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Friday, February 28, 2014 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 26 13.99 feetLast Year: 14.40 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. IRSC to host Writers’ Day ... Page 10 Country Hills home damaged in re ... Page 5 Lady Brahmans rout Westwood ... Page 14 Deputy seeking female suspect gets a surprise ... Page 5 S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level Special to the Okeechobee NewsTeen angler catches big shKenny Whaley won the prize for big sh in the Big O' Teen Anglers' rst tournament for 2014. He also took second place in total sh weight in the 11-15 age group. For more on the tournament, see page 2. Victim died from injuries sustained in ght, says reportBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News The state has charged an Okeechobee man with manslaughter for his alleged involvement in a ght that led to the death of another local man. Ramiro Reyna, 23, N.W. 47th Terrace, was initially arrested on a charge of aggravated battery and was being held on $200,000 bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. Reyna reportedly struck Gerardo Alvarez-Manzo, 45, in the face on Jan. 27 while the two were in the parking lot of the El Cielo Azul Bar. The blow apparently caused Mr. Manzo to fall backward and hit the back of his head on the asphalt. Mr. Manzo later died at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. On Monday, Feb. 24, Assistant State Attorne y Robert Moeller led the manslaughter charge against Reyna and set the bond on that charge at $400,000. At this point, the aggravated batter y charge has not been dropped. Attempts to reach Mr. Moeller for comment Thursday were unsuccessful. Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), said the District 19 Medical Examiner's Of ce has ruled the cause of death to be State les new charge in death of a local man By Eric KoppOkeechobee News During a recent undercover drug operation, a con dential source allegedly purchased crack cocaine three times from an Okeechobee man. Keenan Karl King, 22, N.W. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 25, on felon y charges of sale of a controlled substance (cocaine) within 1,000 feet of a speci ed area (three counts) and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a speci ed area (three counts). Drug operation nets local cocaine arrestSee DRUG Page 5 See FIGHT Page 5 Ramiro Reyna


Today: Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 76F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: A mostly clear sky. Low 53F. Winds light and variable. Extended ForecastSaturday : Sunny skies. High around 80F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night : Clear skies. Low 56F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday : Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 82F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Night : Clear skies. Low 58F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News February 28, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News The Big “O” Teen Anglers, Inc. held their rst tournament of the year on Jan. 26. It w as a tough day and the conditions were less than ideal. The 22 anglers caught 20 sh w eighing 30.72 lbs. The winners in the 11-15 age group w ere:  First place, Cody Bigford, 4.97 lbs.  Second place, Kenny Whaley, 4.03 lbs. and big sh 4.03 lbs.  Third place, Jonah Segovia, 1.51 lbs. The winners in the 16-18 age group were:  First place, Matthew Haff, 5.10 lbs.  Second place, Drew Wanczak, 4.57 lbs.  Third place, Jose Hernandez 2.34 lbs., and big sh, 2.34 lbs. We would like to thank our boat captains: Mike Ingram, Leroy Bauer, Dave Straight, Larry Wise, Mike Zubricky, Jim Newell, Robert Haff, Bob Miller, Roy Delozier, Roger Bohannon and Logan Bohannon. Bigford, Haff win teen anglers bass tourney Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsCody Bigford won rst place in the 11-15 age group at the Big "O" Teen Anglers' rst tournament of the year with 4.97 lbs. of sh. Special to the Okeechobee NewsJonah Sergovia took third place in the 11-15 age group. Special to the Okeechobee NewsDrew Wanczak placed second in the 16-18 age group. Special to the Okeechobee NewsMatthew Haff won rst place in the 1618 group. Special to the Okeechobee NewsJose Hernandez claimed third place for the 16-18 age group, and also had the big sh for that group.


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A small town with a big heartOn Tuesday, Feb. 18, a group called “Quarters For A Cause” held a bene t for my daughter, Rhonda Townsend, who was diagnosed w ith cancer in October, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. I found out that these caring people do a bene t once a month for local people going through tough times. It was a wonderful, heartfelt, fun evening and I was absolutely stunned by how dedicated and hardworking these folks, our neighbors, were. I can only guess at how much time and effort was spent to help my child, and others w ho have bene ted from the gifts of love our community has provided. I personally, have to thank my fellow members of Raulerson Auxiliary, our sheriff in the C.O.P. group and Sacred Heart Church for all their prayers and support for me during Rhonda’s journey. To everyone involved here in our little town with such big hearts, I can only wish you all God’s love and protection around you all the days of your lives. Gratefully, Rhonda’s mom, Barbara MunseyWho is the bad partner?The Florida Legislature is discussing whether to use political might to seize control of the management of Lake Okeechobee, and water reservoirs, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and turn control over to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). This proposal is a bad idea; it overlooks the history of the management of Lake Okeechobee, and related water bodies, in regard to the Clean Water Act. First, Florida petitioned the federal government for the construction of the Herbert Hoover Dike, and the Central and Southern Flood Control Project, to provide ood relief and water supply sources for agricultural and urban development in southeast Florida. This expensive effort, in conjunction with navigation projects for the Kissimmee, St Lucie, and Caloosahatchee Rivers, resulted in a fair weather water management system that is unable to adapt to increasingly common drought and ood conditions. Second, Florida through its agency, now known as the South Florida Water Management District, managed water for the bene t of agriculture and urban water supplies, a reasonable effort until the effort abandoned any concept of environmental water supplies for estuaries or preserved wetland systems such as Everglades National Park. Additionally, public waters were allowed to be degraded, and were assisted to be degraded, by the actions of public agencies that were supposed to be adhering to the provisions of the Clean Water Act. The deterioration reached such extremes that the federal government sued the State of Florida, and its agent, the South Florida Water Management District to prevent