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Publication Date: 10-21-2012
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Sunday, October 21, 2012 V ol. 103 No. 127 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.90 feetLast Year: 12.29 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. High school golfers advance to regionals ... Page 19 Local political candidate forum set for Monday ... Page 4 Crossword and Sudoku now in every edition! By Eric KoppOkeechobee News “Dale Middleton, you have not only forfeited your right to live among us in society but, under the laws of the State of Florida, you have forfeited your right to live at all.” And with that, Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger ordered on Friday, Oct. 19, that Middleton die by lethal injection for the brutal and heinous murder of Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Christensen. In under 60 minutes a 12-member jury found Middleton guilty on Aug. 6 of rst-degree murder, as well as armed burglary of a dwelling and dealing in stolen property. That same jury also recommended by a 12-0 vote that Middleton be given the death sentence. Judge Belanger also sentenced Middleton, 39, to life in prison on the armed burglary conviction and 15 years for dealing in stolen property. He will receive credit for the 1,178 days he has already served in the Okeechobee County Jail. On July 28, 2009, Middleton went into the mobile home owned by Bobbie and her husband Eric Christensen with the intention of borrowing some money from Bobbie. Her husband was in New Jersey at the time. When the Golden Corral Restaurant server told Middleton she didn’t have any cash, he didn’t believe her. High on the methamphetamine he’d been smoking all day and the roxycodone pills he’d crushed and snorted, Middleton pulled a kitchen knife from his back pocket and attacked the 49-year-old woman. As Bobbie fought for her life, Middleton Middleton gets death sentence Dale Middleton See MURDER — Page 18 Inspector General’s response to local ranchers just raises more questionsBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News After nearly ve months, an area ranching concern has nally received a response to their request for an investigation into the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and they are not impressed. Twin Sisters’ Family Lands sent a nine-page letter to Herschel Vinyard, head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), on May 30 that outlined some of their concerns and their battles with water managers over water in the L-59 canal in eastern Glades County. That letter outlined the history of the Austin and Rosa Lee Pearce family and the 13,000 acres of land they owned. On Oct. 2, Inspector General Candie M. Fuller sent her response to John Austin Collier and Byron Story, who are both members of the Twin Sisters’ group. After addressing some of the questions, Ms. Fuller ends her letter by stating that the management review is now closed. Ms. Fuller also alluded to a consumptive use permit that was issued to Austin and Rosa Lee Pearce that some now say has never existed. When contacted about Ms. Fuller’s letter, Mr. Collier said the Inspector General’s investigation into the group’s concerns is not only awed, but it wasn’t an investigation at all. “The inspector general’s letter and their actions in regard to this matter are childlike and immature. If (Sheriff) Paul May would have conducted an investigation like this they would have him run out of town on a rail and the governor would remove him from of ce,” said Mr. Collier. “It’s made an impossible situation even more impossible and it’s done nothing but raise more questions. “All the inspector general did was talk to the perpetrator and never asked the victim, which is us, for any documentation to support our letter. Because of the inspector’s general’s actions, there is no nality to this issue,” he continued. He said the Twin Sisters’ group has les and electronic communications that will prove their point, but the inspector general has never asked for that documentation. While the letter from Twin Sisters’ poses several questions, the crux of Mr. Collier’s angst centers around a statement made by Ms. Fuller in regard to the L-59 canal, which runs from the Indian Prairie Canal to the Kissimmee River. The Twin Sisters’ document details how, in 1963, Austin and Rosa Lee Pearce, Mr. Collier’s grandparents, entered into an eminent domain agreement with the Central and South Florid a Water Management Districts. That agreement provided ood protection for families along the canal, as well as the right to use water from that canal for irrigation purposes. An eminent domain agreement allows federal, state and local governments to take private property following the payment of just compensation to the property owner. “It means the title is transferred from a private party to a governmental entity. It (eminent domain) is intended to last forever, unless the instrument says otherwise,” explained Michael Allan Wolf, a law professor at the University o f Water rights questions left unansweredSee WATER — Page 18 “Sometimes the only clarity you get is the sound of the judge’s gavel.”— John Austin Collie r

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Treasure & Space Coast. CarePlus Health Plans, Inc. is a Health plan with a Medicare contract. The bene“t information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of bene“ts. For more information contact the plan. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Bene“ts, formulary, pharmacy network, premium and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. Free gift without obligation. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. The Part B premium may be covered through your State Medicaid Program.H1019_MKFNPR116043 CMS Accepted Keeping the HEALTH in health care.www.careplushealthplans.comCALL TODAY … and receive a free gift! 1-855-379-2457 (TTY: 711)For thousands of Floridians like Ona, CareOne (HMO) is their choice for Medicare Advantage. We can help you sort through your options and choose the right plan for you. Retired art teacher. I sew, I make jewelry. Im going to the gym for the “rst time ever with my health club membership, its covered by my plan!I’m OnaCarePlus member Im the NEWŽ face of Medicare LOOK AT ALL THE BENEFITS Y OU GET WITH A CAREONE (HMO) PLAN: $0 copay for tier 1 prescription drugs $0 copay for primary care physician of“ce visits $0 copay for monthly plan premiums $0 copay for preventive screenings $0 for transportation: 8 one-way trips to plan-approved locations Vision Coverage Worldwide Emergency Coverage SilverSneakers Fitness Program, and more! 2 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012

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Politics It seems to me that in today’s PC soc iety, Politics is the only area left where we c an disparage, spew hate, lie; and get away w ith it.  The baby boomers are retiring. By 2030 t here will be 77 million people on Medicare, up from 47 million today. There will be fewer working people paying the taxes to fund t he bene ts of this much larger retiree population. The reserves will be gone long before that, at the rate they are currently being s pent. Medicare is going bankrupt. If somet hing is not done soon to address this problem, there will be no Medicare. We need to s ee solutions but all we hear from the politic al candidates are empty promises while the nation gets deeper and deeper in debt.  Every year since 1969, Congress has s pent more money than it took in. We have b een putting all kinds of extras ‘on the credit c ard’ for the past 43 years. It has to stop. We as a country are addicted to de cit spending. We don’t like to do without. But it has to s top because if it doesn’t stop, we will wind up like Spain and Greece. We already had our credit rating downgraded. T houghts to ponder Some people come in your life as b lessing. Some come in your life as lessons. Churches and voting Pastors and their churches broke the law by endorsing a political candidate on Pulpit Freedom Sunday. Will the government respond? Should they respond?  IRC 501(c)(3) “prohibits an organizat ion from directly or indirectly participating in or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public of ce. Contribut ions to political campaign funds or public s tatements (verbal or non-verbal) made by or on behalf of the organization in favor of, or opposition to, any candidate for public ofce violates the prohibition against political c ampaign intervention.”  I think that if a church is politically involved they should lose their tax exemption and be considered a political action group. I would not attend any church that tried to tell me how to vote. The church I go to does not endorse candidates, but they do hand out a ier that goes through various issues and gives the candidates’ stands on each issue. These answers come from the candidates themselves so it is not someone else assuming what the candidate will do. If a candidate refuses to answer a question, it just states “did not respond.” I think this type of information is helpful in making a decision on who to vote for, without having the church give any opinion on which way to vote.  Did your preachers announce at the pulpit who to vote for? Thousands of evangelical preachers are doing this. Time for them teachers of silliness to start paying taxes.  I am a Christian. I am a woman. With this said, I am married to a different faith. I want all woman to have a choice. Not let government tell her what to do. Due to my marrying a man of another faith, it angers me when I am at a public service, for example, Memorial Day at the Veterans Park, and they say “in Jesus name we pray.” Not everyone there is of the same faith and they have rights too. We are all there for the same reason. To respect and remember those whom have given all.  Some preachers have been endorsing candidates for years. The other preachers are doing it to prove a point to the IRS who try to tell them what to say to keep their tax exempt status.  