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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 11-18-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, November 18, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 139 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.45 feetLast Year: 13.83 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OCCAgriculture program growingOkeechobee Christian Academy’s Agriculture and 4-H program is growing! The students have planted ornamental pumpkins in the Gratitude Garden which will be harvested for Thanksgiving decorations. They are also testing out a new growing system called H2O Grow Bags; patented by a local farmer. The students are learning rst hand, the important role that Agriculture plays in our lives. The instructor, Lauralee Bryan, believes that “agricultural literacy” will lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the industry. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Six people are being held in the county jail following their arrests by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force in an ongoing drug operation being staged locally. A detective with the task force said the majority of the Nov. 15 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Local voters not only showed their sense of humor while lling out their ballots last week, but also a variety of choices for sheriff of Okeechobee County and the president of the United States. Even though Republican Mitt Romney actually carried Okeechobee County, voters nationwide, chose to give Barack Obama another four years. But thos e choices apparently didn't appea l to some local voters and they, in stead, elected to write in their ow n choices. Although Supervisor of Elec tions Gwen Chandler said sh e didn't have the actual number o f tallies, former Republican can didate for president Ron Paul re Undercover coke operation leads to six arrests Local voters show humor, imaginationBlood Roundup continues today ... Page 4 Dejaih R. Jackson Ronald Lee Jackson Kenneth B. McQueen Casey Torria Casen Alexis M. Crowell Pardell K. Rembert See COCAINE — Page 5 See VOTES — Page 5 Thanksgiving can be a ‘green holiday ... Page 7 Dairy worker accused of using false SSN ... Page 8 Basketball season starts ... Page 21

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He is sometimes called the man without a face, national speaker Rick Bender v isited Okeechobee Achievement Academy on Monday, Nov. 12. An oral cancer survivor and former user of spit tobacco, Rick travels the United States educating thousands of elementary, middle and high school students about the dangers of tobacco use. A former minor league baseball player, Rick started using tobacco at the age of 12 and was diagnosed with cancer when he was 26. He shares his story to encourage teens to say no to tobacco and to bring awareness to the issue. The 2012 results of the Florida Youth Tobacco survey show that 20.6 percent of Okeechobee County youth ages 11-17 reported to have used tobacco in the last 30 days. This is much higher than the state average of 11.2 percent. There is a great need to educate the youth in our county and to prevent the next generation from becoming addicted to this deadly drug called nicotine. For more information on how you can be involved, contact the Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee at 863-447-9140. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 F r i d a y N o v e m b e r 3 0 S p a g h e t t i L u n c h 1 1 : 0 0 – 1 : 0 0 p m Drive thru Delivery of 5 or more orders $7.oo Donation for OCA’s Signature Spaghetti, Green Beans and Roll. S i l e n t A u ct i o n S a t u r d a y 3 : 0 0 6 : 0 0 p m S a t u r d a y D e c e m b e r 1 S p a g h e t t i D i n n e r 3 : 0 0 p m – 7 : 0 0 p m Dine in Bake Sale Iced tea dine in on Saturday onlyOkeechobee Christian Academy would like to invite you to our A n n u a l S p a g h e t t i D i n n e r Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Nov. 16TH Thurs., Nov. 22NDFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “TWILIGHT SAGA: Breaking Dawn, Part II”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “007 IN SKYFALL”Fri., 7:00 & 9:40, Sat. & Sun. 2:00, 4:40, 7:20 & 10:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00, Tues. & Thurs. 7:00, Wed. 2:00, 4:40 & 7:20III: “WRECK-IT RALPH”Fri., & Tues. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat. & Sun. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00“RISE OF THE GUARDIANS”STARTING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG PG FRI. NOV. 23 MATINEES: ALL MOVIES: 2:00 & 4:15 OPEN ALL SHOWS THANKSGIVING 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 W. Cole MoormanCerti ed Public Accountant Has relocated his of ce to 1500 State Road 70E, Suite C(In Lake Okeechobee Insurance Building)Okeechobee Phone: 863-763-7677 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012 Today: Partly cloudy. High of 79F. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the NE in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 59F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 79F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Monday Night : Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 57F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast OAA Students learn dangers of tobacco Rick Bender poster shows how dangerous all kinds of tobacco use are including spit tobacco. Special to the Okeechobee NewsSpeaker Rick Bender visited Okeechobee Achievement Academy on Monday to encourage Okeechobee students to avoid spit tobacco and the dis guring results. 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 863763-5755. 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. Get them while they last!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NEW 2013 Dodge Charger $27,995NEW Dodge Ram 1500 $24,995 3 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012

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Blood roundup under wayThe Seventh Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup is underway today at Hammerhead’s Banquet Hall on State Road 70 East from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Roundup’s goal is to collect 600 units of blood this year. In order to bring attention to the need for an adequate blood supply in our community, I have written stories of local people who have received donated blood for various reasons and one thing is common among them: they sincerely appreciate those who donated the most precious gift they could ever receive—blood. In many instances, the donated blood saved the lives of many of the people who shared their stories in the hope it will inspire others to give blood. Rebekah, Frances and Ma Tante Laurette received blood transfusions because cancer treatments depleted their red blood cell count. Steve and Charles had internal bleeding and would have bled to death had it not been for an adequate supply of blood when they were in the hospital. Chris and George suffered trauma as a result of vehicular accidents and, without blood transfusions to replace that which they had lost, they may not have lived to tell their stories. While childbirth is a joyous event, Heather, Jamie and Misty nearly lost their lives due to severe loss of blood arising from complications during the birth of their children. Many of these recipients of donated blood give blood now as their way to give back and help someone else in need of a blood transfusion. You can be a hero to someone by coming out this weekend and joining us at the Blood Roundup. Florida’s Blood Centers recently said that they are grateful for The Roundup because it is the single biggest supplier of blood during the holiday season when blood donations normally are very few. Let’s keep them supplied. I hope to see you there, Susan WilliamsFarewell, our friend, farewellWhat a morning it was Thursday. Saying goodbye to one of our own City Firemen, after his being in service to the City of Okeechobee for 28 years. His retirement was to be in March of 2013. My goodness, what a life of service to his community. A puppeteer to the school system when Fire Safety Week was held in our schools, entertaining and educating children about what to do in the event a re occurs. To hear Chief Herb tell us all about the instances of Mr. Bill with the vacuum cleaner will be a memory I have for a long time, and of his antics in the Fire Station. He will be so missed at the Department as he was second in command. He did the payroll each time it was to be completed, and so much more. He was a father gure to the younger Firemen, as they come “up the ranks.” As Pastor Mike Brown stated today, Bill was launched into Eternity on Nov. 9, 2012, as his ticket was purchased into Heaven, as he took himself into account, and received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. As he decided this life is not all there is. As all the retrucks drove in somberness from the funeral location of “The Gathering,” I looked and looked for comfort in all of this. It is not easy to see such a large group of family, Firemen, Police of cers, county dignitaries, city of cials, and visiting Firemen with their beautiful red re trucks saying goodbye. My comfort comes in knowing how Bill loved his community, how he dedicated his life to the service of being a Firemen. How much he loved being a family man. How Heaven is where he lives now. The last song was played today, “Rest High On the Mountain,”—until we all see each other face to face again. Many blessings to the Douglas family, Bobbi Poole I Have A Dream…For Okeechobee (Adapted from excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech By Pastor Jim Benton), Faith Tabernacle, on the Campus of Faith Farm When the rights of women and the freedom of individuals were at stake all across our great nation, Okeechobee was a part of that struggle. The battle for individual rights was fought and won in this country, but Okeechobee was never immune to both the good and bad of those struggles. Today we need not focus on an elections nor politics; but on the realities of everyday life that shape our community; both secular and ecclesiastical. The goal of this command is love! Love God and love your neighbor! “It would be fatal for us to overlook the urgency of the moment. This winter of my discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating spring of freedom, deliverance and a deep love that over ows from each of us to one another. Yes, although we are a diverse community of believers, there are those who do not yet know the love of God! We have nothing to fear! God has promised to be with us. “A new militancy which we must embrace will not produce in us a distrust of all sinners but a willingness to demonstrate love in the midst of their indifference and sometimes hostility. “I have a dream that one day the Okeechobee church community will rise up and liv e out the true meaning of its creed, as developed by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association: that we as a people, believe that w e are a Christian fellowship who are devoted to prayer and to facilitate the life-saving Gospel of Jesus Christ in Okeechobee! That is why we exist! “This is our hope. This is the faith that I stand on. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a ston e of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our community into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggl e together, knowing that we will one day join others in heaven for eternity.” “And when this happens, and when w e allow our faith in God, the knowledge of His will—we will boldly share the message from every corner and every pasture and ever y secret place, from every business, church building and courtroom, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children will be able to join hands as we are caugh t up together to meet Him in the air. But w e must understand the times! We have been called by name! We have been empowered and now as Christ’s ambassadors, we mus t share His love. Share it in words! Share it in deeds! But whatever you do, show love! Fo r although we have achieved some measur e of success in our nation for equality of all, the nal frontier where we all ght, and gh t hard, is the arena of love. Are you in the battle or are you out? I have a dream! November 18, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Letters to the editor Re ections from the pulpit Donations needed for annual Thanksgiving dinner for needyBig Lake Missions Outreach will once again be serving Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless and needy on Thanksgiving Day at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. eat in or take out. Donations of cooked food or monetary donations are needed. They also have dinners donated from Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens to be delivered out in the community. If you know families, neighbors or an area that will need a meal, be a servant and come and pick up meals and deliver them to those who need them. For more information, call 863-763-5725 or 863-610-1815.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont buryŽ the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to replyŽ and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012 ceived the most local write-in votes. “He was the winner,” she said, even though his race was restricted to the imagination of local voters. Some of those also getting votes for president were: Jesus; Satan; Donald Duck; Mickey Mouse; actor Denzel Washington; former president Bill Clinton; current U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; current Okeechobee City Council member and businessman Mike O’Connor; and, local businessman and City Council member Dowling Watford. In the sheriff’s race, incumbent Paul May easily outdistanced write-in challenger Timothy Allen Higgins. There were 11,187 votes cast in this race and Sheriff May received a total of 10,605, with Mr. Higgins getting 582. But, as with the president’s race, voters were not afraid to let their imaginations run rampant when they entered the voting booth. In fact, all but four of the names cast as write-ins are current employees of Sheriff May and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). Among those write-ins receiving votes were: Barney Fife; Scooby-Doo; Chuck Norris; former candidate for sheriff Tom Levins; Major Noel Stephen, the current undersheriff to Sheriff May; current head of the OCSO Criminal Investigations Division Detective Captain John Rhoden; current OCSO Deputy Adrian Rogers; current OCSO Deputy Sergeant Brian Hagan; and, current OCSO Special Investigator Dale LaFlam. “I congratulate all those people on a wellrun campaign and welcome them to the political arena,” said Sheriff May. He went on to add that even though a few voters chose some of his employees over him, Sheriff May said each of them are still employees of the sheriff’s of ce. In other races with local interest:  Independent candidate Naomi Craine received one write-in vote in the race for the U.S. Senate. Democrat Bill Nelson won with 5,972 of the 11,939 votes cast locally in that race. He also won the election statewide.  Independent candidate Tom Baumann received one vote in the race for representative to the U.S. Congress from District 17. Current U.S. Representative Tom Rooney carried Okeechobee with 7,112 of the 11,941 votes cast. Rep. Rooney also defeated challenger William Bronson statewide to retain his seat his District 17 Congressional seat. V OTESContinued From Page 1 arrests centered around the street-level sale of crack cocaine. However, he added, condential sources used in the operation also purchased some powder cocaine. Those arrested and their charges are:  Casey Torria Casen, 33, N.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee: one count attempt to sell cocaine, one count sale of cocaine and one count possession of cocaine with intent to sell. His bond was set at $90,000.  Alexis Melinda Crowell, 22, N.W. Seventh St., Okeechobee: two counts sale of cocaine and two counts possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Her bond was set at $120,000.  Dejaih Rennard Jackson, 21, N.E. 15th A ve., Okeechobee: one count sale of cocaine and one county possession of cocaine with intent to sell. His bond was set at $60,000.  Ronald Lee Jackson, 45, N.E. 16th Ave., Okeechobee; one count sale of cocaine and one county possession of cocaine with intent to sell. His bond was set at $60,000.  Kenneth Burton McQueen Jr., 28, N.W. Ninth St., Okeechobee: two counts sale of cocaine and two counts possession of cocaine with intent to sell. His bond was set at $120,000.  Pardell Keyon Rembert, 20, Harold Ave., Lehigh Acres: one count sale of cocaine and one count possession of cocaine with intent to sell. His bond was set at $50,000. McQueen was also arrested by the task force on a warrant charging him with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (hydromorphone). His bond on that charge was set at $2,500. That arrest, said a task force detective, was not in conjunction with the other operation and is a separate offense. “Every time they sell to someone on the street they have to be lucky and hope it’s not one of us. But, we only have to be lucky one time,” said Sheriff Paul May of the arrests. “These arrests will continue until these sales drop off or stop.” A records check shows that several of those arrested Thursday have prior drug arrests and have spent time either in the Okeechobee County Jail or prison as a result of those arrests. Ronald Lee Jackson has drug convictions dating back to 1989. In 1990 he was sentenced to 30 months in prison, with two of his convictions being for selling cocaine. He was again sent to prison in 2003 after being found guilty for possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. As a result of those convictions, Jackson was sentenced to ve years in prison. Rembert has a history of drug arrests dating back to 2009. In 2011 he was convicted on cocaine charges and sentenced to 10 months in the county jail. As for McQueen, although he has no history of drug arrests he was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2006 and sentenced to 18 months in prison. In 2008 he was sentenced to three years in prison after he was found guilty of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Crowell was found guilty earlier this year on felony cocaine charges and was sentenced to a short time in the county jail. As stated, all were being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail as of newspaper deadline. The investigation is continuing. COCAINEContinued From Page 1 Now that the weather outside is chilly, Florida manatees are migrating to warmer w aters. They swim in search of a warm winter refuge such as freshwater springs or canals adjacent to power plant out ows. An adult manatee may weigh 1,000 pounds or more but is susceptible to cold. W ater temperatures dipping to 68 degrees or below can produce cold stress in these aquatic mammals, and even cause death. With many of the seasonal manatee protection zones going into effect on Nov. 15, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cautions boaters to be v igilant about slowing down and watching out for manatees. In Broward County, some slow speed zones formerly active only on w eekends are now in effect every day during the cold season. November is designated as Manatee Awareness Month because of this seasonal migration. “Many manatees in Florida have scars from run-ins with boats. We can do our part to help by complying with slow-speed and no-entry zones that indicate manatees may be in the area,” said Kipp Frohlich, who leads the FWC’s imperiled species management section. “Boaters should slow down where manatees like to congregate, such as seagrass beds and warm-water sites.” How to spot Florida’s of cial marine mammal? Boaters and personal watercraft operators should scan the water near or in front of their vessels and look for signs that manatees are close by, including repetitive swirl patterns called a manatee footprint, a mud trail, or a snout or uke (tail) breaking the water’s surface. Here are some other steps boaters and personal watercraft operators can take to help manatees migrate safely:  Keep vessels in marked channels;  Wear polarized sunglasses to improve your vision;  Obey posted boat speed zones;  Use poles, paddles or trolling motors when close to manatees;  Have someone help scan the water when under way. Besides following manatee-safety recommendations, people can help manatees survive by reporting sick, distressed, injured, orphaned or entangled manatees to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@MyFWC.com. Florida residents also can call #FWC or *FWC via cell phone. Manatee conservation is supported by Floridians who purchase the state’s manatee license plate. Funds from this specialty tag go directly to manatee research and conservation. Copies of complete individual county waterway rules are available at www. rules. org. Visit MyFWC.com/Manatee or call the FWC at 850-922-4330 for more information. Manatees moving to warmer waters

