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Sunday, February 23, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 24 13.99 feetLast Year: 14.42 feet Lake Levels 75¢ Plus tax Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTrail Boss Jen Sterling and her daughter led the riders across the Kissimmee River Bridge Thursday as they made their way into Okeechobee County. FWC offering plan for bass management ... Page 5 Taylor Creek bass tourney ... Page 9 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The annual Cracker Trail Ride hit Okeechobee Thursday as close to 100 riders crossed the Kissimmee River Bridge after a luncheon at the picturesque Edna Pearce Lockett Estate in Fort Basinger. President of the Florida Cracker Trail Association George Masengale said the ride has had good weather this year and the horses and riders have held up well. They had a high total of 165 riders this year. He has made 26 trips on the trail. The ride this year also included a ceremony to honor long-time trail supporter Clarence Polston who passed away. A rider-less horse was driven across U.S. 27 to honor Polston on Wednesday. The riders travel about 20 miles per day. Sheriff’s Of ce and police departments assist along the route with traf c control. In Okeechobee County, the Sheriff’s of ce and the Citizens on Cracker Trail riders hit Okeechobee Hollywood producer plans feature lm about abuse at Florida School for Boys in Marianna and OkeechobeeBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News Hollywood producer Steve Lee Jones is going to see to it that the nation knows about the horri c and sadistic abuse of young boys sent to state reformatories in Okeechobee and Marianna. Mr. Jones’ Bee Holder Productions will bring to light how young boys were beaten and sexually abused by guards and other men at the Florida schools for boys in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. In a phone interview Thursday, Feb. 20, from his Hollywood, Calif., of ce Mr. Jones said the movie will be “about the horri c experiences” of boys like Bryant Middleton, who was sent to the school in Marianna at the tender age of 13. “I think it’s about time,” said Mr. Middleton, Friday, of the upcoming movie. “It’s long past due and it will let the public know what happened to us as children while we were wards of the state. I think it’s one of the best things (the movie) that’s happened to us. Mr. Middleton said he is one of four men who have signed on as consultants for the movie. The retired U.S. Army captain and Vietnam veteran also has the dubious distinction of being a member of a group of men known as The White House Boys. That moniker is attached to those boys who were taken to a small white concreteblock building on the Marianna campus where they beaten with thick leather straps until their backsides were bloodied and their clothes were imbedded in their wounds. Movie about boys school planned See ABUSE Page 2 See TRAIL Page 2


Patrol provide assistance. Marie Lewis of West Branch, Michigan, heard from family members who bragged about how much fun they have had on the trail ride for years and wanted to give it a try. Her daughter Kelly took part 18 years ago and learned that she was pregnant on the trail ride. Ms. Lewis said she enjoyed learning about whips and the things cow hunters w ent through. “Without history you wouldn’t have any future. A lot of people just love this. Up north y ou don’t hear about the cracker trail and I think if people knew the history they’d realize how important it was,” she added. She also enjoyed the beautiful scenery of open pasture, palmettos, hammocks and the farm land along the route, “It is just beautiful, I didn’t think Florida was this pretty. There are a lot of nice, friendly people. It has just been a great trip.” Jeffrey Masengale of San Antonio, Texas, is a native of Florida and has ridden the trail several times. He said they really realize the history of it when they travel across the ranches and see cows scatter. “You can imagine trying to keep the herd together and push them,” he said. “Some parts of the ride are on the actual trail that was used.” This year the ride includes residents from Canada, Tennessee, and other states. They also have added products for sale like license plates and t-shirts. This will help to promote the ride and ensure the ride for future years. They also provide a scholarship to help pay college costs for a graduating high school student each year. Dr. David Laughlin, a pediatric dentist from Pennsylvania, said the people on the ride are fabulous, salt of the earth, good people, and noted there are some real cowboys along too. His wife trains horses in the winter time and wanted to take the ride this year. “It is just gorgeous and the ranches we visit are just tremendous. These ranchers are very gracious people as they open their ranches to us. I hope that continues,” he added. Dr. Laughlin noted the riders have it a lot easier than the cow hunters did 100 years ago. Meals are provided, and there are portable toilets. He said he never knew Florida was considered “cattle country.” Each night there are contests and entertainment with the focus on Florida history and ranch life. They also make an annual stop at Cracker Trail Elementary School near Sebring and put a show on for the kids. The eventual destination is the Cracker Days Parade in Fort Pierce. The ride tries to relive the trail drives of cattle herds accomplished by cow hunters across Florida. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 M. E. Higgenbotham, CAI, CES, AARE FL Lic# AU305 AB158800-257-4161higgenbotham.com auction@higgenbotham.com ESTATE AUCTION 6 PM € THURSDAY € FEBRUARY 27TH € Located in the Gerber Groves Subdivision € 5500 1st Road, LaBelle, Florida € 341 Net Tree Acres of Valencias € 60 Acres of 7 year olds € 281 Acres of mature with mixed age resets *is years Valencia crop included in sale € 140 Net Tree Acres of Hamlins € 3 years old or less € Irrigated by low volume jets or seepage € Powered by diesel centrifugal pumps y p 4 ACRE DEVELOPMENT TRACT & HOMESITES Auction Site: Turner Agri-Civic Center € 2250 NE Roan St., Arcadia, FL 545 TOTAL ACRES OF CITRUS GROVE OFFERED IN 4 PARCELS € 4 acre development tract in Immokalee, Florida € 5 Lake June homesites in Lake Placid, Florida € Homesite on Lake Bonnet in Haines City, Florida 5th Annual Men’s Softball Tournament Early Registration $200 if paid by 3/22 All proceeds will go towards the Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship.Donations can be made directly to the Okeechobee Education Foundation with a notation in the “memo” of your check “Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship” For more information, please contact Kim Hillard 863-634-4553 or Jill Rogers 863-634-0870In Memory ofDevon VenablesJune 15, 1989 August 1, 2009 When: March 29, 2014 Where: Adult Softball Fields Okeechobee Time: Start 8am • Registration $250 at the • Bring your own balls, 44 Core-ISA Rules • Bracket determined by # of teams CALL (863) 467-5333 TODAY!3545 US Highway 441 South Find out why we are “Okeechobee’s most trusted hearing care center!”“Call for your FREE hearing screening today!” –Bill Smith, Hearing Aid Specialist, BC-HIS Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News February 23, 2014 Today: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm wind. Extended ForecastMonday : A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Monday Night : A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Okeechobee Forecast Similar beatings were conducted at the school for boys in Okeechobee, where the w hite boys were taken to a room dubbed The Library and black boys were taken to the ADJ (adjustment) room. In Okeechobee, guards were also reportedly fond of using “the prod” — a rod with a ball on one end that was used to sodomize the boys. Boys 8to 16-years of age were beaten and sodomized at both schools. “We’ve engaged some of the most obv ious choices to tell their stories because they’re willing to tell the facts the way they w ere without holding back, and without aggrandizement,” explained Mr. Jones. He spoke of how people are “aghast” at the atrocities committed on people in other countries, but they have no idea of similar atrocities that were committed on these y oung boys. He simply described their treatment as “unbelievable.” Mr. Jones, who was the executive producer for the award-winning HBO lm “You Don’t Know Jack” which starred Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian, said Keir Pearson has come on board for his newest project and w ill write the screen play. Mr. Pearson, an