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Sunday, November 25, 2012 V ol. 103 No. 142 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.28 feetLast Year: 13.87 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. Jobless rate declines ...Page 15 Leadership Okeechobee program planned ... Page 7Raulerson hospital volunteers making a difference ... Page 18 Prevent holiday res ... Page 4 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Waddie ThompsonWildlife areaWildlife photographer Waddie Thompson found this deer in a wildlife area north of Lake Okeechobee. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission advises area residents to drive carefully and watch out for wildlife on rural roads. For more, see page 19. Mexican rodeos/concerts to continue—with changesBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News After what has been described as a very “productive meeting” county of cials and the sheriff’s of ce have reached an agreement and the Mexican rodeos and concerts will continue—with some changes. The Nov. 16 meeting was a result of a near riot at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on Nov. 11 that led to four arrests and two injured deputies, and a crowd of up to 1,200 concert goers told to go home. Three members of the band, Los Horoscopos de Durrango, were arrested—including the two female singers fronting the band—and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on felony charges that included battery on a law enforcement of cer and inciting a riot. As an Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) deputy was trying to take one of the women into custody the other woman kicked him in the testicles. He was also hit in the head with a full can of beer. Another deputy was hit in the kidney area with a can of beer. While Sheriff Paul May said he is willing to work with event promoters to make things safe, the rodeo/concerts will only continue i f some changes are made in the way things are done—speci cally, beer sales. “Anything similar to the last one and I will personally speak with the county administrator (Robbie Chartier) and stop them,” vowed the Of cials set new rules for Ag Center By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A wrongful death lawsuit has been led against Sheriff Paul May that claims he and his department’s negligence led to an Okeechobee woman’s death while incarcerated in the county jail. The suit, led Nov. 2, demands a jury trial in the suicide death of Kerrie Michelle Howard and is seeking monetary relief in excess of $15,000. The plaintiff in the case is Lawrence W. Livoti, the personal representative for Howard’s estate. The attorney of record is Glori a Seidule of Stuart. Howard was 35 years of age when she was found dead in her cell shortly after midnight on Nov. 3, 2010. According to the District 19 Medical Examiner’s Of ce in Fort Pierce, her of cial cause of death was asphyxiation b y hanging. “I’m very sorry this happened. We do everything we can to keep this from happening but, the fact remains, if someone wants to Sheriff faces lawsuit over jail suicideSee AG CENTER— Page 5 See HOWARD — Page 5


As the sun set on the Indian River State College Williamson Center fountain Friday evening, individuals gathered to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost. The 30-member Okeechobee Community Choir lled the room with harmony as the candles twinkled and the sunset re ected off the fountain's dancing waters. Hospice of Okeechobee Board Members and Staff provided touching poems and comforting words to those in attendance. Okeechobee Ministerial Association provided inspiring words of peace. Guests received a remembrance votive candle to incorporate in their holiday traditions this year. Guests were also treated to a catered reception on the terrace after the event. One guest stated, "events like this remind us to remember the good times and nd comfort knowing I am not alone as I struggle with this loss." 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA! Like us on Facebook LIMITED TIME OFFER! Limit one coupon per person. All offers are subject to availability. Non-negotiable, non-transferable, cannot be combined with any other offer and must be redeemed in person at Seminole Casino Brighton. No cash value. No un-used credit will be returned. Only valid for food service in the Josiah Restaurant. Alcohol not included. Din e-in only, May not be used towards To-Go items. Seminole Casino Brighton is not responsible for lost or stolen coupons and reserves the right to change or cancel this offer without notice. Seminole Casino Br ighton employees are not eligible. Alteration or unauthorized use voids this offer. No reproductions allowed. Players Club members who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or who have op ted into the self exclusion program are not eligible. Management reserves the right to cancel or change the offer at any time based on operational and/or business concern. Other restrictions may apply. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT-IT.11AM … 11PM / Monday … FridayValid Through December 14th, 2012*PRESENT COUPON AT JOSIAHS RESTAURANT TO REDEEM THIS OFFER VALID FOR UP TO 4 PERSONS! Not valid on Saturdays or Sundays$7.77 PRIME RIB DINNER* 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 2 Okeechobee News November 25, 2012 Today: Clear. High of 70F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the NE in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 50F. Winds less than 5 mph.Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 75F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Monday Night : Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 55F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday : Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 79F. Winds less than 5 mph. Tuesday Night : Clear. Fog overnight. Low of 59F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday : Partly cloudy. High of 77F. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Hospice hosts Service of Remembrance Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe choir at the Service of Remembrance performed moving selections as those gathered remembered loved ones. The Service of Remembrance, hosted by Hospice on Friday, Nov. 16, at the IRSC Williamson Conference Center, included the lighting of candles.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3 Okeechobee News November 25, 2012


Benghazi You ever notice how the current administration will clam up when they are under the gun under the line “That’s Classi ed” but when Our forces got Osama bin Laden the administration w as quick to leak classi ed details? The term OPSEC only applies when it’s convenient. This w as not an intelligence asco. The intel community got it right. Two operators on the ground in the ght asked for support. That order for support was never given. The logistics where there. I don’t only blame our President. I blame both side of the aisle on this one. They were fully aware of the situation report and then tried to blame it on a video? Did we fall for this? I didn’t!Spice lab busted In Friday’s paper, there is a story about deputies nding a Spice lab in Okeechobee. How can we get this poison off the streets? They keep changing the formula to stay one step ahead of the law. How can those who are selling this stuff live with themselves, knowing what it is doing to children? Just because the label says it is “incense” is no excuse. They have to know if kids are spending $20 to buy it, they are smoking it to get high. The stuff is toxic and can cause brain damage or even death. These people who sell it don’t care who gets hurt. Can America return to greatness?By Rev. Allen PattersonOkeechobee Ministerial Association The holidays—especially Thanksgiving—usually put me in a nostalgic mood as I think about my family history and my people. And while those thoughts are