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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 06-03-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, June 3, 2012 75¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 67 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.68 feetLast Year: 10.08 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.OHS baseball players named to Senior All-Star game ... Page 13 Homeless man accused of stealing car, TVs, food ... Page 14 ‘Dive in’ movie“Drive In” movies are a thing of the past in Okeechobee, but the Okeechobee County Sports Complex Pool now offers family friendly “dive in” movies. The rst Dive In Movie of the summer was held on Friday, May 25 and had a great turnout. The pool staff would like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to not only the community but also to to the Parks and Recreation Department for their support! Special to the Okeechobee News/ Parks and Recreation Dept. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to decide by June 7, if they will accept an offer from the South Florida Water Management District to donate the Edna Pearce Lockett Estate in Fort Basinger for a headquarters, museum, or even a welcome center for the proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. Charlie Pelizza, manager of the US Fish and Wildlife Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge, said they are very interested. “We thought it might be a wonderful opportunity for an of ce or visitor center and we’ve been looking at the pros and cons.” Part of the considerations will be the costs of maintenance at an historic facility. The facility is over 130 years old and is valued at over $1 million. It provides road frontage to US 98 and also water access to the Kissimmee River. Mr. Pelizza said those things are being considered by the US Government. “I’ve been at the estate many times and have been enchanted with it. It offers us a lot of opportunities.” The facility would appeal to both environmentalists wishing to nd out more about the refuge, and history buffs, interested in seeing an estate that is that old. Of cials said the attraction of new user groups would extend their mission of providing environmental education. Lockett Estate may be part of refugeTreasure Hunters Roadshow visits ... Page 15 Help with sleep disorders ... Page 19 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News By the deadline of 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, only one letter of interest had been received for private development of the Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina. The letter of interest revolved around the developer leasing the park for 99 years. Approximately 440 RV sites would be sold. At the end of the 99 year period the sites would revert back to the county. “Nothing in here is binding,” noted planning of cial Bill Royce. The matter could be on the commission’s agenda as early as the June 28 meting for commissioner consideration and public comment. If commissioners wish to pursue the matter they will enter negotiations with the developer, Lake Okeechobee RV Resort and Marina, LLC, o f Naples. “I love it,” said Culpepper Bryant Culpepper who has been spearheading the effort to nd a private developer for the park. “I thin k it is a great opportunity to generate badl y needed revenues. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.” County may consider private development of Okee Tantie See WILDLIFE — Page 5 See OKEE-TANTIE — Page 5


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News June 3, 2012


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Loop hole costs billions What is wrong with the Congress? Harry Reid wouldn’t let a bill closing this loophole that allows illegal aliens to claim additional child credit for children -without s howing any proof these children even exist -out of committee. This issue is costing us $4 billion a year in outright fraud and he refuses to close the loophole. Guess the Democrats are worried about losing the votes of t hese folks -who cannot legally vote in this c ountry, but that doesn’t seem to stop that illegal action either.Cart bandit This note is to the lady who took two king size pillows from our shopping cart at Goodwill on June 30. The pillows were on t he bottom of our cart with two smaller pillows on top. My husband and I were shopping for household items for a family in need with three kids. I was shocked when I went to pay and the kingsize pillows beneath the smaller ones were gone. I asked t he girls who work there if anyone checked out with pillows and got a reply of ‘yes’ and t hey said you were a regular and couldn’t b elieve you would do such a thing. So not only do I know you steal out of carts but t he workers do too. Maybe because I hadn’t paid for them yet you don’t think you stole t hem. WRONG. I just want to let you know if I see you anywhere I plan on embarrassing y ou. It’s a small town. Hope you can sleep w ell. I found your actions very upsetting for t wo reasons: one for the family that needed t hem and because they were not yours to t ake. I’LL BE WATCHING! T houghts to ponder I know that when one door closes, another always opens, but man, these hallw ays are tough!Obama’s brain From the CNS News: ‘In two campaign speeches over the last two days, President Barack Obama has twice mistakenly mentioned “my sons” when defending his administration’s regulation requiring virtually all healthcare plans in the United States to provide women, without any fees or co-pay, with sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.’ Since Mr. Obama only has daughters, where does such a mistake comes from? Where did the reference to all 57 states mistake come from?  There he goes again relying on his teleprompter. But laying all jokes aside, if I were reading a speech and saw a mistake of that nature I believe I would have caught it ... or is it because he does not/can’t speak from his heart? I never have trusted someone who can’t speak from their heart. I know George pulled numerous ha-ha moments during his speaking, but at least he spoke from his heart/ memory and didn’t depend/rely on a teleprompter every single time. There is something wrong here and I don’t think it has to do with his pot smoking days!  