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Friday, March 8, 2013 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 104 No. 29 14.20 feetLast Year: 12.84 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. OHS tennis team wins ... Page 16 Spring forward for Daylight Savings Time! Sunday, March 10 Area economy improving says bank of cial ... Page 12 Special to the Okeechobee News The 2013 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair and the Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair will be crowned Sunday, March 10 at the Okeechobee High School auditorium. Both will begin a yearlong reign representing her community. The pageantry begins at 4 p.m. when 2012 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair Taylor Fulford and 2012 Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair Morgan Roberts will crown their successors. The newly selected Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair will join the 2013 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fai r Queen and help in serving as host esses to the Okeechobee Count y Fair following their crowning. County fair pageant set for Sunday Special to the Okeechobee NewsCarissa Licata Special to the Okeechobee NewsDarby Jones Special to the Okeechobee NewsHannah White Special to the Okeechobee NewsHannah Whiting Special to the Okeechobee NewsPayton Byrd See FAIR — Page 8 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their meeting on Tuesday, March 5, the Okeechobee City Council spent a considerable length of time debating action to be taken against a long-standing code violator. 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. At their Feb. 12 meeting the city code board voted to refer the case to the city council for action since it appeared the owner was not cooperating with the board. Code enforcement of cer Fred Sterling told the council that the ne had been ongoing for 454 days and had accrued to $11,350. He said the neighbors were starting to complain and that the owner was adamant about refusing the city admission to the property to clean it up. According to city attorne y John Cook, the city had two options. The y could foreclose on the property or get a court order to gain access to the property to clean City takes legal action on code violatorSee CITY — Page 13 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man who suffered a heart attack Thursday morning while shing Lake Okeechobee has apparently slipped back into unconsciousness at a Hendry County hospital. Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Freshwater Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), said information was still sketchy into what had happened. As of late afternoon on March 7, he still did not have the name or age of the victim or the names and ages of those with him. According to Captain Daryl Lewis, of the Glades County Sheriff's Of ce (GCSO), the man was shing with another man and two women around the Uncle Joe's Cut area when he reportedly fell overboard around 10:30 a.m. then suffered an apparent heart attack. Capt. Lewis said the anglers aboard the Ranger bass boat started performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man. When Glades County emergency medical personnel, Capt. Lewis and the FWC of cers arrived at the scene they transferred the man the wildlife of cer's boat. By the time the angler was taken to the boat Angler suffers apparent heart attack on lakeSee ANGLER — Page 13


Today: Clear. High of 75F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Low of 52F. Winds less than 5 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday : Partly cloudy. High of 75F. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night : Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 55F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday : Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 77F. Winds from the East at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday Night : Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 57F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Monday : Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 79F. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Monday Night Mostly cloudy. Low of 61F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTWinter Rates! Cougar Trail Golf Course Specials18 HOLESSpecials Include Tax & Cart!$2800Before 11:00am$2400After 11:00am$96004somes anytime PANTHER CREEK PLAYERS ADD $2 PER PLAY For Tee Times Call 863-655-0101Highway 98 30 mi N of Okeechobee 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 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. 2 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the “greenest” day of the year. This year, Waste Management recommends green tips for making your St. Patrick’s Day even greener. “With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, now is the best time to start making green choices for an environmentally friendly holiday,” said Community Relations Director Teresa Chandler of Okeechobee. “If each of us took a few small steps to reduce the w aste we produce or increase the amount of materials we recycle during the holidays, w e’d save a tremendous amount of material, energy and land ll space. There is no shortage of ways to cut down on wastefulness.” The following are ways you can truly be green, both in celebration and in practice:  Wear your green pride and avoid pinching your wallet. Celebrate your green-conscious by opting to make your St. Patrick’s Day out t from reusable or recycled materials. You can also nd your perfect green style by shopping at your local used clothing store. By shopping vintage, you will avoid w aste by contributing to the re-use cycle of v aluable materials while raising awareness about the positive impact that reusing can have on the environment.  Don’t be a litter bug at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Many cities across the nation host St. Patrick’s Day parades and spend hours cleaning up. This year, clean up after yourself and if you see any recyclable items left behind, please put them in the proper receptacle.  Wish friends and family luck by giving them a potted shamrock. These plants ourish indoors and will help keep the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day alive all year long. Bike, walk or carpool to the party. Walking, biking, taking a bus or picking up friends along the way to your celebration are great ways to reduce energy and save green in your wallet too.  Decorate your St. Patrick’s Day Party with reusable decorations. Because this event occurs every year, consider purchasing reusable decorations, rather than those that are designed to be thrown away after one use.  Try a new twist to your traditional corned beef and cabbage meal. Purchase locally grown and packaged beef, cabbage and potatoes when possible and compost all leftover cabbage and potato peels. W ear green, think green, be green on St. Patrick’s Day Special to the Okeechobee NewsOur Writing BookThe kindergarten class at Peace Lutheran School recently wrote and published a book entitled ‘Our Writing Book.’ Each child received a copy of the book during a special presentation ceremony. Pictured are: Mayor Jim Kirk, Letta Jordan (kindergarten teacher), and Karen Smith (director) The authors are l-r: Isabelle Cendajas, Reagan Nash, Sam McKee, Keaton White, Delainey Rucks, Kamryn Hackett, Tyler Crews and Aliyah Miggins. Foster parent & adoption classes availableSo many children in Okeechobee are in need of loving foster and adoptive homes. Will you 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, to be held in Okeechobee. Classes are on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Janet Steward to register 772-340-5044 ext. 415 or email jsteward@hcc4kids.org.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 F r i M a r c h 2 3 r d & S a t M a r c h 2 4 t h O N L Y U U p p T T o o 7 7 5 5 % % O O F F F F Spring Spring At Last At Last Fri., March 8th & Sat., March 9th ONLY MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Mar. 8TH Thurs., Mar. 14THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “IDENTITY THIEF”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “JACK THE GIANT SLAYER”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 R PG 3 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News There were 126 white ags own in Flagler Park over the past week, one for each child in Florida that died in 2012 due to neglect or abuse. While the number of child deaths is down in recent years, Okeechobee still remains near the top in the amount of child abuse reports. In Okeechobee there were 579 child abuse reports made in 2011 and 577 in 2012. That remains one of the highest per capita rates in Florida according to the Department of Children and Families. Castle and community leaders gathered together on Tuesday night to hold their annual Memory Field Ceremony to remember these children and highlight the good that is being done by Castle. Executive Director Theresa Garbarino May said the organization now has an of ce in Okeechobee on U.S. 441 S. In 2013 Castle will help 250 Okeechobee families and over 1,000 residents. The mission is to prevent child abuse and educate parents w hile providing service to every family that desires help. Among the local programs are ones for families with children that are going through a divorce, and High Hopes for Kids, a 12 w eek class that helps kids learn to t in as their family life is changing. Families First is a ve-hour educational seminar for divorcing parents who have minor children. The program focuses on making the transition from marriage to divorce w ith minimum trauma to your children. The next course in Okeechobee is April 27 at the Castle of ces at 1835 U.S. 441 S. Ms. Garbarino-May said many of the problems parents have is their reaction to behavior. "Some parents ignore their children and don't interact and don't listen. They react when the child gets their attention and things can spiral out of control." She urged people in attendance to refer friends and families that might need help to Castle. "We want to share that we can prevent these deaths from happening. Our dream is to have hope, hope that you are inspired, hope you refer a family that needs help and hope that you get involved with Castle," she told the crowd. "I hope one day we have just one ag that will y as a tribute to children who have suffered," she added. Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May said the education and awareness Castle has brought to Okeechobee has worked. He said the number of ags in Memory Field has decreased from 196 in 2011, to 155 in 2012, to 126 in 2013. He said law enforcement and the courts take a dim view of child abuse. "I assure you that if a child is harmed or abused, it will be investigated and the culprit brought to justice." Department of Children and Families Investigator Michelle Akins said each of the children who died had a story to tell. She predicted each story would bring people to tears. She explained that every 36 seconds in the United States a child is abused. Five children die each day of abuse in our country, two children die from abuse in Florida each day. "I've read case after case after case and I read stories of inadequate parenting skills," she added. Last year 2,226 children under 17 died in Florida. Unfortunately some of these cases were due to abuse and or neglect that weren't recorded in the statistics. "It is incumbent on us to help these programs and reach out to these families. Florida leads in homeless children, we're highest in foreclosures, we have economic problems. There are families out there who can use these resources," she added. Most of the 126 children in Florida who died were under three years old and 95-percent of them were under six, and the main reasons for the violence or neglect against them were toilet training, fussy eating, and because they cry a lot. One of Castle's Okeechobee clients, Traci Lee, reported she has used their programs to turn her life around. She hit rock bottom when she was sentenced to six months in jail, and realized she had to change. She found Jesus Christ and has devoted her life to her church and rebuilding her family. She also has four children and has improved her parenting skills and attitude due to Castle. "My thought process changed. I sought wisdom, knowledge and strength from the Lord and realized I can't do this alone," she added. Ceremony remembers children lost to neglect or abuse Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOkeechobee Sheriff Paul May commits every resource he has to ght and investigate crimes against children. March blood drives plannedThe Bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee for blood drives this month on: A half hour of your time can save three lives; make March your month to give blood. Following are the blood drive sites where the blood bus will be in Okeechobee: Saturday, March 9 Speckled Perch Festival in Flagler Park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10 Speckled Perch Festival in Flagler Park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 KOA Kampground, 441 S, public invited, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 Heritage Village, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16 Seminole Cove, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17 Golden Corral, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 Raulerson Hospital, 1 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24 More 2 Life Ministries, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 29 Publix parking lot, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30 Walmart parking lot, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Ringer Appreciation Dinner planned for SaturdayLocal Kettle Chairman and Coordinator, Kip Gardner, reports that through the efforts of the 2012 Bell Ringer volunteers the campaign was a great success. In honor of those Red Kettle Campaign volunteers, the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237, F&AM will host a dinner on Saturday, March 9 for the 2012 Bell Ringers. Bell Ringers are invited to attend the event which will be held 4 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. 5th Ave. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and an RSVP is requested by calling Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427. Please leave a message. OREA will meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators Association (OREA) will meet on Monday, March 11 in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's beginning at 11 a.m. Members are reminded to bring books for the upper grade levels. Contact Pam Trent if you have questions. Any retired educator is invited to join us at this or any of our meetings. March for Babies walk plannedThe March of Dimes will hold its fundraiser, March for Babies 2013, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 March for Babies is a walk of approximately 3 and a quarter miles, that begins and ends in Flagler Park. Breakfast will be served in the park, and beverages and snacks will be available along the walk route. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Anyone interested in being an event sponsor, forming a team, walking as an individual, or making a general donation should call Laura McCall at 863-763-3131. Legion opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on Sunday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public. Community Events


T ax exemptions for churches The US of A sent $250,000,000 in tax payer dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood, aka Egypt. W hat think you of that secularists?Drivers License of ce According to the article in Wednesday’s Okeechobee News, the $2 million building plan may not go through. Seems like when the reporter started asking what was going to happen to the Alderman Building it turned out the c ounty of ces and the sheriff were not on the s ame page.  The State of Florida has decided to cut b ack on the number of driver’s license of ces t o save money. Since Okeechobee County does not have a big population, they decided we don’t need our own of ce and it will close in J une 2014. At the time, either the county takes it over or else Okeechobee County residents have to travel to another county for the services of the driver’s license of ce. When it was rst discussed, the county wanted to keep the of ce here for the convenience of the people, and bec ause it is used quite a bit for those who need c ommercial drivers licenses. But, when we see t he cost, is it worth it? Or should we just go to t he coast when we need to actually go to an ofce -such as those who have to actually take a t est, or be e-veri ed.  Some years ago, we had Social Security Of ce hours in Okeechobee but due to budget c uts they cut those out and since then we have had to travel -I think Port St. Lucie is the closest of ce. Has that really caused a hardship?  I remember in the early 70s we did not have a driver’s license of ce here. Then they placed a small trailer next to the Sheriff’s Department and only came over once a week, appointments increased, they increased the of ce hours to two days up until they eventually went full time. Maybe they should consider once again only coming over however many days a w eek scheduling requires. I do not like the idea of a resident having to leave their home county in order to get service from a governmental agency when the “service” is mandatory.  Unless your license has been issued under the REAL ID Act of 2005, you’re going to have to go to the of ce. Once past that hurdle (and if you are eligible to renew by mail), you will receive in the mail approximately 45 days before your birthday a renewal application OR you can always go to http://www.dmv orida. org/renew.shtml.  We are not the only county facing this change: “Drivers in seven Florida counties may be going elsewhere to get their drivers’ licenses in the future. Under Gov. Rick Scott’s budget proposal, driver license of ces in Gainesville, Sebring, Lakeland, Clermont, Okeechobee, Orlando, Haines City and Winter Springs would be shuttered. That accounts for $972,153 and 39 full-time positions. According to Scott’s ofce, those services would be transferred to the Tax Collectors in Alachua, Highlands, Lake, Okeechobee, Orange, Polk and Seminole Counties.”  Does anyone know if the county keeps the of ce, will the state still pay the employees? Or does the county have to pay the people to do the drivers license work? It sounds like the state is trying to push the expense on the county, which is not fair because the county has so little money to begin with.  If the county takes over the driver’s license of ce and collects the fees, will the county get to keep those fees to offset the cost of running the of ce?  Looks to me that this issue will be going away and we will have to go to another county for our drivers licenses. I’m okay with it.  It looks like the county spent $53,000 of our dollars to design a building that may not be built. Do you have any clue as to the hundreds of thousands of dollars they have spent in the last few years on designs and recreational studies that have never been implemented and just put up on the shelf? If there isn’t any money, quit paying consultants. EZPZ you would gure. Right hand get a clue of what the left hand’s got going on would ya?County fair I am looking forward to the fair this year. It looks like the fair committee has been working hard to provide new things to see and do. The opening night on Tuesday is just $1 entry and they will have a reworks show. Since we didn’t get a reworks show on the Fourth of July, this may be the only time folks can bring their kids out to see the reworks. I hope they get a good turn out so they will continue to do it every year. I am also looking forward to seeing what people came up with for the Duct Tape Creations contest. RecylingI was so disappointed to nd that approximately 2,032 plastic bottles were thrown into the trash rather than recycled at the recent successful and fun health fair at the agri-civic center a few weeks ago. No one seemed aware! If two-thirds in attendance were children then at least 700 adults should have been concerned about our land ll, but without a doubt “the show went on”. I wonder what kind of an example we were to the many vendors from other counties. Oh my! A guesstimate: if the ag center has been operating for seven years and there are ve events per year and 2,000 in attendance, that means that 10,000 recyclables were put into our land ll in one year. Multiplied by seven years equals 70,000 and I’m sure the gures are much more than this. I have written and hand delivered letters regarding this matter to the Mayor, County Commissioners, Main Street Okeechobee, Chamber of Commerce & Waste Management. Okeechobee City does recycle thank goodness and ‘’I’’ recycle my own and two neighbors’ goods. I live way out in the county, it is a nuisance and it is work but I care. I also have to go between the hours of 9 and 5 and not at lunchtime (it’s closed) and it’s closed on holidays, quite an inconvenience. Okeechobee County does not recycle, just look around on trash day. Does anyone think that Waste Management cares? It is also more work for them but come on folks, get with the times. Ultimately Waste Management would be the ones to instigate the act but these other agencies mentioned are responsible for educating and prompting the public to participate after Waste Management puts out the containers. If they give me the same story that they don’t have the staff to pick up the containers I will see that it gets done myself. Earth Day in Okeechobee is a joke but let’s act now to change it. The county fair next week provides an excellent opportunity to begin this change, to start recycling at public events. Sincerely, Joyce BussellTraf c safetyDear Citizens of Okeechobee and Glades Counties, I love each and every one of you, but I have a few things against you. To Motorcycle Riders: Please turn your hi-beams down a t night. Believe it or not your lights are as bright as my van. If I turn my lights down please turn yours down, you are blinding me. Cars also, I notice more and mor e people in cars are refusing to dim thei r lights and you need to do so before you cause someone to run off the road. To Little Itty Bitty Scooter Drivers: Get on the road with traf c!!!! If you are that scared to drive your scooter on the road, and obey the law, then par k that thing. You are dangerous on the sid e of the road with loose dirt and gravel. In most instances you are not in a bike lane, you are on the side of the road riding th e white line and I am afraid of hitting you with my mirrors I have almost hit several scooter riders who come up on the shoulder faster then traf c and try to pass m e at the Treasure Island bridge on U.S. 441 S.E., jump in front of me to get on the road to get across the road, do you not understand my 3,000 pound vehicle will crush you like a bug. You need to be on the road where we can see you, and you need to be going with the ow of traf c. You need to obey the rules of the road as if you ar e driving a car. If I cannot see you until it is too late, then I am going to hit you. I will repeat myself, If you are too afraid to driv e that scooter on the road then you hav e no business driving that scooter and you need to park it. To the lady riding her scooter in th e bike lane on U.S. 441 N. at about 50 miles an hour, against traf c, at least you wer e wearing a helmet. You looked like you were having a good time and really enjoying your new scooter. Please Lady, get on the road and drive with traf c, and, yes I am a motorcyclist and personally I would be scared to death to ride against traf c. I do not want to see the car or truck that is about to send me into next Tuesday. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Robert Hare March 8, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where it is q uicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap. com, click on the community name and y our local or state Public Forum. There, y ou can create new topics or comment on e xisting topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking p lace. Thanks for participating!