again with me this year, I’ve also found myself thinking more and more about our heritage and history as an American people and wondering if it would be possible to return to our greatness as a nation. These thoughts were raised to the forefront of my mind by a dear friend from another country, who recently interrupted my nostalgic journey by asking me, quite in earnest, “America used to be such a great nation! What would it take for America to return to its great stature and position in our world?” What indeed? While this article is too short for a complete response, and while these thoughts may be vehemently rejected, I offer a few initial thoughts. I could begin by talking about the rancor of our recent election, the division of our country along the lines of a political system based on personal greed, graft and the thirst for power, but it would be a poor beginning. Or, I could answer rst by writing about our economy, and how to return to the morally and scally responsible, thriving, capitalistic society we started out to be, but that’s really not where we need to start. And I could begin by talking about the multiplied tens of thousands of abortions which are now our legacy, and by agreeing that as men and women we do have a choice—but that choice is made when we decide to have sex with whomever we please—not after a conception occurs. The choice is then no longer ours to make. Such a beginning would not suf ce, and would fall on deaf ears from border to border of this once great nation. I could begin with the argument which claims unloving Christians are to blame for our decline, or with the argument which lays the blame at the feet of our educational system. I could respond by talking about any of the thousands of laws, liberties or licenses tha t we live with on a daily basis—yet non e of them make an adequate beginning. So where to begin? Is it possible fo r us to return to true greatness? I believe it is, but let me begin with this—I strongly believe if God intends for us to return to true greatness as a nation, it will only come about to th e degree we are willing to make amends with our Maker, as individuals and as a uni ed nation. This prayer from scripture, in 2 Chronicles 6:12-42, is an excellen t place to start, “Lord, when the heavens are shut up and there is no blessing because we have sinned against you, ye t when we turn again, and confess you r name, then hear from heaven, and forgive! If we have a change of heart, and say, ‘We have sinned,” and if w e turn back to you with all our heart, then hear from heaven, and uphold ou r cause; and forgive your people. Send rain upon us again.” And in answer to such a humbl e prayer, God offers the following assurances of pardon and promise, “Whoever comes to me, I will never cast out. If he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate. I will not spurn them, neither will I abhor them so as to destroy them utterly and break my covenant with them, for I am the Lord thei r God. I will remember my covenan t with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish for you an everlasting covenant. Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Let th e wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Note: John 6:37; Exodus 22:27; Leviticus 26:44; Ezekiel 16:60; Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 55:7 Of course, for America to return to true greatness, there are a great man y more considerations, none of which make any sense without such a beginning as I’ve described above. Without beginning at the beginning, we cannot return to the place we began. Will you join me in this beginning? November 25, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap. com, click on the community name and y our local or state Public Forum. There, y ou can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking p lace. Thanks for participating! From the Florida Forest ServiceSpecial to the Okeechobee News The Florida Forest Service wants to remind everyone to enjoy the winter holidays with safety in mind. Holiday wild re safety begins the rst day as your family searches for the perfect Christmas tree. Holiday wild re safety ends with the carefully planned disposal of the tree at the end of the holiday season. Christmas tree res are more likely to cause a house re; a wild re can result from the ames. Richie Bamlet, Senior Forester and Certi ed A rborist with the Florida Forest Service wants to provide families with a few tips on protecting y ourself, your home and your property. One of the rst things you can do to prevent Christmas tree res is to pick the right tree. “When choosing a Christmas tree, it is important to buy a fresh tree,” Richie says. “Cut an inch off the bottom or ask the vendor to do it for you. This new cut will allow water to be taken up. Put your tree in water as soon as you get home and be sure to top-up daily. A fresh tree will drink about a pint a day for the rst couple of days. However, do not think the danger ends just because the holidays are over and the tree is down. A ccording to Melissa Yunas, Wild re Mitigation Specialist Florida Forest Service “Get to know the burn laws in your area before your strike that match. It is unsafe and illegal to burn wrapping paper and gift boxes. Consider recycling instead of burning your Christmas trees in order to reduce the chances of sparking a wild re.” Christmas trees may be ground up for mulch or used to help stabilize sand dunes, build structure for sh in a lake or pond or provide shelter for birds and other wildlife. Contact your local Solid Waste Authority for recycling information. I f you decide to burn your Christmas tree, here are a few outdoor burning tips: Never leave a re unattended, and make sure it is out before you leave. Keep a shovel and water hose handy. Don’t burn on windy days or when the humidity is below 35%. Your re must be contained to an 8-foot diameter pile or non-combustible barrel and must be at least 25 feet from forests, 25 feet from your house, 50 feet from a paved public road and 150 feet from other occupied buildings. If your re escapes, you may be held liable for suppression costs and damage to the property of others. Burning yard waste does not require an authorization from the Florida Forest Service, but you should check with your local city, county or Florida Forest Service of cials to see if there are any restrictions in your area. For additional re prevention tips, burning rules and regulations contact your local Florida Forest Service of ce. (Vero Beach 772-778-5085; Port St. Lucie 772-468-3915; Stuart 772-221-4045; Okeechobee 863-462-5160; Sebring 863-655-6407; Palmdale 863-674-4000). Please visit our website at www. oridaforestservice.com. Season’s greetings with wild re prevention


