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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 03-17-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, March 17, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 33 13.98 feetLast Year: 12.83 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Fair photos inside ... Page 2 City council meeting cancelled ... Page 3 OHS gets ag football win ... Page 19 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppA deputy with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Special Response Team keeps watch on the hallway as other team members search a classroom during an ‘active shooter’ scenario held Friday, March 15, at Osceola Middle School. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News It was a quiet Friday afternoon and many teachers were seated comfortably in the library at Osceola Middle School to listen to Captain Gary Bell talk when, out of nowhere, a lone gunman burst into the room and red off several shotshitting deputies as they stood by the speaker's podium. The gunman18-year-old Casey Hurst then checked on his father, Deputy Matt Hurst, who was one of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) deputies shot. "That's to show you how quickly something can happen," Capt. Bell told the stunned teachers. Capt. Bell and his Special Response Team (SRT) were at the school during a teacher's workday to show them how they would handle an active shooter situation at the school. The OCSO captain and Deputy Hurst also explained to the teachers what they should do when an armed suspect is on school grounds. "Classrooms have concealment, but the y don't always have cover," offered Capt. Bell, adding that a desk may conceal them but, deOCSO trains for ‘active’ school shooter By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News For Father Hugh Duffy it has been a long road from County Donegal, Ireland, where he was born in 1941 to Okeechobee, where he will soon retire after 29 years as pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Father Duffy grew up in Ireland where he served as an altar boy. He attended seminary in Dublin as well as the University of Dublin. He also studied in Poitiers, France, and earned a Masters Degree in Education. He eventually received a PhD from the University of Hull in England. "When I was growing up, it appeared to me as the most worthy thing to do with my life," was his response when asked why he became a priest. Upon completing his education Father Duffy spent the years from 1970 to 1975 teaching in Ireland. During his vacations from teaching he was involved in an organization called Christian Community Action that used volunteers to do such things as Irish priest heads into retirement See OCSO — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News MARIANNAFor the rst time in years Bryant Middleton, and many other men like him, have a real reason to believe the truth about the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna will be unearthed and that the state will no longer be able to turn its back on them. The source of that hope came when Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi led a petition this week asking the circuit court of the 14th district in Jackson County to grant Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Hunter permission to start Petition seeks go-ahead to exhume bodies at boys schoolSee PETITION — Page 5See PRIEST — Page 11 Father Hugh Duffy

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Today: Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 79F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 59F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 82F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 15 mph. Monday Night : Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 63F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday : Partly cloudy with a chance o f a thunderstorm and rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 88F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tuesday Night : Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. Fog overnight. Low o f 59F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Wednesday : Mostly cloudy. High of 81F. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday Night : Clear. Fog overnight. Low of 59F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 84F. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi Poole2013 Calf Scramble WinnerWaste Management sponsors calf scramble by giving t-shirts that read, “2013 Calf Scramble Winner” to rst, second and third place winners of the contest. Calf scramble event is where kids enter the arena and chase the calves to get the ribbon tied to their tail. Mutton Bustin’ is a rodeo treat(at right) Saturday’s Mutton Bustin’ winner at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo was AJ D’Ariano. (upper right) Saddle bronc rider James Greeson of Okeechobee was among those competing in the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo over the weekend. (lower right)Tess D’Arinao won a new set of spurs for the longest mutton bustin’ ride at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbie Poole

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The problem of what to do with OkeeTantie Campground and Marina is still very much on the minds of the commissioners and was discussed again at a recent commission meeting. Many times, when seeking to accomplish a speci c purpose, county governments issue what is known as a Request for Proposal (RFP). It gives a broad outline of the scope of services the county is requesting. It lists bonding and insurance requirements to protect the county and the nancial remuneration the county expects. Developers will also make detailed proposals of what they are willing to offer. Often times there is a deadline for submitting such proposals. After that deadline, the county evaluates the various proposals against the county's requirements. It also v eri es the information in the RFPs, checks the developer's credentials and nancial status and decides which proposal best meets their requirements. In the case of Okee-Tantie, all that was asked for was a letter of interest to see what developers might be interested in doing. It w as not an RFP requesting a response to a de nite set of requirements. Only one letter was received. It was from Randall Henderson, who has developed several RV parks. The proposal kind of took on a life of its own and was treated as a response to an RFP. However, since there was no RFP the commissioners had no criteria by which to measure it. After Mr. Henderson's proposal was rejected, he made another proposal to the commissioners. During the course of the discussion of the second proposal he decided to withdraw that proposal. In the meantime, the county received a letter from a partnership expressing interest in developing the park. This is simply a letter and there is no legal precedent or procedure to follow in response to it. At the Thursday, March 14, meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners, commission chair Frank Irby asked if staff needed direction for an RFP. "I don't know what you really want us to do," was the response of county administrator Robbie Chartier. "I know you want to advertise it, but what do you want to advertise?" She asked about speci cs such as if the entire facility would be included; would it be a long-term lease; and, how would nancing be handled? "As a group, you have not come down to a conclusion as to what you really want there," she said. Commissioner Irby stated that the commission has ruled out selling the park. Other than that, he said, he did not have a preference. Commissioner Joey Hoover suggested staff prepare a template of legal, nancial and other considerations involved in developing the park to form a starting point for discussion. Mrs. Chartier said such a template would be available to the commissioners in the near future. Commissioner Ray Domer noted that sewage treatment is something that would have to be considered. The park is currently served by a package treatment plant that would not handle an RV park the size Mr. Henderson was proposing. One of the problems that must be overcome is that the state has control over an estimated 55-acre section of the park formerly known as Hog Island. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper told his fellow commissioners that he had recently gone to a public meeting at South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), where the disposition of surplus lands owned by SFWMD was discussed. Currently, SFWMD owns C. Scott Driver Park which is located across S.R. 78 from Okee-Tantie. Commissioner Culpepper suggested to district of cials that they swap Scott Driver for Hog Island, and SFWMD would then own Hog Island. The county, in turn, would either lease, buy or otherwise obtain Hog Island from the district. Commissioner Culpepper also expressed his concerns about the latest proposal for development of Okee-Tantie. One of the principals of the partnership proposing to lease Okee-Tantie is a real estate broker, who has brokered the sale of several RV parks. The commissioner expressed concern that this broker might get a long-term lease on Okee-Tantie, then turn the property over to a land developer for a very large pro t at the county's expense. At this point, the only thing certain is that the state requires a de nite proposal from a developer before it will agree to release Hog Island.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Commissioners have interest in Okee-Tantie City council meeting cancelledThe Okeechobee City Council meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, has been cancelled. The next scheduled city council meeting is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenAt the petting zooThe petting zoo at the Okeechobee County Fair includes a friendly giraffe as well as a zebra and other exotic animals. Sunday, March 17, is the last day of the 2013 Okeechobee County Fair. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenSalley the camelKayle Corby was among those visiting the animals in the petting zoo at the Okeechobee County Fair on opening night. Salley the camel was eager for a treat. Eagles North hosting bene t Eagles North F.O.E. 4137, is 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. Dinners will start at noon. The bene t will start at 11 a.m. There w ill also be a poker run the same day starting at the Iron Eagle. All proceeds will go to Margie Shelfer her medical bills.B.R.A.T. Club Teen Dance plans "Harlem Shake" videoThe B.R.A.T. Club Teen Dance will be held at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave. Saturday, March 23 from 7 10 p.m. Teens and Tweens from 1216 are invited to attend. For only $7! 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.Democratic board 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. Come Dine with the DoctorDine with the Doctor will be held on Tuesday, March 26, at Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria. Dinner is at 4:30 p.m. ($5 each). The free lecture is at 5 p.m. Please RSVP to 863-763-9228. Community Events

