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Publication Date: 12-28-2012
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Leanna Cotton on college volleyball team ... Page 15 15.05 feetLast Year: 13.71 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Detectives are searching for clues into the person or persons who were involved in two armed robberies of area convenience stores. According to Detective Captain John Rhoden, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO), it was still unclear Thursday, Dec. 27, if the robberies were connected. The rst robbery took place Sunday, Dec. 23, around 6:41 p.m. OCSO Deputy Corporal Chris Hans indicated in his report that he responded to the Citgo Store at 3621 S.E. 34th Ave. after a ‘hold up’ alarm had sounded. The deputy’s report indicated that a black male armed with a pistol entered the store and demanded money from an employee at the register. The man was wearing a hooded jacket and had the hood pulled up over his head and around his face. It’s unknown if the robber left the store on foot or in a vehicle. Capt. Rhoden said Thursday afternoon that no one was injured in the heist. The second robbery took place at 8:54 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, when two black males entered the 441 North Drive Thru, 111 N.W. 23rd Lane, on foot and demanded money from the two employees. A report by OCSO Deputy Max Waldron stated that one Clues sought in robberies of local stores Friday, December 28, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 156 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.County plans v ision for the f uture ...Page 3 Toys for Tots brings hundreds of smiles ... Page 9 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In a meeting of less than one hour on Thursday, Dec. 27, Okeechobee County Commissioners considered two matters dealing with taxes. With little discussion, commissioners approved a resolution which gives a local business identi ed as Project GPO a break on state taxes. Turning to the other tax issue, there is a county ordinance that provides for ad valorem tax exemptions for new and expanding businesses in the county. The board discussed providing an ad valorem tax exemption for Charles Composites, LLC, which is located in the City Commerce Park. Commissioners voted to direct staff to develop criteria for the tax exemption. The staff recommendation will be brought back at a later time and a public hearing will be held on the matter. If approved the tax exemption would apply to new equipment, not to existing land and buildings and would not appl y Tax breaks for industry consideredSee TAX — Page4 See ROBBERIES — Page 4 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local man is said to be in serious condition after he was apparently shot multiple times and left lying on the ground. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Detective Captain John Rhoden said the victim has been identi ed as Xavier Laffyate Fulks, 22. Capt. Rhoden said OCSO deputies were called to the Raulerson Hospital emergency room around 1 a.m. Christmas morning in regard to a man who was suffering from gunshot wounds. Mr. Fulks was stabilized at Raulerson then airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. Mr. Fulks’ condition was considered to be Gunshot victim in serious conditionSee SHOOTING — Page 4 Special to the Okeechobee NewsSanta Comes to Grand OaksGrand Oaks residents enjoyed a visit from Santa on Saturday, Dec. 22. Santa came in to pass gifts out to all the residents and to have pictures taken. Left to right are Martha Conely, Santa and Fran East. For more holiday photos, see page 8.


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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Commissioners spent the afternoon at their Dec. 13 meeting discussing a vision statement and mission statement for the county as well as discussing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges they face as commissioners. The ve-member group broke up into two panels to discuss the issues they were facing. Bullet statements were recorded to capture their thoughts. Then the entire vemember panel came together to try to come to consensus and form statements stating each objective. The afternoon session was facilitated by Jack Burns and Duke Evans, professors at Indian River State College. For the vision statement all participants agreed that a small town environment that creates a place to live, work, raise a family and be in business should be encouraged. They came up with an idea for a mission statement that dealt with a well-managed, cost-effective policy-driven organization with a well-structured strategy. However, they decided to have another such afternoon meeting in the near future before deciding on the de nite wording for these statements. A wide variety of ideas were discussed and even though no de nite action was taken, it seemed to have been a productive afternoon. "We made more progress than I thought we would have made," stated Commission Chairman Frank Irby.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Now In Stock Your Winter Supplement Feeds for Cattle A T T E N T I O N : F A R M E R S & R A N C H E R S Protein Blocks, Energy Blocks, All Natural Blocks, Round Bales, Liquid Feed... 