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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 01-11-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, January 11, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 5 15.01 feetLast Year: 13.52 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. F i l i n g t a x e s Filing taxes e a r l y h e l p s early helps p r e v e n t i d e n t i t y prevent identity t h e f t theft ... Page 2 OUA to seek grant funding ... Page 3 Health dept. encourages u shots ... Page 11 OHS boys soccer team beats Clewiston ... Page 12 Purchase of 638 acres tied to 30-year lease extension on other public land for DudaBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News Despite the opposition of several environmental groups, water managers Thursday got the go-ahead to enter into negotiations to purchase property from A. Duda & Sons in Glades County. Approval of Resolution 2013-105 by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board paves the way for the district to possibly purchase 638 acres of Glades County property for $1.9 million ($2,984 per acre), which is a 56 percent discount from the appraised value of $6,800 per acre. That purchase, however, is contingent on Duda receiving a 30-year extension on two of its land leases with the state. The district will also have the option of buying an additional 2,489 acres of Glades Count y property from Duda for $16.9 million, which is not a discounted price. Water managers will have four years in which to exercise that option, according to the resolution. “This puts us in a little bind,” Jane Graham, an Everglades policy associate with Audubon SFWMD ‘transparency’ questionedSee SFWMD — Page 5 The Okeechobee community has several events planned in honor of Martin Luther King Day, with hope to bring “Unity to the Community.” The Martin Luther King Banquet will be held at the KOA Resort on U.S. 441 South Saturday, Jan. 19. Requested donation is $10 per person. Everyone is invited. Local MLK Day events are plannedSee KING — Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Rob NewellBig ‘O’ hosting EverStart tourneyThe EverStart Series Southeast Division is shing Lake Okeechobee this weekend. On Thursday, Jacob Wheeler was having fun on the Big O with a Rapala X-Rap Prop. For the story, see page 12. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee New In a shorter than usual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, Okeechobee County Commissioners took a step toward relieving ooding, approved a zoning change for a dollar store, could nd no way to fund an OCRA request and discussed legislative priorities. Commissioners approved an agreement to ease ooding in the Playland Park area. It County OKs plan to ease oodingSee COUNTY — Page 2

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News To receive a tax refund quicker and help guard against identity theft, le tax returns as early as possible electronically and use a reputable tax preparer. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that it w ill start processing tax returns on Jan. 30 in order to have time to comply with the recently passed American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). While most taxpayers will be able to le by Jan. 30, the IRS states that some people w ith more complicated returns including people claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits will not be able to start ling until late February or early March. This delay is to allow the IRS to make form and processing changes to conform to the ATRA. The IRS w ill announce a date in the near future for those taxpayers to le. "We have worked hard to open tax season as soon as possible," IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller said in a press release. "This date ensures we have the time w e need to update and test our processing system." "The best option for taxpayers is to le electronically," Mr. Miller said. Last year more that 80 percent of taxpayers led electronically. Sheri Slayton of Jackson Hewitt said that last year the IRS reported one million cases of identity theft on tax returns. She said that w hen returns are led electronically, the rst time a social security number (SSN) is received it is accepted without question. If a second return is led using that same SSN it will be rejected and the ler will have to submit additional documentation. So the earlier a person les the less likely that they will be a victim of identity theft. Once the IRS con rms the identity of a person who has been a victim of identity theft, that person is assigned a pin number. The IRS computer will reject any electronic returns received after that time with that SSN that does not have the pin number. In addition to helping to prevent identity fraud, electronic ling can speed up the entire process. Ms. Slayton said that within three hours the preparer receives con rmation that the return has been received and accepted. Then the return can be tracked through the entire process. Refunds from electronically led tax returns are available within 7 to 13 days. Ms. Slayton recommended that people go to an IRS registered tax preparer for their own protection. This is a new thing that will soon be mandatory for all tax preparers. It requires a two-hour test to be registered and continuing education to keep the registration current. The IRS has all the tax preparer's personal information on le. She said that some people go to a y-by-night tax preparer. Then when the tax return is questioned by the IRS the tax preparer is nowhere to be found. Ms. Slayton said that deductions are pretty much the same for 2012 as for the previous year. However, more documentation is now required for earned income credit and to claim dependents. She said it is important to make tax preparers aware of any signi cant life changes such as the birth of a child. File income tax early to prevent identity theft 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News January 11, 2013 Today: Partly cloudy. High of 81F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 15 mph.Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 63F. Winds less than 5 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy. High of 81F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph.Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 63F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.Sunday: Clear. Fog early. High of 82F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.Sunday Night: Clear in the evening, then overcast. Low of 59F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.Monday: Mostly cloudy. Fog early. High of 81F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.Monday Night : Partly cloudy. Low of 63F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High of 84F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.Tuesday Night : Mostly cloudy. Low of 63F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast seems that part of that area's ooding problem after extensive rains is due to the culverts under the CSX siding at Royal Concrete Concepts. The county has a grant to correct this problem. However, an agreement must be worked out with CSX. Commissioners approved the agreement in concept and gave staff latitude to work out the details pending approval of legal suf ciency by the county attorney. Grant money cannot be used for insurance therefore the county must pay approximately $1,125 for insurance. Without comment the board approved a zoning change from residential general and commercial to heavy commercial for property located on the south side of U.S. 441 S.E. near the intersection with S.E. 18th Terrace. Property owner Tantie Properties wishes to bring in a Dollar General Store. It looks like OCRA might not be able to bid for a state softball tournament. In a matter that was continued from the Dec. 13 meeting, commissioners discussed, but took no action toward, helping OCRA to bring the tournament to the Okeechobee County Sports Complex in July. Parks and Recreation Director Albee Scoggins estimated the cost would be approximately $17,000. The request involved use of the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center for a banquet, use of the sports complex and assistance to replace the in eld sod on three of the four baseball elds with clay and put sod back after the tournament. The bid for the state tournament must be in by Jan. 26. In order to place a bid OCRA must have a commitment for the cost of the tournament. Micki Slayton, president of OCRA, stated that last year 35 teams competed in the tournament. With 12 to 13 players each team, coaches and parents, she said the tournament could have a positive impact on the county's economy. "There is no money to pay for it," County Administrator Robbie Chartier asserted. Mr. Scoggins said it would be hard to pull $17,000 from the parks and recreation budget to cover this cost. Commissioner Joey Hoover stated while he totally supported OCRA's efforts, the county had to borrow money to balance the budget and could not afford to help with the tournament. "Unless you can identify a funding source," the commissioner said, "you should get donations." He said he would personally donate the clay for the in elds. "OCRA is really good at getting donations," Ms. Slayton said. She expected to receive donations but did not have an estimate of the total amount of donations. Commissioner Hoover suggested OCRA put together a proposal for the 2014 tournament to be included in discussions for next years' budget. That way, if the request were approved for next year's budget, the money would be there to pay for the tournament. COUNTYContinued From Page 1

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A project that has the Okeechobee Utility A uthority (OUA) and the Okeechobee Economic Council at odds as well as two water main improvement projects took up a good portion of the Tuesday, Jan. 8, meeting of the OUA Board of Directors. John Hayford, OUA’s executive director, informed the board that the Economic Council wants a list of projects for the Okeechobee Legislative Delegation meeting on Jan. 28. As in the past, the Economic Council is preparing a book to be presented to the delegation members listing the legislative priorities of city and county governments, the OUA, and other local civic and government groups. Each participating group will also be allowed to have a spokesperson make an oral presentation on that group’s priorities. Mr. Hayford suggested requesting funding for four projects; Pine Ridge Park Water System improvements, Pine Ridge Park W astewater System improvements, Eastside Sanitary Force Main, and Treasure Island V acuum Sewer system. The project that prov oked lengthy discussion was the eastside forcemain since the economic council has been vocal in their opposition of that project. “I think we would be better off to do our own presentation,” board member Tommy Hoover said. “We have issues we need to address on our own.” “We are not endorsing every project in that book,” said Tara Minton Rawley of the Economic Council. “You are certainly welcome to participate.” “Non-endorsement and open opposition are two different things,” stated board Harry Moldendhauer, “You (the Economic Council) have come out vehemently opposed to this project. It may be in our best interest to present it ourselves. “There is a misconception that this board is angry at the Economic Council,” said chairman Steve Nelson. He went on to say that board was annoyed but not angry. “We should present ourselves as a single entity,” he went on to say. It was brought out in the discussion that the OUA would get a chance to have a spokesperson make an oral presentation of the utility’s case. In the end the board voted to participate in the oral presentation to the delegation and in the preparation of the book. They authorized the executive director to assemble and prioritize projects to be listed in the book and the chairman, Mr. Nelson, to be the spokesperson. Turning to other business, Mr. Hayford told the board that the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) is planning to widen SR 70E to four lanes from N.E. 34th Avenue eastward. He said there are two places where the OUA water main con icts with the highway widening project. He said that the DOT has asked the utility to come up with a plan to move those water mains. He put together a request for proposals and received two responses from engineering rms. In connection with this project, the board approved entering an engineering services agreement with Infrastructure Solution Services for an amount not to exceed $24,960. In another water main improvement project, the board agreed to move forward with the design proposal and to nalize cost estimates and to prepare contracts in connect with water main improvements on N.W. Ninth Street. There was considerable discussion about having two proposed industrial developments on that street help in the cost. In other action the board:  received the nance report for the period ending Dec. 31, 2012;  approved a monthly invoice from government and public affairs consultants Alcalde & Faye LTD in the amount of $3,261;  approved an invoice from AECOM for engineering work in connection with the east side wastewater expansion project;  approved payment of a monthly invoice in the amount of $14,247 to Melville and Sowerby for legal services; and  made minor changes to the employee safety handbook approved at last month’s board meeting.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. OUA sets legislative priorities 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Phone Discounts Available To CenturyLink Customers The Florida Public Utility Commission designated CenturyLink as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier within its service area for universal service purposes. CenturyLink’s basic local service rates for residential voice lines are $19.50 per month and business services are $28.00-$32.50 per month. Speci c rates will be provided upon request. CenturyLink participates in a government bene t program (Lifeline) to make residential telephone service more affordable to eligible low-income individuals and families. Eligible customers are those that meet eligibility standards as de ned by the FCC and state commissions. Residents who live on federally recognized Tribal Lands may qualify for additional Tribal bene ts if they participate in certain additional federal eligibility programs. The Lifeline discount is available for only one telephone per household, which can be either a wireline or wireless telephone. A household is de ned for the purposes of the Lifeline program as any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses. 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CenturyLink may change or cancel services or substitute similar services at its sole discretion without notice. Offer, plans, and stated rates are subject to change and may vary by service area. Deposit may be required. Additional restrictions apply. Terms and Conditions – All products and services listed are governed by tariffs, terms of service, or terms and conditions posted at centurylink.com. Taxes, Fees, and Surcharges – Applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges include a carrier Universal Service charge, carrier cost recovery surcharges, state and local fees that vary by area and certain in-state surcharges. Cost recovery fees are not taxes or government-required charges for userequired charges for use. Taxes, fees, and surcharges apply based on standard monthly, not promotional, rates. Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Jan 11TH Thurs., Jan. 17THFor 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: “LINCOLN”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 only, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00 & 7:00, 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 11, 2013Judges sought for Okeechobee County Science FairThe Okeechobee County Science Fair is looking for individuals with a science, engineering, or mathematics background to help judge science projects the morning of Jan. 24. No experience is necessary, and we would welcome your expertise in promoting science in our community. If you are interested in helping to judge projects, please contact Cindy Letcher at 863-462-5056. 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 352-209-9582.Buckhead Ridge Baptist ChurchBuckhead Ridge Baptist Church 1731 Hunter Rd. is proud to announce the John Holder Family will be doing a concert Sunday morning Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. A free will offering will be taken. Everyone is welcome.Living Word of Faith Fellowship ConcertThe Living Word of Faith Fellowship located at 1902 S. Parrott proud to announce the Country Gospel Concert of Ron and Sharon Frazier. On, Sunday Jan. 13 at 11 a.m.

