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Publication Date: 03-03-2013
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Sunday, March 3, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 27 14.38 feetLast Year: 12.99 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax OHS softball team beats Suncoast ... Page 16 Have trouble sleeping? Help is available ... Page 8 Flag football season preview ... Page 12 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Will a private developer rehabilitate Okee Tantie Campground and Marina? Even as Okeechobee County Commissioners discussed the offer of developer Randall Henderson at their Feb. 28 meeting, they alluded to a yet to be publicized proposal from a second developer. After a lengthy discussion, Mr. Henderson withdrew his offer. But what of the other offer referred to? The Okeechobee News has acquired a copy of that proposal. Okeechobee County Administrator Robbie Chartier said that while the commissioners were aware of the second developer, that proposal had not arrived in time to be publicl y Developers want to lease Okee-Tantie By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Army Corps of Engineers is once again working on plans to improve the safety of the Herbert Hoover Dike. Public meetings were held in Clewiston on Feb. 26 and Okeechobee on Feb. 28 to discuss the initial phases of a Dam Safety Modi cation Study that is underway. The Corps is conducting the DSMS to determine the nal phase of rehabilitation projects for the dike, a 143-mile earthen structure that encircles Lake Okeechobee. The Corps has been engaged in projects since 2007 to address concerns with the dike's integrity. "The results of the Dam Safety Modi cation Study will be used to de ne the nish line for this major project," said Tim Willadsen, Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Manager. "We will continue to reduce risk by replacing water control structures around the lake through 2018; this study will be Corps continues dike workSee DIKE — Page 10 Special to the Okeechobee News/ ACE(Photo above) The Herbert Hoover Dike consists of a 143-mile embankment system surrounding Lake Okeechobee. The Jacksonville District is working to reduce the risk of embankment failure by installing a cutoff wall, along with the removal and replacement of water control structures (culverts) around the lake. (Below) A dragline on a barge with a long-arm conveyor system is shown on Lake Okeechobee, in this 1966 photo from the Florida Archives Reference Collection. This system was to enlarge the Herbert Hoover Dike around the shore. See OKEE-TANTIE — Page 10 Local businesses have lost over $20,000 so farBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News A detective is actively involved in hunting down the person or persons who used stolen credit cards to buy over $20,000 in goods from two local businesses. Detective Susan Morrison, o f the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), said the people involved in the thefts have used different credit cards in the local transactions. She's been able to trace one of the stolen cards to Toronto, Canada, and it appears another may have been stolen in Texas. "They're using all types o f credit cards," she said. In one local transaction, the suspect(s) bought items totalling $19,000 with bogus cards. The detective's investigation has also turned up a second transaction Crooks used stolen credit cards, says detectiveSee THEFT — Page 12

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Special to the Okeechobee News The sad truth about boating and kids is that children don’t always wear a correctly sized life jacket, and some kids even go without simply because of poor planning. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a life jacket loaner site in your area, boating parents can borrow a properly tting life jacket for the day or weekend at no cost. If you operate a waterfront business, organization or government agency, you can help by applying to become a new loaner site for the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water’s Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids. The largest and longest running free nationwide life jacket loaner program offers a range of child and teen-sized life jackets at over 500 loaner sites nationwide. Since the program began nearly 20 years ago, at least three children’s lives have been saved by wearing a BoatUS Foundation loaner life jacket and each year life jackets are loaned out over 140,000 times. The boating nonpro t is looking to add at least 40 new life jacket sites this year. There is no cost to host a loaner site, but applications will only be accepted until March 31, and those that meet the program’s guidelines will be posted to the Foundation’s Facebook page for public voting. “We want applicants to help spread the word about keeping kids safe with our life jackets, and also draw positive publicity to their business or club,” said Outreach Manager Alann a Keating. To apply or for more information on the program, visit www.BoatUS.com/Foundation/LJLP. BoatUS promotes life jacket loaner program Today: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 63F. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tonight: Clear. Low of 37F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Extended ForecastMonday : Clear. High of 68F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Monday Night : Clear. Low of 46F. Winds less than 5 mph. Tuesday : Clear. High of 77F. Winds less than 5 mph. Tuesday Night : Clear with a chance of rain. Low of 52F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Wednesday : Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 79F. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Wednesday Night : Clear. Low of 45F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday : Clear. High of 73F. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 OFFICIAL NOTICEGlades Electric Cooperative Inc. Annual Meeting Saturday, March 16, 2013Lake Placid Middle School The purpose of the meeting is to elect trustees, vote on a proposed bylaw change and hear ocers annual reports. Registration, entertainment and voting will begin at 8 am. The business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Join us for great entertainment, fun and prizes, including a 2003 Ford F150 4x4 extended Cab for one lucky member. Plan now to attend! 2 Okeechobee News March 3, 2013 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsLunch at the LodgeGrand Oaks residents enjoyed having lunch at The Lodge. All who attended loved the decor and the friendly atmosphere. Some residents ordered specialty items from the menu while others enjoyed the buffet. Great fun, great food and friendly service were just a few comments shared. Special to the Okeechobee NewsExpo winnerCongratulations to Healthy Start Coalition’s Health Expo winner Toni Crews. Special to the Okeechobee News Affordable Art & Framing will host a “Caulion Singeltary Gala” featuring a showing of the works by the legendary Audubon Photographer, Caulion Singeltary. Meet Cal and hear his many wonderful adventure stories from when he captured some of his oncein-a-lifetime photographs. The exhibit is free for all to attend. The exhibit will be open to the public on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other local award-winning artists who display at Affordable Art & Framing will stop by both days. Affordable Art & Framing is located at 110 S.W. 14th St. Originals and prints will be available for purchase. For more information, please call the gallery at 863-357-3200. See you at the Gala! Caulion Singeltary exhibit planned There are so many children in our Okeechobee Community today, in need of loving foster and adoptive homes. These children are infants, toddlers, teens and sibling groups. Will you make a commitment and open your heart and home for a child? Hibiscus Children’s Center Foster Parent Program and Adoption Services will guide you through the steps to make this a reality for you. The rst step is to attend our free 30 hour MAPP Class, Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, to be held in Okeechobee. Classes begin on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Please contact Janet Steward to register and/or for additional information, or visit our website: www.hibiscuschildrenscenter.org or call 772-340-5044 ext. 415 or email jsteward@hcc4kids.org. Foster parent & adoption classes available

