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Friday, January 4, 2013 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 104 No. 2 14.90 feetLast Year: 13.65 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. W ork on Taylor Creek bridge may disrupt traf c ... Page 5 Milk pricing complicated ... Page 3 Man accused of shooting woman with BB gun ... Page 8 Special to the Okeechobee NewsBook-a-neers visit area schoolsThe Book-a-neers visited Okeechobee elementary schools in December, and encouraged children to become “Readers of the Caribbean” and encouraged parents to make reading a family activity. For more on the story, see page 16. Community ‘rallies around’ child who needs surgery ... Page 4 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News “People are scared. They don’t know what’s going on and I don’t blame them, to tell you the truth.” Because people are afraid of the government and what the government might do, Paul Box, owner of The Gun Shop on S. Parrott Ave., said gun and ammunition sales are off the charts. “People are scared of the government. People are afraid of losing their freedom,” he said Thursday, Jan. 3. “Most people are trying to get AR-15s and guns like that—and ammunition.” But because of the burgeoning sales, weapons like the AR-15 and the .223 caliber ammunition it uses are virtually unavailable right now. Fueled by the fear that the government may soon ban such semi-automatic weapons as the AR-15 after the horrendous killings a t Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., buyers are ocking to gun shops like Mr. Box’s. The Bushmaster -XM .223 caliber assaul t ri e was used by Adam Lanza, 20, to kill 20, 6and 7-year-old children at the school as well as six adults. One of those children, 6-year-old Gun, ammo sales are exploding By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Alcohol and no safety helmet may have been contributing causes in the delayed fatality of a woman who fell from her bicycle onto a concrete culvert on New Year’s Eve, stated an accident report. According to that report by Deputy Adrian Rogers, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce (OCSO), Linda Rae Hill, 52, apparently died from “... complications stemming from her injuries.” The deputy’s accident report went on to indicate that the Woman dies after bicycle accidentSee BICYCLE — Page 5 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Pilot error stalled out the Cessna 152 airplane that crashed just east of Yeehaw Junction in June, 2011, killing the pilot and passenger aboard, the National Transportation Safety Board reported. The student pilot, Carly Beattie, 21, failed to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering, the report stated and the plane subsequently spun out of control and landed in a wooded area near Yeehaw Junction. Daniel Beattie, 24, was also killed in the crash on June 9, 2011. The plane was located after an extensive search by the Indian River and Osceola County Sheriff’s Of ce thanks to the victim’s cell phone. The victims were Pilot error blamed in Yeehaw crashSee PLANE — Page 5 See GUNS — Page 5


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Sugarland Hwy Clewiston TEACHER’S MODEL ALSO AVAILABLE FOR $219 AND $299ONE DAY ONLYAT EACH LOCATION 2 Okeechobee News January 4, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) is seeking six men and two women for roles in its upcoming production of Neil Simon’s classic comedy, “The Odd Couple.” Open auditions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday evenings, Jan. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at the auditorium on the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, one block west of Golden Corral Restaurant, on S. W. Second Avenue at Seventh Street. No previous acting experience is necessary, according to OCT Coordinator/Director, Ron Hayes. All that is required is a desire to be a part of an exceptionally enjoyable and rewarding project. Two participants at a time will be asked to read short comic scenes from other Neil Simon plays. Casting decisions will be based upon an individual’s apparent comic timing, voice quality, and suitability to the available roles. “The whole process is designed to be unintimidating, and is actually a lot of fun,” Hayes says. There is also an on-going need for support personnel to assist with the construction of the set, operation of the sound control equipment, and other behind the scenes duties. Sign-ups for these positions will also take place at the auditions. Anyone interested in more information, may call 863-7631307. Community Theatre seeks men and women for roles in ‘The Odd Couple’ By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Martin County Fire Rescue, Martin County Deputies, the State Fire Marshall, and Okeechobee Fire Rescue all responded to a boat re on the side of State Road 710, south of Martin Highway in Martin County early Sunday. Martin County Deputy William Brown said a 1990 24-foot Regal boat cabin model on a Shoreland dual-axle trailer was spotted burning by a passing motorist, Fidel Nav arrete Jr., of Indiantown at about 1:15 a.m. Firemen arrived about 12 minutes later. The witness said the boat had been burning for quite a while and was fully engulfed when remen from Martin and Okeechobee County arrived. Okeechobee County Sheriff Deputies responded to the owner’s home on NE Second Street to alert him to the re. Fred Brown told authorities that he left the boat on the side of the road about six hours earlier due to a at tire on the trailer, Brown’s report stated. He was on his way to the Jupiter Inlet to sh. State Fire Marshall Greg Gilkey responded to the scene and will conduct the investigation. There were no injuries reported. Boat re being treated as arson Today: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 79F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tonight: Overcast with a chance of rain. Fog overnight. Low 55F. Winds less 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Extended ForecastSaturday : Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 79F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the ESE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30%. Saturday Night : Clear with a chance of rain. Fog overnight. Low of 55F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Sunday : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 81F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Okeechobee Forecast Health Expo open to vendorsThe Sixth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Agri-Civic Center. Vendors, please sign up now to secure booth space at this event. Vendors may set-up at no cost to share health or safety related information or to provide free screenings or demonstrations. The 2012 Expo hosted over 120 vendors and attendance was over 2,000. For more information call Sharon Vinson, Shared Services Network, 863-462-5000 ext. 257 or Donny Arnold, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue, 863-634-6464.Chamber hosts 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 863-4676246 or email terry@okeechobeebusiness.com.


