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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: 05-06-2012
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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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Sunday, May 6, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 55 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.66 feetLast Year: 10.85 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.Postal worker accusing of stealing cash out of birthday card ... Page 20 Supervisor of Elections unhappy with governor’s rating plan ... Page 20 Residents asked to help stop arsonists ... Page 7 Special to the Okeechobee NewsHershey Track and FieldAubrey Pearce of Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School in Brighton was able to nish second in the standing long jump in the girls 9-10 year old division of Hershey Track and Field. For the story, see page 14. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Will the grant that Okeechobee Count y Commissioners recently applied for to install more restrooms at the Okeechobee Count y Agri-Civic Center bring that facility into compliance with the Florida Building Code? At this time it is not known if full compliance Ag center questions remain See AG — Page 18 The latest graduates of the S.P.I.N. program are ready for new homes. S.P.I.N., which stands for “Saving Puppies In Need,” is an obedience training and behavior program. Inmates from the CCA Moore Haven Correctional Facility work daily to make the canines the best possible companion pet for adoption. Select inmates at the CCA Moore Haven prison spend 24 hours a day for 12 to 15 weeks of training for up to eight dogs at a time. There are an estimated 16 inmates in the program presently. Three of the dogs in the recently graduated class have already been adopted. Still waiting for their “forever homes” are the following:  Brandy, is a Hound/Carolina Dog mix Inmates help train dogs Special to the Okeechobee NewsHaley, a Dalmation mix, is a S.P.I.N. program graduate who needs a home. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBrandy, a Hound/Carolina Dog mix is one of the recent graduates of the S.P.I.N. program. Special to the Okeechobee NewsS.P.I.N. program graduates Rex (left), Starbuck (above) and Dingo (right) are ready to adopt. See SPIN — Page 18

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Farm Rule I nd it somewhat ironic that the federal government was trying to make rules about w hat jobs kids can do on a farm because they are so worried about the perceived dangers of working on farm equipment. Why doesn’t t he federal government concentrate on solving the problem of violence in the urban areas? That claims a lot more lives every year t han a few farm accidents. Let the parents decide what chores their kids should do on t he farm. Some kids can handle a tractor at age 12. Others might not be mature enough or big enough. Leave it up to the parents to make those decisions. We have enough government interference in our lives.School board I know three school board members are former teachers, but it’s obvious to most of the teachers still teaching that they have quickly forgotten where they came from! As far as thinking for themselves? They did not t hink for themselves. They sided with the dist rict on all accounts and they were to mediate? One board member speci cally asked t he lawyer when the impasse date was set “We usually back the superintendent on iss ues, how does this differ?” The lawyer told t he board that they were to be an impartial b oard hearing both sides and making a dec ision! There are many teachers that do not b elieve the board can think for themselves and speak their mind. Too bad the general public is oblivious to what is really going on. I actually had a long-time community member s ay to me, “Oh the teachers get their health insurance paid for like the board right?” That is just one example of how naive the public is when it comes to the schools. I still wish t hey would throw away that rubber stamp and get a backbone and do what is best for t he students.  I haven’t seen the board do anything but “react” in 10 years. A county like Okeechobee needs a board of forward thinkers, who are willing to put in the time and effort needed to bring us from close to the back to close to the front in the rankings. There is no arguing that across the state, counties that have lower socioeconomic score lower in the rankings. The board needs to accept those statistics and come up with a plan to break the trend!! It will de nitely require an investment of time and mental capacity on their part.  The union had the choice of going to a mediator to work out an agreement, or going straight to the school board. If the teachers have so little faith in the school board, why didn’t the union choose to go to a mediator rst?  Would the union have chosen the school board over a mediator because a mediator was an additional expense that was not needed?  It was a close vote when the union decided to go directly to the board and skip the mediator. There were several arguments from those that didn’t want to go to mediation. I think there were some members at the meeting who felt the board was going to do this to us from the start. The decision to proceed directly to the board won by one vote.  I have been following the comments about the school board and the teachers. The school board, in my opinion, has to answer to the voters, the taxpayers, who want the most for their tax money. They also want the best for the children. However, the taxpayers are already hurting too. Many have suffered job losses or pay cuts. Those paid by tax money should remember that. If you get a raise, it comes out of my taxes. And most of us just can’t afford to pay more taxes.Almost beyond belief It always bothers me when women say they have so many children because they don’t use birth control because of their religion ... and yet they are having these children out of wedlock. I don’t know any religion that encourages getting pregnant when you are not married. If you were that religious, you would choose abstinence before marriage. And yes people get carried away in the moment and make a mistake ... but 15?  I don’t mind if people have a lot of kids but they have to take care of them. What made me so mad about it all is that the mother in the news swept her hand around the room at the children all piled on two beds and said someone had to take care of all these children and basically someone needed to be responsible....everyone but her...as in U.S. The Principle of the Open Hand…By Pastor Cary McKee, More 2 Life Ministries Goliath must have really been something to see. He stood over 9 feet tall and just the scaled armor coat that he wore weighed over 125 lbs. The shaft of his spear was as big around as a grown man’s arm and the point of it weighed nearly 15 lbs. He was by far the biggest, meanest, toughest dude in the valley. Championship wrestlers are big, steroids have made them bigger, but this guy was huge. His helmet looked like a 5 gallon bucket, and the sword he wielded in one hand was more than an average man could effectively swing with two. The sound of his bark must have been just as intimidating as what his bite promised to be. I Samuel 17:11 tells us that the entire Israelite army including their leader Saul was dismayed and terri ed. Goliath’s voice was the rst thing they heard every morning and the last thing they would hear each night. I am sure he dominated their dreams as well, as he appeared to be the unstoppable, all powerful giant. To many of us, this economy is Goliath in every since of the word. Many of you have no work, no money, and bills to pay that loom larger each and every day. Some of you might not be there yet, but the threat of losing your job, your car, your house, your self respect, is always on your mind. The current economy is your Giant. You know what he sounds like, smells like, looks like, and feels like. He is on your mind when you get up in the morning, when you lay down at night and he dominates your dreams. He is consuming you one bite at a time and it feels as though there is no escape. You feel outmanned, outgunned, outmatched, and overwhelmed. Like the Israelites you can think of nothing else but him. So what should we do? We should do as David did. David’s focus was not on the giant, but on the true slayer of giants. David reminded everyone that God had already delivered him from the paw of the lion and the bear, and surely he would deliver him again! He put his faith in the Lord Almighty, the commander of the armies of Israel. Armies being plural because David recognized that (like the servant of Elisha) that there were more with him than there were against him. He chose to see things through the eyes of the King, and he behaved as if the battle was already won. That is what we should do as we face this economy. What does that mean? It means keeping our hands open. The tendency when things begin to get tight is for us to close our hands, clinch our sts and hang on with a death grip to everything that we think is security. The principle of the open hand calls for ou r hands to be just that… open. As God blesses us and he surely has and will, we are to keep our hands open, allowing Him to do as H e wills with that blessing. The open hand allows it to go out as fast as it comes in, leaving room for God to bless you again. It allows you to be a conduit for His blessings to ow through. God’s economy explodes through the principle of the open hand. I t was after all, the example that Jesus set, se e 2 Corinthians 8:9. As Paul was writing to the Church a t Corinth in II Corinthians 8, he reminded them of the deeds of the Church of Macedonia. Now you have to understand th e Corinthians were like Madison Avenue, and the Macedonians like a poor, rural dirt road. Yet, Paul says of the Macedonians in II Corinthians 8:2-4, “Out of the most severe trial, their over owing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testif y that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us fo r the privilege of sharing in this service to th e saints.” When was the last time you urgentl y pleaded for the privilege of giving? I know, me neither… But I have seen the principle o f the open hand at work, and I have watched God continue to ll the hand that stays open to Him. I have also seen the Lord stop lling hands that close up tight and hang on to what He has already given. As you face th e giant of the still slumping economy, remember to focus on the giant slayer and not on the giant. Be a conduit of his grace. Don’t le t the giant of this world bully you. Practice th e principle of the open hand this year, and lik e David, you will be running into the battle, already assured of victory. May 6, 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! The article headlined “OHS Boys Basketball Team honored at banquet” in the May 2 edition of the Okeechobee News contained an error. The article listed Dawn Herrin as an award winner. This was incorrect. Dustin Herrin was the award winner. We apologize for the error and for any inconvenience it may have caused. Correction

