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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 02-10-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, February 10, 2013 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 18 14.45 feetLast Year: 13.22 feet Lake Levels S u r p r i s e y o u r S urprise your V a l e n t i n e w i t h Valentine with a s p e c i a l g i f t a special gift ... Pages 10 &11 Suspect tries to swallow ‘crack’ cocaine ... Page 8 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News “It seems the state of Florida no longer wants to care for the people with disabilities and really wishes that they would just go away,” so stated a letter recently sent by the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens) of Okeechobee to potential donors. The letter was sent out to try to make up for funds lost due to recent cuts in the state budget. According to Dick Bradley, executive director of the ARC of Alachua County, there had been disparity in funding for disabled people in different parts of the state. He said that a remedy called iBudget was rst proposed two or ARC hurt by state budget cuts See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OCSOMariah Anuez (center) was recently named the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the year in the administrative division. Presenting her with her plaque are Major Noel Stephen (left) and Sheriff Paul May (right). By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three employees and one volunteer were recently announced as the 2012 employees of the year for the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). The yearly honor is bestowed on those employees who had previously been picked as an employee of the quarter. At the end of each quarter an employee is picked as the employee of that quarter from their respective division. Those divisions are administrative, volunteer, corrections and law enforcement. Sheriff’s of ce honors 2012 employees of yearSee OCSO — Page 9 See ARC — Page 5 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their meeting on Thursday Okeechobee County Commissioners began the long process of developing an annual budget. County Administrator Robbie Chartier gave a presentation on factors that will affect the budget and sought input from the commissioners. “Florida’s economy is improving,” she said. However she added that current economic predictions do not include the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Propert y values have increased only slightly. Sales tax income is expected to increase about 1 percent while fuel taxes are expected to decrease. Current policy calls for no new funding for outside organizations and continuing to bring the land ll trust fund back to the required minimum of $8 million. Mrs. Chartier currently projects a shortfall of $500,000. However she warned that number is going to be a moving target in the coming months. County budget shortfall predictedSee COUNTY — Page 5

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Today: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 79F. Breezy. Winds from the ESE at 15 to 20 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 54F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 82F. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 55F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has increased the amount of w ater owing from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River. The new target ow from the lake to the Caloosahatchee Estuary is 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock (S-79) near Fort Myers. There are no target releases for the St. Lucie Estuary, although runoff from the St. Lucie Canal will continue to pass through the St. Lucie Lock as needed. "Based on the current conditions, we have an opportunity to increase ows from the lake in preparation for changes in seasonal forecasts," said Lt. Col. Tom Greco, Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for South Florida. "As a result, it will also provide bene ts to the Caloosahatchee Estuary." The release is being conducted in accordance with the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), the master plan for water management of the lake. Under the LORS, the Corps strives to keep the lake level between 12.5 and 15.5 feet. Today, the lake stage is 14.47 feet. The Corps will closely monitor the releases and adjust ows as necessary to balance the competing needs and purposes of Lake Okeechobee. Public safety remains the Corps' top priority. For more information on water level and ows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps' water management page at the Jacksonville District website: http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/ reports.htm. Corps increases water ow from Lake Okeechobee 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 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 3 Okeechobee News February 10, 2013 Okeechobee Forecast By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News When they meet Tuesday evening, the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board will consider recommending that the Okeechobee City Council take legal action against Barbara Mills because of the accrued code violations nes that were imposed due to the overgrowth of her 406 N.W. Fifth St. property. In addition the board will consider imposing nes on Teresa Holloman, owner of property at 302 S.E. Second St,, Stephen and Grace Mitchum, owner of property at 606 S.W. 14th St., and Linda Foley, owner of property at 805 S.W. 11th Ave. because of overgrowth on their properties. Joaquin and Ana Dominguez will have to answer to charges of illegal dumping on their 217 S.E. Fifth Ave. property. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City may take legal action on code case If you go ...What: City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 Where: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.

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Gun control In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and killed. Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th century because of gun control: 56 million. With guns we are “citizens” and without them we are “subjects.” During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew that most Americans were armed. Switzerland issues every household a gun and the government of Switzerland trains every adult in its use. Switzerland has one of the lowest gun-related crime rates of any civilized country in the world. History shows that governments always manipulate tragedies to attempt to disarm the people. Are there any questions? Do you get it now?  I want to thank Sheriff Paul May for his support of the Florida Sheriff’s Association resolution in support of the Second Amendment. I am glad the Florida Sheriffs are dedicated to their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the citizens.  Thirty years later, Australian citizens are beginning to regret their gun ban, giving warnings to U.S. citizens. Their gun ban has back red, citizens are paying the ultimate price. Too late they now realize they have not a prayer’s chance in Hell of ever getting the right to own a rearm back.  Chicago is at the top for gun control laws, the crime is at an all-time high and now the police will no longer respond to several 911 calls such as burglary, car theft, muggings, threats made against someone, lewd or threatening phone calls, etc... So, they are not going to protect you and they don’t want you to be able to protect yourself. Isn’t this where Obama and his staff are from? Also, read where a gun manufacturer was looking to move to Florida. It would bring about 60 jobs at an average pay of $43,000/year. Of course they would have to hire from outside the county for most of the jobs because this county doesn’t have a skilled labor force, but it would be revenue for the county. I’m hoping someone in the county would be trying to recruit them to our area.Ban on mixed drinks It’s this kind of control that some individuals like to impose on others that makes me travel outside of the area to spend my money. I don’t do business with a bank unless I can conduct business when I want to do my banking and I also do not eat at restaurants that are closed on Sunday. For example, I don’t eat at Chic-Fil-A.  I wonder if they’ll propose the 16 oz. soda limit next.  How about those that think liquor should be sold on Sunday take up a petition drive. Go to the commission and complain, regularly and often.  I’ll be honest, it’s easier to go somewhere else that does serve it than to get a petition drive going.  It seems to me that the city council members are trying to make a personal statement. That statement being: people should be in church on Sunday, not buying alcoholic beverages. The fact is that it makes little or no difference to a person’s drinking habits. It merely presents inconvenience. Suppose Mom and Dad have reasons why it is more convenient to grocery shop on Sunday, rather than any other day of the week. If they want liquor, it means they have to run into town on another day also, or run to a bigger town and do ALL their shopping, to avoid a stop. The council members prove nothing. In every area of the country, in all towns, there are those who use alcohol and those who don’t, and nobody’s going to change it. Stand fast in freedomBy Tommaso Pasquarella“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1) Stand fast therefore. What is the therefore there for? After all that Paul had written, He asks them to stand fast, hold tight to liberty, why? He is writing to this failing body of believers to show them that they are not saved by what they do, but by faith in the one they know. “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (Galatians 3:6) Abraham went on faith and was justi ed, made right, by His faith, that God would do what He promised. He encourages these dear Galatians, who have been saved by faith, that as Abraham was justi ed by His faith they too have been justi ed and made right by faith. “But that no man is justi ed by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” (Galatians 3:11) “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29) If you have trusted Christ you are children of promise. If all of this is true and they are children of promise, what does He want to hold on tight to? Liberty. Why would they need to hold on tight to liberty? “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel.” (Galatians 1:6) He is writing in disbelief, he is dumbfounded, shocked, appalled, that they would turn from truth unto a lie, another gospel, which is no gospel at all. There are people trying to trick them, trouble them, and have perverted the gospel of Christ and so Paul encourages them. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” He desires for them to turn back to the truth. He wants them to stand fast in the liberty, the freedom they have in Christ. Freedom, what does it look like and what is it for? “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the esh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1) I know this verse does not speak of freedom, but He freed us from the penalty of sin, so we can freely worship and serve Him, so this freedom from condemnation is an amazing gift. This freedom will look like this; we will walk not after esh, our own desires, but after the Spirit. Our freedom is less about us and more about Him. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to th e glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) Though this verse does not speak of freedom, w e are free to worship without any hindrance. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive ou r debtors.” (Matthew 6:12) We have the freedom to not hold on to unforgiveness, bu t rather be free and have the amazing gift to forgive men, because of how great we hav e been forgiven. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32) He forgives you and I as we are called to forgive others. God always equips us to do His will and so w e have power to forgive because He gives us the power to forgive. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have lov e one to another.” (John 13:35) We have th e freedom to be considered His. We have th e freedom to love. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36) Why would we go back to rules if the Son has truly free us? “Who shall separate us from the love o f Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35) What can separate? Nothing can separate us from the lov e of Christ? Freedom means that we can b e secure in the salvation and the hope that w e have in Christ. Tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril nor sword can take away what God gives us when we trus t Christ, so we can rest in His freedom, which helps us to live our lives for Him. “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37) Through all these things we have freedom from being defeated, because we are mor e then conquerors, through Christ who loved us. Praise God in Christ we have victory. In Christ we have hope that Christ is enough and no one and nothing can separate us from that freedom which came from th e cross. I do not have to live defeated, but I have the freedom to live in freedom. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting thos e things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” (Philippians 3:13) I have the freedom to press on, even when life goes wrong. What an amazing freedom we have in Christ! If you do not know Christ as Savior and Lord, then this freedom in Christ is not yours, but could be, when you repent of your sins, turn you r back to sin, and believe the gospel, the good news and Christ’s sacri ce on your behalf, so you can have life and have true freedom. February 10, 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 We pledge to operate our newspaper as a public trust. We believe journalists are nothing more than guardians of every citizens right to a free press. We have no authority to compromise, bargain away or dishonor the principles underlying the First Amendment. We dont play loose with the facts. We give notice to your opinions, not ours. We encourage vigorous discussion of public issues, but try to keep everybodys comments within the bounds of fair play. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News February 10, 2013 three years ago by the then director of APD (Association for Persons with Disabilities), the state organization that provides funding for ARCs across the state. Mr. Bradley said the original idea was to equalize funding. However, by July of 2012, when the iBudget was rst implemented APD had a different director and the concept had changed from equalization to cost reduction. He said that if the iBudget had been implemented as it was originally intended, some people would have received less funding, some more. In reality, he said that nobody got more money and across the state 40 percent of the recipients got a decrease. According to Jeanie Bramlett, director of marketing for the ARC of Okeechobee, a good portion of her clients are part of that 40 percent. The upside of all this, according to Mr. Bradley, is that by the end of the current scal year, thanks to the iBudget, APD will have a balanced budget. He said the state legislature had been growing more and more unhappy with APD because of their de cit spending. If APD were not on track to have a balanced budget, Mr. Bradley said the legislature would have implemented a managed care system which he says would be worse than the present system. According to Mrs. Bramlett ARC of Okeechobee has reduced staff members, reduced employee bene ts and decreased number of eld trips. She said they cannot cut any more staff members because they now have the minimum number allowed by law for the number of clients they have. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. A RCContinued From Page 1 "Where do you want to go with taxes?" the administrator asked. Commissioners can increase or decrease taxes or keep them the same. Commissioner Frank Irby was in favor of generating at least as much in taxes as this y ear. The assessment for garbage collection could increase slightly if collection costs have increased. However, there will be no need to increase re and EMS assessments. Commissioner Joey Hoover suggested there could possibly be savings by getting outside bids in areas where private contractors could provide a service cheaper than doing it inhouse. "We don't have enough concrete numbers to consider pay increases and health insurance at this time, "Mrs. Chartier. Turning to other matters, commissioners supported the efforts of Highlands County to form a regional transportation planning organization. Okeechobee and other area counties could possibly join this proposed organization to plan and develop transportation strategies for the area. "I think this representation would be extremely bene cial," said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. "A road that doesn't go beyond your boundary doesn't do any good," was the opinion of Commissioner Ray Domer. The board is voted to apply for a 25 percent matching grant in the amount of $463,649 for drainage improvements along the N.E. 14th Street ditch. This project will stabilize the ditch banks to keep them from caving off during times of heavy rains. This ditch drains into Taylor Creek. Commissioners are also seeking to improve drainage in the Playland Park area. Capital projects coordinator Donnie Oden gave commissioners an update on the new building for the property appraiser and tax collector. He said that the cost per square foot and the total area of the project has increased. The cost of construction is now estimated to be $1.8 million. That gure does not include impact fees, Okeechobee Utility Authority fees, or furnishings for the building. There will also be a relocation cost. After having to continually announce delays for the completion of the rehabilitation of the Taylor Creek locks, Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Service Center, said he would make no more predictions of a completion date. However, he did say three things must happen. The rst thing is that the gates must operate properly. The second thing is that all safety requirements must be met. The third thing is that the manatee sensor device must be working properly. He said that each of those three things would require only a few workmen. Therefore, it may appear to people that there is not a lot of activity going on there in the coming days. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Florida led the nation in foreclosure activity in 2012 and Okeechobee County had the highest foreclosure rate in the state in December according to Realty Trac, a California based rm that studies the real estate market. The study showed 1 in 32 homes in Florida received some kind of foreclosure notice in 2012, a 53 percent increase from 2011-2012. Realty Trac Vice President Daren Blomquist said there have been court delays in the foreclosure process in recent years for states that use the judicial process and court system. Experts stated most of the rising foreclosure activity represents loans that went south a long time ago rather than a new round of loan defaults. Some states use administrative processes that result in quicker foreclosures. Okeechobee had the 21st highest foreclosure rate in Florida in 2012. The rate in December rose 27 percent over the November rate. "Sometimes you'll see one month where there is a spike in the numbers in a certain county for whatever reason," Mr. Blomquist stated. "It is certainly a concern." He said we should keep an eye on the foreclosure rate over the next few months here to see if it is indeed a long-term trend rather than what he saw as a short-term issue. Mr. Blomquist said while Florida will continue to have either the #1 or #2 foreclosure rate among states in the rst half of 2013, he predicts things will get better later next year. Mr. Blomquist admitted most of the typical foreclosure activity occurs in urban