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Taxes were not the only thing averted from going over a cliff by the recent action of Congress. Milk prices could have taken a big jump. The price of milk is currently regulated by the Farm Bill of 2008 which would have expired at the end of 2012. However, portions of that bill dealing with milk prices were extended to the end of scal year 2013. The price of milk is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture according to a complicated process based in part on supply and demand. The supply can be affected by such uncertain elements as weather conditions and feed costs. "We need something not quite as volatile as we have had in the past," said local dairy farmer Red Larson. "It is a level playing eld for milk producers," he said because all milk producers are currently paid the same price for the same grade of milk. However, there is no regulation on the price that consumers pay in the grocery stores. While it is still uncertain at this time how milk prices will be affected by recent legislation, there is some agreement that whatever happened is not as drastic as it would have been if no action had been taken. If Congress had not taken action concerning the Farm Bill of 2008, milk prices would have reverted back to being regulated under a 1949 law. "It would not t into today's economy," Mr. Larson said of the 1949 law. Milk prices to the consumer would have risen to $7 a gallon according to Courtney Davis of the Okeechobee County Agriculture Extension Of ce. "We really don't know the result," Mr. Larson said concerning how the recent action of Congress will affect the price of milk. He said he did not know at this time exactly what features of the 2008 bill have been extended and which ones have been eliminated. "We still need a Farm Bill," Ms. Davis said. There was a 2012 Farm Bill designed to replace the 2008 bill. It was passed by the Senate but it never came up for a vote in the House of Representatives. The bill did pass the House Committee on Agriculture, a committee on which Congressman Tom Rooney sits. According to Michael Mahaffey of the Congressman's of ce, Mr. Rooney supported the 2012 Farm Bill and the proposed bill will form the basis for negotiations for a permanent farm bill when the recently passed temporary laws expire. The proposed 2012 legislation would have eliminated the current price and income controls on milk. Under the proposed bill, when the margin between average milk prices and feed prices rose to a certain level for a speci ed amount of time, government price supports would go into effect. The price supports would be suspended when the margin drops to a speci ed level and remains at or below that level for a speci ed length of time. Mr. Larson calls this process "hedging." He is not sure if this will bene t the milk producers.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee New The economic situation in Okeechobee could be improving with the arrival of a new manufacturing company. John Smith of Charles Composites, LLC told the Okeechobee News that he will soon open a new manufacturing concern at Okeechobee Industrial Park. Pending authorization of requested tax breaks, Mr. Smith hopes to be in operation by April 1. Initial operations are expected to require 20 to 25 people. The operation will require skilled labor. However, Mr. Smith said his company will provide training. One of the reasons he said he chose to come to Okeechobee was the availability of a labor force. Charles Composites will use berglass and resin transfer molds to make equipment for utility companies. Mr. Smith said that in the future they might look to expanding to producing other products that could be manufactured with existing skills and equipment. This business will be an expansion of existing manufacturing operations in ve, small midwestern towns. Mr. Smith is partial to small towns since he grew up in a town smaller than Okeechobee. He already had a signi cant presence in Okeechobee as he is connected with the OK Corral Shooting Club. Charles Composites plans to make an investment of over $1,500,000 in equipment to be installed in the Olde Tyme Construction building in the City Industrial Park. The county is considered giving them a break in property taxes on the new equipment they plan to install. This will amount to a loss to the county of $12,820 a year in revenue for ten years. However, there is a possibility that one half of that amount could be restored to the county through a grant from the Governor's Of ce of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development.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 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Jan 4TH Thurs., Jan. 10THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “DJANGO UNCHAINED”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 only, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00 & 7:00 only, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “JACK REACHER”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “PARENTAL GUIDANCE”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R PG-13 PG 3 Okeechobee News January 4, 2013 Congress wards off sharp increase in milk prices New employer to come to Okeechobee 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.Foster parents are needed Training classes are openHibiscus Children's Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.Seniors play Country Bluegrass MusicThe senior country bluegrass music program has begun again this year at the Okeechobee Senior Center. All persons age 60 and over who has a musical talent are invited to participate every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Listeners are welcome too!Senior center offers free line dance lessonsThe Okeechobee Senior Center is having fun at free line dancing classes. Come join the fun Mondays at noon at Okeechobee Senior Services at 1019 S.W. Park St.


SR 70 Traf c The recent accident on SR 70 in which a couple was seriously injured when their v ehicle was rear-ended by a semi illustrates how dangerous the traf c is on that road. T he Michigan couple’s car was stopped and t he driver was signalling to turn left. They w ere waiting for oncoming traf c to clear s o they could turn left into a church parking lot when the truck hit them. Trucks and c ars go way too fast on that two-lane road. T he speed limit is 60, but they drive way over t he limit. The drivers also follow too close and don’t have room to slow down or stop. Until SR 70 is four-laned all the way to the Kissimmee River bridge, something should b e done to slow down traf c on that stretch of highway. There is also a big problem with people who try to pass in the no-passing z ones, especially in the area of the bridge over Popash Slough. I hope the sheriff can put some deputies out there to help slow down the speeders.  How about an approach something akin to imposing severe restrictions on drivers and vehicle owners like some people believe should be put on guns and gun owners? Limit vehicles to 10 mph. Raise the price of fuel higher still. Incarcerate bad drivers for long terms and make them clean the highw ays. I am sure you can think of some good methods, too.  We already have the necessary traf c laws to solve the safety issues. We just need t o enforce what is already on the books. I know the problem is that the sheriff does not have the budget for enough deputies to regularly work traf c patrol. But I hope he c an at least temporarily assign someone to t icket the speeders on this stretch of road to s low things down.  We need a turn lane from SW 67th Drive to SW 87th Avenue, not just at selected roads. I see semis “fail to slow” too often!Pay raise Obama has signed an executive order that Congress, government employees, and Joe Biden get a pay raise. The government is spending more than it can bring in and he thinks that the worst government since the 1940s needs a pay raise. Remember this when your taxes go up next year.  More government waste. I just read that congress is going to allot $60.4 billion to help the storm victims but that only 47.4 billion is actually going to the victims, the rest is going to pet projects.  That’s the way things are done politically in this great country. And is still pretty great in spite of the poor administration.  From what I heard on the news, Congress rejected the pay raise for themselves. But they gave a nice tax break for the Hollywood studios. Guess Obama had to repay his buddies in Hollywood for their campaign support. The millionaires in Hollywood apparently aren’t expected to pay their “fair share” like everyone else.  Why didn’t we hear about this Executive Order from the main stream media? They don’t publicize anything that might make people question the president. They got him elected and now they continue to try to make him look good and ignore anything that might make people question him. It was only when some members of Congress rejected the pay raise that the public even found out about it.  Obama claimed he wasn’t going to raise taxes on the middle class. Take a look at your next pay statement. Payroll taxes that fund Social Security are going up for all workers.An experiment I conducted an experiment today. Took my AR out, set it by the front door, left three fully loaded magazines next to it and cracked open the door. Then I left the room and watched it. I waited and waited. All that time, not once did it try to load itself and go out the door, much less shoot anyone. It stayed right where I put it. I decided that I have the best behaved AR in the world.  Wonder how that experiment would have turned out if there was a mentally unstable relative living there.  