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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 05-11-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, May 11, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 57 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.59 feetLast Year: 10.72 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Lake area recreation guide inside!Sexual predator noti cation ... Page 10 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The head of South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) real estate division and its leasing program will be retiring at the end of this month. Ruth Clements, the chief real estate specialist for the district, is retiring amid controversy over her handling of land leases for the district and the fact that some leases were put out for bids while others weren’t. According to Kristopher Purcell, director of communications for the Department of Management Services which oversees the state’s retirement program, Ms. Clements has been in the state’s Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) since October of 2011. He said she will receive a lump sum payout of $28,151.22 and a monthly bene t of $3,505.66. “I don’t know what her salary is. She’s been in DROP for a while. I don’t know why the amount is what it is,” he said in a phone interview Thursday, May 10. An e-mail sent Tuesday afternoon, May 8, seeking more information into Ms. Clements’ background, as well as who will be named to replace her, had not been returned to this newspaper by its deadline. By taking the lump sum payout, Mr. Purcell Ruth Clements leaving SFWMD post By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It looks like mudfests will be around for at least another three years. At their meeting on Thursday, May 9, Okeechobee County Commissioners gave approval to future mudfests and created a ne w county job. Commissioners approved the planning board’s recommendation and granted temporary use permits for six Okeechobee mudfests through Februar y of 2015. As a condition of the permit the planning department will hold a de-briefing after each event to solicit input from property owners, applicants, re/rescue, the sheriff’s of ce and the Department o f Transportation. “They have been going well,” planning of cial Bill Royce said of previous mudfests. He added that there have been no known issues at the last few mudfests. “My concern is the six permits,” said Edward Mucherino of Spot in the Sun. County approves mudfests Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOkeechobee County’s top spellers were rewarded with gift cards. Left to right are Tyler Selph, Rachel Williams, Emily Crews and Tabitha Trent of CenterState Bank. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Rachel Williams was the winner of the 2012 spelling bee held Tuesday at Osceola Middle School. She outlasted 25 other award winning spellers in a 12-round competition, one of the longest in recent years. Rachel won the contest by correctly spelling voracious. Tyler Selph nished second and Emily Crews nished in third place. Rachel said she is used to these types of contests as she already had competed at her school, Osceola Middle School, and the regional competition in Boca Raton. “It feels good and it feels good to win the last one,” she said. She also nished in the top 20 at the regional spelling bee. “I get really nervous but I like it because it’s challenging and you have to practice. You have to put forth an effort to win,” she added. Her parents are Kevin and Katharine Williams. Kevin works at Bank of America and Katharine is a crisis counselor for Okeechobee County Schools. Rachel said her mom really helped her preTop spellers compete in county ‘bee’See SPELLING — Page 15 See COUNTY — Page 15 See SFWMD — Page 15

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Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. East wind between 5 and 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. East wind between 10 and 15 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. East wind 5 and 15 mph. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Looking for the best rates for Domestic and International Travel ?1-877-988-2896 Call us today,We can beat any online rate! 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Taxes, Fees, and Surcharges – Applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges include a carrier Universal Service charge, carrier cost recovery surcharges, state and local fees that vary by area and certain in-state surcharges. Cost recovery fees ar e not taxes or government-required charges for use. Taxes, fees, and surcharges apply based on standard monthlmay vary by service area. Deposit may be required. A dditional restrictions apply. Terms and Conditions – All products and services listed are governed by tariffs, terms of service, or terms and conditions posted at centurylink. com. Taxes, Fees, and Surcharges – Applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges include a carrier Universal Service charge, carrier cost recovery surcharges, state and local fees that vary by area and certain in-state surc harges. Cost recovery fees are not taxes or government-required charges for use. Taxes, fees, and surcharges apply based on standard monthly, not promotional, rates. Walpole Feed & Supply Co. DE W O R MYO U RCA T T L ETH EEA S YWA YWI T HOU RNE WSA F E-G U A R D C C a t t l e C u b e s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s B l o c k s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s S t o p I n F o r D e t a i l s Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 2 Okeechobee News May 11, 2012 Okeechobee Forecast By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News When they met Tuesday, May 8, the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board, after some discussion, tabled two of the three cases on the agenda. In the third case a ne was imposed. The 803 N.W. Eleventh St., property belonging to Wanda Page had been cited for overgrowth and a derelict building. Code enforcement of cer Fred Sterling informed the board that the owner was in an out-of-town nursing home. The day before he had been in contact with the owner's daughter who w as trying to get the property cleaned up. Therefore, the board tabled action on this case until the next meeting. The 1120 S.E. 21st St., property that once belonged to Yanet and Pabli Rodriguez had been cited for overgrowth. Mr. Sterling told the board that the property was in foreclosure. However, to complicate the matter, he said the mortgage company that had been handling the foreclosure is no longer in existence. It was noted that imposing a ne in this case would be fruitless. The board voted to table the matter until next month's meeting. In the meantime, one of the board members, Rev. Randy Huckabee, who lives in the same neighborhood, said he would try to get the homeowners' association to clean up the property. In the other case on the agenda, Eli's Western Wear was cited for sign maintenance. Mr. Sterling said the problem dates back to last October when heavy winds blew out a portion of Eli's sign. In January he said he was informed Eli's was waiting for insurance money. When he inquired again on Feb. 23 he was told that a sign had been ordered. Eli's was given 14 days to produce a work order for the sign or face a ne of $50 a day for every day of noncompliance. After the work order is produced, Eli's has 60 days to get the work completed or face another ne of $50 a day. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Code board discusses three violations on agenda Anyone Looking for Quick Job Training to get started in the healthcare eld should consider registering for the Nursing Assistant course (HCPV410C) at Indian River State College. IRSC is accepting applications for Nursing Assistant classes. Most Nursing Assistants help with patient care activities such as bathing and feeding. Nursing Assistants work under the supervision of nursing or medical staff to provide basic care in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians' of ces, clinics and in-home care. This Nursing Assistant course is the rst step to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The Nursing Assistant course takes about seven weeks to complete. In the program, students attend class approximately 20 hours per week. Day and night classes are available at IRSC campuses and locations in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. In addition to Associate Degrees and Bachelor's Degrees, IRSC offers many Quick Job Training programs that enable students to gain job skills in less than a year. For more information on the Nursing Assistant Program, contact the IRSC Nursing Department at 772 462-7570, email info@irsc.edu or visit www.irsc.edu. IRSC is accepting applications for nursing assistant program

