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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 12-14-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, December 14, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 150 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.16 feetLast Year: 13.78 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Christmas – Florida style ... Inside! Bones found were not human ... Page 8 County honors Chandler; DOT plans roadworkBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association plans to apply to host the State Dixie Youth Softball Tournament this summer. At the Thursday meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners, OCRA President Micki Slayton said they would host 300-400 players and 38 teams which would bring in a huge economic boost to the county. They requested the county to waive fees at the Ag Civic Center for a banquet and requested EMS and law enforcement support. They are still working on the bid package and no nal decision has been made by Dixie Youth. Mrs. Slayton said about 450 motel rooms would be rented and would also provide more customers at local gas stations, restaurants and other businesses. "I think that Okeechobee has a lot to offer. We're different than the big cities these kids are from. I think we could do a really good job and bring in quite a lot of money during a time of year where it's like dead here," she told commissioners. Last year's state nals were held in the panhandle in a small town, Carrabelle, with less to offer than Okeechobee, Mrs. Slayton said, and that Okeechobee has Lake Okeechobee, airboats, and other recreational opportunities OCRA hopes to host state tourney Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCommissioners honored long-time Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler with a proclamation in her honor. Mrs. Chandler retires at the end of the year. Commission chairman Frank Irby (right) presented the proclamation. See COUNTY — Page 13 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A total of 21 athletes who achieved in sports this fall and 17 students who earned top marks on the 2012 FCAT were honored as the Okeechobee County School Board met for their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night at the School Board of ces. The school board also honored the FFA Meat Evaluation Team that nished fourth in the nation in competitions this fall. Members included Cody Casperson, Jessica Humphrey, Brandon McKee and Julie Sharpe. Also honored were recent retirees of the school board, Lavon Murrish, who worked 14 years for the transportation department, and Robin Wilson, who worked 35 years, most recently as an administrative assistant for the Information Technology Department. The OHS Marching Band seniors and drum major were honored along with band director Clint LaFlam. Members include Tyler Chartier, Dillon Jones, Audrey Metcalf, Ryan Reister, Diana Roman, Siera Story, Nick Valcaniant, and Mercedes White. Athletes honored included Cameron White and Kodi Stephen who quali ed for regional in golf; Maddie Bean, Jordan Bolan, Hunter Bosworth, Destiny Nunez, Aubrie Reister, Katie VanBeek, Brandon Ball, William Castillo, Dalton Hodges and Michael Muros regional quali ers for swimming; Tabatha Henr y state quali er and Hernan Baltazar School board honors athletes and scholars Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOHS volleyball coach Todd Jones (left) talks about the accomplishments of his volleyball team. Three seniors were in attendance, (left to right) Krista Ward, Kyla Hargraves and Sarah Davis. See SCHOOL — Page 14

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 God With Usand other seasonal favoritesThe beautiful blend of 54 voices comprising this season’s choir represents singers from 18 local churches. Frank Carter, a very talented concert pianist, arranger, composer & Director of Arts & Music at Good Shepherd United Methodist of West Palm Beach has once again composed the Christmas cantata as he did for Easter. In addition to accompanying, Frank will play some of his Christmas Carol arrangements. Nicolle Wood will again share her unique talents as our inspiring narrator. Singers from the audience will be invited to join the choir in singing the nal selection, Handel’s Hallelujah! Chorus. Admission is Free, but a love offering will be taken to defer advertising costs. For more information, call Sandy at 634-7714 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! Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Dec. 14TH Thurs., Dec. 20THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE HOBBIT: THE UNEXPECTED JOURNEY”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 only, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00 & 7:00 only, 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: “ARGO”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 R “AC Change Out Specialists”Call to hear about our rebates and specials to fit your family’s needs.. We service all makes and models. Newman Air Conditioning 207 NE Park Street Okeechobee 863-763-7073State Lic. # CACO13262Serving Okeechobee Since 1972 3 Okeechobee News December 14, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsChristmas cookiesCentral Elementary First Grade B.A.S.E. students and their parents enjoyed a morning of baking Christmas cookies. The students learned how to roll out dough and cut it to make the cookies. Parents pictured from left to right include: Deana Abbate, David Scalf, Ray Arrants, Maria Garcia, Lori Angelos, Monica Duran, Britney Marsden, Jessica Sumner, Mrs. Maria Garcia-Salas, Olivia Van Eman and Kimmy Tucker. Not pictured is Sister Jackson. Special to the Okeechobee NewsCookie deliveryThe Bacon Bunch and Big O 4-H Club delivered their annual cookies to Okeechobee Senior Services on Dec. 12. These bags of cookies will be delivered to our home-bound meals clients by Home Delivered Meals Drivers. Pictured left to right are Emma Cinnelli, Kathy Schwier and Carol Spaw. Okeechobee Senior Services sends a very special THANKS to Bacon Bunch and Big O 4-H Clubs. My Aunt’s House seeks toysMy Aunt’s House has many requests for Christmas help this year. If you, your club, church or sorority can donate a toy, sponsor a child or a family, please do so. You can drop off your donation to the Community Collaborative Council or call 863-634-2306

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Today: Partly cloudy. High of 75F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low of 59F. Winds less than 5 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday : Partly cloudy. High of 77F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night : Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 63F. Winds less than 5 mph. Graduation rates The story about the low graduation rates in Okeechobee County was a shocker. W hat a shame!  These statistics are sad.  I’m pretty sure it’s a direct product of teachers who no longer want to teach and students that just don’t care. I would like to see if this correlates with attendance rates. Correlation doesn’t equal causality but in this case I think they are related. I have had v ery few teachers who actually taught the material like they cared about the students.  I believe it’s more of a result of the parents not caring enough. So many of them have deep social problems, it re ects in the kids. So sad.  Parents have far more control of their kids than teachers do. If parents placed a value on education, so would the students. Its unfair to blame teachers, although some are pretty bad. Parental involvement is the key and if kids decide to drop out with no rational adult kicking him/her in the rear end and forcing them to continue until graduation then they will drop out. Good luck nding w ork or a meaningful life ... it is a shame.  There were two teachers who told me I should drop out. This was back in 2000, It looks like things haven’t changed much.  Both of my kids attend and they were told they would not graduate if one didn’t pay for a lost library book that was lost at the school in the classroom and the other won’t if we don’t pay for an art class that he never wanted to take to begin with. We don’t have the extra money to pay due to the lack of jobs in Okeechobee. We have both been unemployed for years. If kids are being threatened with not graduating, now why not just go ahead and drop out? Why don’t the schools do something about this?  