Where are the facts that prove mentally unstable or developmentally disabled people are all violent or killers? To our Community, Family, and FriendsWe would like to take a moment to reect on what has happened over the past 4 months. On Aug. 12, 2012, our 6-year-old son Ryan woke up complaining of a headache—we immediately took him to the hospital. Little did we know at that time, our world would never be the same. Ryan suffered a left-sided MCA stroke (in the brain). We were own to Miami Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed as having Moyamoya, a very rare brain disorder. Fortunately, Ryan fully recovered from the stroke. Soon after his diagnosis we were told Ryan would need brain surgery. We were not ready to hear that information and we told the doctor in Miami we had to go home, process everything and we would get back with the neurosurgeon. I got to work on the internet and found there was very little known about moyamoya, much less doctors who are experienced in doing the surgery needed. We found a doctor in Boston, Mass. who has dedicated the last 25 years of his career to Moyamoya and he has only done 800 of these types of surgeries. I sent all of Ryan’s records there for a consult. He indeed did recommend surgery. We wanted Ryan to have the best surgeon, of course, he is our son, and that would be the surgeon in Boston. This is where things got a little hectic. Our insurance company initially refused to allow us to go out of network or out of state for treatment, unless it was an emergency, while we were traveling. Then they agreed to allow us to go, but we would be responsible for 40 percent of the charges and they would cover 60 percent. So, I got the gures from Boston and our share would be around $50,000. That is when this community started to “Rally Around Ryan.” The fundraising started with a sh fry and there were many others back to back, and there have been 12 different ones in total and the community initially raised $60,000 in six weeks. That brings us where we are today. We are leaving for Boston for Ryan’s very invasive 8-hour brain surgery on Saturday, Jan. 5. He will be admitted on Monday, Jan. 7 and surgery will be Tuesday Jan. 8. We want to Thanks to each and ever y one of you who have helped us, plan, organize, and hold the fundraisers, made th e donations, sent Ryan cards, gifts, etc. When we tell our story to people no t from Okeechobee, most say “WOW, ho w does that happen?” We simply say that is how Okeechobee is. They are like famil y and we take care of one another. We want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We feel God has blessed us in so man y ways. A simple “Thank You” is not enough fo r the amount of love, caring, and compassion that we have felt from each and every on e of you. We are so proud to call Okeechobe e home. This is the rst surgery, he could possibl y need two additional brain surgeries. We ar e going to keep our faith that this one surger y will x any other issues to prevent any mor e surgeries. When the dust settles, our plan is to set up a foundation in Ryan’s name to give and help others, mainly locally, but also children ghting moyamoya. If you are available, we would love fo r you to stop by the City Park in front of Cit y Hall, Saturday (tomorrow), from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., as a “Ryan Arnold Send Of f Celebration” will be held. It is a surprise to Ryan. We will drive b y and people are going to be in the park with signs and balloons. We will stop for approximately 30 minutes and then we will be off to the airport. We ask that you continue to pray for Ryan and us as well. Also if you would like to follow Ryan’s progress you can go to: www.facebook.com/rallyingaroundryan or www.caringbridge.org/visit/rallyingaroundryan or send him a note at, getwellryan@ gmail.com. Again we can’t say “Thank You” enough, Donny, Madonna, Ryan and Rylie Arnold January 4, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News January 4, 2013 from Scotland and were visiting the area when the accident occurred. The plane had left Merritt Island and was enroute to Okeechobee when it disappeared from the radar, NTSB of cials stated. The report stated the plane was substantially damaged when it crashed nose down into some trees and a swamp in the vicinity of Blue Cypress Lake. The wreckage was found buried three feet into the ground and authorities stated the plane was travelling 2,000 feet per minute when the impact occurred. The plane was registered to Space Coast Aviation out of Brevard County. PLANEContinued From Page 1 woman's of cial cause of death won't be known until a report is issued by the District 19 Medical Examiner's Of ce. Deputy Rogers stated in his report that Ms. Hill, of a S.E. 33rd Terrace address in Okeechobee, was riding her black Huffy bicycle in a northerly direction on that street when the accident occurred around 3:47 p.m. on Dec. 31. Apparently the woman, who had allegedly been drinking alcohol most of the day, traveled off the road onto the northbound shoulder of the street. She then fell into a drainage ditch and struck the left side of her head on a concrete culvert, added the report. Deputy Rogers stated that the woman sustained lacerations and abrasions to the left side of her face, and had possibly fractured her neck. The report goes on to state that she was unconscious for an unknown period of time. When Ms. Hill awoke, she apparently crawled out of the ditch and crossed the street then sat down next to a power pole. A passing motorist saw the woman and contacted the sheriff's of ce. Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue responded and treated Ms. Hill at the scene, then took her to Raulerson Hospital. Deputy Rogers stated that blood was found on the culvert and a large puddle o f blood was found at the bottom of the ditch where she was lying. It's not known ho w long she was in the ditch. When the deputy spoke with Ms. Hill shortly after the accident she was reportedl y unable to tell him what happened, other than she was riding her bike. The deput y went on to say that she had a strong odor of alcohol about her and that her eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred. The deputy was noti ed the next day that she had died. Ms. Hill's bicycle was inspected and, stated the deputy, it was found to be in sound mechanical condition. Deputy Rogers went on to state that nothing was found to indicate that the Huffy had been struck by another vehicle. Weather conditions did not play a part in the accident, added the report, since the skies were clear and winds were out of the east at 9 mph. Ms. Hill's Florida driver's license had been revoked, Deputy Rogers stated. BICYCLEContinued From Page 1 Noah Pozner, was shot 11 times. Lanza then killed himself at the school. Since that infamous day of Dec. 14, 2012, there has been a public outcry to ban the popular AR-15 ri e and the type of high-capacity magazines that were used by Lanza. Those magazines were covered under the federal assault weapons ban that Congress let expire without renewing. And because of that outcry, more gun ownership applications are being lled out than ever. In fact, in Florida alone there was a 77.5 percent increase in background checks for gun purchases done in December of 2012 over December 2011. Statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) show that in 2012 there were 797,970 background checks done. In the previous year, there were 606,655 such checks done by that state agency. In December of 2012, FDLE did 131,103 background checks, compared to 73,825 done in December of 2011. Gretl Plessinger, a spokesperson for the FDLE, said those numbers don't re ect what type of guns are being purchased. "It doesn't matter what gun they're purchasing, we only do the background check," she said. She added the those numbers are statewide only and are not broken out by counties. The FDLE records also show that the biggest hike in background checks came just days after the killings at Sandy Hook. FDLE background checks started to reall y spike on Dec. 19 in 2012. Records indicate on that date 8,250 checks were done. Then on Thursday, Dec. 20, that number increased to 8,436. The checks went up again on Frida y to 8,730. By Saturday, Dec. 22, the number of background checks dropped slightly to 7,598. Ms. Plessinger said her agency does not keep track of ammunition sales. Which, according to Mr. Box, doesn't matter since ammo can be extremely hard to nd. "Our distributors have dried up," he said. "The price on ammunition has tripledi f you can get it. The demand is driving the price up." He went on to say that he really doesn't sell that many AR-15 ri es. In fact, he's onl y sold two and he has three on consignment. "Our bread and butter are .38 (caliber) revolvers and hunting ri es and things like that," he said. "There's been more of a rush to buy .223 ammunition, but people in Okeechobee already have their guns." GUNSContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesperson said local motorists may want to plan for a little extra travel time due to maintenance work on the drawbridge over Taylor Creek. Although some preliminary work has already started, DOT's Debbie Tower said the $1.6 million project is slated to get under way Monday, Jan. 7. The state-funded project is estimated to be completed by this summer. "It's a rehabilitation project. We're making some repairs that range from structural, to mechanical and electrical," she said in a phone interview Thursday, Jan. 3. "We're also painting the bridge and doing some w ork on the control house." Workers will also be replacing expansion joints, restoring the concrete along U.S. 441 S.E. and making repairs to the slope. Ms. Tower said all work will be done between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and will involve some lane closures on the two-lane highw ay. "Anything involving lane closures is done at night. With this project they will start work on Sunday night and nish up on Friday morning," she explained. "We'll have agmen to monitor and help manage traf c." While DOT recognizes there will be some inconvenience to motorists with this type of project, Ms. Tower said they try to minimize that inconvenience by working at night. She went on to say that navigation of Taylor Creek will be safe for boaters. However, some boaters may want to take notice that clearance from the water to the bottom of the bridge will be reduced by 4 feet during the project. Also, if boaters need to have the drawbridge opened they should call four hours ahead of time instead of the normal two hours. "When people use a waterway, and it's a drawbridge, people need to get where they're goingwe're very cognizant of that," she said. To schedule the raising of the drawbridge, boaters should call 866-335-9696. That number is posted on the bridge and will not change during the project. The contractor for the project is M&J Construction from Pinellas County. While DOT is trying to minimize the impact of the project on the motoring public, Ms. Tower did suggest that drivers plan ahead. "Especially toward the morning hours," she said. Taylor Creek bridge project starts Monday Main Street seeks artists for annual festivalOkeechobee Main Street invites all artists to apply for acceptance to the 2013 Top of the Lake Art Fest. The art fest will be held on Feb. 9 and 10, 2013. The art fest is a juried outdoor Fine Art Show which will take place in Flagler Park. The purpose of the Top of the Lake Art Fest is to bring talented ne artists to our community to showcase and sell their work. Highlights of the art fest will be the Top of the Lake Chalk Walk (street painting) and the dedication of the 5th Okeechobee Main Street mural project. Entertainment, art demonstrations, children's art programs, a pet parade and food will also be featured on both days of the show. There will be juried art categories: Booth Artists DivisionFor artists with a body of work and individual tent set-up; application deadline: Feb. 1, 2013. Chalk Walk DivisionFor artists who want to do street painting with chalk on site during the Top of the Lake Art Fest. Application deadline: Jan. 28, 2013. Adult Division Gallery TentFor artists who want to show up to 3 pieces of art. Application deadline: Feb. 6 and 7, 2013. Student Division Gallery TentFor young artists who want to show up to two pieces of art. Application deadline: Feb. 6 and 7. ALL applications may be picked up at the Okeechobee Main Street Of ce, 55 S. Parrott Avenue, Chamber Building; Bridgette Waldau Studio of Graphic Design, 111 N.E. 2nd Street or Affordable Art & Framing, 110 S.W. 14th Street. Artists can also go to Okeechobee Main Street's website at www.okeechobeemainstreet.com. Applications include all the rules and regulations; entry fees; art requirements; deadlines and place to drop off art. Artists may also call Cindy at 863-357-6246 or Bridgette Waldau at 863-467-7300 for more information.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.


