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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 03-10-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, March 10, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 30 14.15 feetLast Year: 12.83 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Taylor Creek Lock reopens ... Page 7 County Fair starts Tuesday ... Page 3 Prevent falls in your home ... Page 9 OHS tennis team wins ... Page 15 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Cheerleaders honored ... Page 7 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Rock Solid Christian AcademyCelebrating Dr. SeussStudents at Rock Solid Christian Academy dressed as characters from their favorite Dr. Seuss books (such as Thing One and Thing Two) for a school celebration in honor of the author’s birthday. For more, see page 9. Are schools nearing a ‘ scal cliff’ or holding onto reserves?By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy presented 63 pages of information and statistics that show the Okeechobee School Districts nancial condition has declined, as a special master Stanley Sergent presided over a hearing Tuesday to review the contract impasse between the district and their classi ed employees. While the school district administration points toward declining enrollment and nances, the union disagrees that the district is in a nancial pickle. President Candy Walker said the district has plenty of money to provide a step increase to employees and add $300 salary to those employees who sit at the top step. "I think we stated our case and gave him many facts. Employees have had automatic Union, of cials dispute nancesSee SCHOOL — Page 5 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It was "pick on South Florida Water Management District" (SFWMD) day at the Friday, March 8, meeting of the County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon. The coalition is made up of representatives from Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Lee, Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades, Highlands and Osceola counties. In the past coalition meetings have often been marked by differences of opinion between the coastal and interior counties. This time the coalition was united in their displeasure with Lake coalition criticizes SFWMDSee LAKE — Page 5

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Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph. Monday Night: Overcast. Fog overnight. Low of 61F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High of 88F. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday Night: Overcast. Low of 63F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday: Overcast. High of 81F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary School wants to Congratulate Students of the Week for Feb. 25-March 1. Ella Bostwick, Shnora Fludd, Jahmal Duhaney, Tucker Rogers, Julian Aguirre, Maura Hermenegildo, Sergio Contreras, Josiah Harris, Michalyn Salas, Penelope VanEman, Hubert Jenkins, Isaiah Pippin, Jessie Merry, Lilly Maxwell, Abraham bonilla, Alejandro Liberato, Jacob Moats, Serenity Engelman, Ganessa Garcia, Alecziah Gomez, Jasmine Shanks, Chrissetia Campbell, Faith Casselton, Daisy Eunice, Sara Raulerson, Yamila Lopez, Victoria Simmons, Tim Mejia and Rylann Maxwell. 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:  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.

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Scams This is being reported by the FBI. Several banks are reporting that their customers are receiving robo calls stating something like, “Your debit card has been disabled. To reactivate, please press 1.” They then ask for account numbers. Some customers have fallen for the scam and have had their bank accounts compromised. If you receive a call like this, HANG UP!Drivers license of ce I’d like to ask the county, why are they even thinking about spending money on a new building when the drivers license ofce is IN PLACE in a perfectly good building, with trained workers who already know w hat they’re doing? I’m sure the owner of t hat building is probably upset to be losing t heir tenant, leaving another empty space in Okeechobee. Don’t try to tell me that the s tate mandated that the county HAS to build a new building because I already know that isn’t true. Our state rep, Denise Grimsley already answered that question for me.Sequestration The budget cuts are already taking its t oll on the military. I have friends in the res erves and active duty. The reservist, is hearing they may not even be able to train. He c ounts of that pay check to pay his bills. He is ready to stop paying on his house. The active guy is already seeing the cutbacks on his family bene ts. His training is also going and has already fallen off. Now, some of them are seeking training elsewhere from deep pockets who are willing to fund them to keep them at least on level. Homeland security is already taking a huge hit and just yesterday had gotten seriously bad news. This includes Coast Guard and Border Patrol. This sequester is supposed to last the rest of the scal year. I am moving to Italy, or Honduras.  My son is full-time Army. I asked him last week how this would affect him. He said the training that he is scheduled for is still on-going but extra stuff that isn’t considered critical to his job, has been cancelled. They cancelled his ight to a base he had to go to last week, made him drive a rental car to save a whopping $200, yet I’m sure they haven’t cancelled Nancy Pelosi’s private ights. There’s no reason for these scare tactics when there is so much waste that they could cut instead.  Even though sequestration is automatic, is Obama in charge of where the cuts are made, and how much? I have had the feeling that if he is, there is going to be a lot of revenge showing up in certain places.  Our not-so-illustrious TSA just signed a deal to spend $50 MILLION dollars to purchase new uniforms .. yep, you better believe there will be “revenge” cuts to further bolster an agenda to spread fear and unrest among the populous!  They are just playing games with the money to try to upset people enough to get the Republicans to let them raise taxes again. Even with the cuts, the federal government’s budget for 2013 is higher than the budget for 2012. They are cutting back on anything. They are just not spending more. So certainly there are places they could cut without it hurting anyone. But they don’t want to cut the fat. They want the cuts to hurt so people will be upset. That is the whole point of what the administration is doing. It isn’t over ... until God says it’s overBy Rev. P. Gwen Livatt, M.Div.New St. Stephen A.M.E. ChurchEzekiel 37: 1-14 God is so good! Not only is He good; He’s faithful! He’s merciful. He’s just. He is a loving God. He’s kind. He’s a provider. He’s a way-maker. He’s a deliverer. He’s a healer. GOD HAS PROMISED YOU LIFE AND LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY. Don’t throw in the towel just yet.” Though it may appear that all hope is gone, that everyone else is nishing the race without you, It Ain’t Over! Don’t give up just yet. God has blessings for you that if you don’t quit you will see His promises for your life. I want to talk to people that have hopeless situations in their lives. Hopeless situation, because of what your doctor said or because of what your circumstance is saying. A hopeless situation does not mean that God has left you. Just because things don’t work out exactly how we planned them does not mean that God is not at work in your life. No matter what your situation is saying, I can tell you that God is at work in your life at the moment. Ezekiel 37included dialogue between God and Prophet Ezekiel in the case of the valley of dry bones. The place is a graveyard, it is a cemetery, and there are dry bones. The