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY AGRI-CIVIC CENTERMARCH 12-17www.okeechobeecountyfair.com Catch the Fair FeverŽTuesday SundayMegaPass Advanced Sale Ticketsonly $20.00 Fair Entry & Ride Wristband Good on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday! Available for Purchase On-Line and at Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce oce (55 S. Parrott Ave.)New! Opening Night Fireworks Show at 8:30 pm Go to Website to see Fair Schedule of Events and Times Center State Bank | Childrens Services Council | Gilbert Chevrolet | Glades Electric | JW Sod | Mosaic Okeechobee Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge | Quail Creek | Seminole Brighton Casino | State Farm | Syfrett Feed Treasure Coast Dermatology | Walpole Feed & Trucking | Waste ManagementSponsors: 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! 5 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Christina Marie McCorts, 33, N.W. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 5 by Detective Mark Shireman on a felony charge of giving false information to a pawnbroker. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Tyrone Arocho, 25, S.E. 23rd St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 5 by Deputy Justin Akins on a Highlands County w arrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation purchase of marijuana. He is being held without bond.  James Edward Boree, 45, S.E. 17th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Steven Pollock on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence, driving while license suspended and operating a motorcycle without a license. He was released on his own recognizance.  Pablo Israel Santos, 37, S.E. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Ofcer Ryan Holroyd on a felony charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant person. His bond was set at $2,500.  Johnny Of ce Williams, 46, N.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy John Ashby on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500.  Joseph Martin Miller, 26, S.E. 25th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas on a DOC warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation traf cking in stolen property. He is being held without bond.  Jeffery Lynn Keehn, 62, S.E. 23rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 6 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation aggravated assault with a weapon. 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. A rrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man is being held on a felony theft charge following his arrest for allegedly taking money from the safety deposit box of a local service club. Justin Cody Morey, 24, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, March 6, on felony charges of grand theft and tampering with a witness. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $5,000. While in the county jail Morey was later arrested by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), on a fugitive warrant issued by the State of New York. That warrant charged him with possession of a weapon and Morey is being held without bond on that charge. An arrest report by OCSO Detective Augustin Saucedo indicated that Morey was given the responsibility of depositing the club’s cash into a safe deposit box at a local bank. When Morey was given that task there w as $6,510 in the safe deposit box. Bank records show that Morey signed in to access that box on Jan. 14 and again on Jan. 16. The detective added that Morey was unemployed at this time, and his vehicle had been repossessed in December. However, witnesses reportedly told the detective that on Jan. 16 Morey purchased a truck from a local used vehicle dealership. On Feb. 4 Morey apparently resigned his position and returned the safe deposit box key to the club’s secretary. A new keyholder was named and when that person and another club representative went to the bank to verify how much money was in the safe deposit box they allegedly found there was $5,800 missing. According to Detective Saucedo bank records indicated the only person from the club to enter the vault where the safe deposit box was held was Morey. The detective stated in his report that after Morey’s initial interview regarding this case he was told to have no contact with club of cials. However, Morey confronted the secretary of the club and denied taking the money. Detective Saucedo added that it’s club policy that two people go to the safety deposit box together so that there is a witness to what is being done. Local man accused of taking $5,800 from club Justin Morey Free Contact Re ex and Nutritional Analysis Class to be heldFree Contact Re ex and Nutritional Analysis Class Monday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. At Douglas Chiropractic, 916 N.W. Park St. Class Taught By Dr. Edward Douglas. For more information call 863-763-4320. This is a free community service.


