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Friday, November 1, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 131 15.25 feetLast Year: 15.82 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. I R S w a r n s IRS warns t a x p a y e r s a b o u t taxpayers about s c a m scam ... Page 9 OCT to present ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ ... Page 12 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The doors to the Okeechobee Rehabilitation Facility were closed and locked Thursday afternoon, and its top tier employees were under intense scrutiny. And, with ongoing investigations by no less than three different state agencies, the doors to the facility may remain locked. Because the facility’s building is leased from the county for $1 a year, county leaders will now have to decide if the facility has defaulted on its lease by not providing its intended services. “I visited there today and rang the bell twice, but no one answered,” said county administrator Robbie Chartier in an Oct. 31 phone interview. “The county will review the lease and consider the Rehab’s ability to continue the use of the facility for which it was intended.” In that lease, it’s stated that the county will lease the property to the rehab facility “... for Rehab closes; probes continue Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov. 3 See REHAB — Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raulerson HospitalAt the pumpkin patchArea children enjoyed decorating their own pumpkins at a party hosted by Raulerson Hospital on Saturday. For more, see page 10. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News In what appears to be a modernday version of cattle rustling, an Okeechobee man has been arrested, accused of stealing over $100,000 worth of cattle from his employer. Documents obtained from the Martin County Sheriff’s Of ce (MCSO) indicate that Judson Michael Shurley, 39, S.E. 14th Ave., was arrested Oct. 22 on a felony charge of grand theft. He was booked into the Martin County Jail under a bond o f $100,000. He has been released on bond. Shurley was the manager of an Indiantown ranch known as Pine Ridge Plantation, which is owned b y Dave Rorabeck of Lake Worth. When Shurley went to work at the ranch, he managed 246 cows for the ranch. According to MCSO arrest documents from Jan. 10, 2012, until Aug. 28, 2013, Shurley stole a total o f 175 cows and calves then sold them at the Okeechobee Livestock Market and the Arcadia Stockyard on 22 separate occasions. Shurley, stated those arrest documents, made $102,802.78 from the sale of the animals. The cows were apparently sold under the name Local man accused of cattle theftSee CATTLE — Page 5 Judson M. Shurley


Gary Monroe is the featured guest speaker at the 28th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival, which is being held at Highl ands Hammock State Park, 5931 Hammock R oad, Sebring, Fla. The festival will run f rom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 013. Mr. Monroe will present “The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Lands cape Painters” at 1 p.m. in the park’s recrea tion hall.The program is sponsored by the F lorida Humanities Council with funding f rom the Florida Department of State, Divis ion of Cultural Affairs. Mary Ann Carroll, Al B lack, Kelvin Hair and others will be exhibi ting and selling paintings. Lisa Stone of Lisa S tone Arts, who promotes contemporary s outhern artists, will be exhibiting and selli ng vintage Highwaymen works. The lecture is free of charge. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle (up to 8 p eople). Other CCC Festival highlights inc lude CCC history, an antique car show, M ountain Dan Chainsaw Artist (Frankie F lowers), traditional frame quilting and ant ique quilt display, Python Hunter Greg Graz iani and reptile exhibit, Cracker Cowboy P oet Hank Mattson, tram rides, children’s a ctivities, and the Sebring Model Railroaders. Featured folk and bluegrass bands Back P orch Revival, Wiregrass, Roadside Revue, a nd Grant Livingston will provide live entert ainment all day.The HighwaymenThe “Open Road” is quintessential to the A merican Experience. Long celebrated in A merican culture, it is indelibly stamped in the American psyche and springs forth from the American landscape. From Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road to Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, the democracy of open spaces and adventure of cross-country journeys de ne the American character. The open road beckons irresistibly with the promise of freedom, unbounded optimism, and wild abandon. One of the most triumphant and uplifting road stories is the tale of the Highwaymen, a group of young, African-American artists from Ft. Pierce who painted stylized picture postcard landscapes in uenced by preeminent landscape artist A. E. (Bean) Backus. Although the Highwaymen have achieved legendary status, they remain unknown to many people. When art acquisition agent Jim Fitch began researching the paintings in the mid 1990s, he referred to these largely self-taught artists as “highwaymen” because they traveled Florida highways and back roads, selling paintings from the trunks of their cars. Gary Monroe, author of the seminal book, “The Highwaymen: Florida’s AfricanA merican Landscape Painters,” identi es 26 painters as First Generation Highwaymen. They include Harold Newton, who was already selling door-to-door and Alfred Hair, a protg of Backus, who became the catalyst for the group. Hair, equally deft with brush and palette knife, painted quickly and intuitively. Driven to make money, he devised a system of mass production by working on multiple boards. Super salesman Al Black and others w ould then stack them in the trunks before the paint had dried, hit the road and pitch them to hotels, banks, restaurants, lawyers and medical professionals, homeowners, and the occasional tourist. This loosely af liated group overcame enormous social and economic obstacles of a then highly segregated Jim Crow South. By perfecting techniques to turn out paintings quickly and sell them outside of traditional art galleries, they carved out a unique niche, earning a living and escaping the drudgery of labor in Ft. Pierce’s orange groves and packing houses. Thousands of paintings were sold during the 1950s, 1960s, and the early 1970s. It has been estimated that 100,000 to 200,000 paintings were executed. With the passing of time and changing tastes, their works were removed and consigned to attics, closets, thrift stores, garages and yard sales. The painters fell into obscurity and were largely unknown until 1994, when Mr. Fitch wrote about them. A great deal of publicity followed. Mr. Monroe’s book spawned great interest. Articles appeared in the New York Times and other papers. Radio broadcasts and documentaries were produced. Avid art collectors and antique dealers uncovered lost paintings and sought out the artists, who had now reemerged as the Highwaymen. Paintings which originally sold for $25 to $50, now sold for several hundred to several thousand dollars. Through his lectures and books Gary Monroe has taken the Highwaymen tale on the road and works to ensure their story is known. He successfully nominated the Highwaymen to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004. Mr. Monroe’s fourth book on Mary Ann Carroll, the only woman in the group, is now at University Press of Florida. Highwaymen paintings are characterized by intense, vibrant color, red-orange sunsets and soft pastel dawns, verdant greens, stormy skies, solitary pines, spiraling clouds, breaking waves, wind-swept beaches, bending palms, moss-covered oaks and cypress trees, bright tropical foliage, and rivers, sloughs, and inlets re ecting silvery moonlight. Whether the artists are painting black tea swamp waters or brilliant ocean blues, the elements of light, season, time of day and weather are foremost. They mastered mixing oils so the paintings glisten and an inner glow radiates. There must surely be a thousand shades of blues and greens in that Al Black. The play of sunlight on a dock warms up the cold pink dawn in a Mary Ann Carroll. Willie Daniel’s sinuous, serpentine oaks dance, twist, and braid. Their in uence has been felt, so much so that other Florida artists have been inspired to create works in their style in homage. The 1950s are often characterized as bland, but beneath the placid veneer, boundary-breaking art, music, and theater were taking place. Jazz took a decidedly cool turn and Miles Davis would change the sound of the trumpet. West Side Story would change Broadway. At 29, Lorraine Hansberry would be the rst black playwright to win a New York City Critic’s Circle Award for “A Raisin in the Sun.” Civil Rights would march forward and mark the beginning of the end of Jim Crow. Bob Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind” would become a 1960s anthem. While New York Abstract Expressionists argued in Greenwich Village’s Cedar Tavern, Bohemian Beanie Backus held late-night jazz parties and kept his studio door open to all, especially to that group of young, gifted, black artists who were quietly breaking boundaries and making history in Ft. Pierce, Fla. They would create the Indian River regional school of painting and they would preserve forever vanishing Florida landscapes. Nearly everyday, I take a ride with the Highwaymen when driving Florida’s back roads, and if the light is right, there is a Willie Daniels, here is a Harold Newton or an Al Hair… over there a Roy McLendon. Wind blowing, tires humming, black clouds roiling, cicadas buzzing. This is their legacy. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Nov. 1ST Thurs., Nov. 7THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “BAD GRANDPA”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “ FREE BIRDS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “LAST VEGAS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG R PG-13 2 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013 Today: Partly cloudy. High of 90F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 70F. Winds less than 5 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 86F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Saturday Night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 57F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Sunday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 77F. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low of 63F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Sebring park hosting Highwaymen lecture


