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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 03-22-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, March 22, 2013 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 104 No. 35 13.97 feetLast Year: 12.70 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Vintage car stolen ... Page 7 S.W. 67th Drive bridge repairs planned. .. Page 3 Brush re threatens homes ... Page 2 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CES Spring gardeningCentral Elementary School students recently planted a vegetable garden, with the help of students from the agriculture class at Okeechobee Freshman Campus. Working in Central Elementary School’s vegetable garden were Avary Manson, Aaliyah Bri l and Jaelyn Lineberry. For more on the story, see page 8. OHS softball team beats Glades Day ... Page 16 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 14-year-old boy arrested last month after being accused of sexually molesting a 7-yearold child has been arrested again for allegedly molesting two more young children. Joshua Michael Acevedo, N.W. Seventh Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, March 20, on two felony counts of lewd and lascivious molestation offender under 18 years of age and victim under 12 years of age. Acevedo was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. Detective William Suggs, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), initially arrested Acevedo on Feb. 16 on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious battery. That charge has since been dropped by the State Attorney’s Ofce and a new charge of lewd and lascivious molestation was led in its place, explained the detective. Detective Suggs said Wednesday’s arrest came about after the mother of one of the victims saw an article in the Okeechobee News about Acevedo’s arrest in February. The mother then talked to her children about the teen’s arrest and learned that he had reportedly molested two of her children, indicated the detective’s report. After talking with her children, the mother then called Detective Suggs and told him she had more information for him. Those two children are younger than the victim in Acevedo’s rst arrest, stated the report. Detective Suggs stated in his report that the victim in Acevedo’s rs t Teen again accused of molesting children See LAKE — Page 11 See TEEN — Page 11 Are there toxic hazards in your home? ... Page 4 Joshua M. Acevedo 84-year-old suffers broken ribs when boat hits rocksBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News An 84-year-old Indiana man and his son were rescued from the stormy waters of Lake Okeechobee after their bass boat apparentl y ran out of gas and was thrown upon some rocks by high winds. That incident comes on the heels of another accident on the big lake where two airboats reportedly collided Saturday, March 16, while navigating grass trails just south of the Buckhead Ridge area. “They (the airboaters) couldn’t see each other due to high vegetation,” explained Carli Segelson, public information coordinator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). “Both were cited for not having a proper lookout.” Boaters saved from stormy lake

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Today: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 82F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low of 63F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday : Partly cloudy with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 88F. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Saturday Night : Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 66F. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the afternoon. High of 84F with a heat index of 90F. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Sunday Night : Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the evening, then overcast. Low of 61F. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. 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 Congratulations to my loving daughter, Heather Sills, the daughter of Timothy & Jewell Sills. Heather came in 4th Place in the 3D at the Okeechobee fair on Saturday, on a wonderful horse named SUCCESS LADYŽ. Thanks to Ms. Kristan Phillips for taking the time to work with her. Thanks to Tamra for letting her ride SUCCESS LADYŽ, and Bless all the people at the competition on Saturday. WE LOVE YOU HEATHER! MOM, and DAD. HEATHER SILLS ACHIEVEMENT 2 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Quick work by the Florida Forestry Serv ice and Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue prevented damage to three homes in the area of Northeast 131st Trail and Northeast 22nd Ave. in Country Hills Estates on W ednesday afternoon, March 20. According to the report led by Fire/Rescue, the re was started when a backyard trash re in a re pit got out of control. They received the alarm at 3:39 p.m. While Fire/ Rescue units protected area residences, the forestry service worked to contain the re. Fire/Rescue units were placed at all surrounding residences to protect them from the spreading re. The occupants of one home were evacuated with the re only 100 to 150 feet from the house and 75 feet from a shed and garage. At least two other homes w ere threatened. There was a danger from wind borne burning leaves and twigs igniting the houses, but Fire/Rescue was able to provide necessary protection. The re consumed about 10 wooded acres before it was contained by a re lane plowed by a Forestry Service tractor. The wind was a major factor according to Melissa Yunas, wild re mitigation specialist with the forestry service. She said the wind kept shifting, making the re ghters work more. The last Fire/Rescue unit left the area 7:31 p.m. Approximately 2500 gallons of water were used in protecting the homes. The forestry service urges residents who live in wooded areas to protect their homes from brush res by clearing 30 feet of woods around their homes, keeping their yard green and well watered (within South Florida Water Management District water restrictions) and pruning trees away from their homes. Brush re in Country Hills Estates threatens three homes Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaA brush re in Country Hill Estates on Wednesday afternoon, March 20, consumed about 10 acres and threatened at least three homes in the area. The re was contained by the Florida Forestry Service while Okeechobee County Fire/ Rescue protected the endangered homes. 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). Lecture: 5:00 p.m. (free) RSVP: 863-763-9228.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Property Tax Bill Payment DeadlinesA reminder from your Tax Collector: Property tax bills for 2012 become delinquent and begin accruing penalties April 1, 2013. • Payments made by mail must be postmarked in March to be eligible for the March amount. • Payments made on our website must be made by midnight EST on March 31. accepted through April 1, 2013. To avoid having your property advertised in the newspaper pursuant to 2013 Okeechobee Bowling Open April 26 27 Entry FeeQualifying Squads: Friday 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm Cash or Check only Singles $50 4 Person Team $200 Finals begin Saturday at 12pm. Open to ALL BOWLERS! Hosted by First United Methodist Church For Info, Call James Dawson, 863.447.2715Lucky Lanes1465 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee Sign up before 3/29 & receive a 10% discount 3 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013 Repairs to two Okeechobee County bridges have been scheduled in the coming w eeks.S.W. 67th DriveRepairs on the bridge on Southwest 67th Drive (Lazy 7) will be underway March 25 through April 8, weather permitting. The contractor will maintain a singlelane operation across this bridge during the hours the contractor is working. Otherwise, the bridge will be closed to all traf c during this time. Drivers should anticipate single-lane operations to begin early each morning and continue until contractor has completed that days' work schedule. The contractor may only work a partial day; some of the bridge repairs must be done in phases. The contractor expects to work Monday through Friday each week depending upon what can be accomplished. They may get ahead of their daily schedule and not be able to work the following day. They may also work on Saturday in order to meet their project schedule timeline. Variable Message Boards will be placed on SR 70, both east and west bound. The message boards will say whether the bridge is closed or a single-lane operation is in place. No work will be done at night. If it is dark, the bridge will be closed. Appropriate detour signage will be in place. If everything goes according to plan, anticipate bridge closure and/or single-lane operations to be in place through April 2, depending upon weather or other unexpected material delays. This project was planned during the Okeechobee County Schools Spring Break period in order to minimize the inconvenience on area residents.N.E. 39th Blvd.Bridge repairs are planned on Northeast 39th Boulevard (Cemetery Road) April 9 through July 7, weather permitting. During this project, this bridge will have a 24-hour/day single-lane operation, which will last, not more than four weeks in length. A traf c signal system will be established during the single-lane operation period. Proper construction signage will be in place prior to the start of the project. The contractor expects to work Monday through Friday each week depending upon what can be accomplished. They may also work on Saturday in order to meet their project schedule timeline. Two-way travel will be maintained throughout the majority of this project. Bridge repairs will cause traf c delays By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County could soon have a new executive director. Terry Burroughs, of the chamber, stated recently that his organization had advertised for resumes. Those resumes received were culled down to two. One of those two has since received other employment. The other applicant has had at least 4 or 5 years experience managing chambers and has done quite well. Mr. Burroughs said he would soon be arranging a face-to-face interview with the second applicant. "We'll see how it goes from there" he said. It also appears that the chamber could soon be working with Okeechobee Main Street in the restoration of the old train depot. That was a hot topic several years ago. Mr. Burroughs said that CSX Transportation, w ho owns the building, had made several demands, such as lights, a railing and a yellow line at the edge of the platform. Those demands were met when AMTRAK built the train stop shelter. So, Mr. Burroughs thinks the project may be revived. He said the building appears to be in good condition. The roof on the western end of the building, which was originally the freight section and more recently housed a livestock feed business, is in good shape. The roof on the eastern end, which originally housed the passenger waiting room, will have to be replaced. However, the walls are concrete block and the oor is concrete so there has been no water damage. Mr. Burroughs is hoping to be able to get the help of state and federal elected of cials in dealing with CSX.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Chamber could soon have full time director Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaEmployee recognitionAt their meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28 Okeechobee County Commissioners recognized county employees for their longevity. Pictured left to right are: Frank Byars, road maintenance director, 20 years, Pete Depasquale, road maintenance technician, 5 years, County Administrator Robbie Chartier, Debra Cason, library specialist, 5 years, Misty Friend, administrative secretary, 10 years, Kimberly Rodgers, budget analyst, 10 years, Commission Chair Frank Irby, Josh Borgstrom, re ghter/medic, 5 years, Mike McLeod, 5 years, and Jeremy Smith, re ghter/medic, 5 years. Not pictured: T. J. Parrish, re ghter/medic, 5 years.