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News November 25, 2012 sheriff. Among those changes:  there will be a limit of two beers sold to a person at a time;  beer will only be sold in plastic cups;  cans or bottles will not be allowed;  if someone is intoxicated, they will not be served;  anyone who leaves the grounds, will not be allowed to return;  the amount of private security provided by the concert promoter will be increased;  everyone attending the event will be searched with a wand for guns, knives and any other potential weapons;  beer sales will be stopped one hour before the show ends;  signs will be put up stating that no weapons or alcohol will be allowed; and,  if OCSO deputies have probable cause, they will search vehicles for guns and weapons. Another change, added the sheriff, is that the event will be shut down if things start to get out of hand. “I speci cally requested (at the meeting) that the ranking of cer on duty can stop the program at any time if they think there’s going to be trouble,” he said. “They will be able to get in touch with any one of us (Sheriff May or OCSO Major Noel Stephen). But if they don’t have the time, they will have the power to shut it down.” Maj. Stephen added that another change to be instituted is that the sheriff’s of ce will now be involved in the permitting process for these events. “We can now research the history of the bands to see if there’s been any problems, and what kind of crowd they draw,” he said. “The county’s position is to continue these events because of their economic bene ts. The changes will assist in making these a safer environment for all, and we hope everybody will work together to make it so.” He went on to add that 2,600 cans of beer were sold at the Nov. 11 event. The problem started when private security of cers provided by the event’s promoter was involved in a physical altercation with a crowd member. When someone from that security detail used a taser to control the man in the crowd, the women fronting the band became involved. The women, apparently thinking those of the security detail were members of la w enforcement, began to swear at security personnel and demanded they stop tasering the concert-goer. Then, when an OCSO deput y motioned for the singer, Marisol Terrazas, 36, to come to the oor of the agri-civic center to speak with him she said de antly: “No, you come and get me.” When the deputy, accompanied by another OCSO deputy, stepped onto the stage and started to take the singer into custod y her sister, Virginia Terrazas, 32, kicked the deputy in the groin. By now, the crowd had erupted and began throwing cans of beer at the deputies on the stage. The singers, along with Luis A. Maldonado and Antonio Medina, were arrested and taken to the Okeechobee County Jail. Maldonado, a member of the band, was arrested after he reportedly hit a deputy in the head with a can of beer. Medina, who claimed to be Virginia Terrazas’ boyfriend was also charged with battery on a law enforcement of cer. Besides law enforcement Jenny Pung, marketing and public relations coordinator at Raulerson Hospital, stated in an e-mail that three children and two adults attending the event were injured and subsequentl y treated at the hospital’s emergency room. “If these can change to where they are safe for the people attending the event and my deputies working the event, then I have no problem,” said Sheriff May. “Any further occurrence and I will not send my deputies out there any more.” The eight OCSO deputies working the event were doing so on an off-duty basis. They were each being paid $25 per hour b y the event promoter. And even though the deputies were of f duty, Sheriff May pointed out that he has to approve all off-duty work. But, he continued, his deputies don’t have to work these events. “This is voluntary and off duty. If anyone doesn’t want to go there and work, I full y understand,” he said. The next rodeo/concert was scheduled for Dec. 2 but it has been canceled. However, whenever the next one is held there will be a visibly stronger contingent o f law enforcement on hand. The sheriff said the number of deputies on hand will be at least doubled, or maybe even more. AG CENTERContinued From Page 1 hurt themselves they can,” said Sheriff May in an interview shortly after the discovery of Howard’s body. “We never saw this coming or were given any signs she was planning this. My thoughts and prayers go to the family.” The suit states that on Nov. 2 Howard received a disciplinary report for possession of contraband while she was an inmate at the Okeechobee County Jail. She was then reclassi ed to high-risk status and put in lockdown, continues the suit. Detention Deputy Lisa Leon then saw Howard crying in her cell at 10:10 p.m., the suit states. Howard was later found dead in her cell. The suit alleges that Sheriff May: failed to keep Howard safe from other inmates; failed to keep Howard safe from herself; and, failed to notify medical providers of her condition and/or transfer to lockdown. “As a direct result of the defendant’s negligence, Kerrie Howard hanged herself,” states the suit. Damages are sought for Mr. Livoti: for the loss of earnings from the date of her injury to the date of her death, with interest; for the loss of prospective net accumulations of Howard’s estate; and, for medical or funeral expenses due to the decedent’s injury or death. Damages are also sought for Howard’s children: for the value of lost, and future loss, of support and services; lost parental companionship, instruction and guidance; and, for mental pain and suffering. Records indicate that Howard had been housed in jail since March 15, 2010, when her bond was revoked after she was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. She had been free on bond following her Feb. 3, 2010, arrest on four counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, or doctor shopping. Those same records show that Howard was arrested Feb. 5, 2010, on felony charges of criminal use of personal identi cation information and trespass upon ground or facility of schools. Then, on March 8 of that same year, she was arrested on the DUI charge. She was arrested again on April 6 on a misdemeanor trespass charge. On May 26, 2010, Howard was arrested on charges of DUI manslaughter, DUI manslaughter failure to render aid, and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Those charges stemmed from a March 28, 2009, accident in which she was accused of killing Derrick Jace Rogers. She was allegedly driving a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck when she hit Mr. Rogers as he was walking on U.S. 441 S.E. According to OCSO reports, the 23-yearold man’s body was found lying in the middle of the road on top of the Taylor Creek Bridge. Howard had reportedly left the scene and called the sheriff’s of ce from a nearby business. The case number is 472012CA000459. HOWARDContinued From Page 1 The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investgated reports of the following crimes last week. ASSAULT  700 block of N.E. 13th Ave. BURGLARY  1300 block of S.E. Fifth St.  2900 block of N.W. 35th Ave.  7900 block of S.R. 78 W.  1700 block of N.W. Eighth St. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF  4000 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2600 block of N.E. Sixth Court  3000 block of N.W. 10th Terrace THEFT  23000 block of N.E. 48th Ave. (jewelry)  2500 block of U.S. 98 N. (money, cell phone)  2100 block of N.W. Third St. (license tag/decal)  6800 block of N.W. 151st St.  2400 block of N.W. 63rd Terrace (credit card)  2300 block of S.E. 27th St. (electronic gaming console)  16000 block of N.W. 68th St.  100 block of N.W. 352nd Court (airboat trailer) OCSO Investigations The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Victoria Jones, 18, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 20 by Detective Bill Saum on felony charges of forgery and credit card fraud. Her bond was set at $5,000.  Jake Joseph Alexander, 23, S.E. 27th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 20 by Deputy Cari Arnold on felony charges of grand theft ( ve counts). His bond was set at $50,000.  Shannon Dakota Gerber, 21, S.W. Fifth A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 20 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging her w ith violation of probation uttering a forged bill. She is being held without bond.  Jose Juaquin Cervantes, 24, S.R. 70 E., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 21 by Trooper M.D. Scheetz on a felony charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $2,500.  Luis Alvarez, 22, N.E. 224th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 21 by Deputy Raul Marrero on a warrant charging him w ith the misdemeanor of violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond.  Melanie Dawn Bailey, 29, S.E. 34th Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 21 by Detective Bettye Taylor on felony charges of credit card fraud (17 counts) and grand theft. Her bond was to be set.  Willie Joe Harris, 34, N.E. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 21 by Detective Javier Gonzalez on a warrant charging him with the felony of grand theft. His bond was set at $50,000.  Kimberly Christine Peterman, 26, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 21 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of grand theft from a person 65 years of age or older. Her bond was set at $5,000.  April Lee Murray, 30, N.E. Third Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 21 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an amended DOC warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation purchase of cocaine and violation of probation possession of cocaine. She is being held without bond.  Terry Duane Williams, 55, N.W. Eighth St., Williston, was arrested Nov. 21 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on a felony charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge habitual offender. His bond was to be set.  Shae Anthony Hert, 31, Riverwalk Lane, Jupiter, was arrested Nov. 21 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a felony charge of possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was to be set. 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. A rrest Report


Masonic Lodge to host Sunday, Nov. 25, breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., w ill host breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25 for just $6 per person. Eggs, bacon, grits, pancakes and all the xings will be available. The public is welcome and carry outs will be available. Breakfast is offered every other Sunday. Proceeds go to the local Mason charitable fund.North Moose Lodge hosting Nov. 25 breakfastThe North Moose Lodge will host breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 25 from 8 to 11 a.m. The public is invited. Proceeds go to Moose and Mooseheart charities. Call Troy for information, 863-634-4556.Eagles host chicken dinnerCypress Hut Eagles will serve a southern fried chicken dinner with two sides for a donation of $6 on Sunday, Nov. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. Proceeds go to the community charity fund. For more information, please call 863467-1154. V FW to host Italian buffetThe North VFW Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will serve an Italian buffet from 2 to 4 p.m. for a donation of $6.50 on Sunday, Nov. 25 Entertainment will be Karaoke by Steve on a Stick from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds w ill go towards Veterans' Assistance Programs.Shrine Club to host spaghetti dinner on Nov. 27The Okeechobee Shrine Club offers a delicious spaghetti dinner this Tuesday, Nov. 27 and every Tuesday evening throughout the winter. Complete dinner is only $6 and will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Reserv ations are not required. They offer smokefree dining. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For more information, call Kip at 863-357-0427.Hospice to hold yard saleHospice of Okeechobee's next yard sale w ill 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 863-467-2321.Register now for hoop, cheering programUpward Basketball and Cheerleading registration is $65 due by Wednesday, Nov. 28 Forms and information are available at rst Baptist Church of Okeechobee of ce and by calling 863-763-2171. Evaluations/orientation are mandatory and will be Nov. 29, 5:30-7 p.m. ( rst-fourt grade) and Nov. 30, 5:30-7 p.m. ( fth-sixth grade). Practices begin Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Games are Saturdays between Jan. 12 and March 2.Cypress Hut Eagles Auxiliary will meetCypress Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles 4509 Auxiliary will hold elections for a new president and vice president on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.Dinner to bene t Relay for LifeRelay For Life-YaYa Angels of Buckhead Ridge will host a dinner on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the VFW Buckhead Ridge, The menu includes beef pot roast, potatoes, carrots and dessert $7. All donations will bene t Relay For Life. For more information, contact Renee Silvers at 863-594-9983.Children's Society to host orientationThe 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.Fair board meeting setThe Okeechobee County Fair Board will hold their next meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Chamber of Commerce of ce.Annual 4-H yard sale slatedThe annual 4-H yard sale will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. till noon. The sale will be held in the parking lot of the Mims Veterinary Hospital at 275 S.W. 32nd St. Household items, books, toys, and clothes will be among the many items for sale. All proceeds will bene t the Okeechobee County 4-H program. Victory Baptist honors pastorVictory Baptist Church, 500 S.W. Ninth St. (four blocks west of Sun Trust Bank) invites you to join us for a very special service to honor our faithful pastor and church on Dec. 2 Special music, message, "pot luck" dinner. Everyone is welcomed as we recall years of memories. Join us Sunday morning at 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.; or, Sunday night at 7 p.m. For more information call 863-7630669.Florida Highwaymen featured in art eventEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., is calling artists in all categories of art to participate in the F.O.E. 4137 Auxiliary fourth annual art event planned for Saturday, Dec. 1 featuring the Florida Highwaymen and other ne artists from Florida. To participate in this event, call Lynn Earley at 863-697-2443 or email: lynn.earley@gmail.com. Booth fee is a $65 donation which will go to the F.O.E. 4137 Auxiliary Charities Fund. The public is invited to the show. This year's show will feature the largest gathering of Highwaymen artists the show has ever had.North Elementary plans Dec. 1 community yard saleOn Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Elementary School will host a community yard sale. Tables will be $10 each while the supply lasts. Spaces to set up your own table will be $5 each. To reserve a table or space, please call Judy Demeter at 863-462-5100. Auxiliary breakfast will bene t veteransThe Ladies Auxiliary of The VFW Post 10539 will serve a biscuits and gravy breakfast on Dec. 1 at the post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Proceeds from this event will go to buy food for veterans and their families during the holidays.4-H plans annual yard saleThe Annual 4-H yard sale will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of Mims Veterinary Hospital, 275 S.W. 32nd St. Household items, books, toys, and clothes will be among the many items for sale. All proceeds will bene t the Okeechobee County 4-H program.OHS girls soccer ream sponsors 5k Run/WalkOHS girls soccer team will be sponsoring a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec. 1 ., at the Taylor Creek STA, on U.S. 441 North beginning at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $25. For more information, or early registration, please contact Jeri Raulerson at 863-697-8982.Healthy Start to meetOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at their of ce, 1132 S. Parrott Ave., in the White House Plaza. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information please contact executive director Kay Begin at the coalition of ce 863-462-5877.Applications for annual Christmas Festival acceptedOkeechobee 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. Take this perfect opportunity to visit with friends and family and enjoy a stroll through the parks. Great food and one-of-a-kind gift ideas for Christmas. Applications are available at Okeechobee Main Street, 55 South Parrott Ave.; or, they can be e-mailed directly to you. Please call 863-357-6246 or e-mail okms@ okeechobeemainstreet.com for additional information.Church plans annual Christmas cookie saleThe Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N Parrott Ave., will hold their annual cookie sale in the Fellowship Hall Fourth Street entrance on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Let us do your Christmas baking come ll your bucket with cookies & enjoy them during the holidays!Autism support group meetsOkeechobee Parents Group for Parents o f Children with Autism will meet to networ k with other parents for support, information, training, and resource information, on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. For more information call Lind a Peirce 772-873-3422.Stroke Support GroupThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility will be holding a "Stroke Support Group" on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 5:50 p.m. at the Heritage Assisted Living 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 the session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, families and patients. For more information feel free to call 863763-1700.Poker tournament will bene t Aurora JuarezA poker tournament and dinner will be held to bene t Aurora Juarez, a former Okeechobee County School Board employee, on Wednesday, Dec. 12 The barbecue pork dinner will be held at the Rednec k Yacht Club, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., from 4 until 6:30 p.m. Lunch deliveries are available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call numbers for lunch are: Lisa at 863-697-3705; or, Lauri at 863634-0039. Tournament registration begins at 6 p.m. and play will start at 7 p.m. There is a $50 donation entry fee. For tournament information and sign-ups call: Rhonda at 863634-6586; Moe at 863-634-0057; or, sign up at Pogey's Restaurant. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News November 25, 2012 Community Events


The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County is looking for potential community leaders. The chamber will sponsor an eightmonth leadership program to prepare potential leaders to meet the challenges facing Okeechobee County. The program offers participants the opportunity to:  Develop leadership skills;  Learn about critical issues of Okeechobee;  Discuss concerns with key decision makers;  Establish new contacts; and,  Contribute to the future of Okeechobee. If you are interested in serving the community, committed to professional growth and dedicated to the future of Okeechobee County, then you are a candidate for Leadership Okeechobee. Participants will explore critical issues through a series of seminars and related activities, interaction with key decision maker, local area experts, community leaders and representatives of local government, assist participants in better understanding the forces that impact their business, community and daily lives. Leadership Okeechobee believes the cooperative effort of well-informed citizens is the key to preserving and enhancing the quality of life that Okeechobee residents enjoy. As the Leadership Okeechobee program is designed to be interactive, not passive, the challenges and opportunities of the future are addressed in a seminar format. Issues are presented in an open, in-depth manner. Leadership Okeechobee does not advocate any one viewpoint, but strives to present all sides of a topic. Upon acceptance into the program, participants will receive a schedule of seminar subjects and dates. Participants are required to attend an orientation session. Six day-long seminars are held on a monthly basis from October 2013 through March 2014 followed by graduation. Seminar settings vary, moving throughout Okeechobee in order for the class to meet in locations appropriate to the issues being addressed. Knowledge acquired from Leadership Okeechobee will give each participant a deeper insight into special problems facing Okeechobee. Topics address will include:  Leadership skills;  History of Okeechobee;  Quality of life;  Environment;  Water management;  Health and human services;  Agriculture and agribusiness;  Business diversity;  Local media;  Education;  Government;  Community issues;  Community involvement;  Future of Okeechobee; and,  Cultural Arts Leadership Okeechobee participants will be representative of the area’s geographic, business and ethnic mix. Participants should demonstrate commitment, motivation and interest to serve in the community; participation in community activities; and, interest in seeking key volunteer or leadership roles. Participants must commit to attending all of the sessions. This is a commitment of one day a month for eight months. Upon completion of Leadership Okeechobee, graduates may further relationships formed during the program, remain informed on community and county issues and assist in designing future leadership programs. To be considered, applicants should submit a completed application form to Leadership Okeechobee, 55 Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Once accepted into the program, a fee of $395 is required to cover meals, transportation and other program expenses before the program starts. The program will be limited to the rst 25 persons to qualify. To obtain an application form or for more information contact: the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, 863-467-6246 or email terry@okeechobeebusiness.com. 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. 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Originals, Lithographs and Giclee prints will be available for purchase. For more information, please call the gallery at 863-357-3200. Robert Butler showing planned Shrine Club collects can tabsThe local Shrine Club is collecting the “pull tabs” from aluminum cans. Bring yours to the Shrine Club where we convert them into gas money for the free transportation van of local patients to the Shriners Hospital. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863357-0427, Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.


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The OFC theme this year is: “Saddle Up for Success.” A special Veterans Day Assembly was held on Friday, Nov. 9, by The Okeechobee A chievement Academy’s Student Council and Communities in Schools of Okeechobee, Inc. Guest Veterans, as well as staff Veterans w ere recognized at this special time of honoring those who have served and are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Students took the time to thank our v eterans by sharing a Veterans Day video, shaking a veteran’s hand, thanking them for their sel ess service, and providing a free lunch to each Veteran. The best part of the assembly was when one of the students, Esteban Santibanez, gave a heart moving presentation, when he gave the R.O.T.C.’s Presentation of Colors for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard to each Veteran (Pictured: Esteban Santibanez, SSG Scott Viens, and SPEC 4 Robert Browning). Salutes were exchanged and tears were shed as these veterans were honored by the students. Many stated that nothing had ever moved them as this assembly had. OAA so proud of the respect and honor shown for our troops, and even more proud of our Veterans who have given so much for the freedom we enjoy. The Okeechobee Achievement Academy wants to say once more, Thank you Veterans! We know Freedom is not free! OAA honors V eterans Day


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 To “nd out if a Humana plan is right for you, call to schedule an in-home appointment or to “nd a neighborhood meeting in your area. 1-877-868-0796 (TTY: 711) 8 a.m. 8 p.m., 7 days a week monthly plan premium$0The smart health plan for todays economy$0 monthly Plan PremiumDoctors of“ce visits and hospital coveragePrescription drug coverageConvenient mail-order delivery of prescriptionsFitness program gym membership at no additional costVision coveragePreventive coverage24-hour nurse advice lineWellness programEmergency coverage at home and when you travelAnd 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, sales meetings, call 1-877-868-0796 (TTY: 711), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Applicable to Plan Name: Humana Gold Plus (HMO) plans: Plan 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. 11 Okeechobee News November 25, 2012