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Obamacare As a licensed insurance agent, who is no longer in the business, I can disclose to you, t he TRUTH about the ACA “Obamacare”! All t he problems today with healthcare.gov, has t o do with ONLY 7 percent of the insurance market! The Employer Mandate, delayed for one year, deals with about 80 percent plus of t he insurance market. The problems you are hearing about today, will be 10 plus times w orse next year. This system IS a government takeover. The current administration DOES want this system to FAIL. Their goal is for a “single payer” system.Pulling a gun If you pull a gun and point it at a cop, t hat cop has every reason to believe that you are going to try to kill him and that is justi c ation for him to shoot you. You don’t point a gun at someone unless you intend to use it. It is never considered a joke. Everyone s hould know that.Stray cats In regard to the story about someone s hooting stray cats, in a way I can understand it because when cats walk all over your car and leave footprints it gets really annoying. But if you shoot a cat, make sure it is dead, and is not suffering. Leaving any wounded animal to suffer is just cruel and wrong.  I wish the county would do something about all of the stray dogs and cats that are j ust dumped and left to fend for themselves. T here should be a law with a big ne for anyone who is caught dumping an animal. If you don’t want the animal, take it to the animal shelter. I think they even have cages y ou can leave the animals in if you come w hen they are not open. Don’t just dump it on the side of the road and make other people deal with it. Do the right thing and t ake that unwanted dog or cat to the animal c ontrol shelter. November 1, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Blood donors neededIn advance of the upcoming Eighth Annual Okeechobee 600 Blood Roundup to be held at the Freshman Campus on Nov. 16-17, I will write stories of how donations of blood save people’s lives. For past Roundups, I have sent in stories about my mother and father. Just recently, my sister Debbie Cogswell who lives in Raymond, N.H., recounted her harrowing medical emergency and how she attributes her survival in no small part to the donated blood she received and two strangers whom she calls her angels. This is her story: “It was a cold and snowy night in Bradford, Mass. on Nov. 11, 1976. I woke up in the middle of the night with a stomach ache and assumed it was food poisoning since I had eaten at a fast food restaurant that evening. The pain became so excruciating that I knew I needed to get to the hospital quickly; however, my car was not working so I could not drive myself and I did not have a telephone so I could not call for help. The only way I could get to the Hale Hospital in Haverhill, Mass. was by walking. Hunched over in pain, I got about halfway across the bridge over the Merrimack River between Bradford and Haverhill when a red car with two young men in it stopped and asked me if I needed a ride. I gratefully said, “Yes” and they dropped me at the ER entrance of the hospital. After being examined by the medical staff, I was sent home from the ER not once but twice that same day because they could not determine what was wrong with me. All they gave me was a handful of pain pills. The pills did nothing for the pain, so a friend who was helping me drove me back to the hospital. When I got into the ER the third time, I told the medical personnel that there was something terribly wrong with me and I was not leaving. At rst, the surgeon was hesitant to perform exploratory surgery because of a severe respiratory infection that required intensive breathing treatments be administered before they could give me anesthesia. My abdomen became extremely distended and painful and, when the exploratory surgery nally began, gangrene due to a ruptured appendix began spurting out of the small laparoscopic incision initially made in my abdomen by the surgeon. I spent two weeks in the hospital with that ruptured appendix. During that time, I had tubes entering and exiting my body: IVs in both arms, blood transfusions, morphine pump, nasogastric tube, catheter and a sump pump in my abdomen to get rid of the gangrene. I was really scared when a priest was called into my room to perform the Last Rites ritual. If it had not been for the two strangers — my angels — in the red car, the hospital staff, and the people who donated the blood that I received during my ordeal, I do not believe I would be alive today to tell this story. Unfortunately, I cannot donate blood due to Hepatitis B antigens in my blood, but I do want to take this opportunity to thank the generous and thoughtful blood donors in the world; without their gift of life — blood — millions of people would not survive their medical emergencies.” Why do I take the time and make the effort to write stories about people whose lives were saved by donated blood? In my own family, three people lived because many people took the time and made the effort to donate blood. My sister Debbie’s miraculous recovery was due in part to donated blood. My mother, diagnosed with autoimmune hemolytic anemia, received 50 units of donated blood over a 14-month period to replace red blood cells destroyed by her own body; she succumbed to her disease in 2007 before doctors could determine the root cause of the anemia. My dad, who in 1971 received 17 units of donated blood over a two-week period to replace his own blood lost because of perforated stomach ulcers, is still alive and doing well at 82. Please take the time and make the effort to donate blood at the 8th Annual Okeechobee 600 Blood Roundup; somebody will be extremely thankful that you did. This year’s theme is the “Okeechobee 600” where we are racing to save lives with a goal of 600 units of life-saving blood 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 attend the NASCAR event and, therefore, be 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 The sh are biting!As was written on the rst page of a recent newspaper, Okeechobee’s beloved lake will have many shing tournaments to boost and impact the economy here due to the number of shermen, support staff, spectators, etc., spending money. YIPPEE! Now, rst of all, I am not an economics major, a scientist, a member of the TDC, not a banker, and not a sherman (that is for sure). I can barely name one kind of sh. The question on my mind is this. Over on the coast lately in the news and tearing up our Facebook pages and calling for the governor’s attention, are more articles and stories concerning how Lake Okeechobee waters are polluting the waterways over on the east side of the state. Isn’t this the same water where the tournaments are being held?? Please tell me, how can the water be polluted for some and a gold mine for others? Is this being blown out of proportion?? Is this a “ shy” story?? I just don’t get it. On the east side they are complaining about the water putting them out of business, no shing, no boating, can’t swim, etc. Now, two weeks later, we are informed the shing is going to be GREAT! So, did we over chlorinate the water to make it safe?? Did we run it down stream to purify it more. Exactly what is the difference between the water now and then? I’d love to know, as I am just a curious person, reading a story that is totally different from what I have heard from the Jupiter area. Thank you, Bobbi Poole Editor’s note: As reported throughout the summer in this newspaper, the shing has been very good on Lake Okeechobee. According to Dr. Dan Can eld at the Universit y of Florida, the problem in the coastal estuaries was caused by too much freshwater lowering the salinity levels. Dr. Can eld disputed the idea that the water is “polluted.” Lake Okeechobee is eutrophic — the water is high in the nutrients that make plants grow — but that does not hurt the freshwater sheries, as evidenced by the photos of big bass caught by local anglers. Debbie Cogswell and Don Cogswell.