It is still unclear to many Americans why religious organizations are exempted from paying taxes, and why they merit special treatment when they provide nothing to their communities that taxpayers like community volunteers, school teachers, police of cers, or re ghters provide every day without special tax exemptions. It is unconstitutional for taxpayers to be expected to do obeisance, or support nancially, any religion in America and it is yet another sign religious fanatics are making up their own religious edicts and expecting taxpayers to subsidize their theocratic coup. How long before the Christian Bible replaces the Constitution and some religious maniac issues edicts that become law of the land? The IRS must take a stand and revoke the tax-exempt status from any preacher, evangelical or otherwise, who breaks their agreement with the IRS by campaigning from the pulpit, or giving money to a candidate. Political forum on MondayThe Economic Council of Okeechobee together with the Okeechobee Area Agri-Council, Okeechobee Farm Bureau, Okeechobee Republican Party, Okeechobee Democratic Party, and the American Business Women’s Association Women of Tomorrow Chapter are hosting the Okeechobee Political Forum for the General Election on Monday evening, Oct. 22, 2012, a free event for the Okeechobee community at Osceola Middle School located at 825 S.W. 28th Street, Okeechobee, Florida, in the Gymnasium beginning at 5:45pm until about 9:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend in person, the entire event will be broadcast live on our local radio station, WOKC 100.9FM/1570AM. Candidates from the following races have been invited to participate in the Forum: United States Senator, United States Representative District 17, State Senator District 21, State Representative District 55, City Council, Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, and County Commission District 1. While Judges in the 4th District Court of Appeal who are up for merit retention were invited to participate, they explained that they are not able to do so per their judicial canons of ethics and respectfully declined to participate. Forms will be provided and written questions from the audience will be accepted and reviewed by a panel of volunteers. No verbal questions from the audience will be allowed. A concession stand bene tting Okeechobee’s youth will be open during the event selling drinks and snacks. Print materials from candidates, 2012 Voter Guides and amendment information will also be available at the event. We encourage the voting public to attend this free event, meet the candidates and learn more about their views in order to be a well informed voter in the General Election on Nov. 6. Sincerely, Tara Minton Rowley Executive DirectorYou or a loved one could need a blood donation at any timeI proudly serve on the Okeechobee Blood Roundup committee along with many other dedicated volunteers. I can count three members of my family who bene tted from donated blood – my father, my mother and my step-granddaughter. You never know when you or a famil y member may need the life-saving measur e of donated blood. Any one of us could have: A grandfather hurt in a farm equipmen t accident; A grandmother injured in a fall at he r home; A father injured at his workplace; A mother with a rare type of anemia; An uncle in a boating accident; An aunt with leukemia; A brother in a car accident; A sister harmed by domestic abuse; A son injured in a hunting accident; A daughter with complications during childbirth; A grandchild struck by an automobile. Many people are eligible to give blood but most of them do not donate this precious gift of life. Perhaps they would if the y would just stop to think how they and ever y one of their family members could be jus t one heartbeat away from needing donated blood. If you are not sure of your eligibility, call 1-888-9DONATE to see if you can giv e blood. I will be writing stories with local peopl e who bene ted from donated blood. If you have a story or know of someone who ma y want to share their story, I encourage you to do so in a letter to the editor of this newspaper. If you want help with your story, you can contact me at 863 610-1290. The Seventh Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup will be held at Hammerhead’s Banquet Hall on Nov. 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Please come donat e blood and help the Roundup meet its goal of 600 units that will save 1,800 lives. On e of those lives could be yours or one of you r family members. This is the most personal gift you can give, for blood which has actually touched your heart can touch the hear t of someone in need. Susan Williams October 21, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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! Blood drive plannedYou can donate blood and help save lives on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Okeechobee Correctional Institute, from 2:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee’s defense held strong all night long but the offense couldn’t break through until the nal minutes as Okeechobee fell to South Fork, 10-7 in a key District 14-6A contest Friday night in MartinCounty. Mike Harris capped a nine play-53 yard drive in the rst quarter with a short two y ard run and place kicker Taylor Ross added a 25 yard goal late in the rst half to account for the Bulldogs (7-0) scoring. The game started two and a half hours late due to a lightning and weather delay. Okeechobee was held to only two rst downs in the rst half and didn’t score until late when QB LaVante Spivey found Al Fludd for a screen pass which he turned into a 77 y ard play. Adrian Minondo dove in from the two yard line on the next play to pull Okeechobee (3-4) to within 10-7 with two minutes left in the game. Okeechobee had some opportunities, but not many, against a tough and talented Bulldog defense. DJ Washington caught a 25 yard pass on a fake punt in the rst half but fell three yards short of a rst down at the Bulldog 20. Washington coughed up the football when Okeechobee reached the South Fork 22 yard line in the third quarter. Okeechobee had 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage on defense as players like Juan Garcia, Mitchell Madrigal, Elijowan Williams, Minondo and others made big plays. They forced ve Bulldog fumbles but four times South Fork was able to recover. Bulldog Coach Dennis Lavelle said one of his players lost their father earlier Friday but the team didn’t come out inspired. “We showed resiliency and I’m very proud of them defensively. We didn’t play well offensively and in the past, we would have gotten beat. We have to x what is wrong on offense. For two weeks in a row we’ve been mediocre.” Lavelle said Okeechobee was well coached, had a bunch of tough kids, and really put in a strong effort. “We couldn’t’ do what we needed to do and couldn’t get outside. I hope the Okeechobee community appreciates Coach Branham this time. That was one hell of a coaching job,” he added. Coach Branham said he felt the team still has things to play for which include a winning season. They were virtually eliminated from post season play as SebastianRiver pounded Forest Hill 35-0 on Friday and Olympic Heights defeated Forest Hill on other district games. “We made a couple of mistakes on defense in the rst half but other than that we held one of the top offenses on the TreasureCoast to ten points. That was the game we wanted to see from our defense,” he added. Offense was a different story as Okeechobee couldn’t get any rhythm or sustain any drives. He said there were some minor injuries and cramping which kept some key players on the sidelines during key points in the game. “I’m proud we fought until the end. We executed at times but honestly I thought we would do more offensively,” he said. Game notesFabian Howard had an interception for Okeechobee. LaVante Spivey caught a 45 yard pass from DJ Washington in the fourth quarter. Travis Eve, Tim Whitehead, and Zak Hernandez had QB sacks for South Fork. An interception by Spivey in the end zone was negated by a roughing the passer call late in the rst half. Spivey was also whistled for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play which gave South Fork rst and goal at the seven and the eld goal two plays later proved to be the margin of victory. Eddie Neal had a tackle for loss for Okeechobee. Lorenz Velasco rushed for over 100 yards for South Fork. He had runs of 20 and 27 yards in the rst half.k 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Many newspaper owners have a hidden agendaŽ „ whether it is political, economic or to promote the publishers cronies. Not us. Were owned by a unique non-profit journalistic trust. Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and understanding citizens need to make intelligent decisions about public issues. In doing so, we strive to report the news with honesty, accuracy, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012 Today: Partly cloudy. High of 79F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the NE in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 63F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Extended ForecastMonday: Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 81F. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 66F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the morning, then overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 81F. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Fog overnight. Low of 66F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Okeechobee Forecast South Fork Bulldogs best OHS Brahmans