areas or neighborhoods or suburbs that surround urban areas. He said during the housing boom many contractors got overaggressive and built further out into rural areas. That created an oversupply of houses that weren't met by the housing demand in those communities. "The rate varies from county to county, but some counties do have spikes as the court system itself is able to catch up with the backlog of cases. It is not uncommon to see a jump from month to month," he added. County led Florida in foreclosures in December Homestead exemption deadline nearsApplications for Homestead exemption, Additional Senior Exemption for Person's 65 years or older, Agriculture Classi cation and all other exemption applications should be led with the Property Appraiser's Of ce by March 1, 2012. Agriculture renewal cards (green cards) are also due March 1". The Property Appraiser's of ce is located at 307 N.W. 5th Avenue in the Alderman Building. Exemption for Seniors 65 and older is subject to income limits. For more information contact the of ce At 863-763-4422.Free tax preparation at the American LegionFree tax preparation and e- ling by AARP Taxaide volunteers began Feb. 4 and run until April 15 at the American Legion located at 501 S.E. 2nd Street Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 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. Do not call the American Legionfor more information call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Health Center holds V alentines DinnerA Valentines Dinner bene ting Open Hands Health Center, Inc. will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, starting at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The minimum dinner donation is $50 per couple. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 10 A silent auction will be available, for more information, please call Nicole Talley at 863-697-3488 or Beth White at 863-634-8660.Buckhead VFW hosts chicken dinnerBuckhead VFW 9528 will have a chicken dinner with all the xin's on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. $7 per plate. The cook is Dale Darling. All proceeds go to Homeless Vets. A merican Legion Post 64 opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night bingo beginning on Feb. 10 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.Masonic Lodge BreakfastThe Masonic Lodge located at 107 N.W. 5th Street, will host a Breakfast with all the xin's on Sunday, Feb. 10 for $6 per plate. The public is welcomed and carry out is available. Breakfast will be severed at 8 a.m. 11 a.m. all proceeds go to local mason giving. Okeechobee Retired Educators meetOkeechobee Retired Educators will meet on Monday, Feb. 11, at 11:15 a.m. in the meeting room at Beef O'Bradys. All members are reminded to bring their volunteer hours log to be submitted. They will also discuss the theme of next year's Christmas Ornament. Any retired educator is invited to join us. V FW to host a Sweetheart DanceThe Men's Auxiliary of the Big Lake V FW post 10539, at 3912 Hwy. 441 S.E. w ill host a Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, Feb. 16. Tickets are $15 per person and should be purchased by Feb. 12. Dinner w ill be a choice of beef or chicken and will be served at 7 p.m. Dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. with the music by Jeffrey James Gang. The public is invited to this event. Space is limited so everyone is encouraged to buy tickets early. Proceeds go to help veterans' unmeet needs. For more information, call 863-357-1344.Okeechobee Shrine ClubThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will hold a spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 4 p.m. 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is please to offer smoke-free dinning. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided from 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, Randall Mims at 863-7639200 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Healthy Start Coalition meets on Feb. 13Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at their of ce, 1132 S. Parrott Ave., in the White House Plaza. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information please contact executive director Kay Begin at the coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.The Heritage hosts a ‘Stroke Support Group’The Heritage Assisted Living Facility will host a "Stroke Support Group" on Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Avenue. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, Physical Therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. Refreshments will be served and day care services will be provided during session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, family and patients. For more information feel free to call 863-763-1700.Speckled Perch Pageant applications openOkeechobee Main Street is now taking applications for the Annual Speckled Perch Pageant, to be held at Okeechobee High School on Saturday, Feb. 16, beginning at 5 p.m. Competition will be held as follows: Tiny Miss and Mister Speckled Perch (Age 3); Little Miss and Mister Speckled Perch (Ages 4, 5); Speckled Perch Princess (Ages 6-9); Junior Miss Speckled Perch (Ages 10-13) and Miss Speckled Perch (Ages 14-18). Contestants must be currently in school (age-appropriate). All contestants should wear evening/dress attire and will be presented on stage where they will be interviewed. Applications and rules for the pageant are available at the Main Street Of ce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., in the Chamber Building across the street from CVS. Completed applications and fee of $75 must be received by Feb. 14 For further information or questions, please contact Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246.VFW POST #4423 Valentine’s DinnerVFW Post #4423 located at 300 NW 34th Street will host a Steak Dinner on at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 for a donation of $12.50. There will also be a "Fashion Show" after dinner. Call the post at 863-763-0818 with your reservations. Proceeds go towards Veterans Assistance programs. Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871 to meetLake Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871 to meet Feb. 14 at VFW So .7 p.m. come early for our social hour and 6 p.m.VFW POST #4423 Valentine’s DinnerVFW Post #4423 located at 300 NW 34th Street will host a Steak Dinner on at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 for a donation of $12.50. Dinner music provided by D & K (Danny & Kathy). There will also be a "Fashion Show" after dinner. Call the post at 863-763-0818 with your reservations. Proceeds go towards Veterans Assistance programs.Free Alzheimer’s memory screenings offered Concerned about your memory? Alzheimer's Association and Memory Disorder Center at St. Mary's are offering free con dential memory screenings on Friday, Feb. 15, at Visiting Nurse Association located at 208 S.E. Park Street, Okeechobee FL 34972. Appointments are required. Please call Donna at 800-861-7826 EXT. 501 to schedule or for more information, you can also visit http://www.alz.org/se orida.St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church Knights of Columbus sh frySt. Theresa of the child Jesus Catholic Church Knights of Columbus will host sh fry dinners on Fridays starting Feb. 15 March 22. Dinners are served 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Take out is available and a donation of $8 and $3 for children. Okeechobee’s Second Annual Purple Passion Pub CrawlOkeechobee's Second Annual Purple Passion Pub Crawl will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, with registration at Barricuda's Sports Grillery, 5 p.m. 7 p.m. (10017 U.S. Hwy. 441 N); Lunker's Sports Grille, 8:45 p.m. 10 p.m. (4825 U.S. Hwy. 441 S); Shenanigans, 7:15 p.m. 8:30 p.m. (2232 N.W. 32nd Dr.), and; Brahma Bull Restaurant & Lounge, 10:15 p.m. 11 p.m. (245 U.S. Hwy. 441 SE). $10 registration fee. All proceeds bene t the American Cancer Society, Okeechobee Relay For Life. Gift certi cates, drink specials, snacks & other prizes will be given away to registered participants at each venue. Church plans yard saleBuckhead Ridge Christian Church, 1167 Linda Road behind the Moose Lodge on Highway 78 will have a yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. 1 p.m.North Lake Estates hosts arts and crafts fairOn, Saturday, Feb. 16 the North Lake Estates Clubhouse, 12044 East S.R. 78, will have a arts and crafts fair. There will be hand crafts such as fabric creations, wood carvings, knitted and crocheted items and many more! The NLE Woodworkers will offer lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Leigh Crumpler at 804-895-2698 or Kay Cronk at 863-946-0699.Peace Lutheran presents Jeans, Jewels and Jazz!Peace Lutheran School Presents a night in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 16 located at the KOA. The dinner, dance and auction is for the improvement and bene t of Peace Lutheran School. For more information, please call Karen Smith at 863-763-7566BHR Moose Lodge hosts Las Vegas fund raiserBHR Moose Lodge #2417 will host their annual Las Vegas games fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. A donation will get you play money to play games. Pla y money winnings can be used to bid on auction items at 6 p.m. Call Joanne at 863-4674551 for information.CEUs onsite training plannedOn Monday, Feb. 18 two classes will be held BFASTplusSN at 8 a.m.-noon and CFAST at 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at Okeechobee Department of Health Auditorium, 1728 N.W. 9th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972. If you have any general questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Klos at 813-974-3809.Okeechobee County Fair Board to meetThe Okeechobee County Fair Board will hold their next meeting on Monday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Chamber of Commerce of ce. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News February 10, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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! Fri., Feb. 8TH Thurs., Feb. 14THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “GUILT TRIP”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “LIFE OF PI”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG PG-13 R Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 7 Okeechobee News February 10, 2013 As an extension of its sponsorship with the National FFA Foundation, Tractor Supply Company has recently announced a new scholarship program to assist FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree. The Growing Scholars program will be supported nationally by each of the more than 1,150 Tractor Supply stores Feb. 15-24, w hich includes National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 at store registers during the checkout process to support local FFA chapters and their members. Ninety percent of funds raised through Tractor Supply’s Growing Scholars program w ill be utilized to fund scholarships for FFA members. The remaining 10 percent of donations will bene t state FFA organizations. “This program will provide critical funding to FFA members who intend to pursue a college degree and local FFA chapters that enrich the lives of young members by teaching life skills, citizenship and leadership qualities,” said Tractor Supply President and CEO Greg Sandfort. “For us, this is an outstanding way to support our current and future customers and future team members and a way to give back to the 1,100-plus unique communities we serve.” To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be current FFA members and either high school seniors or a freshman, sophomore or junior college student seeking a twoor four-year degree or other specialized training program. Major areas of study will also be considered when determining scholarship recipients. “We are extremely grateful to Tractor Supply and its customers for supporting FFA, student and alumni members and agriculture education in general,” said National FFA Foundation Executive Director Robert K. Cooper. In addition to the Growing Scholars program, Tractor Supply and the National FFA Foundation have many other joint initiatives, including the FFA horse evaluation career development event, National FFA Week and the annual National Association of Agricultural Educators Conference. At an individual store level, Tractor Supply continually hosts fundraising events and works closely with local FFA chapters and high school agriculture advisors to provide resources and leverage synergies. “Local high school agricultural advisors and FFA chapters feel at home in their local Tractor Supply stores,” said John Wendler, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply. “These groups often host fundraising events at our stores to raise money for community projects, like building a school greenhouse, a new bridge in a public par k or an animal care lab. Our stores also wor k with local FFA members to support speci c programs and pro ciencies by providing demonstrations from knowledgeable Tractor Supply employees and our vendor partners, which brings signi cant value to both organizations.” Tractor Supply has been a sponsor of the National FFA Foundation for 27 years. The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Tractor Supply scholarships help growing FFA scholars Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU), a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Friday announced that its propane subsidiary, Flo-Gas Corporation, has purchased the propane operating assets of Glades Gas Company. Glades Gas has been a family-owned and operated business for eighty years, providing propane service to approximately 3,000 residential and commercial accounts in Okeechobee, Glades and Hendry Counties. Current owners, Monica Clark and Kevin McCarthy, will work closely with Florida Public Utilities in transitioning the propane operating assets from Glades Gas. Monica Clark commented, “Glades Gas has always had a good relationship with Florida Public Utilities and this acquisition will be good for our customers and the growth of the area. I have a lot of respect for FPU and what they’ve done in the state of Florida. I couldn’t have asked for a better company to continue the relationship Glades Gas has had with the cities of Okeechobee and Clewiston and to promote the growth of these areas.” The acquisition allows FPU’s Flo-Gas operation to expand its propane presence within Florida. At the conclusion of the transition, the former Glades Gas propane operation will market and sell propane under the Florida Public Utilities Company brand. “We are pleased to have been able to make this acquisition. Glades Gas has been a well-run family business with a strong tradition of care and support for their customers and the communities they serve. FPU looks forward to continuing that tradition and to investing resources in the growth o f the Okeechobee and Clewiston areas,” stated Kevin Webber, Vice President of FPU. Florida Public Utilities Company (NYSE: CPK) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, FPU (www. fpuc.com) distributes natural gas, propane and electric services to approximatel y 100,000 customers in markets throughout Florida. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) is a diversi ed utility company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission and marketing, electric distribution, propane gas distribution and wholesale marketing, advanced information services and other related services. Information about Chesapeake’s businesses is available at www. chpk.com. WPB rm buys propane assets from Glades GasCow & bull prices showed signs of improvement this week with light supply and moderate demand. Calves looked to be mostly steady compared to last week, a little higher in some cases. Light runs this week due to vanishing numbers and NCBA Convention in Tampa...I suppose. George Rhoden, Indiantown, topped the calf market with a high of $2.90 bought by Terry Bomhak. Sun-Ag Inc, Fellsmere, topped the cow market with a high of 88.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was taken to the Raulerson Hospital emergency room after he reportedly swallowed an unknown amount of suspected cocaine prior to his being arrested. Melvin Leon Brown, 33, N.W. 12th St., was arrested Thursday, Feb. 7, on felony charges of tampering with evidence, possession of cocaine and eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer. He w as also charged with the misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving w hile license suspended with knowledge. Brown is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $10,000 bond. An arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force stated that Brown refused to stop his 1997 Chevrolet when another task force detective tried to stop him in the 800 block of S.R. 70 W. Although his speed apparently never exceeded 40 mph, Brown did not stop until he pulled into the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on S.R. 70 E. and was then blocked in by patrol units from the Okeechobee City Police Department. According to the arrest report the windows on Brown's vehicle were not tinted and detectives could see him "... making overt movements to the center of the vehicle." The report went on to state that as Brown got out of his vehicle he was chewing something and trying to swallow. The detective asked the man to open his mouth and when he did, the investigator reportedly saw large pieces of a suspicious substance stuck to his back teeth. Brown's mouth was swabbed and a eld test was then conducted on the swab. That test reportedly indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine. The report went on to state that a razor blade and a plastic card were found inside Brown's car. When a eld test was done on those two items it indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine, added the detective. When investigators asked Brown ho w much cocaine he had swallowed, he reportedly refused to answer. 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William Clayton Bass, 30, S.E. 43rd Trace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas on a DOC w arrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation dealing in stolen property (two counts). He is being held without bond. Larry Junior Wilson, 52, S.W. 19th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 6 by Of cer Jack Boon on felony charges of grand theft and credit card theft. His bond was set at $100,000. Alfredo Gomez Jr., 24, S.W. Shawnee St., Indiantown, was arrested Feb. 7 by Deputy Max Waldron on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with the felonies of violation of probation dealing in stolen property and violation of probation burglary of a dwelling. He is being held without bond. Eraldo Barcenas, 31, N.W. 35th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 7 by Of cer Jack Boon on a felony charge of grand theft and misdemeanor charges of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence, resisting a merchant and criminal mischief. His bond was set at $6,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week: ASSAULT 900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane 1100 block of N.E. 16th Ave. 4300 block of S.E. 28th St. 800 block of S.W. 28th St. BURGLARY 2700 block of U.S. 441 S. 3400 block of S.E. 34th Ave. 3000 block of S.W. Third Terrace 3900 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 1700 block of U.S. 441 N. 3000 block of S.W. Third Terrace 3000 block of S.E. 39th Ave. 1000 block of N.E. 342nd Trail 34900 block of N.E. Fourth Drive 3200 block of S.E. 33rd Terrace 3000 block of S.E. 39th Ave. 900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane 2400 block of S.E. 40th Ave. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 2900 block of S.W. Third Terrace FRAUD 3600 block of N.W. Fourth Ave. THEFT 3300 block of N.W. Eighth St. 300 block of N.W. 12th Ave. (vehicle) 3100 block of N.W. Third St. 1500 block of S.R. 70 E. 11200 block of N.E. Third Circle 3300 block of S.W. 22nd St. (vehicle) 1900 block of S.W. Second Way 4300 block of S.E. 26th St. 1500 block of S.W. 35th Circle (identity) 600 block of N.W. 344th St. 600 block of S.W. Second Ave. 500 block of N.W. 24th Ave. OCSO Investigations Melvin Leon Brown

