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Okeechobee man’s drawing honoring wife’s battle with cancer sparks lawsuit threats from Komen FoundationBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two local breast cancer survivors said they were shocked when they were told the Susan G. Komen South Florida af liate could not provide them with nancial help because they live in Okeechobee County. And now, one of those survivors is faced with a possible lawsuit by the Susan G. Komen Foundation because of something her husband drew while she was hospitalized and waiting for surgery. "A lot of people in this community have had breast cancer and not one of them have ever mentioned that foundation has helped them in any way. Not one of them got any assistance," said Jamie Hans. "I don't understand why Oke-echobee is left out. I have a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to these bigger organizations." And Mrs. Hans is not alone. Sharon Wallace also found out the hard way that Komen South Florida does not provide help for breast cancer patients in Okeechobee. "There have been people who have called them and asked them for help, but they were told no," she said. "It's like we're in a big blac k hole." Mrs. Hans, the of ce manager for Dr. Tristan Pangilinan, feels like she and others who are ghting this battle are being penalized for living in Okeechobee. "And even though I know my way around the medical profession, I found it hard to get help because I live in Okeechobee. All of the foundations turned me away because I didn't live in Martin County," she said. "It's hard. It's really hard." Local patients have also learned there is little help for them from the American Cancer Society (ACS). "Relay for Life does $40,000 and we don't get any of it," said Sharon. When contacted by e-mail Emily Gregory, an ACS staff partner for Okeechobee, said 100 percent of the money raised through Relay for Life goes to research, road to recovery drivers, look good and feel better programs and wig rooms. "A certain amount doesn't exactly go straight back to the counties (sic) itself but Okeechobee utilizes and has all of the above programs which get funded that way," wrote Ms. Gregory. According to Dayve L. Gabbard, the executive director for the Susan G. KoNo funds for local cancer patients Friday, January 24, 2014 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 105 No. 11 13.87 feetLast Year: 14.87 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. Taylor Creek Bass Club tournament ... Page 12 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A tentative agreement has been reached on a teacher's contract between the Okeechobee County Educators Association #1604 and the Okeechobee School Board. Included in the agreement are salary hikes for all teachers and an agreement on how to evaluate teachers. The teachers will see increases of between $1,600 and $2,400 annually, depending upon their evaluation of effective or highly effective. They also will see increases by new steps on the salary schedule. The total pay hikes will range from $1,732 to $3,600 this year. The proposed contract also includes an increase in rst year teacher salaries from Teachers to vote on new contract At left is the artwork designed for Sharon Wallace based on a sketch drawn by her husband. Above is the logo of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. See ART — Page 10 See SCHOOL — Page 5

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Today: Sun and a few passing clouds. High 63F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 38F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday: Abundant sunshine. High 69F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 47F. Winds light and variable. Sunday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 74F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 54F. Winds light and variable. Monday: Partly cloudy. High 78F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Rosary peas poisonous I saw this story about a man in Glades County accused of selling a toxin more deadly than ricin — and the poison apparently comes from a plant that is now growing wild in Florida. It’s on the IFAS “noxious weeds” list and poisonous to people and livestock (if the exterior of the seed is broken) so it is now illegal to cultivate it or sell it, but since birds spread the seed it’s one of those “ornamental” plants that turned out to be an environmental nightmare.  I used to play with these as a kid, never knew they were toxic.  I wonder how many of them I swallowed as a kid. They were the ammunition of choice for pea shooters. I didn’t know that they were toxic until I saw a chart in an ER. Now I keep them pulled down so that my grandkids won’t get to them.  Back in the ‘50s we played with those things as children. Kids would harvest them, picking them out of the pods, putting them in bowls or jars for keepsakes because they were so pretty and abundant; especially abundant on the sand ridges anyway, not seeing them as much around ’Chobee. I’ve even seen the pods with attached peas used in ower arrangements. Hmmm, sure didn’t know they were that poisonous, guring they were about like playing around castor bean plants, Brazilian pepper trees, or Oleanders ... just knew not to put them in our mouth.  As for the teen in Glades County who was alledgedly selling poison online with the intent of helping his clients murder others, what kind of person does that? I am glad they caught him and I trust he will stay locked up.  So many things are potentially dangerous, but a little common sense does go a long way. For example, for years parents warned their kids not to play in drainage ditches or stormwater, and they didn’t even know about the brain eating amoebas that might lurk there. They just knew it wasn’t clean water so better to stay out of it. Many plants that grow in Florida are poisonous so until a kid is old enough to know better, you don’t let the little ones out of sight of the supervising adult.  I was reading a link on his arrest last night, and they’ve released some of the transcripts/e-mails between him and the undercover agent. YES, this guy needed arresting! He de nitely had gured out the measurement needed per pound for death, speci cally mentioning humans, and that this stuff is not usually looked for in autopsies. He sounded like a sicko and I’m glad they got him off the streets ... now the task begins to see if they can keep him that way– “off the streets.”  A person who would make and sell poison with instructions on how much to use to kill another human being has no conscience. They need to nd out just how much of the poison was sold and to whom, and add charges for conspiracy to commit murder or for being an accomplice to murder.  Here’s the thing about Florida. Lots of stuff here can kill you. We’ve got castor beans. We’ve got oleander. We’ve probably got lots more poisonous plants. Certainly there are a lot more plants that the ranchers will pull if they see them because they are harmful to livestock. Then there are the deadly snakes and spiders. We’ve got mosquitoes that carry all kinds of diseases, and of course the critters like raccoons and skunks might be rabid. And we’ve got alligators that will go after people if they are hungry enough or if the person is stupid enough to get in harm’s way. Lots of stuff in Florida can kill you. But people survive here anyway. So, I wouldn’t worry too much about the rosary peas. Just cut the plants down if you see them and don’t let your kids run wild. YOUNIFIED is a success!What a night! YOUNIFIED 2014 was a major success and it would not have happened without many individuals, businesses, churches and organizations truly stepping out for the youth of Okeechobee County. We would like to give a BIG thank you to our corporate sponsors who played a vital part in making YOUNIFIED 2014 a success: The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee, Seminole Tribe of Okeechobee/Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School FCA Chapter, Walpole, Inc., Okeechobee Christian Academy and American Drilling Services. We would also like to thank the following for their signi cant contributions: More 2 Life Youth, Fountain of Life Youth, First Baptist Youth, Reach FM 90.5, The Okeechobee News, The Penny Saver, CenterState Bank, Hoot Worley Construction, Williamson Cattle Company, Real Life Children’s Ranch, OHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Papa John’s, Serenity Coffee Shop, Teez To Pleez, Superior Water, Holiday Inn, Quail Creek Plantation, Okeechobee Music, Cindy Maynard and her kitchen crew, Davey Altman, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, Home Depot, Okeechobee The Magazine, Osceola Middle School, Okeechobee County School Board, Heartland Magazine, Shelly Sickles, Jackie Anvez, Clint and Heather Rucks, More 2 Life Set-up, Sound and Worship Teams and the countless additional volunteers who helped on the night of the event! On Saturday, Jan. 11, the Osceola Middle School gymnasium was lled with 540 6th12th graders and about 250 other children, college students and adults. This completel y free event started out with pizza, prizes and great music from local rapper D Kidd. Nex t was American Idol nalist and Christian music artist, Jason Castro. Castro was the headline musician who performed many of his current radio hits as the students crowed th e stage and sang along. After a great time of music, the mood grew more serious as nationally renowned youth speaker and author, Jeffrey Dean, too k the stage. Dean told stories that brough t both laughs and tears and held the audience captive as he challenged the students to make right choices and live for the righ t reasons. Many students made decisions to change their lives, live for God and dedicat e themselves to a life of right choices and to in uence others to do the same. For the second year in a row, Ruthie J from Reach FM 90.5 emceed the event and presented prizes. By the end of the evening, $3000 worth of prizes were given away including an iPad, laptop computer, Xbox 360, home theater systems, gaming chairs, televisions and much more!! The YOUNIFIED Executive Committe e would like to say thank you to each and every individual, business, church and organization that played a part in the success o f this year’s event. We could not have don e it without YOU! Most of all, we give thanks to God Almighty ... to Him be the glory! W e are already planning for next year, so let us know if YOU want to be a part of YOUNIFIED 2015! Bobby Steiert YOUNIFIED Executive Committee chairman January 24, 2014 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! Okeechobee Forecast CorrectionThe Wednesday, Jan. 22 edition of this newspaper contained an unfortunate error on the Obituary page. Due to a computer glitch, the obituary for Geneva Merriman was published with the photo of Beverly Lloyd Wilson. We apologize to the families of Beverly Lloyd Wilson and Geneva Merriman for the error and for any confusion, distress or inconvenience it may have caused. Both of the obituaries are published in today’s paper on page 6.