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Speckled Perch Festival and Parade applications openOkeechobee 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. A rt Auction to bene t YMCAThe 2013 Art Auction will be held on Thursday, March 7, at 6 p.m. at the YMCA of the Treasure Coast's Louis Dreyfus Citrus branch in Indiantown. To be part of something greater like the YMCA's Indiantown Children's Art Auction, please contact Shawn Keil at 772-215-9780. Each tax deductible dollar contributed to the YMCA's children's auction goes directly to making Y programs available to those who need it the most.Orthopedic 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 w ell 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 approximately 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 w ith the church of ce, 863-763-1699, no later than Thursday, March 7 .Bowling tournament to bene t mission outreachLucky Lanes in Okeechobee will host The Okeechobee Open bowling tournament April 26-27. This tournament is a handicapped tournament with two divisions. A singles division has a cash prize of $1,000 (based on entries) to the winner and a fourperson team division has a cash prize of $1,500 (based on entries). This tournament is an "open" tournament meaning it is open to all players male and female, young and older. Call tournament director James Dawson at 863-447-2715, if you would like more information or register for the tournament. The proceeds of this tournament go the mission outreach of children and families in New Orleans. This tournament is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee.Free Quit smoking classesThe Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., is offering Quit Smoking Now Classes on March 6 13, 20 and 27 at 5:30 p.m. Raulerson Hospital, located 1796 U.S. 441 N., will have Quit Smoking Now Classes on March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the inservice classroom.For more community events, see page 6. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 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 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 3 Okeechobee News March 3, 2013 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In what could be a short meeting Tuesday night, the Okeechobee City Council will act on two recommendations and award a contract. The city code enforcement board has forwarded a long-standing code violation situation to the city council for action. On Dec. 8, 2011 a ne of $25 a day began on the 408 N.W. Fifth St. property of Barbara Mills for general cleaning and public nuisance. The ne had grown to $10,825 as of the code board meeting on Feb. 12. Because of past problems the board did not think the owner would allow the city access to the property. Therefore, the board has recommended that the city council take legal action to obtain access to the property in order to clean it up. The council is also scheduled to award a contract under the FY2011 Community Development Block Grant House Rehabilitation Program. The last item on the agenda is a recommendation from the city's technical review committee. At their meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, the committee considered reducing the number of parking places required for the county's new tax collector/property appraiser/drivers' license of ce building to be built on the southwest section of the block that is the site of the current property appraiser/tax collector of ce building. After hearing from the applicant and city staff the committee recommended that the city council nd that there is suf cient surplus on street parking in the immediate vicinity of the new building to justify the reduction of the required paring spaces by 13. The committee further recommended that the city council determine that there is suf cient surplus on street parking in the immediate vicinity of the proposed building to justify the deferral of the 14 required off-street parking spaces. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City council to act on county's parking request If you go ...What: Meeting of the Okeechobee City Council When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 Where: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The ongoing dispute between the U.S. A rmy Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District (COE) and the residents of River Acres still has not been settled after almost two y ears. It all began in March of 2011 as part of a Kissimmee River Restoration Project. In the subdivision there are two connecting canals that were apparently built by developers to give residents access to the Kissimmee River. A s part of the restoration project, the end of one canal joining the Kissimmee River was blocked and the end of the second canal was extended to join the river at another point. A bridge was built over one of these canals. Some property owners claim that a vibratory compactor used in the construction of the bridge caused cracks in their houses. That has resulted in three meetings between COE and the residents who were told to le claims for damages. Six residents led for damages. All six of those claims were denied. Information released by COE said that the claims of residents were denied as the result of an engineering report that showed the damage was not caused by the vibratory compactor. Richard and Terri Sweet are among those who claim damage. Their home is located 700 feet from the construction site and has cracks they claim were caused by the compactor. Mr. Sweet is president of the homeowners association. The Sweets do not agree with COE. They say the rst engineering report was hired by the original contractor and did not involve the use of the vibratory roller they claim is responsible for the damage. They said the second engineering study, commissioned by the COE, did no testing, but used the data from the rst test and inspected the damaged houses. Mr. Sweet said that at the Feb. 26 meeting, residents learned that the COE, who had dismissed the rst contractor, had hired another contractor to nish the restoration project and that this new contractor would also be using a vibratory roller. River Acres residents have exhausted their avenue of appeal to the COE. Their next step is the court system. The Sweets sa y they are going to hire an attorney and thin k other residents will do the same. Kim Love, one of the residents whose claim was denied, would like to see a court injunction to stop the use of the vibrator y compactor. "They do not want to admit they are doing anything wrong," she said. Her rst claim was $60,000. She was told that the maxim that the Jacksonville District could pay was $50,000. So she resubmitted a claim for $50,000. "They denied everything," she said. "It's unbelievable to me they could destroy these homes and walk away." Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Corps denies damage claims at River Acres

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What Must I Do to Be Saved?By Calvin H. Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist ChurchIsaiah 52:10—“The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” Acts 16:30—“And [he] brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Billy Sunday told of a man who came to him and said, “I will cut out the booze and get on the water wagon,” “Good; what else?” “Of course, I am a gambler; I will quit gambling and I will never touch a pack of cards.” “All right; what else?” “I am a bad man, and I will live a clean life.” “Good; what else?” He said, “If I quit these things, I think they cover about all. I will quit drinking, swearing, stop gambling, and I will quit being impure.” Billy said, “Good. Give me your hand and say you will accept Jesus Christ as your Savior,” He said, “No, I will not. If I stop those things, I won’t need to do that.”—Bible Illustrations. What can I do to be saved?” You are not expected to do anything but believe and receive the provision of God. He took care of that 2,000 years ago on the cross of Calvary— Jesus did it all when He said “It is nished (Jn. 19:30). What is salvation then? Salvation is the Provision of God in the Person of Christ. THE PROVISION OF GOD—“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isa. 7:14). Immanuel means “God with us.” Abraham told Isaac that God would provide Himself a lamb—and He did. Jesus is the provision of God. The story of Joash is an Old Testament picture of God’s Providence (2 Ki. 11:1-18). When Satan tried to destroy God’s promised Seed by using Joash’s own grandmother to destroy him, God spared his life by hiding him in the temple. But the line of David was reduced so there was only one survivor. Joash, was one year old when he was hidden. He was hidden in the temple for six years. During that time the bloody queen ruled the land. This was not the rst nor was it the last attempt of Satan to destroy God’s promise of salvation. Over and over again Satan made attempts to try to destroy the Seed that would give birth to Christ. That is why he put it in the mind of Pharaoh to have all the male babies murdered in the land of Egypt. Then he used wicked Haman to have all the Jews exterminated in the time of Queen Esther. After Jesus was born, he worked through old Herod to kill all the baby boys around Bethlehem. The cross was another attempt to destro y Jesus but Satan got a big surprise. As always he used the fallen nature of man but littl e did he understand the effect it would hav e on the human heart. A little girl in a missionschool sat on the front seat; and, when th e superintendent was telling about how the y hanged Jesus on the cross, the tears came to her eyes, and she had to get up and go out. In the afternoon she came