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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 12-21-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, December 21, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 153 15.17 feetLast Year: 13.76 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Okeechobee News/ Tamara RixA visit from Santa ClausSanta Claus came to town and Matrix Bishop, Lyric Bishop, and Rauden Bishop were excited to visit him in Flalger Park on Tuesday. The Okeechobee Kiwanis Club is hosting Santa visits at the gazebo in Flagler Park from 6 to 8 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 22. For more holiday events, see page 4. For more photos of Santa’s visit online, go to orida.newszap.com or nd the link to the photos on our page on Facebook. 7 3 y e a r o l d 73-year-old a c c u s e d o f s e l l accused of selli n g p i l l s t o ‘ m a k e ing pills to ‘make e n d s m e e t ’ ends meet’ ... Page 8 Holiday safety tips ... Page 4 Youth soccer league champs ... Page 19 Avoid septic system problems ... Page 3 Ruiz claimed his defense counsel was ineffectiveBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A circuit court judge has dismissed an appeal by a local man convicted of attempted murder who claimed his defense counsel was ineffective. Judge Robert Belanger ruled Tuesday, Dec. 18, that the request of Leonte Ruiz to have his conviction overturned was without merit and denied the motion. The 4th District Court of Appeals (DCA) had also denied an appeal by Ruiz made earlier this year. Ruiz, 25, was found guilty in 2010 of stabbing his former girlfriend 21 times about her torso when she refused to renew their relationship. He was convicted of attempted rst degree murder with a weapon and burglary of a conveyance with an assault or battery while armed. Judge Belanger, who presided over the trial, sentenced Ruiz to life in prison on the attempted murder conviction and 30 years on the burglary conviction. "There's something about thrusting cold steel into the chest of another personthat's just scary," said the judge at the man's sentencing. In his appeal to the 4th DCA Ruiz claimed, Attempted murder conviction appeal denied Value Adjustment Board upholds county propert y appraiser’s assessmentBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Property Appraiser Bill Sherman won the rst battle in what could be another long war with a utility company. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Okeechobee County Value Adjustment Board denied the petition of Florida Gas Transmission and upheld Mr. Sherman's assessment of $87.8 million as the value for that portion of the natural gas pipeline in the county. However, Mr. Sherman's victory might be short lived. He is con dent that the utilit y will take its case to the court system. The board's unanimous decision came Florida Gas disputes county tax assessmentSee GAS — Page17 See APPEAL — Page 17 Leonte Ruiz

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Discount Guns & AmmoHas joined forces with America’s largest online rearms shopping mall to bring you exclusive low low pricesLog onto 24/7 and receive your order at the store in as little as 72 hours with no shipping and no FFL transfer fees on rearmsWe can take care of your order at the store We have the lowest prices, best service & now the largest inventory of any gun store 122 SE Park St, Okeechobee863-623-4471 www.ShootersChoiceGuns.net Many Stocking Stuers Available Under $20(in the store) 2 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 66F. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tonight: Clear. Low of 36F. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday : Clear. High of 64F. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night : Clear. Low of 36F. Winds less than 5 mph. Sunday : Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. Fog early. High of 70F. Winds less than 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee Historical Society sponsored a reunion for the 19401959 alumni of Okeechobee High School, Nov. 3. The event was held at the Williamson Conference Center on the Dixon-Hendry Campus in Okeechobee. Over 200 attended and enjoyed the good food and fellowship. A slide show was presented by Magi Cable, v ice president of the society, which showed clips from the old Okeechobee High School annuals. Pictures were also taken of those present. The DVD will be available for $10 at the Center State Bank located at 2100 Parrott Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. until noon. A book signing for “Strolling Down Country Roads” will also be available with co-author, Betty Chandler Williamson available to sign the books. This historic book is in its third printing and the price is $40. Other Okeechobee historical items will be available, prices beginning at $5. Give the gift that w ill be cherished for years. For more information, contact Betty Chandler Williamson at 863-763-3850 or 863-763-6226. OHS Reunion DVDs on sale Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESBarnyard DanceSeminole Elementary students had a “stompin’” good time as they “squared” themselves to “whoop it up” for a production of the “Barnyard Dance.” This square dance program was an adaptation from the famous children’s book and was directed by Mrs. Gaucin, the music teacher. Mrs. Sickels’ class performed the part of the “Scarecrows” as they partnered up to do-si-do, promenade and swing, swing, swing. Decked out fourth and fth grade students dazzled the over owing audience with several square dance songs involving fast-paced, constantly changing moves. Special to the Okeechobee NewsAbove is a photo of the old Okeechobee High School which was built in 1925 and is now being used as the Freshman Campus.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Now In Stock Your Winter Supplement Feeds for Cattle A T T E N T I O N : F A R M E R S & R A N C H E R S Protein Blocks, Energy Blocks, All Natural Blocks, Round Bales, Liquid Feed... Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy. 98 N., Okeechobee Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Dec. 21ST Thurs., Dec. 27THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE HOBBIT: THE UNEXPECTED JOURNEY”Fri.& Tues. 7:00 only, Sat., Sun., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00 & 7:00 only, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “JACK REACHER”Fri.&Tues. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “ARGO”Fri. &Tues. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 R Starting Dec. 25Parental GuidanceOpen Christmas Night for 7&9 shows 3 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Raulerson Hospital hosted the nal Main Street Mixer of 2012. Beautiful Christmas lights, shiny ornaments and holiday centerpieces graced the facility's cafeteria making it the perfect nish for the year. Well over 80 Main Street members, visitors, friends and community partners joined in the celebration, making it the best attended mixer of the year. Food Service staff at Raulerson outdid themselves on an amazing buffet of hors d'oeuvres, nger foods and drinks. Hospital Administrator Robert Lee greeted guests and thanked all in attendance. Public Relations Coordinator Jenny Pung spoke of the successes of Raulerson Hospital over the past year and shared that they had again been recognized as a "Top Performer" by the Joint Commission on Key Quality Measures. Raulerson is one of only 244 hospitals nationwide that have earned this distinction two years in a row. Raulerson also actively participates in community events and provides monthly health education to the community. Okeechobee Main Street president Maureen Burroughs thanked Raulerson Hospital staff, Administrator Lee and Jenny Pung and congratulated them on their success. Following brief announcements, tickets were then drawn for the many door prizes provided by Main Street member businesses. The nal highlight of the evening was the drawing of the highly anticipated winning ticket for the OKMS MEGA 50/50! The MEGA 50/50 has continued to grow throughout the year with tickets sold at each previous mixer. Hospital Administrator Robert Lee was chosen to draw the lucky winner with the winning ticket belonging to Ana Jones from Edward Jones Investments. OKMS was pleased to present Ana with her winnings and wish her a very happy holiday! The public is welcome to our rst mixer of 2013, scheduled at Bandanas and Bows and Okeechobee Claws and Paws, both located at 2949 State Road 70 West. Plan to join us on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 5-7 p.m. for this kick-off to the New Year! For a list of mixers for 2013, please visit our website at www.okeechobeemainstreet.com and look under events. For questions or additional information, contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 55 South Parrott Avenue (across the street from CVS, in the chamber building). Thanks to everyone who has supported our organization this year by attending our mixers and assisting with our events! Okeechobee Main Street wishes the community a very Merry Christmas and a ver y prosperous and healthy New Year! Raulerson Hospital hosts Main Street Mixer By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Christmas guests can bring unexpected problems. One area where unexpected problems can pop up is your septic tank because of excessive use. Septic tanks polluting the lake are a problem here in Okeechobee. The Okeechobee Utility Authority currently has about 4,300 customers that are on septic tanks. Many of those septic tanks will get extra use during the holiday season when families and friends pay extended visits. With extra guests there are often extra loads of laundry done. Douglas McCoy, environmental specialist with the Okeechobee County Health Department, says that washing a load of clothes could use 40 to 50 gallons of water which would be disposed of in the septic tank. When there are guests in the home, he recommends going to a laundromat or spacing out the loads of wash. Another hazard that might not be considered is parking on the drain eld. Mr. McCoy said drain elds are often made of plastic and do not bear weight well. Once they are cracked, they must be replaced. Even if there is no cracking, there could be shifting which causes potholes. Mr. McCoy recommends that grease be disposed of by putting it the garbage can. Solid objects such as paper towels and other waste items should not be disposed of by throwing them into the toilet. Mr. McCoy recommends that a septic tank be pumped out every 3 to 5 years. At that time inspections can be made to see if any repairs need to be made. He said that some people think that pumping out a septic tank involves pumping out water when it is solids that are pumped out. The solids can cause the downfall of a drain eld.