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Friday, August 23, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 101 15.64 feetLast Year: 12.21 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Legislative delegation to meet ... Page 8 City approves funding for new park ... Page 2 Special to the Okeechobee NewsWelcome to OkeechobeeA new Welcome to the City of Okeechobee sign now stands completed at 1713 U.S. 441 N. From left to right are: Brian Whitehall, city administrator, Mike O’Conner city councilman, Dr. Mavroides, Mayor Kirk, Devin Maxwell, city councilman, Frank DeCarlo, Main Street board, Dowling Watford, city councilman, Clayton Williams, city cCouncilman, John Gurney, Main Street board, and Phil Baughman, Main Street board. For more on the story, see page 4. Everglades wildlife threatened by rising water, says Sen. Nelso n Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonvill e District has reduced the amount of water owin g from Lake Okeechobee as a result of falling lak e levels, drier conditions and an improving precipita tion forecast. The new target ow from the lake to the Caloo sahatchee Estuary is 6,500 cubic feet per secon d (cfs) as measured at Moore Haven Lock (S-77). Th e new target ow for the St. Lucie Estuary is 2,800 cfs as measured at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80 ) near Stuart. The new target ows will went into ef fect Wednesday, and are a result of the lake's dro p into the Intermediate Sub-Band as de ned unde r the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedul e (LORS), the lake's water control plan. The curren t lake level is 15.74 feet. Additionally, should the lake fall into the Lo w Sub-Band as de ned by LORS (15.5 feet), the Corp s will further reduce the target ows to 4,000 cf s at Moore Haven and 1,800 cfs at St. Lucie. Wate r managers report this could happen within the nex t week, depending on precipitation. Corps slows releases from lakeSee LAKE — Page 5 Residential garbage pickup rates increase $10.17 per yearBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Garbage pick up rates will increase slightly under a resolution passed Thursday by the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners at their regular meeting. Okeechobee County residents will pay $227.69 per year for garbage pickup. This is an increase of $10.17 per year over the current rates. Garbage collection fees are on the property tax bills sent out each year by the county. In other business Thursday, the commissioners approved Emergency Medical Services Assessments that are slightly lower than th e current rates. Residential customers will pa y $64.60 per year. The 2012/13 rates were $66.6 0 per dwelling. Rates for non-residential properties wil l be $1.75 per room or space for hotels, mo tels and RV parks, 4.85 cents per square foo t County lowers re, EMS ratesSee COUNTY — Page 1 1 Public warned of danger of brain-eating amoeba ... Page 12 W oman accused of selling cocaine to undercover cop ... Page 10 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A series of scams are taking place in the area and a local woman is under investigation for her possible involvement in one of those con games, said a local detective. Detective Susan Morrison, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), said Thursday that a home rental scam involving homes in Miami's famous South Beach area is targeting people who are looking to vacation in Florida. She said the homes are actually for sale, but scammers are telling unsuspecting targets that the homes are being rented for $1,600 to $1,800 a week. Couple loses $23,000 in scamSee SCAM — Page 11

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee City Council updated their capital improvement plan to include a new Taylor Creek Park, adopted a decrease for residential garbage bills, and elded a request for the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Arena at their regular meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. The ve year capital plan includes $300,000 for the Taylor Creek Park on SE 7th Street, $100,000 for landscaping on South Parrott Avenue, and $250,000 for storm water retro t in various canals. The plan also includes over $1.2 million in various city road repairs. Todd Clemons President of the Okeechobee County Cattlemen's Association asked for $40,000 in nancial support for the Cattlemen's Arena restoration project. They hope to raise $100,000 in their fund raising campaign. After extensive debate the council agreed to the request to be paid over two y ears on the condition the Cattlemen's Association reaches an agreement with the city to annex the property. Mr. Clemons said there is an economic impact of up to $252,000 for a three-day rodeo at the arena. Barrel racing, bull riding and youth rodeos are also being sought to use the arena. "There is de nitely a positive economic impact by restoring our arena and making it a premiere facility," he said. He stated that he understands the city must handle their nances wisely but stated this would help preserve Okeechobee's history. "Our history as a cattle town is our unique identity. We have a livestock market and arena which attracts people from all over Florida and the world," he stated. Councilman Dowling Watford asked if the Cattlemen intend to stay at the arena for a long period of time so that the investment is utilized. "I'm pretty con dent about it. There has been a surge to go back to the arena and it has been well received by the town's people. Let's do this. If people are serious enough to put their own money into this, it w ill work," he stated. Mr. Clemons said Okeechobee Livestock Market, Gilbert Chevrolet and Eli's Western W ear have committed to spend $50,000 in matching funds for the project. So far there has been $35,000 raised from the community in other donations. The goal is to raise $100,000 by December, 2013. "I want to see the next generation live in a town that is Ag-minded and gives back to the agriculture community that makes this city what it is," he said. They also plan to develop a Heritage Park to store historic memorabilia, cracker houses, and old style homesteads, on their property off U.S 441 north. He said they would entertain the idea of annexation into the city limits. The rodeo will be held there in September but a grand opening celebration for the refurbished arena is set for the Speckled Perch Rodeo next spring. Councilman Mike O'Connor would like to include some of the Utopia cow pens and memorabilia in this Heritage Park. He questioned whether the city council would even exist if it weren't for agriculture. "We've given money to the Chamber and Main Street and they have paid off. They haven't been here as long as the Cattlemen, some date to 1892. That industry is what made Okeechobee what it is today," he said. "I think were on the right track if we do this. It's a one time deal and they won't come back every year looking for money." Councilman Clayton Williams said he would like to see the County Commission contribute to the fundraiser. He said he didn't see how the city could give $40,000 in one year. Councilman Devin Maxwell said he supports annexation of this property and speculated the ad valorem taxes raised would equal the amount the city donated to the project. He said that should be a condition to this grant request. Mr. Watford said the City has given money to non pro t entities in the past. He said many larger cities use public money for football stadiums, baseball stadium, and venues that are similar to this. "I really think it's a philosophical question (about using public tax dollars). I think this is a prime spot for the Tourist Development Council. They can use their funds for these types of things. I understand the politics but that would be a really good use of TDC funds," he added. Gordie Peer said he has visited rodeos throughout his life, most recently in Sheridan, Wyoming, Deadwood, South Dakota and Stephenville, Texas, and was amazed at the community support for these rodeos. He said the same thing could happen in Okeechobee. "We need a display to show what has happened in this county in the past, I hope you consider this because it would be a good thing for the community," he added. He said there is real potential for tourism if the community would just capitalize on their cow town image, cowboys, rodeo, and agriculture. Mac Worley and Billy Marcum also spoke in support for the project because of the importance of agriculture to the Okeechobee economy. In other actions the Council Adopted a resolution that sets solid waste collection and disposal rates for commercial business. Adopted a resolution that establishes residential solid waste collection and disposal service rates at $398,244 which works out to $226.92, a decrease of 1.01 percent, per residence for 2013-2014. There are 1,755 residential units in the city. Encouraged Waste Management Of cials to improve on their collection of yard waste in the city limits. Approved minor adjustments required by the Internal