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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 04-05-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, April 5, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 41 13.74 feetLast Year: 12.26 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. F u t u r e o f d r i v e r s Future of drivers l i c e n s e o f c e license of ce s t i l l u n c e r t a i n still uncertain ... Page 3 Area students compete at regional science fair ... Page 5 Crawford is pitcher of the week ... Page 16 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News People coming into Okeechobee will soon get a better rst impression of the city thanks to improved landscaping. At their meeting on Tuesday evening, April 2, the Okeechobee City Council approved a matching funds grant from the Florida Department of Transportation that had been applied for by Okeechobee Main Street. The $100,000 grant has a matching component of $17,000 and will be used for landscaping the medians on U.S. 441 and S.R. 70 within the city limits. The grant requires that the project be completed by June 30, 2014. Turning to other action, the council approved change order number 2 in the amount of $3,433 for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) housing project. This change order was necessary in order to install gutters and French drains to prevent ooding. As a bookkeeping function the council amended accounting procedures for the CDBG program to include an economic grant fund. The council reappointed Terry Burroughs, Phil Baughman and Doug McCoy to the planning board/board of adjustments and appeals City plans to beautify medians Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tim Donovan/FWCBiologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) released a male Florida panther Wednesday night at the Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area. The release site is along the borders of Palm Beach, Broward and Hendry counties. The panther was rescued as a 5-month-old kitten after its mother was found dead. It was raised at the White Oak Conservation Center. For more on the story, see page 11. R e s c u e d p a n t h e r r e t u r n s t o t h e w i l d Rescued panther returns to the wildSee CITY — Page 11 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News According to a report by an Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force detective, a local woman was arrested while she was in the process of illegally selling prescription medications. Ladonna Marie Hopewell, 25, N.W. Sixth St., was arrested Wednesday, April 3, on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (dilaudid) with intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) with intent to sell. She was also charged with the misdemeanor of possession of a prescription outside its prescribed container. Hopewell is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $11,000 bond. The detective's arrest report stated tha t task force members watched as two vehicles pulled into the parking lot of a S.R. 78 W. business around 4:47 p.m. Wednesday. They reportedly watched as an individual Local woman accused of selling pillsSee PILLS — Page 11 Ladonna Hopewell

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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! MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Apr. 5TH Thurs., Apr. 11THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “TYLER PERRY’S TEMPTATION”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “ THE CROODS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “GI JOE: RETALIATION”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 PG 2 Okeechobee News April 5, 2013 FORT PIERCE—Indian River State College w ill hold an information session for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) on Tuesday, April 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. The Veterans Showcase event is especially targeted for unemployed veterans with an honorable discharge, ages 35 to 60, who would like to continue their education through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs VRAP program. The program provides nancial support for eligible veterans who attend college full-time for a year as part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Other veterans may attend the IRSC event to obtain general information about the college’s programs throughout the Treasure Coast. Attendees will learn how to apply for bene ts and register for classes. Information will be provided on IRSC programs in computer science, electronics, criminal justice, business, air conditioning, commercial driving, cosmetology and more. Representatives from veteran’s organizations will also be available to provide in-depth information and answer questions. The VRAP Showcase will be held in the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies at the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. The Kight Center is located on the 35th Street side of the Main Campus. IRSC branch campuses are located in Vero Beach, Stuart, Port St. Lucie and Okeechobee. For more information, call 1-866-7924772. IRSC hosts information session for veterans Special to the Okeechobee News/ IRSCNavy veteran Patrick Griffen is assisted with his college registration by IRSC counselor Terry Valencia. Veterans are invited to a Veterans Retraining Assistance Program Information Session on Tuesday, April 23, for unemployed veterans with an honorable discharge wanting to continue their education. Today: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers in the morning, then partly cloud y with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 81F. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.6 in. possible. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low of 57F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mphExtended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy. High of 79F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Fog overnight. Lo w of 57F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph Sunday: Overcast. Fog early. High of 82F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Fog overnight. Low o f 59F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Monday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 81F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Monday Night: Overcast. Fog overnight. Low of 61F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis Guest SpeakerCarolyn Moses, the Program Director for Healthy Families, spoke recently to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee’s weekly meeting. As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Ms. Moses structured her presentation around Healthy Families Child Abuse Prevention Program. Healthy Families is a home visiting program proven to prevent child abuse and neglect in Florida’s highestrisk families by promoting healthy child development and increasing family stability and self -suf ciency through parenting classes and other methods. Services are tailored to meet the needs of families. Families receive weekly home visits that decrease in frequency as families make progress in providing safe, stable and nurturing environments for their children. Child abuse reports have been trending upward over the past four years in Okeechobee. In 2009-2010 there were 217 reports of child abuse in Okeechobee, 114 of those victims were under the age of ve. That number increased to 295 in 2010-2011 with 135 of that number under the age of ve. In 2011-2012 there were 313 reported cases of child abuse with 156 being under the age of ve. FORT PIERCE—Patriot Productions, LLC, announces Grammy winning country superstar Gretchen Wilson will headline “Gone Country 2013,” an all-day country music festival featuring an all-female lineup and bene ting the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation. Gretchen Wilson, featured recently on NBC’s TODAY show, where she performed her new hit single “Still Rolling,” is poised for a major comeback, with three record album releases in 2013. Her performance at Gone Country 2013 at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds in Ft. Pierce on April 20 will be her exclusive Florida stop on her current world tour, which will nish at the Staad Music Festival in Switzerland in September. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $19 at the gate for ages 13 and older. Under age 13 is FREE. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gonecountry.com or at any Cowboys BBQ & Steak Co. location (Ft. Pierce, Stuart & Okeechobee) and Eli’s Western Wear in Okeechobee. Gates open at noon and the event ends at 11 p.m. Camping is available on the concert grounds for tents and RVs and can be purchased on the concert website. For further information, please email Michael Strickland at patriotshows@gmail.com or phone 772-321-9499. Gretchen Wilson at bene t concert

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Where will Okeechobee County residents have to go in 2014 to obtain a drivers license? That is a big undecided question. The state plans to close its drivers license of ce in Okeechobee on Jan. 11, 2014. At that point issuing drivers licenses would be the responsibility of the Okeechobee County Tax Collector. The ball is in the Okeechobee County Commissioners' court. At their last meeting on March 28, commissioners discussed at length, but took no action on settling the issue. County attorney John Cassels said the rst thing to be decided is whether or not to build a new building to house the tax collector. Then he said other options could be discussed. However, since Commissioner Bryant Culpepper's motion not to proceed with a new building died for a lack of a second, that option is still a possibility. The county already paid $116,000 for plans and construction documents for a new building. The economic council has gone on record as being against a new building. If a new building is built for the property appraiser and tax collector, the Alderman Building could be used for the building and planning department. A second option is to build a 3,000 square foot building for just the drivers license of ce at an estimated cost of $450,000. The site of this proposed building would be adjacent to or attached to the Alderman Building. A third option is to issue drivers licenses at the health department building. Donnie Oden, the county's capital projects manager, estimated that the cost of remodelling that building to accommodate drivers' licenses would cost approximately $100,000. The fourth option, keeping the drivers license of ce at its present location on U.S. 441 S.E. seems to be out of the question. At the March 28 meeting, Tax Collector Celeste Watford reported to commissioners that even though the state's lease on that building extended into 2015, the state would not allow the county to use the remaining time on the lease. A fth possibility on the table is to lease an existing building. Commissioners have expressed little interest in the sixth option, a mobile unit. The economic council has also gone on record against this option. The last option is that the county not provide drivers license services. That option is opposed by the economic council. At their March 28 meeting, commissioners brought up the fact that senior services needs a larger space with additional parking spaces. That agency could possibly be housed in the health department building or a new building or the Alderman Building. A drivers license of ce would handle issuance, renewal and replacement of drivers licenses. It would also handle reinstatements of licenses, medical exams, administer knowledge and driving tests, issue ID cards and do ngerprinting for HAZMAT licenses. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE 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 3 Okeechobee News A pril 5, 2013 Commissioners study options for drivers license of ce Special to the Okeechobee NewsWaiting for the signal to start hunting eggsThe Easter party held at the Okeechobee Moose on Easter Sunday was a great success with 30 happy children hunting eggs and eating hotdogs.