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Sequestration Every night on the news is some new horror story of what is being cut due to Sequestration. They are obviously cutting programs that will get the most television time. T here is no reason to cut basic programs bec ause they actually have more money than t hey did last year. They cut 3 percent of the planned budget and it is still a higher budget t han the previous year even with the cuts. So they should be able to provide the same s ervice as last year. They just can’t expand t he way they wanted to. But if they cut by j ust not expanding, no one would really not ice or complain. So they cut things people w ill notice so the people will agree to higher t axes.  People are asking why Wall Street is doing so well even though the president said t he Sequestration cuts would send the count ry into another recession. It’s because the W all Street folks know that if you raise the b udget 5 percent and then cut it 3 percent, you still have more than you started with. It’s not a cut from the 2012 spending. It’s more than the 2012 spending. Obama tried to scare the American people and they didn’t believe him. He cried wolf one too many times.  The Republicans offered the president the choice of making smart cuts to the budget, to cut things that are duplications or wasteful, rather than cutting programs people need. But he turned them down. He didn’t want the responsibility of deciding what cuts to make. And when they offered a list of cuts to make instead of the across the board Sequestration cuts, he turned that down too. He would not agree to anything that did not also include higher taxes. He has already raised taxes on the middle class with the 2 percent increase in the payroll tax. He has already raised taxes on the wealthy with the higher income taxes. And he has increased taxes on all workers with the Obamacare taxes. But he wants more taxes.  The president seems to have also forgotten that the Sequester was his idea in the rst place. He played chicken with the Republicans and they didn’t blink.Gun control It does not matter how many laws are passed for gun control. The criminal or nonlicensed gun holder will nd a way to get a gun or guns. This is a fact. Convicted felons nd ways to get guns. The gun laws only affect the law abiding citizen. Clean it all outBy Rev. Allen PattersonLate winter almost always nds me outside raking and cleaning up some accumulated debris of the previous months. Vast sections of my yard seem to have become dumping grounds. Leaves piled behind bushes, scraps of fast-food wraps and cups, paper that has blown out of the trash can, tufts of pillow lling, a piece of old shoe that The Dog has long since discarded…. you name it, I’ve found it in my yard. It’s almost like therapy raking up and cleaning out. I come in, sore and tired, yet somehow invigorated. You can see the difference, and here in Florida, I need to see those differences! Spring is coming. I’ve cleaned up the garbage and gotten rid of all the trash. Yesterday, while raking The Dog’s section of the yard, (NOT a pleasant smelling section), I got to thinking about all the places in our minds and lives that have become dumping grounds, land lls if you will. I’m sure you’ve been there. I’m sure you have one. Everyone I know has a place where things are discarded, past sins stacked in piles, emotional wounds haphazardly buried, while good habits lay unused, attitudes rot upon the cold ground. Where if a curious child poked around long enough she might nd some long discarded trinket or rusty, dusty once-sparkly bead that belies its true nature, and drag it into the house like it’s a glorious treasure. Now, dumping grounds are not necessarily bad things. We need a place to shed bad habits, faulty thought patterns, and harmful lifestyles. But too often, we fail to complete the process. It needs a good burning; it must be carried away, removed as far as the east is from the west. We need to clean it ALL out permanently. You see, dumping grounds are not places we like to visit too often, and things accumulate there that ought not to be there! I think this season before Easter is an excellent time to rid out, clean up, throw away those things that our enemy loves to dig out and drag into the house. They smell bad, are slimy to the touch, and are greatly disgusting. We wonder why we get discouraged and down-trodden. Then again, there are scraps of trash that we haven’t thrown out to begin with. We get used to seeing them lying around and just overlook things. Our nature is to let things slide. We’ll get to it sometime. As I was praying recently, I suddenl y realized there were pieces of trash in “m y house.” They stunk, and I was surprised to see them lying there in the shadowy corner. The enemy had dragged them from th e dung-pile and in the darkness of some unknown despair, snuck them into the room. I threw them out immediately, and th e lightness, and the cleanliness that replaced them was invigorating. It brought new hope. Spring and Sunshine had arrived! This passage from Isaiah 55 in the scriptures speaks directly to the heart of this process – and promises new life and blessing to all to listen: “Hey there – are you thirsty? Come to th e water! Are you penniless? Come anyway — buy and eat! Come, buy your drinks, bu y wine and milk. Buy without money—everything’s free! Why do you spend your mone y on junk food, your hard-earned cash on things that do not satisfy? Listen to me, listen well: eat only the best, ll yourself with onl y the nest bread. “Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words. Seek God while he’s here to b e found, pray to him while he’s close at hand. Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them com e back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness. “I don’t think the way you think. The wa y you work isn’t the way I work. For as the sk y soars high above earth, so the way I wor k surpasses the way you work, and the wa y I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered th e earth, doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed fo r farmers and food for the hungry, so will th e words that come out of my mouth not com e back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them. “So you’ll go out in joy, you’ll be led into a whole and complete life. The mountains and hills will lead the parade, bursting with song. All the trees of the forest will join th e procession, clapping their hands in wild celebration. No more thistles, but giant cypress, no more thornbushes, but stately pines — monuments to me, to God, living and lasting evidence of God.” March 17, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Thrown away childrenThis subject “thrown away children” has been on my mind quite some time. Being a mother and grandmother, I’m having a really hard time understanding today’s parents. This is my conclusion; Mom is a teenager when she has her child, so often she is not married, and dad, married or not, he still goes to hang out with his buddies. If he works, he thinks the money is his to do w hatever he likes with it (my husband tried that too). By the time the parents are in their midtwenties, they have twelve-year-olds or teenage children. Parents missed out on their best teenage years and now they know about life and most are ready to go wild. Now, remember, they have young teens by this time. Mom and dad are off living their young life, and so are these “thrown away children.” What else could you expect? We all know the old saying “monkey do what monkey see.” So, with this said, we will all keep supporting these “thrown away children”—food stamps, housing, and oh yes, all those little babies. They know nothing about parenting. I feel sorry for all concerned. Thank you, Frankie Russell Letter to the editor