Revenue Service to the City Employee pension plans that impact general employees, police of cers and re ghters. The Mayor presented a certi cate of appreciation to City Code Enforcement Board member Randy Huckabee. He will leave Okeechobee for another job in the ministry after 13 years as Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Approved a mutual aid agreement between the Okeechobee City Police Department and the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce where the Sheriff will pay the salary and overtime for a city police of cer assigned to the joint Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force. Approved a bid with Lifestyle Exterior Products of Fort Myers for $20,130 to replace 22 windows at the Chamber of Commerce Building. Approved a $20,145 bid with Ted Starr Construction of Okeechobee to replace 17 windows at the Okeechobee City Police Department Building. Approved a bid to install a turn lane on State Road 70 near the intersection of Applebee's Restaurant for $211,865 with Sunshine Lane Design, Inc. Gator Apple I, LLC will pay $10,871 of this cost with the remainder to come from a Community Development Block Grant. City council plans new park, lowers garbage bills 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Aug. 23RD Thurs., Aug. 29THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “TWO GUNS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “ PLANES”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “WE’RE THE MILLERS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG R R 2 Okeechobee News August 23, 2013 Today: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 88F with a heat index of 95F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance o f a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Fog overnight. Low of 72F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 88F with a heat index of 95F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the North in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40%. Saturday Night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 73F. Winds less than 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast

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Dirty water? Every time I turn on the TV news, I see reports of people complaining about the “dirty water” from Lake Okeechobee polluting the estuaries. When are the TV newscasters going to report the real problem of the w ater going INTO Lake Okeechobee. They can’t clean up the lake unless they do something to slow the ow of the water going into it and clean it up before it goes into the lake. W e need storm water treatment areas north of Lake Okeechobee. The SFWMD bought 16,000 acres in Glades County years ago, allegedly for water storage and treatment. Not a single drop of water is being stored there. That land is leased out for cattle ranching instead. A lot of taxpayer money was spent on this land. It is about time they started using it for water storage . Why are they still allowing backpumping into Lake Okeechobee on the south end of the lake? The SFWMD allowed backpumping in June, even though the lake was rising fast and they were letting water out to tide to keep it from going up even faster. W hen are they going to stop dumping the nitrogen-rich water from the cane elds back into the lake?Will the dike fail? For those of us north of the big lake, the issue probably won’t be ooding as the land here is higher than the lake level. But should the dike fail, it will most certainly impact the drinking water supply for all of the communities around the lake since the water systems use water directly from the lake. What w ould OUA do if the dike failed and the lake level fell sharply?  OUA probably should consider taking w ater from carefully managed water storage “ponds” instead of just having a pump sucking water out of the lake We’ve seen the error of their ways before with hurricane storm surge. Dirty water The water coming out of the Kissimmee River stinks to high heaven. Ran out the mouth the other day and through the cut. Nasty stuff for sure!  You people be careful around that water. This case in LaBelle is not the only one going on. If the water goes up their noses it carries the infection straight to their brain and very few survive it. I am very leery of any of my family swimming in the warm water.Sheriff’s budget I wonder, would we be better off with fewer detectives and more deputies on the road? Maybe we would all be safer with more deputies making traf c stops ... as routine traf c stops not only increase road safety but also tend to pick up a lot of things like outstanding warrants. We can only speculate because we don’t have the line item budget. The county put their line item budget on the web site. The sheriff should do the same. It’s our tax money. Don’t we have the right to know exactly how it is being spent?  Has anyone at the sheriff’s of ce taken the time to study what they really are supposed to be doing with your tax dollars? Probably not, because if they had, then perhaps how the resources are handled, the training and education relevant for the future, and the manpower asset management strategies might be quite different. In this case, “different” means that this budget ght might not have come to pass. Strategy dictates the tactics. Not the other way around. For many years the tactics have dictated the strategy; and we can clearly see that we cannot afford that approach. Strategy is as the name implies, “strategic,” all encompassing, and should de ne the general approach to all aspects of how the sheriff will conduct business. Having a valid and well reasoned strategy (goals and objectives...) will always help develop valid tactics.  The BOCC is only hurting the citizens of Okeechobee county by not funding the sheriff’s of ce. I feel bad for the deputies, ‘cause they are doing their best with what they have. They do well in spite of the funding because this is their hometown. We need to take better care of our guys and gals in law enforcement. They will/and some do die to protect you.  If the county has to run the jail and contracts out the service, I am concerned about the safety of the public. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 OPINION August 23, 2013 4 Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the Editor Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Small town has big heartHow often do you slow down and really consider this small community that we all call home? Maybe you are like me, and you spend so much time considering (maybe even complaining) about what Okeechobee doesn’t have, that you fail to see the many blessings that we do have. Last Sunday, I had slowed down with a group of friends and family at a BBQ, and I was blown away by what I saw. I spent the afternoon enjoying hamburgers and hotdogs with my some of the most incredible people, not just in Okeechobee, but anywhere. If you take a left at the Lake and then travel south on 441 for a few miles, you’ll come to 7777 U.S. 441 S.E. and a simple sign that reads, “Real Life Children’s Ranch.” The Ranch has over 55 years of history in Okeechobee County starting back in 1957 when it was founded by the late James P. Fraser and his surviving spouse, Mary Ellen Fraser. The couple realized a desperate need for a Christian group home after two small boys were deserted at the Real Life Nursery School in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, which the Fraser’s owned and operated. The parents never returned for the boys at the end of the day. After two weeks of frantic searching for the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fraser decided to nd a Christian children’s home for the boys. All of the nearby homes were full, so arrangements were made to place the children in a county juvenile home. But upon seeing the conditions at the crowded juvenile home—which looked more like a jail— The Fraser’s found it impossible to leave the children there. This experience brought into sharp focus the intense need for homes for abandoned and abused children. After visiting his retired parents in Winter Haven, Florida, Mr. Fraser decided to locate a home where the children would have warm, yearround outdoor activities such as swimming, boating and shing. After driving around Florida, he felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to build in Okeechobee. Out of their passion to provide a stable family environment, the Frasers pioneered, developed, and provided the initial nancing for Real Life Children’s Ranch. Mr. and Mrs. Fraser proved that God can turn a great tragedy into an even greater triumph. Today, Mark and Darlene Mayers, working with an incredible group of professional parents and volunteers, continue to see the young lives of children changed by the simple but powerful force of love. Unconditional and unrelenting love. I wish each of you could have spent Sunday afternoon with us and seen the kids of the Real Life Children’s Ranch playing on the water slide, donated by Slide on By Party Supply. Their