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State Road 70 Trucks don’t hurt or kill people. People w ho pull out in front of trucks and think they c an stop on a dime one block later are the reas ons why people get hurt or killed. All drivers need to abide by the laws.  Some people don’t have good judgement about what a huge truck can do. These little roller skate cars zip in and out of traf c as t hough anyone can avoid them within a dist ance of 50 feet. And in most cases they are b eing driven by 20 something girls. Even the insurance companies will back this up. Their rates are higher than for any other age group. T his has happened often with some of my t ruck driving relatives. In the past year my son, driving a gravel truck had this happen and only t hrough some very creative driving averted an accident in which several people (cars on all four corners) could have been killed. Little fools. Usually they are busy yapping away with t heir passengers.  Insurance companies will back up the age part, but certainly not the gender. Teenage b oys are more expensive to insure than girls due to their increased likelihood of causing fatal accidents.  One of the key ingredients is that SR 70 needs to be completed/four-laned which s hould help. It’s always been a heavily-traveled road, a feeder road for crossing Florida b y semis and travelers. I’ve also always been amazed at the head-on collisions on State Road 710 ... people getting impatient, taking c hances at passing. A vehicle traveling at 60 mph is traveling approximately 80 feet per s econd ... and moving at 80 feet per second, it t akes the blink of an eye to cause or contribute t o a wreck. I drive a motorcycle on an almost daily bas is and the majority of people who pull out in front of/almost hit/try to merge on top of/ never s ee me are the elderly and teenagers. With the elderly it’s almost always in a giant land cruiser t ype car and with teenagers its on the phone in giant lifted trucks (mommy and daddy’s truck). In town I obey all traf c laws, use blinkers, and even ash my lights just so people will see me. A nd yet it’s a never-ending battle. Why live in Okeechobee? Why do you choose to live in Okeechobee? I nd it an excellent place to live.  I am currently saving money to leave and nd fortunes elsewhere.  I have often told my “chirrun” that the best thing to do is to leave the area so they know what it is like “out there.”  I choose to live here because I grew up in Homestead. This town is still like Homestead was in the 70s and mid 80s. I don’t speak Spanglish and decided to stay here. Grew up huntin’ shin’, pullin’ gophers, and when it comes to down to it, “country boy can survive.” Love my home town!  I didn’t know many people were still around that knew what “pullin’ gophers” was about ... Yum!  I live here because of my spouse, a fth generation Okeechobeen. But we do all of our shopping, go out to eat, see movies, and we work in other counties. I would like to sell out and move to one of the counties to the west or maybe north Florida. I was born and raised in a town smaller than Okeechobee and I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel the country. There are a lot of small towns all over the USA that I could call home.  I chose to live here because all my life travelling through Okeechobee visiting family, I have watched this town change in so many ways. I knew as a child, then teen, I would eventually end up here. Sure enough here I am, hunting, shing, riding, gardening and enjoying the space this area has to offer. Most everyone in this town are good people. My only issue was with a business, when an auto center tried to way overcharge my step daughter for service. I took care of that as anyone around here would and took my business to a more honest mechanic.  Some days I wonder why I am here but other days I am very proud of Okeechobee. Saturday was one of those days, when community members gathered to ‘rally around’ Ryan Arnold as the family set off for the little boy’s surgery in Boston. The insurance will only cover part of the expense for the specialist because it was ‘out of network’ but community volunteers raised over $50,000 in donations to cover the family’s portion of the bills. There were all kinds of fundraisers—from barbecue dinners to collecting scrap metal—just to help that child get the best medical care. People in Okeechobee may not have much, but they do what they can to help someone in need. January 11, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. 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Florida, told governing board members prior to their Jan. 10 vote. “We oppose this resolution because of the lack of public transparency. Normally there would have been public discussion, but none of that happened.” She went on to tell board members that because there has been no public discussions about the proposed purchase, it appears the district has been acting “outside of Sunshine,” a reference to the state’s Government in Sunshine law. In a phone interview later Thursday, Ms. Graham said her group isn’t opposed to the restoration project but they do have a problem with the district’s lack of transparency. “What it sounds like from the presentation is it will have some environmental bene t, but it’s to be determined how much. We believe the water storage will be very helpful because the Caloosahatchee River needs it during the dry season,” she said. Audubon’s opposition lies mainly in the extension of A. Duda’s leases in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) for another 30 years. “I think it’s a fair question to say ‘What alternatives are there?’ We just need to be v ery careful that they’re reducing extra pollution,” she added. Ernie Barnett, director of Everglades policy and coordination for the district, addressed the governing board Thursday and told them the proposed project will help rehydrate Lake Hicpochee, provide water storage for the Caloosahatchee River and improve water quality. Prior to the vote, governing board members were told of a letter sent to them by the Glades County Board of County Commissioners that presented that board’s concern into the lack of public notice about the proposed purchase and Thursday’s vote. “Our Board was surprised that we did not receive an advance courtesy notice of your Board’s meeting agenda item on this resolution, in light of the fact the District’s purchase of up to 3,100 acres of Duda’s land in Glades County has the potential of signi cantly impacting Glades County,” stated the letter that was signed by the board’s vice chairperson Donna Storter Long. Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Glades County board was told about the proposed purchase by Commissioner Paul Beck. Then, by a 3-0 vote, the commissioners agreed to send the letter to the governing board and ask them to delay their decision until Feb. 13 to give county leaders a chance to nd out more about the purchase. Commission chairman Russell Echols abstained from voting because he works for Duda, and Commissioner Tim Stanley did not vote because he works for the district. When reached by telephone after the governing board's vote, Commissioner Beck said he wasn't surprised about the vote. "I gured they would," he said. "There's no transparency—that's one of my biggest gripes. It's a bad way to go." He added that ooding the property in question will not only cost jobs, it will keep away investors who want to buy property in Glades County. The commissioner then talked about a man from Texas who was interested in buying up to a couple of hundred acres of property that lies within the proposed project for investment purposes but is now having second thoughts. "He said maybe he just needs to forget about it. That's signi cant," said Commissioner Beck. Like Commissioner Beck, Glades Count y manager Larry Hilton wasn't surprised about the vote. "The problem commissioners had is no one knew anything about it until the last minute," he said. However, he added, the district has since contacted the county about holding a meeting to discuss the project. But, added Mr. Hilton, no date has been set for that meeting. Ms. Graham indicated that her Audubon group will carry their opposing voice to Tallahassee for a Jan. 23 meeting of Governor Rick Scott's cabinet, which must approve Duda's lease extension. She told the governing board that Audubon Florida will be weighing in on the issue and that the lease extensions "need to be vetted." SFWMDContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Descuentos en Telfono e Internet Disponibles para Clientes de CenturyLinkLa Comisin de Servicios Pblicos de Florida ha designado a CenturyLink como un Portador Elegible de Telecomunicaciones dentro de su rea de servicio para nes de servicio universal. Las tarifas de servicio local bsico de CenturyLink para lneas de voz residenciales son $19.50 al mes y para servicios de negocios son $28.00-$32.50 al mes. Las tarifas espec cas se proporcionarn por solicitud. CenturyLink participa en un programa de bene cios del gobierno (Lifeline) para hacer el servicio telefnico residencial ms accesible a personas y familias elegibles de bajos ingresos. Los clientes elegibles son aquellos que cumplen con las normas de elegibilidad segn lo de nido por la FCC y las comisiones es tatales. Los residentes que viven en tierras tribales reconocidas a nivel federal pueden cali car para bene cios tribales adicionales si participan en ciertos programas de elegib ilidad federales adicionales. El descuento Lifeline est disponible slo para un telfono por hogar, el cual puede ser un telfono jo o inalmbrico. Para los nes del programa Lifeline, un hogar se de ne como cualquier individuo o grupo de individuos que viven en la misma direccin y comparten ingresos y gastos. El servicio Lifeline no es transferible, y slo consumidores elegibles pueden inscribirse en el programa. Los consumidores que voluntariamente hagan declaraciones falsas con el n de obtener el servicio de telfono de Lifeline pueden ser castigados con una multa o pena de prisin y pueden ser excluidos del programa. Los suscriptores elegibles para Lifeline tambin pueden cali car para el servicio con able de Internet de alta velocidad residencial de hasta 1.5 Mbps por $9.95* al mes por los primeros 12 meses de servicio. Ms detalles estn disponibles en centurylink.com/ internetbasics. Si usted vive en un rea de servicio de CenturyLink, por favor llame al 1-800-201-4099 o visite centurylink.com/lifeline si tiene alguna pregunta o para solicitar una aplic acin para el programa Lifeline. *Programa Internet Basics de CenturyLink – Slo para clientes residenciales que cali quen basado en el cumplimiento de los requisitos de nivel de ingresos o de elegibilidad para la participacin en el programa, y requiere permanecer elegible durante el periodo completo de la oferta. La primera factura incluir los cargos por el primer mes completo de servicio facturado por adelantado, cargos prorrateados por servicio a partir de la fecha de la instalacin hasta la fecha de la factura, y cargos y tarifas nicos descritos anteriormente. Los clientes que cali quen pueden mantener este programa durante un mximo de 60 meses despus de la activacin del servicio siempre que el cliente mantenga su elegibilidad durante ese tiempo. La tarifa de Internet de Alta Velocidad indicada de $9.95/mes aplica durante los primeros 12 meses de servicio (despus de lo cual la tarifa se revierte a $14.95/mes durante los siguientes 48 meses de servicio), y requiere un contrato a trmino de 12 meses. El cliente debe rentar un mdem/ruter de CenturyLink por un cargo mensual adicional o comprar un mdem/ruter de manera independiente, y aplica un cargo nico por activacin de Internet de Alta Velocidad. Un cargo nico por instalacin profesional (si es seleccionada por el cliente) y un cargo nico por envo y manejo se aplican al mdem/ruter del cliente. General – Servicios no disponibles en todas partes. CenturyLink puede cambiar o cancelar los servicios o sustituirlos por servicios similares a su entera discrecin y sin previo aviso. Oferta, planes y tarifas indicadas sujetos a cambio y pueden variar segn el rea de servicio. Un depsito puede ser requerido. Aplican restricciones adicionales. Trminos y Condiciones – Todos los productos y servicios indicados se rigen por las tarifas, trminos de servicio, o trminos y condiciones publicados en centurylink.com. Impuestos, Cargos y Sobrecargos – Impuestos, cargos y sobrecargos aplicables incluyen un cargo por el Servicio Universal del proveedor, sobrecargos de recuperacin de costos del proveedor, cargos locales y estatales que varan por rea, y ciertos sobrecargos dentro del estado. Los cargos por recuperacin de costos no son impuestos o cargos por uso exigidos por el gobierno. Impuestos, cargos y sobrecargos se aplican sobre tarifas con una base mensual estndar, no promocional. 