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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 04-12-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, April 12, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 44 13.67 feetLast Year: 11.97 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. O H S b a s e b a l l OHS baseball t e a m b e a t s team beats M a r t i n C o u n t y Martin County ... Page 16 Dispute over railroad spur delays drainage work ... Page 3 Man accused of using stolen debit card out of spite ...Page 13 Car shows and cruise ins...Inside Biomass facility planned near Fort Drum to burn eucalyptusBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Florida Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to approve contracts between Florida Power and Light and U.S. EcoGen, LLC for renewable power that paves the way for a biomass facility in Okeechobee County near Fort Drum. The plant will burn eucalyptus trees and be the rst time that FP&L has purchased power produced with biomass that is grown for feedstock. The plant would also create new jobs for Okeechobee. FP&L led a petition on Dec. 18 for approval on three contracts which included one with U.S. EcoGen, Okeechobee, LLC. The proposed in service date for the plant here is June 1, 2019. Attorney John Moyle, of the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, questioned whether the three power plants proposed -the others are in Martin and Clay counties -are needed. Each of the plants would produce 60 megawatts o f capacity per year and the contract term is 30 years. Mr. Moyle said it is unclear if the project would save FP&L rate payers money. "It seems PSC approves FP&L biomass deal See BIOMASS — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Some 45 inmates at the Okeechobee County Jail have been told that due to an oversight, they won't be getting out of jail as soon as they had hoped. It seems that since 1991 inmates at the county jail have been getting more gain time than they should. And, because of that, they've been getting out of jail sooner. Inmates earn gain time for good conduct and such. Since the jail is actually run by the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners, that board will now have to pass a new resolution regarding the change in gain time. It's not clear when that board will address the situation or pass a new resolution. Major Noel Stephen, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), said inmates have been getting up to 10 days a month o f gain time which was the law in 1991. HowevSnafu let inmates out earl y See JAIL — Page 5 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board could see a $1.5 million increase in state aid this year but have yet to nd out if there will be any new mandates for the system, Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy reported Tuesday. Mr. Kenworthy will visit Tallahassee and has scheduled a meeting with Governor Rick Scott on the funding issue. He also will visit with several local lawmakers to get their feedback on various issues. School board member Joe Arnold said state laws are changing rapidly when it comes to education. He urged Okeechobee residents to keep in contact with their legislators and lobby in favor of education. Two local car dealerships were honored for their donation of cars to Okeechobee High School for the Auto Mechanics program. Christa Luna and Jim Kenbeek of Gilbert Chevrolet and Ron Buckholtz and James Jackson of Okeechobee Dodge Chrysler Jeep were honored during the meeting. Teacher Jason Anderson said the dealerships each provided a vehicle for the students to work on. Auto Mechanics is one of the most popular courses at OHS with between 20 and 28 students normally enrolled. Mr. Anderson said the hands-on experiences for these students are invaluable. Schools could see hike in state funding Okeechobee news/ Charles MurphyGilbert Chevrolet was given a community recognition award for helping the OHS Auto Mechanics Program. Left to right are Jim Kenbeek and Christa Luna of Gilbert Chevrolet; teacher Jason Anderson and Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy. See SCHOOL — Page 5

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 American Drilling Services, Inc.s Employee of the Month is Ralph Marrero. We would like to thank Ralph for 7 years of loyalty and dedication to our company. We appreciate Ralphs hard work, honesty and dependability. Ralph Marrero 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. 12TH Thurs., Apr. 18THFor 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: “SCARY MOVIE 5”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-13 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Y Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e sG a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c eW a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee 3 Okeechobee News A pril 12, 2013 Indian River State College will offer help in obtaining Financial Aid for college, as well as provide information regarding Job Placement Services every third Wednesday of every month. The dates are April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21 and Sept. 18. The sessions will be held at the IRSC Main Campus, Crews Hall, Room W-227, 3209 Virginia Ave., in Fort Pierce from 1 to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The information sessions are designed to help with the nancial assistance students need to attend college and to provide resources available to assist IRSC students and alumni with resume writing, interviewing skills and job placement. IRSC students are awarded over $30 million in nancial aid, including grants and scholarships, each year. "Don't let nancial concerns stop you from obtaining a college education," said Jacquelene Burke, IRSC Coordinator of the Career and Transition Services. IRSC is recognized nationally for providing a quality education with affordable tuition. Substantiating this is the college's ranking as the fth most affordable college in the country by the U.S. Department of Education and its ranking as the 10th top public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, contact Jacquelene Burke at 772-4627448 or jburke@irsc.edu. IRSC can help get nancial aid for college Legion holds its inaugural Spring FestivalThe inaugural American Legion Spring Festival will be April 19 28. There will be amusements and concessions by J&J Amusement Co. All proceeds go to the American Legion Post 64 Veterans Funds. Watch The Okeechobee News for hours and other details. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News A question over ownership of a railroad spur has stalled work on a drainage problem in northwest Okeechobee County. Gordy Peer, who has complained in the past about ooding problems at his VP Ranch on Northwest 50th Avenue ooding that ruined some items in his cowboy history collectioncame before the Okeechobee County Commission at their April 11 meeting to ask, "I just wonder where do I stand w ith my water problem? "Anybody got an answer?" Deputy County Administrator Jim Threew its explain that the plans to resolve the ooding issues hit a snag due to a question regarding a railroad spur on the Royal Concrete property. He said Royal Concrete owns the land, but the CSX may have control of the railroad spur. If CSX does own the tracks, any work involving the spur will have to be done under a union contract. "CSX does not own every strip of rail but if they do own it, it has to be a union contract. W e can't seem to come up with a piece of paper that shows that Royal Concrete really owns the rail spur," he explained. County Administrator Robbie Chartier said the county does not have a document to show the spur belongs to Royal Concrete. "The railroad is saying, it's ours because y ou can't produce a document that says its y ours," said Mr. Threewits. "There is going to be a record where rails were purchased by a contractor or a subcontractor. Why can't we get the documentation from that contractor?" asked County Attorney John Cassels. Mrs. Chartier said none of the documentation they can nd shows ownership of the tracks. Mr. Cassels said it might be less expensive to go ahead and use a union contractor for the work than to spend county staff time trying to prove that they don't have to use a union contractor. The work has already been delayed for more than year waiting for CSX to approve the plans, said Mr. Threewits. He said the issue of ownership just came up in the last couple months. "Now is the time to get Mr. Cassels involved," said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. "That's what they hired him for." "What are the chances of this ever being resolved, Mr. Cassels?" asked Mr. Peer. "I think you have a 99 percent chance of it being resolved," replied the attorney. "Sometime before the hurricane season and I get ooded again?" asked the cowboy. "Which hurricane season?" countered the attorney. Mr. Peer, a cowboy poet, left the county commissioners with a few lines from one of his compositions, starting with: "The doctor asked the commissioner, how did you break your arm? He said the public had done it, and the doctor showed alarm ...'" He said how the poem ends depends on what happens next. Rail spur ownership question stalls drainage work in county Today: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 88F. Breezy. Winds from the South at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain, then a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 72F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.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 84F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Fog overnight. Low of 64F. Winds less than 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast

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Drivers Quite often when I noticed a driver going slower and slower, when I nally have a chance to get around them safely, I will s ee the driver is paying attention to the cell phone instead of the road. I have told all of my family and friends that if they call me w hile I am driving, I just let the phone take a message and I will call back when I have a found a place to safely pull off the road. If I have a passenger in the car, I will let that pers on answer my phone, but I never answer my phone when I am driving.  On the news today there was a report t hat the biggest problem with distracted drivers is people who are just not paying att ention to the road because their mind is on s omething other than their driving.Media coverage Since the Gosnell trial began three w eeks ago, ABC, CBS, and NBC have given t he story ZERO seconds of coverage on eit her their morning or evening news shows. Gosnell is an abortion doctor who faces mult iple counts of murder for allegedly killing b abies after they were delivered alive in his c linic. The media has not covered Gosnell once since his arrest in January 2011, and even then, only CBS did so. After the Florida A lliance of Planned Parenthood Af liates’ t estimony in favor of post-birth abortions s urfaced on March 29, ABC, CBS, and NBC have committed ZERO seconds of coverage on either of their morning or evening news s hows. Yet, ABC, CBS, and NBC have each c overed the new abortion laws in North Dakota and Arkansas, ominously describing t hem as the “most restrictive” in the nation. T he horri c excesses of the abortion indust ry – exempli ed by Gosnell and Planned Parenthood – are major, national news stories any way you look at them. But the proabortion liberal media are determined to hide them from the public.Drug raids I am glad the sheriff’s of ce is going after the drug dealers. We need to shut that down because it is ruining people’s lives. Also, the doctors should quit prescribing these pain pills unless they are absolutely necessary. They should try to get patients to use the less addictive options rst and only go to the stronger pills if they can’t get by on the older types of pain killers. What happened to the “do no harm” pledge. Writing prescriptions for the pain pills without making sure the patient does not become addicted is doing harm.Party at the White House Sequester? Massive debt? At the White House it’s NO PROBLEM A special White House “celebration” of Memphis soul music marked the tenth time President and Mrs. Obama have been treated to an exclusive East Room “command performance” of American music featuring major stars, past and present. All at the taxpayers’ expense of course. The Obamas had suspended the performances during the campaign season, either because they were too busy or because they thought average voters might not be pleased by the sight of them partying it up as unemployment continues to rage. As for that pesky sequester, no worries! The performances are of cially part of the “sequester-free zone” at the White House. As is well known, the daily White House tours did not make that cut.  You mean to tell me this isn’t part of their $20,000 discretionary entertainment fund, and that We the People are footing this shindig over and above their allotted “entertainment” ... and furthermore, only the chosen will be able to attend.Restaurants I don’t understand how a restaurant here in Okeechobee can allow drug addicts to work there and serve food to our community. Restaurants, be careful who you hire. Food for Thought:Why is it important to eat fruit? We are all familiar with apples, peaches, pears and grapes. How about pineapple, tangerines, cherries and bananas? And let’s not forget the more unusual fruits like mangoes, kiwis, star fruit, papaya and avocado. You may have your own favorite fruit, which is bound to be full of vitamins and minerals that you don’t always nd in other foods. Fruit contains a lot of vitamin C which is important for the growth and repair of our skin, and helps in the prevention of colds by boosting the immune system. Many fruits contain potassium, a mineral which may help to maintain a healthy blood pressure. The ber in fruit can decrease the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Fruit comes in many colors and different colored fruits contain distinct nutrients. This is why it’s important to eat an assortment of fruit each day. For breakfast top your cereal with banana, peaches or strawberries or you could have fresh fruit with fat-free or low fat yogurt and 100% orange juice. At lunch pack an apple, grapes or a tangerine, and if you are in the lunch line choose peaches or apple sauce. Fresh fruit is perfect as a snack or dessert, and remember to eat dried fruit such as raisins. A fruit smoothie can be easily made in a blender. Blend fat-free or low fat milk or yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit for a delicious and nutritious drink. Eating fruit throughout the day is a health y habit to continue for a lifetime! Paula Z. Smith, RN Senior Community Health Nursing Supervisor Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County April 12, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where it is q uicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap. com, click on the community name and y our local or state Public Forum. There, y ou can create new topics or comment on e xisting topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking p lace. Thanks for participating! Special to the Okeechobee NewsYatchette Club donates foodOkeechobee Yatchette Club donated food to Home Delivered Meals clients. Okeechobee Senior Services appreciates their continued support. Pictured left to right are Vicki Krause and Ellen Whelpley. Special to the Okeechobee NewsChristmas giftsLocal merchants and Mary Kay donated Christmas gifts to Okeechobee Senior Services (OSS) for the neediest clients. We at OSS thank you very much for your support. Pictured are Gayle Molyneaux and Brian Sheehan, husband of Janice Pietro. Seniors play bluegrass musicThe senior country bluegrass music program has begun again this year at the Okeechobee Senior Center. All persons age 60 and over who have a musical talent are invited to participate every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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y ou don’t start saving money for 19-20 years. The answer to the question, is this cost effective, is unclear.” Mr. Moyle also questioned why three plants and whether this process would w ork. He suggested they develop one plant, study whether it works, and then expand to the other plants. “There is additional risk to doing three w hen compared to a fewer number,” he added. FP&L said each facility would generate 141 direct or indirect jobs from the operation of the facility and associated fuel procurement. PSC staff recommended approval because the contracts are estimated to produce a savings of $89.4 million in net present v alue over the term of the contracts. Will Cox, of Florida Power and Light, said there is a need for power and the contracts are cost effective. He also explained it will increase renewable energy sources for the company by 77-percent. “FP&L customers are protected if there is a problem with EcoGen being unable to perform. I don’t see where any of their points have merit,” he said. FPC Commissioner Eduardo Balbis said job creation and providing more renewable energy were positive for Florida and is something the commission should support and encourage. BIOMASSContinued From Page 1 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 5 Okeechobee News A pril 12, 2013 er, that law changed in 1999 and the gain time was dropped to ve days a month. Where inmates were receiving 10 days a month plus up to ve days for meritorious conduct, they will now only receive ve days a month of gain time. This change affects all inmates sentenced to spend up to one year in the county jail, whether for a misdemeanor or felony conviction. “In 1991 the county commission passed a resolution to give inmates the maximum amount of gain time,” said Maj. Stephen on Wednesday, April 10. “The gain time statute changed in 1999. Unfortunately, we didn’t change at the time.” Then, when Maj. Stephen and Jail Administrator Ronnie White found out last Thursday, April 4, they knew they had to break the bad news to those 45 inmates—35 men and 10 women—who had been sentenced to the county jail. And on Tuesday they did just that. “Only three or four were visibly upset. A lot of them didn’t understand. They only knew their new date was higher,” said Mr. White. He went on to say he checked with several other jails and learned that Martin County was also giving sentenced inmates too much gain time. “Since nding out, we’ve had to go back and recalculate their time. It changed their stay from one to two days, to as long as 30 days,” explained Maj. Stephen. Basically what happened is that when new regimes would take over, whether it was a new sheriff and staf f or new county commissioners, everyone apparently assumed the gain time being given to inmates at that time was correct. Both men said they’ve been getting phone calls from the families o f the affected inmates. “Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) the phones were ringing pretty regularly,” Maj. Stephen pointed out. “The laws are continually changing and we pride ourselves on staying up on them. But, we didn’t go back to chec k on this.” Mr. White said gain time in the county jail is different than that of the state prison system. Most inmates sentenced to prison will only serve 85 percent of their sentence. He also added that even though some inmates have been released too soon it has not created any legal problems for the sheriff’s of ce. “And it can’t for the people we have in jail. They have no recourse,” he added. As of Wednesday, said Mr. White, there were a total of 224 inmates in the county jail. JAILContinued From Page 1 Ryan Tedders and Cody Walker of OHS earned IRSC scholarships for winning the creative writing contest at the college. Linda Davis, a fourth grade teacher at Everglades Elementary School, won the Golden Mouse A ward for this quarter for her use of technology in her classroom. Central and Everglades Elementary Schools w ere honored for perfect audits for full-time equivalent students. Employees at Central honored included Vanessa McAllister, Kathleen Baum, Cassandra Keith, Maria Jimenez and Hillary Hyslope. Winners at Everglades Elementary included Billy Ball, Melanie Stinnett, Debbi Johnson, Patty Coyne and Crystal Flynn. Media specialists at the various schools were honored for School Library Month. They include Ronda Watt of Central, Christ Fuller of Everglades, J ennifer Ward of North, Lynn Greeson of Seminole, Alicia Perviss of South, LaRenda Tomlinson of Osceola, Jeremy Goff of Yearling, Jean Zorich of the Freshman Campus, Carol Bryant of Okeechobee High and Sharon Whitaker of the Okeechobee Achievement Academy. North Elementary Principal Pat McCoy was honored with the Kathryn A. Basile Community Service Award for her work on behalf of United for Families. The special master hearing for the Instructional contract impasse has been scheduled for Monday, A pril 29, at 9 a.m. at the school board of ces. The district wide school spelling bee competition will be held on Monday, May 13, at 9:30 a.m. at the Osceola Middle School Gymnasium. The board voted to expel one sophomore at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy for disciplinary problems and proclaimed the month of April as School Library Month. Mr. Kenworthy said the annual audit report was extremely positive this year. The superintendent reported the 2011-12 drop out rate dropped from 5.3 to 4.5 percent. The percentage of core courses taught by highly quali ed teachers increased to 97.58 percent. The district also had 1,660 students enrolled in rigorous and relevant courses for careers and college. There was a 7 percent increase in parents involved in a climate survey. The district also had more students respond they felt safe at school in a recent survey, 80.4 percent. A committee studying whether to institute a drug testing policy for certain students at schools is near the end of their deliberations and should make a recommendation to the school board in the near future. Juniors and seniors began FCAT tests online this week. There are 40 seniors who have not passed the test as of yet. Reading, math and science tests for grades 3-11 will begin next Monday. The Okeechobee Economic Council recognized the Okeechobee school board and the Okeechobee Achievement Academy with an award. A photo opportunity will take place at the school next Monday on campus at 3 p.m. They will give a plaque to the school on June 5. The due date for the special master opinion and recommendation on the classi ed employee contract is Friday, April 12. School board members will be asked this month to evaluate the superintendent and submit them to the attorney in time for discussion at the May school board meeting. The Okeechobee Education Association elected Tom Bonasern as their new president effective July 1. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newsza p .com.Milo ‘Mike’ Richard McCranie, 68OKEECHOBEE — Milo “Mike” Richard McCranie died Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the Hamrick Hospice House of Okeechobee. Mr. McCranie was born on Aug. 13, 1945 in Lakeland, Fla. the son of Julius Bruton and Melba Lippett McCranie. Mike worked for the Okeechobee County School Board for 31 years in the capacity of Teacher, Principal and Director of Programs. Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree from LaGrange College in LaGrange Ga. and his Master’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Okeechobee, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pamela McCrainie of Okeechobee; son, Major Michael Brian McCranie (Marcy) of Hawaii; brother, James B. McCranie (Gail) of Vero Beach; two granddaughters, Kylie and Ella McCranie of Hawaii; a niece and nephew of Vero Beach. A Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 200 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL.. with the Father Edward Weiss of ciating. Reception to follow in Parish Hall. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hamrick Hospice House, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Richard D. ‘Dick’ Logue, Sr.OKEECHOBEE — Richard D. “Dick” Logue, Sr., passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013. A memorial service for Richard D. “Dick” Logue, Sr. will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery, 601 N. Johnson Ave, Arcadia, Florida.Peggy Myrtle Hudson, 85 OKEECHOBEE — Peggy Myrtle Hudson died at her daughter’s residence surrounded by her loving family on W ednesday, April 10, 2013. Being born here in Okeechobee she has been a lifetime resident and is a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hudson’s favorite past time was playing cards with her girlfriends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Earnest A. Hudson. She is survived by her three daughters, Ernestine Robertson, Sharlene Avant (Phil), and Nancy Hare (Stan), all of Okeechobee; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren; and her brother, John “Snook” Bryan Watford (Ruth) of Okeechobee. The family will receive friends for visitation at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, A pril 13, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m. with the service beginning at 3 p.m. The Pastor Bruce Simpson w ill of ciate. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The family would like to thank Hospice of Okeechobee for the level of service, compassion, and love that was given to Mrs. Husdson and her family. In lieu of owers donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. All arrangements are under the direction and care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, 3833 SE 18th Terr., Okeechobee, FL 34974. Yes, this newspaper is part of a chain.Ž But this chainŽ is unlike any other. We are owned by a journalistic trust. All after-tax profits are invested in our mission of community service through good local journalism. Staffing is local, and we seek out people who care about the community and want to stay here. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News April 12, 2013 Eagles to serve steak dinnerCypress Hut Eagles will serve choice rib eye steak dinners, shrimp, or sh, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12 Music by Jimmy and Debbie Harper. The dart tournament is Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. Burgers will be served. The public is welcome. Tuesdays proceeds go to Eagles Diabetes Research Center. For more info, please call 863-467-1154.BRAT Club hosts danceThe Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club (Building Relationships Among Teens) will host a Teen Dance Party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave. on Saturday, April 13 from 7 to 10 p.m., for students ages 12-16. The cost is $7 and includes pizza, soda and chips. For information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.DJJ to host Career DayThe Department of Juvenile Justice to host Youth Success Career Day on Friday, April 12 from 5 6 p.m. at the Department of Juvenile Justice at 107 S.W. Fifth Ave. We encourage all of you to attend to support our juveniles on their much deserved day!Relay for Life event planned Join our ght for your dream team on Saturday/Sunday, April 13 and 14 starting at noon 6 p.m. at the Agri-Civic Center and fairgrounds. All to bene t the Relay for Life American Cancer Society. For information contact: Thomas Barber at 863-532-0137; Yvonne Morgan at 863-697-1322; or, Frank DeCarlo at 863-634-1595. Community Events Brought to you by:ECHOLS Plumbing & AC863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Eagles host Bike FestCypress Hut Eagles will host Bike Fest Okeechobee on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14 Live music throughout by Wayne Purvis, Timmy Bast, Jimmy and Debbie Harper and Cripple Creek. There will be games, food and vendors, a car show, bike games and more. Gate opens at 10 a.m. Saturday. Breakfast will be served by the Ladies Auxiliary on Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. The event will bene t: Max Baer Heart Fund Robert W. Hansen Diabetes Fund, Art Ehrmann Cancer Fund, D.D. Dunlap Kidney Fund, Jimmy Durante Children’s Fund and Child Abuse Fund, Children’s AIDS Awareness Fund, and more. The public is welcome. For information call 863-467-1154.Family Resource fair plannedThe Free Family Resource fair hosted by the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. 6th St. For more information, please call the Legal Aid Society at 561-655-8944 ext. 261.USAF retiree day slatedAttention Air Force veterans. Retiree Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, April 13, at PSA PATRICK AFB, just south of Cocoa Beach. A personnel of ce will be open to issue or renew Military ID cards. For info call: 321-494-5463, fax: 321-494-2904; or, e-mail patrick.rao@us.af.mil.Win an IPad and ght cancerYou can help the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) in their ght against cancer and win an IPad 2 that will be given away at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event scheduled for Saturday, April 13 You can get a ticket for the drawing for a donation of $10 per ticket. For tickets or information, call the OCPD at 863-763-5521.Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on April 14, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion Veterans programs. On April 21 and 28 there will be no bingo because of the spring festival. The event is open to the public.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Did you submit a page of news, but only one line got in the paper? You can have it your way! 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. 7 Okeechobee News A pril 12, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSStudents of the weekYearling Middle School is proud to announce Student of the Week for March 4 names as follows, front: Tyra Smith, Daniel Campos, Jared Phares and Lizeth Reyes; back: Giovanny Aguirre and Wesley McClanahan. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMESStudents of the weekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of April 5: Charles Stager, Marisol Calvillo-Alcoser, Huillermo Diaz-Lopez, Natalia Elias, Lizbeth Garcia, Justino Duran, Danny Leal, Eddie Castaneda, Shaylee Hopewell, Robert Vanegas, Bethany Sallette, Leo Pascarella, Yasmin Aebonza, A’Hyiah Baker, Marcos Gomez, Francisco Gomez, Mason Downing, Cassidy Tyson, Stephanie Mondragon, Jestice Mond, Aaron Baltazar, Yovani Elias-Garcia, Jonathan Jimenez, Claudia Vines, Evan Galvan and Juan Baltazar. Bowling tournament bene ts church missionLucky Lanes in Okeechobee will host The Okeechobee Open bowling tournament April 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 four-person team division has a cash prize of $1,500 (based on entries). This tournament is an “open” event meaning it is open to all players male and female, young and old. Call tournament director James Dawson at 863-447-2715 for information. Tournament proceeds go to mission outreach.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 St. Lucie County Fairgrounds 15601 W Midway Rd Fort Pierce € 866.611.0442Airboat show, kidz zone, vendors, mechanical bull, adult beverages, food and tons of cowgirls and cowboys!breast cancer bene“t concert featuring the REDNECK WOMAN HERSELF Gates open at noon € Ends at 11pm with Gone Country after party GRETCHEN WILSON 7 artists 300 acres of country music Buy tickets online at gone-country.com OR at any Cowboys BBQ & Steak Co. location and Eli’s Western Wear in Okeechobee! Tickets $15 presale $19 at the gate Kids under 13 are FREE April 20 th 8 Okeechobee News April 12, 2013 By Bobbie PooleSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsOn Monday evening, April 8, the ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Cancer Resource Center for Hope, a brand new place for cancer patients and their caregivers to go for information and networking w ith one another. On site will be attorneys to assist in helping with legal situations and accountants to assist with nancial needs. It will be a place where the main concern will be, "What can I give?" rather than "what can I take?" Many volunteers have stepped up to help. In place are people w ho are willing to drive patients to their chemotherapy treatments, people who are willing to talk, uplift, share and pray w ith each person who comes through the doors. Volunteers will guide visitors to the correct resources. Dr. Kumar along with Thomas Barber lead the center. They have a vision for the betterment of Okeechobee cancer victims assisting in, "Seeing a vision of health to be better, as God can be your strength." A group of volunteers will provide one phone number, one contact person to assist you to locate all the valuable information you will need. They realize in this time of need, that one phone number is easier to have for important information. At the center's opening ceremony, many visitors, some in the ght, gave their personal testimonies of encouragement, and achievement, how Dr. Kumar has helped them along the way. Some of the 24 present shared how they have beat their cancer, giving others great inspiration to keep up the ght. A recurring theme was, "We have many birthdays left to celebrate." Many of the volunteers and patients will be at the Agri-Civic Center this weekend for the big Relay for Life. If you are a cancer patient, a caregiver, survivor, or had a family member stricken, please come out to the Agri-Civic Center. Everyone is welcome to attend, to donate, and volunteer. This event is completely designed for raising funds for the cure and awareness of this dreaded disease. For more information, contact Thomas Barber at 863-532-0137. Hope Center opens in Okeechobee Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi PooleMonday, April 8, was the ribbon cutting for Okeechobee’s new Hope Center. Left to right in the photo are John Creasman, John Garrison, Dr. Kumar, Thomas Barber, Bryant Culpepper and Frank DeCarlo. Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks EasterGrand Oaks Assisted Living Facility hosted its annual Easter Party and Egg Hunt for all residents and employees children and grandchildren. Residents ll and hide the Easter Eggs as well as assist in preparing snacks for the children. The children enjoyed hunting for eggs, beading, coloring Easter pictures and basket crafts as well as snacking on fresh baked cookies. Everyone also enjoyed watching the movie “Hop.” Pictured is Grand Oaks resident Mildred Cox and her grandchildren and great-grand children enjoying the Easter Party and Egg Hunt.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAR B Q & STEAK CO202 NE 7th Ave All You Can Eat Baby Backs999$margaritas all day$11Lb Rib Eye9913$live musickaraokeAll You Can Eat Catfish999$25 cent drafts Every Weekend Weekend $994 BAR B Q & STEA K K K CO CO CO CO CO CO C -. live music all day 1/2 Rack Baby Back Ribswith 6 golden shrimp and 1 side1299$ladies night 6-10pmAll You Can Eat Baby Backswith 2 sides1399$$00Slow Roasted Prime RIbw/ Baked Potato & Salad19(Starting at 4pm)4 Piece Fried Chicken Dinner899$15% church discountkaraokelive musiclive musicOkeechobeeLive Music Starts @9pm 9 Okeechobee News A pril 12, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News Fourth grade B.A.S.E. students from Central Elementary held a school wide paper drive from Feb. 25 to March 21. The students, teachers, parents and staff were asked to bring in paper to recycle. The fourth grade students encouraged the school by creating “Go Green” posters that hung in the cafeteria. They also created videos that were shown on the morning announcements. A daily record of the amount each grade level collected was posted on a bulletin board that kept the running totals. Second grade brought in the most paper at 756 lbs! The whole school celebrated when it was announced that the total amount of paper collected exceeded all expectations! The amount collected was 2,630 lbs. of paper! Congratulations to the “Recycling Rock Stars” of Mrs. Rachel Jones and Mrs. Stella Fulleda’s fourth grade classes who did a great job organizing the entire effort and exceeding their goal! Central Elementary paper drive exceeds 2,000 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Elementary fourth grade students and teachers participated in the recycling drive. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCES students Saint Barbosa, Noela and Eila Martinez, Shamira Garcia and Saul Martinez load recycling dumpster with collected paper. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCES students Yuliana Licea, Maria Perez, Cynthia Sandoval, Julissa Sanchez and Austin Garcia gather paper from each grade level for recycling. Blood drives plannedThe Big Red Bus bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee this month as follows: Friday, April 12 – County Health Dept, NW 9th Ave., 1 – 4 p.m. Friday, April 12 – Publix, 1 – 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14 – Knights of Columbus, St. Theresa Catholic Church, Buckhead Ridge, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18 – Wal Mart, Noon – 5 p.m. Friday, April 19 – Samboree at KOA, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, April 19 –Seacoast National Bank, South 441, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 19 – Walgeen’s, 1 – 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21 – Golden Corral, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27 – Wal Mart, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.

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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! By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterHow many cancer patients would jump up and consider a treatment option that is proven to be highly effective, does not need surgery, painless, completed in 5 days or less, without signi“ cant side effects, w hile continuing to maintain their full level of activity and function? Radio surgery is a technique that utilizes specialized machines that allow large amounts of radiation to be delivered with sub millimeter accuracy thereby killing the cancers without damaging surrounding normal tissues. It is as simple as going out to get a chest x-ray! Cyberknife Robotic Radio surgery system, created at Stanford University over 10 years ago is unique and better than other systems in the fact that it is the only Radio surgery system that can achieve what is called real-time tracking and killing of tumor.Ž What kind of patients can be helped by Cyberknife? There are several What is Cyberknife Radiation Therapy? Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at work for our patients in Okeechobee.situations too numerous to mention here where Cyberknife would be extremely useful and safe. The following are just a few of them: Patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, pituitary tumors and tumors of the acoustic nerve called Acoustic Neuroma can avoid major surgical procedures on the brain by getting treated with Cyberknife. Patients with cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate are but a few of the cancers that can be helped with one to “ ve sessions of Radio Surgery. An article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 showed that patients with patients with lung cancer who received Radiosurgery had a survival rate of 55.8% at 3 years versus 20 to 35% for those patients treated with traditional radiation over several weeks. As one of our patients commented, if it is good for patients at Stanford University, it is good for patients from the Okeechobee area! If you or someone you know has any form of cancer, please call us so we can explore the possibility of treating it with this cutting edge technology. This 4.5 million dollar machine is available at the of“ ces of Dr. Kumar in Saint Lucie County. Courtesy transportation is available to get to this of“ ce for those patients in need. Please call 863-4679500 for more information. 10 Okeechobee News April 12, 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 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 YOU ASKED FOR IT! YOU ASKED FOR IT!Look near the Classifieds sectionNow featuring Sudoku and Crossword Puzzle in every edition of the 11 Okeechobee News A pril 12, 2013 Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy May 1 is Law DayThe Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed May 1, 2013, as Law Day in Okeechobee County on Thursday. Pictured are Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Frank Irby (left) and Okeechobee County Bar Association president Glenn Sneider (right) Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Child Abuse Awareness MonthApril is Child Abuse Awareness month in Okeechobee. Melissa Neeley (left), program director for the Children’s Home Society of Florida, was presented a proclamation on Thursday by Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Frank Irby (right).

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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 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. V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com Lori Mixon Visit us at our new location1306 SW 2nd Avenue 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 13 Okeechobee News A pril 12, 2013 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County S heriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida H ighway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Jennifer Leigh Hill, 32, N.W. 18th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 9 by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas on a DOC warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and violation of probation sale/delivery of a controlled substance. She is being held without bond.  Michael Dale Crose II, 28, N.E. 128th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested April 9 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation uttering a forged bill (two counts) and violation of probation grand theft (two counts). He is being held w ithout bond. Crose was also arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of failure to appear driving under the in uence. He is being held without bond on that charge also.  Jeffrey Wayne Allen, 28, N.W. 17th St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 11 by Deputy Bart Potter on DOC warrants charging him with the felonies of violation of probation giving false information to a secondary metals recycler, violation of probation dealing in stolen property, violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (amphetamine) and violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (lorazepam). 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 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local detective has arrested a man for allegedly using a woman’s debit card “out of spite” and taking over $480 in cash from her account. Bobby Edward Terrell, 49, S.E. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, April 10, on felony charges of grand theft and criminal use of personal identi cation. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of petit theft. Terrell is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $10,500. An arrest report by Detective Javier Gonzalez, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Terrell took the card and not only took cash from the victim’s account but accrued an additional $27.75 in transaction fees. Besides those fees, Terrell reportedly used the card so much that there is now $224 in overdraft fees. According to Detective Gonzalez the victim allowed Terrell to use the card to buy beer and cigarettes. The victim apparently told him there was only $8 in the account. But, when Terrell rst used the debit card and received a printout showing how much was actually in the victim’s account he kept on using it, pointed out the detective’s report. Terrell reportedly told the detective he was upset that the victim lied to him about how much money was actually in the account. “He said he did it out of spite due to (the victim) lying to him,” stated Detective Gonzalez. Man used stolen card ‘out of spite,’ says report Bobby Terrell The Orchid Club to meetThe Orchid Club will meet on Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. The Garden Club meets at 6 p.m. Come discuss your problem plant or bring a plant to show. For more information, call 863-763-6469.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will hold their regular membership meeting on Monday, April 15 beginning at noon in the Museum Building on U.S. 98 N. Anyone interested in joining the society is welcome to attend—just bring a covered dish to share. If interested in being a member, dues are $10 per year.Lake Okeechobee Basin meeting plannedA meeting to discuss the Lake Okeechobee Basin Management Plan is set for Tuesday, April 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Service Center, 3800 N.W. 16th Blvd., Suite A. The discussion will include Indian Prairie, Taylor Creek and Nubbins Slough. For information, go ontine to http://public les.dep.state. .us/DEAR/BMAP/LakeOkeechobee/; or, contact Beth Alvi at 850-245-8559 or Elizabeth.Alvi@dep.state. .us.

