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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 12-07-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, December 7, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 147 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.07 feetLast Year: 13.75 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Drivers: Stop for school buses! ... Page 15 OHS soccer team beats W estwood ... Page 19 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News An Okeechobee cowboy’s animal handling skills were put to good use by the Army in World War II. On Dec. 7, 1941, Bob Lantz and his fellow cowboys were resting in the shade while working cows for Jess Durrance in the area of Hilliard Road when they received word that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. Some of the men were in the reserves so they knew they would be called to active duty right away. It wasn’t long before Mr. Lantz was drafted on Jan. 10, 1942, and sent to basic training at Fort Lee, Va. At the conclusion of basic training the men were sent to various bases for assignments and further training. He found himself with a group of farm and ranch hands who were sent to Fort Reno in Oklahoma to an Army remount station. Fort Reno had played a prominent role in the Indian Wars of the 1870s. In 1908 Congress established the Remount Service to procure, train and issue to units horses and mules. Fort Reno became the site of the rst Quartermaster Remount Station that same year. The main responsibilities at Fort Reno were horse breeding and the training of pack mules. Because of his background, Mr. Lantz de nitely t the description found in a War Department manual on “Pack Transportation” dated 25 Aug. 1944, “Pack train personnel should like animals and are accustomed to hard work.” In previous wars, there had been a demand for horses. HowRemembering Pearl Harbor ...Cowboy was mule trainer in WW II Special to the Okeechobee NewsBob Lantz in his Army Remount Service uniform during World War II with campaign hat, riding pants and riding boots. See LANTZ — Page 5 Decision will depend on USDA grants, says OUA directorBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News When the Okeechobee Utility Authority rst made plans for the expansion of the wastewater treatment system, economic conditions in Okeechobee were very different than they are today. At the time, real estate values were at an all-time high and developers were eager to start new commercial and residential projects. That was before the real estate “bubble” burst and the recession hit. Because of this change in the economic climate, members of the Economic Council of Okeechobee are urging the OUA to rethink the expansion plans. “We will present our case to the OUA next week (at the Tuesday OUA meeting),” explained Keith Walpole. “We are encouragEconomic Council questions OUA expansion plansSee OUA — Page 5 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported progress on priorities set one year ago by the 16 counties of South Florida, namely the restoration of the Herbert Hoover Dike, the Kissimmee River restoration, the C-44 reservoir and storm water treatment area and the comprehensive Everglades restoration program, at the Lake Okeechobee Coalition meeting Thursday. Col. Alan Dodd, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, reported over 21 miles of the Herbert Hoover Dike between Belle Glade and Port Mayaca, with the removal o f culvert 14, and other projects are complete. Work is ongoing to replace four other culverts around the dike. Contracts to replace two more were awarded in September. The Corps is also in the middle o f a dam safety modi cation stud y for the dike that will be done in 2014. The study will look at ways to reduce risks and improve the safety of the dike. Additional projects will be based on the results o f this study and the total investment is $1 billion. “The problems really started in Dike rehab is priority says Corps of cialSee DIKE — Page 5Christmas festival, parade Saturday ... Page 4 Free Fair plans address complaints ... Page 3

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTBobcat Run Golf Club 863.655.0202 Panther Creek & Cougar Trail 863.655.0101 18 Holes $1600Tax & Cart Included 18 HOLES Same Day Specials$2400 Before 11:00am$2000 After 11:00am$8800 Tax & Cart Included 9 Holes $900Tax & Cart Included 45 Ho l es Great Golf!Highw a y 9830 miles N of Okeechobee Rates Apply ONLY if Tee Time is Booked Within 24 Hours of Play! 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! 3 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The American Legion Free Fair will make changes to address complaints from city residents. At their Tuesday meeting, Okeechobee City Council heard that changes will be made to the fair to sooth upset neighbors w ho complained about loud music and other noise at the completion of last year’s fair. The carnival midway is disassembled in the early morning hours after the nal night on Saturday and in past years didn’t merit much complaint. Now with a modern Assisted Living Facility and private homes within shouting distance, the loud music and v oices after midnight drew complaints. Dan Fennell of American Legion Post 64 said the fair will be held from Jan. 10-19, 2013. They agreed to tear down the midway on Sunday morning after 7 a.m. to eliminate the noise issues with surrounding property owners. Mr. Fennell said the post plans to hold two fairs per year with a second fair scheduled in late spring sometime after the county fair. The city is expected to approve a temporary use permit that will prohibit noise between midnight and 7 a.m. from the fair midway operated by J&J Amusements of Middletown, Ohio, during its scheduled run. In other actions the council honored Malissa Morgan for her four years of service to the City Planning Board, Board of Adjustments and Appeals and Design Review Board. The council appointed Phil Baughman as a regular member to the planning board for a term until April 30, 2013, and John Creasman as an alternative member for a term until April 30, 2015. The council approved a reassignment of a lease with Glades Gas Company who will sell a parcel of land behind their business at North Parrott Avenue and N.E. Ninth Street to Florida Public Utilities Company. The city also accepted a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Justice Assistance Grant of $2,200 to purchase 14 ballistic vest carriers and two ballistic vests for the police department. The council certi ed the election results from November with Mayor Jim Kirk earning 1,051 votes or 40-percent, Council member Mike O’Connor 959 votes of 37 percent, and Ray Worley earning 590 votes, or 23 percent. They scheduled a nal public hearing on January 15, 2013 at 6 p.m. To consider numerous administrative rezonings the city has proposed. The properties affected include vacant property on portions of N.E. Eighth Street, N.E. Sixth Avenue and Riverside Drive owned by Diamond R Fertilizer where the zoning would be changed from single family residential to industrial, one acre on N.E. Ninth Street west of Taylor Creek proposed to change from holding to industrial, 24 acres owned by the OUA at 1200 N.E. 12th Street that was a groundwater treatment plant would change from holding to industrial, 1.6 acres on S.W. Seventh Avenue owned by the Nemec Children’s Trust would change from holding to multi family, and 5.9 acres owned by the Ivan Doverspike Trust on N.W. Eighth Avenue between N.W. Ninth and 14th streets would change from holding to residential single family. The only item of discussion was the Nemec Trust Property. Councilman Devin Maxwell suggested he was concerned about too much multi-family property in that part of the city. Mayor Kirk and Councilman O’Connor were absent from the meeting. Okeechobee City Council addresses Free Fair issues Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMalissa Morgan receives a certi cate of appreciation from City Councilman Dowling Watford for her service on the City Planning Board since 2008.