further degradation and restore national resources. The lawsuit dragged on for years until Governor Chiles symbolically surrendered the state’s sword, which resulted in a court-overseen and monitored settlement agreement. Third, as part of the partnership, the State of Florida and federal government agreed to a federal/state restoration effort task force, which in turn developed a restoration plan that was agreed to by both parties. The plan calls for cost sharing, and joint consultation in management. This is where we are, or should be, today. Unfortunately, in the years of bad management of Lake Okeechobee, water levels were allowed to reach heights for water supply purposes that led to deterioration of the Herbert Hoover Dike. As a result, the corps had to institute new regulation schedules to protect th e dike’s primary purpose of ood prevention. Additionally, SFWMD practiced favoritism fo r water supply deliveries, while shunting ood waters to communities that were not normally in Lake Okeechobee’s ood zones. Onl y in these last few years have these adversel y affected communities on the east and wes t sides of the lake been able to get the Corps o f Engineers to consider their needs,often contrary to SFWMD recommendations. However, in fairness, SFWMD has been a responsive partner in many projects outsid e of the Corps’ domain or interest. The quality of the environment is key to the economies of east and west communities. Experience has demonstrated that withou t the creative tension of the partnership, both partners receiving input from affected parties, that one agency will be swayed to the interests of favored stakeholders/lobbyists, to th e detriment of the other stakeholders, notabl y the silent stakeholder, Nature. This is a situation that needs both th e belt and the suspenders of state and federal government, because otherwise, our pants have kept falling down. Trying to co-opt th e federal role, in management, while expecting the federal dollars, indicates the lessons of th e lawsuit have been forgotten. It is possible tha t some Florida interests think they have gotten all they want from the effort to date, and thus the rest can be abandoned. We on the wes t coast know that our needs have not been addressed, except through temporary and discretionary relief, and that we need equitabl e attention from both partners. Eliminating on e will only result in harm to our communities, our economies, and our environments. Wayne Daltry president of the Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association Hunter shot by friend Please refrain from using the word “accident” when describing the discharge of a rearm.Wild re I have noticed quite a few items in the papers and online about res lately. The cold w eather killed the brush and it dried out so it is more vulnerable to re. It only takes a spark to start it ... a cigarette thrown out a car window, an ATV without a spark arrestor, a hot vehicle parked on tall grass, a camp re left unattended, a brush burn that gets out of control. Pay attention to what you are doing.Telephone scams The Chamber of Commerce is alerting businesses to what is likely a telephone scam. A company called Loyalty Publishing/ Skyline Publishing that is calling businesses in the community and trying to get them to buy advertising. The chamber says that this is a scam, as these callers are telling people that they are working with the chamber and that is not true.  Two years ago they were telling people that they were working with the Sheriff’s Of ce and they were not. After six calls they decided to quit calling businesses in Okeechobee, until now apparently.  If someone calls and claims to be collecting on behalf of the sheriff’s of ce or city police or re department, it’s a scam. The local agencies do not contract with companies to do fund raising by phone. If someone calls and makes such a claim, get as much information as you can about their name, phone number, organization, etc., and then hang up and contact local law enforcement.  It’s always something. They call and claim to be representing a group that helps veterans, or law enforcement, but if you actually check it out less than 5 percent goes to actually help anyone. Nearly all of the money collected goes to “administrative” costs. Save your donations for local organizations you know and trust. February 28, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.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 topics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! Okeechobee County Fair seeks contest participantsThe Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking adult and youth contest participants for the upcoming fair March 11-16. The contests consist of quilting, sewing, leatherwork, painting, drawing, photography, horticulture, scrapbooking, jewelry making, cake decorating and woodworking. There will also be food competitions such as home baking and canned goods, as well as a vegetable competition featuring garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest vegetable categories. This year the Lego Building contest will be open to both youth and adult exhibitors. This year we will again have the educational posters and educational displays competitions. Individual youths may enter the educational poster contest and 4-H Clubs or FFA Chapters may enter the educational display contest. The top three club/chapter displays will win awards. The duct tape creations, tablescaping, trash-to-treasure creations and digitally enhanced photography will also return this year. Download the entry forms and rules at the Okeechobee County Fair Web site, www.okeechobeecountyfair.com, or pick up copies of the 2014 Premium Book at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce at 458 98 N. The deadline for entries is Feb. 28. If you have questions, contact Dianne Spann at 863-634-3327.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Many newspaper owners have a hidden agendaŽ „ whether it is political, economic or to promote the publishers cronies. Not us. Were owned by a unique non-profit journalistic trust. Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and understanding citizens need to make intelligent decisions about public issues. In doing so, we strive to report the news with honesty, accuracy, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News February 28, 2014 King is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $225,000. According to arrest af davits by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force the con dential source met King in the Douglas Park Subdivision on three separate occasions. On each one of those occasions, the source bought suspected crack cocaine from King, the report added. Each deal was allegedly conducted within 1,000 feet of Alderman Park, pointed out the reports. After each purchase the suspected crack cocaine was eld tested, and each one of those tests indicated a positive result for the presence of cocaine, the report stated. The arrest reports do not indicate how much the suspected coke cost, or the amounts purchased. DRUGContinued From Page 1 blunt head trauma. The medical examiner also said the manner of death was homicide. According to an arrest report by OCPD Of cer Ryan Holroyd, the two men had been in the bar at 706 S.W. Second St. The report then quoted a witness who said they saw Mr. Manzo walking behind Reyna in the bar's parking lot shortly after midnight. The witness reportedly told the of cer that, for no apparent reason, Reyna turned around and hit the victim in the face. The older man fell backwards and struck the back of his head on the asphalt. Reyna, continued the report, had a beer bottle in one hand but the witness was not sure if he struck the victim with the bottle. Of cer Holroyd went on to state that when he arrived at the scene Mr. Manzo was bleeding from his nose and mouth and his breathing "... was very heavy and labored." At one point, stated the of cer, the victim went into cardiac arrest and emergency medical personnel had to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Mr. Manzo was taken to Lawnwood by ambulance because he was too unstable to be airlifted, stated the of cer's report. "He was later diagnosed with a life-threatening subdural bleed (brain bleed) near the rear of the brain," the report pointed out. "Additionally, he was without oxygen for an extended period of time approximately 40 minutes." He died Monday, Jan. 27, at 7:44 p.m. During his interview with Detective Saum, Reyna reportedly said the victim had threatened him three times that evening, and that Mr. Manzo would "pat" his waist as if to indicate he had a weapon under his shirt. Reyna went on to tell the investigator that as he walked out of the bar Mr. Manzo was behind him and allegedly said to Reyna "I'm going to kill you." At that point Reyna turned around and hit Mr. Manzo in the face with his right st, added the report. Reyna then got into his car and left. Of cer Holroyd's report indicated no gun or any other type of weapon was found on, or around, Mr. Manzo. FIGHTContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News When Deputy Marcus Collier was sent Monday afternoon to S.E. 20th Court he w as looking for a disoriented female, but he found much more. As he drove through the area around 3:24 p.m. a witness reportedly told the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) deputy she had seen a female wearing a black tank top and white shorts who was acting "very strange." This was the second person who had reported seeing the female. Deputy Collier kept searching and nally saw a person wearing a black tank top talking to a man who was working on a vehicle in the driveway of a home on S.E. 21st Court. That person also had white shorts but the shorts were down around the person's ankles. "I pulled into the driveway and, at that time, the person exposing themself pulled their pants up," stated Deputy Collier. "The person working on the truck asked me if I saw what happened. I advised him I did." As it turned out, the "female" Deputy Collier was searching for was actually a man. When the deputy talked to the asher, the man "... wouldn't really speak and when he did he slurred his words," stated the report. Deputy Collier went on to point out that he did not detect any alcohol on the man's breath. He then asked the Lake Worth man if he was on drugs, but the man reportedly said he only used marijuana. Deputy Collier then arrested the man on a misdemeanor charge of exposure of sexual organs. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $500. Jail records indicate he has been released on bond, and apparently with his shorts worn properly at the waist. A lleged asher arrested, jailed By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee County re crews report $55,000 in property damage was done to a home at 13012 N.E. 14th Ave. in Country Hills Estates on Monday night. Paramedic Jay Curtis reported that ve units and nine remen were dispatched just before 7 p.m. to the Marty Casselton residence and found the structure fully involved upon their arrival. Fire crews said the home was being used by two households and a wall between the two families might have helped prevent the quick spread of the re. The American Red Cross Okeechobee of ce quickly responded to the scene to help the families involved. The listed owner of the property is Ted Butler of Okeechobee. Fire crews spent better than four hours on the scene and over 3,000 gallons of water were used to put out the blaze. The Florida Fire Marshal's Of ce was called to investigate the cause. There were no reports of any injury in the blaze. Country Hills home damaged by re In March, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold seven public meetings to discuss conservation and management of black bears in central Florida and how people can get involved. Under the FWC's Florida Black Bear Management Plan approved in 2012, seven bear management units (BMUs) will be established throughout the state. The BMU approach will allow the FWC to manage bears based on the characteristics of bears, people and habitat in different parts of Florida. The rst steps are being taken to create the Central BMU to manage bears in central Florida, which includes the state's largest bear subpopulation in the Ocala National Forest and surrounding areas. "We areexcited about getting the perspective of local stakeholders on bear management and conservation in central Florida," said Dave Telesco, FWC Bear Management Program coordinator. "We are looking forward to working together to reduce human-bear con icts so people and bears can coexist in Florida." Go to MyFWC.com/Bear and look for "Which BMU are you" to nd out more about black bears in Florida. "A guide to living in bear country" is also available at MyFWC.com/Bear by clicking on Brochures and Other Materials, and you can nd more on bears and the bear management plan at MyFWC.com/Bear. FWC seeks public's help to manage black bears


VFW to host karaokeVFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. will have karaoke from 7 until 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1. The kitchen will open at 5 p.m. On Sunday, March 2, a grilled pork cutlet dinner will be served from 1 until 3 p.m. All proceeds are donated to local veterans organizations. For information, call 863-763-0818.Eagles serving steak dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles #4509,will serve ribeye steakr, shrimp or sh dinners starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 Entertainment will be provided by "he Harpers. Saturday, March 1, is the monthly birthday bash with taco salad being served by the Ladies Auxiliary. Karaoke by Jay will be the entertainment. Sunday, March 2, we are serving southern fried chicken. Tuesday, March 4, 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 will go to other local community and national charity funds. For information, call the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154.Church hosting singing group7th Day Christian Church, 912 N.W. Park St. at S.R. 70 W., will feature the Celebration Singers on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.Blood drive plannedA special blood drive will be held