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 pending on the ammo being used by the shooter, it may not protect them. “The oor is the best place to be.” Since the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., the local SRT unit has gone to local schools to explain to teachers what to expect—not only from the deputies responding, but from the shooter. And they tell educators what they can do to protect themselves and their students. Deputy Sergeant Robert Coleman explained that law enforcement’s thinking on how to handle an active shooter situation at a school has changed dramatically since Columbine. Instead of waiting for law enforcement to arrive, school resource of cers (SROs) are now taught how to immediately handle such situations. “If there’s an active shooter, the school resource of cer goes to them rst,” said Sgt. Coleman, a leader of the SRT unit. “Speed is the whole thing. The faster you take out the suspect the more lives you save.” That thought was later explained to the teachers attending the mock shooting scenario. “Road patrol and the SROs will most likely be rst on the scene,” he said. “Minimize the danger as quickly as possible. That will be law enforcement’s goal.” The simplest, and best, thing educators can do to protect their students is simply lock their classroom doors, he said. Deputy Hurst, one of the unit’s team leaders, spoke brie y to the teachers and explained to them what to expect from law enforcement when they arrive and take control of the situation. An active shooter situation, he told them, is the one time of cers will not wait for back up. “This is the one time a police of cer will put himself directly into harm’s way,” he said. “This is the only scenario where an of cer actually does what they do on television.” The reason for this is, again, minimizing the danger as quickly as possible. “Every second is a life,” he added. After the situation had been explained, the SRT unit then put on a demonstration by entering a building and going from classroom to classroom and searching for the shooter. Then, as they were about midway through the building, Capt. Bell red a couple ‘rounds’ from a weapon simulator. “Active shooter! Active shooter!” yelled team members, as they immediately stepped up their search and their intensity. The whole idea behind Friday’s exercise was not only to train SRT members, but teachers also. And, to stress how the teachers must remain vigilant and to remember that even though they live and work in a small town, danger is always lurking. “It can happen here,” said Capt. Bell. OCSOContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppDeputy Matt Hurst (right), a member of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Special Response Team, spoke brie y with teachers during an ‘active shooter’ training exercise held Friday, March 15, at Osceola Middle School. He told teachers what to expect when law enforcement arrives on the scene and how they would handle that situation. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppA deputy with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Special Response Team keeps watch on the hallway as other team members search rooms and move along the hallway at OMS. exhuming bodies from an area on the property known as Boot Hill Cemetery. Dr. Hunter, the M.E. for the 14th Judicial District, is asking the court’s approval to exhume the bodies for the purposes of locating and identifying any unidenti ed graves and human remains, and to complete an autopsy and medical probe into their cause of death. “I’m very happy about it,” said Mr. Middleton in a phone interview Wednesday from his Fort Walton Beach home. “I think it will validate everything we’ve been saying over the years. A lot of people are excited about this.” Mr. Middleton, 67, was just one of the boys sent to the reform school that suffered physical abuse at the hands of guards and employees. Like many other boys, he has the infamous distinction of being known as one of The White House Boys. The White House was a small concrete block building on the school’s grounds where the boys were taken and beaten with a large leather strap by men who would often place wagers on which one could draw blood rst. Many times the boys were beaten to the point their clothes were actually embedded in their skin. Boys were also sexually abused by employees at the school. There was a similar reform school in Okeechobee,wheretheboyswerenotonly reportedly beaten but were brutally sodomized with what guards called “the prod.” The prod was a wooden rod with a ball on the end. Each school was also known as the Florida School for Boys, and were both Department of Juvenile Justice facilities for alleged delinquent and wayward children. The property where the Dozier school is located is still owned by the state, while the facility in Okeechobee is now operated by a private company. The Dozier school has been closed since 2011 and the state has been trying to sell the property. A pending lawsuit by a Polk County family who had a family member buried there in 1934 seeks to stop that sale to allow for the identi cation of that family member. The attorney general’s petition, led on behalf of Dr. Hunter, came about after a University of South Florida team found what they believe to be 50 grave shafts in the Boot Hill Cemetery. That number is 19 more than was initially found in a 2009 investigation done by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). That USF team is led by Dr. Erin Kimmerle, Ph.D., a forensic anthropologist and associate professor at the school. Her team consists of archaeologists, biologists, anthropologists, law enforcement, re investigators and personnel from the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Of ce. That team used ground-penetrating sonar to nd those additional 19 grave shafts and, indicated the petition, possibly more. The graves are thought to be those of boys whodiedattheDozierschoolfrom1900to 1952. Between 85 and 98 children died at the school during that time period, the petition added. While some of those deaths have been found to be due to natural causes, such as disease, and a dormitory re in 1914, a majority of them are unknown. “Signi cant speculation has focused on whether any of the deaths were the result of excessive corporal punishment,” states the petition. Mr. Middleton explained that, because the school was segregated, the Boot Hill Cemetery was where blacks were buried. But now, he continued, Dr. Kimmerle may have found more grave shafts on the other side of the property where whites were buried. “She’s been looking on the white side and I believe they may have stumbled onto something. But, that’s a gut feeling. I don’t have any proof of that,” he said. While the petition does not state with speci city that another cemetery was found, it does lay the groundwork that would allow the USF team to investigate more of the school’s property. “Additionally, historic investigation has revealed the likely presence of another unmarked cemetery on the Dozier campus that has yet to be located,” the petition points out. While the state’s Division of Historical Resources has issued Dr. Kimmerle and her team a permit to locate human burial sites, that permit expires in July of this year. If Circuit Court Judge William L. Wright grants the order, Dr. Hunter will have up to a year to exhumehumanremainsfromtheproperty. According to the petition if Dr. Hunte r nds any bodies he will assume control o f those remains. An autopsy will be done t o try and determine the cause of death, an d for possible identi cation. And, if possible, DNA will be taken from those remains. Labs have been located that will conduc t the necessary DNA tests under a federa l grant. This would not only require sample s from the remains, but from possible next o f kin that have been found. Efforts to locat e more family members are ongoing, the peti tion added. If the bodies are identi ed they will b e released to the family, if the family wishes. I f the remains are not identi ed, or the famil y does not want them, they will be remande d to the state for “appropriate and respectfu l disposition pursuant to Florida law.” At this point it’s not known where thos e unidenti ed remains would be placed. “There is a need to determine who thes e people are and how they died, to answe r questions for families, to allow families th e choice of where their relatives are to rest an d to ensure history is as accurate as possible,” stated Dr. Hunter in the petition. And for Mr. Middleton and others wh o survived Marianna, this will shed light on th e atrocities they had to endure as children. “This is a major turning point of the is sue of Marianna and the abuse of children — and, The White House Boys,” he said. “It’ s been a long six years to try and get the Stat e ofFloridatostopdenyingwhathappened. ” PETITIONContinued From Page 1

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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. The public invited to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day dinner. All proceeds will go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Moose hosting dinner in honor of St. Patrick’s DayCorned beef & cabbage dinner at the Okeechobee Moose, 159 N.W. 36th St., on Sunday, March 17 from 3-7 p.m. Music will be by Lisa. Thursday bingo is at 1 p.m. Lunch starts at 12:30 p.m. Friday night bingo starts with Bonanza at 6:30 p.m. Food is available. Sunday breakfast will be served from 8-11 a.m. There will be free pool all day! All month! All proceeds go to support Moose Charities programs.Ladies group offers breakfastBuckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW 9528 will hold their monthly breakfast on Sunday, March 17 from 9 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 more information, please call our post at 863-4672882.VFW Post 9528 hosting 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 will be served from 2–5 p.m. for a $7 donation. Proceeds go towards homeless veterans. For more information, contact Gordie 863-4672882.Legion has Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night bingo beginning on March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public. VFW offering St. Pat’s 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 available at the post.Orchid Club to meet March 18The 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 more information, call 863-763-6469.