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Sunday, October 27, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 129 15.39 feetLast Year: 15.82 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus taxSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Photography exhibit planned at courthouse ... Page 21 OHS Brahmans face Bayside Bears ... Page 19 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOkeechobee High School runner wins district titleTabatha Henry (#287) and other runners take off at the District 14-3A cross country meet Thursday at the Agri-Civic Center. Henry won her second district title and set a school record in the process. For more on the story, see page 19. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The black cloud of uncertainty shrouding the Okeechobee Rehabilitation Facility due to investigations by three state agencies has only grown more ominous as families begin to remove their children from that facility. Besides those investigations, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) announced last week that it is cutting off the facility’s Medicaid funding. Without that funding, the future of the facility is bleak. Because the facility is losing its funding, Executive Director Nancy Zeigler called an emergency meeting for families who have loved ones in the facility. That meeting, which was closed to the public, was held Monday, Oct. 21, at the facility. Families who attended that meeting were handed a letter that was apparently penned by Mrs. Zeigler. She then asked those family members to sign the letter and return it to her. However, according to a local woman who attended the meeting she only saw one person give the letter back to Mrs. Zeigler. To protect her child’s identity, we will refer to that local woman as the assumed name of “Mrs. Johnson.” The letter states the facility lost its Medicaid funding “... without cause and is scheduled to close Nov. 16, 2013, if you do not intervene.” It goes on to tout the services offered by the facility that include promoting independence and self-suf ciency. “My child has been integrated into the community and has been taught academic, social and vocational skills,” states the missive. “Governor, I ask that you reverse this funding cut and reinstate the Okeechobee Rehabilitation Facilities (sic) funds (sic) immediately. My family is counting on you sir!” Mrs. Johnson said there were only about seven to eight people at the meeting and that there are only about six clients left at the facility. Clients leaving rehab facility See REHAB — Page 9

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Today: Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 82F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the NE in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 61F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 86F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 15 mph. Monday Night : Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 64F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday : Clear. High of 88F. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday Night : Clear. Low of 68F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday : Mostly cloudy. High of 86F. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday Night : Clear. Low of 68F. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Jim ArrigoOwner & PresidentJohn ArrigoVice President & General ManagerFt. Pierce5851 S US#1 (JUST SOUTH OF MIDWAY ROAD) € FT. PIERCE1-855-883-4328 €ArrigoFtPierce.comALWAYS REMEMBER TO BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY!Services Include: €All Makes & Models€Fully Trained Specialized Collision Techs€All Insurance Companies Welcome€24 Hour TowingNo Collision Is Too Big Or Small We Handle It All! 1st Annual American Legion 501 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee4 BIG DAYSOct 31 Nov 3 Thursday & Friday 5 pm CLOSING Saturday 12pm CLOSING Sunday 1pm to CLOSINGARMBAND EVERY DAY 20 BIG RIDES Halloween Night Come Trick or Treat With Us! Special KIDS Armbands Saturday 12-6 $15.00 2 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOHS End Hunger project The Okeechobee Retired Educators Association (OREA) recently presented the Okeechobee High School National Honor Society with a check for $1000 to help with the NHS project “End the Hunger.” This project is one in which the Honor Students prepare weekend backpacks for students in North Elementary who won’t have any food to eat over the weekend. For $28 a child can be sponsored for a month of weekend meals. The OREA group heard a presentation on this worthy work and vowed to help support it. Through individual donations and the sale of some fantastic tomato knives and whisks, they were able to raise enough money to make this donation. Okeechobee Forecast

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Halloween I think it is a good idea they decided t o have the Halloween celebration in Flagler Park instead of the Agri-Civic Center. Since t he Homecoming Parade will be on Halloween, families with teens and smaller kids don’t have to worry about getting the family members to different places. The little ones c an do the “trunk or treat” in Flagler Park w hile the high school kids are gathering down the street for the parade. The whole family can enjoy the parade. After the parade, the high school kids go on to the bonre. Anyone not interested in “trunk-or-treat” or Homecoming can go ride the rides at the A merican Legion Fair. There’s something for everyone in just a few blocks of downtown Okeechobee.  The Agri-Civic Center is a bad location, t oo far for people to drive.  Halloween will be a busy day in Okeechobee. We have a party in Flagler Park, Homecoming Parade, Homecoming b on re, all kinds of events at businesses and service clubs, plus a fair with carnival rides in the eld next to the city hall. And that doesn’t even count the regular trick-or-treating that goes on in the neighborhoods. Of c ourse with everything going on in town, it might be hard for the trick-or-treaters going door-to-door to nd anyone at home.  Anyone who complains about ‘nothing t o do’ must not be reading the paper. There w as a whole page of Halloween events in t he Friday paper. We’re looking forward to going to Flagler Park to watch the little ones t runk or treat and see the Homecoming parade.  I never liked it at the aggravation cent er! It was very hectic waiting in long lines t o play games for a mini candy. We went t wice and left both times for door to door. Last year we did the trunk or treat and it was organized and joyful as opposed to stressful. I’m so glad it’s going on again.  My family always liked going to the park. There’s something about being outdoors at night on Halloween. I remember when they used to put up barriers around one section of the park and cover them with black plastic just before Halloween, and they would set up games inside that area. Then they would leave the barricades up for the “His Story” event in December. Now that the churches are bringing back the Halloween party in the park, maybe someone will reorganize “His Story” for Christmas.  I like the trunk-or-treat, because on Halloween kids are all about the candy. They don’t care if you decorate your car. Just ll it with candy and they will be happy to see you.  What a great idea for the American Legion to have the fair in October. In the spring there are so many festivals and fairs, that I always wished they would spread it out a little more. The kids who are too old for trick-ortreat and too young to go to the high school stuff can have a fun Halloween night riding the rides.Obamacare I gure the best thing to do is stock up on medical supplies, “google” basic surgery techniques, nd a friendly doctor for antibiotic prescriptions, and if the fever gets worse, take my happy self to the ER and when I get there, just pretend I don’t speak English.  The American Medical Association has weighed in on Obama’s new health care package. The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve. Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted. Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” while the Pediatricians said, “Oh, grow up!” The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow. The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would “put a whole new face on the matter.” The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no. In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up Washington. Have you been called?By Tommaso Pasquarella Cornerstone Baptist Church Have you been called? Have you been set aside for the glory of God? Have you been given the purpose of restoring broken and lost people to a right relationship with God? If God calls when does that calling begin? Let us look at Jeremiah, this weeping prophet, this man whose name means “God exalts” or “God casts down” was called for a speci c purpose of exalting a nation to worship God again, which will come through their punishment. “See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.” (Jeremiah 1:10) He wants Jeremiah to see that he is called to be over the nations. These are the words of Jeremiah, but ultimately whose words are these in this book? Are they not God’s words? Jeremiah began to hear the word of the Lord in Josiah’s thirteenth year. Jeremiah is not writing this book for his own purpose, but for God’s glory. “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sancti ed thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5) Before God made Jeremiah, before God formed Jeremiah, before God knit Jeremiah together, God knew Him. The work, the purpose for Jeremiah was that He was ordained to be a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah was called by God and set aside for God’s glory. Jeremiah did give an excuse that he was a kid and could not speak, but God did not allow the excuse to stand but told him he would give him the words to say. His responsibility began the same day His calling did when God said “this day I have set thee.” He is a prophet under God’s power and God’s authority, and so God will move through Jeremiah, using Jeremiah as His mouthpiece to this wicked and rebellious people. What is the job Jeremiah will perform with God as his strength? God has consecrated him to be His prophet. Prophesy here is the revealing of sin and calling for repentance. God entrusted him with His commission to the peoples and kingdoms to proclaim to them His word. Jeremiah began his calling at the momen t he was called. Do you belong to Christ? What is you r calling? “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory o f God.” “1 Corinthians 10:31) We are here fo r the glory of God. Whether we eat or drink, whether we walk or talk, it is to be done fo r Him. When does this calling begin? It begins when we rst believe. Does the fact tha t there is no discipleship excuse us from th e call to live out His purpose? The answer is no, because the Word of The Lord has com e to you. You have the power to live for His glory now, because if He has saved you, you have been ordained with salvation to b e missionaries to the nations. You have been called to be a disciple that disciples, ho w do I know this? “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name o f the Father, and of the Son, and of the Hol y Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19) The word for teach here is the word that means make disciples. We are called to share the good news. “Fo r the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Your calling is irrevocable. Jesus came and died so that you can have life. H e died and when you trust Him and die to you r sin and live for him you are called to follo w Him and obey Him. We need to preach this message. W e are called to preach this message. We mus t preach this message. So why don’t we? I f we are His we will be about His purpos e — if you are not you may have a problem with what you believe. If you do not kno w Jesus then you cannot live out your calling because you have none, except to continu e living for self and that will never ll you. You need to turn to Jesus and nd that His calling will ll what your desire never can. October 27, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION 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! Healthy Start Coalition board to meet Nov. 6Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. at their of ce located in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013 Baby’s life saved by donated bloodIn advance of the upcoming 8th Annual Okeechobee 600 Blood Roundup to be held at the Freshman Campus on Nov. 16 and 17, we will publish stories of how donations of blood save people’s lives. This year we have two stories about babies whose lives were saved by generous donors. The rst story was in the Friday newspaper. The second story, sent to us by Brandi Alfonso, follows: “I-T-P”: If you would have asked me a few months ago I would have no idea what these three letters would mean for my family. Donating blood was just something my family did to help out once in awhile. Now we see it differently; donated blood products platelets and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) saved my grandson’s life. Luke Allen Green is my rst and only grandson. He was welcomed into our family fourteen short months ago and has been an angel of a baby for his momma. When Ali, my oldest daughter, called me it wasn’t much different than other calls from a rst time mom. She said Luke had bumped his forehead on the tub the night before and it looked different. He didn’t seem all that bothered by it but it looked bad. I told her to watch him a little closer than usual and, if she was really concerned, take him to see his pediatrician. The next night when I called her to check on how he was, she said that he had more bruises so she had already decided to take him to the doctor the next day. When the pediatrician saw Luke, Ali was told to take him immediately to the hospital’s emergency room for stat blood work. This is where Luke’s story begins. If you have never had the unfortunate experience to have a doctor use the word “stat” in a conversation, I am here to tell you it is a very sobering moment. I answered the phone the same way I always do, “Hey baby, how’s he doing?” “Mom, I have to take him to the ER,” Ali replied, her voice sounding strained at best. Inside I’m getting that little