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Publication Date: 04-29-2012
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Sunday, April 29, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 52 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.71 feetLast Year: 11.09 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Library offers continuing education courses ... Page 8 Planners OK Mudfest ... Page 7 Signs of Spring: New life Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThe baby Screech Owls (above) Anhinga (left) and Opossum (below) are among the orphaned wild animals cared for at Arnold’s Wildlife Center in northern Okeechobee County. When they are old enough, they will be released to the wild. For more, see page 18. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News When the Okeechobee City Council meets Tuesday evening, they will face a short agenda dominated by presentations, proclamations and nancial reports. Councilmen will receive the audit report from scal year 2011 as prepared by the accounting rm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. City council to review 2011 audit By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Action taken by the Okeechobee Count y Commission at their Thursday, April 26, meeting could help alleviate a problem at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center the inadequate number of restroom facilities. Currently there are not enough restrooms to meet county code for some events. However, if the commission's request for a $600,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant is awarded, that problem could be eliminated. Terry Burroughs, of the agri-civic center Grant sought for more restrooms at Ag Center See CENTER — Page 21 If you go ...What: Okeechobee City Council When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 1 Where: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.See CITY — Page 21

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News April 29, 2012

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Today: A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Windy, with a east wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to between 15 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Extended ForecastMonday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. East wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a lo w around 73. East wind around 10 mph. Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. East southeast wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a lo w around 70. East wind around 10 mph. Wednesday: A 20 % chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. East southeast wind at 10 mph. OHS Prom The rules about GPA and having nons tudent dates approved in advance have b een that way for a long time. If a student w ants to bring a date who is not an OHS s tudent, they have to have that person approved in advance. It is especially concerning about a student bringing an older date (over 21), but they probably also refuse individuals who have been arrested for drugs, t hose who were expelled from school, and t hings like that. As for the GPA requirement, I think that is something common to many high schools. You have to be a student in good standing to participate in school activit ies. It’s just like playing on a sports team. If y our GPA is too low, they don’t let you play. It’s an incentive to the students to put academics rst. Because if you don’t pay attent ion to your studies, you won’t be allowed to participate in the other “fun” parts of being a student.  I am not saying all but many who have low GPA are trouble makers. Also somet imes those dates that are not acceptable c ould and have arrived intoxicated and have c aused trouble while there. These rules I am sure are to make this night as special as possible by keeping ghts and things like t hat from happening. My granddaughter att ended last year and even with the screening t here was an altercation which could have gotten real bad as kids started taking sides in t he parking lot. Thank goodness the chaperons were on their toes.Political signs A proliferation of non-traf c-control advertising signs along roadways is both a b light and a distraction to drivers.  I drive in to town every day. The posters neither distract me, nor do they offend me. If they bother you that much, perhaps you s hould seek anger management classes.  They don’t bother me at all. I rather like reading them as they go by.  And you’re supposed to be watching where you’re going, not the latest political pitch or church renovation pledge entreaty.  You need to add the women/girls that walk along the sidewalk with their Daisy Dukes shorts or with painted on pants. Also the ones who ride on the backs of motorcycles with their hip huger shorts that show their string underwear. You could campaign that they all should wear burkas because you have never heard of a Muslim rubber necking and running over the lines or off the road.  Let’s not just contain distractions to the side of the road, what about inside the vehicle? Texting, yapping on the phone, playing with the radio and my personal hatred, having the family pet on the drivers lap. Keep it between the lines and pay attention to what you are doing with that several hundred pound “bullet” and those signs just don’t matterWhat’s yellow and does 60 mph? I was doing 45 over the railroad tracks bridge at the east end of town on SR 79 and I see the lights coming fast. I decide to wait an let the speeding vehicle pass me by before I change lanes. I was quite surprised when it was a school bus that was ying by and was doing 60 mph easy. He went over the bridge. I did not notice if there were kids on this bus.  You need to report this bus as if it was speeding it was unsafe kids or not. If this was an Okeechobee County bus you need to call the bus garage and talk to the supervisor or call the school board of ce and they will direct you to the right department.Spay and neuter Full shelters and serial euthanasia are a symptom and a tragic solution. The real problem resulting from owner negligence (sometimes macho fantasies or religious objections to contraception) is failure to spay/ neuter.  I have rescued plenty of animals in my time. Three cats and two dogs in two years now. So yes I’m a compassionate fellow but unfortunately there are far too many animals that run feral around town and something has to be done. No they don’t deserve to die, but that’s the only thing that can be done, not every animal on the street can be cared for. Looking for an abundant lifeBy Jim Benton, pastorFaith Farm/Faith Tabernacle Prior to moving to Okeechobee, I had the privilege of serving as the Pastor/Director of a homeless mission in downtown Newark, N.J. Recently, I reconnected (via Facebook) with a friend that I met while serving there; Joe C. Joe is a great guy and a very good friend, even though he has had some really tough struggles in life. Joe spent eight years in the military and then settled in New Orleans to work in security management for a major casino. Outwardly, life was pretty good, but alcohol abuse was beginning to destroy all that he had attained. His drinking cost him his job and he moved back to New Jersey. Joe tried to quit drinking with the help of friends and family, but somehow he always went back to the bottle. Eventually he became homeless and on one rainy night he tried to nd shelter in the Newark, N.J. railroad station. The police were not very sympathetic; they had a job to do so he was told that he had to “move along.” In the middle of the night, Joe began to wander the streets of Newark and eventually stopped on the corner of University Avenue and Orange Street. He was cold, wet and feeling hopeless. City buses were whizzing by and he thought, “If I just step off this curb into the path of the next bus, all my pain will go away.” As the next bus approached, Joe prepared to move, but something stopped him. He just couldn’t do it. As the bus passed by, he happened to look north on University Avenue and about three blocks away, h e could see a glowing red light. At that moment, a thought struck him, “if I go toward the light I can nd help.” The light he sa w was the neon cross atop our mission fron t door that boldly proclaims, “Jesus Saves.” Joe came to our door and we let him in. H e asked if he could just sit in the hallway and dry off and of course we let him in. The next morning was a Sunday and I was preaching in our regularly scheduled Sunday services. Joe was one of the rst guys to come forward after I shared. He accepted Christ into his heart and he found new lif e and hope! Joe entered our regeneration program and graduated within 9 months. H e then found a job as a nancial planner and insurance salesman. (I thought it was reall y funny that Joe had clients that he was giving nancial advice to while he still lived at ou r homeless mission.) Today, he is doing well and lives in Lancaster, Pa. The amazing thing is that everything began to change when he looked up and sa w the cross! Are you facing a dif cult time? Is life no t going the way you wanted it to go? Why no t look to the cross. When you do, you’ll se e a loving Savior who gave his life for you. In John’s gospel, chapter 10, verse 10, w e read the words of Christ, “The thief does no t come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” If you are looking for an “abundant life” wh y not look to the cross? And a good place to start is at one of our many wonderful local churches in Okeechobee. Someone is ther e to let you in. April 29, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Okeechobee Forecast

