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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 04-28-2013
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Newspapers -- Okeechobee County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Okeechobee -- Okeechobee
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).
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Sunday, April 28, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 51 13.53 feetLast Year: 11.73 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. OHS tennis team honored at banquet ... Page 8 OHS softball coach resigns ... Page 17 Student accused of spitting on principal ... Page 13 Ask questions about prescription drugs ... Page 10 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppTorch Run for Special OlympicsOf cer Belen Reyna (center), from the Okeechobee City Police Department, held the torch high in Friday morning's Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Personnel from various law enforcement and non-law enforcement agencies were in Okeechobee to take part in the April 26 run from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce to the Publix Supermarket parking lot, where a barbecue dinner was also held. It was not known by newspaper deadline how much money was raised. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Access to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) has been limited by a new gate near the old Taylor Creek boat ramps. At the April 25 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners, Gar y Ritter of the South Florida Water Management District said he has been receiving a lot of calls about the gate, but that the SFWMD has no control over it. “The landowner has chosen to gate of f the east section of Taylor Creek,” he explained. The dirt road in that area from U.S. 441 S. to the dike was an access point to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. “That gate is not ours,” said Mr. Ritter. “We do have a right of way for the loc k tender. When our folks go in, we have to Landowner gates off access to scenic trail Okeecohbee News/ Katrina ElskenA locked gate prevents access to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail on the east side of the Taylor Creek Locks. See LOST — Page 12 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Nikita LaDuke may not have a driver’s license but her quick action Friday morning likely kept her school bus from being involved in an accident when the driver suffered some sort of physical episode. According to William LaDuke when the bus driver passed out behind the wheel his 15-yearold daughter jumped from her seat and got behind the wheel. She was able to step on the brakes and turn off the ignition key before the bus rolled onto U.S. 98 N. Mr. LaDuke said late Friday that he normally takes his daughter to her school bus when it stops on N.W. 80th Avenue in Dixie Ranch Acres and waits for her to get on bus number 42. “I usually drive behind the bus to come Student grabs wheel after school bus driver collapsesSee BUS — Page 12

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By Tabitha TrentSpecial to the Okeechobee News Rotary president Jim Benton extended a warm Rotary welcome to guest speaker Suzanne Boyd, co-anchor of CBS12 News This Morning with Eric Roby, at the April 23 Rotary meeting. Suzanne shared with club members what it is “really” like to be on the air live before thousands of viewers. In addition, she shared how her life changed from growing up as a small town girl. Suzanne grew up in a farming family in Monticello, a small town outside of Tallahassee. In fact, Monticello is so small; it has no traf c lights, no movie theatre and only one major grocery store. So, after leaving high school, where Suzanne graduated with only 19 people, she decided to head off to the big town of Gainesville and the University of Florida. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism in 1995, and then landed her rst TV reporting job at SNN6 in Sarasota. Suzanne had always wanted to live in South Florida and nally got her big break in 1998 when she landed a reporting gig at CBS12. She has won three Associated Press Awards for her reporting and helped launch the CBS12 I-TEAM. Suzanne loves Gator football, crossword puzzles and running. Suzanne lives with her husband and two children in beautiful Delray Beach. The Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets every Tuesday at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant; please feel free to come join us for a wonderful time of fellowship and experience “Service Above Self” in action! 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 To stay comfortable, just stay put. Since the icomfort Wi-Fi lets you adjust your homes temperature from anywhere in the world using a smartphone, laptop or tablet, you dont have to get up to get comfortable. Offer expires June 14, 2013 CAC014022(863) 763-6742208 SW 5th. Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974*Rebate oer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. System rebate oers range from $300 $1,100. **See dealer for details and visit www.energy star.gov for more information on the credit guidelines. 2013 L ennox Industries, Inc. RECEIVE UP TO A $1,100 rebate*when you buy a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System. ANDUp to $500 in Federal Tax Credits** 2 Okeechobee News April 28, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ 4-H Picture Perfect Photography ClubPet of the WeekThis Lab mix puppy is one of eight 11-week old pups available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. The puppies were born at the Humane Society. Seven of the puppies are black and white spotted dogs. One is black. Their mother is a sweet natured white Lab. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Suzanne Boyd of CBS12 News visits Rotary Special to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right at the April 23 Okeechobee Rotary Club meeting are veteran Rotarian John Ed Burdeshaw, Suzanne Boyd and Rotary president Jim Benton. Shrine collecting can tabsThe Okeechobee Shrine Club is collecting the “pull tabs” from aluminum cans. For information on activities of the club, call Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Okeechobee News April 28, 2013 Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Cinnamon I asked my child about the ‘cinnamon challenge’ and he said it has been around for years and that it is just a dumb thing to do. Fortunately, some kids do think about the health risks for these crazy stunts and care more about their future than they do about some stupid challenge.  Teenage risks are an example of Darw inism at work. The smarter ones avoid the so called ‘challenges’ and survive.Quotes to ponder “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle w hich if acted on would save one-half the w ars of the world.”-Thomas Jefferson.County vehicles I have no problem with the deputized law enforcement of cers taking their cars home. I do understand a deputy wanting his car close by as it is “his/her of ce” and let’s say in case of an emergency event they are more quickly able to respond than having to go to the of ce to pick a vehicle up. Let me give you an example: back in the 70s a deputy was shot up near Bassinger and there was a scramble calling in off-duty deputies to assist. It so happened that an off-duty ofcer lived in Bassinger and was on the scene to assist the injured deputy within minutes, having all of his needed supplies/equipment in his pre-packed patrol car. The zones are broken down into four quads and there are deputies living within each quad. If a catastrophic event/emergency occurs within a zone/quad, an off-duty deputy can be called in from home, fully uniformed and equipped with his/her car; they are on duty and ready for action immediately. I view that vehicle as a small “perk” if nothing else that surely we can afford them. I do not agree with any other county-owned vehicles going home, period. I see no need of emergency nor bene t to the county from taking many of these other department vehicles home.A Faithful Response to TerrorBy Loy MershimerOkeechobee Presbyterian Church In light of the recent Boston Marathon bombing, the harsh reality of terrorism is again front page news. Many people wonder, “How should we respond? What can be done?” There is understandable anger at these heinous acts of terror: What kind of people put backpack bombs down beside little children and innocent bystanders, look them in the eye, and then step away to trigger the bomb? And what kind of radical religion actually gains recruits after such actions? Such actions deserve anger, yes. Such actions deserve justice. But when anger at the actions crosses over into hatred of the perpetrators, we lose the heart of our intended life. How then should a faithful person respond to such acts? In a nutshell, Christ taught the freedom of individual forgiveness and the justice of State punishment. What this means personally is that we are called to forgive, to release offenders from hatred in our own consciousness. This