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Sunday, February 2, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 15 13.83 feetLast Year: 14.68 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Teens face more burglary charges ... Page 13 Big O Birding festival planned ... Page 9 Farmers help keep soil healthy ... Page 2 Miami man charged with attempted murderBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News An area man is clinging to life at a Fort Pierce hospital after he was stabbed in the throat with a broken bottle during a ght with another man. Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), said the wound to the victim's throat was so close to the carotid artery that "... the artery could be seen throbbing through the wound." Arrested in connection with the alleged stabbing was Abel Zelaya-Hernandez, 39, S.W. Seventh St., Miami. He is charged with attempted murder and is being held on $500,000 bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. The detective stated in his report ZelayaMan stabbed with broken bottle See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Special to the Okeechobee News Recent graduates of the SPIN (Saving Puppies In Need) program are ready for new homes. The news is bittersweet for Belinda Forlifer of Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue, since this might be the last SPIN class. The SPIN program is a 12-15-week obedience training and behavior program. SPIN paired shelter dogs with prison inmates at Moore Haven Correctional Facility, who trained and socialized the dogs. Inmates worked daily to make the canines the best possible companion pet for adoption. But the program may not continue, due to changes in management at the prison, said Ms. Forlifer. She said she hopes something can be worked out to continue the SPIN training because it is good for the dogs and for the inmates. Ms. Forlifer, founder and director of the Humane Society Pet Rescue, and Tibor Fiegel, CEO of ZEN-K9, both donated their time to the SPIN program, training the inmates to work with the dogs. Ms. Forlifer said it is easier to nd new homes for the SPIN dogs because they are already housebroken and have had basic obedience training. The program also helped some abused dogs to overcome their fear of humans. SPIN graduates have learned to sit, stay, Shelter dogs trained, ready for new homes Special to the Okeechobee News/ Picture Perfect 4H ClubBuck, a male Staffordshire Terrier/Carolina Dog mix, is available for adoption at the Okeechobee Humane Society. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Picture Perfect 4H ClubBuch, a Black and Tan Coonhound mix, is available for adoption at the Okeechobee Humane Society. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Picture Perfect 4H ClubChacha is a Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix and is available for adoption at the Okeechobee Humane Society. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Picture Perfect 4H ClubRoscoe, a young Lab mix, is available for adoption at the Okeechobee Humane Society. See DOGS — Page 8 See BOTTLE — Page 15


Submitted Sara May NRCS Soil Conservationist Our lives are dependent on healthy soil. W hile most people think of soil as just dirt, its functions are crucial to our very existence. And while it may seem trivial at rst glance, healthy soil gives us clean air and w ater, bountiful crops and forests, productive grazing lands, diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes. It's the reason why USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service experts are in your community and across the nation. Healthy soil contains nutrients necessary for supporting plants and animals. And just as plants and animals depend on soil, the soil microbes depend on them, too. Soil is w here the integration of living and non-living things takes place part of a process that is millions of years old. Soil is composed of air, water, organic matter and minerals. A community of organisms functioning as a soil food web lives all or parts of their lives in soil. More individual organisms are in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on earth. Increasing soil organic matter typically improves soil health, since organic matter improves several critical functions of soil. To improve the health of their soil, more and more farmers and ranchers are keeping soil covered, reducing disturbance activities such as tilling, keeping plants growing throughout the year, and diversifying the crops they're planting in a rotation. Taking these steps allow farmers and ranchers to help reduce erosion while increasing the soil's ability to provide nutrients and water to the plant at critical times during the growing season. When producers focus on improving soil health, they often have larger harvests, lower input costs, optimized nutrient use, and improved crop resilience during drought years like last year. In heavy rainfall years, healthy soil holds more water, reducing runoff that helps avert ooding downstream. And because healthy soil allows for greater water in ltration and less erosion, nutrients and pesticides stay on the farm where they bene t crops, and are far less likely to be carried off the farm into streams and lakes where they can cause harm. In addition, demographers tell us there will be 9 billion people on this planet by the year 2050. Farmers will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as they have in the last 500. To do this, we need cropping systems that are sustainable and include conservation measures. If soil is not cared for, fertile land may become worn out leading to less food and higher prices. It's important to remember the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s and the lessons of not taking care of soil. This ecological disaster, compounded by drought, led to windstorms and massive soil erosion for nearly a decade on our Great Plains as farms were rendered infertile. The NRCS was born out of the Dust Bowl and continues to work with farmers and ranchers across the country to implement conservation practices that bene t the soil and other natural resources. NRCS helps farmers install conservation practices such as cover crops to maintain and improve soil health all of which can lead to productive, pro table and sustainable farming and ranching operations for generations to come. As world population and food production demands rise, healthy and productive soil is of paramount importance. So much so, that we believe improving the health o f our nation's soil is one of the most important endeavors of our time. So the next time someone uses the word "dirt," it would be good to take the opportunity to say how important it is to our survival. To learn more about soil conservation, and how you can get help on your land, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov or your local service center. Farmers help America keep soil health y Today: Fog early. Then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 83F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight : Clear early. Foggy and damp later at night. Low near 65F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10.Extended ForecastMonday: A few passing clouds, otherw ise generally sunny. High 83F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Monday Night: Clear skies during the evening. Fog developing overnight. Low 66F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday: Foggy early, then partly cloudy later in the day. High 82F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday Night: Mostly clear skies early will give way to low clouds and fog after midnight. Low 67F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday: Foggy early, then partly cloudy later in the day. High 84F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night: Showers and perhaps a rumble of thunder in the evening, then fog possible overnight. Low 68F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 WHY DO I HEAR...BUT NOT UNDERSTAND?Study by Cambridge University in England Reveals Key Answer3545 South US Highway 441 Okeechobee, Florida 34974 CALL (863) 467-5333 TODAY! SAVE $800/PAIRTake $800 off a pair of Anthem’ XT hearing instruments or save $400 each. Expires November 8, 2013Okeechobees most trusted hearing care center.Ž Until recently, there was no practical way to identify dead regions of hearing cells in the ear. However, a new Britishdeveloped procedure using standard test equipment now allows for identi cation of dead hearing cell regions. e study suggests that the presence or absence of dead regions may have serious implications in the tting of hearing aids. is research reveals that amplifying dead cells is a mistake, which will result in poorer speech understanding in noise. A new type of digitally programmable microcircuit is now being released from Audibel, the world leader in nanoScience technology, that can be programmed to bypass the dead cells. As a result, the patients usable hearing cells receive ampli cation, thereby improving speech understanding in noise. We are able to achieve maximum speech understanding by frequencyshaping this new hearing aid,Ž said owner of Audibel Hearing Care Centers, Bill Smith, H.A.S.  e results have been phenomenal!Ž ese new products come in all shell sizes, including the smallest digital models. During its release, this new frequency-shaping hearing instrument is being o ered on a 30-day satisfaction trial. Your satisfaction is absolutely guaranteed,Ž said Smith. HEARING HAIR CELLS NORMAL DAMAGED DEAD Expires February 28, 2014 2 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsA no-till eld since 1990, this eld has excellent organic matter. The view of soil is at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Hughes County, S.D. Special to the Okeechobee NewsHealthy soil looks dark, crumbly and porous while housing worms and other organisms. Healthy soil smells sweet and earthy. It feels soft and moist, which allows plant roots to grow unimpeded. This soil is from the Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Hughes County, S.D.


