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Sunday, January 13, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 6 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.01 feetLast Year: 13.52 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. 22-year-old was shot, run over and left to dieBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News When Xavier Fulks got into that red Ford Focus with his friend around midnight on Dec. 25 he had no idea that in roughly 60 minutes he was going to be shot, run over by the car then left to die on a football eld. That man's friend, Gregory Dennis Jackson Jr., was arrested Thursday, Jan. 10, on a charge of attempted rst degree murder. He is currently being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $1,250,000. "Jackson and the victim were buddies. That's why when he (Mr. Fulks) got into the car he thought he was just going to be cruising around with his friend," said the lead investigator on the case, Detective Ted Van Deman of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO). Mr. Fulks, continued the detective, is still ghting for his life in a Miami area hospital. His condition is extremely serious. If Mr. Fulks, 22, survives the detective Man accused of trying to kill friendManatee numbers improving ... Page 14 State prison time added to drug dealers federal sentence ... Page 10 See SHOOTING Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCity Council members Mike OConnor (left) and Jim Kirk (center) were sworn into of ce for a third term by retired Circuit Judge Bill Hendry (right) during a special ceremony Monday at City Hall. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The rst of cial action of the Okeechobee City Council in 2013 will be to elect one of their members to serve as mayor at their meeting Tuesday evening. They will also consider approval of previously discussed city initiated changes to the Future Land Use City council to name new mayor If you go ...WHAT: Meeting of the Okeechobee City Council WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15 WHERE: City Council Chambers. Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.See CITY Page 5 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A report from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice shows Okeechobee County schools had the highest rate of school related delinquency referrals, some 26 students per 1,000 during the 2010-2011 school year. The report showed 93 students out of the total population of 3,512 received referrals, 65 involved misdemeanor crime and 28 were felony crimes. The Southern Poverty Law Center led civil rights complaints against ve North Florid a school districts with the U.S. Department of Education's Of ce of Civil Rights earlier this year that claim the district engaged in discrimination. The complaints suggest Escambia, Bay, Okaloosa, Flagler and Suwannee counties suspended, expelled and arrested students at school for relatively minor and non-violent conduct. Spokesperson Stephanie Langer said the discipline of black students is a problem in all 67 counties. "Okeechobee is no different and the numbers here are pretty bad," she said. The Center found 8 percent of the student Civil rights group questions countys school suspension rateSee SCHOOL Page 5 Gregory D. Jackson Jr.
By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Lois Nichols will be considered requests for nd reductions on two separate properties Tuesday afternoon. Joseph Zachary Garza, is requesting a reduction to zero for code violation liens against two properties he acquired by purchasing tax deeds. The ne for the property at 3046 S.E. 36th Ave. accrued to $428,000. Mr. Garza claims that while the property appraiser values the property at $10,500, he spent $11,519 to clean up the property and bring it into compliance. The other property at 869 N.E. 104th Court has accrued nes amounting to $51,760. Mr. Garza claims to have spent $8,102 to clean up the property w hich is appraised at $7,000. Turning to other cases, the Linda Cletzer Estate was cited for trash and debris accumulations and open storage at 2631 S.E. 25th Drive. Stephen and Barbara Kirkpatrick will have to answer to charges of overgrown grass and weeds at 2621 S.E. 33rd St. David a McNulty of 9144 S.E. 66th Drive was cited for the same offense. Earl and Kristal Hoover were ordered to appear before the magistrate in a case that has been ongoing since April, 2009. At that time they were cited for building a barn without a permit at 14869 N.W. 304th St. They have been ordered to present an update on the situation. In October of 2012 Virginia Perez was cited for using a recreational vehicle as a residence and having an accumulation of mechanical parts and household goods in the yard. She has been ordered to appear before the special magistrate if compliance was not achieved by Jan. 10. Erin and Maria O'Neal could be facing a ne of up to $250 a day if they have not removed a condemned structure located at 3994 N.W. 36th St. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at email@example.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. FREE Circus & Motorcycle Show Every DayPresents57th Annual FREEAmerican Legion FairThurs. Jan 10th Sat. Jan 19thARMBAND: $1512noon to 6pmPAY ONE PRICE: $155pm til CLOSEALL ARMBANDS FRI & SAT $255pm til CLOSE Saturday Afternoon Special Wed KIDS DAY WEEKEND SPECIAL Always on Top of the JobRe-Roofing Specialists Metal & Shingle Roofs Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 2 Okeechobee News January 13, 2013 Today: Clear. High of 81F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low of 61F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. Fog early. High of 82F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Monday Night : Partly cloudy. Low of 59F. Winds less than 5 mph. Tuesday : Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. Fog early. High of 81F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night : Partly cloudy. Low of 61F. Winds less than 5 mph. Wednesday : Partly cloudy. High of 84F. Winds less than 5 mph. Wednesday Night : Clear. Low of 61F. Winds less than 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special magistrate to consider waving code violation liens Special to the Okeechobee News The 57th Annual Okeechobee American Legion Free Fair opened Jan. 10 in downtown Okeechobee at the Legion grounds, 501 S.E. Second Street. The fair schedule includes: Sunday, Jan. 13: Midway opens at 1 p.m. Ride armbands are $20 until closing. Monday, Jan. 14: Midway opens at 5 p.m. Exhibit hall opens at 5 p.m. Adult baking contest is at 7:30 p.m. Ride armbands are $20. Tuesday, Jan. 15: Midway opens at 5 p.m. Exhibit hall opens at 5 p.m. Talent contest is at 8 p.m. Ride armbands are $20. Wednesday, Jan. 16: Post 64 and J&J Amusements host the Okeechobee Rehabilitation Facility for free rides at 10 a.m. Midway opens to the public at 5 p.m. Ride armbands are $15 to ride from 5 p.m. to closing. Thursday, Jan. 17: Midway opens at 5 p.m. Exhibit hall opens at 5 p.m. Ride armbands are $20. Miss American Legion Pageant is at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18: Ride armbands are $25. Midway opens at 5 p.m. Exhibit hall opens at 5 p.m. Chili contest is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19: Midway opens at noon. Ride armbands are $15 to ride from noon to 6 p.m. Ride armbands for 6 p.m. to closing are $25. For more information, call the Legion at 863-763-2950. A merican Legion hosts annual Free Fair If you go ...What: Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing When: 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15 Where: Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. Blood drives set for January Start the New Year right by giving the gift of life to all in need. The mobile unit will be in Okeechobee this month on the schedule listed below. Also watch for additional drives as the month progresses. Blood drives are set for: Thursday, Jan. 17, Ancient Oaks, Hwy. 441 SE, 9:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, Seminole Cove, 8 a.m. Noon. Monday, Jan. 21, Okeechobee Correctional Institute, public invited, 2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, Raulerson Hospital front parking lot, Noon 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, Walgreen's, 1 p.m. 6 p.m.
