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Okeechobee news
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Sunday, March 2, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 27 13.97 feetLast Year: 14.40 feet Lake Levels 75¢ Plus tax E vents planned a t Agri-Civic C enter ... Page 7 S ee page 4 for information about h ow to contact this newspaper. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Fisheries biologists are angling for a new 18-inch minimum length regulation for largemouth bass on Lake Okeechobee in order to increase the number of trophy-sized sh in the lake. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists told a sparse crowd at an informational session held Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Okeechobee County Public Library that they are still in the research stage and no rm proposal has been made. "Does that mean you can keep a 4-inch sh?" asked an audience member. "That means you can keep a 4-inch sh," replied Ralph LaPrairie, a sheries biologist in FWC's West Palm Beach Of ce. Studies have found that anglers, both recreational and professional, come to Florida to New bass regs proposed for Big ‘O’ Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association will host ‘Florida’s Cow Town Rodeo’ March 8 – 9, at the historic Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 N. Special to the Okeechobee News Rodeo fans get ready to watch the roughest-and-toughest professional bull riders and bull ghters at Florida's Cow Town Rodeo held on March 89, in Okeechobee's historical grandstand arena, recently renovated and reopened for this special event. The updated arena provides covered outdoor seating, giving spectators an up-close-and-personal rodeo viewing experience. This year's rodeo contestants have their sights set on prize money and Florida’s Cow Town Rodeo is at historic cattlemen’s arenaSee RODEO — Page 2 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man is being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail following his arrest on a total of 25 felony charges. Rolando Ryan Pena, 27, N.W. 39th Circle, is charged with 12 counts of dealing in stolen property, eight counts of giving false information to a pawnbroker and ve counts of defrauding a secondhand metals recycler. He is being held on a total bond o f $197,500. According to Detective Howard Pickering, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), Pena went to several different business around Okeechobee and purchased a variety of items that included tools, batteries, automotive rims and a saddle. He would then tell store clerks to put the item or items on a local contractor's account. At that point, said the detective, Pen a would take the items and pawn them or sell them outright. In one case, the detective's arrest report Man jailed on 25 felony chargesSee FWC — Page 5 See PENA — Page 5Flag football team starts new season ... Page 12 Rolando Ryan Pena

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FLORIDA FARMLAND AUCTIONWednesday, April 16th • 10amAuction Site: Town Hall at Tradition, Port St. Lucie, FL800.607.6888 | mwallc.comSt. Lucie and Indian River Counties 2,884+/Acres — Offered in 13 Tracts• Producing Groves • Suitable for Produce, Sugar Cane, Sod • Potential for Development • State-of-the-Art Packinghouse • Excellent Water 2 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenOn Thursday, the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association dedicated a new agpole on the grounds of the rodeo arena. Raising the ag are Ron Kelly of the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association and American Legion Post 64 members Don Freas, Commander Larry Richardson and Past Commander Dan Fennell. points to advance their career on the Professional Cowboys Rodeo Association circuit. “Rodeo and agriculture go hand-in-hand, and with agriculture being Okeechobee’s lifeblood, this is a great location for a professional rodeo event,” said Todd Clemons, president of the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association. The historic Okeechobee Cattlemen’s rodeo arena is located in the heart of Okeechobee County on 441 North, directly off Highway 70. In conjunction with Florida’s Cow Town Rodeo, the Speckled Perch Festival will be in Okeechobee’s downtown Flagler Park, where local vendors will be selling crafts and cuisine. Advance tickets for Florida’s Cow Town Rodeo can be purchased online at www. okeechobeecattlemensassociation.com; at Eli’s Western Wear in Okeechobee; or in person at the rodeo grounds. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For information on Florida’s Cow Town Rodeo, please visit www.okeechobeecattlemensassociation.com. For information on lodging and other offerings in the city of Okeechobee, please visit www.okeechobee-tdc.com. About the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association: A local sector of the National Cattlemen’s Association, the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association is a non-pro t organization consisting of local and in uential agriculture community members. RODEOContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenCommunity members joined representatives of the Okeechobee County Cattlmen’s Association at the ceremony to mark the rst raising of the ag on the new agpole at the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 on Thursday.

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Today’s ForecastSunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the morning. Sunday might: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.Extended ForecastMonday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. West wind around 5 mph. Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. North northwest wind around 5 mph. Tuesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. North northeast wind around 5 mph. ‘You gonna love me’By Rev. Pauline G. Livatt. PastorNew St. Stephen A.M.E. Church1 Corinthians 13:1-13 “I’m telling you. You are going to love me.” The prerequisite for our entrance into heaven is to love each other. It doesn’t matter how many people we tell about Christ. It doesn’t matter how many hungry souls we feed. It doesn’t matter how much money we put into the collection plate; the only way to get to heaven is to love God with all our heart, mind and soul and to love each other as Christ loved us. So, I’m telling you that if you want to get to heaven, then you’re ‘gonna’ love me. Don’t tell me how much you love God but you can’t stand my guts. You gonna love me. Don’t tell me how well you can pray but you are quick to tell me off and cuss me out. You gonna love me. Don’t tell me how much you go to church, read your bible and watch TD Jakes, yet you can’t give me a hug, nor even acknowledge me w ith a nod or a smile. You have to love me. Y ou gonna love me. That’s the message of Paul w ho echoes the words of Christ. We are to love each other. How many of you really know what love is? J ennifer Hudson sings this song in Dream Girl, “You Gonna Love Me.” Yet how much do we really know about love? 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 “Though I speak w ith the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you love them. Christ’s mission was a mission of love. Everything that Christ did during His earthly ministry was driven by agape love. It was love that moved God to send His Son to the cross on our behalf. It is love that gave the church its marching orders. Everything in the believer’s life ought to be prompted by and permeated with Agape love. Love for God; love for other believers; love for the lost. Christian love means that we treat others the way God treats us. 1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient and kind…” We have all heard the expression that a person has “a short fuse” or that a person is “thin skinned.” When that is spoken about someone, it means that it doesn’t take much to get them upset. Say a word, and they get angry, upset or hurt. Do something, and they quickly get offended. They often get mad and go off in a huff or just shut down. We say that these individuals “have a short fuse” or they’re “thin skinned.” Agape love is the antithesis of that. 1 Corinthians 13:4, Paul wrote the words concerning “charity suffers long” that love “has a long mind; to the end of which neither trials, adversities, persecutions, nor provocations, can reach. The love of God, and of our neighbor for God’s sake, is patient towards all men: it suffers all the weakness, ignorance, errors, and in rmities of the children of God; and all the malice and wickedness of the children of this world; and all this, not merely for a time, but long, without end; for it is still a mind or disposition, to the end of which trials, dif culties, etc., can never reach. It also waits God’s time of accomplishing his gracious or providential purposes, without murmuring or repining; and bears its own in rmities, as well as those of others, with humble submission to the will of God.” 1 Corinthians 13:7-8 Love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” Love refuses to accept failure. Love always holds out hope that things will work out right in the end. Love just does not give up! Love is persistent: with love, quitting is never an option. We all need to be reminded regularly how long God patiently worked on us without giving up on us in bringing us to His saving grace. And He continues to work with us molding us into the image of Christ and does not give up on us. Love endures the worst. Lasting love is persistent. It is determined. It is diligent. It is resolute. Whether it is in your marriage, your family, your church family, your service to others, your desire to see someone saved agape love will not give up on that relationship. Love just doesn’t give up. If you have loved ones who are not saved, don’t give up! Keep praying. If your friend is out of God’s will, don’t give up, keep praying and hoping and trusting. If you’ve been offended, don’t give up, or give in. Be persistent in love. Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever give in. Don’t ever stop trying. Don’t ever sell out. And if you nd yourself succumbing to giving up, giving in, stop trying or selling out, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off. But never, ever, ever give up.” A. 1 Corinthians 13:8a, 13 “Love never ends … So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” When everything else in this world has passed away. When everything that is held by us with such high esteem is gone. When knowledge and spiritual gifts no longer matter, love will still exist. It is the greatest constant throughout eternity. Agape love endures because agape love is unconditional. Just as death is permanent so is agape love. Adversity will not extinguish agape love. Imitating our Lord means that you and I, in love, must be willing to pay the cost that involves surrendering our own will in order to advance the gospel, to reach the lost and to edify others. Re ections from the Pulpit 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 Public Forum/Speak Out Boys school abuse While it is important that the abuses at the Florida School for Boys in Marianna and Okeechobee are not forgotten, I hope the movie they are planning to focus on the Marianna facility, which is where the worst abuses were. I hate for the name of Okeechobee to be connected with that horrible history.  I was in Marianna’s Florida Industrial School for Boys in 1953-54. Never was formally charged with any crime. Had no one to represent me. Had no idea why I was locked away, except for being a runaway from the orphanage. Most of the children were there because of waywardness, stemming from truancy, runaway from abusive homes, or runaway from orphanage. I never met any that were criminals. I was there 15 months and, along with most other boys, I was terrorized and beaten very, very badl y several times. The self esteem was totall y beaten out of me for no reason that makes sense, except some of the staff enjoyed beating children. That was more than 60 years ago. Over 500 boys who do not know one another have been interviewed and most all tell the same story, all of abuse and terrible beatings, the scars of which last a lifetime.  It is very sad knowing that for years that this was thought to be an urban legend. Unfortunately, this was not an urban legend and came out to be true. Marianna was m y college town and my parents relocated here in 1999. I always had a sense that this town held dark secrets ... from the past hangings of slaves to the unaccepting of outsiders and from the horri c truth about the school. Marianna, Florida, will go down in histor y for this! With that being said there are a lot of nice people from that town and I do not want to discredit them.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 community name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! Okeechobee Forecast To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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indicated Pena entered a local business that sells automotive parts and bought four rims for a passenger car along with a heavy duty battery charger for a total of $599.95. He then told an employee at that store to put the items on the contractor’s bill. Pena took the items outside and sold the rims to another man who was apparently waiting in the store’s parking lot, stated the report. He reportedly sold the rims for $350. Detective Pickering explained that Pena worked for the contractor at one time. However, he apparently had not worked there for the last ve months. In all, the detective said Pena charged around $11,000 worth of items at local businesses during a period of 30 to 45 days. The OCSO investigator went on to detail how, on Feb. 12, Pena entered a local business and charged a $269 drill to the contractor’s account. He then pawned the drill at a local pawn shop for $40. The arrest reports detail how Pena returned to that same business on Feb. 13 and purchased a tool set for $199 at 11:20 a.m. Approximately 17 minutes later, he reportedly pawned those tools for $45. In yet another case, Detective Pickering noted how Pena purchased a saddle blanket and barrel racing saddle on Feb. 18 at 8:55 a.m. for a total of $989.02. At 10:43 a.m. that same day, Pena allegedly sold the saddle to a local pawn shop for $125. The detective’s reports pointed out ho w all of the transaction forms from the pawn shops had Pena’s driver’s license and right thumb print on them. Those forms apparently also had Pena’s signature on them, which means he swore the property belonged to him, and that the item was not stolen and had no encumbrances. “Which, he knew was not true,” stated the detective. Detective Pickering went on to state in his reports that he was able to recover some o f the items from area pawn shops and metal recyclers. The contractor also provided the detective with receipts from the various businesses where Pena had purchased items, added the detective. PENAContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Did you submit a page of news, but only one line got in the paper? You can have it your way! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. SPRING LAKE GOLF RESORTWinter Rates Cougar Trail and Panther Creek Golf Courses 18 Holes Specials Include Tax & Cart! For Tee Times Call 863-655-0101Highway 98 30 mi N of Okeechobee$3200Before 12 noon $2800After 12 noon$400 off per person when booking a foursome 5 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 catch trophy-sized largemouth bass. And, the top destination for those anglers is Lake Okeechobee. And because the harvest rates of bass have declined sharply due to more anglers practicing catch and release, FWC biologists w ant to establish regulations that would increase the number of bass 8 pounds and over. “I think we’re in a really good situation right now (on Lake Okeechobee),” said Corey Lee, a sheries biologist in FWC’s Okeechobee of ce in a previous interview. “We’re really starting to see some big sh.” He pointed out Thursday evening that since 1992 bass harvest rates have continually dropped. “In 1992 there was a 14-inch minimum on Lake Okeechobee and people were harv esting 44 to 60 percent of the bass they caught,” he said. From 1992 to 1995, that rate dropped to 20 to 25 percent, and from 1996 through 2008 the harvest rate fell to 0.5 to 7 percent. Today, pointed out Mr. Lee, the harvest rate is .05 to .09 percent. “The harvest rates we get on bass are so miniscule right now. Less than 1 percent of bass caught are actually harvested,” he said in that earlier interview. Mr. LaPrairie backed up that statement. “The harvesting trend continues to go down -even in North Florida,” he said. Mr. LaPrairie explained that FWC currently has a 12-inch minimum on bass in the Panhandle because of “... slow growing sh and a lot of anglers who like to harvest sh.” Overall, he pointed out, there are 25 different regulations around the state on different water bodies. Mr. Lee explained to the anglers in the audience Thursday that FWC surveyed 222 anglers and found that: 43 percent of them did not want the 18-inch minimum on Lake Okeechobee; 31 percent wanted it; and, 26 percent were indifferent. FWC aquatic habitat biologist Beacham Furse, who is also located in Okeechobee, said even if the new 18-inch proposal is adopted the FWC would “still have the authority to change the regulation in case of an emergency.” A 2006 U.S. Department of Interior study documented how Florida leads the nation for: in-state anglers with 2.8 million; for instate angler expenditures with $4.4 billion; for economic impact with $7.5 billion; in angler-supported jobs with 75,068; and, for in-state and local taxes generated by sport shing with $440 million. The FWC Black Bass Management Program (BBMP) will help ensure that Lake Okeechobee remains the Bass Capital of the World by rewarding anglers with more trophy-sized bass. FWC also wants to reward anglers for catching bass over 8 pounds, documenting their catch and releasing it, through their TrophyCatch program. Eligible anglers can win gift cards from $50 to $200 -depending on the size of their catch. For more on the TrophyCatch program, go to MyFWC.com/Trophycatch. To view FWC’s BBMP in its entirety go to MyFWC.com/Fishing, then go to the Black Bass Management Program banner under Freshwater Fishing. FWCContinued From Page 1 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).  