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.Carl Ashley Woods, 69OKEECHOBEE — Carl Ashley Woods passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 after a long hard battle with cancer, he now rests in peace with the Lord. He was born in Tampa, Fla. to the late Richmond and Lourine (Page) Woods. He served his country faithfully in the United States Navy. He is survived by his devoted wife, Reba Woods; three daughters, Pamela, Sandra, and Sheryl; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Carl’s wishes were to be cremated and his ashes spread over Lake Okeechobee, where he enjoyed many years of shing and air boating. Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Crematory, 3596 South U.S. Hwy 441, Lake City, Florida 32025, (386) 752-1954 is in charge of arrangements. Please leave words of comfort for the family at: www.gatewayforestlawn.comLeroy Sprey, 93OKEECHOBEE — Leroy Sprey passed away Dec. 23, 2012 at the Hamrick Home. He was born May 14, 1919 in Oxford, Kansas. He was a building contractor having come to Okeechobee from Boynton Beach in 2008. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII as part of the Paci c Campaign. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW. Mr. Sprey is survived by his wife of 20 years, Nancy Sprey. No services will be held. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence and sign the online register book may do so at, www.BassOkeechobeeFuneralHome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972.Rita Jo Hancock, 84OKEECHOBEE — Rita Jo Hancock died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Raulerson Hospital. Rita, currently residing in Indiana, was a former 25 year resident of Okeechobee. She was a lifetime member of the VFW in Okeechobee and a member of the Eagles. Rita enjoyed sports, NASCAR, working crosswords, iced tea and spending time with her family. She was known for her “black thumb” and inability to grow anything. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Hancock. She is survived by her sons, Gary Lee (Patricia) Hancock of Monon, Ind., Ronald Wayne (Janet) Hancock of Spring eld, Ky., James Kevin (Dorothy) Hancock of Brook, Ind.; a brother, J. Levandowski; and sisters, Arlene Henrichs of Okeechobee, and Jean Rentz of Naples, Fla. A memorial service was held at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home on Jan. 3, 2013. If friends desire, donations may be made in Rita’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. 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.Sondra L. Rulong, 66OKEECHOBEE — Sondra L. Rulong died peacefully at home with family by her side on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Sondra was born in Moundsville, W.V. and a resident of Okeechobee for 30 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. For eighteen years, she was employed in Pahokee at Glades Health Care as the Dietary Manager Supervisor. Sondra is survived by a son, Kraig (Joyce) Rulong of Moundsville, W.V.; a daughter, Kellie (Scott) Chapman of Okeechobee; three grandchildren; a nephew, Roger (Deana) Garrison o f Okeechobee; and a sister, Charlene (Sam) Young of Moundsville, W.V. There will be no services at this time. If friends desire, donations may be made in Sondra’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. 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.Yvonne E. Brooks, 77OKEECHOBEE — Yvonne E. Brooks of Natrona Heights, Pa. passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natron a Heights. She was born May 19, 1935 in Canal Point, Fla., the daughter of the late Horace and Vera Brinkley Lowe. Yvonne was a 1954 graduate of Okeechobee High School and was a graduate of Jones Business College in Orlando, Fla. Yvonne worked as a nurses aide at the former Georgian Manor Nursing Home in Brackenridge, Pa. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Yvonne is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert Brooks; her children, Brenda Sample o f Oldsmar, Fla., and Robert Michael “Mike” (Debi) Brooks of Holiday, Fla.; her grandchildren, Nicole Brooks, Kayla Sample and Kelsie Brooks; her great-grandchildren, Zachary Ferguson, Keyawnna, Army and Mikayla Fuquay; her brother, Elton (Nancy) Lowe of Lake Placid, Fla.; and her sisters, Opal Lightsey and Floy Lowe both o f Okachobee, Fla. Funeral services for Yvonne were held on Friday Dec. 28, 2012 in Natrona Heights, Pa. Burial followed in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Arrangements were under the care of the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. Natron a Heights. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 4, 2013 Church hosting movie nightLife Community Church, 701 S. Parrott A ve., 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 A utism, who makes it onto a baseball team w ith his incredible pitcher’s arm. The public is invited.Eagles plan special eventsOn Friday Jan. 4 Eagles North will have steak night from 5:30 p.m. 9 p.m. Music w ith those fantastic Harpers. Events are: Saturday, Jan. 5, card bingo at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday breakfast is from 9 11 a.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 8, bingo starts at 1 p.m.; and Wednesday, Jan. 9, bingo starts at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.Moose Lodge hosts dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will be hosting a dinner Friday. Jan. 4, from 5-7:15 p.m. Dinners include shrimp, meatloaf or all the cat sh you can eat. Music will follow featuring Rick and Red. All proceeds collected bene t Moose Charities.Library site of seriesThe Okeechobee Library will host “Ian R.B. Nairnseymusical theater presenter” A series depicting Broadway shows with musical selections and narratives. The series begins on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. and the presentation will be on “Oklahoma.”DAR to meet Jan. 5On 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 J onathon Dickinson State Park. Interested v isitors, potential members and members are invited to attend.Eagles’ dinner aids childrenOn Jan. 5 the Cypress Hut Eagles will host a barbecue rib dinner and two side dishes starting at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds from these dinners will be given to the KOA kids with cancer camp (KOA Kids Care Camp). Meals w ill cost $10 and public is welcome. There w ill be live music starting at 5:30 p.m.BHR Lodge hosting dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will be hosting a prime rib dinner Saturday, J an. 5 from 5 7:15 p.m. Dinner includes Prime Rib, bake potatoes, veg., salad and dessert for $13. Music will follow by Cripple Creek Band. All proceeds collected go to Moose Charities.Fair Board will meetThe Okeechobee County Fair Board will hold their next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Chamber of Commerce of ce. Post #64 hosting bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The American Legion will be closed on Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 due to the free fair being here and will resume on Jan. 27 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.BHR women hosting fried chicken dinnerThe Women of the Moose, Buckhead Ridge will be hosting a “Darling” fried chicken dinner on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 2-6 p.m. Dinner includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and cole slaw for $7. All proceeds collected bene t Moose Charities.OCRA gearing up for 2013OCRA is currently planning the upcoming season. Sign ups will be held the rst three Saturdays in Feb. from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. at the score tower at the Sports Complex. All children between the ages of 4 and 14 (15 for girls) are invited to sign up. Sponsors, coaches, umpires, and volunteers are needed. Please call 863-643-0515 for more information or to help out. The rst monthly meeting of the new year will be held on Monday, Jan. 7, at the score tower at 7 p.m. Interested citizens are invited to attend.You can have coffee with a 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.Shrine Club resumes dinnersThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will resume the weekly spaghetti dinners on Tuesday, Jan. 8 You are invited to join your friends and neighbors for delicious homemade food and great fellowship. Serving is from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club, located at 1740 S.W. 53rd St. (S.R.78W) is pleased to offer smoke free dinning. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The complete dinner is available for a donation of only $6.Proceeds bene t Shrine Charities. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Randall Mims at 863-763-9200 or the Shrine Club at 863-7633378.Ranch plans yard salesReal Life Children’s Ranch will be having a yard sale next week on Jan. 9 and Jan. 11. Fill a bag for $1. Come on out for great bargains. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS 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 florida.newszap.com Come see for yourself!Check out these new features:• Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more! 