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20th Annual ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ event to bene t nation’s hungryWASHINGTON-On May 12, local communities across America will be asked to join the U.S. Postal Service and its letter carriers to combat one of this nation’s growing problems — hunger. About 50 million Americans — including 17 million children — now live in families that lack suf cient food. The Postal Service, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), Campbell Soup Company, Feeding America and other partner organizations are working together to collect food donations on May 12. It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive in local communities across America — including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. Now in its 20th year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive bene ts Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. “The Postal Service is pleased to continue supporting the National Association of Letter Carriers as we enter our 20th year together to help Stamp Out Hunger in America,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “I am con dent the 2012 campaign will be our best ever because the need continues to grow.” In 2011, letter carriers collected 70.2 million pounds of food donated by customers on their delivery routes, which marked the eighth consecutive year the total food collection was at least 70 million pounds. Post cards and shopping bags promoting the food drive will be delivered by letter carriers to more than 90 million homes across the country as a reminder to participate in the drive. For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www. helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. A suggestion Campaign season is under way and c andidates are spending money on signs, t -shirts and advertising. I challenge them all t o buy American. Think what a boost that w ould be for our economy if all of the campaign signs, hats, buttons and T-shirts were made in America. That would be a good w ay for a candidate to show that he or she b elieves in this country.Dog hog-tied and left in ditch Is there no end to the cruelty that human beings are capable of? The story about t he little dog found hog-tied and left in a ditch just makes me ill. If those people had not found that dog, she would have died from dehydration. Bad enough to dump the little dog. Why did they have to tie her legs t ogether? Were they afraid she would run aft er them, not understanding why they were j ust dumping her on the roadside? I am glad t hat someone found her and took her to Pet/ Rescue. At least now she is in a no-kill shelt er. Was it even the owners who did this to t he dog? I guess it is possible that whoever t ied up that dog stole the dog from someone else. If anyone knows anything about this, t hey should call the cops. If they’ll tie up a dog and leave it to die, what’s next?  Disturbing beyond words...  Thank God for Belinda and thank God t he people who brought the dog in took him t o the Pet Rescue and not animal control!Spay and neuter On the news this morning they said the Palm Beach County animal shelters euthanize hundreds of dogs each month. The last t ime I saw the numbers for Okeechobee, it w as around 3,000 a year put to death. We need free or low-cost spay and neutering programs to get a handle on the pet overpopulation problems. There is no way we c an nd homes for all of the unwanted animals. There are only 12,000 homes in Okeechobee County, and many can’t have animals, can’t afford any more animals or don’t want animals.Bin Laden After hearing the President and his people crowing about killing bin Laden I took a long look at the Situation Room photo they sent out again. Everyone was dressed in work clothing (although without ties for some) but him. EVERYONE. No one looked as though they were rushed into the room but him. Everyone looked as though they had been working that day or were aware early enough in the afternoon/evening/morning to dress and be aware of what was going on. Only the President, who says he was responsible for the whole thing, was rushed off the golf course. Weren’t we looking for bin Laden since late 2001 or early 2002? Weren’t we going to kill him since then? What did we go over there for? Yes, I suppose the President had to say go....maybe. It almost seems to me to liken it to someone telling him the time was imminent and he was whisked to the White House sort of like, “Your wife has dilated to 10 centimeters and the baby is coming and you should be there, sir.”  He can talk all year long, but the real people who sacri ced to make Bin Laden’s death a reality, wear camo.  Leon Panetta called the shots. I think they told Obama to go over in the corner and keep out of the way.50 Shades of Gray I recently heard on the news that some libraries are banning a book “Fifty Shades of Gray.” It seems to be erotically explicit. There seems to be those who think that since the library is public and if they ask for the book the library should provide it. I personally think that books like this don’t belong in our libraries where our children can pick them up. If someone wants to read the book they should be willing to spend a few bucks and buy it. How would you ever censor something like this? Flag pop up and says must be over 18 to check out? They censor the computers when it comes to porn and the books should be also. Would the librarians be required to read this book to determine if it indeed is pornographic? Oh my!  You’d think that they would have added an amendment to the Constitution to cover things like this.  There are already erotic books in the Library RIGHT NOW! What makes this one so unique?  What makes this one so different? It’s on the best seller list and people are actually reading it! I have not read it but I have heard it is not that different from the romance novels that are in abundance in paperback. May 11, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! The Okeechobee Cancer Center ad in the May 2, May 4 and May 9 editions of the Okeechobee News contained an error. The ad stated: “We have the only PET/CT available on the Treasure Coast.” It should have stated “The only ones on the Treasure Coast with a Pet/CT simulator.” We apologize for the error and for any inconvenience it ma y have caused. Correction Letter carriers help to combat nationwide hunger crisis Shelter AlarmThe Humane Society Pet Rescue of Okeechobee would like to take this time to say, “Thank you” to Advance Alarms in Okeechobee. We called to ask ADVANCE ALARMS located here in Okeechobee what it would cost to hook up a burglar alarm system that links to the police station. They contributed the materials and labo r to us. We now feel so much safer leaving each day knowing our shelter and animals are protected. Thank you again so much from the pups and volunteers here at the shelter. Belinda E Forlifer, director Humane Society Pet Rescue Fl In c Nonpro t 501c3 With A No Kill Policy Okeechobee Blood Drives planned for MayThere are fewer people in town, but the need for blood continues. Blood drives planned in Okeechobee this month include:  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.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 YOUR CHURCH EPISCOPAL Grand Opening Soon! SonRise Caf! Sunday Wednesday Mid Week Worship at 7pmChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4th Ave. • (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70ETraditional/Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Contemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship at 6pmBAPTIST Advertise Your Church HERE! Keep your congregation informed!! INVITE New Members!! Call 863-763-3134 or email us Okeeadsales@newszap.com PENTECOSTAL Wishing all Mothers a “Happy Mothers Day”From the Sharon Wallace CampaignPaid by Sharon Wallace, Republican, for Property Appraiser 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 11TH Thurs., May 17THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “DARK SHADOWS” I: “DARK SHADOWS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 II: II: “THE AVENGERS” “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 PG-13 PG-13 PG-13 III: III: “THIS MEANS WAR” “THIS MEANS WAR”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 5 Okeechobee News May 11, 2012 The Okeechobee News staffers are very excited with the improvements of our new community website, Florida.newszap.com and we hope you enjoy our new site and all it has to offer. Visitors to our new and improved newszap.com will immediately notice some new features:  Local news updates from our community newspapers dedicated to serving citizens of the Big Lake area.  Expanded photo galleries and videos.  The latest in features and entertainment news to provide you with helpful information on where to go and what to do.  Enhanced and comprehensive community calendars that are simple to use and easy for anyone to submit events.  A new look for Community Forums— as part of the redesign, online forums have changed format and location and are more integrated with our news site.  And of course, we’ve kept some of the most popular features such as FREE online classi eds, local real estate information and obituaries. The site overall has a whole new feel and look. For simplicity, we’ve consolidated a number of pages. We think it’s more attractive, interactive and easier to navigate. Most important, we think the new sites will be more useful to you as you look for current information pertaining to your local community. We hope you agree! Please visit and bookmark orida. newszap.com to see for yourself. Okeechobee News launches new community website Taking a big step toward a brighter future, over 442 Treasure Coast residents have earned their high school diploma through Indian River State College this year. Throughout the 2011/2012 school year, the graduates earned high school credits in IRSC’s Adult High School or completed preparation and passed the General Educational Development (GED) Exam at IRSC Adult Education sites throughout St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. IRSC Adult Education graduates will participate in the IRSC High School Diploma Ceremony on Tuesday, May 15, in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center at the Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Students with last names beginning with A to K will participate in a ceremony at 6 p.m. and those with names beginning with L to Z will receive their diplomas in a ceremony starting at 8 p.m. High school diplomas to be presented at IRSC ceremony Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMACheck presentationRecently the Okeechobee Ministerial Association presented to Faith Farm Ministries the check from the Easter Sunrise Service offering. Pleased to present the check are, from left to right, Nancy Vaughan, OMA Treasurer/First United Methodist Church; Allen Patterson, OMA Vice President/First Presbyterian Church; Jim Benton, Faith Farm Ministries Director; Cary McKee, OMA President/More2Life Ministries; and Sandy Perry, OMA Secretary/Northside Baptist Church. The offering was over $1,400 thanks to the generous giving of the folks of Okeechobee.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Jenny Crawford, 96 OKEECHOBEE — Jenny Crawford, passed away on May, 8, 2012 at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. She was born on Feb. 29, 1916. She will be remembered as living a happy life and loving the Lord. Jenny enjoyed traveling, music and most of all she loved to sing. She is preceded in death by her husband, Tom Crawford; and her only child, Rose Lucille Murphy. She is survived by her sister, Mary Nalli, and four grandchildren, Debbie (Gary) Frazier, Donna (Chuck) Jones, Tom (Janice) Murphy and Patrick (Missy) Murphy; eight great-grandchildren; ve great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews who loved her very much. Lytle ‘Cowboy’ Raulerson,OKEECHOBEE — Lytle ‘Cowboy’ Raulerson, lifelong resident of Okeechobee County, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 10, 1933, in Basinger, Fla., to Maurice and Mellie Rose Raulerson who precede him in death. He proudly served his country in the United States Army stationed in Germany. He was married to the love of his life, Elizabeth Hare Raulerson for 51 years, who passed away in 2008. Cowboy was a general contractor building many custom homes and commercial projects over the course of his life. He also built and later managed the Foster Family Gator Farm. Cowboy was well liked and respected in the community and served as a City Councilman. In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by brothers, Burt and J ack; sisters, Hilda and Zolda. He is survived by a brother, Michael; sister, Zelda, who has been his devoted caregiver for the past year; daughters, Lisa (Mark) Goodpasture, Nadene (Jeff) Hemingway, and Machele (Jerry) Albritton; grandchildren, Brad and Charlie Goodpasture of Clearwater, Fla., Lauren Raulerson of Manhattan, N.Y., and Emily Albritton of Wauchula, Fla. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012, at the Buxton Seawinds Funeral Home, with service starting at 4 p.m. honoring his life. Interment to follow at Basinger Cemetery. 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, FL.Thomas ‘Tom’ A. Tarner, 61 OKEECHOBEE — Thomas ‘Tom’ A. Tarner, ended his courageous battle with cancer and entered into Glory on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Hamrick Home. He was born Sept. 17, 1950, in Chambersburg, Pa. and moved to Okeechobee in 1968. Tom proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of Everglades Baptist Church. In 1995, Tom graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy and served 15 years as an of cer ending his career with the City Police Department as a Sargent. He enjoyed golf and shing in his free time. He was preceded in death by his father, James R. Tarner. Survivors include his son, ‘TJ’ Thomas J. Tarner; daughter, Christy (Drew) Silvas; grandsons, Kyle and Kayden Tarner; granddaughter, Anaiah Silvas; mother, Anna C. Tarner; sisters, Bertha Lowry and Catherine (Ronnie) Fralix, all of Okeechobee. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee at 9 a.m. until service time of 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations be made in Tom’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Wayne L. Nelson, 78OKEECHOBEE — Wayne L. Nelson, died April 30, 2012, at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla. Born March 15, 1934, in Milwaukee, Wis., he moved to Okeechobee over 20 years ago, coming from Haverhill, where he had resided for ten years. He had worked in the air conditioning business. He served in the United States Army and had been stationed in Germany in the 1950’s. He was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in West Palm Beach. He received his associate degree from Palm Beach Junior College and had attended University of Florida. He was a member of Fishermen Against Destruction of Environment, Inc.; Public Citizens and Green Peace. He is survived by his son, Thomas Robert Davis; sister, Karen Brown of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and two nieces. Services will be 10 a.m., May 19, 2012, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 2341 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions may be made to Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, 10408 West SR 84, Suite 104, Davie, FL 33324 or http://www.guyharveyoceanfoundation.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Hills Funeral Homes-Young and Prill Chapel in Stuart. A guest registry may be signed at www.youngandprill.com. 6 Okeechobee News May 11, 2012 Obituaries Jr. Cattlemen host BBQ dinnerOn Friday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Okeechobee Jr. Cattlemen, will host a BBQ dinner including BBQ, potatoes, beans, rolls and dessert for $10. Desserts made by Jr. Cattlemen. The dinner will be held at Eli’s Western Wear, 907 N.W. Park St. For four or more dinners, delivery is available. Call Kim at 863-447-6018. The money w ill be used towards the State Competition.Shared Services Network to meetThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County w ill 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 of our local decision makers. The public is inv ited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.Calling all scrapbookers!The Croppin’ Crew will meet on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Library. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Bring your pictures, scrapbook pages and/or any cardmaking projects that you are working on and see how they can be enhanced bysimply adding new borders. For further information call Joan at 863-467-0290.VFW announces weekend eventsThe North VFW #4423 located at 300 NW 34th Ave has a weekend of fun planned. Friday there will be Bingo at 1 p.m., the Grill will be open 5-9 p.m. and karaoke hosted by Lisa 7-10 p.m. On Saturday there will be Burgers on the Grill 12-2 p.m., Bar Bingo 1 p.m., Fish/Shrimp Dinner 5-7 p.m. and karaoke hosted by Steve On A Stick 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Lori will be serving Chicken Cordon Bleu 2-4 p.m. Stop by and support your veterans. Proceeds go towards veterans assistance programs.Eagles North to host Steak NightFriday, May 11, is Steak Night at the North Eagles. Starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Fantastic Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 Community Bene t Fund. 9985 HWY. 441 North, Okeechobee .Cypress Hut Eagles to Host Dinner nightCypress Hut Eagles to host steak $12, sh $8 and $12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 11 All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Pet Rescue to hold eventTractor Supply will host an animal event Saturday, May 12, starts at 8 a.m. with all types of animals to see, buy or adopt. Humane Society Pet/Rescue will have an area inside near the dog food. Pet/Rescue volunteers will be on the parking lot offering smoked pulled pork sandwiches prepared by the well-known award winning BBQ group, “HillJack.” There will also be cold drinks for sale. All proceeds from the BBQ sale will bene t the Humane Society Pet Rescue animals. Eagles North announces Mom’s Day plansSaturday, May 12 Bingo Starts at 5 p.m. Come play and have fun. Don’t forget to come early and get your 8x10 Photo taken either of MOM, or MOM and Family for a $6 donation. Photos start at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. Photos printed while you are there. Proceeds for Bingo go to the F.O. E. 4137 community bene t fund.Photo proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 auxiliary bene t fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 N. Okeechobee. 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) entr y 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. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5435 U.S. 1 SOUTH, FORT PIERCE (1/2 MILE SOUTH OF MIDWAY ROAD ON U.S. 1) YOUR INTERNET REPRESENTATIVE HANK BASILE 772.461.6000 CALL TOLL FREE OUTSIDE ST. LUCIE COUNTY 877-251-FORD (3673) Mon.…Fri. 8am…8pm | Sat. 9am…5pm | Se Habla Espao l THE BEST SELECTION OF PREOWNED CARS & TRUCKS ON THE TREASURE COAST!APR AS LOW AS 1.9% ON SELECT PRE-OWNED VEHICLES! SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. EASY AND CONVENIENT APPRAISALS! WELL BUY YOUR CAR, EVEN IF YOU DONT BUY OURS! 203AŽ PACKAGE, FULLY EQUIPPED! #12870LEATHER, SUNROOF, BLISS, REAR CAMERA! #12646 $2,750 DUE/mo.*183AT SIGNING 25 STARTING AT$2012 FORD FUSION $2,500 DUE/mo.*173AT SIGNING 13 STARTING AT$2012 FORD FOCUS $3,000 DUE/mo.*229AT SIGNING 18 STARTING AT$2012 FORD ESCAPE STARTING AT2012 FORD FIESTAS SAVE OVER 10,000! 2012 FORD EDGE*$3,000 DUEper month*259AT SIGNING $ $13,990 WELL EQUIPPED! #128119 TO CHOOSE!STARTING ATSAVE THOUSANDS! COMMERCIAL CONNECTION 2011 FORD F-150s$28,500WAS $38,555NOW JUSTONLY 2 LEFT! SOME VEHICLE PHOTOS ARE APPROXIMATE LIKENESS TO THE IN STOCK INVENTORY. ALL VEHICLES ADVERTISED ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. VEHI CLES PRICED AFTER ALL FACTORY REBATES PLUS TAX, TAG AND $289 DEALER FEE. SOME FACTORY REBATES MAY REQUIRE FORD MOTOR CREDIT FINANCING WAC. SOME PRICES INCLUDE FMCC REBATE RCL RENEWAL OR TRADE ASSIST REBATE. *10,500 MILES/YR. 27 MONTHS PAYMENT AND TAX. 2011 FORD MUSTANG V67K MI., INGOT SILVER #12322A$24,186 2011 FORD EDGE15K MI., TUXEDO BLK, #P4348$31,445ONLY 2009 FORD FOCUS SE31K MI., LT. BLUE MET., #12528A1$12,450ONLY ONLY 2012 FORD FUSION SEL 27K MI., BLUE METALLIC #P4360$21,950ONLY 2010 FORD FOCUS SEL40K MI., SILVER MET., #P4327$16,899ONLY2011 NISSAN VERSA 1.6 23K MI., FRESH POWDER, #111081A$12,950ONLY 2012 FORD ESCAPE LTD20K MI., BLUE METALLIC, #P4301 $23,950ONLY2010 FORD F-150 XLT32K MI., BLUE MET., #111045A$23,950ONLY 2007 CHEVY CORVETTE15K MI., TUXEDO BLK, #P4348$32,950ONLY 2011 FORD EDGE LIMITED32K MI., BORDEAUX #P4290 $26,950ONLY 2011 LINCOLN MKX30K MI., SILVER MET., #P4342 $30,950ONLY 2012 FORD FLEX LIMITED17K MI., SILVER MET., #P4328$29,950ONLY 2011 LEXUS IS 2506K MI., GRANITE MICA #12-492B $33,950ONLY 2012 FORD FUSION SEL16 K MI., WHITE METALLIC #P4358$23,200ONLY2010 JEEP WRANGLER SPT6K MI., STONE WHT., #12768A$22,950ONLY 2011 FORD MUSTANG V6 24K MI., RACE RED #P4359$23,599ONLY CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! CERTIFIED! 7 Okeechobee News May 11, 2012

