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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 04-27-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).
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Friday, April 27, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 51 11.73 feetLast Year: 11.10 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. CES students are Recycling Rockstars ... Page 8 BIg O teens host tourney Page 13 Area residents accused of theft of Social Security numbers By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Identity theft can happen to anyone—as a husband and wife who both work for the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) found out when they tried to le their tax returns online. “When we tried to ele we got a message back from the IRS that we had led our taxes. Then, we got a message from the IRS that our ling had been rejected,” said the woman. “We had to mail our return in and the refund we were expecting will be a long time coming. It could be six to nine months—even though we’ve done everything we could.” Identity theft problem growing S a m H a r r e l l w a s o n t o p o f h e r g a m e a g a i n Sam Harrell was on top of her game again W e d n e s d a y a s O k e e c h o b e e d e f e a t e d S a r a s o t a Wednesday as Okeechobee defeated Sarasota t o a d v a n c e i n C l a s s 7 A T h e L a d y B r a h m a n s a d to advance in Class 7A. The Lady Brahmans adv a n c e d t o t h e s e m i n a l s t o n i g h t w h e n t h e y w i l l vanced to the semi- nals tonight when they will p l a y a t B r a d e n R i v e r a t 7 p m F o r m o r e o n t h e play at Braden River, at 7 p.m. For more on the s t o r y s e e p a g e 1 4 story, see page 14. S o f t b a l l t e a m i n s e m i n a l Softball team in semi nal See THEFT — Page 12 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County is suing the state. As the result of action taken at their meeting on Thursday, April 26, Okeechobee County Commissioners have joined at least 43 other Florida counties in a lawsuit against the state. Recently passed legislation requires the state to collect past disputed Medicaid bills by withholding county revenue sharing and half cent sales tax distributions. This law could end up County to sue state over Medicaid billsSee COUNTY — Page 12 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News After being stopped for speeding, a local man was arrested by an Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force detective after as many as 83 prescription pills were reportedly found in the trunk of his car. Arrested Tuesday, April 24, was Steven Andrew Miller, 33, Broadland Lane, Okeechobee. He was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam), possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), possession of a controlled substance (methadone), possession of a controlled substance (morphine) and grand theft. Miller is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $30,000 bond. According to the detective’s arrest report Miller was stopped around 11:28 a.m. on S.W. 24th Ave. for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. After stopping the car the detective Traf c stop yields 83 prescription pills Steven A. Miller See PILLS — Page 12

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Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. East southeast wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostl y sunny, with a high near 88. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a lo w around 67. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast FORT PIERCE—Join the Indian River State College Fine Arts Department for their annual summer series, and while Florida’s summer temperatures rise, watch the hottest ticket in town. The IRSC 2012 Fine Arts Season Subscription Series tickets are now on sale, and a series subscription includes three shows for just $30 – an almost 20% discount over purchasing individual tickets. The summer season starts with the sounds of the “Moonlight Serenade,” May 10-12. Always a highlight of the McAlpin OnStage Summer Series, the Variety Concert is the best in student performances of popular music and jazz standards, featuring the IRSC “Company” singers and IRSC Jazz Ensemble. This evening will share memorable renditions of favorite music from times past and present. Next in the series is “Wait Until Dark,” an intriguing thriller by Frederick Knott that plays May 24-26. From one moment of suspense to another, this performance builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping nal scene where a sinister con man and two exconvicts are about to meet their match. The nal Summer show included in the series is “Twilight Delight An Evening of Song and Dance” June 7-9 featuring the IRSC Dance students and Musical Theatre students as they share the stage presenting a “Rodger’s & Hart Cabaret, I’ll Take Manhattan.” Musical selections are straight from the Great American Songbook and include such favorites as “Bewitched,” “Falling in Love With You,” “My Funny Valentine” and “The Lady is A Tramp.” The Dance Ensemble will perform a variety of works ranging from ballet to modern to musical theatre. In addition to the Summer Series shows, tickets for the drama by Robert L. Hecker “That Other Woman,” April 26-28 and musical favorites in “Songs my Mother Loves,” June 2 will also be available. Tickets for individual shows are $12. ($10 for subscription holders). Purchase tickets online at www.irsc.edu or at the box ofce located in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center lobby on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone with VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. For your convenience, tickets may now be picked up at will call before the shows. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box Of ce today at 772-462-4750 or toll-free at 1-800-220-9915. Seats are still available for this popular series, so contact the box of ce today to reserve tickets. IRSC Fine Arts Department plans summer series B.R.A.T. Club, Inc. announces the SAMESTATE Christian concert to be held at Osceola Middle School, 825 SW 28th Street, Okeechobee. The concert is May 4, starting with two Okeechobee acts at 7 p.m. Concert time is 7-9 p.m. Andy Farrow coordinated auditions and judges; Debi Large, Jackie Brock and Danny En nger chose two local acts from Okeechobee to open for the band. “I feel it is important to include our local talent at this event,” says Andy. Judd Harris & DJ Alderman and Alicia Esque were chosen to open for the concert. SAMESTATE toured this year with the nationally known band SuperChick on the West Coast Tour. “We are excited to have them play in our backyard” says B.R.A.T. Club President Teresa Chandler. Admission is only $5. which includes pizza, soda and dessert. There will be a social after the concert where you can meet the band members. The band will be signing autographs and provide a photo opportunity with you. Grab a friend, bring your family and enjoy a two hour special event! Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at Serenity Coffee Shop, 601 SW Park Street or at the door for $7. Get your tickets early as space is limited. There will be a meet and greet scheduled on May 4 from 2-3 p.m. at Serenity Coffee shop, 601 SW Park Street. Come by and get an autograph! For more information call Andy Farrow at 863-697-0270. For more information about the band visit www.SAMESTATEMUSIC.com. B.R.A.T. Club to present SAMESTATE in concert OHS presents spring musical this weekendOkeechobee High School will present its annual spring production: BACK TO THE 80s….The Totally Awesome Musical on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Friday, May 4 and Saturday May 5, at 7:30 p.m. Student tickets are $5 and adults $10. Tickets can be purchased by calling Debbie Raulerson at the high school by calling 863-462-5025, or at the door. The doors will open at 7 p.m. for each performance. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Teresa ChandlerChristian singers, Alicia Esque (winner), Crisslin Wooley, Caleb Bockoras, Cameron Patterson, DJ Alderman and Judd Harris (winners, duo act) and John Garner all competed in a recent contest at the Serenity Coffee Shop in Okeechobee. SAMESTATE will hold a meet and greet before the concert from 2 until 3 p.m.

