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Luna family ghting to keep their property, SFWMD trying to take land by eminent domainBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News Attorneys for a local ranching family argued this week that the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) eminent domain case is riddled with errors, due to a lack of research, and should be dismissed. The case (#472012CA000251) centers around the district’s wanting to acquire over 300 acres along the Kissimmee River that belongs to members of the Luna family. The district is claiming the property is needed for the Kissimmee River Restoration Project. Attorneys representing the Luna family on Wednesday, Feb. 27, presented oral arguments to Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Metzger as to why she should dismiss the district’s case. They presented a number of reasons, which included: the district is trying to take more land than they need for the project; the petition submitted by SFWMD attorneys in this case does not match the resolution passed by the SFWMD governing board; the appraisal of the property was awed; and, the district had not proven their case. “Any of these errors are suf cient for dismissal of this case,” said Orlando-based attorney Bruce Harris, who represents Bonnie Luna Byars and BLB Holdings. Although she allowed time for the arguments, Judge Metzger told the attorneys that due to mountains of paperwork put into evidence she would not issue a ruling on the motion right away. “I’m going to want to review it. I can’t even carry all of the paperwork out of this courtroom by myself,” she said. Mr. Harris went on to argue that the errors in the district’s case are abundant and could have been avoided by simply doing proper research. “The errors are suf cient for the court to make a determination that a diligent search Friday, March 1, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 26 14.40 feetLast Year: 13.00 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. Lawyers want land case dismissedDUI checkpoint ... Page 2 Special to the Okeechobee NewsCareer and Technical Education WeekStudents at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus participate in Career and Technical Education Week in February. For more on the story, see page 8. “The government has to pay for what they’re taking. They can’t take more than they need and the y have to do it right. And, they can’t give a value to a landowner that’s based on an invalid appraisal.”William Moore, attorne y By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News After many months of planning and negotiating with county staff and state of cials developer Randall Henderson has withdrawn his proposal to build a world class RV park at Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina. Mr. Henderson’s bombshell came during the Okeechobee County Commission meeting on Feb. 28. He made the withdrawal after a lengthy discussion in which Okee-Tantie development proposal withdrawnSee LUNA Page 5 See COUNTY Page 5Dental health important ... Page 3 Program encourages families to read ... Page 16 County makes appointments to boards ... Page 12


Special to the Okeechobee News The American Red Cross of ce in Okeechobee is seeking an AmeriCorps Community Outreach and Education Specialist, serving Okeechobee County and Indiantown. The duties for this position include: Presenting to community organizations, schools, churches, businesses, and other audiences on the topics of disaster preparedness Conducting outreach in the community Working with and training volunteers Attending public and community events Assisting other AmeriCorps members w ith occasional projects or other presentations Attending weekly meetings, progress meetings, and training classes as required This position requires frequent travel (in a company vehicle) to audiences and events throughout the area. Although this is a volunteer position, AmeriCorps members receive a bi-weekly living stipend ($600 a month for part time, $1000 a month for full time). If the entire year is completed, members receive an educational award that can be used to cover educational expenses or student loans ($2,675 for part time and $5,550 for full time). Fulltime members also receive health bene ts and childcare. Anyone interested in the position can come by the of ce at 323 N. Parrott Ave. or contact Chuck Parker, Okeechobee Disaster Services Manager, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 863-763-2488 or Charles.Parker@redcross.org. Red Cross has AmeriCorps position 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 2 Okeechobee News March 1, 2013 Today: Partly cloudy. High of 68F. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low of 45F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy. High of 68F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Low of 45F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 64F. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday Night: Clear. Low of 37F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Monday: Clear. High of 68F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph. Okeechobee Forecast By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A checkpoint aimed at getting impaired drivers off the road will be conducted by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) today (March 1) on Southeast 28th St. OCSO deputies and other law enforcement personnel will be stopping vehicles and looking for signs of possible impairment starting around 10 p.m. Florida law considers a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher to be impaired. Drivers under the age of 21 w ith a BAC of .02 or higher are also in violation of state law. Sheriff Paul May said such checkpoints are a proven tool that are effective in reducing the number of people killed or injured in alcohol-involved crashes. Research shows that such crashes are reduced by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted. Besides watching for signs of impairment, members of law enforcement working the checkpoint will also be checking drivers to make sure they have the proper licensing. Taking part in the special enforcement action will be of cers from the Okeechobee City Police Department and troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol. Sheriff May pointed out that impaired drivers can expect to be arrested and jailed. Besides nes and other fees, impaired drivers can also expect to have their driver's license suspended and the cost of their insurance increased. DUI classes and other expenses can exceed $10,000, the sheriff added. Motorists are reminded if they are going to drink they should: designate a driver; call a cab or family member; or, stay home. DUI checkpoint planned Federated Republican Women’s Club formingOkeechobee has a new ladies' club, the Okeechobee County Federated Republican Women's Club has been established and is inviting new members to join us. We meet at Cowboy's in the private dining room on the last Tuesday of every month. Membership paperwork can be picked up at a meeting or by sending an e-mail to OkeechobeeCFRW@ gmail.com. Any other information can be obtained by contacting the club President, Josie Weeks-Elliott at 863-634-8474. 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 Ann Bacher, RNSchool Nurse, Florida Department of Health February was National Children’s Dental Health Month, so the school nurses from Okeechobee County Health Department and the dental students from IRSC teamed up to give all the rst graders in Okeechobee County an awesome dental health presentation. During this presentation, the students learned all about the importance of good dental health. Every child also took home a goody bag lled with the tools they need to keep those pearly whites clean and bright. It is easy to ignore our dental health and the state of our mouths, but evidence suggests a direct correlation between our overall health and the health of our mouths. The insides of our mouths are full of bacteria which form a sticky lm called plaque. This plaque coats our gums and teeth, mixes with the food we eat and creates an acid that is powerful enough to dissolve our tooth enamel if left on our teeth for any length of time. Holes in the enamel of our teeth open the way for cavities, rotten teeth and abscesses. There is more involved in keeping a healthy mouth than just brushing our teeth every day. Here are four key steps to follow for good oral health. Step 1: Brush thoroughly at least twice a day with a uoride toothpaste, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime. Step 2: Floss daily! Children under 8 years old will need a