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Gang violence All of this gun violence on the news, especially with the young people with the gang shootings, seems to be linked to a s ocietal problem of young men growing up without their fathers. Boys need their fat hers. A grandfather or stepfather can step in and take over that role, but it is time that w e recognize the fact that our current society in which so many children grow up in s ingle parent homes is not the best situation for the children. We need to put the welfare of the children rst. Everyone should put off having babies until they are in a committed relationship and can provide a good home for the kids. Kids need both parents involved in their lives. Kids get involved in gangs bec ause there is something missing at home.Statistics In the bankrupt city of Stockton, Calif., 4 1 percent don’t speak English at home; 21 percent can’t speak it very well. God bless A merica.Turn signal Years ago when I suggested my ex-husband should use his turn signal, he said if people watch him they will know where he is going. One of the three funny guys said, “you can’t x stupid.”  I have seen more than once drivers who use them continuously while they are going straight ahead for miles at a time.  Is this a standard feature or an option? Sort of gured it must be an option that many a folk didn’t obtain including many a law enforcement of cer.  Hand signals anyone? I think because we all like to use our traf c nger from time to time that we can just expand upon it.  Maybe the driver’s license of ce could make sure that during the new driver test they unk anyone who fails to properly signal? Still, I think most people do know they are supposed to signal. Have you ever watched how people drive when there is a marked cop car around? They just get lazy when they think they won’t get caught. Safe driving saves lives—which can include the driver’s own life. So have a little consideration folks!Young Kim Jong-un It seems to me that the majority of the media emphasize the “young” when referring to Kim Jong. He is about thirty years old. My best guess is that they, the media, realized who a lot of the “young” in this country voted for and fear a problem. Kiwanis Easter breakfast a successThe Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee just had their 41st Easter Pancake breakfast and it was a great success! We served 487 plates. Thank you to all who came to enjoy a great breakfast. The proceeds from the event go to the Kiwanis OHS Scholarship fund. Without your support we would not be able to so generously give to the students of Okeechobee. I would like to thank Red Larson, Larson Dairy, for supplying the delicious sausage. Thanks to Wolff Brothers Grove for donating the oranges, Michal Hazellief for picking them and Hazellief Grove for juicing them. Thanks to Dana Tindall, Propane Manager for Florida Public Utilities for providing the propane gas for the grills. Thanks to the Kiwanis Key Club for providing fteen students from the club to help serve. Thanks to Jim McCoin owner of Cowboys Restaurant for allowing us to use the restaurant. Their new location was more spacious. Thanks to Tom Conway of Bass Funeral for allowing us to store all our grills and supplies in his garage for the year. Thanks to the First United Methodist Church for letting us have a satellite location, Greg Thogersen of Atlantic Wealth Management Group for our radio ads and Glades Media for their promotion on the radio. Thanks to the 30 plus volunteers who worked the event. Without them it wouldn’t happen! They sacri ced their time with their families on Easter morning. It is appreciated and we look forward to our 42nd year! Maureen Burroughs Pancake Breakfast Coordinator Kiwanis Club of OkeechobeeSomething’s all wet hereLake Okeechobee? Bad. A bad lake. It dumps water where it shouldn‘t. That‘s all you hear. Yeah; it sure is bad. But wait! Maybe it’s not bad at all. That is, the lake itself. It’s big, it’s full, it’s got a catchy name. That sounds pretty good. So what’s bad about it? All the fuss seems to focus on what’s in it. What can be in the lake? Any lake? The regular stuff water is made-up of—hydrogen, oxygen, sh and whatever i t picks up along the way. All you hear is that what it picks up is no t too good. Fertilizer. That seems to get mos t of the blame. Other stuff too: dirt, old tires and leaves. They get some attention. Bu t nowhere near fertilizer. That seeps into th e lake through some natural process. Sham e on you, Okeechobee. How could you le t that happen? Bad. Fertilizer bad. Hold it! There’s a puzzle here. Fertilize r is actually good. Good for crops-vegetables, fruit, grass—anything that needs to be grown from the ground. Most of which we eat. Food on the table. Even people who don‘t like fertilizers the environmental saviours like food. They like to eat. Well, maybe they don’t lik e to eat. It’s hard to tell what they like. But the y must eat. Survival. Yet, they blame fertilizer. These same people like to play golf on nice greens; they like nice shrubs, plants and lawns around their house. All the things tha t fertilizer helps to keep nice. Still “Let’s soc k it to Fertilizer!” “It ruins the health of the waterways,” th e St. Lucie River, the Caloosahatchie, the Indian River each a spiritual entity; placed in another dimension as an “estuary.” They Loo k like rivers. They’re not. They‘re “estuaries.” Please bow or kneel in reverence. That bad stuff from Lake Okeechobe e kills things in the “estuaries.” Sacred things like sea grass, anthropoids and everything in sight. Rather, everything out of sight unde r the water. And there’s no doubt that fertilize r from the lake sneaked around and killed a sea turtle or two. Unforgivable. That’s killing the Deity. The ultimate sacrilege. So. Let’s stop the fertilizer! Ban it. Get th e Fertilizer Police out. Arrest Lake Okeechobee. Stop food. Stop the process that keeps humans alive. Let them perish. But don’ t touch the “estuaries.” You could hit a blad e of sea grass and kill it. What punishment can possibly atone for that? Only one. The one already in existenc e ... life-sentence without parole for Lak e Okeechobee. Gus Macerino April 5, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! In the Friday, March 29, edition of the Okeechobee News, the information under the page one photo, captioned “Commissioners receive children’s butter y,” contained an error. The woman in the photo was incorrectly identi ed as Loretta Troth. The photo was actually o f Pat Hickman. The newspaper regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused. Correction Thank you from Okeechobee Achievement AcademyOkeechobee Achievement Academy would like to thank the FOP #69 for their generous support and donations of the OAA Paws reward program. We couldn’t do any of this without your support. Thank you from all of the students and staff at OAA. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OAA