turn in my gut, but I know she needs to drive so I don’t let on that I know she’s freaking out and so am I. “We will meet you there,” was all I could say. To look at him was painful yet he did not seem to know he was sick. I soon found out that my rst impression was the same of all the family members after me — he looked like he had been rolled down a rocky hill. On closer inspection, he had small red dots all over him called petechiae pinpoint, round spots that appear on the skin as a result of bleeding under the skin. It was pretty scary. The next twelve hours was a blur of emergency room nurses, doctors, and multiple blood draws. His blood work was sent to the lab and the results returned quicker than I had ever seen. His platelet count was 8,000 when normal counts should be above 140,000. So what did that mean? Luke was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and transferred by ambulance to St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in West Palm Beach where, at 1:00 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 16, Luke was a recipient of donated blood platelets and IVIG. Although he was diagnosed with ITP and about to start his rst ght, we all knew that deep down Luke would be strong; he had to be because his daddy rides bulls for fun and Luke’s gonna be a cowboy! ITP is a bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys platelets which are necessary for normal blood clotting. Persons with the disease have too few platelets in the blood. ITP is treated with platelets and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) to kick start the body into production as well as give a much needed supply for a few weeks until the body builds enough of its own. IVIG contains the pooled polyvalent IgG (immunoglobulin (antibody) G) extracted from the plasma of over one thousand blood donors. It has been eight weeks since Luke has been diagnosed and he is doing much better. He goes every ten days to check his blood counts. When they get low he goes on what we call “baby watch” where someone stays within inches of him at all times to avoid any injuries or bruising. We thank God everyday for all the people that donate blood and all its components — they save lives every day. To all of the nurses, doctors, and countless other people that facilitate the whole process by providing the services needed to make it possible for people like my Luke to receive donated blood products, we thank you. You can be someone’s hero and donate blood at the 8th Annual Okeechobee 600 Blood Roundup. This year’s theme is the “Okeechobee 600” where we are racing to save lives with a goal of 600 units collected in two days. The main race event will be held on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Freshman Campus. A pre-race event on Nov. 9 at the Ford, Chevy and Dodge dealerships, is open to blood donors who will be attending the NASCAR event and, therefore, unable to attend the Main Event the following week. Tickets to Homestead Miami Speedway will be awarded at the Nov. 9 drive. All blood donors at the pre-race and main race events will receive a T-shirt, goody bag and refreshments. Susan Williams Letter to the Editor Special to the Okeechobee NewsLuke Allen Green, grandson to Brandi Alfonso. By Kevin Concannon A griculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of A griculture (USDA) released our rst-ever Farm to School Census, and the results are promising: last school year, schools served locally-sourced foods to over 21 million students and re-invested over $350 million back into local economies. Farm to school programs are thriving in not only rural, but also urban districts in every state, with 43 percent of public school districts reporting having a farm to school program in place and an additional 13 percent committed to launching a farm to school program in the near future. In Florida, 78% percent of school districts reported participating in farm to school activities or planning to start a program in the near future. The census results give us a national snapshot of how schools are connecting with local farmers, ranchers and small businesses—everything from bringing healthy foods into the cafeteria and holding taste tests of local products to helping to plant school gardens and hosting eld trips to local farms. USDA’s Farm to School program helps to make these activities possible through research, training, technical assistance, and grants to schools and states. Beyond that, farm to school programs support the work of parents, teachers, school nutrition professionals and local communities as they raise a healthier next generation of Americans. Research shows that children in schools with farm to school programs eat more fruits and vegetables and are more willing to try and eat the new, healthy foods served in school breakfasts, lunches and snacks— positive steps forward in the ght against childhood obesity. I look at farm to school as an investment not only in the health of America’s students, but as an investment in the health of local economies. Studies show that the economic multiplier effect of buying from local businesses can be between two and three times higher than from non-local businesses, and farmers, ranchers and small businesses that participate in farm to school programs are reaping the rewards. There is plenty of room for growth— 56 percent of school districts that already have farm to school programs plan to spend even more on local purchases in the coming school year. Fruits, vegetables, milk, baked goods and herbs top the list of local products offered in schools across the country, but we also anticipate growth in beans and other legumes, grains and our, meat and poultry, and eggs. In Florida, school districts spent an average of 11 percent of food budgets buying local, to the tune of more than $29 million. Farm to school is core to USDA’s commitment to help farmers, ranchers and businesses take advantage of market opportunities in local and regional foods. We coordinate our work under the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative, which has helped increase the number of farmers markets to more than 8,100 nationwide, a 67 percent growth since 2008. We’ve invested in local food infrastructure – from cold storage facilities, to processing plants, to food hubs that aggregate products from many farms and help smaller producers reach larger buyers. As a result, there are over 200 food hubs in operation nationwide today. Our efforts to promote economic development and job creation are having a positive impact in communities across America. But none of this can continue without a comprehensive Farm Bill—a critical piece o f legislation that provides certainty to millions of hardworking families. It’s time for Congress to pass a long-term, comprehensive bill that continues building a strong agricultural economy and ensures healthy, affordable food for America’s children and families. Kevin Concannon is USDA’s Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. Check out the Farm to School Census results at www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool / census and visit www.usda.gov/knowyourfarmer for more information about USDA’s efforts to support local and regional market opportunities for America’s farmers an d ranchers. Healthy eating habits take root in Florida kids

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Hog Round Up is Nov. 1-3The Fred Smith Rodeo Arena at the Brighton Seminole Reservation will host the Swamp Doggers Hog Round Up on Nov. 1-3 The participants and their dogs will hunt all weekend and arrive at the arena on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3, to weigh in their catches. On the day of the weigh in, to make it exciting for spectators, the arena will host several activities that everyone is invited to attend. These events include an open archery competition, a Red Ryder BB gun shoot for the kids, and a BBQ Rib & Swamp Cabbage cook-off. Local companies will bring buggies to display to the public and vendors are invited to set up booths. For information, contact the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena at 863-467-6039; by e-mail at KendraMurphy@ semtribe.com; or, checkout rezrodeo.com.Eastern Star hosting luauBring your appetite and get ready for a feast like no other. On Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., our dining room will be transformed into a lush tropical paradise island as Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star presents a Hawaiian Luau. For the dining pleasure of our ticket holders, we will offer dinner service at 4:30 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. The same bountiful and luscious menu featuring cuisine of Hawaiian, Polynesian and Asian-in uenced avors will be offered at both seatings. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased from any member of the Chapter. Seating is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door. Contact Mrs. Neicha Spiller at 863-357-7084 or Mary Ann Holt at 863-763-5210 for information, or to order your tickets.Hospice to hold a yard sale Hospice will hold a yard sale Wednesday, Nov. 6, and Thursday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. until noon. The sale is located at the corner of Southeast Fourth Street and Southeast Third Avenue at the blue building. For information, call 863-467-2321. Come check out the new items and furniture and collectibles. Donations are accepted daily.Craft Fair is Nov. 9The Craft Fair in the Woods will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 S.E. There will be handmade and home made items, with Christmas decor, jewelry, woodcrafts, ne art, baked goods and more. For information on the event, or to become a vendor, call 863-763-9800. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Charles James Robbins Jr., 65OKEECHOBEE Charles James Robbins Jr. was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 11, 1948, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Charlie worked as a chef several years before moving to Santa Cruz, Calif., where he started a family. Later they moved to South Florida. He enjoyed the outdoors, cooking and feeding his friends! He resided in Okeechobee, Fla. He leaves behind a loving family, including a sister, Suzanne Robbins-Mintzchenko; daughters, Nature Wolfson, Coral Daversa and Everra Robbins; and grandchildren, Marina, Nicolas, Salvatore, Joseph, Grace and Charlotte. He will be remembered by many. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013 Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Church hosts guest speakerFountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will host special quest speaker Joel Stockstill. Mr. Stockstill is one of the pastors from Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, La. He will preach Sunday, Oct. 27 at 9 and 11 a.m. For information, call 863763-8945.Lodge holds Sunday breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, located at 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host a breakfast with all the xins Sunday, Oct. 27 for $6 per plate. The public is welcome and carry-out is available. Breakfast will be severed from 8 11 a.m. All proceeds go to local Mason giving. A MVets hosting ladies nightAMVets and Ladies Auxilliary of Post 200, 8591 S.R. 78 W., would like to invite you to some of our weekly events happening late in October. A ladies night out will be held Monday, Oct. 28 from 6 until 10 p.m. C-bingo w ill be held Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; Fridays at 1 p.m.; and, Sundays at 2 p.m. On Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., a Halloween party will be held. W e are also holding a food drive for Thanksgiving. We are a small post with a big heart serving out vets, children and community. A ll the money raised goes to these projects. A fter Hours Social is Oct. 28The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County will hold its monthly business after hours networking social at Applebee's on Monday, Oct. 28, from 5-7 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. Please RSVP at (okeechobeebusiness.com). For information, e-mail info@okeechobeebusiness.com.Shrine Club offers dinner The Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening, Oct. 29, from 4 until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is pleased to offer smoke-free dinning. For y our listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided from 5 until 8 p.m. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club contact: Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Group to elect of cersThe Friends of the Okeechobee Library w ill elect of cers Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in the library. This meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited. For information, call 863-763-3536. Obamacare seminar plannedThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County will host a seminar on Obamacare on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at noon. While the seminar is free, seating is limited and you must RSVP before Oct. 29. RSVP at www. okeechobeebusiness.com. Please bring a bag lunch. For information or to register, call 863-467-6246; or, e-mail Mariah at info@ okeechobeebusiness.com.Class of 1984 plans reunionThe Okeechobee High School Class of 1984 will participate in the OHS Homecoming Parade on Thursday, Oct. 31 The Class of 1984 will meet at 5:15 p.m. behind the former U-Save store and the parade will start at 6 p.m. The homecoming game is Friday, Nov. 1. On Saturday, Nov. 2, the reunion dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Speckled Perch Steak House. The cost is $25 per person. For information, contact Laura GainerCockrell at 863-801-4589.OCT presents comedy/musicalThe Okeechobee Community Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning comedymusical, "The Drowsy Chaperone" on Nov. 1, 2 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 9. Performances are at the Freshman Campus Auditorium, on Southwest Second Avenue at Seventh Street, one block west of Golden Corral Restaurant. Tickets are $12 each. For information visit www.okeechobeecommunitytheatre.com.Class of 1994 reunion setThe Okeechobee High School Class of 1994 reunion is planned for Saturday, Nov. 2 at the KOA from 7 until 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For information, contact Holly Branch Young at 863-634-8262.

