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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 01-27-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, January 27, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 12 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 14.78 feetLast Year: 13.35 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. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Monthly jobless gures were encouraging for Okeechobee County in December as the jobless rate fell from 9.4 to 8.8 percent according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. There were 1,713 residents who collected bene ts in Okeechobee which compared to 1,820 in November. One year ago the jobless rate stood at 10.8 percent as 2,078 residents collected bene ts. Only 11 Florida Counties had lower jobless rates than Okeechobee last month. Jobless rates fallOHS girls bball seniors honored ... Page 8 OHS boys soccer team beats Jensen Beach ... Page 11Is your thyroid working properly? ... Page 15 What should county do with Okee-Tantie? ... Page 4 Submitted photo/ Eric KoppEddie Lehman, Tony Stark and James Stiert were named the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employees of the fourth quarter in the citizen volunteers division. On hand for that announcement were: Major Noel Stephen, Mr. Stark, Mr. Stiert and Sheriff Paul May. Mr. Lehman is not pictured. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Citizen volunteers and employees of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) have been named the employees of the quarter for the fourth quarter. Employees are chosen in one of four classi cations: volunteer, administration, correction and law enforcement. Eddie Lehman, Tony Stark and James Stiert were named the citizen volunteers of the quarter and were nominated by Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark. Lt. Stark said he nominated the three volunteers for their quick and innovative thinking that led to the rescue of a man and a 10year-old child whose boat was sinking on Lake Okeechobee. He said the boater called the sheriff's of ce and told dispatchers his boat was sinking and he needed help. The rst call went out to the wildlife of cers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). However, they had to rst get a boat then would be coming to Okeechobee from Moore Haven. Because the boat was sinking and daylight was fading away a call was made to the OCSO Search and Rescue Unit who responded to their building at the back boat basin at Okee-Tantie. However, they found they were unable to access the storage area and had to improvise by bypassing the ignition of one of the boats there. Because of their quick response and quick thinking, they were able to reach the stranded boaters and rescue them before nightfall. By this time, however, the boat was submerged. Lt. Stark also nominated OCSO Citizen volunteers, deputies honoredSee OCSO — Page 5 See JOBS — Page 5 Two Buckhead dogs deemed ‘dangerous’ By Eric KoppOkeechobee News MOORE HAVENA 3-year-old boy was airlifted to Lee County Memorial Hospital after he was mauled about the head and neck area by a male pit bull taken in by his family. Bob Jones, Glades County director of public safety, said the dog showed up in the family's yard about three weeks prior to the Jan. 18 incident and they started to care for it. "If it comes into your yard and you start taking care of it, it's your dog," said Mr. Jones in a Jan. 23 phone interview. Mr. Jones surmised the animal was probably a catch dog for a hog hunter. The dog was euthanized and tested for rabies. Those tests were negative, added Mr. Jones. He explained that the child suffered multiple lacerations about his face and neck, and one of his ears badly injured. This case was the second dog bite case to occur in Glades County in less than a month. On Dec. 26, 2012, a man was attacked and bitten while walking near the entrance to the Buckhead Ridge Marina. Glades County Animal Control Of cer Mike Ashworth said four dogs, all pit bulls, were seized and placed in quarantine for 10 days. After that time had elapsed none of the dogs showed an y signs of rabies. The victim suffered puncture wounds to the upper thigh and abrasions to his arms. Mr. Jones said the man, who lives in the Naples area, went to a hospital that night then followed up with his personal physician about seven or eight days later. Youngster mauled by family pit bullSee DOGS — Page 10 "If it comes in your yard and you start taking care of it, it's your dog."— Bob Jones, Glades Count y Director of Public Safet y

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Today: Partly cloudy. High of 79F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the ENE in the afternoon. Tonight: Fog overnight. Low of 57F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Partly cloudy.Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 81F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Monday Night : Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 57F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday : Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 84F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night : Clear. Low of 63F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 www.facebook.com/flwfishing www.twitter.com/flwfishing www.flwoutdoors.com Presented byFISHING. ADVANCED. WALMART PRO DAY I SATURDAY, FEB. 2 I NOON … 2 P.M.MEET THE FLW PRO ANGLERS I GET AUTOGRAPHS & PHOTOS I LEARN THE BEST FISHING TIPS & TECHNIQUES02.07 02.10LAKE OKEECHOBEECLEWISTON, FLFLW EXPO & WEIGH-INSAT. & SUN. AT WALMART I NOON 4 P.M.SCAN FOR EVENT DETAILS Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News January 27, 2013 Okeechobee Forecast Powell graduates basic trainingAir National Guard Airman 1st Class Branden C. Powell graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical tness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Powell is the son of Ronald Powell of Meadowlark Place, Alabaster, Ala. He is a 1995 graduate of Okeechobee High School, Fla. He earned an associate degree in 1997 from Santa Fe College, Gainesville. In the Military OMS Students of the weekOsceola Middle School’s very own Cassandra Franco has demonstrated her artistic talent with banners that showcase each of our teams with our school’s theme for the year: Osceola Middle SchoolON FIRE! Congratulations to the following Students of the Week for Jan. 17, with our Teacher of the week, Mrs. Finch! Victoria Cline, Amy Trent, Barbara LewisDolphins on FIRE!, Yesenia SantizoEagles on FIRE!, Richard SpiessJaguars on FIRE!, Hunter DerryMarlins on FIRE!, Kaleigh JonesStingrays on FIRE! and Ada Cobo. Special to the Okeechobee News Branden C. Powell Humane Society needs volunteersThe Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/ Rescue is in need of volunteers to help with of ce work and to help as kennel supervisors. Any time you can spare is appreciated. The organization is a non-pro t with no paid staff and depends on volunteers. Contact Belina Forlifer at 863-357-1104.

