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Friday, March 21, 2014 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 105 No. 35 13.68 feetLast Year: 13.97 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee City Council will preserve the rights of city residents to do some farming within the city limits. At the March 18 meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, Planning Director Bill Brisson presented the de nition of limited agriculture, which means commercial or noncommercial boarding, raising and grazing of horses and cattle, limits to three, hogs sheep and goats in a noncommercial operation, and allows cultivation of hay and vegetable gardens in the city limits. The city will preserve limited agriculture in land formerly included in the "holding" zoning district. Councilman Dowling Watford questioned whether the city should allow commercial sale of hay and prohibit the commercial sale of garden vegetables. "I don't see the distinction. If you can grow hay, why can't you grow beans?" he asked. It is important to note that no property with a current agriculture exemption located inside the city would be impacted by this change. Mayor Jim Kirk said he did not support taking away property rights from residents and he has been careful to emphasize that during the review of this proposal. City to allow some farming By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A large re at a local recycling center on U.S. 98 N. caused an estimated $20,000 in damages and took nearly three hours to get under control. According to a report by Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue (OCF/R) re ghter/paramedic Lieutenant Robert Ban eld the blaze was contained to a large pile of scrap metal at Atland Recycling, 2248 U.S. 98 N. The cause of Wednesday afternoon's blaze is still under investigation. When OCF/R re ghters arrived at the scene at 3:20 p.m. on March 19, they found a large pile of scrap metal that was about 50 percent engulfed by ame. That scrap pile measured 30 to 40 feet in height, some 200 feet in length and was 50 feet wide, stated Lt. Ban eld's report. At that point a call was placed asking the Okeechobee City Fire Department to respond. Lt. Ban eld stated the scrap pile consisted of metal, diesel engines, old bus bodies and tires, fuels, old appliances, tanks of all kinds and three large 250-pound cylinders of oxygen and acetylene. The blaze was so hot the relief valves were popping off the tanks due to the extremely hot re and high pressure, he added. "There were several small explosions and percussions going off in and around this burning pile," stated the lieutenant's report. Next to the burning pile was a second scrap pile that was similar in size to the burning pile and it contained more vehicle bodies and scrap metal. Fire ghters concentrated their water on this second pile to prevent it from catching re. As the re ghters gained control over the blaze, they had Atland employees bring in a track hoe to remove the hot debris which re ghters then sprayed with water to cool. Blaze damages recycling center Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tammi KellyFire ghters from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue and the Okeechobee City Fire Department spent over three hours battling a re in a scrap pile at Atland Recycling on U.S. 98 N. No one was injured in the blaze, that caused an estimated $20,000 in damages. B i g ‘ O ’ B B Q Big ‘O’ BBQ C o o k o f f b e n e t s Cookoff bene ts s c h o l a r s h i p s scholarships ... Page 5 OHS wrestling team honored ... Page 2 W oman calls for help from stolen car ... Page 14 Track teams compete atinvitational ... Page 15 See CITY — Page 5 See BLAZE — Page 5

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Cory Vickers was named Most Valuable W restler and Joe Turbush took home the Brahman Award at the annual OHS Wrestling Awards banquet held Wednesday night at the OHS cafeteria. Alex Hernandez was named the Most Improved Wrestler on the squad and Tiffany Bowers was honored for her third-place nish at the girls state wrestling nals this year. OHS coach Bruce Jahner con rmed he w ill return as the head wrestling coach next y ear and plans to be here for an extended stay after a few attempts at retirement from the sport. Jahner said 2013-2014 was both a fun and interesting year. The head coach Anthony Calzadilla lasted until the Christmas break, when he unexpectedly resigned, leaving Jahner as the head coach. He said he is committed to getting the program back on the right track. He also will be helped by J ohn Kemp and Todd Jones next year. The team's chances at success were hurt by the injury bug this year. Still the team had a (19-7) record and sent 10 wrestlers to the regional tournament. "We had about a third of our team out w ith injury and it is tough to compete with those kids missing, I do think the kids battled back and improved and did pretty good overall this year," Jahner noted. Jahner said he is excited to come back and to provide stability for the program. He had seen a lot of turnover in coaches and saw the need for stability. "It needs to get back on track again. I would like to stay as long as my administration backs me up." He continued to lobby for his wrestling club that wrestles all year, two nights per week. He said he hopes more kids will come out next year and that the program can make another run at district titles. Jahner also received a heart-felt award from long-time volunteer, record keeper and statistician Tabitha Tabor. Alex Hernandez said the Most Improved Wrestler Award made him feel great because he worked really hard to improve this past summer. The sophomore competed in the 145-pound weight class. He said he was out of shape as a freshman and was very passive and that is why he didn't win one match. This year he got more aggressive, got stronger and got better. "I plan on continuing to improve and getting as good as I can and be the best wrestler I can be," he noted. He said he learned you must keep the will to win in every match if you are to be successful. Turbush didn't miss one practice this year and is a high-energy kid with a lot of enthusiasm. He said those were the traits he used to win the Brahman Award. "It is pretty awesome. I'm pretty excited to get it. I had a bunch of help in the off season from former wrestlers Allen Leitner and John Kemp and the coaches," he noted. Turbush's goal is to reach the state nals next year. He plans to lift more weights, run more and get in better condition. He predicted a strong team next year because the squad has a lot of dedicated kids. Vickers became a rare double MVP winner for football and wrestling. He said this award ranks very high on his list of accomplishments this year. He wrestled at 220 pounds and earned a two-year letter. He said winning two MVP awards is a great accomplishment, "I just strive to be the best. It was overall a great experience to reach the state tournament this year. My advice is to work as hard as you can and go all out. If you just try to do the best you can do you will never come up short." Vickers is working on playing football for a small college next fall. Honored as scholar athletes this year included one of the class valedictorians Jake Menendez, Tiffany Bowers, and Greg Hernandez. Menendez, Bowers and Cody Grif th also earned four-year letter awards. Matthew Lanning won the most matches this year, 31, and also led the team in pins with 17. Joe Turbush won 29 matches, Vickers 24, Bowers 23, and Greg Hernandez 22. Turbush had 16 pins, Greg Hernandez 13, Alex Bryan 12 and Logan Lipscomb 11. Turbush led the team with 157 points, Lanning had 151, Bowers 123, Vickers 113, and Greg Hernandez 115. Off season plans include vigorous workouts and weight room training, a June camp at Martin County High School and weekend tournaments in Titusville, Palm Bay, Wellington and Jensen Beach. Jahner said this will get the kids 20 to 30 more matches and a lot of needed experience. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News March 21, 2014 Today: Partly cloudy skies. High 81F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear skies. Low 62F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday: Mostly sunny early. Increasing clouds with thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 83F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Saturday Night: Thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low around 65F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Sunday: Mostly sunny early. Scattered showers developing later in the day. High 86F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance o f rain 30%. Sunday Night: Mostly clear skies. Lo w 63F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Brahman mat team honored for achievements Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJoseph Turbush (right) won the Brahman Award for wrestling this year from coach Bruce Jahner. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAlex Hernandez (right) was named Most Improved Wrestler for the OHS wrestling team. Also in the photo is coach Bruce Jahner (left). Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTabitha Tabor (left) presented coach Bruce Jahner with an award for his devotion to the OHS wrestling program and the wrestlers he coaches. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCory Vickers (right) took home the MVP Award for OHS wrestling at the March 12 awards banquet. Also pictured is OHS wrestling coach Bruce Jahner. Raulerson Hospital has been named one of the 25 hospitals with the highest scores for quality care to Medicare patients, according to Becker's Hospital Review, published J an. 21, 2014. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rates the "value" of a hospital's care on criteria including: The quality of care provided to Medicare patients; How closely clinical practices are followed; and, How well hospitals enhance patients' experiences during hospital stays. The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program is CMS initiative that rewards acute-care hospitals with incentive payments for the quality of care they provide to people with Medicare. Through the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, CMS rewards hospitals for the quality of care they provide to Medicare patients, not just the number of procedures they perform. Part of the scores are based on interviews CMS initiates with patients after they are released from the hospital. Clinical process of care accounts for 45 percent of a hospital's score. Patient experience is 30 percent of the score and patient outcome is 25 percent of the score. This incentive program was established by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, and went into effect in 2012. More than 3,000 hospitals across the country are eligible to participate in the Hospital VBP. The hospitals are graded on a scale of a possible 100 points. For the most recent reporting year, Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee ranked number 7 in the nation with 76.8 points. The top ranked hospital, Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., received 81.4 points. Raulerson Hospital is the only Florida hospital on the top 25 list. Raulerson ranked nationally for Medicare patient care

