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Publication Date: 12-05-2012
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 146 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.09 feetLast Year: 13.75 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/ Katie MuldoonHoliday houndHunter is one of the many dogs at the Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/Rescue shelter who is hoping to nd a home for the holidays. For more photos of dogs available for adoption, see the Okeechobee News page on Facebook. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News John Austin Collier easily summed up how his family wants their battle with water managers to end: “The truth. All we’ve ever, ever wanted was for the water management district to step up to the plate and honor the binding agreement Austin Pearce negotiated for his family.” But, the problem is: Just where does the truth lie? Does it lie somewhere in the alleged “investigation” conducted by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Inspector General Candie M. Fuller? Can it be found somewhere in the West Palm Beach of ces of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)? When pressed, no one at the district could produce the one critical piece of evidence alluded to in Ms. Fuller’s investigation. So, just where does the “truth” lie? The truth could be found in black and white and in the hands of Mr. Collier and fellow members of Twin Sisters’ Family Lands.BackgroundOn May 30, Twin Sisters’ Family Lands sent a letter to DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard. In that letter, the family asked Mr. Vinyard to open an investigation into how water managers had handled water issues surrounding the L-59 canal in Glades County. The letter also outlined the history of the Austin and Rosa Lee Pearce family and the 13,000 acres of land they owned in Glades County, as well as the battles the family has since fought with the district over the L-59 canal. Mr. Vinyard turned the letter over to Ms. Fuller, who then began her investigation. Her probe included asking for documents from the district and speaking to four SFWMD staf f members: Robert Brown, assistant executive director; general counsel Elizabeth Ross; Ray Palmer, section leader in the Real Estate section; and Jorge Patino, section administrator in the Right of Way section. Ms. Fuller also spoke with Deen a Reppen, a former chief of staff at the district. On Oct. 4 she was named the legislative director for the Florida Association of Counties. In her Oct. 2 response to Mr. Collier and Byron Story, both members o f Twin Sisters’ Family Lands, Ms. Fuller made reference to the district issuing Austin and Rosa Lee a right of wa y permit for the L-59 canal in 1961—the same year Austin and Rosa Lee entered into an eminent domain agreement with the district for 7,500 acres of their land south of the L-59. The L-59 stretches from the Indian Prairie Canal to the Kissimmee River. In 1972, wrote Ms. Fuller, the la w changed and Austin and Rosa Lee were required to get a consumptive use permit for the L-59. In 1978, continued the inspector general, the SFWMD issued Austin and Rosa Lee that permit “... which applied to their property until the death of the last surviving individual, Rosa Lee Pearce.” It’s at this point that things get murky. Public records requests were made with both the water management district and Ms. Fuller that asked for that consumptive use permit. After several months, this newspaper has yet to receive that permit. Why? The newspaper’s investigation indicates that answer is simple — that document doesn’t exist. It never did. On Nov. 16 the water district replied to another request for that permit b y Property owners and SFWMD in water disputeHoliday parade, festival planned ... Page 4 OHS swim team honored ... Page 8 W oman accused of car theft and drug possession ... Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News No one was injured when a deputy reportedly turned in front of an oncoming vehicle and his patrol unit was subsequently struck in the right rear passenger door, stated a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report. FHP Trooper Sergeant Frederick B. Jones stated the two-car accident took Deputy involved in auto collisionSee CRASH — Page 5 See CANAL — Page 5 Churches plan holiday services ... Page 3

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Today: Partly cloudy. High of 75F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 55F. Winds less than 5 mph.Extended ForecastThursday : Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 77F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Night : Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 55F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Friday : Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 79F. Winds less than 5 mph. Rain chance rain 20%. Friday Night : Clear. Fog overnight. Lo w of 57F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday : Clear with a chance of rain. High of 79F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Saturday Night : Clear with a chance o f rain. Fog overnight. Low of 57F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Hours: Wed – Sat 10am – 4pm863-824-0484Savings Coupon25% OFF storewideCoupon must be presented at time of purchase. Expires December 29, 2012 Can’t be combined with any other discounts.Our Sister’s Place, Inc.THRIFT STORE3182 Highway 441 SE • Okeechobee501c3 charity bene ts victims of domestic violence • EIN 20-0932817 Donations accepted during store hours A special thank you to all our supporters since our October 3, 2012 opening Sat. 9-5 • Sun. 9-415601 W. Midway Rd, Ft. PierceParking Lot trolley DECEMBER 8 9BIG FREE DOOR PRIZES „ they make great Christmas gifts!EXPRESS CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT CLASSES!Get yours while you still can... Discounted Guns, Hunting Gear, AMMO, Knives, Stun Guns, Survival & Military Gear and More!$6.00 at the door for adults; Kids under 14 free. FREE parking BIG BIG St. Lucie County Fairgrounds Fort Pierce HOLIDAYGUN SH W! Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News December 5, 2012 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ Central ElementaryStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary School Students of the week for the weeks of Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 included: Julian Aguirre, Selina Denova, Lexi Ramirez, Grayson Blackman, Stephanie Cowham, Gabriela Orozco, Justus Grif n, Nayeli Ochoa-Galven, Abraham Bonilla, Kylee Dennis, Shamira Garcia, Justice Boswell Savannah Brown, Marysa Farmer, Hailey Rodgers, Madelynn AbnerCayton, Noemi Gonzalez, Zoyee Ramires, Cody James, Donald Harris, Brant Yates, Bradley Raulerson, Jessenia Garcia, Cuyler Maxwell, Tikyra Franklin, Trinity Velicer, Ben Pineda, Ariana Merchant, Pyke Dawson, Jayce Morgan, Nataly Solis, Tara Hunt and Matthew Arnall. Health Expo open to vendorsThe Sixth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Agri-Civic Center. Vendors, please sign up now to secure booth space at this event. Vendors may set-up at no cost to share health or safety related information or to provide free screenings or demonstrations. The 2012 Expo hosted over 120 vendors and attendance was over 2,000. For more information call Sharon Vinson, Shared Services Network, 863-462-5000 ext. 257; or Donny Arnold, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue, 863-634-6464.