Jillanna Joye Gillum, 36, Brubaker Drive, South Point, Ohio, was arrested Feb. 27 by Of cer Ryan Holroyd on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance w ithout a prescription (hydrocodone, diazepam, lorazepam and phentermine) (four counts) and misdemeanor charges of possession of a new legend drug without a prescription ( ve counts) and retail theft. Her bond was set at $67,500.  Jaye Wade Gary, 22, Seminole Ave., Fort Myers, was arrested Feb. 27 by Deputy Tammy Sera ni on a felony charge of battery on an inmate by an inmate. He is being held without bond.  Bobbi Jo Register, 45, Linda Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 27 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Her bond was set at $3,500.  Pardell Keyon Rembert, 21, N.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 27 by Deputy Timothy Porter on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of grand theft-motor vehicle. His bond was set at $2,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report City Fire Department hosts sh fry to aid burn victimThe Okeechobee City Fire Department will host a sh fry Friday, March 7, to bene t 18-year-old Walter Morgan, the son of Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) Detective Scott Morgan. Walter received secondand third-degree burns over 85 percent of his body while trying to restart a camp re. Meals will be served starting at 11 a.m. and will consist of sh with Popeye’s cole slaw, Pogey’s cheese grits and Golden Corral hushpuppies. Dinners will cost $8 each, and deliveries will be available for orders of ve or more. For tickets contact: OCPD Detective Kelley Margerum at 863-763-5521; Michele Bell at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce, 863-763-3117; Cindy Kemp at the Okeechobee County Jail, 863-357-5370; or, Jill Rogers at 863-634-0870.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Gregory Clifford DuBois, 43OKEECHOBEE — Gregory Clifford Dubois of Okeechobee died February 26, 2014. He was born April 10, 1970 in Charleston, South Carolina to Vahne LaRue and Merry Hall DuBois. A resident of Okeechobee for 22 years, he recently moved to Clewiston. He enjoyed playing video games and soccer. Mr. Dubois was preceded in death by his mother, Merry (Hall) Mills. He is survived by the mother of his children, Karen DuBois Smith; daughter, Miranda Lindsey DuBois; son, Tristan Avery DuBois all of Okeechobee; fathers, Doug Mills of Kentucky and Vahne LaRue DuBois of South Carolina; sisters, Racheal Hudson (Charles) of Kentucky, Melissa DuBois and Ter’Ra DuBois; brother, V.J. DuBois all of South Carolina; niece, baby Katniss; and lifetime friend and brother, Chuck Rentz of South Carolina. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. A gathering will follow for family and friends at 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee Civic Center on Highway 98. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to Okeechobee Humane Society, PO Box 233, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or the Okeechobee High School Drama Club, 2800 Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972. 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. Irene “Granny” Vic k, 92OKEECHOBEE — Irene Vick went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. She was born December 23, 1921 in Bainbridge, Georgia. She came to Okeechobee in the late 1950s and worked as a bookkeeper. She was a very active woman and enjoyed square dancing, social activities and loving her family. She became a resident at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility in 2011. She felt at home as the staff became her extended family. She enjoyed the care they gave her, painting and playing bingo. She was a jolly, upbeat person who always had a joke. She lived a very full and loving life. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron Boutwell and Pansy Mae Boutwell; her daughter, Christine Vick Verschuere; daughterin-law, Lois Vick; grandson, Danny Harrell; brothers, Maurice Lynton Roland and Weldon; and sisters, Mildred, Bessie and Agnus. She is survived by her son, Horace Vick; daughter-in-law, Marie (Vick) McDonald; grandchildren, Tina, Brian, Larry, Jimmy, Teresa and Vicki; brother, Eugene; sister, Roberta; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Family and friends are welcome to join for a graveside service 10 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2014 at Evergreen Cemetery with Pastor Mike Peppers of ciating. 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. Patricia Annette Jones, 71OKEECHOBEE — Patricia Annette Jones of Okeechobee died February 27, 2014. She was born February 21, 1943 in Macon, Georgia to Lewis and Jessie Beecham. A resident since 1950, she was a nurse’s aide and enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Julian Beecham. She is survived by her husband of 32 y ears, Larry Jones of Okeechobee; three sons, Skip Elliott (Gail) of Okeechobee, Jason Elliott (Kimberly) of Bryant, AL and Will “Bopper” Jones of Houston, Texas; four daughters, Judy Shipman Nations (Curtis) of Erie, Colorado, Cris Mills Mattson (Mark) of Okeechobee, Christine W ooters (Joe) of Weeki Wachee and Alice Duncan (David) of Havana; 17 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; three sisters, Louise “Sister” Stanley of Ft. Myers, Lilline Thompson of Okeechobee and Rose Marie McDonald (Carl) of Okeechobee. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Pastor Thomas Dees ofciating. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or Heroes 4 Hope. 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 Conw ay families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee,Florida, 34972. 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 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 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014Thomas A. Hughes, II, 55OKEECHOBEE — Thomas A. Hughes, II, passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. He was born Jan. 28, 1959 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He came to Okeechobee in 2000 from Albany, Ga. and spent several years working for Hoss and Sons Aluminum. His interests were writing, HarleyDavidsons, music and golf. He always had a joke to tell or some trivia knowledge to share. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas A. Hughes; half-brother, Billy Hughes; and both sets of grandparents. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Barbara and David Flemming of Okeechobee; uncles, Dwaine Sandlin of Okeechobee and Ron (Billie) Sandlin of Union, Ohio; aunts, Carrie McDaniel of Hamilton, Ohio and Webby Sandlin of Orlando, Fla.; a lot of cousins and a host of friends. Tom will be sorely missed by all who loved him. A gathering will be held from 1 p.m. until memorial services at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Night golf event aids Okeechobee High School BandThe 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 863-634-0194.Department of Health to present mobile exhibitA mobile art exhibit will be open to the public, depicting the lives of Florida residents living with HIV and AIDS through portraits, video interviews, and journal writing, on Sunday, March 9 at the Speckled Perch Festival in Flagler Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call Tara Menendez at 407-629-9484 Ext. 211.Shooting fundraiser slated to bene t youth groupThe 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 following the awards ceremony. All proceeds go to the children in the club. For information, contact Quail Creek at 863-763-2529.Cypress Hut Eagles bene t links tourney scheduledThe 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 561-239-4430; or, Earl 863610-0017. Real Life Children's Ranch hosts yard saleReal Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale is open Wednesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out for great bargains.Widow and Widowers Support Group to meetThe 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.