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Bull rider I am glad to hear the bull rider who was injured is doing better and is expected to rec over. But, I still think all bull riders are crazy for getting on the bulls to begin with.  The saying is, “It’s not IF a rodeo cowb oy will be injured, it’s WHEN.” Because eventually all rodeo participants will be inj ured. And the thing most people don’t know is the most dangerous event is not bull riding or bronc riding. The event with the highest c hance of injury is team roping because it is all too easy to get the rope caught and lose a nger.  I was at the rodeo when the bull rider was hurt and I am glad to hear he is getting better. A lot of credit has to go to the rodeo bull ghters who got in there and got that bull away from him when the rider was on the ground. I am sure the contractor is right when he says that bull is not a mean animal. But the bull was very excited and his adrenaline was pumping and he is a very large animal. It was a dangerous situation and the bull ghters handled it with skill and courage.Woman threatened In regard to the man who reportedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and threatened to kill her, I just want to say that woman was very smart and brave. She protected her children and calmed the guy down enough that he put the gun down. When he fell asleep, she got the kids out of there and made a bee line for the sheriff’s of ce to get help. I hope the court system makes sure that woman and her kids are safe. Americans for ProsperityTallahassee DaysSeveral weeks ago I received a call from Americans for Prosperity, a nonpartisan nonpro t organization that promotes scally conservative bills throughout the nation, to be invited to go with them to Tallahassee to help promote bills they had placed at the top of their list of legislative priorities that needed to get passed. Participants were handpicked from across the state to be selected to go and meet with our Legislators on their behalf with them. On Monday, March 3, we embarked on our bus trip to the Capital. Upon arrival we immediately rallied on the front of the Florida Supreme Court steps with Speaker of the House, Will Weatherford to promote school choice and better FRS options to participants. Will Weatherford was given an award by Slade O’Brien for his leadership in nancially conservative issues. Afterwards, we took a tour of the capital building. The next day was the opening of the legislative session. After Governor Rick Scott was nished with the opening ceremonies, he met with us in the Old Senate Chamber, located in the Old Capital Building. He gave an uplifting speech about his own upbringing and the need for more tax cuts, with the hopes of the legislation passing this session that would cut fees we have been paying in half since 2009 on vehicle registrations, etc. He went on to talk about the debt the state was in when he took of ce, and how far we had come since then, the amount of private sector jobs created (460,000), the unemployment rate being 6.3%, and investing more into our schools. After the meeting with the governor, w e were set out to meet with our State Representatives and State Senators from all over. For the next day we were meeting with as many Representatives as we could. My own meetings consisted of meetings with Senator Denise Grimsley, State Representativ e Cary Pigman, Senator Joe Negron, Stat e Representative Pat Rooney, State Representative Debbie May eld, and Senator Bill Galvano, and many more legislative aides. During those meetings, I was able to present ou r own State Representative, Dr. Cary Pigman with an Awards Plaque from AFP for his A+ voting record with the organization based upon the 2013 Legislative Session. I also had the honor of presenting State Representativ e Pat Rooney with his Awards Plaque for th e same. It is important to note that all of ou r Representatives were very busy during this time, as session had just opened and ther e were many events going on in every area o f the capital. We are very thankful to the legislators who did provide us with time, and gave their insight to each issue being presented to them. It was an honor to be able to go to Tallahassee, on behalf of my county, and lobb y our Representatives for scally responsibl e issues. This single event made headlines on many major newspapers across the state, as well as the different local news networks that televised this in many areas. As Will Weatherford so eloquently put it, “You ar e the only group that goes to the Capital to as k for less not more.” Josie Weeks Elliott president, Okeechobee Federated Republican Women’s Club District Representative for 7 North March 21, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letter to the editor Editor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Dee Gaudin Publisher: Tom ByrdSpeak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Hospice Bene tBlue Cypress Golf and RV Resort held a bene t for Hospice of Okeechobee on T hursday, Feb. 27, and raised $3,000. We would like to thank all that donated and a special thanks to those that donated food for the meal and items to the auction. The following is a list of donors: Custom Sights and Sounds, Tire Zone, VFW Post #10539, Kitty Lewis, Mom’s Kitchen, DingA -Ling Deli, Lucky Lanes, Duran’s Jewelry, T he Oil Can, Arby’s, Hair Gurl Salon, Salon Safari, Staffords, Cowboys, Pizza Heaven, Chico’s Burrito Shack, W.W. Lumber, Judy McCutcheon, Duane & Doris Dunn, MidF lorida Credit Union, Lightsey’s Seafood Restaurant, Okeechobee News, Dunkin Donuts, Home Depot, Blue Cypress Fun Club, J ill Christ, J & S Fish Camp, Publix, Geechee Mon’s Smoked BBQ, Trudy Bledsoe, Rich Moran, Ed & Jackie Abbott, Cliff & Judy Mart in, Tin Fish Restaurant, Coop Antiques, Love on a Leash, The Gun Shop, Ronald Gulbault, Paul & Bernice Laleche, Patsy Kisler, Dana & Bernie Lewis, Becky and Ted Fisher, Shari Ovies, Bill & Becky Reager, Nila Bayles, Janie B. Elliott, Lois Cummings, Betty Quinn, Kelly & Susie Rulong and Country Corner Liquor. Susie Rulong Letter to the editor Special to the Okeechobee NewsThis is the entire group that went on the trip with Governor Rick Scott and Slade O’Brien, the head of the Florida Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Special to the Okeechobee NewsSusie Rulong with the list of those who donated to the Hospice bene t. Okeechobee pool open this week for Spring BreakThe Sports Complex swimming pool hours (March 21-22) are 1 until 6 p.m. The pool is at 640 Northwest 27th Lane. Pool rates are: Regular admission per person, per day, is $3 and children 3 and under are free if accompanied by a swimming adult.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News March 21, 2014 There are 15 properties in the city that will be zoned in this manner. The vast majority of them are vacant land. There are ve properties considered improved pasture in the city limits a total of approximately 110 acres. The council emphasized this should allow Future Farmer of America and 4-H students to have farm animal projects in the city limits. In other business, the council gave strong evaluations to city administrator Brian Whitehall and city attorney John Cook and created a Rural Heritage de nition for limited agriculture in their land development regulations when they held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 18, at Okeechobee City Hall. Mr. Whitehall received a score of 4.85 on a scale of 1-5. The attorney evaluation was 4.175 this year. Mayor Kirk said it speaks well to both of these gentlemen and the work they do for the city. "I think there are a lot of different administrators for cities and counties who would like to have these types of marks," he said. City councilmen voted unanimously to foreclose on the former Of ce of Dr. Mills at 406 N.W. Fifth St. The Code Enforcement Board recommended the city proceed with the court case at a recent meeting. Mr. Cook said the violation is aesthetic with shrubs and over growth. He suggested a city cleanup of the property might clean up the property for a time but he doubted if it would be maintained. "Nobody wants to foreclose on property. This has to get somebody's attention. Either keep it maintained or lose it. I recommend going forward with the foreclosure," he added. Code Enforcement Director and City Fire Chief Herb Smith said $19,650 in nes had accrued by Jan. 31 and increased