Friday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Wemmer Family Orthodontics, 2025 U.S. 441 N., for Kennedy Dillon, 2, the daughter of Josh Dillon. Kennedy has been diagnosed with leukemia, which affects production of blood components. All blood donated can be used to treat patients needing whole blood, plasma, platelets and red cells. In addition to this drive for whole blood, a second drive to collect blood platelets as well as whole blood for Kennedy will be held March 14 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the same location.AMVETS hosting paper bingoJoin the AMVETS Post 200, 8590 S.R. 78 W., for paper bingo Friday, Feb. 28, and every Friday after that. The post will open at 11:30 a.m. Early bingo starts at 12:30 p.m., and regular bingo begins at 1 p.m. Call Pat at 330-556-1576 for information.OCSO plans BBQ fundraiserThe Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce will host a barbecue fundraiser Friday, Feb. 28, starting at 11 a.m. There is a $10 donation with all funds going to the 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.Church outreach is March 1Bible Truth Tabernacle, 1319 S.R. 70 E., will host a Community Outreach on Saturday, March 1 from 1 until 5 p.m. Come enjoy free food and drinks, music, photo booth and more. We will give away clothing and household items. We will be available to pray with you as well. Our church is located in the plaza across from Dan's Meat Market.Car wash/bake sale plannedA car wash and bake sale will be held at Tractor Supply, 3371 U.S. 441 S., on Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. All proceeds go to Relay for Life and the America Cancer Society. For information, call Ronda at 863-357-6811. Restaurant hosting speakerA health talk and plexus meeting will be held Saturday, March 1 at Beef O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. There will be free samples and a prize drawing. For information, call 863-763-0669.Fundraiser aids tennis teamEnjoy a short stack for a tall cause Saturday, March 1, from 8 until 10 a.m. at Applebee's, 1210 N.E. Park St. The restaurant will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser to bene t the Okeechobee High School tennis team. Tickets are $10. For information, call 216-695-7967; or, e-mail morgan.ungerott@ okee.k12. .us.Seniors club hosting danceA new single seniors club will host a dance Saturday, March 1, at Cowboys, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave., in the Bull Pen. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for supper, and the dance starts at 7 p.m. A door prize will be given. For information, call Marie at 863-957-0676.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. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Ryan Chester Underhill, 35OKEECHOBEE — Ryan Chester Underhill died Feb. 23, 2014. He was born Dec. 13, 1978 in Stuart, Fla. to Charles Edward and Cynthia Underhill. A lifetime resident of Okeechobee, he w as a cable installer and enjoyed RC hobbies and ying. He was a member of Christ Fellowship. He had the gift to build, x and take care of many things including the land, dairy, anything mechanical and electronics. He was a devoted, father and son. Mr. Underhill was preceded in death by his grandparents, Chester Underhill, Inez Underhill, Dorthe Chilcutt and Booth Chilcutt. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Carla Underhill; son, Chester Underhill; daughter, Haylie Underhill; father, Edward Underhill; mother, Cindy Underhill all of Okeechobee; and brother, Aaron Underhill (Jessica) of Palm Beach Gardens. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until services at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to his children’s trust fund at Bank of A merica. 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! 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Katie has enjoyed participating in the rodeos in Okeechobee as a ag bearer. “Being able to represent rodeo, Okeechobee, and the Cattlemen will be an honor,” she stated. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Miss Teen Rodeo Okeechobee 2014. I look forw ard to meeting the fans, the sponsors, and the contestants. I can’t wait to visit schools, and speak to the media to help spread word of our rodeos.” Crowned as Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess was Nicole Boultin, 11, of St. Cloud. Nicole served as Miss Rodeo Florida Sweetheart 2013. She is the daughter of James and J ulie Boultin. Nicole has been showing in w estern discipline shows for the past ve months. She is active in dance, and martial arts. She enjoys cooking, going to garage sales with her grandmother and playing w ith her dog, Morris. “Rodeo is a big part of Florida’s history, and that history started right here is Okeechobee County. I am excited to be part of that history!” she stated. Alexis Todd of Narcoosee was crowned Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart. She is the daughter of David and Sherry Todd. A lexis enjoys barrel racing and pole bending. Besides riding her horse and competing, Alexis likes to hunt. Alexis’ school and life ambitions are to attend the University of Florida and become a large animal vet, so she can help sick horses. Her recent school honor was to receive the Blast Award and her grades are great. Alexis stated, “I am so excited about being Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart because now I represent the great Okeechobee rodeo. I am excited to be able to visit the schools and talk to the kids about the rodeo, and to talk to the adults about the hard work that goes into the rodeos.” These young ladies will hold their titles for one year. During the year they will attend the rodeos here in Okeechobee, Silver Spurs Indiantown and perhaps others. They will attend other pageants as visiting royalty and work to promote the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Rodeo beginning with the Spring Rodeo to be held March 8 and 9. They are available for appearances throughout the year and look forward to being involved in the community. If you wish to have the girls attend your events or meetings, please contact the coordinator, Michelle Harper at 863-634-6397. You can follow them on their Facebook page, Miss Rodeo Okeechobee. Okeechobee County rodeo royalty crowned Special to the Okeechobee NewsRodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart Alexis Todd, Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess was Nicole Boultin and Miss Teen Rodeo Okeechobee Katie Brummett are looking forward to Florida’s Cowtown Rodeo March 8 and 9 at the historic Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 N. Spring festival is March 1A Spring Fling Festival will be held in the woods at Freedom Ranch on Saturday, 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, except for vendors. Freedom Ranch is located at 11655 U.S. 441 S.E. E-mail at: spring ingfest@gmail.com; or, call 863-763-9800.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64, at 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. 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 dining room patrons.