Oscar-nominated screen w riter, wrote the screen play for “Hotel Rwanda” and the soon-to-be-released movie about Cesar Chavez, a farm worker who co-founded the National Farm Worker’s Association. When Mr. Jones rst heard about The White House Boys about a year ago, he told folks in his of ce to start tracking the story. “It’s the kind of story you don’t expect to hear taking place domestically,” he said. “We want to focus on the fact there are many members in town who were complicit in this. “I see this (movie) as a thriller, actually,” he added. Mr. Jones, who also produced the documentary “Kevorkian,” said no release date has been set for this movie. It’s also unknown at this point if his lm will be shot locally. “That’s a studio call,” he added. Mr. Jones’ current project, “Bigger,” details how Joe Weider not only discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger but introduced the sport of bodybuilding to the world. If you think you notice a common theme about Mr. Jones’ productions, you’re right. He likes to deal with what’s real and authentic. “A lot of the best lms today are based on true stories,” he offered. Even though he describes what happened at the Florida schools for boys as unbelievable, Mr. Jones will soon see to it the nation knows the truth. “We’ll make the movie; we’ll tell the truth; and, everyone will know what happened to us,” said Mr. Middleton from his Gainesville home. A BUSEContinued From Page 1 TRAILContinued From Page 1


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The Shadow of the CrossBy Calvin H. Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church Mark 10:21—“ And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.” Holman Hunt, a surrealistic artist, painted the interior of a carpenter’s shop, with Joseph and the boy Jesus working. Mary was also present. As Jesus paused in His work and stopped to stretch Himself, the sun made a shadow of the Cross on the wall. Another of his pictures is a popular engraving which depicts the infant Jesus running with outstretched arms to His mother, the shadow of the Cross being cast by His form as He runs. Both pictures are fanciful in form, but their underlying idea is assuredly true. If we read the Gospels just as they stand, it is clear that the death of Jesus Christ was really in view from the outset of His earthly appearance — Christianity Is Christ. The young man in the text came to the right Person—he came to Jesus. He came for the right thing—he came for eternal life. He came in the right spirit—he came running and kneeling. But he asked the wrong question—he asked “What must I do...?” He did not understand that Jesus came to do what he could not! Our world and all men in it were born under the shadow of the cross. The young man thought he could do some feat to inherit eternal life. He wanted to earn it or purchase it like some trophy because he had no understanding that Jesus was God’s gift o f eternal life. THE SAVIOR was on His way to the cross when the young man came with his question. That is why Jesus told him to “Take up the cross, and follow” Him. Jesus prayed to escape the cross but He knew that He must taste death for all men. His prayer was “Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” Jn. 12:27). When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He was under the shadow of the cross—so were the two thieves who died with Him. Those who stood beneath the cross were under its shadow and they were a type o f all men—we stand condemned by the cross because as guilty sinners we are condemned by the cross. All who stood under the cross when Jesus died were under the shadow of the cross. In fact, they are a type of the entire world—we all stand under one of the crosses on Calvary. We are either like the thief who said, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom” or the one who refused and died under the judgment of God! Our judgment begins while we are upon this world of shadows and ends or continues at the cross — let us leave it there. Child support of ce closing Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Y ou complain and complain but you never think about the work that is put into a job like this. The people in the child support of ce get the brunt of everyone’s anger tow ards their ex and have to deal with a LOT. Most of the workers there have been there for a VERY long time and have listened to people complain, call them names and be just plain ol’ mean, so think about how they feel having to go into work everyday and listen to it all. And yes, there are about 2,000 cases there, but those 2,000 cases are w orked mostly by one person, think of the math. Yes, it is their job to serve you, but think of how easy it would be to serve people if they were pleasant half the time.  I am not sure when they stopped coming to Okeechobee County, but the Social Security of ce no longer comes here. There is a lot that you can do online, but if you need to go to a Social Security of ce, Okeechobee County residents have to go to Port St. Lucie. Y ou can make an appointment so you don’t have to wait so long when you get there.National debt That debt that the U.S. government keeps piling up is going to hurt our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren for generations to come. Until people realize that and agree to sacri ce a little, it won’t change. I worry about that burden on my kids and grandkids. The amount of debt piled up in the past ve years is staggering and what do we have to show for it? So much of that borrowed money was just wasted.Elections Looks like the big elections in Okeechobee this year will be the county commission races unless the teachers decide to try to get some new folks on the school board. Until I know who is going to run against those already in of ce, I can’t say who I will support. There are some in of ce now I really didn’t want to vote for but they were the “lesser of two evils” in choices available at the time. As for medical marijuana, it certainly can’t be any worse than the highly-addictive prescription narcotics already available in Florida. If it will help someone who is suffering, why not let them use it instead of something like oxycontin. I have heard that marijuana is helpful for chemo patients and also for some kinds of seizures.Donations Had to run an errand and pick up something at Walmart and I ran into a couple of nice looking young fellows who asked me to donated money to “help get kids off drugs.” Well that sounds like something I would support, so I took the time to ask about their program. I had never heard of the organization on their t-shirts and it didn’t take long to gure out why. Their organization is not in Okeechobee. It helps no one in Okeechobee. They said they work with local churches. I asked which ones? The only one they could name is in Fort Pierce. Now why would a church in Fort Pierce send people to Okeechobee to raise money? So ... I will keep my donations to local organizations that I know and trust. I don’t have a lot of money to give and I try to make it count. Okeechobee KOA says thanksOkeechobee KOA would like to thank the following Okeechobee and other out-of-state businesses for donating door prizes to raise funds for KOA Care Camps. All proceeds from popular events that are held, like the Bikers Spaghetti Dinner is donated to KOA Care Camps which are designed especially for children with cancer. The event was held Feb. 16, 2014. Thank you to the following. Family Health & Wellness Amanda J. Williams ARNP, FNP-BC, Treasure Coast Harley Davidson Of Stuart, THE HONDA CLASSIC, Todd Everett Flooring Inc., SILPADA, Bealls Outlet, Walgreens Pharmacy, Lightsey’s Restaurant, CVS Pharmacy, The Home Depot, Dan’s Golf Cart Repair, Mom’s Kitchen, Winn-Dixie, Jersey Mikes Subs, Tom and Bev Kaub, Rings & Things, B&A Flea Market Stuart, Hampton Inn, Gilberts Golf Cars, ULTIMATE SHINE, ROSEMARIE’S, Sunny Shades, Crappy Jacks Bait & Tackle, Cosmic Hog Pen, Lala’s Western Wear, Lake Okeechobee Fishing Adventures, With Capt. H Brian Beville, Walt Disney World Co., NEESSIES Boutique Stuart, Bill and Heather Tobin, Treasure Cove Enterprises, Seminole Casino Bingo Nichols Lures. Okeechobee is a unique community tha t has treated us well. What a wonderful community we live in as you have touched th e hearts of many children that have cance r that are now able to go to camp. We wish you well in your future business endeavors and thank you from our heart for your generosity. Wendy Woodman general manager February 23, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Letter 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!