by $25 per day since that date. Councilman Watford said this was a very dif cult decision because he knows and loves this family. He said Dr. Mills was a great part of the community. "This is heart breaking. I've communicated with one of his sons," he said. "County Commissioner Ray Domer offered to clean up the property. We have no other choice here. We've received calls from the neighbors and you can't blame them." Mayor Kirk said he felt the family has given the city no choice. The council also agreed with a professional engineering services agreement with Culpepper and Terpening to continue wor k on planning the Taylor Creek Park at the price at $24,055. The rm will provide preliminar y design services, a master site plan, assist in grant fund efforts and other expenses. The master plan will include oating boat docks, canoe and kayak launch, boardwalk, shing pier, observation platform, pavilion, child playground, restroom facilities, parking, landscaping, street scape, park furniture, picnic Chickees, barbecue grills and pathways. In other actions the council: Proclaimed April 1 as National Service Recognition Day to encourage residents to recognize the positive contributions of volunteers in the community. Representatives o f Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Okeechobee Medical Corps were on hand to accept the proclamation. Last year 450 students were served by Big Brothers and Big Sisters with volunteers at Central and South Elementar y School. Proclaimed April at Guardian Ad Litem Month. There are 25 volunteers in Okeechobee County to represent children in court and more volunteers are needed. Approved an application to close Southwest Fourth Avenue between North and South Park Street on April 6 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for a motorcycle run event as part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Awarded a $91,140 bid with Vest Concrete, Inc. to complete 5,880 linear feet o f city sidewalk rehabilitation projects in 2014. Public Works director David Allen said the goal is to build new sidewalks in the city limits. He promised as little disruption to right of ways and driveways as possible during construction. Councilman Devin Maxwell encouraged the city to alert city businesses on when sidewalks will be constructed. The bid was about $11,000 under budget. Appointed Councilman Mike O'Connor as an alternate member to the Treasure Coast League of Cities. CITYContinued From Page 1 "When the track hoe had removed all the burned material and it was cooled down, we were then able to stop owing water and start mopping up the operations," stated Lt. Ban eld. The lieutenant went on to add that re ghters used about 250,000 gallons of water to suppress the blaze. Fire ghting units cleared the area at 6:11 p.m. The state re marshal has been called in to investigate the blaze. BLAZEContinued From Page 1 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News An estimated $1,000 in damage was done to a unit at Laurel Oaks on St. Patrick's Day after a small re affected a small area of carpet, an oxygen machine and tubes and some bed linens, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue Lieutenant Robert Ban eld reported. Fire/Rescue sent three units and ve remen to the scene at 1801 N.W. Third Lane, room 108 just before 11 a.m. A maintenance man at the assisted living facility reported that he saw the damage to the unit. The 67-year-old female had been taken to Raulerson Hospital for treatment earlier. Lt. Ban eld reported that the state re marshal was called to investigate the cause of the re. Fire/Rescue reported the drought index has risen due to the windy and dry conditions in recent days. They had several small brush res reported on the weekend of March 14-15-16. The largest blaze was 12 acres at 20800 N.W. 304th St. Another four acres burned in a blaze along Southwest 99th Drive on Friday afternoon. Fire crews were on the scene for about an hour. A plane from the Florida Forest Service helped put out the ames along the Kissimmee River dike. Fire damages apartment at assisted living facility By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Battle of the Big O' Barbecue Cookoff will be held Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, at the Okeechobee County AgriCivic Center. Besides the barbecue competition there will be live entertainment Friday night and again on Saturday as well as a car, motorcycle, swamp buggy and airboat show. A number of food vendors will also be on hand. There is no admission charge to the annual event which bene ts the O.L. Raulerson Jr. Scholarship Fund. The barbecue competition will feature local pitmasters, with their state and national award-winning teams. Barbecue pitmaster Judge Myron Mixon will be leading his team, Jack's Old South, in the competition. The cook-off is a sanctioned Florida BBQ Association event. Friday's events will get under way at 4 p.m. and will end at 9 p.m. On Saturday, gates will open at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. The car, motorcycle, swamp buggy and airboat show will get started at 10 a.m. Saturday. The award presentation for this show as well as the barbecue competition will be at 5 p.m. The turn-in event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is free for both days. For information, contact Major Noel Stephen by calling 863-634-0650; or, by e-mail at nstephen@okeesheriff.org. BBQ aids scholarships On March 18 Governor Rick Scott announced three appointments and two reappointments to the Children's Services Council of Okeechobee County. Wendy Coker, 46, of Okeechobee, is the coordinator of exceptional student education with the Okeechobee County School Board. She succeeds Lydia Wasson and is appointed for a term beginning March 14, 2014, and ending Aug. 26, 2015. Heather Hancock, 44, of Okeechobee, is an executive assistant at CenterState Bank. She succeeds Donna Watson and is appointed for a term beginning March 14, 2014, and ending Aug. 26, 2014. Patricia McCoy, 50, of Okeechobee, is a principal with the Okeechobee County School Board. She succeeds Cheryl Zrioka and is appointed for a term beginning March 14, 2014, and ending Aug. 26, 2017. Melisa Jahner, 49, of Okeechobee, is the deputy clerk of the City of Okeechobee. She is reappointed for a term beginning March 14, 2014, and ending Aug. 26, 2016. Elizabeth Maxwell, 38, of Okeechobee, is an attorney with Maxwell & Maxwell P.A. She is reappointed for a term beginning March 14, 2014, and ending Aug. 26, 2015. Governor appoints ve to Children's Services Council 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.

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AMVETS have new bingo dayAMVETS Post 200 is changing its bingo day from Friday to Tuesday, March 25 Early bird will be at 12:30 p.m. and regular bingo starts at 1 p.m. Shrine offers dinner, dancingThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, March 25 from 4 until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is pleased to offer smoke-free dining. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music will be provided from 5 until 8 p.m. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact: Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378. The Shrine Club is also available for rentals. Call Rosie at 863-697-8784 for information.Adult softball meeting slatedA spring adult softball meeting will be held Tuesday, March 25, at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 N. U.S. 98. Fees are: men's league, $350; women's league, $300; and, co-ed leagues $300. For information, visit us at facebook.com/okeeparksandrec; or, call 863-763-6950.Collaborative group to meetThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting Tuesday, March 25 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board of ce. The special guest speakers will be Wanda Klesper, from Okeechobee Senior Services, and Darlene Forage, from AAA SHINE. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For information, please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.Bene t auction will be heldOkeechobee Quarters for a Cause will host their monthly quarter auction at the American Legion Post, 501 S.E. Second St., on Tuesday, March 25 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The auction will bene t Judy Kelly, a local bus driver who became ill and needs help paying her medical expenses. There will be a 50/50 drawing, door prizes and more. Paddles are $2, and wear purple to be entered into a special drawing. For information, call Christy at 863-697-1247.Library planning book saleFriends of the Okeechobee Library will hold their semi-annual book sale fundraiser on Wednesday, March 26 from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 27, from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.; Friday, March 28, from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Books, videos, and DVDs are $1 a pound. On Saturday a bag of books is $2, and a box is $5. Proceeds will be used to help the library. For information, call 863-763-3536.Republican women will meetOn March 27 the Okeechobee Federated Republican Women's Club will host a State of the County address by Commissioner Bryant Culpepper at 6:30 p.m. in the Bull Pen at Cowboy's. For future meetings, all of the county commissioners have been sent invitations to speak in the upcoming months. This event is free to the public. Membership is open to all Republicans. For information, contact club president Josie Weeks-Elliott at 863-634-8474.Masons to host sh fryThe Okeechobee Masonic Lodge 237, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. will host a sh fry Friday, March 28 from noon until 6:30 p.m. Eat in or take out for a donation of $8. For information or tickets call Hugh at 863-467-1491, or George at 863-467-0038.Okee-Tantie meeting plannedOkeechobee County