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Title: Okeechobee news
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Publication Date: 04-20-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, April 20, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 48 11.69 feetLast Year: 11.31 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Thieves may pose as ‘scrappers’ ... Page 12 Make this the ultimate shing town ... Page 5 Fail to le your income tax on time? ... Page 9 OUA to operate Pine Ridge Park utilities... Page 2 OCEA denied job security for teachersBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News It was a clean sweep for the administration as the Okeechobee County School Board voted nearly unanimously to end the impasse with the Okeechobee County Educators Association Union by adopting administration proposals for salary hikes, less job security, and tougher teacher evaluations at a four-hour hearing on Wednesday. Union President Candy Walker told the board that adding this hearing to FCAT week was another burden for local educators. “We’re disappointed it came to this. We rejected an all or nothing offer from the district. Senate bill 736 is not fair to teachers and there is no way to make it fair,” said Candy Walker of the Okeechobee County Education Association. “Teachers want your respect. They work hard all of the time.” The teachers will get a step on the salary schedule but no raise for the 2011-2012 year. Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy called it a generous offer. Teachers on the highest salary step will receive $600. The salary schedule changes will cost the district $533,378 in the current budget. The school board rejected requests by the union to have more input in the evaluation of teachers. The union argued State changes were unfair to the teacher and has led to a lot of anxiety among teachers and their job security. They argued too much of the evaluation is based on student growth and test scores. Dianne Falvo, Treasure Coast service unit director for the Florida Education Association said the district should have language that ensures the teachers are treated fairly. “The schools have total control over the teacher instructional practice review. We ask for input on the way teachers are evaluated and want the methods and process used negotiated,” she said. Mr. Kenworthy defended the existing evaluation procedures and called it a fair process that ensures no arbitrary decisions during the teacher reviews by principals. He said it is a management right to evaluate the performance of their employees and resisted challenges to that right. He explained that the teachers have protections because a grievSchool board rejects union’s proposal Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySchool Board Attorney John McClure, India Riedel, David Williams, Kelly Owens, Joe Arnold and Gay Carlton considered eight items at an impasse hearing that nearly lled the Community Theatre Auditorium on Wednesday night. Board members heard over four hours of testimony at the marathon meeting. See TEACHERS — Page 14 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In a brief meeting on Tuesday, April 17, the Okeechobee City Council created two new positions and awarded two contracts. Donnie Robertson, head of the pubic works department, was given a new title and a completely new position in the public works department was created. The council created the position of public works operations supervisor and named Mr. Robertson to ll that position. They also created the position of director of public works and instructed city administrator Brian Whitehall to advertise for someone to ll that position. Upon the retirement of city engineer Oscar Bermudez, Mr. Whitehall decided to rede ne that position since he said the city really did not need an engineer because there was no supporting staff and equipment for an engineer. He said that in the past the city has hired engineering rms for big projects. He said the ne w position of director of public works calls for a person with a strong engineering background and the new position would allow Mr. Robertson to be used more effectively. City council creates two new positionsSee CITY — Page 14

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) has recently taken on a new responsibility, operating water and wastewater facilities at Pine Ridge Park. About 30 residents of the Pine Ridge area met with OUA of cials at First Baptist Church on Tuesday evening, A pril 17, to discuss the unfolding utility situation. Pine Ridge Park is located north of S.R. 70 and east of N.E. 32nd Avenue. "The situation is still evolving," John Hayford, OUA executive director, said. A few w eeks ago he never thought the OUA would be operating the Pine Ridge system. Mr. Hayford said the Pine Ridge Management Corp., the owners of a water and w astewater system serving Pine Ridge Park and the surrounding area led a Notice of A bandonment in February because they w ere losing money after a rate increase was disapproved by the public service commission. He said that on April 12 the OUA was appointed as receiver. "We don't own it," he said. "As the receiver we are only operating the system. You will still be Pine Ridge customers." The OUA will operate the system until it is either sold or taken over by the OUA. Mr. Hayford said the short term plan calls for improving the current system while long range plans includes tying in to OUA water and sewer mains and installing re hydrants. "Our intent is not to operate either one of those plants any longer than we have to." "We are spending reserve money," Mr. Hayford said of nancing the improvements. "How much will be passed on to Pine Ridge customers or absorbed by the OUA is unknown." Employees of the OUA are currently replacing the existing water meters which Mr. Hayford said were often missing or inaccurate. "I am going to be billing you so I want accurate meters." There are 138 meters in the system. Of that total, 55 meters serve rental lots in Pine Ridge Park. Those 55 rental lots will be served by one master meter. There is one other large property with about 20 rental lots. Those lots could also possibly be served by a master meter. The rest of the customers will be on individual meters. The customers on individual meters will be responsible for their own bills. For the one or possibly two master meters the bill will go to the property owner, who, in turn may collect each tenant's prorated share of the bill. Mr. Hayford said that as his crews replace a meter they would record the old meter reading and give that information to Pine Ridge Management. At the end of May the new OUA meters will be read and OUA bills sent out the rst of June. Employees of Pine Ridge Management will operate the water and wastewater plants until the end of April. On the rst of May OUA personnel will take over and try to improve water quality. "Our rst efforts will be to clear the collection system," said Mr. Hayford. He said the pipes have a lot of sand indicating breaks in the line. His crews will clean the pipes and use remote cameras and smoke to nd leaks. Once the collection system is improved, Mr. Hayford believes the treatment plant will work more effectively. "We will meet DEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) requirements," Mr. Hayford replied in response to a question about water quality. One resident complained of hard water. Mr. Hayford responded that there was currently nothing at the treatment plant to soften the water. However, he added that once his employees are operating the plant, the y might be able to do something to soften the water. Another resident complained of lo w water pressure. Mr. Hayford there might be some adjustments that could be made to increase water pressure. Mr. Hayford passed out a typical OUA bill and explained the OUA billing procedures and rates. The OUA will incorporate man y of their policies and procedures into the operation of the system. However, at this time Pine Ridge residents will not have to pay a deposit or sign an OUA service agreement. While Pine Ridge Management has been reading meters every six months, the OU A will read the meters every month. Pine Ridge customers will be paying OUA rates. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee Cowboys’ BBQ & Steak Co Join us for our Annual Tailgate Party Friday April 20, starting at 5pm Featuring Music by Tom Jackson Band at 8pm Vendors • Music • Drinks Our Famous Country Store • Dunk Tank Come by early and sign up for our Hot Dog & Pie Eating Contest. 2 Okeechobee News April 20, 2012 Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south southeast between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday: Showers likely and possibl y a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. South southeast wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Saturday night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a low around 64. South southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. South southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Okeechobee Forecast OUA of cials meet with Pine Ridge residents Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaOf cials of the Okeechobee Utility Authority met with residents of Pine Ridge Park on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss how the utility was going to serve as receiver for the water and wastewater plants serving their neighborhood. Pictured are, left to right, Tom Conley, attorney, John Hayford, executive director, and Roy Reno, operations director. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaAbout 30 residents of the Pine Ridge Park area met with of cials of the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) on Tuesday evening, April 17, in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church. The residents were there to discuss their concerns caused by the recent appointment of OUA as receiver for the water and wastewater plants serving their neighborhood.