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Life Community Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave., will have a free family movie night, Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. The movie, “Christmas Angel,” is a heartwarming story with a message for the season, staring Della Reese, Tamera Mowry, and Kevin Sorbo. The public is invited. The community is invited to enjoy an original, intergenerational program of scripture and music for Advent. “The Light Has Come” w ill be on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church Worship will feature the adult, y outh and children’s choirs, vocal and musical soloists all woven around scripture that proclaims the prophecy of Christ’s coming. A ll are welcome. Peace Lutheran Church will have Adv ent worship services Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12, and 19. A light meal will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. With services following at 7 p.m. In the sanctuary. Christmas Eve Worship Services will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The Trust Quartet singing Gaither style songs in four-part harmony is scheduled to perform in concert on Dec. 9. 11 a.m. at Basinger Christian Brethren Church The exciting Trust Quartet, a Florida based, Nashville recorded mixed group will perform w ith their enthusiastic approach to some of gospel’s nest songs. Trust not only has great harmony but also a unique ministering ability w ith song. You will not want to miss this opportunity to enjoy a great concert. Life Community Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave. invites you to visit the Next 2 New Clothes Kloset open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon located in the building behind the church. The First United Methodist Church Library would like to invite all to visit the Lending Library, Room 20, at 200 N.E. 2nd St., in Okeechobee. All are welcome to complete an application, no charge, to take advantage of wholesome reading, viewing and educational material for adults, children and youth. We have ction and non ction in literature, philosophy, religion, social sciences, geography and history and Christian romance. Also over 200 DVDs, VCRs, cassettes, national magazines, etc. Hours are Sunday, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, 6–8 p.m. Victory Baptist Church, 500 S.W. Ninth St, would like to invite the public to attend any or all services each Sunday. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. for all ages. Morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. and includes old fashioned singing and praising God. Enjoy our youth “band,” consisting of the piano, violin, mandolin and guitar, as well as, various singing groups. Be blessed with the preaching of God’s Word (KJV) and a church family with a heart of love. Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study is at 7 p.m. For more information, please call: 863-763-0669. Buckhead Ridge Baptist, 1731 Hunter Rd., would like to invite anyone and everyone to participate in church services. Sunday School at 10:45 a.m., worship 11 a.m. and Sunday night 7 p.m. Starting rst Sunday in December, evening Sunday worship will change to 6 p.m. Wednesday night supper starts at 6 p.m., followed by worship at 7 p.m. Pastor Arlen Cook will be bringing the messages. Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Church will have a yard sale/clothing sale every second Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1401 N.E. 14th Avenue, Okeechobee. All funds go to support the soup kitchen. Call Crystal Harris for more information at 863-612-6395. There is a Community Gospel Sing at the Seventh Day Christian Church at 912 N.W. Park St. (S.R. 70) every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can participate in singing or playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, ddle, do-bro, and harmonica—come and enjoy! Peace Lutheran Church 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, has two worship services each Sunday, one at 8 a.m. and one at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come hear God’s message of love and forgiveness for all people through Jesus Christ. Web site is www.peace-okee. org. Church of God of Prophecy has an Open Arms Ministry, at 102 N.W. 10th Street. The Hurting Women’s Ministry meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m. This is a ministry for women of all ages who are going through or have been through crisis in their lives. For more information, please call 863-254-8304. The Peace Lutheran Church Frontline Warriors, a group of men dedicated to loving Jesus and serving others, meet weekly on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. For additional information, call 863-763-5042. Seasoned Seniors, anyone 50+, meet the fourth Thursda y of each month at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for dinner and interesting programs. The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Now In Stock Your Winter Supplement Feeds for Cattle A T T E N T I O N : F A R M E R S & R A N C H E R S Protein Blocks, Energy Blocks, All Natural Blocks, Round Bales, Liquid Feed... Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy. 98 N., Okeechobee 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 3 Okeechobee News December 5, 2012 A rea churches plan special programs and events Community Choir presents Christmas CantataIn its 14th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, the choir will present the Christmas Cantata, “God With Us,” seasonal favorites and Handel’s Hallelujah! Chorus from the Messiah, where the audience is invited to participate, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 16, at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. 2nd St. Fifty-two voices representing 17 local churches will sing a variety of songs followed by the premier of the cantata which was composed by Frank Carter, especially for the Okeechobee Community Choir. Frank, who will be accompanying the choir, serves as the director of music and art at Good Shepherd United Methodist church in West Palm Beach, and is a very accomplished concert pianist as well as composer, and will be playing his Christmas Carol arrangements during the prelude and offertory. Frank will also have Christmas CDs available for purchase. Tickets are NOT required for admission. A love offering will be taken to help defer advertising costs. For more information, call Sandy at 863-634-7714.

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Music spoils car show I saw the comments about the music at the car show. I think the person who complained was more upset about t he inappropriate language than the volume of the car stereo. Teenagers should be made aware that such language is not appropriate at school events or public events that s mall children attend. This is something the teachers and parents need to teach them. For example, every year we s eem to have those who want to play music with foul language in it at the Christmas parade, where small kids are w aiting to see Santa. The cops have to get involved and make them turn it off. Just use some common sense and keep the public music G-rated. In the privacy of your own home, play whatever music you want. But in public, be c onsiderate of others who nd some language offensive and don’t want their kids subjected to it. And in traf c, please be aware that others may not share your taste in music so don’t play your stereo so loud that others cannot hear theirs in their own cars.  I have a comment about the car stereo. I have topof-the-line equipment. I don’t have to play it loud to enjoy it. That is the point of having good sound equipment. The music sounds great even at low volume.Stand up for the ag Saturday is our annual Christmas parade. At the head of the parade, no doubt, will be a Color Guard proudly displaying the Stars and Stripes. To show proper respect, everyone lining the parade route who can stand up should s tand up for the ag. How are children supposed to learn how to act if the adults don’t show them? Stand up for the ag and remind those around you to stand. Think of the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. Show them a little respect by standing up for our nation’s ag.Dogs loose Tuesday is garbage day in my neighborhood, and as usual as I drove to work this morning I saw dogs knocking over trash cans and digging through the trash. What a mess they make. Letting your dogs run loose is against the law, and yet so many people just open the door and let the dog out without considering what damage it may cause on other people’s property. Next garbage day, I am going to c arry a camera so I can prove whose dogs are making the mess. Maybe if the owners have to clean up the mess their dogs make, they will think twice about letting the dogs roam the neighborhood. Presbyterian Church annual cookie saleThe Okeechobee Presbyterian Church will host their annual holiday cookie sale at 312 N. Parrott Ave. in the Fellowship Hall at the Fourth Street entrance. The sale will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Let us do your Christmas baking come ll your bucket with cookies and enjoy them during the holidays! Christmas Boat Parade scheduled for Dec. 15The Okeechobee Yatchette Club’s 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 by Burger King between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and will travel down Taylor Creek to the Rim Canal and will then turn left. Anyone with a boat is welcome to decorate it and participate. The parade will end at the VFW Post on U.S. 441 S.E., where the VFW will serve a chili dinner. For more information, call Arnie Whelpley at 863-634-4777.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 at 863-462-5000 ext. 257. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Christmas In Lakeport celebration planned 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. Santa will be there to visit with the little ones. Refreshments will be served.Main Street plans Christmas FestivalOkeechobee Main Street is 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 and enjoy great food and oneof-a-kind gift ideas for Christmas. Applications are available at Okeechobee Main Street, 55 South Parrott Ave., 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 eventsSanta will be in the park to visit with children on Dec. 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.My Aunt’s House seeks toysMy Aunt’s House has hundreds of requests for Christmas assistance already this year. If you, your club, church or sorority can donate a toy, sponsor a child or an entire family, please do so. You can drop off your donation to the Community Collaborative Council or call 863-634-2306 to speak to a volunteer at My Aunt’s House.Ring the Bell for Christmas!If you would like to Volunteer to “Ring the Bell” for the Salvation Army, please call 863-357-0427. Volunteers are needed Monday though Saturday until Christmas eve (ringing began 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.Toy Drive startsBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their 17th annual To y Drive for their underprivileged children in the community. We screen our families for needs and the gifts are to b e put under their tree Christmas morning. We are in need for gifts for all ages from one day old to teens. Donations can be toys, gifts, stores gift cards o r monetary donations made out to Big Lake Mission Outreach. Donations will be accepted until Christmas day. Individuals may also adopt a family. Peopl e applying for the need of the toy driv e for their children must be in by Dec. 16. For more information please call 863-763-5725. Pick up and receipts ar e available upon request.Marines Toys for Tots drive is under wayThe 2012 Marines Toys of Tots collection drive is under way. Local to y drop off sites are: A Child’s World; WOKC Trends; Walgreens: OCI; Th e UPS Store; One Stop Party: Freshman Campus; Hoskins and Turco; Silve r Dollar Internet Cafe; Advanced Americ a and Physical Therapy of Okeechobee / Total Fitness. Distribution will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on S.R. 70 E. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children mus t be present and proof of Okeechobe e residency (photo ID with address) is required. If you have additional questions or would like to be added as a drop-of f site please do not hesitate to contact a t 863-634-5852. Special thanks to Santa, Okeechobee County Board of Count y Commissioners & Okeechobee Count y Sheriff’s Of ce for sponsorship of th e 2012 program.United Methodist adult choir to present cantataThe adult choir of the First United Methodist Church will present a cantata, “Behold the Star!” on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 9 a t 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. This is a Christmas journey to the Light of Christ. Pleas e come! The church is located at 200 N.W. Second St., behind Walgreens. Call Ruth Yeilding at 863-467-1582 with any questions. December 5, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Holiday Happenings 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 comm unity name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on e xisting topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for p articipating!