symbolism is of a people whose hope has died and has been dead for a long time. This is a situation where there is no future, just bones, no body, just bones, and no signs of life. The Lord asked Ezekiel a question that God is asking you today about your situation – CAN THIS DRY BONE LIVE? Ezekiel looks at the bones he sees no possibility of a return to life. Ezekiel said there seems to be no human solutionsfor this hopeless situation for they are very dry and it’s only you God that knows. Ezekiel said “Lord, you know.” In other words he is saying “I don’t God, but you do.” Why did he say that? He believes this situation is so out of human comprehension. Lord, only you know if it’s going to work out for us, God only you know if you are going to heal us, only you know. It’s only God that knows if you are going to make it or not. God knows if you are going to be delivered. There are some situations we face in which human solutions will not work—the only thing that will work will be, hearing from God! Ezekiel hears from God, Ezekiel receives instructions from God that he must prophesy he must speak to the dry bones now. Ezekiel had to go down to the graveyard and tell dead dry bones that God’s word said, “It isn’t over until God says it’s over.” Ezekiel had to go down to the cemetery and tell the dead dry bones that God is not through with them yet for I know you feel like dying, but God is not through, I know you’ve los t hope but God has not nish with you yet. Ezekiel had to go down to the valley of the shado w of death and tell death that God will answe r them. Listen the transformation and restoration all started by the hearing of the word. Th e word was the beginning of the process tha t brings these hopeless bones back to life. You may be in a situation that looks hopeless, it may look like the end is near and it’s time to give up, it may look as if you’ve lost ... well, it doesn’t matter what it may look like, the nal outcome will come when God says it’s over. Man may count you out, the enem y may tell you you’ve lost, the chance for victor y may look impossible, but it’s not over until th e Lord says it’s over. I wish I had a witness that is reading this today! Your turnaround comes when you begin to hear from God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God! Who is talking to you, which report do you believe? You have to hear from God, if you are going to be fruitful, if your marriage is going to live. Words have power. Speak the word! Prophesy the word! Declare the Word! It Ain’t Over Until God says it’s over! I don’t know WHAT the future holds ... but I state with complete certainty that I know WHO holds my future! When most people think it’s over, God asks, “Did I say it was over?” Weeping may last for a night, but Joy comes in the morning.” It’s not over until God says it’s over. It ain’t over ... until God says it’s over because: A marriage can come back together. A family can come back together. A church can come back together. A business can come back together. A dream can come back together—Hop e can come back together. (Why?) Because it ain’t over …. until God says it’s over. Keep ghting. Keep praying. Keep fasting because it ain’t over. No! Keep pressing …. progressing. Keep moving cause it ain’t over. No! Keep reading … interceding. Keep believing. Keep trusting. Keep trying. Keep travailing because it ain’t over. Keep living. Keep giving. Keep going because it ain’t over! So keep ghting until the victory is won!!!!” When people say you can’t, remember H e can ….He can. When you don’t know wha t to do, please remember—He has the maste r plan. The Lord says to you…. It ain’t over until H e says it’s over! I don’t care what it looks like. I t ain’t over until God says it’s over! March 10, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Clari cationPhotos of the contestants for the Miss and Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair which appeared in the Friday, March 8, edition of the Okeechobee News were taken by Sharon Cannon. Shrine Club collects aluminum can tabsThe local Shrine Club is collecting the “pull tabs” from aluminum cans. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863357-0427, Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News March 10, 2013 step increases since 1983. Retroactivity of pay was included in the contract since 2005,” she said. Mrs. Walker claimed the district has a history of large fund balances and of over budgeting and under spending. She said the district fund balance approaches 16 percent w hile an adequate fund balance is between 3 and 5 percent. She said she can recall many times that the district fund balance has disappeared in June nancial reports and then reappears in September, and is larger than the year before. “It’s the same song and dance we’ve heard for many years. We realize they are w orried they will have less revenue but there is still plenty of money to give steps and the $300 longevity pay,” she added. The impasse was declared on Dec. 7, 2012 and negotiations on the contract have taken place since Sept. 14, 2012. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said the issue isn’t whether or not employees deserve a raise or if they are valuable to the schools. He claimed the district’s expenditures have exceeded revenues and this cannot continue in the long term. He noted the step increase this year has already been given and the only employees who did not see a pay hike were those at the top step. Mrs. Walker argues that there are 25 fewer classi ed employees this year as positions were not lled that became vacant by retirement or voluntarily. She said the district might have less revenue but the union is asking for fewer dollars than in 2012. While the impasse was declared on four items of negotiation, the two sides did agree on ve other non–monetary items. Mr. Kenw orthy said the district has not laid off any employees and doesn’t intend to. The school and the Okeechobee County Education Association instructional employees have also reached impasse on their contract with the same issues about salary and retroactivity. Mr. Kenworthy said the district is near the scal cliff. He noted state base student allocation has declined by about $300 per student per year and student enrollment has declined from 7,274 students in 2005-2006 to 6,525 students this year. The decline of 749 students is equivalent to the amount of students at one of the districts middle schools. Unfortunately, instead of shutting down a school, the district has to deal with class size requirements, and is unable to shut down a campus to save money. He went on to say that student enrollment is scheduled to decline by another 622 students between today and the 2019-2020 school year which is equivalent to the student body of one elementary school. Adding to the district nancial woes are the decline in tax roll from $2.2 billion in 2008-2009, to $1.5 billion in 2012-2013. Voters also rejected the super majority millage at a public referendum at the polls in Nov ember, 2011 which has cost the district a total of $896,416. Mr. Kenworthy presented nancial documents that showed the district’s revenue has declined from $48.6 million in 2008-2009 to just over $44 million in 2012-2013. Expenditures have stayed around $48.5 million in the past ve school years. The projected shortfall in the budget for 2012-2013 is over $4.5 million. This year the district dipped into fund balance for $2.51 million to balance their spending plan and could dip into another $4.5 million next year. Mr. Kenworthy said 79 percent of the budget is based on salary and bene ts and that is where the only signi cant cuts can be made. He said over 31 positions have been un lled to save money, which includes 12 teachers or permanent substitute teachers, a school psychologist position and a director of ESE. Mr. Kenworthy noted other schools have