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. A ugust “Gus” Terry, 87OKEECHOBEE August “Gus” Terry of Okeechobee passed away March 6, 2013 at the Hamrick Home. He was born December 23, 1925 in Maywood, IL and came to Okeechobee from Boynton Beach 15 years ago. He was a heavy equipment operator and proudly served our country in the US Navy during WWII. He loved life, his family and his children. Mr. Terry was preceded in death by his son, Mark J. Terry and daughter, Marsha Terry. He is survived by his wife, Joyce L. Terry; sons, J immy Terry (Heidi), Samuel Terry (Sue) of IL, Matthew Terry and Martin Terry of Washington; daughters, Marilyn Terry of AZ and Michelle Terry of IL. No services will be held. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, w ww.BassOkeechobeeFuneralHome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972.Elisabeth Kehl Lanier, 83OKEECHOBEE Elisabeth Kehl Lanier, was born on Mar. 13, 1929 in Grobseifen, West Germany. God took his child to heaven on Mar. 06, 2013. She survived WWII where she met her late husband, John Lanier in Augsburg, Germany on a park bench. They were soon married and returned to Kissimmee, Fla. They had two beautiful daughters, Sandra Lanier Scott and Linda Lanier Ennis; four grandchildren, Penny, Travis, Erick and Tammy; and ve great-grandchildren. Elisabeth was a kindhearted caring woman. Her life revolved around her family. She enjoyed church and praised the Lord. She has said that family and friends should rejoice at her funeral, because she had gone to Heaven and she w ill be waiting for us. Elisabeth will be dearly missed. Services for Elisabeth will take place at Grissom Funeral Home on Saturday, Mar, 09, 2013. A visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, with a funeral service at 12:00 noon. Interment will then follow at Peasant Hill Cemetery (Poinciana, Fla.). Services entrusted to Grissom Funeral Home & Crematory w ww.GrissomFH.comEugene S. Grusczcynski, 69OKEECHOBEE Eugene S. Grusczcynski died at home on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Eugene was a resident of Okeechobee for the last nine years. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Jean Grusczcynski of Okeechobee. No services will be held. If friends desire, donations may be made in Eugene’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthe w and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL.Elizabeth Wilson, 85OKEECHOBEE Elizabeth Wilson died at the Hamrick Home on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. She was born and lived in New York and Michigan until relocating to Okeechobee two and a half years ago. Elizabeth enjoyed knitting and doing various crafts. During her active years she volunteered and bowled. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Wilson; and her son, Stephen Wilson, Sr.; and brothers, John G. Horton and Harold E. Horton, Jr. Survivors include her grandsons, Stephen (Jennifer) Wilson III of Okeechobee, Randall Wilson, Sr. of Michigan; granddaughters, Kimberly (Jeremiah) Greenshields of Michigan, Nicole (Robert) Rice of North Carolina; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members in the New York area and the Rogers and Marsden family in Florida and special family friends in Okeechobee. No services are planned at this time. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Ida Frances Viers, 95CHINA GROVE Ida Frances Viers died Sunday, March 3, 2013 after an extended illness. She was born December 16, 1917 in Buchanan County, VA to Howard and Sarah Matney Keen. She was a homemaker and was very proud of her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hansel Edward Viers; a son, Thomas Brooks; ve sisters, Emma, Gussie, Elizabeth, Patty, and Lottie; two, brothers, Bascom and Henry. She is survived by a daughter, Claudette Miller of Okeechobee, FL; a brother, Jim Keen of VA; 11 grandchildren; 11 + great-grandchildren, 13+ great-great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members. Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013 at Greenhills Memory Gardens in Cedar Bluff, VA with Pastor Chris White of ciating. Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Viers Family at www.adamsfunerals.com. Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes is serving the Viers Family. Sophia Mary MillerPALM BEACH Sophia Mary Miller, infant passed away Monday March 4, 2013 in Palm Beach, Florida. She was born Feb. 27, 2013 in Port St. Lucie, Florida to Charles and Lucinda Miller. She is survived by her parents Charles and Lucinda Miller; brother, William Miller; sister, Cadence Miller all of Okeechobee; grandparents, V irginia Arnold, Vicky and Steve Holliman. In addition she is survived by many more loving family members. A mass will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 N. Parrott Ave (441 North), Okeechobee, Florida 34972. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Paul R. Lira, Jr.OKEECHOBEE Paul R. Lira, Jr. ended his battle with cancer at the Hamrick Home on Monday, March 4, 2013. Paul was born in Stuart and had lived in Okeechobee for the past seven years. He loved to play golf and was a spirited Miami Dolphin fan. Paul is survived by his companion, Tammy; one son, Jacob Peter Lira of Palm City, Fla.; his father, Paul (Joyce) Lira, Sr. of Palm City, Fla.; his mother, Brenda Lira of Ga.; a brother, Matthew (Toni) Lira of Palm Beach, Fla.; a sister, Kathy Lira of Ga.; an uncle, Henry (Joyce) Lira; aunts, Mary (Manuel, Jr.) Deleon of Palm City, Fla., Virginia (Joe) Rodriguez of Texas, Valentina (Bennie) Maldanado of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Susie Lira of Texas; and cousins, Betty Salgado, John Deleon and Michael (Carie) Lira. There are no services planned at this time. If friends desire, donations may be made in Paul’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. In Loving Memory ofChrissie Arnold WilliamsJuly 30, 1963 March 3, 2006 If my parting has left a void A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss Loved & Missed by The Arnold & Williams Families Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013




The 2013 Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair Contestants are: Brooke Brazil, Kayleigh Crum, Sarah Jansen, Cady McGehee and Destani Whaley. The contestants will be judged during the runway competition for overall natural appearance, con dence, and personality. Competing for Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair are Payton Byrd, Darby Jones, Carissa Licata, Hannah White and Hannah Whiting. The competition begins for the girls earlier in the day with individual interviews by a team of well-quali ed judges from out of the area. The on-stage judging will include evening gown and swimwear competitions. The young ladies will be questioned on stage as a part of the nal determination of who will have the honor of becoming our 2013 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair. The winner and nalists of both pageants will receive a number of prizes and awards, including the Business Achievement Award, "Miss Photogenic" and "Miss Congeniality." Emcees for the pageant will be Bridgette Waldau, 2011 Queen Christina Close and 2012 Queen Taylor Fulford. There will be special appearances by past Okeechobee County Fair queens and other pageant queens from around the area. The exciting program will also include dance performances by Leslie's Dance Studio dancers. Donny Arnold is pageant director. Bridgette Waldau is assistant pageant director. Leslie Stokes is the pageant coordinator, training all the girls to put on this exciting show. Sharon Cannon is the pageant's of cial photographer. Training assistants are Christina Close and Taylor Fulford. "This is more than just a beauty pageant," Donny Arnold says. "We will be crowning two young ladies who are proud of their accomplishments and their community." FAIRContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 LES TORY BIRTHDAY HAPPY 87TH BIRTHDAY March 12th -Les Tory A Great Fisherman! 2012 Runner-Up AOY of Taylor Creek Bass Club A Great Friend! Cowboys ’ BBQ & Steak Co202 NE 7th Ave (formerly Hammerheads) Okeechobee MONDAY$999ALL YOU CAN EAT BABY BACKS$1 Margaritas All Day TUESDAY 1LB RIB EYE $1399Karaoke with Cowboy WEDNESDAY$999ALL YOU CAN EAT CATFISH 25¢ Drafts Live Music THURSDAY rack Baby Back Ribs with 6 golden shrimp & 1 side $1299Ladies Night 6-10pm Karaoke w/Cowboy FRIDAY ALL YOU CAN EAT BABY BACKSwith 2 sides $1399Live Music SUNDAY 4 PIECE FRIED CHICKEN DINNER $89915% CHURCH discount SATURDAY Slow roasted Prime Ribw/baked potato & salad$1900(Starting at 4pm)Live MusicNEW It’s great for private luncheons, birthday parties, family get-togethers or even a wedding. Come take a look and let us cater your next event.COME VISIT OUR PRIVATE ROOM Bull Pen THEFRIDAY & SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH & 9THDamn Outlaws 8 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsBrooke Brazil Special to the Okeechobee NewsDestani Whaley Special to the Okeechobee NewsCady McGehee Special to the Okeechobee NewsKayleigh Crum Special to the Okeechobee NewsSharah Jansen Classic car show plannedThe Sliver Palms RV Resort, 4143 HWY 441 S., will host its rst classic car show on Saturday, March 16 Registration at 10 a.m. judging from noon 3 p.m. Awards at 3:30 p.m. All proceeds go to Wounded Warriors Project. For information, contact Butch 307-743-1969 or Jim 209-601-2000.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Come see for yourself!Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more! CANCER worrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists 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: M-T 8-5 € F 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? Ankle Fractures • Foot Fractures Foot Ulcers • Venous Stasis Ulcers Leg Infections 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) 657-4444 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! Many Americans are so busy working and taking care of their families that when an injury or illness occurs they may not have a trusted healthcare partner to turn to. Make time for your health by beginning a relationship with a Primary Care Physician. It isnt expensive or time consuming, but having an existing relationship with a trusted medical professional will be a comfort to you and y our family when you experience an unexpected medical issue. Raulerson Primary Care is a conveniently located Family Medicine Practice right here in Okeechobee. Raulerson Primary Care accepts new patients of all ages and the staff members are ” uent in Spanish. The provider, Dr. Jose Villarreal, is Board certi“ ed by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Primary Care Physicians like Dr. Villarreal not only treat patients medical conditions, provide sports physicals, and refer patients to a specialist if necessary; they also perform another important service, which is preventative healthcare. Many Americans are without a primary care physician Whether you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or are in good physical health, consider scheduling an annual wellness visit with a primary care provider, like Dr. Jose Villarreal. The staff at Raulerson Primary Care are ready to meet you and your family and be your trusted source for primary care. 9 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton 120 BEDSCaring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DENTAL SURGERY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th D O h 863-763-0217 Okeechobee Dental We Specialize In: 113 NW 19thHOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri. 9-5BilingualHealthy Kids863-261-8273 GYNECOLOGIST James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net 863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee The 2012 – 2013 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website 10 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013 Cypress Hut Eagles W eekend plansCypress Hut Eagles will serve choice rib eye steak dinner for $14, shrimp $10, or sh $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8 Music by Jimmy and Debbie Harper. Saturday, March 9 serving country fried steak dinner 4-7p.m. Music by Sax On The Beach. (Our apologies for last weeks incorrect menu; the change was made too late to make the paper) Sunday, March 10, Southern Fried Chicken served from 1-5 p.m. for $6. Dart tournament Tuesday, March 12 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. W anna dunk a bus driver?Come join us on March 9 & 10 at the Speckled Perch Festival in Flagler Park to get y our chance. All proceeds to Bene t March of Dimes. OYLS Holds 2013 EventsThe Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show will kick off at the Agri Civic Center Friday, March 8 with Small Animal check-in from 4 6 p.m. and mandatory exhibitor meeting at 6 p.m. The Rabbit and Poultry show will be held Saturday, March 9, at 9 a.m. and Goats and Lambs will be shown Monday, March 11, at 4 p.m. All shows are open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit www.okeechobeeyouthlivestockshow.com.Shared Services meeting plannedThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County 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 of our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson 863462-5000, Ext. 257.Eagles to host Friday dinner and bingo nightsThe Eagles North Aerie, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host a steak night from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 8 followed by music with Michael's Memories. On Saturday, March 9 the Eagles will have card bingo at 5:30 p.m. On Tuesday, March 12 the Eagles will have bingo at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 they will have bingo at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds bene t the FOE 4137 Community Bene t Fund.Community Book Fair setThe Media Specialists of the Okeechobee County Public Schools invite you to the 2nd Annual Community Book Fair to be held in Flagler Park during the Speckled Perch Festival. The Book Fair will be open Saturday and Sunday March 9 and 10 There will be books for all ages, toddler to adult! There will be drawings for free books. Proceeds bene t the Okeechobee County Public Schools Media Centers. Look for the Book Fair tent in the park!HMC Ladies Sewial host luncheonHope Ministry Center's Ladies Sewial will host a luncheon on Saturday, March 9 10:30 a.m. 2 :30 p.m. at HMC Fellowship hall, 1109 S.E. 7th St. For information, call 863-357-1319 or email to Hopeministryc@aol.com.VFW hosts golf tournamentVFW Post 10539 will host a golf tournament on Saturday, March 9 at Blue Heron Golf course for $40 per person. Public is welcome to participate. Bring your own foursome. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds to Unmet Needs Program to help veterans. Call post at 863-763-2308 for information.Youth football/Cheerleading sign ups in the parkOkeechobee Youth football/cheerleading will have sign ups in the park on March 9. They are also accepting applications for a ag football coach. Call Charlie at 863-6101718 for information. Community Events


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Even though a local funeral home has changed ownership, there will be no noticeable change in the service provided according to the funeral director. On Feb. 22, StoneMor Partners L.P. announced the acquisition of Seawinds Funeral Homes in Central Florida. The chain of six Seawinds funeral homes includes Buxton Seawinds of Okeechobee. StoneMor Partners is headquartered in Levittown, Penn. and owns 276 cemeteries and 92 funeral homes in 26 states and Puerto Rico. Funeral director Matthew Buxton grew up working in his father’s funeral home. After the family business was sold, he went into partnership with James W. Young. Mr. Young operated the other ve Seawind Funeral Homes and established Buxton Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory. Mr. Buxton said there will be no changes as the result of the sale. “I do everything like I did in the past.” He said the only difference is that the home of ce is located somewhere else. He said his parents will still work at the funeral home. As a result of the acquisition he has created two new jobs. He said they will still honor pre-arrangements. “We have actually lowered our prices,” Mr. Buxton said. “I think all in all it’s a good thing, it’s allowing me to do more.” Mr. Buxton said health problems caused Mr. Young to sell the Seawind funeral home chain. Also included in the sale to StoneMor are Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Sebastian, Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach, Davis Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Melbourne, Treasure Cost Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Stuart and Young Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Fort Pierce. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. New ownership over local funeral home Special to the Okeechobee NewsMarch Economic Council meetingMembers of the Economic Council of Okeechobee met on March 6 for lunch and networking at the Indian River State College Williamson Conference and Education Center. Rick Chartier, President of ICS Computers, Inc. Spoke on the importance of Internet security and the increasing incidence of malware and viruses in the Okeechobee workplace. Timely updates were also provided by numerous local of cials. Pictured (L-R) are Jon Geitner, Rick Chartier and Joe Mullins. For more information about the Economic Council of Okeechobee, please contact Tara Rowley at 863-467-0200. You 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 PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTAL 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 Job Fair for students at IRSC Okeechobee 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 NW 9th Ave., in Okeechobee. Employers will be invited for interviewing and networking with prospective candidates. Dress professionally and bring a resume. Register by visiting www. irsc.edu, click Career Services, and click Students Register Here. Contact Jacquelene Burke at 772-462-7448 / jburke@irsc.edu. Heritage hosts Stroke Support GroupThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility will hold a “Stroke Support Group” meeting on Wednesday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility, at 608 N.E. 2nd Ave. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, Physical Therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. Refreshments will be served and day care services will be provided during the session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public.. For information, feel free to call 863-763-1700.Seniors hold free seminarOkeechobee Senior Services will have a free seminar on Medicare changes on Monday, March 11, at 10 a.m. at 1019 W.S. Park St. Age 65 and older are invited.Okeechobee County Education AssociationThe Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA ) will have its third General Membership Meeting of the 2012-2013 school year Thursday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the OCEA of ce at 210 N.W. Park St. Suite 201-just west of Walgreen‘s. All employees of the Instructional and Classi ed Bargaining Unit are encouraged to attend. Nominations will be entertained for an election of the new OCEA President, who will take over July 1. Any member may be nominated. Potential members may join at the meeting. We will brief attendees on the status of the March 5 Classi ed Impasse Hearing, and give an update on the status of the Instructional Impasse Hearing. Door prizes and refreshments will be served. Community Events


