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Publication Date: 12-30-2012
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Sunday, December 30, 2012 75¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 157 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.03 feetLast Year: 13.74 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Be proactive about your health ... Page 13 Supervisor of Elections retiresBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Someone might think that after 16 years in of ce a Supervisor of Elections might coast through her last few days as an elected of cial. Not so with Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler. She is working right up until the last day. "There are many things I want to leave in good shape," she said. She also added that there are three major reports her of ce has to complete in December. Mrs. Chandler was rst elected in November of 1996 and was returned to of ce each term since then without opposition. However, this year she decided not to run for re-election and three people vied for her position. Before being elected to public of ce Mrs. Chandler was guidance counselor at Okeechobee High School for 15 years and before that she was a classroom teacher. She says she en joys running into some of her former student s from time to time even though she sometime s needs help remembering their names. After many years with the school system she felt like it was time to go on to somethin g different. "I always wanted to run for electe d of ce," she said. At rst she considered run ning for the school board. However, a goo d friend was running for the school board an d Chandler looks back on 16 years By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Property Appraise r Bill Sherman scored a victory against th e nation's third largest telecommunication s company. He recently announced the out of-court settlement of a 10-year tax disput e with the telephone company now know n as CenturyLink. Mr. Sherman said the utilit y agreed to pay $785,000 in back taxes. Th e utility further agreed to accept the method ology used by Mr. Sherman to assess thei r value for the next four years. The propert y appraiser said the agreement on future taxe s would mean another $785,000 in additiona l taxes over the next four years. Mr. Sherman has a long history of dis putes with utilities. For ten years he was in Telephone company loses tax disputeEverStart shing series to open on Big O ...Page 15 OHS sports year in review ... Page 5 Gwen Chandler See ELECTIONS — Page 5 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOHS girls soccer team seniors honoredEmilse Serrano (#18) sends the ball into the Lake Placid zone during the Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans senior night match held at Brahman Stadium. For more on the story, see page 19.. See TAX — Page 5 Crossword ... Inside

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What does your life re ect?By Tommaso PasquarellaSpecial to the Okeechobee News Are you associated with Jesus Christ? Do you belong to Him? Now, many of you may say you do, but if you really do, does your life re ect that fact? This is not meant as judgment, but a simple request. Does what you claim match the way you live your life? If it does not there may be a problem with what you claim. "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3) Don't you know that if you have trusted Christ you were baptized into Jesus Christ? Baptism into Christ is to be baptized from death into life. This does not mean physical baptism in water, but baptism into His death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism does not save, Christ does! Does His salvation mean that you are done and can live life on your terms, doing the very thing God hates? Would not that be the very de nition of hypocrisy? Why don't you do what scripture says? "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" (2 Corinthians 13: 5) If you belong to Christ examining your heart and your life according to Scripture, because if your life is not being conformed to look different, beginning to re ect Christ, then there might be a problem with what you claim. What is our responsibility in light of the truth that God has saved us through the shed blood of His dear Son? "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." (Romans 5:10) While you were lost in your sins Jesus took our place and took your punishment. You were His enemies and are now reconciled to God through Jesus. "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:4) Jesus died as your sacri ce, "even so we also should walk in newness of life." Are you walking in newness of life? What is newness of life? You are cruci ed with Christ yet it is no longer you who live but He who lives within you, guiding your steps and your heart in His steps. Sin is dead, so do not serve sin if you are His and have been called by Him. "Knowing this, that our old man is cruci ed with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." (Romans 6:6) Sin is destroyed and so you have the ability through Christ through the empowerment of His Spirit to live a holy life, not by your power but by His. "For he that is dead is freed from sin." (Romans 6:7) If you are dead to sin, then you are free to experience life, because in Christ there is life. There are promises to be had when you believe in Christ. "Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him" (Romans 6:8) : Here is the ultimate reward for those who are His. If you are His, you are dead to sin you will also live with Him. Why do you know this? "Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:9, 11) Christ died once, and dies no more, likewise because of His death we should be dead to our sin and alive to God, through Christ Jesus our Lord. Though you will die physically, you will rise to eternal life in His heavenly kingdom. If you are His be kingdom citizens now, and living in newness, live out Christ this new, by being Christ in the lives of others. Day Care Tuition My child attends a local day care. The c enter chose to close Christmas Eve and New Years Eve but still ask for full tuition to b e paid. I understand being closed the actual holidays but not all businesses are closed on those days. I for one have to take the day off to be at home which means I lose a day's pay. It would be nice to have these weeks pro rated or even have a half day available. If it were my choice to keep them out that day I could understand having to pay. Day care is not cheap these days and every little bit would help especially when us parents have to take the days off. I have not looked into other child care available yet but would love to know if there is any day care available who might offer this.Marijuana Marijuana should be legal and in about 10 years or less it will be. Cigarettes and alcohol, the two most dangerous drugs around, are legal. Right behind them are all the pharmaceutical manmade drugs that slowly but surely, get addicting. But the only one that's natural, that you can grow yourself right in your own yard is illegal. Really? Oh the shame and humanity of it all! If they held a poll to legalize the whackey weed, I am sure the majority would be all for it. I cannot think of any reason why weed is bad for you 'cept maybe lung cancer. Only from the smoke itself. December 30, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections From the Pulpit 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! Today: Clear in the morning, then partl y cloudy. High of 63F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 52F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 72F. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 mph. Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 55F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 77F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 61F. Winds less than 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Hidden in plain sightBy Calvin Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church 1 Corinthians 2:7"But we speak the w isdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have cruci ed the Lord of glory." I have always heard that the easiest way to hide something was to hide it in plain sight. I have to agree! Hiding something in "plain sight" means that although an object is out in the open, the "viewer" is not aware that it's there. Unlike traditional hiding, such as stashing your diary under your bed, objects hidden in plain sight are supposed to be seen and ignored. You might, for example, hide your diary on a bookshelf next to encyclopedias no one reads or hide a silver key chain among jewelry of the same color and shine."How to Hide Objects in Plain Sight." eHow.com. The Gospel is so simple and so open to anyone who wants to understand it that the w orld stumbles over it! The text tells us that the world did not know the Word of God w hen He dwelt among us in the esh, "for had they known it, they would not have cruci ed the Lord of glory." In other words, THE TRUTH WALKED AMONG US and revealed the living Word of God in the esh and our world did not know it. The Jews were very familiar with the Scripture but they did not recognize the Word made esh (See Jn. 1:14). John only understood this truth after the resurrection. The virgin birth has never been a major stumbling block in my struggle with Christianity; it's far less mind-boggling than the Power of all Creation stooping so low as to become one of us. Madeleine L'Engle, quoted in "Re ections," Christianity Today, Vol. 44, no. 14. And that is exactly what happenedJesus was God incarnateand He was one of us! A missionary visiting a poor hut in a refugee district was challenged by a suffering woman: "You tell us that you are interested in us and want to help us. But it's very easy for you to simply come to see us in our poverty-stricken home. The question is, are you ready to bring your family from the clean and comfortable home in which they live, in order to live in our district with all its poverty and suffering and sin? Would you do that in order to lift us up?" That is exactly what Christ did"And the Word became esh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:16). DON'T MISS HIM. He still walks among us in His church. Come and walk with us!

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A return to respectability for the OHS football program, a visit by a Miami Dolphin legend to OHS, another post-season run by the Lady Brahman softball team and a district championship for the Brahman boys soccer team were among the highlights for local sports teams in 2012. The top performances for the year were the Lady Brahman softball squad winning their district championship and two regional games behind all-state pitcher Samantha Harrell. She accepted a scholarship with Brevard State College in the spring but then w as swayed to Eastern Tennessee University to play Division I softball. Former Brahman Naomi Stephens earned All-Conference honors for her play at Indian River State College. The high school hired Heather Gillis as the new coach after the resignation of Coach Christina Bragman at the conclusion of the season. OHS two-sport athlete Brendon Jonassaint was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the U.S. Army as a nominee for a national award this year. Miami Dolphin legend Bob Griese came to the school to honor Jonassaint, who travels to San Antonio in January to learn who wins the prestigious award. The Brahman boys soccer team behind Erick Garcia, Hunter Pritchard and several other standouts enjoyed a 17-win season and a district championship. Although they lost a rst-round regional match in Okeechobee, it was another successful year for the Brahmans. OHS hired Chris Branham to take over the football program and he was able to turn the program around. OHS won ve games in the regular season and defeated arch-rivals Martin County and Clewiston for their rst winning season in four years. OHS played competitively in most games and narrowly missed out on a playoff berth in a tough district with Sebastian River, South Fork and Olympic Heights. Seven Brahman players got to participate in the South-Central Florida Football Classic in Sebring. Two Brahmans, LaVante Spivey and DJ Washington, were named to play in the Outback Bowl. Some of these players could receive college scholarship offers in 2013. OHS alumnus Lonnie Pryor continued to star with the Florida State Seminoles who earned their rst Bowl Championship Series appearance during Pryor's tenure and will play Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl in January. OHS had two Lady Brahmans named to the All-State basketball team, Ami Edwards and Carley McCoin and the team won 10 games. OHS wrestler Jonathan Kemp capped off his career as he quali ed for the state tournament in Lakeland. Thor Harden ended his football career at OHS in 2011 and opted to play college ball at Webber International University in Babson Park. OHS baseball enjoyed a winning season under Coach Jeff Blackstone. Several Brahmans got to play in the All-Star Classic at Mets Stadium in Port St. Lucie. Tyler Finney earned a college scholarship to play baseball in St. Augustine. Timmy Farrell walked on to earn a spot for Division I Eastern Tennessee State University. Former Brahman Jonathan Crawford excelled at the University of Florida and pitched a no-hitter in the rst round of the NCAA Regional Tournament. He later pitched for the U.S. National Team and defeated Cuba in Havana. Yearling Middle School continued to have strong volleyball and soccer programs as both teams lost just one match this year. The new Okeechobee Youth Football League had a successful rst season with ve home games played before large crowds. Several of the teams had winning records. OHS golfers Cameron White and Kodi Stephen earned berths in the regional meet this year. Cross Country runner Tabatha Henry quali ed to run in the state nals for the second year in a row. Elisia Garcia quali ed to compete in the regional weight lifting championships in Kissimmee. The OHS Flag football team had a winning season under Coach Bruce Jahner and reached the district championship game for the rst time in the program's history. OHS volleyball enjoyed another strong campaign and a regional berth. OHS Swim team members Maddie Bean, Jordan Bolan, Hunter Bosworth, Destin y Nunez, Aubrie Reister, Katie VanBeek, Brandon Ball, William Castillo, Dalton Hodges and Michael Muros were regional quali ers. Both the boys freestyle relay team and the girls freestyle relay team set new school records. 