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14.00 feetLast Year: 14.33 feet Lake Levels Friday, February 14, 2014 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 20 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Motorcycle and car events planned ... Inside! Two accused of using stolen credit card ... Page 9 School board discusses drug testing for teachersBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee teachers voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract with the School Board after nearly seven months of negotiation. The contract includes a salary hike and a new teacher evaluation system. The school board voted unanimously Tuesday night at their regular monthly meeting to ratify the contract. At their Tuesday meeting the Okeechobee School Board approved a new contract with the Okeechobee County Education Association #1604 Instructional Unit. The vote was 275 in favor and 15 opposed. The average pay hike for teachers is 4.96 percent this year, ranging from 3.16 percent for teachers with 20 years experience to a high o f 10.59 percent for rst year teachers. Teachers approve new contract By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News Have you ever seen an older couple walking past you hand in hand, then look to your spouse and think, "I want that to be us"? The Okeechobee News asked readers to suggest local couples who have proven their love is lasting, and asked them to share their secrets to a long and happy relationship.Frank “Sonny” and Betty WilliamsonFrank and Betty Williamson met in 1951. Betty was 18 and Sonny was 20. Sonny had moved to Okeechobee after graduating from the University of Florida. Betty worked at the county courthouse. They were introduced through friends, and went out on a double date for dinner in Fort Pierce. They had a good time and on the way home to Okeechobee, they decided to play a car game to pass the time. Sonny, asked if anyone had played the game called "Popeye." He explained that if you are the rst to see a vehicle with one light not working, you call out "Popeye!" You are the winner and can ask a small favor from anyone in the car. What kind of favor, Betty asked. "Oh, a piece of gum, hand holding, a hug or a kiss, nothing serious, just a game," Sonny explained. While traveling down the road, Sonny was the rst to spot a car with a just one headlight. "I won that one and now, I would like my kiss," he said to Betty. Betty turned him down. Girls did not kiss on the rst date back in the 1950s. Throughout the night Sonny continued to win the game. Finally Betty kissed him and in her words, "it was love at rst kiss." Betty and Sonny married 9 months later in April 1952. Sixty-two years later, their love is just as strong as that rst kiss they shared. They have three children, Kim, West and Karen Williamson, now they have four grand children and four Couples nd secrets to lasting love Special to the Okeechobee NewsFrank and Betty Williamson found “love at rst kiss.” See LOVE — Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News Teams are forming now for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Okeechobee, to be held April 25 at the Agri-Civic Center and Fairgrounds. The event, which celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost to cancer and ghts back against the disease raised more than $47,000 last year. The money fuels the Society's work to help people stay and get well, nd cures through world-class research and ght back against cancer. "Relay For Life is the single most effective resource that communities around the world have to personally ght bac k against cancer. Thanks to these efforts, Okeechobee residents facing cancer can connect with free services and guidance," said Angie Grif n, Relay For Life of Okeechobee Event Chair. Local services include a resource room, where patients can nd free wigs, information and related services. The Road to Recovery program is also available to help patients with rides to and from treatment appointments. The Society points out that every patient's cancer journey is unique, and encourages Relay for Life teams formingSee ACS — Page 8 See SCHOOL — Page 5


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. DE W O R MYO U RCA T T L ETH EEA S YWA YWI T HOU RNE WSA F E-G U A R D C C a t t l e C u b e s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s B l o c k s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s S t o p I n F o r D e t a i l s Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 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 Happy Valentines Day to my husband of forty We all love you! From your loving wife, Phyllis and family three years! ank you for being the person you are and loving and taking care of Brystol and Bryson, your great grandchildren. MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Feb. 14TH Thurs., Feb. 20THFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “ THE LEGO MOVIE”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00I: “RIDE ALONG”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “R OBOCOP”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 2 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014 Today: A mainly sunny sky. High 69F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 49F. Winds light and variable.Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy skies. High 73F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday Night: Clear skies. Low 46F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday: A mainly sunny sky. High 76F. Winds light and variable. Sunday Night: A mostly clear sky. Low near 50F. Winds light and variable. Okeechobee Forecast Join the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the Hendry-Glades A udubon Society and avian enthusiasts across the nation for the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Each year, “citizen scientists” submit checklists to help researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., and the National Audubon Society study and protect birds. Florida has ranked rst among participating states in reporting the most birds. While anyone can join the count from their own backyard or nearby park, the SFW MD and the Hendry-Glades Audubon will lead birders and photographers on three separate days to Everglades Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA-5) in Hendry County that is nationally known as a bird-watching spot. STAs are the water-cleaning workhorses of Everglades restoration. They have also become renowned havens for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts alike. During the 2013 count, birders and photographers at STA-5 reported 98 bird species with more than 40,000 individual birds. Highlights included black-bellied and fulvous whistling ducks, snail kites, a solitary cinnamon teal, wading birds and tree swallows. Throughout the year, the district provides a variety of recreational opportunities on public lands while continuing to manage them to support environmental restoration, water supply, water quality and ood control missions. At present, the district has opened 620,000 acres to the public. Many of these properties are in their natural state or have enhancements such as picnic tables, informational kiosks, campsites and hiking trails. For more information on recreational opportunities throughout the district’s 16-county region, visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation. Also visit, The Great Backyard Bird Count. This year’s count is Feb,15-17, starting at 8:30 a.m. each day. RSVP to Audubon sponsor is requested. For more information, contact Margaret England at 863-517-0202 or email sta5birding@embarqmail.com. Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend Special to the Okeechobee News Mr. Willie Johns spoke to the Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and guests on Saturday, Feb. 1. He is a well-known tribal historian, and has now taken on a new title, Chief Justice of the Seminole Tribe. Upon noting that one guest w as the daughter-in-law of his rst teacher, he stated that he remembered his rst teacher and principal, Mr. and Mrs. Terry and how they had in uenced his life. In that time Seminole children came to school speaking broken English and more comfortable with their native tongue. He then continued by telling the group some of the history of the Seminole in this area. Mr. Johns told the group that the Seminoles had recently paid tribute to Polly Parker. He explained that she was the reason we have Seminoles here today. When she and her husband were forced to lead troops to the hidden Seminoles, instead they w andered aimlessly through the swamps managing not to nd even one of the native people. When they were again sought in later years to be “scouts” for the army, it is reported that her husband committed suicide rather than betray his people. Other reports say Polly killed him to prevent him from leading troops to her people. She, along with many other Seminoles, were imprisoned on Egmont Key, an event Willie called “the Seminole holocaust.” Polly managed to escape and returned to Fisheating Creek, near Okeechobee in less than a week. Upon arriving back here she would have one daughter, Lucy Tiger who would bear seven children, ve boys and two girls, who had 17 children. Her descendants have become many of the leaders of the tribe today including tribal chairman, health director, and Chief Justice. It was an interesting and informative program and was enjoyed by all who attended. We hope you will join us at the Battle of Okeechobee reenactment weekend Feb. 22 and 23. We will give away a homemade quilt on the Feb. 23. You do not have to be present to win. The next meeting will be Saturday, March 1, at the Okeechobee County Public Library. All members and future members are invited to attend. Daughters of the American Revolution host a guest speaker Special to the Okeechobee NewWillie Johns spoke to the Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and guests on Saturday, Feb. 1.


