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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 145 14.65 feetLast Year: 15.10 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Lady Brahmans fallSelina Sanchez (left) competes for possession of the ball with Karleigh Cox of Martin County during Monday’s soccer match at OHS. For more on the soccer story, see page 14. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two young Okeechobee women are dead and a local deputy remains in a medically-induced coma following a two-car collision last weekend. A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated Elizabeth Arellano Renteria, 21, and Hilda Marisol Medrano, 21, were both killed in the 2 a.m. collision Sunday, Dec. 1. According to the release Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Deputy Joe Gracie was westbound on S.R. 70 E. and was en route to a domestic disturbance complaint involving a weapon. As the deputy neared the McDonald’s Restaurant he collided with a 2000 Ford Focus driven by Ms. Renteria, stated the release. The FHP release stated Ms. Renteria attempted a left-hand turn into McDonald’s and turned directly into the path of the oncoming deputy in his 2006 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car. Also involved was OCSO Deputy William Jolly, 40, who was following Deputy Gracie and was responding to the same call. The FHP release stated that after impact with Ms. Renteria’s vehicle, Deputy Gracie’s car struck an aluminum light pole which then fell on Deput y Jolly’s 2009 Chevrolet Impala. Also injured in the accident was Isamar Jaimes, 20, who was a passenger in Ms. Renteria’s vehicle. Ms. Jaimes was taken to Raulerson Hospital where she was listed in critical condition, stated the FHP release. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local detective is actively searching for clues into the recent theft of two tractor-trailer rigs from a local trucking company in the past two weeks. One of those stolen trailers was lled with strawberries. The detective said that load was valued at $25,000 and the trailer is valued at $20,000. To make things even more interesting Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), said a tractor-trailer was also stolen in Polk County that is linked to the local thefts. The detective explained that the tractor-trailer stolen in Polk County was loaded with dog food and taken to Yee Haw Junction. The trailer was then unhooked and that tractor was hooked up to the trailer lled with strawberries that was stolen in Okeechobee. The thieves then abandoned the trailer lled with dog food from Polk County and the tractor stolen in Okeechobee in Yee Haw Junction. The OCSO investigator wen t on to point out that the rst trac tor-trailer rig stolen from the loca l company was found in Hialeah. And, in both cases, the thieves kep t the keys. “For some reason they’re takin g the keys out of these rigs. It’s kin d of like a slap in the face,” said De tective Shireman. “Then, maybe, they’re planning on coming bac k for the truck so they’re hanging o n to the keys.” According to the initial report o n the most recent theft, OCSO Depu ty William Jolly stated the owne r of the local company noticed th e leased white 2012 Freightliner trac tor and a 2001 refrigerated traile r were missing from his business o n Sunday, Dec. 1. He thought one of his driver s had picked up the tractor-trailer, but when he called his driver s none of them had the rig. The owner then called Ryde r Leasing Company and had the m track the truck by its GPS system. That check showed the truck wa s FHP investigating cras h Leads sought into tractor-trailer theftsHoliday Happenings ... Page 7 Bassmaster tourney is this week ... Page 15 Holiday play this weekend ... Page 2Man pulls knife in domestic dispute ... Page 5 See FATALITIES — Page 5 See TRUCKS — Page 5

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Special to the Okeechobee News Those who may be searching for a special holiday event to help ring in that Christmas spirit need look no further than the Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) this w eekend. The performance troupe, now in its 35th year, offers a command repeat performance of its well-received 2009 production of the cherished classic motion picture “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This uniquely staged version of the family favorite will be performed three times only on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. The familiar story is that of George Bailey who, when faced with seemingly insurmountable problems, considers committing suicide on Christmas eve. His guardian angel comes to his rescue by showing him just what the world would have been like had he never been born. Following the 1947 release of the lm which starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, the story was given a live network radio broadcast treatment four different times. Stewart reprised his role of George Bailey in all four of the productions, and Donna Reed was heard in three. The OCT’s cast of nineteen adults and young people recreate one of those broadcasts, complete with a pair of sound effects artists who will provide the sound scape for the “mind’s eye” pictures of the action. Audiences can close their eyes and imagine all of the scenes related to the plot, but they will surely want to keep their eyes open to enjoy the unexpected antics on the stage. Reserved seat tickets to the performances are $12 each, and are on sale at the ofce of the Pennysaver and Okeechobee-The Magazine in the Plaza 300 Building, Suite 316, three blocks west of North Parrott Avenue on N.W. Fifth Street. Remaining seats, if available, will be sold at the theatre box of ce one hour before showtimes. The Okeechobee Community Theatre is on S. W. Second Avenue at Seventh Street in Okeechobee, one block west of Golden Corral Restaurant. It is a member of the American Association of Community Theatre and the Florida Theatre Conference. For information on the theatre and its activities, or to volunteer for positions either on stage or behind it, contact Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-763-1307. Additional details are also available on the theatre website, www.okeechobeecommunitytheatre.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News December 4, 2013 Today: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 82F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: A few clouds. Lo w 64F. Winds light and variable.Extended ForecastThursday: Mostly sunny skies. High 81F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Night: A mostly clear sky. Low 66F. Friday: Mostly sunny skies. High 83F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Friday Night: A few clouds. Low 64F. Winds light and variable. Okeechobee Forecast “It’s a Wonderful Life” to be performed live Brighton hosting premiereA new faith-based movie with Erik Estrada will premiere at Brighton Reservation’s Florida Seminole Veterans Building. A ll Family Ministries will be screening a new faith and family-friendly lm called “Finding Faith” on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All Family Ministries will also host the star of the lm, Erik Estrada, at the screening. There is no charge but there w ill be a love offering received. There will also be lm-related sales and concessions available.Bene t softball tourney setPlease help us raise money for captain Mike Hopkins on Dec. 7 He is a 31-yearold local re ghter and father of three young children. The entry fee is $200 per team. Each team should bring their own softballs. There will also be a bake sale and auction. Contact Jeneane Rhuda at 863-634-2171 or Becky at 863-447-9995 forinformation.DAR to meet Dec. 7The Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Okeechobee Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. All members and potential members are invited. When the meeting adjourns at 11:30 a.m., the DAR will meet at the Seminole War Battle Monument to place a wreath in honor of those who died on Christmas Day 1837.Fashion show is Dec. 7Tickets are now available for the 17th annual Holiday Fashion Show and Luncheon presented by Okeechobee Chapter No. 128 Order of the Eastern Star on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the KOA Convention Center. This event features our members modeling beautiful fashions from local merchants. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with lunch being served at noon. This will allow those attending the show time to view and purchase tickets for the numerous gifts, baskets and certi cates on our Tea Cup Auction table. Merchants from the Okeechobee community have been very generous in donating items for the event. Added to our venue this year is a drawing for a 32” Emerson at-screen television. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased from any OES member, or by calling Neicha Spiller at 863-357-7084. No tickets will be sold at the door.Legion hosting Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dinning room patrons.Masons offering breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host a breakfast with all the xins on Sunday, Dec. 8 for $6 per plate. The public is welcome, and carry-out is available. Breakfast will be severed from 8 to 11 a.m. All proceeds go to local Mason giving. Call Hugh at 863-532-1097 for information.Workshop planned for Dec. 9The Okeechobee Healthy Start board of directors Winter Workshop will be held Monday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 401 S.W. Fourth St. The meeting is open to the public. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.Elks Lodge 2871 to meetThe only meeting for Elks Lodge 2871 for December will be Thursday, Dec. 12 at the VFW in Treasure Island. Florida dignitaries will also be in attendance. We will have a cocktail hour starting 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. with a $10 donation for the building fund. The meeting will start at 8:15 p.m. and will include new member initiations. All Elks members from other lodges are welcome. Please note there will be no meeting on Dec. 26. Community events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Make any gathering more special.Choose from a host of platters to thrill your guests! Fruit and Cheese PlatterHOLIDAY PLATTERS Visit publix.com/entertaining now to start making short work of your holiday to-do list. Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 3 Okeechobee News December 4, 2013 Leadership Okeechobee visited SFWMD in November The Leadership Class of 2013-2014 enjoyed their ride to the South Florida Water Management District’s tour yesterday in the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department bus. The use of the bus was paid for by the class members. Special to the Okeechobee News Gary Riitter, from the South Florida Water Management District, spoke to the Leadership Class of 2013. Jeff Sumner, from South Florida Water Management District, spoke Wednesday to the Leadership Okeechobee Class of 2013-2014.Special to the Okeechobee News Special to the Okeechobee News Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary Student of the MonthThe Rotary Student of the Month for November is Brandon McKee (pictured with his parents, Fran and Cary McKee). Brandon has documented over 160 hours of community service. He is a senior at Okeechobee High School and currently serves as an of cer in the National Honor Society, the Key Club and is the current President of the Brahman chapter of the Future Farmers of America. He aspires to attend the University of Florida someday, but in the near future would like to run for an FFA State Of ce. This student in a brief speech to club members showed that he is a living example of the Rotary motto: “Service Above Self.” Congratulations, Brandon! OCA plans spaghetti dinnerThe Okeechobee Christian Academy, 701 Parrott Ave., will hold its annual spaghetti dinner Friday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3 until 7 p.m. Dinners are available for a $7 donation. There will also be a silent auction Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3 until 6 p.m. For information, call 863-763-3072.Youth hoop sign-ups setParks and Recreation is offering 2014 co-ed youth basketball for 9-14 year olds. Registration will be through Dec. 13 at the Parks and Rec of ce, 640 N.W. 27th Lane, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The registration fee is $50. For information, call 863-763-6950.