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012 Masonic Lodge hosts Sunday breakfastThe Masonic Lodge at 107 N.W. 5th St., w ill host Sunday breakfast on Oct. 21 for $6, from 8–11 a.m. Eggs, bacon, pancakes, grits and all the xings. Breakfast is every other Sunday. Public welcome. Carry-outs available. Proceeds go to local Mason giving.Community Choir to begin holiday practiceThe Okeechobee Community Choir, in its 14th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, w ill begin rehearsing this Sunday, Oct. 21 for the annual Christmas cantata and other seasonal selections. Rehearsals will be held on Sundays from 3-5 p.m. at Okeechobee Presbyterian, 312 N. Parrott Ave. All interested singers, both locals and our Northern friends, are invited to participate. Singers should be able to match pitch and read music a smidgen. Rehearsals are stimulating and loads of fun! Music and rehearsal CDs w ill be provided for a nominal fee. Rehearsal attendance is suggested, but not mandatory. Last year, 55 singers representing 19 local churches participated. The cantata will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, & at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the First United Methodist Church, and tickets will NOT be required for admission. For more information, call Sandy at 863-6347714. If you love to sing, you’ll love singing w ith us!Bowl for Kids’ Sake eventBig Brothers Big Sisters of Okeechobee County gear up for the very rst “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” event on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at Lucky Lanes. Cost for bowling is $25 and includes a t-shirt, shoe rental and two games. Please call 863-824-2227 to reserve your lane! Okeechobee Political Forum plannedA political forum will be held Monday, Oct. 22 in the Osceola Middle School Gymnasium, 825 S.W. 28th Street, from 5:45 to 9 p.m. Candidates for U.S. Representative District 17, State Senator District 21, State Representative District 55, District Court of A ppeal District 4, Okeechobee City Council, Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections, Okeechobee County Property A ppraiser, Okeechobee County Sheriff and Okeechobee County Commission District 1 are invited. Cypress Hut Eagles serve fried chickenCypress Hut Eagles will serve southern fried chicken dinner on Sunday, Oct. 21 starting at 1 p.m. Proceeds go to the community charity fund. For more info please call 863-467-1154. Community Events Shrine Club offers spaghetti dinnerBack for another season, the Okeechobee Shrine Club offers a delicious spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Oct. 23 and every Tuesday thereafter. Serving is from 4–7 p.m. and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is pleased to offer Smoke Free Dining. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided 5–8 p.m. The complete dinner is available for a donation of $6. Proceeds bene t Shrine Charities. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427.CCC meeting plannedThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, Ext. 257. NOTE: we are collecting Christmas for needy children.Eagles plan dinnerCypress Hut Eagles will serve a meatloaf dinner by Carla on Tuesday, Oct. 23, starting at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Auxiliary charity fund. For more info please call 863467-1154.Considering adoption?Anyone interested in learning more about adoption is encouraged to join the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division at our monthly Adoption Orientation session. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County of ce, located at 804 S. 6th Street in Fort Pierce. This informative, casual and free, open house-style orientation will provide an overview of foster care adoption and answer all questions related to adoption and CHS’ adoption process. Please help us raise adoption awareness in our community as we try to nd additional permanent “Forever Families” for local children in foster care. To RSVP or for more information, contact Children’s Home Society’s Adoption Information Line at 772-429-2001.N.O.P .E. vigil set for Oct. 25The annual Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (N.O.P.E.) vigil will be held Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Okeechobee County Civic Center on U.S. 98 N. starting at 6:30 p.m. Photographs for the memorial video can be downloaded to the N.O.P.E. website—nopetaskforce.org; or, by contacting Connie Curry at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, 863-763-3117. Your photos should be downloaded now to ensure their inclusion on the video. The N.O.P.E. vigil strives to raise awareness and open doors to recovery by eliminating the stigma that has followed the disease of addiction—a disease that shows no prejudice to any walk of life or background. OHS Class of 2003 Reunion set for OctoberOkeechobee High School Homecoming is Friday, Oct. 26 and the OHS Class of 2003 will celebrate their 10-Year Reunion. Thursday, Oct. 25 is the parade, and the class is invited to join in on the class oat. Friday, Oct. 26 is the Homecoming game, and the class will watch the slideshow in the cafeteria prior to the game. The Reunion will be held at Hammerheads (202 N.E. 7th Ave, on Taylor Creek) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 The cost is $20 at the door and includes a private party with appetizers, music, dancing and a cash bar. For more information, visit facebook. com/OkeechobeeHighSchool2003 or email Kristin Larson Hamilton at k.larson@yahoo. com.OHS Class of 1973 Reunion plannedThe Okeechobee High School Class of 1973 Reunion is planned for Oct. 26 and 27. On Friday, Oct. 26 the group will meet at the Homecoming game at the north end of the bleachers. At 9 p.m. they will meet at Kahootz for those who want to attend. On Oct. 27, they will meet at Lunkers at 5:30 p.m. for socializing and dinner. Any questions can be directed to email at okeechobeehs73@hotmail.com or call Vickie at 864-828-2083 or Nancy at 863-467-1565.Crafters wanted for bazaarThe Okeechobee Presbyterian Church will hold their annual Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3 Crafters are wanted and tables are for rent for $10 each. Please call for more information, 863-763-6928.American Legion Post 64 opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the nonsmoking bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the VFW veterans’ programs. The event is free and open to the public.Kids’ Fishing DayTaylor Creek Bass Club presents Kids’ Fishing Day on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. From 10 a.m. to noon there will be a cast, pitch and ip contest for children 6 14. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. there will be open shing for ages 4 14. Each child will receive a thank you gift for coming and all children who participate in the open shing will take home a rod and reel combo. No personal shing equipment will be allowed. All children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or other adult. Food and drinks will be available. All children will receive two hot dogs and a free drink. For more information contact Chan Garrett at 863-357-0028. County Fair Board to meetThe Okeechobee County Fair Board will meet on Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce of ce, 55 S. Parrott Avenue.Parks and Rec host Annual Florida Senior GamesThe Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation is encouraging active seniors 50+ to participate in the 23rd Annual Florida Senior Games. The local qualifying competition is hosted by the Martin County Parks & Recreation Department Nov. 2–12 Pick up a brochure from your local Parks & Rec. Ofce in the Sports Complex for a detailed list of dates and locations for each event. You can register online at http://econnect.martin. .us. Questions can be directed to Jesse Moore at 772-221-1419.VFW Post announces education writing competitionsLadies Auxiliary to VFW Post 4423 announces the kick-off of Voice of Democrac y Scholarship Competition. Local High School students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C. Nov. 1, is the deadline at the post level. Students must write and record a 3-5 minute essay on a given theme. Please contact Dannye Strickland at 863-7630589 for information and entry form. Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 4423 announces the kick-off of “Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.” Middle school student in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars. November 1, is the deadline at the post level. Students are invited to write a 300-400 word essa y on a patriotic theme. Please contact Dannye Strickland, at 863-763-0589, for information and entry form.Eagles North calling all local artistsEagles North is calling artists in all categories of art to participate in the F.O.E. 4137 Auxiliary Fourth Annual Art Event planned for Dec. 1. Featuring the Florida Highwaymen Artist and other ne artists from Florida. To participate in this event, call Lynn Earle y at 863-697-2443 or email at: lynn.earley@ gmail.com. A booth is a $65 donation which will go to the F.O.E. 4137 Auxiliary Charities Fund. Public is invited.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Oct. 19TH Thurs., Oct. 25THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “TAKEN 2”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R III: “HERE COMES THE BOOM”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 7 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaDistinguished Service AwardAt the Tuesday, Oct. 16, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Mayor James Kirk, right, presented the Distinguished Service Award to Eagle Scouts Colton Brown, left, and Matthew Saucier, who is in college and was not able to be present. Matthew was represented by his father, Col. Lawrence Saucier, center. Both Scouts’ Eagle projects consisted of cleaning and repairing the facilities in Flagler Park. Prices were fairly steady this week. Medium slaughter cows were $2-3 lower, bulls were $1-2 higher. Lighter weight steer calves were lower and lighter, heifer calves were higher. Heavier calves were mostly steady with good demand. Look for prices to continue to be good with supply low and demand high. Last weeks Heifer Sale and Horned Hereford Bull Sale went really good. Heifers averaged $1,600 and Bulls averaged $3,100! Bronson Partnership, Kissimmee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.70, bought by Terry Bomhak. Adams Ranch, Ft. Pierce and Pete Garcia, Clewiston both topped the cow market with a high of 86.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd Free bene ts for veterans and their widowsThere are VA bene ts available for veterans and their widows. The bene ts can be sometimes be as high $3,000, depending on the status of the individual. There are companies advertising to assist veterans in obtaining these bene ts and say they can guarantee results, usually for a price. The County Veterans' Services Of ce can assist veterans and their widows in obtaining these bene ts free of charge. For assistance call the County Service Of cer, Betsy Grinslade at 863763-6441 x5, or stop by the of ce at the historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Ave, Room 106.