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Thanks Mr. RooneyI wanted to write a letter to publicly thank our Congressman, Tom Rooney for appointing myself, Josie Weeks-Elliot as his County Chair for his campaign for the newly created District 17m and his appointment of Linda Estes as his Co-Chair for our county. Congressman Rooney has served our area well, and has proved himself to be a great asset to Okeechobee and the rest of South Florida as he serves on the House Committee for Agriculture. His is the Chair for the subcommittee of Livestock, dairy and cattle, and also serves on the subcommittee for horticulture and organic agriculture. He also serves on the Armed Services committee, and is the youngest member of the Intelligence Committee. He is truly an invaluable asset. With our already fragile economic climate, I do not feel like Okeechobee, or any of our agriculturally inclined counties can afford to lose our congressman who has consistently fought the stringent regulations the EPA and other big government agencies have tried to place on our ranchers and farmers. He has helped keep our people working and our economy going. It is a great honor to be able to serve a man who has done so much for our community. If anyone would like any pamphlets, signs, stickers or information concerning his campaign for our area, please do not hesitate to contact either one of us at KeepRooney@ gmail.com. You can also visit his web site at www.tomrooney.com Josie Weeks-Elliott Campaign Chair for Okeechobee CountyHow are things in Okeechobee?Here we go again! As the singer Marvin Gaye says, “what’s going on?” In school news, Okeechobee, it was FCAT week. Testing, baby! Now, except for make up tests, it is over. Similar to mom’s favorite show, “Dancing with the Stars,” we are waiting for the results. Next! Students, staff, principals ... Breathe, breathe! Dick Clark, America’s original teenager passed away. Kim & Kanye Pitts & Angelina Jolie engaged -what? Paris & Blake George Zimmerman, the shooter in the Trayvon Martin case was charged with second degree murder. Man with gun, skittles, iced tea, fatal encounter with another black youth. Life cut short. Too many senseless shootings, killings, this generational X mentality. Society, don’t assume anything. Stereotyping is wrong, wrong, wrong! Communication is vital, let’s discuss. Tal k about things. Mrs. Hilary Rosen and Mrs. Ann Romney....... The truth is really simple. Wealthy mothers and others. How can you relate, or imitate a real, everyday working career woman. Mrs. Rosen/Ann Romney could afford to si t home with nannies/housemaids/the help and claim to be on the same page with Mrs. Rosen or any other real, everyday career — soccer mom, single mom. What! It must be an election year. She is just Mitt Romney’s wife. Lord help us all to understand what is going on in today’s society. What exactly is Mitt Romney’s plan as the GOP nominee...please tell me. He has one—not to follow President Oama’s schedule/agenda from every city to city trying to rebuff President Obama’s speeches on th e fall campaign. Then he is the Etch-A-Sketch copy cat. Wanna be a nominee? Get your own styl e do not be a carbon copy of President Obam a as Santorum accused him of being. Please! GOP staff/nominee plans to follo w Obama everywhere he is speaking during the fall/election campaign, since Romne y knows nothing else. President Obama is th e leader—Romney is a follower! The American people do not have amnesia. What? Some of this election year rhetoric is already a hot, political mess. Well, I guess we have not seen anything yet! Ho w are things in your neck of Okeechobee. Lif e is all about choices. Make good ones. Brenda Scott Poet, Playwright Regarding the Chamber This is in reply to the article of April 22, about the old Chamber of Commerce. Why b ring up the dirty dishes in the sink and the place being in total disarray? The old Chamb er hadn’t been active in over two years—als o the water and electricity were turned off. School board As a taxpayer, I am pleased that the s chool board keeps a good fund balance. So many government agencies spend it as fast as it comes in and then cry for more. The t eachers got a nice pay hike with that step increase so I don’t see any room for them t o gripe. Most people in this county -the t axpayers whose money pays the teachers -have not gotten any increases in the past four or ve years. In fact, many have accepted cuts in pay in order to keep a job. What are they saving it for? Well they have dipped into that reserve several times over the years for emergency situations, when the state hit t hem with unfunded mandates or when state funding did not come through as expected. T hat fund balance means the school system does not bounce checks. Money managers w ill advise anyone to keep enough to cover t wo to three months expenses in savings.  As a taxpayer, I too am pleased that the s chool board keeps a good fund balance. As a teacher, I am disappointed that they have s uch a large fund balance while constantly c rying about there being no funds to purc hase necessary things like classroom supplies or copy paper. The balance is grossly in ated when compared to surrounding c ounties. Fund balances always strike a posit ive chord with taxpayers, but how ethical is it to do so when students and classrooms are in need across the board, unless the teacher is using their own personal monies to buy for their class.  I know many teachers that get no supplies to use in their classrooms but use a lot of that HUGE raise we supposedly get to educate the county’s children, especially since we have so many students whose families cannot afford a lot of supplies. I think it is totally wrong not to spend a little on the students. We hear teachers in other counties that get supplies to be able to teach the students in their classrooms. That really gets old, to know that we have all that money and cannot have any for the students.  If money for supplies is an issue, was that on the union’s negotiation list? Has that concern gone to the school board? With a majority of the school board being former teachers, surely they would be sympathetic. Perhaps that concern could still be taken to the school board as they work on next year’s budget.Lawsuit over City of Jacksonville re ghters test This is absurd on so many levels. How is a test racist. If someone can’t read and comprehend the material this is the fault of the public schools and not the test. The union is being accused of sharing the test with only white re ghters and not black. Why aren’t they suing the union instead of the City of Jacksonville? The ratio of whites scoring higher on the test are always going to be higher because more whites take the test than blacks. Anyone who wants to make a better grade needs to study harder and not expect a test to be dumbed down so they can pass it. We have dumbed down our schools now to the point we are a country full of illiterates.OHS Prom Okeechobee High School prom is approaching soon but who runs this off campus social? Apparently the Okeechobee High School staff has decided what people are allowed to attend this event. This is a special event for many high school students and the school staff has taken it upon themselves to dictate who is correct for the students prom. Only students with a certain G.P.A. are allowed and if the student has a date that is not enrolled in high school this person must have a diploma or GED or be in good standing with the high school staff. Many students have gone to their school for 4 years and cannot go with their boyfriends or girlfriends to the prom because the school does not see their dates as appropriate for the event. How could the school do this to the students? This is for the students and not the school. Don’t let them ruin this special event for them.  “Ve vant to see your papers.” Some people take power right to the end. Friday, April 27, 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! An error appeared on page 15 of the Sunday, April 22, edition of The Okeechobee News in an article under the headline “Local water management of ce to move to new location.” The article incorrectly stated that Royal Concrete Concepts had gone bankrupt. At one time both Royal Concrete Concepts and Royal Professional Builders were owned by the same person. Royal Professional Builders was involved in bankruptcy proceedings. Royal Concrete Concepts is not bankrupt and is now operating under different ownership. We apologize for an y inconvenience caused by this error. Correction

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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County S heriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida H ighway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Daylon S. Youngblood, 20, Youngblood Road, Okeechobee, was arrested April 24 by Deputy Cari Arnold on a warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary of a structure. He is being held without bond.  Curtis Ardeley, 49, N.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 24 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with failure to register as a convicted felon. His bond was set at $7,500.  Alisha Nicole Bullington, 28, N.E. 12th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested April 24 by Deputy Cody Hurst on a warrant charging her with obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud (18 counts). Her bond was set at $18,000.  Carlena Denise Bain, 36, S.E. 14th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested April 24 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud (four counts). She is being held without bond.  Kayla Jasmine Corrales, 17, N.W. 20th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 24 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a juvenile take and hold warrant charging her with absconding from probation based on an original charge of battery on an education employee. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce.  Dwan Sharrod Marshall, 14, N.E. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 24 by Of cer Charles Green on a felony charge of aggravated domestic assault, and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce.  Juan Manuel Nieves, 21, N.E. Fourth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 24 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $6,000.  Jimmie Lee Howling, 66, Knots Landing, Okeechobee, was arrested April 25 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation obtaining a prescription by fraud. He is being held without bond.  Richard Lee Yates Jr., 24, N.W. Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 25 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felony battery. His bond was set at $2,500.  Jank Ismael Rios-DeLaCruz, 17, S.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 25 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a juvenile take and hold warrant based on the original charge of burglary of a conveyance. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of a parent.  Edward J. Ison, 47, S.E. 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested April 25 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a Kentucky fugitive warrant charging him with violation of probation traf cking a controlled substance. His bond was set at $1,000.  Victor Rivera, 30, N.W. 38th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 25 by Deputy Ronald Brown on an Okeechobee Count y warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of cocaine. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report 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 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 YOUR CHURCH 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 Advertise Your Church HERE! Keep your congregation informed!! INVITE New Members!! Call 863-763-3134 or email us Okeeadsales@newszap.com 5 Okeechobee News A pril 27, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Things went from bad to worse for an Okeechobee man Wednesday w hen he was stopped for speeding then reportedly found to be in possession of a small amount of meth. Neal Lee Minton, 33, N.E. Eighth Ave., was arrested April 25 on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended w ith knowledge. Minton was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $7,000. Jail records show he has since been released on bond. An arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force stated that Minton was stopped in the 2700 block of N.W. 36th Street for doing 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. Minton reportedly would not consent to a search of his car by the detective, stated the report. At that point the detective asked Deputy Corporal Donald Ellis, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), and his K-9 Ruby to respond to the scene. As Ruby sniffed the outside of the 2001 Buick passenger car the she gave a positive alert, the detective stated. The car was then unlocked and Ruby was allowed to sniff the interior of the car and, according to the report, she gave another positive alert. The task force detective said a small plastic bag containing a powder was supposedly found inside the car. When that powder was eld tested it allegedly indicated a positive result for the presence of meth. The detective indicated that the suspected meth weighed 1.2 grams. A digital scale was also found inside the automobile, pointed out the report. Besides the criminal charges, the detective also issued Minton a traf c citation for unlawful speed. Man arrested for speeding faces a felony drug charge Neal Lee Minton Pregnancy Center offers free servicesFree Pregnancy tests are available at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. Of ce located at 500 N.W. Sixth St. and you may call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Free Parenting Classes available for mothers (and fathers) to be or those already with babies on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. Call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Come nd out about the Baby Boutique!