the speci c purposes of developing, using, operating, maintaining and administrating a non-pro t rehabilitation and education facility ... ." If the facility's doors are locked and there are no clients, then it is apparently not ful lling its speci c purpose. Information was released Oct. 16 that three state agencies the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Division of Insurance Fraud all had open investigations into the running of the facility. The APD also stated on that date that they w ill cut off the facility's Medicaid funding effective Nov. 15. As a result of that information being released, as well as other complaints, the facility's executive director Nancy Zeigler, director of marketing Jeannie Bramlett and her husband Paul Bramlett, who transported clients, have been placed on leave. "They are on administrative leave without pay, pending an investigation," said Isidoro Sid' Estrada, chairman of the facility's board of directors, Thursday afternoon. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Mr. Estrada announced that Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper will be joining the facility's board. Together, along with other board members, they hope to get the Medicaid funding reinstated and the facility back on its feet. "We want to get it back in the black. One promise I can make, it will be run honestly and openly," said Mr. Culpepper. "What we can do ourselves, we're going to do ourselves." He went on to say that his joining the board has nothing to do with the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners, and that it is "completely independent of the county commission." The commissioner said both he and Mr. Estrada will work without pay and try to get all of the facility's debts settled. It has been learned the facility owes the Okeechobee Utility Authority $3,400.54; The Alarm Company of Okeechobee $700; and, is being sued by Creech Construction for $154,831.34, which the company alleges it is owed for the costs, labor, services and materials on the facility's building at 403 N.W. Second Ave. Creech Construction has also led a mechanic's lien against the county-owned building. Mr. Culpepper said the board will try to negotiate a settlement with the construction company. "Whatever it takes we want to make it right," he said. He went on to say the facility's attorney, Colin M. Cameron, will le an appeal with the state in an effort to restore its Medicaid funding. But, according to an APD spokeswoman, that may not be easy. "They would need to apply to become a provider through AHCA (Agency for Healthcare Administration), then apply to be a waiver provider. Just because they have a new board does not mean they will be approved," said APD Communications Director Melanie Etters. Ms. Etters went on to say even if Mrs. Zeigler and Mrs. Bramlett are no longer working at the facility, that will not affect her agency's investigation. While its not known the entire nature of APD's probe, it is known that part of the investigation stems from the facility's hiring practices namely, the hiring of convicted felons. It has been discovered that Mrs. Bramlett, along with facility receptionist Glenda Renee Certain, are both convicted felons. Mr. Estrada explained that Ms. Certain was assigned to the facility by an employment organization and was paid by that organization. He said she will likely be reassigned. As for the Department of Agriculture's probe, spokesperson Erin Gillespie con rmed it is still open and ongoing. Mrs. Gillespie said they are investigating Mrs. Zeigler and the facility because they did not register with that state agency prior to soliciting contributions from the public. "Solicitors of contributions must register with the agency every year," said Mrs. Gillespie, in an earlier interview. "The group (Okeechobee Rehab) was not previously registered at all." Regional Captain Vance Akins also corroborated that the Division of Insurance Fraud's investigation is continuing. "If there are any criminal violations, it (Mrs. Zeigler's suspension) will not alter our investigation," he said. He declined to elaborate on the nature of that investigation. It has also been learned that as of March 3, 2012, the local facility lost its af liation with the Florida Arc because it had not paid its dues and was told that it could no longer refer to itself as The Arc. Several telephone calls seeking comment were made to Mrs. Zeigler, but none were ever returned. Still, with all of this facing them, both Mr. Estrada and Mr. Culpepper vowed to get the facility back to running as it was intended. That includes nding an outside rm to do a complete audit, and to get the local facility back under the umbrella of the Florida Arc. "Fifty years of community service is something to think about," said Mr. Estrada, referring to how long the facility has been open. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Some newspapers seem to take pleasure in the bad news. Not us. We do print badŽ news. (It IS newsworthy when things go wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.) Still, we give most of our attention to good news the kind you clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isnt difficult. The vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.) How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013 of Shurley's company, Okapilco Out tters, LLC. Those arrest reports also indicate that Shurley took sod from the ranch, then sold it and kept the pro ts. A records check indicates that Shurley is slated to be in circuit court in Okeechobee County on Nov. 11 following his arrest earlier this year on ve felony counts of failure to return leased property. Those charges were apparently led May 30, 2013. Records also show that Shurley, a former member of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce auxiliary, entered into a plea deal with the state in June of 2011 and was found guilty of one felony count of battery on a law enforcement of cer and a misdemeanor count of battery. Those charges stemmed from an Aug. 19, 2010, incident at a local night spot. While OCSO deputies were investigating a situation at that bar, Shurley grabbed Deputy Joe Gracie by the arm and jerked the deputy toward him, stated arrest reports. Deputy Gracie pulled away from Shurley's grasp and cautioned the man not to grab him at which point Shurley yelled an expletive at Deputy Gracie. Shurley was then placed under arrest. Shurley reportedly told the court at his plea hearing that he would surrender his law enforcement certi cation. However, a check of OCSO records showed that he has never been a certi ed law enforcement of cer and only had an auxiliary certi cate. Shurley became a member of the OCSO auxiliary in May of 2006 and was terminated Oct. 23, 2009, indicated OCSO records. CATTLEContinued From Page 1 REHABContinued From Page 1 Peace Lutheran Quilters to host Christmas BazaarThe Peace Lutheran Church Quilters will host their Fifth Annual Quilt and Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 16. It is from 8 a.m. -until 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Peace Lutheran Church. Breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee will be available and the church youth will serve lunch. Local craft vendors will display and sell Christmas ornaments, jewelry, plants, paintings, baby gifts, tree skirts, handbags and more. There will be a bake sale and a big "white elephant" sale. The Peace Quilters will have many handmade quilts of all sizes for sale and two lovely quilts will be given away. Tickets are available at the bazaar. For information, call Dottie at 863-532-8100.Breast Cancer bene t walk planned for Nov. 16The inaugural "you will never walk alone" Breast Cancer Bene t and walk for Deborah Brock will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, in Flagler Park across from Zippy's from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The bene t will start with a 2-mile walk and activities in the park will follow. There will be a barbecue chicken dinner for sale for a $10 donation. For information, call Kim at 863-623-8840 or Shannon at 863-801-7189.Republicans plan grand opening of new of ceThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County will facilitate a Grand Opening at the Okeechobee Of ce for the Republican Party on Monday, Nov. 18, from 5 until 7 p.m. The Republican Party's new location is 1126 S. Parrott Ave. in the White House Plaza. There will be refreshments, a ribbon cutting and a chance to meet your representative. For information, e-mail info@okeechobeebusiness.com; or, call 863-467-6246.