He could have won more approval from his audience if he had made reference to “our daughters and sons,” not meaning just his own, but everyone’s.Aggressive drivers I am glad the Florida Highway Patrol is cracking down on aggressive drivers on the highways. I wish the city police and county sheriff’s deputies would do more to stop the aggressive drivers on the county roads and city streets. I drive the posted speed limit. These streets go through residential areas and no one wants cars speeding past their homes. Yet every day, even though I am already driving the maximum speed limit, I have vehicles come up behind me and tailgate. Slow down. We’ll all live longer.Planned Parenthood I am disgusted by the Planned Parenthood commercials which take quotes made by Mitt Romney out of context and use them to try to scare women into thinking he is trying to take health care away from women and that he does not respect women. Just because Mr. Romney personally thinks that abortion is wrong does not mean he could change the law. A president does not have that power. A lot of women think abortion is morally wrong. Does that mean we hate women too? Dive in DeepBy Cary McKeeMore2Life Church As summer approaches, the water seems to beckon us. We live in south Florida, one of the most beautiful places on the planet, with the Atlantic Ocean just a short drive away, yet many of us will not so much as put our toes in. Some are content to just look at it in pictures, while others prefer to stay on the beach, sunbathe and watch it from the shore. Still others will venture in, swimming, sur ng, riding in a boat, each believing that they are truly experiencing the beauty of the ocean. Then one day, someone will hand them a mask and snorkel and a whole new world will open up to them. It was a number of years ago that a good friend of mine, Dave Robertson, pointed out to me the analogy between snorkelers, scuba divers, and Christians. While it may seem odd on the surface, (pardon the pun), it carries with it deep spiritual parallels. In Ephesians 4:11-16, Paul talks about the building up of the body of Christ to maturity through the equipping of the saints. Paul says that as we mature, we will no longer be infants, tossed back and for the by the waves, blown every direction by the wind. Maturing in Christ is the call to dive in deep, and it goes out to all of us. From the moment of our salvation, our spiritual eyes are opened and we begin to see that there is a whole new world below the surface of the water. The colors begin to come alive and we see things that we had no idea were even there. It is as if we have nally put on a mask and snorkel and set out to explore the reef. The reef is beautiful from the surface, looking down, you can see the bottom and you may even notic e that it seems alive with activity. There ar e sh, plants, coral, rocks and crevasses everywhere you turn. Eventually the view from above looks so good that you take a deep breath and dive down below the surface taking in as much as you can all at once. As you get deeper you realize that there is much more life than you could even see from th e surface, but then you also realize that you are missing something… air! Up to the surface you go, gasping for something that you are still reliant upon. The snorkeler is in the water, and h e sees the beauty below, but is still dependen t upon the world. He will take frequent trips down below, building up his lung capacity, as each one dive is longer and more amazing. But as he surfaces, he still is affected b y the wind and the waves of the world. Eventually he feels the call to go deeper. But th e only way to go deeper is to strap on a tan k and become fully reliant on an alternate ai r source. The only way to fully experience th e true beauty of deep dive that God is calling you to is to let go of the world, and take hold of Him. Our churches are full of sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and boaters. There ar e even more snorkelers, but God is calling you to be a diver. Sadly though, many Christians will not answer that call. They will remain content to hang out on the surface, taking periodic trips below for temporary warm and fuzzy experiences. God has so much more for you than that. Strap on His tank and dive in, there is a whole new world out ther e that is closer than you think. He has more fo r you than you can possibly imagine, becom e fully reliant on Him and dive in deep! Sunday, June 3, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. 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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! Register for summer swimming lessonsOkeechobee County Parks and Recreation is offering swimming lessons Mondays through Thursdays during the following three sessions: June 18 June 28, July 9 July 19, and July 23 August 2. The cost is $40 per session (there is a $5 discount for a second child from the same household). Class times will be 8 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Payment is due upon registration. Refunds will re ect a $5 processing fee. Enrollment is limited and is offered on a rst-come rst-serve basis. Due to the ongoing problem of afternoon thunderstorms, evening lessons offered this season. Summer Swim lessons registration will be June 8 and 9 at the Sports Complex Pool from 5 until 7 p.m. and June 9, from 9 a.m. until noon only.