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Sunday, August 25, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 102 15.61 feetLast Year: 12.29 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Flood zone map changing ... Page 5 Man accused of selling pills ... Page 9 IRSC hosts open house for arts ... Page 8 Moped accident victim airlifted ... Page 2 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Special to the Okeechobee NewsJacob and Danielle Larson (shown with their children) are among the nalists selected for the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award. Special to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee dairy farmers Jacob and Danielle Larson are among the three nalists selected for the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award. The husband and wife duo are third generation dairy farmers responsible for the management of more than 9,000 dairy cows on Larson Dairy Inc., in Okeechobee. They also manage a 1350-acre beef cattle ranch operation. "The excellent quality of our milk is our primary concern," said Jacob Larson. "We want people to know that the milk we produce is safe and nutritious." The Larsons also practice environmental stewardship and have implemented water conservation systems on their farm. "We have worked hard to lter our water through a multi-stage lagoon system so that nutrients are removed before they leave our farms," Mr. Larson explained. The Larsons have been selected as nalists due to their excellent farm management, active involvement in promoting agriculture in their local community and for their leadership role in various civic and Larsons named nalists for agricultural awardSee LARSON — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was arrested after he reportedly sold a working moonshine still to an agent with the state's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) for $250. Ad to sell moonshine still leads to arrest Submitted photo/ ABTThis still was seized by an agent with the Florida Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Division and an Okeechobee man was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a still. See STILL — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Governor Rick Scott made a statement recently that the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is wanting to acquire land to help clean up Lake Okeechobee, but when a local ranching concern offered to put in a facility to remove phosphorus from runoff they were turned away. Twin Sisters' Family Lands recently offered to put in a 2,700acre load reduction facility on their Glades County property that is to the north of Lake Okeechobee. Twin Sisters' offered to not only use their own land, but their own money to put in the facility. "The district told us it's a good project and in a really good place, but there aren't any funds right now. Maybe in a year or two they may have the funds. That was the word we got," said Glades County rancher John Austin Collier, speaking on behalf of the Twin Sisters' group, o f which he is a member. Mr. Collier explained that the facility would be set up to clean water from Lake Istokpoga and the Kissimmee River by way o f the L-59 canal that runs from the Indian Prairie Canal to the river. Lake Istokpoga water is discharged into the Indian Prairie Canal. SFWMD declines ranchers' offer to clean waterSee WATER — Page 5 Sudoku ...Page 13

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 2 Okeechobee News August 25, 2013 Today: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 86F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Tonight: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Fog overnight. Low o f 70F. Winds less than 5 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 88F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog overnight. Low of 70F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance o f a thunderstorm and rain in the afternoon. High of 86F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday Night: Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. Fog overnight. Low o f 70F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Okeechobee Forecast By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A general fund budget of $5.57 million that includes a raise for employees, just under $2 million for Okeechobee City Police and $1.36 million for the City Fire Department was approved by the Okeechobee City Council Tuesday night. Finance director India Riedel said this w ould be a 1.7 percent increase over the 2012-2013 spending plan. She explained there has been tremendous tax relief in the city since 2007. A residential home assessed at that time at $150,000 is today w orth $93,828. Complete with applicable tax exemptions, the average city tax bill for this home has dropped from $812 in 2007 to $339 in 2013. Councilman Michael O’Connor said he has heard concerns from several commercial business owners that they have not received these types of property tax bene ts. The proposed spending plan would raise $1.74 million in property taxes, a decrease of just under $60,000 from the 2012-2013 spending plan. The plan includes $178,580 for administration, $196,764 for the City Clerk’s Of ce, $249,635 for Financial Serv ices, $71,823 for legal counsel, $326,231 for general services, and $1.07 million for the road and street department. The fund balance would total $3.88 million. Taxable values declined for the sixth consecutive year in the city, or 34 percent since 2008. The council approved a step on the salary schedule and a 1 percent raise for employees. The tentative millage was set at last year’s rate of 7.7432 mills. Councilman Dowling Watford suggested the city consider a reduction in funds to the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. “I don’t know if we want to do it this year we just want to let them know that we will consider it. They have done an admirable job, and this does not say they haven’t been a success,” he said. The city provides a building and some contribution to maintenance costs for the Chamber of Commerce. The council discussed a contract with the Chamber of Commerce to lay out what their duties and responsibilities to the city could be in the future. Council members discussed a fee increase for building permits. They also included their annual contribution to the Shared Services Network and the Chamber of Commerce in the proposed budget. Councilman Clayton Williams raised questions about an increase for the city auditor, about the purchase of a $2,000 shredder for the City Clerk, and the police department overtime budget that increased from $28,000 this year to $64,000 in this proposed spending plan. Police Chief Denny Davis said only one major event like a hurricane could greatly impact overtime. He said his department did all they could to reduce overtime in 2012-13. City Clerk Lane Gamiotea said the city runs into a problem when they discard records because by law they must hold onto records for a speci ed period. A small shredder does not handle the amount of records that need to be discarded and is also time consuming. They also burn records where possible. A private service to shred documents can be costly. The budget includes a small amount, $5,205, for mosquito control. Public works director David Allen said this would go to purchase small tablets that are used in standing water to deter mosquito breeding. Chief Davis also proposed a promotion for a detective to the rank of sergeant. The position would pay an additional $3,000 annually. The position will include various record keeping responsibility and supervision of the evidence room. The council also approved a $3,000 raise for a re ghter recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant. The public works department plans for the retirement of foreman Cleveland Lamb in the next year and plans to promote two employees to Operator II positions. Health insurance costs for employees have increased by $44,000. The rst public hearing on the proposed spending plan will be held on Sept. 17 with the nal public hearing set for Sept. 24th. Both hearings will begin at 6 p.m. City $5.57 million budget includes raise for employees By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was airlifted to a coastal hospital with non-life threatening injuries after he reportedly hit a guardrail and w as thrown from the moped he was riding. Deputy Joe Gracie, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), indicated in his accident report that alcohol was a contributing factor in the Aug. 16 single-vehicle accident. The report indicated the operator was riding his moped west on S.R. 78 W. around 3:23 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, the 53-year-old man left the roadway to his right and struck the guardrail. The accident occurred about a quarter mile west from the S.R. 78 W. and U.S. 441 S. intersection. Due to his injuries, he was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. The moped sustained an estimated $300 in damages. Deputy Gracie indicated on his report that even though the operator appeared to be under the in uence at the time of the accident, no road-side sobriety test or breath test was given. Moped rider injured in crash FEMA has Emergency Family Registry system FEMA’s National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS) is activated following a presidentially declared disaster to reunite families that have become separated as a result of the disaster. Once the disaster is declared, Individuals and families can register online at www.fema.gov or by phone at 1-800588-9822, 24-hours a day, when the system is activated. http://www.fema.gov/ public-assistance-local-state-tribal-andnon-pro t/recovery-directorate/nationalemergency-family

