|UFDC Home||myUFDC Home | Help ||
STANDARD VIEW MARC VIEW
This item is only available as the following downloads:
Friday, February 15, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 20 14.34 feetLast Year: 13.13 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Code board nes property owner for septage spill ... Page 3 Take a walk on the wild side ... Inside School board discusses bullying incident, random drug testing of studentsBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News An appeal from a parent whose child was disciplined and later arrested and a decision on random drug tests for OHS athletes and students with privileges, highlighted the agenda Tuesday when the Okeechobee County School Board held their regular monthly meeting at the School Board Of ces. A local mother, who asked her name not be used, defended her child against the allegation of bullying at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus. The child had no prior disciplinary problems. She told the board they did not hear the entire story from staff and administration. She claimed the victim locked the teacher in the bathroom at the beginning of class. She claimed the victim in this case is harassing other students and made threats, and vulgar comments on previous occasions. She said the expulsion hearing of students should be impartial. The presiding of cer, OHS Principal Toni Wiersma, found her child did not engage in bullying after listening to evidence presented at the hearing, she added. She also quoted an unnamed teacher who allegedly encouraged her son to strike the victim. She also accused the victim of sexually harassing other students and added that school administrators do nothing about it. Teen not a bully, mom tells of cials See SCHOOL Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three Yearling Middle School students were arrested on felony charges after the y were allegedly found to have either sold or were in possession of prescription pills. Arrested Tuesday, Feb. 12, were: Sierr a Shyenne Ochoa, 15, N.W. 39th Circle; Yesenia Campos, 13, N.W. 26th Ave.; and Joshu a Jon Madrigal, 15, N. Tucker Ridge Road. Ochoa and Madrigal were each charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell/deliver within 1,000 feet of a school. Campos was charged with possession of a controlled substance. The teens were booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. Okeechobee County Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joanie Ard said Thursda y afternoon, Feb. 14, that the school district had not yet received information on the arrests. Once that information is received, a hearing will be held and a determination will then be made on whether these students will be YMS students accused of pill possessionSee PILLS Page 13 Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy(Left to right) Brahman assistant wrestling coach Donny Bush, Allen Leitner, Ryan Hagan and OHS wrestling coach Robert Olive. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Two Brahman wrestlers reached their dream of competition in the state wrestling nals as they each nished in fourth place at the regional tournament last Saturday in Martin County. Allen Leitner at 170 pounds, and Ryan Hagan at 145 pounds have worked for four years to reach the state nal and admit they will be excited and pumped for competition Friday and Saturday at the Lakeland Civic Center. "I'm pretty excited," Hagan admitted. "I worked hard for four years and gave up a lot Wrestlers qualify for stateSee WRESTLERS Page 15
Special to the Okeechobee News The Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Pageant w as hosted by the Okeechobee County Cattlewomen on Feb. 8 and 9. Friday night started off the Horsemanship competition, w here Katie Brummett, 17, won the top horsewoman in the Miss/Miss Teen division and Courtney McCreary, 13, for the Princess division. Saturday, the young ladies participated in personal interviews at Hampton Inn, and then were treated to a delicious barbecue brisket lunch prepared by volunteers, Scott Kuipers and Cliff Starling. Kellie Munn, Miss Rodeo Okeechobee 2012, led her court and contestants with an energizing dance routine to Truck Yeah by Tim McGraw. Modeling, speech and rodeo event impromptu questions captured the attention of the spectators. Three volunteer judges had a tough job ahead of them. The judges past and current rodeo and pageant involvement made them quali ed to judge all the events. All the category and a written rodeo and equine science test scores were added to determine who the next Cattlemen Rodeo representatives would be. Category awards for best appearance and personality went to Courtney McCreary, who was also voted on by her fellow contestants for Miss Congeniality. Toni Sposato won Miss Photogenic in the Princess division and Jessica Burkhalter was selected for Miss Photogenic Miss/Miss Teen Division. Shayla Pendrey, 15, and Haley Burkhalter, 18, earned the titles rst runner-up for the Miss Teen and Miss Divisions, respectively. Kelly Steinruck, Jessica Burkhalter and Courtney McCreary earned the titles of Miss Rodeo, Miss Teen Rodeo and MRO Princess, respectively. For more information on the 2013 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee, Kelly Steinruck and her court, please visit the Okeechobee County Cattlewomen Association Facebook page or www.missrodeookeechobee.com. For information on the Cattlemens Rodeos, please visit www.okeechobeecattlemanassociation.com. 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 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee Fri., Feb. 15TH Thurs., Feb. 21STFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: SAFE HAVENFri., 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 & 7:00Fri., 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 2 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee royalty crowned at pageant Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs around 75F. North wind to 8 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 75%. Precipitation amounts between one quarter and one half of an inch possible.Tonight: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 55F. North wind to 7 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 65%. Precipitation amounts less than one tenth of an inch possible.Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs around 70F. Northwest wind 4 to 12 MPH, gusting to 18 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 35%. Night: Mostly clear. Lows around 43F. Wind chill around 37F. West northwest wind to 13 MPH, gusting to 18 MPH. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the okeechobee NewsThe 2013 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Court (left to right) includes: 2013 Miss Teen Rodeo Okeechobee Jessica Burkhalter, 16; Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Kelly Steinruck, 19; and, Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess Courtney McCreary, 13. The 2012 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Court included (left to right) Sierra Coward, Alex Heatley, McKenna Hickson and Kellie Munn. The 2013 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Contestants were (left to right) Kelly Steinruck, Haley Burkhalter, Shayla Pendrey, Katie Brummett, Jessica Burkhalter, Courtney McCreary and Toni Sposato. Seniors play Bluegrass MusicThe senior country bluegrass music program has begun again this year at the Okeechobee Senior Center. All persons age 60 and over who has a musical talent are invited to participate every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m.
By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It was a long evening for the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board w hen they met Tuesday, Feb. 12. Of the ve cases on the agenda, three were referred to the city council for further action. Most of the evening was spent discussing the condition of the property at 217 S.E. Fifth Avenue which is owned by Joaquin Dominguez. According to City Building Of cial Jeff Newell, a septic system failure had been in effect for one to three years. He said this caused sewage to ow across the yard and unto an unpaved city right of way. Mr. Newell felt this was an endangerment to public health. Mr. Dominguez, speaking through an interpreter, stated that for some time he had been living in another city and the property had been rented. He claimed he had not been allowed access to the property and w as not aware of the ongoing problem. He said the tenants did not pay the rent and he had them evicted. Mr. Dominguez claimed he only learned of the problem when he entered the property on Jan. 30 after the tenants left. He immediately took corrective action and called a plumber. By Feb. 5 the septic system had been repaired. John Hayford, executive director of the Okeechobee Utility Authority, stated that on Feb. 5, a check valve was replaced. He surmised that the check valve may have been damaged when the septic system was repaired. The function of this valve was to keep sewage from the OUA system from owing back into the property's septic system. He said this valve could only have been broken for a short period of time. He said that if it had been broken for a longer period of time thousands of gallons of sewage would have owed onto the property. The property was declared a public nuisance. A ne of $50 a day was imposed on the owner from Jan. 30, the date he claimed he rst discovered the problem until it was corrected on Feb. 5. Since a public right of way had also been contaminated the matter was referred to the city council with the recommendation that an environmental evaluation be conducted and that from 3 to 6 inches of contaminated soil be removed and replaced with clean topsoil and sod, provided such action is in agreement with the environmental evaluation. Code enforcement of cer Fred Sterling stated that the 406 N.W. Fifth St. property of Barbara Mills had been an ongoing problem. The ne on the overgrown property had accrued to $10,825. The matter was referred to the city council with the recommendation that the public works department clean up the property and a lien be put on the property. Because of past problems the board did not think the owner would allow the city access to the property. City attorney John Cooks said the city might have to get a court order to enter the property to clean it up. Mr. Sterling said that the house at 304 S.E. Second St. had been abandoned and that taxes for 2009, 2011 and 2012 had not been paid. The property was overgrown and the house uninhabitable because of a re. In this case the board did not feel there would be any opposition from the property owner if the city cleaned up the property. The board referred the matter to the city council with the recommendation that the public works department clean up the property and a lien be placed on it. They also imposed a ne o f $25 a day beginning the day of noti cation. The code enforcement of cer said he had spoken that day to Linda Foley and that she was busy then cleaning up her 805 S. W. 11th Ave. property. He recommended she be given a week to complete the clean up. The board voted to impose a ne of $50 a day for every day of noncompliance beginning Feb. 21. Mr. Sterling told the board that Bank o f America was foreclosing on the 606 S.W. 14th St. property that had been owned b y Stephen and Grace Mitchum. He said the bank has been having the front yard mowed. However, the back yard was overgrown. The board voted to impose a ne of $25 a day for every day of noncompliance beginning on the day of noti cation.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at email@example.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Cowboys BBQ & Steak Co 202 NE 7th Ave Okeechobee(formerly Hammerheads) Friday & Saturday, Feb. 15 & 16 from 9 1Come enjoy dinner, then hit the dance 3 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 Board nes property owner for sewage spill Community Choir begins rehearsalsThe Okeechobee Community Choir, in its 15th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, is rehearsing for its Easter Cantata Concert, to be presented Palm Sunday weekend, March 22, 23 & 24. New members, especially our winter visitors, are invited to join! Rehearsals are on Sundays from 2:304:30 p.m. in the Okeechobee Presbyterian sanctuary, 312 N. Parrott Ave., and will begin this Sunday, Feb. 17. The choir, comprised of 51 singers, represented eighteen area churches during the 2012 Christmas Cantata. Singers aren't required to have soloist-quality voices, but have to match pitch and read music a little. Rehearsals are fast-paced and loads of fun! A rehearsal CD is provided to each choir member. For more information, call Sandy at 863-634-7714.Barbecue will bene t Charles & "Sissy" GravesA bene t barbecue for Charles and Sissy will be held on March 2 at the Believer's Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. Several music groups are scheduled. A silent auction and a drawing for a handmade wooden glider are planned. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tickets are a $10 donation for a chicken dinner with baked beans, slaw, bread, dessert and tea. For tickets or if you would like to volunteer to help with the bene t or to donate an item for the silent auction, please call Micki at 863-634-4327 or Cathy at 863-763-4843.