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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, A pril 27 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Music will be by The Harpers. All proceeds will support Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Eagles North to host steak nightFriday, April 27 Steak night at Eagles North. Dinnertime starts at 5:30 p.m. Music by Michaels Memories. Really great tunes and fun for everyone. Proceeds go to the R.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N.Cattlewomen plan BBQThe Cattlewomen's Scholarship Fund barbeque 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 N.W. Fourth St. A copy of the speech is due at the Farm Bureau Of ce by April 27 Topic: What role, if any should agriculture play in addressing health and obesity issues. Contact our of ce at 863763-3101 for more information and copy of the rules. Chamber re-opening event planned for Friday, April 27Okeechobee Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County invite you to the grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Syble's Flowers on Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Syble's Flowers is located at 119 South Parrott Avenue. J oin Felicia Maxwell and her team as they celebrate and take a peek at what she has inside. Light snacks will be provided as you browse and wish Felicia the best!IRSC to present ‘High School Musical Jr.’High School Musical, Jr." will be presented April 27 7 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center, IRSC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. The Performing Arts Academy students will present Disney's "High School Musical, Jr." also featuring over 60 students from Fairlawn Elementary School. Tickets are $8. For more information, call the IRSC Box Of ce at 1-800-220-9915.Moose Lodge hosts bingoOkeechobee Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th St. will hold bingo on Friday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. with Bonanza start at 5 p.m. Saturday there will be karaoke hosted by D&K (Danny & Kathy) 7-10 p.m. Proceeds to bene t Moose Charities.VFW North announces special weekend plansNorth VFW, 300 N.W. 34th St., has a weekend of fun planned. Friday, April 27 begins with bingo at 1 p.m, The grill will be open 5-9 p.m. and karaoke will be hosted by Lisa 7-10 p.m. Saturday there will be burgers on the grill noon-2 p.m; bar bingo at 1 p.m.; sh/shrimp dinner from 5-7 p.m.; and, karaoke hosted by Just-Us 7-10 p.m. Sunday Lori will be serving spaghetti and meatballs 2-4 p.m. and karaoke hosted by Steve on A Stick 6-9 p.m. Proceeds to bene t Veteran's Assistance Programs. Be sure to stop by and join in the fun.Eagles North host card bingoSaturday, April 28 Eagles North will have card bingo starting at 5 p.m. with proceeds go to the F.O.E. community bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N. Radio Controlled Model Aircraft event is SaturdayThe Okeechobee Model Airplane Club is hosting a "Meet and Greet Community Buddy Box Fly-In" on April 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. (rain date is May 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at their local ying eld located at N.E. 80th Avenue, this is the road off of S.R. 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. Admission is FREE as are the ights which will 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 which is a must see event.Community sports eventThe Chobee Firestix travel softball teams will host tryouts for the summer campaign on Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m. at the Freshman campus softball eld. Age groups are 6-8, 10 and under, 12 and under and 14 and under. Teams will be announced on April 30 and practices will start immediately. For more information call Kim Hargraves at 863634-6322 or check out the Firestix Facebook page Chobee Firestix.Cypress Hut Eagles to host dinner nightThe Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a spaghetti dinner, Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. $6 per plate. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Doug Sturdivent Memorial Golf Tournament slatedThe second annual Doug Sturdivent memorial Golf Tournament will take place on May 5 on the Blue Heron Golf Course at 7:30 a.m. Sign up closes on May 2 The cost is $35 per golfer and teams will be drawn by the ranking A/B/C. You can get a sponsor sign for only $50. The day of the tournament also features the Dress up like Doug' day with a prize for the best dressed. Also, men's and ladies longest drive contest and closest to pin prizes. Lunch is served, awards and prizes after the tournament at the VFW. The Calcutta will take place on Thursday, May 3 at VFW 10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., at 7 p.m. Call 863-763-2308 to get started. All pro ts go to KOA Care Camp Fund.Golf tournament plannedThe rst Kay Mullins Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on May 5 at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Cost of the event is $50 per person, $200 per fourperson team. The event will be a scramble format. Lunch will be provided along with door prizes and a 50/50 raf e. Tournament prizes will be $500 for rst place; $300 for second place and $200 for third place. The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun ttart. Register at the Pro Shop by calling 863-763-6228. The tournament will bene t the Kay Mullins Memorial Scholarship.Walk for Life set for May 3The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee will hosting their a Walk for Life on Saturday, May 5 There will be prizes for the largest team, the coolest t-shirts and the most money raised from a particular team. You can also come by yourself and walk. BROCHURES are available at the Pregnancy Center and also at Center State Bank and Serenity Coffee Shop. You may call Debi at 863467-8748 to have brochures delivered to you or answer any questions. Registration will be at 7:30 a.m. in Park #4. The walk begins at 8:45 a.m. and you can walk one 3-mile lap or as many laps as you desire until 1 p.m. There will be water stations, juice stations, and lots of fun along the way. Come out with your friends or group, have fun, exercise and support LIFE.Free Cinco de Mayo Fiesta set A 2012 Cinco de Mayo Family Fiesta, will be Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 5154 S.W. 16th Ave. Everyone is invited for Mexican and American food, music and dancing, soccer, volleyball, arts and crafts, pony rides, pinatas, clowns and magicians, giant slides and more! Parking is $3 per vehicle. Admission is free. This celebration will bene t El Centro Santa Fe and the Okeechobee Non-Pro t Housing, Inc., serving the community more than 28 years. For more information contact Sid Estrada at 863-610-0515 or Sister Elinor Sevigny at 863467-5525.Have coffee with the commissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Ray Domer on Tuesday, May 8 from 10 a.m.-noon, in Commissioner Domer's of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. in room 245. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Ag-Venture call for volunteersAG-VENTURE, a non-pro t organization in Okeechobee, dedicated to the future o f farming in our area, needs volunteers for the inaugural Ag Venture event on Wednesda y 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 homeschool. Students will learn about the essentials of farming through demonstrations at a series of learning stations including beef, diary, vegetables, citrus, soil & water, forestr y 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: 863801-5258 and for general questions about Ag Venture call Diane Davies, 863-633-8209 or Cecelia Elliott, 772-530-3639.Shared Services Network to meetThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee Count y will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts o f our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, ext. 257. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News April 27, 2012 Community Events

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On Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m., Martha’s House held their annual Sexual Assault A wareness Candlelight Vigil at the Outreach Of ce. The rain held off until the ceremony was over. Shirlean Graham, Outreach Director for Martha’s House welcomed everyone. Sheriff Paul May delivered the prayer, Jonathan Bean, Executive Director for Martha’s House gave information on Why We Honor Victims/Survivors and read the Proclamation which was signed by, Sheriff Paul May, Chief of Police Denny Davis, City Councilman Dowling R. Watford and County Commissioner Joey Hoover. Board Member Jim Vensel was present. A victim’s poem was read by Jean Hartma. Accounting Manager for Martha’s House. The Okeechobee Girls Academy and The First Missionary Baptist Praise Dance Groups provided two inspirational performances. The Chobee Steelers provided the musical entertainment. When the candles were lighted, everyone said together for those who died and for those who survived, we honor you. Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence is everybody’s business. It’s time to get involved, help someone, listen, be nonjudgemental. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted by age eighteen. If you need or know someone who needs help contact Martha’s House at 863763-2893. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News April 27, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Students at Central Elementary School have been getting rst hand experience in recycling. The fourth grade “Recycling Rockstars” of Mrs. Stella Fulleda and Mrs. Rachel Jones’ classes have been working on recycling projects since November. On April 21 their efforts won them the 2012 Green Apple Award from the Treasure Coast Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter, a volunteer organization dedicated to educating and promoting the bene ts of sustainable, energy ef cient buildings. The award program is designed to recognize and honor outstanding individuals, classrooms and schools in the Treasure Coast region. The Central fourth graders won the award in the Green Classroom division. On Wednesday, April 25, they showed off their projects and knowledge to their fellow students with a series of displays. After observing the displays, each Central student was given a ber bag to collect graded school assignments and newspapers to return to the school for recycling. For every ton of paper recycled the school receives $17.50. The fun learning assignment started with America Recycles Day on Nov. 15. The Recycling Rockstars learned facts about the need for recycling as well as making practical and useful items out of recycled materials. The Recycling Rockstars learned that April 28 is Amnesty Day in Okeechobee County. On that day hazardous materials may be turned in from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the county vehicle maintenance facility on N.W. Ninth Avenue. They also learned that every year Americans use one billion plastic bags creating 30,000 tons of land ll waste. In addition, Americans consume 4 million plastic bottles a year but only 25 percent of them are recycled. However, if you recycle a plastic bottle, the top should be taken off rst. Central Elementary students are ‘Recycling Rockstars’ Martha’s House hosts annual Candlelight Vigil Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe rain held off for this group gathered on Friday for the annual Sexual Assault Awareness Candlelight Vigil held at Martha’s House Outreach Of ce. Okeechobee news/ Pete GawdaStudents at Central Elementary School are serious about recycling. The tree in the background has leaves representing the hands of Central students who have pledged to recycle. Pictured in front of the tree are, left to right, fourth grade teacher Mrs. Stella Fulleda, and two of her Recycling Rockstars, Joseline Flores and Ada Cubo and Teresa Chandler of Waste Management, one of the sponsors of the project. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaCentral Elementary School fourth graders Jillian Kennedy, left, and Ashley Snyder, right, stand in front of a display of materials that should be recycled instead of being sent to a land ll. Okeechobee news/ Pete GawdaCentral Elementary School fourth graders Laura Rodriguez, left and Diana Morales, right, display objects made from recycled materials. The objects on display include a night light and bird houses made from milk jugs, a newspaper hat, a world globe made of paper, and a toy truck and pencil holders made from cans. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaCentral Elementary School fourth graders Solomon Albright, left, and Itzel Guerecha, right, stand on ether side of a three-foot high stack of newspapers. The stack represents the amount of newspapers that would have to be recycled to save one tree. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaOn April 25 students at Central Elementary School got a visual demonstration of the types of materials that can be recycled. Joshua Rivera and Armando Cruze-Gancererez showed the types of things that negatively affect wildlife. The Recycling Rockstars won a regional award for their recycling efforts.