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Main Street Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and ParadeOkeechobee Main Street would like to w elcome everyone to the annual Top of the Lake Christmas Festival in Flagler Park. On Saturday, Dec. 8, the parks will open at 10 a.m. With something for everyone! Visitors w ill nd local crafters, artisans, homemade sauces and baked goods, and a feast of pulled pork, chicken, turkey legs, ribs, steak, tacos, gyros, hot dogs, hamburgers, chili and, of course, all your favorite desserts, including ice cream, crepes, churros, funnel cakes and pumpkin fry bread. Christmas music will ll the air as you stroll from park to park nding gifts for everyone on your list. As you roam, look for your favorites including handmade jewelry, plaster crafts, pickles, jams, relishes and a host of jewelry, toys, children's wares, w estern accessories, and decorative and specialty items! Come visit with friends, enjoy the Christmas decorations and feel the spirit of the season. The festival will remain open throughout the parade. The annual lighted Christmas Parade will be especially exciting this year with over 100 entries, including oats, buggies, boats, marching units and horses and, of course, our local re departments, city police department and county sheriff's of ce. The Chair of our County Commissioners Frank Irby will serve as parade marshal and bring the parade through town and past the parks. The Junior R.O.T.C. will present the colors followed by the Okeechobee Main Street Float which will lead the remainder of the parade. Parade participants include many beautifully lighted Christmas oats, marching units, bands, cheerleaders, royalty from each of our festivals and the Seminole reservation, buggies and, of course, Santa! The parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and follow the regular parade route. Our panel of four judges will sit in the parking lot of Capital Pawn where each entry will be announced. Following the parade a trophy will be awarded for Best Float. The 2011 winner, Flower Petals, will again be vying for this title! Last, and most importantly, Santa will come to town! Style Studio is providing a oat for Santa's sleigh this year and he will be ready to greet all children in the park following the parade. Pictures of your child with Santa will be provided courtesy of the Kiwanis! While in town, take the opportunity to enjoy the participants of Okeechobee Main Street's 2012 Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Entries this year include Okeechobee Discount Drugs, Toni's Chic Boutique,14K Gold Store, Flower Petals, Colour Me Crazy Salon and Pat's Floral Design, Raulerson Absolutely Art, CEECO, Kid's Cornerthe Outpost, Second Blessings Antique, Consignments and Thrift Shop, Countryside Florist, and The Heritage Assisted Living Facility. The winners of this contest will also be announced just prior to the parade. Also, walk on down Park Street and wander through the Christmas Cards in the Park, sponsored by the High School Band. Enjoy Okeechobee this holiday season and as alwaysthink local!Blood Round up Thank youThe Blood Roundup is deeply indebted to each of the following for their wonderful support of this drive which saves Okeechobee lives. If any contributor is not mentioned, please forgive; we tried to be sure each name was recorded. When you shop these businesses, please say thanks. 1 Stop Party Shop, 14K Gold Store, A Barber's Barber Shop, AAA Radiator & AC, Aaron's, Advance America, Affordable Art & Framing, All Upholstery, American Drilling, American Legion Post 64, Amerigroup, Vinny's Tailor Shop, Applebee's, Arby's, ARS Power Sports, Auntie M's Knits, Badcock Furniture, Barney's Barber and Beauty, Artist Fawn McNeill Barr, Nancy Bartholomew, Bealls Outlet, Beef o' Brady's, Beeper Depot, Bella Rose Day Spa and Salon, Best Western Hotel/Holiday Inn Express, Bill's Shoe Repair, Blue Heron Golf Course, Brahma Bull Restaurant, Brahman Theater III, Brennan Eye Care, Brighton Casino, Brown Cow Sweetery, Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, Buddy's Home Furnishings, Budget Inn, Center State Bank, Cheney Bros., Children's Services Council, City Cuts, City Cuts Salon, CJ's Wholesale, Colour Me Crazy Salon, Costopoulos & Helton PA, Cowboy's, Custom Sights and Sounds, CVS Pharmacy, Treasure Island Shell, Fran Deverman, Dinga-Ling Deli, Discount Auto Parts, Dollar General, Domino's Pizza, Douglas Chiropractic & Fitness Center, Dr. Sanders Dermatology, Dr. Wayne Moesching, Dunkin Donuts, Duran Jewelry, E & E Automotive Clinic, Eagle Bay Airboats, Early Learning Coalition, Edward Jones Investments, Eli's Trailers, Emergency Management, Everglades Pediatric Dentistry, Executive Hair Design and Spa, Fabulous Framing and Interiors, Family Preservation Services, Fifth Street Barber Shop, Flamingo II, Florida Community Health Centers, Florida Health Care News, Florida Outdoors RV Country, Gilbert Oil Company, Glades Electric Cooperative, Gloria's Sweets and Blooms, Golden Corral, Good Spirits/Old Habits, Hair Cuttery, Hair Gurl Salon, Hammerhead's, Hampton Inn, Happy Hour Tavern, Harvest House, Janet Hendrix, Hibiscus Children's Center, Hodgepodge Electronics/Golf Cart Repair, Home Depot, Hoskins and Turco, Hungry Howie's, Joey's Pizza, John's Guide Service, K.M. Nails, Kandie's Family Restaurant, Marie Kirchhoff, Virginia Larkin, Lawn Tamer Equipment Inc., Lehman Auto Body, Lightsey's Restaurant, Lion Country Safari, Lodge at the Lake, Los Cocos, Lucky Lanes, Mama Flego's, Market Place Produce, Marriot t Spring Hill Suites of Vero, McDonald's North, Michael's Music Memories, Mid Florida Hardware, Mike Jones Guide Service, Mike Shellen, Gayle Molyneaux's Mary Kay, Mom's Kitchen, Morgan's Furniture, Myers Mobile Notary Service, New American Physical Therapy, Niklas Larssen, Norton's Cleaners, Novedades San Miguel, Okeechobee Discount Drugs, Okeechobee Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Okeechobee Golf & CC, Okeechobee Shooting Sports, Okeechobee Stor N Lock, Okeechobee SWATOHS, Okeechobee the Magazine/Pennysaver, Okeechobee Veterinary, Our Sisters Plac e Thrift Store, Carol Pace, Pamper and Polish, Pampered Chef, Papa John's, Pine Cree k Homeowner's Assoc., Pizza Heaven, Plaste r Play Time, Popeye's, Pritchard's Insurance, Publix, Pueblo Viejo, Quail Creek Plantation, Quik-Change Oil & Lube, Quit Doc, Raulerson Hospital, Rita's Furniture, Rocky's Barbe r Shop, Royal's Furniture, Rustic Star Antiques, S & S Computer Repair, Safeguard Insuranc e Agency, Sam's Club, Seacoast National Bank, Second Blessings Antique/Thrift Shop, Serenity Coffee Shop, Shared Services, SFWMD, Sheriff's Of ce, Shooter's Choice of Florida, Joan Shults, Silver Dollar Internet CafŽ, Silve r Spurs Signs, Son Rise CafŽ, Southern Trees and Landscaping, SP Recycling, St. Luci e Battery & Tire, Stafford's Salon, State Farm Insurance, Tina Stiglitz, Subway on Park St., Sun Metal Jewelry, Sun Trust Bank, Suncoas t Medical Equipment, Superior Water Works, Suzanne's Personal Care, Sweet Annabelle's, Taco Bell, Taylor Creek Tire, TD Bank, Tenniswood Dental Associates, Thackerville Retrievers, The Okeechobee News, The Shoe Box, The Tobacco Place, Tropics Tanning, ThirtyOne Bags, Thompson's Jewelers, Tire Zone, Tires Plus, Todd Everett Flooring, Top of th e Lake Sports Grill, Total Fitness, Trading Pos t Flea Market, Tree Locators, Triple Seven Arcade, Tropical Breeze Hair Salon, Uncle Larry's Rim Ditch CafŽ, Verstyle Studio Photography, Verstyle Beauty Shop, VFW Post 10539, W & W Lumber, Rick Walsh at Fl. Blood Centers, Wal Mart, Washmart Dry Cleaners, Waste Management, Wemmer Family Orthodontics, Wendy's, Reba Winchester, Winn Dixie, Winn Dixie Pharmacy, WOKC FM & AM, Wolfgang Jewelers, WOTM Chapter 956, Zachary Taylor RV Resort and Zippy's Wings. Marijuana Since the recent trend on the forum has been to rant and rave (still) about our current president lets change it up a bit. ABC will be airing its coverage of the rst day of marijuana legalization tonight. Will anyone be watching and what are your thoughts on the matter? I for one feel that this is the step in the right direction, but I have a feeling the media is going to focus on the 21-yearold frat boys smoking and screaming "4/20 smoke blunts all day brah!" instead of the typical man who comes home from work takes a hit and then eats dinner and sleeps. The main stream media will probably sensationalize it, but there have been interesting reports on National Public Radio about the legalization of marijuana. I listened to a story earlier this week where they interviewed business people who want to apply for a license to sell recreational marijuana. These applicants will be screened and the number of permits is limited. Currently the state of cials are working on the license process. It is much like applying for a liquor license. They expect this new industry will provide quite a few jobs. NPR has also reported on farmers who are hoping to get permits to grow marijuana as a cash crop. Colorado and Washington State could be test cases and if they can make it work there, other states may follow suit. December 7, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!