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Guidance counselor arrested It is everywhere. Our children are not s afe. Sad but true.  Two teachers out of an entire school syst em cannot be the indicator of the success or failure of the educational system in Okeechob ee County or across this country. The failure in this country is that people are sick in the head due to addiction and perversion. I ass ure you this type of behavior has been happening for as long as there have been teachers, schools and students. We just hear about it, because bad things make good news ratings as measured by our taste for unpleasant news experiences as a part of our culture. It’s a doggone shame that we listen, react and res pond to it. If you really want to improve our s chools: LOVE your children; PAY attention to t hem; ACT interested in their activities; and, SHOW UP to support those that do all of the above, our great Okeechobee School teachers, minus the exception of those who need t o be culled from the herd.  The school administrators need to pay more attention to all of the students and not j ust the ones with certain last names. The t eacher who was doctor shopping is an example. For years students complained about her, how she used inappropriate language in c lass and demeaned some of the students. But the administration did not do anything until there was an arrest.  Most of the teachers in the Okeechobee County school system are wonderful people w ho care about our children. They have a very dif cult job and I am glad they are so dedicated. We should not let a few bad apples spoil t he reputation of all. But by the same token, t he teachers and administrators should help t he school system weed out the problem employees. If the students were made to feel unc omfortable by the way the counselor looked at them and acted around them, shouldn’t a t eacher or administrator have picked up on t hat? If the teacher was slurring her words and c ouldn’t stand up, shouldn’t an adult have not iced it sooner? We should not have to rely on the kids to turn in the problem adults. The kids may be afraid to say anything.  Once again the TV stations have jumped on stories that makes Okeechobee look bad. The one parent they keep showing on TV makes me cringe. How about some balance? You can bet the TV stations won’t be around to lm the teacher awards. They only want the bad news.Pharmacy I was in a pharmacy in Okeechobee getting a prescription lled. A lady walked in, obviously in pain. I later found out she had a slice in her cornea causing her eye to water and was in so much pain she could barely open it. She got to the counter started crying and told the clerk that she had many prescriptions before and had never asked to be pushed ahead of anyone else. She said she was in so much pain, which was quite obvious, she wanted to just go home, take medicine, and go to bed and very quietly asked if she could possibly have her medicine lled quickly. She sat down and at least two people asked if there was anything they could do for her. The people that were waiting for their prescriptions and were lled rst which was a lady playing with her child, another talking on her cell phone and another playing games on cell phone. The rest were just sitting waiting. No one seemed in as much pain, however, everyone’s prescriptions were lled before hers. It had to have been 30 to 40 minutes before they called her. Where I don’t believe in pushing your way in front of anyone else, a pharmacy is in the medical eld and sometimes triage must prevail. I don’t think a person there would have minded this woman going before them. I know I wouldn’t have. Let’s have a little more human compassion. ‘Bath salts’ I have seen that once again the synthetic marijuana products known as ‘bath salts’ or ‘Spice’ are in the news. In a recent case on the coast the use of this poison is believed to be the cause of excited delirium. According to Wikipedia: “Excited delirium is a condition that manifests as a combination of delirium, psychomotor agitation, anxiety, hallucinations, speech disturbances, disorientation, violent and bizarre behavior, insensitivity to pain, elevated body temperature, and superhuman strength. It can result in sudden death (usually via cardiac or respiratory arrest), an outcome that is sometimes associated with the use of physical control measures, including police restraint.” Parents need to make sure their kids stay away from this stuff. The rst Okeechobee Main Street mixer of the year on Jan. 30, was a huge success. It was an emotional and moving celebration for Bridgette Waldau with Bridgette Waldau Studio of Art and Fawn Barr with Fawn’s Studio to of cially announce their Grand Opening of what some are affectionately calling the Art Cottage. There were over 40 attendees to welcome the art collaboration that offers art instruction for both old and young, framing and imagination. The address is 111 N.E. Second St. and is open Monday – Thursday from 10 – 5, Saturday and Sunday by appointment. Don’t forget to check out the Arte Vino classes! We would all like to thank the Okeechobee Main Street board, members and Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce as well as City Councilman Dowling Watford for their attendance and support. Okeechobee Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce welcomed 2nd Stree t Pizza to town with smiles and eager anticipation of hot pizza on Jan. 24. There was a great showing of commissioners, city council and the mayor to usher in the new business. We were all treated to slices of pizz a and cheesecake that is unmatched in ou r little town. We would like to congratulat e Annie and Ralph on their opening and wish them all the best in this new endeavour. 2nd Street Pizza is located at 202 Second St. Ste: 10. Call 863-763-5006 for take out, dine in o r delivery. Thank you Executive Director, Sharie Turgeon Okeechobee Main Street February 14, 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! Special to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right: Antoinette Rodriguez, Dowling Watford, Sharie Turgeon, Fawn Barr, Terry Burroughs, Maureen Burroughs, Bridgette Waldau and John Gurney. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBehind the counter: Ralph Collins. In front of counter: Bryant Culpepper, Antoinette Rodriguez, Sharie Turgeon and Maureen Burroughs.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014 great-grandchildren. Things to share for other couples out there? “You don’t have to have all the trimmings of a big wedding to survive in marriage,” said Betty. “And that marriage means is having to say ‘you’re sorry,’ and losing arguments gracefully.” said Sonny. Their secret to their everlasting love? “Honesty, and trying to have a laugh before 7 a.m.” they agreed. Winford and Dot JoynerIn 1949, Winford Joyner had just nished w ith the Navy and Dot was still in school w hen a friend introduced them. They both say it was love at rst sight. “They just fell head over heels with each other,” said their daughter Lola Bago. Lola and the Joyners’ granddaughter Tonya Stroner came to the newspaper ofce for the interview since Winford and Dot w ere not feeling up to it. Six months after they met, on Oct. 1, 1949 Dot and Winford were married. They have ve children, 19 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, last time they counted. They lived in Chicago most of their lives and throughout their marriage, they worked and parented in shifts. One worked days and the other worked nights, and they never had a baby sitter. When they would get breaks from working, they set course for Okeechobee. Winford came for the shing on the lake. Okeechobee was like a second home to them; they loved to get away here. Finally, retirement came and the same thought was on their minds: to move to Okeechobee. They have now been living happily in their favorite place and their love has stood the test of time — for 65 years. Their advice for couples? “Stick by one another and that’s what you’re supposed to do,” said Lola “And always take care of each other” said Tonya. Their secret to ever lasting love? Lola and Tonya agreed the advice the couple would give is that marriage is not something you give up at the rst problem: “If it is broken, you x it.”Ray and Phyllis StoneRay was working at Badcock furniture in 1969 and when a friend that worked there that knew Phyllis introduced them and then set them up on a blind date. After that and 15 months they were married on Aug. 15, 1970. “It was love at rst sight for sure, something just clicks,” said Phyllis. They have three children, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren and a loving dog named Katie-Sue that’s like another child to them. Being married for 44 years, their love is like no other. “We made a commitment by God” said Phyllis. At the moment Ray is retired from Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department and Phyllis is retired from Raulerson Hospital. They spend their time traveling with Katie-Sue and enjoying the time they have together. Advice for younger couples? “Follow your heart, trust in God and have strong morals,” said Phyllis, without missing a beat. What’s their secret to everlasting love? “Stick by each other’s side,” said Phyllis.Tommy and Kathy ShorterTommy and Kathy Shorter meet in high school at the age of 17. They were the classic high school sweethearts. Their romance started when Tommy’s best friend was dating Kathy’s best friend. One night Tommy’s friend asked if he would come hang out with Kathy for she was always a third wheel. It was a blind date and their personalities clicked. A year after they graduated high school, Tommy ask Kathy to marry him. After a six-month engagement, they went to Ne w Orleans and got married with just close family and friends on Aug. 13, 1983. After being married for 30 years, they have two children, one granddaughter and a grandson on the way. On their 25th anniversary, Tomm y gave his wife the wedding she had always dreamed of. They renewed their vows on the beach in Jamaica. How did Kath y know Tommy was “the one”? “I’m the only one who asked her.” Tommy said with a laugh. Tommy and Kath y own and run Zippy’s restaurant and Kath y also works at the health department. Their advice for other couples? “Respect each other,” said Tommy. “Be open minded to each other’s decision making,” said Kathy. “And be supportive of each other,” said both. Their secret to everlasting love? “Respecting each other,” agreed Tomm y and Kathy. Happy Valentine’s Day! LOVEContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsWinford and Dot Joyner: “If it is broken, you x it.” Special to the Okeechobee NewsRay and Phyllis Stone: “Stick by each other.’s side.” Special to the Okeechobee NewsKathy and Tommy Shorter: “Respect each other.” District data shows 433 teachers are impacted. There are 55 veteran teachers on the 31st step of the salary schedule. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenw orthy said the district will work diligently to have the increase re ected in the pay checks. “I think it’s a good contract for both sides. In most cases teachers will see the increase in pay by March 15,” he explained. All salaries will be adjusted by March 31. Chairman Joe Arnold said he was glad the district and union were able to come to a ‘meeting of the mind’ after close to two y ears of salary haggling. Administrators will receive one step on the salary schedule. Those on the top step w ould receive $1,000 stipends. In other business, the board discussed a random drug testing policy for employees. School board member Malissa Morgan emphasized that the system has excellent teachers and employees and that the recent actions of a few do not de ne all. She read a prepared statement to the board on an issue that she said weighed heavily on her mind. In the statement she spoke in favor of a random drug testing policy for employees. “We only have the random drug testing for bus drivers. I’m very disappointed in myself for not knowing that. The current policy dictates pre-screening as a condition of employment,” she added. Mrs. Morgan said it is hypocritical to hold students to a higher standard than employees. She noted athletes, students in other extra curricular activities, and with parking privileges face random drug testing. “We must be proactive to stop teachers from getting involved in activities that can impair their work as teachers,” she added. She also supported random drug testing for school board members. Mr. Kenworthy has sent a survey out to other school systems about their drug testing policies. Mrs. Morgan said she owns a drug free work place and she would like to see the board look into possibilities and be proactive on this issue. Mr. Kenworthy said the policy change would have to be negotiated with the union membership. School board member India Riedel said it was an excellent idea to get the data on what other districts are doing and whether it is deterring this type of activity. She said she understands the reasons behind such a policy, “It’s something we need to look into,” she said. “The standard work place, the private industry is a drug-free workplace.” The board also discussed the issue of cyber-bullying. The de nitions of bullying in school policy were expanded to include cyber bullying. Regardless of ownership, any computer, network or device, physicall y located on school property, used for the purpose of bullying is prohibited. The changes meet new Florida statutes. Incidents that occur en route to a school aboard a school bus or at a bus stop are included. The model policy was given through the Department o f Education. Mr. Kenworthy said regardless o f where the event takes place, any bullying will not be tolerated and will result in discipline. In other business, the board approved the suspension of employment without pa y of Catherine Jones, seventh grade Language Arts Teacher at Yearling Middle School. The suspension was effective Feb. 3 and lasts until March 11. The board hired attorney Robert Kilbride to represent the superintendent in the personnel suspension involving Ms. Jones. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1