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Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Dec. 28TH Thurs., Jan. 3RDFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE HOBBIT: THE UNEXPECTED JOURNEY”Fri. 7:00 only, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00 & 7:00 only, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “JACK REACHER”Fri. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “PARENT GUIDANCE”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG 3 Okeechobee News December 28, 2012 Commissioners discuss mission and vision statements V FW plans special eventsThe North VFW, 300 N.W. 34th St., has a weekend full of fun planned. Friday, Dec. 28 there will be bingo at 1 p.m. The Grill will be open 5-9 p.m. and karaoke hosted by Lisa 7-11 p.m. On Saturday there will be burgers on the grill ($2 donation) 12-2 p.m., Bingo 1 p.m. Seafood Baskets as well as full menu 5-7 p.m. and karaoke hosted by Steve on a Stick, 7-11 p.m. On Sunday, Lori w ill be having a Turkey Enchilada dinner 1-3 p.m. for a $6.50 donation. Be sure to stop by and support our veterans. Proceeds bene t V eteran's Assistance Programs.Eagles plan weekend dinnersCypress Hut Eagles will be serving choice rib eye steak dinner for $14, shrimp $10, or sh $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 music will be by Carl Cable. Saturday, Dec. 29, serving baby back ribs for dinner with two sides for $10 from 4-7 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m. by Debbie and Wes. Sunday, Dec. 23, Southern fried chicken will be served from 1-5 p.m. for $6. Dart tournament Tuesday Jan. 1 starting at 6 p.m. Hamburgers will be served. The public is welcome. Tuesday proceeds go for the Diabetes Research Center. Wednesdays proceeds go to the ladies A uxiliary charity fund, and the rest go to the community charities fund. For more info please call 863-467-1154. A mvets plan weekend pizzaAmvets Post 200, located at 8591 S.R. 78 W ., pizza and subs by Helen on Saturday, Dec. 29 Sunday will be a jam session with W il. Chicken wings and fries will be served for a $5 donation. Monday is the New Year's Eve Party with no cover and food at 8 p.m.Kentucky hoop party plannedBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 is hosting a Kentucky basketball party Saturday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m. as the UK Wildcats take on the Louisville Cardinals. Show your Kentucky Pride--come out and cheer for your favorite team. Everyone welcome. Chili will be available for a donation. A merican Legion Post 64 opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the 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.VFW Post hosting two New Year’s Eve partiesOn Dec. 31 the Ladies & Men's Auxiliary to VFW Post 4423 will host two New Year's Eve parties again this year. The rst party is from 2 p.m. 5 p.m. The second party is from 8 p.m. We are having an Old Fashioned 50s Sock Hop so dress appropriately and come prepared to have fun. D&K Entertainment will be hosting the music. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Finger food would be appreciated. Come "Rock in the New Year" with us. The public is welcome! The post is located at 300 N.W. 34th St. For information, call 863-763-0818.VFW plans New Year’s dinner and dance at PostBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, S.R. 78 W., is having a New Year's Eve dinner and party. Prime rib will be served from 6-9 p.m. for a donation of $15 in advance; or, $16 at the door. Music will be by Mike and Naomi. Breakfast will be served after midnight.DEP hosting guided hike on Jan. 1 at Prairie Preserve The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in northwestern Okeechobee County is planning a guided hike on Jan. 1 Join us for a hike through the prairies and hammocks to learn about the plants and animals that live in this ecosystem and the land management that helps sustain it. We will be meeting at the Preserve's of ce and leaving at 8:45 a.m. We will be walking the 4.5 mile Prairie Loop Trail which is a moderately dif cult trail with portions of ankle deep water. Remember to bring your hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, binoculars, camera, and snacks. There is a $4 per vehicle entrance fee. For more details call the Preserve of ce at 863-462-5360. For more information on Florida's award-winning state parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.COPD Support Group meetsThe COPD Support Group will meet at Raulerson Hospital in the Inservice Classroom on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, call 863-8242702. Community Events