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Notice of Finding of No Signi cant ImpactThe USDA, Rural Utilities Service has received an application for nancial assistance from Okeechobee Utility Authority. The proposed project consists of the construction of the East Side Force Main as part of the East Side Wastewater Expansion Project, which consists of two main elements: Treasure Island vacuum sewer wastewater collection system and the East Side Force Main. The Treasure Island system when built will include vacuum wastewater collection piping, vacuum/pump stations to serve a minimum of an estimated 1,600 service connections. The East Side Force Main will provide a regional master pump station and approximately eight miles of sanitary force main piping. This project will connect the Treasure Island area to the regional wastewater treatment facility located on Cemetery Road. There will be no impact to farmland or wetland and any impact to on-site oodplain. As required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rural Utilities Service has assessed the potential environmental effects of the proposed project and has determined that the proposal will not have a signi cant effect on the human environment and for which an Environment Impact Statement will not be prepared. The basis of this determination is that there will be no farmland, wetland or oodplain impacts. In order to avoid or minimize any adverse environmental impacts, the Authority will comply with all State and Federal environmental regulations. Measures will be taken to minimize dust, odors, noise, erosion and disruption of traf c during construction. The applicant’s work effort will be restricted by the requirements speci ed in the Environmental Resource Permit as issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for this project. Copies of the Environmental Assessment can be reviewed or obtained at 420 S State Road 7, Suite 166, Royal Palm Beach, Florida, 33414, telephone 561-792-2727 For further information please contact Mr. Michael T. Botelho, Area Director or Okeechobee Utility Authority, Executive Director, John Hayford at 863-763-9460. GENERAL LOCATION MAP 12 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The economy in Florida is rounding the corner and should start improving. That is the opinion if Brian Ziema, central Florida marketing president for TD Bank. Mr. Ziema recently spoke at a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County concerning the state of the economy. He thinks the housing picture should be improving. “Home prices have been rising in most counties across the state,” he said. Generally people who are currently underwater in their mortgage should begin to see some relief. Mr. Ziema said the number of foreclosures is decreasing and his bank is seeing less short sales. Another plus sign is that there is less inventory of houses on the market. Statewide Mr. Ziema predicts the unemployment rate to be 8 or 9 percent, however, he thinks the unemployment rate in Okeechobee will be in the double digits in he near term. Agriculture has been a mainstay of Okeechobee’s economy. Mr. Ziema said that ranchers should fare all right. Feed prices are expected to rise. However, he predicts the rise in beef prices will outpace the rise in feed prices. Also statewide there is more demand for citrus products. “From what we are hearing, small business owners are optimistic.” Mr. Ziema said his bank surveyed small businesses from Maine to Florida. Of those surveyed, 47 percent were con dent their sales will increase and 32 percent say they will hire additional employees. Also on the positive side, he said the fourlaning of S.R. 70 will be helpful to Okeechobee’s economy. “The world is a global economy,” he said. “Okeechobee is especially well located to the ports.” “We’re open for business to lend money,” Mr. Ziema said of TD Bank. In spite of popular misconceptions, he said, “There may be more credit available than people think.” However, he went on to say that business owners need to have a workable business plan. He said more stringent regulations are increasing the cost of doing business for banks. In the past where a bank had two compliance of cers, they might now require 12. He predicts this will be especially burdensome on small banks and could cause some of them to go out of business. He said well-positioned banks will not fare as badly under the new regulations. Mr. Ziema predicts in the coming years retirees in northern states who could not sell their homes in the past will be able to sell them in coming years and move to Florida. This will create a demand for more housing and stimulate new construction. Mr. Ziema predicted that in 2013 the economy in Florida will still be challenging, but things should improve on 2014 and 2015. However, he does not think the economy will recover to the 2005 level. He thinks it will be more like the economy of the 1990s.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Economic picture improving, explains local bank of cial Okeechobee News/ Tom ByrdTD Bank hosted the monthly luncheon for the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, held Feb. 28 at Indian River State College Dixon Hendry Center. The program speaker was Central Florida Market Manager Brian Ziemba. Left to right are: Farrah Lemanski, Commercial Loan Of cer, Susan Johnson, Regional Operations Of cer, Trisha Hawthorne, Small Business Relationship Manager, Robert Pregnolato, Retail Market Manager, Brian Ziemba, Central Florida Market Manager, Diane Davies, Okeechobee Store Manager, Shalina Penney, Okeechobee Head Teller Claudia Bisho p, Product Relationshi p Mana g er.


Farm Bureau hosts Annual Scholarship BBQThe Okeechobee County Farm Bureau is having their 31st Annual YF&R Scholarship BBQ on Saturday, March 16 at the Agri– Civic Center. Join us for our BBQ that will run from 4 to 7 p.m. All proceeds will go toward the YF&R Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $11 per person and can be purchased at the Farm Bureau Of ce. Tickets can also be purchased at the 4-H concession stand March 11-15, and on the day of the BBQ. For more information, call 863-763-3101. A sk-A-Lawyer at the libraryAttorney Glenn Sneider and Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. will present Ask-ALawyer on Tuesday, March 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Public Library Boardroom, 206 S.W. 16th St. Attorney Glenn Sneider will be available for a FREE consultation. Please call to register. Walkins will be accepted based on appointment availability. For more information and to register, call Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. at 772-466-4766 or 888-582-3410.B.R.A.T. Club Teen Dance plans “Harlem Shake Video”The B.R.A.T. Club Teen Dance will be held at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. 2nd Ave. Saturday, March 23 from 7 10 p.m. Teens and ‘Tweens from 12-16 are invited to attend. For only $7, there will be music, costume contest, games and more! A “Harlem Shake Video” will be recorded at this teen dance. Admission includes pizza, soda and chips. For information, please contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Spring Fling Festival in the Woods to be heldAlpha Ministries at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 S.E. presents Spring Fling Festival in the Woods, Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food, music, buggy rides, an arena show, a cake walk and fun things for the kids to do as well as a 5-acre yard sale. Call 863-763-9800, to reserve a yard sale or vendor booth.Free tax preparation help available at the LegionFree tax preparation and eling by AARP Taxaide volunteers will run until April 15 at the American Legion, 501 S.E. 2nd Street on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants must bring a picture ID, SS cards for dependents, last year’s tax return and all 2012 nancial papers. No appointment necessary, rst come rst serve. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Do NOT call the American Legion. For more information call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 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 Lori Mixon Visit us at our new location1306 SW 2nd Avenue Beautiful 3/2/1 Waterfront Home Berger Real Estate Philip Y. Berger, Lic. RE Broker graciemorton06@gmail.comGRACIE MORTON863.634.5283“Turning Your Dreams into an Address” and Rental MH. Live in Main House, Rent out MH! Lg Enclosed Patio Area w/Inground Pool, Commercial BBQ Grill and Full Kitchen. Great for Entertaining. Boat Cover, 2 Storage Sheds & 2 Walk Out Decks. $299,000 13 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013 it up. The council expressed reluctance to foreclose. They voted to get a court order to enter the property to clean it up. If the owner did not keep the property cleaned up after that they would consider foreclosure. Turning to other business, the council awarded contracts under the Community Development Block Grant House Rehabilitation Program to McHaffey Construction Group in the amount of $39,824, SineMark Construction, LLC in the amount of $30,900 and Platinum Performance Builder in the amount of $42,668 for the rehabilitation of three qualifying houses in the city. Mayor James Kirk proclaimed the week of March 10 -16 to be Sunshine Week in the city in honor of James Madison’s birth and to recognize open government and the free ow of government information. City Clerk Lane Gamiotea gave a presentation on Florida’s open meeting and public document laws. The only other item on the agenda, a request from the county for a reduction in the required number of on-street parking places for the proposed drivers’ license building, was withdrawn by the county.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. CITYContinued From Page 1 ramp at Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp to meet a waiting ambulance he had regained consciousness, said Capt. Lewis. From there he was taken to Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston. Of cer Pino said according to FWC dispatch notes the man was still conscious when he reached the hospital but, by later that afternoon, he had again lost consciousness. Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp is located off County Road 720 in Glades County at Liberty Point. ANGLERContinued From Page 1


