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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 02-03-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, February 3, 2013 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 15 14.65 feetLast Year: 13.26 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. W eight lifter to compete in state nals ... Page 15 Special to the Okeechobee NewsRosie, a Labrador/German Shepherd mix is among the SPIN-trained dogs now ready for adoption at the Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue. Special to the Okeechobee News The latest class from the Saving Pets In Need (SPIN) program at Moore Haven Correctional Institution in Glades County are ready for new homes. The SPIN program is an obedience training and behavior program. Inmates work daily to make the canines the best possible companion pets for adoption. Select inmates, who earn the privilege of working with the dogs with their own good behavior, spend 24 hours a day for 12 to 15 weeks of training. Belinda Forlifer, Founder and Director of the Humane Society Pet Rescue, teaches inmates dog training skills. Tibor Fiegel CEO of ZEN-K9 has also donated his time to teach the inmates how to deal with the dogs’ behavior issues. All of the dogs are house broken. After the training period, the dogs return to the shelter for a stay until adopted into their forever home. “This program is a great way to rehabilitate and ‘SPIN’ dogs ready for new homesSee DOGS — Page 9 10-year-old was left to watch eight younger children while babysitter went to storeBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A baby is in the intensive care unit o f a coastal hospital after he was allegedl y abused by a 10-year-old girl who had been left to watch eight younger children. Josephine S. McDuffie, 42, N.W. Ninth Ave., was arrested Thursday, Jan. 31, on one felony count of child neglect with great bodily harm. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $10,000. Jail records indicated Friday that she has been released on bond. Infant in ICU with brain injurySee NEGLECT — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Area law enforcement has issued a warning to citizens and homeowners that gypsy scammers are expected to be arriving in Okeechobee County soon and to be wary of solicitors coming to your door. Major Noel Stephen, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), indicated that his agency has received information that the home repair and improvement hustlers will be in the area soon. An OCSO press release states that this is a very speci c warning and explained that these scammers travel in a convoy of trucks. It’s believed they will establish Okeechobee as home base and then branch out from there. This group is organized and travels around the county trying to scam people, or gain entrance into their homes for the purpose of stealing small items. Scams homeowners should watch out for include: driveway blacktopping; exterminating; sewer and septic tank repair; roo ng reports; and, other home improvement tasks. Another common gypsy scam is the autodent-repair con, where these people wait in parking lots and neighborhoods to nd elderl y people willing to let them do unlicensed bod y work on their cars. These people often do careless work, then in ate the price. Citizens and homeowners should also be very wary of:  strangers knocking on your front door and striking up a long conversation. While OCSO warns of ‘gypsy’ scamsSee GYPSY — Page 5 Florida Sheriffs support Second Amendment ... Page 4 Josephine McDuf e

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News February 3, 2013

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News A program, patterned after a very popular television game show, is coming to Okeechobee Saturday, Feb. 9. While the program will not be hosted by Drew Carey, people who attend may think Drew Carey is there. The emcee will be Jim Benton, Pastor of Faith Farm. The event will be a fundraiser for Martha’s House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. In Rev. Benton’s words it is a “ uke” that he became a Drew Carey impersonator. It w as not something he deliberately set out to do. He grew up as a PK (preacher’s kid). His father was a church pastor before working for Teen Challenge in New York City and later operating a rescue mission. Rev. Benton followed in his father’s footsteps, serving at rescue missions in Spring eld, MO and Newark NJ before coming to Faith Farm. It all began about 10 years ago when Rev. Benton was working at a rescue mission in Spring eld, MO. “One day I decided to get my hair cut,” he said. Even though he did not like short hair, for the rst time he got a crew cut similar to Drew Carey’s. Then he got reading glasses with frames similar to Drew Carey’s. That is when people began to notice the similarities and one thing led to another. His rst performance as Drew Carey was before the residents of the Springeld rescue mission and it did not go over too well. However, a public performance got him some attention from the local media in Spring eld. Then the performance sort of lay dormant. He did perform before the residents of his rescue mission in Newark. This time the performance went over better because he had gotten to know the Newark residents better than the ones in Spring eld. In the fall of 2008 he went to visit his parents who operate a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Pasadena. Calif. He got a ticket to appear on “The Price is Right.” He said that contestants have to wait in line about 3 hours. During that time each person is interviewed and the producers decide who will be asked to “come on down.” Rev. Benton came dressed in a suit and tie and the trademark glasses. Other people waiting in line thought he was the real Drew Carey and crowded around him asking for his autograph. “I milked it for all it was worth,” he said. Rev. Benton was asked to “come on down.” He got to appear on stage with the real Drew Carey whom Rev. Benton described as “a great guy.” As the two Drews stood side by side, the real one said, “Get a shot of this. Time to pause your tapes and snap a picture of this. This will be on YouTube forever.” Rev. Benton won a wristwatch and a sofa. The program aired on his birthday, Jan. 28, 2009. The two Drews have something in common that people might not imagine. Early in his career the real Drew Carey had to take his meals at a rescue mission in Las Vegas and almost ended up a resident there. “Okeechobee is where it really started to take off,” Rev. Benton said of his Drew Carey impersonation. His appearances here including fundraisers for the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee and for YMCA of Indiantown. “They thought I was Drew Carey,” he said of the Indiantown performance. The Feb. 9 performance will be the rst one where Rev. Benton actually does something he has always wanted to do, emcee a “The Price is Right” type program. He says there will be prizes like on the television program. However, they will not be as valuable as the ones seen on television. The fundraiser will be held at the KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S. and will feature a Caribbean meal and music. Tickets are $35 per person and $50 a couple. They are available at Martha’s House, 4134 U.S. 441 N. and CenterState Bank, 2100 S. Parrott Ave. Tickets can also be purchased at the door if the event is not sold out by that time. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Drew Carey imitator to appear at fundraiser 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTWinter Rates! Cougar Trail Golf Course Specials18 HOLESSpecials Include Tax & Cart!$2800Before 11:00am$2400After 11:00am$96004somes anytime PANTHER CREEK PLAYERS ADD $2 PER PLAY For Tee Times Call 863-655-0101Highway 98 30 mi N of Okeechobee Bass Fishing Trips Duck Hunts Turkey Hunts • Gator Hunts Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Feb. 1ST Thurs., Feb. 7THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “MAMA”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “HANSEL & GRETEL”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 R R Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 HUGE DISCOUNTS at Show Only!SHOW LOCATION:Holiday Inn Express 3101 US Hwy 441 S. 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Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsWhich is the real Drew Carey? The person on the left is Jim Benton, pastor of Faith Farm. He appeared with the real Drew Carey on a “The Price is Right” program which aired in January of 2009.