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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 9 Okeechobee News A pril 27, 2012 Local TV Producer and outdoor enthusiast, Robert Arrington, has teamed up with Mercury Marine, The Sportsman Channel and Big Lake Lodge to create the “Big Bass Bash” this weekend. Teams have come from as far away as A tlanta, Ga., to participate in this exciting event. Unlike many tournament series w here live bait is strictly forbidden and the categories are limited to just largemouth bass, the Big Bass Bash has been developed to embrace many local shing tendencies and techniques. Arrington said that if you mention Lake Okeechobee to anglers across the country, y ou get a common response: monster bass and live shiners. “That’s what we’re known for,” he said. When developing the tournament, he w anted to create an event that had an equal playing eld for everybody. He also wanted to create categories and opportunities to increase the fun, so they included categories like; Largest Crappie ($350) Largest Cat sh ($350) Largest Mud sh ($150) and Largest Gar ($150). “Why have a tournament if it’s not fun?” he said. Why not use live bait, he continued. “That’s how we sh, it’s how I sh.” Arrington is no stranger to the hunting and shing industry. He is the host and executive producer of “Respect Outdoors” on The Sportsman Channel. Having been born and raised in Jupiter, Florida, many of his days have been spent on the big lake. His family owns and operates Big Lake Lodge and while on a road trip with his y ounger brother, Gabriel Arrington, the tournament idea was born. Build a tournament that is fun for all and put up some serious cash to bring out the best in all the teams. Before the rst team ever signed up, Respect Outdoors LLC. guaranteed a rst place payout of $1,000 to the heaviest Large Mouth caught and $500 to the runner up. with equal money going to the heaviest stringer of three. The Largest Stringer of 3 Bass can have no more than 2 over the 22 inch slot limit with the 3rd being in-between 18-22 inches. After making a basic outline of the tournament format, Arrington emailed his good friend Graig Hale, Executive Vice President of The Sportsman Channel and asked for his thoughts. “Hale was thrilled!” chuckled Arrington. So thrilled in fact that he immediately partnered up with Arrington to title sponsor the entire event. That website can be found at w ww.thesportsmanchannel.com. After including Sportsman Channel, Arrington contacted Brent Wood from Mercury Marine with the exact same results. “I was totally blown away with how fast this took off,” said Arrington. “I mean, Gabe and I were riding down the road and just jokingly came up with this fun tournament idea that everybody would enjoy and the next thing you know, we’ve got Graig Hale and Brent Wood booking rooms in Okeechobee, wondering where to send tent’s and banners.” Not only will this event be a lot of fun, it will also be lmed and produced into an episode of Respect Outdoors that will be broadcast nationally on the Sportsman Channel to a potential viewing audience of more than 31 Million homes. There will be a tournament camera boat cruising around all the local hot spots catch the action as it happens. After “lines out” at 3 p.m., all teams will head back to Big Lake Lodge for the of cial weigh in, awards presentation, live music and a fabulous party that will be catered by our very own “Cowboy’s Bar-B-Q & Steak Co.” Beef brisket, pulled pork, green beans, cole slaw and baked beans are just part of the good food they’ll have. “This is going to be a lot of fun, fun for everybody” said Sharyl Williams, General Manager of Cowboy’s Bar-B-Q & Steak Co. “Okeechobee should be proud to host such an event” said Brent Wood of Mercury Marine.” With Lake Okeechobee supplying some of the largest stringers of bass in tournament history, what better lake to have the Big Bass Bash on?” If you’re interested in shing the tournament, show up for the Captains’ meeting this evening (Friday, April 27) at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Big Lake Lodge, 8680 S.E. Hwy 441 Okeechobee, (on the corner of 15A and Hwy 441, across from the gas station and drive thru). For more information, call 561-262-2974 or go online to www. facebook.com/BigLakeLodge. First Big Bass Bash at Big Lake Lodge Special to the Okeechobee NewsRobert Arrington and Drake Taylor show off a bass caught on the big lake.