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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 YOUR CHURCH PENTECOSTAL NON-DENOMINATIONAL Advertise Your Church Happenings! Special Services and Times Prayer Meetings, etc. Call 863-763-3134 or email okeeadsales@newszap.com Join us for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern Gospel favorites, and piano and bass duets on 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. Evangelists Bennie & Tammy JonesTammy will be ministering to the ladies of the area on Saturday, Feb. 1st at 11am with lunch to follow. Bishop Bennie will be ministering to all starting on Sunday, Feb. 2nd at 10:30am, with a potluck lunch after. Mon, Feb. 3rd thru Wed. Feb. 5th at 6:30pm Point of Light Fellowship 15399 E. Hwy 78, LakeportREVIVAL AppearinginConcert Ron & Sharon FrazierCountry Gospel Music Join Us1 1 a m s e r v i c e s Living Word ofFaith Church 1 9 0 2 S P a r r o t t A v e Sunday, Jan. 26th11am service SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTJanuary Rates Cougar Trail and Panther Creek Golf Courses 18 Holes Specials Include Tax & Cart! For Tee Times Call 863-655-0101Highway 98 30 mi N of Okeechobee$3200Before 12 noon $2800After 12 noon$400 off per person when booking a foursome 5 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014 $34,000 to $36,000. The average salary hike is 4.96 percent but the individual increases range, depending on the salary schedule, from 3.16 percent to 10.59 percent. Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joni A rd, who served as chief negotiator for the district, said she was thrilled to see this agreement. “We are very happy with the tentative agreement. The money set aside by the governor to fund pay increases will now happen,” she said. Ms. Ard said the two sides came back to the table originally to look at some other issues but decided to reopen talks, even after impasse was declared in December. “We were open for other discussions and both sides were open to it. I think it is a wonderful package and I’m very hopeful that the v oting members of the union will think likew ise, and we’ll get this voted on and get it moving,” she added. Ms. Ard admitted the evaluation system w as extremely complex, dif cult and cumbersome to develop. She said they wanted to make sure that all issues were considered and that all of the different types of teachers w ere treated fairly. “It is hard to know how things are going to fall out. We gave a lot of bene t of the doubt toward the teachers and I’m interested to see how things work out in the end w ith the evaluation system,” she added. Teachers will get some extra points for teaching low-performing students and both sides wanted to get a better handle on student growth and how to measure that. Union President Tom Bonasera said it was really pleasant to come to the table and close out the contract. He said it’ll take another week or more to explain the contract to the union members and he wants them to have time to understand it and then make an informed decision on the vote. He said that vote could take place in late January or early February. “The raise is a nice thing. We stabilized the salary schedule as each step is a set amount, $400,” said Mr. Bonasera. “In the past you could get a $200 raise one year and a $2,000 raise the next, it was unorganized.” Mr. Bonasera said this helps the district because they can better predict what their costs for salaries will be from year to year. He also noted teachers remain concerned about the evaluation system. He said it is subjective and there is little to no local control. The union goal was to protect teachers and adequately score student growth. Some points were added in certain categories to ensure teachers are rewarded when lowperforming students show improvement. “Teachers are working hard to make kids succeed and we want to make sure they get rewarded,” he explained. Mrs. Ard said the evaluation agreement will reward good teaching and student growth. Within three years, 50 percent of the score will be based upon student achievement. She said concessions were made by both sides and the two sides were able to negotiate a deal that works for both sides. Union of cials said they hoped to have the membership vote by the end of the month. The school board could vote on the package at their Feb. 11 meeting. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 On Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., Heartland Educational Consortium in cooperation with its member districts, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee, will present the Seventeenth Annual Honor Band Concert. The performance will be at South Florida State College Auditorium. The Heartland Educational Consortium Board recognizes this as one of the most outstanding programs in Florida for instrumental music. Band directors from the districts work diligently to provide such an exciting opportunity for their best musicians. The students from the participating school districts have been selected based upon their musical ability. They will have the opportunity to perform with a group of approximately 100 musicians who have demonstrated their expertise. The middle school students will perform rst; followed by the senior high students. Most of the 200 students have never had the opportunity to perform in a group of this magnitude or with this level of musical skill. Honor band concert planned

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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.Beverly Lloyd Wilson OKEECHOBEE — Beverly Lloyd Wilson of Boca Raton, Fla., died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. Beverly was born Dec. 13 in Alliance, Ohio to Issac and Freda Lloyd. She moved to South Florida in 1952 with her husband and children and entered into a long career in hospitality and property management. After retiring in 2005, Beverly stayed active, loving to dance and visit with friends and family. Beverly is survived by her two sons, Billy (Debbie) Wilson and Bruce (Kim) Wilson; two daughters, Becky Wilson and Bonita Wilson Green; nine grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Wilson; and her sisters, Doris Honchell and Marvel Stratman. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Boca Raton, FL. Efrain “Billy” Ochoa, Sr., 70Efrain “Billy” Ochoa, Sr. of Okeechobee died Jan. 22, 2014. He was born Sept. 12, 1943 in Mercedes, Texas to Erasto and Teresa Venezuala Ochoa. He came to Okeechobee about 60 years ago. He was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed shing, visiting with friends and going to the ea markets. He was preceded in death by his two sons, Eddie and Edward Ochoa; and daughter, Emma Lee Ochoa. He is survived by his wife, Hortencia Ochoa of Okeechobee; two sons, Efrain Ochoa, Jr. (Deann) of Georgia and Keith Billie (Margie) of Okeechobee; daughter, Erica Marie Ochoa of Texas; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gary Ochoa (Pauline) and Elmer Ochoa (Diane) of Okeechobee; four sisters, Elma Ochoa of Delray Beach, Elia Juanita Ochoa, Elda Gancerez (Armando) and Estella Ochoa all of Okeechobee. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the 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, 34972Deloris Marie Beeman Propps, 86Okeechobee — Deloris Marie Beeman Propps, wife of James Hilbert “Abe” for six years, peacefully passed away in her sleep at their home in Okeechobee on Jan. 20, 2014. She was born in Anderson, IN to the late Raymond and Myrtle Haines Beeman. She was a graduate of Pendleton High School. Deloris was baptized on the 21st day of May 1960 at East Lynn Christian Church. She retired from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation where she had served as a real estate analyst in Oklahoma, Dallas, New York City and Connecticut. She was a member of the Elk’s Lodge #2871 in Okeechobee. Deloris is survived by her four children, Sherie Kendall, David Kendall (Danese Sloan), Barton Kendall (Marcia) and Linda Bender; grandchildren, Karen Marcus, Owen Long, Bryan Kendall (Mary), Justin Kendall, Katherine Meixell (Chris), Addison Bender; six great-grandchildren. Her brother, Curtis Beeman, preceded her in death. His three daughters, Carole Ann Coan, Janet Anderson and Susan Lambert (Tom) survive their Auntie Deloris. Abe will hold a memorial reception from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home to celebrate her life. The nal resting place will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Ind. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made in Deloris’ name to the St. Joseph’s Indian School, PO Box 300, Chamberlain, SD 57325. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the 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 Geneva Merriman, 74OKEECHOBEE — Geneva Merriman died Jan. 19, 2014. She was born December 18, 1939 in Portageville, Mo. to Walter and Daisey Hall. She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing the slots at the casino, cooking for her family especially pies, and helping others. She was a resident of Okeechobee for 40 years. Ms. Merriman was preceded in death by two grandsons; two brothers, Dallas and Joe Hall; sister, Joy Carnell; the father of her children, Lawrence Merriman; and companion, James Cloinger. She is survived by her two sons, Danny Merriman (Lisa) of Elizabethtown, N.C. and Bobb y Merriman (Nancy) of McAlpin, Fla.; two daughters, Janine Merriman (Jim) and Vicki Goggans (Walter) of Okeechobee; stepson, Brian Cloinger of Ocala; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Robert Hall (Sue) o f Fellsmere, Fla., Jimmy Hall of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Michael Hall (Brenda) of McAlpin, Fla.; three sisters, Pat Carr of Ft. Pierce, Barbara Erts (Barry) of Colorado and Dottie Coker of Ft. Pierce; and companion, Carl Kangieser of Okeechobee. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Father Sean Mulcahy of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of ciating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions ma y be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the 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 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Jan. 24TH Thurs., Jan. 30THFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “ THE NUT JOB”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00I: “I, FRANKENSTEIN”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG PG-13 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014 The Okeechobee County Division of Emergency Management announced Thursday they will be using a new communications service which will notify residents when a potential disaster or other event threatens our community. Nixle Connect allows Emergency Management of cials to create and publish messages to be delivered to residents who subscribe instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Noti cations can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at w ww.nixle.com. The basic service is prov ided by Nixle to public safety agencies at no cost. “With so many residents now using their cell phone as their primary phone and communication device,” (i.e. internet, social media etc ...) “it has been a challenge at times, to get emergency information to residents in a timely enough fashion so they can take action to protect their home and family.” said Director of Emergency Management, Mitch Smeykal. “This product is our rst step in the process of lling that information gap.” Citizen registration and use is also free of charge. Communications can range from emergency alerts to routine day-to-day information (weather alerts, disaster safety tips, shelter information, community outreach programs and general civic affairs). Currently, more than 4,600 public safety agencies around the nation have adopted Nixle for their means of real-time communications with residents, and over 660,000 citizens have signed up to take advantage of the services. Members of the public can register for Nixle Connect by texting their zip code to 888777 or visiting www.nixle.com. You can also contact Mitch Smeykal, Okeechobee County Division of Emergency Management 863-763-3212 for more information. Emergency of ce adds new warning system Community group to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. January special guest speakers will be: Rebecca Barnes, Action Home Health, and Rossana Gonzalez from New Horizons. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome. For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.