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Scanners Does anyone know how to program or who programs scanners?? I have a Radio Shack Pro-164 triple trunking scanner and c an NOT get the programming correct. Any help is greatly appreciated.  I was told (I don’t know for sure as I don’t have a scanner) that when Okeechob ee went to the new radio system, that you c an’t get them on a scanner anymore.  Okeechobee Police, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department and Fire/Resc ue all are using the SLERS system (State Law Enforcement Radio System) and part and parcel of that system is digital privacy. T his is a complex system that uses a digital key, and frequency hopping to make it VERY dif cult to monitor with a scanner. The syst em is expensive, but allows the law enforcement community to talk without everyone in t he area listening in. You can still hear some of the other local agencies, including the F lorida Forest Service, local school buses, power company and such on your scanner. T hose frequencies are found on the radio reference.com site. Or on other sites if you do a Google Search for Okeechobee Radio F requencies.Band trip Congratulations to the OHS band! Nice t o hear the community is supporting these kids who work so hard. W itch hunt? I think not If anyone thinks the reporter for the Okeechobee News is on a “witch hunt” ins tead of on a factnding mission concerning SFWMD then they have not been affected by actions taken by SFWMD. Quite a few of us say, “Keep up the good work!” It’s time for discovery. Honesty is such a wonderful t hing and you know character should count. A lthough it certainly has been proven time and time again, having money allows things t o be quite different from those who have none.  The incident in which the county commission sold the old shell pit to a wealthy Okeechobee landowner for $150,000 and then he turned around and sold it to water management for $8 million raised a lot of eyebrows at the time. And it should have had local residents screaming for those county commissioner’s impeachment. The question that was never answered was why didn’t SFWMD approach the county about buying that land when they rst put it out for bids. They could have saved the taxpayers millions. Some people act like government money is just free money up for grabs. But that government money is our money, the taxes we pay. And it just makes me sick with the government of cials are so wasteful with OUR money.No water After living here for 30 years and going to every meeting concerning our beautiful Lake Okeechobee being raped year after year to no avail, my husband and I moved to another state. He has since passed and I have moved back to be close to my family and friends. I purchased a home last February on a canal in Taylor Creek Isles so that I could have easier access to use my boat since I am by myself. The home has a very nice dock with a boat lift that I have only been able to use about two months out of the last 14 months. When the canal was low before going almost dry last summer, I was able to put the boat in the canal and tie it to the outside of the dock but then when it had to be pulled out because of no water the paint had blistered just below the water line. This canal is now going dry again! I’m paying the high dollar in taxes and insurance for water front property with NO WATER! Between our water managers and the Corp’s haphazard spraying (four times in four days in this canal last month).Secret Service What in the world were these Secret Service men thinking? When the government investigates these men they investigate nearly everyone from the Dr. who delivered them to their dead and berried Uncle Clem. These are supposed to be some of the most upstanding and trustworthy men. You have got to know that this can’t be the only ones that need looking into. If there are 20 in one place there is lots more in the Secret Service. Guess even the SS can’t be trusted these days. What a world we live in. Florida’s FCAT and standardized testingThis week children across the state of Florida faced the high-stakes test that our state legislature has designed and mandated, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Many students met this test with tears and others with severe anxiety and fear of failure. Not only are students required to improve their score from last year, regardless of health issues, family problems, or the social issues involved in simply “growing up,” they must also cross a bar that has been raised…yet again, by the increase in ‘cut scores.’ The legislature was apparently advised by statisticians that if the ‘cut scores’ weren’t raised again this year, there was a statistical probability that 100% of Florida’s third grade students would pass the test. For some unknown reason, the legislature did not want to see that occur, and therefore, raised the bar again, which some now estimate will result in approximately 20% of our students failing to meet the new standard, thus creating a ‘bell curve’ outcome instead of a criterion-based outcome as was promised over a decade ago. “One Florida principal applied FCAT 2.0 to the third grade scores from last year and found that the number of students retained in that one school would jump from 8 to 18.” (Fund Education Now) In addition, the grading criteria for the Florida Writes test, that is administered to 4th, 8th, and 10th graders, was also raised to a higher level this year. In fact, by the year 2014, it will require students to write essays that analyze documents instead of writing to an essay prompt. This type of high-level document-based analysis is currently used for Advanced Placement tests given to high school students in an accelerated track fo r college credit. When will this train towards devastation for students, families, teachers, schools and communities be stopped? It seems that no one in Florida is satis ed with the FCAT except the legislature. Children are more than a test score. There is greatness in children tha t cannot be measured by a multiple-choic e test and children should not be reduced to such singular evaluations. Education should be about helping children reach their highest potential by teaching them how to thin k critically and creatively to solve real world problems that they will face in their futures. Our public education system should not b e reduced to simply teaching children how to take standardized tests. Please help me and join the ght against the FCAT. Respectfully, Crystal Drake Candidate for Florida House of Representatives Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades and a portion of St. Lucie County crystal@votecrystal.comSupport appreciatedThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of c e Law Enforcement Special Olympics and Relay for Life Teams would like to thank all th e businesses for their donations and the community for buying dinners at our recent BBQ fundraiser. You made our event a great success. OCSO Special Olympics and Rela y for Life Teams Friday, April 20 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Okeechobee April Blood Drives Help save a life at homeBlood drives are planned throughout this month in Okeechobee County. The “Big Red Bus” helps supply our own hospital with the blood it needs: “Okeechobee folks saving Okeechobee folks.” If you are above the age of 17 and in good health, your help is needed and appreciated. Each donor will receive a free movie ticket. Scheduled dates are: Wednesday, April 25 -SFWMD Field Of ce on 70 E, 12:30 4:30 p.m.; Friday, April 27 -KOA Samboree, 10 a.m. 3 p.m.; Friday, April 27 -Walgreen’s, 2 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 28 -Wal Mart, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.; Sunday, April 29 -Market Place Flea Mkt (the Red & White Roof), 10 a.m.2 p.m.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 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 20TH Thurs., April 26THFor Info, Call 763-7202 III: “21 JUMP STREET” III: “21 JUMP STREET”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 II: “ACT OF VALOR” II: “ACT OF VALOR”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R R I: I: “THREE STOOGES” “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 SECTION 00030 INVITATION TO BID The Okeechobee Utility Authority, Okeechobee, Florida, will receive sealed bids for: VACUUM STATION NO. 1 (OUSLEY ESTATES) TANK REHABILITATION DUE DATE: May 30, 2012 DUE TIME: 2:00 P.M. at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34974. At such time, all sealed bids received will be publicly opened and read aloud. Each bid must be accompanied by a bid bond or cashier’s check in an amount of not less than ve percent (5%) of the total bid amount. No bid may be withdrawn after the bid opening for a period of fortyve (45) days. The Okeechobee Utility Authority reserves the right to waive informalities in the bids or to reject all bids. Drawings and Speci cations may be examined in the of ce of the Okeechobee Utility Authority, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34974. Documents and bid blanks may be obtained at the of ce of Eckler Engineering, Inc., 4700 Riverside Drive, Suite 110, Coral Springs, Florida 33067 upon payment of $60.00 which is nonrefundable. A pre-bid conference will be held at the project site located at 4275 SW 9th Way, Okeechobee, Florida, 34974 at 10:00 A.M. local time on May 16, 2012. Attendance at the pre-bid conference IS NOT MANDATORY. OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY By: John F. Hayford, P.E. Executive Director Publish: Okeechobee News April 20, 2012 5 Okeechobee News A pril 20, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaMunicipal Clerk’s WeekAt the Tuesday, April 17, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Mayor James Kirk, center, proclaimed the week of April 29 to May 5 to be Municipal Clerk’s Week in the city. He presented the proclamation to city clerk Lane Gamiotea, left and deputy clerk Melisa Jahner, right. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Is Okeechobee the ultimate shing town? If so, Okeechobee is the town the World Fishing Network (WFN) is looking for. The network is the only around the clock telev ision network dedicated to all things shing and is available in more than 20 million households through North American cable, satellite and telecommunications distributors. World Fishing Network is sponsoring a contest to nd the Ultimate Fishing Town. The winning town will receive a $25,000 community donation to be used toward shing related causes and be the star of a television program on WFN. Separate contests are being run in this country and in Canada. Last year Chapleau, Ontario was the Canadian winner and the tiny hamlet of Roscoe, N.Y., located two hours north of New York City, was the U.S. w inner. Last year nearly 500 towns across Canada and the U.S. were nominated and nearly one million votes were cast. Kathy Scott, director of the tourist development council, nominated Okeechobee as soon as she got the word about the contest from VISIT FLORIDA. She submitted the information about Okeechobee on the network's website. "If nothing else, it gives local businesses a chance to promote their business," she said, adding that it might open new markets for Okeechobee. Okeechobee will be competing against towns all cross the country including quite a number from Florida including Miami, Clewiston, Loxahatchee, Stuart, Fort Pierce and Vero Beach. Go to www.wfn shingtown.com/town/ okeechobee- to see the Okeechobee wall and post your comments and business information. The nomination period ends April 30 and voting is from May 1 to May 31. Voting is online and voting instructions are available on the WFN website. By following the rules, it is possible for one person to vote multiple times for the same town. "The search for WFN's Ultimate Fishing Town offers towns all across Canada and the U.S. a great opportunity to show the world why their town is the best place to sh," said Mark Rubinstein, President and CEO of WFN. "We look forward to sharing their stories and letting the people choose WFN's Ultimate Fishing Towns for 2012." The winner will be announced in June in ceremonies in the two winning towns. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Okeechobee competes to be the Ultimate Fishing Town The next general membership meeting for Okeechobee Main Street is scheduled for noon, Wednesday, April 25, at the Golden Corral. The term of of ce for the current board expires at this time. As is required in our By-Laws, a Nominating Committee was formed by the current President for the purpose of presenting a slate of of cers to the Board of Directors at their monthly meeting on April 17. The board reviewed and approved the slate of of cers as it was presented. Each Main Street Member will have an opportunity to vote on the slate of of cers during the General Membership Meeting. At that time the group will also take nominations from the oor and you may nominate yourself or another Main Street Member for any of ce. If nominations are made, the general membership will vote by secret ballot (one vote per individual member, family or business). Votes will be tabulated at the meeting and the 2012 Board will be announced. If no nominations are presented, then the slate of of cers presented by the Nominating Committee will stand. The Slate of Of cers presented to the Board is as follows: PresidentMaureen Burroughs; Vice-PresidentJohn Creasman; SecretaryCourtney Moyett; TreasurerLisa Watts; Promotion ChairFrank DeCarlo; Arts and Culture ChairBridgette Waldau; Design ChairJeff Shef eld; Volunteer ChairToni Doyle; Director-at-LargeDiane Davies; Director-at-LargeMerrilee Berglund; Director-at-LargeShelly Doyle; and, Immediate Past PresidentKathleen Shatto. If there are any questions, call 863-3576246. Main Street to elect of cers 11th Annual Event Honors Acts of Heroism within Our CommunityWEST PALM BEACHThe American Red Cross is currently requesting nominations for its annual Community Courage Awards, honoring those "everyday heroes," individuals who have taken extraordinary action to save a life or avert a tragedy. The winners will be announced at the 11th Annual Community Courage Awards Luncheon, presented by WPBF News 25, beginning 11 a.m. on June 21, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Established in 2002, the Community Courage Award honors individuals who exemplify the mission of the Red Cross helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. This year's awards will be presented in nine categories: Fire Rescue, La w Enforcement, Medical, Good SamaritanAdult, Good Samaritan-Youth, Military, Animal Rescue, Educator, and Marine Rescue. The main criteria for nominations are a heroic act or performance above and beyond the typical call of duty, occurring between May 2011 and April 2012. Candidates must be nominated by someone in the community and must work or reside in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach or St. Lucie counties. For more information on the Communit y Courage Awards or to nominate a local hero for the award, please visit www.pbtcredcross.org/courage, all nominations must be received by May 4. Tickets to the Awards Luncheon are available for $50 each or $450 for a table of 10. For more information please contact Maura Nelson at 561-650-9131. Red Cross seeks nominations for community courage awards

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.David Bockoras Sr., 71OKEECHOBEE — David Bockoras Sr., age 71, of Okeechobee, passed away April 17, 2012. He was born May 26, 1940, in Dubois, Pa., to Albert and Helen Bockoras. Mr. Bockoras proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force. He came to Okeechobee from West Palm Beach in the mid 1970s. He was employed by United Technologies for 31 years. He was a member of The Gathering and enjoyed gol ng, motorcycles and was an avid bird watcher. Mr. Bockoras is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty Bockoras; two sons, David Bockoras Jr. (Lisa) of Okeechobee, and Daren Bockoras of Ft. Drum; daughter, Darlene Miller of Okeechobee; four grandsons and one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Ann Relich (Robert) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Loretta Barr (Dave) of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Diane Brunette (Tony) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; brother, Richard Bockoras (Marge) of Statseville, N.C. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until services at 4 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at The Gathering with Pastor Mike Brown of ciating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to World Vision, PO Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063. 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 Lawrence ‘Hot Shot’ E. Christopher, 73OKEECHOBEE — Lawrence “Hot Shot” E. Christopher, age 73, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Raulerson Hospital. He was born in Maryville, Tenn., and a resident of Okeechobee for over 40 years. Lawrence enjoyed working in his garden, shing and riding his dog Ruthie around on his golf cart. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Blanch Christopher of Okeechobee; sons, Austin (Wendy) Christopher of Gainesville, Ga., Boyd Christopher of Lake Wales, Fla.; a daughter, Debra (Buddy) Colvin of Kenansville, Fla.; ve grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a brother, Ralph (Lois) Christopher of Tenn.; a sister, Elizabeth Crosby of Ga.; several nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Boyd (Cheryl) Parrott, Richard (Beulah) Rackley, J.R. Clance; and his beloved dog, Ruthie. Visitation and services were held Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Burial followed at Ft. Drum Cemetery. In lieu of owers, friends may make donations in Lawrence’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Mitchell Glen Hancock Jr., 34OKEECHOBEE — Mitchell Glen Hancock Jr., age 34, ended his courageous battle with cancer at the Hamrick Home on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. He was born Nov. 2, 1977, to Mitchell Glen Hancock and Tammy Goodman Sandlin. Born and raised in Okeechobee, he enjoyed the outdoor lifestyle and hunting. Mitchell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. He is survived by his wife, Alisha Hancock; daughters, Bre, Rebecca, Emily and Bailey Hancock; father, Mitchell (Paula) Hancock; mother, Tammy (Phillip) Sandlin; brothers, Sonny (Erin) Hancock and David (Heather) Hancock, all of Okeechobee; sisters, Tamara (Nick) Carpenter of St. Cloud, Fla., Ashley Hancock of Okeechobee; grandparents, George and Lucy Goodman; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him. Visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee today, Friday, April 20, 2012, from 3 p.m. until service time of 4 p.m. Burial will follow at Ft. Drum Cemetery. The family would like to thank Hospice for all of their care and support. In lieu, of owers, the family suggests donations be made in Mitchell’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Nathan Frank Platt, 75ST. PETERS, Mo. — Nathan Frank Platt, 75, of St. Peters, Mo., passed away at his residence on Monday, March 26, 2012. He was born in October 1936 in Moore Haven, Fla. He is survived by his beloved wife, Rosa Lee Platt of the home, one son, Marshall Platt of Franklin, N.C., and two daughters; Janet McKendree of Fort W orth, Texas, and Michelle Platt of Spokane, Wash.; four grandchildren, A aron Bridges, Alan Bridges, Sarah Ann Bridges, and Jason Swanson; brothers, Charles (Mary) Platt of Naples, Fla., Richard I. Platt of Naples, Fla., Wesley (Maureen) Platt of Gin Gin, Australia, Nathan Buddy (Mary Lynn) Platt of Lake City, S.C., and Walter Dale (Tammy) Platt of Lakeport, Fla.; sisters, Lelia Prescott of Blountstown, Fla., and Helen Faye Platt of Lakeport, Fla.; and a host of nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. Nathan was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan Silas Platt and Virginia Platt Bryant; one granddaughter, Jennifer Bridges; one sister, Annette Platt of Lakeport, Fla.; and mother of his children, Darlene Platt Lippe. Services will be at Maple Grove Baptist Church, Lakeport, Fla., Friday, April 20, 2012, at 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. J ude’s Children’s Hospital, c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center, 1304 Boone Street, Troy, MO, 63379. Friends and family are invited to visit our website at www.mccoyblossomfh.com to sign the on-line guest register. 