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Drug tests I was called this week by the Okeechobee County School System to answer a survey regarding drug testing of students. Apparently they are researching the community opinion on this. I think that drugs are such a terrible problem among young people that it might be a good thing to have drug testing in schools. The kids would know there is a good chance t hey will be caught if they use drugs. That alone might keep some of them from ever experimenting with illegal drugs. I don’t think a kid who tests positive should be kicked out of school. But the parents should be notied and the kid should have to go to drug counseling and be ineligible for s ports until they clean up their act.Okee-Tantie The park has been losing money for several years. Where is the money going to come from to repair the park to the level that would be needed so that it paid for the cost to run it, pay the employees to take care of it, and continue to make money for more repairs? The commissioners haven’t been taking the money from it. They are having to give money to it to keep it open. That money that the county is saving is mainly not having employees there to take care it, so they decided they would reduce t he number of county employees at the park.  Why didn’t the county go after FEMA money to help x the damage to the infrastructure? When our kids were little we camped a lot and t here were some amazing county and state parks that offered attractive facilities which drew us back to their parks. Canoe, kayak, bicycle rentals, swimming pool, miniature golf, tennis. A campground like that has people booked year round. On the county’s website, one of the facility amenities is “drinking water.” How nice. That always draws a crowd.  “Were would your money come from?” Let’s see, not paying four people to be on staff in mid-July when they only have two customers in t he Bait & Tackle all day. Having an active manager that might be able to go out in the park and be able to assist any staff or conduct maintenance duties. Open the Bait & Tackle at a reasonable hour when hosting major t ournaments to make a pro t instead of waiting until all the anglers are already out on the lake. The list goes on. It’s failed. They failed.  I am sure the 30-year-old infrastructure of the park needs total replacement. Water, sewer, electric, roads and such. That work, if done on a piece-meal basis, would be very expensive to the point of not being feasible.  The commissioners seem to nd money for projects that do not make a return, such as the Agri-Civic Center. That is a losing project. If t hey would have put half of what they spent for it to make Okee-Tantie repairs, there would have been better returns.  We have two losing projects, one is currently up-to-date basically, w e get grant money to make upgrades; the other is totally out of date and w ill cost a considerable amount of money to rebuild it. Which one do y ou close down? The mess the county is in started years ago when some c ommissioners would not say NO. When was the last time the majority of the tax payers visited both places? I haven’t been to Okee-Tantie in about 20 years. The Ag center; the high school holds their graduations t here, the county holds the ag sale there. They hold the safety fair, Halloween is held there. My point is that the ag center gets more use by the c ommunity than Okee-Tantie does. February 3, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to s hare your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap. com, click on the community name and your local or state Public F orum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existi ng topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!By Mark Mayers, LMFT, CAPReal Life Children’s Ranch Prayer means many things to many people. To many in our modern day society it is a process of calling on a higher power in times of need or trouble. The Bible paints a much different picture of what prayer is and what it should be. According to the Bible, prayer should be ongoing communication with the God who created the universe, who loves us beyond measure and who desires to have fellowship with us. Romans 5:6-11 tells us that 6 at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justi ed by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Not because of us but because of what Christ has done we can approach God through prayer knowing with con dence that he hears us. Although some feel we must go through another person, ritual or religious process, the Bible tells us that Christ became our high priest in part to bridge the communication barrier that we would otherwise have with a hol y God. Hebrews 4:14-16…14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold rmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with con dence, so that we may receive mercy and nd grace to help us in our time of need. I agree with an anonymous source who said of prayer, “Prayer is the time we spend being conscious of being in the presence of God, and o f desiring to know and love Him more each time. If we can see praying as not only something we set aside a particular time for each day but as something we can do as we work, run, eat, converse, wait for appointments and yes, even sleep then God will be our constant companion. We then shall be able to turn to Him so easily when we most need Him in those most dif cult and discerning moments. Letters to the EditorSecond AmendmentDear Sheriff Paul May, As the Chief Law Enforcement Of cer in Okeechobee County you were required to take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic. Having taken that oath, I would like to know if you will honor your oath by refusing to enforce federal rules, regulations and directives that violate the Constitution and/or the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment clearly proclaims that the people have a right to own guns and in the Bill of Rights, the government is prohibited from infringing on the right of the people to own guns if they choose to do so. Your primary job is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the rights of the people that live in Okeechobee County. The Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government has no lawful jurisdiction in the counties and that when a sheriff chooses to enforce an unconstitutional directive, he is violating his Constitutional oath. The people of Okeechobee County are the employer, I would like to know if you are given an order that violates the Constitution, will you honor your oath or will you do as directed by the President of the United States. Sincerely, Wade Hunt Jr. Editor’s note: Sheriff Paul May endorses the following proclamation from the Florida Sheriff’s Association concerning pending gun control legislation: Florida Sheriffs Association Proclamation 2013-1 Support of Second Amendment to the United States Constitution WHEREAS, the Florida Constitution in Article VIII, Section 1(d) created the Of ce of the Sheriff and invested the Sheriff with certain powers necessary to carry out his or her duties to serve and protect the public; and, WHEREAS, Sheriffs are charged with the public trust and are sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, which guarantees the right to bear arms; and, WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution assures the right o f the people to keep and bear arms; and, WHEREAS, the Florida Sheriffs have continually supported the rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States, including the right to bear arms, and Florida Sheriffs af rm they will not assist, support, o r condone any unconstitutional infringement on that right; NOW, THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED, that on this 29th day of January 2013 at the Winter Conference in Destin, Florida, the Florida Sheriffs Association publicly acknowledges and reiterates its support for the rights provided by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News February 3, 2013 you’re talking to the stranger their partner is either looking over your home or breaking into your home from the back.  hiring strangers to work on your house. One worker will keep you talking, while another is stealing from you.  hiring a caregiver without carefully checking their credentials. Run a criminal background check or ask agencies to provide you with a copy of the actual report.  