removed retroactivity of pay in their contracts like Pasco, Walton, Hendry, Polk, Levy, Seminole, Suwannee, Highlands and St. Lucie. Automatic step increases have been removed in school districts in Indian River, Pasco, Walton, Hendry, Polk, Levy, Seminole, Highlands, Jackson and St. Lucie County. He noted the district has given solid raises to classi ed employees since 2005-2006 that approach $2.5 million. He said most the salaries of most classi ed employees in the district is above the state average and is competitive with salaries offered in surrounding school districts. Mrs. Walker disagreed that the district can’t afford these increases. “When we talk about classi ed employees, we are talking about people in the district that earn the least amount of money. When they don’t get even a miniscule raise in pay it really affects them nancially. Every penny counts for them in this economy.” She said the union stated their case to the master by using district gures. She said they proved the money is there and that these raises won’t be a detriment to the long term stability of the district. “These people count on this money every year, even a couple hundred bucks.” Mr. Kenworthy said he feels the district just can’t commit to any raise until spending and revenues come into line. He noted the district lost $510,000 in expected revenue in December due to declining enrollment. He said they also lost $206,294 because local students attend private schools. He also said the district has given employees holiday pay that is more than the state requires. “In two years we will not be nancially stable. The time is now to act or we will operate in the red. I don’t think that would ful ll my commitment to the taxpayers of this county and the school board. I won’t gamble on future revenues coming in,” he added. Mrs. Walker said the union position will remain steadfast and that the master appeared to hear their case and consider their arguments closely. She scoffed at contentions the district is in nancial trouble. “This superintendent is attempting to create a nancial crisis that doesn’t exist in order to justify taking the step out of the contract. The district’s chief negotiator Jerry Copeland has done the same thing in several of the counties he negotiates for. For this superintendent to attempt to deny the lowest paid employees in the school system a very modest salary increase is unconscionable,” she added. Both sides will submit nal briefs to the special master by March 29. After that he will have 15 days to release an advisory opinion on the matter. If both sides accept the advisory opinion, the contract will be submitted to workers for a vote. If not, it is likely the school board would have the nal say. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 SFWMD. Glades County Commissioner Russell Echols, who chairs the coalition, urged that SFWMD not keep purchasing and selling properties and that SFWMD complete projects they have started. “I’d like to see more transparency,” he added. “They are not spending their money. They are spending our money.” He suggested an appeal to the governor if SFWMD does not become more responsive to the needs of the residents of the 16 county area it serves. “They buy land on whims and gure out later what they are going to do with it,” Commissioner Echols charged. Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall suggested the counties in the coalition coordinate lobbying issues on common causes such as displeasure of SFWMD policies. “We need to get projects completed,” was the opinion of Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard who said SFWMD does not have consistent plans for nishing projects. Hendry County Commissioner Carson Turner said he was tired of being criticized for SFWMD projects in his county that were not completed. “We need to see dirt turned. We need to see progress made,” he asserted. Daniel O’Keefe, of the SFWMD Board of Governors, responded to some the issues addressed. He said he and Commissioner Echols had spoken the day before. “He may have been surprised that I agree with a lot of his thoughts and concerns and frustrations,” Mr. O’Keefe said. He added that he wanted to make SFWMD more responsive the counties served. He said he was working with SFWMD staff to nd funding for dredging Moore Haven Canal. He said that while the C43 Canal is a very expensive project, SFWMD staff is looking to break that project down into doable segments. “We are going through our land assessment right now to look at what lands can be surplused,” Mr. O’Keefe said. He said SFWMD is looking at lands not being used and deciding what lands can be put back on the tax rolls. He pledged this would be a transparent project. After an extensive public review process he said any lands declared surplus must be sold at fair market value. “I will follow up directly with the chairman,” he asserted. Mr. O’Keefe also said he would respond to individual coalition members. “I serve on a volunteer basis and I am here to serve you and your constituents.” Turning to other action, Lt. Col. Tom Greco, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ deputy commander for South Florida gave the coalition an update on COE’s work. He said that 21.4 miles of cutoff wall, a wall built in the dike to strengthen it, has been constructed between Port Mayaca and Belle Glade. That project will be of ciall y completed this year. The ongoing culvert replacement project will be completed b y 2018. Aging metal culverts will be replaced with concrete structures that have a life span of 50 to 100 years. A contract will be awarded this year for a seepage management test. The colonel said the Dam Safety Modi cation Study would include the entire 143 mile embankment and structures. Multiple alternatives will be developed and analyzed to reduce risk. The study should be ready for public comment the summer of 2014 and it should be approved in 2015. Because of the priority of the levee he said most levee projects receive adequate funding. In the next scal year three additional contracts will be awarded on the Kissimmee River Restoration Project. At 14.27 feet the colonel said the lake was higher than it has been on this date for the last two years. He said he would like to come back and address the coalition during the rainy season and give a detailed presentation of water management. Commissioner Echols asked when the lake could be held at higher levels. The colonel said it would be several years before the lake regulation schedule would be changed. In the meantime his organization is trying to manage the lake the best it can with the existing schedule. During pubic comment time, Paul Gra y of the Florida Audubon Society reminded the coalition that there is $25 million in the current state budget to acquire conservation easements. He said these easements will keep land in agriculture while protecting the environment. Ed Fielding asked that releases to the St. Lucie be stopped and releases to the Caloosahatchee be reduced. Martha Musgrove of the Florida Wildlife Federation urged coalition members to lobby their congressmen for more funding for Everglades restoration projects. LAKEContinued From Page 1 “I’d like to see more transparency. They are not spending their money. They are spending our money.— Glades County Commissione r Russell Echols Ask-A-Lawyer at the libraryAttorney Glenn Sneider and Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. will present Ask-A-Lawyer 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. For more information and to register, call Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. at 772-466-4766 or 888-582-3410.The 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, a costume contest, games and more! A “Harlem Shake Video” will be recorded at this teen dance. For information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.

