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Friday, March 15, 2013 50¢ Plus tax Vol. 104 No. 32 Friday, March 15, 2013 Friday, March 15, 2013 50¢ Plus tax 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 104 No. Vol. 104 No. 32 14.04 feetLast Year: 12.84 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. The ‘Big O’ is back ... Inside Driver’s license of ce to move to health dept. ... Page 11 County Fair royalty crowned ... Page 9 Rodeo returns to U.S. 441 arena ... Page 5 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThe fair continues through the weekend at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center and Fairgrounds, with entrance off State Road 710.Fireworks light up the sky on opening night of the Okeechobee County Fair


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee 2 Okeechobee News March 15, 2013 Today: Clear. High of 75F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Low of 46F. Winds less than 5 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday: Clear. High of 79F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 52F. Winds less than 5 mph. Sunday: Clear. Fog early. High of 81F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 57F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee Retired Educators had a busy and productive March meeting. One of our guest presenters was Samantha Hord of Okeechobee High School. Ms Hord was sharing with the membership of a need in the community of “Ending the Hunger.” Through her leadership at OHS, the National Honor Society has taken on a challenge of trying to ensure that elementary students do not go hungry over the weekends due to lack of food. Through this “backpack” project, students at OHS will pack a bag of food which w ill go home with selected North Elementary School students in order to provide nourishment for them over the weekend. A similar project has been going on at Seminole Elementary through the receipt of a grant and work of the Food Service department. The NHS students want to expand this project to other schools and chose North Elementary. It costs $28 a month (or $280 a year) to provide a student with non-perishable food for the weekends. The OREA members are planning to donate to the fund set up at Okeechobee High School to support this endeavor. If any other service groups or individuals wish to get involved with “End the Hunger,” contact Ms. Hord at Okeechobee High School. Educators learn about ‘Ending the Hunger’ Special to the Okeechobee NewsSamantha Hord (right), from the Okeechobee High School, spoke to the Retired Educators. At left is Gay Carlton. Luncheon to bene t Sgt. Benjamin CaseyA bene t barbecue luncheon will be held for Sergeant Benjamin Casey on Friday, March 15. A pulled pork lunch with two sides and a roll for $8 a plate will be offered starting at 10 a.m. across from Pizza Heaven. Pre-Orders are encouraged and delivery to local businesses is available. Please call or see Krystal Kemp 863-261-5805 or Captain R. Bryant 863634-2474 for more information. Special to the Okeechobee News Attorney Glenn J. Sneider and Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. will host a free monthly Ask-A-Lawyer session for the public at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., on March 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. Okeechobee area residents in need of legal information and who do not have a lawyer will have an opportunity to meet Attorney Sneider to discuss their legal matters. W ith a long tradition of providing pro bono service to the community, Attorney Sneider w ill meet with individuals who have questions related to speci c case types such as Family Law, Criminal, Civil, Domestic Violence, Dependency, Probate and Tenant/ Landlord Matters. Please call to register for a FREE appointment. Florida Rural Legal Serv ices 772-466-4766 or 888-582-3410. A sk-A-Lawyer session offered Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee Historical Society February MeetingAttorney Jennifer Williamson was the guest speaker at the February Meeting of the Okeechobee Historical Society. She showed photographs from a newspaper “The Okeechobee Herald,” started by her grandfather, Parker Abney and friends. The publication began in the late 1940s. She presented old pictures of that era to the group. Ms. Williamson is the daughter of Faye Haverlock and Jack Williamson and is the wife of Rodney Carden. Shown in the photograph (left to right) Jennifer Williamson, Faye Haverlock and Betty Williamson.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Mar. 15TH Thurs., Mar. 21STFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “IDENTITY THIEF”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 R PG-13 PG 3 Okeechobee News March 15, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board elected to follow the lines of the Board of County Commission districts as they withdrew the boundaries of their ve school board districts Tuesday night. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said population has shifted from district 5 to district 4 by over 700 residents since the last redistrict effort. The 2010 census showed the slight shift in population. He said there were a few minor changes within the city limits. The board honored State Science and Engineering Fair representatives from the school system that included Delaenam Akahoho and Savannah Goggans of Yearling Middle School, Seana Flood and Alyssa Purvis of Osceola Middle School, Ryan Daniel and Aubrie Reister of the Freshman Campus and Michael Daniel and Glenn Jarriel of Okeechobee High School. The state science fair is held at the end of the month in Orlando. The board also honored several athletes who performed well this year. Christina Tinajero quali ed for the state nals in girls weight lifting, Ryan Hagan and Allen Leitner quali ed for the state nals in wrestling, and members of the FFA Livestock Evaluation Team that won the Florida State Fair Championship last month. They include Hunter Berggren, Jessica Humphrey, Felipe Soto and Allison Trimble. The team won over 67 other teams in the state. Jessica Humphrey was offered a scholarship to be a livestock judger for a Texas Community College. Sponsor and Coach Roger McWaters said the team will be the top seed at the state championships later this year. Jill Rogers with Communities in Schools presented the School District with an award to honor their support for their local programs. After the public session the board went into executive session to discuss the contract impasses with their instructional and classi ed employees. The board approved the schedule of the executive session during the regular business agenda. Okeechobee School employees contributed over $15,600 to the March of Dimes Walk America in Okeechobee last weekend. Mr. Kenworthy said students were involved and really worked hard to help a worth y cause. The school board recently purchased ve new school buses and received many complimentary letters from students. All of the buses have air conditioning and seat belts. Mr. Kenworthy said there are very few buses in the eet that don't have seat belts. Mr. Kenworthy went on to say two local schools received perfect audits and administrators will be recognized next month. Okeechobee School Board redraws district boundaries Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDelaenam Akahoho (left) is one of two Yearling students to represent Okeechobee schools at the State Science and Engineering Fair. At right is Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySavannah Goggans (left) will represent Yearling Middle School in the State Science and Engineering Fair. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRyan Daniel (left) will represent the Okeechobee Freshman Campus at the State Science and Engineering Fair. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAlyssa Purvis (right) will represent Osceola Middle School at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySeana Flood (left) will represent Osceola Middle School at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJill Rogers of Communities in Schools presented an award to the School System for their support of their programs as Undersheriff Noel Stephen (right) and School Superintendent Ken Kenworthy (left) look on. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAubrie Reister (left) is one of two students from the Okeechobee Freshman Campus to take part in the State Science and Engineering Fair this year. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMichael Daniel (left) will represent OHS in biochemistry at the State Science and Engineering Fair. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyRyan Hagan (left) was honored by the school board for his wrestling accomplishments this year. Hagan reached the state nals in Lakeland.


T ips I notice a lot of people don’t know the proper way to tip. I see in a restaurant a party of two leave $1. The waiters/waitress work on tips to earn a living. They receive very little salary from the restaurant. The proper t ip to leave if you received good service is 15 percent to 20 percent of the total bill. I always tip 20 percent. These people have to make a living too. T raf c As happens each year around this time, t here is a lot of traf c on the county roads. It w ould help a lot if drivers would remember t o use their turn signals to let other drivers’ know what they intend to do. Let the others on the road know if you are planning to c hange lanes, turn left or turn right. The w orst ones are the drivers who just slam on t he brakes and stop before turning without any indication they plan to turn. Show a little c onsideration for the other drivers on the road and maybe we can all make it home s afely. Government Another good representation of what’s wrong with our government and a ne example of that area of Democrats in charge: The state had to take over Detroit.  Don’t be too hard on Detroit, they only want to be like Chicago ...  Our own Republican Lt. Governor has resigned as FDLE investigates her criminal activities. Did I mention she’s a Republican?Guns They make such a big deal about the ri es with the big clips, but the reality is that most gun deaths in this country are from handguns and most of those handguns were obtained illegally. We don’t need more laws. There are already laws against convicted felons possessing a gun. Passing laws did not keep the handguns out of the hands of these criminals. What we need is more enforcement of existing laws.County buildings Now that they have already thrown away more than $50,000 on plans for a new building, the county of cials are asking whether or not they need it after all. I guess the Okeechobee News asked the right questions when they discovered that the county administrator thought the sheriff wanted to take over the Alderman Building and the sheriff said he didn’t want it. It would have been nice if the county commissioners asked those questions before they spent our tax money. Ring the BellsAs the local coordinator for the Salvation Army Bell Ringers, I am pleased to report that the Okeechobee community 2012 Kettle Collection efforts yielded a 15 percent increase in collection over the 2011 total. Making this increase a reality was an amazing staff of volunteer workers who took the time to sit by our traditional Red Kettles and “Ring the Bells.” Another important factor is, of course, those of you who so willingly dropped your donations into our Kettles. Your continued generosity at this annual event is genuinely appreciated. As a tribute to our volunteers for their tireless labors during our 2012 Holiday Kettle Campaign, the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237, F&AM will host a dinner in your honor on Saturday, March 9. The event will be held at the Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. 5th Ave., from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m. Your attendance at this function is sincerely appreciated as it was through your dedicated appeal to the shopping public that we were able to achieve this level of activity in Okeechobee. The Kettle income collected in Okeechobee stays in our community and is used to aid and assist local residents who need nancial help for such things as paying their rent, electric or water bill or purchasing needed prescription medication. If you were a 2012 Bell Ringer, contact me with your reservation at 863-357-0427. Please leave a message if I am unavailable to take your call. I look forward to seeing each of you at this much-deserved celebration of your giving to our community. Kip Gardner Kettle Drive Chairman Salvation Army CoordinatorArenaDue to the consideration of a wonderful piece of Okeechobee history, its heritage and usefullness, the more than appropriate and long awaited decision has been made to restore and return to the old arena on 441. This weekend will be the last rodeo to tak e place in the Agri-Civic Center. Mr. Todd Clemons and many more of th e Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association members voted to re-group, restore the old aren a into a working arena for rodeos once again. Can I hear a resounding HOORAY! More than just restoration is in the plans. Even a Cracker House with photographs and memorabilia will be on display, ne w lighting, repaired bleachers and more. I for one could not be happier with this decision as myself and many more have discussed this arena for more than two years, as what is going to happen to it. My fear was it would be destroyed, taken down or purchased to house more medical of ces. This is going to be GRAND!! As we all take par t in the newness, but, not too much, as w e intend for it to remain, “old” in appearance. Different fundraisers and contributions will make this happen to stay within th e guidelines of codes, but, it will all be worth it. We MUST maintain our heritage and th e history behind Cattleman of our town. Cattl e and agriculture are a huge re ection of wha t Okeechobee stands for in the realm of th e USA. If this arena has a special part in you r heart, please contact Mr. Todd, and he will let you know of the upcoming plans and how you can be of help with this project. The needs are: Manpower, funds, energy in groups of people as volunteers. As I have lived in Okeechobee since 1973, this is the best thing I have seen happen, to “Come back home” to a place I personall y rode the Grand Entry in. Please keep looking forward to a grea t place to again bring the kids and the rest o f your family. This will be the place your family will want to go see an authentic rodeo. Many heartfelt thanks to the Okeechobe e Cattlemen’s Association for this landmar k decision. Happy Blessed Trails, Bobbi Poole March 15, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Stroke Support GroupThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility is the sponsor of a “Stroke Support Group.” This group is being formed for stroke patients, their caregivers, and anyone wanting to know about stroke effects and the care involved. Also anyone that might be interested in volunteering to assist when needed; e.g. -When a caregiver may have to go shopping, doctor’s appointments, or just to have some free time. The advisor for the group is, Muhammad Nooruddin, Registered Physical Therapist, and owner/ director of “New American Physical Therapy and Aquatic Center.” Muhamaad has conducted previous stroke groups. These were successful and he had to expand to two sessions per week. The purpose of the group is: 1. Many individuals attending meetings, which is the goal, on the second Wednesday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. at the “Heritage.” Meeting times and dates may change. 2. Exchange experiences. 3. Discussions—How family/caregiver support makes a difference with the recovery. 4. Free adult care during group sessions. 5. Free cost. 6. Light refreshments will be served. “THE HERITAGE” is located at 608 N.E. 2nd. Ave. Turn right at Rita’s Furniture. Heritage is on the right side of the street. As the group attendance increases, which would be great, an additional meeting date may be necessary. This would be great and can happen with lots of participation. Harry Richards Letter to the editor