5 Okeechobee News January 11, 2013 On Sunday, Jan. 20, a candlelight vigil will be held in the east parking lot of First Missionary Baptist Church of Deans Court on the corner of N.W. Ninth Avenue and Ninth Street at 6 p.m. The attendees will pray for the violence in all communities to stop. The Martin Luther King Day march will line up at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Douglas Brown Center. The March will start promptly at 9 a.m. and travel to Flagler Park. The Martin Luther Kind Day Parade will start at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Okeechobee. Parade participants will meet in the parking lot of the old U-Save supermarket on U.S. 441 (Parrott Avenue) at 10 a.m. The parade will follow the regular parade route north on U.S. 441 and then west on State Road 70 to the end of Flagler Park. There will be a short program in Flagler Park after the parade. After the program, participants are invited to return to The Douglas Brown Center for refreshments, entertainment and fun. If you would like to donate water or soft drinks, please bring them to The Douglas Brown Center on Monday morning. For more information, contact Shirlean Graham at 863-763-2893. KINGContinued From Page 1 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County S heriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida H ighway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or t he Department of Corrections (DOC).  Robert Allen Pohl, 48, S.E. 25th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 8 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of grand theft. His bond was set at $2,500.  Bruce Elliot Mincey, 49, N.W. 21st Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 9 by Of cer Chad Troutman on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $750.  James Harmison, 26, N.W. Parkway, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 9 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a Broward County warrant charging him with violation of probation lewd and lascivious exhibition in presence of v ictim 16 years old or less. He is being held w ithout bond.  Joseph Snyder, 47, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 9 by Deputy Brian Cross on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of burglary of a conveyance and tampering with a victim. He is being held without bond.  Gerald Steven Price, 48, N.E. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 9 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of witness tampering. His bond was set at $30,000.  Joseph Enrique Sandoval, 27, N.E. 168th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 9 by Deputy Ronald A. Brown on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a controlled substance in a state correction institution. He was released on his own recognizance. 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. A rrest Report

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YOUNIFIED event plannedAll youth from sixth to 12th grades are invited to attend the YOUNIFIED youth event, on Jan. 11 at Osceola Middle School. There will be over 50 free door prizes given away including two lap tops, two iPads, two X-box 360s, iPods, “Beats” headphones and more! There will also be great speakers. The event will feature the rap group “Authentic” out of Miami. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and there will be another rap group at that time as you come in, visit the booths and get some free food!! “3:Thirty” will also be singing. The night will be action packed with food, music and truth. Doors open at 5 p.m. The event is from 5:309:30 p.m. For information call 863-634-6523Eagles plan weekend eventsThe Cypress Hut Eagles will be serving choice rib eye steak dinner for $14, shrimp $10, or sh $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 Music will be by Debbie and Jimmy Harper. Saturday Jan. 12, serving baby back ribs for dinner with two sides for $10 from 4-7 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m., by Sax On The Beach. Sunday, Jan. 13, Southern Fried Chicken served from 1-5 p.m. for $6. Dart tournament Tuesday Jan. 15 starting at 6 p.m. Hamburgers will be served. The public is welcome. Tuesdays proceeds go for the Diabetes Research Center, and the rest go to the community charity funds. For more information please call 863467-1154.Eagles North weekend plansEagles North located at 9985 U.S. 441 N. will have Friday steak dinner on Jan. 11 from 5:30 p.m.9 p.m. followed by music with Michaels Memories. Saturday, Jan. 12 ,is card bingo at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, is bingo at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, is bingo starting at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.North VFW events announcedThe North VFW, 300 N.W. 34th St., has lots of fun planned for this weekend. Friday there will be bingo at 1 p.m. the grill will be open 5-9 p.m. with D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy) hosting karaoke 7-11 p.m. On Saturday there will be burgers on the grill from 12-2 p.m. Bingo 1 p.m. and seafood baskets (as well as a full menu) 5-7 p.m. and Keith Bass & The Florida Bluegrass Express at 8 p.m. Sunday, Lori will be serving a chicken fried steak dinner 1-3 p.m. for a donation of $6.50. Proceeds go towards Veteran’s Assistance Programs.SSN to meet Jan. 11The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11 in the board room of the Okeechobee County school board of ce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited. For information, call Sharon Vinson (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.Baseball tryouts slatedThe ‘Chobee baseball 14 & under travel team tryouts will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sports Complex, on Field 4. Players should bring their birth certi cates.Library hosting seriesThe Okeechobee Library will host “Ian R.B. Nairnseymusical theater presenter” of a series depicting Broadway shows with musical selections and narratives. The Saturday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m. presentation will be on “Destry Rides Again.”Dinner to bene ts kidsOn Jan. 12 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 will cost $10 and public is welcome. There will be live music starting at 5:30 p.m.Church hosts breakfastJoin the prayer warriors of Calvary Chapel Okeechobee Men’s and Women’s group as we join together to lift up our prayers to the Lord. We will be hosting a men’s prayer breakfast and a women’s prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary on Saturday, Jan. 12. For directions and questions, call the church of ce at 863-467-0863. Our Sunday service is at 10 a.m., and Wednesday’s service starts at 7 p.m.Miniature Equine day setOn Saturday, Jan. 12, Paddock Farms, on S.R. 710 at the entrance to the Agri-Civic Center, will host a Miniature Equine Fun Da y at Paddock Farms, from 8:30 a.m. until dark. This event is to bene t Rylee’s Hope. Our event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and go till dark. Spectator admission is free. Entry fee for youth is $10 and for all others $15. All equine must have a current negative coggins. Also, there will be a swap and shop event. Bring anything that you would like to sell. Animals are OK but they must be caged or secured. The fee to set up for the entire day is $10. A clinic will be offered on Driving and Racing by a professional racer from Pompano. If you have an equine that you would like to sell, enter them in our Equine Sale Parade. For information call Nancy 863-634-1440Masons hosting breakfastThe Masonic Lodge located on 107 N.W. Fifth will be having a breakfast on Jan. 13 at 8 a.m. 11 a.m. Breakfast will include eggs, bacon, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and much more. For $6, the public is welcome and carry out is available. All proceeds go to local Mason giving. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Luther Trent, 96OKEECHOBEE — Luther Trent died at Raulerson Hospital on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Luther was born in Jackson, Ky. and relocated to Okeechobee over 50 years ago becoming active in the eld of construction. He served his country during WWII in the US Army. His favorite pastimes were shing, woodworking and gardening. He joined the Masons in Kentucky and transferred his membership to the local Blue Lodge upon moving to Okeechobee. Recently he received a pin representing over 70 years of membership. Luther was preceded in death by a grandson, George E. Neal II. He is survived by his wife of 76 years, Gladys Tipton Trent; daughters, Betty (George) Neal of Stanton, Ky., Brenda Trent Appleton of Okeechobee; sons, Edward (Connie) Trent, Donnie (Pam) Trent, Johnny (Lisa) Trent and Ronald (Lynne) Trent, all of Okeechobee; eleven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and nine greatgreat-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home with Masonic services following on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at 10 a.m. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery. 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.Robert Elvis Rhew, 60OKEECHOBEE — Robert Elvis Rhew passed away Jan. 4, 2013. He was born Aug. 9, 1952 in Hillsborough, N.C. Mr. Rhew proudly served our country in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He was a safety coordinator for construction. Mr. Rhew is survived by his wife, Mary Rhew; mother and father, Clyde and Lillian Rhew; parents, Lou and Bobby Gentry; children, Lorie Earp, Alan Rhew (Lisa), Kimberly Warhurst (Angie), Michael Riddle (Julie) and Jennifer Riddle; sisters, Deb Penland (Davida), Elaine Chamberland, Glenda Hoffman (Marty) and Diana Rhew; grandchildren, Adam, Zander, Christopher, Hayle and Brooke. No services will be held at this time. Friends may sign the guest book and leave a message of condolence at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111.Willie Tommie, 54BRIGHTON — Willie Tommie passed peacefully Jan. 9, 2013. He was born Feb. 26, 1958 in Okeechobee. He was a lifelong resident of Brighton and a citrus worker. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and he was an avid Dolphins fan. Mr. Tommie was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Tommie; daughter, Tanya Tommie; mother, Juanita Tommie; brother, Walter Tommie, Jr.; aunts, Lois Smith, Wanda Tommie and Ada Bowers; grandson, Brighton Serrano; and niece, Miranda Tommie. He is survived by his wife, Noreen Tommie; daughter, Stella M. Ford (Oscar); stepdaughters, Dionne Smedley (Samuel), Rinella Billie (Billy Bailey) all of Brighton and Rebecca Rankin of Mass.; stepson, Keith Billie (Margie) of Brighton; and his beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at Ortona Cemetery. Rev. Matt Tiger will of ciate. Friends may sign the guest book and leave a message of condolence at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Roy R. Bohannan, Sr., 64OKEECHOBEE — Roy R. Bohannan, Sr. died W ednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Raulerson Hospital. Roy was born in Arkansas and relocated to Okeechobee 26 years ago. He enjoyed his free time w orking in the yard and spending time w ith all of his grandchildren. After retiring, he enjoyed selling peanuts. Roy was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Bohannan; grandson, Andrew Deschamps; his parents, Otis and Edith Bohannan; brothers, Coy and Toy Bohannan; and a sister, Susie Bohannan. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Gail Bohannan; son, Roy (Amy) Bohannan, Jr.; daughter, Mary Michelle (Joseph) Deschamps, all of Okeechobee; ten grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; brothers, James (Betty) Bohannan of Calif., GJ (Shirley) Henson of Ga.; sisters, Erlene McCoy of Dover, Fla., Martha Woodby and Anna Lee (Kenneth) Collins, both of Tenn. Visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Port Mayaca Cemetery. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. 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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 11, 2013 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? 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 A t Florida Foot Specialist we treat all problems with the foot and ankle. There are a wide range of problems that affect the foot and ankle. These can range from orthopedic problems such as fractures to neurologic problem i.e. neuropathy. A large number of our patients are diabetic, due to the numerous complications that the accompany diabetes. We also deal with fungal infections of the nails and feet, as well as vascular disorders that can cause long-term problems w ith the foot and ankle. We are also a full-service surgical practice. We perform several minimally invasive surgeries to treat a wide range of Florida Foot Specialist Your Neighborhood Foot & Ankle Specialist problems. The feet are one of the more common areas for fractures. The severity of the fractures can vary greatly from a small crack in the little toe to a large fracture of the ankle in which the bones have moved and need to be realigned. There are a total of 28 bones in the feet. These bones have many different shapes and sizes. For this reason bones in the feet can fracture in many different ways, and can present different problems with healing. The major decision when evaluating a fracture is whether the fracture requires surgery or can be treated by casting. Often this decision is made depending on the severity of the fracture, whether the bones have moved away from each other, and whether not “ xing the fracture will lead to problems down the road. If a person has injured themselves then the best course of action is to be evaluated by a doctor who specializes in the area that the person injured. X-rays will be taken and in some occasions more extensive testing will take place. We will discuss the different options both surgical and nonsurgical for treatment of your injury. Often times the injury is not a fracture at all, just a severe sprain or bone bruise. This will all be discussed with you so that you may make an educated decision on your own care. There is often a timetable of when the fracture should be treated. It is not advisable to delay seeing a physician after injuring yourself. 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 Dr. ShariffDr. Roberts 8 Okeechobee News January 11, 2013 Teacher and Employee of the yearOkeechobee Achievement Academy is proud to announce that their Teacher of the Year is Sharon Whitaker. Also, the School Related Employee of the Year is Jennifer Harden. Both of them are a very big part of the success of the school and we appreciate both of their hard work. ’13 youth hoop sign ups startSign-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. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OAA

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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 Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! Friday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician R eferral & Health Care Questi ons call 763-9228 Providing our comm unity quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 y ears Emergency Services 2 4 hrs /7 days a we ek O rthopedics Introducing D r. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Ra diology in: CT Scan, Digital Ma mmography, MRI, Nu clear Medicine, & Ul traso und Surgical Services Minimal ly Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / W orkers Compensa tion We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.newszap.com R H H H R C S M. S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS ” orida.newszap.com Your Source for Daily Local News Updates 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 11, 2013 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. 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 fth 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. Applications may be picked up at the Okeechobee Main Street Of ce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., Chamber Building; Bridgette Waldau Studio of Graphic Design, 111 N.E. Second St., or Affordable Art & Framing, 110 S.W. 14th St. 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.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Stimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL HEALTHCARE Caring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DENTAL SURGERY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Okeechobee Dental We Specialize In:• Root Canals • Dental Implants • Laser Periodental Therapy • Oral Surgery & Teeth ExtractionsIV & Oral Sedation Available113 NW 19th Drive • OkeechobeeHOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri. 9-5BilingualHealthy Kids863-261-8273 Surgery Specialists GYNECOLOGIST All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net FAMILY MEDICINE (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted The 2012 – 2013 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website YOU ASKED FOR IT! YOU ASKED FOR IT!Look for the puzzles near the Classifieds section Now featuring Sudoku and the Crossword Puzzle in every edition of the 10 Okeechobee News January 11, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTAL YOUR CHURCH To Advertise YOUR Church! Call 863-763-3134 or email okeeadsales@newszap. comYou 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 Appearing in ConcertCountry Gospel MusicJan. 13th • 11AM servicesLiving Word of Faith Fellowship 1902 S. Parrott Ave. OkeechobeeRon & Sharon Frazier 11 Okeechobee News January 11, 2013 TALLAHASSEE—Though u season has already started, the Florida Department of Health encourages unvaccinated residents and visitors to get vaccinated against in uenza ( u). Compared with most other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, in uenza infection often causes a more severe illness, and at times can lead to death. “It is not too late to get vaccinated against the u, and we encourage anyone age six months and older to get a u shot,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. J ohn Armstrong. “In uenza A is the most common u type in Florida this season and is countered by the vaccine.” Be sure to watch for symptoms of the u, such as headache, fever, a severe cough, runny nose or body aches. Contact your primary care physician or a local hospital immediately if symptoms appear. This is particularly important for people at high risk for serious complications from u. For those with the u, antiviral medication may shorten both the duration and severity of illness. The Florida Department of Health urges the following preventive steps for the u:  Get vaccinated EVERY YEAR because as the u types change, the vaccine changes.  Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, because germs spread this way.  Avoid close contact with sick people.  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.  If you are sick with u–like illness, contact your primary care physician to determine whether you need antiviral medication. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (except to get medical care or for other necessities). To locate u vaccine, contact your County Health Department at http://www.doh.state. .us/chdsitelist.htm. State health department encourages u vaccinations By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their Tuesday, Jan. 8 meeting, the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board imposed nes in three cases. Lewis and Betsy Beebee, owners of property located at 1380 S.E. 21st St., were ned $25 a day for every day of noncompliance beginning the day after proper noti cation, because of overgrowth on the property. The other two cases on the agenda were ongoing problem cases and were handled a little differently. Federal National Mortgage Association, owner of property at 1003 S.W. 11th Ave, and Wanda Page, owner of property at 803 N.W. 11th St, were both ned $5 a day beginning on the day of noti cation. However, in both cases, if the property has not been cleaned up by the next meeting the city attorney was directed to consult with the city administrator to see how to best handle these cases. According to Code Enforcement Of cer Fred Sterling the properties of Gail Adams Peterson, Fosler LLC and Big Lake Painting and Pressure Cleaning were found to be in compliance and those cases were not heard. Turning to other business, Chairperson Jamie Gamiotea and Vice Chair Randy Huckabee were both re-elected for twoyear terms.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City Code Board tackles problem cases The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that a section of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail from Moore Haven Lock north to Lakeport was recently re-opened after being closed temporarily during construction. Hikers, bicyclists and other recreationalists can enjoy more than ten miles of newly paved trail on the west side of Lake Okeechobee. The 110-mile trail encircles Lake Okeechobee atop the 35-foot high Herbert Hoover Dike and provides excellent views of the lake as well as opportunities for shing, bird watching and photography. Maintenance and rehabilitation work continues on other areas of the Herbert Hoover Dike. The section of the trail between Clewiston and South Bay remains closed to facilitate delivery of stone used for shoring up the dike in emergency situations. This closure will only be in effect during the workweek (Mon.-Fri); the trail will be open on weekends and holidays at this location. The trail remains closed between Moore Haven and Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp/Liberty Point to accommodate replacement of Culverts 1 and 1A, and between Belle Glade and Port Mayaca for replacement of Culverts 11 and 16 as well as ongoing work associated with the recently installed cutoff wall. Contractors are using heavy construction vehicles and large equipment within all of these areas. Truck traf c on the roads is a constant ow, and any additional traf c on the narrow trail or dike crest poses a safety hazard for recreationists and equipment operators. “We recognize the inconvenience caused by these closures,” said Robert Schnell, assistant chief of the Corps’ South Florida Operations Of ce (SFOO) in Clewiston, “however, safety for our workers and the general public is something we take very seriously. We want to keep people out of harm’s way when necessary, but we are always pleased to announce improvements and the re-opening of sections of the trail for public use.” Corps announces re-opening of trail section