a caregiver who enters into an inappropriate relationship with an elderly loved one.  a caregiver who tries to isolate your loved one and makes it dif cult or impossible to speak to your loved one on the telephone.  fortune-telling scams where you or a loved one are told that evil is close but it can be warded off with help from the gypsy.  strangers either knocking on your door at home or approaching you in a parking lot about needing help because they are having car trouble. “These folks are thieves and want to take advantage of small town hospitality and trust,” said Maj. Stephen. “Beware and as k questions. If there are any concerns, a legitimate contractor will appreciate you checking their license. Just call the Okeechobee County building department or the sheriff’s of ce and we will both assist you.” To reach the building department, call 863-763-5548. The sheriff’s of ce can be contacted by calling 863-763-3117. GYPSYContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man and a teenager were arrested after a search warrant was served on a home w here narcotics of cers reportedly found marijuana, cocaine and a set of digital scales. Fredrick Ebeling, 22, N.W. 34th St., was arrested Thursday, Jan. 31, on felony charges of possession of cocaine and possession of a legend drug. He w as also charged with the misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was Daniel Jordan Estey, 17, S.E. 30th Terrace. He was charged with the felonies of possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Ebeling was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a $7,000 bond. Estey w as also booked into the county jail, then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. An arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force indicated that a search warrant was served on a 2004 mobile home located on S.E. 30th Terrace shortly after 4 p.m. Once entrance had been made and the home secured by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Special Response Team, task force detectives began their search. During that search, the detectives reportedly found Estey in a bedroom located in the middle of the home. During a search of the teen’s person, the detective stated they found a plastic bag containing a green substance in his crotch area. The detectives also found suspected cocaine and a set of digital scales on a dresser, continued the report. A eld test on the green substance allegedly indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana. Another eld test was performed on the other suspicious substance and it indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine, added the detective. According to the report the suspected marijuana weighed 61.4 grams, and the suspected coke weighed 2.6 grams. The report went on to state that the search of this bedroom also turned up a number of plastic baggies normally in the packaging and sale of drugs. Detectives also found a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun hidden under the mattress on his bed, added the arrest report. Detectives also found Ebeling in another bedroom, along with a plastic bag containing a white residue and a plastic bag containing 17 pills, the report indicated. The pills were later identi ed as amitriptyline—a prescription medication used to treat depression. The report stated that while amitriptyline is a prescription medication, is not a scheduled narcotic. A eld test was done on the residue in the bag and it indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine, the detective stated. A task force detective said Friday, Feb. 1, that this investigation is continuing. Two arrested after search turns up marijuana, cocaine Frederick Ebeling Daniel Jordan Estey The baby was allegedly injured after the girl spun him around then turned him loose and he hit his head on the oor of the home. Detective Rosemary Farless, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated in her arrest report that the mother of the 10-month-old baby had left her child, along with her 2-year-old twins, in McDuffie’s care on Saturday, Jan. 26. When she left her baby with McDuf e he was “... crawling, sitting up unassisted and laughing,” stated the report. At some point McDuf e left those children, along with ve others, in the care of a 10 year-old while she walked to a store approximately six blocks away, stated the detective. When the baby’s mother picked up her children Sunday evening the baby was vomiting and would not stay awake. Because of her child’s constant vomiting, she took him to the emergency room at Raulerson Hospital on Monday. Due to the vomiting, stated the detective, the baby was treated for the u and sent him home. The baby was still vomiting Tuesday and his mother could not get him to stay awake. By Tuesday night, Jan. 29, he was unable to sit up, roll over or crawl and he was starting to have muscle spasms in his right arm. By the next day the baby was having muscle spasms along his right side, his head w as pulled to the right and “... his tongue kept licking/stabbing the right corner of his mouth and inside his cheek,” stated Detective Farless. He was taken to the emergency room again where he was diagnosed with a bleeding brain, said Detective Farless. The detective’s report stated the baby’s brain was swollen and there was blood all around the lining of his brain. A breathing tube was inserted into the baby’s lungs because, explained the attending physician, it’s common for a victim with this type of brain injury to stop breathing, added the investigator. The infant was then airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach. According to the OCSO investigator’s report she then spoke with three children who were in McDuf e’s home during the time frame of the suspected abuse. Detective Farless indicated in her report that she was able to nd out that the 10-year-old was spinning the children around and throwing them. At some point the baby was lying on the oor, not moving and “... throwing up everywhere,” stated the arrest report. Detective Farless stated that she was told that the 10-year-old girl was slapping the infant. The baby was apparently injured when the child grabbed him by the hands, swung him around then let go of his hands. One of the children reportedly told the detective that the baby “... would hit the wood oor hard.” The baby, continued the report, then started to vomit. Detective Farless stated that the baby is still in intensive care and that his prognosis was unknown at the time she penned the report. The baby’s mother apparently told the detective her child has not shown any improvement. NEGLECTContinued From Page 1 One hundred twenty-six Florida children died as a result of child abuse and neglect last year. CASTLE is the leading organization on the Treasure Coast dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Through seven different programs, children and families deal with issues while CASTLE is trying to prevent tragedy. For 6 years now, CASTLE shared the traveling memorial eld with the community. Large white ags with the names and ages of every child lost are set up in Martin, Okeechobee, Indian River and St. Lucie locations. There is also a dedication ceremony that takes place at every eld. Parents and families of the children that died count on these ceremonies to honor these young victims. The support of the community demonstrates that these precious lives will not be forgotten. Memory Field will be in Flagler Park in Okeechobee, March 1-7. The dedication will be March 5 at 5:30 p.m. CASTLE is a United Way partner organization and is supported by the area Children’s Services Councils. CASTLE can be reached at any of the following: St. Lucie County 772-465-6011, Martin County 772781-4510, Okeechobee County 863-4677771, and Indian River County 772-5675700. You can visit on-line at www.castletc. org. Memory Field to visit Okeechobee Special to the Okeechobee NewsFlags with the names of the 126 Florida children who died in 2012 from abuse will be in Memory Field.