A RC The ARC has a very nice thrift store to help raise moneyit is kept very nice with good prices. But they might want to work on having consistent friendly customer service. Nice people keep more customers. Keep up t he good work ARC, we need you. Marijuana Im beginning to look at smoking pot as t he same as alcohol prohibition days. We are s pending billions of dollars every year on trying to prosecute people that get caught with it and trying to stop it from coming into this c ountry. If it was legalized, the country could c ollect a tax on it like alcohol and maybe the people would stop trying to smuggle it in bec ause the value would drop and the federal government could control the distribution of it, have farmers growing it in the states. If I s how up to work high or drunk they will re me, so I chose not to lose my job. My employer does random drug and alcohol tests. I t hink one reason that they will never legalize it is because there are too many people making money off pot being illegal, the same as w hen alcohol was illegal. It is my understanding that these res earch teams are developing a hybrid strain from the cannabis, which does not have the affect of the ordinary cannabis. Thank God t hese growers are able to develop strains w hich lift out the good effects for the great b ene t of epileptics and possibly other maladies. That should be what the use of these drugs, herbs and other substances and comb inations of substances should be forto t reat the sick, not to alter healthy minds and b odies by people who simply want to experiment with drugs and discover how one or the other makes them feel. Am I wrong in thinking that there is already an avenue for medical marijuana and b eing abused like many prescription drugs? How is legalization going to make it better? F urther, this is just one more method of treating the symptom and not a cure.Does a candidates weight matter? Much has been made in the news this week about Gov. Chris Christies weight. On the news Bill Clintons former doctor stated she is worried that if Gov. Christie is elected, he might die in of ce. This outraged the governor, who said his children saw this on the news and it upset them. He has also stated he ghts a never-ending battle with his weight and is trying to follow a healthier lifestyle. So I wondered if weight should be an issue. Of the eight presidents who died in of ce, four were assassinated and four died of natural causes. I decided to nd out a little more about them. William Henry Harrison, who died from pneumonia only 31 days after taking of ce was not a big person. He was 58 and weighed less than 140 pounds. His BMI would have indicated he was healthy. Zachary Taylor, weighed about 170 lbs., and died after eating a large quantity of cherries and apples. Sounds like health food, right? Warren Harding, who at 6 feet tall and 173 pounds was within a healthy BMI range, dropped dead and they dont really know why as there was no autopsy. But most historians think he had a heart attack. Franklin Roosevelt had a long history of health problems, but weight was not one of them. According to the records, he had a BMI of 23. Now as to the health of our fattest president, William Taft, who was about 6 feet tall, and reportedly weighed in at 332 pounds. He was so big they installed a special bathtub in the White House for him. He did not die in of ce. In fact, 8 years after he left of ce as president he was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. If BMI is the only health factor you consider, Taft should have been at much more risk of dying than any of the four who died in of ce. So while it is important to try to maintain a healthy weight, I dont think weight would be a big factor in a presidential campaign. This doctor also served under Bush I & Bush II, so political orientation shouldnt be a factor. It has been pretty well documented that obesity is an unhealthy lifestyle these days. Im sure you can nd more fat people that have had strokes or heart attacks than you can nd skinny presidents. Since Christy is a current Governor and potential President, dont worry about his weight or health, the taxpayers already pay the bill. CIS-PAL Yard SaleOn Feb. 2, CIS-PAL held a yard sale at the Brahman Theater parking lot. The event started around 7:30 a.m. and did not end until around 1:30 p.m. and was a huge success!! This event raised $2,989 for CISPAL programs! Project Success, Character Counts, PAL Mentoring, Summer Programs and the Skatepark. CIS-PAL of Okeechobee, Inc. would like to thank everyone who donated to this event. Thank you so much to Debbie and Carla Hales and the Brahman Theater for the facility use! Special thanks goes to Creech Construction and Danny Creech Jr. for always coming through when we need help! Thanks to W & W Lumber for the donations of rebar. Thank you to the CIS-PAL Board Members for your tireless time and energy put into this event: Tom Murphy, Theresa Cline, Sheriff Paul May, Noel Stephen and Randy Weigum. Our wonderful volunteers from Bank of America: Barbara Stewart, Willa Ellis and Annette Dean. Our OAA staff who helped out so much Scott Veins, Jesse Stephen, Rece Stephen, Sharon Whitaker, Steve Szentmartoni, Joseph Szentmartoni and Steve Szentmartoni Jr. Adult volunteers: Adrian Rogers, Malcolm Rush and Phillip Suarez. Samuel Rogers, Steven Alvarez, Hunter Bosworth, Erin Friedrich, Casey Friedrich, Brianna Banuelos, Meleah Tate-Ferrell, Diego Rodriguez, Julian Silvas, Jordan Gray, Christian Crews and Braison Crews were all of our student volunteers that worked diligently to make the event a success and we would like to thank them for their contributions. Through hard work, patience and many caring individuals, CIS-PAL programs are making a difference in the lives of ou r children in Okeechobee! CIS-PALSupport appreciatedOn behalf of Austin Villars and family, we would like to say thank you to our community for all of the love and support tha t has been shown through Austins recen t surgery. Please keep Austin in your prayers as he continues to recover from his hear t surgery and prepares for his upcoming hip surgery. The fundraiser was a success and all of the love and support is greatly appreciated. A special thank you to Keith Stripling and the C.O.P.s, Golden Corral, More 2 Life, Bobby Steiert, Tom and Roscoe McCoin, Ryan McKee, Kyle and Karson Reno, Dann y En nger, Donnie Arnold, The Okeechobe e News, The Pennysaver, WOKC, Teez 2 Pleez, and all of our family, friends and members of this awesome community that helped make the fundraiser possible. We appreciat e everyones contributions and thank God tha t Austin was able to be there to witness all o f the love and support. Thank you Austin Villars and family February 15, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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! Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe CIS-PAL yard sale, held on Feb. 2, was a huge success. The event raised nearly $3,000, for such programs as Project Success, Character Counts, PAL Mentoring, Summer Programs and the Skatepark.
Its just sad that they are covering this up and that is not fair, she said. The victim still harasses other children. They have gone to the school and nothing has been done. My concern is, if you are going to follow policy and procedure, it should be for everyone across the board. It shouldnt matter who the family is. The parent said this incident should not be swept under the rug. She said that all of the students didnt engage in the same activity and bullying and their cases shouldnt be grouped together. Other students did things a lot worse than my child. Each individual should be treated alone, she said. School board member Malissa Morgan said she viewed the video of the incident. She said it was disappointing to watch this behavior in the classroom. She said the district took appropriate action when they removed the teacher from the substitute teacher list. She said she was concerned the other students in the class didnt try to interv ene or stop this behavior. We need to take a stand and put something in place and truly address this. It is a serious situation, she added. School board member Joe Arnold said they must encourage children to report these types of situations. He admitted he was very disappointed in the teachers actions and that she should have had better judgment. School board chairman David Williams applauded the parent for addressing the board and that he was sorry this incident happened. In other business, the board considered development of a new drug test policy for students who have certain privileges like extra curricular activities, clubs, band, athletics, and parking privileges. A report in 20102011 showed Okeechobee schools had the highest rate of drug possession incidents on campus or 8.1 per thousand students. The board also found three athletes involved in sports had drug offenses at OHS between 2009 and this year. The 2010-2011 statistics showed Okeechobee County ranked number one among Florida School systems in drug sales with 1.18 per thousand. A total of 148 students had either drugs alcohol or drug sale allegations over that time frame. There have been 30 students who had drug offenses at the freshman campus since the 2009-2010 school years. Only a small percentage of these students were involved in extra curricular activities. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy also showed a chart that showed Dixie County saw a decline in drug activity among students after they adopted a drug testing policy in December 2009. Highlands County has seen a slight increase since 2006-07. Mrs. Morgan said she would like to see more data before she voted to approve random testing. She said she would be interested in voluntary drug tests for all students. It w ould require parental consent. Board member India Riedel said any student with a parking permit should be subject to random drug tests. There is not one of us who doesnt believe we have a drug problem in our schools or our community, Mrs. Riedel said. My contention is we should look at some policy and some deterrent. Board member Gay Carlton said she felt Okeechobee had a bigger alcohol problem than a drug problem. She said these students represent the school and its important that they be drug free. She said she was concerned about the costs due to the poor nancial situation of both the school and the community. Sandy Perry of the Okeechobee Economic Council said a committee could be formed to make recommendations on drug screens that are fair, and cost ef cient. She suggested there might be businesses that would donate funds for such an effort. Under Sheriff Noel Stephen said while the Sheriffs Of ce is ready and willing to use drug dogs in campus searches but that it can create other problems. OHS principal Toni Wiersma said the drug dogs were at her school several times in the past and might alert on a locker, but then not nd the illegal substances. She suggested that only meant at one time, drugs were in the locker. Another issue will be the consequences for students if they test positive for illicit drugs and alcohol. Mrs. Morgan agreed to represent the school board on a committee to review these drug test policies and procedures. The board honored Tony Delagall, who retires after 41 years of service, and Lloyd Latty, a custodian, who retired after seven years in the district employ. Ashley Davis, a fourth grade teacher at Central Elementary School, was honored with the Golden Mouse Award for her use of technology in her classroom. OHS boys soccer team players Cain Elliott, Hunter Pritchard, and Sergio Vargas, all graduating seniors, were honored for their role on the team that was district runner up and regional quali er this year. OHS junior Brandon McKee was honored as a Sunshine State Scholar. The board also honored 14 teachers in career and technical education for a successful Florida Department of Education audit this year. They include Roger McWaters, Marshall Gerbitz, Daryl Roehm, Carey Pung, Jason Anderson, Kim Rowland, Denise Kelchner, Gary Howard, Heather Gillis, Brian Dryden, Jay Adler, Buddy Mills, BrianTrimble and Brett Quinlin. Representatives of the Okeechobee Cattlewomens Association presented ve editions of a book written by Iris Wall of Indiantown to promote Florida agriculture literacy. The board was encouraged to take part in Read Across America on March 1. The National Education Association sponsors and spearheads the program with support from some 50 national nonpro t and association partners. The goal is to promote reading and motivating children to achieve and to create lifelong readers. The board also voted to expel one sixth grader at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy. They proclaimed February as Career and Technical Education month and Black History Month. Eight students from Okeechobee Schools quali ed for the State Science Fair this year. Negotiations with the teachers union continue on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 25. A special magistrate will hear the case on the classi ed employees contract on March 5, at 9:30 a.m. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTALYou are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOURCome worship with usSunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday: 7 till 8pm (You are invited) Prayer Service Special prayers for special needs drop off to us or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org 301 NE 4th Ave. (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70EChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays Where the SON is always shining! OPEN 6-4 M-F ServingCall your order in, free delivery or pickup at window. 763-4127 or Dine in with free Wi-Fi. Go to Okeechobeecog.com and click SonRise Cafe for menuWOW! There is nothing like it in town! at Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee 2 blocks behind the McDonalds on SE 70E Sunday Services8:30 & 10:45 5 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrandon McKee was recognized as the Sunshine State Scholar representative from Okeechobee High School during the Tuesday, Feb. 12, meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o email@example.