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.comMany Americans are so busy working and taking care of their families that when an injury or illness occurs they may not have a trusted healthcare partner to turn to. Make time for y our health by beginning a relationship with a Primary Care Physician. Many Americans are without a primary care physicianIt isn’t expensive or time consuming, but having an existing relationship with a trusted medical professional will be a comfort to you and your family when you experience an unexpected medical issue. Raulerson Primary Care is a conveniently located Family Medicine Practice right here in Okeechobee. Raulerson Primary Care accepts new patients of all ages and the staff members are uent in Spanish. The provider, Dr. Jose Villarreal, is Board certied by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Primary Care Physicians like Dr. Villarreal not only treat patients’ medical conditions, provide sports physicals, and refer patients to a specialist if necessary; they also perform another important service, which is preventative healthcare. Whether you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or are in good physical health, consider scheduling an annual wellness visit with a primary care provider, like Dr. Jose Villarreal. The staff at Raulerson Primary Care are ready to meet you and your family and be your trusted source for primary care. 8 Okeechobee News January 4, 2013 DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? Ankle Fractures • Foot Fractures Foot Ulcers • Venous Stasis Ulcers Leg Infections We Also Offer Testing for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) 235 NE 19 th Dr • Okeechobee • www. oridafootspecialist.comDr. Shariff & Dr. Roberts treat all forms of fractures & trauma of the foot & leg!Ph:(863) 357-1166 Your Neighborhood Foot & Ankle Specialist Nihbh dFt&AklS Y ihbh dFt N i h b h d F &AklS ilit t & A k kl S i li li t By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was arrested and booked into the county jail after he reportedly shot a woman in her derriere with a BB gun during an argument. Gary Aunspaugh, 53, U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested Thursday, Jan. 3, on a felony charge of aggravated battery with a weapon. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a $5,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Aunspaugh and the victim were involved in an argument early Thursday morning. Aunspaugh then retrieved a Daisy Powerline 880 .177 caliber BB gun and shot the woman in her left buttocks. The woman, added the report, refused medical treatment from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue even though she was bleeding from the wound. According to the deputy’s report Aunspaugh was heavily intoxicated and said he didn’t know how the woman got shot. The man was so intoxicated he “... could not stand up on his own without losing his balance,” stated Deputy Dixon. Man accused of shooting woman with BB gun Gary Aunspaugh Shrine Club collecting can tabsThe local Shrine Club is collecting the “pull tabs” from aluminum cans. Bring yours to the Shrine Club where we convert them into gas money for the free transportation van of local patients to the Shriners Hospital. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Mac Simpson at 863484-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 New and Improved! Come check it out for yourself! orida.newszap.com Call Now to reserve your advertising space! (863) 763-3134 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 ORTHOPAEDICS Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441N, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Most insurances and Medicare are accepted.Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Orthopaedic Surgeon Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in Okeechobee 1924 Hwy 441 N. | Okeechobee, FL 34972 | 863-357-0540 9 Okeechobee News January 4, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsStart the New Year right by giving the gift of life to all in need. The mobile unit w ill be in Okeechobee this month on the schedule listed below. Please mark you calendar now and plan your donation. A lso watch for additional drives as the month progresses. Blood drives are set for:  Tuesday, Jan. 8, KOA Campground, 8:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Jan. 8, SFWM District Station, Hwy. 70 across from the Ag Center, 1 p.m.5 p.m.  Thursday, Jan. 17, Ancient Oaks, Hwy. 441 SE, 9:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.  Saturday, Jan. 19, Seminole Cove, 8 a.m.Noon  Monday, Jan. 21, Okeechobee Correctional Institute, public invited, 2:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Jan. 22, Raulerson Hospital front parking lot, Noon 5 p.m.  Friday, Jan. 25, Walgreen’s, 1 p.m. 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo, Ag Center, 9:30 a.m. 2:30 a.m. Blood drives set for January


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Outta’ the woodsBy Tony YoungFWC Whether you oversee a large tract of land or own a smaller parcel, there are many w ildlife management techniques you can use to help attract and keep wild turkeys on y our property. Wild turkeys, like deer, are “edge species,” because of their need for more than one type of habitat. Most of the time, with large tracts of land, this isn’t a problem because the vast landscape is diverse enough. But in the case of small-acreage, one-habitat properties, it’s up to you as the landowner to create varied, preferred habitats if you expect turkeys to use the property. For optimal turkey habitat, most experts believe a “rule of halves” should be applied to the landscape. What that means is that half of the area (and if you own a small tract, then include surrounding properties) should be in mature forests and the other half in early-succession openings, such as elds or clear-cut and plantation-cut landscapes. To create even better and more varied habitats for turkeys, you should offer differing age classes of forests and early-succession areas – and make prescribed burning a big part of your management plan. This w ill enable new growth of succulent, woody ornamentals, native grasses and weedy-type owers. Hardwood lowlands provide travel corridors that turkeys and deer use extensively and feel comfortable moving through. Most w ild turkeys prefer to roost in trees over or near water, so it’s important to leave these areas undisturbed and free from timbering. Buffer strips of native grasses and woody ornamentals should be left unmowed where clear-cut areas meet pine or hardwood forests. Hens require this thick understory cover for nesting. In Florida, most hens begin laying their eggs in late March or early April and the eggs take about 25 days to hatch, so take care not to burn or mow through August. After hatching, poults will roost on the ground for the rst 14 days, and during this period, approximately 70 percent of these young birds w on’t survive, primarily because of predation from raccoons, hawks, coyotes, foxes and bobcats. Attempts to control these predators are usually ineffective and economically unfeasible, so your efforts are better spent creating and maintaining good-quality brood habitat. Good brood habitat should hold food in the form of seeds, insects and tender, newgrowth vegetation for young poults to feed upon throughout the summer. It should consist of 1to 3-foot-tall grass and weeds open enough to enable the young poults to move about, yet dense enough to provide cover from the above-mentioned predators. There is great interest nationally in the planting of food plots for wildlife, including for turkeys. Within extensive closed-canopy forested areas, food plots and/or game feeders are essential to keeping turkeys on your property. Where an open forest structure is maintained by adequate timber thinning and the use of re, such supplemental feeding is not as necessary because there is enough natural browse vegetation on which game can feed. On very large tracts of land, suf cient supplemental feeding can be quite expensive. In these cases, proper use of burning and timber-thinning management are more economical ways of providing food for turkeys and other wildlife. Food plots, though, are a lot more costeffective at feeding game than using feeders on moderate-sized pieces of property. In cases of smaller tracts, perhaps where food plots can’t be utilized because the landscape is all lowland and you have a closed canopy, game feeders lled with corn or soybeans are your only option for attracting turkeys. When thinking about good food plot sites, avoid excessively wet or dry areas, and don’t place them along heavily used roads to minimize disturbance and possible poaching. Look to create these openings along an edge where upland pines meet a hardwood drain. This way, you’ll have an area where three separate habitats converge. Keep in mind that it is recommended that 2 percent to 3 percent of the land should be in these permanent openings. The best food plots are long and narrow rectangular shapes that follow the contour of the land. When possible, create food plots where the length (longest part) runs east to west. That way, the planted crops will receive the most direct sunlight. In the fall, cereal grains like wheat, oats and rye can be planted along with Austrian winter peas, clover and brassicas like turnips, rape and kale. Except for clover, these crops grow well in most of Florida. Clover requires a higher soil pH – between 6.5 and 7 – and it often won’t grow in the sandy soils that make up most of our state, unless you apply enough lime to bring the pH level up. In the northern-tiered counties that border Alabama and Georgia, the soil is richer with red clay, and several varieties of clover and other legumes will grow well there. All of the above-mentioned cool-season forages can be planted by “broadcast” method after Oct. 1. At least twice as much fertilizer should be applied. Slightly cover the seed by pulling a drag over it, and try to put your crop in the ground when the soil is holding some moisture and rain is in the forecast. In the spring after May 1, you can plow under your “browned-up” fall crop and replace it with any combination of soybeans, cowpeas, browntop millet, sorghum or peanuts. If you can afford it, turkeys are especially fond of chufa. That, along with the other warm-season forages, can be broadcasted and planted just like the cool-weather crops. Hopefully, using some or all of these wildlife-management practices will help bring in turkeys and increase your property’s carrying capacity for birds. If you need assistance, contact the FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Natural Resources Conservation Service or your county agricultural extension agent. Here’s wishing you luck obtaining your management goals and objectives. 