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 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News April 20, 2012 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com ‘Fake’ marijuana use a growing problemPaula Friedrich, Delinquency Prevention Specialist, Department of Juvenile Justice will share information about the growing problem of “fake marijuana” use among teens, at the Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council meeting on Friday, April 20 at noon a, Beef O’Brady’s. The presentation was put together by the St. Lucie Count y Sheriff’s of ce.Eagles North to host dinner nightCome join us on Friday, April 20 at Eagles North, 9985 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee for steak dinner night with music by Al Jones. Proceeds to bene t FOE Communit y Bene t Fund.Cypress Hut Eagles to host dinner nightThe Cypress Hut Eagles will host dinner night with steak, sh or shrimp dinners ranging in price from $8-$12 per plate on Friday, April 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Music will be by XXL Karaoke. All proceeds will support Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Supplement to the Okeechobee News € January 27, 2012 € Also Available Online at newszap.com IN F O R M A T I O NGU I D EF rid a y ,O c to b e r 2 8 ,2 0 1 1 S up pl e m en t t o t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s, A u g u s t 1 7, 2 0 1 1D D r r . F F r r e e d d B r r o w w n n C C h h i i l l d d r r e e n n   s s H e a l l t t h h C C e e n t t e e r r 2 0 0 1 5 5 H H w y y 4 4 4 1 1 N N o o r r t h , O O k e e e e c c h o o b e e e , F F L L € € 8 8 6 6 3 3 7 7 6 6 3 3 1 9 9 5 5 1 1 F F l l o o r r i i d d a a C C o o m m m m u u n n i i t t y y H H e e a a l l t t h h C C e e n n t t e e r r s s , I I n n c c . F F o o r r m m o o r r e e i i n n f f o o r r m m a a t t i i o o n n , p p l l e e a a s s e e v v i i s s i i t t o o u u r r w w e e b b s s i i t t e e a a t t w w w w w w . f f c c h h c c i i n n c c . o o r r g gCall to schedule your appointment today! S e e B a ck C o v e r f o r G i ft C e rt i f i c a te f o r a n e y e e x a mF eaturing: Superintendent Letter Calendar School Bus Schedule Report CardSchedule School ListingsO O p p e e n n H H o o u u s s e e : : A A u u g g u u s s t t 1 1 8 8Ad v e rt i s i n g S p o n s o r Available 24/7 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=65039&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 8 Okeechobee News April 20, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary School would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of April 14: Jo’Dejah Sewell, Jose Aguillon, Rayne Rallis, Rolando Pelayo, Victor Cardosa, Rayfe Cannon, Alexis Gonzalez, Orrin Wilkerson, Luiz Reynoso, Alexis Rosas, Veronica Teronio, John Twist, Angel Delgado, Sarah Craig, Yasmin Abonza, Noe Ponce, Destiny Tagle, Jasmin Saucedo, Chase Pafford, Michael Martinez, Usiel Cardenas, Norma Sanchez, Carmen Betancourt, Hailey Wester and Tucker Kesner. Kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 school yearOkeechobee County School Board will be holding Kindergarten registration at the following schools: May 14, Central 863-462-5077; May 15, Seminole 863-462-5116; May 16, North 863-462-5100; May 17, South 863-462-5087; May 18, Everglades 863-462-5108. If your child will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 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 Sept. 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. Bradley Suf cool, a junior at the Forest Lake Distance Learning Academy w ith a satellite campus located at the Okeechobee Adventist Christian School, has recently been accepted into the National Honor society. Bradley has maintained a 4.0 GPA for the last two years and has an overall GPA of 3.74. The induction service will be held in April during the spring trip the distance students take every year. This year's trip is in Georgia, where students from across the U.S. will meet for a week of learning, service, and fun. Bradley has also accepted an invitation to serve on a mission project to Madagascar this summer. His team will spend two months preparing and sharing the good news of Jesus with the people of Madagascar through puppet ministry. They will also have the opportunity to teach phonics skills to the young people. Keep an eye out for his fundraising efforts around town. Local student to be inducted into National Honor Society Bradley Suf cool Special to the Okeechobee News/ DARDAR helps Habitat for HumanityDaughters of the American Revolution member Jane Juday presented a check to Habitat For Humanity member Ed Thornton at the April DAR meeting. Pretty PollyPolly, a young feline, at rst was shy of people, now she loves to perch on your lap for brushing and affection. She fusses at other cats at rst then accepts them. Adoption fee of $125 includes spay, testing and vaccinations Testing included in our adoption feline (FIV) and (FeLV), vaccination is a booster and a rabies one year. We do not vaccinate for our cats to be used as outside cats. Our cats are house cats only. Microchipping is an additional $25 for activation. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pet Rescue

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Members of the Indian River State College Chapter of Health Occupations Students of American (HOSA) returned from the HOSA State Leadership Conference with two rst-place awards. HOSA is a national student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care eld. The IRSC students who attended the event in J acksonville will now be eligible to participate in the HOSA National Leadership Conference in June. First-place winners: Chad Nichols, of Indian River County, in Physical Therapy, and Patrick Doran, Martin County, in Sports Medicine. Second-place winners: Adrianna Abner, of Okeechobee County, in Physical Therapy; Brian Wehner, Indian River County, in Sports Medicine; Lauri Rowell, of Martin County, in Extemporaneous Writing; Victor Gandarilla, Okeechobee County, in Medical Spelling; and Emi Shoemaker and Laurel Karr, Indian River County, in Career Health Display. Third-place winners: Jaime Register, Okeechobee County; Chris Edwards, Indian River County, and Dean Otto, Brevard County, in Public Service Announcement. In addition, Patrick Doran, was elected HOSA State Post-Secondary Vice President for the 2012-2013 State Of cer Team by the Florida HOSA delegates. He will be representing Florida HOSA at various state and national activities next term. IRSC offers four-year Bachelor's Degrees in Business Administration, Organizational Management, Education, Human Services, Digital Media, Biology, Health Care Management, Nursing, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety Administration, as well as two-year Associate's Degrees and Technical Certi cate programs. For more information, contact the IRSC Call Center at 1-866-792-4772 or www.irsc.edu. IRSC students excel in health careers at state competition 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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. In this age of exploitive and trashy media, were proud to be different. We believe in operating and publishing our newspaper as a public trust. Fulfilling our public trust requires that we try to bring out the best in our community and its people. We seek the highest common denominators, not the lowest. We dont engage in gutter journalism. We know we can achieve success on the high road. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 9 Okeechobee News A pril 20, 2012 IRS offers help for taxpayersThe IRS has some advice for taxpayers w ho missed the tax ling deadline. Don't panic but le as soon as possible. If y ou owe money, the quicker you le your return, the less penalties and interest you will have to pay. Even if you have to mail us your return, the sooner we receive it, the better. E- le is still your best option. IRS e- le programs are available for most taxpayers through the extension deadline October 15, 2012. Free File is still available. Check out IRS Free File at irs.gov/free le. Taxpayers whose income is $57,000 or less will qualify to le their return for free through IRS Free File. For people who make more than $57,000 and w ho are comfortable preparing their own tax return, the IRS offers Free File Fillable Forms. There is no software assistance with Free File Fillable Forms, but it does the basic math calculations for you. Pay as much as you are able. Taxpayers who owe tax should pay as much as they can when they le their tax return, even if it isn't the total amount due, and then apply for an installment agreement to pay the remaining balance. Installment Agreements are available. Request a payment agreement with the IRS. File Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request or apply online using the IRS Online Payment Agreement Application available at irs.gov. Penalties and interest may be due. Taxpayers who missed the ling deadline may be charged a penalty for ling after the due date. Filing as soon as possible will keep this penalty to a minimum. And, taxpayers who did not pay their entire tax bill by the due date may be charged a late payment penalty. The best way to keep this penalty to a minimum is to pay as much as possible, as soon as possible. Although it cannot waive interest charges, the IRS will consider reductions in these penalties if you can establish a reasonable cause for the late ling and payment. Information about penalties and interest can be found at Avoiding Penalties and the Tax Gap. Refunds may be waiting. Taxpayers should le as soon as possible to get their refunds. Even if your income is below the normal ling requirement, you may be entitled to a refund of taxes that were withheld from your wages, quarterly estimated payments or other special credits. You will not be charged any penalties or interest for ling after the due date, but if your return is not led within three years you could forfeit your right to the refund. More information can be found at irs. gov. Missed the income tax deadline? ‘Celebrating Seniors’ Event on Four CampusesGraduating high school