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Jacob G. PawPaw Weeks, 81OKEECHOBEE Heaven became a little bit louder and a little bit happier when PawPaw arrived! Surely he was greeted at the gates by the love of his life, his Margaret Darlin. The praying man is now standing at the feet of his Saviour. Everyone that knew him knows without a doubt the Lord is showering him with love and telling him Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant! Welcome Home! He was Friend, Mentor, Teacher and Prayer Warrior to thousands. He was a member of the Okeechobee Church of God, where he and MawMaw started the childrens ministry and outreach program touching thousands of children. He served in the United States Navy. He is survived by his three children, Steve Weeks, Sr. (Trish), Pat Smith (Dennis) and Dale Ann Watford (Jimbo); 16 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter (with another on the way). His adopted children and grandchildren are too great to number. A memorial service for Jacob Weeks will be held at the Okeechobee Church of God 301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee, Fla on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Lunch and good fellowship will be provided after the memorial service in the church social hall. The family is requesting donations be sent to Hospice of Okeechobee in lieu of owers. The mailing address is 411 SE 4th St. Okee, Fla. 34974. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Moose hosts weekend eventsOkeechobee Moose at 159 N.W. 36th St. will host Friday, Feb. 15 Bingo. It starts w ith Bonanza at 6:30 p.m. Food is available. This Saturday Feb. 16 Only! Okeechobee Lip Sync! From 2 to 4 p.m. (Pennys Group) DJ/ Karaoke rest of the evening. On Sunday, Feb. 17, Breakfast is served from 8 to 11 a.m. Free pool, DJ/Karaoke from 1 p.m. All proceeds go to support Moose Charities programs.Cypress Hut Eagles hosts w eekend eventsCypress Hut Eagles will serve choice rib eye steak dinner for $14, shrimp $10, or sh $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 Music by Hard Country Band. Saturday, Feb. 16, serving baby back ribs for dinner with two sides for $10 from 4-7 p.m. Music by J immy and Debbie Harper. Sunday, Feb. 17, Southern Fried Chicken served from 1-5 p.m. for $6. Dart tournament Tuesday, Feb. 19, starting at 6 p.m. Hamburgers will be served. The public is welcome. Tuesdays proceeds go for the Diabetes Research Center, and the rest go to the community charity funds. For more info, please call 863-467-1154.Eagles North plans weekendEagles North, at 9985 Hwy. 441 N., will have steaks or cat sh on Friday, Feb. 15 followed by music with The Harpers. Come out and sing. Saturday, Feb. 16, is the Mizz Eagles Contest at 7 p.m. Spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. Grab your best dress men. All proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.Free memory screenings offered today at VNAConcerned about your memory? Alzheimers Association and Memory Disorder Center at St. Marys 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.Purple Passion Pub Crawl plannedOkeechobees Second Annual Purple Passion Pub Crawl will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, with registration at Barricudas Sports Grillery, 5 p.m. 7 p.m. (10017 U.S. Hwy. 441 N); Lunkers 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 and other prizes will be given away to registered participants at each venue. 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.BHR 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. Play money winnings can be used to bid on auction items at 6 p.m. Call Joanne at 863-4674551 for information.Fancy ME Machine Embroidery GroupDo you have an embroidery machine, or want to learn about them? Then join our monthly embroidery group where we all learn and share ideas while working on beautiful embroidery projects. The next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the local Red Cross of ce at 323 N. Parrott Ave. Please call Linda at 863-6972450 or Mary at 863-697-1920 for more information.Samaritan Community Outreach Center yard saleSamaritan Community Outreach Center will host a yard sale at 2602 N.W. 8th Street, on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. 1 p.m. Traveling north on 98, turn left on street before the railroad tracks. Look for the signs. All proceeds bene t the Samaritan Community Outreach Center, Inc. Come out and shop!Pajama Party will bene t Hospice of OkeechobeeThere will be a pajama party to bene t Hospice of Okeechobee on Saturday, Feb. 16 Wear your best PJs. The party will be at the Cypress Hut Eagles. Serving cabbage rolls dinner. Dinner will start at 5 p.m., music by Jimmy and Debbie Harper. Dinner will cost $8.For more information, please call 863-467-1154.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 Ladies Auxiliary hold Sunday breakfast Buckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW 9528 will hold their monthly breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. We will have sausage, biscuits & gravy, home fries, eggs any way you want them, juice, & coffee, for a donation of $5. This event is open to the public, so please join us. For more information, please call our Post at 863-467-2882.American Legion Post 64 opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on Feb. 17 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.The Garden Club will meetThe Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. and the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 at the Extension Center, 451 Hwy. 98 N. Bring a plant to show or a problem to discuss. For more information, call 863763-6469.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 meet on MondayThe 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.Cypress Hut Eagles to host a roast dinnerCypress Hut Eagles will host a Roast Pork Dinner by Don Orf with all the trimmings on Tuesday, Feb. 19, starting at 5:30 p.m.Okeechobee Shrine ClubThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1740 S.W. 53rd Street, will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening Feb. 19 from 4 p.m. 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is please to offer smokefree dinning. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided 5-8 p.m. The complete dinner is available for a donation of only $6. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, please contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378. Community Events
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5435 U.S. 1 SOUTH, FORT PIERCE (1/2 MILE SOUTH OF MIDWAY ROAD ON U.S. 1) 772.461.6000 877-251-FORD (3673) SOME VEHICLE PHOTOS ARE APPROXIMATE LIKENESS TO THE IN STOCK INVENTORY. *1.9% APR FOR 36 MONTHS THROUGH FORD MOTOR CREDIT WAC PLUS TAX, TAG TITLE AND $289 DEALER FEE. PRICES MAY REQUIRE TRADE ASSIST AND INCLUDE ALL REBATES PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE AND $289 DEALER FEE. NEW VEHICLES PRICED ACCURATEL Y AT THE TIME ADVERTISEMENT ON PRESS. 2007 FORD RANGER SUPERCAB59K MI., V6, AUTO, NICE TRADE! #13492AJUST$12,9992012 DODGE DURANGO RT1500 MILES, RED BEAUTY! #13060AJUST$33,9992008 HONDA CRV EXL22K MI., LEATHER, MOONROOF AND MORE!JUST$19,7992012 FORD F-150 SUPERCREW18K MI., XLT, 4X4, LOADED #R4646JUST$30,9992010 DODGE RAM CARAVAN55K MI., REAR A/C, STOW & GO SEATING #122526JUST$15,499 JUST$13,9992003 F-150 SUPER CAB43K MI., LARIAT, 1 OWNER! #121129 2011 TOYOTA SR5 CREW CAB 22K MI., SUPER NICE TRADE! #12785AJUST$27,999 2008 F-150 SPR CAB 4X4LARIAT, 55K MI., V8, LOADED! #13652AJUST$22,999 2012 FORD FOCUS SE30K MI., 4DR, FULL PWR, AUTO #R4573JUST$14,999 2012 FORD FIESTA SEL18K MI., AUTO, LOADED! #R4657JUST$15,999 2012 FORD FLEX LTD20K MI., 3 ROW, REAR A/C, LTHR #P4438JUST$28,999 2012 FORD E250 CARGO VAN13K MI., PWR EQUIP., WORK READY #P4635JUST$20,999 2006 FORD EXPLORER EB94K MI., LEATHER, GREAT BUY!JUST$9,999 WINTER PRE-OWNED CLEARANCE! EVERYTHING MUST GO!APR AS LOW AS 1.9*% ON SELECT PRE-OWNED VEHICLES! SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. EASY AND CONVENIENT APPRAISALS! WELL BUY YOUR CAR, E VEN IF YOU DONT BUY OURS! $14,999 NOW JUSTMSRP $15,585SAVE$5862013 FORD FIESTA S#133032013 FORD FOCUS S#132502013 FORD FUSION S25 TO CHOOSE#13553 SAVE$2,145SAVE$3,5962013 FORD ESCAPE SE25 TO CHOOSE#13419 CERTIFIED! $15,945NOW JUSTMSRP $18,090 SAVE$2,496$19,999NOW JUSTMSRP $22,495 $22,299NOW JUSTMSRP $25,895 $23,499NOW JUSTMSRP $28,965SAVE$5,4662013 FORD F-150 4x2STX REGULAR CAB#135592013 FORD F-150 4X260 TO CHOOSE #134302013 FORD EXPLORER#13570 SAVE$7,796SAVE$8,6362013 F-150 XLTSUPER CREW! 35 TO CHOOSE!#13452 $27,899NOW JUSTMSRP $35,695 SAVE$2,961$26,999NOW JUSTMSRP $29,960 $33,499NOW JUSTMSRP $42,135 2008 MAZDA 6 SPORT54K MI., AUTO, FULL PWR PKG. #13589BJUST$11,499 2010 NISSAN VERSA28K MI., AUTO FUEL SAVER!JUST$12,999 2006 FORD EXPEDITION E.B.113K MI., 7 PASS, REAR A/C, PRICED RIGHT! #131776AJUST$11,999 2009 FORD-150 SUPERCREW 89K MI., LARIAT, V8 #13323AJUST$19,999 2011 HYUNDAI ACCENT40K MI., AUTO, A/C! #P4592JUST$10,999JUST ARRIVED! 2012 FORD F-150 SUPERCREW15K MI., XLT, 2WD, #R4645JUST$27,499JUST ARRIVED! CERTIFIED! 2012 FORD EXPEDITION EL27K MI., REAR A/C, TONS OF ROOM! #P4634JUST$31,999 CERTIFIED! JUST ARRIVED! CERTIFIED! JUST ARRIVED! JUST ARRIVED! JUST ARRIVED! 4x4! 7 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (6+ yrs), Alexis Winans, Debbie Pearce (4 yrs), Bethany Kight, Janet Bleuer-Drish, Jim Sigman, Chris Wilson, Margaret Koss, & Maricela Garcia !! 20 YEARS OF SERVICE MIKEY SIPPERT Pogeys would like to honor our newest 20 yr employee, Mikey Sippert. Mikey was hired on Jan 12,1993. In those 20 yrs, he has only missed 2 days of work, which makes Mikey one of our most dependable, reliable, trusted & well liked employee, not only by the Pogeys staff, but by many of our great customers. He is a member of the 1st Baptist Church, also is a BIG supporter of MDA, every year he saves his money and puts a jar at Pogeys to raise enough money to be a $500 Gold Star Contributor. In those 20 yrs, he has always asked for those days off and watches the whole MDA tele-thon from start to nish. Mikey never forgets a date, just tell him your B-Day, & the next time you come in on your B-Day, he will greet you w/ a Happy B-Day. If you have ever wondered what day you were born on, just tell Mikey your B-Day & the year you were born in, in about 3 seconds, he will tell you the day, which I have never seen him wrong on that Mikey is a Very Special person & Pogeys is fortunate to have him as an employee. Mikey will be joining 3 other 20+ yr employees, Phyllis Vest & Susan Fitzpatrick (servers), both at 22+ yrs & Traude Doyle (hostess) at 21+ yrs. Also, we have Simon Chavez at 8+ yrs & currently training to be a cook. Doug & Sandi (Pogeys) are very fortunate to have such a GREAT team of all of our employees including Natasha Vest ANNIVERSARY 8 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Luke Platt, 59, S.W. 18th St., Okeechobee, w as arrested Feb. 12 by Deputy Brian Cross on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone). His bond was set at $5,000. Lisa Center Gordineer, 46, N.E. 103rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 12 by Deputy Brian Cross on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone) and possession of methamphetamine, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $10,500. Charles Aaron Shane Farris, 22, S.E. 80th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 12 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $20,000. Christian G. Siani, 39, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 12 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on a felony charge of possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,250. Chase Wyatt Weeks, 18, Burkette Way, Clewiston, was arrested Feb. 12 by Of cer P.C. Eddings on a felony charge of possession of marijuana over 20 grams and a misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle without a valid drivers license. His bond was set at $10,500. Joshua Luis Arreaga, 31, N.E. First St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 12 by Deputy J oseph Hall on a warrant issued out of Clinton County, Ind., charging him with violation of probation corrupt business in uence. He is being held without bond. Billy Ray Windham, 35, N.W. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 12 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) without a valid prescription, and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a prescription outside a valid container. His bond was set at $5,500. Judith Lynn Bonea, 37, S.E. 36th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 12 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on misdemeanor charges of violation of probation driving under the in uence and violation of probation driving while license suspended. She is being held without bond. Christopher Lee Jenkins, 37, N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 12 by Of cer Ryan Holroyd on a Polk County warrant charging him with failure to appear grand theft and failure to appear no valid drivers license. His bond was set at $4,000. William Harold Hardy, 47, N.W. 352nd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 13 by Deputy Matt Crawford on a DOC warrant charging him with possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond. Gregory A. Lovell, 19, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 13 by Deputy Elbert Kline on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of burglary of an unoccupied structure and the misdemeanor of petit theft. His bond was set at $3,000. Ashley Nicole Casselton, 25, S.E. 27th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 13 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence and a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace. Her bond was set at $3,000. Leonardo Alonso, 39, N.E. 168th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 13 by Deputy Joseph Gracie on a felony charge of introduction of contraband into a detention facility. He was released on his own recognizance. Sarah Elizabeth Hawk, 30, S.E. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 13 by Detective Mark Shireman on felony charges of defrauding a pawnbroker and dealing in stolen property. Her bond was set at $7,500. 