parent’s assistance. Step 3: Limit the number of times you eat or drink sugary snacks each day. Sugar left on our teeth feeds the bacteria that make the holes in our teeth. If you eat or drink a sugary snack, go ahead and brush your teeth as soon as you nish the snack. This also applies to infants who can wind up with a condition called “bottle rot.” Don’t give infants sugary drinks and never allow them to go to sleep with any type of bottle in their mouth. Infants’ gums and teeth can be brushed with a soft toothbrush or wiped with a soft cloth. Step 4: Visit a dentist regularly! For some people, visiting a dentist can be a source of anxiety. Rest assured though, you will be in good hands. At a typical dental appointment, the dentist or dental hygienist may:  Clean and polish the teeth  Floss the teeth  Apply uoride treatments to the teeth  Apply dental sealants to protect permanent molars  Take x-rays of teeth  Do an oral cancer exam  Provide education on proper oral care and answer any questions you may have. It is important to establish a dental routine early in life, even while your child is still an infant. Baby teeth are important teeth and cavity prevention starts even before the rst tooth appears! Just because your baby’s teeth are not yet visible does not mean that they cannot get cavities. Losing a baby tooth too early due to cavity or injury can cause problems with the adult teeth later in life. Some tips for caring for your infant’s mouth include:  Begin cleaning your baby’s gums within the rst few days after birth. This can be done by gently wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth.  When the rst teeth begin to appear around 6 months of age, gently brush the teeth with a soft, child-sized toothbrush and water.  Once the child is older than 2 years, begin using a pea-sized amount of uoride toothpaste. Be sure they spit it out and do not swallow it.  Continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day until you are sure they can do it correctly on their own.  Once the child has two teeth that touch, begin ossing their teeth daily. Continue to do this yourself until you are sure you child can safely and correctly do it on their own. It is recommended that you schedule your child’s rst dental exam as soon as the rst tooth erupts. This will allow the dentist to evaluate the overall condition of the mouth, gums and tooth. When planning a trip to the dentist with your child it is important to keep a positive attitude. Children often mirror the attitudes and behavior they witness in their parents and if you indicate fear or anxiety, it can easily be transferred to your child. Also, don’t make negative comments in your efforts to encourage your child to take on healthy dental hygiene habits as these may feed any anxiety or fears they may already have. A threat to “get your teeth drilled” even sounds scary to adults! Some tips for making sure your child’s dental appointments go smoothly include:  Make the appointment for a time when your child is rested and cooperative.  Never bribe your child to go to the dentist. This just reinforces the idea that it is something to be feared.  Talk to your child before going. Explain some of the things they might see or hear while in the dental of ce. Be sure to keep a positive tone. By teaching your children the bene ts o f brushing and ossing, you are helping them develop lifelong healthy habits. We have many wonderful dental providers in the Okeechobee community for both children and adults. Prior to making your appointment, check with your health care or dental insurance provider and nd out which dentists provide service under your coverage plan as well as any out-of-pocket cost that may be anticipated. When you make your appointment, it is also a good idea to discuss this with your dentist. If you are having a problem nding dental coverage for your child, speak with your school nurse as she will have a list of available resources. By following these dental tips and seeing your dentist regularly, you will be taking a step in the right direction for yourself and your children. Having a healthy mouth is an important part of living a healthy life so take care of that beautiful smileReferences: (1) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dental/ DE00001 (2) http://www.mouthhealthy.org/az-topics/b/ baby-bottle-tooth-decay.aspx (3) Colgate “Bright Smiles for Children”, Oral Health Guide for Early Childhood Educators, 2010. February was National Children’s Dental Health Month 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Fri., March 1ST Thurs., March 7THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “ A THE GIA T AYER”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “ A E HA E ”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 R PG-13 SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTWinter Rates! 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Pageant appreciatedThank you, moms, dads, and respective family members for sharing your lovely child with the community, by participating in the Speckled Perch Pageant this year. It is such a joy for me to have the permission to take all the photographs of each child who entered, whether they “won” or not. Whether they received a crown or not. To be a small part of their lives as they continue to grow up here in Okeechobee, year by year, as I watch each of them mature and coming to age is a joy. I love to hear the stories of how each dress was purchased, on-line, in a store, borrowed from a fellow classmate, or made and created, speci cally for this particular pageant. Knowing how much time, effort and money goes into each applicant just makes this all the better. I look at the mothers, grooming each child, fussing with their hair, adding the “adornments” to the wrists, earrings and it just makes me smile. The amount of caring, understanding of each child’s personality, moods, tears, is what makes a pageant what it is. Some of the little ones are so unaware of what is going on, the naiveness of the moment, is the purity of it all. They just know they are on stage, and they love it. Love the attention, the glamour, and the lights. What’s not to love about it?? Again, thank you for sharing them with me, as it just plainly makes me happy to be a part of each and every pageant here. Blessings, Bobbi PoolePuppy Pageant a successOkeechobee Main Street would like to extend a hearty thank you to everyone who assisted in making the Inaugural Puppy Pageant on Feb. 9, such a huge success! Over 25 pups participated in the competition for coveted titles such as Most Obedient, Best Dressed, Friendliest, Best Trick, Parent/ Pup look-a-like and of course, Most Adorable. First Place trophies were awarded with Second Place receiving a ribbon. All participants received a Certi cat e of Participation. We would like to extend a big congratulations to all of our winners and especially Rosco, an adorable dachshund who won the Bandanas and Bows special “Best of Show” trophy. Kudos to sponsors of the event, Bandanas and Bows, Love on a Leash and Heartfelt Memories. Thanks to Katie’s Pets who provided a gift certi cate to go with th e trophy making the win even more exciting. Our puppy vendors helped to make our da y more rewarding. We appreciate Bandanas and Bows, Heartfelt Memories, Photograph y by Bobbi and Bark “n” Style. A special appearance was made by the Humane Societ y Pet Rescue, with Belinda Forlifer leading he r dogs onto the stage with Main Street President Maureen Burroughs and Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. By the end of the even t we are pleased to announce that at least on e dog was sent to live with a new loving family. Thanks to our judges and wonderful DJ Stevie, who entertained us with the likes o f “You ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog” and “I Love My Dog.” Thanks to all of our participants and o f course our loyal volunteers, but especiall y Shelly Doyle, emcee of the event! We are all looking forward to next year! Cindy Birdashaw OKMS Executive Director Graduation party I noticed in an article about the Glades County graduation lock-in that every graduate at that event goes home with a prize. I think that is a great idea that Okeechobee County should adopt. Instead of a few students getting big prizes because they are good at gambling, how about doing a doorprize drawing where you have to stay to the end to get anything but everyone goes home with something? You could still have a few big prizes, but everyone would have an equal chance to win one and no one w ould go home empty-handed. I think the gambling idea is troubling anyway because some students cannot participate due to their religious beliefs. Surely they can nd more fun things for the kids to do instead of playing poker. They could still play cards if they wanted to, for fun, but it shouldn’t be tied to the prizes at the end of the night.  