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2 May 27, 2010 DERMATOLOGY Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555 www.TCDermatology.com SPINE SURGERY PALM BEACH SPINE SPECIALISTSPasquale X. Montesano, M.D.Board Certi ed Orthopedic Spine Surgeon 1124 S. Parrott Avenue • Okeechobee 863-261-8059 • info@spinedocs.org REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS GYNECOLOGIST James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net 863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S. Scott Tapper, M.D., F.A.C.S.Board Certi ed General Vascular SurgeonSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose Veins Minimally Invasive In Of ce Procedure Performed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation procedures Insurance Accepted beforeafter 2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart772-286-5501symmetrylaservein.com UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE 2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website Advertise in the Medical Directory! Call 863-763-3134 Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: M-T 8-5 € F 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all ages raulersonprimarycare.com FAMILY MEDICINE Call 863-763-3134 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n e Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted By Nancy Dennis Client TestimonialI am a winter Okeechobee resident down from Kentucky. When I came down in January I was unhealthy, overweight, had high blood pressure and diabetes. I have always had bad eating habits with no willpower and have never been able to stick to any diet. All this changed since joining Physicians Weight Loss Center. I woke up one one day saying Today is going to be a changing day in my life.Ž I lost 48 pounds in 12 weeks!! The staff at PWLC provided motivation and support along with the encouragement of my husband. I am heading back to Kentucky almost 50 lbs lighter, healthier and off all my diabetic medications. I cant wait for my family back home to see the NEW me! If you want to lose weight, I highly recommend you start on this program... IT WORKS!!! Remember Nothing tastes as good as looking thin feels!Ž Call 863.357.9967 for your free consultation! Physicians Weight Loss Center is located at 414 S. Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee, FL. Nancy Dennis Lost 48 pounds in 12 Weeks! Submitted Photo/ Physicians Weight Loss Centers Nancy Dennis lost 48 pounds in 12 weeks! HEALTH Jos Cancer Scare? Cancer Scare? From Diagnosis to Treatmen From Diagnosis to Treatmen t, We are Here for You t, We are Here for You Okeechobee Cancer Center Okeechobee Cancer Center 301 NE 19th Avenue • Okeechobee 863.357.1395 • 772.202.0151 Free Second Opinions • Courtesy Transportation • Free Consultation The only ones on the Treasure Coast with a Pet/CT simulator All insurance accepted including Medicaid All insurance accepted including Medicaid 8 Okeechobee News 9 May 11, 2012

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a litany of charges including burglary and possession of prescription pills without a prescription. Jeffrey Wayne Allen, 27, was arrested Sunday, May 6, and is being held in jail on a bond of $34,500. He is charged with the felonies of: burglary; dealing in stolen property; grand theft; giving false information to a secondary metal recycler; and, possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription (seven counts). He is also charged with the misdemeanors of possession of a new legend drug w ithout a valid prescription (four counts) and possession of drug paraphernalia (two counts). An arrest report by Of cer Kelley Margerum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that Allen initially came under suspicion when a piece of equipment was stolen from a business on Saturday, May 5, then taken to a local recycling center. A witness to the alleged theft said they saw a small red pickup with nothing in the bed drive up to the business and stop. Then, sometime later, the truck drove away with something in the bed. The witness reportedly told Of cer Margerum that they saw two men get out of the truck. One of the men was wearing a green ball cap, while the second man wore a white cap. The of cer said she not only went to the recycling center and saw the equipment, but also saw Allen's name listed as the person who sold it. She also saw a receipt showing that Allen was paid $46.92 for the 340-pound item. Of cer Margerum went on to state in her report that while at the recycling center she saw photos of the small red Chevrolet pickup, the equipment and Allen wearing a white ball cap. On Sunday, OCPD Of cer Lawrence Parzygnat stopped a small red Chevrolet pickup that was being driven by a woman. The passenger in truck was Allen, stated Of cer Parzygnat's arrest report. After stopping the truck the of cer asked for, and received, permission to search it. During that search he allegedly found a black pocketbook that contained seven prescription bottles with pills, a spoon with a white crusty substance on it and a syringe. Of cer Parzygnat stated that ve of those prescription bottles had the labels scraped off and the other two had names on them that did not match Allen's or the driver's. The of cer allowed the woman to leave when it became apparent she knew nothing about the pills, then arrested Allen. Man facing burglary, felony drug charges 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co Century21okeechobee.com m • 20+/-ACRES • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. $40,000 $40,000 or better offer or better offer MLS #205495 • • Blue Blue Heron Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239 • • 319+/acres 319+/acres on Hwy 441 North $4,000,000 $4,000,000 • Okeechobee Hammock • Okeechobee Hammock Clean corner lot 100x104 (9002 SE 65th Way) $5,900 • Viking $5,900 • Viking acreage David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485(863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 7006-C: Old Center State 7006-C: Old Center State Bank Bank location completely renovated last year. Great business location, Hwy 441 frontage with median cut access. Large parking lot, concrete block construction. On .63 acre. $600,000 $600,000 MLS # 205686 1007-H: 1007-H: SW Section SW Section home with street on two sides, Living Sq Ft 2343, Large Island Kitchen, dining room and large FL room with replace, appliances, large oak trees and fruit trees. $209,000 $209,000 NOW $170,000 NOW $170,000 MLS #205526 3000-M: 3000-M: Treasure IsTreasure Island land 2 bedroom 1.5 bath mobile home with additions waterfront/lake access. Get ready to go shing! $39,900 $39,900 MLS #205768 4004-M: 4004-M: Buckhead Ridge Buckhead Ridge waterfront 2BR/2.5BA with additions. Lg FL rm, screened rm, workshop, boat lift, double carport on a large corner lot with water on two sides. $85,000 $85,000 MLS #205528 5008-H: 5008-H: Conners Gables Conners Gables Cute Frame home, would make a great starters home or rental. 1380 total sq ft, carport. Close to Everglades Elementary School. $48,000 $48,000 NOW NOW $45,000 $45,000 MLS #205611 4000-H: 4000-H: Buckhead Ridge Buckhead Ridge Wow!! Water w/lake access. Boat slip, concrete seawall, furnished, 2 master bdrms, 2 ba. Split plan, appliances. Hardwood and tile oors. Fireplace. Ready to move into condition. $125,000 $125,000 MLS #205694 NEW LISTING REDUCED LAKE ACCESS 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y Over 100 Listings10 Acres. Delightful in every detail~2006 CBS 3 Bd/ 2Ba/ 2 Carport. 1686 SF under air 3164 SF TLA. Hickory cabinets, Corian counters, Hickory hardwood oor. Clawfoot tub, windgard insulated windows, metal roof, two lanais overlook pastures. Fenced, cross fenced, stall-tackroom+paddock. RV hookup. EXCEPTIONAL! $269,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 BASSINGER BEAUTY! 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 10 Okeechobee News May 11, 2012 Jeffrey Wayne Allen The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce is disclosing this information to the public in order to enhance public safety, awareness, and protection. This information is not intended to increase fear: rather it is this agency's belief that an informed public is a safer public. This bulletin should be used only for information purposes. Citizen abuse of the information to threaten, intimidate, or harass offenders will not be tolerated, in any manner. The individuals who appear in this bulletin have served the sentence imposed on them by the courts. They are NOT wanted by the police at this time. Sex offender have always lived in the communities. The only change is the public is not better informed. Paul Parramore, 47, is a white male with brown hair and green eyes. He is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 230 lbs. His current address is 2477 SE 27th Street, Okeechobee. He was convicted of Sexual Battery by Adult (Attempted), victim less than 12 years of age and lewd and lascivious, indecent assault, victim less than 16 years of age on December 6, 2001, in St. Lucie County, Florida. The cictims were minors. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, please contact Michele or Connie at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce at 863-763-3117, extension 240 or web site http://fdle.state. . .us. Sexual Predator Notice Paul Parramore Yard sale for Children’s RanchReal Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will be open Tuesday Saturday from 9 a.m. 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.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton 120 BEDSCaring for Those You Care About RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 11 Okeechobee News May 11, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsFriday, May 11, is National School Nurse A ppreciation Day. A school nurse supports the education process by promoting and facilitating the optimal health of students. Speci c responsibilities of the school nurse include: health screening and assessment with identi cation of abnormal health ndings; interpretation of student health status for parents and school staff with development of a student health plan and referral when appropriate; serving as a health resource for students, health aides, teachers and school staff; promotion and assistance in the control and prevention of communicable disease and certifying student immunizations. The role of the school nurse is multifaceted and is a vital component of health promotion in the school setting. School Nurse Appreciation Day is May 11 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHDIn celebration of School Nurse Day, the Okeechobee County Health Department honors our school nurses. Left to right are: Ann Bacher, RN (OHS & Freshman Campus); Paula Smith, RN (School Nurse Supervisor); Marilyn Mordes, RN (Everglades & South Elementary); Patti Frank, RN (Central Elementary & OMS); Morgan Hord, RN (Seminole & North Elementary); Dorothy Rucks, SHA (OAA) and Teresa McGehee, RN (OAA & YMS). By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News To countless Vietnam veterans the name Chris Noel brings back memories of Bob Hope USO Tours and listening to "A Date with Chris," on Armed Forces Radio. Ms. Noel will be appearing at this year's Veterans Appreciation Day. For the second year, Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 S.E., will be the site of Veterans Appreciation Day, Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While the focus is to honor active duty military and their families, everyone is welcome. There will be fun for the entire family with music, swamp buggy rides, horsemanship demonstrations, a military equipment display, and free barbecue meal. Ms. Noel was a model and actress who appeared with Steve McQueen in "Soldier in the Rain" and with Elvis Presley in "Girl Happy." She made several visits to Vietnam with Bob Hope and had a long-running program on Armed Forces Radio. In 1984 she received the Distinguished Vietnam Veteran Award from the Veterans' Network for her work with Vietnam veterans. R.S.V.P. by calling 863-763-9800.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Special Veterans Appreciation Day planned May 19