2012 was another busy year for OHS athletes 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News December 30, 2012 volved in litigation with Florida Power and Light with the court eventually deciding in his favor. There is currently a pending case with Florida Gas Transmission, a natural gas pipeline. "I promised the people of Okeechobee County I would give them fair and impartial assessments," Mr. Sherman asserted. He feels he is also treating large utilities fairly. However, he went on to say, "Big corporations do not want to pay."Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. TAXContinued From Page 1 Mrs. Chandler did not want to run against her friend. After being elected Supervisor of Elections and attending her rst training session, she knew she was serving in the right of ce. "Supervisor of Elections has been a good t for me," Mrs. Chandler said. "I feel like I am giving service," she said about her responsibility to help people exercise their right to vote. Technology in the Supervisor of Elections of ce has changed a lot since 1996. At that time there was no e-mail or website. She only had a fax machine. Her most memorable election was the one in 2000 that lasted for 36 days. Floridians learned that every vote counts as the entire country was looking to Florida for the results of the presidential election. Fortunately, Okeechobee County did not use the type of ballots that had the infamous "hanging chads." The type of voting machine used in the county made it impossible to over vote or mark more than one candidate for an of ce. As if that election were not memorable in itself, Mrs. Chandler said that there was a tremendous thunderstorm that night which burned out some of their machines. Luckily they did not lose power or lose any equipment that affected the vote tallying. By law, ballots in Florida are retained for 24 months and then destroyed. However, Mrs. Chandler said the state did not know what to do with the contested ballots. In 2001 state election of cials gathered up all the ballots cast in the state the previous year and they are still being stored inde nitely. That memorable election resulted in changes in the way Floridians conduct elections. In her sixteen years there has not been a signi cant increase in the number of voters. However Mrs. Chandler has managed to reduce the number of precincts from 18 to 11, resulting in a savings to county taxpayers. Now all city voters vote at the same location, resulting in a savings to the city on elections. Mrs. Chandler said there was a real sense of community when people gathered on the courthouse lawn to watch election returns being put up on a big board. However, changes in voting laws such as accounting for absentee ballots and early voting make this procedure impractical. Another bygone custom is the habit o f making fake graves in the park on election night for the losing candidates. "I never controlled any of the burials," Mrs. Chandler said. "I do feel the biggest blessing to me has been the people," she said. She feels proud and humbled to have served the people for 16 years. Since 2002 high school students have helped at the polls. Mrs. Chandler has established a website and online training for poll workers. During this entire time she has had onl y had two full-time employees. However, thanks to electronics, those two people are now able to do more things inhouse and their responsibilities have been rede ned. Mrs. Chandler is quick to praise her full time workers and the temporary workers who help her around election time. She has one temporary worker who been with her for 10 years. "Bittersweet," is how Mrs. Chandler describes her retirement. "I want more time to savor the simple pleasures," she said. She wants to travel and spend more time with family. She has worked most of her adult life except for a few years when her children were small. ELECTIONSContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsBig Lake Missions hosts dinnersBig Lake Missions Outreach would like to thank all the volunteers that cooked, served, donated funds and delivered meals Thanksgiving Day to the homeless, home bound and anyone that just needed a hot meal. A special thanks to Christ Fellowship Church in West Palm Beach that donated over 1700 meals to be delivered in our community. We served almost 2000 meals with deliveries and eat-in.

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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.Nelda J. Tingay, 73OKEECHOBEE — Nelda J. Tingay died 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 a daughter, Marjorie Currier; brothers, Dean and Bernard Battley; and sisters, June Greenhoe and Barbar a VanAkin. She is survived by her son, Mark (Debbie) Currier of Okeechobee; daughters, Cindy (Harold) Downey of Holt, Mich., Terilyn Currier (Russ) of Tampa, Pamela (Tom) McAllister o f Taylors, S.C.; ve grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale (Mary) Battley; and sister, Ruth Hettinger, both of Mich. Services and burial took place on Dec. 28, 2012. If friends desire, donations may be made in Nelda’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements were under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News December 30, 2012 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Okeechobee Ministerial A ssociationParty In the Park! Sunday, Dec. 30 3 p.m. Under the tent in Flagler Park #4. Live Music, complimentary meal and fellowship. Sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial A ssociation. For more information contact Nancy Vaughan, 863-763-4021 or Jim Benton of Faith Farm Ministries 863-763-4224. 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. V FW Post hosting two New Y ear’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 & Hot dogs provided, nger food would be appreciated. Come “Rock in the New Year” w ith us….public welcome! 