I think doing a door-prize type drawing at the end would be more fair to all the graduates. It would also give more an incentive to stay to the end of the party since anyone might wind up with a good prize if they stay. If they see others are racking in the play money and they aren’t, they know they have little chance of getting anything so why stick around? That makes it more likely the graduates -who the parents think are still at the party -might leave and get into trouble. Instead of play money used later to bid on the prizes, just give trophies to the winners of a card game tournament, a bowling tournament, a dance competition, a singing or talent competition, video game tournaments, etc. Then give out the prizes in a drawing at the very end,  I see the idea of “something for everyone” as pandering to teaching collectivism. High school graduates should understand that you win some and you lose some.  The point of giving prizes at the party is to give kids the incentive to stay there at the no-alcohol event, rather than go to other celebrations where alcoholic beverages might be involved. The events started after there were bad accidents following parties on graduation night. If they gave away the prizes by a drawing rather than bidding with fake money, it would give all of the kids more incentive to stay -not just the ones who were winning at the poker tables.Mudfest So the sheriff’s of ce stated it didn’t cost the taxpayer of Okeechobee County anything? If they’re off-duty, why are they driving a car that my tax money is paying for? Who put the gas in it to get back and forth?County spending How did the county came to be responsible for housing the Division of Drivers License when that is a state agency?  Since the services are available online and more and more people will be using them online, I would think there would be less need for new of ce space. Sometimes I think all they want is a nicer building for their employees to go to work in.  Online services help, but you have to go into the of ce to renew when you are required to e-verify. Some people have to go several times because of all the paperwork involved if a name has changed. And of course new drivers have to go in person. So I think we do need an of ce. It stinks that the state is “saving money” by passing the expense along to the counties.  Why did the county decide to spend money for a new building instead of securing and refurbishing an empty building; did that even get mentioned at the commissioners’ meeting? March 1, 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! The article in the Feb. 27, 2013, Okeechobee News headlined ”Okeechobee Community Collaborative Council meets” contained an error. The workshop instructor’s name is Harry Hernandez, not Harry Henderson as reported. We regret the error and any confusion it might have caused. Correction


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News March 1, 2013 w as not done,” he told the judge. “In Florida, the transfer of property is supposed to have exactness to it.” To illustrate that point, he reminded the judge that no survey of the property to be taken by the district was ever done. Instead, surveyors testi ed earlier in this trial that they used survey techniques. They also testied that they straightened boundary lines to make things, such as fencing, easier. “The district is required to survey the lines of taking, and they didn’t do that,” argued Mr. Harris. During last month’s portion of this trial, the respondent’s (Luna family) attorneys told Judge Metzger the family is willing to grant the district easements across their properties. However, the district is wanting to take about 263 in fee simple. This means the district would own the property outright and could do whatever it wants with the land. In all, water managers want to acquire 373 acres belonging to the family. “At the base of the argument is the government has to pay for what they’re taking,” argued William Moore, a Sarasota-based attorney representing MBL Holdings. “They can’t take more than they need and they have to do it right. And, they can’t give a value to a landowner that’s based on an invalid appraisal.” Mr. Moore was alluding to facts gleaned from the testimony of Phil Holden, an appraiser hired by the district. He pointed out that no appraisal was done on MBL property and that none of the property used as comparable sales in the appraisal had river frontage, as does property belonging to Montoya Ranch—which is owned by the Luna family. He added that the MBL property, owned by Mark Luna and his wife, does not have an easement to the river. John W. Little III, who represents Montoya Ranch, Patrick Luna and Glendoria Sutton, told Judge Metzger that Mr. Holden’s “... appraisal methodology was de cient.” During his testimony Mr. Holden said he did not appraise the MBL property “... because the district didn’t ask him to,” said Mr. Moore. He also told the judge that Mr. Holden has property in the 5-year ood plain along the river but the district has not tried to take his property in fee. “Mr. Holden was allowed to have an easement on it,” said Mr. Moore, adding that Mr. Holden still has access to the river. “But, Mark Luna doesn’t. His wife doesn’t. His son doesn’t. It’s not within their (the district) right to take property without paying for it— that we know. “They (SFWMD) have failed the validity of appraisal test,” Mr. Moore added. Mr. Harris also pointed out to Judge Metzger that the district was going to take 7 more acres than needed, and that the legal description of the property had been altered in that a line was added that not only put in an access easement, but increased the acreage that would be taken. “The legal description does not match the properties to be taken,” he said. (And) There’s no evidence the (SFWMD) governing board heard anything about preserving rights. Once the governing board said this is what we’re going to take, that’s all that can be taken.” The district also failed to complete and attach a copy of the governing board’s resolution to the petition, he continued. Mr. Harris went on to add that the whole thing boils down to money, or credit, the district will receive from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). “Federal funding, or the opportunity for federal funding, is not enough to justify taking more property than is necessary. The district is wanting to take property in fee to get more reimbursement from the Corps,” he said, adding that a 2007 letter from the USACE stated that a perpetual easement was ne and the district didn’t need to take property in fee to the 5-year oodplain. Adding to Mr. Moore’s earlier argument, Mr. Harris pointed out that the district was not going to take Mr. Holden’s property in fee up to the 5-year oodplain. Judge Metzger heard arguments Thursday from SFWMD attorney Keith Williams as to how the district’s case has been proven, and why she should deny the motion for dismissal from the respondents. Closing arguments will be held next week. LUNAContinued From Page 1 he had offered a second proposal and commissioners brought up new questions about the proposed development. To complicate the matter, there is now a second developer proposing a plan for the improvement of the park. During the course of the discussion there were several references by commissioners to a second developer, but no details were given. County Administrator Robbie Chartier later con rmed that another developer had submitted a proposal. She said it came last week and had not yet been made public, however, she said commissioners had been informed of the new proposal. Mrs. Chartier informed the commissioners that the state has a reverter clause on the portion of the park formerly known as Hog Island. She said that if the county wants to lease the property, the state wants a speci c proposal and a revenue stream. She said the state wants 50 percent of the revenue on the property. However, she added that the percentage is negotiable and they might take less if there are extenuating circumstances. About 220 lots in the proposed RV park would come under state restrictions. Planning of cial Bill Royce said the state wants all speci cs of a proposed lease before they would give approval. “One of the problems is determining what comes under the revisionary clause and what doesn’t,” stated Commissioner Joey Hoover. There seemed to be some question about the legal description of the state-controlled property. Commissioner