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Annual Dogs for Dogs fundraiser gets goingGeorge DuPont of George’s Hotdogs, 3603 U.S. 441 S. will once again be helping out the homeless pets at the Humane Society Pet Rescue of Okeechobee. Leaving a donation of cash or supplies for the dogs will not only bring you the satisfaction o f helping a homeless pet in your own town, it will also bring you lunch! A free George’s Hotdog and a drink when you drop off your donation with him in front of Mid-Florid a Hardware through Dec. 22 This is George’s fourth year helping out the many dogs at the rescue who are in need of food, treats, blankets and pet beds, extra carriers, toys, and also cash donations to help in their medical care. We are very thankful to George and his efforts to bring the pets the supplies that they need. Clean out your closets for extr a blankets, towels and bring some warmth for a furry friend before the colder weather sets in. Do you have some extra time to donate to help a homeless pet? Call the shelter and come give a dog a hug. 863-3357-1104. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Harry E. Horrick, Jr., 80OKEECHOBEE — Harry E. Horrick, Jr. passed away Nov. 13, 2012 at Lawnwood Hospital. He was born June 1, 1932 in Marion, Iowa. He was a loving husband, Daddy and PawPaw. He was a gentle man with a big heart and warm smile. Harry was a member, Treasurer and Deacon at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. He was most happy carrying the chains at the Brahman’s football games, working the concessions at the baseball games, answering the phones at his church and spending time with his family and friends whom he loved dearly. If you needed him, all you had to do was call! He was predeceased by his daughter, Harriet. Harry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sue Horrick; children, Scott, Suzanne (Jimmy Winkler); grandchildren, Hannah and Jacob; sister, Darlene and Charles Jeffery of Pekin, Illinois. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery. Pastor Randy Huckabee of ciated. Friends may sign the guest book and leave a message of condolence at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Lavon Bass, Tom Conway Sr., Tom Jr and the Staff at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. The Okeechobee News Front Of ce will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 & Friday, Nov. 23 for THANKSGIVING FRIDAY, NOV. 23 DEADLINE Noon on Tuesday, Nov. 20SUNDAY, NOV. 25 DEADLINE 3pm on Wednesday, Nov. 21 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012 V FW group hosts breakfastBuckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary VFW w ill hold their monthly Sunday Morning Breakfast on Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. W e will have biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, home fries, juice and coffee for a donation of $5. The breakfast is open to the public. If you have any questions, please call our VFW Post at 863-467-2882. A merican Legion Post 64 opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. A smoking section will be provided in the bingo hall. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the Anerican Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public.Eagles host chicken dinnerCypress Hut Eagles will be serving Southern Fried Chicken dinner for a $6 donation on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. Proceeds will go to the community charity fund. For more information please call 467-1154.Eagles to honor past presidentCypress Hut Eagles, 4701 U.S. 441 S.E., w ill hold a Celebration of Life in memory of Past Madam President Billy on Sunday, Nov. 18 at noon. There will be music by Sam Venti at 3p.m. For more information, please call 863-467-1154.Spaghetti dinner slatedBack for another season, the Okeechobee Shrine Club is offering a delicious spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 20 Serving is from 4–7 p.m. Smoke free dining. Music from 5–8 p.m. all for only a $6 donation. Proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For more information, contact Kip at 863-357-0427.Eages to host bingoEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have bingo on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. Wednesday bingo will be at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.BHR VFW plans Thanksgiving mealBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will host a Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m., serving Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, whipped cream for a donation of $7. Proceeds will bene t our troops. The event is open to the public. For more info please call our Post at 863-467-2882.Amateur Radio Club to host HAMFESTThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will hold the annual HAMFEST on Saturday, Nov. 24 beginning at 8 a.m. The event, known as Hamfest in the Woods is held at Freedom Ranch 11655 U.S. 441 S.E. Hamfest is and electronics, radio and technology swap meet/yard sale where people interested in Ham Radio and computers meet to buy and sell...well, almost anything of a technical nature. Gates open at 7 a.m. for vendors, and at 8am for the general public. Entry is $5 per person, and Sellers pay an additional $5 for a tailgate space in the market place. The public is invited and welcome at the Hamfest and there are hourly drawing for prizes during the event. For more information on the Hamfest, please contact Tom Timmons, Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club President at 863-467-5435.B.R.A.T. hosts Teen DanceCome and join the November edition of the B.R.A.T. Club Teen Dance on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 7 until 10 p.m. ‘Tweens and teens ages 12-16 are invited. Enjoy Pizza, soda, chips, games and entertainment all for $7 admission. For more information, please call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996. Hospice to hold yard saleHospice of Okeechobee’s next yard sale will be Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Thursday Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. until noon, at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and S.E. Third Ave. The Festival of Trees will be open and is offering many holiday decorations for sale. For information call 863467-2321.Events bene t Relay for LifeOn Saturday, Nov. 24 there will be a volleyball and cornhole tournament at the Okeechobee Adult Softball Fields to raise money for Relay for Life. Volleyball registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; entry fee is $50 for a team of six. Teams in the 18 and over group must be Co-Ed. Teams in the under 18 category must consist of skilled players. For more information please contact Missy Fipps at 863-634-8674. Cornhole registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and entry fee is $20 per team. There will also be a concession open. For more information contact Lawrence Fipps 863-801-0901.CCC meeting plannedThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce.Children's Home Society to host orientation on Nov. 29The Children’s Home Society’s next orientation will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County of ce, located at 804 S. Sixth St. in Fort Pierce.Sign up for Upward BasketballUpward 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.Come dance with us!The Okeechobee Senior Center offers free line dance lessons. Come join the fun Mondays at noon at Okeechobee Senior Services at 1019 S.W. Park St. Community Events

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The Indian River State College Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning is presenting a free lecture series, “News Beat,” in partnership with the Center for Media and Journalism Studies (CMJS) at IRSC. An upcoming program in the series will consider a number of prominent issues facing journalism, education and society revolving around the rapid technological advancement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The lecture is Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. The Dec. 17 lecture will be led by Stanley E. Flink. Each lecture consists of a one-hour presentation followed by an audience question and answer session. Stanley Flink is the author of several books, including Sentinel Under Siege: The Triumphs and Troubles of America’s Free Press. He is a former correspondent for Life Magazine, news producer for NBC and CBS and educator at Yale University and New Y ork University Graduate School. Flink currently serves as a senior advisor to the Center for Media and Journalism Studies at IRSC and was the rst lecturer for the Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning Distinguished Lecture Series. The IRSC Main Campus is located at 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. For more information, call 1-866-792-4772. 