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The following events are planned during the March of at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The entrance to the Agri-Civic Center is off State Road 710.  Saturday, March 1: NBHA District 5 Barrel Race starts at noon. A concession stand will be operated by the Show Stoppers 4-H Group. There is no admission charge for spectators.  Sunday, March 1: NBHA District 5 Barrel Race starts at 11 a.m. A concession stand will be operated by the Show Stoppers 4-H Group. There is no admission charge for spectators.  Friday, March 7: Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show (OYLS) small animal, lamb and goat check in at the horse barn, 4 to 6 p.m.; Okeechobee County Fair Barrel Race in arena.  Saturday, March 8: OYLS Small Animal Show in the horse barn, at 9 a.m.; Okeechobee County Fair Barrel Race in arena.  Sunday, March 9: OYLS Dairy cattle check-in at arena, 4 to 6 p.m.; OYLS Goat & Lamb Show in the horse barn at 5 p.m.  Monday, March 10: OYLS steer check in 9 to 11 a.m. Swine check-in, 1-5 p.m.; OYLS Dairy Show, 6 p.m.  Tuesday, March 11: Okeechobee County Fair opens; OYLS Beef Breeding check-in, 3 to 5 p.m.; OYLS Swine Showmanship at 6 p.m.  Wednesday, March 12: OYLS Swine Show at 6 p.m.  Thursday, March 13: OYLS Steer Show at 6 p.m.  Friday, March 14: OYLS Beef Breeding Show 6 p.m.  Saturday, March 15: OYLS Livestoc k sale, 4 p.m.  Sunday, March 16: Okeechobee County Fair closes.  Wednesday, March 19: Big Top Playhouse Circus Musical shows at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Friday, March 21: O.L. Raulerson Scholarship Fund Barbeque.  Saturday, March 29: NBHA District 3 & 5 Barrel Race.  Sunday March 30: Okeechobee Youth Rodeo. Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 p.m. (863) 763-3127 OKEECHOBEELIVESTOCK MARKET1055 U.S. 98 North 7 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 Livestock Market ReportPrices still strong. Most calves were steady. Smaller calves were $2 higher on some classes. Slaughter cows and bulls were fairly steady. PCA internet sales are really hot! Check them out on www.ProducersCattleAuctions.com Dayworkers ... get your teams ready for April 12! Also, don’t forget the Florida’s Cow Town Rodeo on March 8 & 9! Fuller Cattle Co, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $3.40 bought by Foy Reynolds. Amtel Farm, Labelle, topped the cow market with a high of 114.00 bought by Central Beef. We have three, young Charolais Bulls and one Angus Bull for sale! Call 863-763-3127. Todd

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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! 8 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the weekThese OMS Students of the Week for Feb. 14, were feeling the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Pictured in no particular order were Earl Faraon, Madison Lamb, Justin Smith, Kaitlyn Williams, Charles Muller, Hannah Harper, Nicole Cristi, Sonia Delgado-Gutierrez and Sally Tijerina. Congratulations, students! Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents of the weekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Feb. 21 include: kindergarten students, Ariel Boulware, Kayden Tarner, Jayson Garcia, Shelby Fertitta, Collin Wallos, Caden Cain; rst graders, Jorge Villegas, Corbin Flynn, Alex Berndt, Liliane Villarreal, Patryk Jaskot; second grade students, Gillian Gerber, Caden Grif n, Blayne Boyer, Jose Ortega, Katelynn Hilsheimer; third graders, Brisa Castaneda, Christopher Rodriguez, Bryana Burgos, Angel Alvarez, Zachary Perdue, Dashia Williams; fourth grade students, Leah Hunter, Zoe Evans, Allyson Broadrick, Kimberly Hight; and, fth grade student Johanna Rivers. Congratulations to our many outstanding students.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 DONT IGNORE YOUR PAIN. DISCOVER YOUR OPTIONS.If youre living with joint pain, you should know that it doesnt have to be this way. You have expert care available right here at Raulerson Hospital. Our board certified orthopedic surgeons, perform total joint replacements. Raulerson Hospital has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performing Hospital on Key Quality Measures, including Surgical Care.Visit RaulersonHospital.com or call 763-9228 to find a physician or learn more about our orthopedic services. 9 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 Many people consider the skeletal system durable and strong. However, this is not always the case. Though healthy bones can withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure, degenerative bone disease can cause bone fractures under a fraction of the same force. Raulerson Hospital wants to increase awareness of degenerative bone disease, as in many cases, lifestyle changes and professional treatment can prevent it.How does degenerative bone disease happen?The aging process naturally slows the growth and resilience of bone tissue. However, many other factors can expedite degenerative bone disease. A diet lacking suf cient vitamin D and calcium can weaken the skeletal system. Because bones thrive with weightbearing exercise, a sedentary lifestyle can reduce bone strength as well. Hormonal changes can also decrease the durability of the bones. Who can contract degenerative bone disease?Because age plays such a signi cant role in degenerative bone disease, the majority of people who get it are in an older demographic. Research indicates that when women go through menopause, the permanent cessation of their menstrual periods, their risk of degenerative bone disease increases. A drop in the production of estrogen may affect the health of the skeletal system, making older women more susceptible to degenerative bone disease than men, though this condition can af ict older men as well.What are complications due to degenerative bone disease?When bones are fragile, they are more vulnerable to fractures. A slip and fall accident that causes only bruises to a healthy 30-year-old woman could produce a broken hip or wrist in a 70-year-old woman. Aside from the pain and inconvenience that an injury of this nature can produce, older sufferers of degenerative bone disease often experience lengthy recovery periods as well. Should such a break be particularl y severe, it may even cause death. Stop degenerative bone disease before it starts. Raulerson Hospital offers DEXA scan services for Okeechobee residents who suffer from degenerative bone disease risk factors. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors. For a free physician referral or to spea k to a Registered Nurse call 763-9228. Are you at risk of degenerative bone disease? Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee Blood Roundup album winnerHeather Shelleman was the winner of a leather bound picture album offered by the Okeechobee Blood Roundup at the Health and Safety Expo in January. Raye Deusinger, Roundup chairman, presented the album. Special to the Okeechobee NewsChobee Minis visit Okeechobee Healthcare FacilityThe “Chobee Minis” 4-H club visited the Okeechobee Healthcare Facility on Feb. 11 with “Mercedes” (the horse). They distributed handmade Valentine cards to the residents. Chobee Minis members who attended were: Hannah, Rileigh, Shayla, Savannah, Chase, Cody, Bridgette, Kelly (back row); (front) Anna, “Mercedes” and Leah.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY New Furniture For Less! INSTANT FREE DELIVERYHighpoint Furniture2346 U.S. 27 North, Sebring, Fl 863-382-0600C G (Limited Supply) 10 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESSouth Elementary students honoredCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of Feb. 14. They are: Rylie Arnold, Payton Jernigan, Juan Sanchez, Kobe Conejo, Wil’Leah Jones, Caleb Click, Taylor Whipple, Luis Ucaranza, Emily Wilson, Lorena Urvina, Aiden Christensen, Faith Colon, Tifani Gutierrez Mejia, Marvin Roberts and Richard Becerra. Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSStudents of the weekYearling Middle School would like to announce our students of the week for Feb. 18: Adamaris Salas, Carolina Robellar, Jehosafat Tapia, Karla Chavez and Austin Waldron. Income tax help availableFree tax preparation and help with E- ling is available from AARP TaxAide volunteers at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. (east side entrance), on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring a photo ID, Social Security cards for all dependents, last year's tax return and all 2013 nancial papers. No appointments are necessary. Participants will be helped on a rst-come basis. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Do not call the American Legion. For information, call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.Agri-Civic Center open to public for exercisingUnless an event is taking place, the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center grounds are open to area residents for exercise activities such as walking, running and bike riding on a daily basis. The gate on State Road 70 is open from 7 a.m. until dusk for residents to access the roads and parking lots within the facility. While the county encourages area residents to take advantage of the opportunity to use the facility grounds for exercise, the staff asks everyone to help keep the facility clean by not littering.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 L egion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second S t., will host Sunday night bingo on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The k itchen 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. C onKerr Cancer will meetDo you have just four hours that you c ould donate this month to help put smiles o n the faces of children with cancer or other l ife-changing illnesses? If so, please come to o ur "sit & sew" and join other ladies in our c ommunity who want to make a difference. W e will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyter ian Church on Parrott Avenue from 10:30 a .m. until 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 B ring your sewing machine and child-friendl y fabric and sew pillowcases which will be d onated to St. Mary's, Palms West, Lakeside a nd Boca Community hospitals. There will a lso be St. Patrick's Day pillowcase kits availa ble to be sewn at this event. To make don ations or for information, call Joan at 8634 67-0290. B lood drive aids burn victimA special blood drive for Walter Morgan, 18, will be held Tuesday, March 4 from 10 a .m. until 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee County S heriff's Of ce, 504 N.W. Fourth St. Walter, w ho is the son of Okeechobee City Police D etective Scott Morgan, was burned over 8 5 percent of his body and is ghting his b attle at Tampa General Hospital. He was r emoved from his medically-induced coma, a nd just completed his rst skin graft. Duri ng his prolonged recovery Walter will need m any transfusions, and his need for blood w ill be ongoing. I RSC offering workshopFood for the Writers' Soul is a one-day w orkshop offered by the Fielden Institute f or Life Long Learning at the Dixon-Hendry C ampus at Indian River State College in O keechobee on Tuesday, March 4 from 10 a .m. until 3 p.m. Jan Day is the peer leader f or this event which includes discussion on h ow to nurture your creative habit, writing e xercises, planning and individual writing a nd critiquing. Lunch is included. For inform ation and to register, call Laura at 772-4627 880. A sh Wednesday service setOkeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N Parrott Ave., will have an Ash Wednesday S ervice at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 Everyone is invited. For information, call 8 63-824-0013.Poker tournament slatedThe Dr. Fred Brown Memorial Scholarship Poker Tournament will be held Wednesday, March 5 at the Speckled Perch Steak House. The rst 100 players have guaranteed seating. Pre-register to play. Sponsorships are available. For information, contact Russ Brown at 772-285-9914; or, by e-mail at rband3@yahoo.com.Stop smoking classes offeredIt's quitting timetime to break free from tobacco dependence. Quit smoking classes and tools to quit classes will be held Wednesday, March 5, at 3 and 5:30 p.m. For information or to register, call 877-819-2357.Coalition board to meetThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, March 5 at 11 a.m. in 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 863-462-5877.Special night for writers setThe Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will host an open mic night for writers Thursday, March 6 starting at 5:30 p.m. All genres are welcome. Each reader will get ve minutes. The public is invited to hear our local authors' stories, poems and essays. For information, call Jan Day at 863357-9980.Chair giveaway aids charitiesFamily Dentistry, Wemmer Orthodontics, Everglades Pediatric and Tenniswood Dental Associates will give away re-purposed chairs for charity from Feb. 24 through March 7 in their of ces. The charities bene tting from these proceeds will be Real Life Children's Ranch, Right for the Fight, Rylee's Hope and the March of Dimes. The grand nale will follow during the Speckled Perch Festival. Visit www.fdofokeechobee.com for information.Church plans bake saleThe Woman's Association of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will hold their annual bake sale Saturday, March 8 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The hall entrance is on Fourth Street. Besides lots of delicious baked goods, there will be a White Elephant table or two. For information, call Betsy Cheney at 863-357-0465. C ommunity Events Brought to you by:863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News It is time to rebuild for the Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans ag football team as they try to recover from the loss of 10 starters from last year's team that went (4-4). Key returners for the girls this year include Baylee Farless, Thaddricka Sanders, and Makayla Root. Newcomers that could provide a life include Sarah Hurst, LaPorche Morris and Ronesia Wing eld. New head coach Kenny Buckner said despite the loss of stars like Kyla Hargraves, Brooke Snyder, Aubrey Robertson and Sha'Dajia Williams, he still thinks the team can be competitive this year. "We hope to have a .500 season considering the talent we lost and have to replace off of last year's team. We want to improve every game and if we can do that we should have a successful year," he added. Back are coordinators and veterans of ag football competition Robert Coleman and Jimmy Mills. Okeechobee will compete in District 21 this year that also includes Jensen Beach, Martin County, South Fork and Treasure Coast. Okeechobee plans to keep the ball in the air again this year but coaches hint they have some players that can rack up some rushing yards this year. Farless was the leader in the competition for starting quarterback. She showcased a strong arm with the ability to make throws to the sidelines, the deep ball, and crossing routes in practice. A key question will be nding wide receivers with dependable hands this year. Sanders is the top returning receiver with Farless now at quarterback. Buckner said they will only have one junior varsity squad this year. About 45 girls came out for training camp this year. "We had a lot of tough decisions to make when he cut down to the nal roster," he admitted. Okeechobee's rst game is Tuesday, March 11 at home against Martin County. They will host Treasure Coast on April 3, South Fork on April 7, Jensen Beach on April 10 and St. Lucie West Centennial on April 16. OHS ag football team ready for new season Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Jimmy Mills (left) gives some tips to the younger candidates for the ag football team this year. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Baylee Farless could have the inside track on the starting quarterback job for the Brahmans this year.