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ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew”Conkerr Cancer will have its next meeting on Tuesday, May 1, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. It will be held at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312. N. Parrott Ave. Bring your sewing machine (or serger) and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. There will be pillowcase kits available for a donation of two dollars. For more information please call Joan at 863467-0290.Community sports eventThe Chobee Firestix travel softball teams w ill 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 TournamentThe 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 w ith 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 S.E. Hwy. 441 SE, at 7 p.m. Call 863-763-2308 to get started. All pro ts go to KOA Care Camp Fund. W alk for Life plannedThe Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee w ill 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 863-4678748 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 y our friends or group, have fun, exercise and support LIFE.Poker Tournament to raise July 4 reworks fundsA Bene t Poker Tournament for Okeechobee's Fourth of July Fireworks will be held on Friday, May 4 The tournament will be held at Hammerhead's Banquet Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. Buy in: $50. Dinners: $10. 50/50 Raf e will be held. Any donations can be made to Seacoast National Bank. For ticket information or questions, call Lisa Shockley at 863-697-2487.OHS presents spring musical this weekendOkeechobee High School will present its annual spring production: BACK TO THE 80s.The Totally Awesome Musical 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 863462-5025, or at the door. The doors will open at 7 p.m. for each performance.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 4-person teamScramble Format. Lunch will be provided along with door prizes and a 50/50 raf e. Tournament prizes will be $500 for First Place; $300 for Second Place and $200 for Third Place. The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with a Shotgun Start. Register at the Pro Shop by calling 863-763-6228. The tournament will bene t the Kay Mullins Memorial Scholarship.Cinco de Mayo estaA 2012 Cinco de Mayo Family Fiesta, will be Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 5154 S.W. 16th Avenue. 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.Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe 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.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 NW 2nd Street, Room 245, Okeechobee. 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 of farming in our area, needs volunteers for the inaugural Ag Venture event on Wednesday and Thursday, May 9-10 at the Trading Post Flea Market. This event will host fourth grade students from all Okeechobee County Public Schools as well as students from private schools and those students who are in homeschool. Students will learn about the essentials of farming through demonstrations at a series of learning stations including beef, diary, vegetables, citrus, soil & water, forestry and gator farming. Volunteers will help with set up and assist at the learning stations, as well as clean-up following the event. Volunteers will qualify to win door prizes. This is a great volunteer opportunity especially for parents or grandparents, family and friends of our fourth graders. For more information on volunteering call Audrey Driggers at: 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 County 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 of our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.Considering Adoption?Anyone interested in learning more about adoption is encouraged to join the Children's Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division at our monthly Adoption Orientation session. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County of ce, located at 804 S. 6th Street in Fort Pierce. This informative, casual and free open house-style orientation will provide an overview of foster care adoption and answer all questions related to adoption and CHS' adoption process. Please help us raise adoption awareness in our community as we try to nd additional permanent "Forever Families" for local children in foster care. To RSVP or for more information, contact Children's Home Society's Adoption Information Line at 772-429-2001.Assistance available for victims of crimesThe Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc. offers advocacy services in the Treasure Coast, (Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties) to people with disabilities who are victims of crime or who have become disabled as a result o f their victimization. The services CILO can provide include advocacy, to assist crime victims and witnesses through the criminal justice systems including court accompaniment. Also, CILO offers referral services to the appropriate community resources or social service agencies to help meet victim needs. This assistance includes navigating the community agency groups to nd the right services to assist the victims. A few other services now offered include: Assistance with Crime Victim Compensation Claims, bene t assistance, relocation funds,restraining orders, information and referral services, and education and training to individuals and groups pertaining to the Victim of Crime Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some of the training offered are Identity Theft and Disability Sensitivity.Northside Headstart accepting applicationsThe Economic Opportunities Council o f Indian River County is accepting applications for Northside Head Start and VPK (Voluntar y 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. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News April 29, 2012 Community Events

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It looks like Okeechobee Mudfests might become a local tradition. With the action of the Okeechobee County Planning Board on Tuesday, April 24, another hurdle was cleared for a series of future mudfests. With little discussion the board unanimously voted to recommend that the county commissioners approve a series of six mudfests through February of 2015. County commissioners will have the nal say so on the matter after they hold a second public hearing on the matter. The operators of mudfest already have the necessary permit from South Florida Water Management District. However, another item on the agenda did generate discussion and divided opinions. By a vote of 4 to 3 the planning board voted to recommend that the county commissioners grant the reclassi cation requested by Armistad Holdings, LLC. The request was for a reclassi cation from rural estate future land use to rural activity center. The property in question is approximately 620 acres on the east side of S.E. 128th Avenue, north of Quail Creek. The requested change would increase the density from one unit per ve acres to one unit per acre and allow for up to 15 acres of commercial development. Board members Mack Worley. Carl Ferrero and Mitchell Hancock voted against the recommendation. When contacted after the meeting Mr. Worley said he was concerned because the proposed development was about 11 miles from the nearest school and 13 to 15 miles from the sheriff's of ce and re/rescue. However, he said it was a beautiful subdivision and he would love to have such a development closer to town. The proposed change will now be considered by the county commission at their Thursday, May 10, meeting and must also be approved by state reviewing agencies. In addition, the board granted preliminary plat approval to US Land Acquisition, LLC, property owners and Stephen Myers, Jr., applicant, for a proposed 20-unit condominium development at Pine Creek Ranch, a private hunting lodge development of about 2,392 acres on the west side of N.E. 48th Avenue, north of N.E. 224th Street. About two years ago a 23-unit condominium plat was approved for a 26-acre tract on the property. The unit approved Tuesday night would be built on an adjoining 55-acre tract. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 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Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 7 Okeechobee News A pril 29, 2012 Planners recommend approval for mudfests O keechobee Livestock Market Report April 23 and 24, 2012 Monday sale at noon Tuesday sale at 11 a.m. No Market Reporter! Monday Tuesday Clfs 432 680 Cows 67 284 Strs 6 7 Hfrs 7 29 Bulls 10 12 Y rlngs 27 5 Mix 0 0 Total 549 1017 Prices were good again this week. Cows & Bulls were fully steady to a little higher. Calves were steady to maybe a little weaker. We are working on getting a price reporting system in place since the Market News Service has been DISCONTINUED. Look for prices to stay good as long as supply is down. Michael Ward, ABC Ranch, Doyle Carlton III, Dunklin Memorial Camp & Edel Darias all topped the calf market with a high of $2.95, bought by Foy Reynolds. Old River Cattle, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of $100, bought by Dairymens Marketing. Todd Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaDonate Life MonthAt their meeting on Thursday, April 26, the Okeechobee County Commission proclaimed the month of April to be Donate Life Month in the county to encourage the donation of body organs. Chair Margaret Garrard Helton, right, presented the proclamation to Maureen Budjinski. Republican Party Of ce announces hoursNeed campaign signs? Need to register to vote? Need to change your Party af liation? Need information on your favorite Republican Candidates? The Republican Party of ce at 401 NW 4th Street is open on Fridays from 10 a,m, to 5 p.m. and at most other times by appointment. Call 863-532-9623 for any information.