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 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 November 18, 2012 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report We had a pretty good run on cattle this week and prices stayed pretty much steady on cows and bulls. Better cows bringing in the mid to upper 70s, a few in the 80s. Bulls bumping that $1 mark again. Calves were off a little on lesser quality cattle, but still steady on good quality calves. L-7 Ranch, Sebring, topped the calf market with a high of $2.90 bought by Foy Reynolds Cattle. Butler Oaks Farm, Lorida, topped the cow market with a high of 90.00 bought by Dairymens Marketing. See ya the Monday after Thanksgiving, Todd IRSC offering journalism lecture This season, Waste Management challenges its customers to start a new tradition that will bring new meaning to their traditional Thanksgiving celebrations. “We understand that it can be easy to forget being green during the busy holiday season, but with a little effort, you can bring sustainability into your holiday. That is why we would like to remind our communities that there are always opportunities to conserve every day,” said Teresa Chandler, Community Relations Waste Management. Here are a few ways to reduce, reuse and recycle this Thanksgiving:  Buy and eat locally grown food: Buying only locally grown food is a good way to have an eco-friendly Thanksgiving. Locally grown food is better for your health, the environment and contributes more to your local economy by supporting local farmers and merchants.  Use recyclable bags when shopping for your holiday meal: Paper bag production consumes more than 14 million trees and it takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the amount of plastic bags the U.S. uses per year. By using reusable bags you are reducing the amount of paper and plastic bags used.  Invite the neighbors: Inviting your neighbors to share your eco-friendly Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reduce the amount of waste generated through holiday meals and is a great way to save your neighbors from making a road trip to visit family members that live far away. You also get the opportunity to share your green tips.  Make eco-friendly decorations: With a little imagination, you can create your own “green” decorations and have a lot of fun in the process. Colored construction paper can be cut into turkeys and harvest decorations. Bringing fallen fall leaves from outside inside makes for beautiful table dcor. And when your holiday celebration is over, your decorations can be easily recycled.  Reduce, recycle: Reduce the overall amount of waste you may produce this Thanksgiving by purchasing only as much as you need and selecting products that have less packaging or can be recycled.  Use cloth napkins: Choose cloth napkins over paper. Not only is it better for the environment but it is also less expensive in the long run. Paper napkins get one use, and then are thrown away. Cloth napkins can be used multiple times before washing, which lower their cost per use. New tradition: have a ‘green’ Thanksgiving

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A detective with the Florida Department of Financial Services/Division of Insurance Fraud has arrested a dairy worker for reportedly using a bogus Social Security number to get a job. Ricardo Bahena Cordova, 38, Lorida, was arrested Nov. 15 on felony count of presenting false documentation for employment. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail without bond. According to Detective William Hill, who made the arrest, Cordova used the fraudulent number to get a job at a local dairy. Cordova was arrested Thursday while working at the dairy. Cordova has also worked for another Florida dairy the detective added. Cordova, continued the detective, had also used as many as four different Social Security numbers in the past. The man was also using a false resident alien number. “He does have a valid resident alien number, but doesn’t use it because he has a criminal history,” said Detective Hill.The detective added that the federal agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), con rmed that Cordova has a valid resident alien number. Cordova used the bogus Social Security information to get a job with the dairy, and went to work for the company on Nov. 8, indicated the detective’s arrest report. Because of the man’s criminal history and this current arrest, Detective Hill said ICE has put a detainer on Cordova. This means he can be deported once the criminal charges led against him are satis ed. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTBobcat Run Golf Club 863.655.0202 Panther Creek & Cougar Trail 863.655.0101 18 Holes $1600Tax & Cart Included 18 HOLES Same Day Specials$2400 Before 11:00am$2000 After 11:00am$8800 Tax & Cart Included 9 Holes $900Tax & Cart Included 45 Ho l es Great Golf!Highw a y 9830 miles N of Okeechobee Rates Apply ONLY if Tee Time is Booked Within 24 Hours of Play! Backyard Barbeque, Inc. Monday Lunch: 5 oz. Burger 1 side, tea $6.25 Dinner: All U Can Eat Cat sh $11.99 Tuesday Lunch: Open Face Turkey Mashed Potatoes & tea $ 9.99 Dinner: Open Face Turkey Mashed Potatoes & tea $9.99Wednesday Thursday Friday OUR FAMOUS SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS Get em while they last... 9-$6.99 / 12-$8.99 / 18-$12.99 /24-$15.99 Saturday Lunch: Pulled or Sliced Pork Sand. chips & tea $5.99 Dinner: ALL U CAN Eat Ribs 2 sides & tea $13.99 Sunday Lunch/Dinner 15% off with church bulletin NOW serving Breakfast104 SE 6th St. Okeechobee 863-824-0880Put some SOUTH in your MOUTHNEW Specials Mon. Sat. 6am -10pm Sun. 6am to 8pmOPEN 8 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News25 years serviceOkeechobee County Sheriff Paul May (left) presented Major Noel Stephen with a 25-year service pin on Friday, in recognition of his 25th anniversary of employment with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. Dairy worker charged with using fake SS number The Okeechobee Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week.BURGLARY  36000 block of N.E. 19th Drive  1200 block of N.E. 103rd Ave.  300 block of S.E. Eighth St.  3900 block of U.S. 441 S.E. COUNTERFEIT MONEY  1500 block of S.R. 70 E. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF  4300 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3200 block of S.E. 26th St. FRAUD  3800 block of N.W. 18th St.  3100 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  9000 block of N.E. 12th Drive ROBBERY  3200 block of S.E. 18th Terrace THEFT  100 block of S.E. 66th Ave. (meter box)  3500 block of U.S. 441 S. (purse)  2600 block of S.E. 25th Drive (medications)  3500 block of N.W. 10th Drive (dog)  8600 block of S.W. Ninth St. (license tag/decal)  3100 block of S.E. 23rd St.  3100 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (battery)  500 block of N.W. 4th St. (license tag)  13000 block of N.E. 14th Ave. (cell phone)  7100 block of N.E. 11th Lane (bicycle) OCSO Investigations Ricardo B. Cordova

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 and hope to land a job within the Film and TV Industry. To listen/watch video of Joshuas Post Production projects in Film and TV, feel free to visit Joshs website at www. dramusic.com and click on the see projects tab. While studying at Full Sail University; Josh met with ex-Lead Guitarist, DON FELDER of the EAGLES, who recorded the hit song: ONE OF THESE NIGHTSŽ. Don spoke to Josh about the Entertainment Business & his Music Career with the legendary EAGLES. Josh also got the chance to meet Stedman Graham, (Opra Winfreys ex.) Mr. Graham teaches at Full Sail University as a Professor for the Music Business Entertainment. JOSHUA TOLBERT Joshua Tolbert of Okeechobee graduated from Full Sail University on June 1, 2012, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recording Audio Engineering/Recording Arts. Joshua is the son of Danny and Mary Tolbert of Okeechobee and is the little brother of Danny Tolbert Jr. He is the grandson of Jimmie Lou Potts and the late Jessie Potts, Sr. of Okeechobee and is the paternal grandson of Nathaniel Charlie Tolbert and the late Jessie Mae Tolbert of Columbus, GA. Joshua graduated from Okeechobee High School in 2010. He was offered an Internship with Dolby Sound Laboratories and is pursuing a Computer Degree in Electrical Engineering GRADUATION 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. 10 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsWearing purple for March of DimesThe staff at the Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall wore purple on Nov. 16 to raise awareness of World Prematurity Day and to support the March of Dimes. Premature birth affects one in every eight babies born in the U.S., threatening the lives and health of more than half a million babies in the U.S. each year and is the leading cause of death among newborns. Millions of children face lifelong birth defects and intellectual disabilities as a consequence of being born too soon. The March of Dimes is leading the ght against premature birth and serious threats to infant health by funding research, educational programs and community services to help every baby be born healthy. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Grand OaksHalloween visitorsResidents at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility enjoyed special visitors to help celebrate Halloween.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Dr. Charles W. BartelsBoard Certified Optometric Physician Comprehensive Eye Exams Contact Lens Fitting Variety of Colored ContactsState of the Art Optical Service Glaucoma Exams & TreatmentDiabetic Eye Exams Cataract Evaluations Foreign Body Remova l Test & Treatment for Dry Eye We Accept and Bill Most Major Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid & Blue Cross Blue ShildHlthKid We Accept and Bill Most Major Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid & Blue Cross Blue Shield, & More Present this advertisement & receive May be used by multiple family members at time of visit Must be presented at time of visit Cannot be combined with any other offers*** The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed fo r payment for any other service, examination or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement $25toward any purchase or exam. Six GOOD reasons why you should see us 1. HEALTH Here at Big Lake Eye Care we believe in investing in the health of our patients. Dr. Bartels and his associates use state of the art equipment to diagnose and treat many diseases of the eyes including: Many serious eye diseases often have no symptoms. Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes vision loss with or without symptoms and is commonly known as the sneak thief of sight.Ž Conditions such as macular degeneration or cataracts develop so gradually that you may not even realize your vision has decreased. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that commonly affects diabetic patients. Early detection of these and other eye diseases is important for maintaining overall health and vision.2. STYLE There is nothing wrong with having a little fun. While your exam is crucial for great vision, so is your eyewear. Big Lake Eye Care offers eyewear that keeps up with the latest fashions and most of all; quality. Lens-making technology continues to improve. If you havent updated your glasses in a while, you may be pleasantly surprised at the many new options available to you today. Sunglasses have also become a fashion accessory...let our licensed optician and other associates help you make a selection that “ts your lifestyle and personality.3. INSURANCE We are a provider for many vision and health insurance companies and our friendly staff will be happy to help you with the billing process, as well as help determine your bene“ts under your plan. The following is a partial list of insurance companies we accept: Medicare, UHC, AARP, BCBS, Cigna, Medicaid, Healthy Kids, Seminole Tribe VSP, VCP, Eyemed, Spectera, Superior, Davis Vision, Optum Health4. TECHNOLOGY Big Lake Eye Care uses advanced computerized solutions for your eye care. We employ the most technologically advanced equipment to measure 100% of your visual system. High De“nition Digital Imagery and Scanning Lasers allow a comprehensive retinal and optic nerve assessment.5. VISION Many times annoying headaches, general eye fatigue, and blurry vision can often be caused by the need for eyeglasses or changes in your prescription. We can diagnose vision problems for you such as 6. QUALITY OF CARE Our main goal when you come in or call our of“ce is to make you feel comfortable. You can trust that your eye care is in the best of hands. Dr. Bartels and associates have specialized training and a combination of over 40 years experience in the “eld. Let us make your eye care experience the best it can be. Since we opened our doors in August 2004, Big Lake Eye Care has strived to always have a friendly hometown atmosphere, while having the latest technology of a state of the art practice. Dr. Bartels and family are lifetime residents of Okeechobee. A graduate of Okeechobee High School and continued his premed studies at the he received his degree as a Board Certi“ed Optometric Physician. Dr. Bartels values the importance of serving the community he grew up in. 11 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012

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Common causes of hip pain and loss of hip mobility include: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis and traumatic arthritis. Hip replacement surgery is the most common joint replacement procedure, following knee replacement; both procedures are performed locally by Orthopedic Surgeons at Raulerson Hospital. The hip is one of the body’s largest weight-bearing joints. Recommendations for surgery are based on the extent of your pain, disability and other factors, including age. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) states that hip replacement surgery may bene t you if:  Hip pain limits your everyday activities such as walking or bending.  Hip pain continues while resting, either day or night.  Stiffness in a hip limits your ability to move or lift your leg.  You have little pain relief from anti-inammatory drugs or glucosamine sulfate.  You have harmful or unpleasant side effects from your hip medications.  Other treatments such as physical therapy or the use of a gait aid such as a cane do not relieve hip pain. Undergoing total hip replacement surgery results in an end or great reduction in hip pain. Even the pain from surgery should go away within weeks. Hip replacement surgery also increases leg strength. Without hip pain, you’ll be able to use your legs more. This will build up your muscles. One of the greatest advantages of seeking total hip replacement are the years of easier movement. Most total hip replacements last for many years. Talk to your Orthopedic Surgeon to learn if you are a candidate for hip replacement. For more information visit RaulersonHospital.com. For a free physician referral call 863-763-9228. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 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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 Invites You To Attend OurNovember Dine with the Doctor EventFeaturing Our newest General SurgeonDr. Gregory SainnovalNovember 27th Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria Dinner 4:30 p.m. ~ $5 per personPhysician Lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. ~ freeRSVP today 763.92281796 Hwy 441 N Okeechobee Florida 34972 863.763.2151 www.RaulersonHospital.com Consult a Nurse 763.9228 15 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012 Hip replacement surgery can renew quality of life Special to the Okeechobee NewsHip replacement surgery can help increase physical activity and the enjoyment it provides. Indian River State College is seeking part-time teachers and will hold a job fair for health science positions on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Job Fair will be held at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce at 5:30 p.m. in the Health Science Center, H Building, off 35th Street at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Teaching opportunities are available at IRSC campuses throughout the Treasure Coast. “As an adjunct instructor at Indian River State College, you can share your knowledge, give back to the community and prepare the next generation for a rewarding career,” said Dr. Al Roberts, Vice President of Applied Science and Technology. The Health Science Division is seeking part-time instructors in nursing, respiratory therapy, healthcare management, health information management/technology, dental lab technology, dentistry, medical assisting and surgical technology. The Job Fair will provide information on how to apply, subject areas, quali cations and the payment structure. Attendees are advised to bring their educational transcripts. IRSC is an equal employment/ equal opportunity employer. For more information, call toll-free 1-866-792-4772 or visit www.irsc. edu. IRSC seeks part-time health science teachers Special to the Okeechobee NewsIRSC instructor (right) Robbie Friedman teaches hands-on patient care to IRSC students. Parttime teaching positions are available at IRSC in nursing, respiratory therapy, healthcare management, health information management/technology, dental lab technology, dentistry, medical assisting and surgical technology.

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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 • 8002-A: NEW LISTING 40+/Acres of vacant/pasture land in Fort Drum. Paved street frontage. $125,000 MLS #206360 • Treasure Island Price Lake access 75x110 buildable lot. Two sheds. $19,900 NOW $14,900 • acre in Edgewater (624 SW 86th Ave) $14,000 Make offer! MLS #206356 • 55+/-acres in SR 70 $330,000 Make Offer! 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 1006-H: Wilcox Shores 3BR/1.5BA on a corner lot, fenced backyard, screen porch, garage with workshop and the 1/2 bath, metal roof. 2392 TSF/1140 under air. $75,000 MLS #206273 NEW LISTING REDUCED FORECLOSURE LAKE ACCESS REDUCED 1003-M: Seminole Cove 55+ community with clubhouse amenities. Great lake view, 2/2 DWMH w/addition, 2 Car carport, large driveway, Single/Metal roof, 1957 Total Sq Ft./ 1023 under air. $69,900 MLS #206023 3006-H: Treasure Island 3BR/2BA CBS home. Property approved by HomePath Renovation Mortgage Financing. Make offer! $106,900 NOW $99,900 MLS #206220 5019-M: Four Seasons 2004, 3BR/2BA on over half an acre. 2170 TSF/1984 under air. In move in condition. Easy to see! $69,900 MLS #206303 5003-H: Lazy 7 Estates 3/2/2 on an acre. 2022 total sq ft/1290 under air. Many upgraded features. All wood cabinets and so much more. $155,900 MLS #206138 5015-H: Beautiful Country home on 10+/-acres zoned Ag. Concrete & brick construction. 2122 SF under air/3196 TSF. So many extras! $325,000 NOW $295,000 104 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 Lori Mixon Visit us at our new location1306 SW 2nd Avenue 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 17 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News On Nov. 13, Jennifer Williamson met w ith members of the Okeechobee Historical Society at the Williamson Cattle Company headquarters to identify pictures from Okeechobee’s past that were taken by the Okeechobee Herald newspaper ran by Ms. W illiamson’s maternal grandfather, Benjamin “Parker” Abney in the 1940s. The Okeechobee Historical Society members included Betty Chandler Williamson, her husband Sonny Williamson, Judge William Hendry and his wife Merle Hendry. The members were able to identify and place many pictures that will be copied for preservation and then forwarded to the people photographed or their loved ones to enjoy. Anyone having pictures of old Okeechobee that they would like help in identifying people or places or would like to allow the society to copy for their archives, please contact the Okeechobee Historical Society at 863763-6226 or 863-763-4344. The Okeechobee Historical Society meets the third Monday of every month except July and August at 11:30 a.m. at the Tantie Schoolhouse Museum on SR 98. Dues to join are only $10 per year. Photos of county’s past identi ed and preserved Special to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right are: Sonny Williamson, Jennifer Williamson, Betty Chandler Williamson, Judge William Hendry and Merle Hendry. Photos: Just in time for ChristmasMartha’s House will offer the Classic Color Portraits on Dec. 1, which is an 8”X10” portrait for only $10. Please schedule your appointment by Nov. 27 Your photos will be back in time for Christmas. This is a fundraiser for Martha’s House. For more information contact: Martha’s House at 863-763-2893, Monday Friday. 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m