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Lake Okeechobee I’m not understanding how storing water north of the lake when we had a record rainfall year where some areas received 50” to 60” of rain this year is going to help. Storing water is what caused the problem this year because w e ran out of storage space. This year was an unusually wet year but has it happened before. They are talking about spending billions of tax dollars because we had a wet year. If y ou talk with some of the older people that lived here before the dike was built the lake depth averaged 9’. The lake is now being used as a reservoir to store water for the people on t he coast and the original dike wasn’t built t o make the lake a reservoir. It was built to prevent the lake from ooding the area with a s torm surge, like it did twice in the 20’s from hurricanes. If the counties on the coast would nd another source for their water than the lake could be returned to it’s original depth and the dike could handle the occasional high water and it could be drained just like y our talking about. The counties on the coast s hould be forced to build desalinization plants and stop using the lake as a reservoir.  The claim that the lake is dirty and cont aminates the river and coast is false! Lake Okeechobee is clean and the shing is ne. Check it out for yourself. The water contamination comes from residential septic tanks t o the east. SFWM has known this for years. Stop blaming the agri businesses who follow the law or you will see food costs rise even more. The developers keep adding homes that damage the environment far more than agriculture.  What has been proposed, and which I support, is putting in a lot more storm water treatment areas — thousands of acres of marshes — to slow the ow of water into the lake and also to help remove nutrients from the water before it enters the lake. This is also a form of water storage. If you keep more of the water from the basin in the northern part of the basin — instead of quickly draining it south into Lake Okeechobee — it would bene t the lake, recharge the aquifer and solve part of the problem of too much freshwater entering the estuaries. The SFWMD used our tax dollars to purchase thousands of acres, allegedly to treat and store water — and then instead of building STAs, they leased the land out.  As for lake levels, before the dike was built, I believe the historical accounts tell us the lake ranged from 8 or 9 feet above sea level during the dry season to 18 to 21 above sea level feet during the wet season — but that water was spread out to a wide area. According to the old timers, it spread up to about where Pizza Hut is now during the wet season. Building the dike changed the ecosystem.  They said they were going to restore the river. But during the summer, instead of spreading the water over the Kissimmee oodplain, also purchased with our tax money, they opened the gates and let it ow into the lake because they wanted to “save” that storage capacity to avoid any possibility of ooding in Orlando.  Digging and dredging and draining has gone on since the 1890s and there is very little left of the original, natural, Florida. Thanks for a successful eventI would like to thank the staff at the Okeechobee News for helping us let everyone know about our 7th Annual Craft Fair in the Woods that was held on Nov. 9 at Freedom Ranch. Along with a few ads the newspaper put little bits here and there in the community events in quite a few papers and for that we are grateful. Thank you also to so many residents in Okeechobee for supporting this event by coming out to spend some time with us “in the woods.” Many businesses let us place yers on their windows and doors and property owners were kind enough to allow us to place banners on their property or an announcement on their boards to help us get the word out. WOKC did their part too announcing in community events and the sheriff’s of ce was able to send a C.O.P. car out to help control traf c. Our appreciation board was full with these businesses and names being listed. I hope you had a chance to take a look. We also have a wonderful neighbor that is kind enough to open his gates and share his pasture for over ow parking. Thank you everyone for your part. This year was our largest yet with 99 vendors and an estimated 2,500 visitors. Many or our vendors were from our own community as well as from our surrounding counties. We had a sizeable number of visitors from other counties too as the word seems to be spreading about this unique event. Handmade and homemade is the criteria and it is so nice for our artists and craftsmen to be able to have such a beautiful place to display and sell their wares. We sure have grown since this rst started seven years ago with about 12 vendors. This has happened because of vendor and visitor participation alike and the help of a wonderful community. This could not run as smoothly as it does without the help of an awesome group o f volunteers at Freedom Ranch/Alpha Ministries. The vendors have said year after yea r how they are treated with such great care. It may be preparing or serving food, parking cars, helping vendors and visitors, cleaning bathrooms or rearranging tables back fo r church the next day, but whatever the need they are there to help. Hats are off also to those who took the time to present a wonderful arena demonstration for visitors to enjoy. I cannot thank everyone enough. Thanks for the positive feedback we’v e received along with some great suggestions to help us improve this event. To those who missed the pork barbecue this year, well, we’re sorry but it wasn’t readily availabl e this time. We hope to bring it back nex t year. It seems that many did get to enjo y a bowl of swamp cabbage and hop and a swamp buggy for a ride in the woods and go home with something that you couldn’ t leave without. Maybe it was the jewelry fo r Mom, wood carving for Dad, quilt for th e grandbaby, or some homemade jelly for th e biscuits you were making for breakfast on Sunday. Whether you came just to look o r get some shopping done, we appreciate you showing up. Thanks Okeechobee for once again supporting us and for your part in making this a growing event that’s getting talked abou t more and more. Pam Hales Event coordinator for Craft Fair in th e Woods December 4, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Thursday, Dec. 5, at Brown Cow Sweetery the Chamber will hold its monthly Power Networking Breakfast. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. Please join us from 7:30-9:00 a.m. and don’t forget your business cards! On Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Chamber w ill again host a the Business After Hours; at Beef O’ Brady’s to network with your fellow Merchants, Business Associates & Community Partners. There is a cover charge of $5 for members and $10 for non-members, you may RSVP at www.okeechobeebusiness. com or call (863) 467-6246 If you love to shop, you don’t want to miss the Mistletoe Marketplace Holiday Shopping Event on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Holiday Inn from 10-2 p.m. The address is 3101 U.S. Highway 441. There will be a Personal Shopper available to assist those who are not sure what to get that special person! Get your ammo now! Thursday, Dec. 19, a Concealed Weapons Class will take place at the Chamber of Commerce from 7 -9 p.m. the cost is $40 and you must be paid and registered before the class. For convenience, you may also register online at www. okeechobeebusiness.com. That will conclude the Chamber events for this month and give you a jumpstart on next month; however we encourage you to check out our community calendar at www. okeechobeebusiness.com for more events as they come available in the community and in 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 @ 467-6246 or info@okeechobeebusiness.com. I look forward to seeing you at our events!! Antoinette Rodriguez Executive Director 863-467-6246 antoinette@okeechobeebusiness.com Chamber of Commerce December Happenings

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Yes, this newspaper is part of a chain.Ž But this chainŽ is unlike any other. We are owned by a journalistic trust. All after-tax profits are invested in our mission of community service through good local journalism. Staffing is local, and we seek out people who care about the community and want to stay here. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News December 4, 2013 The release also stated no one in the Ford Focus was wearing a seat belt, while both deputies were wearing their seat belts. “Words cannot express how bad we at the sheriff’s of ce feel about this tragedy that has happened in our community. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these young ladies that perished in this accident. We can only imagine how they feel,” said Sheriff Paul May. “We pray for the deputy and the other young lady involved to make a speedy recovery. “This accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol and we will cooperate with the FHP in every facet of this investigation and will await the conclusion of their investigation,” added the sheriff. OCSO Major Noel Stephen said Tuesday morning that Deputy Gracie, 46, remains in a medically-induced coma at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce and was scheduled to undergo surgery on his pelvis. The deputy suffers from multiple fractures and is in a coma to keep him from moving. Deputy Gracie, who has been with the sheriff’s of ce since Aug. 5, 2005, was preparing to move back to his native New York. Maj. Stephen said he was planning on leaving near the end of January 2014. The deputy’s wife and family have already moved there and she has found a job. Oakview Baptist Church paid for Mrs. Gracie to y here to be with her husband, added Maj. Stephen. When asked how fast the deputy was driving, Maj. Stephen said he didn’t know and that it is part of FHP’s investigation. As for Sunday morning’s situation, Deputy Gracie was not running with his emergency lights on or his siren sounding. Maj. Stephen explained the sheriff’s of ce doesn’t have a policy, per se, that addresses this situation. In these situations the deputies must receive the go-ahead from their shift supervisor before they turn on their lights and siren — which is also referred to as running code. Apparently, the crash occurred before Deputy Gracie had a chance to ask his supervisor to run code. The major also said OCSO patrol units are not equipped with dash-mounted video cameras. It should be noted that other deputies responded to the domestic situation and a man was arrested on several charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Like the sheriff, Maj. Stephen said the incident has left many people with heavy hearts. “We are de nitely saddened for all involved. Not only for our deputies, but for the families that lost loved ones. It’s sad for all of us,” he added. The accident remains under investigation by the FHP. FATALITIESContinued From Page 1 in idle mode at 3 p.m. Sunday in Yee Haw Junction. The owner then went to Yee Haw Junction where he found the truck. However, the trailer lled with strawberries was gone. The keys were also missing from the truck, pointed out the deputy’s report. Deputy Jolly also stated in his report that the trailer lled with dog food was reported stolen from Polk County around 3 p.m. Sunday. “I tried to retrieve prints from the truck but was unsuccessful due to the fact whomever took the truck and trailer wiped it clean,” stated Deputy Jolly in his report. If anyone has information about these thefts, they are asked to contact Detective Shireman at 863-763-3117. TRUCKSContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man apparently became angry when he ran out of beer Sunday so he allegedly grabbed his sleeping girlfriend by her hair, pulled her from her bed and began to hit her. Carlos Carrasco, 43, N.W. First St., was arrested Dec. 1 on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of battery, disorderly intoxication and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. He is being held on $3,500 bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. An arrest report by Deputy Megan Holroyd, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated Carrasco hit the woman in her eye and about her arms. At one point he pulled a pocket knife on the woman but did not open the blade, added the report. The woman was able to get free of Carrasco and ee from the home, along with two young children she was babysitting. About two hours later the woman returned to her home only to nd Carrasco standing inside with a baseball bat in his hands, stated the deputy. The deputy’s report went on to state there was broken glass all over the living room oor, and when the man saw the woman he lunged at her with the bat. The victim again ed from her home and called the sheriff’s of ce. Deputy Holroyd went on to state that the woman’s left eye was red and swelling and she had several red marks and bruises on her upper right arm. Report: Man jailed for beating girlfriend Carlos Carrasco Special to the Okeechobee News With Indian River State College’s introduction of a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Treasure Coast residents can now complete all the courses they need to become an elementary school teacher within easy driving distance. Registration is now underway, with classes beginning January 8. “Busy Treasure Coast residents juggling work and family responsibilities can now achieve their dream of becoming an elementary school teacher without leaving the area to complete their education,” said Dr. Ian Neuhard, Director of IRSC Baccalaureate Programs. “IRSC combines this convenience with many opportunities to develop teaching skills right in local schools.” The IRSC program was launched in response to the strong demand for elementary school teachers in the region. Based on labor market data and a survey of local schools, between 100 to 200 job openings are projected annually in the four counties served by IRSC. Stressing the need for more teachers, the School Districts of St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties submitted letters to the Florida Department of Education indicating their support of a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at IRSC. The program offers students the opportunity to participate in multiple practicums in local schools, culminating in student teaching. In addition, an innovative TeachLive simulator engages them in interaction with different types of students and behaviors. Upon graduation, students receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with endorsements in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Reading, which increases their value to school districts. In addition to the convenience of local campuses, IRSC students bene t from affordable tuition, which is 40% less than university tuition. IRSC is ranked as the 4th Most Affordable College in the Nation by the U.S. Department of Education and 12th Top Public Regional College in the country by US News & World Report. IRSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the most respected and prestigious accrediting organizations in the country. For information, visit www.irsc.edu or call 1-866-792-4772. IRSC introduces Elementary Education BA

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Eagles to host bingoThe North Eagles, 9985 U.S. 441 N, is having regular bingo on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 6, ribeye steak dinners will be served from 6 until 9 p.m. Entertainment will be by Steven. On Saturday, Dec. 7, ve-card bingo starts at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from events bene t the charities of the F.O.E. We welcome the public.Upward hoop sign ups startUpward basketball and cheerleading sign-ups will be held at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, for children aged kindergarten through sixth grade. The cost is $70 per child. Final registrations and mandatory evaluations will be held Dec. 5 and 6 Pick up and return registration forms at the church of ce or the ROC. For information, call Pastor Jacob at 863-467-7625.SES hosts family fun nightSeminole Elementary will host its 24th annual Family Fun Night on Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 until 8 p.m. The event is open to the public. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Hilda Marisol Medrano, 21OKEECHOBEE Hilda Medrano of Okeechobee died Dec. 1, 2013. She was born in Pahokee to Ricardo and Eva Chavez Medrano. She was a lifetime resident of Okeechobee and graduated from Okeechobee High School in 2011. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and she enjoyed music and spending time with her friends. She always had a smile and was very loving and caring. Hilda is survived by her parents, Ricardo and Eva Medrano; two brothers, Esau Medrano and Samuel Medrano; two sisters, Alma and Guadalupe Medrano; grandfather, Guillermo Medrano all of Okeechobee; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at Buxton and Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 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. Elizabeth Arellano Renteria, 21OKEECHOBEE Elizabeth Renteria of Okeechobee died Dec. 1, 2013. She was born May 13, 1992 to Nicholas Renteria and Roberta Arellano. She came to Okeechobee in 2004 and graduated from Okeechobee High School in 2011. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and she enjoyed music and singing. She was always happy and enjoyed spending time with her friends and helping others. She was loving and caring to those around her. Elizabeth is survived by her father, Nicholas Renteria; mother, Roberta Arellano; brother, Alfredo Renteria; sister, Eidrit Renteria; grandparents, Margarita Vieyra, Juoquin Medrano all of Okeechobee and Gloria Renteria of Mexico. Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at Buxton and Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 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. W illie Earl Gordon, Sr., 70OKEECHOBEE Willie Earl Gordon, Sr. of Okeechobee died Dec. 2, 2013. He was born Sept. 25, 1943 in Arcadia. He was a resident of Okeechobee for 45 years. Mr. Gordon proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. He w as a member of the Peace Lutheran Church and enjoyed shing. Mr. Gordon is surv ived by his wife of over ten years, Linda Gordon; six sons, Marshall Clark of Cocoa, Germalon Gordon, W illie Earl Gordon, Jr., Thearron Gordon (Alicia) all of Ft. Pierce, Glen Gordon (Andrew) of A rcadia, Shermon Gordon of Texas; four daughters, Tijuana Green-Brown (Kenny) of Atlanta, Chelsea Gordon Durham of Ft. Pierce, Glenda Gordon (Gerald) of Arcadia, Caretrice Gordon of Mississippi; ve stepchildren, Tricinda Blair, J ames Jasper, Carla McQueen, Nathaniel Pollack and Eric McQueen; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor J ohn Hirst of ciating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, w ww.