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Buy American With Easter coming up soon, be sure to ll your Easter baskets with candy that is made in the good old U.S.A. Read the labels. Some candy comes from overseas. Some candy companies have some products made in Mexico and others in the U.S.A. Also, the same candy product might be made in more than one place so if you read the labels you will nd that you can nd the same product from the U.S.A. factory at another store, for example at a grocery store. Keep your fellow citizens w orking by buying American. And read the labels to nd out what is in the candy. Is it really chocolate or combination of chemical avorings?Gun control If gun control advocates got their way, to the extreme, many normal law abiding citizens will become criminals. The prohibition comes to mind. I wouldn’t give my guns up, and as long as I am smart about it, nobody would be able to take them. Drivers License Of ce I haven’t been there in over 10 years, so I don’t know anything about the of ce. I’m looking at it as a cost savings to the taxpayers. I also don’t know how this made it all the way to nal review of the building plans before it was made known that they were planning on building a new building. I read all the “letters to the editor” in today’s paper about the county considering putting the D/L of ce at the Daniels building. Where did those people get the idea that the county was considering this? I listened to the meeting where the relocation was discussed and I am pretty sure the only thing that was discussed was by Commissioner Culpepper stating that the owner of the building had approached him about it. I’m also pretty sure that idea died for a lack of interest. I’m not against the idea, but I do nd their arguments interesting. e.g. the Daniels building “is safe as the street lights are on at night.” Is the driver’s license of ce open at night? Is there a big space available in this building and where is all the parking? Behind the building? Anybody else have an opinion about this location? Any way we look at it, the county got caught trying to build a new building for all the wrong reasons and we taxpayers are on the hook for all the money they wasted hiring a rm to draw up plans.  It seems the people involved in the Daniels building have started a letter writing campaign, which is ne. They are entitled to put their opinions out there. But I think the Health Department building is not a bad choice. The county already owns it and apparently the state folks approved it for use as a driver’s license of ce. It seems the most cost-effective way to go, which is what we need as they already threw away $50,000 on plans for a building they don’t need. The current driver’s license of ce is not close to downtown so I see no reason for the new one to be close to downtown. That’s not really an issue. W aiting, waiting, waitingWhen has any of us gone anywhere in this world that we didn’t have to wait? We’ll start with church—you have to wait in line if you want to shake hands with pastor and wife on your way out. You have to w ait in line at the grocery store, pharmacy, department store and the airport. Wait for the hostess to seat your party at the restaurant, wait at the car wash, gas station, insurance of ce, the doctor’s of ce, even when you make a phone call if you party is busy you have to wait! And on and on! These are places we all wait on a weekly or monthly basis. Right? Now WHO is so important that they can’t wait a few minutes at the tag or license ofce? It’s only once a year for tag and every four years for licenses. Everyone does not go in the same day, since there are 12 months in a year. Wouldn’t you think the need for these items would be spread out? I’ve been a taxpayer in this county for 41years. Waiting sometimes yields you new friendships you will cherish for life. Shred the plans for a new building that the county cannot afford! Frankie Russell March 22, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www. n ewszap.com, click on the community n ame and your local or state Public For um. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What f ollows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) celebrates the nation’s longest running public health campaign: National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW), from March 17 to 23. As a longtime supporter of NPPW, one of the CPSC’s greatest contributions to the effort has been the requirement of child-resistant closures on certain medicines and household chemicals. When NPPW was launched more than 50 years ago, about 400 children a year died from unintentional poisoning. The most common culprit: aspirin. Today, about 40 children a year die from unintentional poisoning. Although this demonstrates signi cant progress, CPSC believes that is still too many, which is why the agency continues to identify and address new and recurring poison dangers. “During National Poison Prevention Week, we celebrate the tremendous success of this public safety campaign,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “There are still children who need to be protected from household poisoning, so we must not let our guard down. Products that pose a toxic risk to children need to be locked up and put away from their reach.” Recently, CPSC issued warnings about poison dangers involving coin-size batteries and a product new to the U.S. marketplace, single-load liquid laundry packets. Children are attracted to the shapes and textures of these products intended for adults. When these products are left within a child’s reach, the results can be tragic. CPSC is encouraged that the coin and button cell industry is developing more secure packaging and taking additional steps to try to keep the products away from young children. However, CPSC seeks design changes that eliminate the serious chemical burn injuries that often occur upon ingestion. CPSC is also encouraged that the manufacturers of laundry packets are developing improved warning labels, making their product packaging less attractive to children, and have committed to implement a comprehensive multi-yea r consumer awareness campaign. However, CPSC seeks additional design changes to al l types of packages containing laundry pack ets that will make individual packets less ac cessible to children. Young children have required emergenc y medical treatment as a result of swallowin g or ingesting household products. CPSC’ s message to parents: These incidents are pre ventable. Consumers are encouraged to take th e following safety steps to prevent uninten tional poisonings: 1. Keep medicines and household chemi cals in their original, child-resistant contain ers. 2. Store potentially hazardous substance s up and out of a child’s sight and reach. 3. Keep the national Poison Help Lin e number, 800-222-1222, handy in case of a poison emergency. 4. When hazardous products are in use, never let young children out of your sight, even if it means you must take them alon g when answering the phone or doorbell. 5. Leave the original labels on all prod ucts, and read the labels before using th e products. 6. Always leave the light on when givin g or taking medicine so you can see that yo u are administering the proper medicine, an d be sure to check the dosage every time. 7. Avoid taking medicine in front of chil dren. Refer to medicine as “medicine,” no t “candy.” 8. Clean out the medicine cabinet peri odically and safely dispose of unneeded an d outdated medicines. 9. Do not put decorative lamps and can dles that contain lamp oil where childre n can reach them. Lamp oil can be very toxi c if ingested by children. Poison prevention week: Toxic hazards still lurk in many homes