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News February 23, 2014 Attention Area Fishermen: Share your What’s your best shing tale?Tell us about the biggest “ sh you ever caught, the time a monster “ sh got away, a too close for comfort encounter with an alligator, meeting someone„or something„unusual while “ shing Winner receives a $100 gift certi“ cate for Entry Deadline: March 7 at noon € Email your entry to GO@newszap.comPhotos are encouraged (but not required) € Email photos as a .jpg attachment Come for food, Watch the Sta Sit in front of the kitchen and watch the organized chaos!Tin Fish „ e Hottest Place to Eat in Okeechobee! 863.357.0722 € 301 N. Parrott Ave Were looking for stories that are: € Funny € Amazing € Scary € HeartwarmingTin Fish Restaurant! Big O Fish Tales Conteststory about “ shing Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River watershed and you could win a great dinner at By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists will hold a meeting this week in Okeechobee to discuss their Black Bass Management Plan (BBMP) and its impacts on Lake Okeechobee. The meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Public Library on S.W. 16th Street Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6 until 7 p.m. Corey Lee, a sheries biologist in FWC's Okeechobee of ce, said there will also be a slide presentation as well as a question and answer session. FWC created the BBMP in 2011, which offers a holistic approach to essential habitat management, sheries management and public interaction components. Thursday's meeting will also deal with Lake Istokpoga. One FWC proposal on the table is changing the black bass daily bag limit to ve sh. "We're proposing a 16-inch maximum to keep trophy sh in the water, and only one sh over 16 inches per day," he said, adding that there would be no minimum length requirement. When asked, he said the no minimum length regulation would not have an adverse effect on the shery. "To have an effect we need a 20 to 25 percent harvest rate," he said. "The harvest rates we get on bass are so miniscule right now. Less than 1 percent of bass caught are actually harvested." According to a 2006 U.S. Department of Interior study bass anglers spent more than 14 million days shing for bass in Florida that includes largemouth, Florida black bass, shoal, spotted and Suwannee bass. That study indicated Florida anglers averaged 17.2 days per year shing for a total of 46.3 million days of outdoor recreation. Of those, 24.4 million days were spent on fresh water by 1.4 million anglers, and 23.1 million days were spent on salt water. And with 3 million acres of freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs and 12,000 miles of rivers, streams and canals, Florida is a premier destination for bass anglers, continued the study. That same 2006 study also documented how Florida ranks: #1 in the nation for instate anglers (2.8 million); #1 for in-state angler expenditures ($4.4 billion); #1 for economic impact ($7.5 billion); #1 in angler-supported jobs (75,068); and, #1 in state and local taxes generated by sport shing ($440 million). Trophy bass, continued the study, are a huge draw to weekend anglers as well as those competing in cast-for-cash events. With all of this in mind, the FWC put together their management plan to ensure that Florida remains the bass shing capital of the world by having more trophy-sized bass and then rewarding anglers through FWC's TrophyCatch program for catching, documenting and releasing bass 8 pounds and over. "I think we're in a really good situation right now (on Lake Okeechobee)," said Mr. Lee. "We're really starting to see some big sh." Thursday's meeting will also deal with the spraying program, which Mr. Lee said is necessary to keep down the growth of hyacinth and water lettuce. "If we let up, we'll get behind the 8-ball," he said. "We're trying to keep from having population explosions, so we have to sta y on top of it." FWC biologists will be in Clewiston on Wednesday, Feb. 26, for a similar meeting at the John Boy Auditorium. It, too, will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. To view FWC's BBMP in its entirety go to MyFWC.com/Fishing, then select the Blac k Bass Management Plan banner in the middle under Freshwater Fishing. FWC meeting deals with managing bass shery The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Roshella Denise Jones, 36, N.W. 29th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 20 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Her bond was set at $10,000. Desiree Nicole Kester, 19, U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 20 by Deputy Cody Hurst on a Lafayette County warrant charging her with the felonies of violation of probation resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence, violation of probation carrying a concealed weapon and violation of probation aggravated assault. She is being held without bond. Chasz John Carter, 25, N.W. 102nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 21 by Deputy Jose Garduno on a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $5,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An inmate in the Okeechobee County J ail has been arrested for allegedly hitting and injuring another inmate, who was later taken to a coastal hospital. Waltorian T. Jackson, 22, N.E. 16th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested W ednesday, Feb. 19, on a charge of felony battery. His bond on that charge w as set at $25,000. Jackson had been sentenced to the county jail after he entered a plea of no contest to charges of no driver's license, resisting a law enforcement of cer w ithout violence, failure to stop for a law enforcement of cer and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail on counts one and four, and nine months on the remaining two counts. He will receive credit for 46 days. The sentences are to run concurrently. According to an arrest report by Deputy Marcus Collier, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), Jackson got into a ght with another inmate in his pod shortly after 3 p.m. The two men apparently became involved in a verbal argument and at some point the other inmate pushed Jackson in the face. Jackson supposedly retaliated by punching the other inmate in the face and he then fell to the oor. Deputy Collier went on to indicate the injured inmate was taken to Raulerson Hospital then transferred to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. The arrest report does not state the nature or extent of the inmate's injuries. Inmate accused of injuring other inmate Waltorian Jackson Blood drives planned on the following dates: Tuesday, Feb. 25 Okeechobee Correctional Inst., public access, noon 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 IRSC, 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 Big O RV Resort, Hwy. 78, noon 5 p.m.Widows & Widowers Support Group meetsThe Widow and Widowers Support group meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Lodge at the Lake. For information, call Darlene at 863-467-5351.