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Holiday visitors can strain septic tank Special to the Okeechobee NewsOKMS Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw presents a check to the winner of the MEGA 50/50, Ana Jones. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRaulerson Administrator Robert Lee and PR Coordinator Jenny Pung with Main Street Board Members John Creasman, Toni Doyle, Maureen Burroughs, Diane Davies and Frank DeCarlo and MS Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw wish the community a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

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No Christmas? Some ads for well-meaning organizat ions say they need donations or some poor c hildren “won’t have a Christmas.” I wish t hey would just add the word “present.” Bec ause of course they will have a Christmas w ith or without presents or feasts or decorations. Christmas is not the celebration. Christmas is the reason for the celebration. Dr. Suess got it right in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” He took all of the commercial trappings away and Christmas came to Whoville anyway.Band concert I very much enjoyed the Okeechobee High School Christmas concert. The lecture hall at the high school was packed and the concert was wonderful. I especially enjoyed the jazz band. The Show Choir is a nice addition. The whole thing was just very professionally done and if you were just listening, you would not think these were student musicians. My congratulations to Mr. La am and to all of the students on a wonderful performance. Department of Health shares holiday safety tipsIn the spirit of the holidays, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is giving the gift of health and safety tips to ensure Floridians are decking their halls without inviting allergies, extra calories, unhealthy diets and falls. “As families and friends gather this holiday season to celebrate, it’s important to be prepared for any health issues that could arise,” said Interim Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Of cer for Children’s Medical Services Dr. Dennis Cookro. “Our Department of Health wants to wish all Floridians happy and healthy holidays.” Because nothing dampens a holiday quite as fast as mishaps, blunders and accidents, read and reuse these helpful articles to keep safe Florida’s festive cheer:  While the holiday season can bring merriment and a variety of exciting festivities, it can also facilitate an increase in household injuries such as res, electrical shocks and, particularly, falls. Read over these holiday hazards so you will be ready to Deck the Halls—Without Inviting Hazards and Falls!  You thought allergies were only during spring and fall—until you found yoursel f scratching, sneezing, and wheezing from yuletide allergens. The eggnog—the roasted chestnuts—the poinsettias—the freshly-cu t tree—and even the say-it-ain’t-so mistletoe? Are you allergic to the holidays? Don’t let thes e holiday highlights give Rudolph’s nose a run for its money! Check out these some common sources of seasonal suffering.  Holiday shopping can be infamous fo r enormous, claustrophobic crowds and bundles of bags lled to the brim. This holiday, take these shopping challenges by storm! Unveil your pedometer, grab a water bottle, lac e up your walking shoes and launch yoursel f out the door with a sense preparation. Aim to come home from your shopping extravaganz a with a few more items and a few less calories! It’s time to Shape Up While You Shop.  A seemingly new trend in the world o f nutrition is the gluten-free diet and, correspondingly, restaurants and grocery stores ar e constantly unveiling more gluten-free food options. But what is gluten, really? Should you b e avoiding—or consuming gluten? Gluten-Free: To Be or Not to Be? No one wants to miss a diet trend; however, before you decide to jump into a lifestyle-altering decision, get the facts. S anta in Flagler ParkThe Okeechobee Kiwanis Club will spons or Santa visits this week. Children can visit S anta Claus in the bandstand in Flagler Park t hrough Saturday. Dec. 22. from 6-8 p.m. C ity plans holiday eventsSanta will also travel around inside the c ity limits on a City of Okeechobee re truck. O n Dec. 21, he will visit the southwest sect ion of the city. R ing the Bell for Christmas!If you would like to volunteer to “Ring the B ell” for the Salvation Army, please call 8633 57-0427. Volunteers are needed Monday t hough Saturday until Christmas eve. The c overage needed will be from 9 a.m. until 7 :30 p.m. but you need only volunteer for t wo to three hours at a time. T exaco sponsors Santa visitCome see Santa at the Okeechobee Texac o on 441 S. Special holiday events will be  Friday, Dec. 21 – Coloring Time 5-9 p .m.;  Saturday, Dec. 22 – Story Time 5-9 p .m.;  Sunday, Dec. 23 – Movie Night 5-9 p .m.  Monday, Dec. 24 – Gifts 5-9 p.m.Mission hosts Christmas Toy DriveBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their 17th annual Toy Drive for their underprivileged children in the community. They screen families for needs and the gifts are to be put under their tree Christmas morning. They are in need for gifts for all ages from one day old to teens. Donations can be toys, gifts, stores gift cards or monetary donations made out to Big Lake Mission Outreach. Donations will be accepted until Christmas day. Individuals may also adopt a family. For more information, please call 863-763-5725. Pick up and receipts are available upon request.North VFW Christmas eventsShare your Christmas Holiday at the North VFW Post #4423, 300 NW 34th St. Monday, D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy) will be hosting Christmas Eve karaoke, 5 p.m. On Christmas Day, Bill will be serving a Ham Dinner 1-3 p.m. (free to post members and $6.50 donation to non-members) and D & K Karaoke will provide dinner music and karaoke following dinner. We hope to see you there. Proceeds go towards Veteran’s Assistance Programs. Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas.. School shootingBecause of last week’s school shooting, our hearts are broken. We need comfort. But from where will it come? Seventy years ago, when I was about the same age as the little ones that were killed last week, I was taught the words of a Christmas song, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” I was a rst grader and we were to sing in a Christmas program. I learned the words to the song, but it was much later in life before I learned the message of the words. And what is the news that the angels proclaimed so loud and clear to the shepherds? “Peace on Earth and good will toward men” a saviour is born. No! Jesus did not come to make peace between men. That is evident. Jesus came to accomplish peace, between God and man. Peace from God toward all men. Now God has nothing but good will toward mankind after Jesus paid for our sins on the cross. Because Jesus paid it all, sin in no longer the main hindrance. The following is my favorite way of proclaiming the Gospel. These are three paraphrased bible verses placed together: God was in Christ reconciling us unto himself. Then, having made a place by the blood of his cross, God stopped imputing our sins against us. So that now, whosoeve r believes in Jesus shall not perish but has everlasting life. That’s what everyone that feels like the y are “down and out” this Christmas season needs to know. Melvin Riutta, OkeechobeeBoat parade a successThe Okeechobee Yatchette Club’s 29th annual Christmas boat parade was a hug e success this year. We would like to than k Okeechobee News and WOKC for their advertising, the Sheriff Department for leading it, all the folks that decorated their boats and participated in the parade, the hundreds of folks that came to see it and VFW post 10539 fo r hosting the welcome party after the parade. Our next project will be a golf tournament on Jan. 12. All proceeds will go to our senior citizens and scholarship funds. You can sign up to play, sponsor a hole, or to advertise you r business at Good Spirits Lounge, Blue Heron golf course or call Tommy 954-258-3258, Garry at 863-532-9033 or Suzzie at 352-209-9582. We would like to wish every one a very Merr y Christmas and a Happy New Year. Okeechobee Yatchette Club December 21, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Holiday safety tips Holiday Happenings Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Imagine ever yday freedom Always need to go?For more information, visit