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(863)268-5865 www.268junk.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeGreat Opportunity For Certi ed Teachers Okeechobee Christian Academy is seeking certi ed teachers with a strong desire to pour into the next generation educationally and spiritually. Candidate should be enthusiastic, creative, have strong classroom management skills, and excellent communication skills. Speci cally looking for individuals who have the ability to teach upper level science, language arts, and history. Please send your letter of interest along with your resume to: OCA, 701 S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, Fl. 34974 Electrical Journeyman needed, DFWP, apply in person or drop resume at 2801 SW 3rd Terrace, Okeechobee Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time EXPERIENCED COOK Now Hiring Must have references Apply in person between 7am & 2pm @ Crossroads Restaurant 5050 NE 128th Ave. Okeechobee, FL (863)763-8333 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. Employment Full Time Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Pets/SuppliesFOR SALE BLUE PIT PUPPIES 12 1/2 WEEKS OLD. HAD ALL SHOTS. $300.00 CALL RHONDA 863-634-4407 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Pets/SuppliesYorkie Pup Toy male 11 wks.shots/health cert.reg.papers. adorable $550.00 cash 863-610-2725. Yorkie Puppy for sale: One year old, Male, gorgeous, great price $357.00 Firm. Call 863-273-1804 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. FREE TOWING. (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Coastal and Oat Hay Mix $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsFEMALE BOARDER Studio Apts. in quiet country setting. 5 minutes from town, furnished, hi-speed internet, 200 channel cable, a/c, electric, all included with private entrance. $125 per week or $400 a month. Reference required 863-763-0675 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? ApartmentsFULLY FURNISHED: All utilities paid. On water. Quiet neighborhood. $170 per week + sec. dep. Adult complex. No children or pets. (863)357-2044 for appointment. Commercial PropertyBAY FOR LEASE Great Commercial Location, In Town. Single 1000 sq.ft. Bay w/Restroom. $550 mo. Call (863)763-4414. Condos/Townhouses RentVilla For Rent 2bd/2ba 1 Story $600 per month, $600 dep. and 1st months rent to move in. Call for Appointment 304-277-0427 Houses RentFOR RENT: 2 BEDROOM FULLY FURNISHED DUPLEX IN KINGS BAY WITH HEATED SWIMMING POOL TENNIS COURT GARAGE AND WASHER & DRYER. $800.00 A MONTH. 1ST & SECURITY DEPOSIT. PAY OWN UTILITIES. MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED. CALL TODAY (863)467-4371 HOUSE ON RANCH 2/1, large Oaks, Lofton Road, $650/month. Call (561) 261-0077 OKEECHOBEE 1br,1 ba,partly furnished. NW 50th Ave. 2 people only, A/C, very clean. Non smkg, No pets. $500 mo., plus $250 deposit. Call: (863) 697-1168. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Houses RentOKEECHOBEE3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $650 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Land SaleOKEECHOBEE 5 Acres Park your own trailer or build your home, $2,000 down, owner nancing. Priced $49,000. Call 863-763-6358 Lots SaleFOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent2bd/1 and 1/2 bath, very clean, $550 mo $250 security. Off of NW 30th St. close to Seminole Elementary. No Pets. Call 863-697-1168 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Mobile Home RentAdult RV Park Fully Furnished Trailer w/Florida Room. $500.00 a month For more information please call Laura at 863-357-1050 or Tandra 863-634-1109 Lovely Completely Remodeled 3bd/2ba Mobile Home in Country Setting. For more info Call Stan 863-385-2613 Mobile HomeSaleBANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 For Sale 2/1 MH 3499 NW 3rd St. Dew Berry Gardens Handyman Special, call for more information. $275 mo. lot rent. Make Offer! Call 863-261-2078 FOR SALE 3 Bedroom Mobile Home with 2 lots & access to river. 44 Boondock Rd. $35,000 Call 863-763-2346 or 863-610-4625 For Sale Mobile Home 14x60, 2 bedroom/ 1 1/2 bath. $6000.00 or $600.00 a month for rent. Call 863-447-0841 PALM HARBOR VILLAGE New Homes Start at $39,900, $5k for your used mobile home... Any condition 800-622-2832 ext 210 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 12 Okeechobee News May 11, 2012

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 6:00 p.m ., at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 416573 ON 5/11/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD030 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2983 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ROSE ACRES LOT 5 1-20-37-36-0010-00000-0050 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALINE NORMAN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416390 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD032 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2989 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ROSE ACRES W 82 FT OF LOTS 14 15 16 1-20-37-36-0010-00000-014A Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALINE NORMAN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416395 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD034 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2996 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: MOSQUITO CREEK LOT 6 1-21-37-36-0010-00000-0060 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GLOBAL AMERICAN GROUP LLC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416397 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD038 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that BAKERSTREET INVESTMENTS INC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3672 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: PIONEER ESTATES UNIT 1 LOT 28 1-04-38-36-0010-00000-0280 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: RUSSELL SCOTT Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416402 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 Public NoticeLEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 25th day of May 2012 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 1994 Silver Cadillac Deville 1G6KD52B4RU306409 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 417044 ON 5/11/2012 NOTICE I, the undersigned, Judy Harrell Hummer will not be responsible for debts contracted by anyone other than myself, from this date, 5-21-2012 forward. Judy Harrell Hummer 9500 SW Conners Highway Okeechobee, FL 34974 DATE: 5-8-2012 417040 ON 5/11/2012 Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your Home! Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Public Notice TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Technical Review Committee of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact Betty Clement at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, City Administrator 416572 ON 5/11/2012 Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD031 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2984 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ROSE ACRES LOT 6 1-20-37-36-0010-00000-0060 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALINE NORMAN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416393 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 Shop here first! The classified ads Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD033 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2993 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ROSE ACRES W 82 FT OF LOT 18 1-20-37-36-0010-00000-018A Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALINE NORMAN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416396 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD037 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3382 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: 1ST ADDITION TO CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOT 1 BLOCK 247 3-21-37-35-0020-02470-0010 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GERALDINE BERTRAM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416401 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD025 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that HENRIETTE & MARK DESCHAMPS the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2129 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: PLAYLAND PARK LOT 21 BLOCK F 1-07-37-35-0010-0000F-0210 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: TIMOTHY L COOK Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 31st day of May, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 414988 ON 4/20,27;5/4,11/2012 Public NoticeNOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING AND WORKSHOP NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDR’s). All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for nal consideration. A workshop will be conducted during this time to discuss language pertaining to amending the Comprehensive Plan, identifying the Commercial Corridor, creating a new future land use category entitled “Transitional Commercial Overlay” and associated policy language to implement the new overlay as generally contained in last year’s adopted Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR), as well as review some of the con icts between the FLUM and the Zoning Map within the SW & NW quadrants of the City. A copy of a memorandum reviewing the speci c areas, recommendations and maps can be viewed on the City’s website. A copy of the speci c areas and the proposed overlay maps can be reviewed on the City’s website. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Dawn Hoover, Chairperson 416574 ON 5/11/2012 13 Okeechobee News May 11, 2012