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Masons to host Sunday breakfast on March 10The 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.American Legion Post 64 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. Okeechobee Senior Services hold free seminar Okeechobee 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.Retired educators 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.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 Avenue, in Okeechobee. Representatives from several employers will be invited for interviewing and networking with prospective candidates. Attendees should dress professionally and bring a resume. Register now by visiting www.irsc.edu, click Career Services, and click Students Register Here. For more information, contact Jacquelene Burke at 772-462-7448 / jburke@irsc.edu. The Heritage to host a 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 Ne w 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, family and patients. For more information, feel free to call 863-763-1700.Okeechobee County Education Association meetsThe 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 located 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 ma y 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.Methodist Men offer smoked chicken dinnerUnited Methodist Men, 200 N.W. 2nd St. (behind Walgreens) will have a smoked chicken dinner on Friday, March 15, at 11 a.m. 1 p.m. take out only, (delivery available for 10 or more dinners) 4 6:30 p.m. (Dine in or Take out) 1/4 Chicken, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Roll and Dessert for $8 Donation. Tickets available at the church of ce or you may fax orders to 863-7632481 by 10:30 a.m. Thursday; include contact name, phone number and address to deliver dinners.Free nutrition class 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.Silver Palms to hold inaugural classic car showThe Sliver Palms RV Resort, 4143 HW Y 441 S., will host its rst classic car sho w 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 our troops, Wounded Warriors Project. For more information, contact Butch 307-743-1969 or Jim 209-601-2000. Community Events 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.Chancelor Whitewater, 75OKEECHOBEE Chancelor Whitewater passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at his residence. He was born Nov. 9, 1937 on the Qualla Boundary Indian Reservation in North Carolina. He w as a Native American Indian and has been a resident of Okeechobee for 32 years. He is survived by his wife Linda Sullivan W hitewater; daughters, Silvermoon Taggart (Brian), Morningstar Staton (Jason), Dawn Morning Light; sons, Jim, Rick, Guy; grandchildren, Laree, Brian Tiger, Elijah Two Bears, Noah Silent Wolf, Devon Grey Eagle, Heaven Little Deer, Tyler Screech Owl, Kendall Spotted Elk Desert Flower, and many more. In addition he is survived by brothers, John Shadow W alker, Sam Walking Man and Sister Nona. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 beginning at 5 p.m. The service w ill begin at 6:30 p.m. Both being held at Buxton Funeral Home & Crematory, 400 N. Parrott A ve. (Hwy 441 N), Okeechobee, FL. 34972. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 N. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, Florida 34972.Joseph “Okeechobee Joe” A. Staedelin II, 96OKEECHOBEE Joseph “Okeechobee Joe” A. Staedelin II, a full time resident of Okeechobee since 1982, passed away on March 6, 2013 at 11:50 p.m. at Raulerson Hospital. Joseph was born Sept. 4, 1916, in Medford, Okla., to parents Joseph and Eunice Staedelin. He earned his degree at the University of Oklahoma and became a school teacher in Pass Christian, Miss.. He and Theda Mills were married on August 25, 1940, in Ill. During the Second World War, he served in the US Army. After the w ar, he then became a Civil Service instructor with the United States A ir Force at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Ill. Living in Rantoul, Joseph and Theda had a daughter, Susan (Crozier) and a son, Joseph III. During his time, Joseph was an active Rotarian and a member of the Rantoul City School Board. Theda preceded Joseph in death in 1974. On August 31, 1975 Joseph married Louise Harris in Rantoul, Ill.. He retired from his Civil Service instructor position in 1976. During his retirement, he became a part time resident of Okeechobee, Fla. Louise preceded him in death in 1981. Joseph then married Evelyn Cady on September 4, 1982, in Okeechobee, Fla; she survives. Surviving children include daughter, Susan (Terry) Crozier of Carbon, Texas and son Joseph (Julia Ludwig) Staedelin III of Thomasboro, Ill.; step daughter Nancy (Dan) Truskowski of Grand Rapids, Mich.; ve grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; seven step grandchildren and 14 step grandchildren. Joseph’s love for music and performing were an ever present constant and source of enjoyment and opportunities throughout his long life. His specialty was playing the Saxophone and composing musical arrangements for big band music. He rst performed in the University of Oklahoma’s band. Then, in the summer of 1939, being a member of a dance band facilitated a tour of old Europe. Notably they toured Hitler’s Germany during the height of that regime and before its beautiful old cities became ruins totally destroyed by war. Returning back to the US only days before the outbreak of Europe’s World War Two, the French cruise ship he and his band were on was under U-Boat threat and steamed under blackout conditions. During the 60s and 70s, when living in Rantoul, he played saxophone and wrote musical arrangements in and for many local bands including The Mellotones and Medicare 5, 8, and 9. Relocating to Okeechobee, Fla in 1983, he played in the Don West Band among many others. He also played with several big bands based in Sebring, Fla. such as The Highlandaires and the GI Joes. Known to some as “Okeechobee Joe”, he always carried his horn when traveling and always welcomed opportunities to “jam” with fellow musicians. He played professionally until 2011. There will be no public services. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 N. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 15TH & 16TH 7 Okeechobee News March 10, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsCheerleader banquetThe Okeechobee High School Cheerleaders held their annual end-of-theyear banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at OHS. Congratulations to: Taylor Pearce “Spirit Award,” Kylie Daniel “Brahman Award,” and Samantha Rivero “MVP Award.” Special to the Okeechobee News The South Florida Water Management District’s S-193 Navigation Lock, located on Taylor Creek on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee, reopened to boaters today after getting a complete overhaul. The lock has been refurbished to ensure decades of continued reliable service. During the renovation, lock gates were removed and refurbished. Concrete was used to reinforce the lock chamber, and wiring and other utilities were replaced. Boaters will notice the freshly painted lock has new bumpers and safety rails and the gates no longer leak water. Taylor Creek Lock reopens Special to the Okeechobee News/ SFWMDRepairs are complete and Taylor Creek Lock is open.