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W hy live in Okeechobee? Its a great place to raise your kids and live. The only high school in the county as been mostly a below average school, a very high t een pregnancy rate, the school graduation rate is third from the bottom in the state, and the c ounty tax millage rate is higher than most the c ounties on the coast. If you have no kids and own nothing its a great place to live. Those gures on the high school are sad, b ut they are a bit skewed. A few are dragging t he numbers of OHS down. They usually have a c hild while in high school to get that free money owing in, drop out soon after to have their s econd and voilamore free money! And the t rend continues... Kids have plenty to do anywhere and anyt ime. As a parent youre responsible, as are they t o nd something they would be interested in, w hether its shing, nding a part-time job, raising their grades from a C to an A, volunteering t heir time to help out, plenty of sports to be inv olved in, etc. Point is, no one needs to be ent ertained 24/7. Now, when my chirrun nish high school Im as far away from here as I can possibly be. The irresponsibility of the county and city is in the immortal words of Mr. Barkley, turrible. And for a night out with your other half, whats there to do? Can you go to a movie? Can you go out to a nice dinner here? No, y ou cannot. Can you go to a show. And what I mean, like a comedy show, a concert, or any form of real entertainment? You have to drive s omewhere to get what you want. Chobee t own USA is ISOLATED. Chobee town hasnt grown the way it should have. There wasnt much foresight or thought put into planning ahead from Chobees good ole boys. You look at other places that have done it right and go wow, amazing what a little bit of thought can accomplish.Storm damage The hue and cry over the storm damage in New Jersey and New York makes me shake my head. Where were these people in 2004 and 2005 when the hurricanes hit here? We had to rebuild on our own. The most FEMA offered was a loan that had to be repaid with interest. People here lived in storm-damaged homes, in tents and in their cars until they could make arrangements to get their homes repaired or rebuilt. We didnt cry about it on the television cameras and demand the government take care of us. Surely those people on the coastal areas of New York and New Jersey have insurance. And quite a few of the homes that were destroyed were vacation rentals or second homes. Why should the government pay? The government is already broke. Gun control I have been watching news the past few weeks and trying to understand the thinking of our government of cials regarding guns. I have been disturbed as you probably have about the murders of children and adults over the past few months. No doubt, something needs to be done to help people that have mental problems, or are just evil, and try to help solve this problem. However, I think our elected of cials are using this for other reasons than what they are telling you and me. Maybe they should tackle another problem before coming after our guns. Records show that in America, our government allows the murder of over 4,000 babies every day. Since 1973 and the passage of Roe V. Wade, over 50 million babies have been killed with the approval of the U.S. Government. 93 percent of those have been for convenience; 1 percent of those have been to save the life of the mother. Yes, maybe something should be done to prevent killings in schools and public places. Taking the guns away from American citizens will not do that. The ow of guns across the border from Mexico will continue, and yes, will increase, and the bad guys will have all the guns they want. On the other side, dont you think that if our government wants to stop killing little children, they should start with stopping abortion? Think about it! Is there anything worse than killing an innocent baby just before birth? I am a gun owner and I have no problem with the proposal to ban the clips that hold more than 5 bullets. If a hunter needs more than ve shots to kill a deer, then that person should not be hunting. One shot should take down the animal in a clean kill. For home defense, ve shots is plenty. Usually after one shot, even if there is more than one bad guy breaking in, the rest will run away. With fewer shots in a clip, the crazy gunman has to stop to reload and then others have a chance to tackle him or to get away. God is ready to pardon usBy Tommaso PasquarellaGod is ready to pardon. I know this is not what many of you are taught, but it is true. Many of you think like I used to, that God was this guy in heaven with a baseball bat waiting to break our kneecaps when we mess up. This is not the case. God is ready to pardon, He is ready to forgive, He is ready to cleanse and He is ready to heal. We see this example in Scripture often. The people of God, the Jewish people were in disobedience and God had caused them to go into captivity and their city was destroyed. God had moved in Nehemiah in order to restore the city of God. The city of God was restored in fty-two days. While they were praising God, they remembered that the grace that brought their city restoration is the same grace that was shown to the Jewish people throughout history. And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not. (Nehemiah 9:17) They hardened their hearts, they wanted to go back to the place God had rescued them from, they wanted to go back to Egypt, the place of their four-hundred year captivity. Listen to the response to their rebellion, He kept His word. The response begins with but. He negates the statement of rebellion with but, meaning that something happened other then what should have. They should have gotten punished. They deserved Gods wrath. They deserved Gods judgment. They deserved Gods punishment. The deserve nothing from God. But God was ready to pardon. Gracious which means He will show undeserved favor. Merciful which means He will not give them what they deserve. He does not get angry quickly. He has great kindness. He did not forsake them. God granted them grace, because He wanted to. Here is the hope for you. Here is the love shown to you. Here is the answer to not suffering Gods wrath. But God!!! But God!!! When you were dead in your sins, But God!!! When you were dead in your transgresses, But God!!! When you turned to false idols or false gods, But God!!! When you committed adultery, But God!!! When you lied, But God!!! When you stole, But God!!! When the wages of Sin is death, But God!!! But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. (Ephesians 2:4) What does it mean when it says God was rich in mercy? He did not give you what you deserve. You deserved Hell. You deserve punishment. You deserve His wrath to be poured upon you, but His word says For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) Why did He do this? Because of His great love wherewith He loved us. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36) God desires for you to have life, if you know him live for Him. If you have not seen your sins as evil before God then repent and dra w near. If you realize that your sins have separated you from God and you have not given them to Him and taken on His salvation then repent and believe. Dra w near to Him, He will draw near to you. If you still live like the world and still live in your lusts of this world and you call yourself a Christian, then you might want to examine yourself. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Corinthians 13:5) God is ready to pardon, through the blood of his Son who already paid the penalty for your sin, Jesus died so you would not have to. January 13, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where it i s quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www. n ewszap.com, click on the community n ame and your local or state Public For um. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows i s a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for particip ating! Contributions honor Don SellersDon Sellers, longtime adult leader of the Okeechobee 4-H Sharpshooters Club, passed away on Jan. 6. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Okeechobee County 4-H Sharpshooters, c/o Okeechobee Extension Of ce, 458 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont bury the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to reply and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News January 13, 2013 Map and city-initiated zoning changes At their December meeting the city council approved an alley lease assignment inv olving Glades Gas and Florida Public Utilities Company. At Tuesdays meeting they are expected to rescind that action in order to modify the agreement. The council is also expected to discuss legislative priorities to be presented to the Okeechobee County Legislative Delegation later this month. They will be considering asking $250,000 for the city stormwater system and $200,000 for the City Commerce Park as well as funding for the Okeechobee Battle eld Historic State Park. Other issues not involving funding will also be discussed such as tax reform, pension reform, procedures for awarding contracts for professional services, administration of personnel records, transparency of public meetings, expansion of early voting, and law enforcement related issues. In other action the council is expected to: receive an update from Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management Districts Okeechobee Service Center; consider appointing councilmen to represent the city on various boards and committees; ratify the appointment of Adam Crum to the Fire Fighters Pension Fund Board of Trustees for a term from Dec. 7, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013; consider awarding the contract for a CDBG housing project to Sweat Trucking and Paving; purchase a bush hog from Everglades Farm Equipment; and consider a lease agreement between the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County and State Representative Cary Pigman. CITYContinued From Page 1 body in Okeechobee was African American, w hile African American students made up 12.3 percent of the in-school suspensions and 14 percent of the out-of-school suspensions. Ms. Langer said 16 out of every 1,000 students had some form of in-school suspension, 14 per 1,000 were arrested, and 13 out of 1,000 had out-of-school suspension. The state average was 9 students per thousand for in-school suspensions, 8 per thousand for out-of-school suspension, and 6 per thousand arrested. This has a greater impact on black students. They are one and a half times more likely than white students to get an in-school suspension and twice as likely to get out-ofschool suspensions, she added. Okeechobee Schools Assistant Superintendent Joni Ard pointed out that an undercover narcotics operation that led to the arrest of over 20 students at Okeechobee High School had a major impact on the statistics from 2010-2011. She said the number of referrals dropped by 17 percent in Okeechobee in 2011-2012. That included a 30 percent reduction in felony arrests and a seven percent decrease in misdemeanor arrests. The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce and school system have also instituted a new civil litigation program to help avoid department of juvenile justice cases. It is similar to a pretrial diversion program. We would much rather have the kids go to this diversion program rather than enter the juvenile justice system, she added. Glades County meanwhile had a school referral rate of 10 students per thousand and 40 kids received some kind of a delinquency referral. Okeechobee had 292 students receive a delinquency referral in 2010-2011. The at school arrest rate for African American stood at 26 students per thousand which is more than double the state average which is 12 per thousand students. You are arresting kids at a much greater rate than the state average, she added. Ms. Langer did not study the list of offenses that led to referrals and other punishments in Okeechobee. She said around the state, some kids are suspended and expelled for tardiness, dress code violations, talking in class, or other minor offenses. She noted most of the incidents were nonviolent and did not involve drugs, or weapons. Ms. Langer said pushing these kids out of school doesnt make the community safer but rather puts them behind their classmates and encourages drop outs. She said the main reason for the complaint was to raise awareness and perhaps encourage districts to change their policies. This penalizes families. They dont have money for child care; the kids cant do their school work, and cant ever catch up. It also hurts their self-esteem and most kids dont want to go back to school, she explained. Around the state there are also schools that prevent the students from taking part in extra-curricular activities like sports, drama, or cheerleading, that often keeps kids in school. In some counties the school district controls sports and recreation facilities and the suspended students cant use them, further separating them from the community. These kids have nowhere to be and it makes it a horrible situation. It only pushes these kids further behind. Ms. Langer said they have gotten some calls from other districts in North Florida who want to talk about the policy changes. She said she hopes to hear from South Florida districts. We are willing and able to talk to anyone involved. We could le complaints in all 67 counties but we hoped that if we le in ve, school board will work with us and that will send a message across the state, she explained. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 said he would ... at the very best he will be a paraplegic. At the worst, a quadriplegic. He has limited use of his left arm right now. The OCSO investigator also said the 2008 Ford Focus apparently used to run over Mr. Fulks was taken in a carjacking on Dec. 12, 2012, in Tampa. He did not know if Jackson, 22, was involved in the carjacking. Jackson used to live in Tampa and thats a Tampa issue, not an Okeechobee issue, he said, adding that the car has been released to the insurance company. According to the detective the incident occurred in the Douglas Park subdivision and in the area of the Douglas Brown School. Detective Van Deman said friends of the victim found him around 1 a.m. Christmas morning lying on the football eld near the school. He had been left there to die, said the OCSO investigator. Mr. Fulks had apparently been shot at least four times in the upper body, run over four times by a car then left on the football eld. Detective Van Deman said one of the rounds struck Mr. Fulks in the front of his throat, then hit his spine. The friends who found Mr. Fulks took him to Raulerson Hospital. Emergency room personnel then contacted the sheriffs of ce. The victim told us who did it, said the detective. Jackson was captured around 9 p.m. Christmas night in an apartment at Jacks Camp by OCSO Deputy Justin Akins and other members of his shift. Jackson was then taken into custody on warrants out of Hillsborough County that charged him with the felonies of failure to register as a sexual offender and failure of a sexual offender to change his drivers license. Jackson was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail without bond. Detective Van Deman also arrested Jackson, who also goes by the nickname of Pokey, for failing to register as a sexual offender because he admitted that he had been living in Okeechobee County. The detective explained that Jackson had been arrested and convicted of molesting a 10-year-old girl when he was 16. Arresting Jackson on the sex offender charges gave the detective time to put his case together, and enabled him to keep close watch on the victims condition. According to the detective when the apartment where Jackson was squatting was searched, a loaded .22 caliber magazine was found, along with .22 caliber cartridges and one .9 mm cartridge. Also found was the registration for a 2008 red Ford Focus. Detective Van Deman said he issued a lookout for the car and, on Dec. 27, 2012, deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Of ce substation in Belle Glade found the car. The OCSO detective went to Belle Glade that afternoon and spoke with the occupants of the Ford Focus and took their statements. He went on to say that bullet holes were found in the back seat of the car, as well as blood. Blood was also found on the cars chassis, he added. Because the case is still under investigation, Detective Van Deman would not comment on the type of gun used in the shooting or why there was an attempt on Mr. Fulks life. He would say, however, that numerous people in Douglas Park have given him information that substantiated Jackson as the suspect. Jackson and the victim were best friends, said Detective Van Deman. But when I confronted Jackson with what the victim had said (it was Jackson who tried to kill him) he could not offer an explanation. SHOOTINGContinued From Page 1