back smiling; and the superintendent asked her, “Mary, wher e did you go this morning?” And she said, “Oh, teacher! I could not stand it when you spok e to us about Jesus being nailed on the cross; for I felt just as if I helped to pound the nails in; and I went off a little piece from the school, and got down on my knees, and told Jesus that my sins helped to hang Him on the cross; and I asked Him to please forgive me for helping to kill Him; that I was so sorry! but now I feel so happy!” THE PERSON OF JESUS—God provided a Lamb (See Jn. 1:29, 36). Jesus came not onl y to reveal the Person of God but to give His Lif e a ransom. Let’s ask the same question the Philippian jailor asked, “What must I do to be saved?” First you must know that we have all sinned — “For all have sinned and come short of th e glory of God” (Ro. 3:23). Then we must kno w that sin must be paid for— “For the wages o f sin is death….” (Ro. 6:23). But there is good news, Jesus Christ paid for our sins—”Bu t God commendeth His love toward us, in tha t while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Ro.5:8). But, you may ask, what does that have to do with me? What must I do? The only thing you can do is call upon the Lord. The Bibl e spells it out—“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). Those who have called upon the Lord can know that they are on their way to heaven because God has promised” He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life...” (Jn. 3:36). “But as many as received him, to them gav e He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12) One day the great artist, Michelangelo, stood outside a window. Inside he saw a canvas with a few brushes and paints next to it. All that was missing was the hand of the artist. “Oh,” cried Michelangelo, “if I could only b e inside, what a picture I could paint!” That’s exactly what Christ wishes when He stands outside your life. “Oh, what I could accomplish, i f only I could get in!” Allow Him to get in. Open the door of your heart. Believe on Him. Then He will bring peace to your troubled soul. — Illustrations of Bible Truths. Pope retires A lot has been said about the Pope dec iding to step down. I think it was very wise and brave for him to admit that he is no longer physically up to the job and it’s time to let s omeone younger take over. Too often folks hang onto jobs they can no longer do well, especially those in positions of power, even t hough they have enough money to retire. It’s better to recognize that you are slowing down and it’s time to let someone else have a chance. W ords hurt This was on Facebook but I think it s hould be shared with everyone. “Words make a difference. That girl you called a ‘slut’ in class today? She’s a virgin. The boy y ou called lame? He has to work every night to support his family. That girl you pushed down the other day? She’s already b eing abused at home. The girl you called fat? She’s starving herself. The old man you made fun of because of the ugly scars? He fought for our country. The boy you made fun of because he was crying? His mother is dying. You think you know them? Guess w hat: You don’t.”Sequestration Will the Republicans fold or will the Democrats actually cut spending?  If they do cave in, they all need to be t hrown out. So we can get people we need w ith the nerve to stand up to the White house and get this country back on the right t rack before it’s too late. If it is not already.  POTUS keeps using the phrase “If Congress allows this meat-cleaver approach to t ake place...” Well, give me the “cleaver” and I’ll show them just how quick I would s wing it to hit the bone, something that s hould have been done long ago. And what he isn’t telling about the sequestration is that is chump change as to what will happen at t he end of March if they can’t come to a budget compromise and the entire government w ould shut down.  Why does he only harp on dire consequences instead of trimming off the fat that has sunk this country’s budget? Simply take a read of Senator Tom Coburn’s Waste list for 2012; it easily lists $19 BILLION in fat for just one year that does nothing but feed little pet projects. But “NO,” Obama wants to start cutting programs that are most important to make the people squeal.  What manner of president/party leader agrees to a compromise of less than slightly more than 2 percent spending cuts to discretionary line items in November so as to delay further debate until after the election. Now Obama and the Democrats renege, and are out there speaking the worst sort of demagoguery of job loss, military cutbacks, re, police, teachers, and on ad nauseam.  While the Democrats are claiming that they can’t cut the budget 2 percent this year without sending the country into a tailspin, they seem to have forgotten they have already cut the household budgets of every working American by hiking the payroll taxes by 2 percent. We had to adjust our household budgets to deal with that. The government should do the same. But across the board cuts are crazy -they need to cut the extras, the fat, the special interest projects. They need to get rid of duplication of services, cancel the order for the tanks that the Army did not need or want in the rst place (but Congress ordered anyway), etc. When I took a 2 percent pay cut, I could not cut across the board -some things like the mortgage, you just can’t skimp on. So I had to look at the “extras” that are nice to have but are not really needed. I am sure there is plenty of fat to cut in the federal budget. Congress and the President don’t seem to be able to do it. So maybe they should appoint a committee of middle class folks who have rsthand experience with balancing a budget to take a shot at it. March 3, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! An error appeared in an article on page 12 of the Friday, March 1, issue of the Okeechobee News under the headline “Commissioners make appointments to boards.” Frank DeCarlo was incorrectly named as a member of the agri-civic center advisory committee. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error. Correction

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Post 64 hosting 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.County Fair Board to meetThe Okeechobee County Fair Board will hold their next meeting on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Chamber of Commerce of ce. 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 hosting dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1740 S.W. 53rd Street, 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. No appointments are necessary. All citizens will be able to speak to the county commissioner.Tobacco Free 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. All of our pillowcases will be donated to St. Mary's Hospital, Palms West and Lakeside Hospital in Belle Glade. Easter is just around the corner so this month we will be hopping down the bunny trail' with our Easter pillowcases. If you have childfriendly cotton fabric you would like to donate, please call Joan at 863-467-0290.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 Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, please contact executive director Kay Begin at the coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.Want to join new Red Hat group?The Garnett Ladies, a new Red Hat group, is looking for new members, 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.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. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Betty L. Norman, 74 OKEECHOBEE Betty L Norman passed away Thursday, Feb.28, 2013 in the Hamrick Home Hospice. She was born Jan. 5, 1939 in Gainesville, Fla. She had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1955 coming from Kenansv ille, Fla. She was a loving wife and mother. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 y ears, Alfred Norman of Okeechobee and three children; son, Jimmy Norman of Okeechobee; daughters, Debbie Stokes (Steve) of Lorida, Fla., Sandy Arnold (Deroy) of Okeechobee; she is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jennifer Smith, Cole Pearce (Missy), Chad Johnson (Jennifer), Victoria Norman, LeAnn Stokes, Paige Norman, Cody Norman and seven great grandchildren. Mrs. Norman is preceded in death by her Parents; Rex and Lola Gardner and a son, Bobby Norman. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 11 a.m. until service of 1 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Pastor Monroe Arnold will be of ciating with interment to follow in Ft. Drum Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Jack E. Foust, 88OKEECHOBEE Jack E. Foust died at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Jack was a native of Ohio and a resident of Okeechobee for 34 years. He was a retired postal employee. Jack enjoyed reading and working crossword puzzles. He proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII and the Korean Con ict. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Foust; two grandchildren, Amy and Adam Paquet; sons-in-law, Lauren Paquet and Gene Paquet; a brother, Lee Foust; and a sister, Irene J ones. He is survived by three daughters, Susan (Mike) Reed of Levering, Mich., Dianne Paquet of Carp Lake, Mich., Denise (Clare) McNally of Interlochen, Mich.; four grandsons; two granddaughters; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Lou Birecki ; and one half-sister, Gail Hobrook, both of Levering, Mich. There are no services planned at this time. Veterans were very dear to Jack's heart, so if friends desire, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the DAV Charitable Serv ice Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076. Friends may send online condolences to w ww.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 3, 2013 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 Bass Fishing Trips Duck Hunts Turkey Hunts • Gator Hunts Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! Friday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Thera py R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Ma mmography, MRI, Nu clear Medicine, & Ul trasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensa tion We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.n ewszap.com R H H H R C S M. S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 7 Okeechobee News March 3, 2013 Livestock Market Report Prices held up pretty good this week in spite of the severe winter weather occurring in the plains states. Truck movement has been dif cult and cattle shipments have been affected. For prices to stay where they are, to me, shows a pretty strong market. Cows were a little stronger and calves were nearly steady. Chase Pearce, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.75 bought by Foy Reynolds. Clay Jowers, St. Cloud, topped the cow market with a high of 92.00 bought by Central Beef. Advance rodeo tickets for Cattlemen's Spring Rodeo, March 9 and 10, are now on sale at various local retail stores around town at a discounted price. Get yours today! See ya next week, Todd Sports News in BriefBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News James Touhey tossed a one-hit shutout to lead Sebastian River to a 2-0 win over Okeechobee High School in a District 12-7A baseball contest Wednesday night. Christian Crews had Okeechobee's only hit, a scratch in eld single with one out in the seventh which broke up the no-hit bid. Okeechobee got a strong pitching performance of their own from junior Kutter Crawford, who allowed just four hits to the Sharks, (2-3). Okeechobee fell to (0-5). The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but was delayed one day by inclement w eather. The OHS Lady Brahman softball team got their bats tuned up Wednesday and it w asn't the opposition pitchers that stopped them. The weather turned rough in Port St. Lucie and the game was suspended in the seventh inning with Okeechobee on top 13-3. Jaryaca Baker had a three-run homerun and Jessi Osceola and Bethany Stuart also went deep for Okeechobee. The game w ill be completed on March 8, when the two teams are scheduled to meet for another full game in Okeechobee. Coach Heather Gillis said she was proud of the girls for the district game effort and explained that all of the girls hit with con dence. Put on your dancing shoesThe Okeechobee Elks, meeting at VFW south, are having a steak dinner/ dance on Saturday, March 9 St. Paddy will be the theme, so wear your green. An amazing singer, "Lady Greyson," is coming from the coast. If you have not seen her perform, you are in for a treat. Tickets are on sale now. Cost will be a $20 donation. Call 863-467-2658, for additional information. Proceeds go to the Harry Anna children's camp we support.Humane Society needs volunteersThe Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/Rescue is in need of volunteers to help with of ce work and to help as kennel supervisors. Any time you can spare is appreciated. The organiation is a nonpro t with no paid staff and depends on donations and community volunteers. For more information, contact Belina Forlifer at 863-357-1104. 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.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Loss of control caused by overactive bladder or chronic fecal incontinence can seriously impact your quality of life. Do you suer from urinary or fecal incontinence? Have other treatements been unsuccessful? Raulerson Hospital oers a minimally invasive treatment option that may be right for you. It is similar to a pacemaker for the bladder or bowels. Patients have a stopwatch-sized neurostimulator implanted under the skin… in the lower back… near the sacral nerves. FEELING OUT OF CONTROL?This therapy works by targeting communication problems between the brain and nerves to help control bladder and bowel function. Regain control of your life, like more than 100,000 people worldwide have. To learn more, call Consult-a-Nurse at 763-9228. 8 Okeechobee News March 3, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News March 5–11 is National Sleep Awareness Week. Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. Raulerson Hospital’s Sleep Lap is dedicated to diagnosing and treating sleep-related disorders, all of which directly affect an individual’s daily lifestyle. Raulerson Hospital’s Sleep Lab offers patients the latest technology in diagnostic equipment, techniques to monitor and evaluate sleep disorder; and a warm, comfortable environment similar to your personal amenities at home. In the security of a monitored bedroom, a formally trained Registered Respiratory Therapist observes patients throughout the night using the latest infrared video equipment and an advanced computerized monitoring system. These devices are used to track breathing patterns, brainwaves and the heartbeat of the sleeping patient. Additionally a sensitive intercom is used to trace sounds such as snoring. Some of the most common sleep disorders which can easily be diagnosed at the Raulerson Hospital Sleep Lab include the following:  Sleep Apnea  Narcolepsy  Insomnia  Nocturnal Myoclonus Don’t let sleep disorders keep you or your family awake. Sleep disorders are usuall y easily treated. Raulerson Hospital’s Sleep Lab can develop an individual treatment designed speci cally for you. For more information, contact Raulerson Hospital at 863763-2151 or visit RaulersonHospital.com. March 5-11 is National Sleep Awareness Week Red Cross offers WSI ClassWater Safety Instructor (WSI) Class will be held at Okeechobee Sports Complex Pool in April. Cost is $100 person. WSI trains instructors through the American Red Cross to teach swimming to others through the Learn to Swim Program. Applicants must be 17 years old and have the ability to swim different strokes: Front Crawl (free style), Back Stroke, Breast Stroke, Butter y, Elementary Back Stroke, and Side Stroke. For more information, call Shellie at the Sports Complex 863-467-7667, and leave your name and number. Classes will be April 11 and 12 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classroom training will be at the American Red Cross, 323 N Parrott Ave. There will also be training at the Sports Complex swimming pool. Special to the Okeechobee NewsSeminole Students of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Feb. 22: Mackenzie Terrigno, Michael Amor, Lizbeth Garcia, Kendrick Garner, Benjamin Macedo, Giovanni Sanchez, Caleb Vega, Angel Nieto-Reyes, Mark Perkins, Luis Rojas-Ruiz, Fili Gomez, Ja’Khious Cooper, Adam Moore, Julie Castaneda, Guadalupe Lara, Sergio Pena, Aundre Baker, Rosalinda Torres, Maria Alice Calais, Daniel Mingo, Estefani Valdez, Aaron Gould, Janelly Gomez, Gabriela Delgado, Jose Elias, Brandon Mitchell and Cayden Manuel. Special to the Okeechobee News/ ESEEverglades Students of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Feb. 25 March 1 include: kindergarten students, Thomas Byars, Annisette Villalobos, Mason Broadrick, Kaden Watson, Jaylyn Rickard; rst grade students, Jakob Henderson, Leon Longoria, Alicia Johnson, Sinthia Rivera, Alejandra Salazar-Rendon, Alissia Rodriguez; second grade students, Karissa Cowles, Zarina Judilla, Kameron Carter; third grade students, Jacklin Hernandez, Jacob Brooks, Colton Courson, Breannah Garcia, Isaac Cardoso; fourth grade students; Lila Pendarvis, Ronald King, Maddox Quinlin, Jolene Sutton; fth grade students, Marissa Forde, Cheyenne Stadler, Ernesto Delira, Lionor Pea and Tydarius Cochran.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 9 Okeechobee News March 3, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsBlue Cypress RV Park donates to HospiceBlue Cypress RV Park held a golf tournament on Feb. 19, to raise money for charity and presented the donation to Hospice of Okeechobee on Feb. 27. Accepting the donation of $865 from Susie Rulong, event coordinator, and Bruce Alliger, VP of the Blue Cypress Homeowners Association, is Frank Irby board president of Hospice of Okeechobee. In her yer to the members of the park, Ms. Rulong said, "I feel it is important to give back to the charities that help us and almost everyone has experienced the kindness and helpfulness of hospice."