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In this age of exploitive and trashy media, were proud to be different. We believe in operating and publishing our newspaper as a public trust. Fulfilling our public trust requires that we try to bring out the best in our community and its people. We seek the highest common denominators, not the lowest. We dont engage in gutter journalism. We know we can achieve success on the high road. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News March 15, 2013 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their meeting on Thursday, March 14, Okeechobee County Commissioners discussed the budget shortfall as well as a grant for adding electricity to the horse barn stalls at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. Okeechobee County Administrator Robbie Chartier told commissioners that revenue projections change and keep changing. In February revenue sources that had been short increased. She went on to say that the situation is a little better than it was. However, the administrator added, “We do have a shortfall we need to address.” The projected shortfall of current revenues is estimated at $350,000. One thing commissioners must decide is how to address the $500,000 shortfall that was covered by using funds from the solid waste host fees. Mrs. Chartier informed the board that retail sales taxes collected by the state are not seen by the county for two months. Turning to other business, Parks and Recreation Director Albee Scoggins informed the board that the application for a USDA grant to put electricity in the horse barn at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center has been modi ed. The original application was for funding to put the electricity in overhead. The modi cation calls for a combination of overhead and underground electricity. Mr. Scoggins said this modi cation would not adversely affect the county’s chances for receiving the grant. The original idea was for overhead electricity in order for the stalls to be removed, allowing for greater exibility in the use of the building. Staff has determined that there is no advantage to overhead electricity since the removal and setup of existing stalls is very labor intensive and cost prohibitive. Sharon Vincent gave a report on this year’s Health and Safety Expo. She said the goal was to educate our community about resources available. She said 130 vendors participated and 2,603 people attended. Commissioners approved Ms. Vincent’s request to sponsor next year’s event. According to Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management District’s Okeechobee Service Center, the lake is in good shape, however, the Kissimmee River is not navigable. In other action the board:  made a midyear adjustment of the budget to re ect changes in balances brought forward and changes in revenue estimates;  approved a contract with Point and Pay, LLC to allow for the use of credit and debit cards to pay fees to the county;  approved license agreements concerning the county SLERS tower;  nominated Michael Hazelief for the governor’s consideration as a member of the children’s services council;  approved a continuing services agreement for engineering services, geotechnical services and material testing; and  conducted another strategic planning session for the development of a vision statement, mission statement and goals for the county.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap. Commissioners discuss budget shortfall By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s A ssociation is moving their rodeos back to their original location. From the rst rodeo in the early 1950s to about 2006 the cattlemen held rodeos at their arena on U.S. 441 N. With the expiration of their contract for the use of the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, the Cattlemen’s Association will move their two annual rodeos, the Speckled Perch Rodeo and the Labor Day Rodeo, back to that arena beginning with this year’s Labor Day Rodeo. The Cattlemen’s 5-year agreement with the county, which began with the 2007 Labor Day Rodeo, gave the Cattlemen use of the arena for seven days a year for $1,000 a day plus utilities. The cattlemen also had control of concessions and parking. As part of the agreement with the Cattlemen, the county agreed to increase the AgriCivic center seating from about 2,500 to 3,754 at a cost of $256,428. Todd Clemmons, of the Cattleman’s Association, said that the question of what to do at the expiration of the agreement was put to the membership and they opted to go back to the old arena. The old arena on U.S. 441 N. seats 4,000. The competition area at that facility is smaller than the competition area at the Agri-Civic center. However, there is no standard size for a rodeo competition area. County administrator Robbie Chartier said that even though the income loss to the county is relatively small, that loss will have to be taken into consideration in planning the budget for scal year 2013/14.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Original Cattleman’s Rodeo Arena to reopen By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local man was arrested after his romantic advancements were spurned by a woman who had befriended him on a social networking site, and he then reportedly threatened her with death. Michael L. Frost, 34, N.E. 18th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, March 13, on a felony charge of aggravated stalking. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $5,000 bond. An arrest report by Of cer Cesar Romero, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that the female victim befriended Frost on the site and would sometimes give him food to help him out. Frost then began calling and texting her, even though they were not in a romantic relationship, added the of cer’s report. When the victim told Frost she did not want to get romantically involved with him, he allegedly began to harass her with text messages. In one such message he allegedly told the woman “... they need to put a rope around your neck.” He went on to tell her that “... I wish death to you and your family,” stated the report. He reportedly concluded that message by saying “... when you die I am gone (sic) spit on your grave.” According to Of cer Romero the woman told Frost to stop contacting her. Frost then told the victim that he would kill her if she contacted the police, added the of cer. Man accused of sending threatening texts to woman Michael Frost IRSC to present one-day writing workshopThe Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning at IRSC will present a one-day workshop, the Creative Habit for Writers based on the book “The Creative Habit” by Twyla Tharp. The workshop will be led by author Suzanne Fox, MFA, on Thursday, March 21 from 1-4 p.m. at the Williamson Conference Center in Okeechobee. The $25 registration fee includes a performance by Tharp at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center, Fort Pierce, on April 12, at 4 p.m. To register, call 772-462-7880.Writers Read Their Own WorkFriends of the Okeechobee Library are hosting an Open Mic event on Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. Come share a slice of your original ction or nonction. Please bring up to ve pages as each person will have up to ve minutes to read. The public is invited to come and enjoy the work of local writers. For more information, call Jan at 863-357-9980.