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Month of February is A merican Heart Month Special to the Okeechobee News The Heart Gallery of Okeechobee & the Treasure Coast, a unique and stirring traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in foster care hoping to be adopted, will be on display through March 1 at Indian River State College, Dixon Hendry Campus, Building B, located at 2229 N.W. 9th Ave. The gallery features children who have been removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. They are “dif cult to place” children who are older (7-17 years old), sibling groups, minority or bi-racial or may have physical, emotional or behavioral issues. The local Heart Gallery is displayed in high-traf c locations across Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties in an effort to raise awareness of the need for adoptive homes in our communities. Since it began in 2006, more than 50 children featured on the Heart Gallery of Okeechobee & the Treasure Coast have been adopted, including eight Okeechobee children in the past three years. The local gallery, which is partially funded by both the Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee County and the United Way of Okeechobee County, was founded by Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers and Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division. Other funders include Department of Children & Families, United for Families, United Way of Indian River County, United Way of Martin County and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. For more information, contact Frank Avilla at 772-429-2009. Heart Gallery promotes adoptions

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Earn up to $327 with MIDFLORIDA is here to work with you and your schedule … with features like: plus 12 Okeechobee News February 10, 2013 This years OCSO employees of the year are Mariah Anuez, Ricky Jones, Robert Ridley and Mark Shireman. “We are very proud of these people w ho come to work every day and give 110 percent, even though in the past few years times have not been good for public employees,” said Sheriff May. “The job they do does not go unnoticed, and I am very proud of them.” Mrs. Anuez was nominated by Juanita W hite as the employee of the quarter for the second quarter in the administrative division. Mrs. White nominated Mrs. Anuez because of her ability to handle different tasks and assume the responsibilities of working in several of ces. “Mariah has shown great patience and has been able, through all the hard times, to keep a good working relationship with employees,” said Mrs. White. Mr. Jones, a member of the OCSO Auxiliary, was also the employee of the quarter for the second quarter but in the volunteer division. He was nominated by OCSO Deputy Sergeant Clif Gill for not only putting together a Special Response Team (SRT) lesson plan, but for actually training OCSO employees. Along with being on the OCSO auxiliary, Mr. Jones is also an SRT member and is a full-time employee with Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue. “He is dedicated and an asset to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce auxiliary program, and to the SRT unit as well,” said Sgt. Gill. The employee of the year in the corrections division was Detention Deputy Robert Ridley, who was also the employee of the quarter for the third quarter. He was nominated by Sergeant Larry Lanier. Sgt. Lanier pointed to Deputy Ridley’s work ethic and his quality of work as two reasons for the nomination. “This is the time of year we prepare for our annual Florida Model Jail Inspection. Deputy Ridley has worked hard to ensure the jail is inspection ready,” said Sgt. Lanier of the nomination in the fall of 2012. “Robert does all his work with a helpful attitude.” The law enforcement employee of the year was OCSO Detective Mark Shireman, who was also named the employee of the quarter for the third quarter. He was nominated by his supervisor, Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark. “Detective Shireman received a call regarding a home invasion robbery where three masked subjects broke into a home and ordered the victims to the ground,” said Lt. Stark of his reason for nominating Detective Shireman. “Only a partial description was received. Detective Shireman tracked the cell phones and ATM transactions. He pursued his leads and, ultimately, all three were arrested.” Those three are now awaiting sentencing, added Lt. Stark. SHERIFFContinued From Page 1 Submitted photo/ OCSOMajor Noel Stephen (left) and Sheriff Paul May (right) were on hand recently for the naming of Detective Mark Shireman (center) as the employee of the year in the law enforcement division for the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. Submitted photo/ OCSOThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the year in the volunteer division was Ricky Jones (second from right). On hand for the presentation of his plaque were (left to right): OCSO Deputy Lieutenant Gary Bell, Major Noel Stephen and Sheriff Paul May. Submitted photo/ OCSODetention Deputy Robert Ridley (second from right) was recently named the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the year in the corrections division. On hand to present Deputy Ridley his plaque were: (left to right) Okeechobee County Jail administrator Ronnie White, Major Noel Stephen and Sheriff Paul May.

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Plans announced four years ago for a unique plant on Lykes Brothers property in Highlands County have been recently cancelled. It was announced in February of 2009 that Verenium Corporation, a pioneer in the development of next-generation cellulosic ethanol, had entered a partnership with Lykes Brothers to build the rst-ever commercial scale cellulosic ethanol facility. The proposed plant would produce a type of ethanol made from a nonfood variety of sugar cane that was to be raised by Lykes Brothers for that purpose. The ethanol produced was to have been blended with gasoline to make it to go further. The Environmental Protection Agency says that cellulosic ethanol's high oxygen content reduces carbon dioxide better than other fuels. Verenium claimed that using cellulosic biomass as the raw material for ethanol costs less, uses marginal lands and requires less fertilizer and water. The proposed plant, to have been built on Lykes Brothers property on S.R. 70 just w est of the intersection with S.R. 721, would have produced 140 new jobs. About half of those jobs would have been in farming and the other half would have been in plant operations. The plant would have produced 36 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. Shortly after plans for the plant were announced Verenium and BP announced the formation of a joint venture to develop and commercialize cellulosic ethanol at the Lykes Brothers site. Recently BP announced it was cancelling plans to build the plant and was refocusing its U.S. biofuels strategy on research and development as well as licensing its industryleading biofuel technology. "Given the large and growing portfolio of investment opportunities available to BP globally, we believe it is in the best interest of our shareholders to redeploy the considerable capital required to build this facility into other more attractive projects," Geoff Morrell, BP vice president of communications said in a press release. BP plans to continue to invest in and operate a biofuel research facility in San Diego, Calif. and a test facility in Jennings, La. A spokesperson for Lykes Brothers refused to comment, referring all questions to BP.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Plans for cellulosic ethanol plant scrapped 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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"The Florida College System has a strong history of employing innovative strategies to serve the citizens of Florida and responding to community and state needs," said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. "I am proud four of our colleges have been recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges and commend all Florida colleges for their outstanding work." St. Johns River State College is a nalist in the exemplary CEO/board category, Miami Dade College and Seminole State College of Florida are nalists in the advancing diversity category, and Indian River State College is a nalist in the outstanding college/corporate partnership category. "The Power Plant Technology Institute developed by Indian River State College and Florida Power & Light is a model of a highlyeffective educational/business partnership that bene ts students and the community," said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, college president. "Over 100 graduates of the program are now w orking in the energy industry at salaries averaging $55,000 a year. IRSC is honored that the American Association of Community Colleges recognized this very successful program as a nalist for an Award of Excellence." IRSC program recognized for its innovation