Eagles offer steak dinnerF.O.E. Aerie 4137, North Eagles, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will serve ribeye steak dinners from 6 until 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 Entertainment w ill be by Flash. Saturday, Nov. 2, ve-card bingo starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, bingo starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, bingo starts at 5:30 p.m. Bring a friend or the entire family and enjoy yourselves! Don't forget the yard sale at the Aerie on Saturday, Nov. 2 starting at 10 a.m. Proceeds go to support the various charities of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Call 863-763-2552 for information.Moose Lodge hosting dinnerOn Saturday, Nov. 2 Okeechobee Moose Lodge #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th St., will serve Reuben sandwiches, cole slaw, chips and pickle for a donation of $5. Dinner will be served from 5 until 7 p.m. with Karaoke by D&K from 6 until 9 p.m. Proceeds go tow ards Moose Charities.Eagles plan yard saleAerie 4137 North Eagles, 9985 U.S. 441 N., is having a huge yard sale Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be designer clothing, shoes and handbags, along w ith cookware and equipment for yard and home. Also included will be a bake sale and ve-card bingo starts at 5:30 p.m. Monies go to the FOE community fund.DAR to meet at libraryThe Okeechobee Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet Saturday, Nov. 2 at the library. The library opens at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m. If you have a patriot in your family, you are invited.Eastern Star planning 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. and will feature Hawaiian, Polynesian and Asian cuisine avors at both seatings. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased from any Chapter member. Seating is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door. Contact Neicha Spiller at 863357-7084 or Mary Ann Holt at 863-763-5210 for information or to order tickets.Class of ‘94 reunion slatedThe Okeechobee High School Class of 1994 reunion is planned for Saturday, Nov. 2 at the KOA from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For information, contact Holly Branch Young at 863-634-8262.Church hosts special guestsOkeechobee Church of God, at 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will host Loving Hands ministry/singers at the Morning Worship service beginning at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 3 Everyone is welcome. Come for fellowship, prayer, healing and salvation. For information call Reverend Mark Smith at 863-763-4127. Okeechobee Church of God will also host Adam Crabb, gospel singer/minister with The Crabb Family Singers, at the Sunday evening worship service beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 3. Everyone is welcome. For information, call Rev. Smith at 863-763-4127.Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dinning room patrons.Next sit & sew is Nov. 5The next ConKerr Cancer sit & sew will be Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and child-friendly cotton fabric and sew with the other ladies in our community who want to make a difference to a sick child. We will be starting holiday pillowcases to be distributed to St. Mary's, Palms West and Lakeside hospitals. There will be Christmas-themed pillowcase kits available to be sewn at this meeting. For information, call Joan at 863-467-0290.Hospice to host 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. Donation are accepted daily.Craft Fair set for Nov. 9The Craft Fair in the Woods will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 S.E. For information or to become a vendor, call 863763-9800.Church plans car showA car and motorcycle show will be held on Friday, Nov. 23 at the Fountain of Life Church, at 1302 S.W. 32nd St. There will be bounce houses, cornhole games, live music and so much more. A $5 entry fee will be collected and all proceeds go to the Real Life Children's Ranch. For more information, call 863-763-8945 or 863-801-1297. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Kim Bradford Turner, 61OKEECHOBEE Kim Bradford Turner died Oct. 26, 2013. He was born March 15, 1952. He is survived by his wife, Karen Turner o f Okeechobee; son, Scott Turner (Jo Anna) o f Wintersprings; step-son, Bill Hauenstein (Marilu); step-daughter, Karry Smith (CJ) all of Okeechobee; and two grandchildren. No services will be held at this time. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972.Vera Imogene Nettles Suggs, 86OKEECHOBEE Mrs. Vera Imogene Nettles Suggs age 86, of Starke passed away at her home, Friday, October 25, 2013. Mrs. Suggs was born on May 13, 1927 in Deland to the late Ralph and Ruby (Miller), and was raised in Bradford County. She was of the Christian Faith and a waitress. Her hobbies included reading, crocheting, playing on her Ipad, watching wrestling, and being with her family. Preceding Mrs. Suggs in death were two grandsons, Michael Shane Martin and Donald Iottis Martin. Survivors are her three daughters, Glenda MartinMoore, husband Garry of Hawthorne, Judy Adams of Starke, and Paula Langkau, husband Gregor y Martin of Lawtey. Also left behind are three grandchildren, Lora Ingles, husband Harley, Misty Melvin, Christopher Langkau, wife Danielle; eight great grandchildren, Joshua Shane Martin, Kristopher Greene, Kurtis Melvin, Kevin Melvin, Tristan Langkau, Jayde Langkau, Rebecca Langkau, Brantle y Langkau' and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 in the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe Cemetery. Arrangements are by JONES-GALLAGHER FUNERAL HOME, 620 Nona St. Starke, FL 32091. 904-964-6200 www.jonesgallagherfh.comLeonard ‘Sam’ William Knoche, 84OKEECHOBEE Leonard "Sam" William Knoche went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 29, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 19, 1928 in Cumberland, Md. He held many jobs throughout his life, including the B & O and the Kelly Spring eld. He had many hobbies including his love of cars. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee where he was a greeter and was involved with the bus ministry many years ago. He came to Okeechobee from Maryland in 1986. Mr. Knoche was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Knoche and Laura A. Engle; his son, John; his sister, Nova M. and John Lotz and her previous husband, James Shanholtz; and a very special niece, Sharon and her husband, Earl Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Sara-Kay Knoche; son, James William Knoche (Justina) of Okeechobee; daughters, Debra Flynn (Mike) of Hagerstown, Md., Korrine McCutcheon (Brandy Phennicie) of Fort Ashby, WV and Starla Dawn Appel (Randy) of Cumberland, Md.; previous wife and mother of his children, Eleanor Knoche; stepdaughter, Sara E. "Betsy" Richard (Mark "Floyd") of McDonald, Pa.; eleven grandchildren, James C. Knoche, Tecia A. Norton, Michael S. Flynn, Bryan C. Flynn, Krista D. Swan, John R. McCutcheon, Brooke N. Self, S. Joshua Self, D. Zachary Whetzel, Nathan Richard and Zachary Richard; fteen great grandchildren; brothers, David Knoche (Debbie) of Short Gap, West Virginia and Doug Knoche (Mary) of Chantilly, Virginia. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee with Pastor Huckabee, Pastor Mark McCarter and Bobby White of ciating. A memorial and graveside service for Leonard will be held in Cumberland, MD will follow. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236


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BRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION — It will be time to turn down the lights and turn up the fun when Seminole Casino Brighton stages the all-new “Party Glow in the Dark Bingo” on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and Tuesday, Nov. 19. With up to $1,500 in cash prizes available, the two evenings (each starts at 7 p.m.) w ill offer endless excitement and a chance to party wrapped in glow products. Attendees will be able dance the night away with DJ Mike handling the tunes. To be sure, this is not your same old bingo — there will be plenty of player interaction and side games for prizes. And, multiple winner games will be decided by dance off competitions. It’s highly recommended to bring friends to cheer on your favorites. Door Packs are only $10 and include everything one needs for a night of glow-in-thedark fun.About Seminole Casino BrightonSeminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 419 slot and gaming machines, live action blackjack e-tables, a six-table poker room, and high-stakes bingo action, and Josiah, a full-service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly staff, ultra-modern air-conditioning system, clean atmosphere, and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big-city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. Seminole Casino Brighton is located in the Brighton Indian Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, in Glades County, 34974. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998 or visit www. seminolebrightoncasino.com. Seminole Casino Brighton to host ‘Party Glow in the Dark Bingo’ 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Now In Stock Your Winter Supplement Feeds for Cattle A T T E N T I O N : F A R M E R S & R A N C H E R S Protein Blocks, Energy Blocks, All Natural Blocks, Round Bales, Liquid Feed... Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy. 98 N., Okeechobee 9 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the v ictim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. “This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country. We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves. Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license rev ocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the rst IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail. Other characteristics of this scam include:  Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.  Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.  Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.  Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.  Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.  After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:  If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-8291040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue — if there really is such an issue.  If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.  If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint. Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS. The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or nancial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social medi a channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar con dential access information for credit card, bank or other nancial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov. More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov. You can reblog the IRS tax scam alert vi a Tumblr. IRS warns people of a pervasive telephone scam Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition 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.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For more information, contact 863.763.3134 email ”bizsearch@newszap.com 10 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013 Courtesy photo/ OCSOHalloween spiritOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employees — (left to right) Human Resources Director Mariah Anuez, Nurse Cathy Keck, Civil/UCR Clerk Amy Fisher, Nurse Donna Watson and Civil Supervisor Ronda Butler — showed their Halloween spirit on Thursday. Special to the Okeechobee NewsHospital hosts pumpkin patch(Above and below) Nearly 150 children enjoyed Raulerson Hospital’s Pumpkin Patch Party on Oct. 26. They loved choosing and decorating a miniature pumpkin of their very own and learning that hospitals aren’t a scary place to go when you need help.