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Legion Post 64 opens bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public.Free tax help at American Legion until April 15Free tax preparation and e- ling by AARP Taxaide volunteers will begin Feb. 4 and run until April 15 at the American Legion located at 501 S.E. 2nd Street Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Participants must bring a picture ID, SS cards for dependents, last year's tax return and all 2012 nancial papers. No appointment necessary, rst come rst serve and doors open at 8:45 a.m. For more information call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Do not call the American Legion.Moose Lodge hosts Super Bowl PartyCome Join the Okeechobee Moose located at N.W. 36th Street, for a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, Feb. 4, staring at 6 p.m. and lasting until the game is over! Additional up coming Moose events are Thursday Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Friday Night Bingo starts w ith Bonanza at 6:30 p.m. Food is available both days, Saturday Night D/J & Karaoke in Social Quarters and Sunday Breakfast served 8 a.m.11 a.m. All Proceeds go to support Moose Charities programs.ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew”ConKerr Cancer's mission is to provide children with cancer or other life-changing illnesses a feeling of warmth and love through the simple gift of a pillowcase. Our next "sit & sew" will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott A venue. Bring your sewing machine and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. All of our pillowcases will be donated to St. Mary's Hospital, Palms West and Lakeside Hospital in Belle Glade. We w ill be making pillowcases for Valentine's Day, so put your heart in it and sew for our kids. If you have child-friendly cotton fabric y ou would like to donate, please call Joan at 863-467-0290.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will be holding a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening, Feb. 5 from 4 p.m. 7 p.m. and a reserv ations are not required. The Shrine Club is please to offer Smoke free dinning. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is prov ided 5 p.m. 8 p.m. THe complete dinner is available for a donation of only $6. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club please contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863763-3378.Apply for “Puppy Pageant”Okeechobee Main Street is currently taking applications for the inaugural "Puppy Pageant" to be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in beautiful Flagler Park! This exciting event is open to dogs and puppies of all ages and includes competitions for Most Obedient, Best Dressed, Most Adorable, Friendliest, Best Trick and Pet/Parent Look-a-Likes. The Puppy Pageant is open to the public and applications are available at Okeechobee Main Street, Photography by Bobbi and Katie's Pets. Applications are due Feb. 6 If you are interested in entering your pet or putting up a pet-related booth at the festival, please contact Cindy at 863-357-6246.Free Diabetes EducationLiving With Diabetes Presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community located at 203 S.E. 2nd St. and will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. in the Activities Room. Offered by the Visiting Nurses.Hospice Yard Sale plannedHospice of Okeechobee's yard sales are held on Wednesday and Thursdays from 8 a.m. noon. The February sales will be Feb. 6 and 7, and Feb. 20 and 21. The yard sale is located at the corner of Southeast 4th Street and Southeast 3rd Ave. For information, call 863-467-2321 or see our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.COPD support group to meetThe Better Breathers COPD Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria. For more information, call 877-819-2357.Believers Fellowship banquetBelievers fellowship church, located at 300 S.W. 6th Avenue (behind the ROC) will be having their Annual "LOVE Banquet" and gospel sing on Friday night, Feb. 8 The meal will be served at 6 p.m. with the community sing beginning at 7:30 p.m. The menu is your choice of Chicken and ribs with all the xings, $10 per person. If you would like to dine with us call 863-634-4327 for reservations. All proceeds will go towards sending our youth group to Word of Life Camp this summer.Fundraiser for Austin VillarsThere will be a barbecue bene t on Friday, Feb. 8 for Austin Villars from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. across from Pizza Heaven. A pork dinner with slaw, baked beans and roll will be $8. A whole pork butt can be purchased for $30, however they should be ordered ahead of time. Austin Villars is 13 years old. On Feb. 1 he underwent heart surgery for the second time in two years. He has a 75 percent blockage on the heart value that was operated on two years ago. For more information contact Bobby Steiert at 863-634-6523 or Sarah Reno at 863-63402276.Musical theater program at the libraryThe Okeechobee Library will host Ian R.B. Nairnsey, musical theater presenter. A series depicting Broadway shows with musical selections and narratives will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. This week will feature "Paint Your Wagon."Comedy game show fundraiser plannedA comedy game show night is planned for Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee KOA to bene t Martha's House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Participants will have the chance to play a version of "The Price is Right." Grand prize will be $500. There will be a live auction and silent auction. There will be a Caribbean dinner and music. Tickets are $50 per couple or $35 per person. For tickets, or more information, contact Martha's House at 863-763-2893 or Center State Bank at 863-763-5573.Annual Hog Roast Dinner planned The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge located on 107 N.W. 5th Ave. will have a Hog Roast dinner on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. 7 p.m. Eat in or take out with a suggested donation of $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. For ticket information, please contact Hugh Alger WM 863532-1097 or Jim Lozano SW 863-610-1887. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Eric A. Smith, 32OKEECHOBEE Eric A. Smith died unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Eric was born in West Palm Beach and a resident of Okeechobee for the past 15 years. He enjoyed reading his Bible, playing corn hole and being outdoors especially shing. Eric is survived by his mother, Michelle Smith of Okeechobee; a halfsister, Joyce Braysield of Mo.; grandmother, Janice Smith of Okeechobee; Kim Kennedy of West Palm Beach; step-children, Brandon, Brittany and Miranda; aunt, Sherri Spencer of West Palm Beach; cousins, Mike (Heather) Betts, Carri Spencer, both of West Palm Beach, Shawn and Tim Burke, both of St. Cloud, Fla., Kenny Betts of West Palm Beach, Mikey Mills; great-great-aunt, Katherine Thompson and children; and many good friends and other relatives. Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, from 1 pm until service time of 3 pm at BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home. In lieu of owers, donations may be made in Eric's memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or the Okeechobee Humane Society, Pet Rescue Florida, Inc., P.O. Box 233, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthe w and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 3, 2013 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com

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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. Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! Friday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Thera py R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Ma mmography, MRI, Nu clear Medicine, & Ul trasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensa tion We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.n ewszap.com R H H H R C S M. S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 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 7 Okeechobee News February 3, 2013 O keechobee Livestock Market ReportNumbers are really starting to fall off, but prices are sure staying high on calves. Wish I could say the same about cows and bulls! I keep thinking anytime now cows are going to jump up but it hasn’t happened yet. Calves were $3-$5 higher across the board, cows maybe $3 lower. Big NCBA Convention in Tampa next week. Probably not many cattle to show up next week either, but you never can tell! Dees Cattle Co, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.95 bought by Terry Bomhak. Marshall Simmons, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 84.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd Okeechobee NewsReal Estate Group has open houseLori Mixon of the Mixon Real Estate Group celebrated her new location at 1305 S.W. Second Avenue with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Community members and of cials joined Okeechobee Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County to welcome the members of the Mixon Real Estate Group into their new of ces. Mayor Jim Kirk conducted the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 I Still Think of YouBy Daron Washington, Jr., As the days pass by I wouldn’t think that you’d be gone Sometimes I sit up and wait for you to come home And I realize that you’re on your way there I know it’s in God’s hands but it just don’t seem fair You were my role model but much more you are my dad I will never forget all the good times that we shared Like when we used to ride around town in our truck You use to make me laugh and blow your horn at the drunks “Ayyy Josayyy” I would sit up and I would look you in the eye And see that determination that was never in disguise You was a great man and a man of your word And you did everything you could to help others Many times I sit back and I look at your life And wonder how a man of your past is so nice I thank you for that and not letting us see the strife I want to thank you for never putting your hands on my mama, and for no drama, for that you have my honor I want to thank you for never leaving me or Cede And helping me take care of your grandbaby Cuz Lord knows that you could have up and kicked me out But your my pops and got a heart so you stuck it out You could have left us stranded and left us all alone But you never did, you provided us a home Sometimes when the fridge was kind of bare You always found a way for food to be prepared Not only were you a great man, but you was a great chef And you cooked any meal that I’d put to test Now reality has it that a man shouldn’t clean You taught me this like it was a basic need So I never would have to depend on a woman And also to make a girl the perfect husband The basics to life is basically everything you showed Ima try my best to walk down that road I know you told me don’t strive to be like you but better And it’s in my destiny no matter the weather. I thank you for being the perfect Dad And all the great things that you ever did But I know it’s your calling and it’s time for you to rest I thank the Lord because of you I am blessed. 