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Okeechobee Main Street is proud to present David and Pat Wemmer with Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s Florida Main Street A ward for Outstanding New Construction. The Wemmer Family Orthodontic Building, located at 2025 Highway 441 N.E. consists of 7,500 square feet of space in three separate of ce units, including the units for Dr. W emmer’s orthodontics practice, which he shares with his daughter and Everglades Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Melissa Kindell. Construction of the Wemmer Building began in April of 2011 and the building was completed in November of that same year. The structure is considered high in technology and ef ciency. It was constructed to ensure a low level of noise from the highway and a high-level of energy ef ciency. The ellipses on the building entrances and cultured stone add to the beauty and grace of the structure. This building adds signi cantly to the aesthetic quality of the north side of Okeechobee. Dr. Wemmer’s orthodontist suite showcases brightly painted walls and chandeliers w ith multi-colored crystals. Whimsical pillows serve as a backrest and a children’s play area completes the scene. Dr. Kindell’s practice caters to youth and children with special needs or those that are medically compromised. TV’s are mounted to distract youth during services and the of ce is designed with both play areas and training areas. An Everglades theme is utilized and is a haven for children and their families. Okeechobee Main Street recognizes the importance of new construction and what it adds to the culture of the community. We congratulate the Wemmers on their accomplishment! 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CAC014022 Offers expire 11/30/2012. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details. 2012 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. 8 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012 W emmer family honored with Florida Main Street Award Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSMain Street President Maureen Burroughs congratulates David and Pat Wemmer along with the staff of Wemmer Family Orthodontics for their Honor Award from Florida Main Street. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSDr. Kindell and the staff of Everglades Pediatric Dentistry share in the excitement of the award from Secretary of State, Ken Detzner’s Florida Main Street Award Program. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated the following reports of crimes last week: ASSAULT  7200 block of U.S. 441 N. BURGLARY  6500 block of N.E. Seventh Lane THEFT  3900 block of U.S. 441 N. (wallet)  500 block of N.W. Fourth St. (identity)  900 block of N.E. 28th Terrace (water)  3800 block of N.W. 16th Ave. (identity) Investigations Fallen Peace Of cer Bass Tournament setFlorida Annual Fallen Peace Of cer Bass Tournament is planned for Saturday, Oct. 27. A $110 entry fee goes into the big bass pot. Registration begins at 4 a.m. The tournament will take place at C. Scott Driver Park Ramp and begins at safe light. Weigh-in is at 1 p.m. at the pavilion on the Point. There will be food and drinks at weigh-in. All donations bene t Florida Fallen Peace Of cer families. Teams wanting to pre-register please call Jack Fulce at 863-763-7753. The tournament is sponsored at Crappy Jack’s Bait & Tackle, local, county, and State Law Enforcement Agencies, FHP, and FWC.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 To “nd out if a Humana plan is right for you, call to schedule an in-home appointment or to “nd a neighborhood meeting in your area. 1-877-868-0796 (TTY: 711) 8 a.m. 8 p.m., 7 days a week monthly plan premium$0The smart health plan for todays economy $0 monthly Plan Premium Doctors of“ce visits and hospital coverage Prescription drug coverage Convenient mail-order delivery of prescriptions Fitness program gym membership at no additional cost Vision coverage Preventive coverage 24-hour nurse advice line Wellness program Emergency coverage at home and when you travel And more we havent listed!Humana is a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. Li mitations, copayments, times of the year. Contact Humana for more information. DONT FORGET! The Medicare Advantage annual enrollment dates are Oct. 15 … Dec. 7.*Humana Gold Plus (HMO) stretches your healthcare dollar to give you the bene“ts you want, at a price thats easy on your wallet. 9 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Denise brings a common-sense approach to the issues facing Florida. Shes run a small business, served us as an emergency room nurse, and managed family-owned citrus groves. Denise can balance a budget without raising taxes, and she knows the importance of job creation for our local economy. A LEADER FOR US! Learn more at DeniseGrimsley.comPaid Political Advertisement by Denise Grimsley, for Senate Campaign District 21, Republican. 1796 Highway 441N ~ Okeechobee ~ RaulersonHospital.com Raulerson Hospital is offering convenient evening Screening Mammogram appointments. Your yearly mammogram doesn’t have to be a chore. Make time for your health. Relax and enjoy hors d’oeuvres. Thursday, October 25th 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. RSVP: 763-9228Teachers, We’re making time for YOU! l co m o m Have the School Districts Wellness Center (863-462-5130) or your doctor fax us an order for your screening mammogram. 10 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESSouth Elementary students honoredCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of October 1-5. They are: Arianna Trejo, Christian Sampson, Selina Boswell Estrella, Tori Trent, Emma Rodriguez, Kain Joles, Fernando Chavez, Kye Rivero, Kora Lemmerman, Rosalia Jaimes, Cameron Tinajero, Madison Jewell, Christian Vega, Lexy Arnold, Kendrick Forlifer and Danielle Whipple. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Students of the WeekCongratulations to these Central Elementary School students of the week. Aiden Bigford, Alexa Tellez, Jordan Shanks, Lane Davis, Andres Gomez, Paul King, Felipe Mendoza, Crystal Garcia, Lauren Abbate, Kevious Jackson Balin Devore, Emmanueal Juarez-Villegas, Emiy Johnson, Pablo Varillas, Jolina Moreno, Rosalinda Caballero, Syleena Lawson, Alejandro Liberato, Mia Barrett, Jathen Rodriguez, Luis Noel Espinoza, Isaac Watford, Isabela Calvillo, April Salvin, Elizabeth Smith, Emma Baird, Andrea Ramirez, Saint Barbosa, Jentry Grif n, Dillon Spence and Wyatt Friend. CASTLE calls for volunteers for safe parenting programIf you have a few hours to spare and share your great parenting techniques, call CASTLE today. Teaching Safe Parenting, CASTLE’s mission is to stop child abuse before it even happens by empowering parents with the education necessary to create successful, loving, and nurturing families. We are currently seeking volunteers for our Safe Families Program. We’re making a difference, one family at a time. Call 772-465-6011 or e-mail hr@castletc.org for more information.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Richard and Mabel are celebrating their 50 years of marriage! The Spiveys were married on October 22,1962, in Miami, FL. For the past 32 years they have called Okeechobee their home. Their three sons, Richard & Connie, Ivey & Jennie, Butch & Holly; and their “ve wonderful grandchildern, Toni, Wesley, Tucker, Piper, Rylan all would like to say to our Mom & Dad and to our Meme & Popa: Congratulations and HAPPY 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, We all love you very much! LOVE ALWAYS, YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN RICHARD H. SPIVEY ANNIVERSARY MABEL SPIVEY & AND ALSO RECEIVE OFFERS**CATCH A FREE RIDE!THE BUS PICKS UP AT:Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation**Offers cannot be combined with new member offers. Must be 18 years old to play Bingo. See Bingo Hall for complete details Limited Space Available. We reserve the right to cancel at any time. See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate. Management reserves all rights. Person who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or those who have opted into the selfexclusion program are not eligible. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. ADDITIONAL STOPS AVAILABLE IN OTHER AREAS, CALL 1.800.360.9875 EXT 5655 FOR MORE INFO. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES ARE ESTIMATED AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON TRAVEL CONDITIONS.TUESDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 5:30pmWEDNESDAYS/THURSDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 7:30pmNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA! 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Items subject to change, available while supplies last. Like us on Facebook COMING IN NOVEMBER NEW SUNDAY BUS SERVICE! 11 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee news Dr. Ellisa Scott, of Changing Tree Wellness Center, operates a local behavioral health care center that provides outpatient individual and family mental health therapy, stress reduction meditation, mental health evaluations, assessment and court ordered classes. Changing Tree seeks to inspire change and empower people. Dr. Scott, who has a Ph.D., is assisted by Dr. Susan Aery, EdD, and of ce manager A neel Guillen. Dr. Scott is a certi ed Domestic Violence Assessor/Evaluator, Clinical A pproved Supervisor and Licensed Mental Health Practitioner with 18 years experience. Dr. Aery is a National Certi ed Addiction Professional, Child Behavioral Analyst, licensed mental health counselor and approved Clinical Supervisor. Ms. Guillen is bilingual and has many years experience overseeing several behavioral health practices. Changing Tree Wellness Center is located 203 N.E. Second Ave. The hours are noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m. every day. They accept most insurance and Medicaid. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Dr. Scott opens behavioral health care center Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaDr. Ellisa Scott, a clinical psychotherapist, operates Changing Tree Wellness Center, a behavioral health care center that provides a variety of mental health services. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News There is a new gun shop in town. Rick Cooper and Thom Jones, owners of Shooter's Choice, decided to open a second location in Okeechobee. The original gun shop is located in the St. Lucie Shooting Center. They recently opened a second gun shop at 122 S.E. Park St. with Rob Cunningham as the manager. The Okeechobee gun shop has more hunting ri es and shotguns. "We focus on selling new guns at less than list prices," said Mr. Jones. Shooter's Choice offers a wide variety of brands including top of the line brands at discount prices. In addition to new guns, Shooter's Choice sells used guns and takes used guns in trade. They also carry shotgun shells and shooting clay rounds as well as Case knives. The telephone number is 863-623-4741. The hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Shooter’s Choice gun shop comes to Okeechobee Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThom Jones, one of the owners of Shooter’s Choice shows off some of the guns and ammunition his shop sells. Foster parents are needed Training classes are openHibiscus Children's Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Purchase or Re“nancePlus! Get a Free Appraisal (up to $400)Own your home sooner. (863) 937-9900 (863) 688-8443 (863) 382-3390 (813) 386-4201 Apply online www.midorida.com or callOer valid as of October 1, 2012. A $5 minimum savings account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA and to apply for a M IDFLORIDA mortgage. The 2.49% rate is available on a 10-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage for loan amounts less than or equal to $417,0 00 and valid only in conjunction with receiving a MIDFLORIDA Visa Platinum credit card. Payment Example: A 10-year xed-rate mortgage for $127,500 with 15% down at 2.49% and an Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of 2.882% has a monthly payment of $1,201.36. Loan cannot exceed 85% loan-to-value. Oer available for primary and second homes only. Other low rates and convenient terms available. Limited time oer. Rates are subject to change without notice. Certain restrictions apply. Credit approval required. Rate may vary based on credit. MIDFLORIDA is an equal housing lender.Federally insured by NCUA. FIXED MORTGAGE FREE CLEAR & 10-year 2.49%/2.882%APRDepending on your circumstances, 30 years can be a long time to nance a home. At MIDFLORIDA, you can take a shortcut to nancial freedom with our 10-year Free & Clear xed-rate mortgage. Oers a straightforward monthly payment. Available for purchase or renance. Your interest rate … and your total monthly payment of principal and interest … will stay the same for the entire term of the loan. 12 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsScroll Saw ClassScroll sawing used to be the “Guy thing,” but last year’s best scroller was Marie Pena. From the looks of things, we may have a girl again be the best in the class. Photos with the wolf is Cheyann Schaffer. She made the wolf plaque the rst week of class. Wendy Watts, the volunteer instructor for the class, say the kids that are allowed to saw must have good grades and attendance, have no discipline problems and have some responsibility skills. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMCustodians DayStudents from Mrs. Sickels’ and Mrs. Daaku’s classes presented the hardworking custodians with a handmade banner and special heart-shaped cupcake tray in honor of Custodians Day. Sign up for Upward Basketball Register until Nov. 28Upward Basketball is planned at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Basketball and Cheerleading registration is $65 due by Nov. 28. Forms/info are available at the church of ce and by calling 863-763-2171. Evaluations/orientation are mandatory and will be held Nov. 29, 5:30-7 p.m. (1st-4th grade) and Nov. 30, 5:30-7p.m. (5th-6th grade). Practices begin Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Games are Saturdays between Jan. 12 and March 2.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care Early Detection is the Best Protection Raulerson Hospitals Radiology Department features: A calm, comforting environment Advanced Digital Technology Accreditation by the American College of Radiology in all “ve imaging modalities iCAD (Computer Aided Detection) technology to serve as a second set of eyes Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)Raulerson Hospitals Mammography Suite ~ 1926 Hwy 441 North ~ (Just North of Raulerson Hospital)For a free physician referral call 763-9228. To pre-register online for your Screening Mammogram visit RaulersonHospital.comSCHEDULE YOUR YEARLY SCREENING MAMMOGRAM 13 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012 Lower extremity joint pain is a symptom of a medical condition, not a diagnosis itself. Medical problems that can cause lower extremity pain can include the following: mechanical problems, injuries, acquired conditions and disease process. The treatment of lower extremity pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to understand the cause of your symptoms before embarking on a treatment program. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek medical advice before beginning any treatment. If you or a loved one are experiencing the following symptoms – consider talking with your physician or an orthopaedic specialists.  Stiff knees, especially in the morning;  Pain in knees when getting up or using stairs;  Persistent groin pain;  Inability to bend down to tie your shoes. Raulerson Hospital’s October Dine with the Doctor lecture will feature Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Benjamin Epstein. Dr. Epstein is the newest member of Raulerson Hospital’s medical staff. The public is invited to come and meet the doctor as well as enjoy dinner and an informative session about Joint Replacement: Hip & Knee on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Dinner will be served in the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria beginning at 4:30 p.m. ($5 per person). The lecture is free and begins at 5:00 p.m. To RSVP for Dine with the Doctor or for a free physician referral call Consulta-Nurse 24 hours-a-day/7days-a-week: 863763-9228. Orthopaedic Surgeon presents information about joint replacement Dr. Benjamin Epstein Quick Facts about Lower Extremity Joint Pain The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured.  The knee is a complex joint with many components making it vulnerable to a variety of injuries.  The most common cause of chronic hip pain and disability is arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most common forms of this disease. IRSC hosts Nursing Student Health FairFORT PIERCE -Learn how to take care of your health in a fun and engaging way at the Indian River State College Nursing Student Health Fair. IRSC nursing students, empowered by a strong desire to share the latest information about health and wellness, are bringing this free health fair to the Koblegard Student Union Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The health fair is for anyone interested in learning about ways to improve their health and wellness and is free to everyone. There will be information for every age group and free giveaways. Attendees will learn about important health topics including: Diabetes Mellitus (with free blood glucose testing), nutrition – with free healthy snacks. Information about pets and health, skin cancer detection, HIV/AIDS, ovarian cancer, alcohol and drug dependence, breast cancer, dental health, Alzheimer’s disease, the bene ts of exercise, smoking cessation and more will be available at the health fair. For more information, contact Margaret Johnson at 772-462-7571 or email mjohnson@irsc.edu.Program helps smokers quitA program for those who wish to quit smoking cigarettes or quit using other tobacco products will be held on Wednesdays, Nov. 7, 14, 28 and Dec. 5, 12, 19, at Raulerson Hospital 1796 U.S. Hwy. 441 N. (in the cafeteria). The program is free and will include a support group and help with relapse prevention. Free nicotine replacement therapy (gun, patches and lozenges) will be provided for those who quality. To register, call 877-819-2357.Stroke Support group plans to meetThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility will hold a “ Stroke Support Group” on Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at The Heritage Assisted Facility located at 608 N.E. 2nd Avenue. The speaker w ill be Muhammad Nooruddin, Physical Therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. Refreshments will be served and day care services will be provided during session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, family and patients. For more information feel free to call 863-763-1700.Learn about advanced directivesRaulerson Hospital will host a session with “Everything you need to know about Adv anced Directives” on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served. RSVP: 863-763-9228.Concerned about your memory? Get a free screeningThe Alzheimers Association and St. Mary’s Memory Disorder Center are offering free and con dential memory screening at the Visiting Nurses Association, 208 SE Park Street, Okeechobee on Monday, Oct. 29. Appointments are required. Please call Donna: 800-8617826 EXT 501 to schedule or for more information. www.alz.org/se orida. Health News in Brief

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 C all a PRO fessiona l An Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134 JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342Cargo • Auto • Utility Trailers & Parts C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics • Exhaust • A/C Service • Brakes Window Motors • Tune-Ups • Welding • Engine Mechanics863-467-6633 Located Behind Rita’s Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Diane Wood, RN Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 Tree Locators, Inc. “Don’t Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate It”-Plants -Trees -Natural Stone -Decorative Gravel -Manufactured Stone -Design -Installation -Full Garden Center 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.com Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2431 • 800-432-1064 • FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com Process Service PS-06-17 Bail Bonds Gregory Gernat 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864UNIQUE SERVICES 24Hour Customer Service AUTO • HOME • LIFE • RETIREMENTLori C. BergerExclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8737 The Canvas Shop, LLCOn-site servicePrivacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modi cations 909 S. Parrott Ave., Ste B Okeechobee, FL 34974 Carl and Donna Gaiser 863.763.7500 fax 863.763.6754 Affordable Art & Framing LLC (Next to Cowboys Restaurant)Your One Stop Framing Shop Custom Framing ~ Art Gallery Commissioned Art & Logo Design Photography and Display Cases Artwork framed by Artists 110 SW 14th St. Okeechobee 863-357-32005% discount with this ad ProMobile Bicycle Repair Service BBI Graduate Lic# G12000032821 All Makes & Models I Come to You!