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Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. West southwest w ind between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. West wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastMonday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. West northwest wind around 5 mph. Monday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. East wind around 5 mph becoming south. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Some time in June, if all goes well, the corner of N.W. Fifth Avenue and Park Street w ill take on a whole new look. That is when the murals covering the windows and doors of the building will be unveiled, giving a picture of what it would look like peering into the building years ago. Okeechobee native, Joseph Steiert, who now lives in West Palm Beach, has been doing residential and commercial murals for 20 y ears. He recreated the interior of the bank in door and window murals including people, tellers’ cages and the bank vault. The upper level windows in the front will have re ections of the sky. The upper back windows w ill reveal a board meeting in session. The building is owned by local businessman Gil Culbreth. When he saw the bank murals, he wanted the artist to go on and create murals for the adjoining building, which Mr. Culbreth also owns, before having an unveiling. So the project was continued to include the remaining windows and doors. The D & D Grocery and a dress shop belonging to Judge Bill Hendry’s grandmother will be depicted. “There is so much detail it’s unbelievable,” said Bridgett Waldeau, arts and culture director of Main Street, the sponsor of the mural project. “He’s fantastic with perspective,” she added of the artist.” Mr. Steiert used what photographs he could nd and tried to envision how the building looked. He researched other bank buildings of the period. “I tried to keep it simple,” he said “The facts I did know I tried to incorporate them.” Working from photographs, he created a likeness of Mr. Culbreth’s father in the bank as well as the two Davis brothers in their D & D Grocery. He was also fortunate enough to have a oor plan of the grocery. The murals recreate people’s memory of sawdust on the oor and weighing babies on the grocery store’s scales. The artist pictured a jar of licorice that was just like one someone remembered. The only photograph of the dress shop was of the exterior. Mr. Steiert used a dressmaker’s mannequin he had as a model for creating the interior of the shop. The murals also incorporate issues of Life, Saturday Evening Post and Time magazines of the day. Mr. Steiert said this was the biggest project he has done in one shot. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call 863-763-3134 to reserve your space or email: okeeadsales@newszap.com1/8 — $75 + $30 color1/4 — $100 + $50 color1/2 — $200 + $75 colorATTENTION: PARENTS!The Okeechobee News will be publishing a special tribute to OHS 2012 Seniors, it will be published in the June 10, 2012 edition.Deadline: June 5, 2012 Looking for the best rates for Domestic and International Travel ?1-877-988-2896 Call us today,We can beat any online rate! Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 5 Okeechobee News May 6, 2012 Okeechobee Forecast Last September, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed regulations regarding child labor safety rules for agriculture and agriculture-related jobs. By April 26, the DOL changed its mind. “I am pleased the Labor Department chose to withdraw their proposed rules that w ould have drastically impacted the ability of many young people to work in agriculture,” Florida Farm Bureau president John Hoblick expressed. “I appreciate the willingness of the administration to listen to the hundreds of Florida Farm Bureau members who expressed their concern with this proposal.” The proposed rules would have limited the ability of children to perform common farm jobs such as working around animals, w orking with power driven tools such as battery powered screwdrivers or weed eaters, or working at any height over six feet. “My experiences as a young man working on my family’s farm taught me many valuable lessons,” Hoblick continued. “I am glad that many young people in this generation will have the same opportunity I had. Florida Farm Bureau will continue to work to ensure that parental exemptions remain intact as well as promote the importance of farm safety in all aspects of farm life.” In withdrawing their rule, DOL issued a statement saying, “The decision to withdraw this rule – including provisions to de ne the ‘parental exemption’ – was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms.” Fla. Farm Bureau responds to DOL Murals will depict a bygone era By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News When they meet Tuesday evening, the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board is scheduled to hear three cases. Leroy and Wanda Page, who own property at 803 N.W. Eleventh St., and Pablo and Yanet Rodriguez, who own property at 1120 S.E. Twenty First St. have been cited for public nuisance and general cleaning and beautication. Eli’s Western Wear has been cited for sign maintenance. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@ newszap.com. City code board to hear three cases If you go ...What: City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 Where: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Bobby Madrigal, 63 OKEE — Bobby Madrigal, of Okeechobee, died Wed. May 2, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. He was born Jan. 16, 1949, in Shaw, Mo. to Anselmo and Maria Madrigal. He was preceded in death by his brother, Victor Madrigal. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Aurora Madrigal of Okeechobee; daughters, Carmen Serrano of Apopka, Fla., Angela Velasquez (Jose Luis) of Raleigh, N.C., Maria Benitez, Sally Mora (Carlos), Mona Adan all of Apopka, Fla.; 27 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two sisters; and two brothers. The family will receive friends on Sat. May 5, 2012, in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, from 10:00 a.m. until service time of 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Guadalupe R. ‘Don Lupe’ Gutierrez 86OKEE — Guadalupe R. “Don Lupe” Gutierrez died peacefully Wed. May 2, 2012, at Lawnw ood Regional Medical Center. Born on Aug. 30, 1925, in Carricitos, Texas, Guadalupe had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1959. He attended Church of Our Saviour Episcopal church. In his y ounger years he loved to cowboy and rope. He was the owner and operator of L & L Harvesting and Trucking as well as Gutierrez Harvesting. Guadalupe was an in uential advocate for migrant workers helping many to become legalized U.S. citizens. His true passion w as his faith and his family. He was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita Gonzalez and great-grandson, Billy Jo Olivarez. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Guadalupe Ocanas Gutierrez of Okeechobee; sons, J ose (Darlene) Olivarez of Okeechobee, Juan (Pauline) Gutierrez of Grand Blanc, Mich., Roberto (Diana) Olivarez, Michael Olivarez; daughter, Diana Gutierrez (Brad) Stark; brother, A mado Juarez; sisters, Celestina Silvas, Aurora Garcia Gutierrez, Sara Gutierrez, all of Okeechobee, Flora Martinez of Port St. Lucie; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home with services at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2012, at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. 3rd St., Okeechobee, Fla. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of owers, the family suggests that donations be made in Guadalupe’s memory to Church of Our Saviour. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News May 6, 2012 Cypress Hut Eagles to host dinner nightThe Cypress Hut Eagles will host sh dinner May 8 5-7 p.m. $6. All proceeds will support Community Charity Fund, Public is welcome.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.Free Diabetes education presentationCome to learn more about living with Diabetes. Wanda Haas, RN CDE will present the facts and tips on how to live a better life when living with Diabetes. The presentation is offered by the Visiting Nurses Association at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community, 203 SE Second Street, Okeechobee in the Activities Room at 10 a.m.Elks to hold May meetingThe Elks will be meeting May 10 at 7 p.m. at the VFW So. It is located in Treasure Island on 441 S. just past the blinking light.