According to the story, the graduation rates are only for students who complete four years and graduate. They do not count kids who take the GED or kids who take more than ve years to graduate high school. I believe quite a few students get sick of school and just take the GED and move on to a job. This can hurt them in the long run because a GED is not the same as a high school diploma anymore. You will be discriminated against if you only have the GED. They should stick it out and get that diploma.Mule trainer Our WWII veterans won’t be around much longer. It is good that some of their stories are being documented. I enjoyed the story of the Okeechobee cowboy who trained mules for the Army. Seems like they put his skills to good use. Parade path really cleanWhen I went to church on Sunday morning, the day after the parade, I surely noticed that all the litter and debris from the wonderful parade the night before had already been cleaned up. Wow! I have been gone for seven months only to return to nd that the bank building on Fifth and Park Avenue had been revived. W ow! It is so beautiful and I want to thank Mr. Culbreth, Main Street, the artist and all those who had a part in doing so. It had been one of my complaints (to myself) for y ears. It was so run down and derelict but such a beautiful structure on the main thoroughfare. I have also noticed the improvements in the landscape in and around town that really make a big difference. Trash cans have nally appeared on the sidewalk whereas there used to be a very few, and across the street in the park. I am pleased that the Chamber of Commerce is back in business and they have improved their building and grounds on the very main corner of our beautiful city. Of all the places in the world, we choose to live in Okeechobee. Keep up the good work, folks! Joyce Bussell P.S. I wish those committed in the past would continue to clean up their portion of Adopt-A-Highway even though I understand the program is no longer active. I wish it were. Folks, when you see a piece of litter, get some exercise and pick it up. Do the right thing and keep our city beautiful.Samaritan Community Outreach Center, Inc. needs helpWe are a non-pro t organization providing help to the Okeechobee County community. We have a low-cost thrift shop, located one-quarter mile behind W&W Lumber, that provides for the overhead running of the facility. We also host a food pantry, online services and HIV/AIDS Testing. Although our overhead is costly, we refuse to abort our endeavor because of the needs of our community of Okeechobee. Many lives are impacted from the outreach center. This is a very important work that is supported largely from the donations and small income from our thrift store. To continue providing much needed services to those in our community, we are in need of your assistance. By making a tax deductible donation, you can greatly help us. We are excited and count on you helping us to help many to cope with the struggle in this economy. We are now seeking nancial and food donations to help out with the overhead running of the facility. We have established our 501 c 3 status your contributions and donations are all tax deductible. Hours of operation: Saturday – Monday: Closed Tuesday & Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thrift Store, On-line services and HIV / AIDS Tests Thursday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thrift Store, On-line, Food Pantry Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thrift Store, Online, Food Pantry Saturday: Closed We thank you in advance for your compassion and donations. If you have an y questions about where to send or bring you r donation, contact us at 863-467-1500. Kenneth Williams, Director Samaritan Community Outreach Center Samaritancommoc@aol.com December 14, 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 y our local or state Public Forum. There, y ou can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking p lace. Thanks for participating! Okeechobee Forecast Toys for Tots distribution SaturdayThe Okeechobee Toys for Tots drive is under way. Local toy drop off boxes are at: A Child’s World, WOKC, Trends, Walgreens, The UPS Store, One Stop Party, Freshman Campus, Hoskins and Turco, Sliver Dollar Internet Cafe, Advanced America, Physical Therapy of Okeechobee/Total Fitness, Okeechobee Fire Stations and Custom Framing Art Gallery. Distribution will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on State Road 710 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children must be present and proof of Okeechobee residency (photo id with address) is required. If you have any questions, call 863-634-5852. Special thanks to the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners and Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department for sponsorship of the 2012 program.Ring the Bell for Christmas!If you would like to Volunteer to “Ring the Bell” for the Salvation Army, please contact me at 863-357-0427. Volunteers are needed Monday though Saturday until Christmas eve (ringing began the day after Thanksgiving). The coverage needed will be from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. but you need only volunteer for two to three hours at a time.

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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 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 5 Okeechobee News December 14, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two brothers are being held on bond in the county jail following their arrests for reportedly illegally purchasing electrical wire and brass items then selling those items for scrap. Gregory Alan Vickers, 22, and his brother Anthony Gerald Vickers, 20, were both arrested Monday, Dec. 10, on felony theft charges. Gregory was charged with six counts of grand theft, eight counts of dealing in stolen property and eight counts of defrauding a secondhand metal recycler. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $150,000 bond. Anthony was arrested on felony charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and defrauding a secondhand metal recycler. He was also charged with petit theft, a misdemeanor. He is being held on a bond of $8,500. Detective Ted Van Deman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated in his arrest report that the arrests came about after Gregory went into a local business and bought items by signing with the name of his former employer. Detective Van Deman stated that, as part of his job, Gregory would purchase items for the business and just sign the ticket with the company’s name. However, he was red from his job on Nov. 28. On one shopping spree Gregory purchased items totaling $4,058.51 in just three days, stated the arrest report. Those purchases allegedly included spools of electrical w ire, connectors and brass items. The detective stated that he spoke with the manager of that store who said Gregory was authorized to buy the items for his employer. The manager was unaware that Gregory had been red, added the detective. While Anthony accompanied Gregory during some of these incidents, but it’s not clear how many times, the detective stated. According to the detective’s report Gregory then, over a period of four days, sold the items he had just purchased for scrap. Records from the local recycling center indicated that on eight different occasions, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 6, Gregory sold items to the recycler and was paid a total of $1,206. Detective Van Deman went on to state that while he was investigating these incidents he learned that Gregory went to another local business and bought spools of barbed wire, eld fencing and fence staples valued at $1,055. As in the other scenarios, the man bought the items by using the name of his former employer and their good credit. Anthony was arrested because he apparently used Gregory’s name and purchased an electric saw and a bone-handled knife from a local business, said the detective. Those two items had a total value of $236, the investigator added. When asked, Detective Van Deman didn’t know if the brothers will have to make restitution. That will be determined when, and if, they are found guilty and the judge rules that restitution must be made. He also said it’s not known at this time if Gregory’s former employer will have to pay for the items he purchased. “But, they will all (the employer and the businesses) be listed as victims,” he said. He also said some of the aforementioned items have been recovered. The arrest reports indicate that both men have a N.W. 10th Street home address. Man accused of using ex-employer’s name Anthony V ickers Gregory Vickers By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsA traf c stop due to alleged illegal tint on the car’s windows ended up with the passenger in the vehicle going to jail on a felony drug charge. Sharon Lynn Bishop, 27, S.E. 15th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Friday, Dec. 7, on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone). She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $5,000. Jail records indicate she has been released on bond. Bishop was arrested after detectives from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force reportedly found 12 hydromophone tablets in her pocket, Hydromorphone is also known as dilaudid. According to an arrest report by a task force detective the pills weighed a total of 2 grams. After the tablets were allegedly found on Bishop, task force detectives asked the operator of the 2005 Buick SUV if they could search her vehicle. She denied their request. Deputy Matt Crawford, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), and his K-9 Nero arrived on the scene and performed an exterior sniff of the vehicle. Nero, continued the report, alerted on the vehicle to the odor of illegal narcotics. During a subsequent search of the vehicle the detectives allegedly found a metallic smoking pipe with a residue and two unopened bags of hypodermic needles. The residue, when eld tested, indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana, added the report.The driver of the SUV was issued a trafc citation for a window tint violation then released. Traf c stop leads to drug arrest Sharon Bishop