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 A legitimate role for the press is that of the publics watchdog.Ž Most citizens cant spend the time necessary to personally observe their public officials at work, or to determine how well public institutions are carrying out their public mission. But too many newspapers these days act more like mad dogsŽ than watchdogs.Ž Were proud to be different. We try to carry out our watchdogŽ role as humble representatives of the public, always maintaining a courteous tone and our reputation for purposeful neutrality. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 10 Okeechobee News March 3, 2013 discussed by the commissioners. The proposal came in the form of a letter dated Feb. 20 addressed to Mrs. Chartier and signed by Davidson Barlett. Mr. Barlett, along with the husband and w ife team of Andre and Odette Perreault make up Okee-Tantie Partners. Mr. Barlett has been in the RV resort and campground brokerage business in Florida since 1998 and until recently worked for Keyes Commercial Realty in Miami. He claims that he and his former associate have been involved in the sale of several RV parks in south Florida. He w as the general manger of a partnership that bought the Clewiston Holiday Trav-l Park in 2004 and converted it to a KOA Campground. By 2007 the revenue of this property had doubled. The Perreaults are successful apartment owners/mangers, marriage counselors and hotel entrepreneurs in Montreal and are looking for a business opportunity that would allow them to spend winters in Florida. They already own an apartment building in Daytona Beach. The Perreaults intend to market OkeeTantie to Canadian winter visitors while Mr. Barlett intends to promote events targeted toward south Florida residents. Mr. Henderson’s proposal involved selling RV lots. Evidently Okee-Tantie Partners does not intend to sell the lots. Their income would derive, in part, from the rental of camping and tent sites, and cabin, cottage and lodge rentals. There is no mention in the proposal of sales of lots. The county would receive 10 percent of rental incomes plus applicable taxes. One of the sticking points in Mr. Henderson’s proposal was that part of the property comprising Okee-Tantie is controlled by the state and the state would require a percentage of the income from that area. Okee-Tantie Partners would solve this problem by entering a management agreement in ve-year increments for the state controlled property. Okee-Tantie Partners would lease the remainder of the property from the county for 50 years. Okee-Tantie Partners’ proposal includes leaving the basic layout of the property intact, building a centrally located recreation hall, a swimming pool and additional playground xtures and other family-oriented xtures using the master plan as a guide. They plan to invest a minimum of $500,000 in cabins, lodges, new common recreational facilities, RV and boat storage area, upgraded electrical service and other physical improvements to the sites, and water and sewer upgrades as needed. They would like to open the section of the park near the marina by the fall of this year. Okee-Tantie Partners claim that this lease/ management arrangement would allow the county to exercise a measure of oversight and accountability over the property and yet allow the advantages of private management and marketing. The partners would not allow any privately owned RV to remain over six months and would not permit any privately owned park models. The letter ends with a request to discuss the plan in greater detail and determine the next step in the process. So the ball is in the county’s court. It remains to be seen how this proposal will be received. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. OKEE-TANTIEContinued From Page 1 the guiding document for projects we execute in the future.” At the meeting on Thursday at the Okeechobee County Health Department, Mr. Willadsen explained that they originally planned to work on the dike by dividing the repairs into projects for the eight “reaches.” The rst reach, which goes from Port Mayaca to Belle Glade was considered to have the highest risk of failure. The dike repair project started in that area, with a cutoff wall to prevent water seeping through the dike from eroding the earthen berm. Most of the work on that project has already been completed w ith some nishing work expected to be completed this year. Mr. Willasden explained that the dike, w hich was started in the 1930s and completed in the 1960s was built with the materials that were available at the time—gravel, rock, limestone, sand and shell. He said the dike does not meet modern construction standards. In some areas they don’t even know the exact geological makeup of the materials used. He explained that high lake levels build up pressure against the earthen berm, and causes water to seep into the dike. The danger to the dike occurs when this seepage turns into piping as water moving through the dike washes away part of the material that makes up the dike. If enough material w ashes away, this can lead to catastrophic embankment failure. Since 2007, the Corps has spent more than $300 million on projects designed to reduce the risk of catastrophic failure of the aging structure. In 2011, the Corps changed the approach to the dike work. Rather than use a reach by reach approach, the Corps decided to look at it as one large system and prioritize the projects that would do the most good, “getting the most bang for the buck,” he explained. The next project on the priority list was replacement or removal of culverts. Many of these old water control structures were built in the 1930s. From a structural integrity perspective, culverts pose a risk of failure due to the loss of embankment material into and along the culverts. As part of the federal culvert replacement program, the Corps will replace or remove 32 culverts within the HHD system. Culvert 14, north of Canal Point, was removed in 2011. Replacement work began in 2012 at Culverts 11 and 16 south of Port Mayaca, at Culverts 1 and 1A east of Moore Haven, and at Culverts 3 and 4A near South Bay. Additional contracts for the replacement of other structures are expected to be awarded by the fall. The Corps anticipates removing or replacing all the culverts with construction continuing through 2018. Mr. Willadsen said they have not determined what work will be done on the north side of the lake because they have not completed studies to nd out exactly what materials were used to build that portion. Don Fox, biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said they will have to work around the nesting season for the endangered Snail Kites that have been nesting in the area around Lock 7.History of the HHDThe rst embankments around Lake Okeechobee were constructed by local interest from sand and muck, circa 1915. Hurricane tides overtopped the original embankments in 1926 and 1928, resulting in over 2,500 deaths. The River and Harbor Act of 1930 authorized the construction of 67.8 miles of levee along the south shore of the lake and 15.7 miles along the north shore. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed the levees between 1932 and 1938. A major hurricane in 1947 prompted the need for additional ood and storm damage reduction work. As a result, Congress passed the Flood Control Act of 1948 authorizing the rst phase of the Central and South Florida (C&SF) Project, a comprehensive plan to provide ood and storm damage reduction and other water control bene ts in central & south Florida. The new dike system was completed in the late 1960s and named the Herbert Hoover Dike. The dike system consists of 143 miles of levee with 19 culverts, hurricane gates and other water control structures. The Corps will accept public comments on the study through March 18. Comments may be emailed to HHDEnvironment@ usace.army.mil, or mailed to Angela Dunn, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Planning Division, Environmental Branch, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, Fla. 32232-0019. For more information on the study online, go to www.saj.usace.mil. DIKEContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News/ ACECrews install cutoff wall into Herbert Hoover Dike near Canal Point.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 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 11 Okeechobee News March 3, 2013 The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce is disclosing this information to the public in order to enhance public safety, awareness, and protection. This information is not intended to increase fear: rather it is this agency’s belief that an informed public is a safer public. This bulletin should be used only for information purposes. Citizen abuse of the information to threaten, intimidate, or harass offenders will not be tolerated, in any manner. The individual who appears in this bulletin has served the sentence imposed on them by the courts. They are NOT wanted by the police at this time. Sex offenders have always lived in the communities. The only change is the public is now better informed. Anthony Thompkins, 49, is 5’8” tall has blac k hair and brown eyes. His current address is 4101 Hwy. 441 South, the Flamingo Hotel, Room #126. Thompkins was convicted of ve counts Lewd & Lascivious, child under 16 and kidnapping on March 31, 1997, in Brevard County, Fla. The victim was a minor. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, contact Michele or Connie at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce at 863763-3117, extension 240 or website http:/ / www.fdle.state. .us. Sexual Predator Noti cation Anthony Thompkins 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).  