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 *Jim ArrigoOwner & PresidentJohn ArrigoVice President & General Manager SATURDAY€AUGUST 24THSHOWROOM & GATES OPEN AT 8:30AMSALE STARTS AT 9AM!SUNDAY€AUGUST 25THSHOWROOM & GATES OPEN AT 11:00AMSALE STARTS AT 11:30AM! ALLMAKES&MODELS INCLUDING €Jeeps€Dodges€Fords €Cadillacs €Nissans€Lexus €Hyundais€Acuras €Audis €BMWs €Mercedes €Toyotas €Hondas€VolvosCARS ORIGINALLY PRICED AT$12,000WILL SELL FOR$9,000CARS ORIGINALLY PRICED AT$9,000WILL SELL FOR$6,000CARS ORIGINALLY PRICED AT$6,000WILL SELL FOR$3,000 AS LOW ASAS LOW AS AS LOW AS§§§SOME CARS WILL SELL FOR$999!AS LOW AS PUSH,PULL ORTOW IT IN!WE WANT YOUR TRADE IN! UNCLAIMED VEHICLES BANK REPOSSESSIONS AUCTION VEHICLES LEASING VEHICLES CREDIT UNIONS RENTAL VEHICLES 100% GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALIf You Make $1,500/Month, Have A Valid Florida Drivers License & Can Prove Income & Residence... You Are Approved!^Get Pre-Approved Online @ GottaGoArrigo.com $0DOWNDELIVERS ANY VEHICLE!*AS LOW AS* GottaGoArrigo.com5851 S US #1 € FT. PIERCEJUST SOUTH OF MIDWAY ROAD1-855-374-5026 STORE HOURS:Monday-Saturday 8:30 AM 9:00 PM Sunday: 11:00 AM 6:00 PMSERVICE PARTS HOURS:Monday-Friday 7:30 AM 6:00 PM Saturday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Sunday: ClosedSe Habla Espanol Ft. Pierce € West Palm € Sawgrass 1Ulrich Rd Saeger Ave Easy St Sunshine BlvdOleander Ave WITH APPROVAL^Severity of credit rating may affect down payment and terms. Tax, Title Motor vehicle & fees are additional. See dealer for de tails. *Stk#PL10427A 2004 Hyundai Elantra. §Stk#132312A 09 Dodge Avenger Was $12,000 now $9000, Stk#313176 06 Dodge Grand Caravan Was $9,000 now $6,000, Stk#131866C 03 Dodge Durango Was $6000 Now $3000. Photos used for illustrative pu rposes. Must take same day delivery from dealer stock. All offers expire 8/25/13.* 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 25, 2013

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Sheriff’s budget OCSO has a lot of problems within it’s doors, that’s for sure. All agencies have issues. OCSO’s main problem, in my opinion, is recruitment of quali ed deputies. The pool is small to choose from. These guys w ork themselves to the bone with what they have to work with. I am not surprised and dread the thought of a deputy getting seriously injured due to lack of training, lack of support or lack of leadership. It’s not the deputy’s fault. It’s not a leadership issue. It has a lot to do with decision making while on the move. Situational awareness plays a huge roll here. You cannot teach that. The training environment teaches a conditioned response to stimuli. Along with the required liability issues around every aspect of the job. No college, no supervisor, no command element can teach street survival. A mentoring deputy can.  I don’t care how the other county departments do their budget because it’s pretty simple when the BOCC says this is how much money we take in and this is how it is going to be divided up, you adjust accordingly. Some sound like they are constantly having to make life and death decisions. The biggest decision most of them make in a day is “What am I going to eat today.” They don’t make it in the top 10 most dangerous jobs but several other jobs in this county do make the list. A lot of people are at more risk every day in this county than a deputy. The school teachers have to face the same troublemakers everyday unarmed. Now that w ould scare me. My hat is off to the teachers, who also didn’t get a raise.  I live less than 5 miles from the sheriff’s of ce and the one time I called because there was a mam on my porch trying to break into my home, it took 20 minutes for a deputy to show up. Fortunately, after I called 9-1-1, I was able to scare the intruder away. I yelled out “Get me the shotgun!” and the man ran off.  I was very surprised to see that we have 10 road deputies per shift because if you live in the county we never see a deputy on patrol. Ask people when was the last time they saw a deputy.  Is the sheriff’s budget too high? I have no idea. I have not actually seen the budget, just the totals. I think it would be easier for the taxpayers to decide whether or not we need to raise taxes to fund the requested increase in the sheriff’s budget if the sheriff posted his line item budget online, just as the county did with the other budgets. I know the tax increase would be next year, as they can’t raise the millage for 2013-2014 now. But just giving a total does not help us understand what we are spending all these millions on.School board Our schools have developed into “the business of education” and I’m sorry the teachers have got caught up in the cross hairs, but I am more sorry the end results is the students get the worst end of the stick because when the teachers are ignored or forgotten then so too are the children because if not for an upbeat, dedicated teacher the children have no chance at all against “the business” as they are nothing but a means to the budget.  In regard to the school employees health insurance going up, I also work for a company that has Blue Cross and we also got a big hike in premiums this year. I checked around for other insurance options and could not nd anything better. Obamacare had something to do with that, I am told. The businesses providing insurance must cover certain things at 100 percent, etc. whether you or your family will ever need that service or not. And you don’t get to choose what will be covered. So the rates go up. Obamacare was supposed to bring prices down, but that has not been the case.  Thank you to all the teachers who do so much for the children of Okeechobee. Just a reminder--school board members are elected. I note how each one votes on teacher pay so I know how to vote and can tell my fellow citizens what happened.  The union should focus on getting more pay for the teachers. They spent months arguing about the percentages on the various parts of the evaluations and missed the big picture. Salaries may not be the big issue to the union but it is to many teachers. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 OPINION August 25, 2013 4 Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections From the Pulpit 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!The Boastful AxeBy Calvin H. Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church Isaiah 10:15—“Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith?….” 2 Kings 6:4b—“…he [Elisha] went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood. 5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. 6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. 7 Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it. Imagine an axe out in the woods. You are walking through the woods and hear something patting itself on the back and saying, “Look at this big tree I cut down.” You walk over to the axe and nd nothing but the axe. You say to the axe, “What do you mean, you cut down that tree?” The axe replies, “The tree is down, and I did it.” You think to yourself, that is silly. Somebody had to be using the axe, and that is exactly how it was with Assyria. When Rabshakah, the Assyrian general, boasted, “Where are the gods?...Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand? (See the rest of the story behind our text in 2 Kings 18 and 19). One successful man said he owed his success to a close study he made of his rooster. That rooster was a powerful ghter. He could y higher and cut deeper than any other rooster in the neighborhood. But he often lost ghts against weaker foes. His trouble was that right in the middle of a ght, he’d stop to crow.—Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. America, as great as we are, has forgotten to trust the God of our fathers and has begun to crow (or brag) a lot. We are a Johnny–come–lately nation and shouldn’t crow about our own success because it is God who runs the universe. And besides, a two hundred–year–old nation is a baby compared to many of the other nations in this world. We, like Assyria, have forgotten that we are only instruments in the hand of God—no nation or people can survive without His help. Our boasting has caused us to lose our cutting edge as a people. We have LOST OUR AXE HEAD. We must remember that our nation is only a tool in the hand of God. If we wish to be great again we need to bring God back into the heart of our nation. Isaiah asked the Assyrians, “Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith?” And may I ask, “Shall we boast without giving the glory to God. According to an old Chinese tale a man stole an ox, and he was placed in the cangue (large square wooden collar). A friend came along and asked him what crime he had committed to get such a punishment. The thief said, “I was just walking along the street when I saw on the ground a grass rope. Thinking it was of no use, I made the mistake of picking it up and taking it home; and so I got into this trouble.” “But what is wrong,” asked the friend, “in picking up a grass rope?” “Well,” replied the thief, “there was something else tied to the rope.” “And what was that?” asked the friend. To which the thief replied, “A very small ox.”—Kao, Chinese Wit and Humor. Taking the credit to ourselves is taking the glory which belongs to God. It ma y seem innocent enough but let us ask, “Ho w can God bless us when we have taken the glory which belongs to Him? In the story of THE SWIMMING AXE HEAD we learn that God can and will return our cutting edge if we merely place matters back within His capable hands. We must return to the place where we lost the cutting edge (axe) and place ourselves in the Lord’s hands as a useful tool. Remember our text tells us that the Prophet asked “Where fell it? And the man replied by showing him the place. There are several things we are told about this Axe head: rst it was lost while working for the Lord—they were building a meeting house—it was needed if that wor k was to continue and of utmost importance it was borrowed. To sum this up, we should not forget that without the power and presence of God, we can do nothing—not even build a place to worship Him. The cry of the worker was heard by both God and Elisha. Led by God, Elisha tossed a stick into the water and the iron oated and was returned to the one who lost it. I believe that stick (a branch of a tree) represented the cross which is called a tree. When we repent of our sins and return to the cross in prayer and in tears we can take our cutting edge back but not before.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 25, 2013 Steve Michael Horst, 49, S.E. 88th Trail, was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 20, on a felony charge of possession of a still/still piping/ still apparatus. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released on his own recognizance at his rst appearance hearing. In his arrest report ABT Agent W.D. Snyder stated that Horst was trying to sell the still on Craig's List. The agent explained that he arranged a meeting with Horst, then agreed to buy the still for $250 when the two men met. After the agent paid Horst, he placed him under arrest. According to the report, Horst had made moonshine in the still, and it "... still contained the odor," stated the agent. Deputy Communications Director Beth Frady, from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), stated that since 2002 the ABT has recorded 54 illicit distillery cases that resulted in 15 arrests. That number includes Horst's arrest, she said. She went on to point out that: three o f those cases were made in Miami; three were made in West Palm Beach; two were made in Panama City; and one each was made in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Okeechobee, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala and Orlando. The still purchased from Horst will be held as evidence and will be destroyed upon the nal disposition of the case. When asked the street value of moonshine, Ms. Frady replied: "It is our understanding that the street value estimation for a gallon of moonshine ranges from $100 to $150, and jars range from $20 to $40." As to the value of the still, she answered that it's hard to place a de nite value on a still. Under Florida law it is illegal for any person to have in his/her possession any still or apparatus designed or adapted for the manufacture of an alcoholic beverage. It's also unlawful to have any mash, wort, wash, or other fermented liquids that can be used to manufacture an alcoholic beverage. Agent Snyder's arrest af davit indicates that Horst will have to appear in circuit court on Wednesday, Sept. 25. STILLContinued From Page 1 charitable activities. The Achievement in Agriculture Award recipient will be announced at the Florida Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Oct. 23-25. The statewide winner will receive a full-sized Chevrolet pickup courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life, and an all-expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau's 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, where they will represent Florida in the national YF&R competition. LARSONSContinued From Page 1 He said the water would be cleaned as it owed onto the facility then was staged in a collection area where some contaminants would be ltered out. The water would then ow to another collection area where it would again be ltered. That would continue until the water was free of phosphorus and other contaminants. An estimated 3 feet of water would be continuously and naturally owing across the 2,700 acres for up to 50 years, he added. "A load reduction facility works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It works like a stream and as water enters an area it settles out, then moves on to another area, then another area, and so on. It's a continual stream," explained Mr. Collier. "In our case, we would clean the water with maximum effect before it enters the lake." In exchange for using their own money and land, the Twin Sisters' group was asking for a long-term lease from the district. Their payment for the facility, said Mr. Collier, would come from that lease. He added that their property would remain on the tax rolls. "That amount would have to be negotiated," he said. "You have to be compensated from the district. All the district would have to do is approve the nal design and negotiate the value of the land. It's a pretty simple deal." It should be pointed out that questions were e-mailed to SFWMD interim executive director Ernie Barnett and assistant executive director Tommy Strowd but they did not respond by newspaper deadline. Mr. Collier said Twin Sisters' made the offer a couple of weeks ago and are ready to get started, but the district is now saying they are going to start surplusing public land and selling it. In fact, he continued, the Twin Sisters' property is in the middle of 8,000 acres of district-owned land that is going to be surplused and sold. Which has the Twin Sisters' members scratching their heads. "We're ready to move but they're still continuing to surplus land. The governor just said we need to nd land to clean this water. They can surplus (land) all day long, but the water coming into that area is still going to be dirty," Mr. Collier said. "I can't explain why they don't do this other than they don't have the funds. It doesn't make sense to me." Mr. Collier went on to say that Mr. Barnett reviewed plans for the facilit y and told Twin Sisters' members that there is nothing like this type of facility in South Florida. Mr. Collier also pointed out that this facility differs from land used for dispersed storage in both cost and effectiveness. The district pays landowners up to $150 per acre to store water on their property, whether there is water there or not. Also, dispersed storage areas only work when