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD023 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that AVENA-LYN SMITH PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the ESTATE of ROSALIND GAIL KERBY SMITH the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 902 Year of Issuance: May-19-2005 Description of Property: NEW OKEECHOBEE HEIGHTS SECTION A LOTS 44 45 46 47 BLOCK 36 1-06-36-34-0010-00360-0440 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELSIE CARTER JAMES W BURDIN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 31st day of May, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 414986 ON 4/20,27;5/4,11/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD028 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2899 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, ALSO KNOWN AS LOT 35-E, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING FURTHER BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 17 THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 57 MIN 33 SEC EAST ALONG THE SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY OF SAID SECTION 17, A DISTANCE OF 180.00 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE EASTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SOUTHWEST SECOND AVENUE; THENCE ALONG SAID EASTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE NORTH 0 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC EAST, A DISTANCE OF 288.32 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SOUTHWEST 4TH STREET; THENCE ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE SOUTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC EAST, A DISTANCE OF 792.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SOUTHWEST 4TH STREET SOUTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC EAST, A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE NORTH 0 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC EAST, A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 24 MIN 08 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE SOUTH 0 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF SOUTHWEST 4TH STREET, SAID POINT ALSO BEING THE POINT OF BEGINNING 1-17-37-36-0A00-00003-035E Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALINE NORMAN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416179 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE No.: 2012-CA-71 U.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR C-BASS TRUST 2006-CB9, C-BASS MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-CB9, Plaintiff, Vs. Patrick Kevin Travers a/k/a Patrick K. Travers, Unknown Spouse of Patrick Kevin Travers a/k/a Patrick K. Travers, Unknown Tenant #1, Unknown Tenant #2, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: Patrick Kevin Travers a/k/a Patrick K. Travers Residence Unknown Unknown Spouse of Patrick Kevin Travers a/k/a Patrick K. Travers Residence Unknown If living: if dead, all unknown parties claiming interest by, through, under or against the above named defendant(s), whether said unknown parties claim as heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, or other claimants; and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property herein described. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property in Orange County, Florida: Lot 9, Block 12, Oak Park Subdivision, according to the plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 3, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Street Address: 3260 SW 21st Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Clar eld, Okon, Salomone & Pincus, P.L., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 500 S. Australian Avenue, Suite 730, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, within 30 days after the date of the rst publication of this notice, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court, otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. Dated on May 7, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of said Court BY: Linda F. Young As Deputy ClerkClar eld, Okon, Salomone & Pincus, P.L.Attorney for Plaintiff 500 S. Australian Avenue, Suite 730 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Telephone: (561) 713-1400 417037 ON 5/11,18/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-65 IN RE: ESTATE OF MILFRED DENNIS SCHMECKPEPER, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of MILFRED DENNIS SCHMECKPEPER deceased, File Number 2012-CP-65, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was July 6, 2011; that the total value of the estate is $5,400.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Shirley Jean Schmeckpeper 4074 Hwy 441 SE # 51 Okeechobee, FL 34974 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, 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 11th, 2012. Person Giving Notice: Shirley Jean Schmeckpeper 4074 Hwy 441 SE #51 Okeechobee, FL 34974 Attorney for Person Giving Notice: Colin M. Cameron, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 270441 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8600 417184 ON 5/11,18/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on May 17, 2012. Owner Unit # Tina Elder #647 Beatrice Gordon #435 Christopher Lachman #619 Nataliya Turner #625 416577 ON 5/4,11/2012 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: Ronald B. Clements Last known address: 307 NW 10th Ave Okeechobee, FL Regina M. Hines Last known address: 5217 SE 43rd St Okeechobee, FL Tracey K. Hooton Last known address: 3708 NW 21st Ave Okeechobee, FL Joel A. Huddleston Last known address: 3844 NW 30th Ave Okeechobee, FL Sheretta S. McNeil Last known address: 1884 NE 3rd St Okeechobee, FL Dante Perez Last known address: 375 NE 70th Ave. Okeechobee, FL Garardo Tapia Last known address: 4458 SE 22nd Ct. Okeechobee, FL Amby A. Williams Last known address: 3572 NW 28th Ave Okeechobee, FL You are hereby noti ed that your eligibility to vote is in question. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Okeechobee, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. Gwen Chandler Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 144 Okeechobee, Florida, 34972 (863) 763-4014 417135 ON 5/11/2012 NOTICE OF ACTION THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2011-CA-000237 REGIONS BANK, Plaintiff, VS. EDMUND ACCARDI, et al. Defendant(s). TO: EDMUND ACCARDI AND UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF EDMUND ACCARDI EDMUNDACCARDI UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF EDMUND ACCARDI 2300 Bay Drive Pompano Beach, Florida 33062 EDMUNDACCARDI UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF EDMUND ACCARDI 1525 Southeast 23rd Street Okeechobee, Florida 34974 EDMUNDACCARDI UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF EDMUND ACCARDI 855 S. Federal Highway Pompano Beach, Florida 33062 Current Address: Unknown the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, bene ciaries devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, through, under, or against the Defendant(s), who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: Lot 63, BLUE HERON GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB PHASE I, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 50 and 51, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on LEAH H. MAYERSOHN, MAYERSOHN LAW GROUP, P.A., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 101 N.E. 3rd Ave., Suite 1250, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on this 3rd day of May, 2012. SHARON ROBERTON Clerk of Court, Okeechobee County BY: Arlene Nealis As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 417069 ON 5/11,18/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD026 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1404 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: PLATTS BLUFF RANCHES LOT 26 PLATTS BLUFF RANCHES AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION IN SECTIONS 25 AND 36, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTH ONE-QUARTER CORNER OF SAID SECTION 36, BEAR SOUTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 278.23 FEET TO THE SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF CARLA ROAD AND THE P.O.B.; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 295.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 88 DEG 16 MIN 23 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 625.00 FEET TO THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF LISA LANE; THENCE BEAR NORTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC EAST, ALONG THE EAST RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF SAID LISA LANE, A DISTANCE OF 330.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 88 DEG 16 MIN 23 SEC EAST, A DISTANCE OF 555.00 FEET TO THE WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID CARLA ROAD; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 00 DEG 24 MIN 59 SEC WEST, ALONG THE WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID CARLA ROAD, A DISTANCE OF 35.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 88 DEG 16 MIN 23 SEC EAST ALONG THE SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID CARLA ROAD, A DISTANCE OF 70.00 FEET TO THE P.O.B. 1-25-36-33-0010-00026-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KATHREINE A BAUM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416177 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD036 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that BAKERSTREET INVESTMENTS INC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3252 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: BEG AT NW COR OF GOVT LOT 1 RUN S ON W BDRY OF GOVT LOT 1 DIST OF 1428.52 FT FOR A POB CONT SRLY ON W BDRY OF GOVT LOT 1 DIST OF 137.35 FT TO NW COR OF LAND DESC IN OR 317912 THENCE RUN S 89 DEG 36 MIN E DIST OF 177.95 FT TO A PT BEING NE COR OF LAND IN OR 317-912 THENCE S 00 DEG 24 MIN E P/L WITH W LINE OF GOVT LOT 1 DIST OF 263.41 FT TO PT ON NRLY R/W LINE OF US 441 THENCE RUN S 77 DEG 43 MIN 07 SEC E ON NRLY R/W OF US 441 DIST OF 153.36 FT TO A PT THENCE RUN N 00 DEG 28 MIN 34 SEC E DIST OF 432.50 FT THENCE RUN N 89 DEG 36 MIN W DIST OF 328.64 FT TO POB 36 37S 35E 2 ACRES 1-36-37-35-0A00-00002-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LIGHTSEY ENTERPRISES LLC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416400 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD024 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 910 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 15 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 15 25 34S 33E 1-25-34-33-0A00-00015-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KERRYANN N FORBES Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 31st day of May, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 414987 ON 4/20,27;5/4,11/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD039 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that BAKERSTREET INVESTMENTS INC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3788 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: UNPLATTED LANDS OF THE CITY BEG 567 FT S & 150 FT W OF NE COR OF SEC 28 RUN S 192.7 FT THENCE W 211 FT N 192.7 FT E 211 FT TO POB 28 37S 35E .93 ACRES 2-28-37-35-0A00-00028-A000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MDC 1 LLC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416403 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD035 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that BAKERSTREET INVESTMENTS INC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3156 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: OAK TREE PLACE UNIT F DWELLING STRUCTURE 100 1-29-37-35-0050-00100-F000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ATUL PATEL RAJEN V PATEL Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416398 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD022 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ANA MERCEDES PRADO-KENDRICK the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 291 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 4 WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 4 SECTION 13 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA. 1-13-34-33-0A00-00004-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: TARPON IV LLC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 31st day of May, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 414985 ON 4/20,27;5/4,11/2012 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 14 Okeechobee News May 11, 2012

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD027 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1812 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS BEGINNING AT THE CORNER OF TRACT 9, BLOCK 10, OF OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 100, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, WHERE TRACT 7, 8, 9 AND 10 MEET; RUN THENCE ALONG THE COMMON BORDER OF TRACTS 8 & 9 TO 3RD AVENUE TO A POINT; RUN THENCE 305 FEET ALONG THE COMMON BORDER OF TRACT 9 & 3RD AVENUE TO A POINT; THENCE 300.19 FEET TO THE COMMON BORDER OF TRACT 9 AND 10 TO A POINT; THENCE ALONG THE COMMON BORDER OF TRACT 9 AND 10 TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN SINGLEWIDE MANUFACTURED HOME DESCRIBED AS A 1981 SEVI WITH VIN NO. FDGAU1813 AND THAT CERTAIN DOUBLEWIDE MANUFACTURED HOME DESCRIBED AS A 1981 HERI WITH VIN NO. 2191A AND 2191B. 1-15-36-35-0010-00100-009A Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BARBARA L MCKANE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 14th day of June, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416178 ON 5/4,11,18,25 & 6/1/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD029 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2979 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS 14 AND 15 OF CORBETT NORMAN SUBDIVISION AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 49 MIN 55 SEC EAST ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 20, FOR A DISTANCE OF 999.57 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEG 04 MIN 40 SEC EAST PARALLEL WITH THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 20, FOR A DISTANCE OF 50.00 FEET FOR P.O.B.; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 0 DEG 04 MIN 40 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 334.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEG 49 MIN 55 SEC EAST PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 20 FOR A DISTANCE OF 315.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEG 04 MIN 40 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 70.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 49 MIN 55 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 125.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEG 04 MIN 40 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 264.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 49 MIN 55 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 190 FEET TO THE P.O.B. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST. AND LOT 13 OF CORBETT NORMAN SUBDIVISION, UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION, DESCRIBED AS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 49 MIN 55 SEC EAST ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 20, FOR A DISTANCE OF 999.57 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEG 04 MIN 40 SEC EAST PARALLEL WITH THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 20 FOR A DISTANCE OF 314.00 FEET FOR A P.O.B.; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 0 DEG 04 MIN 40 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 208.29 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEG 49 MIN 55 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 315.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEG 04 MIN 40 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 208.29 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 49 MIN 55 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 315.00 FEET TO THE P.O.B. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST. LESS & EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 49 MIN 55 SEC EAST ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 20, FOR A DISTANCE OF 999.57 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEG 04 MIN 40 SEC EAST PARALLEL WITH THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 20, FOR A DISTANCE OF 384.00 FEET FOR P.O.B.; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 0 DEG 04 MIN 40 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 138.29 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEG 49 MIN 55 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 315.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEG 04 MIN 40 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 208.29 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 49 MIN 55 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 125.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEG 04 MIN 40 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 70.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 49 MIN 55 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 190.00 FEET TO THE P.O.B. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE N 1/2 OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST. 1-20-37-36-0A00-00001-0014 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALINE NORMAN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of June, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 416377 ON 5/4,11,18,25/2012 15 Okeechobee News May 11, 2012 pare as she studied for one to two hours each night for a couple of weeks. She studied even longer hours for the regional. Mrs. Williams said she is very proud of her daughter’s performance and both parents noted they were probably more nervous than the kids on the stage during the contest. Spellers correctly spelled words like emptiness, chaperone, liquidation, discrimination, amboyant, questionnaire, and vinaigrette along with a host of other challenging words. Three were eliminated in the rst round, seven in the second, six in the third, and three in the fourth. After the early rounds it became tougher as each speller showed off their skills, patience, and their hard work by spelling a total of 106 words this year. “I knew all of the words that I spelled,” Williams said. “There was a lot of excellent spellers. A lot of us were at the regional and were used to this competition because we’ve been doing it a long time.” Rachel said she might pursue a career in the medical eld when she graduates from high school. The judges this year were School Board member Kelly Owens, CenterState Bank Manager Tabitha Trent and School Board Exceptional Student Education Coordinator Wendy Coker. Barbara James served as the pronouncer and Mary Hurley organized the event. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said parents should really have enjoyed spending time with their kids as the y prepared for an academic competition. He thanked the spellers for all of their hard work. President of the Okeechobee Education Foundation, which co-sponsored the event, Linda Syfrett said the Foundation is always pleased to sponsor events that assist children. “All of you are winners because you are here today.” Mrs. Trent presented gift cards of $25 each to the top three nishers. She also competed in the spelling competition when she was in school. “It is quite an honor for parents to have a child on this stage today. You are all winners because you participated in this spelling bee.” SPELLERSContinued From Page 1 “It doesn’t always run as planned.” He said someone needs to be there earlier to open gates. He also expressed concern about noise at night. In response, Karla Roby, one of the operators of mudfest, said activities were shut down before sunset. She said the noise Mr. Mucherino heard might have been her staff patrolling the site after dark. She also said the gates would be opened earlier to prevent traf c jams. “We have tried to address every issue,” she asserted. “If we didn’t have traf c we would have no event.” Mr. Royce said that by granting six permits at a time they would avoid having to hold public hearings before the planning board and before the commission before granting each permit. He said that if any issues from a previous mudfest have not been resolved the planning department would not issue a permit for the next mudfest. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper admitted there would be inconveniences with mudfest but it was good for the county economically. The operators of mudfest already had the necessary South Florida Water Management (SFWMD) permit. Turning to another matter, commissioners created a job description for the new position of public works director with a salary of slightly over $61,000. “I think this is long overdue,” said Commissioner Joey Culpepper. “I think this will allow us to operate more ef ciently and economically.” As head of the public works division, this person will be responsible for the airport, engineering, and road maintenance departments. Future plans call for this division to also include the yet to be created engineering, surveyor and stormwater departments. “I think the numbers are quite telling,” said Gary Ritter, director of the SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center during the public comment time. “We are in a drought.” He went on to say that since Nov. 11, less that half the expected rainfall has fallen and that at the current level of 11.57 feet the lake is two feet below average. In addition, he said that there is not much rain in the forecast. All the north shore locks are closed until the lake reaches around 12 feet, with the exception of the Taylor Creek lock which will be closed until October for renovation. In other action, the board:  proclaimed the month of May to be Foster Parent Appreciation Month in the county;  gave preliminary plat approval for the proposed 20 unit Hammocks Cabins condominium development at Pine Creek Ranch;  awarded a contract to Odyssey Manufacturing Co., of Tampa in the amount o f $0.90 per gallon for liquid chlorine and $41.25 per drum for swimming pool acid for the swimming pool; and,  approved purchase of 12 sets of re ghting bunker gear from Municipal Equipment Company, LLC, for $22,901. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 said Ms. Clements cannot go back to work for an employer in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) for at least six months. While in DROP, workers are actually retired but can work for up to ve years. During this time their pension is placed in a taxdeferred retirement trust fund that earns 6.5 percent interest. At the end of the ve years workers are required to leave their jobs. Ms. Clements, 62, and the district have been in several newspaper articles the last few months that question SFWMD’s leasing policy and how it appears to be non-compliant with Florida state statute 373.093. That statute requires the district to publish their intent to lease their lands for three successive weeks in a newspaper that publishes in the county where the land is situated. The statute, however, does not require the bidding process on those lands where there is diminutive value. Diminutive value generally results in a reduced purchase price the district has to pay as the value of a lease is deducted from the cost of the land. SFWMD currently has several such leases in effect. One SFWMD lease overseen by Ms. Clements that has drawn the most attention deals with 4,701 acres of non-contiguous parcels in eastern Glades County currently being leased by the Old River Cattle Company of Okeechobee. The property was initially leased by Ricou Hartman, of Stuart, and Old River joined Mr. Hartman on the lease in 2008. State records show that Mr. Hartman is a manager of the Old River Cattle Company. In December 2011, Ms. Clements approved a 10-year extension of Old River’s lease without it ever going before the SFWMD governing board or going out for bid. She also extended four other leases—three, of which, have diminutive value. The fourth of those, which rst raised questions about the handling of leases by Ms. Clements, involves property in Highlands County currently being leased by Alisa Sherman-Harris. In a 2010 interview, Ms. Clements said Mrs. Sherman-Harris apparently had some 80 head of cattle on the district’s property without a lease being in place. She was given the choice of removing the cattle or entering into a lease. The cattle were removed. Then, in early 2011, the district advertised their intention to award bids on this property. Records show that Mrs. Sherman-Harris was the high bidder and was awarded the lease on April 8, 2011. On Dec. 13, 2011, that lease was extended until April 7, 2022. When contacted about Ms. Clements’ intention to leave the district, a Glades Count y rancher who also has a lease with the district already has her replacement in mind. “I hope they replace her with someone the caliber of Tommy Stroud who I consider a model on behalf of the district with the way he works with landowners and fello w employees, and looks out for the needs o f the district in a diplomatic and honest way,” said John Austin Collier. According to the SFWMD web site Mr. Stroud is currently the director of operations, maintenance and construction. He’s been with the district since 1992. Just last month the district’s governing board approved a resolution to amend its leasing policy that is aimed at enhancing transparency and bringing the district into compliance with state statue—in regard to leasing. While the resolution mandates the district to advertise their intention to lease, as required statute, it will allow the governing board to “waive the competitive process.” The resolution does not de ne or offer guidelines on when the board could grant a waiver. SFWMD currently has more than 100 leases that total 129,011 acres, or 9 percent of fee total lands held by the district. These leases generate about $4 million annuall y for land management purposes. SFWMDContinued From Page 1