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News January 11, 2013 By Rob NewellFLW Outdoors Lake Okeechobee is known for its waves. W hen the wind howls on the Big O, threefooters are pretty easy to nd. But this time of year, Okeechobee is known for another kind of wave: waves of big female bass that come in off the main lake to spawn around the lake's endless shoreline vegetation. And in some way, those shing the EverStart Series Southeast Division event on the Big O this week will have to be surfers of those waves, scouting the big lake and anticipating the next ground swell of big bass breaking into a small area. When the main lake bruisers do inundate an area, it can make for the stuff bass shing dreams are made of: 6to 10-pound females w ill lay up everywhere in a small area and 30-pound limits are not out of the question. But the window to catch such magic is usually limited maybe two days around the new and full moons. The real problem, however, is predicting w here the next wave will land. The North Shore? The Monkey Box? J&S? South Bay? Pelican Bay? The East Wall? With the water some two feet higher than the few previous years, much of Okeechobee is back in play for the competitors. And with a new moon arriving on Saturday, somewhere rollers are forming, but catching those waves before they break will be the trick. The 2012 Forrest Wood Cup winner Jacob Wheeler is down shing the EverStart event as a warm up for the FLW Tour event in a few weeks. He says the lake is full of sh, but he also knows the eventual winner of this event will be the pro who rides the next big wave. "This place is a blast, especially for a topwater nut like me," Wheeler said. "You can take a Rapala X-Rap Prop and have a ball catching a bunch of sh just about anywhere on the lake. But nding where a new group of females are just moving in is like nding a needle in a haystack this place is just so massive." Wheeler sees the two primary options this week as either punching mats up in the north end or casting and reeling moving baits over endless "hay" elds down south. As for sight- shing, Wheeler did say there are sh on beds, but with the water so high, seeing down into the beds is dif cult. "What's so frustrating about this place especially in those ooded hay elds down southis you can sh through a gorgeous area one day, not get a bite and then 24 hours later, 30 pounds of bass move in and you've already written it off your list," Wheeler said. "It's just the nature of the beast down here." The big X factor could be the big jig pitching game, a big sh technique which has been a tournament-winning windfall for Brandon Medlock of Lake Placid. Medlock has won the EverStart Okeechobee opener the last two years in a row on his dad's Double-Guard jig, which is speci cally designed to be ipped into thick reeds, not necessarily mats. "It's not as strong as it was last year," Medlock said of the technique. "Mostly because the higher water spreads those big sh out more. You can still catch big ones, you just have to cover a lot more water because they're not as congregated as when the water is low." In the 2011 EverStart event, Medlock weighed in a 28-pound limit for the win and then in 2012 he compiled a monster 35pound, 7-ounce limit on day two to rocket to victory. "I think we might see one big limit like that this week," Medlock said. "Someone, somewhere will land on the right bunch at the right time. But overall I think 15 pounds a day will make the top-10 and an 18-pound per day average will win." EverStart Series Southeast Division opens on the Big O By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A disputed goal helped Okeechobee rally to defeat arch rival Clewiston 3-2 in boys high school soccer action Wednesday night at Brahman Stadium. Daniel Rodriguez lofted the soccer ball that the Tiger goalkeeper caught near the top of the goal. The of cials ruled the ball had broken the plane of the goal and awarded the go to the Brahmans. It gave the Brahmans the lead with just two minutes to go in the match. Brahman coach Lonnie Sears pointed out his team didn't get discouraged when they fell behind 2-0 early in the second half. The Tigers put in two goals in the rst 10 minutes of the half. The rst goal came as the Brahman goal keeper failed to grab a loose ball near the net. "Mistakes like that put us in a bind. The goalie made a mistake. The mental mistakes keep costing us and put momentum on their side." On the other side, Sears said his team played hard for 80 minutes and played well in the nal 30 minutes of the match. Mid elder Devin Jimenez said the win really felt good especially because the Brahmans were able to rally. "We just kept playing strong. Our rst goal got us back in it. I feel we are playing well and we have the potential to be district champs again this year." Jimenez said Clewiston did a good job keeping the pressure on the Brahman side of the eld. He said if the team stops mistakes on defense, they can be successful. "If we keep doing what we're doing we will be ne. We have come a long way since the start of the season," he added. Wilson Barahonna and Brian Guerrero also had goals for Okeechobee, (6-5-2). Jimenez had an assist. Sears said he thinks Okeechobee is on track to be a factor in the district tournament in two weeks. They play Martin County Friday and that should be a good test for the team. "I want to play tough matches. If we quit making dumb mistakes, I feel we can pla y with anybody," he explained. OHS rallies to claim 3-2 soccer win over Tigers Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDaniel Rodriguez #14 clears the ball away from the Brahman net during the second half of Wednesday’s match between arch rivals Okeechobee and Clewiston. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLogan Laskey (right) handles the ball for OHS during their win over Clewiston Wednesday. Eagles Host Dinner to bene t kidsCypress Hut Eagles Host Dinner to Bene t Kids This Saturday, Jan. 12 the Cypress Hut Eagles will host a BBQ rib dinner and two side dishes starting at 4:30 p.m. for $10. All proceeds will go to the KOA Kids with Cancer Camp. Public is welcome and there will be music by Sax on the Beach starting at 5 p.m. Come out and support one of Okeechobees' charities.Band to play Bluegrass at North VFWKeith Bass & The Florida Bluegrass Express will be performing live at the North VFW (300 N.W. 34th Street) on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  Sylvester Butler had 22 points in a losing cause as Okeechobee High School’s boys basketball team (4-12) started the second half of the year with a 71-62 loss at St. Edwards of Vero Beach on Saturday afternoon. Philip Jones had 19 points and Eddie Neal had 10 points for the Brahmans. The Pirates were led by Brock Miller who had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Parker Dressler who scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Okeechobee trailed by 10 points at the half, 40-30. The Pirates (10-5) put the game away with a 23-12 run in the third quarter.  Don’t forget the annual OHS Tennis team fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. There will be men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles in the two-day tournament. There will also be two levels in each division. The format is a best two out of three sets match. All participants are guaranteed at least two matches per division. The entry fee is $40 per team. This pays for the entry, a t-shirt, and lunch for each player on Saturday. Make all checks payable to Okeechobee High School. Mail entrees to Dave Ellis at 1071 S.E. 40th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974. You can also register by phone by calling Mr. Ellis at 863532-9316 or Mairim Rivero at 561-722-6281. USTA rules will govern play. Awards will be handed out for the winners and nalists in both divisions. The lunch menu on Saturday includes a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, sides, and a drink.  The Lady Seminoles of Pemayetv Emahakv basketball team continue to shine on the court as they remained unbeaten (10-0) with a 44-7 victory over West Glades Middle School just before the Christmas break. Shae Pierce continued her strong season with 13 points. Martina Herrera had seven points and Sunni Bearden and Alicia Fudge chipped in with ve points apiece.  The Pemayetv Emahakv Lady Seminole basketball team remained unbeaten this week as they pounded Clewiston Middle School 46-9. Shae Pierce led the way with 18 points. Martina Herrera had eight points, Alicia Fudge seven points and Sunni Bearden ve points.  The Brahman wrestling team competed in the St. Cloud tournament before Christmas which is considered one of the top ve most prestigious wrestling tournaments in the state. Del no Garcia won two matches on the rst day but didn’t come in the second round to nish in sixth place. Ryan Hagan won some exciting moments as he nished fth in the tournament. Allen Leitner lost only one match in the tournament and nished third overall. Cory Vickers nished in sixth place. Greg Hernandez also nished sixth in the heavyweight division.  The Junior Varsity Brahman wrestlers competed against Kissimmee-Osceola and some of the top junior varsity teams in the state during the holiday break. Cory Vickers took rst place in his weight class. The wresting team nished seventh out of 18 teams at the Steadwell Grow Tournament on the Treasure Coast last weekend. Garcia, Todd Lanning, Larry Tabor and Bryan Levins took sixth place. Edwin Robles and Sebastian Fulleda nished fth. Cory Vickers nished in fourth and Cody Grif th in third place in their respective weight divisions. Coach Robert Olive said the team has faced some killer competition of late and he hopes it’ll pay off in the district and regional tournaments. “We’ve wrestled more ranked teams and wrestlers than last year. I feel Sebastian Fulleda has really stood out this season as he’s made a tremendous amount of growth. He wrestles with a purpose and gets better every time he wrestles,” he added.  Moore Haven Terrier running back Darius Cohen looks like he will get some college scholarships offers for football. He fared well at the Step Up Combine in Miami last weekend for high school athletes. Cohen rushed for 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns this year and added nine interceptions and 110 tackles on defense. He also carries a 3.4 grade point average. College recruiters predict Cohen could get a late offer from a Division I University.  Okeechobee High School’s Boys Basketball Team fell to Port St. Lucie 77-53 despite a very close rst half. Okeechobee kept the score tied early at 7-7 and 11-11 and trailed only six at the end of the rst quarter. They struggled to tie the score at 24-24 midway through the rst half before an 8-0 run by Port St. Lucie. Still Okeechobee trailed only by ve, 32-27 at halftime when Roshell Thomas hit a three-point basket before the buzzer. Brahman Coach Shawn Hays admits he has seen this act before, “It’s the same Jekyll and Hyde team we’ve dealt with all year. In the rst half we had energy but in the third quarter we lost intensity and focus and quit playing offense and defense.” The Brahmans were out scored 22-7 in the third quarter. Port St. Lucie built a 20point lead as they routinely scored easy baskets and force Okeechobee into poor shots. On Tuesday, OHS couldn’t hold a 10-point rst half lead as the Fort Pierce Cobras came storming back and whipped the Brahmans 81-57 in a District 12-7A contest in Okeechobee. Okeechobee travels to Sebastian River on Friday. The Brahman junior varsity lost to Port St. Lucie 43-16. 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. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co m • FORECLOSURE 40+/Acres of vacant/pasture land in Fort Drum. Paved street frontage. $125,000 MLS #206360 • Basswood lot 124x125 (NW 33rd Ave) $6,000. • acre in Edgewater (624 SW 86th Ave) $14,000 Make offer! MLS #206356 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $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 FORECLOSURE PRICE REDUCED NEW LISTING 5000-M: Deer Park (Ft. 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SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com Call me today and let me show you how Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate can work for you to increase your property’s exposure and allow me to reach the maximum potential buyers around the country. “Anything Less is Second Best.”Berger Real Estate Philip Y. Berger, Lic. RE BrokerTHINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?GRACIE MORTONgraciemorton06@gmail.com863.634.5283 (CELL)863.763.5335 (OFFICE) 13 Okeechobee News January 11, 2013 Okeechobee Sports News in Brief

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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 Apartments2bd/1ba Oak Lake Villas, Very Clean, tile throughout. $800 mo. includes water & lawn maintenance, security negotiable. Call 863-697-6757 Apartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2 BA Large Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780 KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. Houses RentAFFORDABLE New large house, 3/2, large yard, W/D. $1000/mo Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. 14 Okeechobee News January 11, 2013