it rains, said Mr. Collier. "Dispersed storage areas are not set up to take out contaminants," he continued. "When they get water they just pull a board (to release the water) and get paid ever y monthwhether they're holding water or if it's dry." Even though the family's plan was nixed that was, strangely enough, good news to Twin Sisters'. "We have a verbal commitment from the district that there will be no projects surrounding usno massive projects like the lakeside stormwater treatment area (STA)," said Mr. Colllier. He said the family became concerned after hearing about an ongoing court case in which the SFWMD is trying to take propert y along the Kissimmee River through eminent domain proceedings that has been in the Luna family for decades. That case centers around the fact that the district made a monetary offer to the famil y for the property, but the Luna family chose not to accept it. When the family declined the offer, the district then led suit and is trying to take the property. Twin Sisters', said Mr. Collier, has been watching this case closely. "When the district turned us down, the y gave us some good news. We don't want to end up like the Luna family," he said. WATERContinued From Page 1 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Do you live in a ood zone? The ood zone maps are changing for some Okeechobee County properties to re ect changes in drainage. At their Thursday meeting, Okeechobee County Commissioners discussed plans for an open house on the new ood zone maps. The event is set for Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1728 9th Ave. FEMA staff will be available to answer questions at this event. The ood maps are also available online on the Okeechobee County web site at www.co.okeechobee. .us. Some Okeechobee County residents have already received letters from mortgage holders informing them they will have to purchase ood insurance, said Commissioner Ray Domer. "There are going to be people who are upset when they have to get ood insurance," he said. "Their defense is going to be they have never ooded before." "People should come to the meeting and nd out if their property is affected," said Commission Chairman Frank Irby. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses statistical data for river ow, storm tides, hydrologic/hydraulic analyses, and rainfall and topographic surveys to determine an area's ood risk. FEMA uses this data to create the ood hazard maps that outline a community's different ood risk areas. Floodplains and areas subject to coastal storm surge are shown as high-risk areas or Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). Some parts of oodplains may experience frequent ooding while others are only affected by severe storms. However, areas directly outside of these high-risk areas may also nd themselves at considerable risk. Changing weather patterns, erosion, and development can affect oodplain boundaries. FEMA is currently updating and modernizing the nations Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS). These digital ood hazard maps provide an of cial depiction of ood hazards for each community and for properties located within it. In other business Thursday: The board approved a modi cation to the county's Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3) Housing Assistance Plan, providing for forgiveness of the home-buyer deferred payment loan in equal amounts at the end of each year of the buyer's compliance with the conditions of the loan, resulting in a zero balance at the satisfactory completion of the loan term. Deborah Belcher, the county's NSP3 Administrator, recommended that the loans be forgiven in equal amounts at the end of each year, resulting in a zero balance at the end of the loan period. The forgiveness is subject to the buyer/owner's compliance with the loan conditions, which include owner occupancy as the primary residence, maintaining the home, keeping the home fully insured, and paying superior mortgages, taxes and insurance. The county authorized the chairman to execute CDBG Grant Modi cation documents to extend the agreement by 6 months, and modify the grant budget to transfer excess engineering funds into the storm water drainage activity budget. The County's 2008 Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has an expiration date of Dec. 1, 2013. After a long delay imposed by CSX Railroad, the county was recently able to award a CDBGfunded storm water drainage construction contract to Enviro-Tech Systems, Inc. It is nearly certain that the construction closeout process will not be complete by Dec. 1, 2013. A six-month grant extension will allow ample time for construction delays and the grant closeout process. The county's engineering services contract with Craig A. Smith and Associates does not require the entire amount of funds in the grant's engineering activity budget. Approximately $20,000 will be transferred from Engineering to Storm Water Drainage, to fund a greater portion of the Enviro-Tech Systems, Inc., contract. The balance of the construction contract costs will be paid by the County's Small Cities CDBG grant. Public invited to view ood zone map changes Labor Day weekend blood drives plannedThe blood mobile will be in Okeechobee County next weekend. Blood drives are planned on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Labor Day Festival in Flagler Park from 10 a.m.3 p.m. and at Walmart from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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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 w ill 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. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dinning room patrons.Local theatre plans auditionsThe Okeechobee Community Theatre w ill 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 scheduledVolunteer for a life-saving cause. Join the NASCAR Okeechobee 600 in their Nov ember 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, A ug. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Lodge at the Lake Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. For information, call Raye at 863-467-2557. A dult keg league to startLucky Lanes Bowling Alley adult leagues w ill start on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. AFor 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 w ill be Twig Tolle, H.E.R.O., and Jeanne Bunten, ACCESS. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The CCC will collect back-to-school supplies for needy and foster children. 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. W riters to meet at libraryThe 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, please bring ve copies of not more than ve pages. For information, call Jan Day Fehrman at 863-357-9980.Support group will meetThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. Second Ave., will host a Parkinson's support group on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, physical therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. In the meeting 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. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, family, and patients. For information, call 863-763-1700.4-H Club plans yard sale Okeechobee Goat and Lamb 4-H Club will host a farm swap and a yard sale Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to noon at 801 S.W. Park St. (the Jones Supply Parking lot). For information, call Debbie at 863-6346181.BBQ to aid Jimmy Lee McNeilA barbecue dinner bene t for Jimmy Lee McNeil will be held Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Douglas Brown Community Center, 726 N.E. 16th Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will be appreciated and can be given by contacting The CAC of Douglas Park & Dean Court Inc. at P.O. Box 816 Okeechobee, Fla. or call 863-484-2350.Corn hole contest plannedThe third annual Corn Hole Competition will be held during the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 in Flagler Park 3. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to top teams. There is a $20 team entrance fee. Register at Applebee's or Okeechobee Main Street, 55 S. Parrott Ave. For information, call Sharie at 863-357-6246.Top Dog Competition slatedThe third annual Top Dog Competition will be held in Flagler Park 3 on Monday, Sept. 2, starting at noon. First place will receive a $50 gift card. There is a $5 entry fee. You can register at Okeechobee Main Street, 55 S. Parrott Ave., or at the 2013 Labor Day Festival. Registrations must be submitted by 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 For information, call Sharie at 863-357-6246.Friends of NRA banquet setThe Okeechobee Friends of NRA will host their 2013 banquet at the Okeechobee KOA on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. The Friends of the NRA is a non-pro t charitable organization. All of the funds we raise bene t rearm safety and education programs for both youth and adult participants. Tickets and sponsorship information are available at The Gun Shop by calling 863-634-8678; or, online at www.friendsofnra.org. Roundtable to meet Sept. 13The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee Count y will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. The public is invited to attend. For information, call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Barnyard Buddies to meetThe Okeechobee Barnyard Buddies 4-H small animal club meetings are usually held the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The rst meeting of this year will be Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. in the County 4-H Extension of ce, 458 U.S. 98 N. At this meeting the Buddies will elect of cers and talk about the coming year. Everyone who would like to be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited to come to the meeting and join the club or sign up at the Okeechobee County 4-H Extension of ce Monda y through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. beginning in August. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News August 25, 2013 C ommunity Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Special to the Okeechobee NewsPlaque of appreciationLadies Auxiliary and Post members of VFW post 10539 presented a plaque of appreciation to Ida Curtiss, Korean war veteran, for the donation of the American ag hanging in the post. Presenting the plaque were Marion Merrill, President of the Ladies Auxiliary and Charles Norris, Commander of Post 10539.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2012-2013 Medical Information GuideFriday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, & Ultrasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensation We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.newszap.com R H H H R C S M. MEET YOURMerantsA Salute to Area Business Availae Oin specialsections. newszap.com Okeechobee NewsSunday, May 26, 2013Special Supplement to S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 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 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News A ugust 25, 2013 LAKELAND--Nominations are now being sought for potential inductees to The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame, with induction ceremonies scheduled to take place on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. The luncheon is co-sponsored by Florida Citrus Mutual and the Florida Department of Citrus. Eligible nominees for the Hall of Fame are those distinguished leaders who have made signi cant contributions to the Florida citrus industry in any of the following elds: pioneers, harvesting, packing, processing, marketing, scienti c and/or educational areas. Last year's inductees were Homer E. Hooks, of Lakeland, and J. Brantley Schirard, of Ft. Pierce, along with three others w ho were inducted posthumously: Col. Francis L. Dancy, Dr. Paul L. Harding and Dr. Mathew K. Veldhuis. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1, 2013 and all nominations should include a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, letters of support from industry members and a photo. Any nominations received after this date will be considered for the following year. Nomination forms are available by contacting Brenda Eubanks Burnette at 561-3514314 or by visiting the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame web site at www.FloridaCitrusHallofFame.com Completed applications must include a photo and should be emailed to BBurne1003@aol.com. Hard copies should be sent to Florida Citrus Hall of Fame, 411 East Orange Street, Lakeland, FL 33801. For more information, please contact either John Jackson at jackson71344@yahoo. com or Brenda Eubanks Burnette at 561351-4314 or BBurne1003@aol.com Florida Citrus Hall of Fame nominations being sought Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Calf prices kind of shot through the roof this week! Last week was a big jump up and this week it happened again, especially on calves under 300#, $10-$12 higher. Lots of grass out west in places and corn is still getting cheaper! Cows & Bulls were about steady and still selling strong. Hopefully, cattle aren't getting too high, too fast! Mark your calendars for our special sales: October 4 Bred Heifers October 11 Angus Bulls October 18 Brangus Bulls CLOSED for Labor Day Monday, September 2nd Rodeo William & Robert Kennedy Farms, Dudley Kirton, Finn Ranch & Jess Wolff, all from Okeechobee topped the calf market with a high of $2.60 bought by Shane Stierwalt, D & S Cattle & Foy Reynolds. Lynn Nelson Jr & Mike Adams from Ft. Pierce along with Seminole Tribe Brighton, Okeechobee, all topped the Cow market with a high of 92.00 bought by Dairymens Marketing. See ya next week, Todd

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Open house august 27The Indian River State College Performing A rts Academy provides the highest quality arts instruction to community children and teens (3-17) by offering culturally enriching, entertaining and engaging classes to expand their artistic development. Find out about all the opportunities this program offers at the Performing Arts Academy Open House and Registration event on Tuesday, A ug. 27, 4-6 p.m., at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. Some of the programs offered to students include:  Youth Musical Theatre — Students participating in this workshop will have an opportunity to share their talents and experience the joy of performing. This semester the Performing Arts A cademy Youth Musical Theatre program students will be performing Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.  Music Lessons — Private music instruction is available in voice, piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.  Group Vocal Class — This class establishes the basic fundamentals of vocal technique through demonstration and student performance. Visual Arts — A drawing studio for young artists ages 8-13.  Group Music Lessons — This class establishes the basic fundamentals of music technique through demonstration and student performance.  Theatre Workshops — This technical workshop is a class designed to introduce young actors to various forms of acting situations. Those interested in enrolling their children should be sure to attend the event to ensure placement in programs of interest, as classes ll quickly. There is a one-time $25 registration fee for the Performing Arts Academy. For more information on the program and the cost of Performing Arts Academy programs, call 1-866-792-4772 or visit www.irsc.edu. You need to consume food and drinks. You also need to take your medications. But, what happens when your nourishment wages war against your medicine? The negative interactions of foods and drugs might include delayed, decreased or enhanced absorption of the medicine. Some foods may hinder your body’s ability to metabolize and use a medication leading to toxic levels. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the following are common food and drug interactions: Grapefruit juice should not be ingested with blood pressure medications and organ transplant anti-rejection drugs because the beverage blocks enzymes that metabolize the medications. Grapefruit juice has the same reaction with many other drugs, so avoid drinking it until your pharmacist gives you permission. Milk lessens the absorption of antibiotics. Alcohol should be avoided when taking any medication. Alcohol can increase the effects of some drugs and decrease the effects of others. When a medication makes you drowsy, alcohol compounds the side-effect. Since chocolate contains caffeine, it can increase the effects of stimulants and decrease the effects of sedatives. Your best course of action, when prescribed any medication, is to read the drug indications, side-effects and warnings. Also, take the time to consult your pharmacist. Your pharmacists can warn of any potential interactions not onl y with food but also with other prescription and over-the-counter drugs. To have your medical questions answered 24/7 by a Registered Nurse or for a physician referral call Raulerson Hospital’s free Consult-A-Nurse service at 863-763-9228. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Lonnie and Mary Clay of Okeechobee are proud to announce the engagement of their son, Lonnie Clay Jr., of Orlando, Fla., to Sherri Feugate, of Kansas City, Mo. The prospective bride is the daughter of Jim Austin and Patricia Redburn. The groom is a graduate of Okeechobee High School and the University of Central Florida and currently works as a graphic designer. The bride is a graduate of Blue Spring High School and works as a Senior Payroll Specialist. She also is the proud mother of her two sons, Austin and Camron. LONNIE CLAY ENGAGEMENT SHERRI FEUGATE 1796 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 € (863) 763-2151 € RaulersonHospital.comFor a Free Physician Referral & Healthcare Questions, Call 763-9228 Raulerson Hospitals Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Surgical Procedures available include:€ Total Knee and Hip Replacements € Laparoscopic Hysterectomy € Laparoscopic Appendectomy € Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal € Incontinence Therapy (bladder or bowel) € Pacemaker and AICD Implementation € And many more minimally invasive procedures Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 34 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. GLENN ARNOLD BIRTHDAY Happy 50th Birthday Glenn! 8/21/13 Love your wife Kim, your daughter Paige, your son, Preston, and family. 8 Okeechobee News August 25, 2013 Certain foods and drinks may render medications ineffective IRSC offers performing arts academy open house Special to the Okeechobee News/ IRSCIRSC Performing Arts Academy provides the highest quality arts instruction to community children and teens (3-17). Flag Football tryouts to be heldFirst and Goal Flag Football will be held by a ministry of First Baptist Church Okeechobee for grades K-12. Registration fee is $35 and the deadline along with mandatory tryouts is Sept. 7, from 9 11 a.m. You can pick up and return registration form and fee at 310 S.W. Fifth Ave., or FBC Of ce at 401 S.W. Fourth St. For information, call 863-763-2171 or 863-467-7625.Youth Soccer League sign-ups plannedYouth soccer league sign-ups will be held now through Aug.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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By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsAn Okeechobee man is being held on bond in the county jail after he was arrested for selling prescription pills during an undercover drug operation conducted by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force. Michael J. Corsetti, 56, S.E. 94th Trail, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 22, on felony charges of sale of a controlled substance (oxycodone) (three counts), possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) with intent to sell (three counts) and possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone). He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a drug that was not properly labeled. Corsetti is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $65,500. According to arrest reports, detectives with the task force purchased 30mg oxycodone pills from Corsetti on several different occasions. The reports go on to state that when tas k force detectives arrested Corsetti there were two hydromorphone tablets lying loose in the console of his car. The arrest report also pointed out that Corsetti had a prescription for the hydromorphone pills at his home. Detectives charge Okeechobee man with selling pills 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 U0137 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Auto, A/C, PW, PL loaded ONLY U0015 $ 4995 MANAGER’S SPECIAL 147 Hwy 441 SE, Okeechobee 1999 Ford F150 S CabAuto, A/C, 4.6 V8, LoadedU18392004 Ford F150 S CabLariat pkg, Auto, V8, A/C, Leather, trl tow pkg ONLYU5687 $ 8495 2003 Chrysler Sebring LXIConvt, auto, A/C, 6cyl, new top & tires, 63K milesONLYU5995 $ 5695 2004 Kia Sorento Auto, A/C, leather int, 6 cyl, moon roof, x clean, loaded $ 6495 *U2077ONLY1999 Dodge DakotaAuto, V6, A/C, topper, x clean ONLYU3151 $ 4495 *2003 Ford Focus2 dr, Auto, A/C, low miles, CD, pw, pl, gas saver!U0458ONLY ONLY2003 Mazda ProtegAuto, A/C, 4 cyl, pw, pl, loaded2002 Ford Focus ZTS5sp, A/C, leather int, tinted windows, loaded, 1 owner!U20642004 Ford Crown VicAuto, A/C, 4.6 V8, 1 owner, loadedONLYU18392002 Saturn IonAuto, A/C, pw, pl, 4 cyl, gas saverU3983Leather, Auto, A/C, CD, moon roof, low miles, 6 cyl2001 Mercedes ML320ONLYU3389Turbo Diesel, auto, A/C/, Like New 2006 Ford F350 Super DutyONLYU4028 $ 7995 *Auto, A/C, new tires, loaded 2001 Nissan X-TerraONLYU5005 5995 *2003 Chevy Impala4dr, 6 cyl, new A/C, auto, loadedONLYU3389 $ 4995 U4701 863-467-5243 WE BUY CARS!Se Habla Espaol Consignments welcome *Plus Tax, Tag & Dealer Fees ONLY $ 5495 $ 4495 *ONLY $ 4495 *ONLY $ 4495 $ 4995 $ 5495 $ 6495 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 25, 2013 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Jose Armando Penuela, 52, S.E. Ninth A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 20 by Detective William Hill of the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud on a felony charge of failure to secure worker’s compensation coverage. His bond was set at $2,500.  Scott Anthony Dailey, 30, N.E. 18th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 20 by Deputy Ben Lisle on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of burglary while armed and grand theftrearm. He is being held without bond.  Ralph Joseph Pascarella Jr., 45, N.W. 248th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy Jose Garduno on felony charges of child abuse (two counts). His bond was set at $10,000.  Daniel Lamar Tindall, 32, S.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an amended DOC warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation driving while license suspended habitual offender. He is being held without bond.  Felton Gary Johnson, 39, S.E. 38th Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of carjacking. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week:ASSAULT 3000 block of N.E. Eighth St.  700 block of N.E. 15th Ave.  3600 block of S.E. 34th Ave.  900 block of N.E. 29th Terrace  2700 block of N.W. 53rd TerraceBURGLARY 2600 block of N.W. Second St.  1000 block of N.E. 365th St.  3600 block of N.W. Fifth St.  14000 block of N.W. 256th St.  8000 block of N.W. 189th Ave.  3500 block of N.W. 16th Ave.  2800 block of S.E. 19th CourtCRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3400 block of S.E. 34th Ave.  1200 block of N.E. 16th Ave.  2800 block of S.W. Third Terrace  2900 block of S.R. 70 W.FRAUD 400 block of N.W. Park St.  3600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.ROBBERY 1700 block of U.S. 441 N.  S.E. 86th Blvd.THEFT 1500 block of S.R. 70 E.  1200 block of N.W. 128th Ave.  4000 block of S.E. 14th Terrace  3600 block of S.E. 34th Ave.  1000 block of N.E. 15th Ave.  1800 block of S.E. 34th Lane  1400 block of N.W. 42nd Ave.  2600 block of S.W. 24th Ave.  2200 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2200 block of S.E. 25th Drive  1800 block of S.W. Eighth St.  1700 block of N.E. Second St.  3700 block of N.W. 167th Court  400 block of N.E. 64th Ave.  3400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. OCSO Investigations Michael Corsetti

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NEW MODELS ARE ON THEIR WAY, SO WEVE GOT TO CLEAR OUR LOTS! SAVE ON A HUGE SELECTION OF 2013S! IF YOUVE BEEN WAITING ALL YEAR,PRIOR SALES EXCLUDED. ALL OFFERS WITH APPROVED CREDIT PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE & DEALER FEES. *ALL LEASE PAYMENTS: 36 MOS., $1,999 DOWN, 12K MILES/YEAR. PRICES & PAYMENTS INCLUDE ALL REBATES AND INCENTIVES. MUST FINANCE WITH NMAC. CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFERS. DEALER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. OFFER ENDS 8/26/13Michael Grieco, Jr. Vice President/COO GRIECONISSAN.COMIm Mike Grieco. Ill Save You Thousands! I Guarantee It.Ž Michael Grieco, Jr. GRIECO OF FORT PIERCE NISSAN OPEN SUNDAY 11AM-6PMSALES HOURS: MON-FRI: 8:30AM … 8:00PM SAT: 8:30AM … 7:00PM € SUN: 11AM-6PMSE HABLA ESPAOL 4815 SOUTH US HWY 1, FORT PIERCEJUST NORTH OF MIDWAY ON US-1 CALL: 1-888-728-4235 SHOP 24/7 FOR THE BEST DEALS GriecoNissan.comVISIT:CLICK: GRIECO OF FORT PIERCE NISSAN THE TIME IS NOW! BRAND NEW 2013 NISSAN SENTRA SBRAND NEW 2013 NISSAN ROGUE SBRAND NEW 2013 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 $14,999ONE OR MORE AT THIS PRICEPURCHASE FOR ONLYLEASE FOR ONLY$139/MO.*$1,999 DOWN PAYMENT $17,999ONE OR MORE AT THIS PRICEPURCHASE FOR ONLYLEASE FOR ONLY$169/MO.*$1,999 DOWN PAYMENT $17,999ONE OR MORE AT THIS PRICEPURCHASE FOR ONLYLEASE FOR ONLY$169/MO.*$1,999 DOWN PAYMENT MODEL 12063 € VIN 733570 MODEL 22113 € VIN 530962 MODEL 13113 € VIN 904983 AVAILABLE WITH APPROVED CREDIT. $16.66 PER $1000 FINANCED.0%60UP TOAPRMOS.WE WANT YOUR TRADE! WELL PAYTOP DOLLAR! WITH APPROVED CREDIT. INTEREST ACCRUES FROM DATE OF PURCHASE.NO PAYMENTS90 DAYSFOR 58511-MNF.indd 1 8/23/13 12:42 PM 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 25, 2013