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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 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeClass A & B CDL Driver for local deliveries. Must know the area, have clean driving record and pass a drug test. Bene ts available, apply at: Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 2595 NW 8th St. Farm Mechanic Ag Experience Required Call: 772-260-1577 MEDICAL ASSISTANT F/T Medical Assistant needed for busy medical of ce, minimum of 1 year of ce experience preferred. Please call 863-467-7084 or fax resume to 863-467-6833. TRUCK DRIVER NEEDED CLASS ACDL WITH HAZMAT AND TANKER ENDORSEMENT REQUIRED APPLY WITHIN AT: DIAMOND R FERTILIZER 710 NE 5TH AVE OKEECHOBEE, FL. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Employment Part TimeAdministrative Assistant Experienced with Quick Books and General Of ce Experience. Homeowners Association, part-time, 30 hours. Tuesday thru Saturday 9:00 am till 3:00 pm. Drug Free Workplace. Please fax resume to: 863-467-4044 PT Driver Position 3 Days a week only MUST have CLEAN DL, able to lift 75 lbs., & able to drive. NON-SMOKING ENVIRONMENT. Must provide MVR with application Apply in person @ Twin Oaks Pet Cemetery 251 NE 300th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday ONLY 863-467-6377 or 772-285-2901 Sales SALES PERSON WANTEDwith the following quali cations:• Sales experience preferred, but will train sharp individuals • Good people skills • Sound work ethic Bene ts of our company: • Reasonable work schedule • Health bene ts • 401K • Liberal pay plan If you have an interest in joining our team, contactNeal RobertsNO Phone Calls Apply within • Dress to Impress Hours: Mon Fri 9am 7pm • Sat 9am 5pm4224 Hwy 441 S. OkeechobeeEOE/DFWP For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business OpportunitiesSoutheast Milk is Seeking CDL Class A Drivers *Must have a minimum of 2 years recent veri able experience Access: www.southeastmilk.org to print a Driver Application DFWP & EOE (352)347-4956 Southeast Milk is Seeking CDL Class A Drivers *Must have a minimum of 2 years recent veri able experience Access: www.southeastmilk.org to print a Driver Application DFWP & EOE (352)347-4956 Sales How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 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. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com FurnitureSOFA & LOVESEAT, RECLINERS, SUEDE. $300.00 O.B.O CALL 863-214-4525 Miscellaneous LICENSE PLATES $100 each for FLORIDA LICENSE PLATES FROM OKEECHOBEE COUNTY THAT BEGIN WITH THE NUMBER 57 for years 1938, 1940, 41, 42, 43, 46, 47, 52, 54, 55, and 1957 Any condition accepted, so long as they are readable. Jeff Francis 727 424 1576 email gobucs13@aol.com Pets/SuppliesRAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES SHOTS, WORMED, 14 WEEKS OLD. $400.00 CALL RHONDA 863-634-4407 Yorkie Pups 2 tiny toy males 9 wks,shots,health cert.Reg.papers.$450.ea.cash only.863-610-2725. Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 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 ApartmentsNW OKEE: 2 Bedroom Apartments available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo., and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. OKEECHOBEE 3200sq ft apartment 4 bdrm, 2 bath large game room with pool table and replace, no yard to mow! Free wi and water $1100 mth 1st and security. 863-634-7994 Commercial PropertyCommercial Rental 2500 sq ft commercial rental 2 months free with year contract! $2500 month, 1 block from main intersection. 863-634-7994. Houses RentOKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. Houses RentFor Rent Remodeled 3br/1ba $675.00 mo., + $700.00 security Single Family Non Smoker Call 863-801-3700 Large 2bd/1ba On water in Treasure Island. $675.00 monthly, $500 security deposit. Call 863-467-1308 New Large 4bd/3ba Two Story Home, 2.5 Car garage, screened porch, all appliances included. Located in Conner’s Gable Subdivision. $1,200 monthly Call 863-467-8559 OKEE2/1 $560.00 mo. Beautiful Ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Lawn,pest, trash, backup generator and utilities included. Recently remodeled. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800 No Pets. Office Space RentOKEECHOBEE 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 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? 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VacationRentalsUNEXPECTED VACANCIES AT RIVER BLUFF FISHING RESORT. 1/1s & 2/2s AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY FOR LONG OR SHORT TERM. 863-447-0742 OR 863-467-4371 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. DOLL HOUSE, 2/2 ON WATER, FURNISHED, FENCED YARD,PET FRIENDLY, ON LARGE LOT. $69,000.00 CALL 863-763-8761 OR 863-447-1384 Land SaleDIXIE RANCH 1.5 ACRES $600.00 DOWN OWNER FINANCING. CALL 863-763-6358 Lots SaleLOT FOR SALE IN SW SECTION, JUST UNDER 1/2 ACRE, $34,000 CALL 561-707-0868 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent For Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $100 A Week Pay your own electric. Call 863-610-4625 TREASURE ISLAND 2BR, on lake access canal with boat slip. C/A, room for motor home, quiet street. $495/mo. Call 863-226-3436 or 423-237-8948. Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Homes New 2012... 30x76 4bd/3ba$0 Down, $399/Mo 800-622-2832 ext 210 Mobile HomeSale Mobile HomeSaleFleetwood 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 REDUCED FROM $44,000.00 TO $30,000.00 Call 352-223-9842. 2/1 Mobile Home updated, metal roofover, fully furnished, 12’x24’ Fl room,2 yard sheds, friendly park, new items, cabinets, refrigerator,washer, etc. Call for more details. 863-467-7996 2bd/1ba M.H. Taylor Creek w/boat dock,ramp access. Appliances included, furnishings,car-port, screened porch,work room attached. Over 50 park,lot rent includes water. $22,000 O.B.O. Call:863-484-0298or 863-467-8328 CASABLANCA PARK 9441 Hwy 78 West, Adult Park,3BR, 1.5BA, Fully furnished, W/D, Big Florida room, Lots of updates. $15,000 OBO (219)384-3407 For Sale 35x12 Park Model w/additions, golf cart, completely furnished. Asking $24,000 Aruba RV Park Lot#209 Call 561-512-6634 or 828-808-6435 Immaculate, Totally Updated 14x56 2bd/2ba Mobile,12x30 enclosed addition, 16x8 Florida Room. Living space of double wide, fully furnished, convient, quiet. Located Lot 44 River Bend Park. Move in Before Christmas. $19,000 Call 1-585-352-7015 TOTALLY REMODELED 2BR, 1BA, 10X40 scr. porch, laundry rm w/W/D, fully furn. $20,000. 817-709-0319. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 RV Space RentBig O Rv Resort 7950 HWY 78 West #lot 137. Large pull-thru lot boat ramps into canal access Okeechobee lake, lot concrete and pavers $250 a month annually (electric extra) or $650.00 monthly with electric (seasonal). (954)444-6614 or (954)214-7391 Motorcycles HONDA 1988 GL 1500 Motorbike For Sale $1250. Runs perfectly, but time for me to do other things. Oil has been changed regularly, paint is in excellent condition, very few mods done to it, I just gave it a K and N air lter and oil lter, and moved the license plate farther under the back seat. If interested contact: bobbycone102@gmail.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Four WheelDrive Four WheelDriveMUD TRUCK 79’ BRONCO, NEW ENGINE, TIRES, ETC. $3,500.00 O.B.O. 18” CUSTOM RIMS 5 LUG UNIVERSAL $550.00 O.B.O. CALL 863-214-4525 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Public NoticePUBLIC MEETING NOTICE OF THE POST-ELECTION CERTIFICATION VOTING SYSTEM AUDIT FOR THE NOVEMBER 6, 2012 GENERAL ELECTION The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will convene at the of ce of the Supervisor of Elections in the historic courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012. The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board is convening for the post-election certi cation voting system audit and to perform any other duties that may be prescribed by law. In accordance with the Sunshine Laws of Florida, this meeting will be open to the public. Gwen Chandler Supervisor of Elections Okeechobee County, Florida 431141 ON 11/18/2012 Notice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3001. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate 430925 ON 11/18/2012 Motorcycles Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2012-CA-000350 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, SOLELY AS TRUSTEE AND CASE NO. 47-2012-CA-000350 NOT [N ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY FOR THE HOME EQUITY MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED TRUST, SERIES INABS 2006-B UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED MARCH 1, 2006 Plaintiff(s), VS. SONYA F. WASHINGTON, et al., Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGSPROPERTY TO: ANTHONY R. SMITH 2625 NW 35th DR, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Residence unknown and if living, including any unknown spouse of the Defendant, if remarried and if said Defendant is dead, his/her respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; and the aforementioned named Defendant and such of Public Notice LEGAL NOTICE The St. Johns River Water Management District (District) issued consumptive use permit(s) at least ve years ago for the water use(s) described below. The permit(s) contained a condition requiring the permittee(s) to submit a compliance report demonstrating that the permitted water use(s) will continue to meet the District’s permitting rules for the duration of the 20-year permit(s).The District gives notice of receipt of Compliance Report(s) for the following consumptive use permit(s): Individual Consumptive Use Permit(s) Evans Collier Investments LLC, 660 Beachland Blvd Ste 301, Vero Beach, FL 32963, application #124. This is a ten year compliance review in which the applicant proposes the continued use of 1.513 million gallons per day (mgd) of surface water from on-site reservoirs and canals, 2.453 mgd of groundwater, and 0.223 mgd of surface water from the C-52 Canal as a backup source for drip and microspray irrigation of 3171 acres of citrus; and 1.649 mgd of groundwater for freeze protection. The withdrawals used by this proposed project will consist of surface water from on-site reservoirs and canals and the C-52 Canal via 8 active pumps; groundwater from the Floridan aquifer via 21 wells in Indian River and Okeechobee, Counties, located in Sections: 30 and 31, Township: 33 South, Range: 37 East; Sections: 1 3, Township: 34 South, Range: 36 East; Sections: 25 and 36, Township: 33 South, Range: 36 East, known as Scott 6000 and 2000. The le(s) containing the permit(s) and compliance report(s) are available for inspection Monday through Friday, except for District holidays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the District’s Headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka, FL 32177-2529. You may also view les at one of the District’s service centers, but you should call service center staff in advance to make sure that the les are at a speci c service center. Service center contact information is available online at oridaswater.com/contactus/of ces.html. Additionally, most permit le documents can be viewed online at oridaswater.com/permitting/index.html. To obtain information on how to nd and view permit le documents, visit oridaswater.com/permitting/index.html and select the topic of interest from the “Find permits and applications” heading, and then follow the directions provided under “How to nd a Technical Staff Report (TSR) or other application le documents.” Decisions on compliance reports for Standard General permits will be made at the District’s service center where the permit was processed, unless the decision on a compliance report is upgraded to a decision on a compliance report for an Individual permit as explained below. A substantial objection to a compliance report for a Standard General permit must be made in writing and led with (received by) the Director, Bureau of Regulatory Support, P.O. Box 1429, Palatka, FL 32178-1429, or by e-mail at applicationsupport@sjrwmd.com, within 14 days of noti cation of the compliance report. Please include either the Permit Number or the Project Name in the objection. Noti cation of the compliance report is either the fth day after the date on which the written notice is deposited in the U.S. mail (for those persons who receive actual notice by U.S. mail), the date on which the notice is e-mailed (for those persons who receive actual notice by e-mail), or the date the notice is published in the newspaper (if actual notice is not provided by U.S. mail or e-mail). A “substantial objection” means a written statement directed to the District that identi es the objector, concerns hydrologic or environmental impacts of the consumptive use, and relates to applicable rule criteria. A timely substantial objection will cause the decision on a compliance report for a Standard General permit to be considered a decision on a compliance report for an Individual permit. If the District receives a timely substantial objection from you, then you will receive written notice of the District’s intended decision on the compliance report. Decisions on compliance reports for Individual permits will be made by the District’s Governing Board. Notice of Intended District Decision will be provided to persons who have requested individual notice. A request for individual Notice of Intended District Decision on a compliance report must be received by the Director, Bureau of Regulatory Support prior to the date the Notice of Intended District Decision is generated. For compliance reports for Individual permits, you are advised to notify the District within 14 days of noti cation of the compliance report if you have questions, objections, comments, or information regarding the compliance report. If you make a written request to the District for additional information regarding a speci c compliance report, you will be provided an opportunity to obtain the available information. Please note that ling a written objection does not entitle you to a Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, administrative hearing. Victor Castro, Bureau Chief Bureau of Regulatory Support St. Johns River Water Management District 4049 Reid Street Palatka, FL 32177-2529 (386) 329-4570 431083 ON 11/18/2012 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF DUTCHESS SPENCER DAVID BUNNELL Plaintiff -againstLAURA JEAN ADAMS Defendants ACTION FOR A DIVORCE To the above named Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer on the Plaintiff’s Attorney(s) within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service is made by delivery upon you personally within the state, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Steven Nesheiwat, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff 224 Church Street, First Floor Poughkeepsie, New York 12601 Phone No.: (845) 452-7528 Dated: June 1st, 2012 Poughkeepsie, New York 430565 ON 11/11,18,25/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2012-CA-000293 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, VS. LAURA L. DANISON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LAURA L. DANISON; UNKNOWN TENANT I; UNKNOWN TENANT II, and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under any of the above-named Defendants, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: LAURA L. DANISON 2630 NW 3RD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LAURA L. DANISON 2630 NW 3RD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED, CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN And any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under the above-named Defendant(s), if deceased or whose last known addresses are unknown. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose Mortgage covering the following real and personal property described as follows, to-wit: Lots 1 and 2, Block 46, SUBDIVISION OF A PORTION OF OKEECHOBEE PARK, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 28 of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Together with that certain Singlewide Manufactured Home described as a 1983 MAN with VIN#063912S7363. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Monica Shepard, Butler & Hosch, P.A., 3185 South Conway Road, Suite E, Orlando, Florida 32812 and le the original with the Clerk of the abovestyled Court on or before 30 days from the rst publication, otherwise a Judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 14 day of November, 2012. 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 appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; i f you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLER K CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COUR T BY: Linda F. Young Deputy Cler k 430986 ON 11/18,25/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000326 JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff VS. CAROLYN HAYES RIPPY, et al, Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGSPROPERTY TO: DAVID NIPPY : ADDRESS UNKNOWN BUT WHOSE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS IS: 2123 GRAVES LIGHT DR D INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46217 Residence unknown and if living, including any unknown spouse of the Defendant, if remarried and if said Defendant is dead, his/her respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; and the aforementioned named Defendant and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendant and such of the unknown name Defendant as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property towit: Lot 3 of TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, UNIT 1, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Pages 54 and 55, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. more com19 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012monly known as: 2758 SE 18TH TERR, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974-6436 This action has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on the Plaintiffs attorney, FLORIDA FORECLOSURE ATTORNEYS, PLLC, whose address is 601 Cleveland Street, Suite 690, Clearwater, FL 33755, on or before 30 days after date of rst publication, and le the original with the Clerk of the Circuit 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. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 6th day of Nov. 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Court OKEECHOBEE County, Florida BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 430571 ON 11/11,18/2012the aforementioned unknown Defendant and such of the unknown named Defendant as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris.YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property, towit: LOT 34, BLOCK 59, BASSWOOD UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.more commonly known as 2625 NW 35th Dr, Okeechobee, FL34972 This action has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on Plaintiffs attorney, GILBERT GARCIA GROUP, P.A., whose address is 2005 Pan Am Circle, Suite 110, Tampa, Florida 33607, on or before 30 days after date of rst publication and le the original with the Clerk of the Circuit 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. WITNESS my hand and seal of the 15th day of Nov. 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON OKEECHOBEE County, Florida BY: Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk 431112 ON 11/18,25/2012 Holiday Traditions The Okeechobee News’ Annual Holiday Traditions section, lled with helpful holiday hints, gift ideas, recipes & more! Look for it in the November 21 edition of the READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful!