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Therefore, you should have your blood pressure checked regularly. Diabetes can be prevented through a healthy lifestlye of exercise and eating well balanced meals in the proper amounts. A variety of factors including diet, exercise, age, and heredity can affect cholesterol levels. His of“ ce is located at 202 N.E. Second Ave. and the hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is closed for lunch every day from noon to 1 p.m. For an appointment, please call 863-467-2159. Jose Villarreal, D.O., board certi ed in Family Medicine Okeechobee News April 27, 2012 April 27, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News April 27, 2012 Theirs is just one case. According to a detective with Florida’s Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF), which is headed up by the state’s Chief Financial Of cer Jeff Atwater, the theft of Social Security numbers is an ever-increasing problem across the nation. DIF Captain Detective Vance Akins said several local arrests have already been made and he currently has warrants for 17 more employees of an area company. He said as many as 30 area people will be arrested on felony identity theft charges. “It hurts them (the company) when we take a lot of their employees away,” said Capt. Akins in an April 26 phone interview. He said all of those arrested so far either w orked for, or are currently working for, Coco Sod Farms. Capt. Akins said this investigation began last year after his department received a complaint. Then, after checking that company’s unemployment tax records, he and his fellow detectives found where employees have been using bogus Social Security numbers in order to work in the United States and le their income taxes. He also pointed out that the company has been very cooperative and has not violated any state statutes. OCSO records show that the following individuals have been arrested on identity theft charges and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $1,000 on each charge.  Martin Soto, 38, N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 21.  Antonio Velasquez, 39, N.E. Ninth Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested on two counts of identity theft on March 22.  Jose Alfredo Moreno, 31, address unknown, was arrested March 27.  Narcedalia Velasquez, 40, N.E. 64th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 27.  Javier Rodriguez, 32, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested March 28 on one charge and again on April 18 on a second charge. Capt. Akins explained that Antonio Velasquez and Rodriguez were charged with two counts because they were working for two different companies. All but Moreno have been released on bond. “These Social Security cards are being made illegally and are then sold through the black market. For these guys to work, they know they can purchase these Social Security numbers then le their income tax,” said Capt. Akins. “This identi cation theft issue is a gateway to the underground economy.” Companies can easily avoid this problem if, when they intend to hire someone, they simply go online and use E-Verify to check the person’s name and Social Security number. “When the name and Social Security number are entered it (E-Verify) will match the Social Security number with the right name,” explained the state investigator. “There is no state statute at this point that requires them (companies) to use E-Verify.” The veteran investigator went on to say that he was recently in the Home Depot store in Okeechobee and was “happy to see” that they E-Verify for employment purposes. Capt. Akins explained that people are getting the bogus Social Security numbers in a number of different ways. Besides buying them on the black market, he said the numbers are sometimes sold by businesses. They can also be obtained by simply going through dumpsters and sifting through the trash. The detective urged everyone to shred their paperwork before throwing it away. “They’ve also been using the Social Security numbers of dead people,” he continued, alluding to one of his cases where a bank employee was using the Social Security number of a 9-year-old girl who had been killed in a car accident. In one case, he added, he had over 100 people using the same number. So, how can a person tell if their information is being used illegally? “Watch your Social Security information,” offered the detective. If your number is being used by someone else immediately contact the Social Security Administration. Capt. Akins said that agency will, in turn, contact his of ce. Also, one should contact their creditors as well as the IRS. “This can’t be solved unless the United States government steps in. They must have mandatory E-Verify nationwide,” said Capt. Akins, who will be speaking about this matter at next week’s Economic Council meeting in Okeechobee. “Without that support, each state is out there on their own trying to clean this up.” Which is exactly what the OCSO deput y and his wife are doing now—contacting their banks and credit companies. The IRS also instructed them to contact the Federal Trade Commission and the Social Securit y Administration, and to le a complaint with law enforcement. And, as is normally the case with the federal government, ll out a mountain o f forms. “There was form, after form, after form. But, you can do all the forms on line,” said the deputy’s wife. “Luckily, we didn’t lose anything monetarily. It’s just the inconvenience and knowing someone else out there is using your number.” THEFTContinued From Page 1 costing the county thousands of dollars. County commissioners unanimously voted to join the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) in challenging this law in court. The cost of participating in the lawsuit is prorated according to the size of the county with the cost to a county the size of Okeechobee being $1,000. County attorney John Cassels said it was his understanding that disputed bills would be charged to the county going back 10 y ears even though the statute of limitations is somewhat less than that. He said the lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of taking funds now and asking questions later. “We think there are signi cant errors in the billing to the county.” The attorney said that instead of the state proving it is our bill, it is up to us to prove we don’t owe it. Rather than resolving the issue, he said the state takes money rst. County administrator Robbie Chartier said she has a report of over 5,000 lines going back to 2002 with disputed bills that are being charged to the county. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said that the 44 counties in the lawsuit would send a strong message to Tallahassee. He said that the county is being billed for individuals who do not live in the county, but have Okeechobee mailing addresses, such as residents of Buckhead Ridge. “It is extremely unfair,” he added. “It is imperative we act quickly.” “This is not about wrong or right,” said Commissioner Joey Hoover. “This lawsuit only addresses the constitutionality of provisions to take revenue.” He said the FAC is not arguing the merits of who owes what, but the constitutionality of how the funds are secured. Commissioner Hoover felt proper procedure had been violated with this law. In other action, the board:  leased a unit in the incubator building at the county industrial park to Big Sky Aviation for the storage of aircraft parts for resale;  awarded a contract in the amount of $319,735 to Cedars Electro-Mechanical, Inc., for installation of heating, air conditioning and ventilation improvements to the county administration building on U.S. 98 to be paid for by an Energy Ef ciency Community Block Grant;  approved a change order of $7,780 to Neal Long Construction for rehabilitation on a State Housing Initiative Partnership Program Grant home; and  approved an agreement for professional architectural services for the proposed property appraiser, tax collector and drivers license building with Chastain-Skillman, Inc. in the amount of $149,700; During the public comment time Dennis Conner urged that the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center become self-suf cient. There was good news from Waste Management (WM). Jeff Sabin of WM said the county land ll was now receiving solid waste from the City of Fort Pierce as the result of a 15-year contract between that city and WM. He estimated that the contract would result in an additional $80,000 to $100,000 to the county in land ll host fees. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 asked for permission to search the car, as well as Miller and a female passenger. After searching the car and the two occupants, the detective started to open the trunk on the 1997 Honda automobile. But, stated the report, Miller refused to let the detective open the car’s trunk. At that point the detective summoned Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Deputy Matt Crawford and his K-9 Nero. While sniffing the exterior of the car Nero gave a positive alert, the detective stated. The detective then opened the trunk and found two prescriptions that had the names of other people on the pill bottles, as well as some pills in an unmarked glass bottle. During the search the detective found:  a total of 12 methadone 10mg pills;  12, .5mg alprazolam pills;  4.5, 2mg alprazolam pills;  a total of 35 oxycodone 30mg pills;  20, 100mg morphine tablets;  63, .22 caliber ammunition; and  a sort piece of a drinking straw The female passenger in the car was not arrested. Miller was also issued a traf c citation for unlawful speed, added the detective. PILLSContinued From Page 1 5 years serviceChristian Adam Durrance was presented a certi cate at the Thursday, April 26, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission by Chair Margaret Garrard Helton in recognition of ve years of service to the county. Mr. Durrance was born in La Mesa, Calif. His family relocated to Okeechobee in 1980. Upon high school graduation, he went to ministry school but decided to change his vocation to re science. Mr. Durrance worked for the City of Okeechobee as a Fire ghter/EMT. In March, 2007, Mr. Durrance left the city to begin employment with Okeechobee County. During his tenure with the county he has obtained his Paramedic Certi cation and is continuing his education in Fire Science. Okeechobee News/ Pete Gawda