(561)309-9320 NOW SERVING OKEECHOBEE, MARTIN & PALM BEACH COUNTY 10% O Standard Tune Up with this coupon!Visit Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/promobilebicyclerepair Kelly is now at Colour Me Crazy 467-3031 & 634-9162 Hours: M-F 9-5 Sat. 9-2 Later by Appt. 107 SW 17th St. Ste G Okeechobee WALK-INS WELCOME Appliances • TV • FurnitureOf ce: (863) 357-3301 • Fax: (863) 357-2804UP TO3389 US Hwy 441 S Okeechobee, FL manager033@buddyrents.comJUAN CORTEZManager 863.763.1141300 NW Park St Okeechobee HOURS:MON-FRI 7AM 6PM SAT 7AM 5PM SUN 9AM 3PM • On site service • Full Service Shop • 24 Hour Road Side Service 7 Days a WeekAngelo Izzo (Izzy) Tire ManagerTires & Mechanical Services (863) 357-8772 3176 Hwy 710 Okeechobee The HERITAGE608 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee Okeechobee’s 1st Licensed Al11896 ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY Respite Care 24/7 Available Call for Free Adult Day Care Availability 863-763-1700 Place you Business Card here! emailokeeadsales@newszap.com 14 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co m • Two Viking 1.25 acre parcels each $2,995 • 50X127.5 Lot NW 6th St (Okeechobee PK) $4,995 • 5+/-acres NW 30th Ter (Potter Rd) $42,000 • Basswood Lot 124x125 $6,000 Make Offer! • 319+/-acres on HWY 441 North $4,000,000 • Viking fenced 6+/-acres off of paved 101 Ranch Road. Seller Needs to Sell! Make offer. $20,000 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 3006-H: Treasure Island Lake Access 3 br/2 ba CBS home. This property is approved by HomePath Renovation Mortgage Financing. Make offer! $106,900 MLS #206220 FORECLOSURE FORECLOSURE REDUCED WATERFRONT ON 10+/ACRES 5003-H: Lazy 7 Estates 3/2/2 on acre. 2022 total sq ft/1290 under air. Many upgraded features. All Wood cabinets with tile backsplash and much more. $159,900 MLS #206138 5040-H: J&S Park 3 br/2 ba house on 2 lots. Large eat-in-kitchen, has front, side and back porches. 1438 SF under air. Needs some TLC. Make offer! $46,500 MLS #206168 5015-H: Country home zoned Ag. Concrete & brick. 2122 SF under air/3196 TSF., lg 30x60 barn w/3 stalls, wrkshp, Too many extras to list! $325,000 NOW $295,000 MLS #205942 5001-H: Okeechobee Hammock 3 bd/2 ba CBS house on a large lot. 1,320 Living Sq Ft. Great location for east coast commuters. $115,000 $107,000 MLS #205917 1005-M: Seminole Cove 2br/2ba, 2241 Total Sq Ft/1557 under air. Lg island kitchen, bkft area, lg enclosed addition w/storage rm and more. $110,000 MLS #206049 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 1,430 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$3,750 per acre Northern 1300 Acres SOLD 8/24/2012 Over 100 Listings LAZY 7~POOL HOME. 3Bd/3Ba/ 2 Garage. Double door entry, vaulted ceilings! Open concept, split floor plan. Screened Lanai, cabana bath. 12X24 pool. A jungle gym, shed. Make Family Memories everyday! $125,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 15 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012 ACROSS 1 Berlin Olympics star 6 Test sites 10 Unexpected result 15 The Kings SpeechŽ Oscar winner Firth 16 Touched down 17 Pheasant ragout 18 Far from fresh 19 Snack in a shell 20 Garden figure 21 *Ages 24 Spelling on screen 25 Old Olds creation 26 Minnesota twins? 27 Buff 29 *Surgery prep area 33 Glob suffix 34 Mack Sennett lawman 35 Hard-twisted cotton thread 39 *Aha!Ž 45 Really __ ...Ž: Tears of a ClownŽ lyric 46 __ tai 47 Form 1040 calc. 48 *Bout with very big contestants 53 Droid 54 Go on and on 56 Prefix with moron 57 He succeeded Boutros 59 Groundbreaking sitcom, and a hint to four different three-letter words concealed by starred answers 64 Arab big shot 65 Sleek, in car talk 66 Live 68 Like the Vikings 69 Fairway club 70 Religious practices 71 Led Zeppelins Whole __ LoveŽ 72 At sea 73 Foam opener DOWN 1 Fall mo. 2 Klingon officer in the Star TrekŽ franchise 3 The UntouchablesŽ co-author, 1957 4 Powerful liquid, for short 5 Derisive looks 6 Incurring a fine, maybe 7 Banned apple spray 8 Antacid choice, briefly 9 He who is without sin? 10 Links gp. 11 Prevalent all over 12 Memorial __Kettering: NYC hospital 13 Tube awards 14 Draw 22 VapoRub maker 23 Durantes Inka Dinka __Ž 27 Japans highest mountain 28 Grad 30 Reines spouse 31 FedEx rival 32 Bullring shout 36 Balance 37 Kids block 38 Do some cutting 40 It usually includes crossed-off items 41 Soccer star Freddy 42 Thurman of Kill BillŽ 43 Used a stool 44 __ card, any cardŽ 49 Many a Fed. holiday 50 Beefy stew ingredient 51 You saved me!Ž 52 Big hits 54 Shout of delight 55 All ears 58 Handy Mr.Ž 60 Swedish furniture chain 61 Mythical archer 62 Type type 63 River of Flanders 64 NBC hit since 75 67 Chicken general? By Don Gagliardo and C.C. Burnikel (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 04/20/11 04/20/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. AuctionsVERO BEACHHIGHWAYMEN PAINTINGSAUCTION!SUN NOV 18 @ 2PMTo be included, bring your paintings to Auctioneer’s of ce at: 15 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach(772) 562-5015 FoundFound Leopard Cur dog on County Rd 721, Highlands County. Call 863-467-1521 to identify Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesGolf Cart Batteries, Repairs,Parts,Service and charger repairs. Will buy unwanted carts & chargers pick up and delivery. Call Dan’s Golf Cart Repairs 863-610-0479 or 863-763-8318 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time LOCAL & REGIONAL Call Cathy at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Tanker endorsement is required. We offer excellent pay & benefits, 401K, paid training, quarterly safety bonus, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!Medical AssistantMust have 1 yr exp. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Fax resume to: (863) 357-2991, or apply at: Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center: 2015 Highway 441 North Okeechobee, FL., or email hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP Employment Full TimeAnimal Management Systems Specialist McArthur Farms, Inc., has two openings for an Animal Management Systems Specialist. Duties include studying effects of herd management practices, processing methods, feed, and environmental conditions on quality and quantity of milk production; developing and implementing improved practices related to feeding, housing, sanitation, milking, and parasite and general disease control; conducting research related to animal nutrition, breeding, and herd management to improve health and milk production; advising employer about improved products and techniques that could enhance herd and milk production; recommending and implementing procedur es to improve health, milk production, and arti cial insemination. Must have a Master’s Degree in Animal Production or the foreign equivalent degree. As an alternate requirement, the employer will also accept a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or the foreign degree equivalent. Must also have twelve months of international dairy farm training and comprehensive knowledge of animal arti cial insemination. Location of employment is 1550 N.E. 208th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Interested persons send resume to: John Gilliland, VP of Dairy Operations, at the preceding address. Wanted CDL Owner Operators, Home every night. Off every weekend PTO required (863)859-1848. Shop here first! The classified ads The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full TimeFront DeskComputer experience needed. Healthcare experience and bilingual preferred. Competitive salary & excellent bene ts. Fax resume to: (863)357-2991 or apply at: Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center, 2015 Highway 441 North Okeechobee, FL or email: hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP Howell Oil CompanyTRUCK DRIVER NEEDEDImmediate opening. Must have CDL Class A or B license with Hazmat, tanker & air brake endorsement. Must have a clean driving record. Pick up application at: 808 NW 12th St., Belle Glade. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Employment Full Time WE NEED YOU NOWFT/PT, daily work, get paid in 72 hrs. Deliver phonebooks in the Okeechobee area. Must be 18 yrs+, have DL, vehicle & insurance. Call for more info (800) 422-1955 Ext. 1 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri p.m. www.DeliverPhone Books.com Employment Part Time Experienced P/T CookNeeded approx. 30 hours a week. For Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility. Flexible Schedule Dependable/ Independent Individual Needed Drug and Background Screening Required Apply in person. M-F 9-3 203 SE 2nd Street. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Employment Full Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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.CHARTER LOAN SERVICESPay outstanding bills, Credit Cards. Lowest compared rates. Personal loans. Business, Debt loans. Auto Home improvement loans. Bad Credit options, No apps. fees.Call today! 1-877-359-5533Charteracc@usa.com Money Lenders Money Lenders 16 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012 2012-2013 Medical Information GuideThe area’s premiere medical and health information resource Look for it in the October 26 edition of the