High school students get a head start on college for free with dual enrollment. Dual Enrollment provides an opportunity for high school students to begin working on a college degree for free while nishing high school, saving time and thousands of dollars in college tuition. Indian River State College invites Treasure Coast high school students and their parents to an upcoming Information Session of their choice. Information Sessions will be held at 6 p.m. at the following locations and dates: Martin County: Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, March 6, IRSC Chastain Campus, W olf High-Technology Center, 2400 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Okeechobee County: Tuesday, March 4, IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus, Williamson Center, 2229 N.W. 9th St., Okeechobee. Indian River County: Tuesday, March 11, Sebastian River High School Auditorium, Sebastian, and Wednesday, March 12, IRSC Mueller Campus, Richardson Center, 6155 College Lane, Vero Beach. St. Lucie County: Tuesday, March 11, IRSC Main Campus, Kight Center, V Bldg., 35 Street side of campus, Fort Pierce, and Thursday, March 13, Pruitt Campus, E Bldg., Room E-114, 500 N.W. California Blvd. Port St. Lucie. Dual Enrollment students complete requirements toward high school graduation and earn college credits at the same time without paying college tuition. For example, classes such as College Algebra and English Composition that cost approximately $600 in tuition and books at a state university can be completed at no tuition charge to students and their parents. Dual Enrollment courses are offered at times that are convenient for a student's schedule and are weighted the same as Honors and Advanced Placement courses when high school grade point averages are calculated. Credits earned through Dual Enrollment readily transfer to all Florida public universities and most universities nationally. For more information, call 1-866792-4772 or visit www.irsc.edu. IRSC offers dual enrollment for high school students 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Delbert L. Brown, 74OKEECHOBEE Delbert L. Brown of Okeechobee and Lake Placid, Fla., passed away on Feb. 10, 2014. Mr. Brown was born in Berlin Center, OH. Delbert served in the U.S. Navy as a structural mechanic and aircraft systems operator. He was also a member of the VFW and Moose Lodge. Mr. Brown worked in the construction eld as a brick mason. Delbert loved shing, reading history books, cooking, being charitable and especially, socializing with friends and family. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Janet Brown of Okeechobee; daughter, Lisa (Tony) Stark of Okeechobee; son, Dale(Shara Michaelson) Brown of Strunk, Ky. Four grandchildren, JD Brown, Taubreenia Brown, Austin Brown and KY Brown. Four great-grandchildren, Dylan Sutton, Marly Sutton, Janet Brown and Chacub Brown. A family and friends gathering will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, following a service of remembrance (Pastor, Cary McKee of ciating) with Military Honors. Arrangements are entrusted to Buxton Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Online condolences may be expressed at www.buxtonseawinds.com Michael Alcott Bakich, 66VERBENA Michael Alcott Bakich, age 66 of Verbena, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 9, 2014. He was born in Tampa, Fla. on May 7, 1947. He loved the outdoors, and was an avid horseman, water skier, surfer, golfer, pro- sherman, hunter, and gun collector. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Yvonne Bakich; mother, Mary Sue Olson; and father, Michael Alcott Bakich, Sr. He is survived by his daughter, Chana Michelle Bakich Schroeder of Celebration, Fla.; granddaughters, Brooklyn Makayla Sheehan and Addison Alcott Bakich of Celebration, Fla.; Former wife, Patricia B. Kumatsky of Tampa, Fla.; Sister, Sue Ann (Art) Hoyt of Clanton; Sister, Patty Bakich Drake of Verbena; Sister, Jennifer OlsonIves of Twisp, Wa.; a host of nieces and nephews; and too many friends to count. A visitation was held on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at Ellison-Cleckler Funeral Home in Clanton, Al. A service will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of Ellison-Cleckler Funeral Home with Rev. Thurmond Cleckler of ciating. An interment service will be held at a later date in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Okeechobee, Fla. Final care and arrangements entrusted to the Ellison-Cleckler Funeral Home of Clanton. www.ellisonclecklerfuneralhome.com Willard Ray Leitner, 78OKEECHOBEE Willard Ray Leitner died Feb. 11, 2014 at Raulerson Hospital. He was born Aug. 25, 1935 in Okeechobee to James K. and Laveta Leitner. Mr. Leitner proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force. A lifetime resident of Okeechobee, he was a heavy equipment operator and member of the Church of God. He was preceded in death by two sons, James Ray Leitner and Randy Leitner; and sister, Rosie Ard and Lois Hart. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Norm a Leitner; sons, Donnie Leitner (Pam), Rodne y Leitner (Yvonne), Timothy "Timmy" Leitner (Diane), Heath Leitner (Ruth) and Norman Leitner; daughter, Denise Garnsey (Jeremy); 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ethel McDuf e of Clewiston; brother, Curtis Leitner of Ft. Myers. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Private interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses. 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. SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTWinter 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 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by email obits@newszap. com Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com Special to the Okeechobee News/ IRSCDual enrollment students working on their IRSC college degree at no charge to their parents while nishing high school. Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will meet on Monday, Feb. 17 beginning at noon in the museum on U.S. 98N. If interested in joining the organization, bring a covered dish to share and dues of $10. The Tantie Quilters also welcome anyone to join their group which meets on Thursdays in the museum.Nutritional class offeredA contact re ex and nutritional analysis class will be held Monday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiropractic, 916 N.W. Park St. Class is taught by Dr. Edward Douglas. For information, call 863763-4320.The Garden Club to meetOn Monday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. the Garden Club will meet followed by the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. at the Extension Center, 451 U.S. 98 N. Experts will share their knowledge of plants. Bring plants to show or problem orchids to discuss. The program will include preparation for the fair. For information, call 863-763-6469.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Paging all doctors and medical practitioners! Advertise your business! Call 863.763.3134 to speak with one of our sales associates today! RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS CANCER?15 Minute chat with Dr. Kumar, at no charge, to discuss Advanced Treatment options personalized just for you.Limited Appointments. CALL NOW 863-467-9500Big Lake Cancer Center1115 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Exceeding patients expectations~ every day!Ž GYNECOLOGY Caring Evaluation and Treatment of Women’s Health Issues J E. B• Laparoscopy Hysterectomy • Urogynecology • Pelvic Prolapse • Infertility • Minimally Invasive Surgery • Hysteroscopy • Menstrual Abnormalities • Endometriosis • Urinary Incontinence • Loss of Libido • Sterilization • Menopausal Disorders 1713 Hwy 441 N. Suite F, Okeechobee, FL • 863-763-8000 By Dr. Ramesh Kumar Big Lake Cancer CenterHow many cancer patients would jump up and consider a treatment option that is proven to be highly effective, does not need surgery, painless, completed in 5 days or less, w ithout signi“cant side effects, while continuing to maintain their full level of activity and function? Radio surgery is a technique that utilizes specialized machines that allow large amounts of radiation to be delivered with sub millimeter accuracy thereby killing the cancers w ithout damaging surrounding normal tissues. It is as simple as going out What is Cyberknife Radiation Therapy?to get a chest x-ray! Cyberknife Robotic Radio surgery system, created at Stanford University over 10 years ago is unique and better than other systems in the fact that it is the only Radio surgery system that can achieve what is called real-time tracking and killing of tumor.Ž What kind of patients can be helped by Cyberknife? There are several situations too numerous to mention here where Cyberknife would be extremely useful and safe. The following are just a few of them: Patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, pituitary tumors and tumors of the acoustic nerve called Acoustic Neuroma can avoid major surgical procedures on the brain by getting treated with Cyberknife. Patients with cancers of the brain, spine, lung and prostate are but a few of the cancers that can be helped with one to “ve sessions of Radio Surgery. An article that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 showed that patients with patients with lung cance r who received Radiosurgery had a survival rate of 55.8% at 3 years versus 20 to 35% for those patients treated with traditional radiation over several weeks. As one of our patients commented, if it is good for patients at Stanford University, it is good for patients from the Okeechobee area! If you or someone you know has an y form of cancer, please call us so we can explore the possibility of treating it with this cutting edge technology. This 4.5 million dollar machine is available at the of“ces of Dr. Kumar in Saint Lucie County. Courtesy transportation is available to get to this of“ce for those patients in need. Please call 863-4679500 for more information. Submitted Photo/ Big Lake Cancer Center Cyberknife: Cutting edge technology at work for our patients in Okeechobee. 8 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014 families facing cancer to call 800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org, for personalized support and guidance, and to connect with local resources. “At this time we have three families from Okeechobee staying at one of ACS Hope Lodges. They are a home away from home, where cancer patients can stay with their caregivers free of charge while they receive cancer treatment.” added Grif n. People facing cancer often need someone to talk to and advise them of the right tools and resources for their cancer journey. “The local American Cancer Society representatives have been tremendously helpful guiding me in the right direction in my cancer treatment process,” said local prostate cancer survivor Thomas Barber. “I’m so grateful for it.” Mr. Barber called the Society’s toll-free number, 800-227-2345, which is staffed by trained specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From the latest, unbiased information and guidance to programs providing lodging, transportation support and more, the Society helps people get well. Shortly after his diagnosis, Mr. Barber attended a Relay For Life meeting and connected with a network of people dedicated to ghting back against cancer. Susie Pickering was diagnosed with breast cancer at 41. She’s a survivor today thanks in part to the drug, Herceptin, which was supported by American Cancer Society research grants. Efforts like Relay For Life fund the Society’s research program to nd cures. Through a peer review process, the program identi es the most promising research ideas across the country, which will bene t cancer patients like Pickering in every community. The Society is currently funding more than $488 million in research grants, including $11,510,000 at Florida institutions. “Had it not been for the American Cancer Society providing funding to research this drug, and the drug being approved, my story may have been very different,” said Ms. Pickering. “My prayer is for cancer to be a disease of the past and we need the funds for research to nd a cure. It is also a fun event,” she said about her involvement in Relay For Life. Ms. Pickering also bene tted from the Look Good Feel Better program, which helps patients deal with appearance related side effects of cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society estimates that 114,560 Floridians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. There is measurable progress being made. The group’s annual statistics report nds steady declines in cancer death rates for the past two decades add up to a 20 percent drop in the overall ris k of dying from cancer over that time period. “Relay For Life is a great wa y for people to come together and help nish the ght against cancer,” says Relay For Life Specialist Emily Gregory, who works on the Okeechobee event. “There has been great progress against the disease, but there is still work to be done.” People participate in Relay For Life by forming teams that raise money and come together for the overnight community event, where participants take turns walking a track. Local cancer survivors take a victorious rst lap. To nd out more, visit relayforlife.org\okeechobee or call Emily Gregor y at 772-287-7467 Ext. 5254. A CSContinued From Page 1 Thomas Barber at ACS Hope Lodge.


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A bill adding six new substances to those already outlawed for use in synthetic compounds commonly referred to as Spice or K2 has cleared the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Also, House Bill 697 (HB-697) adds three extremely lethal compounds to a common street drug called Molly, which is short for molecule. The subcommittee passed the measure by a 13-0 vote Wednesday, Feb. 12. Spice or K2 are synthetic cannabinoids are chemically engineered substances that, w hen smoked or ingested, can produce a high similar to marijuana. They mimic the effects of THC, the active ingredient found in marijuana. HB-697 adds four new synthetic cannabionoids and two new phenethylamines to the Schedule 1 of Florida controlled substance schedules. Because of this, criminal penalties relating to the possession, sale, manufacture, delivery, etc. of controlled substances now apply to these synthetic substances. The bill also adds three new phenethylamines to the list of substances included in the traf cking in phenethylamines statute. Phenethylamines are synthetic substances known for their intense hallucinogenic effects that affects the nervous system in humans. As a result of HB-697, possessing 3 grams or less of listed synthetic cannabionoids is a rst-degree misdemeanor. And, it will now be a third-degree felony to knowingly sell, manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to sell listed synthetic cannabinoids or phenethy lamines. A person will be guilty of traf cking in phenethylamines if they knowingly sell, purchase, manufacture or deliver 10 grams or more individually or in any mixture. Traf cking is a rst-degree felony. Molly is often marketed as a pure form of ecstasy, which is a type of phenethylamine in Florida. Molly is often sold as a bath salts compound and is similar in chemical structure to ecstasy, but can be laced with other ingredients including caffeine and methamphetamine. Today, the drug has become a toxic mixture of lab-created chemicals. These lab-created chemicals mimic the effects of MDMA, the active ingredient found in ecstasy, and are central nervous system stimulants that create euphoric highs. They can also cause rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, blood vessel constriction, sweating and can prevent the body from regulating temperature. Some of these chemicals can also cause intense, prolonged panic attacks, psychosis and seizures. When they wear off, the chemicals can cause devastating depression or even death. The effects of Molly use can be varied, but someone using this drug may exhibit symptoms of sweating, jaw clenching, violent or bizarre behavior and psychosis. Although it can be found in many different forms, Molly is most often found in capsule or powder form. HB-697 is sponsored by Representative Clay Ingram (R-Escambia). The Florida Senate companion bill SB-780 is sponsored by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Alachua, Bradford and Clay). HB-697 adds more synthetic compounds to illegal list 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME We Love to We Love to Care! Care! 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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 9 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two Okeechobee men are being held on bond in the county jail following their arrests for allegedly using a stolen debit card to buy food and gasoline. Arrested Tuesday, Feb. 11, were Josue Borja Ayala, 21, N.E. 304th St., and Dyllyn Roy Heasley, 21, N.E. 10th Ave. Ayala has been charged with three felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and one misdemeanor count of petit theft. Heasley is charged with three felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Ayala is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $8,000 bond, while Heasley is being held on $7,500 bond. According to an arrest report by Detective John Fisher, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), someone entered an unlocked car and took the owner's wallet which contained a debit/credit card. That break-in apparently happened sometime between 10:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and 6:30 a.m. Jan. 28. The owner's Dooney & Burke wallet has an estimated value of $100, added the report. Detective Fisher's report stated the stolen card was used Jan. 27 at 10:46 p.m. to purchase $7.17 worth of items from a local fast food restaurant. It was apparently used again at 11:30 p.m. that same night at a local convenience store, where Ayala reportedly used the card to buy $50 worth of gas. The detective's report also pointed out that Feb. 11 surveillance footage from a local bank showed a white male using that same card at the bank's ATM. Detective Fisher said the white male tried three times to get $200 in cash from the ATM, but each time the transaction was denied. That surveillance footage apparentl y showed the white male walking away from the ATM and getting into a white minivan. That van, stated the detective, matched the description of the van seen at the convenience store where Ayala bought the gasoline. The van, added the report, was being driven by Ayala. Detective Fisher pointed out in his report Ayala and Heasley had tried to use the stolen card several other times at the convenience store but those transactions were denied. Men arrested for using stolen debit card Josue Ayala Dyllyn Heasley Referral Network to meetThe Okeechobee Business Women's Referral Network's regular monthly meeting will be held Friday, Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lodge at the Lake, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. This is an opportunity to share ideas, announce successes as well as changes and offer new opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere. This group has been meeting for more than ten years. The exchange of small gifts will conclude the meeting.