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 11 Okeechobee News January 4, 2013 Follow ‘rule of halves’ in managing wild turkeys 2013 Youth Basketball sign ups under waySign-ups for Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation’s Youth Basketball League will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 11. Registration is $45 per child and is being conducted at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex). The league will consist of boys and girls in three divisions: 10 & under, 12 & under, and 14 & under. Birth certi cates must be presented when registering. A clinic for rst-time players is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Yearling Middle School gymnasium. Please call 863-763-6950 for more information. Gold Tee ScoresOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee Golf Scores for Dec. 28 were: First place, Ron Smet, second place tie between Norman Koff and Gary Lee; third place, Chuc k Groves; fourth place, Roger Foss. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results


By Robert H. WellsUniversity of Florida GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Plant growth is not as dependent on gravity as previously thought, according to new research from the University of Florida. In a study published in the current issue of the journal BMC Plant Biology, researchers found for the rst time that roots display normal movements used to get around rocks and obstacles even w hen there is no gravity. The movements, known as waving and skewing, were thought to be due to gravity pulling on roots as they sample their growing surface with touch, said Anna-Lisa Paul, one of the study’s lead authors and a UF horticultural sciences research associate professor. “The skewing and waving of roots has always been thought to be dependent on gravity, but as the images from our experiment started to come down from the International Space Station in early 2010, it was clear that gravity was not required after all,” said Paul, a member of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Roots in space make these same kinds of movements and choices that you see on the ground,” she said. The ndings are important, said Rob Ferl, the study’s other lead author and a UF/IFAS horticultural sciences professor, because they provide fundamental insight into how roots interact with their environment and suggest that plants could likely be cultivated in reduced-gravity environments, such as space stations or the moon. “As space agriculturalists, we really want to know that when we move to the moon, when we move to Mars, which don’t have the same amount of gravity that we have, can we still grow plants? Will their roots still work right in a fractional gravity environment?” Ferl said. “And the answer is yes, de nitely.” For the study, the researchers grew Wassilweskija and Columbia varieties of Arabidopsis thaliana, plants related to mustard that scientists often use as model plants for research, on both the ISS in zero gravity and on Earth. The plants were grown in a nutrient-rich agar solution in specialized chambers developed by Kennedy Space Center engineers that allowed a high-resolution camera to photograph plant growth every six hours. For the plants in space and on Earth, images were transmitted to the researchers for realtime analysis. The chamber housing the plants on the ground was set to provide the same temperature and environmental conditions experienced by the plants in orbit. Although differences in root growth were recorded between the plants on Earth and the plants in space, overall, root growth behaviors were generally similar. Both varieties demonstrated growth away from the seed and typical patterns of skewing, which means to grow at a slant away from a purely vertical direction, and waving, which means to grow in tight, alternating curves. For example, Wassilweskija roots skewed strongly to the right in space while Columbia roots slightly skewed to the left, just as they do on Earth. Paul said in the absence of gravity, perhaps the plant is responding to another directional cue, such as the overhead light source. “The space ight environment is absolutely outside the evolutionary experience of any organism on the face of the planet,” Paul said. “It was very intriguing for us to realize there is an evolutionary adaptation for roots to grow away from the seed to nd the nutrients and water the plant needs to survive in the absence of gravity.” The experiments were launched in 2010 and returned on space shuttle Endeavour on June 1, 2011. NASA funded the research. Claire E. Amal tano, who was a biological scientist in Ferl’s lab, is also an author o f the study. Gravity not needed to orient plant root growth 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News January 4, 2013 As 2012 came to a close, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released the top 10 consumer complaints led this year as of Dec.26. Violators of the Do Not Call List and telemarketers received more complaints than any other categories. The department’s consumer assistance center answered 191,200 calls and 33,450 emails in 2012. In addition, the consumer assistance operators participated in 4,917 online chats through a new online chat option available at www.800help a.com. Some 50,622 complaints were led, a 21 percent increase over the previous year (2011). “We’re an important resource for consumers to nd information about registered businesses and professionals, as well as learn how they can protect themselves from deceptive business practices,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “In many cases, we can moderate disputes between consumers and businesses and help recover money lost.” The top 10 complaints led by consumers with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ consumer assistance center from Jan. 1 through Dec. 26 are:  Do Not Call – 17,337  Telemarketing – 4,159  Communication – 2,392  Landlord/Tenant – 1,564  Sellers of Travel – 1,515  Motor Vehicle Repair – 1,470  Credit/Banking – 1,460  Real Estate Broker/Salesperson – 1,126  Cable – 1,120  Motor Vehicle Sales/Accessories – 1,078 Complaints about violators of Do Not Call has topped the list for four consecutive years, but this year saw a substantial increase over last year, growing from 11,769 in 2011 to 17,337 in 2012. The increase in complaints is consistent with the increase in subscribers to the Florida Do Not Call List. In April of this year, Commissioner Putnam announced subscriptions to Florida’s Do Not Call List would be offered at no cost to Floridians as a result of a measure passed during the 2012 legislative session. Since then, more than 330,000 numbers have been added to Florida’s Do Not Call List, increasing subscriptions ve-fold. Of the 50,622 complaints received by the department, 33,251 were successfully resolved or closed. More than $3,858,000 has been recovered on behalf of Florida consumers this year. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and information. The consumer assistance center is staffed with trained analysts who answer more than 220,000 telephone calls, emails and chats annually from consumers and businesses. Staff is able to respond to questions about programs and regulations under the department’s purview, provide information on a wide variety of topics or direct callers to the appropriate government agency. Consumers who believe fraud has taken place can contact the department’s consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832). For more information about the Florid a Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com. ‘Do not call’ violations top list of complaints Special to the Okeechobee NewsSilent Guitar AuctionThis is a picture of State Senator Denise Grimsley who won one of two guitars in the YOUNIFIED silent auction. The other guitar owner is unavailable. Governor Mike Huckabee signed the guitars when he was elected to speak at the YOUNIFIED Gala in October.