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.Shrine Club offers dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesda y evening, March 19 from 4 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is pleased to offer smoke free dinning. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music will be provided from 5 8 p.m. The complete dinner is available for a donation of onl y $6. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, please contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 863763-3378.Ask-A-Lawyer at the libraryAttorney Glenn Sneider and Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. will present a free AskA-Lawyer session on Tuesday, March 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee Count y Public Library boardroom, 206 S.W. 16th St. Please call to register. Walk-ins will be accepted based on availability. For information and to register call Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. at 772-466-4766 or 888-582-3410. 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.Joy Thornton, 73OKEECHOBEE — Joy Thornton passed away Mar. 12, 2013 at the Hamrick Home. She was born Jan. 7, 1940 in Middlesboro, Ky. to the late A mos and Emily (Beaty) Sweet. She married Edward Thornton Sept. 27, 1957. She came to Okeechobee from A tlanta, Ga. in 1986. She was a homemaker, volunteered at a hospital in Ill., w as Past Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee as well as a member of the Okeechobee County Citizens Advisory Board at which time she helped initiate the recycling program in Okeechobee. Mrs. Thornton is survived by her husband, Edw ard Thornton; daughter, Sharon Raulerson (Larry) of Ft. Pierce; sons, Richard Thornton of Fargo, N.D. and John Thornton (Sheri) of Milledgeville, Ga.; grandson, Christopher Sibley of Hopkins, Minn. and granddaughter, Melissa Reagan of Milledgeville, Ga. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Sat., March 30, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence and sign the online register book may do so at, www.BassOkeechobeeFuneralHome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972. V irginia Barnes Carlton, 94OKEECHOBEE — Virginia Barnes Carlton passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 in Okeechobee, Fla. She was born Sept. 26, 1918 in J ackson, Ga. She married Daniel Stephen Carlton Jr. in 1934 and enjoyed her family, traveling and volunteering at Raulerson Hospital. She is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Stephen Carlton Jr.; son, Daniel Stephen Carlton III; parents, Luther and Martha Barnes; and 12 siblings. Mrs. Carlton is survived by her daughters, Sally A yers (Irving) of Okeechobee, Carolyn Carlton Lowe (Mickie Bohlman) of New Orleans, LA; four grandchildren, Kenny, Keith, Christan and Clint; eight great-grandchildren; In addition she is survived by her long-time companion, James E. Durrance of Okeechobee. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 12 p.m. until service time of 2 p.m. in the Buxton-Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home Chapel, 400 N. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL. Pastor Bruce Simpson will be of ciating. Interment will follow in the Carlton family cemetery in Fort Pierce, FL. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton-Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 N Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, Fl. On-line condolences may be made at w ww.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 Community Events Brought to you by:ECHOLS Plumbing & AC863.763.6461

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FORT PIERCE—CASTLE’s Stomp Out Child Abuse ninth annual 5K Run/Walk will take place Saturday, April 20, at the Tradition Field (Mets Stadium) in St. Lucie West w ith more than 1,100 anticipated attendees. The course has been certi ed by J7 Sports. Sponsor so far are QVC, All Villages Presbyterian Church and School, Ardalan Pediatric Dentistry, Braces for us, BUILDING 252, DiBartolomeo, McBee,Hartley and Barnes P.A., Everglades Farm Equipment, Harbor Community Bank, The Law Of ces of Bonnie Brown, Road ID, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, St. Lucie County Professional Fire Fighters Benevolent Association and Harbor Insurance. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. “Community businesses of all sizes do their part in supporting CASTLE and the many programs that directly bene t from this event” said Rossana Gonzalez, Community Development Specialist. “We cannot do what we do without you and that’s everyone from businesses to churches to school classes all of us working together to save and change lives”. For registration and sponsorship opportunities, call Rossana Gonzalez at CASTLE at 772-465-6011, extension 238 or e-mail at rgonzalez@castletc.org. All proceeds from this event will bene t CASTLE’s programs for the education and prevention of child abuse. About CASTLE CASTLE is a Florida non-pro t agency offering parenting education via in-home counseling, monitored visitations, and classes for rst time parents, parents going through a divorce and children experiencing confusion due to divorce. CASTLE serves the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee counties including Stuart, Port Saint Lucie, Fort Pierce and Vero Beach. CASTLE’s mission is preventing child abuse and neglect through education and awareness. CASTLE is a United Way partner organization and is supported by the area Children’s Services Councils. CASTLE facilities are located in St. Lucie County at 772-465-6011, Martin County at 772-781-4510 and Indian River County at 772-567-5700. You can also visit them on-line at www.castletc.org. Companies lend support to stop child abuse 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 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 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 7 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CastleEverglades Farm Equipment is among the sponsors for CASTLE’s Stomp Out Child Abuse ninth annual 5K Run/Walk, which is planned for Saturday, April 20, at the Tradition Field (Mets Stadium) in St. Lucie West. Slaughter Cows & Bulls were a little stronger again this week. Best Ccows are bumping a dollar and best bulls are over a dollar! Calf prices are a little mixed, mostly steady to weaker. Good 500# steers are around $1.65 and heifers around $1.40. Not as much demand for heifers, it seems, which is kind of hard to gure! All in all, everything is selling strong. Fra-Mar Enterprises, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.75 bought by Foy Reynolds. D3 Farms, Zolfo Springs, topped the cow market with a high of 96.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Professional | Principled | PassionateFamily Law | Criminal Law | Civil Litigation 863.467.6570 • 863.467.1968 (FAX)200 SW 9th St., Okeechobee, FL 34974gjs@sneiderlaw.com | sneiderlaw.com 8 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks residents enjoy tea partyGrand Oaks Assisted Living Facility was proud to host a ladies afternoon tea party. Members of the Okeechobee American Business Women’s Association Women of Tomorrow Chapter and The Young Ladies Oakview Student Ministry enjoyed pampering the women residents at Grand Oaks. The women enjoyed a variety of teas and cookies, manicures, games, conversation and sharing stories of sisterhood and the importance of strength among women. ABWA chapter president Karin Ammons and vice president Jennifer Shatto Dodd were among the attendees. “It is very important that the young women of today gain knowledge and strength from the generations that came before us. Through their experience and life lessons there is a de nite example of how far we have come and how much more we can succeed” stated Ms. Dodd. Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks sweet day outMarcella Sweda and Regina London from Grand Oaks enjoyed delicious treats at the Brown Cow Sweetery including milk shakes, sundaes, banana splits and homemade chocolates. Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis Club hosts guest speakerNick Anderson is a longtime winter resident of Okeechobee and owner of Lana Enterprises which farms market hogs. Anderson recently spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee talking about the evolution of market hogs over the years. Anderson spoke of social pressures associated with raising livestock citing conditions and the recycling of manure and feces. Anderson says a signi cant accomplishment of the industry has been the ability of to grow a 40 percent larger hog using 30-40 percent less resources. According to Mr. Anderson, one out of 10 humans receive a heart valve from a pig at some point in their life, most skin grafts and diabetic insulin come from pigs. Mr. Anderson noted the biggest challenges for the swine industry as local control, pollution legislation, welfare issues, subsidies for alcohol (affecting the price of corn) and the con icting ideas of urban legislatures and the agricultural community. March blood drives plannedFollowing are the blood drive sites where the blood bus will be in Okeechobee:  Sunday, March 17 Golden Corral, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Tuesday, March 19 Raulerson Hospital, 1 6 p.m.