will hold a public meeting to discuss capital improvements for the Okee-Tantie Park on Friday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in the Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss a $200,000 application for an RTP grant to help nance park improvements.Bene t softball tourney setThe fth annual men's softball tournament to bene t the Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship will be held Saturday, March 29, at the adult softball elds starting at 8 a.m. All proceeds go to the scholarship. Donations can also be made directly to the Okeechobee Education Foundation with a notation on your check's memo line of Devon Venables Memorial Scholarship. Earl y registration is $200, if paid before March 22. Registration at the eld will be $250. For information, contact: Kim Hilliard at 863-6344553; or, Jill Rogers at 863-634-0870.Learn how to deal with stressAre you concerned that stress is impacting your health? Join Julia Murchison, L.M.T., Monday, March 31 at the Bad Apple Salon, 310 S.W. Second St., for a discussion on wellness through mind and body connection. The event begins at 5:15 p.m. and will end at 6:30 p.m. This talk to help you nd the signals your body is sending. Contact Julia at 863-634-6482 to reserve your spot. Eagles planning dinnerThe Cypress Hut Eagles 4509 will serve choice rib eye steak, shrimp or sh dinners starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21 Entertainment will be by Wes and Deb. Saturday, March 22, entertainment will be by The Harpers. Sunday, March 23, we will serve a southern fried chicken dinner. The w eekly dart tournament will be Tuesday, March 25, and hamburgers will be served. The public is welcome. Proceeds from Tuesday will go to Arnold Palmer's Children Hospital and the rest to other local charities. For information, call 863-467-1154.Church holds sh dinner Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St., will hold a sh dinner (baked or fried) on: Friday, March 21 March 28, April 4 and April 11. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Dinner will be served from 4 until 7 p.m. and will include sh, potatoes, cole slaw, beverage and dessert. V FW hosting karaokeVFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., has karaoke on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, from 7 until 11 p.m. The kitchen is open for dinner. Sunday, March 22, a fried chicken dinner is served from 1 until 3 p.m. A ll proceeds go to local veteran organizations. For information, call 863-763-0818.Legion offering Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64 will host Sunday night bingo on March 23 at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dining room patrons.Masons holding breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host breakfast Sunday, March 23 for $6 per plate. The public is welcome, and carry out is available. Breakfast will be served from 8 until 11 a.m. All proceeds go to local Mason giving.Green market meeting setOkeechobee may soon have a green market where local farmers and backyard gardeners can sell fresh produce. Potential growers, interested farmers and gardeners are invited to attend the next co-op meeting, set for Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Extension Of ce. Let your friends know that they can soon look forward to having a consolidated location to purchase fresh, local produce. 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.Dudley James Mountjoy, Sr., 90OKEECHOBEE Dudley James Mountjoy, Sr. died March 15, 2014. He was born Dec. 29, 1923 in Indiana to Arthur and Eula Clair Mountjoy. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. A resident of Okeechobee for 28 years, he enjoyed shing and was a plumber. Mr. Mountjoy was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Mountjoy. He is survived by his sons, Dudley James Mountjoy, Jr. (Jody) of Sebring and Steven Mountjoy (Diana) of Davie; daughters, Victoria Farrell of Okeechobee and Nancy Howard (Kevin) of Coral Springs; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. No services will be held at this time. 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.Polly S. Holder, 78OKEECHOBEE Polly S. Holder passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at home. Polly was born in Chicago, Ill., one of three children of the late Frieda B. and Frank M. Smith. Polly loved animals and of all animals she loved horses the most. She was a devoted and committed friend, neighbor, wife and mother. She will be dearly missed by all those lucky enough to have known her. Polly is survived by her son, Steve McLaughlin of Torrington, Conn.; her stepson, Brian Holder and his wife Michelle, of Colchester, Conn.; her grandson, Adam McLaughlin of Denver, Colo.; and her friend, Jim McCullough of Okeechobee. In addition to her parents, Polly was predeceased by her husband, Wesley R. Holder; her brother, Frank Smith, Jr.; and her sister, Debbie J ones. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the chapel at Indian Hammock in Okeechobee on Thursday, March 20, 2014. In addition, a small service will be held in Connecticut for family and friends at a later date. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News March 21, 2014 Community Events Brought to you by:863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236

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Contact your insurance provider to learn if annual wellness visits are included in your health plan. If you have a healthcare question or need help “ nding a doctor, Raulerson Hospital provides a free 24/7 ConsultA-Nurse hotline: 863-763-9228 10 Okeechobee News March 21, 2014 Special to the Okeechobee News “The Great Chair-ity Event” w rapped up its grand nale Speckled Perch Festival weekend with a lively bright yellow and blue display for all it’s community to see. The event w as hosted by Family Dentistry of Okeechobee along with the help of Everglades Pediatric Dentistry, Wemmer Family Orthodontics and Tennisw ood Dental Associates dental of ces w hich teamed up to raise awareness for local charities. The event started off with each individual dental of ce choosing both a favorite local charity and an old chair to re-purpose and giveaway in their honor. These choice charities included Real Life Children’s Ranch, March of Dimes, Rylee’s Hope and Ride For The Fight. Over $3,000 was raised and donated to the winning charity. Not only donations were raised, but also awareness of choice charities, camaraderie and plenty of teamwork. Family Dentistry of Okeechobee sends a sincere thanks to the community, the team of local dental of ces and patient body for joining in the event. The support has been tremendous and they look forward to next year’s “Great Chair-ity Event.” See www.fdofokeechobee.com for information. The Great Chair-ity Event raises over $3,000 Special to the Okeechobee NewsDr. Laskey holds the ticket jar, while Mark Mayers, director of Real Life Children’s Ranch, draws the winner’s name. Special to the Okeechobee NewsVeronica Teele, Jen Smith, Kaylee Davis, Dr. Jennifer Laskey, Dr. Melissa Kendall, Gloria Torres, Laura Cauley, Kay Braswell and Joy Surls all took part in the Chair-ity Event.

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Special to the Okeechobee NewsChurch celebrates Valentine’s DayAbove: Students from the Kindergarten-second grade classes at First Baptist Church made Valentine’s Day special for the residents of Okeechobee Healthcare Facility as they shared homemade valentines, treats and songs with them. Front Row left to right: Justin Jordan, Matthew May, Carli Avant, Lee Jay, Roper Ellerbee, Enekin Anthony, Julian Holmes, Scott Douglas, Noah Hazellief and Emma Rucks. Middle Row: Emily Thompson, Clayton Thompson, Emily Johnson, Ethan Blome eld, Anabella McGovern, Amber Gatliff, Juliana Zeller and Lillie Bandi. Back Row: Tyler Davis, Sara Hazellief, Reagan Tucker, Jacob Davis, J.W. Bass, Billie Wheley, Faith Massey, Jasmine Watson and Logan Rucks. The FBC adults who assisted with the activity: Rev. Jacob Hicks, Teresa Arrants, Sharlene Avant, Jackie Bass, Kristy Chapman, Jan Hazellief, Jodi Hazellief, Bunny Lightsey (choir director), Shirley Passwaters, Kim Pluskot, Maria Priest, Gary Priest and Onnie Jean Walker (photographer). Right: J.C. Webb and J.W. Bass two guys who share similar names! J.W .was super at serving a homemade valentine and treats at the Valentine’s Day party at Okeechobee Healthcare Facility! 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News March 21, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Ag Mechanics program recently earned recerti cation. Instructor Jason Anderson said local businesses have been greatly supportive in providing vehicles and auto parts for the students to use. It is one of the more popular programs on campus with over 130 students enrolled this year. The certi cation comes from the National A utomotive Technicians Foundation a subsidiary of the Automotive Certi cation that is issued to mechanics in the eld. "They set all the standards that we have to follow so that our curriculum is based on state guidelines. It means that we are doing things properly and the right way and teaching them the way they want the kids to be taught," he noted. Mr. Anderson thanked Gilbert Chevrolet, Okeechobee Dodge and Auto Zone for their support of the program. The recerti cation took about two years to get done and required a lot of paper work. An advisory committee is also required. Assistant principal Dylan Tedders said the school system redirected some funds this year to help make improvements to the classroom and the auto shop. He thanked Director of Grants and Special Programs Lonnie Steiert for all of her support. Mr. Anderson noted that high school students can earn certi cation in the eld with one year at school and one year at the job. He noted many seniors can be ready to go to work in the eld after they graduate. "We have a lot of interest from kids. The enrollment stays pretty steady around 130 kids. It's a good certi cation for the program," he noted. OHS Ag Mechanics Program recerti ed Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAssistant principle Dylan Tedders (left) and assistant principle Sherry Wise (right) ank Auto Mechanics teacher, Jason Anderson. Grand Oaks has special party for Valentine’sGrand Oaks celebrated Valentine’s Day with a party featuring fun, food and friends. John Floyd, Doris Wood and Norma Krutz enjoyed spending Valentine’s Day together at the Grand Oaks party. Special to the Okeechobee News