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A ctivities We have tons of vacant land to host trade s hows, boat shows, concerts of all types but t hey must be big enough to attract not only v enders and competitors but also spectators. Every time the county seems to hit on somet hing that has potential, they stop it. The reas ons are: Not enough turnout, didn’t generate enough income, too much hassle, too much hard work ... etc. I am sure you have heard t hem all. If you go to other towns and check out events you notice that in order for somet hing to be successful, you have to keep running it. Give it time to be noticed. Having an event one weekend then say it was a failure b ecause people didn’t catch on, just means y ou need to run it again and advertise better.  In the olden days the neighbors got together and played cards, popped corn and had a great time. Bring the kiddies and let them play their own little card games (no babysitt ers). If it developed over time that some “takeover type” thought they had to run everything, t hey simply were not noti ed of the next gett ogether. It has gotten so that people think they have to have big expensive equipment, (trucks t o muddy up, etc.), in order to have any fun. T he right to bear arms I’ve been reading and listening a lot about the connection to meds in this regard. T here are people who truly believe all these s tress and anxiety meds are part of a conspiracy. Plus we know who is really bene tting from all those pharmaceuticals out there. W e know the doctors get perks for pushing t hem. We know the manufacturers make a huge pro t. It is also concluded that the s ide effects have contributed greatly to car c rashes, rage, odd and abnormal behaviors. T hey also have not fully revealed the longt erm effects on the body but we do know t hey cause teeth to rot, hair to thin, heart, liver and kidney problems plus throw off the b ody’s chemistry. So meds could easily play a roll in this but not all cases. There is a pill for everything.OCRA tourney I watched the last commission meeting today and sat back and wondered why some questions about the OCRA tourney on the agenda couldn’t be answered. The exact same Dixie Girls tourneys (all four divisions) were held in Okeechobee on the same grass elds in 2002. Guess what? In 2003 the bid was awarded to Okeechobee again all four divisions. Brought in tons of money to the community. Only thing asked of the county was use of their facility and maintenance of the elds between games and help with the ooding which is always going to occur with multiple inches of rain. Along with the girls tourney in 2003, OCRA also hosted the state tourney for Dixie Boys Pre-Majors the same weekend at the high school. There were teams staying in Ft. Pierce and Sebring because Okeechobee was packed full. Now we want to sit back and have somebody else do it for us. Okee-Tantie I just listened to the Thursday county commission meeting expecting to hear how the Okee-Tantie project would move along as the county, state and developer ironed out the issues relating to the project, bringing revenue and jobs to Okeechobee. What I heard instead was Ray Domer making a motion to kill the whole project with Hoover and Helton voting with him. Dead project ... dead town.  Another “fail.” Domer was on that board and so were the two commissioners when efforts should have been taken to correct the problems before it came to this point. Ignore it and it shall pass.  The real issue is why did the county let the park fall apart in the rst place? It used to make money. But after the storms in 2004 and 2005, they did not repair the damages. So they had to close part of the park and then it no longer made money. They sink millions into the agri-civic center—which has lost money every year since they built it—but would not spend the money to repair the damages to the infrastructure at the OkeeTantie campground.  Also, they closed the bait shop. If the county can’t make money running that shop, why don’t they rent it out to someone who could make a go of it there? At least the county would get a little revenue that way instead of letting it sit empty. It was very convenient for shermen who forgot something or ran out of something to just run into that shop. The word of the Lord endures foreverBy Rev. James R. Dawson Jr. Assistant PastorFirst United Methodist Church We, who call ourselves Christians, are people who believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Meaning that “Yeshua” (The Messiah’s Hebrew name), Jesus Christ, is God. He came to Earth to redeem mankind from their sin because of the separation from God that sin has caused. Standing in front of a Holy and Just God with their sin, God would have no choice but to nd us guilty of willful disobedience against Him. The punishment is just, it is Hell. But we wouldn’t want it any differently, what if a person murdered your son or daughter? Before a good judge, who is fair and just, the person who committed this crime may say, “Judge, the good that I have done in my life has by far outweighed this one bad thing. I shouldn’t be punished.” The parents of the child will still want justice for their child’s murder and a good judge will see that the punishment ts the crime. This is why Jesus came into the world to live in the esh, so that we would not have to endure the punishment of our disobedience towards God. A just and righteous God would have no choice but to punish our acts of disobedience with hell’s eternal re and damnation. A Christian knows that because of God’s great love for mankind, there is only one way to heaven. We believe that Christ is the only way to God, that there is only one truth that gets you there, and only one life worth living that is pleasing unto Him. That way, truth, and life only comes through Jesus Christ (John 14:6), because of what He did on the Cross, when He took our punishment and shame while dying in our place. In Philippians 1; 21, A Christian knows that to live is to live for Christ. Meaning, we are expected to live an honest and truthful life even if it leads to our death. We can do this by trusting and obeying in God’s Holy Word. The last part of the Philippians passage tells us that “to die is gain” (the gain mentioned here means literally living in heaven with Christ for all eternity). So as Christians, we trust and believe that the Bible is God’s Word in how God superintended for us to receive it. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is pro tabl e for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, fo r instruction in righteousness, that the man o f God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16, 17. The world around us is trying hard to confuse and twist the Christian’s train o f thought to believe that the Bible is someho w out dated and/or wrong. With controversial topics like: evolution, abortion, homosexuality, tithing, etc ... just to name a few, to Bible-believing Christians there should no t be any controversy because God’s Word settles these issues by making no apology to the world’s greatest minds or philosophers. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For i t is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of th e wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’” 1 Corinthians 1: 18, 19. As Christians, we have nothing to b e afraid of when it comes to who we are and what we believe. The same Christ who was born of a virgin, died on a cross, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven is th e same God that has written the true and living Word for all of us to enjoy. Yes, He is th e same God that created the heavens and th e earth in six days, allowed a snake to talk to Eve in the Garden, walked on the waters a t the Sea of Galilee and gives us moral absolutes for all people to follow. God can do this because His Word says so and we who ar e His people believe it so because we are His people who knows His truth “having been born again, not of a corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because ‘All esh is as grass, and all the glory of man as th e ower of the grass. The grass withers, and the ower falls away, but the word of th e Lord endures forever.’ Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” 1 Peter 1:23, 24 Meaning if you believe in Christ (because what we know and believe abou t Christ comes from the Bible), then you ar e to believe the entire Bible and not pick and choose to believe what you like, because lif e is hard enough than to live it as a Christian in constant confusion. Believe in all of God’s Word, because it is as true as your salvation. January 27, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In this age of exploitive and trashy media, were proud to be different. We believe in operating and publishing our newspaper as a public trust. Fulfilling our public trust requires that we try to bring out the best in our community and its people. We seek the highest common denominators, not the lowest. We dont engage in gutter journalism. We know we can achieve success on the high road. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News January 27, 2013 Submitted photo/ OCSODetention Deputy Monica Rubens was named the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce corrections of cer of the fourth quarter. At right is Sheriff May. Submitted photo/ OCSOOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Crime Scene Technician Jackie Moore (center) was named the employee of the fourth quarter in the administrative division. Presenting her with her certi cate are (left) Major Noel Stephen and (right) Sheriff Paul May. Crime Scene Technician and Fingerprint Examiner Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Moore as the administrative employee of the quarter. “Currently, she is our only ‘expert’ latent ngerprint examiner,” wrote Lt. Stark. “She spends countless hours entering both elimination latent ngerprints and case evidence latent ngerprints into our AFIS system. Due to her tireless effort she has been able to assist law enforcement with many suspects w ho are now either incarcerated or awaiting trial and off the streets.” He went on to say that she is a “valuable asset” to the department. Detention Deputy Monica Rubens was named the corrections employee of the quarter and was nominated by Lieutenant V an Hortman. “She is very knowledgeable of every post. Of cer Rubens is always willing to stay over or report early to a shift if that shift is short staffed,” said Lt. Hortman. “She shows excellent working skills at all times.” The law enforcement of cer of the quarter was Deputy Heath Hughes. He was nominated by Crime Scene Technician Kathleen W atson, Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson, Detective Corporal Shane Snyder and Lt. Stark. After nding a broken gate, Deputy Hughes performed a security check of a building on U.S. 441 S.E. While checking doors on the building he noticed several boxes containing Spice packages. He then contacted the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force about the possible illegal activity. His action led to the issuance of a search w arrant and the seizure of an alleged Spice manufacturing lab that consisted of several thousand dollars in potential hazardous materials that could be sold in the community. A few weeks prior to this incident, Deputy Hughes conducted a burglary investigation w hich led to a suspect and the recovery of a stolen vehicle. “Due to the of cer’s willingness to conduct a thorough investigation in both incidents, a criminal is off the streets and the community has become a safer place in which to live,” stated the nominators. Finally, the Criminal Investigations Division were nominated by the Florida Attorney General for their participation in Operation Cocaine Cowboy. “They are a shining example of how effective great police work and sacri ce can be for a community. This long-term investigation required teamwork and perseverance,” stated the letter. “All targets were arrested, prosecuted and sentenced without a necessity for trial given the thoroughness of the investigation.” Unit members are: Detective Captain John Rhoden, Detective Sergeant Jimmy Mills, Detective Corporal Shane Snyder, Detective Roy Gilchrist, Detective James Pickering, Detective Kristin Gray, Detective Rick Voss, Detective Javier Gonzalez, Detective Augustin Saucedo and Deputy Justin Akins. All of those chosen as employees of the quarter will also be considered as employees of the year, who will be named later. OCSOContinued From Page 1 Submitted photo/ OCSOThe Criminal Investigations Division of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce was named the unit of the fourth quarter by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi due to their work on an undercover drug operation dubbed Cocaine Cowboy. On hand for the presentation of their certi cate were: (left to right) Detective Javier Gonzalez, Major Noel Stephen, Detective Captain John Rhoden, Detective Rick Voss and Sheriff Paul May. Submitted Photo/ OCSOOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Deputy Heath Hughes was recently named the employee of the quarter for the fourth quarter.At right is Sheriff Paul May. Glades County also saw a decline from nine percent in November to 8.6 percent in December as the number of residents who collected bene ts dropped from 431 to 418. It also was a stark improvement from December, 2011. In that report 498 residents collected bene ts, a rate of 9.7 percent. Glades was tied w ith Polk and Liberty County and ranked 16th among Florida Counties. Around the region, Hendry County reported 9.9 percent unemployment, Highlands County 7.8 percent, Palm Beach County eight percent, St. Lucie 10 percent, Osceola 8.6 percent and Martin 8.4 percent. The highest rate in the state was found in Flagler County with 11.2 percent. The lowest w as found in Monroe County at 4.5 percent. The state jobless rate was 7.9 percent down from 8 percent in November. The national level rose from 7.4 to 7.6 percent. JOBSContinued From Page 1