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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 *. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesNeed help understanding algebra, geometry or basic math? Call an experienced MATH TUTOR at 863-623-4747. Contact Sharon, math specialist and former math teacher. Reasonable rates. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full TimeIMMEDIATE OPENINGTHE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY (OUA) has an immediate opening for an Accounts Payable/Payroll Clerk. This position will require a minimum two years prior bookkeeping experience and working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. The primary responsibilities are compiling and maintaining accounts payable records, pa yroll records, and payroll processing. Applicant must have excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills. As an employee of the Okeechobee Utility Authority you will be provided with health bene ts, paid vacation/sick leave and a pension program. The OUA is a drug-free work place. 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 (M/F/V/D) DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE CONSTRUCTION Established Okeechobee construction company seeks skilled carpenters and aluminum installers to complete homeimprovement projects in Okeechobee and surrounding counties. Successful candidate possesses leadership ability, is a motivated self-starter and is experienced in all aspects of construction and or aluminum work. Documented work experience, trade tools, and driver’s license is a requirement .Computer literacy is a plus. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Please fax resume to 863-582-9509 or apply in person at 2625 US Highway 441 SE. Okeechobee FL. 34974. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time MANAGEMENT Established Okeechobee construction company seeks F/T person to manage the of ce and permit application process in Okeechobee and surrounding counties. Successful candidate possesses leadership ability, is a motivated self-starter and is experienced in all aspects of construction permitting. Computer literacy is a requirement. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Please fax resume to 1-863-582-9509 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Employment Full Time ROOFING Established Okeechobee roo ng company seeks F/T person to install roo ng products in Okeechobee and surrounding counties. Successful candidate possesses leadership ability, is a motivated self-starter and is experienced in all aspects of Roo ng. Documented work experience, trade tools, and driver license is a requirement. Computer literacy is a plus. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Please fax resume to 863-582-9509 or apply in person at 2625 US Highway 441 SE. Okeechobee, FL 34974. TERMINAL COMPLIANCE SUPPORT Southeast Milk is now hiring a Terminal Compliance Support person. This person would be responsible for maintaining the yard and cleaning and ensuring the trucks are in good repair. Position is full time permanent at 40+ hrs per wk. Full bene ts plans to include medical, dental, vision, Life, AD&D, STD, LTD, 401K. Access www.southeastmilk.org to complete an Employment Application. Email completed applications to thazelden@ southeastmilk.org or mail them to P.O. Box 3790 Belleview, FL 34421-3790. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Employment Part TimeNeeded-Handy Man with all skills,must have own tools & transportation. Good pay for the right person all local Okeechobee work. Call 561-262-1390 for details. Shop here first! The classified ads Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Business Opportunities 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. Business Opportunities ApartmentsVERY NICE 2BR/1BA Apt on water/No pets/No smoking/$750.00/month unfurnished or $850.00/month furnished/1st and security (772)216-6340 or (772)216-1597 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Real Estate ServicesCovered RV lot #265 w family room. at Blue Cypress Golf & RV. $325 monthly w/lease. On water. Call now. (863)697-3132 CollectiblesWANTEDHighwaymen Oil Paintings. H. Newton, A. Hair, A.E. Backus, R.A. McClendon, G. Buckner, J. Hutchinson. Big $$ Call 772-562-5567 FurnitureNiagra Massage Recliner with Radiant Heat. New $1,200 asking $175.00 O.B.O. 863-763-3768 MiscellaneousJunk Yard Jimtravel trailers, mobile homes, tractors, golf carts, lawn mowers, autos, trucks, boats, BARTER, BUY OR SELL 954-553-6966 or 239-628-8795. Pets/SuppliesYorkipoo Pups tiny toys, 8 wks, shots/ health cert.reg.papers. Male $450.Female $500 cash only. Must see 863-610-2725. Apartments2/1 Oak Lake 60A Remodeled. $700 incl water 1st, last, $500 sec Call 863-634-3312. 14 Okeechobee News April 12, 2013

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Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 Okeechobee1 Bedroom w/Florida room in town for rent. Kitchen appliances furnished. $600/month, 1st, last, and $400 security. Call: (863)467-8705 TAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished $650 mo. 1st, last & sec. dep. (561)352-4243 Business Places Business For Sale or lease with property. Drive Thru Convenant Store. Please contact Mithu 561-301-6180 Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor Creek Condo 2/1, On water, Pool, Dock. $850/mo + 1st & sec. Short term rates also available Call (863)634-8756 Houses RentFURNISHED 2/1 W/FLA ROOM & GARAGE LOCATED IN KINGS BAY. LONG OR SHORT TERM. (863) 467-4371. House For Rent Oak Park 3/1, new appliances, fresh paint, large fenced yard, quiet location. $800/mo plus security. Available before May 1st Call 863-447-9922 or 519-746-4844 or vmcara@hotmail.com OKEE 1002 SE 8th Dr. Newly Remodeled. 2 br. 1 ba. $650. All appls., tile oors, hurricane windows. Immediate occupancy. Last, sec. $ ref. Chris 863-447-3282 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 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 Large fenced lot with oak trees in Treasure Island Zoned for houses or mobile homes. $18,000.00 Call 863-634-2820 Mobile Home RentMobile home on canal, 2bd/1ba, $125. week, $500. dep, water and trash incld, Treasure Island. 863-634-9990 Mobile HomeSale3bd/1ba 2005 Mobile Home located in Clewiston at Tropical Mobile Home Village. has 10x16 shed w/electric, asking $28,000 Call 863-228-5415 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 FOR SALE 35FT RV PARK MODEL, FLORIDA ROOM, CONCRETE CARPORT, C/A/H, VERY GOOD CONDITION, VANTAGE OAKS $10,000 O.B.O. CALL 863-467-0079 Palm Harbor Retirement Community Homes $8,500 off, 2/2 & 3/2 from $39,900 Call John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details http://www.palm harbor.com/ model-center/plantcity/ Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Pickup Trucks1970 FORD TRUCK REDUCED TO $500.00 CALL 904-502-4171 Public Notice LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast/DBA, Workforce Solutions Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium announces a meeting of the Executive Committee to which all persons are invited: DATE & TIME : Friday, April 19, 2013 8:00 a.m. PLACE: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers, and the Workforce Development Board DBA, Workforce Solutions. A copy of the agenda and access information may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 772/335-3030 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 440646 ON 4/12/2013 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 4/27/13 @ 10:00 AM Unit #117Rhonda L. James Unit # 119Rhonda L. James Unit # 128Katherine M. Sellers Unit # 233Bryan K. Martin Unit # 246Aero Executive Paint Unit # 249Aero Executive Paint Unit # 466Antonio R. Bonilla 440643 ON 4/12,19/2013 15 Okeechobee News A pril 12, 2013 ACROSS 1 South American plain 6 Fifth pillar of Islam 10 Back country transports, briefly 14 Poppy product 15 Bean product? 16 Antihero? 17 Free garden supply? 19 Tahoe bar, say 20 Cheese from Veneto 21 Cognac designation 23 It may follow sex 24 Cost at a Walmart competitor? 27 Main response? 29 Feminine principle 30 Bass, e.g. 31 Boomers are swelling its ranks 34 Vast expanse 38 Become more forgiving? 42 Only brother not in any Marx Brothers films 43 Foreign minister under Meir 44 Comic Margaret 45 Petting zoo chorus 47 Metaphorical hiding place 50 Pessimistic brat? 54 Palme __: Cannes award 55 Words of agreement 56 Super Bowl party array 60 Work 62 Were on to you!Ž (and a hint to how this puzzles other four longest answers were created) 64 Sci-fi shots 65 Shekels 66 Hartford-based insurance giant 67 Harpers Bazaar artist 68 The same, to Alain 69 Discomfiting look DOWN 1 First name in soft drinks? 2 Mil. addresses 3 La BohmeŽ role 4 Leave the larva stage 5 James Bond and JFK have worn them 6 __ Honor 7 ... and gentle as __Ž: Matthew 8 Jefferson, notably 9 Heap 10 Turkish title 11 Destructive, as a relationship 12 Sibeliuss __ TristeŽ 13 Keep from flowing 18 Gray painted by Basil Hallward 22 Conviction, maybe 25 Fireplace insert 26 Old empire builder 27 Winningest manager in Expos history 28 Polite rural reply 30 Subj. for solvers 32 Steal from 33 Not quite win 35 Confer ending 36 Vier times zwei 37 Paleoopposite 39 Slate, e.g., for short 40 Hoover, for one 41 Join 46 Stuffy type 48 Midwestern natives 49 It may be vented 50 Without face value 51 Blow 52 Thrift store abbr. 53 One of two in Mozarts string quintets 54 Drop off 57 Bloat, maybe 58 Promgoers concern59 Have the lead 61 Captains hdg. 63 Scandalous 80s initials By Mike Peluso (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 07/01/11 07/01/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Crossword Puzzle orida.newzap.com WM donates to three non-pro t organizationsEach year Waste Management donates processed meat from the purchases at the Okeechobee 4-H Livestock sale to Faith Farm Ministries, Real Life Children’s Ranch and Martha’s House. Special to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right are Faith Farm Assistant Director Allen Patterson and WM Operations Manager Jason Johns.Special to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right are Okeechobee Landll Senior District Manager Tony Bishop, Real Life Children’s Ranch Exec. Director Mark Mayers and WM Operations Manager Jason Johns.Special to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right are Okeechobee Landll Sr. District Manager Tony Bishop, Martha’s House Exec. Director Jonathan Bean, Maggie Sandova and Shirlean Graham.