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By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News A request to waive impact fees to help a disabled veteran move into a new home turned into a discussion of the role of government at the Thursday meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners. Larry Gabor asked the commission to w aive the impact fees to help a Korean War v eteran and his wife. The couple wants to place a used mobile home on 5 acres they own. He said the couple is currently living in a rented mobile home that is falling apart. “There are a lot of things we take for granted,” said Mr. Gabor. “This is a man who fought in the Korean W ar con ict and he never talks about it. “I can’t imagine the horrors that this man has gone through,” he said. He said although he is disabled, the man tries to work on the property a little every day, making improvements. Mr. Gabor said the county code requirements and the impact fees will make it dif cult for the man and his wife to afford a home of their own. “I’m just asking if there is any way we can help somebody who has done more for us,” Mr. Gabor said. He asked the commission to waive county impact fees. “If we can’t waive impact fees, is there any way we can amortize them out so he could make payments?” asked Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. County attorney John Cassels said he would have to research the issue. “Whatever we do for one, we would have to do for all,” said County Administrator Robbie Chartier. “You could put a category in for 100 percent disabled veterans,” suggested Commissioner Bryant. Mr. Cassels explained that impact fees are in a unique classi cation and the account has to balance. In order to set up a payment plan, the money would have to be borrowed from another funding source and then reimbursed. “It gets a little more complicated,” he said. “We could certainly look into it.” County Commissioner Joey Hoover suggested Mr. Gabor seek private donations to help the veteran. “When you ask a government, in this case a local government, to designate this group or that group, you get into a mess,” said Commissioner Hoover. “I’ve grown up here. I have a different view of government,” he said. “I have seen various groups and churches that have xed up homes,” he said, noting that the Okeechobee Contractors’ Association has helped many people. “I can show you many homes that were built or improved for disabled widows and older folks and even some younger folks,” he said. “I encourage you to step up to the plate and say, ‘what can I give’ and ask other private individuals or businesses to step up to that plate,” Commissioner Hoover said. “You establish a fund and ask people to help you,” he suggested. “I’ll make a donation. I’ll even help you raise some funds,” he said. Mr. Gabor said in a similar situation, Lee County waived the fees. “If they waived them, then they violated the law,” said Commissioner Hoover. He said he has a lot of respect for veterans. “My father was a disabled veteran and we never got anything from the government,” he said. “I’ll help you and there are other people who will help,” Mr. Hoover said. “As a Christian, I am not told to ask the government to do it. I will step up and help my neighbor.” Commissioner Margaret Helton suggested Mr. Gabor talk to the American Legion and VFW posts. “They do so much for our veterans, have you been to them?” she asked. Mr. Gabor admitted he had not. He said when he heard Lee County had waived fees, he thought Okeechobee County might do so as well. “If you saw what he’s living in and what he’s done for our country, I think you would have a different opinion,” Mr. Gabor added. “I don’t think so,” said Mr. Hoover. “My father was a disabled veteran. I personally want to help him. You’ve got to quit going to the government for help. We need to step up. We need to help our neighbors, you and I.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For more information, contact 863.763.3134 email ”bizsearch@newszap.com 12 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014 County won’t waive impact fees for Korean War vet By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News At their Thursday, Feb. 13 meeting, Okeechobee County Commissioners agreed to request Florida Department of Transportation to reallocate resources to extend the sidewalk along State Road 70. There is a missing link in the sidewalk on the SR70 four-lane widening project from east of Northeast 80th Avenue to Berman Road. FDOT has designed this section of roadway to have a sidewalk down both sides of the road for 3.636 miles. This would leave a gap of 4.464 miles with no sidewalk before the sidewalk starts again at the St. Lucie County line. Instead of having sidewalks on both sides of the highway, it is suggested that FDOT reallocate the resources to make one longer sidewalk on one side of the highway. The side of the road that would be left w ithout a sidewalk, for the most part, is in front of Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, open pasture land, FDOT Water retention areas and Triple E Equipment Rental. The proposed resolution would request FDOT to reallocate the resources for the two sidewalks by eliminating the double sidewalk, one on each side of the road, and place a single sidewalk on one side of the road, the same as is currently built in St. Lucie County, allowing for connectivity along SR 70 east for walkers, bicyclists and joggers. Although it would not completely eliminate the gap, there would be cost savings in eliminating the need for sidewalk crossings on both sides of the bridge at the canal locations. By reallocating resources, FDOT can create a user-friendly, safer environment for all non-vehicular traf c along a 60 mph roadw ay. Later in the meeting, assistant county administrator Jim Threewits said he spoke to FDOT during the lunch break. He said the FDOT of cial he spoke to indicated they are interested in adding the extension of the sidewalk as part of the SR 70 widening project if possible. In other business Thursday:  County commissioners approved the use of grant funds for the purchase of single family residences for rehabilitation and subsequent resale to income-eligible buyers. As authorized by the county’s NSP3 Housing Assistance Plan, the county administrator executed a contract for purchase of properties at 810 S.E. Ninth St. and 607 S.W. 14th St. The properties were selected by Deborah Belcher, the NSP3 grant administrator, and the contracts were approved by the county attorney. The environmental reviews were submitted to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for release of funds, which must be received before the purchase can be concluded. The appraised value of the Southeast Ninth Street property is $65,000, and the purchase price is $49,900. The appraised value of the Southwest 15th Street property is $106,000, and the purchase price is $70,000. The county has already sold two houses, and received program income from the sale of those houses. Program income on hand, and/or NSP3 grant funds to be drawn down from the state, will be used to fund the purchase of this property.  The commissioners agreed to allow staff to submit grant applications to the Land & Water Conservation Fund, Recreation Trails Program, Urban & Community Forestry, Cultural Facilities Grant, Florida Boating Improvement Grant Program, and two Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program Grants for projects at OkeeTantie, the C. Scott Driver boat ramps or the Okeechobee Sports Complex. The sports complex is not eligible for funding from the FBIP or RTP grants. DOT asked to extend sidewalk


Special to the Okeechobee News The February Christian Team Trail Bass Tournament was held Saturday, Feb. 2, at Okee-Tantie marina. Fifty-seven boats and 110 shermen participated in the event. A large crowd of shermen and spectators gathered for the weigh-in and enjoyed hot dogs and soft drinks provided by Oakview Baptist Church. Bryan Honnerlaw and Brent McCarty took top honors with a ve- sh limit that weighed 24.29 pounds. Second place honors went to Clint Bryant shing with ve sh that weighed in at 21.74 pounds. Bryant also captured big sh honors with an 8.25 pounder. Kail Stevens and Drew Wanczak nished a close third with 21.55 and Rich Stiglitz nished fourth with 19.89 pounds. Dr. John Garrison, Senior Pastor at Oakview, presented the gospel giving thanks to Jesus Christ who makes all things possible. The Christian Team Trail, known in local circles as "The Christian" is sponsored by Oakview Baptist Church and is not a fundraiser but a ministry devoted to using the example of shing to bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Christian Team Trail would like to thank our sponsors for providing door prizes for the participants: Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters, Garrard's Tackle Shop, Fast Break Tackle Shop, Eli's Western Wear, Arby's Restaurant, Pogey's Restaurant, Mike Jones Guide Service, Charlie's Worms, and world famous Sam Grif n Lures. Christian Team Trail tournaments are held on the rst Saturday of the month, September-March. The classic is held on the rst Saturday in April. The next tournament will be held on Saturday, March 1, at Okee-Tantie Marina. For more information about the Christian Team Trail, please contact Darrell Marlow or Bill Bartlett at Oakview Baptist Church, 863763-1699. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014 Honnerlaw and McCarty team win CTT event Special to the Okeechobee News/ CTTBryan Honnerlaw and Brent McCarty show off part of their winning catch. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CTTPastor John Garrison presents rst place winnings to Bryan Honnerlaw and Brent McCarty. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CTTClint Bryant shows off his winning big sh. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CTTKail Stevens and Drew Wanczak show off their third-place catch. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CTTRich Stiglitzwith part of his fourth-place catch. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CTTShane Tomlinson and Luke Farmer with their door prizes provided by local merchants.


Eagles to host dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles 4509 will serve choice ribeye steak, shrimp or sh dinners starting at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14 Entertainment will be by Hard Country. On Saturday, Feb. 15, dinner beer brats will be served. Entertainment will be provided by Debra and Jimmy Harper. Sunday, Feb. 16, w e will be serving southern fried chicken. Tuesday, Feb. 18, is the weekly dart tournament with hamburgers being served. The public is welcome. Proceeds from Tuesday goes to Arnold Palmer's Children Hospital and the rest go to other charity funds. For information, call the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154.Eagles have Valentine’s dinnerThe public is invited to share the Valentine's Day Special on Friday, Feb. 14 with members and guests of the North FOE, Aerie 4137. Dinner will be served from 5:30 until 9 p.m. and you can choose from spaghetti or lasagna. Musical entertainment will be by Steven. Dance to the slow ones or choose y our own dance speed; it's your evening! Proceeds go to Eagles-supported charities.Eastern Star plans dinnerOkeechobee Chapter, No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will host a country fried steak dinner aturday, Feb. 15, at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. Dinner w ill be served from 4 until 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. To purchase tickets, contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427 or Mary Holt at 863-763-5210. A MVETS host Valentine dinnerAMVETS Post 200, at 8591 S.R. 78 W., will host a Valentine's Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. for a donation of $7. On Friday, Feb. 21, at 12:30 p.m. there will be a bar bingo and gator races at 7 p.m. For information, call 330-556-1576.B.R.A.T. dance set for Feb. 15The Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club (Building Relationships Among Teens) will host a Black and White Teen Dance Party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 7 until 10 p.m. The dance is for students ages 12-16. The cost is $7 and includes pizza, soda and chips. Boys should wear black, and girls should wear white. You can also sign up for the Dodge Ball Tournament there that will be held March 1. For information, contact A llison Chandler at 863-697-9096.OCCA plans yard saleA yard sale will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Holiday Inn Express, 3101 U.S. 441 S., and will be hosted by the Okeechobee County Cattlewomen's Association to bene t their scholarship fund. For informatio call Janette at 863-801-4426, or J ackie at 863-634-1980.Girl Scout fundraiser setA fund-raising golf tournament for Girl Scout Troop 60005 will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Blue Heron Golf Club. The entree free is $160 per team. The tournament will start at 8:30 a.m. For information, call Robin at 863-801-3413.3-D archery shoot slatedThe sixth annual Farm Bureau 3-D archery shoot will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4351 U.S. 441 N. All proceeds will be used to support the Young Farmer and Rancher Scholarship Program. The event will start at 8 a.m. with registration. For information, call 863-763-3101.Musical theatre event offeredMusical theatre presentations will be held at the Okeechobee County Public Library Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. with the nal extract from "Cabaret in the Sinatra Era" followed by "A tribute to Stephen Sondheim Part II."OCRA registrations setOCRA will hold baseball/softball sign-ups Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the score tower at the sports complex. Boys ages 4-14 are eligible to sign-up, as are girls ages 4-18. Girls softball is adding another league this year due to OCRA hosting the Dixie Girls State Tournament this July. We will offer the Debs division for 16-18 year olds. Coaches are also needed for all leagues. If you are interested, contact Micki at 863-6340515. If your child is a rst-time player, we will need a copy of the birth certi cate.Brahmans plan fundraiserThe Okeechobee High School baseball team will host The Running of the Bulls -a 5-K run/walk, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 a.m. Register by contacting any OHS baseball player or coach or: 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 863634-9033. 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.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo on Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dinning room patrons. 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 CHURCH 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 BAPTIST NON-DENOMINATIONAL PENTECOSTAL 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. Royal City Singers Feburary 23rd Sunday: 10:45am Pastor Mark Smith Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave.,Okeechobee, FL 863-763-4127http://www.okeechobeecog.com http://www.facebook.co m/okeechobeecog/info EPISCOPAL Christian Singles of e GatheringŽ Singles of OkeechobeeEveryone invited! Come Together and Enjoy!e Holy Land ExperienceŽOrlando, FL ursday, February 27th A complete day trip in the park from 10:00 am -6:00 pm $60 fee includes park entrance and bus transportation. Bus will depart from e Gathering parking lot at 8 am, bus arrives at 7:30. For more information contact the following: Molly Durbin 863-610-1088 or Sylvia Sievers 863.801.0184Reservation /Payment due by the 22nd W V D Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 11 am to 2 pm First Baptist Church of Okeechobee 401 SW 4th St. In the Fellowship Hall. Bring a covered dish! For more information call Ray or Phyllis Stone at 863-467-8636 H or 863-634-1427 C 14 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014 Community Events Brought to you by:863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236