Hoover was in favor of determining what property was involved. “I don’t know how I can negotiate with someone when I don’t know what I am selling.” “It would appear to me that biggest stumbling block is the amount of revenue coming to the county,” stated Commissioner Frank Irby. They are asking for 50 percent of the 200 lots,” said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. “It is a one-time cost to the county.” Commissioner Irby noted that if the county came to an agreement with a developer and the state wanted too much money the county could back out of the deal. Mr. Henderson explained his new proposal of a 50-year lease for the RV park and a 25-year lease for the marina and bait shop. Originally he had asked for a 99-year lease. He said his proposal included enlarging the functional public use areas. He said his proposal doubles the size of public use area and elevates the bandstand to make it more visible. “We have no desire to exclude the present population.” He said he was willing to leave the marina and bait shop out of his proposal. As for payments to the state Mr. Henderson said, “I think you have a very strong argument for not paying a dime. You are not changing the use, you are trying to improve it.” Mr. Henderson said his proposal incudes an outside loop road to provide direct access to the airboat launching area. “I don’t have any other tools in my chest. We are trying to do it at a quality level. Disne y didn’t cut anybody off by doing quality.” “I really felt like if this project came about it would help us through tough times,” asserted Commissioner Culpepper. “I have some concerns about the nancing and what interests would have to be subordinated,” County Attorney John Cassels said. He told the board that a private landowner could walk away from a similar deal that went bad. However, he said the commissioners have a responsibility for public lands. He explained to the board that there is a lot more to the proposal than tying up public property for 50 years. Commissioner Ray Domer said he thought there was a 3-to-2 vote not to pursue this matter. He did not know why it was on the agenda again. “I think we should have to readvertise to protect the county,” asserted Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton. Mr. Henderson said his rst lease proposal had been turned down. He said there was not a motion to rescind the action taken in June to work with him in developing the concept of leasing the park for private development. “I happen to really believe in your property,” he said. “We want to bring you a qualit y facility. If you are going to prolong it, I would like to withdraw.” “I withdraw without prejudice,” Mr. Henderson concluded. Larry Gabor expressed his feelings over the board’s opinion. “This is a dark day in Okeechobee and I am ashamed of you county commissioners.” He said this was a project that would generate instant revenue and had been proposed by a man who has been successful in developing 31 other R V parks. Winter visitor Marilyn Johnson said she has been coming to Okee-Tantie for 20 years. “We don’t need an RV resort,” she said. “We just need a nice campground to be able to go shing. I cannot believe you are not going to do something with that propert y that has the best access to the lake and the river.” “We do not need that property sitting vacant,” expressed Chris McArthur. “We’re not quitting,” said Commissioner Hoover. “We had one proposal on the table and the numbers did not come out right.” Travis Chambers called attention to a park in Belle Glade that is inside the dike and is run by private developer. “We have the best park on the lake. It is by far the worst managed property on the lake. It is an opportunity missed in my opinion.” Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 We have the best park on the lake. It is by far the worst managed property on the lake. It is an opportunity missed, in m y opinion.”— Travis Chambers IRSC to host job fair at Okeechobee County campusIndian River State College will conduct a free job fair for IRSC students and graduates seeking employment on Wednesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus, Williamson Conference and Education Center, 2229 N.W. 9th Ave., in Okeechobee. Representatives from several employers will be invited for interviewing and networking with prospective candidates. Attendees should dress professionally and bring a resume. Register now by visiting www.irsc.edu, click Career Services, and click Students Register Here. For more information, contact Jacquelene Burke at 772-462-7448 or email jburke@irsc.edu.Okeechobee Rotary Club plans L.O.S. T. Bike RideThe Okeechobee Rotary Club will hold their 10th Annual L.O.S.T. Bike Ride on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail on April 20, starting at 8 a.m. The L.O.S.T. ride is a great trek for people of all ages and abilities. With rides of 12, 20, 40 and 54 miles as well as a 5K walk there is something for everyone. The L.O.S.T. trail itself is world-renowned for its stunning vistas and numerous forms of wildlife. It has become a world-wide destination for bird-watching and world class shing. This great fundraising event promises to be fun for all. All entrants are provided a goody-bag with a commemorative t-shirt and more. A barbecue meal will be provided for all entrants as well as a 50/50 and a raf e for prizes. All proceeds bene t the charities of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee. For more information, email OkeechobeeRotary@live.com or call Center State Bank at 863-763-5573.


KOA hosting partyOkeechobee KOA will hold a party on Friday, March 1 with a night of dancing, music and libations. Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 band will perform. Their original Trop-rock music is a soundtrack to a lifestyle of ip ops and tank tops! Bid on a margarita blended with a 1952 Johnson outboard motor. This Keys favorite band has w on music awards for song of the year, entertainer and band of the year. All proceeds from this KOA care camp event bene t children's cancer programs administered by A merican Cancer Society. Ticket on sale at the KOA of ce or call 863-763-0231. $17 admission or $100 for a table for six. 7 to 10 p.m. Doors and cash bar open at 6:15 p.m.Eagles #9985 plan eventsEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., on Friday, March 1 will have steak night, NO FISH, from 5:30 9 p.m., followed by music with those Rockin' Harpers. On Saturday, March 2, card bingo at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, March 3, that fantastic breakfast from 9 11 a.m. On Tuesday, March 5, bingo starts at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, March 6, bingo at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.Cypress Eagles host dinnerCypress Hut Eagles will serve choice rib eye steak dinner for $14, shrimp $10, or sh $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 Music by W es and Deb. Saturday. March 2, serving baby back ribs for dinner with two sides for $10 from 4-7 p.m. Music by Hard Country Band. Sunday, March 3, Southern Fried Chicken served from 1-5 p.m. for $6. Dart tournament Tuesday, March 5, starting at 6 p.m. hamburgers will be served. The public is welcome. Tuesdays proceeds go for the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, and the rest go to the community and national charity funds. For more info, please call 863-467-1154.Group hosting yard saleSamaritan Community Outreach Center, 2602 N.W. Eighth St., will host a yard sale Saturday, March 2 from 7 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!Bake sale set for March 2The Okeechobee Presbyterian Church W oman's Group, 312 N. Parrot Ave., w ill hold its annual bake sale Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds w ill go to help support the church's food pantry.Fair Board to meetThe Okeechobee County Fair Board w ill hold their next meeting on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Chamber of Commerce of ce.DAR program at libraryDr. Sue Commerford will bring an interesting program about "The Letters of Abigail Adams" written to her husband, John A dams, the second president of the United States, to the Okeechobee Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2 Dr. Commerford is a Past Regent of Seminole Chapter, a docent at the West Palm Beach History Museum, and helped on the DAR project to move the Battle of Okeechobee Monument to the State Park site.Graves family bene t slatedA bene t barbecue for the Graves family will be held on Saturday, 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 5 p.m. tickets are a $10 donation for a chicken dinner with baked beans, slaw, bread, dessert