L egion has Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday n ight bingo on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Doors w ill open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area, and t he kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs w ill be determined by player attendance. All p roceeds will bene t the American Legion v eterans programs. The event is open to t he public. The American Legion now has f ree WIFI for its lounge and dining room pat rons. M asons offer breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., w ill host a breakfast with all the xings Sund ay, Feb. 23 for $6 per plate. The public is w elcomed. Breakfast will be served from 8 u ntil 11 a.m., and carry-out is available. All p roceeds go to local Mason giving.Shrine to host a dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 5 3rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday e vening, Feb. 25, from 4 until 7 p.m. Reserv ations are not required. The Shrine Club is p lease to offer smoke-free dining. For your l istening and dancing pleasure, music is prov ided 5 to 8 p.m. All proceeds bene t Shrine c harities. For information on the activities of t he Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact: Kip G ardner at 863-357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims a t 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 8637 63-3378. M at club seeking membersThe Okeechobee Wrestling Club will h ave sign-ups Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Thursd ay, Feb. 27. Sign-ups are from 6 until 7 p.m. a t the Okeechobee High School gymnasium. T he cost is $40 this year. For information, call c oach Bruce Jahner at 863-634-9411. C CC will meet Feb. 25The Community Collaborative Council o f the Okeechobee County Shared Services N etwork will meet Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 10 a .m. in the board room of the Okeechobee C ounty School Board of ce. For information, c all 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Hospital offers dinner Raulerson Hospital will host Dine with the Doctor Tuesday, Feb. 25. The featured speaker will be orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Epstein. Dinner will be available at 4:30 p.m. for $5. The free lecture begins at 5 p.m. RSVP to 863-763-9228.Eagles host spaghetti dinnerFraternal Order Of Eagles/Aerie #4137, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will host bingo Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, bingo is at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Friday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 until 9 p.m., the auxiliary will host a spaghetti dinner with salad and garlic bread for a $6 donation. Kids under 10 eat free. Entertainment will be provided by Medicine Man from 7 until 11 p.m. All proceeds go to support charities of The Fraternal of Eagles. The public is welcome. For information, call 863-763-2552.Support group meets Feb. 26Do you have Parkinson's Disease or essential tremors? You are not alone. Come to the Parkinson's support group Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Heritage Assisted Living, 608 N.E. Second Ave., at 6 p.m. Talk to others with the same shaking problem. Find out what Parkinson's is and how to make life easier for yourself. Bring along your caregiver. Snacks will be provided. For information, call: Mohammed Nooruddin at 863-763-7773; or, Marty Grondin at 863-442-0564.FOE election is Feb. 26The Cypress Hut FOE Auxiliary, 4509, will accept nominations and have a special election Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. to ll the vacant of ce of madam vice president. All members are encouraged to attend.OCSO plans BBQ fundraiserThe Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce will host a barbecue fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 28, staring at 11 a.m. There is a $10 donation with all funds going to March of Dimes. For information, call 863-763-3117.BBQ bene ts Bruce NastA bene t barbecue for Bruce Nast, the owner of Unlimited Auto and Marine Upholstery, will be held Friday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Utility Authority, 100 S.W. Fifth Ave. For a $10 donation, the dinner will include: pulled pork, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and dessert. Whole Boston Butts will also be available for $30. Delivery is available to businesses with a minimum of ve orders. For information, or to purchase tickets in advance, call Becky Barnhart at 863-763-9460, ext. 219.Seniors club hosting danceA new single seniors club will host a dance Saturday, March 1, at Cowboys, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave., in the private hall, the Bull Pen. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for supper. The dance starts at 7 p.m. Door prizes will be given. For information, call Marie at 863957-0676.Dodge Ball tourney plannedThe B.R.A.T. Club will host a Dodge Ball Tournament Saturday, March 1, in Flagler Park #3 starting at 9 a.m. All proceeds are kept by the B.R.A.T Club for future events. The eld will be limited to the rst 30 registrations. Contact Allison Chandler at 863697-9096; or, e-mail her at alsn@embarqmail.com.Spring Festival is March 1A Spring Fling Festival will be held in the woods at Freedom Ranch on March 1 Gates will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be all kind of items for sale as well as food vendors. There will also be live music, buggy rides and a cake walk. Entrance fee is $1 per car $1, except for vendors. Freedom Ranch is located at 11655 U.S. 441 S.E. E-mail for a vendor application and pricing at: spring ingfest@gmail.com; or, call 863763-9800.Apps for exemptions offeredApplications for homestead exemption, senior exemption, veteran exemption and agriculture classi cation for 2014 should be led with the Okeechobee County Property Appraiser's of ce by March 1 in accordance with Florida Statues. For information on exemptions, contact the property appraiser's of ce at 863-763-4422; or, visit their webpage at www.okeechobeepa.com.IRSC offering workshopFood for the Writers' Soul is a one-da y workshop offered by the Fielden Institute for Life Long Learning at the Dixon-Hendr y Campus at Indian River State College in Okeechobee on Tuesday, March 4 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Jan Day is the peer leader for this event which includes discussion on how to nurture your creative habit, writing exercises, planning and individual writing and critiquing. Lunch is included. For information and to register, call Laura at 772-4627880.Coalition board will meetOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at their of ce located in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact Executive Director Kay Begin at 863462-5877.Shooting fundraiser slatedThe young guns of Quail Creek will host a clay shooting fundraiser Saturday, March 8 at Quail Creek from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will also be a silent, live and Chinese auction after the awards ceremony. All proceeds go to the children in the club. For information, contact Quail Creek at 863-763-2529. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORT Winter 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 Did you submit a page of news, but only one line got in the paper? 