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The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion Veterans' programs. The event is open to the public.Masons planning breakfastThe Masonic Lodge located at 107 N.W. Fifth St. will have a breakfast on Sunday, J an. 27, from 8 a.m. 11 a.m. for a donation of $6 per person. The public is welcome and carry out is available. Breakfast is every other Sunday and all proceeds go to local Mason giving.Church hosting speakerReverend Joel Stockstill of Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, La., will be the special guest speaker at Fountain of Life Church. 1302 S.W. 32nd St., on Sunday, J an. 27 at 11 a.m.Collecting old cell phonesWe are conducting a drive to collect cell phones to raise money. Recycle. Reuse. Help us by contributing anything you have laying around and not in use. The money directly goes to our organization. Between Jan. 27 Feb. 17 at the Abiding Hope Worship Center located at 4550 U.S. HWY N. For more information, please contact us at 863-763-3736. Public invited to lectureA free medical lecture will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Raulerson Hospital as part of their monthly Dine with the Doctor series. The lecture is free and starts at 5 p.m. Dinner is $5 and starts at 4:30 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, call 863-763-9228. W riters group will meetOur next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. in the library board room. If you want to read please bring 6-8 copies of your work. Five pages or less, double spaced. Don't forget Gary Hoffman's event and book signing tomorrow at the library at 5 p.m.Mixon Real Estate plans Jan. 29 open houseLori Mixon of the Mixon Real Estate Group is celebrating her new location at 1305 S.W. Second Ave., with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 29 Join Okeechobee Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County as we welcome the members of the Mixon Real Estate Group into their new of ces. The open house will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Mayor Jim Kirk conducting the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m.KOA hosts drivers programThe Okeechobee KOA Community Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S., will host an AARP Driver Safety Program on, Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Complete the class in one day, no driving and no tests. You could get a discount on your auto insurance. To register, call 1-877-390-8806.Dinner bene ts veteransTuesday, Jan. 29, the North VFW will host a rib dinner from 5-7 p.m. at a cost of $7.50 for 1/2 rack and $15 for a full rack. Reservations not necessary but would be greatly appreciated at 863-763-0818. Proceeds go towards veterans assistance programs. Grand opening set for studioOkeechobee Main Street is announcing the of cial grand opening of Fawn's Studio at 1136 S. Parrott Ave. in the White House Plaza on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:15 p.m. The public is welcome to come and meet owner and artist Fawn McNeill-Barr.Library hosting documentaryThe public is invited to the library on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. to see the The Lost Bird Documentary and how sculptor Todd McGrain uses his sculptures to keep these extinct birds alive in our collective memories. The Montreal Gazette called it "entertaining, whimsical, and very moving...." For more information call the Okeechobee County Public Library at 863763-3536.Public invited to meet Raulerson Hospital leadersThe public is invited to meet the Raulerson Hospital Leadership Team at the hospital on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, or for more information, call 863-763-9228.Food stamp help offeredTreasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 U.S. 441 S.E., on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. helping with food stamp applications and recerti cation. This service is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For more information, please call 7729713316.Library hosts musical and theater programThe Okeechobee Library will host Ian R.B. Nairnsey with a series of programs depicting broadway shows with musical selections and narratives. On Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. he will present, "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas."Animal will be on exhibitAnimal Adventures located at 5001 S.W. Rucks Dairy Rd. is having a "Dollar Day" where everyone gets in for $1, on Saturday, Feb. 2. Food will be available or bring a picnic lunch. We will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dozer, tiger cub, will be doing interactions for $25 per person for 5 minutes. Must make appointment upon arrival. Lions, cougars, tigers, leopards, bears, baboons, snakes, alligators, birds and many more will be on exhibit.CIS yard sale plannedCleaning out your closet? Let us take your old and unused items off your hands. No item is too big or small. On Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Okeechobee Achievement Academy will have a yard sale in the Brahman Theater parking lot, 1610 S. Parrott Ave. Donations can be dropped off at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy, 1000 N.W. 34th St. For pick of donations or more information call Jill Roger, Amanda Blewett or Cortney Crews at 863-462-5125 EXT 128 or 863-634-0870.S. Florida pig preview plannedThe fourth annual South Florida pig preview hosted by Bacon Bunch 4-H Club will be held on, Saturday, Feb. 2 at Okeechobee County Agri-Civic center, 4601 State Road 70 E. Registration is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. To pre-register e-mail information on registration form to: Baconbunch@earthlink.net; or, mail to Joyce Thomas 21655 N.W. 266th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972. For more information, please call Scott Durand at 863-6340500 or Joyce Thomas at 863-697-1904.OCRA baseball/softball sign ups will start Feb. 2OCRA will hold baseball/softball sign ups the rst three Saturdays in Feb. 2 9 and 16, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the score tower at the Sports Complex. All children ages 4 thru 14 can sign up. The fee is $80 per child and a copy of the birth certi cate is needed. For more information, call 863-634-0515.Church hosts dinner St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church The Knights of Columbus Buckhead Ridge located S.R. 78 W. and Chobee Loop will be having a Mexican Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Take out is available, a donation for $8 and $3 for the children. Bene t yard sale slatedA community yard sale will be held at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables will be available for $10 rental, while supplies last. Spaces to set your own table will be $5. Proceeds will bene t the March of Dimes. Can't make it that weekend? Any donations will be appreciated. To reserve a table or space, or to donate your items, please email or call Marnie Ayers at 863-462-5288 or 863-677-6378.Church hosting concertBuckhead Ridge Baptist Church, 1731 Hunter Rd., is proud to be presenting Simple Faith in concert Sunday, Feb. 3 at the 11 a.m. service. A free will offering will be taken. Everyone is invited. Community Events