Julie Francis White, 29, S.E. Commerce A ve., Stuart, was arrested Feb. 28 by Deputy Bryan Cross on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of grand theft-auto. Her bond on that charge was set at $5,000. She was also arrested on another Okeechobee County warrant charging her w ith failure to appear possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. She is being held without bond on that charge.  Jesus Musical, 25, N.W. 16th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 28 by Deputy Fred Bradley on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the misdemeanors of violation of probation driving under the in uence, violation of probation resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence and violation of probation no valid driver’s license. He is being held without bond.  David Lee Thomas Jr., 21, N.W. 12th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 28 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He is being held without bond.  Jesus DeLapaz, 19, S.W. 21st St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 28 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation sale of another drug within 1,000 feet of a school (10 counts) and violation of probation possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (two counts). He is being held without bond. 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 OCSO Investigations The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated the following reports of crimes last week. ASSAULT  5300 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  1000 block of N.E. 16th Ave.  7400 block of S.R. 70 E.  3700 block of S.E. Eighth St. BURGLARY  2300 block of S.E. 38th Trail  2400 block of S.E. 38th Trail  3600 block of S.E. 21st Ave.  5900 block of S.E. 95th Trail  2500 block of S.E. 38th Trail  2200 block of N.W. 42nd Ave.  2400 block of S.E. 38th Trail  2200 block of N.W. 42nd Ave.  400 block of S.W. 72nd Terrace  9800 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  18900 block of N.W. 258th St.  28400 block of N.E. 55th Ave.  2200 block of S.W. 28th St. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF  1300 block of N.E. 13th Ave.  2700 block of U.S. 441 S.  1600 block of S.R. 70 W.  3900 block of N.W. First St.  1600 block of N.W. Seventh St.  2200 block of N.W. Sixth St. FRAUD  8600 block of S.W. Ninth St.  2700 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  1800 block of N.W. Ninth St.  400 block of N.W. Third St.  2500 block of N.W. Eighth St. THEFT  9400 block of N.E. 48th St.  2600 block of S.E. 31st St.  7900 block of S.R. 78 W.  3000 block of U.S. 98 N.  4200 block of S.R. 70 E.  1800 block of N.W. Fourth St.  3100 block of N.W. Third St.  28100 block of S. War eld Blvd.  2100 block of S.E. 27th St.  4200 block of S.R. 70 E.  2200 block of U.S. 98 N.  3100 block of N.W. Third St.  28100 block of S. War eld Blvd.  5100 block of S.W. 16th Ave. (identity)  3600 block of U.S. 441 S.  3200 block of U.S. 441 N.  500 block of S.E. 36th Terrace  900 block of N.E. 12th Ave.  500 block of N.W. Fourth St. SEBRING—State Representative Cary Pigman (RAvon Park) led HB 1129 on Friday to create Florida’s Born Alive Law. Florida’s Born Alive Law would establish that any infant born alive during or immediately subsequent to an attempted abortion is entitled to the same rights, powers, and privileges as any other child born alive in the course of natural birth. It also provides for the reporting of violations of this law to the Florida Department of Health to ensure the safety of these infants. “Society is measured by how it treats its weakest members and this legislation aims at protecting the most fragile and innocent of our citizens,” said Representative Pigman. “As a doctor, I understand the importance of protecting the sanctity of life and this bill makes it clear that Florida is serious about protecting our most helpless infants. This bill sets clear guidelines for doctors to care for these infants as soon as they are born and provide them with all of the protections that every citizen deserves.” Rep. Pigman les Born Alive' law

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News March 3, 2013 in which the suspects bought at least $5,000 w orth of items. In this case, however, that dollar amount may actually turn out to be more. These transactions apparently took place in December of 2012, and January and February of this year. However, the transactions stopped when the local businesses started asking for identi cation. The suspect(s), added the OCSO investigator, are buying items in bulk. And, in at least one occasion, the business had to special order the item requested by the customer because the store didn't carry that item. Also, continued Detective Morrison, on at least one occasion when an employee at the business swiped the credit card nothing happened. So, the employee then typed in the card numbers and the transaction was then authorized. "That's a no-no," said the detective. "If a card doesn't work when it's swiped, I would be cautious in completing the transaction." She added that caution should be also used when dealing with a customer who is unfamiliar to youespecially, when they are buying a large amount of something. To date, said Detective Morrison, these are the only two local businesses that have reported being ripped off. But there may be more, she added. If you or your business have run into this situation and have had large amounts of money charged back, you are asked to contact Detective Susan Morrison at 863763-3117. THEFTSContinued From Page 1 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee ag football has improved each year and the team is expected to compete for a District Title in a newly-formed Treasure Coast District this year. The team has a number of four-year players on the roster and has so much interest in the ninth and tenth grades that they had to create two junior varsity teams this year to accommodate the athletes. They also had to cut 15 players. Coach Bruce Jahner said the coaches are really excited this year. The team returns nine seniors and all of them have grown and matured and improved over the past four y ears. He said the goal is a district championship. One big hurdle will be replacement of four starters at wide receiver. Paige McCrary and Maranda Serrano graduated and Carley McCoin and Darby Jones are out with leg injuries. Only Maci Thomas returns from the w ide receiver corps from previous seasons. "We have some younger players we hope w ill ll in and get us back on track," Jahner explained. Kyla Hargraves also returns at quarterback. She has thrown for over 1,000 yards in the past two years and improves her accuracy and arm strength each season. "I think she is more comfortable in the pocket and not afraid to move. She has matured and I really hope for a good season for her," he added. Kyla is senior class secretary and secretary of the national honor society at OHS. She intends to study to become a nurse. She said she understands the game but still is learning because there are always new challenges. She praised the coaches like Robert Coleman and Jimmy Mills for doing excellent jobs when they prepare game plans. "We have the potential to win districts. I hope we keep up the winning from last year and give it all we've got and do our best," she added. She said the team has improved each year because they work hard and they enjoy the game and being together. Thomas said she expects to catch a lot of balls this year and has high hopes for team success. She said she is impressed with the younger players and predicts they will make an impact. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and likes to be active in sports. She intends to study to become a dental hygienist. She said the key to being a good ag football player is to be con dent and not afraid, "You have to be con dent. You can't go into a group of defenders and be scared. You have to catch the ball and play physically." Thomas said the team has a lot of depth and each player has to work hard to keep their starting job. The strength of the team might be their defense led by Aubrey Robertson, Destiny Nunez and Sha'Dajia Williams. Robertson said her goal is to increase her interceptions on defense. She had eight picks last year. She intends to enroll at Tallahassee Community College and study sports broadcasting. Her career goal is to be a sideline reporter for major sports networks. "My senior year is a bittersweet feeling. I'm a four-year player and each year we've gotten a little better. We hope to win districts and move on this year," she explained. She thanked all of the team's supporters and fans and hoped for good crowds at the home games this year. Nunez will also play a big role on the defensive unit. She said the team has good chemistry and that the girls have stuck together for four years because they love the game. "It de nitely requires athleticism but I have a lot of fun playing it. Our freshman year was really rough but we've stepped up our games and I predict it will be a good season," she added. Nunez intends to enroll at the University of Central Florida and stud y forensic science. The Treasure Coast District is not as imposing as the old Palm Beach County district. Instead of state champion Seminole Ridge, Okeechobee will face teams like Martin County, Fort Pierce and Treasure Coast. Some district opponents are in their rst year of ag football. Okeechobee's rst home game is Thursday, March 14, against South Fork. Three games will be played with action to begin at 5 p.m. OHS ag football team is ready for new season Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKyla Hargraves hopes to continue her improvement as the starting quarterback for the ag football team this year and lead OHS to their rst district title. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy(L-R) Destiny Nunez, Maci Thomas, Aubrey Robertson and Kyla Hargraves are key players for the OHS ag football team this year.