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EXCEPTIONALLY LOW PRICES 8 Okeechobee News February 23, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News/ NESNorth Elementary Students of the WeekCongratulations to North Elementary School the students of the week for the week of Feb. 3: Martin Delgado, Kenayah Byrd, Louis Aguilar, Eric Luviano, Michael Rene, Jenna Johnston, Carlie Eaton, Camila Silvestre-Vital, Jalyssa Koestler, Romin Rucks, Noe Santiago, Beyonce Guzman, Sara Hazellief, Jaylin Selvey, Anatalia Navarette, Thomas Ellerbee, Cody Yates, Clea Judilla, Solomon Garcia, John Wesley Williamson, Sindy Marquez, Jacey McGowen, Semaj Jasper, Makayla Pena, Elyssa Sanchez, Jaden Kinchen, Cindy Lopez, Basha Gampel, Lauren Raulerson, Jillian Johnston, Alejandro Gonzalez, Kayla Morgan, Joseph Smith, Alison Santos and Hunter Cason. Special to the Okeechobee NewsStudents of the weekYearling Middle School is proud to announce our students of the week for Jan. 27: Carla Carran, Alex Rennie, Maria Sancehz-Virto, Ryan Gabor, Diana Castaneda, Alyssa Matheny and Angelica Luviano.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The amount of bene“ts provided depends upon the plan selected and the premium may vary with the amount of bene“ts selected. These policies have limitations and exclusions. For costs and complete details of the coverage call your local agent or Florida Blue. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc., D/B/A Florida Blue and Health Options, Inc., D/B/A Florida Blue HMO are Quali“ed H ealth Plan issuers in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Health insurance is offered by Florida Blue. HMO coverage is offered by Florida Blue HMO, an af“liate of Florida Blue. These companies are Independ ent Licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. 80127-0214Visit floridablue.com/affordable to find a Florida Blue Center or a local agent near you.Remember, the open enrollment deadline isMarch 31, 2014.Claim your tax credit today! Call 1-800-300-2813 Finally! Health care coverage is now available to you!$227.92**Average statewide Florida savings for a 45-year-old with a $20,000 annual income.a month, could be yours!Look at everything that comes with most plans: Hospital Coverage for the unexpected Doctor visits (up to 3 per year are at no cost) Prescriptions $0 physicals and vaccines such as flu shots HOW MUCH $ WILL THE GOVERNMENT PAY FOR YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE? SE HABLA ESPA NOL 9 Okeechobee News February 23, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News Taylor Creek Bass Club held their February Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 15, Lake Okeechobee launching out of Harney Pond Canal. The weather was great and a lot of big sh were caught. The team of Byron Chastain and Bill Pattison brought in total of 22.87 lbs. to the scales for the win. Jack and Rowena Harrison won second place with total weight of 17.08 lbs. They also won the "Big Bass" award with their 6.84 lb. catch. Vicky Brackin and John Vernalia nished in third place with total weight of 15.01 lbs. The Taylor Creek Bass Club meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 on the second Thursday of each month. Tournaments are held the following weekend. New boaters and (especially) non-boaters are welcome. For information, call Keith Jons 518-423-8262 Vicky Brackin 863-5282027. Normal tournaments will be draw team tournaments with points earned individually for Fisherman Of The Year and monetary awards earned as a team. The Classic Championship event will be held in December. Chastain/Pattison team win bass club tourney Special to the Okeechobee NewsByron Chastain and Bill Pattison took t op honors in the Taylor Creek Bass Club Tournament with a total weight of 2 2.87 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsJack and Rowena Harrison took second with a catch weighing 17.08 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsVicky Brackin and John Vernallia placed third with 15.91 lbs. They also won the big sh award with a 5.66-lb. largemouth. Bene t links tourney setThe Cypress Hut Eagles, 4509, will host a bene t golf tournament for Nellie Summerford on Saturday, March 8 at the Blue Heron Golf Club. Play will get under way at 8 a.m. For information call: Paul at 863-261-1316; Oakley at 561-2394430; or, Earl 863-610-0017.


The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week:ASSAULT 800 block of N.W. 12th St.  3400 block of U.S. 441 S.  3400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  800 block of N.E. 15th Ave.  500 block of N.W. 27th Lane  13800 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  2800 block of U.S. 441 N.  17900 block of U.S. 441 N.BURGLARY 3900 block of N.W. 29th Ave.  10100 block of N.E. 23rd Lane  3800 block of N.W. 33rd Ave.  30000 block of N.E. 69th TerraceCRIMINAL MISCHIEF 3700 block of S.E. 12th Drive  3700 block of N.W. 36th St.  10300 block of N.E. 120th St.  3300 block of N.W. Second St.FRAUD 3200 block of S.E. 33rd Terrace  2300 block of S.E. 27th St.  7900 block of S.R. 78 W.  7900 block of S.R. 78 W.  3500 block of U.S. 441 S.  500 block of U.S. 98 N.  1600 block of S.R. 70 E.  200 block of S.E. 10th Ave.  100 block of U.S. 98 N.  200 block of N.W. Ninth St.THEFT 300 block of N.E. 342nd Trail  3500 block of N.W. 39th Ave.  4700 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  3500 block of S.E. Eighth St.  3700 block of U.S. 441 N.  4600 block of N.W. 30th St.  900 block of N.W. Third St.  3200 block of U.S. 441 S.  3600 block of S.E. 34th Ave.  500 block of U.S. 98 N.  3300 block of S.W. 19th St. OCSO Investigations By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An operation by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) is aimed at making motorists more aware of traf c laws in residential neighborhoods. Operation Safe Neighborhood was conducted Feb. 8-20 by OCSO Motorcycle Unit Deputy Adrian Rogers. During that time frame Deputy Rogers has issued 11 traf c citations and 40 warnings to drivers. “We will continue to work on improving the safety within our residential neighborhoods for our residents,” said OCSO Major Noel Stephen. “These awareness campaigns are an attempt to educate residents of the posted speed limits that are one of the biggest complaints in almost every neighborhood.” Maj. Stephen went on to say this special campaign will continue throughout Okeechobee County. OCSO to continue traf c campaign Call a PRO JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342Cargo • Auto • Utility Trailers & Parts 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Jeb Acuff Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864An affordable way to advertise your business C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics NOW OFFERING New and Used Tires863-467-6633 Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL mandmautobrokersinc.comM & M Auto Brokers, Inc. 3565 US Highway 441 North Okeechobee, Florida 34974 Of“ ce: (863) 763-0330 Cell: (954) 214-8877 Fax: (863) 763-0323 Mitch will work with youŽBuy Here! Pay Here! As low as $500 Down We Buy Cars For Any price, Any year, All Models! 863.763.1141300 NW Park St Okeechobee HOURS: MON-FRI 7AM 6PM SAT 7AM 5PM SUN 9AM 3PM Now Carrying Dupont Automotive Paint Don’t Miss Out Advertise Here email: okeeadsales@newszap.com or call 763-3134 Don’t Miss Out Advertise Here email: okeeadsales@newszap.com or call 763-3134 PROFESSIONAL SKINCARE TREAMENTSRevitalize, Lift, Firm & Brighten Facials Microdermabrasion Bio Active Peels Body WrappingsTamara Platt Facial Specialist, Body Wrapper Available by Appt. 863-227-4096 • 863-946-1191 208 NE 3rd St. Okeechobee fessional Certified Public Accountants Wicks, Brown, Williams & Co. Cheryl M. Williams Partner cheryl.williams@wbwcpa.com 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News February 23, 2014