On the heels of a major drought and busy w ild re season, American Red Cross has released its of cial Wild re App. The app puts lifesaving information right into the hands of people who live in or visit wild re-prone areas. This free app, available in English or Spanish, is the fourth in a series created by the Red Cross, a leader in emergency preparedness nationwide, for use on both iPhone and Android platforms. The Wild re A pp comes after the highly successful First A id, Hurricane and Earthquake Apps, which have more than 1.2 million users. "The Wild re App gives residents of and v isitors to Central Florida instant access to our Blaze Tracker' features, so they may prepare their households and businesses, as w ell as themselves, and make critical decisions that can save lives," saidKaren Hagan, regional CEO, Mid-Florida Region. This year, the Red Cross has launched 11 wild re-relief operations spanning 10 states. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, as of Oct. 4, wild res have burned 8.8 million acres in the United States this year. The Wild re App includes: The "Blaze Tracker" trio of features may be customized for alerts speci c to locations where people live, travel or have loved ones; "Blaze Warnings" let users see areas where NOAA has issued warnings that conditions are prime for potential wild res; "Blaze Alerts" inform users when a wild re has begun within 100 miles of any locations monitored; "Blaze Path" from www.Inciweb.org provides users with a current view of an existing wild re's perimeter, how it has spread and the re's current location when available; Comprehensive reporting of all wild re activity for every geographic area in the U.S.; Options to view the app in English or Spanish, based on user language settings; One touch "I'm safe" messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets to con rm they are out of harm's way; Locations of open Red Cross shelters; Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan; Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity; Toolkit with ashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks. "The Red Cross has emerged as a leader in mobile preparedness. One reason is our ability to provide users with location customization. Wild re App users can receive noti cation of wild re risk and activity within 100 miles of locations that matter most to them so they can help protect their loved ones and their property," added Ms. Hagan. The Wild re App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. A merican Red Cross launches new ‘wild re app’ End of the world ... not Well we all survived Dec. 21 and the world did not end. Guess those people who stocked up on survival gear and supplies feel foolish. Of course now they are prepared for the zombie apocalypse, so it's all good. Hope you all have a happy New Year.Spice and marijuana Where are the priorities when stores that sell spice get only a warning to stop selling, not shut down or people arrested? And then the folks that sold cigarettes got busted? That's de nitely messed up. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. "Spice" has yet to be deemed illegal in Florida unless the product is sold with the seller's knowledge/intent the substance is going to be used illegally/off package direction to get high; otherwise, if used as an intended incense it's legal. Federal, state and local of cials are working hard to regulate spice, sold legally in convenience stores, by banning some of the chemicals used. But some manufacturers simply drop a banned ingredient and replace it with a similar but still legal compound and they've beat the system. All law enforcement of cers can currently do is put pressure on the store owner. I can't imagine that legalizing marijuana would preclude kids from things like spice. Having smoked both spice and marijuana I can say that marijuana is a much smoother and more mellow high and much more pleasurable than the short-lived high (and major headache) one gets from Spice. Honestly, if marijuana was decriminalized I think spice would just fall to the wayside and never be seen again. When I say to people "canabis is safer than alcohol" they look at me like I'm crazy ... well, if you've never compared the two you can't give an honest opinion. Are you sick and in need of medication? Your explanation of the marijuana experience perfectly describes the aura of one who is on it while you are speaking to them. They seem very mellow. In fact, so mellow as to not be catching on to what is going on around them. No need to compare it to alcohol. None of it is needed unless a person is sick. Drugs are for sick people, not well people. I think if we look at all the votes and polls in all the states for legalizing it there are a lot of votes in favor of it. December 28, 2012 4 Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! serious, said Capt. Rhoden on Thursday, Dec. 27. While information into the incident is sketchy Capt. Rhoden was able to say that Mr. Fulks was found lying on the ground in the Douglas Park area. Residents who found the injured man then took him to Raulerson Hospital, added the captain. No arrests had been made as of Thursda y afternoon. OCSO Detective Ted Van Deman is the lead investigator on the case. If anyone has information concerning this case they are asked to contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce at 863-763-3117. SHOOTINGContinued From Page 1 of those men was armed with a handgun. Both men had their faces covered and were wearing knitted caps. While the men entered the drive thru on foot, it's not known how they left the scene. Capt. Rhoden said Sunday's incident is being handled by OCSO Detective Bryan Lowe, while Detective Bill Suggs is handling the drive thru robbery. If you have any information about either of these robberies, you are asked to call the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce at 863763-3117. Or, if you choose to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-2738477. If your tip leads to an arrest, you ma y be eligible for a reward. ROBBERIESContinued From Page 1 to city, school board or South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) taxes. If approved, it would apply to 2014 taxes. Gary Ritter, director of SFWMD's Okeechobee Service Center, informed the commissioners that the Taylor Creek locks would not reopen until the end for January. He said the completion of rehabilitation o f the locks has been delayed several times b y unforeseen problems. The job was originally scheduled to be completed several months ago. Mr. Ritter said the lake is in good shape at 15.02 feet and that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is sending some pulse releases to the Caloosahatchee River, however, there are no releases at this time to the St. Lucie Estuary. TAXContinued From Page 1