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Auctions8th Annual “Cane Country” AuctionSaturday ~ February 15, 2014 ~ 9:00 a.m. 26400 CR 880 Belle Glade, FL (20 Miles W of West Palm Beach, FL)(Atlantic Sugar Mill Site) 800-985-5699Auctioneer: Terry DeMott, Sr FL #AU1833-AB1285 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Auctions*Estate Auction* Sat. Feb. 15th at 12pm Preview at 9am 10691 NW 4th Ave Okeechobee, Fl. 34972 Massive collection of knives including Case, Kissing Crane, Handmade and many more. Fenton Glass Collection 30+ pieces, 2 Flat screen TV’s, Cast Iron, Tools new & used, Railroad and Buggy Lanterns, Van Briggle, Carnival Glass, 2 Brand New Generators 3300 & 7200 Plus Much, Much More! Terms: 10% Buyers Premium, Cash or Check Only. Auctioneer Charles Holt 863-447-9690 Visit www.auctionzip.com/Fl-Auctioneers/120113.html for photos & more. AU4165 AB3011 Card of ThanksWe would like to honor Laura Norse for her kind and caring outlook on the people of Fort Drum and Okeechobee County. From your friends and family Garage/ Yard SalesBIG ANNUAL YARD SALE FEB 21ST & 22ND, 8AM TILL ?, 1012 NW 2ND STREET. TOOLS, ELECTRONICS GUITARS AND AMPS, HOUSEHOLD GOODS, BABY ITEMS, FITNESS AND WEIGHTS. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Shop here first! The classified ads DISPATCHER / DRIVER Class B, Hazmat & Tanker Must have excellent computer and communication skills. Bene ts, Vacation, Insurance, and good pay. Palmdale Oil Co. 863-763-3617 120 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL. Employment Full Time Employment Full TimeGreat opportunity! The Gilbert Family is hiring an Alignment Technician. Busy, privately owned and family operated dealer. The Gilbert Family has been serving Okeechobee for over 80 years, experience counts. Don’t miss this chance to make a move! STRONG PRODUCTS, PAY & BENEFITS! Drug Free Workplace EOEGilbert Chevrolet 3550 Highway 441Okeechobee Email resume: hr@gilberthasit.com 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! Garage/ Yard SalesYARD SALE FRI. 14TH AND SAT. 15TH, 8AM TILL 4PM, 740 HWY 78 WEST. ANTIQUES, BASS BOAT, CANOE, KAYAKS, ALUMINUM VHULL BOAT, ELECTRIC SCOOTER, BUELL MOTOR CYCLE, BICYCLES & MISC ALL PRICED TO SELL! Employment Full Time Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.ŽSales Support RepresentativeFantastic Opportunity Challenging & Rewarding Role International Brand NQAS is recognized as a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of replacement parts to suit CASE and John Deere cane harvesters. A unique opportunity has arisen within our Clewiston FL operation for a ‘hands on’ sales support representative. By nature you will be results orientated, good humored, bilingual in Spanish and English and have a solid commitment to delivering outstanding customer service and spare parts advice to a variety of individuals who include harvester contractors, purchasing managers and mechanical workshops via telephone, email and counter sales. You will be responsible for interpreting and followup on customer needs, preparing customer quotes and orders, invoicing, purchasing and coordinating orders being imported and exported. A background in mechanical parts, con dent clear communication along with the ability to make decisions and remain calm under pressure will be the key to your success. NQAS offers a great place to work and a friendly supportive culture. To apply, please email your resume to Rebecca@nqascorp.com or mail to PO Box 1780, Clewiston, Florida 33440. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Maschmeyer Concrete Company of Florida is seeking highly motivated, honest and dedicated Delivery Professionals for our Okeechobee Plant. If you are looking for a “family” environment where our superior work atmosphere is a way of life, then you have come to the right place. A CDL license is required and knowledge of the concrete construction business is preferred but not required. Please email your resume to Teresa Boyda, the Team Member Services Manager at tboyda@ maschmeyer.com Employment Part Time Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community Part Time Maintenance Person Level II Background check required. 3 Days a week Apply in Person 203 SE 2nd Street Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. FurnitureFOR SALE COUCH, 2 BEDROOM SETS, 2 RECLINERS, TABLE-4 CHAIRS, COFFEE AND 2 END TABLES, CALL FOR PRICES 863-610-0596 Guns/SuppliesWINCHESTER .30/.30 MODEL 94 LEGACY, MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CT. NEW IN BOX, NEVER FIRED. CALL 863-467-7539 Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 Apartments2bd/1ba Fully Furnished utilities included, w/d, pool, tennis court, club house privileges. Linens, dishes. In Kings Bay long/short term lease. 863-634-8331 KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. 15 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014