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 M&M Auto Brokers, Inc.from3565 Hwy 441 N., Okeechobee • mandmautobrokersinc.com • mmmitch@live.com2006 Chevy Equinox LS 82,000 miles, leather, sunroof$8,595 Buy Here! Pay Here!As low as $500 Down $500 & up for any trade-in! Easy Payment! CASH FOR JUNK!!! Mention this ad and save Dealer Fee! We’ll Work with you!M-F 9am 6pm • SAT 9am 3pmCall Mitch (863) 763-0330 ANYTIME Cell 954-214-8877 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Nov. 23RD Thurs., Nov. 29THFor 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 ONLY, Wed., 2:00, 4:40 & 7:20III: “RISE OF THE GUARDIANS”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-13 PG 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. 13 Okeechobee News November 25, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis Club welcomes March of DimesLaura McCall and Maggie Cable were the guest speakers at the weekly Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee on Nov. 8. The March of Dimes is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year and focus on the prevention of premature births and birth defects. On average, one out of eight babies that are born are born prematurely. Okeechobee Senior Services Halloween PartyHalloween at Okeechobee Senior Services brought out costumed fun and a contest. Left to right are: Kentucky Hillbilly Dottie Gettie who won second place; rst place winner Janie Kihn as a turkey; and third place winner Mary Ellen Hill as Raggedy Ann. (Photo courtesy Okeechobee Senior Services.) George DuPont of George’s Hotdogs, 3603 Hwy. 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 of helping a homeless pet in your own town, it will also bring you a free George’s Hotdog and a drink when you drop off your donation with him in front of Mid-Florida 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. Do you have some extra time to donate to help a homeless pet? Call the shelter and come give a dog a hug. 8633357-1104. Annual Dogs for Dogs fundraiser under way


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PRO fessionalAn Affordable way to Advertise YOUR business! Call 863-763-3134 JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342Cargo • Auto • Utility Trailers & Parts C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics • Exhaust • A/C Service • Brakes Window Motors • Tune-Ups • Welding • Engine Mechanics863-467-6633 Located Behind Rita’s Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Diane Wood, RN Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 Tree Locators, Inc. “Don’t Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate It”-Plants -Trees -Natural Stone -Decorative Gravel -Manufactured Stone -Design -Installation -Full Garden Center 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.com Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2431 • 800-432-1064 • FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com Process Service PS-06-17 Bail Bonds Gregory Gernat 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864UNIQUE SERVICES5% discount with this ad ProMobile Bicycle Repair Service BBI Graduate Lic# G12000032821 All Makes & Models I Come to You!(561)309-9320 NOW SERVING OKEECHOBEE, MARTIN & PALM BEACH COUNTY 10% O Standard Tune Up with this coupon!Visit Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/promobilebicyclerepair 863.763.1141300 NW Park St Okeechobee HOURS:MON-FRI 7AM 6PM SAT 7AM 5PM SUN 9AM 3PM Aluminum Division of Seminole Construction Development Inc. Affordable Prices Screen Rooms Patios Carports Glass or Acrylic rooms Hurricane Protection Awnings Vinyl siding Raised wood decks Concrete work Repair Work Re-screens, And moreWe are the aluminum specialist with 30 years experience quality built at affordable prices free local estimates(863) 697-1447 Michael D. (239) 289-6446 Zack License Number CGC 1515249 Annual Election Period for Medicare is here!Visit: www.aleapinsurance.com Request to be contacted by a Licensed Agent or call (863) 763-7114 Jessie Vasquez Sr., General AgentInterested in a Medicare Advantage Plan? Grand Opening CelebrationDec. 8th 2:00 5:30 p.m............Refreshments and door prizes...........(863) 634-02411136 S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee FL http://fawnsstudio.weebly.comFawn’s Studio Dr. Jennifer CookChiropractic care with a mother’s touch! Okeechobee Office 916 W. North Park St.cookchiroclinic@yahoo.comClewiston Office 309 Central Ave.863-233-6084 Call today 14 Okeechobee News November 25, 2012


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 w ill perform. Santa will make a visit. Santa w ill 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 w ith 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.Bene t toy run scheduledBig Lake Missions is in need of gifts and toys for children ages one through teen. Cash, gift cards and checks made payable to "Big Lake Missions Outreach" will be cheerfully accepted. Toys should be new, unwrapped and have a minimum value of $10. A toy run is planned to help collect donations. All two wheelers, three wheelers and four wheelers are welcome to join the ride Saturday, Dec. 1 They will leave from Brahman Theaters, 1500 S. Parrott Ave. Kick stands will go up promptly at 8 a.m. Maps of the run will be provided before leaving the theater parking lot. There will be one lunch stop. For more information, please contact: Bill at 863-610-0784, Gene at 863-634-1723, or Bruce at 863-697-6433.Boat parade slated for Dec. 15The Okeechobee 29th annual Christmas Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15. The public is welcome. Decorate your boats and meet us on Taylor Creek at S.R. 70 E. by Burger King between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and goes down Taylor Creek to the rim canal. Turn leftparade will end at the VFW. Questions, call Arnie Whelpley at 863-634-4777.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. 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 annual 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. VFW Auxiliary hosting annual Christmas 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 will be available for $10 and can be reserved by calling Sherri at 863-801-5180. Proceeds from this event will go to support cancer research to help veterans and their families. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 LMixon@MixonGroup.com www.MixonGroup.comNEW LOCATION1306 SW 2nd Avenue863-763-6000 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 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 $92,000 Make offer! 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 15 Okeechobee News November 25, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News About 100 fewer people collected jobless bene ts in Okeechobee County during October as the unemployment rate fell onehalf of a point to 9.8 percent, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday. There were still 1,917 people on jobless bene ts in Okeechobee, which compared to 2,103 in October, and 2,309 in October, 2011. Glades County saw an even bigger decrease from 10 to nine percent with 441 people collecting bene ts. That compared to 480 who collected bene ts in September, and 518 who collected bene ts in October, 2011. Okeechobee stood at seventh place among Florida Counties and Glades stood at 17th highest. Around the area Highlands County had 8.7 percent, St. Lucie 10.9 percent, Osceola 8.9 percent, Martin 9 percent and Palm Beach County 8.6 percent. Jobless rate declines in October Holiday HappeningsCraft FairFourth Annual event at Buckhead Ridge Moose on Saturday, December 8, 2012. 8:30 am 3:30 pm. Spaces lling up fast. Contact Bonnie Booth 863-357-1556.


