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Sunday, October 28, 2012 V ol. 103 No. 130 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.81 feetLast Year: 12.99 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. Halloween events ... Page 18 State shuts down painting company ... Page 14 Have ‘green’ Halloween ... Page 8 Okeechobee’s Most Wanted ... Page 14 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Deputies and special units from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) took part in a special statewide operation that was aimed at getting felons off the street. Operation Felon Sweep, spearheaded by the Florida Sheriff’s Task Force, was held Sept. 30 through Oct. 22 and included 44 Florida sheriff’s of ces. The sweep focused on violent felons, felons with outstanding warrants along with sexual offenders and predators. During the operation there were 11,953 felony arrests made across the state, which included 8,091 probable cause arrests and 6,612 arrests on felony warrants. Locally, there were 126 arrests which included 53 probable cause arrests and 73 arrests on felony warrants. There were also 20 misdemeanor arrests made that were associated with the felony arrests. “The sheriff and I are very proud of the wor k and efforts conducted by our men and women here in Okeechobee,” said OCSO Major Noel Stephen. “These were wonderful results to a well-developed and coordinated operation to Felon sweep includes 126 local arrests Sierra Coward of Okeechobee (left) is Miss Teen Rodeo Florida. The Rodeo Court also includes Rodeo Princess Carrie Ann Clements, Rodeo Sweetheart Nicole Boulton and Miss Rodeo Florida Jenna Smeenk. The annual Miss Rodeo Florida Pageant selected four winners at their recent pageant held in Kissimmee. The new court is: Miss Rodeo Florida Jenna Smeenk from Hurlburt Field, Miss Teen Rodeo Florida Sierra Coward from Okeechobee, Miss Rodeo Florida Princess CarrieAnn Clements and Miss Rodeo Florida Sweetheart Nicole Boulton both from St. Cloud. Sierra dominated the competition by winning speech, horsemanship and most photogenic. Coward is State Rodeo Teen QueenSee RODEO — Page 13 Florida voters will vote on 11 amendments proposed to the Florida Constitution on Nov. 6. In the month since the League o f Women Voters of Florida launched their Voter Assistance Hotline, 1-855-FL-VOTER (1-855-358-6837), over 1000 calls have poured in, most of them from voters confused and frustrated by the 11 constitutional amendments that appear on this year’s ballot. Some calls have taken over an hour, reports League Executive Director Jessica Lowe-Minor. “Man y callers start by apologizing, saying it must be their fault, they must be stupid, because they don’t understand the language or true intent o f the amendments. We assure them, ‘It’s not your fault; these really are exceptionally dif cult to understand and unravel.’” 1. Health Care ServicesThis amendment would allo w Florida to opt out of federal health care reform (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also known as “ObamaCare”). Supporters say the federal govVoters nd amendments confusingSee AMEND — Page 5 See ARRESTS — Page 18 City park awaiting plans ... Page 8


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. 2 Okeechobee News October 28, 2012


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Billy Graham MONTREAT, N.C. The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren, and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical de“nition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God 3 Okeechobee News October 28, 2012


A mendments Confused about all these amendments? V ote NO on all of them. Send a message to t he Legislature that they should do their job regarding passing laws and not try to get the public to continually change the Constitut ion.Honey, baby, sweetie Terms of endearment can be genuine, condescending (as in male to female, on the job), a lazy substitute for addressing s omeone properly as in mister or miss. If I w ant to get the attention of someone in the s tore I will say “Miss,” or “hey, buddy.” I suppose some people object to that, thinking I am not your buddy, but if they want to sell y ou something they don’t register any offense. What I object to most, about names, is when I ask someone theirs, they tell me t heir rst name, as though it is important to me to be on a rst name basis with them. A re they afraid I am going to sic the ma a onto them?  I don’t like being called “Honey, Darling, Sweetie, etc ..” by people younger than me, especially by someone I don’t know. It’s disrespectful. It is a southern thing, showing respect, to refer to a familiar elder by “Mr. rst name” or “Miss rst name” .. for example, when Edna Pierce was alive and I would be talking with her, I would say for example, “Miss Edna how are you today”? A younger southerner when addressing an elder by rst name will usually join the name with mister or miss (irregardless of marriage status). T ruck pullI went to the Truck Pull at the Agri-Civic Center on Saturday night. They only told us t he gates would open at 5 p.m. Nobody said w hen it started. That was 7:15. The only people that made out on this were the conc ession stands. The master of ceremonies w ould ask about every 15 minutes, “How are you doing Okeechobee?” And the sound s ystem? Let’s don’t go there.Homecoming What a shame that the hurricane messed up the Okeechobee High School Homecoming plans. But that’s life in Florida. I hope the kids have a fun and safe Homecoming even if most of it is a week late. Traf c I agree with the comment in the Friday paper about the problem with dangerous drivers on State Road 70 west. This is not a new problem. It has been an ongoing problem for a very long time. Over the years, off and on, deputies have come out there and run radar and written tickets. But they can’t stay there 24 hours a day, seven days a week and as soon as they are gone, the speeders are at it again. Maybe it would help if they set up that automatic sign again that tells you how fast you are going. But I think some people take that as a challenge. No More!By Tommasso Pasquarella, Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church No more sin. No more pain. No more shame. No more punishment. No more anger. No more hurt. No more struggles alone. No more lies. No more deception. No more wrong desires. No more falling. No more standing on your own. No more lying to yourself. No more worldly sorrow. No more justifying. No more disobedience. No more judgment. No more sel shness. Seek God’s face by praying, because through Christ the things above no more control us, but we need to rest on His grace though to help us to stand in His presence. “And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes” (Daniel 9:3) Daniel set His face to God. Daniel was done and He wanted God to be his everything. Daniel wanted God to be His people’s everything. He sought God with everything. Daniel was broken over the state of His people and so He went to the Lord. “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm 61:1-2) Like David, Daniel was at an end of himself. O God when I am broken and I cannot go on I need you. He went to God in prayer and supplication. Supplication: to make a humble entreaty, to pray to God. He was on His face before God. He also went with fasting. He gave up eating so that He would focus only and solely on Jesus. Fasting does not always mean no food, you can fast from different things. The hunger he was facing was a reminder he needed to rely on the Lord God in prayer. He also put on sack cloth and ashes. Sackcloth was uncomfortable cloth that would also remind him of His need to pray, but why the ashes. Ashes would mean humility, but it could also have the idea that he was a living sacri ce and so sacri ces were normally burnt. Daniel did not burn, but his sacri ce of food was so that he would beg God for a move of his power. “For thou desirest not sacri ce; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.” (Psalm 51:16) Daniel realized as does David did tha t sacri ce is not what God desires, God desires our hearts, our obedience. God is pleased with sacri ce of righteousness which is bringing glory to God by doing what is right in God’s eyes and not ou r own. When we sacri ce like this then w e can offer other sacri ces. Giving money with wrong motives is not right in God’s sight so we love God His