frees us from the prison that offenders would place us in, spiritually [Mt. 6:14, Eph. 4:32]. However, for the State, this means that the focus is justice: punishing the evildoer. [Rom. 13:4, 1 Pet. 2:14]. In some sense this is a paradox, but it is fully true. In one stroke it provides freedom of heart and a foundation for peaceful society. What this means for us, as faithful citizens, is that each of us should be able to look terror suspects in the eyes, with complete concord of heart. We see the bomber’s face, not with hatred, but pity—pity for a life thrown away in dark deception; we see him not with hatred, but forgiveness, forgiving the offender as surely as God forgives us, for our trespasses against Him. However, this also means that in our role of State, we carry out justice against the perpetrator with clear eyes and clear heart. Actions against innocents carry results, ever and always, in divine order. As faithful people, once the bullets stop and the bombs are defused, we bind up wounds— even if the person is guilty and waiting trial, we provide medical care. We treat the offender as one made in the image of God, gone terribly awry—some mother’s son, over whom tears are shed. Consistently, Lyle Fried notes that the Boston Islamist terror suspect is being cared for in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a hospital that is a combination of two health groups representing his sworn enemies. Decades before Beth Israel and Deaconess hospitals came together as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, each was a leader in health care with a long history of personalized patient care and community service. In 1896, as part of their missionary charter, Methodist deaconesses founded Deaconess Hospital to care for the city’s residents. In 1916, Beth Israel Hospital was established by the Boston Jewish community to meet the needs of the growing immigrant population. And now his life has been saved by the very Judeo-Christian order that he has sworn to destroy! The same society that he hates provides him medical care and provision. That is the American ideal, an ideal based on faithful life, revealed in Christ. This is a perfect metaphor of faithful response: Yes, in combatting terror, we act against evil with extreme prejudice; one terrorist is in the morgue, killed in acts of terror. However, we also act without prejudice against the person; the other terrorist is in the hospital, given care that equals the best care given his victims, only a few doors down the hall. As faithful people, we are called to live in freedom of heart, giving forgiveness at the same time we punish evil. We learn the difference between forgiveness and pardon: Forgiveness is what we give individually, before God; pardon is what is meted out—or not— by State, regarding criminal activity. And in this paradox, there is peace and justice. May it ever be so, for our Country! God bless America! Okeechobee Forecast Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lo w in the mid 60sExtended ForecastMonday: Partly sunny with a chance o f showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent. Monday Night: Partly cloudy. A chance of evening thunderstorms. Mid 60s. Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! Special to the Okeechobee NewsVolunteers appreciatedThe Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) held its annual Volunteer Recognition and Appreciation event, where 35 attendees were treated to lunch, years of service awards, door prizes and gift cards. RSVP is open to anyone age 55 and over who desires to make a difference in the community. The ladies in the photo are, left to right, Wanda Klesper – RSVP Project Director for Okeechobee, Jaime Estremera-Fitzgerald – CEO Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. and Joyce Norris, CFO Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. For information about this program, please call the of ce at 863-450-9402.

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V FW to host Sunday DinnerThe North VFW at 300 N.W. 34th St. will s erve Sunday dinner on April 28, from 1-3 p .m. Lori will serve a Stuffed Pepper dinner f or a donation of $6.50. Proceeds go toward V eterans Assistance Programs. O keechobee Youth Livestock Show to hold annual meetingThe Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show w ill hold its annual meeting Tuesday, May 2 8, at 7 p.m. in the Osceola Middle School g ym. While the public is welcome to attend, i n order to participate as a voting member y ou must complete a membership form and s ubmit $5 dues by April 30 For members hip forms and additional information, go to w ww.okeechobeeyouthlivestockshow.com. E agles auxiliary to host dinnerCypress Hut Eagles auxiliary will serve o pen-faced hot turkey sandwiches by Carla a nd Debbie on Wednesday, May 1 Proceeds g o to the auxiliary community charity fund. O n Thursday, May 2, the Aerie will serve spag hetti dinners by Dennis. Proceeds go to the D iabetes Research Fund. Both start at 5:30 p .m. and the public is welcome. For more i nformation, please call Cypress Hut Eagles 4 509 at 863-467-1154. H ealthy Start to meetOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board o f directors will meet Wednesday, May 1 a t 11 a.m. at their of ce at 1132 S. Parrott A ve. in the White House Plaza. The meeti ng is open to the public. The Okeechobee H ealthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens i nterested in promoting healthy families and h ealthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. F or information, contact executive director K ay Begin at 863-462-5877. O HS hosting playOHS Drama Troupe 7319 will present Once upon A Mattress" on Thursday, May 2 ; Friday, May 3; and, May 10th and 11th. The s hows will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 f or students and $10 for adults. For informat ion, contact Ms. Raulerson at 863-462-5025, e xt. 8011. F ive wishes Workshop offered Hospice of Okeechobee presents hands o n workshop on communicating your ve w ishes. Five wishes is a check list which e xplains the ve wishes in case of serious i llness. The date through 2013 are May 2 J une 6, July 11, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 a nd Dec. 5. The workshop will be held at the O keechobee public library, 206 S.W. 16th St. a t 2 p.m. For more information, call 863-4672 321.Annual BBQ contest slatedThe annual O.L. Raulerson Jr. Barbecue Contest will be held Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, at the Okeechobee County AgriCivic Center on S.R. 70 E. There will also be a Cornhole Tournament on the arena oor. Entry fee for the tournament is $30 per twoperson team after Saturday, April 27. Entry fee for the barbecue competition is: $25 per category for Friday, May 3; and, $50 per category for Saturday's competition. All proceeds raised will go to the O.L. Raulerson Jr. Scholarship. For information, contact Noel at 863-634-0650.Cinco De Mayo event plannedOkeechobee Nonpro t Housing will host a Cinco De Mayo Family Festival on Sunday, May 5 at Phil American Cultural Foundation Complex, 5154 S.W. 16th Ave., in from 3 to 9 p.m. There will be food, music, arts and crafts, games, pinatas, bounce houses, slides, pony rides, a martial arts demonstration and soccer and volleyball competitions. Admission is free but there will be a $5-pervehicle fee for parking. Food and arts and crafts vendors are welcome. To sign up as a vendor, please go to the Okeechobee Nonpro t Housing of ce at 115 S.W. Fifth Ave.Summer camp sign-ups startRegistration for Okeechobee County "Survivor" Summer Camp will start Monday, May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Okeechobee Sports Complex, 640 N.W. 27th Lane. Spots are available on a rst-come, rst-served basis. Registration will continue through May 31. The camp will be held June 17 through Aug. 2, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N. The camp is open to children ages 6 to 12, For information, contact the Okeechobee Parks and Recreation Department at 863-7636950.State Rep. opens of ce doorsState Representative Cary Pigman, along with Okeechobee District Secretary Libby Maxwell, are pleased to announce the completion of his Okeechobee of ce and would like to invite the community to a Grand Opening. The ribbon cutting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7 Rep. Pigman's doors will of cially be opened with the ribbon cutting being facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. Refreshments will be served. You will also be able to meet your representative and staff. Rep. Pigman's of ce is located in the Chamber of Commerce building on the corner of U.S. 441 and S.R. 70 (55 S. Parrott Ave. behind the Okeechobee City Police Department). For information, visit www. okeechobeebusiness.com; or, call Mariah at 863-467-6246.Heritage holding "Stroke Support Group"The Heritage Assisted Living Facility will hold a "Stroke Support Group" on Wednesday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. at 608 N.E. 2nd Ave. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, Physical Therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. Refreshments will be served and day care services will be provided during session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, family and patients. For more information, call 863-763-1700.Shared Services to meetThe Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee County will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 on Friday, May 10, in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce, 700 S.W. Second Ave. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson 863 462-5000, Ext. 257.OHS troupe presents playOHS Drama Troupe 7319 will present "Once upon A Mattress" on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. For information, contact Ms. Raulerson at 863-462-5025, ext. 8011.Softball tourney to be heldA Men's Softball tournament bene t for Robbie Jolly III, a 15-year-old who sustained severe head trauma due to a four wheeler accident will be held on Saturday, May 11 at the adult softball elds, starting at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Jeneane at 863-634-2127, Becky at 863-447-9995, or Tomi at 863-634-1061.Golf tourney bene ts Chris DavisA bene t golf tournament for re ghter/ paramedic Chris Davis will be held Saturday, May 11, starting at 9 a.m. at the St. James Country Club, 5613 N.W. St. James Blvd., in Port St. Lucie. The cost is $65 per person or $260 per team. The entry fee also covers the cost of a beverage, snack and lunch at the end of the event. For information, contact: Saul at 863-697-1401; Zack at 863-634-3445; or, Donny at 863-634-6464.Local Pregnancy Center sponsors fundraiser On Saturday, May 11, the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee is sponsoring "2013 Walk, Run or Bike." Registration begins at 7 a.m. in Flagler Park. Awards will be given for the largest group, the group and individual that raises the most money and the group with the coolest T-shirt. For information, call 863-467-8748; or, e-mail debilarge@yahoo. com.Register for 2013-2014 kindergartenThe Okeechobee County School Board will hold kindergarten registration at the following schools: May 13, Everglades Elementary School, 863-462-5108; May 14, Central Elementary School, 863-462-5077; May 15, Seminole Elementary School, 863-462-5116; May 16, North Elementary School, 863462-5100; May 17, South Elementary School, 863462-5087. If your child will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, you should begin gathering the following information required by law to enter public school: legal proof of birth date, up-to-date immunization record, health exam record completed by a physician since Sept. 1, 2012, and proof of residence (FPL statement; OUA statement, etc.). Please contact the school your child will attend to schedule an appointment for kindergarten registration. If you do not kno w which school your child should attend, contact the Student Services Of ce at 863-4625000, Ext. 260.Salvation Army offers rental assistance to consumersThe Salvation Army Service Unit o f Okeechobee is currently taking applications for Rental Assistance. Applications can be picked up at the Service Unit of ce, 1600 # B (New Horizons bidg.) S.W. 2nd Ave. Mondays and Tuesdays, between the hours of 10 a.m. 2:30 p.m. The Salvation Army has FPL (Florid a Power and Light) funding available to assist quali ed consumers. Please call 1-863-763-6020 for guidelines and information, Mondays and Tuesdays, between the hours of 10 a.m. 2:30 p.m.Humane Society needs volunteersThe Okeechobee Humane Society Pet / Rescue is in need of volunteers to help with of ce work and to help as kennel supervisors. The organization is a non-pro t with no paid staff and depends on donations and community volunteers. For information, contact Belina Forlifer at 863-357-1104. C ommunity Events Brought to you by:ECHOLS Plumbing & AC863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News April 28, 2013

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When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 8 Okeechobee News April 28, 2013OHS tennis team honored at awards banquetBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Samantha Rivero won her fourth consecutive Most Valuable Player Award and Cody W alker was named Most Valuable Player for the boys team at the Okeechobee High School team banquet held Wednesday night at Mama Flego’s Restaurant. Jenna Rath and Brendon Jonassaint won the Brahman Awards for their respective teams this year. The Lady Brahman tennis team nished third overall at the district tournament this year and the boys team had an excellent regular season with an overall record of 9-2. Letters for the girls team were given out to Kearstin Dorrance, April Hogenkamp, A lexis Lopez, Kayla Orr, Jenna Rath, Samantha Rivero, Elizabeth Santelices and Chelsea W alker. Letters for the boys team went to Kirby Dobbs, Brandon Ball, Dylan Ferneau, Brendon Jonassaint, Colton McCreary, Lucas Penido, Otto Ramirez, Colt Root and Cody W alker. Brahman boys tennis coach Morgan Benion said she felt the squad was moving in the right direction despite a setback at districts. Six of the nine players were scholar athletes this year. She also required attendance at practice each day and more emphasis on conditioning and running. “All the boys put their effort toward it and responded quite well. We had a full team at practice each day and we learned the conditioning was important,” she added. Benion said the boys saw at districts that the other opponents had great skill but in many cases were stronger and faster. She said she plans big things for 2014. “I expect so much out of you guys. I want you to motivate each other in the off season. Go out, hit the ball and play some matches,” she said. “This was a great season. We beat Martin County, and we may have peaked at the w rong time. We are very lucky to have nine or ten guys that can compete, so I expect regionals over the next two years,” she added. Lady Brahmans coach Julie Halsey said all of the parents were very supportive this year and were positive and encouraging. She said as a novice in the game, she learned a lot from the kids. She told them she was lucky to have been a part of their lives. “The best thing I could bring to the team was conditioning and the workouts and I feel we had a successful season and I made an impact,” she said. “We played our hearts out at districts and put up a ght. Four seniors are leaving so we will need some new people to ll in next year.” Rivero said she will miss the sport and her teammates but this will not be the end of her tennis career. She will attend the University of Central Florida in the fall and intends to become a certi ed public accountant. She said she will play tennis for her entire life and will hopefully pass on her knowledge and skill to her future family and perhaps as a coach. She called the MVP award a great honor. “I hope the kids that are coming up can step in and excel and go beyond even what I have done,” she added. Rivero said while she always wanted to win a district title, she won’t be haunted or bothered by falling short. She said she wanted to do other things this year like cheerleading and focus on academics and has some great memories to take away from Okeechobee High School. “I know that if I put in all my focus, 210percent, I could have won districts, but I don’t regret the time and things that took me off the court. I’ll take these memories with me,” she added. Rath intends to study at the University of Florida and study history. She said she supported all of her teammates and was thrilled to get the Brahman Award. “I really love tennis and I set a goal each year and tried to get there. My advice to the younger girls is practice, practice, practice,” she added. Walker said he felt any of the players could have won the boys MVP Award. He said he will have great memories of his run to the district nal this year and also his doubles play with Jonassaint over the past two years. He said he’ll do his best to be the team leader next year. “I want to lead these guys to a great and successful season next year. We have talent all across the board. All of the players are so strong, I’m excited to see what we can do,” he added. Jonassaint said the Brahman Award means a little more than the rest of the awards he’s received over the years. He said it was a re ection of how the team and coaches see him as a person. “It feels good. I just try to do the right thing, stay out of trouble, and focus on what I should focus on,” he added. Jonassaint urged the younger players to work on their games and never to give up. He said if you put a good effort into the sport you never know what might happen. He intends to study biology and medicine at the University of Florida in the fall. Coaches thanked all the volunteers and parents who helped with the fund raiser tournament, food at matches, and other events planned by the team this year. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyLeft to right are Jenna Rath, coach Julie Halsey and Samantha Rivero Okeechobee News/Charles MurphyLeft to right are Cody Walker, coach Morgan Benion and Brendon Jonassaint with their tennis awards.