Eagles North plan coming eventsOn Friday, March 15 Eagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have steak dinners from 5:30-9 p.m., followed by music with Michael Gooood Music. On Saturday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m., card bingo begins. Tuesday, March 19, bingo starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, bingo start at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. Eagles plan weekend eventsStarting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, Cypress Hut Eagles will serve ribeye steak dinners for $14; shrimp dinners for $10; or, sh dinners for $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. Music by Wayne Pervis on Saturday, March 16. St. Patrick's Day traditional corn beef dinner by Lorraine will start at 5 p.m. Music will be by the Hard Country Band. Sunday, March 17, Southern fried chicken will be served from 1-5 p.m. for $6. A dart tournament will be held Tuesday, March 19, starting at 6 p.m. Hamburgers will be served. The public is w elcome. Tuesday's proceeds go for the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, and the rest go to the community and national charity funds. For information call 863-467-1154. V FW N. plans St. Pat’s eventsFriday, March 15 starts with The Grill being open from 5-9 p.m. and karaoke hosted by Sing with Sandy (Sandy Stiles) from 7-11 p.m. On Saturday, March 16, there will be burgers on the grill from noon-2 p.m. The grill will be open from 5-7 p.m. featuring seafood baskets and karaoke hosted by D & K (Danny & Kathy) from 7-11 p.m. Sunday, March 17, there will be a St. Patrick's Day Celebration complete with a corned beef & cabbage dinner from 1-3 p.m. for a donation of $6.50 and a party with entertainment by D & K (Danny & Kathy) from 3-7 p.m. The public is welcome and proceeds go towards V eteran's Assistance Programs. V FW Post 9528 hosting dinnerBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will host a dinner on Friday, March 15 from 5:30-7 p.m. Music will be by Saxman. The public is invited to enjoy either steak, pork chops or sh and shrimp dinners for a donation from $7 to $11. Proceeds to bene t veterans & fmily needs. For information, call Gordie at 863-467-2882.Smoked chicken dinner offeredUnited Methodist Men, 200 N.W. Second St. (behind Walgreens), will have a smoked chicken dinner on Friday, March 15 from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. for take out only. Delivery is available for 10 or more dinners. From 4 6:30 p.m. you can dine in or take out. Dinners will consist of 1/4 chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, roll and dessert for $8 donation. Tickets are available at the church of ce; or by faxing orders to 863-763-2481 by 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Please include contact name, phone number and address to deliver dinners.Embroidery Group to meetDo you have an embroidery machine, or want to learn about them? Then join our monthly embroidery group where we all learn and share ideas while working on beautiful embroidery projects. The next meeting is Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the local Red Cross of ce at 323 N. Parrott Ave. Please call Linda at 863697-2450 or Mary at 863-697-1920 for more information.Silver Palms RV Resort to hold classic car showThe Sliver Palms RV Resort, 4143 U.S. 441 S., will host its rst classic car show on Saturday, March 16 Registration is at 10 a.m. Judging will be from noon 3 p.m. Awards presentations are at 3:30 p.m. All proceeds go to our troops, Wounded Warriors Project. For information, contact Butch at 307-7431969; or, Jim 209-601-2000.Farm Bureau hosts BBQThe Okeechobee County Farm Bureau is having their 31st Annual YF&R Scholarship barbecue on Saturday, March 16 at the AgriCivic Center. Join us for our barbecue 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 event. For information, call 863-763-3101.Eagles plan St. Pat’s dinnerEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will serve corned beef and cabbage Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m. for a $6 donation. Public invited to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day dinner. All proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Moose hostsSt. Pat’s dinnerA corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held at the Okeechobee Moose, 159 N.W. 36th St., on Sunday, March 17 from 3-7 p.m. Music will be by Lisa. Thursday's bingo starts at 1 p.m. with lunch at 12:30 p.m. Friday night ningo starts with Bonanza at 6:30 p.m. Food is available. Sunday Breakfast will be served from 8-11 a.m. Free pool all day! All month! All proceeds go to support Moose Charities programs.VFW post 10539 to hold dinnerVFW post 10539 will hold a St. Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage with the xin's for a $7 donation, on Sunday, March 17 They start at 4:30 p.m. with a $500 Pot O' Gold drawing. Tickets are available at the Post.VFW ladies plan breakfastBuckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW 9528 will hold their monthly breakfast on Sunday, March 17 starting at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. We will have biscuits and gravy, sausage, home fries, eggs any way you want them, toast, juice and coffee for a donation of $5. Please join us; we are open to the public. For information, call our Post at 863467-2882.VFW Post #9528 to hold St. Patrick’s Day eventsBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will hold a St. Patrick's Day events on Sunday, March 17 Entertainment will be by Nancy Sheperd from 1-5 p.m. If you have seen Nancy before you will want to see her again; if you haven't see Nancy before you will not want to miss this opportunity. Corned beef, cabbage, Irish potatoes, Gordie's Hugh carrots, dessert from 25 p.m. for a $7 donation. Proceeds go towards homeless veterans. For information, contact Gordie 863-467-2882.Legion hosting Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night bingo beginning on March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public. The Orchid Club to meetThe Orchid Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18 at the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. The Garden Club meets at 6 p.m. Bring your favorite orchid or a problem plant to discuss. For information, call 863763-6469.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will have its monthly meeting, Monday, March 18 beginning at noon in the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. Anyone is invited to attend, we only ask they bring a covered dish to share. Membership dues are $10 per year to join.Okeechobee Democrats to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Committee will be meeting on Thursday, March 21 in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's beginning at 6 p.m. Any interested Democrat is invited to attend.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, 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. 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.Kathryn Ann (Ferrall) GreenisenOKEECHOBEE Kathryn Ann (Ferrall) Greenisen passed from this life on Mar. 13, 2013 at the Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home, Carlisle, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Walter Candel and Kathryn Althea (Donbar) Ferrall. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Leland Greenisen, Jr. Kay was a long-time resident of Salem, Ohio. She was an honorary alumnus of Salem High School, class of 1954. Her family moved to Little Rock, Ark., in her junior year of high school. She graduated from Little Rock High School. Kay was a pianist from an early age. She played over twenty years for Peace Lutheran Church in Okeechobee, Fla. She enjoyed her time with children at Wee Little Lambs Da y Care, Mt Holly Spring, Pa., Carlisle YMCA, and other day care facilities in the Carlisle, Pa., area. Most recently Kay volunteered her time at the Salem Historical Society, Salem, Ohio. Kay was the mother of three sons, Jeff Greenisen of Woodbridge, Va., Tim Greenisen of San Antonio, Texas, and Scott (Julie) Greenisen o f Boiling Springs, Pa. She is also survived by four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Sun., Mar. 17, 2013 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Salem, Ohio. Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 219 North Hanover Street, Carlisle is in charge of the funeral arrangements. In lieu of owers, donations may be made in Kay's name to the Salem Historical Society, 208 South Broadway, Salem, OH 44460 or Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 251 South Broadwa y Avenue, Salem, OH 44460. To sign the guest book visit www.hoffmanroth.com. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 15, 2013 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Community Events Brought to you by:ECHOLS Plumbing & AC863.763.6461




2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 O ee ho ee ori afootspe ialist o 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! By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterHow many cancer patients would jump up and consider a treatment option that is proven to be highly effective, does not need surgery, painless, completed in 5 days or less, without signi“ cant side effects, w hile continuing to maintain their full level of activity and function? What is Cyberknife Radiation Therapy? Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at work for our patients in Okeechobee.Radio surgery is a technique that utilizes specialized machines that allow large amounts of radiation to be delivered with sub millimeter accuracy thereby killing the cancers without damaging surrounding normal tissues. It is as simple as going out to get a chest x-ray! Cyberknife Robotic Radio surgery system, created at Stanford University over 10 years ago is unique and better than other systems in the fact that it is the only Radio surgery system that can achieve what is called real-time tracking and killing of tumor.Ž What kind of patients can be helped by Cyberknife? There are several situations too numerous to mention here where Cyberknife would be extremely useful and safe. The following are just a few of them: Patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, pituitary tumors and tumors of the acoustic nerve called Acoustic Neuroma can avoid major surgical procedures on the brain by getting treated with Cyberknife. Patients with cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate are but a few of the cancers that can be helped with one to “ ve sessions of Radio Surgery. An article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 showed that patients with patients with lung cancer who received Radiosurgery had a survival rate of 55.8% at 3 years versus 20 to 35% for those patients treated with traditional radiation over several weeks. As one of our patients commented, if it is good for patients at Stanford University, it is good for patients from the Okeechobee area! If you or someone you know has any form of cancer, please call us so we can explore the possibility of treating it with this cutting edge technology. This 4.5 million dollar machine is available at the of“ ces of Dr. Kumar in Saint Lucie County. Courtesy transportation is available to get to this of“ ce for those patients in need. Please call 863-4679500 for more information. 8 Okeechobee News March 15, 2013


Special to the Okeechobee News 2013 Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair and Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair were crowned Sunday, March 10 at the Okeechobee High School. Both will begin a yearlong reign representing her community. A large audience witnessed an exciting evening as the new queens were crowned and other awards were given out. Darby J ones won the title of 2013 Miss Teen Okeechobee County. Destani Whaley was crowned 2013 Little Miss Okeechobee County. Both young ladies will be the of cial hostesses to the Okeechobee County Fair this week. They will also make personal appearances throughout the year. It will be a fun and exciting year for both girls. Darby Jones, 17, is the daughter of Todd and Rachel Jones. She is a senior at Okeechobee High School. Destani Whaley, 13, is the daughter of Krystal Avant and James Jamison. She is in seventh grade at Okeechobee Christian Academy. Other Miss Teen Okeechobee County Fair awards were: First Runner-up Payton Byrd, 15; Second Runner-up, Hannah Whiting, 17; Miss Photogenic, Darby Jones; Miss Congeniality, Payton Byrd; and, the Business A chievement Award, Carissa Licata, 16. Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair awards were: First Runner-up, Kayleigh Crum, 10; Second Runner-up, Sarah Jansen, 13; Miss Photogenic, Sarah Jansen, 13; Miss Congeniality, Cady McGeHee, 13; and, the Business Achievement Award, Kayleigh Crum, 10. Prize packages and gifts were given to all participating contestants. Queen Darby's grand prize is the opportunity to compete at the 2014 Miss Florida Teen USA pageant, which will be held in October at Bailey's Hall in Hollywood, Fla. At this pageant she will have the opportunity to win a $40,000 scholarship and compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Emcees for the pageant were Bridgette Waldau, 2012 Queen Taylor Fulford and 2011 Queen Christina Close. Leslie's Dance Studio dancers entertained throughout the evening. The dancers were Kyleigh Adams, Preslynn Baker, Samantha Carlson, Madison Causier, Merydian Causier, Rye Dioquino, Rhiannon Dyer, Christine Groso, Audrey Jackson, Lauren Jackson, Shelby Kirton, Halle McDuf e, Kali Morse, Mattie Mullis, Sara Munoz, Kira Murphy, Tristin Powers, Delaniey Rucks, Lauren Sills, Nikki St. Pierre, Chaka Yani Smith, Chloe Soriano, Brayleigh Stephens, Reese Stokes, Leyton Watford, Kaylee Whidden and Cameron Williams. There was also a special performance by Nikki St. Pierre singing "At Last." Pageant organizers thank The Okeechobee County Fair Board, Leslie's Dance Studio, Kelly Raulerson Absolutely Art, Eli's Western Wear, Brown Cow Sweetery, Bridgette Waldau Studio of Graphic Design, Sharon Cannon Photography, Shirley Palmer, Madonna Arnold, Virginia Bryant, Cheryl Kirton, 2010 Little Miss Okeechobee County Fair Shelby Kirton; 2011 Little Miss Hope Wisener, 2012 Little Miss Morgan Roberts and 2012 Miss Firecracker Brittany Avant. The committee would also like to thank all the parents of all contestants and dancers for their support and for giving their children an opportunity to learn and shine in their own bright light. The committee extends a special thanks to 2012 Miss Okeechobee County Fair Taylor Fulford and 2012 Little Miss Morgan Roberts for their dedication and hard work during their reign. They were wonderful to work with and did an excellent job representing their community. To view photos of the pageant and of the Miss Teen and Little Miss reign throughout the year go to the County Fair Queen Facebook page. Okeechobee County Fair 2013 royalty crowned 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 9 Okeechobee News March 15, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sharon CannonMiss Teen Okeechobee County Darby Jones (right) and Little Miss Okeechobee County Destani Whaley (left) were crowned during the Okeechobee County Fair Pageant on March 10.


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The NCTM, National Math Advisory Panel "highlight math fact uency as a central pillar of every student's mathematics education." A major proponent of the Re ex Math program is that an emphasis is placed on a "fact family approach" (a group of related facts that use the same numbers). In this process, students learn more than one operation at the same time, thereby helping them to understand the nature of inverse operations. Older methods included learning 169 multiplication and 156 division facts as opposed to the Re ex Math program where they learn 91 fact families. The computerized program adapts itself to the individual student and is able to monitor the students' progress both in the classroom and at home. While giving the students serious amounts of practice as they answer facts, the students are never bored while enjoying the uency developmental games. The grant allows for 35 students, who need assistance with multiplication and division of facts 0-12, to be enrolled in the class. As students "graduate," the grant permits those students to be replaced with other students who are then given the opportunity to become more mathematically uent. Regarding the Re ex Math program, Mrs. Sylvia Bandi has spoken with other teachers who currently teach at Gove Elementary in Belle Glade. The teachers have only positive comments regarding the program. Their elementary students are becoming fact uent at an early age via a variety of creative computerized games. The program is available for both English and Spanish speaking students. In a short time the 35 Yearling Middle School 6th grade students (from the classrooms of Mrs. Michelle Coleman, Mrs. Darlene Gibbs, and Mrs. Sylvia Bandi) have shown to be uent in 60% of the facts! The students have mastered 3,500 new uent facts and solved 175,000 total facts. Pedro Sanchez, YMS, stated, "The Re ex Math program has helped me realize what the true meaning of multiplication and division are. The Re ex program is a mixture of playing games and learning. What people may not realize is that you're actually learning. That is why Re ex is a fun program to always do." Y MS students work on Re ex Math Fact Fluency Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSCarlos Ayala received a certi cate for solving 5,000 facts; Alexander Soriano-Rios received a certi cate for solving 200 new uent facts; and, Pedro Sanchez received a certi cate for becoming 100 percent uent (YMS's rst graduate of the Re ex Math program).