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 ofce. 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. OCIA to hold monthly meetingThe OCIA (Okeechobee Community Improvement Association) will have their monthly meeting on Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Douglas Brown center. We ask that all members attend and if there are other people in the Okeechobee community who are interested in participating and becoming a member they are welcome. The agenda for this meeting is to discuss fund raisers and a contribution to the High School Seniors Scholarship fund. Questions: Call, George Roberson at 863-610-0973.OREA meeting plannedThe Okeechobee Retired Educator’s Association will be holding their monthly meeting on Monday, May 7 beginning at 11:15 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O’ Brady’s. A representative from the state organization is scheduled to be present. They would like to invite any retired educator to join us!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.Real Life Children’s Ranch open yard saleReal Life Children’s Ranch Yard Sale will be open Tuesday Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the months of May and June. The ranch welcomes all donations that are in good condition and can be sold, including clothing items. Community Events

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TALLAHASSEE—As part of Arson Awareness Week May 6-12, one group is asking Florida citizens to help “Stomp Out Arson” by participating in a video contest that brings awareness to the dangers of woods arson. The Florida Forestry Arson Alert Association, a direct support organization of the Florida Forest Service, is hosting the contest to bring awareness to arson-caused wildres in an effort to curb growing woods arson statistics. In 2012 alone, more than 20 percent of Florida’s wild res were caused by woods arsonists. If woods arson continues at this rate, Florida has the potential to double its arson numbers from 2011 – experiencing over 800 arson-caused wild res burning up to 15,000 acres. Contest videos must center on the theme “Stomp Out Arson,” and highlight the negative effects of woods arson in a fun, safe, and informative way. Video submissions should be posted on the Florida Forest Service Facebook page. The video that obtains the most Facebook “likes” by May 12 will be declared the winner and will receive a $50 gift card sponsored by the Florida Forestry Arson A lert Association. To enter the contest, participants should adhere to the following guidelines:  Videos must incorporate the theme “Stomp Out Arson.”  Keep videos at 90 seconds or less.  Absolutely No profanity or vulgarity. V ideos containing profanity or vulgarity are prohibited and will be removed immediately.  Absolutely No live ame. Any videos depicting live ame will be disquali ed and removed immediately.  Only videos posted to the Florida Forest Service Facebook page will be considered.  Always remember your safety comes rst. Do not do anything in your video that could cause harm or injury to you or others.  For more information on the “Stomp Out Arson” video contest, visit the Florida Forest Service Facebook fan page. In addition to participating in the contest, the Florida Forest Service and Of ce of Agricultural Law Enforcement are asking for citizen help in identifying suspected arsonists by reporting suspicious activity to the Arson Alert Hotline at 1-800-342-5869. Callers may remain anonymous. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 301 N.E. 19th Drive(Across from the old hospital)112 South W. C. Owens Ave. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but more than 98 percent of skin cancers can be cured with early detection. Schedule your skin check today if: Youve ever spent time in the sun for work or play You have a spot on your skin that has changed shape or color You have a spot that bleeds and never seems to healMost insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 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 May 6, 2012 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Prices off a little on most calves but quality was off also with small numbers of cattle this week. Slaughter Cows & Bulls were HIGHER $1-$2. Things still look pretty good when you get $700-$800 on calves and the same on Butcher Cows! We had a Butcher Bull bring $1.19!!! Look for prices to stay good as long as supply is down. Adams Ranch, Ft. Pierce, topped the calf market with a high of $3.05, bought by Foy Reynolds. Monty Myers, Ft Pierce, topped the cow market with a high of $98.00, bought by Central Beef. We have four Purebred 2 1/2 year old Angus Bulls for Sale! Jeff Forestry Arson Alert Assoc. asks citizens to ‘Stomp Out Arson’

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Okeechobee News Okeechobee Main Street is a non-pro t Okeechobee Main Street is a non-pro t 501(c)(3) organization that has been in existence in Okeechobee since 2004. In 2006, OKMS was certi ed as a Main Street Program with the state and has continued to grow and prosper. It is the mission of Main Street to ensure the prosperity and vitality of Okeechobee through collaboration with private citizens, local businesses, building owners, city and county of cials, and other civic organizations. Through strong relationships with the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Council, the Tourist Development Council, the City of Okeechobee and the County, Okeechobee Main Street has been able to play a signi cant role in continuing progress in the city. Okeechobee Main Street is best known for the festivals in Okeechobee's beautiful Flagler Park system. The Speckled Perch Festival, Parade and Pageant, Top of the Lake Art and Music Fest, All-American Labor Day Celebration, and Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and Parade are all sponsored by OKMS. In addition to these Main Street partners with the Cattlemen's Association for the National Day of the American Cowboy celebration at the Agri-Civic Center and hosts the free Halloween Festival in that same location. Main Street, however, is not just a "festival" organization. Charged with the task of historic preservation and beauti cation, Main Street has established and maintained a mural program throughout the city, established the butter y garden in the park, instituted way nding directional signs to key buildings in the city and established the city's south entrance sign on Highway 441. To further open and positive communication, Okeechobee Main Street sponsors monthly mixers to give Okeechobee citizens, business owners and of cials an opportunity to meet, network and discuss the "issue of the day" in a relaxed, enjoyable setting. OKMS assists new businesses by organizing grand openings and ribbon cutting events as well as many other activities. Future plans include beauti cation of city medians, the development of a North entrance sign to the city, continuation of the mural program with a self-guided walking tour and additional events. Okeechobee Main Street was recently awarded seed money from the Shands Hospital Arts in Medicine program and is currently in the process of establishing community partnerships that result in improved health and a high quality of life through the use of cultural programs. Main Street programs exist throughout the United States and fall under the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington D.C. Okeechobee Main Street is directly assisted by the Florida Main Street Program who provides information, training, and guidance. Membership opportunities are available for students, individuals, families and businesses and volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to be an exciting part of Okeechobee's past and present please contact Cindy Birdashaw, Executive Director, at 863-357-6246 or stop in to chat. The Main Street of ce is located at 111 N.E. 2nd Street, just north of CVS Pharmacy. 2 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!) 8 May 6, 2012 OKMS hosts elections, plans for the future Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSAt its General Membership meeting on April 25, Okeechobee Main Street members elected their Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 term. Pictured are (front) Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw, Director-at-Large Merilee Berglund, Director-at-Large Shelly Doyle, President Maureen Burroughs, Treasurer Lisa Watts, and Director-at-Large Diane Davies; (back) Art and Culture Director Bridgette Waldau, Secretary Courtney Moyett, Promotions Director Frank DeCarlo, Design Director Jeff Shef eld, Vice President John Creasman and Volunteer Coordinator Toni Doyle. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tabitha TrentCommunity Hero AwardOn May 3, a commemorative accolade "The Community Hero Award" was presented to the South Elementary after school day care team. CenterState Bank presented this award to recognize the ladies for the vital role that they each play in the lives of our youth, community and schools. Their patience, dedication and leadership is much appreciated and well respected. Each team member was presented with a framed commemorative certi cate and gift card. "Ladies of South Elementary after school day care, We salute you!" In the back row are: Ethel Delagall, Peggy Friend, Ruby English, Tabitha Trent, CenterState Bank Manager; front row from left to right are: Chris Schad, Sue Clements and Vianca Padgett.