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Richard ‘Dick’ Engwiller, 74OKEECHOBEE — Richard ‘Dick’ Engwiller passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 in Raulerson Hospital. He was born April 24, 1938 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He proudly served our Country serving in the United States Navy for 20 years. He was a member and past Commander for the VFW 4423. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Janet “Jan” Engwiller of Okeechobee; son, Richard Lawrence; daughter in-law, Lind a Wilson; granddaughter, Julie Thrasher (Robert); and sister, Gail Desadario. The family will hold a graveside service with Military Honors on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Evergreen Cemetery. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. A mVets hosting activitiesAmVets Post 200 #8591 on S.R. 78 W. is offering the following activities the weekend of Dec. 14 17 : On Friday, karaoke by Chuck Darling. Meatloaf and scalloped potatoes dinner for only $5 donation, from 5:30-7 p.m. On Saturday, members Christmas party at 7 p.m. with music by Will. On Sunday, w ings with music by Jam Session, with Will. On Monday, euchre at 1 p.m.Martha’s House hosting saleMartha’s House will have a huge yard sale on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 14 and 15, at 4134 U.S. 441 N., from 8 a.m. 2 p.m. For more information, please call 863-763-2893. V FW Post dinner is FridayBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will host dinner on Friday, Dec. 14 Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Music by Mike King 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 863-467-2882.Eagles North plans eventsEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., weekend plans are: Friday steak night on the 14th from 5:30 p.m. 9 p.m. followed by music; Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16, it’s a Turkey Shoot from 10 a.m. 3 p.m.; and, Saturday at 5 p.m. is card bingo. All proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.Dinners bene t charity fundCypress Hut Eagles will serve choice ribeye steak dinner for $14, shrimp $10, or sh $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 Music will be by Jimmy and Debbie Harper. On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Eagles will serve baby back ribs with two sides for $10 from 4 to 7p.m. Music starts at 6, by Jake Hair Band. on Sunday, Dec. 16, the Eagles will serve southern fried chicken from 1-5 p.m. for $6. There will be a dart tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 18, starting at 6 p.m. Hamburgers will be served. The public is welcome, and please remember that when you come to the Eagles your donations will go to the community charity fund, and the Diabetes Research Center being built by the Grand A erie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. For more information, please call 863-467-1154.BHR Moose Lodge plans dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will host a dinner Friday, Dec. 14, from 5-7 p.m. Dinners include: Cat sh all you care to eat for $8.50; shrimp, $8; or, liver and onions, $7. Proceeds will bene t Moose Charities.Auxiliary helps homeless vetsThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Womens Auxiliary is asking for contributions of denim jeans, in any condition, to be used in the making of bed roles for homeless vets. These will be distributed locally by Big Lake Missions. Jackets and blankets are also needed. Contributions may be dropped off at either of Okeechobee’s VFW posts or the Buckhead Ridge VFW post. For more information, call 863-763-8011.B.R.A.T. Club hosting Christmas Teen DanceCome and join the December edition of the B.R.A.T. Club Teen Dance on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Freshman Campus. ‘Tweens and teens ages 12-16 are invited. Enjoy pizza, soda, chips, games and entertainment, all for $7 admission. For more information, please call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Knights of Columbus dinner set for Dec. 15Knights of Columbus, Buckhead Ridge, (St. Theresa Church) located on S.R. 78 W. and Chobee Loop, will serve a pork roast dinner on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The menu will include roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, roll and dessert. Take out is available. A donation of $8 for adults and $3 for children is requested.WOTM dinner/dance slatedOkeechobee WOTM Chapter 956, 139 S.W. 36th St., will host a dinner/dance fund raiser on Saturday, Dec. 15 A Christmas dinner will be served featuring ham and all the xings from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by Lisa will be featured from 4 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will bene t Moose Charities.Embroidery group to meetDo you have an embroidery machine, or want to learn about them? Then join the monthly embroidery group on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Red Cross of ce, 323 N. Parrott Ave. Please call Linda at 863-697-2450 or Mary at 863-697-1920. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com. Rose E. Sigmund, 67OKEECHOBEE — Rose E. Sigmund died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at the Hamrick Home. Rose was a resident of Okeechobee for the past eight years. She was an avid sports enthusiast with the Cleveland Browns and Indians and The Ohio State Buckeyes being her favorite teams. Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Helen Smith; Nelson Pasqualone her rst husband; and her sister, Elizabeth Smith. Survivors include her husband of four years, Billy Sigmund; son, Jonathan W. (Tammy) Pasqualone of Hobe Sound, Fla.; grandchildren, Joshua and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Penelope and Nicholas; a brother, Earl (Phyllis) Smith of Ocala, Fla. and a sister, Annie Basile of Okeechobee. Visitation will be held from 2 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. A graveside service will take place on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lakeland, Fla. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations be made in Rose’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or the American Cancer Society, 865 S.E. Monterey Commons Blvd., Stuart, Fla. 34996. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. The Okeechobee News Front Of ce will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 & Tuesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Wednesday, Dec. 26 ROP DEADLINE Noon on Friday, Dec 21. Classi ed Deadline 3pm on Friday, Dec. 21Obituary Deadline 10 am Mon. Dec. 24 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 14, 2012 Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Just like at Publix, you can depend on our helpful, knowledgeable Publix Pharmacy associates. To truly care about you and your health. Give you answers on prescription and over-the-counter medications. And work hard to help you feel better. Trust us to have your best interests at heart„including ways to save money, with these FREE medications: antibiotics,* lisinopril,** and metformin.*** Publix at Northlake Village 3551 US Highway 441 S. OkeechobeePharmacy Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.…8 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.…6 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.…5 p.m. Pharmacy Phone number: 863.763.0428Everything you love about Publix. And more.Publix Pharmacy now open at Northlake Village.publix.com/pharmacy *Up to a 14-day supply of select antibiotics. **All strengths included. Maximum 30-day supply (60 tablets). Lisinopril-HCTZ combination products excluded. *** All strengths of generic immediate-release metformin included. Maximum 30-day supply (90 tablets). Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 8 Okeechobee News December 14, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News When bones were found in a sod eld earlier this week, detectives hoped they w ould yield some sort of clue into the case of a missing Sarasota man. But, they didn't. The bones, found by Detective William Suggs and Detective Captain John Rhoden of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), turned out to be the remains of a bovine. Dr. Candace Davis, of the Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital, made the con rmation. "They were cow bones. There is one very distinctive bone in the lower leg that only belongs to animals with hooves, and that bone w as present in the pile," said Dr. Davis in a phone interview Thursday, Dec. 13. The bones were apparently broken into smaller pieces and spread out by machines harvesting the sod. OCSO detectives and deputies, as well as members of the OCSO auxiliary and the Florida Wildlife and Freshwater Fish Commission (FWC), spent the day Tuesday, Dec. 11, combing pastures and elds around N.E. 128th Avenue in hopes of nding some sort of clue into the disappearance of Newton H. W hidden, 85. Mr. Whidden was reported missing Aug. 20. His 2000 white Dodge Caravan was found W ednesday, Aug. 22, around 3 p.m. His van w as found off the county road and stuck in a small ditch along a path that separates two fence lines. It's still not known if Mr. Whidden, who apparently was suffering from dementia, drove himself to Okeechobee County; if someone drove him here; or, if his van was stolen then abandoned here. A Sarasota Herald Tribune article said Mr. Whidden was thought to be traveling to a cemetery near Horse Creek in DeSoto County. The story also said his cell pone was found in the Siesta Key Pharmacy in Sarasota. After nding the man's vehicle, local authorities spent two days combing the area along N.E. 128th Avenue for clues. They resumed their search Tuesday because the landscape is going though its seasonal change and detectives felt clues may be more readily visible now. "We're doing it now because the grass is changing color and maybe something will show up," explained Capt. Rhoden Tuesday morning. But since nothing was found, another search will be held in January. OCSO personnel will be assisted in that search by volunteers from Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons. CUE was started in 1994 and has evolved from a small non-pro t organization into a nationwide network of volunteers who help the families of the missing. According to their web site CUE provides search and recovery, case management, media relations, education and advocacy services to families of the missing at no charge.CUE is headquartered in Wilmington, N.C. Bones found were bovine Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyEmployee of the YearLison Jonassaint received the Employee of the Year Award from Okeechobee Health Department Director Erin Hess on Thursday.