smiles and laughter reminded me that this small town has really big heart. Thanks, Pastor Tim Welborn Buckhead Ridge Christian ChurchWelcome to OkeechobeeThe new Welcome to the City of Okeechobee sign now stands completed at 1713 U.S. 441 N. The location for the sign was a donation that was graciously extended by Dr. Christopher Mavroides to introduce motorists far and near to our city. The sign was constructed with the extraordinary involvement of our local business owners and employees that are a true representation of our community’s pride. The donation of labor, time and materials are as follows: B & B Site Development, owner Phil Baughman, completed the site work. Skip Elliott and Jeff Shef eld formed up the concrete pad. American Drilling Services, owner Frank DeCarlo, dug out the footers, supplied the steel rebar, tied steel, poured and nished the concrete. Lynch Paving and Concrete supplied the concrete. Mike Wallace cut and supplied the rock for the base of the sign. Stark Masonry, owner Tony Stark, laid the cut stone, built the columns and stuccoed them. The painting was done with the spirit and smiles of Boy Scout Pack 964 with Shelly Doyle helping out. Teez 2 Pleez, owner Autumn DeCarlo, supplied the paint, aluminum sign material, stainless hardware and hung the sign. The sign was commissioned by Silver Spurs Signs, owner Laura Dickens. The city agreed to match funds with Main Street for this project. The partnership of all of those involved is the model of Main Street’s mission which begins “to promote the prosperity and vitality of Okeechobee through collaboration.” The generosity of all of those that donated their time and labor should be applauded. Thank you to all the participating businesses, owners, employees, Main Street board members and the city for making the second invitation to Okeechobee as impressive as the rst. Sharie Turgeon Okeechobee Main Street

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“Lake levels have responded well to a combination of decreased in ows to the Lake, increased out ows, and relatively dry conditions,” said Lt. Col. Tom Greco, Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for South Florida. “The same water control plan that we used to increase water releases now calls for the Corps to decrease the discharges. There are still several months left in the w et season, so we will continue to monitor conditions and make adjustments as necessary.” Since May 8, the day the Corps began releasing water from Lake Okeechobee, the discharges have totaled 900,000 acre-feet, and has resulted in a lake stage nearly two feet lower than if no releases had occurred. Lake Okeechobee releases to the south have been limited because water conservation areas there are already saturated. In related news, Florida Senator Bill Nelson sent a letter to the U.S, Army Corps of Engineers on Aug. 20 expressing concern for the high water levels in the Everglades. “I’ve been informed of an ongoing and serious threat to the deer, bears, bobcats and even the Florida Panther that call the Everglades home,” wrote Sen. Nelson. “There were reports a few weeks ago about rising waters in an area just north of the Tamiami Trail. Since then, little has happened to lower the water level and ease the ooding that has sent the area’s wildlife in search of safety and higher ground. “Many of these animals are now clustered together, stranded and competing for the limited supplies of food and shelter they can nd on what now appears to be a series of tiny islands in this nowooded part of the Glades. And with nowhere to go, the rabbits, raccoons and all these other animals stuck on tree islands become easy pickin’s for the alligators and Burmese pythons in the area. “I was told this week that these animals will start dying on a large scale if the water levels in this area aren’t lowered by at least one foot in the next 30 days to 60 days. “This isn’t the rst time we’ve faced a situation like this. In 2008, Tropical Storm Fay caused extreme ooding and the water levels to rise in that same area. Fortunately, we were able to avoid disaster then by opening the ood gates and successfully lowering the water level by a foot in just 30 days. “I am quite con dent if this was done again – if the gates were to be opened immediately we would again prevent a horri c catastrophe,” stated the senator. Sen. Nelson visited the ooded area o f the Everglades by boat on Thursday. LAKEContinued 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 BAPTIST EPISCOPALCHURCH 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 BAPTIST CHURCH Advertise Your Church Happenings!Services • Revivals Vacation Bible School Prayer Meetings, etc. Call 863-763-3134 or email okeeadsales@newszap.com Join us for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern Gospel favorites, and piano and bass duets on Northside Baptist Church€ 51 NW 98th St. (approx. 6 miles north on 441)Rev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 23, 2013 ACROSS 1 E.T. carriers, theoretically 5 Fetch 10 Last letters in London 14 Calamine mineral 15 Where ones name might go, on a form 16 Out of AfricaŽ author Dinesen 17 Composer Stravinsky 18 Eight is enough for one 19 Spitting sound 20 1981 Fonda/Hepburn classic 23 Mac maker 26 I ChingŽ readers 27 2006 Bullock/Reeves romance 31 Back talk 32 Hi-__, Hi-LoŽ 33 Annual sports awards 37 In re 39 Designer Karan 42 Donkeys need, in a party game 43 Low on funds 45 Winged peace symbol 47 Director Ang or Spike 48 1994 Streep/Bacon thriller 52 Sleeve opening 55 Puts in the mail 56 2004 Kevin Spacey tribute (to Bobby Darin) 60 Yankees superstar, familiarly 61 Old MacDonaldŽ refrain 62 New Zealander 66 Mafia boss 67 Dogs warning 68 Michener novel, typically 69 Tinkertoy alternative 70 Playable on a VCR 71 Do, re or mi DOWN 1 Israeli submachine gun 2 Source of Eves leaves 3 Yoko from Tokyo 4 Dead Sea find 5 Web opinion piece 6 Puerto __ 7 Part of IMF: Abbr. 8 Must 9 French sponge cake 10 Having the most pizazz 11 These, in Tijuana 12 Intimidate 13 Loses control on the ice 21 Host Conan of NPRs Talk of the NationŽ 22 Rudolphs is red 23 Book of maps 24 Engage in an online scam 25 __-Bismol 28 Tease 29 Evil WomanŽ gp. 30 Delhi tongue 34 Going RogueŽ author Sarah 35 Give way 36 Mushers vehicles 38 Greek __ Church 40 Oct. follower 41 D.C.s Pennsylvania, e.g. 44 Suffix with teleor Dance-A46 Celtic language 49 Firstborn 50 Light-sensitive eye part 51 Debilitate 52 Taken __: surprised 53 Showed again 54 Mr. Magoo, e.g. 57 Jalopy 58 Galways land 59 Word after going twice ...Ž 63 NASDAQ debut 64 Dorothy Parker forte 65 Arctic pier material By Andrea Carla Michaels (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 09/05/11 09/05/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle

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Coalition to have anniversaryThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition w ants to hear from former board members, general members, providers, clients and/or their children from 1993 to the present date. Y ou can mail us a letter stating the services and experiences you have had with the coalition. It can be anonymous if you prefer. A lso, let us know if you would like to participate in the 20th anniversary meeting on Friday, Aug. 23 Mail correspondence to: Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition, P.O. Box 2560, Okeechobee, FL 34973.Eagles hosting dinnersEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have steak or sh dinners Friday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with music by Steven. On Saturday, Aug. 24, card bingo will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, bingo is at 1 p.m. W ednesday, Aug. 28, bingo is at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the FOE 4137 community bene t fund.Moose Lodge offering bingoThe Okeechobee Moose Lodge will host bingo on Friday, Aug. 23. Bingo starts with bonanza at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, Aug. 26, ve-card bingo starts at 6 p.m. in the social quarters. Wednesday, Aug. 28, comedy night starts at 5 p.m. in the social quarters. Come tell your favorite jokes and enjoy 50-cent hotdogs. Daily lunch specials are $2.50. Serving begins at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds go to support moose charities programsEagles #4509 plan dinnersCypress Hut Eagles 4509 will serve choice ribeye steak, shrimp or sh dinners starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. Entertainment will be by Wayne Purvis. On Saturday, A ug. 24, the lodge will serve chicken tenders by JTS. Entertainment will be by Julie and Rick. Tuesday, Aug. 27, is the weekly dart tournament with hamburgers being served. The public is welcome. Tuesday's proceeds go to KOA Kid Care Cancer Research, and the rest will go to community and national charity funds. For information, call the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154. Family Fun Day slatedThe second annual Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Publix Plaza parking lot