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Federally insured by NCUA.Oers valid as of April 10, 2012. A minimum $5 account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA and access to these oers. O ers are available for a limited time only and may be cancelled without notice. Existing MIDFLORIDA loans and credit cards do no t qualify for the incentive or the special advertised Annual Percentage Rates (APR). Checking incentive is deposited to new checking account. Loan and credit card incentives will be applied to a MIDFLORIDA Visa P latinum credit card. Other rates and terms are available and are based on credit. Visit midorida.com or see an associate for d etails. 1.Anyone who has held a checking account with MIDFLORIDA in the past will not qualify for the $77 incentive. In addition to ope ning a new checking account, you must accept and open online banking, online bill payment, eStatement, eNotice, direct deposit ($500 minimum which must post within 30 days of account opening) and a debit card. For RT4T checking accounts, you must make 5 debit card transactions in the rst 30 days in lieu of the direct deposit requireme nt. Freedom accounts do not qualify for this incentive. Minimum to open is $50. 2. To qualify for the incentive, you must ren ance a loan of $15,000 or more from another nancial institution. Loans of $5,000 to $14,999 will receive a $100 credit. 3. Incentive is oered on new credit card accounts only. The introductory Annual Percentage Rate a vailable on balance transfers is valid for the rst 12 months on new accounts only. A 1% balance transfer fee will apply. START TODAY! CREDIT CARDGET $50 creditwith a new Visa Platinum Credit Card30% Intro APR on balance transfers No annual fee FREE CHECKINGGET $77 cash with a new FREE checking account1 REFI LOANGET $200 creditwith your renanced loanRates as low as 2.99%2APR MORE POWER TO YOU.Feeling powerless at your big bank? All banks and credit unions arent alike … so when it comes to deciding where to bank, ta ke control. www.mid”orida.com Toll Free (866) 913-3733Habla Espaol (877) 834-6376OKEECHOBEE 3261 U.S. Hwy. 441 S. Earn up to $327 with MIDFLORIDA is here to work with you and your schedule … with features like: plus 9 Okeechobee News May 6, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSHigher educationOsceola Middle School seventh and eighth grade Avid Students recently toured the University of Central Florida campus where they learned what it means to be a college student. Students are pictured in front of UCF’s Re ecting Pool Fountain located in the center of the campus. The AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination, promotes college readiness for middle and high school students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Peace Lutheran ChurchSpecial guest readerWayne Cunningham from WOKC came to Peace Lutheran School on Wednesday, May 2, and read to our children “Maggie McNair Has Spiders in Her Hair.” He is reading to Mrs. Dearborn and Mrs. Jimenez’s classes. Registration for Parks & Recreation’s Summer Play Camp begins Monday, May 7, at 8 a.m. Enrollment is limited to the rst 80 children ages 6-12. Camp will operate at the Civic Center on Hwy 98N from June 18-Aug. 3 (7 weeks). Pre-registration will be held at the Parks & Recreation Of ce in the Sports Complex Mon-Fri between 8:30-5 p.m. May 7-June 1. A letter from the School Food Service Of ce is required at the time of registration to qualify for these discounted rates. For more details on hours, fees and activities, call the of ce at 863-763-6950. Parks and Rec opens summer camp registration

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 AND ALSO RECEIVE OFFERS**CATCH A FREE RIDE!THE BUS PICKS UP AT:Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation**Offers cannot be combined with new member offers. Must be 18 years old to play Bingo. See Bingo Hall for complete details Limited Space Available. We reserve the right to cancel at any time. Arrival and departure times are estimated and subject to change based on travel conditions. See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate. Management reserves all rights. Person who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or those who have opted into the self-exclusion program are not eligible. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. ADDITIONAL STOPS AVAILABLE IN OTHER AREAS, CALL 1.800.360.9875 EXT 5655 FOR MORE INFO.TUESDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 5:30pmWEDNESDAYS/THURSDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 7:30pmNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA! 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Items subject to change, available while supplies last. Like us on Facebook 10 Okeechobee News May 6, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary Students of the Week for the week of April 23, include: Stephanie Cowham, Karter Ramirez, Colton Wood, Jocelyn Domina, Olivia Campbell, Luis Lerma, Emmanuel Jaurez, Makayla Stokes, Maricela Orozco, Jessie Jones, Victor Rodriguez, Joshua King, Emmabelle Pippin, Mariah Simmons, Markayla Morris, Logan Sauseda, Arlene Tellez, Stephanie Yanez, Anna San Martin, Haley Herring, Sergio Montalvo, Joel Sanchez, Victoria Simmons, Terrell Fludd, Michael Betts, Makalyn Jones, Joseline Flores, Trina Wiggins-Williams, Eboni Koivunen and Megan Hotmire. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of April 30-May 4, include: kindergarten students Dakoda Woods, Susanna Mejia-Garcia, Nathaly Brandt, Remington Weaver, Eli Barber; rst graders, Shaun Martinez, John Starnes, Audrey Broadrick, Jasell Rueda, Cameron Hinchcliff, Angel Alvarez, Gianna Salerno; second graders, Breannah Garcia, Kimberly Cooper, Princessa Orteaga, Bryton Bohannon, Cynphonnie Cooper, David Bayless; third, Tara Wilcox, Alexandra Ramirez, Mackenzie Crum, Garrett Frady, Lila Pendarvis, Keyana Johnson; fourth graders, Marissa Forde, Lafasia Smith, Destiny Haney, Justin Roberts; fth grade, Earl Holliday, Kassandra Salmeron, Brooklyn Weeks, Devin Phillips, Briana Gonzalez. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Summer already? It will be soon enough. What activities have you planned for your children this summer, how about your teens? The Shared Services Network (SSN) released the 2012 Summer Activity Guide on Thursday, May 3. A copy of the guide was sent home with every student in the Okeechobee County School System. Their hope is that this guide will assist parents in nding activities to keep local children safe, supervised and active this summer. If you would like a copy or more information about this guide, please call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, ext. 257, Shared Services Network of Okeechobee. Active in Okeechobee 2012 Summer Activity Guide

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PRICE OF VEHICLES EXCLUDES TAX, TAG, REGISTRATION AND TITLE. 0% FINANCING FROMTOYOTA FINANCIAL BASED ON APPROVED CREDIT. ALL CU STOMER CASH OFFERS MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH QUALIFIED APR APPROVAL. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. *WITH APPROVED CREDIT. PLUS TAX, 12K MPY, AND $1,695 INCEPTIONS. INCLUDES ALL FACTORY REBATES AND INCENTIVES. OFFERS WITH APPROVED CREDIT. OFFER VALID THRU DAY OF PUBLICATION. PHOTO FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSE ONLY. 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Auto, A/C, Loaded, 3 to choose, Very Clean, Great on Gas! 2007 TOYOTO SOLARA 2007 TOYOTO SOLARA .......................... .......................... $14,990 $14,990 Auto, CD, A/C, PW, PL #120686A Auto, CD, A/C, PW, PL #120686A 1999 M 1999 M ERCEDES SLK ERCEDES SLK ............................ ............................ $14,990 $14,990 Auto, Alloys, Loaded, Low Miles, Lthr, Only 45K Miles Auto, Alloys, Loaded, Low Miles, Lthr, Only 45K Miles #120709M #120709M 2010-11 TOYOTA COROLL 2010-11 TOYOTA COROLL A A ................... ................... $14,990 $14,990 7 to choose from. 7 to choose from. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute St. Lucie Medical Center When Seconds Count, Count On Us! For a Free Physician Referral & Healthcare Questions, call Consult-A-Nurse 863-763-9228, a FREE service sponsored by Raulerson Hospital and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Registered Nurses. 12 Okeechobee News May 6, 2012 May is Stroke Awareness Month. Take the time to learn the many warning signs of a stroke. Use F.A.S.T. to remember these signs. Acting FAST could save your life or the life of a loved one. If you think that you or someone near you is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.Warning Signs of a Stroke:F = FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? A = ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S = SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange? T = TIME If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-11immediately. Stroke Prevention Guidelines1. Know blood pressure (hypertension) : High blood pressure is a major stroke risk factor if left untreated. Have blood pressure checked yearly by a doctor or at health fairs, a local pharmacy or supermarket or with an automatic blood pressure machine. 2. Identify atrial brillation (AFIB): AFIB is an abnormal heartbeat that can increase stroke risk by 500 percent. A b can cause blood to pool in the heart and may form a clot and cause a stroke. A doctor must diagnose and treat A b. 3. Stop smoking L Smoking doubles the risk of stroke. It damages blood vessel walls, speeds up artery clogging, raises blood pressure and makes the heart work harder. Stopping smoking today will immediately begin to decrease risk. 4. Control alcohol use: Alcohol use has been linked to stroke in many studies. Most doctors recommend not drinking or drinking only in moderation no more than two drinks each day. Remember that alcohol can negatively interact with other drugs you are taking. 