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S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 16 Okeechobee News April 12, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Seven senior girls played their nal high school game Tuesday night as Okeechobee fell to Treasure Coast, 21-0 in ag football action at Brahman Stadium. Treasure Coast took advantage of three interceptions in the second half to convert short touchdown drives. The game was scoreless at halftime. OHS coach Bruce Jahner said the team played great in the rst half but made a couple of errors in the second half that came back to haunt the team. "We played great defense. The offense moved the ball. A couple of mental mistakes hurt us," he explained. Treasure Coast had an edge in speed and w as able to run the ball successfully outside in the second half. They also returned one interception for a touchdown and a second w as returned inside the Lady Brahman 20y ard line. Quarterback Kyla Hargraves completed 18 passes for 126 yards. Thaddricka Sanders had three receptions for 41 yards. Baylee Farless caught six passes and Sha'Dajia Williams had seven receptions for 20 yards. Maci Thomas caught one pass for 30 yards. Makayla Root grabbed two passes for 30 yards. On defense Aubrey Robertson had ve tackles. Tiffany Bowers had four tackles plus a sack and Kailey Hoover had four tackles. Jahner said it was a sad night for many as six of the senior girls are four-year lettermen candidates. He said senior night can also add pressure to the seniors to perform. "Everybody is a little nervous and a little excited. I felt they did well, they played a good team. I hope all the seniors have success in their future endeavors," he added. OHS must win their nal three games of the season to qualify to play in the District Tournament. They played Thursday at Fort Pierce Westwood and play away games at Fort Pierce Central and St. Lucie West Centennial next week. The district tournament is scheduled for April 20. "I think the girls still have a chance for districts," Jahner added. Lady Brahmans shut out in ag football loss Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyQuarterback Kyla Hargraves eluded the rush during the loss to Treasure Coast on Tuesday night. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThaddricka Sanders catches a pass across the middle Tuesday against Treasure Coast. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School broke an 11game losing streak Tuesday when they stunned arch rival Martin County 4-1 in Stuart. Okeechobee changed their philosophy and used their pitchers for shorter stints and that seemed to work as they kept the imposing Tiger hitters at bay for most of the night. Okeechobee only had two hits on the night, one an RBI single by Layton Thomas, but took advantage of what Martin County gave them in the form of walks and errors. Trenton Hickman was hit twice by pitched balls and scored two runs. Okeechobee also scored two runs on a throwing error. "The biggest thing tonight was our pitchers," coach Jeff Blackstone said, "They put up zeros all night and you will win a lot of games when you only give up one run." Martin County had clinched the top seed in the district already, but still played their regular lineup. Tyler Barber didn't allow a hit or walk for the rst three innings. Kutter Crawford picked up the win with three innings of relief. Crawford scattered ve hits and allowed one run. Jack Radebaugh pitched a scoreless seventh to get the save. Christian Crews had a single and a run scored for the Brahmans, (5-18). Martin County fell to (16-4). "We adjusted our pitching because it seems our pitchers do well for the rst or second time through an opponent's batting order. The third time they've started to struggle, so we adjusted, and it worked out well tonight," he added. Blackstone said the batters were more patient at the approach and that some even laid down bunts to put pressure on the defense. He also said the Tigers pitcher thre w hard, upper 80s, but was erratic and wild at times. The make-up game with St. Lucie West Centennial planned for Wednesday night was cancelled. The Brahmans will hold their senior night game on Friday against South Fork High School. The rst pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Brahmans snap skid with 4-1 win over Tigers By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Cody Walker reached the nals of the District 15-3A Tennis Tournament in Jensen Beach before bowing out to Jensen Beach in straight sets. Walker had won two matches in the tournament. The Lady Brahman tennis team nished in third place overall and the boys team nished in sixth position. The Brahman boy's track team nished in ninth place and the Lady Brahmans in ninth place at the track meet held at South Fork High School on Tuesday. Top performances included a rst place nish in the 100 meters by Mike Thomas, and a second place nish by Sha'Dajia Williams in the 400 meters. Rosa Borja took 14th place in the girls discus with a toss of 70'4". Bobby Garza took 10th place in the boys shot put with a throw of 39 feet. The girls 4x800 meter relay team nished in sixth place behind Charleigh Heater, Tabatha Henry, Ana Huerta and Sandra Luviano. Henry took fourth place in the girls 1600 meters with a time of 5:44.42. Henry nished in second place in the 3200 meters with a time of 12:33.08. Frank Adamo nished in fth place in the 400 meters at 52.64. Cole Owens too k 12th place in the 800 meters with a time o f 2.19:33. Owens nished 10th in the 3200 meters at 12:05.63. The boys4x400 meter team took fourth place behind Adams, Kain Sarros, Thomas and Sergio Vargas. Okeechobee Sports in Brief

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2 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2013 S o u t h C e n t r a l F l o r i d a C a r C l u b w e l c o m e s e n t h u s i a s t s South Central Florida Car Club welcomes enthusiastsThe South Central Florida Car Club (SCFCC) was started in 2006. The idea of the club was a collaboration of Tom Corbitt and his son and a few others from the Hendry and Glades County area. The club has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years. The group now has over 45 members, these members own over 200 classic and vintage cars and trucks. Members now come from LaBelle, Moore Haven, Lehigh, Alva, Ft. Myers, Clewiston and Cape Coral along with many part time residents. This is a very diverse group of car enthusiasts. Members certainly run the gamut. Owners h ave rat rods, vintage, muscle car, foreign, classic, concept cars, trucks and new, modern, showroom fresh cars. Both men and women enjoy being involved in this club. There are no age limits for the group— all you h ave to do is like cars. A big welcome is extended to all auto enthusiasts. Why, heck, you don’t even need to own a car—you just h ave to like them! SCFCC meets the third Tuesday of each month from September through June, in Barron Park on State Road 29 N. in LaBelle. The park is tucked in alongside the Caloosahatchee River, near the base of the draw bridge. It is lled with many grand old live oaks. The club hosts what it calls Hot Rides & Hot Dogs in the Park from 5-8 p.m. They grill up some pretty great hot dogs, served with all kinds of xings, along with drinks, chips and usually some kind of sweets. Everyone is welcome to come out and join them under the covered pavilion. Bring your ride, bring a friend and enjoy a night of great food and conversation. One of the biggest things the SCFCC is known for is the Annual Legends of the Road Super Cruise and Show. This event is held annually in conjunction with the world renowned Swamp Cabbage Festival. The car show is held in the old historical district of LaBelle, adjacent to Barron Park, just steps away from the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. This event has grown over the years into a rst class event. Show goers not only are able to attend a great show, but they are within a holler of the “infamous” Armadillo Races held in Barron Park. While there they can partake in consuming the heart of the state tree of Florida, the Sable Palm, also known as Swamp Cabbage. It is served up fried into fritters, boiled and stewed and even made into relish. There are numerous handicraft vendors under the majestic live oaks for guests to visit. The bandstand has continuous live acts during the day, ranging from old fashion cloggers to top-name music stars playing for your entertainment. The event is held the last full weekend of February annually. The Legends of the Road Super Cruise and Show is a major fundraiser for the club. Annually, the club selects a di erent civic group to support by their fundraising e orts. In the past they h ave donated to the Humane Society and the Hendry-Glades Woman’s Crisis Center. The past few years their main focus has been the Veterans Memorial Park in LaBelle. SCFCC was one of the rst groups to step up and donate some of the seed money to get this park started and has proudly donated funds to help with the maintenance of the park over the past few years. For 2013, they h ave chosen once again the Veterans Memorial Park, as well as LaBelle Little League, Olivia Luckey and her Church Mission Project as benefactors of the 7th Annual Legends of the Road Show and Super Cruise. The SCFCC also has two other pet projects. In November and December of each year, members collect canned goods and toys for the Salvation Army to help the needy. At the November Cruise-In they collected over 100 food items to donate. At the Christmas holiday Cruise-In they collected numerous toys and food items for area families. There is such a need, they are glad to be able to help out even more families this past year, than they h ave in the past. The South Central Florida Car Club welcomes you to come out, pull up a bench, sit a spell, and join in the conversation. They will feed ya well, at one of their monthly Cruise-Ins. Families are always welcome—lots of room for the kids to play in the park safely. Bike riders are welcome too—they love to see everyone swing in and join them. If you need information or direc-Courtesy photo/ South Central Florida Car Club T h e l i v e o a k t r e e s o f B a r r o n P a r k m a k e a s c e n i c b a c k d r o p f o r a S o u t h C e n t r a l The live oak trees of Barron Park make a scenic backdrop for a South Central F l o r i d a C a r C l u b s h o w Florida Car Club show.tions, call one of the o cers, Ellen Beers at 863-634-9875 or D ave Gipson at 239728-6596.