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The Okeechobee County Public Library in partnership with the Heartland Library Cooperative and Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, Md.), is pleased to announce the introduction of Universal Class Library Edition, a powerful new online continuing education service designed speci cally for use by the patrons of public libraries. Universal Class offers patrons a unique online education experience. With a growing catalog of over 540 courses, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality online training. Over 300,000 students around the w orld have bene ted from Universal Class' unique instructional technologies. Real instructors guide the learning and students can communicate with the instructor via email. The courses also use engaging videobased lessons, a collaborative learning env ironment, graded lesson tests, certi cates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses, and students enjoy an engaging and measurable learning experience that helps them master and document their educational goals. Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Careplus 100s more. You can enroll in up to ve courses at a time with six months to nish each course. You have access to your courses 24 hours a day, via the Internet, which means you attend on your own schedule. These are mostly non-credit courses and are provided free for your personal enrichment. The opportunity to take these courses is a bene t Okeechobee County Public Library offers patrons because it is part of the Heartland Library Cooperative. Details on Universal Class may be found at www.myhlc.org or at the Okeechobee County Public Library. When you go to the home page, click on Universal Class over to the left. On the class page, look for the box that says Enter Code. Enter your librar y card ID/bar code number found on the library card you were issued right under the bar code. Then you will be asked to create a password. Happy learning. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 I R S C Quality | Convenience | Affordability Summer Classes Begin May 8th!REGISTER NOW! Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com 8 Okeechobee News April 29, 2012 10-year remanDonald Arnold has been working for the county for 10 years. At the Thursday, April 26, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, he was honored by Chair Margaret Garrard Helton for his service. Mr. Arnold was born in Hollywood. His family relocated to Okeechobee in 1974. Upon high school graduation he began employment at Raulerson Hospital as a case manager for the next 14 years. He joined the Okeechobee County Volunteer Fire ghters in 1989 and continued until he began employment with Okeechobee County in 2001 as a re ghter/EMT. During his tenure with the county he has obtained his EMT and paramedic certi cations. Library offers wide variety of free online classes Okeechobee County is among the nalists announced for the inaugural Research & Technology Awards event to be held on May 8, at the Indian River State College Kight Center for Emerging Technologies in Fort Pierce. Event nalists in the research and technology categories include Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute, Algagen, Awareness Technology, Donald Stone Technology, Azzly, Martin County, Ensida, Level 3 Inspection, Okeechobee County, SpectorSoft and Swiss Mango. Workforce Solutions and Indian River State College are partnering to conduct the inaugural Research & Technology Awards. The event will honor government, industry and organizational leaders and their contributions to the research and information technology community throughout the four-county region. "From a business perspective, award nominees being honored span the two industries which include research and technology. Award categories recognize those who partner and focus on research and companies that innovate in IT to create better services and offerings," explained Michael Corbit of Workforce Solutions. "We anticipate good support from individuals and companies that operate in these two industries," he said. This year's presentation line-up includes impressive speakers, Jeff Hoffman, from a Fortune 500 online retail company and founder of Priceline and Dr. Moti Ramgopal, an Immunology and Infectious Disease specialist at Martin Health Systems. Local business leaders and individuals interested in attending may register for the event at www.cctiirsc.com. There is a $15 registration fee. "This is another example of regional partners working together on a common goal to help local businesses grow and be recognized for the value they bring to the community," Corbit said. "We will continue to coordinate and facilitate business development activities and programs that bene t the local economy." For more information, visit www.cctiirsc.com. County is nalist for research & tech awardOkeechobee News/ Pete Gawda

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ASSAULT 1000 block of N.W. 34th St.BURGLARY 200 block of U.S. 441 S.E.COUNTERFEIT MONEY 3600 block of S.E. 34th Ave.  4800 block of U.S. 441 S.  1500 block or S.R. 70 E.FRAUD 1500 block of S.E. 35th Circle  500 block of N.W. Fourth St.ROBBERY 600 block of N.W. 36th St.THEFT 3900 block of N.W. Seventh St. (chickens)  2100 block of Center St. (hunting equipment)  35000 block of N.E. Seventh Drive (laptop computer)  200 block of U.S. 98 N. (water)  5500 block of N.W. 20th St.  1500 block of N.W. 42nd Ave. (cell phone)  13000 block of U.S. 441 N. (boat parts)  11000 block of N.W. 144th Trail  200 block of N.W. 36th St. (identity theft)  14000 block of N.W. Ninth Ave.  6800 block of N.E. Fourth St.  2700 block of N.W. Second St.  18000 block of N.W. 184th Drive (identity theft)  1600 block of U.S. 441 N. (identit y theft)  3000 block of S.E. 39th Ave. (money)VANDALISM 3400 block of N.W. Fourth St.  170 block of S.E. 24th Blvd. Investigations 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 9 Okeechobee News A pril 29, 2012 10 years of serviceAt the Thursday, April 26, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Chair Margaret Garrard Helton honored Justin Hazelief for 10 years’ service to the county. Mr. Hazelief is an Okeechobee native. After high school he attended Indian River State College and obtained an AA Degree in General Education. He joined the Okeechobee County Volunteer Fire ghters in 2000 and obtained his Fire and EMT certi cation before coming to Okeechobee County in March 2002, as a re ghter/EMT. During his tenure with the county he has obtained Paramedic Certi cation, an AS degree in Fire Science, Urban Search and Rescue and Fire Of cer I. Okeechobee News/ Pete Gawda 20 years of serviceAt the Thursday, April 26, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Chair Margaret Garrard Helton honored Karl Holtkamp for 20 years of service to the county. Mr. Holtkamp was born in Lebanon, Ohio. His family relocated to Davie in 1969. He attended the Indian River Fire Academy in 1990 and upon completion of his Fire ghter II Certi cation, accepted employment with the City of Okeechobee. In 1992 he began employment with Okeechobee County. During his tenure with the county he has obtained: Paramedic, Fire Inspector I and II, Instructor I and II, Life Trainer Instructor I and II, Incident Safety Of cer and Health and Safety Of cer certi cations. He has obtained an AS Degree in Fire Science and in Emergency Medical Services. Mr. Holtkamp was promoted to the position of Fire Prevention/Training Of cer in May 2008. Okeechobee News/ Pete Gawda