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Trick-or-treat is Oct. 31The Okeechobee community will celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31. An adult should accompany youngsters who go trick-ortreating. All trick-or-treaters should be off the streets by 9 p.m. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce offers the following advice for Halloween trick-or-treating:  When the kids go to the front door, stay close by and watch carefully;  If the front light is out but the house has Halloween decorations, there is a good chance that they have no more candy;  If the lights are out and there are no decorations, the people most likely have no candy to give;  Carry a small, portable rst aid kit for those little cuts and injuries; and,  Many people bring their dogs with them and dress them up in costumes such as a hot dog or a devil. Instruct the kids to ask the owner of they can pet the animal BEFORE they do. There is a good chance that the animal is embarrassed to be in a costume and may want to take it out on a kid.Trick-or-treat at PublixPublix Supermarket invites children to trick-or-treat at the store Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.Churches host ‘Trunk or Treat’ at Flagler ParkOkeechobee Baptist Church, Oakview Baptist Church, The Pentecostals of Okeechobee, More 2 Life Ministries, Abiding Hope and Life Community Church will host “Trunk or Treat” in Flagler Park on Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Church members have been asked to bring in bags of wrapped candy and they welcome help from the community. Local families who don’t get a lot of “trick-or-treaters” in their neighborhoods are also invited to park their cars and hand out candy. The City of Okeechobee will close the streets between Flagler Parks 2-6 as a matter of public safety. Those who plan to give out candy are asked to look for the men in orange at the park, who will direct them where to park or set up. To volunteer help, or for more information, contact Pastor Jacob Hicks, pastor of recreation and children at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, 863-763-2171, Ext. 208.Public Library plans Halloween StorytimeThe Okeechobee Public Library will hold a Halloween Storytime on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 3:30 p.m. Participants are invited to come in costume. The group will celebrate “trick-or-treat” following the story.Legion hosts Fall FestivalThe Okeechobee American Legion will hold a Fall Festival with carnival rides Oct. 31-Nov. 3 on the Legion Grounds at 501 S.E. Second St. The festival will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; at noon on Saturday; and, 1 p.m. on Sunday.Party supplier will host Halloween eventSlide On By Party Supply will be open all day on Halloween, with free snow cones and cotton candy to anyone who stops by. After hours they will have tables set up outside and will hand out treat bags for all trick-or-treaters as well as cotton candy and snow cones.Costumes encouraged at After Hours Social on Oct. 28The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County will hold its monthly Business After Hours Networking Social at Applebee’s on Monday, Oct. 28 from 5 until 7 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to get to kno w your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. This month, participants are asked to wear orange or black or a costume. There will be a prize for the best costume so it’s time to go all out! Please RSVP at (okeechobeebusiness.com). Thanks go to Burgundy Business Sponsors, Domer’s Inc., Edward Jones, Investments & Tobacco Free Partnership o f Okeechobee. For information, e-mail info@ okeechobeebusiness.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 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! 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We did have a couple of new calf buyers this week and it certainly helped prices in those classes of cattle. Supplies are short out West and winter grazing operations are looking for supply. Hopefully, that trend will continue! As always, we appreciate you support and are trying every week to bring you the prices and service you demand! Bar Seven Ranch, Kenansville, topped the calf market with a high of $3.15 bought by Rush Creek Ranch. Kissimmee Oaks Ranch, Wellington, topped the cow market with a high of 90.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013 “People are trickling out,” she said. In fact, she has already removed her child from the facility. Mrs. Johnson said her child w ill start attending another local program beginning Monday, Oct. 28. Mrs. Johnson went on to say those attending the meeting were also told by Mrs. Zeigler that the prior article printed in the Okeechobee News “... was compiled of lies and none of it was true.” Mrs. Zeigler apparently also said that, in her mind, all of this w as brought about by a disgruntled employee or employees, added Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson went on to say another lady spoke up and said if three state agencies are questioning the facility and allegations against it then there must be validity to w hat was stated in that Oct. 16 newspaper article. Mrs. Zeigler then said that due to possible litigation she couldn’t comment any more. Editor’s Note: Reporter Eric Kopp went t o the facility Monday evening and asked t o cover that meeting. That request was d enied. When he asked Mrs. Zeigler if this n ewspaper’s public records request had b een lled, she said her organization does n ot fall under the Sunshine Laws’ scope. When she was asked for additional paperwork, Mrs. Zeigler told Mr. Kopp he would h ave to talk to her attorney and that he s hould leave. When another person at Monday’s meeting asked Mrs. Zeigler if there was another organization in Okeechobee where they could take their family member, she initially replied that the nearest one was 48 miles away. However, she did later admit there w as another group in Okeechobee. There are actually three local groups that provide services like personal support and companion support. Those groups are Wings of Independence, VIP America and Personal Independence Network. However, not all of these organizations provide school services and not all are school based. “I really believe something has to be going on. If it wasn’t, then why would all this come up,” offered Mrs. Johnson. “Until the last few months, I have been very satis ed with the rehab facility and my child was extremely happy there.” Another local woman, “Mrs. Smith,” took her child out of the facility about two years ago. Again, this woman’s real name is being withheld to protect her child’s identity. “I took my child out because of ongoing problems. They were more or less using my child, who is a highly functional mentally retarded child, as slave labor,” said Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Smith explained that statement by saying her child would get on the facility’s bus and accompany the driver to pick up other clients. The child would fasten the seat belts for the other clients and help with their wheelchairs. “Then, when they got back to the facility, my child would have to clean all the bathrooms in the facility and thrift store. My child also helped get everyone’s lunches, including those who were con ned to wheelchairs, and would sometimes feed them,” said Mrs. Smith. “When lunch was over it was my child’s job to clean and mop the kitchen and do the dishes — including those dirtied by staff members when they had their morning coffee and such. “When that was done my child would go and work at the thrift store,” added Mrs. Smith. She went on to explain that her child would work at the thrift store until 2:30 p.m., when it was time to go home. Mrs. Smith provided records indicating her child’s taxed Social Security earnings ranged from $1,025 to $1,884 per year while at the facility. She said her child was paid approximately .75 cents an hour to work at the facility’s thrift store, and nothing for any of the other work. Mrs. Smith said, as far as she knows, her child was the only client that mopped the oors and cleaned the kitchen. However, her child and another client took turns cleaning the bathrooms. “That was wrong. None of them should be doing that,” said Mrs. Smith. “I sent my child there to socialize with the other clients and do fun things. They (staff members) were supposed to be doing craft things with them, but that involved putting crayons and coloring books in front them. And, they watched a lot of movies. “I said this was wrong and I’m not going to put up with it any more,” she added. Mrs. Smith said her child is now attending another local program “... and loves it.” The rehab facility is under investigation by the APD, the state’s Division of Insurance Fraud and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs. When contacted, all three of those agencies con rmed their investigations but said they could not comment on the nature of those probes. Allegations against the facility include, but are not limited to:  No one in a leadership capacity with the facility has led the required fundraising paperwork with the state.  Leadership continues to refer to the facility as the ARC even though the Florida Arc has told them not to because they have not paid their dues.  Facility leadership apparently was not truthful to state agencies in reference to having convicted felons working at the facility and in direct contact with clients.  