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ever, in World War II, the need for horses decreased while the need for mules increased. Pack mules were used in such places as Italy, Tunisia and the China-Burma-India Theater where the terrain was too rough for w heeled vehicles and ideal for sure footed mules. Mule trains were used to transport food, water, ammunition, arms and wounded soldiers. From 1941 to 1945, 30,523 mules were purchased in the United States by the Remount Service. Many more were procured overseas. Mules were trained to follow single le behind the sound of the bell worn by a bell mare. Mr. Lantz remembers that there were two types of pack saddles, the calvary pack saddle which was used for smaller loads and the cargo pack saddle for heavier loads such as artillery and heavier infantry weapons. It took two men to properly load a pack saddle. There were various knots and hitches used to secure different types of loads. While Mr. Lantz was at Fort Reno, his wife took her rst train ride from Okeechobee to Oklahoma to visit him. After training mule teams for shipment overseas for two years, Mr. Lantz got orders overseas himself. He and some of his fellow troops along with a group of their mules were sent to New York City. There they boarded two British troop transports. The ships had been tted with stalls for the mules. Troops being ferried across the ocean in troop transports during World War II had to shower and shave in salt water, not a fun thing to do. However, that was not the case with Mr. Lantz's group. They rigged up a shower down at the end of the stalls using a fresh water hose that was used to supply water for the mules. The ship's crew kept wondering where all the fresh water was going. It was while his convoy was steaming through the Mediterranean that Mr. Lantz learned the meaning of war. For some time German aircraft had circled his convoy just out of range. Then came the attack by German aircraft and a German submarine. The ship next to Mr. Lantz's ship and the ship behind him were both sunk by torpedoes. He will always remember that date, April 11, 1944, because it is etched on a shell casing he kept as a souvenir. The convey continued on through the Suez Canal to the Red Sea and on to the Indian Ocean. In the Indian Ocean they looked back one day and saw that a submarine had surfaced right behind them, too close for their guns to bear down on it. However, it turned out to be an Italian submarine. Upon reaching India, the convoy was rerouted from one port to another because a supply ship loaded with ammunition had blown up in the rst port and destroyed the pier. Mr. Lantz and his fellow troops were glad they were not on a supply ship loaded with ammunition. However, when their ship was being unloaded they discovered that the hold contained ammunition. Then they took a train across India to become the part of the war effort in the ChinaBurma-India Theater. It was in this part of the world that his mule trains transported supplies through jungles and on narrow steep mountain trails that had been used hundreds of years previously by Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan. They crossed narrow suspension bridges over rivers. Sometimes there wasn't a bridge and the mule handlers had to remove the pack saddles and swim their mules across rivers. In instances where the water is deep or swift, the War Department manual on Pack Transportation gave instructions on how to make a boat out of unit equipment to oat the cargo and pack saddles across the river. After being overseas one month short o f two years, on Feb. 8, 1946, Mr. Lantz was discharged from the 457th Quartermaster Remount Troop with a rank of sergeant. LANTZContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 the 1980s, and you had two near failures in the 90s," Col. Dodd said. "Erosion occurred in the dike and that can lead to a failure. Many of the culverts were built in the 1930s." He said the dike rehab is a national priority. Well over $300 million has been spent so far. "We've made progress but there is a lot of work to be done. This is a long-term project," he said. Dodd said they continue to study the most cost effective means to strengthen the dike and improve the safety of communities around the lake. The S-65 D boat ramp on the Kissimmee River was completed in November. It includes a dock, shell rock parking lock and entrance road, a waterless restroom facility, and solar lights. The replacement of the CSX railroad bridge in Okeechobee and Highlands counties over the river is ongoing. Col. Dodd called the river project one of the most successful environmental restorations ever in the United States. Excavation in reach two and three were recently completed in Okeechobee and Highlands County near Fort Basinger. River Acres improvements will be started next summer. About 90 percent of the river project is now complete. Close to 102,000 acres of historical river oodplain has been acquired, a $300 million investment from the SFWMD. About 3 miles of intake canal and 4 miles of the C-133 canal have been excavated, and access road work has been completed on the C-44 project in western Martin County. The goal is to capture damaging nutrients from the lake before it reaches the St. Lucie River. Over 12,000 acres will be purchased. Ernie Barrett, Everglades policy director for the SFWMD, said the test cell is no w complete, the design is completed, and permits secured for the entire C-44 project. Congress approval is needed to move forward on the C-43 project in the Caloosahatchee River basin. Property is purchased, design is completed and permits secured for that project. A public hearing hosted by the Corps will be held in Clewiston to discuss the Central Everglades Planning Project this month. Mr. Barrett reported $46 million is invested in the next ve years for dispersed water management projects on local farms and ranches. He reported the Lakeside Ranch Storm Water Area phase one in Okeechobee County is now fully operational. $3.7 million is budgeted this year to complete this project. Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard reported more and more people are upset about polluted water releases from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River. Glades County continues to work on permits for the Moore Haven Canal project. Glades County Commissioner Russell Echols was retained as chairman for the next year. Commissioner Carson Turner of Hendr y County was re-elected vice chairman. Commissioner Turner said he felt it is important to narrow the scope of priorities for future projects. Commissioner Heard said they must complete projects and continue to support funding for those projects before moving onto future land purchases and new projects. DIKEContinued From Page 1 ing them to not pursue this project. He said the expansion project would add more than $17 million in debt on a system that is already heavily in debt. "We don't feel this is something the current rate payers can absorb," he said. G.M. "Hoot" Worley added the Economic Council has been researching this issue for months, and is concerned about what the additional debt will mean for current customers. "The Treasure Island project will cost $51 a month to each customer before the rst gallon of sewage goes through a line," he said. "Around $600 a yearthat's a lot for people on a xed income," agreed Erik Melville. He said the Economic Council wants to bring the issue to the attention to the public before any nal decisions are made. "The OUA has posted their meetings, but there hasn't been a lot of public input," said Mr. Walpole. When the expansion project was conceived, the OUA expected to add 3,000 new customers, thanks to the developments planned at the time, he continued. When the recession hit, development projects fell through. According to a position paper released by the Economic Council, "It is the position of the Economic Council of Okeechobee that the OUA proposed system expansions are not appropriate, necessary or economically justi able." "The ESFM (East Side Force Main) and TI (Treasure Island Vacuum Sewer System Improvements) would require the OUA to issue a signi cant amount of debt. OUA's current nancial position makes it inadvisable to take on even more debt that already burdens the customers of the utility," the statement continues. "Currently there are only 9,600 rate payers in the OUA system with more than $47 million in existing debt on the OUA books. This amount represents principal only. If you include the interest on the debt, the amount increases to nearly $61 million. The cost of this current payback is $6,350 per customer today. "These debts are largely due to the W astewater Treatment Plant Expansion and Deep Well Injection which were built with much excess capacity. OUA customers are currently obligated with this debt until the y ear 2030. "The OUA has the ability to pay down some of this current debt because they have excess reserve funds. The OUA has $15.6 million in reserves, of which it could use approximately $10 million to pay down the existing $47 million in principal owed. However, the OUA will not consider paying down existing debts due to the pending projects of ESFM and TI. Paying down existing debt would be a nancially-responsible endeavor, a good use of funds that are not generating much interest in today's economy, and a means of reducing substantial future rate increases which will likely prohibit muchneeded growth. Due to the compounding nature of interest accruals, the sooner accelerated debt payments are made, the greater the savings that could be realized." The Economic Council notes the OUA is hoping the USDA will pay a portion of the cost of the expansion. With the current gridlock in Washington and the looming " nancial cliff," it is not likely that a federal grant would be an option, they continue. "OUA believes that a portion of the project costs may be funded with a USDA grant which would reduce the project costs. Even if the USDA were to fund 50 percent of the project, the low utilization, few customer additions, and costs incurred by customers in affected areas make the project not viable and a large mistake." The Economic Council estimates the direct costs for customers who do hook on to the expanded sewer system to be approximately $12,000 per resident. This includes $9,254 for the OUA hookup fee and $2,700 to abandon each septic tank. These costs are proposed to be collected through an assessment over 20 years that may accrue interest and include a Balance-Due-UponSale clause. Due to the low property values in some of the affected areas, this amount could be equal to one-third of the property value, the Economic Council statement explains. OUA Executive Director John Hayford said OUA cannot make a decision about the viability of the expansion plan until they nd out exactly how much USDA will fund. "We are continuing a path to seek nancial assistance from the USDA," he explained. "It could be zero. It could be 35 to 40 or 45 percent." He said the OUA decision regarding the planned wastewater system expansion will depend on how muchif anyfederal grant funding is available. The next OUA meeting is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 8:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the OUA Building, 100 S.W. Fifth Avenue. The meeting is open to the public. OUAContinued From Page 1