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 specialsections. newszap.com View all of our special sections online! FAMILY MEDICINE W hen you are sick or need to see a doctor, you likely do not feel or act like your normal healthy self. Whether you are experiencing fatigue, dizziness, nausea, or a host of other symptoms, Having a Primary Care Provider is important, even if you are healthyyour ability to thoroughly communicate about your condition and comprehend the doctors medical advice may be compromised. This is just one reason why it is bene“cial to have an existing relationship with a Primary Care Provider, before you actually need one. Another bene“t to having an existing relationship with a Primary Care Provider is having a baseline point of reference for your physical health (for example your weight, cholesterol & blood pressure). This knowledge, as well as you and your familys medical history, can help promote an accurate diagnosis and help proactively monitor patients risk factors. Generally a patients overall comfort level and con“dence in their physician is increased when the patient has an existing relationship with the physician. With this increased con“dence, comes trust. When patients know and trust their physician (vs. meeting the physician for the “rst time when they are sick or need healthcare) patients can more easily and openly communicate ALL of their health and wellness concerns. Certainly patient outcomes bene“t when physicians have the whole picture of their patients health. One of the reasons people give for not proactively seeing a doctor is their lack of time. If you think you are too busy to have your cholesterol levels checked, just imagine how your schedule will be affected if you suffer a heart attack? Another reason people give for not visiting a doctor annually is that they are worried about what the doctor, lab results or a screening may reveal. Ignorance is not bliss, when it comes to your health. Studies have shown that early detection and treatment are critical to a successful outcome, whether the diagnosis is breast cancer, diabetes or heart disease. A very popular reason for many people to avoid scheduling a wellness visit is uncertainty regarding the cost and how to pay for the visit. Yet, many insurances, as well as Medicare, often include an annual wellness visit in their bene“ts. Contact your insurance provider to learn if annual wellness visits are included in your health plan. If you have a healthcare question or need help “nding a doctor, Raulerson Hospital provides a free 24/7 ConsultA-Nurse hotline: 863-763-9228 CANCER? 15 Minute chat with Dr. Kumar, at no charge, to discuss Advanced Treatment options personalized just for you.Limited Appointments. CALL NOW 863-467-9500Big Lake Cancer Center1115 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Exceeding patients expectations~ every day!Ž RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS 11 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013 November is full of events for you to get to know your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment! Mark the following dates in your calendar. A Power Networking Breakfast is on Nov. 7, at Brown Cow Sweetery from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Have you ever heard of those people w ho go to the grocery store and buy all their groceries for a week and spend $10? W ouldn’t you like to be one of those people? Join the Chamber for the Coupon Class which will be held on Nov. 13, from 5-7 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, there will be a cost of $5 for the materials y ou will receive during the class. Into the third week of November—this week is going to be crazy! On Monday, Nov. 18, there are two events:  Grand Opening of the Republican Party of Okeechobee County starting at 5 p.m. at the new of ce located in the White House Plaza, 1126 S. Parrott Ave. There will be a ribbon cutting, refreshments, and a chance to meet your Representative Dr. Cary Pigman and other local and state dignitaries.  The Chamber along with Dr. Sweda’s Of ce (Doctor’s Clinic Family Health Center, LLC) will host a FREE seminar on Diabetes Please join them from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Chamber will hold its Business After Hours at Beef O’Brady’s to network with fellow merchants, business associates and community partners. There is a cover charge of $5 for members and $10 for non-members. On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the Chamber will again host a seminar, this time on Senior-Care; with speakers from Grand Oaks and The VNA, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber. On Thursday, Nov. 21, a Concealed Weapons Class will take place at the Chamber of Commerce from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $40 and you must be paid and registered before the class. That will conclude the chamber events for this month; however, we encourage you to check out our community calendar at www.okeechobeebusiness.com for more events as they become available in the community and at the chamber. Please remember to RSVP for each of the above events to reserve your spot. If you are interested in SPONSORING any of the chamber events, please contact Mariah at 863-4676246 or info@okeechobeebusiness.com. I look forward to seeing you at our events!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families from the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County! Antoinette Rodriguez executive director 863-467-6246 antoinette@okeechobeebusiness. com Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County November Happenings


One common complaint from people w ho don’t like movie or stage musicals is that it just seems bizarre to them when characters suddenly burst into song at the strangest times. A way to silence that complaint might be to have a person who adored, and most importantly—understood—the genre to serve as a friendly guide. This is one of the endearing qualities of the Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” w hich opens Friday evening for a ve-performance run. The guide is there, watching the show along with the audience, to help explain and to comment on the action on stage. His comments, in fact, comprise many of the comic parts of this unusual and extremely funny play. For example, “Everything always works out in musicals,” he says. “In the real world nothing ever works out and the only people who burst into song are the hopelessly deranged.” “The Drowsy Chaperone” never takes itself seriously as it tells the story of a girl who is the toast of Broadway as she plans to give up her enormously successful career on the stage to marry a man she hardly knows. A spoof of the musicals of the 1920s, it includes some of the catchiest songs to come out of a musical show in decades. As a result, it won the award for Best Musical Score among the ve Broadway Tony Awards it received when it premiered in New York in 2006. The OCT has gone to great lengths to make the show a stand-out as it celebrates its 35th year of producing live comedies, dramas and musicals for Okeechobee audiences. A cast of 16 talented performers have been rehearsing for more than two months to prepare. The full orchestral accompaniment provided by the Utah-based company The MT Pit will rival that of the original Broadway production. In addition, costumes for the show are being provided by a supplier for professional theatres throughout the world. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 as well as Nov. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon matinee on Nov. 9. The theatre is located on the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, S.W. Second Avenue at Seventh Street, one block west of Golden Corral Restaurant. Advance reserved seat tickets to “The Drowsy Chaperone” are just $12, and are on sale at the of ce of the Pennysaver, in Suite 316 of the Plaza 300 Building, in the 300 block of N.W. Fifth Street in Okeechobee. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the theatre box of ce beginning one hour before performance times. For information, call 863-763-1307; or, visit the theatre website at www.okeechobeecommunitytheatre.com. Community theatre’s ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ opens Nov. 1 As daylight saving time ends Nov. 2 and A mericans set their clocks back one hour, it’s a time when many diligent folks change the batteries in their home smoke detectors. And with plenty of holiday cooking around the corner, Waste Management of Okeechobee uses the occasion to remind its communities that proper disposal and recycling of electronics and batteries is easy and the right thing to do. “With that extra hour, you have the gift of time to ensure a safe and delicious holiday season,” Teresa Chandler, community relations of Waste Management said. “It’s important to check your home smoke detection devices before the holiday cooking begins, and it’s just as important to properly handle and recycle batteries and smoke detectors that are no longer in use.” “Some types of batteries contain toxic constituents, such as mercury and cadmium,” Ms. Chandler said. “Batteries and electronic products do not belong in the trash.” Many states have regulations in place requiring battery recycling. They can be brought to a sanctioned place and there are mail-in programs too. Waste Management of Okeechobee accepts batteries at its drop off location at the Okeechobee Land ll. For information on batteries, including relevant legislation, industry initiatives and publications, folks can visit EPA’s Common Wastes and Materials Battery at http://www. epa.gov/wastes/conserve/tools/stewardship/products/batteries. Batteries and smoke detectors should never be placed in a household recycling bin. In addition, smoke alarms and detectors contain small amounts of radioactive waste, and should only be handled by an electronics recycling plant. EPA has an informative section on smoke detectors. Visit http://www.epa.gov/radtown. Waste Management offers residents a way to recycle electronics with its Think Green From Home program through which it offers electronics recycling kits to recycle anything from batteries to TV sets. Kits can be ordered online and once full, can be shipped with the return label attached and pre-paid shipping. “We would like to remind people that any electronic, like an old TV, computer screen or radio, needs to be taken to a recycling plant for disposal, rather than be placed on the curb or thrown in the trash,” said Chandler. “In many electronics, cadmium and lead are commonly found. Even old cell phones shouldn’t be tossed in the trash; they should be donated or recycled. Recycle batteries, devices as Daylight Savings ends 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: € Adult & Pediatric Urology € Bladder & Kidney Infections € Impotence/Implants € No Scalpel Vasectomy 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 Available Now!The 2013 – 2014 Medical Information Guidespecialsections.newszap.com 12 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsJames Garner as the “Man in the Chair” helps lead the audience through the recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone” with his explanations and comments in this show-within-a-show being performed by the Okeechobee Community Theatre.