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. Lawn ServiceIs your lawn in need of some TLC? Give us at Angler’s Tree Service a call for tree trimming, pruning, and removal. We also do stump grinding and will rid you of those eye sores once and for all. Affordable, professional, family owned and operated. Call Dave: 863-634-9899 or Lou: 863-634-8274 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com CollectiblesWANTED Highway Oil Paintings. H. Newton, A. Hair, A.E. Backus, R.A. McClendon, G. Buckner, J. Hutchinson. Big $$ Call 772-562-5567 Computer/ SuppliesLaptop Dell Core2 new off lease, 2G $199, 4G $299, also desktop GX620 w/ at scrn $75 Guaranteed to work! Provided by FL non pro t. 863 517-2782. FurnitureColonial Maple Dining room set w/2 pc. China Cabinet. 70” oblong table w/6 chairs. $400 obo. 863-467-7562. Pets/SuppliesMini SchnauzersKoi sh male pup and female 1year, both Salt and pepper Merles 22 Koi sh. Call for price. (863)447-7416. Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsApartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2 BA Large Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 FULLY FURNISHED: All utilities paid. On water. Quiet neighborhood. Adult complex. No children or pets. (863)357-2044 for appointment. NW OKEE: 2 Bedroom Apartments available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo., $600mo. and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. OAK LAKE APTS 2 BR, 1 BA, $700 mo. 1st and last. 863-447-1203 OKEE Beautiful Lrg 2 br./ w/eat-in kitchen, ceramic oor & new carpet throughout. Screen room, utility rm w/WD hook-ups. $700 mo. Includes water, lawn & garbage. 863-467-2784. Houses Rent1002 SE 8th Drive Newly Remodeled 2 bed, 1 bath $650.00 All appliances, tile oors, hurricane windows. Immediate occupancy Last, security, references. Chris 863-447-3282 anytime FOR RENT: MULTIPLE 1ST & 2ND FLOOR NICELY FURNISHED 1/1 CONDOS IN TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM. AVAILABLE LONG OR SHORT TERM. 863-447-0742 OKEECHOBEE in town, 3 BR/1 BA, W/D hookup, fenced in, lawn serv., Non smkg. Envrnmt. Small pets ok. $700/mo. 1st, last, & $300 security. 941-504-3954. Office Space RentDowntown OkeechobeeOf ce Space starting at $350. 1200 Sq. Ft. Store Front also available. Park Street Of ce Suites (863)634-7622 VacationRentalsSEASONAL Okee. in town, 2/1 house. Adults only. Furn., screened patio. $950/month. Call 863-801-4220. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses Sale$47,900 STEAL 3br./2 ba. Built in 2004, needs nothing. Fenced yard, City water. Call 863-801-1739. Land SaleOKEECHOBEE Ft. Drum 5 acres $1,000 down Owner nancing Park your own trailer or build your home. Call 863-763-6358 Lots SaleOne quarter acre lot in Okeechobee Park for sale for $10,000/obo. Property has old trailer that would have to be removed. 2718 NW 3rd Street Okeechobee. Call 954 235 9700. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2BR, 2BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3BR, 2BA, C/Air. $550 mo. No pets. Yearly lease, plus sec. (863)763-4031 TREASURE ISLAND 3BR, 2BA New carpet. Large yard. Lawn service included. $750 mo. 1st month FREE w/security deposit. No pets. Call (863)634-0663 Mobile HomeSale FOR SALE 13x37 Chariot Model Home, built March of 2010, 1 or 2 bedrooms, splattered walls and ceilings, addition added, covered carport, sunroom or bedroom. Located at Ancient Oaks gated community. Block 20, Lot 8, Lake Frieda behind house, 2 way street. Like New lived in just 5 months, Club house across St. $99,900.00 Call 423-552-5055 D/W MOBILE HOME All renovated, 1900 sq. ft., 4BR, 2.5BA, scr. porch, 2 util. sheds, 1/2 acre fenced yard. Off Hwy 710 & 15A. $68K. Call 863-610-1600. Fleetwood Doublewide Mobile home Anniversary Edition For Sale (Must be moved,located in Pahokee, Florida). Like brand new, lived in two years, includes all furniture, appliances and 2 porches 2000 sq. ft., wind zone protected. Large kitchen with electric in Island, built in desk and lots of cabinets, pantry and storage places, breakfast nook, living room, dining room, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, master includes walk in shower with seat and tub with shower, walk in closets, custom light xtures and ceiling fans, crown molding, lots of windows $44,000.00. Please visit website for more photo’s: http://classi eds .newszap.com/ / Call 352-223-9842. Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Homes New 2012... 30X76 4bd/3ba $0 down, $399/month 800-622-2832 ext 210 TOTALLY REMODELED 2BR, 1BA, 10X40 scr. porch, laundry rm w/W/D, fully furn. $20,000. 817-709-0319. Mobile HomeSale For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BoatsMimnkota 40 lbs. Trolling motor $100.00. 1200 watt generator $100.00. 863-484-0011 Nice 24 ft Riveria Cruiser pontoon, with nice tandem trailer, with Evinrude 90 HP motor, $2,900.00 Call 863-484-0011 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 NoticePUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AND PUBLIC TEST OF VOTE TABULATING EQUIPMENT FOR THE NOVEMBER 6, 2012 PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will convene in the historic courthouse at the of ce of the Supervisor of Elections, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The Board is convening for the testing of the ballot tabulating equipment to be used for the November 6, 2012 Presidential General Election. The Board may also discuss other matters pertaining to the November 6, 2012 Presidential General Election. In accordance with the Sunshine Law of Florida, this meeting is open to the public. Gwen Chandler Supervisor of Elections Okeechobee County, Florida 429280 ON 10/21/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2012-CP-109 IN RE: ESTATE OF CHARLES R. ROUP, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS 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 CHARLES R. ROUP, deceased, File Number 2012-CP-109 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 June 15, 2012; that the total value of the estate is $0.00 and that the names and address of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Charles J. Roup 6675 NE 4th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Bobbie Jean Selig 505 Wright Circle Vero Beach, FL 32968 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 October 21, 2012. Persons Giving Notice: CHARLES J. ROUP 6675 NE 4th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972Attorney for Persons Giving Norice:COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQ. 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 Fla. Bar No. 270441 429224 ON 10/21,28/2012 School District Advisory Council Meeting The Okeechobee County School District Advisory Council will meet on Monday, October 29, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in the School Board Administrative Building, Room 303, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. This meeting is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 429118 ON 10/21/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 47-2012-CA-000261 NOTICE OF ACTION FOR FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGPROPERTY When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDACase No. 09000602CA Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Plaintiff VS. ESTATE OF HARVEY L. THOMAS A/K/A HARVEY LELOIS THOMAS, C/O BERNARD THOMAS, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE, et at Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant: THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF HARVEY L. THOMAS A/K/A HARVEY LELOIS THOMAS, DECEASED 3669 N.W. 4TH AVENUE OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: THE N 1/2 OF LOT 30, WHISPERING PINES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 25 OF THE PUBLIC 17 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AS DESCRIBED IN MORTGAGE BOOK 413, PAGE 644 A/K/A 3669 NW 4th, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Udren Law Of ces, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 4651 Sheridan Street Suite 460, Hollywood, FL 33021 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in The Okeechobee News and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. You have 30 calendar days after the rst publication of this Notice to le a written response to the attached complaint with the clerk of this court. A phone call will not protect you. Your written response, including the case number given above and the names of the parties, must be led if you want the court to hear your side of the case. If you do not le your response on time, you may lose the case, and your wages, money, and property may thereafter be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney referral service or a legal aid of ce (listed in the phone book). This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No.2.065. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, 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 the 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 impaired call 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 8th day of Oct. 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT As Clerk of the Court By: Linda F. Young As Deputy Clerk 428481 ON 10/14,21/2012 TO: Tenant N/K/A LEON EDUARDO 1 (AVOIDER), ADDRESS UNKNOWN BUT WHOSE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS IS: 1080 Southeast 23rd Road, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Residence unknown, if living, including any unknown spouse o f the said Defendants, if either has remarried and if either or both o f said Defendant(s) are dead, their respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant(s); and the aforementioned named Defendant(s) and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendant(s) as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action has been commenced to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property, lying and being and situated in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: LOT 18, BLUE HERON GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, PHASE 1, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 50 AND 51, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 1080 SOUTHEAST 23RD ROAD, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 This action has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, such Morris Hardwick Schneider, LLC, Attorneys for Plaintiff, whose address is 5110 Eisenhower Blvd, Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33634 within thirty (30) days of the rst publication 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 the 10th day of October, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLER K Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Linda F. Young Deputy Cler k 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. 428657 ON 10/14,21/2012