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 Thank YouWe the family of the late Steven R. Moore would like to express our gratitude for the love and support shown during our time of bereavement. Whether it was a card, food, friendly visit or a simple prayer we Thank You from the bottom of our hearts. The Moore Family 5 Okeechobee News December 28, 2012 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Christine Shannon Nash, 38, S.E. 96th Circle, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 22 by Deputy Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with felony battery. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Noreen Marie Carnley, 43, S.E. 34th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 24 by Of cer Kelley Margerum on felony charges of dealing in stolen property and petit theft. Her bond was set at $2,000.  Phillip Hawkins Hoy, 31, N.W. 115th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 26 by Deputy William Jolly on a Martin Count y warrant charging him with the misdemeanors of failure to appear driving under the in uence and failure to appear possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Two parcels of land in Okeechobee County could become the rst of possibly several county properties to make up the huge Everglades Headquarters National Wildlife Refuge Area and Conservation Area. The wildlife refuge, which is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was of cially launched with a 10-acre donation of pine atwoods near Haines City by the Nature Conservancy in January. While there is at present no public access to that property, wildlife refuge manger Charlie Pelizza said plans are being formulated for public access to the property and the gradual acquisition of more land. Mr. Pelizza also said appraisals are currently ongoing for four parcels of land. While two of the parcels under consideration are in Okeechobee County, Mr. Pelizza was not at liberty to divulge where the property is located or the owners. He said the appraisal process could take six to nine months. However, he said the owners of approximately 400 acres of land in Highlands County will soon be announcing its donation to the wildlife refuge. Several moths ago it looked like the Edna Lockett Pierce Estate in Fort Basinger, currently owned by South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), could possibly become a part of the wildlife refuge. However, that has not happened yet. Mr. Pelizza said that SFWMD is looking at various options for the property. The refuge could eventually contain up to 150,000 acres with up to 50,000 acres being purchased outright by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and up to 100,000 acres being protected by conservation easements. Property under consideration that could become part of the wildlife refuge includes a roughly 54-square mile area in the northern part of Okeechobee County immediately south of the Osceola County line between U.S. 441 N. and the Kissimmee Prairie Refuge State Park and south of the park between Viking and Kissimmee River. The 25 square miles of Viking will not be part of the wildlife refuge. Large portions of land are also being considered in Polk, Highlands and Osceola counties. The goal of the wildlife refuge is to preserve one of the last remaining grassland and longleaf savanna landscapes in eastern North America. The refuge will help with Everglades restoration and provide habitat for endangered species such as the Florida panther. County land being appraised for a national wildlife refuge


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Nelda J. Tingay, 73OKEECHOBEE — Nelda J. Tingay died at the Hamrick Home on Dec. 25, 2012. Originally from Lansing, Mich., Nelda had lived in the West Palm Beach area and relocated to Okeechobee nine years ago. She was active in civic organizations belonging to the Moose in Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens, the Lake Worth Eagles and locally, the Buckhead Ridge American Legion and V.F.W. and the Cypress Hut Eagles. She was preceded in death by daughter, Marjorie Currier; brothers, Dean and Bernard Battley; and sisters, June Greenhoe and Barbar a VanAkin. She is survived by her son, Mar k (Debbie) Currier of Okeechobee; sisters, Cind y (Harold) Downey of Holt, Mich., Terilyn (Ross) Currier of Tampa, Pamela (Tom) McCallister o f Thomas, S.C.; ve grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale (Mary) Battley; and sister, Ruth Hettinger, both of Mich. Visitation will be held today, Dec. 28, 2012, from 10 am until service time of 11 am at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Burial will follo w at Evergreen Cemetery. 