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News April 29, 2012 Boys baseball seniors honored Special to the Okeechobee News/ LeidyThe seniors on the OHS baseball team were honored Friday, April 20: (left to right) Will Jackson, Brad Coleman, Billy Childers and Timmy Farrell (back row); (L-R) Bryan Stokes, Tyler Finney, Cody Phillips and Justin Morgan. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Jim LeidyCody Phillips was joined by his parents Cindy and Richard at senior night on April 20. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Jim LeidyThe Okeechobee High School Baseball Team honored their senior players on Friday, April 20. Brad Coleman was anked by his parents Gina and Chuck. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Jim LeidyThe Okeechobee High School senior night game was held on Friday, April 20, against Melbourne, the Alma Mater of Brahman coach Jeff Blackstone. Okeechobee won the contest 7-5 to ensure another winning season. Bryan Stokes was joined by his parents Tuesday and Bryan. Special to the Okeechobee News/ LeidyTimmy Farrell was joined by his mother Marcie at the event honoring the senior players on April 20. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Jim LeidyWill Jackson was joined at senior night by his parents Tonya and James at the OHS Senior Night on April 20. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Jim LeidyJustin Morgan was joined by his parents Malissa and Gordie Morgan at the team's Senior Night event.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 TOTAL SAVINGS ON YOUR LENNOX HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM. $3,300 It all adds up. CAC014022 Offers expire 6/15/2012. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details. 2012 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. IN FP&L REBATES** I R $1,175 $ UP TO+ EWC DISCOUNT** E D $750 UP TO+ $1,375RECEIVE UP TO NF F P P& &L L I REBATE*on a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort SystemEmory Walker Co., Inc. (863) 763-6742Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox DealerAsk About Our $75 Spring Tune-Up Special(Regularly $95!) Our Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Some of the Surgical Procedures available include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal InterStim Therapy for bladder or bowel incontinence Pacemaker and AICD implementation And many more Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 33 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. it f t h 33 14 Okeechobee News April 29, 2012 We have 206 bones in our body. It is important to keep them strong by getting enough calcium, vitamin D and weightbearing and muscle-strengthening activity. In the U.S. today, about 10 million indiv iduals have osteoporosis and another 34 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones. In fact, a woman’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Osteoporosis is considered a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences. Up to 90 percent of peak bone mass is acquired by age 18 in girls and age 20 in boys, which makes youth the best time to build strong bones to last a lifetime. There are many reasons people get osteoporosis. Some of these include having a family history of broken bones, smoking, not getting enough physical activity, unhealthy eating habits, drinking too much alcohol, taking certain medicines and having certain medical conditions. You cannot feel your bones becoming weaker. Y ou could have osteoporosis now or be at risk without realizing it. A bone mineral density test can tell if you have osteoporosis before you experience symptoms, such as breaking a bone. Your physician can write an order for you to have the test performed. A bout one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. By 2020, half of all A mericans over age 50 are expected to have low bone density or osteoporosis. Bone Density testing is performed everyday by the technologists in the Outpatient Radiology Department at Raulerson Hospital. This test uses a machine to measure your bone density and determine if you have normal bone density, low bone density (osteopenia) or osteoporosis. A Bone Density test is the only way to diagnose osteoporosis. The lower your bone density, the greater your risk of breaking a bone. Bone Density test results will help you and your healthcare provider:  learn if you have weak bones or osteoporosis before you break a bone  predict your chance of breaking a bone in the future  see if your bone density is improving, getting worse or staying the same  nd out how well an osteoporosis medicine is working  know if you have osteoporosis after you break a bone The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that you have a bone density test if:  you are a woman age 65 or older  you are a man age 70 or older  you break a bone after age 50  you are a woman of menopausal age with risk factors  you are a postmenopausal woman under age 65 with risk factors  you are a man age 50-69 with risk factors A bone density test may also be necessary if you have any of the following:  an X-ray of your spine showing a break or bone loss in your spine  back pain with a possible break in your spine  height loss of inch or more within one year  total height loss of 1 inches from your original height To learn more about the Bone Density Testing performed at Raulerson Hospital call 863-824-2982. For a free physician referral or health care questions contact Consult-ANurse at 863-763-9228. Raulerson recognizes National Osteoporosis Month Courtesy photo/Raulerson Hospital Special to the Okeechobee NewsRaulerson sponsor of top fundraiserRaulerson Hospital was a sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event held in Okeechobee on April 13 and 14. The Raulerson Hospital theme was M*A*S*H out Cancer. Raulerson Hospital’s team won many awards during the event including best decorated campsite and best RelaySpirit. Raulerson Hospital’s Team was the top-fundraising team in Okeechobee County, raising nearly $6,000. More than 200 hospital employees and family members purchased the team shirts which featured the M*A*S*H out Cancer theme. The t-shirts sale was one of many fundraisers, including a bowling tournament, bake sales, Celebrity Server Dinner, a parking-space raf e, Valentine and Easter dessert auctions and more! Team Raulerson really worked together, the same way they do every day for patients. We are Raulerson!