from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event is free to the public. The Chobee Steelers will also be performing. There will be drawings, a kids zone with bounce houses, face painting, health information, ngerprinting by the sheriff's of ce and so much more. There will be free prize giveaways for all ages. 4-H Awards Banquet plannedThe Okeechobee County 4-H Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Okeechobee High School cafeteria. A silent auction will start at 4 p.m. Awards will start at 5 p.m., and dinner will start at 6 p.m. Awards will continue after dinner. Silent auction drawings will be held throughout the night. Advance tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the Okeechobee Extension Of ce in the County Annex, 458 U.S. 98. Tickets can also be reserved by calling 863763-6469. Tickets at the door will be $5 per person.Bene t bass tourney slatedThe Fallen Peace Of cer Bass Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 24 at the C. Scott Driver boat ramp on S.R. 78 W. Tourney hours will be from safe light until 2 p.m. Payout will be 80 percent and 10 percent of the eld will get a check. The entry fee is $110, which includes the big bass pot. Registration will be held at the boat ramp beginning at 5 a.m. on the morning of the event. Boat position will be determined by your entry. All donations will bene t the families of fallen law enforcement of cers. The event is being sponsored by Crappy Jack's Bait & Tackle as well as local, county and state law enforcement agencies. For information or to pre-register, call Jack Fulce at 863-763-7753.Teen Dance Party setThe Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club (Building Relationships Among Teens) will host a Teen Dance Party for students ages 12-16 at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave., Saturday, Aug. 24 from 7 until 10 p.m. The cost is $7 and includes pizza, soda and chips. For information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public. Local theatre plans auditionsThe Okeechobee Community Theatre will hold open auditions for roles for men and women in its rst two productions of the season: "The Drowsy Chaperone," and "It's a Wonderful Life." The sessions will be Monday and Tuesday evenings, Aug. 26 and 27, at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Auditorium. For information, call 863-763-1307; or, visit www.okeechobeecommunitytheatre.com.600' blood drive plannedVolunteer for a life-saving cause. Join the NASCAR Okeechobee 600 in their November Roundup drive to draw 600 units of blood in just two days. They have lots of jobs to ll. Come to the 600' meeting Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. at Lodge at the Lake, 1111 S Parrott Ave. For information, call Raye at 863467-2557.Keg league to start seasonLucky Lanes Bowling Alley adult leagues will start Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. For information, call Carole at 863-261-1081.Collaborative group to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. in the board room at the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. August special guest speakers will be Twig Tolle, H.E.R.O., and Jeanne Bunten, ACCESS. Please bring supplies to the meeting or call for pick up. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Library will host writersThe Okeechobee Writers Group will meet Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Library. Writers in all genres are invited. If you would like to read, bring ve copies of not more than ve pages. For information call Jan Day Fehrman at 863-357998.Support group will meetThe Heritage Assisted Living Facilit y will hold a free Parkinson's Support Group Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at 608 N.E. Second Ave. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin from New American Physical Therapy. We will provide free adult care and have discussions on how to make a difference with family and caregiver support, while exchanging experiences of Parkinson's. Light refreshments will be served and day care services will be provided during the session at no cost. The event is open to the public, family and patients. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 8 Okeechobee News August 23, 2013 Representative Cary Pigman announces that the Okeechobee County Legislative Delegation meeting will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, from 3: to 5 p.m. or upon completion of the agenda, in the boardroom of the Okeechobee County Commission, located at 304 Northwest Second Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. If you would like to be placed on the agenda to speak, please contact Representative Pigman’s staff at 863-462-5019 no later than noon on Thursday Sept. 26, 2013. Please provide six copies of a completed participation request form and six copies of y ou material, all of which need to be threehole punched. The material will be placed into a three-ring binder therefore no folders, notebooks, etc. are necessary. All handouts and other information must be received by Representative Pigman’s District Of ce at 55 South Parrot Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 by Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Material may be hand delivered. Discussion of issues regarding local legislation for the 2014 Legislative Session will be held at this time. All proposals for local bills are expected to be presented at the hearing and must be drafted in bill form, accompanied by a Resolution from the local government supporting the proposed legislation. This information must be received by Representative Cary Pigman’s District Of ce at 55 South Parrot Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 by Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 or may be hand delivered to the same address. Individuals wishing to address the Delegation on local bills being considered should plan to attend the public hearing at the Okeechobee County Commission Chambers, 304 Northwest Second Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Following the consideration of local bills, the public will be invited to address the Delegation on state issues that are of concern. If you have any questions or would like to be placed on the agenda for the Okeechobee County Legislation Delegation Hearing, please email Libby Maxwell at Libby.maxwell@my oridahouse.gov or by phone at 863-462-5019. Legislative delegation meeting set for Oct. 4 Special to the Okeechobee NewsCivics Boot Camp at YMSThis is the rst year that Florida 7th graders will be required to take an End of Course Exam in Civics. The test will be challenging and is based on the rigorous standards set for students. Beth Box, a seventh grade social studies teacher at Yearling Middle School, wants her students to have the best opportunity possible to be successful on the seventh grade Civics Exam. This summer Ms. Box volunteered her time to start a camp for a group of her students as an experiment to see if additional time with Civics curriculum and educational technology would improve students' likelihood of performing well throughout the school year and on the exam. If this proves to be true, she is hoping to expand the camp next year to include more students. One of the students' favorite assignments was when they were able to create student developed videos on iPads that were designed to explain/teach about different types of government. Students were engaged and eager for the school year to start after their four weeks with Ms. Box!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CANCER?15 Minute chat with Dr. Kumar, at no charge, to discuss Advanced Treatment options personalized just for you.Limited Appointments. CALL NOW 863-467-9500Big Lake Cancer Center1115 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Exceeding patients expectations~ every day!Ž RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS 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 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. Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeOrthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540 .Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: € Total Hip and Knee Replacements € Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine € Pediatric Orthopedics € Work Related injuries Most insurances and Medicare are accepted. W hen you are sick or need to see a doctor, you likely do not feel or act like your normal healthy self. Whether you are experiencing fatigue, dizziness, nausea, or a host of other symptoms, y our ability to thoroughly communicate about your condition and comprehend the doctors medical advice may be compromised. This is just one reason w hy it is bene“cial to have an existing relationship with a Primary Care Provider, before you actually need one. Another bene“t to having an existing relationship with a Primary Care Provider is having a baseline point of reference for your physical health (for example your weight, cholesterol & blood pressure). This knowledge, as w ell as you and your familys medical history, can help promote an accurate diagnosis and help proactively monitor patients risk factors. Generally a patients overall comfort level and Having a Primary Care Provider is important, even if you are healthycon“dence in their physician is increased when the patient has an existing relationship with the physician. With this increased con“dence, comes trust. When patients know and trust their physician (vs. meeting the physician for the “rst time when they are sick or need healthcare) patients can more easily and openly communicate ALL of their health and wellness concerns. Certainly patient outcomes bene“t when physicians have the whole picture of their patients health. One of the reasons people give for not proactively seeing a doctor is their lack of time. If you think you are too busy to have your cholesterol levels checked, just imagine how your schedule will be affected if you suffer a heart attack? Another reason people give for not visiting a doctor annually is that they are worried about what the doctor, lab results or a screening may reveal. Ignorance is not bliss, when it comes to your health. Studies have shown that early detection and treatment are critical to a successful outcome, whether the diagnosis is breast cancer, diabetes or heart disease. A very popular reason for many people to avoid scheduling a wellness visit is uncertainty regarding the cost and how to pay for the visit. Yet, many insurances, as well as Medicare, often include an annual wellness visit in their bene“ts. Contact your insurance provider to learn if annual wellness visits are included in your health plan. If you have a healthcare question or need help “nding a doctor, Raulerson Hospital provides a free 24/7 ConsultA-Nurse hotline: 863-736-9228 specialsections.newszap.com View all of our special sections online! FAMILY MEDICINE 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 23, 2013

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A 24-year-old woman is being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail after her arrest for allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover law enforcement of cer during a local drug operation. Rebecca Frederick w as arrested Wednesday, Aug. 21, on felony charges of sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church (two counts) and possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church (two counts). She is being held on $240,000 bond. Arrest reports by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force stated that Frederick, on more than one occasion, provided suspected crack cocaine to the undercover of cer. According to the reports those substances were eld tested, and those tests indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine. Also arrested in connection with Frederick's case were Tony Lee Frost and Justin Michael Hamilton. Frost and Hamilton were arrested Aug. 14 after task force detectives served a search warrant on a N.E. 16th Ave. home where they were living. During that search the detectives allegedly found crack cocaine, prescription pills, powder cocaine and marijuana. Frost was arrested on felony charges of possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (two counts). He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hamilton was charged with the felonies of sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet o f a church, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, sale of cocaine and possession o f marijuana with intent to sell. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Detectives with the task force said these cases are still under investigation. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! 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Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon UROLOGY 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 GYNECOLOGIST James E. MD FACOG Board All Major Insurances Accepted 863-763-8000 Okeechobee • Loss of Libido • Endometriosis • Urine Control • Infertility • Menstrual Abnormalities • Sterilization • Laser Surgery • Minimally Invasive Surgery The 2012 – 2013 Medical Information Guide is available online atspecialsections.newszap.com 2012-2013 Medical Information GuideFriday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 P roviding our communit y qualit y h ea l t h care services wit h a persona l t ouch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rt h ope d ics Intro d ucing Dr. Benjamin Epstei n Ph y sical, Occupational & Speech Therap y R adiology Services Accredited by the A merican College o f Radiology in : CT Scan, Digital Mammograph y MRI, Nuclear Medicine, & Ultrasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ In p atient and Out p atient Service s Occupationa l Hea l t h / Wor k ers Compensation We Tr ea t Ki d s T oo Available year-round at orida.newszap.com R H H H R C S M 10 Okeechobee News August 23, 2013 The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce is disclosing this information to the public in order to enhance public safety, awareness, and protection. This information is not intended to increase fear: rather it is this agency's belief that an informed public is a safer public. This bulletin should be used only for information purposes. Citizen abuse of the information to threaten, intimidate, or harass offend Carlers will not be tolerated, in any manner. The individual who appears in this bulletin have served the sentence imposed on them by the courts. They are NOT wanted by the police at this time. Sex offenders have always lived in the communities. The only change is the public is now better informed. Timothy Tucker, 40, 14570 N.W. 250th St., is 5'6" and 135 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. Tucker was convicted of sexual battery, offender 18 YOA or older, victim 12 YOA or under in Palm Beach County, Florida. The victim was a minor. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, contact Michele or Connie at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce at 7633117, extension 240, or website http://www. fdle.state. .us. Sexual Predator Noti cation Timothy Tucker W oman accused of selling coke to undercover cop Rebecca Frederick SEBRING--The Of ce of State Representative Dr. Cary Pigman Thursday announced Rep. Pigman's safe return from serving in Kuwait. On May 10, 2013, Rep. Pigman returned to active duty with the U.S. Army Reserves to serve as an emergency medicine physician. He was a member of the 48th Combat Support Hospital (Forward) of the 3rd Medical Command Deployment Support, Army Support Group Kuwait, Camp Arifjan. While serving overseas, Rep. Pigman was able to keep in contact with his constituents and his legislative staff through email and Skype. Rep. Pigman will spend some time with friends and family before returning to regular hours at his legislative of ce and returning to his duties in the emergency department at Florida Hospital. State Rep. Dr. Cary Pigman returns from service in Kuwait

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 23, 2013 for commercial businesses and 0.87 cents per square foot for industrial/warehouse properties. This is a slight decrease from the 2012/13 rates of $1.80 per room or space for hotel/motel/RV Park; 5 cents per square foot for commercial; and, 0.9 cents per square foot for industrial/warehouse. The total generated will be $1,308,560 to fund county Emergency Medical Services. The county commission also lowered the annual assessment for re protection, which funds the re ghting portion of Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue. City residents do not pay this assessment because they fund their own City Fire Department through city taxes. The 2012/13 re assessment rates were $100 per residence; $8 per room or space for hotel/motel/RV Park; $56 per parcel for agriculture or vacant land less than 5 acres; and, $56 plus 64 cents per acre for agricultural or vacant land greater than 5 acres. Commercial rates ranged from $250 to $35,000, based on the square footage of the building. Industrial/warehouse rates ranged from $20 to $2,800, also depending on the square footage. The 2013/14 re assessment rates are slightly lower at $90 per residence; $7.20 per room or space for hotel/motel/RV; 50.40 for agriculture or vacant land less than 5 acres; and, $50.40 plus 58 cents per acre for parcels larger than 5 acres. Commercial rates range from $225 to $31,500 depending on square footage. Industrial/warehouse rates range from $18 to $2,520, depending on square footage. The total generated will be estimated $2,872,893 to fund the county re department. The meeting can be viewed online at http://www.co.okeechobee. .us. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 The detective said the scammers are visiting reputable Real Estate web sites then copying the photos of homes on Miami's Ocean Drive onto their rental' web site. The scammers then set up a g-mail account and put the rentals' on that site. When contacted about the homes, the scammers say they can't hold the home without a deposit of around $300. Then, added the detective, the scammer will sometime later call the mark back and hit them up for even more money. Detective Morrison said that money is then sent to Okeechobee via Western Union or Moneygram. A local woman, who the detective did not identify, then picks up the money and sends it to Nigeria by the same w ay in which she received it. The OCSO investigator went on to say she actually picked up the woman in the parking lot of a local business after she had just received some money. So far, pointed out the detective, the only v ictims she's found are from out of state. Another scam is also being seen locally and that is another version of the old Nigerian scam. A local person received a letter from someone claiming to be Wang Yi, the chief nancial of cer for a bank in Hong Kong. The letter claims that a man was killed in an accident and that he had a nancial portfolio of $28.35 million. Yi goes on to say that the reason the local man is being contacted is because he has the same name as the man w ho died in China. And true to the Nigerian scam, Yi has access to this money and is offering to split it with the Okeechobee man. Because this is the initial contact, Yi does not mention any fees. Normally, in this type of scam the victim is promised the money but to receive it they may have to pay a tax' or some sort of fee.' Those payments will continue, in one fashion or another, but the victim will never see a penny of the millions supposedly being held for them. Detective Morrison went on to tell about a third scam in which a local couple fell victim and lost $23,000. The name of this con is the e-bay scam. She explained that the local couple saw a three-wheeled Can-Am motorcycle for sale on e-bay. They contacted someone about the motorcycle and made an offer to buy it. The problem was: the motorcycle had already been sold legitimately. The web site now offering the motorcycle was bogus. "They then wired the money from their local bank to West Palm Beach," said the detective, who added that the suspect in this case actually has a Miami address. Detective Morrison went on to say the retired couple has simply lost the money. These are just three of the many scams circulating today. Law enforcement has repeatedly said: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. When you are contacted in writing, read carefully. Most scammers are lousy spellers and their correspondence will be lled with mistakes that are easily spotted if you take a few minutes to be careful. If you've been contacted with some sort of offer and are concerned or suspicious, don't hesitate to contact local law enforcement and ask them about it. For city residents, contact the Okeechobee City Police Department at 863-763-5521. If you live in the county, call the Sheriff's Of ce at 863-763-3117. SCAMContinued From Page 1

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By Brenda BarnesHendry and Glades Counties Health Department The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties continue to raise awareness about Naegleria fowleri in light of the recent con rmed case. There is a standard process that the Department of Health follows for all diseases, regardless of the disease. That process involves interviewing the family to ask about possible exposure sources. The Department of Health is w orking closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC provided the testing that con rmed the case in Glades County. The exact water source of exposure cannot be exactly identi ed because the amoeba occurs naturally in warm freshwater sources such as rivers, lakes, ponds, canals, and ditches. Because the amoeba is found in most freshwater sources, and because of the inconsistency in test results, the CDC does not recommend speci c testing of freshwater sources. For informational research, the CDC does collect information such as water temperatures, water depths, water clarity and air temperatures in the surrounding areas of where a case has been con rmed. The low number of infections makes it dif cult to know why a few people have been infected compared to the millions of other people that used the same or similar waters across the U.S. There were local news reports questioning exposure risks from water sprinklers. According to the CDC, there are no reports of infections from this route of exposure in the US and it would be very unlikely that this activity could lead to infection. If the sprinklers are using canal water, that would be a slightly higher risk but still very unlikely since people would not generally force that water up their nose. The organism is most commonly found in warm freshwater (lakes, rivers, ponds, canals, and ditches). It should be removed in treated tap water that uses ltration and disinfection and would not be expected to be found in groundwater from private wells (the water is cooler than ideal for Naegleria growth and there would not be abundant bacteria for Naegleria to feed on). Ways to reduce your risk from Naegleria fowleri infection: Limit the amount of water going up your nose. Hold your nose shut, use nose clips, or keep your head above water when taking part in warm freshwater-related activities. Avoid water-related activities in warm freshwater during periods of high water temperature and low water levels. Avoid digging in, or stirring up, the sediment while taking part in water-related activities in shallow, warm freshwater areas. Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic amoeba which is a single-celled living organism. It can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Infections are rare, but can happen when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. Once the amoeba enters the nose, it travels to the brain where it causes PAM (which destroys brain tissue). Infections usually occur when it is hot for prolonged periods of time, which results in higher water temperatures and lower water levels. The peak season for this amoeba is July, August and September. You cannot be infected with Naegleri a fowleri by drinking contaminated water and the amoeba is not found in salt water. Initial symptoms of PAM usually start within 1 to 7 days after infection. The initial symptoms may include headache, fever, nausea, or vomiting. Other symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, seizures, and hallucinations. After the start o f symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly. For more information about Naegleri a fowleri, you can visit the CDC website http:/ / www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/ Follow the Florida Department of Health on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook 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. 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This exciting three-day event opens on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. and continues through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, ending at 3 p.m. OKMS invites all to join your friends and bring your family to enjoy over 80 vendors and non-pro t organizations who will be on hand to entice you with amazing festival food items, specialty wares and important information about our town. Come support local organizations as they attempt to help others in the community! Main Street is excited to announce that A pplebee's will be sponsoring the Third Annual Corn Hole Competition. Applebees is looking for teams to compete this year for prizes, if interested contact Dave at 863-3570141 or go to their Facebook page to register. Cost is $10 per team and the championship competition will be held Monday, Sept. 2. Come prove your skill or show support for your favorite team. Attendees can enjoy the "Top Dog" Hot Dog Competition at moon on Labor Day, sponsored by Mid Florida. The winner will be awared a $50 gift card. Those interested in the "Top Dog" competitions can sign up at the Main Street Of ce or at the Main Street Booth at the Festival. For more information about the festival, festival applications or if you would like to volunteer please contact Sharie Turgeon, Okeechobee Main Street at (863) 357-6246. Main Street plans Labor Day celebration OCRA holds football sign upsOCRA is gearing up for their 2013 Football Season. Sign ups will be held Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ball park. All of the games are played locally. Football players and cheerleaders are invited to sign up, ages 5-14 years old. The cost is $80 for football and cheerleaders, $60 for ag football. They are also looking for team sponsors. For more information, call 863-6340515. Sign ups end Aug. 24. Any questions please call 863-634-0515.Youth Soccer League sign-ups plannedYouth soccer league sign-ups will be held throughAug. 30 at the Sports Complex, 640 N.W. 27th Lane, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The fee is $35 per boy or girl player, 5 to 14 years of age, and a copy of the participant's birth certi cate is needed to register. For information, call 863-763-6950.