www.everyday-freedom.com or call 1-800-664-5111.Important Safety Information About InterStim Therapy InterStim Therapy for Urinary Control treats urinary retention (inability to completely empty the bladder) and the symptoms of overactive bladder, including urinary urge incontinence (leakage) and signicant symptoms of urgency-frequency. It should be used after you have tried other treatments such as medications and behavioral therapy and they have not worked, or you could not tolerate them. You should have a successful trial assessment before receiving InterStim Therapy. You cannot have diathermy (deep heat treatment from electromagnetic energy) if you have an InterStim device. InterStim Therapy is not intended for patients with a urinary blockage. Safety and eectiveness have not been established for pregnancy and delivery; patients under the age of 16; or for patients with neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis. In addition to risks related to surgery, complications can include pain at the implant sites, new pain, infection, lead (thin wire) movement/migration, device problems, interactions with certain other devices or diagnostic equipment such as MRI, undesirable changes in urinary or bowel function, and uncomfortable stimulation (sometimes described as a jolting or shocking feeling). This therapy is not for everyone. Please consult your physician to decide whether InterStim Therapy is right for you. A prescription is required. For further information, please call Medtronic at 1-800-328-0810 and/or consult Medtronics website at www.medtronic.com. USA Rx Only. Rev 0110 Co-sponsored by MedtronicDavid A. Sigalow, M.D. Lakeshore Urology 215 NE 19th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-0217 If youve tried treatments that havent been successful, dont lose hope. Finding relief from bladder control problems can be a long journey. InterStim Therapy may be an option for patients who have not had success with, or could not tolerate, more conservative treatments for overactive bladder or urinary retention.Make an appointment today to nd out if InterStim Therapy can eliminate or greatly reduce your bladder control problems by calling Lakeshore Urology at 863-763-0217. 5 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsToy DonationA few members of Bubba’s Redneck Yacht Club, (l-r) Melanie Stinnett, Kathy Schwier, Laura Jones and Lauri Hester are donating toys to My Aunt’s House. These toys were collected at our annual Poker Toy Run on Dec. 1. We’d like to thank everyone for their participation and help including, Lunker’s, Barney’s Baracuda’s, J&S Fish Camp, Butch’s Fish Camp, Skull Hill Steel, Biker Station, A2Z Liquors, Garrard Tackle, Vest Concrete, Pueblo’s, Mama Flego’s, Okeechobee Seniors, and Just Bling it. It’s because of you we can continue to help families in need. Okeechobee NewsOHS Band members honoredOkeechobee High School band seniors and the band drum major were honored at the Dec. 11 school board meeting. Left to right are Mercedes White, Nick Valcaniant, Ryan Reister, Audrey Metcalf, Dillion Jones and Tyler Chartier. Not pictured are Diana Roman and Siera Story. Martha’s House plans fundraiser auction; seeks donations of itemsMartha’s House is seeking items for silent and live auction to be held at the Caribbean Night Dinner and Comedy Show, featuring music by The Chobee Steelers on Feb. 9 at the KOA. They would greatly appreciate any and all donations. This event will bene t victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information, please contact Martha’s House at 863-763-2893.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries 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.Bernadine C. Brislin Kelley, 82Okeechobee — Bernadine Kelley passed awa y Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Raulerson Hospital. She was born on Sept. 19, 1930 in Peely, Pa. to the late Dennis and Stella Brislin. She moved to Okeechobee in 1996. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mrs. Kelley was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Kelley; three sisters; and a brother. She is survived by her son, Patrick Kelle y (Sharon) of Nanticoke, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 under the direction of Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home in Nanticoke, PA. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence and sign the online register book may do so at, www.BassOkeecchobeeFuneralHome.com. All local arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972.John “Jack” L. Solloway, 76OKEECHOBEE — John “Jack” L. Solloway, died peacefully with his wife at his side at the Hamrick Home on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Born in Huntington, Ind., Jack was a resident of Okeechobee for 20 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Theresa Catholic Church where he had served as a Grand Knight and he was also a professed Secular Franciscan for 35 years. Jac k served his country as a member of the US Arm y and National Guard. Sports were his hobby and he was a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and had also played semi-pro softball. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerr y Solloway and a sister, Patsy Herendeen Butz. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Susan Solloway of Okeechobee; sons, John H. Sollowa y of Minot, N.D., Robert (Nancy) Solloway of Indianapolis, Ind.; daughters, Michelle (Jim) Holley of Bluffton, Ind., Peggy Sue (J.R.) Roesler o f Columbus City, Ind., Mary Jo Solloway of Okeechobee; fourteen grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, William (Sharon) Sollowa y of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Steve (Norma) Solloway o f Crossville, Tenn.; and a sister, Mary (David) Reust of Huntington, Ind. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at 10 am at St. Theres a Catholic Church in Buckhead Ridge. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthe w and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Rosann D. Tekonchuk, 69OKEECHOBEE — Rosann D. Tekonchuk, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at St. Lucie Medical Center. Rosann was born in Newport, Rhode Island and a resident of Okeechobee since 2001. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW and the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. She was also a member of The Gathering Church. In her free time she enjoyed cooking and crafts. Rosann is survived by her anc, Fred C. Jones of Okeechobee; a son, Michael (Kimberly) Cohran; a daughter, Laura Anderson, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; and grandchildren, Josh and Ashley Cato. There will be no public services. 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.William “Bill” F. Anderson, 93OKEECHOBEE — William “Bill” F. Anderson, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Raulerson Hospital. Born Sept. 30, 1919, in Tampa, Fla., Bill grew up in Arcadia and relocated to Okeechobee in 1985. After retiring from commercial construction, he enjoyed gol ng and shing. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas M. Anderson and Grace Adams; sister, Vivian; and brother, Thomas V. Anderson. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Melanie Anderson of Buckhead Ridge; daughters, Donna Walker and Joyce (John) Kaylor of North Carolina; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, Erin (Bill) Taylor and Kelley (Pete) DiMartino of Arizona. At his request, no service will be held. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia, Fla. If friends wish, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 865 S.E. Monterey Commons Blvd., Stuart, FL 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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012Tina S Hobson, 49Okeechobee — Tina S Hobson, passed away Monday, Dec, 17, 2012 at her residence. She was born May 6, 1963 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Mrs. Hobson came to Okeechobee from Ft Riley, Kansas and loved to cook, sew and crochet. She is survived by her loving husband, Randy Hobson of Okeechobee; daughter, Anngella of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia; son, Robert of Clay Center, Kansas; and one grandson, JT. There will be no public services. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. BHR Moose Lodge 2417Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge 2417, at 1016 Linda Road will host a Friday night dinner dance on Friday, Dec. 21 Dinner will be served from 5-7:15 p.m. including Cat sh (all you care to eat) $8.50, Shrimp $8 or Pork Loin $7. Music will start at 7 p.m. by Sax Appeal.Humane Society Pet Rescue donations for GeorgeOkeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue is collecting donations for George Dupont. The hot dog man outside of Mid Florida Hardware. He has helped out the Humane Society for four years now with donations being at his stand. Now he must close down his stand due to medical problems. Please bring all donations to Humane Society located at 1203 Hwy. 98 N. The deadline on the donations are Friday, Dec. 21 For more information, please call 863-957-1104.The Okeechobee Business W omen’s Referral NetworkThe Okeechobee Business Women’s Referral Network will meet at The Lodge at the Lake, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21 All women interested in sharing information about their business or learning ways to help the community are invited. Please share the joy of Christmas by bringing denim jeans, in any condition, for the BHR VFW ladies to make into sleeping mats for homeless vets. Also requested are toys to be distributed to those children in Okeechobee who are in the Guardian ad Litem program. These can be for any ages, infant to teens. Information: 863-467-2557.Cypress Hut EaglesCypress Hut Eagles will serve choice ribeye steak dinner for $14, shrimp $10, or sh $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 Music by Hard Country Band. Saturday Dec. 22, Birthday Bash with baby back ribs for dinner with two sides for $10 from 4-7p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m. by Cowboys. Sunday, Dec. 23, Southern Fried Chicken served from 1-5 p.m. for $6. The public is welcome. Proceeds go for the Diabetes Research Center and Ladies Auxiliary charity fund, and the community charities fund. For more info, please call 863-467-1154.Okeechobee Texaco presents the 2012 Christmas Concert Series !Danny Kimer “The One Man Band” on Friday, Dec. 21 and Johnny T “The Man of many voices” On Sunday Dec. 23, each staring at 5 p.m. Come see Santa at the Okeechobee Texaco on 441 S. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Santa is checking his list not once but twice! Be sure to bring your cameras to get the perfect shot! Underneath is Santa’s schedule full of fun and activity’s So don’t miss out on letting Santa know what y ou want for Christmas this year! Thursday 20 -Arts & Crafts 5-9 p.m.. Friday 21 –Coloring Time 5-9 p.m.. Saturday 22 –Story Time 5-9 p.m.. Sunday 23 –Movie Night 5-9 p.m.. Monday 24 –Gifts 5-9 p.m.Eagles North weekend plansEagles North will have Friday Steak night starting at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 and ending at 9 p.m. followed by music. Saturday the 22 is card Bingo at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday the 25 (Christmas Day) We open at 1 p.m. Bingo is at 2 p.m. Wednesday Bingo is at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund. all events are located at 9985 HWY. 441 north, Okeechobee.North VFW weekend plansThe North VFW, 300 N.W. 34th St. has a weekend full of fun planned. Friday will be Bingo at 1 p.m. the grill will be open 5-9 p.m. and Mrs. Bette will be hosting karaoke 7-10 p.m. Saturday starts with burgers on the grill 12-2 p.m. Bingo at 1 p.m. Seafood Baskets (as well as full menu) 5-7 p.m. and XXL Dennis hosting karaoke 7-10 p.m. On Sunday Lori will be cooking Beef Tips & Noodles dinner for a donation of $6.50. Be sure to stop by and support your local veterans. All proceeds go towards Veteran’s Assistance Programs.Amvets The Amvets Friday, Dec. 21 Karaoke with Stephan chicken and dumplings. Saturday Pizza by Helen. Sunday Wings and fries. Closed Christmas.Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge holds steak dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge 2417, at 1016 Linda Road will have a Steak, Shrimp or Grilled Chicken Dinner p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, from 5-7:15 p.m. Proceeds will bene t Moose Charities.Kiwanis has Santa in the parkHave your children or grandchildren gotten their picture taken with Santa? Kiwanis has Santa visiting the park from 6-8 p.m. each night in the gazebo Located in Flagler Park #4 until Dec. 22 when he must return to the North Pole! Don’t Miss Out!American Legion Post 64 opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on Dec. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the nonsmoking bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public.Peace Lutheran ChurchThere will be no 8:30 a.m. service at Peace Lutheran Church Sunday morning Dec. 23 There will be only one service at 10:30 a.m. It will be a special Sunday School Production involving the children and youth of the church. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! Friday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Thera py R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Ma mmography, MRI, Nu clear Medicine, & Ul trasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensa tion We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.n ewszap.com R H H H R C S M. S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 8 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County S heriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida H ighway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Joshua David Giles, 31, N.E. 308th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 18 by FWC Of cer David A. LaFoy on a felony charge of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $10,000.  Alecia Nicole Gilman, 22, N.W. 98th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 18 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on warrants charging her with the felonies of violation of probation burglary of a dwelling (two counts), violation of probation grand theft rearm and violation of probation grand theft. She is being held without bond.  Heather Kristen Ellsworth, 32, S.E. 25th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 19 by the OCSO Street Crimes Unit on a warrant charging her with the felonies of failure to appear giving false information to a secondary metals recycler and failure to appear grand theft. She is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 73-year-old Okeechobee man was arrested after he allegedly sold 20 oxycodone tablets to a con dential informant. Richard Leroy Smith, S.E. Eighth St., was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 19, on felony charges of sale of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) with intent to sell. Smith was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released on his own recognizance at his rst appearance hearing Thursday morning. According to an Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force detective Smith was selling the painkillers to supplement his income. The detective went on to say that Smith apparently had a valid prescription for the pills. Smith sold the con dential informant 20 of the pills for a total of $160, stated that detective’s arrest report. The 10mg pills sold to the informant weighed a total of 2.0 grams, added the report. After Smith was placed under arrest, he was searched by task force detectives who reportedly found an empty prescription bottle with his name on the label, and a second empty pill bottle that did not have a label. During an interview with detectives, Smith reportedly told them he has “... sold his prescribed medications six to eight times in the past.” He also said he knew it was illegal to sell the pills, added the arrest report. The detective indicated that he told Smith it was both dangerous and illegal to sell the pills—regardless of the reason—and that “we all have our problems.” Septuagenarian reportedly sold pills ‘to make ends meet’ Richard Smith Special to the Okeechobee News The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are alerting the public to an emerging national concern regarding misuse of pesticides to treat infestations of bed bugs and other insects indoors. Some pesticides are being applied indoors even though they are approved only for outdoor use. Even pesticides that are approved for indoor use can cause harm if over applied or not used as instructed on the product label. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of bed bug-related inquiries received by the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) over the past several years, with many involving incidents of pesticide exposure, spills, or misapplications. From January 2006-December 2010, NPIC reported 169 calls to their hotline w here residents, homeowners, or pesticide applicators sprayed pesticides indoors to treat bedbugs. These cases involved pesticides that were misapplied, not intended for indoor use, or legally banned from use. Of those, 129 resulted in mild or serious health effects (including one death) for persons living in affected residences. ATSDR warns that outdoor pesticides should not be used indoors under any circumstances. Homeowners and applicators should always carefully read the product label to make sure that:  it has an EPA registration number.  it is intended for indoor use.  it is effective against bed bugs (the label should say it is meant to be used to treat your home for bed bugs) and you know how to properly mix the product (if a concentrate) and where and how to apply it safely within the home.  Use a pest control expert if you hire someone to treat your home for a pest problem.  ALWAYS FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PRODUCT LABEL.  DO NOT USE BLEACH in areas where you have treated your home with a pesticide. You can state speci c contact information at: http://www.npic.orst.edu/reg/state_agencies.html. Bed bug control products may be hazardous