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The county had been considering building a new building to house the tax collector and property appraiser on the southwest section of the block where the current tax collector and property appraiser building is located. A contract in the amount of $149,700 was awarded for design of the building. To date about $53,862 has been spent on design. Commissioners spent a considerable amount of time discussing the various options for housing the drivers license of ce. A mong the options considered were, continuing with the present planned building, constructing a smaller building for just the drivers license of ce at an estimated cost of $450,000, relocating to the health department building, using the current drivers license of ce, leasing an existing building or refusing to offer any drivers license services at all. The consensus was to consider moving the drivers license of ce into the health department building and sharing a wing of that building with the building department. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper noted that there were no sidewalks leading to that building and it was out of the way. He suggested a downtown location. Commissioner Joey Hoover noted that there is suf cient parking at the health department building and the building is hurricane hardened. Tax Collector Celeste Watford told commissioners that the state has looked at the health department building and determined it would be satisfactory, if the county chose to use it. “I never asked for a building,” she told commissioners. “The choice of the of ce is up to you. Wherever you choose is ne. We are packed in our present location. I don’t have the room. You have to give me the room.” Mr. Oden was directed to get cost estimates for modifying the health department building. Commissioner Hoover suggested that the design process be stopped once it reached a good stopping point. Mr. Oden recommended that the design process be completed up to the point where the county would be ready to advertise for bids for construction. He was directed to investigate to see if the county would face a penalty for cancelling the design contract. Turning to the other building on the agenda, Mr. Oden told commissioners, “We have gone back and taken a hard look at the Advanced Stone Building.” The county acquired title to the building in the industrial park after the tenant defaulted on his lease agreement. Mr. Oden presented a number of photographs illustrating the condition of the building. He said it would take $22,000 to remove all the wood from the engineered metal building. Frank Cunningham, who conducted a survey of the building, said it would cost about $75,000 to restore the metal shell to its original condition and make it code compliant. Commissioners were reluctant to do too much work to the building at this time since it is uncertain what modi cations a tenant might want to make. Mr. Oden was directed to get estimates for removal of interior wood from the building and estimates to do the minimum amount of work necessary to make the building structurally sound and prevent deterioration as well as securing access to the building.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. County revises drivers license of ce plans Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW 9528 invite you to dineBuckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW 9528 on Wednesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. will host the monthly Wednesday night dinner, and will have BBQ country ribs, baked beans, potato salad, roll & strawberry shortcake prepared by Karen Charest for a donation of $7. Please join us. We are open to the public. For more information, please call our post at 863-467-2882.Eagles North hosts a bene t for Margie Shelfer Eagles North F.O.E. 4137, at 9985 Hwy. 441 North, and the Auxiliary are having a bene t for Margie Shelfer on Saturday, March 23 Items are still being accepted for an auction to be held at 3 p.m. Please contact The Eagles at 863-763-2552 to drop off items, or have them picked up. Please join us. Dinners will start at noon. Bene t will start at 11 a.m. There will also be a poker run the same day starting from the Iron Eagle. All proceeds will go to Margie Shelfer to help pay for her medical bills and needs.


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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 churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 12 Okeechobee News March 15, 2013 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Cecil Curtis Williams, 16, S.E. 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested March 12 by Deputy Sergeant Robert Coleman on a felony charge of burglary of a structure and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of his parents.  Cory Patrick Ball, 22, Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, was arrested March 13 by Deputy Elbert Kline on an amended DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation burglary of a structure and violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond.  Cornelius Merriweather, 17, N.W. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 13 by the OCSO Street Crimes Unit on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence and a misdemeanor charge o f possession of marijuana under 20 grams. He was later arrested by Deputy Nathaniel T. Mitchell on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with the felonies of tampering with a witness, sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. He was also arrested on Okeechobee County juvenile take and hold warrants charging him with failure to appear resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence, failure to appear eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer, failure to appear possession of marijuana under 20 grams, violation o f probation battery on a detainee, violation of probation battery on detention staff and violation of probation sale of cocaine. He was also arrested on an Okeechobee County bench warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of no valid driver’s license. Merriweather was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News As a result of an undercover drug operation, two people have been arrested separately for allegedly selling the prescription painkiller oxycodone. Members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force set up the operation which led Tuesday, March 12, to the arrests of Denise Georgeanne Thomas and Michael Alton Murphy. Thomas, 50, S.E. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was charged with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and sale of a controlled substance. She is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $45,000 bond. She was also arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with desertion withhold support. She is being held without bond on that charge. Murphy, 24, S.E. 39th Ave., Okeechobee, is also charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and sale of a controlled substance. He is being held in the county jail on $15,000 bond. According to arrest reports Thomas and Murphy both met with a con dential source working with the task force at their respective homes, where the alleged sales were apparently made. Those arrest reports also state that Thomas goes by several different names, including: Denise Thomas-Dawson; Denise Thomas Dawson; Denise Georgeanne Thomas; Denise Murphy; and, Georgeanne Denise Thomas. Two arrested in drug operation Michael Alton Murphy Denise G. Thomas Library book sale plannedFriends of the Okeechobee Library will hold their semi-annual book sale fundraiser on Wednesday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books, videos and DVDs are $1 a pound. On Saturday a bag of books is $2 and a box is $5. For more information, call 863-763-3536. Come Dine with the DoctorDine with the Doctor will be held on Tuesday, March 26, in the Raulerson Hospital cafeteria. Dinner is at 4:30 p.m. for $5 each. The free lecture begins at 5 p.m. Please RSVP to 863-763-9228.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  Twenty-three teams competed in the annual Okeechobee Golf and Country Club annual member-guest tournament Feb. 16-17. The team of Jim McClure and Howard Huffman won the B ight and Gene Miller and Bob Davies nished in second place. Another ight was won by the team of Ed Vrchoticky and Jim May with Dale La am and Tommy Ziegler in second place. The championship ight member’s title was w on by Ronnie White and Danny Lanman. Mike Scott and Sam Smith took second place. Mr. White won the closest to the hole contest on the 11th hole on Saturday and Tim Lightsey on Sunday. The Club Championship is held on April 6th and 7th.  OHS alumnus David Jeune’s college basketball career ended last Wednesday in the Atlantic Sun Tournament when the University of North Florida Osprey’s fell to Florida Gulf Coast 76-63. Jeune nished the year as a starter in all 32 games. He averaged nearly 24 minutes per game and averaged 3.7 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per contest. The 6’7” senior scored 10 points, a season and career high, on Dec. 8 against Pittsburg of the Big East Conference. He pulled down a season-high nine rebounds against North Kentucky on Jan. 2. Jeune was a member of the Atlantic Sun Academic Honor Roll during his career. He was third team all-state for Class 4A when he played basketball for Okeechobee High School.  Samantha Harrell has quickly become a force as a college softball pitcher. She had pitched in 12 games for Eastern Tennessee State University with a (4-4) record. The Lady Buccaneers are (7-10). Harrell has a strong 2.72 earned run average and has allowed less than a hit per inning and struck out 33 batters while holding hitters to a batting average of .246.  The Lady Brahman track team nished ninth at the Bill Wilson Invitational in Sebastian Saturday. Sha’Dajia Williams nished in 14th place in the 100 meters and fth in the 400 meters. Mercedes Washington nished in 12th place in the 200 meters and ninth in the 400 meters. Tabatha Henry took second place in the 200-meter steeplechase. Charleigh Heater nished in eighth place in that event. The 4x400 meter relay team nished in sixth place behind strong efforts of Shania Bays, Heater, Henry and Washington. Ami Edwards nished sixth in the shot put competition.  The Brahman boys track team nished in eighth place at the Wilson event. Mike Thomas nished fourth in the 100 meters. Frank Adamo took sixth place in the 800 meters. Emmanuel Gaona nished ninth and Cole Owens 10th in the 1600 meters. Gaona nished sixth in the 2000 meter steeplechase. The boys also had strong performances from several relay teams. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Over 100 Listings KEY WEST STYLE POOL HOME ON THE RIM CANAL. Located in Western Martin County, this extremely well-kept home is on the Rim Canal minutes from The Okeechobee Waterway & Kanner Highway. Two acres of waterfront, tropical landscape. 28’ X 12’ inground, heated & fenced pool, screened patio. Interior of home features a spacious, open concept. Incredible kitchen has beautiful impact resistant skylight, large bar, pantry & island. $289,500 Call Holly (863)532-1778 GREAT FIXER UPPER SEE THE POTENTIAL This 2 bed/2ba is a magnificent opportunity. Will take some work but could be special. Add your personal touch with this bargain price. MOTIVATED SELLER! MAKE OFFER!$29,900 Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate Philip Y. Berger, Lic RE Broker Gracie has worked with her family in the construction business for the past 13 years, and she brings her knowledge and hard work to the real estate business.Are you thinking of buying or selling? Give the professional agents at Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate an opportunity to serve you.Renee has worked eight years in the mortgage loan origination field. As a real estate sales associate she can now help people buy/sell their home and help with the lending process.Gracie Morton 863.634.5283Renee Box 863-801-2147Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate is pleased to announce the addition of Gracie Morton and Renee Box to our sales team. 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 1,430 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$3,750 per acre Northern 1300 Acres SOLD 8/24/2012 in Viking MLS #206600 of vacant/pasture land in Fort Drum. Paved street in front of the property. MLS #206360 on Hwy 441 N on SR 710 Make Offer! ( acre). Motivated Seller each building site at David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 Se Habla Espaol 3 bed, 2 bath CBS with vinyl siding on a corner lot, concrete driveway, 1774 Total Sq Ft/1204 under air. Tile oor throughout home. MLS #206555 IN TOWN REDUCED FORECLOSURE NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 2004, 3 bed, 2 bath on over half an acre. 2170 TSF/1984 under air. In move in condition. Easy to see! MLS #206303 3BR/2BA on an acre with ceramic tile oors. Pond, Shed, Large open porch. Offered as a short sale. MLS #206457 55+ community w/clubhouse amenities. Great lake view, 2/2 DWMH w/addition, 2 car carport, large driveway, 1023 Sq Ft under air/1957Total Sq ft MLS #206023 spacious MH on 2 lots, 2364 TSF/1680 under air, Master Bathroom has hers & his sink, A/C only 3 yrs old and ceiling fans throughout the home. MLS #206558 3/2 DWMH on 1+/acre. 1712 TSF/1512 sq ft under air, screen back porch. Offered as a short sale. MLS #206579 13 Okeechobee News March 15, 2013 Okeechobee Sports News in Brief Special to the Okeechobee NewsElks help soccer clubA new Elks Lodge is in town. Jerry Jones, Exalted Ruler of Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871, presents Lupe Serrano and Andy Kessella of the Okeechobee Soccer Club a check to help defer their many expenses. This year the team has to travel all over Florida to participate. Next year they will sponsor games in Okeechobee. Elks believe in helping their local community. If you are interested in becoming an Elk, call 863-4672658.