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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 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 CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterHow many cancer patients would jump up and consider a treatment option that is proven to be highly effective, does not need surgery, painless, completed in 5 days or less, without signi“cant side effects, w hile continuing to maintain their full level of activity and function? What is Cyberknife Radiation Therapy? Radio surgery is a technique that utilizes specialized machines that allow large amounts of radiation to be delivered with sub millimeter accuracy thereby killing the cancers without damaging surrounding normal tissues. It is as simple as going out to get a chest x-ray! Cyberknife Robotic Radio surgery system, created at Stanford University over 10 years ago is unique and better than other systems in the fact that it is the only Radio surgery system that can achieve what is called realtime tracking and killing of tumor.Ž What kind of patients can be helped by Cyberknife? There are several situations too numerous to mention here where Cyberknife would be extremely useful and safe. The following are just a few of them: Patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, pituitary tumors and tumors of the acoustic nerve called Acoustic Neuroma can avoid major surgical procedures on the brain by getting treated with Cyberknife. Patients with cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate are but a few of the cancers that can be helped with one to “ve sessions of Radio Surgery. An article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 showed that patients with patients with lung cancer who received Radiosurgery had a survival rate of 55.8% at 3 years versus 20 to 35% for those patients treated with traditional radiation over several weeks. As one of our patients commented, if it is good for patients at Stanford University, it is good for patients from the Okeechobee area! If you or someone you know has an y form of cancer, please call us so we can explore the possibility of treating it with this cutting edge technology. This 4.5 million dollar machine is available at the of“ces of Dr. Kumar in Saint Lucie County. Courtesy transportation is available to get to this of“ce for those patients in need. Please call 863-4679500 for more information. Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at work for our patients in Okeechobee. 9 Okeechobee News December 14, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsBig Lake Missions hosts toy runBig Lake Missions thanks hose who donated their time, funds and toys to the Big Lake Missions 17th Annual Christmas Toy Drive. Many bikers joined together for a long bike run, dinner and a great fellowship. Thanks to all who took their day off to go on the bike ride. Pet of the WeekHappy is a young, male Chihuahua mix. He is full of energy, always “happy.” He does very well with other dogs. He available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. 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

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 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 10 Okeechobee News December 14, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  Yearling Middle School’s basketball team defeated Oslo, 43-40, in the coaching debut of Michael Wharin Tuesday night. Antawyn Fludd led the Bulls with 16 points. Lamar Williams added 13 points. It w as a close game throughout. Gabe Greseth hit two key free throws and Fludd made a crucial steal in the nal 25 seconds to send Y earling to a big win. Coach Wharin said he felt the team gave a great effort and that the w in really meant a lot to the program, “The system has been in place here for a year and our assistant coaches have done a great job getting the boys ready to play ball. The players played hard and represented their school in a positive manner tonight. This was not just a win but a character building performance.”  Okeechobee High School Brahman boys basketball team dropped their fth straight game to Treasure Coast teams with a 59-44 loss at Fort Pierce Central (2-2) on Tuesday night. Sylvester Butler had 16 points to lead the Brahmans.  Sign-ups for Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation’s Youth Basketball League will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 through Jan. 11, 2013. Registration is $45 per child and is being conducted at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex). The league will consist of boys and girls in three divisions: 10 & under, 12 & under, and 14 & under. Birth certi cates must be presented when registering. The age determination date is March 15, 2013. A clinic for rst time players is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Yearling Middle School gymnasium as follows: 10 & under at 9:30 a.m., 12 & under at 10:30 a.m. and 14 & under at 11:30 a.m. Games are played locally and are tentatively scheduled to begin on Saturday, Jan. 26. Please call 863-763-6950 for more information.  There will be an organizational meeting for adult league ag football on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, from 6-9 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Civic Center. Fees are $350 per team, due Jan. 25. The season starts in February. For more information call 863-763-6950.  If your daughter is planning to try out for the Okeechobee High School softball team, there is a mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m. In the OHS Media Center. If you are unable to attend, please send another adult to represent you. Important information regarding the season will be presented. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief

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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 11 Okeechobee News December 14, 2012

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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 *. GiveawayFor Christmas give the gift of unconditional Love, Friendship and Devotion that will last a lifetime. Free to very good homes only. 9 of the prettiest healthy puppies you have ever seen. Mother German Shepard, Father dog. Please call 863-623-4303 anytime. Garage/ Yard SalesGARAGE SALE 2065 SW 22nd Circle North, Dec 14th, 8 am until 1 pm. Friday Only in Oak Lake Estates. Follow the Signs. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Garage/ Yard SalesGarage Sale: Blue Heron *MOVING* Furniture, antiques, tools, many other misc. items. Sat 15th & Sun 16th 8:00am till 3:00pm 980 SE 23rd Street, OkeechobeeMoving Sale Dec. 15 & 16th 8am -? 222 SW 72nd Terrace 3bd House all furniture and everything must go, call for details 863-763-3547 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 YARD SALE SATURDAY DEC. 15th, 8:00AM TILL 4:00PM 477 SW 24th AVE. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeAmerican Drilling Services is in need of an experienced service technician with knowledge in water treatment and pump repair. MUST have prior experience. Apply in person @ 405 SW 2nd Street Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Miscellaneous*1994 Harley Classic Heritage Softail $6,200.00 o.b.o. *1984 Wellcraft inboardoutboard 18’ boat, 140hp new interior,new oor $4,500.00 o.b.o. *30lb. propane w/tank $60.00 Call 502-338-2435 Pets/SuppliesRAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES SHOTS, WORMED, 16 WEEKS OLD. $300.00 CALL RHONDA 863-634-4407 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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. 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Lots SaleLot For Sale Treasure Island SE 25th Street Mobile Home Ready $10,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, central air, $350 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 For Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $100 A Week Call 863-610-4625 Mobile Home Rent2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, central air, $450 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 TREASURE ISLAND 3BR, 2BA Large yard. Lawn service included. $725 mo. 2 weeks FREE w/security deposit. No pets. Call (863)634-0663 Mobile HomeSale30’ PARK MODEL W/TWO SLIDE OUTS, LARGE FLORIDA ROOM, 10X10 METAL SHED, MOSTLY FURNISHED. $3,000 OBO 863-484-0254 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. HERTIGAGE VILLAGE 2BR, 2BA, spacious DW, metal roof, carport, screen porch, laminated rs, newer appliances & AC. Call 863-357-1254 OKEECHOBEE 28x48, 3 br., 2 ba. in Kissimmee River Estates. $42,500. Call 502-845-4251. Palm Harbor HomesStilt Homes 34 Years Experience Go directly to the factory & Save 800-622-2832 PINE RIDGE PARK LARGE CORNER LOT WITH 1 BEDROOM/1 BATH MOBILE HOME SEPTIC TANK & WELL. $14,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: ESTATE OF SHERRY SPENCE Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of SHERRY SPENCE, deceased, whose date of death was December 29, 2011 and whose social security number is XXX-XX-4034, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney is set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is December 14, 2012. Personal Representative: DONNA D. STEWART 11164 Ladd Lane Hillsboro, OH 45135 Attorney for Personal Representative: Wesley R. Harvin, Esq. Florida Bar No. 219053 900 East Ocean Blvd., Suite 210-B Stuart, FL 34994 772-286-3630 phone 772-286-6166 fax 432725 ON 12/14,21/2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: Gisel Delgado Last known address: 3262 SW 4th Ave #2 Okeechobee, FL David H. Feltenberger Last known address: 1411 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL Corey E. Taylor Last known address: 833 SE Hwy 441 Okeechobee, FL You are hereby noti ed that your eligibility to vote is in question. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Okeechobee, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. Gwen Chandler Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 144 Okeechobee, Florida, 34972 (863) 763-4014 432731 ON 12/14/2012 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 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 12 Okeechobee News December 14, 2012