and tea. For tickets or information, please call Micki at 863-634-4327 or Cathy at 863-763-4843.March 2 yard sale bene ts March of DimesA bene t yard sale will be held on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will bene t the March of Dimes. Tables will be $10 each, while the supply lasts. Spaces to set up your own table are $5 each. Any donations would be appreciated. To reserve a table or space, or to donate your items, please e-mail or call Marnie Ayers at 863462-5288 or 863-677-6378.Legion hosting Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on Sunday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public.Abortion Recovery class setDo you know someone who has had an abortion? Have you? Many suffer with the pain of an abortion for years and years. You don't have to! There is FREEDOM and HOPE!! Here at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, 55 N.W. Sixth St., we will start a 10-week class for those who have had an abortion. The class is taught by someone who has "been there and done that" and has great compassion for anyone in that situation. There is forgiveness and freedom available. The class will begin Monday, March 4. Please call the Center at 863-467-8748 today to get signed up.Shrine to host dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, March 5, from 4 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. Shrine Club is pleased to offer smoke-free dinning. Music is provided 5-8 p.m. Dinner is available for a $6 donation. Proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200 or the Shrine Club at 863763-3378.Commissioner hosts coffeeCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Bryant Culpepper on Tuesday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to noon and will be held in the meeting room at the Lodge at the Lake Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. No appointments are necessary. All citizens will be able to speak to the county commissioner.Local tobacco group to meetThe Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee will hold its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, March 5, at noon at the Thompson Hall located next to the Pentecostals of Okeechobee at 405 S.W. 10th Ave. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP.ConKerr Cancer "sit & sew"ConKerr Cancer's mission is to provide children with cancer or other life-changing illnesses a feeling of warmth and love through the simple gift of a pillowcase. Our next "sit & sew" will be held on Tuesday, March 5 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Ave. Bring your sewing machine and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. Easter is just around the corner so this month we will be hopping down the bunny trail' with our Easter pillowcases. If you have child-friendly cotton fabric you would like to donate, please call Joan at 863467-0290.Health Start group to meetOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at their of ce, 1132 S. Parrott Ave., in the White House Plaza. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, please contact executive director Kay Begin at the coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.Ladies group seeks membersThe Garnett Ladies, a new Red Hat group, is looking for new members. They welcome both part-time and full-time residents. The rst meeting is Wednesday, March 6 at 11 a.m., location to be announced. If you are interested in having fun, call 863-824-2271. Please call ahead, so we can make lunch reservations.Parade applications takenOkeechobee Main Street is currently taking applications for the 48th Annual Speckled Perch Festival and Parade which will be held on March 9 and 10 in Flagler Park Festivities begin at 10 a.m. in the parks, with the parade following at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Main Street is looking for anyone interested in vending food, crafts, demonstrations, or entertainment. Participation in the parade is free, vendor rates vary. The deadline for the applications are March 6 For further information, please contact Cindy at the Main Street Of ce, 55 S. Parrott Ave. or call 863357-6246.Quit smoking class offeredThe Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., is offering Quit Smoking No w Classes on March 6 13, 20 and 27 at 5:30 p.m. and Raulerson Hospital located 1796 U.S. 441 N. in the inservice classroom will have Quit Smoking Now Classes on March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 3:30 p.m.Tobacco lecture offeredRick Bender, A Living Testimony to the Dangers of Tobacco, March 6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. At the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. This presentation will last an hour and is open to the public. Call Candace Pope for more information, at 863-447-9140.Surgeon to discuss advancesThe Oakview Baptist Church Senior Adult Ministry Group will present an informational program by Dr. Benjamin Epstein, an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson, on Thursday, March 14 Dr. Epstein will discuss the latest advancements and procedures in joint replacements, as well as informing the audience of the resources available in Okeechobee. The public is invited to attend. No admission fee or other fees will be charged. The program will be held at the church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., in Building A and will begin at approximatel y 12:45 p.m., following a covered dish luncheon at 12:00 noon. It is not necessary to attend the luncheon. Persons wishing to attend the luncheon MUST make reservations with the church of ce, 863-763-1699, no later than Thursday, March 7 .Shared Services meeting setThe executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee Count y will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts o f our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson 863462-5000, ext. 257. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News March 1, 2013 Community Events




2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News March 1, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News CTE Week in February began with a visit by OHS Career Specialist, Heather Gillis, to the Okeechobee Freshman Campus. Mrs. Gillis spoke to students about what CTE is: Career and Technical Education. She also explained the CTE programs offered at Okeechobee High School as well as how these programs and the industry certi cations many of them offer are valuable as students graduate and begin a degree or enter the work eld. The programs offered at OHS include: Digital Design, Accounting Operations, Architectural Drafting, Automotive Serv ice Technology, Ag Mechanics, Nursing Assistant, Building Construction Technologies, A nimal Science and Services. Introductory courses for these programs are offered at Osceola and Yearling Middle Schools. (More information on the CTE programs offered in Okeechobee Schools is available on the district website under Departments/Career & Technical Education: http://www.okee. k12. .us/pages/OkeeCSD/Departments/Career___Technical_Education. The Career Specialist will also brainstorm with students to create a list of questions to ask of the CTE teachers as they consider the programs. The second component of CTE week was a special event where the CTE teachers from the high school along with students from their programs, set up booths at OFC to give the students the opportunity to meet them and ask the questions they have about the programs. The culminating event for exposing freshmen students to all the opportunities awaiting them in our CTE programs at OHS was a "Sneak Peek @ OHS." OFC students visited OHS to observe CTE classes and see the programs in action which will better prepare them for when they schedule their sophomore classes in early spring. The goal of CTE week is to bring students to the point where they are now able to make informed choices as they choose the career path they may continue into adulthood. February was also National and State Career and Technical Education Month. Okeechobee CTE teachers were also recognized at the Feb. 12 school board meeting for a Perfect CTE Audit this fall conducted by DOE. OFC hosts Career and Technical Education Week Special to the Okeechobee NewsCarey Pung (right) explains to OHS freshman how the web design class is conducted. Special to the Okeechobee NewsWhile teaching his accounting class, Daryl Roehm (left) explains the importance of the class to freshman. Special to the Okeechobee NewsA senior ROTC member (center) told freshman about how the class and club is operated. Special to the Okeechobee NewsGary Howard explained the importance of his woodshop class to the freshman.