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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 8 Okeechobee News March 10, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOCRA Storm goes to FCDA Midstate Madness Cheer competitionOn Feb. 2 the OCRA “STORM” Competitive “REC” Cheerleaders traveled to Kissimmee to participate in the FCDA Midstate Madness Cheer competition. All four teams captured a 1st place victory with the Youth level II team winning 2nd place overall. All four teams returned home with the coveted “SPIRIT” Award for the gym. Many thanks to the coaches, parents, OCRA, the Children’s Service Council and to everyone else who has had a hand in our success.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 OFFICIAL NOTICEGlades Electric Cooperative Inc. Annual Meeting Saturday, March 16, 2013Lake Placid Middle School The purpose of the meeting is to elect trustees, vote on a proposed bylaw change and hear ocers annual reports. Registration, entertainment and voting will begin at 8 am. The business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Join us for great entertainment, fun and prizes, including a 2003 Ford F150 4x4 extended Cab for one lucky member. Plan now to attend! Many procedures available to treat these conditions are minimally invasive and allow for less pain and a quicker recovery. DID YOU KNOW... Raulerson Hospital always provides patients with personal comfort and care. To learn more visit raulersonhospital.com. For a free physicianreferral, call 763-9228.there are Womens Services available at Raulerson Hospital to treat conditions such as: 9 Okeechobee News March 10, 2013 Tips help avoid injuriesSpecial to the Okeechobee News More accidents happen at home than anywhere else. Trips and falls can occur w hen rooms are not well designed or when a lack of precautions create a dangerous env ironment. Guard yourself and your family from these pitfalls by evaluating each nook and cranny to erase obstacles and promote safe living. These guidelines can get you on the right track.  Add rails. A rm grip can make stairs safer for everyone, whether your steps reach from one oor to another or they are only a couple of feet up to the front porch. For households with older family members, rails by toilets or showers could also make bathrooms safer. Put down a no-slip shower mat. Many home accidents occur in the shower. If you don't have a shower mat, or if your shower mat is old and slick, now is the time to buy a new one.  Beware of rugs. It is easy to trip over an unsecured rug. Inspect your room for these potential dangers.  Keep clutter off the ground. A clear oor makes for a safe house. Allowing children to leave their toys everywhere, or piling up your own belongings here and there, will eventually lead to a fall.  Avoid step stools and ladders as much as possible. Try to store your belongings within reach or ask someone for help if you're unable to get it easily yourself. The professionals at Raulerson Hospital can provide orthopedic care for you or a family member after a fall. Our highly trained team uses the latest technology to guide you through every stage of your care. Raulerson Hospital's physical therapists design individualized treatment plans to address your speci c needs. To learn more visit RaulersonHosptial.com. If you have questions or need a physician referral, call our free Consult-aNurse¨ service at 863-763-9228. Prevent accidental falls in your home Dr. Seuss birthday celebrationRock Solid Christian Academy Students dressed as Dr. Seuss characters to celebration his birthday. (Right) Students who dressed as the Cat in the Hat were: (back) Hannah Frake, Braden Hewitt, Hannah Keith, Latishia Banister, (front) Gracie Gamiotea, Sierra Knapp, Gavin Kindell, Sage Allen and Mason Lightsey. Students who dressed as the Lorax (Below left) included: (back) Mindy Jaquith, Chance Deen, (front) Elissa Casperson, Mallory Collier, Gavin Cracchiola and Mason Davis. (Below right) Students who came dressed as residents of Whoville included (back) Reece Baker, Kayleigh Crum, Damian Betts, and (front) SueAda Hicks, Lillian Grinslade, Jenna Larson, Elsie Thompson, Delaney Fuschwanz, Alyssa Cortez and Emily Rucks.Special to the Okeechobee News/ RSCA

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE-FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013 NOTICE OF BUDGET AMENDMENT HEARING 10 Okeechobee News March 10, 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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Vincent Bernard Babbs, 55, N.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of burglary of an unoccupied structure and dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $20,000.  Michelle Mixon, 37, N.W. 18th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 by Deputy John Hazy on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence. Her bond was set at $1,000.  Marcellus Frank Cypress, 17, S.E. 12th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 by Deputy Cpl. Chris Hans on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with battery on a school board employee. His bond was set at $2,500.  William Joseph O’Brien, 42, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 by Deputy Cpl. Chris Hans on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and dealing in stolen property (two counts). His bond was set at $30,000.  Wanda Sue Adkins, 55, S.E. 23rd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription. Her bond was set at $20,000.  Jason Collier Smith, 33, S.E. 34th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 7 by Deputy Cari Arnold on felony charges of petit theft, forgery, uttering a forged instrument and exploitation of the elderly. He was also arrested by Deputy Arnold on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of uttering a forged instrument, grand theft and exploitation of the elderly. Smith was also arrested by Deputy Cpl. Chris Hans on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of petit theft. His total bond was set at $30,500.  Chase Wyatt Weeks, 18, Burkett Way, Clewiston, was arrested March 7 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation escape. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week.ASSAULT 1500 block of N.E. 208th St.  2500 block of N.W. 128th Ave.  800 block of S.W. 28th St.  1500 block of N.E. 208th St.  7200 block of U.S. 441 N.  800 block of S.W. 28th St.BURGLARY 9600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  5700 block of U.S. 98 N.  900 block of N.W. 39th Circle  2200 block of N.W. Sixth St.  3000 block of N.W. 38th Ave.  900 block of N.W. 39th Circle  1600 block of N.W. Sixth St.CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 2200 block of N.W. Sixth St.FRAUD 3200 block of N.W. 33rd Ave.  4400 block of U.S. 441 S.  3200 block of N.W. 33rd Ave.  3600 block of N.W. 34th Ave.  4400 block of U.S. 441 S.  1500 block of S.R. 70 E.THEFT 1500 block of S.R. 70 E.  3300 block of N.W. 24th Ave. (vehicle)  2600 block of S.E. 34th Lane  3700 block of N.W. 28th Ave. (vehicle)  1800 block of N.W. Thir d Lane  12600 block of S.E. 108t h Drive  3100 block of U.S. 441 S.  3300 block of N.W. 24th Ave. (vehicle)  2600 block of S.E. 34th Lane  6000 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  1500 block of N.E. 14th St.  3700 block of N.W. 28th Ave. (vehicle)  800 block of S.W. 28th St.  400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  12600 block of S.E. 108t h Drive  400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2800 block of U.S. 441 N. OCSO Investigations