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for these teams and players. It’ll cost about $10,000 to $15,000 to put on the tournament. OCRA requested the county help to provide new sod and the labor that would cost about $6,000 and also allow the use of the AgriCivic Center for the banquet and waive the fees. Parks and Recreation Director Albert Scroggins predicted the economic impact would be ‘tremendous’ and that the event holds a lot of merit. He said the county would have to bring in trucks of clay and also provide grounds crews to prepare the elds. Commissioner Ray Domer said he agreed that the community would see economic bene ts from such a tournament. The Dixie Youth state meeting is held in late January and all of the towns with leagues can submit bids. Commissioners directed OCRA work with the Parks and Recreation Department to nd out the actual costs to the county and report back to the board for a nal decision. Commissioner Joey Hoover said he felt there would be businesses that might donate labor and sod but he emphasized he didn’t want the taxpayers losing money on the project. In other action at the meeting, Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners honored Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler upon her retirement after 16 years of service to the community, and tackled transportation, recreation, crime and other issues at their regular meeting Thursday. Mrs. Chandler thanked the county and the citizens for all of their support through the years. A reception was held to honor Chandler at the court house attended by friends, employees and other supporters Thursday. She was praised for her work on 24 elections over the years with few major problems. Employees of the Okeechobee County Health Department, Karen Cooper, Paula Smith, Kathy Stake, and Lison Jonassaint were nominated as employees of the year. Jonassaint, the winner, has worked 13 years for the health department as supervisor of the WIC program, or women infant and child nutrition program. The county received an early Christmas gift from the Florida Department of Transportation in the form of a $77 million work plan. The stocking stuffers included a left turn lane on U.S. 441 north at NE 102nd Street and various sidewalks on U.S. 441 south near the entrance to Lock 7. Bridge rehabilitation on State Road 70 over Taylor Creek was funded for construction in 2015-2016. The major projects under the tree in 2013-2014 is $2.5 million to widen and resurface existing lanes on County Route 68 or Micco Bluff Road, $30.4 million to widen route 70 east to four lanes between NE 34th Avenue and NE 80th Avenue, just over $11 million to widen to four lanes route 70 east between NE 80th Avenue and NE 128th Avenue and $3.6 million to improve the intersection o f route 70 and U.S. 441. Just over $2.9 million is spent to resurface 3.1 miles of route 78 west from the Okeechobee-Glades County line to Lemkin Creek. The total budget for 2013-2014 is over $51 million. The work plan for 2014-2015 is $4.6 million, nearly $12 million for 2015-2016, $4.5 million for 2016-2017 and $1.45 million for 20172018. Engineering on future expansion of route 710 is included in the 2016-2017 work plan. In other actions the board appointed Kyle Von Kohorn as a regular member to the Okeechobee Tourist Development Council. They also approved a land swap with the Coquina Water Management District for property in Viking. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2010-CP-147 IN RE: ESTATE OF JOAN DE HERTEL, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JOAN DE HERTEL, deceased, whose date of death was May 9, 2010, and whose social security number is 568-46-4424, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. 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 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 12000314CA WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, VS. UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF MARGIE L. JONES A/K/A MARGIE LEE JONES, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION: TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS’; TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF MARGIE L. JONES A/K/A MARGIE LEE JONES Last Known Address Unknown Current Residence Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: EXHIBIT “A” THE SOUTH HALF OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY: COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE S 89 DEGREES 24’6” E ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 130.00 FEET, THENCE RUN S 0 DEGREES 5’7” W PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE S 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17, FOR A DISTANCE OF 878.00 FEET. THENCE RUN S 89 DEGREES 24’8” E PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE SAID S 1/2 OF SECTION 17, FOR A DISTANCE OF 990.00 FEET FOR P.O.B. THENCE CONTINUE S 89 DEGREES 24’8” E FOR A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET, THENCE RUN S 0 DEGREES 5’7” W FOR A DISTANCE OF 440.00 FEET, THENCE RUN N 89 DEGREES 24’8” W FOR A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET, THENCE RUN N 0 DEGREES 5’7” E FOR A DISTANCE OF 440.00 FEET TO P.O.B. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE S 1/2 OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. AND ALSO BEING DESCRIBED AS LOTS 77E AND 66E OF AN UNRECORDED PLAT AND SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD IN O.R. BOOK 147, PAGE 923, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 2000 SKYL DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME IDENTIFIED BY VIN NUMBERS: 9P610457MA AND 9P610457MB has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall C. Watson, P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 1800 NW 49Th STREET, SUITE 120, FT. LAUDERDALE FL 33309 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in the THE OKEECHOBEE NEWS) 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.If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaci6n para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en code o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cation si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, llame al 711.KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de 6d. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou par& nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si 16 ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 10th day of Dec. 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By: Arlene Nealis As Deputy Clerk 432786 ON 12/14,21/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 13 Okeechobee News December 14, 2012 All other creditors of the decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is December 14, 2012. Personal Representative: JAMES D. LETCHER 2727 N.W. 42nd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 Attorney for Personal Representative: JOHN D. ROBINSON, ESQ. Attorney for Petitioner Florida Bar No. 0389900Dean, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton, P.A.P.O. Box 2928 Orlando, FL 32802-2928 Telephone: 407/422-4310 JRobinson@drml-law.com Michelle@drml-law.com JillB@drml-law.com 432624 ON 12/14,21/2012 ACROSS 1 Edible bow ties 6 Largemouth fish 10 Places 14 Twitter message 15 Provoke 16 Shimmery sushi fish 17 God of Islam 18 Happy GilmoreŽ actor Sandler 19 Song sung alone 20 Good reason to reopen a closed case 23 Intent 24 Former franc fraction 25 Broad genre that began in Van Goghs time 31 Important purchase for a bride 35 __ FidelesŽ: Christmas carol 36 Miami University state 38 Figured it out!Ž 39 Emeralds and diamonds 40 Enlarge, as a road 42 Elvis __ Presley 43 Who am __ judge?Ž 44 Unit of force 45 Natural ability 47 __ Rica 49 Original thought 51 LAX or JFK, for American Airlines 53 Joule fraction 54 Title of Obamas 2009 Cairo speech, and what 20-, 25and 49Across have in common 61 Festive party 62 Tree house? 63 Spine-chilling 66 Like Homers IliadŽ 67 Hudson Bay native 68 Furnish with more weapons 69 Eraser crumb site 70 Pay attention to 71 Eyelid woes DOWN 1 Harper Valley __Ž 2 Hole-making tool 3 Ego 4 Rip 5 Deep down inside 6 Rodeo bull 7 White House staffer 8 Pole or Czech 9 Big rigs 10 One who puts on airs 11 Atop 12 Soft rock 13 Horses footwear 21 Muscular 22 Birdbrain, or extinct bird 25 Hocus-pocus 26 Words that start many Keats titles 27 Band samples 28 Twisty road curve 29 Beverly Hillss __ Drive 30 Alexander-Great link 32 Like some seals 33 Glistened 34 Rudolphs boss 37 Apprentice 41 B&B 42 Baba who tangled with thieves 44 Slap on, as paint 46 Casbah city 48 Hitting sound 50 Blew off steam 52 Where second stringers sit 54 Like fine wine 55 Scruff 56 Yale alumni 57 Richard of ChicagoŽ 58 Words of understanding 59 Hair removal brand 60 Cloudy 64 Anger 65 Letters after els By Marti DuGuay-Carpenter (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 05/09/11 05/09/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle

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regional quali er for cross country; and, Sarah Davis, Kyla Hargraves, Darby Jones, Brooke McCrary, Maci Thomas, Katie Ward and Krista Ward senior members of the district runner-up volleyball squad at OHS. Students honored for FCAT success in grade six science, math and reading included Cristian Rios, Rebecca Starnes, Amy Holden and Jared Phares. Students honored for FCAT success in grade seven included Cassandra Adams, Jesse Entwistle, Seanna Flood, John Louthan, Candace McGlamory, Christina Orender, Tasneem Tarannum, Jennifer Ehrlich, Kylee Field, Savannah Goggans, Josianne Grif n, Mary McGehee and Harry O'Hagan. In other business, the board approved school improvement plans for Central Elementary, Seminole Elementary, South Elementary and the Okeechobee Achievement A cademy. They also approved a memorandum of agreement with the Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 for the use of the value-added model data for the 2011-2012 school year teacher evaluations. Any teacher whose evaluation score dropped from an effective category to needs improvement developing category will be reclassi ed automatically as effective for the nal evaluation this year. Only six teachers v oted against the proposal. The board also approved a temporary policy to allow class size maximums to be exceeded as needed. Up to three students above the maximum would be allowed in K-3, and up to ve students in grades 4-12. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said the district will return the rst year teacher of the y ear award at their teacher of the year banquet on Feb. 9. The school district and sheriff's of ce have worked together to promote school bus safety for motorists this week. Mr. Kenworthy expressed disappointment in the new way they measure graduation rates because they won't allow performance based diplomas, GEDs or recognize students w ho do get a standard diploma in over four y ears. He said he's asked the Commissioner of Education to lobby for the state formula for graduation rates. The next school board meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. School board member Malissa Morgan said the distribution for Toys for Tots will begin at 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic center on Saturday, Dec. 15. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co m • 8002-A: FORECLOSURE 40+/Acres of vacant/pasture land in Fort Drum. Paved street frontage. $125,000 MLS #206360 • Treasure Island Lake access 75x110 buildable lot. Two sheds. $19,900 NOW $14,900 • acre in Edgewater (624 SW 86th Ave) $14,000 Make offer! MLS #206356 • 55+/-acres in SR 70 $330,000 Make Offer! David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 2002-M: Taylor Creek Waterfront home, Manmade lake. Large garage, enclosed porch, ample concrete driveway. 1450 TSF/1164 Under air. Needs some TLC. $39,900 NOW $34,900 MLS #206313 FORECLOSURE NEW LISTING FORECLOSURE LAKE ACCESS 5009-H: Foreclosure Basswood Lg 4 bdrm, 2 bath Concrete block, built 2006, 1536 sq ft under air/1772 TSF. Home needs some repairs. Make offer! $51,900 MLS #206433 5040-H: Foreclosure J&S Park 3BR/2BA house on 2 lots. Large eat-in-kitchen, has front, side and back porches. 1438 SF under air. Make offer $46,500 NOW $39,900 MLS #206168 5012-H: Basswood Freshly painted large two story 4BR/2.5BA, recently updated with new a/c units, water pump/water system and much more. Easy to show. $95,000 MLS #206432 5003-H: Lazy 7 Estates 3/2/2 on an acre. 2022 total sq ft/1290 under air. Many upgraded features. Two wells, irrig system and much more. $159,900 NOW $155,900 MLS #206138 4000-H: Buckhead Ridge Wow!! Water w/lake access. Boat slip, concrete seawall. Ready to move into condition. $115,000 NOW $100,000 MAKE OFFER MLS #205694 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 1,430 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$3,750 per acre Northern 1300 Acres SOLD 8/24/2012 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 14 Okeechobee News December 14, 2012 Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee High School swim team members were honored at the Dec. 11 meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board for going to regionals and for breaking high school swimming records. Left to right are Michael Muros, Dalton Hodges, Will Castillo, Brandon Ball, Katie VanBeek, Aubrie Register, Destiny Nunez, Hunter Bosworth, Jordan Bolan and Maddie Bean. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOHS golf regional quali ers (left to right) Kodi Stephen and Cameron White receive commendations from the school board. Also in the photo is OHS boys golf coach Kenny Buckner. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOHS Cross Country coach Julie Bohannon talks about the accomplishments of Tabatha Henry, who quali ed for the state nals, at Tuesday's school board meeting.