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Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE 1301 SW 5th Avenue, 11/30 & 12/1/12, 8am 3pm. 5 Family Sale Lots of Quality Children’s Clothing & Toys; Housewares, DVDs, Games & Much More! We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Special NoticeBuckhead Ridge Craft Fair, December 8th. BHR Moose Lodge, Hwy. 78. Reservations now being taken for crafters and artists. No vendors or resellers allowed. For more info call Bonnie Booth 357-1556 (863)357-1556 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters is looking for someone to work in the of ce Mon Thurs 9am 4pm and Friday 9am 1pm • Must have very good people skills • Be extremely computer literateContact Lesley or Alex at (863) 763-2248EOE • DFWPClass 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. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Part Time 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 Employment Full Time Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. 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 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Lawn ServiceIs your lawn in need of some TLC? Give us at Angler’s Tree Service a call for tree trimming, pruning, and removal. We also do stump grinding and will rid you of those eye sores once and for all. Affordable, professional, family owned and operated. Call Dave: 863-634-9899 or Lou: 863-634-8274 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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/SuppliesBlue Female Pit with white markings,4 months old, current on all shots. Mother is ABA Registered razor edge blood line. Asking $100.00 Call 863-532-2142 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Services OfferedWANTED: Spot to bow hunt HOGS. Will pay to hunt. Call Jim (305)766-2926 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. Houses Rent1002 SE 8th Drive Newly Remodeled 2 bed, 1 bath $650.00 All appliances, tile oors, hurricane windows. Immediate occupancy Last, security, references. Chris 863-447-3282 anytime Houses Rent2BD/1BA ON LARGE LOT WITH OAK TREES, SHED, 1 CAR CARPORT. IN S.E. SECTION OFF 8TH STREET, NO PETS. $800/MO., 1ST,LAST & SECURITY. CALL 863-634-5586 For 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 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. OKEECHOBEE 4BR, 2BA, tile throughout, $800 month 1st & sec. moves you in. Call (561)248-3888 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses SaleDOLL HOUSE, 2/2 ON WATER, FURNISHED, FENCED YARD,PET FRIENDLY, ON LARGE LOT. $69,000.00 CALL 863-763-8761 OR 863-447-1384 Okeechobee 5 Acres 5,000 ft. landing strip 3bd/2ba large living and dining room, den, central air/heat, patio and swimming pool, double garage w/attached 40x40 hanger plus another 30x30 separate storage building. $185,000 will consider reasonable offer 417-848-6360 or 417-848-3424 Lots SaleTREASURE ISLAND NICE MOBILE HOME READY LOT. SE 25TH STREET ASKING $10,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentTREASURE 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. Shop here first! The classified ads 16 Okeechobee News November 25, 2012


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. FOR SALE 13x37 Chariot Model Home, built March of 2010, 1 or 2 bedrooms, splattered walls and ceilings, addition added, covered carport, sunroom or bedroom. Located at Ancient Oaks gated community. Block 20, Lot 8, Lake Frieda behind house, 2 way street. Like New lived in just 5 months, Club house across St. $99,900.00 Call 423-552-5055 1981 Fan Trailer 35ft sleeps 4, 1bd and sofa bed, furnished cover screened porch and parking, storage shed, turn key located at Kissimmee River Fishing Resort. $6,500 Call 817-879-7102 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 2br/1ba S.W. MOBILE HOME W/LOT, SAFE, QUIET, CONVIENNENT NEIGHBORHOOD, NEAR TOWN, NEW FLOORS AND CABINETS, FENCED. 713 S.E. 7TH STREET $35,000 CALL 906-231-6136 32FT HOLIDAY RAMBLER 1BD/1BA, ROLLOVER ROOF, 8’X20’ FLORIDA ROOM, FURNISHED, SHED, CANAL(LAKE ACCESS) BOAT SLIP(NO FEE). SMALL 55+ SEASONAL PARK, NO PETS. $2,500.00 CALL 812-525-0538 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 Mobile HomeSaleFor 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 Furnished M/H For Sale -2/1 on 4 lots (100x108) Kissimmee River Estates Okeechobee, $5,000 down, $500 a month for 62 months. 863-610-0158 LARGE (24X56) MODULATE ON DEEP CANAL, FENCED, 11X56 ENCLOSED PORCH. IMMEDIATE POSSESSIONS, EVERYTHING GOES. $75,000.00 W/PONTON $68,000.00 JUST HOME 3104 SE 35TH AVE 502-649-9637 Palm Harbor Homes 14X50 Mobile Condo 2/2 $29,900 Park Special 800-622-2832 ext 210 PINE RIDGE PARK 1 BEDROOM/1 BATH MOBILE HOME ON LARGE CORNER LOT. SEPTIC TANK & WELL. $14,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 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 BoatsJavelin berglass bass boat and trailer, 120 horsepower Johnson engine, fully equipped, Asking $3,500 Call: 812-295-8517 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 RV Space RentGracious RV Park: Lots for rent from $270.00 to $395.00/mo. Rec. Hall, Boat Launch, Docks, WIFI, Pool (under Const.) and Laundry. (863)763-6200 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 Automobiles1979 Ford Red Ranchero, GT 351 V8, $1,500 OBO. 1966 Buick Electra Conv., 425 V8, $12,000 OBO Kissimmee River Estates Call 863-610-0158 2001 TOYOTA CAMRY CE Good condition, good gas milage, new battery and alternator, trunk will leak if very heavy rain. $5,000 /or best offer (863)801-4708 Parts/RepairsFOR SALE CHEVROLET S10 HOOD, LATE 80’S EARLY 90’S IN GOOD CONDITION $75.00 CALL 863-623-8800 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice School Board Executive Session and Negotiations The Okeechobee County School Board will meet in closed executive session with their attorney, chief negotiator, and Superintendent on Monday, December 3, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. Room 307, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, regarding negotiations with Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 for instructional and classi ed bargaining units. The next bargaining session will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 303 of the School District Administration Building, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Collective bargaining sessions are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 430901 ON 11/25,28/2012 Motorcycles 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 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 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; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk 430986 ON 11/18,25/2012 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 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO. 2012-CA-172 IN RE: Marriage of CAROLYN CONRAD GREEN Petitioner And CRAIG GREEN Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION TO: CRAIG GREEN Last known domicile or residence: ANDROS, BAHAMAS YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for uncontested dissolution of marriage has been led against you in this action pending in Glades County, Florida, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses or answer if any, on Petitioner’s attorney: JOHN R. COOK P.A. PO BOX 515 OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34973 Within thirty(30) days of rst publication of this Notice of Action, and le the original with the Clerk of Court, PO Box 10, Moore Haven, Florida 33471, either before service on Petitioner’s attorney, or Immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief sought in the petition. FIRST PUBLICATION the 21st day of November. 