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Eagles offering steak dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles 4509 will serve choice ribeye steak, shrimp or sh dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 Entertainment will be provided by Wayne Purvis. On Saturday, Jan. 25, dinner will consist ot chili cheese dogs and fries, and entertainment will be provided by Carl Cable. Sunday, Jan. 26, we are serving southern fried chicken. Tuesday, Jan. 28, is the weekly dart tournament and hamburgers will be served. The public is welcome. All proceeds go to community and national charity funds. For information, call Cypress Hut Eagles at 863467-1154.Eagles host Medicine ManEagles 4137, at 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host entertainment with Medicine Man on Friday, J an. 24 from 7 until 11 p.m. V FW picnic plannedThe VFW 4423 district picnic will be Saturday, Jan. 25 starting at noon. It will feature a sh fry, bounce house and kids games. Burgers and hotdogs will also be available. The public is welcome.Musical presentation offeredA musical theatre presentation will be held at the library on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. It will consist of a short extract on DVD of Ian and Irwin Gordon from "Cabaret, During the Sinatra Era" followed by "A Tribute to A ndrew Lloyd Webber Part I."Commander’s Ball is Jan. 25The Lake VFW Post 10539 will hold the Commander's Ball beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 Entertainment will be provided by Sho-Nuff. Proper attire is requested. For information, call 863-763-2308.Eagles open house slatedAerie 4137/North Eagles, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will sponsor an Open House/Membership Drive on Saturday, Jan. 25 beginning at noon. There will be an authentic barbecue with home-cooked swamp cabbage and all the trimmings for an $8 donation which goes to support charities of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The public is welcomed.Health Expo set for Jan. 25The seventh annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, just off S.R. 710. Take advantage of health screenings and demonstrations. Apply for Florida KidCare, Medicaid and Food Stamps at the Expo. Complete the Know Your Numbers report card, which is a record of your free health screenings and an opportunity to win a prize. For information, call 863-4625000, ext. 257; or, 863-634-6464.Wild game dinner slatedThe Rotary Club of Okeechobee will hold a Walk on the Wild Side wild game dinner at Quail Creek Plantation at 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 A percentage of the funds raised at this event will go directly to Real Life Children's Ranch, and the balance for scholarships for graduating Okeechobee High School students. Tickets are $40 per person. For information, contact Donna Gaiser at 863-610-9416; or, canvas.shop@yahoo.com.Art Fest seeking artistsThe 2014 Top of the Lake Art Fest is looking for artists. Entry forms for artists are now available online at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org as well as the Main Street of ce at 55 S. Parrott Ave. There are four divisions: Juried and Non Juried Booth ne and artisan artists, Chalk Walk (street painting) artists, local adult Gallery artists and student artists. There are deadlines for all entries. The Top of the Lake Art Fest is Feb. 8-9.Annual cat sh festival setThe Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department will hold their 20th annual Buckhead Ridge Cat sh Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Festival organizers are taking booth reservations now. For information: call 863-447-6585; 863-4678220; or, e-mail bhrvfd@yahoo.com.Moose offers Sunday bingoThe Okeechobee Moose and women of the Moose is offering afternoon bingo this Sunday only, Jan. 26 The bonanza starts at 1 p.m. at 159 S.E. 36th St. Lunch and dessert will be available. This event is open to the public. Proceeds go to support Moose Charities.Masons serving breakfastThe Masonic Lodge located at 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host a breakfast with all the xin's on Sunday, Jan. 26 for $6 per plate. The public is welcomed and carry out is available. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. All proceeds go to local Mason giving.Shrine hosting dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday evening Jan. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is pleased to offer smoke-free dinning. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music will be provided from 5 until 8 p.m. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact: Kip Gardner at 863357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 ROTARY CLUB OF OKEECHOBEE A PORTON OF THE PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT REAL LIFE CHILDRENS RANCH JANUARY 25, 2014 QUAIL CREEK PLANTATION 5PM TO 9PM THIS IS AN EVENT YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!! SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TICKETS $40 EACHSmoked Fish Dip Stuffed Jalaperos wtih Venison Swamp Cabbage Pheasant Axis Deer Frogs Legs Venison Kabobs Pulled Pork Red Stag Patties Quail Turkey Baked Beans Corn on the Cob Au Gratin Potatos Alligator Cup Cakes FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT DONNA GAISER 863-610-9416 CANVAS.SHOP@YAHOO.COM 9 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014 Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236

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men South Florida Af liate, they only serve patients in Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties. She said her af liate "does not have the wherewithal" to cover Okeechobee County. Even though there are six Susan G. Komen af liates in Florida, Ms. Gabbard said there is a lack of coverage throughout Florida even though there is an increasing need. "One of our long-term objectives is how may we expand to the likes of Indian River and Okeechobee counties," she said in a phone interview. "We recognize there are gaps in coverage. But there are a lot of uncovered counties in the state of Florida, particularly in the Panhandle." Despite the fact that the af liate does not help local breast cancer patients, Ms. Gabbard said they do receive and accept donations from Okeechobee County. Meieli Sawyer, who is with The Weinbach Group in Miami which handles media requests and such for Komen South Florida, said in an e-mail that there are about 178 constituents in Okeechobee County, and 25 w ho have a records of lifetime giving to the af liate. Ms. Gabbard pointed out that while her af liate may not help local patients with their bills, they do lobby state legislators on behalf of all cancer patients. And because of those efforts, Governor Rick Scott has signed a law requiring health insurance companies to cover the cost of oral cancer drugs the same way they cover the cost of IV or injectable drugs. For breast cancer patients, this law means access to medication that is often more effective and has fewer side effects. Mrs. Hans, whose husband Chris is a deputy with the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), said local bene ts on her behalf helped her immensely as did the sheriff's of ce. One local fundraiser took in enough money to partially pay for her surgery. She said she's also had some very compassionate doctors. "I don't know if I just lucked out, but I've got some really good ones. The doctors are w illing to work with us," she said. "The sheriff's of ce paid for my biopsy, and Raulerson Hospital has been phenomenal, as far as w orking with me." For Mrs. Wallace, her insurance has been there when she needed it as well as her employer and her husband, Mike. "It's been horrible. Thank God for my husband, who has been a great supporter, and a very understanding employer," she said. Mrs. Wallace works for the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners. "I'm done with the cancer. It's the reconstruction that's been a booger for me. But, that's OK. It's a work in progress," said Mrs. Wallace, who her husband describes as a ghter. And while waiting in a hospital room at Martin Memorial Hospital last summer for his wife to undergo yet another procedure, Mike decided to do some