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HENDRY COUNTY—Take a break from holiday stress and enjoy the area’s natural beauty with a birding tour. The Hendry-Glades Audubon Society w ill host a birding tour at the South Florida Water Management District Stormw ater Treatment Area 5 on Dec. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Dec. 29, the Hendry-Glades A udubon Society will sponsor a trip to the STA as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. The stormwater treatment areas, owned and operated by the South Florida Water Management District, are vast, constructed wetlands that use vegetation to naturally cleanse excess nutrients from w ater before it enters the Everglades. These remote, shallow-water marshes attract many species of nesting wading birds, migratory and other water fowl such as great blue herons, wood storks, snowy egrets, great egrets and roseate spoonbills. Tours are open to anyone, but participants must register to reserve a spot on the trips. Space is limited! Tours are capped at maximium of 60 participants, and may be more limited on some tours. The STA-5 schedule follows the tour information and directions.Tour InformationReminders: Take sunscreen, water, snacks, hats and wear closed-toe shoes. Tour-participants must stay on the levee. There is no age minimum for the trips. Birders will now be allowed to drive around cell 1B in a one-way fashion. Carpooling is strongly advised to minimize the number of vehicles in the area. The caravan will be led by a Hendry-Glades Audubon Society member. Reservations are required. To sign up for the STA-5 Birding Tour, send an e-mail to Margaret England with your name and contact information, the date you want to go, and the number in your party. You may also le ave a message at 863-517-0202. For general information, contact B. J. Kattel 561-682-6640.STA-5 DirectionsVia Alligator Alley: STA-5 is south of Clewiston on the NW corner of Rotenberger WMA. From Miami: Get to Alligator Alley via your favorite route (e.g., Turnpike to I-75, Palmetto to I-75, I-95 to I-595 W to I75). Go west to Government (Snake) Road at the Micosukee gas station (exit 49). Take Government Road north to CR-835. Follow CR-835 for three miles to Deer Fence Road (on right at curve). Go east on Deer Fence Road (dirt road) for two miles, cross the bridge at STA-5; continue east on the unpaved road to the parking area east of the tower. Via South Bay: Take US-27 north or SR-80 west (from Palm Beach) to US-27 at South Bay. Go west on US-27 toward Clewiston for 13 1/2 miles. Look for Evercane Road (CR-835) and the J & J Ag. Products sign. Continue south on CR835 for about 26.7 miles to Deer Fence Road. Turn left onto Deer Fence Road (dirt road) and continue about 2 miles, cross the bridge at STA-5; continue eas t on the unpaved road to the parking are a east of the tower. Directions from Naples/Ft. Myers area: If you live to the south, you should take Alligator Alley east to the Micosukee gas station at exit 49, and follow the directions above. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertinament & Attractions December 2012 Birding tours planned to stormwater treatment area Courtesy photo/ SFWMDBald Eagle Courtesy photo/ SFWDRed Shouldered Hawk Courtesy photo/ SFWDRosette Spoonbill

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The Sunshine State may not evoke the traditional scenes of Christmas, but Florida’s connection to the holiday is the oldest in North America. According to historians, the rst of cial celebration of Christmas in North A merica was very likely in the area of w hat is now Tallahassee. In 1539, Hernado De Soto celebrated Christmas while on his expedition through Florida in search for gold and a passage to China. In the Lake Okeechobee area, two early Christmases held special meaning. On Dec. 25, 1837, 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived in the area east of what is now Orlando to construct a fort. They named it Fort Christmas. That site of that fort is now the town of Christmas, Fla., which has a very popular post o ce this time of year. People come from miles around to h ave their Christmas cards postmarked “Christmas, FL!” If you go, expect to wait in longer-thanusual lines for what has become a holiday tradition for many. Christmas, Fla. is located about 20 miles east of Orlando on Highway 50. The historical park and museum is located a few miles north of Hwy. 50 at 1300 Fort Christmas Road (C.R. 420). In addition to the recreation of the historic fort, the town of Christmas is also home to the world’s largest alligatorshaped building, measuring at just over 200 feet. Christmas 1938 is another important date in area history—the date of the Battle of Okeechobee. As pioneers came to settle Florida, they brought with them their own holiday traditions. Frolics—a party with music and dancing—were popular gatherings for Florida settlers. For farmers and ranchers who rarely saw their neighbors, a gathering of the whole community was itself a reason to celebrate. Adding a tradition holiday made it even more special. Patrick Smith’s novel “A Land Remembered” described a Christmas frolic in Fort Drum, in what is now northern Okeechobee County: Night beat him to the trading post, and the glow of coal oil lamps spilled from the old building when he rode up and hitched Ishmael. The frolic would not be held in the open this time since the barnlike meeting hall was now completed ... For a moment Zech hesitated, feeling the urge to walk backward to the door and run for Ismael, then retreat to the prairie where he belonged. Had he known about Christmas frolics he could have purchased suitable clothes somewhere, but no one told him. He had never seen his father in a suit or his mother in a blue dress with lace, and because of this he blamed them for his situation and felt anger at them for allowing him to come to the frolic dressed as he was. Then it came to him they wouldn’t know either. Perhaps they once did, but that was too long ago in the past. In his memory he knew there had been no Christmas frolic in Florida for his mother and father and none now, and the sudden anger at them for something beyond their knowledge shamed him. His embarrassment was his alone, for no one paid him even the slightest attention for the way he dressed. The black suits in the room were worn only for funerals and weddings and the Christmas frolic and by morning every man and boy would become a duplicate of Zech. If he had looked closer he would have seen moth holes, torn seams and frayed collars and cu s, outgrown pants four inches short, missing buttons and coat sleeves that came halfway to the elbow when an arm was bent. A pot bellied stove at the left of the door grew ripe and turned red, overheating Zech and causing him to move away. One of the ladies in attendance said, “Would you like punch? ... Modern Florida communities h ave their own traditions. With no ice or sno w for a sleigh to traverse, Santa Claus nds other means of travel. In Florida communities, Santa may arrive by boat, on wate r skis, by retruck, by helicopter or even on a motorcycle. No matter his mode o f travel, children are happy to greet the jolly man in the red suit. Florida holiday celebrations have own traditions Courtesy photoThe recreated Fort Christmas gives visitors a chance to step back into Florida’s past. The nearby town of Christmas is busy this time of year as folks travel there just to post holiday cards and letters with a “Christmas, Florida” postmark. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions December 2012 With “water, water, everywhere” it’s no surprise that boat parades are popular in Florida, and lighted Christmas boat parades are a visual treat. OKEECHOBEE : The Okeechobee Yatchette Club’s 29th Annual Christmas Boat Parade is planned for Saturday, Dec. 15 on Taylor Creek. Boaters will meet on Taylor Creek just south of State Road 70 (by Burger King) between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. Those who plan to be in the boat parade are asked to decorate their boats and string them with holiday lights. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and travels south on Taylor Creek to the Rim Canal, and then turns left (east) on the Rim Canal to end at the VFW Post on U.S. 441 S.E. For more information, call Arnie Welpley at 863-534-4777. CAPE CORAL/FORT MYERS: The 35th Annual Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along will be held Dec. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. The parade will include approximately 100 boats decorated in a festive holiday fashion. At Four Freedoms Park, the landlubbers watch the boats gather in the Bimini Basin before they begin meandering through the canals of south Cape Coral. Along with providing an ideal seat to watch the illuminated vessels, the park features holiday music, a visit from Santa, food and beverages for sale. For more information, contact 239-573-3125. PUNTA GORDA: The 23th Annual Peace River Charlotte Harbor Boat Parade will be held Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. The parade can be viewed from land, personal watercraft or chartered cruise. For more information, call 941-769-0002. TAMPA BAY: The Twinkle In Tampa Bay Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is planned for Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. along the water by Davis Island, Harbour Island and the Channelside District. Channelside Bay Plaza, located in the Channelside district of Tampa, is near downtown Tampa and easily accessible from the Selmon Expressway as well as I-4 and I-275. Parking is available at several public parking lots. Christmas season brings lighted boat parades