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We had 18 anglers bring 40 sh to the scales for a total w eight of 67.44 lbs. Our winners in the 11-14 age group are: 1st place Danny Hays 6.52 and big sh of 5.01 lbs. 2nd place Luke Farmer 6.15 lbs. 3rd place Josh Hiler 4.90 lbs. Our winners in the 15-18 age group are: 1st place Ty Riva 7.11 lbs. 2nd place Matthew Haff 6.80 lbs. 3rd place and big sh Dakota Dietrich 5.40 lbs. We'd like to thank our boat captains Matthew Teele, Leroy Bauer, Kenny Farmer, Mike Ingram, Mike Zubricky, Blake Marsocci, Richard Stiglitz, Robert Haff & Roger Bohannon. Big O Teens host March tourney Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensTwo nice-sized sh weighing a total of 6.80 lbs. earned Matthew Haff second place in the 1518 age group. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensTy Riva was the rst place winner in the 15-18 year-age group with two largemouths that weighed 7.11 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensSecond place in the 11-14 year-age group, Luke Farmer hauled in just over 6 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensDakota Dietrich had one 5.40 lb. bass that brought him a respectable third place spot in the tournament. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensIn the third place spot for the 11-14 year-age group was Josh Hiler with 4.90 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Big O TeensDanny Hays was the rst-place winner overall with a total weight of 6.52 lbs. and also Big Fish winner with a 5-lb. bucketmouth.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 14 Okeechobee News April 27, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Samantha Harrell tossed a 1-hit shutout w ith six strikeouts and Carissa LiCata made two excellent defensive plays in deep center eld as Okeechobee defeated Sarasota 2-0 in the Region 3-7A quarter nal game Wednesday night at OHS. The Lady Brahmans scored twice in the bottom of the fth inning against Sailors starter Bailey Hammel and Harrell made those runs stand up to give Okeechobee its 18th win of the season. The Lady Brahmans advanced to the semi- nals on Friday when they play at Braden River, a 9-0 winner over Martin County. Harrell said she had a simple game plan and that was to focus on the catcher's mitt. "My plan was to go out and dominate and beat their butts. We just went out like we always do and didn't treat this team any differently." Harrell really wasn't pushed as she won her 15th game of the season. She allowed a walk in the rst, a two-out single in the third, and saw a runner reach on an error in the sixth. The only inning Sarasota appeared to have something going was the fourth inning as Torrey Snodgrass walked and Jordan Boone reached on an in eld single. Harrell retired Kat Salad on a routine popup to short stop Kathy Simmons to end the threat. Boone made a bid for an extra base hit in the top of the seventh but LiCata rushed to the wall and made a leaping grab at the fence. Okeechobee's run scored in the fth as Stormy Stokes reached on a elder's choice, Simmons singled and Lauren Hazellief added an RBI double to left center. Simmons scored on a single by LiCata. Interim Softball Coach Tyrone Smith said the team's offense started to come around in recent games but the pitching and defense have always been strong. "We told the girls that the last game was the best they played defensively. This game was even better. We didn't make any mistakes and we had great communication," he said. Smith said Harrell has worked hard on her conditioning and is actually better now than she has ever been on the mound which says a lot since Sam is a two-time AllState player. "Last game she only allowed a bloop hit and this game was even better. Sam pitched an excellent game," he added. Harrell said she gave her younger teammates a pep talk before every inning and was really impressed with the defense, especially the sophomore LiCata, who runs like a deer, and makes other teams take notice. "Carissa did a great job tonight. She is really good. When she came out this year she was kind of nervous because she hadn't played center eld but she has done great," Harrell added. The semi- nal game is scheduled for Friday night at 7 p.m. at Braden River, (23-5). Lady Brahmans blank Sarasota in Regional matchup By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Fort Pierce jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never trailed as they surprised Okeechobee 6-4 in the opening round of the District 127A Tournament on April 23 at Okeechobee ending the Brahmans season. Tyler Traynor and Vinnie Lucera hit rst inning triples to get the Cobras (11-11) off and running and into the District Semi nals where once beaten Martin County (24-1) awaited on Tuesday afternoon. Okeechobee had defeated the Cobras 5-4 and 7-1 earlier in the season. Eddie McKenna did just enough on the mound to disrupt the Brahman hitters timing as he allowed seven hits over six innings. Marcus Sigmon came on to strike out the side in the seventh to earn the save. Brahman coach Jeff Blackstone said you had to give credit to Fort Pierce because they played well and came out of the gate fast, "They got some runners on base and jumped out to the early lead. We battled back and felt good when we tied the game. Our bats went a little silent tonight. It's a little different ball game in the post season." Okeechobee also battled back several times. They scored twice in the bottom of the rst inning on an RBI single by Jesse Stebbins and a sacri ce y by Tyler Barber. Fort Pierce scored a run on a balk in the third inning but Okeechobee rallied to tie the score with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Key hits included singles by Kutter Crawford and Justin Morgan and a double by Layton Thomas. Lucera delivered the key blow with a two-run triple in the sixth to give the Cobras the lead for good. The game featured some windy conditions especially in the early innings. The sun also was tough on the right side of the eld in the early innings. "The wind blew hard for both teams. Our guys gave a great effort but they hit the ball on the nose and put us in a spot where we had to make tough defensive plays. That is the way baseball should be played." Okeechobee nished the season with a record of (13-12). Brahman seniors who played their nal game included Tyler Finney, Timothy Farrell, Will Jackson, Brad Coleman, Bryan Stokes and Justin Morgan. Blackstone applauded the team for their effort and hard work this year. He called them a good group of guys. "They pulled together as a team and we ended the regular season on a strong note. We played as well as we could at the end. Fort Pierce is always scary because they have athletes on that team that play hard." Brahmans fall to Cobras in District tourney opener Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyStormy Stokes (left) takes a short lead off rst base as Leah Feliciano (right) awaits a throw during Wednesday's game. Okeechobee defeated Sarasota 2-0. Gold Tee Golf ScoresTied for rst place in the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee event for April 20 were Dan Birdshaw, Jack Kidwell and Bob Meyers. Tied for second place were Norman Koff and Harry White. Congratulation to Ron Smet for scoring his age of 73. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results Kissimmee River lock closed an additional week for repairsS-65D Navigation Lock will reopen May 5The S-65D Navigation Lock on the Kissimmee River, which is closed for repairs, will reopen in time for weekend boat traf c to resume on May 5. The lock, about 14 miles north of Lake Okeechobee, required maintenance to control the opening of the gates and ensure continued safe operation. The lock has been closed since April 16. The ood control gates are continuing to operate normally during the lock repair. By Charles M. Murphy Okeechobee News Kyla Hargraves threw four touchdown passes as Okeechobee advanced to the nal of the District 21 with a 26-19 victory over the Palm Beach Central Lady Broncos Monday night. Hargraves hit Paige McCrary with two touchdowns and Carley McCoin with two touchdown passes as the Lady Brahmans advanced to their rst ever District Final. Darby Jones and McCrary caught extr a point tosses in the victory. Morgan Crawford had a key interception late in the game to ensure the win for Okeechobee. The Lady Brahmans advanced to play the Seminole Ridge Lady Raiders on Wednesda y night at 7 p.m. in the District 21 Final. Seminole Ridge is the defending state champion in ag football. OHS gets ag football win over PBC VPK program to open registration on April 28The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties will kickoff the 2012 VPK Registration on April 28 from 9 a.m. noon, 308 NW 5th Street, Okeechobee. VPK is FREE for all children who are four years old on or before September 1 and who reside in Florida. Please bring proof of your child's age and proof of residency. Proof of age: Child's Birth certi cate, physician signed shot record, passport or military ID. Proof of residency: Driver's license, utility bill, property tax showing homestead exemption, or a rental agreement. For more information about the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties, please call 772-220-1220, toll free 877-220-1223, visit our website at www.elcirmo.org or "Like us on Facebook" www.facebook.com/ elcirmo. Euchre Club of Okeechobee needs playersThe Euchre Club of Okeechobee needs players! Even if you haven't played euchre in a while, but want to brush up or learn, consider coming to the club sessions. Call John for more information at 863-357-0803. The club plays on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW on Hwy. 441 SE.