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. Virginia L. Hogan, 61OKEECHOBEE — Virginia L. Hogan died unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Virginia was born in Millpoint, W.Va. and moved to Okeechobee in 1986. She enjoyed being outdoors and was a golf course greens keeper. She also enjoyed arts and animals. For 20 years Virginia volunteered with the Lorida Fire Department. She is survived by a son, Josh (Melissa Williams) Hogan of Okeechobee; a daughter, Jessica Lee (Daniel) Wiggins; a step-granddaughter, Audrey Williams Waldron; and a host of nieces and nephews. There are no services planned at this time. 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.Joan A. Krallman ‘Jomama’, 91OKEECHOBEE —Joan A. Krallman ‘Jomama’ passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 in Raulerson Hospital. She was born August 1, 1921 in Ashley, Ill. She was Catholic by faith and a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary. She is preceded in death by her husbands; Julius Klein, Richard Kaufman and Richard Krallman; parents, Tony and Frona (Kryger) Mydler and sister, Regina Tuma. She is survived by her sons; Jay Klein (Donis) of Minonk, Ill; Johnny Klein of Henry, Ill; daughters, Joyce Frend of Okeechobee, Sue Pisut (Jim) of Joliet, Ill, Kathy Kaufman of Ocala, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date. All arrangements are entrusted to the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Mary J. Veasey, 90OKEECHOBEE — Mary J. Veasey passed away December 22, 2012 in Okeechobee. She was born May 1, 1922 in Okeechobee. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Mrs. Veasey was predeceased by her husband, W.B. Veasey; her daughter, Doris Dye; and infant son, Robert. She is survived by her son, Walter Veasey of Okeechobee; two daughters, Mary Ann Nor eet of Aripeka, FL and Roxie Veasey of Huntsville, AL; sister, Imogene Spires of Sebring; four grandchildren, Kristy Lawrence, Amber Dye, Meridy Mendoza and Heather Edwards; and eight great grandchildren. Graveside service was 12 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest book and leave a message of condolence at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111.Patricia Ann Woods Hardin, 70OKEECHOBEE — Patricia Ann Woods Hardin of Okeechobee passed away Dec. 24, 2012 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Pat was born on Dec. 3, 1942 to the late Leslie Walter Woods and Retha Jane Woods in Anmoore, West Virginia. She was the youngest of ten children. Pat spent most of her adult years working in the medical eld and became and LPN. The last 20 of her working years were with Dr.’s Miguel and Leni Espiritu in Okeechobee, FL. She enjoyed traveling with her family and took many trips with her husband through the years. She also enjoyed oil painting, reading and crafts. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Geraldine Summers, Emma Strother and Betty Babbitt and one brother, George Woods. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, David E. Hardin; three sons, David E. Hardin II (Colleen) of Lakeport, FL, Robert L. Hardin (Lisa) and Richard D. Hardin (Angie) all of Gainesville, FL; six grandchildren, Brandy Ball of Lakeport, FL, Kayla Hardin of Okeechobee, FL, Whitney Ball of Palm Beach, FL, Erin Hardin, Tyler Hardin both of Gainesville, FL and Logan Hardin of Port Charlotte, FL and ve great grandchildren. She is also survived by ve siblings, Leslie Dale Woods (Midge) of Bridgeport, WV, Alberta Rollins (Chuck) of AZ, Bill Woods of MI, Helen Vanhorn of PA and Lillian Davisson of WV and many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2012 at Seventh Day Adventist Church in Okeechobee. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Memorials may be made in Patricia Hardin’s name to Hospice of Marion County in Ocala, FL. Friends may sign the guest book and leave a message of condolence at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. W alter “Bud” Robards, 64OKEECHOBEE — On Dec. 21, 2012, Walter “Bud” Robards, went to be with the Lord after a short battle with cancer. Born Sept. 22, 1948, he was the y oungest of three children. At seventeen years old, he asked his mother to sign a school permission slip for a eld trip. It w as actually his enlistment papers so he could ght in V ietnam. He served four years in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant E-5 and received three purple hearts and the bronze star. After his service in the Army, Bud w orked 13 years for Caterpillar Tractor Company as a machinist. In 1984, he and his family relocated to Okeechobee. He worked at Pratt & W hitney as a machinist for four years. Bud also w orked for Walpole Inc. driving a semi where he made many friends. His favorite job of all w as when he bought his own semi. He was able to travel the country and be his own boss. He retired in August of 2001. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of Illinois, American Legion, Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club SCARS Ham Radio Group, and the Ambassadors for Christ Ham Radio Group. He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Vera Eileen Robards; and a sister, J udy Grant. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 38 years, Mary Jo Robards; daughters, Deborah “DJ” (Steve) Brantley, Sherry (Robert) Conrad; son, Justin Robards; four grandchildren; Payton and Stormy Stokes, Haley and Ryan Conrad, all of Okeechobee; and his Godson and nephew, Ed (Ronda) Grant of Orlando. He also leaves an extended family and countless friends whom he also loved. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at 11 a.m at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Following the service, the family w ill receive friends at a luncheon at Westside Christian Church, 8082 State Road 70 W., Okeechobee, Fla. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations be made in Bud’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. The Okeechobee News Front Of ce will be closed Monday, Dec. 31 & Tuesday, Jan 1st for New Years Wednesday, Jan. 2 ROP DEADLINE Noon on Friday, Dec 28. Classi ed Deadline 3pm on Friday, Dec. 28Obituary Deadline 10 am Mon. Dec. 31 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 28, 2012 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. 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Okeechobee Main Street would like to say a big thank you to all of our businesses, organizations and individuals who participated in the 2012 Top of the Lake Christmas Parade. There were many beautiful oats and three were chosen by our judges. The top nishers were: First Place Religious Theme: Okeechobee Christian Academy First Place Non-Religoius Theme: Flower Petals Second Place: The Washington County School Program at the Okeechobee Youth Development Center Thanks to everyone who participated in this amazing parade. It is one of the best attended events in the city and a joy for all. Merry Christmas! 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News December 28, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsSanta and Mrs. ClausGrand Oaks hosted a holiday party for its residents, employees and their families on Thursday, Dec. 20. Santa and Mrs. Claus visited from the North Pole and gave presents to all the children followed by a Grand Oaks Bell Choir performance, caroling with Mrs. Claus and a buffet dinner. One hundred ten voices lled the lobby with Christmas carols honoring the true spirit of this holiday season. Special to the Okeechobee NewsWreath CeremonyThe Okeechobee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Sunday afternoon to place a wreath at the Battle of Okeechobee Monument in memory of those who fought in a bloody battle on Christmas Day, 1837. Julie Turner, Regent, led the brief ceremony, Kenna Noonan recognized the names of the of cers and 25 soldiers killed, and the unknown number of Seminole Indians who died. Donna Webster and Sharon Buck placed the wreath. The Monument, now within the State Park site on the battle eld was anked by the American Flag and the Seminole Flag. The closing prayer was, now, in 2012, we acknowledge our history of the past and go forward to build bridges of friendship in the future. We also prayed that funding becomes available for the improvements to the Park so that it can become the learning center that has been planned and that Okeechobee will be able to use our State Park. Special to the Okeechobee NewsPre-Christmas MeetingMembers of The Okeechobee Business Women's Referral Network, gathered Christmas presents for children in the Guardian ad Litem program, at their pre-Christmas meeting. They also collected denim jeans which will be used by the Buckhead Ridge VFW to make sleeping mats for homeless veterans. The network is a group which meets each third Friday to share ideas, event notices and fun-time fellowship. Information is available at 863-467-2557. Main Street announces Christmas parade winners Special to the Okeechobee NewsTaking rst place religious theme, was the oat entered by Okeechobee Christian Academy. In second place, the Washington County School Program at OYDC. Taking rst place non-religious theme, was the oat by Flower Petals.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? Dr. Shariff & Dr. Roberts treat all forms of fractures & trauma of the foot & leg! An An An kl kl kl e e e Fr Fr Fr ac ac ac tu tu tu re re re s s s • • Fo Fo Fo ot ot ot F F F ra ra ra ct ct ct ur ur ur es es es Fo Fo ot ot U U lc lc er er s s • • Ve Ve no no us us S S ta ta si si s s Ul Ul ce ce rs rs Le Le g g g In In fe fe ct ct io io ns ns We Also Offer Testing for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease)235 NE 19th Dr • Okeechobee • www. oridafootspecialist.comBy Dr. Ron Woody Okeechobee Cancer CenterHello! I am Doctor Ron Woody, physician at Okeechobee Regional Cancer Center. I am a native Floridian, born in J acksonville Naval hospital and a graduate of both FSU University and University of Florida Medical School. (So no rivalry since Im a hybrid.) Im writing to tell you about state of the art cancer treatment located right here in Okeechobee and you w ill be treated here and not shipped to the coast (except for planning of y our treatment) or anywhere else w here you dont have the support of your family and friends. At the cancer center, we are capable of delivering Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy. Now, Okeechobee Cancer Center Offers State of the Art, Loca Treatmentsyou dont have to know