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VFW hosts weekend eventsThe North VFW, 300 N.W. 34th St., has a weekend full of fun, food and friends planned. Friday begins with bingo at 1 p.m. The Grill opens from 5-9 p.m. And karaoke by Lisa 7-10 p.m. Saturday brings more fun with burgers on the grill 12-2 p.m. Bar bingo starts at 1 p.m. and seafood baskets as well as full menu will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. with karaoke by Steve on a Stick from 7 until 10 p.m. Sunday rounds it out with Lori serving liver and onions or cubed steak from 2 until 4 p.m. Music will be by Steve on a Stick from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds go towards Veteran’s Assistance Programs.Cypress Hut Eagles plan special weekend eventsCypress Hut Eagles will be hosting a dinner Friday, Dec. 7 of rib-eye steak at $14 a plate, A sh dinner at $8 a plate and a shrimp dinner at $10 a plate. Starting at 5:30 p.m.8 p.m. With live music by Wayne Purvis. Saturday, Dec. 8 there will be a rib dinner with two sides, staring at 4:30 p.m. with live music by Julie and Rick staring at 6 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 9 the menu features southern fried chicken for $6 a plate starting at 1 p.m. The public is welcome at all dinners. All proceeds go to the community charity fund.Butler Family Gala slatedThe Butler Family Gala featuring legendary Florida Highwayman Robert Butler and his family of artists will be held at Affordable Art & Framing on Friday Dec. 7 from 6 until 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Affordable Art is located at 110 S.W. 14th St., next to Cowboy’s Restaurant. For information, call Kathie Papasso at 863357-3200 or 863484-0914.Main Street taking vendor applications for 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.Church hosts special programThe 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. For information contact Nancy Vaughan, D.C.E., at 863-763-4021OREA selling ornamentsThe Okeechobee Retired Educator’s Association (OREA) 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 Cit y Hall and costs $15. Some of the ornaments from previous years are available while supplies last and cost $10. There will also be a drawomg for a Kindle Fire HD. Tickets for the Kindle are $1 for one or $5 for six. The drawing for the Kindle will take place on Dec. 17. All funds raised by both the ornament sales and Kindle giveaway will be used to fund our local scholarship and other community projects. Hope to see you in the par k on Dec. 8.Masons hosting breakfastThe Masonic Lodge located at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will be having a breakfast Sunday, Dec. 9 from 8 until 11 a.m. for $6 per plate. The public is welcome and carry out is available. All proceeds go to local Mason Giving.Post #64 plans bingo nightAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunda y night bingo on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. A smoking section will be provided in the bingo hall. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public.Autism support group meetsOkeechobee Parents Group for Parents o f Children with Autism will meet to networ k with other parents for support, information, training, and resource information, on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. At the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. For more information call Lind a Peirce 772-873-3422.OHCF to unveil special calendarOkeechobee Health Care Facility proudl y presents its 12th annual Resident Art Calendar at the unveiling celebration Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. in the main dining room. The public is invited. The program will feature paintings created by residents, ages 64 to 97. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Clarence E. Arnold, 86OKEECHOBEE — Clarence E. Arnold of Okeechobee passed away December 5, 2012 in Palm Beach, FL. He was born July 3, 1926 in Okeechobee, FL. He enjoyed the outdoors, tending his grove and spending time with his family. He was in the hay and grass planting business for many years. Mr. Arnold proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion and at one time he was the youngest Okeechobee County Commissioner. He married Sue Arnold in 1977. Mr. Arnold was predeceased by his rst wife, Louise Arnold; two children, Mark Arnold and Chrissie Arnold Williams; granddaughter, Casie Lynn Spires; and brother, Roy Cecil Arnold. He is survived by his wife, Sue Arnold; three daughters, Irene L. Rowell, Bonnie Arnold (Eddie) and Angie Arnold; two sons, Michael Arnold (Joy) and Kevin Arnold; nine grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; and two sisters, Patty Hazellief and Alevene Lantz all of Okeechobee. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2012 at the Buxton Chapel located at 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the Buxton Chapel. Interment will follow at Basinger Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Arnold’s Wildlife Rehab, 14895 NW 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Friends may sign the guest book and leave a message of condolence at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Tom Conway Sr., Tom Jr. and the Staff at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. V irginia Phillips Giebeig KindbergOKEECHOBEE — Mrs. Virginia Phillips Giebeig Kindberg of Lake City passed away on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2012 at the Suwannee Valley Care Center Haven Hospice in Lake City following a lengthy illness. A native of Spartanburg, S.C. she was the daughter of the late Rogers and Gladys Mallory Phillips. She graduated from Palm Beach High School in 1951 and Florida State University in 1955 with a degree in Elementary Education. She retired from the Columbia County School System as a teacher after 25 years of service and enjoyed painting and quilting. She attended Parkview Baptist Church in Lake City. She was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Giebeig, Sr in 1993. Virginia is survived by her devoted family that includes her husband Carl Kindberg of Okeechobee; children, Carol Giebeig Bailey (Don) of Glen St. Mary, Fla., and William L. ‘Bill’ Giebeig, J r. (Sonja) of Lake City; grandchildren, Bryan Bailey (Hillary), Chad Bailey (Traci), Carrie Browning (Chris), Jessica Melgaard (Travis), and Shelley Giebeig of Kalispell, MT; nine greatgrandchildren; sister, Emily Phillips Robarts (Gene); step-sons, Jack Kindberg (Karla), Phil Kindberg (Jamie), and Brian Kindberg (Brooke); seven step grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services for Virginia Giebeig Kindberg w ere conducted on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Parkview Baptist Church in Lake City w ith Reverends Mike Tatem and Jeff Tate of ciating. Internment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Lake City. Visitation with the family was held on Wednesday evening, December 5, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements were under the direction of GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 South Hwy 441, Lake City. (386) 752-1954. Please sign the online guest book at www.gatewayforestlawn.com Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by e-mailing obits@newszap.com Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com 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.Church hosts movie mightLife 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.OCPD fundraiser plannedThe Okeechobee City Police Departmentt (OCPD), located at 200 S.R. 70 E., will serve a pulled pork barbecue meal with all the xings in the city park on Friday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Meals are $8 per plate and delivery will be available for orders of ve or more dinners. All proceeds go for Relay for Life cancer fund. For more information, please call 863-763-5521. Community Events

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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Casey Bernard Bonneau, 40, N.W. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 3 by Ofcer Cesar Romero on a felony charge of domestic battery. His bond was set at $3,500.  Jeffery M. Rusinko, 34, Okeechobee, w as arrested Dec. 4 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation driving while license suspended or rev oked and violation of probation reckless driving. His bond was set at $5,000.  Edward Owen Wilson, 59, N.W. 168th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 4 by Deputy Fred Bradley on a Palm Beach County warrant charging him with the felony of v iolation of probation attempt to commit burglary of a dwelling. He is being held without bond.  David Preston Guinn, 29, S.E. 28th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 4 by Deputy Ronald A. Brown on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felonies of burglary of a structure, grand theft, burglary of a conveyance and possession of burglary tools. His bond was set at $20,000.  Mildred Stone Walker, 48, N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 5 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the misdemeanor of violation of probation driving under the in uence refusal to submit to breath test. She was released on her own recognizance.  Humberto Lopez, 41, N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 5 by Deputy Yamil Astacio on a warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of violation of probation driving under the in uence. He was released on his own recognizance.  Monique Yvette Everett, 25, Shawnee Lane, Lantana, was arrested Dec. 5 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an amended DOC warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation possession of marijuana under 20 grams and violation of probation alter/destroy/conceal evidence. She is being held without bond.  Jose Cervantes, 24, S.E. Eighth Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 6 by Deputy Patricia Massung on a warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation operating a vehicle while driver’s license revoked habitual offender. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Dec. 7TH Thurs., Dec. 13THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “TWILIGHT SAGA: Breaking Dawn, Part II”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “PITCH PERFECT”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “RISE OF THE GUARDIANS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG Some newspapers seem to take pleasure in the bad news. Not us. We do print badŽ news. (It IS newsworthy when things go wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.) Still, we give most of our attention to good news the kind you clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isnt difficult. The vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.) How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 8 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A student at Okeechobee High School w as arrested on a felony drug charge after she was allegedly caught with prescription pills while on school grounds. Rosa Jane Urbina, 17, Reservation Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 5, on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Detention Center in Fort Pierce. An arrest report by Deputy Dale Hardy, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that he was called to the Dean of Students of ce around 9:35 p.m. in regard to Urbina having pills in her possession. According to the deputy’s report a folded brown paper towel was found in her pocket. The towel contained seven white pills, continued the report. The pills were identi ed as vyvance 20 mg, which is a schedule II narcotic, stated Deputy Hardy. Vyvance is an amphetamine and is used to treat ADHD, according to Drugs. com. Deputy Hardy went on to point out in his report that he asked Urbina where she got the pills and she replied that someone gave them to her so they wouldn’t get in trouble. When asked for that person’s name, Urbina reportedly declined to disclose that information. Student reportedly caught with pills Rosa Jane Urbina