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Special to the Okeechobee News There are lots of laws, rules and regulations that are in place to help our environment, but come next January, those that are in the business of applying fertilizer to lawns w ill have another one to worry about: a fertilizer applicator license! For the past several y ears, University of Florida Extension of ces have been gearing up for the expected lastminute rush by landscapers and pest control operators to get legal. Training programs that include a certi cation exam are now being held across Florida to ensure that green industry professionals have plenty of time to earn this new license. After Jan. 1, 2014, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will require a license when any commercial fertilizer application is made to a landscape. The programs are called Green Industry Best Management Practices. On Thursday, March 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. a GIBMP program will be held at the Okeechobee County Extension of ce. It will help those in the rural south-central part of Florida to earn this license. Pre-registration for the workshop is needed. Call Dan Culbert at the Okeechobee Extension Of ce (863-763-6469), or use this special Eventbrite website, http://www.eventbrite.com/ event/5456049190#. A registration fee of $2 will be collected at the door to cover snacks, lunch and all training materials needed to obtain the certi cation. Fertilizer applicator training available 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 1,430 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$3,750 per acre Northern 1300 Acres SOLD 8/24/2012 in Viking MLS #206600 of vacant/pasture land in Fort Drum. Paved street in front of the property. MLS #206360 on Hwy 441 N on SR 710 Make Offer! ( acre). Motivated Seller each building site at David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 Se Habla Espaol 3 bed, 2 bath CBS with vinyl siding on a corner lot, concrete driveway, 1774 Total Sq Ft/1204 under air. Tile oor throughout home. MLS #206555 IN TOWN REDUCED FORECLOSURE NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 2004, 3 bed, 2 bath on over half an acre. 2170 TSF/1984 under air. In move in condition. Easy to see! MLS #206303 3BR/2BA on an acre with ceramic tile oors. Pond, Shed, Large open porch. Offered as a short sale. MLS #206457 55+ community w/clubhouse amenities. Great lake view, 2/2 DWMH w/addition, 2 car carport, large driveway, 1023 Sq Ft under air/1957Total Sq ft MLS #206023 spacious MH on 2 lots, 2364 TSF/1680 under air, Master Bathroom has hers & his sink, A/C only 3 yrs old and ceiling fans throughout the home. MLS #206558 3/2 DWMH on 1+/acre. 1712 TSF/1512 sq ft under air, screen back porch. Offered as a short sale. MLS #206579 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 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 Lori Mixon Visit us at our new location1306 SW 2nd Avenue 11 Okeechobee News March 10, 2013 Okeechobee Livestock Market ReportEverything was higher this week! Cows & Bulls were a solid $5 higher. Lightweight calves under 350# were a little cheaper but over 350# were $3-5 Higher. Numbers have shortened up everywhere and with a drop in supply, with good demand, expect prices to stay good for a while. Pearce Cattle Co, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.70 bought by Foy Reynolds. Lightsey Cattle, Lake Wales, topped the cow market with a high of 95.00 bought by Central Beef. Advance Rodeo tickets for Cattlemen's Spring Rodeo, March 9th & 10th are now on sale at various local retail stores around town at a discounted price...Get yours today! Todd

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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 *. AuctionsVERO BEACHHIGHWAYMEN PAINTINGSABSOLUTE AUCTION!SUN Mar 17@2PMOver 50 paintings by the legendary artists of the Treasure Coast Preview all week at Auctioneer’s of ce 15 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach(772) 562-5015 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full TimeTo apply for positions go to www.irsc.edu IRSC is an EEO/ADEA/ADA/GINA/Vet. Pref./Drug-Free Workplace Employer. 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 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 Employment Full Time Medical Assistant Must have 1 yr exp. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Fax resume to (863) 357-2991 or apply at Dr. Fred Brown Health Center, 2015 US Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, FL. e-mail: hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP Shop here first! The classified adsArti cial Inseminator/Milker Needed for large dairy farm. Must be dependable. DFWP. Call 863-634-2271 for more information. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time JOB OPENINGSNOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THESE AND OTHER POSITIONS: RESTAURANT SERVERS BUSSERS COOKS Competitive Pay, 401K & Insurance Bene“tsTo Apply Visit: gotoworkhappy.com Or Apply in Person17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Brighton Seminole Indian Reservationwww.seminolebrightoncasino.comDrug Free Workplace Background Check Required Like us on Facebook 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. Employment Full Time Employment Full TimeKissimmee 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 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. Employment Part Time 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 12 Okeechobee News March 10, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services.