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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 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 13 Okeechobee News March 3, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee boys tennis defeated Lake Placid 6-1 while the Lady Brahmans fell to the Green Dragons 6-1 in a tennis match played Thursday at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. Okeechobee sat two senior boys to give some of the younger players a chance to compete and they performed well. Otto Ramirez continued to roll in number one singles with a 6-0 and 6-2 win over Royce A dela. Lucas Penido battled with Syed Abbas on many long rallies before he prevailed 6-2 and 7-5. Colt Root kept up the pressure as he dominated Mike Norwood, 6-0 and 6-2. Dylan Ferneau got a chance at #4 singles with a 6-1 and 7-5 win over Tyler Kelsen. Brandon Ball moved in at #5 singles and defeated W ill Hernandez 6-2 and 6-2. In the doubles matches Brendon Jonassaint and Cody Walker defeated the team of A dela and Abbas 8-3 to remain undefeated on the season. Norwood and Kelsen defeated Brahmans Kirby Dobbs and Saif Ali Mem, 8-4. Coach Morgan Ungerott said the match w as a good one for the team. She played nine guys because all have worked hard at practice and deserved an opportunity. She said Ramirez played a solid match while Pinedo continues to work on different parts of his game in singles. She praised Root for a strong serve and the newcomers Ferneau and Ball for solid play. “It’s nice to have a team where the guys root for each other on and off the court. This is one of the most unsel sh teams I’ve ever been around. It’s truly a breath of fresh air,” she explained. Ramirez said he felt the team is really good this year but that he has a lot of work to do and practice ahead. He said he enjoys tennis when he plays guys that are on his level. “You can’t be over con dent against any play and you must always play your best,” he added. Ramirez is a former USTA player who was ranked in the 32 in the state when he was 10 years old. He predicted the team has a chance to make regional this year. Root said he felt a little more pressure in this match as he played #3 singles. He has played tennis for ve years and gets lessons from former Brahman Coach and instructor Dave Ellis. He continues to work on the weaker parts of his game like his backhand and plays some weekend and off-season tournament. “I have worked real hard to make myself better this year. I have focused on what I need to do this year. Maturity is a big thing for me right now,” he explained. Root said he felt he can compete with the other #5 singles players in the district this year. The Lady Brahmans played without two of their top players as they fell to the Green Dragons. Jenna Rath battled Hannah Waller in a tough match in #1 singles 7-6 and 6-4. Brahman Kearstin Dorrance overcame Stephanie Rodriguez 6-4 and 7-6. Alley Lopez played a tough rst set before she fell to Claire LeBlanc, 6-4 and 6-0. Elizabeth Santillices also played a competitive rst set before she lost to Jenna Blount, 7-6 and 6-1. Kayla Orr was swept by Rachel Shattler in #5 singles, 6-0 and 6-0. The doubles team of Rath and Dorrance lost 8-4 to the team of Waller and Rodriguez. OHS boys tennis team beats Lake Placid, 6-1 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOtto Ramirez returns a volley from Royce Adela in his singles victory Thursday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAlley Lopez played well in the rst set in a loss to Claire LeBlanc of Lake Placid on Thursday.

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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 RentFOR 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. 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Call 863-467-7996 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Mobile HomeSaleWaterfront Lake access 3/2 Mobile Home well maintained, fully furnished with many extras including pontoon boat. Must see to appreciate, 3937 SE 27th Street Okeechobee. See Owners.com listing ID#TGW7223 asking $98,000 Call 863-835-0358 Boats2011 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. 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IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 437712 ON 3/3/2013 NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AGENCY : Bureau of Indian Affairs ACTION: Notice of Availability SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Eastern Regional Of ce has made a Finding of No Signi cant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed federal approvals of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and Native Area (NA) Burn Plans on the Brighton Reservation. The proposed project would be the prescribed burning of 77 units (17,709 acres) in the WUI and 96 units (17,842 acres) in the NA. The units are based on existing fence lines and ditches. It is proposed that the Tribe, with BIA approval, could burn up to 12,000 acres per year (6,000 acres in each unit) on a rotating schedule over four years within these 173 units. The BIA has reviewed and adopted the Environmental Assessment (EA), dated February 2013 and titled Brighton Prescribed Burn Plan, prepared by the Seminole Tribe of Florida Environmental Resource Management Department (ERMD) to determine the environmental impacts associated with the project in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NOTICE: This is a Notice of Availability, that the EA and FONSI for the project are available for public review. The FONSI determination was based on review and analysis of the information in the EA. You may obtain a copy of the EA and FONSI from the BIA Eastern Regional Of ce or the Environmental Resources Management Department of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, 6365 Taft Street, Suite 3008, Hollywood, FL 33024, telephone (954) 965-4380. This FONSI is a nding on environmental effects, not a decision to proceed with an action, therefore cannot be appealed. 25 C.F.R. Part 2.7 requires a 30 day appeal period after the decision to proceed with the action is made before the action may be implemented. Appeal information will be made publicly available when the decision to proceed is made. For further information please contact Chet McGhee, Regional Environmental Scientist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Regional Of ce, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37214, telephone (615) 564-6830. Scott C. Meneely Date: 2-21-2013 Director, Eastern Region Bureau of Indian Affairs 437526 ON 3/5/2013 15 Okeechobee News March 3, 2013 ACROSS 1 Highlands miss 5 Soup and a sandwich, sometimes 10 The dog ate my homework,Ž e.g. 13 Issues 15 Opener 16 Hosp. area 17 *Aid for loose-leaf filing 19 90s collegian, probably 20 Chemistry subject 21 Actor Matthau 23 Certain twoseater 26 Quite 27 Goal 31 Go by 33 Refuse 34 Done, in Dordogne 35 Piece of work 38 Former Fiesta Bowl site 39 Geese flight formation 40 Unrefined 42 Hosp. areas 43 Highlands family 45 Popular Japanese beer 46 American realist who painted The Gross ClinicŽ (1875) 48 Was overly sweet 49 Bridge call 51 Sprout incisors 53 Apartment dweller, often 55 Commits piracy, in a way 60 Former press secretary Fleischer 61 Trouble at the starts of the answers to starred clues 64 __ Pepe: sherry brand 65 Consumer 66 Hes got the life 67 Egg producer 68 Serengeti grazer 69 Like variable work time DOWN 1 Mormon prophet, or the Utah citynamed for him 2 Israeli writer Oz 3 Missile housing 4 Let it standŽ 5 Summer suit material 6 Aunties mate 7 Utmost degree 8 Sailor 9 Dance involving a chair, perhaps 10 *Pay for a verdict 11 Frozen sodas 12 Sancho Panzas mount 14 *Random sample 18 __ the crack of dawn 22 Spanish article 24 Moat purpose 25 Writer Wiesel 27 Beetle BaileyŽ dog 28 Uncle Remus title 29 *Improvisational gig 30 Psychic power 32 *Deli container 36 GarfieldŽ dog 37 Road turn 39 Roof spinner 41 Brazils capital until 1960 44 Word-for-word 47 Biblical mount 48 la mode 49 The Bell JarŽ author 50 Eagles home52 Wade Boggss base 54 Fencing blade 56 I __ you areŽ: Ready?