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 207 NE Park St. Okeechobee863-763-5051 Visit us at: owerpetalsokeechobee.com20 Gifts under $10for everyone on your list! See us at the Christmas Parade on SaturdayCenter pieces, key chains, jewelry, candles, fresh pine wreaths 9 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsPet of the WeekSweetie is an adult female Chihuahua full of sweetness and love waiting for a loving home of her own. She does well with other dogs, and children. She is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on U.S. 98 N., next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Central ElementaryStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary is proud to announce the Oct. 22 Students of the Week are: Emanuel Baltazar, Ruby Mondrago, Salvator Ayala, Brooklyn Kramer, Caleb Cruz, Jocelyn Domina, Ingrid Coreas, Omar Gonzalez, Harley Goulette, Lily Duncan, Alexis Watson, Miranda Watson, Kyle Shaw, Jazari Corde, Brandon Carlo, Jasmine Shanks, Grace Gainey, Jayton Howard, Clayton Culligan and Benjamin Tinajero. Special to the Okeechobee NewsNorth Elementary ChorusNorth Elementary School Chorus was ready to sing at the Okeechobee Tree Lighting Program. The students enjoyed a pizza snack donated by Ed Walker of Sur n' the Net.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 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). 10 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 Courtesy photoCaught the big one!Devin Santos, of Port St. Lucie, caught this lunker largemouth while shing Saturday, Nov. 24, with wild shiners on Lake Okeechobee. The bass weighed a little more than 5 pounds and was the biggest bass the 11-year-old had ever caught. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Everglades ElementaryStudents achieving excellenceEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Nov. 26-30 include: kindergarten students, Leonardo Flores, William Crum, Jabier Yanez, Emiliano Villegas-Leon, Lanaya Strozier; rst grade students, Sebastian Hodges, Landon Croft, James Pendarvis, Analis Guerrero, Sinthia Rivera, Jennifer Sandavol, Mariposa Santibanez; second grade students, Hayley Mendoza, Wesley Yates, Cody Rickards, John Starnes, Christopher Rodrigues; third grade students, Chance Bradley, Jesus Santibanes, Kenmley Perry, Colton Courson, Trystin Lamb, Nancy Garcia; fourth grade students, Balin Webb, Virgil Dixon, Jacquelyn Adcock, Cameron Rucks-Sinick, Jennifer Dougan; fth grade students, Estephany Salamanca, Kayle Hurley, Viviana Jaimes, Rocio Garcia and Alexandria Boon. Congratulations to our many outstanding students.

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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 11 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 By Diane TimmonsOkeechobee News A live radio play, “Friday Night at the Philco,” was presented over the weekend, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, by the Okeechobee Community Theatre as its Christmas card to the community. The production was presented in two acts. In Act One, two different skits from early 1050s radio were done. The audience enjoyed a reenactment of rst an episode from Dragnet. Called “The Big Sisters,” it was entertaining with a surprise ending. Local Pat Alfrey, who played Martha Dunbetter, performed her part especially well. The second part of Act One, was “Arsenic and Old Lace,” with the funny but astonishing admission by two spinster sisters that they put arsenic in the elderberry wine and buried their victims in Panama, aka the basement. The two spinster ladies, portrayed by Laurie Garner as Abby Brewster and Robyn Garner as Martha Brewster, de nitely stole the show. Mike Zierden as Bob Holbrook, the announcer, did a very believable job of moving the action along or breaking for information from the sponsors. Even the commercials were vintage, sounding funny to the modern ear. One audience member commented that Act Two was even better than Act One. It was a continuation of OCT’s Christmas card to the community with an entertaining musical-comedy and variety program which sounded like early programming of the Bing Crosby era. The Christmas songs were great. It was obvious that all the stage performers spent a lot of time preparing for the show. Thanks to the set construction people, the stage was a faithful representation of an old NBC (National Broadcasting Company) radio studio in New York City. The sound effects crew provided footsteps, phones ringing and squeaky doors to add realism to the production. Thanks also to the house manager, props creation, lighting and costume people and all others behind the scenes. This part of the audience enjoyed the show and wishes to thank OCT for their Christmas card to us. Community theatre provides holiday entertainment

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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 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! Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Most insurances and Medicare are accepted.Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Orthopaedic Surgeon Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in Okeechobee 1924 Hwy 441 N. | Okeechobee, FL 34972 | 863-357-0540 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 12 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 By Tamara RixOkeechobee News Mike Fazzalaro creates these w onderful sculpted art works by hand, making sure that every single detail is de ned and showing through his varnished carvings. Mike has been hand carving Sunken Cypress for nearly 25 years. He goes out and nds the perfect piece of wood for each and every one of his creations. The wood comes from the swamps, bayou, and rivers in the southern U.S. Much comes from Florida. The Sunken Cypress wood can be several hundreds years old and up to 1,000 years old. Mike isn't the only Sunken Cypress carver. George Hewitt has been carving just as long as Mike and he is the one who made this beautiful gator named Gotcha.' For more information on George, please visit his website at http://www.chainsawart.biz and for more information on Mike you may call 561-779-9030. Local artist sculpts Sunken Cypress with chain saw Okeechobee News/ Tamara Rix“Gotcha” is the gator created by George Hewitt. Smiling with his 42 perfect teeth and weighing in at 127 pounds and 6 feet in length, “Gotcha” will de nitely get you.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Stimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL HEALTHCARE Caring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DENTAL SURGERY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Okeechobee Dental We Specialize In:• Root Canals • Dental Implants • Laser Periodental Therapy • Oral Surgery & Teeth ExtractionsIV & Oral Sedation Available113 NW 19th Drive • OkeechobeeHOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri. 9-5BilingualHealthy Kids863-261-8273 Surgery Specialists GYNECOLOGIST All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net FAMILY MEDICINE (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted The 2012 – 2013 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website YOU ASKED FOR IT! YOU ASKED FOR IT!Look for the puzzles near the Classifieds section Now featuring Sudoku and the Crossword Puzzle in every edition of the 13 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTAL Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday Prayer Service............ 7 till 8pm December 16th at 10:45 am Our youth and elementary children will perform a special presentation to you“A Gift for Christmas” 301 NE 4th Ave. • (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70EChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays Where the SON is always shining! OPEN 6-4 M-F ServingCall your order in, free delivery or pickup at window. 763-4127 or Dine in with free Wi-Fi. Go to Okeechobeecog.com and click SonRise Cafe for menuWOW! There is nothing like it in town! at Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee 2 blocks behind the McDonalds on SE 70E Sunday Services ..........8:30 & 10:45You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 14 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/Main Street On Thursday, Nov. 15, over 50 Okeechobee Main Street members, friends, and community partners had the opportunity to enjoy the evening at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club, 405 N.E. 131st Lane. Saba Curren and staff sponsored the event and prepared a wonderful buffet for guests with the assistance of Laurie Stephens of Smokin’ Pink BBQ. Guests had the opportunity to visit and network in the upstairs of the Country Club which was beautifully decorated in a fall motif, appropriate for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Saba thanked the guests for coming to the mixer and encouraged them to come out, not only for golf, but also if they were interested in using the banquet room. She introduced the two golf pros at the club as w ell as other staff members. Main Street executive director Cindy Birdashaw shared an update on Main Street activities, including the success of the Halloween Festival and plans for the annual Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and lighted night parade. Tickets were drawn for door prizes and given to several excited guests. The OKMS MEGA 50/50 is continuing to grow and will come to an exciting conclusion at the December mixer. The December mixer will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and enjoy a peaceful evening with friends during the Christmas Holiday season. For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street executive director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246, or stop in the Main Street of ce at 55 South Parrott Ave. (across the street from CVS, in the Chamber building). Okeechobee Golf and Country Club hosts Main Street Mixer Special to the Okeechobee News/ Main StreetOkeechobe Golf and Country Club hosted the November Main Street mixer. With Cindy Birdashaw, Saba Curren and others in the community. Pastor Arlen and Loretta Cook served for over 10 years as pastor of Northside Baptist Church. In June, he gave his retirement notice, intending to buy a summer home in Virginia near their families. But before they left the area, on Sunday, Aug. 19, he was contacted to preach that day. He explained he w as retired from pastoring, but would serve as interim pastor. God has so wondrously blessed his ministry here. On Sunday, Nov. 25, Pastor Cook accepted the call to pastor a wonderful group of people at Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church. Arlen and Loretta are v ery excited about how God is going to bless this new ministry. Pastor Cook’s phone is 863-763-7165. Pastor puts off retirement to serve a BHR church Special to the Glades COunty DemocratePastor Arlen Cook and his wife Loretta are excited about the ministry at the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church. Special to the Okeechobee NewsLifelong learningOkeechobee DAR regent Julie Turner presented a ag own over the Capitol to Frank Irby Dec. 1. He spoke about the Lifelong Learning Programs at IRSC with program director Laura Kelley. He also answered questions concerning county commission issues. DAR Chapter meetings are the rst Saturday of the month at the Library.