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 People have so much to do and so little time to do it. To help you deal with your time constraints, we pack this little newspaper with lots of relevant and useful information. We want you to learn what you need to know quickly, so you can experience and enjoy your community fully. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013 The Okeechobee community raised over $44,000 at March for Babies 2013, held on March 9, 2013, and money is still coming in. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The crowd was welcomed by Co-Chairs, Sheriff Paul May and his wife Delores May, w ho thanked the participants for their support. Refreshments were provided by the BRAT Club, Waste Management, and the March of Dimes. Sue Williams led the warmup exercises while Sandra Pearce Photography took the team photos. Over 400 people took part in the 3.2 mile w alk, and were treated to refreshments at the ve Spirit Stations along the way, sponsored by Center State Bank, Healthy Start Coalition, Quit Doc Research, Publix Super Markets, and Wemmer Family Orthodontics. The award for Favorite Spirit Station went to Healthy Start Coalition. The following award winners were recognized: Top Fundraising Individual: Magi Cable; Top Fundraising School: South Elementary; Outstanding Team Spirit: Central Elementary; Top Online Fundraising Team: Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall; Top New Team: Sheriff's Of ce Supporters; Volunteer Spirit Award: Ronnie White; Favorite T-shirt: Yearling Middle School. The Top 10 Fundraising Teams were: (1) Sheriff's Of ce Supporters; (2) Seminole Tribe of Florida; (3) Publix Super Markets; (4) South Elementary School; (5) Central Elementary School; (6) Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall; (7) North Elementary School; (8) Okeechobee High School BETA Club; (9) Everglades Elementary School; and (10) Gilbert Chevrolet. The Chairman's Club award is given to those teams who did not make it into the Top 10, but who raised at least $1,000. This year the sole Chairman's Club award went to the Okeechobee County School District. Event Sponsors included: Seacoast National Bank, Publix Super Markets, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Children's Services Council, FPL, Okeechobee Healthcare Facility, Quit Doc Research, State Farm Insurance, Women's Health Specialists; Law Of ce of Cassels & McCall, Everglades Farm Equipment, Golden Corral, and Syfrett Feed Company. For those who still want to send a donation, checks should be made payable to the March of Dimes and can be mailed to the March of Dimes of ce at 112 43rd Ave. S.W., Vero Beach, FL 32968 or to Cassels & McCall, P.O. Box 968, Okeechobee, FL 34973. March for Babies raises over $44,000 Swimming pool open during Spring Break, March 26-30The Okeechobee County Sports Complex Swimming Pool will be open during Spring Break, March 26-30 as follows: TuesdayFriday, from 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $3 per person.Bowling tournament to bene t church mission Lucky Lanes in Okeechobee will host The Okeechobee Open bowling tournament A pril 26-27 This tournament is a handicapped tournament with two divisions. A singles division has a cash prize of $1,000 (based on entries) to the winner and a fourperson team division has a cash prize of $1,500 (based on entries). This tournament is an "open" tournament meaning it is open to all players male and female, young and older. Call the tournament Director, James Dawson at 863-447-2715, if you would like more information or register for the tournament. The proceeds of this tournament go the mission outreach of children and families in New Orleans. This tournament is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee.OHS Band Boosters host Moonlight Golf TournamentThe Moonlight Golf Tourney is a 9-hole event held entirely within the Okeechobee High School campus on Saturday, April 6, at 6 p.m. Full concession services will be available. Tourney check-in at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the band boosters of Okeechobee County. To register your team, contact Robert Orr 863-634-1381 or Steve Dobbs 863-643-0194.Bene t mens softball tournament plannedThe 4th annual Men's Softball Tournament, in memory Of "Devon Venables" June 15, 1989 August 1, 2009. When: Saturday, April 6. Where: Adult Softball Fields. Time: 8 a.m. Early Registration is $200 (if paid by March 23). $250 registration at the eld. Bring your own balls. 44 Core-Isa Rule bracket will be determined by number of teams registered. All proceeds will go towards the Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship. Donations can be made directly to the Okeechobee Education Foundation with a notation in the "Memo" of your check, "Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship." For more information, please contact: Kim Hilliard, 863-634-4553 or Jill Rogers 863-6340870.OHS Swim Team to hold golf scramble for March 23The Okeechobee High School Swim Team will host a golf scramble fundraiser on Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Blue Heron Golf and Country Club. Cost for a 4-person team is $160 ($40 per person). Mulligans will be sold before tee off! If you are not a golfer but want to help, you can be a sign sponsor or special event sponsor. A company or individual may donate cash or prizes. This is a good chance for OHS swim team alumni to show support. For more information, contact Coach Steven Neafsey at (610) 945-8337 or Team Mom Lane Gamiotea at 863-697-0345.Bike/walk planned for April 6Hope Ministry Centers will host a bike/ walk on Saturday, April 6, starting at 7 a.m. For more information, call 863-357-1319 or email to Hopeministryc@aol.com.HMC to host cross country bike ride in JuneHope Ministry Centers will host a crosscounty bike ride on June 8 15 and 22 Climax July 6 Meet at 5 a.m. at the HMC Fellowship Hall, 1109 S.E. 7th St. For more information, contact First Lady Williams at 863-357-1319 or email to Hopeministryc@ aol.com.Rotary's annual LOST Bike Ride planned for April 20Rotary's 10th Annual L.O.S.T. Bike Ride (Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) will be on Saturday, April 20 starting at 8 a.m. The L.O.S.T. is a great trek for people of all ages, skills and abilities. With rides of 12, 20, 40 and 54 miles as well as a 5K walk there is something for everyone. The L.O.S.T. trail itself is world-renowned for its stunning vistas and numerous forms of wildlife. It has become a worldwide destination for bird-watching and world class shing. This great fundraising event promises to be fun for all. All entrants are provided a goody-bag with a commemorative t-shirt and much more. Also, there is a BBQ meal provided afterwards for all entrants as well as a 50/50 and a raf e with a of ton of great prizes. All proceeds bene t the charities of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee. For more information, email OkeechobeeRotary@live.com or call Center State Bank at 863-763-5573.Register for ShockwavesThe Okeechobee Shockwaves Recreational League Swim Team will have registration April 15, 16 and 18 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. Fees are $60 for registration plus $15 application fee (the same as last year). Practices will start on April 22 from 4:45-6:30 p.m. Sports & Recreation News in Brief AARP offers free tax preparation helpFree tax preparation and e- ling by AARP Taxaide volunteers is available until April 15 at the American Legion located at 501 S.E. 2nd Street Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants must bring a picture ID, SS cards for dependents, last year's tax return and all 2012 nancial papers. No appointment is necessary, rst come rst serve and doors open at 8:45 a.m. Do not call the American Legion-for more information call 863357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries 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.Edna Gillispie, 77OKEECHOBEE — Edna Gillispie passed away Mon., Mar. 18, 2013 at the Hamrick Home Hospice. She was born Feb. 17, 1937 in Plant City, Fla. to Samuel and Ellen Edna (Miller) Douglas. She is survived by her sons, Donald Hazellief and family of Fairdale, Ky., Samuel Hazellief and family of Jensen Beach, Fla., Daniel Hazellief and family of Okeechobee, Fla., Bruce Hazellief and family of Okeechobee, Fla.; daughter, Pamela Hillsgrove and family of Winter Haven, Fla.; sister, Cathy Yates of Ga. A special thanks to Vickie Murphy for all her love and help. A memorial service will be held at The Gathering of Okeechobee on Fri., Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mike Brown will be of ciating. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 N. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Edward Samuel Tarleton, 63OKEECHOBEE — Edward Samuel Tarleton passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at his residence. He was born November 5, 1949 in New Orleans, Louisiana to John C. and Florence (Burke) Tarleton. Mr. Tarleton served our country in the Armed Forces and was a long distance truck driver. There are no public services planned. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 N Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL. On-line condolence may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Irene T. Reeder, 87OKEECHOBEE — Irene T. Reeder died Sunday, March 17, 2013. Irene was born in Miami and a resident of the Treasure Coast for 25 years. For health reasons and to be closer to family she recently relocated to Okeechobee. She thoroughly enjoyed the beach and also doing craft work. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Reeder; daughter, Diane Kimble; and a brother, John Reeder, Jr. She is survived by her son, Bill (Dee) Reeder of Okeechobee; daughter, Sherry (Mike) Goodrich of Ft. Pierce; four granddaughters, Linda (Chad) Rucks of Okeechobee, Jessica Reeder of Tamarac, Fla., Debbie (Ron) Hall of Orlando, and Kara (Scott) Miles of Winters, Calif.; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-greatgrandchildren. The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 11 am until service time of 12 pm at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. If friends desire, donations may be made in Irene’s memory to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.James ‘Bennie’ Rowell, 61 OKEECHOBEE — James “Bennie” Rowell passed away Tues., Mar. 19, 2013 at his residence. He was born May 11, 1951 in Alma, Ga. He was a loving father and loved to sh. In addition he was a lifelong truck driver and of the Baptist Faith. He is survived by his son, Robert Thomas Rowell (Melissa Lucrezia) of Palm City, Fla.; daughters, Renee Rowell (Daniel) of Pell City, Ala., Jolene Natasha Rowell (Chase) of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Ashley, Madisyn, Dalton and one on the way; parents, James Robert and Annie Ruth Rowell of Okeechobee; four sisters and many loving nieces and nephews. The family will hold a memorial service at the Freewill Baptist Church, 1854 NE 54th Trail, Okeechobee, FL, on Fri., Mar. 22, 2013 at 2 p.m. In lieu of owers memorial contributions ma y be made to help with the cost of funeral expenses. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 N. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL. On-line condolences may be made to www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013 Community Events Brought to you by:ECHOLS Plumbing & AC863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Cypress Hut Eagles to host dinners this weekendThe Cypress Hut Eagles, at 4701 S.E. U.S. 441, will serve choice ribeye steak dinners for $14, shrimp $10, or sh $8, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22 Music will be by Carl Cable. On Saturday, March 23 The Eagles will serve baby back ribs starting at 5 p.m. Music will be by Jimmy and Debbie Harper. On Sunday, March 24 the Eagles will serve Southern Fried Chicken from 1 to 5 p.m. for $6. A dart tournament is planned for Tuesday, March 26, starting at 6 p.m. Hamburgers will be served. The public is welcome. Tuesday’s proceeds go for the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. Proceeds from the other events go to the community and national charity funds. For more information, please call 863-467-1154.Eagles plan dinner and bene tThe Fraternal Order of Eagles 4137, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, will host a steak night on Friday, March 22, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.OHS Swim Team hosts Golf Scramble FundraiserThe OHS Swim Team will host a golf scramble fundraiser on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Blue Heron Golf & Country Club. Four-person golf teams can play for $40 each ($160/team). Mulligans will be sold before tee off! If you’re not a golfer but want to help, you can be a sign sponsor or special event sponsor. A company (or individual) may donate $45 (or more), or donate prizes. OHS Swim Team Alumni – this is a GREAT chance to show YOUR Support! Contact Coach Steven Neafsey at 610-9458337 or Team Mom Lane Gamiotea at 863697-0345.Eagles North hosts a bene t for Margie Shelfer Eagles North F.O.E. 4137, at 9985 Hwy. 441 North, and the Auxiliary are having a bene t for Margie Shelfer on Saturday, March 23 starting at 11 a.m. with spaghetti dinners at noon, games, a cake sale and a big auction at 3 p.m. Music will be by Hard Country. Items are still being accepted for an auction. Please contact The Eagles at 863-763-2552. Please join us. Dinners will start at noon. There will also be a poker run the same day starting from the Iron Eagle. A ll proceeds will go to Margie Shelfer to help pay for her medical bills and needs. V FW to host chicken dinnerVFW Post 9528 Buckhead Ridge, will serve Dale’s Famous Fried Chicken Dinner, for a $7 per person donation, on Sunday, March 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. The dinner will be cooked by Dale Darling. Proceeds will bene t the Homeless Veterans Fun.The B.R.A.T. Club Teen Dance plans “Harlem Shake Video”The B.R.A.T. Club Teen Dance will be held at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. 2nd Ave. Saturday, March 23 from 7 10 p.m. Teens and ‘Tweens from 12-16 are invited to attend. For only $7, there will be music, costume contest, games and more! A “Harlem Shake Video” will be recorded at this teen dance. Admission includes pizza, soda and chips. For information, please contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Spring Fling Festival in the Woods to be held SaturdayAlpha Ministries at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 S.E. presents Spring Fling Festival in the Woods, Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food, music, buggy rides, an arena show, a cake walk and fun things for the kids to do as well as a 5-acre yard sale. Call 863-763-9800, to reserve a yard sale or vendor booth.American Legion Post 64 opens Sunday night bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on Sunday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public.Okeechobee Moose to host spring ing on SundayThe Moose will host Spring Fling in the tiki hut at 159 N.W. 36th St. on Sunday, March 24 starting at 3 p.m. Music by D & K, and there will be food, games, and horseshoes. On Thursday, March 21, Bingo 1 p.m. Lunch 12:30 p.m. Friday Night Bingo starts with Bonanza at 6:30 p.m. Food is available. Sunday, March 24, breakfast served 8 11 a.m. All proceeds go to support Moose Charities programs.Masonic Lodge will host a breakfast on March 24The Masonic Lodge located at 107 N.W. 5th St., will host a breakfast with all the xin’s on Sunday, March 24 for $6 per plate. The public is welcomed and carry out is available. Breakfast will be served 8 to 11 a.m. All proceeds go to local Mason giving.Martha’s House to hold a huge yard sale on ThursdayMartha’s House will have a huge one-day yard sale on Thursday, March 28, at their outreach location, 4134 U.S. Highway 441 N. For more information, call 863-763-2893. CCC to meet on March 26The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Sharon Vinson at 863-4625000, Ext. 257. NOTE: Summer Activity Guide submission forms are due March 28.VFW Post to host Easter Egg Hunt on March 30The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. There will be three divisions: Infant – 4 years; 5 – 8 years and 9 – 12 years. Bring your baskets and have some fun. There will be prizes and hot dogs for the kids. Please contact the post with any questions at 863-763-0818.