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Donations The American Cancer Society does a good job with the resources they have. They don’t have the resources to pay for people’s medical bills but local people have been helped with transportation to and from treatments. Raising money for research is how y ou help nd a cure for cancer. A lot of people who are alive today would not be here w ithout that research. That research saves lives.Lights in the sky In regard to the comment about a triangle of light in the sky over Lakeport, actually s aw that once years ago above the lake and have no clue what it was. Was neat though.  Skunkape called; he missed his ight.  Maybe they were looking for the mayor of Okeechobee Jim Kirk. “Beam me up, Scottie!”  A couple of weeks ago I saw a big blue b linding ash of light about a mile wide in Northwest Okeechobee County at 5:15 in t he morning.  I know ... it’s the Twilight Zone.  Four days ago I saw some bright white lights in a line, but there were planes in the s ky nearby.  We have Skunk Ape sightings and have b een declared the safest place in the United States in case of Zombie Apocalypse. So why not strange lights and alien encounters? Brush res Recent cold fronts have killed vegetat ion, making areas more vulnerable to brush res. It doesn’t help when people smoke and t hrow their cigarettes out of car windows.Ozone generators While researching Ozone Generators for a possible purchase, I ran across information from The Environmental Protection Agency. According to the EPA, manufacturers make dangerously bogus claims and these things can cause very serious health problems. Does anyone own one of these?  These things oxidize your lungs. If you have one installed in your home, you should have it turned off immediately. Never run an ozone generator in an occupied space.  If you’ve not gured out your answer by now, let me help “Do NOT purchase” ... run, run away as fast as you can. Save your money and open your windows. We don’t live in Beijing, China and ’Chobee still has some clean air left. Laying silliness aside, I almost purchased one of the machines once and am now glad I didn’t. The best thing to do is “ nd the source of contamination and get rid of it. Open your windows for ventilation (especially during a rain storm or thereafter as natural ozone is made by Mother Earth during rains), and use proven air cleaning methods such as HEPA ltering.  Many times while trying to seek relief from indoor contamination, I would open a window only to nd that there was heavy smoke outside too. It was coming from cane burning, or at times wild res caused from lightning in extremely dry conditions. I purchased at least two different types of air cleaners. Nothing really helped much. One is ghting a losing battle when there is a constant small re burning in the building, the smoke from which is being sucked up into the air system and distributed evenly all around the house.  I do not know how the residents in the affected areas tolerate burning season, and am SO GLAD we don’t have that here. The cane eld burns don’t usually affect the north end of the lake, and I truly pity Canal Point, across to Moore Haven, and south.  We just drove through cane re central on the way back from The South Florida Fair. We are blessed not to get the smoke up here. by B Mark Mayers, LMFT, CAP Real Life Children’s Ranch God tells us numerous times in His word to have patience. Dictionaries often de ne patience this way — the ability to endure difcult circumstances with a positive attitude and character, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term dif culties. Patience allows us to endure hardship without being negative toward the situation or those involved in the situation. In addition and most importantly, it allows us to wait for God to work and solve problems in the way that only He can. In the case of the patience, even the most humanistic thinkers of our time agree that patience is a positive character trait. What they fail to acknowledge, however, is that true patience can only come from someone who has the Holy Spirit living within them. The patience that we need is supernatural; grace based and is derived from God’s unconditional love. I Corinthians 13: 4-7 says, “4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” The rst and last description that God uses to explain love is patience. Patience cannot exist without love and love cannot exist without patience. It is interesting that the love of God, the same love that saved us from our brokenness, consists heavily o f patience. In dif cult circumstances where the solution lies outside of your understanding or abilities, ask God for the ability to patiently wait on Him for deliverance. This is at the heart of laying our cross down daily. This kind of godly patience will bring you the true desires of your heart. There is no better place to wait than in the loving arms of our heavenly Father who desires to give His children peace and goodness. February 2, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. 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Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Pulisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: 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! Special to the Okeechobee NewsDKG Beta Nu donatesMelvin Cordova, manager of the Chobee Courage Project that is associated with Martha's House, accepts children's books from Lori Howard, vice president of Delta Kappa Gamma Beta Nu Chapter. DKG Beta Nu members donate books to Martha's House yearly. Bene t for Ronda TownsendOkeechobee’s original Quarters for a Cause is hosting a quarter auction for Ronda Townsend, a local nurse and mother of two that was diagnosed with breast cancer, on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion. Auction is for age 18 and up only.