10/15/12 R.I.P Daron Gregory Washington, Sr. 3/7/69 -9/19/12 C.O.L. 9/22/12Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Role Model 8 Okeechobee News February 3, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOsceola Students of the WeekOsceola Middle School’s Students of the Week for Jan. 31, are gearing up for some football and the Super Bowl this weekend. Congratulations to Mrs. Collins, our Teacher of the Week and to our Students of the Week: Nicklaus Dailey, Brianna Leonard, Madison Gonzalez, Stephanie Sippert, Kaitlyn Hoyle, Halle Baker, Carolyn Major, Jose Martinez, Badden Boctotnot pictured, Ada Cobo Alfonso and Antonino Garcia. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Students of the WeekCentral Elementary School would like to Congratulate the Students of the Week for Jan. 28 Feb. 1. Maddie Ayuso, Thomas Wigfall, Avary Manson, Hailey Harden, Zaidyn Micco, Jaydence Urbina, Elexia Ponce, Symode Williams, Jonathan Duque, Felipe Rodriguez, Yuritzi Flores, Colton Wood, Teona Edouard, Paisley Norman, Nayeli Ochoa-Galvan, Emma Arnold, Ruby Garcia, Edith Morales, Summer McGlamory, Anthony Madrigal, Adolph Torres, Rene Bucio, Blake Hollister, Emily Gonzalez, Chloe Carter, Aracely Cisneros, Saint Barbosa, Jorge Medina, Kai Ichimura and Alex Maxwell. Special to the Okeechobee NewsOHS Automotive Program gets a car!Gilbert Chevrolet donated this Chevrolet Impala to the Okeechobee High School Automotive Technical Program. Left to right are Kevin Hat eld, business & commercial manager, Jim Kenbeek, service manager, Jason Anderson, Okeechobee High School automotive instructor, Toni Wiersma, OHS principal, and Dylan Tedders, OHS assistant principal.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 863.763.55732100 South Parrott Ave. €Okeechobee, FL 34974 www.centerstatebank.comLOCAL LENDERS €LOCAL DECISIONSKristy CrawfordSherri Ennger Jennifer Laerty John Williams Home Equity & Personal Commercial & Small Business ResidentialAgricultural 9 Okeechobee News February 3, 2013 bond both humans and animals,” explained Mrs. Forlifer. SPIN graduates available for adoption include four, one-year-old Corgi/Catahoula Leopard Dog mix puppies from the same litter, two males and two females. All have been spayed or neutered and are up to date on shots. While the four—Eli, Prime, Chole and Honeybree—look very much alike and all are even-tempered and smart, each has their own personality. Blaze is a Carolina Dog mix, about one y ear old. He is one of those dogs who is just happy all the time. He enjoys playing with other dogs. Peggy Sue, a retriever mix, is also about a year old. Rosy is a white German Shepherd/Yellow Labrador Retriever mix. She is 9 months old. She is very sweet and friendly. Two dogs from a previous SPIN class are also available for adoption. Roy is a Bluetick Coonhound mix, about 18 months old. Sissy is a 3-year-old English Pointer/Labrador Retriever mix. She is energetic but very obedient. For more information on these and other dogs available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/Rescue, go to www. pet nder.com. Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue is a nonpro t all-volunteer program operated by tax-deductible contributions.” If you would like to support the prison program by adopting a companion dog or contributing to the shelter, program contact Belinda Forlifer 863-357-1104. DOGSContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsSissy is an English Pointer/Labrador mix. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRoy is a Bluetick Coondog mix. Blaze is a Carolina Dog mix. Peggy Sue is a Retriever mix. Eli is a Corgi/Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. Prime is a Corgi/Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. Honeybree is a Corgi/ Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. Chole is a Corgi/Catahoula Leopard Dog mix.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Loss of control caused by overactive bladder or chronic fecal incontinence can seriously impact your quality of life. Do you suer from urinary or fecal incontinence? Have other treatements been unsuccessful? InterStim Therapy may be right for you. InterStim Therapy is a minimally invasive treatment option oered at Raulerson Hospital. InterStim Therapy is similar to a pacemaker for the bladder or bowels. Patients have a stopwatch-sized neurostimulator implanted under the skin… in the lower back… near the sacral nerves. FEELING OUT OF CONTROL?InterStim Therapy works by targeting communication problems between the brain and nerves to help control bladder and bowel function. Regain control of your life, like more than 100,000 people worldwide have with InterStim Therapy To learn more about InterStim Therapy, call Consult-a-Nurse at 763-9228. 10 Okeechobee News February 3, 2013 We need fat in our diet to survive, but saturated fats like the ones found in animal products also feature high cholesterol. Avoid the obvious ones. It’s hard to say goodbye to some of our favorite foods like the butter in our mashed potatoes. To start, dump the yoke in your eggs and substitute lowor non-fat milk in place of cream. Say no to fast food! With time, you’ll get used to – even like – that vegetable-based butter substitute. And so will your heart! Experiment with whole grains. Unprocessed grains provide wonderful nutrients with barely any fat. They actually lower your risk of heart disease. Ever heard of quinoa (pronounced keen-wa)? Ever tasted buckwheat? It’s time to explore! Up your sh intake. Seafood twice a week provides the right kind of fat and plenty of brain-building omega-3s. Even shrimp, which has more cholesterol than sh, contains less saturated fat than meats. Reduce meat consumption. We Americans love our barbecues, but red meats raise LDL cholesterol (the bad one) levels in your blood. Even poultry needs its skin removed to be a healthy option. Deli meats are your biggest enemy. Eliminate sodium. Salt can lead to stroke, heart disease and kidney problems. You’ll nd sodium hiding almost everywhere if you read labels at the grocery store. Use herbs to make meals zesty and give onion or garlic a chance to provide avor. Rinse contents of canned goods like beans. Avoid store-bought soups altogether. Find alternatives to frying. Whenever possible, choose baking over frying. If you must, simply saut items in light canola, safower or olive oil instead of lling the skillet with oil. Never let oil smoke in the pan. Cooking healthy will strengthen your heart. Learn more about preventing heart disease by visiting the American Heart Association. Questions or concerns? Call our free Consult-A-Nurse hotline at 1-800-4498642. We can help you nd a physician or schedule an appointment. Reduce cholesterol intake and make your heart happ y Special to the Okeechobee NewsBrian Sell (left), the director of the Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corp and Sergeant Keith Stripling (right) of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce attended training with the Orange County Department of Health to learn makeup techniques to make emergency training scenarios more realistic. On Nov. 14, 2012, Brian Sell, the director of the Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corp and Sergeant Keith Stripling of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (also a member of the Okeechobee MRC) attended training with the Orange County Department of Health. The training was intended to teach the technique of trauma make-up known as Molauge. Molauge in a French term relating to casting or molding which is the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training Emergency Response Teams and other medical and military personnel. Molauge may be as simple as applying pre-made rubber or latex “wounds” to a healthy “patient’s” limbs, chest, head, etc., or as complex as using complicated makeup and theatre techniques to provide elements of realism (such as blood, vomitus, open fractures, etc.) to the training simulation. The practice dates to at least the Renaissance, when wax gures were used for this purpose. In the Okeechobee area the technique will be used to conduct more realistic training in order to prepare the community to respond to an Emergency. Sgt. Stripling explained that there have been trainings held in the past in Okeechobee County to address major incidents that were made to represent a major catastrophic events but they come up short on reality because of the absents of the devastation, this should make training much more realistic. Mr. Sell went on to say that the Okeechobee County Health Department and the Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corp have been looking forward to providing training in the county and this is just another asset that can be provided to make our resources in the county more prepared to react and react properly in the event of a disaster. Molauge helps make training look realistic Speckled Perch Pageant plannedThe annual Speckled Perch Pageant is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee High School Auditorium. Okeechobee Main Street is looking for contestants in each of the following categories: Tiny Miss, Tiny Mister (age 3); Little Miss, Little Mister (ages 4-5); Princess (ages 6-9); Junior Miss (ages 10-13) and Miss Speckled Perch (ages 14-18). Anyone interested in the pageant should contact Cindy at the Main Street Of ce863-357-6246 for applications.