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The English, Communication, and Modern Languages Department at Indian River State College will offer a Writer’s Day on March 15 in the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Y Building, Room Y-102, on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. The session will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. This program is designed to enhance anyone’s writing and thinking. Participants may register for a fee of $25 per person (payable to the IRSC Foundation). Participation is limited to the rst 55 registrants. This year the focus will be on poetry and ash ction. Many of the day’s activities prompt participants to produce short works on the spot that will be shared at the end of the day. The program will also include multimedia, interactive presentations, and discussions dealing with a variety of writing related topics, such as: dialogue, style, poetic language, cultivating wonder, mystery boxes, characterization, passion, play, creativity, beauty, failure, technology, listening, critical thinking, and so on. These discussions will improve writing and communication techniques and foster an aesthetic appreciation for written expression. The program is supported by the IRSC Foundation through the Gladys Williams Wolf Endowed Teaching Chair in Communications and the Center for Media and Journalism Studies. To register and for further information, contact Dr. Matthew Brooks at mbrooks@ irsc.edu or 772-462-7842. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Big O Fish Tales ContestShare your story about “ shing Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River watershed and you could win a great dinner at 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 “ shingWinner receives a $100 gift certi“ cate for Tin Fish Restaurant!Email your entry to GO@newszap.comPhotos are encouraged (but not required) € Email photos as a .jpg attachmentEntry Deadline: March 7 at noon Stories appearing in the March 13 & 14 GO Come read the stories the contestants are sending in on the Tin Fish Wall of Stories.Ž 863.357.0722 € 301 N. Parrott AveTin Fish „ e Hottest Place to Eat in Okeechobee! Were looking for stories that are: € Funny € Amazing € Scary € HeartwarmingAttention Area Fishermen! Saltwater Anglers As Well! 10 Okeechobee News February 28, 2014 Indian River State College announces Writer’s Day Special to the Okeechobee newsTeachers honored Delta Kappa Gamma is an international educator society. One of DKG’s seven principles is to honor key women educators. Two of Okeechobee’s Teachers of the Year were honored at DKG Beta Nu’s Feb. 1 meeting held at Nutmeg’s. DKG Beta Nu president Linda Vaughn honors Okeechobee Teachers of the Year Debbie Raulerson and RaeAnn Whiteside. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of CharacterThe students chosen to represent their classrooms for demonstrating the Character Counts skill of Fairness at Central Elementary School are: Alyssa Ramirez, Shyla Aguirre, Brandyn Lineberry, Kenia Rayo, Angel MontoyaTello, Aiden Bigford, Alyssa Bottari, Ryan Thomas, Laura Sandoval, Thalia Thomas, Abigail Martz, Gabriaela Orozco, Lilly Maxwell, Emma Vanderfhoff, Rosalinda Caballero, Juan Cruz-Diaz, Yasmine Espinoza, April Rose Salva, John Gaona, Damaris Olivera, Beautiful Smith and Cetia Campbell.


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I just try to get really focused and zone everything else out and focus on the next batter,” ha said. Jensen Beach (4-1) came in off a walk-off v ictory against district opponent South Fork and coach Chris Vaccaro said two back-toback district wins is a great way to start the season. “It feels great. The boys are on a good roll. They’re not too high and not too low. The best part about this team is they love one another, they play together, trust in each other’s play and they pick each other up,” he explained. Okeechobee (0-4) just couldn’t get their offense going and a few early mistakes put them in a hole from which they couldn’t dig themselves out. A pair of errors and a passed ball in the rst inning on the in eld allowed Fitzpatrick to score the game’s rst run. The Falcons took advantage of two batters hit by pitch and a wild pitch on a called third strike to score three more times in the second. Fitzpatrick’s single through the hole into left eld drove home two runs and made it 4-0. That was all Saccavino would need as he kept the Brahman hitters off balance and threw strikes. His pitch count was also low in the late innings. “The four-run lead de nitely allowed me to settle in. It’s always nice to have a lead behind you and not have to gut out every inning,” he explained. Kutter Crawford threw ve, strong innings for the Brahmans as he allowed just four base hits and struck out ve. Jarrod Morgan added a scoreless inning of relief. On defense the Brahmans got excellent plays from Elijah Finney on a line-drive hit by Tyler Bauman, and a diving catch of a foul pop by Paul Jackson off the bat of D.J. Lemay. Gabe Greseth also threw out a base runner, Willie Bastini, trying to steal. OHS coach Eric Kindell was disappointed his team wasn’t more alive in the dugout and also noted some routine plays weren’t executed. “We are playing very lackadaisical. We are not that kind of team. We have to be in the game from the beginning to the end. If the guys don’t buy it’ll be a long season for them,” he explained. Kindell said future practices will focus on better approaches at the plate and not falling into old habits. The team will also continue to work on the fundamentals and eliminating mental mistakes. He praised Saccavino for throwing strikes and for late movement on his pitches. “The ball ran in to our batters quite a bit. When the guys made up their mind to swing, the pitches moved in on them and we didn’t gure it out until the nal inning,” he said. Okeechobee hit a number of slow rollers and didn’t hit very many pitches sharply. Christian Crews and Greseth had back-to-bac k singles in the seventh and Kevin Coleman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Saccavino got ahead of Morgan who hit a line drive toward the middle on which shortstop Skip Bauer made a nice play to end the game. Vaccaro said he enjoyed watching Saccavino pitch. “He was more than strong all night. He does a good job setting up the hitters because he studies the night before to nd out about the other team’s hitters,” said Vaccaro. Saccavino’s 4-hitter leads Jensen past OHS By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School won their fourth straight game as they routed struggling Westwood 20-0 in high school softball action Tuesday in Fort Pierce. Okeechobee (4-2) got strong pitching from Danyelle Shef eld and Breanna Billie as they won another district game against the Lady Panthers (0-6). Billie threw two shutout innings on the mound and also added a home run for the Lady Brahmans. Bethany Stuart added a double. OHS was patient at the plate as they drew a number of walks and took advantage of Lady Panther elding miscues. OHS coach Mary Huff called it a rough game but noted the team made some adjustments and executed well. “The Panthers struggled and there wasn’t much to report. We hope the next few games will be better,” she said. Lady Brahmans rout Westwood Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBailey Kirton receives a pickoff throw as Willie Bastini scrambles back to the bag during Tuesday’s game at OHS. Jensen Beach defeated OHS 5-0.