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Special to the Okeechobee News The Heartland Regional Science and Engineering Fair represented the six-county region on March 26-28 at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair at the Lakeland Center. This competition is the largest academic competition in the State of Florida, and one of the largest scienti c competitions for K-12 in the southeastern United States. Over 900 students participated from around the State of Florida, including 24 from the Heartland Region. The competition lasted for three days. On Tuesday, the students set up their projects after passing through a second round of the state Scienti c Review Committee and the Display and Safety committee. These two committees inspect all of the projects on site and have the potential to disqualify any student-researcher if their research or display is found to violate the rules of the International Science and Engineering Fair. All students passed through these committees with ease, and their projects were certi ed on the oor of the fair. They then attended the opening ceremonies, where they heard speeches by students from the J.A.S.O.N. Colloquium, w ere addressed by the Fair Director Ms. Nancy Besley, and the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists Chairman of the Board Mr. Bill Herschleb. Each region was then recognized during the presentation. Wednesday was the day of judging. Over 150 scientists from around the State of Florida were present to interview the studentresearchers. This three-round event takes up most of the day, with a short break for lunch. Among the many questions, students are asked about their inspiration for their projects and their knowledge of the scienti c method. During judging, a State Science Fair rst occurred when Governor Rick Scott toured the oor. In the 56-year history of the State Fair, never has the Governor visited. Governor Scott spent several hours touring the oor speaking to many students, and stopped to give an impromptu press conference with two of the participants. After the judging had nished, the students were taken to the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa to decompress at the annual mixer event. The students were treated to plenty of food, a DJ, a Ropes course, and several other activities. The nal event was the Awards Ceremony in the Lakeland Center Arena. This highly-attended event recognized all of the students, and presented both special awards and place awards. The Heartland Region did quite well this year. Of the 24 students attending, 14 received an award of some kind, 9 of which were place awards. Four Okeechobee students received awards. Delaenam Akahoho of Yearling Middle School at the Junior level was awarded a $25 cash award from the Hernando Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Glenn W. Jarriel of Okeechobee High School received a Recognition Award (6th place out of 27 participants in the Senior Behavioral an Social Sciences category), and $75 gift certi cate and Medallion from the United States Navy Science Awards, Of ce of Naval Research. Ryan Daniel of Okeechobee Freshman Campus received an Honorable Mention (5th place out of 22 participants) in the Senior Chemistry category. Aubrie Reister of the Okeechobee Freshman Campus received Honorable Mention (5th place out of 41 participants) in the Senior Medicine and Health category. A special thanks to the students that participated in the Science Fair, the volunteer staff of the Heartland Regional Science and Engineering Fair, the school boards of the counties in the region (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee) and their superintendents, South Florida State College for hosting the Regional Fair, and the many people and businesses that have donated their time and/or money to help make this fair a success. Because of you, we are only going to get better. 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 EPISCOPAL BAPTIST 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 Many newspaper owners have a hidden agendaŽ „ whether it is political, economic or to promote the publishers cronies. Not us. Were owned by a unique non-profit journalistic trust. Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and understanding citizens need to make intelligent decisions about public issues. In doing so, we strive to report the news with honesty, accuracy, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News A pril 5, 2013 Students compete at regional Science Fair Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Heartland Region did quite well this year. Of the 24 students attending, 14 received an award of some kind, 9 of which were place awards. Four Okeechobee students received awards.

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Eagles offering dinnersCypress Hut Eagles will serve choice rib eye steak dinner, shrimp, or sh, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5. Music by Sax on the Beach. On Saturday, April 6, there is a Birthday Bash at 5 p.m. with music by Jimmy and Debbie Harper, serving barbecue ribs. A dart tournament will be on Tuesday, April 7, 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, and the rest go to the community and national charity funds. For more information, please call 863-467-1154.Eagles North plan eventsEagles North, at 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have steak night on Friday, April 5 from 5:30 9 p.m. then music by Rick and Julie. On Saturday, April 6, card bingo is at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, April 7, there will be a great big breakfast from 9 11 a.m. Breakfast proceeds go to the auxiliary. They will have Bingo on Tuesday, April 9, at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, April 10, Bingo is at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the FOE 4137.Family bowling night plannedOn Friday, April 5 a family fun bowling night from 510 p.m. will be held with music, food and prizes. The event will bene t the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. For information contact: Thomas Barber at 863-532-0137: Yvonne Morgan at 863-6971322; or, Frank DeCarlo at 863-634-1595.DAR will meet April 6The last meeting of the 2012-2013 season for the Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. at the Okeechobee County Library. New of cers will be installed and the program will be provided by Habitat for Humanity. All members and potential members are invited to attend.WSI class being offeredWater Safety Instructor (WSI) class will be held at a cost of $100 per person. This instructor training class is held through the American Red Cross, to teach others to swim. You must be 17 years old and have the ability to swim different strokes. April 5 will be the deadline for all classes. Classroom instruction starts on Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. at 323 N. Parrott Ave. Saturday, April 13, at the Okeechobee Sports Complex Pool. Call Shellie at the Sports Complex, 863-467-7667, then leave your name and number as a participant.Lifeguard class is April 5Lifeguard Class (LG) will be held at a cost of $200 per person, beginning Monday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at 323 N. Parrott Ave. April 5 will be the deadline for all classes. The purpose of this course is to provide entry-level lifeguards with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies until EMS personnel take over. Course runs April 15-18. Water classes will be discussed the rst night. Call Shellie at the Okeechobee Sports Complex, at 863-467-7667, leave your name and number as a participant.Yard sale helps Relay for LifeOn Saturday, April 6, there will be a huge Relay for Life yard sale at the Okeechobee Holiday Inn Express, U.S. 441 S., from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will bene t the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The cost of a space is $10. You should bring your own tables. For information contact: Thomas Barber at 863-532-0137; Yvonne Morgan at 863-697-1322; or, Frank DeCarlo at 863-6341595.Ministry hosting bike rideHope Ministry Centers will host a bike/ walk on Saturday, April 6, starting at 7 a.m. For information call 863-357-1319; or, e-mail to Hopeministryc@aol.com.AMVETS to host picnicThe AMVETS District 8 annual picnic will be held Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. at the AMVETS Post #2001, 29012 S.R. 78 W., in Buckhead Ridge. We will have a smoked hog roast with corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, cucumber and tomato salad, rolls, hamburgers, hot dogs and lots of desserts for a donation of $9. There will also be a 50/50, and our drawing for the 10.1" Samsung Tablet. Entertainment will be by Mike's Music Melodies. The event will bene t veterans charities in our district. Call 863-467-2882 with for information.Auxiliary planning yard saleThe Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post #4423 at 300 N.W. 34th St. will hold a yard sale on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. The Men's Auxiliary will have hamburgers and hotdogs for a small donation. Donations will bene t veterans programs. For information contact the Post at 863-763-0818.OCA Fun Shoot scheduledOn Saturday, April 6 the Okeechobee Christian Academy will host a Fun Shoot. Registration will start at 8 a.m. The last shooter must take the course by 10 a.m. Barbecue lunch tickets are available for $15. Sponsorships are available. The event will be held at the OK Corral Gun Club, 6341 N.E. 96th Ave. Call 863-634-2276, or e-mail karson@strato. net for details.Moonlight links tourney setThe Moonlight Golf Tourney is a ninehole 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 will be at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the band boosters of Okeechobee County. To register your team contact: Robert Orr at 863-634-1381; or, Steve Dobbs at 863-643-0194.Softball tourney slatedThe fourth annual Men's Softball Tournament to bene t the Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship will be held Saturday, April 6, at the adult softball elds starting at 8 a.m. Registration is $250 and can be paid at the eld. Bring your own balls. Donations can be made directly to the Okeechobee Education Foundation. For information contact: Kim Hilliard at 863-634-4553; or, Jill Rogers at 863-634-0870.Church hosting concertThe Trust Quartet singing Gaither-styl e songs in four-part harmony are scheduled t o perform in concert on Sunday, April 7, at 11 a.m. at the Community Church of Basinger 19836 U.S. 98 N. A barbecue dinner will b e held with a bounce house for the kids. All o f the community is invited.American Legion hosts bingoAmerican Legion 64 will again host Sun day night bingo beginning April 7, at 6:3 0 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Pay offs will be determined by player attendance Proceeds will bene t the American Legio n veterans programs. The event is open to th e public.Retired educators to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators Asso ciation will meet Monday, April 8 at 11 a.m in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's. An y retired educator is invited. As a reminder t o membersdon't forget that dues are com ing due and bring your donation for End th e Hunger,' if you wish to participate.Shrine Club offers dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S. W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tues day, April 9 from 4 7 p.m. Reservation s are not required. The club offers smoke-fre e dinning. For your listening and dancing plea sure, music is provided from 5 8 p.m. Th e dinner is available for a $6 donation. Pro ceeds bene t Shrine charities. For informa tion on club activities contact: Kip Gardne r at 863-357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863 763-9200; or, the club at 863-763-3378. 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! 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Come see for yourself!Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more! CANCER worrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS FAMILY MEDICINE Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: M-T 8-5 € F 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com PODIATRIST DID YOU KNOW... HERE AT FLORIDA FOOT SPECIALIST WE TREAT THE FOLLOWING? Ankle Fractures • Foot Fractures Foot Ulcers • Venous Stasis Ulcers Leg Infections We Also Offer Testing for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) 235 NE 19 th Dr. Shariff & Dr. Roberts treat all forms of fractures & trauma of the foot & leg!Ph: (863) 657-4444 ORTHOPAEDICS Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein is Board Certi“ed by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: Replacements & Sports Medicine Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeMost insurances and Medicare are accepted.Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441N, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! Many Americans are so busy w orking and taking care of their families that when an injury or illness occurs they may not have a trusted healthcare partner to Many Americans are without a primary care physician turn to. Make time for your health by beginning a relationship with a Primary Care Physician. It isnt expensive or time consuming, but having an existing relationship with a trusted medical professional will be a comfort to you and your family when you experience an unexpected medical issue Raulerson Primary Care is a conveniently located Family Medicine Practice right here in Okeechobee. Raulerson Primary Care accepts new patients of all ages and the staff members are ” uent in Spanish. The provider, Dr. Jose Villarreal, is Board certi“ ed by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Primary Care Physicians like Dr. Villarreal not only treat patients medical conditions, provide sports physicals, and refer patients to a specialist if necessary; they also perform another important service, which is preventative healthcare. Whether you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or are in good physical health, consider scheduling an annual wellness visit with a primary care provider, like Dr. Jose Villarreal. The staff at Raulerson Primary Care are ready to meet you and your family and be your trusted source for primary care. 9 Okeechobee News A pril 5, 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! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon HEALTHCARE 120 BEDSSkilled Long & Short Term Care Facility • Specialized Wound Care • Full Time Medical Director • Dialysis Support • Alzheimer’s Support Group • Intravenous Therapy • Resident & Family Council Groups • Specialized HIV Care • Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy • 24 hour Registered Nurse • Therapeutic Activities561-924-5561 Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Caring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DENTAL SURGERY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Okeechobee Dental We Specialize In:• Root Canals • Dental Implants • Laser Periodental Therapy • Oral Surgery & Teeth ExtractionsIV & Oral Sedation Available113 NW 19th Drive • OkeechobeeHOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri. 9-5BilingualHealthy Kids863-261-8273 Surgery Specialists GYNECOLOGIST James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net 863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee The 2012 – 2013 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website 10 Okeechobee News April 5, 2013 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaNational Service Recognition DayAt the Tuesday, April 2, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council Mayor James Kirk proclaimed April 8 to be National Service Recognition Day. Wanda Klesper, Okeechobee program director for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and her advisory council were honored for their service. Pictured left to right are: Greg Thorgersen, Marilyn Hadley, Frank Irby, Ms. Klesper, Mayor Kirk, Brian Sell, Tim Fulford and Ken Keller. The objective of RSVP, according to Ms. Hadley, is to go out in the community and nd needs and nd volunteers 55 and older to ll those needs. Some of the activities of RSVP include mentoring in the schools, volunteering in food banks and visiting home-bound veterans and seniors and taking them to doctor's appointments. Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaAppreciation for community serviceAt the Tuesday, April 2, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Mayor James Kirk (right) presented Judy Douglas with a Certi cate of Appreciation for serving on the city code enforcement board from Aug. 18, 2008, to March 1, 2013.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News A pril 5, 2013 w ith terms from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2016. Jim Pippin and Melissa Close were reappointed to the code enforcement board w ith terms from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2016. Louise Conrad was moved from alternate member to regular member of the code enforcement board with a term from April 3, 2013 to April 30, 2014. Mayor James Kirk proclaimed the month of April to be Fair Housing Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month in the city. He also proclaimed April 17 to be Military Family and Community Covenant Day. CITYContinued From Page 1 Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) released a male Florida panther Wednesday night at the Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area. The release site is along the borders of Palm Beach, Broward and Hendry counties. “We chose this location because it is part of the species’ known range, and it should provide ample undeveloped area for the panther to acclimate into the wild,” said Darrell Land, FWC panther team leader. The FWC rescued the panther and its sister as 5-month-old kittens in September 2011 in northern Collier County after their mother was found dead. The animals were then taken to the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, where they were subsequently raised. The panther siblings are now nearly 2 years old. “These panthers most likely would not have survived without our intervention and the subsequent support of White Oak staff,” said Land. The female panther was successfully released in February in Collier County. Through post-release monitoring, biologists have observed her adapting well and behaving as typical wild female panthers do. FWC biologists have determined the male panther is healthy and has grown to a size that should prepare him for life in the wild. However, young male panthers must be on their guard to avoid adult male panthers. “We are pleased with the progress of the female since her release,” said Land. “Young males face the additional survival challenge of potential confrontations with older males, but we believe our choice of a release site will minimize the risk of such encounters.” Both releases were coordinated in consultation with partners from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. An estimated 100 to 160 adult and subadult endangered panthers remain in south Florida. Florida residents can support conservation efforts like the rescue and rehabilitation of these panthers by purchasing a panther license plate. Fees from license plate sales are the primary funding source for the FWC’s research and management of Florida panthers. “The rescue, rehabilitation and release of these panthers were made possible by these license plate funds,” said Land. To report dead or injured panthers, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404FWCC (3922) or #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone. For more information on Florid a panthers, including a guide to living with panthers, go to www. oridapanthernet.org. Rescued Florida panther released in wildlife area w alked up to a white 2011 Mitsubishi passenger car and made contact with a passenger in the front seat. That passenger, continued the report, turned out to be Hopewell. Task force detectives made contact with the individual and found that he had $120 in cash in his hand, stated the report. They also reportedly made contact with the front seat passenger, Hopewell. The report also points out that while detectives spoke to Hopewell, they noticed a prescription pill bottle sticking out of her pocket. That pill bottle allegedly contained 29 dilaudid 8mg tablets and two 30mg oxycodone tablets. “Hopewell could not produce a prescription for the oxycodone or dilaudid tablets,” stated the detective’s report. The driver of the Mitsubishi—Ismael Noel Beltran—was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge. He was booked into the county jail on $1,000 bond. Jail records show he has since been released on bond. PILLSContinued From Page 1 The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce is disclosing this information to the public in order to enhance public safety, awareness, and protection. This information is not intended to increase fear: rather it is this agency’s belief that an informed public is a safer public. This bulletin should be used only for information purposes. Citizen abuse of the information to threaten, intimidate, or harass offenders w ill not be tolerated, in any manner. The individual who appears in this bulletin has served the sentence imposed on them by the courts. They are NOT wanted by the police at this time. Sex offenders have always lived in the communities. The only change is the public is now better informed. Anthony Thompkins, 49, is 5’8” tall has black hair and brown eyes. His current address is 4101 Hwy. 441 South, the Flamingo Hotel. Thompkins was convicted of ve counts Lewd & Lascivious, child under 16 and kidnapping on March 31, 1997, in Brevard County, Fla. The victim was a minor. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, contact Michele or Connie at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce at 863-763-3117, extension 240 or website http://www.fdle. state. .us. Sexual Predator Noti cation Anthony Thomkins Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tim Donovan/FWCA male panther was released in the Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area Wednesday evening.

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Leitner was charged with robbery by sudden snatching and grand theft. Deputy Garrison’s report states that a 77y ear-old woman loaded some groceries into her sports utility vehicle and as she started to get into the vehicle Leitner approached. He reportedly told the victim that she had left something behind the SUV. When she walked to the back of her vehicle, Leitner allegedly reached inside the SUV and snatched her purse. He then ran to a waiting white Mercury Grand Marquis and ed the scene, stated the arrest report. The deputy’s report goes on to indicate that a man who witnessed the incident jumped into his pickup and followed the white Mercury south on U.S. 441. The car then turned onto U.S. 441 S.E. And, as the witness tried to get close enough to see the tag number, the female driver of the car hit the brakes and the witness accidentally ran into the back of the Mercury. A bit later he saw the man throw the victim’s purse out the passenger-side window. Another man stopped and picked up the purse and its contents from the highway, added Deputy Garrison’s report. The report also stated that another man witnessed the theft of the purse and chased after Leitner on foot, but could not catch up to him. He reportedly told the deputy that the man he chased