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The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week:ASSAULT  1700 block of U.S. 441 N.  1000 block of N.W. 34th St.  900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane  1700 block of N.W. Ninth Ave. BURGLARY  3200 block of N.E. 301st Blvd.  600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  8100 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  5400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  8400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  100 block of U.S. 98 N. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF  3200 block of S.E. 35th Ave. FRAUD  800 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  7600 block of S.R. 78 W. THEFT  6500 block of E. Center St.  6100 block of S.E. 97th Trail  2900 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  5400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  7200 block of N.W. 92nd Court  2500 block of N.W. 53rd Terrace  600 block of N.W. 102nd St.  6100 block of S.E. 97th Trail  400 block of U.S. 98 N.  3600 block of U.S. 441 S.  7200 block of N.W. 92nd Court  7900 block of S.R. 78 W.  8300 block of S.E. 57th Drive  4600 block of S.R. 710  1600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  4300 block of S.R. 710  2800 block of U.S. 441 N.  1100 block of S.W. Seventh St.  3400 block of S.E. 27th St. 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. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342Cargo • Auto • Utility Trailers & Parts C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics • Exhaust • A/C Service • Brakes Window Motors • Tune-Ups • Welding • Engine Mechanics863-467-6633 Located Behind Rita’s Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Diane Wood, RN Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2431 • 800-432-1064 • FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com Process Service PS-06-17 Bail Bonds Gregory Gernat 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864UNIQUE SERVICES ProMobile Bicycle Repair Service BBI Graduate Lic# G12000032821 All Makes & Models I Come to You!(561)309-9320 NOW SERVING OKEECHOBEE, MARTIN & PALM BEACH COUNTY 10% O Standard Tune Up with this coupon!Visit Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/promobilebicyclerepair U.S. Navy Retired Support Our TroopsGeorge StoreySales and Designer Cell: (772) 971-0419 4306 South U.S. 1, Fort Pierce, Florida Office: (772) 465-2700 Fax: (772) 465-1063 Email: ichiefgeo@bellsouth.net AllŽ UPHOLSTERYAuto Boat Airplanes P.O. Box 873 Okeechobee. 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 (863) 763-4812 Cell (863) 634-2971February Special This Month ONLY Call Today Big Lake Pest ControlJim Wright, Owner Okeechobee, FL 34974 505 SW 18th St. All My Pests Die! GRAND OPENINGfor Breakfast at Friday, Feb 8th 151 NW 36th Street863-467-6655 6am to 11am Friday Saturday Sunday 11 Okeechobee News February 3, 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).  Marcellus Frank Cypress, 17, S.E. 12th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 30 by Deputy John Fisher on a felony charge of battery on a school board employee. He w as booked into the Okeechobee County J ail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce.  Jashua Lee Cruz, 14, N.W. 53rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 31 by Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him w ith the felonies of burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce.  David Lee Thomas, 21, N.W. 12th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 31 by Of cer Belen Reyna on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with felony violation of probation possession of marijuana w ith intent to sell. He is being held without bond.  Cecil Lamon Pollock, 22, S.W. Foxbrown Road, Indiantown, was arrested Jan. 31 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a secondhand metal recycler. His bond was set at $15,000.  Darrell Anthony Blackburn, 17, S.R. 78 W., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 31 by Deputy Sgt. Shannon Peterson on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him w ith the felonies of burglary of a conveyance (two counts) and misdemeanor charges of petit theft (two counts) and criminal mischief. 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. Okeechobee A rrest Report OCSO Investigations

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Annual Parkwide Yard Sale with crafts, baked goods, western books, something for everyone Fri. 2/8 & Sat. 2/9,8am-? Kissimmee River Fishing Resort. 10 miles West on 70, 1st right over bridge. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ODD FELLOWS MEET ME ON THE 7th OF FEB. AT THE LODGE ON THE LAKE AT 7 PM. YANKEE Caring,Sharing Gentleman,Fisherman Seeks Sharing Single Lady to Share Fishing and all Happiness in Life. Lets Talk:PO Box 2059 Okeechobee, Fl. 34973 or Call 719-966-9181 Golf 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 BUSY CONCESSION Stand/Restaurant for Lease at a local business. Weekends Only MUST have Restaurant experience. Please call (863) 634-5818 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. For the Self Employed. Daily/Weekly; Monthly/Quarterly & prep. for your Accountant. Located in Okeechobee. References Available. Call Laura (772)260-4792 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 CASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 Wanted to buy, Outboard Boat Motor 40-95 hp. & Adult Horse Saddle, good condition. Call 217-412-5484 HAY Jiggs Bermuda. Weed Free and Fertilized. Square Bales and Round Bales. Delivery Available. Call For More Information. (863)228-0580GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN OKEECHOBEE AT THE TANGLEWOOD APARTMENTS MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. PLEASE CALL 863-467-2079. TTY 1-800-233-6694. 2BR/1BA Duplex in Town. $625.00 mo. $625.00 Security No Smoking No Pets, w/d hook up, Background check required Call (352)528-4795 and leave message. Apartments For Rent 1 Bedroom for $510 mo., 3 Bedroom for $600 mo. and RV spots for $175 mo. No Money No Call 561-386-5636or 561-968-2083 KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. TAYLOR CREEK 1br. Condo on ground oor with utilities included. Fully furnished. Pool access. $775 month. (863) 634-0663. 3BR, 2BA, New cent. A/H, washer/dryer included, large screened porch, shed, huge corner waterfront lot. Excellent condition and very clean! $975.00. Jeanne 561-312-8471 Kings Bay 2br 1 ba, 1 car att gar., lndry rm. lawn mowing, pool, tennis ct incld. $900. mth Home Realty Services LLC 863-801-4498. 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 FOR RENT: 2 BEDROOM 2 BATH FULLY FURNISHED DUPLEX W/1 CAR GARAGE WASHER, DRYER, DISHWASHER AVAILABLE LONG OR SHORT TERM. 863-447-0742. FOR RENT: 1/1 FURNISHED TRAILER LONG OR SHORT TERM ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED $750.00. 863-447-0742 RIVER ACRES1/1, fully furnished, Laundry. Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish TV. WI FI & local phone service.$150/wk + sec. Call: (863) 467-1950 Treasure Island 3 br. 1 ba. Duplex. Remodeled, new appliances, tiled oors, fenced yard & shed. Shared laundry. $950. mo. incld’s Water, Elec. & mowing. Home Realty Services, LLC. Broker Diane Dangremond. 863-801-4498. 