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stating in an e-mail that: “After an in-depth review, the District has no record of a 1978 permit with Austin and Rosa Lee Pearce as applicants. There is, however, a 1978 permit to Pearce Ranch Inc., which is attached.” Austin and Rosa Lee had no connection to Pearce Ranch Inc. which belonged to J.O. Pearce. That response goes on to say that other permits can be found on the district’s e-permitting database. So, if there is no consumptive use permit how could Ms. Fuller refer to it in her response to Mr. Collier and Mr. Story? On Nov. 20 Patrick Gillespie, DEP press secretary, replied to that question by saying: “Upon further review of the documentation, the Department determined that the 1977 permit in the name of D.L. Pearce is the permit that applies to Austin and Rosa Lee Pearce family property. There was confusion about the property ownership of Pearce Ranch, Inc., and D.L. Pearce Ranch/L Cross Ranch, which led to an inaccurate citation in the Department’s response in the Oct. 2 letter to Twin Sisters’ Family Lands. It should be noted that this newspaper has never talked with Ms. Fuller. Instead, we were required to go through Mr. Gillespie who then apparently took our questions to Ms. Fuller and sent us her responses.Permit, permit ... who’s got the permit?After receiving that response from Ms. Fuller, this newspaper made another public records request from the SFWMD and received a letter that Ms. Fuller apparently didn’t see. That March 9, 1987, letter from D.L. Pearce to the district’s Linda Horne states: “At this time, please waive Permit Number 22-0052-W. Said permit belongs to some other Pearce.” This was the permit that Ms. Fuller and the district apparently believed was issued to Austin and Rosa Lee. So, if Austin and Rosa Lee didn’t have this permit and D.L. Pearce didn’t have the permit, who did? As it turns out the permit in question was issued to Pearce Ranch, Inc., which does not apply to Austin and Rosa Lee or to D.L. Pearce.Where is the truth?With all this in mind, just where is the truth sought by Twin Sisters? Austin and Rosa Lee entered into the eminent domain proceedings with water managers in 1961 that applied to their 7,500 acres of land south of the L-59. By going through eminent domain, Austin and Rosa Lee were assured of ood protection for the families along the 8-mile canal, as well as the right to use water from the canal for irrigation purposes. Eminent domain is essentially the taking of someone’s land by a governmental agency after paying just compensation to the landowners. So, what was “just compensation” to Austin and Rosa Lee? According to the eminent domain document, they were paid $22,150. After a six-month investigation by this newspaper, it has been learned that they also received some other very important compensation: the water in the L-59. The eminent domain document plainly states: “The petitioner (SFWMD) stipulates and agrees to grant the parties defendant (Austin and Rosa Lee) a “Permit” for installation of headers on the two culverts constituting the culvert crossing. The purpose of these headers is to give better water control to the defendant and other owners served by the Levee 59 and its borrow canal.” The document also states that this applies to Austin and Rosa Lee’s “... heirs, successors or assigns... .” In short, their descendants. In essence, the descendants of Austin and Rosa Lee Pearce control the water in the L-59 canal.More errorsIn subsequent public records requests by this newspaper, Ms. Fuller stated that this eminent domain agreement no longer applies and that state statute supersedes that agreement. However, an eminent domain attorney disagrees, without speci cally speaking to this issue, with that statement. Orlando-based attorney Bruce Harris answered, when asked if state statute trumps eminent domain, “The answer is probably no.” “The power of eminent domain is inherent in government. Everything we own is subject to sovereign—the government’s right to take it,” he said in a phone interview Monday, Dec. 3. “There are limitations on eminent domain and that is it has to be for public purpose, and you have to pay for it.” He also explained that eminent domain “continues in perpetuity.” The only time eminent domain can be changed or amended is through a court of law. And, to date, the eminent domain document between Austin and Rosa Lee and the water management district has never been taken before a judge to be amended. Even Austin and Rosa Lee’s death does not change eminent domain. Mr. Harris said unless the document states otherwise, or it’s taken before a judge, eminent domain remains in full effect. This then means the agreement between Austin and Rosa Lee and the district has not changed, and whatever was agreed to in that document applies still today. With all this in mind, why did Ms. Fuller say state statute supersedes eminent domain? Why did she allude to a non-existent consumptive use permit? Why didn’t the SFMWD tell her that permit was never issued? The district never had to issue it because they stipulated in that eminent domain document that Austin and Rosa Lee and their descendants controlled the water in the L-59, so why didn’t they advise the inspector general of that fact? Because Mr. Brown has been with the district since 1987, and headed up the district’s service center in Okeechobee for several years, he knows the Pearce family and the issues surrounding the L-59 canal. This newspaper asked him why didn’t he tell Ms. Fuller about the non-existent permit? Through an e-mail Mr. Brown replied by saying: “During my tenure at the District, including Okeechobee Service Center director from May 2003 to Nov. 2004, I have had the privilege of meeting many Pearce family members and am knowledgeable on present-day permit issues. However, many of the reporter’s questions reference issues that occurred more than 50 years ago, which today can make their legal interpretation challenging, even to family members. “Following a citizen letter to DEP, that agency’s inspector general requested historical Pearce-family permit information and additional clari cations, which were addressed by District staff. All relevant information was submitted to DEP’s inspector general’s of ce to facilitate their review and citizen response, which was provided in a letter dated Oct. 2, 2012. The South Florida Water Management District remains committed to transparency and managing an ef fective regulatory program.” Which brings us back to Ms. Fuller’s al leged investigation of some ve months While she did request hundreds of page s of documents, the only people she spok e to were the ve mentioned above. And, ac cording to a public records request of he r phone and e-mail records, she only spoke t o them on one occasion. While Ms. Fuller did speak with som e district staff, she has yet to speak with an y member of Twin Sisters’ Family Lands. No t once did she call them or ask for any of thei r documentation on this issue. “From the inspector general at DEP to th e (SFWMD) governing board that had knowl edge of this, it’s my thought that when yo u ask a question and try to get to the botto m of the issue it calls for them to be a publi c servant and not a public nemesis,” said Mr Collier, of the way both state agencies hav e handled this issue. “This is the exact reaso n people don’t trust the government. “Their action is like a fox in the hen hous e with a mouthful of feathers whose only de fense is he’s allergic to chickens.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News December 5, 2012 place around 10:31 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, as Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Deputy Leland Schoonmaker was looking for an address. According to the trooper’s report Deputy Schoonmaker, 22, was southbound on U.S. 441 S.E. when he apparently tried to make a left turn onto S.E. 33rd Street. The report goes on to state that Earl Lewis Harris, 68, of Okeechobee, was northbound on U.S. 441 S.E. when the deputy turned in front of his 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck. Mr. Harris tried to avoid the accident b y hitting his brakes but the right front of his truck hit the 2006 Ford Crown Victoria in the back passenger door. The OCSO patrol unit sustained an estimated $5,000 in damages, while damage to Mr. Harris’ truck was estimated to be $2,500. CRASHContinued From Page 1 CANALContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee woman was taken into custody on a felony drug charge after she was stopped for allegedly ignoring a rightturn-only sign in a truck that had been reported as stolen. Julie Francis White, 28, S.W. 72nd Terrace, was arrested Saturday, Dec. 1, on felony charges of grand theft auto and possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone). She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $7,500. Jail records show she has since been released on bond. An arrest report by Of cer Chad Troutman, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that he saw a Chevrolet pickup truck stop at the stop sign at N.E. Second Avenue and S.R. 70 E. The truck, which was being driven by White, then drove straight across S.R. 70 onto S.E. Second Avenue. According to the of cer, the stop sign is a right-turn only at that intersection. The of cer reportedly stopped the vehicle and after running a check on the truck learned that it had been reported stolen out of Martin County, and that it was possibly being driven by White. Of cer Troutman then asked White, and a female passenger, to step out of the vehicle. By that time Deputy Corporal Donald Ellis, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), and his K-9 Ruby arrived at the scene. Ruby did a free air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the passenger side oorboard. On the oor was a purse that Of cer Troutman learned belonged to White. During a search of that purse the of cer stated that he found a rolled up piece of paper that, when opened, contained ve white triangle-shaped pills. The pills were reportedly identi ed as hydromorphone, a schedule II narcotic. Besides the criminal charges, Of cer Troutman also issued White a traf c citation for failure to obey a traf c control device. The passenger in the truck was released at the scene. Woman charged with auto theft and drug possession Julie Francis White “Their action is like a fox in the hen house with a mouthful of feathers whose only defense is he’s allergic to chickens.”— John Austin Collier