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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 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE 2911 SE 29 Lane, Friday and Saturday, March 15th & 16th, 8am to 2pm. Turn on 33rd Terrace by Motel which goes into 29th Lane. Household, collectibles, furniture, lots of misc. OKEECHOBEE 3744 SW 16th Ave. (Ousley Ests.) Sat. 3/16., 8am to 3:30 pm. HH items, & clothes. Lots of stuff, too much to mention! We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 YARD SALE 204 S.E. PARK STREET DR. CLINIC’S PARKING LOT SAT. 3/16, 8AM TILL ? LOTS OF GOOD STUFF Employment Full TimeArti cial Inseminator/Milker Needed for large dairy farm. Must be dependable. DFWP. Call 863-634-2271 for more information.MASSAGE THERAPISTLicensed Massage Therapist wanted for Chiropractic Of ce. Contact Missy at 763-2400 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds 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 Employment Part Time Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community PT Cook needed. Exp. only apply (Level 2 Background check required). Apply in Person M-F 203 SE 2nd Street Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Business Opportunities Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Building MaterialsSOLID HICKORY KITCHEN CABINETS, 26FT OF BOTTOMS, 20FT OF TOPS, 30+FT OF CORIAN COUNTER TOP IN EXCELLENT CONDITION ASKING $2,500 O.B.O. CALL VERN 863-467-0043 Miscellaneous1999 Club Car 48 volt Golf Cart, Red, New Batteries Excellent Condition $1,500. Call 863-467-8559 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. MiscellaneousHome Theater Surround system model KA4210 new in box cost $3,495 will sell $1,200 o.b.o. 1969 Rock-ola Juke Box with over 1,500 45’s, 15 Elvis Presley albums $1,000 o.b.o. Call 863-623-4412 leave message. Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 Apartments2/1 Oak Lake 60A Remodeled. $700 incl water 1st, last, $500 sec Call 863-634-3312. TAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished $650 mo. 1st, last & sec. dep. 561-352-4243 Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor Creek Condo2BR/1BA, furnished, boat dockage, pool & water included,totally new kitchen & bath,$800/month + 1 month security. Call (863)658-4264 or (305)522-5024 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Houses RentAbsolutely Beautiful 2BR/1BA home on acre lot, lg. mature oa k trees, completely renovated inside, lg. shed on property, in city limits, $850.00 mo. (863)634-5586 Everybody loves this charming 2bd/1ba house in Lake Port. Cracker style, very private and quiet. $600/mo. Room for 2 people, Non smkg. References. required Call: (863)946-0456. VacationRentalsSummer Rental Available May thru September, Fully furnished 3/2 on canal with dock in Buckhead Ridge. View the property at www.gatorwatchgetaways.com Drastically reduced rates, contact Jim and Grace for details 863-467-8559 Houses Sale(4)Houses in Okeechobee All on water close to Taylor Creek & Lock. All have covered boat docks, w/excellent or new seawall’s. All clean and like new inside w/or without furniture. Prices start at $60,000 or make offer. Motivated Seller 765-348-8270 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads 14 Okeechobee News March 15, 2013


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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 Boats2011 Lowe St. 195,90hp, trolling motor 8ft Minn Kota Talon,(2)23 gallon live wells, sh nder,4 tanks of fuel since new. Warranty good thru Aug. 2015. Located in Buckhead Ridge. $16,500 724-388-4075 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Utility TrailersCar hauler 2011 Suretrac open car hauler, used once, paid $5500, like new sell $2,300.00/or best offer. (954)214-6903. Public Notice REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000539 S-129 AND S-131 TRASH RAKE UPGRADES AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS, GLADES COUNTY, FL The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 for the S-129 AND S-131 TRASH RAKE UPGRADES AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS, GLADES COUNTY, FL This project includes but shall not be limited to; Demolition work, supply and install automated debris collection system, removal of pump intake bay debris racks, asphaltic road work, rock road work, maintenance dredging, electrical work, supply and install fall protection devices, security fencing, relocation of irrigation pump system and bearing waster lubrication system, replacement of asphalt fuel tanker containment pad, concrete work, supply and install slide gate(s) system, replacement of rain gauge, site improvements to provide site drainage, bank stabilization, replacement of onsite septic tank system and install new septic system. An OPTIONAL PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held on THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013 AT 10:00 AM, at the District Okeechobee Field Station, 1000 N.E. 40th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972. For directions call (863) 462-5280. All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling (561) 682-2715. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov. 438527 CGS 3/14 ON 3/15/2013 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 29th day of MARCH, 2013 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows 1G1ND52M1WY124580 1998 CHEV MALIBBU 4 D SEDAN 2D4FV48T35H513685 2005 DODGE MAGNUM BLUE RGR03183 1949 CHEV PICKUP 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. 438794 ON 3/15/2013 Public NoticeSTATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice of its preparation of a draft permit for J.M. Larson, Bam #3, to be issued to J.M. Larson, Inc. The proposed permit authorizes the operation of the waste management system in accordance with the approved Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP), which also limits the herd size and management practices. The permit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), as delegated to the state by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The dairy is located at 4517 NE 224th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, The Department has assigned permit application le number FLA139254-005-IW4A to the project. Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the Department or may submit a written request for a public meeting to Greg Kennedy, FDEP Southeast District, 400 North Congress Avenue, 3rd Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, in accordance with rule 62-620.555 of the Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the information set forth below and must be received in the Of ce within 30 days of publication of this notice. Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to submit comments or request a public meeting under Rule 62-620.555, Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following information: (a) The commenter’s name, address, and telephone number, the applicant’s name and address, the Department Permit File Number and the county in which the project is proposed; (b) A statement of how and when notice of the Department action or proposed action was received; (c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the nal decision; (d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modi cation of the Department action or proposed action; and (e) If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting. However, the Department may not always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore. written comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even if a public meeting is requested. If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period is extended until the close of the public meeting. If a public meeting is held any person may submit oral or written statements and data at the meeting on the Department proposed action. As a result of signi cant public comment the Department nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this draft permit. The permit application le and supporting data are 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 DEP Southeast District of ce, 400 North Congress Avenue, 3rd Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, Tel. (561) 681-6600. 438462 ON 3/15/2013 Public NoticeIN 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 of 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 FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR 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 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2009 CA 000514 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, VS. MISLEYDYS EXPOSITO, et al Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO: MISLEYDYS EXPOSITO and MARIO L. GONZALEZ RESIDENT: Unknown LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 12751 NE 22ND AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-4813 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property located in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: Lot 5, Block 5, COUNTRY HILLS ESTATES, according to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 97, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy to your written defenses, if any, to this action on Phelan Hallinan, PLC, attorneys for plaintiff, whose address is 2727 West Cypress Creek Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309, and le the original with the Clerk of the Court, IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 2013CA000040 PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, VS. MARIA JOYCE LEGEREIT, ET AL, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION To: Maria Joyce Legereit Last Known Address: 3250 US Highway 441 S, Okeechobee, FL 34974-6239 Current Address: Unknown ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: LOT 238, TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT 6, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 57, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO, DESCRIBED AS: A 2004 SINGLEWIDE MOBILE HOME BEARING IDENTIFICATION NUMBER FLHMBCS162449833 AND TITLE NUMBER 0089013041 A/K/A 3501 SE 28th St, Okeechobee, FL 34974-6679 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Albertelli Law, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623, and le the original with this Court within 30 days from rst publication service on Plaintiff’s attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on this 11th day of March, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 CCD 013993F01 **See the Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711 438797 ON 3/15,22/2013 15 Okeechobee News March 15, 2013 within 30 days after the rst publication of this notice, otherwise a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News. DATED: 3/11/2013 SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk of the Court Phelan Hallinan, PLC 2727 West Cypress Creek Road Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Movant counsel certi es that a bona de effort to resolve this matter on the motion noticed has been made or that, because of time consideration, such effort has not yet been made but will be made prior to the scheduled hearing. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Site 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled con appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por to menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparky pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou parit nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 438796 ON 3/15,22/2013 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 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! ACROSS 1 Old Eurasian letters 5 Bean counter 15 Home of H. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 16 Okeechobee News March 15, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Tyler Barber pitched ve strong innings and Alex Estremera had two hits, two runs scored, and an RBI to lead Okeechobee to a 6-2 win over St. Cloud in high school boy's baseball action Tuesday night at Brahman Stadium. Barber struck out six and allowed two runs over the rst ve innings and Estremera picked up the save. Jack Radebaugh had two hits and Layton Thomas and Christian Crews both had RBI base hits. Coach Jeff Blackstone said it was a big w in for this team, "St. Cloud has played good baseball against quality opponents. I'm con dent that we can get this thing turned around and that we're headed in the right direction." Blackstone said the team gained con dence with two runs in the bottom of the sixth after St. Cloud cut the lead to 4-2. Crews and Estremera provided the key hits in the rally. "We executed slash plays that scored runs and they were big runs from a con dence stand point for us to nish out the game strong," he added. Blackstone also praised the pitching in this game. Barber and Estremera pitched w ell. The entire staff has thrown well lately. Kutter Crawford and Jack Radebaugh have been solid and the staff will bene t from the additions of Crews, and David Coleman, w ho have been medically cleared from arm injuries to start pitching again. "I'm proud of the kids for sticking with it. We played some real tough teams early on. Our schedule doesn't get any easier but we have started to play better and adjust to the speed of the game," he added. Barber said he felt the team has started to jell and playing loose and relaxed. He said the game is fun again when you win. "I felt great tonight. I got ahead in the count, threw my fastball and all my pitches for strikes and confused the batters," he suggested. Barber said he still has some work to do to get where he wants to be, which is leader of the pitching staff. He was kept out of the lineup and admitted he enjoys focusing just on pitching in games he is on the mound. "When they started to time my stuff, I battled through it and struck my nal batter out. We get hassled a lot at school when we lose so it feels great to start to win games," he added. Okeechobee improved to 2-8, while St. Cloud fell to 10-5 on the season.. Brahmans get 6-2 diamond win Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAlex Estremera had two hits and picked up the save as OHS defeated St. Cloud on Tuesday. 4X4 EXTENDED CABSHOWROOM OPEN: MON 10AM-5PM TUES-THUR 8:30AM-8PM, FRI 8:30AM-7PM, SAT 9AM-6PM SERVICE, PARTS & BODY SHOP OPEN: MON-FRI 7:30AM-5:30PM, SAT 8:30AM-2PM 888-745-67095255 South U.S.1 / Ft. Pierce, FLrogerdeanbuickgmc.com BAD CREDIT NO CREDIT !NO PROBLEM! CALL RON K. U.S. 1 U.S. 1 BUICK BUICKWE ARE PROFESSIONAL GRADE BUICK BUICKWE ARE PROFESSIONAL GRADE 5 25 5 So S th U S 1 / F t Pi ALL OFFERS WITH APPROVED CREDIT PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE AND DEALER FEE. OFFERS INCLUDE CONQUEST CASH, TRADE ASSISTANCE, OWNER LOYALTY AND BONUS CASH. VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY. 39 MONTH LEASES 10K MILES PER YEAR, AND INCLUDE LEASE CONQUEST CASH WITH $2800 DOWN. DEALER RETAINS ALL REBATES AND INCENTIVES. OFFERS CAN NOT BE COMBINED AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. SEE DEALER FOR ALL DETAILS. OFFERS GOOD THRU DATE OF PUBLICATION ONLY. DEALER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. RESTRICTIONS APPLY. PHOTOS ARE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY. ENDS 3/18/13. COPYRIGHT 2013 WE ARE PROFESSIONAL GRADE BUICK OR NEW 2012 BUICK $ 25 900 $ 199 /mo.Buy for OnlyLEASE A NEW 2013 FOR$32,257 $33,065 NEW 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 3 3 BUICK Lea Lea ea se se se fro fro m / / / / / / m m m m m o o o o o . 32HWY MPGSTK#INCMSRP: $23,965 NEW 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 GMC Lease Lease f r o m / / / / / m m m m m o o o o o o . 21HWY MPGSTK#26389Z-60 Package4X4 EXT. CAB QUALITY PRE-OWNED VEHICLES $9,995STK#98917A $13,995STK#24260A $18,995STK#98897 $19,995STK#98919 $20,995STK#9001A $22,966STK#98915 $23,995STK#98914 $24,995STK#98907 $26,995STK#98910 $24,995STK#98908 $26,995STK#98911 $29,995STK#98913 $31,995STK#502757 $33,995STK#98891P $43,995STK#25306A 30 TO CHOOSE FROM! OVER