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The county commissioners expressed concern for the safety of the L.O.S.T. hikers and bicyclists, who must travel on busy U.S. 441 S.E. to get to the next access point to the dike. “Is there another area that is in close proximity?” asked Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. “People who ride that trail have to get off and ride or walk all the way down 441 S.C. to Nubbin Slough which can be a dangerous thing.” “Unfortunately, there is not,” said Mr. Ritter. “I have taken the liberty to call the Florida Trail Association,” he said. Mr. Ritter said he also spoke to DEP and they are checking into the contract to determine what stipulations, if any, for access to the dike were included when they sold that piece of property. Mr. Ritter also told the board that Lake Okeechobee is about 13.5 feet so the Corps of Engineers may start releasing water. He said the goal is for the lake to be at 12.5 feet at the start of hurricane season in June. On the south end of the trail around the dike, a portion will be closed due to dike repairs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced it will close additional portions of the L.O.S.T. due to ongoing construction associated with the rehabilitation of Herbert Hoover Dike. On May 1, the portion of trail between John Stretch Park and South Bay is scheduled to close. The closure will likely remain in effect through most of 2014, while contractors work to replace a water control structure at the Culvert 4A site west of South Bay. Contractors are using heavy construction vehicles and large equipment within these areas. Any additional traf c on the dike crest poses a safety hazard for visitors and equipment operators. “Public safety is our top priority,” said Ingrid Bon, forward Project Manager for Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation. “Closing this section of trail helps reduce the possibility of an accident involving a member of the general public, and allows the contractor to complete the work in the most ef cient manner possible.” Several sections of trail are also closed on the south side of the lake between Moore Haven and Port Mayaca due to ongoing work to repair the dike. A full listing of the closures can be found at the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail web site: http://www.saj. usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/LakeOkeechobeeScenicTrail.aspx. LOSTContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee Four more arrests have been made in connection with an operation aimed at keeping y oung people out of school on spring break from buying alcohol, tobacco and synthetic drugs. That endeavor, dubbed Operation Dry Spring, was held March 4 through April 7 in Okeechobee County as well as across the state of Florida. Locally, there were 21 arrests and 18.5 grams of marijuana was seized. Also arrested recently were two convenience store owners and two clerks who were charged with selling either alcohol or tobacco, or both, to minors. Three of the four were charged with one count of selling alcohol to a minor as well as one count of selling tobacco to a minor. The fourth individual was charged with one count of selling alcohol to a minor. Those charges are all misdemeanors. The individuals were booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released on bond. Jail records show that bonds were set at $150 per count, except for the individual charged with a single count of selling alcohol and their bond was set at $100. Another focus of Operation Dry Spring was trying to keep young people from buying various forms of synthetic drugs, also known as K-2 or Spice. At the heart of the operation was the goal of preventing potential emergency-related incidents linked to alcohol and drug use. In 2012, nearly 190,000 people under the age of 21 visited an emergency room for injuries or conditions connected to underage drinking. In addition, the use of synthetic drugs is on the rise with more than 7,000 reported incidents in 2011—compared to some 3,000 in 2010. The local operation was conducted b y the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce in conjunction with the Florida Sheriff’s Tas k Force. That task force pools resources from the 67 sheriff’s of ces across the state to address speci c areas of concern. The tas k force is also the point of contact for statewide initiatives—including helping to staf f the State Emergency Operations Center and coordinating sheriffs’ of ces responses to storm-ravaged communities during hurricanes and other disasters. Sales clerks charged with illegal sales to minors home after the bus stop,” he said. But he noticed the bus stop abruptly around 6:40 a.m. and he knew something w as wrong. “I saw my daughter running toward me and she was hysterical. She said ‘I think the driver had a heart attack!’” recalled Mr. LaDuke, who had his daughter call 9-1-1. He said his daughter told him that when she got on the bus the driver, who’s identication has not been released, did not look right. “She asked the driver if she was all right, and she just kind of mumbled something,” said Mr. LaDuke. After Nikita took her seat, the driver passed out and fell out of the driver’s seat. At that point, the Okeechobee Freshman Campus student jumped from her seat, got behind the wheel and stepped on the brakes. W ith the help of some other students, she also turned off the ignition key. The bus, recalled Mr. LaDuke, was slowly rolling westerly toward U.S. 98 N. The driver soon regained consciousness and the students helped her back into her seat, but she began to vomit, said Mr. LaDuke, who stayed with the driver until a deputy from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce arrived. “I stayed with her and tried to comfort her. I gave her some napkins so she could w ipe her face,” he said. “She’s been my kids’ bus driver for years.” When he last saw the driver she was w eak and not “feeling very well at all.” “I have no idea how long she was out, but it couldn’t have been too long,” Mr. LaDuke added. Another school bus arrived on the scene quickly and the students were then loaded onto the second bus. Mr. LaDuke said no one was hurt and though they seemed to be confused, all the kids were calm. He estimated there were about 20 children on the bus. Although Nikita doesn’t have a driver’s license, Mr. LaDuke said he does occasionally let her drive his golf cart up and down their street. And Nikita apparently has paid close attention to his instructions. “I always teach her to turn that key off if possible. Fortunately, she was able to stop it in time before anything bad happened,” he said. Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joani Ard declined to comment on the incident speci cally until the school district had conducted a thorough investigation. However, she was quick to acknowledge the quick action of Nikita and another student who helped get control of the bus. “We’re very proud of the quick action of the students,” said Mrs. Ard. “Not only did they bring the bus under control, they radioed our bus department for assistance. We’re just very proud of the way they reacted.” Mrs. Ard said she would likely have more information on the incident early next week. BUSContinued From Page 2 “We are very proud of the quick action of the students. Not only did they bring the bus under control, they radioed our bus department for assistance. We’re just very proud of the way they reacted.”— Joani Ard, assistant superintendent of schools