doodling. He drew a running ribbon, put boxing gloves on each hand then wrote inside the ribbon: "This girl's a ghter." From there, he didn't think much more about it until some friends were at the Wallace home one evening and one asked if he could take Mike's drawing and have a graphics artist x it up so he could give it to Sharon. Mike willingly gave him the go-ahead. One thing led to another and the nowcolorful and clever rendition of Mike's original drawing graced the inside of a magazine, along with an article about Sharon's efforts to raise money by painting local re hydrants pink. Because of her efforts $1,800 has been raised and another $850 has been pledged. Sharon said that money will be distributed locally to Martha's House, Hospice and Heroes 4 Hope. In the meantime, the couple decided to get their drawing trademarked. "I really didn't have any plans," said Sharon. "All I've done is made some shirts and I've been giving them to people. There are people on Facebook who have tried to take it." Eventually the South Florida af liate found out about the efforts to trademark Mike's drawing and, on Jan. 15, the Wallaces received a letter from the foundation's attorneys in Dallas. That letter tells the couple that a notice of opposition to their drawing will be led and states they should sign a coexistence agreement with Komen. The letter also states the Wallace's "Ribbon Device is not to be used in a way likely to cause confusion with Komen's Running Ribbon Design, nor, in any other way, that would weaken or dilute our client's rights." At this point, the Wallace's have not decided what to do, but they are going to have to nd an attorney. It should also be noted that Mike's drawing was posted in the Trademark Of cial Gazette on Dec. 3, 2013. If someone opposes the drawing being trademarked, they have 30 days in which to do so. The letter from Komen's attorneys asks the court for a 30-day extension to give them time to oppose the potential trademark. "When I got the letter, I didn't understand, rst of all, what a coexistence agreement was and how it could challenge my drawing that's so different than theirs," said Sharon. "It seemed crazy to me something that big (Komen) would take over something so small. "The logo (Mike's drawing) was so personal. It was beautiful and it surprised me. I haven't responded (to the Komen letter) yet. They can certainly afford to ght me a lot more than I can afford to ght them," she added. Though she isn't sure just what can be done, Sharon says something has to be done locally to help cancer patients. "What I wanted to do for all those lives I've touched and have touched me, was to do something local. I can't imagine how I was ever so blind as to how many people, locally, are affected by this," Sharon said. "I don't know how to get help to Okeechobee, but it's needed." 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014 A RTContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppSharon Wallace (seated) has successfully battled against breast cancer, and now she and her husband Mike (standing) must decide if they want to battle the Susan G. Komen Foundation over the drawing held by Sharon.

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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, man y 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 o r need help “ nding a doctor, Raulerson Hospital provides a free 24/7 ConsultA-Nurse hotline: 863-763-9228 CANCER worrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session 12 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsTaylor Creek Bass Club held the first tournament of the year on Saturday, Jan. 11, on Lake Okeechobee. Following the cold front, fishing was great, but the catching was tough for most. The team of Byron Chastain and Scott W ise brought in a total of 18.89 lbs. to the scales for the win. Runner-up spot w as Vicky Brackin and John Schoonmaker with total weight of 9.90 lbs. Frank Boyer and Larry Harris finished in third place with total weight of 8.09 lbs. They also won the “Big Bass” award w ith a fish weighing 6.84 lbs. The Taylor Creek Bass Club meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 on the second Thursday of each month. Tournaments are held the following weekend. New boaters and (especially) nonboaters are welcome. For information, call Keith Jones at 518-423-8262, or Vicky Brackin at 863-528-2027. Normal tournaments will be “Draw Team Tournaments” with points earned individually for Fisherman Of The Year and monetary awards earned as a team. The “Classic Championship” tournament is held in December. Chastain and Wise win TC club bass tournament Special to the Okeechobee NewsByron Chastain (left) and Scott Wise took rst place with a total weight of 19.89 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsVicky Brackin (left) and John Schoonmaker took second place with a total weight of 9.90 lbs.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For more information, contact 863.763.3134 or email ” bizsearch@newszap.com ORTHOPAEDICS Benjamin Epstein, D.O.Dr. Epstein is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Epstein For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 863-357-0540. Most insurances and Medicare are accepted. We Treat Kids Too!Great Orthopaedic CareRight Here in OkeechobeeOrthopaedic 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 13 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Bethany Stuart led a trio of players in double gures with 14 points as Okeechobee High School walloped out matched Glades Day School, 52-7, in girls high school basketball action Wednesday night at OHS. Cheyenne Nunez had 13 points and Taylor Trent had 11 points for Okeechobee. Hailey Greeson had a strong game with six points, ve rebounds, three steals and six assists for the Lady Brahmans. Okeechobee played strong in all aspects of the game. They played hard defense and came up with a lot of steals and loose balls, dominated the rebounds, and totally shut down Glades Day's offense. The Lady Gators (2-12) have lost three times this year to OHS, once in the preseason classic, and during December in Belle Glade. They have no juniors or seniors on their team. Okeechobee used the entire bench in this game and got contributions from all of their players. Sha Dasia Williams had ve steals and ve rebounds, Thadd Sanders had four steals and two assists. LaPorsche Morris had three steals and three rebounds. Alexus James grabbed three rebounds and had three steals. Martina Herraro had four rebounds, four points and two steals. OHS coach Morgan Ungerott was pleased with the balanced scoring of her team. "We need Taylor, Bethany and Cheyenne to score. When we get some three point baskets early in the game we usually win," said the coach. Ungerott said the team had an inside and outside presence, got some fast breaks and made some layups. She called it a "good team win" for the Lady Brahmans. Trent said she has been bothered a bit by a shooting slump in recent games. She said she gained con dence when she was able to hit a few jumpshots. "It felt good. I've been off with my shooting for the last ve games and it felt good to be back on track," she explained. Okeechobee led 18-2 after the rst quarter and held a 32-6 lead at the half. Okeechobee led 44-7 after the third quarter. Ungerott said she was glad the team has built some momentum late in the season and she said they are playing their best basketball of the season, "We put ourselves in a tough position as the number ve seed at districts but we are headed in the right direction. I like that morale is up, we've gotten good team play and I really can't complain." Trent said she felt blow out wins can be hard to play because sometimes you can lose your focus and sense of urgency, "In the beginning you don't think about it but when you get a lead, you start to relax and say to yourself, what not let them get some points too." The Lady Brahmans open their district tournament on Monday night at Jensen Beach High School against Port St. Lucie. Lady Brahmans pummel Glades Day, 52-7 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTaylor Trent (in white) passes to an open teammate as Gabriela Tellechea defends during Wednesday’s game at OHS.