7.5 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 (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 Just Reduced $143,000 Palm Creek Estates 3/2 2 car garage home on Taylor Creek easy to show and plenty of room for your boat. Beautifully clean home with many extras. This home has pocket doors, ceiling fans, tinted windows, blinds, tile throughout, accordion shutters, well with irrigation, 2 car garage. Most of the furniture is included as well as all built in furniture. The Palm Creek Estates community is gated and lovely with beautiful views a club house and pool. Agent related to seller Jeanne Price 772-631-9933. OKEECHOBEE 2br./2 ba. Palm Creek waterfront home, Lake access. Gated Comm. Owner nancing. Possible option to rent. 863-532-0273. OKEECHOBEE HOME 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 DIXIE RANCH ACRES 1.5 ACRES, $700.00 DOWN, OWNER FINANCING CALL FO R MORE INFO 863-824-0944 Lot For Sale Treasure Island SE 25th Street Mobile Home Ready $10,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 SILVER 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 Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard Sales Personals Personals Services Business Opportunities Business Opportunities Bookkeeping Buildings & Sheds Wanted To Buy Farm Feed/ Products Apartments Apartments Condos/Townhouses Rent Houses Rent Apartments Houses Rent Land Rent Houses Sale Houses Sale Land Sale Lots Sale One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 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. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 12 Okeechobee News February 3, 2013

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BUCKHEAD 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 On The Rim Canal 2 sm travel trailers not in a park 1br each 1 with enclosure $450. mth, the other is $400. mth incd ele/gas, sec dep $300. no pets. 863-697-0214. Waterfront Treasure Island 2bd/1ba fully furnished, dock and covered boathouse, $1,300 moves you in. $550.00 mo. plus utilities, yearly lease. 863-763-6600 Due to health, For Sale 3bed/2bath, carport, screened porch, fully furnished. Must see to appreciate. Call 863-824-0559 and Make Offer. Mobile Home for Sale 2bd,1 updated bath, 12’ by 24’ Florida room w/tile oor, windows. Metal roof over, very safe, Lots of light. Brand new A/C w/heat strip, new thermostat. Fully furnished, new washing machine, new refrigerator, new microwave, dishwasher, etc. Lots of extras. Brand new kitchen cabinets. Wall hugger recliner/massage couch,loveseat rocker/recliner. Queen size bedroom set in master. 2 yard sheds, 1 w/electric, window and workbench. Long carport, quiet street, nice neighbors. Asking $24,000.00 negotiable. Owner nancing for half. Call 863-467-7996 PINE RIDGE PARK LARGE CORNER LOT WITH 1 BEDROOM/1 BATH MOBILE HOME SEPTIC TANK & WELL. $14,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 2005 Harley Davidson Sportster, 4,600 miles, red, excellent condition, $4,000 o.b.o call 863-467-8559 For SaleVery Nice Show Truck/Hot Rod. 1989 Chevrolet with 454 cu. in. Must See This GORGEOUS Custom Built Beauty! Asking $12,000.00 (863)357-7409 or (863)447-0616NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242 ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 435820 ON 2/3/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 13-001-SE, submitted by Muhammad Nooruddin, on behalf of property owners A.M.S.A. Holdings, LLC and E.A.A.A.S. Holdings, LLC, to allow a Group Home in the form of a short-term residential rehabilitation center providing in-patient physical and occupational rehabilitation and therapy within a Light Commercial Zoning District, Ref. Code Book Section 90-253(16), and operating in the same facility as the existing Assisted Living Facility previously approved by Special Exception, Ref. Code Book Section 90-253(17). The applicant is also requesting the Board rescind a previously approved Special Exception for a Group Home in the form of a residential drug/alcohol rehabilitation facility. Property is located at 608 NE 2nd Avenue, Legal: Lots 3-6, Block 78, City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 5, Page 5 Okeechobee County public records. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 13-001-SE 436046 ON 2/3,13/2013 CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS The Okeechobee County School Board and the Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 will continue negotiations for the Instructional bargaining unit on Friday, February 15, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., and on Monday, February 25, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administration Building, 700 SW 2nd Avenue. Collective bargaining sessions are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 435590 ON 2/3,10/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 13-002-SE, submitted by property owner, Kenneth R. Splete, to allow an outdoor sales and storage, building trades contractor within a Heavy Commercial (CHV) Zoning District, ref. Code Book Section 90-283(5). The proposed use is for a general contractor’s of ce, with tool and equipment storage. Property is located at 108 SE 5th Avenue, Legal: A portion of Lots 1 and 7 of Block 253, together with a portion of the abandoned Florida East Coast Railroad rights-of-way, all located in the Replat of Blocks 252, 253 and 254 of the First Addition to Okeechobee Subdivision, Plat Bk 2, PG 4, Okeechobee County public records. Being more particularly described as: commence at the SE corner of Lot 8 of said Block 253, run North 100 feet along the West boundary of SE 5th Avenue (70’ wide) to the SE corner of that certain parcel of land recorded in OR BK 445, PG 1931, Okeechobee County public records, and as the Point-of-Beginning, then continue North 200.32 feet along said West ROW line to the South boundary line of abandoned East South Park Street (70’ wide); then run West 99.98 feet along said South ROW line; then run South 200.37 feet to the NW corner of said OR BK 445, PG 1931; then run East 99.99 feet along the North boundary line said OR BK 445, PG 1931 to the POB, containing approximately 0.46 acres. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 13-002-SE 436047 ON 2/3,13/2013 IN 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 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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. FLORIDA Case No.: 2013-DR-047 IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF: KENNETH E. TRAVIS, Husband, and HALLIE D. TRAVIS, Wife NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PUBLICATION TO: Hallie D. Travis Address Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Dissolution of Marriage, including claims for dissolution of marriage has been led against you. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to this action, Petitioner’s address is 325 SE 16th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974, on or before March 5, 2013, and le the original with the clerk of this court at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, either before service on Petitioner or imme lately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. 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 this 29th day of January, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ Heather Thomas Deputy Clerk 436019 ON 2/3,10,17,24/2013 Mobile Home Rent Mobile HomeSale Campers/RVs Motorcycles Pickup Trucks Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 13 Okeechobee News February 3, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  Lake Worth jumped out to a 30-8 lead in the rst eight minutes and went on to defeat Okeechobee High School 77-43 in high school boys basketball action on Thursday night in Okeechobee. Okeechobee was led by Eddie Neal with 13 points. Brendon Jonassaint and Phil Jones added 11 points apiece for the Brahmans, (8-16). Lake Worth (21-4) w as led by Aaron Horne with 18 points and Eno Pierre-Louis had 16 points to lead the Trojans. Okeechobee trailed 47-23 at half time and 59-31 at the end of the third quarter. Neal, Jonassaint and Jones all had three, three-point baskets apiece in the game.  