the details, all you need to know is it allows us to concentrate the radiation where it is needed and even shape the area to conform to your anatomy, avoiding excessive radiation of normal, non-cancerous tissue. The treatments are painless and the only side effects are localized to the treatment area, unlike chemotherapy which affects the entire body and bone marrow. Recently, IMRT has been found to be superior to proton therapy in some tumors! Giving equal or better cure rates and less long term side effects! This was a relative surprise since the ONLY advantage of protons was supposed to be sparing of normal tissue. Whew! Thank God I dont have to go spend 125 million dollars! About the only thing superior about protons is the expense. It is a failure of our system to approve technology for use before it is proven to be effective. If you are treated at Okeechobee Cancer Center, you will also have the advantage of your treatment being planned using the only PET/ CT simulator on the Treasure Coast! This is one of the most important and useful technological advances in the staging of and treatment of cancer. A PET/CT is signi“cantly more accurate because the CT portion cuts down on FALSE positive and negative interpretations. (Improves by as much as 15 to 30 percent or more.) So remember, if a PET is ordered, it is better done on a combination scanner for staging and treatment. The major advantage of using a PET/CT simulator is in showing more accurately the extent o f the tumor. Since as a Radiation Oncologist my job is basically that of a target shooter, the PET keeps me from missing the target (cancer) by telling me to treat more or most importantly allows me to treat less thereby reducing side effects! You only have access to this technolog y at Okeechobee Cancer Center. 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 RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 9 Okeechobee News December 28, 2012 Toys for TotsThe Marines Corps Toys for Tots was a great success this year. We were able to put smiles on 973 children’s faces at our annual distribution party. Countless more children woke up with presents under the tree Christmas morning and during the Holiday’s with toys and baby items donated to Big Lake Missions, Local Churches and The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. The success of this year is due to the large number of people who volunteer and our community supporters. This year the following businesses and local schools served as drop off locations collecting toys: A Child’s World, WOKC, Trends, Walgreens, The UPS Store, One Stop Party, CenterState Bank, Freshman Campus, Hoskins and Turco, Silver Dollar Internet Caf, Advanced America, Physical Therapy of Okeechobee / Total Fitness, Okeechobee Fire Stations, Custom Framing Affordable Art Gallery, Seacoast National Bank, Brown Cow Sweetery and Okeechobee High School. Toys for Tots would like to add a special thank you to Santa, Okeechobee Board of County Commissions, the staff of the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, PODS and the Okeechobee Sheriff’s Department for their support. This year was a great success! If you would like more information on how you can volunteer or serve as a drop off location during the 2013 Toys for Tots please contact Malissa Morgan at 863-634-5852. Special to the Okeechobee News


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Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 433219 ON 12/28/2012 NOTICE: This ad shall serve as a noti cation of channel enhancements on, or around, January 29, 2013, for Comcast Cable’s residential and commercial all digital channel lineups in the West Palm Beach market area. Please call 1-800-COMCAST (266-2278) with any questions. 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For information about all of our product offerings, please visit www.comcast.com. 433559 ON 12/28/2012 CGS 1/3/2013 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 10TH day of JANUARY 2013 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows 1G2JB524XW7589705 1998 PONTIAC SUNFIRE JH2PC2508VM604512 HONDA MOTORCYCLE 1611092 VESSAL ALUMINUM 92 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 433596 ON 12/28/12 Public NoticeNOTICE 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 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Public Notice 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 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 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 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 13 Okeechobee News December 28, 2012demands 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 ACROSS 1 Self-indulgent place for breakfast 4 Complete chaos 9 Opinion column, briefly 13 Algeria neighbor 14 Dont be ___!Ž 15 Herrs mate 16 Dusk-to-dawn cramming session 18 Top pick, slangily 19 Bayer : Levitra :: Pfizer : __ 20 Holy messenger 22 Training neckwear for noisy dogs 25 Early Peruvian 28 Bond creator Fleming 29 Bordeaux buddy 30 Sharp to the taste 31 HST predecessor 32 Quaking trees 35 __ Balls: Hostess snacks 36 Definitely!Ž 38 John or Jane, anonymously 39 Materialistic thirtysomething 41 The Trojans of the NCAA 42 Bank offer 43 Like some rights and engrs. 