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GUARANTEE! 3 DAY 3 DAY EXCHANGE EXCHANGE POLICY! POLICY! LIFETIME LIFETIME POWERTRAIN POWERTRAIN WARRANTY! WARRANTY! FREE FREE 2002 T 2002 T OYOTA COROLLA OYOTA COROLLA LE LE ...................... ...................... $7,999 $7,999 Auto, CD, PW, PL Low Miles Exc. Condition Auto, CD, PW, PL Low Miles Exc. Condition #120491A #120491A 2007 TOYOTA YARIS 2007 TOYOTA YARIS ................................ ................................ $9,990 $9,990 Auto, P/W, A/C, P/L, Great on gas! Auto, P/W, A/C, P/L, Great on gas! #511060A #511060A 2010 KIA RIO 2010 KIA RIO .......................................... .......................................... $9,999 $9,999 Auto, C/D, A/C, Great on gas! Auto, C/D, A/C, Great on gas! #120613A #120613A 2010 TOYOTA YARIS 2010 TOYOTA YARIS .............................. .............................. $12,990 $12,990 Auto, A/C, CD, Loaded, Great on Gas! 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Condition #111244A 2005 TOYOTA PRIUS 2005 TOYOTA PRIUS ............................ ............................ $15,884 $15,884 Auto, AC, CD, Loaded, Low Miles, 60mpg, #110979A Auto, AC, CD, Loaded, Low Miles, 60mpg, #110979A 2010 HONDA CIVIC LX 2010 HONDA CIVIC LX .......................... .......................... $15,990 $15,990 Auto, CD, Very Clean, Full Pwr Auto, CD, Very Clean, Full Pwr #120418A #120418A 2010 2010 MAZDA 3 SPORT MAZDA 3 SPORT ................... ................... 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Buckhead Ridge Lost Black Cat Lost on 4/16 in Buckhead near water tower. Gold eyes and scar on shoulder, solid black. Sorely missed family member. Reward for safe return. Please call Patty or Paul at any time. (863)447-9664 or (863)610-1556 Eagle Point 2456 SW 33rd Circle Sat.28th&Sun.29th 7:00am till ?? Shoes,furniture,toys, baby highchair’s, women’s and men’s clothing,play pen, Mary Kay makeup Come check it out! Yard Sale Sunday 29th 8am till 4pm 1900 SW 16th Street Power tools, hand tools, gardening equip, and accessories,washer & Dryer $115,Lazy-Boy recliner, china cabinet queen size bed(mattress and box spring), collectible plates,china and dolls, quilts. Cash & Credit cards accepted Golf Cart Repairs, parts, carries Powertron and US batteries. Will buy unwanted and not working golf carts. Locally owned & Operated Call Dan at 863-610-0479 Tiger Lawn Service 10 dollars and up, with free estimates. Licensed and Insured. Glades and Okeechobee Counties 863-207-9037 “Let the Tiger do your Mowing” We pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 www.268junk.com RV Show at the Okeechobee KOA Resort. 4276 HWY 441 S., OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA 34974-6255 THE RESORT IS LOCATED 2.5 MILES SOUTH OF STATE ROUTE 70 ON HWY 441 Show is from April 25th Through April 28th 8am to 7pm Wednesday through Saturday. New and Used Motorhomes and Fifth Wheels For more information call 1-800-RV-Sales or visit on the web at www.americachoicerv.com (800)787-2537 LOCAL DRIVERS (863) 763-5593or apply online www.walpoleinc.comWalpole, Inc. is looking for EOE/DFWP• Class A-CDL drivers • 2 years T/T experience • Clean MVR & PSP • Paid weekly • Excellent bene ts packageElectrical Journeyman needed, DFWP, apply in person or drop resume at 2801 SW 3rd Terrace, Okeechobee Customer Service Sales Assistant I’m looking for a Customer service Sales Assistant English speaking employee with strong communication skills...$700 weekly. Email me if interested at: emmanuel david26@gmail.com DRIVER Class A Driver needed. We do background and drug testing. Please send resume to 863-763-1309. Immediate Openings:• Pharmacy Tech: PRN • Respiratory Therapist (RRT): FT, PRN • PCA: PRN • Dietary Supervisor: FT • Dietary Tech: PRN • RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN • Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN We offer competitive wages We offer competitive wages & excellent bene ts & excellent bene tsTo complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. 2 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. CASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. FREE TOWING. (863)484-2012 Alfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Coastal and Oat Hay Mix $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 OKEECHOBEE 1/1, in the country on water, clean, furnished, cable, elec, satellite incld. $600/mo or $150/w k plus sec (863)467-1950 CONDO 1BR, Completely furnished. Available for annual lease. $650 mo. (239)839-6177 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Lost Garage/ Yard Sales Services Special Notice For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Medical Employment Medical For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Wanted To Buy For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Feed/ Products For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments Condos/Townhouses Rent Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News April 29, 2012 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!

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Dixie 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 Looking 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 OKEECHOBEE 5 Acres Park your own trailer or build your home, $2,000 down, owner nancing. Priced $49,000. Call 863-763-6358 FOR 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 Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income ,Vacant Land 6+Acres, located at 20 NE 363rd Ct., Okeechobee, $49,900. Visit www. roselandco.com\82H, Drive by then call (866) 249-0680. 2 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 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: Richard Mixon DBA Mixon Hauling and Removal Under which we expect to engage in business at: 8140 SE 57th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Richard A. Mixon Jr. Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee Count, Florida this the 26th day of April, 2012. BY: Stephanie Gomez 416054 ON 4/29/2012 Notice Under Fictitious Name Law Pursuant to Section 865.09, Florida Statues NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Laxmi Pooja LLC intends to apply to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, to conduct business under the ctitious name, Subway # 55012. Dated at Okeechobee, Florida, this 26th day of April, 2012. LAXMI POOJA LLC 416123 ON 4/29/2012 Houses Rent Roommate For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Land Sale Lots Sale For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent Mobile HomeSale For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News A pril 29, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Four individuals and the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) have been tabbed as the employees of the rst quarter at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO). The employees were chosen from four separate categories: administrative, citizen volunteer, detention deputy and law