Special to the Okeechobee News How are farmers using science and technology to grow healthier food? What’s the impact on our food, animal care and the environment? Okeechobee High School students and Kiwanis Club members will get those questions answered on Thursday, Feb. 6, during presentations by Iowa farmer, Nick A ndersen, who calls Florida home during the winter. Mr. Andersen will talk to ag science students starting at 7 a.m. and continuing through 10 a.m. at Okeechobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441 N. Then at noon., Mr. Andersen will address the Kiwanis Club during its regularly scheduled meeting at the Lodge Restaurant located at 1111 S. Parrott Ave., in Okeechobee. The speeches by Mr. Andersen will highlight how ongoing advancements in agricultural science are helping farmers raise better food while using fewer natural resources than ever before. “Farmers who raise pigs have been able to make great progress in animal health, food safety and protecting the environment,” said Mr. Andersen. “And farmers know they must always keep learning and working to get better at what they do.” Farmers now use 41-percent less water and 78-percent less land to raise pigs than they did 50 years ago. “Modern barns, a focus on nutrition and animal care mean pigs live healthier lives than ever before,” said Mr. Andersen. “And, healthy pigs mean healthy food. For example, pork tenderloin today is as lean as a skinless chicken breast and is certi ed by the American Heart Association as a hearthealthy food. I’d like to thank Okeechobee High School and the Kiwanis Club for giving me an opportunity to share what farmers are doing to make sure safe and health y food gets to our dinner table today and in the future.” There are 68,000 pork producers in the United States. The industry generates more than a hal f million jobs and produces more than $21 billion in personal income each year. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week.ASSAULT 600 block of S.W. Fifth Ave.  1700 block of U.S. 441 N.  4000 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2900 block of S.E. 26th St.  3700 block of U.S. 441 N.BURGLARY 7200 block of N.E. First St.  900 block of S.E. 38th Ave.  3800 block of S.E. 12th Drive  2300 block of S.E. 24th Blvd.  4900 block of N.E. 122nd Drive  2900 block of S.E. 21st Court  3300 block of S.W. Fourth Ave.CRIMINAL MISCHIEF Scott Driver Marina, S.R. 78 W.  10500 block of S.E. 26th St.FRAUD 4200 block of S.E. 25th Drive  1500 block of S.E. Eighth Ave.  800 block of U.S. 441 S.E.THEFT 9200 block of S.E. 57th Drive  3900 block of N.W. 24th Ave.  8600 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2700 block of S.E. 47th Terrace  1200 block of N.E. 11th St.  1100 block of S.E. 40th Ave.  4200 block of S.R. 70 E.  1100 block of S.W. 134th Ave.  3200 block of S.E. 29th Lane  600 block of S.W. Second Ave.  17500 block of N.W. 34th Terrace  2300 block of S.W. Third Ave.  2900 block of S.E. 26th St.  9900 block of N.E. Seventh St.  4200 block of U.S. 441 S. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Jan. 31ST Thurs., Feb. 6THFor 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: “ THE HOBBIT”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 7:00 & Mon 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG PG-13 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 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 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Dr. Rajinder Singhannounces the closing of his Dental practice, effective February 28, 2014. For copies of patient records, contact Dr. Rajinder Singh 909 S. Parrott Ave. #10-D Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-5454 5 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 Kiwanis, students to learn of ag science advancements Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Runs are slowing up but prices aren’t! Still higher, which is hard to believe, but most all classes of calves were a little higher. Cows and bulls still selling strong, too. Winter weather this week could affect prices some. We’ll see. We have three young Charolais Bulls and one young Angus Bull left for sale! Call 863-763-3127. Dees Cattle, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $3.55 bought by Rush Creek Cattle. Jay Walpole, Okeechobee, topped the cow market with a high of 104.00 bought by Central Beef. Todd OCSO Investigations Brahmans hosting fundraiserThe Okeechobee High School baseball team will host The Running of the Bulls -a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 a.m. Register by contacting any OHS baseball player or coach. You can also register at: Fast Break Marathon Gas Station, 1505 S.R. 78 W,; Everglades Pediatrics, 2029 U.S. 441 N.; or, The Hideaway Drive Thru, 3001 Third Terrace. For information, contact head coach Eric Kindell at 863-634-9033. The cost is $25 for a single runner or $50 for a family of four or fewer. Runners will receive a T-shirt on the morning of the race.


Church hosts guest speakerThe Church of God will host guest speaker Hong Y. Yang at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Feb. 2. The Church of God is located at 301 N.E. Fourth Ave.Feb. 2 is SOUPer Bowl The young people of First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. 21nd St., will collect cans of soup, non-perishable items and donations to feed the hungry in Okeechobee on Sunday, Feb. 2 This is a national effort that supports local charities on a day when most folks are indulging to excess. The youth report their results online and the national totals are reported along with stories that w ill warm your heart. Visit SOUPerBowl.org. Kids will be stationed at church entrances at the three worship services: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Donations can also be brought to the church of ce during of ce hours all w eek. For information, call 863-763-4021.Super Bowl celebration setThe Okeechobee Moose Lodge will host a Super Bowl celebration Sunday, Feb. 2 at 159 N.W. 36th St. Breakfast will be served from 8 until 11 a.m. in the dining room. Social quarters will open at 1 p.m., and free munchies will be available. The kitchen will be open all day. Proceeds will bene t Moose Charities programs.Shrine hosting dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 4 until 7 p.m. Reserv ations are not required. The Shrine Club is please to offer smoke-free dining. 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 863-357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Sit & sew is Feb. 4ConKerr Cancer's next sit & sew will be Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. This month we will sew pillowcases for Valentine's Day. Pillowcase kits will be available for you to sew at this meeting. Also, please bring in your scraps of material which will be given to a local 4-H group so they can make dog beds for the local Humane Society. For information or to donate material, call Joan at 863-467-0290.Hospice yard sale plannedHospice, at 411 S.E. Fourth St., will host a yard sale Wednesday, Feb. 5 and Thursday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. until noon. Lots of new and used items and donations are accepted daily.Group’s board to meetThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at their of ce located in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.Theater events plannedThe Okeechobee County Public Library will host two musical theater presentations Saturday, Feb. 8 starting at 1 p.m. The event will feature the third extract from the "Cabaret-Sinatra Era," which will be followed by "A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Part 1."VFW hosting showThe Bud and Donna Show will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 from 7 until 9 p.m. at the VFW Lodge on U.S. 441 S. Admission for the show will be a $10 donation. For information or tickets, call Jim at 863-623-5161.Bene t aids burn victimThe Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) and the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) will take part in a celebrity server night Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 5 until 8 p.m. to bene t Walter Morgan, 19. The teen was injured while lighting a camp re and received third-degree burns over 85 percent of his body. He is the son of OCPD Detective Scott Morgan. The Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., will host the event. Tickets are $11 in advance or $14.50 at the door and will include dinner and a drink. For information contact: Michele or Connie at the sheriff's of ce, 863-763-3117; or Bettye Taylor or Kelley Margerum at the police department, 863-763-5521. Walter is a patient at Tampa General Hospital and is currently in the intensive care-burn unit. All proceeds will help defray his mounting medical expenses. 