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Paul Pap G. Thomas, 82OKEECHOBEE Paul Pap G. Thomas died peacefully at home on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. A resident of Okeechobee since 1976, Paul was originally from Richmond, Ky. His life was centered on his family and his v ast circle of close friends. Paul was an avid outdoorsman enjoying shing and duck and turkey hunting. Paul is survived by his wife of 45 years, Brenda Thomas; children, Gary (Eva) Thomas of Richmond, Ky., Martha Thomas of Lancaster, Ky., Traci (Allen) Thomas of Okeechobee, Rebecca (Keith) Breaux of Okeechobee, Nicki (Zach) White of Lakeport, Becky (Mike) DelSanto of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Spencer (Amy) Thomas, Colt (Jordan) Bohannon, Breanne Lee Breaux, Taylor Poiter, Hannah White, Kaylee Davis, Christian White, J acey White; great-grandchildren, Paul H. Thomas, Jaydan Bohannon, Blake Thomas; sister, Betty Thomas Olds; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, from 10 a.m. until service time of noon at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Burial will be in Kentucky in the Thomas Family Cemetery. In lieu of owers, donations may be made in Pauls memory to Real Life Childrens Ranch, 7777 US Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, FL 34974 or to The Shriners Hospitals for Children, Of ce of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. 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. Sharon A. Fisher, 65OKEECHOBEE Sharon A. Fisher passed away on Dec. 27, 2012 in Greeneville, Tenn. Mrs. Fisher is survived by daughter, Amy Fisher; sons, Tim Fisher and Robert Old eld; mother, Mildred Brady; sisters, Barbara, Patty, and Karen. She is preceded in death by a daughter, Sue St. Pierre. A graveside service will be held today at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may sign the guestbook at w ww.BassOkeechobeeFH.com. All arrangements entrusted to Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd Street, 863-763-2111. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 13, 2013 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o email@example.com. Customers may a lso request photos and links to online g uest books. A link to the obituaries is a vailable at orida.newszap.com Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Church to host concertBuckhead 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 hosts 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.Masonic Lodge BreakfastThe Masonic Lodge located on 107 N.W. 5th 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.Okeechobee Retired Educators Association meetsThe Okeechobee Retired Educators Association will be having their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 14 beginning at 11:15 a.m. The meeting is being held at Beef OBradys. Any retired educator is invited to join us at this meeting.Church plans Bible studyCalvary Chapel Okeechobee invites you to join us for a Bible study at McDonalds North on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m. For questions please call the church of ce at 863-467-0863. Our Sunday service is at 10 a.m. and Wednesday service at 7 p.m.Church welcomes visitorsNew St. Stephens AME Church presents The Timothys Swag (Sancti ed Worshiping Anointed Generation) youth Ministry invites you to join us for our First Annual Youth Revival Jan. 1618 at 7 p.m. at the New St. Stephens AME Church located on 1050 N.E. 16th Avenue. Guest speaker will be Rev. Nathanial Robinson of Boynton Beach. For more information, please call 305-389-1280.Florida Rural Legal Services offers legal helpAttorney Sneider will be available for free consultation on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 2 to 3:30 p.m. located at Okeechobee County Public Library 206 S.W. 16th Street. Please call to register for your free appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted based on appointment availability. For more information and to register please call: Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. 772-466-4766 or 888-582-3410.Martin Luther King Celebrations plannedThe MLK Banquet will be held at the KOA Resort on Hwy 441 South, Saturday, Jan. 19 Donation $10 Everyone is invited. 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 NW 9th Ave. and 9th Street at 6 p.m. The MLK march line-up at 8 a.m. on Monday at the Douglas Brown Center. The March will start promptly at 9 a.m. The MLK Parade will start at 10:30 a.m. meeting in the parking lot of U-Save A short program will take place in Flagler Park after the Parade then return back 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.Order of the Eastern Star to host chicken dinnerOkeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will hold a traditional Southern Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 19 Serving will be 4 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee. The menu includes tasty southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, cole slaw, dessert and drink for only $7 per person. Some of the best cooks in Okeechobee are in our kitchen so we invite you to get out of of yours for the evening and enjoy delicious food with us. For tickets, contact Cathy Wolford at 863 801-9966, Mary Ann Holt at 863 763-5210 or any member of the Eastern Star.Democratic Executive Committee meetsThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room o f Beef OBradys. They will discuss upcoming events as well as the upcoming election o f the Florida Democratic Partys Chairman.Okeechobee County of ces closed on FridayOkeechobee County of ces will be closed Friday, Jan.18 from noon to 2 p.m. Board employees will attend an employee luncheon. County of ces will reopen at 2 p.m.Fancy ME Machine Embroidery Group to meetDo you have an embroidery machine, or want to learn about them? Then join our monthly embroidery group where we all learn and share ideas while working on beautiful embroidery projects. The next meeting is Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. at the local Red Cross of ce at 323 N. Parrott Ave. Please call Linda at 8636972450 or Mary at 863697-1920 for more information.Waldaus Junior Golf 21st Annual TournamentWaldaus Junior Golf 21st Annual Tournament is set for Jan. 19 This tournament will be held at the Okeechobee Golf and County Club and is an 18-hole four-person scramble format. For additional information, contact Bridgette at 863 467-7300 or Terr y at (863) 763-6228. Complementary lunch starts at 11 a.m. until Shotgun start at Noon. There will be team prizes for 1st-4th and last place plus additional prizes for longest drives and closest to the pin. There will also be a special hole-in-one prize with a chance to win $10,000 on a hole in one on par 3 at #17. Entry fee is $55 per player. Waldau Junior Golf encourages juniors to come out and play Junior Golfers entry fee is $25. Tournament entry forms may be picked up at Okeechobee Golf and Country Club, on Waldaus Junior Golf web site at www. oridajuniorgolf.org. Community Events
TALLAHASSEECol. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol, Thursday announced the preliminary enforcement results from the Patrols involvement in the nationwide Driver Sober or Get Pulled. Over the campaign, Dec. 12, 2012 Jan. 2, 2013, the patrol beefed up its force by having troopers postpone administrative duties in favor of road patrols and adding reservists and auxiliary troopers to patrol duty. Troopers issued more than 39,000 trafc citations and made 548 arrests for Driving Under the In uence of alcohol or drugs. They cited more than 13,600 drivers for speeding and more than 2,500 for failure to buckle up during the campaign. Law enforcement agencies across the state reported a total of 58 people died in traf c crashes during the campaign period. Our troopers were out on the roadways to help Florida residents and visitors have a safe and enjoyable holiday period, said Col. Brierton. Every year the members of the patrol do their part to identify unsafe drivers and remove them from the roadways, as well as take the appropriate steps to deter unsafe driving behaviors. The members of the Florida Highway Patrol remind everyone that it is the law to move over when approaching any authorized emergency vehicle or wrecker displaying rotating or ashing lights stopped on the side of a roadway. Also, remember that *FHP (*347) dialed from your cell phone contacts FHP should you need to report an aggressive driver or require roadside assistance. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the ef cient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. 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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 3235 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee( Located at the Lakeview Inn Plaza Next To Okeechobee Thrift Store, Treasure Island)Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Hours: Tues, Wed & Sun 6am to 2pm Thurs, Fri, & Sat. 6am to 8pm CLOSED MONDAYS(863) 824-0347 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 7 Okeechobee News January 13, 2013 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Welcome Back! Hoping everyone had a good Christmas & New Years! We started out the New Year on a positive note as far as prices go. Calves were in heavy demand and dollars higher! Most classes $5 or more higher! Cows & Bulls were fairly close to the year end prices after the slaughter cow sale over the Holidays was considerable higher. Expecting prices to stay strong for a good little while. P R S Cattle, Indiantown, topped the calf market with a high of $2.70 bought by Dan McClellan. Fletcher Nail, Ft. Pierce, Clyde Crouch II, Ft. Pierce and Okapilco Outtters, Okeechobee, all topped the cow market with a high of 84.00 bought by Central Beef & Dairymens Marketing. We have 87 head of crossbred cows, 5-10 yrs. old, bred to Angus & Charolais Bulls to calve in the Spring. $1100. Call the of ce and ask for Jeff or Todd. See ya next week, Todd FHP enforcement results:Dec. 12, 2012 Jan. 2, 2013 Citations: 39,202 DUI Arrests: 548 Speeding Citations: 13,660 Safety Belt Citations: 2,570 Crashes: 10,876 Motorist assists: 10,900 FHP arrests 548 impaired drivers in campaign