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Okeechobee Livestock Market ReportCows and bulls were cheaper this week, supply side. Still believe it will straighten out in a few weeks. Calves leveled off on lighter weights but everything sold steady to higher on everything 350# and up. It’s shaping up to be a pretty good year so far! Larry Owens, SW Ranches, topped the calf market with a high of $2.80 bought by Foy Reynolds. Walter McBride, Ft. Pierce, topped the cow market with a high of 82.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co m • Foreclosure Tropical Gardens (NW 20th St). 5+/fenced buildable acres close to schools and shopping. $24,000 MLS #206537 • 40+/Acres of vacant/pasture land in Fort Drum. Paved street in front of the property. $125,000 NOW $120,000 MLS #206360 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000 Make Offer! • Foreclosure 4 lots SE of 441 ( acre). Motivated Seller each building site at $5,900 NOW $4,900. 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 1005-H: Wilcox Shores 3 bed, 2 bath CBS with vinyl siding on a corner lot, concrete driveway, 1774 Total Sq Ft/1204 under air. Tile oor throughout home. $78,000 MLS #206555 NEW LISTING REDUCED NEW LISTING 5019-M: Four Seasons 2004, 3 bed, 2 bath on over half an acre. 2170 TSF/1984 under air. In move in condition. Easy to see! $69,900 NOW $59,900 MLS #206303 5018-H: Dixie Ranch Acres Stilt 3BR/2BA on an acre with ceramic tile oors. Pond, Shed, Large open porch. Offered as a short sale. $50,000 NOW $45,000 MLS #206457 1003-M: Seminole Cove 55+ community w/clubhouse amenities. Great lake view, 2/2 DWMH w/addition, 2 car carport, large driveway, Single/Metal roof, 1023 Sq Ft under air/1957Total Sq ft $69,900 MLS #206023 5023-H: Otter Creek Spacious 3/2, double garage, lots of kitchen cabinets, screen porch, beautiful Oak Trees all on 1+/acre. Built in 2002, 2336 Total Sq Ft/1380 under air. $115,000 MLS #206521 5003-H: Lazy 7 Estates 3/2/2 on an acre. 2022 total sq ft/1290 under air. Many upgraded features, too many to list!. $159,900 NOW $155,900 MLS #206138 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 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) Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 7 Okeechobee News January 27, 2013 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaJudging miniature horsesThe state middle school championship for FFA horse judging was heldnJan. 18, at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. About 40 schools participated. These young ladies from Okeechobee High School led miniature horses from Paddock Farms into the arena to be judged. They are, left to right, Katie Brummett, Ashley McDuf e, Haley Burkhatler and Ashton Rogers. Buck Durrance also furnished horses to be judged. Over 40 schools participated. The top ve, four-person teams and the top ve individual judges will be honored at the FFA state convention.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Lehna Sedatol had 11 points and Ami Edwards had 10 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort as Okeechobee High School lost their nal home game of the year, 5142 to Fort Pierce Westwood in High School girls' basketball action Thursday night in Okeechobee. Three seniors were honored before the game, Edwards, Lexi Manson, and Shamarah Shanks, who was lost for the season with a knee injury. It was a close game throughout as Okeechobee played with more effort and intensity than they showed on Tuesday versus Vero Beach. Still the Brahmans struggled at times to get high percentage shots. They were also unable to stop or even slow down Trudy Walker who scored 31 points for the Lady Panthers. Brahman coach Erin Morrow agreed her defense played a lot better and the offense showed improvement, "We got the ball up the court a lot better and we had more con dence with the ball, we just didn't work on taking care of it." Manson and Edwards got baskets earl y as OHS (8-12) took a 5-0 lead. Westwood responded with a 10-0 run and led 14-9 after the rst quarter. Morrow said the Panthers got some easier shots than her team and were able to cover a lot of the court on defense with their height, long arms and agility. Westwood beats Lady Brahmans 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 Bass Fishing Trips Duck Hunts Turkey Hunts • Gator Hunts 8 Okeechobee News January 27, 2013 Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy(Above) Lexi Manson (center) was joined by her parents, Jerri and Billy Hill (right) and Jess and Richonda Manson (left) for senior night. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAmi Edwards was joined by her mom Philicia Allen, and OHS basketball coach Erin Morrow (right) for OHS Lady Brahmans senior night. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyShamarah Shanks (center) was joined by her mother Sinda Shanks (second from left) and her Aunt Gloria Thomas for senior night at the last home basketball game for the Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans. Also in the photo (far right) is OHS basketball coach Erin Morrow and OHS principal Toni Wiersma (far left).

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Two of the dogs in question have since been classi ed as dangerous. Their owner w as expected to pick up a dangerous dog certi cate for each of those animals at a cost of $100 per certi cate, said Mr. Jones. One of those dogs is a male, and the other is a female. "We're pretty sure only one did the biting. We think it was the male, but we can't prove or disprove that," Mr. Jones added. Because they couldn't be sure which dog bit the victim, both have been classi ed as dangerous. The unidenti ed owner of the dogs will have to pay a fee of $35 per dog to pick them up, as well as a boarding fee. The owner was also issued a citation, but Mr. Jones did not know the amount of the ne. Also, both animals were neutered or spayed and microchips were implanted on each animal. Mr. Jones went on to say that the owner of the dogs will be given a notarized af davit stating that the animals are dangerous. The dogs are to be kept in a pen and, if they are out of the pen, they must be muzzled and kept on a short leash. He went on to say county animal control can go onto the property and inspect the cages at any time. If either of those dogs bites someone else, Mr. Jones said the owner could be criminall y charged with up to a third-degree felony. He added that he didn't know if either dog had been classi ed as dangerous prior to the Dec. 26 incident. "We've been over there on a couple o f re calls but they never bothered us," Mr. Jones pointed out. It's also a Glades County code that once a dog has been declared dangerous it cannot be used for hunting purposes, he added. DOGSContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PRO f essiona l JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. 