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Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS ComputersIn need of computer repair. We can clean up viruses or if needed do a complete re-installation of your operating system. Call now for a free estimate. (863)447-9499 Miscellaneous MiscellaneousClub 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 Business Opportunities Apartments Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780 TAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished $650 mo. 1st, last & sec. dep. 561-352-4243 Houses Rent2BR DUPLEX, CLEAN, QUIET. DIXIE RANCH ACRES AREA. PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL. $550/MO., WATER & LAWN MAINTENANCE INCLUDED. $400 SECURITY. 863-610-0001 Charming 3/1.5 ba. Newer interior and up grades. Water, trash, pest control and lawn service included. No pets, approx. 12 min. N.E. of town center. $590.00 mo. Call Mon-Fri. 9-4 863-467-9800 Houses SaleWATERFRONT 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. Mobile Home Rent For Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $125 A Week and pay for Electric. Call 863-610-4625 Mobile HomeSaleANCIENT 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 Older Single Wide in 55+ Park, w/screened room, porch and dock on Taylor Creek. 1/2 mile from Walmart $6,500. or best offer Call 828-208-0980 Palm Harbor Retirement Community Homes $8,500 off of any home, 2/2 & 3/2 from $39,900 Call John Lyons @ 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details *PRICE REDUCED* Mobile Home for Sale 2bd,1 updated bath, 12’ by 24’ Florida room w/tile oor, windows. Metal roof over, very safe, Lots of light. Brand new A/C w/heat strip, new thermostat. Fully furnished, new washing machine, new refrigerator, new microwave, dishwasher, etc. Lots of extras. Brand new kitchen cabinets. Wall hugger recliner/massage couch,loveseat rocker/recliner. Queen size bedroom set in master. 2 yard sheds, 1 w/electric, window and workbench. Long carport, quiet street, nice neighbors. Asking $20,000.00 Owner nancing. Call 863-467-7996 Waterfront Lake access 3/2 Mobile Home well maintained, fully furnished with many extras including pontoon boat. Must see to appreciate, 3937 SE 27th Street Okeechobee. See Owners.com listing ID#TGW7223 asking $98,000 Call 863-835-0358 Boats1996 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 Campers/RVs04 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 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Fifth Wheels2006 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 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Pickup TrucksFor 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 NoticePUBLIC NOTICE A public auction will be held at YOUR 1 STOP AUTO SHOP, INC. Lot at 521 East Haiti Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440 on TUESDAY the 2ND of APRIL from 10:00-11:00 A.M Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 2004 NISS 1N6AA07A34N564988 2000 FORD 1FDWF36S1YEE08147 2006 YDV YDV53037E606 2001 DODGE 1B4HR28N21F565950 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS “ with no guarantees. 438465 ON 3/10/2013 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast/DBA, Workforce Solutions Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium announces a meeting of the Executive Committee to which all persons are invited: DATE & TIME : Friday, March 15, 2013 8:00 a.m. PLACE: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers, and the Workforce Development Board DBA, Workforce Solutions. A copy of the agenda and access information may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 772/335-3030 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 438456 ON 3/10/2013 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO REGISTER FICTITIOUS NAME The undersigned does hereby certify that Kenneth Lee Sarros conducting a Distribution business at 1068 Casey Lane, Okeechobee, Florida, under the ctitious name of Hot Stuff Distribution and that said rm is composed of the following persons whose names and places of residence are as follows: Kenneth Lee Sarros 1068 Casey Lane Okeechobee, FL 34974 Ownership of Hot Stuff Distribution is as follows: Kenneth Lee Sarros It is my intentions to apply to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations to register the said name of Hot Stuff Distribution under the provisions of Chapter 90-267, laws of Florida, Acts of 1991. Kenneth Lee Sarros Date 03/7/13 1068 Casey Lane Okeechobee, FL 34974 438449 ON 3/10/2013 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 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads District Advisory Council MeetingThe Okeechobee County School District Advisory Council will meet on Monday, March 18, 2013, at 6:00 pm, in the School Board Administrative Building, Room 303, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. This meeting is open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 437193 ON 3/10/2013 Public Notice Public NoticeSTATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE PERMIT The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice that a Draft Permit (Permit No. 200917-004-UC) has been prepared for Mr. Eric Summa, United States Corps of Engineers (USCOE), Chief of Planning Division, Environmental Branch, 701 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida 32207. The draft permit is to continue operational testing of the aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) well system. The ASR System is located on the bank of the Kissimmee River near the con uence of the river with Lake Okeechobee just north of the Highway 78 bridge over the Kissimmee, approximately 10 miles south of the S-65E structure, and approximately fteen miles west of Highway 441 in Okeechobee County, Florida. Presently, the USCOE has no plans to resume operational testing at the referenced site. To date, the USCOE nished four cycles and collected the data. During this interim period, the USCOE will be reevaluating plans regarding the use of the ASR well system. The attached permit allows scheduled preventative maintenance of the ASR well system. The preventative maintenance allowed under the permit includes maintaining the integrity of the system by performing monthly maintenance measures including operating valves and injecting limited quantities of potable water into Well KR-ASR-1, suf cient to preserve well integrity (prevent internal corrosion of KR-ASR-1’s nal casing). Though this permit does not authorize injection, the ASR facility includes a water treatment plant (WTP) involving primary processes of pressure media ltration and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection. Additionally, the following ancillary processes include a raw water pump station, lter backwash equalization, solids, well waste ponds, ASR recovery pump, and (discharge at) cascade aeration. For source water, the ASR well system was designed & constructed to use surface water from the Kissimmee River, treat it via gravity separation using a lined separation pond, and inject it into the receiving zone of the upper Floridan aquifer system (FAS), for storage. Well KR-ASR 1 is constructed with a 24 inch outside diameter (O.D.), steel casing with an open borehole from 562 to 880 feet (ft.) below land surface (bls). The ASR system includes the following ve monitoring wells: SWM-1 (also known as (aka) MW-17); FWM-1 (aka MW-10); FWM-2 Upper (aka OKF-100U); FWM-2 Lower (aka OKF-100L); FWM-3 (aka MW-18); and FWM-4 (MW-19). SWM-1 is a sur cial monitoring well and is designed to monitor sur cial aquifer water quality and detect surface water quality