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Thursday, January 31, 2013 5:00 p.m. Raulerson Hospital CafeteriaThe Treasure Coast Healthcare System cordially invites you to meet our dedicated team of patient-centered professionals, learn about our services and tour Raulerson Hospital. Mr. Gary Cantrell, CEO St. Lucie Medical Center Mr. Rodney Smith, CEO Lawnwood Regional Mr. Robert Lee, CEO Raulerson Hospital R.S.V.P. TODAY: 763-9228 We are opening our doors to the community. Meet Our Leadership Team. Buy a Home Delivery or Mail subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 8 Okeechobee News January 13, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News If you are a woman whose ultrasound or mammogram detected suspicious tissue changes, you should note that a state-of-theart breast biopsy technology called Stereotactic Biopsy System is available right here in Okeechobeeat Raulerson Hospital. A Stereotactic Breast Biopsy is a surgical/radiological technique to obtain a biopsy of a suspicious breast mass. The x-ray guided biopsy procedure requires only a tiny incision. A local anesthetic is applied to the incision and biopsy site. The patient should not feel any pain. The tissue is then processed by a pathologist. This simple outpatient procedure minimizes discomfort and allows patients to immediately resume most normal activities. Stereotactic Breast Biopsies have become popular because or their accurac y and minimally invasive nature. Unlike open surgery, the breast structure and anatomy is preserved. For a physician referral, contact Consult-A-Nurse at 863-763-9228. Breast biopsy procedure is minimally invasive Special to the Okeechobee NewsToys for Tots was a successThe Marines Corps Toys for Tots was a great success this year. They were able to put smiles on 973 childrens faces at the annual distribution party. Countless more children woke up with presents under the tree Christmas morning and during the holidays with toys and baby items donated to Big Lake Missions, local churches and The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. The success of this year is due to the large number of people who volunteer (photo above) and the community supporters. This year the following businesses and local schools served as drop-off locations collecting toys: A Childs World, WOKC, Trends, Walgreens, The UPS Store, One Stop Party, CenterState Bank, Freshman Campus, Hoskins and Turco, Silver Dollar Internet Caf, Advanced America, Physical Therapy of Okeechobee/ Total Fitness, Okeechobee Fire Stations, Custom Framing Affordable Art Gallery, Seacoast National Bank, Brown Cow Sweetery and Okeechobee High School. Toys for Tots would like to add a special thank you to Santa, Okeechobee Board of County Commissions, the staff of the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, PODS and the Okeechobee Sheriffs Department for their support. This year was a great success! If you would like more information on how you can volunteer or serve as a drop off location during the 2013 Toys for Tots, please contact Malissa Morgan at 863-634-5852. The Heart Gallery of Okeechobee & the Treasure Coast, a unique and stirring traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in foster care hoping to be adopted, will be on display from Jan. 25 through March 1 at Indian River State College, Dixon Hendry Campus, Building B, located at 2229 NW Ninth Ave. The gallery features children who have been removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. They are dif cult to place children who are older (7-17 years old), sibling groups, minority or bi-racial or may have physical, emotional or behavioral issues. The local Heart Gallery is displayed in high-traf c locations across Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties in an effort to raise awareness of the need for adoptive homes in our communities. Since it began in 2006, more than 50 children featured on the Heart Gallery of Okeechobee & the Treasure Coast have been adopted, including eight Okeechobee children in the past 3e years. For more information, contact Frank Avilla at 772-4292009. Heart Gallery showcases children who need homes
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RE BrokerTHINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?GRACIE MORTONgraciemorton06@gmail.com863.634.5283 (CELL)863.763.5335 (OFFICE) 10 Okeechobee News January 13, 2013 By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsA high level drug dealer serving 108 months in federal prison was ordered earlier this week to serve 15 y ears in state prison by Circuit Court J udge Robert Belanger. This is not his rst trip to the rodeo, said Judge Belanger after nding Javier Reynaldo Williams guilty on several felony cocaine charges W ednesday, Jan. 9. Williams, 29, was arrested by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on Dec. 16, 2009, following a nine-month undercover drug operation conducted locally by the task force and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). According to a task force detective an undercover of cer bought over 40 grams of crack and powder cocaine from Williams during the operation. In that arrest Williams, 29, was charged w ith three counts of possession of cocaine w ith intent to sell or deliver and three counts of sale of cocaine. Because of the amount of drugs purchased Williams was initially prosecuted at the federal level. At Wednesdays plea hearing, a task force detective testi ed that Williams was considered to be more than a street-level drug dealer. The detective told Judge Belanger that although the undercover of cer initially purchased $100 worth of cocaine from Williams, toward the end of the investigation that of cer w as buying upwards of $2,000 worth of coke from him. Every time we were ready to make a buy, the cocaine was readily available, testi ed the detective. This is not your average buy of $10 worth of crack cocaine. Williams was found guilty in federal court on Aug. 2, 2010, and was ordered to serve six years probation following his stint in federal prison. Wednesday he entered a plea of no contest to Judge Belanger. Defense attorney Samuel Montesino said he felt the federal sentence was fair and asked Judge Belanger to sentence his client to 71.7 months in state prison, which was the minimum time required under Florida sentencing guidelines. Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright said because of his arrest history and the amount of drugs sold by Williams, 20 years in the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) was more appropriate. But Judge Belanger chose his own sentence. Maybe this is the hallmark of a good sentenceno one is happy, he told the attorneys. Judge Belanger also said that Williams can go back to federal court and ask that his federal and state sentences run concurrently. Williams has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions on charges of cocaine possession in 2005 and aggravated battery on a pregnant victim in 2006. When asked why he brought Williams back for state sentencing after hed already been sentenced federally, Mr. Albright explained that it was due to the severity of the Okeechobee mans crimes. Federal inmate also gets state prison time By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsA local man has been arrested for allegedly stealing appliances, outboard motors and air conditioners from a home while the owners were w orking out of town. Jonathan Wesley Kaufman, 25, N.W. 37th Ave., was arrested W ednesday, Jan. 9, on felony charges of armed burglary, dealing in stolen property (six counts), giving false information to a secondhand metal recycler (six counts) and grand theft rearm. Kaufman was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $87,500. Records show he has been released on bond. Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), stated in his arrest report that Kaufman allegedly stole several items from the home as well as a trailer parked behind the home. The detective said the items taken included a cooker, donut machine, sink, coffee urn, two window AC units, stove, folding ladder, masonry tripod, a lawnmower wagon and a ri e. Kaufman then, on separate occasions, reportedly took the items to a local recycling center and sold them for scrap. The report does not indicate a total value of the items taken, or how much Kaufman received from the recycling center. The detective went on to say that he obtained transaction forms from the center that include Kaufmans thumbprint and signature, as well as a photos of the man at the centers transaction window. Man accused of stealing from home Jonathan W. Kaufman Javier R. Williams