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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).  Ciarra Paige McCullough, 19, N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 20 by Deputy Cari Arnold on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of accessory after the fact (burglary of a dwelling while armed). Her bond was set at $85,000.  Jean Marie Gamble, 49, N.E. 78th Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 20 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. Her bond was set at $1,000.  Linda Mae Carnley, 29, N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 21 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her w ith the felony of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $6,000.  Gary Aunspaugh, 54, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested June 21 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of boating under the in uence. His bond was set at $25,000.  Laura Harmon Lee, 49, S.E. 40th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. She was released on her own recognizance.  Roland Clifton Long, 40, Perimeter Road, Clewiston, was arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy Fred Bradley on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. His bond was set at $10,000.  Lisa Osceola, 48, N. Arbalena, Clewiston, was arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy Fred Bradley on Okeechobee County warrants charging her with the felonies of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $20,000.  Edwin Troy Harper, 23, N.E. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 22 by Trooper T.D. Burk on a felony charge of driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $500.  Joseph Nelson Rickey, 27, Brinkerhoff Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker (four counts) and violation of probation traf cking in stolen property (two counts). He is being held without bond.  Dylan Colby Garcia, 21, N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation burglary of an unoccupied structure and violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report 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 Lordy, Lordy Keith Bourgault is 40 !!!!!!! From all of your family!!! We love you!!! 14 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014 Church hosts potluck dinnerA Christian singles potluck dinner will be held Friday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. at The Gathering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. Please use the south door. For information, call Mollie at 863-763-9626.

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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. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 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 *. Lost9 HEAD OF CATTLE 8 Black Angus & 1 Charlois, Missing since Jan. 13th or Jan 14th. between Witt Rd. & 375 Hendry Isles Blvd., half a mile off State Rd. 80. $3,000 Reward. (863)228-2856 or (561)261-0363 Garage/ Yard SalesWAREHOUSE SALE SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 1309 HWY 441 NORTH(ONE BLOCK SOUTH OF HOSPITAL) TOOLS,FISHING GEAR, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, HEAVY DUTY SEWING MACHINES, FABRIC. LOTS A STUFF! We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Garage/ Yard SalesYARD SALESATURDAY, JANUARY 25th, 8AM TO 12PM, 3231 SE 24th ST. TREASURE ISLAND, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, NEW HANDMADE QUILTED ITEMS, CLOTHING, BOOKS, PLANTS, MISC. ITEMS Employment Full Time Apply online www.walpoleinc.comis now hiring EOE/DFWP Owner/Operatorsfor Tampa operations, local work with weekly settlements. Fuel purchase card available, Direct Deposit, Required insurance available through carrier. Class A CDL with 2 years You may apply online at www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole, Inc. has a full-time position available in the Accounts Payable Department. Applicants must have Accounts Payable experience, be proficient in data entry, detail oriented, organized, and possess critical thinking skills. One must have the ability to meet deadlines efficiently and is proficient in Excel and other Microsoft Applications. Employment Full TimeHerbicide Applicator/Laborer Field laborer to apply herbicide under direction of a licensed crew leader. Experience with herbicide applicator equipment a plus. Must be able to work in harsh South Florida environments. $15-$17/hour depending on experience. Call 1-800-435-0072. Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full TimeAIR CONDITIONING SERVICE TECH AND INSTALLER NEEDED! Experience is a MUST! Quality A/C & Heating 5351 SW 16th Ave. Okeechobee, Fl. Great job for the right person! DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 SALESPERSON Full time salesperson needed. Duties include sales, processing sales, order entry, customer service and other tasks. Must be able to work Saturday. Apply in person at Badcock Home Furniture & More. 512 NW Park Street Monday-Saturday 9 AM 5 PM NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Shop Laborer General shop work. Take out trash, clean shop area, maintenance the yard, clean equipment, assist tech as needed, operate forklift. Must be a self motivator and multitask. Bi lingual is a plus. Please send resume to: dpadron@evergladesfarmequipment.com or fax to 561-996-8367 Employment Full TimeSoutheast Milk is seeking a Full Time Lab Tech/PPD Clerk JOB SUMMARY: Lab-Run tests on milk samples; PPD-Perform data entry of milk pick up manifest data. Wed-Sun, $11-$13 hr., full bene ts options. Associates degree in science preferred. Contact Eric at 863-634-0379 for details. Access www.southeastmilk.org for an Employment Application DFWP & EEO Southeast Milk is seeking Full Time CDL Class A drivers. New pay rate of $14.56 *Must have a minimum of 2 years veri able experience. Medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D, STD,LTD, 401K. www.southeastmilk.org to print a driver application or call 800-544-8429 for more information DFWP & EEO How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full Time We are a twenty ve year old manufacturing company located in Okeechobee. We have an exciting new opportunity available for the right candidate. We are looking for an Of ce & Accounting Assistant who will operate switchboard, greet customers, prepare letters for mailing, process accounts payable invoices and other duties as assigned. Requirements include:• Good verbal and written communication skills• Ability to handle a variety of tasks on a daily basis• Strong interpersonal skills• Good Microsoft Of ce skills• Detail oriented• Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) is a must The ideal candidate has a high school diploma and a minimum of 2 years of ce experience. Please email resume to recruitment@ rooftile.com or stop in and ll out an application at Entegra Roof Tile, Inc. 1289 NE 9th Avenue Okeechobee, Fl 34972 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! Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Employment Part TimeShipping/Receiving Parts Temporary position Aid with the duties of Receiving and shipping parts Stocking shelves Pull parts orders shop/counter/transfers Documenting parts on shop tickets. Friendly attitude Please send resume to: dpadron@evergladesfarmequipment.com or fax to 561-996-8367 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 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. Medical Sales & Service Pain Management Of cenow accepting new patients. South Florida Pain Management, LLC is the of ce of Andrea Zotovas MD, located in Stuart, and serving patients in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Ft. Pierce and Okeechobee. We provide safe, appropriate and responsible medical pain management services to patients with chronic, non-malignant pain conditions. I f you would like more information, or to schedule an appointment for an evaluation, please call us at (772)221-9113 Buildings & Sheds WHOOLEY SHEDS (2) 8x10, 14x20. Call 863-447-0752. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 15 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014

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Carnival Amusement & Recreation Attendants wanted for Reithoffer Shows, Inc.115 temporary jobs from 31-Mar-2014 through 30-Nov-2014. Duties: Perform variety of attending duties at amusement facility (traveling carnival). Set-up, tear-down, operate amusement rides, food concessions and/or games. Post-employment, random drug testing and background checks may be required. Travel with the carnival is required. No training or experience is required. Equal Opportunity, FLSA (13)(a)(3) exempt employer not subject to Federal hourly wage, overtime or record keeping requirements. No overtime expected. Overtime, if any, calculated and paid as per applicable regulations. Work schedule varies widely, typically 40 Hrs/Wk, Wed-Sat 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Employer will pay the prevailing hourly wage for each work location, ranging from $8.08 to $9.52 per hour. Work starts in Okeechobee County, FL; traveling to: District of Columbia, DC; City of Colonial Heights, Chester eld Counties, VA; New York, Jefferson, Clinton, Oswego, Delaware, Albany, Montgomery, Rensselaer Counties, NY; Washington, Allegany, Frederick Counties, MD; Montgomery, Luzerne, Bucks, Chester, Clear eld, Columbia Counties, PA; Plymouth, Franklin Counties, MA; Monmouth, Middlesex, Sussex Counties, NJ; Wood, Greenbrier Counties, WV; Chittenden Co, VT; Tolland Co, CT; Davidson, Cleveland Counties, NC; Houston, Chatham Counties, GA; Spartanburg, Aiken Counties, SC; Escambia, Hillsborough Counties, FL; Houston Co, AL. Merit increases