5. Know cholesterol levels: Cholesterol is a fatty substance in blood that is made b y the body. It also comes in food. High cholesterol levels can clog arteries and cause a stroke. See a doctor if your total cholesterol level is more than 200. 6. Control diabetes: Many people with diabetes have health problems that are also stroke risk factors. Your doctor can prescribe a nutrition program, lifestyle changes and medicine to help control your diabetes. 7. Manage exercise and diet: Excess weight strains the circulatory system. Exercise ve times a week. Maintain a diet lo w in calories, salt, saturated and trans fats and cholesterol. Eat ve servings of fruits and vegetables daily. 8. Treat circulation problems: Fatty deposits can block arteries carrying blood to the brain and lead to a stroke. Other problems such as sickle cell disease or severe anemia should be treated. 9. Act FAST at the rst warning sign o f stroke If you have any stroke symptoms, call 911 immediately. For a free physician referral call Consult-A-Nurse at 763-9228. To ght stroke, think F.A.S.T. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raulerson HospitalHospital Volunteer of the YearRaulerson Hospital’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year Hazel LaLonde accepts her award from Chief Executive Of cer Robert Lee. Raulerson Hospital honored and thanked its volunteers, during National Volunteer Week. All of the volunteers enjoyed a special lunch and received gifts as tokens of appreciation for their dedication. Raulerson Hospital Chief Executive Of cer Robert Lee announced that Hazel LaLonde is the 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Hazel has volunteered for more than 15 years and was nominated by her peers for her friendliness and reliability. More than 50 individuals comprise the team of Volunteers at Raulerson Hospital, including some seasonal residents. The hospital also has a program for volunteens. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or volunteen at Raulerson Hospital contact Jenny Pung at 863-824-2702. Okeechobee Blood Drives planned for MayThere are fewer people in town, but the need for blood continues. If you are at least 17 years old and in good health, you can help save lives by donating blood. Blood drives planned in Okeechobee this month include: Saturday, May 5 -Cinco de Mayo Event at Philippine Cultural Center on Wolff Rd., 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 -Wal Mart, 1 5 p.m. Sunday, May 13 -Mother's Day at Golden Corral, 11 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13 -Honor Mother by donating at Publix, 26 p.m. Friday, May 18 -Walgreen's, 1 7 p.m.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., May 4TH Thurs., May 10THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE AVENGERS” I: “THE AVENGERS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:30, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 & 9:30, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R II: II: “21 JUMP STREET “21 JUMP STREETFri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG III: III: “PIRATES: BAND OF MISFITS” “PIRATES: BAND OF MISFITS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 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. 13 Okeechobee News May 6, 2012 Karen Cooper, ARNP has been a nurse for 40 y ears with a wide range of health care experience. She has worked in the hospital ER, ICU, OB, Med/Surg, hospital supervisor, nursing home A DON, and licensure and certi cation utilization review/consultant. She also played a huge role in establishing local school health clinics. Karen has been employed at the Okeechobee County Health Department for the past 22 years. During this time she obtained her ARNP in 1992 from Emory University, in Atlanta, Ga. She maintains her National Certi cation in Women's Health. She routinely performs annual exams, inserts IUD's, does family planning, and treats sexually transmitted diseases. She looks forward to meeting you and providing you with the Women's health care you need. Karen and her family have a deep and lifelong commitment to the people of this community. Call 863-462-5819 to schedule an appointment with Karen. Our address is 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee. We are here to serve our community. Health Dept offers nurse practitioner services Karen Cooper, ARNP Editor’s note: May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. The Okeechobee County Health Department is recognizing this w eek by pro ling local nurses. Deborah Kicliter-Kelley, ARNP-BC, was born and raised in Ft. Pierce, and has relatives that live here in Okeechobee. She has been married to an amazing man for the past 16 years, of which they have two beautiful children Graham, 10 and Grace 2. She once had the desire to become a veterinarian, but soon gured out she wanted to care for the human kind. In 1993, she completed Paramedic/Fire ghter school; sixth in her class. Became an RN in 2002, and completed her Bachelors in Nursing in 2004. She then went to the Univ ersity Of South Alabama in 2008 to get her A RNP. Debbie is board certi ed in Women's Health. Until just recently, she was a clinical instructor for both Lawnwood Medical Center and IRSC (AKA. IRCC) for 13 years. She was employed at the St. Lucie County Health Department for three years, and began working here at the Okeechobee County Health Department almost two years ago. August will be her two-year mark here at the Okeechobee County Health Department. She enjoys coming to Okeechobee and is proud to serve our community. She specializes in Women's Health. This includes promoting health and wellness like annual exams; which includes breast exams and Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer/Human Papilloma Virus, genital herpes, genital warts and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. We have several different birth control options available, such as, the pill, depo shot, nuva-ring, intra uterine device (IUD), foam, lm, and condoms. She sees clients for HIV testing, reproductive information/issues, menstrual problems, and emergency contraceptives. She sees clients for a variety of things such as; urinary tract infections, menopause treatment, health education, and nutritional counseling. She can also provide referrals for mammograms, colonoscopies, vasectomies, and bilateral tubal ligations (tying of tubes) when needed. Please feel free to schedule an appointment with her to discuss your needs 863462-5819. The address is 1728 N.W. 9th Ave., Okeechobee. "I look forward to meeting you and providing you with individualized health care." "My practice encompasses; testing, treatment, and education." Health Department recognizes Nurses Week Deborah Kelley, ARNP Kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 school yearOkeechobee County School Board will be holding Kindergarten registration at the following schools: May 14, Central 863-462-5077; May 15, Seminole 863-462-5116; May 16, North 863462-5100; May 17, South 863-462-5087; May 18, Everglades 863-462-5108.If your child will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2012, you should begin gathering the following information required by law to enter public school including: Legal proof of birth date, up to date immunization records, health exam record that has been completed by a physician since Sept. 1, 2011; proof of residence (FPL statement; OUA statement, etc.) Please contact the school your child will attend to schedule an appointment for kindergarten registration. If you do not know which school your child should attend, contact the Student Services Of ce at 863-462-5000, ext. 260.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 “Take Time For Yourself”LicensedReferences Residential CommercialCleaning & Errand Services By KatrinaPhone 863-824-0882 Cell 863-484-2551Lic # 1812 S p e c i a l i z i n g i n C o n v e r t i b l e T o p s S e a t s H e a d L i n e r s T o n n e a u C o v e r s & M o r e Specializing in Convertible Tops, Seats, Head Liners, Tonneau Covers & More! U n l i m i t e d A u t o & M a r i n e U p h o l s t e r y3 1 9 7 N W 2 0t h T r a i l B a y 1 2 € O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 2 Trail, Bay 12 € Okeechobee, FL 34972 Y o u R i p  E m W e S t i t c h  E m O v e r 3 0 Y e a r s E x p e r i e n c e Over 30 Years Experience B r u c eC e l l : 8 6 3 6 3 4 4 6 5 2 24Hour Customer Service AUTO • HOME • LIFE • RETIREMENTLori C. BergerExclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8737 The Canvas Shop, LLCOn-site servicePrivacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modi cations 909 S. Parrott Ave., Ste B Okeechobee, FL 34974 Carl and Donna Gaiser 863.763.7500 fax 863.763.6754 JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342Cargo • Auto • Utility Trailers & Parts www.inkwell4ink.com 909 So. 