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4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2013 C a r c l u b s g r o w i n g i n p o p u l a r i t y i n F l o r i d a Car clubs growing in popularity in FloridaAmericans love their cars. For most Floridians, a car is a necessity for daily transportation. For some, a car represents the freedom of the open road and the adventure of travel. For others, a car is a status symbol. Young people may see their rst car as proof they are entering the adult world. The American automobile culture includes car clubs—groups of individuals who gather to share their love of the automobile with other enthusiasts and host car shows. Some clubs specialize in particular models, such as Ford Mustangs or Corvettes. Others concentrate on classic cars manufactured during a particular time period. There are clubs for owners of Lowrider vehicles and clubs for people who build their own “kit cars.” Some clubs are open to anyone and everyone who loves cars—even if you don’t currently own one. The clubs host “drive in” gatherings— often at restaurants—as well as cruise nights and car shows. They also proudly show o their vehicles in local parades. Many car club events are fundraisers for local charities. Members often post photos and discuss their cars on facebook pages and blogs. Area car clubs include the following. • South Central Car Club meets in LaBelle (see story page 2). For more information, call 239-564-2002. • Big Lake Cruisers in Clewiston is a group of classic car enthusiasts (see story page 5). They meet once a month to discuss any business and talk about cars. For more information see www. biglakecruiserscarclub.com. • Caloosahatchee Corvette Cruisers is a membership for Corvette enthusiasts living in Hendry, Glades and East Lee County. Their goal is to promote and enjoy their Corvettes as well as each other. Activities consist of cruise-ins, caravans, car shows and partaking in charitable events whenever possible. The only requirement is that you own a Corvette and like to h ave a g ood time with others like you. For more information, contact Armando Sampedro at 561-248-5404. Chobee Cruisers in Okeechobee is open to all vehicles—everything from custom, antique, hotrod to ratrod. For more information, contact Chris at 863-697-8721.  Kryptec Customs is based in Okeechobee and is open to those with modern vehicles. For more information, contact Jeremy at 863-447-5213.  Savage Car Club is a new car club in Okeechobee. For more information, nd Savage Car Club on Facebook.• Custom Dreams is a Lowrider Car Club in Okeechobee listed on the 2013 National Lowrider Club Registry. For more information online, go to www. lowridermagazine.com. Xtreme Lowz is a mini truck club with a local chapter based in West Palm Beach. For more information, go to XtremeLowz. com.• AACA Palm Beach Region in Lake Worth is a club dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and enjoyment of not only antique cars, but all cars. Members are not required to own an antique car, but only to share the love of automobiles. The club has members from all over Palm Beach County and get together monthly for social gatherC a r c l u b s g r o w i n g i n p o p u l a r i t y i n F l o r i d a Car clubs growing in popularity in Florida ings, meetings, and car shows. For more information, contact Orlando Hernandez, web master, at 561-543-8691. • Gulfshore Mustang Club in Lehigh Acres is a chartered regional club of Mustang Club of America serving Lee and Collier counties. They h ave several family oriented events including shows, cruises, picnics, seminars, etc. Their primary charity endeavor is Big Brothers Big Sisters. For more information, contact Minette Langston at 239-8391135. • Monarchs in West Palm Beach is a club that started in Long Island, New York in 1955. It is open to all auto enthusiasts. There are no dues, no rules, just car talk and fun. For more information contact “Sal,” founding member at 561635-9982. • Palm Beach Muscle Car Association is an open car club for any and all American Muscle Cars! Ford, GM, Dodge, AMC, etc. There are no annual dues. For more information contact John Zeilinga, president, at 561-756-3063. • PBC Classics Car Club, is a new Palm Beach County Car Club. They accept all types of cars and are an easy/relaxed group of people. For more information, contact Jean Lopane at 561-704-0669. • South East Rods & Customs is a southeast Florida club based in West Palm Beach. They host the monthly Abacoa Town Center Cruise In and Parade, and the proceeds from all events are donated to local charities. For more information online, go to www.serodsncustoms.com. • South Florida Hot Rides Car Club hosts meetings, car shows and cruiseins in South Florida. For more information online go to www.south oridahotrides.com. Some information for this article came from http://www. acarshows. com/, www.crusinsouth orida.com and www.carshow nder.com. Courtesy photo/ Rockin’ Rod Car Show The annual Rockin’ Rod Car Show & Swamp Meet is a fundraising for ARC of Okeechobee. This year’s event is planned for Oct. 19, 2013.

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5 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2013 Big Lake Cruisers are based in ClewistonCLEWISTON—Big Lake Cruisers is a small group of car collectors and enthusiasts. They also welcome owners of motorcycles as many of our members h ave both a classic and a motorcycle. They do not require that you currently own a car or motorcycle to be a member. They do require that you h ave a love and appreciation of the classic or collectible automobiles and/or motorcycles. Any member of the club can propose you for membership. Membership is $30 per year. The price is the same regardless if you are a single or a family. Dues run from Jan. 1 thru Dec. 31 of each year. They typically run a special on membership July 1 through December 31 which means that if you join during this time, you pay half-price membership dues till the end of the year. Then the following year, your dues go back to $30. Club meetings are typically held on the second Thursday of every month. The meeting site has been moved to a club member’s home/shop at 708 E. Alverdez Ave. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. If you want to attend a meeting, to just check it out, we ask that they contact one of the o cers listed on the home page so they can put you on the meeting agenda. During the year, the club tries to attend other cruise nights and various car shows and host other club events, such as a picnic. Our annual fundraiser is the Sugar Festival Rod Run with most of the proceeds going to our scholarship program which bene ts two graduates of Clewiston High School each year. Club o cers are: President Doug Cooper, 863-228-0117; Vice-President Mel Lumpkin, 863-983-7050; and, Secretary Sissie Lumpkin, 863-983-7050. For more information online go to www.biglakecruisers.com. Courtesy photo/ Rockin’ Road Car ShowCar shows often have trophies for the best in each category as well as some special awards. Many local car shows raise money for charities. The Rockin’ Rod Car Show & Swap Meet bene ts ARC of Okeechobee. Courtesy photoOwners of vintage cars like to show off their vehicles at area parades, such at the Speckled Perch Festival Parade in downtown Okeechobee. Clubs often participate in parades as a group.