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.Dorothy ‘Jerry’ Eldora Glisson, 80OKEECHOBEE Dorothy "Jerry" Eldora Glisson of Okeechobee died January 28, 2014. She was born June 7, 1933 in Michigan. A resident of Okeechobee for 12 years, she enjoyed e a markets, gardening and car racing. Mrs. Glisson was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Glisson. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Bill Glisson (Carla) of Vienna, Illinois; nephews, Brad Claxton (Amber) of Liberty, Missouri and Brian Glisson (Amie) of Vienna, Illinois; great nephew, Kaden Glisson; great nieces, Karlie Glisson all of Vienna, Illinois and Deidra Glisson o f Spring eld, Illinois. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions ma y be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. No services will be held. 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. Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 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. 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! Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Picture Perfect 4H ClubLitter mates Prine (above left) Cloe (above center) and Honey Bree (above right) are Caroline Dog mixed breed dogs available for adoption at the Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on U.S. 98 N., next door to the Okeechobee Livestock Market. All three are up to date on shots, housebroken and have basic obedience training. For information, contact Humane Society/Pet Rescue at 863-3571104. To see more available animals go to www.pet nder.com. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Picture Perfect 4H ClubJenny is a young female terrier mix. She is full of energy and loves people. She is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society on U.S. 98 N., next door to the Okeechobee Livestock Market Special to the Okeechobee News/ Picture Perfect 4H ClubBuddy, a Red Heeler mix, is back from the SPIN training and available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society on U.S. 98 N., next door to the Okeechobee Livestock Market shake hands and lie down on command, The dogs have been trained to come when called and to walk on a leash. All of the dogs have been spayed or neutered. All are up to date on shots. For the inmates, working in the SPIN program was a privilege. They enjoyed working w ith the dogs. It gave them a way to be productive and successful. The recent SPIN graduates include three siblings who are Carolina Dog mixed breed. Prime, Honey Bree and Cloe all get along w ell with other dogs. They are about 2 years old. Buck, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Carolina Dog mix is about 4 years old. He was previously adopted by a family with two young children and spent two and a half happy y ears with them. Unfortunately, the family had to move and could not have pets at their new home so now Buck is back at the shelter. Buddy, a cattle dog, is a Red Heeler mix. He is a very active dog who needs a lot of exercise. Buddy was abandoned, so the shelter does not have a lot of information about his history, but he did well in training and is eager to please. He’s ready to follow a new owner’s commands. Chacha, a chihuahua/Jack Russell terrier mix, likes to be with people. She has a lot of energy and enjoys long walks. Jenny, a terrier mix, loves to play and run. She would be a great addition to an active family. Butch, a black and tan coonhound mix breed follows commands very well. He loves being with people and was devoted to his trainer in the SPIN program. Rosco is young Laborador Retriever mix. He is about 6 months old and is very affectionate. The dogs are available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on U.S. 98N. next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society/Pet Rescue at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to www. pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to “foster” animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. DOGSContinued From Page 1


Special to the Okeechobee News South Florida’s Lake Okeechobee region offers some outstanding wildlife-viewing opportunities, judging by the fact that the Big “O” Birding Festival is celebrating its 13th y ear. The counties southwest of Florida’s largest freshwater lake are known for their remarkable bird diversity and charismatic species like the snail kite and roseate spoonbill. The festival agenda offers birders and other wildlife watchers rare opportunities to join tours on private ranches, as well as on Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wildlife management areas and other public lands and attractions. There are dozens of different tours available during the four-day event. “Because this festival is small and each bus tour is limited to 20 people, the small groups ensure outstanding wildlife viewing,” said the FWC’s Mark Kiser. The Big “O” Birding Festival, March 9-13, in LaBelle and surrounding areas, is hosted by the Hendry County Tourism Development Council. Headlining the event is legendary birder Greg Miller, the featured keynote speaker and tour guide. Because space is limited for bus tours, register now. To see what tours are available and to register, go to the festival’s website: BigOBirdingFestival. com. The registration form lists all of the available tours. Once again, the festival has invited FWC staff to inform participants and lead tours. Presenter/ eld trip leader Kiser is a biological scientist with the FWC’s Public Access and Wildlife Viewing Services of ce; he is the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT) coordinator. While the Big “O” Festival highlights Hendry and Glades counties, participants in the area can check out other GFBWT locations in the area during their stay. “It’s not every day you can see lots of amazing birds breeding in one place at the same time,” Kiser said, citing one tour he coleads for the festival. “We’ll observe Florida burrowing owls sharing a pasture with a herd of Brangus cattle, and besides these pint-sized predators, we’ll also see nesting crested caracaras, Florida sandhill cranes, swallow-tailed kites and bald eagles — a testimony to the host ranchers’ superb stewardship efforts.” “The Big “O” region certainly does not disappoint, as more than 300 bird species have been recorded in the area,” Kiser said. “The FWC has many wildlife management areas there, and our Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail program offers nine locations in Hendry and Glades counties alone.” To learn more about the Big “O” Birding Festival and other area opportunities, including lodging, go to BigOBirdingFestival.com. For more information on the FWC’s statewide and year-round wildlife viewing opportunities, go to MyFWC.com/Viewing. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 Big ‘O’ Birding Festival offers exclusive tours Special to the Okeechobee News/ NESNorth Elementary Students of the WeekNorth Elementary School’s students of the week for the week of Jan. 20 are: Abigail Sanchez, Janessa Arana, Jayce Selvey, Ivan Ramirez, Logan Christensen, Brianna Taggart, Alyssa Arellanes, Constanza Barrera, Davis Salinas, Matthew Smith, Javier Antunez, Daron Cobb, Tess D’Ariano, Diego Jimenez, Amairani Hernandez, Michael Cassanova, Roxana Hernandez, Mia Benitez, Stefani Delacruz, Emele Lawrence, Marissa Jaimez, Juan Garcia, Maritza Jimenez, Karina Torres, Gael Calzada, Orlando Arana, Briana Santibanez, Angel Jimenez, Zane Ochoa, Jaiedyn Alexander, Priscila MoralesRuiz, Riley Owens, Tyrone Thomas, Javier Delacruz and Jesse Tanguma. IRSC offers workshopFood for the Writers’ Soul is a one-day workshop offered by the Fielden Institute for Life Long Learning at the Dixon-Hendry Campus at Indian River State College in Okeechobee on Tuesday, March 4 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Jan Day is the peer leader for this event which includes discussion on how to nurture your creative habit, writing exercises, planning and individual writing and critiquing. Lunch is included. For information and to register, call Laura at 772-462-7880.Real Life Children’s Ranch hosts a yard saleThe Real Life Children’s Ranch yard sale is open now Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Come on out for great bargains.