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Items subject to change, available while supplies last. Like us on Facebook 11 Okeechobee News January 13, 2013 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee and Dr. Benjamin Epstein, a Board Certi ed Orthopedic Surgeon who recently joined the staff of Raulerson Hospital, are a good match. He likes the small town atmosphere and he says Okeechobee needed someone who practices pediatric orthopedics. Before he came to Okeechobee, the pediatricians had to send their patients out of town to a specialist. In addition to pediatric orthopedics, Dr. Epstein specializes in total hip and knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, sports medicine and work-related injuries. Dr. Epstein was born in Philadelphia and grew up there. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and did his residency at Delaw are Valley Medical Center in Bucks County, Pa. He served in Saudi Arabia in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Desert Storm where he gained valuable experience and enjoyed Middle Eastern Food. From 1999 through 2009 Dr. Epstein was in private practice in New Jersey. In 2010 he came to Florida to be on the staff of a medical center in New Smyrna Beach. Then the position at Raulerson opened up about three moths ago. He describes the difference between New Smyrna Beach and Okeechobee as a quantum leap. He likes the small town avor of Okeechobee and said it reminds him of the area of the Delaware Valley Medical Center. "Small town orthopedics is the best orthopedics to have," Dr. Epstein said of his current practice. "There is de nitely a need for orthopedic care here." "The hospital is absolutely a pleasure to work at," the doctor said. He also has praise for his staff. He even appreciates the positive and thankful attitude of his patients. He said they understand if they have to wait. Dr. Epstein's of ce is located in Suite 1924 at the Professional Medical Center adjacent to Raulerson Hospital. The of ce hours are 8 am. to 5 p.m. The of ce is closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Dr. Epstein sees patients on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Monday and Thursday are reserved for surgery. However, he will try to work in patients on those days. The telephone number is 863357-0504. The doctor's waiting room is tastefully decorated in a southwestern motif since he says he hates what he calls "the vanilla box" of some doctor's waiting rooms. Dr. Epstein's wife is a tness instructor. His oldest daughter, 25, is in medical school. His son, 24, is a chef. A younger daughter, who is 17, wants to go into forensic medicine. His youngest son, 13, is probably not sure yet about a vocation.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Orthopedic surgeon likes small town atmosphere Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaDr. Benjamin Epstein, an orthopedic surgeon recently joined the staff at Raulerson Hospital and loves the small town atmosphere of Okeechobee. Special to the Okeechobee NewsChristmas Give AwayAs a thank you to its customers, Wolfgang Jewelers gave away three beautiful watches. Customers that purchased $100 or more were eligible to enter into the drawing. The watches were presented to Lewis Gopher, JW Bass and Jerry Bolling by Yolanda Cortez. Foster parents are needed Training classes are openHibiscus Children's Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.
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Auctions TUESDAY, JAN. 22 at 11 a.m. 6315 US Hwy. 441, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Frosty Mug Sports Bar Everything Goes! Bakers Pride Pizza Oven & Conveyor Oven, 1300 lb. Ice Machine, Berkel Bread Slicer, lg. qty. Neon Signs, TVs, Security cameras plus more!561-706-7218 Neverettauctions.com Terms: Cash deposit to register, 15% buyers premium & taxes Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. AuctionsVERO BEACHHIGHWAYMEN PAINTINGSAUCTION!SUN JAN 13@2PMTo be included, bring your paintings to Auctioneers of ce at: 15 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach(772) 562-5015 Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Auctions How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time OMC PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISORPosition assists with managing the physical, scal, and human resources of the Structure Maintenance Department at the Clewiston Field Station. Supervises water resource operations and maintenance program efforts including coordination, implementation, tracking and communication of comprehensive program and project objectives, milestones and schedules. Document, report, budget, and integrate with other District activities within the Structure Maintenance Department. Conducts interviews, trains, motivates, assigns, and evaluates work. Provide technical and programmatic coordination and interaction with other District units, government agencies, and the public. Works with both the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent to ensure staffs readiness to respond and support the eld stations emergency management operations. This includes addressing all regional issues/ concerns speci c to a eld station location. Provides direct input to the emergency management operations procedures used by all eld stations. Education and Experience Guidelines : Associates Degree in engineering or related eld and licenses/certi cations that are appropriate for the program area of responsibility and 6+ years experience in the operation and maintenance of water management works including increasingly responsible experience in construction, maintenance, and operation of program area of responsibility, of which at least 2+ years included supervisory experience. Valid Florida Drivers License. Due to the Districts response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role. For more details and to apply, visit the South Florida Water Management District website at http//www.SFWMD.gov Req ID: 960BR, Clewiston Field Station. EOE Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Employment Full TimeAmerican Drilling Services is in need of an experienced service technician with knowledge in water treatment and pump repair. MUST have prior experience. Apply in person @ 405 SW 2nd Street Applicator Needed Control oating, terrestrial and/or submerged vegetation. Techniques consist of mixing and calculating a variety of authorized herbicides and their application via airboat, atv, chemical spray truck, outboard motor boats and backpack sprayers. Operates and performs repairs on spray and safety equipment as required. Prepares and maintains reports. This job normally requires daily travel from the employees assigned station to work sites located within the stations jurisdiction. Education/Experience Guide: High School Diploma or GED, 1 2 years experience in mixing and the application of herbicides and pesticides a plus. Licenses: Valid Drivers License. Must be able to get and maintain a valid restricted pesticide license, with aquatic and natural areas categories. Ability to obtain certi cation in CPR and First Aid Work Activities typically involve the following: Agility Basic Water Skills, Exposure to various water pollution contaminants, debris, Exposure to stinging/ biting insects, snakes, alligators, Exposure to gasses and/or fumes, Eye-hand-foot coordination, Full body and segmental vibration Hearing, Kneeling, Noise exposure, Prolonged standing, Public interaction, Pulling, Pushing, Recognize color differences, Specialized protective clothing, Vision, Working in on and around water. Applications being taken Thursday January 17, 2013 from 7 am to 8am. at 3080 Cty Rd 721 Lakeport, Fl (863)533-8882 Employment Part Time Focus GroupLaw rm seeking individuals for a lawsuit focus group in Okeechobee, FL. on Tuesday January 29, 2013 for approximately 1/2 day. Individuals must have photo ID showing an address in Okeechobee County and will be paid $40. To apply, please call Sheila at 877-496-8752 Employment WantedA-Wish come true please let me help you CNA care for your loved ones, errands, light housekeeping. Honest, reliable, pt-time. Okeechobee Area. 863-484-0730 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. 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(216)956-0949 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 Samanthas 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 Rent Houses RentAFFORDABLE New large house, 3/2, large yard, W/D. $1000/mo Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. Buckhead Ridge -houses only area. Waterfront,3BR/2BA, Laundry rm. w/ wash/dry.Scrn. porch, open patio, storage shed. Huge lot w/seawall. Clean and excellent condition. $1000.00 Jeanne 561-312-8471. Canal 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 RIVER ACRES1/1, fully furnished, Laundry. Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish TV. WI FI & local phone service.$150/wk + sec. Call: (863) 467-1950 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. OKEECHOBEE CBS HOUSE 3BD/1.5BA, FENCED YARD, BIG UTILITY ROOM, CLOSE TO EVERYTHING. 1600 SW 3RD AVE. $875.00 A MONTH $2,000 TO MOVE IN. 863-634-0512 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. InvestmentPropertySTORAGE FACILITY/FLEA MARKET 100 Units Money Maker Owner Financing Consider all Trades $399,000 LaBelle, Florida (305)481-1316 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 Rent 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 Labelle Nice 3br/2ba w/d, d/w, Ctrl. ac, 2.5 acres fenced, deck, $900 per month. (239)910-5115. Mobile HomeSale2bd/1ba M.H. Taylor Creek w/boat dock,ramp access. Appliances included, furnishings,car-port, screened porch. Park lot rent includes water & lawn maint. $19,900 O.B.O. Call:863-484-0298or 863-467-8328 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 Palm Harbor Homes 14 x 50 Mobile Condo 2/2 $29,900 Park Special 800-622-2832 x210 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 Boats99 Triton 21 Fish & Ski, excellent condition, 225 Mercury and Trailer. 