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Suite F, Okeechobee, FL Caring Evaluation and Treatment of Women’s Health IssuesD. J B• Laparoscopy Hysterectomy • Urogynecology • Pelvic Prolapse • Minimally Invasive Surgery • Infertility • Hysteroscopy • Menstrual Abnormalities • Endometriosis • Urinary Incontinence • Loss of Libido • Sterilization • Menopausal Disorders Accepting New Patients863-763-8000RaulersonGyn.com e national event Small Business SaturdayŽ will be occurring on November 30. e Okeechobee News will feature a Salute to Small Business section inside the Holiday Traditions section, publishing November 27 and the Friday, November 29 edition of our paper. is section will also be online all year long at orida.newszap.com You may elect to run your ad in either the Holiday Traditions publication or the Friday edition of the Okeechobee News, or both Call today for details! 863.763.3134 Space reservation and copy deadline: November 18th 13 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsOkeechobee hosts Jensen Beach (3-5) for their homecoming celebration tonight at Brahman Stadium looking for their second w in of the year. Okeechobee (1-7) will face a team with a strong passing attack this year. Quarterback A lex Ogle has completed nearly 49 percent of his throws for 1,529 yards and 10 scores this year. The top receivers this year include J ean Alexis with 19 receptions for 463 yards, Chris Favaroso with 16 catches for 224 yards and Nico Sawtelle with 15 receptions for 170 y ards. Their run game has not been as productive. Christian East is the top rusher with 326 yards, 3.5 yards per rush. Jensen Beach has defeated Forest Hill, 3026, South Fork 36-35, and Westwood 37-6. They have lost to Lake Worth 20-14, Jupiter 17-16, Heritage 44-10, Port St. Lucie 17-14, and Bayside 21-14. Top defenders for the Falcons include Sawtelle with 52 tackles and 66 assists, and 15 tackles for loss. Favaroso has 52 tackles for the Falcons. The Falcons have overcome a coaching change in the middle of the season and appear to be playing their best ball of the season. They have had two weeks to prepare for this game with a bye week last week. Okeechobee is led by senior tail back Adrian Minondo who has 880 yards rushing on the season, over 5.4 yards per carry. E.J. Neal is the top receiver threat with 16 receptions for 222 yards this year. Quarterback Cory Surls should be at full strength this week after battling a u bug. He has completed 35 percent of his throws for 277 yards this year. Brahman coach Chris Branham said Minondo will again be relied upon to provide offense for the team. He praised Minondo for his ne game last week against Bayside, 194 yards rushing. He said the team ran effectively against a state ranked team. He said his team continues to give a strong effort each week. "Our team is playing the best they can play. Don't rob those kids of that fact. Many of them were exhausted and had nothing left last week and had to be helped off the eld," he noted. He said the team might have a losing record but there are no losers on the Brahmans this year. "These kids play with every ounce of effort they have. They do their very best. They just come up short. To criticize them in any way is plain wrong. They are red up about this game and will be ready to go," he added. Branham said Jensen Beach will pass the ball effectively especially with two of his starters in the defensive back eld out with injury. On defense he described Sawtelle as a mad man' who is all over the eld. He said the match-up between the Okeechobee offensive line and the Jensen Beach defensive front and linebackers should be interesting to watch. Okeechobee will have Cody Walker back from injury tonight. Okeechobee has lost several key players for the season due to injury including defensive tackle Devon Wigfall. Defensive back Bubb a Fludd is also out tonight. Branham said he wants a large crowd tonight with a lot of energy and support. He said he was disappointed with the poor attendance at last week's game. "This is our team. This is our school. I urge fans to be there all year and give them support. We made our money off the gate and football is expensive. Go watch and enjoy the game and bring a friend with you," he added. The Okeechobee Touchdown Club will hold a dinner fundraiser before the game and will be located on the Brahman practice eld. Branham said he is proud that all of his players have at least a 2.5 grade point average this year. "Let's support these kids for their effort. I've been a Brahman for life, I owe my college education and my career to the Brahmans, lets support our team tonight," he noted. The Brahman Band will also perform at halftime. There is a charge for admission and parking. Brahmans host Falcons in Homecoming tilt


By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsAn Okeechobee man is being held on $100,000 bond after his arrest for allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover of cer during a local drug operation. Livan Ramos, 41, S.E. 10th Ave., was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 29, on felony charges of sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and possession of cocaine with the intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church. He is being held in the Okeechobee Count y Jail. An arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force indicated an undercover of cer taking part in the operation bought powder cocaine from Ramos. According to the report, the of cer purchased approximately 1 ounce of coke. The detective stated in the report that the substance purchased from Ramos was eld tested, and that test indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST EPISCOPALCHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 BAPTIST NON-DENOMINATIONAL Join us for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern Gospel favorites, and piano and bass duets on th St. (approx. 6 miles north on 441)Rev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. Southern Grace Will be Ministering In Song Join Us AtPoint of Light Fellowship 15399 Hwy 78, Lakeport Nov. 3rd ~ 10:30 amBBQ Potluck dinner will follow!Contact Teresa Woodham 863-227-4037southerngracemins.com Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2012-2013 Medical Information GuideFriday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, & Ultrasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensation We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.newszap.com R H H H R C S M. MEET YOURMerantsA Salute to Area Business Availae Oin specialsections. newszap.com Okeechobee NewsSunday, May 26, 2013Special Supplement to Okeechobee County 2013-2014 School Information Guide Featuring: Call to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 14 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013 Man reportedly sold coke to cop in drug operation Livan Ramos The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Joe Angel Morales, 21, N.E. Ave. K, Belle Glade, was arrested Oct. 29 by Of cer Belen Reyna on felony charges of aggravated assault (domestic) and child abuse without great bodily harm (two counts). His bond w as set at $15,000. Allissa Danielle Childs, 26, S.W. 13th W ay, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 29 by Deputy Mark Margerum on a felony charge of grand theft. She was released on her own recognizance. Michael Garcia, 32, S.E. 60th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 30 by Deputy Fred Bradley on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felonies of v iolation of probation driving while license suspended-habitual offender and violation of probation leaving the scene of an accident with injury, and the misdemeanor of v iolation of probation reckless driving. He is being held without bond. Cody Abram Lagrange, 25, N.E. 13th W ay, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 30 by Deputy Fred Bradley on an amended DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation dealing in stolen property and violation of probation giving false information to a secondary metals recycler. He is being held without bond. Paula Renee Cowels, 29, Loop Drive, Lorida, was arrested Oct. 30 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on Calhoun County warrants charging her with the felonies of failure to take out insurance policy clause and child abuse without great bodily harm. The warrants also charged her with the misdemeanors of reckless driving, driving while license suspended with knowledge, giving false information to a law enforcement of cer (two counts) and culpable negligence/ expose to harm (three counts). She is being held without bond. Tracy Wayne McKinney, 33, S.E. 74th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 31 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on DOC warrants charging him with the felonies of violation of probation grand theft and violation of probation uttering a forged instrument (11 counts). His bond was set at $30,000. 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. Okeechobee Arrest Report Pet of the WeekSchoder is a young neutered male Doxie looking for a home of his own. If you would like to adopt him, contact the Okeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue, 1203 Hwy. 98 N., 863-357-1104. Special to the Okeechobee News