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MurphyOkeechobee News Close to 360 athletes from Okeechobee and Brighton schools competed April 27 in the annual Hershey Track and Field Competition held at Okeechobee High School. Boys and girls from ages 9-14 compete in the annual event which is sponsored by the Hershey’s Chocolate Company in Pennsylvania. The Okeechobee Parks and Recreation Department with assistance from parental volunteers and teachers put on the event each year. In recent years the Pemayet v Emahakv Charter School has joined our elementary schools and two middle schools in the competition. Athletes compete in events like the 50 meter dash, the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, standing long jump, the softball throw and a 4 x 100 meter rela y race. The local winners advance to a state competition planned on June 16 in Altamonte Springs. The top two nishers qualify. Hershey Track and Field event held Hershey Track and Field Results, ages 13 and 14EVENT NAME SCHOOL SCORE PLACE100 meter boys Laquavius Williams Yearling 12.36 First 100 meter boys Zeke Matthews Brighton 12.44 Second 100 meter girls Kiersten Bostwick Osceola 14.08 First 100 meter girls Kiara Hernandez Yearling 14.47 Second 200 meter boys Jacob Emmick Osceola 26.27 First 200 meter boys Laquavius Williams Yearling 26.42 Second 200 meter girls Odessa King Brighton 29.75 First 200 meter girls Lahna Sedatol Brighton 30.39 Second 800 meter boys Zeke Matthews Brighton 2:40.09 First 800 meter boys Ronnie Knowles Yearling 2:45.32 Second 800 meter girls Kiersten Bostwick Osceola 3:03.06 First 800 meter girls Moriah Gruber Osceola 3:14.34 Second 1600 meter boys Jay Futch Osceola 6:06.00 First 1600 meter boys Kysell Richardson Yearling 6:14.00 Second 1600 meter girls Carrie Wharrin Yearling 7:35.00 First 1600 meter girls Jessica Cason Osceola 8:23.00 Second Standing long jump boys Johnathan Heddrick Osceola 8’10 3/4” First Standing long jump boys Drayton Billie Brighton 8’7 1/2” Second Standing long jump girls Kiersten Bostwick Osceola 8’1 1/2” First Standing long jump girls Savannah Wilson Osceola 7’9 ” Second Softball throw boys Zeke Matthews Brighton 184’ First Softball throw boys Gabe Greseth Yearling 176’6” Second Softball throw girls Megan Hargraves Yearling 148’6” First Softball throw girls Chastity Harmon Brighton 143’ Second 4x100 meter relay boys Juan’yae Ford, Antawyn Fludd, Gabe Greseth and Deonte Garner Yearling 53:07 First 4x100 meter relay boys Jay Futch, Jacob Emmick, Martin Gibs, and Robert Futch Osceola 53:08 Second 4x100 meter relay girls Ashlee Hagan, Mercedes Washington, Michaela Myers, and Alicia Rodriguez Osceola 1:01.21 First 4x100 meter relay girls Odessa King, Shae Pearce, Lanah Sedatol, and Lanie Sedatol Brighton 1:01.66 Second

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 15 Okeechobee News May 6, 2012 C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics • Exhaust • A/C Service • Brakes Window Motors • Tune-Ups • Welding • Engine Mechanics863-467-6633 Located Behind Rita’s Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Diane Wood, RN Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 763-3197 NEW LOCATION 603 SW Park Street, Okeechobee Call for directions Payroll Service Taxes Consulting Bookkeeping/Accounting 1 0 4 0 Charles T. Thornton Accounting 8761 St. Rd. 78 W Okeechobee, FL 34974 Tel: 863-455-2029 Fax: 800-240-9558Chuck1040@aol.comBusiness & Personal Accounting Solutions Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2431 • 800-432-1064 • FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com Tree Locators, Inc. “Don’t Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate It”-Plants -Trees -Natural Stone -Decorative Gravel -Manufactured Stone -Design -Installation -Full Garden Center 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.com Call a PRO fessional AN AFFORDABLE WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSIN ESS!!! Doug RaySharon RayAllŽ UPHOLSTERYAuto Boat Airplanes3169 Hwy 441 South EastRight Over The Taylor Creek BridgeOkeechobee, FL34974 (863) 763-4211MonThurs. 7 am 2 pm M&M Auto Brokers, Inc. Buy Here! Pay Here!As low as $500 Down Easy Payment CASH FOR JUNK! We’ll Work with you! C all Mitch (863) 763-0330 Cell 954-214-8877 mandmautobrokersinc.com3565 Hwy 441 N., Okeechobee Hershey Track and Field Results, ages 9 and 10EVENT NAME SCHOOL SCORE PLACE50 meter boys Chad Williams Seminole 7.92 First 50 meter boys Jay Thomas Seminole 8.21 Second 50 meter girls Kay Gonzales North 8.12 First 50 meter girls Gloria Luviano North 8.28 Second 100 meter boys Lindsey Majors Central 15.23 First 100 meter boys Ramone Baker Brighton 15.48 Second 100 meter girls Hayley Joles Seminole 15.71 First 100 meter girls Gloria Luviano North 16.14 Second 200 meter boys Chad Williams Seminole 33.11 First 200 meter boys Jose Ascencio Seminole 33.75 Second 200 meter girls Halle McDuf e Central 36.60 First 200 meter girls Kendra Rogers North 36.67 Second 400 meter boys Nick Daley Central 1:15:50 First 400 meter boys Pablo Martinez OAA 1:16.40 Second 400 meter girls Julia Smith Brighton 1:23.00 First 400 meter girls Malorie Thomas Brighton 1:28.00 Second Standing jump boys Savon'tae Holland-Kemp Everglades 6'6" First Standing jump boys Pedro Garcia Seminole 6'2" Second Standing jump girls Harley Davis North 6'21/2" First Standing jump girls Aubrey Pearce Brighton 5'91/4" Second Softball throw boys Donovan Harris Brighton 122'3" First Softball throw boys Cole Younger Central 121'8" Second Softball throw girls Julia Smith Brighton 105'6" First Softball throw Haisley Kessler North 90' Second 4x100 relay boys Jesus Colin, Tyler McClane, Antonio Vega and Tyler Hartman North 1:08.28 First 4x100 relay boys Chase Arnold, Jason Blackstone, Bryan Leal and Justin Comfort Central 1:09.34 Second 4x100 relay girls Gloria Luviano, Kay Gonzales, Haisley Kessler, Kat Cowart North 1:08.95 First 4x100 relay girls Jenna Brown, Brienna Brockman, Jenessa Nunez and Julia Smith Brighton 1:12.45 Second Hershey Track and Field Results, ages 11 and 12EVENT NAME SCHOOL SCORE PLACE100 meter boys Elider Garcia North 14.55 First 100 meter boys Jose Mata Osceola 14.82 Second 100 meter girls Sunni Bearden Brighton 14.79 First 100 meter girls ShaMyra Williams Seminole 15.23 Second 200 meter boys Devante Luellman North 29.68 First 200 meter boys Jermaine Moore Osceola 30.43 Second 200 meter girls Ashley Snyder Central 33.30 First 200 meter girls Sandy Leon Seminole 34.16 Second 400 meter boys Gage Ingram Osceola 1:09.64 First 400 meter boys Elias Sowell Osceola 1:12.50 Second 400 meter girls Brooke O'Hagan Yearling 1:18.00 First 400 meter girls Raeley Matthews Brighton 1:18.90 Second 800 meter boys Jarret Mills Osceola 2:49.00 First 800 meter boys Manuel Pelayo Yearling 2:53.00 Second 800 meter girls Raeley Matthews Brighton 3:03.00 First 800 meter girls Lillian Henry Seminole 3:11.00 Second Standing long jump boys Chandler Pearce Brighton 7'61/4" First Standing long jump Silas Madrigal Brighton 7'51/2" Second Standing long jump girls Alyssa Howard Osceola 7'41/2" First Standing long jump girls Beatriz Perez Osceola 7'11/2" Second Softball throw boys Evan Neal Osceola 157'2" First Softball throw boys Randy Simington North 138'1" Second Softball throw girls Sunni Bearden Brighton 142" First Softball throw girls Alicia Fudge Brighton 124' Second 4x100 meter relay boys Elider Garcia, Jose Rodriguez, Devante Luellman, and Dustin Hunt North 59:42 First 4x100 meter relay boys Jermaine Moore, Gage Ingram, Trey Youmans, and Jose Mata Osceola 1:04.39 Second 4x100 meter relay girls Raeley Matthews, Carolina Sweat, Sunni Bearden and Luzanna Venzor Brighton 1:05.18 First 4x100 meter relay girls Alexandrea Fulford, Santana Silvas, Carolina Rebollar and Taylor Gibson North 1:06.77 Second

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Employment Full TimeFresenius Medical Care North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ConnectTO HIGHER CARE.Join Fresenius Medical Care, the global leader in dialysis, in our commitment to excellence through UltraCare. We currently have the following opportunities available at our P o r t S t L u c i e F L facility.Biomedical TechnicianQualifications include: € High school/Vocational diploma or G.E.D. € Technical training or AA degree in Electronics or Biomedical € Demonstrated leadership and training abilities and ability to work a flexible schedule Initial and ongoing training available. We offer a generous compensation and benefits package that includes medical and dental, 401K match, profit sharing, short and long term disability, tuition reimbursement, and a generous Paid Time Off program! To discover the difference between a job and real job satisfaction, go to http://fmsjobs.fmcna.com/port-saint-lucie. Employment MedicalDENTAL HYGIENIST Temp. Must have valid FL Dental Hygienist License. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred. Fax resume to: (863) 357-2991 or apply at Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center, 2015 Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, FL. e-mail hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. Employment Full Time Employment Medical MA / LPN Busy cardiology of ce looking for certi ed MA or LPN. Competitive wages and excellant bene ts. Bi-lingual preferred but not required. Contact Lori @ 863-467-9400 for more details. Earn some extra cash. 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Family Health/Healthy Start Coalition, Inc. has opened contract negotiations with Sharpe Nursing Services, LLC. for Care Coordination services starting July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. For information contact the Coalition of ce 575 SW 28 St. Okeechobee, FL 34974, 863-462-5877 416576 ON 5/4,6/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2012-CP-058 IN RE: ESTATE OF DAVID GEARY, JR. Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of DAVID GEARY, JR., deceased, whose date of death was January 5, 2012, and the last four digits of whose social security number are XXXXX-7636, is pending in the Circuit Court for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 321 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is May 6th, 2012. Attorney for Personal Representative: MICHELE MARIE CORCIONE, ESQ. Attorney for Betty Jo Sheppard Florida Bar Number: 52025 ELLIS, GED & BODDEN, P.A. 7171 North Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33487 Telephone: (561) 995-1966 Fax: (561) 228-0914 E-Mail: mcorcione@ellisandged.com Personal Representative: Betty Jo Sheppard 6505 NE 7th Lane Okeechobee, FL 34974 416570 ON 5/6,13/2012 17 Okeechobee News May 6, 2012 ACROSS 1 Classifies, in a way 5 Antony listener 10 Envelope abbr. 14 Beige-like shade 15 Representation 16 Dealers dispenser 17 Game played on a six-pointed star 20 Keystone lawman 21 Smart club 22 Cry to strike up the band 23 Penne relative 24 She played WKRPs Jennifer 25 1964 Beatles hit 30 Time Warner SuperstationŽ 33 Capacious 34 Peddle 35 The tan in a Black and Tan 36 One of five states in which samesex marriage is legal 37 Trendy aerobics regimen 39 Fort with many bars 40 Apparel retailer Taylor 41 Legatee 42 In abeyance 43 La + la, in Lille 44 Diamondpatterned attire 47 Volunteer st. 49 Lets leave __ thatŽ 50 Producer Ponti 52 My Name Is Asher LevŽ author Chaim 54 Restorative place 57 Companion at the end of 17-, 25-, 37and 44Across 60 Jai __ 61 Pentium producer 62 Brand with a pony in its logo 63 A few 64 Seacoast 65 Sterns counterpart DOWN 1 Chaste kiss 2 Reverberate 3 Stagehand 4 Heliocentric universe center 5 __ the occasion 6 1991 movie sequel subtitled The AwakeningŽ 7 Apple products 8 Turkish honorific 9 At birth 10 Be hospitable to 11 White Star Lines ill-fated steamer 12 Actress Spelling 13 Place to brood 18 Agent Prentiss on Criminal MindsŽ 19 Bit of guitar music 23 Coors malt beverage 24 His show has a JaywalkingŽ segment 25 Serif-free font 26 Nary a soul 27 How things flow 28 Each partner 29 Right-to-left lang. 31 OldŽ chip producer? 32 Proverbial battlers 37 Gull relative 38 2008 govt. bailout recipient 39 Granny, for one 41 Red River capital 42 Honshu metropolis 45 Roadside trash 46 Twinkler in a Paris sky 48 Bordens spokescow 50 Pros who work on schedules, for short 51 He sang about Alice 52 Phnom __ 53 Suspicious of 54 Catch a glimpse of 55 Soccer great 56 Elemental unit 58 Put down, slangily 59 33 1/3 rpm spinners By Donna S. 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Meetings may be continued as found necessary to a time and place speci ed on the record. There may be occasions when one or more Supervisors will participate by telephone; therefore, a speaker telephone will be present at the meeting location so that Supervisors may be fully informed of the discussions taking place. In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations or an interpreter to participate at this meeting should contact the District Manager at (561) 630-4922 and/or toll free at 1-877-737-4922, at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the meeting. If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this Special Board Meeting, such person will need a record of the proceedings and such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made at their own expense and which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is based. 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can be achieved. However, building of cial A rnold Verwey thinks it will be a step in the right direction. At their April 28 meeting commissioners agreed to apply for a $600,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant. The grant proposal, presented by Terry Burroughs of the agri-civic center advisory committee, involves construction of free-standing restrooms, and improvements to the horse barn, including a concrete oor, drainage, electrical enhancement and replacing the roof gutters and construction of a 4,500 square foot maintenance building. The problem stems from the fact that, under the Florida Building Code, the current seating capacity in the arena requires more restrooms. County commissioners approved additional arena seating for the 2008 Spring Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association Rodeo. Using plans submitted by the engineer, Mr. Verwey calculated that the facility would have a total of 3,754 seats based on seating 16 inches wide, the minimum required by state law. The Florida Building Code contains formulas for calculating the number of bathroom facilities required for various types of public buildings. Using the formula for arenas and based on 3,754 seats, Mr. Verwey calculated the arena would require 11 additional toilets and seven additional lavatories for men and 22 additional toilets and nine additional lavatories for women. In a article in the Feb. 23, 2008, edition of the Okeechobee News, Mr. Verwey stated that "political pressure" was exerted on him to issue a permit for facility expansion. "The word on the street is that I better approve it quickly," he said. Mr. Verwey said originally the facility was built with the required number of bathroom facilities for the original seating. However, Mr. Verwey did not blame the county commission for the shortage of restrooms created by the additional seating. "There is no way the board of county commissioners could have known about the problem," Mr. Verwey told the Okeechobee News in that same article. He said that county staff members who might have been aware of restroom requirements were not asked to be part of the decision making process. The county has plans for an eight-bathroom unit for the ball parks. Commissioners discussed using this same plan for the agricivic center. They discussed placing the bathroom units outside the arena so they could be used for other events when the arena was not in use. The free-standing restrooms would have to be within 500 feet of the arena to be counted toward arena bathrooms. However, at this time the actual number of bathroom facilities that will be constructed is unknown. Another unanswered question at this point is if the package treatment plant at Everglades Elementary School, which serves the agri-civic center, will be able to handle the increased number of restrooms. John Hayford, executive director of the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA), the entity that operates the plant, said he did not know the capacity of that plant or of the sewer main connecting the agri-civic center to the plant. Fortunately most of the events in the arena are held during a time when school is not going on. If the proposed eastside forecemain is ever built, that problem might be alleviated. The forecemain would connect the agri-civic center directly to OUA's wastewater treatment plant on Cemetery Road. A GContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. Over 100 ListingsOak – lined drive greets you to this dramatic 3 BD/ 3 BA home with 2 car garage. 6683 SF under roof, 3789 of living space, hardwood oors, beautiful staircase and widow’s walk balcony. Formal living room, family room, formal dining, huge kitchen. Over 1400 SF of outdoor deck space is perfect for entertaining. Property is fenced, so bring your horses! You can own Gone with the Wind beauty for only $279,000! Call Holly (863) 532-1778 GONE WITH THE WIND BEAUTY on OVER 12 ACRES 18 Okeechobee News May 6, 2012 y oung female. She just nished mothering ve puppies before entering the S.P.I.N. program. Dingo, a Schnauzer/Dachshund mix is a y oung male. He is quiet, sweet and was very focused during training. His favorite activity is to play ball. His shelter name was "Sammie" but the inmates who worked with him changed it to "Dingo." Haley, is a young female Dalmation mix. She is very playful and has lots of energy. Rex, is about a year old. He is a bird dog/hound mix and weighs about 45 pounds. He is a "couch potato" according to his handlers. Starbuck, a white German Shepherd/ Lab mix is a young female. She is very active and loves attention. Belinda Forlifer, Founder and Director of the Humane Society Pet Rescue teaches inmates training skills weekly. Tibor Fiegel, CEO of ZEN-K9, trains in behavior issues. Both donate their time to the cause. After the training period, the canines return to the Okeechobee Humane Society shelter for a stay until adopted into their forever home. The program directors say it is a great way to rehabilitate and bond both humans and animals. Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue is a nonpro t all volunteer program operated by tax-deductible contributions. If you would like to support the prison program by adopting a companion dog or contributing to the shelter program, contact Belinda Forlifer 863-357-1104. S.P .I.N.Continued From Page 1 The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce investigated the following reports of crimes last week. ASSAULTS 3400 block of N.E. 168th St. 600 block of S.W. Second St. 500 block of N.W. Fourth St. 2800 block of U.S. 441 N. BURGLARIES 2400 block of S.W. 28th St. 11000 block of N.E. 51st Court 4800 block of N.E. 122nd Drive 3400 block of N.W. First St. 2200 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 4200 block of S.E. 23rd Court 11000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. COUNTERFEIT MONEY 3700 block of U.S. 441 N. 500 block of N.W. Fourth St. 3600 block of S.E. 34th Ave. THEFTS 4200 block of U.S. 551 S. 2400 block of S.W. 33rd Circle 3700 block of N.W. 28th Ave. 3500 block of S.E. 27th St. 11000 block of N.E. First Terrace (rims) 1700 block of S.W. 10th Court (identity) 1900 block of S.E. 30th St. (identity) 8900 block of S.E. 66th Drive (vehicle batteries) S.W. 23rd St. 2800 block of S.W. Third Terrace (cell phone) 12000 block of N.E. 26th Ave 4000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (identity) 1400 block of N.W. 43rd Ave. (motorcycle) 2800 block of U.S. 441 N. VANDALISM 3600 block of S.R. 70 E. Investigations