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Agnes Johns Bert, 75BRIGHTON — Agnes Johns Bert passed awa y on Nov. 30, 2012 at Raulerson Hospital, Okeechobee. Mrs. Bert was born Oct. 22, 1937 to her late parents Bar eld Johns and Susie Girtman and was a lifetime resident of Brighton. Before retiring, Mrs. Bert was a nurse’s aid at the Brighton Medical Clinic and had taught language and tribal culture to many on the Brighton reservation. She was a member and attended services at First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton. Mrs. Bert is predeceased by her parents; her husband, Robert Bert; two brothers, Hosea Girtman, and Oscar Johns; two sisters, Lois Johns Smith, and Maude Frank. Mrs. Bert is survived by her loving children, Reese Bert, Sr. (Angie), Pernell Bert (Nadine), Avalon Puente (Eric) all of Brighton; her stepdaughter, Virginia Bert Michell of Big Cypress; dear brother and sisters, Archie Johns (Sandra) of Sebring; Billy Johns (Mary) of Big Cypress, Alice Sweat (Buddy), Jennie Johns, Leod a Poole, all of Brighton; 19 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 13 great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and many friends. A visitation was held on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at the First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton with a service following; Pastor Matt Tiger of ciated. Burial followed at Ortona Cemetery. Those wish to sign the online register boo k and leave a condolence message may do so at: www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. All arrangements were under the care of Tom Conway Sr., Tom Conway, Jr. of Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th Street (Corner of SR 441), Okeechobee, FL. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 5, 2012 Obituaries should be submitte d to the Okeechobee News by emailing obits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available online at orida. newszap.com. View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com 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 statew ide 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.Children’s Ranch planning yard saleReal Life Children’s Ranch yard sale will be open from Wednesday Friday, starting on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The address is 7777 U.S. 441 S.E.Diabetes seminar offeredOn Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Living W ith Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community located at 203 S.E. Second St. Will be held in the Activities Room. The seminar is offered by the Visiting Nurses.Food Stamp Assistance Treasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 U.S. 441 S.E., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. Helping with food stamp applications and recerti cation. This service is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For more information, please call 772971-3316.Ladies Auxiliary plans dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Ladies Auxiliary will host a dinner at Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 on Dec. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m., serving Bobbie’s Fancy Fast Chicken, vegetable and dessert for a $7 donation. Music will be by Phil Eddings. Proceeds will bene t Veterans & family needs. For information call Timmie at 467-2882.Pregnancy Center hosting Open HouseWill be hosting their annual Christmas Open House for friends of the Center on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. There w ill be lots of fun and live Music. Drop by and visit as we celebrate Christmas together. 863-467-8748.Seminole Elementary to host Family Fun Night on Dec. 7Come out to Seminole Elementary School Family Fun Night on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 until 8 p.m. Food, games, and prizes for everyone. Join us for an evening of holiday fun at 2690 N.W. 42nd Ave. Call 863-462-5116 for information.BHR VFW plans dinnerBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will host a dinner on Friday, Dec. 7 Dinner will be served from at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music will be by Wes and Deb until 11 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy either steak, pork chops or sh and shrimp dinners for a donation of $11 and $7 with all proceeds to bene t Veterans & Family Needs. For more information, please call Gordie at 467-2882.Life Community Church hosts family movie nightLife Community Church, located on 701 S. Parrott Ave., will have their free family movie night. Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. The movie, “Christmas Angel”, a heartwarming story with a message for the season, staring Della Reese, Tamera Mowry, and Kevin Sorbo will be shown. The public is invited.Main Street takes applications for annual Christmas FestivalOkeechobee 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 can be e-mailed directly to you. Please call 863-357-6246 or e-mail okms@ okeechobeemainstreet.com for additional information.The Okeechobee Retired Educator’s Association Wish to announce that they will be in the park for the upcoming Christmas in the Park on Dec. 8 They will have their historic Christmas Ornaments available for sale. The 2012 limited edition ornament features the historic City Hall and costs $15. Some of the ornaments from previous years are available while supplies last and cost $10. There will also be a raf e for a Kindle Fire HD. Tickets for the Kindle are $1 for one, $5 will get you six chances. The drawing for the Kindle will take place on Dec. 17. All funds raised by both the ornament sales and Kindle raf e will be used to fund our local scholarship and other community projects. Hope to see you in the park on Dec. 8.First United Methodist hosts ‘The Light Has Come’ The community is invited to enjoy an original, intergenerational program of Scripture and music for Advent. “The Light Has Come” will be on Sunday, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m. In the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church. Worship will feature the adult, youth and children’s choirs, vocal and musical soloists all woven around scripture that proclaims the prophecy of Christ’s coming. All are welcome. Questions? Contact Nancy Vaughan, D.C.E. 863-763-4021Masons hosting breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, located at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will be having a breakfast Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. 11 a.m. $6 per plate. Public welcome and carry out is available. All proceeds go to local Mason Giving.Autism support group meetsOkeechobee Parents Group for Parents of Children with Autism will meet to network 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 Linda Peirce 772-873-3422.Stroke Support Group to meetThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Ave., will host a Stroke Support Group on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 5:50 p.m. 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 863-763-1700.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 Redneck Yacht Club, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., 4–6:30 p.m. Lunch deliveries are available from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Call numbers for lunch are Lisa at 863-6973705 or Lauri at 863-634-0039. Tournament registration begins at 6 p.m. and cards in the air at 7 p.m. There is a $50 donation entry fee. For tournament information and signups call, Rhonda at 863-634-6586 or Moe at 863-6340057, or sign up at Pogey’s Restaurant.Weapon permit class slatedThe December concealed weapon permit class will be conducted at the Chamber of Commerce, on Dec. 13 and the range class will be on the following Saturday. You may register on-line at www.okeechobeebusiness.com, click on the calendar, then click on the date of the event, then click online registration, once this window opens click on the non-member login, then ll out the application and then click nish when you have completed the form. You must come by the Chamber of ce and pay in advance. The cost for this class is $35.00. Weapons will be provided or you may bring your own. See you there!EES plans McTeacher NightEverglades Elementary fund raiser event will be held at the McDonald’s on Park Street Thursday, Dec. 13, from 5-7 p.m. Ten percent of all sales during those hours will be used for rewards for our rst and second grade students. Please come out and support us! Community Events