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 *. Estate SaleESTATE SALE EVERYDAY 10/30-11/10 9:30AM 2:30PM SE 43RD TRACE IN KINGS BAY, TAKE 2ND RIGHT TO THE END OF THE STREET AT CUL-DE-SAC Garage/ Yard SalesThrift Store Sale Sat. Nov. 2nd 8:00am? 105 NE 14th Ave off 70. Building behind old Apple Crate. Furniture,knick knacks too much to list! We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Garage/ Yard SalesYard Sale Sat Nov 2nd 8am-2pm Lakeview RV Park Hwy 78 next to Okee-Tantie 3 house moving sale, A clubhouse packed with stuff. Employment Full TimeDrivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854Kissimmee River Restoration Project S-65EX1 Cajun Constructors is hiring concrete labors. Workers should have some experience with concrete and formwork. 11.36 per hour and a six day work schedule. Overtime will be paid after 40 hrs. Call 863-357-0022 or apply @ 2403 SW Ruck’s Dairy Road, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Employment Part TimeSoutheast Milk is seeking a Milk Testing Laboratory Technician Part Time. Will train. $10.50 hour to start. Hours Wed-Fri 9:00-1:00 PM, Sat-Sun 8:00-4:00 PM Contact Eric at 863-634-0379 for details. Access www.southeastmilk.org for an Employment Application Shop here first! The classified ads 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 do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds MiscellaneousVERY NICE 18CF. KENMORE REFRIG. WITH ICE MAKER GREAT CONDITION $125.00 EZGO GOLF CART IN GOOD CONDITION $1,295.00 FREE CHARGER WITH CART. 863-763-1734 OR 618-292-8803 Apartments1 Bedroom Ef ciency apartment all utilities furnished $375.00 monthly Call 812-989-3022 Large Tiled APT in town. 2/2, w/d hook up, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572. 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 Very Lrge Apart. non smoker and quite, furnished dishes, linens and etc. washer & dryer, electric and cable. $550 mo. plus $300 security SE Hwy 441 Call 863-467-4449 Houses RentAFFORDABLE new house Large 3BR, 2 BA, Large yard. Bring pets. Available for monthly rental. $950 mo. Call (561)723-2226 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 AFFORDABLE 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 Dixie Ranch Estates, 3 bedroom 2 bath cbs house, all tile, fenced yard, 1 small pet okay, $750.00 plus security deposit to move in. Please call 561-596-1344 ask for Fred available November 15th Kings Bay 3br./2ba. Includes lawn service, pool and all appliances. $975 month plus Sec. Dep. 863-634-0663. 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. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Land Sale75 Acres, 5 minutes from Wal-mart, $320,000.00 Contact for more info 561-307-9330 Mobile Home Rent2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, central air, Fully furnished $400 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 FOR RENT: NICELY FURNISHED 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH PARK MODEL ON KISSIMMEE RIVER STARTING AT $900.00. 1ST & SECURITY. (863)467-4371. NICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 2bd & 1bd homes in nice quiet park, small dog okay, Security required. 863-517-5111 or 239-246-6301 Mobile HomeSale1/2 MOBILE HOME W/FLORIDA ROOM, LOTS OF UPDATES. MUST SEE STEPHENS WINTER RESORT ADULT PARK 78W 1/4 MILE E OF RIVER, LOT#7 863-623-4060 55+ Park For Sale or Rent w/option to buy. 9441 Hwy 78 West, 3BR/1.5BA, Fully furnished,W/D, Big Florida room,Lots of updates. $13,000 OBO (219)384-3407 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Mobile HomeSaleFOR SALE 2 BED/2 BATH MOBILE HOME IN SEMINOLE COVE 55+ PARK. LOTS OF UPDATES, FURNISHED, IMMEDIATE POSSESSION. $84,500 CALL 815-716-0872 NEWLY RENOVATED Homes for sale in small park. Cheaper than paying rent. Call 239-246-6301 or 863-517-5111 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Travel Trailers32ft 2006 Fleetwood, no holding tanks, title in hand. $3,600 o.b.o 561-346-4692 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2013 DR 491 DIVISION: FAMILY Norma A. Martinez, Petitioner and SABINO MARTINEZ-EQUISA Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR ANNULMENT OF MARRIAGE TO: Sabino Martinez-Equisa Last Known Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Annulment of Marriage has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Norma A. Martinez, c/o Attorney George Muller, P.A., whose address is PO Box 3309, Ft. Pierce, FL 34947 on or before 11/15/2013, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at Okeechobee County Clerk of Court, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure o f documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings.DATED: 10/7/2013 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Cler k 454722 ON 10/18,25;11/1,8/2013 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on NOVEMBER 15, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1983 BMH 1 BOAT VIN #BMH22737M83A 1982 HIGH TRAILER VIN #1717G009263 2001 TOYOTA CELICA VIN #JTDDR32T010104814 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 455956 ON 11/1/2013 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 15 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013


Special to the Okeechobee News The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has announced that it will accept applications for funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties through Nov. 20, 2013 (5 p.m.). The applications are being accepted in anticipation of the funds being appropriated by Congress to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas. A local board will determine how the funds awarded to this area are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local human service agencies in the area if the appropriation is made. The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades provides the coordination and administrative support for this program. Last year over $323,675 was distributed to 18 agencies. Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be the following: private voluntary non-pro ts or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and if they are private voluntary organizations, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies and organizations are urged to apply. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for these Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should contact the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties, 7273 Concourse Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or call Hannah Pelle at 239-433-2000, extension 236 to request an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to wor k together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives. For more information, please call United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee at 239-433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org. Emergency food and shelter funding available Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 8:30 A.M., TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN BUILDING PS-1, ROOM 219 AT THE TREASURE COAST PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING COMPLEX, 4600 KIRBY LOOP ROAD, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 455782 ON 11/1/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD278 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2251 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: BASSWOOD UNIT 1 LOT 8 LESS RD R/W BLOCK 1 1-05-37-35-0010-00010-0080 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: HECTOR O WILLIAMS LORNA H WILLIAMS WILLIAMS PROPERTY INVESTMENT Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 14th day of November, 2013 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 454314 ON 10/11,18,25;11/1/2013 Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regular Session on Thursday, November 07, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Frank Irby, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 455845 ON 11/1/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 2013-CP-131 JUDGE: ELIZABETH METZGER IN RE: Estate of EDWARD NEIL WHEELER A/K/A E. NEIL WHEELER, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Testate, Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration is sought to be entered in the Estate of EDWARD NEIL WHEELER A/K/A E. NEIL WHEELER, Deceased, Case Number 2013-CP-131, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NE 3rd Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee, FL 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was June 8, 2013; that the total value of the estate subject to probate is approximately 50,000.00; and that the names and addresses of those to whom it is sought to be assigned by such order are: Hue Thi Baxter 757 SE 25th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 A LL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those listed for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013 NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is: November 1, 2013. HUE THI BAXTER, Petitioner 757 SE 25th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 Law Of ce of CASSELS & McCALL JOHN D. CASSELS, JR. Attorney for Petitioner FBN: 0261521 Post Of ce Box 968 Okeechobee, FL 34973-0968 (863)763-3131 jdc@legal-one.corn pleadings@legal-one.com 455778 ON 11/1,8/2013 ACROSS 1 Cheryl of Charlies AngelsŽ 5 Screwdriver liquor 10 Logically, then ...Ž 14 The heightŽ part of a height phobia 15 Have __ to pick 16 Red Army leader Trotsky 17 Terrified Detroit baseball player? 19 Vietnam neighbor 20 Cuts off 21 Architect I.M. 22 Advantage 23 Very long time 24 Indy 500 entrant 26 Tippler 27 Memo-directing abbr. 29 Actress Sorvino 30 Voice below soprano 32 Dont make me laugh!Ž 33 Embarrassed Carolina football player? 36 Boeing competitor 38 Strolls down to the saloon 39 Depressed Miami football player? 43 Gun, as a V6 44 Ran a tab 45 Mine products 46 Talk like Daffy 47 __ Lanka 48 Went off course, nautically 50 Little Red BookŽ writer 51 Prefix with directional 53 CommunityŽ network 54 Sealy alternatives 57 Arps art movement 58 Jealous San Francisco baseball player? 60 Take too much of, briefly 61 Me-tooers phrase 62 Teen outbreak 63 Noises from ittybitty kitties 64 Online status update limited to 140 characters 65 Vette roof option DOWN 1 Cops enforce them 2 Yen 3 Fast food pickup site 4 Pamper 5 Chocolate factory vessels 6 __-Wan Kenobi 7 Where boxers and pugs play 8 Leg joint protector 9 Cliffside nest 10 Cosmo rival 11 Reprimands 12 Looks that lovers make 13 Beginning 18 Bird by the beach 24 __ Tin Tin 25 Yakked and yakked 27 Starbucks captain 28 Like a custom suit 29 Soup with sushi 31 Capt.s subordinates 33 I tawt I taw a __ tat!Ž 34 French friends 35 Letters on reply cards 37 Drone or worker 40 Unsophisticated 41 Come before 42 If __ only listened!Ž 46 Rope at a rodeo 47 City destroyed by fire and brimstone 49 Common teen emotion 50 Ryan of When Harry Met Sally...Ž 52 Actors McKellen and Holm 54 Agitated state 55 A.D. part 56 Armstrongs smallŽ stride59 Fair-hiring inits. By Jeff Chen (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 10/10/11 10/10/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle ‘Patrick Smith’s Florida’ program plannedRick 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. 