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News A pril 28, 2013 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A student at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy was arrested after she allegedly spit in the face of a principal, kicked a deputy and threatened them both. Beckie Ane Dailey, 18, N.W. 31st Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Wednesday, April 24, on felony charges of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence, battery on a law enforcement of cer and battery on a school district employee. Dailey is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $15,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), indicated while assigned to the school as a school resource of cer he was noti ed that Dailey had left the campus. He stated he got in his patrol car and found the teen in the 3400 block of N.W. 10th Ave. When he asked her to return to the school with him Dailey allegedly swore at him, threatened the deputy and called him a racial slur. She then walked away from him. When the deputy caught up with the girl she reportedly drew back her right arm, clenched her st and threatened to hit him. The report then indicates that he grabbed the 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound, girl and took her to the ground. According to Deputy Dixon while he had her face down on the ground she managed to kick him in the lower back with her heel and continued to threaten him. He went on to state that he was nally able to secure her hands with handcuffs. By this time the OAA principal and an administrative dean had arrived at the scene and they reportedly helped the deputy get the girl off the ground. Once she was on her feet she threatened the OAA principal then spit in his face, stated Deputy Dixon. The deputy stated that he immediately put the girl in her patrol unit and took her back to the school, where she was transferred to another deputy's car and taken to jail. Teen accused of spitting in principal’s face Beckie Dailey By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was arrested for allegedly enlisting the help of two juveniles to steal items from the local Walmart store. James Doheny, 30, S.W. Seventh Ave., w as arrested Tuesday, April 23, on felony charges of grand theft and child neglect w ithout great harm. He was also charged w ith the misdemeanor of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Doheny was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $11,500. An arrest by Of cer Jack Boon, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), indicated that Doheny and the two boysages 11 and 13were seen in the store's electronics department. A Walmart loss prevention of cer reportedly told Of cer Boon that Doheny was seen leaving that department. Then, some time later, the two boys removed a Samsung Galaxy cell phone from its packaging and left the area, added the report. The phone was reportedly valued at $320.88. According to Of cer Boon's report the boys met up with Doheny in another part of the store and gave him the phone. Doheny allegedly left the store without paying for the phone. The two boys started to leave the store but were stopped by the loss prevention of cer. The OCPD of cer's report stated that Doheny was later found on S.W. Seventh Ave. and the stolen phone was found in his pocket. Walmart declined to prosecute the boys but they, and Doheny, have been trespassed from the store, added Of cer Boon. Man got boys to help steal phone, says report James Doheny The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week. ASSAULT 5300 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 1300 block of N.W. 45th Terrace 200 block of N.E. 34th Ave. 7200 block of U.S. 441 N. 1000 block of N.W. 34th St. 3400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 3100 block of S.E. 37th Ave. BURGLARY 4100 block of S.E. 21st Court 7200 block of N.W. 92nd Court 9800 block of U.S. 441 S. 3300 block of S.E. 30th Terrace 21100 block of N.W. 284th St. 5000 block of N.E. 122nd Drive 2700 block of N.W. 50th Ave. 3300 block of N.W. 33rd Ave. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3600 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 3600 block of U.S. 441 S. 2700 block of N.E. 11th Court 3300 block of S.E. 30th Terrace 2200 block of N.W. Fourth St. FRAUD 3600 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 500 block of N.W. Fourth St. THEFT 3100 block of U.S. 441 S. 1600 block of N.W. 45th Terrace 5000 block of S.E. 44th St. 900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane 1800 block of S.W. Second Ave. 5800 block of S.E. 93rd Trail 200 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 3000 block of N.W. Eighth St. 900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane 5400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 20400 block of N.W. 294th St. 3300 block of S.E. 28th St. Investigations

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Employment Full Time LPN to work in Indiantown. Must have current FL LPN License. Looking for strong customer relations skills and cultural sensitivity. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Excellent bene ts. Fax resume to (772) 5974194 or apply at FL Comm. Health Ctrs, 15858 SW War eld Blvd, Indiantown, FL e-mail hr@fchcinc.org EOE/DFWP. MASSAGE THERAPISTLicensed Massage Therapist wanted for Chiropractic Of ce. Contact Missy at 763-2400. Royal’s Furniture A ccepting applications for Retail Sales Associate with strong communication skills and with previous sales or customer Service experience. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. Competitive salary and bene t package. Apply in person at Royal’s Furniture 804 East North Park St. Okeechobee, FL. Employment Part Time Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community Housekeeper needed (Level 2 Background check required). Apply in Person M-F 203 SE 2nd Street (863)824-6770 Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Business Opportunities 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. CollectiblesWANTEDHighwaymen Oil Paintings. H. Newton, A. Hair, A.E. Backus, R.A. McClendon, G. Buckner, J. Hutchinson. Big $$ Call 772-562-5567 Guns/SuppliesGlock 17C w/50rds Ammo $600.00, S&W Model 66 .357mag $525.00, S&W Model 642 .38cal Air Weight $325.00, AR-15 5.56 w/400rds TAP Ammo $2,800.00 863-623-6814 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Pets/SuppliesFree Kittens 2 Mos. old, litter trained, well mannered. Great with children. Leave message. (863)447-9664 or (863)610-0526 ToolsGENERAC GENERATOR 7500 WATT ON WHEELS IN LIKE NEW CONDITION ONLY RUN FOR ONE HOUR. MODEL # 01470. $ 550.00 CALL 863-467-9800. Wanted To BuyJUNK YARD JIM Wanted to buy!Travel trailers, mobile homes, tractors, golf carts, lawn mowers, autos, trucks, boats, BARTER, BUY OR SELL! 954-553-6966 or 239-628-8795. Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 Shop here first! The classified ads Apartments450sq. ft Apartment Located on Rim Canal. Furnished, dock access for boat. $650 monthly, includes cable, internet & elec. Call 561-853-6669 Basswood 2bd/1ba, laundry, storage, $600.mth., 1st and sec dep, Home Reality Services, LLC Diane 863-801-4498 EFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Includes Utilities & Direct TV w/all movie channels $500 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Available immediately Call 863-634-8885. NW OKEE: 2 Bedroom Apartments available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo., and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. 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 Condos/Townhouses RentOKEE 1br./1ba. Fully furnished, Ground r, Utilities incld. $750 mo. plus Sec. 863-634-0663 Houses RentOkeechobeeCountry Hills Estates unique post and beam house on private 5 acre lot. 2bd one in loft, 2 baths, lg screen rm, screened balcony with hot tub, all appliances include W/D, $1400. mth 708-218-8227. Houses RentSMALL 2 BEDROOM 1 BA. 55+ ONLY, LAKEPORT AREA, UTILITIES FURNISHED. $450.00 1ST AND LAST MO. IN ADVANCE. 