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FL 34973 561-985-3824 Licensed & InsuredML Henry Pressure Cleaning Ivor Newsum 863-357-1717129 NW 13th St. Okeechobee, FL 34972www.hi-tekautomotive.com MonFri 8am 5:30 Sat. 8am -1pm 863.763.1141300 NW Park St Okeechobee HOURS:MON-FRI 7AM 6PM SAT 7AM 5PM SUN 9AM 3PM As affordable way to advertise your business 863-763-3134 10 Okeechobee News January 27, 2013 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Corey Preston Dubel, 25, N.E. 31st Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and the misdemeanor of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $20,000. Krystal Ann Marie Haney, 24, N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy Corporal Michael Hazellief on a DOC w arrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation child neglect. She was released on her own recognizance. Norma M. Colon, 47, Palm Ave., Fort Pierce, was arrested Jan. 23 by Deputy Bryan Holden on a DOC warrant charging her with the felony of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (three counts). She is being held without bond. Charles Booker, 34, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 23 by Deputy Marcus Collier on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. His bond was set at $20,000. Richard Lawrence Watson, 37, N.W. 115th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 23 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an amended DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation second degree arson, violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation tampering with physical evidence. He is being held without bond. Bryan Lee Gene Walburn, 19, S.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 23 by Deputy William Jolly on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of burglary of a conveyance, and the misdemeanor of petit theft (four counts). His bond was set at $4,500. This column lists arrests and not conv ictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone l isted here who is later found innocent or h as had the charges against them dropped i s welcome to inform this newspaper. The i nformation will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report Martha’s House plans auctionMartha's House is seeking items for silent and live auction to be held at the Caribbean Night Dinner and Comedy Show, featuring music by The Chobee Steelers on Feb. 9 at the KOA. They would greatly appreciate any and all donations.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF VACANCIES OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CITIZEN BOARDS AND COMMITTEESThe Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking residents of Okeechobee County interested in serving on the following Citizen Boards and Committees: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee 1 vacant term. The term expires September 13, 2013. If possible, the vacant position should be lled with a citizen representing labor. Interested residents may submit applications for other terms that will expire September 13, 2013. For more information, contact Housing Coordinator Ty Hancock at (863) 763-5548. Children’s Services Council 5 terms have expired. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. Members are appointed by the Governor after being nominated by the Board of County Commissioners. Completed Questionnaire for Gubernatorial Appointments required. For more information, contact Cheryl Sutton at (863) 462-5000 x 255. Construction Industry Licensing Board 4 terms expire March 1, 2013. 1 new appointment will be for a 2-year term. 3 new appointments will be for 3-year terms. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. If possible, member positions should be lled with 3 active certi ed or registered contractors and 1 lay person. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at (863) 763-5548. Library Advisory Committee 1 term expires March 1, 2013. The new appointment will be for a 4-year term. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. For more information, contact Library Director Kresta King at (863) 763-3536. Okeechobee Utility Authority 3 terms appointed by the Board of County Commissioners expire March 1, 2013. The new appointments will be for one 4-year and two 2-year terms. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. For more information, contact OUA Executive Director John Hayford at (863) 763-9460. Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals 3 terms expire March 1, 2013. The new appointments will be for 3-year terms. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. For more information, contact the Planning Department at (863) 763-5548. Tourist Development Council 2 terms are currently vacant and 1 additional term expires July 1, 2013. If possible, member positions should be lled with a citizen owning or operating a tourist accommodation business subject to the tourist tax and a citizen representing the tourist industry in a business or enterprise not subject to the tourist tax. New appointments will be for terms that expire July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017. New applicants and members requesting reappointment are welcome to apply. For more information, contact TDC Coordinator Kathy Scott at (863) 763-3959. Descriptions of the Citizen Boards and Committees, along with eligibility requirements, current membership and other information, may be viewed at www.co.okeechobee. .us/committees. Applications for appointment to a Citizen Board or Committee may be obtained from the County Administrator’s Of ce at 304 NW 2rd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida, (863) 763-6441, or downloaded from www. co.okeechobee. .us/committees. To be considered for terms that have already expired or that will expire this year, a completed application, along with proof of residency in Okeechobee County and evidence of meeting any applicable speci c requirement for that appointment, must be submitted to the County Administrator’s Of ce no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, February 8, 2013. The Board of County Commissioners appreciates the time and assistance members of the Citizen Boards and Committees volunteer to the Board of County Commissioners and to the citizens of Okeechobee County. 