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Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. 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. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time 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 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!AUTO TECHNICIAN WANTED Exp. with tools. 863-763-2666 CAREGIVER NEEDED: Evenings & Weekends. $8 an hour. Must have good driving record. Experience, level 2 background check required. (863)467-0627 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 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. DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Employment Full TimeMAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN$13/hr + industry leading bene ts! The GEO Group, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of correctional, detention and community re-entry services. We seek an experienced Maintenance Technician for the South Bay Correctional Facility to perform general maintenance work. Candidates must have HS diploma/GED, at least 5 yrs general maintenance experience. Knowledge of maintenance techniques and procedures, including the ability to interpret electrical prints, diagrams, schematics and to make arithmetic calculations required. To apply, visit us online:www.jobs.geogroup.com (Search by “South Bay”)Equal Opportunity Employer 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. Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Business Opportunities Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 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 14 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful!

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PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board on Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The agenda is available on the City website: cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 14-001-SSA, submitted by Glenn Sneider, on behalf of Carrol Word, Registered Agent for property owner, CSW 13, LLC. The application is requesting to change the Future Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for property located at 100 SE 10th Avenue, approximately 2.565 acres. Legal: A parcel of land lying in and comprising a part of Government Lot 2 in Section 22, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the intersection of the West right-of-way line of S.E. 10th Avenue (formerly Hancock Street) with the South right-of-way line of State Road 70, thence run West along said South right-of-way line of State Road 70 for a distance of 365 feet, more or less, to a point on the West Boundary line of Government Lot 2 in Section 22, Township 37 South, Range 35 East; thence run South along said West line of Government Lot 2 for a distance of 315 feet to the Southwest corner of a parcel of land described in Of cial Records Book 209, Page 451, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence run East, along the South boundary line of said parcel of land described in Of cial Records Book 209, Page 451, for a distance of 365 feet, more or less, to the West right-of-way line of S.E. 10th Avenue (formerly Hancock Street); thence run North along said West right-of-way for a distance of 315 feet, more or less, to the Point of Beginning. Being the same property described in those certain instruments recorded in Of cial Records Book 209, Page 451; Of cial Records Book 224, Page 733 and Of cial Records Book 239, Page 1391, all being in the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. LESS AND EXCEPT that property subject to the Order of Taking in favor of Florida Power and Light Company recorded in Of cial Records Book 391, Page 1874, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. The Planning Board’s role in this capacity is to serve as the City’s Local Planning Agency and make a recommendation for approval or denial to the City Council for nal adoption Public Hearing, tentatively scheduled for April 1, 2014, 6 PM. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Planning Board 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 General Services 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 Planning Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 14-001-R 462796 ON 3/2,12/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION A QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board on Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The agenda is available on the City website: cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Rezoning Petition No. 14-001-R, submitted by Glenn Sneider, on behalf of property owner, Carrol Word, Registered Agent for CSW 13, LLC. The petition is requesting to change the Zoning District, from Residential Mobile Home (RMH) to Heavy Commercial (CHV) for property located at 100 SE 10th Avenue, consisting of approximately 2.565 acres. Legal: A parcel of land lying in and comprising a part of Government Lot 2 in Section 22, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the intersection of the West right-of-way line of S.E. 10th Avenue (formerly Hancock Street) with the South right-of-way line of State Road 70, thence run West along said South right-of-way line of State Road 70 for a distance of 365 feet, more or less, to a point on the West Boundary line of Government Lot 2 in Section 22, Township 37 South, Range 35 East; thence run South along said West line of Government Lot 2 for a distance of 315 feet to the Southwest corner of a parcel of land described in Of cial Records Book 209, Page 451, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence run East, along the South boundary line of said parcel of land described in Of cial Records Book 209, Page 451, for a distance of 365 feet, more or less, to the West right-of-way line of S.E. 10th Avenue (formerly Hancock Street); thence run North along said West right-of-way for a distance of 315 feet, more or less, to the Point of Beginning. Being the same property described in those certain instruments recorded in Of cial Records Book 209, Page 451; Of cial Records Book 224, Page 733 and Of cial Records Book 239, Page 1391, all being in the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. LESS AND EXCEPT that property subject to the Order of Taking in favor of Florida Power and Light Company recorded in Of cial Records Book 391, Page 1874, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. A Public Hearing for a Rezoning Petition is handled as a “Quasi-Judicial” proceeding, meaning the Planning Board is functioning in a manner similar to a court, hearing testimony and questioning presenters who provide substantial and competent evidence. It is the duty of the Planning Board to arrive at sound decisions. The recommended decision will be forwarded to the City Council for First Reading and Final adoption Public Hearing, tentatively scheduled for April 1, 2014 and April 15, 2014, 6 PM. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Planning Board 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 General Services 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 Planning Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 14-001-R 462795 ON 3/2,12/2014 Houses Rent A DORABLE: In Town, 2BR, 2BA, Washer & Dryer, Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $800 sec. (941) 504-3954 A DORABLE: 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 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in 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 TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 Mobile HomeSale2BD/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 FOR 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 4/2 Fleetwood 2,200 sq ft $12K OFF! 3/2 1200 sq ft $9,000 off 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 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 1997 CADILLAC DE VILLE EXCELLENT CONDITION $2,950.00 CALL 218-330-0619 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014, AT 3:30 P.M. IN ROOM C-112 IN THE WILLIAMSON CONFERENCE CENTER ON THE INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE DIXON HENDRY CAMPUS AT 2229 N.W. 9TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN ROOM S-108 IN THE STEM CENTER AUDITORIUM, ON THE PRUITT CAMPUS, 500 N.W. CALIFORNIA BLVD., PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA 34986. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 462702 ON 3/2/2014 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. DOROTHY M. MILES CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863) 763-4601 OR (863) 634-3166 462872 ON 3/2/2014 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at B M J Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on FRIDAY THE 14th day of MARCH 2014 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 1993 FORD TEMPO GL 4 DOOR 1FACP36X7PK160041 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 462919 ON 3/2/2014 15 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!