502-803-1876 Office Space RentFOR RENTSTOREFRONT ON PARK ST. IN HIGH TRAFFIC AREA. CALL FOR DETAILS 863-634-7781 Of ce Space fully furnished and equipped, copiers, fax, desk’s and ling cabinets includes utilities. $250.00 mo. on Park St. Call 863-634-7781 Houses SaleHOUSE FOR SALE 2BD/2BA BLOCK HOME 1600 SQ. FT., HANDICAP FRIENDLY, OUTSIDE OF OKEECHOBEE BUILT IN 2003. $165,000.00 CALL 863-357-3972 FOR DETAILS. Owner 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 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Mobile Home RentBHR 2br./2ba. on water with large yard. Furnished. $700 mo. plus Sec. 863-634-0663. Oasis Village 55+ Community Doublewide 2bd/2ba, Fully furnished carport and shed Available May 1st $700/mo 1st, last and security deposit. Call 863-763-3051 O R 705-479-6235 TREASURE ISLAND 2BR, on lake access canal with boat slip. C/A, room for motor home, quiet street. $550/mo. Call (423)237-8948 or (863)226-3436 Treasure Island Semi-furnished Trailers for rent. Nice clean 1bd/1ba includes limited electric, DIREC-TV and Internet $155 weekly plus security. 863-517-5111 Treasure Island 2bd/1ba, Fl. room and storage room, new carpet and paint, include water, TV and internet $700/mo. Home Reality Services, LLC Call Diane 863-801-4498 Mobile HomeSale New Palm Harbor Homes Mobile Condo $39,900 Delivered to your site http://www.palm harbor.com/ model-center/plantcity/ John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 14 Okeechobee News April 28, 2013

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CITY PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL., to consider and receive input submitted by City Staff or citizens, concerning Textual Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Element. The proposed text amendments provide to: (1) accommodate the inclusion of limited agriculture in all Future Land Use categories, provided the property is zoned Holding; (2) accommodate adding Map 1.2 “Commercial Corridor and Transitional Commercial Overlay Areas” and providing the purpose of Map 1.2 is to recognize the importance of Parrott Avenue (US Hwy 441), North Park Street (SR 70), and the area generally within two blocks of each of these roadways; (3) List provisions of the Transitional Commercial Overlay which explains the City’s consistent approach to allow expansion of Commercial and Mixed-Use opportunities to eliminate uncertainty, foster in ll, and compatibility with existing development. The amendments will be forwarded with a recommendation, to the City Council for consideration and transmittal to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 441860 ON 4/28;5/8/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board on Thurs, May 16, 2013, 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The agenda is available on the City website: cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Rezoning Petition No. 13-001-R, submitted by the property owner, Robert Gent, Registered Agent for Okeechobee Asphalt & Ready Mixed Concrete, Inc. The petition is requesting to change the Zoning District, from Residential Multiple Family (RMF) and Residential Single Family-One (RSF-1) to Industrial (IND) for vacant property located in the 700 and 800 blocks of NW 9th ST. Legal: Lots 1-5, Block 44, City of Okeechobee, Plat Bk 5 Pg 5, Okeechobee County Public Records; and beginning at the NW of Block 45 of said plat, and run West 150 feet to the East line of NW 8th ST; thence South along the East line of NW 8th ST 200 feet to the North line of Seaboard Air Line Railroad right-of-way; thence East along the North line of said railroad 150 feet to the SW corner of Lot 4 of said Block 45; thence North along the West line of said Block 45, 200 feet to the Point of Beginning; being a part of the former but now abandoned, Florida East Coast Railway right-ofway; Less the East 60 feet thereof; said land situate lying and being in Okeechobee County, Florida. Total approximate acres: 1.216. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. The Planning Board’s role will be to make a recommendation for approval or denial, to the City Council, rst reading and nal adoption Public Hearing, tentatively scheduled for May 21, 2013 and June 18, 2013, 6 PM. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 13-001-R 442041 ON 4/28;5/8/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board on Thurs, May 16, 2013, 6:00 PM, or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The agenda is available on the City website: cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 13-001-SSA, submitted by the property owner, Robert Gent, Registered Agent for Okeechobee Asphalt & Ready Mixed Concrete, Inc. The application is requesting to change the Future Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Industrial (IND) for vacant property located in the 700 and 800 blocks of NW 9th ST. Legal: Lots 1-5, the North 40 feet of Lots 7-12, Block 44, City of Okeechobee, Plat Bk 5, Pg 5, Okeechobee County Public Records; and beginning at the NW corner of Block 45 of said plat, and run West 150 feet to the East line of NW 8th ST; thence South along the East line of NW 8th ST, 200 feet to the North line of Seaboard Air Line Railroad right-of-way; thence East along the North line of said railroad 150 feet to the SW corner of Lot 4 of said Block 45; thence North along the West line of said Block 45, 200 feet to the Point of Beginning; being a part of the former but now abandoned, Florida East Coast Railway right-of-way; Less the East 60 feet thereof; said land situate lying and being in Okeechobee County, Florida. Total approximate acres: 1.493. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire application may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. The Planning Board’s role in this capacity is to serve as the City’s Local Planning Agency and make a recommendation for approval or denial to the City Council for nal adoption Public Hearing, tentatively scheduled for June 18, 2013, 6 PM. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Application No. 13-001-SSA 442043 ON 4/28;5/8/2013 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2013-CA-000067 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, v. ERNEST TRASLAVINA; ET AL. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: ERNEST TRASLAVINA ; and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under or against the above named Defendant, who is not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties claim as heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, spouses, or other claimants Current Residence Unknown, but whose last known address was: 3784 NW 28TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 31-22 UNION STREET, APT 2D, FLUSHING, NY 11354 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit: LOT 15, BLOCK 25, UNIT NUMBER 2, BASSWOOD, INCORPORATED, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on DOUGLAS C. ZAHM, P.A., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 12425 28th Street North, Suite 200, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice of Action, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court at 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint petition. WITNESS my hand and seal of the Court on this 24th day of April, 2013. Sharon Robertson Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Jennifer Rediter Deputy Clerk IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS, WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING SHOULD CONTACT COURT ADMINISTRATION NOT LATER THAN SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEEDINGS AT 250 NW COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, PORT ST.LUCIE, FL 34972 OR CALL 1-772-807-4370 WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS OF YOUR RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1-800955-8771 (TDD); IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED 1-800-955-8770 (V); VIA RELAY SERVICE. 