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Items subject to change, available while supplies last. Like us on Facebook 11 Okeechobee News January 27, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School boys soccer quali ed for another regional appearance and secured a date in the district championship game with an overtime win over J ensen Beach 3-2 on Thursday night at the district 15-3A tournament in Jensen Beach. For the second time in three years it was Sergio Vargas who was the Brahman hero. V argas nailed a shot from 35 yards away six minutes into overtime to give OHS (9-6-2) the victory. Brian Guerrero and Wilson Barahonna added goals for the Brahmans who took a 2-0 lead in the rst half. Coach Lonnie Sears said the boys played solid on defense and in the keeper position. Daniel Rodriguez had two assists and Tyler Selph had ve saves in the net for Okeechobee. Jensen Beach scored twice in the second half to tie the match and force the overtime. V argas hit a similar goal two years ago at Brahman Stadium in sudden death to win the district title over Fort Pierce Central. Okeechobee played Boynton Beach for the District Title on Friday night. Regionals w ill be held this week. OHS soccer team beats Jensen, 3-2 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaGuest Reader DayOkeechobee author Brenda Scott reads “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss to a second grade class at Central Elementary School. She was one of several community residents who served as guest readers on Guest Reader Day at the school, Wednesday, Jan. 23. Okeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee Golf Scores for Jan. 18 were: First place, Dan Birdashaw; second place tie, Rocky Cardia and Jim Nor ck; third place, Chet Hendren; fourth place tie, Roger Foss, Wally Dierig and Larry Kehres. OGCC Scores

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Garage/ Yard SalesSEMINOLE COVE BIG FLEA MARKET FEB. 2ND, 7AM-2PM BREAKFAST, LUNCH AVAILABLE, ARTS, CRAFTS, COLLECTIBLES, HOUSEHOLD, JEWELRY, BAKED GOODIES. OFF 32ND ST AND SW 16TH AVE. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesGolf Cart Batteries, Repairs,Parts,Service and charger repairs. Will buy unwanted carts & chargers pick up and delivery. Call Dan’s Golf Cart Repairs 863-610-0479 or 863-763-8318 Employment Full Time LOCAL & REGIONAL Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE TECH NEEDED! Experience is a MUST! Top pay including bene ts. Must have references & apply in person at: 5351 SW 16th Ave. Okeechobee, Fl. Great job for the right person! HVAC HVAC Co seeking motivated individual. No experience necessary, will train. Valid driver lic., DFWP, Apply 312 SW 2nd St, Okeechobee, FL. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time RN Clinic SupervisorClinic Setting, MondayFriday 8am-5pm, Excellent Bene ts. Spanish speaking preferred. Please apply MyFlorida/People First website at: https://people rst. my orida.com The state of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Af rmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. Business OpportunitiesBUSY CONCESSION Stand/Restaurant for Lease at a local business. Weekends Only MUST have Restaurant experience. Please call (863) 634-5818 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 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. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. BookkeepingFor the Self Employed. Daily/Weekly; Monthly/Quarterly & prep. for your Accountant. Located in Okeechobee. References Available. Call Laura (772)260-4792 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Buildings & Sheds Car Trailer Shed full of yard and construction equip and misc.items built on car trailer with new tires. $1,200.00/neg. (772)349-0612 or (772)545-9921 Pets/SuppliesYorkipoo Pups Toys (males )13 wks and 11 wks.$350. shots/vets health cert.Reduced to good homes.cash only 863-610-2725. Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $12.00 a piece. Coastal $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. ApartmentsOKEECHOBEE 2/1.5 2 story. 90B Oak Lake Apts. $700. 1st, last, $500 Security. Call 863-634-3312. Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 1br. Condo on ground oor with utilities included. Fully furnished. Pool access. $775 month. (863) 634-0663. Houses Rent2bd /1ba Dixie Ranch Acres, $800.00 monthly 1st, last & $500.00 sec. Call 863-763-7032 Beautiful, Clean 3bd/2.5ba In the Oaks. Near Blue Heron Golf Course, Double car garage, screened patio, 2,500 sq. ft. under roof, a/c, sprinkler system, appliances, large yard, Oak and Palm trees, Quiet Street, $1,250.00 mo. plus security. Call 519-746-4844/ 863-467-8559 or e-mail d.mcara@hotmail.com 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. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Land Rent7.5 acres of Farm Land located in Imperial Texas, $4,500 total price, or $500 down and $98.12 for 45 months owners nancing Call 863-655-6936 RoommateLooking for a roommate to share a 4 bedroom house, all appliances including washer and dryer. $400 per month. Call for more information 863-634-9560 Houses Sale(4)Houses in Okeechobee All on water close to Taylor Creek & Lock. All have covered boat docks, w/excellent or new seawall’s. All clean and like new inside w/or without furniture. Prices start at $60,000 or make offer. Motivated Seller 765-348-8270 OKEECHOBEE 2br./2 ba. Palm Creek waterfront home, Lake access. Gated Comm. Owner nancing. Possible option to rent. 863-532-0273. Lots SaleSILVER PALMS RV RESORT. 2 LOTS,PROFESSIONALLY LANDSCAPED,EXTENDED PAVERS, IRRIGATION&WELL. LOT#33 WATER FRONT CABANA W/KITCHEN/LAUNDRY $94,000. 2012 FIFTH WHEEL ALSO AVAIL FOR INFO CALL 703-216-2194 LOT#14 W/10X10 CABANA $72,000 CALL 229-310-0398 Shop here first! 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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 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 FOR RENT 2 BEDROOM 1.5 BATH MOBILE HOME, WASHER & DRYER, CENTRAL AIR, FURNISHED, NICE PARK $450.00 MONTHLY CALL 812-989-3022 Mobile HomeSale2/1 MH 80x100, Lot on canal, carport, patio frt&bk, shed, Fla. Room, boat house, furnished, Lake access. Call 315-783-5005 2br/1ba S.W. MOBILE HOME W/LOT, SAFE, QUIET, CONVIENNENT NEIGHBORHOOD, NEAR TOWN, NEW FLOORS AND CABINETS, FENCED. 413 S.E. 7TH STREET REDUCED TO $29,900 CALL 906-231-6136 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 Due to health, For Sale 3bed/2bath, carport, screened porch, fully furnished. Must see to appreciate. Call 863-824-0559 and Make Offer. OKEECHOBEE 2 br. 1 1/2 baths. Furn’d 14x56. Includes 2 sheds, Florida room & carport. Asking $18,000. 859-893-2405 or 863-447-3111. Older Single Wide in 55+ Park, w/screened room, porch and dock on Taylor Creek. 1/2 mile from Walmart $7,000. Call 828-208-0980 Palm Harbor Homes New Homes at $39,900 $5K for your used mobile home 3 New models, 1,100-2,400 SQ FT 800-622-2832 x210 Mobile HomeSaleTOWN AND COUNTRY 2 BEDROOM, 1.5 BATH, FLORIDA ROOM, COVERED CARPORT, ATTACHED WORKSHED. REMODELED KITCHEN/BATHS, W/D, C/A/H LOT 51A $17,000 O.B.O. MUST SELL 904-755-2775 BoatsBayliner Classic 25’ Cabin 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 Motorcycles2005 Harley Davidson Sportster, 4,600 miles, red, excellent condition, $4,000 o.b.o call 863-467-8559 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds 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 TrucksPick-up/Boat Combo, 2000 Ford Ranger 118K and 2006 Lundy Alum. Bass boat 17ft,50 Evenrude E Tech, Trolling Motor, Fish Finder Both $7,500 o.b.o. Call 863-610-0421 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2012 DR 341 Sharon Mayberry-Reyes Petitioner and Carlos Reyes Peria Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT) TO: Carlos Reyes Peria Last Known Address: 4780 Hwy 98N Okeechobee, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Sharon Mayberry-Reyes, whose address is 602 NW 6th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 on or before 2/26/2013, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at 312 N.W. 