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Naomi Stevens made an easy transition to college ball this year as she was recently named to the Southern Conference All Conference Squad for Indian River State College. Stevens played every day in left eld and led the conference and the state of Florida junior colleges with 50 stolen bases. She hit a solid .300 and was among the team leaders in defensive elding percentage, runs scored, and on base percentage. "I enjoyed winning the award. I was one of only a few freshmen on the all conference team. It was a good opportunity for me this y ear and I hope to do better next year," she said. Stevens was among four OHS graduates in 2011 who signed college softball scholarships. The four year starter for the Brahmans at shortstop was always among the top players in the region during her high school career. Stevens' biggest challenge was learning a new position in the out eld. The fundamentals are different and you spend long hours shagging y balls to get ready for the season. "The transition went smooth from high school to college. I loved the out eld and I came through in the end. Coach said next y ear I'll play at shortstop," she explained. The switch hitter led off, hit one homerun and drove in 15 runs this past year as the Lady Pioneers nished fourth in the regional tournament and nished the season with 39 wins. Stevens also got to play against former teammate Courtney Wilson, who played at Hillsborough Community College this past year. There was a big difference between high school and college ball as all of the players had strong arms, strong bats, and were in great condition. It was tough competing for a starting job because in high school she always was a starter and wasn't really challenged for her starting job. "It is very competitive and it's tough. It's not about liking the coach, it's about if you are good or not," she added. She is studying radiology with an eye toward a possible career as an ultra sound technician. She spent many hours per week at practice, conditioning and playing games similar to a full-time job. She also kept up her grade point average to 3.0 which she was very proud of. Fans, family and friends from Okeechobee continued to support Naomi as they attended many of her games. Naomi said she will likely entertain offers from four-year universities in the coming year and try to continue her education and earn a bachelors degree. "I might leave Florida and try something new. As good as I am I could probably go somewhere big if I stay focused on my studies and softball," she added. Her next goal is to continue to get stronger and faster over the summer and during the fall when they play scrimmage games. The team played 56 games this year, most of them doubleheaders in one day. Another goal is to win the Regional Tournament and make Nationals in 2013. "Honestly, I thought we could have won it this year. We did alright and it was a fun experience but I hope to take it all next year," she said. Naomi Stevens makes all conference team 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 16 Okeechobee News May 11, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyNaomi Stevens, a freshman at IRSC was named to the Southern Conference All Conference Squad.

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Spring Skies: The Dippers and the DiamondFORT PIERCE–The Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, will present “Spring Skies: The Dippers and the Diamond” this month. As spring begins, some winter constellations like Orion the Hunter and his faithful hunting dogs, as well as the Gemini twins, linger on in the western evening sky. But new star patterns appear in the east: the Big Dipper, Leo the Lion, Bootes the Shepherd and Virgo the Maiden. The program uses the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper as guideposts to nd the way around the springtime sky, and also to look for the four stars of an obscure star group known as Virgo’s Diamond. Shows will be Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and, Saturday, May 12, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Planetarium’s air temperature is maintained at 72 degrees. Y ou may wish to bring a sweater or light j acket for comfort. The planetarium shows are not recommended for children under the age of 4. For ticket information, contact the IRSC Box O ce at IRSC Box O ce 772462-4750 or 800-220-9915.Wacky canoe race on Fisheating CreekPALMDALE -Fisheating Creek Outpost w ill host a Wacky Canoe Relay Race on Saturday May 19, at 5:15 p.m. at the Outpost. Entry fee for a three-person team is $25 plus $10 for canoe rental if needed. Paddle around 1.5 mile route on the creek picking up your team and ags. First three teams back win 50 percent of entry fees and bragging rights. Then join the group for prize presentation, and a pot luck picnic. The Outpost staff will grill hot dogs. Participants are asked to bring a dish of food to share. Entry fees are payable in cash only. Registration and waivers must be completed before 4 p.m. day of race. Only 28 rental canoes are available on a rst come/paid basis, or bring y our own canoe. Please call 863-675-5999 to reserve your team's spot. Proceeds will bene t Campground BBQ grill renovation project. All race participants must wear personal otation devices.OCA sponsors Fun ShootOKEECHOBEE -Okeechobee Christian Academy will host a Fun Shoot on June 9 with registration at 8 a.m. at the OK Corral Gun Club, 6341 N.E. 96th Avenue. The last shooter must take the course at 10 a.m. All proceeds will bene t the Okeechobee Christian Academy Scholarship Fund to help make a quality Christian education available to more children. Give away drawings will include two one-year sporting clay memberships provided by the OK Corral Gun Club, Team sponsorship is $350 for four shooters and includes lunch. Individial shooter registration is $85 and includes lunch. Lunch for non-shooters is $20. For more information, call 863634-2276.Help equine rescueLABELLE–Florida Equine Rescue will host a free trail ride for Horses4Heroes on May 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This will be primarily for military people and their families but everyone is invited. They are planning a barbecue and hope to get a band together for the event. This will also be their open house. They are located at 6584 County Road 78, LaBelle. Please contact Elaine Lewis, Michael Walsh or Heather Walsh of Florida Equine Rescue at 863-612-0010 or 863-234-2923 or you can nd them on Facebook. Florida Equine Rescue currently has 21 rescue horses, and a new mini horse coming in. They are a non-pro t and rely on their work and side jobs to help take care of the horses. They Rescue, Rehab and Rehome and h ave taken horses from both Hendry County and Glades County Ag Departments. With access to over 100 acres of pasture, they could help so many more horses, but they can’t do it alone any help is greatly appreciated.Spinning demonstrationLABELLE–The LaBelle Heritage Museum will be the location of a demonstration of the art of the spinning wheel by Pat Johnson. Look for Pat-on-the-Porch Saturday, May 12, from 1-4 p.m. The museum is located at 360 N. Bridge Street in LaBelle, just south of the bridge.IRSC Art Gallery openFORT PIERCE–Indian River State College’s Art Gallery, L Building, Room 117, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery promotes understanding the Visual Arts through a diverse schedule and workshops by professional artists. This allows students to gain practical experience from those contemporary artists who are successful in their profession. The Gallery seeks to showcase a breadth of artworks from student work to the most innovative artists working in today’s environment. Currently each year IRSC’s gallery has four professional shows, one national level competitive show, two student shows and a very popular all IRSC faculty show. For more information, call the gallery manager at 772-462-7824. Area special events planned this month... 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions May 2012