300 N.W. 34th St – 863-763-0818BHR VFW Post plans New Y ear’s Eve dinner and danceBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, Highw ay 78 West is having a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party. Dinner of Prime Rib will be served from 6-9 p.m. for a donation of $15.00 in advance $16.00 at the door. Music by Mike and Naomi. Breakfast will be served after midnight.DEP hosting guided hike on Jan. 1 at Prairie PreserveNew Years Day guided hike planned at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in northwestern Okeechobee County is planning a guided hike on Jan. 1, 2013. J oin 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 ofce at 863-462-5360. For more information on Florida’s award-winning state parks, visit w ww.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.Life Community Church Life Community Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave., will have their free family movie night, Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. The movie, “A Mile in His Shoes,” based on the novel “The Legend of Mickey Tussler” about a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism, who makes it onto a baseball team with his incredible pitcher’s arm. The public is invited.Musical TheaterThe Okeechobee Library will host “Ian R.B. Nairnseymusical theater presenter” A series depicting Broadway shows with musical selections and narratives. Beginning on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. the presentation will be on “Oklahoma.”Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American RevolutionOn Jan. 5 the Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 11 a.m. at the Golden Corral restaurant. Our speaker, Barry Richardson, Cultural Historian for Florida State Parks will give us some history of our Battle eld and Jonathon Dickinson State Park. Interested visitors, potential members and members are invited to attend.Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Frank Irby on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. – noon, and will be held at the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park Street. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.The Heritage sponsors a Stroke Support GroupThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility will hold a “Stroke Support Group” on Wednesday, Jan. 9 5:30 p.m. at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility located at 608 N.E. 2nd Ave. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, physical therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. Refreshments will be served and daycare services will be provided during session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, families, and patients. For more information, feel free to call 867-763-1700.Raulerson HospitalRaulerson Hospital will host a free Quit Smoking Now Program beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9 The class will meet on Wednesdays in the Raulerson Cafeteria at 3 p.m. for six weeks. Participants will be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapies. For more information or to register call 877819-2357.Drug Court GraduationOkeechobee County’s Drug Court Graduation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. in court room D at the Okeechobee Judicial Center. Please come join us, for more information, please contact Hon. Jerry Bryant County Court Judge at 863-763-3193.Yatchette Club hosts golf tourneyThe Okeechobee Yatchette Club is sponsoring a Blind Draw Golf Tournament Scramble at the Blue Heron Golf Course on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. to bene t our Okeechobee High School Scholarship Fund and our Senior Citizen’s Fund. $40.00 per person with lunch and prizes following at Good Spirits lounge. Sign up to play at Good Spirits lounge, Blue Heron Golf Course, or at the Big “0” RV Resort lot #44 or lot #201. A Calcutta will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, at Good Spirits lounge at 7:00 p.m. For information, call Tommy at 954-258-3258, or Garry at 863-532-9033, or Suzzie at 352-2099582.Martha’s House plans auction; save the dateMartha’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.Mortgage Assistance for unemployed or underemployedThe federal government has allocated funding to help quali ed Florida families to pay the rst mortgage on their homes through the Hardest Hit Help program. Assistance may be given for 12 months, and/ or to re-instate a delinquent rst mortgage. Loans will be “forgiven” in 5.5 years after completing the program. You can register by calling Okeechobee Non-Pro t Housing at 863-467-5525. You may also visit the HHF web site at www. FLHardestHitHelp.org and use the Referral code 85087 so you can be assisted by ONPH.Chamber hosts community leadership programThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County is looking for those interested in becoming future community leaders. The Chamber is taking applications for the inaugural class of Leadership Okeechobee which is scheduled to begin in October, 2013. This is a commitment of one day over a 6-8 month period of time with an entry fee of $395 to cover meals, transportation and other program fees. Only 25 persons will be considered for this class. For further information or an application, contact the Chamber at 863-467-6246 or email terry@okeechobeebusiness.com. Community Events

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Special to the Okeechobee News The non-pro t Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) is pleased to announce its rst investment, received from Mercy Investment Services, Inc., a faith-based socially responsible investment organization for the Sisters of Mercy and its sponsored ministries. The investment will supplement SELF's existing loan pool and allow the organization to expand its services. SELF provides energy expertise and lowinterest rate loans to help property owners identify and make cost-effective energy retro ts. SELF targets low and moderate income communities and businesses, and is helping property owners reduce their energy consumption by an average of 24%, w hile utilizing clean-energy solutions, employing local companies, and taking a small but important step toward energy independence. The nancial investment was nalized through Mercy Partnership Fund, the community investing program of Mercy Investment Services. "Mercy Partnership Fund invests in projects consistent with the concerns of the Sisters of Mercy," says Corinne Florek, OP, director of Mercy Partnership Fund. "SELF's commitment to energy conservation and care of the Earth closely aligns with the mission of Mercy Investment Services." "This is a major milestone and key to expanding the Clean Energy Loan Program," stated Doug Coward, the Executive Director of SELF. Daniel J. Kurek, the controller of SELF, added, "Mercy is a very well-respected foundation and their belief in our program was one of the leading factors to agree to invest in SELF." SELF plans to open new satellite of ces throughout the Treasure Coast region on Feb. 1, 2013, beginning with the Cities of Stuart, Fellsmere, Sebastian, and Indiantown as well as Okeechobee County. The non-pro t continues to seek investment opportunities and will welcome any monetary donations in support of the program's growth toward creating energy independence in our local communities. SELF, which administers the Clean Energy Loan Program, is designated as a 501(c)3 non-pro t organization as per the Internal Revenue Service. Those interested in donating may receive tax bene ts. For more information on the Solar and Energy Loan Fund and its services, call 772468-1818 or visit www.CleanEnergyLoanProgram.org, www.Facebook.com/SolarEnergyLoanFund. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 3235 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee( Located at the Lakeview Inn Plaza Next To Okeechobee Thrift Store, Treasure Island)Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Hours: Tues, Wed & Sun 6am to 2pm Thurs, Fri, & Sat. 6am to 8pm CLOSED MONDAYS(863) 824-0347 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 A Heartfelt Thank You Aurora Juarez and family would like to express their sincere gratitude to their family, friends and community for their support of the bene t on Dec. 12. A special thank you to Bubba’s Redneck Yacht Club for sponsoring the lunch/dinner BBQ and Poker Tournament. A special Thank You to Mark Lewis of ML Construction for your kindness and generosity. We are truly thankful and humbled by the outpouring of love, concern, prayers and every act of kindness shown to us during mom’s illness.. God bless you all!Aurora and Amado Juarez, Rick amd Helen Montero, Linda Vaughn, Tito and Lupe Juarez Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 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 7 Okeechobee News December 30, 2012 The Okeechobee Sheriff’s Of ce investigated the following reports of crimes last week:ASSAULT 1700 block of S.R. 70 W. BURGLARY 3000 block of S.E. 39th Ave. 12000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 3900 block of N.W. 38th Ave. 1100 block of N.W. 342nd Trail 800 block of N.E. 361st Court 200 block of N.E. 300th St. 2700 block of U.S. 441 S. 1000 block of N.E. 28th Terrace 4200 block of S.E. 29th Court CRIMINAL MISCHIEF S.E. 29th St. FRAUD 1000 block of N.E. 15th Ave. ROBBERY 3600 block of S.E. 34th Ave. 4300 block of S.E. 26th St. 100 block of N.W. 23rd Lane THEFT 1000 block of N.W. 151st Terrace (aluminum) 4300 block of S.E. 21st Court (debit card) 3200 block of S.E. 39th Ave. (jewelry) 4000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (electronic gaming system) 4100 block of S.E. 27th St. (bicycle) 3600 block of S.R. 70 E. (wire) 14000 block of S.W. 44th Parkway (wallet) 500 block of N.W. Fourth St. (identity) 11000 block of S.E. 55th St. (motorcycle) 3000 block of S.E. 24th St. (license tag) VANDALISM 6000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. Special to the Okeechobee NewsSweet SaxophoneGrand Oaks Residents and staff were treated to a performance by resident Joe Staedelin and a group of musicians he has played with over the years. They played all types of music but really shined when playing Jazz and the Blues. At 96 years old, Joe is still playing his saxophone regularly and can recall any song requested. He is a true inspiration to the residents and staff. Solar Energy Loan Fund announces rst investment OCSO Investigations

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 M & M Auto Brokers, Inc PLAY HARD WORK HARD!Buy Here Pay Here! We BUY Cars for ANY Price !as low as& up for any trade-in!down$500 $500 3565 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee • mandmautobrokersinc.com mmmitch@live.com • M-F 9am-6pm • SAT 9am-3pm Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year! 1997 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer Leather, 4WD, Perfect Family Vehicle $4,495 We’ll Work with You! Call Mitch (863) 763-0330 anytime Cell 954-214-8877 8 Okeechobee News December 30, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOMS Students of the weekCongratulations to Osceola Middle School Students of the Week, and to Mr. Bowen our Teacher of the Week for December 7! Vance Denton, Gauge, Chandler, Abigail, Myers, Ethan, Cashwell, Jessica, Trent, Robert, Padgett, Ryan Chesser, Jesse, Entwistle, Licett Castaneda and Evan Neal. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Seminole ElementaryStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Dec. 7: Gunner Cunningham, Marlene Huerta, Emily Granados, Jestice Mond, Ricky Tijerina, Samuel Medrano, Karina Baltazar, Natasha Moore, Ke’arah Small, Elijah Good, Katia Ruiz, Robert Vargas, Logan Dunn, Sabin Grif s, Rayne Rallis, Antonio Yanez, Luis Bucio, Ramiro Arellano, Heather Floyd, Colton Armstrong, Saturnino Jaimes, Jaqueline Mandujano, Ervaldo Smith, Kimberly Rayo, Yovani Elias and Mackenzie Pelham. CASTLE calls for volunteers for safe parenting programIf you have a few hours to spare and share your great parenting techniques, call CASTLE today. Teaching Safe Parenting, CASTLE’s mission is to stop child abuse before it even happens by empowering parents with the education necessary to create successful, loving, and nurturing families. We are currently seeking volunteers for our Safe Families Program. We’re making a difference, one family at a time. Call 772-465-6011 or e-mail hr@castletc.org for more information.

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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). 12 Okeechobee News December 30, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary would like to congratulate the students of the week for Dec. 10-14. They are: Ziryn Flores, Adrian Orozco, Braydon Crawford, Marquez Hayes, Mia Castillo, Kaden Whidden, Rafael Bustos, Justice Shank, Delaila Sandoval, Kevious Jackson, Benjamin Donis-Florian, Clinton Jenkins, Emilio Gonzales, Jason Jolly, Dakota Rainwater, Rosalinda Caballero, Miguel Medrano, Jayda Cabrera, Kyler Hyslope, Jessica Rodriguez-Lopez, Jaymarion Lawton, Isaac Watford, Aleah Pritchard, Logan Simmons, Takiya Jones, Nate Watson, Cristian Trejo, Kaydra Bradley, Crystal Ellman, Haley Herring and Logan McMasters. Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents achieving excellenceEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Dec. 10-14 include: kindergarten students, Amber Laster, Odalis Garcia, Christa Smith, Kenzi Dekeyser, Jordan Pendarvis, Liliaine Villarreal; rst grade students, Giovanni Jaimes, Damien Johnson, Alyna Kane, Hailey Shrout; second grade students, Lillie Homan, Bethany Sallette, Clayton Cannon, Chester Underhill, Austin Bullock, Trinity Reynolds; third grade students, Jaylene Johnson, Jacklin Hernandez, Keenan Rucks, Makayla Burnham, Kimberlee Cooper; fourth grade students, Justin Calder, Ian Hernandez-Alfaro, Darrien Bronson, Iliana Boyer; rth grade students, Cassidy Johnson, Carley Ostavitz, Anyssa Anselmo, Donielle Harper and Ruby Hernandez. Congratulations to our many outstanding students.