changes. FWM-1 is located approximately 350 ft. to the southeast of KRASR-1; FWM-2 U & L are located 1,300 ft. southeast of KR-ASR-1; FWM-3 is located 2,350 ft. south of KR-ASR-1; and FWM-4 is located 4,200 ft. north of KR-ASR-1. The Department has permitting jurisdiction under Chapter 403 of the Florida Statutes and Chapters 62 4, 62 520, 62 528 and 62 550 of the Florida Administrative Code. The project is not exempt from permitting procedures. The Department has determined that a construction and testing permit reissuance is required for the proposed work. The Department will issue the permit with the attached conditions unless a timely petition for an administrative hearing is led under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for ling a petition. The procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department’s proposed permitting decision may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes. The petition must contain the information set forth below and must be led (received) in the Of ce of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399 3000. Petitions led by any other persons other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3) of the Florida Statutes must be led within fourteen days of publication of the public notice or receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs rst. The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of ling. The failure of any person to le a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that person’s right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes, or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will only be at the discretion of the presiding of cer upon the ling of a motion in compliance with Rule 28 106.205 of the Florida Administrative Code. A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department’s action is based must contain the following information: (a) The name, address, and telephone number of each petitioner; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s representative, if any; each the Department case or identi cation number and the county in which the subject matter or activity is located; (b) a statement of when and how each petitioner received notice of the Department action; (c) a statement of how each petitioner’s substantial interests are affected by the Department action; (d) a statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; (e) a statement of facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the Department action; (f) a concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, as well as the rules and statutes which entitle the petitioner to relief; and (g) demand for relief (sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action that the petitioner wants the Department to take). A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the Department’s action is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise contain the same information as set forth above, as required by Rule 28 106.301. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate nal agency action, the ling of a petition means that the Department nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such nal decision of the Department on the petitions have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements set forth above. Mediation is not available for this proceeding. A party to this order has the right to seek judicial review of it under Section 120.68 of the Florida Statutes, by ling a notice of appeal under Rule 9.110 of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure with the clerk of the Department in the Of ce of General Counsel, Mail Station 35, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399 3000, and by ling a copy of the notice of appeal accompanied by the applicable ling fees with the appropriate district court of appeal. The notice must be led within thirty days after this order is led with the clerk of the Department. The draft permit is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast District of ce, 400 North Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. Please contact Joseph May or Len Fishkin at (561) 681 6691 or (561) 681 6711, respectively, for additional information or to obtain a copy of the draft permit. 438412 ON 3/10/2013 13 Okeechobee News March 10, 2013 NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-at-home programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Did You Remember to Spring Forward? Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays 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 851 W. Indiantown Road € Jupiter, FLCall (561) 747-1232Allure Institute for Plastic Surgery Spring Special Switch your Saline implants to Silicone $ 3999 00 includes everything 15 Okeechobee News March 10, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee had no trouble with Sebastian River Thursday as they rolled to shutout wins in both boys and girls tennis action. The Brahman boys (6-2) lost just one game total in the pro set matches which amounts to (56-1). It was lopsided as the rallies were short and the Okeechobee players were not pressured. Otto Ramirez, Brendon Jonassaint, Colt root, Colton McCreary and Brandon Ball all won their singles matches in under 30 minutes. There were a few other Brahmans who got to play as Kirby Dobbs and Dylan Ferneau played number two doubles and lost just one game to the team of Jean-Luc-Purse and Matthew TenEyck. Brahman boys tennis coach Morgan Ungerott said the victory was a solid team win. She said they bene ted a lot as nine different players got in the lineup and were able to get a win and some con dence. "I have been really proud of the guys over the past week. They have worked hard in practice and raised their level of intensity and focus during matches," she added. If there was a concern about a letdown after a big win over Martin County Tuesday, it was not apparent on Thursday, as the boys quickly went about their business. "This group of guys gets along with one another, show up early to practice and also get together off the court. That is what a true team is all about," she added. Ungerott rewarded the team for their win over Martin County by picking up the tab for a team meal at a local restaurant after the match. She said that should also improve team morale and cohesiveness. "I know I love my job when I look forward to going to practice and I don't think twice about spending time off the court with them. This is a special group of guys and I really hope, come tournament time, we are able to come together and get into regionals," she added. The Lady Brahmans lost a total of six games to the outmanned Lady Sharks as they improved to (4-4). Senior Samantha Rivero returned to the court after a week off due to illness with a shutout win. Senior Jenna Rath did well as she dominated Kelsey Wells. Also victorious in singles via shutout was Dayla Ferneau. Kearstin Dorrance dropped just one game to Vanessa Dreher and Alley Lo pez defeated Gretchen Twisdom, 8-5. The Lady Brahmans also swept the dou bles matches as Rivero teamed with Eliza beth Santileces and Rath teamed up wit h Dorrance to get shutout victories. The tennis teams travel to John Carrol l next Wednesday afternoon. OHS tennis team shuts out Sebastian River Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySamantha Rivero eased back into the lineup with an easy win over Brittany Moesch of Sebastian River. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyColton McCreary was one of ve Brahman tennis players to win via shutout on Thursday versus Sebastian River.

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