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Okeechobee Community Choir Under the Direction of Sandy Perry, Will Present its 14th Annual Easter Cantata Concert, Exalted One! Easter Favorites Concluding with Handel’s Hallelujah! Chorus, During Which Audience Participation is Encouraged!Friday, March 22nd7pm Saturday, March 23rd7pm Sunday, March 24th 3pm First United Methodist Church 200 NW 2nd St Okeechobee(Northwest of Walgreens at the intersection of US 441 & SR 70)The 45 singers comprising this season’s choir represent singers from Fifteen area churches who began rehearsing in February. Composer, Concert Pianist, Director of Music & Arts at Good Shepherd United Methodist, West Palm Beach and Special Guest Accompanist, Frank Carter, composed his third Easter Cantata, Exalted One! Especially for the Okeechobee Community Choir! Frank Carter, Accompanist Nicolle Wood, Narrator Sheila Brown, Sound Love Offering Will Be Taken to Defer Advertising Expenses. Questions? Call 634-7714 Many procedures available to treat these conditions are minimally invasive and allow for less pain and a quicker recovery. DID YOU KNOW... Raulerson Hospital always provides patients with personal comfort and care. To learn more visit raulersonhospital.com. For a free physicianreferral, call 763-9228.there are Womens Services available at Raulerson Hospital to treat conditions such as: 10 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 The appendix is a small organ attached to the large intestine. The condition known as appendicitis occurs when it swells or lls w ith uid, perhaps due to blockage or infection. Appendicitis is serious, painful and requires immediate medical attention. What symptoms typify appendicitis? Signs vary depending on the person, especially in children and pregnant women. Symptoms include: Visible swelling of the abdomen; Nausea or no appetite; Vomiting; Fever; Bowel movement problems such as constipation, diarrhea or the inability to release gas; Pain that: prevents you from sitting comfortably; is located near the naval and may move to the lower right abdomen; increases over a few hours; or, is tender to the touch.What treatment is available?If you observe any of the above signs, head to the emergency room. After administering tests, your physician may recommend an appendectomy -the removal of the appendix. In some cases where uids have accumulated, a procedure known as abscess draining occurs before the appendectomy, sometimes as much as several weeks prior. A traditional appendectomy requires a large incision (two to four inches in length) made in the abdomen. Minimally invasive surgery also known as laparoscopic surgery is also available: several small cuts allow a tiny camera to be inserted in order for the surgeon to better view the site before removing part or all of the appendix. Usually, the appendix is stapled or sewn off and the infected part is removed. Know the signs of appendicitis so that you can act fast. Locally, Raulerson Hospital's Services Department excels in the care and recovery of appendicitis patients. For more information call Raulerson Hospital at 863-763-2151 or visit the website at RaulersonHospital.com. For a free physician referral or answers to healthcare questions, call Consult-a-Nurse at 863-763-9228. Know the symptoms and signs of appendicitis Kids in Okeechobee want you to know that tobacco kills no matter how big tobacco sugarcoats it. Students Working Against Tobacco and the Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee are speaking up and taking action against avored tobacco for Kick Butts Day, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids national day of activism that empowers youth to ght back against Big Tobacco. Okeechobee High School and Yearling Middle School SWAT club members will conduct activities at their schools to raise awareness to the dangers of tobacco use and encourage students to live tobacco free.Sweet DeceptionNationally, the issue of avored tobacco products has not gone unnoticed. Fruitand candy- avored cigarettes were banned under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009. However, menthol cigarettes, avored cigars, cigarillos and smokeless products were not included. With cigarette smoking rates on the decline in the United States, the tobacco industry helps insure its livelihood by marketing products like avored tobacco to attract a new generation of tobacco users. Many children and teens mistakenly believe avored tobacco products are less harmful than their non- avored counterparts. Once youth start using one tobacco product, they are more likely to experiment with others. The tobacco industry also loses customers because 1,200 people in the U.S. die from smoking every day. Yet every day, 3,800 young people under 18 years of age smoke their rst cigarette. In fact, nearly nine out of 10 smokers started by age 18. "Youth have always been a target for the tobacco industry," said State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong. "Numerous internal tobacco industry documents reveal that the tobacco companies perceive youth as an important target. In light of big tobacco tactics, we are redoubling tobacco free collaboration across Florida."Protecting YouthCities and counties across Florida have taken on avored tobacco. On Nov. 29, 2012 Okeechobee County Commissioners passed a resolution urging tobacco retailers to restrict the sale and marketing of avored tobacco products. Learn more about the dangers of avored tobacco at www. tobaccofree orida.com/ avoredtobacco. Kick Butts DayKick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation. The rst Kick Butts Day was held in 1996. Kids ght big tobacco'

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Details at Seminole Players Club. Must be 21 or older and a Players Club member to participate. Management reserves the right to change or cancel at any time. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian ReservationNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA!17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comLike us on Facebook Like us BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO WIN YOUR SHARE OFDrawing on March 30th Drawing on March 30thEarn Entries Daily in March! E E E E E E E E E E E a a a a a a a a a a r r r r r r r r r n n n n n n n n n n E E E E E E E E E E E n n n n n n n n t t t t t t t t t t r r r r r r r r i i i i i i i i i i e e e e e e e e e e e s s s s s s s s s s s D D D D D D D D D D D a a a a a a a a a a i i i i i i i i l l l l l l l l l l y y y y y y y y y y y i i i i i i i i i n n n n n n n n n n M M M M M M M M M M a a a a a a a a a a r r r r r r r r r c c c c c c c c c h h h h h h h h h h h ! ! ! ! Earn Entries Daily in March! 11 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 building housing for the handicapped and for seniors, a drug and alcohol center and a community center. In 1974 he was asked to come to America to give a workshop at Notre Dame, which w as sponsored by the Catholic Committee for Urban Ministry, to explain his community service in Ireland. The vice president of Notre Dame asked the Father Duffy to come to the United States. Then, when he went back to Ireland, he received several letters from American bishops asking him to come to this country. Father Duffy chose to work in Florida and came to Orlando in November of 1975. He w orked in a number of parishes including Lakeland, Orlando, Mintland and Daytona before coming to Okeechobee. It was in Daytona that he met NASCAR driver Bobby A llison. In 1984 he was offered the parish in Okeechobee. There was no resident pastor at the time, just an administrator. The church facilities were in a very rundown condition and he realized it would take a long-term commitment to improve things. Over the past 29 years there have been extensive remodelling and refurbishing of church facilities. The existing church was remodelled and enlarged so extensively it is almost like a brand new building. The entire $2.5 million project includes stained glass windows, cushioned pews, marble steps and ooring in the altar area, a covered entrance way and seating has been increased from 150 to 350. The church is awaiting a marble statue from China to be placed in the cupola. Father Duffy is proud of the fact that the church building program is completely paid for and the church is debt free with some money in reserve. "We had a lot of obstacles," he said of the building program. "I see it like a golf course -your goal is to get on the green." Even though there are water hazards, trees and sand bunkers that have to be overcome, "You can't let the obstacles interfere with your focus," he added. During the time Father Duffy has been at Sacred Heart the church has grown from 150 to 750 registered members. As with all Okeechobee churches there is a large in ux of winter visitors. In in the summer the total attendance at all masses is 400. In the winter, the combined attendance is 3,000. All this has been accomplished with only two part-time staff members, the same number he had in 1984. Father Duffy said he relies heavily on volunteers. During the building program, health problems caused Father Duffy to realize he was going to have to slow down. He resolved that he would retire after the building program was completed. "I felt like my work was done," Father Duffy said after 29 years. However, he plans to stay active in church work. "I could be busier retired than working," he said. "The only thing I will leave is administration." He said administration is one of the hardest things in church work. In addition to church activities Father Duffy has a blog and several Facebook pages to keep him busy. "Freedom is the ability to do what you like," he said. "Happiness is when you love what you are doing." Father Duffy will soon have even more opportunity to experience freedom and happiness. PRIESTContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaFather Hugh Duffy stands by one of the stained glass windows in recently renovated Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The priest will soon retire serving as pastor of the church for 29 years.