INVITATION TO BID NO. PW-03-00-02-14 SIDEWALK REHABILITATION The City of Okeechobee is currently soliciting bids for City-wide Sidewalk Improvements. Sealed bids must be received by the General Services Department at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, RM 101, Okeechobee, FL 34974, no later than 2:00 p.m. on or before Wednesday, March 12, 2014, (late submittal, email submittals, and facsimile submissions will not be accepted) at which time they will be publically opened and read. A MANDATORY pre-bid meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall, City Council Chambers, RM 200. NOTE: bonding requirements apply to this bid opportunity Bid documents may be obtained at City Hall (address above) during normal of ce hours, Mon-Fri, 8 am-4:30 pm, except holidays. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit per set of documents is required, made payable to City of Okeechobee. Questions concerning the scope of work should be directed to Public Works Director David Allen, 863-763-3372 x 225, dallen@cityofokeechobee.com. Sealed envelopes must contain two (2) clearly identi ed originals and one (1) copy of the bid with the outside clearly marked “BID NO. PW-03-00-02-14 SIDEWALK REHABILITATION” and may be mailed, hand-delivered or express mailed to the address listed above. This solicitation does not commit the City of Okeechobee to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this Bid, or to contract for any services. The City Council reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities and to accept or reject all or any part of any bid, as they may deem to be in the best interest of the City of Okeechobee, Florida. Responses to this Bid upon receipt by the City of Okeechobee will become public record subject to provisions of Florida Statute Chapter 119 Florida Public Records Law. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP 462025 ON 2/14/2014 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK CONDO Ground oor, 1/1 fully furnished with utilities. $750 mo. + sec. dep. Move in now! $700. 863-634-0663. Houses RentBUCKHEAD 3bd/2ba WATERFRONT, DOUBLE LOT, SEAWALL, AVAILABLE MARCH 1st., ALL APPLIANCES INCLUDING WASHER/DRYER, VERY CLEAN, SCREENED PORCH AND STORAGE SHED, $1,050.00/mo. CALL (561)312-8471 HOUSE FOR RENT, 2BD/1BA, CBS IN TAYLOR CREEK ISLES. $800.00 MONTHLY PLUS UTILITIES, NON SMOKING & SMALL PET POSSIBLE. CALL 863-610-1276 NICE 3 BDRM, CAN BE 4 BDRM, 1 BATH HOUSE IN DIXIE RANCH. NO PETS. FIRST, LAST & SECURITY $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. RIVER RUN: 2BR, 2BA, DW MH Rent w/option to buy. Option deposit $3,000 Rent $750 mo. A NCIENT OAKS: 1BR, 1BA w/Florida Rm. & Carport. Rent w/option to buy. Option deposit $4,000 Rent $500 mo. (55+ older community) Home Realty Services LLC. 863-801-4498. A sk for Diane. Storage Space RentQUICK & EASY STORAGE BOAT & R.V. SPECIAL UP TO 25FT $25.00 PER MONTH 863-763-2232 Waterfront RentalsBEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED 2BD/3BA, ON RIM CANAL WITH A BOAT DOCK, AVAIL. MARCH 1ST CALL 239-246-6301 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Houses Sale3bd/2ba CBS HOME ON CANAL LAKE ACCESS, DOCK AND DECK, SCREENED IN PORCH, 2 CAR GARAGE, FURNITURE AND PONTOON INCLUDED $249,000.00 CALL 863-357-3195 OR 314-640-3195 BASSWOOD-FOR SALE CBS 3BD/1BA, LARGE SCREENED PORCH, EAT-IN KITCHEN, UTILITY ROOM, CARPORT, TILE AND CARPET, WATER AERATOR. CALL WALT 634-9783 ASKING $49,900 OKEECHOBEEIN TOWN 2/1 CBS, CENTRAL AIR AND HEAT, SCREENED PATIO, GARAGE, LARGE YARD, ALL APPLIANCES, CLOSE TO LAKE. $103,000.00 CALL 863-801-4220 TREASURE ISLAND FOR SALE CBS 3BD/1BA, UTILITY ROOM W/COMMODE, WATERFRONT, GOOD CONDITION, FENCED FRONT YARD, NEWLY PAINTED INSIDE & OUT. CALL WALT 634-9783 ASKING $68,900 Lots Sale1/2 Acre Lot, fenced, oak trees, house or mobile home ok, off of 15A & 710 Hwy. One mile to Lake. $21,000 Owner Finance Call 863-610-1600 Mobile Home Rent2/2 WATERFRONT FURNISHED, COMPLETELY REMODELED, MATURE ADULTS, NO PETS. $600/MO. & $500 DEPOSIT CALL 863-467-1308 FORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond/creek, 3BR, 2BA Trailer, Deposit required Rent $850/mo. (772) 464-9226 M.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 NICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 1bd & 1bd home in nice quiet park, small dog okay, Security required. 239-246-6301 Mobile HomeSale3BD/1.5BA MOBILE HOME ON THE WATER, DEAD END STREET, COMPLETELY FURNISHED $42,500.00 CALL 863-763-4174 OR 859-339-1888 Palm Harbor Homes 55+ Community Special! $5K for your old home! Many models to choose from. Call John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. BoatsBOATS FOR SALE 15 USED BOATS & MOTORS, ASSORTED SIZES. $1,100.00 TO $1,500.00 PLUS TAX, ALL RUN AND HAVE TITLE. 863-467-8875 TROPICAL BREEZE MARINA FOR SALE: BASS BOAT 19 1/2 FT. 200 HREFI MERC., 3 NEW BATTERIES, ON BOARD CHARGER, HOT FOOT. CALL 815-351-6444 Campers/RVs2001 DAMON ESCAPER, 40’, Cummins diesel, Spartan chassis, 2 slide outs, 7.3 generator, 2 A/C’s, much more. 43K miles. $45,000. Offers welcome. (863)234-9003 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 2013-CP-138 IN RE: The Estate of JERRY MITCHELL KEMP, a/k/a JERRY M. KEMP, Deceased, NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JERRY MITCHELL KEMP, a/k/a JERRY M. KEMP, deceased, whose date of death was June 7, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! 16 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014 NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against 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 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 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 decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 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 STATUTES 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 rst publication date of this notice is: Feb. 14, 2014. Personal Representative: BRENDA KEMP 1508 NE 39th Blvd. Okeechobee, FL 34972 Attorney for Personal Representative: COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQ. 200 N. E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 Fla. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee news The Okeechobee tennis teams opened the season with impressive victories over Clewiston on Tuesday as the boys shutout the Tigers and the Lady Brahmans prevailed 6-1. For the girls, Kearstin Dorrance defeated J ordan Pencarinha 6-0 and 6-0. Elizabeth Santelices defeated Alyssa Mickler 6-0 and 6-3. Rachel Williams defeated Alexa Mickler 6-4 and 6-2. Kayla Orr defeated Susan Walker 6-2 and 7-5. In doubles action the team of Dorrance and Santelices overcame Anessa Laya and Mickler, 8-4. Williams and Orr teamed up to defeat Susan Walker and Caroline Garcia 8-4. In an exhibition match, April Hogenkamp and Imari Roberts defeated Savana Beckett and Isis Porta, 6-3, 3-6, and 10-6 in a third set tiebreaker. OHS coach Stephanie Menoff said it was a great effort for the rst match of the season. "The girls played very well in their rst match. Everyone went out and gave 100 percent and had a great start to the season," she said. "I hope we keep this momentum going for the rest of the season." The boys team walloped the over matched Tigers 7-0. Otto Ramirez set the tone at #1 singles with an impressive 6-2 and 6-2 victory over Ping Zhu. Lucas Penido and Cody Walker won their matches by shutout. Colt Root and Dylan Ferneau lost just one game to their Tiger opponent. In doubles the team of Ramirez and Penido defeated Zhu and Zachary Dukes 6-1 and 6-0. The team of Walker and Colton McCreary defeated Basil Tady and Javier Hartado 6-0 and 6-0. Coach Morgan Ungerott said it's always nice to get a win on the rst match of the season, "The boys have been working hard in the off season and in the rst few weeks of the season, so I am pleased where we are right now," said Ungerott. The junior Penido said he thinks Okeechobee has a strong team this year and a shot in the #1 and #2 singles matches and in #2 doubles. "We may be able to make a regional run and I have high hopes for our district," he added. Penido competed in both swimming and cross country in the fall to improve his stamina and strength. He said he learned the value of hard work when he competed for the swim team. He said this has shown up on the tennis court this year. "I feel like this is some of the best tennis I've ever played in my life. I feel a lot more con dent with my serve and back hand. I feel I'm a more complete tennis player," he added. Ungerott said the Clewiston match was a test for her team's mental focus. "The guys were able to work on their serve and to stay in the match mentally. It's very easy to lose focus when the pace is not there, so I am happy with the way the boys competed," the coach added. Ungerott said the team has grown both in ability and maturity. Brahman tennis teams claim wins over Clewiston 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! 2012-2013 Medical Information GuideFriday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, & Ultrasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensation We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.newszap.com R H H H R C S M. MEET YOURMerantsA Salute to Area Business Availae Oin specialsections. newszap.com Okeechobee NewsSunday, May 26, 2013Special Supplement to Okeechobee County 2013-2014 School Information Guide Featuring: Call to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 18 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCody Walker got set for another strong season with an easy win over Basil Tady of Clewiston. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKayla Orr battled to a straight set victory over Susan Walker of Clewiston on Tuesday.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 People have so much to do and so little time to do it. To help you deal with your time constraints, we pack this little newspaper with lots of relevant and useful information. We want you to learn what you need to know quickly, so you can experience and enjoy your community fully. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 19 Okeechobee News February 14, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsOkeechobee High Senior Cory Vickers quali ed for the Florida State Wrestling Finals by nishing fourth at the regional tournament at J ensen Beach last Saturday. Vickers quali ed in the 220 pound weight division. Brahman wrestling coach Bruce Jahner said he was excited to get back to Lakeland after taking a few years off from coaching. He said it is a great feeling to visit the Lakeland Civic Center, experience the large crowds and watch the tournament itself. "It is a different feeling and it's not like any tournament Cory has been to. You have 12 mats and a lot to take in. We'll head up there the night before and check everything out so he knows what to expect on Friday," Jahner added. Jahner said he feels Cory can compete with the best in the state. He has checked out the brackets and noted wrestlers with impressive records will be competing. "They'll be tough competition, we will just go up there and do the best we can. I knew Cory would be tough this year and he did well at regional and was lucky enough to get in there and nish fourth," he added. Vickers said he is excited about another new experience in his w restling career. He said he won't be intimidated and will be ready for the venue and the large crowd. "I'm ready for it. I've been ready since the beginning of the season. I expected to go to state and I plan to do my best," he said. Vickers said the trip to the state nal was a little tougher than he expected. He played a long football year and an all-star game and admitted he was beat up and tired after football season. He still had determination and came out and did well for the wrestling team with only four losses on the season. "Every wrestler has the goal of making the state nal. My goal was to stay t and go to college and play football," he offered. "I have the mentality that I can do anything I set my mind to." Vickers is an aggressive athlete and tried to get in the rst blow in every match. He said it you don't make the rst move you let your opponent dictate the action. "If you're not going to go get it, your opponent will. It is better for you to go before he does," he added. Vickers thanked his family for attending all his sporting events and for their support. His only regret is not wrestling earlier as he only started wrestling as a junior. "I see the accomplishments I have made in two years and I wonder what I could have done with two more years on the mats," he added. Jahner also praised Matt Lanning who worked hard in the 106 weight class as regional and just missed the state nals. Lanning lost two close matches in the semi nals and in the consolation semi nal and is only a sophomore. Greg Hernandez, the heavyweight on the team, also had a strong regional. Both wrestlers will return next year. The Brahmans nished 13th as a team at regional; 27 teams competed in the event. The nals will be held Feb. 14 and 15 in Lakeland. Cory Vickers reaches state mat nals Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCory Vickers and OHS wrestling coach Bruce Jahner.




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2 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2014 Car s h ows popu l ar in Sout h F l ori d aAutomobiles are part of the American culture. For some, a car represents the freedom of the open road and the adventure of travel. For others, a classic car is a piece of history or a work of art. The American automobile culture includes car clubs— groups of individuals who gather to share their love of the automobile with other enthusiasts and host car shows. Car shows are popular in South Florida as area residents and visitors enjoy the mild winter climate while sharing their love of automobiles. Because of this, many area festivals now include car shows.Party Under the BridgeMOORE HAVEN—The Fifth Annual Party Under the Bridge, planned in Moore Haven on Feb. 15, will include a car show as well as motorcycle events. Sponsored by Fraternal Order of Eagles Riders Group #4523, the event will take place at 101 Avenue J in Moore Haven. The event starts with ag raising at 11 a.m. Proceeds will bene t veterans. For more information, call 863-946-0017.South Central Florida Car Club ShowLABELLE—The South Central Florida Car Club Car Show will be held on Fort Thompson Avenue in downtown LaBelle from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, as part of the Swamp Cabbage Festiv al. The show will feature classic American muscle cars and other noteworthy vehicles. The festival is free and lls the city’s waterfront Barron Park on North State Road 29 at the Caloosahatchee River. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.Blood, Sweat N’ GearzPALM BEACH GARDENS—Blood, Sweat N’ Gearz Blood Drive Show is set for Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Amara Shriners Center, 3650 RCA Blvd., in Palm Beach Gardens. The show will include awards, tattoos, oneof-a-kind artwork, food and beverage, vendors, DJ Donnie, and live entertainment. Registration fee is $25 for the driver and guest, spectators are $10, or free with a blood donation. All military, re ghters, and police are admitted free with proper ID.Auto Show of the Palm BeachesWEST PALM BEACH—The Auto Show of the Palm Beaches is set for Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by Northwood University, and held on campus, 2600 North Military Trail, where manufacturers and dealers will unveil their latest makes and models. The various displays will be located throughout Northwood’s tropical 100-acre campus along with a variety of international food trucks and family activities. There’s no charge for visitors or spectators. For more information, call 561-681-7972.Silver Palms Classic Car ShowOKEECHOBEE—The Second Annual Silver Palms RV Resort Classic Car Show is set for Sunday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the resort, 4143 U.S. 441 S. in Okeechobee. There is no charge to enter and spectators will be admitted free. They will, however, collect donations for the Wounded Warriors Foundation. Class trophies will be given by year category as well as trophies for the best paint, best interior and people’s choice. Anyone who enters a car will be given a ticket for lunch. Everyone is invited to Courtesy photoThe rst Silver Palms Classic Car Show, held in 2013 (above), was such a success that it is now an annual event. This year's show will be March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Silver Palms RV Resort, 4143 U.S. 441, in Okeechobee. Courtesy photo/ Eleni Marie WetzelThe Clewiston Sugar Festival hosts the Sugar Festival Rod Run, which is the annual fundraiser for the Big Lake Cruisers. This photo and cover photo were taken at the 2013 Sugar Festival by Eleni Marie Wetzel. come out and enjoy live entertainmen t and help raise money for a great cause. The First Silver Palms classic car featured 28 vintage classic cars from 1900 to 1975. This year they hope to attract more than 100 vehicles. For more information, call Butch at 304-743-1969, Butch or Jim at 209-601-2000.O.L. Raulerson BBQ, Car & Bike ShowOKEECHOBEE—The O.L. Raulerson Jr. Scholarship Fund BBQ Cook O and Airboat, Buggy, Truck, Car & Bike Sho w is planned for March 22, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, with entrance a t 4601 SR 710 in Okeechobee. Time: noon to 5 p.m. The show is open to cars, trucks, bikes, airboats, and buggies. It bene ts the Big O Scholarship Fund, and in addition to the BBQ cook o there will be several vehicle classes, and cash awards to the winners of each class. Registration opens at 7 a.m. An operational re extinguisher is required in each vehicle. Preregistration before March 7 is $15, day o f show is $20. For more information, call Noel at 863-634-0650.Sugar Festival Rod RunCLEWISTON—The Sugar Festival Rod Run is the annual fundraiser for the Big Lake Cruisers. Most of the proceeds fund a scholarship program at Clewiston High School. The next Sugar Festival is scheduled for April 12, 2014. Since the Sugar Festival Rod Run is not a car sho w but rather a rod run as stated, the even t is open to any classic, collectible, antique or unique automobile or truck. If you are proud of it and want to show it o it can be registered in the Rod Run. Individuals or clubs are welcome to participate in the Rod Run. If you are a member of a club and want to park together as a club unit, simply h ave a representative contact the Big Lake Cruisers with the number of parking spaces tha t you would like reserved. This needs to be done prior to the day of the event. The club will hold the spaces as long as possible, but if you h ave late arrivals o r stragglers, the club can not guarantee that they will get to park with their club. Participants are asked to arrive in the park at 8 a.m. or after. Prior to 8 a.m., is a very hectic time in the park with everyone trying to set up as well as o -loading supplies and equipment. As long as you get there before noon when registration closes, you will be eligible for a trophy. I f you arrive after noon, you will still h ave to pay a registration fee, but you will no t be eligible for any trophies. For more information on the Sugar Festival, go to www.facebook.com/SugarFestival.