442000 ON 4/28;5/5/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 47-2013-CA-000152 TD BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, VS. BILLY JOE RUNYON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BILLY JOE RUNYON; ESTATE OF MARY FRANCES RUNYON a/k/a FRANCIS RUNYON; UNKNOWN HEIRS AT LAW OF MARY FRANCES RUNYON a/k/a FRANCIS RUNYON; STATE OF FLORIDA, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; TENANT #1 and TENANT #2, unknown tenants in possession, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: ESTATE OF MARY FRANCES RUNYON a/k/a FRANCIS RUNYON and ALL PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF MARY FRANCES RUNYON a/k/a FRANCIS RUNYON 1659 State Road 70 W Lot 7, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 and UNKNOWN HEIRS AT LAW OF MARY FRANCES RUNYON a/k/a FRANCIS RUNYON AND ALL PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE UNKNOWN HEIRS AT LAW OF MARY FRANCES RUNYON a/k/a FRANCIS RUNYON 1659 State Road 70 W Lot 7, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action has been led against you in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, to foreclose a Mortgage recorded on October 17, 2005 in Of cial Records Book 579, Page 1598 of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida (the “Mortgage”), on the following real property situated, lying, and being in Okeechobee County, Florida, and more particularly described as: Lot 2, Block 1, Oak Park Subdivision, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page(s) 3, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, less and exact the North 20 feet thereof together with all existing or subsequently erected or af xed buildings, improvements, and xtures (the “Property”), which Property has a street address of 3662 S.W. 16th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. You are required to le your written defenses, if any, to it with the Clerk of the above-styled Court and to serve a copy thereof on Angelique B. Thomas, Esquire, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is Akerman Senter tt, 222 Lakeview Drive, Suite 400, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401, within thirty (30) days from the rst date of publication of this Notice of Action. If you fail to do so, Judgment by default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal this 25th day of April, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 442044 ON 4/28;5/5/2013 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Public Notice Okeechobee County Schools Drug Testing Committee Meeting Okeechobee County School District will hold a Drug Testing Committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in the School Board Meeting Room #303, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, to discuss a possible random student drug testing policy. The meeting is open to the public. Questions may be directed to 863-462-5000, Ext. 226. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 441872 ON 4/28/2013 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 441851 ON 4/28/2013 15 Okeechobee News A pril 28, 2013 ACROSS 1 Aptly, Chinese, e.g. 6 Aptly, Park Avenue area 10 Aptly, New Jersey beach phenomenon 14 Treinta seis 15 Some Neruda works 16 Conscription category 17 What else __?Ž 18 Tour de force 19 Terrible 20 Bona fide 21 Wall makeup, maybe 23 Intl. commerce group 24 Anger 26 Main vessel 28 60s chic 29 Virgil contemporary 32 Earth, to 29Across 33 29-Acrosss __ amatoriaŽ 34 Contradict 36 Pop-ups, perhaps 37 AptŽ geographical element needed to complete the answers to 10 of this puzzles clues 40 Diamond stat 42 Assault 43 Spot in a poker game 46 Isnt far from reaching 48 Like some blog comments: Abbr. 49 Peruvian pronoun 50 So soon?Ž 53 Kind of acid 55 Width measure 56 Relax 59 European wine area 60 Shoot!Ž 62 Relative position 63 ... __ of Bread ...Ž 64 __ take arms against a sea ...Ž: Hamlet 65 Prado display 66 Morels, e.g. 67 Aptly, Israelioccupied territory 68 Aptly, Oval Office site 69 Aptly, Hollywood locale DOWN 1 Aptly, about 5 percent of the Earths surface 2 Latin agreement 3 Machine makeup, informally 4 Amtraks bullet train 5 Word of impatience 6 Lax 7 Prefix with logical 8 Heads with lists 9 Big name in compacts 10 Eye-popper response 11 Succinctly 12 Bee drawers 13 Aptly, Pierres state 21 Break off 22 Warmed the bench 25 Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonŽ setting 27 Certain counters unit? 30 Qubecs Sept-__ 31 Orders 35 Thames landmark 37 Urgent 38 It may be dramatic 39 Luxury hotel 40 Freshen ones familiarity with 41 70s Robert Blake cop show 43 Public projection 44 Are we in?Ž 45 Aptly, Happy TalkŽ musical 46 Aptly, Pyongyang resident 47 Slump 51 Trendy headgear 52 Long 54 Foot bone 57 Objector 58 Slant, as to a specific audience 61 Graveside sound63 Popeyes behind? By Don Gagliardo and C.C. Burnikel (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 07/08/11 07/08/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. orida.newszap.com

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineEach Celebrations package includes: and family & JANE A. ILLUSTRATION WEDDINGJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE She is the daughter of Joseph and Jane SUSAN A. EXAMPLE BIRTH & JANE A. EXAMPLE ANNIVERSARYJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE Submit your good news today at & JANE A. EXAMPLE ENGAGEMENTJOSEPH W. EXAMPLE DFWP/EOEExperienced Duct and Air Conditioning Installer Ask for ScottNow Hiring! Lic #CAC014022 16 Okeechobee News April 28, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESThank you Home DepotMs. Solis’ Kindergarten Class of Central Elementary would like to Thank Home Depot for their generous donation. Thank you for making our Mother’s Day Project possible. Pictured Skylar Anderson, John Benji Haygood, Elexia Ponce, Noemi Gonzalez, Jesus Delgado, Dominic Mazzucco, Harley Messina, Rafael Bustos, Calleigh Teague, Estela Rodriguez, Grayson Blackman, Josaiah Harris, Jonah Allen, Benjamin Layva, Norman Adams and in the middle is Ms. Solis. Special to the Okeechobee NewsWM Employee Gives BackWaste Management employee volunteer program allows employees a paid, eight-hour shift, to volunteer at a non-pro t of their choice. Michael Burgess selected to assist at Real Life Children’s Ranch. Michael painted a bookshelf in one of the staff houses. Michael has also volunteered at Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center building cages and caring for animals. CASTLE calls for volunteers for safe parenting programIf you have a few hours to spare and share your great parenting techniques, call CASTLE today. Teaching Safe Parenting, CASTLE’s mission is to stop child abuse before it even happens by empowering parents with the education necessary to create successful, loving, and nurturing families. We are currently seeking volunteers for our Safe Families Program. We’re making a difference, one family at a time. Call 772-465-6011 or e-mail hr@castletc.org for more information.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News  OHS baseball Coach Jeff Blackstone will resign at the end of the season after three years at the helm. Blackstone said the coaching job in Okeechobee was a great opportunity and an enjoyable experience. He said he wants to focus on other things which might include teaching and real estate. “I love coaching baseball and it is hard to leave the game. It will be harder to stay away from the game.” OHS Assistant Principal Dylan Tedders said the school was in the process of determining how they will select a successor to Coach Blackstone. OHS’ season ended on Monday with a loss to Sebastian River in the district tournament.  The OHS track team competed well in the regional meet in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. Tabatha Henry qualified for the state meet in the 3200 as she finished fourth overall. Mike Thomas barely missed the cut as he reached the finals but finished in sixth place. The 4x400 meter relay team of Mercedes Washington, Shania Bays, Keirstin Bostwick and Sha’Dajia finished in 11th place. The state final is run on May 3.  