way then our giving will b e right. “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Let us pray without ceasing and allow God to move in our lives through tha t prayer. “Be careful for nothing; but in ever y thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoeve r things are honest whatsoever things ar e just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoeve r things are lovely, whatsoever things are o f good report; if there be any virtue, and if ther e be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:6-8) Do not worry, but pray. When you worry pray through who Jesus is an H e grants you peace. He prayed and confessed to the Lord, his God. “We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and hav e rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: 6 Neither have w e hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, ou r princes, and our fathers, and to all the peopl e of the land. (Daniel 9:5-6) They sinned, bu t what did they do about it? They did not repent, they did not confess, they did not care. “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our praye r before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.” (Daniel 9:13) Why are they in the mess the y are in? They did not turn to God and repent. They did not pray and give God their sin and then their hearts. What about you will you pray? Will you seek God’s face? Will you repent and draw near and allow God to move. O that we would say no more to sin and allow God to heal and forgive, save and restore us in His presence. This can only happen when we surrender our lives to Christ, confess our sins, and follow Christ, becaus e “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and jus t to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Oh let ou r lives be lives of prayer. October 28, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit 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! Weather forecast for Okeechobee and surrounding area from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Today: Sunny, with a high near 83. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West northwest wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastMonday : Sunny, with a high near 76. West northwest wind around 10 mph. Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 72. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News October 28, 2012 ernment cannot force people to purchase health insurance, and this amendment is an attempt to protect Floridians from that requirement in the federal health care act passed in 2010. They say voting for this measure would send a message that Congress overstepped its authority. Supporters include The Florida Legislature, American Legislative Exchange Council, Liberty for Florida and The Florida Chamber of Commerce. Opponents say that despite its stated intention, this proposed amendment will not allow Floridians to opt out of the requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on J une 28, 2012, that the federal requirement to purchase insurance is constitutional. The League of Women Voters opposes this amendment, stating, “Amendment 1, if passed, could con ict with federal law and thus be deemed unconstitutional.”2. Veterans Disabled Due to Combat Injury; Homestead Property Tax DiscountThis amendment expands the homestead exemption to disabled veterans who w ere not Florida residents when they entered military service. Supporters say this amendment will bene t older veterans who were injured in combat but did not live in Florida at the time they entered the military. They say the property tax discount can help with medical bills and may allow veterans to stay in their homes longer as they age. It might also stimulate the housing market by persuading veterans to move to Florida. Supporters include Florida Association of Realtors and The Florida Legislature. Opponents say state and local governments face mounting budget shortfalls in part because of diminished property tax returns brought about by the collapse of the housing market. Schools and local governments need to maintain the tax base or consider cuts to public services. Opponents include Florida League of W omen Voters and Volusia League of Cities The League of Women Voters opposes this amendment, stating, “there should be no increase or extension of homestead exemption. Also, as mentioned above on the introduction, our position states that no tax sources or revenues should be speci ed, limited, exempted, or prohibited in the Constitution. This amendment, if passed, would cost local governments $15 million over the rst three years of implementation.”3. State Government Revenue LimitationThis amendment replaces the existing state revenue limitation based on Florida personal income growth with a new state revenue limitation based on in ation and population changes. It would change the w ay the state calculates its revenue limit. Since 1995, Florida has set a cap for the amount of revenue it can spend every year from taxes and fees imposed on everything from gasoline and tobacco sales to business licenses and auto titles. Any excess revenue above the cap is to be deposited in the state’s rainy day fund or returned to taxpayers rather than be spent by the government. The cap is considered by its backers to be a selfimposed restraint on government growth. The current cap is set using a formula based on changes in Florida personal income (a cumulative total of all personal earnings such as wages, dividends, rent or interest income received in a given year by Florida residents). To date, state revenue collections have never exceeded the cap (largely due to rising personal income and falling tax rates). If passed, Amendment 3 would impose a stricter formula for calculating the revenue limit and, as a result, increase the likelihood it would affect government spending. Supporters say this amendment would ensure that the state budget never grows beyond a family’s ability to pay the taxes and fees needed to fund that growth. They say it would make government more ef cient. Supporters include the Florida Legislature, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries Florida and National Federation of Independent Businesses. Opponents say that during tough economic times, when tax revenues drop and there is a greater need for government services, this amendment would make it impossible for agencies to meet demand, even when there is available revenue. They say it threatens funding for critical government services like health care and education. Opponents include AARP, League of Women Voters of Florida, the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club of Florida, Fraternal Order of Police, Professional Fire ghters Union and Volusia League of Cities. The League of Women Voters opposes this amendment, stating, “The League of Women Voters of Florida believes that the state of Florida has an infrastructure de cit, and that state service levels and the quality of life are declining. Because the long-term goals of the state comprehensive plan were designed to reverse decline in levels of service and improve the quality of life, League members nd these goals are generally desirable and worth working toward. LWVF has been speaking out against this amendment for several sessions of the legislature and during the 2008 Tax and Budget Reform Commission (where the amendment was defeated). This legislation was passed in Colorado in 1992, and has negatively affected the state’s ability to fund essential public services such as health care, transportation and education.”4. Property Tax Limitation; Property Value Decline; Reduction for Non-Homestead Assessment Increases; Delay of Scheduled RepealThis amendment would reduce the annual growth in assessment limitation on certain non-homestead property from 10 percent to 5 percent. It would prohibit increases in the assessed value of homestead property and certain non-homestead property when the market value of the property decreases. It also gives rst-time homesteaders an additional exemption equal to 50 percent of the median just value of the property; this exemption diminishes to zero over a veyear period. This amendment would also give out-of-state residents the bene t of the homestead tax exemption. Supporters say this amendment would make Florida property taxation more equitable, stimulate the housing and commercial real estate markets and attract investors to the state. Supporters include the Florida Legislature, Florida Association of Realtors and the Florida Chamber. Opponents say it would shift the tax burden onto new businesses and Florida residents while providing special bene ts to out-of-state and non-homestead property owners. Opponents include The Florida League of Cities, Florida Association of Counties, Florida Local Government Coalition, Florida League of Women’s Voters, Volusia League of Cities, Florida Business Watch and Florida League of Cities. The League of Women Voters opposes this amendment, stating that there are ve amendments on the ballot that address reductions in local property taxes. If all ve (2, 4, 9, 10, 11) were to pass, local governments would lose over $1 billion over the rst three years of implementation. In addition to concerns that this lost revenue could result in cuts to essential services, such as education, transportation and public safety, the League’s position has always been that no tax sources or revenues should be specied, limited, exempted or prohibited in the Constitution. 