enforcement. A special unit award was given to CID detectives for their quick action to solve an armed robbery and to apprehend the suspect in less than 24 hours. Kay Schoonmaker was nominated for the administrative employee of the rst quarter by Juanita White. "Kay has been with the sheriff's of ce since Dec. 31, 1990, and has shown great dedication to this department," said Mrs. White. "Along with being the receptionist, she has been given additional assignments in the new records divisions. Kay has shown a work ethicthat is missing in most peoplethat I truly admire." OCSO Deputy Sergeant Keith Stripling nominated Eileen Dieson for the citizen volunteer of the rst quarter. "Eileen's dedication and never-tiring spirit has been an inspiration to others in the COP unit for many years," said Sgt. Stripling. "Within this quarter, Eileen has contributed in excess of 100 hours of volunteer service between COP patrol and special events." Detention Deputy Stacey Ellerbee was nominated by two of her co-workersLieutenant Van Hortman and Sergeant Randy Worth. "Of cer Ellerbee is a well-disciplined of cer when dealing with inmates or any situation that may arise in her duties as an of cer," said Lt. Hortman. Sgt. Worth nominated Deputy Ellerbee because she's great to work with "... and has proven herself to be one of the most reliable, resourceful and multifaceted deputies to work in the jail." The law enforcement nominee for the rst quarter is Deputy Steven Pollock, who was nominated by Deputy Sergeant Brian Hagan and Deputy Corporal Donald Ellis after he saved the life of a choking child on Jan. 29. Deputy Pollock was on his way to a burglary call but when he heard OCSO dispatchers advising units that emergency medical personnel were responding to a home where a 2-year-old child was choking, the deputy elected to deviate from the burglary call and help the child. The OCSO deputy went to the home and dislodged the pickle minutes before the arrival of medical help. The CID unit was nominated by Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark for their quick action on a Feb. 2 armed burglary situation, where a masked gunman was holding a shotgun to the head of a store clerk around 9 p.m. The suspect grabbed an unspeci ed amount o f cash and ed the scene. The on-call detective was called to the scene, along with the OCSO victim's advocate who helped to calm the clerk. Based on the quick work of the CID unit and crime scene techs, the suspect was in custody by 2 p.m. the next day. Members of that unit being recognized are: detectives Bill Suggs, Bryan Lowe, Sergeant Jimmy Mills, Augustin Saucedo, Javier Gonzalez, Rosemary Farless, M.D. Faulkner, Ted Van Deman and Lt. Stark; Victim's Advocate Joan Johnson; Crime Scene technicians Kathleen Watson and Jackie Moore; and, Crime Analyst Connie Currie. Those named as the employees of the rst quarter will join other OCSO employees honored in the three quarters to come, and a special committee will then name the OCSO employees of the year at the end o f this year. Top OCSO employees of quarter named Submitted photo/ OCSOThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce citizen volunteer of the rst quarter is Eileen Dieson (second from right), who was nominated for the honor by Deputy Sergeant Keith Stripling. Recognizing her for the nomination are: (left to right) Sheriff Paul May, Sgt. Stripling and Major Noel Stephen. Submitted photo/ OCSOKay Schoonmaker (second from left) was recently named the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the rst quarter. Presenting her with her certi cate are: (left to right) Sheriff Paul May, Juanita White and Major Noel Stephen. Mrs. Schoonmaker was nominated for the honor by Mrs. White. Courtesy photo/ OCSOOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Detention Deputy Stacey Ellerbee was recently picked as that agency’s detention deputy of the rst quarter. On hand to recognize her for that honor were: (left to right) Sheriff Paul May, Deputy Ellerbee, Okeechobee County Jail Administrator Ronnie White and Major Noel Stephen. Courtesy photo/ OCSOOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Deputy Steven Pollock was named that agency’s employee of the rst quarter in the law enforcement division for saving the life of a 2-year-old child who was choking. Presenting him with his certi cate were: (left to right) Sheriff Paul May, Deputy Pollock, Major Noel Stephen, Captain Bud Slay and Lieutenant Joe Ortega.

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Arnold’s Wildlife Center has been busy recently with lots of babies. The center takes in orphaned and injured animals, with the goal of caring for the animals until they can be released back to the wild. One unusual current resident at the center is a baby Anhinga. Sue Arnold said the young water bird apparently fell out of the nest. Since the rescuers were not able to put the bird back in the nest, they brought it to the wildlife center. The center’s nursery also houses orphaned baby Screech Owls, so tiny one can sit in the palm of Sue’s hand. A baby deer that is recovering from injuries will become a permanent resident of the wildlife center. Mrs. Arnold explained that the deer is not a species native to Florida. It is probably the descendant of deer that escaped from a hunting preserve, she said. The center has no shortage of animals with the many rescued animals brought there for care and exotic animals brought in by owners who can no longer care for them. Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc., 14895 N.W. 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, is a non-pro t 501(c) educational-based wildlife care facility, dedicated to bringing people and wildlife together to develop a community awareness of the value of our Florida wildlife. For more information online, go www.arnoldswildlife.org or call 863)-763-4630. For more information on wildlife rescues go to MyFWC.com/Wildlife. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 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 18 Okeechobee News April 29, 2012 Courtesy photo/ OCSOOCSO Employees of quarter namedBecause of their quick apprehension of a suspect wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a local business, members of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce were recently honored with a special unit citation. Those CID members recognized for their work were: (front row, left to right) Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark, Victim’s Advocate Joan Johnson and Crime Scene Technician Jackie Moore: (back row, left to right) Deputy John Hazy, Detective M.D. Faulkner, Detective Sergeant Jimmy Mills, Detective Rosemary Farless, Detective Bryan Lowe, Detective Ted Van Deman and Detective Augustin Saucedo. W ildlife center caring for new baby animals Special to the Okeechobee News/ K. ElskenThis baby deer, currently recovering from injuries at Arnold’s Wildlife Center, is not native to Florida, so it will become a permanent resident of the wildlife center.