and/or bonuses may be awarded at employer discretion. Employer makes available mobile housing valued at $100.00/week. Employer makes available transportation from venue to venue and scheduled transportation to laundry, shopping valued at $20.00/week. Please apply by either: Email: rsiblue@aol.com or phone 813-347-6317 Reithoffer Shows, Inc., P.O. Box 1080, Gibsonton, FL 33534 Public Notice Public Notice MiscellaneousFOR SALE BIKE $100, REFRIGERATOR 18 CUBIC FT $150.00, WASHER & DRYER $300.00, CALL RAY 863-623-4412 ApartmentsGOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN OKEECHOBEE AT THE TANGLEWOOD APARTMENTS MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. PLEASE CALL 863-467-2079. TTY 1-800-233-6694. BASSWOOD 2BR, 2BA, laundry rm w/hookups, freshly painted. $725 mo. 1st & sec. of $500. Home Realty Services LLC. Ask for Diane 863-801-4498. NW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo, and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. OKEECHOBEE 1/1, New oor covering, clean, furnished, cable, Wi-Fi, elec, satellite W/D incld. $500/mo plus sec (863)467-1950 Houses Rent3 BR, 2 BA, doublewide, fenced, 2 acres plus. $1,095. per month. References & deposits required. Call (863)226-3436 or (423)237-8948 BASSWOOD 2br./1ba. Duplex, laundry, fenced yard. $600 mo. plus $600 Sec. KINGSBAY 2br./2ba., laundry, 1 car attached garage, pool, tennis courts. $850 mo. plus $850 Sec. Home Realty Services LLC. 863-801-4498. Ask for Diane. Newly remodeled & painted 3bdrm/1b. house in Dixie Ranch Estates on a large lot. First, Last & Security No Pets. $800.00 a month 863-634-2820 OKEE2/1 $490.00 and 3/2 $ 599.00 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. SPACIOUS: 3BR/2BA in Kings Bay. Includes lawn service, pool and all appliances. $900 month plus sec. dep. Call 863-634-0663. Storage Space RentQUICK & EASY STORAGE BOAT & R.V. SPECIAL UP TO 25FT $25.00 PER MONTH 863-763-2232 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Houses Sale2002 Doublewide, Okeechobee Little Farms 3 BR, 2 BA, fenced, 2 acres plus. Pond. $139,000. Call (863)226-3436 or (423)237-8948 Kissimmee River 2 Bedroom 2 Bath older MH located on an acre of land on the Kissimmee River in the Fly In Community of River Acres. $80,500. No reasonable offer refused. Call 954-931-3732 for more info. Lots SaleOAKS OF BLUE HERON BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME. PRICED TO SELL BY OWNER. RESIDENTIAL LOT ADJOINING THE GOLF COURSE. $22,500.00 CALL 863-634-2820 TREASURE ISLAND LARGE FENCED LOT WITH BEAUTIFUL OAK TREES. BUILD A HOME OR PUT MOBILE HOME ON LOT. $14,500.00 863-634-2820 Mobile Home Rent2/2 WATERFRONT FURNISHED, COMPLETELY REMODELED, MATURE ADULTS, NO PETS. $600/MO. & $500 DEPOSIT CALL 863-467-1308 2BR, 1.5BA, BHR, Quiet on lake access canal. Fenced yard. W/D. Large screen porch. 10x10 shed. $750 mo. Call (863) 357-3830 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 Mobile HomeSaleADULT PARK 2BD/1.5 BATH MOBILE HOME, COMPLETELY FURNISHED $13,000.00 2BD/2BATH MOBILE HOME, PARTIALLY FURNISHED $7,500.00 CALL 863-623-4412 MOBILE HOME FOR SALE 2/1, 1995 14FT WIDE,NEW SETUP, A/C, HEAT, PUMP AND CARPETING. 1YR OLD, ON 70 EAST BY BILL’S MINI MARKET $20,000 O.B.O.#815-298-0666 Palm Harbor Homes 2014 models are here! $8/500 Pre Construction Savings. John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. Boats1998 PROCRAFT BOAT BASS 180, 18’3”, MERCURY 150 ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION, OIL INJECTION, HYDRAULIC STEERING, ON BOARD BATTERY CHARGER, NEW BATTERIES, NEW SEATS, DASH & BOW MOUNT DEPTH & FISH FINDER, 56LB. MOTORGUIDE TROLLING MOTOR FOOT CONTROL W/CUSTOM PROP. FULL INSTRUMENT DASH PANEL, KEEL GUARD, TWO LIVE WELLS, ONE W/AIR PUMP, STAINLESS PROP, ALLOY WHEELS WITH SPARE. CUSTOM BOAT COVER, ROD TIE DOWNS FRONT AND REAR. EXCELLENT CONDITION AND LOW MOTOR HOURS. $8,900.00 GARY 863-697-1076 2005 17ft DUROCRAFT ALUMINUM BASS BOAT AND TRAILER. 50hp MERCURY, TROLLING MOTOR, DEPTH FINDER, AND NEW GPS, LOOKS AND RUNS GOOD $6,000 O.B.O. 815-347-6282 Campers/RVs2001 SUNNYBROOK RV 33FT., SLIDE OUT, NEW AIR HEAT STRIP, NEW AWNING, VERY CLEAN, NICE $5,900.00 O.B.O. CALL 812-406-9378 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Automobiles2010 MERCURY MILAN WHITE, EXCELLENT COND., LOADED, LEATHER, NEW TIRES 29,000 MILES, $12,500.00 CALL 701-210-2066 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. REQUEST FOR BIDS SEALED BIDS for Bid No. 2014-01 described as Asphalt Resurfacing and New Road Construction, will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida, Room 222, Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 until 3:00 p.m. local time, on February 24, after which time the bids duly submitted will be publicly opened and read aloud. Any bids received after the date and time speci ed will not be considered. The work for which these bids are to be submitted consists of FDOT SP 9.5 (Super Pave) Asphalt Paving of existing shell and paved roadways. All work, material, installation and maintenance of traf c shall comply with the Florida Department of Transportation Standard Speci cations for Road and Bridge Construction 2013 (or Latest Edition). Sections 300, 310, 320, 330, 331, 333, 901, 902, 916, and 917 and the Manual on Uniform Traf c Control Devices (MUTCD) (Latest Edition), as published by the Federal Highway Administration. The contractor shall supply all labor, equipment, material and specialized machinery for the performance of the work as shown in the bid document speci cations. The bid documents will be available at the Deputy County Administrators Of ce 304 N. W. 2nd Street, Room 103, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; phone (863) 763-6441. All bidders are to submit their proposal on the provided bid form in accordance with the conditions contained in the bid documents. For the information of bidders, the contract may consist of approximately 3,600 tons of 1-1/2” thick asphalt over existing shell roads and 15,400 tons of 1” thick asphalt overlay of existing paved roads. The County makes no commitment, either written or implied, as to quantity of work which may be authorized, if any, during the period the bid is in effect. The contract may be extended beyond the initial three year duration for two more years, in one-year increments, upon mutual agreement of the contractor and the Board of County Commissioners. The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any bid(s) for any reason whatsoever and to waive any irregularities and to accept the proposal(s), which, in its sole judgment, is in the best interest of Okeechobee County. Frank Irby, Chairman Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida 460725 ON 1/24/2014 LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA, Workforce Solutions) Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Job Training Consortium announce a meeting of the Workforce Development Board and Consortium to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 8:00 a.m. Place: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers and the Workforce Development Board (DBA, Workforce Solutions). A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 460700 ON 1/24/2014 NOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 2-8-14 @ 10:00 AM Unit #246 Jessika C. Pantojas Unit #249 Jessika C. Pantojas Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 460605 ON 1/24,29/2014 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds.NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD291 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that FL DUNDEE LIEN INVESTMENTS 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: 3463 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 17 THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 41 MIN 06 SEC EAST ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 17 A DISTANCE OF 3433.40 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 347 PAGE 635 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 18 MIN 54 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS A DISTANCE OF 495.00 FEET THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 41 MIN 06 SEC WEST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID LANDS A DISTANCE OF 1.23 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 285 PAGE 631 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 18 MIN 54 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS A DISTANCE OF 495.00 FEET TO THE EAST LINE OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 323 PAGE 1145 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 41 MIN 06 SEC EAST ALONG SAID EAST LINE A DISTANCE OF 181.16 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 323 PAGE 1145 THENCE NORTH 88 DEG 24 MIN 13 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS A DISTANCE OF 1185.13 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE SOUTH 01 DEG 04 MIN 26 SEC WEST ALONG A LINE PARALLEL WITH THE WEST LINE OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 323 PAGE 1145 A DISTANCE OF 835.28 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTH LINE OF LOT 20A OF THE UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION OF FOUR SEASONS ESTATES THENCE NORTH 88 DEG 23 MIN 51 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LOT 20 AND THE NORTH LINE OF 21A OF SAID FOUR SEASONS ESTATES A DISTANCE OF 226.57 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST LINE OF LOT 9Y OF SAID FOUR SEASONS ESTATES THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 59 MIN 43 SEC EAST ALONG SAID EAST LINE OF SAID LOT 9Y A DISTANCE OF 220.01 FEET TO THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF NE 9TH STREET THENCE NORTH 01 DEG 04 MIN 26 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 740.18 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EASTERLY EXTENSION OF THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF NE 11TH STREET THENCE SOUTH 88 DEG 24 MIN 13 SEC EAST ALONG SAID EASTERLY EXTENSION A DISTANCE OF 226.87 FEET THENCE SOUTH 01 DEG 04 MIN 26 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 124.93 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING 1-17-37-36-0A00-00020-A000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: N & A CONSTRUCTION INC NASER ABUEQAB 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 20th day of February, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Lynn Shain 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. 457556 ON 1/10,17,24,31/2014 16 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014