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 Certi“ed 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! At Florida Foot Specialist we treat all problems with the foot and ankle. There are a wide range of problems that affect the foot and ankle. These can range from orthopedic problems and ” atfeet to neurologic problem i.e. neuropathy. A large number of our patients are diabetic, due to the numerous complications that accompany diabetes. We also deal with fungal infections of the nails and feet, as well as vascular disorders that can cause long-term problems w ith the foot and ankle. We are also a full-service surgical practice. We perform several minimally invasive surgeries to treat a wide range of problems. Heel pain is one of the most common problems we see in our podiatry of“ ce. It is like the common cold for a Podiatrist. The majority of patients have a problem called plantar fasciitis. However, there are other causes. So a full exam is recommended to rule out these other causes. Plantar Fasciitis is an in” ammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar Florida Foot SpecialistYour Neighborhood Foot & Ankle Specialists fascia is a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the ball of the foot and even has slips that go into the toes. The main job of the plantar fascia is to hold the arch up. As you walk and your arch falls, it puts extra strain on the plantar fascia. This causes small tears and eventually thickening of the plantar fascia. The thickening causes pain on the bottom of the heel. If someones plantar fasciitis becomes so advanced that surgery is required, we at Florida Foot Specialist perform a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to release the tension on the plantar fascia and resolve the patients heel pain. The procedure is performed at a hospital but is an outpatient procedure with the patient walking out of the facility later that day. If you currently have any problem in your feet or ankles make an appointment to see us in the of“ ce today. Delaying treatment can increase the problem and require more extensive treatment. Call us at: 863-357-1166 9 Okeechobee News March 1, 2013


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. DE W O R MYO U RCA T T L ETH EEA S YWA YWI T HOU RNE WSA F E-G U A R D C C a t t l e C u b e s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s B l o c k s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s S t o p I n F o r D e t a i l s Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 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 SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 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 pastor@okeechobeecog.com 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 11 Okeechobee News March 1, 2013 By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsA city detective has stated that a suspect in a local forgery case has a similar mode of operation in that he allegedly takes checks from the elderly, forges the victim’s name on the instruments and cashes them. Jason Collier Smith, 33, S.E. 34th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 26, on felony charges of exploitation of the elderly, uttering a forged bill and grand theft. He’s being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond. In an arrest report Detective James Pickering, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that Smith took checks from an 81-year-old man and cashed them for a total of $1,300. The detective also stated that Smith was arrested earlier this month on charges of uttering a forged instrument and forgery after he apparently took checks from a 75-year-old v ictim and cashed them. “The cases are similar in that Smith gets hired to do yard work, receives a check and then cashes or attempts to cash other checks from the victims that are not authorized,” stated the detective in his report. In the latest case, Detective Pickering indicated that Smith was paid $350 by the victim for doing some yard work. But then, Smith reportedly cashed three other checks for $400, $500 and $400 that were not legitimate. The victim’s name was forged on those last three checks. “I reviewed copies of all four checks and was able to notice a signi cant difference in the three checks the victim advised he did not sign, compared to the one he did sign,” stated Detective Pickering. The city investigator went on to state that he asked Smith to provide a handwriting sample, but he refused.Detective Pickering pointed out that the latest victim has been reimbursed by his bank, meaning the bank is now the victim in the case. Local man charged in forgery case 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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Sally Huey Hat eld, 49, S.E. 66th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 26 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (roxycodone) without a prescription. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Linda Chivari Beaty, 42, S.E. 13th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 26 by Of cer Belen Reyna on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence, and a misdemeanor charge of battery. Her bond w as set at $1,000.  Camille Lamar Leach, 31, N.W. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 27 by Of cer Cesar Romero on a St. Lucie County warrant charging him with the felony of false imprisonment. His bond was set at $7,500.  Naseem Assamad, 68, N.E. 28th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 27 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and sale of cocaine. His bond was set at $25,000.  Anthony Todd Summers, 30, S.E. 23rd St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 27 by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended. His bond was set at $3,500.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 NewsAn Okeechobee man is being held on bond in the county jail and is charged w ith entering a home and stealing some appliances then selling them for scrap. Bryan Lee Gene Walburn, 19, S.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 26, on two felony counts of grand theft and two felony counts of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $16,000 bond. Detective Javier Gonzalez, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated in an arrest report that Walburn apparently helped people move out of a home. He later went back to the home and took a stove and a refrigerator. The detective stated in his report that the front door of the home was unlocked and Walburn entered the home on one occasion and took a stainless Frigidaire glass-top stove. He then reportedly returned and took a white refrigerator, added the report. According to Detective Gonzalez the items were taken to a local recycling center where they were sold for scrap. Walburn received $40 for the two items, added the detective. Man accused of taking, scrapping appliances Bryan Lee G. Walburn Jason Collier Smith


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In a democracy, the highest office is that of citizens.Ž „ US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We agree. Yet too many citizens feel powerless to influence the flow of events. We give people a voice. Our Speak Out column is just one example. We consider it an extension of the secret ballot and a return of the values of the American Revolution. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 12 Okeechobee News March 1, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  Vero Beach prevailed over Okeechobee in a pitcher’s duel, 2-0, as Autumn Green pitched a ve-hitter Tuesday night in a high school softball game played in Indian River County. Jaryaca Baker pitched a strong game for Okeechobee as well as she allowed only two hits and struck out seven batters. Vero Beach tallied runs in the rst and in the sixth innings to improve to (9-2) on the year. OHS fell to (4-3).  OHS baseball coach Jeff Blackstone said his team continues to work hard despite a slow start to the season. The Brahmans w ere rained out on Tuesday night against Sebastian but the game was rescheduled to W ednesday night. Blackstone said he was impressed with several players in their loss to Port St. Lucie Friday. Relief pitcher Kutter Crawford threw four shutout innings, allowed just two hits and two walks. Alex Estremera scored the Brahman run on an RBI single by Ethan Revels. “We have had a few guys start to step up on the mound and they keep us in games a little bit better,” Blackstone said. “The focus now is to improve our offensive approach and to start to put runs on the board.” Blackstone said every game on the schedule this year is tough and his team will have to play better to win games. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28, Okeechobee County Commissioners made appointments to various boards and committees. Many of the seats on these organizations expire on March 1. Children Services Council members are appointed by the governor. The board recommended that all seven applicants to that organization, Wendy Coker, Heather Hancock, Melisa Jahner, Patricia McCoy, Elizabeth Maxwell, Marty Thomas and Donna W atson, be recommended to the governor. Regular members of the construction industry licensing board Elbert Batton, Jeff Shef eld and Tony Stark were named to new terms. Scott Chapman was moved from alternate to regular member and Carl Shumate w as appointed alternate. Regular board member Tommy Hoover and alternate John Cressman were reappointed to new terms on the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board of Directors. Turning to the planning board/board of adjustments and appeals, Debra Sales was moved from alternate to regular member and Rob Wilson was appointed as a regular member. Frank Cunningham and Carl Shumate w ere reappointed to new terms on the AgriCivic Center advisory committee and Frank DeCarlo was named to the committee. Judith Mix was reappointed to another term on the library advisory committee and Brad Goodbread was named to the tourist development council. Commissioners approved an amendment to the contract with Waste Management that is designed to make the land ll more competitive. No members of the public spoke at the rst of two required public hearings to consider a proposed amendment to the Okeechobee County Comprehensive Plan. The proposed amendment addresses the compatibility of land uses in the county that are adjacent or near the Avon Park Air Force Range. The purpose of the amendment is to prevent encroachments that would restrict the use of the range. The proposed amendment will now be transmitted to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and other state agencies for review. A second public hearing will be held after the appropriate state agencies have commented. Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management District’s Okeechobee Service Center, had some good news concerning the rehabilitation of the Taylor Creek locks. After many delays, Mr. Ritter said that if last minute details go smoothly the locks will reopen on Thursday, March 7. The next day, Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m., Mr. Ritter said a land assessment meeting will be held at the Okeechobee Service Center. In the afternoon commissioner held a follow-up strategic planning session at the public safety complex. They reviewed the vision statement that was formulated at the last planning session on Dec. 13. They also reviewed the mission statement that was discussed at the last session and discussed strengths and weaknesses facing them. Commissioners make appointments to boards Salvation Army offers rental assistanceThe Salvation Army Service Unit of Okeechobee is currently taking applications for Rental Assistance. Applications can be picked up at the Service Unit ofce, 1600 # B (New Horizons bidg.) S.W. 2nd Ave. Mondays and Tuesdays, between the hours of 10 a.m. 2:30 p.m. The Salvation Army has FPL (Florida Power and Light) funding available to assist quali ed consumers. Please call 1-863-763-6020 for guidelines and information, Mondays and Tuesdays, between the hours of 10 a.m. 2:30 p.m.Homestead exemption nears Applications for Homestead exemption, Additional Senior Exemption for Person’s 65 years or older, Agriculture Classi cation and all other exemption applications should be led with the Property Appraiser’s Of ce by March 1. Agriculture renewal cards (green cards) are also due March 1. The Property Appraiser’s of ce is located at 307 N.W. Fifth Ave. in the Alderman Building. For more information, contact the of ce at 863-763-4422.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsTennis players braved wind gusts of close to 30 miles per hour as Lincoln Park defeated Okeechobee in boys and girls tennis Tuesday at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. The Greyhound boys won 4-3 in a very competitive match while the Lady Greyhounds defeated Okeechobee 6-1. In the boys match, Okeechobee got singles w ins from Cody Walker, who defeated Juan Morales 8-4 in a pro-set. Colton Root defeated A ndrew King in an exciting match 9-8. The doubles team of Walker and Brendon Jonassaint defeated the team of Cameron Slack and Morales 9-7 for the Brahmans third point. LPA dominated in both the rst and second seed matches as Kethan Rao and Cameron Slack won by shutout over Otto Ramirez and Lucas Penido. Penido got into a lot of long rallies with Slack but was unable to solve his ground strokes. The wind was so bad that serves that normally would be in by two feet, were blown out of bounds in the boys match. The Lady Brahmans were led by Jenna Rath who stubbornly traded ground strokes w ith Alyssa McGarity before the senior prevailed 9-7. Samantha Rivero was competitive before she lost to Jennifer Gosney 8-5. Brahman Tennis Coach Morgan Ungerott said the boys match was a heartbreaker but that her team fought through the tough conditions. "We went in knowing it would be a tough match for us (LPA is 5-2), we just couldn't get the clinching point," she noted. Jonassaint's singles match with Koushal Rao turned out to be the turning point as the two players went into a tie breaker before Rao prevailed 9-8. Ungerott said the team had too many unforced errors at critical points. She praised Walker for his excellent play in the singles match. "It is nice when we have guys on that team that take care of business from the rst point," she admitted. She also praised Root for his singles win. He got an early lead and was able to win a tough tie breaker. Ungerott also praised the doubles team of Jonassaint and Walker that continue their winning ways. It was a tough battle as the Greyhounds kept the ball in play and caused a lot of long rallies. Ungerott said the team will work on being more aggressive and putting pressure on their opponents, "We need to get back to work and put pressure on our opponents in these tough matches. The guys are hungry to get better and will continue to work hard in practice." 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call me today and let me show you how Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate can work for you. We have the strength of teamwork, the reputation for results. Berger Real Estate Philip Y. Berger, Lic. RE BrokerBUYING OR SELLING A HOME?GRACIE MORTON863.634.5283 graciemorton06@gmail.com“Turning Your Dreams into an Address” Over 100 Listings INCOME PROPERTY OPPORTUNITY Multi-Family Property, close to town, quiet street. FIVE homes on 1.19 Acres. All have refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer. 1Bd/1Ba to 2Bd/2Ba. Large pool and patio area. Rentals have been extremely well maintained...A must see for anyone who’s looking for additional income!!! $269,000 Call Monique (863) 532-1150 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 13 Okeechobee News March 1, 2013 Baseball skills/coaches clinics plannedOn Saturday, March 2 a baseball/softball coaches and players clinic will be held in the Okeechobee County Sports Complex. $10 per player, $5 per coach. Coaches from 9 to 10 a.m. The clinic will include practice organization skills, hitting and elding drills, conditioning and fundamentals, and Q&A. From 10:3012:30 p.m., a players baseball/ softball skills clinic will be held in the County Sports Complex. The clinic will include hitting, elding, pitching, in eld, out eld and base running. For more information about either of these clinics, call 561-762-4533 or 772-260-9647. The clinics are presented by Hit After Hit, Inc. Lincoln Park Academy tennis teams beat OHS Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJenna Rath earned the Lady Brahmans point in their match with LPA on Tuesday at a windy Okeechobee Sports Complex. Lucas Penido returns a volley against LPA Tuesday. Penido made every point tough but couldn’t solve the ground strokes of Cameron Slack of the Greyhounds.