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A Fort Pierce woman is being held on bond in the county jail following her arrest for illegally having prescription drugs in her possession and trying to hide them from police. Satena Marie Loper, 36, York Ave., was arrested Thursday, Nov. 29, on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance w ithout a valid prescription (carisoprodol), possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription (alprazolam) and tampering with evidence. She was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of giving a false name while under arrest and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. She is being held on those charges in the Okeechobee County Jail and her bond has been set at $30,000. An arrest report by Of cer Ryan Holroyd, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated he rst came into contact with Loper as she was walking on S.R. 70 E. at the Taylor Creek Bridge. He stated in his arrest report that she matched the description of a woman who was wanted in Pinellas County. When he asked her name the woman reportedly told the of cer it was Amy Mobley and that her date of birth was March 19, 1977. However, when Of cer Holroyd ran the name and birth date he learned there was no record of a woman with that name and date of birth. According to the of cer's report he then asked her for her Social Security number, and she gave it to him. But, just like the name she previously gave him, there was no record for that number. Of cer Holroyd stated that he asked her again for her Social Security number, and she gave him yet another bogus number. By this time Of cer Charles Green arrived on scene with a driver's license photo that identi ed the woman as Loper, and that Pinellas County had issued an arrest warrant for her that charged her with the felony of dealing in stolen property. Of cer Holroyd went on to state that as he started to place Loper under arrest she tried to pull away from him and that she was having a hard time speaking. The of cers were able to get Loper's mouth open enough that Of cer Holroyd could see that she was allegedly trying to hide a clear plastic object. The of cer put his nger into the woman's mouth and pulled out the object, which turned out to be cellophane from a cigarette package, stated the report. Inside the cellophane were ve white tablets and two blue oblong pills, the of cer stated. Of cer Holroyd indicated in his report that the ve white tablets were carisoprodol and the blue pills were identi ed as alprazolam. Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxant and is also known as soma, while alprazolam is also known as xanax and is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE 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 15 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 Report: Woman tried to hide pills from of cers Satena Loper The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce is disclosing this information to the public in order to enhance public safety, awareness, and protection. This information is not intended to increase fear: rather it is this agency's belief that an informed public is a safer public. This bulletin should be used only for information purposes. Citizen abuse of the information to threaten, intimidate, or harass offenders will not be tolerated, in any manner. The individual who appears in this bulletin has served the sentence imposed on them by the courts. They are NOT wanted by the police at this time. Sex offenders have always lived in the communities. The only change is the public is now better informed. Carl Randall, 55, is 5'9", and weighs 125 lbs. His new address is 135 S.E. 68th Avenue. Carl Baker was convicted in Okeechobee County, Fla. on Jan. 4, 2010 of Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition Offender Over 18. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce 863-763-3117, extension 2240, of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website http://www.fdle.state. .us. Sexual Predator Noti cation Carl Baker Drivers must stop for the school busBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News Because local drivers have apparently been ignoring those big yellow buses with ashing lights stopped on local roadways to unload their young passengers, the sheriff's of ce will amp up their enforcement of school bus laws. "Our children are our biggest asset," said Major Noel Stephen, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO). "We get busy in our lives and don't pay attention w hile driving. We have received numerous complaints and feel that this issue needs to be addressed." Beginning Monday, Dec. 10, OCSO deputies will watch area bus stops and will be enforcing all laws that apply to stopped school buses. Federal law requires school buses to be equipped with an eight-light warning systemconsisting of four yellow and four red ashing lightsto warn motorists of the bus stopping. These buses also have a stop arm that extends from the driver's side of the vehicle. It is illegal to pass a school bus when it is stopped, the colored lights are ashing and the stop arm is extended. OCSO Public Information Of cer Michele Bell said upon conviction the violator will be assigned four points to their driver's license and ned $173 or more. The violator may face an additional penalty of a mandatory county court appearance. To aid motorists in remembering these laws, Mrs. Bell had this to offer: "Avoid harm, obey the stop arm." Deputies will enforce school bus traf c laws

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Yard Sale 68 NE 98th Street Okeechobee Little Farms 1st Left after Boys School Sat 8th&Sun 9th 8am-5pm Tools,bicycle’s ,tv,stereo clothing shoes,lots of misc items Employment Full Time Employment Full Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Garage/ Yard SalesBuckhead Ridge Wed, Thur, Fri 8am3pm, 1032 Ash Circle. Lots of everything. Christmas decorations, clothes, dishes, what-nots, and more!! GARAGE SALE 2065 SW 22nd Circle North,Dec 7 & 8, 8 am until 1 pm. Friday and Saturday in Oak Lake Estates. Follow the Signs. 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 Huge Yard/Moving Sale Saturday Dec. 8th 8am-4pm 4120 SE 24th Rd (Treasure Island) Vantage Oaks RV Park. Out door storage sheds and storage bins,outdoor furniture, tables, chairs, yard tools,carpenter tools, tool cabinets on wheels, tool boxes, kerosene and electric heaters, pioneer dual cassette stereo and receiver, small kitchen appliances,juicer, crock pots, electric blanket, tted couch and large chair covers, lot and lots of misc. items. Everything Must Go! OKEECHOBEE (DIXIE RANCH ACRES) 7689 NW 81ST COURT, 12/08/2012, 7:00 AM ??. Baby clothes and items, toys, pants, shirts, dresses, shoes, etc. Garage/ Yard Sales MOVING & NEIGHBORHOOD SALE 213 NE 8TH AVE SATURDAY DEC. 8TH 8:00-3:00 TOOLS,YARD TOOLS, BOATING EQUIP., FURNITURE, DISHES, COOKWARE & LOTS MORE. EVERYTHING MUST GO! Moving 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! OKEECHOBEE 2437 SW 21st Ct., 12/07/12, 8am-1pm. HUGE YARD SALE! WASHER/DRYER, FURNITURE, HOUSEHOLD, LAWNMOWERS, WOOD PICNIC BENCH, ETC. MANY GREAT ITEMS! GOOD PRICES! DON’T MISS THIS ONE! CORNER OF EAGLE BAY DR & 21 CT. YARD SALE 2332 NW 4th STREET FRI. 7TH &SAT. 8TH 8am till 2pm PS3 GAMES,CONTROLLERS,XBOX GAMES, CONTROLLERS,COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, CELL PHONES AND ACCESSORIES,CLOTHING, GAMES MISC YARD SALE BLUE HERON SATURDAY DEC. 8TH 8:00am TILL 1:00pm 1430 SE 21st STREET SEASONAL ITEMS, FURNITURE AND MISC ITEMS Shop here first! The classified ads Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE 410 NE 6th Street, Sat. Dec 8th, 9am. Holiday decorations, signed celebrity photos/movie memorabilia, 35mm cameras w/multiple lenses & tripod, video camera, Atari & games, kitchen items, cookbooks. Misc. HH items, jewelry, toys, mens & womens leather jackets, clothes, boots, Redhead hunting boots 11m, hunting bow, Brinkman smoker, tools, mens goodies, 10ft Jon boat w/trolling motor $175, 18x6.5ft atbed trailer w/low boy tires, wench & ramp $700, Treadlok Gun Safe 6x2ft 550lb $500. If interested in SAFE (will not be at sale) call 863-447-3839 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 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! Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc. OkeechobeePart Time Member Service RepresentativeGlades Electric Cooperative is seeking a quali ed individual to take charge of the front counter at its Okeechobee of ce. The position reports to the District Of ce Supervisor. We seek an individual with strong oral and written communication skills, a professional demeanor, Bi-lingual a plus and must be comfortable with change in the work environment. The successful candidate should have a minimum of 3-5 years experience in Customer Service. Employee Applications may be obtained at any GEC Of ce. Resumes may be e-mailed to: ybradley@gladesec.com or faxed to: (863)946-6266. GEC is an Equal Opportunity Af rmative Action Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Employment Full Time GLADES COUNTYCLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT MOORE HAVEN, FLORIDAFISCAL ASSISTANT IIMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS : Associate of Science Degree from an accredited college in Accounting and three (3) years progressively responsible experience. in Accounting or Finance; or a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be substituted for above quali cations. EXCELLENT BENEFITS: Including Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Holidays, Education Reimbursement Program, Employee Health Care and membership with the Florida Retirement System. SALARY RANGE : $32,000.00 $38,000.00 REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION : Glades County Employment Application and copy of valid Florida Driver’s License.SUBMIT RESUME TO: Glades County Clerk of Courts P.O. Box 10, Moore Haven, FL 33471 500 Avenue J Suite 102 (863) 946-6010 Equal Opportunity Employer/ Drug Free Work Place Employment Full Time One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU.

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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 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž 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. Pets/SuppliesRAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES SHOTS, WORMED, 15 WEEKS OLD. $400.00 CALL RHONDA 863-634-4407 Yorkipoo Puppies Tiny toys shots/vets health cert.CKC reg.papers.Male $500.Female $600.Cash only.Must see call 863-610-2725. 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 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. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 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 RentOKEE2/1 3/2 Large First class property. 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash, back-up generator & utilities included $545. mo. and $495. mo. For alternate unit 3/2 $595. mo. call for details. Mon-Fri. No Pets. 863-467-9800 OKEECHOBEE 4BR, 2BA, tile throughout, $800 month 1st & sec. moves you in. Call (561)248-3888 TREASURE 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 RentOKEECHOBEE 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 HomeSale2br/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 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. 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 Fifth Wheels37 ft Travel Supreme washer/dryer, great condition, $13,900.00 Call 863-763-7395 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Public Notice 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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 2012 CA 000455 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR ARGENT SECURITIES INC., ASSETBACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-W2, Plaintiff, VS. NATHANAEL A. SANTIAGO, et. al. Defendant(s), NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: TAMARA RIVERA whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein.YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: LOT 5, BLOCK 6, OAKPARK SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 3, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 3010 North Military Trail, Suite 300, Boca Raton, Florida 33431 on or before 30 days from Date of First Publication of this Notice and le the original with the clerk of this court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition led herein. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court at County, Florida, this 26th day of Nov. 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Linda F. Young ROBERTSON, ANSCHUTZ, AND SCHNEID, PL ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF 3010 NORTH MILITARY TRAIL, SUITE 300 BOCA RATON, FL 33431 431714 ON 11/30;12/7/2012 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 12-22-12 @ 10:00 AM Unit #110 Melanie D. Jones Unit #403 Arthur F. Moran Unit #426 Walter Hardnett 432185 ON 12/7,14/2012 17 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 ACROSS 1 Some graphic works 8 It often involves xs 15 Of words 16 One doing a lot of riding 17 Dont tell a soul!Ž 19 Phishing targets: Abbr. 20 Handbill 21 Nothing special 22 Wroclaws region 24 Refillable candy 25 Equilibrium 29 34-Down degree 31 Spout nonsense 38 Carls sweetheart, in UpŽ 39 Double-slash container 40 Deteriorate slowly 41 Moonlight, say 44 Black and __: two-beer drink 45 Pugilism venues 46 The Island of the Day BeforeŽ author 49 Event with a queen 53 Entre __ 55 Tanager homes 56 Impatient sounds 60 Instantly ... or how this puzzles other three longest answers came about? 63 Cape user 64 Ex claim 65 Suffering terribly 66 Listen to Your HeartŽ pop duo DOWN 1 Horned game 2 CheersŽ actor Roger 3 Paddy animals 4 Inside information 5 Here, in Haiti 6 Cajun entre 7 __ in the conversation 8 Range along the Ring of Fire 9 Wolfs activity 10 Lux. neighbor 11 Breyers alternative 12 It barely gets beyond the infield 13 Conserve, in a way 14 __ con pollo 18 Science educator Bill 22 Display of links 23 Really 25 Worry 26 The Handmaids __Ž: Atwood novel 27 __ puttanesca: with a spicy tomato sauce 28 Avoid 30 Mezzo Marilyn 32 Capek play 33 Refinable rock 34 Like z: Abbr. 35 When two hands meet? 36 Author Buchanan 37 Dates 42 With no end in sight 43 His co-pilot was a Wookiee 46 As a friend, in Marseilles 47 Trig function 48 __ sight!Ž 50 Elbridge __, governor famous for redistricting 51 Peruvian pronoun 52 How some stocks are sold 54 Woolly rug 56 Far from titillating 57 Recorded on film 58 Key figure in epistemology 59 Eyelid nuisance 61 Japanese capital of yore 62 Quandary By Julian Lim (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 05/05/11 05/05/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com crossword puzzle READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. 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All wood cabinets and so much more. $155,900 MLS #206138 5015-H: Beautiful Country home on 10+/-acres zoned Ag. Concrete & brick construction. 2122 SF under air/3196 TSF. So many extras! $325,000 NOW $295,000 V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 18 Okeechobee News December 7, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Lady Brahman soccer team fell to (2-5) as they lost to Dreyfoos School of the Arts 5-0 in a District 15-3A match on Friday at Okeechobee High School. The Lady Brahmans fell to Masters A cademy of Vero Beach on Monday (2-0).  The boy’s soccer team snapped a three match losing streak with an offensive explosion as they defeated Dreyfoos 7-3 on Friday at Brahman Stadium. Brian Guerrero had three goals and one assist and Wilson Barahona had two goals and one assist for Okeechobee (2-3, 1-2 in district). Hunter Pritchard and Logan Laskey had one goal apiece. Daniel Rodriguez had two assists and Sergio Vargas had one assist.  The Pemayetv Emahakv Middle School defeated the Ahfachkee Warriors last week to improve to (4-0) on the season. Shae Pierce had 25 points while Sydnee Cypress and Odessa King had nine points. Martina Herrera had eight points.  OHS Football Coach Chris Branham is excited as he begins practice as the head coach of the Central All Stars for Saturday’s All Star game in Sebring. Players from Bartow, Sebring, Lake Placid, Avon Park, Okeechobee, Frost proof, Lake Christian, Lake Wales, Mulberry and Winter Haven will compete against teams from South W est Florida, mostly Charlotte, Collier, and Lee Counties in the annual game.  The OHS weight lifting team began their season with an impressive second place nish at a meet at Port St. Lucie last Friday. Martin County earned 63 points, Okeechobee 57 points, Port St. Lucie 33 points and Fort Pierce Westwood 29 points. Top performances included rst place nishes for Sarah Davis in the 169 pound w eight class and second place nishes by Kathy Simmons at 119 pounds, Jessica Mond at 129 pounds, Taylor Boyette at 169 pounds, and Elisia Garcia at 199 pounds.  