when water levels are insuf cient to support safe travel. This is also necessary to maintain water levels in adjacent canals and protect groundwater. Also note the status of other navigation locks in the area, the S-193 Lock, located on Taylor Creek on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee, is closed due to ongoing renovation work to refurbish the lock and ensure decades of reliable service. LOCKSContinued From Page 1

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Lost Lost Cat Female Tabby Black & Brown, 8 lbs, Race Track Gas Station March 29, 2012 at 10 pm. Reward $500. (863)368-1835 or (954)682-0900 Lost Pistol 22mag 30 round clip,SW 9th Street 2 weeks ago. Pistol& money $14,000 in gun case w/zipper. $3,000 REWARD if there is any money left, had for 20yrs. Call 863-467-2083 ServicesAnn’s Affordable Cleaing Service Give yourself more “me” Time,and let me take care of your housekeeping for you. 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 We pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 www.268junk.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeOkeechobee 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 Sunshine PayDay Loans Full Time Of ce Position Cash handling experience A plus Fax Resumes to: 863-467-0927 Employment Full Time Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc. OKEECHOBEE MEMBER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVEGlades Electric Cooperative is seeking a quali ed individual to take charge of the front counter at it’s Okeechobee of ce. The position reports to the District Of ce Supervisor. We seek an individual with strong oral and written communication skills, a professional demeanor, Bi-lingual a plus and must be comfortable with change in the work environment. The successful candidate should have a minimum of 3-5 years experience in Customer Service. Employee Applications may be obtained at any GEC Of ce. Resumes may be e-mailed to ybradley@gladesec.com or faxed to (863)946-6266. GEC is an Equal Opportunity Af rmative Action Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. CITY OF OKEECHOBEE ~ Now Hiring ~TEMPORARY PART TIME MAINTENANCE OPERATOR(S)www.cityofokeechobee.com See website for application & job descriptionApplications also available at City Hall, Of ce of the City Clerk, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 215. Accepted until April 20, 2012, 4:30 p.m. Successful candidates are required to pass a pre-employment substance screening/physical. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP Capling 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 Employment Full TimeImmediate 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 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds.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 Employment Medical Immediate Openings:• Pharmacy Tech: PRN • Respiratory Therapist (RRT): FT, PRN • PCA: PRN • Dietary Supervisor: FT • Dietary Tech: PRN • RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN • Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN We offer competitive wages We offer competitive wages & excellent bene ts & excellent bene tsTo complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL Employment Medical For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com CaregiversASSISTED LIVING By Registered Nurse with 40 yrs experience. Well known in area. TLC in very nice family home. References furnished. 1 opening now. 772-807-1558 or 772-233-7136 CaregiversCNA care for your loved one. Call for available hours/days, reasonable. Call 863-623-7047 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com CollectiblesWANTED Highwaymen Oil Paintings. H. Newton, A. Hair, R.A. McClendon, G. Buckner, 1715 Fleet Treasure Coins. Big $$ Call 772-562-5567 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. FREE TOWING. (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Equipment1991 DEUTZ FARM TRACTOR AND 6’ BUSH HOG. STARTS AND RUNS GREAT. $4,900 O.B.O. CALL 606-547-1733 Diesel injector pumpsJohn Deere, Komatsu, Case, Kubota, and others, $300. Turbos: Cummins, John Deere, and more, $300. Call (863)381-0538. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News April 15, 2012 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!

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Notice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3001. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate 414727 ON 4/15/2012 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider amendment/adoption of the School Board policies listed below at their meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee. A copy of the proposed amendments/policies are available in the Superintendent’s of ce, Room 307, located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue. ADOPTION OF BOARD POLICY 2.35 Strategic Planning I. The proposed policy is recommended to address the District’s strategic planning process. II. This policy includes guidelines for development and implementation as well as goals and objectives of the strategic planning process. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41 and 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 1001.42, 1001.43, 1001.452, 1008.385. IV. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 6.216 Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) I. This policy provides guidelines for administering the Deferred Retirement Option Program. II. The proposed amendment adds language for computing terminal pay for sick leave for instructional staff, educational support personnel, and administrators. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42, 1012.22, 1012.23. Laws implemented are F.S. 121.091, 1001.43. IV. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 8.20 Purpose and Functions of the Transportation Program I. This policy provides general direction for administration of the Transportation Program. II. The proposed amendment adds language to comply with current statute and practice regarding recipr ocal agreements with other school districts.. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 1001.43, 1006.21, 1006.21(3), 1006.22, 1006.23, 1011.68. IV. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 414338 ON 4/6,15/2012 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 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 HOUSE ON RANCH 2/1, large Oaks, Lofton Road, $700/month. Call (561) 261-0077 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Houses RentFOR RENT: ONE & TWO BEDROOM FULLY FURNISHED DUPLEX OR MOBILE HOMES. EITHER IN KINGS BAY WITH HEATED SWIMMING POOL TENNIS COURT GARAGE AND WASHER AND DRYER OR WATER FRONT ON RIM CANAL OR KISSIMMEE RIVER, AVAILABLE BY THE DAY-WEEK-MONTH OR YEARLY LEASE. RATES VARY BY LENGTH OF STAY. MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS EXCEPTED. CALL TODAY (863)467-4371 RoommateLooking 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 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 Okeechobee, Florida, Northwest Addition Block 26. Lot #8, Lot #9, & Lot #10. Located on NW 3rd Street, corner lot on the city limit line and two adjoining lots. Three lots $39,500. Call 850.420.5997. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 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 For Sale: Mobile Home in a Adult Park (Pine Ride Park), 14x48, 2bd and 1 1/2 bath,includes stove,refrigerator and washer/dryer. $10,700 Call 239-246-5793 or 863-357-2888 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 2,500 Sq Ft Ranch House 4/2 Loaded, Porches, Decks, Financing available. Ask for John 800-622-2832 ext 210 WAS $145K NOW $99,900 PALM HARBOR HOMES New 2012 Models $15K Off All Homes 800-622-2832 ext 210 TREASURE Island Nice 2006 Singlewide w/lot. 3BR/2BA $69,900 Will lease $750 mo. Move in for $2000. 863-634-9119 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 Travel TrailersLAKEPORT 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. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticeNOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 414911 ON 4/15/2012 School District Advisory Council Meeting The Okeechobee County School District Advisory Council will meet on Monday, April 23, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in the Superintendent’s Of ce, Room 307, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. This meeting is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 414827 ON 4/15/2012 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to Florida Statute 447.403, the Okeechobee County School Board will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 4:00 pm., in the Freshman Campus Auditorium at 700 SW 2nd Avenue. The purpose of the hearing is to resolve impasse(s) in negotiations between the Superintendent of the School District and the Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 for the Instructional Bargaining unit. The hearing is open to the public to observe, but it is a labor proceeding with speci c statutory requirements and only the two parties, the Superintendent and OCEA, will make a presentation to the School Board. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 414296 ON 4/8,15/2012 17 Okeechobee News A pril 15, 2012 ACROSS 1 Edmontons prov. 5 North __ Sea, Syr Darya River outlet 9 Russian city to host the 2014 Olympics 14 Sounds of triumph 15 Move, in real estate 16 Some soli 17 West Side StoryŽ duet 20 Ecstatic cry 21 Loan guarantor 22 Whiz 23 Stir vigorously 24 Fish you dont want to be biting 29 Attached, in a way 31 One-footer, e.g. 32 Peke output 33 They fit in locks 34 Deli suffix 35 __ Squalor, Count Olafs girlfriend in A Series of Unfortunate EventsŽ 36 Overalls part 37 Billy Dees The Empire Strikes BackŽ role 38 Glove material 39 How much radio is broadcast 41 Pharmacists datum 42 Had a life 43 Tab competitor 45 Go from 10 to 8, say 50 Angels concern 51 Site of a sacred building called the Kaaba 52 Resort NE of Los Alamos 53 Swarthy 54 Far from swarthy 55 Dustins The GraduateŽ costar 56 Word of consequence DOWN 1 Bridge call? 2 Pins may be at the ends of them 3 End-of-day destination for many 4 Hardwood sources 5 CNN Gulf War reporter 6 Towel off again 7 Shrub with tubular flowers 8 Anderson of WKRP in CincinnatiŽ 9 Arid 10 Ducks home 11 Bye!Ž 12 Like some copies and courts 13 Social end 18 Winning 19 Lively wit 24 1960s-70s Jeopardy!Ž announcer 25 __ jure: by the law itself 26 Riotous 27 Parisian lovers word 28 Eyewear, commercially 29 Home to many Bactrian camels 30 Rested 31 Some find it hard to carry 34 1955 treaty city 35 Manhattans FDR Drive is on it 37 Traditionally, when women were allowed to propose marriage 38 Windblown soil 40 With an intermission 41 Neglect 43 Familiar, perhaps 44 Industry overseers 45 The SopranosŽ Emmy winner De Matteo 46 Elephants predators, in myth 47 It may be described in gigs 48 2006 N.L. 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Other local girls on the team included Brittany Jackson, Miah Shephard, Merkeyia J ones, and Kiandre'a Pound of state champion Sebastian River, who played in Okeechobee's District this year. Coach Erin Morrow said she was very impressed with her girls and that they deserve this recognition, "They put in a lot of hard w ork this season and really stood out. Other teams put these girls into their game plans because they knew they had to stop them to stop our team." With both girls due to return next year Coach Morrow expects a strong team at OHS. She said the girls should be encouraged and become better leaders now that they are all state players. "I'm proud of them. I know the school and the town are very proud of them. Both made the academic team so they are great kids off the court w ith great support systems at home." McCoin said she felt great about the honor and called it a big accomplishment for her, her parents, and her family. She explained the award should give her more con dence on the court, but won't take away from her work ethic. McCoin will be busy in the off season with basketball tournaments planned in South Carolina, Disney in Orlando, all over Florida and in Tennessee. She said the competition in these tournaments are very tough and really challenge her skills. "It's really good competition. I want to leave a print of my name at Okeechobee High when I graduate and I want people to remember me. I always will try my best," she added. Edwards called the all state team awesome. She said a lot of the girls named to the team are probably more talented than her but she still is glad she earned the honor. "I just go out there and play my best and hope for the best," she added. Edwards will also be busy this summer with travel ball tournaments in Jupiter, Greensboro, N.