Ž answer 57 An amoeba has one 58 Patellas place 59 Charons river 62 Part of a pilots announcement, briefly 63 TV room By Jennifer Nutt (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 06/15/11 06/15/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Treasure Coast pounded out 10 hits and broke open the game with a three-run fth inning rally to defeat Okeechobee 6-1 in boys high school baseball action Thursday night at OHS. Matt Lewis, Rich Furline and Willie Micco all had two hits for the Titans (1-3). Daniel Martinez added a key double for Treasure Coast. Alex Estremera had two hits for the Brahmans, who fell to 0-6 on the season. Tyler Barber delivered a sacri ce y to account for Okeechobee's run. Dalton Murray, had a double and run, and scored for OHS. Okeechobee had a chance to get in the game when they loaded the bases in the sixth inning on singles by Estremera, Barber and Christian Crews and Kutter Crawford hit a shot into the gap in right center eld. The Titans ran down the ball to halt the comeback attempt. Jack Radebaugh started and pitched well for the Brahmans as he held Treasure Coast to single runs in the third and fourth innings. Jeff Almeida kept the Brahman hitters off balance with ve solid innings on the mound for the Titans. Brahman coach Jeff Blackstone said the guys are working and trying to get better. He said the focus is on improvement on offense, better swings, and a better offensive approach. "We have a long way to go but we must take some pressure off our pitching and defense," he suggested. While the team has played better defense and pitched better, the team hasn't done much on offense. Blackstone said the team appears to be pressing and tentative at the plate. He said there are good hitters on the team and if they can string a few hits together, everyone will relax and the team will score runs. "I think if we loosen up a bit at the plate and get some hits we can make something happen," he added. Blackstone also praised Radebaugh who kept the team in the game until the fth inning. He also said the team needs a few breaks like on the ball Crawford hit that could have easily been a bases-clearing double. "He hit the ball right on the nose and if it's two to three feet higher it goes to the fence and we have a totally different ball game," he added. Okeechobee will visit South Fork on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Brahmans fall to 0-6 with diamond loss to Titans

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 16 Okeechobee News By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Jordan Lawlis’ single brought home Carissa Licata with the winning run as Okeechobee rallied from a 4-0 de cit to defeat Suncoast 5-4 in high school girls softball action Thursday night at OHS. Suncoast had pounded out eight hits and scored four times in the rst two innings of the game and appeared poised to defeat Okeechobee. Okeechobee though had other ideas as they loaded the bases in the sixth inning and watched as Jaryaca Baker delivered a tworun single and Sarah Davis added a two-run double to tie the game. Brahman coach Heather Gillis said the team has been late blooming all season but also has the con dence to know they can come back in games. “It’s all about con dence and all mental with them. They didn’t guess at the plate and had a better plan. They have the physical ability to do it,” she explained. Gillis said the team didn’t get down early in the game and also in the sixth when Davis was thrown out at the plate. She said the senior took it in stride and didn’t get discouraged and that rubbed off on her teammates. “She reacted positively as a leader and didn’t de ate and the girls realized they weren’t done yet,” she added. Once Licata reached base on a walk in the seventh, Gillis knew her team was in pretty good shape because Licata’s speed is hard to defend. “It takes a very talented team to control her. She puts pressure on defenses and forces them to make good catches, good throws and good tags and that is hard to do when you’re nervous at the end of the game,” she added. Licata said she loves to steal bases and has the green light almost all the time. She said on the game winning hit she knew she would score and that the team wanted to nish the game right there. She also said the team never gets too discouraged regardless of the score. “You can’t get down or you’ll never come back and win like we did. I wanted to help my teammates as much as I could and get on base,” she added. Licata is also a part of a strong defensive unit that rarely makes errors or miscues. Shortstop Stormy Stokes is another key player on defense. Stokes admits she does everything she can to help her team and isn’t afraid to dive for a ball. She said the team stayed positive despite the 4-0 de cit. “We just work together and pick each other up. We know we have to get it done. The rally was exciting and really intense. We are really pumped right now,” she explained. March 3, 2013 OHS rallies for 5-4 softball win over Suncoast Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJordan Lawlis blanked Suncoast after the second inning as OHS rallied to defeat the Chargers Thursday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyStormy Stokes continued to shine on defense with several strong putouts against Suncoast on Thursday. OHS improved to 5-3 on the season. Does Okeechobee Recycle, YES! We recycle in two ways...Waste Management uses Single Stream technology so sorting is no longer necessary for recycling materials. All materials can go into the same bin.Residential recycling service thats fast, simple and convenient.How We Do It 1. Curbside Bin Recycling Many neighborhoods and the City of Okeechobee receive curbside recycling collection. For new construction or “rst-time recyclers on the curbside route, call Waste Management to request bins at 863-824-4088 2. Drop O Centers Waste Management provides two recycling drop-o locations. The same materials are accepted at the Drop-O Centers as curbside routes. Okeechobee County Vehicle Maintenance Facility 306 N.W. 9th Avenue Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.Noon and 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Waste Management Viking Convenience Center 24031 N.W. 192nd Avenue (Corner of Peavine & Eagle Island Road) Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m 6:00 p.m. RECYCLING COLLECTION CENTER *Please bring plastic bags back to local stores that accept them for recycling and use re-usable shopping totes when shopping. For more information call Waste Management at 863-824-4088 or visit www.wm.com DOsPaper Newspapers, magazines, bulk mail.Cardboard Please ”atten and place large cardboard boxes between your bins.Alumin Soda cans, soup and coee cans.Plastics (#1 #7) PET water and soda bottles, HDPE natural and colored bottles and jugs, and other plastics. Check bottom of container for number.DONTs DOsDONTs Recycling for Residents The following county neighborhoods are serviced as well as the City of Okeechobee: Quail Acres, R-Bar Estates, Rookerville, Oak Park, Eagle Bay Drive, Echo Estates, Seminole Cove, Ousley Estates, Palm Village Ranch, Taylor Creek Isles, Treasure Island, Kings Bay, Pioneer Estates, Larkee Lakes, Okeechobee Hammock, Pine Ridge Park, Okeechobee Park, Palm Creek