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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 10 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCES joins America Recycle DayAmerica Recycles Day, Nov. 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encourage Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. On this day, Mrs. Teresa Chandler from Waste Management of Okeechobee came to Central Elementary School to teach the Fourth Grade students about the importance of recycling. On Nov. 28, Central Elementary’s Recycle Day was held. This was an event where all students, teachers, and staff brought in recycled paper to show their support for America Recycles Day. On this day everyone pledged to recycle, teach others about recycling, and CELEBRATE EARTH DAY EVERY DAY. The event was hosted by Mrs. Jones’ and Mrs. Fulleda’s Fourth grade BASE students. The students want to remind Central Elementary’s parents that they can send in recycled paper like newspaper, magazines, and copied paper to be recycled at the school recycling dumpster. They can also send in old cell phones and ink cartridges. We invite our community to CELEBRATE EARTH DAY EVERY DAY! RECYCLE! ¡Si Se Puede! – Yes We Can! Mrs. Fulleda, 4th Grade BASE (Bilingual Academy of Spanish and English) teacher.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The hip joint is one of the bodys largest weight-bearing joints. Its a ball-and-socket joint. This helps the hip remain stable even during twisting and extreme ranges of motion. A healthy hip j oint allows you to walk, squat, and turn without pain. The most common cause of chronic hip pain and disability is arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most common forms of this disease. Hip replacement surgery helps more than 200,000 Americans each year to relieve their hip pain, and get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities. Total hip replacement surgery almost always: pain. Even the pain from surgery should go away within weeks. W ithout hip pain, youll be able Hip Replacement Surgery Helps Thousands Annuallyto use your legs more. This will build up your muscles. allowing you to do daily tasks and low-impact activities in greater comfort. ORTHOPAEDICS movement. Most total hip replacements last for many years. Dont let hip pain keep you from what you enjoy doing. You may live for scenic walks, playing doubles with friends or swimming laps in the pool. Dont let hip pain stop you from moving! Get the treatment you need to comfortably move with ease. Dr. Benjamin Epstein, Board at Raulerson explains M y patients seeking relief from joint pain love having access to great orthopaedic care, right here in Okeechobee.Ž No more traveling great distances and inconveniencing yoursel f and others. The orthopaedic procedures you require are available in your very own community. If hip pain is keeping you from everyday activities and the weekend recreation you cannot live without, trust an experienced, Board Certi“ ed physician to help you love you r joints again … sooner. 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 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 11 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Cow Town Caf, owned by Jay and Antoinette Norman, recently opened at 3235 U.S. 441 S. E. in the Lake View Inn Plaza. Mr. Norman retired after a near 35-year career in the merchant marines where he w orked on cargo ships and barges that travelled around the world. He’s visited places like the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea during his career and sampled cuisine from all over the world. Mr. Norman grew up around the restaurant business as his father Norris Norman owned and operated the Buccaneer Restaurant in Singer Island between 1966 and 1976. He said he always wanted to give the restaurant business a try and had thought about it for several years. He reached a point in the life that he could give it a try. The motto of the restaurant is “Come join the Herd.” Mr. Norman pointed out part of the de nition of the word “herd” is a group of people gathering together for a common cause and that is what he wants his restaurant to be. His friendly staff of local residents include veteran restaurant workers in Okeechobee like Courtney Hicks, Sonja Corbett and cook Michael Pepitone. They offer standard American faire and menu with home cooking, friendly service, and a nice atmosphere. “We just want to serve Okeechobee and the Treasure Island Community and be another choice for residents here and our northern friends,” he added. There most popular items are biscuits and gravy and chipped beef and cream. The restaurant is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Sundays from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. They are closed on Monday. For more information, call 863-824-0347. They are also on Facebook at Cow Town Caf/facebook.com. Cow Town Caf opens for business

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 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 CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS orida.newszap.com 12 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 There are new signs of economic opportunity and natural wonders in south Florida. Tourists and residents in 11 southern Florida counties may have noticed that directional signs for the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT) were popping up all over the place. The signs direct traf c to 113 new birding and w ildlife viewing sites from Sarasota and Stuart south to Key West, joining hundreds of other GFBWT locations throughout the state. Not only do these signs, bearing the swallow-tailed kite logo, designate ideal locations for birding and wildlife viewing adventures, they are also a symbol of positive economic impact. Gov. Rick Scott said, "Wildlife viewing in Florida is a major reason why our state in the most popular tourist destination in the country. I am proud that Floridians and our visitors can now better enjoy the wildlife our state has to offer, while creating more opportunities for Florida families." A recent study about birding in Florida indicated the trail's road signs play an important role in visitors' travel decisions. Of 1,652 participants, 65 percent had seen a GFBWT road sign, prompting a later visit (81 percent indeed visited later). "We hope that many Florida families and tourists will follow these new signs and explore the trail and discover the fascinating wildlife these sites have to offer," said Mark Kiser, Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Birding and wildlife viewing are important to Florida's economy, and the GFBWT program is an integral component of Florida's nature-based tourism industry. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data, wildlife viewing generates more than $5 billion in Florida and supports 51,000 jobs. A recent statewide survey by Responsive Management showed that wildlife viewing is the second most popular outdoor recreation activity in the state (behind going to the beach) for visitors and residents. The FWC installed the trail signage with a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation and support from the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. Dozens of federal, state and local government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and private landowners also supported the effort. In addition to signs, the FWC has produced guide booklets that contain site descriptions, directions and maps showcasing birding and wildlife watching opportunities throughout Florida. Wildlife enthusiasts can download or order the GFBWT guidebooks at FloridaBirdingTrail.com and WildlifeFoundationofFlorida.com. Need further help planning an adventure? Use the Trip-Planning Wizard on the GFBWT website or download the free mobile application "Nature Viewing Along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail" at iTunes.com and Play.Google.com. A series of city and regional guides called "Ready, Set, Go Wild" is also under way; the Orlando guide is no w available. For more information about this project, please contact Mark Kiser at Mark.Kiser@MyFWC.com or call 850-488-9478. New signs for birding, wildlife viewing trail

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Stimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL HEALTHCARE Caring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DENTAL SURGERY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Okeechobee Dental We Specialize In:• Root Canals • Dental Implants • Laser Periodental Therapy • Oral Surgery & Teeth ExtractionsIV & Oral Sedation Available113 NW 19th Drive • OkeechobeeHOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri. 9-5BilingualHealthy Kids863-261-8273 Surgery Specialists GYNECOLOGIST All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net FAMILY MEDICINE (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted The 2012 – 2013 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website YOU ASKED FOR IT! YOU ASKED FOR IT!Look for the puzzles near the Classifieds section Now featuring Sudoku and the Crossword Puzzle in every edition of the 13 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTALYou 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 Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday: 7 till 8pm (You are invited) Prayer Service Special prayers for special needs drop off to us or email them to pastor@okeechobeecog.com 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 Services8:30 & 10:45 Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 14 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsB.R.A.T. Teen DanceThe B.R.A.T. Club held a teen dance on Dec. 15. All the kids entered to win a Christmas Basket full of candy! The dance was a huge success and they are all looking forward to the next one. The adult volunteers for the teen dance were Teresa Chandler, Sarah Keith and DJ “Juan.” Special to the Okeechobee NewsBlue Heron Golf Club ChampionshipThe owner, Keller Orender, presents Eric Diefenbach with a trophy for winning the tournament on Dec. 8 for the Club Championship. Second place (not pictured) Larry Gabor and third place (not pictured) Michael Platt. Calvary Chapel of OkeechobeeCalvary Chapel of Okeechobee will celebrate the worlds greatest Birthday on Dec. 24 with a candlelight Christmas Eve service beginning at 7 p.m. Please join us for an evening of worship and the word as we remember the night the Light of the World came to dwell among us. For directions and questions please call the church of ce at 863-4670863. Our usual Sunday service will begin at 10 a.m. and all who have a hunger and thirst for the word of God are always welcome to fellowship with us.