The facility owes $3,400.54 to the Okeechobee Utility Authority in unpaid bills.  The facility owes a local contractor over $154,831.34 for work done on the facility’s building. The contractor has since placed a mechanic’s lien on the county-owned building. The facility leases the building from the county for $1 a year. That lease also states: “Any and all charges to furnish services to the premises by any utility company or municipality shall be paid by the rehab within the time speci ed b y each utility company or municipality.” Since the initial article appeared in this newspaper, it has been learned that the facility also owes The Alarm Company o f Okeechobee $700 for repairs to the facility’s alarm system in May of 2012. “We thought we were the only ones, and we didn’t want to be the bad guys (by pursuing payment),” said Phyllis Shumate who, along with her husband Carl, own the company. “We set up an installment plan but they never made the rst payment. Did the y know they weren’t going to pay us? “We just didn’t want to be the people that came after that great organization,” she added. She further explained the bill was to be paid in three payments. The rst payment was to be $300 and the remaining two payments were for $200 each. Mrs. Johnson said she has no doubt about the veracity of the allegations printed by the Okeechobee News. “I believe everything in the paper, because it’s all going to fall back on the paper. You just can’t print anything you want,” she said. At the July 26, 2012 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners, Sid Estrada, chairman of the board of the Okeechobee Rehabilitation Facility, told the commissioners the facility can accommodate 50 clients, but at that time had 27 clients. He said seven of those clients are not supported by Medicaid or any other state funding. At that meeting, Mr. Estrada also told the commission that the organization had reverted to the Okeechobee Rehabilitation Facility name because they could not afford the $2,500 annual fee required to be a member of the national Arc organization. (The video of that meeting is available online at http://www.co.okeechobee. .us/) Editor’s Note: This newspaper also contacted Sid Estrada, chairman of the boar d for the rehab facility, seeking his comments for this story. However, on the advice of his attorney, he declined to comment. REHABContinued From Page 1 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County S heriff’s Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida H ighway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Clinton Allen Jenkins, 30, Okeechobee, w as arrested Oct. 22 by Deputy John Ashby on a felony charge of grand theft. His bond w as set at $1,000.  Thomas Jason Hrusobsky, 34, Falmouth Road, Maitland, was arrested Oct. 22 by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of worthless check over $150. His bond was set at $2,000.  Vincent Lamar Quick, 21, N. 21st St., Fort Pierce, was arrested Oct. 23 by Of cer Belen Reyna on a felony charge of grand theft. His bond was set at $3,500.  Tiffany Tyshay Johnson, 27, Ave. R, Fort Pierce, was arrested Oct. 23 by Of cer Belen Reyna on a felony charge of grand theft. Her bond was set at $10,000.  Airial Antawan Johnson, 28, Ave. R, Fort Pierce, was arrested Oct. 23 by Of cer Belen Reyna on a felony charge of grand theft. His bond was set at $2,500.  Keaira Meisha Rickard, 20, N. 21st St., Fort Pierce, was arrested Oct. 23 by Of cer Belen Reyna on a felony charge of grand theft. Her bond was set at $3,500.  Antonio Agular Ramirez, 28, N.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 23 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation and a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended. His bond on those charges was set at $21,500. Ramirez was later arrested by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation possession of methamphetamine. He is being held without bond on that charge.  Ivona Michelle Russow, 45, N.E. Eighth Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 24 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. Her bond was set at $1,000.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. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week:ASSAULT 21200 block of N.E. 311th St.  1100 block of N.E. 39th Blvd.  8200 block of S.E. 57th Drive  4600 block of S.R. 710  2000 block of N.W. 32nd DriveBURGLARY 6800 block of S.E. 86th Blvd.  2900 block of S.E. 24th St.  200 block of N.W. 98th St.  4800 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2500 block of S.W. Second Ave.  4100 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2900 block of S.E. 38th Ave.  4600 block of S.E. 27th St.  800 block of N.E. 30th TerraceCRIMINAL MISCHIEF 2600 block of S.E. 31st St.FRAUD 3200 block of U.S. 441 S.  100 block of U.S. 441 S.E.THEFT 3100 block of N.W. 20th Trail  600 block of S.W. Second Ave.  3400 block of S.E. 38th Ave.  2600 block of N.W. 34th Ave.  4500 block of S.E. 23rd Court  2800 block of S.E. 38th Ave.  1900 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2400 block of N.E. Sixth St.  1200 block of N.E. 120th St.  11300 block of N.E. 115th Terrace  2500 block of N.W. Fifth St.  6800 block of S.E. 86th Blvd.  3900 block of S.E. 28th St.  300 block of S.E. 14th Ave. OCSO Investigations A rrest Report

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2013 CHEVROLET CAPTIVA LTZ 1 owner! Leather seats, SunroofStk # 7558903P.. .......2013 GMC YUKON XL 1500 SLT 1 owner! Front fog/driving lights. Stk#7192513P...... 2012 CHEVROLET IMPALA LT 1 owner MOONROOF Stk#7195372P........................2012 CHEVROLET IMPALA LT 1 owner. Auto, AC, Stk# 7269763P...............................2011 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN 1 OWNER! Auto..Stk# 7344382P.................................. 2010 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 Crew cab short box Stk# 7226116T............................2012 NISSAN VERSA 1 owner, Stability control. Stk#737377 P.......................... 2009 BUICK ENCLAVE CXL 1 Owner, Front Wheel Drive, Stk#7142367T................2013 CHRYSLER 300 300C RWD 1 owner, Navigation, Stk# 7508006P.....................2013 HYUNDAI GENESIS 1 owner, Auto... Stk# 7217297P............................ 2013 NISSAN ROGUE FWD 4DR S 1 owner, CVT Transmission, Cruise, Stk#7511354P....2012 CHRYSLER 300 LIMITED 1 owner, Front fog/driving lights...Stk# 7192114P.... 2012 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY1 owner, Climate control... Stk#7251743P.............. 2012 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN 1 owner! .Stk#7277476P ................................2012 FORD TAURUS LIMITED 1 owner, Auto... STK#7130504P .......................... 2012 MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS 1 owner! ABS, Auto, Turbo. Stk#7628061P ............. 2010 FORD EDGE 4dr, 3.5L V6, Auto, Stk# 7B27313P............................2010 FORD EDGE 37K miles, Auto, Stk# 7B25054P............................2011 DODGE DURANGO 2wd, hear 39 k miles. Stk# 7804259P.................2012 TOYOTA RAV4 FWD 1 owner!!! Auto, A/c... Stk#7118341P ...............2013 MAZDA MAZDA3 54K miles, 4dr. Stk#7687316T........... .............. 2011 BMW 328i 26K miles, 6 cyl, Auto, Stk# 7N07568P...................2011 JEEP WRANGLER 4WD SPORT Convertible roof Manual, Cruise Stk#7641619P......2010 FORD MUSTANG CPE GT 1 Owner, Less than 40k Miles.. Stk# 7140691P..........2012 BMW 128i Coupe, 1, 696 miles ..Stk#7P23815T............................2011 TOYOTA RAV4 FWD 28 MPG Hwy!! Auto, Climate & Cruise Stk#7087335T.2008 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 4dr, sedan Manual 2.0 Stk#7185081T ...........................2006 MERC. GRAND MARQUIS 4dr.. 17k miles ...Stk# 7647924P..................... $22,495 $12,487 $21,999 $26,999 $25,489 $27,999 $22,996 $33,999 $25,999 $20,761 $19,880 $14,999 $16,999 $20,945 $21,995 $28,900 $14,999 $22,222 $24,995 $19,889 $30,996 $20,367 $17,421 $13,495 $12,990 $24,990 $17,177 $10,996 PRE-OWNED VEHICLES 2014 BUICK ENCLAVE FOR NON-GM OWNERS/LESSEES $2,500 PURCHAS BONUS CASH + $1,000 CONQUEST CASH FOR NON-GM OWNERS/LESSEES GET FOR NON-GM OWNERS/LESSEES GET= $3,500 TOTAL ALLOWANCE $1,000 CONQUEST CASH $500 CONQUEST CASH 2013 BUICK REGAL 2013 BUICK ENCORE 2013 BUICK LACROSSE APR FOR 60 MONTHS FOR QUALIFIED BUYERS-PLUS-APR FOR 60 MONTHS FOR QUALIFIED BUYERS-PLUS-APR FOR 60 MONTHS FOR QUALIFIED BUYERS-PLUS-APR FOR 60 MONTHS FOR QUALIFIED BUYERS-PLUS-0% 0% FOR NON-GM OWNERS/LESSEES 1,000 PURCHASE BONUS CASH + $1,500 CONQUEST CASH Fort Pierce Buick GMC 5225 S. U S Hwy 1, Fort Pierce, Florida Sales 772-318-4386 Service 772-318-4325Sales M-F 8:30 8:00 Sat 8:30 6:00 Sun 11:00 6:00 Service/Parts M-F 7:30 6:00 Sat 7:30 2:00 Body Shop M-F 8-5 We have a full service body shop !We repair all makes and models. We accept any and all insurance company estimates Subject to prior sale, all vehicles pricing is plus tax, tag and dealer fees. Not responsible for typos etc. See dealer f or details = $2,500 TOTAL ALLOWANCE 0% 1.9% 11 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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. 