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Take comfort in knowing that if a patient requires alternative, specialized treatment, we have an immediate and seamless transfer process with our sister HCA facilities on the Treasure Coast: Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute and St. Lucie Medical Center. That is why we are here delivering quality care when you need us most. Our state-of-the-art facility provides shorter average wait time, consistently below the national average. You can even let us know you are coming by using the new iNotify feature from iTriage.EMERGENCIES DONT WAIT FOR APPOINTMENTS ...OR HOLIDAYS. We Treat Kids Too! valid through December 31, 2012Coupon must be presented at time of service 13 Okeechobee News December 30, 2012 Many people work hard to maintain good health and invest in preventive care. How can you take your proactive attitude to the next level? Thinking for yourself and learning everything you can about your well-being is important. Here are several ideas to keep you in the power position when it comes to your health.  Use credible resourcesWhen doing research, only trust reliable tools. Beware the internet: many websites are lled with unveri able information. Stick with evidence-backed websites such as national and government organizations. When in doubt, ask a medical expert. Form an alliance with your physician. Your doctor is an incredible source of information. Make a list of questions before your appointment and ask for time to discuss in-depth concerns. Jot down answers during your appointment so you won't forget. No question is "too embarrassing" or "stupid" for your doctor.  Watch yourselfYou know your body better than anybody else. Keep a journal or write in a calendar any odd feeling or concern about your health that you may have. Even something mild or seemingly innocuous could be important later because many symptoms of conditions are subtle. Investigate your health insurance. Find out what your insurance company can do for you, from leading you to a physician that matches your needs to taking advantage of pharmaceutical discounts. If you need assistance paying for care, the Department o f Health and Human Services can inform you about your options as a patient.  Communicate thoroughlyWhen it comes to prescriptions, follo w your doctor's instructions. If you have an y questions, contact your physician or pharmacist. Do you understand the results of tests or blood work that your doctor ordered? He or his assistants can answer your questions over the phone or via the internet. When it comes to your health, trusting your instincts could save your life. Raulerson Hospital is here to help. If you are having a medical emergency call 911 or come to the nearest Emergency Department. If you have any questions or need a physician referral, call our free Consult-A-Nurse¨ service at 863-763-9228. You can also visit our online library for more health information. Remain proactive about your health Special to the Okeechobee NewsHonors Society visits KiwanisMembers of Okeechobee High School’s National Honors Society spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee recently about a pilot program called End The Hunger, designed to help feed local students on weekends during the school year. The theory is that a hungry student concentrates more on when they will eat next and not on school work. Twenty-eight dollars will sponsor one child for a month and $280 for the entire year. The program is being implemented at North Elementary with the goal of eventually serving all Okeechobee County Schools. To help, call 863-462-5025 or e-mail endthehungerohsgmail.com.

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High water levels open up lakeThe EverStart Series is headed to Lake Okeechobee Jan. 10-12 when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers take to the water for the rst of four stops in the Southeast Division. "The water is up about two feet higher than it has been the past few years when the Tour and the EverStart series roll into town," said FLW Tour pro Brandon McMillan of Clewiston, Fla., who has eight top-10 nishes and a 2011 FLW Tour win on Lake Okeechobee. "The water has come up so fast that the grass really hasn't had time to catch up with it on the outside. Most of the w ater on the outside is pretty dirty, and that's w here everyone had been catching them the past few years. "The sh are real spread out and not grouped up at all right now," McMillan continued. "It's been a real mild winter and w e've really only had one cold front that came through around a week ago. I'd recommend nding some clear water outside the reed line that runs all the way around the lake and work it with a Zoom Swimmin Super Fluke or a Gambler Big EZ. In my opinion that's how I think this tournament will be won. I don't think that ipping is going to be the winning deal this year." McMillan predicted that the top ve anglers would bring about 20 pounds a day to the scales, and that 60 to 65 pounds should be enough to win the rst EverStart event of the season. Anglers will take off from C. Scott Driver Park located at 10100 W. Highway 78 in Okeechobee, Fla., at 7:30 a.m. each day. Weigh-in will be held at the takeoff location on Thursday and Friday beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday's nal weigh-in will be held at Walmart located at 2101 S. Parrot Ave. in Okeechobee beginning at 4 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Pros will sh for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. The EverStart Series consists of ve divisions Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the Strike King Angler of the Year title, which allows them to sh the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. The EverStart Series tournament on Lake Okeechobee is being hosted by the Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council. For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the EverStart Series on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.About FLWFLW is the industry's premier tournament- shing organization, providing unparalleled shing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2013 over the course of 231 tournaments across ve tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport's richest payday and most coveted championship trophy the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water," through a variety o f platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantas y Fishing, visit FLWOutdoors.com or FantasyFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co m • 8002-A: FORECLOSURE 40+/Acres of vacant/pasture land in Fort Drum. Paved street frontage. $125,000 MLS #206360 • Treasure Island Lake access 75x110 buildable lot. Two sheds. $19,900 NOW $14,900 • acre in Edgewater (624 SW 86th Ave) $14,000 Make offer! MLS #206356 • 55+/-acres in SR 70 $330,000 Make Offer! David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 2002-M: Taylor Creek Waterfront home, Manmade lake. Large garage, enclosed porch, ample concrete driveway. 