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Brahman boys tennis team had an easy time of it as they overwhelmed the Port St. Lucie Jaguars 7-0 at the Okeechobee sports complex on Tuesday. Okeechobee lost just one game in the entire match in one of the more lopsided matches the team has had in many seasons. Otto Ramirez defeated Luis Siles, 8-1. Lucas Penido defeated Nico Saavedra, 8-0Cody Walker defeated Santi Saaverdra, 8-0, Colt Root defeated Andri Cordova, 8-0 and Dylan Ferneau defeated Ben Vitac, 8-0 in lopsided affairs. The doubles teams of Walker and Root defeated Siles and Nico Saavedra, 8-0. In #2 doubles it was Colton McCreary and Kirby Dobbs over Santi Saavedra and Cordova, 8-0. OHS coach Morgan Ungerott explained that this match at least was a good warm up for her team and a tougher schedule in the next few years. She singled out a couple of players for their efforts. “It was nice to see Lucas Penido play well today and for him to go for his shots. Kirby Dobbs and Colton McCreary stepped in and played well in doubles today. We are fortunate that we can put in many combinations of players and come out with a great team win,” the coach said. Ungerott said she has scheduled Morningside Academy, a strong tennis program, for two matches in Okeechobee in the next two weeks and is anxious to see how her boys respond to the tougher opponents. “These types of matches will get us ready for the district tournament. We focus one day at a time and continue to get better,” she added. The Lady Brahmans rallied to defeat Port St. Lucie in an exciting match, 4-3. Kearstin Dorrance defeated Adeife Marciniar, 8-2, in the #1 singles match. Rachel Williams defeated Theona O’Brien, 8-0. April Hopenkamp defeated Evie Hollenzer, 9-7 (7-3 in tie breaker). The doubles team of Dorrance and Elizabeth Santelices defeated Juliet Graton and Marciniar, 8-5, to clinch the match for Okeechobee. Lady Brahmans coach Stefanie Menoff admitted it was a tough match for her team but one that should help them. “We were very close in almost every match. I’m very proud of the girls for being able to come out on top,” she said. Rachel Williams said she felt she played a good match and tries to modify her game plan to match up with her opponent. “I just try to play my best. I feel the team has done pretty well overall. We’ve won some and we’ve lost a couple,” said. “ It was a good match today and we did pretty well.” Williams didn’t play as a freshman but decided to come out as a sophomore. She said her aunt plays a lot of tennis and that got her interested in the sport. Williams also enjoys the challenge of doubles play and working with her partner Kayla Orr. “I really enjoy playing doubles. We play well together. It was tough at rst but we are communicating better on the court and doing better,” she said. Brahman net teams down Jaguars 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 BAPTIST 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 Northside Baptist Church€ 51 NW 98th 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. 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 EPISCOPAL Advertise your church events or services here!Call 863.763.3134 today to inquire about pricing MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Feb. 28TH Thurs., Mar. 6THFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “ SON OF GOD”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:20, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:20, 7:00 & 9:20, Mon 3:00 & 7:00I: “POMPEII”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “ MONUMENTS MEN”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-13 PG-13 15 Okeechobee News February 28, 2014 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDylan Ferneau gets ready for a hard serve in his match with Ben Vitac of PSL on Tuesday. OHS prevailed 7-0. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Lady Brahmans competed well in the Heartland Invitational Tennis Tournament in Highlands County on Friday and Saturday. Chelsea Walker and Kayla Orr reached the semi nals in singles before being eliminated by Sebring. Also in the semi nals were Kearstin Dorrance who lost in straight sets to Sebring. Elizabeth Santelices had a strong tournament as she bowed out in the seminals but not before ghting for three sets against Madison Burnett of Hardee County. Santelices fell 6-3, 3-6 and 6-2. Rachel Williams won her rst round match with Jasmine Santana of Avon Park, 6-0 and 6-4, before bowing out against Sarah Beet Rogers of Sebring, 6-1 and 6-3. In doubles play Dorrance and Santelices reached the semis as they defeated Susana Oceguera and Abby Clark of Hardee County in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-3. Okeechobee again was eliminated by Sebring in the seminals, 6-2 and 6-1. OHS coach Stefanie Menoff said the girls played well but could have had a luckier draw. “We ended up playing Sebring in multiple spots and they have a strong team. I do feel these matches were great practice for our team,” she said. Lady Brahmans tennis team has good showing in tourney


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FRI. 2/28 7:00AM-4:00PM AND SAT. 3/1 7:00AM-2:00PM FURNITURE,BEDDING, SMALL APPLIANCES, FRAMES, BOOKS,BIKES, DISHES, LUGGAGE, A CAR AND MUCH MORE! Garage/ Yard Sales3 FAMILY SALE 439 SW 28TH TERR. OFF EAGLE BAY DRIVE. MARCH 1ST, 8:00AM TILL ? FISHING POLES & EQUIPMENT,TOOLS, KITCHENWARES, H.H. NICK-KNACKS,CLOTHES & ETC. OKEECHOBEE, Friday & Saturday, Feb. 28th & March 1st. 8am-1pm. 2581 S.E. 25 Dr. Lots of Miscellaneous Items. Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE-FOUR SEASONS 7235 NE 2nd St, FRI/SAT/SUN 2/28-3/2, 9-5. FINAL MOVING SALE all must go. Ladders, tools, TV, microwave, lawnsweeper, household, more. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Special Notice GIDEONS: ONE AND ALL COME PRAY WITH US AT THE LODGE ON THE LAKE EVERY SATURDAY AT 6:30 AM. 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 Washington County School Program At Okeechobee Youth Development Center ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY MATH TEACHER (Grades 6-12) (This school is located in a Department of Juvenile Justice Facility)Position requirements are detailed at website: Go to http://www.wcsdschools.com Go to Administrative Services and click on Job Announcements Create an account with a username and password, unless you have already completed this process. Complete your application for a CERTIFIED POSITION and attach a resume, etc. Then, you MUST APPLY for this position.APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAR. 7th, 2014 (midnight)“Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants as well as employee” “Pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, random ( tness for duty) and follow-up drug testing will be implemented as per the School Board’s “Drug Free Workplace Policy” An Equal Opportunity Employer AUTO TECHNICIAN WANTED Exp. with tools. 