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Planetarium plans showsFORT PIERCE—Indian River State College Hallstrom Planetarium Starlight w ill present “Star of Wonder” on Dec. 14 and 15, in the planetarium. Join us the search for the star that may h ave guided the Magi to Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. Find out how an astronomer might explain this great mystery. Star of Wonder has been a family holiday tradition at the Hallstrom Planetarium since 1993. Planetarium show times are Friday evening at 7 and 8 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 1 and 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the IRSC Box O ce at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center or by calling 1-800-220-9915 with VISA, Discover, A merican Express, or MasterCard or visit w ww.irsc.edu. Planetarium shows are recommended for adults and for children over the age of four. The Hallstrom planetarium’s temperature is maintained at 72 degrees and visitors may want to bring a light jacket or sweater.Santa on the firetruckOKEECHOBEE—Santa will also travel around inside the city limits on a City of Okeechobee re truck. On Dec. 19 he will drive through the northwest and northeast sections of the City of Okeechobee. On Dec. 20, he will travel through the southeast section. On Dec. 21, he will visit the southwest section of the city.Car show in Barron ParkLABELLE—On Dec. 18 the South Central Fla. Car Club will be collecting toys and canned goods during their monthly Hot Rides and Hot Dogs Cruise In. This event is held in Barron Park in LaBelle from 5-7 p.m. It is not limited to cars and trucksbikes are welcome too!! This is an annual event for the club. All items collected will be distributed locally. Early registration for the 7th A nnual Legends of the Road Super Cruise and Show is now open. The show is held Swamp Cabbage weekend. So dust off that ride, grab a neighbor and join us for a night of fun in the park. For more information, call 863-634-1791 or 863-234-8343.Perspectives on ChristmasOKEECHOBEE—Pastor D ave and Linda Robertson and Fountain of Life Church present, “Perspectives of Christmas,” and original musical, on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. In this original musical drama, the story of the nativity is told from various points of view. Hear from Mary and Joseph as they remember back to that special occasion. Listen as Dimeon and Anna sing of that day they had awaited for so long. See the wisemen and shepherds proclaim the birth of a king; The King! Location: 1302 S.W. 32nd St. Nursery available for ages 3 and under. Call 863-763-8945 or 863-801-1297 for more information.Community Choir presents Christmas CantataOKEECHOBEE—In its 14th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, the Community Choir will present the Christmas Cantata, “God With Us,” seasonal favorites and Handel’s Hallelujah! Chorus from the Messiah, where the audience is invited to participate, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 16, at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. 2nd St. Fifty-two voices representing 17 local churches will sing a variety of songs followed by the premier of the cantata which was composed by Frank Carter, especially for the Okeechobee Community Choir. Frank, who will be accompanying the choir, serves as the director of music and art at Good Shepherd United Methodist church in West Palm Beach, and is a very accomplished concert pianist as well as composer, and will be playing his Christmas Carol arrangements during the prelude and o ertory. Frank will also h ave Christmas CDs available for purchase. Tickets are NOT required for admission. A love o ering will be taken to help defer advertising costs. For more information, call Sandy at 863-634-7714.Christmas on the CaloosahatcheeMOORE HAVEN—The annual Christmas on the Caloosahatchee will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tom Perry City Park in Moore Haven. There will be lots of food, crafts, games, and of course Santa! For more information, contact Shelley Jones at 863-946-0737.Art exhibit at Dolly Hand Cultural Arts CenterBELLE GLADE—Paintings by Sarah Bennett will be on display in the Grand Hall at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade, now through Dec. 18. The Grand Hall is open Monday Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to noon and one hour before all performances. Other viewing times available upon request. To inquire about exhibiting artwork in the Grand Hall, contact Leigh Woodham at 561-993-1160.Aviation Expo plannedSEBRING—Preparations for the 9th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo are swinging into high gear for the Jan. 1720, 2013 event, and the Expo management team is looking for volunteers to assist them before and during the event, held annually at the Sebring Regional Airport. “We welcomed 16,000 people from throughout the world to our fourday event this past January,” said Expo Director Jana Filip, “and there’s a myriad of jobs that we need help with. We’re hoping to recruit about 300 volunteers, and we’re hoping many of our previous volunteers will return.” To learn more about the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, visit www.sport-aviationexpo.com or call 863-655-6444.Megacon set for MarchORLANDO—MegaCon, the larges t comic book, anime, gaming and multimedia event will take place March 15–17, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The original cast o f “Star Trek: The Next Generation” will provide a special event on Saturday, March 16, in Hall F, at the Orange County Convention Center. Join the cast as they interact together with the audience. They will eld and answer questions in an entertaining way that only they could do. Event tickets are available on the MegaCon website now. Other special guests at the convention will include Paul Blake, Jeremy Bulloch and David Prowse (the original Darth Vader) from the Sta r Wars movies. Also scheduled to appea r are Dean Cain from “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”; Lou Ferrigno, T.V.’s “The Incredible Hulk”; James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley in the Harry Potter Movies; and Michael Koske from “The Walking Dead.” For more information online go to www.megaconvention.com. Special events and celebrations planned ... 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment and Attractions December 2012 Courtesy photoSacred Heart Church, 901 S.W. 6th Street in Okeechobee will present their annual Christmas Around the World celebration on Dec. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment and Attractions December 2012 When it comes to holiday decorations, Florida communities h ave their own styles and traditions. If you live in the Sunshine State, a Christmas tree doesn’t h ave to be the traditional evergreen. Florida residents string lights on palm trees and oak trees. In the City of LaBelle, Barron Park’s lighted trees re ect in the Caloosahatchee River, creating a magical e ect. This year, the City of West Palm Beach boats a 35-foot tall holiday tree sculpted from 400 tons of sand. The tree is strung w ith real lights and located on the Waterfront Commons. (For more information, see wpg.org.) Some Florida communities h ave a di erent kind of “live” Christmas tree. Singing Christmas trees are tree-shaped sca oldings lined with singers. In Belle Glade, the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center’s Annual Singing Christmas Tree features community volunteers. In downtown Okeechobee, the local high school band boosters sponsor giant holiday cards in Flagler Park. The 8-foot tall cards can be enjoyed by those driving by. Or you can follow the band boosters’s suggestion to take a “Holiday Stroll in the Park” to enjoy the artwork on the colorful cards. Florida style shines in area holiday decorations Courtesy photoHoliday decorations for City of West Palm Beach includes a 35foot Christmas tree made of sand. Courtesy photoGiant holiday cards in Flagler Park greet visitors to downtown Okeechobee.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 39thAnnual Stuart Boat ShowJanuary 11, 12 & 13 HMYs Waterway Marina € Apex Marine € Stuart Harbor MarinaNORTH DIXIE HIGHWAY NORTH SIDE OF ST. LUCIE RIVER WEST OF ROOSEVELT BRIDGEFRIDAY&SATURDAY10AM-6PM € SUNDAY10AM-5PMADMISSION ONLY $10 € CHILDREN UNDER 10 FREE Proudly Sponsored By:Produced and Managed By: Owned By:Event sponsored in part by the Martin County Tourist Development Council Show Information: 954-522-5288 allsportsproductions.net 39 39 New for 2013! Fishermans Village Presented by Florida Sport Fishing 7 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment and Attractions December 2012 By Bob WattendorfFWCHoliday season is upon us. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or by having a few extra days to celebrate w ith family and friends, coming up with appropriate presents can be a challenge. The key to gift-giving is matching the gift to the individual, while making sure it is something they’ll enjoy, is hopefully good for them and not too expensive. A nd if it helps Mother Nature too, maybe that’s the perfect gift. With that in mind, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has several suggestions for your holiday shopping. How about an o ering guaranteed to create a happier, healthier and more productive lifestyle? Richard Louv, chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and author of “The Nature Principle” and “Last Child in the Woods,” has made a solid case, supported by years of research, that connecting with nature results in those bene ts. Being able to spend time in nature brings people of any age back to the roots connecting them with the nurturing earth. In a time when frantic schedules, enclosed spaces and constant noise tend to drive us a little crazy, it is a real gift to get outdoors and relax with family and friends, get moving to burn o some excess holiday calories and open the door to better communications. To start, how about planning a nature hike or shing trip? “Perhaps more than any other form of recreation, shing and boating are critical to the health and well-being of A merica’s outdoor heritage,” according to the Outdoor Foundation. “By boat and on land, the rst outdoor experience for many Americans is shing, introducing tens of millions of people each year to the wonders of nature. Fishing also serves as an important bridge and top ‘gateway’ activity that leads participants to other outdoor passions.” So why not invite your family and friends on a fun shing trip, right here in Florida – the Fishing Capital of the World (FishingCapital.com)? An annual resident shing license is easy to obtain at License.MyFWC.com, by calling 888FISH-FLORIDA or visiting a local retailer that sells shing tackle and licenses. A ve-year freshwater shing license makes an especially great gift. While you are purchasing the license, you will h ave the opportunity to make a donation to the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network to help the FWC with “Creating the next generation that cares.” An annual freshwater shing license costs just $17. Since the average angler shes 17 times a year (U.S. Census Bureau research) and enjoys four to ve hours on a typical trip, the cost is less than a quarter per hour of fun and healthy recreation. When you purchase a license you are also providing a gift to nature and future generations of anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. For 75 years, the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has guaranteed that shing license fees are protected by law and can only be used for sh and wildlife conservation. Moreover, fees collected by the federal government on shing tackle, pleasure boats and motor boat fuels provide additional funding for recreational shing and conservation. While putting a shing-related gif t pack together, you can nd lots of information about shing tips and gear a t MyFWC.com/Fishing, along with shing sites and up-to-date forecasts. One of the most fun tips is to h ave everyone r egiste r for Florida’s freshwater angler recognition programs, including TrophyCatch and Big Catch, at TrophyCatchFlorida. com. When you register, you become eligible for a Phoenix 619 Pro bass boa t and trailer, with a Mercury outboard and Motor Guide trolling motor. That drawing will be in October 2013. However, for the hard-core freshwater anglers who travel from all across the world to sh Florida’s fresh water, the ultimate catch is a trophy largemouth bass. The FWC and corporate partners reward anglers for reporting those sh and then releasing them to challenge another angler and to keep the shery thriving. To learn more and keep informed, please “like” us at Facebook.com/TrophyCatchFlorida. Another great gift that will help anglers boast about their sport while supporting conservation is a “Go Fishing” largemouth bass specialty license plate for their vehicle or trailer. Simply go to Buyaplate.com, or purchase a gift certi cate at an authorized motor vehicle of ce. Enjoy your holidays and a lifetime o f active nature-based recreation. Get Outdoors Florida! Instant licenses are available at MyFWC.com/License or by calling 888FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Celebrate the holidays with a healthier lifestyle Courtesy photo/ FWCCatch a sh and catch a smile! Florida lakes are a great place to spend holiday leisure time with family members.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2012 / 2013All dates, artists and programs subject to change. The Great American Songbook Juan Siddi Flamenco Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Cirque Zuma Zuma Fiddler on the Roof Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience Neil Simons Biloxi Blues TAP The Show! The Wizard of Oz Street Beat, Inc. 1977 College Drive | Belle Glade S S S S S J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J J SPAIN TEXAS E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z SOUTHERN U.S. AMERICA AROUND THE WORLD THE LAND OF OZBUY TICKETS @ www.dollyhand.org BOX OFFICE 561.993.1160 TH RUSSIA AFRICA SOLD OUT! SOLD OUT! 8 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment and Attractions December 2012 PERFORMING A RTS The Great American SongbookBELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center will present Matt Davenport and AMA’s “The Great American Songbook,” on Tuesday Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. This innovative, potpourri of popular music showcases many scenes: a 1940s-style “live radio show,” a look back to the ’50s most popular hits and a salute to Motown’s Temptations and The Supremes. Classics from great American masters like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Harold Arlen and the Gershwins are revamped into dazzling production numbers and spine-tingling tap dance routines. Plus, our newest chapter features songs from today’s hit-makers, including Michael Bubl, Ray Charles and Billy Joel. With lush musical arrangements of award-winning songs, from “Route 66” to “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” culminating with a patriotic nale, you’ll be proud to be an American. The box o ce is located at the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade which is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to noon. The box o ce also opens one hour prior to performances. For more information call the box o ce at 561-993-1160.Juan Siddi FlamencoBELLE GLADE—Art Feagan’s Juan Siddi Flamenco will preform at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Under the artistic direction of Spanish choreographer Juan Siddi, some of amenco’s most unique and creative musicians, singers and dancers, from Spain and the United States, bring their talent to the stage with world-class performances that inspire audiences with exhilarating passion. Recognized for his remarkable stage talent, artistry, and stunning choreographies, Juan combines dancing, choreography, costumes and lighting to create an unforgettable performance. The box o ce is located at the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade which is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to noon. The box o ce also opens one hour prior to performances. For more information call the box o ce at 561-993-1160.Broadway’s Next H!T MusicalFORT PIERCE—The Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning will present an arts and humanities series in 2013. All shows will be held at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center, IRSC Main Campus, Fort Pierce. Curtain at 4 p.m. The rst presentation will be Broadway’s Next H!T Musical. Reviewed in New York as the best improv comedy in the city, this musical comedy is not like any show you h ave ever seen before. The hysterical Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made-up, hit-song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. The New York Times calls this show “hilarious!” and the New York Post “Remarkable.” For ticket information, contact the IRSC Box O ce at 1-800-220-9915.Juke Box JiveLABELLE—The LaBelle Firehouse Theatre, 241 North Bridge Street, will present “Juke Box Jive,” directed by Nick Fidanza, Jan. 11-13 and Jan. 18-20. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. the shows start promptly so please arrive 30 minutes in advance to be seated before the show starts. For tickets or more information, call 863-675-3066 or email info@ rehousecommunitytheatre.com. Plays, concerts, dancing & more ...