VERO BEACHHIGHWAYMEN PAINTINGSAUCTION!SUN Mar 17@2PMTo be included bring your paintings to Auctioneer’s of ce at: 15 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach(772) 562-5015 BIG-YARD SALE 1204 S.E. 8th AVE. FRI.-SAT. MAR. 8-9 7:00 AM TILL 4:00 PM HUNTING, GOLF, FISHING, CAMPING AND HOUSEHOLD. BUCKHEAD FRI. 3/8, ? 9am-5pm, 1052 Lime Street. Everything Must Go! Kingsbay Annual Yard Sale! US Hwy. 441 SE. Sat. 3/9, 8 a.m. to ? Furn., clothes, HH goods, toys, & misc. items. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONSOkeechobee Dodge – Chrysler – Jeep – Ram now under new ownership is expanding with the growth of the dealership over the past several months. We are now accepting applications for Sales Professionals, Service Technicians Service Advisors and Parts Advisors Bene ts of our company: • Reasonable work schedule • Health bene ts • 401K • Liberal pay plan If you have an interest in joining our team Stop by and see Ron Buckholz for sales and James Jackson for Parts and Service PLEASE no phones calls! Dress to Impress! Hours: Mon Fri 8:30am 7pm • Sat 8:30am 5pm4224 Hwy 441 S. OkeechobeeEOE/DFWP Kissimmee River Restoration Project S-65EX1 Friction Crane Operator for 140 Ton Manitowoc Vicon 3900W. NCCER or NCCO Certi cation required. Must have experience with Clam Bucket, Concrete Bucket & Rip Rap working on & off of Barge. $28 per Hour & $50 per day Per Diem. Work week will be between 45-55 hours. Call 863-357-0022 or apply @ 2403 SW Ruck’s Dairy Road, Okeechobee, FL 34974 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 Community Liaison for non-pro t agency. Bachelor’s degree preferred, experience with public speaking and marketing. Requires excellent communication skills, computer literacy, and ability to collect and analyze data. Valid driver’s license, transportation and automobile insurance. Bilingual a plus. Fax resume to: 863-462-5878. Thank you. Ranch and Facilities Property Supervisor and Assistant Needed!! Looking for Property Supervisor and Assistant (Couples are encouraged) with property knowledge of maintenance operations, security and safety of property, nancial oversight, preventative maintenance, housekeeping and caretaker for animals. To apply please email: ranchowner12345 @gmail.com RN School Health Nurse 10 month position excellent bene ts. Please apply MyFlorida/People First website at: https://people rst .my orida.com The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Af rmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. MEDICAL 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. Equipment Operator (Part-time) Responsible for the daily equipment operations at our compost facility in Okeechobee. Operate front end wheel loader, mixing of compost or wood chips, process and load products onto customer vehicles using front end loader or Skid Steer. Maintenance of machinery. 3 years related experience preferred. Must be able to lift 50lbs, work in extreme weather conditions and operate heavy equipment. Candidates can apply on line at careers@garick.com NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Auctions Garage/ Yard Sales Garage/ Yard Sales Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Medical Employment Part Time Business Opportunities Business Opportunities When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 14 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! orida.newszap.com


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(863)447-9499 Club Car Golf Cart, Red, New Batteries Excellent Condition $1,500. 4x8 Heavy Duty Utility Trailer w/storage, 2ft. plywood sides, spare tire. $250 Call 863-467-8559 FOR SALE SEATED ELECTRIC THREE WHEEL, HEAVY DUTY 300lb. CAPACITY SCOOTER. HAS 25 MILE EXTENDED RANGE, GREAT CONDITION. $1,500 863-763-5925 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 2BR DUPLEX, CLEAN, QUIET. DIXIE RANCH ACRES AREA. PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL. $550/MO., WATER & LAWN MAINTENANCE INCLUDED. $400 SECURITY. 863-610-0001 WATERFRONT IN TREASURE ISLAND FOR SALE BY OWNER. On deep canal, 15 minutes to locks! 3 Bd/1.5 Ba. 1,344 sq. ft. Modular Home enclosed back porch, fenced yard, shed, pontoon and trailer,fully furnished w/everything. Reduced $10,000 to $65,000. Call for Appt. 502-649-9637 3104 SE 35th Ave. For Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $125 A Week and pay for Electric. Call 863-610-4625 ANCIENT OAKS 55+ BEST BUY! $29,000. NEW A/C, TILE FLOORS, KING MURPHY BED, WASH HOUSE, BEAUTIFUL BACK YARD ON CANAL. CALL 863-697-3954, 863-357-6530 CASABLANCA PARK For Sale or Rent w/option to buy. 9441 Hwy 78 West,Adult Park, 3BR/1.5BA, Fully furnished,W/D, Big Florida room,Lots of updates. $15,000 OBO (219)384-3407 FOR SALE 35FT RV PARK MODEL, FLORIDA ROOM, CONCRETE CARPORT, C/A/H, VERY GOOD CONDITION, VANTAGE OAKS $10,000 O.B.O. CALL 863-467-0079 New Palm Harbor Homes Mobile Condo $39,900 Delivered to your site $0 down nancing John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 1996 WEERS 1996 WEERS 18FT PONTOON BOAT WITH 30 HP MOTOR, PLUS TRAILER. $3500.00 CALL 724-747-9248. 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 04 Coachman Pop-up w/screen room $4,000 o.b.o. Like new condition, set up for viewing on 78 West Call 863-763-1079 32ft Pace Arrow, mint condition, $10,000 or best offer. Call for more information. 863-763-6529 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 2006 KZ New Vision 37ft High Quality 5th Wheel Trailer, Excellent Shape Will Deliver Within 25 Miles $26,500 or O.B.O Call 863-332-6008 CASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 For Sale 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 V-8 45,000 miles, single cab manual doors and window, ac and stereo $7,500 Call 863-532-0898 PUBLIC NOTICE Indian River State College (IRSC) is accepting proposals for College-Wide Food Service Dining, Catering and Snack Vending Machine Services. All proposals are due by April 19, 2013. Interested parties should contact Don Windham, Purchasing Director, at 772-462-7357. Or visit IRSC website, http://www.irsc.edu/visitors/purchasing/purchasing.aspx?id, for full details. Indian River State College is committed to complying with all laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, national origin, and gender. The proposer agrees to make no distinction in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, or national origin and neither shall discriminate against any quali ed person with disabilities in such practices. Proposer agrees to adhere to any and all applicable State and Federal Civil Rights Laws. Indian River State College reserves the right to waive any informality in the selection process and to reject any or all “Statements of Quali cations.” 438363 ON 3/8/2013 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY INVITATION TO BID Okeechobee County requests bids from quali ed vendors for the purchase of fuel on an annual contact basis. Bids should be submitted on the “Invitation to Bid” summary sheet. This bid sheet may be obtained by calling (863)763-3514 or via www.co.okeechobee. .us. Please include all of the information requested in the Request for Proposal submitted to the County. The bidder does not have to provide a bid on all groups listed in the Request for Proposal. The bidder may submit bids on portions of the fuel types requested but must respond to the sections requesting information on emergency delivery, taxes and discounts for prompt payment sections for any bid. Bids will be due no later than March 20, 2013 at 2:30 p.m., and should be submitted in a sealed envelope and clearly marked “Sealed Bid Okeechobee County Motor Fuel RFP 2013-05.” Any questions or inquires should be directed to: Frank Byars, Road Maintenance Director at (863)763-3514. Proposals should be sent to: Okeechobee County, 304 NW 3rd Street, Room 222, Okeechobee, FL 34972. All bids received after the deadline for submission will not be opened or considered. Okeechobee County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities, to reject or award any and all bids or part(s) thereof, or to negotiate further with any or all bidders and accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of bids to the County. Responses to the “Requests for Proposals” will be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners on or after March 28, 2013 with recommendation(s) for bid award(s). Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Frank Irby, Chairman Board of County Commissioners 438300 ON 3/8/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE Okeechobee Utility Authority will temporarily change its method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of our drinking water. The water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water after March 11, 2013. These conditions will last thru March 25, 2013. These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical sh or aquatic animals, you should contact you local tropical sh store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you have properly treated the water before adding it to your aquarium. The hydrant ushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours. We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for the customers of Okeechobee Utility Authority. If additional information is needed, contact Kevin Rogers at 763-3239. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION. OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY 438212 ON 3/8/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 438146 ON 3/8/2013 NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a Special Exception to establish an outdoor storage lot including storage of recreational vehicles, boats, and the like in a Commercial (C) zoning district. The property owner and applicant is JBass Properties, LLC. The property address is 2900 SW 3rd Terrace and is more particularly described as follows: Lots 17 and 18, NORTH LAKE BUSINESS PARK, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, page 70 of the public records of Okeecobee County, Florida; said property now known as NORTH LAKE BUSINESS PLAZA CONDOMINIUM, according to the Declaration of Condominium as recorded in Of cial Records Book 274, page 698 of the public records of Okeechobee County, Florida. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department.William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition S-2012-0722 438274 ON 3/8/2013 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 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONSULTING SERVICES FOR SOUTHWEST DRAINAGE EAST-WEST CONVEYANCE PROJECT RFQ # 2013-06 Notice is hereby given pursuant to s. 287.055, F.S. that Okeechobee County, Florida, is requesting proposals from quali ed and experienced consulting services. Consideration will be given to rms that have experience and knowledge relating to Okeechobee County’s major drainage system(s) and study(ies) within the Southwest drainage area. This project will impact and enhance the County’s major outfall site(s) in the Southwest area. This includes systems and studies involving Okeechobee County, Okeechobee City, SFWMD and the USACE. The selected rm shall be competent to perform all necessary tasks relating to a complete review and/or modi cation to each of these systems and studies. The selected rm will have to provide detailed information, construction plans & observation and permitting relevant to all of these systems and studies. It’s anticipated this project will include planning through construction, and it has a shortened timeframe for completion; early 2014. All questions relating to this RFQ are to be submitted to Jim Threewits, Deputy County Administrator, 304 NW 2nd St., Room 103 Okeechobee, Florida, 34972; 863-763-4458. Proposals to provide the services described herein shall include: a letter of transmittal requesting that the rm be quali ed to provide the required professional services, organizational pro le and quali cations, scope of services proposed, public entity crimes af davit, SF 330 projected time line and related data, including experience/knowledge of the systems/studies as outlined in this RFQ and any state and federal requirements. Interested rms shall submit an original proposal and thirteen (13) copies thereof in a sealed enclosure bearing the name and address of the proposer and the words “RFQ #2013-06 SOUTHWEST DRAINAGE EAST-WEST CONVEYANCE PROJECT” by 3:00 p.m. local time on March 19, 2013 at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd St., Room 103 Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Proposals received after the time and date speci ed will not be considered. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive technical errors and informalities not inconsistent with Florida Statutes, and to accept the proposal, which, in its sole judgment, best serves the public interest. Okeechobee County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Sharon Robertson Frank Irby, Chairman Board of County Commissioners Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Okeechobee County, Florida 438253 ON 3/8/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2013-CP-023 IN RE: ESTATE OF DARON GREGORY WASHINGTON SR., a/k/a DARON G. WASHINGTON SR. Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f DARON GREGORY WASHINGTON SR., a/k/a DARON G. WASHINGTON SR., deceased, whose date of death was September 19, 2012, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probabe Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The rst publication date of this notice is March 8, 2013. Personal Representative: PATIENCE A. WASHINGTON 1050 SW 83rd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 Attorney for Personal Represenative: COLIN M. CAMERON 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 Fla. Bar No. 270441 colin@ccameronlaw.com 438346 ON 3/8,15/2013 NOTICEThe Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will be receiving Applications from Glades County Residents that would be interested in serving as a representative from Glades County to the OUA Board. Applicants must be residents of Glades County and live in the area serviced by OUA. Applications may be obtained at the OUA Of ce located at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Fl. 34974 and will need to be completed and turned back in at the same address by March 11, 2013. For more information call the Okeechobee Utility Authority, Of ce of the Executive Director at 863-763-9460. 438364 ON 3/8,10/2013 Business Opportunities Computers Miscellaneous Apartments Apartments Houses Rent Houses Sale Mobile Home Rent Mobile HomeSale Boats Campers/RVs Fifth Wheels Autos Wanted Pickup Trucks Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 16 Okeechobee News March 8, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Otto Ramirez, Lucas Penido and Cody Walker won competitive singles matches and OHS swept the doubles matches as they upset Martin County 5-2 in boy’s tennis Tuesday afternoon at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. Ramirez defeated Michael Glaspey 6-2, 2-6 and 7-6 (7-4) in the tiebreaker. Penido overcame Luke Hyland, 6-4 and 6-1. Walker won a three set marathon with Albert Morar, 6-3, 2-6, and 6-3. In the doubles matches Ramirez and Penido overcame Glaspey and Peyton Palma 5-7, 6-2 and 6-1. Brendon Jonassaint and Walker remained unbeaten in the #2 doubles match with a 6-3, 3-6, and 7-6 (7-5) win over Hyland and Morar. Coach Morgan Ungerott was thrilled with the way her team played. “What a match. It was close the whole way and it took ve and a half hours to nish it.” Ungerott said all of her players gave everything they had to stay in the matches. She said Ramirez battled for two hours before he won his match. With the match still in doubt, Walker and Jonassaint won in doubles as they took advantage of their opportunities at the net in the third set. The match was played in near perfect conditions with little wind on the courts. Penido took an early 5-2 lead in his singles match and played well in the second set. Jonassaint has started to hit the tennis ball harder and with his athleticism is able to cover a lot of the court. His singles match with Peyton Palma, was very entertaining with several long rallies. Ungerott said she hopes this match will fuel the team even further towards success, “This was a heck of a match for our team. We were the underdog but I told the guys to play one point at a time and not to give them any free points.” Ungerott said it was one of the most exciting high school tennis matches she’s ever seen. She said the team should get con dence from this win and go into districts in April knowing that they are one of the top teams there. The news wasn’t quite as good for the Lady Brahmans as they were unable to get much traction against the athletic and well trained Lady Tigers. Allie Lopez won two games and Chelsea Walker three games for OHS in the singles matches. The team o f Jenna Rath and Lopez was able to capture two games in their pro set match with Juli a Cusumano and Ari Desman. Martin Count y remains unbeaten at (7-0). OHS boys tennis team beats Martin County Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyElizabeth Santelices had her hands full with a talented Martin County player on Tuesday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAllie Lopez returns a volley during the match between OHS and Martin County on Tuesday. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News John Carroll rallied for ve runs in the nal two innings to defeat upset minded Okeechobee, 5-2, in boy’s high school baseball action Wednesday night at a frigid Brahman eld. Temperatures dipped below 50 degrees on the eld as fans snuggled in blankets and heavy jackets. The players appeared to be in a hurry throughout as they battled the cold w eather and longed for the coziness of the dugout. Kutter Crawford helped moved the game along for OHS as he pitched ve shutout innings to start the game and nursed a (1-0) lead. He mixed in his fastball and curve ball and really wasn’t hit hard. Kutter also w orked out of a couple jams until the sixth inning.. The Rams (8-1) came alive in the frame as they plated a run thanks to a two singles and a walk. OHS appeared to get out of the jam when the Rams hit into a rare third to home double play. Brahman Catcher Dalton Murray made an excellent stab of the throw after Christian Crews stepped on third for the rst out. However it wasn’t meant to be as the Rams tied the game on a throwing error later in the inning and rallied for three runs in the seventh. Sterling Koerner drove home the winning run with a single. Jarrett O’Leary and Ryan Burch both had two hits for John Carroll. OHS was paced offensively by Al Fludd who had a single, two walks, three stolen bases and a run scored. Fludd singled, stole second, moved to third on a single by Christian Crews and scored on a passed ball. OHS had other opportunities to score in the game as Murray singled in the second and stole second. David Coleman was hit by a pitch in the third. Jack Radebaugh had a two out in eld single in the sixth. OHS Coach Jeff Blackstone said the team continues to improve. His focus will be to have the players work hard and play smart baseball while trying to limit mistakes. “Offensively we are getting more base runners on. We’ve just got to capitalize when we have opportunities and get a few more clutch hits,” he added. OHS remained winless at (0-8). They will host Fort Pierce Central on Friday night at 7 p.m. OHS baseball team loses to John Carroll High 5-2 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDalton Murray had a single and an excellent defensive play for OHS. He also blocked several balls in the dirt. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKutter Crawford threw ve scoreless innings as OHS attempted to upset John Carroll on Wednesday night. Put on your dancing shoes for Elks dinner and danceThe Okeechobee Elks, meeting at VFW south, will host a steak dinner/dance on Saturday, March 9 St. Paddy will be the theme, so wear your green. 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.Masons host Sunday breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, at 107 N.W. 5th St, will host Sunday breakfast on March 10 from 8 – 11 a.m., for just $6, with eggs, bacon, grits, pancakes, biscuits and gravy. The public is welcome and carry outs are available. Proceeds go to local Mason giving.