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A local women was arrested after she called the sheriff’s of ce and apparently told dispatchers the pickup truck she had stolen had “... broken down in the middle of the road.” Then, according to arrest reports, Beckie Ane Dailey told dispatchers “... she was sitting inside the truck with the ashers on waiting on someone to arrive.” When deputies from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) found Dailey sitting in the Dodge Ram pickup on S.E. 38th A venue they not only learned the truck was recently stolen, but they also found out it w as reportedly Dailey’s second vehicle theft in less than 24 hours. Dailey, 19, S.W. Ninth St., Okeechobee, w as then arrested Wednesday, March 19, by OCSO Deputy Corporal Mike Hazellief on a felony charge of grand theft-auto. Later, Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) Of cer Ryan Holroyd charged the woman with the felonies of grand theftauto, grand theftrearm and possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. While Dailey’s bond on the city arrest w as placed at $20,000, she is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail without bond based on the county’s arrest. Arrest reports indicate OCSO Deputy Steven Pollock was called to the VFW on U.S. 441 S.E. at 11:42 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, in regard to a stolen vehicle. Upon his arrival he learned a tan 2001 Chevrolet Ventura minivan had been stolen from the VFW parking lot. Deputy Pollock’s report stated the van had been taken from the parking sometime between the hours of 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, and 6 a.m. Tuesday. The ignition keys to the unlocked minivan had reportedly been placed under the driver’s side oormat. At 8:15 p.m. Tuesday Cpl. Hazellief was called to Eli’s Western Wear, 900 S.R. 70 W., by Of cer Holroyd who had just found the stolen minivan. Apparently a con dential informant had told Of cer Holroyd where he could nd the van and that Dailey had supposedly taken it. The vehicle was later returned to its owner, who inspected the vehicle and told law enforcement nothing was missing. Then, at 1:26 a.m. Wednesday, OCSO Deputy William Jolly was dispatched to S.E. 38th Avenue in regard to a Dodge pickup that had stopped running and was sitting in the middle of the road. Deputies Brian Cross and Heath Hughes also responded to the scene. As it turned out, the Dodge truck had been stolen from a business in downtown Okeechobee. It was also learned there was a 12-gauge shotgun behind the driver’s seat. The owner of the truck reportedly told Ofcer Holroyd he had left the ignition keys inside the Dodge Ram pickup, as well as the shotgun. And even though the truck was locked, the driver’s side door could be opened if pulled hard enough. None of the arrest reports indicate why the pickup quit running. A background check showed Dailey was convicted as an adult on Aug. 16, 2013. She was found guilty of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence, which is a felony. Dailey is scheduled to appear in circuit court for her arraignment on these charges Wednesday, April 23, at 9 a.m. By Eric KoppOkeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force has arrested a local man from whom they reportedly bought prescription pills during a recent undercover drug operation. Jonathan Randall Jenkins, 20, N.W. Ninth Ave., was arrested Monday, March 17, on felony charges of sale of a controlled substance (hydromorphone) and possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone) with intent to sell. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on $60,000 bond. Jail records indicate he has been released on bond. According to an arrest af davit by a task force detective Jenkins sold a con dential source hydromorphone tablets during the recent operation. The af davit does not state how many pills were purchased, or the purchase price. Hydromorphone, also known as dilaudid, is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Jenkins was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid driver’s license. His bond on that charge was set at $500. Man charged with selling pain reliever 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 th St. (approx. 6 miles north on 441)Rev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. 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 Dr. Rajinder Singhannounces the closing of his Dental practice, effective February 28, 2014. Patient records are being Dr. J.Neal Wright. For patient records, contact J. Neal Wright, D.M.D. 307 NW 5th St. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-3888 14 Okeechobee News March 21, 2014 Jonathan Jenkins By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A DUI/driver’s license checkpoint will be held Saturday, March 29, on State Road 700 in Okeechobee County. The purpose of the checkpoint is to meet w ith drivers passing through the checkpoint and check for alcohol or drug impairment. Law enforcement personnel will also be checking to make sure all drivers have the proper licensing. DUI checkpoints are a proven tool for law enforcement to help reduce the number of persons killed and/or injured in alcoholinvolved automobile accidents. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are held enough. Motor vehicle operators who are found to be operating their vehicle while impaired can expect jail time, their license to be suspended, an increase in insurance costs, nes, fees and DUI classes. These and other expenses can exceed $10,000. Drivers are reminded that, if they are going to be drinking, they should: have a designated driver; call a cab; call a friend or family member; or, stay home. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce will be conducting the checkpoint, with the assistance of the Okeechobee City Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol. Law enforcement will strive to keep the amount of time drivers are delayed to a minimum. DUI checkpoint set for March 29 W oman charged in vehicle thefts Beckie Dailey

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School track teams competed in the Walter Jshomback Memorial Invitational March 14 at Martin County High School and several OHS athletes had strong performances. The girls team “ nished in 12th place at the meet out of the 14 teams that competed. ShaDajia Williams had a strong run in the 400 meters with a time of 1:04.38, good for seventh place overall. Mercedes Washington “ nished in ninth place in that event. Williams also took 16th place in the 800 meter rush with a time of 2:50.83. Washington came in 19th in the event. Tabatha Henry placed 16th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 6:09.73. Carrie Wharin “ nished a strong fourth in the one mile run with a time of 6:32.19. Alexis Muller “ nished in 15th place and Crystal Castenada 16th in the 3200 meters. The 4x400 meter relay team of Castenada, Williams, Muller and Washington “ nished in seventh place. Brittany McCoy “ nished 16th in the shot put with a toss of 25 feet. The Brahman boys also had several strong performances at the meet. Emmanuel Gaona placed 18th and Daniel Shelley in 21st place in the 1600 meters. Ramon Liberato placed 14th and Isaac Garcia 17th in the one mile run. Shelley ran a strong 11th in the 3200 meters with a time of 11:06.57. The 4x100 meter relay team “ nished ninth behind Wyatt Bessenbacher, Juan Yae Ford, Drayton Billie and Eddie Neal. The 4x800 meter relay team “ nished in seventh place behind Gaona, Cole Owens, Garcia and Shelley. In the “ eld events Neal placed seventh overall in the shot put with a toss of 38 feet 9 inches. Devion Wigfall placed 18th overall in the discus throw with a toss of just under 98 feet. The boys took 14th place at the meet. OHS harriers travel to Martin County for meet The Chobee Bulls football program intends to “ eld four teams for the upcoming season. Sign-ups will be accepted on three Saturdays „ April 5, April 12 and April 19 „ at the Okeechobee Skate Park on Northwest Fifth Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each athlete should bring a copy of their birth certi“ cate and the $60 fee. Players ages 6-8 can weigh up to 85 pounds; age 9-10 up to 100 pounds; age 1112 up to 125 pounds; and, ages 13-14 up to 160 pounds. The teams compete in the Glades Tri City Youth Football League with teams from Pahokee, Belle Glade, Indiantown and Palm Beach County. For information, call coach Tarrance Pryor at 863-801-5603. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Congratulations to All the Participants WhoShowed Livestock This Year!from Walpole Feed & Supply Co.7 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 € Hwy 98 North Cypress Hut FOE 4509 Auxiliary will be having their third and final reading of the proposed amendments to By-Laws and a final vote thereon at the next regularly scheduled meeting on All members are encouraged to attend.Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:30PM MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Mar. 21ST Thurs., Mar. 27THFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “ NEED FOR SPEED”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:10, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:10, Mon 3:00 & 7:00I: “DIVERGENT”Fri., Tues. & Thurs 7:00 & 9:20, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:20, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “ MUPPETS MOST WANTED”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 Fri., March 21st & Sat., March 22nd ONLY Suzie’s Hallmark Shop3427 Hwy. 441 S. • 763-6557Hours: 9am 6pm Fri, 9am 5pm SatSpring At LastSuzie’s Hallmark is Having A Spring SaleUp to 75% OFF Up to 75% OFF 15 Okeechobee News March 21, 2014 Chobee Bulls plan football sign-ups By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee is now 3-7 on the season after they split a pair of games this week at the Lake Worth Spring Break Tournament. The tournament got off to an excellent start on Monday as Okeechobee defeated Cardinal Newman 4-3. Kutter Crawford allowed two runs in the bottom of the “ rst but settled down to throw four shutout innings. He struck out 11 Crusaders. The Brahmans rallied from an early de“ cit as Layton Thomas had two doubles and Armando Rodriguez added two singles. Elijah Finney picked up the win in relief with two scoreless innings as Okeechobee scored a run in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie. Brahmans coach Eric Kindell said he felt the team played very well. He pointed out they had eight hits as a team and committed just one “ elding error. On Tuesday Okeechobee battled neck and neck with John I Leonard (7-6) before falling to the Lancers 8-6 in extra innings. Okeechobee pitchers had a tough time handling Jorge Reyes who had two hits, four stolen bases, scored a run and had an RBI to lead Leonard. Moise Carrasco kept the Brahmans off balance as he allowed just one earned run over the “ rst seven innings. Brahmans split tourney outings

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OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 (Behind Eli’s Western Wear) PREVIEW ALL DAY AUCTION 6 PM PARTIAL LIST; OLD OAK ICE BOX, (2)OLD KITCHEN CABINETS W/FLOUR BIN, OLD SWORDS, LOTS OF ANTIQUES, FURNITURE, COLLECTIBLES, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, PLUS MUCH MORE. Terms: Cash or Check, 10% Buyers Premium. See photos on Facebook/Watford Auction or www.auctionzip.com WATFORD AUCTION AU 1843 AB 1583 JIMBO (863)697-8906 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Lost*REWARD* LOST GOLD DIAMOND NECKLACE, GOLD CHAIN, NECKLACE IS ROUND, FLOWER PETALS SHAPED, CENTER IS DIAMONDS. ONE OF A KIND. WHEREWALMART MONDAY MARCH 10,CALL 561-914-0316 Garage/ Yard SalesMOVING SALE FRIDAY 3/21/14 ONLY! 8AM-3PM, 2781 NW 7TH ST. OFF HWY 98 BEFORE THE RAIL ROAD TRACKS. MOVING SALE MARCH 22ND 8AM TILL 2PM, 1651 LINDA RD, BHR LEATHER SECTIONAL, SOFA BED, TV STAND, PAINTINGS, PICTURES, SAILFISH, LURES, DISHES, CLOTHES AND MILL STONES We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 YARD SALE SATURDAY 22ND 8AM-12PM, 2105 SE 31ST STREET, CLOTHES, KNICKKNACKS, BABY CAR SEAT, HIGH CHAIR, PACK-N-PLAY, BEDDING, BOOKS AND MISC, Employment Full TimeDriver: FT/Bene ts Minimum requirements: CDL Class A w/HAZMAT, tanker, & air brakes endorsements; 2 years driving experience; no preventable accidents, license suspensions, alcohol related violations or other moving violations in the past 3 years; Ability to obtain a current medical examiner’s certi cate; veri able High School Diploma or GED; English communication skills (verbal and written); Able to perform basic mathematical calculations. Praxair is an equal employment opportunity employer M/F/D/V Apply on line: Praxair.com/careers REQ02085 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!CLASS A -CDL DRIVER must have DOT medical, drug free & clean driving history. 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 4:00. DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 SOD FOREMAN Experienced, Self Motivated, Able to work on farm equip. Must have vehicle. Send resume to priest032809@yahoo.com How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full TimeWe are immediately hiring an experienced heavy equipment mechanic with a mechanic truck & tools. Please contact Richard Nunez at 305-965-5868 Employment MedicalHospice of Okeechobee RN Night Position Send Resume to: P.O. Box 1548 Okeeechobee, FL 34973 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. Retired Professional Looking for a part time appointment generator, preferably mechanical exp., customer friendly, to work at sales booth in a big box store. Please call 863-385-2665 or send resume to info@advancedairsebring .com 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. AntiquesANTIQUESSALE THROUGH MARCH ON EVERYTHING UP TO 60% OFF. CO-OP ANTIQUES, 1214 SW 2ND AVE, BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN. TUES-SAT 10-4, 863-634-1552 Heating Equipment/ SuppliesStationary Bike to sell or trade for Tredmill. Call 863-357-2377 Shop here first! The classified ads Office Supplies/ EquipmentSHARP MODEL ARM207 HEAVY DUTY OFFICE COPIER HAS ALL THE FEATURES, WORKS GOOD, COST $3,700.00 NEW. ASKING $450.00 CALL 863-824-0681 Pets/SuppliesBullmastif puppies brindles and creams nice heavy built puppies. Yorkie puppies out of tiny parents. Call 863-261-3246 RAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES, REGISTERED, 10 WEEKS OLD $400.00 CALL 863-634-4407 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 ApartmentsAPARTMENTS FOR RENT BOARDWALK BLDG. FIRST MONTH, SECURITY DEPOSIT, INCLUDES WATER. CALL 863-801-9119 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK Condo’s 1 & 2 BR, 1BA, furnished. No pets. Pool. Yearly. Call 502-468-5976. Houses Rent 5 RENTALS AVAILABLE IN OKEECHOBEE AND BHR 2 BR and 3BR, mobiles, homes and condo’s for rent, starting At $700.00 per month. 5 to choose from. Furnished and Un-furnished. Furnished rentals minimum of 6 mo. lease. Call or email for more information. Home Realty Services, LLC Diane (Broker) 863-801-4498 Email: homersdiane@gmail.com ADORABLE: In Town, 2BR, 1BA, W/D Hook up, Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $800 sec. (941) 504-3954 ADORABLE: In Town, 2BR, 2BA, Washer/Dryer, Screen Porch. Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Small pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $800 sec. (941) 504-3954 NICE, CLEAN HOUSE, 3BR/2 BATH, 8316 NW 80TH AVE. DIXIE RANCH ACRES, $850/MO., $600 SEC. PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL 863-610-0001 OKEECHOBEE Beautiful ranch setting, 2/1 -$510.00 and 3/2 $620.00. Newly updated 12 miles NE of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included. Move-in Special Call for details M-F NO PETS 863.467.9800. Secluded and very private CBS 2/2 on 5 acres in Ft Drum, horse ready/agriculture...reduced to $975/mo. (772)216-1669 Rental NeededLOOKING FOR RENTAL FOR JAN., FEB. & MAR. MUST BE FURNISHED, VERY CLEAN & WELL KEPT. WE ARE READ Y TO COMMIT CALL 765-621-2434 Houses SaleOWN YOUR NEW HOUSE TODAY! 2 story, 4BR/4BA 2,012sqft Pool Home! 0.50 acre. Bad credit OK. 561-212-9665 Hunting PropertyLOOKING FOR A SMALL FARM TO LEASE FO R SPRING TURKEY SEASON PLEASE CALL 561-699-3240 Mobile Home RentM.H. & CABINS FO R RENT 2BD/1&2 BATH, STORAGE SHED & BOAT STORAGE,MUST HAVE GOOD REF. FURNISHED $550.00 -650.00, UNFURNISHED $400.00-550.00 CALL 502-803-1876 O R 502-682-2403 OKEECHOBEE&LAKEPORT Mobile HomeSale3bd/1.5 BATH DOUBLE WIDE ON 150X75 LOT ON DEAD END ST., CITY WATER COMPLETELY FURNISHED WITH CENTRAL HEAT AND AIR, $40,000.00 863-763-41 774 OR 859-339-1888 16 Okeechobee News March 21, 2014

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Mobile HomeSaleMOVE IN TODAY 55+ GOLF COMMUNITY, FULLY FURNISHED, INDIANTOWN. PRICE $22,500 WILL RENT OR RENT-TO-OWN OPTION 814-671-3591 OR GMJR222@GMAIL.COM PARK MODEL WITH LARGE FL. ROOM EXCELLENT CONDITION, MOST FURNITURE STAYS, CARPORT AND SCREENED PORCH IN VANTAGE OAKS ON SE 25th DRIVE MUST SEE $20,000.00 O.B.O CALL 863-467-2153 OR 863-447-3575 TRIPLE YOUR TAX REFUND at Palm Harbor Homes Plant City!! www.plantcity. palmharbor.com Call John Lyons @ 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details TRIPLE YOUR TAX REFUND Boats1998 SEA ARK SUNSAVANA,ALUMINUM HULL, 23FT DECK BOAT, DT-140 SUZUKI, TANDEM AXLE TRAILER, ELECTRIC TROLLING MOTOR,ILLINOIS BOAT NO SALT,STORED INSIDE,SEE AT LAKESHORE MARINE HWY 441. Campers/RVsRV 1996 36FT RAVEN, LOW MILES 46,569, GORGEOUS INTERIOR, QUEEN SIZE BED, NEW MATTRESS, FULL KITCHEN, 13,500BTU, BACK-UP CAMERA, NEW AWNING/TIRES $10,700.00 CALL 863-763-7712 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD055 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that BE A MAN BUY LAND 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: 1531 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT H OF TRACT 2 EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 2 SECTION 34 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 1-34-34-33-0A00-00002-H000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANNA M BAMFORD 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 17th 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. 