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Dalton Hodges and Katie VanBeek accepted most valuable swimmer awards and Macy Gamiotea and Brandon Ball brought home the Brahman Awards from the 2012 Okeechobee High School Swimming team awards banquet held Thursday. The swim team continued to improve this year as they sent three individuals and three relay teams to the regional swim meet this year. They also set new high school records in the boys and girls 200 free relay. Coach Stephen Neafsey stepped into the job after the start of the season and picked up where former coach Brian Turner left off. “I knew it was up to the kids and I wanted to help them out. I preached to them to put in the effort at the right time. I loved it and I look forward to another great season next y ear,” he stated. Neafsey said the squad has a number of talented freshmen and sophomores so there is no reason the team can’t continue to be successful next year. His goal is to set even more school records. “We hope to continue building this program. We are building interest and we owe it all to the kids. They make things happen so all the power and recognition should go to them,” he added. Neafsey also thanked the parents who provided a great support system for the team this year. Will Castillo was the most improved swimmer for the boy’s team. McLaren Neresa won the most improved for the girl’s team. Castillo said he was motivated by his parents and the other swimmers on the team this year, “It feels great to win the most improved award. At the beginning of the year it was rough as I made a lot of mistakes but thanks to the coaches I improved and earned this award.” He was part of the boys 200 free relay team of Dalton Hodges, Brandon Ball and Michael Muros that set the school record twice this year, once breaking their own record. “We fell short a few times but we were all excited and happy when we set the record,” he added. Hodges won his rst most valuable swimmer award. He said he worked hard for three years and was really proud of how the season went this year. “I have seen a lot of improvement on this team from all the kids. We had kids who weren’t able to swim 100 yards at the beginning and now are swimming faster than most kids in the district,” he explained. Hodges hopes to attend Indian River State College and become a re ghter and paramedic. Gamiotea said the Brahman Award was very prestigious and was unexpected because she thought other girls on the team deserved it. “I’m honored to be recognized like this and proud to represent my team. This award goes straight to my heart.” She encouraged the younger swimmers to compete all four years because you will see a lot of improvement, and make bonds and 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.com2003 Dodge Caravan $1,000DOWN plus tax, tag & title 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 Seats 8, Dual Side Doors, Cold A/C, 134,000 Miles valid through December 31, 2012Coupon must be presented at time of service Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 8 Okeechobee News December 5, 2012 OHS swim team honored at banquet Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThe record setting relay team for OHS Lady Brahman swimming. Left to right are Destiny Nunez, Aubrie Reister, Katie V anBeek, coach Stephen Neafsey and Jordan Bolan. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy(Left to right) Michael Muros, Will Castillo, coach Stephen Neafsey, Brandon Ball and Dalton Hodges, were honored for breaking a school record on two occasions this year in the 200 freestyle relay. See SWIM — Page 9 Dalton Hodges Will Castillo

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Cancer Scare? From Diagnosis to Treatmen t, We are Here for You Okeechobee Cancer Center301 NE 19th Avenue • Okeechobee 863.357.0039 • 772.202.0151Free Second Opinions • Courtesy Transportation • Free ConsultationThe only ones on the Treasure Coast with a Pet/CT simulator All insurance accepted including Medicaid PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? Dr. Shariff & Dr. Roberts treat all forms of fractures & trauma of the foot & leg! An An An kl kl kl e e e Fr Fr Fr ac ac ac tu tu tu re re re s s s • • Fo Fo Fo ot ot ot F F F ra ra ra ct ct ct ur ur ur es es es Fo Fo ot ot U U lc lc er er s s • • Ve Ve no no us us S S ta ta si si s s Ul Ul ce ce rs rs Le Le g g g In In fe fe ct ct io io ns ns We Also Offer Testing for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease)235 NE 19th Dr • Okeechobee • www. oridafootspecialist.com At Florida Foot Specialist, we treat all problems with the foot and ankle. There are a wide range of problems that affect the foot and ankle. These can range from orthopedic problems and ”atfeet to neurologic problem i.e. neuropathy. A large number of our patients are diabetic, due to the numerous complications that accompany diabetes. W e also deal with fungal infections of the nails and feet, as well as vascular disorders that can cause long-term problems with the foot and ankle. We are also a full-service surgical practice. We perform several minimally invasive surgeries to treat a wide range of problems Heel pain is one of the most common problems we see in our podiatry of“ce. It is like the common cold for a Podiatrist. The majority of patients have a problem called plantar fasciitis. However, there are other causes. So a full exam is recommended to rule out these other causes. Plantar Fasciitis is an in”ammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the ball of the foot and even has slips that go into the toes. The main job of the plantar fascia is to hold the arch up. As you walk and your arch falls it puts extra strain on the plantar fascia. This causes small tears and eventually thickening of the plantar fascia. The thickening causes pain on the bottom of the heel. If someones plantar fasciitis becomes so advanced that surgery is required, we at Florida Foot Specialist perform a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to release the tension on the plantar fascia and resolve the patients heel pain. The procedure is performed at a hospital but is an outpatient procedure with the patient walking out of the facility later that day. Florida Foot SpecialistYour Neighborhood Foot & Ankle Specialists If you currently have an y problem in your feet or ankles make an appointment to see us in the of“ce today. Delaying treatment can increase the problem and require more extensive treatment. Call us at: 863-357-1166 9 Okeechobee News December 5, 2012 friendships that will last a lifetime. She said the improvement of the team has been phenomenal over the past four years. VanBeek plans to move from the swimming pool to New York City and the fashion industry. She worked hard all four years and wasn’t sure her senior season would turn out so wonderfully. “I’m very honored and happy to win this award. We didn’t know we would set records this year but when we realized it was possible, we made sure we did our best,” she explained. She was part of the 200 free relay team that set the school record. Brandon Ball, a junior, said he was pretty honored to get the Brahman award because he worked hard all year and it was nice to have something to show for his hard work. He encouraged more boys to come out for the swim team next year. “The more the merrier. We did as well as we could with 10 kids this year. I hope to do a whole lot better during my senior year and I hope to break a few more records,” he added. SWIMContinued From Page 8 Katie V anBeek Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMacy Gamiotea won the Brahman Award for Lady Brahman Swimming. The award was presented by OHS swim coach Stephen Neafsey. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrandon Ball (right) was the Brahman Award winner for the boy’s swimming team. Also in photo is OHS swim coach Stephen Neafsey.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS ORTHOPAEDICS Introducing Benjamin Epstein, D.O. Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein is Board Certi“ed by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeMost insurances and Medicare are accepted.Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441N, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! Join Dr. Epstein & his sta for an Open House Meet & Greet on Wednesday, December 5th from 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. today: 357-0540. New and Improved! Come check it out for yourself! orida.newszap.com What you will nd inside? Who’s Who in the County, City, Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, School Board, Etc. ~ Employment ~ Recreation ~ Festivals Publish Date: January 25, 2013 Call Now to reserve your advertising space! (863) 763-3134 10 Okeechobee News December 5, 2012 Okeechobee Arrest ReportThe 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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Jason Thomas Armstrong, 39, Denv er, Colo., was arrested Nov. 30 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of burglary of a conveyance and grand theft. His bond was set at $100,000. Victor Allen Parker, 52, South Road, Palmetto, was arrested Nov. 30 by Of cer J eremy Larue on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. Mario Alberto Martinez, 25, N.W. First St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 1 by the OCSO Street Crimes Unit on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. He was released on his own recognizance. Nikki Elizabeth Hawkins, 27, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by Deputy Mark Margerum on a felony charge of child abuse. She was released on her own recognizance. Maylon Russell Davis, 42, N.W. 12th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by Deputy Joe Gracie on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $250. Jesus Salazar Ayala, 25, S.E. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by Of cer Chad Troutman on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. Leobardo Duque, 42, N.E. 12th Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by Of cer Jeremy Larue on a Texas felony fugitive warrant. His bond was set at $25,000. David B. Trojanowski, 67, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by Deputy Howard Pickering on a felony charge of grand theft. His bond was set at $2,500. Robin Perry, 33, S.E. 13th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 3 by Deputy Matt Crawford on felony charges of forgery, uttering a forged instrument and criminal use of personal identi cation, and on a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. Her bond was set at $8,000. Jeremy W. Rhymes, 37, N.W. 33rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 4 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a warrant charging him with the felonies of grand theft, burglary of a conveyance and burglary of a structure. His bond was set at $15,000. 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.