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Houses RentCanal frontcovered boat dock, 2bd/2ba, stove, fridge, W/D connections, city limits, lawn service included,$750/mo 407 SE 8th St, behind Suntrust Bank, pet okay on approval Call: (863)764-0658 Large 2bd/1ba On water in Treasure Island. $675.00 monthly, $500 security deposit. Call 863-467-1308 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 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 OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. RIVER ACRES1/1, fully furnished, Laundry. Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish TV. WI FI & local phone service.$150/wk + sec. Call: (863) 467-1950 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses SaleHOME FOR SALE $75,000, Well Maintained 2 bd/ 2 ba home, eat in kitchen, formal dining, living room, Florida Room, additional storage building and 4 car detached garage wired for 220 and 110 Volt Electric, and 3 car carport. Public access dock about 1/2 mile from Community. For more info Call Optima One Realty @ (239)848-2071 or (352)243-6784 OKEECHOBEE 2br./2 ba. Palm Creek waterfront home. Gated Community. Owner nancing. Possible option to rent. 863-532-0273. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. InvestmentPropertySTORAGE FACILITY/FLEA MARKET 100 Units •Money Maker •Owner Financing •Consider all Trades $399,000 LaBelle, Florida (305)481-1316 Lots SaleLot For Sale Treasure Island SE 25th Street Mobile Home Ready $10,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 Waterfront PropertyFOR SALE 1 Acre+ Newly renovated duplex on Rim Canal between 15A and 15B,New Dock 20x30,RV Hook-up $79,500 will consider cash offers or partial nancing.561-853-6669 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2BR, 2BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3BR, 2BA, C/Air. $550 mo. No pets. Yearly lease, plus sec. (863)763-4031 Buckhead Ridge2/2 fully furnished, on canal w/lake access, lawn service included, seasonal and long term rates, Call (863)634-0663 Mobile HomeSale2bd/1ba M.H. Taylor Creek w/boat dock, ramp access. Appliances included, furnishings ,carport, screened porch. Park lot rent includes water & lawn maint. $19,900 O.B.O. Call:863-484-0298or 863-467-8328 ANCIENT OAKS 55+ BEST BUY! $29,000. NEW A/C, TILE FLOORS, KING MURPHY BED, WASH HOUSE, BEAUTIFUL BACK YARD ON CANAL. CALL 863-697-3954, 863-357-6530 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 Mobile HomeSale FOR SALE Updated + Clean 14x56 Mobile Home,12x30 enclosed addition, 16x8 Florida Room. 2bd/2ba, Living Space of Double Wide, convient, quiet. Lot 44 River Bend Park. $17,500 or best offer. Willing to work on price. Ready in 1 week, it is REAL NICE, very nice yard. Call 585-352-7015or 585-330-4171 Jacobson 3br, 2bath doublewide on sale for only $49,900. Includes a/c and setup. Easy nancing available. We accept trade ins. Call 863-357-4848 ask for Larry or Sandy Palm Harbor Homes 14 x 50 Mobile Condo 2/2 $29,900 Park Special 800-622-2832 x210 PINE RIDGE PARK LARGE CORNER LOT WITH 1 BEDROOM/1 BATH MOBILE HOME SEPTIC TANK & WELL. $14,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats1996 COBRA VIPER 18’-8” 200HP MERC. EFL/65HRS. JACK PLATE,DUAL LOCATERS. NEARLY NEW 71#TROLLING MTR.,CUSTOM COVER, 1YR OLD TANDEM TRAILER/NEW TIRES. ALL IN VERY GOOD COND. CALL 417-533-2694 OR 863-269-9481 $8,750.00 99 Triton 21’ Fish & Ski, excellent condition, 225 Mercury and Trailer. 20’ Pontoon w/115 Mercury + 40 Johnson. Call 863-763-1365 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 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 Fifth Wheels2012 Road King 5th Wheel 44 ft, 2bd/2ba 4 slide outs, all options must see! $35,000 o.b.o Call 941-894-5219 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 Pickup Trucks1986 F150 TRUCK STRONG MOTOR & TRANNY, RUNS GOOD. $500.00 CALL 863-824-0689 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticeNOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE : The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL., to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDR’s). All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for nal consideration. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. 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 General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Dawn Hoover, Chairperson 433726 ON 1/11/2013 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Public Notice CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARINGS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee City Council will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. A Public Hearing for Final Readings will be held at this meeting; to consider 6 Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map Amendments and 5 Rezonings; all initiated by the City and recommended by the Planning Board. Speci c information, maps and agenda are available on the website, cityofokeechobee.com, or contact City Clerk’s Of ce 863-763-3372. 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 433716 ON 1/11/2013 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 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on JANUARY 25, 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. 1996 FORD F150 VIN # 1FTEF15N5TLB70095 1999 FORD RANGERXLT VIN # 1TZR15X2XTA49637 1995 FORD RANGER XL VIN 1FTCR14U9SPA33613 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. 434306 ON 1/11/2013 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 1-26-13 @ 10:00 AM Unit #126 Christine Williams Unit #427 Edwin V. Serrano 434276 ON 1/11,18/2013 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2012-CP-178 IN RE: ESTATE OF DUANE PAUL FREY, a/k/a DUANE P. FREY Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of DUANE PAUL FREY, a/k/a DUANE P. FREY, deceased, File Number 2012-CP-178, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was December 7, 2008; that the total value of the estate is $10,747.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Lucille Henrietta Frey 13973 Frey Meadows Road Pocahontas, IL 62275 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is January 11, 2013. Person Giving Notice: MATTHEW E. FREY 136 Locust Creek Road Pocahontas, IL 62275 Attorney for Person Giving Notice: Colin M. Cameron, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 270441 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8600 434438 ON 1/11,18/2013 15 Okeechobee News January 11, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans basketball team got off to a slow start as they allowed Fort Pierce to score 29 points in the rst quarter as they lost their rst game of 2013 on Monday in Okeechobee, 68-33 to the Lady Cobras. Okeechobee appeared sluggish and were unable to handle the full-court pressure defense and intensity of the Cobras, (7-8). Lasonja Edwards had 18 points and 12 rebounds while Roneisha Jordan and Ebony Joseph added 11 points apiece for the Cobras. Ami Edwards led Okeechobee with 13 points and seven rebounds. Bethany Stuart had eight points for the Lady Brahmans (8-7). Okeechobee fell behind 10-2 and 20-6 in the opening moments as they turned the ball over several times near their own basket. OHS also lost All-State point guard Carley McCoin to a leg injury in the second quarter after they had gotten the lead down to 15 points. Fort Pierce was more athletic, more intense and appeared to have more energ y than the Lady Brahmans for much of the night. Okeechobee was forced to rush their shots and could not work the ball around for good shots on the offensive end. The Cobras led 37-18 at the half and 55-33 after the third quarter. Okeechobee did play mostly reserve players in the second half. Lady Brahmans fall to FPC, 68-33 Carley McCoin (left) and Okeechobee had a tough time against the Lady Cobras defensive effort on Monday night. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCarley McCoin gets loose for a rst half jump shot during Okeechobee's loss to Fort Pierce Monday night.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions January 2013 anuary brings the start of South Florida’s festival season. Most towns in Florida h ave their own festivals, celebrating a historic event or something the area is famous for. Okeechobee is home to the annual Speckled Perch Festival, promoting Lake Okeechobee as the Speck Fishing Capital of the World. Clewiston—nicknamed the world’s sweetest town—hosts the Sugar Festival. Chalo Nitka in Moore Haven, honors the “big sh,” but the festival started as a celebration of the dedication of the town’s rst paved street. Some events began as harvest festivals. But while up north the harvest is in the late summer, in Florida the seasons are di erent with crops harvested in the late winter and early spring. Whether your idea of fun is listening to a bluegrass band, racing a lawnmower, cheering for rodeo bull riders or jumping out of an airplane, you’ll nd it at a South Florida festival.JANUARYThe 39th Annual Stuart Boat Show is set for Jan. 11-13 at three marinas o Dixie Highway in Stuart, north of the Roosevelt Bridge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. This year there w ill be more than 500 boats on display, most of them in the water. About 170 exhibitors are expected. You can see everything from small bay boats up to huge 70-foot plus sport shermen. A major new feature this year is the introduction of a new “Fisherman’s Village,” presented by Florida Sport Fishing—a special tent pavilion that will accommodate shing-related products and seminars for the many avid anglers and shing enthusiasts that visit the show. From in-shore shing and casting techniques to all the latest shing equipment, the Fisherman’s Village will offer something for everyone. For more information online, go to www.stuart a.com. The South Florida Fair will be held Jan. 18-Feb. 3 in West Palm Beach. The fair includes the traditional livestock exhibits, carnival midway, concerts and special attractions. Gates open at noon. For more information, call 561-793-0333 or go online to www.south oridafair.com. The Ninth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will be Jan. 17-20, 2013 at the Sebring Regional Airport. Gates open at 8 a.m. Exhibits open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (3 p.m. on Sunday). The Expo is the place to see, try, buy and sell Light Sport Aircraft. This event brings prospective business clients from all over the world. 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On Mondays, win your share of more than $20,000 in Free Play. Earn points for a Mystery Free Play Decoder ticket worth up to $2,500 in Free Play. Don’t miss Lucky Puck Wednesdays for your chance to win up to $250 in Free Play. But the Free Play prizes don’t stop there. On Friday, Jan. 11, you could be one of 20 lucky players to win $250 in Free Play. On Thursday, Jan. 17 and Tuesday, Jan. 29, Seminole Casino Brighton’s hot seats are sizzling with your chance to win a share of another $5,000 in Free Play. Players can enjoy bingo matinee sessions on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11:45 a.m. Packs are $18 and $28. Tuesdays, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, v isitors 55 and older will get a free bag lunch, while supplies last. On Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., visitors 55 and older will get a free breakfast, while supplies last. The free bag lunch and breakfast o ers are open to new or returning Player’s Club members. Not a member? It’s free to join, so sign up today. As always, there is free bus transportation from the Hampton Inn in Okeechobee at 1200 State Road 70. On Tuesdays, the bus picks up at 10:30 a.m. It departs the casino at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the bus picks up at 2:15 p.m. and departs at 7:30 p.m. On Sundays, the bus picks up at 11:15 a.m. and departs at 6 p.m. See the Player’s Club for promotion details.About Seminole Casino Brighton Seminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 405-slot and gaming machines, a six-table poker room, live action e-tables blackjack and roulette, high-stakes bingo action and Josiah, a full-service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern air-conditioning system, clean atmosphere and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big-city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, 34974 in Glades County. For more information, call toll-free 800360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Or visit www. seminolebrightoncasino.com. Win a 2013 Ford Fiesta and 2013 Ford Focus at Seminole Casino Brighton Art exhibits at the Dolly Hand CenterBELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center spacious Grand Hall often plays home to visual art exhibits by local artists. Exhibits take place in conjunction with Guest Artist Series performances. The Grand Hall is open MondayThursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to noon and one hour before all performances. Other viewing times available upon request. To inquire about exhibiting artwork in the Grand Hall, contact Leigh Woodham at 561-993-1160. Exhibitions planned include: • Jan. 22-30: Paintings by Maria Mills; • Feb. 1: Paintings by Yoyi Bueno & Checira Howard; and, • Feb. 4 8: ”The Real Haiti: Experience It Yourself” Photography by Diana Pierre Louis.South Central Florida Car Club hosts Cruise InLABELLE—On Jan. 15, the South Central Florida Car Club will once again host its monthly Cruise In at Barron Park from 5-8 p.m. All area car lovers and owners are welcome to come out and enjoy an evening of fun and conversation. For more information, call 863-634-1791 or 234-8343.Second Annual Love the Lake 5K-10KCLEWISTON—The Second Annual Love The Lake 5K-10K and half marathon will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, starting at the Roland Martin Marina Resort in Clewiston. For more information, call 863-983-7979.