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 7 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013 The following person is on Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list. There are an active warrants for these persons. The criteria for making Okeechobee’s Most Wanted list is based on the severity of the crime in conjunction w ith the age of the warrant. Jonna Leight Kimla, 23, is 5’4” and w eights 178 lbs. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. She is charged with Violation of Probation-Grand Theft, and Failure to Appear-Trespass. If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of Okeechobee’s Most Wanted you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of remaining anonymous. You can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Crime Doesn’t Pay, But We Do! Okeechobee’s Most Wanted Jonna L. Kimla By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local detective is seeking the public’s help in locating a customized yellow 1972 Dodge Dart that was stolen between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12. Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), said the v intage hot rod was being driven by the owner when it suffered some sort of mechanical problem. The owner parked the car in the 6300 block of N.W. 240th St. in Okeechobee County and caught a ride to his home from a passerby. The car’s owner did not get the name of the man, who he could only describe as a w hite male. The car owner could only remember that the man was driving a black pickup truck of an unknown make and model. The owner went to his home to get another vehicle and a trailer, then returned to where he had parked the Dodge Dart. But, by this time, the car had disappeared. The detective said the car’s owner was gone about an hour, and that the vehicle was locked. Detective Shireman said the car is valued at $20,000. OCSO Deputy Robbie Lamb took the initial report on the theft. In his report he stated that there were no signs that the car had been loaded onto a trailer, nor were there any signs that a window had been broken out to gain access to the car. Among the customized features of the Dart are: all black, custom-made bucket front seats; a roll bar; a 360 cubic inch Stroker engine; a 727 torque ight automatic transmission; and, a single black stripe that goes around the back end of the car. Detective Shireman said the car also has an antique Florida license tag bearing the number B17786. The car’s vehicle identi cation number (VIN) is LL23C2R305520. If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to contact Detective Shireman at 863-763-3117. Clues sought in theft of vintage Dodge Dart Submitted photo/ OCSODetective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, is seeking the public’s help in locating this customized 1972 Dodge Dart. The car was stolen Tuesday, March 12, from the 6300 block of N.W. 240th St. sometime between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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Kindergarten students and teachers at Central Elementary School planted their annual vegetable garden on Wednesday, March 13. The students helped weed, measure, and plant the garden. The students and teachers give a huge thanks to Brian Dryden and the ninth grade Ag students from the Freshman Campus. It is a tremendous task to accomplish in one day, and could not have been accomplished without all their hard work. They would also like to thank Home Depot for their generous donation of tomato plants and a sprinkler. All the children had a wonderful experience and will continue to work hard maintaining their garden. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Congratulations to All the Participants WhoShowed Livestock This Year!from Walpole Feed & Supply Co.7 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 € Hwy 98 North Cowboys ’ BBQ & Steak Co202 NE 7th Ave (formerly Hammerheads) Okeechobee MONDAY$999ALL YOU CAN EAT BABY BACKS$1 Margaritas All Day TUESDAY 1LB RIB EYE $1399Karaoke with Cowboy WEDNESDAY$999ALL YOU CAN EAT CATFISH 25¢ Drafts Live Music THURSDAY rack Baby Back Ribs with 6 golden shrimp & 1 side $1299Ladies Night 6-10pm Karaoke w/Cowboy FRIDAY ALL YOU CAN EAT BABY BACKSwith 2 sides $1399Live Music SUNDAY 4 PIECE FRIED CHICKEN DINNER $89915% CHURCH discount SATURDAY Slow roasted Prime Ribw/baked potato & salad$1900(Starting at 4pm)Live MusicNEW It’s great for private luncheons, birthday parties, family get-togethers or even a wedding. Come take a look and let us cater your next event.COME VISIT OUR PRIVATE ROOM Bull Pen THE FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MARCH 22ND & 23RDNashville recording artistWarren Silvers MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Mar. 22ND Thurs., Mar. 28THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues, Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “THE CROODS”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues, Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues, Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG PG-13 PG-13 8 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013 CES students plant garden Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Elementary School students Ella Bostwick, Hailey Rodgers, Marisa Willcuts, Braydon Crawford and Emanuel Baltazar were ready to plant vegetable seeds. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESOkeechobee Freshman Campus agriculture teacher Brian Dryden brought ninth grade students to Central Elementary School to help prepare a vegetable garden. Salvation Army offers rental assistanceThe Salvation Army Service Unit of Okeechobee is currently taking applications for Rental Assistance. Applications can be picked up at the Service Unit of ce, 1600 # B (New Horizons bidg.) S.W. Second Ave. Mondays and Tuesdays, between the hours of 10 a.m. 2:30 p.m. The Salvation Army has FPL (Florida Power and Light) funding available to assist quali ed consumers. Please call 1-863-763-6020 for guidelines and information, Mondays and Tuesdays, between the hours of 10 a.m. 2:30 p.m.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 9 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two men have been arrested by a detective with the state’s Division of Insurance Fraud for allegedly using bogus Social Security numbers to gain employment with a local business. Arrested Wednesday, March 20, were Silvestre Hipolito Eduardo and Miguel Angel GarciaMorales who were both working for Tree Locators, Inc., on U.S. 441 N. Both men were arrested on a felony charge of fraudulent use of Social Security numbers to obtain employment. Eduardo is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $3,500 bond. Garcia-Morales is being held on $2,500 bond. Arrest reports by Detective William Hill stated that Eduardo submitted employment documentation to the company on Jan. 15, 2009, that bore the fraudulent number. GarciaMorales submitted his false numbers on Oct. 1, 2009, added the report. The detective indicated that he checked with the Social Security Administration and learned that the Social Security numbers submitted by Eduardo and Garcia-Morales did not belong to them. Because of this information, Detective Hill said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed detainers on both men. Detective Hill went on to say that Alvin Boshell, the owner of Tree Locators, has been cooperating with him on the investigation. Men charged with using bogus SS numbers Miguel AngelGarcia-Morales Silvestre H. Eduardo By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News River Acres Homeowners President Richard Sweet honored the Okeechobee Sheriffs Citizen on Patrol Observer Program and Ofcer Jack Williamson, Saturday when he presented the