was a white male, with an average build, a light beard and he was wearing baggy shorts, a shirt and a blue ball cap. As Deputy Garrison was gathering this information he was contacted by OCSO Deputy Sergeant Brian Hagan and Deputy John Hazy that they had found the white Grand Marquis. It was parked behind a residence on S.E. 35th Ave. OCSO Deputy Charles Hood escorted the witness who had followed the Marquis onto U.S. 441 S.E. to that residence. The witness was shown the car and positively identi ed it as the one he had followed out of the Publix parking lot, stated Deputy Garrison. That witness also identi ed Leitner as the man who took the purse out of the car, even though Leitner had shaved and changed clothes. Leitner, stated Deputy Garrison, later admitted “... to shaving and changing clothes once he returned home in an attempt to change his appearance.” No one else has been charged, but the case remains under investigation. Deputy Garrison stated in his report that the purse and its contents were returned to the victim. He went on to point out that the only item missing from her purse was her cell phone, that she valued at $50. A lleged purse thief held on $55,000 bond Timothy Leitner The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Angel Luis Mestre, 21, S.W. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 30 by Ofcer Jack Boon on a felony charge of threatening a witness, and misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and criminal mischief. His bond was set at $6,000.  Genaro DeLeon, 53, LaBelle, was arrested April 2 by Deputy Corporal Shane Snyder on a felony charge of possession of marijuana over 20 grams and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,500.  Alisha Nicole Bullington, 29, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested April 2 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone) without a valid prescription. Her bond was set at $3,500. She was later arrested on a DOC warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (10 counts). She is being held without bond on those charges.  Esteban Villalpando, 31, Grape Ave., St. Cloud, was arrested April 2 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation robbery. He is being held without bond.  Darryl James Bartley, 28, W. Canal St., N., Belle Glade, was arrested April 2 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $2,500.  Jeremy George Arnold, 32, N.E. Park St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 2 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation burglary of an occupied dwelling and violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond.  Bernardo Sanchez Sanchez-Casas, 23, N.W. 44th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 3 by Deputy Elbert Kline on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear lewd and lascivious battery. He is being held without bond.  Gregory Lee Vest, 22, S.W. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested April 3 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation dealing in stolen property (three counts) and violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker (two counts) and violation of probation driving while license suspended habitual offender. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahman ag football team raced past Port St. Lucie 20-0 to improve to (2-2) on the season Tuesday night. Sha’Dajia Williams scored on a 57-yard run and Kyla Hargraves threw for 132 yards to lead the offense. Tiffany Bowers and DJ Nunez both had two interceptions in the game. Aubrey Robertson returned from injury to grab 10 ags for the Brahmans defense in a key district game.  The rst day of the District 15-3A tennis tournament didn’t go quite as well as OHS had hoped. Singles players Otto Ramirez, Brendon Jonassaint, Colt Root and Lucas Penido lost in the rst round of play. Ramirez lost to Reese Dunlop of Olympic Heights 5-7, 6-4 and 6-0. Jonassaint lost in straight sets to Peyton Palma of Martin County 6-1 and 6-0. Penido fell to Luke Hyland of Martin County 6-2, 6-7 (7-5), and 6-1. Root fell to Antonio Candido of Olympic Heights 6-2 and 6-3. The only Brahman boy to survive the rst round of singles was Cody Walker who defeated Matt Musgrave of Lake Worth by shutout. Results were better for the Brahman doubles teams. Penido and Root defeated Port St. Lucie 6-0 and 6-3 in the rst round. Jonassaint and Walker, unbeaten this year, got a bye into the second round.  The Lady Brahman tennis team had a strong performance at their district tournament in Jensen Beach on Tuesday. Samantha Rivero defeated Forest Hill 6-1 and 6-1 in the rst round but fell to Martin County 3-6 and 4-6 in the second round. Jenna Rath defeated her opponent from Port St. Lucie in the rst round 6-1 and 6-3 before she fell to J ensen Beach in the second round. Kearstin Dorrance defeated Port St. Lucie 6-2 and 6-0 in the rst round in #3 singles. Elizabeth Santillices defeated Olympic Heights 3-6, 6-0 and 6-1 in the rst round. Chelsea W alker defeated her opponent from Palm Beach Lakes 6-2 and 6-1 in #5 singles. Both Brahman doubles teams were also victorious in the rst round. Rivero and Santillices defeated Ely 6-0 and 6-0. Rath and Dorrance defeated South Fork 6-4 and 6-3.  Darius Cohen of Moore Haven was named player of the year for Class 2A District 17. Moore Haven football coach Mike Minikwu was nominated for coach of the year in Class 2A from the district. Brandon Bass, Terrier QB, was nominated for academic all-state honors.  Okeechobee couldn’t hold an 8-1 lead and fell to Fort Pierce Central 9-8 in high school boys baseball action Wednesday afternoon. Okeechobee had built the big lead in the early innings of the game thanks to strong games from Paul Jackson, two hits and two runs scored, Kutter Crawford, two hits, two runs and four RBI, Dalton Murray, one hit and two runs scored, and Christian Crews, RBI single. Tyler Barber pitched well until the fourth inning when the Cobras broke loose for six runs. They added a single run in the fth and then won the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh against the Brahman bullpen. The Brahmans had elected to intentionally walk one of the Cobras hot hitters to load the bases in the tie game, but the next batter also drew a walk to win the game. Coach Jeff Blackstone took the blame for the loss as his strategy backred. “We struggled to make the plays to get a win. Defensive miscues hurt us but I give Fort Pierce credit because they hit the ball hard.” OHS fell to (4-16 overall and 1-6 in district play this year). “This was really tough on the guys because they had a commanding lead. We had one tough inning and Fort Pierce hit the ball hard,” he added. OHS has rescheduled a game with St. Lucie West Centennial that was postponed by rain earlier in the year. The two teams will meet next Wednesday at 6 pm at OHS.  The success the Lady Brahman tennis team had on day one of the district 153A tournament couldn’t be extended on Wednesday as the remaining players were eliminated. Kearstin Dorrance lost to Martin County in a second round match 6-1 and 6-2. Elizabeth Santillices lost in straight sets to Martin County 6-3 and 6-2. Chelsea Walker lost in #5 singles to Jensen Beach. The doubles teams were also eliminated in straight sets. Cody Walker was the only Brahman player to reach the nals as he defeated Albert Morar of Martin County 7-6 (7-5), 4-6 and 6-2 to reach the nals Thursday morning. The doubles team of Walker and Brendon Jonassaint lost their rst match of the year 6-1 and 7-6 (7-5) to Olympic Heights. The doubles team of Lucas Penido and Colt Root lost to Jensen Beach 6-1 and 6-0 in the second round. 