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News June 3, 2012 The commissioner sees a secondary bene t because park visitors will eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores and buy gas here. The sites sold would be subject to ad v alorum taxes. Commissioner Culpepper said this proposal would increase our tax base by offsetting some of the aging mobile homes that are depreciating and lowering the tax base. The developer proposes to build a 12,000 square foot clubhouse with a banquet hall, full spa facilities, a catering kitchen, billiard room, card rooms, restrooms and library. The clubhouse would serve as a hurricane shelter. Outside the clubhouse would be tennis courts and a swimming pool. The developer plans to expand the number of slips in the marina, subject to government approval, enlarge the parking areas and continue the use of Lightsey's Restaurant. The marina store would be remodelled as a convenience store. The airboat launch w ould remain open. The Coast Guard station would stay in its present location and the sheriff's marine facilities would be moved to a new location with direct access from S.R. 78 and closer to the boat ramp. A public use area would be maintained along the waterfront between S.R. 78 the marina. The bandshell would be moved there for better public access and covered picnic areas would be constructed in the area. The project would have paved roads, improved drainage, a central water and sewer system and underground communication infrastructure for television and internet service. Each RV site would sell for approximately $70,000. The owner of the RV lot could not occupy the lot for more than six months at a time. The developer would be free to rent the lot when the owner was not occupying it. The developer proposes to pay the county 2 percent of each lot sale and 10 percent of the rental fees. The letter of intent proposes an initial 50 year lease with an automatic lease extension of 49 years at the of the 50 year lease. While no initial lease fee is mentioned, the developer proposes to pay the county over $2,000,000 to extend the lease. The developer predicts that the total project would create a taxable base of $32,000,000 in future years. If agreement is reached with the county, the developer plans to have the rst phase, consisting of about 110 lots and associated amenities ready for operation in January of 2014. Each successive year another phase of 110 lots and associated amenities would be opened. The developer has nancing secured to build the rst phase. The business plan is to build each phase from pro ts of the previous phase plus whatever loans are necessary. Major team members of Lake Okeechobee RV Resort and Marina, LLC are listed as Randall Henderson, who has developed over 30 quality RV resorts with over 12,000 RV sites over the past 30 years, Talako Construction, a Seminole owned company which would be responsible for construction management, supervision, overall development of the project and providing nancing, and Hole Montes, Inc. and other consultants. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com OKEE-TANTIEContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaPaula Poskin, clerk to the county commission, holds up a copy of the letter of interest for the development of Okee Tantie Campground and Marina that was opened Wednesday afternoon, May 30. Looking on is Commissioner Bryant Culpepper who has been spearheading the effort for private development of the park. Archeologists have been doing an assessment of the property to help the government make a decision. One down side could be the removal of old buildings like the barn that some state is unsafe. Mr. Pelizza said before they would remove any building they would have to do a full study that would be available for public viewing. "Unfortunately, some of the buildings are structurally unsound and that includes the barn. If we document the building it does give us an opportunity to reconstruct it in the future," he explained. Of cials admit a $1 million donation doesn't come around every day and that is an advantage for the Estate. Add to that the river and road frontage and the intrinsic value in historic buildings, and it appears the government would get a great deal. "We see the donation as an advantage nancially to us. We'd like to have a presence in the landscape of the new refuge and a visitor center would give us a spot to invite the public," he added. Other buildings on the property include the two-story pioneer home that was once part of a working cattle ranch that featured citrus groves. A small one-room school house, the barn, pump houses, other support structures and large native trees blanket the property in Fort Basinger. The proposed refuge, while not full y funded, would eventually contain 150,000 acres of conservation easements and ma y include 50,000 acres that would be outright purchased by the government in Okeechobee, Polk, Highlands and Osceola Counties. Mr. Pelizza said he has gotten interest from local land owners and continues to meet with them to discuss the process. WILDLIFEContinued From Page 1 Every year, the top 12 anglers of every state compete in the TBF (The Bass Federation) Divisional Tournament Series. One State Federation within that division hosts the event, having a different state on a rotation schedule. TBF has seven Divisions for the 47 State Federations to compete in Northwestern, Southwestern, Northern, Central, Southern, Eastern & Mid-Atlantic. The top two nishers of each state in the divisional tournament move on to the TBF National Championship. June 6-8, the TBF Southern Division Championship Bass Tournament will be held on Lake Okeechobee. Championship Bass Tournament on Lake Okeechobee June 6-8