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. Barbara Ford McNeil, 52OKEECHOBEE Barbara Ford McNeil died Nov. 25, 2013. She was born Sept. 29, 1961 in Georgia to Oscar and Annie Ford and was a resident of Okeechobee for 34 years. She was a Patient Care Assistant. She was a member of the Church of God in Christ and enjoyed reading, scrapbooking and crafting. Mrs. McNeil was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas McNeil; son, Andre Wigfall; and brothers, Jimmy Ford and Roy Ford. She is survived by ve daughters, Tamika Wigfall of Okeechobee, Kathy Wigfall of Ft. Pierce, Samantha Wigfall of Okeechobee, Gloria Boswell of Ft. Pierce and Adrea Ford of Okeechobee; nine grandchildren; four brothers, Oscar Ford of Vero Beach, Ricky Ford of Miami, Steven Ford and Kenny Ford both of Okeechobee; and six sisters, Debra Henderson of Vero Beach, Brenda Ford of Okeechobee, Mary Ann Brown (Victor) of Columbus, Ohio, Beatrice of Montezuma, Georgia, Lillie Banks of Ft. Valley, Georgia and Mattie Mae of Atlanta, Georgia. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until services at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Buxton and Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Pastor Tyson Anderson of Church of God in Christ. 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. 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When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 € Hwy 98 N. € Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Vegetable Plants, GardenSeeds and Vidalia Onion Sets Now Available! 7 Okeechobee News December 4, 2013 Gift drop off sites namedThe Guardian ad Litem program in Okeechobee County has two sites for dropping off gifts -The Alarm Company, S.R. 70 W ., and D4 Powersports, 1460 S.R. 78 W.. Gifts must not be wrapped -the ad Litem program will take care of that. The program consists of volunteers working with a coordinator to be the voice of the children in court and cases representing neglected, abused, abandoned children. Christmas Parade is Dec. 7Okeechobee Main Street’s Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and Lighted Parade is Saturday, Dec. 7 in downtown Okeechobee. The parade will be at 6 p.m. The parade theme is ‘Island of Mis t Toys.’ The parade entry fee is $10. To ensure a more safe and manageable event, Main Street will limit the number of entries to 100. Applications may be found online at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org; or, at the chamber building at 55 S. Parrott Ave. The Christmas Festival will open at 10 a.m. in the park. Contact Sharie Turgeon at 863-357-6246 for information.Snow planned in Flagler ParkThe annual Main Street Christmas Festiv al will celebrate a little early this year. The 1 Stop Party Shop and Main Street will host a “Holiday Evening in the Park” on Friday, Dec. 6 The snow will begin at 6 p.m. Snow enthusiasts are asked to bring a new, unw rapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. A t 7 p.m. a holiday animated classic movie w ill remind some of Christmases past while making new memories for others. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the festivities continue at 10 a.m. w ith the traditional vendors, activities and announcement of the winner of the 2013 Holiday Window Decorating Contest. City plans holiday eventsThe City of Okeechobee has planned the following holiday events:  Santa in the Park visits are planned for Dec. 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17 from 6 until 8 p.m. Stop by for your picture with Santa.Toy drop-off sites namedOkeechobee Main Street and the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will host a drop site for new, unwrapped toys at the chamber of ce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Christmas Cantata plannedThe Okeechobee Community Choir, in its 15th year under the direction of Sandy Perry, has begun rehearsing for the annual Christmas Cantata. Rehearsals are held on Sundays from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. at Okeechobee Presbyterian, 312 N. Parrott Ave., and on Monday evenings from 6 until 8 p.m. All interested singers are invited. Singers should be able to match pitch and read music a little. Rehearsal attendance is suggested, but not mandatory. The cantata dates will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 and 21; and Sunday, Dec. 22. The cantata will be presented at the First United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and, at 3 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call Sandy at 863-634-7714.Mission will host toy runBig Lake Missions Outreach will host a toy run Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Brahman Theatre, 1500 S. Parrott Ave., starting at 8:30 a.m. All money will go to Big Lake Missions Outreach. For information, call Gene at 863-6431723 or Bruce at 863-697-6433.Church plans music programOakview Baptist Church’s Celebration Choir will present a Christmas music program entitled “Our King Has Come” on Sunday evening, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. For information, call 863-763-1699. The church is located at 677 S.W. 32nd St.VFW Ladies hosting bazaarThe Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Big Lake Post 10539 will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar at the post Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The event is a craft/ ea market, and is held to improve community awareness of our post while raising money to aid in cancer research. The event is open to everyone. Sausage gravy and biscuits will be offered for $3 per plate. Coffee, juice and milk will also be available for purchase. Craft vendors are needed for this event. For a table, contact Sherri Fields at 863-801-5180.Festival of Trees plannedHospice Of Okeechobee’s Festival of Trees will be held through Dec. 8 with proceeds going to support patient care. The festival will be held at the intersection of Southeast Fourth St. and Southeast Third Ave. A silent auction for decorated trees standing 6 to 8 feet is also planned. Hand-made quilts will also be for sale along with many other gift items. The hours of operation are: Dec. 4 and 5 from 4 until 7 p.m.; Dec. 6 from 5 until 8 p.m.; Dec. 7 from 3 until 7 p.m.; and, Dec. 8 from noon until 4 p.m. Christmas Tour of Homes setThe Okeechobee Christmas Tour of Homes is Dec. 13 and 14 from 6 until 9 p.m. Join us for the tour of homes and see all the great decoration and get some yummy treats as well. Tickets at a $15 donation which goes to bene t Heroes 4 Hope, the B.R.A.T. Club and Hospice of Okeechobee. The homes to be toured are Matthew P. Buxton, Heroes 4 Hope Support Center, Bobbi Poole, Susan Pilgrim and Michelle Smith. Boat parade set for Dec. 14Okeechobee Yachette Club will host their 30th annual Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14 Decorate your boat and meet us on Taylor Creek by the Burger King and S.R. 70 E. bridge between 5 and 5:30 p.m. The parade starts at 6 p.m. For information, call Arnie at 863-634-4777.Church hosting cookie saleOkeechobee Presbyterian Church will hold their annual Christmas cookie sale on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The sale will be held in the parish hall at 312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call 863-8240013. Holiday Happenings

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 GYNECOLOGY Caring Evaluation and Treatment of Women’s Health Issues J E. B• Laparoscopy Hysterectomy • Urogynecology • Pelvic Prolapse • Infertility • Minimally Invasive Surgery • Hysteroscopy • Menstrual Abnormalities • Endometriosis • Urinary Incontinence • Loss of Libido • Sterilization • Menopausal Disorders 1713 Hwy 441 N. Suite F, Okeechobee, FL • 863-763-8000 There are many reasons why a woman may have a hysterectomy, a surgical procedure to remove part or all of the uterus. According to Board Certi“ed Gynecologist James Brad“eld, the most common are bleeding abnormalities, tumors or enlargements of the uterus, problems with endometriosis, pelvic adhesions and pelvic infections. Dr. Brad“eld performs laparoscopic hysterectomies at Raulerson Hospital. The bene“ts of performing a hysterectomy using a laparoscope vs. the open abdominal incision include a smaller incision site, less bleeding, and a quicker recovery. In fact most laparoscopic hysterectomies are performed as outpatient procedures, meaning no hospital stay is Common reasons for a hysterectomynecessary. Dr. Brad“eld has more than 30 years of experience in his “eld. He presents his patients with options and treats them in a personal yet professional manner. If you are facing surgery, consider that Raulerson Hospital has been named a Top Performer by The Joint Commission on Key Quality Measures including Surgical Care. Big Lake Cancer CenterSupports e Ride for the FightŽJanuary 1, 2014 € Okeechobee Cattlemans Arena For more information, call 863.634.3971 Please join us for Heroes for HopeŽ Cancer Support Group For more information, call 863.467.9500 1115 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS For more information, contact 863.763.3134 or email ”bizsearch@newszap.com 8 Okeechobee News December 4, 2013 The Southern Gospel Group “Midnight Cry” will be in concert on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene 425 S.W. 28th St. For more information, call 863-763-3519 or www.lakenazarene.com. The 36th Anniversary will be celebrated by founder and Pastor Johnny Jarriel and V ictory Baptist Church of Okeechobee, at 500 S.W. Ninth St. at 10:45 a.m. on Dec. 8. The day will be lled with a host of events including: good, old fashioned, preaching and singing; a variety of special music, accompanied by various musical instruments and seven year old assistant music director; folks w earing “old fashioned attire”; and an “old fashioned pot-luck” following the morning service. Pastor Jarriel says, “The Lord has been good to us, giving us fruit for our labor as we see souls come to know Him. We want this special day to be honoring to Him for all He has done for us.” He extends an invitation to the public and to all that have been faithful friends or students over the years. For more information, call, 863-7630669. Oakview Baptist Church at 677 S.W. 32 St., will host the Celebration Choir presenting a Christmas Music Program entitled “Our King Has Come” on Sunday evening, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and bring a friend! For more information, please call 863-763-1699. Okeechobee Presbyterian Church will hold their annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Come stock up on all your cookies as gifts for your favorite friends and neighbors. The sale will be held in the parish hall at 312 N. Parrott Ave. For more information, call 863824-0013. Okeechobee Mission Baptist Church will host a discover youth program every Wednesday, from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information call 8637-763-3681. The AWANA Club at Oakview Baptist Church invites all children from pre-Kindergarten, ages 3 to fth graders. The club is from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Come join in the fun as with the Cubbies, Sparks and T & T classes for Bible memory and game time fun! Call the church of ce for more details at 863-763-1699. Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Ministr y Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store 1401 N.E. Park St., is in need of donations of an y type. All donations are tax deductible. Help is needed in putting a roof on the church and painting the building. The thrift store is open Monday-Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and the building fund yard sale will be the rst and second Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The soup kitchen is under construction. For more information, call 863-634-9194. The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@ newszap.com. Local churches host special programs

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE ORTHOPAEDICS Dr. Benjamin Epstein Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein is Board Certi“ed by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeOrthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson is located at 1924 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee (just north of the Hospital, in the blue-roof building) Call for an appointment 863-357-0540. We Treat Kids Too! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540 .Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson offers a full range of orthopaedic services including: € Total Hip and Knee Replacements € Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine € Pediatric Orthopedics € Work Related injuries Most insurances and Medicare are accepted. specialsections.newszap.com View all of our special sections online from the comfort of your home! 9 Okeechobee News December 4, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the weekCentral Elementary’s students of the week for the week of Nov. 11 are: Kyla Brown, Emeriah Rodriguez, Tilah Tinajero, Emily Moates, Elexia Ponce, Glenn Anderson, Jaslene Ponce, Emanuel Baltazar, Rafaela Jimenez, Zoyee Ramirez, Zoyee Ramirez, Juan Landaverde, Alondra Aguirre, Estela Rodriguez, Aaliyah Bri l, Delaila Sandoval, Dayanara Jimenez, Aiden Scalf, Emmett Sumner, Lilly Maxwell, Teona Edouard, Wesley Yates, Cloe Rhoden, Marco Flores, Erik Tate, Destiny Boyer, Katelynn Terry, Virginia Younger, Yanely Medina, Juan Serrano, Leon Edouard and Beatriz Martinez. Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSStudents of the weekYearling Middle School is proud to announce the students of the week for the week of Nov. 18: Raul Ruiz, Genesis Ramos, Indira Ramos, Veyon Washington, Jonathan Vega, Chance Hickman and Letica Trejo-Brown.

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local man was arrested after a Fort Pierce laboratory veri ed he was allegedly in possession of synthetic marijuana, which is more commonly known as Spice. Larry Bernard Smith, 23, N.E. 14th Ave., turned himself in at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) Friday, Nov. 29. He was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a $2,500 bond. Jail records show he has been released on bond. An arrest report by OCSO Deputy Leland Schoonmaker indicated he stopped a vehicle on Oct. 15 near the intersection of S.R. 70 E. and S.R. 710 for speeding. When the deputy asked for permission to search the vehicle, Smith, a passenger in the vehicle, and the driver Arthur Smith both denied him permission. OCSO Deputy Brian Cross and K-9 Barco were called to the scene where Barco conducted an external free air sniff of the vehicle. The K-9 gave an alert to the odor of possible narcotics in the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, Deputy Schoonmaker reportedly found four packages of suspected synthetic marijuana in the glove box. Larry Smith allegedly told the deputy he had purchased the substances "... a while back." According to the deputy's report, he received noti cation from the Indian River Crime Lab on Nov. 12 that the suspicious substances did contain illegal chemicals. These substances also known as Spice, K-2, Scooby Snax, Skunk and a variety of other names are often referred to as synthetic marijuana because they contain chemicals that mimic THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana. Arthur Smith was issued a traf c citation for speeding, added Deputy Schoonmaker. 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). Michael Oliver Wright, 38, N.E. Brinkerhoff, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 27 by Deputy Elbert Kline on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with burglary of a conveyance. His bond was set at $2,500. Gordon Clay Trimble, 37, S.W. 17th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 27 by Deputy Matt Hurst on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence with property damage and driving while license suspended. His bond had not been set as of newspaper deadline. Javier Ojeda-Rodriguez, 41, N.E. 48th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 28 by Deputy Cody Hurst on misdemeanor charges of violation of probation driving under the in uence and violation of probation no v alid driver's license. His bond was set at $2,500. Joshua Bo Duke, 29, N.W. 27th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 28 by Deputy Brian Cross on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. His bond was set at $6,000. Nicki Lynn Gatlin, 34, S.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 29 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. Her bond was set at $500. Jesus Gregorio Hernandez, 44, Harrison Road, Lake Placid, was arrested Nov. 29 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on felony charges of carrying a concealed rearm and grand theft- rearm, and a misdemeanor charge of no valid driver's license. His bond was set at $5,250. Benjamin Donis Donis-Florian, 45, S.E. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 29 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). His bond was set at $2,500. Lisa Janeen Sills, 43, E. Center St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 29 by Deputy John Hazy on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging her with felony battery. Her bond was set at $2,500. Joseph Francesco Arbelo, 31, N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 30 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. His bond was set at $1,500. Robert Lee Harris, 54, N.W. 344th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by Deputy Paul Jackson on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill (two counts). His bond was set at $5,000. Roy John Devore, 42, S.E. 10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by Deputy John Ashby on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felony driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $2,500. 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. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sat. 9-5 • Sun. 9-415601 W. Midway Rd, Ft. PierceParking Lot trolley BIG FREE DOOR PRIZES „ they make great Christmas gifts! EXPRESS CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT CLASSES!FREE Fun Hands-On Self Defense Seminars for Women and Men Taught by the Pros Discounted Guns, Hunting Gear, AMMO, Knives, Stun Guns, Survival & Military Gear and More!$7.00 at the door for adults; Kids under 14 free. www.patriotshows.com  866-611-0442  FREE parking BIG St. Lucie County Fairgrounds Fort Pierce HOLIDAYGUN SH W! DECEMBER 7 8 11 Okeechobee News December 4, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Elementary’s Recycle dayAmerica Recycles Day, held every year on Nov. 15, is a national campaign to raise awareness about the bene ts of recycling and buying products made with recycled materials. On that day Mrs. Jones' and Mrs. Fulleda's Recycling Rock Stars hosted, Central's Recycling Day. An assembly took place were more than 600 students, staff and faculty members came together to pledge to recycle and tell others about the importance of recycling. This year Central will be having another paper drive throughout the school year and hopes to exceed the 2,630 lbs. of paper collected last year. Central will also be recycling juice pouches and empty Elmer's glue bottles and stick. We want to thank Teresa Chandler and Stacey Lowe from Waste Management for their support in helping Central make a difference. We invite the community of Okeechobee to join Central Elementary in celebrating Earth Day every day.