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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. 14 Okeechobee News February 10, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News On Thursday, Jan. 24, co-sponsors Bandanas and Bows and Okeechobee Claws and Paws hosted the January Main Street Mixer. Over 50 Main Street members, visitors, friends and community partners joined in the fun. Guests had the opportunity to tour the facilities and were extremely impressed w ith the suites available for their pets. From the Disney room, where they show movies such as Lady and the Tramp, to the Tiki room and on to the Classy Black Tie Suite, owner Lisa Marie Turner ensures that her canine customers enjoy their stay. Likewise, Mike Guerrero as a registered member of the National Dog Groomers Association provides special treatment for your pet as a groomer for Bandanas and Bows. Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw welcomed all guests and thanked Kevin, Mike and Lisa Marie for their warm hospitality. On behalf of the hosts, Nicolle W ood thanked everyone for attending and provided an entertaining history of the facility. She also thanked everyone who assisted in preparation of the event, including Charlie Williams and Darin Turner who treated v isitors with a delicious smoked pig and Kay Mueller of Knibbles and Bits, Cheryl Schippers and Pam Rogers who prepared hors d’oeuvres and sides and decorated the lobby. Nicolle also acknowledged Chuck Schippers who served drinks to all. Following brief announcements, tickets w ere then drawn for the many door prizes provided by Main Street member businesses. The public is welcome to our February Mixer at Florida Outdoors RV Country, 4300 Highway 441 S. on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5 p.m.7 p.m. For a list of mixers for 2013, please visit our website at www.okeechobeemainstreet.com and look under events. For questions or additional information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 55 S. Parrott Ave. (across the street from CVS, in the Chamber building). Thanks to everyone who continues to support our organization by attending our mixers and assisting with our events! Enjoying the Tiki Room: Guests enjoy a quiet moment in the Tiki Room Suite at Okeechobee Claws and Paws. Bandanas and Bows co-owner Kevin Kinnaird, OKMS President Maureen Burroughs, Bandanas and Bows co-owner and groomer Mike Guerrero, Okeechobee Claws and Paws owner Lisa Marie Turner and OKMS Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw envy the dogs that get to sit in the Disney Room at Okeechobee Claws and Paws. OKMS Promotions Director Frank DeCarlo wins a purple baseball cap during the door prize drawing. The cap was courtesy o f the Humane Society Pet Rescue. Bandanas & Bows and Okeechobee Claws & Paws host mixer Special to the Okeechobee NewsPipeline to distribute natural gasMembers of the Economic Council of Okeechobee met on Feb. 6 at Indian River State College with representatives from Florida Public Utilities (FPU). FPU plans to construct a pipeline to distribute natural gas to commercial accounts in Okeechobee. Informational updates from local of cials were also provided during the meeting. Pictured (left to right) in the back row are Dan Lynch, Monica Clark, Leb Stepherson, and Doug Moreland. In the front row are Mauro Ruini, Dan Scribben, Aleida Socarras, Tara Minton Rowley and Jon Geitner. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBandanas and Bows co-owner Kevin Kinnaird, OKMS President Maureen Burroughs, Bandanas and Bows co-owner and groomer Mike Guerrero, Okeechobee Claws and Paws owner Lisa Marie Turner and OKMS Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw envy the dogs that get to sit in the Disney Room at Okeechobee Claws and Paws. OKMS Promotions Director Frank DeCarlo wins a purple baseball cap during the door prize drawing. The cap was courtesy of the Humane Society Pet Rescue. Rotary President Jim Benton extended a w arm Rotary welcome to guest speaker Russ Brown, Provost for Indian River State College (IRSC) Hendry-Dixon Campus (Okeechobee). Mr. Brown shared with club members some very exciting news regarding the latest happenings at IRSC. Combining quality and affordability, IRSC is ranked in the top 10 of public regional colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report and as the fth most affordable college in the country by the U.S. Department of Education. IRSC offers over 150 programs including Applied Technical Diplomas, Technical Certi cates, Associate Degrees and Bachelors’ Degrees with 20 different Baccalaureate programs to choose from. A Bachelors’ degree can be earned for approximately $13,000 (in-state residents the cost for Associate level courses is $103.83 and Bachelor level courses are $117.10). At IRSC they understand the need for more skilled tradesmen and a stronger workforce; as such are doing everything possible to bring awareness to the communities they serve, and develop much needed educational and training programs. Partnerships have been formed with local businesses to provide customized training that meet the needs not only of the student but the business as well. Their relationship with the Okeechobee County School District is very strong as the two work together to offer dual enrollment opportunities for high school students to earn college credit while in high school, at no cost to the student or their family. In addition, their partnership with Okeechobee High School helps to enhance programs campus-wide which allows the students an opportunity to expand their capabilities to achieve their goals. Mr. Brown’s main goal is to offer programs locally that meet the needs of our community. Rotary guest speaker shared latest happenings at IRSC Special to the Okeechobee NewsPictured in photo (L to R) Rotarian Tabitha Trent and Provost Russ Brown.

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At its annual Women of Distinction program, the members of the Women of Tomorrow Chapter of the American Businesswomen’s Association (ABWA) recognized three local women for their leadership in the Okeechobee business community. The Gathering graciously provided meeting space in its Fellowship Hall. ABWA members, current honorees and their guests, as well as ve former honorees attended the luncheon. Recognitions are given in three categories: Business Leadership, Educational Leadership and Community Service. The 2012 honorees are Lori Mixon, Mixon Realty for Business Leadership; Tracy Downing, Principal of Seminole Elementary School for Education; and Laurie Pharr, Girl Scouts of America for Community Service. Each woman was asked to share those qualities that have led to her success. Lori Mixon re ected on the three factors that have contributed to her success. First, she believes that success is the accumulation of experience and knowledge, gained through many opportunities. From selling magazines in high school, to achieving Sales Director status with Mary Kay Cosmetics, to operating her own real estate business, Lori has taken advantage of her many opportunities. She said her training with Mary Kay was the foundation to her success in real estate. Second, she believes in keeping a record of your own accomplishments. This lets you see where you have been so you can set new goals each year. “Having a vision for where you are going will keep you on track.” She writes her goals down and reviews them often. “Success is not a destination but the journey that takes you there.” Finally, she believes in surrounding herself with like-minded people who are “willing to lock armin-arm with her vision.” She credits her staff, her team of realtors, her community, a supportive husband, and especially her live-in mama, who keeps everything running at home. With this strong team behind her, Lori has become a truly successful American business woman.Tracy Downing proudly acknowledges that she is a product of the Okeechobee school system. She has created success of her many opportunities, pursuing her education from her Associate Degree in education at IRCC, Bachelor in Science in English and English Education from Florida State to her Masters in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. She has worked her way up the ranks from teacher to assistant principal at OHS and Seminole to principal of Seminole Elementary since 2010. Tracy lauds the efforts of her mother in building her strong work ethic. During her career, she has participated in numerous workshops and conferences, been active on local boards for Juvenile Justice, Eckerd Youth Development, and Real Life Children’s Ranch, to name a few. She is a proponent of continuing education and giving back to the community that started her on the road to success. Laurie Pharr is well-known to the Girl Scouting community, but more to the community at large since a feature article appeared in the Spring 2012 edition of Okeechobee, the Magazine. Dedicated to the organization that Laurie feels provides the best training for girls, she began as a scout herself, raised her four daughters in scouting, and has continued as a leader, even as her granddaughter begins her adventure in scouting. Laurie says that Girl Scouts learn they “can do anything their hearts desire.” As the scouting program gave her direction and purpose, Laurie gives back to local girls. “If I’ve changed one life for the better, I’ve done my job.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 1,430 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$3,750 per acre Northern 1300 Acres SOLD 8/24/2012 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co m • Foreclosure 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 Call me today and let me show you how Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate can work for you. We have the strength of teamwork, the reputation for results. Berger Real Estate Philip Y. Berger, Lic. RE BrokerBUYING OR SELLING A HOME?GRACIE MORTON863.634.5283 graciemorton06@gmail.com“Turning Your Dreams into an Address” Over 100 Listings COUNTRY ESTATE~5 Acres. 3 Bd/ 2 Ba Exquisite Plantation Style Main Home. 2693 SF, w/ 621 SF Studio. PLUS 2 Bd/2 Ba/ 2 Garage Guest house. CBS w/siding. PLUS four rentals including a duplex and 2 MH’s. Let the rent pay the mortgage. Grand Oaks and gracious living. $749,000 Call Lori (863)634-1457 5 ACRES 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 15 Okeechobee News February 10, 2013 ABWA recognizes local businesswomen Special to the Okeechobee NewsWomen of Distinction for 2012 are (left to right) Laurie Pharr, community service; Lori Mixon, business leadership, and; Tracy Downing, educational leadership. Former winners include (left to right) Raye Deusinger, Betty C. Williamson, Phoebe Raulerson, Phyllis Folkens and Viki Lamberti.