863-763-2666 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 professi onal un iforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more!DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an adintheclassifieds. Employment Full TimeCLASS 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. We are immediately hiring experienced carpenters & nishers for a concrete construction project. Please contact Doug Creel at 305-970-9868. 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. Faith Academy is accepting Applications for a substitute teacher part-time position. Ability to transfer spiritually and academically into the lives of young children. Call 863-763-8800. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 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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. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Miscellaneous2 CEMETERY PLOTS /LOTS FOR SALE AT EVERGREEN CEMETER Y FOR MORE INFO CALL 697-9511 ARCADE GAME Lethal Enforcers Gun Fighters Double Pistol Shooting Game. Very Good Condition. Great for Game Room. $275.00/firm. (772)538-6432 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 ApartmentsOKEE 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 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 16 Okeechobee News February 28, 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 Houses RentADORABLE: In Town, 2BR, 2BA, Washer & Dryer, Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $800 sec. (941) 504-3954 ADORABLE: In Town, 2BR, 2BA, W/D Hook up, Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $800 sec. (941) 504-3954 Office Space RentOKEE 2500 sq. ft. Corner location, new paint, water, sewer & dumpster included. 1 mo. FREE. 863634-7994. 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. Land SaleBEAUTIFUL TROPICAL TREES, FLOWERING VEG., EXOTIC BIRDS W/A NICE WATERSHED. A REAL SHANGRI LA YOU’LL LOVE IT. A RETIREMENT PARADISE 2 1/4 ACRES. HENRY 863-532-8226 DIXIE RANCH ACRES 1 1/4 ACRES $10,900.00 OWNER FINANCING $700.00 DOWN. CALL 863-763-6358 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 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Lots SaleLARGE 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 RentMobile homes for rent 3br 1ba, all utilities included, older unit with addition $650/mo $500/sec. Also Small Travel trailer 1br suitable for 1-2 people all utilites included $450/mo Call 863-697-0214 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 2BD/2FULL BATH, ALL LG. APPLIANCES AND FURNITURE STAYS (OAK), 55 AND OLDER COMMUNITY, SEMIPRIVATE YARD, RIVER BEND MOBILE HOME PARK $14,000.00 CALL 863-763-3854 Palm Harbor Homes 2014 models are here! $8,500 Pre Construction Savings. Call John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. Boats17FT ALUMINUM FISHING BOAT AND TRAILER, 50HP MERCURY, TROLLING MOTOR. $4,900.00 O.B.O. CALL 815-347-6282 Campers/RVs27FT. RV WITH 10X20 FLORIDA ROOM, 10X22 CARPORT, FURNISHED, GOOD CONDITION. 55 & OLDER PARK, $6,000.00 LOW LOT RENT CALL 937-307-8884 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Campers/RVsWanted 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 NoticePUBLIC NOTICE The County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon will hold the Lake Coalition Meeting on Friday March 07, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Please take notice and be advised that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Coalition with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Karson Turner as Chairman County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee and St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 462331 ON 2/28/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE: CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Tuesday, March 4, 2014 City Council Regular Meeting has been canceled The next regular scheduled meeting is Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as de ned by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City Clerk’s Of ce no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the City’s records. By: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 462826 ON 2/28/2014 LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on MARCH 14, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1994 FORD VAN VIN #1FMCA11U8RZA86289 1997 CHEVY BLAZER VIN #1GNDT13W0V2224029 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 462799 ON 2/28/2014 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD054 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that BISHOP M WRIGHT SR the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3216 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: TAYLOR CREEK DEVELOPMENT 2ND ADDITION REPLAT LOT 2 1-36-37-35-0030-00000-0020 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DOUGLAS FARRAR SWEET VERA J BRIGGS VERA J SWEET Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 3rd day of April, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 459756 ON 2/21,28;3/7,14/2014 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD FOR THE 2014 ELECTION CYCLE Pursuant to the Sunshine Law of Florida, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will meet at the of ce of the Supervisor of Elections, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 3:30 p.m. on March 6, 2014. The board will convene for an orientation meeting to discuss matters pertaining to the 2014 election cycle. DIANE HAGAN SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA 462633 ON 2/28/2014 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that FL DUNDEE LIEN INVESTMENTS LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2176 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 16 BLOCK 13 1-15-36-35-0040-00130-0160 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: N & A REAL ESTATE INC N & A REAL ESTATE IX LLC NASER ABUEQAB Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 3rd day of April, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 459755 ON 2/21,28;3/7,14/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD052 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that KRINDA C CANNON the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 439 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: LOT D OF TRACT 25 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 25 14 34S 33E 1-14-34-33-0A00-00025-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BRUCE E LINN DIANNA M JOHNSON DONNA J LINN EVELYN W LINN DECEASED GREGORY D LINN STEVEN P LINN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 3rd day of April, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 459753 ON 2/21,28;3/7,14/2014 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Public NoticeNOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 3-15-14 @ 10:00 AM Unit #246 Aero Executive Paint Jessika C. Pantojas Unit #249 Aero Executive Paint Jessika C. Pantojas Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 462698 ON 2/28;3/7/2014 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Shop here first! The classified ads Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 17 Okeechobee News February 28, 2014