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Household items & shop tools. start 12/6/13 thru 12/8/13 Dawn til dusk. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesRV DETAILING AND POWER WASHING. $30 PER HOUR FOR MAN AND TOOLS. BEST PRICE IN TOWN CALL TODAY MIKE 812-767-6951 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Special Notice UP TO $100 each for Okeechobee County Florida License Plate Before 1964 Beginning with 57. Rusty Bent Tags OK. Jeff Francis 727-424-1576 email gobucs13@aol.com www. oridalicense plates.com Employment Full Time Seminole Tribe of Florida Brighton ReservationPLUMBERInstallation, maintenance, and repair of plumbing xtures, water circulation, and irrigation systems. Send resumes to: 954-967-3477 or Kabienaime@semtribe.com CDL DRIVER Class A Must have DOT medical,clean driving history and 3 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 4:00. Kissimmee River Restoration Project S-65EX1 Cajun Constructors is hiring concrete labors, carpenters, crane operators, and Quality Control personnel. 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 Full Time Homestyle Country Cook Needed! At private hunting camp in Lake Port. Must be able to clean lodges. Starting pay is $8.00/hr during training. Please send resume to: okeechobeeout tters @yahoo.com or call 863-655-2454 or 863-634-7449. Ask for Carla or Danny. Experienced Finish Dozer Operators, End Dump operators and Drivers with CDL & HAT MAT endorsement. Drug Free Workplace. EOE. Email resume to mash@optsvc.com or fax to 863-467-8067. DRIVERS $5000 Sign-n Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises 1-855-517-2488 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full TimeCITY OF OKEECHOBEE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS UNTIL 4:30 P.M., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 FOR A PART-TIME SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD See website for application & job description: cityofokeechobee.com or from City Hall, City Clerks Of ce, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 100, Okeechobee, FL, 863-763-3372 ext. 215. Successful candidates are required to pass a pre-employment substance screening/physical. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Seacoast National Bank is looking for Customer Service Associates to join our team! Responsibilities include performing duties as a Teller or Branch Specialist which include paying and receiving monies, opening and closing accounts, and cross selling bank products and services. This Travel Team position will be for our entire Big Lake Region branches which are in Moore Haven, LaBelle, Clewiston, Lake Placid, Arcadia and Okeechobee. The home based branch for this position, when not traveling between branches, is in Okeechobee. A valid driver’s license and dependable transportation are required. Mileage is currently being paid at .565 per mile. Please visit our website at www.seacoastnational .com to apply. We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform preemployment substance abuse testing. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads AppliancesFOR SALE A 2008 GAS DRYER, MAKE IS TRAM. $900 OR O.B.O. LIKE NEW CALL BERTHA 863-801-6663 FurnitureGREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT 72” TALL X 30” WIDE SOLID OAK MIRRORED HALL TREE COAT RACK W/STORAGE EXCELLANT CONDITION ASKING $225 O.B.O. CALL (863)447-0742. Miscellaneous Authentic coach bags and accessories New and gently used coach (863)447-3676GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT SPORTSCRAFT ELECTRIC TURBO POWERED AIR HOCKEY TABLE W/DIGITAL SCORE BOARD 2 4 PLAYERS INCLUDES ALL GAME PIECES & MANUAL PAID OVER $300 ASKING $185 O.B.O. CALL (863) 447-0742. Musical InstrumentsGREAT GRANDMA’S ANTIQUE HANDCRAFTED OAK LORETO CHICAGO PUMP ORGAN PERFECTLY TUNED SINGS LIKE A BIRD WILL SACRIFICE AT $800 O.B.O. CALL (863)447-0742. Pets/SuppliesYorkie Male Puppy beautiful baby doll head,short nose and large eyes. Will be very small last one available for 7 months. BullMastiffs also available. 863-261-3246 Wanted To BuyLooking to buy Single wide Mobile home 92 or newer. Just Mobile Home. Call 772-370-5149 Lawn & GardenFor Sale Dixon Extra Commercial 60 inch cut like new $4,800. 1 Dixie Chopper older great shape $2,500 Call 772-370-5149 ApartmentsApartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2BA Large Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 IN TOWN OKEE1br./1ba. furnished or unfurnished. Nice area. Utilities & lawn included. $700/mo., 1st & $300 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861. TOWNCENTER APTS. 2 br./1 1/2 ba. Apts. Move-In Special 50% off 1st month Rent! 863-763-8878 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž 12 Okeechobee News December 4, 2013

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Condos/Townhouses RentOAK LAKE VILLA #17, 2/2, w/all appliances. $800/mo. 1st, last, and $500 security required. (863)467-5965 leave a message. TAYLOR CREEK Condo 1BR, 1BA, furnished, No pets. Pool. $650 mo. plus deposit. Yearly Lease. Call 502-468-5976. Houses Rent2BR DUPLEX, CLEAN, QUIET. DIXIE RANCH ACRES AREA. PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL. $550/MO., WATER & LAWN MAINTENANCE INCLUDED. $400 SECURITY. 863-610-0001 A DORABLE, OKEECHOBEE: In Town, 2 BR, 1 BA, W/D Hookup. Lawn Service. Non Smoking Env. Small pet okay. $750 mo. 1st, last & sec. (941)504-3954 Dixie Ranch Estates, 3 bedroom 2 bath cbs house, all tile, fenced yard, 1 small pet okay, $750.00 per month and 1st and security deposit of $1,000.00 to move in also references needed. Please call 561-596-1344 OKEE2/1 $498.00 and 3/2 $ 625.00 Newly updated 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included Call for details. Mon -Fri. No Pets 863-467-9800. ON RIM CANAL Freshly redone, 3BR, 2.5 BA, garage, boat dock. $750 mo. water incl. Call 772-359-1640. Office Space RentGREAT LOCATION SMART SET PLAZA ACROSS FROM McDONALD’S, HWY 70, 3080sq. ft. COMMERCIAL SPACE. CALL 561-996-7491 “Next to Court House” Commercial Space 500 SF and up First month rent free 863-467-0651 Houses SaleDirect River/Lake Access No lock to go through. Very nice park model w/full Florida rm., screened porch & double car port. Fully furnished, comes with boat slip on Kissimee River. $32,500. 574-261-2045 or 574-784-2002. Land SaleLand For Sale Hwy 78 By River 10 acre tract, City Water, Sewage, Elec. $80,000 Firm Call 863-697-2566 Lots SaleBUILD TO SUIT ON BLUE HERON GOLF COURSE LOT. GUARANTEED 90 DAY COMPLETION. BANK FINANCING, CALL ROLAND LICENSED GENERAL CONTRACTOR #CGC1511618 863-634-7722 Mobile Home LotsCONCRETE PAD for motor homes or large travel trailer located on Canal in Taylor Creek Isles. Includes all utils. $550/month. Call 770-289-8144. Mobile Home Rent1 AND 2 BEDROOM FULLY FURNISHED, GREAT LOCATION RENT INCLUDES ELECTRIC AND DIRECT TV. CALL 239-246-6301 2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, central air, Fully furnished $400 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 2bd/2ba BHR Waterfront home $800 a month utilities, lawn, garbage included. 