On Saturday, May 25, Okeechobee Golf & Country Club will host a benefit golf tournament for Real Life Children’s Ranch. Registration is at 7:15 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Costs are: team, $200; player, $50; hole sponsor, $100; tee sponsor, $100; and, tee and hole, $175. In addition to the golf tournament, come out to attend the children’s art auction at lunchtime, a bake sale, great raffle items, games, BBQ lunch and much more. To register for golf, contact Noel Stephen at 863-634-0650. For sponsorships, contact Darlene Mayers at 863-634-4200. Make checks payable to Real Life Children’s Ranch.  Hope Ministry Centers will host a cross-county bike ride on June 8, 15, and 22. Climax July 6. Meet at 5 a.m. at the HMC Fellowship Hall, 1109 S.E. 7th St. For more information, contact First Lady Williams at 863-357-1319 or email to Hopeministryc@aol.com. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The list of coaching vacancies at Okeechobee High School rose signi cantly Thursday w hen softball coach Heather Gillis resigned after one year at the helm. Gillis plans to move back to California w ith her husband Scooter and her infant son to be with her family. “I have missed a large part, 13 years, of my parent’s lives because I haven’t returned home since I went off to college and seeing them twice a year for only a week or so isn’t enough,” she told the Okeechobee News. Gillis broke the news to the softball players after their regional game on Wednesday, a 5-1 loss to Sarasota. Gillis said she really wanted to be back w ith her parents because she doesn’t know how much time they will have left. “I had an eye opener this past summer w hen my dad’s best friend passed away in his mid-50s and I started to think that could have been one of my parents. I don’t want to miss another minute of their lives and I want them to be a part of my son Macklin’s life as well,” she added. Gillis plans to be an assistant coach at a junior college in California and said she is excited about the possibility of coaching at the next level. She also predicted great things for the Lady Brahman team in the future. “I learned so much in my rst year as head coach and I have been blessed by my experiences as a coach here. These girls mean the world to me and I can only hope that we keep in contact with one another,” she added. Gillis said she will keep in touch with both the players and her family and friends in Okeechobee and expects big things from the team in the next few years. “I will be coming back to Okeechobee as often as possible to visit family,” she added. She admitted that living in California should be wonderful with all the mountains, lakes, oceans, rivers, national parks like Yosemite and Redwood and all its advantages. “I might be returning to my rst home but I will never forget my second home here in Okeechobee,” she added. OHS Assistant Principal Dylan Tedders said the school will begin a search for a softball coach immediately and hope to hire a capable and quali ed candidate. Gillis joins baseball coach Jeff Blackstone in coaches that have resigned in recent days. The school also must hire a new girls basketball coach. OHS softball coach Gillis resigns 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. 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Games are Monday Friday between 7-10 p.m. Pay is set at $15 per game. Those with a current ISA, ASA, NSA (or equivalent) certification shall receive an additional $5 per game. Please call 863763-6950 for more information.Seniors enjoy bluegrassThe senior country bluegrass music program is 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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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Many newspaper owners have a hidden agendaŽ „ whether it is political, economic or to promote the publishers cronies. Not us. Were owned by a unique non-profit journalistic trust. Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and understanding citizens need to make intelligent decisions about public issues. In doing so, we strive to report the news with honesty, accuracy, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 18 Okeechobee News April 28, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News The Annual Rim Ditch Bikefest Poker Run w as held on April 13 and 14 at the Cypress Hut Eagles. Thirty-seven vendors of all varieties were present. Bands performed on stage during the two-day event. Bike show and contests were held each day as well as an antique and classic car show. Bikers represented Central Florida, East Coast as well as the West Coast with over 850 spectators present. The passport prize of $500 went to Bud Ihinger (Okeechobee) and the $250 prize w ent to David Kolodzig (Hollywood). A big Thank You to all the volunteers for their time and effort in making the two-day event a tremendous success. And a special thank you to all the community sponsors for their generous donations for prizes. Cypress Hut Eagles will donate to the many charities within the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the Okeechobee Sheriff’s Department Auxiliary. Rim Ditch Bikefest Poker Run a success Special to the Okeechobee NewsA big ‘thank you’ goes to all the volunteers like ROTC for their time and effort in making the two-day event a tremendous success. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe item above commemorates the 2013 Rim Ditch Bikefest Poker Run. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe 2013 Rim Ditch Bikefest Poker Run T-shirt showed a map of the lake. Chamber Business Investor luncheon plannedThe quarterly Chamber Business Investor Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and concluding at 1 p.m. at the Williamson Center. Nick Blount of FPL will provide an overview of the initiatives that FPL is currently undertaking. The Business Spotlight will feature John Smith of Charles Composites. They are a new manufacturing company relocating their business to Okeechobee in the City Commerce Park. The event is open for registration now, so RSVP early to assist us in our plans for providing lunch. Questions about the luncheon can be directed to Mariah at 863-4676246.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News A pril 28, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis New MembersThe Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee welcomed four new members: Jonathon Bean the Executive Director for Martha’s House, Michelle Creegan Director of Clinical Services at Nurse On Call, Wanda Klesper RSVP Director of Okeechobee and local businessman Brad Goodbread. Pictured are: (back row, left to right) J.D. Mixon (Kiwanis President), Ken Keller (Kiwanis Vice President) Brad Goodbread (New Member), (front row left to right) new members Wanda Klesper, Michelle Creegan and Jonathon Bean. Okeechobee Shooting Sports will host a free First Shots seminar on May 11. First Shots seminars are designed to make your rst experience with a rearm safe, fun and educational. At a First Shots seminar participants will receive: An educational introduction to the safe and recreational use of rearms; A clear understanding of the local requirements for owning and purchasing a rearm; Individual and group training; A rundown of shooting sports opportunities for all levels of interest; and, A chance to give shooting a try with a variety of different rearms. First Shots is sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and is strongl y dependent upon quali ed volunteers to provide this safe and fun experience at no cost. To sign up online, go to http://okshooting.com/ rstshots/. Free First Shots seminar at Okeechobee Shooting Sports

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