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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Melanie Sue Olds, 33, N.E. 12th Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 25 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of dealing in stolen property. Her bond was set at $20,000.  Norma Mae Price, 72, S.R. 70 W., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 25 by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of introduction of contraband into a county detention facility. Her bond was set at $5,000.  Gary Dennis Padgett, 63, N.W. 32nd Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 25 by Deputy Paul Jackson on DOC warrants charging him with the felonies of violation o f probation aggravated assault with a deadl y weapon and violation of probation purchase of a controlled substance (cocaine). He is being held without bond.  Donald H. Nettles, 47, N.W. 98th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 25 by Deputy Matt Hurst on an amended DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation burglary of an occupied structure and violation of probation petit theft. He is being held without bond.  Jason Allen Milner, 34, Block Island Road, Wellington, was arrested Feb. 26 b y Deputy Timothy Porter on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the misdemeanor of violation of probation boating under the in uence. He is being held without bond.  Douglas Giles, 56, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 26 by Deputy Timoth y Porter on a DOC warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation unemployment compensation fraud. He is being held without bond.  Robert Lee Holmes, 48, N.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 26 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on a DOC warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation sale of a controlled substance (cocaine) and violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to sell. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD053 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JEFF & JENNIFER GAUTHIER the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 763 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT I OF TRACT 08 EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 08 SECTION 22 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA. 1-22-34-33-0A00-00008-I000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GREGORY NEVILLE Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 3rd day of April, 2014. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 459754 ON 2/21,28;3/7,14/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2012-000075-CA BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP, Plaintiff, V S. RICHARD THOMPSON A/K/A RICHARD R. THOMPSON, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE T O: UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RICHA RD THOMPSON A/K/A RICHARD R. T HOMPSON 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, devisee’s, grantees, assignees, lien ors, 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. Y OU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: LOTS 14 AND 15, THE PINE LANDS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE(S) 35, PUBLIC RECORDS OF. OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORID. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on TRIP SCOOT, P.A., the Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 110 S.E. th Street, 15th Floor, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301, within 30 days from the date of the rst publication of this Notice of Action) and le this original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition led herein. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court at Okeechobee County, Florida, this 24th day of Feb., 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Arlene Nealis T RIPP SCOTT, P.A. A TTN.. FORECLOSURE DEPARTMENT 110 S.E. 6th STREET, 15TH FLOOR FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33301 foreclosures@trippscott.coln Public NoticeNOTICE OF REMOVAL OF NAMES OF POTENTIALLY INELIGIBLE VOTERS Pursuant to Section 98.075(7) of the Florida Statutes, the following persons are hereby noti ed that they are potentially ineligible to be registered to vote. Failure to respond within thirty (30) days of this notice may result in determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections and removal of the registered voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system. William M. Clark Last known address: 8680 SE Hwy 441 Okeechobee, FL Johnathan K. Peppers Last known address: 1506 SE 8th Dr. Okeechobee, FL Scott A. Johnstone Last known address: 7291 SE 8th St. Okeechobee, FL If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. Diane Hagan, Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd St, Room 144 Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863)763-4014 462634 ON 2/28/2014 18 Okeechobee News February 28, 2014462725 ON 2/28;3/7/2014 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 462725 ON 2/28;3/7/2014 ACROSS 1 Derby drink 6 Scully on The X-FilesŽ 10 Wasnt I amazing?!Ž 14 Met offering 15 Carded at a club 16 Its __ to tell ...Ž 17 Caribbean preserves? 19 Amazing!Ž 20 NBA tiebreakers 21 Mineo of movies 22 Vitality 24 WWIs Red __ 26 Moths-flame connector 27 South American fellow? 31 Backed-up, in a way 34 Lined up 35 Not blabbing 37 __-Z: classic Camaro 39 The Bee Gees GeeŽ 40 Freds dancing sister 42 Prefix with -naut 43 Japanese noodle 44 __ durn tootin!Ž 45 Arrives 47 Zero, to Zapata 49 North American food container? 51 Available sans Rx 53 Hogwarts motto language 54 On a rampage 58 Oatmeal cooker 59 Corp. leaders degree 62 Many a Saudi 63 Balkan priestly vestment? 66 Oscar winner Minnelli 67 Brio 68 Harriets TV hubby 69 Bakery worker 70 Polite rural agreement 71 Ceaselessly DOWN 1 One-named singer with the debut album Leave (Get Out)Ž 2 __ the crack of dawn 3 Moon landers, briefly 4 Internet __ 5 Pal 6 Play exchange 7 Noun modifier: Abbr. 8 Spring tide counterpart 9 Allow entry 10 East African beachgoers color? 11 On a liner, say 12 Cameron on camera 13 1998 insect-world animated film 18 Seed used in sauerkraut 23 Cagey locale? 24 West Indies watering hole? 25 C or D, to old Romans 27 A cappella group bookings 28 Confederacy foe 29 Start of a Flintstone cry 30 Brynner of The Ten CommandmentsŽ 32 Dimin.s opposite 33 Andrea __: illfated ship 36 Nuclear test unit 38 Yale Univ. state 41 Yules mo. 46 Textbook update specification 48 Got into a stew? 50 Flamethrower fuel 52 __ eights 54 Indonesian island 55 Modern FamilyŽ actor Stonestreet 56 Demolish, as a building 57 Bauhaus painter Paul 59 Pencil puzzle 60 Pancake with caviar 61 In the sack 64 Eng. majors degrees 65 Nitrogenous dye By Julian Lim (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 12/06/11 12/06/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Okeechobee Arrest Report


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