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! Friday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Thera py R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: C T Scan, Digital Ma mmography, MRI, Nu clear Medicine, & Ul trasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensa tion We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.n ewszap.com R H H H R C S M. S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 13 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary guest speakerThe Okeechobee Rotary Club welcomed Santos, a former percussionist who played with the Marshall Tucker band, the Charlie Daniels band and others during a meeting on March 12. The self-described “Gospel Doo Wop” crooner, who now runs a drug and alcohol ministry, belted out a couple of songs for us. Learn more about Santos and his mission at his website (www.SantosMinistries.org). He is pictured here with longtime friend (and Okeechobee Rotary Club President), Jim Benton. Special to the Okeechobee NewsMarch of Dimes walk winnerCongratulations to Bethany Whirls one of the winners of Healthy Start Coalition’s spirit booth give-a-ways at the March of Dimes walk. Special to the Okeechobee NewsCARE AwardThe Economic Council of Okeechobee awards the Culbreth family with the Community Award Recognizing Enhancement, or CARE Award, for the murals added to the Historical Bank of Okeechobee Building located at the corner of State Road 70 and Osceola Avenue. In addition to beautifying the area, the murals add historical value to the community by depicting businesses that were housed in the building from 1924 to 1960 including a bank, grocery store, dress shop, jewelry store and drug store. Pictured (L to R) are Jon Geitner, Christa Culbreth Luna, Bert Culbreth, Marie Culbreth, Gil Culbreth,Sandy Perry, Fred Fanizzi, Bob Riedel and Teresa Chandler.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PRO fessiona l JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342Cargo • Auto • Utility Trailers & Parts C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics • Exhaust • A/C Service • Brakes Window Motors • Tune-Ups • Welding • Engine Mechanics863-467-6633 Located Behind Rita’s Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Diane Wood, RN Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone198 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2431 • 800-432-1064 • FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com Process Service PS-06-17 Bail Bonds Gregory Gernat 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864UNIQUE SERVICES AllŽ UPHOLSTERYAuto Boat Airplanes In Okeechobee 26 Years In Business 53 years Ivor Newsum 863-357-1717129 NW 13th St. Okeechobee, FL 34972www.hi-tekautomotive.com MonFri 8am 5:30 Sat. 8am -1pm 863.763.1141300 NW Park St Okeechobee HOURS:MON-FRI 7AM 6PM SAT 7AM 5PM SUN 9AM 3PM CENTRAL GAS CO.Propane • Sales •Service“ Serving Okeechobee Since 1958” Locally Owned & OperatedAutomatic Fuel Delivery 863-763-3915 An affordable way to advertise your business 309 N. W. 5th Street, OkeechobeeAmy Gibsonhair stylist, owner863.824.3350Anna Iveymassage therapist (MA-41751) by appointment only Mike Jones Guide Service4 -6-8 Hour Trips • Completely Rigged Bass Boats Pontoon Boat Parties of 4-6 • Fishing Tackle Furnished Artificial Bait • Corporate Parties Welcome Fish Mounting Available • Fishing 365 Days a Year • Customer Supplied Bait ENJOY THE BEST of Okeechobee and Surrounding Lakes863-261-5243mikejonesguideservice.com • mjones1061@aol.com BASS FISHING M&M Auto Brokers, Inc. Buy Here! Pay Here!As low as $500 Down Easy Payment CASH FOR JUNK! We’ll Work with you! C all Mitch (863) 763-0330 Cell 954-214-8877 mandmautobrokersinc.com3565 Hwy 441 N., Okeechobee 3 Reasons to Call US!Honest Honest Sales ServiceHonest InstallationHEATING/AIR CONDITIONING LLC.Now offering whole house air puri cation Duct Cleaning $30 per ventChris Ricciardi 561-222-3271 1771 SW Mackenzie St. Pt. St.Lucie #CAC1816754 14 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013

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The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Randall Wayne Milner, 30, Bridlewood Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested March 14 by Deputy Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation possession of cocaine, violation of probation possession of methamphetamine and violation of probation driving while license suspended, and the misdemeanor of violation of probation driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond.  Brandon Michael Smith, 19, Dale Road, West Palm Beach, was arrested March 14 by Deputy Elbert Kline on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felonies of violation of probation dealing in stolen property (four counts) and violation of probation giving false information to a secondhand metal recycler (four counts). He is being held without bond.  Cathy Gordon, 48, Pennington Court, Palm Beach, was arrested March 14 by Deputy Elbert Kline on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation possession of methamphetamine and violation of probation sale/manufacture/delivery of methamphetamine. She is being held without bond. 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. ASSAULT 3100 block of N.W. Third St.  7200 block of U.S. 441  200 block of S.E. 13th Ave.  1400 block of N.W. 47th Terrace  1400 block of N.W. 47th Terrace  2800 block of U.S. 441 N.  2800 block of U.S. 441 N.BURGLARY 8300 block of S.W. Ninth St.  9200 block of S.E. 57th Drive  3600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  1400 block of S.E. 28th St.CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3000 block of S.E. 34th Court  1600 block of N.E. 14th St.  S.E. 38th Ave.  6700 block of S.E. 88th Trail  3000 block of S.E. 39th Ave.FRAUD 700 block of S.W. 11th Ave.  9000 block of S.E. 57th DriveTHEFT 4300 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  900 block of N.E. 104th Court (identity)  3300 block of S.E. 33rd Terrace  17000 block of U.S. 441 N.  1000 block of N.W. 34th St.  2700 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  7800 block of N.W. 82nd Court (vehicle)  S.E. 38th Ave.  S.E. 38th Ave.  2600 block of S.R. 70 W.  9700 block of S.R. 78 W.  1000 block of N.W. 34th St.  16500 block of N.W. 258th St.  16800 block of N.W. 144th Ave. (identity)  5200 block of S.E. 42nd Trace  1600 block of N.W. 43rd Ave.  6300 block of N.W. 240th St. (vehicle)  3000 block of S.E. 35th Ave.  3300 block of S.E. 21st St.  3200 block of N.W. Fourth St. (identity)  1700 block of S.W. Ninth St.  3900 block of S.E. 18th Terrace 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 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com 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 3002-M: Brindaban Forest 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. $85,000 MLS #206558 ON 6.27+/ACRES FORECLOSURE 5032-M: Otter Creek 3 bd, 2 ba DWMH on 1+/acre. 1712 TSF/1512 sq ft under air, screen back porch. Offered as a short sale. $55,000 NOW $48,000 MLS #206579 5031-H: Okeechobee Hammock, 15-A, 3 bd, 2 ba, 2005 Modular House with an extra room that could easily be a 4th bedroom. Easy to show. $54,900 MLS #206567 5026-M: 3 bd, 2 ba Doublewide mobile home, 1536 sq ft under air/2112 TSF, fenced and crossed fenced, barn with horse stalls, and pond. $90,000 MLS #206642 5016-H: Viking 3/2 Modular house on 1.25+/acre. 1508 sq ft under air/2173 TSF, built 2004. Easy to get to right off Pea Vine and easy to show. Offered as a short sale. $129,000 MLS #206652 5004-M: Larkee Lakes (SE 58th DR) MH with additions. Screened porch, open porch in back, power generator, large carport and shed. 1380 Total Sq Ft. Nice location for east cost commuters. $29,000 MLS #20600 • Two Viking 1.25 acre parcels each $2,995 • Foreclosure 7.77+/-acres Sun & Country $20,000 • 5+/-acres NW 30th Ter $42,000 • Dixie Ranch 4+/-acres $30,000 • Basswood Lot 124x125 $6,000 Make Offer! • acre in Edgewater $14,000 Make offer! MLS #206356 • 40+/Acres of vacant/pasture land in the Fort Drum area. Paved street in front $120,000 NOW $118,900 MLS #206360 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000. Make Offer! • Foreclosure 4 lots SE of 441 ( acre). Motivated Seller each building site at $4,900 NOW $4,500. 15 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 A rrest Report OCSO Investigations

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Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. AuctionsVERO BEACHHIGHWAYMEN PAINTINGSABSOLUTE AUCTION!SUN Mar 17@2PMOver 50 paintings by the legendary artists of the Treasure Coast Preview all week at Auctioneer’s of ce 15 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach(772) 562-5015 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifiedsTo apply for positions go to www.irsc.edu IRSC is an EEO/ADEA/ADA/GINA/Vet. Pref./Drug-Free Workplace Employer. NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS LostLOST DOG *$100 REWARD* MALE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER, GREY WITH LONG FLUFFY TAIL. LAST SEEN ON N.E. 42ND TERR. (BEHIND SFWM OFFICE) CALL BECKY 863-634-1905 Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full TimeKissimmee River Restoration Project S-65EX1 Friction Crane Operator for 140 Ton Manitowoc Vicon 3900W. NCCER or NCCO Certi cation required. Must have experience with Clam Bucket, Concrete Bucket & Rip Rap working on & off of Barge. $28 per Hour & $50 per day Per Diem. Work week will be between 45-55 hours. Call 863-357-0022 or apply @ 2403 SW Ruck’s Dairy Road, Okeechobee, FL 34974 MASSAGE THERAPISTLicensed Massage Therapist wanted for Chiropractic Of ce. Contact Missy at 763-2400 There’s Healthcare… Then there’s Healthcare with Hope Join our impassioned, award-winning team in a role that is more than a job it is a calling. Be challenged and inspired as you contribute to an organization nationally recognized for its dedication to comforting care. Clinical Manager Chaplain RN Opportunities Inpatient, home visits, admissions Social Service Counselor MSW PRN multiple positions and locations Apply online:careers@ hopehcs.org Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V Drug Free When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Business Opportunities 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 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Business Opportunities Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 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 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. On The Rim Canal 2 sm travel trailers not in a park 1BR each 1 with enclosure $450. mth, the other is $400. mth incd ele/gas, sec dep $300. no pets. 863-697-0214. TAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished $650 mo. 1st, last & sec. dep. 561-352-4243 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž 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 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. OKEE 1002 SE 8th Dr. Newly Remodeled. 2 br. 1 ba. $650. All appls., tile oors, hurricane windows. Immediate occupancy. Last, sec. $ ref. Chris 863-447-3282 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 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013