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As always, there is free bus transportation from the Hampton Inn in Okeechobee at 1200 State Road 70. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the bus picks up at 10:30 a.m. It departs the casino at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the bus picks up at 2:15 p.m. and departs at 7:30 p.m. See the Player’s Club for promotion details.About Seminole Casino Brighton Seminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 405-slot and gaming machines, a seven-table poker room, high-stakes bingo seats, a full service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern airconditioning system, clean atmosphere and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road (State Road 721), in Glades County. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Or visit www.seminolebrightoncasino.com Cruise into Summer at Seminole Casino Brighton Special to G.O./ Michael MurosButter y gardenArnolds Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 14895 N.W. 30th Terrace in Okeechobee is a great place for wildlife viewing. The Center’s butter y garden is one of the sites used for the of cial National Butter y Count. For more information, call 863763-4630 or go online to www.arnoldswildlife.org.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions May 2012 You don’t need a boat to enjoy Lake Okeechobee’s recreational opportunities. The Lake Okeechobee area is a great place for hiking, bicycling, rollerblading and horseback riding. It’s also a great place for bird watching and nature photography.For a great view, consider taking a trip on a portion of the 110-mile Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) began as the Okeechobee segment of the Florida Trail, developed by the Florida Trail Association. In 1993, the Okeechobee Segment of the Florida Trail was dedicated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service as a segment of the FNST. Today, as a segment of the nationally recognized Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST), the LOST trail boasts 110 miles of hiking trail on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers service road atop the Herbert Hoover Dike. The Corps maintains the dike and service road, and provides several primitive camping sites and covered shelters along the trail. In the mid-1990s, the FDOT began a series of public meetings to discuss local interest in an improved trail surface that would be suitable for all recreational user groups. In December of 1999, representatives of FDOT, USACE, FDEP and SFWMD met to de ne agency roles for implementing what was then called the Lake Okeechobee Segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail. The South Florida Water Management District is coordinating with the FDOT to allow safe passage across or around the many water control structures managed by the SFWMD. Currently, trail users can only “circumnavigate” the lake by using FNST maps, which reroute trail tra c to public roads, past the water control structure, and back onto the dike. Hikers and mountain bikers are able to access the trail from numerous locations.Eco-ToursThe Clewiston Museum hosts Historical Eco-Tour on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The trip starts with a morning at South Florida Water Management District’s Stormwater Treatment Area 5, a popular birding destination in Florida. The wonderful morning of birding is followed by a relaxing lunch at the scenic, Roland Martin Marina in Clewiston. After lunch, the tour will travel on top of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s “Herbert Hoover Dike” for eight miles. Along the way, our tour guide will give an historical interpretation of Lake Okeechobee. The trip ends with a visit to the Clewiston Museum, which provides great exhibits on the area’s history. (For more information, call 863-983-2870.)Equestrian accessEquestrians are also able to access the trail from various locations. Port Mayaca, Chancy Bay, Harney Pond, Moore Haven and Clewiston Park are among the options. Segments like Port Mayaca to Chancy Bay o er nice round-trip opportunities. The LOST Equestrian Trial begins at Pahokee City Park and goes northward. There are “horse only” gates on the lakeside of the levee. Horse riders are asked to stay down along the shoreline and o the crown or hiking/biking section of the levee. The Palm Beach County Equestrian Trail extends from central Palm Beach County to Lake Okeechobee. The portion from Hamlin Park in the Acreage to Pahokee takes three days to ride with overnight wilderness camping. Races and eventsSeveral special events are held each year on the trail. • November brings the annual nine day “hike around the dike.” A tradition since 1992, the Big “O” Hike attracts trail enthusiasts from all over the United States. The hike is hosted by the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail A ssociation. The Big “O” Hike attracts hikers of varying abilities. Some stay in motels along the way while others camp. Each day the group starts at sunrise from a prearranged point on the dike. On Thanksgiving, they feast at the Clewiston Inn. Shuttles and volunteer drivers help keep the group together. For information about the Big “O” Hike, contact Paul Cummings at 561-963-9906. • The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department hosts the annual “Run for the Corn” in April. The 7 mile race starts at the Port Mayaca Recreation Area. It is called the “Run for the Corn” because local farmer Wayne Boyton has for man y years provided fresh corn for runners after the race. • The Okeechobee Rotary Club hosts an annual L.O.S.T. Run-Ride-Walk even t in March. Participants can choose between courses that cover 12, 20, 40 or 54 miles. • The LOST 118 Mile Endurance Run is held each year in February. The average time is around 30 hours, but in 2010 Jamie Donaldson, a 34-year-old middle school math teacher, completed the course in 18 hours, 36 minutes, 15 minutes. Numerous other runs and bicycle rides on the dike are organized by local organizations. For more information online, go to VisitFlorida.com. Lake area is a great place for hiking and biking Courtesy photoThe annual “Run for the Corn” is just one of the competitions on the Lake Okeechobee Scenice Trail.

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Fishing in Lake Okeechobee can be fun for the whole family.Lake Okeechobee is well known as one of the top bass shing lakes in the United States. The April Bassmaster magazine, the o cial publication for members of B.A.S.S., ranked Lake Okeechobee as the #2 lake in the country for bass shing. Even though ranked number two, the Big “O” is probably more attractive to most sherman than the number one ranked Falcon Lake in Texas. Lake Falcon, near the Mexican border, has been deemed a dangerous place to sh due to the drug-cartel related violence in the area. The 100-best lakes list, which was released April 24, was compiled in a months-long process that included research from state sheries agencies, nominations from B.A.S.S. Federation Nation tournament organizers and a panel of widely traveled professional anglers, shing writers and others. Lake Okeechobee is Florida’s largest lake and the second largest body of fresh w ater in the contiguous United States. The word Okeechobee comes from the Seminole Indian language “Oki” (water) and “Chubi” (big) and means “big water.” The vast surface area (730 square miles), shallowness (averaging only nine feet deep) and enormous habitat diversity makes the ecosystem unique on the North American continent. While Lake Okeechobee is nationally recognized as supporting high-quality largemouth bass and black crappie (speckled perch) sheries, the lake also supports a commercial shery dominated by cat sh species. Bass shingThe largemouth bass is the best known and most popular freshwater game sh in Florida. Found statewide, largemouth bass h ave exc ellent growth rates, particularly in the productive waters of central Florida. Historically known for huge bass, Florida remains an outstanding destination to catch a trophy. Spring is the best time of year to catch bass, when sh move into shallow water to spawn. Most large bass are taken at this time; after spawning, many large females move to o shore areas. The best live bait is a golden shiner, shed under a oat or free-lined. Typically, the shiner is hooked through the lips or back with a large hook, 2/0 to 5/0. A medium to medium-heavy rod with 14to 20-pound test line is preferred, particularly when shing in areas with thick vegetation or cover. The plastic worm is the most dependable arti cial bait for largemouth bass. A weedless “Texasor Carolina-rigged” worm is e ective for shing Florida lakes with heavy plant cover. Worms come in a variety of colors and scents, and bass may favor certain types depending on light conditions; be sure to h ave both light and dark colors available, as well as several sizes of tapered worm weights from 1/8 to one ounce. Purple “metal ake” or “red shad” worms with twirlytails are popular, and plastic lizards can be e ective as well. Most plastic worms are worked slowly along the bottom or through cover by raising the rod tip a few feet, then allowing the worm to sink. The line should be kept fairly tight to feel the strike. Typically an angler will feel the bass “tap” the worm once or twice lightly. By lowering the rod tip and waiting only until the slack is out of the line before setting the hook, anglers greatly lessen the chance of injury to the sh due to deep hooking. With active bass and dense underwater vegetation, “jerk worms” are an excellent bait. Rigged without sinkers, these worms are jigged rapidly over vegetation, with brief pauses to let the worm sink slowly. Bass hit these baits hard, and an instant hookset is recommended. Topwater baits are exciting to sh because the angler can see the strike. Topwater plugs that imitate wounded bait sh may be twitched to entice bass. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions May 2012 Lake Okeechobee offers fishing fun for the whole family Photo courtesy FLW/ Shane BakerRandall Tharp was among those shing the FLW Tour’s tournament on Lake Okeechobee in February. See FISHING — Page 6

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Others are designed to make noise, and a faster, erratic retrieve may antagonize a bass into striking. Topwater lures are most successful during early morning or late afternoon. Stay ready for a surprise strike and set the hook immediately. Bass less than 18 inches must be released; however you may only keep one sh over 22 inches. The bag limit remains the same, at ve. Although the largemouth bass is by far our most common black bass, other species of bass are also found in Florida. Pan shA variety of pan sh, or bream as they are popularly known, is available throughout Florida. Bluegill, the most common pan sh, thrives in lakes. Bluegill eat mostly insects and their larvae, but worms are the best bait, either shed on the bottom or suspended below a oat. Bluegill spawn throughout the summer, congregating in large “beds.” Anglers may nd 30 40 shallow nest holes scooped out in shallow areas. Crickets, grubs, sand maggots or grass shrimp will all catch bedding bluegill. Use a small hook, #6 or #8, with a split shot sinker about six inches up the line, and concentrate on water less than six feet deep. For arti cial baits, a 1/8-oz. “beetle spin” with a white or chartreuse body on ultralight tackle is an excellent choice. The redear sun sh, or shellcracker, is another popular pan sh. Although they prefer snails and clams, redear sun sh are caught most often on earthworms around the full moons of March and April w hen their spawning activity peaks. Redear prefer hard bottom, congregating in deeper water than bluegill. Shellcracker grow larger than bluegill, with sh over 1 pound common. Redbreast sun sh, also known as river bream and redbellies, are the owing w ater cousins of bluegill. Redbellies are more common in rivers than bluegill, and often can be found in backwater areas with less ow. The same live baits that work for bluegill will also catch redbreast sun sh. The spotted sun sh, or stumpknocker, is an often overlooked pan sh. Aptly named, the stumpknocker can be found in the tangle of roots at the waters edge. A lthough spotted sun sh rarely exceed eight inches, this feisty species provides great sport on light tackle. Tiny (1/16 oz.) beetle spins pitched close to the shoreline can be deadly, particularly tipped w ith freshwater clam meat. Black crappie, known locally as speckled perch or specks, are a cool weather favorite in Florida. Crappie weighing up to two pounds are not uncommon. Unlike most other pan sh, crappie spend much of their time o shore, feeding on small sh. Successful anglers often drift through deeper water, shing with small minnows or freshwater grass shrimp until they nd a school. Try a light wire #4 hook and small split shot below a oat. Speck anglers typically use several rods or poles, shing at di erent depths until they pinpoint concentrations of sh. Specks move inshore to spawn during the early spring, sometimes gathering in large numbers around heavy cover. Crappie also readily strike arti cials; 1/16 oz. to 1/8 oz. feathered or curly-tail jigs in white, yellow, pink and chartreuse are popular. Tipping these jigs with a live minnow makes them even more e ective. Night shing for crappie is an effective technique. Most crappie shing occurs in the cooler months, but anglers who sh into the summer do very well, especially at night. Black crappie under 10 inches must be released. The bag limit is 25.Cat shCat sh may be one of the staples for anglers who enjoy eating their catch. Channel cat sh are abundant throughout Florida, spawning in holes and crevices in owing water. Channel cat sh may exceed 40 pounds, although the typical size is less than ve pounds. White cat sh, yellow bullheads and brown bullheads usually range from one to two pounds, and readily spawn in lakes and ponds where they also provide good shing. Most cat sh prefer many of the same food items as bream, although they are opportunistic and will rarely pass up any meal. The “whiskers” are loaded with sensory cells that enable cat sh to locate their food by smell. Take advantage of this by using baits with strong odors: chicken liver or gizzards, shrimp, cut mullet and commercial stinkbaits. Other baits work well too, especially earthworms, and occasionally freshwater clams. Many cat sh become active just before dusk and at night, and shing success is best during these times. Fish on the bottom with a sturdy #2 to #4 hook and a heavy split shot sinker. Cat sh spines may cause a painful injury, and anglers should take care when handling these sh. The Commission’s Richloam Hatchery produces 200,000 300,000 channel cat sh annually for stocking in urban lakes.Fishing licensesAnnual recreational hunting and shing licenses expire one year from the date issued. The expiration date is printed on all the licenses. Licenses can be purchased online at www.myfwc.org or at county tax collector’s o ces. Fishing licenses can be purchased at: • Okeechobee County Tax Collector’s O ce, 307 N.W. Fifth Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972 • Glades County Tax Collector’s Of ce, 500 Avenue J, Room 101, Moore Haven, FL 33471 • Hendry County Tax Collector’s Of ce, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL. 33975 • Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Belle Glade Service Center, 2976 State Road 15, Belle Glade, FL 33430. Fishing licenses are also sold by bait and tackle shops and other area businesses. Florida residents age 65 or older only need a Florida Driver License or Identi cation Card to prove residency and age. You can get a complimentary senior card at the county tax collectors o ce, but it is not necessary. Children under the age of 16 are not required to h ave a lic ense, however they must carry proof of age identi cation. Permanently and totally disabled residents can obtain a special exemption card. An authorized disability statemen t must be presented upon application. This permit is free. Residents who h ave been accepted b y the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services as a client for retardation and development services are exempt from the license requirements. A Florida resident who is a member o f the U.S. armed forces and is not stationed in Florida is exempt from the license requirements while home on le ave for 30 days or less. Proof of orders must be on the person while hunting or shing.Free shing daysFour days a year, the State of Florid a declares “free” shing days. The days are perfect chances for parents, who don’t yet h ave a lic ense, to take youth shing, or for avid anglers to introduce a friend to the recreational pursui t without having to purchase a license. Free shing days for 2012: • April 7 Freshwater • June 2 – Saltwater • June 9 – Freshwater • Sept. 1 – Saltwater All other bag limit, season and size restrictions apply on these dates. The license-free shing designation applies only to recreational shing, not commercial. Some information for this article came from myfwc.org. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions May 2012 FISHINGContinued From Page 5 Photo courtesy Fisheating Creek Outpost