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PUBLIC AUCTION Quick & Easy Storage 4619 SE Hwy 441, Okeechobee, Fl. 34974 863-763-2232 Feb. 14 at 11:30 amUnit #8 Tobin B., cases of cleaning supplies Unit #18 Adams Hubert, Tools & misc. Unit #23 Adams Hubert, Tools & misc. Unit #25 Adams Hubert, Tools & misc. Unit #47-I McCoy James,Household misc. Unit #49 Roberts G, Tools,golf cart, household & misc. Unit#52 Green Todd, Rest. equip. Unit #67 Hardison Gina,Household Unit#81-B Bradley George,Household, no papers. Unit#81-J Toole Carol, Household Unit#84-J Lowe Robert,Household Unit#84-F Eckenwiler Cindy, Ceramics & Household Unit#48-J Scott Milisa, Household Unit#48-H Hays Janet,Piano, Household misc.CASH ONLY, 48 Hours to remove all goods. $50.00 and $100.00 deposit for each unit purchased. Bid amount subject to sales tax or purchaser must provide a valid resale/exemption certi cate. Goods sold as is, all sales are nal. 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 *. Auctions Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 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 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 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. Special Notice EGG DONORS URGENTLY NEEDED Generous compensation Elite Egg donor group is seeking remarkable young women between the ages of 19-29. Must be currently enrolled in college or college graduate. At this time we urgently need blonde hair blue eyes or brown hair blue eyes donors to match anonymously with couples that cannot conceive a child without the assistance of a compassionate egg donor. *Donor quali cations: Altruistic, dependable individual Have regular Periods No use of drugs or excessive alcohol Non smoker Have healthy weight (not over 20 lbs over BMI) No current use of medications No tattoos or piercings in the last 12 months No inherited genetic disorders Must be willing to take injectable medication. (small sub-q shots) If you would like to make a difference in a couple desperately trying to start a family, serious inquires only, call 561-529-0488. Compensation for time and travel, $6,000 t Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Experienced Cook Needed F/T with benets Apply in person at 406 NW 4th St, Okeechobeefor institution cooking requiring food prepared with various textures. Following recipes exactly is a must. AM & PM shis. Double on Sundays.EOE Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Special Notice Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeBUSY CHILD CARE Center looking for self motivated Preschool Teacher offering full and/or part time positions. Must have experience, a CDA, and a level II background screen. Please call Debbie at 863-467-5588. 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. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads FurnitureSofa, coffee table and end tables, lamps, Rattan table w/4 matching chairs all in excellent condition. Must sell call for prices 863-623-4563 Medical ItemsGO-GO HANDICAP SCOOTER ULTRA X, 1 YR OLD $475.00 CALL 863-801-3320 Pets/SuppliesYORKIE PUPPIESSMALL BREED BLACK AND TANS. CKC REGISTERED 1FEMALE 4-MALES AVAILABLE NOW. SHOTS & HEALTH CERTS. INCLUDED! $450.00/neg. (863)467-9136 or (863)801-1381 Yorkie Pups Tiny Toys M/$500,F/$600.cashShots,Health Cert.CKC papers.Parents on prem.Adorable must meet them!863-610-2725. Farm Feed/ ProductsHAY Jiggs Bermuda. Weed Free and Fertilized. Square Bales and Round Bales. Delivery Available. Call For More Information. (863)228-0580 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Lawn & GardenCraftsman DYP 4000 Riding lawn mower 24hp Briggs and Stratton engine, 48” deck, almost new, Sacri ce for $700.00 Call 270-250-1941 ApartmentsGOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN OKEECHOBEE AT THE TANGLEWOOD APARTMENTS MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. PLEASE CALL 863-467-2079. TTY 1-800-233-6694. OKEECHOBEE COMMONS863-467-9771 TDD 711 402 NW 10th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Accepting applications for affordable 1 bedroom apartments for quali ed applicants. Elderly age 62+ and/or disabled, with or without children. Rent starts at $662.00 monthly with income based rental assistance available. Units equipped with central heat and AC, stove, refrigerator, carpet and blinds.This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. 2bd/1ba Oak Lake Villas, Very Clean, tile throughout. $800 mo. includes water & lawn maintenance, security negotiable. Call 863-697-6757 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. ApartmentsKINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. VIKING/PRAIRIE 1 BR Apartment. Very clean! $650/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call Ron 561-329-8205. Apartments Condos/Townhouses Rent2bd/1ba Town Home in Kings Bay. Water, sewer and lawn included, w/d. 1st months free with $700 sec. moves you in 863-634-8331 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 16 Okeechobee News February 10, 2013

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Condos/Townhouses RentCLEWISTON 2BR/2BA, Bass & Sun Condo. Pool. Tennis Courts. Boat Ramp. On canal view lake view/access. Furnished. Tile oors. All appl’s including W&D. $950/month short or long term 305-360-2236.cmbultra@terranova.net Houses Rent Basswood 3 br./2 ba. $800 month. Security & refs. Call 804-502-0114 or aliciamorales2012@ comcast.net BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2BR/1.5BA CBS, GARAGE, SCREENED PORCH, BOAT HOUSE, LAKE ACCESS, WASHER & DRYER, RANGE & REFRIG. $800.00 MONTHLY 863-763-5970 Charming 3/1.5 ba. Newer interior and up grades. Water, trash, pest control and lawn service included. No pets, approx. 12 min. N.E. of town center. $590.00 mo. Call Mon-Fri. 9-4 863-467-9800 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 INSIDE CITY LIMITS 3/1 LARGE CORNER LOT, GARAGE, STORAGE SHED, SECURITY REQUIRED. $900.00 MONTHLY CALL 954-658-0108 Kings Bay 2br 2 ba, 1 car att gar., lndry rm. lawn mowing, pool, tennis ct incld. $850. mth Home Realty Services LLC 863-801-4498. Large 2/2 On 5 acres in Ft. Drum, replace, horse ready, fenced, surrounded by shady oak tree’s and wildlife @ end of private road. Well kept w/lots of room, all appliances, nice tile oors. No smoking. Must have veri able job/references. Low utility bills. $975 mo. + security. 772-216-1669 or email theresatravels@hotmail.com Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Houses RentN.E. OKEE, 2bd, 1.5ba, screen rm, a rm, fence yrd, laundry, 1 car gar., $850. mth, Home Realty Services, LLC, 863-801-4498 OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. Treasure Island 3 br. 1 ba. Duplex. Remodeled, new appliances, tiled oors, fenced yard & shed. Shared laundry. $900. mo. incld’s Water, Elec. & mowing. Home Realty Services, LLC. Broker Diane Dangremond. 863-801-4498. Houses SaleOKEECHOBEE 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 Land SaleDIXIE RANCH ACRES 1.5 ACRES, $700.00 DOWN, OWNER FINANCING CALL FOR MORE INFO 863-824-0944 Lots SaleBHR Waterfront double lot for sale on Trout St. 100’x135’ w/135’ of solid seawall. Ready for your mobile home w/utilities. $48,000. Call 561-908-1959.TRUST SAYS SELL!Taylor Creek Isles Large dry lot 2470 SE 21st Terrace Okeechobee Asking $14,500/ make offer. Call 239-597-8121. Mobile Home Lots2RV Sites for sale in Quiet Okeechobee 5 Star RV Park. One priced at $76,000 the other $91,000 buy directly from owner and avoid Real Estate fees for more info call 701-260-1364 Mobile Home RentTreasure Island For Rent Waterfront 1/1 furnished trailer, Direct Tv and electric included $125.00 weekly plus security Call 863-517-5111 Mobile HomeSale24x60 Double Wide w/add ons, 10x60 Front porch & Of ce, 10x60 Back screened room & utility. Professional brick enclosed, 1/2 acre, hurricane screened swimming pool, adjoining cabana, fenced, shop & storage. Lake Port Fl. I will sell or trade $149,000 some nancing to a desirable buyer. 573-718-8074 36FT RV, FL ROOM, SCREENED PORCH OVERLOOKING WATER, SHED, DOCK ON TAYLOR CREEK IN CITY LIMITS, SENIOR PARK $18,000 CALL 863-801-4012 FOR SALE 3 Bedroom Mobile Home with 2 lots & access to river. 44 Boondock Rd. $35,000 Call 863-763-2346 or 863-610-4625 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 Mobile HomeSaleOlder Single Wide in 55+ Park, w/screened room, porch and dock on Taylor Creek. 