By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  The Hunters’ Den 513 S.W. Park St., carries clothing, home decor, shing supplies and hunting accessories. They have all size clothing from infant to adult, camou age and non-camou age. They have the famous “Redneck” wine glasses along w ith different assortments or glasses. As for hunting accessories they have it all: knives, ashlights, game cameras, targets, duck and turkey calls along with many other calls, attractants, scent control and so much more. They are your go-to hunting store for Okeechobee. So, stop in and let them help y ou with any and all your hunting needs. They can be contacted at 863-467-5483.  Gretchen Robertson, State Farm Insurance Agent has an of ce at 309 N.E. Second St. State Farm has seven wonderful people to take care of all your nancial and insurance needs. They have you covered from auto, life, health and business insurance. They offer free quotes on all of their insurance policies. Financially, they can help you with rolling over your 401K, mutual funds and they have a State Farm bank, w hich is like any other bank and offers car loans, CDs, checking and saving accounts and even credit cards. So, stop in and let them help you! They can be contacted at 863-763-5561.  Echol’s Plumbing and A/C 2233 U.S. 98 N., has been Okeechobee’s plumbing company since 1975 helping with all commercial and residential needs, doing everything from xing toilets to installing w ater heaters. Now, they are a hometown air conditioning company. In 2012 they started doing air conditioning and refrigeration, servicing every make and model. They also have 24/7 on-call technicians for plumbing and A/C services. They can be reached at 863-763-6461. Well its Super Bowl Sunday and everyone is going to be snacking away as the big game takes place. Here are some “not-so-healthy” quick recipes that you can cook up if your Super Bowl party ends up being larger than you expected. Brown Sugar SmokiesIngredients: 1 pound bacon, 1 (16 ounce) package little smokie sausages, 1 cup brown sugar, or to taste. Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. Cut bacon into thirds and wrap each strip around a little sausage. Place the wrapped sausages on wooden skewers, several to a skewer. Arrange the skewers on a baking sheet and sprinkle them liberally with brown sugar. 3. Bake until bacon is crisp and the brown sugar melted. How about that sweet tooth? Make sure its satis ed as well!Best BrowniesIngredients: 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup all-purpose our, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder. Frosting: 3 tablespoons butter, softened, 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Brownie directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and our an 8-inch square pan. 2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat in cocoa, our, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan. 3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook. 4. To Make Frosting: Combine softened butter, cocoa, honey, vanilla extract, and confectioners’ sugar. Stir until smooth. Frost brownies while they are still warm. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Grand OaksGrand Oaks celebrates the new yearGretchen Deaton and Loraine Ackerman were all smiles during the “Make It Count Party” at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsSeminole Elementary students of the weekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 17: Alejandro Franco, Luis Gaucin, Willow Mellette, Mireya Vargas, Jakob Jones, Jamiyah Worthen, Lacey Skinner, Yoselin Ramirez, Shanice Snell, Bryan Orta-Santos, Jo’Navia Sewell, Emelyn Rubira, Anthony Mujica, Macie Waldron, Juan Virto, Daniel Aleman, Heidi Garcia, Renee Ringer, Sinrri Medina, Kaylee Smith, Alex Santibanez, Monroe Lucky, Clayton Wolf, Rafe Sexton, Ryan Sanchez, John Moody, Cutter Alexander, Miriam Hernandez, Aaralynn Grace Vanegas, Edwin Meneses and Gilibado Torres. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Elementary students of the weekCentral Elementary School’s students of the week for the week of Jan. 20: Hayden Hanawalt, Santiago Urvina, Trimaine Lewis, Kael Jackson Christopher Pineda-Escobar, Angel Montoya-Tello, Viviana Montoya-Nava, Jordan Shanks, Cameron Gibson, Kyler Pasley, Bryan Guzman Portillo, Laura Sandoval, Kayla Freeman, Hannah Williams, Selina De Dios, Patrice Lamb, Gabriela Orozco, Julio Leal, Kylee He in, Savannah Burdeshaw, Carlos Brito, Juan Cruz-Diaz, Daniel Hernandez, Lee Eduard, Stephanie Yanez, Onixya Bailey, Emanuel Ramirez, Rylann Maxwell, Irene Urvina, Ben Pineda and Dylan Boully.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee NewsChristian School honors studentsMark Lanning (eighth grade) and Julie Garcia (sixth grade), students at the Adventist Christian School, earned special recognition for accomplishments in the Reading Plus program. Mark earned the most combos and made the most progress toward his endof-year goal during the second grading period. Julie completed the most lessons and had the highest comprehension scores during the second period. The awards were given on Jan. 29. Reading Plus is an on-line reading program used to help tutor the students in reading skills. Special to the Okeechobee NewsLine Dancing at the senior centerLine dancing is enjoyed every Monday at 11:45 a.m. at Okeechobee Senior Center. Carol Yates directs Cupid Shuf e, Electric Slide, waltz, and more. Come join in the fun of controlling two left feet! From left to right in the back row are: Sandy Bryd, Barb Weaver, Pat Avino, Mary Van Ratten, Marilyn Durbrey, Anna Mc Bee and Don Kovacs; in the front row, left to right, are: Elsie Landers, Stephanie Tayler, Katherine Mitchell, Madlean Vance, Marilyn Hadley, Debbie Glover and Renee Bishop. The new location of Senior Center is 1690 N.W. Ninth Ave. The center is located next to the Health Department, which is across the street from IRSC. Check out our activities calendar on the Okeechobee County website under Senior Services listed under "Departments."