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.Chester ‘Mick’ S. McDonald, 71OKEECHOBEE — Chester ‘Mick’ S. McDonald, died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Born in Mingo Junction, Ohio, Mick resided in Okeechobee the past ten years. An avid NASCAR fan, Dale Earnhardt was his favorite driver. He also had a love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He is survived by his wife, Sandy McDonald, of Okeechobee; son, Mike McDonald of Sherman, Texas; daughters, Mona (Howard) Corbett of Orlando, Roberta White of Okeechobee, Becky (Keith) Watts of St. Mary’s Fla.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; mother, Dorothy McDonald of Okeechobee; brother, Kirk McDonald of Okeechobee; sisters, Ruth Kauffman of Okeechobee, Dorothy (Jim) Gluhm of Trenton, Fla., and Ginny (Ted) Thompson of Piney Fork, Ohio. There will be no services at this time. The family suggests, if friends wish, to make donations in Chester’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Lucy Goodman, 72OKEECHOBEE — Lucy Goodman went home to be with the Lord on May 31, 2012, at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla. Lucy was born Sept. 9, 1939 in Bunkie, La. to the late Sam and Nancy Drago. She is a longtime resident of Okeechobee, Fla. She is a member of New Testament Baptist Church in Okeechobee for 31 years. Mrs. Lucy is survived by her beloved husband, George C. Goodman Sr. of 54 years; sister, Jeannette Drago Dahlgren of Kenner, La.; son, George (Judy) Goodman Jr. of Huntsville Ala.; daughters, Nancy (Don) Casselman of Pleasant V iew, Tenn., Tammy (Phillip) Sandlin Jr. of Saint Cloud Fla., Gwen (Keith) Lamb III of Saint Cloud Fla., Monica Goodman of Kalispell, Mont.; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Lucy Goodman is preceded in death by her rst grandson, Mitchell G Hancock Jr. and her last grandson, Wallace Lamb V. Visitation will be held Monday, June 4, 2012, at 11 a.m. until the service begins at 12 p.m., at the New Testament Baptist Church. Interment w ill follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. Goodman’s family invites everyone back to the New Testament Baptist Church for fellowship following the burial at Evergreen Cemetery. An online Guestbook may be signed at bassokeechobeefuneralhome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home & Crematory, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL Wanda Bernice Ziemann, 94 OKEE — Wanda Bernice Ziemann passed away May 7, 2012, at Okeechobee Health Care Facility. Bernice met her husband, Edwin, while at Central Bible College, Spring eld, Mo. They graduated and later both were ordained with the Assemblies of God. They ministered in Wisconsin for 14 years before leaving for Ghana, West Africa as missionaries from 1952 to l982. They retired to Watertown, Wis. They enjoyed coming to Okeechobee to spend time with their family and friends. They enjoyed sharing their missionary experiences, which were many. Bernice was very involved in teaching in one of the Assemblies of God Ghanaian Bible College’s, as well as working nationally with the Ghanaian women and girls. They had a rich and very fullling life. Her husband Edwin preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Pat Pothier (Dan) Lake Placid. and Marilyn (Lowell) Pritchard of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Rebecca (Carl) Maxwell, Brendan (Michelle) Pritchard, and Quenten (Janette) Pritchard, Michael (Rebecca) Danielson all of Okeechobee, Matthew (Julia) Danielson of Cary, N.C. and Trichelle (Bill) Van Winkle of Calif.; 13 great-grandchildren and two greatgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Colleen Keene of Denver, Colo. A memorial service is planned for June 9,2012, at the Abundant Blessing Assembly of God Church North Hwy 441,Okeechobee. The time of the service will be 10:30 a.m. Memorials will be directed to various missionary projects in memory of their work. The Ziemann’s were involved in touching many lives throughout their years of ministry in the United States and Ghana. Wanda Bernice Ziemann spent 14 months at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility before her passing on May 7th. Her family extends its thanks to the employees, nurses, staff, Dr. Berger and Dr. Mavorides for their care and the gracious comfort that they provided to her and her family during this time. Another memorial service will be held in Wis. on July 22nd. Buxton-Seawinds provided the funeral arrangements and were very kind and helpful with their services.William Ross Freeman, 73OKEECHOBEE — William Ross Freeman, passed away May 30, 2012, at his home. He was born January 13, 1939, in Bakers eld, California. Mr. Freeman proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force. He came to Okeechobee from Vero Beach in 1977. He loved working at the Auto Shop and enjoyed paint and body work and sandblasting. Mr. Freeman is preceded in death by his daughter, Laurie Ann Freeman Gray; and son, Ross Anthony Freeman. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cherrie Freeman of Okeechobee; and son-in-law, Paul N. Gray. A gathering of friends and family will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972. Available 24/7Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=119590&pagenum=1 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News June 3, 2012 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Gathering Church celebrates nine yearsThe Gathering, a non-denominational church, located at 1735 S.W. 24th Avenue, Okeechobee, will celebrate its ninth year anniversary, Sunday, June 3 The Worship and Celebration Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend. During the service, classes are available to minister to your children.ConKerr Cancer ‘sit & sewConkerr Cancer will have its next meeting on Tuesday, June 5 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. It will be held at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312. N. Parrott Ave. Bring your sewing machine (or serger) and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. There will be pillowcase kits available for a donation of two dollars. This will be the last day to turn in Fourth of July pillowcases. For more information please call Joan at 863-467-0290.Cypress Hut Eagles to host Turkey NightIt’s Turkey Night on Tuesday June 5 Cypress Hut Eagles will have a complete Turkey Dinner for $6 by EJ from 5 p.m. All Proceeds will bene t Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Eagles North to host BINGOEagles North will host BINGO Night on Tuesday, June 5 at 1 p.m. Proceeds will bene t FOE 4137 Community Bene t Fund. 9985 Hwy. 441 N. Okeechobee.VFW Post 64 announces eventsIt’s Taco Day from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, with