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY INSTANT FREE DELIVERYHighpoint Furniture2346 U.S. 27 North, Sebring, Fl 863-382-0600 C GNew Furniture For Less! Hours: MonSat. 10-5 11 Okeechobee News February 23, 2014 By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Pat’s Floral Design 210 N. Parrott A ve., is here to help with all your ower needs. Whether you want fresh or silk owers, they can get you just about any blossom. Colleen Thomas, owner of Pat’s, has been a orist for 27 years. She has gifts for all occasions, and can do ower arrangements for w eddings, homecoming, prom, birthdays and so much more. Give them a call at 863763-9232.  Are you looking for a new phone? Beeper Depot of Okeechobee 405 S. Parrott Ave., is a Metro PCS Store that carries the most up-to-date phones and accessories at reasonable prices. Check out the car chargers for $10. Go in and take a look around. Todd is always willing to help. Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! You can contact them at 863-763-2056.  Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital 2949 S.R. 70 W., takes care of every animal from cattle to cats. They offer all services, even emergency. So when Fluffy has gotten sick at 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning, you can give them a call and they will help in any way they can to make sure your pet is at ease. They do annual wellness visits and hospitalization for the sick. They can answer all your questions and will take care of your pet like it’s their own. Call them at 863-7632523 or check out their website at www. okeevet.com.  Cowtown Cafe 3235 U.S. 441 S.E., is great place to go and have breakfast or lunch. They always have homemade specials such as meatloaf, ve-fork steak and goulash. The meat, fruits and vegetables are all purchased locally. They also have homemade soups such as ham and cabbage or their new mushroom soup. At Cowtown Cafe, they will make you feel like family, so come down and grab something to eat. Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! Y ou can contact Cowtown Cafe at 863-8240347. Anyone paying attention to today’s media headlines might believe that newspapers are an endangered species. But the fact is, as folks in Okeechobee know very well, that’s just not true. More than 160 million adults read newspaper content in print, online or via a mobile app in the last seven days. That’s more than twice the population of the 150 largest cities in the U.S. and more than 50 percent more than the total viewers of the 2013 Super Bowl! Wonderful things are happening all over Okeechobee! Here are just a few of the great events coming up:  Softball tourney bene ts scholarship fund: The fth annual men’s softball tournament to bene t the Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship will be held Saturday, March 29, at the adult softball elds starting at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to the scholarship. Early registration is $200 if paid before March 22. Donations can also be made directly to the Okeechobee Education Foundation with a notation on your check’s memo line of Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship. For information, contact Kim Hilliard at 863-634-4553; or, Jill Rogers at 863-634-0870.  Project Prom in search for dresses: Project Prom is in search of donations of dresses, any size and any length to provide high school girls who cannot otherwise afford to go to prom a night to remember. You can bring them to Okeechobee News during of ce hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MondayThursday. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday; or My Aunt’s House Tuesday Thursday 10 a.m. 2 p.m.; or, contact Tammi Kelly at 772-7086764 or Kourtney at 863-634-6225.  Night golf event aids band: The Band Boosters of Okeechobee Moonlight Madness Golf Extravaganza will be held March 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. Check-in will be from 5:30 until 6:15 p.m. The golf extravaganza is a nine-hole event held entirely within the Okeechobee High School campus. The rst glow-in-the-dark ball is provided for every player with each paid entry fee. Mulligans can be purchased before and during the event for $2 each, with a maximum of four per player. Individual player entry fee is $10. For information, call Steve Dobbs at 863-634-0194.


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Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full TimeMaintenance Person for full and part time positions. Knowledgeable of plumbing, electrical, aluminum fabricating, golf course and equipment, swimming pool. Willing to learn water and sewer plant operations. All employees will have background check. Please call 863-532-1766 DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Employment Full Time LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERSCall Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com Class A company CDL EOE/DFWP• minimum of 2 years driving experience • clean driving record Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!CLASS A -CDL DRIVER must have DOT medical, drug free & clean driving history. 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 4:00. Experienced Breakfast and Lunch Cook Alice’s Restaurant at the Brighton Indian Reservation. Apply in person. EXPERIENCED ONLY, Electrician, Clean D/L, drug free work place, if you do not want to work do not apply. Bass Electric 2801 SW 3rd Terrace, Okeechobee. (863)467-8705 Shop here first! The classified ads We are immediately hiring experienced carpenters & nishers for a concrete construction project. Please contact Doug Creel at 305-970-9868. Employment Full Time Employment Part TimeCLEANING CREWLooking for 2 person cleaning crew for a large ranch house in NW Okeechobee County. Work 4 6 hrs 1 day every other week M-F. Please contact 561-395-2600 ask for John Luce or Don Baker. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! 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Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Barns Sheds & L awn ItemsWOOLEY SHED 8X10, METAL ROOF, SIDING, WIRED AND AIR CONDITIONED, INSULATED 863-447-0752 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 Apartments2/1 B.H.R. CONCRETE ON WATER, A/C, FLORIDA RM., ADULTS ONLY, TRASH, WATER, LAWN INC. $600.00/MO. PLUS SECURITY 863-532-8709 OKEE 2br. 1 1/2ba. Large Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $700 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 Condos/Townhouses RentCONDO FOR RENT 2Bd/2Bth Oak Lake Villas $850 per month 1st, Last, Security Req’d. Call (863) 801-3133 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor Creek Condo2BR/1BA, furnished, boat dockage, pool & water included, totally new kitchen & bath,$800/month + 1 month security. Call (863)658-4264 or (305)360-9901 Houses RentNICE 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. Waterfront RentalsBEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED 2BD/3BA, ON RIM CANAL WITH A BOAT DOCK, AVAIL. MARCH 1ST CALL 239-246-6301 Houses SaleBUY THE HOUSE... GET THE CAR FOR FREE!!! Canal Point 3BR, 2BA, Laundry Room, 10x10 Shed, New Carpet & Vinyl throughout. Very clean. Includes 2005 Ford Explorer in great condition. Nice neighborhood, 2 blocks from Lake Okeechobee. $99,000 Call 561-385-4307 for additional information. No Brokers Please. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Lots SaleFOR SALE BY OWNER. BEAUTIFUL LOT ADJOINING THE GOLF COURSE IN THE OAKS OF BLUE HERON. PRICED TO SELL $22,500.00 CALL 863-634-2820 LARGE FENCED LOT IN TREASURE ISLAND. HAS OAK TREES & PAD FOR MOBILE HOME OR BUILD A HOME. $14,500.00 CALL 863-634-2820 Mobile Home RentFORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond/creek, 3BR, 2BA Trailer, Deposit required Rent $850/mo. (772) 464-9226 KISSIMMEE RIVER Estates, 2 Bedroom, 17300 Brickerhoff Ln. Nice, clean home w/car port and 2 large sheds. $500 mo. + $500 sec. Call 317-402-5441. NICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 1bd & 1bd home in nice quiet park, small dog okay, Security required. 239-246-6301 Mobile HomeSale12X72 MH 3BR/2BA, FL. ROOM, LRG. STORAGE AREA, COVERED DRIVE WAY, W/ALL APPLIANCES, FOUR ACRE PARK 55+, NO PETS MUST SELL MOVING NORTH $10,000.00 863-532-9124 3BD/1.5BA MOBILE HOME ON THE WATER, DEAD END STREET, COMPLETELY FURNISHED $42,500.00 CALL 863-763-4174 OR 859-339-1888 Mobile HomeSaleFOR SALE MOBILE HOME ON CANAL, TREASURE ISLAND. 2BD/2BA, FL. ROOM, BOAT DOCK, CAR PORT $50,000.00 CALL 863-763-8614 Palm Harbor Homes 2014 models are here! $8,500 Pre Construction Savings. Call John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. Campers/RVs2001 DAMON ESCAPER, 40’, Cummins diesel, Spartan chassis, 2 slide outs, 7.3 generator, 2 A/C’s, much more. 43 K 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 Marine Accessories2004 JOHNSON 30 HORSE POWER LONG SHAFT + TILT, LOW HOURS $1,800.00 606-585-6389 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 12 Okeechobee News February 23, 2014


Carnival Amusement & Recreation Attendants wanted for Reithoffer Shows, Inc.115 temporary jobs from 1-Apr-2014 through 30-Nov-2014. Duties: Perform variety of attending duties at amusement facility (traveling carnival). Set-up, tear-down, operate amusement rides, food concessions and/or games. Post-employment, random drug testing and background checks may be required. Travel with the carnival is required. No training or experience is required. Equal Opportunity, FLSA (13)(a)(3) exempt employer not subject to Federal hourly wage, overtime or recordkeeping requirements. No overtime expected. Overtime, if any, calculated and paid as per applicable regulations. Work schedule varies widely, typically 40 Hrs/Wk, Wed-Sat 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Employer will pay the prevailing hourly wage for each work location, ranging from $8.22 to $10.73 per hour. Work starts in Okeechobee County, FL; traveling to: District of Columbia, DC; City of Colonial Heights, Chester eld Counties, VA; New York, Oswego, Delaware, Albany, Rensselaer Counties, NY; Washington, Allegany, Frederick Counties, MD; Montgomery, Luzerne, Bucks, Chester, Clear eld, Columbia Counties, PA; Plymouth, Franklin Counties, MA; Monmouth, Middlesex, Sussex Counties, NJ; Wood, Greenbrier Counties, WV; Chittenden Co, VT; Tolland Co, CT; Davidson, Cleveland Counties, NC; Houston, Chatham Counties, GA; Spartanburg, Aiken Counties, SC; Escambia, Hillsborough Counties, FL; Houston Co, AL. Merit increases and/or bonuses may be awarded at employer discretion. Employer makes available mobile housing valued at $100.00/week. If employee opts to utilize this housing there will be a $35.00/week payroll deduction where permitted by state regulation. Employer makes available transportation from venue to venue and scheduled transportation to laundry, shopping valued at $20.00/week. Please apply by either: Email: rsiblue@aol.com or phone 813-347-6317 Reithoffer Shows, Inc., P.O. Box 1080, Gibsonton, FL 33534 Pickup Trucks2002 FORD F150 XLT CREW CAB, LOOKS AND RUNS GREAT, MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE $3,500.00 FIRM CALL 863-824-6108 FORD 2008 F450 SUPERDUTY, 6.4L V8 TURBO CHARGE DIESEL DUALLY, LARIAT PACKAGE INTERIOR, BED ROLL TOP & 5TH WHEEL HITCH CALL 217-821-6864 Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO: 13000469CAAXMX FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION (“FNMA”) 13 Okeechobee News February 23, 2014 Plaintiff, VS. FRAN P. FRAZER, AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF CARL FRAZER, DECEASED, ET AL Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: EVAN FRAZER, AS HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF LARRY HAYES FRAZER, DECEASED, BENEFICIARY OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT CARL FRAZER, DECEASED and EVAN FRAZER, AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF LARRY HAYES FRAZER, DECEASED, BENEFICIARY OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT CARL FRAZER, DECEASED. whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: LOT 128 IN TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT 6, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, AT PAGE 57 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 6409 Congress Avenue, Suite 100, Boca Raton, Florida 33487 within 30 days from the date of rst publication of this notice and le the original with the clerk of this court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition led herein. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court at County, Florida, this 12th day of February, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Arlene Nealis DEPUTY CLERK 462020 ON 2/16,23/2014 Okeechobee 2014Youth Livestock Show and Sale AddSRti Join us in congratulating our Future Farmers of America and our 4-H participates for another year of a job well done!! Join us in congratulating our Future Farmers of America and our 4-H participants for another year of a job well done! Call 863.763.3134 today to reserve your ad space! CALL 511 TOLL FREE FOLLOW FL511 ON TWITTER VISIT FL511.COM FLORIDA 511 FREE APPS A toll-free resource of the Florida Department of Transportation (standard mobile phone minutes, text message and data charges may apply) TRAFFIC INFO ALL THE TIME Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Auctions 12 Counterproductive Get SmartŽ apparatus 14 Poster-mounting aid 16 White and black pawns, e.g. 17 The Da Vinci CodeŽ monk 18 Filet mignon sources 19 Zoo feature 23 Some peculiarities 24 [More on next pg.] 25 Tierney of E.R.Ž 26 Mother of divine twins, in Greek myth 27 Twin who adopted the surname Bunker 28 Student employees, usually 30 Ruby or tawny drinks 31 Where some washers are kept 33 See 32-Down 36 Dogpatch creator 37 Conical brewing equipment 38 Tendency 39 Fivers 40 Retired boomers 41 One whos been rubbed out? 42 Nebraska tribe 44 French enforcement unit 45 2006 Cate Blanchett film 50 Classic 1913 novel called the tragedy of thousands of young men in EnglandŽ by its author 51 1983 best-seller with a misspelled title word DOWN 1 Looking grumpy 2 Straightened 3 Shots taken quickly 4 50s Dodger pitcher Billy 5 Hypotheticals 6 CBS ratings giant 7 Rocker Vicious 8 One might be blonde 9 Watch readouts, briefly 10 Qualifies 11 More reptilian, in a way 12 Silkworms protection 13 Solar year/lunar year differentials 14 Sweetly, in some suites 15 Brand with a tiger mascot, once 19 __ Vineyard 20 Where many homesteaders headed 21 Museum VIPs 22 Besmirches 25 Aquinos predecessor 28 Race competitor 29 Marzo, por ejemplo 30 Billboard magazines milieu 31 Things to avoid 32 With 33-Across, common tourist transport 33 Drought-stricken 34 Baltimore NFLer called The Golden ArmŽ 35 Mill output 36 Abridgment on the bridge? 