5. State CourtsThis amendment adds a requirement that Supreme Court justices appointed by the Governor must also be con rmed by the Senate in order to take of ce. It also authorizes the repeal of a court rule by a simple majority of the legislature instead of the 2/3 majority now required. The amendment also would allow the House of Representatives to review all les of the Judicial Quali cations Commission without regard to whether the request is speci cally related to impeachment considerations. Supporters say the measure would make the appellate court system run more ef ciently and add a layer of accountability before Supreme Court justices are appointed. Supporters include the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Opponents say the measure is a dangerous attempt to exert political in uence over the judicial branch by giving legislators more authority. Opponents include The Florida Bar, Florida for Fair and Impartial Courts, Florida Capitol Resource Center and the League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters opposes this amendment, stating “The Governor should be able to appoint judges from a group of nominees selected by a panel or commission composed of members of the Florida Bar and lay members, and that judges should be retained in of ce by means of periodic review through an election in which a judge would run unopposed and solely on his/her record. The League also believes an independent judiciary is essential to the balance of power, and feels that this amendment weakens the judiciary in favor of the legislative branch. “6. Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions; Construction of Abortion RightsFederal law prohibits the expenditure o f federal funds for most abortions; this amendment would enshrine those prohibitions in the state Constitution. There is another provision in the amendment that would stop the use of the state Constitution’s privacy clause in abortion cases; courts would no longer be able to use the clause in defending abortion rights. Supporters say this makes it clear Florid a prohibits public funding for abortions and gives the public a voice in deciding state abortion law. Supporters include the Florida Catholic Conference and Florida Right to Life, Florid a Farm Bureau. Opponents say this amendment discriminates against women, strips away a woman’s fundamental right to choose, and erodes established law, including rights o f privacy. Opponents include the National Organization for Women, Florida Alliance o f Planned Parenthood Af liates and the Florida League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters opposes this amendment, stating “Public policy in a pluralistic society must af rm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.” 7. This amendment was challenged an d led to rewriting of some ballot language and its reinstatement as Amendment 8.8. Religious FreedomThis amendment would repeal a 126year-old provision in the state Constitution that prohibits taxpayer funding of religious institutions. If passed, the amendment would allow the state to use taxpayer monies to fund religious institutions and schools. Supporters say the amendment would allow the state to fund programs that provide a valuable public service but are currently denied that funding because they are af liated with religious organizations. The y also say the current law that denies funding to religious groups was passed in 1885 and is rooted in anti-Catholic bias and should be removed from the state’s constitution. Supporters of this amendment include The Florida Bar, Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Capitol Resource Center. Opponents say the amendment would eliminate a long-established component o f the separation of church and state that prevents the government from funding groups that espouse religious beliefs. They also sa y the anti-Catholic bias cited by supporters o f the amendment was not a motivation for the law’s passage in 1885 and, even if it were, that bias no longer exists and should not be a reason for eliminating the ban on funding religious groups. Opponents include the Florida Education Association, Anti-Defamation League, A MENDContinued From Page 1 See VOTERS — Page 13


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Linda Veazie Diaz, 52OKEECHOBEE — Linda Veazie Diaz, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce, Fla. Born in Florida, Linda had lived in Vero Beach for the last 25 years. She was of the Baptist faith. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and J anet Veazie; brother, Ernest Veazie and sister, Denise Slater. She is survived by her husband of fteen years, Francisco Diaz of Vero Beach, Fla.; daughters, Marjorie Ditocco of Fla., Shyanna Nowell of Vero Beach, Fla.; sisters, Michelle (Matt) Creech of Idaho, Melissa (Leroy Frank) Nowell of Ind., Marcy (Kurt Boyce) Nowell of Sebring, Fla. ; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, from 2 pm until service time of 4 pm at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Loretta Sutherland, 81OKEECHOBEE — Loretta Sutherland passed away October 25, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Sutherland of Okeechobee. No services will be held at this time. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111.Paul Eugene Smith, 89OKEECHOBEE — Paul Eugene Smith, previously of Buckhead Ridge went to be with his Lord on Oct. 25, 2012. Survived by wife Betty Smith and eight children. His services will be held on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Boza & Roel located at 4730 North Armenia Avenue in Tampa. William K. Canter, 86OKEECHOBEE — On Oct. 12, 2012, William K. Canter crossed the nish line and joined his wife, Sue; his daughter, Mitzi; and other family members in a better place. He passed peacefully in his sleep. He was born on July 5, 1926. Here’s to the 10 pound bass he caught, the many bowling trophies he won, the racing he did for Harley Davidson, the Derby nish line photos he sped to the Courier Journal in the 1940s, the Willie Dee rst place nish in the Carl Casper auto show, the speeds of over 300 MPH he reached in his nitrofueled dragster. Let’s celebrate the courage he showed when he volunteered for the Navy Seabees during WWII, the spunk it took to start two successful businesses, Acme Electrical Contractors in Kentucky and Acme Service Center in Florida, and the patience it took to raise four girls. Bill was a member of IBEW 369, the National Hot Rod Association, and numerous bowling leagues in Kentucky and Florida. He is survived by his daughters, Joy Holman, Lisa Canter, and Shelly Burgan (Clarence); his grandchildren, David Holman, Katlin Wathen, Kimberlee Burgan, Kurtis Burgan, Kasey Autry, and Korey Burgan; his great-grandchildren, Cailum, Austin, Kyler, Danielle, Ky’Ann and Drayden; and his two sisters, Cathy Melton and Eunice Rafferty. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 11711 SE US Hwy 1, Hobe Sound, FL 33455. 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! Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News October 28, 2012 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com 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 American Legion veterans programs. The event is 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 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.Eagles to close for maintenanceCypress Hut Eagles will be closed for maintenance on Monday, Oct. 29 and reopen at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, when we will be hosting our regular Tuesday night Auxiliary charity dinner with proceeds going to the local community charity fund. For more information please call 863-467-1154.Parks and Rec host 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. Central Elementary to host Fall Fest on Nov. 2Come out to the Central Elementar y School Fall Festival on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 until 8 p.m. Food, games and prizes for everyone. Join us for an evening of family frights and fun at 610 S.W. Fifth Ave., in Okeechobee. Call 863-462-5077 for information.VFW Post 9528 to host dinner nightBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will host dinner night on Friday, Nov. 2. Dinner will begin at 5:30 until 7 p.m. There will be music until 11 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy either steak, pork chops or sh and shrimp dinners for a donation of $11 and $7 with all proceeds to bene t veterans and their families. For more information, please call Gordie at 863-467-2882.Masons offer traditional turkey dinnerThe Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will offer its annual turke y dinner on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 4–7 p.m. Eat in or take out. Suggested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. Children’s plate not available for takeout. For ticket information, call Hugh Alger at 863532-1097. Community Events


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Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Oct. 26TH Thurs., Nov. 1STFor 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: “FUN SIZE”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 8 Okeechobee News October 28, 2012 This Halloween, after all of your ghosts and goblins have tricked for their last treat, compost your jack-o-lanterns instead of throwing them out in the garbage. Composting is just one of the ways Waste Management of Okeechobee wants to remind customers to Think Green by adopting eco-friendly habits this holiday season. “It is estimated that up to one-third of household garbage is organic waste from y ards and kitchens, which is just the type of material used for composting. Pumpkins and yard trimmings can be reused as fertilizer to help produce healthier lawns, plants, and owers.” said Teresa Chandler, Community Relations of Waste Management of Florida. “At Waste Management, we support and participate in environmentally protective means to handle organics around the U.S. Through our own facilities and those of our partners, we composted more than 2.5 million tons of organic material at more than 36 sites in 2011.” Here are a few tips for composting pumpkins, leaves and yard trimmings:  Hollow out your pumpkin. Whether y ou have a carved or un-carved pumpkin, remove all of the meat and seeds.  Smash the pumpkin into several pieces to provide more surface area.  Find a small area either in your backyard or on the side of your house where a pile of natural materials will not interfere with your landscaping.  Lay out all the pieces of your pumpkins and layer it with other types of materials like leaves and other yard trimmings. This will help with the composting process.  Continue to add other vegetable or fruit peels or other organic materials to the compost pile.  Except for adding additional materials to the pile, all that’s left to do is sit back and let Mother Nature work her magic. “Some of the best ‘green’ tips we can offer our customers are those designed for living an ecofriendly lifestyle throughout the year,” said Teresa Chandler. “The following are additional tips to help reduce, reuse and recycle this Halloween.”  Give eco-friendly treats. Local organic groceries and health food stores offer a wide range candy from organic chocolates to organic lollipops. These tasty treats are produced using methods that are not damaging to the environment.  Use recyclable bags for your trick-ortreaters. A fun family activity is to create a unique trick-or-treat basket, or simply put a reusable bag to good use. Avoiding the plastic jack-o-lantern-type containers will avoid clutter, save money, and add a dash of originality to your trick-or-treaters’ costume.  Make your own costumes. Put less stress on your wallet by opting for costumes made of reusable or recycled materials. You can nd Halloween costume materials from thrift stores or yard sales.  Walk instead of drive. Rather than drive to other neighborhoods, stay close to home and trick-or-treat in your neighborhood. By walking from house to house you are reducing fuel consumption and air pollution.  Throw a green Halloween party. Purchase organic pumpkins for carving and apples for bobbing from local organic farms. Once the jack-o-lanterns are carved and the bobbing is complete, use the apples and pumpkins for pies, soups and other tasty dishes.  Reuse and recycle: Now is a great time to start composting. Halloween jack-o-lanterns, fallen leaves, food scraps, and other organic, biodegradable yard and household waste are perfect items to get your compost bin started.  Help keep neighborhoods clean while trick-or-treating. Carry an extra bag and pick up litter along the way. Candy wrappers can be a big source of litter on local streets during Halloween. W aste Management offers ‘Green’ Halloween tips By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The year-long planning process for a city park is now on hold. Plans for a park on city-owned property on Taylor Creek at the intersection of S.E. Sixth Avenue and S.E. Seventh Street have been put on hold awaiting engineering drawings According to city administrator Brian Whitehall the city is waiting for the engineering rm of Culpepper and Terpening to draw up plans for the park. The engineering rm is doing this work free of charge. Mr. Whitehall said the city was hesitant to do any landscaping on the site for fear it would clash with the plans. The engineering rm is currently working on the turn lane in front of Appleby’s and will hopefully soon be able to start working on the plans for the long-awaited park. The process began a little over a year ago when the city council rst considered the matter on Oct. 4, 2011. Several citizens spoke in favor of the park at that meeting. Only one person spoke against the park, However the council was divided in its opinion at that time. A citizens’ committee was formed to solicit ideas for the park. The city sent mail to 120 residents in the ares of the proposed park requesting their comments. Of the ve responses received, four were negative. New city park awaiting plans October is National Domestic Violence Awareness MonthWelcome House Drop-in Center is sponsoring a supply drive to support Martha’s House. Please drop off any hygiene and household products from Oct. 1-31 at 1925 Hwy. 441 S.E. in Okeechobee or you can call 863-467-1026 for more information.OREA offers holiday ornaments for saleThe Okeechobee Retired Educator’s Association has their 2012 Historical Christmas Ornament for sale. This year the ornament honors the historic Okeechobee City Hall and is available for $15 from any OREA member or contact Gay Carlton, President of OREA at 863-763-5755. Proceeds bene t scholarships that we award to an OHS student planning on going into education. Previous year ornaments are also available in limited numbers for $10. The 2008 edition features the Okeechobee County Court House, the 2010 is of the Tantie School House and 2011 was of the FEC train station. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 “There is sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, and of unspeakable love.” Washington IrvingEach year, we invite family members and friends of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Buxton Funeral Home to a Service of RemembranceThe service consists of readings, music and honoring your loved ones through a candle lighting ceremony. Our desire is to create an environment which is welcoming to everyone, regardless of individual faith or beliefs. Please know that all are welcome to join us, and we encourage you to extend this invitation to family and friends, whether or not we have served their family. We look forward to seeing you again and sharing in this Service of Remembrance. Should you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 863.763.2111. We hope you will be with us on this special day. Following the service, we invite you to an informal reception where there will be an opportunity to mingle with our staff and other families we have served. If you would like to have your loved one’s photo in our remembrance video, please email it to: karen@bassokeechobeefuneralhome.com or drop it off to one of our funeral homes by October 29, 2012. We can also use a photo we have on le; just let us know. To commemorate this event, you will receive a complimentary crystal teardrop in remembrance of your loved one. We will also have special personalized candles available for purchase. Saturday, November 3 • 5pmBuxton Funeral Home Chapel 110 Northeast 5th Street (Parrott Ave, North of SR 70) RSVP to Karen at 863.763.2111 9 Okeechobee News October 28, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the WeekOsceola’s students of the week for Oct. 11 are pictured with a “These Hands Love Books” poster created with the help of Mrs. Causier’s reading class in honor of Teens Read Week. This year we also recognizing a TEACHER OF THE WEEK. Teachers of the week are honored for something special they have done throughout the week. This week’s honoree, Miss Smith is a seventh grade Math teacher. Miss Smith has been very innovative with her use of technology in the classroom. She is using what is called a “ ipped classroom” wherein what is done at home is ipped with what is done at school. For example, students take notes via the computer for homework through a taped lesson, while class time is utilized for questions and practice problems. Students love this “ ip” and so do we! Congratulations to her and the following students: In the back row from left to right: Christina Orender, Destiny Reynolds, Sarina Vavra, Miss Smith, Triston Root, and Ramon Liberato. In the front row from left to right: Erica PereraLambera, Tiffany Alvarez, Yasmine Adams, Xandrea Cea and Itzel Guereca.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Introducing Benjamin Epstein, D.O. Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein is Board Certi“ed by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeMost insurances and Medicare are accepted.Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441N, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! COME MEET DR. BENJAMIN EPTSTEIN AT THE OCTOBER 30TH DINE WITH THE DOCTOR EVENT AT RAULERSON HOSPITAL. R.S.V.P 763-9228 12 Okeechobee News October 28, 2012 In January, Raulerson Hospital’s Medical Records Department transitioned to electronic medical record storage. The transition to electronic medical records storage does not change the manner in which you receive the medical records you request. One of the bene cial changes of electronic medical record storage is the reduced area needed for Medical Records Departments. As a result of this technological upgrade, Raulerson Hospital’s Medical Records Department has relocated to the front of the hospital for patients’ convenience. The previous of ce was located in the southeast corner of the hospital. The new location is now just beyond the main lobby, next to the Gift Shop. How do you request your medical records from Raulerson Hospital?  If you have an appointment with a physician, your physician’s of ce can request your medical record be faxed to their of ce. These requests must be submitted to the Medical Records Department in writing.  Copies of your Medical Records can be requested by calling 863-824-2881. Include your name, date of birth, and a phone number where you can be reached, if you leave a voicemail requesting your records.  You may also request your medical record by faxing an Authorization Form to Raulerson Hospital’s Medical Records Department at 863-824-2311. Authorization Forms are found on the hospital’s website, RaulersonHospital.com, under the Patients & Visitors tab. Authorization forms may also be mailed or personally delivered to Raulerson Hospital’s Medical Records Department.  If you need a copy of your x-ray on CD, in addition to your medical record, please inform the Medical Records Department and they will have your CD handy at the same time your medical record copies are ready for pick up. Is there a fee to receive copies of your medical records? Patients requesting their medical records for continuing care purposes will not be charged a fee. Only patients requesting copies of their medical record for the purpose of their personal record will incur a .25 cent per page charge. Payment can be made using credit/debit cards, check or money orders. Cash is not accepted. How long will it take to receive your medical records? Submit your request for your medical records as soon as you become aware that you will require copies of them. Once you have placed an order for the copies, the Medical Records Department will provide you with a date and time to pick up the requested records. It may take up to 48 hours for the Medical Records Department to furnish your records. What identi cation is required when picking up copies of your medical record?  A valid photo I.D. is required when picking up copies of medical records (Driver’s License, State I.D. or Military I.D.)  If you are retrieving medical records for someone else you must provide an Authorization Form signed by the patient (available at RaulersonHospital.com) along with your valid photo I.D. What are the of ce hours for Raulerson Hospital’s Medical Records Department? The Medical Records Department is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Medical Records Department relocates for patient convenience Quit smoking nowA 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. 441 N. (in the cafeteria). The program is free and will include a support group and help with relapse prev ention. Free nicotine replacement therapy (gun, patches and lozenges) will be prov ided for those who quality. To register, call 877-819-2357.Dine with the doctorDr, Benjamin Epstein, orthopaedic surgeon, will be the featured speaker at Raulerson Hospital’s Dine with the Doctor event on in the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria on Oct. 30. Dinner will start at 4:30 p.m. at a cost of $5 per person. The lecture, which is free, starts at 5 p.m. Please RSVP: 863-763-9228.Stroke Support group 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. Second Ave. The speaker will 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.Free memory screeningsThe Alzheimers Association and St. Mary’s Memory Disorder Center are offering free and con dential memory screening at the Visiting Nurses Association, 208 S.E. Park St., in Okeechobee on Monday, Oct. 29. Appointments Required. Please call Donna: 800-861-7826 ext. 501 to schedule or for more information. www.alz.org/se orida. Health News in Brief 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 863-763-6441, ext. 5, or stop by the of ce at the historic courthouse, 304 N.W. Second Ave, room 106.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News October 28, 2012 Florida School Board Association, Florida Chamber of Commerce, American Civil Liberties Union and Florida League of Women V oters. The League of Women Voters opposes this amendment, stating “The League supports adequate funding of public education w ith no use of public funding for the expansion or funding of private education through a voucher program. LWVF supports a free public school system with high standards for student achievement and with equality of educational opportunity for all that is nanced adequately by the state through an equitable funding formula.9. Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First ResponderThis amendment grants full homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouses of military veterans and rst responders killed in the line of duty. The deceased must have been a permanent resident of Florida as of J an. 1 of the year they died. Supporters say it helps the families left behind when a veteran or rst responder dies in service to his country or community. Supporters include The Florida Legislature. Opponents say it takes a bite out of the tax revenues schools and local governments need to provide services. Opponents include Florida League of W omen Voters and the Volusia League of Cities The League of Women Voters opposes this amendment for the same reasons stated for opposing Amendment 2. Amendment 9, if passed, would cost local governments $1.8 million over the rst three years of implementation.10. Tangible Personal Property Tax ExemptionThis amendment affects businesses only and pertains to equipment or furniture used in a business. Under current law, the rst $25,000 of tangible personal property is exempt from taxation; this amendment will raise that exemption to $50,000. Cities and counties will be able to grant additional exemptions. Supporters say this amendment will give tax relief to small businesses and help stimulate the economy. They say it provides a way for local governments to offer further reductions in the business tax. Supporters include Florida Tax Watch, National Federation of Independent Business, Florida Chamber, Manufacturers Association of Florida, Florida Farm Bureau. Opponents say this amendment is part of a trickle-down economic theory that does not work. They say it will strip millions in tax revenue from local governments struggling to provide basic services. Opponents include Florida League of W omen Voters and the Volusia League of Cities. The League of Women Voters opposes this amendment for the same reasons stated for opposing Amendment 2. If passed, this amendment would cost local governments $61 million over the rst three years of implementation.11. Additional Homestead Exemption for Low-Income Seniors who Maintain LongTerm Residency on Property; Equal to Assessed ValueThis amendment grants full homestead property tax relief to low-income seniors who have lived in their home for at least 25 years. Supporters say this amendment will bene t elderly residents on xed incomes. They say the property tax discount can help with medical bills and may allow more elderly residents to stay in their homes as they age. Supporters include the Florida Legislature. Opponents say state and local governments face mounting budget shortfalls in part because of diminished property tax returns. Schools and local governments need to maintain the tax base. Opponents include Florida League of Women Voters and the Volusia League of Cities. The League of Women Voters opposes this amendment for the same reasons stated for opposing Amendment 2. Amendment 11, if passed and enacted universally throughout the state, would cost local governments $27.8 million over the rst three years of implementation.12. Appointment of Student Body President to Board of Governors of the State University SystemThe State University System is governed by a 17-member Board of Governors. Currently, the president of the Florida Student Association is a member of the board. This amendment would create a new council composed of student body presidents, and the chair of that council would replace the current FSA representative on the Board of Governors. Supporters say this amendment guarantees every university has a chance to have their student body president be named as a representative of the Board of Governors. Opponents say this amendment is unnecessary. Supporters include the Florida Legislature. Opponents include the Florida League of Voters and Florida Farm Bureau. The League of Women Voters believes that the Constitution should be a simple, understandable and integrated statement of basic law, free from obsolete and statutory detail. Sources for this article included the Florida League of Women Voters, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the Collins Center and the Volusia Council of Governments. V OTERSContinued From Page 5 Sierra is the 15-year-old daughter of Michelle Harper of Okeechobee, and Robert Coward of Fort Meade, Fla. She is a freshman at Okeechobee Freshman Campus where she is enrolled in honors courses in English, Geometry and Biology. She is also attending Leadership and Agriculture courses. “Winning the title of Miss Teen Rodeo Florida, 2013 is a wonderful opportunity to share my love of rodeo with countless people of all ages. I strive to be a role model for other young ladies and encourage them to be leaders in their communities and throughout their lives,” explained Sierra. “This opportunity will allow me to further my community involvement through appearances and school visits. I look forward to representing Florida’s youth and Rodeo Heritage.” Prior to this title, Sierra won Miss Teen Rodeo Okeechobee, 2012. The Queens begin their reigns January 1, 2013. They will travel throughout the state of Florida attending rodeos, parades, and community events spreading their love of rodeo, horsemanship, and western culture to all they meet. Miss Rodeo Florida Association, Inc. is a 401 c3 non-pro t organization dedicated to helping young ladies build con dence and achieve dreams while promoting the great sport of rodeo. For information please visit www.MissRodeoFlorida.com. RODEOContinued From Page 1 The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week: ASSAULT  N.W. 24th Ave. BURGLARY  N.E. 28th Ave. (to vehicle)  600 block N.E. 29th Ave. (to vehicle)  1000 block of N.E. 30th Ave.  3100 block of N.E. 11th Lane FRAUD  1900 block of Center St. THEFT  17000 block of U.S. 441 N. (pickup truck)  600 block of N.E. 29th Ave. (vehicle)  1700 block of N.E. Fourth St.  9000 block of N.W. 144th Trail (jewelry)  800 block of N.E. Park St.  6900 block of S.E. 88th Blvd. (jewelry)  900 block of S.E. 40th Ave. (hearing aid)  5100 block of S.W. 16th Ave. (mailbox)  2300 block of N.W. 46th Ave.  2500 block of N.W. 42nd Ave. (4-wheeler)  300 block of N.W. 179th St. (well meter)  1600 block of S.R. 70 W.  2600 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (money) OCSO Investigations


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Five men were arrested and a painting business was shut down when detectives visited a job site and found a contractor and four subcontractors did not have worker’s compensation coverage. According to Detective William Hill, with the state’s Department of Financial Services/Division of Insurance Fraud, there were two other companies at the job site on Thursday, Oct. 25, that also did not have coverage. However, he continued, the owners of those companies were not on site so that portion of the investigation is continuing. Detective Hill said the men were painting an airplane in a hangar at the Okeechobee County Airport. While Okeechobee County owns the property it’s not known who actually owns the hangar or the plane, or who hired the painting contractors. Arrested and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a felony charge of failure to secure worker’s compensation coverage were: Charles Cavalcante Lima, 39, S.W. Gailwood St., Port St. Lucie; Edino Brito, 42, S.W. Dorado Lane, Port St. Lucie; Jefferson Ferreina DaCosta, 27, Regal Drive, Port St. Lucie; Felepe DeJesus, 38, N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee; and Marcilo Thomas DosSantos, 37, Spring Circle, Deer eld Beach. Each man’s bond was set at $2,500. It was not known as of newspaper deadline if the men had been released on bond. Lima is the owner of Okeechobee Painting, LLC, said Detective Hill. “There were six stop work orders issued that completely shut down Okeechobee Painting, LLC, and stop work orders were also issued to the subcontractors,” he added. The detective went on to say that he arrested Lima in 2009 for not having worker’s compensation coverage, but added that Lima did obtain coverage later. Of Thursday’s arrests, Detective Hill said: “Our main concern is you had seven different companies at the location and not a single person had worker’s compensation coverage if there had been an injury.” With Detective Hill was Detective Tom Puglis, who is also with the Division of Insurance Fraud. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Phil Baughman, Democrat, County Commissioner for District 1 My name is Phil Baughman, and I want to make a difference for you, the taxpayer. I plan to do this by initiating positive growth that would secure and support economic stability for the taxpayers of Okeechobee County and our local government. I love Okeechobee and its lifestyle. It is a wonderful place to raise a family. I have lived here for 34 years, and my wife and I have raised our two sons here. I would love to see my grandchildren and great-grandchildren raised here, but some positive economic growth is needed for us to survive. The future of Okeechobee is our responsibility. Our children and grandchildren are looking to us to make a difference. We cannot afford another four years of continual negative decision making.Make a Positive DifferenceThe Time is Now We Need Change! County Commissioner District 1 for Vote Phil Baughman Phil BAUGHMAN Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 14 Okeechobee News October 28, 2012 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County S heriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida H ighway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Donald Williard Beaulieu, 67, Littlestone Terrace, The Villages, was arrested Oct. 23 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury and driving under the in uence with serious personal injury, and the misdemeanor of driving under the in uence damage to property. His bond was set at $15,000.  Sheryl Conn, 46, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 24 by Deputy Cari Arnold on a felony charge of child neglect and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence with a passenger under the age of 18. Her bond was set at $3,500.  Troy Lamar Booker, 33, S.W. 17th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 25 by Deputy Raul Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation driving while license suspended habitual offender. He was released on his own recognizance.  Ramsey Osceola, 39, Reservation Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 26 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a felony charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $500.  Michael Vasquez, 34, Troy Blvd., West Palm Beach, was arrested Oct. 26 by Deput y Leland Schoonmaker on a felony charge o f robbery by sudden snatching. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The following people are among Okeechobee’s Most Wanted persons. There are active warrants for each of them. The criteria for making Okeechobee’s Most Wanted top ve is based on the severity of the crime in conjunction with the age of the warrant. If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of Okeechobee’s Most Wanted you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477).If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of remaining anonymous. You can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Crime Doesn’t Pay, But We Do!  Rommel Yanes, a white male, DOB 4-19-1982, is wanted on a charge of Possession of Cocaine – ROR revoked. He is 5’5”, 165 lbs. and has black hair and brown eyes.  Brandy Nicole McKinney, a white female, DOB 6-17-1986, is wanted on a charge of VOP – Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana Under 20 Grams. She is 5’7”, 150 lbs, bald and has blue eyes. She has tattoos on her right calf, left calf and back. You can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Okeechobee’s Most Wanted Brandy Nicole McKinney Rommel Yanes State shuts down area painting company Charles C. Lima Jefferson F. DaCosta Marcilo T. DosSantos Edino Brito Felepe DeJesus 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. 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Animal 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. HELP WANTEDThe Okeechobee News has an immediate opening for a hard working, self-starter who enjoys community journalism and working with people. The successful candidate must be a fast typist with a good knowledge of English grammar and punctuation. Pro ciency in Photoshop and Indesign are a plus. Computer and social media skills are a must. The position is primarily Monday-Friday but occasional nights or weekends might be required for special events. Interested persons should email a cover letter and resume including education, work experience and at least three references to kelsken@newszap.com. No phone calls please. Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ComputersMicrosoft-Certified Computer Repair Spyware & harmful software quickly removed. Wireless networking, data recovery. Microsoft-Certi ed experienced adult technician. (561)302-9062 LESLIE 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. Excavation 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 *. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Employment Full Time 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 Garage/ Yard SalesMoving Sale 3044 SE 35th Ave, T.I. Nov. 2nd & 3rd Fri&Sat 9:00-3:00 King bed,elec. stove,water cooler, chairs,couch,bar & 2 stools,tables,coolers,mowers,lawn tools,torch. Lots of misc. Employment Full Time Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Garage/ Yard SalesTwo Family Yard Sale 802 SE 8th Ave Nov. 1st,2nd,3rd 8am till 3pm Household items, Antiques,Singer cabinet sewing mach.,craft items,8mml vintage photography equipment &misc. furniture. We 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 Employment Full Time Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeCounselor Outpatient Substance Abuse Counselor, Bi-lingual (Eng/Spanish). Minimum Bachelors degree and previous outpatient experience required. Please fax resume and salary requirements to: 863-467-2477 TIRE ZONE is in need of a TECHNICIAN with tools. Apply in person at 1815 S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974 Employment Full Time Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 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 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 Employment Full Time Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Computer/ SuppliesLaptops Dell wireless $100 & up Works great! Like new must sell Call Tony 239 247-4839. Pets/SuppliesFOR SALE BLUE PIT PUPPIES 11 WEEKS OLD. $450.00 CALL RHONDA 863-634-4407 Mini SchnauzersKoi sh male pup and female 1year, both Salt and pepper Merles 22 Koi sh. Call for price. (863)447-7416. Tiny Toy Yorkie Pups m/f.shots, vets health cert. Ckc reg.papers. cash only. $475. call 863-610-2725. YORKIE PUP AKC/reg Female 6 months $350 Call (772)464-1471 or email: sandysingley@yahoo.com Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News October 28, 2012


When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. SUNCOAST GUN SHOWOctober 27th & 28thSaturday 9 am -5 pm & Sunday 9 am 4 pm HAVERT L. FENN CENTER2000 Virginia Ave., Ft. Pierce, FLBUY • SELL • TRADECONCEALED WEAPON CLASS $49Daily 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.suncoastgunshows.com Call 772-462-1521 for info. Guns/Supplies Guns/Supplies Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsFULLY FURNISHED: All utilities paid. On water. Quiet neighborhood. Adult complex. No children or pets. (863)357-2044 for appointment. Condos/Townhouses RentOKEE 2 br./2ba. Very clean. No pets, Non smoking environment. $700 mo. 1st, last, & $500 Security. Call 863-610-0516. TAYLOR CREEK 2BR, 1BA, Condo on ground oor, water, pool & boat ramp included. Seasonal & long term rates available. Call (863) 634-0663. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Shop here first! The classified ads Houses Rent3br/1ba House, Clean,fenced yard. $800/mo,$600 sec. Pets allowed upon approval. 375 SE 16th Ave. Call 863-610-0001 FOR RENT: MULTIPLE 1ST & 2ND FLOOR NICELY FURNISHED 1/1 CONDOS IN TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM. AVAILABLE LONG OR SHORT TERM. 863-447-0742 For Rent Remodeled 3br/1ba $675.00 mo., + $700.00 security Single Family Non Smoker Call 863-801-3700 Large 3000sq ft 3/2/2 CBS Home on 2 acres, hardwood oors, custom kitchen,jacuzzi tubs. $1,200.00 monthly, rst,last & security. Security negotiable Available Nov 1st. Call 863-214-4525 Like New, Completely renovated. 3bd/2ba house with large garage. $850/mo., $600 Security. Pets allowed upon approval. 8316 NW 80th Ave Call 863-610-0001 OKEE Adorable 2 BR/1 BA in town, W/D hookup, lawn service, Non smoking environment, Small pets OK. $700/mo. 1st, last, & $300 security. (941)504-3954. OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Office Space RentDowntown OkeechobeeOf ce Space starting at $350. 