The Brahman boys soccer team ended their season with a 5-3 loss to Plantation American Heritage in the Region 4-3A Quarter nal match on Wednesday night in Plantation. Daniel Rodriguez scored three goals for Okeechobee as they attempted to rally from a 3-0 rst-half de cit. Hunter Pritchard had two assists in his nal high school match. Wilson Barahona also had an assist. Goal keeper Fernando Perez had nine saves for OHS. Okeechobee ended the season with a record of (9-8-2). American Heritage (20-3-2) moved on to play Pembroke Pines Charter School in the regional semi nals Saturday.  The Brahman football district for 20132014 was nalized this week. Okeechobee is in the same district, 14-6A, but have several new opponents like Bayside Palm Bay, Fort Pierce Westwood, Heritage (Palm Bay), Jensen Beach, Port St. Lucie and South Fork. The Moore Haven Terriers were placed in District 6-2A. Their competition includes Evangelical Christian of Fort Myers, First Baptist of Naples, Imagine School of North Port, Marco Island Charter, Southwest Florida Christian of Fort Myers and St. John Neumann of Naples.  Okeechobee High School scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and the Lady Brahmans went on to defeat South Fork 26-24 in their district quarter nal girls basketball game on Wednesday night at Fort Pierce Central. Ami Edwards had 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead Okeechobee to their ninth win of the year. OHS was scheduled to play defending state champion Sebastian River on Friday night. The City of Okeechobee Police Auxiliary will sponsor the Sgt. Thomas Tarner Scholarship Golf tournament on Feb. 9, at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Golf, 18 holes with a cart, luncheon and numerous prizes for rst, second, closest to the pin, etc. will be offered for just $50 per person. Company sponsorships and special golf programs are available. For information, call Bill Casian at 863-697-0211; or, by e-mail at pepper@strato.net.  The Young Farmer and Ranch fth annual 3-D Archery Shoot will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4351 U.S. 441 N. All proceeds go to support the Young Farmer & Rancher Scholarship Program. There will be 20 targets, (two rounds). Scoring will be on an individual basis. Cost is $25 per person. Children under 10 will be $15. Non-shooters pay $5 for lunch. Target sponsorships are $100 per station for business name or individual name to appear at one station. Vendors will showcase new products. The event will feature donation drawings and awards for each class of shooters. Tim Craig of Okeechobee Farm Bureau is the event organizer with help from the Farm Bureau Staff. For more information, please contact Okeechobee County Farm Bureau at 863-763-3101. Shoot participation is limited, so register early.  OCRA will hold baseball/softball sign ups the rst three Saturdays in February. Sign ups will be held 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 though 14 can sign up. The fee is $80 per child. A copy of the birth certi cate is needed. For information, call 863-634-0515.  The Okeechobee Golf & Country Club member/guest tournament will be held Feb. 16 and 17. Saturday’s play will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Sunday’s tee times will start at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $60 per person, per two-person team. All entries must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 13. Call the club at 863-763-6228. 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. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsOkeechobee High School boys baseball expects to eld another solid team this year and have designs on reaching the post season for the rst time under Coach Jeff Blackstone this spring. They have a tough schedule which includes dates with Class 8A power Park Vista, and an appearance in a Sarasota spring break baseball tournament. Okeechobee will also host the District Tournament this year. Coach Blackstone said he'll rely on a strong group of senior leaders that include IRSC signee A lex Estremara, pitcher Tyler Barber, and catcher Dalton Murray. Pitching might be the biggest question mark for the Brahmans as they enter the season. Barber had some off-season arm issues, and the promising Christian Crews won't be able to pitch, at least at the start of the season. Pitchers like Jack Radebaugh, David Coleman and Kutter Crawford will have to take on important roles for the staff to thrive this year. OHS will also be without Jesse Stebbins w ho transferred to Palm Beach County. Still, the lineup looks formidable with Estremara setting the table at the top and hitters like Barber, Murray and Crawford ready to knock him in. Other players who look promising are CF Layton Thomas. Crews who should start at third base and football stars Al Fludd and DJ Washington. Blackstone expects contributions from relievers Ethan Revels and Michael Daniel, and utility men Tyler Milrot, Garrett Thomas, Trenton Hickman and Paul Jackson. Barber will play at rst base with Coleman playing there when Barber pitches. Crawford and Estremera have battled out for the starting job at short stop. The player that loses that battle will start at second base. Crews is the leading candidate at third base. The out eld will feature Fludd in left eld, Thomas in center and Radebaugh in right. Murray and Radebaugh will share time behind the plate. Murray has also had some shoulder problems for the past year, but has shown a stronger arm this year. Coach Blackstone said he thinks the team has the makings to be real solid. He expects solid pitching, base running, defense and offense from his guys this year. "We should be solid all the way around. We won't be overpowering in any facet of the game, but we will be very solid," he predicted. Blackstone has scheduled tougher teams because he wants his team to play teams that have the potential to be post season teams. He said if the team faces tougher pitching during the season, they should improve. "Our goal is to try and prepare to play the best baseball we can in April and May so we can reach the regional and state tournament. If they see better pitching, the guys will improve and get the most out of their talent," he added. Blackstone has also demanded a little more from his players this year. Intensity has improved in practice. He praised the effort the kids have given him during the rst two weeks of practice. He also expects to see big crowds and fantastic support from the community again this year. Last year OHS nished in fourth place in the district. They hope to improve on that this year. The Brahmans will also play inside the former Digital Domain Park on April 4th when they meet St. Lucie West Centennial. They play in the Sarasota Spring Break Classic, a prestigious tournament that attracts top teams from Florida and out of the state. "I'm con dent we'll be a good team. We just need to put it all together. We play Park Vista to start the season, a Final four team in 2011, so we'll nd out real quick where we stand and what we need to improve upon," he suggested. 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 16 Okeechobee News February 3, 2013 OHS boys of summer eye 2013 diamond campaign Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTyler Barber throws during a recent intersquad game. Barber is expected to be the ace of the Brahman pitching staff this year. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAlex Estremera watches a line drive off his bat during a recent baseball scrimmage at OHS. Estremera recently signed to play for Indian River State College. Jack Radebaugh is used to throwing a ball in athletic competition. The former Brahman quarterback will take to the mound for the baseball team and could play a vital role this year.