music from 3-6 p.m. Proceeds support Boys State Program. Thursday, June 7 is soup and sandwich day from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with music until 7 p.m. and on Friday, it’s Karaoke with Ed from 5 p.m. to close. Proceeds from this event bene t veterans programs.Chamber to host Grand Opening Social The Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County will be hosting the Grand Opening Social for the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County on June 7 located at 55 S. Parrott Ave. The Social will begin at 5 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served, so stop by and celebrate the grand opening of the new Chamber of Commerce o f Okeechobee County.Annual Golf Scramble planned United Way of Okeechobee is hosting their Seventh Annual Golf Scramble on Saturday, June 9 at the Country Club. $200 for a 4-person team. $100 to sponsor a tee or green. Same day registration begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. All money raised goes to support local agencies providing health and human services in Okeechobee. To pre-register, or for sponsorship information, call 863-824-7545. OCA to host Fun Shoot fundraiserOkeechobee 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. Giveaway 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. Individual shooter registration is $85 and includes lunch. Lunch for non-shooters is $20. For more information, call 863-634-2276.Eagles North host BBQ CookoffEagles North, 9985 Hwy. 441 N. Okeechobee will host a BBQ COOKOFF June 8 and 9. To participate call Danny at 863-634-3958. Early registration will save you $10 of the donation fee. 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Rick Scott’s 2012 proclamation says during “Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate the rich blessings of our state’s natural beauty and we renew our commitment to protecting our environment so that we can leave our children and grandchildren a healthy and ourishing land.” It goes on to say, “Great Outdoors Month will encourage cooperative conservation and new technologies to help ensure America’s outdoors remain places where families and friends can learn, exercise, and create meaningful memories.” The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with Florida State Parks, the Florida Forest Service and national forests, parks and wildlife refuges each promote a variety of activities to support Great Outdoors Month and other events in June. Get Outdoors Florida! lists June events across the state on its website, GetOutdoorsFlorida.org. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation is asking Facebook fans (Facebook.com/takeme shing) to choose the “Top Eight State Parks” in the U.S. that offer shing. Florida is the only two-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, as well as being the Fishing Capital of the World, so visit your favorite state park shing spot, then vote. You will be eligible for weekly Bass Pro Shops gift card giveaways, as well as the grand prize: an all-expensepaid vacation to your choice of one of the Top Eight State Parks. June is also recognized as Recreational Fishing Month by VISIT FLORIDA, which helps promote Florida as the Fishing Capital of the World (FishingCapital.com). Events at its visitors’ centers help highlight the tourism value of recreational shing to Florida. Florida has about a million anglers who come from out-of-state each year, and they make up a substantial part of the $7.5 billion economic impact from recreational sheries that support nearly 80,000 Florida jobs. June 2-10, is promoted as National Fishing and Boating Week (TakeMeFishing.org). The FWC supports this effort by providing license-free freshwater shing on the second Saturday, June 9. “Florida’s license-free shing days are an excellent opportunity to share the fun, excitement and togetherness of a shing trip with the entire family. This also is a great time for experienced anglers to introduce friends to the sport, even if they don’t have a shing license,” said Nick Wiley, FWC executive director. “By having these events on weekends, we hope Florida residents and visitors will experience the joy of saltwater and freshwater shing. We expect many will discover a healthy sport they can enjoy for a lifetime.” All other shing rules apply on these days (MyFWC.com/Fishing). June 9 is also National Get Outdoors Day, the purpose of which is to increase rsttime visitors to public lands and reconnect youth to the great outdoors. As a result, it is a Fee-Free Day for U.S. Department of Interior sites, such as national wildlife refuges, national parks and national forests (Recreation.gov). Finally, the Great American Campout is June 23. Visit NWF.org for great tips, sugges tions and to share your adventure. The nea t thing about this day is that families do it i n the safety and comfort of their own back yard. Many celebrations take place in June – the month believed to be named after th e Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage an d youth – including Father’s Day. So get together to reconnect not onl y with each other but with nature. Get Outdoors Florida! and enjoy you r summer. Instant licenses are available at MyFWC. com/License or by calling 888-FISH-FLORI DA (347-4356). Report violators by callin g 888-404-3922, *FWC or #FWC on your cel l phone, or texting to Tip@MyFWC.com. Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and select “mor e news,” or scr.bi/Fish-busters for more Fis h Busters’ Bulletins. No excuses: Enjoy nature, get outdoors Florida! Pregnancy Center offers free servicesFree Pregnancy tests are available at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. Of ce located at 500 N.W. Sixth St. and you may call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Free Parenting Classes available for mothers (and fathers) to be or those already with babies on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. Call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Come nd out about the Baby Boutique!