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 39thAnnual Stuart Boat ShowJanuary 11, 12 & 13 HMYs Waterway Marina € Apex Marine € Stuart Harbor MarinaNORTH DIXIE HIGHWAY NORTH SIDE OF ST. LUCIE RIVER WEST OF ROOSEVELT BRIDGEFRIDAY&SATURDAY10AM-6PM € SUNDAY10AM-5PMADMISSION ONLY $10 € CHILDREN UNDER 10 FREE Proudly Sponsored By:Produced and Managed By: Owned By:Event sponsored in part by the Martin County Tourist Development Council Show Information: 954-522-5288 allsportsproductions.net 39 39 New for 2013! Fishermans Village Presented by Florida Sport Fishing 4 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions January 2013 The community is encouraged and w elcome to come on out to watch, participate, or jump and enjoy the festivities for a registration fee of $35. The U.S. Army Professional Demonstration Teams, the USASOC Daggers and the 82nd Airborne Division team will present morning shows from Friday to Sunday. There will be nightly entertainment with live bands and DJs, bon res, ra es, vendors, food, and even a bounce house for the kids. For more information, call 800-533-6151 or 863-983-6151 or go online to skydive .com. The Buckhead Ridge Cat sh Festival is held each year on the last Saturday in January. This year’s event will be Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department on State Road 78. The festival features fried cat sh dinners, using Fire Chief John Wilkinson’s own recipe. The VFD Ladies Auxiliary will also sell hot dogs and other treats. Visitors will be entertained by local bands. Arts and crafts w ill be for sale at the vendor booths. The annual event raises money for equipment and training for the BHR Volunteer Fire Department. For information on reserving a booth space, or for more information on the festival, call 863-467-8220. The Glades County Public Library and its Advisory Board invite area artists and craftsmen to exhibit and sell their work at the eighth annual Art in the Park event in Moore Haven, Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This popular free event, centered in and around the library, brings artists and the public together in a wonderful setting by the Caloosahatchee River. Painters, sculptors, photographers, and handcrafters are encouraged to contact the library now and reserve their place. Exhibiting and parking are free. Exhibitors are responsible for their own setups. The Glades County Public Library is located in the city park across the street from the river in Moore Haven’s Historic District. The address is 201 Riverside Drive. For more information or to reserve a place, contact Mary Booher, Director of Libraries at 863-946-0744 or mbooher@myhlc.org. The FTI Winter Equestrian Festiv al runs Jan. 12-March 30, every Saturday night, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Be awed and amazed at the magical partnership of horse and rider in the thrills of jumping, the grace of show hunters, the elegance of dressage. Savor the horse sport spectacle while basking in South Florida sunshine or enjoying the glamor under lights this winter and spring. For more information online go to http://equestriansport.com.FEBRUARYThe Ortona Cane Grinding Festival will be held Feb. 2 in the Ortona Indian Mound Park, o State Road 78 in Glades County. The festival celebrates the part that sugar cane played in the lives of the early settlers and includes a demonstration of grinding cane with a millstone. Visitors can purchase sugar cane syrup and enjoy barbecue chicken and rib dinners. Entertainment will include bluegrass music and clogging. There will also be a variety of arts and crafts booths. Arts of the Inland is pleased to present our 2nd Annual Inland Arts Festival at Barron Park in LaBelle on Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Barron Park is located along the Caloosahatchee River on the east side of SR29 at Fort Thompson Road in historic LaBelle. Visual artists, literary artists, and craftsmen will be showcasing their work for sale. All work must be an original creation, giclee or print of the artist. Food vendors will be on-site and performing artists will entertain in the Gazebo throughout the day. For more information go to www.artsoftheinland.com. The Battle of Okeechobee Re-Enactment and Festival (cover photo) set for Feb. 2 and 3, commemorates the largest and ercest battle of the Second Seminole War. The original battle was fought Christmas Day, 1837. Part of the original battleground has been preserved as a state park on 3500 S.E. 38th Avenue (o U.S. Highway 441 S.E.) in Okeechobee. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Re-enactments are at 2 p.m. each day. In addition to daily reenactments of the battle, the two-day festival will include alligator wrestling, a living history camp, artisans, Seminole arts, horse rides for the kids and folk music. Entry is $10 per car. For more information online go www.OkeechobeeBattle eld.com, or call 863-763-2121. The 12th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts will be held Feb. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 11954 S.E. Dixie Highway, in Hobe Sound. The festival starts at Bridge Road and alternate A1A, continuing South on A1A. Admission and parking are free. The festival will include a juried outdoor art showcase featuring 150 artists from 30 di erent states. Artwork prices range from $25 to $30,000. Artists are selected to participate in the festival by an independent panel of expert judges. Artistic media include paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage and mixed media. For more information online, go to www.artfestival.com. The Second Annual Seminole Wind Bluegrass Festival presented by KD Bass productions, is planned for the Fred Smith Arena at Brighton Seminole Reservation, o State Road 721 in Glades County, Feb. 1-2. For information, call 863-467-6039. Performers will include Cody Shuler and Pine Mountain Railroad, Grasstowne, Kickin Grass, Brule, Alecia Nugent, Still House and Keith Bass and the Florida Bluegrass Express. The Florida State Fair will be held Feb. 7-18 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. The fair features a carnival midway, business and agriculture exhibitions, livestock shows, equestrian events, competitions for food, art, photography, sewing, woodcarving and horticulture. Entertainment will include the Country Gold Tour with Leroy Van Dyke, Lynn Anderson, Gene Watson, Janie Frickie, and T.G. Sheppard. For more information, call 800-3453247 or go online to www. oridastatefair. com. For o -road enthusiasts who like to play in the mud, Okeechobee Mudfest is the place to go. The “original party in the mud” is held in February and August each year on private property in Okeechobee County, 11705 State Road 70 East. The event draws thousands of mudders and all kinds of vehicles from all over the country. Camping facilities are available at the Mudfest site. Hotels are available in nearby Okeechobee. The next fest is planned for the weekend of Feb. 8-10. For more information online see the Okeechobee Mudfest page on Facebook. The Lakeport Sour Orange Festival will be held Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakeport Community Center, 1239 Red Barn Road, o State Road 78 between Moore Haven and Okeechobee. A $1 donation is requested for parking. The festival features the traditional sour orange cooko An arts and crafts fair will feature local vendors. Plate lunches available will include a rib dinner. The festival will also feature a quilt show, Mr. and Mrs. Bubbles the Clown, a historical display, a photography display, children’s games, a display b y the Lakeport Fire Department and sour orange pies. Cooks may enter their own original sour orange recipes to win money and ribbons. Judging starts at 10 a.m. For information on the cooko call 608-345-1324. For vendor information call 1-863-227-1074. Festival visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs as seating is limited. The 2013 Top of the Lake Art and Chalk Walk Festival is scheduled for Feb. 9 and 10 in the Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee. The main event will be a juried ne art show with a competition fo r student artists. Artists from throughou t the state are welcome to participate. Anyone interested in participating should contact the Okeechobee Main Street o ce a t 863-357-6246 for an application. This yea r the newest feature will be a “Chalk Walk” which will include street painters using a chalk medium. Chalk artists interested in participating should also contact the above number. For additional information and applications contact Bridgette Waldau a t bridgette.art@gmail.com, or call 863-3576246; or go online to www.mainstreetokeechobee.com. The Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show celebrates local agriculture. The event features a parade, livestock sho w and midway entertainment. The activities also include a beauty pageant and exhibits. The fair will be held this year from Feb. 15-23 in Clewiston. For more information, please call 863-983-9282 or gonline to www.hendrycountyfair.com. FESTIVALSContinued from Page 2 Continued on page 5 Courtesy photoMudfest always brings excitement.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions January 2013 Brighton Seminole Field Day & Rodeo, set for Feb. 15-17, 2013, originated in 1938 as a day of sporting events and arts and crafts competitions for members of the Seminole Tribe. William P. Boehmer and his wife Edith—teachers at the original Brighton Day School—originated the festival as a way to bring Seminoles from other reservations together for some friendly competition. Over the years, the event evolved into a festival that is open to the public and showcases Seminole and other Native American arts, crafts, dances and traditions. On Friday, the festival hosts “Kids Day” which is open to area school children. School buses from all over South Florida transport elementary school children to Brighton Reservation, w here they learn how Seminoles once lived in chickees, cooked food over open res, made their own canoes and weapons and made crafts such as sweetgrass baskets and clothing made from tiny pieces of cloth sewn into intricate patterns. The festival also includes wild animal exhibitions, alligator wrestling and native dances. In more recent years, the event expanded to invite Native Americans from all over the country to participate. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival is open to the general public. The festival w eekend also includes a rodeo and XTreme Bull Riding. On Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 3 p.m.; on Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and XTreme Bullriding starts at 3 p.m. The festival grounds are next to the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena, o State Road 721 in Glades County. For more information call 863-467-6039 or go online to www.REZRODEO.com. The South Florida Ag Expo and Equipment Show will be held Feb. 15 at the old airstrip at 610 San Luis Avenue in Clewiston. The expo opens at 8 a.m. and w ill include a speaker forum, vendor demonstrations, a community luncheon, prize drawings and food vendors. Admission is free. For more information online, go to w ww.s agexpo.com. The 2013 Swamp Cabbage Festival is set for Feb. 23-24. The festival is LaBelle’s hometown blast and it’s open to everyone! The town goes a little wild with a huge parade beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by two days of great entertainment, booths of unique items for sale and of course great food. Look for the boiled swamp cabbage, raw swamp cabbage salad and swamp cabbage fritters. If you h ave an adventurous palate, you can also nd gator meat and other special treats. Saturday begins with a 5K Swamp Stomp run along a lovely route with glimpses of the Caloosahatchee River. The Swamp Cabbage Festiv al has something for everyone. Saturday: a bike show, car show, kiddie rides. On Sunday morning you can take part in nondenominational worship at Barron Park, w ith entertainment and festivities picking back up again after noon. There is also a shing tournament, lawnmower races and a rodeo. Check out more information at swampcabbagefestival.org.MARCHThe Seminole Tribe of Florida will present a re-enactment of the Second Seminole War at the Big Cypress Shootout at Billie Swamp Safari located between Fort Lauderdale and Naples, on the Big Cypress Reservation just north of I-75 (Alligator Alley) Exit 49. The event is planned for Friday, March. 1 through Sunday, March. 3, 2013. The battle reenactments will take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Friday is an educational day (no reenactments). The battle reenactments honor the Seminole’s struggle and sacri ce to remain in their homeland and will feature authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War. In the 1800s, a total of three wars were fought by the U.S. military against the Seminoles. These campaigns were the longest, costliest, and bloodiest of all the Indian wars. Although many Seminoles were killed or removed to presentday Oklahoma, they were never defeated, and to this day, more than 3,000 Seminoles are known as “The Unconquered” Seminole Tribe of Florida. The three-day event will also include music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling. “Period settlers” from around the country will hew wood, iron and silver crafts and depict trading techniques from the Seminole war era. For more information, go to bcshoot.com or call 800-949-6101 ext. 12125 2013 will mark the 65th annual Moore Haven’s Chalo Nitka Festival Chalo Nitka is one of the state’s oldest continuing festivals. The festival grounds are in located at Chalo Nitka Park (across from the Glades County School Board O ce). The festival includes midway games, rides, and vendor booths selling food, crafts and jewelry. Events also include a rodeo and the Glades County livestock show. This year the festival is planned for March 1 and 2. The Chalo Nitka parade will be Saturday morning, March 2. For more information online go to www.chalonitka.com. FESTIVALSContinued From Page4 Continued on p a g e 6 Courtesy photoSpectators are invited to join in the Friendship Dance at Brighton Seminole Reservation’s Field Day. 2012 / 2013All dates, artists and programs subject to change. Juan Siddi Flamenco Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Cirque Zuma Zuma Fiddler on the Roof Rave On! 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions January 2013 The Okeechobee County Fair will be held March 8-17, 2013 at the Agri-Civic Center Fairgrounds, with entrance of State Road 710. The fair includes a carnival midw ay, livestock shows, cooking competitions, fruit and vegetable competitions, sewing and arts and crafts competitions. There is even a Lego building competition. The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Spring Rodeo will be held in conjunction with the rst weekend of the fair, March 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. each day. The Okeechobee 4-H and FFA Livestock Show will be the week of March 11-16, with the livestock sale on Saturday, March 17. Fairgrounds opens at 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment will include the Kandu Magic Show, pig races, a petting zoo, performances by Okeechobee Steelers, horse shows, a monster truck show, Okeechobee Idol Talent Show and performances by Crossbone Band. The Speckled Perch Festival sponsored by Okeechobee Main Street, will be held in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee on the weekend of March 9 and 10. The festival starts around 9 a.m. The Speckled Perch Festival Parade will be on Saturday at 10 a.m. The festival began as a sh fry fundraiser for the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. When the original chamber folded, Okeechobee Main Street took over the traditional event. Over the years, the festival has grown and changed, adding arts and crafts vendors, games for children and entertainment. Due to state health laws, speckled perch—which is a game sh and not commercially harvested—cannot be served at public events. So the sh dinner served at the Speckle Perch Festival is cat sh. The Big O Birding Festival the largest bird-themed event in South Central Florida will be held March 12-16. The fourday event will h ave a r egistration “roost” at the Port LaBelle Inn o State Road 80 in LaBelle. From there, visitors will explore Hendry and Glades Counties, which are home to more than 400 species of birds, including Wood Storks, Everglades Snail Kites, Limpkins, Painted Buntings, and others who are resident in the area from October through April as well as species that live in Florida year round. Visitors can choose a single bird tour or opt for allinclusive four-day passes. The festival offers exclusive bird tours led by prestigious experts, workshops with a prestigious bird photographer, birding activities, meals and transportation to and from birding sites. For more information online go to www. BigOBirdingFestival.com or call 863-6750125. MegaCon the largest comic book, anime, science ction, fantasy, gaming and multimedia event in the southeastern United States, will take place March 15–17, at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive in Orlando. The annual event attracts around 50,000 visitors—many of them come dressed as a favorite character from a comic book, movie or video game. Visitors can meet stars from movies and television, writers and artists. At the 2013 Megacon, the original cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” will provide a special event on Saturday, March 16, in Hall F, at the Orange County Convention Center. Join the cast as they interact together with the audience. They will eld and answer questions in an entertaining way that only they could do. Event tickets are available on the MegaCon website now. For more information online go to www. megaconvention.com. FESTIVALSContinued From Page 5 Continued on page 7 Courtesy photoThe petting zoo was a hit at the 2012 Okeechobee County Fair.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Going Out: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Attractions January 2013 The Florida Strawberry Festival is set for Feb. 29-March 10 in Plant City. Guests come from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, ne arts, horticulture, and crafts. The fabric of American life is woven into the Festival through social events, contests, y outh developmental programs, top-name entertainment, and parades with glorious oats and high-stepping marching bands. For more information online, go to www. strawberryfestival.com.APRILThe 35th Annual Black Gold Jubilee Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at the Torry Island Recreation Center in Belle Glade. The event kicks o with a 5K Walk/Run at 7:30 a.m., to be followed by all-day free children’s activities, rides, games, and a dunk tank. For the adults, food booths and arts and craft features the best in local cuisine and art. Rounding out the activities are photography displays, car show, volleyball tournament and a corneating contest. A reworks show at dusk caps o the festival. For more information, nd the Black Gold Jubilee on Facebook, or contact the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce at 561-996-2745. The Clewiston Sugar Festival an annual celebration of the end of the sugar cane harvest for Hendry County, will make a big return this year, with entertainment featuring such acts as: The Farm, Shane Duncan and Alter Eagles. The festival activities start on Thursday, April 18, with Seminole Heritage Day at the Clewiston Museum. The main events will be held April 19 and 20 in the heart of the city across from the Clewiston Inn and the U.S. Sugar campus. Festival events will include: Arts and crafts, food booths, a 5K run/walk, alligator wrestling demonstrations, a kids fun park area, Big Lake Cruisers Classic Car Show, the Sweet Taste of Sugar recipe contest, hospital bed races and the Raisin’ Cane Rodeo. This year’s festival promises to be another excellent event, with the support of several sponsors including the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the U.S. Sugar Corporation. For more information online go to www. clewistonsugarfestival.com. The third annual Avon Park Bluegrass Blueberry Festival, sponsored by Avon Park Rotary Club, will be held April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rotary Building, 20 S. Verona Avenue in Avon Park. For information, see the web site at www.aprotaryblueberryfestival.com. A new festival this year is the Elvis Festival set for April 26-28 at the Historic Citrus County Court House, one Court house Square, Inverness. Festival events will include award-winning Elvis impersonator, Ted Torres; Elvis Concert Under the stars; “When Elvis came to town” live on stage; and karaoke. For more information go to www.elvisin orida.com or call 352-33416427 or 352-341-6436.MAYMay brings the Brown Sugar Festival in Clewiston. The Brown Sugar Festival began with the organization of the Harlem Academy Alumni Association in Clewiston in 1976. Harlem Academy Alumni members decided to plan celebrations for students whenever they returned home to Clewiston to visit. The festival and pageant also serve as fund raisers for scholarships to send Clewiston’s Harlem community children to college. Over the years the festival has grown to include a gospel program, a talent show, a cruise trip, a dance, a parade, a basketball tournament, fashion show, a golden age banquet and all day festivities. For more information online, go to http:// brownsugarfestival.info/. The Watermelon Festival an Arcadia Main Street Program event will be held May 12 in Historic Downtown Arcadia.JULYThe National Day of the America n Cowboy Cattle Drive and Festival is held in July in Okeechobee. This year’s festival will be on July 26 and 27. The festival includes a rodeo, a cattle drive from Downtown Flagler Park to Okeechobee Count y Agri-Civic Center, an arts and crafts festival and a barbecue cooko For more information, online go to www.mainstreetokeechobee.com.AUGUSTThe Caladium Festival and Car Sho w will be held July 26-28, at Stuart park in Lake Placid. The festival o ers bus rides to the caladium elds and caladium displays in nearby subdivisions. For more information online, go to visitlakeplacid orida. com.SEPTEMBERLabor Day Weekend brings Okeechobee’s Annual Labor Day Festival with an arts and crafts festival in downtown Okeechobee, games for the whole family, a parade on Saturday morning, and a rodeo at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Fo r more information, on the rodeo online, go to ag.co.okeechobee. .us. For more information on the parade and festival, go to www.mainstreetokeechobee.com. For updated information on area festivals and special events, see future editions of G.O.: Going Out—A Guide to Area Entertainment and Attractions, available online at Florida.newszap.com. FESTIVALSContinued from Page 6 Courtesy photoSpectators bring lawn chairs to enjoy entertaintment at the Sugar Festival.

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