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 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Ocala man was arrested at a weekend mudding event and was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on felony drug charges. Jimmy Lee Lundquist II, 34, S.W. 15th St., was arrested Sunday, Feb. 10, on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Lundquists bond was set at $12,500. Deputy Matt Crawford, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), stated in an arrest report that while working a special detail at the weekends Mudfest event on S.R. 70 E. he received information that Lundquist was wanted on a warrant out of Marion County. After making contact with Lundquist, Deputy Crawford learned that the man was wanted by the Marion County Sheriffs Of ce on felony charges of traf cking in methamphetamine and the manufacture of methamphetamine. The bond on the warrant was set at $100,000. When Deputy Crawford, along with Deputy Brian Cross, found Lundquist they noticed a small bag by his head in the seat of his pickup truck. Through a mesh area on the bag Deputy Crawford stated he saw syringes and a small plastic baggie that contained a suspicious substance. When that substance was eld tested it reportedly indicated a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine. According to the report the deputies also found a small box containing a substance that, when eld tested, indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine. The report did not indicate the weight of the suspected coke or alleged meth. Deputy Crawfords report also did not state when Lundquist would be returned to Marion County to face those charges. Ocala man arrested on felony drug charges Jimmy Lundquist By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An area woman caught a lucky break Tuesday night when deputies were able to locate her stolen purse and all of its contents. Arrested in connection with the alleged theft was Davinn Virginio Rodriguez, 15, N.E. 28th Ave., Okeechobee. He was charged with the felonies of burglary of a conveyance and grand theft. Rodriguez was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. An arrest report by Deputy Joseph Hall, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), stated that the victim was visiting at the home of a family member when the theft occurred. The report stated that when the victim w alked out of the home and to her vehicle she immediately noticed her black purse was missing. She then saw a white male standing at the end of the driveway. The male got on a bicycle, looked back at her and then rode away. Deputy Hall said the purse contained $80 in cash, an iPod and cover valued at $875, a debit card, several credit cards, a check book, drivers license and miscellaneous papers. The deputy stated that he then gave a physical description of the bike rider over the radio. He was soon contacted by OCSO Deputy Cody Hurst who had the suspect in custody, stated Deputy Hall. According to the deputys report the suspect (Rodriguez) was identi ed by the victim as the male seen riding away from the scene on a bicycle. Several more deputies responded to the area to help search for the missing articles. Among them were Deputy Matt Crawford and OCSO K-9 Nero. Deputy Hall stated that Nero was able to follow the scent of Rodriguez from the driveway to a wooded area where the victims purse and all of its contents, including the cash and iPod, were found. Teen accused of burglary, grand theft Shrine Club collects can tabsThe local Shrine Club is collecting the pull tabs from aluminum cans. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN FT. PIERCE ALL OFFERS WITH APPROVED CREDIT PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE AND DEALER FEE. OFFERS INCLUDE CONQUEST CASH, TRADE ASSISTANCE, OWNER LOYA LTY AND BONUS CASH. VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY. 39 MONTH LEASES 10K MILES PER YEAR, AND INCLUDE LEASE CONQUEST CASH WITH $2800 DOWN. DEALER RETAINS ALL REBATES AND I NCENTIVES. OFFERS CAN NOT BE COMBINED AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. SEE DEALER FOR ALL DETAILS. OFFERS GOOD THRU DATE OF PUBLICATION ONLY. DEALER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. RESTRICTIONS APPLY PHOTOS ARE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY. ENDS 2/18/13. COPYRIGHT 2013STK#5255A ONLY 49K MILES, MUST SEE $6,995 2001 BUICK PARK AVENUESTK#7404B LEATHER, SUPER CLEAN, TRADE $3,995 1999 BUICK LESABRE STK#7400A CXL PKG ONLY, WHITE GRAY LEATHER, 39K MILES $13,900 2007 BUICK LUCERNESTK#98877 CHROME WHEELS WITH ALL THE TOYS $14,900 2011 CHEVROLET HHR LT STK#98878 SPORT MODEL, LEATHER, NAVI, FULLY CERTIFIED $17,900 2008 CHEVROLET EQUINOX LT STK#INC ONLY 11K MILES, CERTIFIED $26,991 2011 CHEVROLET SILVERADO CREW CAB LTSTK#INCLOW MILES, ONLY 10K MILES, FULL POWER, CERTIFED, BACK UP CAMERA $24,991 2012 GMC TERRAIN SLTSTK#INC SUNROOF, DVD, NAVIGATION, CASHMERE LEATHER, CERTIFIED $35,991 2012 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN TON LT F F BUICK WE ARE PROFESSIONAL GRADE $149MO. $22,795LEASE FOR OR BUY FROMVERANONEW 2013 BUICK $259MO. $32,795LEASE FOR OR BUY FROMACADIANEW 2013 GMC $199MO. $30,799LEASE FOR OR BUY FROMLACROSSENEW 2013 BUICK $299MO. $9,000LEASE FOR OR SAVE UP TOSIERRANEW 2013 GMC $199MO. $24,400LEASE FOR OR BUY FROMENCOREALL NEW 2013 BUICK $169MO. $25,400LEASE FOR OR BUY FROMTERRAINNEW 2013 GMC BUICK BUICKWE ARE PROFESSIONAL GRADE 5255 South U.S.1 Ft. Pierce, FL888-745-6709rogerdeanbuickgmc.com BAD CREDIT! NO CREDIT! NO PROBLEM !CALL RON K. Se Habla Espaol -Ask for Luis or Carlos U.S. 1 U.S. 1 SHOWROOM OPEN: MON-THUR 8:30AM-8PM, FRI 8:30AM-7PM, SAT 9AM-6PM SERVICE, PARTS & BODY SHOP OPEN : MON-FRI 7:30AM-5:30PM, SAT 8:30AM-2PMWITH EVERY SIERRA PURCHASE OR LEASE GET 2 YEARS COMPLIMENTARY SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE! 33MPG HWY 32MPG HWY 38MPG HWY 23MPG HWY 43MPG HWY 21MPG HWY 9 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsEverglades Students of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Feb. 11-15 include: kindergarten students, Oliver Saunders, Taryn Vest, Alicia Salazar, John Hood, Robbie Fortin; rst grade students, Gillian Gerber, Richard Druckenbrod, Nancy Lopez, Michael Marin-Flores, Kairi Thompson; second grade students, Jasmine Corona, Ty Easterday, Mary Ellen Brege, Clayton Cannon, Senon Anselmo, Albert Schwendeman, Kaitlyn Yerkes; third grade students, Adrian Santamaria, Tara Wilcox, Charles Stevens, Kaley Smith; fourth grade students, Jasmine Chapman, Jacob Pummell, Jacquelyn Adcock, Daniel Estrada, Lanie Jarriel; fth grade students, Joann Hamilton, Gineisha Mojica, Oscar Longoria, Josmar Estrada and Sophia Brege. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee NewsSeminole Students of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Feb. 8: Devin Ihle, Jamiyah Worthen, Miguel Montoya, Crystal Betancourt, Raquel Tijerina, Rafe Sexton, Keith Simpson, Kyle Detzer, Regan Downing, Oscar Delapaz, Cruz Ponce, Christian Martinez, Jacqueline Jaimes, Yesenia Lara, Laura Carrera, Justina Martinez, Kayla Hodge, Jessika Oliveira, Luiza Ibarra Holsomback, Ethan Martinez, Itzel Mederos, Alejandro Gonzalez, Zia McKinnon, Ricky Urbano, Fallon McLean, Natalia Rodriguez, Chance Mauldin and Alexis Karratti. Puppies!Dachshund mix puppies are available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue. There is one female and three males, about 14 weeks old. They are available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Special to the Okeechobee News
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CANCER worrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS FAMILY MEDICINE Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of ce Hours: Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? We Also Offer Testing for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) 235 NE 19 th Dr. Shariff & Dr. Roberts treat all forms of fractures & trauma of the foot & leg!Ph:(863) 357-1166 ORTHOPAEDICS Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein is Board Certied by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeMost insurances and Medicare are accepted.Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441N, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterHow many cancer patients would jump up and consider a treatment option that is proven to be highly effective, does not need surgery, painless, completed in 5 days or less, without signi cant side effects, w hile continuing to maintain their full level of activity and function? Radio surgery is a technique that utilizes specialized machines that allow large amounts of radiation to be delivered with sub millimeter accuracy thereby killing the cancers without damaging surrounding normal tissues. It is as simple as going out to get a chest x-ray! Cyberknife Robotic Radio surgery system, created at Stanford University over 10 years ago is unique and better than other systems in the fact that it is the only Radio surgery system that can achieve what is called real-time tracking and killing of tumor. What kind of patients can be helped by Cyberknife? There are several What is Cyberknife Radiation Therapy? Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at work for our patients in Okeechobee.situations too numerous to mention here where Cyberknife would be extremely useful and safe. The following are just a few of them: Patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, pituitary tumors and tumors of the acoustic nerve called Acoustic Neuroma can avoid major surgical procedures on the brain by getting treated with Cyberknife. Patients with cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate are but a few of the cancers that can be helped with one to ve sessions of Radio Surgery. An article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 showed that patients with patients with lung cancer who received Radiosurgery had a survival rate of 55.8% at 3 years versus 20 to 35% for those patients treated with traditional radiation over several weeks. As one of our patients commented, if it is good for patients at Stanford University, it is good for patients from the Okeechobee area! If you or someone you know has any form of cancer, please call us so we can explore the possibility of treating it with this cutting edge technology. This 4.5 million dollar machine is available at the of ces of Dr. Kumar in Saint Lucie County. Courtesy transportation is available to get to this of ce for those patients in need. Please call 863-4679500 for more information. 10 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Stimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL HEALTHCARE Caring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DENTAL SURGERY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th Dr. Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Okeechobee Dental We Specialize In: Root Canals Dental Implants Laser Periodental Therapy Oral Surgery & Teeth ExtractionsIV & Oral Sedation Available113 NW 19th Drive OkeechobeeHOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri. 9-5BilingualHealthy Kids863-261-8273 Surgery Specialists GYNECOLOGIST All Major Insurances Accepted Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FAMILY MEDICINE (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted The 2012 2013 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website YOU ASKED FOR IT! YOU ASKED FOR IT!Look for the puzzles near the Classifieds section Now featuring Sudoku and the Crossword Puzzle in every edition of the 11 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013
JOB OPENINGSNOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THESE AND OTHER POSITIONS: RESTAURANT SERVERS BUSSERS COOKS Competitive Pay, 401K & Insurance BenetsTo Apply Visit: gotoworkhappy.com Or Apply in Person17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Brighton Seminole Indian Reservationwww.seminolebrightoncasino.comDrug Free Workplace Background Check Required Like us on Facebook JOB FAIR! NOW HIRING 10 FOOD AND BEVERAGE SUPERVISORS ($10/HR) 40 CASHIERS ($8/HR) For Food & Beverage, and Retail Stores. To Start ASAP. Full time JOBS. JOB FAIR LOCATION: Fort Drum Travel Plaza, Located at the Florida Turnpike mile marker, 184 Okeechobee, FL 34972. Date: 02/21/13, Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For Directions, Please call: 863-216-5743. PLEASE BRING PROPER IDS. Excellent Opportunity with bene ts, Strong computer billing skills required. Up to $15.00 hr. depending on experience. Contact Human Resource Department 855-224-1270 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. 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 publishers approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word advertisement. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE SW 85th Ave Northlake Country Estates, February 16, 2013, 7:00 am until 1:00 pm. Multi family yard sale. Lots of great stuff. Clothes, furniture, knick knacks. Something for everyone. PARK WIDE YARD SALE RIVERBEND MOBILE HOME PARK FRIDAY FEB. 15TH & SATURDAY FEB. 16TH 7:00 AM TILL ?? We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Zachary Taylor RV Resort Annual Yard/Bake Sale. Saturday,Feb. 16th 7:00 am-1:00 pm Located just east of Taylor Creek Draw Bridge 2995 US Hwy 441 SE Employment Full Time ServicesGolf Cart Batteries, Repairs,Parts,Service and charger repairs. Will buy unwanted carts & chargers pick up and delivery. Call Dans Golf Cart Repairs 863-610-0479 or 863-763-8318 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Employment Part TimeLight Labor Outdoors 2 days a week 12-15 hours per week Good working environment Please call 467-9800 Employment Medical Business Opportunities PAID Focus Groups General Consumers Okeechobee We are looking for men and women to participate in a two hour focus group study in Okeechobee The study will be held on February 19th or 20th, and will pay cash of $75 for two-hours of your time. You must qualify to participate: Send email to: sarah@research-worx .com Please include your full name, phone number, age, and zip code. Call (972)394-1257 Sign-up on our website: www.research-worx .com Employment Full Time Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. 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 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Farm MiscellaneousPasture wanted for 2 horses,I will feed and care for them daily just need place for them to live. Call 863-634-0360 and leave message. Reasonable Offers Only Apartments Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 2bd/1ba Oak Lake Villas, Very Clean, tile throughout. $800 mo. includes water & lawn maintenance, security negotiable. Call 863-697-6757 VIKING/PRAIRIE 1 BR Apartment. Very clean! $650/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call Ron 561-329-8205. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Houses RentCharming 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 N.E. OKEE, 2bd, 1.5ba, screen rm, a rm, fence yrd, laundry, 1 car gar., $850. mth, Home Realty Services, LLC, 863-801-4498 Apartments Houses RentINSIDE CITY LIMITS 3/1 LARGE CORNE R LOT, GARAGE, STORAGE SHED, SECURIT Y 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. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 12 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services.