veteran COP regular with an award for his many years of service to that community. Mr. Sweet said Williamson has done a w onderful job in his volunteer work, is very thorough in his work, and is an asset to the community. “He is so thorough. When people go back north in the summer months he comes out here and checks their homes and their garages. Our community will miss him,” he told the Okeechobee News. Mr. Sweet presented the award to Mr. Williamson and other members of the Sheriff’s Of ce including Sheriff Paul May and Under Sheriff Noel Stephen during a special event and barbecue. He also presented the COP program with a $200 donation. Each member of the COP was presented with a certi cate of appreciation. “Mr. Williamson was very surprised and very appreciative. We just wanted him to know that he is appreciated,” Sweet added. Jack Williamson honored by River Acres homeowners Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyWilliamson was recently honored by the River Acres. Left to right are Richard Sweet, Under Sheriff Noel Stephen, Sheriff Paul May, Jack Williamson and County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CANCER worrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS FAMILY MEDICINE Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: M-T 8-5 € F 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? Ankle Fractures • Foot Fractures Foot Ulcers • Venous Stasis Ulcers Leg Infections We Also Offer Testing for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) 235 NE 19 th Dr. Shariff & Dr. Roberts treat all forms of fractures & trauma of the foot & leg!Ph: (863) 657-4444 ORTHOPAEDICS Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein is Board Certi“ed by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeMost insurances and Medicare are accepted.Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441N, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! The hip joint is one of the bodys largest weight-bearing joints. Its a ball-and-socket joint. This helps the hip remain stable even during twisting and extreme ranges of motion. A healthy hip joint allows y ou to walk, squat, and turn without pain. The most common cause of chronic hip pain and disability is arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most common forms of this disease. Hip replacement surgery helps more than 200,000 Americans each y ear to relieve their hip pain, and get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities. Total hip replacement surgery almost always: € Stops or greatly reduces hip pain. Even the pain from surgery should go away within weeks. € Increases leg strength. Without Hip Replacement Surgery Helps Thousands Annuallyhip pain, youll be able to use your legs more. This will build up your muscles. € Improves quality of life by allowing you to do daily tasks and low-impact activities in greater comfort. € Provides years of easier movement. Most total hip replacements last for many years. Dont let hip pain keep you from what you enjoy doing. You may live for scenic walks, playing doubles with friends or swimming laps in the pool. Dont let hip pain stop you from moving! Get the treatment you need to comfortably move with ease. Dr. Benjamin Epstein, Board Certi“ ed Orthopaedic Surgeon with Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson explains My patients seeking relief from joint pain love having access to great orthopaedic care, right here in Okeechobee.Ž No more traveling great distances and inconveniencing yourself and others. The orthopaedic procedures you require are available in your very own community. If hip pain is keeping you from everyday activities and the weekend recreation you cannot live without, trust an experienced, Board Certi“ ed physician to help you love your joints again … sooner. 10 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! 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Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton 120 BEDSCaring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DENTAL SURGERY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th D O h 863-763-0217 Okeechobee Dental We Specialize In: 113 NW 19thHOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri. 9-5BilingualHealthy Kids863-261-8273 GYNECOLOGIST James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net 863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee The 2012 – 2013 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website 11 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013 arrest was threatened by the teen not to talk. Acevedo apparently told that victim he would kill the victim’s family if anyone was told about the incidents. That victim, stated the detective, ma y have been molested as many as four times by Acevedo. The detective’s report does not indicate if the most recent victims were threatened by the teen. TEENContinued From Page 1 She said Robert P. Koedem, of Okeechobee, was the operator of one of the boats. The other boat was operated by Bruce C. Craig, also of Okeechobee. Ms. Segelson said when the airboats collided, Mr. Koedem’s wife, Kandi, was thrown from her seat and hit her head. Her injury was not serious, added the FWC spokeswoman. Damages to the boats was estimated at $4,000 each. But Indiana native Robert Jones, a winter v isitor to the area, wasn’t as lucky. A report from the Martin County Sheriff’s Of ce (MCSO) stated that he suffered some broken ribs and bruises Wednesday evening, March 20, when he was thrown about by 3and 4-foot waves in his Cajun bass boat. The report stated that Mr. Jones and his 56-year-old son Michael were on the lake w hen their boat ran out of gas and began to take on water during a heavy rain storm. Apparently the men contacted the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce who then called the MCSO around 7:30 p.m. and asked for help in nding the stranded boaters. Michael reportedly told authorities it was dark and raining and he didn’t know his location. He added that his father couldn’t move due to his injuries. MCSO dispatcher Louise Richardson then made cell phone contact with the men and was able to coordinate a GPS location on the boat, which was determined to be in the Port Mayaca area. MCSO Deputy Sergeant John Perez, Deputy Buford Burke, Detective Joe Passanesi and Deputy Robert Calarco spotted the boat from a road. Then, without giving thought to their own safety, Sgt. Perez and Deputy Burke jumped into the lake and swam to the boat. They then grabbed the two men and pulled them to safety, stated the MCSO report. Even though Michael was not injured, both men were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach. Ms. Segelson said the bass boat eventually sank. LAKEContinued From Page 1 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Even though the movement to raise funds for a YMCA building in Okeechobee has zzled out because of lack of funds, that organization is still active in the area. The YMCA sponsors a School’s Out program at South Elementary School during times when school is out such as next week’s spring break. For the fourth year the YMCA will sponsor a summer camp at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. For further information on any of the YMCA programs, call either 863-484-0202 or 772-215-9780. YMCA active in Okeechobee New Federated Republican Women’s Club to meetThe Okeechobee County Federated Republican Women’s Club will meet Tuesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at Cowboy’s in the private dining room. We have a half hour “social hour” before we begin the meeting. For more information, please contact Josie WeeksElliott at 863-634-8474.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 $14,999 NOW JUSTMSRP $15,585SAVE$5862013 FORD FIESTA S#133032013 FORD FOCUS S#132502013 FORD FUSION S25 TO CHOOSE# 13553 SAVE$2,145SAVE$3,5962013 FORD ESCAPE SE25 TO CHOOSE#13419 $15,945NOW JUSTMSRP $18,090 SAVE$2,496$19,999NOW JUSTMSRP $22,495 $22,299NOW JUSTMSRP $25,895 $23,499NOW JUSTMSRP $28,965SAVE$5,4662013 FORD F-150 4x2STX REGULAR CAB#135592013 FORD F-150 4X260 TO CHOOSE #134302013 FORD EXPLORER#13570 SAVE$7,796SAVE$8,6362013 F-150 XLTSUPER CREW! 35 TO CHOOSE!