461949 ON 3/7,14,21,28/2014 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice SOLE PURPOSE MEETING Okee-Tantie Park Okeechobee County will conduct a public meeting to discuss capital improvements for Okee-Tantie Park. The sole purpose of this meeting will be to discuss a $200,000 application for a RTP Grant to help nance improvements at the park. The meeting will be conducted at the following date, time and location: DAY: Friday DATE: 3/28/14 TIME: 6:00 p.m. LOCATION: Okeechobee Civic Center 1750 Highway 98 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 464114 ON 3/21/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 2013-CP-166 IN RE: ESTATE OF MATTIE WYATT, a/k/a MARTHA MELON WYATT Deceased, NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of MATTIE WYATT, a/k/a MARTHA MELON WYATT deceased, File Number 2013CP-166, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was October 27, 2013 that the total value of the estate is $57,088.66 and that the names and address of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Name Address Beatrice Castorina 5467 NW 20th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Forest Wate Wyatt, Jr. 7282 NW 87th Court, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Billy Earl Wyatt 106 NW 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is March 14, 2014. Persons Giving Notice: Beatrice Castorina 5467 NW 20th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Forest Wate Wyatt, Jr. 7282 NW 87th Court Okeechobee, FL 34972 Billy Earl Wyatt 106 NW 5th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Attorney for Persons Giving Notice: COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQ. Attorneys for Petitioners 200 N.E. Fourth Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972-2981 (863) 763-8600 Florida Bar No.: 270441 463728 ON 3/14,21/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 13000418CAAXMX BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. SUSIE BURKES SALAS A/K/A SUSIE E. SALAS, ET AL., Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): UNKNOWN HEIRS OF ELMER LOUIS BURKES (CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN) Last Known Address: 10969 N.W. 8th AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 SUSIE BURKES SALAS A/K/A SUSIE E. SALAS (CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN) Last Known Address: 12600 LACEY DR., NEW PORT RICHEY, FL 34654 Additional Address: 369 NW CHEHALIS AVE., APT. 206, CHEHALIS, WA 98532 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOTS 1 AND 2, BLOCK 4, OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, REPLAT OF PORTIONS OF BLOCKS 1, 3 AND 4 OF OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, LESS THE SOUTH 424.20 FEET THEREOF, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 13, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, A/K/A 10969 NW 8TH AVE., OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Vladimir R. St. Louis, Esq. at VAN NESS LAW FIRM, P.A., Attorney for the Plaintiff, whose address is 1239 E. NEWPORT CENTER DRIVE, SUITE #110, DEERFIELD BEACH, FL 33442 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in the OKEECHOBEE NEWS and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. This notice is provided to Administrative Order No. 2065 It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to provide reasonable accommodations when requested by quali ed persons with disabilities. If you are a persons with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in a court proceeding or access to a court facility, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Court Administration, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986; 711, if you are hearing or voice impaired. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 7th day of March, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF COURT By: /S/ Linda F. Young As Deputy Clerk 463649 ON 3/14,21/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold it’s Regular Session on Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Frank Irby, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 463355 ON 3/9/2014 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 13000509CAAXMX REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC., Plaintiff, VS. UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, TRUSTEES OF JOHN W. BREWER JR., DECEASED; STEVEN JAY BREWER, HEIR; STORM E. BREWER, HEIR; ARLENE BREWER A/K/A ARLENE J. BREWER; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEE, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S); SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; WHETHER DISSOLVED OR PRESENTLY EXISTING, TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFENDANT(S) AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST DEFENDANT(S); UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2; Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, TRUSTEES OF JOHN W. BREWER JR., DECEASED, whose residence(s) is/are unknown. TO: STEVEN JAY BREWER, HEIR, whose residence(s) is 13720 EDITH ROAD, LOZAHATCHEE, FL 33470 TO: ARLENE BREWER A/K/A ARLENE J. BREWER, whose residence(s) is unknown. YOU ARE HEREBY required to le your answer or written defenses, if any, in the above proceeding with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the plaintiff’s attorney, Law Of ces of Daniel C. Consuegra, 9204 King Palm Drive, Tampa, FL 33619-1328, telephone (813) 915-8660, facsimile (813) 915-0559, within 30 days of rst publication, the nature of this proceeding being a suit for foreclosure of mortgage against the following described property, to wit: LOT 36 OF TREASURE ISLAND UNIT 5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 45 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. If you fail to le your response or answer, if any, in the above proceeding with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the plaintiff’s attorney, Law Of ces of Daniel C. Consuegra, 9204 King Palm Dr., Tampa, Florida 33619-1328, telephone (813) 915-8660, facsimile (813) 915-0559, within thirty days of the rst publication of this Notice, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this 10th day of March, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk NOTICEIf 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.SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptacion para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Corrie Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7 dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente despues de haber recibido esta noti cacion si es que falta menos de 7 dias para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva o de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou aparey pou ou ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen pou ou jwen on seri de ed. Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si le ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, rele 711. 463656 ON 3/14,21/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD047 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY 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: 3627 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: GREAT LAKE SD LOT 22 LESS RD RW BLOCK 3 LESS AND EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 6 TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA SAID LAND ALSO LIES IN A PORTION OF BLOCK 3 GREAT LAKE SUBDIVISION ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGES 36 THROUGH 45 INCLUSIVE OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND IS A PART OF A PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 630 PAGE 222 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND IS MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 3 BLOCK 3 SAID GREAT LAKE SUBDIVISION THENCE SOUTH 55 DEG 36 MIN 37 SEC EAST ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY R/W LINE OF STATE ROAD 15 WIDTH VARIES A DISTANCE OF 400.16 FEET THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID R/W LINE SOUTH 58 DEG 36 MIN 43 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 1200.00 FEET TO A POINT AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 20 BLOCK 3 SAID GREAT LAKE SUBDIVISION THENCE NORTH 31 DEG 23 MIN 17 SEC EAST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID LOT 20 A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTH LINE OF THE NORTH 50 FEET OF SAID LOT 20 THENCE SOUTH 58 DEG 36 MIN 43 SEC EAST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF THE NORTH 50 FEET OF LOTS 20 AND 21 OF SAID GREAT LAKE SUBDIVISION A DISTANCE OF 200 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EAST LINE OF SAID LOT 21 AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 58 DEG 36 MIN 43 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 16.00 FEET THENCE SOUTH 31 DEG 23 MIN 17 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 131.68 FEET TO A POINT IN THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY OF STATE ROAD 15 AND THE POINT OF CURVE OF A NON TANGENT CURVE TO THE RIGHT OF WHICH THE RADIUS POINT LIES NORTH 30 DEG 40 MIN 49 SEC EAST A RADIAL DISTANCE OF 17,138.74 FEET THENCE NORTHWESTERLY ALONG THE ARC THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 00 DEG 03 MIN 13 SEC A DISTANCE OF 16.00 FEET THENCE NORTH 31 DEG 23 MIN 17 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 131.87 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING 1-06-38-36-0A00-00023-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DANIEL A SCHAURER DANIEL D EASTMAN FRA MAR ENTERPRISES INC JOYCE K WILLIAMS LAND VENTURES OF AMERICA LLC MARION L WILLIAMS MICHAEL J LOCIGNO RICHARD EVANS 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 17th 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. 461952 ON 3/7,14,21,28/2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD056 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BE A MAN BUY LAND 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: 1361 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 29 LESS ROAD R/W 8.75 ACRES 36 34S 33E 1-36-34-33-0A00-00029-A000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CFS PROPERTIES INC. 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 17th 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. 461914 ON 3/7,14,21,28/2014 17 Okeechobee News March 21, 2014 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. Shop here first! The classified ads Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 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. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 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.