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16 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 R E D 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. 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 Over 100 Listings FLYING “G” ESTATES ~ Wondrous Waterfront Living! 3 Bd/ 2 Ba/ 2 Gar, 2003 CBS Custom Home. 12-16’ vaulted ceilings, open concept, split plan. Premier kitchen, wood cabinets, granite counters. 1928 SF Under Air-2963 TLA. 10X45 Lanai w/Hurricane rated windows. Accordion H/S, CBS wkshop. 440 SF Dock on Rim Canal-BEST Bass fishing! MLS 207113 $269,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers.

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By Ray WorleyChairman Big Lake District Eagle Rank Board of Review On Thursday Feb. 20, the Eagle Scout Rank Board of Review Committee met at the American Legion in Okeechobee to rev iew four of the Boy Scouts of America, Gulf Stream Council, and Big Lake Districts nest. You would think that it would be pretty easy to get this award? After all some people would think that Scouting is about camping, and learning a few things that earn you what they call merit badges. It's about selling popcorn and completion of a worthwhile project that bene ts some worthy cause or organizationbut isn't it mostly about just having fun? But when you really think about it this award really is all about one thing and it can be summed up in one sentence. The requirement is to "Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Promise and Law in your daily life." For those of us who have not been involved with scouting, that might not seem so dif cult. We have all heard at least some version of the Scout Oath or as we call it now the Scout Promise and Law. Most of us can recite at least a few of the words. But do you really know what they say? Boy Scout Promise: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Better yet after seeing them, do we really understand how hard it is for them to, "Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Promise and Law in your daily life."? In today's world it is proving to be harder and harder to accomplish this promise. We all know a person or maybe more that has been able to accomplish this achievement. One that comes to mind is Judge William L. Hendry. It means at a very early stage in life a very young boy accepts that life is about more than just fun. This award has a purpose and it is a long struggle to attain Scouting's Highest Award. The picture is of four young men that not only have received this honor they have accepted all the challenges that the trail to their Eagle Scout Rank Board of Review can question them about. These four men have embraced and understand what that purpose is and in fact live the Scout Promise and Law. They understand the Who, What, When, Where and Why, of the purpose of their achievement. The purpose of the Eagle Scout Award is the Promise backed up by program training. A recipient of the Eagle Scout Award is a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or quali ed Venturer who applies the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. He has achieved the qualities listed below because of determination and persistence through the advancement program. Concern for others Ability to help others through skills he has learned Ability to live and work cooperativel y with others by meeting his responsibility to his patrol and troop Concern for self by improving his physical tness to the limits of his physical resources Capacity for leadership They started their pursuit of this most Prestigious Award as our little boys and walked out of their Eagle Scout Rank Board of Review as men and prepared to continue living the Scout Promise and the Scout La w in their daily lives. We, the members of the Review Board, fully expect these young men will make a difference in our lives and in our lifetime. If you know one of them say Hello. If you get a chance to talk to one of them, you will understand that they embody the old phrase, "Do you walk the talk?" These young men can honestly say, yes, I do. Now at least a couple of words in the Purpose changes; Ability to live and work cooperatively with others by meeting his responsibility to his patrol and troop, Patrol now becomes Community and Troop now becomes Country. How many of our country's leaders do you know that were and are Eagle Scouts? Ho w many of them continue to walk the talk o f the Scout Promise and Scout Law? At least a couple of Eagles is in the picture seated in front of our newest Eagles and they continue to, walk the talk. When as we all know it is not just by choice a lot of it is the ingrained program purpose they lived for all the years it took to acquire their Eagle Scout Rank. The program does not allow you to thin k about doing the right thing. You just do the right thing. It is our purpose. Big Lake District holds Eagle Scout review board 17 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 ACROSS 1 Bar fixture 7 Twosome 10 Border Patrol city of the Southwest 14 Affirmative!Ž 16 Affirmative!Ž 17 Affirmative!Ž 18 Drill command 19 Shiny fabrics 20 Hikers map, casually 22 Nav. rank 23 Times for les vacances 25 Bank products 29 Block or stock suffix 30 Oil, informally 33 Give or take, e.g. 36 Japanese noodle dish 37 Zebra on a field 38 It could go either wayŽ 42 Pres. Carter, e.g. 43 Snarl noises 44 __ Inn 45 1975 seminal green movement novel by Ernest Callenbach 47 Post-WWII nuclear org. 49 Others, in Oaxaca 50 Down Under st. 52 Former boomer, briefly 55 Staff sign 58 Frankensteins creator 60 The Thorn Birds,Ž e.g. 63 Negative!Ž 65 Negative!Ž 66 Negative!Ž 67 Hampers 68 Cribbage marker 69 Colorful fish DOWN 1 Ouzo flavoring 2 Fictional salesman 3 Bridge seats 4 Devoted 5 Deal!Ž 6 Bandleader Tito 7 Excellent, in modern slang 8 Second, e.g. 9 Beetle BaileyŽ dog 10 Boors 11 Thurman of film 12 Director Brooks 13 Social worker 15 Jazz pianist Allison 21 Carpenters tool 24 Performed terribly 26 Bright lobbies 27 Down on ones luck 28 They may be hard to crack 29 Bodybuilders pride 31 Lifesavers, for short 32 Crossed (out) 33 Tape, perhaps 34 DVD button 35 Buzz 36 Eastern royal 39 More than that 40 Swipe 41 Atlanta-based health org 46 Sacred scrolls 47 Fireplace receptacle 48 Come out 51 Stat!Ž relative 52 More cunning 53 Ciao!Ž 54 Rolls rollers 56 Short cut 57 Shape (up) 59 Endure 60 Torpedo, or its launcher 61 Yellowfin tuna 62 Shooter 64 Mattress feature By Ned White (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 12/07/11 12/07/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Special to the Okeechobee NewsPictured (left to right) are Eagle Scouts (standing) Ryan Britt, Troop 622; Michael Shablom, Troop 964; Timothy Shablom, Troop 964; and, Jonathan Van Deman, Troop 964. Eagle Scout Rank Board of Review Committee members (seated) are Gene Bair, chairman Ray Worley, Steven Dobbs and Mark Mayers. Not in the picture are Review Board members Teresa Bell and Wendy Parker.