1450 TSF/1164 Under air. Needs some TLC. $39,900 NOW $34,900 MLS #206313 FORECLOSURE NEW LISTING FORECLOSURE LAKE ACCESS 5000-M: Deer Park (Ft. Drum area) 3BR/ 2BA on 5+/-acres with large shed, large covered back porch, fenced & crossed fenced, three wells and more. Short Sale. $99,000 MLS #206394 5040-H: Foreclosure J&S Park 3BR/2BA house on 2 lots. Large eat-in-kitchen, has front, side and back porches. 1438 SF under air. Make offer $46,500 NOW $39,900 MLS #206168 5012-H: Basswood Freshly painted large two story 4BR/2.5BA, recently updated with new a/c units, water pump/water system and much more. Easy to show. $95,000 MLS #206432 5003-H: Lazy 7 Estates 3/2/2 on an acre. 2022 total sq ft/1290 under air. Many upgraded features. Two wells, irrig system and much more. $159,900 NOW $155,900 MLS #206138 4000-H: Buckhead Ridge Wow!! Water w/lake access. Boat slip, concrete seawall. Ready to move into condition. $115,000 NOW $100,000 MAKE OFFER MLS #205694 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 1,430 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$3,750 per acre Northern 1300 Acres SOLD 8/24/2012 V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 15 Okeechobee News December 30, 2012 EverStart Series Southeast Division opens on Lake Okeechobee Baseball stars and shooting enthusiasts will gather Jan. 26 with Scott Proctor for M.E's Team Foundation's 6th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament and Auction. "We will have a lot of fun and friendly competition," said Scott Proctor, former Major League pitcher and co-founder of the foundation with his wife Carrie. "A number of my baseball buddies will be participating and everyone will have an opportunity to meet and talk with them." The tournament and auction are being held at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee, which features two scenic, fully-automated sporting clay courses. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a rolling start. The event will be followed by lunch, prizes and an awards ceremony. Tickets and corporate sponsorships and are available from M.E.'s Team board member Sam Bruning at sam.bruning@ gmail.com. The foundation is also selling tickets for a chance to win a specially out tted Crew Cab Polaris utility terrain vehicle. ME's Team Foundation makes a signi cant impact on the well-being of the children of the Treasure Coast with the support of our community through teamwork. The foundation believes that when it comes to children's health and wellness, and sports and education, we all have a role to play. Scott and Carrie Proctor of Stuart named the foundation for their second child, Mary Elizabeth (M.E.). For more information, visit http://mesteamfoundation.org. Sporting clays tournament planned at Quail Creek

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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. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Business Opportunities 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. 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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 863-467-0314 Pets/SuppliesRAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES SHOTS, WORMED, 4 1/2 months old. $200.00 CALL RHONDA 863-634-4407 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 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 LivestockFOR SALE DOMESTIC HOGS, $100 AND UP. CALL 863-634-7051 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsKINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. Condos/Townhouses Rent2/2 Villa one story, $750 a month, $500 security, no pets, washer/dryer, large screened porch, garbage included, elec./water in my name you pay. 863-261-6502 Houses RentAFFORDABLE New large house, 3/2, large yard, W/D. $1000/mo Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. 16 Okeechobee News December 30, 2012 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it?

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Houses RentOKEE 1002 SE 8th Dr. Newly Remodeled. 2 br. 1 ba. $650. All appls., tile oors, hurricane windows. Immediate occupancy. Last, sec. $ ref. Chris 863-447-3282 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 TREASURE ISLAND 2/2 on water, all utilities included. $750/mo. 3/2 $700/mo. 4-5bd/3ba on water, lake access, fenced and shed. $1,000/mo. Call (561)262-1390 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. 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Big O RV Resort Weekly/monthly/seasonal Dble wide concrete Landscaped pads Huge clubhouse Recreation hall Fun activities Friendly people www.bigorvpark.com Call Ken (716)240-0689 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY #2013-2 NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will receive sealed bids for the rehabilitation of three County-owned houses. The project is funded by a federal NSP3 grant. Electronic bid packages for printing by the contractor, and information on the project, may be obtained from Roumelis Planning and Development Services, Inc. by calling 863-467-6600, or e-mailing cindyricker915@yahoo.com. The bids must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida Statutes on public entity crimes, and federal debarment. A pre-bid walk-through will be held, beginning at the historic courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, room 201, on January 2, 2013 at noon; attendance is strongly recommended. Printed bid packages will be available at the prebid meeting. Bids will be received until 9:00 a.m. on January 17, 2013, at the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners Of ce, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Bids will be publicly opened at that time and location. EEO 433638 ON 12/30/12 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242nd STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING, THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICES BY CALLING (863)-763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242nd STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 433278 ON 12/30/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 12-005-SE, submitted by Amy Gibson on behalf of property owners, J. Neal and Linda Lee Wright, to allow a Barber Shop, Beauty Shop within a Commercial Professional Of ce (CPO) Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Section 90-223(2)). Property is located at 309 NW 5th Street, Legal: Lots 4-6 of Block 106, City of Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof as r ecorded in Plat Book 5 Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 12-005-SE 433636 ON 12/30/12 & 1/11/13 17 Okeechobee News December 30, 2012 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds ACROSS 1 Half a 60s pop quartet 6 Trail mix 10 Messes (with) 14 Precise 15 Roman love god 16 ... pretty maids all in __Ž 17 Formal rulings 18 Its usually returned after ordering 19 Irene of FameŽ 20 Built like George on SeinfeldŽ 23 Fed. disease research org. 24 Mediocre 25 Golfers concern 26 Noun modifier: Abbr. 29 The MatrixŽ hero 31 Absolutely!