12 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013 Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately, when this cancer is found and removed early, the chances of a full recovery are very good. Colorectal cancer rarely causes symptoms in its early stages, so screening for the disease is extremely important. It’s even more crucial if you have risk factors for the disease. Your risk of having colorectal cancer increases if you:  Are 50 years of age or older;  Have a family history or personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps;  Have a personal history of colorectal polyps, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis; or,  Have a family history of multiple concurrent solid-tumor cancers. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. According to the CDC, if everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. A colonoscopy is used to view the inside of your lower digestive tract (colon and rectum). It can help screen for colon cancer and can also help nd the source of abdominal pain, bleeding, and changes in bowel habits. The test is usuall y done in the hospital on an outpatient basis. During the exam, the doctor can remove a small tissue sample (a biopsy) for testing. Small growths, such as polyps, may also be removed during colonoscopy. Talk to your doctor about having a colonoscopy. For a free physician referral, call 863-763-9228. Colonoscopies can detect cancer in its early stages Special to the Okeechobee/ EESStudents of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Oct. 25 included: kindergarten students, Lilly King, Aubrey Wilson, Gisell Urbina Campos, Travis Hansen, Adrian Garcia, Raegyn Harris, Caden Cain; rst graders, Justin Elgin, Jabier Yanez, Grey Garza, Abigail Mata; second grade students, Dora Brege, Daniela Sontai-Perez, Mar'lun Scott, Sinthia Rivera, Iris Ramirez; third graders, Junior Schwendeman, Chester Underhill, Senon Anselmo, Hunter Misner; fourth grade students, Raymond Elliott, Allyson Broadrick, Abraham Torres, Elizabeth Cox; fth grade students, Joshua Baldwin, Virgil Dixon and Fernando Meza. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Dine with the DoctorCome to Raulerson Hospital on Monday, Oct. 28, to hear Podiatrist Dr. Joshua Roberts. He will discuss various causes of foot pain, common medical conditions involving the feet, with information regarding risk factors and keeping your feet healthy, plus information about conditions that require advanced treatments. For the month of October only, Dine with the Doctor will be held on a Monday. The location is the hospital cafeteria. Dinner, salad and dessert is available beginning at 4:30 p.m. for $5 per person. The presentation begins at 5 p.m. To attend, RSVP by calling 863-763-9228.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Michael 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 Grieco Nissan .comVISIT: CLICK: GRIECO OF FORT PIERCE NISSAN 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 TYPOGRAPHI CAL ERRORS. OFFER ENDS 10/31/13 MODEL 12013 € VIN 737147 MODEL 31013 € VIN 757086MODEL 36513 € VIN 310061 BRAND NEW 2013 NISSAN SENTRA S $14,999ONE OR MORE AT THIS PRICEORLEASE FOR ONLY$1,999 DOWN PAYMENT MODEL 22113 € VIN 533597 BRAND NEW 2013 NISSAN ROGUE S $17,999ONE OR MORE AT THIS PRICELEASE FOR ONLY$169/MO.*$1,999 DOWN PAYMENT MODEL 13114 € VIN 121555 BRAND NEW 2014 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S $18,699ONE OR MORE AT THIS PRICELEASE FOR ONLY$1,999 DOWN PAYMENT BRAND NEW 2013 NISSAN FRONTIER$18,999ONE OR MORE AT THIS PRICEORUP TOLEASE FOR ONLY$199 /MO.*$1,999 DOWN PAYMENT MO O MO M MO MO DE DE DE DE DE E DE L L L L L L L L L 31 31 31 31 3 31 1 31 3 31 31 31 31 1 1 3 1 31 31 31 3 01 01 01 1 01 01 0 0 01 01 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 € € € VI V V V VI V V N N N N N N N 75 75 75 75 75 70 70 70 70 70 0 86 86 86 86 86 86 6 6 6 BRAND NEW 2 0 13 NISSA N FRONTIER O NE O R M O R E AT T HI S PRI C E E O O O O O O O O R R R R L L L L L L L L L L L L L E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E A A A A A A A A A A A A A A S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S E E E E E E E E E E F F F F F F F F F F F F O O O O O O O O O O O O O R R R R R R O O O O O O N N N N N N L L L L L Y Y Y Y Y Y M MO. $1 $1 9 ,9 9 9 9 99 99 99 99 9 D D D D O OW OW O N N PA YM EN N T BRAND NEW 2013 NISSAN TITANBUY NOW & SAVE$9,000OFF MSRP MO MO O MO MO MO O DE DE DE D E DE DE D L L L L L L 36 36 36 3 36 36 3 6 3 6 6 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 3 3 3 3 3 3 € € € € V VI V VI V V V I N N N N N N 31 31 3 31 31 00 00 00 61 61 61 1 61 6 1 61 U P T O B RAND NEW 2 0 13 NISSA N T I T AN OROR$169/MO.*$139/MO.* 13 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in a Humana plan depends on contract renewal. The ene t in ormation provided is a rie summar not a complete description o ene ts. or more in ormation contact the plan. imitations copa ments and restrictions ma appl ene ts and premium ma change on anuar o each ear. ou must continue to pa our Medicare art premium. Medicare evaluates plans ased on a tar rating s stem. tar atings are calculated each ear and ma change rom one ear to the ne t. A sales person will e present with in ormation and applications. or accommodation o people with special needs at sales meetings call Humana ales at TT a.m. to p.m. seven da s a wee Applica le to Humana Gold Plus HMO plan H GHHH E A Accepted T DONT WAIT! Medicare Open Enrollment ends Saturday, December 7th. And at Humana we received a 4.5 out of 5 Overall Plan Rating! Plus: Excellent The number of stars shows how well a plan performs. CALL TODAY AND EXPERIENCE THE 4.5 STAR DIFFERENCE WITH HUMANA. FIND OUT WHY SO MANY OF YOUR NEIGHBORS HAVE CHOSEN HUMANA MEDICARE PLANS. The Humana Gold Plus (HMO) plan received an Overall 4.5 STARS in the Treasure Coast By raising our level of performance, we strive to meet your expectationsPERFORMANCE1-877-713-6171 (TTY: 711) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week 14 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 15 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary Students of the Week of Oct. 14 are: Amy Castaneda, Nayeli Martinez, Ka’Shyra Urbina, Bradyn Lineberry, Lose Baltazar, Justin Hutcherson, Shenny Perez-Lopez, Natalie Rebollar, Brianna Serrano, Felipe Rodriguez, Hailey Harden, Kaylie Perry, Thalia Thomas, Lane Davis, Laurel Hunter, Michalyn Salas, Justice Shanks, Lily Duncan, Jacari Corde, Trinitey Pittman, Desel Arnold, Gisselle Medrano, Levi Ferrell, Monique Silvas, Bryton Bohannon, Maria Campos, Alecziah Gomez, Labrissa McDuf e, Chriscetia Campbell and Devin Whiteside. Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSStudents of the WeekYearling Middle School would like to announce the students of the week for Oct. 18: Rocky Wise, Austin Scruggs, Diemiya White, Zara Vozzella, Rosa Medrano, Clarissa Gomez and Amos Spells.

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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 Employment Full TimeDrivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time or apply online www.walpoleinc.comis seeking Local Drivers and an experienced Truck/Trailer Mechanic EOE/DFWP Truck/Trailer Mechanic Local Drivers• Must have own tools & a strong desire to excel • Knowledge of Pacar Engine a plus • Compensation based on experience • Company offers paid uniforms, paid vacation, paid insurance and boot allowance • Class A company CDL • Must have minimum of two years driving experience & clean driving record • Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacation, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! Call Ryan at (800) 741-6500 Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500Raulerson Hospital Housekeeping Supervisor position Please apply in person @1796 Hwy 441 N M-F 9 to 5. EEO Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Employment Full Time Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Business Opportunities Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. 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. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Guns/Supplies SUNCOAST GUN SHOWOctober 26th & 27thSaturday 9 am -5 pm & Sunday 10 am 4 pm HAVERT L. FENN CENTER2000 Virginia Ave., Ft. Pierce, FLBUY • SELL • TRADECONCEALED WEAPON CLASS $49Daily 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.suncoastgunshows.com Call 772-462-1521 for info. Wanted To BuyCOLLECTOR WANTING TO BUY OLDER MODEL & MILITARY RIFLES & HANDGUNS ANY KIND OR CONDITION 863-447-5915 ApartmentsBASSWOOD 2BR, 2BA, laundry rm w/hookups, freshly painted. $675 mo. 1st & sec. of $500. Home Realty Services LLC. Ask for Diane 863-801-4498. NW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo, and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. OKEECHOBEE 1/1, in Quiet country setting on water, clean, furnished, cable, elec, satellite incld. $600/mo plus sec (863)467-1950 Guns/Supplies ApartmentsOKEE2/1 Newly updated 12 miles N.E. o f town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included $ 498.00 mo. Call for details. Mon Fri. No Pets 863-467-9800. On The Rim Canal 2 sm travel trailers not in a park 1BR each 1 with enclosure $475. mth, the other is $450. mth incd ele/gas/basic dish. Sec dep $300. no pets. 863-697-0214. Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor Creek Condo2BR/1BA, furnished, boat dockage, pool & water included, totally new kitchen & bath,$800/month + 1 month security. Call (863)658-4264 or (305)522-5024 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads 16 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013 Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!