44 Opposite of NNW 45 Digit on a MagicŽ ball 46 Suffer defeat 49 Longtime 20/20Ž co-host Walters 50 A Streetcar Named DesireŽ woman 54 With the bow, in music 55 Toothless menace described by the starts of 16-, 22-, 36and 46Across 58 Kiss my gritsŽ TV diner 59 Mary Tyler __ 60 Assistant 61 Summer quaffs 62 Weapon for Zorro 63 Place, as bricks DOWN 1 Vacation island south of Borneo 2 Jazz great Fitzgerald 3 Archies pet insult for Edith 4 Comics Viking 5 Sound at a sauna 6 Doggie doc 7 Crater Lakes locale 8 Salmonesque color 9 Turnpike exit 10 Great Plains burrower 11 Hangover locales? 12 Hamilton vs. Burr, e.g. 13 Big D hoopster 17 Shahs domain, once 21 Turn way up, as radio volume 23 Captain hanged for piracy in 1701 24 Go on a bender 25 Teensy 26 Half of Morks farewell 27 Agricultural phenomenon sometimes linked to UFOs 31 Antagonist 32 Easy asŽ letters 33 Ark-itect? 34 Shipped 36 Skin care giant 37 Like hand-medowns 40 Vegas supervisor 42 Nonmetaphorical 44 It lengthens toward evening 45 O.T. book before Job 46 Revealed 47 Minimal haircuts48 Cmo est __?Ž 49 Crimson Tide, to fans 51 Star WarsŽ princess 52 Lords mate 53 Absorbed, as costs 56 Bath bathroom 57 Flub the shot, say By Jeff Chen (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 05/16/11 05/16/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle


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Coaches stressed effort and attention to the players throughout the game and urged them to nd some hunger for action. Brahman Coach Lonnie Sears didn't buy the argument his team was tired after games Tuesday and Wednesday, "Soccer is a warrior's sport and you have to have some heart. We didn't show it. We just came out lackadaisical." Sears was encouraged by the team's play in the nal 20 minutes. They put two balls in the net and did a better job of pressure defense to cause some turnovers. "You see what happens when we decide to play. We put two balls in the net. We are good enough to play with anybody and it shows when we try to play," he admitted. OHS had a bit of bad luck on the second Jaguar goal early in the second half. The ball de ected off the goal post and bounced right to a Jaguar player, Marquez who had a point-blank shot. Sears said the third goal was a nice shot but the rst goal was basically a gift that baf ed him, "It was ridiculous. It was like here, take a goal. We can't turn the ball over, especially defenders because they are the last line of defense." Okeechobee now has a couple of weeks off as they don't play again until Jan. 9 against Clewiston. Sears said the time off worries him but might be the cure for what ails his young team, "Right now they are not responding. We need to nd a way to get the guys pumped up. We'll just nd better ways to do it." The boys junior varsity looked impressive as they defeated PSL 4-0 on Dec. 20. OHS boys soccer team falls to Port St. Lucie Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Logan Laskey (left) plays defense at mid- eld in the match with PSL. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDevin Jimenez and the other Brahmans plan to nish the season strong. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Lady Brahman basketball tea m lost two games at the Berean Christian Holiday Tournament held on Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22. Okeechobee High School was blown out in the opener by Seminole Ridge 64-19. They trailed 28-9 after the rst quarter and 39-14 at the half. Carley McCoin led Okeechobee with nine points. Bethany Stuart had four points and seven rebounds. Sha'Dajia had nine rebounds for OHS. The Lady Brahmans fell in the consolation game to Berean Christian 44-36 on Saturday. McCoin led the way with 16 points. Jade Micco had eight points. Baylee Farless had six points for OHS. Okeechobee led 23-16 at the half but were outscored 16-4 in the third quarter. The Brahman Boys basketball team lost two games at the Berean Christian Holiday Tournament. Okeechobee lost to Seminole Ridge in the rst round 52-35. Eddie Neal led the way with 13 points. Sid Whitaker had eight points and Phil J ones added six points. Okeechobee trailed 16-4 after the rst quarter but made it close as they outscored Seminole Ridge 15-6 in the second quarter. OHS lost in the consolation game to Benjamin 74-42. Neal led Okeechobee with 13 points. Sylvester Butler and Gavin Liford both had nine points for OHS, (4-11). The OHS football team will play new schools in District 14-6A next year. The Florida High School Athletic Association preliminary district assignments released last week placed Okeechobee along with three Treasure Coast Schools, Jensen Beach, South Fork and Port St. Lucie, and three Brevard County Schools, Bayside, Heritage, and Eau Gallie. Moore Haven High School was placed in District 6-3A. Other schools in the district include Bishop Verot (Fort Myers), Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota), Community School of Naples, Out of the Door Academy (Sarasota), and St. Stephens (Bradenton). Okeechobee Sports News in Brief OGCC Gold Tee WinnersOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee Golf Scores for Dec. 21 were First place, Chet Hendren; second place tie, Vern Johnson and George Guydosh; third place, Wally Dierig; fourth place, Wally Hall. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results


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