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He stabbed her a total of 35 times. “The life ebbed out of her in her own bedroom, where he had no right to be,” said Chief Assistant State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl in his closing statement to the jury. Middleton then stole Bobbie’s 42-inch at screen television that she had won at a Golden Corral Christmas party. Carrying the television, Middleton walked back to his rented mobile home located some 139 feet from Bobbie’s in the Pine Ridge Mobile Home Park. Later that evening he sold the TV for $200 and immediately bought more drugs. When he addressed the court Friday morning, Eric Christensen told Judge Belanger that his wife was killed so that Middleton “could buy a few pills and a few beers ... “I hear her screams and I see him dragging her down the hallway,” said Eric. “So many people were hurt—not only on that day but for the rest of their lives.” Eric told the judge he last talked to his wife at 2:55 p.m. on July 28. While he was working in New Jersey, Eric would talk to his wife several times each day. At the end of their talks Eric would say “I love you” and Bobbie would reply “I love you more.” “Her last words to me were ‘good bye. I love you more,’” he said through his tears Friday morning. “I never heard her voice again. My hurt is my life sentence.” He then directed a comment to Middleton, who was sitting at the defense table in his orange and white jail jump suit. While calling Middleton an animal, Eric said it was his hope that another inmate would nd out about Middleton’s gruesome act and then take matters into his own hands. “What a smile that will bring to so many people,” said Eric. He then held up a photo of his wife’s grave in New Jersey that looked almost out of place in the snow-covered cemetery. “She didn’t like the snow, so I shoveled off her grave,” he said, nally breaking down. MURDERContinued From Page 1 Florida Levin College of Law in an earlier interview. Although she doesn’t say so speci cally, Ms. Fuller indicates in her response that the alleged consumptive use permit supersedes the eminent domain agreement. In her response, Ms. Fuller states: “In 1961, Austin and Rosa Lee Pearce were issued a right of way permit. This permit stood and allowed water access until the law changed in 1972. In 1972, the new law required a consumptive use permit to be issued. Austin and Rosa Lee Pearce were issued a consumptive use permit in 1978 which applied to their property until the death of the last surviving individual, Rosa Lee Pearce.” Ms. Fuller went on to state that after Mrs. Pearce’s death in 1982 the property was no longer permitted for consumptive water uses because water rights permits do not automatically transfer. And it’s Ms. Fuller’s reference to the consumptive use permit that has Mr. Collier up in arms. “I have never seen a consumptive use permit in my grandfather or grandmother’s name. I would like to see one,” he said. “Our attorney and our engineer have never seen one. “I have seen an application for irrigation and a permit for 7,500 acres out of the L-59 in conjunction with the eminent domain agreement. At the time those were issued, there was no such thing as a consumptive use permit,” he added. Tommy Perry, an engineer with JohnsonPrewitt Associates Inc. in Clewiston, backed up Mr. Collier’s statement. When asked if he has seen this consumptive use permit, Mr. Perry replied: “No, I have not.” Mr. Perry, who said he’s done engineering work for many years for Mr. Story, added that he is surprised that he hasn’t seen that permit. It should also be noted at this point that this newspaper has asked for a copy of that permit through public records requests. But as of late Friday, Oct. 19, those requests have not been lled. And Mr. Collier doubts that the elusive permit will ever surface. “I anxiously await its appearance,” he said. When asked if Twin Sisters is considering litigation over this issue, Mr. Collier said what the group is really seeking is clarity on the issue. “We’re trying to get clari cation without litigation, but they’re forcing us into some type of litigation. Sometimes the only clarit y you get is the sound of the judge’s gavel,” he replied. “But if you can violate eminent domain and leave people high and dry, then what’s next?” When contacted for their comment, a DEP spokesman said they would leave their comment to what’s contained in Ms. Fuller’s letter. WATERContinued From Page 1 First United Methodist Women sponsor bazaarThe First United Methodist Women of Okeechobee invite you to attend our Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at 200 N.W. 2nd St. in Okeechobee. You will nd a variety of Christmas ornaments, Christmas gifts, crafts, quilted items, nuts, baked goods, white elephant items and a silent auction. Plan on staying for lunch. Soup, sandwiches and desserts will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds w ill go to Mission Projects local, national and abroad, come and bring a friend.Craft Fair in the Woods plannedThe 6th annual Craft Fair in the Woods will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Freedom Ranch, 11655 Hwy. 441 S.E., Come to enjoy the handmade and homemade Christmas decorations, jewelry, woodcrafts, ne art, baked and canned goods, fabric, yarn, paper and wire crafts, home and yard decor and so much more. Relax in the beautiful surroundings. Enjoy a BBQ dinner and swamp cabbage. Also swamp buggy rides and arena demonstrations along with pony rides for the kids. Interested in being a vendor? Call 863-763-9800.Fifth Annual Commander’s Ball announcedAttend the Fifth Annual Commander’s Ball on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. for cocktails, door prize/ drawings. At 7 p.m. Roast Beef Dinner followed by entertainment by Saxman and Posse. Tickets are $35/Couple---$17.50/Single. Please purchase tickets before Nov. 2, at VFW Post #10539, VFW Post #10539, 3912 Hwy 441 SE, Okeechobee. 863-763-2308. Community Events

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Cameron White shot 99 Monday at the Sand Ridge Country Club in Vero Beach and quali ed to represent Okeechobee High in the regional Monday in Viera. Cameron, age 15, is the daughter of Mike and Samantha White of Okeechobee. She grew up around the golf course at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club and took an interest in golf at an early age. In the past four years Cameron has worked hard to become a solid golfer. "It wasn't until middle school that I began to take the sport seriously. I was in the middle of the pack as a freshman and worked all summer in a junior tour in Sebring to improve my skills," she said. Her top score this year is 44. She said w hile she performed well at the district tournament, she feels she is capable of putting up a lower score if she makes some putts and eliminates silly mistakes. She said the fast greens in Vero Beach made it dif cult on her. "I really didn't' think about advancing while I played Monday. I was proud of my performance but I know I could have done better. That makes me excited for the next round," she added. Cameron also got a lot of help from Jim Waldau at Waldau Junior Golf since she was eight years old. Tuesday at school, Cameron was congratulated by her classmates and teachers and the school announced she and Kodi Stephen had advanced to regional. She said it felt good to be recognized for her hard work. Her dad, said that experience really got his daughter to improve her golf game, "I can't say enough about how much they have done for our daughter and for youth golf in general." Cameron said her experience in the Sebring league helped prepare her for 18 holes. She admits she does well when she plays a course she is unfamiliar with. "Golf is de nitely a mind game you can't worry about the last shot. I feel like I play better when I'm matched up with better players," she added. "There will be better golfers there on Monday but I feel like I want to be like those girls. I want to be the best and I will keep working until I am." Her dad said he felt the Brahman team was at a disadvantage this year because of the amount of rain that's fallen and the cancellation of two to three matches and a loss of practice time. He said coastal teams had better weather and more time to prepare this year. "Her mother and I are so proud of her. I feel her hard work this summer has paid off. She has a great attitude out there and she hits the ball a long way for a 15 year old girl. I'm the most nervous on the short putts because they are real easy to miss." Cameron admits she'll be nervous when she hits the rst tee on Monday but won't let it bother her. Her game plan will be to play a round of golf and take every shot as it comes. "I can see myself getting better the more I go out there. In ninth grade I didn't work as hard but I've put in more time and effort this year," she added. She also thanked her grandparents Ronnie and Juanita White for helping her with her golf game. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News October 21, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Brahman golfer Kodi Stephen has met his goal of returning to the regional golf tournament. Now he wants to go one step further and qualify for the state with a strong performance on Monday in Melbourne. Stephen shot 73, one over par, to nish sixth overall in the District 18-2A tournament this past Monday. "I had good con dence in what I was doing. I felt good about my game," Stephen said of his round Monday. He had two bogies, but 15 pars and one birdie on the day. It was tough to qualify as scores of 67 and 69 were posted by competing golfers. It's likely an under par score will be needed at the regional as well in order to advance to state. Stephen did well despite some recent health issues. He was diagnosed with pneumonia on October 9 and couldn't practice much last week and prepare for the districts. "It set me back three to four days and it was dif cult getting back into it," he added. Stephen realizes it will be tough to get to the state nals but he knows that in order to get there he has to be at his best. He planned to put in extra hours this week practicing and ne tuning his game from tee to green. "My strategy is to do the best I can. If I feel that I did my best and don't get a state title, I'll still be happy with myself," he said. Stephen hasn't decided on what college he'll attend but likes Florida Gulf Coast University and would like to enter the eld of golf management and coaching. If he was to get recruiting and scholarship offers, he would de nitely consider them. That is all in the future. This week his focus is on October 22 and his regional tournament effort. "It is a once in a life time thing and I'll de nitely give it my best," he added. Kodi Stephen advances to regional golf tournament Lady Brahman golfer reaches regional Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrahman golfer Kodi Stephen watches a pitch during a recent golf match at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCameron White watches a fairway shot during a recent match. The OHS sophomore will represent the Brahmans at the golf regional on Monday. NOPE Candle Light VigilThe NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education) Task Force will host its sixth annual National Candle Light Vigil on Thursday, Oct. 25, in Okeechobee County. The vigil will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 Hwy. 98 North, Okeechobee. The Okeechobee vigil is organized by the NOPE Task Force, the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce and the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition. More information is available by contacting Connie Curry, Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce, at 863-763-3117 or by visiting the NOPE website at NOPETaskForce.org.

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