seniors will want to attend one of four Indian River State College campus locations on Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m. to nd out what they need to know to get started in their college academic pursuits. Seniors who attend will be able to get their IRSC student ID, apply for nancial aid, start new student orientation, receive a free Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) coupon and have the opportunity to win door prizes and enter a drawing for a $500 scholarship. The IRSC "Celebrating Seniors" event will be at the following four IRSC campus locations on Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m.: Kight Center for Emerging Technology, IRSC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, Wolf High-Technology Center, Chastain Campus, 2400 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart, Schreiber Conference Center, St. Lucie West Campus, 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Williamson Conference Center, Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229 N.W. 9th Ave. Okeechobee. To learn more about the IRSC "Celebrating Seniors" event and program and degree choices available through IRSC, call 1-866792-4772, visit www.irsc.edu or email info@ irsc.edu. High school seniors can get ready for college at IRSC Northside Headstart accepting applicationsThe Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County is accepting applications for Northside Head Start and VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten). Children must have been born before Sept. 2, 2009. Birth Certi cate and Social Security number for the child applying and proof of family income is required. Please call the Northside Head Start of ce at 863-357-8677 for an appointment and additional information. Of ce hours are as follows, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton 120 BEDSCaring for Those You Care About FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n e Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session GYNECOLOGIST James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net 863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S. Scott Tapper, M.D., F.A.C.S.Board Certi ed General Vascular SurgeonSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose Veins Minimally Invasive In Of ce Procedure Performed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation procedures Insurance Accepted beforeafter 2169 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.com 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 ages raulersonprimarycare.com FAMILY MEDICINE HEALTH By Nancy Dennis Client TestimonialI am a winter Okeechobee resident down from Kentucky. When I came down in January I was unhealthy, overweight, had high blood pressure and diabetes. I have always had bad eating habits with no willpower and have never been able to stick to any diet. All this changed since joining Physicians Weight Loss Center. I woke up one one day saying Today is going to be a changing day in my life.Ž I lost 48 pounds in 12 weeks!! The staff at PWLC provided motivation and support along with the encouragement of my husband. I am heading back to Kentucky almost 50 lbs lighter, healthier and off all my diabetic medications. I cant wait for my family back home to see the NEW me! If you want to lose weight, I highly recommend you start on this program... IT WORKS!!! Remember Nothing tastes as good as looking thin feels!Ž Call 863.357.9967 for your free consultation! Physicians Weight Loss Center is located at 414 S. Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee, FL. Nancy Dennis Lost 48 pounds in 12 Weeks! Submitted Photo/ Physicians Weight Loss Centers Nancy Dennis lost 48 pounds in 12 weeks! 10 11 Okeechobee News April 20, 2012 April 20, 2012

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Special to the Okeechobee News from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ceOver the past few years, the value of various metals (such as aluminum cans) has increased dramatically. Therefore, indiscriminate individuals have targeted residential neighborhoods and are taking anything of (metal) value. Although recycling businesses are required to maintain records of the subjects that are selling the items, in some cases, items are reported stolen after the property has been altered and sold as scrap metal. These items can range from mobile home metal stairs to boat seat pedestals. Thieves typically drive around neighborhoods looking for anything of value to pick up and take to the recycling yards. Abandoned homes are an easy target for the thieves. Don’t be a victim of these thefts. Make sure to secure anything and everything of value and report stolen property as soon as possible. If you see in your neighborhood anyone who appears to be scrapping, take heed to those individuals, as some are willing to take the risk of more than discarded property. You may have noticed that the day before trash pick up or the day of, you may see these scrappers more often. Although, you may feel this is a harmless crime, scavenging presents an opportunity for individuals to check out your house and property. They may want more than your recyclables and could come back later to burglarize or to take items from your property. Be alert and report suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood. This includes strangers in your neighborhood looking in garbage or vehicles circling the bloc k with occupants you do not recognize. Communicate with your neighbors to discuss these issues, as this is the best wa y to defeat crime. Remember, that not all persons scrapping, are breaking the law. 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 PENTECOSTAL C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m EPISCOPAL Grand Opening Soon! SonRise Caf! Sunday Wednesday Mid Week Worship at 7pmChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4th Ave. • (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70ETraditional/Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Contemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship at 6pmBAPTIST 3666 E. Hwy 70 • Okeechobee (0ld Elks Lodge)“Celebrating 25 years of Pastoral Leadership”Sunday School 9 am Worship: Sun. 10 am • Tues. & Thurs. 7:30 pm Prayer Service: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30 7:30 pm Nursery Available at All Services Of ce Hours CLOSED Mondays Tuesday Friday 9 am to 5 pm (863) 357-2264 Bishop Robert J. Banks, Jr., Pastor “Your Place of Destiny” Jeremiah 29:11 12 Okeechobee News April 20, 2012 OCSO warns: Don’t be a victim of ‘scrappers’ Home Depot to host free raised gardening workshopJoin the Home Depot for a Free Customer Workshop on April 21 from 10 until 11:30 a.m. on how to create your own Raised Garden Bed. The workshop is free to all and a Quali ed Home Depot Associate will walk customers through how to create their very own Raised Garden Bed. No purchase necessary.Cypress Eagles to host bene tThe Cypress Hut Eagles will host a bene t for the Okeechobee Sheriff’s Department on A pril 21, at 2 p.m., 4701 Hwy 331 SE. There will be fried chicken dinners for $6 per plate, music by Jimmy and Debra Harper, a silent auction, drawings, 50/50 and basket drawing, bake sale, face painting for kids and adults can enter the “Drive like a deputy competition.”Mentor Day planned for SaturdayCommunities in Schools-PAL will host National PAL Mentoring Day on April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Flagler Park #4 on State Road 70 in downtown Okeechobee. The event w ill include family fun activities, a water balloon toss, hula hoop contest, music and more. For more information, please call Cortney, Jill or Amanda at 863-462-5125, ext 128 or 863634-0870.Chobee Idol Contest SaturdayThe First Chobee Idol Contest and Fundraiser will be sponsored by the Substance Abuse Coalition at the Shrine Club of Okeechobee on April 21 A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the amateur vocalist from Okeechobee County or surrounding counties who wins this competition. Proceeds from ticket sales for the event will bene t the Substance Abuse Coalition. For more information or to volunteer please call 863-801-2941.Cypress Eagles to host bene t for OSCOThe Cypress Hut Eagles will host a bene t on Saturday, April 21 from 2 p.m. until ?, for the Okeechobee Sheriffs Department. Music will be by Jimmy & Debra Harper. Chicken Dinners will be available for $6. There will be a Silent Auction, 50/50s, Basket drawing, Bake Sale and kids face painting. Enter contest to “Drive Like a Deputy.” Public is welcome.CCC meeting planned for April 24The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Netw ork will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 24 at 10 a.m. at the Dr. Fred D. Brown Children’s Health Center (Florida Community Health Center), 2150 Highway 441 North. Spotlight Speaker: Carol Shea and Georgette Brown with the Epilepsy Foundation. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please call Sharon V inson at 863-462-5000, Ext. 257. NOTE: special location just for the April meeting.Cattlewomen plan BBQThe Cattlewomen’s Scholarship Fund BBQ will be held Friday, April 27 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eli’s Western Wear. Dinners are $8. Stop by Eli’s Western Wear for tickets. Cattlewomen are asked to bring two dozen chocolate chip cookies or brownies individually wrapped.Farm Bureau to host annual speech contestThe Okeechobee Farm Bureau will host the annual Youth Speech contest on Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Farm Bureau, 401 NW 4th Street, Okeechobee. A copy of the speech is due at the Farm Bureau Of ce by April 27. 2012 Topic: What role, if any should agriculture play in addressing health and obesity issues. Contact our of ce at 863-763-3101 for more information and copy of the rules. Community Events