#13452 $27,899NOW JUSTMSRP $35,695 SAVE$2,961$26,999NOW JUSTMSRP $29,960 $33,499NOW JUSTMSRP $42,135 2012 FORD FOCUS SE9 AVAILABLE STARTING AT2011 FORD EDGE 27K MI., LOCAL, FULLY LOADED! #13612AJUST$26,9992012 FORD EXPEDITION EL27K MI., REAR A/C, TONS OF ROOM! #P4634JUST$31,9992012 FORD FUSION SEL29K MI., LEATHER, LOADED! #R46602012 FORD FLEX LTD20K MI., 3 ROW, REAR A/C, LTHR #P4438JUST$26,999JUST$11,9992008 SCION XB59K MI., CLEAN, FULL POWER! #13511BJUST$11,9992011 FORD F-150 SPR CREW 41K MI., LARIAT, LOADED! #13675AJUST$29,4992012 FORD FUSION SE6K MI., 1 OWNER, LOCAL TRADE! #13715AJUST$19,999JUST$19,999JUST$10,9992012 FORD MUSTANG CONV.60K MI., AUTO, LEATHER, NICE! #R4656JUST$15,9992011 HYUNDAI ACCENT40K MI., AUTO, A/C! #P4592 JUST$11,9992006 FORD EXPEDITION E.B.113K MI., 7 PASS, REAR A/C #131776A JUST$19,9992009 FORD F-150 LARIAT 89K MI., LEATHER, LOADED! #12936A CERTIFIED! 2006 TOYOTA COROLLA53K MI.,AUTO, POWER WIN/LKS #P4583JUST$9,999JUST ARRIVED! 2006 CHRYSLER 300 TOURING 93K MI., LUXURY, PRICED RIGHT! #13648AJUST$9,999 2010 FORD RANGER SPRCAB XLT18K MI., AUTO, CLEAN! #13613AJUST$18,999 2009 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER47K MI., AUTO, 4CYL #13426B JUST$20,499 2013 FORD MUSTANG COUPE14K MI., AUTO, POWER WIN/LKS #P4652JUST$22,499 2010 FORD EXPEDITION 56K MI., LEATHER, REAR A/C #13560AJUST$22,999 2012 FORD F-150 SUPERCREW18K MI., XLT, 4X4, LOADED! #R4646JUST$30,999 2012 DODGE DURANGO RT1500 MILES, RED BEAUTY! #13060AJUST$33,999JUST ARRIVED! CERTIFIED! JUST ARRIVED! PRE-OWNED CLEARANCE! EVERYTHING MUST GO!APR AS LOW AS 1.9*% ON SELECT PRE-OWNED VEHICLES! SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. EASY AND CONVENIENT APPRAISALS! WELL BUY YOUR CAR, E VEN IF YOU DONT BUY OURS! 772.461.6000 CALL TOLL FREE OUTSIDE ST. LUCIE COUNTY 877-251-FORD (3673) Mon.…Fri. 8am…8pm | Sat. 9am…5pm | Se Habla Espao lSOME VEHICLE PHOTOS ARE APPROXIMATE LIKENESS TO THE IN STOCK INVENTORY. *1.9% APR FOR 36 MONTHS THROUGH FORD MOTOR CREDIT WAC PLUS TAX, TAG TITLE AND $289 DEALER FEE. PRICES MAY REQUIRE TRADE ASSIST AND INCLUDE ALL REBATES PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE AND $289 DEALER FEE. 5435 U.S. 1 SOUTH, FORT PIERCE (1/2 MILE SOUTH OF MIDWAY ROAD ON U.S. 1) YOUR INTERNET REPRESENTATIVE MARK GALLAGHER 4x4! CANNED GOODS DROP-OFF LOCATION TO BENEFIT SARAS KITCHEN 12 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013

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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 *. 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 SalesMoving Sale Saturday, March 23rd 8:00-12:00 1120 SE 23rd Street, Blue Heron CC,Okeechobee Bikes & shing equipment,portable pen for pet or child, small appliances,household,adult clothing. OKEECHOBEE 2025 SE 9th Ave, Blue Heron, March 22nd & 23rd., 8am-2pm. Different items: home, clothes, TV, toys, decoration, and more. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 YARD SALE Sat. 23rd, 8:00 till 2:30 311 SE 8th Street (Behind Suntrust Bank). Dresser, metal detector, video camera, shing poles & misc. Employment Full TimeCDL Class A DriversSoutheast Milk is seeking CDL Class A drivers *Must have a minimum of 2 years veri able experience Now offering a *SIGN ON BONUS* to new drivers hired through April Medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D, STD, LTD, 401KAccess www.southeastmilk.org to print a driver application or call 800-544-8429 for more information DFWP & EEO COUNSELOR Outpatient Substance Abuse counselor. Fulltime/part-time. Minimum Bachelors degree and previous outpatient experience required. CAP/CAC, MSW or LCSW preferred. Please fax resume and salary requirements to: 863-467-2477. MASSAGE THERAPISTLicensed Massage Therapist wanted for Chiropractic Of ce. Contact Missy at 763-2400 MILKER NEEDED For a large dairy farm. Experienced only need apply. Must be dependable. DFWP. Call 863-634-2271 for more information. 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 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. Business Opportunities Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS BUSY CONCESSION Stand/Restaurant for Lease at a local business. Weekends Only MUST have Restaurant experience. Please call (863) 634-5818 Newspaper Carriers Wanted call 863-467-1371 and leave Name and Phone number Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? ComputersIn need of computer repair? We can get rid of viruses, install software, hardware or restore your computer back to factory default. Free Estimate. (863)447-9499 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 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK Condo 2BR, 1BA, furnished, No pets or smoking. Pool. $750 mo. plus Elect. and deposit. Yearly Lease. Call 502-468-5976. Houses RentEverybody 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. Houses RentOKEE 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 STEP OUT YOUR BACK DOOR INTO YOUR BOAT. NICELY FURNISHED 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH BLOCK HOME LOCATED ON RIM CANAL. LONG OR SHORT TERM. (863)447-0742. 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 Land SaleNW 72nd Ave. Okeechobee 40 Acres vacant land. $80,000 Call 772-201-1115 Lots SaleFOR SALE 20.26 acres vacant land 12361 NE 120th Street, Okeechobee Parcel No.: 1-11-36-360010-00000-0030 $70,000 Owner nancing available Call: 863-763-3131 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Mobile Home Rent2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, central air, Fully furnished $500 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 BRING YOUR FISHING POLES. NICELY FURNISHED DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME IN TAYLOR CREEK ISLES. 2 BEDROOM 2 BATH WASHER DRYER LONG OR SHORT TERM WITH OR WITHOUT UTILITIES. (863)447-0742. Oasis Village 55+ Community Doublewide 2bd/2ba, Fully furnished carport and shed Available May 1st $700/mo 1st, last and security deposit. Call 863-763-3051 Mobile HomeSale1bd/1ba with Florida room and carport located in Blue Cypress $25,000 o.b.o. Call Bruce or Jackie 863-824-0269 2000 Homes of Merritt 40ft Park Model, wide street,corner lot,new a/c, roof and tile oors. Very Nice, located in Ancient Oaks Par k $65,000 Call 863-357-6530 55+ 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 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 13 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013

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Mobile HomeSaleFOR 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 Boats2006 Sunchaser 820 20’ Pontoon boat, 2007 Yamaha 50hp, sh nder, livewell, shing chairs and trailer $8,500.00/neg (610)413-8476 CREST 2009 PONTOON & TRAILER 16FT, BIMINI TOP, POWER ANCHORS, DEPTH FINDER, LIVE WELL, RADIO, YAMAHA 25HP MOTOR $9,000 FIRM CALL 812-350-4664 FOR 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/RVs 2011 Heartland BIG COUNTRY 38’ 5th wheel, 4 slides, replace, central vaccuum, kitchen island, lots of storage, like new, used less than one month, Motivated seller. Wife passed away. $40,000.00 (815)535-3850 32ft Pace Arrow, mint condition, $10,000 or best offer. Call for more information. 863-763-6529 Truck Camper 8ft, Slide in, pop-up, frig., stove, queen bed. Like new condition. $3,500 call 863-467-1308 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Fifth Wheels2002 Alunascape 32ft 5th Wheel, with 2 slides, good condition. $12,000 Call 863-697-3422 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 AutomobilesToyota Sienna LE ‘99, very good cond. One owner. Asking $2400. Call 863-763-7404. Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Utility TrailersCar hauler 2011 Suretrac open car hauler, used once, paid $5500, like new sell $2,300.00/or best offer. (954)214-6903. PUBLIC NOTICE On March 4, 2013, Okeechobee County Emergency Services led an application for Antenna Site Registration with the Federal Communications Commission, for the purpose of registering a radio tower. The location of the proposed tower is 27-14-53.55N Latitude, 80-50-13.66W Longitude, also known as 707 NW 6th Street, Okeechobee, FL 74972. This application will be available for public comment on or before March 4, 2013 for a 30 day comment period. Members of the public may submit requests for further environmental review if they believe that a proposed tower or tower modi cation may have a signi cant impact on the environment. Instructions for viewing applications that are on notice and for submitting Environmental Requests are available on the FCC’s website at https://wireless2.fcc.gov/ASR/service/nationlNoticeReport.faces. These requests can be led online using the FCC Pleadings system. 439312 ON 3/22,24,27/2013 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on APRIL 5, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1957 CHEVY 4 DOOR VIN #B57A218525 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 439339 ON 3/22/2013 Public Notice Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 9:00 a.m in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 438147 ON 3/22/2013 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 2013CA000040 PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, VS. MARIA JOYCE LEGEREIT, ET AL, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION To: Maria Joyce Legereit Last Known Address: 3250 US Highway 441 S, Okeechobee, FL 34974-6239 Current Address: Unknown ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: LOT 238, TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT 6, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 57, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO, DESCRIBED AS: A 2004 SINGLEWIDE MOBILE HOME BEARING IDENTIFICATION NUMBER FLHMBCS162449833 AND TITLE NUMBER 0089013041 A/K/A 3501 SE 28th St, Okeechobee, FL 34974-6679 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Albertelli Law, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623, and le the original with this Court within 30 days from rst publication service on Plaintiff’s attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on this 11th day of March, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 CCD 013993F01 **See the Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711 438797 ON 3/15,22/2013 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2009 CA 000514 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, VS. MISLEYDYS EXPOSITO, et al Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO: MISLEYDYS EXPOSITO and MARIO L. GONZALEZ RESIDENT: Unknown LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 12751 NE 22ND AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972-4813 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property located in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: Lot 5, Block 5, COUNTRY HILLS ESTATES, according to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 97, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy to your written defenses, if any, to this action on Phelan Hallinan, PLC, attorneys for plaintiff, whose address is 2727 West Cypress Creek Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309, and le the original with the Clerk of the Court, within 30 days after the rst publication of this notice, otherwise a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News. DATED: 3/11/2013 SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk of the Court Phelan Hallinan, PLC 2727 West Cypress Creek Road Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Movant counsel certi es that a bona de effort to resolve this matter on the motion noticed has been made or that, because of time consideration, such effort has not yet been made but will be made prior to the scheduled hearing. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Site 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled 14 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Religious ritual 5 Bell sound 9 Like freshly washed hair 13 Skip 14 Used cars 15 Jacobs twin 16 Makes an offer more desirable 19 Entertain at ones loft 20 Big rig 21 Lookers 22 Org. that provides handicaps 24 They appear before U 27 Hopelessly ruined 31 Digital comm. method? 34 Santa __ winds 35 Dumbbell 36 Stock traders goal 41 Former country on its own peninsula 42 Little piggy, so to speak 43 Govt. 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Burnikel (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 06/22/11 06/22/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com con appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por to menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti caciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparky pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou parit nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 438796 ON 3/15,22/2013 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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. 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 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. 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 Beautiful 3/2/1 Waterfront Home Berger Real Estate Philip Y. Berger, Lic. RE Broker graciemorton06@gmail.comGRACIE MORTON863.634.5283“Turning Your Dreams into an Address” and Rental MH. Live in Main House, Rent out MH! Lg Enclosed Patio Area w/Inground Pool, Commercial BBQ Grill and Full Kitchen. Great for Entertaining. Boat Cover, 2 Storage Sheds & 2 Walk Out Decks. $299,000 TREASURE ISLAND ~ Fabulous Waterfront 3 Bd/2 Ba home. 1296 SF Under Air, 1616 SF TLA. Exquisitely furnished (furniture negotiable) home with a back deck made for entertaining. Hurricane shutters, circle drive, fenced yard, storage shed, seawall, dock. $79,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 15 Okeechobee News March 22, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Yasmine Queen and Bethany Higgins returned rst half interceptions for touchdowns and a third interception led to another Martin County score as the Tigers defeated Okeechobee 21-7 in girls ag football action Tuesday night at Brahman Stadium. Queen returned a rst quarter pass 25 y ards for a touchdown. Higgins stepped in front of a receiver and returned that interception 23 yards to build a (14-0) rst half lead. Higgins grabbed a third interception late in the rst half that led to a short 12-yard drive and a one-yard run by Kaylean Green. Higgins and McKenna Knite caught extra points as the Tigers built a 21-0 lead. Okeechobee responded well in the second half as quarterback Kyla Hargraves found Baylee Farless on a 65-yard scoring play in the third quarter. Farless added the extra point to pull OHS to within 21-7. OHS stayed in the game after a long Martin County drive when Brooke Snyder intercepted a pass near the goal line late in the third quarter. OHS had one more red zone opportunity in the fourth quarter but four passes fell incomplete. The game was delayed about 20 minutes in the fourth quarter due to a player injury. Farless caught seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Maci Thomas caught four passes for 48 yards. Makayla Root added two receptions for 10 yards. Sha'Dajia Williams had 15 yards rushing and one reception for six yards. The defense was led by Tiffany Bowers, Kailey Hoover, Destiny Nunez and Kelsie Chartier who had ve ags. The freshman Brahmans lost to Martin County 14-0 and the junior varsity fell 7-0 to the Tigers. Payton Byrd had an interception for the junior varsity. Jessica Mond was stopped just short of the goal line before half time. OHS ag football team falls to Martin County Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySha’Dajia Williams had several strong runs for the Brahman ag football team on Tuesday night. OHS fell to Martin County 21-7.

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