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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 Mobile HomeSale2000 Homes of Merritt 40ft Park Model, wide street,corner lot,new a/c, roof and tile oors. Very Nice, located in Ancient Oaks Park $65,000 Call 863-357-6530 ANCIENT OAKS 55+ BEST BUY! $29,000. NEW A/C, TILE FLOORS, KING MURPHY BED, WASH HOUSE, BEAUTIFUL BACK YARD ON CANAL. CALL 863-697-3954, 863-357-6530 FOR SALE 35FT RV PARK MODEL, FLORIDA ROOM, CONCRETE CARPORT, C/A/H, VERY GOOD CONDITION, VANTAGE OAKS $10,000 O.B.O. CALL 863-467-0079 Palm Harbor Homes Demo your mobile home/ free tear down at Palm Harbor, New mobiles $39K off list, John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 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 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. BoatsFOR SALE 1995 Harris-Kayot Deck Boat 24’ with 115HP Mercury excellent condition. No trailer $8,000.00 Call Howard at 863-447-3327 or 863-904-8406 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 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 For Sale: 2011 Big Country by Heartland 5th Wheel, 38’ with 4 slides, replace, central vaccum, kitchen island, lots of storage, like new condition, used less than a month. Motivated seller, Wife passed away. $40,000. 815-535-3850 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. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Public Notice Public NoticeNotice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3001. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate 438800 ON 3/17/2013 17 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 ACROSS 1 Yipe!Ž (or an apt title for this puzzle?) 5 San Antonio shrine 10 __, sesame!Ž 14 Skin cream ingredient 15 Popular plastic wrap 16 Without a stitch on 17 Its roughly between a batters chest and knees 19 Terminates 20 Ryan who played Granny on The Beverly HillbilliesŽ 21 Cornerstone abbr. 22 Shoo!Ž 23 Polynesian wrap 25 Quarter half 27 Puts to work 29 Within view 32 Put in the circular fileŽ 35 Recent: Pref. 37 Sing soothingly 38 Actor Holbrook 39 Maynard G. Krebs of old TV, notably 42 Ease on Down the RoadŽ musical, with TheŽ 43 Self-movers rental 45 2,000 pounds 46 __-ran: loser 47 Visible means of __ 50 Pesky little biter 52 Mad magazine specialty 54 Play in the pool 58 Brad of Oceans ThirteenŽ 60 Attorneys matter 62 Expensive fur 63 Arab ruler 64 Begin traveling 66 Doily material 67 Like neon and xenon 68 Crisscross pattern 69 Toddler 70 Slalom curves 71 Europes highest active volcano DOWN 1 Desert refuge 2 Extreme 3 Gadget to remove apple centers 4 Abominable, as a crime 5 Enzyme suffix 6 Stretch out in the recliner, say 7 Stood up 8 PrayingŽ insect 9 Tense 10 Poor movie rating 11 Whence fruity drinks are ladled 12 Old Norse poetry collection 13 Birds home 18 Barbie counterparts 24 Kelly of song and dance 26 What the __!Ž 28 Dead __ Scrolls 30 Supermans Lane 31 Automaker Ferrari 32 Therefore 33 Pearl Harbors island 34 Pie-throwing comedy 36 Giant Mel of Cooperstown 39 Sponge up 40 Yuletide cupful 41 Travelers havens 44 Like a cornered cat 46 Not yet captured 48 HelloŽ singer Lionel 49 Lionels under the tree 51 Church recess 53 __ Park, Colorado 55 Scrub the launch 56 Done in, as a dragon 57 Hopper of old gossip columns 58 Animal hide 59 If __ make a suggestion ...Ž 61 To be, in Bordeaux 65 Elevs. By Kelly Clark (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 06/20/11 06/20/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: gy Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle CASABLANCA PARK For Sale or Rent w/option to buy. 9441 Hwy 78 West,Adult Park, 3BR/1.5BA, Fully furnished,W/D, Big Florida room,Lots of updates. $15,000 OBO (219)384-3407 Library book sale plannedFriends of the Okeechobee Library will hold their semi-annual book sale fundraiser 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 863-7633536.VFW ladies host dinnerBuckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW 9528 on Wednesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. will host the monthly Wednesda y night dinner, and will have barbecue 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.IRSC offering March 21 workshop for writersThe 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 Twyl a 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.Library hosting Open MicFriends of the Okeechobee Library are hosting an Open Mic event on Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. Come share a slice o f 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 863357-9980. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 A A l l p r o c e e d s w i l l g o t o w a r d s t h e D e v o n V e n a b l e s M e m o r i a l S c h o l a r s h i p Donations can be made directly to the Okeechobee Education Foundation with a notation in the memoŽofyour check De v on V ena b les Memorial Sc holar shipŽ Annual Softball Tournament J J une 15, une 15, 1989 1989 A A ugust 1, ugust 1, 2009 2009€ Registration $250 at the field €Bring you own balls, 44 Core-ISARules €Bracket will be determined by # of teams For more information please contact Kim Hilliard 863-634or Jill Rogers 863-634-0870In Memor In Memor y of y of De De v v on on V V ena ena b b les les When: Where: Adult Softball Fields Okeechobee Time: Start 8am We are pledged to operate our newspaper as a public trust. Fairness is extremely important to us. We admit our errors promptly and we dont buryŽ the corrections. (If error appears on the front page, thats where we print the correction.) Sometimes people dont like what has been written about them. In those cases, we offer a right to replyŽ and allow them to tell their own side of the story. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 18 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Carley McCoin was named Most Valuable Player and Amari Roberts was named the Brahman Award winner at the annual Lady Brahman basketball banquet held Tuesday night at Mama Flego’s Restaurant. Head Basketball Coach Erin Morrow also con rmed that she has resigned the position and will not return to coach in 2013-14. Okeechobee really had a great start to the season as they were (8-4) before the Holiday Break. When McCoin went down with a knee injury, the team slumped and nished the year with losses in nine of their nal 10 games. OHS nished the year at (9-13). Morrow said the girls should expect to improve every year and she challenged them to work on their games in the offseason and improve their speed, agility, and strength. “The good news is most of you have a chance to come back next year. You can grow as student athletes and you can get better if you hold yourselves accountable,” she said. She said she was disappointed that girls missed a total of 101 practices this year. Scholar athletes on the team this year included Cheyenne Nunez, Baylee Farless, Sha’Dajia Williams, Bethany Stuart and Ami Edwards. Seniors honored at the banquet included Ami Edwards, Shamarah Shanks and Lexi Manson. McCoin will undergo ACL reconstruction surgery in the next few months after exhaustive physical therapy. She said she will work hard to rehabilitate the knee in the off season and really wants to get back on the basketball court. “I’ll be back as soon as I can be. I know another girl who had the same surgery and is back better than ever. I really have con dence that I’ll be back just like I was,” she added. The all-state guard was praised for her leadership by example on the oor. Coach Morrow said she was a great leader and that her hard work and effort speak for themselves. McCoin said it was an honor to earn team MVP and she thanked the Okeechobee community for showing their concern when she was injured. “This has been like the worst thing that ever happened to me. I think it was a good thing because I got a break from basketball. Now I want to play so bad. When I get back I’ll be a lot better because I will push myself more and strive to get to that next level,” she added. Roberts won the Brahman Award for her attitude, attentiveness and team work this year. Coach Morrow said when she asked Amari to do something, she always did it, no questions asked. “I was surprised to win the award,” Roberts admitted, “I didn’t talk; I just listened and did what they asked me to do.” Roberts became a key player off the bench late in the year. She was only a freshman this year but quickly realized that the speed of the high school game was much faster than middle school. “I think I learned a lot by watching. I tried to do the drills they asked us to do. I didn’t focus on making points, just focused on helping the team,” she added. Roberts said she is now playing ag football to keep herself in shape for basketball. “I really didn’t know what the award was about, but now I know it’s important and it does mean a lot to me. My brother will be jealous,” she added. Morrow said it was a dif cult decision to resign her position. She said she wouldn’t be surprised if she returned to coaching at some point because she loves the game of basketball. “It was de nitely tough. I’m really attached to a lot of these girls and their families. I hope they stay in touch because I really care about them,” she added. “I was kind of ready to focus on other things in life, so we’ll see what happens. I de nitely love the game too much to stay away too long.” Lady Brahmans basketball banquet Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyImari Roberts took home the Brahman Award for girls basketball. She is joined by Coach Erin Morrow (center) and Asst Coach Morgan Ungerott (right). Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCarley McCoin won the MVP Award for the second consecutive year. She is anked by Coach Erin Morrow (left) and Asst Coach Morgan Ungerott (right). Special to the Okeechobee NewsBene t golf tournament sponsorExalted Ruler, Jerry Jones of the newly formed Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871, presents Russ Papy, VFW Senior Vice Commander a check to help sponsor their golf tournament. The bene t is to help homeless Florida Veterans. If you would like to learn more about the new lodge call 863-467-2658.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Kyla Hargraves threw for 248 yards and four touchdowns and an opportunistic defense forced ve South Fork turnovers as the Lady Brahmans defeated the Lady Bulldogs 25-13 in the season opener for ag football at a frigid Brahman Stadium on Thursday. Baylee Farless caught two touchdown passes of 60 and two yards and Thad Sanders caught touchdowns of 40 yards and 17 y ards to lead Okeechobee. Destiny Nunez had two interceptions, one of them in the end zone when the game w as still in doubt in the third quarter. Laurie Scott had a big game for the Bulldogs as she returned an interception 50 y ards for a touchdown and ran 40 yards for a second touchdown. South Fork led (6-0) in the rst quarter but on the play after their touchdown, Hargraves found Farless behind the end zone for a long touchdown to tie the score. A 25-yard pass to Sanders set up a short touchdown pass from Hargraves to Farless which game Okeechobee a (12-6) lead at halftime. Brooke Snyder, Kailey Hoover and several other players were strong on defense for the Lady Brahmans. Hargraves capped a 60-yard drive in the third when she found Sanders in the back of the end zone to make the score 19-6. Scott answered with her interception return to pull South Fork to within 19-13 in the fourth quarter. Sanders clinched the game in the nal ve minutes when she caught a ball over the middle near the 20-yard line and raced to the end zone for her second score. Hargraves said the Lady Brahmans were united and stayed focused even after a few mistakes. She said coaches told them to forget the last play and recover. "A couple of my passes were a little off but our receivers just went after the ball and were very aggressive," she noted. She praised Sanders who she said is always ready to run after she catches the ball, and Farless, who showed her con dence and ability with her receptions. "I asked her if she was nervous and she said I wasn't nervous at all. She has con dence and I have con dence and trust in her," she added. Sanders said the rst game was really fun and she was glad the team didn't give up after they fell behind. "It was pretty tough out there. I do whatever it takes to win. Overall it was a good game," she added. Nunez praised the defense as they were intense and despite a few mistakes was able to recover and force turnovers. "We knew the offense would need help and that every point counts. On the interception in the end zone I saw the ball coming right toward me so I went for it and got it," she added. Nunez said the defense covered the Lad y Bulldog receivers well and shut down Scott for the most part. "It was our rst real game and we de nitely wanted to be on the winning side. It is a good way to start the season," she concluded. Hargraves leads OHS to 25-13 ag football win 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 19 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBaylee Farless caught two touchdown passes in her rst varsity game as OHS defeated South Fork Thursday, 25-13. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyQuarterback Kyla Hargraves eludes the rush in Thursday's game. The senior threw four touchdown passes in Okeechobee's victory. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School boy’s baseball team won their third game in a row Wednesday night as they defeated Lincoln Park Academy 8-3 at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce. Layton Thomas had three hits while Al Fludd added two hits and Paul Jackson added a two-run double. LPA fell to (5-7) while Okeechobee improved to (3-8). Kutter Crawford picked up his rst win of the season and Christian Crews got the save. The OHS softball team was blown out at Jensen Beach Wednesday night 10-0. They compete in the tough South Florida Slam Fest this weekend. The OHS boys track team nished third out of four teams at the Port St. Lucie Classic on Tuesday. Port St. Lucie won the boys title. The Lady Brahmans nished in fourth place. Jensen Beach won the girls title. Eddie Neal nished sixth in the boys long jump. Ami Edwards won the girls discus throw with a toss of 71 feet 9 inches and the shot put throw with a toss of over 31 feet. Rosa Borja nished in third place in that event. Devion Wigfall took third place in the boys discus throw. Robert Garza took second place in the boys shot put throw. The boys 4x800 meter relay team was victorious behind Frank Adamo, Cole Owens, Hernan Baltazar and Emmanuel Gaona. Baltazar took second place in the boys 1600 meter race and the 3200 meters. Gaona nished fourth in the 3200 meters. The girls 4x 100 meters were victorious behind the legs of Shania Bays, Ami Edwards, Keirstin Bostwick and Mercedes Washington. Sha'Dajia Williams won the girls 400 meter race with a time of 1:03.05. Washington nished in third place. Frank Adamo took fourth place in the boys 400 meters while Cole Owens took fourth in the 800 meters. Alexis Muller took fourth place in the girls 1600 meter race. The OHS tennis team split their match at John Carroll on Wednesday. The boys team was victorious 6-1 while the Lady Brahmans fell 6-1. Brendon Jonassaint, Lucas Penido, Cody Walker and Colt Root were impressive in singles matches. Okeechobee also won both doubles matches via shutout. The only victory for the Lady Brahmans came from Chelsea Walker in number ve singles over Caecilian Fissler, 8-0. Okeechobee boys improved to (7-2) while the Lady Brahmans fell to (3-6). 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 20 Okeechobee News March 17, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsNorth Elementary Student CouncilNES Student Council recently participated in a community service project. All the students picked up trash around the NES, YMS, Peace Lutheran, OK Softball elds and IRSC neighborhoods. After their hard work, the students enjoyed lunch at Golden Corral and a walk on the pier at the lake. Thanks to all students who participated! Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESStudents of the WeekCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of March 4 8: Isabel Duarte, Marymar Mendoza, Bradley Gomez, Logan Hamblen, Jatravian Kelly, Erin Starling, Mason Boney, Chelsea Hastings, Daniel Nyerges and Robert Waugh. Special to the Okeechobee NewsStudents of the WeekEverglades Elementary School students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of March 11-15 include: Kindergarten students, Oliver Saunders, Levi Courson, Youvani Beltram, Jabier Yanez, Zachary Saroka, Liliaine Villarreal; rst grade students, Whitney Hunt, Analis Guerrero, Haley Lyons, Nathaly Brandt; second grade students, Jasmin Catalan, Emily Bianco, Isis Guerrero, Kaleigh Carter, Aaron Johnson, Cayson Jarriel, Tatyana Santibanez; third grade students, Diana Ruiz, Aubrie McWhorter, Anya Collick, Allyson Broadrick; fourth grade students; Francisco Lopez, Destini Becerra, Mackenzie Crum, Levi Weniger, Iliana Boyer; fth grade students, Jehosafat Tapia, Kolby Yingling and Brenda Sixto. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the weekOsceola Middle School Students are SPRINGING FORWARD with daylight savings time! Congratulations to: Delaney Jones, Rocky Chauhan, Daniel Parker, Genesis Gaucin, Megan Underwood, Gavin Beal, Taylor Pelham and Brittney Mackanick. Not pictured are Alex Aguirre and Mrs. Denney, our teacher of the week! Special to the Okeechobee NewsStudents of the weekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of March 15: Orrin Wilkerson, Clayton Wolf, Katelyn Tran, Bryan Reyes, Katelyn Comer, Malek Alvarado, Ki-Amber Mingo, Preston Rush, Johnny Henry, Rylee Kesner, Jay Thomas, Jayla Leon, Jessika Oliviera, Isela Palacios, Chase Pafford, Justin Ray, Michaela Suthard, Maritzsa Flores, Diosili Martinez, Hailey Jones, Marcos Gomez, Antonio Yanez, Lia Nieto, Gired Aguilar, Elizabeth White and Jose Valdez. Special to the Okeechobee NewsPlace mats for Okeechobee Healthcare FacilityStudent Council members made place mats for Okeechobee Healthcare Facility residents on March 7 during our meeting time as a service project. We delivered them to OHCF the week of March 11.