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Williams Partner cheryl.williams@wbwcpa.com 18 Okeechobee News March 2, 2014 Okeechobee’s girls tennis team shut out by South ForkBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School boys tennis team continued their winning ways with an impressive 6-1 victory over South Fork. But, the Lady Brahmans were shut out by the Lady Bulldogs 7-0 in matches played atTropical Farms on Thursday. The boys were able to sweep all ve singles matches. In #1 singles Otto Ramirez defeated Bret Munson 8-2. In #2 singles Lucas Penido defeated Reese Peppler 8-3. Cody Walker overcame Taylor Phillips 9-7 in #3 singles. Colt Root defeated Ethan Conrad 8-4 in #4 singles. Dylan Ferneau defeated Dylan Gillespie 8-6 in the other singles match. South Fork won the #1 doubles match behind Munson and Peppler 8-2. Okeechobee won the #2 doubles match behind Walker and Root 8-5. OHS tennis coach Morgan Ungerott called the victory a good team effort. "We played really well in singles today from top to bottom. The boys have been working hard to improve their games and have really been coming together as a team," she said. Ungerott said the team will have to keep working hard because the schedule will get tougher and their skills will be tested. "I like the progress we have made over the last few weeks and look forward to some really tough competition coming up," she added. The Lady Brahmans took on another tough squad and couldn't get into the win column in any of the singles or doubles matches. Kearstin Dorrance moved up to play #1 singles as Chelsea Walker has been battling the u. Dorrance and Rachel Williams were able to win a few games against their opponents, Lauren Maunus and Leah Price. April Hogenkamp pushed Rebecc a Peng to the limit in #5 singles before bowing out 8-6. Dorrance and Elizabeth Santelices were able to win four games in the #1 doubles match against Maunus and Coral Sotomayor. OHS coach Stefanie Menoff said the girls actually played better than the scores indicated. "It was a tough loss because it was a district match," she pointed out. "The good thing is, we now know what we have to work on before the district tournament." OHS splits tennis matches with S. For k Chobee Courage Project seeks young menCalling young men in Okeechobee: The Chobee Courage Project, an opportunity for young men 12-17 to participate in youth leadership opportunities to address teen dating violence in your community, needs you. For information about participation, call or text Melvin Cordova, project coordinator, Martha's House, at 772-333-7725. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsOkeechobee High School probably won't underestimate South Fork anytime soon as the Lady Bulldogs swept the season series from the Lady Brahmans 6-1 on at OHS Thursday. Carissa LiCata scored the rst run of the game for the Lady Brahmans (4-3), but it w as downhill after that as the Lady Bulldogs got a solo home run from Kayli Gebhardt in the second and then a ve-run rally in the fourth to defeat the local girls. South Fork had defeated Okeechobee two weeks ago 3-0 at their place. OHS coach Mary Huff agreed it was a miserable night for her team as the temperatures w ere in the upper 50s, a light rain fell continuously and her team wasn't quite as sharp as she had hoped. "Our plan worked in the beginning. We w anted to get LiCata on base and when she gets on she usually scores. She stole a base and scored and I thought that might put pressure on South Fork, but they came right back," she added. The tough night was best symbolized by Kaylen Fulford's drive in the seventh inning. She crushed the ball and it easily had the distance to be a home run. But, it hit the top of the wall and bounced right back to the elder and Fulford could only get a single on the play. South Fork took advantage of a throwing error in the fourth and then sent nine batters to the plate to break open the game. A walk, bunt single, a hit by pitch and a couple of elder's choices helped the Lady Bulldogs build the lead. Huff said the Lady Brahmans know they don't have a dominant pitcher and the other team will get hits. "Defensively we must lay it all on the line and leave it all on the eld," she said. "The girls made Sports Center plays at practice but w e don't know what happens at games, we get nervous, or don't want to mess up." OHS ladies fall 6-1 to South Fork Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKelli Chapman looks to throw out a runner at third during Thursday’s game at OHS.

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Third St., offers facials, microdermabrasion, lash and brow tinting and waxing, spot treatments, body wrappings and more. Give her a call and go in and see her. She is very helpful and will explain everything. You can only see Tammy by appointment, but she has exible scheduling to work with any and all your needs, including BioActive peels, a more skin-friendly peel. You can reach her at 1-863-227-4096.  CenterState Bank, 2100 S. Parrott Ave., is a hometown bank; they believe in the community they serve and in the lives of others. They give back on a local basis. Their staff is actively involved in more than 25 local civic and non-pro t organizations. The bank contributes over $50,000 in local scholarships, donations, sponsorships and support for youth centered activities. The bank offers free personal and business checking accounts. Like their page on Facebook, check out their website at www.centerstatebank. com or give them a call at 863-763-5573.  14K Gold Store, 411 S.W. Park St., is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and closed weekends. They carry just about any kind of jewelry you can think of as well as fashion scarfs. They are the only jewelry store in Okeechobee that carries the Guy Harvey collection. They also carry the famous Hershey’s Kiss Jewelry collection. Their services include jewelry repair. Thanks to the use of a laser welder, you can not see even where the repairs were made! They also offer watch repair. Cookie can order anything you need and she also offers a layaway plan. Go on in and tell them Tammi sent you! They can be reached at 863-7638883. With March under way we have one of my favorite holidays coming up: St. Patrick’s day! Here is a great recipe to get you in a great mood for this holiday. Irish Shepherd’s PieIngredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 onion, diced, 2 pounds lean ground lamb, 1/3 cup all-purpose our, salt and ground black pepper to taste, 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ketchup, 3 cloves garlic, minced, 2 1/2 cups water, or as needed, 1 (12 ounce) package frozen peas and carrots, thawed 2 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and halved, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper, 1/4 cup cream cheese, 1/4 pound Irish cheese (such as Dubliner), shredded, salt and ground black pepper to taste, 1 egg yolk, 2 tablespoons milk. Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 2. Place olive oil and butter in Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in onion and ground lamb; brown the meat, breaking it up into small crumbles as it cooks, about 10 minutes. 3. Stir in our until incorporated, then mix in salt, black pepper, rosemary, paprika, cinnamon, ketchup, and garlic; cook and stir until garlic is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. 4. Stir in water and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the Dutch oven. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring mixture to a simmer; cook and stir until thick, about 5-6 minutes. 5. Remove lamb mixture from heat and stir in peas and carrots until combined. 6. Spread lamb mixture into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish and set aside. 7. Place potatoes into a large pan of salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well and return potatoes to pan. 8. Mash butter, cayenne pepper, cream cheese, and Irish cheese into the potatoes. Mash until combined and potatoes are smooth. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. 9. Whisk together egg yolk and milk in a small bowl; stir into the mashed potato mixture. 10. Top the lamb mixture in the baking dish with the mashed potatoes and spread evenly to cover. 11. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown and sauce is bubbling up around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Source: allrecipes.com

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