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Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. 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. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time IMMEDIATE OPENING WATER TREATMENT PLANT SLUDGE PRESS OPERATOR for the Okeechobee Utility Authority Must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent and a valid FL Drivers License. CDL License preferred. Only those with a three year clean driving record need to apply. Applications will be accepted until September 9, 2013 at the Okeechobee Utility Authority located at 100 SW. 5th. Avenue, Okee, FL 34974. e application can also be obtained from the OUA website, www.OUAFL.com.AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DRUG FREE WORKPLACE LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERS Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Employment Full TimeOTR DRIVERHome once a week. Clean driving record. Drug Free. Exp. req’d. Call (863) 414-8842 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 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. 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. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Air ConditionersUSED A/C UNITS FOR SALE Good condition, many sizes and types available. 467-1545 Quality A/C & Heating 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 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 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 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + sec. dep. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780. 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 DIXIE RANCH 3BR, 1BA, For sale or rent by owner. (863)763-7032 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 Shop here first! The classified ads Houses RentOKEE 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 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 Rental NeededBY TWO SENIOR CITIZENS & 9yr OLD SM. DOG. 2/BEDROOM HOUSE, NICE YARD & YARD MAINTENANCE. WILL SIGN LEASE IF NECESSARY PLEASE CALL 863-357-5906 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 o f 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 RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 Okee 3bd/2ba on water. treasure island, large yard, new carpet, NO PETS includes lawn service, $775/mo + sec. dep. Call (863)634-0663 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 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. 12 Okeechobee News August 25, 2013

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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 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 25, 2013 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. In this age of exploitive and trashy media, were proud to be different. We believe in operating and publishing our newspaper as a public trust. Fulfilling our public trust requires that we try to bring out the best in our community and its people. We seek the highest common denominators, not the lowest. We dont engage in gutter journalism. We know we can achieve success on the high road. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Tucks partner 4 Carpet type 8 Summer brew 14 Stuff to be smelted 15 Grape growers prefix 16 Its unnecessaryŽ 17 Word with marked or masked 18 *Typical Valentino roles 20 Declared 22 Itch scratchers 23 Full sets of chromosomes 25 Potpie piece from a pod 26 Western treaty gp. 29 Its up when youre angry 31 Safe and sound 33 Race circuits 35 __ Mountains: Eurasian border range 37 Mozarts Cosi fan __Ž 38 Med school subj. 39 Cheesecake on a wall 41 Crane component 42 Conveyed, as water through a main 44 Centers of attention 45 Corp. money VIPs 46 Audiophiles setup 48 Bothers persistently 50 Musical ability 51 English channel, briefly 53 Swing by for a visit 56 Former CBS News anchor Couric 58 Response 59 *Cold War symbol 63 Org. for piece lovers? 64 Poses (for) 65 Wheel attachment 66 Aussie runner 67 Pint-size 68 For fear that 69 Free (of) DOWN 1 Chinese menu assurance 2 Hopping mad 3 *Quaint means of communication? 4 Like vows 5 *Was in charge of 6 Picnic crasher 7 Enter 8 Taking the place (of) 9 Car radiator need 10 They may be selfsealing: Abbr. 11 Kickoff aid 12 Suffix with musket 13 Spots on TV 19 Cats pause? 21 Place for PopTarts 24 Letter flourish 26 *To whom Howdy, strangerŽ is often said 27 Threepios buddy 28 What keeps bloomers up? 30 Talked a blue streak 32 Wheel covers 33 Run out, as a subscription 34 Santa __ racetrack 36 Star WarsŽ mastermind 40 Girlish hairstyle (and what the starts of the answers to starred clues are?) 43 Fiasco 47 More than right, in triangles 49 Shakespearean verse 52 Columbus in N.Y.C. or DuPont in D.C. 54 Nuclear pioneer Enrico 55 Hoax 56 Was aware 57 List-ending abbr. 59 Little devil 60 Microsturgeons? 61 Poem of praise 62 Loggers tool By Peter Koetters (c)2011TribuneMediaServices,Inc. 09/06/11 09/06/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Fun by the Numbers Like puzzles? Then you’ll love sudoku. This mind-bending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test! Here’s How It Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must ll each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can gure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! With the 2013-14 school year underway, the Florida Department of Education reminds motorists throughout the state to practice safe driving around children and near school zones, and to be extra aware around school buses. The results of the 2013 National Stop Arm Violation Count show that more than 85,000 vehicles nationwide illegally passed stopped school buses on a single day. Florida was among 29 states participating in the survey conducted by school bus drivers recording how many times motorists passed their buses while displaying the ashing red lights and stop arms. In Florida, bus drivers observed nearly 12,000 illegal passes while loading or unloading students. "School buses are one of the safest ways to transport students," said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. "Florida motorists can do their part to keep students safe by being aware of children and obeying traf c laws. The survey results are an important reminder for drivers to use caution in and around school zones." Special construction, passenger seating and crash protection keep children safe while on the school bus. School Safety Tips For motorists: Be alert and watch for children at all times, especially near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots. Obey traf c laws and speed limits. Do not text or use a cell phone while driving. STOP when a school bus displays stop arms and red lights are ashing. Watch for and obey signals from the school crossing guards. Observe lower speed limits in school zones and at crosswalks. For parents and students: Discuss safe behavior while at school, the bus stop and when entering or exiting the school bus. Wait for the bus to make a complete stop and for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross the road or board the bus. If you drop something, tell the bus driver. Do not try to pick it up rst as the driver ma y not be able to see you. Do not walk behind the school bus or run after the bus. To see the statewide results of the surve y and for more safety tips visit Florida School Transportation or Stop on Red, Kids Ahead. Drivers encouraged to follow school bus safety rules

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 14 Okeechobee News August 25, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMESStudents of the weekSeminole Elementary School would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Aug. 23: Adrian Guillen, Jordyn Palmer, Guadalupe Guerrero, Esmeralda Toribio, Maxwell Downing, Logan Newman, Fernando Chavez, Zia McKinnon, Miguel Nunez, Luis Bucio, Layla Gaucin, Mirasol Cavillo and Jose Guevara-Herarra.