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Items subject to change, available while supplies last. Like us on Facebook 12 Okeechobee News June 3, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMAnnual Battle of the BooksThird, fourth and fth graders from Seminole Elementary excelled at the Annual Battle of the Books again this year. Representing Seminole were: (back row, left to right) Brian Barrett (Assistant Principal), Raul Ruiz-Garcia, Alex Cook, Hannan Moore, Ashley Boyd, Thomas Garcia, Kalysta Fowler, and Lynn Greeson (Medial Specialist); (middle row) Maria Sanchez, Karina Salazar, Eric Villalobos, Michael Bobrowski, Moises Fernandez,and Simone Washington; (front row) Kyle Barrett, Victor Salzar, Gabriela Delgado, Monique Cooper, Layla Gaucin and Jestice Mond. Special to the Okeechobee News/ RSCATropicana Speech ContestRock Solid Christian Academy is proud to announce the winners of the school wide Tropicana Speech Contest. These students will be advancing to the county wide contest on May 21. From left to right are: Logan Johnson, fourth grade; Chad Reichert, fourth grade; Macy Collier, fth grade; Addison Sizemore, fth grade. Looking for a summer volunteer project? The Okeechobee Pet Rescue Humane Society is in dire need of volunteers. Students can commit volunteers hours as Community Service hours for school credit. Probationers can serve hours helping out the pups and any local animal lovers can help us to make a better place for the pets. Are you a cat lover? The Pet Rescue now has a special place just for cats. The cats and kittens need your help too! They need to be fed, watered and cared for. Can you donate an hour and a half to help them? This is a non-pro t organization with no paid staff. Pet/Rescue cannot stay in business without support from the community. Any takers? Call 863-357-1104. Okeechobee Pet Rescue/Humane Society needs volunteers


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Call 863-763-3134 to reserve your space or email: okeeadsales@newszap.com1/8 — $75 + $30 color1/4 — $100 + $50 color1/2 — $200 + $75 colorATTENTION: PARENTS!The Okeechobee News will be publishing a special tribute to OHS 2012 Seniors, it will be published in the June 10, 2012 edition.Deadline: June 5, 2012 301 N.E. 19th Drive(Across from the old hospital)112 South W. C. Owens Ave. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but more than 98 percent of skin cancers can be cured with early detection. Schedule your skin check today if: Youve ever spent time in the sun for work or play You have a spot on your skin that has changed shape or color You have a spot that bleeds and never seems to healMost insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid 13 Okeechobee News June 3, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Six Okeechobee Brahmans will be among the talented high school baseball players that compete in the fth annual Mike Picano Treasure Coast Senior All-Star Game Tuesday, June 5, at 2:30 p.m. at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie. Tyler Finney, Timmy Farrell, Brad Coleman, Billy Childers, Will Jackson and Justin Morgan will play for the North Squad that also includes players from Indian River County and north St. Lucie County. They will be coached by Lincoln Park Academy Coach Chuck Stewart. The South Squad coached by Tony Malizia of Port St. Lucie will include players from Port St. Lucie and Martin County. Brahman Coach Jeff Blackstone will assist in coaching the North Squad. He urged everyone to come out and support the Okeechobee seniors in their last high school game. "We have been fortunate enough to have six seniors selected in the game. That is the most of any school participating this year. W e initially had four players but the game w as rescheduled to June 5, and a couple of players from the other schools were unable to attend." Blackstone said all of the players really deserved to participate in the game and should represent the high school well. "We're extremely proud of all six of these y oung men. Each one of them has represented OHS very well the last four years both on and off the baseball eld. I'm excited to have the opportunity coach another game w ith this group," he added. Finney was a mainstay at the top of the Brahman lineup for the past two years. He provided a consistent spark as the leadoff hitter. Finney is a four-year lettermen in golf and baseball and graduated ranked #6 in his class. Farrell had a breakthrough season on the mound and was the most consistent pitcher on the Brahman staff this year and was named Brahman Pitcher of the Year. He was a solid student with a GPA of over 3.0. He was also praised for his school spirit and positive personality. Brad Coleman won the Most Improved Player Award this year and batted .327 while playing solid defense at rst base. He was another solid student with a cumulative GPA of over 3.0. Justin Morgan provided solid defense for Okeechobee all season behind the plate and led the team in On Base Percentage for most of the season at the plate. Justin is also a 4-year letterman in both Golf and Baseball and will graduate with a cumulative GPA near 3.5. Billy Childers was a Brahman Award winner for OHS after nishing with a strong senior season. He played signi cant innings at third and second base and was always a team player lling whatever role was necessary. Another stellar student, Billy received numerous academic awards and graduates with a cumulative 3.7 GPA. Will Jackson also played a crucial role for the Brahmans this season as an out elder and base runner. Will stole some key bases and scored some big runs for us on the bases, especially at the end of the regular season when we were playing our best baseball of the season. Blackstone said all of the players should enjoy the experience as they play on a major league eld against top competition, "This game is an honor for each of these guys to be a part of, and it's also a lot of fun for everyone involved as they get to meet players from other schools that they've competed against for the past years." Six Brahman baseball players named to Senior All-Star game