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 4000-M: Buckhead Ridge Move in condition, roomy w/lg family rm overlooking water, plenty of storage rm. 1200 Total Sq Ft. Some appliances, new seawall, shed and more! $99,000 MLS #206632 NEW LISTING LAKE ACCESS LAKE ACCESS FORECLOSURE 5035-M: Tall Pines (NE 4th LN) 2/2.5 MH, move in condition. 892 Total Sq Ft/700 under air. Nice lot, shade trees, new water sys, two sheds. Great for east coast commuters! $35,000 MLS #206583 3000-M: Treasure Island 3/2 Doublewide MH 1,404 under air/1,536 TSF, fenced. Easy to see. Make Offer! $39,900 MLS #206636 5033-M: Foreclosure Viking DW MH on 1.25+/-acre. Large rear deck, Built in 2002, 1536 Total Sq Ft/1152 under air. Large workshop. $29,900 MLS #206723 5012-H: Basswood 3 bd/2 ba Modular house. Built in 2006, 1040 Total Sq Ft, concrete drive that leads to carport/shed. Easy to show! $56,000 MLS #206693 2003-M: Taylor Creek, MH w/addition, lg workshop, screen front porch, large covered back deck, seawall, furnished, roof under 5 yrs old, a 3/2. $69,000 MLS #206694 • Indian Hammock Two 2+/acre parcels $35,000 Make Offer! • Lot behind SunTrust Bank $18,000 • 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 $4,500 NOW $3,900. Lori Mixon Visit us at our new location1306 SW 2nd Avenue Beautiful 3/2/1 Waterfront Home Berger Real Estate Philip Y. Berger, Lic. RE Broker graciemorton06@gmail.comGRACIE MORTON863.634.5283“Turning Your Dreams into an Address” and Rental MH. Live in Main House, Rent out MH! Lg Enclosed Patio Area w/Inground Pool, Commercial BBQ Grill and Full Kitchen. Great for Entertaining. Boat Cover, 2 Storage Sheds & 2 Walk Out Decks. $299,000 13 Okeechobee News A pril 5, 2013 The possibilities for taking advantage of the upcoming license-free freshwater shing day, Saturday, April 6, in Florida are almost endless. That’s because people of all ages can cast their lines into 3 million acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs and 12,000 miles of shable rivers, streams and canals. The hardest part might be picking your destination. These abundant resources, coupled with responsible freshwater sh management, are why Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World.” The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission (FWC) scheduled the rst of four license-free recreational shing days on this weekend because it coincides with a productive freshwater shing period, when the weather is usually pleasant. Many of Florida’s recreational sport shes, such as black bass, bluegill and redear sun sh, move into the shallows to spawn during spring, making them more available for anglers to catch. Besides enjoying the fun of reeling in a sh, people nd that recreational shing is a good motivator to enjoy the great outdoors. In fact, shing is a prime reason lots of folks get outside in the rst place. Fishing is a low-cost, wholesome form of entertainment, which is why the FWC offers four days when a recreational shing license is not needed. The FWC also made Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, Sept. 1 license-free saltwater shing days and set June 8 as the second license-free freshwater shing day. These days coincide with a holiday weekend, National Fishing and Boating Week or open-harvest seasons for popular species such as bay scallops. All other bag limit, season and size restrictions apply on these dates for recreational, not commercial, shing. To make your shing day successful, check out My FWC.com/Fishing for freshwater shing tips, locations and rules. So, escape the hustle and bustle Saturday by telling everyone you’ve “gone shing.” But don’t forget to take your kids and spouse and friends to share the fun. License-free shing Saturday, April 6 Okeechobee Sports News in Brief

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IMMEDIATE OPENINGThe OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY (OUA) has an immediate opening for a water treatment plant operator (Class C) or trainee. Shift work, weekends, and holidays may be required. As an employee of the Okeechobee Utility Authority you will be provided with uniforms, health bene ts, paid vacation/sick leave and a pension program. The OUA is a drug-free work place and a clean driving record of at least three years is a requirement upon employment within our company. If you feel that this type of position and professional career is your goal, please visit our of ces at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 or www.oua .com to complete an application. Applications will be accepted until May 2, 2013.AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE. RN School Health Nurse 10 month position excellent bene ts. Please apply MyFlorida/People First website at: https://people rst .my orida.com The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Af rmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. 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 *. GiveawayFree Kittens Lakeport Area spayed, neutered and rabies shots call after 2pm 863-946-0032 Garage/ Yard Sales2 FAMILY YARD SALE SAT. 6TH& SUN. 7TH 8AM TILL 2PM 501 NW 17TH ST BEHIND OLD RODEO ARENA. PRINTERS, CLOTHES, SHOES,TOOLS AND LOTS MORE. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time CORPORATE DIRECTORHuman Resources Lykes Bros. Inc has an opening for a Corporate Director Human Resources at its Lake Placid location. Quali ed applicants must possess at least 5 years of Human Resources experience working with an agricultural based company and have a working knowledge of Agricultural Labor Law and MSPA compliance. In addition this position requires experience with DOL/Wage & Hour, OSHA and EPA/FDEP regulation compliance. Lykes Bros. Inc. offers competitive wages and a bene t package, which includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D and LTD insurance, 401(k) Savings Plan plus paid vacation and holidays. Quali ed applicants should email their resume to: rich.hetherton @lykes.com or fax to: (863) 465-1672 Lykes Bros. Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer/ Smoke Free Workplace/ Drug Free Workplace, M/F/D/V. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Employment Full Time 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 Employment Full Time Business OpportunitiesNewspaper Carriers Wanted call 863-467-1371 and leave Name and Phone number Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time 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. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. ApartmentsBasswood 2 BR 1BA Cute brick home, NW 34th Ave. Ctrl. Heat/Air, new carpet, paint and bath $675/mo. Move in $675 plus $600 security 561-723-6355. Shop here first! The classified ads Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. CollectiblesWANTEDHighwaymen Oil Paintings. H. Newton, A. Hair, A.E. Backus, R.A. McClendon, G. Buckner, J. Hutchinson. Big $$ Call 772-562-5567 Golf Clubs/ EquipmentYamaha Golf Cart 2 Stroke Gas Engine, Alum. Box Bed, Runs Great. $600.00 or best offer. Call 863-763-2241 or 863-634-3952 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. SewingMachinesOkee Commercial upholstery sewing machine. $185. or best offer. 417-848-3424. Wanted To BuyWANTED TO BU Y USED RESTAURAN T EQUIPMENT. PLEASE CALL 863-610-1134 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 Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duple x in town. Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 TAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished $650 mo. 1st, last & sec. dep. (561)352-4243 14 Okeechobee News April 5, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services.