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 472012CA000393CAXXXX CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff vs. GABRIELA M. VICTORIA, et al Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION TO: GABRIELA M. VICTORIA and THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF GABRIELA M. VICTORIA RESIDENT: Unknown LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 3218 NORTH WEST 33RD AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property located in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: Lot 20, Block 45, BASSWOOD INCORPORATED UNIT NO. 4, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 49, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida.has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy to your written defenses, if any, to this action on Phelan Hallinan, PLC, attorneys for plaintiff, whose address is 2727 West Cypress Creek Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309, and le the original with the Clerk of the Court, within 30 days after the rst publication of this notice, otherwise a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News. DATED: Feb. 4, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk of the Court Phelan Hallinan, PLC 2727 West Cypress Creek Road Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Movant counsel certi es that a bona de effort to resolve this matter on the motion noticed has been made or that, because of time consideration, such effort has not yet been made but will be made prior to the scheduled hearing.Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptaciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacionn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparAy pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 Omwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke on gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tan& ou pale byen, rele 711. 436292 ON 2/8,15/2013 TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Technical Review Committee of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact Patty Burnette at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, City Administrator 436353 ON 2/15/2013 CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.city ofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerks Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 436352 ON 2/15/2013 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 1st day of MARCH, 2013 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vins as follows 1996 MERCURY COUGAR XR7 2D COUPE GREEN 1MELM62W3TH613370 2004 NISSAN QUEST SL VAN WHITE 5N1BV28U44N340236 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in AS IS with no guarantees. 436848 ON 2/15/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on Feb. 20, 2013. Owner Unit # Booker, Eyvonne E682 Hancock, Sonny C328 Maxwell, Brian R. E654 436336 ON 2/8,15/2012NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL., to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDRs). All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for nal consideration. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Dawn Hoover, Chairperson 436354 ON 2/15/2013 Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD011 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that SOUTHERN HOMESITES INC A FLORIDA CORPORATION the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 902 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT E OF TRACT 30 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 30 25 34S 33E 1-25-34-33-0A00-00030-E000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KENNETH GHANY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 28th day of March, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 436426 ON 2/15,22;3/1,8/2013 Public Notice Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! Houses RentLarge, clean, 4bd, 2 story home, 2800sq.ft. under air (built in 2006) 2bath + on suite, double car garage, screened porch, large fenced yard, new appliances, large kitchen, avail Feb 28th or sooner. $1250/mo + sec. dep Call: (863)447-9922 or (863)467-8559 RIVER ACRES1/1, fully furnished, Laundry. Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities & Dish TV. WI FI & local phone service. $650 + sec. Call: (863) 467-1950 Treasure Island 3 br. 1 ba. Duplex. Remodeled, new appliances, tiled oors, fenced yard & shed. Shared laundry. $900. mo. inclds Water, Elec. & mowing. Home Realty Services, LLC. Broker Diane Dangremond. 863-801-4498. Houses SaleCBS 3BR, 2BA, C/A & heat, single car gar., W/D & refrigerator, fenced backyard. $61,000. 863-634-7517. OKEECHOBEE 2br./2 ba. Palm Creek waterfront home, Lake access. Gated Comm. Owner nancing. Possible option to rent. 863-532-0273. Land SaleDIXIE RANCH ACRES 1.5 ACRES, $700.00 DOWN, OWNER FINANCING CALL FOR MORE INFO 863-824-0944 FT. DRUM 5 ACRES $2,000 DOWN OWNER FINANCING WELL & WATER. 863-824-0944 Lots SaleBHR Waterfront double lot for sale on Trout St. 100x135 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. Waterfront PropertyFOR SALE 1 Acre+ Newly renovated duplex on Rim Canal between 15A and 15B,New Dock 20x30,RV Hook-up $79,500 will consider cash offers or partial nancing.561-853-6669 Mobile Home 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 Rent2bd/1ba Mobile Home on the water in Treasure Island $550 mo. utilities not included. Call 863-357-1783 Treasure Island For Rent Waterfront 1/1 furnished trailer, Direct Tv and electric included $125.00 weekly plus security Call 863-517-5111 Mobile HomeSale For Sale 3bed/2bath, carport, screened porch. Moving north have to sell will accept reasonable offer by the 20th of February. Call 863-824-0559 Older 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 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Automobiles2002 OLDSMOBILE SILHOUETTE MINIVAN 161,000 mi; reliable; auto; 6-cyl; all power options, $2650.00 OBO. ALSO 1999 SATURN SL2 sedan; auto; 4-cyl; reliable; 167,000 mi; $1750.00 OBO (863)801-6553. Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Pickup Trucks1970 FORD PICKUP $2,000 CALL 904-502-4171 1983 FORD RANGER XL 2.2 ltr. DIESEL, 7ft BOX, 1 OWNER $650. CALL 863-357-6196 Public Notice 13 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful! expelled or placed in an alternative program. An arrest report by YMS School Resource Of cer Deputy Keith Murrish, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that Campos had apparently brought the pills to school and sold them to Madrigal. The deputy's report indicated that YMS of cials had received information that Campos was believed to be in possession of prescription pills. When the of cials spoke to the girl she told them her boyfriend, Madrigal, had given her something that morning and she hadn't even looked at it. She reportedly pulled a plastic baggie out o f her pants pocket and handed it to the school of cials. The baggie contained seven blue pills that were later identi ed as adderall, stated the report. When the of cials and Deputy Murrish spoke with Madrigal they learned the teen had apparently purchased them from Ochoa for $40 and a necklace. Ochoa reportedly admitted to selling the pills to Madrigal. The deputy's report stated that she admitted to giving Madrigal eight pills on Monday, and then giving him two more on Tuesday. According to Drugs.com, adderall contains amphetamine and is used in the treatment of narcolepsy and attention de cit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is listed as a schedule II narcotic. Mrs. Ard explained that if the committee so recommends these students could be placed at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy, where they would have to remain for a minimum of nine weeks. They will also be placed on a contract "that is quite extensive" and requires the students to have good behavior, good attendance and good academics before being returned to their original school. The committee will consider the severity of the charge and the student's history, and will also hear from the student and a parent. PILLSContinued From Page 1
By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee outslugged Sebastian River 14-11 for their second consecutive win in a district girls softball game on Tuesday in Sebastian. Sarah Davis had four hits and Carissa Licata, Lexi Ward, Jessi Osceola and Lauren Hazellief all had two hits for the Lady Brahmans. It was a back and forth matchup as the Brahmans went up (3-0) in the rst inning but Sebastian answered back with eight runs and opened at 11-3 in the third. Okeechobee chipped away at the lead with single runs in the fourth and sixth and a huge six-run rally in the seventh. Davis solo home run put Okeechobee up 12-11 in the eighth inning. Insurance runs were scored by Brianna Nunez. Danyelle Shef eld pitched two strong innings to get the OHS win. Lady Brahmans coach Heather Gillis said she was proud of the rights the girls showed in this game, It takes a great deal of heart to come back from eight runs behind especially when it was so late in the game. Clutch hits from Nunez, Bethany Stuart, Osceola and Shef eld were singled out by the Brahman coach. Okeechobee was held to only two hits as they lost their season opener to Park Vista 8-0 in boys baseball action Wednesday night in West Palm Beach. Tyler Barre had two doubles to lead the Cobras, who have been ranked in the state in previous seasons. The Cobras (1-0) scored ve times in the fourth to take control of the game. The District 19 Florida Coaches Associatio n held their meeting for winter sports and named Hunter Pritchard of Okeechobee High School the Class 3A player of the year. Pritchard and his family were honored at the school board meeting this week and also held a college scholarship signing party at Lunkers Restaurant. Pritchard chose to attend Florida Atlantic University on a soccer scholarship in the fall. Brahman coach Lonnie Sears was named Coach of the Year, an award he has won several times. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief 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 in Viking MLS #206600 of vacant/pasture land in Fort Drum. Paved street in front of the property. MLS #206360 on Hwy 441 N on SR 710 Make Offer! ( acre). Motivated Seller each building site at 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 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. MLS #206555 IN TOWN REDUCED FORECLOSURE NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 2004, 3 bed, 2 bath on over half an acre. 2170 TSF/1984 under air. In move in condition. Easy to see! MLS #206303 3BR/2BA on an acre with ceramic tile oors. Pond, Shed, Large open porch. Offered as a short sale. MLS #206457 55+ community w/clubhouse amenities. Great lake view, 2/2 DWMH w/addition, 2 car carport, large driveway, 1023 Sq Ft under air/1957Total Sq ft MLS #206023 spacious MH on 2 lots, 2364 TSF/1680 under air, Master Bathroom has hers & his sink, A/C only 3 yrs old and ceiling fans throughout the home. MLS #206558 3/2 DWMH on 1+/acre. 1712 TSF/1512 sq ft under air, screen back porch. Offered as a short sale. MLS #206579 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 email@example.comTurning Your Dreams into an Address 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 14 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsWaste Management donates $1,500 to Indiantown Childrens Art Auction.Runa Saunders, member Y Indiantown advisory Council and Harbor Community Bank vice president; Teresa Chandler, former Y board member and community relations director for Waste Management; Shawn Keil, executive director; and Carlyn Schaefer, YReads director with eight of the Y kids. Fundraising drive collects old cell phonesThe Abiding Hope Worship Center is conducting a drive to collect cell phones to raise money. Recycle. Reuse. Help us by contributing anything you have laying around and not in use. The money directly goes to our organization. Between Jan. 27 Feb. 17 at the Abiding Hope Worship Center located at 4550 U.S. 441 N. For more information, please contact us at 863-763-3736.