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Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full Time JOB OPENINGSNOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THESE AND OTHER POSITIONS: RESTAURANT SERVERS BUSSERS COOKS Competitive Pay, 401K & Insurance Bene“tsTo 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 Employment MedicalMEDICAL ASSISTANT Busy Cardiologist of ce looking for a quali ed Medical Assistant. Bilingual preferred but not required. Contact Lori at (863)467-9400 for more information. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Employment Full Time 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. Computer/ SuppliesDell Desk top computer like new, with Brand new printer with ink. asking $250.00 for all. Call for details. 561-924-5772 FurnitureWhite Ratan Dining set, 6’ round beveled glass top, 6 matching chairs with cushions and casters, very good condition. Call 863-763-6706 MiscellaneousHome Theater Surround system model KA4210 new in box cost $3,495 will sell $1,200 o.b.o. 1969 Rock-ola Juke Box with over 1,500 45’s, 15 Elvis Presley albums $1,000 o.b.o. Call 863-623-4412 leave message. Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 Apartments Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780 TAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished $650 mo. 1st, last & sec. dep. 561-352-4243 Houses Rent2BR DUPLEX, CLEAN, QUIET. DIXIE RANCH ACRES AREA. PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL. $550/MO., WATER & LAWN MAINTENANCE INCLUDED. $400 SECURITY. 863-610-0001 For rent: 2bd/2ba 1 car garage, split plan Oak trees on lot, great area for children. Call: 863-634-9330 863-467-2541 Houses RentEverybody loves this charming 2bd/1ba house in Lake Port, cracker style, very private and quiet. $600/mo. Room for 2 people and references required Call: (863)946-0456 Houses SaleOKEECHOBEE HOME FOR SALE $69,900, Well Maintained 2 bd/ 2 ba home, eat in kitchen, formal dining, living room, Florida Room, new A/C, additional storage building and 4 car detached garage wired for 220 and 110 Volt Electric, and 3 car carport. Public access dock about 1/2 mile from Community. For more info Call Optima One Realty @ (239)848-2071 or (352)243-6784 Lots SaleBHR Waterfront double lot for sale on Trout St. 100’x135’ w/135’ of solid seawall. Ready for your mobile home w/utilities. $48,000. Call 561-908-1959. Use Your Tax Money for a Down Payment Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income Vacant Land 6+Acres, located at, 20 NE 363rd Ct., Okeechobee, $28,900. Visit www.roselandco.com\82H, Drive by then call (866) 523-5742. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds 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 RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2BR, 2BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3BR, 2BA, C/Air. $550 mo. No pets. Yearly lease, plus sec. (863)763-4031 FOR RENT 2 BEDROOM 1.5 BATH MOBILE HOME, WASHER & DRYER, CENTRAL AIR, FURNISHED, NICE PARK $450.00 MONTHLY CALL 812-989-3022 On The Rim Canal 2 sm travel trailers not in a park 1br each 1 with enclosure $450. mth, the other is $400. mth incd ele/gas, sec dep $300. no pets. 863-697-0214. Treasure Island For Rent Waterfront 1/1 furnished trailer, Direct Tv and electric included $125.00 weekly plus security Call 863-517-5111 Mobile HomeSaleOlder Single Wide in 55+ Park, w/screened room, porch and dock on Taylor Creek. 1/2 mile from Walmart $6,500. or best offer Call 828-208-0980 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 14 Okeechobee News March 1, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Factory Liquidation sale, 3 Stock models must go, $39K off select 2012 models, John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 *PRICE REDUCED* Mobile Home for Sale 2bd,1 updated bath, 12’ by 24’ Florida room w/tile oor, windows. Metal roof over, very safe, Lots of light. Brand new A/C w/heat strip, new thermostat. Fully furnished, new washing machine, new refrigerator, new microwave, dishwasher, etc. Lots of extras. Brand new kitchen cabinets. Wall hugger recliner/massage couch,loveseat rocker/recliner. Queen size bedroom set in master. 2 yard sheds, 1 w/electric, window and workbench. Long carport, quiet street, nice neighbors. Asking $22,000.00 negotiable. Owner nancing for half. Call 863-467-7996 Boats02 RANGER BASS BOAT 90 MERCURY, LOW LOW HOURS, GARAGED KEPT, EXCELLENT CONDITION $7,350.00 CALL 863-319-7410 2011 Lowe St. 195,90hp, trolling motor 8ft Minn Kota Talon,(2)23 gallon live wells, sh nder,4 tanks of fuel since new. Warranty good thru Aug. 2015. Located in Buckhead Ridge. $16,500 724-388-4075 Campers/RVs36ft 99 Damon Intruder 2 slides, Triton V-10, 41,000 miles, new tires and battery, ex. condition. $19,500 Call 813-447-1234 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Fifth Wheels2000 Travel Supreme 5th Wheel 36 ft w/2 slides, washer/dryer, very clean a must see $12,500 Call 863-763-7395 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Pickup Trucks1994 Chevy 1/2 ton p/up automatic trans., air, V-6 78,000 miles excellent condition $2,900 Call 812-989-3022 Sport Utility2003 Chevy Tahoe Model Z-71, 4x4, Black, Bose sound system, Fully loaded w/leather interior and moon roof. $5,500 Call and ask for Jim 863-467-8559 Public Notice CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, March 5, 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.cityofokeechobee.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 Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 437628 ON 3/1/2013 NOTICE 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 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 3-9-13 @ 10:00 AM Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 437391 ON 2/24;3/1/2013 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2013, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 437800 ON 3/1/2013 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 472009CA000214CAXXXX GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC Plaintiff, vs. RICHARD H. CHANDLER, et al Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of foreclosure dated November 29, 2012, and entered in Case No. 472009CA000214CAXXXX of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Florida, wherein GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC, is Plaintiff, and RICHARD H. CHANDLER, et al are Defendants, the clerk will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, beginning at 11:00 AM in the OKEECHOBEE County Judicial Center, Second Floor, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes, on the 6th day of March, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 8 AND 9, BLOCK 36, SUBDIVISION OF A PORTION OF OKEECHOBEE PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 28, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.and all xtures and personal property located therein or thereon, which are included as security in Plaintiffs mortgage, Any person claiming an interest in the surplus funds from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated at Okeechobee, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Florida, this 30th day of November, 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of said Circuit Court BY: Sandra L. Creech As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 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 sta noti cacion 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 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 432636 ON 2/20,27;3/1/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A PLANNING WORKSHOP ON FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013 AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE FACULTY CLUB ROOM AT TORREY PINES INSTITUTE FOR MOLECULAR STUDIES, 11350 SW VILLAGE PARKWAY, PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA 34987. ANY PERSONS SEEKING CLARIFICATION REGARDING ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 436830 ON 3/1/2013 15 Okeechobee News March 1, 2013 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. 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