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Estate SaleESTATE SALE 2680 SE 25TH DRIVE SATURDAY DEC. 8TH 8:00 AM ? DBL. RECLINER, RECLINER, FREEZER, METAL BED FRAMES, DISHES & MORE. Garage/ Yard SalesMoving Sale Fri. 7th&Sat. 8th 9:00am till 2:00pm 1520 SE 23rd, Blue Heron Household items,furniture, exercise equipment to much to list. Everything must GO! Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Garage/ Yard Sales2nd ANNUAL COMMUNITY YARD SALE AT RIVER BLUFF FISHING RESORT. 14725 NW 1ST PARKWAY 9 MILES WEST ON HWY 70 FRI. 7th & SAT. 8th 8 AM TILL 3 PM FURNITURE, BUNK BEDS, TOOLS, FISHING GEAR, GAS STOVES, DIE CAST COLLECTIBLES BRIC A BRAC, $1.00 TABLE & THE LIST GOES ON. 863-447-0742 OR 863-467-4371 Buckhead Ridge Wed, Thur, Fri 8am3pm, 1032 Ash Circle. Lots of everything. Christmas decorations, clothes, dishes, what-nots, and more!! HUGE INDOOR YARD SALE. DEC. 6TH, 7TH, 8TH THURS, FRI, & SAT. 8:00 a.m. till ? 202 NE 7th AVE. HAMMERHEADS BANQUET HALL HUGE YARD SALE 720 NW 115TH DRIVE SAT 12/8 &SUN 12/9 8:00AM TILL 3:00PM BOYS/GIRLS CLOTHES SIZES NEWBORN TO 4T,TOO MUCH STUFF TO LIST OKEECHOBEE 2975 SW 3rd Terrace, December 8, 2012, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. 3 Family Yard Sale. Furniture, household items, clothing, portable gas storage tanks, misc. tools. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 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 Washington County School ProgramAt Okeechobee Youth Development Center ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCYSCIENCE TEACHER POSITION (6-12) Position requirements are detailed on the website. Go to http://washingtoncounty schools.us/Create an account with a username and password, unless you have already completed this process. Complete your application for a CERTIFIED POSITION and attach a resume, etc. Then, you MUST APPLY for this position. APPLICATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 7, 2012 (midnight)“Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants as well as employee” “Pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, random ( tness for duty) and follow-up drug testing will be implemented as per the School Board’s Drug Free workplace Policy.”An Equal Opportunity Employer AREAS USANow Hiring Full Time Retail, Food & Beverage Supervisors $10/hr Cashiers $8/hr JOB FAIR INFORMATION December 7th,2012 10 am – 4 pm Hampton Inn by Hilton 1200 State Rd. 70 East Okeechobee, FL 34972 Employment Full Time LOCAL & REGIONAL Call Cathy at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Tanker endorsement is required. We offer excellent pay & benefits, 401K, paid training, quarterly safety bonus, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!American Drilling Services is in need of an experienced service technician with knowledge in water treatment and pump repair. MUST have prior experience. Apply in person @ 405 SW 2nd Street Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Wexford Health Sources is seeking Medical Staff to work throughout the state of Florida at the various facilities of the FL Department of Corrections. This is the chance to heal and to help … thats what youll “nd at W exford Health. We are a leading medical provider for correctional facilities and we can help you make a difference every day. Well give you the opportunity to practice your skills and focus on your patients. After all, thats why you do what you do. And thats why you should choose Wexford Health. Were proud to offer our full-time employees a competitive bene“ts package including: vacation and sick leave Join us and be part of a medical staff who have discovered how rewarding a career with Wexford Health can be. For more information, please contact our Staf“ng Consultant: Marissa Solomon 1-800-903-3616 ext. 258 msolomon@wexfordhealth.com jobs.wexfordhealth.comWexford Health Sources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. R ead y for a Fresh S ta rt? T HERE S A NEW G AME IN T O WNƒ AND WERE READY F O R Y OU When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Employment Full Time Employment Full TimeApplicator Needed Control oating, terrestrial and/or submerged vegetation. Techniques consist of mixing and calculating a variety of authorized herbicides and their application via airboat, atv, chemical spray truck, outboard motor boats and backpack sprayers. Operates and performs repairs on spray and safety equipment as required. Prepares and maintains reports.This job normally requires daily travel from the employee’s assigned station to work sites located within the station’s jurisdiction. Education/Experience Guide: High School Diploma or GED, 1 2 years experience in mixing and the application of herbicides and pesticides a plus. Licenses: Valid Drivers License. Must be able to get and maintain a valid restricted pesticide license, with aquatic and natural areas categories. Ability to obtain certi cation in CPR and First Aid Work Activities typically involve the following: AgilityBasic Water Skills, Exposure to various water pollution contaminants, debris, Exposure to stinging/ biting insects, snakes, alligators, Exposure to gasses and/or fumes, Eye-hand-foot coordination, Full body and segmental vibration Hearing, Kneeling, Noise exposure, Prolonged standing, Public interaction, Pulling, Pushing, Recognize color differences, Specialized protective clothing, Vision, Working in on and around water. Applications being taken Monday Dec.10 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at 3080 Cty Rd 721 Lakeport, Fl (863)533-8882 12 Okeechobee News December 5, 2012 What you will nd inside?Who’s Who in the County, City, Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, School Board, Etc. ~ Employment ~ Recreation ~ FestivalsPublish Date: January 25, 2013Call Now to reserve your advertising space!(863) 763-3134

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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. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BoatingCharger 16 1/2 Ft. Stern drive w/new 3 liter 130 HP. Mercruzer engine. New seats, new convertible top, new wheels & tires on boat trailer. Looks sharp, runs like new. $3800. Call 863-763-2763. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AppliancesGE Refrigerator 5x5 white 25.4 cf 69x35x34 ice & water on door $600 (863)-634-5038. Exc condition. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Computer/ SuppliesXMas Dell GX620 Desktop w/ at screen fast! Only $50 for Xmas; also Optiplex 745 mini desktop Core2 Duo w/LCd $100 Guaranteed to work 863-517-2782. Guns/SuppliesIntratee Tec22 pistol $335.00 Ruger-22/45 bull barrel 22 target pistol w/extra mag.$250.00 Charter Arms-AR7.22 breakdown ri e,very portable.$150.00 ID REQUIRED 863-697-9103 ask for Alan or Heather Pets/SuppliesMorkie Pups Tiny Toys (yorkie/maltese)Males 8 wk.shots Adorable must see!$450.ea.cash only.863-610-2725. RAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES SHOTS, WORMED, 15 WEEKS OLD. $400.00 CALL RHONDA 863-634-4407 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 Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $12.00 a piece. Coastal $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 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 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 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. On Canal1 bd cottage w/ separate Dining room & Kitchen, screened in porch. Watch the boats go by on the canal! $550/mo. includes util. Call: (772)359-1640 Condos/Townhouses Rent RENTAL OKEECHOBEE •2/2 Villa #3 $800.00 mth 1st, last, $500 sec. 863-634-3312. TAYLOR CREEK 2BR, 2BA, Condo on ground oor, water, pool & boat ramp included. Long term lease only. Call (863) 634-0663. Taylor Creek Condo2BR/1BA, furnished, boat dockage, pool & water included,totally new kitchen & bath,$800/month + 1 month security. No pets. Call (863)658-4264 or (305)522-5024 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 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 ON RIM CANAL Modern brick w/tile, 3BR, 2.5 BA, boat dock incld. $850/mo. optional cottage for additional fee. Call 772-359-1640. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Houses RentTREASURE ISLAND 2/2 fenced yard, w/ Boat house, clean. $650/mo. 2/2 on water, all utilities included. $200/weekly. 4-5bd/3ba on water, lake access, fenced and shed. $1,000/mo. Call (561)262-1390 Office Space RentOFFICE SUITES AVAILABLE 500 SQ. FT. Move-in Incentive, Rent Negotiable. (863)467-0651 OKEECHOBEE Executive of ce spaces avail. $350 month. Includes Alarm, electric, water, and WiFi. Call 863-697-9663. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses SaleOKEE 3 br./2ba. Screened porch. Completely furnish for $19,000 or unfurnished for $14,000. Call 863-824-0559. 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. $475/mo. Call 863-226-3436 or 423-237-8948. Mobile HomeSale1981 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 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 Mobile HomeSaleAll Mobile homes on sales lot sold at invoice. Inventory must be reduced. These are the lowest prices in years. 863-673-4325 or 863-675-8888 For Sale 2bd/1.5 bath MH in Town & Country. Newly remodeled kitchen. Must see to appreciate asking $22,000 Call Pat for appointment. 309-235-5467 or drive by lot# 126 and check it out. 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 Palm Harbor Homes Mobile Condo w/porch 2BR/2BA $299/Month 800-622-2832 TOTALLY REMODELED 2BR, 1BA, 10X40 scr. porch, laundry rm w/W/D, built on carport, 2 refrigerators, 2 TV’s, fully furn. $18,000. 