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IMMEDIATE OPENINGWater Distribution System Operator for the Okeechobee Utility Authority Maintenance or Construction work. Applicant must be able to perform heavy physical labor, must be able to work with other employees and the general public. Applicant must possess a valid FL Operator’s Driver’s License (only those with a clean driving record for the last three years need apply), have high school diploma or equivalent, and have neat, legible handwriting and average mathematical skills. Apply to the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of ce, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 or obtain an application at www.oua .com. Applications will be accepted until January 15,2013 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE. Carnival Amusement & Recreation Attendants wanted for Doolan Amusement Company. 16 temporary positions open from 2/15/2013 to 12/31/2013. Job involves: Perform variety of attending duties at amusement facility (traveling carnival). Set-up, tear-down, operate amusement rides, food concessions and/or games. Post-employment and random drug testing and background checks may be required. Travel with the Carnival is required. No training or experience is required. Equal Opportunity, FLSA (13)(a)(3) exempt employer not subject to Federal hourly wage, overtime or record keeping requirements. No overtime expected. Overtime, if any, calculated and paid as per applicable regulations. Work schedule varies widely, typically 40 Hrs/Wk, WedSun, 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The employer will pay the weekly salary for each week that the worker is employed. Employer will pay the applicable variable prevailing wage for each location, starting in Okeechobee Co, FL, $325.20/WK and traveling to: St. Johns Co. $330.80/WK; Volusia Co. $318.80/WK; Indian River Co, $319.20/WK; Miami-Dade Co, $324.00/WK; Broward Co, $323.60/WK; Orange Co, $331.60/WK; Palm Beach Co, $325.20/WK; St. Lucie Co, $323.20/WK; Sarasota Co, FL, $322.40/WK; Chesapeake City Co, $323.20/WK; Halifax Co, $320.80/WK; Fairfax Co, VA, $322.40/WK; Westchester & Putnam Co, $323.20/WK; Suffolk & Nassau Co, $321.20/WK; Saratoga Co, $330.00/WK; Dutchess Co, NY, $326.80/WK; New London Co, CT, $350.00/WK; Monmouth Co, NJ, $322.00/WK; Montgomery Co, MD, $325.60/WK; Merrimack, Co, NH, $328.80/WK; Franklin Co, $349.20/WK; Hampden Co, MA, $351.60/WK; Wake Co, NC, $324.40/WK. AVERAGE: $327.81/WK.. Employer certi es that if there are changes in work locations, employer will obtain applicable prevailing wage for work location and pay such wage. Merit increases and/or bonuses may be awarded at employer discretion. Employer makes available mobile housing valued at $100.00 /week. Employer makes available transportation from venue to venue and scheduled transportation to laundry, shopping valued at $25.00 / week.Please apply by: Fax Resume to: 772-872-3045 Email Resume to: jfdoolanetina2@yahoo.com Doolan Amusement Company: 4331 S.E. Hopetown Terrace, Stuart, FL 34997 Please include complete contact information in your submission. NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Business Opportunities Business Opportunities 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 *. Lost**REWARD** LOST PARROTT MEDIUM SIZED BIRD, GOLDEN FEATHERS WITH GREEN WINGS. IF SEEN PLEASE CALL 772-215-2090 Garage/ Yard SalesMOVING SALE 2680 SE 25th DRIVE SAT. DEC. 22nd, 8:00am-4:00pm EVERYTHING MUST GO, FURNITURE & MOBILE HOME CHEAP. 863-763-8761 OR 863-447-1384 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full 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 Booth Rental Available at Chobeelicious Beauty Salon Contact Shelena at 863-801-5154 or 863-824-3384 or stop by 211 SW 3rd St. MAINTENANCE The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce is looking for a Maintenance employee for general maintenance to include plumbing, electrical, carpentry and HVAC, must be able to work exible schedule. Any certi cations are a plus. Apply online at: okeesheriff.org or pick up application at: 504 NW 4th Street. Submit completed application to H.R. Director Mariah Anuez, by: January 3, 2013. Applicants must have a valid D.License and H.S. Diploma. We are a drug free workplace. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Employment Full Time Employment Full Time 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. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Miscellaneous LICENSE PLATES $100 each for FLORIDA LICENSE PLATES FROM OKEECHOBEE COUNT Y THAT BEGIN WITH THE NUMBER 57 for years 1938, 1940, 41, 42, 43, 46, 47, 52, 54, 55, and 1957 Any condition accepted, so long as they are readable. Jeff Francis 727-424-1576 email gobucs13@aol.com Musical Instruments Electric Organ Lowery, plays a variety of music with a push of a button. $800.00 Call 863-763-0314 Pets/SuppliesRAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES SHOTS, WORMED, 17 WEEKS OLD. $300.00 CALL RHONDA 863-634-4407 Toy Yorkipoo Pups (yorkie/poodle) males, 9 wks. shots, health cert. adorable, playful, must see! Parents on prem. $450. cash. 863-610-2725. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 15 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!

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FOR SALE 13x37 Chariot Model Home, built March of 2010, 1 or 2 bedrooms, splattered walls and ceilings, addition added, covered carport, sunroom or bedroom. Located at Ancient Oaks gated community. Block 20, Lot 8, Lake Frieda behind house, 2 way street. Like New lived in just 5 months, Club house across St. $99,900.00 Call 423-552-5055 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. 2012-CP-164 IN RE: ESTATE OF DOROTHY F. SOBEL Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Dorothy F. Sobel, deceased, whose date of death was May 18, 2012, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 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. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against 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 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 21st, 2012. Personal Representative: RICHARD M. SOBEL P.O. Box 82 Troy, New Hampshire 03465 STEGER & STEGER, P.A.Attorneys for Personal RepresentativeBY: Sam T. Steger, Esquire Florida Bar No. 280496 603 S.W. Cleveland Avenue Stuart, Florida 34994 Phone: (772) 287-8888 Fax: (772) 220-3518 Personal Representative: RICHARD M. SOBEL P.O. Box 82 Troy, New Hampshire 03465 433027 ON 12/21,28/2012 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. 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 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 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 Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $12.00 a piece. Coastal $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 Mobile HomeSale For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses Rent A FFORDABLE New large house, 3/2, large yard, W/D. $1000/mo Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. OKEE2/1 3/2 Large First class property. 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash, back-up generator & utilities included $545. mo. and $495. mo. For alternate unit 3/2 $595. mo. call for details. Mon-Fri. No Pets. 863-467-9800 Office Space RentOKEECHOBEE Executive of ce spaces avail. $350 month. Includes Alarm, electric, water, and WiFi. Call 863-697-9663. RoommateLooking for a roommate to share a 4 bedroom house, all appliances including washer and dryer. $400 per month. Call for more information 863-634-9560 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses SaleOKEECHOBEE 2br./2 ba. Palm Creek waterfront Gated Community. Owner nancing. Option to rent. 863-532-0273. Mobile HomeSale 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 RentTREASURE ISLAND 3BR, 2BA Large yard. Lawn service included. $725 mo. 2 weeks FREE w/security deposit. No pets. Call (863)634-0663 Mobile HomeSaleFOR SALE 3 Bedroom Mobile Home with 2 lots & access to river. 44 Boondock Rd. $35,000 Call 863-763-2346 or 863-610-4625 HERTIAGE VILLAGE 2BR, 2BA, spacious DW, metal roof, carport, screen porch, laminated rs, newer appliances & AC. Call 863-357-1254 Mobile HomeSaleOKEECHOBEE on 3 lots 28x48 MH, 3 br., 2 ba. 20 x 21 carport, in Kissimmee River Est. $42,500. 502-845-4251. Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 From 499 Mo Loaded 3/2 From 399 Mo Loaded Homes on Your Lot 0 Down 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticeLEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on JANUARY 7, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 2004 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR VIN #5LMFU27R74LJ30840 2000 NISSAN MAXIMA VIN# JN1CA31D1YT743423 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 433244 ON 12/21/2012 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 1-5-13 @ 10:00 AM Unit #118 Suuwohner S. Johnson Unit #221 Rachael L. Woodhouse Unit #233 Tiaha M. Kelly Unit #246 Jessika C. Pantojas Unit #249 Jessika C. Pantojas Unit #254 Clint D. Bowers Unit #421 Jennifer L. Jones Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 433076 ON 12/21,28/2012 16 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2012-CA-000312 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, VS. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,UNDER, OR AGAINST LINDA L. SMITH A/K/A LINDA W. SMITH A/KA/ LINDA WINELAND SMITH, DECEASED, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,UNDER, OR AGAINST LINDA L. SMITH A/K/A LINDA LOU SMITH A/K/A LINDA WINELAND SMITH A/K/A LINDA W. SMITH, DECEASED LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: AMY I. SMITH 2935 Dodge Drive Polk City, FL 33868 CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE HANCOCK MEANDER CORNER BETWEEN SECTIONS 4 AND 9, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST; THENCE RUN SOUTH 61 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 17 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE HANCOCK MEANDER LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 621.38 FEET TO THE MEANDER CORNER; THENCE RUN SOUTH 53 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 34 SECONDS EAST ALONG SAID HANCOCK MEANDER LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 500.79 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTHWEST LINE OF E. 0. UPTHEGROVE’S PROPERTY AS FIRST DESCRIBED IN DEED BOOK 18, PAGE 375, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ALSO KNOWN AS THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 13, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 5, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE RUN SOUTH 35 DEGREES 21 MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID BOUNDARY LINE IF PROJECTED SOUTHWESTERLY A DISTANCE OF 220.34 FEET TO THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15, (CONNER’S HIGHWAY) AND THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 359, PAGE 1719 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; RUN THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 46 MINUTES 16 SECONDS EAST ALONG SAID SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 294.72 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 359, PAGE 1719 AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE RUN SOUTH 90 DEGREES 46 MINUTES 16 SECONDS EAST ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 73.94 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 35 DEGREES 30 MINUTES 18 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 274.15 FEET TO THE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE; THENCE RUN NORTH 50 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 18 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 74.03 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID PARCEL DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 359, PAGE 1719; THENCE RUN NORTH 35 DEGREES 30 MINUTES 38 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE SOUTHEAST BOUNDARY OF SAID PARCEL FOR A DISTANCE OF 273.30 FEET TO THE SAID SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD 15 AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING GRANTOR RESERVES A NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT UNTO HERSELF, HER HEIRS, SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS FOR INGRESS AND EGRESS OVER AND ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERLY 5 FEET OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY EXTENDING FROM THE SOUTH BOUNDARY OF S.R. 15 (CONNOR’S HIGHWAY) TO THE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE.has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 4919 Memorial Highway, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida 33634, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on this 14th day of December, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Court BY: Linda F. Young As Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 WELLSLPS-SPECFNMA-R-bmellette-Team 1 F12007996-F12007996 **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial AdministrationRule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities 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. 433199 ON 12/21,28/2012 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 ADVERTISEand Get Results w ww.newszap.co m click on classifieds No wonder newspaper readers earn more!saves you money by providing information about the best buys. READING A NEWSPAPER... My mother died of colon cancer when she was only 56.Terrence Howard, actor/musician Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer in the U.S., but its largely preventable. If youre 50 or older, please get screened.1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) www.cdc.gov/screenforlife This is personal.Photo: Andrew Macpherson Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? 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among other things, that a statement made by Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson in his closing argument was inappropriate and prejudicial. Ruiz stated that the prosecutor made an improper statement when, at the end of his closing, he thanked the jury for their time on behalf of State Attorney Bruce Colton, the victim and the State of Florida. He also claimed his defense counsel was ineffective but that was also denied by the appeals court. In his recent motion Ruiz, who was representing himself in this action, claimed his Fort Pierce defense attorney Mark Orr was ineffective because he removed an expert witness from the witness list, among other claims. Mr. Orr, who has been practicing law for some 38 years, testi ed that he chose not to call the expert because the doctor "... had no interest in coming here, he just wanted money." "Essentially, (the) defendant is asking the court to second guess Mr. Orr's trial strategy," opined Judge Belanger. "Such gratuitous Monday morning quarterbacking' is contrary to well-established law." Because there was little defense for the actions of Ruiz, Mr. Orr elected to use an insanity defense. He claimed his client had been using steroids and was coming off them which caused him to "snap" and stab Marlena Mansingh as she sat behind the steering wheel of her car. In his motion to Judge Belanger, Ruiz made an additional claim that a statement made in jest by his attorney to the prosecutor was prejudicial. "A chimpanzee could convict my client with what you got," Mr. Orr said to the prosecutor. Mr. Orr also testi ed to Judge Belanger that he had no defense other than insanity, even though Ruiz did not want to be referred to as insane. The judge also stated in his response that even though Ruiz chose to take steroids the voluntary use of those drugs was not a defense to his actions. In all, Ruiz gave seven reasons why his conviction should be overturned, but each one was denied. The judge also warned Ruiz that there could be serious rami cations if he is found to have brought a frivolous action. "The defendant is placed on notice that, under Florida law, sanctions may be imposed, including forfeiture of gain-time or a prohibition against any further pro se lings, if such prisoner is found by a court to have brought a frivolous suit, action, claim, proceeding or appeal in any court," wrote Judge Belanger. Ruiz is currently being held in the DeSoto Correctional Institution in Arcadia. APPEALContinued From Page 1 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 17 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 ACROSS 1 Not quite dry 5 Battle CryŽ author 9 Yippie name 14 French darling 15 Reduce bit by bit 16 Virginia political family 17 8? 19 Back StabbersŽ group, with TheŽ 20 Ones with darkspotted faces 21 Annual draft org. 23 46th U.S. state 24 Nuevo __: Peruvian currency 26 2? 29 Dig up 31 Aint __ SweetŽ 32 Pastures 33 Protein building block, for short 36 Animals stomach 39 Theyre not literal, and this puzzles title 43 Happy hour order 44 Varnish resin 45 When doubled, a fish 46 Wheel of FortuneŽ purchase 47 Contrary retort 50 1? 55 Female rabbit 56 Business head? 57 Its full name means jumping fleaŽ in Hawaiian 58 Raison d__ 60 Insipid 62 4? 66 Its slower than adagio 67 Somber genre 68 Up in the AirŽ Oscar nominee Farmiga 69 First noble gas discovered 70 Lake Michigan city 71 Noted sin scene DOWN 1 Morse character 2 Org. featuring seasonal flu information 3 Fifties, say 4 Start to cure? 5 After the current act 6 Operated 7 Goddess of peace 8 Some Bosnians 9 Donor classification letters 10 Exclamation from Colonel Pickering 11 Start to stop 12 Pastoral poem 13 Common college admissions requirement 18 Cake finisher 22 Like-minded gps. 24 Bacteria-fighting drug 25 Newsman Roger 27 Try to catch 28 Food chain 30 Tempe sch. 34 One who brings out the inner child? 