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The Treasure Hunters are stopping in Okeechobee this week inviting residents and the surrounding communities to their special event set for June 5-9 at the Holiday Inn Express, 3101 U.S. Hwy. 441 South, Okeechobee. The hours for the event are Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Treasure Hunters is one of the largest purchasing organizations in the world and is one of the most exciting events to attend this y ear. The Treasure Hunters look at common items such as coins, paper currency, musical instruments, etc. Recently, the Treasure Hunters paid $23,000 for a $1,000 bill dated back to 1880. They also see common items that would otherwise be in a box labeled, “give away,” such as unworn, mismatched and even broken jewelry. “We encourage folks to bring in their old jewelry that just sits on their dresser, at home,” states Enright. “We took a pile of 14k gold jewelry off a visitor’s hand and they walked away with a check for $900!” The Treasure Hunters also see some of the world’s most rare and unusual collectibles. In Tampa, they uncovered a 19th Century Electric Chair. They found a rare 16th century authentic vampire killing kit passed down to a local resident by their German ancestor; and they have even purchased one of the world’s most rare guitars – a 1959 Gibson Les Paul for over $100,000! The Treasure Hunters expect to see all types of items at this event including: coins and paper currency issued prior to 1970, toys, dolls, trains, vintage jewelry, old and modern musical instruments, war memorabilia, gold and silver jewelry, costume jewelry, comic books, advertising memorabilia, swords, knives, daggers, and the unusual! “This event is characterized by what the community brings in,” says Enright. “I have a lot of folks ask me what this show is all about, and to be honest, it is determined by the items brought in that particular week; it keeps every event unique and interesting to say the least.” As the Treasure Hunters see as many uncommon items as they do the classics, they have to be quickly prepared to gure out what exactly they are looking at. Back in Spring eld, Ill. at their corporate headquarters, Treasure Hunters has an extensive research department ready to do some digging for certain items. “We don’t hesitate to involve our research department to get questions answered about certain pieces, and that enables us to make the best possible offers to our customers,” says Enright. Treasure Hunters Roadshow is coming 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 Located Behind The White House Plaza 1126 S. Parrott Ave € (863) 763-6000Lori Mixon 8 6 3 6 3 4 1 4 5 7 ((LMixon@MixonGroup.com www.MixonGroup.com 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. 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Parrott Avenue, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch and come join us for socialization and crafting fun. All crafts are welcome: knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, beading or embroidery. Have a question about something or want to learn a new craft or technique, this is the place to be. Work on your project, our current project, try something new, or teach us something new, we love to work and learn together. The last Thursday of each month is our pot luck luncheon. For more information call Sandy Brown, 863-697-3099, or Correy Geissinger, 863-467-2231. Okeechobee Stitchin’ group meets at Presbyterian Church


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LostLOST DOGS *female terrier mix black&white *female shitzu terrier mix black w/little brown *male full blooded shitzu brown/black Close to Rt.98 Family very worried 863-634-8934 Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE 906 NW 9th Avenue & 9th Street, Saturday, June 2nd, 2012, 8:00am 1:00pm. Yard-Sale! First Missionary Baptist Church of Dean’s Court Contact Person: Shirley Johnson Cell# 863-697-9827 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. ServicesAnn’s Affordable Cleaing Service Give yourself more “me” Time,and let me take care of your housekeeping for you. Great References. 15 yrs. exp. Call@863-801-3296 License#10812 We pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 www.268junk.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment MedicalFront Desk Computer exp. needed. Healthcare exp and bilingual pref’d. Competitive salary & excl bene ts. 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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 Bicycle Sales & RepairProMobile Bicycle Repair Service We Repair All Makes & Models We Come to You! “Lets Roll!” Now Serving Okeechobee County & Surrounding Area (561)309-9320 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MiscellaneousGENERATOR 5500 WHEEL HORSE GENERATOR. LIKE NEW. USED ABOUT 3 TIMES. PD 700.00 NEW. ASKING 300.00. FOR MORE INFO CALL DON (863)763-4055 Items for sale in mint condition,must see to appreciate. 