3bd/2ba MH BHR on Rim Canal handicapped accessible, Elevator, walk-in tub, etc. $800.00 monthly lawn,garbage and exterminating included Available in December. Call 863-467-0745 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 DOUBLEWIDE 3BR, 2BA, Treasure Island, lg. storage shed. $700/mo. + sec. & dep. Call 863-467-2563 or 863-447-2172. SMALL TRAVEL trailer, all utilities included. $450/month. + $300 security. On Rim Canal. Call 863-697-0214. Land Sale Mobile Home RentNICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 2bd & 1bd homes in nice quiet park, small dog okay, Security required. 239-246-6301 Mobile HomeSale Mobile HomeSale Mobile HomeSale55+ 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 KOUNTRY AIRE home set up in park, Complete 4” insulated roofed over 1986 Top Of Line 40’ KOUNTRY AIRE with 25.5’x14’ Florida room. Lg. access extra door; Full tub/shower, New highrise toilet, dress-in size bathroom. 1 King bdrm, 1 Queen 14’x9’ lower bedroom. Roomy closets/kitchen/cabinets. Some newly custom made. New A/C. Very clean, (really) newly decorated. FULLY STOCKED. Came home, now unable to go back. Wanted $15,000 but dropping to $12,000 for quick sale. Vantage Oaks Park, Lot 31. Okee. neighbor showing it, call: 863-623-4780 leave message. Owner in Indiana: 765-538-3480 Home# leave message. Cell: 765-418-0938 (for nancial & more details.) Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 Stock Sequoia 2,200 sq ft $12K OFF! Starting at $499/month John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. Campers/RVs1999 BOUNDER MOTOR HOME, DIESEL PUSHER, COMPLETELY REBUILT CALL 563-529-4048 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Automobiles Automobiles Automobiles2004 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS GS V8 305 LOW MILES 1 OWNER WELL MAINTAINED COLD A/C LEATHER FULLY LOADED RUNS GREAT ASKING $6390 O.B.O. CALL (863) 447-0742. 2013 Chrysler 200 LX Economical 4cyl, fact. warranty, p/w & p/l Was $16,995, Holiday Sale-Price just $14,885 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863) 983-4600 2013 Dodge Avenger SE Sedan Sporty 4cyl, fact. wheel pkg, dk blue Was $16,995, Holiday Sale Price only $14,995 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863) 983-4600 2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L Beautiful Car in Cabernet Pearl w/leather Was $24,994, Holiday Sale Priced just $23,875 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863)983-4600 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Four WheelDrive2013 Ram 2500 Crew Cab 4x4 Cummins, SLT pkg, under 15K miles! HUGE savings over new -price at $39,875 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863) 983-4600 Sport Utility2010 Mercury Mariner Premier Loaded 4cyl. w/ leather, very clean SUV! Was $14,995 Manager’s special only $13,445 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863)983-460 2013 Ford Expedition XLT 4x2 3 rows o f seats, tow pkg, fact. warranty Save thousands vs. new! On sale for $30,875 Call Rick at Alan Jay Chrysler @ (863) 983-4600 Public Notice Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE A public auction will be held at YOUR 1 STOP AUTO SHOP, INC. Lot at 521 East Haiti Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440 on Monday the 16th of December from 10:00-11:00 A.M Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 2005 Ford Vin # 1FTPX14585FA33242 2006 Chev Vin # 2G1WB55K769347201 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS “ with no guarantees. 457826 ON 12/4/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 47-2013-CA-000235 DLJ MORTGAGE CAPITAL, INC ; Plaintiff, VS. FOX; JOANNA FOX; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; UNKNOWN TENANT #1 IN POSSESSION OF THE PROPERTY; UNKNOWN TENANT #2 IN POSSESSION OF THE PROPERTY; Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): DAVID DWIGHT FOX Last Known Address 5869 NW 154TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 JOANNA FOX Last Known Address 5869 NW 154TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 15, PLATTS BLUFF RANCHES, AS PER SURVEY THEREOF, RECORDED IN O.R. BOOK 171, PAGE 877, ALSO RECORDED IN O.R. BOOK 172, PAGE 343, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA TOGETHER WITH A 2005 MERT DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME VIN #FLHML2F166928480A AND TITLE NO. 93496319 AND VIN #FLHML2F16628480B AND TITLE NO. 93499478 a/k/a 5869 NW 154TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of you written defenses, if any, to it, on Marinosci Law Group, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 1045, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309, within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in the THE OKEECHOBEE NEWS, le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demand in the complaint. This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2.065. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to provide reasonable accommodations when requested by quali ed persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in a court proceeding or access to a court facility, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Court Administration, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986; (772) 807-4370; 1-800-955-8771, if you are hearing or voice impaired. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 27th day of November, 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON, As Clerk of the Court BY: Jennifer Rediker, As Deputy Clerk 457645 ON 12/4,11/2013 13 Okeechobee News December 4, 2013 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY AIR CONDITIONING ATTORNEYS WANTED TO BUY POWER WASHING FURNITURE LOCAL DONATIONS HEALTH FOODS 863-763-6742 7/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € OkeechobeeEMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! 763-8391CACO 23499€24/7 Emergency Service€Senior Citizen Discount€ FREE Estimates on System Replacements. We Sell The Best And Service The Rest!Ž HOSKINS, TURCO, LLOYD & LLOYD HoskinsTurco.com 212 S. Parrott Ave Okeechobee357-5800 Local donations helping Local peopleA ministry with a heart for the hurtingFREE PICKUPOkeechobee Campus 7595 NE 128th Ave, Okeechobee, FL863-763-4224www.faithfarm.orgAccepting donations of household goods. Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553W e B u y S c r a p G o l d S i l v e r a n d C o i n s Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, P.A.REBECCA H. BOLDT, Attorney at Law RICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Attorney at Law 863-467-1894 Pete’s Professional Power Washing 863-801-8377 READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful!