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Houses Rent3bd/2ba Very Clean,all utilities, cable and lawn paid. 1yr Lease located in Lakeport Fl. Furnished $1,250.00 per month screened deck, 1.5 acre lot,1st & last plus deposit, No pets 573-718-8074 or 573-718-3624 A FFORDABLE new house 3BR, 2BA, full size 2 car gar. 2200 sq. ft., full appliances w/dishwasher, lg. M/BR with walk-in closet, 4 person Jacuzzi tub, 300 sq. ft. Italian tile walkin shower, lg. kit. w/cent. island bar, $1395/mo. 1st, last & sec. Call (561)723-2226 A FFORDABLE new house Large 3BR, 2 BA, Large yard. Bring pets. Available for monthly rental. $950 mo. Call (561)723-2226 Kings Bay 3br./2ba. Includes lawn service, pool and all appliances. $975 month plus Sec. Dep. 863-634-0663. OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 2BA, 2 acres, FR, LR, 2 porches, detached gar. & carport, lg. Oaks. 1st, last sec. Refs. $1200/mo. (561) 346-4692 Commercial Property SaleOKEECHOBEE 25x25 Steel Bldg. 12 ft roll up door. 1 back dr., 3 windows. 130 mi hurricane approved. $3500. Call 954-260-1933. Houses SaleCBS HOME 2 BR, 1 BA w/1 Car garage on almost half acre of land. Large shed. Owner nancing available. Cash or Conventional. Asking $59,900 (561)308-1300 Kissimmee River 2 Bedroom 2 Bath MH located on an acre of land on the Kissimmee River in River Acres. $84,500.00. Call 954-931-3732 for more info. Land Sale75 Acres, 5 minutes from Wal-mart, $320,000.00 Contact for more info 561-307-9330 Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 NICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 2bd & 1bd homes in nice quiet adult park, small dog okay, Security required. 863-517-5111 or 239-246-6301 On Canal 3br. Large Florida rm, glassed in porch. Covered boat slip. Easy access to lake. No pets. $700 month, 1st & Sec. Dep. 863-467-0323. Mobile HomeSaleNEWLY RENOVATED Homes for sale in small adult park. Cheaper than Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Automobiles2007 BUICK RENDEZVOUS KELLY BLUE BOOK $8,700, ASKING $8,000, HAS 80,000 MILES. CALL 812-221-0754 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Public NoticeNOTICE OF CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION BY THE CITY COUNCIL, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Okeechobee City Council will meet in Closed Executive Session to discuss pending litigation, Case No. 2013CA000424, the State of Florida Department of Transportation vs. the City of Okeechobee and the Hamrick Trust. The proposed Executive Session will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, following the Regular Session, at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Council Chambers Room 200. The discussion shall be con ned to settlement negotiation or strategies relating to litigation expenditures led by the State of Florida Department of Transportation. Notice is hereby given that the following will be in attendance: Mayor James E. Kirk, Council Members Devin Maxwell, Mike O’Connor, Dowling R. Watford, Jr., Clayton Williams, City Attorney John Cook, City Administrator Brian Whitehall, and City Clerk Lane Gamiotea. A court reporter will be present to record the session and the transcript shall be made part of the public record upon conclusion of the litigation. By: Mayor James E. Kirk, as duly requested by City Attorney John R. Cook, Esquire, and allowed by Section 286.011, Florida Statutes. 455473 ON 10/27/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 2013CA000041CAAXMX Bank of America, N.A. Plaintiff Vs. ESTATE OF THOMAS MILTON A/K/A THOMAS V. MILTON, C/O DIANNA L. HELTON, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE, JULIA MILTON A/K/A JULIA E MILTON, DECEASED, et al Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant: ELEANOR MOFFITT, KNOWN HEIR OF JULIA MILTON A/K/A JULIA E. MILTON 415 SE 7TH STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 KAY MILLER, KNOWN HEIR OF JULIA MILTON A/K/A JULIA E. MILTON 415 SE 7TH STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 20 AND THE WEST ONEHALF OF LOT 21, BLOCK J, CENTRAL PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 39, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 415 SE 7TH STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Udren Law Of ces, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 2101 West Commercial Boulevard Suite 5000, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in The Okeechobee News and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. You have 30 calendar days after the rst publication of this Notice to le a written response to the attached complaint with the clerk of this court. A phone call will not protect you. Your written response, including the case number given above and the names of the parties, must be led if you want the court to hear your side of the case. If you do not le your response on time, you may lose the case, and your wages, money, and property may thereafter be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney referral service or a legal aid of ce (listed in the phone book). This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2.065. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 21st day of October, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT As Clerk of the Court BY: Jennifer Rediker As Deputy Clerk 455522 ON 10/27;11/3/2013 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 47-2012-CA-000504 GENWORTH FINANCIAL HOME EQUITY ACCESS, INC., FORMERLY KNOWN AS LIBERTY REVERSE MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, VS. JOHN J. MARSHALL, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION To: UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF GEORGE W. MARSHALL, SR. A/K/A GEORGE WASHINGTON MARSHALL, SR. 3422 SE 25TH ST, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED, CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose Mortgage covering the following real and personal property described as follows, to-wit: LOT 41, LESS THE EAST 15 FEET THEREOF, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT NO. 7, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 60, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been led against you and you are required to le a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Peter J. Kapsales, McCalla Raymer, LLC, 225 E. Robinson St. Suite 660, Orlando, FL 32801 and le the original with the Clerk of the abovestyled Court on or before 30 days from the rst publication, otherwise a Judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 14th day of October, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT As Clerk of the Court BY: Jennifer Rediker Deputy Clerk 454952 ON 10/20,27/2013 17 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013 ACROSS 1 Puts a little too close to the flame 7 Does away with 11 Spirit 14 Set straight 15 Narrow space 16 Pay add-on 17 Where many changes occur 18 August 20 Boast la Donald Trump? 22 Patriot Act protesters: Abbr. 24 Malt finish? 25 Goddess of motherhood 26 Our overly fussy friend has a pointŽ? 31 Wasikowska of The Kids Are All RightŽ 32 TrinityŽ novelist 33 Union agreement 34 Fiber source 36 Illegal pitch 40 Have someŽ 41 Kid on The Cosby ShowŽ 42 Big name in 40s50s Argentina 43 Joplin piece about modern weaponry? 47 Went under 48 Emulate Eminem 49 Irascibility 50 Delay from an 18th-century English ruler? 55 LA and MI, but not DO or RE 56 Gas up? 59 NRC predecessor 60 It can get you credit in a store 61 Shrink, in a way 62 The __ of PoohŽ: 80s best-seller 63 Right away, MammyŽ 64 Its zero in freefall„and, put another way, a hint to how the four longest puzzle answers were formed DOWN 1 Religious org., perhaps 2 Georges lyricist 3 Show little interest in, as food 4 Get ready for action 5 Sicilian resort 6 Unaccompanied 7 Biology text topic 8 Roadside attention getters 9 Water brand named for its source 10 Dam up 11 Fertilizer substance 12 Draw forth 13 Treaties 19 Water source 21 Surround with dense mist 22 Spherical opening? 23 Hirsute pet 27 Like the sticks 28 Sizzling 29 More fleshy, perhaps 30 Under the weather, e.g. 35 Anouilh play made into a Burton/OToole film 36 Its not always easy to get into 37 TootsieŽ Oscar nominee 38 Assessment, for short 39 Popular trend 41 Pontiac muscle car 43 Sartre work 44 Paris-based cultural org. 45 GunsmokeŽ star 46 Popular purveyor of stromboli 47 Zippo 51 Deep blue 52 Play to __ 53 Named names 54 Two pages 57 Front-of-bk. list 58 Cote girl By Pete Muller (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 10/07/11 10/07/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Tabatha Henry won her second district title and set a school record in the process at the 3A-14 District Cross Country meet Thursday at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Henry led nearly from start to nish with a blistering nish in 18:50, better than 24 seconds faster that runner up Bethany Hardcastle, last year's district champion. Suncoast High School won the team championship while Okeechobee took fourth place. "Not only does it feel super amazing that it's my course, but I broke the record, I worked two years to get my district title back, it's an overwhelming feeling. I pushed myself so hard and to know that it all paid off is the greatest feeling in the world," she told the Okeechobee News afterward. Henry ran 19:19 at the Sebring Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19, to break a school record. It didn't stand for long as Henry did even better in the cool conditions Thursday. Henry said she preferred the clouds and cooler weather to the hot sun she has been accustomed to. "I'll take this any day over the hot sun. My legs aren't as tired. It was hard to breathe running toward the wind but the conditions were better overall," she added. Henry said this makes up for an injury plagued year last year. She still nished third in the districts but wanted so badly to regain her title. Her plan was to stay back and have enough to kick into high gear after the 2-mile marker. Instead she passed Hardcastle early and set the pace for most of the race. "I planned to stay behind until the 2-mile but I thought I had it in myself and I did what I felt was best for me. I guess my strategy worked," she added. Henry said she hoped her performance will open the eyes of some college coaches. Her goal is to get an athletic scholarship for next year. She thanked her coaches, family and teammates for all of their support this year. In the boy's race, Suncoast High School had the top three nishers and four in the top 10 as they cruised to an easy win in the team competition. Sam Geiman won the race in 17:01. OHS nished in third place and the team quali ed for regional. Okeechobee's top nisher was Hernan Baltazar who nished in 17:40, good enough for seventh place. Emmanuel Gaona nished in 10th place, Daniel Shelley in 13th, and Lucas Penido in 22nd place. Baltazar said he was pretty proud of the way he ran in the race, "I think I did pretty well. It was a pretty good day with calm and cool and no sun. I didn't know a lot about the other runners because I hadn't seen them at other races, but I knew they would be fast." Baltazar quali ed for regional and will get another shot at the state nals. He nished 18th last year at the regional, and the top 17 runners quali ed for state. "I knew that I would do well today, and I knew I'd make the top 10. I hope to go to state this time," he added. Cole Owens nished 24th, Dylan Ferneau 29th, and Ramon Liberato 38th for OHS. The regional race will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, at South Fork High School. For the Lady Brahmans, Vernice Leon nished in 11th place, Alexis Muller in 17th, Charleigh Heater 23rd, Crystal Castenada in 26th, Ruth Palacios in 28th and Marissa Hernandez 29th. Henry and Leon both quali ed to race in the regional next week. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 701 S Francisco St in Clewiston9 am to dusk daily € For Info: 800-269-4583 € www.rvshowusa.com Hendry County FairgroundsThur-Sun € October 24-27 € 9a-dusk dailyBlow-Outin Clewiston PLUS. . a huge selection of certi“ ed pre-owned RVs from Fleetwood, Monaco, Winnebago, Allegro & more! See Whats NEW In RVing From: See Whats NEW In RVing From: € Diesel Pushers € Class A Gas € Class C € 5th Wheels € Travel Trailers € Luxury € Economical € They are all here in one place! € All at LOW Blow-Out Sale Pricing! HUGE SAVINGS ON NEW AND USED RVS! RV Sale By La Mesa RV of Fort Myers MASSIVE Discounts! FREE Parking & FREE Parking & Admission! Admission! 19 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013 Henry takes district title at cross country meet Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTabatha Henry is congratulated by her grandmother, Donna Baldassarre after her district championship. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murph y Hernan Baltazar of Okeechobee, #29 7 was able to nish seventh at the dis trict meet and wants to reach the stat e nals this year. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsBayside High returned two interceptions for touchdowns and William Harrell had 178 y ards in total offense and a touchdown as the Bears (8-1) shut out Okeechobee, 37-0 in a District 14-6A game Friday at Brahman Stadium. Austin Evarts threw for 213 yards and scored a rush touchdown for the Bears. Okeechobee was paced by running back A drian Minondo who rushed for 196 yards on 34 carries and also caught 34 yards in receptions. Minondo accounted for all but seven of the Brahmans offensive yards in the game. Bears Coach Jerrod Ackley said he took his hat off for the Okeechobee kids because they fought hard and he saw improvement from the game tapes. "If they believe in themselves and the coaches they can do something. I appreciate the way those kids fought tonight," he noted. Ackley said Okeechobee gave them some problems with the run game by having wide splits on their offensive line, giving them better angles at blocks. His team made some adjustments and was able to slow the run game at crucial times in the game. "We made some mental mistakes on offense but we can clean them up. We made a few adjustments on defense and we had a good game plan. Now we want to get ready for our district championship game next w eek," he added. Brahman Coach Chris Branham suited up 24 players in the game. He was without seven starters due to injury and one due to illness. He said his team simply wore down and that some of them had nothing left in the tank. "I'm proud of the effort. We had some positive things tonight and some negative things but football is like life. You learn a lot on the eld about adversity. If we stay together we can work things out," he explained. Bayside took a 21-0 halftime lead. They drove 81 yards on their opening series after a gutsy fake punt on fourth and three at their own 24-yard line. Evarts picked apart the defense with a 24-yard pass to Lucious McKay and then Darion Andre ran a jet sweep for a 9-yard touchdown to make it 7-0. Disaster hit Okeechobee on their rst offensive play as Benjamin Ferreira batted a pass by Dee Shockley into the air at the line of scrimmage and returned it 30 yards for a score. A 53-yard pass from Evarts to Joshua Tyson set up Evarts 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Bayside continued their success in the third quarter as they drove 80 yards in ve plays thanks to the strong legs of Harrell. He caught a 33-yard swing pass, took a draw play 17 yards, and then ran the nal 21 yards on a dash up the middle. "We prepared all week and everything that we practiced came together tonight. We had a few mental mistakes but we'll x them and try to get better," he noted. Harrell said he was coached to look for the open holes and he simply did what he was coached to do in this game. Isaih MCallister returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown and Zach Keenum kicked a 22-yard eld goal to nish off the scoring for the Bears. Okeechobee (1-7) drove to the Bears 1-yard line in the nal seconds but a last second run by Minondo was stopped a yard short of the goal line. Minondo exploded for a 42-yard run on the drive. Minondo added runs of 24, 19 and two pass receptions of 16 and 18 yards in the game. Coach Branham called it a gutsy performance by his senior tailback, "He ran extremely hard and delivered some blows tonight, it was a great night for him. He was exhausted at the very end." Branham said he'd like to see more kids be productive in the offense. He said with fewer players, and many already playing on defense, it is hard to nd other weapons. "We have to nd Minondo a little help but there are so many injuries right now it's hard to mix the kids in. We'll get as healthy as we can, play with the 22 guys we have and go as strong as we can," he added. Game notes Mitchell Madrigal had a quarterback sack for OHS. Zeke Matthews recovered a fumble. Cory Vickers had several tackles in the back eld including a 14-yard quarterback sack. Arthur Woodruff had a strong punting game. He added a fumble recovery. The Brahman junior varsity team won at Clewiston 20-0 on Thursday night to end their season on a high note. Several players will be promoted for the nal two home games. 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By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The lobby and breezeway of the Okeechobee County Courthouse may soon feature an art gallery. At the Thursday meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Brigette Waldau of Okeechobee Main Street sought permission to display a collection of photos at the courthouse, as part of the Viva Florida 500 project. Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State, to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events in present-day Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de Len to the land he named La Florida in 1513. Part of this project is a travelling exhibit which includes 15 large format photos of wild owers by John Moran. This exhibit commemorates the natural history of Florida, which roughly translates to “land of owers.” Ms. Waldau said the exhibit will be in Okeechobee County Dec. 30, 2013 through Feb. 14, 2014. The exhibit is sponsored by the Florida Wildlife Foundation through the Florida State Wild ower License Plate Fund. Okeechobee Main Street will cover any expense involved in setting up or taking down the exhibit, she said, as well as the insurance required for the exhibit. The natural light and high ceilings make the courthouse lobby ideal for this exhibit, said Ms. Waldau. “With photos of this nature, you really need this space,” she said. “Using the courthouse for the exhibit will show it’s not just Main Street who is celebrating Viva 500, but the county is also,” she said. Ms. Waldau said the exhibit will encourage visitors from other areas. “People who visit exhibits from out of the area will spend money in the area,” she said. The county commission agreed to allow the exhibit, and spent some time discussing just how to do this without damaging the w alls. “Can you use Command hooks that don’t make holes in the wall?” asked Commissioner Margaret Helton. Commissioner Hoover said having artw ork on the wall will actually improve the acoustics. Sound tends to bounce off the w alls and echo in that space, he said. “You cannot carry on a conversation down there. The echo off the walls and the ceilings makes it impossible to hear,” he said. “If somebody who knew what they were doing could come in and design a system to hang permanently, we could have other types of exhibits there,” he said. “Museums have changing exhibits. They don’t go knocking holes in the walls every time,” he said. He asked for Ms. Waldau’s help. “A lot of the galleries are using a chain system that comes down from the ceiling,” said Ms. Waldau. She said this allows them to vary the height of the pieces on display. “Maybe you could have someone come in and look at the walls and make recommendations,” said Commissioner Hoover. “I would like to see different displays up throughout the year.” He suggested displays could promote the Top of the Lake Art Festival or showcase student art from the high school. “A lot of our northern visitors are art lovers and would really enjoy this,” agreed Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. He said if they did have to put nails in the walls, it would not be hard to repair later. “I think the track idea is a good thought,” said Commissioner Ray Domer. He said there are some guidelines that will have to be followed to maintain the historic status of the building. “We need to look at ways to hang things without it looking like renters moved out,” he said. “I suggest you look at the removable hangers for the short term,” said Commission Chairman Frank Irby. “Those things will hold up a considerable amount of weight. “I like this idea of a long-term system,” he said. “The art program at the school has a lot of good artists and they don’t have a lot of places to show the artwork publicly.” “I am not in favor of putting holes in the wall,” Chairman Irby said. “We’ll try the Command strips,” said Ms. Waldau. “Nails would be the last option.” “Somebody who knows about that construction needs to be involved,” said Commissioner Domer. “That type of plaster can shatter.” In other business, the commissioners approved a contract with EQ Florida for hazardous waste disposal for “amnesty days.” Waste Management will reimburse the county for up to $50,000 per year for hazardous waste disposal. The average cost for last three years has been about $25,000 per year. The commissioners approved a Work Authorization with Craig A. Smith & Associates regarding the Conceptual Engineering Plans and Design Report for the East-West Stormwater Pump Conveyance Project in the amount of $138,360. Florida Power and Light is proposing a new gas pipeline that would go through a portion of Okeechobee County. A public hearing about the pipeline will be held on Nov. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Quail Creek. Public hearings will also be held in other affected counties. By Tammi KellyEditor’s Note: Welcome to “Tammi’s Top of the Lake, an advertorial column featuring Okeechobee Businesses  Nature’s Pantry, Health Food Store, 417 S.W. Park St. is a great place to get all your health food and organic needs. Locally owned and operated, the store has a friendly staff. Stop by and say hello or just look through the store! Give them a call at 863-467-1243.  Toni’s Chic Boutique, 123 S.W. Park St., has brand new fashions and jewelry, all new inventory and they are always having a sale going on! Stop by just to look around. They are always happy to help you nd the perfect out t for that special event. You can give them a call at 863-357-8664.  