By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School beat Avon Park in both boys and girls tennis Tuesday in an impressive season opener at the Okeechobee Sports Complex on Tuesday evening. The boys team lost just four games total in the ve singles matches as they overw helmed the Red Devils in pro set matches. Otto Ramirez defeated Eric Parker 8-0. Lucas Penido defeated Jonaugh Wells 8-2. Brendon Jonassaint defeated Rhett Tyler 8-1. Cody Walker defeated Charles Sutherlan 8-1. Colt Root defeated Chase Langstor 8-0. The team of Otto Ramirez and Dylan Ferneau defeated Parker and Sutherland 8-0 and the team of Walker and McCreary defeated Tyler and Wells 8-4. Tennis coach Morgan Ungerott said the match was a good way to begin the home schedule. She thanked the community for their support. "It was nice to see so many people come out and support both teams. We had a mixture of parents, relatives, friends, teachers, administration and community members. It was probably the most fans I've seen at one of our matches in as long as I've been here," she added. In the girls match Samantha Rivero defeated Katheryn Welch 8-0. Jenna Rath defeated Katrina Serbul 8-0. Dayla Ferneau and Kearstin Dorrance also won their singles matches by shutout. The doubles team of Rivero and Elizabeth Santelices defeated Welch and Serbul by shutout and Rath and Dorrance overwhelmed Mendoza and Jackson 8-0. Coach Ungerott said the team switched up their lineups and had seven Brahman boys got in the match. She said the team will work on their serve placement in future matches. She also praised the boys' team for making some high pressure shots and keeping the pressure on their opponents. "Overall I was happy with the match but I knew we have a lot of work to do," he added. Okeechobee will travel to play Fort Pierce Westwood on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Lawnwood Sports Complex. OHS tennis teams open season with wins over Avon Park 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 15 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 in social life. I was pretty happy to qualify." Hagan said hard work got him to where he is today. He said it all paid off for him. This past summer he worked out for eight months straight to get ready for his senior season. He also worked at Total Roadside Service and lifted heavy truck tires all day to stay in shape and improve his strength. Hagan cruised in the opening matches last Friday in Stuart but had a rough Saturday with battles against some tough wrestlers. He nally quali ed for state with a win in the afternoon thanks to a move known as a Peterson which earned him ve points. He lost the consolation nals in his weight bracket by three points to a wrestler ranked 14th in the state. Hagan said he knows the state tournament will be a big deal and he's not real sure w hat to expect or what he'll be thinking. He said he knows he's just happy to be going. Wrestlers from Riverdale, Lake Gibson, and Palm Bay will be big challenges for Hagan. He opens against a wrestler ranked fth in the state from Leon Tallahassee. Hagan is ranked 16th in the state. "I'm the underdog and I have nothing to lose. I just will go out and wrestle hard. You just wrestle who you have to wrestle," he added. Leitner said his determination is what got him to Lakeland. Allen is tall, but tremendously strong. You gure that out when he shakes your hand. He worked at a sh shop this off season lifting boxes and put in a lot of time running and lifting weights to prepare himself for his senior year. "I was real happy to qualify because I put a lot of work in and this took me a long time but I nally did it," he said. Leitner didn't have a lot of drama in his state quali er match as he defeated his opponent from Arch Bishop McCarthy 17-2. He recalled that he was nervous but it turned out to be a good thing because he stayed on his toes and was really determined. When he was asked about going into the jam packed Lakeland Civic Center on Friday, he said it will be something he remembers for the rest of his life. "I think it will be just joy. Just the fact that I made it is great. I can say I'm a Chobee wrestler now that is part of a family that was state quali ers," he said. He said he doesn't like to lose and when he was a small kid he played baseball and rarely lost a game. He said he always has the will to win and pushes himself very hard. "Wrestling is a tough sport and you have to push yourself. I put a lot of time and work into my body and the hard work sure didn't hurt," he admitted. Allen's parents are Allen and Melissa Leitner of Okeechobee. W RESTLERSContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySamantha Rivero returns a volley during the victory over Avon Park on Tuesday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJenna Rath out-performed her opponent during Okeechobees win over Avon Park.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NO MONEY DOWNON MANY NEW &PRE-OWNED VEHICLESINTEREST RATES 0%GUARANTEED TOP DOLLAR PAID FOR YOUR TRADE!! YOUR VEHICLE HAS NEVER BEEN WORTH MORE THAN DURING THIS SALE! AS LOW AS UP TOPAYMENTS $99AS LOW AS WITH NO PAYMENTS FOR 90 DAYS!!SAVE $10,000ON EVERY NEW & PREOWNED VEHICLE IN STOCK!! CARS, TRUCKS VANS & SUVS STARTING AT $4,997! 2 free rounds of golf at Sun N Lake Golf Club with any test drive! ALL OF OUR DEALERSHIPS TOGETHER IN ONE LOCATION! SAT. FEB16 SUN. FEB17 FRI. FEB153 DAYS LEFT TO SAVE! THU. FEB14 16 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013
V s:1.it"C1^ v'jfl kl
S t e e l M a g n o l i a s Steel MagnoliasThe LaBelle Firehouse Community Theatre will present Steel Magnolias, Feb. 15-17. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. the shows start promptly, so please arrive 30 minutes in advance to be seated before the show starts. For tickets or more information, call 863-675-3066 or email info@ rehousecommunitytheatre.com. C h i c a g o ChicagoFORT PIERCEMcAlpin Onstage at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, will present the hit musical Chicago Feb.1317 with shows Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and three 2 p.m. matine performances, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Individual tickets are $15 each, Its the Roaring Twenties in Chicago and a jealous Roxie Hart murders her faithless lover. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie meets fellow murderess and jailhouse competition Velma Kelly. They ultimately join forces in search of the American Dream of fame, fortune and acquittal. Marvel to the music of songs like all That Jazz, Razzle Dazzle and Mr. Cellophane. Tickets can be purchased online at www.irsc.edu or at the box o ce located in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center lobby on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone with VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box O ce at 1-800-220-9915 to reserve your seats. N i c e P e o p l e D a n c i n g t o G o o d C o u n t r y M u s i c Nice People Dancing to Good Country MusicLABELLEThe LaBelle Firehouse Community Theatre will present Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music on March 15-17 and March 22-14. The play was written by Lee Blessing and will be directed by Dave J ohnson. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. the shows start promptly, so please arrive 30 minutes in advance to be seated before the show starts. For tickets or more information, call 863-675-3066 or email info@ rehousecommunitytheatre.com. F i d d l e r o n t h e R o o f Fiddler on the RoofBELLE GLADEThe Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center will present the O Broadway Bookings production of Fiddler on the Roof on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Winner of nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, this family show is considered one of the great works of the American Musical Theatre. No other musical has so woven music, dance, and story into such an unforgettable experience. It is a universal story of love, hope and tradition set in the little town of Anatevka. The box o ce is located at the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade which is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to noon. The box o ce also opens one hour prior to performances. For more information call the box o ce at 561-993-1160. S F S C J a z z S e r i e s 1 0 t h s e a s o n SFSC Jazz Series 10th seasonAVON PARKThe South Florida State College Jazz Series, now in its 10th season, has a reputation for bringing in the best regional, national, and international acts to the Heartland. This season is no different, featuring several amazing and well-known jazz musicians. Jazz Series performances are held in the intimate SFSC University Center Auditorium and begin at 7:30 p.m.The Florida Jazz All Stars perform Feb. 23. The lineup includes Clyde Conner (drums), Mark Neuenschwander (bass), Allan Vache (clarinet), Charlie Bertini (trumpet), William Allred (trombone), and Jeff Phillips (piano), presenting an evening of swing music at its best. Coming March 2 is the Southern Fried Jazz Band. It offers some of the most refreshing and authentic Dixieland jazz music on the scene today. For ticket information, call the SFSC Box Of ce 863-784-7178 at the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts, 600 W. College Drive. B i l l y M c G u i g a n s R a v e O n : Billy McGuigans Rave On: T h e B u d d y H o l l y E x p e r i e n c e The Buddy Holly ExperienceBELLE GLADERemember poodle skirts? How about car-hops, the twist, hula hoops and Buddy Holly? Well, the 50s arent just a thing of the past...this electrifying, high-energy extravaganza pays homage to rock n rolls immortal legend Buddy Holly. Backed by a rockin band, star Billy McGuigan ignites the stage and breathes new life into such hits as Peggy Sue, Raining in My Heart, Its So Easy, Thatll Be the Day, True Love Ways, Oh Boy and of course, Rave On. But, thats only part of it! In a unique twist, Billy as Buddy celebrates the birth of an era and pays homage to his fellow rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience will be presented at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade on Tuesday, March 12, at 7: 30 p.m. The box of ce is located at the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade which is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Frida y 9 a.m. to noon. The box of ce also opens one hour prior to performances. For more information, call the box of ce at 561-993-1160. T h e O d d C o u p l e The Odd CoupleOKEECHOBEEOkeechobee Community Theatre will present The Odd Couple, March 8, 9, 15 and 16 in the Freshman Campus Auditorium, on Southwest Second Street (behind the Golden Corral Restaurant). Curtain goes up at 8 p.m. each performance. Felix Unger is a neat, tidy health nut whose wife has thrown him out. Desperate for a place to live, he moves in with his divorced longtime friend Oscar Madison. Oscar is sloppy and disorganized, and living on a fast-food diet. Inevitably the polar-opposite lifestyles clash, with hilarious results. For ticket information, call 863-763-1307 or email email@example.com. Plays, concerts, dancing & more ... 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2013 PERFORMING ARTS
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA!See Players Club for more details. Management reserves the right to change or cancel the promotion at any time. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.Like us on Facebook BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO Limit one coupon per person. Must be a new Players Club member. Membership is free to all 21 or over. Approved ID will be requ ired for redemption. All offers are subject to availability. Non-negotiable, non-transferable, cannot be combined with any other offer and must be redeemed in person at Se minole Brighton Casino. No Cash value. No un-used credit will be returned. Semionle Casino Brighton is not responsible for lost or stolen coupons. Seminole Casino Bright on employees are not eligible. Alteration or unauthorized use voides this offer. No reproductions allowed. See Players Club for complete details. Players Club members who have been trespassed and/or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or who have opted into the self exclusion program are not eligible. Management reserves the right to cancel or change the offer at any time based on operational and/or business concern. Other restrictions may apply. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.*RECEIVE $50 FREE PLAY ON REDEMPTION DAY AND RECEIVE $50 FREE PLAY ON YOUR NEXT TRIP!Code: BNM1302ON Valid: 9am 11pm Expires: 2/28/13Next trip must be within 30 days of sign up. Must bring coupon. Cannot be combined with bus offers. Must be a NEW Players Club Member. (Must not be a member in any Semionle or Hard Rock Casino in FL Players Club).NEW MEMBERS SIGN UP FOR A PLAYERS CLUB WILD CARD AND GET $100* FREE PLAY!Drawing on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 9pmBegin earning entries February 1, 20132013 Mercedes Benz SLK Roadster!*May not accurately represent model won. 3 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2013 BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO In February, its a huggin the open road thing at Seminole Casino Brighton with y our chance to win a Mercedes, plus loads of cash and Free Play prizes! On Saturday, Feb. 23, were giving away a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster. Earn entries daily for your chance to drive o in this thrill ride of a grand prize. Players can enjoy bingo matinee sessions on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11:45 a.m. Packs are $18 and $28. Tuesdays, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, v isitors 55 and older will get a free bag lunch, while supplies last. On Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., visitors 55 and older will get a free breakfast, while supplies last. The free bag lunch and breakfast o ers are open to new or returning Players Club members. Not a member? Its free to join, so sign up today. As always, there is free bus transportation from the Hampton Inn in Okeechobee at 1200 State Road 70. On Tuesdays, the bus picks up at 10:30 a.m. It departs the casino at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the bus picks up at 2:15 p.m. and departs at 7:30 p.m. On Sundays, the bus picks up at 11:15 a.m. and departs at 6 p.m. See the Players Club for promotion details.About Seminole Casino BrightonSeminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 405-slot and gaming machines, a six-table poker room, live action e-tables blackjack and roulette, high-stakes bingo action and Josiah, a full-service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern air-conditioning system, clean atmosphere and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Rd., in Glades County. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Or visit www.seminolebrightoncasino.com. Win a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster at Seminole Casino Brighton on Feb. 23 BRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATIONBrighton Seminole Field Day & Rodeo, set for Feb. 15-17, 2013, originated in 1938 as a day of sporting events and arts and crafts competitions for members of the Seminole Tribe. William P. Boehmer and his wife Edithteachers at the original Brighton Day School originated the festival as a way to bring Seminoles from other reservations together for some friendly competition. Over the years, the event evolved into a festival that is open to the public and showcases Seminole and other Native American arts, crafts, dances and traditions. On Friday, the festival hosts Kids Day which is open to area school children. School buses from all over South Florida transport elementary school children to Brighton Reservation, where they learn how Seminoles once lived in chickees, cooked food over open res, made their own canoes and weapons and made crafts such as sweetgrass baskets and clothing made from tiny pieces of cloth sewn into intricate patterns. The festival also includes wild animal exhibitions, alligator wrestling and native dances. In more recent years, the event expanded to invite Native Americans from all over the country to participate. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival is open to the general public. The festival weekend also includes a rodeo and XTreme Bull Riding. On Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m. the parade is at 10 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 3 p.m.; on Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and XTreme Bullriding starts at 3 p.m. The festival grounds are next to the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena, o State Road 721 in Glades County. For more information, call 863467-6039 or go online to www. REZRODEO. com. 75th annual Brighton Seminole Reservation Field Day and Festival celebrates history and traditionsTraditional crafts are showcased in the native village.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2013 L Looking for an educational place to take the family where they can see wild animals? South Floridas animal attractions o er a variety of choices. Meet the friendly deer at Arnolds Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. See lions and tigers at Animal Adventures. Hold an alligator egg while it hatches at Gatorama. There are plenty of animals to see, photograph and even touch, in the Lake Okeechobee area.GatoramaGatorama, one of Floridas original roadside attractions is a living piece of Florida history. Since 1957, visitors have come to P almdale to see alligators and crocodiles sun, swim and interact in their natural habitatas well as jump out of the water at the feeding stations. In addition to the gators and crocs, v isitors who wander along the wooden w alkways can see panthers, bobcats, raccoons, peacocks and tropical birds. The facility, home to thousands of alligators and hundreds of crocodiles, was built in 1957 by Cecil Clemons. At that time, U.S. 27 was a two-lane road. Cecil decided that tourists visiting Florida w anted to see three things: the beach, orange trees and alligators. Alligators were already living in the area so Cecil bought the land, fenced the gators in and built a walkway so tourists could watch them from a safe vantage point. Alligators can live up to 70 years in captivity, and some of the big gators h ave been there since the park opened. The rst crocodiles were brought into Gatorama in 1968 before they were an endangered species. The natural range of the American Freshwater Crocodile is from Sanibel Island south. Gatorama has the only productive breeding colony of American Crocodiles in the United States and is one of few facilities permitted to accept nuisance crocs from the wild. The park is now home to seven species of crocodiles, including the rare Cuban Crocodile. David Thielen was raised in Lakeport. After a career as an army o cer he retired and purchased Gatorama. At about the same time it became legal to farm alligators in the state of Florida. The park has remained in the family since. The combination of tourism and aquaculture has been a successful one. Allen and Patty Register moved to the farm in 1989 and began managing it for her parents, Marietta and David Thielen. The Registers purchased the farm in 2006. Both are native Floridians. Pattys family has been in Glades County since 1920. Allens family settled in North Florida around 1850. Their children, Benjamin and Erica are also involved in the business. Erica is a schoolteacher and is Gatoramas education/and eld trip coordinator and writes the curriculum for school groups. Benjamin is a certi ed re ghter, EMT and is the parks head trainer/entertainer. The Registers dream was to enhance the entertainment and educational opportunities o ered to guests and to begin special events at the park. In 1998 they began o ering two shows a day (previously one a week on Sunday had been o ered for 42 years) and o ered every guest the opportunity to hold a live gator. In 2004 they began o ering Gator Night Shinings and in 2006 they held the rst ever Hatching Festival, giving visitors a chance to hold an alligator egg as it hatches. While the park has been updated with new walkways and enclosures, the Registers have been careful to maintain the original look and character of the attraction. Photographers nd the park o ers a unique chance to photograph alligators and crocodiles in their native habitat. Gatorama is often used as a backdrop fo r commercial lms and photography. Gatormas animals h ave been seen on National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, The Outdoor Channel, BBC World News, The Today Show, Animal Planet, Food TV and more. The attraction is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except fo r Easter, when they open from noon to 5 p.m. They are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Alligator shows are 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monda y through Saturday and 11:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. The park o ers discounts to seniors, military service members and teachers. There are also group rates and special education presentations. For more information online, go to www.gatorama.com. (Cover photo is from Gatorama show.) Animal attractions: Take a walk on the wild side Courtesy photoCrocodiles get some sun on their own island at Gatorama. One of Floridas original roadside atractions, Gatorama has been thrilling visitors since 1957. See ANIMALS Page 5 Courtesy photoVisitors to Gatorama can observe wildlife from the safety of covered walkways
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News February 15, 2013 Animal AdventuresAnimal Adventures, 5001 S.W. Rucks Dairy Road in rural Glades County (o State Road 70 just west of the Kissimmee River Bridge), is home to tigers, lions, and a Tigon (cross between a tiger and lioness), as well as numerous other wild creatures including snakes, coatamundi and land tortoises. All of the animals are rehomes from other facilities and private owners. In many cases they started out as someones pet and the owner could no longer controlor a ord to feedthe wild creature. Sue Pearce, who calls the big cats, my babies, runs the facility which is located on her familys 1,100 acre ranch. These animals must live in captivity in part because they were born and raised in captivity and dont know how to fend for themselves in the wild. And for some, there simply is no wild left. We, as rescuers, did not choose for them to be in captivity, but only to give them a good life and lots of love since they cant ever be released into the wild, she explained. There has been a lot of controversy over the captive big cats. People are saying they should be left in the wild and be allowed to roam free. I totally agree with this, but if there is no wild, then where are they supposed to run wild? Man continues to destroy the natural habitat of the wild animals, and continue to poach and leaves no choice but to take care of the ones that are already in captivity. This is the only way to preserve the species. Animal Adventures has special rates for groups of 10 or more. They also o er parties at the facility or transport animals to your party. For more information, call 863-447-6050 or go online to animaladventureslive.webs.com.The Talkin Monkeys ProjectThe Talkin Monkeys project in Hendry County provides a life-long home for animals that h ave been rescued from abusive private homes or released from research laboratories and breeding facilities. The main focus is to provide a home for these forgotten apes and monkeys while striving to connect people to earth-friendly lifestyles. At the heart of their mission is the desire to educate children and adults in the care required to provide these animals with a quality environment where they can thrive and enjoy the rest of their lives in comfort and security. Talkin Monkeys is a 501c3 nonpro t sanctuary. For more information online, go to www.talkinmoneyproject.org or call 863-983-2335. A NIMALSContinued From Page 4 Courtesy photoThe Florida panther is one of the many big cats who have found a home at Animal Adventures in Glades County. See WILDLIFE Page 4 2012 / 2013 1977 College Drive | Belle Glade THE LAND OF OZ AROUND THE WORLDBUY TICKETS @ www.dollyhand.org BOX OFFICE 561.993.1160 All dates, artists and programs subject to change. Cirque Zuma Zuma Fiddler on the Roof Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience Neil Simons Biloxi Blues TAP The Show! The Wizard of Oz Street Beat, Inc. SOLD OUT! TEXAS RUSSIA AFRICA MISSISSIPPI
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2013 Arnolds Wildlife Rehabilitation CenterArnolds Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc., (AWRC) is a non-pro t 501(c) educational-based wildlife care facility in Okeechobee County. They are dedicated to bringing people and wildlife together to develop a community awareness of the value of Florida wildlife. The ultimate goal is to rescue, rehabilitate, and return recovered animals to their natural habitat when possible. The facility is also now home to 13 endangered species. The non-native species nd a permanent home at AWRC thanks to donors who h ave pro vided special habitat enclosures to meet their needs. The newest residents, Black Ru ed Lemurs, are victims of the economy, said Sue Arnold. They came to AWRC from a Gainesville facility that went out of business. Also new to AWRC are Fishing Cats from Southeast Asia. While some exotic animals come from other facilities that can no longer care of them, others are dropped o by their owners or brought to AWRC after being con scated by the Florida Wildlife Commission. Mrs. Arnold said when animals are con scated, they try to work with the owners and sometimes the owners can reclaim their exotic pets. However, more often when the owners nd out the strict regulations that Florida requires for ownership of exotics, they decide theyll j ust visit them. Florida law requires 1,000 hours of training at a licensed facility over at least a one-year period before a person can obtain a license to keep an exotic or wild animal. Some native Florida animals are also permanent residents. Some had injuries that left them unable to fend for themselves. Others were born in captivity and now lack the skills they would need to survive. AWRC currently rehabilitates over 1,000 animals each year. Visitors can see more than 50 di erent species of animals. Special events include star gazing, the annual open house and the annual butter y count. Arnolds Wildlife Center, 14895 N.W. 30th Terrace in Okeechobee, o ers special programs for students and also hosts camps in the spring and summer. For more information online go to www.arnoldswildlife.org.Billie Swamp SafariGlide e ortlessly along the Airboat Trail through cypress domes, see alligators, turtles, sh, birds, raccoons and other animals in their natural environment. Splash through the swamp and view native and exotic wildlife such as bison, water bu alo, wild pigs, and ostriches up close while riding through the wetlands on a Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour, or sit back in the shade at Herpetarium Alligator and Snake Show, or Critter and Bird of Prey Show held daily. Catch an educational alligator feeding at the gator pit with stadium seating. Billie Swamp Safari is located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation at 30000 Gator Tail Trail, Clewiston in Hendry County. The 2,200 acres of untamed Florida Everglades is preserved in its pristine condition by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information, call 800-GOSAFARI or 863-983-6101. Online go to firstname.lastname@example.org.Lion Country SafariLion Country Safari o ers a unique and a ordable opportunity for visitors to take a wild African safari without having to leave the c ountry. Since 1967, the park has educated and entertained 22 million guests. With more than 900 animals from six continents, Lion Country Safari is home to the largest herd of zebras and rhinos in the country. We have animals from six of the seven continents here, and they all do pretty well in the warmer climates, said Jennifer Berthiaume, Director Public Relations & Marketing for Lion Country Safari. However, when the weather is cooler, the animals are more activeand our guests know this, it seems, because we are busier on cooler days. Lion Country Safari has more than 900 animals roaming free within inches of your vehicle including gira e, zebra, rhinos, lions, wildebeests and more. Admission includes entry to Safari World Amusement Park with animal encounters (gira e feeding, bird feeding and petting zoo) and demonstrations, rides (ferris wheel, kids train, carousel, paddle boats, water sprayground and more), games, shopping, food and thrills. The park is located on Southern Boulevard (SR80) (15 miles west of I-95/10 miles west of the turnpike in Palm Beach County). The park is open daily. For more info call 561-793-1084. W ildlifeContinued From Page 5 Courtesy photoEndangered Black Ruffed Lemurs have found a home at Arnolds Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Okeechobee County. A special habitat will be constructed for them thanks to volunteers and donations. Rare birds also nd a home at Arnolds Wildlife Rehabiliation Center. A serval relaxes at Arnolds Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