35 Dont mind __Ž 36 Wandered aimlessly 37 Blessing preceder 38 Snowy 40 Monthly expense 41 Yale of Yale University 42 Printers measures 46 A lot like 48 Owner of a legendary lantern kicker 49 1999 movie about a reality show 50 Indian drum 51 Wolf, at times 52 Long-armed ape 53 Squeezing (out) 54 Columbussbirthplace 59 Wander aimlessly 61 Underworld bigwig 63 Cedar kin 64 Valuable rock 65 Cheering crowd member By Mangesh Sakharam Ghogre (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 05/12/11 05/12/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword puzzle Public Notice Public Notice after hearing several hours of complicated technical testimony from both sides concerning calculations of costs, earnings and depreciation of the 5,200 mile long natural gas pipeline and how that gure could be apportioned to the 26 miles in Okeechobee County. "It's a tremendous amount of information," board chairman Joey Hoover said at one point in the testimony. Attorney Kim Bald and Paul Bellon, a property tax evaluation consultant focusing on energy companies, represented the pipeline. "It is all of the pipeline working together that gives value to the company," asserted Mr. Bellon. He went on to explain how the utility arrived at its evaluation of $50.6 million for the property in question. He said the pipeline used the same methodology for calculating values on the portions of the pipeline in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and other parts of Florida. Loren Levy, Mr. Sherman's attorney, stated that Mr. Bellon is not an appraiser and that Mr. Bellon gave an evaluation analysis, not an appraisal. Stephen Barrera, a certi ed appraiser with BCRI Valuation Services, explained the process by which the property appraiser came up with a value of $87.6 million. He said it was the cost of construction of the county's section of the pipeline minus 2 percent for depreciation. He said Florida Gas calculations were "fundamentally awed." "The methodology does not comply with the statues," Ms. Bald said of the property appraiser's calculations. Mr. Levy noted that both Mickey Bandi, the appraiser with the property appraiser's of ce who was involved with the case, and Mr. Barrera are both appraisers who do not have a vested interest in the assessed value of the property. He said Mr. Bellon is not an appraiser and didn't do an appraisal. "Anybod y can have fun with numbers," Mr. Levy said. "We are appraisers." He explained how the propert y appraiser followed each point of the law in assessing the property. "Both sides were well represented," stated board member Bill Dover. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap. com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. GASContinued From Page 1 BHR Moose hosts Christmas dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge 2417 at 1016 Linda Road, will host a Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 25, from noon5:30 p.m. Dinner will include ham and turkey with all the xings for a $7 donation. Proceeds to bene t Moose Charities.Okeechobee Shrine Club schedule changesThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will not be holding their Spaghetti Dinners on Dec. 25tand Jan. 1. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Kip at 863357-0427.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Martin County used a smothering manto-man defense to overwhelm Okeechobee High School 75-50 and sweep the season series from their rival when the two schools met for a boys basketball game Tuesday night at OHS. The Tigers improved to (9-0) for the fth time in their history. Okeechobee fell to (4-8). OHS has lost eight of their last nine games. Alton Edwards had four three-point eld goals and led Martin County with 18 points. Denson Lumene had 13 points while Terrell Mabins added 10 points and seven assists. Sylvester Butler led OHS with 18 points and Phil Jones added 14 points. Brahman Coach Shawn Hays said Martin County is the best team on the schedule this y ear and they showed just how good they are on both ends of the oor in this contest. "Right now they are the best team in the area. We knew we had a dog ght when we stepped on the oor," he stated. Hays told his team that they must play their best basketball for 32 minutes to have a chance against a talented team like this. He was disappointed that his team didn't run their offensive plays in the rst half. "We must get better in our offensive sets if we are going to beat teams. Martin County hustled whenever they made a mistake and they made up for them," he explained. Edwards thanked his teammates for getting him the ball in good spots on the oor. Mostly he camped out on the baseline and had wide open looks at the basket. "I guess I felt it tonight. My shots were falling and my teammates found me, so all the credit goes to them," he added. Edwards said the Tigers are a team that works together and has the same mind set. He said they felt good when they built a 20point lead in the rst half but still had to play hard. "The last game we played them, Okeechobee was within ve points at the half so we knew we had to play. We came out lackadaisical in the third quarter so we must tighten that up," he added. Okeechobee fell behind (7-0) before they were able to have a shot hit the rim in the rst quarter. Okeechobee didn't score for the rst three minutes. They did respond well for the nal ve minutes of the quarter and trailed 17-10 after the rst period. Martin County out scored OHS 24-13 in the second quarter thanks to numerous turnovers and a constant ability to penetrate for easy hoops or open jumpers. Roshell Thomas three-point play cut the lead to 2316 but that would be as close as the Brahmans would get. The Tigers went on an 18-5 run to end the rst half. Coach Hays said he felt the Tigers did a good job nding the open man, "We said make them make some shots and Edwards shot the lights out so give credit to them. We must focus on defense and be in the right spots. We were late getting there." OHS made a little run in the third quarter and cut the lead to 42-30 after a free thro w by Tyrell Taylor. After that Martin Count y took control and built an 18-point lead, 5537, after the third quarter. OHS emptied the bench for much of the fourth quarter and got no closer than 20 points in the nal ve minutes. The Brahmans will travel to Christmas in the Kennel at Berean Christian School in West Palm Beach for the Holiday Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Lad y Brahmans also compete in a Holiday Tournament at the school this weekend. 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! 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Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRoshell Thomas and the rest of the Brahmans had trouble nding easy shots in the rst half as the Martin County Tigers played tight man-toman defense.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! Buy a Home Delivery or Mail subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 19 Okeechobee News December 21, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Parks & Rec Youth Soccer LeagueThe Okeechobee Parks and Recreation Soccer League 10 & under championship title went to the Seminole Indian Chiki Huts. Pictured are: (back) Coach Dallas Nunez (middle, left to right) Lloyd “Trooper” Stone, Enrique Gomez, Erick Vallejo, Janessa Nunez, Asael Cardenas, Edward Gaucin, Abdallah Yamin, Daniel Vega (front, left to right): Santiago “Eecho” Billie, Dakoya Nunez, Pedro Garcia, Alexander Martinez and Adryauna Baker.Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Collins Lawn Service dominated the Okeechobee Parks and Recreation Soccer League 12 & under division, nishing undefeated (12-0). Pictured are: (back, left to right) Jose Gonzalez, Mark Holmes, Coach Bobbie Ingram, Elias Sowell, Gage Ingram (middle, left to right) Carlos Ayala Jr., Juan Rebollo Brenden Bostwick, Damian Woodard, Jason Zuniga, Jose Cervantes, (front, left to right) Janel Aponte, Elexia Ochoa and Mackenzi Crum. Not Shown: Zachary Lamb.Special to the Okeechobee NewsKassella Construction, Inc., dominated the 14 & under Okeechobee Parks and Recreation Soccer League and went undefeated (10-0). Pictured are: (back, left to right) Coach Andy Kassella, Zaid Calzada, Giovanny Garcia, Tyler Selph, Miguel Sanchez, Leonardo Torres, and Asst. Coach Chris Selph. (front, left to right) Adoniel Martinez, Michael Hawthorne, Devin Hillard and Gustavo Mireles. Not pictured: Alejandro Bucio, Jose De La Cruz.

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