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Succeed with Government Contracts The U.S. government is the world’s largest buyer of products and services. Purchases by military and civilian installations amount to nearly $500 billion a year and include everything from complex space vehicles to janitorial services. All purchases under $150,000 (except those contracts under $2,500) are set-aside solely for small businesses. Small business owners or entrepreneurs interested in learning more about bidding on a government project or providing products or services to the government will be interested in the “Government Contracting 101” class being offered, at no cost, by the Florida SBDC at Indian River State College. Government contracts can be an important source of work for small businesses. This class is ideal for expanding businesses or for ones just getting started. This free class will explain the role of small business their impact on government procurement requirements, discovering processes for nding bid opportunities, and explore the various certi cation programs. The one-day class will be offered four times, April 8, 9, 10, and 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at IRSC campuses in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. The rst class is Tuesday, April 8 the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. The next class will be Wednesday, April 9 at the Chastain Campus in Stuart, followed by a Tuesday, April 15 class at the Muller Campus in Vero Beach and a Friday, April 11 class at the Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee.To nd out more about the “Government Contracting 101” class offered by the FSBDC at IRSC, call 1-888-283-1177 or visit www.irscbiz. com to register for the class or for more information on this and other available business and entrepreneurship services and training available through the FSBDC at IRSC. Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2014TD057 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JUNO TAX 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: 2535 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: 1ST ADDITION TO PINE RIDGE PARK REVISED PLAT LOT 10 BLOCK 3 1-14-37-35-0070-00030-0100 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MICHELLE WOLFORD 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 17th 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. 461950 ON 3/7,14,21,28/2014 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider nal reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1109: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL TO COMMERCIAL; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FUTURE LAND USE MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The Ordinance is regarding Smal l Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 14-001-SSA, submitted by Glenn Sneider, on behalf of property owner, Carol Word, Registered Agent for CSW 13, LLC, to change the Future Land Use designation from SF to C, for approximately 2.565 acres, located at 100 SE 10th Avenue. The proposed change is to allow for commercial development. 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 RIGHTOF-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 OFFICIAL 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 OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 209, PAGE 451, FOR A DISTANCE OF 365 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE WEST RIGHT-OFWAY 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 OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 209, PAGE 451; OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 224, PAGE 733 AND OFFICIAL 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 OFFICIAL 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 proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Of ce of the City Clerk during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. 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 464015 ON 3/21/2014 18 Okeechobee News March 21, 2014 ACROSS 1 Something to do between class and homework 6 Animal HouseŽ house 11 Acting as 14 So __ 15 Unfamiliar 16 Prefix with form 17 Auger shape 18 Globe fleck 19 Green source, briefly 20 Anti-sweatshirt slogan? 23 Shogunate seat of power 24 Major course 25 Rabid B-ball fans shout? 31 Lennox of the Eurythmics 32 __ only kidding!Ž 33 Get-up-and-go 36 WaverleyŽ novelist 37 Bostons Liberty Tree, e.g. 38 Word of welcome 40 Push-up target 41 Progress measure 42 Two-dimensional products 43 Conspiracy resting place? 47 Guiding light 49 Much of the daily paper 50 Harried photographers wish? 56 D-backs, on scoreboards 57 Harrys Hogwarts nemesis 58 The OfficeŽ airer 60 Uruguayan uncle 61 Saharan refuges 62 Use a short form of 63 __ master 64 Not sharp, say 65 Believer in the clockwork universe theory DOWN 1 Daytona meas. 2 French city near the English Channel 3 Styne of Broadway 4 Greek salad leftover 5 Ardent fans purchase 6 Speakers platform 7 Supermodel Benitez 8 Plant family including tulips 9 Giggles 10 Caesar colleague 11 Adjusted for a larger group, as a recipe 12 Free 13 Pop singer Mann 21 Dauphins destiny 22 Nebraska native 25 Door closer 26 Ill try anything __Ž 27 Irregularly 28 Not be up-front with 29 Nocturnal newcomer 30 Improvises 34 Mideast flier 35 Put forward 38 Got set 39 Subject to removal 41 Desert bordering the Mojave 44 German grouse? 45 Bad luck, and a hint to the fourlongest across answers 46 Ceiling 47 Lush-lipped doll brand 48 More than odd 51 Thing to stay on 52 Big name in slush 53 Prying 54 MX V 55 Approx. takeoff hrs. 59 Thoroughly examine By Bruce R. Sutphin and Doug Peterson (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 12/16/11 12/16/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edit e d b y Ri c h N orr i s an d J oyce Ni c h o l s L ew i s xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle IRSC offering classes to help business owners Courage Kickoff is April 5The Chobee Courage Kickoff will be held Saturday, April 5, at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus starting at 10 a.m. Lots of food, give-a-ways, motivational speakers, music, fun, fun, fun! The rst 100 boys will have a chance to win a $100 gift card. The Chobee Courage Project is a mentoring program for boys ages 12-18 (girls welcome). Contact: Martha’s House (Melvin or Shirlean) at 863-763-2893.Women Democrats to meetThe Democratic Women’s Club of Okeechobee will have its rst meeting on Saturday, April 5, at 11:30 a.m. in the Beef O’Brady’s private dining room, 608 S. Parrot Ave. The speaker will be Elli Million, who will talk about immigration reform. All like-minded women are welcome to attend. RSVP appreciated but not necessary by calling 863-214-4680.

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R E D Over 100 Listings DESIGNED FOR ENTERTAINING! Completely REMODELED inside and out! Custom Kitchen, granite. Fireplace. 25 x 27 Great-Family room. 900 SF Garage. texture. New well and water system. In-ground Pool. On 3+ Acres, fenced, ready for animals. Call Lori (863)634-1457R Bar Estates 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 $329,000 MLS #207286 5061-H: Dixie Ranch Estates Lg 3bd/2ba CBS, 2652 total sq ft/2284 under air. Lg screen back porch overlooking pasture land, 2 sheds, lg open deck & more. Short sale. $69,900 MLS #207196 1008-H: Okeechobee Estates Lake Access CBS home w/2,593 Total sq ft/1,564 under air, living rm, family rm, storage, Shed w/electric, boathouse, seawall, & more! $179,000 MLS # 207560 1018-H: 2 Story w/ open concept and screened porch off kitchen living rm area. 3 br, 2 ba (2 br, 1 ba downstairs). Balcony off upstairs master bd. $250,000 NOW $240,000 MLS #207272 3002-H: Lake Access CBS home with 1409 Total Sq Ft/840 under air on a fenced lot. Screen room, large porch, window awnings, seawall, dock and workshop. $49,500 MLS #207843 • Commercial Corner Lot (SE 88th Blvd) $33,000 MLS #207398 • Commercial 1.84+/-acre Okee Hammock Hwy 441 $75,000 MLS# 207402 • Pine Ridge lot $7,500 MLS #207132 • Potter Rd (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • Oak Park 2-lots sideby-side with large shady trees. $10,000 each • In town lot (SW 5th St) $3,900 MLS #206637 • 14+/acres $1,500,000 MLS #207408 ON 2+/ACRES NEW LISTING 2000-C: Lake Access Taylor Creek Condo 1 br, 1 ba completely furnished. Ceramic tile throughout. Amenities: clubhouse, boat slip & storage, seawall, pool man’s dream! $55,000 MLS #207714 Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com BIG “O” RV PARK TWO LOTS Plenty of space for all your toys. Beautiful park model with solid wood cabinets throughout, metal roof, attractive vertical blinds throughout. Pavers in driveway. Wooley shed 8x10. 55+ Community with many activities. This one is priced to move. MLS 207893, $69,900. MOTIVATED SELLER Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. 19 Okeechobee News March 21, 2014

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