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FARMLAND AUCTIONThursday, February 27th at 10amAuction Site: Indiantown Civic Center, Indinatown, FL800.607.6888 | mwallc.com Martin County, Florida 2,620+/Acres — Offered in 8 Tracts Property located Southeast of Indiantown, FL with road frontage on Highways 710 and 76.• Irrigation and Drainage Permits in Place • High Percentage Farmable • Excellent Location 13 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local detective has cleared another home burglary case with the arrests of two local teens, who are already incarcerated for their alleged connection in yet another home burglary. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Detective John Fisher arrested the teens Wednesday, Jan. 29, for allegedly breaking into a home on S.E. 12th Drive and taking a number of items including two at screen televisions. Don A. Dietrich, 18, U.S. 441 S.E., and Steven Ryan Russo, 18, S.E. 12th Drive, have both been charged with four felony counts of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, four felony counts of grand theft, one felony count of dealing in stolen property and one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. The teens are being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on bonds of $60,500 each. Dietrich and Russo were already being held in the county jail on bond. Both teens were arrested Jan. 17 by OCSO Detective Howard Pickering for allegedly burglarizing a home on S.E. 36th Terrace. Detective Pickering’s arrest report stated they broke out a window in the home then took a number of items including a DVD player, DVD movies, a laptop, a camera and an I-phone. Those items had a value of $1,180. Detective Fisher had come to know Dietrich and Russo quite well — he arrested them on Jan. 13 for allegedly breaking into Everglades Elementary School and taking various electronic items that had an estimated total value of $2,290. The duo was booked into the county jail in connection with that break-in, but were released on their own recognizance at their rst-appearance hearing. According to Detective Fisher’s arrest report dealing with his arrest Wednesday, the teens reportedly broke into the S.E. 12th Drive home at least four times. One time, continued the report, they went into the home and merely looked around. Another time they entered the home through a window and took “... several hundred dollars worth of cologne and personal hygiene (items),” added the report. They apparently threw those items into a re just to see how they would burn, added the detective. The next two times they entered the home Dietrich and Russo reportedly took a 65-inch television, a 50-inch TV, a DVD player, a watch, sunglasses, computer speakers, ashlight and several items of clothing. The homeowner was out of town at the time, indicated the detective. Dietrich, pointed out the detective, then tried to sell the 65-inch TV on the internet for $500. When Detective Fisher searched Russo’s bedroom, he reportedly found many of the items stolen from S.E. 12th Drive, along with items apparently taken in an earlier burglary. In the bedroom, he stated, were: two DVD players; three computer speakers; a small TV; 19 DVDs; a black laptop case; and, a laptop computer. The detective indicated in his report it’s not yet known from where the small TV came. Despite the arrests, Detective Fisher said this is still an ongoing criminal investigation. Jailed teens charged with another burglary Don Deitrich Steven Russo 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).  Diamonte Mandori Butler, 21, N.W. 14th Place, Miami, was arrested Jan. 30 by Deputy Timothy Porter on a DOC warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation grand theft. He is being held w ithout bond.  Danielle M. Zitzler, 29, Badger Lane, Lake Geneva, Wisc., was arrested Jan. 30 by Detective Howard Pickering on felony charges of burglary of an unoccupied structure and grand theft. Her bond was set at $15,000.  Terry Terrill McQueen, 26, Martinique A ve., Fort Pierce, was arrested Jan. 30 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of failure to appear sale of cocaine (three counts) and failure to appear possession of cocaine with intent to sell (three counts). He is being held without bond.  Chad Wesley Broadrick, 29, N.E. 64th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 30 by Detective Howard Pickering on felony charges of burglary of an unoccupied structure, grand theft, dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a pawnbroker. His bond was set at $17,500.  Deborah Susan Yost, 60, Devil’s Hollow Road, Frankfurt, Ky., was arrested Jan. 31 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Her bond was set at $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. Okeechobee Arrest Report


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 14 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 Having around-the-clock access to a nurse can be of great help when you’re feeling scared or confused about a medical condition. This is why Raulerson Hospital offers the Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system for our community. Consult-A-Nurse is a dedicated hotline that users can call with any health questions big or small. On the other end they will be connected to a registered nurse who can answer their inquiries or direct their questions to another healthcare provider. Should a caller need in-person medical treatment, a Consult-A-Nurse nurse can schedule an appointment. Individuals in our community can also use Consult-ANurse to learn more about the educational services and events that Raulerson Hospital provides the local community. Experience for yourself how our ConsultA-Nurse healthcare referral program can bene t your medical needs. Call Raulerson Hospital today at 863-763-9228 to learn more about this innovative healthcare service. You can also go to Consult-A-Nurse.com for additional information on all of the preventive, diagnostic, and treatment options that are available at Raulerson Hospital. The public is welcome to attend these upcoming community events at Raulerson Hospital. Call Consult-A-Nurse at 863-7639228 to RSVP. Learn about heart health at our Heart Health Lecture with Cardiologist, Dr. Shakoor Arain, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The Dine with the Doctor event on Tuesday, Feb. 25, will feature Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Benjamin Epstein. Dinner is available at 4:30 p.m. for $5 each. The lecture is free and begins at 5 p.m. Registered nurses are available by phone 24/7 Special to the Okeechobee NewsYatchette Club helps Senior ServicesOkeechobee Yatchette Club has donated food for Okeechobee Senior Services Home Delivered Meals Clients once again. We at the center cannot thank you enough. You have shown your generosity and kindness to our most needy of clients once again. Thanks so much. DKG Mu State District 1 meetingJudith Mix, Lonnie Kirsch and Peggy DuBose attended the DKG Mu State District 1 meeting in Ft. Lauderdale at the First Baptist Church of Ft Lauderdale on Jan. 24-25. To help select a District Director and Nomination committee member for Mu State of Florida. The District Directory sets up the current State President, Merle Jones, to help orient the new presidents of each chapter in this district 5. The Nomination Committee member will help select the new president for the next biennium 2015-2017. She is part of six districts. When it is time to select a new president for the next biennium, the six districts Nomination Committee members will meet and select the next executive of cers. Special to the Okeechobee News Blood drives plannedThe blood mobile will be in the Okeechobee area this month at the following locations:  Saturday, Feb. 8 Sour Orange Festival, Lakeport, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 15 – Publix, noon – 5 p.m.  Sunday, Feb. 16 – Golden Corral, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 21 – Health Dept., 9th Ave., 1 to 4 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 21 – Publix, 5 to 7 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 22 – Walmart, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Okeechobee Correctional Inst., public access, noon – 5 p.m.