H i g h l a n d s H a m m o c k Highlands Hammock S t a t e P a r k State Park Music in the Park, Feb. 23: Bring lawn chairs or blankets & ashlight-concerts are outdoors in picnic area. Proceeds bene t park improvements via Friends of Highlands Hammock. Concert admission is $5.00 per person (accompanied children 12 & under admitted free of charge.) Park entrance fee of $6 per vehicle (up to 8 people per car) is w aived after 6 p.m. on concert nights. Food v endors will be on site with refreshments for sale. The Real Florida Run Series, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.: Age categories for this race are: 0-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 4044, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+. or runners who participate in all seven runs of the race series, there will be a Grand Prize awarded to the top three men and women overall. There will also be a trophy for the top three boys and girls, ages 17 and under. For registration information, go to http://www.3dracinginc.com. Highlands Hammock State Park is located off US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), four miles west of Sebring. Call 863-386-6094 for more information. J o h n D M a c A r t h u r B e a c h J ohn D. MacArthur Beach S t a t e P a r k State Park Feb. 16, 1 p.m., Introduction to Kayak Fishing: Ranger Bill Wilson instructs kids and adults of all ages on the basics of kayak shing. Lessons will be on land. Come and learn what equipment, tackle and gear are necessary to catch the big one. For more information and reservations, please call the Nature Center at 561-624-6952. Free with park admission. Feb. 17, 1 to 4 p.m. Bluegrass Music: The Untold Riches bring their foot-stompin and hand-clappin bluegrass music to the parks amphitheater. Just sit back and enjoy the music in Palm Beach Countys most beautiful setting. The concert is free with park admission. For more information, please call the Nature Center at 561-624-6952. March 2, 11 a.m., Geology of the South Florida Coastline: Dr. Ed Petuch will give a presentation on the geology of the South Florida coastline. The cost for the program is $5 per person and reservations are required. Please call Janice Kerber, Education Director, at 561-776-7449, ext. 104 for reservations and more information. March 3, 10 a.m., Learn to Kayak: Representatives from Adventure Times Kayaks will teach a land-based course that gives beginners the skills necessary for kayaking. Reservations are recommended. The program is free with park admission. For information and reservations call the Nature Center at 561-624-6952. March 9, 10 a.m. to noon, Sand Around the World: Education Director Janice Kerber instructs children and their families on interesting aspects of sand. There will be sands from all over the world to look at plus hands-on activities. Reservations required, please call 561-776-7221, ext. 104. Free with park admission. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S.1 and PGA Blvd. on A1A in North Palm Beach. F o r t P i e r c e I n l e t Fort Pierce Inlet S t a t e P a r k State Park Feb. 23, 9 -10 a.m., Preserving the Real Florida Hike: The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Fort Pierce Inlet State Park will o er a rangerguided Preserving the Real Florida walk to highlight why and how the Florida Park Service manages the parks natural resources on Saturday, Feb. 23. Participants will see exotic plants and learn how invasive species alter the natural landscape. Learn how park rangers use di erent methods to maintain the native plants and animals. Also tour parts of the park not normally open to the public. Program is free with regular park entry fees of $4 for individual and $6.00 for 2 to 8 people in a vehicle. For additional information or to reserve your place, please contact the park o ce at 772-468-3985. Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is located four miles east of Fort Pierce, via North Causeway. J o h n a t h a n D i c k i n s o n S t a t e Johnathan Dickinson State P a r k Park March 2, 10a.m. to 4 p.m., Florid a Scrub Jay Festival: Join the fun on Saturday, March 2 for the 2013 Florida ScrubJay Festival. There will be kids activities, music, hayrides, exhibitors, and scrubjay walks. Admission is free.Directions: To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the south: On I-95 take Exit 87 A go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left. To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the north: On I-95 take Exit 96 go east on Bridge Road to US 1. Turn right (south) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 3 miles on your right. Florida State Parks offer special events and activities 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2013 Courtesy photoJohn D. MacArthur State Beach Park Courtesy photoHighlands Hammock State Park Courtesy PhotoFort Pierce Inlet State Park Courtesy photoJohnathan Dickinson State Park
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2013 S e c o n d A n n u a l L o v e t h e Second Annual Love the L a k e 5 K 1 0 K Lake 5K-10KCLEWISTONThe Second Annual Love The Lake 5K-10K and half marathon w ill take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, starting at the Roland Martin Marina Resort in Clewiston. For more information, call 863-983-7979. H e n d r y C o u n t y F a i r Hendry County FairCLEWISTON--The Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show celebrates local agriculture. The event features a parade, livestock show and midway entertainment. The activities also include a beauty pageant and exhibits. The fair w ill be held this year from Feb. 15-23 in Clewiston. For more information, please call 863-983-9282 or go online to www. hendrycountyfair.com. S o u t h F l o r i d a A g E x p o a n d South Florida Ag Expo and E q u i p m e n t S h o w Equipment ShowCLEWISTONThe South Florida Ag Expo and Equipment Show will be held Feb. 15 at the old airstrip at 610 San Luis A ve. in Clewiston. The expo opens at 8 a.m. and will include a speaker forum, v endor demonstrations, a community luncheon, prize drawings and food vendors. Admission is free. For more information online, go to www.s agexpo. com. S w a m p C a b b a g e F e s t i v a l Swamp Cabbage FestivalLABELLEThe 2013 Swamp Cabbage Festival is set for Feb. 23-24. The festival is LaBelles hometown blast and its open to everyone! The town goes a little wild w ith a huge parade beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by two days of great entertainment, booths of unique items for sale and of course great food. Look for the boiled swamp cabbage, raw swamp cabbage salad and swamp cabbage fritters. If you have an adv enturous palate, y ou can also nd gator meat and other special treats. Saturday begins with a 5K Swamp Stomp run along a lovely route w ith glimpses of the Caloosahatchee River. The Swamp Cabbage Festival has something for everyone. Saturday: a bike show, car show, kiddie rides. On Sunday morning you can take part in nondenominational worship at Barron Park, with entertainment and festivities picking back up again after noon. There is also a shing tournament, lawnmower races and a rodeo. Check out more information at swampcabbagefestival.org. T h i s B l u e P l a n e t This Blue Planet FORT PIERCEThe Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning will present This Blue Planet with Alexandra Cousteau on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center at Indian River State College 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce. A National Geographic Emerging Explorer, lmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Phillippe Cousteau, Sr. She has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences on the often weighty issues of policy, politics and action. Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources. For ticket information, contact the IRSC Box O ce at 1-800-220-9915. O k e e c h o b e e C o u n t y F a i r Okeechobee County FairOKEECHOBEEThe Okeechobee County Fair will be held March 12-17, at the Agri-Civic Center Fairgrounds, with entrance of State Road 710. The fair includes a carnival midway, livestock shows, cooking competitions, fruit and vegetable competitions, sewing and arts and crafts competitions and more. There is even a Lego building competition and a Duct tape creations event. The Okeechobee 4-H and FFA Livestock Show will be during the fair with the livestock sale on Saturday, March 16. Fairgrounds opens at 5 p.m. MondayFriday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment will include the a petting zoo, Okeechobee Idol contest, racing pigs, horse shows, a strongman contest and more. Opening night on Tuesday, March 12, is dollar night, with $1 entrance, $1 rides and $1 items at the food vendors. Opening night entertainment will include a reworks show. B i g C y p r e s s S h o o t o u t Big Cypress ShootoutBIG CYPRESS--The Seminole Tribe of Florida will present a re-enactment of the Second Seminole War at the Big Cypress Shootout at Billie Swamp Safari located between Fort Lauderdale and Naples, on the Big Cypress Reservation just north of I-75 (Alligator Alley) Exit 49. The event is planned for Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3. The battle reenactments will take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Friday is an educational day (no reenactments). The battle reenactments honor the Seminoles struggle and sacri ce to remain in their homeland and will feature authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War. In the 1800s, a total of three wars were fought by the U.S. military against the Seminoles. These campaigns were the longest, costliest, and bloodiest of all the Indian wars. Although many Seminoles were killed or removed to present-day Oklahoma, they were never defeated, and to this day, more than 3,000 Seminoles are known as The Unconquered Seminole Tribe of Florida. The three-day event will also include music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling. Period settlers from around the country will hew wood, iron and silver crafts and depict trading techniques from the Seminole war era. For more information, go to bcshoot.com or call 800-949-6101 ext. 12125. C h a l o N i t k a Chalo NitkaMOORE HAVEN2013 will mark the 65th annual Moore Havens Chalo Nitka Festival. Chalo Nitka is one of the states oldest continuing festivals. The festival grounds are located at Chalo Nitka Park (across from the Glades County School Board O ce). The festival includes midway games, rides, and vendor booths selling food, crafts and jewelry. Events also include a rodeo and the Glades County livestock show. This year the festival is planned for March 1 and 2. The Chalo Nitka parade will be Saturday morning, March 2. For more information online go to www.chalonitka.com. S p e c k l e d P e r c h F e s t i v a l Speckled Perch FestivalOKEECHOBEEThe Speckled Perch Festival, sponsored by Okeechobee Main Street, will be held in Flagler Par k in downtown Okeechobee on the weekend of March 9 and 10. The festival starts around 9 a.m. The Speckled Perch Festival Parade will be on Saturday at 10 a.m. The festival began as a sh fry fundraise r for the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. When the original chamber folded, Okeechobee Main Street took ove r the traditional event. Over the years, the festival has grown and changed, adding arts and crafts vendors, games for children and entertainment. Due to state health laws, speckled perchwhich is a game sh and not commercially harvestedcannot be served at public events. So the sh dinner served at the Speckle Perch Festival is cat sh. B i g O B i r d i n g F e s t i v a l Big O Birding FestivalLABELLEThe Big O Birding Festival, the largest bird-themed event in South Central Florida will be held March 12-16. The four-day event will h ave a registration roost at the Port LaBelle Inn o State Road 80 in LaBelle. From there, visitors will explore Hendry and Glades Counties, which are home to more than 400 species of birds, including Wood Storks, Everglades Snail Kites, Limpkins, Painted Buntings, and others who are resident in the area from Octobe r through April as well as species that live in Florida year round. Visitors can choose a single bird tour or opt for all-inclusive four-day passes. The festival o ers exclusive bird tours led by prestigious experts, workshops with a prestigious bird photographer, birding activities, meals and transportation to and from birding sites. For more information online, go to www.BigOBirdingFestival.com or call 863-675-0125. M e g a c o n MegaconORLANDOMegaCon, the larges t comic book, anime, science ction, fantasy, gaming and multimedia event in the southeastern United States, will take place March 1517, at the Orange Count y Convention Center, 9800 International Dr. in Orlando. The annual event attracts around 50,000 visitorsmany of them come dressed as a favorite characte r from a comic book, movie or video game. Visitors can meet stars from movies and television, writers and artists. At the 2013 Megacon, the original cast of Sta r Trek: The Next Generation will provide a special event on Saturday, March 16, in Hall F, at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information online, go to www.megaconvention.com. Area festivals and special events ...