20 Pontoon w/115 Mercury + 40 Johnson. Call 863-763-1365 Bayliner Classic 25 Cruiser. Exc cond. New motor professionally installed. New alum trailer. Serious illness forces sale $11,500. 863-824-0801 or cell 561-386-7756. Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 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 MotorcyclesHonda Helix 250cc Trike. 3,200 mi. Exc. cond. Must sell due to illness. Automatic. $4,900. 863-824-0801 or Cell 561-386-7756. 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 Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 13 Okeechobee News January 13, 2013 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds.IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2012 DR 108 Division: Family Timothy A. Casanova Kimberly A. Casanova, Petitioners and Mildred J. Lear Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR Relative Adoption TO: Mildred J. Lear 5075 Garner St. Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Relative Adoption has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Timothy A. Casanova & Kimberly A. Casanova whose address is 3222 SE 24th St., Okeechobee, FL 34974 on or before 2-12-2013, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuits Courts of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerks of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings.Dated: 1-8-2013 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ April Hof Deputy Clerk 434328 ON 1/13,20,27;2/3/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO. 47-2012-CA-000352 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR STRUCTURED ASSET SECURITIES CORPORATION, MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-NC2, Plaintiff vs. VICKY FOUNTAIN, et al., Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION TO: VICKY FOUNTAIN 4044 SE 29TH CT OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 UNKNOWN SPOUSE VICKY FOUNTAIN 4044 SE 29TH CT OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 AND TO: All persons claiming an interest by, through, under, or against the aforesaid Defendant(s). YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property located in Okeechobee County, Florida: LOT 37, ROWLAND ACRES NO. 3, AN UNRECORDED PLAT, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 1 OF TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE(S) 45, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND RUN SOUTH 00430 WEST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY OF SAID TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT 5, FOR A DISTANCE OF 527.00 FEET; THENCE RUN EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 450.00 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 75.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 00430 EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 115.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 75.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 00430 WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 115.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.has been led against you, an you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to this action, on Greenspoon Marder, P.A., Default Department, Attorneys for Plaintiff, whose address is Trade Centre South, Suite 700, 100 West Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 and the le original with the Clerk within 30 days after the rst publication o f this notice in the OKEECHOBEE NEWS, on or before 2/12/2013, otherwise a default and a judgment may be entered against you for the relie f demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS MY HAND AND SEAL OF SAID COURT on this 7th day of Jan. 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of said Court BY: Linda F. Young As Deputy Cler k IMPORTANT In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in this proceeding should, no later than seven (7) days prior, contact the Clerk of the Courts disability coordinator at 250 NW COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, SUITE 217, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 34986, 772-807-4370. If hearing or voice impaired, contact 711. 434391 ON 1/13,20/2013Notice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3001. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate 434224 ON 1/13/2013 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds.
Public Notice Public Notice 14 Okeechobee News January 13, 2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 2012CA219 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE HOME FINANCE, LLC, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, VS. JAMIE COOPER A/K/A JAMIE C. COOPER, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: JAMIE COOPER A/K/A JAMIE C. COOPER Last Known Address: 5990 NW 24TH ST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Current Residence Unknown DENISE COOPER Last Known Address:-5990 NW 24TH ST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Current Residende Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: EXHIBIT A PARCEL I: Being a parcel of land in Tract 117, of TROPICAL ACRES, an unrecorded subdivision lying in Section 12, Township 37 South, Range 34 East in Okeechobee County, Florida and being more particularly described as follows: Commence at the East 1/4 corner of said Section 12; thence S 00800 W, a distance of 66.00 feet to a point on the Southerly right-of-way line of 2nd Street; thence N 894000 W a distance of 3,906.00 feet along Southerly right-of-way line of 2nd Street to the Point of Beginning; thence S 00612 W a distance of 363.00 feet to a point; thence N 894000 W a distance of 120.00 feet to a point; thence N 00612 E a distance of 363.00 feet to a point on the Southerly right-of-way line of 2nd Street; thence S 894000 E along said Southerly right-of-way line of 2nd Street, a distance of 120.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. PARCEL II: Being a parcel of land lying in Tract 117 of TROPICAL ACRES, an recorded subdivision, lying in Section 12, Township 37 South, Range 34 East in Okeechobee County, Florida and being more particularly bounded and described as follows: Commence at the East 1/4 corner of said Section 12; thence S 00800 W a distance of 66.00 feet to a point lying on the Southerly rightof-way line of 2nd Street; thence N 894000 W along said Southerly rightof-way line a distance of 3,906.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue S 00612 W a distance of 363.00 feet; thence N 894000 W a distance of 120.00 feet to a point; thence N 00612 E a distance of 363.00 feet to a point; thence S 894000 E a distance of 120.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. has been le against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall C. Watson, P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 1800 NW 49th STREET, SUITE 120, FT. LAUDERDALE, FL 33309 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in the OKEECHOBEE NEWS and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint.If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port. St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dfas antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn_si es que falta menos de 7 dfas para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, ame al 711.KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou par& nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si l8 ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 7th day of Jan. 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON As Clerk of the Court By: Linda F. Young As Deputy Clerk 434266 ON 1/13,20/2013 STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice of its preparation of a draft permit for Larson Dairy Barn #8, to be issued to Larson Dairy, Inc. The proposed permit authorizes the operation of the waste management system in accordance with the approved Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan, which also limits the herd size and management practices. The permit-will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), as delegated to the state by the U.S, Environmental Protection Agency. The dairy is located at 7680 NE 37111 Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, The Department has assigned permit application le number FLA013924-003-1W4A to the project. Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the Department or may submit a written request for a public meeting to Greg Kennedy, FDEP Southeast District, 400 North Congress Avenue, Third Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, in accordance with rule 62-620.555 of the Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the information set forth below and must be received in the Of ce within 30 days of publication of this notice. Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to submit comments or request a public meeting under Rule 62-620,555, Florida Administrative Code, The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following information; (a) The commenters name, address, and telephone number, the applicants name and address, the Department Permit File Number and the county in which the project is proposed; (b) A statement of how and when notice of the Department action or proposed action was received; (c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the nal decision: (d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modi cation of the Department action or proposed action; and (e) If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting. However, the Department may not always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore, written comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even if a public meeting is requested. If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period is extended until the close of the public meeting. If a public meeting is held any person may submit oral or written statements and data at the meeting on the Department proposed action. As a result of signi cant public comment the Department nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this draft permit. The permit application le and supporting data are available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the DEP Southeast District of ce, 400 North Congress Avenue, Third Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, Tel, (561) 681-6600. 434386 ON 1/13/2013 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) documented fewer manatee deaths in 2012 than in the previous three years, as milder winter temperatures led to signi cantly less cold-related mortality. The FWC recorded 392 manatee carcasses in state waters last year, of which a quarter were determined to be from human-related causes. FWC researchers, managers and law enforcement staff work closely together to evaluate mortality data and identify necessary actions. Actions may include steps to protect vital habitat or special patrols to ensure compliance with manatee speed zones. The FWC is committed to conservation actions that reduce human-caused manatee deaths, including those related to watercraft. The FWC's Division of Law Enforcement, in cooperation with partner agencies, uses knowledge of local boating conditions and habits, well-posted speed regulatory zones and up-to-date manatee information as part of its on-the-water enforcement operations. Researchers documented 81 watercraftrelated deaths in 2012, slightly below the yearly average of the past ve years. "Protecting manatees is a priority," said Maj. Jack Daugherty, FWC's Boating and Waterways section leader. "Our of cers take time to patrol manatee zones, identify areas that have presented problems, and generally work with the public to educate them on how to boat safely and in a way that doesn't harm the environment." To help prevent cold-related deaths, the FWC continues to work with partners to enhance availability of warm-water sites important to manatee survival. Among recent efforts was the restoration of Fanning Springs by the FWC and partners, which improves manatee access to a natural warmwater habitat off the Suwannee River. To view preliminary 2012 manatee mortality data, visit MyFWC.com/Research/ Manatee and click on "Manatee Mortality Statistics." To learn more about manatee conservation, go to MyFWC.com/Manatee. As part of its conservation efforts, the FWC rescues distressed manatees throughout the state. The FWC and partners rescued 81 manatees in 2012, in many cases as a result of citizens contacting the agency. To report a dead or distressed manatee, call the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404FWCC (3922). Florida residents can also help manatees by purchasing the manatee specialt y license plate, available at county tax collectors' of ces. The funds collected for these plates go directly to manatee research and conservation. Manatee population numbers improving Special to the Okeechobee News/ FWCProtecting manatees is a priority, said Maj. Jack Daugherty, FWCs Boating and Waterways section leader. Special to the Okeechobee NewsStudents of the weekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Jan. 7 10 include: kindergarten students, Thomas Byars, Anna Vizcarra, Faith Hinchcliff, Blatin Powell; rst grade students, Ethan Hawk, Iris Ramirez, Yasmin Urvina, Lindsey Hamilton, Aldofo Villegas, Emma Meeks; second grade students, Christian Wheatley, Rebecca Waddell, Amanda Nash, Lizett Flores, Audrey Broadrick; third grade students, Layla Edmonds, Diana Ruiz, Gavin Murphy, Miguel Alvarez, Lexie Jennings; fourth grade students, Hayley Hawes, Jarrett Farley, Mackenzie Crum, Chance Mohr, Liliana Rodriguez; fth grade students, Tia McCoy, Yuri Hernandez, Jason Sutherland and Hailey Farley. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee NewsPets of the WeekThe Okeechobee Humane Society/ Pet Rescue has seven sweet kitties waiting for loving forever homes. All of the cats available for adoption are indoor petssocial, loving, and spayed or neutered. They are available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to foster animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home.
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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Gary Parks had 19 points, many in crucial moments and the Sebastian Eagles scored 13 of the games nal 17 points to defeat upsetminded Yearling Middle School, 34-26 to remain undefeated Tuesday in Okeechobee. Antawyn Fludd had eight points and four steals while Lamar Williams added eight points and seven rebounds for the Bulls, (9-2). JuanYae Ford had four points, three steals, four rebounds and two assists. Anthony Parks had six points for the Eagles (11-0). Yearling fell behind in the rst quarter (9-5) but shut out the Eagles in the second quarter to take a 13-9 halftime lead. The lead changed several times in the second half and Sebastian led 20-19 after the third quarter. Two questionable calls hurt Yearling in the fourth quarter. Ford appeared to be fouled underneath on one play which was not called and Sebastian appeared to knock a ball out of bounds under the Bulls basket but maintained possession. A technical foul was also called on Yearling in the nal minute. The Bulls missed several crucial free throws in the fourth quarter as well. Fludd was forced to leave the game for the nal minute after being cut in the forehead. Yearling Coach Mike Wharin said he did not question his teams effort as it was a game played with all-out intensity and excitement. My guys executed the game plan and gave 120 percent. The problem was we didnt get too many foul calls. We were banging the ball down low but nothing was called. Wharin praised the Bulls defense as they focused on Parks and were able to slow him down at times. However he towered over the smaller Bulls with about a four-inch height advantage and got some crucial inside baskets and rebounds in the fourth quarter. Wharin said Fludds injury also upset him as his loss hurt the ow of the Bulls offense. He is the life and blood of our team and everything I want in a player. He got cut in the head and nothing was called. 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Earn up to $327 with MIDFLORIDA is here to work with you and your schedule with features like: plus 16 Okeechobee News January 13, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Jaleah Bellamy had 16 points and the Lady Eagles played tight defense the entire game to defeat Yearling Middle School 38-15 in girls basketball Tuesday in Okeechobee. Sebastian (10-1) overcame a tight Yearling defense as well as they were held to only six points in the rst quarter. The Eagles led 16-2 at halftime and 29-7 after the third quarter. Shytria Ash had seven points, ve rebounds, and four steals for Yearling. Brooke OHagan added four points. Raylee Coleman had three steals and three rebounds for the Lady Bulls. Yearling Coach Tammy Wright said the team played well on defense at times but continued to struggle to score points. The rst half of games has been our biggest problem. We are unable to come out strong and dont have a good rst half. In the second half we came out strong but it wasnt enough to pull out a win, she added. Wright said the team played hard and overcame the holiday break where they didnt pla y any basketball. He said the younger girls are starting to learn the game, remember what theyre taught, and have begun to know what to do on the court. We feel like our sixth and seventh graders have made strides and we should have a much stronger team next year, she added. Wright was also happy the team was able to frustrate Bellamy in the rst quarter and throughout the game. She came in averaging over 22 points per game. Lady Yearling hoopsters fall, 29-7 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyShytria Ash, #2, dived to the oor to pick up this loose ball during the Yearling versus Sebastian game on Tuesday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJoshua Madrigal (right) attempts to block a Sebastian shot in the rst quarter as Antawyn Fludd (left) looks on.