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The commencement speaker will be Dr. Margaret Leinen, executive director of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and Florida Atlantic University Associate Provost for Marine Environmental Initiatives. She is an ocean biogeochemist and paleooceanographer whose research includes study of the history of ocean change. She has led expeditions of the ocean drilling program, the research submersible ALVIN and a 70 scientist expedition to the equatorial Paci c Ocean. Dr. Leinen has been Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and served as the National Science Foundation Assistant Director for Geosciences from 2000 to 2007, where she managed $700 million in research funding. Dr. Leinen also served as chair of the US Global Change Research Program, President of the Oceanography Society and chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Science. Dr Leinen is also vice chair of the Research Board of the Gulf Research Initiative, an organization formed to manage $500 million in funds from BP for study of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. During the commencement ceremony 126 outstanding graduates will receive transfer scholarships totaling $557,000 to continue their education to upper division universities and IRSC. These graduates will be awarded scholarships based on academic achievement, community service, and leadership thanks to the generous contributions of local businesses, individuals and community organizations to the IRSC Foundation. In celebration of commencement, IRSC students are invited to pick up free tickets at IRSC bookstores on each campus to the St. Lucie Mets vs. Dunedin Blue Jays game that will be played on May 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Digital Domain Park. The rain date for the IRSC commencement is Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in Digital Domain Park. Students are advised to monitor www.irsc.edu, WQCS 88.9 FM or call 1-866-792-4772 in case of rain. A commencement ceremony will also be held in December. IRSC graduation ceremony set for May 4 Many Okeechobee County residents are among those who will graduate from Indian River State College on May 4. The IRSC commencement lists include students who applied for graduation by April 6, 2012. Okeechobee County is represented by: IRSC Associate in Arts 2012 Spring Yesica Albarran Magdalena Ascencio Sarah Jean Brewer Maribel Castaneda Sylvia Erica Chapa Fallon Sue Curren Kaley Jordan Dees Christiana Elizabeth Duf eld Bridgette Marie Duffy Ruby Estrada Melissa Lillian Floyd Kristen Leigh Fowler Brittney Nichole Freeman Bobie Jo Gainer Brittany Nicole Haggard Brandi Ann Harden Luanne Marie Haygood Jomar Jess Hernandez Kristin Nicole Johnson Mariela U. Leal Magda S. Leiva Jennifer Lyn Maddox Christina M. Maggio Llesenia Martinez Robert J. McCreedy Kyle Aaron McGee Steven J. McKinley Kaitlyn Alaine Miles Diana Ondina Moros Elizabeth Ann Partridge Jennifer Pinon Maria G. Rodriguez Malcom Rush Jennifer Leigh Sant Angelo Jose Luis Santibanez Sache’ Kiera Sapp Heather Ashley Smith Amanda Dawn Sprigle Elia Teresa Suarez Ann Marie Walters Tesa Ann Warthen Dorothy Yvonne Weathersby Jeffery B. Whitlock Alisha Daleen Wilcox Erika Brooke Williams IRSC Associate in Applied Science 2012 Spring Mark Steven Hair Sr. Jesse Lee Lancaster Jennifer Sauceda Melissa Serrano S. Keith Stripling IRSC Associate in Science 2012 Spring Adrianna Faith Abner Ashley Joan Adams Melissa Ann Aguilar Kristin Marie Barnes Franklin Edward Baum Andrea Jeanette Cason-Rix Shawn Roberts Chandler Rachel Leigh Chappell Tabatha Cynthia Delburn Jessica Jean Duf eld Ruby Estrada Rachel Beth Fairchild Omar A. Guerrero Maria S. Hernandez Jackie Laverne Jones Deanna Lynette McNeil Diana Mercedes McQuade Alma Ruth Medrano Christina Rae Morse Jamie L. Register Amanda Lynn Rodriguez Javier Rodriguez Sharon L. Williams Luci Michelle Wright IRSC Bachelor of Applied Science 2012 Spring Charlene White Haynes Nereida Jannett Jackson Paul Edward Jackson Jr. Stephanie Waldron Weldon Elizabeth Ann Wilson The IRSC commencement lists include students who applied for graduation by April 6, 2012. IRSC Bachelor of Science 2012 Spring Cheryl Marie Figueroa A rea students graduating from IRSC named Foster parents needed Free training programHibiscus Children’s Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.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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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 Apartments2 BR 1BA Cute brick home, Basswood NW 34th Ave. Cent Heat/Air, new carpet, paint and bath $675/mo. Move in $675 plus $600 security 561-723-6355. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. FREE TOWING. (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Coastal and Oat Hay Mix $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 OKEECHOBEE 1/1, in the country on water, clean, furnished, cable, elec, satellite incld. $600/mo or $150/wk plus sec (863)467-1950 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Condos/Townhouses RentCONDO 1BR, Completely furnished. Available for annual lease. $650 mo. (239)839-6177 Houses RentDixie Ranch Acre Fenced in yard, 3bed/1bath on half acre. First, Last and Security. $800.00 monthly. Call 863-697-1989 HOUSE ON RANCH 2/1, large Oaks, Lofton Road, $650/month. Call (561) 261-0077 OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $800 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 RoommateLooking to share 2/2 MH. on Water, Access to kitchen,washer and dryer and private bath. $125.00 weekly includes all utilities, cable internet. Looking for someone honest and reliable male/female. Call 863-261-5431 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Land SaleOKEECHOBEE 5 Acres Park your own trailer or build your home, $2,000 down, owner nancing. Priced $49,000. Call 863-763-6358 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Lots SaleFOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent2 Br/2 Bath Mobile Home Fully Furnished, Adult Park, No Pets $850.00 + deposit. Call 863-763-9966 Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 Mobile Home 2 Bedroom/1 bath Central Air, Washer & Dryer, Ref., Stove. Mostly Furnished, Nice Park $500 Monthly Call 812-989-3022 SMALL TRAVEL trailer, all utilities included. $450/month. + $300 security. On Rim Canal. Call 863-697-0214. Mobile HomeSaleBANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 PALM HARBOR HOMES 4/2 from $499 mo loaded 3/2 from $399 mo loaded Homes on Your Lot... $0 Down 800-622-2832 ext 210 Mobile HomeSaleFor Sale: Mobile Home in a Adult Park (Pine Ride Park), 14x48, 2bd and 1 1/2 bath,includes stove,refrigerator and washer/dryer. $10,700 Call 239-246-5793 or 863-357-2888 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 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 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 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. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 16 Okeechobee News April 27, 2012

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 415848 ON 4/27/2012 NOTICE 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 NOTICE 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 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE 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 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 NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-056 IN RE: ESTATE OF IRENE MARIE CONNER, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The name of the decedent, the designation of the court in which the administration of this estate is pending, and the le number are indicated above. The address of the Court is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are indicated below. If you have been served with a copy of this notice and you have any claim or demand against the decedent’s estate, even if that claim is unmatured, contingent or liquidated, you must le your claim with the court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF THIS NOTICE. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons who have claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with the court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. EVEN IF A CLAIM IS NOT BARRED BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE, ALL CLAIMS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN FILED WILL BE BARRED TWO YEARS AFTER DECEDENT’S DEATH. The date of death of the decedent is January 2, 2012. The date of rst publication of this Notice is April 27, 2012. Personal Representative: JENOVA HOELSCHER 6412 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34874 Attorney for Personal Representative: COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQ. 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 Fla. Bar No. 270441 415860 ON 4/27;5/4/2012 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 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News A pril 27, 2012 ACROSS 1 Hearts, e.g. 5 Soft pats 9 Physicist Enrico 14 Sink cleaner 15 Straddling 16 Hipbone-related 17 Its quite a story 18 Kind of nut 19 Bridal path 20 Bounty, to the hunted 23 Cheerio!Ž 24 2011 Rose Bowl champs: Abbr. 25 From A __ 28 Fox-sighting cry 31 Dallas hoopster, for short 34 ToscaŽ or PagliacciŽ 36 Hawaiian neckwear 37 Gradually lose color 38 Examine quickly 42 Strong as __ 43 Wall climber 44 Skating jumps 45 One of a D.C. 100 46 Golfer Craig known as the WalrusŽ 49 Once called, in wedding notices 50 Disco __ of The SimpsonsŽ 51 Followers: Suf. 53 Frolic vigorously 61 Being not from 41-Down 62 Silents actress Negri 63 Appeal 64 Meas. of the cereal without the box 65 Helen of __ 66 Run __: go wild 67 Lock of hair 68 Cuts, as logs 69 With in,Ž what can follow the phrase formed by the ends of 20-, 38and 53-Across DOWN 1 [Heavens!] 2 Cracked open 3 Nativity trio 4 Right on the money 5 Former territory where Mount Rushmore is 6 Lacking a musical key 7 Western necktie 8 Time period 9 Total flop 10 College benefactor Yale 11 Greet the judge 12 __ fide: in bad faith 13 Topped a cupcake 21 Really bug 22 Set of moral principles 25 Colosseum garments 26 Think aloud 27 Werewolves of LondonŽ singer Warren __ 29 Architect Frank __ Wright 30 Itch 31 Expert 32 Freds dancing sister 33 Limericks and such 35 Stout of whodunits 37 Sly critter 39 Asked boldly, as for money 40 Actress Longoria 41 Planet nearest Mars, usually 46 Daring feats 47 Stay out of sight 48 Blue book exams 50 Depicts unfairly, as data 52 Flower leaf 53 Critique of Pure ReasonŽ writer 54 Robert of The SopranosŽ 55 Refer to 56 Chooses (to) 57 Nick Charless wife 58 Sailors patron saint 59 Pope before Sergius III 60 For Petes __!