Ž 33 Three-term New York governor 37 One-named Irish singer 38 Kwik-E-Mart guy on The SimpsonsŽ 39 Beef-and-veggies concoction 43 Sport played on 58-Downs 48 Opt not to be a state of the Union 51 LilŽ rapper 52 Corrida cry 53 Script or text ending 54 Comply 57 One of a matching pair 59 Coors Field player 64 Hurried 65 Adidas rival 66 Country star Travis 68 43,560 square feet 69 Change for a five 70 Mink cousin 71 Survey __ ...Ž: game show phrase 72 Tammany Hall cartoonist Thomas 73 Bright signs DOWN 1 T-shirt size: Abbr. 2 Allies opposition 3 Speed ratio 4 Heed, as advice 5 Transfixed 6 Lisbons Vasco da __ Bridge 7 Portents 8 Sonatas last movement, perhaps 9 Frederick the Greats realm 10 Tijuana treat 11 Prophet at Delphi 12 Terrier type, familiarly 13 Went back and forth 21 You, way back when 22 Honky-__ 26 Grow up 27 Home computer site 28 Elation 30 October birthstone 32 Computer insert 34 Bloody at the steakhouse 35 Goon 36 The NBAs Mehmet Okur, e.g. 40 Decision when the ref stops the fight 41 Snaky fish 42 Ex follower 44 Polecats defense 45 It borders Israel to the north 46 Sunshine cracker 47 Pi preceder 48 For example 49 Beethovens Third 50 Bloody Mary stalk 55 Twin Cities suburb 56 Joins, as oxen 58 Enjoy the ice 60 Poems sometimes beginning with To aŽ 61 Take a break 62 Hes Just Not That __ YouŽ: 2009 film 63 Garden site 67 12-mo. periods By Dan Schoenholz (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 05/17/11 05/17/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 18 Okeechobee News December 30, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsA day at Ding-A-Ling DeliGrand Oaks residents enjoyed a lunch trip to Ding-A-Ling Deli. The residents enjoyed delicious sandwiches and the soup of the day which was Lobster Bisque. The residents all enjoyed the lunch special and were very surprised at the portions. The staff really went out of their way to ensure that everyone was taken care of. It was truly a wonderful afternoon. Okeechobee news/ Pete GawdaNew beauty salonShelena Ginise, right, is the operator of recently opened Chobeelicious Beauty Salon at 211 S.W. Third St. She is assisted by Jan Ford, left. Both ladies are licensed beauticians. The salon provides hair cuts, coloring, highlights and waxing. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They take appointments as well as walk ins. For appointments call 863 842 3384. Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee County’s ESE Teacher of the Year 2012-2013Wendy Coker, Coordinator of ESE and staff would like say congratulations to Patti Leach, ESE Teacher of the Year 2012-2013. Special to the Okeechobee NewsWOKC 50th year in OkeechobeeAt a recent Okeechobee Historical Society meeting, Wayne Cunningham and Billy Dean of WOKC were the guest speakers. Since WOKC is celebrating its 50th year in Okeechobee they shared some of the history of the station. Part of their message was how so few communities have a local radio station. Most are regional and as such do not carry the local information and programming. They shared stories about the early days and some of the most interesting items that have been offered on the “Country Store.” Special to the Okeechobee NewsSingers perform at The HeritageCarolyn and Gene Thomas, from The Fountain Of Life Church, put on a wonderful musical performance each month for the residents and staff at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility. Ms. Thomas also holds a weekly Bible study with the residents. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMurrish honoredLavon Murrish (left) was honored upon her retirement by School Superintendent Ken Kenworthy. She worked 14 years for the School Transportation Department.

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Items subject to change, available while supplies last. Like us on Facebook NEW 19 Okeechobee News December 30, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Lake Placid scored in the rst four minutes of the game and went on to ruin the senior night game for the Lady Brahman soccer team last Friday with a 4-0 victory in a game played in cold and windy conditions. Okeechobee responded well to the early goal as they held the Lady Green Dragons scoreless for the next 54 minutes. Unfortunately, OHS, despite some chances, could not nd the net to even the score. Lake Placid added three goals late in the second half to nish off the victory. The Dragons used a corner kick to score their rst goal as the ball got loose in front of the Brahman net and was kicked in. OHS' best chances to score came on a couple of shots by Carissa Licata. Ryan Noel nearly scored on a direct kick but the ball struck the top of the goal post and de ected away. Goal keeper Daniela Mojica had a strong night with several impressive saves for OHS. Coach Sonya Smith said the team continues to work on improvement of their passes. She said the girls have kept up the effort but can't win matches if they don't score goals. She also praised her goal tender for an outstanding effort. She also told the girls to stay in shape over the holidays. At halftime three Lady Brahman soccer players were honored for their contributions to the program, Brooke Snyder, Kailey Hoover and Thania Liberato. Liberato said she wanted to thank her parents, Coach Smith, and her teammates for their support over the years and wished them good luck next year. "I see some improvement. We have a lot of young players but I'm very proud of my team and I think we did a very good job," she stated. Thania plans to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa and seek a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. She would also like to become a lawyer and defend people's rights. "I like to volunteer and help those in need. I want to support others and be there for other people," she said. As for soccer, Liberato said the team might have only two wins this year, but they will always be a team and have a lot of great memories to share and to cherish. "My teammates made me smile and laugh. I never got upset. We work as a team and will always be a team," she added. OHS Lady Brahman soccer team falls to Lake Placid Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThania Liberato was joined at senior night by her father Ramon and mom, Olivia. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrooke Snyder was joined at senior night by her mom, Angie. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKailey Hoover was anked by her parents, Joey and Dawn at the senior night celebration last Friday.

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