38 German director Herzog 41 Tropical fruit 43 Part of PDA: Abbr. 44 Macbeth, for one 46 Treaty gp. that admitted Belize in 1991 47 Denver-toBismarck dir. 48 Fleet VIP 49 Radical org. in 1974 headlines By Brad Wilber (c)2011TribuneMediaServices,Inc. 12/03/11 12/03/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Chobee Outlawz defeated Port St. Lucie 11-0 as Xavier Hernandez pitched a no hitter on Jan. 26. Hernandez struck out 11 and didn’t walk a single batter. The Outlawz scored seven runs in the rst inning and never trailed in the game. The Outlawz won the night cap in Port St. Lucie 14-6 as they scored 12 runs in the rst three innings. Tucker Myers had an RBI single, Hernandez hit a solo home run and added an RBI double and Enoch Busbin added a two-run double for Okeechobee. Orlando Arana had an RBI triple. Emory Coleman got the win on the mound for Okeechobee. He pitched two shutout innings with one strikeout. Six Okeechobee hitters combined for 10 hits, 12 runs scored and eight RBIs in the game. The Outlawz are a 9-and-under travel ball team. The Outlawz will play several home games at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. Some of their upcoming games are: home, March 9 vs. the Delray Tigers at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; home, March 16 vs. the Broward Blizzards at 2 and 4 p.m.; March 23 in Juno Beach against the North Palm Beach Whitecaps at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; home, April 6 against the Treasure Coast Storm at noon and 2 p.m.; and, April 13 in Lake Worth against the Broward Bombers. Chobee Outlawz poised for another strong season


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Is your heart trying to tell you something?We know that nobody plans to have a cardiac emergency. But we can all make plans on how to deal with one if it happens to us or a loved one. Raulerson Hospitals Emergency Department is here for you. The Joint Commission has recognized Raulerson Hospital as a Top Performing Hospital in Key Quality Measures, including Heart Attack and Stroke, three years in a row! A heart attack strikes someone in America every 34 seconds. If you experience any of the following signs, you could be having a heart attack.CHEST PAIN OR DISCOMFORT The most common symptom of heart attack, it includes uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It can last more than a few minutes, or go away and come back. UPPER BODY PAIN Symptoms can include discomfort in one or both arms or in the back, neck, jaw or stomach. SHORTNESS OF BREATH Trouble breathing for no apparent reason; such a sensation may occur with or without chest discomfort. SWEATING Nervous, cold sweat that is nothing like perspiring due to exercise or time spent outside in the heat. NAUSEA AND VOMITING, LIGHTHEADEDNESS Many people dismiss these symptoms as something that will just pass.Ž Acknowledge what you are feeling and dont wait more than five minutes before calling 911 for help. Get to the hospital right away. Knowing your fastest option for emergency medical care today can save your life tomorrow.KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK To speak to a Registered Nurse or for help finding a doctor, call 763-9228. 14 Okeechobee News February 23, 2014 Consult-A-Nurse is a free community serv ice provided by the HCA Hospitals in your area. It is designed to help you nd the doctor w ho ts your speci c needs. Whether you are new to the area or just exploring your options, there are many things you will need to consider before establishing a relationship with a physician, including: The right medical skills and experience; Someone you and your family feel comfortable with; Of ce hours and a location to t your schedule; and, Participation in your insurance plan or healthcare network. In addition to physician referral services, Consult-A-Nurse can be contacted for information on free community healthcare programs and screenings, like Raulerson Hospital's Dine with the Doctor program, special events and more. Consult-A-Nurse's staff provides up-todate details on events at HCA hospitals. Even if you are not seeking a doctor or a health-related community event, keep Consult-A-Nurse's phone number handy because they provide live registered nurses, 24/7, to answer health-related questions. Consult-A-Nurse nurses do not diagnose conditions, but provide information to help callers get answer to their health questions. Consult-A-Nurse is fast, convenient and free. Call Consult-A-Nurse at 863-763-9228. Consult-A-Nurse provides free physician referral, health info Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis hosts Seminole historianWillie Johns, Seminole historian and Seminole Tribe Chief Justice, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee on Seminole Tribe history and the Battle of Okeechobee. Willie spoke on the almost 400 year history of the tribe and the way the tribe has survived and advanced over the years, and the importance of the Battle of Okeechobee in the Second Seminole War. Pictured left to right are: Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Jim Vensel; Kate Maceum, Historic Preservation of ce AH_TAH-THI-KI Museum; Willie Johns, Seminole Tribe chief justice; and, Kiwanis member Dowling Watford.


R E D Over 100 Listings TREASURE ISLAND~ Delightful Cottage Charm! 2 Bd/2 Ba/2 Carport Manufactured home with full addition. NEW siding, New metal Roof, New flooring. Florida room, windows, panoramic view! Just under 1200SF Living area. Fantastic Dock, covered boat house, hoist. Polished to perfection! MLS # 207798 $67,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457. LAKE ACCESS ~ SUPER DOCK/HOIST century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 5015-H: Crooked Creek 5 br, 5 ba Spanish style home. 8,488 Total Sq Ft/6,159 under air. 10 ft ceilings, lg arch frame windows and more $389,000 NOW $358,999 MLS #207286 3000-M: Treasure Island 2 br, 2 ba SW w/large addition. 1162 Total Sq Ft/1134 under air. Two sheds, boathouse, dock seawall, pontoon boat and more! $55,000 NOW $45,000 MLS #207230 5017-H: Sunset Strip Luxury 2-story 4 br, 4 ba Lg 9000 SF metal barn w/tack rm, screened in pool, pond, plus so much more Must see to believe! $549,000 NOW $529,000 MLS #207283 4007-M: Turtle Cove Rim Canal access, with full length addition mobile, plus closed in porch overlooking water. Extra lot across street included. $70,000 MLS #207703 3003-M: Ancient Oaks. Neat 1BR/1BA RV. Shed with washer and dryer back porch. All the appliances are in the RV. $28,000 Owner MLS #206858 • Commercial Corner Lot (SE 88th Blvd) $33,000 MLS #207398 • Basswood Lots starting at $3,000 • Commercial 1.84+/-acre Okee Hammock Hwy 441 $75,000 MLS# 207402 MLS #207132 • Potter Rd (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000. Make Offer! • Oak Park 2-lots side-by-side with large shady trees. $10,000 each • In town lot (SW 5th St) $3,900 MLS #206637 • 14+/acres of commercial property on the Rim Canal with lake access. $1,500,000 MLS #207408 ON 2+/ACRES ON 5 ACRES LAKE ACCESS 5030-H: Okee Golf Estate 3/2 on acre. 2,567 total sq ft/1,485 under air. Large kitchen, split bdrm plan. Family rm overlooks golf course. Garage and storage bldg. On cul-de-sac. $180,000 MLS #207710 Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com LAKE OKEECHOBEE ACCESS JUST OFF TAYLOR CREEK Newly updated home with high end laminate, newly painted inside and out, vaulted ceilings and ceiling fans in every room. This includes two lots and the other lot has a Carolina shed with carport, newly painted. A boat dock behind each property. Lot has new electrical and full RV hookup. New septic, patio has new roof. Yard has fruit trees. MLS 207786, $149,000. Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. 15 Okeechobee News February 23, 2014