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It appears that Okeechobee County will soon be seeing the state in court. A total of 47 Florida counties including Okeechobee have joined with the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) in a lawsuit to contest the constitutionality of HB 5301. This law requires the state to withhold a county’s share of revenue sharing funds and sales tax to pay disputed Medicaid bills. Beginning on Friday, April 27, and continuing on every other Friday, the FAC is holding conference calls with their members to update implementation of the law and on the progress of the upcoming legal battle. County attorney John Cassels represented Okeechobee County for the April 27 conference call. He said that counties will have 36 months to pay past due bills and that counties will start receiving a monthly listing of disputed bills that they will be required to pay through the means of the state withholding tax money due the counties. The lawsuit, which is against the Florida Department of Revenue, the state’s tax collecting and distribution agency and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which administers Medicaid in Florida, alleges that the law is an unfunded mandate, which, according to the state constitution would require a super majority approval in each house of the Legislature for passage. The suit also claims that the state is requiring payment of disputed bills older than the previous law required records to be kept four years. County administrator Robbie Chartier said she has received a list of disputed bills going back to 2002. The lawsuit does not claim that Florida counties should not make Medicaid payments. However it does claim that counties have been prevented from paying their fair and accurate share “because of a state billing system plagued with rampant errors.” The suit, led April 26 in the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit of Leon County, asks the court to enforce the state constitution and require the legislature to play by the rules before attempting to reduce the amount of tax revenues returned to the people. Counties in our area that are a party to the lawsuit include Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Martin, Polk and St. Lucie. The AHCA has formed a team that is meeting with individually with of cials of all 67 Florida counties to try to resolve this situation. A date has not been set yet for Okeechobee County’s meeting. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. 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In addition, many of the classes showered these wonderful ladies with cards, owers, cupcakes and gifts. Pictured, below, from left to right are Tina Grant, Pat Lopez, Tracy Downing (Principal), Celica Mungary, Tamara Nunez, Erin Ellinger (Committee Chairperson), and Rosa Ruiz. Not pictured is June Shockley. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEM

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The sixth annual 2012 Top of the Lake Art & Music Fest held on April 14 and 15 was a w onderful success this year delighting spectators with art, entertainment, food and a special Kid’s Zone. The two-day event showcased ne artists from all over the state, as well as local and student artists. This juried art show presented a host of awards to many talented artists in an age-range from 8 to 96. The Art Fest also provided great entertainment on both days. Three judges had the daunting task of judging the ne art. Judging the booth artists w ere Joseph Steiert and Brian O’Hara, both from West Palm Beach. Painter Brad Phares, Okeechobee, took home the top prize of Best in Show. Judges’ Choice was awarded to Teri Meagher, Fort Myers; rst place in 2-D art went to Lynn Early, Okeechobee; Kathie Papasso, Okeechobee took home second place. In the photography division, rst place was awarded to Brian Smith, Carpentersville, Ill, and second place to William Daley, Sebring. Highwayman Artist Jimmy Stovall’s painting was also chosen to be the image of the of cial 2013 Top of the Lake Fest Poster. His painting, which has become signature for Highwaymen Art, is a rendition of old Florida landscape with a beautiful brilliant red Poinciana Tree in the foreground. Kathy Scott of Okeechobee had the honor to judge the adult gallery and student division. Best of show went to Lynette Green’s w atercolor Remember When. Sharon Cannon won rst place in the professional photograph division. Other prizes awarded: Oil Painting: rst place, Andy Collarin; second place, Alice Myers. Watercolor: rst place, Jake Keiser; second place, Loren Evers. Acrylic: rst place, Lonnie Kirsch; second place, Samantha White. Drawing/Pastels: rst place, Jennifer Dodd; rst place in photography went to Donny Arnold; second place, Samantha W hite. Adult artists receiving Judge’s merit awards were Shirley Palmer, Jennifer Dodd, Bonnie Ryerson, Shirley Palmer, and Coleen Schultz. An honorable mention award was presented to John Nayler. Ms. Scott also judged the calendar artists from the Okeechobee Rehabilitation Center. Best of Show went to June Heil and Judge’s Merrit Award went to Lorena Hancock. Blue ribbons were awarded to Olie Rashley and Mary Wise; Red ribbons were awarded to Patricia Hagenbaumer, Ina Forrester and Losi Jardine. Honorable Mentions awards: Willa Sherman, Arlina Ireland, Evia Morgan, Jaquelyn Salter, Lura Fulce and Carol Herbert. In the student division the Best of Show was awarded to Okeechobee High School student, Kassandra Miller for her pastel drawing. Other awards were as follows: High School Division: rst place painting, Charleigh Heater, second place painting, Tabitha Nagelschmidt; rst place drawing Angelina Bucio; second place drawing, Hannah Rucks; rst place watercolor, Tabetha Tabor; second place watercolor, Charleigh Heater; rst place Mixed Media, Kayla Orr; second place Mixed Media, Shelby Muller; rst place 3-D, Anu Baby; second place Mixed Media, Andrea Yanez. Judge’s merit awards went to Raela Ridley, Rosa Nagera, Hannah Rucks with an honorable mention awarded to Sarah Piroli. Middle School Awards: rst place Photography. Michael Muros. Elementary School Division: rst place painting, Cera Elliott; second place painting, Josef Steiert; rst place drawing Katie Brydebell; second place drawing, Jake Stuart. Judge’s merit award went to Sarah Rose Dodd. Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School Division: Best of Show, Dylan Shef eld. Blue Ribbons were awarded to: Jaden Puente, Jalynn Jones, Aleina Micco, Jenna Brown, Ruby Lin Osceola, Tadan Santiago, Mariana Mora-Lara, Josiah Johns and Jayce Smith. Red Ribbons were awarded to: Elijah Finney, Summer Gopher, Gabe Williams, Jahcole Arnold, Caylie Huff, Drake Lawrence, Caroline Sweat, Camryn Thomas, and Eric Jaden Puente. Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Mariah Billie, Melina Steve, Talena Holata and Tyra Baker. Author Jan Ferhman judged the high school poetry division and top three awards went to Savanna Whitlock, Edna Howard and Shelby Pollock. Topping off the Art Fest were two days of great entertainment featuring Scott Benge, Lowdown 13 and Leslie’s Dance Studio Broadway show performances featuring vocalist Nikki St. Pierre on Saturday. Sunday’s performances included: Les Yocum and SoulFusion Featuring The Blues Doctor, Mr. O; the Chobee Steelers, under the direction of Shirlean Graham and the Okeechobee High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Clint LaFlam. The Top of the Lake Art & Music Fest also presented a Kid Zone Art and Fun area sponsored by Grand Oaks/VNA. This area provided a lot of fun and art activities on both days, including chalk art and beading. Home Depot also provided a painting project. A special preview of Okeechobee Main Street’s fourth mural project was on display. Artist Joseph Steiert, along with building owners Gil and Marie Culbreth were at the display to meet the spectators at the park. Two actual painted panels were on display, along with photos of the conceptual drawing and nished panels. This massive mural project on the old bank building is now being installed. A formal mural presentation and dedication is planned for the near future. Thanks go out to all the 2012 Top of the Art & Music Fest Sponsors. Okeechobee Main Street Corporate Sponsors: Bank o f America, Big Lake Cancer Center, Florid a Blood Centers, OkeechobeeThe Magazine, Raulerson