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Ohio. She plays for the Treasure Coast Lady Ballers. Edwards said academics come rst and then basketball. "I have no choice. My mother insists that I get good grades. I have some good colleges in mind for when the time comes next year," she noted. Lady Brahmans hoopsters earn all-state recognition By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Brad Coleman had three hits while Alex Estremera, Dalton Murray and Jesse Stebbins had two hits apiece as the Brahmans clinched fourth place in District 12-7A with a 7-1 win over Fort Pierce Central on Tuesday afternoon. Okeechobee improved to (10-11) on the season. The Sail sh Strides running club and the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Lake Okeechobee seven mile run on Saturday, April 21, in Port Mayaca. Race time is set for 7:30 a.m. The Lady Brahman ag football team secured a berth in the District Tournament with an 18-13 victory over Pahokee on Tuesday night. Okeechobee improved to (5-4) on the year. The District Tournament will be held at Seminole Ridge on April 23 and 25. Coach Bruce Jahner said the team got two touchdown receptions from EJ Edwards. Carley McCoin and Edwards had interceptions in the game. "We are playing great football in the last two weeks. Kyla Hargraves has thrown accurate passes and the Brahman receivers are pulling them down," Jahner said. Edwards scored on a ve-yard pass reception and a 55-yard screen pass. The Lady Brahmans ended their home season with senior night on Friday night at 7 p.m. against Martin County. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyFrom left to right are: Carley McCoin, Brahman coach Erin Morrow and Ami Edwards.

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Fifty-one teams quali ed for the end of the season Christian Team Trails tournament held on Saturday, April 7. Teams set out at 7 a.m. from Okee-Tantie under very w indy conditions. Conditions remained blustery throughout the tournament until boats began returning for the 1 p.m. cutoff time. Fishing teams w ere not hindered by the winds from reeling in some hefty catches for weigh-in. The largest "single" catch of the day was pulled in by Keith and Irene Jones. The Big Fish prize winner weighed 8.10 lbs. and pushed their total weight hauled in at 18.89 lbs. enough to earn them a fourth place overall spot and a total prize winning amount of $500. The Joneses' largest catch wasn't the only Big Fish in the pond. Top winners, Danny and Blake Marsocci brought back a bounty of good-sized sh including one weighing in at 7.55 lbs., giving them the Second Big Fish Award. Their total weight of sh at weigh-in earned them a Christian Team Trails Tournament record for this year of 31.36 lbs. and a total cash prize of $1,550. Coming in at second place overall were Jim Hurlock and Justin Schwier with a weigh-in total of 24.30 lbs. of sh. Pastor John Garrison awarded the two a split of the $500 prize. Third place winners, Rich Stieglitz and Mike Cornell took home a share of the $350 prize after weigh-in with 19.95 lbs. of sh. The season's end tournament event also brought quite a few extras to those attending. Oakview Baptist Church Pastor Garrison and Darrell Marlow gave out gifts donated by individuals, businesses and organizations including tackle bags and boxes to all and a grand prize drawing of an all expenses paid shing trip out of Clearwater Beach. Deacons of Oakview Baptist prepared a barbecue lunch and provided cold drinks for everyone to celebrate the end of a great season of shing. Christian Team Trails shing tournaments will be gearing up and getting back out on the water again this coming fall. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Request for ProposalsThe Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will receive proposals for the purpose of securing Engineering Services for the following: • Pine Ridge Park Wastewater Treatment Facility Operating Permit Renewal Detailed RFP documents are available upon request from the of ce of the Executive Director, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, (Tel.) 863-763-9460, (Fax) 863-763-3746. The OUA intends to review the submitted RFP’s, and reserves the right to reject any or all RFP’s. The RFP’s must be delivered in a sealed envelope to the Executive Director’s of ce, located at Okeechobee Utility Authority Administrative Of ce, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or before 4:00 PM on May 2, 2012. John F. Hayford Executive DirectorPUBLISH: Okeechobee New 4/15/2012 19 Okeechobee News A pril 15, 2012 CTT anglers reel in the ‘big ones’ at nal tourney Special to the Okeechobee News/ Kevin Williams/Pat ZieglarTop tourney winners, Danny and Blake Marsocci took home the big money for their large haul of sh at weigh in of over 30 lbs., a season record for the Christian Team Trails circuit. The team also brought in the second single largest catch weighing in at 7.55 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Kevin Williams/Pat ZieglarSecond place winners, Jim Hurlock and Justin Schwier were awarded a cut of a $500 cash prize at weigh-in. The two shed in the nal Christian Team Trails Tourney on April 7 at Okee-Tantie and hauled in 24.30 lbs. of good-sized sh. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Kevin WIlliams/Pat ZieglarThird place winners, Rich Stieglitz and Mike Cornell enjoyed a split of the $350 prize awarded for their 19.95 lbs. of sh caught at weigh-in.

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