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Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Auctions ESTATE AUCTION Saturday Feb. 8th Preview@9am, Auction @10am 13180 SE 46th Street Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Partial List: Wood Burning Stoves, Nice Butcher Block Tables, Coleman 7500 Generator, Murray High Wheel String Trimmer, Gun & Knife Collection, Corner Cabinets, Gun Cabinets, Rocking Chairs, Very Nice Old Desk, Rods & Reels, Decanters, Household Items, Tools, Furniture, Plus Much, Much More! Bring Your Own Chair! ALL Items Must be Removed the Day of the Auction. Terms:Cash or Check w/Drivers License 10% B.P., Concessions Available. Directions: SR 710, drive SE apx. 8.5 miles; Turn North on SE 128th Ave(aka Berman Road)Follow Signs. Photos Available on Facebook (Watford Auction) and auctionzip.com Watford Auction A.U. 1843 A.B. 1583 863-697-8906 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)261-0363Southeast 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 Southeast 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 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. LostREWARDMISSING FAMILY CUR DOG, 8YRS OLD, ANSWERS TO MASSEY, WEARING BLUE COLLAR LAST SEEN ON CANOE CREEK RD IN ST. CLOUD AROUND KENANSVILLE AREA. IF SEEN PLEASE CALL (407)908-3457 OR (407)319-6224 OR TAKE HIM TO OSCEOLA COUNTY POUND. Garage/ Yard SalesANNUAL PARKWIDE Yard Sale with crafts, household goods, shing items, and something for everyone! Lunch available. Fri. 2/7 & Sat. 2/8, 8 am ? Kissimmee River Fishing Resort. 10 miles West on 70, 1st right over bridge. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeCLASS A or B CDL DRIVER wanted for local deliveries. Must know the area, have clean driving record and pass a drug test. Bene ts available, apply at: Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 2595 NW 8th St. DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Employment Part Time Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community Part Time Maintenance Person Level II Background check required. Apply in Person M-F 9am 4pm 203 SE 2nd Street Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž 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! LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERS Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! 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 Time 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. Employment Full Time 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. FurnitureSOFA, RECLINER, 2 TWIN BEDS, MATTRESS AND BOX SPRINGS, DRESSER W/MIRROR, 4 UPHOLSTERED CAPTAIN’S CHAIRS ALL IN GOOD CONDITION CALL CHRISTINE FOR PRICES 863-763-7712 Pets/SuppliesFOR SALE PORTABLE ABOVE GROUND DOG KENNEL, COST $635 WILL SELL FOR $175. IDEAL FOR WHELPING PUPPIES, MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE. 317-443-0486 ApartmentsKINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. NW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo, and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. Condos/Townhouses RentCONDO FOR RENT 2Bd/2Bth Oak Lake Villas $850 per month 1st, Last, Security Req’d. Call (863) 801-3133 Houses RentKINGS BAY 3br./2ba. Includes lawn service, pool and all appliances. $900 month plus sec., Move in special $1250 Call 863-634-0663. 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 NICE 2BD/1BA, 1 CA R GARAGE, $700 MONTHLY AND $700 DEPOSIT. CALL 772-260-5029 Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 16 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 472013000088CAAXMX PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. ALICIA SIMMONS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTIONTO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, ROBERT LAMURA ALSO KNOWN AS ROBERT KEITH LAMURA A/K/A ROBERT K. LAMURA A/K/A ROBERT LAMURA A/K/A ROBERT LA MURALast Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown 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 Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: LOTS 1, 2, AND 3, BLOCK 4, LARKEE LAKES 2ND ADDITION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 6 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO, DESCRIBED AS: A 2000 DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME BEARING IDENTIFICATION NUMBER(S) FLA14615286A AND FLA14615286B AND TITLE NUMBER(S) 0080908956 AND 0080908919 A/K/A 5876 SE 94TH TRL OKEECHOBEE FL 34974-1438 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Albertelli Law, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on this 21st day of January, 2014. Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk **See the Americans with Disabilities Act In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 460801 ON 1/26;2/2/2014 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242 ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. DOROTHY M. MILES CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863) 763-4601 OR (863) 634-3166 461070 ON 2/2/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 14-0003CPAXMX IN RE: THE ESTATE OF HILDA MARISOL MEDRANO NOTICE TO CREDITORS The Administration of the Estate of HILDA M. MEDRANO, deceased, whose date of death was December 1, 2013; is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, File Number 14-0003CPAXMX, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The name and address of the Co-Personal Representatives and the Co-Personal Representatives’ attorney is set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims, or demands against the decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. THE DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE IS: 1/26/2014. Laura Bourne Burkhalter, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 410829 Hark / Burkhalter / Yon, PL Attorneys for Co-Personal Representatives 2101 N.W. Corporate Blvd., #220 Boca Raton, FL 33431 Telephone: (561) 995-1800 Eva Chavez-Medrano Co-Personal Representative 3535 NW 18th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972-1604 Ricardo Medrano-Arzate Co-Personal Representative 3535 NW 18th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972-1604 460733 ON 1/26;2/2/2014 Houses RentOKEE 2bd/1ba Clean CBS House, furnished, enclosed porch, w/d, large yard storage shed, well water, by 15-B. $725 mo. plus security. Call 786-201-0306 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. Storage Space RentQUICK & EASY STORAGE BOAT & R.V. SPECIAL UP TO 25FT $25.00 PER MONTH 863-763-2232 Lots Sale1/2 Acre Lot, fenced, oak trees, house or mobile home ok, off of 15A & 710 Hwy. One mile to Lake. $21,000 Call 863-610-1600 OAKS 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 Rent2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, Fully furnished $400 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 2BR, 1.5BA, BHR, Quiet on lake access canal. Fenced yard. W/D. Large screen porch. 10x10 shed. $750 mo. Call (863) 357-3830 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 FORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond/creek, 3BR, 2BA Trailer, Deposit required Rent $850/mo. (772) 464-9226 Mobile Home RentM.H. FOR RENT, COVERED BOAT PARKING, STORAGE SHED, GOOD AREA, 50+, REF. 1ST & LAST $400.00 PER MO. CALL 502-803-1876 OR 502-682-2403 TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. No pets. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 Mobile HomeSaleMHON CANAL, 2BD/2BA, 2 CAR-CARPORT, FRONT PORCH, FL ROOM, ALSO CLOSED BACK PORCH, BOAT RAMP & DOCK $65,000 CALL 863-763-8614 Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 Fleetwood 2,200 sq ft $12K OFF! Starting at $499/month. John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. 