1/2 mile from Walmart $6,500. or best offer Call 828-208-0980 Palm Harbor Retirement Community Homes $8,500 off of any home, 2/2 & 3/2 from $39,900 Call John Lyons @ 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details TOWN 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 1990 Ranger Bass Boat 17ft 10 in w/ trailer, good condition, 150HP, 1985 Mercury Black Max Motor. Asking $1,999 Call 863-763-7076 or 863-763-3769 or 770-241-4015 Campers/RVs2006 28’ Springdale Travel Trailer, 14ft slide, bunks and carry all. Good Condition $8,500 o.b.o. Call 859-779-4624 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Fifth Wheels5th WHEEL TRAVEL SUPREME $15,000 (LAKE OKEECHOBEE) 1998 37’ BEAUTIFUL UNIT MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE. UNIT IS SETTING IN ARUBA RV RESORT 1073 OLD LAKEPORT ROAD, MOORE HAVEN ON LAKE OKEECHOBEE CANAL. PARK HAS ALL AMENITIES, HEATED POOL, REC ROOM, EXERCISE ROOM, DAILY ACTIVITIES FOR WINTER SEASON. LOT RENT IS $2,450 PER YEAR PLUS UTILITIES. THE LOT RENT IS CURRENT FOR YEAR 2013. UNIT CAN BE MOVED! W&D, DISHWASHER, MICROWAVE, ELECTRIC FIREPLACE, WOOD FLOOR IN KITCHEN, CERAMIC TILE IN BATHROOM, CARPET IN LIVING ROOM&BEDROOM, KING SIZE BED, NEW HIDE-A-BED SOFA IN LIVING ROOM, 3 SLIDES W/AWNINGS, OUTSIDE STORAGE BUILT UNDER, TRIMMED LATTICE ALL AROUND AND AN EXTRA LARGE PORCH. PLEASE CALL ANDY 810-577-0431 OR JUDY 810-577-0374 Automobiles1992 FORD THUNDERBIRD Air conditioning, automatic transmission, CD, V-6 Runs good, cruise control $925 /or best offer (772)597-4190 or (772)985-9417 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Sport Utility2007 FORD SPORT TRAC FOR SALE. V-8, 4 DOOR, 38,000 MILES, MINT CONDITION. $18,500.00 CALL VERN 863-467-0740 BLUE BOOK AND NADA VALUES ARE $20,000-21,000 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 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 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 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 17 Okeechobee News February 10, 2013 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 o f documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: January 24, 2013. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Lincoln Park Academy exploded for ve runs in the third inning fueled by a grand slam by Lillian Guerin to ruin the Lady Brahman home opener Thursday night, 8-4, in high school girls' softball action. Taylor Martin doubled and hit a solo homerun for the Lady Greyhounds. Okeechobee had a four-run outburst in the third but did little else against LPA pitcher Taylor Strickland, who allowed just four hits and struck out seven. Stormy Stokes had a double and Kimmy Tijerina had two hits for the Lady Brahmans, (0-1). Jordan Lawlis started on the mound for Okeechobee. She survived a three-base error in left eld in the rst inning as Stokes made a diving stop on a blooper hit by Miesha McBride at short stop. LPA went ahead 2-0 in the second as Martin singled to center and scored on a double by Guerin. She scored on an RBI single by Savannah Streeter. The third inning rally was started by Martin's double to left. Meghan Callahan brought home Martin when her ground ball was misplayed on the in eld. After a elder's choice and a walk was issued to Ashley Langel, Guerin followed with a blast over the center eld wall to give LPA a seven-run advantage. Okeechobee responded with four runs in the bottom of the third. Cisneros and Carissa LiCata singled, Lexi Ward reached on a elder's choice and Elisa Garcia delivered two runs with a single to right eld. A throwing error by the LPA catcher delivered another run. Garcia scored on a elder's choice to make it (7-4). Martin's homerun made it 8-4 in the fth inning. OHS coach Heather Gillis said she was proud of the way her team responded after a rough third inning. "Teams are going to score runs off of us and we are going to have to answer back with our bats." Gillis said the team will continue to work on signs and execution. She said the team continues to work hard and have made a ton of progress due to their tough practices. "It's early in the season and I am con dent that the girls will get more comfortable and gain more con dence as the season goes on. They have already improved so much in the last few weeks," she added. Gillis said she was impressed with the play of right elder Kimmy Tinajero in the eld and at the plate. Licata and Tinajero collided on a nice catch in the seventh inning at the fence but both girls appeared to be OK. Freshman Jacqueline Phares pitched four strong innings in relief and allowed just one run for OHS. The Lady Brahmans hosted St. Lucie West Centennial on Friday night. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 18 Okeechobee News February 10, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News OHS senior Elijowan Williams announced he would attend Concord University in West V irginia on a football scholarship on national signing day Wednesday. Williams led the Brahmans in tackles, played in the South Central Florida All-Star game, and also played well at fullback during his senior year for OHS. He visited Concord a few weeks ago and although he was surprised at the climate and the cold weather, enjoyed his overall visit. "At rst I was nervous because I've never been that far out of state. (Former Brahman) Nate Pollard explained to me the situation there and I feel I can get over being home sick," he explained. Pollard and Chris Tullio, another OHS alumnus, played college ball for Concord in the past four years. Williams got to meet with coaches, other recruits, and his future teammates, and really was comfortable with the campus and the football program. "The coach told me I'm the man he has been looking for. They need a power back that can drop the helmet, get some tough yards in goalline situations and play fullback," he explained. Williams said he actually expected to be recruited as a linebacker but that he is ne with playing offense. Either way he enjoys hitting people on the football eld. Elijowan plans to study education and become a teacher because he enjoys work with children. At about 5'9" tall, Williams was overlooked by larger colleges. He said he wants them to regret that decision. "They look at your height before they even watch you play. I will show them at Concord that they wish they had me on their team," he added. Williams was also one of the hardest workers on the Brahman team. He played offensive line as a freshman on junior varsity and made little to no impression. He got a chance late in his sophomore year to play linebacker at varsity, had a strong game in Clewiston, and then became a two-year starter for OHS at linebacker and fullback. "I want everyone to remember me as a player that always brought the wood and knew what game time was all about. I did it all on the eld, blocked, tackled, and ran the football. I always came out and played hard," he added. William's parents are Eric Williams and Talanda Robinson of Okeechobee. He did have some other offers to consider from a junior college and several small schools but realized Concord was his best opportunity. His biggest hurdle might not be the other players, or classes, or even the other team. It might be the cold weather. "When I got off the plane I had a cold breeze slap me in the face. I've never seen snow in my life. I went outside and did some work to get used to breathing up there. People asked me where I'm from and I said Florida and they said oh that explains it," he added. W illiams asked to get ‘tough yards’ at Concord 5-run third leads LPA past OHS ladies Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLexi Ward elds a ground ball awlessly Thursday night as OHS fell to LPA 8-4. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrahman in elders encouraged pitcher Jordan Lawlis (left) as they played Lincoln Park Academy on Thursday, Feb. 7.

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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 19 Okeechobee News February 10, 2013 YMS students teach parents about Christmas Around the WorldDuring the PTO meeting on Feb. 4, at Yearling Middle School, Mrs. McGee’s 6th grade Language Arts students proudly presented their Powerpoint projects. The topic was Christmas Around the World, and students researched the traditions, cultures, foods, games, and population, as well as the map of the country. The students learned that in some cases, the country did not celebrate Christmas. This project involved the use of technology to research each country. The information collected was then printed and student synthesized it in their own words. This gave Mrs. McGee a chance to teach about plagiarism. All her students participated in the project but only eight students presented at the PTO meeting. These mini lessons gave the students a chance to share the information they learned with the parents attending the meeting. These students did an excellent job! 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 News

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