Hospital, Seacoast National Bank, Syfrett Feed Company and TD Bank. Art Fest Sponsors: Applebees, Grand Oaks a VN A Program, Seacoast National Bank, Cowboys BBQ and Steak, Okeechobee Health Care Facility, Doctor’s Clinic Dr. Stanley Sweda, Okeechobee The Magazine, Taylor Rental, WWW Lumber and Jean Strickland. Art Award Sponsors: Buxton/Seawinds Funeral Home, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Jan Fehrman, Jennifer Dodd, Leslie’s Dance Studio, Rafael Pacheco Photographer and Bridgette Waldau Studio of Graphic Design. Top of the Lake Art & Music Fest would like to thank Corp. Keith Stripling and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce for providing storage for our valuable works o f art and the manpower to build the gallery. Thanks to all the volunteers: Jennifer Dodd, Bridgette Waldau, Rafael Pacheco, Kathleen Statto, Frank DeCarlo, Mari Walther, Yvonne Morgan, Steve Daniels, Dale Nawlin, Lind a Woloski, Lesley Diehl, Glenn Nilson, Jan Ferhman, Miss Okeechobee County Fair Queen Taylor Fulford and Leslie Stokes. A special thanks from the committee to Billy Dean of WOKC/100.9 FM, the Okeechobee News, Okeechobee-The Magazine, and the Okeechobee Pennysaver for coverage of this event. Top of the Lake Art & Music Fest would also like to thank The City o f Okeechobee for permission to hold the event in lovely Flagler Park and also to the Okeechobee City Police and Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce and the Okeechobee Correctional Institution. Bridgette Waldau, chair of the arts and cultural committee would like to thank her committee: Jennifer Dodd, Rafael Pacheco, Kathleen Shatto, Jan Ferhman and Leslie Stokes. She extends a special thanks to Cind y Birdashaw, OKMS executive. Waldau would also like to thank OKMS board of directors for their continual support of the arts. For pictures of winning art, judges and entertainer information along with all the activities at the 2012 Top of the Lake Art Fest, visit Okeechobee Main Street’s website at www.mainstreetokeecobee.com and Facebook page. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Supplement to the Okeechobee News € January 27, 2012 € Also Available Online at newszap.com IN F O R M A T I O NGU I D EF rid a y ,O c to b e r 2 8 ,2 0 1 1 S up pl e m en t t o t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s, A u g u s t 1 7, 2 0 1 1D D r r . 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 21 Okeechobee News A pril 29, 2012 as well as a mid-year nancial review from the city nance director, India Riedel. They are also scheduled to consider approval of the Local Mitigation Strategy as proposed by Okeechobee County Emergency Management. Mayor James Kirk is scheduled to present a Ten-Year Longevity Service Award to Cline Gould and a Certi cate of Appreciation to Osiel Luviano. He will also proclaim May 3 as the National Day of Prayer and May 23 to 29 to be National Nursing Home Week in the city. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. CITYContinued From Page 1 advisory committee presented the commission with three options for the use of the grant. Option A, with an estimated cost of $581,000, involves construction of free standing bathrooms and improvements to the horse barn including a concrete oor, drainage system, electrical enhancements and replacing the gutter. In addition, this option includes construction of a 4,500 square foot maintenance building. Option B consists of using an estimated $581,000 to add on to the existing arena bathrooms. Grant option C, which is slightly cheaper at an estimated $580,000 includes an outdoor light and sound system for the warm up arena, electrical improvements for the horse barn, a 4,500 square foot maintenance building and extending the roof on the north and south sides of the main arena. County administrator Robbie Chartier w as in favor of option A. She felt that this option would allow for more events to be held at the facility. She said a concrete oor and drainage at the horse barn would allow for it to be used for more events. Right now some equipment is stored in the horse barn. Building a maintenance building for storage of equipment would allow for more usable space in the barn. Both the administrator and several commissioners expressed the opinion that free standing restrooms would allow for more use of the entire facility. They felt that adding restrooms to the arena would only bene t events held in the arena or would require the arena to be open when it was not in use. However, Commissioner Frank Irby, who is a former member of the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board of Directors, expressed concern that additional restrooms could overload the package treatment plant at Everglades Elementary School that serves both the school and the agri-civic center. Commissioner Ray Domer observed that several events at the agri-civic center have almost overloaded the plant. He said it was fortunate that school was not in session during those events. Commissioner Joey Hoover was in favor of using standardized plans for stand alone restrooms that had been developed for the ball elds. He said the standardization would make for easier clean up and maintenance. The vote on option A was 4 to 1 with Commissioner Irby voting no. Afterwards the commissioner said he voted no because he was against taking the grant. He felt that if the people of the county wanted to improve the agi-civic center it should be paid for with county funds and not grant money. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. CENTERContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaRibbon CuttingOn Friday, April 27, the new owner of Sybil’s Flowers and Gifts, 119 S. Parrott Ave., held a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by various business and city of cials. Cutting the ribbon were, Felicia Maxwell, left center, and Okeechobee Mayor James Kirk, right center.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In a democracy, the highest office is that of citizens.Ž „ US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We agree. Yet too many citizens feel powerless to influence the flow of events. We give people a voice. Our Speak Out column is just one example. We consider it an extension of the secret ballot and a return of the values of the American Revolution. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 22 Okeechobee News April 29, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Diana WhitehallGuest speakersThe Thursday, April 26, Kiwanis meeting was held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant. In the photo: (front, left to right) Don Sellers, leader and founding father of the Okeechobee County 4-H Sharp Shooters Club, Carrie Maldoon, 4-H Club volunteer, and Lynne Hawk, regional hunter safety coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; (back, left to right) Tom Knight, eld representative for the National Ri e Association of America (NRA), Al Hammond, III, Southern Region NRA director, and Jeff Sumner, Kiwanis member. Mr. Sumner introduced his speaker, Mr. Knight and Mr. Hammond who spoke about the National Ri e Association of America and the importance of safety, education and marksmanship. The association provides the materials for Hunter Education and 80 percent of their budget helps with training for youth programs such as teaching gun awareness and safety in grades K-5. Their main focus is to present a Life Saving Message to everyone. The NRA Foundation gives grants to such organizations as the Boy Scouts, and they recently presented a grant to the Okeechobee County 4-H Sharp Shooters Club. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRun for the CornBruce McManus of Palm City, 46, won the Male Open Division at the annual Run for the Corn' on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, held last Saturday, April 21, on the Lake Okeechobee scenic trail in Port Mayaca. The 3.5 mile race started at the Port Mayaca Recreation area. The race is known as the "Run for the Corn," because local farmer Wayne Boyton has for many years provided fresh corn for runners after race.Special to the Okeechobee NewsOpen Division winnerThirty-nine year old Joan Klosreich shows off her trophy for winning the Female Open Division as the rst female to cross the nish line Saturday in the annual Run for the Corn' on Lake Okeechobee.

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