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 Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE Awesome Self Storage 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on 2/6/14. Owner Unit # Cindy Bestol #437 Lori Cock eld #336 Karen Treece #626 460735 ON 1/26;2/2/2014 Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: H Carpenter’s Son Under which we expect to engage in business at: Carpentry, Home Repair 13400 SE 34th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Hank H. Berry Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida, this the 30th day of January, 2014. BY: Hank H. Berry 461169 ON 2/2/2014 17 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 ACROSS 1 Photo finish 6 Turned right 10 Caen cleric 14 Meet the need 15 Chorus girl 16 Catch with the goods, maybe 17 Digs 20 Amateur ending 21 Sgt. maj., e.g. 22 Uncle Sam feature 23 A Dog of FlandersŽ author 26 Trading place 27 Angled joint 28 Digs 32 Textbook unit 33 Air MusicŽ composer 34 Alberta native 35 Limited number, with theŽ 36 Mosuls land 40 Not hide 43 Country with six time zones 45 Digs 49 Syst. of sound syllables 50 Mil. ranks 51 Very peculiar 52 1997 Nicolas Cage hair-raiser 54 First name in objectivism 55 Overseas denial 58 Digs 62 Bus sched. data 63 Leap for Scott Hamilton 64 Reunion group 65 __ speak 66 Banks on the tube 67 Rappers crew DOWN 1 When repeated, a fish 2 Name on an airport shuttle 3 British tavern 4 Service reward 5 Priest in I Samuel 6 Garage container 7 Cockney greeting 8 WWII command 9 More evasive 10 Spotlit solo 11 Teasing 12 Omaha chief who was an ally of the U.S. in the War of 1812 13 1950s bombs 18 Conclude with 19 I havent the foggiest!Ž 24 Open, in a way 25 Simpson judge 26 Bow 28 Moms skill, briefly 29 Flying prefix 30 On the RecordŽ host Van Susteren 31 Key with no sharps or flats 35 Whopper juniors? 37 Famished 38 Ending for lime 39 __ in Quebec 41 Screenwriter Ephron 42 Big spenders offer 43 Held on 44 Qty. 45 Anglican priests 46 Wine city north of Lisbon 47 Surgeons tool 48 Common Jesuit school name 53 Semi-serious I seeŽ 54 One of the Sox, e.g. 56 Silo contents: Abbr. 57 Latin 101 verb 59 Acne treatmentbrand 60 You may be told to shut yours 61 Out of SightŽ co-star, familiarly By Ruth Ann Dailey (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 11/24/11 11/24/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle


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DAVENPORT — CenterState Banks, Inc. (NASDAQGS: CSFL) announced Jan. 29 the signing of a de nitive merger agreement under which CenterState will acquire First Southern Bancorp, Inc. the parent company of First Southern Bank. Upon completion of the holding company merger, First Southern Bank will be merged with and into CenterState Bank of Florida, NA. First Southern Bank, which is headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., currently operates 17 banking locations in the Orlando, Jacksonville, and W est Palm BeachFort Lauderdale MSAs. As of Dec. 31, 2013, First Southern reported assets of $1.1 billion, loans of $635 million and deposits of $883 million. “First Southern Bank is a complementary t into our company as we have a signi cant presence in Jacksonville and Orlando,” said Ernie Pinner, Chairman, President, & CEO of CenterState Banks, Inc. “First Southern also provides a natural further extension of our Gulfstream Business Bank acquisition into the attractive markets of both Palm Beach and Broward counties.” Upon completion of the acquisition, the combined company will have approximately $4.0 billion in assets, $2.5 billion in loans and $3.4 billion in deposits. This transaction represents a strategic and nancially attractive combination of both companies’ shareholders with dayone tangible book value accretion and signi cant earnings per share accretion. After the completion of this transaction, CenterState will be one of the largest Florida-based community banks. “First Southern Bank leverages our existing inmarket leadership and infrastructure in these strategic Florida markets,” said J ohn Corbett, President & CEO of CenterState Bank of Florida. “We are pleased to w elcome First Southern’s customers and employees to CenterState.” The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of each company. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014 and is subject to customary conditions, including both regulatory approvals and shareholder approval by both CenterState and First Southern shareholders. Subject to the terms of the merger agreement, First Southern shareholders will receive .30 shares of CenterState’s common stock and $3 in cash for each share of First Southern’s common stock, which equates to a deal value of $6 per share based on CSFL’s closing stock price on Jan. 29, 2014 of $10. Based on CSFL’s closing stock price on Jan. 29, 2014 of $10, the aggregate deal value is $189.5 million. “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to join with CenterState. First and foremost, we believe the combination provides strong value for our shareholders, including the opportunity to bene t as CenterState shareholders going forward,” said Lynne Wines, President & CEO of First Southern Bank. Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey served as nancial advisors to CenterState Banks, Inc. Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. rendered a fairness opinion and Smith Mackinnon, PA provided legal counsel to CenterState Banks, Inc. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. served as nancial advisor and rendered a fairness opinion to First Southern Bancorp, Inc., and Mercer Capital also rendered a fairness opinion to First Southern Bancorp, Inc. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal counsel. Conference Call Information CenterState Banks, Inc. will host a conference call on Jan. 30. Alternatively, individuals may listen to the live webcast of this call by visiting the link at CenterState’s website at www.centerstatebanks.com. A replay of the call will be available after the close of business on Jan. 30, until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 6 on the Investor Relations page of the CenterState Banks website, www.centerstatebanks.com. CenterState Banks, Inc., headquartered in Davenport, Fla., is a bank holding company with one nationally chartered bank: CenterState Bank of Florida, NA. Presently, the company operates through 59 branches in 18 counties throughout Florida, providing traditional deposit and lending products and services to its commercial and retail customers. The company, through its Correspondent Banking Department, also provides correspondent banking services to over 600 community banks located throughout the United States. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News February 2, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESEverglades Students of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Jan. 31 include: kindergarten students, Malachi Hernandez, Shyanne Fertitta, Adriana Fonseca; rst graders, Hannah Harris, John Hood, Brianne Turner, Amber Laster; second grade students, Angelina Rosa, Jeremy Arnold, Dakoda Woods, Cornelio Benitez, Joshua Courson; third graders, James Bullock, Diana Ruiz, Mathew Johnson, Toby Leslie, Mariana Luviano, Tyrell Holland; fourth grade students, Teresa Ramirez, Sabriel Goettert, Anya Collick; fth grade students, Katelyn Courtney, Shane Hubbard and Haley Hawes. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the week Osceola Middle School's Students of the Week were braving the cold for this picture. They were buurrrrrrilliant! Congratulations to: Sara Raulerson, Vanessa Gomez, Nicholas Hayford, Mark Arnall, Perla Contreras, Abigail Myers, Bailey Shurley, Lucas Clay, Jazzmyn Lara, and our Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Amorita Leonard! CenterState Banks acquiring First Southern Bancorp Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESStudents of the weekCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of Jan. 31. They are: Jodalys Mendoza, Hally Arechiga, Noah Hamblen, Hunter Etheredge, Trey Holmes, Brian Lewis, Gauge Powell, Jessie Krall, Gabriel Aldana, Hayden Hickman, Maryellen Brege, Rosalia Jamies, Kathleen Brege, Kailey May, Erin Starling, Deborah Stead and Madyson McGuinness.