The OHS wrestling team had a strong performance at the Shark Invitational at Sebastian River High School on Saturday, Dec. 1. Okeechobee won four out of ve matches at the tournament. There were 12 teams in the tournament. Okeechobee routed South Fork 72-6, soundly bested Vero Beach 56-21, and nipped Melbourne 42-37 and Rockley 42-36 in the tournament. Okeechobee fell in the championship round to Heritage, 42-36. Ryan Hagan, Allen Leitner, and J ake Menendez all went undefeated at the tournament. Cody Grif th, Del no Garcia, Greg Hernandez and Edwin Robles lost one match in the tournament. Hernandez is off to a great start this y ear as he is 10-1 and has defeated two wrestlers ranked in the top 15 in Florida. Hernandez is ranked #10 in his weight class.  The Brighton boy’s basketball team defeated Lake Placid 35-28 in a hard fought game on Nov. 26. Demetrius Clark led the Seminoles w ith nine points and Kelton Smedley and Robert Fudge added eight points apiece. The Seminoles blew out the Moore Haven Terriers 33-15 in a basketball game played on Nov. 27. Fudge led the way with eight points and Drayton Billie added seven points. Coach Ryan Tedders said he felt his team has played well and showed a lot of teamwork in the rst few games of the season. He said the team has a lot of new players and is working hard to gel as a team and play consistently.  The Lady Brahman basketball team fell to .500 Monday when they fell at Fort Pierce Central 53-38. Ami Edwards led Okeechobee with 15 points and 18 rebounds. Carley McCoin had nine points and four assists and Bethany Stuart chipped in with seven points, four rebounds and a blocked shot.  The Pemayetv Emahakv girl’s basketball team ran past Moore Haven in their home opener Tuesday night 45-13. Shae Pierce had 16 points to lead the Lady Seminoles (5-0). Deliah Carrillo had seven, Sydnee Cypress six points, and Odessa King four points for Brighton. The Brighton boys hammered the Terriers 46-9 in an impressive performance on Tuesday. Demetrius Clark had 12 points while Logan Ortiz, Kelton Smedley, Drayton Billie and Lucas Osceola all had six points. Cyrus Smedley and Richard Harris both had four points. Coach Ryan Tedders said his team missed some shorts early in the game but regrouped at halftime and put up 28 points in the second half. “They worked as a team, moved the ball around and made some smart plays. I was very proud of their hustle,” he added.  The Brahman boy’s basketball team lost at Martin County Tuesday night 81-46 in a District 12-7A game. Jermohn Queen had 34 points to lead the Tigers (4-0). It was close game in the rst half until Martin County out scored OHS 32-11 in the third quarter. Sylvester Butler had 13 points and Phillip Jones added 10 points for Okeechobee (3-2).  Yearling boy’s basketball has been on a roll with recent wins over Gifford 39-34, and cross town rival Osceola. Antawyn Fludd and Lamar Williams both had 11 points and Janavise Futch had nine points as the Bulls defeated the Dolphins in Vero Beach last Thursday. Yearling trailed 8-6 after the rst quarter but led 21-14 at halftime and 27-19 after three quarters. Yearling played the entire bench on Tuesday when they hammered the outmanned Osceola Warriors at the high school gym. Josh Madrigal had a nice rst half as the Bulls opened up a 13-0 lead after the rst quarter and led 26-6 at halftime. Yearling also had solid outings from Kysell Richardson, Demarkious Morelane, Abdiel Zamora, Gabe Greseth, and others. Jajuan Cherry led Osceola with six points and ve steals in the rst half. Yearling forced numerous Warrior turnovers with full court pressure defense in the impressive win in front of a large crowd at OHS.  OHS Lady Brahman soccer Coach Sonya Smith said despite some tough losses she sees improvement in her team this year. Against Westwood for example, it was only a few mistakes by Okeechobee that cost them the victory. Ivette Vega scored a goal on an assist by Brooke Snyder. Ryan Noel scored on a penalty kick after Brianna Nunez was fouled inside the penalty box.  Yearling Coach Efrain Ochoa said he is proud of the way his bench played this week against Osceola. The second group of Kysell Richardson, Gabe Greseth, Jesse Mond, Adrivious Stallworth and Abdiel Zamora combined to score 10 points and give some much needed rest to his starters. Yearling had a balanced attack as Joshua Madrigal and Janavise Futch both had eight points and Juan’yae Ford and Lamar Williams both had six points. Antawyn Fludd has recovered quickly from a broken hand to lead the team in assists and steals. He had 10 assists and ve steals against Osceola.  The Brahman boy’s basketball team continued to have offensive woes on Wednesday night as they lost at Port St. Lucie 51-28. Eddie Neal led Okeechobee with 12 points. Okeechobee is now (3-3) on the season. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief

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The Brahman boys had suffered through an early season slump as new players got used to varsity ball and the players jelled. Hard work at practice appears to have w orked as the team has scored 13 goals in its past two matches. Coach Lonnie Sears said instead of taking impossible shots, the team has worked better together on both sides of the eld and have really worked hard at getting better. "We have communicated better, w e've moved the ball around and we are not sel sh. I told them pass it to the wide open guy near the net rather than take an impossible shot from a hard angle," he said. The Brahmans, 17-1-1 last year, lost three straight matches in November, and that did not please Sears who is used to having success. He said he knew all along that the team had talent and would recover from their slump. "Last year was a miracle season and I knew we wouldn't win 17 games again. I've had a lot of fun because I've gotten to teach kids this year. We are a really talented team," he added. Alejandro Nunez and Daniel Rodriguez both had one assist, Hunter Pritchard had three assists, and Hugo Torres had a goal for Okeechobee (3-3). Tyler Selph had three saves in the Brahman net. Guerrero has come out from under the shadow of his two older brothers, Omar and Eddie, w ho were fantastic soccer players for the Brahmans. In his third season at OHS, Guerrero has become more of a leader, and together with the phenom Barahona, has really been strong near the net. "I want to improve the team. We started off slow and made some mistakes but we'll get there," he said. "We were in a little slump earlier and couldn't nd the net but as time has progressed we are putting more and more balls in the net." Guerrero said the key to the team has been unsel shness. He maintains the team has worked the ball better, and emphasized team play rather than individual stats. Senior Hunter Pritchard, who has the habit of making his teammates better with remarkable passes, said Okeechobee does best when they work as a team. His passes led to three quick goals early in the second half to break open a match that was tight at the half, 1-0. "We have a lot of young kids and it was just a matter of getting them into game situations so they get a feel for one another," he said. "We just have to piece it together especially for the district tournament." Pritchard said Westwood had a weakness between their mid elders and their fullbacks and it was just a matter of nding where the open areas were. In the girls soccer match Westwood defeated a much improved Lady Brahman team, 4-2 in a District 15-3A game. Okeechobee had their moments as they had 11 shots on goal which included a penalty kick. Okeechobee fell to 2-6 while Westwood (1-4) won for the rst time this year,. OHS continued to work hard but had a few mistakes clearing the ball that resulted in Lady Panther shot opportunities. Brahmans blank FPC in 6-0 soccer victory Gold TeeOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee winners for the week of Nov. 30 were: rst place tie, Rocky Carbia and Chet Hendren; second place, Vern Johnson; third place tie Wally Hall and Chuck Groves; fourth place tie, Gary lee, Ron Smet and Jim North. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCarissa Licata #2 drew a doubleteam in the Westwood side of the eld during Tuesday's soccer match. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyPonce De Leon controls the ball for the Brahmans during their win Tuesday.

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