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14 Okeechobee News December 4, 2013 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Finish using TurboTax, say 6 They have scales and keys 10 Avon lady, e.g.? 14 Pitch man? 15 Little bit of everything 16 Tip-top 17 Latitude between the South Frigid Zone and South Temperate Zone 20 Surfboard fin 21 Native of Lima 22 Novelist Kesey 23 Hindquarters 25 Arms treaty subjects, briefly 27 Tried something out 32 Cleaned ones plate 33 Indian megalopolis 34 Copious 38 Agent under M 40 Highways and byways 42 Chimney sweepings 43 Lipstick mishap 45 Springs, in a way 47 Refs decision 48 Test-drove, with inŽ 51 Environmental activist Jagger 54 Copyeditors catch, hopefully 55 Commentator Coulter 56 16th-century Spanish fleet 60 Science fiction prize 63 Macroeconomic theory to explain inflation 66 Faded in the stretch 67 Dust Bowl migrant 68 Denoting a loss, as on a balance sheet 69 Every twelve mos. 70 Unites 71 Napoleon, ultimately DOWN 1 Guesstimates at Marylands BWI 2 Name on a dictionary 3 Involve oneself 4 Roughly three miles 5 Push the wrong button, e.g. 6 Candlelight visitor? 7 Et __: and others 8 Trillionth: Pref. 9 Youre not the only one!Ž 10 Block 11 Is way cool 12 Coastal area 13 The Wonder YearsŽ years 18 Whirlybird 19 Prefix with mural 24 Near the center 26 Shady group? 27 Ties up the line 28 Element element 29 High, as a kite 30 Quay 31 Pitcher Nomo 35 Jeopardy!Ž category 36 Mischief-making Norse god 37 Henry VIs school 39 Rosy-fingeredŽ time of day, per Homer 41 Counting SheepŽ mattresses 44 Postgame rundown 46 I just had an idea!Ž 49 __-minded 50 Egyptian with a riddle 51 Like some limericks 52 . . the bombs bursting __ . .Ž 53 California pro 57 Karaoke prop 58 Stomach product 59 Unenviable grades 61 Highlands native 62 Merrie __ England 64 Joseph of ice cream fame 65 Diner dessert By James Sajdak (c)2011TribuneMediaServices,Inc. 10/26/11 10/26/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com 2014 Community GuideOkeechobee County Call today to reserve your ad space! 863.763.3134 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsKiana Hardy had 28 points and Tianna Thomas added 21 points to lead Clewiston (4-3) to a 55-51 victory over Okeechobee in high school girl’s basketball action Monday in Okeechobee. Cheyenne Nunez had 20 points while Bethany Stuart added 12 points for OHS, (2-5). Clewiston led 25-19 at the half and built a nine-point lead in the second half only to see Okeechobee rally with a, 8-0 run to pull to within one point, 50-49 in the nal minute on a 3 pointer by Taylor Trent, who had nine points. Baylee Farless had eight points for Okeechobee. Her two free throws cut the lead to 52-51 w ith :07 left but Okeechobee was unable to foul and the Tigers were able to dribble out the clock. Hardy hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Tigers. Hardy said she felt it was harder to play the Brahmans for the second time this year because both teams were more familiar with one another. “It was a better game this time. They have gotten better. In the rst game they didn’t shoot well from the outside and tonight they did,” she said. Hardy made two free throws that gave the Tigers a 52-49 lead with 14 seconds to go. “I had to make them because if I didn’t we w ould have lost the game,” she explained. Brahman coach Morgan Ungerott said the team put in a lot of intensity towards the end of the game but had some lapses in the middle of the game which cost them. She said they must decide that they want to play and w in games. “It is hard to simulate this kind of defensive pressure in practice and when we get into games like this we freak out a little bit. Hopefully we can learn from this and move on and w in the next close game,” she said. While Hardy said her team must work on their defense and rebounding, Ungerott said her team has shown some progress and is starting to understand the team concept a little more. “It is always tough to lose a close one at home but the team is starting to nish and make layups and understand the bigger picture. I hope that one of these days it’ll turn into a win,” she added. Nunez enjoyed a strong game on both ends of the oor for the Lady Brahmans. Farless provided some tough work on the boards. In the end it was a couple of costly turnovers that prevented the comeback win. Ungerott said Imari Roberts did a great job on defense against Hardy but got tired at times. Okeechobee only dressed eight players for the game and their starters had to play extended minutes. “Imari did a really good job on her, she boxed out and I couldn’t have asked for better defense from her,” she added. Ungerott said Thomas was also a tough match up. She was cold in the rst half, but Thomas warmed up with a big third quarter with some 3-point baskets that really got the Tigers going. The girls travel to Moore Haven on Wednesday night to meet the Terriers. Tip off was scheduled for 6 p.m. The girls also travel to Jensen Beach on Thursday night. Clewiston squeaks by OHS Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Cheyenne Nunez, #23, passes the ball up the court during Monday’s game. Nunez led the Lady Brahmans with 20 points. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsJessica Levy had three goals and two assists to lead Martin County (9-3) to a 5-2 victory over Okeechobee in girls prep v arsity soccer action Monday at Brahman Stadium. Okeechobee earned a measure of respect as they improved their play from a November match in Stuart where the Lady Tigers rolled 8-0 to get a mercy rule. Rosa Borja and Keirstin Bostwick scored goals for Okeechobee. Stormy Stokes had 17 saves in the Brahman net. Martin County scored 7 minutes into the match and added a goal off a corner kick to make it 2-0 in the 13th minute. Stokes made some impressive saves which included a one on one opportunity in front of the net in the rst half. Coach Sonya Smith said she saw a huge difference in the level of play of her team. The girls did a much better job protecting the ball and with their passes. The team was also praised for their hustle, their willingness to listen to the coaches and their ability to communicate with each other on the eld. “I was pleasantly pleased. Our biggest goal was to avoid the mercy rule because we didn’t want that to happen tonight. To walk away with two goals on Martin County is pretty tremendous,” she added. Smith said the team has improved a lot this year from the rst game. She said the passes after the rst 15 minutes of the match were spot on, the team hustled more and did a great job. She said Martin County appeared to be surprised by the competitiveness of this match. “I think they got frustrated. We stood our ground here and I think they expected to come out here and walk away at halftime with an 8-0 victory. I think they were surprised and I’m grateful we were able to surprise them,” she noted. OHS ladies lose prep soccer tilt

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B.A.S.S. will host the inaugural Bassmaster Wild Card tournament presented by Star Tron, Dec. 5 7, on Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee. This is an event that will determine the nal competitor in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic eld. Bassmaster Elite Series and Bass Pro Shop Bassmaster Opens anglers will have one last opportunity to qualify to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic to be held Feb. 21-23 in Birmingham, Ala., with shing on Lake Guntersville. From watching the rst boats launch at 7 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 5, and the nal weighin at C. Scott Driver Boat Ramp on Saturday at 3 p.m., to participating in sponsor activities planned throughout the tournament, all aspects of the event are free and open to the public, including: Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 a.m. -the full eld of anglers launch on Lake Okeechobee. Public launch viewing is available from C. Scott Driver Marina. At 3 p.m. is the of cial weigh-in at C. Scott Driver Marina. Friday, Dec. 6, 7 a.m. -the full eld of anglers launch on Lake Okeechobee. Public launch viewing is available from the C. Scott Driver Marina. The of cial weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. at the C. Scott Driver Marina. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 a.m. the top 12 anglers launch for the nal day of Bassmaster Wild Card competition. From noon until 6 p.m. B.A.S.S. will sponsor activities and demonstrations. The of cial nal weigh-in for the 2013 Bassmaster Wild Card winner starts at 3 p.m. at the C. Scott Driver Marina. B.A.S.S. sponsor representatives will be on site throughout the tournament with activities for attendees. Companies such as Livingston, Power-Pole, and Rigid will have booths and demonstrations. The host organization for the event is the Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council. The 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Of cial Sponsors are: Toyota, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats The 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors are: Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, LuckE-Strike, Power-Pole, Ramada, Shimano The 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Proud Partner is Mustang SurvivalAbout B.A.S.S.For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass shing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community o f bass anglers through its Bassmaster medi a vehicles. The Bassmaster brand and its multimedi a platforms are guided by a mission to serve all shing fans. Through its industry-leading publications Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times comprehensive website Bassmaster.com and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle. The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Cabela's B.A.S.S. Federation Nation events and the ultimate celebration of competitive shing, the Bassmaster Classic. B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala. For more information, visit www.bassmaster.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For more information, contact 863.763.3134 email ”bizsearch@newszap.com 15 Okeechobee News December 4, 2013 Big ‘O’ site of Bassmaster Wild Card tournament Martha’s House needs toys for children in shelterIt's the time of year when Martha's House Shelter and director Crystal Royal call on you to work a miracle. This may very well be the only time a child in our shelter will experience the true meaning of Christmas. If you have a toy to donate, call Crystal at 863-763-0596.Drop off sites for gifts and Santa photosCelebrate Christmas at Texaco, 4993 HWY 441 S. on Dec. 20 25, Santa will be there every evening from 6 p.m. 10 p.m. The store will be open all day Christmas until 10 p.m. and Santa will be giving gifts on Christmas Day. You can have your picture taken with Santa in the evenings. There will be live concerts at different times through out the evenings and invite everyone to come and join the festivities. We are having a contest for the best Holiday Ornaments and you can donate to Children Ranch as well. For more information call 863-623-4939.

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