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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 May 6, 2012 On Tuesday, April 24, Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. 4th Street, graciously hosted the monthly Main Street mixer. Over 50 members, visitors and guests were greeted by the Hospice Board of Directors as they enjoyed a wonderful assortment of hors d’oeuvres prepared by D&G Catering, Personal Chef Service. Hospice Board President Frank Irby shared the successes of the Okeechobee program including their outstanding staff and accreditation ratings, which are based on the care, respect and compassion shown to both patient and family. Frank further apprised guests of their fund-raising efforts, including their yard sales, the Annual Festival of Christmas Trees, and the annual Boots and Pearls dance, which is THE event to attend in Okeechobee. After introducing members of the Board, he expressed his appreciation to the citizens of Okeechobee for their support of the program through donations and participation. Main Street President Kathleen Shatto welcomed guests and thanked the Hospice Board for their hospitality where they do truly provide, “a special kind of caring.” Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw shared news of upcoming events and reminded members of the election of the new Okeechobee Main Street Board of Directors. Tickets were drawn for door prizes with several lucky winners. The May Mixer will be sponsored by Rustic Style and Cabins, 505 N.E. Park Street on Thursday, May 10, from 5-7 pm. The theme for the May Mixer will be an American BBQ, so everyone share your patriotism with your Red, White and Blue! Okeechobee Main Street welcomes the public and asks that everyone come to at least one mixer to get to know your neighbors and local business owners. For more information, contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast 2nd Street (directly north of CVS). Hospice of Okeechobee hosts OKMS April Mixer Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSHospice Board of Directors: Randy Paulson, Sandra Pearce McAuley, Frank Irby, Fran Syfrett, Dorothy Bulger, Sherri En nger, Marie Culbreth and Greg Thogersen. Honoring the LibrarianAt the Thursday, April 26, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Chair Margaret Garrard Helton, left, honored Kim Bass, right, for ve years of service to the county. Ms. Bass was born in West Palm Beach but her family was from Belle Glade. They moved to Okeechobee in 1971. She graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1972 and went into the medical eld. She obtained her EMT Certi cation and worked for the Okeechobee County Ambulance Service. Her work career encompassed medical billing, medical certi cation, doctor's assistant and legal secretary. She came to work for Okeechobee County in March, 2007, as a Library Specialist at the Okeechobee County Library. Okeechobee News/ Pete Gawda

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A woman who worked for the local U.S. Postal Service has been arrested and accused of taking cash from a birthday card that w as to be mailed. Michelle Marie Hand, 41, S.W. 28th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, May 3, on one felony count of grand theft. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $2,500. Jail records indicate she has been released on bond. Hand was arrested after she was accused of taking $300 in cash from the birthday card, stated an arrest report by Detective Ted Van Deman of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). The report also alleges that the woman took an antique ring from a package being mailed from a woman to her granddaughter. The detective said Hand worked at the post of ce substation located in the Mid Florida Hardware building on U.S. 441 S. According to the detective’s report a woman went to the substation on April 3 to mail a birthday card containing the $300 in cash to her grandchild. Hand also sold the woman insurance for the card and its contents, added the detective. Hand allegedly told the woman that postal employees would know the card contained cash due to the insurance stickers on the envelope, and that she “... would be surprised if the money made it to its destination.” After several days had gone by the woman contacted her family and learned that the card had not reached her granddaughter. Detective Van Deman’s report indicated that the insurance purchased would not pay for the lost money. A second victim led a report alleging that a package containing a $130 antique topaz ring mailed April 13 at the same substation had never reached its destination, continued the arrest report. The detective pointed out in his report that Hand “adamantly” denied taking the ring. He went on to say that during an interview with him Hand admitted to taking the cash and using the bulk of it to buy groceries for her and her family. Detective Van Deman said she paid a friend $25 to cover the cost of gas for driving her to the store and kept $20 for herself. Hand, a single parent, was allowed to go home after her May 1 interview with the understanding that she was to make arrangements for her family’s care then return to the sheriff’s of ce in two days, the report stated. The detective stated that she turned hersel f in at the sheriff’s of ce on Thursday, May 3. The detective also made a point of documenting that the local postmaster led the theft complaints with postal inspectors but none had been assigned to investigate the case as of Thursday. Postal worker accused of taking cash from card 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 20 Okeechobee News May 6, 2012 By Pete Gawda Okeechobee NewsGovernor Rick Scott has come up with a report card for the state’s supervisors of elections that they are not happy with. Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler said she is “less than happy” over the situation. “I never thought I w ould see something like that.” On April 24 the governor sent out a surv ey to the state’s supervisors of elections. Mrs. Chandler said they had no idea they w ould see the results a few days later in the form of a ranking system. “It was sent as a survey,” she said. “The governor ranked the supervisors of elections according to the survey results.” While Mrs. Chandler said she and her fellow supervisors of elections were in favor of transparency and accountability, she did not feel that the survey was a good measure of achievement. “We want accountability in elections,” she asserted. “It’s ridiculous, it’s offensive to me,” Mrs. Chandler said of the survey. The survey has caused so much discussion that Mrs. Chandler said a meeting was held Wednesday, May 2, between the governor’s of ce, the secretary of state and supervisors of elections. “It was determined that the survey was not a proper evaluation tool and it will not be published by the secretary of state,” Mrs. Chandler said. However, the survey is nonetheless a public record and a copy was obtained by the Okeechobee News. Mrs. Chandler said that all of cials concerned are working together to come up with an accurate and fair evaluation system. There were 19 questions on the survey. The ranking was based on eight of those questions. Each question dealt with an activity that is required by supervisors of elections. If the supervisor of elections completed the activity on time, they got a zero. If it was completed early they got a plus one. However, if they were late they got a minus one. If the activity was not completed at all, the supervisor of elections would receive a minus 2 for that question. One of the questions could be considered a trick question. It asked about the mailing in of absentee ballots. The best anyone could score on that question is a zero because Mrs. Chandler it is illegal to send in absentee ballots early. If the supervisor of elections was early in everything except mailing absentee ballots the score would be seven. There were 13 supervisors of elections that scored seven. There were eight supervisors of elections, including Okeechobee’s who scored a four. At the bottom of the list were the supervisors of elections for Brevard, Palm Beach and Seminole counties each with a minus four. Questions have been raised as to the purpose and use of this ranking system and the governor’s authority to rank the supervisors of elections. The state’s supervisors of elections are elected of cials the same as the governor and the governor has no supervisory authority over them. “We feel we work for the people who vote,” Mrs. Chandler said of supervisors of election. “Elections are run by local citizens,” she said, adding that they are not run from Tallahassee. The governor’s of ce did not return a telephone call for comment as of newspaper deadline. Governor blindsides Supervisors of Elections Michelle Hand The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Gregory Lee Vest, 21, S.W. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested May 3 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone) and driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $6,000.  Terence Daniels Billie, 19, Hawk Spur Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested May 3 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone). His bond was set at $5,000.  Anthony Giovanni Hernandez, 20, N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 3 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary of a structure, violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation criminal mischief of a church/ synagogue/mosque. He is being held without bond.  Jody Maurice Crum, 40, S.W. Rucks Dairy Road, Okeechobee, was arrested May 3 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a St. Lucie County warrant charging him with violation of probation forgery/uttering a forged instrument and violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond.  Roy Strouber Jumper, 47, Village St., Brighton Reservation, was arrested May 3 by Deputy John Ashby on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence and driving while license suspended with knowledge. His bond was set at $750. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report