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When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014, IN ROOM 302 OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE -12:30 P.M. CURRICULUM COMMITTEE -1:45 P.M. CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE-2:15 P.M. LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE 2:30 P.M. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE 2:45 P.M. ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE. 460695 ON 1/24/2014 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifiedsNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD298 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that FL DUNDEE LIEN INVESTMENTS 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: 3834 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: 1ST ADDITION TO CITY OF OKEECHOBEE LOTS 1 TO 4 INC E 1/2 OF LOT 5 LOTS 10 11 12 BLOCK 240 3-21-37-35-0020-02400-0010 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: N & A CONSTRUCTION INC NASER ABUEQAB 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 20th day of February, 2014. 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. 457557 ON 1/10,17,24,31/2014 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds.NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD290 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that FL DUNDEE LIEN INVESTMENTS 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: 3459 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 17 THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 41 MIN 06 SEC EAST ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 17 A DISTANCE OF 3433.40 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN ORB 347 PAGE 635 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 18 MIN 54 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS A DISTANCE OF 495.00 FEET THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 41 MIN 06 SEC WEST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID LANDS A DISTANCE OF 1.23 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN ORB 285 PAGE 631 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 18 MIN 54 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS A DISTANCE OF 495.00 FEET TO THE EAST LINE OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN ORB 323 PAGE 1145 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 41 MIN 06 SEC EAST ALONG SAID EAST LINE A DISTANCE OF 181.16 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN ORB 323 PAGE 1145 THENCE NORTH 88 DEG 24 MIN 13 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS A DISTANCE OF 1412.00 FEET TO THE NW CORNER OF SAID LANDS AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 41 MIN 06 SEC WEST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID LANDS A DISTANCE OF 535.25 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SAID NE 9TH STREET THENCE NORTH 88 DEG 22 MIN 20 SEC WEST ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 330.57 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 3 OF SAID FOUR SEASONS ESTATES THENCE NORTH 01 DEG 04 MIN 20 SEC EAST ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID LOT 3 A DISTANCE OF 660.00 FEET TO THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF NE 11TH STREET THENCE SOUTH 88 DEG 24 MIN 13 SEC EAST ALONG SAID SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE AND THE EASTERLY EXTENSION THEREOF A DISTANCE OF 330.72 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTHERLY EXTENSION OF SAID WEST LINE OF THE LAND DESCRIBED IN ORB 323 PAGE 1145 THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 41 MIN 06 SEC WEST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY EXTENSION A DISTANCE OF 124.93 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING 5.00 ACRES 1-17-37-36-0A00-00014-A000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: N & A CONSTRUCTION INC NASER ABUEQAB 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 20th day of February, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Lynn Shain 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. 457555 ON 1/10,17,24,31/2014 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014 ACROSS 1 Quinine target 8 Smartened (up) 15 Hard to nail down 16 When parents dont want a teen to be home? 17 Equity complaint 18 Dont Wanna Lose YouŽ singer 19 Obviously fearful 21 Like some jokes 22 Red Ryder ammo 25 Richard Marx label 26 Crude amt. 29 First of an old film septet 36 Drawer 37 Freezes over 38 Hold back 42 Merv Griffins CrosswordsŽ announcer Hall 43 Spring sign 44 Do some needling 45 Doughnutshaped treat 51 Howls skyward 55 Rolling service station? 56 They were the Browns before they moved from St. Louis 58 High-speed contest 59 More restless 60 Crept 61 Sages DOWN 1 So many __, so little timeŽ: Mae West 2 Declare 3 Stucco strip 4 Comparable to a fiddle 5 Gaucho gear 6 Wrigley Field features 7 Does some lawn maintenance 8 Enter stealthily 9 Western group 10 Some IRAs 11 __ GoldŽ: 1997 film 12 Bookstore area, often 13 French political division 14 Outdoor shelter 20 Event before finals 22 Gas neighbor 23 Made holes 24 Full 26 Some crew members, casually 27 Giants manager Bochy 28 Romantic toon mammal 30 Roller coaster element 31 Defense agency since Nov. 2001 32 Baseballs Little Giant 33 Theyre often in a mess 34 Patriot __ 35 Shooter insert 39 Looked out for? 40 Attic collection 41 Gem State native 45 Wet suit material 46 Wicked GameŽ singer Chris 47 Burlesque 48 Sci-fi pioneer 49 Gives forth 50 Nocturnal resting spot 51 __ GreenŽ: Kermits song 52 Berns river 53 Variety 54 Start to do well? 55 Jobs for grad students57 Many SAT takers By Bruce Venzke (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 11/19/11 11/19/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: gy Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com

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R E D Over 100 Listings 3Bd/2Ba Exquisite Plantation Style Main Home. 2693 SF, w/ 621 SF Studio. PLUS 2 Bd/2 Ba/ 2 Garage and 1200 SF Guest house. CBS w/ siding. PLUS four rentals including a duplex and 2 MH’s. Let the rent pay the mortgage. Grand Oaks and gracious living. MLS 206568 $749,000 Call Lori (863)634-1457 5 ACRE COUNTRY ESTATESMain House Guest House century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 5030-H: Okee Golf Estate 3/2 on acre. 2,567 total sq ft/1,485 under air. Large kitchen, split bdrm plan. Family rm overlooks golf course. Garage and storage bldg. On cul-de-sac. $180,000 MLS #207710 4007-M: Turtle Cove Rim Canal access, with full length addition mobile, plus closed in porch overlooking water. Extra lot across street included. $70,000 MLS #207703 1012-H: Blue Heron Beautiful house right on the golf course! 3BR/2BA with 2,795. Ceramic Tile throughout house and carpet bedrooms. Screened back porch. $169,900 MLS # 207681 2000-C: Lake Access Taylor Creek Condo 1/1 completely furnished. Ceramic tile throughout. Amenities: clubhouse, boat slip & storage, seawall, pool man’s dream! $55,000 MLS #207714 1008-H: Okee Estates Lake Access CBS home with 2,593 Total sq ft/1,564 under air, living room, famporch, RV storage, Shed with electric, and more! $179,000 MLS # 207560 2001-M: Very nice 2006 DW on a culde-sac. 2,318 Total sq ft/2,048 under air, split plan, large living rm, dining rm, master bath, large utility room, shed, front and back porch. $71,900 MLS # 207502 • Commercial Corner Lot (SE 88th Blvd) $33,000 MLS #207398 • 6 Acres Zoned Commercial Rim Canal $299,000 MLS #207399 • Commercial 1.84+/-acre Okee Hammock Hwy 441 $75,000 MLS# 207402 • Pine Ridge lot $7,500 MLS #207132 • Potter Rd (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000. Make Offer! • Lake Access 2 acres Conners Hwy/Rim Canal $24,900 • Okeechobee Pk (NW 4th St) Residential Lot $6,000 • In town lot (SW 5th St) $3,900 MLS #206637 • Fenced 57.80+/acres on a paved road, used to graze large animals. $750,000 NOW $399,000 • 14+/acres of commercial property on the Rim Canal with lake access. $1,500,000 MLS #207408 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com LAKE OKEECHOBEE ACCESS Truly a hidden paradise surrounded by a hedge of beauty. This upscale well-built home has been taken care of and has crown molding throughout, large rooms, 2013 new A/C; sprinkler system, and great boat house holds three boats with a boat lift. Fish cleaning station. Beautifully landscaped and priced to move fast. Come and see this charmer. MLS 207636, $139,787. Berger Real Estate € Philip Y. Berger, Broker 425 SW Park Street € 863.763.5335Full Time Realtor Julia@bergerrealestate.comOTTER CREEK 3 bd/2 ba, split ”oor plan, vaulted ceilings, master bath w/large garden soaking tub and walk in closet. Vinyl tile and new carpet throughout. Oak cabinets, inside laundry, and extra large living room w/of“ce space. Large screened porch, metal roof w/ gutters, 2 car detached garage built in 2001. Lush yard lined w/mature palms, oaks, and citrus trees. Rear yard overlooks woods. Immaculate condition inside and out! $70,000Julia Parker863.801.3489 Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. 