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. The action is asking the court to decide how the following real or personal property should be divided. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s 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 clerk’s 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: January 24, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ Heather Thomas Deputy Clerk 435460 ON 1/27;2/3,10,17/2013 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA 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 Circuit’s Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s 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 clerk’s 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 SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP Members of the School Board of Okeechobee County will meet in a workshop session at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, to receive information from the Superintendent of Schools regarding possible random drug testing of students. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 435276 ON 1/27/2013 13 Okeechobee News January 27, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. 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In that position, he w ill lead all meetings of the Lodge, and plan community service, membership and social and family activities for the coming year. Other elected of cers installed were: James Lozano Senior Warden; Fred Covert PM Junior Warden; Rick Holt PM Secretary; Jin V ensel Treasurer. Installed as appointed of cers were: Keith Tomey Chaplain; George W illiams PM Marshal; Fred Evans Senior Deacon; Jon Fulbrecht Junior Deacon; Bert Culbreth Senior Steward; Mickey Betts Junior Steward; Fred Alger Tyler; and Gerald Benedict Musician. Okeechobee Masonic Lodge was chartered in 1917 and has 300 members. About 300 Masonic Lodges are located in 230 Florida Communities. Freemasonry has more than 1.5 million members in the U.S. The Grand Lodge F&AM of Florida represents the 48,500 Master Masons in the state. Freemasonry is a benevolent, educational and charitable organization that provides over $2 million a day in charity through its A ppendant bodies. Masonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the w orld, and practices brotherhood, morality, justice, citizenship, education and freedom of ideas, religious choice and expression. The Grand Lodge maintains a home; The Masonic Home of Florida at St. Petersburg for elderly Masons their wives and widows. Okeechobee Masons install new of cers Special to the Okeechobee NewsMasonic Lodge #235, Free and Accepted Masons of Okeechobee installed new of cers on Jan. 12. Left to right are: (front row) George Williams, James Lozano, Hugh Alger, Fred Alger, Jon Folbrecht: (middle row) Gerry Benedict, Rick Holt, Jim Vensel, Mickey Bett; (back row) Fred Evans, James Green, Bert Culbreth, Keith Tomey and Fred Alger. Speckled Perch festival plannedOkeechobee Main Street is now taking applications for the annual Speckled Perch Festival and Parade, which is scheduled for March 9 and 10 in Flagler Park. Anyone interested in setting up a booth or entering the parade should contact the Main Street of ce at 863-357-6246 or e-mail okms@okeechobeemainstreet.com for an application.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Cowboys ’ BBQ & Steak Co 202 NE 7th Ave (formerly Hammerheads) OkeechobeeD S NEW MONDAY$999ALL YOU CAN EAT BABY BACKS!$1 Margaritas All Day TUESDAY 1LB RIB EYE $1399Karaoke with Cowboy WEDNESDAY$999ALL YOU CAN EAT CATFISH 25¢Drafts THURSDAY rack Baby Back Ribs with 6 golden shrimp & 1 side $1299Ladies Night 6-10pm Karaoke with Cowboy FRIDAY ALL YOU CAN EAT BABY BACKSwith 2 sides $1399 SUNDAY 4 PIECE FRIED CHICKEN DINNER $899$150 Drafts 15% CHURCH discount SATURDAY Slow roasted Prime Ribwith baked potato & salad$1900(Starting at 4pm)$150 Drafts L 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. 15 Okeechobee News January 27, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News The thyroid gland is a small, butter yshaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam's apple. Despite its small size, the thyroid gland in uences the function of many of the body's most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. According to the American A ssociation of Clinical Endocrinologists, if y our thyroid isn't working properly, neither are you. The thyroid is an endocrine gland; endocrine glands produce hormones. These are chemicals that carry messages through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone. It does this with help from a gland in the brain called the pituitary. Thyroid hormone helps keep all the cells in the body working right. It does this by controlling the metabolism. This is the rate at which every part of the body functions. Thyroid hormone keeps the metabolism at a healthy pace. This helps the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs work well. A balanced metabolism also helps ensure a healthy temperature, heart rate, energy level, and growth rate. The thyroid hormone must be kept at a healthy level. A complex cycle maintains this level. The cycle starts with the pituitary. This gland monitors the level of thyroid hormone in the blood. Depending on the level, the pituitary sends TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) through the bloodstream to the thyroid gland. TSH tells the thyroid how much thyroid hormone to make. In response to TSH, the thyroid makes thyroid hormone. Then thyroid hormone is sent into the bloodstream to the rest of the body. The pituitary senses the hormone level, adjusts the TSH level, and the cycle continues. With physician's orders, Raulerson Hospital's Laboratory can perform the simple blood test, known as the TSH test, to measure whether your thyroid is functioning normally. If your thyroid isn’t working properly, you won’t be either Special to the Okeechobee NewsCES Students of the WeekCentral Elementary would like to Congratulate the Students of the Week for Jan. 10-18. Ziryn Flores, Adrian Orozco, Braydon Crawford, Marquez Hayes, Mia Castillo, Kaden Whidden, Rafael Bustos, Justice Shanks, Delaila Sandoval, Kevious Jackson, Benjamin Donis-Florian, Clinton Jenkins, Emilio Gonzalez, Jason Jolly, Dakota Rainwater, Rosalinda Caballero, Miguel Medrano, Jayda Cabrera, Kyler Hyslope, Jessica Rodriguez, Jaymarion Lawton, Isaac Watford, Aleah Pritchard, Logan Simmons, Takiya Jones, Nate Watson, Cristian Trejo, Kaydra Bradley, Crystal Ellman, Haley Herring and Logan McMasters.

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