www.countryclubcharters.com 2 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions March 2013 Area festivals and special events... O k e e c h o b e e C o u n t y F a i r Okeechobee County FairOKEECHOBEE—The Okeechobee County Fair is underway through March 17, at the Agri-Civic Center Fairgrounds, with entrance on State Road 710. The fair includes a carnival midway, livestock shows, cooking competitions, fruit and vegetable competitions, sewing and arts and crafts competitions and more. There is even a Lego building competition and a Duct tape creations event. The Okeechobee 4-H and FFA Livestock Show will be during the fair with the sale on Saturday, March 16. Fairgrounds opens at 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and at noon Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment includes a petting zoo, Okeechobee Idol contest, racing pigs, horse shows, a strongman contest and more. B i g O B i r d i n g F e s t i v a l Big O Birding FestivalLABELLE—The Big O Birding Festival, the largest bird-themed event in South Central Florida, is underway through March 16. The event has a registration “roost” at the Port LaBelle Inn o State Road 80 in LaBelle. From there, visitors explore Hendry and Glades Counties, which are home to more than 400 species of birds, including Wood Storks, Everglades Snail Kites, Limpkins, Painted Buntings, and others who reside in the area from October through April as well as species that live in Florida year round. The festival o ers exclusive bird tours led by prestigious experts, workshops with a prestigious bird photographer, birding activities, meals and transportation to and from birding sites. For more information, go to BigOBirdingFestival.com or call 863-675-0125. M e g a c o n MegaconORLANDO—MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, science ction, fantasy, gaming and multimedia event in the southeastern United States, will take place March 15–17, at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Dr. in Orlando. The annual event attracts around 50,000 visitors—many of them come dressed as a favorite character from a comic book, movie or video game. For more information, go to megaconvention.com. S i l v e r P a l m s R V R e s o r t C l a s s i c C a r S h o w Silver Palms RV Resort Classic Car ShowOKEECHOBEE—The Sliver Palms RV Resort, 4143 HWY 441 S. in Okeechobee, will host its rst Classic car show on Saturday, March 16. Registration at 10 a.m. Judging will be from noon to 3 p.m. Awards will be at 3:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors Project. For more information, contact Butch at 307-743-1969 or Jim at209-601-2000. J u n i o r C y p r e s s A n n u a l C a t t l e D r i v e a n d R o d e o Junior Cypress Annual Cattle Drive and RodeoBIG CYPRESS SEMINOLE RESERVATION—The annual Junior Cypress Cattle Drive, planned for March 23, is a recreation of historic Florida cattle drives. Natives often bartered cattle with immigrants, and they traded cattle with Spaniards as far back as the 1600s. “We wanted to hold some event that would make people remember the impact Junior Cypress had on the tribe,” Paul Bowers, Former Board Representative said in explaining the symbolic drive. “This annual cattle drive was started in memory of my uncle, Junior Cypress,” said Former Tribal Chairman Mitchell Cypress. “Cattle ranching was his business 24 hours a day. When I think of him, I see him on the back of a horse with his hat pulled down, sheltering his eyes from the sun or driving around the Rez with a pickup truck load of kids, heading for the cow pens or the swimming hole. Big Cypress Indian Reservation is located between Ft. Lauderale and Naples. Take 1-75 to exit 49 north. For more information, go to oridaseminoletourism.com. 1 0 10 t h th A n n u a l L O S T B i k e R i d e Annual LOST Bike RideOKEECHOBEE—Rotary’s 10th Annual L.O.S.T. (Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) Bike Ride will be on April 20, starting at 8 a.m. The L.O.S.T. is a great trek for people of all ages, skills and abilities. With rides of 12, 20, 40 and 54 miles as well as a 5K walk, there is something for everyone. The L.O.S.T. trail itself is world-renowned for its stunning vistas and numerous forms of wildlife. It has become a worldwide destination for bird watching and world class shing. This great fundraising event promises to be fun for all. All entrants are provided a goody-bag with a commemorative t-shirt and much more. Also, there is a BBQ meal provided afterwards for all entrants as well as a 50/50 and a ra e with a ton of great prizes. All proceeds bene t the charities of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee. For more information, email OkeechobeeRotary@live. com or call Center State Bank at 863-763-5573.On the coverAn angler in an FLW tournament on Lake Okeechobee is shown in the cover photo by Shane Baker. FLW Outdoors (named for Forrest L. Wood) is a tournament shing organization that provides shing resources and entertainment to anglers, sponsors, fans and host communities. For more on FLW, go to woutdoors.com. B a l l o o n s O v e r P a r a d i s e Balloons Over ParadiseIMMOKALEE—Seminole Casino Immokalee will bring its 2nd Annual “Balloons Over Paradise” Festival to the Seminole Tribe Youth Ranch Immokalee on April 20-21, starting at 6 a.m. daily. This celebration of ight features more than 40 custom hot air balloons and plenty of fun for the whole family including tethered balloon rides, live music by award-winning performers, food vendors, art showcase, children’s activities, carnival games, acrobatic kite demonstrations, classic car show, demonstrations by agility dogs and more. Admission is free to the all-ages festival. The Seminole Tribe Youth Ranch is located at 1195 SR 29 in Immokalee. The colorful balloons kick o each morning with an illuminated light show to orchestral music. Festival goers can walk among the balloons as they in ate for a mass ascension into the sky. Specialty balloons include Sugar Bear, Ella “phant” and a ying globe. Attendees will enjoy a great lineup of activities, all to the sounds of a variety of bands. On Saturday, April 20, pop-rocker Eddie Money will perform his greatest hits. During the late ’70s, Money had a handful of album rock hits and wound up crossing over into the Top 40 with songs like “Baby Hold On” and “Maybe I’m a Fool.” During the early ’80s, he began to make funny narrative videos, which became staples on early MTV and made “Shakin” and “Think I’m in Love” hits. 1986s Can’t Hold Back featured the hit “Take Me Home Tonight” and “I Wanna Go Back,” making the album a Top 10 smash. In 1988, Money followed the album with Nothing to Lose, which featured the Top 10 “Walk on Water.” Two years later, “Peace in Our Time,” taken from the 1989 Greatest Hits: The Sound of Money, reached No. 11. Children will join in on the fun with storytelling, bounce houses and a climbing wall. Food vendors will be on hand with Amish donuts, kettle corn, crepes and great grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage. Attendees will also enjoy funnel cakes, cotton candy and other treats. Parking is free. Pets and coolers are not permitted. 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4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions March 2013 T h e f i s h i n g i s g o o d o n L a k e O k e e c h o b e e The fishing is good on Lake OkeechobeeBy Eric KoppIf Lake Okeechobee could talk she would likely quote Mark Twain and say: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” In recent years the Big ‘O’ has been through periods of exceedingly high water, droughts and at least three major hurricanes. And it was thought those anomalies, along with increased shing pressure, had killed o the lake’s largemouth bass and black crappie populations. But, with a little help from her friends, the lake is on her way back to being one of the top angling lakes in the nation. “The lake looks as good as it’s been in 15 to 20 years, ecologically,” said Don Fox, a biologist who heads up the Florida Wildlife and Freshwater Fish Commission’s (FWC) o ce in Okeechobee. “It’s still turbid out there, but it’s getting better. I’m very optimistic. We’re turning the corner.” And, he added, the shery is living proof that the lake is healing. Fox said the black crappie (speck) population is rebuilding and he described the largemouth bass population as “fantastic.” He went on to say the bluegill and shellcracker shery has rebounded and is “as good as they’ve ever been.” “There’s lots of small forage out there. We had a good forage base out there along the shoreline,” he said, in reference to the pan sh populations. As for the bass shery, for which Lake Okeechobee has often been referred to as one of the best in the nation, FWC sheries biologist Alyssa Jordan said electro shing studies done in October of last year indicated the popular game sh has a bright future. “We’ve found in terms of bass, the population seems about the same as in the last couple of years. They (the sh) are running a bit bigger, but we also h ave a lot of bass in the 10 to 18 centimeter range which is good for the future,” she said. She said last year’s data peak for bass was 26-30 centimeters, while this year’s peak is at 30 to 32 centimeters. A 26-centimeter sh would be approximately 10.2 inches in length, while a sh 32 centimeters long is about 12.6 inches in length. Some of the better areas for bass around the north end of the lake h ave been Little Grassy and Eagle Bay islands. “They were doing pretty good in the Indian Prairie area also,” added Jordan. Around the south end of the lake, she said her sampling has shown that bass seem to like cattails. In the Observation Shoal area, she’s found bigger bass like to hang around “little points of vegetation.” In regard to the speck population, Jordan said she did a lake-wide shocking in December of 2012 and “found a pretty big jump” in the numbers of sh. Although a lot of the sh were small, she said the amount of sh shocked was almost triple that of the year before. “Quite a few of them were fairly young, which was good. Size-wise, it’s probably pretty similar but with a few more big sh,” she added. Jordan explained that in last year’s project she got 516 sh in 540 minutes of sampling, which comes out to .96 sh per minute. This year, she said they got 2.51 sh per minute and had a larger group of 8to 10-inch sh. As for big papermouths, she said January of this year saw a lot of really large specks being caught. “Larger than normal,” she continued. “Some of them were the biggest I’ve seen. Still, the population is not where it used to be, by any means. But it seems to be coming back.” The larger specks and the rebounding of their population is due, in part, to good forage. Jordan said her studies have shown a spike in both thread n and gizzard shad.Jordan said her samplings h ave also indicated that the pan sh population is doing well. She said she’s been getting about 1.5 sh per minute while electro shing, with quite a few big sh. The majority of the bluegill are running 7 to 8 inches in length. “We had quite a few in that range, but we de nitely had quite a few of the larger ones,” she said. Speaking of larger, Jordan said while the numbers of redears aren’t as good as the bluegill, they do appear to be doing better than they were. She said she’s been getting a lot in the 7to 8-inch range, but have had some of the feisty pan sh topping 9 inches in length. While Jordan has been using electricity to catch sh, the ordinary angler isn’t allowed to do that. FWC wildlife o cer tend to frown on that. So, just where can shermen nd their favorite species and what types of baits are working? Cory Lee, another sheries biologist with FWC deals with creels and A n g l e r s b i o l o g i s t s a g r e e — t h e B i g ‘ O ’ i s b a c k Anglers, biologists agree—the Big ‘O’ is back!indicated that shing, overall, is good. The bass shing has begun to really pick up and their population has rebounded well. “The 2007-08 drought really decimated the bass and crappie populations. There was no place to reproduce,” he said. But, as Jordan’s shocking study has indicated, those two species are again causing a lot of excitement for anglers. “The lake is just chock full of sh right now,” said Lee. Around the north end of the lake, he said, the shing has been very good around King’s Bar and Little Grassy. Area shing guides, using wild shiners for bait, h ave caught quite a few largemouths 8 pounds and over this year. Along the east side, he said the J&S area is holding a lot sh but there isn’t much size to them. “We saw a lot of numbers, but not Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “The lake looks as good as it’s been in 15 to 20 years, ecologically.”Don Fox, FWC biologist Photo by U.S. Army Corps of EngineersThe Lake Okeechobee sheries are in good shape, according to the Florida Wildlife Commission. See Anglers — Page 5 A n g l e r s b i o l o g i s t s a g r e e — t h e B i g ‘ O ’ i s b a c k Anglers, biologists agree—the Big ‘O’ is back!