817-709-0319. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats Bayliner Classic 25’ cruiser. Exc cond. New motor professionally installed. New alum trailer. Serious illness forces sale $13,500. 863-824-0801 or cell 561-386-7756. 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 LOT 38 LARGE OUTSIDE LOT WITH PAVERS AND VIEW $250/MO. ANNUALLY PLUS ELECTRIC. $650/MO. WITH ELECTRIC. OBO CALL DAVE 715-216-6002 Gracious 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 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Fifth Wheels37 ft Travel Supreme washer/dryer, great condition, $13,900.00 Call 863-763-7395 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice LEGAL ADVERTISEMENTUnited for Families, Inc., the Community-Based Care Lead Agency for Child Welfare services in Circuit 19 of Florida, is accepting proposals for an experienced Dependency Case Management Organization to provide related services and activities in St. Lucie County Florida. This Invitation to Negotiate [ITN #1213-001-13 14-SLDCMO] contains important information related to activities and services and procurement deadline dates related to this solicitation. This ITN may be accessed at http://www.uff.us/publications.php, or a copy may be picked up at United for Families, Inc.’s administrative location, 10570 S Federal Highway, Suite 300, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. All Bidder Notice of Intent to Submit a Proposal are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2012.431423 ON 11/30-12/21/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 430581 ON 12/5/2012 REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000540 S-133 AND S-135 TRASH RAKE UPGRADES AND SIT IMPROVEMENTS, OKEECHOBEE AND MARTIN COUNTIES, FL The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on Thursday, January 17, 2013 for the S-133 AND S-135 TRASH RAKE UPGRADES AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS, OKEECHOBEE AND MARTIN COUNTIES, FL. Project Description: This project includes but shall not be limited to; Demolition work, supply and install automated debris collection system, steel sheet pile removal/replacement of pump intake channel, maintenance dredging, supply and install fall protection devices, relocation of irrigation pump system and bearing water lubrication system, replacement of asphalt fuel tanker containment pad, supply and install slide gate(s) system, replacement of rain gauge, site improvements to provide site drainage, bank stabilization and security, replacement of onsite septic tank system, install new septic system, bridge work and metal platform work. An OPTIONAL PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m at the South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee Field Station, 1000 N.E. 40th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972. For directions call (863) 462-5280. All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling (561) 682-2715. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov 431760 ON 12/5/2012 Public Notice REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) No. 6000000518 DISPERSED WATER MANAGEMENT NORTHERN EVERGLADES PAYMENT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed proposals up to the 2:30 p.m opening time on February 28, 2012 for Dispersed Water Management, Northern Everglades, Payment for Environmental Services. A Public Workshop will be held on December 6, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, Florida for all interested respondents. All submittals must conform to the instructions in the Second Invitation for Submittal Guidelines. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFP (1) at the following address: 3301 Gun Club Rd., West Palm Beach, Florida; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov/procurement; (3) by calling (561) 682-2715, or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE (800) 472-5290 The public is invited to attend the proposal opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov Any meetings with District staff regarding this solicitation are subject to the provisions of Section 286.0113, Florida Statutes, which provides, in part, that any portion of a meeting at which a negotiation with a vendor is conducted pursuant to a competitive solicitation, at which a vendor makes an oral presentation as part of a competitive solicitation, or at which a vendor answers questions as part of a competitive solicitation is exempt from s. 286.011 and s. 24(b), Art. I of the State Constitution. An of cial public meeting for this RFP is scheduled following the conclusion of scoring of the written proposals: 1. March 28, 2013 2:00 p.m., B1 Headquarters, Conference Room 2B. 2. (Alternate Date) : March 29, 2013 2:00 p.m., B1 Headquarters, Conference Room 2B. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by writing the South Florida Water Management District, Procurement Department, P.O. Box 24680, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33416-4680. Persons with disabilities or handicaps who need assistance may contact the District Clerk, (561) 682-2087, at least two business days in advance of the meeting to make appropriate arrangements. Should one or more members of the evaluation committee need to attend any of the meetings by means of communication media technology (CMT), the meetings will be teleconferenced at the dates, times, locations and conference rooms referenced above. For more information, please contact Linda Greer, Sr. Contract Specialist, at (561) 682-6396. 431685 ON 12/5/2012 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. Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDACase No.: 2012-DR-404 Santiago Piedra, Petitioner and Maria MagdaLena Abreu Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT) TO: Maria MagdaLena Abreu, 1008 NW 39th Circle, Okeechobee, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Santiago Piedra whose address is 1008 NW 39th Cir., Okeechobee, FL on or before January 4, 2013 and le the original with the clerk of this Court at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. The action is asking the court to decide how the following real or personal property should be divided. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit’s Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED: November 30, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ Heather Thomas Deputy Clerk 431893 ON 12/5,12,19/2012 13 Okeechobee News December 5, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!

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BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY AIR CONDITIONING ATTORNEYS WANTED TO BUY FURNITURE TYPE OF BUSINESS HEALTHCARE LOCAL DONATIONS HEALTH FOODS EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O. Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton www.floridacare.net Vitamins, Minerals Herbal Detox Nature’s Pantry 417 WS Park St. • (863) 467-1243 N o w a c c e p t i n g d o n a t i o n s o f h o u s e h o l d g o o d s Okeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave.Okeechobee,FL(863) 763-4224www.faithfarm.org Place in business card here!! Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19 JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2008-CA-000646 NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK Plaintiff, vs. ROSILY PANIKULANGARA; JOSEPH P. AUGUSTHY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY given pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 25, 2012, and entered in Case No. 47-2008-CA-000646 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein National City Bank Successor by Merger to Harbor Federal Savings Bank, is the Plaintiff and ROSILY PANIKULANGARA; JOSEPH P. AUGUSTHY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, are the Defendants, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM on January 9, 2013, the following described property set forth in said Order or Final Judgment, to wit: WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 4, SECTION 33 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3-3E, INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. SUBJECT TO A ROAD AND DRAINAGE EASEMENT ACROSS THE WEST & NORTH THIRTY FEET, (30’), OF THE AFOREMENTIONED LOT. IF YOU ARE A PERSON CLAIMING A RIGHT TO FUNDS REMAINING AFTER THE SALE, YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH THE CLERK OF COURT NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. IF YOU FAIL TO FILE A CLAIM, YOU WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY REMAINING FUNDS. AFTER 60 DAYS, ONLY THE OWNER OF RECORD AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MAY CLAIM THE SURPLUS. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.DATED at Okeechobee County, Florida, this 30th day of October, 2012. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk 429855 ON 12/5,12/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2011CA000408 PNC BANK, AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL Plaintiff, vs. ALTON RHOOMS; JURLINE RHOOMS; UNKNOWN TENANT(S) N/K/A RYAN TOMMIE AND KELLY TOMMIE; EAGLE POINT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, INC. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY given pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated September 27, 2012, and entered in Case No. 2011 CA000408 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein PNC Bank, as Successor by Merger to National City Bank, Successor by Merger to Harbor Federal, is the Plaintiff and ALTON RHOOMS; JURLINE RHOOMS; UNKNOWN TENANT(S); EAGLE POINT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, INC., are the Defendants, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 AM, on January 2, 2013, the following described property set forth in said Order or Final Judgement, to wit: Lot 28, Eagle Point, Unit 1, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 6, Pages 97 and 98, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. IF YOU ARE A PERSON CLAIMING A RIGHT TO FUNDS REMAINING AFPublic Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2012DR341 Sharon Mayberry-Reyes Petitioner Carlos Reyes Pena Respondent PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN) OR PROPERTY I, Sharon Lynn Mayberry-Reyes, the Wife, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true: 1. Wife has lived in Florida for at least 6 months before the ling of this Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. 2. The husband and wife are not member of the military service. 3. MARRIAGE HISTORY Date of marriage: 07-24-07 Place of marriage: Elkton, MD Date of separation: 12-26-09. 4. THERE ARE NO MINOR (under 18) OR DEPENDENT CHILD(REN) COMMON TO BOTH PARTIES AND THE WIFE IS NOT PREGNANT. 5. A complete Notice of Social Security Number is led with the petition. 6. THIS PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE SHOULD BE GRANTED BECAUSE: The marriage is irretrievably broken. 7. THERE ARE NO MARITAL ASSETS OR LIABILITIES. 8. PETITIONER FOREVER GIVES UP HIS/HER RIGHTS TO SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY) FROM RESPONDENT. 9. The Wife wants to be known by her former name, which was Sharon Lynn Mayberry. PETITIONER’S REQUEST (This section summarizes what you are asking Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 2009 CA 000646 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR RASC 2006KS8, Plaintiff, v. BRIAN TATUM; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BRIAN TATUM IF ANY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, Defendants, NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment dated October 25, 2012, entered in Civil Case No.: 2009 CA 000646, of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR RASC 2006KS8, is Plaintiff, and BRIAN TATUM; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BRIAN TATUM N/K/A YAMARIS HERNANDEZ-TATUM, are Defendant(s). SHARON ROBERTSON, the Clerk of Court shall sell to the highest bidder for cash at 11:00 A.M., in the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972 on the 9th day of January, 2013 the following described real property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment, to 14 Okeechobee News December 5, 2012TER THE SALE, YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH THE CLERK OF COURT NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. IF YOU FAIL TO FILE A CLAIM, YOU WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY REMAINING FUNDS. AFTER 60 DAYS, ONLY THE OWNER OF RECORD AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MAY CLAIM THE SURPLUS. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon wit: LOT 38, BLOCK 2, DIXIE RANCH ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 33, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.This property is located at the Street address of: 7273 NW 80th Court, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must le a claim with the cler k no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to le a claim you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. After 60 days, only the owner o f record as of the date of the lis pendens may claim the surplus. WITNESS my hand and the seal o f the court on October 26, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE COUR T BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Cler k Attorney for Plaintiff: Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A. 350 Jim Moran Blvd, Suite 100 Deer eld Beach, FL 33442 Telephone: (954) 354-3544 Facsimile: (954) 354-3545IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICAN’S WITH DISABILITIES ACT, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 429856 ON 12/5,12/2012the Court to include in the nal judgment of dissolution of marriage).Petitioner requests that the Court enter an order dissolving the marriage and restoring Wife’s former name as speci ed in paragraph 9 of this petition. I understand that I am swearing or af rming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes nes and/or imprisonment. DATED: 10/8/12 Sharon Mayberry Reyes 602 NW 6th Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34972 STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE Sworn to or af rmed and signed before me on 10/8/2012 by Sharon Mayberry Reyes. Debra Goodard DEPUTY CLERK 431302 ON 11/21,28;12/5,12/2012 ACROSS 1 Work on, as a part 5 Donald, to his nephews 9 Polite title 14 [Turn the page] 15 Indian flatbread 16 Monterrey girlfriend 17 *Checking, as books 19 Plymouths county 20 *Like some ovens 22 Expand operations 25 Expand ones belly 26 Goose egg 27 Hard work 28 Activist with Raiders 31 1987 Masters champ Larry 32 61-Down resident 33 Versatile, powerwise 34 Subdivided 35 *Field action 39 Flat-topped formation 41 Boston or Baltimore 42 Blame, slangily 45 Blame 46 Flower girls path 48 Geologic procession 49 Bert Bobbseys twin 50 Little devil 51 Lunch time 53 *Part of many a magic act 57 Place to play 58 New York resort area, and what the answers to starred clues are 62 Best Buy squad members 63 Busy as __ 64 Toned-down Awesome!Ž 65 Ferber and a Dame 66 Mama __ 67 Plucky DOWN 1 Cheap pipe material 2 Ooplasm containers 3 Blanc who voiced Bugs 4 Sergio Mendes & __ 66 5 Relax, as ones fist 6 Greenhorn 7 Call off an appt. 8 HulkŽ director 9 Ticked off by 10 Word of agreement 11 Water shower? 12 Fret (over) 13 Really botched up 18 Pince-__ 21 Poor listeners inand-out organ 22 One wearing black at home 23 Island dish 24 Trusting way to purchase 29 Descriptive wd. 30 Bra choices 31 Day for the fair-offace child: Abbr. 33 Some do it gracefully 34 Teen omen 36 __ for me to know ...Ž 37 Kind of biol. 38 Bases for arguments 39 Of Human __Ž 40 Like some TV pilots 43 Nostalgists suffix 44 Future therapists maj. 46 Band booster 47 Medicinal syrup 48 Garden container? 50 None for me,thank youŽ 52 Publicity 54 Songwriter Paul 55 Rhyme scheme in Frosts Stopping by Woods on a Snowy EveningŽ 56 Hwys. with nos. 59 Thompson of Back to the FutureŽ 60 Flee 61 32-Across home By Don Gagliardo (c)2011TribuneMediaServices,Inc. 05/04/11 05/04/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle 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. DATED at Okeechobee County, Florida, this 28th day of September, 2012. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Okeechobee County, Florida BY: Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., L.P.A. Attorney for Plaintiff 550 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Telephone # 954740-5200 Facsimile# 954-740-5290 mailto:FlSales@weltman.com 427996 ON 11/28;12/5/2012 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. To advertise, contact a sales representative today!863.763.3134

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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). 15 Okeechobee News December 5, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsSebastian Middle School scored the rst ve points of the game and played tight defense throughout the game as they overwhelmed Osceola, 41-9, in middle school girls basketball action in Okeechobee on Thursday. Jada Rainey had 12 points in the rst half and Jeleah Marshall eight points as the Lady Sharks held a 33-3 halftime lead. Both teams played a lot of reserves in the second half with few points in the third quarter. Sebastian led 35-3 after three quarters. Alyssa Howard hit a three-point basket and had ve points to lead Osceola (0-2). They had a tough time dealing with the Sebastian defense in the rst quarter when they used a full-court press. In the second quarter, the Lady Sharks turned to tight half court man-to-man. Osceola had only four shots from the eld in the rst half. Judele Root had two points, a rebound and one steal and Alexandria Ducutt had two points for Osceola. Sebastian also dominated the boys game as they jumped out to a 17-2 lead after the rst quarter and easily dispatched Osceola. Ja Juan Cherry had a pretty assist to Evan Neal for a eld goal in the second quarter and led Osceola in points. Sebastian led 31-8 at the half. Sebastian overwhelms OMS lady hoopsters 41-9 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAlyssa Howard looks for an open teammate during the Osceola versus Sebastian basketball game Thursday. Osceola fell to drop to (0-2 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee Storm Cheer SquadOn Saturday, Nov. 17, the OCRA “Okeechobee Storm” Cheer squads traveled to Winter Haven to compete in their rst of the season F.C.D.A. Cheer Competition. All four groups; the “Tiny Twisters, Mini Thunder, Youth Lighting, and Jr. Electric” took rst place in their divisions. Then on Sunday, Nov. 18, they competed in the Mid-Florida Cheer Competition and the “Tiny Twisters” took second place, with the “Mini Thunder and Youth Lighting” taking rst place again and the “Jr. Electric” taking third. What a great weekend. We are very proud of our Okeechobee girls and our coaches who volunteer their time tirelessly to turn these awesome girls into awesome cheerleaders. Thank you also to the Children’s Service Council, Gene Fulford and to all of the local business and individuals that helped make this possible!

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