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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 Yard Sale Labor Day Weekend Sat. Aug 31st 9am-5pm and Sun. Sept 1st 9am-1pm, 13554 SW 144th Parkway. Giant tool, wood working, boat building garage sale, Gantry Cranes w cummalongs, air compressor, table saws, tools galore, antique steering wheels, swim plat forms and boat hardware. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full TimeDrivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 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. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. AntiquesCo-Op Antiques 1214 SW 2nd Ave. Behind Dairy Queen LABOR DAY SALE! Make your own sale! Tell us your offer, we just might take it. Making room for new arrivals in fall. Beth-532-9138 or Judy-634-1552 Computer/ SuppliesDell Desktop Tower 3.4 ghz reprogrammed like new! $60 Add LCD keyb etc $40 works great Also Dell Mini tower Win7 Fast! $125. (863)517-2782 MiscellaneousNew Rare, F.N. 5.7 Cal. Auto Pistol, 3-20 RA Mags, Fitted Case with Accessories, 2 boxes Ammo. New in box with papers. Sell $2,100 or trade for Colt AR-15 223 Antique Roll Top Desk, 3’ 8” high,dark wood, 5’ wide, 7 drawers, 32” deep $950 Call 863-763-5110 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 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 Apartments2bd/1ba Fully Furnished utilities included, w/d pool, tennis court, club house privileges. Linens, dishes. In Kings Bay close to Power Plant, long/short term lease. 863-634-8331 2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 Apt: 1 br, 1 bath in the country includes all utilities, dish TV, fully furnished $600 mo or $150 a week (863)467-1950 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + sec. dep. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780. Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK Condo 1BR, 1BA, furnished, No pets. Pool. $650 mo. plus deposit. Call 502-468-5976. Houses RentDIXIE RANCH 3BR, 1BA, For sale or rent by owner. (863)763-7032 Houses Rent2/1 Basswood Air, heat, city water, $675.00 monthly. Call 863-801-3700 for info. 3bd/2ba, Treasure Island, w/d, room front and back, storage, green house, work space, fenced yard, lake access. $850.00/mo. 1st, last and security required 863-763-0859 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 OKEE 3/2 House with fenced in back yard. Immaculate Condition. 211 SE 5th Ave. $1300/month 1st, last $1300 Security. Pets allowed upon approval. Call 863-634-3312. OKEE2/1 First class property 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included $ 498.00 mo. Call for details. Mon -Fri. No Pets 863-467-9800. OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. Okeechobee Country Hills Estates. Unique post and beam house on private 5 acre lot. 2bd one in loft, 2 ba., lrg. screen room, screened balcony with hot tub, all appliances, include W/D, $1400. mth. 708-218-8227. S.W. Section 3BR/2BA 1 Car garage. Lrg back yard with mature Oak Trees. $950.00 monthly. 1st and security total $1,900 to move in. Call 863-634-5586 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 SaleJust Reduced large fenced lot in Treasure Island with beautiful oak trees. Put a mobile home on lot or build your home $14,500.00 Call 863-634-2820 Priced to sell Residential Building lot, adjoining the golf course at the Beautiful Oaks of Blue Heron. $22,500.00 Call 863-634-2820 RENT OR SALE LARGE BUILDING ON 10 CITY LOTS, COMMERCIAL PROPERTY AT 404 SE 10TH AVE. CALL FOR MORE DETAILS 863-634-1992 OR 863-357-7919 Mobile Home RentOkee 3bd/2ba on water. treasure island, large yard, new carpet, NO PETS includes lawn service, $775/mo + sec. dep. Call (863)634-0663 Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Factory liquidation Sale 6 models to choose from 1200 sq ft up to 2400 sq ft... $12K off! John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 Boats2002 21.5ft. Sea Fox Center Console, 150 hp. Johnson Outboard with matching trailer, good condition must sell due to illness asking $11,000. Call 863-697-0486 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)268-5865 Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013 IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. PREPARING FOR SACS COMMITTEE 2:15 P.M. FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE 2:30 P.M. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE2:45 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 450940 ON 8/23/2013 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2013-DR452 IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF: MICHAEL V. EVERETT, Petitioner/Husband, and ROBIN LYNN EVERETT, Respondent/Wife NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PUBLICATION TO: Robin Lynn Everett Unknown address YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Dissolution of Marriage, including claims for dissolution o f marriage, payment of debts, division of real and personal property, and for payments of support, has been led against you. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to this action on Rebecca H. Boldt, Petitioner’s attorney, whose address is 107 N.E. 4th Street, Okeechobee, Fl 34972, on or before 9/15/2013, and le the original with the clerk of this court at Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, either before service on Petitioner’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure o f documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED this 12th day of August, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Cler k 450264 ON 8/16,23,30;9/6/2013 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 23, 2013

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Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE Okeechobee Utility Authority will temporarily change its method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of our drinking water. The water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water after September 2, 2013. These conditions will last thru September 16, 2013. These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical sh or aquatic animals, you should contact you local tropical sh store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you have properly treated the water before adding it to your aquarium. The hydrant ushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours. We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for the customers of Okeechobee Utility Authority. If additional information is needed, contact Kevin Rogers at 763-3239. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION. OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY 450812 ON 8/23/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider nal reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1103: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA, UPDATING THE FIVE-YEAR SCHEDULE OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF THE CITY’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AS MANDATED BY FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 163.3177(3)(b); PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. 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 City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 450960 ON 8/23/2013 PUBLIC NOTICE Pine Ridge Park Okeechobee Utility Authority will temporarily change its method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of our drinking water. The water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water after September 2, 2013. These conditions will last thru September 16, 2013. These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical sh or aquatic animals, you should contact you local tropical sh store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you have properly treated the water before adding it to your aquarium. The hydrant ushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours. We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for the customers of Okeechobee Utility Authority. If additional information is needed, contact Kevin Rogers at 763-3239. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION. OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY 450813 ON 8/23/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD263 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that V L UNDERHILL the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1597 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT P OF TRACT 4 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 04 35 34S 33E 1-35-34-33-0A00-00004-P000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: IRENE PRICE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of September, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 448448 ON 8/2,9,16,23/2013 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD261 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that V L UNDERHILL the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1590 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT L OF TRACT 1 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 01 35 34S 33E 1-35-34-33-0A00-00001-L000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANTHONY A SWABY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of September, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 448445 ON 8/2,9,16,23/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD260 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that V L UNDERHILL the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1583 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 28 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 28 34 34S 33E 1-34-34-33-0A00-00028-G000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JEAN MAX FRANCOIS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of September, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 448444 ON 8/2,9,16,23/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD262 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that V L UNDERHILL the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1596 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT M OF TRACT 4 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 04 35 34S 33E 1-35-34-33-0A00-00004-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of September, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 448447 ON 8/2,9,16,23/2013 Public Notice Public NoticeNotice of Public Hearing and Regular Board Meeting of the Grove Community District The Board of Supervisors of the Grove Community District will hold a Public Hearing and Regular Board Meeting on September 3, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as can be heard, at the South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee Service Center located at 3800 NW 16th Boulevard, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to receive public comment on the Fiscal Year 2013/2014 Proposed Final Budget of the Grove Community District. The purpose of the Regular Board Meeting is for the Board to consider any other business which may properly come before it. A copy of the Budget and/or the Agenda may be obtained at the of ces of the District Manager, c/o Special District Services, Inc., 2501 Burns Road, Suite A, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, during normal business hours. The meetings are open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida law. Meetings may be continued as found necessary to a time and place speci ed on the record. There may be occasions when one or more Supervisors will participate by telephone; therefore, a speaker telephone will be present at the meeting location so that Supervisors may be fully informed of the discussions taking place. In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations or an interpreter to participate at these meetings should contact the District Manager at (561) 630-4922 and/or toll free at 1-877-737-4922, at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the meetings. If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this Public Hearing and Regular Board Meeting, such person will need a record of the proceedings and such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made at their own expense and which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is based. Grove Community District 450100 ON 8/16,23/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD259 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that V L UNDERHILL the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1539 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT N OF TRACT 6 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 6 34 34S 33E 1-34-34-33-0A00-00006-N000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC DAINIS PALMERO Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of September, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 448438 ON 8/2,9,16,23/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD264 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that V L UNDERHILL the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1673 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT I OF TRACT 28 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 28 36 34S 33E 1-36-34-33-0A00-00028-I000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CANTAVE COLEUS MARIE COLEUS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 12th day of September, 2013. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 448452 ON 8/2,9,16,23/2013 Public Notice 14 Okeechobee News August 23, 2013 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary hosts guest speakerDr. Kumar, an oncologist with Big Lake Cancer Center, was the guest speaker at Rotary on Tuesday, July 30. During his presentation, Dr. Kumar shared the number one question people ask when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. That question is: “What can I do?” Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks at the YMCA CampResidents from Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility enjoyed spending the afternoon at the YMCA Camp located at Sacred Heart. Residents brought fresh baked chocolate chip cookies to have for snack and played bingo and helped with art and crafts. The residents were very happy to visit the children at YMCA camp for the second year in a row. Grand Oaks activities director Jennifer Shatto Dodd is a strong supporter of the YMCA Camp as well as its many programs to bene t the children. “The YMCA is such a wonderful camp run by a truly dedicated staff. My daughter Sarah has enjoyed camp since it began in Okeechobee four summers ago. She looks forward to camp every year and has gained a true sense of self worth and brotherhood through working with others. It was fun for the residents and for me to be able to do something special for the children.”

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R E D COMFORT IN THE OAKS CBS Custom Built home 3/2/1 with a beautiful fireplace, crown molding throughout, pocket doors, custom arches, Oak hardwood floors, solid maple cabinets with chocolate glaze, cultured marble bathrooms, insulated colonial windows, two wells on property, sprinkler system on timer, motion sensor flood lights outside. THIS IS A BEAUTY!! MOTIVATED SELLER CUSTOM BUILT Over 100 Listings FLYING “G” ESTATES ~ Wondrous Waterfront Living! 3 Bd/ 2 Ba/ 2 Gar, 2003 CBS Custom Home. 12-16’ vaulted ceilings, open concept, split plan. Premier kitchen, wood cabinets, granite counters. 1928 SF Under Air-2963 TLA. 10x45 Lanai w/Hurricane rated windows. Accordion H/S, CBS wkshop. 440 SF Dock on Rim Canal-BEST Bass fishing! MLS 207113 $269,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 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 5008-M: Pioneer Estates 2/2 Double Wide on acre with two sheds. Additional acre in the back available for $15,000. $45,900 NOW $40,000 MLS #206211. OWNER FINANCING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 5051-H: Close to town 4 bd, 2 ba, att 2 car garage, det 2 car garage, 12x12 Shed. Inground pool with screened deck. Too many extras to list! $220,000 MLS #207117 5020-H: Dixie Ranch Acres Owner Financing 4/2 CBS home on 3+/-acres. 2420 Total sq ft, 2016 under air, horse stall. New kitchen soon. Make Offer! $98,000 MLS #207048 3002-M: Treasure Island Lake Access 3/1.5 with full length addition. 2 Sheds and storage room part of the addition with electric. Seawall, double carport and more. $48,000 MLS #207064 3004-M: Treasure Island 2 br, 2 ba MH, possible 3rd bdrm. Open concept, all siding and skirting have been redone. Fenced backyard. Short Sale $43,000 MLS #206963 3005-M: Treasure Island Lake Access. Concrete seawall, dock and boat ramp. Metal roof and more. Easy to see. $40,000 MLS #207122 • Pine Ridge Park lot $7,500 • Blue Heron nice cul-de-sac lot $17,500 Make Offer • Lot behind SunTrust Bank $18,000 • Potter Rd (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000. Make Offer! • Foreclosure Taylor Creek Captive Lake Residential Lot $13,650 NOW $9,900 • In town SW addition Residential Lot $3,900 • Okeechobee Pk (NW 4th St) Residential Lot $6,000 • Okeechobee Estates (SE 9th CT) in town Residential Lot $18,000 Make Offer! Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 23, 2013

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