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 439369 ON 4/5/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, April 11, 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 439309 ON 4/5/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 472013CP000012 IN RE: ESTATE OF WILLIAM WAYNE BURTON Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of WILLIAM WAYNE BURTON, deceased, whose date of death was September 4, 2011 and whose social security number is XXXXX-7467, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney is set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is March 29, 2013. Personal Representative: JOHN EARL BURTON 9551 SW 40th Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34974 Attorney for Personal Representative: Wesley R. Harvin, Esq. Florida Bar No. 219053 900 East Ocean Blvd., Suite 210-B Stuart, FL 34994 772-286-3630 phone 772-781-5524 fax 439892 ON 3/29;4/5/2013 Public Notice SUNCOAST GUN SHOWApril 6th & 7thSaturday 9 am -5 pm & Sunday 9 am 4 pm HAVERT L. 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NICELY FURNISHED 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH BLOCK HOME LOCATED ON RIM CANAL. LONG OR SHORT TERM. (863)447-0742. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Condos/Townhouses Sale1st MONTHS RENT FREE! $700 SEC DEPOSIT 2BD/1BA COMPLETELY FURNISHED ACCESS TO POOL, TENNIS COURT & CLUBHOUSE CALL 863-634-8331 Houses SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath 8 year old house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Lots SaleBuild your dream home on a beautiful lot adjoining the golf course in The Oaks of Blue Heron. $25,000.00 Call 863-634-2820 FOR 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 Large fenced lot with oak trees in Treasure Island Zoned for houses or mobile homes. $18,000.00 Call 863-634-2820 Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income, Vacant Land, 6+Acres, located at: 20 NE 363rd Ct., Okeechobee $28,900. Visit www.roseland co.com\82H Drive by then call (866) 523-5742 Mobile Home RentBRING 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. KISSIMMEE RIVER Estates, 2 Bedroom, 17503 Broadland Ln. Nice, clean home w/car port and 3 large sheds. $500 mo. + $400 sec. Lawn & Water maintenance included. 317-402-5441 or 863-824-3395. Mobile HomeSale55+ 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 New Palm Harbor Homes Mobile Condo $39,900 Delivered to your site $0 down nancing John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 OKEECHOBEE1/1 Park Model. Furnished, all appliances. Old River Run Park off 78W including boat slip w/direct access to Lake O. Asking $29,000. Call:(574)721-5320 or(574)753-5874 Boats14’ JON BOAT 3 SMALL EVINRUDES ELECT & ACCESSORIES $1,200.00 CALL 863-484-0210 2008 Stratus 17’6” bass boat with trailer. 90 HP 2 stroke Tohatsu Motor. (Like New) $11,000.00/or best offer (863)673-9428 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? RV Space RentCovered RV lot at Blue Cypress RV & Golf, #265. Available immediately, $325 monthly with lease. On water, sewage, water and garbage included. Must see. (863)697-3132 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Four WheelDrive87 FORD F250, 4X4 RANCH HAND 460, 4 SPEED, DUAL EXHAUST & TANKS, GOOSENECK, COLD A/C, EXCELLENT TIRES, RUNS GREAT! $2,950 FIRM CALL 863-467-7779 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 15 Okeechobee News A pril 5, 2013 Guns & Gunsmiths Guns & Gunsmiths ACROSS 1 Sea of __: Black Sea arm 5 Parisian pals 9 Light bite 13 In-box note, perhaps 14 Like candy near the register, maybe 16 Hostile to 17 *Fit perfectly 19 Veggie that may be black 20 Bone: Pref. 21 Golda of Israel 22 The Wizard __Ž: comic strip 23 *Sexy beachwear 26 White Sox star who played in five decades (19491980) 29 Shortly 30 Graceland middle name 31 A horse is a horseŽ horse 35 Partner of each 38 Seamans Help!Ž 39 Gosh!Ž (or, based on the starts of starred answers, one who is expert at solving this puzzles theme?) 41 __ volente: God willing 42 Prepare to be knighted 44 Composer Bartk 45 German coal region 46 Once again 48 Literary alter ego 50 *Behavior made automatic from frequent repetition 55 Buck suffix 56 Way to go 57 Rosary units 61 Unfocused photo, e.g. 62 *Superhero nickname 64 Single 65 Hill on Vail 66 Gal who gets what she wants 67 Loose things to tie up 68 Location 69 Barbershop sound DOWN 1 Schoolyard retort 2 Olympian bigwig 3 Cut out 4 Decides via ballot 5 Latin lovers word 6 Home of the Heat 7 One __: unlikely chance 8 Shrek!Ž author William 9 LolitaŽ author 10 Clooney/Pfeiffer comedy 11 Washday challenge 12 Delhi language 15 __ Buena, town that became San Francisco 18 Little tykes 24 City of Seven HillsŽ 25 Don Juans mother 26 Halloween coverup 27 Press 28 Act like a snoop 32 Confederate 33 Lady in the flock 34 UPS rival 36 Enjoy the library 37 Time past 39 Elated feeling 40 Foot in a poem 43 Extras for a cheering crowd 45 Former Jewish settlements 47 Squirmy bait 49 Barbecue fare 50 Aesop work 51 Sweater synthetic 52 Stable newborns 53 Vietnams capital 54 Take as ones own 58 Long, long time 59 Bagels and lox seller 60 Blow with a palm 63 ATM charge By Jack McInturff (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 06/29/11 06/29/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Answer READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We Need YOUR Support!WIN an IPAD!Tickets $10 Sold at Big Lake Cancer Center 1115 N. Parrott Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-9500 All proceeds go to American Cancer Society for Relay for Life Event. Drawing on April 13th at the Relay for Life AgriCivic Center & Fairgrounds Contact Thomas Barber 863-532-0137 Buy a Home Delivery or Mail subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 16 Okeechobee News April 5, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News University of Florida News Florida junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford of Okeechobee was chosen as the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the W eek on Monday for the rst time in his career after twirling a two-hit shutout against No. 11 Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon. He became the rst recipient from the Gators since right-hander Hudson Randall garnered the honor on April 4, 2011. After the Rebels claimed Friday's opener, 4-3 in 11 innings, Crawford evened the series on Saturday with his best outing of the season. The righty allowed only singles in the fourth and sixth innings, set a season high w ith eight strikeouts and issued a pair of w alks. Ole Miss hitters went 2-for-29 (.069) against Crawford, who went the distance for his second career completegame and second solo shutout rst since a 4-0 no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman on June 1, 2012 during the NCAA Gainesville Regional. It was the rst complete game by a Florida pitcher this season, the Gators' rst shutout and marked the rst time the Rebels were held scoreless in 2013. Crawford (1-4, 4.46) leads UF with 34 strikeouts in 42.1 innings this year. The Orange and Blue captured the series with a 4-0 victory in Sunday's rubber game. Florida hosts UCF (18-11/4-2 C-USA) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at McKethan Stadium. The game will be carried live on FOX Sports Florida with Nick Belmonte and Mick Hubert, while Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell will call the action on the Gator IMG Sports Network. Live stats will be available on GatorZone. com and fans can also follow updates of each game on @GatorZoneBB, the of cial Twitter account of the Gator baseball team. Crawford named SEC Pitcher of the Week Special to the Okeechobee NewsJunior Right-hander Jonathon Crawford of University of Florida. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi PoolePreparing for the World SeriesPreparing for the World Series to be held at Big Cypress Indian Reservation on April 13, is young 6-year-old Quade Urbina under the guidance of his father Juan Urbina. Quade is a Kindergarten student at the Charter school, playing his second year at T-Ball, as an all-around player. His best feature is hitting the ball to achieve a single base hit. Federated Republican Women’s Club formingOkeechobee has a new ladies' club, the Okeechobee County Federated Republican Women's Club has been established and is inviting new members to join us. We meet at Cowboy's in the private dining room on the last Tuesday of every month. Membership paperwork can be picked up at a meeting. Any other information can be obtained by contacting the club president, Josie Weeks-Elliott, at 863-634-8474.