Are you looking for a new phone? Beeper Depot of Okeechobee, 405 S. Parrott Ave., is a Metro PCS Store that carries the most up-to-date phones and accessories at reasonable prices. Check out the car chargers for $10! Go in and take a look around. Todd is always willing to help! You can contact them at 863-763-2056.  You’ll nd great Mexican food and a fun and friendly atmosphere at Pueblo Viejo, 3415 U.S. 441 S. Lucy is always there to welcome you and your family and friends with a big smile and is happy to help make your eating experience the best it can be. You can contact them at 863-357-9641.  Do you have a special event coming up where you would love to just oat across the dance oor with all eyes on you and your partner, but you don’t know how to dance? Leslie’s Dance Studio, 2827 S.W. Third Terrace, can help. Leslie will get you to the dance oor fast. For information, call 863634-3831.  Okeechobee Dodge Dealership, at 4224 U.S. 441 S., has a new general manager. Jim Rider will be happy to help get you into the car of your dreams. Stop by and give Mr. Rider a warm Okeechobee welcome. You can contact him at 863-357-0500.Did you know? (Halloween Edition)Many parents have the terrifying fear o f their kids getting poisoned candy or some type of harmful object for them to swallow by mistake in their Halloween candy. The basis for the poisoning fears is actuall y a myth. There are only two known cases o f candy “poisoning” from back in the 1970s. There are no recent discoveries of poisoned candy. However, nding a harmful object in your trick or treater’s goodie bag is more likely because there are four cases of harmful metal objects being found in Halloween candy from 1964 to 2008. So, be safe this Halloween and check out that goodie bag before your kids break into it! Happy Halloween! For the rest of Tammi’s Top of the Lake news, see her blog at orida.newszap.com / topofthelake. If you would like your business to be featured in this column, please contact Tamm i Kelly at Okeechobee News, 863-763-3134 Ext. 4228 or ask one of our advertising consultants. 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! 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By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee County Civic Center was jam-packed earlier this week as experts as well as residents from Okeechobee County were on hand to either listen or talk about the prescription pill problem. Monday’s symposium featured panels of experts from different elds who talked about the drug problem and answered questions from the audience. When asked about protecting children from drugs Debbie Butler, president of the board of directors for Guardians for a New Future, replied that awareness is the key. “The more awareness we can bring to the problem, the more we can protect our children,” she said. Defense attorney Gerald T. Roden, from the Roden Law Firm, carried that thought a little farther by saying children need outside interests, such as sports, not only to keep them busy but to help them physically and mentally. “This helps build strength and con dence,” he said. He also pointed out that monitoring your child’s cell phone and taking an interest in their life is imperative. “We don’t live in society with the traditional family home any more,” he said. “Not every child comes from a loving family,” added Ms. Butler. Tom Bakkedahl, from the District 19 Of ce of the State’s Attorney, said while many of the audience members were in the care and treatment eld, his job was to prosecute drug offenders and “... to lock those people up.” He also pointed out that there is no longer any funding for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, a state data base program that keeps track of prescriptions being lled for such medicines as pain killers and benzodiazepines, as well as a reduction in sentencing laws is making it tougher to not only keep up with those abusing medicines but to punish abusers. Special Agent Sheldon Burkett, from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), said the pill problem started in this area about three y ears ago. His agency, as well as other law enforcement groups, then started targeting people selling pills as well as the pharmacies that were selling them. “The Prescription Monitoring Program probably helped us the most,” he told the crowd. He went on to say the sale and abuse of prescription pills have backed off somewhat, but the sale and use of methamphetamine is “picking up.” Agent Burkett also explained to the audience that use of minimum-mandatory sentencing has “... become a very helpful thing.” Minimum-mandatory sentences don’t apply to every crime. Simply put, a minimum-mandatory sentence simply means a person convicted of a speci c serious felony will have to serve a mandatory amount of time in prison. For example, if a crime carries a mandatory-minimum sentence of ve years in prison, a judge could sentence that perpetrator to eight years in prison but they would have to serve the rst ve years day for day. After that, they would serve 85 percent of the remaining three years. One reason for minimum-mandatory sentencing was to keep sentencing for these speci c crimes consistent from state to state. “Minimum-mandatory sentencing has become a very helpful thing,” said Agent Burkett. “Min-mans take some of the unfairness out.” George Roberson, representing the Douglas Park Improvement Committee, told the crowd that even though there has been in increase in the use and sale of methamphetamine that drug isn’t seen much in that area of Okeechobee County. “It’s not the hot spot for meth,” he said. “But, you can get crack (cocaine) and marijuana down there.” He also went on to say he and other Douglas Park citizens appreciate how Sheriff Paul May has been “... straightforward about what the sheriff’s of ce can and can’t do ...” because of budget constraints. Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy also talked to the audience about the drug testing program to be implemented in local schools, and that a positive result doesn’t always mean an automatic expulsion from school. “It used to be when a student was caught with drugs they were expelled. Now, we place them in an alternative setting and don’t automatically go into the expulsion process,” he said, speaking of the Okeechobee Achievement Academy. “We have cut the expulsion rate by 40 percent in the last two years.” He explained to the audience that a committee was formed and a policy was put together on how the drug testing program was to be established and carried out. “We decided to approach it from a preventative aspect,” Mr. Kenworthy added. There are 769 students in the school system that will be eligible for drug testing, and about 25 percent of them will actually be tested, said Mr. Kenworthy. If a student tests positive they will initially be offered counseling and placed back into the testing pool. But, he continued, “it’s not the death knell if you get caught.” A second panel was convened later in the da y that included Sheriff May, Okeechobee City Chie f of Police Denny Davis and County Judge Jerald Bryant who, along with other panel members, talked about possible solutions to the drug problem. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For more information, contact 863.763.3134 email ”bizsearch@newszap.com florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 21 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013 Symposium highlights prescription pill problem Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppMajor Noel Stephen (far left), of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, reads an audience question to a panel at the Monday, Oct. 21, drug symposium held at the Okeechobee County Civic Center. Panel members are: (left to right), Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy; Debbie Butler, board of directors president for Guardians for a New Future; attorney Gerald T. Roden, from the Roden Law Firm; George Roberson, from the Douglas Park Improvement Committee; attorney Tom Bakkedahl, from the District 19 Of ce of the State’s Attorney; Special Agent Sheldon Burkett, from the Drug Enforcement Administration; and, Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Cul p e pp er.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Free Checking We Believe In You Completely Free Business Checking This free business checking option is convenient and opens up a world of features to your business no matter the size. No Minimum Balance No Monthly Maintenance Fee Free Online Banking with Bill Pay Free Business Debit MasterCard 500 Free Monthly Transaction Items*We Believe In You And Your Business! Tabitha Trent Branch Manager/VP Open A New Business Checking Account & Get up to $125 OFF Standard Checks to get started! *if you deposit more than $10,000 in currency or if more than 500 items process through this account monthly on a regular basis, we may notify you that the account may need to be transferred to CSB’s commercial analysis checking product.2100 S. Parrott Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863)763-5573 23 Okeechobee News October 27, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Main Street greeted over 40 members, visitors, friends and community partners. One Blood representatives and volunteers came out suitably attired in their Blood Round Up apparel in a great show of support. This was a great evening as we had several dignitaries both city, county and of course J udge Jerald Bryant in attendance. Raye Deusinger and Russ Colwell both spoke about the importance of the upcoming event — the Okeechobee 600 on Nov. 16 and 17 — and encouraged everyone to donate. There were other announcements made about events leading up to the Okeechobee 600 dates as well. Door prizes were provided by Main Street business members and friends. All are welcome to attend the Main Street November Mixer on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Law Of ce of Cassels and McCall, 400 N.W. Second St., from 5 to 7 p.m. For a list of mixers for 2013 or information, contact Okeechobee Main Street at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 55 S. Parrott Ave. (in the Chamber building). Blood Round Up VFW Post hosts for Main Street mixer Special to the Okeechobee NewsEnjoying the October Main Street Mixer were (left to right) Russ Colwell, Charlie Norris, Sharie Turgeon, Bridgette Waldau, Raye Deusinger, Terry Burroughs, Frank DeCarlo, Maureen Burroughs and Marian Merrill. Patrick Smith’s Florida program visits OkeechobeeRick Smith, son of author Patrick Smith, will present “Patrick Smith’s Florida; A Land Remembered” at the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. The program includes a mixed-media show featuring Patrick Smith and the experiences he had researching and writing “A Land Remembered.” The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee, Main Street of Okeechobee, Friends of the Okeechobee County Library and the Okeechobee High School Brahman Drama Club are sponsoring this event with funding through a Community Partners for Health Through the Arts grant received by the Shands Arts in Medicine Program. A ticket is necessary for admission due to the large number of people expected. Tickets are free and may be picked up at the library beginning Tuesday, Oct. 29 The number of tickets allotted to each person will be limited. For more information online, go to alandremembered.com/speaking-tour/.

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