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Brahman boy’s basketball team might be short in stature but they strive to be long in effort and long on results this year. The team lost most of their experienced inside players to graduation but still have a strong corps of fast and energetic players. Coach Shawn Hays said his team will concentrate on effort, team work, and positive attitudes this year. His likely starters will include team captain Brendon Jonassaint, Sylvester Butler, Eddie Neal and captain Phil J ones. “We are undersized but we hope to make up for it with quickness and outwork our opponents,” Hays noted. He has also tinkered with his system to emphasize motion on offense which should help his team get open for more makeable jump shots this year. “We want to force teams to guard our outside players and that should help our offense,” he added. Hays also has some guys he feels can help off the bench this year. They have 18 players on the junior varsity to provide more depth. He hopes this will help the team compensate should players lose their eligibility due to academics or other reasons. There will be no freshman team this year. Top teams in the district this year include Sebastian River, Fort Pierce Central, and Martin County. Okeechobee was 12-14 last year but that included a 1-9 district record. Hays was encouraged this summer that many of the players competed in camps and summer ball. He has been impressed with the improvement of young players like Tyrell Taylor, the favorite to start at center, and Jefferson Davis, a mobile 6’5” big man who should also play a big role for the Brahmans. Jonassaint could also play every position on the oor which includes center, despite his 6’1” stature. His all-round game and leadership will be vital to the team this year. Another surprise has been Jose Loredo who could be in the rotation. In a perfect world Hays would like to have a 10-man rotation and keep the team fresh. Jonassaint said he has been very encouraged by what he has seen during practice this year. “There is a lot to look forward to and the future is bright. I feel we can compete,” he said. Jonassaint said he felt the team showed heart and character in the preseason tournament in West Palm Beach. They fell behind early, but kept ghting and made the nal scores competitive. He also expects the team to be faster than some opponents and more physical than in past years. Assistant coaches this year include Jason Egli, Willie Welch, John Hirst and Mariano Medrano. Young players to watch on the JV include Roshell Thomas and Tyrone Joseph. Key home games this year include dates with South Fork on Nov. 27, Centennial on Dec. 13, Sebastian River on Dec. 14 and Dec. 18 versus Martin County. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 21 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012 Brahmans get ready for hardwood season By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee Lady Brahman soccer continued to struggle on offense as they dropped their second straight home match on Thursday to Clewiston High School 2-0. Okeechobee couldn’t keep the ball out of their end of the eld and allowed two soft goals due to mistakes near their net. Freshman Daniela Mojica had a strong game in nets for OHS (1-4) with 20 saves. Brooke Snyder had a shot and goal and Brianna Nunez played a spirited game at forward. Coach Sonya Smith said she saw improvement in the hustle of the girls in this match, “The girls showed more heart. We still need to work on communication. I feel we played a little better tonight.” Smith said Clewiston was lucky to score the two goals as defenders made errors and gave up the ball near the net. “I don’t think those goals should have happened. We’ll work on this and hopefully it won’t happen again,” she added. Other things to work on will be movement as the girls don’t seem to get open. She’d also like to see the girls spread the eld more to give the players more passing options on free kicks. The Tigers led 1-0 at the half and added a goal at the 26-minute mark of the second half to nish the scoring. The Lady Brahmans will host Boynton Beach on Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. Lady Tigers win by 2-0 tally as Lady Brahmans struggle Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCoach Shawn Hays runs a recent Brahman practice. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyHead coach Sonya Smith saw improvement in the play of her soccer team Thursday when they battled Clewiston.

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Maximum 30-day supply (90 tablets). 23 Okeechobee News November 18, 2012 Festival of Trees begins soonThe annual Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 26-Dec. 4 at Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth St. This event helps raise money for the bene t of patient care in the Hamrick Homea residence and in-patient facility providing 24 hour care. Decorated trees and other holiday decorations are donated by local clubs and indiv iduals and sold in a silent auction during the festival. The Festival of Trees will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, Tuesday, Nov. 27, Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Thursday, Nov. 29. The festival w ill be open on Friday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m.; on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. Groups wishing to schedule a speci c time to see the trees can make arrangements by calling Brigitte Irby at 863-357-1639 or Debbie Johnson at 863-467-2321.Ring the bell for ChristmasIf you would like to volunteer to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army, please contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427 or Phyllis at 863-467-8636. Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday until Christmas Eve (ringing begins the day after Thanksgiving). The coverage needed will be from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. but you need only volunteer for two to three hours at a time.Collaborative Council collecting toys for needyThe Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network, is once again collecting Christmas toys and clothing for needy and foster children. If you or your organization would like to donate a single toy, deliver a truck load or sponsor a family, please call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000 ext. 257. Thank you in advance for your generosity.Eastern Star plans Holiday Fashion ShowOn Saturday, Dec. 1 Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will host the 16th snnual Holiday Fashion Show and Luncheon at the KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S. The event is noted for the spectacular Tea Cup Auction and this year promises to be no exception. The merchants of our community have been very generous in providing gifts, gift certi cates and certi cates for services. In addition, there will be gift baskets donated by members of the Eastern Star. The doors will open at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $12 per person and can be obtained from any member of the Eastern Star or by contacting Neicha Spiller at 863-357-7084. Deadline for ticket sales is Monday, Nov. 26. No tickets will be sold at the door. Join us for great food, door prizes and beautiful fashions. Main Street makes plans for Christmas Festival & ParadeOkeechobee Main Street is now taking applications for the annual Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and Lighted Night Parade. Join us for the most exciting event of the season on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Flagler Park. The festival will open at 10 a.m. and the parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Applications are available at Okeechobee Main Street, 55 South Parrott Avenue or can be e-mailed directly to you. Please call 863-357-6246 or e-mail okms@okeechobeemainstreet.com for additional information.City plans holiday eventsThe City of Okeechobee will host the annual tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Park. Okeechobee County Schools Chorus Groups will perform. Santa will make a visit. Santa will be in the park to visit with children on Nov. 27, 28 and 29 and Dec. 4, 5, 6, 10 and 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Stop by for your picture with Santa. Santa will also travel around inside the city limits on a City of Okeechobee re truck. On Dec. 19 he will drive through the Northwest and Northeast sections of the City of Okeechobee. On Dec. 20 he will travel through the Southeast section. On Dec. 21 he will visit the southwest section of the city.Christmas In Lakeport The annual Christmas in Lakeport celebration will be held Dec. 8. Dinner at the community center will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Lights of Love Boat Parade begins at dusk at Harney Pond. This is Lakeport's Toys for Tots event. Admission is one or more toys. Sant a will be there to visit with the little ones. Refreshments will be served.VFW to host bazaarThe Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 10539 will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 1 at 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Tables are $10 and can be reserved by calling Sherri at 863-801-5180. Proceeds will go to support cancer research to help veterans and their families.OKMS announces Holiday Window Decorating ContestOkeechobee Main Street will again sponsor the annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Businesses are welcome to participate by decorating their window, creating a window display or setting up a display on the outside of their building. There is no cost to enter the contest. Applications are available at the Main Street Of ce, 55 S. Parrott Ave.; or, by calling 863-357-6246. Decorations must be completed by Tuesday, Dec. 4, and judging will begin on Wednesday, Dec.. 5. Holiday Happenings

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