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6 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2013 Area festivals and special events... 1 0 10 t h th A n n u a l L O S T B i k e R i d e Annual LOST Bike RideOKEECHOBEE—Rotary’s 10th Annual L.O.S.T. (Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) Bike Ride will be on April 20, starting at 8 a.m. The L.O.S.T. is a great trek for people of all ages, skills and abilities. With rides of 12, 20, 40 and 54 miles as well as a 5K walk, there is something for everyone. The L.O.S.T. trail itself is world-renowned for its stunning vistas and numerous forms of wildlife. It has become a worldwide destination for bird watching and world class shing. This great fundraising event promises to be fun for all. All entrants are provided a goody-bag with a commemorative t-shirt and much more. There is a BBQ meal provided afterwards for all entrants as well as a 50/50 and a ra e with a lots 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. S u g a r F e s t i v a l Sugar FestivalCLEWISTON—The Clewiston Sugar Festival, an annual celebration of the end of the sugar cane harvest for Hendry County, will make a big return this year, with entertainment featuring such acts as: The Farm, Shane Duncan and Alter Eagles. The festival activities start on Thursday, April 18, with Seminole Heritage Day at the Clewiston Museum. The main events will be held April 19 and 20 in the heart of the city across from the Clewiston Inn and the U.S. Sugar campus. Festival events will include: Arts and crafts, food booths, a 5K run/walk, alligator wrestling demonstrations, a kids fun park area, Big Lake Cruisers Classic Car Show, the Sweet Taste of Sugar recipe contest, hospital bed races and the Raisin’ Cane Rodeo. This year’s festival promises to be another excellent event, with the support of several sponsors including the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the U.S. Sugar Corporation. For more information online go to www.clewistonsugarfestival.com. B l a c k G o l d J u b i l e e Black Gold JubileeBELLE GLADE—The 35th Annual Black Gold Jubilee Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at the Torry Island Recreation Center in Belle Glade. The event kicks o with a 5K Walk/Run at 7:30 a.m., to be followed by all-day free children’s activities, rides, games, and a dunk tank. For the adults, food booths and arts and craft features the best in local cuisine and art. Rounding out the activities are photography displays, car show, volleyball tournament and a corn-eating contest. This year, the festival will be marking the return of its famous reworks celebration, which will be held at dusk. For more information, nd the Black Gold Jubilee on Facebook, or contact the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce at 561-996-2745. T h e P l a n e t s The PlanetsFORT PIERCE—The Indian River State College Hallstrom Planetarium will present the galactic show, “The Planets.” In a recorded narration by Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway of “Star Trek: Voyager”), Mulgrew takes the audience on a grand tour of the solar system and visits to Earth’s neighboring worlds. See a comet collide with Jupiter! Fly along the Mariner Valley, the Grand Canyon of Mars, and stand at the edge of the 10 mile-high ice cli s of Uranus’ moon, Miranda. Travel to far ung Pluto and out to the distant realms of other solar systems in this exciting show. The Planets will be presented on April 19 & 20, May 17 & 18, and June 14 & 15. Planetarium show times are Friday evenings at 7 and 8 p.m. and Saturday afternoons at 1 and 2 p.m. Tickets are $3 each and may be purchased at the IRSC Box Of ce at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center or by calling 1-800-220-9915 with VISA, Discover, American Express, or MasterCard or visit www.irsc.edu. Planetarium shows are recommended for adults and for children over the age of four. The Hallstrom planetarium’s temperature is maintained at 72 degrees and visitors may want to bring a light jacket or sweater. B a l l o o n s O v e r P a r a d i s e Balloons Over ParadiseIMMOKALEE—Seminole Casino Immokalee will bring its 2nd Annual “Balloons Over Paradise” Festival to the Seminole Tribe Youth Ranch Immokalee on April 20-21, starting at 6 a.m. daily. This celebration of ight features more than 40 custom hot air balloons and plenty of fun for the whole family including tethered balloon rides, live music by award-winning performers, food vendors, art showcase, children’s activities, carnival games, acrobatic kite demonstrations, classic car show, demonstrations by agility dogs and more. Admission is free to the allages festival. The Seminole Tribe Youth Ranch is located at 1195 S.R. 29 in Immokalee. The colorful balloons kick o each morning with an illuminated light show to orchestral music. Festival goers can walk among the balloons as they in ate for a mass ascension into the sky. Specialty balloons include Sugar Bear, Ella “phant” and a ying globe. Attendees will enjoy a great line-up of activities, all to the sounds of a variety of bands. On Saturday, April 20, pop-rocker Eddie Money will perform his greatest hits. During the late ’70s, Money had a handful of album rock hits and wound up crossing over into the Top 40 with songs like “Baby Hold On” and “Maybe I’m a Fool.” During the early ’80s, he began to make funny narrative videos, which became staples on early MTV and made “Shakin” and “Think I’m in Love” hits. 1986’s Can’t Hold Back featured the hit “Take Me Home Tonight” and “I Wanna Go Back,” making the album a Top 10 smash. In 1988, Money followed the album with Nothing to Lose, which featured the Top 10 “Walk on Water.” Two years later, “Peace in Our Time,” taken from the 1989 Greatest Hits: The Sound of Money, reached No. 11. Children will join in on the fun with storytelling, bounce houses and a climbing wall. Food vendors will be on hand with Amish donuts, kettle corn, crepes and great grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage. Attendees will also enjoy funnel cakes, cotton candy and other treats. Parking is free. Pets and coolers are not permitted. For more information, go to seminolecasinoevents.com. B l u e g r a s s B l u e b e r r y F e s t i v a l Bluegrass Blueberry FestivalThe third annual Avon Park Bluegrass Blueberry Festival, sponsored by Avon Park Rotary Club, will be held April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rotary Building, 20 S. Verona Avenue in Avon Park. For information, see the web site at www. aprotaryblueberryfestival.com. E l v i s F e s t i v a l Elvis FestivalINVERNESS—A new festival this year is the Elvis Festival set for April 26-28 at the Historic Citrus County Court House, one Courthouse Square, Inverness. Festival events will include award-winning Elvis impersonator, Ted Torres; Elvis Concert Under the stars; “When Elvis came to town” live on stage; and karaoke. For more information, go to www.elvisin orida.com or call 352-3341-6427 or 352-341-6436. A r t s h o w a t D o l l y H a n d C e n t e r Art show at Dolly Hand CenterBELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center’s spacious Grand Hall often plays home to visual art exhibits by local artists. Exhibits take place in conjunction with Guest Artist Series performances. The Grand Hall is open Monday Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to noon and one hour before all performances. Other viewing times available upon request. To inquire about exhibiting artwork in the Grand Hall, contact Leigh Woodham at 561-993-1160. April 16, the gallery will feature paintings by The Glades Art Group. From April 18-May 14, the gallery will feature Artwork from VSA Florida—sPalm Beach County.

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8 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions April 2013 PERFORMING ARTS Hosted by First United Methodist Church For Info, Call James Dawson, 863.447.2715*Prize money could increase or decrease based on number of entries Entry Fee Two DivisionsCash or Check only Singles $50 4 Person Team $200 1st Place Singles$1,000*1st Place (4) Person Team $1,500*Cash and prizes for 2nd, 3rd and 4th place singles and teams Lucky Lanes1465 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee 2013 Okeechobee Bowling OpenQualifying Squads: Friday 4pm, 6pm, and 8pmApril 26 27 Finals begin Saturday at 12pm Open to ALL BOWLERS!Check in times start 1 hour prior to each squadPlays, concerts, dancing & more... T a p TapBELLE GLADE— Most people tap their feet when they hear music, but some people make music by tapping their feet. TAP The Show is a powerhouse production, celebrating the artistry of tap dance from around the globe. “TAP The Show” is fueled by a non-stop explosion of rhythmic energy. Wrapped in dazzling costumes and backed by a soaring orchestral score, this cast of award-winning dancers and singers travels seamlessly over decades of styles from Broadway and big band to world music and pop/rock. Each section brings to life iconic tap moments of the past and creates brand new moments that amaze audiences. Included in this extravaganza are recreations of some of your favorite Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly numbers, Broadway showstoppers, smooth and sultry soft shoe, amenco, tribal, Irish step and more. Sing along and tap into the beat as you tap your feet with TAP The Show on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 pm at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center at Palm Beach State College in Belle Glade. For ticket information, call the box o ce at 561-993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org. W i z a r d o f O z Wizard of OzBELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center will present “The Wizard of Oz” Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Come see local stars perform as The Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center for its 19th annual production! That nasty tornado carries Dorothy and her canine pal Toto from the friendly con nes of her Kansas home to a fabled fantasy of mystery and magic in the land of Oz. With the help of the Munchkins and Glinda herself, our young Miss Gale and her loyal pooch join forces with the dancing Scarecrow, the romantic Tin Man and, of course, the everpopular Cowardly Lion. O they go down the Yellow Brick Road—sidestepping Winkies and a Wicked Witch—on their perilous journey to nd the Wizard and ask for his help. Following the 11 a.m. performance, enjoy refreshments and lots of fun activities sponsored by the Bank of Belle Glade and Glades Area Branches of the Palm Beach County Library System. Parents, bring your cameras for this event which is included in the price of admission. The box o ce is located at the southeastern corner of the building, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade which is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to noon. The box o ce also opens one hour prior to performances. For more information, call the box o ce at 561-993-1160. S t r e e t B e a t I n c Street Beat, Inc.BELLE GLADE—Street Beat, Inc. will perform at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade, on Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. Founded in 1996 by Kenneth & Nerissa Jackson, Street Beat Inc. (SBI) is critically acclaimed for its e orts to train youth to become self-reliant, by focusing on personal development through discipline and the arts. SBI’s Choreographer/ Artistic Director, Shanique Scott creates choreography that infuses Hip-Hop, Ballet, Jazz, and Lyrical movements to the latest contemporary gospel tunes. For more information, call the box o ce at 561-993-1160. T w y l a T h a r p o n T h e C r e a t i v e Twyla Tharp on The Creative H a b i t Habit FORT PIERCE—Since graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Twyla Tharp has choreographed more than one hundred thirty ve dances, ve Hollywood movies and directed and choreographed four Broadway shows. In 1965, Ms. Tharp founded her dance company, Twyla Tharp Dance. Her dances are known for creativity, wit and technical precision coupled with a streetwise nonchalance. Ms. Tharp’s work rst appeared on Broadway in 1980 with “When We were Very Young,” followed by her collaboration with David Byrne on “The Catherine Wheel” and then “Singin’ in the Rain.” In 2002, her dance musical “Movin’ Out” set to the music and lyrics of Billy Joel, received, among other awards, the 2003 Tony Award for Best Choreography. In lm, she has collaborated with director Milos Forman on “Hair,” “Ragtime,” and “Amadeus.” Ms. Tharp wrote her autobiography, “Push Comes to Shove,” in 1992 and went on to write “The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life,” followed by “The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together.” She will speak at Indian River State College on Friday, April 12, at 4 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Indian River State College Box o ce at 1-800-220-9915. C h o i r a n d W i n d E n s e m b l e Choir and Wind EnsembleFORT PIERCE—The Indian River State College Choir and Wind Ensemble will present “The Golden Age of Broadway” and “Music of Inspiration” on April 18 at 8 p.m., April 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and April 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the McAlpin Theatre, 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. For ticket information, call the IRSC Box O ce at 772-462-4750 or 1-800-220-9915.