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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 25, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 UP TO UP TOArrigoFtPierce.comJim ArrigoOwner & PresidentJohn ArrigoVice President & General Manager Offers available on select models with approved credit. FOR THE LOWEST PRICE & LARGEST SELECTIONYou Gotta Go Arrigo!* 5851 SOUTH US HIGHWAY 1., FT. PIERCEJUST SOUTH OF MIDWAY ROAD1-855-374-5019 STORE HOURS: Mon-Sat 8:30 AM 9:00 PM Sun: 11:00 AM 6:00 PM SERVICE HOURS: Mon-Fri 7:30 AM 6:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM € Sun: ClosedArrigoFtPierce.com 1Ulrich Rd Saeger Ave Easy St Sunshine BlvdOleander Ave Ft. Pierce € West Palm € Sawgrass 200TouringSALE PRICE......22,695 YOUR DOWN.....-5,000 WE MATCH.......-5,000$12,695* YOU PAY AS LOW AS 300 2013SALE PRICE......30,990 YOUR DOWN.....-5,000 WE MATCH.......-5,000 Town & Country4 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICERam 1500Crew Cab SLTSALE PRICE......36,710 YOUR DOWN.....-7,000 WE MATCH.......-7,000 Ram 3500 STDually Crew Cab Diesel 2012 2013SALE PRICE.........49,105 YOUR DOWN........-8,000 WE MATCH...........-8,000 YOU PAY AS LOW AS4 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE SALE PRICE......24,185 YOUR DOWN.....-2,000 WE MATCH.......-2,000 4TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICESALE PRICE......21,420 YOUR DOWN.....-3,000 WE MATCH.......-3,000$15,420* YOU PAY AS LOW AS JourneySE4TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICESALE PRICE......20,585 YOUR DOWN.....-2,500 WE MATCH.......-2,500$15,585* YOU PAY AS LOW AS L E A T H E R R E A R D V D SALE PRICE........30,990 YOUR DOWN.......-4,000 WE MATCH.........-4,000$22,990* YOU PAY AS LOW AS$279LEASE FORAS LOW ASPer Mo.OR 2013 2013AvengerSALE PRICE.......19,990 YOUR DOWN......-3,500 WE MATCH........-3,500$12,990* YOU PAY AS LOW AS 20136 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE 2013DartSXT 12TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICESALE PRICE......20,905 YOUR DOWN.....-3,000 WE MATCH.......-3,000$14,905* YOU PAY AS LOW AS 2013Ram15006TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICESALE PRICE......26,065 YOUR DOWN.....-4,000 WE MATCH.......-4,000$18,065* YOU PAY AS LOW AS 2013 Compass Sport 2013 Patriot SportSALE PRICE.......17,985 YOUR DOWN......-3,000 WE MATCH........-3,000 YOU PAY AS LOW AS 2014 Wrangler Sport 2013 €Family owned/operated for 22 years!€The Largest Volume Dealer in the World!€Free 2-Year Maintenance Plan! €Free Roadside Assistance Plan!€Saturday Service Hours!€No Service Appointment Necessary!€90 Service Bays! €Child Playroom Area!€Free WiFi!AND SO MUCH MORE! ARRIGO JUST ARRIVED! Brand New 2013 GET PRE-APPROVED CREDITArrigoFtPierce.COMBankruptciesƒ Divorceƒ Slow Payƒ Repossessionsƒ Foreclosuresƒ1st Time Buyerƒ IF YOU WORK...YOU DRIVE! # Bas ed on total c ombined sa l e s of 3 locations ALL OFFERS FOR WELL QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS, NOT ALL CUSTOMERS WILL QUALIFY. CUSTOMER MUST QUALIFY FOR ALL REBATES & INCENTIVES. DE ALER RETAINS ALL REBATES & INCENTIVES. ALL VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. MUST PRESENT AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE TO RECEIVE ADVER TISED OFFERS.OFFERS EXPIRE DATE OF PUBLICATION. DEALER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS OR OMISSIONS. VEHICLE ART FOR I LLUSTRATION ONLY, OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT OR VARYING MODEL MAY BE SHOWN. OFFERS NOT IN CONJUNCTION, OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY, SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. PREVIOUS SALES EXCLUDED. VEHICLE STOCK QUANTITIES VARY DAILY, RANKINGS BAS ED ON REGISTERED SALES FOR CHRYSTLER CORP *PRICES PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE. ALL FACTORY, ALLY BANK AND ARRIGO DISCOUNTS REBATES AND INCENTIVES APPLIED INCLUDING OWNER/LEASE LOYALTY REBATES IF QUALIFIED **WE WILL BEAT ANY LOCAL, VALID, PRINTED ADVERTISEMENT F ROM ANOTHER AUTHORIZED DODGE CHRYSLER OR JEEP DEALER WITHIN THE SE BUSINESS CENTER ZONE ON ANY NEW IDENTICALLY EQUIPPED IN STOCK VEHICLE. CUSTOMER MUST PRESENT COMPETITORS AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE AND SUPPLY ACCURATE VIN NUMBER. COMPETITORS AD MUST BE DATED SAME DAY AS THE CUSTOMERS PURCHASE. IF WE BEAT THE COMPETITORS PRICE YOU MUST BUY THE VEHICLE FROM ARRIGO. DEALER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PURCHASE THE VEHICLE FROM THE OTHER DEALER. OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY, SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. 36 MONTH LEASE, 10K MILES PER YEAR. $3000 CASH OR TRADE EQUITY DUE AT SIGNING PLUS, TAX, TAG, TITLE, SECURITY DEPOSIT. ALL FACTORY, ALLY BANK AND ARRIGO DISCOUNTS REBATES AND INCENTIVES APPLIED INCLUDING OWNER/L EASE LOYALTY REBATES. PAYMENT PLUS TAX EACH MONTH. OFFER VALID ON SELECT MODELS TO QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS WITH MINIMUM 750 CREDIT SCORE, AND APPROVED TRU ALLY. *RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONS APPLY TO MAINTENANCE PLAN AND ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE. ‚FINANCE THROUGH CHRYSLER CAPITAL AT 3.99% APR WITH DOWN PAYMENT AND CREDIT APPROVAL. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS.$189BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.‚OR $33,105*$483BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.OR6 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE$20,990*YOU PAY AS LOW AS$345BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.‚OR6 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE$11,985*$168BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.OR$20,185*YOU PAY AS LOW AS$274BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.‚OR6 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE $22,710*YOU PAY AS LOW AS$313BUYFORAS LOW ASPer Mo.‚OR8 TO CHOOSE FROM AT THIS PRICE 16 Okeechobee News August 25, 2013