5 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions March 2013 a ton of size. We saw a lot of 2 to 4 pounders but nothing huge,” he said of recent samplings at J&S. On the south end, the South Bay area has been producing sh around the tips of the islands and bass are being caught at Boy Scout Cut. Around Clewiston, he said a lot of 6and 7-pound sh are being caught in the West Wall area. However, he cautioned, this can be a rough area to sh when the wind shifts and blows directly into it. Coming on around the lake, Lee said the Fisheating Bay area is “a really good area” for bass. As for arti cial baits, Lee said some anglers h ave t old him they’re catching bass on spinnerbaits. But, he added, most are catching sh on jigs tipped with a crawdad. “That can be moved slowly, especially in the cooler water,” he o ered. The recent cold weather has created a shing bonanza for speck anglers, said Lee. Both live minnows and jigs h ave been producing a lot of limits in the Kissimmee River. He said some are also being caught on grass shrimp. During a recent shocking of the J&S area, Lee said a lot of 11to 13-inch crappie were found. Around the Belle Glade area, speck anglers are doing very well in the Rim Canal. “I’ve been hearing reports of 15inch crappie there,” he said. The Clewiston area, he said, does all right but it doesn’t get as much shing pressure by speck anglers as other portions of the big lake. Although a few bluegill and shellANGLERSContinued From Page 4Photo by Rob Newell/ FLWFLW tournament anglers have caught plenty of bass this year in Lake Okeechobee.cracker are being caught, Lee said it will likely be the end of March or the beginning of April before they really get active. Lee said he has seen quite a few bluegill in the shallower areas of Fisheating Bay and the western marsh. “Once you get past the cattails and get to the sandy bottom areas you’ll nd them,” he o ered, adding that some are being caught there now on grass shrimp. We also contacted area guides and sh camps to see if they would be willing to divulge even more information into where sh can be found, as well as the hottest baits. And, here’s what they had to say.OKEECHOBEEOkeechobee guide Larry Wright said the recent cold snaps h ave caused the bass shing to cool down, but the speck shing has been hotter than a late August day in South Florida. “The shing is fantastic, as long as the weather stays warm,” he said of the bass angling outlook. “When it warms up, the sh act like it’s summertime.” Around the Okeechobee area he said a lot of bass are being caught on a mouse-colored spinnerbait in The Pass, and on Little Grassy and the southwest side of King’s Bar. Another good producing bait has been a white Big EZ made by Gambler Worms. Elsewhere, some good sh are being caught in the Henry Creek area on soft plastic swim baits as well as blue/ silver chug baits. “They’re behind the cattail wall, up close to the dike,” he o ered, adding that the shing here slows dramatically when strong winds blow into the area. In the North Shore area, Wright said anglers h ave been successful chunking a watermelon/red Speed Worm and retrieving it slowly and just beneath the surface. But if you’re strictly hunting for lunker largemouths, wild shiners are the way to go. Wright explained that when the water is cold set the shiner about 5 feet deep. When the water warms, bring them up to a depth of about 3 feet. As for papermouths, Wright said they “are running really big.” “There are a lot of good ones being caught on minnows at night, and on jigs,” he said. The most popular jig is simply known a #17C in white. Pink, he added, runs second. When it comes to bluegill and shellcrackers, Wright said he’s been seeing them in the boat trails from Third Point out to the Indian Prairie Canal.BELLE GLADEWhen asked about the bass shing, Pat Stevens at Slim’s Fish Camp simply said “everybody’s bangin’ them!” He went on to say anglers competing in recent tournaments have been weighing in stringers nearing the 30-pound mark. Winners in two recent cast-for-cash events weighed in ve sh limits topping the 29-pound mark. And, he added, both stringers were caught in the same area. Stevens said the hottest bassin’ areas h ave been Pelican Bay, East Wall and the west side of Ritta Island. If you’re planning on dunkin’ a wild shiner, he suggested shing the Barge Canal or Long Point areas. Two of the better producing arti cial baits h ave been white spinnerbaits with gold willowleaf blades, and Gambler’s Big EZ soft plastic swim bait. The top colors for the Big EZ h ave been copper eld, watermelon/red and the 49er. When skies are cloudy, Stevens suggested switching to a black/blue Big EZ. Also producing sh is the topwater angler’s favorite standby lure—a white ash Zara Spook. Stevens also suggested ipping or pitching a black or brown jig, tipped with See Anglers — Page 6