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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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Lady Brahmans enter a transition y ear in girls hoops as they adjust to life without their top two scorers for the past two y ears Carly McCoin and Ami Edwards. They also have a new coach, a new system and a fresh start. Coach Morgan Ungerott was a star high school basketball player in Ohio and went on to play college tennis for Cleveland State. She has impressed in her coaching job w ith the OHS tennis teams and now hopes to work similar magic with the basketball team. Returning players include Taylor Trent, Bethany Stuart, Imari Roberts, and Hailey Greeson. Both Cheyenne Nunez and Baylee Farless are expected to join the team at the completion of volleyball season. The team features a lot of hard workers and gritty defensive players but not a lot of potential scorers. For Okeechobee to score this year it will likely have to come off of their defensive intensity and turnovers. “We are very young,” Ungerott noted. “A few players return which will be helpful and when a couple of the volleyball kids tryout and hopefully make the team, they’ll push some of the newer people, so we’ll see, it’s exciting. Ungerott said the girls have embraced the fresh start. Nobody has a set position or starting spot and everyone has to work to get playing time. She said she is not opposed to playing younger kids if they do as she asks and show more desire for the job. “My goal is to bring fun back into basketball. It’s been a few years since it was fun around here. The schedule isn’t as competitive and we hope to be in a lot of games. We might lose, but being blown out by 50 points doesn’t do a team any good,” she added. Her message to the girls is to be excited, to be determined and to be dedicated. She wants good chemistry on the team. She also will focus on the little things. “We must have dedication and enthusiasm. If you can’t do that, fake it, take advantage of the things you do well. Hustle, pay attention and do what I ask you to do,” she added. Ungerott admits she was the smallest player on the court and she analyzed her game and knew there were things she couldn’t do like block shots or get rebounds. She challenges all of the players to make up for their shortcomings with effort. She encouraged them to focus on the strengths of their game and try to take advantage of those strengths. Senior Bethany Stuart plans to be an Orthopedic Surgeon one day and is an excellent student. She admits she looks forward to the season. She said there isn’t a lot of talent on the team but she thinks the girls can focus, and work hard as a team. “There’s a lot of pressure on me because I’m a head taller than everybody else. I feel I’m ready to take on the role of leader and I will work harder than everyone else,” she noted. Junior guard Taylor Trent said she has worked hard to get into condition and to hone her skills in the off season. She said she wants the team to have a positive attitude and chemistry this year because that helps a lot during the long season. She said she has been pleasantly surprised by the team’s play in practice. “In the beginning we were a little rough but after we have worked with each other, we’ve gotten a lot stronger as a team. I’m not worried. I put in a lot of hard work and I’m ready,” she added. Trent predicted that the team will get it together after they get to know one another and get some games under their belt. “I will give it my all and I feel we’ll get it together and win as many games as we can,” she added. Ungerott said the team is obviously nervous due to a lack of offense but she predicts they’ll do better than expected there if they execute the pick and roll and score on transition. She noted the team has a fe w quick players that can run down the court and should be able to score a few layups per game. She went on to say that most of the time the winning team shoots and makes more layups in a game. The team will start with the basics and go on from there. The girls team will schedule games on the same night as the boys team to try and increase the crowds and fan support this year. The team also will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s Restaurant on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8–10 am. Tickets cost $10 each. You can purchase tickets from the players or coaches. Other players expected to make an impact include Thaddricka Sanders, who was a standout a few years ago at Osceola Middle School, Alexus James and LaPorsche Morris. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Buy a Home Delivery subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 18 Okeechobee News November 1, 2013 Lady Brahmans ready for ’13-14 hardwood campaign Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBethany Stuart plans to be a big part of the girls basketball team this year. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCoach Morgan Ungerott (left) instructs as guard Taylor Trent looks on (right).


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsMartin County peppered the net with over 50 shots as they shut out the Lady Brahmans, 8-0, in the season opener for both soccer teams in Stuart Tuesday. Brahman coach Sonya Smith said the goal this year is to be more competitive and to win more matches. She got an excellent performance from her two goal keepers. Daniela Mojica had 20 saves in the rst half as the Lady Tigers took a 5-0 advantage. She made 12 more saves in the rst 12 minutes of the second half but the Tigers still increased their advantage to 7-0. Stormy Stokes entered the game for the nal 28 minutes after Mojica was injured and made another 21 saves. In the past Okeechobee probably would have lost by forfeit early in the second half but the Lady Brahmans kept this match going until the 39th minute of the second half this year. "The rst half was rough but the second half I think the girls started to put the coach's directions into play and started to play together as a team," she added. Hannah Raulerson drew praise for her solid play at sweeper in the match. Smith said she did a good job containing the opposition and with clearing the ball from the penalty box in front of the goal. "It was an eye opener for the girls and the coaching staff. Half of our team had never played a soccer match before so the match showed them what to expect from the game," she added. Smith said even the coaching staff can learn from a match like this by paying more attention to detail and to plan future practices. "We do need to work on our communication and the girls must focus on playing their position rather than simply playing the ball. I think in the second half the girls started to pull it together and that shows the coaches the potential is there for improvement," she said. 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Pritchard was slowed by an injury in October that cost him a chance to play against the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., and a match in Albuquerque, N.M., against the University of New Mexico. Pritchard said he has loved everything about college so far. "I love the campus because it's a great area. The season has gone well. We've played quite a few games this month (October) and it's been exciting," he said. Pritchard suffered a leg injury against the University of Howard on Oct. 13m when an opponent slammed into him, much like a tackle in football. He had made the travel list for the trip to South Carolina and New Mexico but the trainer urged him to stay home because he wouldn't have been able to play. Pritchard said he has played in a few games but realizes his playing time will increase as he gets older, more experienced, and better at the game. "I don't have a set position. The team has all these players with so much talent. I see the eld but not as a starter," he said. "Next year, I see a really good chance to get some minutes." Pritchard plays mostly at holding mid elder behind a senior, Ramin Rahemi who gets most of the minutes in matches. Pritchard said Rahemi has been a really good mentor and talks to him a lot about the game. "He tells me what he sees on the eld and tells me a lot. There's really good camaraderie with the squad," he added. FAU only won two games last season, so being able to triple that number already is a bit of an accomplishment. The Owls have defeated Florida International and Florid a Gulf Coast, and tied the University of Central Florida. Pritchard also is looking forward to meeting conference favorite, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Nov. 8 at home. "Conference USA is a tough conference with a lot of big-name schools. I've enjoyed playing with the team and travelling. Just playing college soccer is a big thing. We pla y at a high level and there's a lot of discipline to it but I enjoy it a lot." Hunter Pritchard enjoys freshman year at FAU Hunter Pritchard PNC Bank hosts Insurance and Credit Improvement DayPNC Bank HOI/Flood Insurance and Credit Improvement Day will be held Friday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at PNC Bank, 2801 U.S. 441 S. For information, call 863763-1924. Come learn how to get the credit you deserve and save on your home owners insurance. Bring your homeowners policy for review.Real Life Children’s Ranch hosting yard salesThe Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will open on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. The yard sale will be open Thursday and Friday during the month of November except for Thanksgiving weekend. Families encouraged to sign up for Toys for Tots earlyIndividuals and organizations in need of toys for the 2013 season should visit http:// www.okeechobee- .toysfortots.org/ and click on the "toy request" tab. Businesses and organizations interested in serving as drop off sites should also visit the website and request to be a drop off. Toys for Tots will not hold a mass distribution this year. Toys will be distributed to needy families and organizations that submit a request on a " rst-come, rst-served" basis. All requests must be received no later than Nov. 25. For information, contact Malissa Morgan at 863-634-5852.