Ž By Ian Livengood (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 02/14/11 02/14/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Erick Garcia and Sera n Espinoza were named Co-Most Valuable Players and Hunter Pritchard received the Brahman Award at the annual Brahman boys soccer awards banquet held April 20 at Yearling Middle School. It was a record-breaking year for the soccer team as they nished at (17-2) and won the District 15-3A title for the second consecutive year. They also had four players named to the all state team. Garcia nished his career with 42 goals and 23 assists as he tallied 19 goals and 10 assists as a senior. He made all state and played in a state all star classic in Tampa. He is being recruited by several colleges. He said his four years on the team were really great and the team became family to him. He said he will never forget the trips to the regional and four district nals. "Everybody played good and we all deserved awards. I really worked for the team this year and the extra work got me where I am now," he noted. Garcia said the underclassmen will have to work just as hard to keep the Brahman run of success going. He said if they work hard, they have the talent to keep winning. Espinoza was a huge part of the team as he was a three-year starter in goal and had a goals against average of 1.17 this year and an average of 1.1 goals against for his career. He had six shutouts this year and 15 during his career. Espinoza said he was kicked off the team last year but he came back, put his heart and soul into the game, and became a big part of the team. "The MVP was a surprise because goalies usually don't win these awards. Most awards go to the forwards and mid elders because they score goals and if you don't score goals you don't win," he added. Espinoza said he saw the program improve a lot during his four years. He was called his best goalie ever by coach Lonnie Sears, "I don't take credit for that, and I hope I did something that someone will always remember. I also hope someone next year comes out and plays even better than me so the program keeps winning." Pritchard had 11 goals and 10 assists for the team this year. He continues to play all year long and recently played in a big tournament in Dallas, Texas. He said while he can get tired of soccer for a few days, he always keeps the re burning and doesn't see himself ever walking away from the game. "It was incredible to come out here and spend a season with these guys. We are a good group of kids. Our coach did an amazing and incredible job and the Brahman award is special. Other kids were worthy of it, but we had a great season and I'm happy about it," he said. Pritchard said he takes pride in the fact he makes his teammates better due to his pinpoint passes, and instincts. He said it is fun to see his teammates do well because if the whole team gets it going and are enjoying the game, they will win more matches. "I think my senior season next year should be a good season. We lose a lot of good starters but that happens every year. You lose some and you gain some and our goal will remain winning the state title," he added. Garcia also won the Golden Boot Award for most goals. Phillip Suarez was named the Most Improved Player. Brian Guerrero, who had 14 goals and 14 assists, was named Offensive MVP. Sergio Garcia was named Mid eld MVP. Augustin Leon won the Defensive MVP. Coach Sears said this group of players has been a joy to coach and he has awesome memories from the past eight years. He said the players make him look good every year. "I thought this team was a post season team and I hope to do that again next year. We have the talent to work with and a lot of good stuff is going on off the eld like Club Soccer which helps the middle school and younger guys," he added. Assistant coaches David Suarez, Omar Guerrero and Mark English were honored for their volunteer work and dedication to the team. Seniors who graduate this year include Garcia, Chone Vega, Agustin Leon, Marvin Cruz, Hernan Santibanez, Espinoza, Brent Simmons, Raul Piedra, Hector Torres, Juan Baza, Eduardo Monjaras, Phillip Suarez, Jacalob Akins, Mariano Alvarez and Dillon Resendiz. The seniors were the second straight senior class to have four winning seasons. The team won 55 games over the past four years and their overall record was 55-24-6. They are the only senior class to win consecutive district titles and qualify for regional all four years. They also advanced to two regional semi nals. Leon nished the year with two goals and had seven goals and ve assists during his career. Sergio Vargas had three goals and 10 assists in his career. Coach Sears was also named Treasure Coast Coach of the Year for the third time in his eight seasons. The team outscored opponents 48-24 this past season. The team had the second highest winning percentage of any Brahman team at .696. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 18 Okeechobee News April 27, 2012 OHS boys soccer team honored at banquet Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLeft to right are David Suarez, Omar Guerrero, Offensive MVP Brian Guerrero, Mark English and Lonnie Sears. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLeft to right are: Omar Guerrero, David Suarez, Co-MVP Sera n Espinoza, Mark English and Lonnie Sears. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLeft to right are David Suarez, Omar Guerrero, Brahman Award Winner Hunter Pritchard, Mark English and Lonnie Sears. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLeft to right are Mark English, Lonnie Sears and Most Improved Player Phillip Suarez. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLeft to right are Omar Guerrero, David Suarez, Co-MVP Erick Garcia, Mark English and Lonnie Sears. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLeft to right are David Suarez, Omar Guerrero, (Defensive MVP) Agustin Leon, Mark English and Lonnie Sears. Freedom Outreach shing tournament set for May 13The Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, May 13 June 10, July 15, Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. You must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina boat ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Bassmaster magazine, the of cial publication for members of B.A.S.S., has announced the 100 best bass shing lakes in the U.S. The list, which was released April 24, was compiled in a monthslong process that included research from state sheries agencies, nominations from B.A.S.S. Federation Nation tournament organizers and a panel of widely traveled professional anglers, shing writers and others. Ranked in second place is Lake Okeechobee. After several years of low water levels and mediocre production, the “Big O” has come back with a vengeance. Ish Monroe w on the March 2012 Elite Series event here w ith 108 pounds, 5 ounces — his biggest 5sh limit hitting 34 pounds, 5 ounces. There were four limits caught that topped the 30-pound mark during the event, and the sh were postspawn. Despite its reputation as a dangerous place to sh, Texas’ Falcon Lake ranked in rst place. The 58-year-old impoundment straddles the Rio Grande and is shared by Texas and Mexico. The 83,000-acre reservoir has been in the news as much for drug cartel-related crime as for its enormous catches of largemouth bass. Rounding out the Top 10 are Lake Guntersv ille in Alabama, Lake Erie in Michigan/Ohio/ New York/Pennsylvania, Lake Champlain in New York/Vermont, Lake Amistad in Texas, Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota, San Joaquin Delta in California, Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho and Clear Lake in California. According to Bassmaster editor James Hall, the idea for ranking the best lakes emerged at a B.A.S.S. tournament during a lively discussion among outdoor writers with de nite ideas about the nation’s top performing lakes. Hall decided the debate warranted a more in-depth investigation. “Instead of just having opinions, we wanted to put science behind the opinion to rate the ‘100 Best Bass Lakes,’” Hall said. “The method was as scienti c as we could make it. The result is a list of outstanding sheries. I think it will be fun for people to consider where their favorite lake stands compared to the best in another state.” The 100 Best Bass Lakes list was ranked using a variety of quali ers. Department of Natural Resource representatives provided the ve most productive lakes in each state based on electroshock surveys and angler catch rates. B.A.S.S. Federation Nation presidents offered top lake recommendations based on tournament catches, while conservation directors supplied details on lake accessibility and best sh stocking practices. A blue ribbon panel of outdoor writers, editors, Bassmaster Elite Series professional anglers and shing industry veterans ranked the nal list based on current shability of each lake, considering its history, big sh and overall quantity potential and aesthetic surroundings of the area. The list is slated to appear annually. For full details about each of the lakes ranked, as well as more details about each one, visit http://www.bassmaster.com/news/100best-bass-lakes. Other Florida lakes on the top 100 list are: 21. Kissimmee Chain Of Lakes; 36. Florida Everglades; 40. Lake Seminole; 57. Lake Tarpon; and, 73. Harris Chain Of Lakes. Lake O ranked #2 in the U.S. for ‘Best Bass’ 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co Century21okeechobee.com m • 20+/-ACRES • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. $40,000 $40,000 or better offer or better offer MLS #205495 • • Blue Blue Heron Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239 • • 319+/acres 319+/acres on Hwy 441 North $4,000,000 $4,000,000 • Okeechobee Hammock • Okeechobee Hammock Clean corner lot 100x104 (9002 SE 65th Way) $5,900 • Viking $5,900 • Viking acreage David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485(863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 7006-C: Old Center State 7006-C: Old Center State Bank Bank location completely renovated last year. Great business location, Hwy 441 frontage with median cut access. Large parking lot, concrete block construction. On .63 acre. $600,000 $600,000 MLS # 205686 1007-H: 1007-H: SW Section SW Section home with street on two sides, Living Sq Ft 2343, Large Island Kitchen, dining room and large FL room with replace, appliances, large oak trees and fruit trees. $209,000 $209,000 NOW $170,000 NOW $170,000 MLS #205526 3000-M: 3000-M: Treasure IsTreasure Island land 2 bedroom 1.5 bath mobile home with additions waterfront/lake access. Get ready to go shing! $39,900 $39,900 MLS #205768 4004-M: 4004-M: Buckhead Ridge Buckhead Ridge waterfront 2BR/2.5BA with additions. Lg FL rm, screened rm, workshop, boat lift, double carport on a large corner lot with water on two sides. $85,000 $85,000 MLS #205528 5008-H: 5008-H: Conners Gables Conners Gables Cute Frame home, would make a great starters home or rental. 1380 total sq ft, carport. Close to Everglades Elementary School. $48,000 $48,000 NOW NOW $45,000 $45,000 MLS #205611 4000-H: 4000-H: Buckhead Ridge Buckhead Ridge Wow!! Water w/lake access. Boat slip, concrete seawall, furnished, 2 master bdrms, 2 ba. Split plan, appliances. Hardwood and tile oors. Fireplace. Ready to move into condition. $125,000 $125,000 MLS #205694 NEW LISTING REDUCED LAKE ACCESS 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. Over 100 Listings RIVER LAKE ESTATES ~ Charming home in SW section. 3 Bd/2Ba/storage. 2053 SF under air-2540 SF TLA. 20X28 family room, 16X12 playroom/of ce. Wood laminate oor. Party patio overlooks pasture acreage behind home. Grand Oaks and gracious living! $139,000 Call Lori (863)634-1457 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 27, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Larry TowellLake Okeechobee is No. 2 on Bassmaster Magazine’s list of 100 Best Bass Lakes.

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