18 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsThe school board approved improvement plans for Okeechobee High School, the Okeechobee Achievement Academy and the Freshman Campus, recognized senior members of their award winning high school band, and handled other business matters at their rst meeting of 2014 on Tuesday. Principals Randy Weigum, Carol Revels, and Toni Wiersma presented plans to improve their schools to the school board that includes some lofty goals for this year. Mr. Weigum reported budget cuts have eliminated prevention programs at OAA. It w as reported that 77 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. ESE population is up to 45 percent this semester. Thirty-nine percent of the students have been retained for one year. FCAT trends in level 1 and 2 reading continue to grow. It was reported that 63 percent of students are at the lowest level in math. None of the students have been able to pass FCAT writing. Suspensions and expulsions are down signi cantly, only 1.2 percent of students were expelled during the rst semester. They have emphasized improved study skills and improved note taking in class. In reading tests OAA has been above the state average of other alternative schools. Fifty percent made reading gains. Forty- ve percent of kids made learning gains in math. OAA received an overall maintaining school rating. That is the rst time in the school's history they earned this rating and placed them in the top 32 percent of the state in alternative schools. Mentoring, improved software programs, higher expectations from teachers and higher expectations from students are the key to these improvements. The school works with Communities in Schools, New Horizons, Okeechobee Castle and Workforce Solutions to provide programs for students that include job training, mentoring, counseling, drug intervention and the Red Ribbon week to promote reading. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy applauded the work Mr. Weigum has done. Mrs. Revels, principal of the Freshman Campus, said retained ninth graders have been added to the student body this year for the rst time. The campus earned a B grade last year. Fifty percent of students were at grade level in reading, the best it has ever done. Nineteen percent of students scored level one in reading. The campus met state averages in algebra, 52 percent. Ninety-four percent reached grade level in geometry, well over the state average. Thirteen percent scored level one in algebra, better than the state. No student scored level one in geometry. Seventy-nine percent of students were at grade level or above in biology. Twelve of 18 students scored level 3 or above, state average on the AP Human Geography class, or 67 percent. The global average on this test was only 52 percent. The campus has started a writing program to assist writing scores at the high school. Mrs. Wiersma said OHS has a lot of work to do but are focused on improvement in reading, math, geometry, writing, graduation rate, and having more kids that are college ready in reading and math. Tougher writing standards led to reduced scores this year. The students didn't give enough supporting details in their writing according to the state. Fifty percent of students were at satisfactory or higher in reading which was a gain of nine points, 35 percent in math was a gain of two points, 45 percent in writing down from 81 percent in 2011-2012, and 27 percent in science. Sixty-six percent made reading gains, the highest rate ever at OHS. Fifty-one percent of students made learning gains in math. Sixty- ve percent of the lowestperforming students made improvement in reading. Fifty-four percent of low-performing students made gains in math. According to the report, 45 percent of students take part in dual enrollment, and 99 percent of students had grades of C or better in those dual enrollment courses. The four-year graduation rate stood at 72 percent, an improvement from 69 percent last year. The report also showed that 53 percent of students considered at risk graduated within four years and 46 percent of students graduated within ve years. Seventy percent of students were considered college ready in reading. Fifty-nine percent were college ready in math despite tougher standards. The high school earned a C grade for 2012-2013. In business actions, the board expelled an eighth grade student at OAA for de ance of authority. They also adopted a proclamation that recognizes January as National Mentoring Month. Of cials with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization were on hand to accept the proclamation. The board appointed Donna Garcia as coordinator of Staff Development at the District Of ce and named Jody Hays as assistant principal at Osceola Middle School, effective Feb. 3. The board approved the employment of Eric Kindell as head varsity baseball coach at OHS. They accepted the retirement notice of Central Elementary principal Randy Paulson, who retires effective July 1. Kyle Abney, representative of the Generation Green Program, spoke about the impacts of the program designed to recognize and honor outstanding individuals and schools in the Treasure Coast that are committed to green education and innovation. He recognized Rachel Jones, who won an award as an Okeechobee teacher last year. He asked the board to endorse the program, promote it, and encourage principals, students and teachers to take part. Nominations are now available for annual awards. Theresa Chandler of Waste Management said Central Elementary has been active in recycling and are a great example of a green school. "It is a wonderful program and it is our future. It is a great program." The awards are held at Citrus Grove Elementary in Palm City during April. Nineteen seniors of the Okeechobee High School band were honored for four years of participation with the band. Superintendent Kenworthy praised the kids for their dedication to the band. He mentioned the trip taken to Washington, D.C. last spring as a memory they will not soon forget. Twenty- ve of the students in the band will participate in the All County Band Concert this weekend at Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce. Four Okeechobee students will participate in the All County Jazz band concert. The board honored Rachel Jones of Central Elementary School who earned this quarter's Golden Mouse Award for the use of technology in her classroom. The lunchroom at Central Elementary School was also recognized for their contributions to student health and nutrition. The board also accepted the resignation of Anthony Calzadilla, the OHS wrestling coach. Alvina Robertson, secretary of Staff Devel-opment, was honored upon her retirement. She worked 27 years for the school system. The board scheduled a special meeting for Friday, Feb. 7, at 8:30 a.m. to take a tour of Okeechobee High School. The board plans future visits to other campuses including Everglades Elementary School and Osceola Middle School. Mr. Kenworthy also reported the board received an internal audit that contained no material weaknesses. He also reported that student enrollment is projected to be down 147 students next year, an estimate of 6,079 students. That projects in a loss of revenue of close to $600,000 next year. The annual recognition banquet for school employees will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Osceola Middle School. School board member David Williams announced he would not seek a sixth term to the school board this year. He said he ran at age 30 on the platform that he had a vested interest in the school system as he had children in school. He said it was a very tough decision but he has high hopes he will be replaced by a quali ed person who may be more active. "I just wanted to make the announcement I would not run for re-election and I wanted to come out early and give candidates a chance to qualify, come to some meetings and see what it is all about," he explained. Mr. Williams emphasized he loves Okeechobee and appreciated the support and con dence the community had in him during his 20 years on the board. "I was very fortunate to work with some very good superintendents. The schools have very little debt, all the schools are paid for, we've been through some hard times but I think we're headed in the right direction," he explained. Mr. Williams said he has no other political plans at this time. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Seventh AnnualSaturday, January 25 • 9am 2pmAgri Civic Center • 4601 Hwy 710 • OkeechobeeSponsored in part by: Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee, Raulerson Hospital, Florida Community Health Centers, Inc., Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County, Health Council of Southeast Florida, Nurse On Call, Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network, Inc., Florida KidCare, State Farm, Heartland Discount Pharmacy, Florida Health Department Okeechobee County, WellCare and Okeechobee County.OKEECHOBEE FAMILY HEALTH AND SAFETY EXPO Over 120 vendor booths! FREE Health Screenings! FREE Giveaways! Entertainment! FREE Food! Fun! Family! A special appearance by Ronald McDonald If you have questions or need additional information, please contactSharon Vinson, 863.462.5000 ext. 257 Donny Arnold, 863.634.6464 19 Okeechobee News January 24, 2014 School board approves school improvement plans Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJames Edward Bell, a sophomore at OHS, was honored as he became an Eagle Scout at the Jan. 21 meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy presented the honor.

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