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Charles MurphyOHS February Athletes of the MonthOHS student athletes of the month for the month of February include: (left to right) Rick Proverb of Okeechobee Dodge Chrysler, Carley McCoin (girls basketball), Erick Garcia (boys soccer), and OHS Athletic Director Kenny Buckner. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOHS March Athletes of the MonthOHS student athletes of the month for the month of March include: (left to right) Rick Proverb of Okeechobee Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Samantha Harrell (softball), Tyler Finney (baseball) and OHS Athletic Director Kenny Buckner. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  Carissa Licata had four hits and Samantha Harrell struck out 10 in a complete game performance as Okeechobee High School defeated Fort Pierce Central 5-3 Wednesday Night in Stuart to advance to the District 12-7A nal. Okeechobee (16-9) will face Martin County (11-14) who walloped Sebastian River 10-2 in the other seminal. The win insured that Okeechobee will play in the regional playoffs after a one-year absence. Fort Pierce had entered the tournament red hot with seven straight wins. They defeated South Fork easily in the rst round and ended their season at (12-7). Freshmen Lexi Ward went 2 for 3 with two runs batted in for Okeechobee. The nal game starts at 7 p.m. on Friday.  The Brahman boys track team nished fth at the District 14-3A meet on Tuesday at South Fork High School. Four boys did qualify for the regional by virtue of a top four nish at the regional. Stanley ‘Thor’ Harden quali ed in the shot put, Dan Beyel in the discus, Mike Thomas in the 100-yard dash, as did members of the 4x100 relay team.  The girls track team nished in eighth place. Tabatha Henry won the 3,200 race to qualify for the regional next week. Sports News in Brief

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 14 Okeechobee News April 20, 2012 ance can be led by the teacher for any procedural violations, the teacher can write a rebuttal which becomes part of the evaluation, and the supervisor is required to provide written feedback and make suggestions for improvement for teachers graded below effective. An extensive teacher improvement plan is written for employees who receive a nal rating below effective. Mr. Kenwothy said the district is 54th in the state in achievement and there is room for improvement. School Board members said the process of evaluation should be negotiated but not the individual methods that are used by the principals. While this year's pay increase will be retroactive to the start of the 2011-2012 school year, the school board voted to make retroactivity of pay an annual decision as requested by the superintendent. Mr. Kenworthy contended that if pay retroactivity were automatically guaranteed, it could mean the teachers' union would have less incentive to complete the annual negotiations in a timely manner. He said that negotiations seem to take more time each year and this takes away from what the focus of the district should be -which is student achievement. When negotiations are drawn out, it also takes up staff times and makes the budgeting process more dif cult, he said. Ms. Falvo said the length of negotiations have increased because the school board has stopped attending the negotiation sessions. Mr. Kenworthy said he negotiated in good faith and didn't drag the dispute out. The school board rejected a proposal from the union (4-1) to guarantee renewal of contracts of annual contract teachers who have received at least three consecutive years of a highly effective or effective score. Union of cials said there is a high teacher turnover in Okeechobee. They presented a report that showed only 20 percent of ne w teachers stay in Okeechobee for more than one year, down from 70 percent in 20022003. Ms. Falvo said teachers who earn high performance marks who are not given job security will look to other schools for a job. Mr. Kenworthy said the district retains high-quality teachers on a routine basis. He said there are a variety of reasons that highquality teachers leave and that automatic contract renewal would not entice them to stay. School Board Member India Riedel cast the dissenting vote on that matter. The Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) negotiates the contracts for all instructional and classi e d employees. All instructional and classi ed employees (even those who are not OCEA members) vote on the contract. However, if there is a contract dispute after it is signed, OCEA only represents OCEA members. If an employee who is not a member of the union has a contract dispute with the school district, he or she must retain his or her own representation. TEACHERSContinued From Page 1 "We are creating a new position, but we are not adding an employee," is how City Councilman Dowling Watford explained the action. "It makes sense to me." Using funds from a Community Development Block Grant the council awarded a home rehabilitation contract to SineMark Construction, LLC in the amount of $38,000. From the same grant they awarded a second home rehabilitation contract to Neal Long Construction Co. for $44,875. Turning to other action, Mayor James Kirk proclaimed the week of April 29 to May 5 to be Municipal Clerk's Week and the month of April to be Water Conservation Month in the city.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. CITYContinued From Page 1 Martha’s House plans Candlelight vigil Martha's House will host a Candlelight V igil for victims/survivors of Sexual Assault on April 20 7 p.m. at 4134 Hwy 441 North, Martha's House Outreach Services Of ce. For more information you may contact Shirlean Graham at 863-763-2893.Moose announces w eekend happeningsThe Okeechobee Moose Lodge located at 159 NW 36th Street invites you to join in the weekend fun. Friday, April 20 there will be Lodge Bingo beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Bonanza start at 5 p.m. Lisa will be hosting karaoke 7-10 p.m. on Saturday and Penny w ill host karaoke on Sunday. Be to stop by. Proceeds go towards Moose Charities.North VFW weekend announces weekend plansThe North VFW located 300 NW 34th Street 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 hosted by Steve on a Stick 7-10 p.m. Saturday starts with Burgers on the Grill noon-2 p.m., Bar Bingo at 1 p.m., a Fish/Shrimp Dinner 5-7 p.m. and ending with karaoke hosted by Sandoone 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Lori will be serving Oven BBQ Chicken 2-4 p.m. and Lisa will be hosting Karaoke 6-9 p.m. Proceeds go towards V eteran's Assistance programs so be sure to stop by and support your VETERANS.IRSC presents an Evening of Classical SongThe IRSC Chorale, led by Dr. Dale Rieth, w ill be performing with the IRSC Wind Ensemble in an "Evening of Classical Song," including scores from epic Hollywood lms including "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park" Thursday-Saturday April 19-21 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center at the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. The concert consists of 2 acts. In Act I, the IRSC Chorale will present an eclectic mix of classical music that spans the musical eras. During Act 2, the IRSC Wind Ensemble will present music from Star Wars, Jurassic Park and many other epic lm scores. Call the IRSC Box Of ce at 1-800-220-9915 for information. Tickets are $12. VFW hosts Elvis Presley tributeVFW Post 9528 BHR, on Hwy. 78 W., will host a dinner show featuring Mike King doing an Elvis Presley tribute on Saturday, April 21 from 610 p.m. The chicken/ mashed potatoes/beans dinner will be served from 35 p.m. Show and dinner are included for a $7 donation which will bene t Veterans projects. Call 863-467-2882 for more information.Congressman Rooney to have town hall meetingCongressman Tom Rooney will have a town hall meeting and dinner on Saturday, April 21 at 5 p.m. The talk will be hosted by VFW Post 10539, located at 3912 U.S. Hwy. 441 S.E. The meeting will be followed by a dinner catered by Golden Corral (your choice of prime rib or chicken). The cost of the meal is $12 with proceeds going to Veterans & Families Unmet Needs Program. This is open to the public, come and participate. Call 863-763-2308 with questions.Golf tourney to bene t scholarshipsBubba's Redneck Yacht Club 4th Annual Golf Tournament April 21. at Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Registration 7 a.m.Tee Time 8 a.m. Proceeds bene ting local charities and OHS Scholarships. For more info call: 863-634-0577.Eagles North to host upcoming Art and Crafts ShowSaturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, Eagles North will put on their Third annual Art and Craft Show. Featuring the Florida Highwaymen, and other Fine Artists, and Crafters from all over. There will be pulled pork dinners, and other snacks and drinks. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community Bene t Fund.Calling all scrapbookers!The Croppin' Crew will meet on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Library. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. You can check out what other local scrapbookers and cardmakers are doing and you can share your ideas too. Bring your pictures, scrapbook pages and/or any card-making projects that you are working on. For futher information call Joan at 863-467-0290. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HOUSEHOLDAMNESTY DAY! HAZARDOUS HAZARDOUS WASTE WASTE SATURDAY, APRIL 28th9:00AM 2:00PMVEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY 306 N.W. 9TH Ave., Okeechobee • FREE DROP OFF •To Okeechobee County ResidentsPaints, Pesticides, Chemicals, Solvents, Brake Fluid, Pool Chemicals, Batteries, Cleaning Supplies, Used Oil, Oil Filters, Mercury Bulbs, Mercury Containing Devises and unknown Chemicals; Ni-Cad adn Lead Acid Batteries; Tires (4 tires ONLY)Per Household). NO Propane Tanks. NO Electronics For More Information, Contact Solid Waste Dept. at 763-1811 15 Okeechobee News A pril 20, 2012 AG-VENTURE, a non-pro t organization in Okeechobee, dedicated to the future of farming in our area, needs volunteers for the inaugural Ag Venture event on Wednesday and Thursday, May 9-10, at the Trading Post Flea Market. This event will host fourth grade students from all Okeechobee County Public Schools as well as students from private schools and those students who are in home-school. Students will learn about the essentials of farming through demonstrations at a series of learning stations including beef, diary, vegetables, citrus, soil & water, forestry and gator farming. Volunteers will help with set up and assist at the learning stations, as well as clean-up following the event. Volunteers will qualify to win door prizes. This is a great volunteer opportunity especially for parents or grandparents, family and friends of our fourth graders. For more information on volunteering call Audrey Driggers at 863-801-5258 and for general questions about Ag Venture call Diane Davies, 863-633-8209 or Cecelia Elliott, 772-530-3639. AG-VENTURE seeks volunteers The Florida black bear population has increased from as few as 300 bears in the 1970s to more than 3,000 bears today, and now the draft plan that will guide continued conservation of this species has been revised by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The revised draft Black Bear Management Plan is available online at MyFWC.com/Bear and is ready for public input. It incorporates previous public feedback on the nearly 200page draft plan released last November. The public is invited to comment on the revised draft plan through June 1. About 2,500 public comments were received on the original draft plan, which establishes for the rst time a statewide framework to manage Florida black bears to ensure they are never again at high risk of extinction. Public workshops on the draft plan were held in four cities, in addition to the opportunity for people to comment online and by email or regular mail. Last February, FWC Commissioners directed staff to further re ne and revise the draft plan and give careful consideration to stakeholder and public input. At their upcoming June meeting, the Commissioners are scheduled to consider approval of the revised draft plan. Once the plan receives nal approval, the black bear will no longer be on the state's list of threatened species. The bear currently does not meet the criteria of being at high risk of extinction, based on a 2011 Biological Status Review. In June, the Commission also will consider a new FWC rule making it unlawful to injure or kill bears, protections similar to the ones granted to bears as a threatened species. The proposed rule additionally af rms the FWC will work with landowners and regulating agencies to guide future land use to be compatible with objectives of the bear plan. That proposed rule, as well as an FWC rule change to remove the bear from the state's threatened species list, is currently being advertised in the Florida Administrative Weekly. Seven black bear management units (BMUs) would be created under the plan to involve local citizens and stakeholder groups in the management of speci c bear populations and habitats. The black bear is among 62 wildlife species that soon will join the list of Florida species, like the bald eagle, already under an FWC management plan. Florida's new threatened species conservation model requires that management plans will be created for all species that have been state-listed and updated at speci ed intervals. The management plans give citizens an active role in Florida's efforts to conserve its diverse wildlife for future generations. Florida black bear plan is revised, ready for public input Special to the Okeechobee NewsFlorida’s black bear population has increased 10-fold since the 1970s.

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LostLost 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 Garage/ Yard Sales3 Family Sale Friday 20th@Annie’s Consignment (510 S Parrott) Saturday 21st@ Dr.Tenniswod’s Of ce (208 NE 3rd St.)Lots of Baby and Children items,wooden picnic tables,Houseware items and much more Shop here first! The classified ads LOCAL DRIVERS (863) 763-5593or apply online www.walpoleinc.comWalpole, Inc. is looking for EOE/DFWP• Class A-CDL drivers • 2 years T/T experience • Clean MVR & PSP • Paid weekly • Excellent bene ts package Employment Full Time ServicesGolf Cart Repairs, parts, carries Powertron and US batteries. Will buy unwanted and not working golf carts. Locally owned & Operated Call Dan at 863-610-0479 Tiger Lawn Service 10 dollars and up, with free estimates. Licensed and Insured. Glades and Okeechobee Counties 863-207-9037 “Let the Tiger do your Mowing” 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full Time Special NoticeRV Show at the Okeechobee KOA Resort. 4276 HWY 441 S., OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA 34974-6255 THE RESORT IS LOCATED 2.5 MILES SOUTH OF STATE ROUTE 70 ON HWY 441 Show is from April 25th Through April 28th 8am to 7pm Wednesday through Saturday. New and Used Motorhomes and Fifth Wheels For more information call 1-800-RV-Sales or visit on the web at www.americachoicerv.com (800)787-2537 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 Sunshine PayDay Loans Full Time Of ce Position Cash handling experience A plus Fax Resumes to: 863-467-0927 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 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 CollectiblesWANTED Highwaymen Oil Paintings. H. Newton, A. Hair, R.A. McClendon, G. Buckner, 1715 Fleet Treasure Coins. Big $$ Call 772-562-5567 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? MiscellaneousPool Table For Sale With Ping Pong Top and all Accessories. $750.00 Call 863-801-3320 Pets/Suppliespuppies terrier mix,2 males,1 female.6 wks $45.00/firm. (863)801-9380 Yorkie Pup(Toy) male 8wks. shots, health cert. and Reg. papers. Must see! $500. cash 863-610-2725. 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 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 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsBEAUTIFUL 2 Bedroom CBS, Large kitchen, new carpet, screen room, utility room. $700 mo. includes water, lawn and garbage. Available May 1st. (863)467-2784 Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor 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 OKEECHOBEE 3 BR, 2 BA, $850 mo. 1st & security to move in. 304-277-0427 Houses RentOKEE 3/1 Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $725 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $800 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 Rental NeededLooking for a place to rent 2 bedroom, fenced yard, 5 to 15 minutes out of town 441 North, have 2 dogs. Call Cathy 863-610-2218 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Land SaleOKEECHOBEE 5 Acres Park your own trailer or build your home, $2,000 down, owner nancing. Priced $49,000. Call 863-763-6358 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 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. 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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 RentKISSIMMEE RIVER Estates, 2 Bedroom, 17503 Broadland Ln. Nice, clean home w/car port and 3 large sheds. $500 mo. + $400 sec. Lawn & Water maintenance included. 317-402-5441 or 863-261-4138. Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 Mobile HomeSaleBANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 For Sale: Mobile Home in a Adult Park (Pine Ride Park), 14x48, 2bd and 1 1/2 bath,includes stove,refrigerator and washer/dryer. $10,700 Call 239-246-5793 or 863-357-2888 PALM HARBOR 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 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 Public NoticeNOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 05-05-2012 @ 10:00 AM Unit #232 David E. Earnest Unit #240 Mashara Y. Summers 414813 ON 4/20 & 4/27/2012 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 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER COMMITTEE -2:15 P.M. FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE 2:30 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 415363 ON 4/20/2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) No. 6000000523 Geotechnical Engineering and Testing Services The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed proposals up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on May 21, 2012 for Geotechnical Engineering and Testing Services. This RFP is issued subject to the legal requirements established under the Consultants’ Competitive Negotiation Act, Section 287.055, Florida Statutes. All proposals must conform to the instructions in the RFP. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFP (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov/procurement; (3) by calling (561) 682-6568, or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE (800) 472-5290. The public is invited to attend the proposal opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov. Any meetings with District staff regarding this solicitation are subject to the provisions of Section 286.0113, Florida Statutes, which provides, in part, that any portion of a meeting at which a negotiation with a vendor is conducted pursuant to a competitive solicitation, at which a vendor makes an oral presentation as part of a competitive solicitation, or at which a vendor answers questions as part of a competitive solicitation is exempt from s. 286.011 and s. 24(b), Art. I of the State Constitution. 415141 ON 4/20/2012 SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following application(s) for permit have been received for project(s) in Okeechobee County: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Dudley Kirton Wetland Reserve Project WRP) PO Box 141510, Gainesville, FL 32614-1510, has submitted Application 120228-10 for an Environmental Resource Permit for wetland restoration activities on 870 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be discharged to an existing wetland system and the project is located in Sections 16, 17, 20, 21, Township 36 South, Range 36 East. Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the application by writing to the South Florida Water Management District, Attn: Regulation Division, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680, but such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM within 21 days from the date of publication. No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A copy of the staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings. Application status and associated documents can also be obtained by accessing the District’s website (www.sfwmd.gov) and selecting the Application/Permit Search on the ePermitting page. Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing regarding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request after reviewing the staff report. 414910 ON 4/20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2157 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CONNERS HIGHLANDS LOT 6 BLOCK 27 1-09-37-35-0020-00270-0060 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LARS H ROLFSEN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 10th day of May, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 412420 ON 3/30;4/6,13,20/2012 Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD024 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK 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: 910 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 15 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 15 25 34S 33E 1-25-34-33-0A00-00015-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KERRYANN N FORBES 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 31st 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. 414987 ON 4/20,27;5/4,11/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD025 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that HENRIETTE & MARK DESCHAMPS 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: 2129 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: PLAYLAND PARK LOT 21 BLOCK F 1-07-37-35-0010-0000F-0210 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: TIMOTHY L COOK 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 31st 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. 414988 ON 4/20,27;5/4,11/2012 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 APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD023 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that AVENA-LYN SMITH PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the ESTATE of ROSALIND GAIL KERBY SMITH 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: 902 Year of Issuance: May-19-2005 Description of Property: NEW OKEECHOBEE HEIGHTS SECTION A LOTS 44 45 46 47 BLOCK 36 1-06-36-34-0010-00360-0440 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELSIE CARTER JAMES W BURDIN 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 31st 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. 414986 ON 4/20,27;5/4,11/2012 LEGAL 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 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 o f ROBERT CARLISLE GODBOLD, SR., Deceased, whose date o f 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 AFTE R 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, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication o f 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 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 & 5/4/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD022 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ANA MERCEDES PRADO-KENDRICK 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: 291 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 4 WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 4 SECTION 13 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA. 1-13-34-33-0A00-00004-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: TARPON IV LLC 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 31st 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. 414985 ON 4/20,27;5/4,11/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 17 Okeechobee News A pril 20, 2012 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! 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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 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 18 Okeechobee News April 20, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School’s Richard Donegan will take his golf skills that earned him a Florida State Class 2A Championship this y ear to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton this fall where he w ill play in the Sunbelt Conference against some of the best amateur golfers in the U.S. and the world. Donegan plans to major in business at FAU and is one of only two golfers who have ever been granted a full scholarship by the University. “I’ll get to play against some of the top teams like Florida State, North Western, the University of Central Florida and some of the best golfers in the country and even the world. I just like to compete and stay in Florida,” Donegan said. The Brahman standout received between 15 and 20 offers from colleges across the country and had a tough decision. Teams like Louisiana Monroe and Stetson really pushed for him to sign there. In the end he wanted to stay in Florida, enjoy the weather and join an improving program. “FAU is rated in the middle of the pack right now but they are getting better. They return three starters and I hope they’ll become one of the top teams in the nation,” he explained. Donegan said his rst goal will be to be the number one player on the FAU roster and also qualify for the U.S. Open as an Amateur this summer. FAU Golf Coach Angelo Sands said he felt great about Richard’s decision because he’s a class act, and is not only a great golfer, but an excellent student. “Obviously it’s a big addition for us and we are very fortunate. I really want to emphasize academics because with student athletes student comes rst,” he explained, “We all know of Richard’s accomplishments on the golf course but his achievements in the classroom were a major, major reason that I worked so hard to convince him that FAU was the school for him.” Sands said Donegan is not guaranteed a starting spot. The decision will come down to how he scores in quali er tournaments in the spring and fall of the year. Sands said he had no doubt that Donegan will be able to qualify for the travel team. “Every young man’s dream is to be on the PGA tour one day. I’ll do everything I can to help him with that goal, but my proudest day will be when he walks across the stage and gets his degree, that is when I know I’ve done my job,” he added. Richard Donegan selects FAU for fall Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRichard Donegan sports his new colors from Florida Atlantic University with OHS Athletic Director and Boys Golf Coach Kenny Buckner.

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The Okeechobee Model Airplane Club w ill host a “Meet and Greet Community Buddy Box Fly-In” on April 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain Date is May 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at their local ying eld located at NE 80th Avenue, this is the road off of RT 70 East that leads back to Thundercross Motocross Track. This event is open to the public and for the public to try their hand at ying a Radio Control Model Aircraft under the expert supervision of one of our instructor pilots. A dmission is FREE as are the ights which w ill be provided courtesy of the Okeechobee Model Airplane Club. There is lots of free parking, so bring a lawn chair and your friends along! Hot dogs and soft drinks will be available for a minimal fee. Also scheduled at 11 a.m. for your enjoyment will be an Aerobatic Model Airplane demonstration w hich is a must see event. The Buddy Box system which is used to teach Radio Control pilots consists of a Master Transmitter held by the instructor and a Slave Transmitter held by the student connected with a data cable. Control is passed to the student by the instructor depressing and holding a switch on the master. If and w hen the instructor needs to take control back from the student, it is done by simply releasing the trainer switch on the instructor’s transmitter and the instructor immediately regains control of the aircraft. This training system has been around for years and has a very high success rate getting new student pilots up and ying on their own. Combined with the aerodynamic stability of a quality trainer which is readily available today an average student can learn to y Radio Control in about an hour or two of actual ight time. This will be a real fun day; anyone interested is encouraged to come out, take control of one of our “Buddy Boxes” and try their hand at ying these aircraft. Another very interesting and little known facet of the Model Airplane Hobby is how it preserves aviation history. Many of the aircraft that will be ying throughout the day as well as on display are based upon current and historical designs. In fact many of them are identical miniatures of the real aircraft, some of which no longer exist in the full-size aircraft world or at best have been retired to a museum display? For example when was the last time, if ever, you saw a U-2 Spy Plane in ight? How about the A-10 Wart Hog zip past on a Tank Hunting pass? Or a 1930 era Monocoupe 90A one of the majestic grand fathers of general aviation as we know it today. These are just a few of the aircraft you will see on display and very possibly ying at this event. Please come out, meet our pilots and experience a different kind of sport rst hand! If you have any questions about this event, Model Aviation or the Okeechobee Model Airplane Club please contact Joe Papasso at 863-824-0916 or visit our website at http://omac.embarqspace.com/#. Meetings are the rst Monday of the month (Oct to May) at 7 to about 8:30 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church Youth Hall, 750 N.W. 23rd Ln., Okeechobee. Try your hand at ying a Radio Controlled Model Aircraft 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. 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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 Over 100 Listings QUAIL ACRES~ 2006 CBS Custom home, 4bd/2ba/2gar, 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! $199,000 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 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 19 Okeechobee News A pril 20, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaWater Conservation MonthAt the Tuesday, April 17, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Mayor James Kirk, right, proclaimed the month of April to be Water Conservation Month in the city. The mayor presented the proclamation to Gary Ritter, left, director of South Florida Water Management District’s Okeechobee Service Center.

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