February 2014 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions 3 Va l entine’s Day activities planned at Seminole Casino BrightonBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION — Cupid will de nitely be the featured “performer” at Seminole Casino Brighton in February. On Friday, Feb. 14, ten (10) lucky Seminole Player’s Club Card guests will h ave the opportunity to walk away with $1,000 worth of love. Cardholders get one free swipe per day through the 14th. After collecting your winnings, Josiah’s Restaurant will be the place to be with your sweetheart. A special Valentine’s Day dinner for two comprised of a 10ounce Prime Rib with potato, honey-glazed carrots and chocolate dessert will be o ered for $19.95 from 3 to 10 p .m. A lobster tail could be added for $7.95 each. After absorbing Cupid’s best arrow shot, there’s Easy Money to be pocketed on Saturday, Feb. 15. Between 4 and 8 p.m., guests will h ave a r eally good shot at winning “Easy Money Progressive Cash.” Win your share of $2,500 in cash! “Party Bingo” will once again hit Seminole Casino Brighton on Monday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. Participants can enjoy dancing (with music provided by DJ Mike), glow products, games and giveaways. There will be a $10 door pack and up to $1,500 in cash prizes available. If motorcycles get your motor running, then you had better be at Seminole Casino Brighton on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. when a Harley-Davidson Trike is given away via a grand prize drawing. Earn entries all month for a chance to win the three-wheel bike that gives you comfort and con dence in unmistakable Harley-Davidson style. Everyone likes to “Break the Bank” occasionally. On each Tuesday in February, players can break Seminole Casino Brighton’s piggy bank by winning a share of $10,000 in cash and free play. One winner will be selected every hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. for a chance to earn their share of the casino’s bank. While February may be the shortest month of the year, it will clearly go out with a bang at Seminole Casino Brighton. On Friday, Feb. 28, the casino will o er “Happy Hour Hot Seats” where two lucky players every hour between 3 and 7 p.m. can win $500 in free play. And, before the calendar page turns to March, casino guests should wander over to the Cash Cage or call 800-360-9875 to purchase tickets to the John Anderson concert on Friday, March 14. Tickets are $35 each or $50 for two tickets to see the American country musician who has been performing for more than 30 years. Please contact the casino or visit www. seminolebrightoncasino. com for information on bus transportation and group packages. See the Player’s Club for promotion details. One must be at least 21-yearsold and a Seminole Player’s Club member to participate. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.About Seminole Casino BrightonSeminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000-square-foot casino with 419 slot and gaming machines, live action blackjack e-tables, a six-table poker room, and high-stakes bingo action, and Josiah, a full-service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern air-conditioning system, clean atmosphere, and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Indian Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, in Glades County, FL 34974. For more information, call toll-free 800-3609875 or 863-467-9998. Courtesy photoA Harley-Davidson Trike will be given away via a grand prize drawing at Seminole Casino Brighton on Sunday, Feb. 23.


4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2014 Running of the BullsŽ5K Run/Walk Beneting the OHS Baseball Team Agri-Civic Center & Fairgrounds Saturday, Feburary 15 at 8:00 am Register by Contacting any OHS Baseball Player/ Coach or visiting one of the following locationsFastbreak Marathon Gas Station 1505 SR 78 West Everglades Pediatrics2029 US Hwy 441 Ne Hideaway Drive ru 3001 SW 3rd TerraceHead Coach: Eric Kindell (863) 634-9033 $25 per Single Runner $50 per Family of 4 or fewerReceive a Free T-Shirt the morning of the race!! Guest list growing for 2014 MegaConORLANDO — MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the southeastern U.S., has exciting guests planned for the 2014 show. MegaCon will take place March 21 -23, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall SB in the North/South Building in Orlando. Comics legend Stan Lee will be among the special guests at the convention. Karl Urban, one of the stars of the new Star Trek movies and Lord of the Rings and TV’s Almost Huma n, is also on the guest list. Con rmed comic book guests also include: J. Scott Campbell, Frank Brunner, Neal Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark W aid, Ron Marz, Greg Land, Michael Golden, Dennis Calero, George Prez, Brandon Peterson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cully Hamner, Karl Story, Renee Witterstaetter, Billy Tucci (20th anniversary of Shi) and Brian Pulido (15th anniversary of Lady Death), Nick Bradshaw, Adam Kubert, Dan Jurgens, Mike Miller, Joshua Ortega, Digger, Bart Sears, Ethan Van Sciver, Mike McKone, Frank Tieri, Mike Mayhew, Chuck Dixon and Skottie Young. Con rmed media guests will include: • Torchwood – John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Eliza Dushku and James Marsters; • Smallville – Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, Laura Vandervoort and Aaron Ashmore; • Napolean Dynamite – John Heder; • Battlestar Galactica – Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Je erson and Anne Lockhart; • Star Wars – Peter Mayhew and Tom Kane; • Comic Book Men – Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson; • Star Trek and Big Bang Theory – Wil Wheaton; and, • Walking Dea d David Morrissey, Lauren Cohan and Stev en Yeun. Voice Actors will include: Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Phil LaMarr, Rich Horvitz, Vic Mignogna and Jennifer Hale. A new addition to MegaCon this year is the Friday evening Comos Dance Party for ages 18 and up. The party, planned from 9 to 11:30 p.m., will include a costume contest, drinks, dancing, a spectacular laser show and visuals by Empire Visuals; and entertainment by Nelson Flux and Evolv 3. The party will be hosted by Nick Wolfe. A dmission is $10. The Ghost of the Robot Band with James Marsters will perform on Saturday evening. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Other events include: • MegaCon video gaming and the Supercon 2K series provided by National Video Gaming Association and Vibras Five.One; • RPG (Role Play Gaming); • LARP (Live Action Role Play); • Card and miniature gaming events; • Children’s events provided by the Ski ytown Heroes; • Speed Dating; • Anime events; belly dancing; • Indy Film Festival; • Movie trailers screening room; • Saturday evening dance; • Late night adult only dance; and, • Professional panel rooms. MegaCon sponsors include 101.1 WJRR, The am 740 Game, 104.1 Real Radio, Certi ed Guaranty Company, Central Florida Mensa and Students of the Unusual. The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates. Tickets are available online. Groups of 25 people are eligible for group discounts. See MegaCon’s ad on page 6 for more information! Courtesy photoWil Wheaton, right, was one of the guests at the 2013 MegaCon and will be back this year. Wheaton, an actor, blogger and writer, is known from his television roles in Star Trek, The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory and his lm roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers.


February 2014 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions 5 Car clubs popular in Flori d aCar clubs are a way for car owners to get together and share a common interest. They may go on cruise-ins or meet for meals. Many clubs host an annual car show or go as a group to area shows. Many clubs raise money for a favorite charity. South Central Florida Car ClubLABELLE—The South Central Florida Car Club (SCFCC) was started in 2006. The idea of the club was a collaboration of Tom Corbitt and his son and a few others from the Hendry and Glades County area. The club has grown over the years. Members come from LaBelle, Moore Hav en, Lehigh, Alva, Ft. Myers, Clewiston and Cape Coral along with many part time residents. The club is a very diverse group of car enthusiasts. Members certainly run the gamut. Owners h ave rat rods, vintage, muscle car, foreign, classic, concept cars, trucks and new, modern, showroomfresh cars. Both men and women enjoy being involved in this club. There are no age limits for the group. Y ou don’t even have to own a car — all you have to do is like cars. CFCC meets the third Tuesday of each month from September through June, in Barron Park on State Road 29 N. in LaBelle. The park is tucked in alongside the Caloosahatchee River, near the base of the draw bridge. It is lled with many grand old live oaks. The club hosts what it calls Hot Rides & Hot Dogs in the Park from 5–8 p.m. They grill up some pretty great hot dogs, served with all kinds of xings, along with drinks, chips and usually some kind of sweets. Everyone is welcome to come out and join them under the covered pavilion. Bring your ride, bring a friend and enjoy a night of great food and conversation. For more information, call 863-6740128. MonarchsWEST PALM BEACH—The Monarchs are part of a club that started in Long Island, N.Y. It is open to all automobiles and has no dues ... just good car talk and fun. For more information, call 561-6359982.Big Lake CruisersCLEWISTON—The Big Lake Cruisers is a group of classic car enthusiasts who meet once a month to discuss any business and talk about cars. They host the annual Sugar Festival Rod Run, and donate most of the pro t from this event to local youth charities. The club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 708 East Alverdez Ave., Clewiston, Fla. The club hosts monthly Cruise-Ins on the rst Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sonny’s Barbecue on U.S. 27 in Clewiston. For more information, call club president Doug Cooper at 863-2280117, Florida Edsel Club FORT MYERS—The Florida Edsel Club was founded in 1990 with seven members, and has grown to about 70 members. For more information, contact The Robert Mayer, Event Chairman at 239-731-8027.Forever PontiacThe Florida chapter of Forever Pontiac, an online forum where members relive the good days of Pontiac, ask questions, compete in a Pontiac of the Month and enjoy the heritage that is Pontiac! The only requirement is that you live in Florida and own, or used to own a Pontiac! We do meets up and down all of Florida and attend car shows. Find them online at http://foreverpontiac.com/. Motorcycle racing available in areaFans of motorcycle racing can nd a variety of events in the Lake Okeechobee area. • The L-Cross facility, 27531 E. State Rd. 78, Okeechobee, o ers 1200 acres of wilderness with 10-miles of hare scramble routes. There is a motocross track and Pee-Wee track. The facility hosts other events such as mud bogs. For more information, call 863-7630569, or online go to Website: www.lcross.com. • Palm Beach International Raceway 17047 Beeline Hwy. Jupiter, was formerly known as Moroso. Palm Beach International Raceway has a 2.034-mile state-of-the-art road course featuring fast and challenging corners. PBIR o ers a full sportbike trackday schedule. For more information, call 561-622-1400 or go online to www.morosomotorsportspark.com. • Thunder MX Park 7543 N.E. 48th St., Okeechobee, has a 1.9 mile track. They also o er a Pee Wee track and trails throughout the park. For more information, call 863-634-2742 or go online to www.seminoletribemotocross.com/thunder.html.