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Whether your idea of fun is skimming through the marsh in an airboat, gliding along the shoreline in a canoe, taking a nature tour on a pontoon boat or zig-zagging on a Jet Ski, there’s room for everyone and plenty of opportunities for boating fun on Lake Okeechobee.Don’t have your own boat? No problem. There are charter boats and rental boats available all around the lake. (See ads in this publication.) Most bait shops have inf ormation on how to charter a shing trip or boat ride or rent a boat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission has an online “boat ramp nder” at their website http://myfwc.com/boating.AirboatsLike the wind in your hair? An airboat ride may be for you. Airboats are designed to travel through areas that are too shallow or too clogged with vegetation for traditional boats to navigate. Riders sit up high, giving you an excellent view of the lake and the lake area wildlife ... w ithout getting “too” close. The view will depend on what time of year and what time of day you go out. Area airboat tour guides can help you choose a trip that is perfect for your family.Canoes and kayaksAre you ready for a unique wilderness kayak and canoe experience? Try a canoe trip on Fisheating Creek. The creek is the only free owing tributary that runs into Lake Okeechobee. While paddling the entire 52-mile distance to the lake isn’t possible, the Fisheating Creek Outpost o ers two trip options. Burnt Bridge has a put-in located 8 miles upstream from the campground. Ingram Crossing is 16 miles upstream and recommended for advanced paddlers or for those looking for an overnight trip. If you own your own boat and want a transport to Burnt Bridge or Ingram Crossing, the Outpost can shuttle you and your boats. The Outpost also has canoes and kayaks available for rent. Fisheating Creek is narrow for much of the distance. Banks are surrounded by towering cypress trees, wonderful for providing shade on hot summer days. Alligators and turtles are a common sight, as are Great Blue Heron, egrets, ibis, hawks and many more species of birds. Keep a sharp lookout—you might spot a wild hog, turkey or deer along the waters edge. During the fall you’re likely to see thousands of colorful butter ies. There are plenty of pan sh for the anglers in your group. The clean tannin-stained water ranges from a golden to deep brown depending upon time of year and your viewing angle. The water gets its color from decaying plant matter. Sit back and enjoy listening to birds singing and watch the re ections of clouds and trees as you drift through cypress swamps and hardwood hammocks along Fisheating Creek.Basic rules while paddling:• It is Florida state law that a child under the age of six must wear a U.S.C.G. approved Type I, II, or III personal otation device while onboard a vessel under 26 feet in length while the vessel is underway. This includes canoes and kayaks. • Bring plenty of water or other drinks in non-disposable containers. • Don’t litter—take a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash. If you see trash while paddling, kindly pick it up. • It is always a good idea for safety to let someone know where you are paddling and when you expect to return. You can download a oat plan at MyFWC.com. Information for this story was provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, VisitFlorida.com and sheatingcreekoutpost.com. Canoe, kayak, airboat ... you choose 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions May 2012 ALL CARTONSfrom$23.99 +Tax$1.00 off Custom Blended Smokes Between 6pm-9pm Every NightThe Tobacco Market206 E Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston Across from the Clewiston Inn863.805.0500Open 9 to 7 ~ MonSat. On South Parrott Avenue, Next to the Chevy Dealership in Okeechobee863.357.2447Open 9 to 9 Everyday Half Price Half Price Tobacco Tobacco Photo courtesy of FWC For a bird’s eye view of the big lake, take to the skies. You can see the big lake from an airplane or while skydiving. Jacob’s Flight Service, 1090 Airglades Blvd. in Clewiston o ers Lake Okeechobee Scenic Air Tours. Tours o ered include the 45 minutes Sunset Scenic Air Tour, the hour-long Lake Okeechobee Scenic Tour and the Lake Okeechobee Fish and Duck Spotting Tour. Customized tours can also be designed. The Sunset Scenic Tour includes 45 minutes of ight time to catch the gorgeous sunset over the Big Lake Okeechobee. Flight will depart 30 minutes prior to sunset. The Lake Scenic Tour includes one hour of ight time and will y you completely around the Big Lake Okeechobee to enjoy all the sites to be seen to include: Clewiston, South Bay, Belle Glade, Pahokee, Okeechobee, Lake Port and Moore Haven. The Fish & Duck Spotting Tour can be designed to meet your requests and areas of interest. Charges will be billed for the ight time incurred. No minimum ight time is required. A customized tour can be designed to meet your requests and areas of interest. Charges will be billed for the ight time incurred. No minimum ight time is required. Air Adventures at the Airglades Airport, 3200 Airglades Boulevard in Clewiston o ers a variety of choices in skydiving. Beginners can try a tandem skydive to see what it’s all about. Those who wish to take up the sport of skydiving can take advantage of more advanced training. Air Adventures is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to sunset. You must be at least 18 years old to skydive—there is no upper age limit. Some young at heart seniors celebrate milestone birthdays by taking up skydiving. See the lake from the sky

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Street BeatBELLE GLADE–Street Beat will perform at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. All seats are $10. Founded in 1996 by Kenneth & Nerissa Jackson, Street Beat Inc. (SBI) is critically-acclaimed for its e orts to train youth to become selfreliant, by focusing on personal development through discipline and the arts. SBI’s Choreographer/Artistic Director, Shanique Scott creates choreography that infuses Hip-Hop, Ballet, Jazz, and Lyrical movements to the latest contemporary gospel tunes. Visit www. streetbeatincorporated.org. The ticket o ce is in the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. For more information, call 561-993-1160.The Comedy CornerFORT PIERCE -The Comedy Corner, in the Black Box Theatre with the Sunrise Theatre Complex in downtown Fort Pierce, brings top-touring comedians every second and fourth Saturday night of each month. May Comedy Corner shows are set for May 12 and May 26. For more information, call the box o ce at 772-461-4775.The Gipsy KingsWEST PALM BEACH -The Gipsy Kings will perform at the Kravis Center in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach on May 9. This world famous musical group is made up of two groups of brothers: Nicolas and Andre Reyes, the sons of renowned amenco artist Jose Reyes, and their cousins, Jacques, Maurice and Tonino Baliardo. They are the o spring of Spanish gypsy families that ed to France in the 1930s to escape Spain’s Civil War. In 1987, The Gipsy Kings released their debut album which introduced the world to “Rumba Gitano” – the sound of South American rhythm married to amenco guitars. For more information go online to www.kravis.org call the box o ce at 561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471.The PlagueFORT MYERS -A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of daunting circumstances, “The Plague” is the story of a mysterious illness ravaging a small north-African city and the response of the citizens: some resign themselves to their fate, some blame others, and some dedicate themselves to the common good. The play highlights the innate goodness of humanity. “The Plague” will be presented May 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26 at 8 pm at 1634 Woodford Avenue (corner of 2nd Street and Woodford) in Fort Myers. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on May 20. For more information, call 239-218-0481 or visit www.laboratorytheater orida.com.Moonlight SerenadeFORT PIERCE -Join the Indian River State College Fine Arts Department for their annual summer series, and while Florida’s summer temperatures rise, watch the hottest ticket in town. The summer season starts with the sounds of the “Moonlight Serenade,” May 10-12. Always a highlight of the McAlpin OnStage Summer Series, the Variety Concert is the best in student performances of popular music and jazz standards, featuring the IRSC “Company” singers and IRSC Jazz Ensemble. Performances are May 10, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and May 12 at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box O ce at 772-462-4750 or toll-free at 1-800-220-9915. The McAlpin Fine Arts Center is on the IRSC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.Wait Until DarkFORT PIERCE -“Wait Until Dark,” a thriller by Frederick Knott, will be performed at the Indian River State College McAlpin Fine Arts Center, 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, on May 24, 25, 26 at 8 p.m. and Ma y 26 at 2 p.m. This intriguing thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping nal scene where a sinister con man and two ex-convicts are about to meet their match. Susy, a blind wife trying to s ave her husband from being convicted of murder, knows the only way to play fair is by her rules. So when darkness falls she turns o all the lights leaving them to maneuver in the dark until the deadly game of cat and mouse ends. For tickets or more information, call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box O ce at 772-462-4750 or toll-free a t 1-800-220-9915.Blackbeard the PirateFORT PIERCE The Sunrise Theatre and Missoula Children’s Theatre will present “Blackbeard the Pirate” on June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Sunrise Theatre, 117 South Second Street Fort Pierce. They will also h ave a w eeklong children’s workshop June 11-15. Through the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), youngsters are introduced at an early age to the performing arts. Within each MCT cast, girls and boys are equal; the disabled become able; the shy experiment with bravery; the slow are rehearsed to perfection; and the gifted become part of the whole. The lesson they learn is that EVERYONE of them are necessary for the show to go on. Few arenas exist where responsibility is taught and learned so clearly. MCT provides a unique opportunity for our youngsters to learn group dynamics while excelling as an individual—a lesson from art that carries into life. or more information online, go to http://www.sunrisetheatre.com/missoula/index.html. For more information, call the box o ce at 772-461-4775. Plays, concerts, comedy and more ... 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions May 2012 PERFORMING ARTS