2012 By: John R. Cook PO Box 515 Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863)467-0297 Florida Bar 0262951 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING SHOULD CONTACT COURT ADMINISTRATION NOT LATER THAN SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE LEE COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER, 1700 MONROE ST., FT. MYERS, FLORIDA 33901 WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RECEIPT OF THIS NOTICE. 431193 ON 11/21,23,25/2012 17 Okeechobee News November 25, 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, GILBER T 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 o f the Circuit Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relie f 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 Cler k 431112 ON 11/18,25/2012 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 18 Okeechobee News November 25, 2012 There is a very special group of about 50 people in Okeechobee who graciously give of their time to help members of our community who are ill or injured. The volunteers at Raulerson Hospital work in the facility’s lobby and help with activities such as escorting patients or guests requiring wheelchairs, as well as providing directions to various departments. There are various other responsibilities that volunteers take care of and some even work in speci c non-clinical departments of the hospital. Volunteering at a hospital can make for a busy day, but it is also very rewarding. When someone is a patient at or visiting a hospital, they may feel scared or worried and hospital volunteers have a unique opportunity to provide comfort and understanding while they interact with the patient or visitor. Volunteers work in four-hour shifts at least once a week. Some of the volunteers are seasonal residents. Each Raulerson Hospital volunteer can enjoy a complimentary lunch from the cafeteria either before or after their shift. Volunteers at Raulerson Hospital are not limited to retirees. There are also teenagers who participate in the volunteer program during the summer and at other times in the year. These volunteens are often interested in a future career in the health care eld. I f you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Raulerson Hospital, call 863-824-2702 to request an application. Volunteers are making a difference at Raulerson Hospital Dr. Gregory Sainnoval is special guest for Dine with the Doctor programA free health lecture will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Raulerson Hospital cafeteria. Dinner will start at 4:30 p.m. for a fee of $5 per person. The lecture, which starts at 5 p.m., is free. To RSVP, call 863-7639228. General surgeon Dr. Gregory Sainnoval will discuss hernias and gall bladder problems. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Grand OaksA nice Italian lunchGrand Oaks residents enjoyed a lunch trip to Mama Flegos Italian Restaurant. The residents were impressed with the food, wonderful service and the amazing lunch specials. The staff was so nice and really went out of their way to make everyone felt at home. The Open Hands Health Center will open May, 2013. This free Health Care Center is an Okeechobee County project for faith and income-based health needs. The Center is looking for a location with little to no rent. They are looking for volunteers in all areas of a small business, doctors and nurse practitioners who will donate time at the center or in their own of ces in all medical elds. If you have any questions or interests, please call Big Lake Baptist Association or Flo Bunker. For more information, call 863467-6978 or( 63-467-0889, email admin@ openhandshealthcenter.org or go online to openhandshealthcenter.org. Open Hands Health Center seeks volunteers and help Special to the Okeechobee NewsHoliday basket winnerCongratulations to Diane Merry. She was the winner of the “Sneider Law” Holiday Gift Basket at the Agri-Civic Center Halloween Event.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Just like at Publix, you can depend on our helpful, knowledgeable Publix Pharmacy associates. To truly care about you and your health. Give you answers on prescription and over-the-counter medications. And work hard to help you feel better. Trust us to have your best interests at heart„including ways to save money, with these FREE medications: antibiotics,* lisinopril,** and metformin.*** Publix at Northlake Village 3551 US Highway 441 S. OkeechobeePharmacy Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.…8 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.…6 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.…5 p.m. Pharmacy Phone number: 863.763.0428Everything you love about Publix. And more.Publix Pharmacy now open at Northlake Village.publix.com/pharmacy *Up to a 14-day supply of select antibiotics. **All strengths included. Maximum 30-day supply (60 tablets). Lisinopril-HCTZ combination products excluded. *** All strengths of generic immediate-release metformin included. Maximum 30-day supply (90 tablets). 19 Okeechobee News November 25, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News This holiday season, many people will travel throughout Florida to visit with friends and family. During this time, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is urging motorists to be extra vigilant when traveling through panther country. The major human-related cause of panther deaths is vehicles striking these large cats. FWC biologists attribute 15 of the 23 documented panther deaths in 2012 to collisions with vehicles. Three of these vehiclerelated panther deaths occurred in the last two weeks. In 2011, nine of 24 documented deaths of Florida panthers were attributed to v ehicle collisions. By slowing down when you are driving along rural highways, especially where panther crossings are identi ed, you can help the Florida panther. "People who slow down and drive carefully through panther habitat can make a difference in the conservation of this endangered species," said Darrell Land, Panther Team Leader for the FWC. "It is especially important to slow down and keep a careful lookout at dawn or dusk, when panthers are most likely to be on the move." The panther population has grown vefold since the 1980s, when its numbers had dwindled to 20-30. Its increase to a current estimate of 100-160 adult and subadult panthers is a success story, but one tempered w ith the knowledge that an increasing population means a greater chance for vehicle collisions. "Unfortunately the increase in the number of panthers also means an increase in the number of panthers struck by vehicles each year." said Land. "However, people can help us protect these rare and endangered cats by slowing down and keeping a watchful eye out." People can assist the FWC by reporting sightings of an injured or dead panther by calling the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone. Another option is texting Tip@MyFWC.com (standard usage fees may apply). For more information on Florida panthers, go to www. oridapanthernet.org. FWC asks motorists to slow down for panthers Special to the Okeechobee News/ FWCThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking motorists to take is slow and watch for wildlife when traveling rural roads in Florida. to help protect the endangered Florida panthers. Special to the Okeechobee News/ FWCThe Florida panther population has increased in recent years to an estimated current population of 100-160.