6 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2014 Motorcyclists enjoy area s h ows, ri d es an d gat h eringsHalf a million motorcyclists pour into Daytona Beach, Florida each year for Bike W eek, a ten-day event that includes motorcycle shows, concerts, stunt shows, v endor events and even a treasure hunt. This year’s Daytona Beach Bike Week is planned for March 7-14. (For more information online, see www.daytonachamber.com) You don’t have to brave the crowds of bike week to enjoy a motorcycle rally or show. There are plenty of events right here in the Big Lake area. Most of these events are fundraisers for local charities.Party Under t he BridgeMOORE HAVEN–Moore Haven will host the Fifth Annual Party Under the Bridge on Feb. 15. Sponsored by Fraternal Order of Eagles Riders Group #4523, the event takes place at 101 Avenue J in Moore Haven. The fun starts at 11:00 am. and includes a ride-in bike show, bike games, music, games, food, 50/50 ra e and more. There is no charge to enter the bike show and awards will be given to winners. Proceeds will bene t veterans. For more information call 863-946-0017.Bike NightWEST PALM BEACH–On the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m., Harley-Davidson of Palm Beach, 2955 45th St., West Palm Beach, hosts Bike Night. The next event is Thursday, Feb. 20, Bike Night, which bene ts area charities, features live concerts showcasing the area’s best local bands, as well as displays by area vendors. For more information, call 561-659-4131.Bike Fest OkeechobeeOKEECHOBEE–Bikefest Okeechobee, set for Saturday, April 12 through Monday, April 14, will feature a motorcycle show and a classic, custom and antique car show. Bikefest activities will include chicken drop bingo, a slow ride, balloon toss, 50/50 drawings, poker runs and more. Vendors and exhibitors may call 863-634-6300. For more information online, go to www.bikefestokeechobee. com. Bikefest is sponsored by Fraternal Order of Eagles #4509. The event will be at 4701 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E. in Okeechobee. Southwest Florida HOG and HarleyDavidson of Ft. Myers will host their 11th Annual Easter Bunny Toy Run on April 19, in Fort Myers, Florida. The ride starts at Harley-Davidson of Fort Myers, 2160 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Registration is from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Motorcycles go out at 11:45 a.m. The ride fee is $10 for the rider and $5 for a passenger. The ride fee includes a ride pin. Participants are also asked to bring a toy. The event also includes entertainment, food and door prizes. The escorted ride bene ts Galisano Children’s Hospital at Health Park. For more information, call 239590-0513.Ride Your Motorcycle to Work DayYou don’t have to go far to participate in Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day 2014 on the third Monday in June. This year it will be on June 16. Ride your motorcycle or scooter on this day to demonstrate the number of motorcyclists in your community; that motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life; that motorcyclists can reduce tra c and parking congestion in large cities; and, that motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation. The rst Ride to Work Day even t was proposed in Road Rider magazine in the Ma y 1992 issue. It caugh t on and became an annual event. Ride to Work is a 501 c4 nonpro t, all-volunteer e ort. Other motorcycle gatherings, rides and poke r runs are organize d throughout the year by local clubs and organizations. For updates, watch future editions o f Going Out, distributed monthly in the Okeechobee News, The Clewiston News, the Glades County Democrat and The Sun (in Belle Glade/ Pahokee/South Bay), and available online at Florida.Newszap.com. Photo courtesy D4 Sports


February 2014 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions 7 PERFORMING A RTS Plays, concerts, d ancing & more... “Lend Me a Tenor”LABELLE—The LaBelle Firehouse Community Theatre, 241 N Bridge St, LaBelle, will present “Lend Me A Tenor” on Feb. 21, 22, 28 an d March 1, at 7 p.m. and Feb. 23 and March 2 at 2 p.m. This musical comedy includes mistaken identities and unexpected romance. It’s 1934, and the world’s greatest teno r Tito Merelli has come to Cleveland, Ohio, to s ave its Gr and Opera Company by singing Otello. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the Oper a Director’s meek assistant, is given the daunting task of nding a last-minute replacement. Chaos ensues — including a scheming soprano, a tenor-struc k ingnue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police department. For tickets, go online to http://www. rehousecommunitytheatre.com. For more information, call 863-675-3066.“Send Me No Flowers”OKEECHOBEE—The Okeechobee Community Theatre will present “Send Me No Flowers,” March 7, 8, 14 and 15, at 8 p.m. plus a 2 p.m. m atinee on March 15. In the comedy, a model husband mistakenly learns that he has but weeks to live, and sets out to nd a suitable second spouse for his wife. Everything goes wrong from there. This Broadway hit became a cherished Doris Day-Rock Hudson lm. It’s pure fun from start to nish. OCT performances are held in the Okeechobee Freshman Campus auditorium, on Southwest Second Avenue at Southwest Seventh Street in Okeechobee (behind Golden Corral Restaurant). For ticket information, go online to www.okeechobeecommunitytheatre.com.The Valerie Tyson Band in concertBELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center will present a free concert by the Valerie Tyson Band on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. With a line-up that features all styles of music from the 50s to today’s top 40 radio hits, there’s sure to be something for everyone with the Valerie Tyson Band! The band has appeared in concert with Earth, Wind, and Fire, Al Green, Spyro Gyra, and Al Jarreau. Food trucks will serve from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Bring you own chair or blanket and enjoy! No coolers or alcohol permitted.“I Wish for All Time”BELLE GLADE—“I Wish for All Time: Celebrating the Genius of Michael Jackson & Stevie Wonder” featuring M-Pact with special guest Duwende will be presented Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade. Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson are two of the greatest names in pop music. Their unique vocal qualities would take ten voices to recreate — so that’s exactly what will happen when M-Pact and special guest Duwende take to the stage. Two of the hottest acts in New York’s a cappella scene will join forces to pay tribute to two men who left their indelible marks on both American music and American culture — and they’ll do it without a single string, key or drumstick. Purchase tickets online at http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/theatre/dollyhand/or by phone at 561-993-1160.“A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement”BELLE GLADE—The Church Basement Ladies return to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade, in “A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement” on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. They’re cookin’ again at East Cornucopia Lutheran! It’s 1960, and a reformation is underway. Beverly’s getting her rst high heels, Mrs. Engelson’s getting her drivers license. Through it all, these “bulwarks never failing” stand strong in their faith and in their friendships. With more great new songs and more lessons reluctantly learned, the Church Basement Ladies are at it again in their new musical comedy. Before the play, a covered dish dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sample all of your favorites at this traditional covered dish dinner which will feature food prepared by the nest cooks in the Glades!Rhythm of the DanceBELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade, will present Rhythm of the Dance on Tues day, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of talent derived from all areas of Irish life, including the Celt ic Sopranos and a seanos dancer. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using the traditional and modern arts of dance (ballet, modern dance, jazz) and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Combining tradition al Irish dance and music with the most up-to-date stage technology, the show is a thousand year old story executed with all the advantages of the modern day stage show.


ARTS A LA CARTE! 2013-2014 SEASON Serving Entertainment For All Tastes! 1977 COLLEGE DRIVE BELLE GLADE, FL 33430 BOX OFFICE 561.993.1160 Rhythm of the Dance Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 pm The Doo-Wah Riders Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 pm Auditions for Rapunzel are on Monday, May 12 at 4:00 pm at the Dolly Hand. Auditions are open to students grades K5-12 No preparation is necessary!RapunzelSaturday, May 17, 2014 at 11 am & 7 pmSOLD OUT! 8 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions February 2014 Area special events... B a t t l e o f O k e e c h o b e e R e E n a c t m e n t Battle of Okeechobee Re-EnactmentOKEECHOBEE — The Battle of Okeechobee Re-Enactment and Festival, set for Feb. 21, 22 and 23, commemorates the largest and ercest battle of the Second Seminole War. The original battle was fought Christmas Day, 1837. Part of the original battleground has been preserved as a state park on 3500 S.E. 38th Ave. (o U.S. Highway 441 S.E.) in Okeechobee. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Re-enactments are at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to re-enactments of the battle, the two-day festival will include alligator wrestling, a living history camp, artisans, Seminole arts, horse rides for the kids and folk music. Entry is $10 per car. For more information online, visit OkeechobeeBattle eld.com, or call 863-763-2121.Hendry County FairCLEWISTON — The Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show celebrates local agriculture. The event features a parade, livestock show and midway entertainment. The activities also include a beauty pageant and exhibits. The fair will be held this year from Feb. 14-22 in Clewiston. For more information, please call 863983-9282 or go online to www.hendrycountyfair.com.Brighton Seminole Field DayBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION — The 76th Brighton Seminole Field Day & Rodeo, set for Feb. 13-16, originated in 1938 as a day of sporting events and arts and crafts competitions for members of the Seminole Tribe. Over the years, the event evolved into a festival that is open to the public and showcases Seminole and other Native American arts, crafts, dances and traditions. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival is open to the general public. The festival weekend also includes a rodeo and XTreme Bull Riding. On Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 3 p.m.; on Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and XTreme Bullriding starts at 3 p.m. The festival grounds are next to the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena, o State Road 721, in Glades County. For more information, call 863-467-6039 or go online to www.REZRODEO.com.Swamp Cabbage FestivalLABELLE — The 2014 Swamp Cabbage Festival is set for Feb. 21-23. The festival is LaBelle’s home in LaBelle. The town goes a little wild with a huge parade beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by two days of great entertainment, booths of unique items for sale and, of course, great food. Look for the boiled swamp cabbage, raw swamp cabbage salad and swamp cabbage fritters. If you h ave an adventurous palate, you can also nd gator meat and other special treats. Saturday begins with a 5K Swamp Stomp run along a lovely route with glimpses of the Caloosahatchee River. The Swamp Cabbage Festival has something for everyone including a bike show, car show, and kiddie rides. On Sunday morning you can take part in nondenominational worship at Barron Park, with entertainment and festivities picking back up again after noon. There is also a shing tournament and a rodeo. Check out more information at swampcabbagefestival.org.Spring Fling in the WoodsOKEECHOBEE— On Saturday, March 1, the Spring Fling Festival in the Woods will be held at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. Highway 441 S.E. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy buggy rides, live music, arts and crafts, food vendors and a cake walk. Entrance is $1. For more information, see the ad on page 5.