1200 Sq. Ft. Store Front also available. Park Street Of ce Suites (863)634-7622 OKEECHOBEE Executive of ce spaces avail. $350 month. Includes Alarm, electric, water, and WiFi. Call 863-697-9663. RoommateLooking for a roommate to share a 4 bedroom house, all appliances including washer and dryer. $400 per month. Call for more information 863-634-9560 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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 For Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $100 A Week Pay your own electric. Call 863-610-4625 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 HomeSale2br/1.5 ba Double Wide extra carport, pier on canal workshop, furnished, 10x20 FL room. $52,000 Call: 863-357-2301 DWMH on Rim Canal 1br/2 bath, large carport, attached storage building, boat dock on double lot, low monthly fees, furnished. $16,000.00 negotiable 727-422-1893 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. Palm Harbor Homes Red Tag Sale. Over 10 Stock Units Must Go, New Homes Start at $39,900. 800-622-2832 ext 210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs1992 Holiday Rambler ALUMINUN XL Brand New A/C unit, 35 1/2 ft./ w/ 2 slideouts/50 Amp. Only Serious inquiries, please. Located in Aruba RV Park, Lakeport, Florida. Lot# 157. $7,500.00/firm (270)519-5278 or (863)946-1324 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Campers/RVs2003 Gulfstream Prairie Schooner 36ft 5th wheel. Brand new tires, 3 slide outs, very good condition. A must see! $16,900 O.B.O Call Jodie @561-460-4947 Wanted 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 NoticeIN 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. 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OKMS to sponsor Halloween Fest at the Agri-Civic CenterOkeechobee Main Street will again be sponsoring the annual Halloween Festiv al at the Agri-Civic Center on Wednesday, Oct. 31 beginning at 5:30 p.m. This exciting event will include a costume contest for the children; decorated pumpkin contest for children, adults and businesses; haunted stables and over 40 booths of games, prizes and candy! Bring your bag and have a spectacular evening! For additional information call 863-357-6246.Church planning annual Fall FestivalThe Third Annual Prairie Place Fall Festival hosted by Community Church of Basinger Oct. 31. The Community Church of Basinger/First Baptist Church of Basinger 19836 U.S. 98 N., will have free games, prizes, candy, food, drinks, a costume contest (for all ages), hayride and bon re. There will be free bus pickup for the Basinger area. Call 863-763-0437. Come join us for lots of fun and fellowship. Trunk n’ Treat at Okeechobee Christian ChurchOkeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, will host its Trunk n' Treat event on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 68:30 p.m. Bring your children for some fun games and candy. Food and drinks will be on sale. A ll proceeds will go to help our children and y outh ministries. Come and enjoy a safe and family friendly Halloween!KOA to host Haunted HouseBoo to you! Welcome to the Okeechobee KOA Haunted House set to open it's creeky doors on Oct. 29, 30 and 31 from 7-9 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $5 per person. Plus Fun, games and treats for the little ones at the Fun House. Costumes are appreciated. Tickets are $2. All ticket sales at the door. This is not a Kare Kamp bene t event. Trunk or Treat at First Baptist ChurchFirst Baptist Church will host a free Trunk or Treat event on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Flagler Park. For more information, please call First Baptist Church of Okeechobee at 863-763-2171.Library hosting Fun-Fest on Oct. 31Come join in the rst ever Halloween Fun-Fest at the Okeechobee Public Library during Story Hour on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. "The Amazing Eugene" will perform magic tricks and make spooky balloon animals, followed by Trick-or-Treating inside the library. Wear your Halloween costume and bring a Trick-or-Treat container for collecting loot. Activities are for grades Pre-K through fth grade, no registration required. End Trick-or-Treat by 9 p.m.Halloween is Oct. 31. Those who wish to participate in Halloween Trick-or-Treating in the Okeechobee community are advised to be off the streets by 9 p.m.Ladies Auxiliary to host Halloween Party and dinnerVFW Post 9528 Ladies Auxiliary, Buckhead Ridge will host dinner and Halloween Party on Wednesday, Oct. 31 Dinner will be from 5-7 p.m. (Ghoulash, salad, garlic bread & dessert) $6 donation. Halloween Party begins at 7 p.m. Costume contest prizes for rst second and third place. Music by Johnny B bring snacks to share. They will be drawing for Breast Cancer Basket Raf e winners. Halloween Happenings make our communities a safer place for our families." Those arrested locally were charged with a variety of felonies, including: four for aggravated battery; two for aggravated assault w ith or without a weapon; one for felony domestic violence; one for kidnapping/false imprisonment; three for battery on a law enforcement of cer; and, two for felony battery. Deputies also seized: 11.49 grams of marijuana; 1.3 grams of cocaine/crack; 14 grams of methamphetamine; 33.4 grams of prescription pills; a 2001 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck valued at $15,500; and, $2,807 in cash. The three-quarter ton pickup truck was seized as part of a drug case. Taking part in the local sweep were OCSO deputies, as well as members of the OCSO Street Crimes Unit and the Narcotics Task Force. "Felonies are taken very seriously and we at the Florida Sheriff's Association (FSA) are proud to lead this initiative to get criminals off the streets," said Highlands County Sheriff and FSA President Susan Benton. "The Florida Sheriff's Task Force will continue to w ork tirelessly to make Florida one of the safest states in the country." The Florida Sheriff's Task Force pools resources from the 67 sheriff's of ces in the state to address speci c areas of concerns. Past task forces have dealt with issues such as cyber sexual predators, prescription drug abuse and deadbeat dads. That task force is also the point of contact for statewide initiatives, including helping to staff the State Emergency Operations Center and coordinating sheriff's of ces responding to communities during hurricanes and other catastrophic disasters. A RRESTSContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Vote WILSON For Glades County Sheriff26 Years Law Enforcement Experience Serving & Protecting Professional Leadership For a change Fair & Equal Law Enforcement No special treatment, all calls investigated properly. Community Involvement Form working partnerships with Community Groups for Crime Prevention Programs. Youth Programs Introduce, mentor and involve Youth in Law Enforcement opportunities. Glades County Republican Executive Committee Endorses TONY WILSON for Glades County SheriffTrained & Experienced to make YOUR tax dollars protect YOUR interestsCall Tony anytime at 863-227-0315 or e-mail Tony at rbassboy@aol.comPolitical advertisement paid for by Glades Republican Executive Committee, 1582 Gate Rd LaBelle FL, independently of any candid ate Includes Sunday VotingSaturday, October 27th Saturday, November 3rd Monday Friday: 8am 6pm Saturdays and Sunday: 9am 3pm LOCATION:The Historic Courthouse Supervisor of Elections Of ce 304 NW 2nd StreetPlease contact the Elections Of ce if you have any questions about voting in the November 6th Election: elections@voteokeechobee.com or at 763-4014 EARLY VOTING 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. 19 Okeechobee News October 28, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBowling For Kids’ SakePictured is the OHS Brahman bowling team as they participated in the Big Brothers and Big sisters fundraiser Sunday. (Left to right back to front) George Marshall, Coach George Marshall, Brenda Marshall, Steve Bloom, Kris Marshall, Jarion Williams, Brian Chapman, Brittany Baker, Tiffany Marshall, Ashley Byrd, Austin Walker, Samuel Rogers, Allen Perry, Jessica Olney, Coach Carole Olney and Marcia Anderson. The boys and girls bowling teams both participated. Sponsors were CenterState Bank and Okeechobee School Board and the rest was sponsored by the OHS Varsity Bowling Coaches. The high school bowling teams did their part to bowl for the kids’ sake. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OKMSCandy donationTeresa Chandler of Waste Management presents a generous donation of candy to Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw for the annual Halloween Festival at the Agri-Civic Center. Waste Management is a huge contributor of this event, also providing a dumpster and waste containers. Okeechobee Main Street is extremely appreciative of Waste Management and their continued support of the community.


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