The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Monica R. Blower, 53, S.E. 34th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 31 by Deputy Sergeant Paul Ferrell on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a rearm. Her bond w as set at $15,000.  Roxanne Nicole Terrazas, 21, N.W. 172nd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 31 by Of cer Charles Green on felony charges of child abuse without great bodily harm (two counts) and misdemeanor charges of battery (two counts). Her bond w as set at $6,000.  Justina Rose Windham, 31, N.W. Seventh St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 1 by Of cer Jack Boon on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Her bond was set at $3,000. Windham was later arrested by DOC’s Joseph Cracchiola on felony charges of violation of probation possession with intent to sell or deliver oxycodone and violation of probation sale or delivery of oxycodone. She is being held without bond on those charges.  Michael Elden King, 22, S.E. 96th Circle, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 1 by Deputy Arlene Durbin on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $750.  Juan Trejo, 19, N.W. 37th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 2 by Deputy Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation possession of oxycodone, violation of probation possession of cannabis, violation of probation possession of hydrocodone, violation of probation sale of cannabis, violation of probation sale and delivery of hydrocodone and violation of probation sale and delivery of oxycodone. His bond was set at $12,500.  Jordyn Brice Miller, 21, N.W. 40th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 2 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of burglary of a dwelling/structure with damage over $1,000. His bond was set at $60,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. 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SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 13 Okeechobee News January 4, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News As Floridians make New Year’s resolutions for a healthier 2013, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has released ve tips to assist consumers w hen joining health studios. The department urges consumers to shop around and do their research so they know their legal obligations and rights before they commit to any agreements.  Shop around. Many health studios allow prospective members to use the facility on a trial basis. If the health studio offers this option, consumers should consider trying out the health studio to determine whether it is the right health studio to help them meet their tness goals.  Find out what you get for what you pay. Many health studios offer different memberships at different rates depending on the amenities offered or the length of membership.  Ask about the cancellation policy. Consumers have the right to cancel a contract w ith a health studio within three days of signing it (exclusive of holidays and weekends), but it must be in writing. If a person becomes physically unable to use the facility, a contract can be canceled and/or a refund issued for the unused time.  Know your rights. If a health studio closes or moves its facilities more than ve miles away, it must designate an alternate facility of equal quality within ve miles of its original location at no additional cost to its members. If the studio goes out of business or does not designate an alternate facility within 30 days, members may cancel their membership by notifying the health studio in writing.  Research the health studio. Call the department’s consumer assistance center at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or 1-800-FLAYUDA (352-9832) for information regarding the health studio’s registration, complaint history and whether it has posted a bond for member refunds. For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com. A sk questions before j oining a health studio


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AuctionsVERO BEACHHIGHWAYMEN PAINTINGSAUCTION!SUN JAN 13@2PMTo be included, bring your paintings to Auctioneer’s of ce at: 15 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach(772) 562-5015 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Estate Sale*ESTATE SALE* Open house everything must go. Jan 4th thru Jan 7th 8:00 am ?? 2067 Hunter Road, BHR Fabric, tools, household items, furniture. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Special NoticeATTENTION RETAILERSWE WILL BE RENTING SPACES(18) DURING OUR FREE FAIR FROM 1/10/13 THRU 1/19/13. ALLOW THOUSANDS TO VIEW YOUR WARES DURING THE FAIR. CONTACT DALLAS CREECH OR DAN FENNELL 763-2950 FOR DETAILS. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeClass A CDL Driver wanted Augger Experience A Plus for local deliveries. Must know the area, have clean driving record and pass a drug test. Bene ts available, apply at: Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 2595 NW 8th St. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Employment Full Time SALES PERSON WANTEDwith the following quali cations:• Sales experience preferred, but will train sharp individuals • Good people skills • Sound work ethic Bene ts of our company: • Reasonable work schedule • Health bene ts • 401K • Liberal pay plan If you have an interest in joining our team, contactNeal RobertsNO Phone Calls Apply within • Dress to Impress Hours: Mon Fri 9am 7pm • Sat 9am 5pm4224 Hwy 441 S. OkeechobeeEOE/DFWP American Drilling Services is in need of an experienced service technician with knowledge in water treatment and pump repair. MUST have prior experience. Apply in person @ 405 SW 2nd Street Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? 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Call 863-634-7051 Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 LivestockFOR SALE DOMESTIC HOGS, $100 AND UP. CALL 863-634-7051 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsApt for rent2/1.5 #90B Oak Lake $750/mo inclds water 863-634-3312 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 2BR, 2BA, Condo on ground oor, water, pool & boat ramp included. Seasonal or long term. Call (863) 634-0663. Houses RentKings Bay 2/2 1 car garage, W/D. Home Realty Services, LLC 863-801-4498 OKEE 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 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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CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board will be meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact Sue Christopher, 863-763-4423, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Fire Department at 863-763-4423 for assistance. by: Jamie Gamiotea, Code Board Chairperson 433725 ON 1/4/2013 NOTICE OF REZONING CHANGE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida proposes to adopt the following ordinance: No. 1095: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF OKEECHOBEE, BY REZONING CERTAIN TRACTS OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN, FROM HOLDING TO INDUSTRIAL (IND); FROM HOLDING TO PUBLIC FACILITIES (PUB); FROM HOLDING TO RESIDENTIAL SINGLE FAMILY-ONE (RSF-1); FROM HOLDING TO RESIDENTIAL MULTIPLE FAMILY (RMF); AMENDING THE ZONING MAP ACCORDINGLY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. A public hearing on the ordinance will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL. Speci c information, maps and agenda are available on the website. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 433543 ON 1/4/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider 6 Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map Amendments all initiated by the City and recommended by the Planning Board, for nal reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1092: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACTS OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY TO INDUSTRIAL; REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM INDUSTRIAL TO PUBLIC FACILITIES; REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON CERTAIN TRACTS OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY TO MULTI-FAMILY; REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM NO DESIGNATION TO SINGLE FAMILY; REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM COMMERCIAL TO PUBLIC FACILITIES; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FUTURE LAND USE MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Speci c information, maps and agenda are available on the website. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 433542 ON 1/4/2013 Public NoticeLEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on JANUARY 18, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 2000 CHEVY IMPALA VIN 2G1WH55K5Y9149685 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 433733 ON 1/4/2013 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent2b/1b-COUNTRY LIVING $400.00 Security and $400.00 Mo. Rent Call 863-697-2486 Mobile HomeSale2bd/1ba M.H. Taylor Creek w/boat dock,ramp access. Appliances included, furnishings,car-port, screened porch. Park lot rent includes water & lawn maint. $19,900 O.B.O. Call:863-484-0298or 863-467-8328 CASABLANCA PARK 9441 Hwy 78 West, Adult Park,3BR, 1.5BA, Fully furnished, W/D, Big Florida room, Lots of updates. $15,000 OBO (219)384-3407 FOR SALE 2B/1B MOBILE HOME IN 55+ PARK. EXCELLENT LOCATION$10,000 CALL 863-824-8794 OR 707-334-0099 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BoatsFOR SALE24Ft. Pontoon Boat, 1989 Sylvan, 2001 Honda 115 4 stroke, one owner, no trailer, ready to test run. $3,900 863-610-3655 Campers/RVs A IRSTREAM XL, 2000 35’ motorhome, 1 slide, mint, loaded, needs nothing, $29,900. Call 954-214-6903. Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. RV Space RentTHE PLACE TO BE!! 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 Motorcycles2005 Harley Davidson Sportster, 4,600 miles, red, excellent condition, $4,500 o.b.o call 863-467-8559 Travel TrailersTravel Trailer 22’ Sunliner; Sleeps 8; New Tires & Wheels; A/C & Heat; SelfContained; Very Good Condition. $2,500.00. (772)538-6432 Public Notice For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Autos WantedWe buy all junk cars starting at $400.00 and up! Call us at: (863)983-Junk (5865) or (305)970-4231 Located in Clewiston 24 hrs a day 7 days a week For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticeNOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER AN AMENDMENT TO THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY gives notice that it shall hold a public hearing before the Okeechobee County Planning Board sitting as the Local Planning Agency. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of the public hearing is to consider an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan of Okeechobee County, Florida and to consider transmittal of the amendment to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration. The proposed comprehensive plan amendment, as required by Chapter 163-3177(6)(a), F.S., addresses future development in the vicinity of the Avon Park Air Force Range to provide that such development should be compatible with and not negatively impact range operations. A copy of the proposed amendment shall be available for inspection by the public during normal business hours at the Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed amendment, and may submit written comments to the Planning and Development Department prior to the hearing. If a person decides to appeal any decisions made by the local planning agency with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, that person will need a record of the proceedings, and he 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 to be based. 433813 ON 1/4/2013 Public NoticeNOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a Special Exception to allow a fruit and vegetable stand in an Agriculture (A) zoning district. The property owner and applicant is Tree Locators, Inc. The property address is 16162 US Highway 441 North and is more particularly described as follows: A parcel of land lying in Section 27, Township 35 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. Being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of said Section 27, thence South 89 33’ 24” West along the South line of said Section 27, a distance of 538.95 feet to the Point of Beginning; Thence continue South 89 33’ 24” west, along said South line, a distance of 1340.24 feet to the East right-of-way line of US Highway 441 (100 feet wide); Thence North 04 54’ 59” East along said right-of-way line, a distance of 1409.43 feet; Thence South 85 05’ 01” East, perpendicular to the preceding course, a distance of 1249.39 feet to the intersection with a line parallel with and 538.95 feet West of (as measured at right angles to) the East line of the aforesaid Section 27; Thence South 01 07’ 47” West along said line, a distance of 1287.05 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department.William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition S-2012-0721 433815 ON 1/4/2013 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. READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. 15 Okeechobee News January 4, 2013 ACROSS 1 Ones minding their peas in queues? 5 __ band 8 Where the music stops? 1 3 Uprising 1 4 Consider judicially 1 5 End of __ 1 6 Bony beginning 1 7 Scots Gaelic 1 8 They might be executed by a judge 1 9 Vast expanse (and a fitting setting for this puzzle) 2 2 Yorks title: Abbr. 2 3 __ Lanka 2 4 Fourth-cen. monastic 2 6 a.m. beverages 2 9 Citric __ 3 2 Finesse shampoo maker __ Curtis 3 3 Shows inattention at a lecture, maybe 3 5 Shrinking sea 3 7 Chicago commuter carriers 3 8 Somewhat suspect (and a hint to what can be found by connecting the circled letters in alphabetical order) 4 3 Folksy negative 4 4 Identical 4 5 Very wide shoe 4 6 Lessens 4 9 Voil!Ž cousin 5 1 ENTs, e.g. 5 2 Bonding capacity measure 5 4 Actor Wallach 5 6 Ideal conclusion? 5 7 Don Ho hit (and what the Os in this grid represent) 6 3 Gaming pioneer 6 5 Judge 6 6 Please allow meŽ 6 7 Old dwelling for 68-Across 6 8 Western natives 6 9 Ready for use 70 20% of seventysix? 71 Gambling area 72 Bad lads DOWN 1 Urge 2 Seine feeder 3 Heap affection (on) 4 Self-help segments 5 See 36-Down 6 Lessen 7 Basketball ploy 8 Argues (with) 9 Tiny crawler 10 Like much real estate, annually 11 Bombay product 12 Way to relocate a king 14 Like rotini 20 Support in a dresser drawer 21 Sudan neighbor: Abbr. 25 Kates sitcom pal 26 Leaving __ Jet PlaneŽ 27 Flier to Tokyo 28 Lumbar punctures 30 Inflames 31 Pat 34 Declare 36 5-Downs capital 39 ATM output 40 Latin hymns 41 Slip floater, to its owner 42 Absolutely!Ž 46 Fly 47 Moistens with drippings 48 Acoustics, e.g.: Abbr. 50 Priestly garb 53 Turn out to be 55 High-tech debut of 1981 58 __ do fear thy natureŽ: Lady Macbeth 59 Epitome of redness 60 Pasternak heroine 61 Scrutinized 62 Uses a straw 64 R&B artist Des__ By Peter A. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 16 Okeechobee News January 4, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsSeminole Students of the WeekSeminole Elementary School would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Dec. 21: Jessie Gomez, Mayte Orta-Santos, Kenya Rayo, Brooke Widdows, John Dickinson, Jasmine Vickers, Corrin Tripp, Layla Gaucin, Cole Matheny, Yovana Villegas, Liz Rivas, Adamaris Fernandez, Esmeralda Toribio, Jonathan Thomas, Francisco Gomez, Sinrri Medina, Mario Curbelo, Dakota Vargas, Daria Kinchen, Destiny Gorney, Luz Hernandez, Jo’Niya Sewell, Salvador Ventura, Giovanni Sanchez and Cristian Guillen. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMESStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Dec. 14: David Pena, Roberto Reyes, Jasmine Watson, Lexie Holthouser, Jannet Roman, Naila Roman, Joseph Sewell, Jesus Valdez, A’Nyiah Baker, Patricia Dunn, Isabella Godinez, Jaden Arnold, Ja’Khious Cooper, Brandon Perez, Christian Martinez, Alyah Ramirez, Rosalinda Torres, Kyle Sage, Daniela Vargas, Maria Bucio, Kylee Smith, Jose Guzman, Lynden Mingo and Jose Zepeda. Special to the Okeechobee News Throughout the month of December, special Book-a-neers have been visiting the elementary schools in our county. So far, South, Central and North Elementary Schools have hosted “Readers of the Caribbean,” a program designed to help parents make reading at home fun and enjoyable. “Book-a-neer Bob” and “Deckhand Debbie” have trained at the rst three events. The program’s creator, Dr. Angela MartinW alker, will be here in January to present the program to the audience at Everglades Elementary. Seminole Elementary held a pirate themed reading event earlier in the school y ear as well. “Readers of the Caribbean” teaches children how to become “Bookaneers” by using the ve major components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, uency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The workshop begins with children being w elcomed to “pirate tryouts.” The wannabe pirates are put through a battery of funny “tests” in their quest to become Book-aneers. Parents and children practice reading activities as they participate in demonstrations led by the trainer. Each participating family goes home with a literacy adventure game board that encourages them to apply w hat they have learned from the Readers of the Caribbean Workshop over the next 21 days (the number of days experts say it takes to form a habit). The goal is to promote literacy in the home as a long-term family value. The program is being sponsored by the Of ce of Grants & Special Programs at the Okeechobee County School Board. Book-a-neers visit Okeechobee schools Special to the Okeechobee NewsBook-a-neers visited Okeechobee County elementary schools in December with programs to encourage students to read.