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For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department, 1700 N.W. 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-5548. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pr oceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial record of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to Board Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board 418891 ON 6/3/2012 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 418732 ON 6/3/2012 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-078 IN RE: ESTATE OF SHERWOOD P. SAUNDERS, 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 SHERWOOD P. SAUNDERS deceased, File Number 2012-CP-078, 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 January 2, 2012; that the total value of the estate is $46,145.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Linda E. Saunders 9262 SE 58th Drive 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 June 3, 2012. Person Giving Notice: LINDA E. SAUNDERS 9262 SE 58th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34974 Attorney for Person Giving Notice: Colin M. 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Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 17 Okeechobee News June 3, 2012 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School girls weight lifting team was honored last week for a strong season where several girls made the sectional and one advanced to the state nal. Elisia Garcia was named Most Valuable Player and Kathy Simmons won the Brahman Award handed out by Coach Tyrone Smith last Friday. Twelve girls competed and received letters for the squad this year. Among the athletes were Jessica Drawdy, Khrysta Herndon, Sarah Davis and Lauren Hazellief. Simmons said it felt amazing to win the Brahman award because she put everything she had into the sport. "I thought it would be interesting to try new things and I went out and tried it. I put in the time and a lot of hard work." Simmons said the weight lifting experience helped her as she excelled on the softball team that reached the regional nal this year. Her career goal is to go into nursing. Her athletic goal is to make it to the state competition next year. Her parents are Adam and Sabrina Simmons. Garcia has already made the state competition as she nished in the top four at the sectional held on the Treasure Coast and travelled to Kissimmee for the state nals. Elisia is only a freshman but maintains she will keep motivated and try to return to state next year. "The experience was really amazing. It was a really tough atmosphere because every girl tried to do their best and get near the top," she explained. Her parents are Angela Lowe and Jose Garcia of Okeechobee. She plans to continue her weight lifting and conditioning in the off season and noted the sport also helped her do better in softball. She thanked everyone who honored her for her accomplishment, "It was nice to know that people took the time for this sport and that they really care. Coach Smith is really good because he knows how to help and encourage people," she explained. OHS weight lifting awards honors competitive ladies Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAndy Bowers, Tribal Council member for the Seminole Tribe, (front) welcomed the Brahman Weight Lifting Team and Coach Tyrone Smith to the Reservation for a short Awards Presentation last week. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKathy Simmons shows off her Brahman Award for Weight Lifting from Coach Tyrone Smith.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 18 Okeechobee News June 3, 2012 Call 863-763-3134 to reserve your space or email: okeeadsales@newszap.com1/8 — $75 + $30 color1/4 — $100 + $50 color1/2 — $200 + $75 colorATTENTION: PARENTS!The Okeechobee News will be publishing a special tribute to OHS 2012 Seniors, it will be published in the June 10, 2012 edition.Deadline: June 5, 2012 End of year honorees at May Okeechobee School Board Meeting Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThe top readers in Okeechobee elementary schools were honored at the School Board meeting on May 8: (left to right) Shelby Sumner a third grader at Central, Jason Zuniga, a fth grader at Seminole Elementary, and Roxy Wyatt, a fourth grader at South Elementary School. Not able to attend the meeting were Raquel Alvarez, a fth grader at Everglades Elementary and Christine Groso, a fth grader at North Elementary School. Osceola Middle School students who competed in the Scripps Spelling Bee competition honored were Emily Crews and Rachel Williams (left) The OHS FFA Land Evaluation Team nished fourth in the state competition this year: (left to right) Coach Brian Dryden, Brandon McKee, Mary Baker and Jaymee Johnson. A group of the parents who worked to raise funds for the OHS Marching Band trip to Washington D.C. were honored with special certi cates of recognition by the School Superintendent: (left to right) Leah Suarez, Robert Orr, Heather Dobbs, and Kim Sarros. (at right) Carol Gable retired after 38 years of service as a kindergarten teacher. She was honored at the May 8 School Board meeting.


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