Want to skim through the marsh in an airboat, glide down the river in a canoe, take a nature tour on a pontoon boat or bounce around the lake on a Jet Ski? The Lake Okeechobee area o ers plenty of opportunities for all kinds of boating fun. Don’t have your own boat? No problem. There are charter boats and rental boats available all around the lake. Most bait shops h ave inf ormation on how to charter a shing trip or boat ride or rent a boat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has an online “boat ramp nder” at their website http://myfwc.com/boating. Like the wind in your hair? An airboat ride may be for you. Airboats are designed to travel through areas that are too shallow or too clogged with vegetation for traditional boats to navigate. Riders sit up high, giving you an excellent view of the lake and the lake area wildlife ... without getting “too” close. The view will depend on what time of year and what time of day you go out. Area airboat tour guides can help you choose a trip that is perfect for your family. Are you ready for a unique wilderness kayak and canoe experience? Try a canoe trip on Fisheating Creek. The creek is the only free owing tributary that runs into Lake Okeechobee. While paddling the entire 52-mile distance to the lake isn’t possible, the Fisheating Creek Outpost o ers two trip options. Burnt Bridge has a put-in located 8 miles upstream from the campground. Ingram Crossing is 16 miles upstream and recommended for advanced paddlers or for those looking for an overnight trip. If you own your own boat and want a transport to Burnt Bridge or Ingram Crossing, the Outpost can shuttle you and your boats. The Outpost also has canoes and kayaks available for rent. Fisheating Creek is narrow for much of the distance. Banks are surrounded by towering cypress trees, wonderful for providing shade on hot summer days. Alligators and turtles are a common sight, as are Great Blue Heron, egrets, ibis, hawks and many more species of birds. Keep a sharp lookout—you might spot a wild hog, turkey or deer along the waters edge. During the fall you’re likely to see thousands of colorful butter ies. There are plenty of pan sh for the anglers in your group. The clean tanninstained water ranges from a golden to deep brown depending upon time of year and your viewing angle. The water gets its color from decaying plant matter. Sit back and enjoy listening to birds singing and watch the re ections of clouds and trees as you drift through cypress swamps and hardwood hammocks along Fisheating Creek. For more information, go to sheatingcreekoutpost. com.Basic rules while paddling:• It is Florida state law that a child under the age of six must wear a U.S.C.G. approved Type I, II, or III personal otation device while onboard a vessel under 26 feet in length while the vessel is underway. This includes canoes and kayaks. • Bring plenty of water or other drinks in non-disposable containers. • Don’t litter—take a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash. If you see trash while paddling, kindly pick it up. • It is always a good idea for safety to let someone know where you are paddling and when you expect to return. You can download a oat plan at MyFWC.com. Opportunities abound for boating fun 6 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions March 2013 either a Little Swimmer or Creature Bait. Much like the north end of the big lake, Stevens said a lot of the slabsides being caught are “huge!” He said anglers are getting sh topping the 15inch mark around Tree Island, House Boat Cut and in the Rim Canal. If shing in the daytime, he suggested using a jig while nighttime anglers are having the best luck using live minnows. Stevens said the bluegill really aren’t showing up much yet, but expects that shing to get hot and heavy later in March and around the rst of April. Unlike the bluegill shing, Stevens said pan sh anglers are already catching shellcrackers on red worms. He said they’re shing 4to 5-feet deep around the Airport Hole and the Dynamite Hole. “And they’re bigger than usual—like over a pound,” he added.CLEWISTONCaptain Mike Balon, shing out of Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina, said the cold winter temperatures and blustery winds h ave slowed the bass shing somewhat in that area. He described it as fair, even though he had just come o the water with his guide party who had just boated a bucketmouth that topped the 7-pound mark. Arti cial bait shermen having the most success are pitching 3/4-ounce black/blue jigs into cover that are tipped with a blue crawdad or twin-tailed grub trailer. White spinnerbaits with gold blades are also producing sh, while chrome/blue rattlin’ crankbaits are also putting bass in the boat. The hottest areas, he said, h ave been Ritta Island, the East Wall and the West Wall. Unlike Belle Glade and Okeechobee, Balon said the speck shing “has not been real good.” He suggested using either live minnows, or a green or chartreuse jig in the Rim Canal or around Horse Island. So, even though we’ve covered a lot of water and talked to di erent anglers, we’ve learned sh are being caught on a variety of baits and in several di erent areas. And despite the di erences in areas and baits there’s still one common denominator—the Big ‘O’ is back. Regardless of what species you prefer, these anglers and biologists all agree there are some real tackle testers lurking in the blackwater con nes of Lake Okeechobee. So, with that in mind, what are you doing sitting there? Go shing! ANGLERSContinued From Page 5


7 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions March 2013 2012 / 2013 1977 College Drive | Belle Glade THE LAND OF OZ AROUND THE WORLDBUY TICKETS @ www.dollyhand.org BOX OFFICE 561.993.1160 Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience Neil Simons Biloxi Blues TAP The Show! The Wizard of Oz Street Beat, Inc. TEXAS MISSISSIPPI 2013-2014 SNEAK PEEK!All dates, artists and programs subject to change. Atlantic City Boys Golden Dragon Acrobats Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre in GiselleŽ Rhythm of the Dance The Aluminum Show The Doo-Wah Riders Flipside: The Patti Page Story Hair I Wish for all Time Celebrating the Genius of Michael Jackson & Stevie Wonder FWC offers license-free fishing days in April & JuneWith more than 3 million anglers in the state, it is likely you either know someone who shes, or you are someone who shes. Either way, Florida’s license-free shing days are the perfect venue to try your hand or introduce a friend to some of the nest shing in the world. During its Feb. 13 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) selected Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, Sept. 1, as the 2013 saltwater license-free shing days. On these days, the requirement to h ave a recreational shing license is waived for Florida’s residents and visitors while they are saltwater shing. The FWC o ers four license-free shing days a year: two saltwater and two freshwater. While the Commission selects new saltwater license-free shing days on an annual basis, freshwater license-free shing days are set to the rst Saturday in April and the second Saturday in June. This year’s freshwater license-free shing days are Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, June 8. Use these days to catch the big one and get rewarded for it. Sign up for an FWC freshwater angler recognition program in advance at www.TrophyCatchFlorida.com and you will be entered into a drawing for a Phoenix bass boat powered by Mercury. If you catch, photograph and release a largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds, you’ll be eligible for great rewards or certi cates for catching qualifying freshwater sh from among 33 exciting species in the program. The FWC will honor license-free freshwater shing days as a legal exemption for sh caught on these dates. To make these events accessible to as many people as possible, the FWC plans these dates around holiday weekends and national events. This year’s June 1 saltwater and the June 8 freshwater license-free days are during National Fishing and Boating Week. Highlighted by signi cant national media coverage and public events, this week promotes boating and shing across the country as fun and healthy outdoor activities. In 2012, 37 states had at least one license-free shing day during this annual event. The Sept. 1 saltwater license-free day falls on Labor Day weekend, when many families will be out on the water, enjoying one of the last big shing weekends of summer. The ever-popular bay scallop season is also open to harvest on this date. License-free days not only introduce new anglers to the lifetime sport of shing, they also economically bene t the state as those 3 million anglers cited by the American Sport shing Association’s “Sport shing in America” report, shop at tackle stores, purchase boat fuel and bait and travel to their favorite shing hole. Some of this money even nds its way back to the FWC via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Program speci cally to create more shing and boating opportunities. Go ahead and plan your shing experience in advance. Ask friends to show you their favorite shing spot. Get out the shing poles for the kids (children under 16 are not required to h ave a shing license year-round). Get ready to get into shing in 2013. But don’t forget, all other regulations such as seasons, size limits and bag limits still apply on these days. Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing to learn more about saltwater and freshwater shing in Florida – from current regulations to shing hotspots. Photo by Rob Newell/ FLWLake Okeechobee is popular with tournament shermen and with those who just enjoy a Saturday on the lake.


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Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. the shows start promptly, so please arrive 30 minutes in advance to be seated before the show starts. For tickets or more information, call 863-6753066 or email info@ rehousecommunitytheatre.com. T h e O d d C o u p l e The Odd CoupleOKEECHOBEE— Okeechobee Community Theatre wraps up its 34th year with a performance of “The Odd Couple,” March 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. at the Freshman Campus Auditorium on Southwest Second Street (behind Golden Corral Restaurant.) Felix Unger is a neat, tidy health nut whose wife has thrown him out. Desperate for a place to live, he moves in with his divorced long-time friend, Oscar Madison. Oscar is sloppy and disorganized, and living on a fast-food diet. Inevitably the polaropposite lifestyles clash, with hilarious results. The play, by Neil Simon, is perhaps the most successful comedy in Broadway history, becoming a hit motion picture and a long-running spin-o TV series. For reserved seat ticket information, call 863-763-1307. B i l o x i B l u e s Biloxi BluesBELLE GLADE—Rena Shagan and Montana Reperatory Theatre’s “Biloxi Blues” will be at the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center in Belle Glade on Monday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. Winner of the Tony award for Best Play, Neil Simon’s 25th play to reach Broadway follows the hilarious Eugene Jerome and his antics as he navigates his basic military training to serve in World War II. Considered one of Simon’s best plays, it’s non-stop laughs with a little worldly wisdom that can only be served up by one of America’s master playwrights. Stay after the show to hear from the actors and voice your thoughts during the post-performance talk-back! The box o ce is located at the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade which is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to noon. The box o ce also opens one hour prior to performances. For more information call the box o ce at 561-993-1160. J a z z & B l u e s F e s t i v a l Jazz & Blues FestivalFORT PIERCE—Squeezing every drop of delicious music out of a note is what they do best at Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society, so it’s no small wonder that, like a burgeoning giant, the nonpro t Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society has grown to present its upcoming First Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Festival. Society Board Members and President Don Bestor, Jr., h ave pr omised eight straight days of marvelous, mind-blowing Jazz and Blues performances, March 22 through March 29. A special preview night begins Friday, March 22, at Art Mundo Studios, 111 Orange Ave., Ft. Pierce, called “Support the Arts, Enjoy the Grape”, featuring a live paintingin-progress exhibition, jazz, snacks and cocktails from 7-9 p.m. For more information, contact Studio Director, Holly Theuns at 772-776-0021. Saturday, March 23, the Jazz & Blues Society will present Live Jazz at the annual Sandy Shoes Festival on the waterfront at Veterans Memorial Park. Sunday, March 24, features the popular Waterside Blues Concert Series, 1-5 p.m. on the waterfront at Marina Square featuring the “infamous and hilarious Party Dogs” and The Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society’s Jazz Ensemble. Music, food, refreshments and arts and crafts vendors all will be there. Admission is free. Bring your chairs and enjoy the show. The Heart of the Jazz & Blues Festival is a series of ve, free, midday concerts, Monday through Friday, March 25 thru 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the waterfront across from the Main Library. The Festival’s nale, a celebration of America’s original art forms, Jazz and Blues, will be a grand show Friday evening March 29, in the Sunrise Theatre Black Box, featuring the infectious “Doc Grober and the Mudcats.” Tickets are available at the Sunrise Theatre Box O ce at 772-4614775 or www.sunrisetheatre.com. T a p TapBELLE GLADE—Matt Davenport and ECE Touring’s “TAP: The Show” will be at the Dolly Hand Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. Celebrating the artistry of tap dance from around the world, this show is a non-stop explosion of rhythmic energy. Wrapped in dazzling costumes and backed by a soaring orchestral score, the cast of award-winning dancers and singers travel seamlessly through decades of styles from Broadway and big-band, to world music and pop-rock. Enjoy dance numbers from Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, the precision of Irish step and look to the future of tap with street performers. The box o ce is located at the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade which is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to noon. The box o ce also opens one hour prior to performances. For more information, call the box o ce at 561-993-1160.